There’ll be a new face in the JR Motorsports stable at Daytona International Speedway this summer. Sheldon Creed, the reigning ARCA Racing Series champion, has been named to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet Accessories/Drivers Edge Development Camaro for JRM in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event on July 5.
A 21-year-old native of Alpine, Calif., Creed joins JRM regulars Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and Noah Gragson to complete the team’s four-car lineup for the 100-lap Firecracker 250. It stands as Creed’s third career NXS start and first with JRM. His previous two starts came in 2017 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America.
“This opportunity presented itself through the Drivers Edge Development program and the relationship between JRM and GMS,” Creed said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled at the chance to run an Xfinity car at Daytona. It’s one of those races where absolutely anything can happen, and it’s going to be fun being part of the action in JRM’s No. 8 car.”
Creed, who currently competes full-time in NASCAR’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series for GMS Racing, was one of seven drivers named to Drivers Edge Development’s inaugural class earlier this year. The program, developed jointly by JRM, GMS, and presented by Chevrolet, aims to groom the next generation of racing superstars through a tiered competition pipeline coupled with comprehensive off-track education.
Creed becomes the seventh driver to wheel the No. 8 Chevrolet for JRM in 2019, joining Jeb Burton, Chase Elliott, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith and Ryan Truex. To date, the team has recorded two top-five and seven top-10 finishes through the first 10 races of the season.
The Firecracker 250 from Daytona International Speedway airs on Friday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. EST on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
Kyle Busch has a stellar resume at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning 16 races across NASCAR's three national series – and that doesn’t include his win in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
Busch entered Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 60th year of racing as the defending Coca-Cola 600 winner. The driver of the No. 18 M&M's Hazelnut Toyota Camry also has eight NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and seven NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins at America’s Home for Racing.
"I don’t know what exactly suited me," Busch said of the speedway. "It took me forever to win here. I only have one Cup win, let's all remember that: One. But past that, Truck, Xfinity, it's been really, really good for me; we've been really fast here. It would certainly be nice to continue to keep up the winning ways in the Cup cars and win another All-Star Race here and win us another 600 (next Sunday). I don't know what's allowed me to run well here and win races here."
Busch has a lot of favorite memories about the All-Star Race, notably the 1997 event that was won by Jeff Gordon in the famed "T-Rex" Chevrolet out of Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon's No. 24 machine featured a paint scheme sporting logos of the movie "Jurassic Park," which included a Tyrannosaurus Rex on the hood. Gordon, coincidentally, was young Busch's favorite driver.
"I think T-Rex is probably the coolest one for me," Busch said. "I was a huge 'Jurassic Park' fan. I still am today. (Son) Brexton is as well. We've watched all the 'Jurassic Park,' all the 'Jurassic World' movies, so we love that. To see how dominant that car was, how fast that car was and being that it was Jeff Gordon – who was my favorite driver growing up as a kid – was pretty cool to watch. I loved that one."
Busch competed in the All-Star Race 11 times before winning two years ago.
"I always dreamed of being able to win an All-Star Race," Busch said. "Finally was able to get it done myself."
Of course, he'd love to have another All-Star Race trophy for his collection. He’ll get the chance in Saturday’s 35th running of the event – but first comes qualifying on Friday evening.
"Looking forward to have a good weekend here in the All-Star Race and going back to Victory Lane and winning a million bucks," Busch said. "We started out real rough and didn't quite unload off the truck as good as we wanted to, but we've made a lot of ground and made our car a lot better. Not really sure exactly how it stacks up yet with the competition, but we'll certainly find out tomorrow night."
The stage was all set for the premiere test event of the TitansRX Rallycross Series at the MJP Arena in Fuglau, Austria, last week. The recent Barcelona rallycross event dominators Timmy and Kevin Hansen led the pack, but the Swedes had to take on strong opposition with Toomas Heikkinen, Lukas Kornel, Tamara Molinaro and others. Kevin Hansen stormed through the qualifying rounds but was side-lined with a technical issue ahead of the final. So, the decider turned into a two-way-battle between the elder Hansen brother Timmy and Heikkinen, in which the Finn edged him out with a new track record in the last lap. “CsuCsu” Kornel held off Molinaro, the series’ first female driver, to secure third place.
