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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, 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

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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Nitro Rallycross has announced the addition of Tanner Foust to its 2021 roster, featuring the biggest and best lineup in the world of Rallycross. The decorated record-breaker joins Nitro RX founder, motorsports star and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Rallycross ace Scott Speed and the people’s champion, Andreas Bakkerud in a stacked field which includes 21 premier drivers from 10 racing teams across the top-level Supercar class and developmental NRX Next class.


The revolutionary new series kicks off Sept. 24-25 at Nitro RX’s birthplace – Utah Motorsports Campus in Salt Lake City - followed by the second series event a week later at ERX Motor Park outside of Minneapolis. In all, Nitro RX 2021 will feature five stops before it wraps in December.


Nitro RX is redefining racing with its innovative and challenging track designs. Every course is unique, incorporating elements from the local setting. Each will push cars to their limits as they fly off the biggest jumps in racing, corner through massive banked turns and contend with a mix of gravel and tarmac surfaces. There will be plenty of opportunities for passing, ensuring non-stop action, while a modern and fast-paced racing format will pit drivers head-to-head from qualifying battle brackets through to the high stakes final.


Nitro RX founder Travis Pastrana sought to combine the boundary-breaking thrills of action sports with the hard-driving intensity of Rallycross. He explains, “I couldn’t be more excited to kick off our first season. 120-foot gap jumps, exciting courses and new formats to challenge the drivers and thrill fans both at the track and watching from home.” Pastrana adds, “The depth of this field is incredible and the competition is going to be intense. Every driver is capable of taking the crown as series champion. I can’t wait to get on the track, and we can’t wait for fans worldwide to see it.”


Tanner Foust is one of the most versatile drivers in the world with championship titles in Rallycross, Rally Racing, Formula Drift and X Games (four gold medals) and is the only driver with victories in X Games, Global Rallycross, WRX, ARX and the European Rallycross Championship. He has also performed stunt driving duties in some of Hollywood biggest blockbuster movies doubling Jason Statham, Keanu Reeves, Chris Hemsworth and Paul Walker.


Speed, in addition to having competed in Formula One and NASCAR, is a three-time X Games gold medalist and three-time Global Rallycross champion. He has cemented himself as the king of American Rallycross, dominating the sport from 2015 to 2018. A hard landing during Nitro RX’s 2019 event took him out of action for over a year, however. Now Speed is looking to conquer Nitro RX’s punishing courses while adding the inaugural series trophy to his trophy case.


Andreas Bakkerud, one of Rallycross’ most popular drivers with a rapidly growing social media following, has two European Rallycross wins in Super1600 and is a multiple-podium finisher at the Supercar level. Now he is looking to breakout as a Nitro Rallycross champion.


To do so, Bakkerud will have to take on Steve Arpin, a Rallycross veteran who has competed in GRC, X Games and ARX as well as Kevin Hansen and Timmy Hansen, who took the checkered flag at Nitro RX in 2019 and 2018, respectively.


Also vying for the Nitro RX title are the maverick RX Cartel duo - four-time X Games medalist Liam Doran and European Supercar champion Robin Larsson – and Cabot Bigham, a Lites champion and experienced open wheel driver who has his sights on a Supercar prize. Other drivers to watch include rising Swedish star Oliver Eriksson, Jamaican phenom Fraser McConnell and the U.K.’s Oliver Bennett.



Confirmed Drivers:





Steve Arpin


Loenbro Motorsports

Andreas Bakkerud


Subaru Motorsports USA / Vermont SportsCar

Oliver Bennett


Xcite Racing Energy

Cabot Bigham


Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Liam Doran


RX Cartel / EKS JC

Kevin Eriksson


Olsbergs MSE

Oliver Eriksson


Olsbergs MSE

Tanner Foust


Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Kevin Hansen


Hansen World RX Team

Timmy Hansen


Hansen World RX Team

Robin Larsson


RX Cartel / EKS JC

Fraser McConnell


Olsbergs MSE

Travis Pastrana


Subaru Motorsports USA / Vermont SportsCar

Scott Speed


Subaru Motorsports USA / Vermont SportsCar




NRX Next



Martin Enlund


Enlunds Motorsport

Erik Gordon


Bak 40 Motorsports

Casper Jansson


Enlunds Motorsport

George Megennis


Yellow Squad

Simon Olofsson


Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Sage Karam


Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Lane Vacala


Dreyer & Reinbold Racing



With coverage in more than 200 territories, fans around the world can see Nitro RX’s action-packed, high-adrenaline racing - all for free.


In the U.S., Peacock will stream over seven hours of live coverage from every Nitro RX stop while NBCSN will air a one-hour highlight special after each race.


The following platforms will also carry Nitro RX live internationally:

  • BT Sport // UK
  • DAZN // Brazil, Italy, Japan, Spain + all non-exclusive territories
  • Fox Sports + Kayo // Australia
  • MCS // Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands
  • Sky // New Zealand
  • SportsMax // Caribbean


YouTube will stream live Nitro RX outside the U.S. as well.


