Speedway Digest Staff
Follow us on Twitter @SpeedwayDigest
Southern California Sprint Car championship contender Brody Roa is pleased to announce that HD Industries will be backing his racing efforts throughout the 2020 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series campaign.
The announcement came after a meeting with HD Industries officials just before Roa hopped on a plane to head to this week’s Performance Racing Industries Trade Show in Indianapolis. Roa and the team are ecstatic to have the HD Industries logo on the side panels of the famous Shaver powered BR Performance sprint car for the upcoming campaign.
“It means everything to have HD Industries back on board with us for the 2020 season,” Roa said from the airport before departing to Indy. “We want to go out and win the CRA championship for them. With their help and help from our other sponsors, we feel we have a good shot at doing that.”
In addition to HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Baldwin Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, Wilwood Brakes, Biker Bruce Fisher and Norma Leonard are already on board for 2020. The team hopes to announce additional sponsors after the PRI show.
In 2019, Roa competed full time in both the USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Series. He won five main events between the two and finished third in the USAC/CRA title chase. In addition, he won the Southwest Series championship. For the 2020 season, things will change a bit.
“We will be running the #91R car in the USAC/CRA Series and will be looking for some rides to fill in the gaps in between those races,” the Garden Grove, California based racer said. “We want to keep the #91R fresh for the late-season USAC/CRA races. In addition, we will be running Tanner Grau’s car in some of the Southwest Series events. We are looking for opportunities in other series as well.”
For anyone who is looking for a championship and main event winning driver for their car during the 2020 season, contact Roa at the phone number or E-mail in this release. He will be available to race any night that is not in conflict with his regular racing calendar.
To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team and its marketing opportunities, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/
Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that longtime motorsports owner and visionary Felix Sabates will retire from the sport in 2020. Sabates, 74, founded SABCO Racing in 1987 and joined forces with current Owner Chip Ganassi in 2001, where it became known as Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
The duo combined to field cars in NASCAR’s top two divisions of competition and produced 43 total wins, including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, and nine trips to the NASCAR Playoffs. Both cars driven by Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson won races in 2019 and made the post-season, with Larson advancing to the Round of 8 – the furthest a CGR car has ever advanced since the Playoff system began.
In addition to NASCAR, Sabates and Ganassi fielded entries in IMSA, where they won seven championships, 64 races, including a record eight Rolex 24 At Daytona races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- NASCAR Involvement: For decades, Sabates has been a trusted community leader throughout the Charlotte region for a myriad of reasons, but most notably because of his business, civic and philanthropic endeavors for over 40 years. This fun-loving Cuban-American also is one of the most widely known and respected team owners in the NASCAR garage — a result of his over 30 years in the sport, his keen business sense, his close relationship with the France family and most of all because he is simply a “good guy."
- Ventures in Other Sports: Sabates, who has been a Charlotte resident since 1963, has always had a soft spot in his heart for sports. In 1988, he became an original owner of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team and played a key role in negotiating with the NBA to grant Charlotte a franchise. He also is the only person who had ownership in the original Hornets to still have an ownership stake with Michael Jordan in the Charlotte Hornets. He also has been an owner of the East Coast Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, which won the league championship in 1995. In addition, in the early 1980s, he started the first indoor professional soccer team and was one of the first investors of the World Football League.
- Philanthropy: Sabates is well known for his many philanthropic contributions and has received several honors and awards for his generosity. Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina has named its dining hall after him, Elon College and UNC Charlotte bestowed upon him Honorary Doctorate degrees and he received a "Special Blessing" in writing from Pope John Paul II. Sabates became a member of the philanthropic Dream Makers Society of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Fla., in recognition of his 12-year commitment to and support of special fundraising events. In his honor, the Felix Sabates Athletic Center was dedicated in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in November 2000. The facility is the largest Boys and Girls Club in the state. He also is a large contributor to the Levine Children’s Hospital, which bears a special plaque in his honor is in the main lobby. Sabates has contributed much money to and served on the board of Atrium Health Care system for over 30 years while also being a member of the Atrium Health Foundation Board.
- Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “Where do you even begin to describe Felix Sabates? He’s done so much for the sport of racing. I teamed up with him almost 20 years ago, and he’s been a great business partner and an even better friend. In that time, the only thing we’ve had an argument over was who was picking up the tab at dinner. Felix helped me develop as an owner as well as an individual. His track record in this sport certainly sets the bar high for anyone that follows. I’m proud to call him a friend and wish him all the best.”
