Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 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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Craving the spotlight has never been part of Jason Line’s personality, but during his final season of full-time racing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the three-time Pro Stock world champion may experience it more than usual in 2020. That was apparent during the season opener in Pomona, and it’s a good bet there will be an outpouring of fan support for the veteran at this weekend’s 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
 
Line has been a constant in the Pro Stock class over the years, piloting his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro to incredible success in workmanlike fashion. Now in a final full-time season dubbed “The Finish Line Tour,” Line will look to close things in style. A fourth world championship is certainly within reach and, along the way, the longtime standout hopes to enjoy some special memories by way of victories and winner’s circle celebrations.
 
“A lot of folks in Pomona had some nice things to say, and that was pretty cool to see and nice to know that I haven’t completely worn out my welcome after this many years,” Line said. “It’s been good. We’re only one race in, but I’ve been able to enjoy that part of it. The people can be the best part of this sport, so that’s been enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the rest of it as well and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
 
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of a race that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, Feb. 23. The duel in the desert marks the second of 18 races during a 2020 Pro Stock season that will also include the 50th anniversary celebration of the class.
 
That bit of history adds an extra layer to the season for Line, who has made 375 career starts in the class heading to Phoenix. He picked up his 50th career win in Pro Stock a year ago, further exemplifying what he’s meant to the class. In the present, though, Line wants to add to that win total, knowing there will be time down the road to feel nostalgic.
 
“It’s definitely cool to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration (of Pro Stock),” Line said. “It’s been a fun way to make a living and it’s been fantastic. From a participation standpoint, the class is the best it’s been in a few years and that’s a good thing. At some point, I’ll be nostalgic about it, but not right now. It’s been a great ride and I want to enjoy this last season. Just winning races is really the only goal. You can’t win the championship this early, so just winning races is important.”
 
Line came close at the NHRA opener in Pomona, falling in the finals to longtime rival Coughlin, who was dominant all weekend en route to the victory. Coughlin is the defending winner of the event, so Line knows he has his work cut out for him in a class that also includes longtime teammate Greg Anderson, reigning world champ Erica Enders, Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, Alex Laughlin and Matt Hartford. But Line remains as talented as he’s ever been, and just because this is a retirement tour, it doesn’t mean Line is slowing down.
 
“I’m not dead yet,” said Line, who won two races in 2019 and also has two career wins at Phoenix. “I feel like we’re going to compete for a championship as we hope to every year and, of course, my goal is to win a title. It would be nice to be on top again. It’s all about peaking at the right time. That’s my goal and it’s certainly a possibility. We’re testing and trying some new things, but our goal is to keep winning races.”
 
Doug Kalitta started quick in the ultra-competitive Top Fuel ranks, winning in Pomona to start the year on top. He’ll look to keep that momentum going in Phoenix against the likes of back-to-back world champ Steve Torrence, 2017 world champ Brittany Force, three-time world champ Antron Brown, Shawn Langdon, Austin Prock, Leah Pruett, Clay Millican and Terry McMillen.
 
In Funny Car, Hagan will look to keep his winning ways going at Phoenix while continuing the momentum from the hot finish to his 2019 campaign. His Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman opened 2020 with a victory in Pomona and he’ll be challenged by the likes of reigning world champ Robert Hight, 2018 champ J.R. Todd, Alexis DeJoria, Ron Capps and John Force.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills. After nitro qualifying, fans can watch a trio of spectacular jet cars, including a pair from the Lucas Oil Muy Caliente team, as well as Scott Arriaga’s “Wicked Sensation” jet car. Known for exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines.
 
NHRA fans can take part in the NHRA 101 Walking Tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes. NHRA fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the event as they celebrate their victories.
 
