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HANOVER, Pa., April 16 - A great deal has changed and a great deal hasn't changed since 1978 when the first World of Outlaws sprint car show ever was staged at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Bobby Allen of Hanover, Pa., finished third in the series' points that inaugural year, and he'll be on hand at Devil's Bowl for a two-night show this Friday and Saturday to field two Shark Racing sprint cars for Logan Schuchart (#1s) and Jacob Allen (#1a).
Schuchart, Bobby's grandson, and Jacob Allen, Bobby's son, are both rookies in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this year, contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award presented by ButlerBuilt. In February the trio left their home base in Hanover, Pa. to embark on a challenging, 10-month schedule of 93 different WoO races at 53 tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces.
Bobby Allen, who turned 70 in December, noted that the whole sport has gotten much more professional since Ted Johnson organized the top outlaw (unsanctioned) drivers into a series. Allen said that in the seventies as the drivers traveled from track to track in search of the biggest purses offered that particular weekend, there was a lot more camaraderie among the competitors than what he notices now. "Read more"
Rotek Racing celebrated a double class victory in the ADAC Nürburgring Six Hours with the increasingly notable Audi TTRS SP4T car and the debuting Audi RS4 SP8 machine at the legendary German track on Sunday (April 6).
After the TTRS stormed to class pole in the hands of 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff in Saturday’s qualifying session – only to be hit by a grid penalty – gentleman racer Richard Meins spun under yellow-flag conditions during the mandatory night practice, which serves as part of the qualification process for the headlining ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours (June 19-22).
The start of the race from 21st on the grid was entrusted to an emerging talent from the United States, Kevin Gleason, who previously celebrated victory in the 2013 25 Hours of Thunderhill alongside Huff in Rotek's Audi TTRS last December."Read more"
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 30 - M1 Racing's Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., had a whopping 4.7258 seconds advantage over Bobby Eberle when he posted his second Expert class victory in less than 24 hours Sunday morning in Pro Mazda action at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Horak was never out of first place in the class for drivers over the age of 30 in either of the races, which were presented by Cooper Tires and sponsored by Allied Building Products. He started 18th overall in Sunday's 23-lap race and finished 14th with his black AutoEnginuity No. 37. Horak is the defending Expert class champion.
Unlike Saturday's race here, Sunday's featured a standing start. Both Horak and his teammate, Nicolas Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had fabulous starts. Horak advanced three positions on the first lap and Costa vaulted from tenth to sixth with his No. 99, which is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo."Read more"
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 29 - M1 Racing's drivers showed a great deal of heart in Round 1 of the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires Saturday at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Making his first start ever with the Dallas-based team, Nicolas Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil battled back from the rear of the field after an early incident to finish eighth in the #99, which is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo.
Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., earned the Expert class victory with his AutoEnginuity No. 37. He started 18th and finished 13th, holding off Bobby Eberle by 0.2888 of a second for the class victory. He's the defending Expert class champion, a title he won while driving for M1 Racing last year."Read more"
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., March 28 - Kevin Gleason is heading to Germany to tackle one of the most challenging road courses in the world - the Nürburgring - April 5-6.
The Johnstown, Pa.-based driver will compete in the ADAC six-hour qualifying race there that Sunday, April 6, in preparation for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring June 21-22.
He'll drive the same car with which he won the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Dec. 9 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. by a whopping 28 laps — the Rotek Racing Audi TT RS.
His co-drivers will be Rob Huff and Richard Meins. Huff, the 2012 FIA World Touring Car champion, was part of the winning driver line-up at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Gleason drove with Meins, a class winner at the 24 Hours of Spa, at the Bathurst 12-Hour race in Australia in February."Read more"
DALLAS, March 23 - M1 Racing's Jay Horak has a brand-new AutoEnginuity car for the 2014 edition of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, and he hopes it will take him to a second consecutive Expert class championship.
The Expert class is for drivers over the age of 30.
Horak, of Mesa, Ariz., plans to compete in all of the road and street course events on the series' schedule, including the season-opening doubleheader at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. March 29-30.
