Tuesday, Aug 16
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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With 23,500 fans on hand, the ADAC GT Masters this past weekend broke the attendance record at the Nürburgring for the fourth time running – and that wasn't the only record to fall. MANN-FILTER team driver Raffaele Marciello etched a new record in the history books with the fastest Nürburgring qualifying result of all time. 27-year-old Italian Raffaele Marciello and his 36-year-old team colleague from Germany, Maro Engel, rounded off a successful racing weekend with two pole positions, a race victory, and second place overall. The two MANN-FILTER junior drivers, Elias Seppänen (18, of Finland) and Frank Bird (22, of Great Britain), completed the weekend in the top 5. 

The MANN-FILTER Mamba bites: Raffaele Marciello sets a new qualifying record

While all of Germany was talking about a summer heatwave, the forty-two ADAC GT Masters drivers headed into the Saturday morning's first qualifying at a cool outdoor temperature of 12 degrees Celsius. It didn't take long until the tires heated up to racing temperature. In his second lap, Raffaele Marciello finally let the MANN-FILTER Mamba bite: the Italian completed a lap of the 3.629-kilometer track in just 01:25.544 minutes, setting a new qualifying record. If that wasn't enough, by clocking the fastest lap time, he secured for himself and teammate Maro Engel the best starting position for the first race and scored the first three points of the weekend.

"I'm very pleased," noted the 27-year-old happily. "I had fun on the track, not much traffic, enabling me to drive a very fast lap."

The two junior drivers in the sister Mamba were likewise successful in the qualifying: Elias Seppänen achieved his best result so far this season, recording the fourth-best time this session.

A race victory and the silver medal: Marciello takes the lead in the Championship standings

Saturday noon the famous words sounded from the speakers, "Drivers, start your engines", which in the MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF means "Beast mode: On!“ – words which the four Mamba drivers took literally. Marciello immediately moved ahead of the pack and steadily built his lead. Despite the safety car phase, which dashed his advantage of over six seconds, the AMG pilot succeeded in handing over the Mamba at race halftime to his new team colleague, Maro Engel, in first place with three seconds edge. The AMG driver clinched the wire-to-wire victory after a total of 41 masterful laps.

"Lello did a mega-job today," came his praise after the race. "He handed the car over with a solid lead and good tires. We set out to bring home as many victories as we can, and today was a good start. The team worked wonderfully together, all around." Marciello could only return the compliment: "I'm really happy to share the cockpit with Maro. He's certainly one of the best, if not the best GT driver in the world." Surrounded by umpteen joyfully celebrating fans sporting yellow-green caps and MANN-FILTER flags, the two drivers accepted the trophy and, the AMG pilot, thanks to the full point score, was crowned halftime champion.

"Go for the bite" is also the motto of Elias Seppänen and his teammate Frank Bird. Starting from the second row, the junior team ran a strong race. With thrilling duels and door-on-door maneuvers, the MANN-FILTER duo showed the spectators some exciting racing action. The second Mamba crossed the finish line on Saturday in sixth place overall: the best result yet for the two junior pilots this season.

Best result this season for the junior Mamba, and silver trophy in the second race

The Mamba drivers were confident and highly motivated as the track starting light was switched to green on Sunday morning. The second qualifying session stood on the program. Maro Engel did the same as his team colleague and didn't let any other driver catch him, securing him the double poles for the Mamba at the Nürburgring. The Pirelli Pole Position Award went for a second time to a snake charmer. Premier for Maro Engel: It was his first pole position in the ADAC GT Masters.

Frank Bird, who completed the qualifying with the MANN-FILTER junior Boliden, likewise succeeded in repeating the prior day's success and took fourth place, which then led to a third place starting position when the second-placed BMW was hit with a qualifying penalty.

The starting gun sounded for the second race, and Maro Engel displayed a real rocket launch. The Mamba came under a fair amount of pressure, yet a professional driver knows how to keep a strong opponent like Jules Gounon behind him. The prior day's story seemed to be repeating itself right up until the pit stop, but then Marciello was hit with a controversial penalty lap for blocking the pit lane after taking over. That cost time and the Italian lost the lead, yet he jockeyed the Mamba across the finish line in second place. "The penalty was rather odd," he stated, venting his anger. "It just depends on how you interpret things. Nevertheless, I'm not complaining. We've collected a good number of points, and after this weekend, we have the championship in our sights."