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
 
Fans will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
 
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.
A two-year hiatus didn’t seem to bother Alexis DeJoria as she opened the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season in style in Pomona. The Funny Car standout advanced to the semifinals in her first race since 2017, setting a strong tone for the season and giving the popular driver plenty of momentum heading into this weekend’s 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
 
DeJoria’s first career Funny Car victory came at the facility in 2014, adding to the good vibes she’s currently feeling in her 11,000-horsepower ROKit/ABK Beer Toyota. DeJoria gave all the credit to a team led by standout crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Boninfante for the early excitement, also giving her an impressive level of comfort that was evident in Pomona.
 
“That first race exceeded our expectations,” said DeJoria, who has five career Funny Car wins. “Putting a new team together so quickly was no easy task, but Del and Nicky were on it. My crew chiefs and I have a long history together. We basically picked up where we left off, except now there are no extra distractions. We’re just racing and that’s when we do our best work.”
 
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of a race that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, Feb. 23. The duel in the desert marks the second of 24 races in 2020 and DeJoria is simply thrilled to get back to doing what she loves.
 
She called the time away a planned hiatus, but in the back of her mind she always planned to return to racing. Getting back inside a 330-mph Funny Car after two years away is no easy task, but DeJoria looked impressive the entire time in Pomona. She qualified 11th with a solid run of 3.95-seconds at 321.19 mph and then knocked off the likes of defending world champ Robert Hight in eliminations before falling to eventual race winner Jack Beckman in the semifinals. It was a strong start to the year and gives the team plenty to work with heading into Phoenix.
 
“Honestly, I want us to be consistent and build off of that,” DeJoria said. “We may not be the quickest out there at first, but give us time and we’ll be running up top I’m sure of it.”
 
That confidence comes from her comfort level with Worsham, a former world champ in both Top Fuel and Funny Car, and Boninfante. It also makes DeJoria a contender to win races right off the bat, even against the heavy hitters in the standout Funny Car class. She would like nothing more than to replicate her first career win in the class this weekend, though DeJoria will have to match up with the likes of Hight, Beckman, John Force, Ron Capps, defending event winner Hagan, 2018 world champ J.R. Todd, Tim Wilkerson, Tommy Johnson Jr., Cruz Pedregon and Bob Tasca III. But that level of competition is part of the reason DeJoria returned to the sport.
 
“That win was a long time ago, but a win I’ll never forget,” DeJoria said. “The car was fast in the heat. The team hustled and gave me a good set-up on race day. I’d been racing that track since the sportsman days in Super Gas, and I’ve got great memories there. I can’t wait to go back.”
 
Doug Kalitta started quick in the ultra-competitive Top Fuel ranks, winning in Pomona to start the year on top. He’ll look to keep that momentum going in Phoenix against the likes of back-to-back world champ Steve Torrence, 2017 world champ Brittany Force, three-time world champ Antron Brown, Shawn Langdon, Austin Prock, Leah Pruett, Clay Millican and Terry McMillen.
 
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Pro Stock class will head to Phoenix with plenty of fanfare. The class continues to provide plenty of thrills, led by defending event winner Coughlin, who won the opener in Pomona. He’ll match up with the likes of defending champ Erica Enders, Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Alex Laughlin, Bo Butner, Deric Kramer and Chris McGaha.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills. After nitro qualifying, fans can watch a trio of spectacular jet cars, including a pair from the Lucas Oil Muy Caliente team, as well as Scott Arriaga’s “Wicked Sensation” jet car. Known for exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines.
 
NHRA fans can take part in the NHRA 101 Walking Tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes. NHRA fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the event as they celebrate their victories.
 
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
 
Fans will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
 
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.
                    
 
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams testing at Sebring International Raceway got a small taste of wet conditions early Wednesday before the skies cleared and the track dried out by late morning.
 
Six teams – JDC-Miller MotorSports, Whelen Engineering Racing, Porsche GT Team, GEAR Racing, Wright Motorsports and Meyer Shank Racing – were on hand turning laps, with plans to continue into darkness. It’s all in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 21.
 
