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With 28 cars and over 60 top level drivers to represent 21 different countries, racing on some of the best European tracks, the official European NASCAR Series is already one of the most successful touring car championships in motorsports, but is far from having reached its maximum potential.

To further build on the series popularity among fans and competitors and strong of its unparalleled mix of on-track action, international exposure and affordable costs, NWES is launching for 2018 a sequence of innovations and initiatives, starting with an unprecedented Drivers Recruitment Program aimed at offering racers from all over the world the best opportunity to race NASCAR in Europe.

With its 400 HP thunderous V8, absolutely no electronic aids and a driving experience that fascinated some of the brightest stars in motorsports from NWES events to the Race Of Champions, the Euro NASCAR car has quickly become an ultimate challenge and a must drive for any kind of driver coming from diverse disciplines and chasing different goals: competing in one of the best series in Europe, building themselves a professional career in the USA or simply enjoying the unfiltered Pure Racing experience of driving a NWES car in spectacular American-themed events in front of thousands of fans.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and its partners will offer to selected prospects an invitation to participate in a free test during one of the recruitment test days that will be held in Europe between November and March. Following these tests, the best drivers will receive special help on budget to support their 2018 season in NWES.

The Program is open to every kind of driver:

  • Top drivers ambitioning to make history and enter the NASCAR Hall Of Fame
  • Young talents willing to build themselves a NASCAR career
  • Female drivers eager to battle for the title and the Lady Cup
  • Drivers wanting to compete at high level and have great fun at affordable cost
  • Special development program for Karting drivers without car-racing experience 

Drivers from all over the world and with any sorts of experience can apply by sending their racing resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The first two recruitment test sessions will take place at the NWES Test Track in Fontenay Le Comte, France and at the Autodromo di Franciacorta, located near Milan in Italy, with the following schedule:

  • November 29-30: Fontenay Le Comte, France
  • December 4-5: Autodromo Franciacorta, Italy

More dates and countries will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

NASCAR Euro Series PR

Matt Mead continued his impressive rookie season in pro late model competition on Saturday night at New Smyrna Speedway. The driver of the No. 81 Anthony Campi Racing Toyota finished fifth to continue a streak of top-five finishes.
 
Mead unloaded on Friday and worked to dial in his racecar to track conditions on the half-mile oval. By the end of the day, the team had made gains entering Saturday’s final round of practice. Unlike previous events at New Smyrna, the field was set via pill draw and Matt drew a starting position outside of row five.
 
Once the green flag waved, Mead began to work his way forward in the 25-lap feature, ultimately placing fifth by the time the checkered flag waved. The subsequently-scheduled second twin-length event was washed out due to rain, preventing Matt from improving his finish in the second race.
 
Ultimately, the finish extended Mead’s streak of top five finishes and solidified his standing of third in track points entering the final event of the year.
 
“I was fairly happy with the race, and we probably had a better car than we were able to show," Matt said after the race. "I think if we were able to pass some cars sooner, we could've made up even more spots in the short 25-lap distance. It was a bummer the second race was rained out, but it was an overall good race for where we started and the short length. The higher car count was definitely good preparation for the Governor's Cup in a few weeks, too.”
 
Matt’s next race with Anthony Campi Racing’s pro late model team comes during Governor’s Cup Weekend on November 11 at New Smyrna Speedway. At 100 laps in distance, the event will be the longest of Matt’s racing career and will come against national-level talent in one of the most prestigious pro late model races in the country.
 
For more information on Matt Mead, visit his website at MeadRacingTeam.com and follow him on Facebook (@meadracingteam), Twitter (@mead_24) and Instagram (@mattmead24).
 
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It only took two races with Anthony Campi Racing for Giovanni Bromante to visit victory lane. Saturday was the night, and Bromante dominated the pro late model race at New Smyrna Speedway en route to his first career late model victory at the high-banked half-mile.
 
