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2017 Garage Pass – Dylan Estrella

Mar 7, 2017 — This week for garage pass I drove out to meet up with Dylan Estrella and his dad, Barry, at their garage in Berkley, MA. Dylan has been going to the shop where his Everett’s Auto Parts Late Model is now garaged since a very young age and surprisingly he wasn’t always into racing. Being one of the most well-known names of the new generation at Seekonk Speedway you would think that racing has always been his number one goal. After a while it grew on him and he has become a force to be reckoned with; numerous wins in numerous divisions and championships to match, Dylan and his entire crew (and family!) are looking forward to showing everyone in 2017 that they are not backing down and are hungrier than ever for another championship.

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CARS Tour Event Preview March 11: Circle Trackhouse 200 – Concord Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Circle Track Warehouse 200 – Concord Speedway
3 PM – March 11, 2017

MOORESVILLE, NC (March 7, 2017): After a short offseason, the CARS Tour kicks off their third season this weekend March 11th at Concord Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. This marks the first time in the tour’s history that another track besides Southern National will host the season opening event. Plenty of offseason changes occurred for both the competitors and the fans watching above. Kids twelve and under are now free in the grandstands, discount advance ticket options and VIP upgrades will be available each race, and more fan fest opportunities to meet the CARS Tour drivers on track and in person headline the list of fan initiatives leading into the first race. On the competition side of things, traditional single car qualifying and traditional 100-150 lap green flag races will be the standard; while group qualifying and duel races will take place at times on the 2017 schedule. The most intriguing new formats will be knockout qualifying and live pit stops for position races that will be in place to kick things off this weekend at the ultra-fast triangular shaped Concord Speedway. With more opportunities to win than ever, pit stop strategy now a factor, and some of the tightest competition to date expected throughout the year; the 2017 season has something for everyone and all the potential to be the best season to date.  

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway “Facebook Live” Talk Show Keeping Off-Season Fun

“Let’s Talk Racing!” show has made over 330,000 Facebook impressions since December

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The winter months are usually not much fun for stock car racing fans in the Northeast, but Devil’s Bowl Speedway in snowy Vermont is changing that.  A weekly live talk show called “Let’s Talk Racing!” – airing every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook’s “Live” video platform – has kept fans and racers engaged in an upbeat, interactive program through positive use of social media.

Track promoter Mike Bruno and media director Justin St. Louis host the one-hour show on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s official Facebook page.  Since debuting on December 15, “Let’s Talk Racing!” has become a place to discuss news and information at the Rutland County facility, but the show has not been limited in its focus.  The hosts have a list of topics, but viewers are encouraged to have an active part in the show by posting questions and comments during the broadcast.  Several drivers have been guests, and a few episodes have been broadcast live on location from drivers’ race shops and garages.  The planned guest for Thursday, March 9, is Lyle DeVore, promoter of Howard Commander’s famed Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedways in New York State.

The show is free to watch and participate in.  Production is extremely low-budget – no money has been spent to date, in fact – and the show is simply streamed via cell phone camera.  Through its first 12 weeks, “Let’s Talk Racing!” has gathered an average weekly audience of nearly 3,000 unique viewers and well over 330,000 impressions on Facebook via shares, likes, and comments.

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FRP Announces VIR Opening Event Format

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) will kick off the 2017 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 seasons with a huge spectator event at VIR. The opening weekend for the USAC-sanctioned Championships is now set to run over four days, from Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30.

FRP joins the Pirelli World Challenge, also sanctioned by USAC Racing, at VIR for this major event weekend, with official practice sessions kicking off on Thursday morning. All three FRP Series will roll onto the track on fresh Hoosier Racing rubber.

“Our competitors asked for bigger events in 2017, so we responded by adding three of them,” said Bob Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners of Formula Race Promotions. “We are partnering with Pirelli World Challenge at VIR, SVRA at Indy, and for the season finale with Trans-Am at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Three spectator events rounds out a full seven weekend season of racing with an exceptional amount of total track time.”

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12

Track: Streets of St. Petersburg, 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit (clockwise) through downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

Race distance: 110 laps / 198 miles

Entry List:  Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 150 seconds of total time with a max time of 15 seconds.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate

Twitter: @GPSTPETE, @IndyCar, #FirestoneGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.gpstpete.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

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Gdovic Looks to Secure TCR Middle East Championship in Bahrain

Sakhir, Bahrain (March 7, 2017) – TCR Middle East points leader Brandon Gdovic returns to the Middle East March 8-10, 2017 to secure the championship in Race 5 and 6 of the six-race series. Gdovic will contest this new series as the first and only American in these front-wheel 330hp, 2.0L turbo engine Volkswagen Golf TCR for Liqui Moly Team Engstler on the 3.36-mile course of the Bahrain International Circuit.

The TCR Middle East is a brand-new regional series extending the successful and popular international TCR racing format. In the inaugural races, held in conjunction with the 24h Series and the 24h Proto Series, Gdovic made a name for himself by securing a win and two podium finishes. This success put him and Liqui Moly Team Engstler on top of the driver and owner points standings. He continued his string of solid finishes in Race 3 and 4 at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, maintaining the points lead.

“I am hoping to finish off the last race weekend of the TCR Middle East Series strong and come home with a championship,” said Gdovic. “I have maintained the points lead throughout the entire championship and hope to hold onto it for the end of the most important weekend. It has been fun getting to race in the TCR Series with Liqui Moly and Team Engstler and I look forward to getting them this championship!”

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Red Bull Global Rallycross to Debut at Thompson Speedway June 3-4

Los Angeles, CA (March 7, 2017) – For the first time since 2013, Red Bull Global Rallycross will stage an event in New England with a brand-new doubleheader at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Red Bull Global Rallycross New England will host two separate championship rounds on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.

“New England is traditionally one of rally’s most prominent regions in the United States,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We’re greatly looking forward to our debut event at Thompson Speedway, a track well-known for treating its fans well and producing exciting action. It was a top priority for us to bring our unique Red Bull GRC action back to New England this year, and we look forward to entertaining some of the most passionate race fans in America.”

Located west of Providence and south of Worcester, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park combines easy access with a pristine New England setting. The Red Bull GRC New England track will use portions of both TSMP’s oval and road course, with the start, finish, key passing zones, and signature 70-foot jump all in front of fans. Starting from the center of the oval and working clockwise, drivers will charge off of the line into the oval and a wide right-hand first corner, before returning to the infield and facing the dirt and jump. Cars will then enter the road course portion, which includes a Joker Lap expected to significantly shorten lap times.

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