In addition, highlight programming will air on:

  • beIN SPORTS (Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia)
  • Sportsnet (Canada)
  • SuperSport (Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Tencent (China)
  • Viaplay Sport (Nordics, Baltics, Poland)    


To witness the high-adrenaline action of Nitro RX in-person, tickets for all five stops of the series are available at



Sept. 24-25 // Utah Motorsports Campus // Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct. 2-3 // ERX Motor Park // Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nov. 13-14 // Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park // Phoenix, Arizona

Nov. 20-21 // Glen Helen Raceway // Southern California

Dec. 4-5 // The Firm // North Florida

Professional sim racing team Jim Beaver eSports is pleased to announce the addition of Next Level Racing® as its newest partner, effective immediately. As part of the multi-year agreement, team owner, professional off-road racer, and media personality Jim Beaver will become an official ambassador for the brand. Next Level Racing® logos will begin appearing on Jim Beaver eSports vehicles throughout the team’s multi-disciplinary iRacing efforts, and world-class team drivers will be equipped with premier Next Level Racing® chassis in top-flight events. Team activations at Beaver’s real-world race events will also include a Next Level Racing® simulator for fans to experience the thrill of iRacing firsthand.
“Partnering with Next Level Racing® is a natural, and incredibly exciting, step for Jim Beaver eSports,” said Beaver. “Our brands share the values of high-quality, industry-leading innovation, and are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We’re thrilled to join the world-class roster of Next Level Racing® ambassadors, and I look forward to working with them on some huge plans in the years to come!”
“We are glad to announce this partnership with Jim Beaver eSports,” said Kam Khadem | Head of Brand and Strategic Growth for Next Level Racing®. “It highlights our values of promoting competition and our involvement in global esports. We are confident in the organisation of achieving the highest level of competition and pushing the boundaries. With Jim Beaver's experience of real Motorsports and Next Level Racing® expertise in simulation, we aim to close the gap between virtual and reality.”
Founded in 2009, Next Level Racing® is the world’s leading simulation brand revolutionising simulation with its industry leading product range. The clear focus of the award winning brand lies in innovation and quality to meet the demanding need of sim racers and gamers. Next Level Racing® continues to lead the market with innovative designs and technology. As a company Next Level Racing® has pride in challenging the industry with world-class products and has a passionate and innovative global team that continues to push boundaries. The Next Level Racing® range of products are sold in more than 40 countries and stocked by major retailers around the world.
Jim Beaver is a professional off-road racer, currently campaigning a factory-backed Polaris RZR in the UTV Unlimited class in desert races across the United States. He is also the host of the General Tire Down & Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR, the world’s biggest action motorsports radio show, which airs twice weekly on Sirius XM, on terrestrial radio stations across America, and on the Armed Forced Network. Beaver’s additional experience behind the wheel includes numerous years in Trophy Truck action, and he has lent his voice to multiple racing disciplines, both as an announcer at the track and on national television.
Jim Beaver eSports made its debut in 2019 in what is now known as the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, and expanded later that year into four other iRacing World Championships. During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team staged the eShort Course World Cup, an all-star event that put racing legends like Travis Pastrana, Ron Capps, and Alexander Rossi against top sim racers and off-road pros. The event was so popular that it spawned a full-blown Triple Crown just weeks later, and all three races returned for 2021, including the TV debut for the World Cup on the CBS Sports Network in February. Jim Beaver eSports also has a two-car franchise in the iRacing Rallycross World Championship.
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By Godwin Kelly
IMSA Wire Service
 Porsche returns to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this week as the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) winner but will be challenged by the two-headed monster known as Corvette Racing.
Porsche captured class honors in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on the famous street circuit. The 2020 Long Beach race was canceled and this year’s event postponed from its original April date by the pandemic. Much has changed since cars last competed there.
Corvette Racing is running a completely redesigned car – the Corvette C8.R – featuring a mid-engine design. Porsche no longer has a factory team, placing its trust in the WeatherTech Racing team operated by Proton Competition to field the No. 79 Porsche 911 RSR-19 that will also be making its Long Beach debut.
“We are now running the RSR-19 which debuted in 2020, so it’s a completely different car,” said Cooper MacNeil, who will drive with Mathieu Jaminet.
Corvette will counter with the No. 3 entry wheeled by Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia, and the No. 4 with Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy. Milner has three previous Long Beach wins, two coming with Corvette in GTLM (2017, ’18). Garcia won with Corvette in 2014 and Tandy with Porsche in 2016. Taylor has three prototype victories, while MacNeil took GT Daytona (GTD) honors in 2017 driving a Mercedes.
Jaminet is the lone Long Beach newcomer.
“I am really looking forward to Long Beach,” Jaminet said. “It will be my first time racing there. I have been watching the IndyCar and IMSA races for a couple of years and have always wanted to compete there.”
Milner and Tandy won in their first street-course outing this season in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit, when the Corvettes were allowed to use ABS (anti-lock braking system) since they were the only GTLM entries in the non-points race. They won’t have that option this time around.
“I don’t think it will be much of a difference,” Taylor said. “We are used to running as is with the normal GTLM regulations. Detroit was kind of a one-off to gather some data. For us, it will be the same car we’ve been racing these last two seasons.”
Taylor and Garcia have four points-paying victories this season. Tandy and Milner won the most recent race, the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 12. The Corvette drivers know they have an advantage on the single-entry Porsche and leverage it.
“We can follow them with one car and do a different strategy with the other car,” Taylor said. “We will have them covered from both sides, so it definitely opens options for us.”
That doesn’t faze MacNeil, who points to the No. 79 Porsche’s two wins this season, including the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March.
“Anytime you race a single-car effort against a two-car effort, you are at a disadvantage, but our WeatherTech/Proton team combined with Porsche minimizes that delta,” MacNeil said. “We have proven twice this year we can beat a two-car factory effort and will be pushing hard next weekend to do the same.”
Drivers from both camps think the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is special for a variety of reasons, including its history, proximity to the Pacific Ocean and star power of being located in Southern California.
“It's a different type of event,” Tandy said. “There is that strong history of race cars at Long Beach. Why is Le Mans so revered and why does it have that mystique?
“Part of that is what has happened in the past there. And Long Beach is just like that. It's on a beach, on a street track and the fans are closer to us than probably anywhere else we go.”
Practice and qualifying take place Friday at Long Beach. The 100-minute race airs live at 5 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and IMSA Radio.