Frank Bird, who started the race from the third position, drove a strong first stint, and when he handed over to teammate Elias Seppänen, the team was already reckoning with a place on the podium for the junior Mamba. Running in third place, the young Fin was penalized for too short a pit stop time, which pushed the duo back into fourth place. Still: a spot among the top 5 placers was the best result for the two MANN-FILTER juniors so far this season, who were on the podium at least in the junior standings.

"We're getting better and better. I was faster than expected in the qualifying," notes Bird, summing things up. "The start was fantastic, and I was neck-in-neck with Jules Gounon. It was our best race so far, and I hope that we keep this pace up right through to the end of the year." Team colleague Elias Seppänen added, "We were too quick in the pit lane, that's why we were penalized. Still, the weekend was very good and I'm confident that we can build on these successes when we race at the Lausitzring."

Beast mode: ON! The fight for the championship is on.

A successful weekend comes to an end for the MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF. With 16 points lead, Raffaele Marciello moves to the top of the championship standings, igniting the fight for ADAC GT Masters championship. Six races at three events lie ahead for the team. The Mamba is hot for more victories, and is delighted in particular with the support of the many fans who also came in droves this weekend and created a fantastic atmosphere in the stands and paddock.

The successful weekend also inspired the junior talents on the MANN-FILTER Team. Elias Seppänen and Frank Bird have gotten a taste for it, and look forward to the coming races. With their best performance so far this season under their belt, the junior duo wants to continue strutting their stuff among the "big shots".

There's only a short breather before the next racing event. In two weeks already (August 19-21, 2022), the ADAC GT Masters will make a guest appearance at the Family & Friends Festival at the Lausitzring. The fast race track there promises some thrilling racing, and two fast Mambas are ready to bite! 

 Orange Comet, Inc., a premium NFT creative media and Web3 experience company, today announced an exclusive partnership with American motorsports legends Tony Stewart and Leah Pruett, alongside Tony Stewart Racing. As the first of its kind in its industry, this partnership is poised to create an all new fan experience, elevate fan engagement, and create a new means of storytelling through an emerging technology platform. With various collections set to drop throughout the year, these NFTs will tell the story of Tony Stewart, Leah Pruett and Tony Stewart Racing in a never before seen way. 

 

“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to highlight motorsports and bring unique, one-of-a-kind experiences to our fans, and this partnership with Orange Comet is doing just that,” said Stewart, the only driver to win championships in NASCAR, INDYCAR and USAC. “We live in a world where the digital experience is enhancing the live experience, and this collection we’ve created for the racing community blends these two worlds in a way we’ve never seen before.”

 

The partnership will officially kick off on Aug. 23 with a limited-edition drop on TonyStewartNFTs.com and OpenSea focusing on Stewart’s historic motorsports career. Comprised of a variety of signature animations and PFPs, the collection will honor Stewart’s legacy by featuring various cars he has raced over the years, while driving home his sense for innovation. In celebrating his days on dirt tracks to open-wheel racing to his remarkable career in NASCAR, this collection reinvents how fans will collect the traditional 1:18 diecast car as well as bring multiple motorsports series into the world of web3 for the first time ever. The gem of the collection features the opportunity for a fan to own a racecar from Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR team Stewart co-owns with industrialist Gene Haas. Additional unique, real-world utility will be included in the collection such as autographed hats, an autographed firesuit, and a chance to win a virtual hangout with Stewart.

 

“We’re thrilled to be working with Tony, Leah and Tony Stewart Racing to truly change the way fans across the globe experience motorsports,” said Dave Broome, CEO and Co-founder of Orange Comet. “The deeply detailed collections we’ve created are a conduit to engage with these legends through an all new medium, while also offering the chance to own a piece of history.”

 

The first collection drop, minted on Ethereum, will be broken down into two categories. The first - The Champion Series - will feature six signature animations spotlighting various cars, with 30 total NFTs available for purchase - each accompanied by an autographed firesuit. Additionally, if the series sells out, it will unlock the opportunity for one of the Champion Series NFT owners to receive a racecar from Stewart-Haas Racing.

