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First presented in 1954 by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the President's Cup is awarded to the SCCA® driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. The winner is selected by the Stewards of the Meeting and the Chief Steward of the National Championship Runoffs. The 2017 recipient is Formula F driver Matthew Cowley, of the Central Florida Region.

 
Previously awarded to drivers such as Roger Penske, Skip Barber, Bobby Rahal, Jim Hall and Paul Newman, Cowley adds his name to the list due to his exciting performance at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. There, Cowley started third, but the driver out of Tampa, Florida, outlasted a gaggle of other young competitors for a Formula F National Championship.
 
Only 19 years old at the time, Cowley in the No. 80 Team Pelfrey/Gap Guard Mygale FF/Honda crossed the stripe just 0.659-second in front of the second-place driver, averaging 79.905 mph over the 19-lap race. It was Cowley's first-ever Runoffs appearance.
 
The draft was a key component of the race, where the trailing two drivers behind the leader got a pull down the front straight, across the Yard of Bricks, and into Turn One, where lap after lap the young combatants fanned out and swapped positions. Each of the top-three competitors spent time at the front. An exciting last couple laps left Cowley in the lead through Turn One on the final lap. He held off other race-long challengers and took the checkered flag.
 
"It's an unbelievable feeling to be crowned a champion," Cowley said after his Runoffs victory. "It just feels amazing. There's not really a typical lap, it's just pack racing and anything can happen at any time."
 
After receiving the President's Cup trophy during the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet that closed the 2018 SCCA National Convention in Las Vegas, Cowley said, "I'm really honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award. Thank you to the SCCA for giving people like me a road to follow their dreams."
 
Winning the President's Cup puts Cowley in an elite class. Every name on the President's Cup tells a story of tremendous achievement, and his is certainly worthy of inclusion. The entire SCCA community congratulates Cowley on his accomplishments. His name now resides in the company of legends.
 
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.
 

IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Gold Cup class champion Roman De Angelis has signed on to drive with Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series for the 2018 season.

 
The 16-year-old driver is moving up to a Platinum Cup car for the 2018 season, sponsored by Medical Properties Trust (MPT) to benefit Racing for Children’s, a unique national charity that supports children with cancer when they are most vulnerable – sick and hospitalized at Children’s of Alabama. Drawing on the popularity of motorsports, Racing for Children’s uses its distinctive position within the racing world to bring attention and funding to the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, which is based at Children’s.
 
“I’m looking forward to a new car and a new team,” said De Angelis. “Racing for Children’s is obviously a huge opportunity for me and I really appreciate MPT and Children’s of Alabama helping me. I’m really motivated because now I’m not only racing for a Championship, I’m racing for these kids.”
 
“We’re excited to welcome Roman as our driver for 2018,” said Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO of Medical Properties Trust, which has sponsored the distinctive Racing for Children’s car – covered with handprints of young cancer patients – since the fundraising effort began eight years ago. “Roman will be carrying the banner for children battling cancer in Alabama and around the nation on every lap he drives,” Aldag noted. “It’s a cause that’s very dear to our hearts.”
 
Born in the minds of racing enthusiasts at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham who wanted to give something back to the community, Racing for Children’s initially put a car on the track only one weekend per year. But, with expanded sponsorship support from MPT and the wholehearted support of Jeff Stone and the Kelly-Moss Road and Race Team, the Racing for Children’s Porsche was able to compete in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series for the full 2017 season, bringing home the championship trophy in the Platinum class.
 
Racing for Children is a year-round program that not only raises funds for childhood cancer research, but also creates interactive experiences designed to give kids with cancer a different focus than their treatment regimen and a driver to cheer for within the racing community.
 
“We bring the young cancer patients out to the track, give them a tour of the Barber Motorsports Museum and take them on hot laps around the track at about a hundred miles an hour,” said Doug Neil of Redmont Consulting Group, who has been part of the Racing for Children’s team since its early days. “This lets them experience what it truly feels like to be a racecar driver, helps them focus on something beyond their adversities and lets them know that there’s hope,” he said.
 
To date, Racing for Children has raised nearly $1.5 million and funded an additional full-time cancer researcher at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer at Children’s of Alabama, ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18 as one of the nation’s best hospitals for children with cancer.
 