Bryce Menzies and Toyo Tires® took the Overall win at the 2nd SCORE Baja 400 desert race. Jason McNeil also took first place in the Trophy Truck Spec class for the second SCORE race in a row, putting two Toyo Tires drivers on top of the podium during a successful weekend of desert racing.

Menzies is having one of the most successful years of racing in his already historic career. Coming off huge wins in the 2021 Toyo Tires Desert Challenge and SCORE San Felipe 250, Menzies and his #7 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Wheels AWD Mason Motorsports T1 Truck drove an error and penalty-free race, winning with an overall time of eight hours, 26 minutes, and 59 seconds.  

The Baja 400 showcased a field of 33 competitors racing on the treacherous and unforgiving 400-mile course through Baja California, Mexico. This is the third of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. Menzies will now prepare for the Baja 1000 coming up in mid-November, as his bid for another championship is in reach.

“This year's course was one of the most technical courses I’ve ever raced down in Baja,” said Bryce Menzies. “You had to be on your A-game all day long with the amount of turns and different terrain we crossed over the 400 miles.”

Jason McNeil and his spec #234 Fiberwerx / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck finished the race with an official time of nine hours, four minutes, and 22 seconds, claiming his second win in the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship series.

Menzies and McNeil relied on championship-winning Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires to achieve their podium finishes.

“This was another amazing performance for Toyo Tires with Bryce Menzies taking the overall win and Jason McNeil winning the Trophy Truck Spec class,” said Stan Chen, senior manager, events, sponsorships and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Our proven Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires continue to meet the demands of our drivers on these brutal desert courses.”

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The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli enters its penultimate round this weekend (Sept. 24-26)  at VIRginia International Raceway, and while the production class championships were locked up two rounds early, the TA and TA2 titles are still undecided.

Before the all-class doubleheader at Watkins Glen International, 10 TA drivers were mathematically viable for the championship. Now it's down to three: Chris Dyson, Tomy Drissi and Ernie Francis Jr.

Dyson took a commanding lead in points following his weekend sweep at WGI. It's the first time in his career that the No. 20  ALTWELL CBD Ford Mustang driver has led the season-long points battle by a 46 point margin heading into the final rounds of the season. Though Dyson has never won in Virginia in TA (the closest he came was in 2020 finishing second and third in the two-round weekend), he is confident that his winning momentum will carry over to VIR to lock up the title.

"We are going to treat the weekend like any other," explained Dyson. "We are going in with the intent to win. We feel we have fast cars and have been competitive each time we've visited VIR. If we can keep executing like we have been, I am confident that we will be up front and points will fall into place if we do our jobs."

Drissi's title bid took a backseat following a tumultuous pair of races at WGI. Second in the championship, Drissi's chance to challenge Dyson for the top spot was looking optimistic as his No. 9  Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet Camaro claimed the checkered flag in the opening round at WGI. However post-race penalties knocked the race winner down to sixth and promoted his championship rival Dyson to first. The second round at WGI was another heartbreak for Drissi as a mechanical issue sent him spinning down the back straight into the wall. His 20 point deficit quickly turned into a 46 point gap from Dyson heading into VIR. But, with 70 points up for grabs, Drissi is still hopeful that with a winning weekend at VIR he can clinch his second national championship title in the Heacock Classic at Circuit of The Americas finale (Drissi won the National TA Championship back in 2009).

"I can't wait to get to VIR to give it everything I have for the fans, the team and the whole Lucas Oil family," said Drissi. "We came out at Watkins and we were fast and competitive up front the whole weekend but unfortunately the results did not show how fast we were. I'm looking forward to bringing that to VIR to battle Ernie (Francis Jr.), (Chris) Dyson, Boris (Said) and everyone else, we're not going to give up, we're going to fight until the end!"

Seven-time Trans Am champion Francis Jr. enters the weekend in unfamiliar territory- third in the championship trailing Dyson by 62 points. With just 70 points left available for the season, everything would have to fall in Francis Jr.'s favor for him to claim his eighth consecutive title. But, the 22-year-old driver has VIR dialed in being the lone six-time winner on the technical track. Francis Jr. won in TA3 American Muscle in 2014-15; TA4 in 2016; and Trans Am in 2017. He struggled in his next two visits, finishing 14th in 2018 and in 2019, before sweeping the 2020 doubleheader. Out of any other driver entered for the weekend, Francis Jr. always seems to deliver on the unexpected, and shouldn't be counted out just yet of capturing another title.

"We are heading into VIR looking to do the best we can," said Francis Jr. "The car is ready after the few issues we experienced during the Watkins Glen event. We look forward to being competitive and we are focused on increasing our overall Trans am wins for the record books. A special thank you goes out to Future Star Racing / Wings and Wheels Foundation for their support."
After facing engine complications at WGI, Said returns to the cockpit of the No. 2  WeaverRacingTechnique/SRI Dodge Challenger to throw a wrench in the championship battle. Said won at VIR in 2002 and in 2019. Another past TA VIR winner entered for VIR is Simon Gregg (2013).

