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Rossi Wins at Watkins Glen as Championship Tightens

WATKINS GLEN, New York (Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017) – Alexander Rossi completed a dream weekend with a win in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen. Josef Newgarden endured a nightmare incident in the race that leaves the Verizon IndyCar Series championship battle wide open for the 12th straight year heading to the season finale.

Rossi won the 60-lap race at iconic Watkins Glen International from the pole position on the same weekend it was announced he would return to Andretti Autosport next season in a multi-year deal along with sponsor NAPA Auto Parts. The 25-year-old Californian led a race-high 32 laps and drove the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda across the finish line 0.9514 of a second ahead of four-time Watkins Glen winner Scott Dixon.


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“What They’re Saying” from the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “We fought for the best finish we could today in the Menards Chevrolet. We were really prepared for a wet race, and if it would have been run in the rain, I think we would have been tough to beat. But we just had too much downforce to run in the dry and make up the ground we needed to. Still, everyone on the team did a good job to finish ninth and we come out of Watkins Glen still in the hunt for the championship. We know what it takes to win at Sonoma and that’s what we’ll be fighting for (in Sonoma).”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was kind of an eventful day for the DeVilbiss Chevrolet team. I felt like we were in a good position until that final pit stop. No excuse for it. It was my fault. I saw Will (Power) leave right in front of us and I just locked it up and slid over into the wall. Then Sebastien (Bourdais) got into the back of me. It’s unfortunate, but there’s nothing I can do about it. We’ll go to Sonoma in a couple of weeks and race for it.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Hitachi Chevy was so awesome today, and it was a great job by the No. 3 car guys. We were really fast out there – it’s been a long time since I was able to go flat out through the carousel in the race, but we were doing that today. We had some issues on the black Firestone tires, but we were able to recover and really pushed hard there to finish fourth. I feel really bad for Josef (Newgarden) with his incident. It’s unfortunate for the team, but it’s mixed feelings for me because it tightens up the championship. We definitely have a good chance heading into Sonoma and I feel really good about our setup there. We’ll be ready to go for it and finish strong.”

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Rossi Speeds to First Career Pole with Late Glen Heroics

WATKINS GLEN, New York (Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017) – Alexander Rossi’s weekend of great news continued today when he won the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.

A day after it was announced he would return to Andretti Autosport next season in a multi-year deal along with sponsor NAPA Auto Parts, Rossi clocked a dramatic last lap of 1 minute, 22.4639 seconds (147.119 mph) on Watkins Glen International’s high-risk, high-reward permanent road course. It was the fastest lap in the Firestone Fast Six, the third and final round of knockout qualifying, to earn Rossi the first pole position in his 32-race Verizon IndyCar Series career.


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“What They’re Saying” from INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Qualifying

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s a little disappointing for sure not to advance to the Firestone Fast Six. We’ve been quick here in the Menards Chevrolet all weekend and I’m not sure exactly why, but we just couldn’t find that same speed in second round qualifying. Starting 12th, I think we’ll have the opportunity to move up quickly tomorrow, and with weather as a factor, you never know what can happen. We’ll be working hard to get the best result we can, for sure.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “I’m not sure that any of us on the DeVilbiss Chevy team thought we’d be in that fight for the pole, but we certainly were. I think we had the pole car. Unfortunately, I messed it up in Turn 9. I feel awful about that and I’ll beat myself up over it for a bit. I think we’re in a good spot for the race tomorrow, though. If we get the weather everyone is calling for, then I’m not sure that anyone knows the best place to be. You would think it’s at the front, so I hope that’s right.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “Overall, we’re proud of qualifying in the top six in the Hitachi Chevy. We thought we were looking pretty good making our way through qualifying, and once we got into the Firestone Fast Six we just didn’t have it, especially on the black tires. We know we have a fast car and we are definitely still in the fight there with the other championship contenders. We just need to be smart in the race tomorrow and handle whatever comes our way so we can be there fighting for the win in the end.”

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Dixon Finds Familiar Place Atop Watkins Glen Practice Chart

WATKINS GLEN, New York (Friday, Sept. 1, 2017) – Scott Dixon continued his mastery of Watkins Glen International, leading this afternoon’s second practice for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen with the fastest lap of the day.