Bourdais, Barbosa Back at Sebring with Fond Memories
 
The last time Sebastien Bourdais and Joao Barbosa raced together in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts back in 2015, they teamed with Christian Fittipaldi to dominate the race in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.
 
They’ve been reunited – now as full-time co-drivers – for the 2020 WeatherTech Championship as co-drivers of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi with the Minnesota-based JDC-Miller MotorSports team. They were busy putting the car through testing paces Wednesday at Sebring but allowed themselves a few moments to reminisce about their big win five years ago.
 
“It’s great memories here at Sebring,” said Barbosa, a two-time WeatherTech Championship Prototype champion. It’s an awesome place, a great racetrack, very challenging. It’s great to be here with JDC-Miller MotorSports and Mustang Sampling, and definitely really good to be with Sebastien Bourdais as well. We had great history together here, we won a race here in a big way, so we’re really looking forward to come back for the Sebring 12-hour race.”
 
“We’ve had a great relationship with Joao,” Bourdais said. “Obviously, 2015 was a bit of a highlight. It was really a pretty amazing race when we managed to lap the field and come out on top. I’ve got a bunch of really, really good memories with a bunch of the guys that are revolving around that program.”
 
Hardwick Using Previous Motocross Experience to Adapt to Wright Porsche
 
Ryan Hardwick made his Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring debut in 2019, co-driving the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with Bryan Sellers and Corey Lewis.
 
That was a mid-engined race car, which Hardwick admits is quite a bit different than his 2020 steed, the rear-engined No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R that he is co-driving for the full WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) season with American Porsche factory driver Patrick Long. But Hardwick believes his previous experience racing motocross has helped him adapt to the Porsche 911.
“Actually, I’m getting my mind wrapped around this Porsche,” Hardwick. “The style in which you have to drive it through the corner and on the brakes suits my personal style from motocross. I’m kind of driving really hard into corners and using the power to rotate it and traction out. I enjoy it.”
 
Nasr Returns for Defense of Race Win and Redemption from Daytona
 
Returning to the legendary Sebring International Raceway in his effort to defend his Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring title is Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr. He piloted the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi all by himself in the Wednesday test session and will be looking to continue the Whelen Engineering Racing team’s success, as the team has finished on the overall podium in each Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring since 2016.
 
“Sebring’s a pretty special one for us. It produces good racing,” said the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion. “We’re trying different things here. We want to come back here come race weekend with a good package on our hands.
 
“We didn’t have the best race weekend at Daytona, so I think it’s redemption time here at Sebring.”
 
Makowiecki Gets Poetic About Sebring International Raceway
 
The Porsche GT Team will be looking to continue carrying its momentum from a double podium at the Rolex 24 At Daytona into the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
 
Frederic Makowiecki is looking for his third consecutive GT Le Mans (GTLM) victory in the Twelve Hours, sharing the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR-19 with season-long co-driver Nick Tandy – with whom he won Sebring the last two years – and new-for-2020 endurance co-driver, Matt Campbell.
 
While all the tracks on the WeatherTech Championship calendar are special, Makowiecki considers Sebring among his favorites.
 
“For me, Sebring is still my favorite race in the USA because it’s like a temple,” said the French driver. “Nothing’s really changed in over 50 years.
 
“I enjoy every lap. It’s so difficult to get the perfect lap. It’s so difficult to be over the limit. You need to be so connected to the track.”
 
Frey Quickly Learns to “Respect the Bumps”
 
Wednesday’s Sebring test session saw some first-time drivers on the historic, 3.74-mile racing surface. One was the newest member of the GEAR Racing team, Rahel Frey. She got her first taste of the Sebring International Raceway in wet conditions while sharing the No. 19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with her more experienced teammates, Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen.
 
