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F1 pit stop comparison between the 1950s and today.

Now that is the different between three guys 1950 at Indianapolis 500 in the pits and 19+ guys in Formula 1 servicing you.  Now in Formula 1 the pit stop are under .02 seconds.  An the teams are working on how to make the pits even faster. You will not believe the different a few years has made.  Don’t blink you will miss the stop.
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Now that is the different between three guys 1950 at Indianapolis 500 in the pits and 19+ guys in Formula 1 servicing you.  Now in Formula 1 the pit stop are under .02 seconds.  An the teams are working on how to make the pits even faster. You will not believe the different a few years has made.  Don’t blink you will miss the stop.

RISI FERRARI TAKES THE CHECKER AT LONG BEACH!

Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia GT no. 62:  Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Dane Cameron (USA) Ferrari factory driver Giancarlo Fisichella took the start of the race – which was a somewhat processional affair with no full course yellows to close up the field, the complete reverse to the previous round – and tucked in behind the factory Corvettes, BMWs and Porsches.  After just 15 laps the Italian reported that he was losing a lot of grip but he maintained a consistent pace until what was d...
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Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia GT no. 62:  Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Dane Cameron (USA) Ferrari factory driver Giancarlo Fisichella took the start of the race – which was a somewhat processional affair with no full course yellows to close up the field, the complete reverse to the previous round – and tucked in behind the factory Corvettes, BMWs and Porsches.  After just 15 laps the Italian reported that he was losing a lot of grip but he maintained a consistent pace until what was due to have been the one and only pit stop of the race at the 42 minute mark. The Ferrari stopped on the same lap as all its main competitors and the Risi Competizione crew once again showed they were the class of the field – refueling, doing a driver change and four Michelin tires in less time than any other car in pit lane.   American Dane Cameron (originally from Glen Allen in California but now residing in Georgia) took the wheel from Fisichella but make a small error three laps into his stint and went off track into the run off area.  There was no damage to the car – definitely cause for Risi to celebrate this weekend – but the left front tire was carrying a flat spot for the remainder of the race which deteriorated to the extent that Cameron came into the pits for a second stop with just 10 minutes remaining. Giancarlo Fisichella:  “It was a difficult race; we couldn’t get what we expected from the car at the start of the weekend and we weren’t quick enough.  It was a bit the balance of the car, a bit the set up – generally the grip was not enough and the car was very inconsistent on the curbs.  But I finished my first race of the season and it was encouraging to get to the end of the race, even if we did have to have a second pit stop.  We brought the car home so for the next race I’m sure we will be better – at the moment it looks like we need more power or less weight!”   Dane Cameron:  “We weren’t able to ever quite get the exact balance that both Fisi and I were looking so I think we were slightly down on pace.  We were hoping we’d be able to make some up with track position and we had a pretty good stop and strategy.  I’ll own a small mistake that I made when I went down the escape road a few laps into my stint so I struggled with a flat spot after that.  I enjoyed my first race in the Ferrari and had green flag racing for an hour so it was a solid first stint with the team which I very much enjoyed.  We had the consistency but missed on the outright pace for the weekend.”   Risi Competizione’s next race will be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday 4th May.

