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APEX Driving Events Brings 2017 Circuit Schools to New England’s Top Tracks with High Performance Driver Training from World-Class Motorsport Professionals

APEX Driving Events Opens Registration for 2017 Circuit Schools, Making Stops at Famed Road Courses in New England and Beyond

Boston, MA (March 14, 2017) – APEX Driving Events is proud to open registration for its 2017 Circuit Schools, providing motorsport enthusiasts access to New England’s best road courses with individualized instruction from APEX’s team of handpicked professional racing drivers.

APEX’s 2017 Circuit Schools make stops at famed tracks including Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, CT), Watkins Glen International (Watkins Glen, NY), Palmer Motorsports Park (Palmer, MA), Thompson Speedway (Thompson, CT) and is expanding to the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) which has been widely regarded as one of the top racing circuits in the U.S. Annually, VIR hosts events for the top tiers of sports car racing in the US including Pirelli World Challenge and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Championship.

“APEX is fueled by a true passion for motorsports and it’s very exciting to be back for another season,” said APEX Driving Events Founder, Daniel Bloom. “In 2017, we are introducing new tracks and events for driving enthusiasts to learn the limits of their high-performance machines and improve as drivers by learning from our highly-accomplished racing professionals.”

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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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Baiz Eyes Championship in Sophomore Season

Martin-McClure Racing announced Hunter Baize as the driver of their No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota Camry earlier this month. The Bremen, KY driver has high hopes for his second NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. The deal came together after Eric McClure contacted Baize with a couple of races remaining last season.

“We hope to win a championship,” Baize said. “I think that we’ve built a team that can. I think taking what I learned the last year, taking their success, I believe we’ll be a contender at any race we enter and I think we’ll be around in the championship discussion.”

The team had 3 wins in 12 races. Chad Finchum scored their first victory at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway.  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie Austin Cindric won at Virginia International Raceway ( VIR) and Watkins Glen (NY) International.

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Verhagen, Reid and Grant Win on Sunday at VIR

Alton, VA – Neil Verhagen, Bob Reid and David Grant won in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic, respectively, on Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway to close out the 2016 Formula Race Promotions season.

F1600

Neil Verhagen capped his F1600 Formula F Championship Series 2016 season with a Sunday morning victory at VIRginia International Raceway. The No. 3 K-Hill Motorsports driver underscored his Championship-winning season with a last lap pass for the win at VIR, taking the victory by .011 seconds head of Calvin Ming with Peter Portante finishing third in another K-Hill car.

“It was about race strategy to put myself in the best position for the end of the race,” said Verhagen, who also won Friday’s race at VIR.

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Verhagen Wins on Friday at VIR

Alton, VA – Neil Verhagen won an exciting Friday evening F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at VIRginia International Raceway. After taking the white flag three wide, K-Hill’s Verhagen emerged to win by a few car lengths after a race-long all-green-flag battle among four cars on the F1600 Championship finale weekend in Virginia. It is one step closer to the title for the F1600 points leader. Kaylen Frederick and Phillippe Denes followed for Team Pelfrey.

“I made a move on Phillippe on the last lap. I looked back on the straight and saw him and Kaylen battling, so I had the gap,” said Verhagen, who drives the No. 3 K-Hill Mygale/Honda and is coming off a dominating victory at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. “It’s been a great week.”

Frederick led a handful of laps for Team Pelfrey in the No. 80 PilotONE Racing entry, and finished second by mere inches to teammate Denes.

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Portante, McCusker and Norman Win at VIR on Saturday

Alton, VA – Peter Portante, John McCusker and Ryan Norman won in F1600, F2000 and Atlantic, respectively, on Saturday morning at VIRginia International Raceway. In addition, Neil Verhagen won the F1600 Formula F Championship Series title with a strong second place finish.

F1600

Another close F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at VIRginia International Raceway saw Peter Portante claim the victory by inches in penultimate round of the 2016 season. Neil Verhagen clinched the 2016 title with a second place finish. Portante fought off K-Hill Motorsports teammate Verhagen and Phillippe Denes, of Team Pelfrey, in a three-car fight to the checkered flag coming off turn 17 at VIR.

“It was obviously a good race,” said Portante, who drives the No. 24 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda. “Everything was good, the car was good per usual. I’m super happy with the result. If we can’t cross the line three-wide it’s not really an F1600 race.”

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Bamford and Grant Lead Friday Practice

Alton, VA – Steve Bamford led practice in both F1600 and F2000 while Keith Grant was fastest in Atlantic practice on Friday at VIRginia International Raceway for the third Formula Race Promotions event of the 2016 season.

F1600

Trenton Estep lead opening F1600 Formula F Championship Series practice by .032 seconds over Road Atlanta victor Peter Portante, one of two 30-minute F1600 practice sessions held on Friday at VIR. Estep’s Exclusive Autosport teammate Ben Auriemma led opening practice from Watkins Glen earlier this year. Estep’s lap checked in at 1:59.170..

