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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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 Zynga Inc., a wholly-owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) and a global leader in interactive entertainment, today announced that its subsidiary NaturalMotion is unveiling Pagani Automobili’s new high performance hypercar, the eagerly awaited Pagani Utopia, in CSR Racing 2 (CSR2), its hyper-real mobile drag racing game.

 

Known for its ultra high-end hypercars, Pagani is an Italian Atelier of made-to-measure hypercars based in Italy’s 'Motor Valley'. Its vehicles are highly valued, with a great deal of interest and supposition for each new hypercar model, including the Huayra Roadster BC that was first revealed in CSR2 in 2019. The Pagani Utopia, which is set to be the successor of the Huayra, carries special significance as it is the third model, after the incredibly sought-after Zonda and the global sensation, Huayra, both designed by Pagani founder Horacio Pagani. The company is set to produce 99 models of the Pagani Utopia, all of which have already been purchased by enthusiasts and collectors and will start being delivered in 2023, creating an exclusive in-game driving experience for CSR2 players.

 

In CSR2, from September 16 - 23, 2022, players will have the unique opportunity to race the Pagani Utopia, which has been meticulously recreated to match the real car handcrafted for Pagani’s customers. Players can test drive the car in the dealership and participate in the first three races for free. They can then purchase the car to complete the event by winning in-game items to upgrade their car and add it to their collection. The event will feature a total of 40 races on the Route 66 track, where players can also race other supercars on the famed American highway to earn in-game rewards. 

 

CSR2 gives players the opportunity to race and collect extremely rare cars in-game that are otherwise unobtainable for most car enthusiasts,” said Julian Widdows, Senior Vice President of Racing at NaturalMotion. “The new Pagani Utopia perfectly exemplifies a high-performance vehicle with elegance and design, and CSR2 is proud to be Pagani Automobili’s partner of choice to digitally unveil the Pagani Utopia to the public and to mobile players around the world.” 

 

“We chose to again partner with CSR2 to reveal the Pagani Utopia because the game manifests an incredible attention to design and detail just as Pagani does on each of our vehicles,” said Michael Staskin, CEO of Pagani Automobili America. “The fact that a hypercar like the Pagani Utopia is unveiled to the world in a mobile game is a true testament to the power of the CSR2 gaming community, and we look forward to introducing this amazing vehicle to mobile enthusiasts around the globe.” 

 

CSR2 is available to download for free on the App Store as well as on Google Play

In his first TA class start of the 2022 season, Justin Marks won the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Franklin Road Apparel Classic at Watkins Glen International in a rain-filled event where the new Pirelli 18-inch rain tire made its impressive debut. Marks started the race from the pole and led every treacherous lap in the wet. Second-place finisher Chris Dyson, who has led the point standings since the season opener at Sebring International Raceway, officially clinched the 2022 TA championship.
 
After laying down a new track record in yesterday’s sunny qualifying session, Marks took the green flag under rainy conditions in his No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro. He instantly opened up a gap on Dyson’s No. 20 GYM WEED/ALTWELL Ford Mustang, which he maintained until the first caution flag of the day waved on lap four. When green-flag racing resumed, Dyson challenged for the lead, but Marks once again pulled ahead of the field with significant speed.
 
Meanwhile, fourth-place Ken Thwaits in the No. 7 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro, who was second in the standings coming into this weekend’s event, sustained contact on lap six. The contact broke his car’s suspension and forced the Showtime Motorsports team owner to retire, relegating him to a ninth-in-class finish. Thwaits’ misfortune allowed Tomy Drissi in the No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang to enter the top five. Despite a fogged windshield obscuring his view, Drissi began to carefully pick off his competitors. By lap nine, Drissi had advanced into the fourth position, and after a lap-20 restart, he maneuvered around the No. 2 Technique Chassis/STEEL-IT/Weaver Dodge Challenger of Boris Said for third place.
 
The restart on lap 20 gave Dyson one final chance to make the pass for the lead, but Marks’ speed was too great, and Marks pulled out to gap Dyson, who was also now struggling with an obstructed view from windshield fog. With the clock winding down, Marks maintained his lead for the final four laps and crossed the finish line to earn his first ever Trans Am victory in his ninth-career start. Dyson and Drissi rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively, while Said took the fourth position. New York State native Paul Fix in the No. 21 allgram Ford Mustang was fifth. Kerry Hitt in the No. 22 ACP Motorsports Camaro earned the Masters Award for the TA class, and Drissi was awarded the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race.
 