- Felix Sabates, Co-Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “I look back to the 1980s when I first started in this sport, and I can tell you that the landscape has really changed. It’s been challenging at times, and tremendously rewarding watching the sport grow. When I started the NASCAR team, it was just a different time —a smaller regional sport. Then NASCAR grew and grew into a big business and continued to grow after my partnership with Chip. I’m proud of what I’ve done over the last 30 years. I have friendships that will last a lifetime. I hope that what I have tried to give back to the sport — whether it be bringing NASCAR to Mexico or being instrumental in starting the sports car program with Chip — will be equal to what the sport has taught and given me. I’ve always said that I never wanted to be an old man walking around at the track; this is my way of honoring that commitment I made to myself years ago. I wish Chip and his teams all the success in the world and will be keeping a close eye on the sport from afar and maybe even make an appearance from time to time.”
The buzz around the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model tour is already getting loud with the release of the 2020 schedule on Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry show.
Twenty-nine races across 33 days and seven states will make up the new schedule, which includes 20 returning tracks from this past year’s schedule.
Friday and Saturday night shows will each pay $10,000 to the winner; the other days of the week will serve as $5,000-to-win shows. Racing will commence six days a week; Mondays are the only pre-scheduled off days.
The race to the $25,000 championship check is once again divided into five sections, each with their own weekly point fund. Kickoff Week begins June 16 with a visit to the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IL, which produced one of the best races seen on the 2019 tour as Mike Marlar picked up his fifth career Summer Nationals victory.
Legends Week action gets underway on June 23 at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL, and also features a date with Granite City’s Tri-City Speedway on June 26. As one of the most talked-about Feature endings on the tour this past summer, Kyle Bronson swiped the lead (and the win) away from familiar foe Tyler Erb in the final turns after making contact upon corner entry to become the 100th different driver to ever win a Feature in tour history.
Independence Week begins with the only stop in the state of Tennessee on June 30 at Clarksville Speedway. The Summer Nationals tour has not seen the likes of Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway in over 11 years, and that will be changing on July 3 when the Late Models roll into the Eldon, Missouri, venue for the first time since 2008.
Challenge Week is scheduled to begin with a race on Tuesday, July 7 and another to follow, both to be announced at a later date. Macon Speedway’s Herald & Review 100 always produces some of the roughest and toughest racing seen all summer, and will be back for its 40th edition on July 9, just one year after St. Charles, MO-native Gordy Gundaker went back-to-back in the 100-lapper this past year.
Finally, Champions Week will wrap-up the points battle and determine a tour champion, starting with a date on July 14 at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana. Three-straight dates in Michigan will follow (Butler Motor Speedway, Thunderbird Speedway, Tri-City Motor Speedway) before things come to a close in Ohio at Oakshade Raceway for the 21st straight year on July 18.
2019 Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Late Model national champion Brian Shirley will be crowned at the annual DIRTcar Racing banquet in Springfield, IL on Jan. 11.
For all of the latest and greatest news about the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models, stay tuned to our website and social channels (Twitter/Facebook @SummerNationals).
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals schedule was also released on Thursday. While a number of events will run in conjunction with the Summer Nationals tour, the tour itself will kick off a week earlier, June 11-13, at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia. It will also conclude at the Prairie Dirt Classic on July 31-Aug. 1 at Fairbury Speedway.
Overall, the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour will race 29 times in seven different states between June 11 and Aug. 1.
Back again for 2020 is the DIRTVision FAST PASS, which race fans can purchase at $39 per month and watch every single Summer Nationals and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race live, all season long
DirtCAR Series PR
United States Auto Club .25 Series Joins NTT IndyCar Series Weekend at Richmond Raceway on June 25-28, 202012 Dec 2019
Team Penske and XPEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: XPEL) a leading provider of automotive paint protective film and window tint, today announced a multi-year partnership. XPEL will be the primary sponsor of the No. 1 Dallara/Chevrolet driven by reigning and two-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden for two races in 2020. XPEL will also serve as the “Official Protective Film Partner of Team Penske.”
The partnership with Team Penske – the most successful team in motorsports history – represents the first racing sponsorship for the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Newgarden will race the No. 1 XPEL Dallara/Chevrolet in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9 and in the Texas Indy 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on June 6. XPEL will build on the partnership and become a primary sponsor for a third IndyCar Series race with Team Penske in 2021 and beyond.