 

The second category - The Legacy Series - will feature 500 total NFTs, all one-of-ones that will highlight select cars Stewart has driven, plus new car paint schemes inspired by his legendary career. There will also be a one-in-five chance to win a 30-minute virtual hangout with Stewart. For those who purchase more than one NFT, an autographed hat by Stewart will also be gifted. 

 

“This is an entirely new way for us to engage with our fans and the racing community as a whole,” Stewart said. “It’s story telling on a new and emerging platform. We knew we could create some championship-caliber collections for the fans that are both collectible and have some awesome experiences attached to them.” 

 

Sign up at TonyStewartNFTs.com now to stay informed on the latest news surrounding this one-of-a-kind partnership and follow on social media @OrangeCometNft.

 

Stampede of Speed returns

Wednesday, Aug 10
The Stampede of Speed, a 10-day festival of music, drag racing and amazing fan experiences in advance of the NHRA Texas FallNationals, will return in 2022. Hosted once again at the historic Texas Motorplex, the multi-use facility located just 35 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as in downtown Waxahachie the Stampede of Speed will feature non-racing activities, concerts, educational and business events for fans from across the country.
 
[See the complete schedule at stampedeofspeed.com]
 
“Last year we took a leap of faith with the Stampede of Speed and it paid off with thousands of fans coming to Texas Motorplex, Waxahachie and Ellis County for 10 days of racing and entertainment,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex co-owner. “Over the next two weeks we will be unveiling new events, a major country concert line-up, fan contests and additional elements making the second annual Stampede of Speed even bigger than last year. Our goal is to welcome visitors to the great state of Texas and introduce them to our facility, the NHRA playoffs and high quality family-friendly events.”
 
The second annual Stampede of Speed will once again feature an amazing stable of country music artists headlined by multi-platinum country music star Brett Young during the Stars Over Texas Festival, Sunday, Oct. 9, at Texas Motorplex. In addition to Young, Wade Bowen, Shane Smith and the Saints, Elvie Shane, and Kylie Frey will take the stage to entertain country music and racing fans throughout the afternoon and evening. The Stars Over Texas Festival will also feature the return of the Jambo sponsored BBQ contest, bull riding, beer expo and racing from the Funny Car Chaos champions. Additionally, the track has partnered with Night Lights to provide a once in a lifetime lantern release experience as part of the Stars Over Texas Festival.
 
“We are thrilled to bring Brett Young to the Stars Over Texas Festival as well as a host of talented country music stars,” said Meyer. “Sunday will be a jam-packed day of everything Texas from bull riding to BBQ capped off with a beautiful lantern release to light up the Texas sky. We’ll have some racing action between the artists to show off what Texas Motorplex has been known for over three decades. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up the opening weekend of the Stampede of Speed.”
 
The Stampede of Speed, October 7-16, will once again be a ten-day Texas themed motorsports entertainment extravaganza. Highlights of the event include an opening day cattle drive through historic downtown Waxahachie (October 7, noon), Funny Car Chaos Series finale (October 7-8, all-day), Stars Over Texas Festival (October 9, noon-10pm), Scott Palmer Nitro Circus (October 10, 7-9 pm), Pro Mod Shootout (October 11, 7-10 pm), NHRA Fall Nationals professional testing (October 12, 10am-6pm), Champions’ Dinner (October 12, 6pm), NHRA FanFest downtown Waxahachie (October 13, 6 pm), and NHRA Texas FallNationals (October 14-16).
 
“Fans from all over the country are excited about the return of the Stampede of Speed and ticket sales for the NHRA Fall Nationals are on a record pace,” said Johnson. “Hosting concerts, racing events, fan events and the new addition of the Champions’ Dinner will only continue to make the Stampede of Speed one of the ‘can’t miss’ sporting events of the year.”
 
The Stampede of Speed event calendar will feature ticketed and non-ticketed events leading up to the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals.
 
Fans can visit www.stampedeofspeed.com for more information. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com
 
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
As the NHRA’s best drivers prepare for a pivotal Countdown to the Championship showdown at zMAX Dragway on Sept. 23-25, officials have announced that the event will have a new name. Betway, a global betting and gaming brand, has signed on as the entitlement sponsor for the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals.
 