"Winning is better than losing, isn't it?" said Marks to his young daughters in Victory Lane. “This is awesome. My car was great right off the truck. These Franklin Road Apparel guys at Showtime Motorsports built a really, really great racecar that was prepared super well. I have not driven a TA car at Watkins Glen before, so it was great to be able to get into the car in that first test session and have it just work immediately. These are my favorite racecars in the world. I’ve driven a lot of cool stuff, but there’s nothing that quite compares to Trans Am. We’ve got to get the word out to the world about how amazing this series is, and I’ll certainly do my part. I’m honored and humbled to be able to have a great weekend here.”
 
At the conclusion of the event, Dyson had accrued enough points to clinch his second-career championship in the Trans Am TA class.
 
“We’ve had a lot of good days here, and today was certainly one of the more exciting ones,” said Dyson from the podium. “Justin [Marks] put on a clinic out there. I’m so happy to be here with ALTWELL and GYM WEED joining forces with the series in addition to being on our car. We’re just trying to grow this thing, and if we can keep having weekends like this together, with the competitive fight we have up front, I think this series is just going from strength to strength right now. I’m proud to be here and proud to be a champion.”
 
In XGT, Stephen Hamman in the No. 72 TLM Racing Porsche GT3 Cup 991.2 got out to an early lead, but he went off track and into the gravel trap on lap six, leaving his teammate Jody Miller in the No. 3 TLM Racing Porsche GT3 Cup 991.2 with the lead. Miller earned the class victory in his first ever Trans Am start, followed by Danny Lowry in the No. 42 BridgeHaul/Bennett International/Pitboxes.com Audi R8 LMS.
 
“First of all, it was treacherous; I think that’s the word of the day,” said Miller. “Visibility just was not there. But what I liked about it is that everybody kept their head about them. I didn’t see any dangerous driving, and people were courteous. I think we all had our heads in the game, and for a first-time Trans Am racer, I couldn’t have been happier with the field. TLM did an awesome job prepping the car, and I would not be here without Pippa Mann. She has been my coach for almost two years now, and without her guidance and coaching, I wouldn’t be here. I am so thankful to have her in my paddock.”
 
The SGT class was the most exciting finish of the day, as the win came down to the final turn of the final lap. Aaron Pierce in the No. 26 LSI Inc./Sam Pierce Chevrolet Corvette led the entire race, until a bobble on the final turn widened his line. With Lee Saunders in the No. 44 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper right on his tail, he was able to make the last-lap pass for the victory. Pierce finished second, and Dirk Leuenberger in the No. 35 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper finished third.
 
“That was my favorite race I’ve ever been in,” said Saunders. “I’d like to thank God for allowing us to be here today and for keeping everybody safe. Thank you to Trans Am; this is unbelievable. I’ve never been to Watkins Glen before and it is an absolutely beautiful facility. Thanks to the fans for coming out, it’s just awesome seeing everybody out there, even in the rain. I’d like to dedicate this race to my best friend Brian. He lost his battle with cancer about a month ago and it was really special to win for him today. He would have been watching if he was still here with us, but I know he’s watching from above.”
 
In GT, Michael Saia in the No. 13 Rapid Performance Management/Rapid Wraps PMC Porsche GT3 Cup 997.1 led the first half of the event, but at the halfway point, a spin allowed Scott James in the No. 61 Chicane Racing/Vascular Care Group Porsche GT3 Cup to take over the lead. In the final laps, Saia recovered and made the pass for the lead, earning the victory in the class.
 
“I want to say thanks to KMC, my crew chief Chris Ross, my teammate, and Trans Am for putting on a great show,” said Saia. “I think I need my head examined to be out there for that long. I had a couple of spins, came back, rallied and thank God I got through it. On a scale of 0-10, the visibility was a negative 50.”
 
The broadcast of today’s race, presented by Franklin Road Apparel, will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 11:30 p.m. ET.
 
TA returns to the track October 6-9 at VIRginia International Raceway.
 
Full race results can be found here

For the past five months since they’ve purchased Maple Grove Raceway, veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his family, which includes his sons Kenny Jr. and current Pro Stock driver Kyle, have been hard at work on renovations and updates to the historic facility.

 

Numerous improvements have already been made and will be noticeable for fans and race teams heading into this weekend’s 37th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. It’s been a tremendous amount of work, but the Koretsky family is excited to show off the revamped facility at the opening race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.

 

“It’s taken a lot of work from everyone and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re proud of what we’ve done and the response we’ve already heard from fans and racers,” Kyle Koretsky said. “We’ve even had racers who have offered to help the place succeed. There’s a lot of history here and we want to make sure this track succeeds. Our family has put our heart and soul into this and there’s no room for failure. That’s not in our vocabulary. We’ve built a strong team here and we’re looking forward to having a great race and a great future here.”

