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2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will have a new home next season.

 

Acura Team Penske announced this morning that Taylor will complete the team’s full-time driver lineup for its pair of new Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race cars that will debut in the 2018 WeatherTech Championship.

 

Taylor will be paired with Helio Castroneves, who was announced as the third member of the team’s full-time driver lineup just prior to last weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya were introduced as the team’s first two drivers in August.

 

The team also announced today that IndyCar racers Simon Pagenaud – who drove in Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans with Castroneves and Montoya – and Graham Rahal will complete the team’s lineup for the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

 

“Adding a champion sports car driver in Ricky will help our team grow and develop,” said Team Owner Roger Penske. “Ricky had a phenomenal season in 2017. He brings a great deal of sports car experience and his knowledge of the cars, the racetracks and the series overall will be a big benefit to our team.

 

“Having that experience, along with the winning pedigree of Helio, Juan and Dane, provides a great platform as we launch the Acura Team Penske program next season. When you add Simon and Graham for the endurance races, I feel we have a strong lineup for Daytona and Sebring.”

 

The 28-year-old Taylor is coming off a magnificent season in the WeatherTech Championship. Co-driving the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside his younger brother, Jordan, for the team owned by his father, Wayne Taylor, the team opened the year with five consecutive victories, including wins in the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

 

The Taylor brothers finished the year with seven top-three results in the 10-race season to win what was Ricky Taylor’s first championship. It was Jordan Taylor’s second title, having won the final GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype crown in 2013 co-driving with Max Angelelli, while Ricky raced for Spirit of Daytona Racing alongside co-driver Richard Westbrook.

 

“No matter which way I look at it, professional and personally, it is a father’s dream to have his son called upon by Roger Penske,” said Wayne Taylor. “So, I’m incredibly proud of Ricky and excited for him, and I think, honestly, the entire team has been supportive of this move, as well as everyone at General Motors and Cadillac. But I’ve still got Jordan, and he knows how to win championships.”

 

Angelelli stepped out of the cockpit as a full-time driver following the 2013 season, opening up a slot for Ricky Taylor to join the family team. In four WeatherTech Championship seasons together, the brothers have won a total of 12 races.

 

“I can't lie,” said Ricky Taylor. “Nobody could have taken me away from driving with my brother and everything that my dad had built there besides an opportunity like this with Team Penske coming back to sports car racing, and Acura, after their great season in GT this year with the NSX.  There's so many big factors that it doesn't look like it's just a flash-in-the-pan sort of deal.  It seems like it's something that is really exciting.  The series is growing.

 

“It was a hard decision after such a good year and so much momentum was built over there, but I think this is a new challenge and an amazing opportunity.  I'm excited to take it.  Although I think Jordan and my dad would have said I was stupid not to. Coming over here was a decision I'm really excited about.”

 

Ricky Taylor solidified his reputation as one of the fastest drivers in the WeatherTech Championship in 2017. He qualified on the pole position for five races this year, and his eight career poles put him second on the all-time series list behind James French, who has 10 career poles in the WeatherTech Championship.

 

“There's a pretty big checklist of things that we're looking for when we're talking about our drivers,” said Honda Performance Development President Art St. Cyr.  “But, first and foremost, was we want to get the fastest drivers we possibly could.  Looking at the way Ricky started out this year with the first five wins, it was very clear that he was a very fast driver.

 

“Part of the other things that we had was really someone who could represent the Acura brand well.  Ricky is an American, which helps, because Acura is a North American brand.  Those types of things.  He's well‑spoken.  We think this is his time to really shine.  We thought that he would be good in the mixture as far as chemistry. When it comes down to it, ultimately we've got to win races.  He fits pretty much every box that we needed.”

 

Full-time drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series, both Pagenaud and Rahal have considerable experience in the sports car ranks. Pagenaud won the 2010 American Le Mans Series LMP championship and owns 10 ALMS victories, including the 2010 Motul Petit Le Mans. Last weekend, he co-drove the No. 6 Team Penske ORECA LM P2 car with Montoya and Castroneves to a third-place result in the 10-hour season finale at Road Atlanta.