Excitement and Joy everywhere
“It is always great to win a race. However, this time, it was even more important to see that TitansRX is ready to kick-off. Everything has worked really well - the cars, the races, and the organisation. The grid is strong, and the fans will love the excitement,” Heikkinen was content. “This event gave a first taste of what Titans RX will be like. It was good racing and a great show at the test and media day for everybody. I am looking forward to getting the season started at end of June in France,” Timmy Hansen said. Consequently, TitansRX CEO Max J. Pucher was also delighted saying: “Seeing TitansRX Europe come together at the MJP Arena was truly fantastic despite the freezing cold and rainy weather. I want to thank everyone at MJP Promotions and our partners for the smooth organization. Engineering delivered a set of exciting Pantera RX6 cars which drivers and spectators enjoyed immensely. The cars have proven competitive, reliable and easily serviceable, which raises high expectations for a good season.” He added: “Most of all, it was good to see that the LionRX3 FIA Supercars and the PanteraRX6 delivered close-up racing action running side-by-side at similar performance. The LionRX3 has five years of WorldRX level development under the belt, while the Pantera is only a few months old.” The FIA has already signed off the Pantera car giving highly positive comments on the car’s safety and overall technical quality.
New Location for season opener
“We are now looking forward to running the TitansRX Series maiden race in France,” Pucher said. The 2019 TitansRX Championship will take off on June 29/30 in Essay, after the race has been moved from Dreux in the last few days. “Essay has previously hosted many European events and enjoys a great reputation in the Rallycross community.” TitansRX Series promotion on Eurosport is also starting to kick in, so it’s high time for all Rallycross fans to sign up on Eurosport Player, not to miss any of the all-day Rallycross action coming their way!
TitansRX is a Rallycross Series focusing on the excitement of drivers and fans participating in one of the most competitive and fastest growing motorsports. TitansRX will hold twelve races on six double header weekends in six different countries. The innovative one-design PanteraRX6 car will provide a level grid, emphasising driving skill. The new regulations will create more exciting and closer racing. The TV production will put drivers to the foreground and capture the most energetic and emotional moments on and off the track.
Titans RX 2019 Race Calendar
Rds 1 & 2 JUN 29-30 FRANCE ESSAY
Rds 3 & 4 JUL 27-28 ENGLAND LYDDEN HILL
Rds 5 & 6 AUG 10-11 PORTUGAL MONTALEGRE
Rds 7 & 8 SEP 7-8 AUSTRIA MJP ARENA
Rds 9 & 10 OCT 5-6 HUNGARY NYIRAD
Grand Finale OCT 19-20 GERMANY BUXTEHUDE
Current Titans RX Driver Line-Up 2019 Season
Alex Wurz - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Winner (wildcard)
Toomas Heikkinnen - World Rallycross Championship, 2014 runner-up, 2011 GRC Champion
Reinhold Sampl - Austrian Rally Champion M1 Class
Timmy Hansen - World Rallycross Championship, 2015 runner-up
Kevin Hansen- World Rallycross Championship, 2015 Lites Cup Champion
Hayden Paddon - World Rally Championship, race winner
Stephane Sarrazine - former F1 driver and 2-time LeMans Series Champion
Lukacs "CsuCsu" Kornel - World Rally Championship & World Rally Championship starter
Andreas Steffen - World Rallycross Championship starter (wildcard)
Andrew Jordan - World Rally Championship starter, 2013 BTCC Champion
Craig Breen - World Rally Championship starter, 2012 WRC 2 Champion
Tamara Molinaro – World Rally Championship starter, 2017 ERC Ladies Champion
Ronny Wechselberger – World Rallycross Championship starter, World Parallel Parking Champion
Indian Privateer Brandon Robinson Wins Second Race of Season Aboard FTR750; Wrecking Crew Rider & Points Leader Briar Bauman Continues Perfect Podium Streak With Second-Place Finish17 May 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 earned its fourth win of the 2019 season at the So-Cal Half-Mile in Perris, Calif. Indian Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) secured his second win of the season, while Wrecking Crew Rider and current points leader Briar Bauman continued his 2019 perfect podium streak with a second-place finish.
The 2019 So-Cal Half-Mile will best be remembered for a red flag restart that occurred eight laps into the Twins Main. Starting from the front, Robinson was able to maintain his lead and bring home the win. Bauman, who started deep within the lineup, strategically took an inside line and passed a pack of riders to slide into second as he exited turn one.
“Briar took full advantage of the restart, as he was able to escape a log-jam of riders and slide into second by taking that inside line,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “It was a great night of racing with outstanding competition, and we’re extremely proud of all the hard work and effort from the Indian privateers and our factory race team.”
Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Jared Mees and Bronson Bauman, finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Mees, the defending AFT champion, showcased determination as he bounced back in the Main to finish fifth after starting in position 15. Bronson Bauman was fast all night, though, he experienced adversity from the restart and had to battle his way to sixth place.
Robinson’s victory keeps him placed second in the season standings with 89 points behind Briar Bauman’s dominating 102 points. Mees maintains third with 78 points, while Bronson Bauman is ninth with 50 points.