A year after pacing every practice session, winning the pole position and leading 50 of 60 laps on his way to victory, Dixon topped the end-of-day speed chart on the iconic road course. The driver of the No. 9 NTT Data Honda sped around the 11-turn, 3.37-mile circuit in 1 minute, 22.6187 seconds (146.843 mph) – less than a tenth of a second off the track record he set in capturing the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying in 2016.

“Just really enjoy it,” Dixon said of Watkins Glen. “It’s a fun place, man. It’s extremely fast. It’s definitely some pretty high-risk situations.

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“What They’re Saying” from INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen practice

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “We made a few changes to the Menards Chevy and we made some gains in the second session today. I think we are getting closer. But it looks like weather is going to play a factor this weekend so we have to keep an eye on that and figure out the best way to adjust. I feel good about the direction we are going.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a good day for the DeVilbiss Chevrolet team. I think there are still some things to find and some room to grow. The pace of the car is good, but the differences are so small in the Verizon IndyCar Series. You can’t leave a stone unturned. If you do, then you’re behind. We’ll continue to look at the data and collect all of the information from my teammates. It’s important to have it ready for qualifying tomorrow, so that’s what we’ll do.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “We were really happy with the Hitachi Chevy in the second practice session. We made a lot of improvements from the morning. We ran into a little traffic and we had a little incident where we went off track briefly, but after we came in and looked at the car we actually went faster so it was all good. I’m really looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.”

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INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday Sept. 1 – Sunday, Sept. 3

Track: Watkins Glen International, an 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Race distance: 60 laps / 202.2 miles

Entry list: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race.

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IMSA Finalizes Cooperation Agreement with WSC for TCR International

Officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and World Sporting Consulting (WSC) as the rights holder for TCR today confirmed plans for a TCR class to begin competing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge beginning in 2018.

The Touring Car Racing (TCR) class will run in addition to the two existing Continental Tire Challenge classes, Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) next season. All TCR cars are front-wheel drive with four or five doors produced by mainstream automotive manufacturers. In the Continental Tire Challenge, TCR cars will come from manufacturers with relevance in the North American market.

“We began our due diligence process on the potential introduction of the TCR platform more than a year ago, and formally announced that we were exploring the concept last year,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “We engaged our automotive partners and teams throughout the discovery process and determined that TCR would be an attractive addition to the Continental Tire Challenge. We are pleased to work together with WSC CEO Marcello Lotti and Sporting and Series Director Nunzia Corvino to introduce what we believe will be a popular class to IMSA fans and participants.”

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NBCSN to Broadcast Championship Stretch Runs

Showcase for NASCAR K&N Pro East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Titles

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2017) – NASCAR fans are watching Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott battle in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series week in and week out, and NBCSN will again be the showcase of the next crop of drivers following in their path.

NBC and NASCAR announced today the remainder of the 2017 broadcast schedule, which will capture the championship races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

The next NBCSN broadcast will be Thursday, April 27, and will showcase Harrison Burton’s first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Bristol Motor Speedway from this past Saturday. Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver and current NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton, and is a member of the current NASCAR Next class.

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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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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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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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INDYCAR News and Notes — Sept. 1, 2016

1. Enerson confirmed for final two races with Coyne: Dale Coyne Racing confirmed that RC Enerson, who made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in impressive fashion a month ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, will drive the team’s No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda in the final two events of the season – this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen and the Sept. 16-18 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

CLICK HERE: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen entry list

Enerson was quick from the outset during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio race weekend, posting the seventh-best lap in a pair of practice sessions and clocking the fastest race lap of any Honda driver, when he finished 19th after going a lap down midway through the event after he ran out of fuel coming into the pits.

The 19-year-old Floridian, who started this season in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, is eager for the challenge of Watkins Glen International after testing on the 3.37-mile permanent road course Aug. 11.