During Friday’s private test session, Bromante picked up where he left off three weeks ago during his most recent race. Quickly, he was back up to speed and working to find more until something went amiss with the car. In an effort to make repairs, the ACR team hauled the car back to their shop in Sarasota to diagnose rear end issues. The problem was rectified and the team returned to New Smyrna with the racecar the next morning.J
 
ust like Friday, Bromante was back to pace within just a couple of laps and focused on the job at hand on Saturday evening. Unlike prior races, the lineup for Saturday’s event was determined by pill draw due to a schedule which was comprised of two, twin 25-lap races. Bromante started fourth and hurriedly made his way forward at the drop of the green flag.
 
Within only a few laps, Bromante rocketed around the early race leader to take the top spot and never looked back in the caution-free feature contest. He crossed the finish line approximately a half straightaway ahead of his closest competitor, a sizeable gap for such a short contest.
 
“The car was perfect,” Bromante said after the race. “It was perfect all day after we broke the rear end on Friday. The ACR guys really busted their butts to drive back to Sarasota to fix it. I feel like I’ve really figured this track out so far, and the car was just super, it was on rails the whole weekend. It’s not very often you’re that good and that fast all weekend. We were flying. Everyone and everything was awesome this weekend!”
 
Bromante is quickly becoming a contender anytime he shows up at the track, and is scheduled to be a competitor during the Governor’s Cup Weekend on November 11, the season finale at New Smyrna. The 100-lap pro late model race is expected to draw a full field of cars from across the country and will be a test of his ability alongside national-level talent.
 
For more information about Giovanni Bromante, visit his website at GiovanniBromante.com, or follow him on Facebook (/GiovanniBromante), Twitter (@GBromante77) and Instagram (@GiovanniBromante77).

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Club Car®, a global leader in golf and utility vehicles and a brand of Ingersoll Rand®, teamed up with Ray Evernham, a three-time NASCAR Champion pit crew chief and 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, to design an Onward™ concept vehicle, the next generation in the small personal vehicle (SPV) category.

Ray Evernham, crew chief for NASCAR icon Jeff Gordon, put his passion for automotive design and performance to the test, working alongside Club Car engineers to integrate new technology, fun and functionality in SPVs. With his guidance, Club Car engineers went to work and imagined the next-generation SPV, a mobile front porch, back porch and recreation room all in one, with a full infotainment center and on-board grill and refrigeration capability for cruising the beach, campground or community.

“Last spring when I took Onward for a test drive, my racing and design mentality immediately kicked in and signaled to my brain Onward’s superior performance, controlled suspension, quality steering characteristics and turning radius, not to mention the customized features,” Evernham said. “I also recognized it was simple, enjoyable and secure personal transportation, and the ideal SPV for me and my family to enjoy around the race track and on the road and at home.”

From the advanced lithium-powered drive train and the digital interactive experience to the interior cabin and functional options and accessories, the Onward integrates an advanced user interface with digital functionality and established technology already in existence in this space.

“Whether using the Onward for recreation at the big game, on your next vacation, or just to cruise your community, the Onward Concept Vehicle will certainly exceed your expectations for what a SPV can be,” said Mark Messick, manager of consumer marketing at Club Car.

“The Onward is being displayed at SEMA to showcase what is already possible and what is in the near future in the small personal vehicle industry.”

SEMA visitors can experience in real-time what is possible with Onward through an online configurator (http://build.clubcar.com/build/) that displays customization as well as advanced technological capabilities of small wheeled, zero and low emission vehicles. Onward represents Club Car’s evolution from a major player in the golf and utility industry to the mainstream consumer sector and SPV category.

“Onward has become part of my daily life, both around the race track or traveling with my family, it provides simple, enjoyable and secure personal transportation,” Evernham said.

Since its introduction in March 2017, the Onward has answered consumer demand for an efficient mode of transportation. The stylish and practical design delivers comfort, connectivity, and customization making it the all-in-one SPV.   

