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.

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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."

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Fredric Aasbo drove a perfect weekend at Road Atlanta to bring home the win in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback on Saturday. With this result, the driver has now stood atop the podium at every track in the Formula Drift series over the course of his career with Papadakis Racing.
 
"It feels great to finally come out on top at Road Atlanta," said Aasbo. "It has been my favorite stop since the first time I drove it: the track is challenging, the fans are die-hard and it has an incredible atmosphere. I love everything about this place."
 
Aasbo started strong, scoring the top qualifying spot under sunny skies on Friday with a near-perfect 99-point score and setting up an exciting competition day. But as a storm system moved through the area on Saturday, everything changed.
 
"When rain starts coming down in Formula Drift, it turns everything upside-down," he said. "In this kind of weather you really have to trust your car and I can't thank my team enough for getting our Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback dialed."
 
Drifting in the rain calls for careful management of the ever-changing surface, a challenge magnified in Atlanta by the track's elevation changes and the slick clay that makes its way into the course as drivers push the limits. Setup is key.
 
"These cars are capable of 1,000-plus horsepower and, when it's wet, the question becomes how to find enough grip to get as much of that power to the ground as possible," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "This weekend was about refining our setup so Fredric could attack the course with confidence despite the difficult conditions."
 
Local fans, accustomed to unpredictable weather, hunkered down with their umbrellas and stayed late into the night on Saturday to watch the best drifters in the world deliver an incredible show of car control on the slippery track.
 
In the opening round, Aasbo faced down Pro series newcomer Kevin Lawrence to meet Matt Field, who spun out to hand the Top 16 match to Aasbo. The Great 8 saw a battle between titans, as Aasbo edged past three-time series champion Chris Forsberg to advance to the Final 4.
 
There, he met two-time defending champion James Deane, a longtime rival from Europe who has proven tough to beat in Formula Drift competition over the past two seasons. The duo showed what it takes to compete in difficult conditions, driving edge-to-edge on the wet track. Aasbo delivered a strong lead run and close chase to earn a spot in the Finals, where he faced Toyota Racing teammate Ryan Tuerck.
 
The battle was close, and when the panel of judges delivered their verdict it was Aasbo who came out on top. Tuerck finished second and Deane rounded out the podium, in third. The win boosts Aasbo to second in the championship points heading into Round 3 at New Jersey's Wall Speedway July 7-8.
 
Aasbo, the 2015 series champion, is the most winning driver in Formula Drift history, with this weekend's result bringing his career total to 13 series wins -- all since joining Papadakis Racing in 2011. 
 
Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control. In the Formula Drift series, drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.

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!


About TitansRX Europe:

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 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 IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

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 FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2019 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 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.

NHRA officials announced the 24-race 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, which will again feature intense racing action at tracks across the country. Millions of fans will experience sensory overload at its best with side-by-side racing action where victories may be determined by mere thousandths of a second. Competition schedules for individual categories will be released this summer. 
 
Throughout the season, NHRA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pro Stock Car. Fans will experience special treats and features along the tour to commemorate this important category and honor its history. 
 
A special highlight on the 2020 tour will be the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, which will kick off the 2020 season at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. February 6-9. One of the most iconic events in the series, the Winternationals draws fans from all around the world to experience the power of NHRA Championship Drag Racing at its best during the season opener.
 
The 40th annual NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta will take place May 15-17. Fans won’t want to miss joining the stars of NHRA as we celebrate 40 years of heart-pounding racing action. Other milestone events include the 20th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 19-21 in Bristol, Tenn., the 35th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at fan-favorite Texas Motorplex October 15-18 and the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals October 29-November 1 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 
 
All locations on the series schedule are confirmed for the 2020 season and several stops are changing dates. The Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, Va. move to the end of the month, taking place May 29-31. The Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago will commence July 9-12 to lead in to the iconic Western Swing. Fans of the NHRA New England Nationals will get a chance to see the series as competition heats up at the end of summer, August 21-23. Two events in the Mello Yello Countdown To The Championship are changing places with the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. September 25-27, followed by the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals October 2-4. 
 
As always, the 2020 season will conclude with the Auto Club NHRA Finals, November 12-15 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. 
 
All 24 events in this exciting series will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports with select events on FOX broadcast network. With over 575 hours of programming, fans can tune into action from Friday and Saturday qualifying rounds as well as Sunday finals.
 
2020 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE
 
NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
 
Feb. 6-9 - Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 21-23 - Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix
March 12-15 - AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
April 3-5 - DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas
April 17-19 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
April 24-26 - NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 15-17 - NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
May 29-31 - Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
June 12-14 - Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
June 19-21 - NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.
June 25-28 - Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12 - Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago
July 17-19 - Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
July 24-26 - NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif.
July 31-Aug.2 - Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
Aug. 13-16 - Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23 - NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.
Sept. 2-7 - NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
 
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown To The Championship
 
Sept. 17-20 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 25-27 - NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte
Oct. 2-4 - AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 15-18 - AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 - Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15 - Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.
 

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.

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