The campaign for the TA2 2021 season championship has been the most unpredictable from race to race with a revolving door of six different winners claiming the top step over the last 10 rounds. But with just two races left, the championship chase has whittled down now to two former champions: Rafa Matos and Mike Skeen.

Matos stretched his championship advantage over Skeen by 40 points following a victory in the WGI doubleheader. While Matos has shown speed over the years at VIR, setting the class lap record in 2019 (1:49.401-seconds), the scenic track nestled in a forest of oak trees has created a mixed experience for the No. 88  3 Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang driver. Last year, Matos took second in the first round of the doubleheader and finished just inside the top 20 in both the second round in 2020 and in 2019. He did not start in 2017. Matos finished third in 2018 which was enough to clinch his first championship early. This weekend could be déjà vu for Matos as he has the opportunity to clinch his second championship at the same track as he did in 2018.

"It would be a dream come true to have a chance to clinch the championship at VIR, like we did in 2018," said Matos. "Going into VIR with a 40 points lead gives us a peace of mind. Our goal is to earn max points on (Mike) Skeen, so in reality I can lose four points to Mike and I would still clinch at VIR. We will approach the weekend just the way we have been doing all season, focusing on session by session, and see after qualifying how we are positioned for the race. Obviously my main focus during this weekend is not to take unnecessary risks, and try to preserve the car as much as I can.”

Reigning champion Skeen has only wheeled two TA2 races at VIR, the back-to-back in 2020. He drove from pole to victory in the opening round and followed it up with a sixth-place finish in the finale. Skeen's No. 1 Liqui-Moly/Turn14Distribution Dodge Challenger was severely damaged in the WGI Race 2 melee, which allowed Matos to expand his championship lead. His Stevens-Miller Racing crew has worked overtime to get the car together to be race-ready for VIR.

Connor Mosack is third in the points race, 43 points behind Skeen. The TeamSLR driver drove to a commanding victory at WGI, a career first for Mosack. While the title is out of grasp for Mosack, the No. 28  NicTailor/IFS M1-SLR/Fields Chevrolet Camaro can still challenge for runner-up, though he will have to hold off Thomas Merrill.

“We definitely would try to get second more than try to defend third," said Mosack about his approach to the championship. "Really, our main goal is to try to win these last two races. Without having a real shot at winning the championship, points don’t really matter to me, we are now focused on getting race wins.”

 Merrill's championship chase ended at WGI after his No. 81  HPTuners/MikeCopeRaceCars Ford Mustang was collected in the multi-car incident in the final race. With the second and third spots still open in the championship, Merrill's fight continues from fourth as he enters VIR (trails Mosack by 27 points). Over the last two seasons, Merrill has shown speed at VIR, driving to victory in 2019 before a post-race infraction promoted Marc Miller, who went on to win the championship. Last year, Merrill finished the doubleheader with fourth and ninth place standings.  

In 2020, Tyler Kicera's season peaked at VIR as he charged to his first Trans Am career victory. The No. 5   Davis Roofing/Silver Hare Racing Ford Mustang driver has been chasing success all season, and finally broke through with a podium in Watkins Glen, a second-place finish after avoiding the crash in the Esses that took out several top-competitors (VIDEO: Mega Crash Caught on Helmet Cam).

With his momentum building, Kicera is on the hunt for 2020 repeat.

"I'm excited to get back to VIR and feel like I have some unfinished business there," said Kicera. "While we grabbed our first TA2 win on Saturday, which was unreal, on Sunday I basically gave away the win on a late race restart with all the mixed class and lapped traffic.  Our performance here last year catapulted me into a full season drive with Silver Hare Racing, which I am incredibly thankful for.  It's been a really tough 2021 season, but we've managed to grab a third-place finish at Brainerd and were runner-up at Watksin Glen, so we're looking for one spot better this weekend.  The level of competition this year is extremely high, but I have a lot of confidence at VIR that we can get it done."   

Adam Andretti is another class VIR winner entered for the weekend. Andretti won at VIR in 2014.

Justin Oakes(SGT) and Erich Joiner (XGT) clinched their respective championships two rounds early. Both will miss VIR due to schedule conflicts.

"I am going to miss VIR for a race in Indy," explained Oakes. "But, I will be back for CoTA. It's our home track and we want to finish the season strong there. We are a Texas-based team and we are going to come out in full force and celebrate our championship with lots of family and friends."

Oakes' absence leaves the door open for the father-and-son duo of Milton and Carry Grant to faceoff for the top step, and with the return of 2020 race winner and class champion Lee Saunders, the class battle will be one to watch this weekend.

The Trans Am Series drivers will spend Friday (Sept. 24) testing with Saturday  TA/XGT/SGT/GT class practice at 11:40 a.m. Eastern followed by TA2 practice at 12:10 p.m. Eastern. The Trans Am qualifying block starts at 5:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. Trans Am will host a pair of 100-mile races on Sunday with TA/XGT/SGT/GT taking the green at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and TA2 at 3:35 p.m. Eastern. The full VIR SpeedTour weekend will be live streamed on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App. Available for download: Download the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App to Watch Live Events (

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  •  It was this time last year when a 21-year-old Connor Mosack made his debut in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. He was only a few months into his senior year at High Point (N.C.) University when he climbed behind the wheel of TeamSLR’s Chevrolet Camaro for a doubleheader at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton. Mosack finished fifth in the first race and 14th in the second race on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course. Now a fulltime Trans Am competitor, Mosack returns to VIR for Sunday’s penultimate Trans Am race as the series’ most recent TA2 winner.


