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Lime Rock Park Bolsters Staff with Two New Hires, Gears Up for Exciting 2018 Season

Stephen Berner Joins Staff As Director of Marketing & Business Development, Marlane White Hired As Public Relations & Communications Manager

LAKEVILLE, CONN. (Feb. 19, 2018) – Lime Rock Park, the historic motorsports venue in beautiful Litchfield County, Conn., is pleased to announce two key hires for its Marketing Department. Stephen Berner has been tapped to lead the Park’s Marketing team as Director of Marketing & Business Development. Additionally, Marlane White has joined the team, serving as Public Relations and Communications Manager. Both will work to further spread the Historic Park’s story.

With a background in Motorsports Publishing and Ad Agency New Business, Berner will be leading Lime Rock’s Marketing and Communications efforts, working with the Executive team to onboard sponsors and partners.

White comes to Lime Rock Park with more than 20 years of relevant communication experience, specializing in the travel and tourism sectors. At Lime Rock, she will oversee content delivery tasks, focused on sharing information on the Park’s digital media streams such as

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TULSA, Okla. (February 19, 2018) A longtime supporter of Sprint Car racing around the Gulf South area, Texas-based has joined with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour as the series presenting sponsor in 2018.

“My employees are very much motor-heads and they go to American Sprint Car Series events, and people who use our products are involved in racing with the American Sprint Car Series, so because of that, we decided to get into it because it was a good proving ground,” commented Owner and CEO, Chris Luke.

Taking the place of MAVTV, which remains as a Team Lucas supporter of the American Sprint Car Series with 13 dates of racing to show in 2018, the addition of will also see heavy involvement with the series broadcasts.
Elaborating on his early dealing with ASCS Teams, Chris continued, “We were able to bring products to the track, get them into people’s hands, and get honest feedback on our products but we actually found it was some of the greatest people we’ve ever worked with so we’ve just continued to expand.”

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2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour Season Opener Could be Most Talented Field in Series History

Mooresville, NC 2/19/18 – The first ever CARS Tour race in 2015 at Southern National featured 36 cars with some of the top names in the region competing. Fast forward to the upcoming Do The Dew 150 on March 10th at Tri-County Motor Speedway, and all indications show that the 2018 season opener could outdo that inaugural event.

Headlining the list of early pre-entries are defending CARS Tour champion Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports, 2016 CARS Tour champion Deac McCaskill, and making his CARS Tour debut, four-time and defending NASCAR All American champion Lee Pulliam. The Semora, NC driver has never raced at the Hudson, NC track but is looking forward to the challenge and competing on the CARS Tour circuit.

“I’m really excited to be making my CARS Tour debut at Tri-County. The last time I raced a CARS race, was 2013 when it was still the Pro Cup cars, that race was $10,000 to win and I ended up in victory lane, so it would be nice to pick up where I left off,” noted Pullium. “I’ve never raced at Tri-County but have watched some videos and I’m really looking forward to getting on track there. It seems to be a place that has multiple grooves, which as a racer you really enjoy because it allows you to move around throughout the race to find speed and fix any handling problems you might have in your car. With a limited schedule this year, I’ve got a lot of emphasis on this race and making it our goal to end up in victory lane at a CARS Tour race.”

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Cary Berry-Smith Set to Lead ASCS Frontier Region in 2018

TULSA, Okla. (February 19, 2018) The sixth season of racing is on the horizon for the Brodix ASCS Frontier Region with the series’ first female Competition Director taking charge for a lineup of 26 confirmed dates across Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming with three awaiting confirmation.

Cary Berry-Smith, who has been involved in Motorsports for nearly a decade in aspects ranging from driver, publicist, and promoter has taken on the role of Competition Director. This marks the first time a woman has taken charge full-time of an ASCS sanctioned series.

“The simple answer is that I’m really excited to get this opportunity,” commented Berry-Smith, who is the Supervisor of Student Media at the University of Wyoming when she’s not at the races. “I really think dirt track racing in this region has a lot of potential; especially Sprint Cars. Their dynamics just make them so exciting, and that’s something that we can really use to expand to a wider variety of fan.”