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INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 4

Track: Watkins Glen International, an 11-turn, 3.37-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Race distance: 60 laps / 202.2 miles

Entry List: INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate

Twitter: @WGI @IndyCar, #INDYCARGP, #IndyCar

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2010 race winner (most recent event): Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara-Honda)

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Watkins Glen


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Buescher Wins First Race, Snaps Front Row Motorsports’ 118-Race Winless Drought

Chris Buescher scored a surprise win at Pocono – his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory – after the race was called for fog. The last time a first-time winner visited Victory Lane was in 2014 when AJ Allmendinger triumphed at Watkins Glen International – the site ofSunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (2:30 p.m. ET on USA).

Although he won, Buescher still has some work to do to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Last year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series champion sits 31st in the points standings, six points behind David Ragan for 30th. Coincidentally, Ragan was the last driver to win for Buescher’s Front Row Motorsports team – 118 races ago at Talladega. Also, Ragan helped Buescher get his career off the ground by setting him up with living arrangements, signing him to his Legends car team as a development driver and connecting him with Roush Fenway Racing.

Buescher, 23, is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie to win a race since Joey Logano visited Victory Lane at New Hampshire in 2009.

If Buescher reaches the top 30 in points after Richmond, he will become the first Sunoco Rookie since Denny Hamlin in 2006 to make the Chase. He has a good chance at making up some of that ground this weekend. His first NASCAR national series victory came at a road course – the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio in 2014.

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Watkins Glen F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Sunday Report

Watkins Glen, NY – Calvin Ming, Steve Bamford, and Ryan Norman won Sunday F1600, F2000 and Atlantic races at Watkins Glen International, while Phillippe Denes took top honors in the third and final F1600 race of the weekend.

F1600 Morning Race

Calvin Ming won the morning F1600 race at Watkins Glen on Sunday in the No. 82 Team Pelfrey Mygale, leading the final two laps of the timed event to the checkered flag ahead of Neil Verhagen and Saturday winner Phillippe Denes in an action-packed round five of the 2016 season. Steve Bamford won the Masters Class with a fourth place finish, ahead of Max Mallinen in fifth place.
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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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F1600 Watkins Glen Masters Class Report

Watkins Glen, NY – During rounds four, five and six of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series Steve Bamford picked up Masters Class wins in both races one and two while Jim Goughary walked away the win in race three. The weekend at Watkins Glen was a competitive weekend for F1600 with lead changes and close finishes making up the storyline starting with race one up until the finish of race three.

Within the F1600 championship is a class all its own, the F1600 Masters Class. To be eligible for the Masters Class drivers must be over the age of forty. In addition to their own separate podium ceremony, Masters Class drivers have the ability to pick up double podium spots as they can win in both the race overall, as well as the Masters Class by itself.

Showing off the ability to double up on wins is Steve Bamford. Bamford took first in the Masters Class in race one only to finish first again in the Masters Class as well second overall in race two at Watkins Glen.

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Andrews Takes Second Win at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – Scott Andrews swept the day at Watkins Glen in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series, winning both races and two of three on the weekend. He beat Saturday winner Austin Mack to the line by one tenth of a second while Robert Megennis banked his best result of the year with a third place run.

“I can’t believe we got the double win, I didn’t see that coming,” said Andrews, who moves to a commanding points lead in the Exclusive Autosport Spectrum/Honda on three wins and six podiums in six starts. “Austin and I went really, really deep on the brakes going into the bus-stop on the last lap, I’m lucky it worked out in my favor.”

Mack was the feel-good story for the day. The K-Hill driver scored his first win on Saturday, and a Sunday morning crash in race two left the team moving quickly to repair the No. 44. Starting the race 19th, Mack was in the lead with three laps to go and again coming to the white flag.

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Andrews Prevails at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY – Scott Andrews took his second win and fifth podium in five starts, battling a four-car train at the front of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series field to take victory in race two of three at Watkins Glen. Steve Bamford finished second while Skylar Robinson completed the podium, narrowly edging Ben Auriemma in the closing stages of the race.