“This is a marathon, not a sprint, but our goal is to win the race against childhood cancer,” Neil added. “This year, we are excited for Roman De Angelis to carry our torch for us and we’re looking forward to an exciting 2018 and picking up where we left off in 2017. In cancer, winning is everything and, for us, the ability to put a car on the track that is competing every week symbolically gives these kids the hope that they too can be successful. Our goal is to knock out childhood cancer and win this race.”
 
De Angelis has already started the season off with a bang after winning the season-opening race for the IMSA Prototype Challenge at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 6 with a nearly five-second lead.
 
For years, KMR has been recognized for developing young champions throughout the paddock in Porsche and other series competition.
 
“I first met the folks at Medical Properties Trust and Children’s of Alabama in 2017,” said KMR team owner Jeff Stone. “It was clear the mission to help children with cancer and other illnesses and to eventually help find cures is a very worthwhile cause.
 
“Everyone involved is so passionate and laser-focused on this mission. It’s amazing. Every time we visit Children’s of Alabama, we get to meet children, their parents, the fantastic staff and all the people involved from MPT and Racing for Children’s and hear their stories and how their lives have changed for the better because of all the work this group does - I’m humbled and proud to be involved every time I see this.”
 
KMR embarked on the mission with Racing for Children’s in 2017, with a resounding response for the effort.
 
“After such a great Championship season with KMR and Jake Eidson carrying the Racing for Children’s charge in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, we are very proud to continue and expand the reach of this program for 2018,” said Stone. “This year KMR, MPT and Children’s of Alabama will continue the fight for this cause with another run for the Platinum Cup championship with Roman De Angelis. He proved last year that he’s a very good driver, but there’s more, he’s an outstanding young man. We are very excited to join forces with MPT and Roman to support the Racing for Children’s cause once again.”
 
De Angelis, a Belle River, Ontario, Canada native, started driving karts at the age of 9 and quickly moved on to national races by age 11. In his 2017 season, De Angelis won pole position at every single race and won all but one race in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series. He also won pole position at every single race he started in the USA series, where De Angelis may have won another championship had he not missed two rounds of competition because of his academic studies. And here's the other kicker - almost all of those tracks were new to the young driver.
 
“Winning a Championship in Canada, I mean that’s a result that everyone wants,” said De Angelis.
 
For most 16-year-old high school kids, juggling school, friends and a part-time job is hard enough. Try adding a full-time race career in two different series and countries on top of that.
 
"The hardest part for me is balancing everything," Roman said. "My dad wants me to get all A's so it's a lot of late nights. When I'm at the track, I'm there from seven in the morning until six at night. Then on top of that, I'm studying late at night, plus working at my part-time job."
 
That's right – this driver even juggles a part-time job three nights a week making pizzas at a local Italian restaurant, when he is not driving nearly 170 miles per hour in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and serving as inspiration to the Racing for Children’s program.
 
“Being 16, I am able to relate to some of those kids there,” said De Angelis. “I grew up with a pretty good life and I’ve never had health issues, but to be able to make them happy through racing and doing what I love, is so beneficial. Even if I make them happy for a short period of time, that motivates me. I’m not just racing to win championships and get exposure, but I’m racing for these kids now, too.”
 
De Angelis is also driving for Mark Motors Racing in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series in 2018 – once again vying for two IMSA championships. If he wins, he will be the first driver to win dual Canadian and USA championships in the same season.

DHL Express will be the Official Logistics Provider at the first Race Of Champions in the Middle East – to be held on February 2-3, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium.

The international shipping and courier delivery company will support the logistical demands of putting together the world’s fastest stadium race, including shipping the event’s competition cars and the time keeping system. DHL Express will also use its fast international shipments to transport the famous ROC Winners Trophy, which will be awarded to the overall Champion of Champions.

That illustrious trophy will be battled over between a ROC Riyadh field that includes some of the greatest names in the history of motorsport – such as Formula 1 stars, Indianapolis 500 winners and Le Mans legends. All the racing takes place on ROC’s unique parallel track in a stunning range of superfast cars, a perfect blend of speed and precision already familiar to DHL Express.

ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are very happy to renew our partnership with DHL Express as our Official Logistics Provider for the Race Of Champions after our successful start last year in Miami. Now they will again provide logistics support for vital parts of the ROC Riyadh event – including the shipping of race cars, the time keeping system and of course our famous trophies. We are confident DHL will help us ensure that the first ever ROC in the Middle East will be a resounding success.”