 

Among the updates are complete renovations to both towers, including all of the VIP suites and the timing tower, as well as the completion of the first phase of a new audio system at the track. They’ve started the process of adding new LED lights throughout the entire track, as well as repaving the upper lot, the turn-off at the top end – which has also been widened to 35 feet – and the starting line.

 

The Koretsky family and their team have also created 11 new RV spots for camping with plans to add 30 more for next season. They’ve added new air conditioning, new fencing, fresh paint, improved the overall look of the facility, and recently completed renovations to the bathrooms. The concession menu for race fans has also been completely revamped, as the Koretsky family has put a strong emphasis on improving the fan experience at the track in all areas.

 

“It’s taken a lot of work to get it to our standard and it’s going to continue to take work. We’re not done yet,” Koretsky said. “The racetrack is only part of it. Fans want a clean facility, they want to eat well, and we want to make sure we give our customers and fans a great facility. That’s something we take a lot of pride in and that’s what we want to accomplish here.”

 

Already a fan-favorite facility and penchant for delivering some of the quickest and fastest runs in NHRA history, Koretsky and his family are focused on making Maple Grove Raceway a destination track for years to come. This year’s race will feature all four professional categories, as playoffs as championship drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle will look to start their world championship bids with a win. Located in the heart of Amish country, the track has always boasted a wonderful, scenic backdrop for the massive fanbase. 

 

Brittany Force, who will start the playoffs as the Top Fuel points leader, made the quickest run in NHRA history at the facility in 2019 with her run of 3.623-seconds, while Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won last year’s race. This year’s playoff opener will be broadcast on both the FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports 1 (FS1) in 2022 and will also serve as the NFL adjacent broadcast on FOX, putting the NHRA on a huge platform to open its 2022 playoffs.

 

“I hope everyone notices and enjoys the work we’ve put in,” Koretsky said. “If you saw this place five months ago to today, you would have said this wasn’t even possible. We want to see that excitement from everyone when they get here. We’ve had some hiccups and it’s been stressful and a lot of hours but seeing the excitement from all the hard work everyone has put in, that’s the icing on the cake for me. We’re hoping for a packed house, and we want to make this a premier facility.”

 

In Top Fuel, Force will look to open the playoffs with a victory against standouts like four-time defending world champ Steve Torrence, Indy winner Antron Brown, Leah Pruett, Mike Salinas, and Justin Ashley.

 

Robert Hight has enjoyed a banner season in Funny Car, running away with the points lead on the strength of six victories. He’ll look for a Reading win against Indy winner Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca III and Cruz Pedregon.

 

Greg Anderson is after back-to-back wins in Reading, a race after picking up his 100th career victory. Looking to stop him is points leader Erica Enders, who has six wins in 2022, Aaron Stanfield, Koretsky, Dallas Glenn and Troy Coughlin Jr.

 

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Matt Smith will look to start his title defense facing off with defending event winner Steve Johnson, Joey Gladstone, Angelle Sampey, Eddie Krawiec, Angie Smith, and Karen Stoffer.

 

The Pep Boys NHRA Nationals also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown category. On Friday, fans can witness all the thrills of a jet car exhibition after nitro qualifying, while the race also features the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Shootout. On Saturday, fans can also attend Nitro School to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds.

 

Top Fuel Motorcycle star Larry “Spiderman” McBride will be in action at Reading as part of the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. McBride went an incredible 268.38-mph in Virginia to make the fastest motorcycle pass in drag racing history and the veteran will make exhibition passes in Reading, attempting to go even faster at a track where several record-breaking performances have taken place over the years.

 

Race fans at Maple Grove Raceway can enjoy the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the fan favorite SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals event winners.

 

As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Reading. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers, and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food, and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track, and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.

 

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 4:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 16, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12:15 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 18. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations on FOX at 2:00 or 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Check local listings for Sunday broadcast times on FOX in your area.

 

To purchase tickets to the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, visit www.NHRA.com or call 800-884-6472. All children 12 and under will be admitted free in the general admission area with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, please visit www.NHRA.com

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 25th anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 1 will serve as the 59th and final race for the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

Four manufacturers have fielded cars over the course of six seasons of DPi competition: Cadillac, which has achieved 27 race wins and three driver’s championships to date; Acura, with 16 wins and consecutive titles in 2019 and ’20; Mazda, notching seven wins; and finally, Nissan, which took four wins in 2017 and ’18, launching the IMSA career of future champion Pipo Derani.