 

“First of all, it was an honor to be part of the star lineup with Helio and Juan Pablo,” said Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar champion. “Also, the return of Team Penske to sports car racing, I think it really was an interesting start of a new era for the team.  Being part of it was very special.

 

“My background is all about sports cars.  Having the opportunity to drive again in that field was a lot of fun.  Great racing.  Fantastic level of competition, as well, whether it's GTD or Prototypes.  We all had a blast.  The team did a fantastic job bringing the podium back home on the first race.  It was a great time.”

 

Rahal won the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona with Chip Ganassi Racing, and has made eight starts in the Rolex 24.  His most recent start came this year in the No. 93 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3, co-driving with Andy Lally, Katherine Legge and Mark Wilkins to an 11th-place class result in the car’s debut race.

 

“As it kind of runs in the blood, it was a perfect opportunity to come over here,” Rahal said.  “Sports car racing is something that's important to myself, to my family, and clearly is a huge part of the history of Team Penske.  So, combined with Acura Team Penske, I think it will be a great season for all the full‑time guys.  It's a dream opportunity for me to jump in and be a part of the endurance races.”

 

With the team’s lineup now solidified, preparations are well under way for the 2018 season, which opens with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-28, 2018. Prior to the Rolex 24, the three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona will provide one of the first opportunities to publicly see the team in action during the three-day test on Jan. 5-7 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

“We take one day at a time around here,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric.  “We're going to hit the ground running next week.  We'll have all four of the full‑time drivers in the car next week.  It's good for them to get acclimated with each other.

 

“Helio and Ricky, they know each other I guess socially, you'd call it, but they've never worked together.  It will be interesting there. Dane and Juan, they got a chance to race against each other the other night.  I was glad to see they started things off the right way, kept things clean, because I was a little concerned about how that might turn out for day one as teammates.  They passed the first test.

 

“Then it's our goal to be on track one or two times a month up until we get to the Roar in January.  We received our second Acura car actually at the end of last week, so we have two cars in‑house now.  We're starting to build those up.  Hopefully there will be a point in time where we can actually take two cars to a test, but it will be a little bit before that occurs.

 

“Busy times, for sure, and at the same time a couple of these guys are still hopping in and out of the 2018 IndyCar.  Yeah, there's a lot going on here in what they call the ‘off‑season.’”

 

Friday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale at Road Atlanta was anything but predictable for Freedom Autosport. An unexpected finish left two of the team’s Mazda MX-5s out of the running, while propelling the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5 to a third-place finish.

 

This is the third podium of the year for Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer, who had two wins this year and closed the season fifth in the ST class championship with the No. 25 ModSpace Mazda.

Freedom Autosport Mazdas were rarely outside the top-three throughout the two-hour race. McCumbee moved into third early in the race, a spot later held by Britt Casey, Jr. in the No. 27 TRUMPF, Inc. Mazda MX-5. Casey’s co-driver Tom Long later took the lead. The No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5 of Liam Dwyer and Andrew Carbonell also ran in the top-three during the race.

Disaster struck during the final caution. As the field prepared to take the green flag for a sprint to the finish, a competitor at the front of the line of ST cars braked hard, causing a chain reaction of impacts behind. Both the No. 26 and 27 Mazdas were caught up in it, ending the race for both with only two laps remaining. The shake-up allowed the No. 25 Mazda to move into third.

Fans can watch Freedom Autosport’s final podium finish of the 2017 season when FS1 airs the broadcast at 7:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 15.

Freedom Autosport Quotes
Chad McCumbee:
We had a car that was probably capable of battling for the lead all race long. In terms of long runs, I think we had the best car today. We developed a stumble in the engine about 30 minutes in, and ultimately that was our demise on battling for the win. I’m frustrated because I think we had a car capable of winning, but I’ll take a solid result to finish the year for ModSapce and Freedom Autosport.

Stevan McAleer:
The car has been good all season in terms of pace, but reliability has hurt us. We had a good car, just like we did last year, and we ended up in a similar situation where the car developed a misfire on a restart. Halfway through, the car started coming back in and we were hunting the lead group down before the final caution.

Britt Casey, Jr.:
We made huge improvements to our TRUMPF Mazda on the test day. The adjustments got smaller and smaller, and Tom and I had to get pickier and pickier with what we wanted to change! What happened at the end of the race was unfortunate, but the car was awesome.

