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The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Central Illinois Dragway have entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement.
Central Illinois Dragway is in rural Havana Illinois. The 1/8-mile dragway is situated on 64 acres among rolling farmland and the Illinois river opening on August 17, 1969. New Central Illinois Dragway promoters Gary Landgrebe and Don Scott secured a 3-year lease to run the track as well as an option to purchase it after the lease expires.
Planned improvements heading into the 2021 season include updating the timing equipment, increasing the flow of participants into the facility and several upgrades to track cleanup and preparation equipment.
“In a time when more dragstrips are closing than opening, it’s refreshing to see someone step up to the plate at a track like Central Illinois Dragway,” said IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal. “There’s a core group of dedicated racers and a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries presence due to the hard work of the previous owner and management team. Don and Gary bring a strong reputation and business acumen to the table along with a persevering spirit. We look forward to working through the new endeavor with them.”
Central Illinois Dragway plans to have around 23 events in 2021 with the anticipated schedule coming out in less than a month.
For more information about Central Illinois Dragway click here.
Combine a child racer's dream with 5,500 cubic tons of dirt spread across the playing field at Houston's NRG Stadium and sometimes you get magic. That’s what happened at the inaugural SuperTuesday Monster Energy Supercross race on January 19, 2021.
Go back a day and a year, and Jett Lawrence was a sixteen-year-old rookie in his third American Supercross. He and his older brother were both chasing the American Supercross dream – though as Australians the journey had cost the family more in time, money, and sacrifice. In that third round of the 2020 season Jett worked his way into the lead, but a late mistake allowed the defending class champion to catch, then pass Jett just three corners from his first victory. The wild Aussie rider let it all hang out…those stories are supposed to turn out great.
Jett got bucked in the section of consecutive small jumps appropriately called "whoops," rode the front wheel at the balancing point of disaster, then fate and momentum tipped him the wrong way and he fell over the handlebars into the steep face of a jump. A broken collarbone meant the young, exuberant, and playful rider was out for most of that season.
But this is 2021. And in Jett's eighth Monster Energy Supercross everything seemed to be on replay a year plus one day later. This time, he didn't falter, didn't allow his bike to buck, in fact, the young rider made it look easy as he stretched a fourteen second lead on the rest of the field and then notched his first Supercross win.
That win was made possible by his brother Hunter who challenged him, the brothers' parents who uprooted their lives to chase the dream, and the Honda HRC team that took the brothers under their wing when the brothers' 2020 support team folded without warning at the end of last year’s racing season. Was Jett excited? You bet, and he wasn't hiding it a bit.
Might this be the young racer's first title season? He stands in good company; anyone who knows the sport will recognize these past champions who each won their first race in their sophomore season: Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Villopoto, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, Kevin Windham, Justin Barcia, and Chase Sexton.
Jett Lawrence lines up again inside Houston's NRG Stadium this Saturday for Round 3 of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season. It will be exciting to see how young Jett Lawrence follows up his breakthrough ride. The answer will be revealed on January 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern, LIVE on Peacock and NBCSN.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
3. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
4. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
8. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
9. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
10. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (40)
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (39)
3. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (38)
4. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (38)
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (37)
6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (36)
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (34)
8. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (33)
9. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (30)
10. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (26)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
2. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
3. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
4. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS
5. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
8. Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM
9. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
10. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (47)
2. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (44)
3. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (43)
4. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (40)
5. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (37)
6. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS (35)
7. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (32)
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (31)
9. Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM (29)
10. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda (26)
The entry list for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship includes 33 full-season entrants from 12 different countries plus a record number of teams competing in both the LMP2 and LMGTE Am categories.
Click HERE to view the 2021 video presentation.
• New-for-2021 Hypercar category sees a total of five entries (Toyota, Glickenhaus and Alpine)
• Strongest ever LMP2 entry in WEC history (11 entries)
• Ferrari and Porsche represented in the LMGTE Pro category
• Two all-female line-ups join the WEC for the first time
• Biggest ever LMGTE Am class (13 entries) offers huge diversity
FIA WEC Season 9 signifies the start of an exciting new era for endurance racing with the introduction of the Hypercar category. Toyota has already unveiled its Hypercar challenger for 2021, with Peugeot set to follow suit in 2022 and Porsche and Audi shortly after. In the meantime, the 2021 entry list looks extremely promising with strong manufacturer representation, world-class teams and an impressive roster of drivers from the motorsport fraternity.
The quality of entries in all four categories, which is split almost equally between prototypes and GTEs, will provide non-stop action and entertainment throughout the six-round season.
