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The SCCA® Road Racing Super Sweep is the most challenging award a Club racer can achieve. To earn the honor a driver must, in a single class, win a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championship, win the class Hoosier Super Tour point standings, and win at the National Championship Runoffs. This year, three talented drivers managed to achieve the elusive Super Sweep -- the first Super Sweep for each racer.
Mazda racers scored five wins on a hot, humid, and occasionally rainy Sunday in Florida, as the National Auto Sport Association (NASA)
“We saw racers such as Chris Haldeman, Todd Buras, Mike Globe, and others overcome adversity, displaying great effort and heart throughout. The entire Mazda community stuck together and showed once against it’s a tight knit family. Also, hats off to our five champions. We’re excited to add this depth to our nominees for the Mazda Road to 24 shootout with the $100,000 Mazda scholarship on the line
A select group of the competing racers from both NASA championships, the SCCA Runoffs, and the regional Teen Mazda Challenge Championships will be eligible for the Mazda Road to 24 (MRT24) shootout, seeking to earn a Mazda Scholarship to compete in the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The shootout will take place in early December. Shootout details will be announced at a later date.
PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series Wraps Up 2017 Season at Iconic Daytona International Speedway26 Oct 2017 Written by Adam Sinclair
The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series will crown three season champions and wrap up a second successful year at the season-ending event Oct. 27-29 at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.
"Porsche Design of America is thrilled to celebrate our Championship and Masters winners at the 2017 Championship Banquet," said Greg Kelley, corporate sales manager at Porsche Design. "We have two customized Porsche Design Timepieces engraved with the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East logo forever marking this year's accomplishments. We look forward to celebrating and wish everyone the best of luck at Daytona!"
By: Brandon White
Mooresville, NC 8/24/17 – The CARS Tour announced the 2018 schedules for both the Super Late Model Tour and the Late Model Stock Car Tour during a press conference at South Boston on Friday evening, along with several incentive programs that the series hopes will boost car counts and loyalty amongst teams in the future.
For the first time in CARS Tour history, the SLM and LMSC Tours will not run identical schedules, as the Late Model Stock Car Tour will run 12 races in 2018, while the Super Late Model Tour will only run nine races. Both divisions will still share seven races with each other during the 2018 season, including the Mid-Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway, the Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway, and the season finale at South Boston Speedway.
The CARS Tour will also venture to five new tracks for the 2018 season. The CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour will make stops at Wake County Speedway, Ace Speedway, Carteret County Speedway and Kingsport Speedway for the first time in the series’ history. The Super Late Model Tour will travel to Tennessee on April 7th to participate in a combination race with the Championship Racing Association and Southern Super Series at Fairgrounds Speedway.
Changes to the purses in both divisions were also announced in Friday’s press conference. The CARS LMSC Tour purse, which is based on a 28-car field, will be increased by 12% in 2018, with the average purse for each race being $32,450 in comparison to the $28,875 spread out amongst the drivers in 2017. A driver who wins a CARS LMSC Tour race in 2018 will earn $6,000 instead of $5,000, and any driver who starts a race will automatically earn $700.
The purse for the Super Late Models in 2018 will also be based on a 28-car starting field, with one major change being that the purse for SLM events will be aligned with other SLM sanctioning bodies. Unlike the LMSC Tour, four races in the SLM Tour will award $10,000 to the winner of the event, which will be the races at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway, the Mid-Atlantic Classic, and a race that has yet to be announced for May 20, 2018.
The CARS Tour also announced the Touring Twelve program for the Late Model Stock Car Tour, which is a loyalty program that will consist of twelve Late Model teams that plan to compete in every points event for the 2018 season. There will be several benefits for Touring Twelve teams that will include a reduced entry fee of $825, and a guaranteed minimum of $1,000 in earnings for each race. Touring Twelve teams will also receive two sets of discounted Hoosier tires, four complimentary race tickets to all CARS LMSC Tour points races, and an opportunity to be featured on CARS Tour merchandise.