Tom Long:
This was not the result we wanted to end the year for Freedom Autosport. The team did such an incredible job with our Mazda. We had a good car and were running strong. We were trying to do our best for TRUMPF, Mazda and Freedom Autosport, and we came up short. I don’t think everyone played very fair, and that was a big piece to the end of the race.

Andrew Carbonell:
Freedom Autosport has done such an incredible job of giving us the best cars we’ve ever had. Over the course of ten years, we’ve never been able to produce the lap times we have this year. Even so, it’s been an uphill battle. We can’t thank the team enough for staying motivated and not giving up. It’s a big testament to the team for staying strong mentally through the whole season.

Liam Dwyer:
We rolled off the trailer not very good for the test day, and the guys did a ton of work, so the car was tremendously better the next morning. The car just really came alive. The qualifying time was not indicative of how fast the car was for the race. I’m honored and blessed to be a part of Freedom Autosport and to have Andrew as a teammate and friend.

Races from the largest SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® ever, with a broadcast presented by Mazda, are now available for everyone's online viewing pleasure.

 
All 28 class Championships have been posted in one-hour-or-less segments. Watch all the drama unfold once again from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first time that venue has ever hosted the Runoffs. Relive the exciting starts, the crucial moments, daring passes and dominant performances at the 2017 SCCA Runoffs OnDemand webpage.
 
Along with this year's Runoffs, past national championship race videos dating back to 2009 are also archived at the webpage. Great for rainy or snowy days, and the perfect escape while typing away at your work computer.
 
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After a day of media training and physical assessment, the 12 drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators finally got on track Tuesday. But not without a little extra waiting for the rain to clear at New Smyrna Speedway.

Once the clouds moved away and the track was dry, the drivers were quick to get on the gas to show off their skills around the banked half-mile short track. The drivers took turns with two 10-lap sessions apiece in one of three Late Models, which were identically prepared by Rev Racing. Competition officials from NASCAR and Rev Racing evaluated them on their times, as well as their feedback and consistency throughout their runs.

"It was amazing," said 16-year-old Ryan Vargas, who is coming off a season where he finished third in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series California standings. "To be here and take what I learned and apply it today is really big step for me.

"I've been saying it all weekend. I'm more excited than I am nervous. I know in the end, there's four spots available and we all have the same opportunity to get those spots. I'm just hoping I show with my dedication and my consistency on track that I am worthy."

NASCAR.com's Holly Cain: Excitement aplenty at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine

As part of the evolution of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, which will feature an enhanced focus on seat time to increase competition at the combine and on the track next season, this week has a little different look than year's past. Twelve participants were invited to the three-day tryout, out of which four will be selected for the 2018 Rev Racing team. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

"The talent pool is deep and as the years progressed, we wanted to make sure we continued to upgrade and improve the support we give the drivers," said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. "We're having more in-depth evaluation on track in both Late Model and K&N Pro Series cars, physical assessment and off-track evaluation, and even restructuring the composition of the team for next year."

Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It's compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing's Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

One of the other differences at this year's Combine, the current Rev Racing drivers who were invited were also part of the on-track testing.

"Having a whole season under my belt with Rev Racing and knowing how calm they are and that they just want us to do the best we can do," said Causey, "I'm excited to get back in the Late Model car and see if I can improve my time a little bit."

"For me, I do think of it in the back of my mind, it is like I'm re-trying out all over again -- they're evaluating everybody. I don't really try to let it get to me. I try to do the best I can do and work with what I've got and see how it turns out."

The on-track assessment will continue on Wednesday, as the drivers will test in NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars under a similar format.

Wednesday's testing will also be streamed live on FansChoice.TV.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandoleros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:

Driver

Hometown

Age

Chase Cabre

Tampa, Fla.

20

Collin Cabre

Tampa, Fla.

23

Macy Causey

Seaford, Va.

16

Madeline Crane

Meansville, Ga.

19

Ernie Francis Jr.

Dania, Fla.

19

Ruben Garcia

Mexico City, Mexico

21

McKenna Haase

Carlisle, Iowa

20

Nicholas Sanchez

Homestead, Fla.

16

Ryan Vargas

La Mirada, Calif.