HIGHT CAPS BUSY WEEKEND WITH BIG WIN IN CHARLOTTE

HIGHT CAPS BUSY WEEKEND WITH BIG WIN CHARLOTTE —- Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car team fought an uphill battle today at zMAX Dragway at the 5th annual Four-Wide NHRA Nationals. Winning for the second time in the tough four-wide format today and for the fourth time at zMAX Dragway Hight leaves North Carolina still in the points lead and with two wins this season. This was the twelfth race in a row that John Force Racing has had a Funny Car in the final round going ba...
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HIGHT CAPS BUSY WEEKEND WITH BIG WIN CHARLOTTE —- Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car team fought an uphill battle today at zMAX Dragway at the 5th annual Four-Wide NHRA Nationals. Winning for the second time in the tough four-wide format today and for the fourth time at zMAX Dragway Hight leaves North Carolina still in the points lead and with two wins this season. This was the twelfth race in a row that John Force Racing has had a Funny Car in the final round going back to the U.S. Nationals last season. In the final quad Hight faced 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, two-time 2014 winner Alexis DeJoria and a strong Tim Wilkerson entry. Hight had a tremendous reaction time and drove away from the field to secure his 31st career Funny Car win with a blistering time of 4.074 at 311.34 mph. “The whole field is tough. You look at it top to bottom. Anybody can win one of these races. There are a lot of great cars out there. Kalitta (Racing) is running great. Schumacher (Racing) will be there. Wilkerson is running well. It is all tough,” said Hight, who has a two race win streak at zMAX Dragway now. “If you let up just a little bit you don’t take everybody seriously you are going to be on the trailer. We took the points lead over in Las Vegas. We don’t want to give it up. I didn’t want to have to wait between here and Houston thinking about getting the points lead back. I want to go to Houston knowing we still have the points lead.” Hight is the fourth driver to win more than one Four-Wide race and the first to do so in Funny Car.  Previous two-time winners were Mike Edwards (2010, 2013), Greg Anderson (2011, 2012) and Spencer Massey (2012, 2013).  JFR has won 60 per cent of all the Four-Wides contested on the tour plus the exhibition that preceded the actual event, which Mike Neff won as a driver.  This is the 70th time JFR Fords have left a tour event 1-2 in points. Hight’s two final round losses this season have come at the hands of DeJoria and heading into the final round he was 0-4 versus the Patron XO Café sponsored driver. “You think three Ford Funny Cars in the final is pretty good odds but the way she has been running and winning races it was no gimme,” said Hight. “I don’t know who was runner-up her or John but that was a big one. I almost wish she would have been runner-up because I would have gained 40 points on John.” Hight credited crew chief Mike Neff all weekend with giving him confidence and a great race car. On Sunday the team had to race in the lane that three other teams passed on in the second round and the final quad. It did not dampen the confidence of Neff. “This format is a dangerous format for Mike Neff. He understands what he needs to run in order to win. We joked all day after the first round that we didn’t have lane choice and we got table scraps. We went out there and we still won from the lane that nobody wanted. Never once did I feel like we were at a disadvantage because we were in the ‘bad’ lane,” said Hight. “Losing twice to Alexis in finals earlier this year I think that motivated him a little bit to push it. The way he races I guarantee my car was not on the edge in the final. It was tuned up enough to go up there and hopefully get the win.” Hight’s day started with one of the toughest match-ups of the day. In his first quad every driver had at least one NHRA Mello Yello championship. When he won in 2012 his final quad had two world champs and the best driver without a championship. “I was racing world champs in that final (in 2012) Cruz Pedregon, John and Ron Capps. It never gets easy. First round today I had (Matt) Hagan, (Jack) Beckman and Tony Pedregon. All those guys are world champs. This has been a great weekend. We love coming to zMAX Dragway. We are trying to sell sponsorships and what better place than this to bring potential sponsors. Yesterday this place was packed. I was a great weekend all in all and to have John and I finish 1-2 made it that much more special. This was my fourth final in a row,” added Hight. Despite having the best reaction time of all the other final quad competitors, John Force and his Castrol GTX Mustang came up just little short of winning his second NHRA Four-Wide Nationals as it was his son-in-law and fellow teammate, Robert Hight who got to the finish line first. With his second place finish today at zMax Dragway, John Force makes a significant move in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car points standing. “If it was just about the points, I’d feel real good as we moved up one and two but it’s about winning. I don’t like to lose to anybody but if I’m going to, I’d rather lose to a teammate who works just as hard as me and that’s Robert Hight,” said John Force. John Force’s Castrol GTX High Mustang looked like a different car today. Any issues it may have had as it struggled during the Friday and Saturday qualifying session were obliviously addresses and fixed by Jimmy Prock and the crew. In the opening quad, John was matched up against daughter and fellow teammate Courtney Force, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jeff Arend. John Force blasted off with a strong 4.046 second elapsed time, quickest of the race for Funny car and took the win to advance to the next session. In the semi-final quad, the 16-time champ was lined up with Robert Hight, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Matt Hagan. When the Christmas trees lit up, John Force had the best reaction time of the bunch and led the pack with a 4.12 second elapsed time. Right on his bumper was fellow teammate and son-in-law Robert Hight with a 4.13 second time. With lane choice being very critical, crew chief Jimmy Prock made sure the John’s Funny Car was lined-up in the best on that could take on the 8,000 horsepower from the Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang. When it came to the final quad, it was John Force, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson and Alexis DeJoria going for the win. When the Christmas Trees blinked, all four drivers took off in a thunderous fury as 40,000 horsepower erupted within the stands. While John Force got the hole-shot over DeJoria with a stellar .040 light, it wasn’t enough to hold off Robert Hight’s hard charging Auto Club Mustang that blasted a 4.07 second elapsed time in final. “Good weekend and I want to acknowledge the other drivers in the lanes next to Robert and me during the final race. You got to congrats that to Alexis DeJoria as her old car is starting to fly and Tim Wilkerson, to race the way he does on a budget is really something,” said John Force. This was John Force’s fifth start at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals and his second final round appearance. “These were all great competitors and we gave the fans a really good show today,” said John Force. For the third year in a row the Four-Wide NHRA Nationals were not kind to the Traxxas backed team. Courtney Force dropped a close race to her dad John Force and Tommy Johnson Jr. “We didn’t get the win out here this weekend. We had some tough competition in the first round going up against my dad, Arend and Tommy Johnson Jr. But on a positive note, we’ve had a more consistent race car and coming out to four-wide I think it definitely shows that we’ve improved this year more than any year in the past,” said Force. “We’re looking forward to Houston next week, but knowing that we qualified in the No. 6 position is big for us. That’s our best qualified spot at four-wide. We had a tough first round, but that’s going to keep up pushing forward. As a driver, I have to keep pushing myself too and we’ll see what we can do in Houston,” said Force. Brittany Forces chances of winning her first NHRA Top Fuel trophy evaporated in the second round of eliminations as her Castrol EDGE Top Fuel Dragster smoked the tires at the hit of the throttle. Despite having her best back-to-back qualifying performances, she still came up short on race day. Regardless, the 2013 NHRA Rookie of the Year remains upbeat and positive. “I’m still very proud of my Castrol EDGE team. To come out here to Charlotte and qualify number five at the four-wide is a big deal. That’s what we tried to do all of last year and we’ve improved. I’m also up against some tough guys, it’s not an easy group of racers so again, to go out and qualify number five at this race with these conditions and against some great teams is a big deal,” said Brittany Force. In the opening round, Brittany finished second in her quad to 2012 NHRA Top Fuel Champion Antron Brown while outrunning Clay Millican and Leah Pritchett as their race cars experience traction and mechanical issues. Brittany ran a strong with a 3.81 at 323.19 mph and was right there next to Antron Brown’s 3.801 at 323.04. “I felt good feeling going into the first quad, my energy was up and my guys were pumped. I had a feeling we’d get past round one. When I got to the other end of the track, I had no clue who won. I can get complicated with three other race cars up there but they said it was Antron and me moving on and I was pumped about that. Unfortunately we went out in the semis but we did get past this stump we’ve been in the last two races of going out in the first round,” said Brittany Force. As a driver, Brittany’s confidence in herself and in the team’s ability to tune her race car to the track conditions continues to grow. She also solidifying her place in the points chase as she’s putting rounds on the guys behind her. “The more runs we get, the better I feel in the car. I’m feeling more comfortable in the Castrol EDGE Dragster and it will help us go rounds in two weeks at the NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston,” said Brittany Force.