Key Facts and Figures, 2021 FIA WEC Entry List:
• Thirty-three entries representing 12 nations: Italy (7), Germany (6), Great Britain (5), USA (4), Japan (3), France (2), Switzerland (1), Poland (1), Netherlands (1), Denmark (1), Belgium (1), Slovakia (1)
• Five entries in Hypercar, 11 in LMP2, four in LMGTE Pro and 13 in LMGTE Am
• Prestigious marques represented including Toyota, Ferrari, Porsche, Glickenhaus and Alpine
• Two all-female line-ups for the first time in WEC’s history with Richard Mille Racing in LMP2 and Iron Lynx in LMGTE Am
• Six full-time female entrants is a record number of women to compete in an FIA World Championship
• World Champions Toyota Gazoo Racing to field two all-new Toyota GR010 Hybrids with an unchanged driver line-up for 2021
• Glickenhaus Racing submits two Glickenhaus 007 LMH entries following intensive development on its Hypercar programme alongside Joest Racing and Sauber
• Alpine Elf Malmut to enter WEC’s top-tier category with a non-Hybrid LMP1 (Alpine A480 Gibson)
• The future of the WEC’s premier category looks extremely positive as Peugeot Sport will begin its participation in 2022, with Porsche and Audi confirmed thereafter
• Largest ever LMP2 field in WEC history with a total of 11 entries from nine different nations (Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and USA)
• First-ever all-female line-up in LMP2 with Richard Mille Racing Team’s No. 1 car which will be driven by Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch and Beitske Visser
• Various big motorsport names set to compete in LMP2 includes the likes of former F1 drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Stoffel Vandoorne, 2014 WEC World Champion Anthony Davidson, reigning Formula E World Champion Antonio Felix da Costa, plus four-time Le Mans category winner, Jan Magnussen. Reigning LMP2 and ELMS Champions Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson also return for 2021
• Chassis manufacturers Oreca and Ligier both represented
• Four teams moving up from European Le Mans Series to world stage – DragonSpeed USA, Inter Europol Competition, RealTeam Racing and Richard Mille Racing Team
• Ferrari and Porsche to go head-to-head for LMGTE Pro manufacturer battle
• Ferrari remains most successful GTE manufacturer in WEC history, with the marque having claimed six titles
• 2018/2019 World GT Champions Porsche return with Porsche 911 RSR – 19 in quest for another title
• No. 51 Ferrari line-up unchanged, while Daniel Serra replaces Davide Rigon in newly numbered No. 52 car alongside Miguel Molina
• No. 91 Porsche remains the same with Neel Jani replacing Michael Christensen in the No. 92 sister car
• Record multi-marque LMGTE Am field comprising of 13 entries (five Ferrari, five Porsche and three Aston Martin cars)
• Newcomers Iron Lynx (Ferrari) with two cars and D’station Racing (Aston Martin) boost the category
• First all-female line-up in LMGTE Am with No. 85 Iron Lynx entry fronted by Rahel Frey, Manuela Gostner and Michelle Gatting
• Italian team Cetilar Racing transition from LMP2 to LMGTE Am and Ferrari for 2021
• Gulf Racing renamed as GR Racing
• Return of several familiar teams such as AF Corse, Dempsey-Proton Racing, Aston Martin Racing and TF Sport
Quotes on WEC Season 9 grid:
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Hypercar marks a turning point for endurance racing. This new top class is the dawn of a bright future for the discipline with Toyota, Glickenhaus and Alpine ready to engage in thrilling battles on the track. Despite today’s adverse conditions, the grid remains impressive, and our championship as popular as ever. To the delight of the FIA and the ACO, who have been encouraging women to join the fray, the field comprises two all-women teams. A first! See you in a few weeks’ time for the start of what promises to be a sensational season.”
Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission: "I’m pleased looking at this season’s entry list. The FIA WEC managed to attract a strong and diverse grid, which is something particularly impressive in the wake of the current health and economic climate. There will surely be numerous fascinating storylines over the course of the season. We’ll witness a milestone in the history of endurance racing with the debut of world’s first Le Mans Hypercar. There are several strong line ups entered in LMP2 and LMGTE machinery and we can expect fierce competition in these categories. It’s also great to see the two all-female line ups, who competed at Le Mans last year, stepping up to the FIA WEC full time."
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship: “There is no doubt that the future of endurance racing looks very bright and this is perfectly demonstrated by the strength and variety of teams on the entry list. Not only do we have a brand-new Hypercar category which is set to grow even bigger from next year, but it’s extremely encouraging to see record numbers of entrants in the LMP2 and LMGTE Am classes. To have six females join the grid also highlights the diversity in our championship and endurance racing as a whole. The 2021 WEC season will definitely be one to watch.”