In order for teams to participate in the Touring Twelve program, CARS LMSC Tour teams must sign an agreement to participate in all regular season races and complete driver and owner registrations by March 2, 2018. Drivers will be required to have their name and likeness used on CARS Tour branding and merchandise, and must be committed to participate in limited driver appearances throughout the season, along with running a special throwback scheme at the Throwback 276 on August 4, 2018.
There will also be a loyalty program for CARS LMSC Tour competitors who do not participate in the Touring Twelve program. Any car owner in the division that competes in three consecutive races will receive a $500 bonus as a part of their winnings for the third event, which could result in an additional $2,000 in winnings for the 2018 season. A driver who participates in this program is not required to start in the season opener at Tri-County, and can run any three consecutive LMSC Tour races of their choice.
Other programs announced by the CARS Tour include a Hometown Hero bonus, in which any non-CARS LMSC Tour regular who is in the top three in a track’s LSMC points prior to the CARS Tour arrival will receive free Hoosier Tires for the CARS Tour race at that track. Information regarding finances and fees for CARS Tour teams will remain the same with the exception of late fees, which will drop to $100 in 2018 as opposed to the $250 late fee implemented in 2017.
For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.
2018 CARS Tour Schedule:
March 3 Tri-County Speedway Hudson, NC Open Practice/SRI Performance Media Day
March 10 Tri-County Speedway Hudson, NC LMSC $10,000 to win.
March 24 Myrtle Beach Speedway Myrtle Beach, SC SLM $10,000/LMSC
April 7 Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, TN SLM w/CRA and SSS
April 7 Wake County Speedway Raleigh, NC LMSC
April 21 Mid-Atlantic Classic Rougemont, NC SLM $10,000/LMSC
May 5 Hickory Motor Speedway Hickory, NC SLM/LMSC
May 20 TBA TBA SLM $10,000/LMSC
June 9 Ace Speedway Altamahaw, NC LMSC
June 9 Anderson Motor Speedway Williamston, SC SLM w/SSS $10,000
June 23 Carteret County Speedway Swansboro, NC LMSC
July 14 Kingsport Speedway Bloomingdale, TN LMSC
August 4 Throwback 276 Hickory, NC SLM/LMSC
Sept 8 Orange County Speedway Rougemont, NC SLM/LMSC
Oct 13 South Boston Speedway South Boston, VA SLM/LMSC
Shell is proud to announce that its Shell V-Power race fuel and Pennzoil® with PurePlusTM Technology lubricant delivered 23.3% of the total efficiency gain of Scuderia Ferrari’s power unit since the end of the 2014 season. This means Scuderia Ferrari can go over half a second a lap faster with the same amount of fuel.
Shell Motorsport Innovation Manager Guy Lovett explains what this means: “Efficiency is crucial for us in motorsport, where performance improvements are primarily found through exploiting efficiency, due to the fuel limit, so we can only go faster by getting more out of each drop of fuel. At Shell, we work tirelessly with Scuderia Ferrari designers and engineers over the winter and during each season, with 21,000 hours devoted to the Formula 1 products alone. The scale of the efficiency benefits we have delivered since the end of 2014 is a testament to all the team at Shell, and truly demonstrates the benefits of our Innovation Partnership with Scuderia Ferrari. Ultimately, we strive to bring improvements from the intense testing environment of the racetrack to help develop the best fuel and lubricants for drivers on the road.”
The 2017 Formula 1 cars require more power due to ‘draggier’ designs and because drivers spend longer at full throttle, efficiency is now more important than ever. Shell must deliver maximum performance to Scuderia Ferrari from the fuel as well as from engine lubrication, to enable the cars and drivers to perform at their peak during each race of the season. Such gains in efficiency have already helped power Scuderia Ferrari to four race wins and eight further podium places in the first half of the 2017 season.
Scuderia Ferrari Driver and current series leader Sebastian Vettel said: “Our performance so far this season relies on all parts of the puzzle working together, and of course the fuels and lubricants from Shell are playing their part – stats like this show how their expertise contributes to give us an advantage on the track.”