Alund Earns First NHRA Win at Four-Wide Nationals

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 13, 2014 – Sweden’s Jimmy Alund had an extraordinary day at the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The Summit Racing Pro Stock driver, filling in for KB Racing’s Greg Anderson, knocked out a string of respected competitors on the way to earning his first trophy on American soil driving the powerful Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. With his triumph, Alund became the first European winner and only the fourth non-American winner in the Mello Y...
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 13, 2014 – Sweden’s Jimmy Alund had an extraordinary day at the 5th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. The Summit Racing Pro Stock driver, filling in for KB Racing’s Greg Anderson, knocked out a string of respected competitors on the way to earning his first trophy on American soil driving the powerful Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro. With his triumph, Alund became the first European winner and only the fourth non-American winner in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. “To be able to outrun nine cars in one day – and against drivers and teams that I’ve been looking up to [while] racing in Europe is pretty awesome,” said Alund, who defeated runner-up Shane Gray and semifinal finishers Vincent Nobile and Erica Enders-Stevens in the final with a 6.562 at 211.59 mph that was a thousandth quicker than Gray in terms of elapsed time. “Greg told me in Pomona to ‘drive like I stole it,’ and I’m actually thinking about stealing it right now,” joked Alund, who will race for Anderson at the Houston event in two weeks before handing the reins back to the four-time world champ, who is recovering from heart surgery performed earlier this season. For Alund, who was contracted to race six events for Summit Racing, the clock was ticking. He had consistently made progress though, qualifying for each event on the tour beginning with the season-opener in Pomona, setting and resetting his career best numbers, and seeing his first win light in competition at the last race on the tour, the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. During qualifying at the Four-Wide Nationals, Alund recorded a best time of 6.550 at 211.96 mph to earn a position in the top half of the field for the second consecutive event. Starting eighth, Alund was second-quickest in his quad in the first round of eliminations on Sunday to advance, topping V. Gaines and Larry Morgan with a 6.554 at 211.53 that was only bested by No. 1 qualifier Chris McGaha. In the second round, Alund saw another win light by putting up the best number in his quad, a 6.563 at 211.43, to advance along with second-quickest Shane Gray (6.555, 211.96) and put McGaha and Jeg Coughlin on the trailer. The final in Charlotte was Alund’s first on the NHRA Mello Yello Series tour, and with only six allotted races to get the job done, it seemed a long shot for many. Alund, however, was powered by KB Racing and supported by a team that welcomed him with open arms and immediately accepted him as one of their own. “This means a lot,” said Alund. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet; let’s put it that way. I have a lot of wins in Europe, but this is something special. It will be hard to climb out of the seat. We have a really great group of people in Pro Stock, and I’ve had a great time. The Summit Racing guys are awesome, and everyone is laughing and having a good time. I think that’s a very key ingredient.”  