Although he has never competed in that particular event, Horak said "I feel very confident I can win the Expert class, and hopefully move up the pack. Getting the new car and having it fitted has made a huge difference in my comfort level. That has translated into much faster lap times. The last Barber race, I could start pushing into the pack time." "Read more"
DALLAS, March 20 - M1 Racing surprised the junior formula car ranks today by announcing that it will field a car for rising starNicolas Costa in the season-opening doubleheader for the Pro Mazda Championshippresented by Cooper Tires March 29-30 on the street circuit at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Costa, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just may be a spoiler at the opener for the teams and drivers who took the headlines in pre-season testing.
He certainly did just that during the 2013 season when he was on the podium in half of the eight Pro Mazda races in which he competed. Besides the four podium finishes he had a fifth and a sixth to boot.
The podiums came on the street course at Toronto, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and in both halves of the season finale at Reliant Park Houston. He was just 0.669 of a second behind the champion, Matthew Brabham, at the checkered in the last race of the year.
Costa will drive M1 Racing's #99 car at St. Petersburg with sponsorship from IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo."Read more"
DALLAS, March 20 - The national motto of Jason Bedasse's native Jamaica — "Out of many, one people" - speaks of the diversity of the population of that Caribbean nation.
Bedasse has a new twist to that phrase as his personal motto: "Out of many, one driver." .
With the announcement today that he's joined M1 Racing for selected events in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, he'll be the first driver from Jamaica to compete in that Mazda Road to Indy series."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 17 - Three of the five Wright Motorsports drivers entered in the season-opening doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Series earned podium finishes.
The twin 45-minute races presented by Yokohama were held Thursday and Friday at Sebring International Raceway as part of the 62nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team won both the driver and team championships in the series the last two years."Read more"
TULARE, Calif., March 16 - After dazzling the veterans on Friday by winning the dash and leading most of the feature, Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart posted his best finish ever in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway. The rookie from Hanover, Pa., passed veteran Terry McCarl with just three laps to go and went on to finish second to Rico Abreu in the 35-lap feature.
Schuchart, a contender for the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by ButlerBuilt, started sixth in the 24-car field with his #1s, which is sponsored in part by Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell's Tire Service and Marty Thompson. The 21-year-old driver got fifth at the start by passing David Gravel, and moved into fourth with an inside pass of veteran Sammy Swindell working lap three.
Cody Darrah flipped in Turn 2 with 11 laps down to bring out the first of two red flags in an accident in which Mike Faria was also involved. At that point the top five drivers were Abreu, McCarl, Joey Saldana, Schuchart and Swindell."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 15 - It was a podium finish for Doran Racing in Friday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway. Brad Jaeger and BJ Zacharias brought the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC home in third place after two and a half hours of torrid competition and an amazing pass on the last green-flag lap before the race ended under yellow.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's other Nissan NISMO 370Z RC had a top-10 finish too, as the Tower Events #41 driven by John Farano and David Empringham finished ninth in the 59-car field despite being hit and spun by a BMW on lap 19 of the 55-lap race.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., qualified ninth but actually got to start eighth when another competitor's car failed the post-qualifying technical inspection. Although many full-course cautions were predicted the event only had two of them and both occurred in the second half of the race, so Jaeger had no time outs for the 52 minutes he was in the cockpit."Read more"
TULARE, Calif., March 15 - Rookie Logan Schuchart (pronounced SHU-hart) had an excellent showing in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Friday night in his first visit ever to Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving the Shark Racing #1S, the 21-year-old driver from Hanover, Pa. qualified eighth, finished second in his heat, led all six laps enroute to winning the dash, and then led the first 22 laps of the 35-lap A main, eventually finishing eighth.
He set the fastest lap of the feature too, taking only 13.640 seconds to cover the one-third-mile, high-banked clay oval that he said reminded him of a "skinny Lincoln," referring to his home track in New Oxford, Pa.