16

Fabian Welter

Mexico City, Mexico

21

Armani Williams

Grosse Point, Mich.

17

Brittney Zamora

Kennewick, Wash.

18

NASCAR PR

NOS Energy Drink has signed on as primary sponsor of both the No. 17 Stenhouse Jr. - Wood Racing sprint car team and the No. 39 Clauson Marshall midget entry. The multi-year agreement will begin effective immediately.
 
"We're pleased and proud to have NOS represented in grassroots, dirt racing," said Lauren Albano, Senior Brand Manager for NOS Energy Drink. "Dirt racing has shown its strength in popularity and fan loyalty and it's a natural fit for the NOS brand. Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) has been a great spokesman for our company in the past and we look forward to building on that and earning more wins and championships together."
 
Stenhouse Jr. and NOS Energy Drink first partnered in 2012 and earned six NASCAR XFINITY Series wins together en route to the series championship that season. The team will continue to compete full time on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour this season with 56-time World of Outlaws winner Jac Haudenschild. To date the team has earned five top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. In June, fellow NASCAR driver Kyle Larson drove a second Stenhouse Jr. - Wood Racing entry to a World of Outlaws victory at Eagle (Nebraska) Raceway with Stenhouse Jr. as crew chief.
 
"Grassroots dirt racing has been a passion of mine since I was a kid," said Stenhouse Jr. "I'm proud to partner a brand like NOS Energy Drink with my dirt family, as we've all success together throughout the years. It's going to be exciting to see NOS colors on track this weekend."
 
Justin Grant will continue to drive the No. 39 NOS Energy Drink Clauson-Marshall entry on the USAC Midget National Championship tour. Grant and the No. 39 team have earned two midget wins this year at Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin and Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, Penn.
 
"It's not lost on me that the partnership with NOS Energy Drink is a continuation of the way we built the Clauson Marshall program with drivers and partners who have a history with Bryan (Clauson) and feel like members of our family," said Tim Clauson, co-owner of Clauson-Marshall Racing. "NOS was on the car when Bryan won the USAC Midget National championship in 2011. Obviously that moment was special for us and we're looking forward to making more memories with them."
 
The NOS Energy Drink No. 17 sprint car team will next compete on Friday, Oct. 20, in the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Live audio of the event can be heard, at no cost, on DirtVision.com starting at approximately 5 p.m., ET. The NOS Energy No. 39 midget team will next compete on Friday, Oct. 20, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. 
 
Stenhouse-Woods Racing PR

Georgia driver Spencer Davis will have another shot at capturing his first victory in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards when the series returns to action for the Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on Friday night.

For Davis, a former NASCAR Next alum, Friday night’s ARCA series finale will mark his seventh start of the season driving for Venturini Motorsports and first event carrying the colors of team sponsor Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce. Davis will drive the team’s No.55 Toyota Camry paired with crew chief Ryan London.

“I’m excited to get back into my Toyota Camry and mix it up with the guys in the ARCA Series,” says Davis. “We’ve got Musselman’s riding along with us this weekend – hoping we can give them a good showing in the finale.”

Since finishing third at Talladega in his series debut Davis has been plagued with bad luck. Coming off a season low 15th place finish at Kentucky the nineteen year-old driver is optimistic about turning things around.

“We’ve kinda had an up and down season. Kansas give us a great opportunity to turn things around and prove what we’re capable of doing out on the track. We’ve showed some speed but lately it seems we’ve had a ton of bad luck washing it all away. I’m ready to put the negatives behind me and focus on what’s important – Kansas”, added Davis.

In six series starts during the 2017 season Davis has notched just one top-5 to go along with three-top 10 finishes.

“Everyone wants to end the season on a high note – I know I do and know my guys want to. Everyone works hard at this and the success will come. Nothing would be better than ending it from victory lane.”

Venturini Motorsports with 44 all-time ARCA Racing Series team victories has earned one win at Kansas Speedway with driver Alex Bowman in 2011. The team has also won (4) General Tire Pole Awards at the 1.5 mile track with drivers Mikey Kile (’10), Max Gresham (’11), Dylan Kwasnewski (’13) and Daniel Suarez (’15).