America’s Favorite Performance Car Line Expands in 2015

With new Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet to offer 14 performance models NEW YORK – With the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts 14 distinct performance-car models – including nine Camaro models, the SS performance sedan and four Corvette models. Output ranges from 323 to an estimated 625 horsepower. “Chevrolet has been America’s best-selling performance brand for four consecutive years, due in part to the breadth of our lineup,” said Mar...
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With new Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet to offer 14 performance models NEW YORK – With the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts 14 distinct performance-car models – including nine Camaro models, the SS performance sedan and four Corvette models. Output ranges from 323 to an estimated 625 horsepower. “Chevrolet has been America’s best-selling performance brand for four consecutive years, due in part to the breadth of our lineup,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development. “For 2015, we will have the best range in our history, offering a performance car for virtually every enthusiast, from the 30-mpg Camaro LS and the COPO Camaro drag car to the 625-horsepower Corvette Z06 Convertible supercar.” The 2015 Chevrolet lineup of performance cars includes: Corvette The all-new Corvette Stingray was the most awarded vehicle of 2013. Built on a new aluminum chassis and featuring a new 6.2L V-8 rated at 455 horsepower, it backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car with at least 450 horsepower: an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city driving and 29 mpg on the highway with its seven-speed manual transmission. A new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission will be offered in 2015. The new Z06 Coupe and Convertible join the lineup for 2015. The new Z06 delivers supercar levels of performance and technology, including at least 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque from an all-new supercharged engine, and true aerodynamic downforce for high-speed stability. The Z06 Coupe is the most capable Corvette in the brand’s history, recording the fastest lap of any production car ever tested at GM’s Milford Road Course test track. The Z06 Convertible will be one of the most capable convertibles on the market – matching the coupe model – with 0-60 acceleration in less than 3.5 seconds. Chevrolet SS Chevrolet’s first V-8-powered, rear-drive performance sedan since 1996 is based on a race-proven, global platform that underpins the Camaro, and, in Australia, the high-performance Holden VF Commodore. Lightweight aluminum hood and deck lid panels contribute to a nearly 50/50 weight balance, while the performance of the SS’s 415-hp / 415-lb-ft 6.2L V-8 enables 0 to 60 mph sprints in 5 seconds flat. Camaro The Camaro lineup starts with the 323-horsepower V-6-powered coupe and convertible, which match performance with efficiency – including up to 30 mpg on the highway for the 2LS coupe model – and a suggested starting price of $23,555 not including tax, title and dealership fees. The SS coupe and convertible come with Chevy’s legendary small-block V-8, featuring a 6.2L engine delivering up to 426 horsepower, and 0-60 acceleration in 4.5 seconds. The Camaro 1LE is the most affordable, track-capable Camaro in the lineup, starting at $37,350. Offered only on SS coupes with a manual transmission and optimized for the track with unique gearing, suspension tuning and tires that make it capable of more than 1 g in cornering grip. The Camaro ZL1 (coupe and convertible) is equally at home on the race track, the drag strip or daily commuting. It features a supercharged 6.2L V-8 with 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque – making the ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever from Chevrolet. It is also the most technologically advanced, with standard Magnetic Ride Control and, on coupe models, Performance Traction Management. The COPO Camaro, limited to 69 units this year, is a hand-built race car designed exclusively for drag racing – the first purpose-built Camaro race car from Chevy and the quickest Camaro ever from the factory Finally, the all-new Camaro Z/28 returns the iconic model to its road-racing roots. It features exterior elements designed like a race car to produce downforce that presses the car against the track for greater grip – up to 1.08 g in cornering acceleration – and faster lap times. Camaro Z/28 logged a 7:37 lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring track, which was faster than published times for Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

