INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 - The USAC Silver Crown division’s return to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. last Friday was deemed a great success, as a healthy crowd turned out to see the series compete on the Grove’s famous half-mile dirt track for the first time in 35 years. The 100-lap race generated some great action, and Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. was in the thick of one of the best battles of the night as he diced with Steve Buckwalter for position. Coons crossed the line before Buckwalter did at the end, but both he and the team had hoped for a higher finish than the eighth place they recorded in the Horn/Schindler Memorial.
Neither team owner Gene Nolen nor Coons had competed at the Grove in the past, but they arrived at a very consistent set-up. Besides finishing eighth in the main event, Coons also qualified eighth in the #20 Maxim, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings.
None of the drivers could develop a good rhythm in the first half of the race because it was slowed by seven yellow flags in the first 43 laps, primarily for minor spins. Coons kept the #20 pointed in the right direction throughout, and ran in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place during different stages of the first half of the race. He, Buckwalter and Casey Shuman were already dicing for position by lap 40. At lap 50 Buckwalter was seventh, Shuman was eighth, Coons was ninth and Shane Cottle was tenth in cars that were very evenly matched."Read more"
ANDERSON, Ind., June 1 - Gene Nolen, owner of Whiteland, Ind.-based Nolen Racing, knows how hard it is to win pavement sprint car racing's biggest race.
He's been very close many times, including last Saturday night when his primary driver, Jerry Coons Jr., finished third in the 68th annual Pay Less Supermarkets Little 500 presented by UAW-GM at Anderson Speedway.
Even the premise of the event is daunting. Take 33 sprint cars, put them on a quarter-mile, asphalt track, and see which one can do 500 laps first. They'll need to make at least one pit stop (most make two), even though sprint cars don't normally make pit stops, and they'll need a push truck to restart since they don't have on-board starters.(John Lehmann photo) "Read more"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., May 28 - Joe Axsom put a tentative foot in the water and drove one of Nolen Racing's USAC Silver Crown cars in the Rich Vogler Classic last July at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. All went well, and he finished 12th.
On Friday the driver from Franklin, Ind. tackled his second USAC Silver Crown event at the same track and did even better, as he qualified 11th in the Nolen Racing #120 and finished eighth in the Carb Night Classic.
The team's primary driver, Jerry Coons Jr., qualified third. Coons was running fourth on lap 19 of the 100-lap race on the 0.686-mile asphalt oval when his car's throttle stuck, sending him into the wall in Turn 3. Luckily the Greencastle, Ind.-based driver escaped injury. The car, a Beast with a Tranter-prepared Chevy engine and support from Columbus Container and KECO Coatings just like Axsom's car, suffered extensive right-side damage. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 - In only its second race ever, Nolen Racing's new Maxim USAC Silver Crown car driven by Jerry Coons Jr. qualified second, led 32 laps, and finished third Thursday night in the 62nd annual Hoosier Hundred on the one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., who resides in Greencastle, Ind., got the best of polesitter Brady Bacon at the start to lead the first lap, but Bacon led laps two through 26. Coons retook the lead with an outside pass of Bacon on the frontstretch and continuing into Turn 1 on lap 27 shortly after a restart on lap 25. That was necessary after Joe Liguori brought out the first caution when he stopped in Turn 4.
Coons showed the way for the next 30 laps in Gene Nolen's yellow #20 that is based in Whiteland, Ind., and sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 - Lazier Burns Racing is one of the smallest teams entered in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it's made up of experienced racers — including one former winner — who share a common passion for the world's most famous auto race.
Lazier Burns Racing doesn't have a primary sponsor. Its participation in the race this year is made possible in large part by Thom Burns, an Indianapolis-based contractor. Other support has come from OnLine Transport, Daniel's Family Winery, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the Harding Group, Brewer Custom Floors and More, Fatheadz, KECO Coatings, BCB Beverage, Ambassador Healthcare and two restaurants near the track — Dawson's on Main and Barbecue and Bourbon.
These companies understand how special it is to be involved in the Indianapolis 500. It's a memory-maker every year, and since it's the 100th anniversary of the race it's especially memorable this time. . "Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, May 23 - Less than 10 days after Wright Motorsports announced it would field a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Patrick Long to drive in the GT class of the Pirelli World Challenge series, he led every lap of both doubleheaders from the pole and set the fastest lap of each race last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
His Wright Motorsports teammate, rookie Michael Schein, did exactly the same thing in the GTA class with his Porsche 911 GT3 R for his first two series victories ever.