Mattia Binotto, Technical Director, Scuderia Ferrari said: “It’s really impressive that Shell fuels and lubricants delivered nearly a quarter of the overall efficiency gain of our power unit since the end of 2014, and our thanks go to Shell for delivering such an improvement. To achieve ever increasing standards of performance out of the same amounts of
Shell V-Power race fuel is remarkable, and this combined with the benefits of Pennzoil® with PurePlusTM Technology lubricant in the engine, is an important factor contributing to Scuderia Ferrari’s on-track results.”
Nissan is set to become the first Japanese automotive brand to compete in the FIA Formula E Championship - joining the electric street racing series in season five.
The move to participate in Formula E provides Nissan with a global platform to spread the message of Nissan Intelligent Mobility - the company’s three-pillar strategy to re-define how its vehicles are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “To have a name like Nissan coming on board is a momentous day for the series. Not only is it great to welcome a new manufacturer to the Formula E family - it’s great to see our first Japanese manufacturer entering the frame, showing truly how global the electric revolution is. Japan is a country at the forefront of new technologies with one of the biggest followings of Formula E. The shift towards sustainable mobility is in motion and it’s unstoppable. I look forward to seeing the Nissan logo adorned on the new-look cars for season five.”
“As the ultimate expression of the thrill of instant acceleration and agile handling that’s at the heart of Nissan zero-emission driving, Nissan is going to electrify the Formula E championship,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of global marketing and sales, zero-emission vehicles and battery business, and chairman of Nissan’s management committee for Japan, Asia and Oceania. “Nissan will be the first Japanese brand to enter this growing championship, bringing our long history of motorsports success to the Formula E grid. It will give us a global platform for bringing our pioneering Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy to a new generation of racing fans. Nissan’s DNA is rich in innovation in electric mobility, not to mention a long history of success in motorsports. It makes sense that we bring these two core elements together by competing in Formula E.”
Nissan is set to replace one of the existing validated manufacturer registrations for the 2018/19 season - maintaining the current list of nine manufacturers in total for season five. Further information about Nissan’s participation will be available in due course.
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After racing on home soil last weekend in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, Haas F1 Team heads south of the border for the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City.
The 4.304-kilometer (2.674-mile), 17-turn circuit has hosted Formula One since 1963, but in preparation for Formula One’s return in 2015 after a 22-year hiatus, it was completely revamped. Noted track designer Hermann Tilke penned the new layout, which followed the general outline of the original course. The entire track was resurfaced, with new pit, paddock and spectator stands constructed. The most notable changes from the old layout to the current version were an added sequence of corners comprising turns one, two and three, along with a revised set of corners through the Foro Sol baseball stadium, which was built inside the famed and feared Perlatada corner, which serves as the track’s final turn.
The new asphalt made for a slippery surface in 2015 and despite a year of weathering, it remained slick in 2016. Even as the refurbished track readies for its third year of Formula One action, drivers and teams alike expect grip to be elusive.
The smooth pavement is one factor, but Mexico City’s notoriously thin air is another significant contributor.
Sitting 2,200 meters (7,218 feet) above sea level, Mexico City’s high altitude means there is less downforce on the cars. To compensate for this, teams run more downforce than they would at similarly fast tracks like Italy’s Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit. But with top speeds expected to surpass the high mark of 372 kph (231 mph) earned last year, teams have to compromise between straight-line speed and the downforce necessary to push through the track’s corners.
Cooling is another issue facing teams in the Mexican Grand Prix. The thinner air means the turbo has to spin at a higher rate to inject more oxygen into the engine, and with the brakes being used for approximately 25 percent of the race’s 71-lap duration, keeping those brakes cool adds another degree of difficulty.
Haas F1 Team is up for the challenge, with drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen eager to get back on track and vie for points in the hyper-competitive midfield. The American squad is eighth in the constructors standings with 43 points, five points behind seventh-place Renault and 10 points behind sixth-place Toro Rosso with a 20-point cushion over ninth-place McLaren.