Club Car PR

Petty's Garage will have a major presence at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas (Nev.) this week. Petty's Garage will have eight custom and high performance vehicles that were all built or modified at its Level Cross headquarters.
In addition, Petty's Garage will host Kyle Petty, Rutledge Wood and "The King" Richard Petty at their booth throughout the show week.
Comments from Richard Petty heading to SEMA:
 
"This is the biggest show we travel to all year. If you're in the automotive business, this is the place to be. We'll continue to showcase the cars that we've built here at Petty's Garage, both in our booth and at our partners, too. I'll be visiting as many folks as I can, telling them about Petty's Garage and what we are doing.
It's pretty simple what we do, if you can dream it, we can build it."
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Get your tickets now, don’t risk standing in line, the inaugural East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals Fueled By VP Racing Fuels is going to be huge! The event, the only indoor dirt oval track race in the northeast, will be held at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J., on Friday and Saturday, December 1st and 2nd and race fans can’t wait to see the action.

Rich black clay has been ordered and the track crew is preparing to make it banked, smooth, tacky and fast. Race teams have responded by entering their 600cc Micro Sprints for top drivers in big numbers making this a must see event.

Four ARDC Midget car driving championship: Alex Bright, Trevor Kobylarz, Steve and Tim Buckwalter all have eyes on contending for the $5,000 first place prize.

Bright, of Collegeville, PA., the 2016 ARDC driving champion, has entered as the driver for the No. 20 car owned by Greg Stevens of Phillipsburg, N.J.  Bright wrapped up the 2017 season ranked second on ARDC series standings.

Kobylarz, of Birdsboro, PA., won the 2013 ARDC title.  He will be driving a car owned by Ian Borden of Lakewood, N.J.  Kobylarz was eighth in 2017 ARDC standings.

All four drivers bring a wealth of experience in 600 Micro racing, having refined their talents in Micros. Each could be expected to have an edge over the competitors who do not have their background.

Steve Buckwalter from Royersford, PA. is a full-time 410 Sprint Car driver with a winning background in both Midgets and Micro Sprints. The 2010 ARDC Midget Car series champion will be driving the Royalton Recycling / BDB Graphics No. 74 in Trenton.

Steve’s cousin, Tim is coming off an outstanding championship season at Pa.’s Kutztown Speedway in SpeedSTR and 600c Micro Sprint competition. Timmy, the 2012 ARDC champion, is one of racing’s more versatile drivers. He won a dirt Modified feature this season as well and is a regular competitor in TQ Midget competition on the Indoor Auto Racing series.

Tim will be competing at the dirt event and the three Indoor series races held in three states on concrete floors driving for Lou Cicconi, a three time ARDC Midget driver champion in 1991, 93, 94.

Entries have already been received from competitors in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The field includes the best of Micro Sprint racing, plus top drivers from many other forms or racing that have landed rides for the event. The list includes three top Sprint Car drivers.

Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa., who finished second in Tony Stewart’s All Star 410 Sprint Car series this year, has announced his attentions to compete. So has New York state 360 Sprint car drivers Scott Kreuetter and Joe Trenca.

In response to the all-new nature of the event and the wide array of drivers who have entered, Sammons has added a Thursday night practice session to the schedule. The session will take place on Thursday, November 30.

Though the East Coast Indoor Nationals is a brand new event, the CURE Insurance Arena (formerly Sun National Bank Center), has hosted TQ Midget racing for the past four years on the arena’s concrete floor.

The race, the first of its kind in New Jersey, is being produced by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions as one of four Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels events. It will be the only race of the events held being run on a clay surface and it will not count towards the overall series point championship.

The racing schedule will tentatively call for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races on Friday night. On Saturday it will be “alphabet mains,” with racers having the opportunity to advance from F, E, D, C and B-mains to the 40 lap “A” feature.

The agenda calls for racing to start at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday’s A-main will pay its winner $5,000 to win (for those enrolled in the Gamblers program). Fifth place pays $1,000. Twenty four starters will take the green flag in the A-main, with $200 offered to start the event.

