Archive for February 27th, 2017

Hats Off for Capitani

CONCORD, N.C. – February 27, 2017 – The World of Outlaws extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Capitani.

Capitani was instrumental in growing the sport of Sprint Car racing, and more significantly, in the overall growth and development of the legendary Knoxville Nationals.

“Ralph was a visionary promoter in the Sprint Car racing world,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “I enjoyed the opportunities I had to learn while working with him. We will miss him.”

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TAG Heuer Extends Strengthened Carrera Cup Partnership

Swiss Watchmaker Begins 2017 as Adelaide Event Partner

Porsche Cars Australia and TAG Heuer are delighted to announce the continuation of their long-standing partnership, with TAG Heuer as the Official Watch of the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia championship for the next two seasons, kicking off as the series’ Event Partner at this weekend’s Clipsal 500.

The iconic Porsche series will feature the Swiss watchmaker on the windscreen of every Carrera Cup car in Adelaide, along with continuing as the naming rights partner for many of the series’ properties – Pole Position Award, Fastest Lap Award, In-Car Camera and the Elite Class.

TAG Heuer will also continue to award a selection of timepieces from its Carrera range to the best performing Carrera Cup drivers at the conclusion of each season. The brand awarded eight watches to Carrera Cup drivers at the 2016 Awards Night with a combined retail value close to $70,000.

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Kumpen Finishes 22nd After Wild PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (February 27, 2017) – Two-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen had an impressive showing in his second career race at the Daytona International Speedway, battling for a top-10 finish in the closing laps of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at the wheel of the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro fielded by Precision Performance Motorsports. His run was unfortunately stopped 15 laps short by a multi-car incident, which the Belgian caught while running in the front pack. Front-end damage forced Kumpen to retire to the garage and finish the PowerShares QQQ 300 in the 22nd position.

In what was only Kumpen’s second-ever race on a 2.5-mile superspeedway, Kumpen proved how effective the NWES Road to Daytona program is in providing NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ drivers with the best opportunities to race in NASCAR in the U.S. and all the tools to battle with the sport’s best drivers. Kumpen utilized this experience to avoid an onslaught of incidents and race solidly in the top-15 throughout much of the 300-lap event.

“It was great,” said Kumpen. “We survived the big one in the first stage and we kept a good pace, managing our car as planned for the rest of the race to be there at the end. We have been in the top-10 and we were working for the final dash to the checkered flag, but we got caught in that multi-car wreck. It is unfortunate, but it happens. It’s part of racing at Daytona and I am really happy because we did a great job and we had a blast! The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is doing something amazing with its program. It is the place to be to have chances like this and I can’t thank NASCAR, NWES, Whelen and all the partners enough for the Series and the program.”

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15th “Sokola Shootout” Opens USAC/CRA at Perris Saturday

A tradition dating back to 2001 celebrates its 15th running Saturday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway as the “Sokola Shootout” opens the 2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship.

The event honors the memory of former USAC and CRA Sprint Car competition director Gary Sokola and his son Mark, who competed in numerous USAC events as a driver. Inaugurated at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz., the event returns to The PAS Saturday.

Tony Jones won the 2001 inaugural, while Jeremy Sherman (2002-2003), Cory Kruseman (2004), Rickie Gaunt (2005 & 2009), Mike Kirby (2006), Damion Gardner (2010 and 2014), Mike Spencer (2011), Nic Faas (2012), Bryan Clauson (2013 and 2016) and Richard Vander Weerd (2015) have been fortunate enough to inscribe their names in the record books as “Sokola Shootout” Champions. The event was not presented in 2007 or 2008.

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Davison Returns for Carrera Cup Title Tilt

Championship runner-up plans to go one better in 2017

Former Porsche Carrera Cup Australia champion and reigning runner-up Alex Davison is eager to go one better this season when lining up for new Porsche team, President Limo Racing.

Following the departure of series champion Matt Campbell to Europe, the Queensland-based Davison returns as one of the firm favourites to claim the 2017 title, 13 years after he was last crowned Carrera Cup champion.

Davison enters this weekend’s Clipsal 500 as one of two winners of the Adelaide round in the field – Davison won on the parklands circuit in 2012 while Nick McBride enters the event as defending round winner.

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