“It’s an amazing track,” said the Swiss rookie, who turned her first laps at Sebring a few minutes before lunch. “It’s so much fun and crazy bumpy. Christina and Katherine warned me, ‘Please be a little bit patient. Take your time with the track.’ Everybody speaks about Turn 17 and there’s so much room. You don’t really know where to place your car.
 
“We had some rain earlier on today and it was brilliant. We never know what could happen in the race. I started on rain tires and built some confidence, so ‘check’ on that.”
 
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts is set for Saturday, March 21. The race starts at 10:40 a.m. on CNBC. It can also be streamed on the NBC App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will have coverage available at IMSARadio.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM.
 
Tickets are available now at SebringRaceway.com
History and a chance for glory at one of the most historic tracks on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit is on the line at the 51st annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 12-15 at Gainesville Raceway.
 
A year after celebrating its 50th event, the Gatornationals will be just as big in 2020. With the NHRA celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock during the race, honoring legends who will be in attendance. As part of the yearlong celebration, the event will feature the Hot Rod Junction.
 
The thrilling NHRA Prime Time will take place during the second qualifying session on Friday, ensuring the iconic race will continue to hold its place as one of the most memorable stops during the NHRA season.
 
The legendary track serves as the East Coast opener and it has been a must-see event for decades. With a new racing surface installed a year ago, fans will be treated to another 11,000-horsepower thrill ride. Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are defending winners of an event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. (ET).
                              
Doug Kalitta powered to the top spot in the Top Fuel ranks after the opening race of the 2020 season, claiming the win in Pomona to start the veteran’s year off perfectly. The longtime standout is after his first career world title, as well as his fourth victory in Gainesville, but it won’t be easy. Kalitta will try to take down the likes of back-to-back world champ Steve Torrence, who is after his first Gatornationals win, Terry McMillen, three-time world champ Antron Brown, 2017 champion Brittany Force, Leah Pruett, Shawn Langdon, Austin Prock and Clay Millican.
              
Hight used his fourth win at the legendary facility as momentum en route to his third world championship in Funny Car. He put together the most consistent year in his standout career and will try to top it in 2020 when Hight races against the top names in the loaded class. Jack Beckman won in Pomona to open 2020, while other star contenders include 16-time world champ John Force, Ron Capps, a three-time Gainesville winner, Tommy Johnson Jr., 2018 world champ J.R. Todd, Matt Hagan, Cruz Pedregon, Bob Tasca III, Alexis DeJoria and Tim Wilkerson.
 
Butner claimed his first Gatornationals win in Pro Stock a year ago, fueling a quick start to the 2019 season for KB Racing. It was rival Elite Motorsports who struck first in 2020, as Jeg Coughlin Jr., a five-time world champ, dominated in Pomona. Coughlin, who will retire from full-time racing following this season, will look to keep that going at the historic race against the likes of defending world champ Erica Enders, four-time race winners Greg Anderson and Jason Line, who is also retiring from full-time competition after the 2020 season, Alex Laughlin, Deric Kramer and Matt Hartford.
 
Pro Stock Motorcycle makes its annual debut at the AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, marking the first of 16 events in the highly-competitive two-wheeled class. Hines is the defending race winner, using that to roll to his sixth world title in impressive fashion. Hines, the winningest rider in class history, finished with eight wins in 2019, but he’ll face plenty of challenges this year, including from teammate Eddie Krawiec, a six-time Gators winner, former world champs Matt Smith, Jerry Savoie and Angelle Sampey, and Hector Arana Jr.
 
The event is also the season-opening race for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The race is presented by FuelTech, and the defending winner is Todd Tutterow, who knocked off reigning world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson in the final round. The races also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills, as well as the first race of the 2020 SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown Drag Racing Series season.
 
After Nitro qualifying on Friday, fans can watch the Black Pearl jet car driven by David Douthit. Jet cars are thrust driven propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.
 
For the first time, Tom Bailey and Rod Tschiggfrie will participate in an NHRA Street Car Showdown, making several passes throughout the weekend. Fans won’t want to miss the fastest street car versus the quickest street car showdown.
 