O’Connell, Jonsson, Mills Take Long Beach Pirelli World Challenge Victories

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Johnny O’Connell (GT), Nic Jonsson (GTS) and Michael Mills (GT-A) took victories in Round 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge season, The Roar By the Shore Presented by Kia, on the streets of Long Beach. For O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga. in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R, it was a controlled drive from pole position ahead of his teammate Andy Pilgrim, with a margin of victory of 1.528 seconds at 75.313 mph. O’Connell led all 32 laps to ...
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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Johnny O’Connell (GT), Nic Jonsson (GTS) and Michael Mills (GT-A) took victories in Round 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge season, The Roar By the Shore Presented by Kia, on the streets of Long Beach. For O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga. in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R, it was a controlled drive from pole position ahead of his teammate Andy Pilgrim, with a margin of victory of 1.528 seconds at 75.313 mph. O’Connell led all 32 laps to secure his first win of the season and 11th of his Pirelli World Challenge career. It capped a perfect weekend where he took home 151 points, led Friday’s single practice session and took the pole on Saturday. “You want to hit up the tracks you know that will favor us,” O’Connell said. “If you make no mistakes, good things happen. We didn’t make any mistakes all weekend. “ After finishing 10th at St. Petersburg, and losing out late in this race last year, this was a needed result for the two-time defending GT class champion. “Honestly it’s going to be a long season climbing back from what happened at St. Pete,” he said. “We came away with barely any points there. We have to score points, and we got maximum points. Getting so close last year I was super motivated to get the win today.” Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., made it home in second in the No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R. The result is Cadillac’s first 1-2 finish of the season, and was last achieved at Round 10 of the 2013 season in Toronto, also led by O’Connell. “You hope it might be the other way around and sometimes it is,” Pilgrim said. “But it’s all good, because we’re teammates. We felt we had an advantage here, but the next track we won’t. The downforce of the FIA cars will come into play. And we have three years’ experience on these cars, with the setups. They’ll learn more as the season goes on. We’ve got 14 more races to go. It’s just the beginning for now.” In third and posting a solid effort where he closed but was unable to overtake the Cadillac’s was Anthony Lazzaro, of Atlanta, Ga., in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. Lazzaro, who finished fourth at St. Petersburg, secured R. Ferri’s first overall podium in only the team’s second Pirelli World Challenge race. “We’ve made a lot of progress. R. Ferri Motorsports is going to be here to stay,” he said. “Every lap we’re making improvements. It’s one of the best race cars I’ve had. We didn’t have anything for the Cadillac’s but we made it look better than it was. We should be better at Barber.” In fourth and leading a trio of Audi R8 Ultras was Andrew Palmer, of Chicago, in the No. 21 GMG Racing Audi R8 Ultra. James Sofronas, of Villa Park, Calif., secured his first top five of the new year in the No. 14 Spyder/The Thermal Club Audi R8 Ultra. Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, finished sixth in the No. 2 Hawk Performance Audi R8 Ultra, in CRP Racing’s first race with its new chassis. Mills, of Angleton, Texas, took top honors in the GT-A classification in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R. He finished 10th overall and took advantage when trouble struck erstwhile GT-A leader Nick Mancuso, of Chicago, in the No. 16 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 on Lap 27. “It’s good to be on top of the box, and in a Porsche,” Mills said. “It’s a bit unfortunate for Nick that he had some sort of contact, but we’re glad to take the win. Most guys were really courteous today, and we’re all starting to know each other and the respect is coming.” Henrik Hedman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., finished second in GT-A in the No. 10 DragonSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, with Jeff Courtney, of Milwaukee, Wis., third in GT-A in the No. 99 Kenda/RecStuff.com Audi R8 Ultra. Hedman and Courtney finished 11th and 12th overall, and their podium finishes ensured the GT-A category has had six different drivers in the top three in just two races. GTS also has that statistic of six podium finishers from two races with Kia Racing/Kinetic Motorsports’ pair of Jonsson and Mark Wilkins ending first and third in the race nearby to Kia’s North America headquarters in Irvine, Calif. Jonsson took the lead on Lap 2 from second on the grid, and the driver from Buford, Ga. led the rest of the way in the No. 36 Kia Motors America Kia Optima. That pass of polesitter Jack Roush Jr. netted Jonsson the Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race. Jonsson controlled the race after the race’s only restart. The lone caution flag flew on the first lap when there was contact between Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., in the No. 73 RESET-MD/StopTech/Motul Porsche Cayman S, and David  Sterckx, of Brussels, Belgium, in the No. 52 Always Evolving Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Both drivers climbed out of their cars under their own power. “It was a bit bunched up off the start and I took an outside line,” Jonsson said. “The 15 minutes of yellow slowed the flow but we got going again. We started racing and I was fortunate to maintain it through the rest of the race. It’s been a long run of tough luck; we had pace all the time, I just couldn’t finish it.” The win, at a margin of victory of 5.183 seconds, is his second in Pirelli World Challenge, and first in nearly 10 years. He won the second Sonoma race in the Touring Car class in 2004. This result was a nice finish after a 2013 season where he was consistently bit by bad luck. Behind him was a snarling pack of Ford Mustang Boss 302 cars. Tony Buffomante, of Naperville, Ill., drove steadily to second place in the No. 33 Capaldi Racing/Ford Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S and his first career series podium. “That start was pretty hairy!” said Buffomante, who started fourth in class. “I thought going in, ‘There isn’t much room here for the standing start.’ But Nic and I went wheel to wheel, and we really enjoyed a super clean race. I couldn’t quite track him down and I held off Roush in another Boss 302 behind me. It’s a dream start for us and the Ford family.” Meanwhile polesitter Roush Jr., of Livonia, Mich., fell back off the start in the No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R and eventually was passed on the last lap by Jonsson’s teammate, Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, in the No. 38 Kia Motors America Kia Optima. “Jack ran a really strong race, but I think his tires were getting a little tired,” Wilkins said. “He might have missed a shift and I dove on the brakes and went for it. But we made it stick for Kia at our home race.”  Roush Jr. ended fourth with another Ford, driven by Alec Udell, of The Woodlands, Texas, fifth in the No. 17 Watson Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Andy Lee, of Colorado Springs, Col., finished seventh in GTS in the No. 20 Crown7.com/BestIT Racing Chevrolet Camaro and rebounded after losing several positions on the first lap. His pass of Tony Gaples, of Libertyville, Ill. in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop, for ninth place on Lap 12 won him the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race award. Nick Esayian, of San Diego, Calif., secured the Sunoco Hard Charger award with a gain of 12 spots from start to finish in the No. 34 Natural Cures Aston Martin GT4 for TRG-AMR. Esayian ended 10th in GTS. Lastly Erik Davis, of Burbank, Calif., took home the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start award after gaining nine spots from the start in the No. 75 Always Evolving Racing/Autotopia, LLC Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Davis ended 13th in GTS. In the GT championship points standings, Pilgrim is up 224-188 on teammate O’Connell after two races. Lazzaro, with 181, is third and Palmer, on 180, is fourth. Mancuso in 11th overall, is highest classified GT-A driver on 121 points with Mills 12th and 114. In GTS, Jonsson now has a lead of 25 points on Buffomante, 220-195, after two races. Lee is third with 187 and Roush Jr. is fourth on 173. The next weekend of Pirelli World Challenge competition will be its first trip to Barber Motorsports Park April 25-27, where the GT, GT-A, GTS, TC, TCA and TCB categories will all be in action.  LONG BEACH, California – Results from Sunday’s 32 lap 62.976 mile Pirelli World Challenge Championship Pirelli World Challenge GT Round 2 race, part of the 40th Long Beach Grand Prix at Long Beach Street Circuit, with finishing position, class, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown,  car, laps and reason out (if any). 1. GT, (1), Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Cadillac CTS-V R, 32. 2. GT, (2), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V R, 32, -1.528. 3. GT, (3), Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta, Ga., Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 32, -5.709. 4. GT, (5), Andrew Palmer, Chicago, Ill., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -12.167. 5. GT, (8), James Sofronas, Villa Park, Calif., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -13.040. 6. GT, (9), Mike Skeen, Charlotte, N.C., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -13.293. 7. GT, (4), Alex Figge, Denver, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 32, -14.006. 8. GT, (10), Tim Bergmeister, Langfeld Germany,   , Porsche GT3R, 32, -20.677. 9. GT, (11), Mike Hedlund, Woodside, Calif., Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 32, -23.872. 10. GT, (13), Michael Mills(A), Angleton, Texas, Porsche GT3R, 32, -38.320. 11. GT, (12), Henrik Hedman(A)(R), Ft Lauderdale, Fla., Ferrari 458 GT3, 32, -45.295. 12. GT, (17), Jeff Courtney(A), Milwaukee, Wis., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -1:02.308. 13. GT, (18), Tim Pappas(A), Boston, Mass., Mercedes AMG SLS GT3, 32, -1:06.697. 14. GT, (15), Dan Knox(A)(R), Pilot Point, Texas, SRT Viper GT3R, 32, -1:08.215. 15. GT, (16), Bret Curtis(A), Austin, Texas, Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -1:11.697. 16. GT, (14), Brent Holden(A), Newport Coast, Calif., Audi R8 Ultra, 32, -1:12.134. 17. GT, (7), Nick Mancuso(A), Chicago, Ill., Ferrari 458 GT3, 31, -1 lap. 18. GT, (19), Tomy Drissi, Los Angeles, Calif., Aston Martin GT3, 26, Crash. 19. GT, (20), Bill Ziegler(A), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Audi R8 Ultra, 20, Mech. 20. GT, (6), Robert Thorne, Littleton, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 15, Mech. Time of race: 50 minutes, 10.287 seconds. Average speed: 75.313 mph Margin of victory: 1.528 Seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-32, #3 Johnny O’Connell Fastest race lap: #9 Alex Figge, 1:21.322 (87.120 mph) Fastest qualifier: #3 Johnny O’Connell, 1:20.386 (88.134 mph)  LONG BEACH, California – Results from Sunday’s 31 lap 61.008 mile Pirelli World Challenge Championship Pirelli World Challenge GTS Round 2 race, part of the 40th Long Beach Grand Prix at Long Beach Street Circuit, with finishing position, class, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown,  car, laps and reason out (if any).  1. GTS, (2), Nic Jonsson, Buford, Ga., Kia Optima, 31. 2. GTS, (4), Tony Buffomante, Naperville, Ill., Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -5.183. 3. GTS, (7), Mark Wilkins, Toronto, Ontario, Kia Optima, 31, -6.733. 4. GTS, (1), Jack Roush Jr, Livonia, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302R, 31, -8.257. 5. GTS, (6), Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas, Ford MustangBoss302S, 31, -10.749. 6. GTS, (10), Drew Regitz, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, 30, -37.085. 7. GTS, (8), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 30, -41.373. 8. GTS, (14), Tony Gaples, Libertyville, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 30, -1:06.570. 9. GTS, (11), Brad Adams, New Orleans, La., Ford MustangBoss302S, 30, -1:16.607. 10. GTS, (19), Nick Esayian, San Diego, Calif., Aston Martin GT4, 30, -1:25.787. 11. GTS, (18), Buz McCall, Boca Raton, Fla., Porsche Cayman S, 30, -1 lap. 12. GTS, (20), Jorge De La Torre (R), McAllen, Texas, Aston Martin GT4, 30, -1 lap. 13. GTS, (17), Erik Davis, Burbank, Calif., Ford MustangBoss302S, 29, -2 lap. 14. GTS, (15), Don Istook, River Oaks, Texas, Audi TTRS, 29, -2 lap. 15. GTS, (13), Mitch Landry, Lake Charles, La., Ford MustangBoss302S, 27, Mech. 16. GTS, (12), Ric Bushey, Virginia Beach, Va., Nissan 370Z, 27, Crash. 17. GTS, (16), Geoff Reeves, Cleveland, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 27, -4 lap. 18. GTS, (3), Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 2, Mech. 19. GTS, (5), Jack Baldwin, Marietta, Ga., Porsche Cayman S, 1, Crash. 20. GTS, (9), David Sterckx, Brussels Belgium, BG, Ford MustangBoss302S, 1, Crash. Time of race: 51 minutes, 15.380 seconds. Average speed: 71.415 mph Margin of victory: 5.183 Seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-1, #60 Jack Roush Jr; laps 2-31, #36 Nic Jonsson Fastest race lap: #36 Nic Jonsson, 1:27.918 (80.584 mph) Fastest qualifier: #60 Jack Roush Jr, 1:27.325 (81.131 mph)