 

Only one driver has raced in all four DPi cars: Olivier Pla. And while professional ethics (not to mention non-disclosure clauses in contracts!) prevent the 40-year-old Frenchman from specifically analyzing the pros and cons of each of those four machines in a public forum, he was kind enough to discuss the general challenge of learning and adjusting to the different racing cars.

 

“It’s actually interesting going from one car to another because you always learn something and it’s an interesting process,” Pla remarked. “These cars are very sophisticated, with a lot of electronics and settings that can affect the engine specification. It’s a lot of information to learn, but it’s our job. You really have to adapt quickly.”

 

Pla’s first DPi experience came in 2018 with Nissan, when he ran three endurance races for the Tequila Patrón ESM team. It wasn’t a huge adjustment for the veteran sports car pilot. He was already quite familiar with the Ligier Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) chassis that the Nissan was based on. DPi rules stipulate the use of a homologated LMP2 chassis combined with an outside manufacturer’s engine and unique bodywork.

 

Pla and his teammates failed to finish any of his three races in the Nissan.

 

“I knew that car quite well because the chassis was a Ligier similar to what I had driven for many years,” he said. “The engine had a lot of power, but the reliability was the weakness of that car. And of course, that’s one of the biggest things!”

 

‘Every Car Feels Very Different’

 

Pla made eight endurance race starts for Mazda Team Joest in 2019 and ’20, teaming with Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell to score the marque’s first DPi win in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in 2019. Paired with Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez, he claimed second place in the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona and third place that same year in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.

 

The Mazda years demonstrated the similarities and differences between DPi entries to Pla.

 

“Every car feels very different,” he said. “Some immediately feel good with your driving style, and with others, you have to work more to adapt how you drive the car. There are cars I really loved in the past, and some I really hated. Some cars have very efficient aero but maybe less mechanical grip, whereas others might have a lot of mechanical grip but less efficient aero. It’s always a question of compromise.”

 

When the Mazda DPi program downsized to a single car following the 2020 season, Pla signed with Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian to run the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 DPi with co-driver Dane Cameron. Their best finish was second at Watkins Glen. Joined by Juan Pablo Montoya, they also finished third at Sebring.

 

This year, Pla was brought in mid-season by Action Express Racing to bolster the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R attack with defending DPi champion Derani. A third-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is the duo’s best placing to date through four races together.

 

Roomy Caddy Fits Just Right

Pla hinted that adapting to the Acura was the most difficult of the DPi cars.

 

“The Acura had a really tight cockpit, so I was not really feeling comfortable,” he said. “The Cadillac cockpit feels huge, and I have more space for my legs. I’ve found the Cadillac quite simple and easy to learn, because some of the cars I’ve driven in the past were much more difficult in terms of the electronics and such.

 

“I really love the Caddy,” he continued. “It’s still very new for me, and it’s tough to arrive in the championship mid-season with a new car and a new team. Detroit (his first race) was tough, but at Watkins Glen especially, I did more mileage in the car and started to feel more comfortable. It’s a big learning process, but every lap or every mile I do in the car is a benefit for me. Pipo, my teammate, has spent the last four years in this car, and he has been really helpful. It just takes some time.”

 

The experience of driving all four DPi contenders gave Pla renewed respect for the task faced by IMSA officials in their quest to create a level playing field for different cars through Balance of Performance.

 

“To match the performance between four different cars is almost impossible, because a lot of it depends on the type of track,” he noted. “Some cars are just going to be faster than others. BoP doesn’t always work positive for you. Sometimes you know you’re going to a place that is not going to be good for your car, but maybe next week, it’s better. You have to make the most of it.”

 

Pla will have one more chance to chase success in the Cadillac at Motul Petit Le Mans. Live coverage of the 10-hour race opens with a three-hour block on NBC network at noon ET on Saturday, Oct. 1. Continuing coverage airs on Peacock and USA Network, along with complete IMSA Radio coverage on IMSA.com and SiriusXM Radio.

 It was a moment one year in the making for Connor Mosack, who won his first race of 2022 at Watkins Glen International. Mosack earned the first victory of his Trans Am career in last year’s second all-class doubleheader event at The Glen. With three second-place finishes and four podiums in the last year, Mosack has been fighting to reclaim the top spot on the podium ever since. After winning the pole in yesterday’s qualifying session, Mosack battled back and forth with Thomas Merrill throughout the event, making his final pass for the lead with less than five laps to go to win the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s Franklin Road Apparel Classic in front of a record crowd.
 