Long, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., blasted off at the start of Saturday's 50-minute race and had a 1.769-second lead at the checkered. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap seven with a 1:16.787, which was a new track record for the 2.459-mile road course. "Read more"
SPIELBERG, Austria, May 23 - Ryan Tveter, the only American competing in the international FIA Formula 3 series this year, turned 22 on Friday. In Saturday morning's F3 race at the Red Bull Ring, the Oyster Bay, N.Y.-based driver almost saw all those years pass before his eyes when he was involved in a horrific accident that garnered a great deal of attention worldwide.
It started with a simple spin, which happens all the time in racing. His black and blue Dallara #3 waltzed into a gravel trap and slowed dramatically, which is exactly what a gravel trap is meant to do to a race car.
This time, though, when Tveter's car stopped it did so right on the racing line, instead of in the gravel trap itself. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 - The Lazier Burns Racing #4 Chevrolet driven by Buddy Lazier will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 32nd place on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Lazier’s average qualifying speed in time trials yesterday at IMS was 222.154 miles per hour. His first lap was run at 224.956 mph, while the next three laps were done at 222.380 mph, 221.851 mph and 219.496 mph.
“As a driver, you want to get the most out of your stuff. We're a small team and we've been getting better all the time. We just missed it a little there,” Lazier said. “We'll get it right; we're here to race on Sunday, that's the main thing.” "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 21 - Lazier Burns Racing is pleased to announce that KECO Coatings has joined the team and driver Buddy Lazier for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Both KECO Coatings and the Lazier family are long-time supporters of the Racing for Corey charity founded by KECO Coatings President Mike Klinge, and its decal will join KECO’s on Lazier’s #4 Dallara Chevrolet.
“KECO was very proud to be represented by Buddy Lazier and his team 20 years ago in the winner’s circle, and we’re still proud to be associated with Buddy and the fine people that make up his team in 2016,” said Klinge. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 18 - This year’s Indianapolis 500 is the 20th anniversary of Buddy Lazier’s victory in the fabled race as well as the 100th running of open-wheel racing’s marque event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It’s been a challenge to put all the pieces of a program together, but Lazier Burns Racing is proud of the #4 Chevrolet it is fielding for Lazier to drive in the 500 on Sunday, May 29. The entry made its shake-down run Monday in preparation for qualifications this weekend.
Lazier, 48, from Vail, Colo., the 2000 Indy Racing League champion, is going for his 19th start in the famous race and his sixth top-five finish, which includes two second-place finishes in 1998 and 2000. It will be the first time a car has been entered under the Lazier Burns Racing name, but the team is full of veterans who didn’t want to miss participating in the 100th running of the biggest race at the world’s most famous racetrack."Read more"
PAU, France, May 16 - The FIA Formula 3 tripleheader on the street course at Pau is one of the most prestigious events on the series’ calendar, and it was even more so this year since it was the 75th anniversary of the event. It turned out to be an excellent points-earning weekend for the only American in the field, as Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. posted two seventh-place finishes on Saturday and Sunday.
Two races of 33 minutes plus one lap were held on Saturday. Tveter started tenth and finished seventh in the first one on Saturday morning even though the narrowness of the street circuit keeps passing to a minimum.
He was involved in an accident in the race on Saturday afternoon, but he got another seventh-place finish on Sunday afternoon after he started ninth and missed a big collision on the opening lap."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, May 13 - Wright Motorsports will field a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Patrick Long to drive in the 13 remaining races on the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge schedule, putting the popular Porsche factory driver back in contention for the series' GT drivers championship.
Long was left without a ride last week when another team went on hiatus from competition.
Long has a long-time working relationship with Wright Motorsports and its owner, John Wright, as well as Michael Schein, a rookie who drives a Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pirelli World Challenge's GTA class and already has three podium finishes in just four starts.
"It's unfortunate how Patrick's program with us came together because we don't want to capitalize on another team's misfortunes, but we've worked with him many times in the past, we know he'll be a great benefit to our team, and we're excited to have him on board," Wright said. "Read more"
SALINAS, Calif., May 3 - Wright Motorsports' Andrew Longe was never out of the top five while two more of the team's drivers, McKay Snow and Anthony Imperato, were never out of the top 10 during a doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series last Friday and Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In addition, two more of the Batavia, Ohio-based team's drivers were on the podium after the first 45-minute race on Friday, as Fred Poordad was second in the Platinum division's Masters classification for drivers over 45 and Philip Bloom finished second in the Gold Cup class.