Schuchart ran a lap in 13.005 seconds in time trials to qualify eighth in the 31-car field, only 0.205 of a second off the time recorded by the fastest qualifier, Joey Saldana."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 13- Doran Racing's Brad Jaeger earned the ninth starting position for tomorrow's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway during qualifications at that 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course Thursday afternoon with the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., was only 0.067 of a second off fourth place in the qualifying session, which saw a BMW take the pole and three Camaros qualify in the top five. Trying to save his tires on the bumpy track because each car must start the race on the tires with which it qualified, Jaeger only ran three laps in the 15-minute session. His fastest lap was the last one, when he was timed in 2:16.683 for an average speed of 98.505 miles per hour.
Jaeger shares that Nissan with Cincinnati's BJ Zacharias."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, March 7 - Buoyed by strong performances at a test Feb. 20-21 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., Doran Racing hopes for some excellent results in the second IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race of the year at the same track at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team is campaigning two Nissan 370Z NISMO RCs in the Grand Sport class for the 12-event series this year instead of just one car. Although it's double the work, running two cars also provides double the data, which helps the team fine-tune the cars' set-ups in less time. This is especially important on race weekends, when practice time is usually short.
The No. 14 is driven by Brad Jaeger, formerly of Cincinnati but now of Charlottesville, Va., and Cincinnati's BJ Zacharias."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 7 - Wright Motorsports will go for its third straight driver and team championship in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in 2014.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team won the series' top class, called the Platinum Cup, in 2012 and 2013 with Sean Johnston and Madison Snow, respectively.
Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati, who finished seventh overall in the Platinum point standings last year and second in that division's Masters class, returns to the team with a brand-new Kuhlsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, #15. The Masters class is for drivers 45 and over."Read more"
MANFEILD, Feilding, New Zealand, Feb. 11 - Ryan Tveter finished third in the Dan Higgins Trophy race Saturday at Manfeild Park during a final weekend of Toyota Racing Series action that saw plenty of drama for the 19-year-old from Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Driving the Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #4 which is also sponsored by the Autobau Museum in Switzerland, Tveter and the Giles Motorsport team were forced to battle back after a rare electrical problem caused a crash in the third practice session on Friday at the 3.03-kilometer road course’s Pepsi Corner. The crew worked hard to quickly make repairs, and Tveter rewarded them by placing fourth in both qualifying sessions on a wet track Saturday morning. He was just 0.546 of a second off the fastest qualifier in the first qualifying session and 0.665 of a second off the top time in the second qualifying session. He would have qualified second in the second session had a red flag not come out during his last flying lap. He was also one of 11 drivers who broke the track record during practice on a dry track on Thursday and Friday.
That gave Tveter the fourth starting spot for Saturday afternoon’s race. In a bizarre turn of events Nick Cassidy, the polesitter and defending champion, and the third-place starter, Jann Mardenborough, were sent to the rear due to mechanical difficulties on the grid. This series does not bunch up the field under these circumstances so that left the driver who qualified second, Andrew Tang, all by himself in Row 1 and Tveter all alone in Row 2 for the start of the race."Read more"
BATHURST, NSW, Australia, Feb. 7 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. is halfway around the world this weekend and set to tackle one of the most difficult sports car endurance races in the world - the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at the very challenging Mount Panorama Circuit.
Gleason is looking for his third straight endurance sports car victory, as he was also part of the winning team at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill in Willows, Calif. in December and a 13-hour enduro at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., last October.
This weekend's race has attracted an international field of drivers who will pilot 44 cars around the newly-resurfaced, 6.23-kilometer circuit about 120 miles west of Sydney."Read more"
HANOVER, Pa., Feb. 3 - After a rousing send-off from 300 attendees of Shark Racing's Fan and Sponsor Appreciation Night in New Oxford, Pa. on Jan. 25, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen are on their way to Florida for the season opener of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
The series kicks off with three nights of racing Feb 14-16 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The program is part of the track's 43rd DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
The two rookies from Hanover, Pa. both intend to run for the WoO's prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award presented by ButlerBuilt in 2014."Read more"
OYSTER BAY, N.Y., Jan. 29 - Impressed by Ryan Tveter's performance during his rookie season of Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) competition last year, Josef Kaufmann Racing has signed the young American to join its team for that series and the series one step above it, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, in 2014.