Faysal El Hajjami, Country Manager, DHL Saudi Arabia added: “It’s great to further continue the existing partnership we have with the Race Of Champions, especially with this being the first time it has taken place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The partnership further reinforces our core brand values of Speed and Team Work and it’s great to be a part of what I’m sure will be a fantastic and thrilling event for the Riyadh audience. 
 
“DHL has an existing partnership with Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will be one of the key drivers in ROC Riyadh and we are all really excited to see him race for the first time in the Middle East.”

  

DHL Express deliver the ROC trophy in Miami  

The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which is now in its 30th year. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, IndyCar, Le Mans, World Rally and the X Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. 

In recent years ROC has visited some of the world’s best stadiums: the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014), London’s Olympic Stadium (2015) and Miami’s Marlins Park (2017). 

Now the event is heading to the Middle East for the first time to soak up the heat of Riyadh. Saudi motorsport fans – including women for the first time at an international event – have a chance to watch the speediest action the city has ever seen as many of the world’s greatest drivers push to the absolute limit on a brand new parallel track winding its way around the confines of the King Fahad International Stadium. 

The Race Of Champions is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on Friday February 2) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality – including the hosts Saudi Arabia – to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on Saturday February 3 it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory.

The competitors will take to the track in a stunning range of supercars that have been specially prepared for the event to test them to the absolute limit. Vehicles in action include the Vuhl 05 ROC Edition, Ariel Atom Cup, Xtreme Pickup, Whelen NASCAR, KTM X-Bow Comp R and the ROC Car. To prevail, drivers will have to master this mix of machinery that will put all their hard-earned skills to the test, forcing them to adapt their driving style as they make regular switches between cars.

But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions is a non-stop show from start to finish and also features stunt shows on four wheels and two plus plenty of other entertainment to keep the race fans on the edge of their seats

For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of this year’s event please visit www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCRiyadh on Twitter.

Red Bull Global Rallycross has officially announced the terms of its new GRC Lites stakeholder program, commencing with the 2018 Red Bull GRC season and lasting through 2020. The GRC Lites stakeholder program will provide 12 full-time competitors in the class with extensive benefits for participating in each Lites championship event over the next three years.

The GRC Lites stakeholders program is the best value in in motorsports and serves as a perfect developmental class for future Supercar drivers. This new program includes:

  • Entrant fees for each year of the agreement
  • Defined tire allotment for every round of racing
  • Trackside signage, activation space, and commercial inventory for team sponsors
  • GA tickets for every event weekend

Beginning with the 2018 season, all GRC Lites finals will air on the series' main NBC broadcast that averaged over half a million viewers per event in 2017. In addition to the NBC shows, GRC is excited to announce a partnership with Turner Broadcasting to become a launch partner for their new platform, with a fully interactive digital broadcast that can viewed through their app in the U.S. and internationally via web browser in select markets. There will be approximately 50 hours of live programming this year covering all three classes (Supercar, Lites, and Polaris).

On Tuesday, GRC also announced a partnership with Continental Tire to become the series' exclusive tire supplier beginning with the 2018 season. Click here for more information.

The 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship schedule is as follows:

Round 1: Louisville, KY (May 19-20)
Rounds 2-3: To be announced (June 9-10)*
Round 4: New Orleans, LA (June 23-24)
Round 5: Los Angeles, CA (July 7-8)
Rounds 6-7: Indianapolis, IN (August 11-12)*
Rounds 8-9: Atlantic City, NJ (August 25-26)*
Round 10: Seattle, WA (September 15-16)
Rounds 11-12: Europe (October 27-28)*

Interested parties may contact Colby Rodriguez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (213) 745-2123 for more details.

Group One Thousand One and Andretti Autosport have unveiled the new livery for Zach Veach’s No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda Indy car competing in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Veach has raced in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport, including a career-best Indy Lights championship finish of third in 2014.  

The U.S.-based insurance holding company Group One Thousand One will serve as Veach’s primary sponsor. “We’re very excited to unveil Zach’s bold new livery to all fans of IndyCar and the U.S. racing community,” said Dan Towriss, CEO, Group One Thousand One.   

“We believe sports have the power to transform lives and we’re thrilled to enable Zach to rise to the next level in his racing career with Andretti Autosport. On-and-off the track, Zach personifies the values that we hold true as a company: hard work, perseverance and making the most of your skills. Like him, we believe in our duty to empower people to chase their dreams and to support the communities in most need of empowerment through education and sports.”