“We are excited to welcome XPEL to Team Penske in 2020,” said Roger Penske. “Motorsports provides a great opportunity to build the XPEL brand and we hope to build on a lot of business-to-business opportunities with their group. We look forward to delivering for XPEL both off and on the track as they compete with Josef and the defending champion No. 1 Chevy team starting next season.”
XPEL is a global company that offers high-quality products, world-class customer support and a vast network of trained installers. Through partnership with Team Penske, the company expects to generate maximum brand recognition among core marketing segments including dealers as well as consumers.
“We have thought about motorsports for quite a while, but we wanted to make sure we partnered with the right team,” said XPEL CEO Ryan Pape. “No one matches the success, class and integrity of Roger Penske, Team Penske and Penske Automotive Group. We are thrilled to be associated with Josef Newgarden as he is a proven winner. He will have plenty of support from our network of employees and dealers both at Texas and at Indianapolis.”
Since he joined Team Penske in 2017, Newgarden has captured two of the last three IndyCar Series championships. The native of Tennessee has produced 14 IndyCar Series victories in his career and he is the defending race winner at Texas Motor Speedway.
“When you race for Team Penske you are certain of two things – you will be in well-prepared cars with a chance to win every week and you will get a chance to represent some outstanding partners,” said Newgarden. “It is an honor to be the first race car driver to represent XPEL and I’m excited about carrying their brand at two fantastic venues next season. Partnerships are the lifeblood of our sport and I can’t wait to get XPEL to Victory Lane.”
Team Penske PR
Kentucky chapter of Speedway Children's Charities awards $97,000 in grant funding to local non-profits12 Dec 2019
Awake Ministries (Shelbyville, KY)
Buckhorn Children and Family Services (Buckhorn, KY)
CancerFree KIDS Pediatric Cancer Research Alliance (Loveland, OH)
The Caring Place (Lebanon, KY)
CASA of Lexington (Lexington, KY)
The Center for Courageous Kids (Scottsville, KY)
Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville, KY)
Decatur County 4 Kids Prevent Child Abuse Council, Inc. (Westport, IN)
Diocesan Catholic Children's Home (Fort Mitchell, KY)
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
Down Syndrome of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
The Dragonfly Foundation (Cincinnati, OH)
Educational Excellence Foundation of Carroll County (Carrollton, KY)
Educational Excellence Foundation of Gallatin County (Warsaw, KY)
Gallatin County Food Pantry (Warsaw, KY)
God's Pantry Food Bank (Lexington, KY)
HOPE for Gallatin County (Warsaw, KY)
Kentucky Intensive Family Services (Fort Thomas, KY)
Kids Cancer Alliance (Louisville, KY)
Master Provisions (Florence, KY)
Meeting the Needs Ministry (Owenton, KY)
Mentoring Plus (Newport, KY)
My Blanket Buddies (Georgetown, KY)
New Life Furniture Bank (Cincinnati, OH)
Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center (Fort Mitchell, KY)
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Northern Kentucky (Covington, KY)
Special Olympics Kentucky (Frankfort, KY)
St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home (Cincinnati, OH)
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank (Cincinnati, OH)
The Toy Chest Foundation (Lexington, KY)
UpSpring (Cincinnati, OH)
With a few old favorites, and several new venues lining the 2020 lineup, the first round of a scheduled 50 race slate has been released for 29th season of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. (TRD), who is celebrating its 40th anniversary of American motorsports heritage this year, is in the design phase of developing a sprint car engine to meet World of Outlaws regulations.
“We’re excited to design and ultimately see Toyota compete in sprint cars,” said Tyler Gibbs, general manager of TRD. “We have, and will continue to enjoy our time in midget racing, and look forward to this expansion into sprint car competition. This provides us an opportunity to not only design a new engine, but also to expand our grassroots racing presence and continue to seek out and develop up-and-coming talent.”
TRD is currently working with established engine builders Speedway Engine Development, Inc. and Rider Racing Engines, as well as All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Inc. and Mobil 1™ to develop the engine. Once designed, engine builders will be able to purchase TRD-sourced castings to build customer engines. The castings will be available in late 2020 in advance of the 2021 season. The aluminum block engine will meet the World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions, USAC and other sprint car series rules, both in 410ci and 360ci displacements.
In late 2007, Toyota debuted a Toyota 360 engine for USAC Silver Crown competition, which was a derivative of the cast iron eight-cylinder Toyota engine used in the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Truck Series. The program has seen 22 victories, one driver’s championship (Jerry Coons Jr., 2008), two team titles (2008 and 2012) and is still run on occasion in the series.