Longe, of Naples, Fla., who was fifth in both halves of the season-opening doubleheader at Sebring, Fla., in March with his brand-new Trianon #47, was fifth on Friday afternoon and fourth on Saturday morning in California. "Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, April 28 - Powerhouse Wright Motorsports will field Porsches for five different drivers this week in Monterey, Calif., as the Batavia, Ohio-based team defends the team and driver championships it won last year in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series. Twin 45-minute races will be held tomorrow and Saturday as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Four drivers are carrying Wright Motorsports' colors this year in the top class, Platinum Cup.
Two of the four, Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla. and Fred Poordad of San Antonio, Texas, are beginning their second full year in the series.
Longe drives a 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup car, #47, which is sponsored by Trianon. The 21-year-old driver placed fourth in the championship last year with two podium finishes, and he's definitely viewed as a title contender this season. Longe has been racing on a national level since 2008. In addition to racing, he is a student at Penn State University and he works at the REVS Institute for Automotive Research. "Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 26 - Wright Motorsports' Michael Schein had two very different experiences but similar stellar results during the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. Once again the series rookie impressed the onlookers, as he recorded two podium finishes in the GTA class with his Porsche 911 GT3 R.
It was only the second event ever in this very competitive series for the driver from Glen Cove, N.Y., who now has three podium finishes in four starts.
In the first 50-minute race on Saturday Schein was never out of a podium position and he was hounding the winner at the checkered, finishing just 0.133 of a second behind."Read more"
MOGYOROD, Hungary, April 24 - Ryan Tveter, the only American competing in the FIA F3 series this year, was as high as eighth and came away with two 11th-place finishes on Saturday as the FIA Formula 3 series visited the Hungaroring over the weekend. Unfortunately the 21-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. was sidelined from Sunday's race due to an engine problem.
Tveter started 11th in Race 1 Saturday morning and he was still 11th when the checkered waved on lap 21 after 33 minutes and one lap of competition. In between those two occurrences he had a stirring race, however, as he was as high as eighth and as low as 14th.
The Hungaroring has a reputation as being a track where it's difficult to pass, but there was plenty of action in the first race. Speeds were also much higher than they've been here in the past thanks to a recent resurfacing of the 2.72-mile, 14-turn road course about 13 miles north of Budapest. "Read more"
LE CASTELLET, France, April 4 - Thanks to some incredible heads-up driving, America's Ryan Tveter posted his best finish to date in the tough FIA Formula 3 series when he came from 17th to finish seventh Saturday afternoon in Race 2 of the season-opening tripleheader at Paul Ricard.
Tveter displayed a fine combination of simultaneous offense and defense at the start. By the end of a tumultuous first lap he had bettered his starting position by an incredible 11 positions.
Five drivers (Ben Barnicoat, Lance Stroll, Joel Eriksson, Max Gunther and Harrison Newey) were all out due to contact in the first turn. In addition, another driver who started in the top five, Ralf Aron, dropped far back in the field trying to miss getting involved in the big crash. Tveter had his hands full trying to avoid the mess too, but he not only wasn't involved in the accident, but he passed Sergio Setta Camara, Nikita Mazepin, Alessio Lorandi, Raoul Hyman and Niko Kari in the process to take sixth position before the first full-course caution of the season waved. "Read more"
TERRE HAUTE, Ind., April 4 - Brand-new race cars are rarely good "right out of the box," but that wasn't the case for Nolen Racing's brand-new Maxim USAC Silver Crown car. With no shakedown event at all, the Whiteland, Ind.-based crew and driver Jerry Coons Jr. used their expertise to arrive at a set-up that allowed Coons to qualify third Sunday afternoon for the 16th annual Sumar Classic 100 at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Strong winds made track conditions changeable all day, and the top two finishers both brushed the wall during the course of the Sumar Classic 100 later that evening. Coons ran very high at times but he never hit the wall, and he brought the car home safely in ninth place in the season opener for the series, the track, and the team owned by Gene Nolen of Greenwood, Ind.