As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers with an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
 
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
 
NHRA fans can take part in the NHRA 101 walking tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Gainesville Raceway will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes. New for 2020, the winner’s circle will be moved to the track surface, allowing fans a more intimate and up-close experience to help celebrate the event winners.
 
While enjoying the Gatornationals, fans who renew their tickets on-site will receive a FREE NHRA Legend mini replica helmet, commemorating NHRA’s historic 70th anniversary in 2021.
               
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, March 14 at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 15.
 
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.
   
 

Wally Brown Racing announces its participation in the 2020 American Flat Track AFT Singles Championship with the signing of Chad Cose as its rider. 

 

Wally Brown Racing is entering the American Flat Track series after an experimental run with Cose at the Meadowlands Mile in 2019. Wally Brown brings over 20 years of competition experience in NASCAR’s top series to this new venture. 

 

“Flat track racing has been a passion of mine for years and I am excited to bring my racing knowledge and experience to the sport," said Brown. "We know Chad is an excellent rider and will produce results. We are ready to get started.”

 

The team will use Suzuki RM-Z 450's with support from American Suzuki to contest the 2020 season.

 

Chad Cose completed the 2019 season with a standout victory at the Black Hills Half-Mile bringing Suzuki back to the top step of the podium after a lengthy win hiatus for the brand. Cose would go on to finish top 5 in the AFT Singles Championship.

 

"I am confident that teaming up with WBR will give me the equipment and resources to make a strong run at the championship," said Cose. "The guys have been working so hard at the shop in North Carolina. It's extremely encouraging to have a group behind me that wants to win as bad as I do and implements that mentality into the work they put in each and every day. The amount of progress and new ideas being put into our Suzuki RM-Z 450s has me excited to get this season started.”

 

Along with Cose WBR will be bringing on Tom Englehart as the team Crew Chief. Englehart has served as Cose's mechanic for several years and has been instrumental in the success the two have shared in their most recent years working together. As a mechanic, Englehart brings with him multiple race wins and podiums across all three AFT classes. He also represents a wealth of flat track knowledge that will play a key role for a new team full of NASCAR experience. 

 

"I'm excited to be working with Wally Brown Racing in 2020," said Englehart. "Wally and his team's  car racing experience brings technology and a point of view full of fresh ideas that we have already been able to collaborate on. As a team we evaluated what needed to improve from 2019. Wally's team has worked all of the off-season making these improvements. I am looking forward to seeing this confirmed on the track week in and week out contending for the AFT Singles Championship". 

 

The team will make its debut at the DAYTONA TT on March 14th as part of the first-ever doubleheader with the legendary DAYTONA 200 at the historic Daytona International Speedway. Just two races later, WBR will have a hometown race in Charlotte, N.C. at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team looks forward to competing so close to its operating headquarters with a full force of support in the grandstands.

 

Team partners include: American Suzuki, Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas, Vance & Hines, Rod Lake, C&R Radiators, Armored Graphics, Race Tech Titanium, Ritchie Reynolds, RASE, Bell Helmets, Rekluse Clutches, Ohlins USA, Motion Pro, NJK, Spectro Oils, Evan Coolant and RM Army.

 

Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader - DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT - at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $35 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online. Get yours at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.R will be attending the 2020 Sonoma Speed Festival with the sole aim of setting a new track record at Sonoma Raceway! The Volkswagen Motorsport team will be making daily runs from May 28-31, 2020, in an all-out attempt to beat the current track record of 1:15.430, set by Esteban Gutierrez in the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 car at the inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival in 2019.

The Volkswagen ID.R currently holds the overall record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill climb as well as the electric car record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The car will be configured specifically for the 2.52 mile, 12-turn road course at Sonoma Raceway and with 670 horsepower being produced by its electrical drivetrain, Volkswagen Motorsport is taking no chances in its efforts to beat the Mercedes Benz-held record. This is an occasion that should not be missed!

