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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.
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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!
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. -
A Unique Partnership Between Fighters, Fast Racers and Brave Kids Battle Real World Challenges Together
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)