Kansas City Appearance
Spencer Davis will join fellow VMS rookie teammates Natalie Decker and Cole Rouse on and off the track at Kansas. Prior to Friday’s main event the trio will join Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Paul Menard for a special fan autograph meet and greet appearance on Thursday, October 19 (6:30pm-7:30pm) at the area Menards store located at 8901 N Greenhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas ARCA 150 kicks off Triple-Header Weekend
The Kansas 150 also serves as the show-opener for big triple-header weekend of racing to include the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday and the Monster Energy Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday.

The Kansas 150 marks the 17th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001. Practice for the Kansas 150 is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2:30 p.m. The 17th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:47 p.m. Friday night, with live coverage on FS2. ARCAracing.com will also feature Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat of all on-track activities.

VMS PR

Twelve drivers arrived in Florida, champing at the bit to get behind the wheel and show their talents at the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators. But before they could put the cars in gear, they were put through a battery of tests designed to evaluate their off-track preparation and skills that will be equally invaluable to their dreams of moving up the NASCAR ladder.

The drivers were put through a series of stations at Bethune-Cookman University to evaluate their skills in different media settings as well as a physical training assessment. 

"Driving a race car is a physical moment: You need upper-body strength, you need hand-eye coordination, but mainly you need muscle endurance," said Phil Horton, who oversees the physical training program with Rev Racing. "You drive a car for three and a half hours and there doesn't look like there are a lot of strenuous movements there. But you're holding a steering wheel all day. In order to have muscle endurance, you first need to have muscle strength."

Fans are seeing more drivers active on different areas outside of racing, whether it's Jimmie Johnson running triathlons or Dale Earnhardt Jr. posting recaps of his long weekend bike rides via the Relive app. That's trickled down to the younger drivers like Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who've incorporated cycling or Crossfit into their daily routines.

"The mental toughness of being in shape is important -- one of the things we're looking for is their work ethic," said Horton. "You need to get in the gym early in the morning. You need to do those situps, you need to do those pushups, you need to lift those weights. Not necessarily like athletes in other sports. But just do them on a consistent basis. Without that fitness part of it, you're doing something every day that's preparing you to be a driver." 

Both the combine and the team will feature an enhanced focus on seat time to increase competition at the combine and on the track next season. Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It's compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing's Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

Ernie Francis Jr. is second-generation driver who is getting his first taste of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. A multi-time champion in Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli, the 19-year-old from south Florida is looking to make a good impression.

"It's something new for me; I come from a road-racing background," said Ernie Francis Jr. "I'm used to a lot of the media stuff with everything I've done in my career. But some of the NASCAR stuff they do, I'm not too used to right now.

"The physical assessment, I'm a pretty active driver and try to stay physically fit with some of the endurance races I do. I think I'll do all right here and we'll see how it goes tomorrow when I get on track."

In addition to their time with Horton, the drivers also participated in mock press conference panels as well as conducted one-on-one interviews with Bethune-Cookman's radio station, WRWS-LPFM 99.1. They also took a version of the Wunderlich, specifically designed from a driver attribute standpoint. The test will help with the overall evaluation of the drivers for selection. It will also be utilized to help Rev Racing determine the crew chief pairings for the 2018 season and overall team dynamic.

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity competitors are scheduled to test at New Smyrna Speedway on Tuesday in a Late Model Stock Car and Wednesday in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

From the 12 combine participants, four will be selected for the 2018 season. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandelaros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:

Driver

Hometown

Age

Chase Cabre

Tampa, Fla.

20

Collin Cabre

Tampa, Fla.

23

Macy Causey

Seaford, Va.

16

Madeline Crane

Meansville, Ga.

19

Ernie Francis Jr.

Dania, Fla.

19

Ruben Garcia

Mexico City, Mexico

21

McKenna Haase

Carlisle, Iowa

20

Nicholas Sanchez

Homestead, Fla.

16

Ryan Vargas

La Mirada, Calif.

16

Fabian Welter

Mexico City, Mexico

21

Armani Williams

Grosse Point, Mich.

17

Brittney Zamora

Kennewick, Wash.

18

NASCAR PR

Twenty-year old rookie driver Natalie Decker will wrap up her whirlwind season when she takes the wheel in Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas 150 season finale at Kansas Speedway.