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Guaranteed Starter Races Announced for Granite State Pro Stock Series

Seekonk, MA. – A joint announcement centered on guaranteed starting positions for the 3rd annual U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model race this summer, has been announced by Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) President Mike Parks and Race Promoter Gary Sagar.

The Northeast’s Premier 200-lap Pro Stock/Super Late Model race, paying $10,000 to win, is scheduled for Wednesday night, July 18, at Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA.

The joint announcement indicated the winners of the June 24th 50-lap race at the New England Short Track Showdown, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, in Loudon, NH, and the 100-lap July 6th race at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, will secure starting positions for the mid-summer event.

“We are happy to once again partner with (Promoter) Gary Sagar for this prestigious event,” said GSPSS President Mike Parks adding,” We expect a large field of competitors for these two races.”

The two New Hampshire races will follow a guaranteed starter event at Maine’s Wiscasset Speedway, slated for Saturday, June 30.

Both Park’s and Sagar will be available to answer questions at next weekends Mainely Motorsports ‘Racin Preview’ in Portland, ME

Sources: Mike Parks/GSPSS PR

TAG Heuer Pro-Am field Set for 2018 Carrera Cup Championship

TAG Heuer Pro-Am field set for 2018 Carrera Cup championship

This season’s TAG Heuer Pro-Am field will be one of the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship’s most competitive since the series’ 2003 introduction.

Carrera Cup’s class for semi-professional drivers will consist of 13 racers, creating a 50/50 split between the Pro and TAG Heuer Pro-Am classes, for which all but one driver has previous Carrera Cup experience.

Headlining the 2018 driver line-up is returning champion Stephen Grove, one season after the Victorian claimed his second TAG Heuer Pro-Am title.

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Courtney Checks Out for 2nd Straight “Winter Dirt Games” Win in Ocala

Ocala, Florida………In the spirit of the Winter Olympic games, Tyler Courtney’s performance on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park could only be described as flawless – even coming from the Russian judge.

No, you won’t find any triple axels or double lutzes in his 30-lap performance, but you will find the precise execution of a race where nary a single wheel was turned wrong lap-after-lap on his way to a commanding USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win, his second in as many nights at “Winter Dirt Games” in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation – Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

“I think it handled even better tonight,” Courtney revealed.  “We were able to go pretty much anywhere I put it.  Hats off to Tim (Clauson) and the guys.  They’ve worked their tails off since the week after the Chili Bowl leading up to this.  This is the least I can do to repay those guys for the hours and the blood, sweat and tears that go into this.  This is a really a good way to start off the year.  Obviously, it’s early, so you can’t really worry about points, but it definitely puts us in a good spot heading into Lawrenceburg.”

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King Gator: McCreadie Puts on a Clinic En Route to Big Gator Victory

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 17, 2018 – Brandon Sheppard sailed to his first victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series 2018 season on the final night of the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals. The Rocket 1 Racing driver, of New Berlin, IL, stole the lead from Mike Marlar on lap 14 and never looked back. Similar to one night prior, Chris Madden waited until the end to make a serious charge for the lead but settled for second once again. Marlar collected his best finish of the week landing third. It was ultimately, Madden who wrangled the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship.

Abbreviated World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Results:

Craftsman Club Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [5]; 2. 44-Chris Madden [3]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [2]; 4. 7-Rick Eckert [18]; 5. 1r-Josh Richards [7]; 6. 1x-Chub Frank [27]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal [10]; 8. 17M-Dale McDowell [11]; 9. 9-Devin Moran [19]; 10. 39-Tim McCreadie [24]; 11. 25-Shane Clanton [23]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [4]; 13. 0-Scott Bloomquist [1]; 14. 18c-Chase Junghans [16]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [9]; 16. 54-David Breazeale [17]; 17. 14m-Morgan Bagley [28]; 18. 2c-Joey Coulter [22]; 19. 31-Tyler Millwood [6]; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson [29]; 21. 75-Colton Flinner [30]; 22. 20-Jimmy Owens [13]; 23. 40B-Kyle Bronson [12]; 24. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [14]; 25. 72-Mike Norris [20]; 26. 116-Brandon Overton [25]; 27. 5-Don O’Neal [21]; 28. 49-Jonathan Davenport [15]; 29. C8-Timothy Culp [8] 

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Ocala USAC Sprint Results: Feb. 17, 2018

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.900; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.033; 3. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.094; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.241; 5. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.249; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.274; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.275; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.312; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.343; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.375; 11. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.375; 12. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.412; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.439; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.458; 15. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.482; 16. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.483; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.492; 18. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.675; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.707; 20. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.860; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.863; 22. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.887; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.924; 24. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.007; 25. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.078; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.330; 27. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.355; 28. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.271.