    The 22-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, won Sept. 12 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. It was a dominant victory as Mosack took the class lead on the opening lap from Trans Am veteran Rafa Matos and never relinquished it, leading all 30 laps around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn track to finish .883 of a second over his nearest pursuer, Tyler Kicera.


    The win put an exclamation mark on Mosack’s progression this season. The driver of the No. 28 Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear/Interstate Foam & Supply Chevrolet Camaro secured his first career podium finish June 26 at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, just a month-and-a-half after graduating with a degree in business entrepreneurship from High Point. Then on Aug. 8 on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Mosack earned another podium finish. That set the stage for Mosack’s breakthrough win at The Glen, with the victory coming in his 13th career TA2 start. The triumph also boosted Mosack to third in the TA2 championship standings, where he holds a 17-point advantage over fourth-place Thomas Merrill.


    Mosack’s upward trajectory in his rookie Trans Am season is emblematic of his racing career as a whole. Mosack didn’t begin racing until he was 18. He started in Legends cars and after winning five championships, transitioned to Late Model stock cars in 2019. Mosack augmented his Late Model schedule with four TA2 races in 2020 for TeamSLR via the doubleheader weekends last fall at VIR and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, respectively.


    With road-course racing becoming more and more prominent in NASCAR’s national touring series, Mosack wanted to sharpen those skills. The allure of regularly turning left and right in America’s Road-Racing Series was enough to convince Mosack to commit fulltime to Trans Am in 2021.


    Aiding his decision was the tutelage provided by TeamSLR. Mosack is coached by the father-and-son duo of Scott Lagasse and Scott Lagasse, Jr. They have combined to win more than 100 races and seven championships across a variety of series and styles of racecars, from paved ovals to road courses to dirt tracks. One of those victories came at VIR in 2018 when Scott Jr., won from the pole and clocked the race’s fastest lap.


    The Lagasse’s depth of knowledge is augmented this weekend by the return of Chris Liesfeld, who will be a teammate of Mosack in TeamSLR’s No. 96 M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro. The 47-year-old from Richmond, Virginia, has a long tenure with the St. Augustine-based organization. Liesfeld’s company, Fields Racing, has been competing with TeamSLR and the Lagasses for several years. Liesfeld will make his 12th career Trans Am start Sunday at VIR and his second of the season, with his last outing coming in Nashville.


    The combination of Mosack’s rising star talent and Liesfeld’s encyclopedic Trans Am knowledge, both of which will be buoyed by the Lagasses’ coaching acumen, makes TeamSLR’s presence in the paddock a formidable one. Recent history, and the decades of know-how accrued by the Lagasses, convene this weekend at VIR.


    Connor Mosack, driver No. 28 Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear/Interstate Foam & Supply Chevrolet Camaro:


    Trans Am winner. How’s that sound?

    “It’s a big relief for me just to know that you can do it, but I think it will really help us going forward because the first one always seems so hard to get and the next ones come pretty quickly. Hopefully, that’s the case for us and we can go get another one or two the rest of the year.”


    How satisfying was it to get that win, especially after some strong drives at Mid-Ohio, Road America and Nashville?

    “The celebration there was definitely short-lived. Obviously, the car was very fast, but we all felt like there was a lot of room for improvement, and that’s what we’re wanting to get after, but the win was very nice.”


    Your win at Watkins Glen bumped you up to third in the championship standings. Is second place attainable, or is it more about defending third in these last two races?

    “We definitely would try to get second more than try to defend third. At the end of the year, I don’t think there’s anything you gain by saying you’re second or you’re third or you’re fourth. Really, our main goal is to try to win these last two races. Without having a real shot at winning the championship, points don’t really matter to me. The only way we could have a shot at the championship is if we dominated both weekends and Rafa (Matos) had two terrible weekends, and I still don’t know if it would be possible, and it’s also unlikely for him to have two bad weekends.”


    Talk about your progression in Trans Am. After all, it was this time last year when you made your Trans Am debut at VIR, and here you are returning to the track as Trans Am’s most recent race winner.

    “I’m looking forward to going back to VIR. I feel it’s the track I know the most, it’s the one I have the most laps on, and it’s the first track I raced Trans Am in. Definitely feel like I’m much more experienced in these cars than I was last year. I know the guys that I’m racing with now, which is a big deal, and I have a lot more confidence, which also is a big deal. Last year, I didn’t know these cars very well and I was just kind of doing what I knew how to do naturally. Now, I’m doing that and also applying the experience I’ve gained and how to race these guys – it’s just a matter of knowing how to put a whole weekend together now. I feel good about the weekend, going into it, confident about at least being on the podium. I really think, barring a mechanical problem or something like that, we could have a really good shot at the win.”


    Describe a full lap around VIR.

    “It’s got a lot of high-speed sections and it’s got some very technical corners. Turns three, four, five – that whole section is one of the toughest set of corners of any track we go to, and that leads up the hill to the esses, which is probably second or third of my favorite sections of a track. It’s really close to being wide open. You’ve got to really be perfect to make that happen, and it’s just a really fun section. That leads to the back straightaway, a long straightaway, heavy braking zone there, and then down the hill – we call it Roller Coaster. It’s another really fun section, but you’ve got to really get it perfect to get set up for the front straightaway that ends the lap. It’s really a track that has every kind of corner – both slower corners and a lot of high-speed corners. Being a driver, it’s a lot of fun.”