Starting from the point position in his No. 28 Open Eyes/Nacarato Truck Centers/Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear Ford Mustang, Mosack was overtaken by Merrill in the No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang. A full-course caution on lap one gave Mosack another opportunity to claim the lead on the lap-three restart, but Merrill, who currently sits second in the TA2 point standings, was able to defend the position. Over the next 14 laps, Merrill and Mosack raced nose-to-tail and side-by-side, with Mosack making repeated attempts overcome the No. 26, but it wasn’t until lap 17 that Mosack completed his pass and claimed the lead for the first time since taking the green flag.
 
A full-course yellow on lap 19 closed up the field for the second time, forcing Mosack to defend his lead on the restart, but he held off Merrill at the wave of the green flag. However, Merrill gained the momentum to make the pass on lap 25. Two laps later while racing side-by-side, Mosack was able to capitalize on Merrill getting loose and make one final pass for the lead. From there, he was able to put some space between himself and his closest competitor, crossing the finish line as the checkered flag waved. Merrill finished second, followed by points leader Rafa Matos in the No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang. Matos’ teammate Mike Skeen finished fourth in his No. 89 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang following an impressive drive from the 36th position due to a tire change before the race, and Brent Crews finished fifth in the No. 70 Nitro Motorsports Ford Mustang.
 
“This was a great race, I had a lot of fun out there racing Thomas,” said Mosack on the podium. “Thanks to him for racing me clean most of the time. I had to trust him a few times getting by him, and I kept making mistakes and letting him back by. It was a fun race and he kept me honest, that’s for sure. I want to thank the guys at Team SLR who gave me a really good car. Thanks to Open Eyes, Franklin Road Apparel, Nacarato Trucks, Nic Tailor and everyone who makes it possible to race every week. Hopefully this is the momentum we needed and we can finish the season off with two good finishes at VIR and COTA.”
 
“Today was an example of good Trans Am racing,” said Merrill after emerging from his car. “That’s the great part about this series; it’s elbows out all the time and good, hard, clean, fair racing. I did get into Connor’s door a little bit and I apologize for that, but the track was covered in grass half the time, so that kept it interesting. The No. 5 car got into us halfway through the race and bent my front suspension 45 degrees to the left, so that was exciting. Full credit to Connor for driving really well all weekend. He was super-fast and deserved the win.”
 
“I had a great time racing against Connor and Thomas, they’re both championship-caliber high-skill drivers,” said Matos. “Hats off to my team, 3-Dimensional Services Group. They gave me an amazing car today. They’ve worked after hours every day this weekend trying to pick up speed with this car, but we didn’t quite have enough today. I’m really happy with third place, and to keep leading the championship, we have to keep finishing in the top five.”
 
Following the event, Mosack was awarded the ChillOut Keep Cool Move of the Race and was presented with the Omologato custom-branded Trans Am watch after earning the Young Gun Fast Lap Award. Scott Borchetta won the TA2 Masters award.
 
The broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers, will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 12:30 a.m. ET.
 
TA2 returns to the track October 6-9 at VIRginia International Raceway.
 
Full provisional race results can be found here
 

by Dean Case, Press Officer, SRO Motorsports Group AMERICA

 

 

Florida is a popular state for race fans and racers alike.  We asked a few of the SRO racers who live in Florida about the iconic Sebring International Raceway.  

 

 

“I grew up in Cocoa Beach which is about two hours from Sebring where my dad would take me to go see with 12 Hours of Sebring each year. My first ever race in a car was at Sebring so it’s a very special place to me. These days I spend so much time over the fall/winter/spring months at Sebring coaching and co-driving with coaching clients that I would definitely call it my “home track”. Winning here during the SRO weekend would be very special to me.”  

    

Eric Filgueiras         #18 RS1 Porsche       Pirelli GT4 America  

 

 

“I love Sebring because it has so much character.  It's super tough.  The bumps, the changing surface from asphalt to concrete.  The track never feels the same.  I love the challenge of looking for the limits of traction every time I’m out!  With this Florida heat and how hard this track is on the mind and body, I am so grateful that I'll have the Gapin Institute Performance Health Team helping me maximize my potential.  And the fact that I get to enjoy it with friends and family is a huge bonus!”   

 

Marko Radisic        # 22 SRQ Motorsports BMW         GT America Powered by AWS  

 

 

“I've only recently become a Florida resident (Key Biscayne), but I've been no stranger the last ten years since I got into racing.  Much of the offseason (if you can call it that) is spent in Florida; with most of it at Sebring.  When it comes to racetracks, Sebring has a little bit of everything, so we practice here as much as possible.  Out of all the tracks we visit all year long, we spend the most time at Sebring!”  