The 22-year-old American driver made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut on April 23, 2017, at Barber Motorsport Park and his Indy 500 debut at last year’s 101st Running which Mr. Towriss helped sponsor.

“A new cycle is beginning for me. To be back driving with Andretti in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series is a dream come true, and I'm so excited to share this dream with Group One Thousand One," Veach added. "I want to thank Dan Towriss, Group One Thousand One, Michael Andretti and the whole team at Andretti Autosport for this opportunity.”

Veach is part of an all-American, four-car Verizon IndyCar Series field for Andretti, joining Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda). The 2018 season goes green on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11.

Brazilian Lucas Kohl recently announced his decision to return to Pabst Racing and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda for a third season – his second with the Oconomowoc, Wis.-based team that won the Team Championship in 2017. 

 
A karting standout in his homeland, Kohl, 19, knew the country’s junior formula series would not take him where he wanted to go. With former IndyCar and Formula 1 star Roberto Moreno as his coach and mentor, Kohl made the move to the United States and the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires in 2016. Here, Kohl details how he and his father entered into racing together, the karting events that keep his skills sharp during the winter, and how going to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will never get old.
 
Tell us about growing up in Brazil (in Santa Cruz do Sul, northwest of Porto Alegre).
 
Naturally, I played soccer as a kid – I played for our town’s soccer team for three years. But when I started karting at age 11, I couldn’t do both and I knew I wanted to drive more than I wanted to play soccer. My parents and my brother, who’s 11 now, still live there.
 
What first got you interested in racing?
 
My dad started racing touring cars as a hobby when I was 10 and we got a kart for me. That’s where it started. When he went to a track that had a karting track, I went. He won a national championship in the P3 prototype class, racing in endurance races. It was nice because we were able to race together in the prototype in 2015. 
 
Do you still race karts?
 
I race almost every weekend. On the day I got back to Miami from Brazil after the holidays, I went straight to the kart track! The karting helps because I haven’t driven the USF2000 car since September, but I keep sharp from driving the kart so I don’t stop driving. It’s way cheaper than driving a regular race car – and here in Florida, the weather is perfect for it year round.
 
When did you know you wanted to be a race car driver? 
 
In the beginning, I was just racing on Saturdays in club races, then it became every weekend. That’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t care about the traveling, or having to train hard and be in shape. For me, that’s all work towards my driving. I thought about racing every day. 
 
In 2014, we were introduced to Roberto and started working together. He has really helped me – he was a great driver in his time and he’s a great person off the track, so I hope I can be as successful as he was. He lives very close to me in Miami, and he has the karts at his house, so we’re there every weekend.
 
We entered the Junior Formula Brazil series in 2015, which is like F1600. I won the championship, winning eight of 16 races. I did the prototype championship in 2016 but also did a lot of karting events. It was hard because I come from a very small town and there are only four or five drivers in the club races, then 20 or 30 drivers in the national races. 
 
What got you interested in the Mazda Road to Indy and the USF2000 series? 
 
The scholarship programs that Mazda and Cooper Tires have really made me want to come here. And everything is very professional, the driving level is really good, and it’s a good atmosphere for me. We run with IndyCar and all the great racetracks in the United States which is great.
 
The formula levels in Brazil are not very strong, so the plan for me was to stay in karting in 2016, do some of the prototype racing, then go to the States. We looked at the F1600 series, but I decided to stay in Brazil and race karts for one more year so I could go straight into USF2000. 
 
What are your expectations for 2018, and what are you most looking forward to?
 
We had a really strong year in 2017, winning the team championship and coming second in the driver championship with Rinus (VeeKay). I had some problems in the beginning of the year with a few crashes early but we got it going again at Indy and Road America. I hope I can be competitive, be in the top five every weekend and on the podium, and be consistent. We’ve been working really hard and I hope it pays off in the end.
 
I really like going to Road America – it’s the home race for Pabst Racing and a really important race for our team. But I look forward to every race weekend. It’s really good to work with Pabst and I’ve learned a lot from them. You feel like you’re part of the family, and we work really well together. I’m honored to be part of that.
 
What kind of activities do you do away from the race car? 
 
I’ve been doing a lot of cycling and running, so with that and karting, I keep busy. Roberto got me into cycling, so I do a lot of that. Sometimes I go cycling with Matheus (Leist, 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series driver) and I train a lot. It’s hot during the summer, but if you train during the hot weather then go racing, you’re ready. 
 
What is your favorite racetrack?
 
