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Zach Holden and Brandon Dixon Score Wins at VIR

Alton, VA – Zach Holden won in F1600 competition while Brandon Dixon scored the win in F2000 on Sunday afternoon at VIR.

F1600: Holden Pulls Off Sunday Sweep

Alton, VA – For the second race in a row, and on the same day, Zach Holden took the lead on the last lap and his second victory in three starts on the season-opening weekend of the F1600 Championship Series at VIR. Holden took his No. 96 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda to the win in a late Sunday afternoon race at VIR following his morning performance. He crossed the line with a margin of .02 seconds, just a few inches, over Team Pelfrey’s Jonathan Kotyk while Matthew Cowley finished third.

“The last lap was pretty hectic. There were three of us very close down the back straight. We were all going for a spot,” said Holden. “I knew I wanted to be second coming out of the last corner, and I drafted and passed him down the front straight. It was almost a little late but we got him.”

Kotyk was denied a comeback victory in the No. 81 Team Pelfrey machine. 

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F1600: Holden Wins Race 2

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Alton, VA – Zach Holden won the second F1600 Championship Series race of the VIR weekend as the leaders scrambled coming out of turn 17 to pass a slower lapped car at VIR on the last lap coming to the checkered flag. Holden would take his first F1600 win in the No. 96 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda ahead of Matthew Cowley and Lance Fenderson.

“I kind of had a plan to pass Jonathan (Kotyk) on the last straight, but a curve ball happened when he made contact with the lapped car,” said Holden. “I went to the outside, he went to the inside; I didn’t make contact and he did, and I came out in front.”

Team Pelfrey’s Cowley finished second in the No. 80 Mygale/Honda.

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F2000: Palacio Scores First Win on Last Lap

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Alton, VA – Nicolas Palacio started on pole but only led a single lap, leading across the finish line to score his first career F2000 Championship Series victory in the season-opener at VIR. Palacio lost the lead on the start from pole to Reece Everard, who gapped the field but had mechanical problems on the last lap coming out of the last turn, with Palacio charging to the victory by just two tenths of a second.

“I didn’t know what to think,” said Palacio. “He pulled away and did a good job. I was driving with a flat-spotted left front with a bad vibration the entire race. We managed to hang in there and I was trying to hang on to second. I saw Reece slowing on the last lap and I kept my foot in it.”

Palacio gets a chance for a sweep on Sunday at VIR, as he starts on pole again.

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Atlantic: Last Lap Move Gives Portante VIR Win

Alton, VA – Peter Portante passed David Grant on the outside down the backstretch at VIR on the last lap for the win in round two of the 2017 Atlantic Championship Series season. It marks Portante’s first Atlantic win in his second start for K-Hill Motorsports in an action-packed race. David Grant finished second and Saturday winner Keith Grant completed the podium as the three leaders diced for the race win.

Portante started second and fell back to third in the only going, only to mount an assault, moving past Keith Grant and then passing David Grant for the lead on lap 10.

He led a few laps before David got past again.

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Atlantic: Keith Grant Wins with Third to First Move on Restart

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Alton, VA – Keith Grant won the season-opening Atlantic Championship Series race on a wild restart with four laps to go at VIRginia International Raceway on a hot Saturday afternoon. Grant was sitting third in his No. 40 Polestar Swift 016, and when David Grant and Peter Portante went wide while battling for the lead in turn one on a restart, Keith Grant dove inside taking first place and the win at VIR. Portante finished second with David Grant in third.

For Keith Grant, it was an anonymous race until late in the going. He started second and ran second for most of the 22-lap race, eventually getting passed by a charging Portante. However, a full course caution packed the field and changed everything, giving the 2015 Champion the first win of 2017.

“I was definitely in the right place at the right time today,” said Keith Grant. “David had me before the caution came out. I was fortunate for the caution to come out and have both of them go for it in one.”

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F1600: Kotyk by .02 Seconds for the Win

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Alton, VA – Jonathan Kotyk, coming out of the final corner at VIR, got the run he needed to win by a nose for Team Pelfrey, beating Zach Holden to the line by .020 seconds with Lance Fenderson another .050 seconds back in a thrilling three-wide finish in the first race of 2017 for the F1600 Championship Series.

“It’s a really great feeling. This is my first car race, I just moved up from karts,” said Kotyk. “I just can’t thank everyone enough. I definitely learned a lot and I think we’ll have a good car tomorrow.”

Kotyk led most of the way in an exciting two car battle with K-Hill’s Lance Fenderson as the two broke away from the F1600 field.

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Sundaramoorthy, Palacio and Grant to Start P1 at VIR

Alton, VA – Yuven Sundaramoorthy, Nicolas Palacio, and David Grant will each start first in the Saturday F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series season-opening races from VIR after an exciting day of Friday qualifying sessions.

F1600: Cowley Goes Fastest, Sundaramoorthy to Start P1

Alton, VA – Matthew Cowley led the way in late Friday afternoon qualifying from VIR in the No. 80 Team Pelfrey entry, taking his Mygale/Honda to the top of the time sheets to score pole for the F1600 Championship Series season opener. However, a penalty from Thursday will cost the rookie two grid positions, promoting Yuven Sundaramoorthy to the first starting position alongside David Osborne.

Cowley turned in a quick time of 1:59.475 in the 30-minute qualifying session, fastest, but a mistake on Thursday that saw him turn a lap after the checkered flag will push him back to third. Cowley makes his F1600 debut this weekend at VIR, but is no stranger to Formula F competition, having run the last two years in UK competition.

A late flying lap in the final moments of the session sent Sundaramoorthy vaulting up the timesheets for second place, ultimately netting him the first-place starting spot heading to turn one on Saturday afternoon in the No. 13 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda.

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Holden, Everard, Grant Lead VIR Practice

Alton, VA – Zach Holden, Reece Everard and David Grant led the first practice sessions of the 2017 F1600, F2000 and Atlantic seasons, respectively, at VIR on Thursday.  


After 30 minutes of green flag track time, it was Zach Holden with the fastest free practice lap for F1600 Championship Series competitors in the first session of the 21-race, seven-weekend 2017 season held on Thursday afternoon at VIRginia International Raceway.

Holden’s best lap of 2:00.813 set the mark ahead of both of his K-Hill Motorsports teammates, Yuven Sundaramoorthy and Lance Fenderson, who like Holden, are making their pro Series debuts this weekend in the USAC-sanctioned F1600 Championship organized by Formula Race Promotions.

Holden started on a local level, karting in 2007 and amassing multiple Championships around the way; and most recently competing in Rotax karts.

The drivers are benefiting from recent running at VIR as the team took part in a regional event at the track earlier in the month, with Holden taking a victory.

With three K-Hill cars in the top three spots after the first practice session, the team is putting together a solid title defense with 2016 Champion, Neil Verhagen, off to RedBull’s Formula Renault program in Europe.

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F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Season Opener Preview

Formula Race Promotions is set to start its 2017 season this weekend at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA with the opening rounds of the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. New drivers, more cars and a new sanctioning body in USAC Racing make up the big stories going into the four-day race weekend at the 17-turn VIR.

In the F1600 Championship Series, top teams like Team Pelfrey and K-Hill Motorsports are returning with multiple entries for the 21-race 2017 season.

2016 Champion Neil Verhagen from K-Hill has been signed by the Red Bull Junior Team and has moved to Europe to drive Formula Renault.

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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.


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.


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.


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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