With only three races remaining in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, the midfield battle is as tight as it’s been all season. Points are highly coveted by all, but with the super teams of Mercedes, Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull typically consuming six of the top-10 point-paying positions, the seven other teams on the grid scrape and claw for the remaining four spots and the valuable points that come with them.
Shut out of the points at COTA after scoring a double-points finish in the preceding Japanese Grand Prix, Haas F1 Team seeks an elevated position in the constructors standings with a high-end performance in the elevation of Mexico City.
The list of Cape Motorsports’ Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires alumni reads like a who’s who of motorsports, including 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot, newly named Penske sports car teammates Ricky Taylor and Dane Cameron, Andy Lally, Scott Hargrove and 2017 IMSA champions Trent Hindman (Lamborghini Super Trofeo) and Jake Eidson (Porsche GT3 Cup).
Chase Purdy is still two weeks away from his 18th birthday, but the current NASCAR Next member received an early birthday gift and will celebrate in style leading into his milestone event. Purdy and MDM Motorsports announced today that they will embark on an ARCA Racing Series championship run in 2018 that will commence at next month’s ARCA-sanctioned test at Talladega Superspeedway on November 7 – 8.
Purdy, who claimed four consecutive poles and five runner-up finishes en route to a fourth-place championship finish this season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, will once again be paired with veteran crew chief Charles “Cully” Barraclough and will have continued sponsorship support from Bama Buggies and Textron Off Road as he transitions to full-time ARCA Racing Series competition. Barraclough has led successful teams at Joe Gibbs Racing, Yates Racing and Roush Fenway Racing for the likes of Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Gilliland, and is tasked with guiding the Meridian, Mississippi, native on his quest for the ARCA Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
“Having Cully on board will certainly ease the transition,” said Purdy, who started racing go-karts at age 9 before advancing to Bandolero cars at 12 and Legends Cars at 15. “Besides being a familiar face, he understands what I’m saying when I describe how the car is handling and changes that work best for me. I think that bond and relationship will make it an easier transition and more exciting season.”
MDM Motorsports, fresh off the victory in last week’s ARCA season finale at Kansas Speedway, fielded multiple part-time entries this season that tallied five victories and will make its first foray into full-time ARCA racing as well in 2018. In only its second year of competition, MDM captured its first championship with Harrison Burton in the NASCAR K&N Series and earned its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory with Bubba Wallace at Michigan International Speedway in August. In all, MDM has scored 13 wins this season across the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
“We expect to win a good bit and certainly contend for a championship,” said Purdy, who also competed in three ARCA Series races this season with a pair of top-10 finishes. “The Rookie-of-the-Year title is a top goal, and I’ll be surrounded by good people and good equipment, so we want to have fun and be successful. I finished second five times this year in the K&N Series and I’m looking for that one spot better where we can celebrate at the end of one of these races. I ran a few ARCA races this year after we decided it was going to be the next step in my driving career, so I have a few races on radial tires and with live pit stops, which I think are the biggest challenges moving from the K&N Series. This is the next step and I’m going to make the most of it to further advance my racing career while getting closer to the ultimate goal of racing on Sundays with the big boys.”
Purdy captured the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 2016 and won the 2015 US Legends INEX National Championship in the Young Lions division. A quick study, he earned his U.S. Legends INEX national championship in his first season of competition.
“As an organization, we saw Chase’s ability when we competed against him on a regular basis in the NASCAR K&N Series,” said Mark McFarland, MDM Motorsports’ managing partner. “He showed great speed throughout the K&N season and we’re looking forward to helping him grow on and off the race track. This is the first of many announcements about our plans for next season and it’s the next step of growth for our organization as we compete full-time and for the championship in the ARCA Racing Series.”
Additional information about MDM Motorsports is available at: www.MDMmotorsports.com, find us on Facebook and follow the team on Twitter @MDMmotorsports.
For more information on Chase Purdy and his run for the 2018 ARCA Racing Series championship, visit his website at: www.ChasePurdyRacing.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @ChasePurdy12 and Instagram @Chase_Purdy.
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