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Axalta Strengthens Presence In Sport, Returns As Official Partner

Multi-Year Agreement Makes Axalta ‘Official Paint Partner of NASCAR’; Axalta Has Long History of Success Driving Business in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 17, 2018) — NASCAR and Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), announced today a multi-year agreement making Axalta, once again, the “Official Paint Partner of NASCAR.”

“Our affiliation with NASCAR runs deep,” said Charles Shaver, Chairman and CEO, Axalta. “We were the Official Finish for nearly 20 years before taking some time to strategically develop our program. Today, with this new agreement, we can grow our reach and leverage partnerships throughout the sport for business development opportunities with like-minded companies who need or use coatings. Motorsports represents all the things we see in ourselves; teamwork, high performance, a drive to be better, and winning!”

As part of the partnership, Axalta joins the NASCAR Fuel for Business Council®, bringing together an exclusive group of more than 50 Official NASCAR Partners to buy and sell products and services from one another. Axalta develops, manufactures and supplies coatings to nearly anything with wheels, along with thousands of industrial applications that exist throughout the world. Nearly anything that needs paint for protection, weatherability, durability or an enhanced appearance will have use for Axalta’s highly engineered products.

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Florida is Sunshine’s State After Winning “Winter Dirt Games” Night 2

Ocala, Florida………The evolution of Tyler Courtney’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past few seasons.  In 2016, he broke into the win column for the first time.  In 2017, he had a career-high five series wins.  For 2018, the next logical step would be to contend for a series title.

Although the season is admittedly early, Courtney took a big leap toward that goal after a dominating performance Friday on night two of “Winter Dirt Games 9” at Bubba Raceway Park as he drove his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/Priority Aviation – Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy to the front on lap three and led the remaining 28 laps to score his first victory for the team in their new sprinter.

Ocala has been a battleground that has proven to be a thorn in Courtney’s side throughout his career.  Four of his five starts at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track coming into Friday had resulted in finishes of 11th or worse.  After a rough start a year ago and an equally tumultuous beginning on Thursday night, the Indianapolis, Indiana native licked his war wounds and arrived in a new frame of mind, a trait he said he didn’t possess at this point last season.

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Ocala USAC Sprint Results: Feb. 16, 2018



USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.297; 2. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.358; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.389; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-14.410; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.500; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.538; 7. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.562; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.605; 9. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.620; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.678; 11. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.679; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.683; 13. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.688; 14. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.717; 15. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.741; 16. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.752; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.768; 18. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.800; 19. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.806; 20. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.808; 21. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.840; 22. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.904; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.076; 24. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.272; 25. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.304; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.403; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.493; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.586; 29. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-15.810.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bilbee, 2. Bacon, 3. Cummins, 4. Leary, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Petrozelle, 7. Carlsson, 8. Clem. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Windom, 4. Short, 5. Stockon, 6. Clouser, 7. Simon. 1:59.36

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Courtney, 2. Chapple, 3. Swanson, 4. Grant, 5. Seavey, 6. Martin, 7. Mattox. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Schmidt, 2. Darland, 3. Thomas, 4. Andretti, 5. Aitken, 6. Bell, 7. Helt. 2:05.16

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Seavey, 2. Stockon, 3. Aitken, 4. Clouser, 5. Mattox, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Martin, 8. Bell, 9. Carlsson, 10. Simon, 11. Helt. 3:12.52

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. Kyle Cummins (6), 6. Dave Darland (10), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Chad Boespflug (12), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Justin Grant (13), 12. Mario Clouser (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (19), 16. Logan Seavey (8), 17. Kody Swanson (16), 18. Landon Simon (23), 19. Kent Schmidt (17), 20. Isaac Chapple (21), 21. Brandon Mattox (22), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Garrett Aitken (18). NT


**Clem flipped during the first heat. Andretti flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Leary, Laps 3-30 Courtney.







NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-153, 2-Windom-142, 3-Courtney-131, 4-Cummins-128, 5-Stockon-125, 6-Grant-117, 7-Leary-115, 8-Boespflug-113, 9-Ballou-110, 10-Short-108.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: Feb. 17 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”


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New Sponsorship Has Matt Clement Primed for Breakout Season at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing for three full seasons in Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model division, Wethersfield native Matt Clement heads into the 2018 season armed with two new sponsors.  Clement’s #59 machine will carry sponsorship from Elmo’s Dockside Restaurant in Vernon and Aquatic Wildlife in South Windsor for the 2018 season and those sponsorships will give the #59 team a huge boost.

“The sponsorships are going to be huge for us,” said Clement.  “As long as I’ve been racing the main issue for us has been spending money on new tires.  With our new sponsors, we’ll be able to make sure we have good tires to last the entire season so we can try to race to the front every week and maybe get our first win.”

In addition to the new sponsors, Clement and his family owned #59 team will continue a relationship they began in 2017 with Jay Stuart working on the chassis setup.  Clement already noticed a difference in his car’s performance last season and the combination of new sponsors and Stuart working on the chassis have Clement excited about his prospects for the 2018 season.

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Stockon Strong in “Winter Dirt Games” Night 1 Victory

Ocala, Florida………Strong finishes lead to strong beginnings in the case of Chase Stockon.

After finishing last season with two USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National victories in the final four races, the 29-year-old Fort Branch, Indiana racer has seemingly carried the momentum gracefully into the new year, winning the season opener for the series Thursday on night one of “Winter Dirt Games 9” at Bubba Raceway Park.

When the proverbial ball gets rolling downhill, the last thing you’d think you want to do is change it up, but Stockon felt he had to stay ahead of the game rather than play it safe and stand pat. Now what’s old is new and what’s new is working splendidly for Stockon and his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer – Angle Buildings/DRC/Fisher Chevy.

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Ocala USAC Sprint Results: Feb. 15, 2018



USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.750; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.915; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.981; 4. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.007; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.077; 6. Nick Bilbee, 2E, Epperson-14.145; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.174; 8. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling-Hayward/RCR-14.286; 9. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.341; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.386; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.395; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.406; 13. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-14.407; 14. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.411; 15. Kody Swanson, 3R, Rock Steady-14.411; 16. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.431; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.436; 18. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-14.443; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-14.452; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.500; 21. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.591; 22. Coleman Gulick, 14, Scorpion-14.669; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.699; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.731; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.804; 26. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.980; 27. Johnny Petrozelle, 59, Petrozelle-15.055; 28. Slater Helt, 22s, Helt-15.151; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.535; 30. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.129; 31. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT

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Vahlco Wheels Signs On For Short Track Super Series 2018 South Region Awards

MILLSBORO, DE — Competitors on the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region will have another incentive to pass cars in 2018.

Vahlco Wheels has signed on to reward the Hard Chargers at all STSS Velocita-USA South Region Modified events, in addition to the competitor passing the most cars throughout the season.

At each STSS South Region event beginning Saturday, March 17 at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway, the Hard Charger (driver passing the most cars from their scheduled starting position to the finish of the main event) will receive a $50 certificate toward the purchase of a Vahlco wheel.

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Eleven Brands Took Part in The Bop Test at Valencia

The TCR Balance of Performance test took place on Tuesday and Wednesday at Valencia’s Circuito Ricardo Tormo, where TCR and FIA technical staffs worked together for the first time.

The eleven brands represented appointed their own test drivers to set up the cars before the official TCR testers Daniel Lloyd and Gianni Morbidelli took over to go through the BoP programme.