    Do you view VIR as kind of a home race, as you went to High Point University, which is not too far from the track?

    “I don’t know if I’d call it a home track. It’s not really somewhere I grew up going to. To now have the Charlotte Roval on the schedule, I would consider that my home track. But, otherwise VIR, I would say, is the next-closest one I would call a home track since I know it the most and I get to go up there more often than any other track. You can say it’s somewhat of a home track. That’s where I had my first and have the most road-course experience.”


    You graduated from High Point back in May, and while racecar driving wasn’t a course, you’re already proving to be a successful alumni. What were some of the courses that helped prepare you for this career, and who were some of the professors that stood out to you?

    “I had several very good professors, and lot of it for me was business advice that can be applied to racing, not really behind the wheel, per se, but as a driver trying to find sponsors or talking with teams. I think there were definitely helpful moments there. I feel that’s been the biggest help about going to a good university like High Point, understanding that side of the sport more. I think that will help me find and support sponsorships for later in my career and always be with good teams. It’s important to work well with them in addition to just being their driver.”


    Chris Liesfeld, driver No. 96 New Field/M1 Racecars/Fields Racing Chevrolet Camaro:


    Talk about Fields Racing and its relationship with TeamSLR.

    “Fields Racing started when my father used to race in the NASCAR Grand National Series back in the ’80s and they raced under the name of Fields Racing, kind of an anagram of the spelling of our last name. We carried the name on when I got into racing, which was back in 2001 driving spec Miatas, and stock car road racing. Fields Racing and TeamSLR work together through my company. We help build the M1 Racecars chassis that’s approved for the TA2 class in Trans Am, and we work with the Lagasses in providing them with some of the racecars.”


    For those who may be unfamiliar with your background, what is your racing history? More specifically, what is your history at VIR?

    “It’s been about two years since I last raced at VIR, so I’m looking forward to going back there. Compared to my last race at Nashville where I drove for the first time in two years, I at least got reacquainted with the car. And this time I don’t have to learn a new track like I did at Nashville. Now, I can focus on improving my driving. I know the track well enough to where I can really focus on the car and continue trying to get those cobwebs out.”


    How did your race last TA2 race at Nashville go for you?

    “I actually felt pretty good with the result. I didn’t get hardly any practice at all, and before the race I may have, in total with the practice sessions and qualifying, I had maybe seven or eight laps. All that being said, along with everything else going against me, I was very happy with the result.”


    You’re from Richmond, Virginia. Do you view VIR as your home track?

    “VIR is not too far from where I’m from, so I guess you can say it’s kind of like my home track. I can’t even count how many times I’ve raced there, in different classes – Miatas, stock cars, and TA2 – so that’s the track where I’ve probably got the most laps of any other track in the country.”


    Describe a full lap around VIR.

    “I’d say VIR is somewhat of a technical track. There are a couple of corners there you have to set up and get just right, otherwise it throws off the next series of corners afterward. One particular corner is called Oak Tree (turns 11 and 12) and, if you can get a good run coming off that corner, it really sets you up with straightaway speed and trying to take advantage of the long straight on the back side of the track. So, coming off that corner is important, and the last corner before the frontstretch (turns 17 and 17A) is very important. NASCAR Bend (turn three) can sometimes be a little tricky with its decreasing radius. It’s just a lot of subtle transitions in the way the corners go from being slightly cambered to slightly off-cambered. It makes it interesting as you transition through the turns. All tracks have their characteristics that you have to learn and understand, and this one is certainly not short on that.”


    TeamSLR comes into VIR as the most recent TA2 winner with Mosack. You’ve worked with this organization for many years – talk about what the Lagasses bring to the table when it comes to driver development and, specifically, the kind of coaching they provide at a track like VIR?

    “I would say, between Scott and Scotty, they bring a lot to the table. They really do care tremendously about making sure the drivers come out with good results. They want to make sure they’re giving them everything they can in the way of coaching, as well as finding performance in the car. Even the days when things aren’t working in their favor as far as the racing goes – things can happen during the race and there can be problems – and still trying to make the best of those situations. There have been some really strong results, and there have been some results that have been really good while there were some struggles. But just constantly working on that, I think if it were anyone else, the results wouldn’t be as good as they are with the Lagasses with their devotion and dedication. There’s always coaching going on, even as the laps are being turned. Connor is constantly getting good feedback and good coaching, and you see it from the beginning of the year to this point. It was just a matter of time before he was going to win. I myself will always be a student, especially not driving week after week and not having been at every race. Every time I get back in the car, it’s always having to learn a lot and get back up to speed. I’m going to try to attend more races so I don’t have to constantly be working through that learning curve. I’m always trying to learn all I can and I appreciate all the feedback I get from the Lagasses. And even from Connor – I don’t put myself in a position where I feel like I’m so good that I can’t listen to some advice from him, as well.”


    Scott Lagasse, Jr., owner of TeamSLR and driver coach:


    How satisfying was it to see Mosack win at Watkins Glen?