 

David Askew           #63 DXDT Mercedes-AMG    Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS  

 

 

Sebring is one of my favorite tracks because it requires you to really learn and understand the track layout.  The track has bumps, dips, and different types of pavement which make the track very difficult to drive.  Turn One is a blind high speed corner that requires a lot of confidence.  I first raced the track (club course section) against my dad when I was 12 in an open wheel car and lapped him. He was really surprised.  I raced the track many times during the NASA Florida region Spec Miata championship and really like racing here.  I am looking forward to racing with SRO later this month.”   

 

Tyler Delgado   #33 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai   TC America powered by Skip Barber  

 

 

“Having moved to Florida seven years ago, Sebring is now my "home" race.  This is pretty exciting, especially since my family now lives down there and I've gained some great friends as well so the local support will be awesome. Luckily, I have driven many races at Sebring and have had much success so I'm looking to continue that success there. Our goals are to have another great showing for the new 11th Gen Honda Civic Si as we have all season. If we can win and extend our championship lead, it will be a cherry on top but our ultimate goal is to keep showcasing the product that Honda has produced alongside the top team in the paddock, the Skip Barber Racing School.”   

 

Carter Fartuch      #16 Skip Barber Racing Honda      TC America powered by Skip Barber  

 

 

“I consider Sebring as one of my home tracks since I live in Boca Raton.  I have a ton of Sebring track time, having done the 12-Hours for a couple times with Mazda, and raced pretty much every other series on that track. Tim Horrell and I are well prepared with our Fast Track Racing BMW for the SRO weekend since we tested here in the begining of the year. I'm really hoping for a great result since this is going to be my last race with the team in 2022 due to a schedule conflict for the finale.”  

 

Rafa Matos         #10 Fast Track Racing BMW          Pirelli GT4 America  

 

 

I moved to FL in the fall of 2015 so Sebring has not always been my home track ,but upon learning about all the history related to this track I couldn’t wait to drive on it. I still remember taking my first lap and immediately finding out why this track is so challenging. Over the past years from DE level, to club racing, and now professional it has been the track that  I have driven  the most laps on and to this day I am still learning ways to go faster and faster. It’s definitely a track I’m familiar with so to get my first SRO podium here would be super special.   

 

Tim Horrell          #10 Fast Track Racing BMW              Pirelli GT4 America  

 

 

“Sebring is indeed a very important track in my life. Racing at Sebring has been a dream come true. I remember when I was go karting in my 20’s in the Miami region and went to see the 12-Hours of Sebring for the first time around 1993. That was awesome!  

 

That's where I fell in love with Porsches. I was lucky to do a PCA event in my first ever 911, a 1994 RS America that I miss to this day. That’s when I learned that these were race cars for daily use! My teammate's father, Andres Martinez, also brought his new 1994 RS America to that event. Mine was white, his is Silver and he still has it! I remember those events were VERY relaxed back then. We had sandwiches under one of the infield trees during the lunch break and watched all sorts of Porsches go by. We could not believe we were actually driving 911s in such a historic place.  

 

More recently, I was second in my class in a 1967 911 in the Classic Sebring earlier this year. I first place by 7/100’s of a second due to a tire puncture in the last stint!!!! But I had the time of my life!  

 

My teammate Juan Martinez is very strong in this track and I think I will be stronger than in other places that are new to me in the championship. We have the podium in mind for sure!”  

 

Nelson Calle         #83 RS1 Porsche           Pirelli GT4 America  

 

 

“I am very excited to be racing on our home track again. Sebring is such a special track with so much history and uniqueness along with so many great corners. I can’t wait to compete in the next GT America event September 24th and 25th!”  

 

Rick Uhler        # 28 SRQ Motorsports BMW       GT America Powered by AWS  

 

“I moved to Miami in 2017 and prior to that only did SCCA racing. My dad met a great driving coach Justin Piscitell, and when I started working with him I spent 6 months at Sebring running every event possible. It’s where I learned how to really go fast and to me Sebring is where I went from being an amateur enthusiast to a pro race car driver.”   

Moisey Uretsky   #55 Accelerating Performance Toyota      GT America Powered by AWS  

 

The penultimate round of the hotly contested Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS makes its annual trip to Sebring Raceway on September 23rd - 25th, 2022. The all-GT series is part of the global Fanatec GT World Challenge, competing in Europe, Asia, and Australia. This Fall, your favorite sports cars from brands like Acura, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG, and Porsche will battle the bumps in Central Florida. 

 

An action-packed weekend of racing also includes GT America powered by AWS, Pirelli GT4 America, TC America powered by Skip Barber, and the Skip Barber Formula Series. 

 

Fan Activities include: 

 

  • Open Paddock 

  • Truck & Jeep Jamboree (Saturday at 5:00 p.m.)