Road America is one of them, because I had my best result there, but it’s so special going back to Indianapolis, there’s so much tradition. It’s hard to believe you’re really there, you can really feel the history. I like Toronto, too – it’s hard to pick just one! They’re all such iconic tracks with so much history behind them. I went back and watched Roberto race at Road America. Especially for someone like me, from a small town in Brazil, to go to these places that I’m so used to seeing on TV, it’s kind of overwhelming.
 
When we had the hurricane in Miami, the first place all the drivers thought to go to was Indianapolis. All the guys from Florida. It’s the racing capital of the world, so it’s like home. I got back there just after the hurricane and my apartment was fine, but I couldn’t buy any food or water so it was getting kind of desperate. I went to Indy and spent a week and a half there because we didn’t have power or water.
 
If I wasn’t driving a race car, I'd be ___________________________.
 
I could only see myself driving a race car! It would have to be in sports, like cycling. I like watching basketball but I’m not that big so the NBA would not work for me. I am going to school for business, so it would probably be something around that, but I can’t imagine not driving a race car.
 
What are your hobbies?
 
The main one is cycling, I love doing it. I’m always looking for things for my bike. I also do online races on the simulator at my house. But it’s mostly training or karting. There’s not much time left for other things if you want to be competitive on the Mazda Road to Indy. You have to push yourself really hard.

What do you do to relax and get away from racing?
 
I go to see my family in Brazil for a week or two during the off season and the holidays, or my friends will come visit me in Miami. But during the season I stay focused all the time. I don’t have classes during the summer, so it’s perfect for me to race. 

A total of 50 cars and a star-studded lineup of drivers that includes champions and race winners from Formula 1, open-wheel, NASCAR and international sports car competition will take to the track for the 56th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-28.

 
The opening race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup begins on FOX at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 27 and includes complete domestic streaming throughout the 24 hours on FOX Sports GO. International, flag-to-flag coverage is available on IMSA.com and a variety of international television outlets (including Eurosport), as well as IMSA Radio commentary on RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
 
Drivers representing every continent except Antarctica – and a total of 25 countries in all – have been entered to drive one of the 50 cars on this year’s Rolex 24 entry list.
 
Photo Credit: LAT Photo USA for IMSA

The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.

 
"We're thrilled to take amateur racing's most prestigious event to one of the most beautiful and challenging racetracks in the country, returning it to the Eastern United States for the first time since 2015," said Eric Prill, SCCA Vice President & COO. "The VIR visit continues SCCA's current practice of moving the Runoffs to different locations around the country each year. And with the amazing track, facility and backdrop VIR offers, we're sure the Runoffs will be a 'must-attend' for our entire membership and racing fans alike in 2019, and a fantastic way to cap SCCA's 75th anniversary year."
 
Recognized as one of Car and Driver magazine's top six road courses in the nation, VIR draws thousands of spectators each year for some of the best road racing in the country. Its uphill Esses and sharp elevation changes not only make it a fan and driver favorite, but VIR has also received international acclaim and rave reviews as one of the most exciting road courses in all of motorsports.
 
Connie Nyholm, VIR's Owner and CEO, noted that the track first opened in 1957 as one of the country's first permanent road racing circuits. Recognizing greatness, the 3.27-mile track -- which will be used for the Runoffs -- has remained exactly the same since, with the only change being widening some places to offer safer run-off room.
 
"I can't tell you how excited we are to welcome the best amateur drivers in the U.S. for the 56th edition of the Runoffs," Nyholm said. "SCCA sanctioned the very first race here, and again in March 2000 when Harvey Siegel and I re-opened the resurrected VIR. Having the 2019 Runoffs will be an important part of VIR's history."
 
The first official event at VIR was an SCCA race that attracted stars like Carroll Shelby, Carl Haas, Bob Holbert, Augie Pabst, Don Yenko, Dr. Dick Thompson and Walt Hansgen. The track became a fixture in SCCA racing and a favorite among racers due to its high-speed straights, challenging turns and dramatic elevation changes. Today, the venue plays host to the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge.
 
While racing is the heart of VIR, the expansive 1,300-acre property is so much more. America's first true "motorsport resort," it's an entire vacation destination with a number of onsite hotel and lodging options. Within the property's rolling hills and miles of lush forest, guests can enjoy unique amenities such as the exclusive Driver's Club, dining options, spa, karting, skid pad, and even shooting sports. Located near Danville and South Boston, Virginia, the circuit is within 45 minutes of 1,500 hotel rooms and 100 restaurants. Contact VIR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (434) 822-7700 x101 for lodging assistance.
 