Toyota’s open-wheel dirt and pavement journey began in 2006. Since then, Toyota has competed in national midget car racing in both the USAC and POWRi series with Toyota drivers winning more than 270 national midget car events and a combined 10 driver championships.
TRD currently supports customer racing programs with midget racing in USAC, POWRi and other series, the Lexus Motorsports IMSA program in the GTD category and the addition of the GT4 Supra customer program in 2020. Testing of the new sprint car engine is expected to take place in Summer 2020 with parts available for purchase late next fall in preparation for the 2021 season.
All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota has announced the schedule for its 66th year of racing competition, located @the Grounds in Roseville, Calif. The second full season of NASCAR competition under the tutelage of Bill McAnally Racing Promotions will present 14 nights of competition.
Championship racing opens on April 11 with NASCAR Late Model twin main events plus Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4s, Jr. Late Models, Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, and a Trailer Bash.
One of the most hotly contested races in 2019 was the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour 127. The SRL returns on May 16 and September 26, each carrying special bonuses that push the posted awards above $30,000. A full slate of weekly racing competition will be featured each SRL night as well.
On October 10 the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 will feature the nationally-televised ARCA Menards Series West, formerly the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West. Drivers will be battling for over $100,000 in awards including championships on the line in each of the six weekly divisions.
UTV racing returns after a tremendous debut this season, with four races scheduled for a 2020 championship series. UTVs will be action on a special infield course on May 2, July 18, August 29, and October 17. The popular Trailer Bash division returns for a five-race points series. Metal grinding excitement hits the track during the season opener on April 11, followed by appearances on July 11, August 1, September 12, and October 24.
Enduro racing will be a big part of the 2020 season with a pair of races scheduled. All American Speedway will celebrate the end of summer with the Back to School Bash on August 15, featuring Enduro racing plus kids UTV racing and Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros. Special school themed activities and school participation will be a featured part of the event. Pumpkin Smash Enduro closes the season on October 24 with pumpkin guts and soapy water all over the speedway. The final trailer bash of the year will close the evening as well.
October’s Month of Mayhem includes the Malicious Monster Truck Tour for two shows on October 17 with a matinee at 2pm and an evening show at 6pm. Megasaurus will be making his Roseville debut while the UTVs will be staging their season finale as well.
All American Speedway powered by Roseville Toyota will celebrate its 2019 track champions on January 18th, 2020 @the Grounds in Roseville. The Championship Awards Gala will honor drivers from all six weekly racing divisions at the NASCAR-sanctioned track. Special guest Larry McReynolds will be the Master of Ceremonies and will be joined by other special guests still to be announced.
All told, more than 40 awards will be handed out with cocktail attire suggested for this special gala. Purchase of ticket includes reserved table seating and a catered dinner by Randy Peters Catering.
Tickets are available by visiting www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com Prices are $45 until January 7th and increase to $55 available until January 14th. Tables for ten are available for $400.00, before taxes and fees. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Door and raffle prizes will be offered along with a no host bar provided by @the Grounds.
2020 All American Speedway Schedule
Subject to Change
Saturday, April 11 - NASCAR Weekly Season Opener Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + Trailer Bash
Saturday, May 2 – NASCAR Weekly Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + UTV Races
Saturday, May 16 – SRL Southwest Tour + NASCAR Late Models, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup
Saturday, June 13 – NASCAR Weekly Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + Special Guests To Be Announced!
Saturday, July 11 – NASCAR Weekly Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + Trailer Bash
Saturday, July 18 – NASCAR Weekly Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + UTV Races & RV Demolition Derby
Saturday, August 1 – NASCAR Weekly Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + Trailer Bash
Saturday, August 15 – BACK TO SCHOOL BASH ENDURO, Kids UTV, Bando/Mini Cup
Saturday, August 29 – NASCAR Weekly Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + UTV Races *Bando National Qualifier*
Saturday, September 12 – Tribute to Heroes NASCAR Late Model Twin, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup + Trailer Bash
Saturday, September 26 – SRL Southwest Tour + NASCAR Late Models, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup
Saturday, October 10 – OCTOBER CLASSIC NAPA AUTO PARTS/Toyota 150 ARCA Menards Series West + NASCAR Late Models, Limited Modifieds, Super Stocks, F4, Jr Late Models, Bando/Mini Cup
Saturday, October 17 – Malicious Monster Truck Tour (2 shows) + Megasaurus, UTV Nationals
Saturday October 24 – PUMPKIN SMASH ENDURO + Trailer Bash