Tveter, 19, of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, had two top-five finishes in NEC action last year, even though the series, the team he was running with and all the tracks were new to him. Josef Kaufmann, owner of Josef Kaufmann Racing, was watching and liked what he saw at those events and in post-season testing with his team, which is based in Wolsfeld, Germany.
Kaufmann is a self-made man who started as a racing mechanic in his teens, raced successfully himself in Formula V, Formula Super V and Formula 3, and then fulfilled another dream when he became a team owner in 1982. Since then Josef Kaufmann Racing has prepared cars for many young drivers who went on to become stars, including names like Gerhard Berger, Arie Luyendyk, Frank Biela, Wolf Henzler, Timo Scheider, Esteban Gutierrez, Sebastian Buemi and Nico Hulkenberg."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 29 - They not only survived North America's greatest test of endurance sports cars, they excelled in it.
Snow Racing's Universal Industrial Sales (UIS) Porsche 911 GT America #58 prepared and serviced by Wright Motorsports finished third in the GT Daytona class in the 52nd annual Rolex 24 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
The inaugural event in the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship featured 29 entries in the GTD class among 67 total entries. Portions of the event were broadcast live on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 - Most of all, the four drivers representing Doran Racing wanted to finish Friday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately they didn't get their wish, as the Tower Events Nissan 370Z No. 41 was knocked out early by contact and the team's similar No. 14 retired with clutch problems near the midway point while running tenth in the 68-car field.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., clawed his way up from 15th starting position with the No. 14 after a bizarre qualifying session Friday morning afforded him only one flying lap due to a lengthy red flag. He even had to slow down during that lap when an Aston Martin spun directly in front of him.
But when the green flag dropped for the 2-hour-and-30-minute race Friday afternoon Jaeger got a great start, as he was already 11th by the end of the field's first trip around the 3.56-mile road course."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa., and his co-driver, Corey Fergus of Powell, Ohio, finished eighth out of 39 entries in the Sport Touring (ST) class Friday in the season opener for IMSA's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at Daytona International Speedway.
The pair drove a BMW 328, No. 80, prepared by Bimmerworld and sponsored by Johnstone Supply, Powerflex and Red Line Oil.
Gleason, 26, qualified ninth with a time of 2:05.839 for an average speed of 101.844 miles per hour around the 3.56-mile road course. He drove the first half of a caution-filled race, kept the car in the top 10 and turned it over to his teammate unscathed."Read more"
CROMWELL, New Zealand, Jan. 26 - America’s Ryan Tveter recorded the first podium finish of his racing career Saturday in a tough international field of Toyota Racing Series competitors at the brand-new Highlands Motorsport Park near Queenstown, New Zealand.
Driving the Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #4 which is also sponsored by the Autobau Museum in Switzerland, the 19-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. placed third in the first of three TRS races at Highlands this weekend.
Tveter was fast in all the practice sessions and he posted his best qualifying results to date when he was fourth in the first qualifying session on Saturday morning and third in the second qualifying session minutes later."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 24 - An early red flag spoiled the Grand Sport class's qualifying session Thursday afternoon in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Daytona International Speedway. After a lengthy delay to tow in the errant Porsche Boxster most of the cars only completed one flying lap after the restart before time ran out, and most teams' qualifying results were seriously hampered due to the lack of time and heavy traffic.
Brad Jaeger was still able to get off a lap in 1:58.261 in the Doran Racing Nissan 370Z No. 14 that he'll share with BJ Zacharias in the 2-hour-and-30-minute race that starts today at 1:45 p.m. It was his second of only two laps around the 3.56-mile road course, and it puts the driver from Charlottesville, Va., in the 15th starting position for the season opener. "Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, Jan. 21 - Batavia, Ohio-based Wright Motorsports is in the final stages of preparing a brand-new Porsche 911 GT America car, the Universal Industrial Sales #58, that is Snow Racing's entry in the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., this weekend, Jan. 25-26.