Oliver Communication Group (OCG) of Bordentown, N.J. has signed on as an associate sponsor of the event. Other sponsorship packages remain.

Tickets for both days of the event are available at the CURE Insurance Arena Box Office or by phone at 800-298-4200. Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 609-888-3618.

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Ryan Flores of Cornelius, N.C., who fought his way to the 2017 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels championship, is among the top drivers who have filed entries for the 2018 Series events.

“I’m excited about coming back to race indoors,” Flores said. “The car was in great shape after last year.  We’re trying to make the car lighter, stronger and get a little more power.”   Flores will be in the field when the series opens for 2018 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA., for the Ironton Telephone sponsored events on Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th.  Flores swept both features races in Allentown last year.

Flores is then eager to return to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City, NJ, on January 26th and 27th.

“I want to win Atlantic City,” Flores said. “I grew up on the Boardwalk at the shore and that’s the race I want to win.”

Flores, now 30, has had an eventful year personally.  In January, he and his longtime girlfriend Karissa were married.   Two weeks ago, Karissa gave birth to a baby girl, Harper. Flores missed his crewman duties at the NASCAR Kansas race while welcoming Harper Brielle into the world.  The New Jersey native works full time as a crew member on the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford team driven by Ryan Blaney on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series.

Flores’ TQ Midget is maintained in New Jersey by Jimmy Blewett, his lifelong friend and a fellow driver on the Indoor Auto Racing Series.  Like Flores, Blewett, grew up along the Jersey shore and wants to win in Atlantic City. The Howell, N.J. resident won the 2017 Wall Stadium Modified driving champion this past year has been on the verge of winning an Indoor championship for the last six seasons.

You never can rule out Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY. An eight time winner and three time Indoor Racing Series champion, Rudolph was a close second to Flores in last year’s title chase. He will be coming off a career best outdoor season on dirt that produced 17 wins and the BRP Modified Tour championship.   

Ryan Preece of Berlin, CT., who will be driving the TQ Midget now owned by his cousin Donny, will be taking over the mount the late Ted Christopher drove to seven past Indoor race wins.

Driving a TQ Midget on the Indoor Series is a perfect off-season workout for the drivers. The TQs are open wheel race cars, specifically adapted for racing in the tight indoor speedway confines. Powered by a 750cc motorcycle engine, the car and driver weigh only 825 pounds allowing them to ignite to speeds up to 75 mph. The unbelievable racing, with lap times under eight seconds, has produced huge fan attendance.

These are not cookie cutter race cars held in a box by a large rule book. The suspension and car design are open to the team, making it a throwback style of racing.

The Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights. Champ Karts will be racing in a complete show on Friday night, with the Slingshots on Saturday night.

For choice tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610-347-TIXX (8499), online at pplcenter.com. The 2016 event was a sell-out.

The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609-888-3618.

The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9-10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit online at ticketmaster.com.

Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 609-888-3618.

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International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today announced plans for a pair of sanctioned test sessions in late 2017 and early 2018 in addition to the previously announced traditional three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test in early January.

Daytona International Speedway will be the site of a two-day sanctioned test on Dec. 5-6, 2017, while Sebring International Raceway will have four days of testing on Feb. 20-23, 2018.

The Daytona test will be open to all registered IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) only. GT Daytona (GTD) cars will not participate. IMSA will require mandatory participation from entrants representing selected manufacturers and constructors. Each of four WeatherTech Championship sessions across the two-day test will be two-hours, 45-minutes in length.

In addition to the WeatherTech Championship race cars, the Daytona test will be open to all registered IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS and TCR race cars, with the same mandatory participation requirements for selected manufacturers. The test will not include ST race cars.

The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, which will open its 2018 season with its first race at Daytona International Speedway, also will participate in the December test. It is open to all participants in both LM P3 and MPC classes, with required participation from selected entrants.

IMSA Prototype Challenge will have two, one-hour sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 5. A pair of one-hour test sessions for the Continental Tire Challenge will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6. 