Purchase your tickets and catch the Volkswagen ID.R in action from May 28-31, 2020 at the Sonoma Speed Festival!

A handful of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have descended on Sebring International Raceway this week for testing ahead of next month’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.
 
Acura Motorsports was one of the participating groups, bringing its two Acura Team Penske Acura DPis in addition to the two Acura NSX GT3 Evos from Meyer Shank Racing and its sister team, Heinricher Racing in the GT Daytona (GTD class).
 
While Acura didn’t make the podium in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona – the No. 6 Acura DPi was closest with a fourth-place finish in the DPi class – all teams are feeling positive heading into Sebring.
 
After damage from an incident at Daytona resulted in a race car that Dane Cameron compared to “being in a paint shaker,” the No. 6 Acura Team Penske DPi team is ready to smooth things out – at the bumpiest track on the schedule.
 
“We’ve kind of fixed our ‘paint shaker’ from Daytona, even though we’re here at bumpy Sebring, famous for the bumps,” said Cameron, who was joined by Juan Pablo Montoya and endurance driver Simon Pagenaud. “We’re working on tuning the handling here. It’s a big factor of what you have to do, really improve that ride quality in the famous Turn 1 and Turn 17 here, keep all the wheels attached to the road to get the most grip. So far, it’s going well.
 
“We qualified on pole position here last year so I think we have a great hot rod and hopefully the race can go a little bit better and we can get that first endurance win for this Acura Team Penske program.”
 
Seeking redemption after the Rolex 24 is the No. 7 Acura Team Penske DPi of Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor and endurance driver Alexander Rossi. The team was involved in an incident with the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi not even four hours into the race. Castroneves, behind the wheel at the time, expressed intense frustration immediately afterwards, but has since “decompressed.”
 
“We just turned the page, learned a lot obviously during the race even though we were not in contention,” Castroneves said. “Now we keep going. It’s beautiful weather here in Sebring, a lot of cars are practicing as well, so we’re looking forward to do a much better result than Daytona of course. Hopefully be better than last year too, so we’re looking forward to a great race.”
 
Alvaro Parente has returned to the driver lineup for Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian after a one-year hiatus in the No. 57 Acura NSX GT3. He is co-driving alongside a GTD newcomer in Misha Goikhberg. In his most recent season competing in IMSA back in 2018, Parente scored one victory at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in addition to four-runner up finishes sharing the car with then co-driver Katherine Legge. The No. 57 Acura started off its 2020 season with an eighth-place finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
 
“We had a tough start at Daytona, but I think we can only look forward because we’ve got a great structure going on,” said Parente. “Hopefully things are going to go smoother from now onwards than Daytona. It’s always like this in GT racing, you get some really hard races, you get some good ones. It keeps it exciting even though we always want to be at the front.”
 
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts is set for Saturday, March 21. The race starts at 10:40 a.m. on CNBC. It can also be streamed on the NBC App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will have coverage available at IMSARadio.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM.
 
Tickets are available now at SebringRaceway.com.
 

For James Hinchcliffe the 2020 Month of May marks a bit of a homecoming as the Canadian driver returns to Andretti Autosport, the team with which he celebrated his first INDYCAR® SERIES victory in 2013. Hinchcliffe will strap into the No. 29 Honda, carrying Genesys® colors as he enters the GMR Grand Prix, his eighth Indy 500 effort and the Texas 600 in June. 

The 2016 Indy 500 pole sitter, Hinchcliffe, holds a total of 139 INDYCAR race starts, collecting six wins since his 2011 series debut, and counts seven Indy 500 race starts under his belt. Together, through the 2012-2014 seasons, Hinchcliffe and Andretti recorded three INDYCAR victories, 15 top-five finishes and nine front-row starts, including sitting twice on the famed front row of the Indy 500.  