The second race in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series’ six-event Countdown to the Championship brings cooler fall temperatures to the lightning-fast drag strip – providing the potential for track-record speeds when nitro-powered Top Fuel and Funny Car machines scorch zMAX Dragway’s pavement in search of a coveted Countdown triumph.
 
“When you can parlay the visceral on-track NHRA experience and unparalleled access to the drivers, cars and teams, the payout is a great weekend for the fans,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Greg Walter. “Bringing on board a global partner like Betway, which shares our focus on putting fans first and providing a best-in-class experience, everyone wins big.”
 
With the entitlement partnership, the first for Betway in motorsports, the company adds the NHRA to a growing list of more than 60 brand partnerships across the globe, ranging from the NBA, NHL and English Premier League to horse racing, cricket and esports, among other properties. In addition to naming rights, Betway will receive an extensive signage package, with visibility both at zMAX Dragway and Charlotte Motor Speedway during its upcoming NASCAR events to help raise awareness of the company, which was founded in 2006.
 
“The Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals are a huge fixture in the local calendar so it’s exciting for us to partner with Charlotte Motor Speedway, for what will no doubt be another weekend of fun and entertainment at the Concord racetrack,” said Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway.
 
The Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals roars to life with back-to-back days of qualifying Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, followed by an action-packed elimination day on Sunday, Sept. 25 that could set drivers up for a final run to the championship. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who tame the 11,000-horsepower machines and push them to their limits.
           
TICKETS:
Tickets, camping and upgrades to the Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals can be purchased online at www.zmaxdragway.com, by calling 800-455-FANS (3267) or at the gate. For more information about NHRA, please visit www.nhra.com.
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Progressive American Flat Track will finally make its long-awaited return to Castle Rock Race Park for this weekend’s 28th Castle Rock TT in Castle Rock, Washington, on Saturday, August 13.

 

Prior to the eruption of nearby Mt. St. Helens weeks ahead to the scheduled race date in 1980, the event was widely recognized as one of the nation’s most important motorcycle races, regardless of discipline.

 

Since its glory days, the Castle Rock TT has returned to the Progressive AFT calendar for stints in the ‘90s, ‘00s, and ‘10s, connecting its original heroes – riders such as Dick MannMert Lawwill, and Jay Springsteen – with a new generation of stars, including the likes of Chris Carr and Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750).

 

Halbert, who hails from Graham, Washington, is a three-time Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Main Event winner of the Castle Rock TT, boasting victories in 2007, 2011, and 2012. He’ll be back in action this weekend looking to add a fourth win to his impressive tally.

 

However, he’s not the only local ace with race-winning expectations. He’s not even the one most heavily favored. With five wins in the series’ most recent six TTs, JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) would be considered the odds-on favorite at just about any TT, let alone one that’s basically set in his boyhood backyard, where he grew up racing.

 

Despite spending the bulk of his professional career collecting race wins and championships on pavement, Beach already ranks inside the top ten in career Progressive AFT TT wins. If he picks up another this weekend, he’ll not only move into a four-way tie for sixth all-time, he’ll also be within one-race striking distance of the championship lead no matter what anyone else does.

 

That said, the three riders currently leading him in the standings – Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), and Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) – all have serious TT skills of their own, along with a keen appreciation for history, which will similarly fuel them this weekend.

 

Meanwhile, any number of riders could emerge from the stacked field and prove to be spoilers at a track that was last on the schedule in 2014. That long list includes prior TT podium finishers Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R), along with Warren, Oregon native Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750).

 

Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines

 

Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) saw his recent run of perfection foiled at last weekend’s Progressive Black Hills Half-Mile and his Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship lead nearly halved in the process.

 

With that in mind, Janisch is likely pleased to see another TT arrive at this time. The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson star is already the all-time winningest TT rider in Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER history. If he wins again this weekend, he’ll hold that distinction in Mission Production Twins as well.

 

And he’ll likely want to increase his advantage with some tracks more suited to the style and strengths of defending champion Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) looming on the schedule in what promises to be a thrilling title fight right down to the season’s final checkered flag.

 

And don’t count out the hyper versatile Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650), who finished as the runner-up to Janisch at the Peoria TT a couple weeks back.