At Sebring, the first two days of testing on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20-21, will include the Continental Tire Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. WeatherTech Championship testing will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22-23, with a night session planned for the evening of Feb. 22.

As announced with 2018 schedules in August, the Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held Jan. 5-7, 2018. The test is mandatory for all WeatherTech Championship Rolex 24 At Daytona participants and will be open to all three Continental Tire Challenge classes. The Roar also will include a one-hour, 45-minute IMSA Prototype Challenge race.

Capping off an impressive season in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition, Scott Speed raced his way to a third consecutive championship title with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC over teammate Tanner Foust, who finished second and Steve Arpin, finishing third.  

 

Kicking off the 2017 season with a win in Memphis, Speed went on to capture first in VARX’s backyard at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis before sweeping the weekend in Rounds 8 and 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Finishing on the podium in all but one event this year with Indianapolis-based VARX, Speed has continually showed his dominance in the past four seasons, racking up 70 heat race wins, 38 podiums, three X Games gold medals in addition to his 15 wins and three championships.

 

Boasting one of the most diverse backgrounds in racing, including stints in IndyCar, Formula E, NASCAR and Formula 1, the 34-year-old marked his entry into GRC by winning VARX’s first event in Barbados in 2014.

 

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross fields two full-time entries in Red Bull Global Rallycross, with Speed and Tanner Foust (No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC), amassing three series titles (’15/Speed, ’16/Speed, ‘17/Speed), 27 wins, 51 podiums, 133 heat race wins and 64 top fives in its four seasons of competition.
Reinhold Joest is a soft-spoken man who shuns the spotlight and rarely grants interviews. But there’s no avoiding the spotlight that has shone on the race team he founded, Joest Racing. The team will do battle as Mazda Team Joest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018 with the Mazda RT24-P prototype under Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules. 
 
Joest created the team in 1978 after a highly successful driving career that began in 1962. His team has achieved an unmatched record of endurance racing championships and Le Mans race wins. After stints as the factory team for Porsche and Opel, Joest dominated the sport as the factory Audi team since 1999. 
 
“My own experience is many years long,” explained Joest, when asked what has made his team consistently victorious over more than four decades. “When I have other drivers and they try to make up a story, I say, ‘No way! I know everything that you’re talking about!’ This was a key, I think. The second key was the preparation of the car, the engine, the gearbox, and aerodynamics. We were always very good.”
 
Audi abruptly withdrew from endurance racing at the end of the 2016 season, primarily due to troubles for parent company Volkswagen. With the crushing disappointment of the unexpected bombshell, Joest committed to go all-out in the final races to close the chapter properly. 
 
“The only choice was we push to the end with all our power,” said the impeccably dressed Joest in his sun-drenched office at the team headquarters in Wald-Michelbach, Germany. “Not by doing things a different way. You can’t say you’ll finish by spending nothing, no extra hours, no nothing. We did our job to the end. And the result was winning the last race in Bahrain. I was happy.” 
 
The end of that era led to the start of a new one with Mazda, but only after deep consideration. 
 
“[Do we] close the doors completely? I’m old enough now,” Joest said, explaining his thoughts soon after the season. “But then, I had difficult nights. I couldn't sleep. That meant I can never stop. Never stop your life, your story. I need this. I like this.” 
 
Within weeks, the team received offers, but Joest didn’t feel comfortable with them despite large sums of money being proffered. At the last moment, it was decided that Joest team director Ralf Jüttner would make a trip to Daytona for the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours.
 
“We had some meetings with the officials there in Daytona and asked ‘what is the future, what is new? And what is the chance we could jump in?,’” said Joest. “I like the USA and IMSA because we did a lot of races there in past years… Maybe this was a focus for the future to think about.” 
 
As Jüttner sat in a corporate hospitality area on the morning of the 24-hour race, he was approached about taking a meeting with Mazda Motorsports executives John Doonan and Jim Bowie, who were looking to align with a top team in 2018. While the pre-race ceremonies took place, the trio met in secret.
 