    “It was good. I don’t know that I spent a whole lot of time thinking about it, to be honest. We went right to hammering on what we did good and bad there and how to get better. I don’t know that I sat around and cherished it too much. It’s called competitiveness, I guess. You have to assume that those that you beat are going to leave there and go to work, so why wouldn’t you need to? The minute you think that’s not happening, you’re kidding yourself. Unfortunately, I’ve had my teeth kicked in enough to learn the hard way. The conversation (after Watkins Glen) was, ‘Enjoy it, you did a helluva job, I’m impressed with the gains you made from the week before, but where can we get better? Here’s a couple things I saw to continue to work on.’ The cool thing with Connor is, when you tell him what to work on, he goes and works on it. And we followed up with Jack Wood on why that car wasn’t as good as it should’ve been. Obviously, Jack’s new to road racing and he’s going to learn a lot, but my belief is you have to make cars good enough that people can learn in and still run well. He ran well, but it always can be better. Probably part of my problem on the driver side is I’ve never done a good enough job of pumping people up and letting them know they did a great job. It’s always about how they can get better. I’m learning to be more like a cheerleader, maybe. (Laughs.)”


    Mosack’s win at Watkins Glen bumped him up to third in the championship standings. Is second place attainable, or is it more about defending third in these last two races?

    “I don’t know that we let it affect us at all, either way, in my opinion. We’ve got to have internal plans and goals of what we need to accomplish and, more important than anything, is making it a successful year for Connor. We’ve got to remember that he’s here to learn and get ready for the next stuff. We’ll be mindful of it. I honestly haven’t looked at it deep enough to know whether we have a shot at second or not. I figure we go do the best we can do and let the chips will fall where they may.”


    VIR marks a year of Trans Am racing for Mosack. Talk about his development in the series since his debut at VIR last year?

    “Mentally, he’s very strong. He’s committed, he trains hard, and he wants to do well. He takes criticism well and he adapts very quickly. And he’s got natural speed, so he’s actually a lot of fun to work with. The example would be, and he’ll tell you this, he lost Nashville on a restart and he didn’t lose Watkins Glen on all the restarts. He was on his restart game from the initial start, rolling the outside and taking the lead out of turn one. Nashville was painful for him. He owned up to it, wanted to figure out how to get better. He asked the right questions and I guess we told him the right answers because he was pretty on his game at The Glen on restarts. Those are the kinds of things I’m more proud of than a trophy. That’s really what made The Glen sweet to me – and I was up on the spotter’s stand watching every bit of it – was the way he took a weakness from the week before and made it a strength, and he did it. You only do that by understanding it and working at it and implementing it. He asks the right questions and he absorbs quickly and implements quickly, and, like I said, it’s fun.”


    TeamSLR has two wins with two different drivers this year – Sam Mayer at Road America and Mosack at Watkins Glen. There’s still two races left in the season. Talk about what you’ve accomplished this season and what you’d like to accomplish this weekend at VIR.

    “Obviously, it’s a competitive sport and you know where you stand each week, but my goals internally for this year had nothing to do with winning races. I knew the race wins would come if you do everything else below it right – the structure, the people, the driver training – those things it takes to win races at this level. And, in all honesty, it’s all new to me and us. We’ve done a lot of driver training over the years and we’ve been able to relate and all that, but with regard to running an operation the size that we have right now, we’ve leaned on a lot of people to try and shorten our learning curve and get honest feedback for ourselves – to make sure we’re not kidding ourselves, that we are doing well and we are getting better. So, the wins will come if we do what we’re supposed to do. Racing is not rocket science. It takes a lot of really smart people but, at the end of the day, it’s the right people in the right places with the right motivations. You lean on those people and you’ve got to have them, but the recipe to win is not rocket science.”


    What is your history at VIR?

    “VIR gave me my first Trans Am win (in 2018). VIR has been good to the M1 cars. We’re fast there, we win there, and we’ve also tumbled one pretty good and proved how safe they are. In any kind of racing, safety is a big deal, especially these cars. A lot of these guys come over here for training, so they want the safest thing they can find, or they’re racing here for the weekend and have to be back at a real job on Monday, so they want their car to be safe. VIR has been as good for the M1 as can be imagined, even in the bad times like when I took a tumble (in 2019) leading the race. It was big. It was really big. But it made a statement that the cars are safe and, as they say, out of negative comes a positive. Trust me, I didn’t want to take that ride, but I’ll take what it’s done for us.”


    What are the keys to making a fast lap at VIR?

    “The place is so intricate. It’s such a cool, little racetrack. There’s a lot of edginess to the racetrack, or uneasy corners or situations, so you want something that drives good and solid. I think having a good, solid racecar underneath you is a big deal, at least it’s a big focus of ours. We’ve got some little things we’ve worked hard on over the years from the driver’s seat that kind of just clicked with me when I saw it for the first time that are a little bit unorthodox in how you approach the place, but it still just comes down to a solid racecar.”