The list of test drivers includes: Mario Ferraris in the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Rahel Frey in the Audi RS3 LMS, Josh Files and Esteban Guerrieri in the Honda Civic 2017 and 2018 cars, Gabriele Tarquini in the Hyundai i30 N, Mike Halder in the KIA C’eed, Mikhail Grachev in the LADA Vesta, Alexander Heil in the Opel Astra, Aurélien Comte in the Peugeot 308, Franjo Kovac and Alex Morgan in the Renault Mégane, Jordi Gené in the SEAT León and Dieter Depping in the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

After all cars went through the scrutineering, the programme was equally split between track testing, checks of the centre of gravity and on the rollers of the BAPRO dynamometer bench.

All cars are running on the minimum weight of 1265 kilograms, including the driver.

On Tuesday afternoon Morbidelli was involved in a high-speed crash at Turn 1 while driving one of the Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane cars; the incident was caused by a broken brake duct; the car was badly damaged and the Italian driver was treated at the circuit’s medical centre for bruises at his right foot.

The Italian was fit to drive again on Wednesday, when the test came to an end without any other issues.

The results of the test will be unveiled by mid-March and they will dictate the BoP for all the TCR series worldwide including the new WTCR.

Daniel Lloyd: Consistency was our priority

Daniel Lloyd, one of the two official drivers appointed for the Balance of Performance test was excited by the opportunity to drive all the cars.

“Yes, it was nice to drive all the cars and see the differences between them. We were busy with the programme set up by the TCR Technical staff, especially because we had to deal with so many different manufacturers. I think we did a good job and went through everything that needed to be done. It was crucial to get used to each car very quickly. We had five or six laps on used tyres and then switched on new tyres, trying to be fast and consistent. Consistency was the priority. It was not a matter of setting the fastest lap, but of going through the same process with all cars: warming the tyres, respecting the track limits, set a consistent and steady pace.”

It was also Lloyd’s first time with the Yokohama tyres. “I was impressed. The big thing is their consistency, never mind the model of the car. They performed well and in the same way. They warmed up in the same time and set the fastest lap on the same lap. The second flying lap was always the quickest. And then they remained consistent despite it was quite cold and we didn’t use warmers. There were no punctures, nor other issues.”

Gianni Morbidelli: back at the wheel after the accident

After the unfortunate incident occurred on Tuesday when the Renault Mégane he was driving failed to brake at the end of the pit straight, Gianni Morbidelli returned at the wheel on Wednesday, completing his duty as one of two TCR official tester for the BoP.

“It has been a very interesting experience, because it’s very rare to be given the opportunity to drive so many different cars. And it was even more interesting to me, as I have been racing in TCR during the last three years. I was able to discover some of the cars driven by my competitors. I’m not providing the details, but for sure I had a few surprises,” the Italian said.

“Working on establishing an effective Balance of Performance is very difficult when you have so many different cars that have similar technical specifications but come from different designs. However, the TCR technical staff is very experienced and then we must keep in mind that this was only the first step to fix a BoP for the beginning of the season. Then it will be refined race weekend after race weekend according to the track results.”

Just to give some figures, Morbidelli drove six different cars on Wednesday, covering more than 80 laps or approximately 320 kilometres.

The TCR and BAPRO partnership continues

For the second consecutive year BAPRO provided one of its chassis dynamometers for the Balance of Performance test at Valencia, continuing the partnership with TCR that was inaugurated last year at Adria.

The bench produced by the Italian company is based on rollers inertia and performs power tests. The cars are placed on the rollers and after a brief warm up is it launched in a controlled acceleration. This enables to measure dissipation of power, shaft-power, shaft-torque and the boost pressure.

New facelift for the Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR car sported the new 2018 facelift in Valencia.

The German car has been significantly modified compared to the 2017 model, with new front bumper, front fenders, front and rear lights, front wheel housing and wire loom.

“Our customer teams that ran the 2017 model last year are given the option to continue with that or upgrading it to the 2018 facelift,” explained Eduard Weil, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport Customer Sport.

WTCR – Team WRT and Comtoyou Racing to run Audi cars

Two teams will represent Audi Sport customer racing in the new WTCR: Comtoyou Racing and Team WRT, for a total of six Audi RS3 LMS cars.

Team WRT – one of the most successful Audi customer teams in GT3 racing since 2010 – will prepare two cars for the triple British Touring Car champion Gordon Shedden and the 2017 TCR International Series champion Jean-Karl Vernay. Both drivers are awarded Audi Sport driver status.