Mike Conway Claims 2nd Long Beach Win Sunday in Rugged Street Fight

April 14th 2014 – LONG BEACH, Calif.– Mike Conway didn’t know what to expect when he started 17th in Sunday’s 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the No. 20 ECR/Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Conway, disappointed with his qualifying performance, knew he came back from 20th to win his first Long Beach event in 2011, so he hoped a similar performance was possible. And the personable Brit pulled off another comeback at the legendary 1.96-mile, 12-turn temporary Sun...
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April 14th 2014 – LONG BEACH, Calif.– Mike Conway didn’t know what to expect when he started 17th in Sunday’s 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the No. 20 ECR/Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. Conway, disappointed with his qualifying performance, knew he came back from 20th to win his first Long Beach event in 2011, so he hoped a similar performance was possible. And the personable Brit pulled off another comeback at the legendary 1.96-mile, 12-turn temporary Sunday circuit by capturing his second Long Beach classic in dramatic style. Conway’s wild adventure to the front of the field had some team strategy and a little bit luck involved. But at the end, a spectacular drive and solid ECR crew pit stops propelled Conway to the finish line and a second victory for Ed Carpenter Racing. The win was Conway’s third career Verizon IndyCar Series triumph after taking the 2011 Long Beach race and the 2013 Belle Isle title.  He also won four WEC Sports Car races in 2013. “I’m still trying to take in the fact that we just won Long Beach again,” said Conway, 30. “After Saturday’s disappointing qualifying run, I just didn’t know what to expect today. But our team established a good game plan for the race.  And it worked out perfectly in the end.” On the first two laps, Conway made contact in two locations on the circuit that bend his front wing and caused concern to his team.  But the broken wing never was an issue for Mike. “I banged into someone on the first and second lap in the fountain turn as well as the hairpin and bent the right front wing, so I wasn’t too sure how the car would handle from that point forward,” he said.  “But the wing held together and I just fought as hard as possible.” Conway’s charge to the front was similar to his performance here in 2011, as he took advantage of others misfortune as well as showing his impressive driving skills. “When I won in 2011, I had to come back from 20th in the middle of the race to get up to the leaders,” he explained. “So I knew that starting 17th Sunday it was possible to challenge to get up front. But we had a game plan with our Firestone tires to use the black tires (primary and hard) first and then follow up with two sets of red (softer) sticker tires during our pit stops. The car felt good with the red tires for our final two stints.” Despite only his second race with Ed Carpenter Racing, Conway again showed his road racing talent in driving from 17th to take the lead with two laps remaining.  Leader Scott Dixon had to pit for fuel on lap 78 of the 80-lap feature. “It says a lot for the ECR crew that I was able to win in my second race with them,” Conway said. “Of course, I just love this circuit as well as the overall event. It’s a classic and I just can’t believe I have now won it twice in the last four years. We did get some breaks in the race as a driver usually does when he wins. We were able to pass both on the track and in the pits Sunday.” A turn-four crash on lap 55 with the leaders assisted Conway in his drive to the front Sunday, but he was able to still take advantage of the mishap too. “The big crash really changed the fortunes of many drivers,” he said. “And I was one of the lucky ones to get through that mess. I never knew what caused the incident but my spotter Lee Bentham saw the whole thing and told me to move to avoid it. It was a total team effort today.” Team owner Ed Carpenter was just as thrilled as the driver Sunday. The 2013 Indy 500 pole winner made the call to bring in Conway to his team for the road/street races as he will continue at the six oval races including the famed Indy 500. “At St. Pete, we were a little disappointed with the result as we felt we had a podium car there,” said Carpenter, a two-time IndyCar Series winner. “So we thoguht we would have a good chance coming to Long Beach. We struggled a bit in qualifying but the team battled hard and Mike did a great job today. I have never won a race this early in the season. Usually I win at the end of the year. So this is very exciting to show that our decision paid off pretty quickly.” Carpenter thinks he can see more great runs from Conway and the ECR crew in the future. “We have made some solid gains with Mike already and this victory will give the team more confidence to cement our beliefs that we can we can win additional races,” said Carpenter.  “Winning is always fun. I thought our team’s strategy was good today and we chose to pit at proper times too. Timing is always important in a race. Mike did a great job avoiding the big accident too. That was the biggest move of the race for us. We had some good pit stops today too.” Conway, who will compete in England this coming weekend in the WEC Sports Cars, returns to the cockpit of the ECR/Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy on April 25-27 at Barber Motorsports Park. - See more at: http://www.edcarpenterracing.com/Conway-Takes-ECRFuzzys-Vodka-Chevy-To-Victory-at-Long-Beach.news#sthash.XJoTysiU.dpuf  

Holley Performanc​e – Two Barrel Ultra HP Carburetor​s

Holley carbs have powered more racers than all others combined and they’ve just changed the game again. Holley is proud to introduce the all new Ultra HP 2 Barrel.  Holley 2 barrels have been a mainstay in oval track racing for decades, but racers always want more.  They want more tuning ability, more durability, more weight savings and more features, so Holley listened and designed the all new Ultra HP 2bbl. It delivers the proven results of the Ultra HP 4bbl but now in a 500 CFM 2bbl....
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NOS Dry EFI Nitrous Kits Holley carbs have powered more racers than all others combined and they’ve just changed the game again. Holley is proud to introduce the all new Ultra HP 2 Barrel.  Holley 2 barrels have been a mainstay in oval track racing for decades, but racers always want more.  They want more tuning ability, more durability, more weight savings and more features, so Holley listened and designed the all new Ultra HP 2bbl. It delivers the proven results of the Ultra HP 4bbl but now in a 500 CFM 2bbl. It’s all aluminum so it provides nearly 50% weight savings. It has no choke tower and an all new air entry area for smoother air flow, yet it retains the critical venturii and throttle bore dimensions for rule racing.  It has large capacity HP fuel bowls, wedged float, dedicated race-only throttle lever, billet metering blocks & base plates, plus much more.  The new Ultra HP 2bbl carbs are available in two finishes – a vibratory polished with black billet (part number 0-4412BK) and a Hard Core™ Gray hard coat anodized with black billet (part number 0-4412HB). They are already approved for use in the NASCAR Mid-West/West Coast Late Model Divisions and Holley expects more sanctioning bodies to approve them soon. The attached Ultra HP 2 Barrel Carbs Flyer has the details and high res photos and text can also be found on the product page here:  https://www.holley.com/types/Two%20Barrel%20Race%20Carburetors.asp