Decker, a favorite among fans of all ages, returns to the seat for the seventh time this season. Despite having raced Pocono’s superspeedway twice this season Kansas marks just the second time the magnetic driver will race on a mile and half surface so far during her young career.

Sporting a new look, the Eagle River, Wisconsin native will unveil support from Alex Hoffman’s Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt on the side of her pinked-out No.25 Venturini Motorsports prepared Toyota Camry.

“This has been a dream season for me and I couldn’t be more excited to finish the year at Kansas Speedway,” says Decker.

Decker went on to say, “Preparing for this race (Kansas 150) has been priority number one since leaving Kentucky. Besides watching film and going over my last race at Kentucky with my crew chief (Dave Leiner) I took advantage of some seat time in Toyota’s race simulator last week. On-track testing has been limited so getting behind the wheel of the simulator gives me a realistic view of what to expect next week at Kansas.”

Decker, a popular Midwest late model driver, jumped onto the ARCA scene in May finishing 11th in her series debut at Toledo Speedway. In six ARCA national touring events the dynamic female driver has posted two top-10 finishes highlighted by a career best seventh place finish at Road America.

“We’ve run a bit of everything the (ARCA) series offers – short tracks, an intermediate track, Pocono and of course the road course race at Road America. I’m still learning a lot – I feel we’ve made huge gains from the beginning of the season and as I continue to log laps and gain valuable experience the more I’m adapting to feel of the ARCA car.”

Natalie Decker Unveils Multiple Caused-Based Social Message at Kansas Speedway

Combining multiple caused-based messages on her Kansas Toyota race car the Eagle River, Wisconsin native will highlight several national public awareness initiatives which include Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt, Breast Cancer Awareness and distracted driving.

Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt comes aboard as part of an alliance with Decker’s primary sponsor, N29 Capital Partners. Based in Menomonee Falls, WI, Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt is a non-profit food service retail location created specifically with the goal to give 100% of profits back to the community and promote positive change for local residents.

The creation of local businessman and entrepreneur, Alex Hoffman, the single retail location was developed after Hoffman’s twenty-one year old son died of a drug overdose in 2013. Serving as a way to memorialize his son and bring necessary awareness and support to an ever increasing epidemic, Hoffman has rededicated his professional life to give back to the community.

An interactive regional force, Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt has supported numerous local organizations including schools, churches, sports teams and countless other personal and charitable events in central Wisconsin. You Cool Frozen Yogurt is located at N78 W14579 Appleton Avenue, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. For more information visit http://www.yocoolfrozenyogurt.com.

“I’m really fortunate and proud of the work I do off the track to help support great some great causes. My Kansas car will represent groups I care about and spend time supporting when I’m not racing. I’m really lucky to have such great support behind me – N29 Capital Partners and Musselman’s Apple Sauce have really stepped up this year allowing me to showcase such great causes such as the work Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt and People Against Distracted Driving (PADD) are doing to help create conversation and national awareness to important social issues plaguing young people in our country.”

Natalie Decker TV Appearance on Kansas City Live Morning Show
Natalie will make a local Kansas City television appearance on Kansas City Live morning program on Thursday, October 19. Kansas City Live which airs on the local NBC affiliate - channel 41 KSHB, is an hour long show that spotlights the people, places, trends and local attractions in the Kansas City area. Natalie will join hosts Michelle Davidson and Joel Nichols for a segment highlighting ARCA’s return to Kansas Speedway.

Kansas City Menards Store Appearance
Natalie Decker will join fellow VMS rookie teammates Spencer Davis and Cole Rouse on and off the track at Kansas. Prior to Friday’s main event the trio will join Monster Energy NASCAR Cup driver Paul Menard for a special fan autograph meet and greet appearance on Thursday, October 19 (6:30pm-7:30pm) at the area Menards store located at 8901 N Greenhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Venturini Motorsports History at Kansas Speedway
Venturini Motorsports with 44 all-time ARCA Racing Series team victories has earned one win at Kansas Speedway with driver Alex Bowman in 2011. The team has also won (4) General Tire Pole Awards at the 1.5 mile track with drivers Mikey Kile (’10), Max Gresham (’11), Dylan Kwasnewski (’13) and Daniel Suarez (’15).