The fan favorite driver announced on Jan. 16 that Genesys, a leading provider of cloud customer experience and contact center technologies, will serve as his primary sponsor at two of INDYCAR’s marquee events. The No. 29 Honda will take on the orange, white and charcoal of Genesys, a company with a major employee presence in Indianapolis and nearly 60 offices worldwide. Genesys technology helps organizations around the globe connect more than 70 billion customer moments each year across voice, text, messaging apps, web chat and social media.  

Hinchcliffe joins five teammates for the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport’s full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES stable of Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNation Honda, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda, 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion), Colton Herta (No. 88 Honda, Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport), Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb Honda, Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti and Curb-Agajanian) and Zach Veach (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda).  

The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge kicks off with practice days beginning Tuesday, May 12, leading to Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying May 16-17. The main event goes green at 12:45 p.m. ET Sunday, May 24, with live broadcast on NBC.  

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com. 

Wiseco power was on full display Saturday night at the Tampa (Fla.) Supercross when Shane McElrath, Chase Sexton, and Jeremy Martin swept the top three spots of the podium as the Eastern Regional 250SX Class opened their portion of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season at Raymond James Stadium. 


 McElrath, whose Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha YZ250F depends on Wiseco’s X2 valves, led all 19 laps en route to the checkered flag and assumed control of the Eastern Regional points by virtue of his seventh career 250SX Class win. 


 The rider of the No. 12 Yamaha transitioned from the GEICO Honda team to Monster Energy/Star Racing Yamaha for 2020. The move looks to be paying dividends and the North Carolina native will sport the red number plate, signifying the series’ point leader next weekend. The 25-year-old pointed to off-season preparation as a key component to his early success following the checkered flag.


 “I really think it’s because everything is still so fresh from the off season,” said McElrath who has won the opening round in three of the last four seasons. “We’ve been working a lot and it shows on a night like this. I’m excited to get back to it. We’ve made a lot of progress, but at the same time, we’ve only had three months of working on things. I’m excited to get back to it.” 


 Defending champion Chase Sexton finished second aboard his No. 1 GEICO Honda CRF250R, while teammate Jeremy Martin, who was the 250SX Class fast qualifier, came home third in his first race back since missing the entire 2019 season with a back injury.  


 “It’s been a long time to be back up here,” explained Martin. “I didn’t expect to be the fastest qualifier, I was just hoping to be top five, honestly, and next thing you know I was at the top of the board. As I was sitting on the (starting) line, even before the main, I was like ‘Dude, you had a job last year at this time. You were working at your buddies’ dealership.’ So, for me, it was cool being back doing what I love. I had a massive, new appreciation. I thought I appreciated racing in the past but I’m truly lucky to be here. I’m looking forward to this second chance. Here we go.”  

For Sexton’s part, the defending Eastern Regional 250 SX Class champion ran near the front of the field for the entirety of the 15-minute-plus-one-lap main event and came out on top in the battle of GEICO Honda teammates. While he ultimately yields the red No. 1 plate, signifying the series’ point leader to McElrath for the next round, the Illinois native has no intention of resting on his laurels. 


 “There’s obviously a little weight that goes along with carrying the No. 1 plate, but, for me, it’s an honor,” commented Sexton. “It’s been a dream since I was little, so I like the pressure. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be red next week, so I’m going to try and get it back. I like running the red plate because it’s cool.


You want to go out and perform for all the people who put in so much hard work. We made big strides this off season, so I want to give it up to my team and I’m looking forward to next weekend.”


 In the premiere 450SX Class, Ken Roczen jockeyed his No. 94 Team Honda HRC CRF450R to his third top three in seven races. Roczen was third- and second-fastest, respectively, in the day’s twin qualifying sessions and went on to win his heat race. Unfortunately, the German-born rider struggled with the gate drop and spent much of the main event trying to catch the leaders. Despite a mid-race fall that undoubtedly stalled his forward progress, Roczen flexed his Wiseco muscle and raced his way back to snare a podium finish. 