Jarett Andretti continues finalizing his plans to race full-time in the IMSA Prototype Challenge with his latest announced partner, Unite Health Share Ministries. The latest partner of Andretti and his program, UHSM will be an associate sponsor on the Andretti Autosport No.18 Ligier JS P320 driven by Andretti and co-driver Tristan Herbert.
Unlike traditional health insurance, UHSM is a health sharing network of faith-based members. Health sharing ministries are organizations made up of individuals and families who voluntarily share the cost of each other’s health care. Members of health sharing organizations share common beliefs and agree to help each other by sharing costs associated with eligible medical expenses.
CEO of UHSM, Christopher Jin, shared his excitement in partnering with Jarett Andretti and the new Andretti Autosport IMSA Prototype Challenge team. “We are ecstatic to combine our brand with Jarett Andretti and Andretti Autosport. Our goal in partnering with Jarett includes bringing new awareness to the opportunity of health sharing. On meeting Jarett we instantly knew there was an alignment of personal values and faith. We know that Jarett will represent our message well as he races coast to coast in 2021 and beyond!”
Andretti and his recently announced co-driver, Tristan Herbert, will compete in a full season of six scheduled races in 2021, the first race being this weekend. The Roar Before the Rolex 24 takes place at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 23rd and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network Track Pass.
“It’s awesome to see our program continue to come together with such high-quality partners,” said Andretti. “After learning about Unite Health Share Ministries and the healthcare option that they offer to millions of Americans, I knew we would make great partners. I look forward to representing them this year and into the future.”
Andretti is a graduate of North Carolina State University who now lives in Indianapolis and races full-time. He is the son of the late John Andretti, the grandson of the late Aldo Andretti and the great-nephew of Mario Andretti.
He has carried on the family racing tradition and has championships in go-karts, the USAC Eastern Ignite Pavement Midget Series, the 410 Sprint Car division at the Lawrenceburg Speedway and is also an Indiana Sprint Car Series champion. In addition, Andretti is the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of The Year and a former Rookie of The Year at the Oswego Speedway in the supermodified class. In 2018, Andretti competed part-time as a rookie in the Pirelli World Challenge TCR Class. Andretti and co-driver captured the 2020 Silver Class Pirelli GT4 Sprint X Championship in Indianapolis last October.
The 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge is scheduled to kick off with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on January 23 at 12:45pm EST at Daytona International Speedway.
For more information, visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com
Bunker Hill Dragstrip, the oldest continuously running dragway in the Hoosier State, has renewed its commitment to the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) through a new multi-year sanctioning agreement.
Located in Bunker Hill, Indiana, there is a rich history dating back to 1956. The facility features an 1/8-mile drag strip. In 2018, Bunker Hill was named the IHRA Division 5 (Thunder) Track of the Year.
Under the new ownership of Mark Cregier the track has plans for improvements to the facility over the course of the off-season. Improvements includes the timing system, track prep equipment, guardrails and safety equipment.
"The enthusiasm that Mark has shown in the last few months of the 2020 season has shown that he's putting his heart into this place,” said IHRA Division 1,3, and 5 Director Jon O’Neal. “From driving to Memphis for the IHRA Summit World Finals to learn about the Summit SuperSeries to installing new guardrail in the clutches of Indiana winter, Mark is not pulling any punches."
IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions for Bunker Hill in 2020 included: Bill Casner (Top), Mike Pyle (Mod), Brad Fisher (Sportsman) and Chas Warpenburg (Junior).
For more information about Bunker Hill Dragstrip visit their Facebook page.
- Alan Ampudia, Baja 1000 winner and Trophy Truck driver
- Rodrigo Ampudia, Baja 1000 and Pro 2 race winner
- Ronnie Anderson, short course Pro Lite and Turbo UTV race winner
- Ron Capps, NHRA Funny Car champion
- Parker Kligerman, NASCAR Truck Series driver and eNASCAR team owner
- Mikey Lawrence, Trophy Truck driver
- Bucky Lasek, 20-time X Games medalist
- Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus founder and motorsports and action sports legend
- Corry Weller, short course Turbo UTV champion
ST Racing took the GT4-class win during the highly competitive Creventic Series Hankook 24H of Dubai, taking place at the Dubai Autodrome this past weekend. Samantha Tan, Chandler Hull, Jon Miller, and Nick Wittmer co-drove the #438 BMW M4 GT4 to a win, claiming their first trophies of the season.