 

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER

 

The return to Castle Rock has served as an outstanding reminder that the Pacific Northwest is a serious dirt track talent hotbed. Along with the aforementioned Halbert and Beach, one of the most high-profile home-state heroes competing this weekend is Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER title leader Kody Kopp (No. 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE).

 

Kopp’s form has been such this year that back-to-back fourth- and fifth-place finishes feel like something of a slump. The Mica, Washington native will be hungry to return to his winning ways this weekend with the support of the home crowd behind him.

 

Second-ranked Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) was never really regarded as a TT ace, but he changed some minds two weeks back when he finished as the runner-up to Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) at the Peoria TT.

 

While still 44 points behind Kopp, Mischler has made up ground with consecutive runner-ups and looks to have rediscovered the form that saw him score two wins and four podiums in the season’s opening five races.

 

Mischler’s teammates, Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) and Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R), could also pose a threat, along with last weekend’s winner and Peoria TT podium finisher Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F).

 

If you’re looking for a dark horse pick, you might want to consider Snohomish, Washington’s Jacob Lehmann (No. 14 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bullet Strong Racing). Ten years ago, Lehmann entered the Castle Rock TT to compete in his first-career Progressive AFT event… and won.

 

The Castle Rock TT is destined to be among the most unique and memorable on the entire tour as it will run as the featured attraction of an epic motorcycle event branded “The Return of Castle Rock” and co-promoted by The One Motorcycle Show, the world’s largest and best-known custom motorcycle show.

 

Stunt performer, actor, snowboarder, and Jackass-alum Danger Ehren will serve as the event’s Grand Marshal, while Truncheon Things will be playing Clash covers in the Beer Garden ahead of Opening Ceremonies and Portland’s DJ LéMix will be providing music between races.

 

Along with all the associated activities, there will be plenty to keep fans entertained at the venue, including numerous vendors, a variety of food and beverage options, there will also be a special Castle Rock TT Legends Ceremony including the likes of champions Steve BakerJoe KoppBrad Baker and many others, who will have their bikes on display and be signing autographs.

 

Visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3855 to reserve your tickets today. General Admission Grandstand tickets are available for just $40 with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

 

Paddock Access Upgrades are also available for purchase, which provide all-day access to the pits where fans can scope out the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycles and get up close and personal with the stars of the sport.

Gates will open for fans at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT ahead of the day’s Main Event program. You can catch the livestream of all the weekend’s racing activities on FansChoice.tv. FansChoice.tv provides free-to-view livestreaming of Practice and Qualifying. FansChoice.tv subscribers will then be able to watch the drama unfold from Opening Ceremonies through the Semis, Main Events, and podium celebrations. FansChoice.tv offers two subscription options, granting unlimited access to premium AFT content. Monthly subscriptions start at just $7.99, while a six-month subscription is available for $44.99.

 

The Castle Rock TT will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, August 21, at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT, including exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.

 

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.

Following an extended break after the first X Prix of Extreme E Season 2, the on-track action resumed with two rounds in one week at the NEOM Island X Prix, co-organised by Automobile Club d’Italia and Regione Sardegna.

The action-packed Sardinian double-header saw Christine GZ back in action for her Veloce Racing alongside Lance Woolridge, with both drivers looking to build on the promise shown in NEOM, Saudi Arabia.

Veloce Racing looked set for one of the quickest Qualifying times at the Desert X Prix in February. However, with the finish line fast approaching, GZ carried too much speed into one of the final corners and the car flipped into a dramatic barrel roll.

The result was a fractured ankle for GZ and a spot in the Crazy Race for the team, where Hedda Hosås made her Extreme E debut in GZ’s stead, but the team just missed out on the Final.

Sardinia offered the British outfit a chance at redemption. Double the racing meant double the points, and the British team managed to move off the bottom of the standings. ABT CUPRA XE sit in Veloce’s wake, but the team will need to push hard if they are to catch JBXE, who currently sit 11 points ahead.

Veloce Racing was playing catch-up from the outset in Sardinia when Woolridge missed Free Practice due to illness, which was then followed by broken suspension in Qualifying 1, but the team managed to bounce back in the second round of Qualifying.

A confident run in the five-car Q2 Heat saw GZ make a blistering start, where she got the better of the JBXE car off-the-line in her first race back from injury.