  • Patriot Car Corral

  • Autograph Sessions 

  • Sunday Grid Walk 

  • RV Camping

 

 

 

Tickets start at just $15! Kids under 12 are free with purchase of an adult ticket. Car parking is included with the purchase of gate admission.

 

The 2022 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series concluded at Fox Raceway in sweltering temperatures where Star Racing Yamaha’s Eli Tomac ultimately claimed the 2022 450MX title aboard his Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive-equipped Yamaha YZ450F.

 

Rekluse’s relationship with the Star Racing team dates back to the off-season of 2015 where Rekluse product testing led into running it full-time throughout the races beginning with the 2016 Supercross season. Since then, this technical partnership has not only helped fine-tune TorqDrive technology, but has amassed over 10 championships.

 

Eli Tomac’s recent 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship performances exceeded the expectations of many, originally influenced by the concerns of switching to a new motorcycle. Tomac proved those concerns moot, riding his Core Manual TorqDrive equipped Star Racing Yamaha YZ450F to seven main event wins in Supercross and five overall wins in Pro Motocross.

 

Despite those Pro Motocross wins plus another six podium finishes, Tomac entered the final round at Fox Raceway only one point ahead of Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton, seemingly one of the few riders capable of consistently matching his pace throughout the season. Tomac put in a veteran ride in the very critical first moto, which led him to build on that momentum with another win the second moto. This 1-1 performance on the day was more than enough to make him the 2022 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocorss 450 Champion, an iconic closing to an iconic season.

 

The Pro Motocross circuit sees varying types of track and weather conditions, all the way up to extreme heat surpassing 100°F during the Fox Raceway finale. Regardless, Eli Tomac and his Star Yamaha machine relied on Rekluse Core Manual TorqDrive to get its massive power to the ground, and to do it consistently, resisting fade and slipping.

 

Rekluse Core components, consisting of a billet inner hub and pressure plate, are designed to greatly improve oil flow over OEM to keep the Rekluse TorqDrive clutch pack cool during the long motos. For those that know Tomac, you know he prefers a specific clutch feel and performance, and Rekluse is proud to deliver the Championship winning combo Eli raced with.

 

The entire Rekluse crew is extremely proud to have the opportunity to work with factory-level race teams such as Star Racing Yamaha. The team behind the Rekluse doors remains made of up of core enthusiasts of the sport, sharing the same passion as the fans in the stands and the riders in the pits. Congratulations Eli Tomac and Star Racing Yamaha!

 

By Godwin Kelly

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joey Hand was dealt a hard, one-two career punch combination a few years ago that sent him to the mat. But like a true champion, he has pulled himself up, got back into the ring and just scored his first IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge victory.

 

“I had a two-year hiatus when Ford ended its GT program and my Platinum (FIA driver) rating kind of kept me out of doing a lot of things, then we had the pandemic,” Hand said. “It’s just good to be back racing.”

 

The 43-year-old veteran from Sacramento, California, signed a deal with Ford at the start of 2022 to perform a variety of jobs. He has been tasked with helping NASCAR Cup Series Ford teams develop the Next Gen stock car on road courses, and he is part of the team creating the Mustang GT3, which will make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in 2024.

 

“Basically, I’m a Ford driver,” he said. “I help them in different ways. I help them with the simulator and NASCAR’s Next Gen car. I help any of the Ford Cup and Xfinity (Series) guys who want my help with road courses. I work with them in the simulator for road course stuff. I use my knowledge of the tracks and pass it on to them. The reason for me doing all this is to help Ford win races any way I can.”

 

As part of the package, Hand has competed in five NASCAR Cup Series road races this year to get seat-of-the-pants experience, which helps him build a setup notebook for Ford teams. He has one more start at the Charlotte Roval next month.

 

His NASCAR stat sheet doesn’t tell the whole story, such as his 31st-place finish at Watkins Glen three weeks ago. He had the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford positioned in the top five late in the race but spun in Turn 1 in a late-braking move that failed.

 

“I had been working on Martin Truex for a long time,” he said. “I went for a big, out-brake move, which I didn’t think was that crazy, I was just going to run Turn 1 wide. When I hit the brakes, I lost the rear brakes and I had no chance.

 

“I never had that happen to me. I was super bummed. You feel like a dummy because you’ve got a good race car, then you make a mistake. I pride myself on not making mistakes like that. The last time I put a car into the fence on my own was in 2009 at Sebring in a warmup.”

 

Less than a week after that mistake, however, Hand found redemption at VIRginia International Raceway by winning the Michelin Pilot Challenge Virginia Is for Racing Lovers Grand Prix on Aug. 27.