The season continues on May 18 with the legendary Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, Calif. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit and follow along on , and .
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CrowdStrike, the Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider of SRO America, continues the opening stage of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America schedule with an international race this weekend.
The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will see CrowdStrike host local staff and customers while it competes on the track with the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3 in 90-minute races Saturday and Sunday. CrowdStrike’s contingent will be among the thousands of spectators who will flock to the historic 2.5-mile, 10-turn road course just outside Toronto on Canada’s Victoria Day weekend.
The opportunity to entertain guests and at the same time compete at premier circuits like CTMP is a major reason why CrowdStrike, led by co-founder and CEO George Kurtz, has expanded its partnership with SRO America in recent years.
“Everyone at CrowdStrike is looking forward to experiencing the SRO America weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” said Kurtz, a previous race-winner at the circuit. “It’s a great opportunity to see our involvement in the series as an Official Partner and as a competitor with DXDT Racing and the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Of course we couldn’t do any of this without our team sponsors AWS, Accel, CeramicPro, SimCraft, SINET and Sparco. Thanks to them for all they do.”
Kurtz and teammate Colin Braun will look to maintain their momentum from their Pro-Am category second-place finish last month at Virginia International Raceway. The pairing continues to grow more comfortable with the CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes-AMG, which is prepared and run by DXDT Racing.
“I’m looking forward to racing at CTMP!” said Braun. “There are a lot of elevation changes and the track has a good rhythm to it, it’s very unique. The CrowdStrike team had a great second race at VIR and we’re certainly looking to build on that at CTMP. George and I have started to find our groove in the Mercedes and I think it’s going to be a good weekend for us!”
The pairing of Kurtz and Braun will be tested at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which is one of the most respected tracks on the SRO schedule. Its history dates back 60 years and was the site of the Formula One™ Canadian Grand Prix from 1967-77, and the track also has played host to top-level sports car, superbike and stock car events over the years.
The CTMP weekend is the first of two Canadian racing events this year for CrowdStrike. It is gearing up for next month’s as part of a global partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. It will be the first North American race in CrowdStrike’s first year as the official cybersecurity partner for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.
The Blancpain GT World Challenge America will compete at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park from May 17-19. Race One is set for 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday with Race Two at 10:10 a.m. ET on Sunday and airing live on CBS Sports Network. For more information, visit CrowdStrikeRacing.com.
Join BMW Motorrad at The MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica17 May 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
Join BMW Motorrad and some of the world’s greatest motorcycle road racers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica on July 12-14.
BMW Special Passes include a three-day admission and paddock ticket, open grandstand seats, preferred motorcycle parking, manufacturer parade lap (limited to 250) and swag bag. Three-day BMW Special Passes are available through July 8 by visiting https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/laguna/EN/buy/quickbuy/344. Use Promo Code BMW2019.
Piloting the all-new S 1000 RR, 2013 World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes and 2018 European Superstock Champion Markus Reiterberger will be gunning for a victory for BMW Motorrad’s WorldSBK team and Shaun Muir Racing. Sykes has three career wins at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
BMW Motorrad USA will have its demo truck on hand, along with opportunities to demo a range of BMW motorcycle models, including the BMW S 1000 RR with M package. Attendees will also have an opportunity to shop for BMW Motorrad’s distinctive line of motorsports apparel and meet BMW Motorrad Motorsports ambassador and factory test rider Nate Kern.
For more information about the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica, visit www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831-242-8200.
ESPN2’s live telecast of the Formula 1 Emirates Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, May 12, attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event and continued the positive momentum for the championship on ESPN networks this season.
Of the five races run so far this season, four have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks and three have attracted the largest U.S. television audience ever for the event.
The Spanish Grand Prix, which started at 9:05 a.m. ET, earned an average audience of 645,000 viewers, up 27 percent from last year’s race telecast on ESPN2 (507,000) and up 16 percent from the audience of 558,000 on NBCSN in 2017. In addition to being the largest U.S. TV audience for the event on record, it also is the sixth most-viewed F1 race to air on a cable network on record.
Through five races this season, Formula 1 telecasts are averaging 564,000 viewers on ESPN networks, up 28 percent from the first five ESPN telecasts last season (442,000 average) and up 44 percent from NBC networks’ first five races in 2017 (393,000 average). ESPN’s audience for the first five races is also up 107 percent over last year in the Adults ages 18-34 demographic.
The next race on the Formula 1 schedule is the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 26. The race airs live on ESPN at 9:05 a.m. with an encore presentation on ABC at 3:30 p.m.