 In the end, the Supercross journeyman slipped to second in the title hunt but only four points separate him from leader and race-winner Eli Tomac with more than half the season still in the balance. 
 Roczen’s Team Honda HRC teammate, Justin Brayton, also struggled out of the starting gate but managed to contain the damage and earn a respectable ninth-place finish. 


 “It’s a bummer to lose the points lead but there’s a whole lot of racing left, and overall I’m happy with how my day went,” said Roczen. “I was pretty consistent throughout the day – I just didn’t get the starts I needed. I lifted my body up too much, so I was a bit deeper in the pack and had to work my way up to the front. Then, ultimately, I tucked the front (end) off the triple, which cost me a lot of time. I’m still happy to be back on the podium. I appreciate being up here because on weekends like last weekend, when I’m far away from it, it’s not so nice. No red plate for right now, but I’ll keep trying to fight back for it and keep a positive mindset.”


 Monster Energy AMA Supercross makes its traditional visit to the Dallas Metroplex this weekend when the best riders in the world return to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The eighth of 17 races on the 2020 schedule will be televised live on NBCSN Sat., February 22 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific. -

By Sean Brennen, Monster Energy Supercross Wire Service

 

This past weekend 80 Supercross racers in two divisions competed inside Raymond James Stadium on a man-made, custom designed track of challenging jumps, bermed turns, and a deep, beach-sand section that threw their race bikes in unpredictable directions. There's really no aspect of Monster Energy Supercross that isn't extraordinary.

 

So when the promoters of a sport like Supercross team up with a world-renowned organization like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, it should be no surprise that that partnership is extraordinary as well. When St. Jude first partnered with Supercross in 2017, there was no detailed road map, just two unique organizations coming together to see what was possible while also supporting St. Jude ambassador and four-time Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey.  

 

In 2020, the partnership includes a “This Shirt Saves Lives” text-to-donate campaign, an online auction that is fully supported by the Supercross community, and a specially-themed race aptly named “This Race Saves Lives”, which took place on Saturday in Tampa, Florida.   

 

For the Tampa race, athletes and teams incorporated St. Jude patient-inspired artwork into their riding gear and motorcycle graphics. These one-of-a-kind, race-worn items were collected after the race and will join the crown jewel of the 2020 auction: A Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. street bike that was ridden to Sturgis by five-time Supercross Champion and NBC Sports expert commentator, Ricky Carmichael. Both the text-to-donate campaign and online auction (stjude.org/supercrossauction) will remain open through the final round in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 2.  

 

Round seven also brought forward a new points leader as Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac grabbed his 30th career win and the title points lead in front of 46,173 fans. Shane McElrath also dominated in the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship.   

 

450SX Class Results, Tampa, Florida

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki

2. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM

3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda

4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha

5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda

6. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda

8. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki

9. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda

10. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna

 

450SX Class Championship Standings

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (155)

2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (151)

3. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (144)

4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (135)

5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (128)

6. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (118)

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (106)

8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (103)

9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda (93)

10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (91)

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results, Tampa, Florida

1. Shane McElrath, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha 

2. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda

3. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Honda

4. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki

5. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Kawasaki

6. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna

7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda

8. Joey Crown, Metamora, Mich., Yamaha

9. James Decotis, Huntersville, N.C., Suzuki

10. Jo Shimoda, Irvine, Calif., Honda

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

1. Shane McElrath, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (26)

2. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (23)

3. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Honda (21)

4. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (19)

5. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Kawasaki (18)

6. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (17)

7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda (16)

8. Joey Crown, Metamora, Mich., Yamaha (15)

9. James Decotis, Huntersville, N.C., Suzuki (14)

10. Jo Shimoda, Irvine, Calif., Honda (13)

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