Hand, who has 18 IMSA top-level series race wins dating to 2004, notched the Michelin Pilot Challenge victory in the No. 40 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4, co-driving with James Pesek.

 

“Ford called me just after the Indy NASCAR race and they said, ‘Hey, we need you to help the PF Racing guys,’” Hand said. “I guess (co-driver) Chad McCumbee had racing conflicts the rest of the year. At the last minute they called me and asked me to finish the year out with them. I did Road America, Virginia, then we finish up at Road Atlanta. The good thing about this is that it gets me back into the IMSA loop.”

 

Hand’s most recent previous IMSA time was pretty memorable as part of the vaunted Ford GT program from 2016-19 in the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans class. On top of that, he was part of the driver lineup that delivered a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory for Ford in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the manufacturer’s vaunted triumph over Ferrari in the French endurance classic.

 

He was part of five race-winning efforts including the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona before the program was shelved. It’s why he’s so excited to be the development driver for the new Mustang GT3, though he doesn’t know much about the car at this point.

 

“I am part of the GT3 development program in 2023 with Ford and Multimatic Motorsports,” Hand said. “I haven’t even seen the GT3 yet. That is a well-kept secret.”

 

He also doesn’t know if he will continue helping NASCAR teams or do more Michelin Pilot Challenge races next year in addition to helping advance the GT3 race car. Multimatic and Ford also are developing a Mustang GT4 scheduled to compete in the Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2023.

 

“I will finish out the year with PF Racing,” Hand said, “then help with the development of these new cars moving forward with development in 2023 and hopefully racing in 2024. The GT4 and GT3 will be totally different cars.

 

“The deal with PF Racing was something that just came up. I was the obvious fit because I know the tracks and my connection with Ford. I could jump right in it and get going.”

 

The Michelin Pilot Challenge season concludes Sept. 30 with the Fox Factory 120 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

With the 2022 King of the Baggers series finale this weekend, we wanted to share the latest “Inside Indian Motorcycle Racing” video. The piece fully recaps the dramatic action at the last round in Brainerd. You may recall, it was Brainerd  where Bobby Fong made the incredible inside pass on Tyler O’Hara and captured his first bagger racing victory. The race was nothing short of boring, with oil leakage, a disqualification, crashed riders, delays, and ultimately rain concluding the Main after three laps.  

 

In this video, viewers get an inside look to all the action, along with compelling interview insights from Tyler O’Hara, S&S and Indian Motorcycle Racing team members. 

 

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It’s winner-take-all in Jersey. HD vs IMC. David vs Goliath. This is what racing is all about….

 

It’ll be a fun one!

Progressive American Flat Track announced today the expansion of the final two race weekends of the season to conclude the 2022 campaign in epic double-doubleheader fashion.

 

The inaugural Drag Specialties Cedar Lake Short Track will feature a unique twist on the doubleheader format, fitting two full points- and purse-paying Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Main Events into a single evening on Saturday, September 24 at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

 

Following the conclusion of Opening Ceremonies, Mission SuperTwins will kick off the Main Event program with Round 15 of the premier-class championship. Later that evening, the Mission SuperTwins competitors will return to the track, joined by the participating Mission Production Twins Challenge entrants, to cap off the day’s activities with Round 16.

 

Flag-to-flag coverage of both Mission SuperTwins Main Events will feature in the one-hour FS1 broadcast of the Cedar Lake Short Track scheduled to premiere on Sunday, October 2, at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT.

 

The Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale presented by Daytona Dodge at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, will then conclude the 2022 season with a conventional two-day doubleheader, featuring Round 17 on Friday, October 14, and Round 18 on Saturday, October 15. The weekend will also represent the final two-thirds of the Progressive Triple Crown, which will pay the Mission SuperTwins rider who collects the most combined points across the Progressive Laconia Short Track and twin finale a $25,000 prize.

 

The additions to the year-end slate further raise the stakes for what was already destined to be a thrilling conclusion to a historic season. With four Mission SuperTwins title fighters representing two different manufacturers separated by just 29 points and 100 points still up for grabs, this year’s championship battle remains far too close to predict.

 

Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3901/ to reserve your tickets for the Drag Specialties Cedar Lake Short Track.

 

Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3697/ to reserve your tickets for the Mission Volusia Half-Mile Finale presented by Daytona Dodge. Tickets for Friday, October 14 on sale soon.

 

For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.

 

How to Watch:

 

FOX Sports and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of Progressive American Flat Track. For the 2022 season, all races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed at https://www.americanflattrack.com/events-foxsports. FansChoice.tv provides livestreaming coverage of every Progressive AFT round at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

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