As the lead female in the race, GZ handed over to Woolridge in third position and the South African took second place from McLaren XE immediately. Veloce received a post-race penalty for speeding in the Switch Zone, but their participation in the Crazy Race was already confirmed having finished second behind ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team in the Heat.Veloce Racing bowed out of the NEOM Island X Prix I in spirited fashion following a nail-biting Crazy Race.Running in third position on the first lap, Woolridge was faced with a reversing Sara Price, as the No.99 GMC Hummer EV Chip Ganassi Racing car pulled back on to the track.Woolridge took impressive evasive action to avoid contact, but the brakes of his ODYSSEY 21 were damaged when he was forced through the track-side signage in the heart-stopping incident. Veloce Racing eventually finished second in the four-car race.The first-ever Extreme E double-header concluded with Veloce Racing missing out on a place in the Island X Prix II Final in another winner-takes-all Crazy Race.There was drama from the outset as Woolridge went side-by-side with Genesys Andretti United Extreme E on the run down to the first turn. Both cars made contact as Woolridge slotted into second during the early running, but all was still to play for as the race progressed.Woolridge kept Catie Munnings under pressure throughout his lap and was left with little alternative but to make a lunge for the lead as they neared the Switch Zone. The South African tried to squeeze the car down the inside of his rival over a jump, but further contact tipped the Veloce car into an unfortunate half spin.

GZ took over the car in second place and made a valiant effort against Kevin Hansen in the JBXE car, but finished the race in third-place after a hard fought week for the team.

Christine GZ, Veloce Racing, said: “It just wasn’t our week in Sardinia. Of course, I have had a challenging few months recovering from my accident in Saudi earlier in the year, and the pace just hasn’t quite been there for us as a team this week. We showed flashes of speed and we really felt that we had a chance to make the final. We gave it everything, but it just wasn’t to be this time.”

Lance Woolridge, Veloce Racing, said: “The car has been much improved as the week has developed and we were fighting for victory in the Crazy Race, which could have put us into the final. I gave it my best shot and had to try to get past the Andretti car, but contact unfortunately sent us out of contention. That’s probably been the story of our week, as we have not had the fortune with us at the right moments, but we will come back stronger in Chile in September.”

The 2022 Extreme E campaign now moves on to Chile on 24-25 September, before concluding with the season finale in Uruguay on 26-27 November.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

 

As consumers gear up to hit the road this summer, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN), America’s largest and most admired automotive retailer, has released the results of a new online survey which examines who’s taking road trips this summer, the age of their road trip vehicles and decisions about pre-road trip car maintenance.  The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of AutoNation among over 2,000 U.S. adults. 

 

The survey found that 80% of Americans will take a summer road trip this year, with nearly one in five (19%) planning summer road trips in a vehicle that is 10 years old or older. The survey also shed light on plans consumers have to service their vehicles before they leave on their summer road trip, with nearly one in six (15%) planning to skip a vehicle check-up entirely. 

 

“This survey indicates that those taking a road trip could be adding significant mileage, along with wear and tear to their vehicles, throughout this summer,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer for AutoNation. “The all-American road trip should be memorable and enjoyable and taking simple pre-trip maintenance measures, especially when traveling in an older vehicle, will ensure that highly anticipated road trip plans don’t derail. We were surprised to see that some will forgo the necessary preventative safety measures, and we want to remind summer travelers that a quick service check is always advisable.” 

 

AutoNation’s survey also uncovered that 74% of those planning to take a summer road trip will travel with their families. Unsurprisingly, safety seems to be a high priority for parents of children under 18 years, with the survey finding that this group is nearly 20% more likely to bring their vehicle in for service before leaving on their road trip than those without children under 18 years (75% vs. 57%).  

 

“No matter when you travel or who you travel with, AutoNation recommends that at the minimum road warriors get their tires, oil and fluids checked if they are traveling more than 500 miles and planning to be out of town for more than two nights,” Cannon said. “AutoNation locations around the country offer a free and fast ‘pit stop’ service that anyone can take advantage of.” 