Kansas ARCA 150 Kicks Off Triple-Header Weekend
The Kansas 150 also serves as the show-opener for big triple-header weekend of racing to include the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday and the Monster Energy Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 Sunday.

The Kansas 150 marks the 17th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001. Practice for the Kansas 150 is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2:30 p.m. The 17th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:47 p.m. Friday night, with live coverage on FS2. ARCAracing.com will also feature Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat of all on-track activities.

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Just two weeks ago, Scott Adams of Lake Ariel, PA planned on taking his #68 WARRANT Chevy Monte Carlo SS Street Stock to put on display prior to the popular band’s show at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA. However, Adams changed his mind and decided to compete in the New York Super Stocks Series event at Wyoming County International Speedway in Perry, NY as part of the “Shootout at the Bull Ring” on Saturday night. His decision ended up being a wise choice, as the veteran driver started dead last and then steered his way to the front for the checkers and the $1,000 prize.   

With 39 cars on hand for the show, it was determined that 22 would qualify for the 51-lap Sandra Vogler Memorial. Volger lost her courageous battle with breast cancer in September of 2005.

Most people would assume that Adams had a stellar 2017 season that helped with his decision on being competitive for the big show. Those who assumed were wrong, as the driver had one of his most disappointing seasons to date, mainly due to mechanical failures and an ill handling car. Although he had one feature win earlier in the season at Evergreen Raceway, his luck really took a turn for the better on Saturday night.

He worked on his ride all week long prior to the show and finally figured out that the rear end of his race car was bent. After changing three rears Friday night he headed to the track. The car was good in practice, yet luck didn’t go his way in the heat race and he suffered a flat tire on the first lap. He finished second in the consolation show, which put him as the last place starter in the main event.

The driver remained calm, patient and kept his nose clean throughout the show. He climbed to fourth and then the leaders tangled. He restarted in the second spot and then worked around the outside of the leader on the final lap to secure what he admits is his biggest career victory.

“I’ve won quite a few races over the years, but this is my biggest for many reasons”, noted the 2013 Evergreen Raceway Four Cylinder champion.

“The car felt great, but I was worried with 32 cars on hand. “Earlier in the day I thought about throwing in the towel, but I had to be at the track anyway.”

“To go up against this many talented drivers and then come out on top feels great. “I can’t thank everyone enough for such a great race.”

When it comes to having supportive sponsors, Adams is in good company, with Wheels Bar & Grill, Himmer Graphics, Shultz Fabrication, NJB Trucking, MD Adams Winery, S&D Bodyline, Marchets Garage, FireHouse, WARRANT and Tyler Jett Motorsports Marketing.

For more information on HGR (Himmer Graphics Racing), please visit their Facebook page. For up to date information on WARRANT, including tour dates please visit www.WARRANTrocks.com. As always, you can check out FireHouse at www.firehousemusic.com.

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Alon Day was crowned NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion at Circuit Zolder at the end of an action-packed ELITE 1 Final 2 won by Marc Goossens (#90 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) ahead of Frederic Gabillon (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) and Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS).

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Day and Goossens started from the front row for a repeat of the duel that highlighted Saturday’s ELITE 1 Final 1 but it was Goossens who took the lead in the first turn, while Day had to settle for second. As soon as the cars crossed the start-finish line for the first lap, mathematically confirming Day’s title, the CAAL Racing box erupted to celebrate their first major championship in 41 years of racing history, but the Israeli kept pushing to deliver another win. Day tried to retake the lead, but eventually had to surrender to Gabillon for second and fell to fourth under the checkered flag.
 

"It is such an amazing feeling! We were trying so hard the past three years to win this title, we won so many races but never the championship,” said Day, who won his first NWES title after finishing second and third in the last two seasons. “Finishing the season like this is the sweetest thing i can ask. I am so happy for the CAAL Racing team, they did a great job all season long. We finally made it. I have no words right now."

With a dominant win in front of his crowd, Goossens reached the culmination of a progression that brought Braxx Racing to score the first NASCAR win in the team’s history in two years.