The Canadian outfit traveled to the United Arab Emirates to take part in their second Dubai 24H. The team could have claimed the win in 2020, but last year’s race was cut short due to a heavy rainstorm. This time around, the weather was ideal and the team came prepared to this event knowing they could repeat their feat very well.
On Thursday prior to the race, Nick Wittmer set an impressive time of 2:08.824 during qualifying, putting the #438 at the front of the GT4 field. As per the series rules, the car qualifies, not the driver. Therefore, 23 years-old Samantha Tan was set to start the 24-hour race on Friday afternoon. After a hectic first few laps where Tan lost valuable time fighting with cars around her, there was a Code 60 caused by a fellow competitor. The team decided to bring Tan down pit lane right away for fuel. Back on track, her focus was on taking the lead back again. Thanks to several stellar stints between her and Chandler Hull, they were able to regain the lead and keep it…until the very end!
“We won the Dubai 24H!!!” said with enthusiasm Samantha Tan, driver of the #438 car. “It honestly felt like a flawless race. We spent the majority of it first in class! My co-drivers all did an incredible job. I started the race, trying to be aggressive but also having to remind myself that it’s a long race ahead and keep the car clean. There was a Code 60 right at the start, so the team decided to bring me in to top up on fuel so I could run for almost 2 hours. I did back to back stints with Chandler until it got dark, while Nick and Jon drove through the night.”
She continued saying: “I had a stellar night stint, passing many cars and putting our BMW M4 back into 1st in class. It got close with 2nd place after the halfway mark in the race, but during the last 6 hours, we all put in our best effort and gave ourselves a 3-lap lead. The car was amazing the entire race; I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work on giving us the best car and for the perfectly executed pit stops. This is my first pro win, and I’m so happy to share it with my ST Racing family. This win is for all of us, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season!”
Nick Wittmer, who took the checkered flag, echoed Samantha’s thoughts on the flawless execution: “it was my first 24-hour race, and we won it! There were no issues at all; ST Racing did an amazing job preparing the car to run a full day.”
Jon Miller couldn’t help but reminisce on the Dubai 24H 2020: “Last year’s Dubai 24 was red-flagged for torrential rain after 7 hours, and after qualifying on pole and running up front, we came away disappointed with unfinished business. Showing up this year and replicating our pole position and strong pace, it’s incredibly satisfying for the whole team to finish the job and WIN the Dubai 24!”
For Jon, it was a team win: “the story of our race comes down to the crew executing fast pit stops for 24 hours and running a winning strategy with a BMW that was fast and easy to drive. Samantha and Chandler drove an awesome five stints, going back to back for the first 6 hours before Nick and I took over at night - and they handed us the car in P1. It takes everything and then some, with a little luck sprinkled in, to win a race like this. We’ll use it as motivation to keep pushing hard all season.”
“There’s no better way to start a new race season than winning, let alone winning a 24-hour race,” said Chandler Hull, more motivated than ever. “I am beyond grateful for the ST Racing group to have let me come along, and a huge thanks to the crew that worked their magic behind the scenes to give us a car that could fight for 24 hours. I’m looking forward to next weekend at Yas Marina for another 6 hours and can’t wait to keep this momentum up for the rest of the season.”
Kenneth Tan, Samantha Tan’s father, and Team Principal, only had good things to say about the event “I am so proud of our team! It was a team effort that won us the race. The drivers worked together to ensure efficient lap times and to take good care of the car: no curbs! The person responsible for data calculated and effectively carried out a dynamic pit stop strategy together with the drivers and our crew chief and head mechanic who, I think, ultimately won us the race. I am so proud of the team and so proud of Sam. She drove amazingly fast, especially during the night! This was by far the most exhilarating win yet for our young team, and the best part is that we had a lot of fun achieving it together. Go STR!”
The team’s next race will be as soon as this coming weekend at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. This will be a 6-hour race which is not part of the official calendar of the 24H Series. After Abu Dhabi, the team will have two months' break until the next race in Mugello (Italy), where they will be looking at keeping their momentum going.
ST Racing will take part in all 8 events of the 2021 24H Series season.
Hankook 24H Dubai: January 14-15-16 2021 - WIN
Extra - 6H Abu Dhabi, Jan 22-23
Hankook 12H Mugello: March 26-27 2021
Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps: April 23-24-25 2021
Hankook 12H Hockenheimring: May 22-23 2021
Hankook 24H Portimao: July 16-17-18 2021
Hankook 24H Barcelona: September 03-04-05 2021
Coppa Florio Hankook 12H Sicily: October 01-02-03 2021
Hankook 24H Sebring: November 12-13-14 2021
Qualifying results: https://bit.ly/3qt7jkl
Race results: https://bit.ly/2Lwo2oh