The race is the inaugural event in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, sanctioned by IMSA. A total of 67 cars are entered among four classes. The Snow Racing Porsche that Wright Motorsports will service before, during and after the race is one of 29 cars in the biggest class, GT Daytona.
Snow Racing has elected to use three drivers: the reigning IMSA GT3 Cup champion, Madison Snow, of Lehi, Utah; Jan Heylen of Tampa, Fla., and Marco Seefried of Amerbach, Germany. "Read more"
TIMARU, New Zealand, Jan. 19 - The United States’ Ryan Tveter recorded his first top-five finish in Toyota Racing Series action Sunday in the featured race at Timaru International Raceway with his Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #4.
The top-five finish was achieved despite the fact that it was just the second weekend of competition for Tveter in this series, and he started eighth in a field of 23 that included rising stars from 13 different nations.
Tveter got a great start with his Giles Motorsports-prepared car, as he rose to sixth place by the end of lap one in the 20-lap race that went non-stop. He got fifth working lap seven when Egor Orudzhev pitted, reportedly for a faulty camshaft sensor.
HANOVER, Pa., Jan. 15 - It's not every day that an athlete from York County reaches the international level of sports.
This year there are two.
Logan Schuchart, 21, and Jacob Allen, 19, of Hanover-based Shark Racing are poised to become regular drivers in the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series. With 92 nights of racing at 52 different tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces in a season that stretches from February to November, it's the premier sprint car sanctioning body in North America.
Area race fans can help support their effort and give them a "Pennsylvania Posse send-off" by attending the fifth annual Shark Racing Fan/Sponsor Appreciation Night on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Cross Keys Inn Banquet Hall, 6110 York Road, New Oxford, Pa. The admission price is $25 and all proceeds go to Shark Racing."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Jan. 13 - Doran Racing will field not one but two Nissan 370Z NISMO RCs in the 12-event IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) in 2014, starting with the season opener Friday afternoon, Jan. 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Both cars just returned to the team's headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio after participating in the series' official pre-season test Jan. 3-5 at Daytona. The Tower Events No. 41 piloted by Canadians David Empringham and John Farano posted the fifth-fastest time for the Grand Sport (GS) class during the test. The team's No. 14 car driven by BJ Zacharias of Cincinnati, Ohio and Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va. was 13th fastest out of 23 class entries after six practice sessions on the 3.56-mile road course, just 0.684 of a second off its team car.
Although the team is looking for two great finishes at Daytona, winning the CTSCC championship is it primary goal. Doran Racing has a rich history of winning championships and international races like the Rolex 24 that this race supports. It also has deep ties to Nissan Motorsports, dating back some 20 years. In addition, Zacharias drove the first Nissan 370Z in Grand-Am competition 11 years ago"."Read more"
OYSTER BAY, N.Y., Dec. 20 - Game Ready, a sports medicine and orthopedic medical device that helps athletes and other patients speed recovery from injury or orthopedic surgery, will join forces with American driver Ryan Tveter for the 2014 Toyota Racing Series (TRS)?in New Zealand in January and February.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, will be a member of the multiple championship-winning team, Giles Motorsports.
A type of “Winter Training” for young formula car drivers from around the world, the TRS features five weekends of racing with three races each weekend."Read more"
HANOVER, Pa., Dec. 15 — Bobby Allen, one of the original outlaws, will bring two young guns on the World of Outlaws trail in 2014.
Allen, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the owner of Shark Racing, will field sprint cars for his grandson, Logan Schuchart, and his son, Jacob Allen, in the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series, which features 92 race nights at 52 different tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces. The premier traveling sprint car circuit in the nation, it sanctions the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa, which Bobby Allen won in 1990.
Shark Racing is based in Hanover, Pa. Schuchart (pronounced SHU-hart) was born in York, Pa. and he's a graduate of Spring Grove High School in Spring Grove, Pa. Jacob Allen was born in Indianapolis and he is a graduate of Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Ind., but he moved to Hanover, Pa. about three years ago and currently resides there too."Read more"
WILLOWS, Calif., Dec. 9 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. was at the controls when Rotek Racing's Audi TT RS took the lead for the first time around 5 a.m. Sunday in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by the United States Air Force at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Once in front the #24 was never again headed, and Gleason and his four co-drivers went on to win the 11th annual edition of the longest sports car endurance race in the United States by a whopping 28 laps.