“I’m really stoked. Thanks to Exclusive Autosport and Spectrum. I did my thing and came away with the win, it was a really good race,” said Andrews, who drives the No. 94 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum/Honda. Andrews may have emerged as the driver to beat for the 2015 title, and leads the points standings through five of 21 races thus far. He becomes the only repeat winner in 2015 so far, a feat that didn’t happen well into the 2014 season.

Steve Bamford scored yet another podium finish and Masters Class victory with a strong second place run after starting on pole.


Robinson made it two third places in two days at Watkins Glen in his F1600 race debut in the United States. The 2014 F2000 Series runner-up will look to improve a further two spots in the No. 12 K-Hill Motorsports entry in the third race of the Watkins Glen weekend, set to take place later on Sunday.

“The draft is so critical here,” said Robinson. “It’s a long run from turn one to the bus-stop, so whoever is in the lead is pretty much going to get passed. We lost the lead pack on that restart so I’m happy we were able to run them back down.”

An opening lap incident took out Saturday winner Austin Mack and also involved Robert Megennis, who started second, and Will Harvey, producing a full-course caution that lasted a handful of laps. Megennis was able to rejoin the field.

Ben Auriemma put in his best showing of the season for Team Pelfrey, battling for the lead throughout the race and finishing fourth.

Exclusive Autosport teammates Thomas McGregor and Jack Mitchell Jr. completed the top six with Andrew Hobbs seventh for Pelfrey.

Completing the Masters Class were Art Foster and Jim Goughary in eighth and ninth overall. Goughary has had a rough weekend, with an electrical miss limiting his pace during the race after an engine change on Saturday cause by a rock hitting his radiator.

Andy Lewis rounded off the top ten for Chastain Motorsports.

Race three will be gridded based on race two’s fast laps, with Hobbs set to lead the field the green flag alongside McGregor.

Full results are available at under the results tab.

The F1600 triple-header event from Watkins Glen concludes with a late afternoon race on Sunday, May 17, round six of the 2015 season.

About F1600:
The F1600 Formula F Championship Series is an entry level pro series owned by Formula Race Promotions and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. The Series features a wide variety of Formula F (formerly Formula Ford) chassis using both Honda Fit and Ford Kent engines. The 2015 schedule features seven points weekends and is expanding to a triple-header format for 21 total races, in addition to a winter test weekend in Palm Beach. A spec tire from Hoosier along with ample track time at all events provides a level playing field, attracting the latest aspiring drivers and savvy veterans from all over the globe. Learn more at

Sources: Formula Race Promotions PR

Mack Wins F1600 at WGI by .054

Watkins Glen, NY – In another classically competitive F1600 Formula F Championship Series race, Austin Mack took the win in the first of three races at Watkins Glen International. It was a six car shootout on the last lap, with Mack scoring his first F1600 win for K-Hill Motorsports by .054 seconds over Scott Andrews. Skylar Robinson completed the podium in the second K-Hill entry.

As the white flag came out it was Mack in the lead over a pair of Exclusive Autosport Spectrums followed by Robinson and two Team Pelfrey Mygales.

“There are twelve laps and I think that just about everybody got passed by everybody. You can’t give up, not until the checkered flag,” said Mack, driving the No. 44 Mygale/Honda. “I had a feeling, a premonition, that there was somebody that was coming for me going to the checkered.”

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Woodruff Motorsports Graduates to NASCAR & ARCA; WMS to Field #88 Entry in K&N Series

Columbia, SC — With the 2015 racing season fast approaching, teams are in the process of finalizing their plans and solidifying sponsorship deals to make the season opening races in Florida. Owner Darryl Woodruff and his Woodruff Motorsports team are no exception, but they are taking a slightly different approach.

“It has been a long off-season for the entire WMS team, but we have accomplished a number of goals on our checklist as we continue to work towards 2015 and beyond,” said Woodruff.

In December 2014, Darryl and his team participated in the ARCA Racing Series test at Daytona International Speedway in hopes of gaining approval to compete in the series for 2015. WMS Driver Kyle Lockrow was behind the wheel of the #7 Ford, and at the conclusion of the two-day test was 18th on the speed charts, earning the team’s approval from ARCA series officials.
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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website ( in the near future.

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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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