The Runoffs, which caps the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program each year, has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports. Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days. In 2019, there will be three days of qualifying, followed by three days of racing. VIR joins Riverside (1964, 1966, 1968), Daytona International Speedway (1965, 1967, 1969, 2015), Road Atlanta (1970-1993), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1994-2005, 2016), Heartland Motorsports Park (2006-2008), Road America (2009-2013), Laguna Seca (2014), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2017) and Sonoma Raceway (2018) as Runoffs hosts.
 
While the SCCA looks forward to the 56th Runoffs at VIR in 2019, racers are currently qualifying for the 2018 Runoffs being held October 16-21 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The traditional 12-turn, 2.52-mile course layout will be used for that event.
 

As opening practice gets under way for the 56th Rolex 24 At Daytona, officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today confirmed that the homologation period for the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and LMP2 race cars that race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) class, and homologation for GT Le Mans (GTLM) class race cars has been extended.

 
The extension was made possible through the partnership between IMSA, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which organizes the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, respectively.
 
Under the new WEC “Super Season” format launching in 2018, the FIA extended current LMP2 and GTE Homologation periods to coincide with its new schedule format, which now will close with the season-ending 24 Hours of Le Mans event. Subsequent seasons will begin in the fall of one year and close at Le Mans the following year.
 
Consequently, and for IMSA competition only, DPi and LMP2 homologations have been extended by one year, making Prototype cars built to current technical regulations eligible through the conclusion of the 2021 WeatherTech Championship season. The homologation for GTLM race cars will run through the end of the 2019 WeatherTech Championship season.
 
“As we kick off the 2018 season, we believe the announcement of the extension of our Prototype and GTLM homologations will come as welcome news for many of our competitors,” said IMSA Vice President, Competition, Simon Hodgson. “We believe our current regulations have been a catalyst for many manufacturers and constructors to compete in the WeatherTech Championship, and this opportunity to amortize their investment over a longer period will be attractive for current and potentially future competitors.”
 
With the WeatherTech Championship continuing to follow the traditional calendar, new homologations for GTLM cars – or GTE when competing at Le Mans or in the FIA WEC – and LMP2 cars will come online first in the FIA WEC, prior to being incorporated into the WeatherTech Championship at the start of the following year.

Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner and driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda Indy car for Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will be a special guest of Honda and the NHL during the All-Star Game weekend in Tampa, Jan. 26-28.

 
Rossi will drive the Stanley Cup around Tampa in an NHL All-Star Game branded Honda Ridgeline accompanied by the NHL's Mike Bolt and Phil Pritchard, the official "Keepers of the Cup".
 
Additional highlights of Rossi's activities and appearances which offer interview opportunities include (All times noted are EST.):
 
Friday, Jan. 26:
5-10 p.m.  2018 NHL All-Star PreGame - Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park (SC)
 
Saturday, Jan. 27:
10:45 a.m.  Gasparilla Parade Floatilla Entrance - Ballast Point Pier/Convention Center (SC)
1-1:30 p.m.  Key Ceremony - Convention Center (SC)
2 p.m.  2018 NHL All-Star PreGame
7 p.m.  2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition
Sunday, Jan. 28:
2-3 p.m.  Alexander Rossi Autograph Session at 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame
4 p.m.  2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game

(SC)-Activity includes Stanley Cup.
 
An Indy car with special 2018 NHL All-Star Game livery will be on display at PreGame as an additional photo and video opportunity.
The year 2018 begins promisingly for Raphaël Lessard, member of the TRD - Toyota driver development program, who will be competing in his first race of the season this Saturday, January 27 in Cordele, Georgia, as a new member of the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team and as part of the ARCA/CRA Super Series Speedfest 200 2018. 
 
The young driver, whose talent and motivation are well established, is clearly aiming for a win at the wheel of his FRL Express/Mobil 1/Toyota Camry #51 and with the help and advice of his crew chief, Cody Glick. The trust from KBM, one of the largest organizations in the industry and whose mandate is to develop Nascar's future talents, confirms the skill and potential of this exceptional driver. New team, new car, new exploits!
 
Saturday's 200-lap race will take place on Crisp Motorsports Park's Watermelon Capital Speedway, a D-shaped oval asphalt track that boasts some of the fastest speeds in this southern state.
 
RLR PR