Watkins Glen winners Calvin Ming and Phillippe Denes were third and fourth respectively, ahead of a strong performance from Hans Ada in the No. 33 ahead of the triple-header race weekend for F1600 at VIR.

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.
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Scanlan and Bamford Win in Masters Class at VIR

Alton, VA — It was an exciting weekend at VIR for the F1600 Formula F Championship Series that paired last minute charges to the finish line with constant shuffling among drivers. Masters Class drivers were very much in the mix of the frenzy that occurred at the front of the field. At the end of the weekend Mike Scanlan and Steve Bamford were on top of the podium in the Masters Class, with Bamford winning race three of the weekend outright.

Masters Class competitor Scanlan, driver of the No. 2 Spectrum/Honda, finished first place in race one in the Masters Class followed by Art Foster in second. Finishing in third was Lewis Cooper III.

Scanlan started the race in fifteenth position, only to advance eight positions to finish in seventh place overall and first in the Masters Class.

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Bamford Around Megennis at the Line

Alton, VA – Steve Bamford waited until the last second to pull out of line heading to the checkered flag at VIR to beat Robert Megennis by .056 seconds for his second career F1600 win to close out the triple-header weekend. Megennis barely missed his first victory for Team Pelfrey, while Austin Mack watched from third in front of a closing Art Foster.

“The race was up and down as Scott Andrews and I touched just coming out of five and six and dropped me to mid-pack,” said Bamford. “I had to climb my way through but there were a bunch of incidents that allowed me to start making up places.”

The race was changed dramatically with three laps to go when Skylar Robinson, Ben Auriemma and Thomas McGregor as well as a number of other contenders were either sidelined or shuffled back after a series of moves in the first few corners on the 17-turn track.

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Andrews Wins at VIR with Last Lap Move

Alton, VA – Scott Andrews took his fourth F1600 Formula F Championship Series win in a row, and second in two days at VIR going from third to first on the last lap. The Australian further extends his points lead with his fifth win in eight races, beating Ben Auriemma to the finish by .067 seconds. Andrew Hobbs finished third in the eighth race of the 2015 season.

Andrews battled off a trio of Pelfrey teammates in the closing stages of the race, as the lead group of F1600 cars wound itself down to five cars over 14 green flag laps.

“I was on the radio to the team asking for help with the yellow (Pelfrey) cars,” said Andrews, driving the No 94 Spectrum/Honda for Exclusive Autosport. “Thanks to everyone on the team and Spectrum for believing in me.
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Cane and Andrews Fastest in F1600 Practice

Alton, VA – After two practice sessions for the F1600 Formula F Championship weekend at VIR on Friday, Jordan Cane was able to put down the fastest time of the day with a time of 1:58.694. Second fastest for the day was Scott Andrews who had a time of 1:59.065, followed by was Ben Auriemma with a time of 1:59.184.

This marks a good start to Cane’s first points paying race weekend of the 2015 season. Cane’s original appearance in the series was at the pre-season race in Palm Beach where he led laps in his No. 81 Mygale/Honda for Team Pelfrey.

Andrews, who had the fastest lap in practice one, had to settle for second in practice two. The Australian born driver of the No. 94 car has done very well so far in the 2015 season. Andrews has had three wins out of six races this season and has been able to earn a spot on the podium every race giving him the Championship lead six races into the 21-race season.
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Sargeant’s Next Step

Dalton Sargeant will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015 for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. A newcomer to stock cars, Sargeant made 21 Late Model starts in North Carolina and Virginia this season.

“We’ve actually been talking to everyone at HScott Motorsports for a few months now,” Sargeant said. “They were aware of when we were racing Late Model stock cars and kept an eye out. From there, we had a few conversations, but it wasn’t until we started racing Super Late Models that they were really interested.

“After the Snowball Derby, and with some help from partners that we will be able to announce at a later date, we were able to put together a package for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It’s really exciting to be able to compete with such a great race team and the people they have are second to none, six months ago I would’ve thought this opportunity was well out of reach, but very thankful they’re taking a chance and a gamble on me in 2015.”

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Little Eager for Nascar K&N Pro Series Stop at Virginia International Raceway

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (August 13, 2014) — After posting a top-5 finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s first road course race of the season, held last weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway, reigning Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Jesse Little, heads into this weekend’s race at Virginia International Raceway with confidence on his side.

Little, who had to start at the rear of the field at Watkins Glen due to adjustments made to the car after qualifying, charged through the field to post one of the strongest runs of the race.

“We had a great NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet at Watkins Glen and showed we’re capable of chasing a win at the road courses,” Little said. “Going into this weekend’s Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway we’re planning to unload a similar set-up to last week and then take it to the front again.”
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2014 K&N East Schedule Announced

Florida Swing Kicks Off 16-Race Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a Florida doubleheader and covers a combination of historic short tracks, NASCAR national series combination events and a pair of road courses.

The East portion of NASCAR’s top step on its developmental ladder will cover 16 events and culminate with the finale at the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway.

New additions to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule include the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – followed by the return to Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle At The Beach – as well as running the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

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