Gleason's team, which included co-drivers Rob Huff, the 2012 FIA World Touring Car champion; Robb Holland; Jeff Altenburg and Roland Pritzker, won both overall and in the ES class.
A total of 57 cars started and 40 finished. Gleason's Audi completed 705 laps of the 2.58-mile, 15-turn road course for a total of 1,819 miles. The event was held in cold temperatures, sometimes in the 30-degree area. "Read more"
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Nov. 26 - Kevin Gleason, who plans to compete in all 12 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races in 2014, has also been chosen as one of four very strong drivers for Rotek Racing's Audi TT RS in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by the United States Air Force Dec. 7-8 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif.
The event, which is sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), will be the longest race to date for the 26-year-old driver from Johnstown, Pa. One hour longer than either the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, this year's race has already attracted 63 entries and will feature many name drivers such as Al Unser Jr. and Davy Jones.
The Audi Gleason will drive is one of the cars that is attracting a great deal of attention, both for its European roots and its stellar driver line-up. The team is based in Meuspath, Germany. The car, VLN SP4T, is a factory-built Audi Sport Customer Racing car that has been running in the German VLN Endurance Championship this year. It will be going for both the class victory in ES and the overall victory in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 25 - Attendees of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show and the general public can support two important charities while having a great time by attending the "Evening of Giving" Benefit Presented by KECO Coatings on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Bartini's nightclub in Union Station, 39 W. Jackson Place, Indianapolis.
The benefit, which includes live music and a live auction, will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 10 p.m.
The event will raise money for the Indiana Children's Wish Fund and Racing for Corey, which are both 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. "Read more"
ALTON, Va., Oct. 28 - The Gleason boyscombined forces to compete in a 13-hour sports car endurance race last weekend inVirginia and came home as the winners!
The competition was intense, and the Gleasons' entry didn't take the lead for good in the STU (World Challenge Touring Car-based) class until the last five laps of the race.
Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa., and his two sons, Chris Gleason Jr. of Wayne, Pa. and Kevin Gleason, also of Johnstown, drove a Mazda MX-5 to victory in the "Charge of the Headlight Brigade," a 13-hour endurance race hosted by the North Carolina region of the Sports Car Club of America. It was held at VIRginia International Raceway, a 3.27-mile road course near the Virginia/North Carolina state line. The race started at 9:15 a.m. Saturday and ended at 10:15 p.m. Saturday night. "Read more"
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 24 - Madison Snow clinched the 2013 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama driver championship last month with two races remaining on the schedule. Last weekend he brought the team title home for Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports too with a victory on Thursday and a second-place finish on Friday at Road Atlanta in the last doubleheader of the season.
It is the second consecutive team championship in the IMSA Development Series for Batavia, Ohio-based Wright Motorsports. Team owner John Wright has become a master of driver development, as he guided Sean Johnston to the title last year and Snow to the title this year. At 17, Snow, of Lehi, Utah, is the youngest driver in the series and its youngest champion ever. He's also one ofAmerica's most promising young sports car talents, as hewon the Gold Cup titlein this series in 2011, finished second in the top class last yearsandwiched between two of his Wright Motorsportsteammates (Johnston andFernandoPena), and won just about everything there was to win this season.
Snow, a senior at Waterford School in Sandy, Utah, ended the IMSAGT3 Cup season with seven victories in the 16 races. He had seven additional podium finishes too.
He earned the BBS Pole Award for the season with 12 pole positions. Two of them resulted in new track records for the series at Watkins Glen, N.Y. and Austin, Texas. "Read more"
ZANDVOORT, The Netherlands, Oct. 14 - Ryan Tveter ended his rookie season in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup series last weekend at Zandvoort with very promising performances for the future.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, finished a solid ninth in the first race on Saturday despite the fact he’d never previously raced on the 2.676-mile, 13-turn road course.everything there was to win this season.