All in all it was a very solid outing for the new Chevrolet-powered car, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container Inc. and KECO Coatings. "Read more"
LE CASTELLET, France, April 1 - America's Ryan Tveter will be an ambassador for three not-for-profit organizations that improve the lives of children, adolescents and young adults as he competes in the FIA Formula 3 series this year. The series, a proven training ground for future Formula 1 stars, kicks off its 2016 season this weekend with a tripleheader at Paul Ricard.
Tveter, 21, the only American competing in the series in 2016, developed the three "community partnerships" for Right To Play, MTV Staying Alive, and the Lessons for Life Foundation. The program will raise awareness and money for all three charities.
As part of his role as an ambassador for the organizations, logos for each charity will be embroidered onto his driving uniform, and decals for all three will be applied to the sides of his black and blue Carlin Racing #3 VW-powered Dallara. The car will be seen by some 650,000 fans at 10 tripleheaders on some of Europe's greatest road courses from April through October. Live, taped-delayed, and online broadcasts reach some 188 million more people annually, according to the FIA. Tveter's and the organizations’ press outreach, Web sites, and social media programs will provide additional exposure and engagement. "Read more"
WHITELAND, Ind., March 31 - Nolen Racing has a new car among its arsenal as it approaches the 2016 USAC Silver Crown season opener Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track. Its driver, Jerry Coons Jr., the series’ champion in 2008, hopes that the team’s new Maxim chassis will be just what he needs to advance one more position in the driver point standings after he finished second in the championship in both 2014 and 2015.
Nolen Racing, based in Whiteland, Ind., is always a top contender. Team owner Gene Nolen of Greenwood, Ind., begins his 27th season as a USAC Silver Crown car owner on Sunday.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz. who moved from Plainfield, Ind. to Greencastle, Ind. in the off-season, finished third in this race last year. He is one of only six drivers ever to win all three of USAC’s national divisions (Silver Crown, sprint and midget), which is called its Triple Crown.
“I’m looking forward to getting the season kicked off,” Coons said. “We never seemed to be where we wanted to be on the dirt last year, so Gene has given us a new Maxim dirt car which seems to be the car to beat. There will be some learning to do, but we expect to be good right out of the box.” "Read more"
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31, 2016 – After having successfully achieved his crowd funding-campaign in 2015, the Swiss-French NASCAR driver Yann Zimmer is offering shares of his company, YZ Racing Ltd., to investors. His ultimate goal is to become the first European driver to compete full-time in NASCAR's top series.
Zimmer and his management team, Racemax, have developed a private equity arrangement to allow investors to share in the future, long-term earnings obtained from both race purses and sponsorship revenues.
With a minimum investment of CHF 10’000 (about $10,379.80), private or institutional investors become shareholders of YZ Racing Ltd. and are eligible for a return on investment.
Zimmer is also soliciting sponsorships from companies in search of increased exposure in the United States through the exceptionally high audience attracted to NASCAR."Read more"
TAMPA, Fla., March 22 — Of the many stories that developed during Saturday's Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway, Alegra Motorsports' tale was one of the most compelling.
The privateer (non-factory) team based in Tampa, Fla. was in line for a podium finish both overall and in the top class, Prototype, at the race's halfway point.
That was remarkable for at least four reasons.
The first was simply the level of competition it faced in the second round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The second was that the team members only had one test late last month before they debuted their new-to-them Riley BMW at Sebring with support from sponsors InSync Healthcare Solutions and Poker Stars.
The third was that three of the car's four drivers had never driven a Prototype before they got the chance to drive this one."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 16 - Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway has gotten even more exciting with the addition of Alegra Motorsports' entry in the top class, Prototype. InSync Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of integrated EMR and practice management software, revenue cycle management services, and medical transcription services to thousands of healthcare professionals throughout the United States, will share in that excitement as the primary sponsor of the Tampa, Fla.-based team's Riley BMW #24.
Team owner and veteran driver Carlos de Quesada, also of Tampa, will share the driving duties with three young stars: Daniel Morad, 25, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Cameron Lawrence, 23, of Windermere, Fla., and Dominik Farnbacher, 31, of Ansbach, Germany.
The team acquired its Prototype recently from Starworks Motorsports, and the car wasn't ready for the season opener at Daytona. Beginning with Saturday's race at Sebring, Alegra Motorsports plans to compete in the other three races that make up the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), a series within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition to the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring, that series includes the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 30-July 3 and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., Sept. 28-Oct. 1. "Read more"