Jim Beaver eSports will enter its third consecutive iRacing Rallycross World Championship, and second since becoming an official series franchise, with a fresh lineup starting in today’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Canada’s Alex Bergeron and Finland’s Toni Lahteenmaki will represent the team in the nine-race season, and will go for the largest share of a $25,000 prize pool.
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By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 Wayne Taylor calls it “a good first step.” Mike Krack says it’s “the perfect match.” For Tim Cindric, it’s “an opportunity we haven’t seen in our lifetime.”
In little more than a year, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will unveil a new version of its highest class. In conjunction with Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), LMDh cars will replace Daytona Prototype international (DPi), turning IMSA’s fastest and most technically advanced racing cars into a platform for hybrid technology that matches global sports car formats.
It’s a grand, expansive and complicated undertaking. It’s also enjoying a positive afterglow in the months since its announcement. Five manufacturers – Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – have committed to building LMDh cars. So far, three teams in the WeatherTech Championship have announced plans to field LMDh entries beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2023. 
More are expected to announce LMDh plans in the coming months.
“It has the potential of having the equipment and regulations common across IMSA and the ACO,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric, who’s preparing his team to partner with Porsche in its IMSA LMDh plans. “It’s an opportunity we haven’t seen in our lifetime, I don’t think. As a team, we wanted to be involved.”
In the next few weeks, IMSA NewsWire and will delve into LMDh from the perspective of team owners and managers. Some of the most influential minds in IMSA will examine the response, the potential and the expectations of LMDh.
So far, the plan has met an affirmative response.
“We come now from a long GT era, and we have now the possibility to do a cost-effective (LMDh program to compete) for an overall win,” said Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport. “This is very attractive, and at the same time you can sell technology. These two go well together.”
Announced in January 2020, LMDh generated more momentum last month when Cadillac announced its development of an LMDh program with two established and successful DPi teams – Chip Ganassi Racing and Action Express Racing.
“We were really hoping this would happen,” said Gary Nelson, manager of Action Express. “The format really got our attention. In my mind, trophies should be hard to get. I like tough competition, and that’s what this looks like it will provide.”
The class is based on a cost-capped car generating more than 670 horsepower from the combined output of an internal combustion engine and a hybrid powertrain. Four constructors – Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic and ORECA – will build chassis, and manufacturers will be allowed to brand engines and stylize the bodywork.
“When there’s a big technology change, you’re starting from a clean sheet of paper,” said Wayne Taylor, whose Wayne Taylor Racing is part of Acura’s current DPi program and considered a front-runner to continue in Acura’s LMDh plans. “With the pressure to use and create clean energy, this is a good first step.”
As auto manufacturers continue to hone hybrid technology and move toward electric production vehicles, racing offers the ideal proving ground and stage for the change. It’s not surprising, then, that LMDh has received an endorsement of participation. 
“IMSA has always made sure that they have the constructors on board, their teams on board and their audience,” Krack said. “It’s a package that all of us need. For us, it’s the perfect match.”
Next in the series: Four team leaders discuss the significance of LMDh specs matching across international sanction. Will matching specs encourage more participation in IMSA’s top class? Will crossover between IMSA and the World Endurance Championship (WEC) increase?
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
The race weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca couldn’t have gone better for Hyundai.
The IMSA manufacturer partner served as title sponsor of the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, Sunday’s main event for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with signage around the track serving as a strong reminder. On Saturday, Hyundai entries swept the podium in the Touring Car (TCR) class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race, the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120. Leading the charge was a 1-2 finish by the Hyundai Elantra N TCR introduced to competition this season.
It was a fitting result, seeing as the evening before at WeatherTech Raceway, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N – the latest of the company’s N brand high-performance passenger cars – enjoyed its North American unveiling in front of an eager group of Hyundai executives, car owners and “N-thusiasts.”
The crowd cheered as the Elantra N sped up the track’s front straight before returning to pit lane so attendees could get a closer look. Even Mike Evanoff, Senior Manager of Product Planning for Hyundai Motor North America, who’s attended numerous car launches, had chills.
“I’m really stoked about this,” Evanoff said. “I’m trying to contain myself but this is really cool!”
With Hyundai’s mission to “transfer motorsports knowledge to our production models,” the track-ready 2022 Elantra N offers a multitude of enticing advances. From a “sense shift” that automatically recognizes when the car is at the track and selects the optimal gear to execute the “perfect” shift; to an app drivers can download that saves and analyzes speeds, lap times, G forces, throttle and brake pressures, and allows drivers to compare their data with others. There’s even a sound equalizer allowing owners to customize the engine sound in case they enjoy hearing that throaty pop-pop-popping as they drive.
The N line derives its name from two places: Namyang, the Hyundai research and development center in South Korea, and the Nürburgring, site of Hyundai’s European Technical Center and the famous testing and racetrack in Germany. Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian brought the manufacturer to the Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2019 with resounding success, winning four TCR races, finishing 1-2 in the class championship and missing out on the manufacturer title by a single point while running the Veloster N TCR.
BHA went one better last year, winning seven races, sweeping the top three in the standings and adding the important manufacturer crown. Through eight races this year, BHA again holds the top three spots in the championship – fielding two Elantras and a Veloster – while also serving as the customer support team for four more Veloster entries.
It’s why, Hyundai’s Evanoff said, WeatherTech Raceway was the ideal location for the 2022 Elantra N unveil after a planned launch at the New York International Auto Show was derailed by the show’s cancellation.
“The N brand is really kind of born on the track and that transfers to the road car,” Evanoff said. “Through our partner here in the United States, Bryan Herta Autosport, I think we’ve really shown that the Elantra N TCR (launch) just makes perfect sense to have it on the West Coast. A lot of our corporate (people) can attend so it’s kind of like a home race.
“With IMSA and the TCR class in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, these are road-going-based cars,” Evanoff added. “Body and weight is similar, though there are chassis modifications and obviously suspension. But it’s still based on a 2-liter engine – makes more horsepower but it’s still the same configuration – and it’s front-wheel drive.
“I think the fans can really identify with this. You can relate to it and go buy it the following week at your local dealer. And I think these cars definitely deliver based on all the engineering that’s been put in them. They’re intended for track duty off the showroom floor. That really ties the two together nicely.”

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