He was seventh in the second race on Sunday morning until a freak problem occurred with his car’s pit lane speed limiter and he was forced to pit so the Fortec Motorsports crew could get it unstuck. When he returned to the fray all hopes for a podium finish had been dashed due to the unscheduled stop. However, he kept pace with the eventual winner, Oliver Rowland, and in the process on the tenth lap Tveter set the second-fastest lap recorded by any of the 31 competitors in the race. That lap was 1.465 seconds faster than one of the drivers who made the podium, and it was also much faster than any of the times posted by Tveter’s teammates.
Tveter knew he had a fast car and a fast set-up for the third race on Sunday afternoon, but heavy rain forced the remainder of the day’s events to be cancelled after three laps of a Dutch GT championship race. "Read more"
HOUSTON, Oct. 8 - Just 10 months after it was formed, Dallas-based M1 Racing has earned a championship.
The skies over Reliant Park Houston were ominous Sunday morning during the season finale for the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires due to a pending storm. M1 Racing's Jay Horak was still able to find the proverbial end of the rainbow, however, when he finished tenth overall and first in the Expert class, earning the class championship for drivers over the age of 30.
Horak, from Mesa, Ariz., won the Expert class in the first half of the doubleheader on Saturday too with a 12th-place finish overall for Paul Mata's young team. Horak, 42, a rookie in the series, drives theAutoEnginuity No. 37.
Jason Rabe of Millville, N.J. finished 11th in both races, which were his first two Pro Mazda races ever. He drove M1 Racing's No. 19 sponsored by Delaware Investments, the Monticello Motor Club and Fuel Clothing. "Read more"
DALLAS, Sept. 30 - M1 Racing's Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz. will try to complete some unfinished business at the Pro Mazda season finale at Reliant Park Houston this weekend.
It was thought that Horak had clinched the championship in the Expert class of the series, which is presented by Cooper Tires, following a doubleheader at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec in mid-August. That is not the case, however, and Horak goes into this coming weekend's doubleheader with an 18-point deficient, 84 to 66, to Bobby Eberle. A total of 44 points are up for grabs at Houston.
The mistake occurred when the class's point standings were not immediately updated after Eberle registered to compete in the championship, which is for drivers 30 years old and older. No driver earned any points in the class until the Mid-Ohio doubleheader in August.
In an effort to concentrate on the big prize, the class championship, Horak, 42, drove conservatively at Trois-Rivieres. His primary goal there was to finish both races, not beat Eberle, because he didn't think he had to in order to win the title. Since that has now changed, Horak will be doing his best to bring home two class victories at Houston with his black AutoEnginuity No. 37.
DALLAS, Sept. 30 - Jason Rabe of Millville, N.J. has gone from living in his passenger car to living his dream.
The driver who couldn't afford a hotel room a few years ago will make his first start ever in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires in that support series' doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Reliant Park Houston. It's part of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston that is headlined by an IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader.
Rabe is getting his big chance through a Dallas-based team, M1 Racing, and his sponsors: Delaware Investments, the Monticello Motor Club and Fuel Clothing.
Rabe hopes to parlay the opportunity in M1 Racing's neon yellow and white No. 29 this weekend into a full run for the championship in the Mazda Road to Indy series in 2014. "Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 26 - Young Madison Snow drove a Wright Motorsports-prepared Porsche to a second-place finish last Friday and an outright victory on Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), earning enough points to clinch the 2013 championship in the top class of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama with two races still remaining.
Saturday's victory was Snow's sixth out of the 14 races held so far this year. The two podium finishes at COTA with his UIS-sponsored Porsche gives him 226 points to Sloan Urry's 182. Only 40 points will be up for grabs at the last doubleheader of the year Oct. 16-19 at Road Atlanta, so the title belongs to Snow.
Wright Motorsports-prepared Porsches have now earned two back-to-back driver championships in this series, as the Batavia, Ohio-based team also prepared the car that Sean Johnston drove to the title last year.
Snow, from Lehi, Utah, earned two BBS Pole awards and set two track records at COTA too despite being the youngest driver in the series at 17. "Read more"