Comtoyou Racing will field four cars for Frédéric Vervisch – an Audi Sport driver as well – Aurélien Panis, Denis Dupont and Nathanaël Berton, the 2016/17 champion in the Trophée Andros ice racing series.

“We look forward to the strong competition in the new series, which is an attractive stage for many manufacturers in touring car racing,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Our teams and drivers bring valuable experiences from touring car racing and other disciplines to the grid, so we intend to battle for the titles in the drivers’ and teams’ classifications.”

V-Action to race Alfa Romeo Giulietta cars

The V-Action Racing Team announced that it will field two Romeo Ferraris-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR cars during the 2018 season.

Following nine successful years in the Abarth Trophy, the Italian team is now considering programmes in the TCR Europe and the TCR Italy.

Team Manager Daniele Vernuccio explained: “I am pleased to continue our cooperation with Romeo Ferraris. We are currently working on finalizing a programme, either in Europe or in Italy, with professional drivers who are also experienced in Touring Car racing. Our goal is to be competitive from the very beginning and fight for the title. We are proud of racing Alfa Romeo cars and we dream of reviving the success the brand enjoyed in the past.”

TCR Scandinavia

Johan Kristoffersson re-signs for KMS

Kristoffersson Motorsport announced that the 2017 World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson will take part in the TCR Scandinavia series; he will be joined by rookie Hugo Nerman. They will be at the wheel of Volkswagen Golf GTI cars.

In 2017 Kristoffersson was not able not compete in the full season due to three clashes with the WRX and was eventually classified fourth in the Drivers’ standings with six race wins.

“Last season, I only tested about half a day. Now we get the chance to do the preparations we need and it was definitely a criterion for driving this year,” said Kristoffersson.

The 18-year-old Hugo Nerman is the reigning champion in the Formula STCC. “After testing a TCR car last year, I made the decision that TCR Scandinavia was the right series for me to build a professional career,” he said.

The series will kick off at Ring Knutstorp on 4 and 5 May.

Pirelli World Challenge

Hyundai TCR cars for Bryan Herta Autosport

Bryan Herta Autosport announced at the Chicago Auto Show that will field two Hyundai i30 N TCR cars in the new TCR class of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge.

The team, a two-time Indy 500-winner has signed veteran Pirelli WC drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis.

“Hyundai is thrilled about the prospects for our new N branded racing team competing in the TCR class of Pirelli World Challenge,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer, Hyundai Motor America.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our new relationship with Hyundai N in this highly competitive TCR class,” said Bryan Herta. “We’re more than confident we can leverage the strength of Hyundai’s racing and performance groups to great success in the 2018 season.”

The Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car division will compete in six doubleheader weekends, beginning March 23-25 at the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas.

Sources: TCR PR

Cassandra Cole to Build on Rookie Season in Stafford’s SK Lights

Stafford Springs, CT — After racing Legend Cars from 2014-2016, Westbrook native Cassandra Cole made her debut in the SK Light division at Stafford Motor Speedway last July. Cole made 9 starts over the final 11 races of the 2017 season in her #09 MAWC Accounting machine, posting a best finish of 10th on August 4th.  Cole used her time to get acclimated to a new style of car and racing and the team managed to get her #09 car faster week by week and by the end of the season, Cole found herself in the top-2 on the speed charts during practice sessions.

“I feel confident coming into this season,” said Cole.  “I gained a lot of knowledge last year and learned a lot every event.  We gained some speed each week and our main goal was to have fun, not wreck the car, and try to be faster than we were the previous week.  We’re going to keep on trying to learn and we’re going to run for points so we need to be consistent and not wreck the car, but that’s what everyone wants to do.  It seems like last year we were always in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I feel like we’ll have a better shot at getting into the top-10 this year because last year I wasn’t that confident with the car.  We’d be happy with top-10 finishes this season but we’d really love it if we could get into the top-5 or even in the top-3 on the podium.  A podium finish would be awesome because then I’d be able to give a shout out to all my sponsors who have helped me get to this point.”

In making the move from Legend Cars to the open wheel world of SK Light racing, Cole had to learn a new car, how to race against new competition and also contend with racing around the half-mile Stafford layout for the very first time.