 

Other findings include: 

 

  • married couples are significantly more likely to be planning to get their vehicles serviced before the road trip than those who are unmarried (70% vs. 57%);  
  • 10% of those who plan to take a road trip will bring their pets; 
  • more college graduates are planning a summer road trip this year that those without a degree (86% vs. 77%); and 
  • 68% of adults 65 and older are taking a road trip this summer 

 

AutoNation recommends the following tips for those going on a road trip this summer:  

 

  • stop by AutoNation for a fast and free “pit stop,” which includes tire pressure checks and fluid top-offs, as well as multi-point inspections by certified technicians; 

     
  • download AutoNation’s Summer Road Trip music playlist on Spotify or Apple Music to keep the drive upbeat and fun; 

     
  • consider a portable Wi-Fi device to keep the family entertained during the long drive; 

     
  • pre-download a few audiobooks for everyone to enjoy together; 

     
  • don’t forget headphones and phone chargers;  

     
  • pack medications for nausea, fever, pain and allergies and keep them handy; 

     
  • remember to bring hand sanitizers, masks, tissues and a car trash bin; 

     
  • pack a cooler with healthy snacks, water and juices, and don’t forget a collapsible dog bowl if traveling with a pet; and 

     
  • plan fun rest stops in advance, and don’t be afraid to take the scenic route and enjoy the adventure that lies ahead! 

Survey Method 

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of AutoNation from May 9 - 11, 2022 among 2,039 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, of whom 1,609 plan to take a summer road trip this year. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured by using a Bayesian credible interval.  For this study, the sample data is accurate to within + 2.8 percentage points using a 95% confidence level. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let's face it; it's hot! With summer grilling season in full effect, you need some sort of liquid refreshment to help cool you off after slaving over an open flame.

Most of the time, the average race fan will simply turn to his favorite frosty beer when the time comes for a nice liquid libation. However, I would hope that my readers are slightly above average. If you agree, then maybe it's time to reach for SLRRRP Shots – the world’s #1 vegetarian-friendly, award-winning gelatin shots!

They’ve ditched the animal byproducts in favor of plant-based ingredients and paired them with premium vodka, malt liquor, and whiskey.

These tasty, chilled treats are:
-Crafted with plant-based ingredients and premium alcohol
-Vegetarian-friendly
-Gluten Free
-13% alcohol for regular size and 8% alcohol for minis
-15% alcohol for whiskey
-60 calories or less per shot!
-8.5g sugar or less per shot!
-No refrigeration required
-2 year shelf life
-Available in 20 or 12 packs

For the full flavor experience, be sure to chill, freeze, or just add ice to the convenient carrying bucket.

Of course, you aren't always in the mood for alcohol. Well, maybe you are, but as they say, one cannot survive on beer alone! In that case, maybe you'd enjoy a nice bottle of iced tea?

AriZona Beverages is excited to launch Red Tea in 20oz tall boys, bringing the national drink of South Africa to the mainstream market in the United States. AriZona Red Tea is naturally caffeine free, made with real sugar, and only 70 calories per serving. Rooibos tea’s popularity in the US has increased over the last decade, and was named as one of the healthiest foods of all time. 
 
Native to South Africa, Rooibos is made from the needles of an indigenous bush and is a mild tea with deeply red hues. Made with only four ingredients, AriZona Red Tea will take imbibers on a trip to the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, where Rooibos is grown.
 
To honor Rooibos tea’s South African heritage, AriZona has partnered with The Long Walk to Freedom Foundation to celebrate their efforts and to continue the message of the great Nelson Mandela. A portion of each Red Tea sold will go toward the Mandela Education program, an extension of Mr. Mandela’s desire to use children’s literacy to liberate the mind and free the next generation of poverty.
 
“The Long walk to freedom Brand has chosen to continue our grandfather's work through the Mandela Education Program that focuses on school children with an emphasis on literacy both physical and digital,” said HRH Princess Swati Dlamini-Mandela. 
 
The project started back in 2007 and continues to this day with more than 200,000 children in the literacy focus daily. “The aim is to reach 2 million children daily, so we have a way to go yet,” said HRH Princess Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway.
 
AriZona’s Red Tea is offered in 20 oz. Tall Boys with a suggested retail value of $1.00 for a single bottle at local convenience stores, gas stations, bodegas, delis and wherever AriZona is sold or $22.99 a 12 pack for direct-to-door delivery one DrinkAriZona.com.
 