Black Diamond Motorsports Joins Team AMSOIL

Record setting drag racing team partners with Official Oil of IHRA Bridgeport, W.V. ~ Black Diamond Motorsports is pleased to announce a partnership with AMSOIL INC., the First in Synthetics and recognized leader in synthetic lubricants since 1972 and the Exclusive Official Oil of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Nitro Jam. AMSOIL lubricants have helped racing teams in all forms of racing – from off-road trucks to dirt bikes and everything in between – capture countless checker...
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Record setting drag racing team partners with Official Oil of IHRA Bridgeport, W.V. ~ Black Diamond Motorsports is pleased to announce a partnership with AMSOIL INC., the First in Synthetics and recognized leader in synthetic lubricants since 1972 and the Exclusive Official Oil of International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Nitro Jam. AMSOIL lubricants have helped racing teams in all forms of racing – from off-road trucks to dirt bikes and everything in between – capture countless checkered flags and season championships. AMSOIL believes that Racing is Research, and uses the data its racing efforts generate to tailor its formulations for even greater levels of performance and protection. The products that dominate at the track are the same products available to every AMSOIL customer. Kevin & Karen Bealko of Black Diamond Motorsports (BDMS), alongside friend and teammate John DeFlorian, have gone from a single-car operation in 2007, to a two-car in 2014. The team’s enthusiasm for drag racing has only increased along the way. "Our Black Diamond crew is very excited to partner up with such an innovative group as AMSOIL,” said Kevin Bealko. “We are committed to our common goal which is to work with the AMSOIL staff to continue the development of the best synthetics lubricants in the business." BDMS has blazed onto the drag racing scene by resetting established elapsed time (ET) and Miles per Hour (MPH) speed records throughout 2012-2013 while accumulating multiple wins in both the ADRL and XDRL competition during the racing seasons and adding IHRA ET & MPH records coupled with a win for 2014 season. DeFlorian obliterated the IHRA speed record in Mountain Motor Pro Stock, a record which stood at 223.95 mph since 2008. The speed was topped on two separate occasions by the Arnold, Mo. native, ending with an outstanding 226.70 mph pass in the final. The run not only gave the driver of the BDMS Camaro the record, but it also helped propel DeFlorian to his first victory in IHRA competition at the San Antonio Nationals as he bested Cary Goforth in the final. Up next for BDMS is the Nitro Jam event at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla. April 11-12. For more information on AMSOIL and AMSOIL products, go to www.amsoil.com. To follow AMSOIL Racing and Black Diamond Motorsports, go to www.amsoilracing.com.

Bass Pro Shops to Continue Heritage with Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program

Two-Time NASCAR Champion Austin Dillon will drive No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Talladega, Daytona “All of us at Bass Pro Shops are excited about continuing our friendship and business relationship with our long-time friend Richard Childress and sponsoring Austin Dillon during his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The No. 3 car is where we got our start so it’s great to see it back in action.” A longtime motorsports...
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RCR logo Bass Pro Two-Time NASCAR Champion Austin Dillon will drive No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Talladega, Daytona “All of us at Bass Pro Shops are excited about continuing our friendship and business relationship with our long-time friend Richard Childress and sponsoring Austin Dillon during his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. The No. 3 car is where we got our start so it’s great to see it back in action.” A longtime motorsports supporter, Bass Pro Shops’ association with Dillon dates back to 2010, when the company partnered with RCR for Dillon’s first foray into fulltime NASCAR competition with sponsorship of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Bass Pro Shops/Dillon duo earned the Camping World Truck Series Championship in 2011 and Bass Pro Shops was also partners with Dillon and RCR in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. “Johnny Morris and everyone at Bass Pro Shops have been alongside me for a majority of my racing accomplishments,” said Dillon. “I have photos of a giant Bass Pro Shops logo on the hood of my first Bandolero car when I was just starting out racing. They’ve been featured on my dirt late model and Bass Pro Shops was the primary sponsor of my truck when we won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship. I have countless memories of growing up hunting and fishing with Johnny and his son, John Paul. They are true friends so it means so much that they can be a part of my rookie season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, especially at tracks like Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway that have so much history with RCR.” Bass Pro Shops first began its association with RCR and its No. 3 Sprint Cup Series car in 1998 with an associate sponsorship of the GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Monte Carlo made famous by seven-time Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. Bass Pro Shops also serves as a major associate sponsor throughout the 2014 season, joining Dow, Cheerios, Realtree Outdoors, American Ethanol and the University of Northwestern Ohio as RCR supporters associated with the No. 3 Sprint Cup Series entry this season. The outdoor retailer currently sponsors Dillon’s younger brother, Ty Dillon, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. For additional information on today’s announcement, and all that’s happening at RCR, please visit rcrracing.com.