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Modified Racers Have 45,833 Reasons to Head South for Georgetown Melvin L. Joseph Memorial

GEORGETOWN, DE — Modified competitors have 45,833 reasons to tow to Delaware next month.

The Northeast Modified opener is set for Friday-Saturday March 16-17 at Georgetown Speedway with the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial. On Saturday, the main attraction is the 49-lap event for the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco, the first of eight events on the Velocita-USA South Region.

STSS big-block/small-block Modified competitors will battle for a massive total purse structure of $29,789 – the largest payout so far for the division at Georgetown.

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FloSports Expands Racing Coverage with Super DIRTcar Series on FloRacing

FloSports enters exclusive multi-year agreement with DIRTcar Racing to air Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified events.

AUSTIN, TX — February 13, 2018 — FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, today announced a multi-year agreement with DIRTcar Racing to exclusively live stream Super DIRTcar Series events, including Super DIRT Week, one of the largest motorsports events in the country, on FloRacing, as well as the FloSports app on iOS, Roku and Apple TV 4.

As part of the agreement, FloSports will air 20 nights of racing accounting for over 100 hours of live coverage, including 12 regular season Super DIRTcar Series events, as well as NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLVII in its entirety, featuring all cars and classes from Oct. 3-7, 2018, at Oswego Speedway. Additionally, FloSports will stream the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified portion of the World of Outlaws World Finals on Nov. 1-3, 2018, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“Each year, hundreds of thousands of passionate and dedicated fans attend Super DIRTcar Series events,” FloSports SVP Rights and Acquisition Strategy, Adam Fenn, said. “As one of the leading motorsports sanctioning bodies in the world, our partnership with DIRTcar Racing will spotlight racing teams and drivers on a whole new level. Combining our in-depth storytelling with up-to-the-minute news coverage, racing fans have unprecedented access to this series, its drivers and the ongoing coverage and context that threads the season together and makes it compelling.”

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Lubbock Wrecker Service Named Title Sponsor of DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals

DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 13, 2018) – With the 2018 racing season at Dodge City Raceway Park rapidly approaching, Lubbock Wrecker Service has signed on as the title sponsor of the Second Annual DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals.

The $3,000-to-win Second Annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals is set for June 15-16 atop the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval in Southwest Kansas.  All Saturday, June 16, “A” Main starters will earn at least $600.

The event pits the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars versus the United Rebel Sprint Series with all variety of invaders from surrounding states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado and more expected as well.

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DIRTcar Nationals Tuesday’s Program Rained Out

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 13, 2018 -Night eight of DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park has been rained-out due to combination of heavily saturated grounds and an extended rainstorm that hit the area on Tuesday and a forecast of continued rain well into the evening.
The Super DIRTcar Series will begin their portion of DIRTcar Nationals on Wednesday, Feb. 14th.
The final portion of the DIRTcar Racing Late Model program will be canceled and not made up. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will begin their four-day program at DIRTcar Nationals on Wednesday, Feb. 14th.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Details for the 2018 Icebreaker

Season opener set for April 6-8

Thompson, CT (February 13th, 2018) – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) revealed details about The Icebreaker, which will feature eleven divisions in the 44th running of this great tradition.

“For the past 43 years, the Icebreaker has marked the beginning of the stock car racing season in New England. This year’s rendition has even more excitement with the addition of the Valenti Modified Racing Series, giving race fans an additional 50 laps of wheel-to-wheel excitement. We look forward to welcoming our loyal fans and racers back to Thompson to begin our 78th season.” explained Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP.

The 2018 season of racing kicks off Friday, April 6, with a Test & Tune day. On April 7-8, the New England stock car racing season will open with eleven divisions on the Icebreaker card, which is headlined by The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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JJL Motorsports Unveils New Website Ahead of 2018 Truck Series debut

SHERRILLS FORD, N.C. – With the start of their 2018 racing season inching closer, officials from JJL Motorsports announced today that the organization has launched a new informative website showing the team and its capabilities.

The No. 97 team will make their 2018 debut at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in the Feb. 24 running of the Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Currently, the team has eight to 10 Truck Series race circled on the calendar, but that schedule could increase as the season progresses.