“Ralf was very happy after the meeting,” Joest said. “He said, ‘I have a feeling this person [Doonan] is nice and serious.’ We had a meeting here [at Joest headquarters], and then another in Chicago [at Mazda’s Midwest Region office]. And then it was finished. This is always a good sign.”
 
As a sign of deep loyalty and confidence, Joest had retained a high percentage of employees despite not racing in 2017. Even some who did depart, such as engineer Jason Taylor (who joined Ed Carpenter Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series), have returned to reassume their key roles with Mazda Team Joest.
 
Mazda Team Joest has begun testing for the 2018 season, which kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January. The team will soon have new U.S. headquarters in the Atlanta area, and has an aggressive schedule of off-season testing to develop an improved Mazda chassis. 
 
Joest promises that his team’s meticulous preparation and unrelenting drive will continue with the Mazda RT24-P prototype.
 
“We have a lot of experience, and we bring that in for free. Now, we look for winning,” Joest said. “This is our sole focus. I said to Mr. Doonan, ‘we are not a hobby driver team. We want to see results.’”
Although Naj Husain - the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda 2017 LMP3 Masters Champion - is celebrating his championship win, he dreams of running in long endurance races, such as the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, someday.
 
"I love this series - it's super competitive and it feels like it's growing," Husain said. "I like the new format with the hour and 45 minute races. However, I have a goal to compete in those longer endurance races and move up to that level over time. I would like to get into the big show some day - either in a P2 or GTD entry [in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship]."  
 
Most recently, Husain gained a second-place finish in Masters in the No. 3 Extreme Speed Motorsports/Cloudistics Ligier at the season finale event at Road Atlanta after
starting the event in positon six.  
 
Previously in the 2017 season, Husain captured a big win during his first time at the high-speed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), which he has now dubbed his favorite track.  
 
"That was a challenging track for me," Husain said. "The experience of just learning a new track and winning the race made it my most gratifying win of the season."
 
Husain started driving around five years ago, first attending several driving schools until he stepped into racing more consistently. The Masters Champion started in IMSA in a Prototype Lites car with Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) three years ago before getting into the LMP3 car.
 
"The LMP3 is an amazing platform," Husain said. "First - it's certainly a proper race car and being a new platform, it's the future. This means more and more drivers will be racing them and the series will be more competitive."
 
"I stepped up my driving this year and grew a lot - the Lites car was a great learning tool for me and prepared me well for the LMP3 car," he said. "The ESM organization is very talented. It's a professional team and we have a great working dynamic, great communication and most importantly we have fun together. My driving coach Ross [Bentley] has guided me through these past five years and he makes sure to focus on the right things to improve my driving."
 
"Naj really stepped up his driving this season," Bentley said. "His progress as a driver has been tremendous over the past few years, but the new LMP3 car - along with the support from the ESM team - has helped him take his driving to a whole new level. He's committed to being the best he can, which is how he approaches his business life, too. Naj is one of the most rewarding drivers I've ever coached."

Husain grew up in New Jersey but currently lives in Virginia where he runs a fast-growing enterprise cloud software company called Cloudistics.
 
"The revenues at Cloudistics are doubling every quarter and that takes up a lot of my time," he said.
 
The Cloudistics CEO said he's had all types of cars ranging from Ferraris to Porsches, but he sold them all after climbing into his new favorite cars - Model X and Model S Teslas.
 
"Teslas are beautiful and fast - I'm a high-tech guy and I appreciate the next generation of engineering and how the car is controlled by software," he said.
 
"For me, it's all about the challenge," he said. "Racing is a sport where you're consistently pushing and challenging yourself to get better. It's all about being ready to perform - being in an uncomfortable position and having to fight through it. When you win races, it's an amazing feeling of accomplishment for me and the team. It's a team effort. It's like a business - to succeed you must have a great team of people striving toward the common goal in order to be able to win over your competitors."