No matter what you choose to hydrate with, be sure to do so in moderation. Drink plenty of liquids, don't spend all day in the hot sun, and have a fantastic summer! You deserve it. 
 

It's summertime, and the thrill of the grill is calling! Did you answer?

Many of you have probably already planned your next trip to the track. Whether you're tailgating at the local short track, or are getting ready for one last summertime blast at Daytona for the Coke Zero Sugar 400, hopefully the guide below will help you plan for your next big adventure!

 
 
 
1. Chopbox Meat & Seafood
Price: ​​Starting at $4.99
Availablechopbox.com
  • Get the grill going with the BEST meat and seafood delivery service! 
  • Gourmet line up of lean, healthy, sustainable proteins
  • Butchers handcraft each order and deliver it frozen, directly to your door
  • Choose from burgers, steaks, ribs, hot dogs chicken wings, salmon, & more! 
 
 
 
2. MÄNNKITCHEN 
Price: $199.99
Availablemannkitchen.com
Affiliate opp: Amazon
  • The Ferrari of pepper grinders! 
  • The Pepper Cannon produces extravagant quantities of fresh ground pepper
  • Takes 70 cranks to season your steak with a normal pepper grinder, with the Pepper Cannon it only takes 7 cranks 
  • Holds 1/2 cup of pepper
  • Over 1500 5-star reviews from customers! 
 
 
 
3. Pull Start Fire  
Price: $19.00 for 3 pack
Availablepullstartfire.com 
Affiliate Opp: Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Camping World, etc.  
  • Safe to cook over - grill the old fashion way! 
  • Add wood, pull the string, and let the flames begin!
  • NO matches, lighters, or kindling needed
  • Windproof and rainproof
  • Lights wet wood
 
 
 
4. Fuego Box  
Price: ​​$49.95
Availablefuegobox.com
Affiliate Opp: Amazon
  • The ultimate flavoring for your summer BBQ! 
  • Hot sauce of the month club focused on discovering the tastiest craft and small-batch hot sauces
  • What's included in the box:
  • HOT HIVE Spicy Honey or Bourbon Barrel-Aged HOT HIVE (Mild)
  • RIZA Ghost Pepper Verde Hot Sauce (Med-Hot)
  • ZANA Organic Habanero Hot Sauce (Mild-Med)
  • SEGA Smoked Onion Pineapple Reaper Hot Sauce (Hot)
  • Himalayan Ghost Pepper Salt (Hot) OR another limited edition Fuego Spice Co. 
  • Custom Handmade Wooden Fuego Box Crate
 
 
 
5. PatPat Grilling Tongs
Price:$4.99 
Availablepatpat.com
Affiliate opp: Skimlinks
  • Stainless steel kitchen tongs to use for your next grill out! 
  • Non-slip 
  • Durable for frying, grilling, or whatever you’re cooking!
  • Available on PatPat’s website or their app! 

 

Of course, grilling out isn't the only part of partying at the track. What's the point of tailgating without some yummy beverages to cool you down? Be sure to check out our next story for a few ideas to help quench your thirst in the hot summer sun!

 
 
Today’s teenagers have access to everything at the tip of their fingers 24/7 thanks to their cellphone. How would they feel if the tables are turned on them and their parents have this access at the tip of their fingers, only it’s to monitor their driving behavior?
 
It might surprise you to learn that teens being tracked behind the wheel via driving monitoring apps, don’t mind it too much.  

Progressive surveyed parents of teen drivers and unrelated teen drivers to understand how they navigate driving safely. Monitoring apps can be an effective tool to promote safe driving, in fact 54% of parents use a driving tracking app for teen driver monitoring.  

The survey found that:

·       For teens who are not currently being monitored

o   22% said it would make them feel safer

o   39% would not like it 

o   38% would not care

·       Teens already being tracked have a less negative view:

o   33% say it makes them feel safer

o   49% reported neutral feelings

o   18% say they don’t like being monitored 

 

The report also reveals how often parents use monitoring apps (37% daily vs. 25% a couple of times a week), if they discussed using them with their teen (91% yes vs. 9% no), and whether they discuss their teen’s driving habits with them (90% yes vs. 10% no). 

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