“We’re excited about the new JJL website and 2018 program were building in the Trucks and ARCA,” said team principal Jason Little. “We wanted to launch something clean and effective, but also have a permanent and easy source for all of the capabilities that JJL has.

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NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace’s Journey to First DAYTONA 500 to be Featured on Facebook Watch

‘Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace’ to Premiere February 15; Rookie Set to Become First African-American Driver in DAYTONA 500 Since 1969 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2018) — As Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. prepares to make history in the 2018 DAYTONA 500, fans can follow his inspirational journey to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace,” a new docu-series coming soon to Facebook Watch.

The first episode in the original series will post on Thursday, February 15, NASCAR Digital Media and Facebook announced today. Fans can view the trailer and add the show to their Watchlists by following the Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace show Page.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, Wallace will become the first African American since 1969 to drive in NASCAR’s most iconic race, the DAYTONA 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

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Formula Race Promotions Opens 2018 Registration

Salem, NH – Race entry for the 2018 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series season is now open, as Formula Race Promotions is now accepting entries for its 2018 seven-weekend season, which starts at Road Atlanta, April 21-22.

Competitors can look forward to an early season entry discount, available for those registering for all races before March 1.

“We’re making it as easy as possible for teams and drivers to register for our 2018 seasons, using our web-based registration system developed by our sanctioning body USAC Racing,” commented Robert Wright and Al Guibord, co-owners.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross Comes to Lydden Hill for 2018 Season Finale

Home of Rallycross to play host to America’s finest rallycross racers

Los Angeles, CA (February 13, 2018) — After months of speculation, Lydden Hill has been confirmed as the venue for the double-header season finale of the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) on October 27-28. The birthplace of rallycross will welcome some of the finest rallycross racers from across the pond, together with a number of select ‘wildcard’ entries as the UK takes on the USA for the first time in Red Bull GRC history.

“Bringing Red Bull Global Rallycross to Lydden Hill’s historic venue makes perfect sense for the series’ long-awaited return to Europe,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Our teams and drivers are looking forward to battling it out for the championship on the circuit where the sport first began, so fans will be sure to see some of the most intense racing of the year over this double-header weekend.”

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Windom Fastest in Winter Dirt Games Practice

Ocala, Florida………Reigning USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Chris Windom led all 30 drivers on practice night of “Winter Dirt Games 9” by recording the fastest lap of the night at Bubba Raceway Park.

Windom, of Canton, Illinois, put his Baldwin Brothers Racing machine right at the top of the leaderboard with an unofficial lap of 13.601, which was under the existing one-lap track record of 13.683, set by Justin Grant during qualifying one year ago. Windom was followed by Dave Darland (13.671), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13.700), Justin Grant (13.784) and Jarett Andretti (13.817) in the open practice.

Also of note, in the numerical oddity department, four drivers: Nick Bilbee (10th), Timmy Buckwalter (11th), Isaac Chapple (12th) and Mario Clouser (13th) all recorded identical times of 14.013 around the 3/8-mile D-shaped oval.

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DIRTcar Nationals Night 7 Recap

Davenport Scores First Gator at DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL- Feb. 11, 2018- Jonathan Davenport dominated the first night of Late Model competition at the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park by leading flag-to-flag for all 30 laps of the feature event. Davenport smiled from ear-to-ear holding his first ever Gator trophy in Victory Lane at the historic half-mile.

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Fremont Speedway Puts the FAN in Fantastic during 67th Season

FREMONT, Ohio – Fremont Speedway will put FAN in fantastic during “The Track That Action Built’s” 67th anniversary in 2018. Nearly every Saturday there will be activities for the track’s great fans in addition to the entertaining racing featuring the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 winged sprints; Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 winged sprints; Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks; and the McCullough Industries 602 Late Models.

“Our schedule emphasizes fun for the entire family. There will be themes for families to get involved along with recognizing Fremont Speedway’s rich racing heritage,” said Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer.

“Of course we will still do the kids trophies each week and thanks to the Tackle Box 2 give away a bicycle each week. We will continue to offer low food prices and kids 10 and under still get in free each week. Racing is a fantastic family experience and much more affordable than most people think,” added Shelly Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter.

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