"It is an awesome feeling for this whole team here at Braxx Racing. If I look at what we achieved in the last year and a half Braxx Racing is a winning team now. I hope now we can keep building on this,” said the Belgian, who added a NASCAR win to his outstanding resume. “The series is putting a great show on if you take a look at the number of people here today. I have to thank Circuit Zolder as well for all the effort they put into this weekend. Thanks to all the Belgian fans coming to the track. I hope to bring the #90 back to the podium soon but now I need some rest. I had a lot of hard work in the last couple of weeks. I get away with a win in Laguna Seca last week in the IMSA series and now I am a NASCAR winner and I couldn’t dream of a better finish for this season. Thanks to Braxx Racing and especially to Jerry de Weerdt. I love this series and hope to be back next year to put up a great show."

Gabillon and Kumpen tried all they could to stay in touch with Goossens but in the second part of the race the Belgian was simply unstoppable and they had to settle for second and third under the checkered flag. Kumpen finished second in the points standings ahead of Borja Garcia (#6 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang). Gabillon finished fourth.

Day finished fourth while Stienes Longin (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) took another solid top-5 and was crowned Junior Trophy winner. Borja Garcia (#7 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) ended up sixth and Lucas Lassere (#33 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) sustained a lot of pressure in the battle for seventh and finished right ahead of Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#56 CAAL Racing Toyota Camry) who took second in the Junior Trophy. Eric Helary (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Chevrolet SS) and Wilfried Boucenna (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-10. 

Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) took the race win the Challenger Trophy, while the overall trophy went to Marconi Abreu (#47 RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) despite hitting troubles in both the ELITE 1 races. 

Next stop for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be the December 8 traditional awards banquet at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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In the short span of one corner, Guillaume Deflandre (#46 Racing Total Chevrolet SS) turned what was a solid return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series into a resounding win leading the ELITE 2 Final 2 under the checkered flag to win the first NWES race for himself and his German team Racing Total.

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The 18-year-old Belgian started from the front row and crafted a perfect first corner dodging the cars of pole sitter Guillaume Dumarey (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) and Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) when the two got together in turn one. Deflandre then mastered the following restart and led the rest of the race to gram the first checkered flag of his career in his return to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series at wheel of the #46 Racing Total Chevrolet SS. The German team also got his first win after finishing on the podium in Hockenheim.

"It was a really good race for me today and I am really happy to grab my first win in NASCAR”, Deflandre said with a broad smile in Victory Lane. “I am also very happy to get the win for Racing Total and the first one for a German team in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. After I passed Guillaume Dumarey for the lead in the first corner it was kind of a quiet race for me. The team did a really good job and gave me a very good car. Of course I had little bit of luck in the first lap but I am glad that everything went well for me. Thanks to my parents for making this possible and also to all the mechanics who did a tremendous job."

Felipe Rabello (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) could not catch Deflandre and finished second after hitting troubles in the first Final on Saturday and ended up second in the Rookie Cup behind Dumarey. The Belgian put up a spectacular comeback to finish fifth behind Dario Caso – the Italian led the Legend Trophy classification – and Gil Linster (#44 CAAL Racing). 

"It was good race after having so many problems yesterday”, said Rabello. “I was lucky at the to be able to avoid the crash right in front of me. Guillaume did not score any championship point since he joined the series just for the finals so I put no pressure on him. I just managed to keep my position and finish second. I am happy to be second in the Rookie Cup this year even though I wanted to win this title. Hopefully I will be back in 2018 competing in the ELITE 2 and fighting for the championship."

With the ELITE 2 title already secured, Thomas Ferrando (#37 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) recovered from an early contact to finish 14th and finally celebrate with the Knauf Racing Team as the French squad also won the Teams Championship.

Japanese driver Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Toyota Camry) ended up sixth, just ahead of Niki Petersen. Ulysse Delsaux (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Toyota Camry) climbed up to eighth after being involved in a contact during the restart while Paul Guiod (#73 Knauf Racing Team Ford Mustang) came from the back of the grid to the ninth position under the checkered flag. Hugo Bec rounded out the Top-10. 

Jerry de Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang) finished 12th right besting Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) and won his second Legend Trophy. Crossing the start\finish line 16th, Carmen Boix Girl (#1 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) brought home the 2017 Lady Cup. 

The ELITE 2 Division will be back next year with another exciting season. Stay tuned to discover all the news coming into the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series ELITE 2 season!

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