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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has further accelerated its audience growth across the board in season five and still remains the sport of choice for young fans, with 72 per cent of followers on social channels under the age of 35.
 
Consumer growth figures at the end of the season also reflect a similar upward trajectory of the company’s financials. The preliminary numbers show a record revenue of over €200 million (EUR), up more than 50 per cent from last season and a positive EBITDA for the first time in the short history of Formula E.
 
Not only has Formula E seen a significant increase in revenue, the series has also experienced yet another consecutive year of growth across its digital platforms, as well as increased event attendance and more fans tuning in to watch on television.
 
Formula E entered a new era in season five, introducing the game-changing Gen2 car, rolling out an innovative race format and adding to the list of iconic cities featuring on the calendar, which in turn created a truly unique and unmissable sporting spectacle.
 
Coming off the back of the most competitive and unpredictable season so far, which saw eight different winners in the first eight races, the excitement on track has translated into growth across all areas and has again gained most traction with a younger audience.
 
Following a trend set in previous seasons and showing no signs of slowing, Formula E is continuing to capture a new and young audience, with a rising amount of followers, video views and sustained levels of engagement spread over the most desirable age brackets.
 
The combined total of followers has climbed 212 per cent compared to last season, more than doubling the number of new fans following the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on social media. Despite drawing a larger following, engagement rates haven’t relented and instead have continued to rise with a 449 per cent increase in interaction on Formula E owned content.
 
Formula E has focussed its efforts on servicing fans with the latest news, storylines and relevant content to help create conversation, stir debate and generate comments from fans. The series is also committed to producing original content in key markets, with multi-language community management attributing to additional levels of engagement.
 
The number of video views has grown for a second season in succession, coming in at 61 per cent more than last year and passing the 850 million mark. With 72 per cent of followers aged under 35 and 42 per cent of videos being viewed by fans under the age of 25, Formula E is among the highest-performing sports platforms on the planet in terms of percentage breakdown of young fans.
 
Targeting and tailoring content to a young audience ties in with Formula E’s broader brand purpose and vision of moving towards a cleaner future, faster - reaching more fans and bringing them one step closer to buying an electric car.
 
On top of driving digital growth, Formula E has had more event attendees than ever before, surpassing more than 400,000 spectators and ticket holders coming through the turnstiles in season five. Along with increased footfall in cities around the world, the number of fans watching on television has risen 24 per cent year-on-year, with a cumulative TV audience of 411m across 13 races.
 
After the most successful season to date, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is already gearing up for the new campaign with the most competitive line-up in motorsport. Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join the grid and will be battling for bragging rights when the five lights go out for the SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix double-header on November 22 & 23.
 
To plug in and get all the latest news on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, visit www.FIAFormulaE.com, or follow us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE

Indy car champion Al Unser, Jr. announced today that he is entering Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Unser, who has always run at the front in previous VROC Charity Pro-Am races, joins a stellar field of legendary drivers reminiscent of the original IROC series. Many in the VROC field competed in IROC, including Unser and Bobby Labonte, both of whom became champions of that iconic series. The September 21 VROC Charity Pro-Am at VIR is the final event in the series and will decide the VROC B Production (BP) and A Production (AP) championships.

“I am delighted to race once again in the VROC. It’s great competition and I have nothing but respect the SVRA drivers,” Unser said. “I want to thank Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner for giving me the time off from their Indy car team to do what they know I love best – race cars. The VIR course is particularly challenging and I look forward to having another crack at it because I never got completely comfortable last year.”

“I consider Al a great friend to SVRA,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “Since he won our first Pro-Am at Indy in 2014, he has been a big factor in building our VROC brand.”

Unser is a two-time Indy car champion (1990 and 1994) and the winner of 34 Indy car races including the 1992 and ’94 Indianapolis 500s. His 1992 Indianapolis 500 victory remains the closest finish in history with a margin of just 43 ten-thousandths of a second over runner-up Scott Goodyear. A versatile driver, he was a winner in World of Outlaws sprint car racing, 1982 Can-Am champion, and IROC champion in 1986 and again in 1988. He’s also a two-time overall winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1986 and ’87. Like his father Al Unser Sr. and Uncle Bobby Unser he enjoyed tremendous success as a star driver for Roger Penske’s team, which provided his winning entry for the 1994 “500.” Unser is currently a strategist for the Harding-Steinbrenner Indy car team which is competing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the same weekend.

Chopard, the Swiss artisan of luxury timepieces, and the Official Watch of SVRA, will present an SVRA-branded watch to the champions of AP and BP, both professional and amateur, at VIR. It is modeled after their prestigious Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Race Edition timepiece. Since 2002, Chopard has served as sponsor and official timekeeper at the renowned Grand Prix De Monaco Historique. Among the professionals, current leaders in the VROC point standings are Willy T. Ribbs (AP) and Davy Jones (BP). Both will be on hand to gun for the titles.

The VROC Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch is a Saturday feature event at VIR and will benefit IGNITE – the Autism Society of North Carolina’s community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The cars are 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs of SVRA “Group 6” A and B Production.  The professionals will be paired with amateur drivers. Amateurs will start the race and be required to drive a maximum of seven laps. In addition to the Pro-Am, the Speed Tour VIR weekend is a festival of other activities, including professional Trans Am by Pirelli series races on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend also presents the Hagerty Insurance “cars & caffeine” car corral, and 300+ vintage racers ranging over 100 years of automotive history racing in SVRA Groups 1 through 12.

When Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the track at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the NTT IndyCar season finale, his No. 28 DHL machine will take on a meaningful paint scheme as DHL celebrates 50 years since the company’s founding by three entrepreneurs in San Francisco in 1969. 

“The special 50th anniversary car livery is an exciting way for us to commemorate the international heritage of DHL, and our successful partnership with Andretti,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “Our journey has been remarkable, hatched by three American visionaries who started an innovative enterprise and tested new markets around the globe. Today, we can bring 220 countries closer together through the power, and speed, of global trade. The world is changing fast, and we are excited to take the lead in international logistics to usher in the next 50.”  

The special livery leads with the historic red and white DHL branding of 50 years ago, then transitioning into the modern-day, iconic yellow branding at the back half of the car.  

“DHL has given me a home at Andretti Autosport, and over the years the employees and customers of DHL have become like a family to me,” said Hunter-Reay. “It’s an honor to carry the historic DHL colors and represent the brand as they celebrate such an important milestone. Happy Birthday, DHL – and here’s to another 50 years of logistics success!” 

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

Today, NHRA officials announced the schedule for the 2020 Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series, which will compete at 10 of the 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. 
 
The Mickey Thompson Tires NHRA Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series features NHRA’s only nitromethane-powered two-wheeled bikes at some of the most breathtaking facilities across the country. Fans will experience the fastest motorcycle racing action on the circuit with bikes capable of exceeding 220 mph with each pass and races that are regularly decided by just thousandths of a second. 
 
NHRA’s two nitro categories – Funny Car and Top Fuel – will participate at all 24 national events in the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The national event schedule for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be released later this fall.
 
2020 MICKEY THOMPSON TIRES NHRA TOP FUEL HARLEY DRAG RACING SCHEDULE
 
Feb. 6-9 - Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 21-23 - NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix
April 24-26 - NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
June 12-14 - Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
July 9-12 - Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago
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
Sept. 17-20 - Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Oct. 15-18 - AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas
This Sunday, in front of a national NBC Network television audience, the heavyweight title fight resumes at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 
In one corner, it’s the reigning champions, Action Express Racing – winners of four out of five WeatherTech Championship titles since 2014 – with its No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R shared by Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani. In the other corner, it’s Acura Team Penske – one of the most storied teams in U.S. motorsport history – with co-drivers Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 6 Acura ARX-05.
 
Cameron and Montoya come into the weekend holding the edge, a seven-point lead over Nasr and Derani with only Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren and the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 12 remaining in the WeatherTech Championship season.
 
The No. 6 Acura duo has put together a championship-worthy run through the first eight races of the season with two victories and podium results in the past six consecutive races.
 
“We've been on the podium every race since Long Beach,” Cameron said. “I'm really impressed the stretch that we're all proud of as a team. So, hopefully we can keep that going through the end of the year. Really, the consistency, continuing to be in that top-three range is kind of the key to success in this championship.”
 
Beyond that consistency, Cameron and Montoya also have finished ahead of the No. 31 team in each of the past six races – but not by much, hence the close margin in the DPi standings. Also, Derani and Nasr had a strong opening to the season with a runner-up result in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and a victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, while Montoya and Cameron struggled in those races.
 
For Nasr, this is somewhat familiar territory. He was battling for a championship a year ago at WeatherTech Raceway, which he and then-co-driver Eric Curran managed to secure at season’s end.
 
“I'm eager to go back to my No. 31 Whelen Cadillac at a very special place like Laguna Seca, WeatherTech Raceway,” Nasr said. “It's a pretty iconic circuit that we go to, and we’re just reaching the final stages of the championship. We are in that crucial point that every opportunity out there counts.
 
“Myself, the people in Action Express, we're all aiming for a solid weekend. What I've learned from last year is when it comes to those last stages, it's just crucial to minimize mistakes. Again, every opportunity counts. So, every practice, every session that we have each to maximize the potential of the car, the driving time and make sure we're on top of everything.”
 
It was during this weekend last year at WeatherTech Raceway when the team announced that Derani would be joining Nasr as his full-season co-driver in the No. 31 Cadillac, with Curran shifting to an IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup-only role. Two days after that announcement, Derani went out and won the race in the No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi with then-co-driver Johannes van Overbeek.
 
“Well, I love Laguna,” Derani said. “It's a fantastic place, awesome atmosphere. So, I think in that regard, I'm really looking forward to the weekend. Obviously, we haven't had the smoothest run. The last few races were not great, and we all know why, but I'm just trying to take it race by race.
 
“Hopefully, this weekend, we can repeat a win from last year, which would be great and put us back in the fight for the championship or stronger in the fight for the championship against the Penske No. 6.”
 
While they’re battling each other for the title, there’s healthy respect among the primary DPi title contenders. In fact, Cameron – who is chasing his third WeatherTech Championship title – won the GT Daytona (GTD) crown in 2014 with Turner Motorsport and the Prototype title in 2016 with the No. 31 Whelen team.
 
“Action is a great team,” Cameron said. “They've shown that with their results in the Prototype class in the last five years and a ton of championships. I enjoyed quite a lot of success together with them and with Eric. So, they're certainly very capable and they know exactly what it takes to win races and to win this championship in particular.
 
“So, for us from Acura Team Penske, last year we made a lot of mistakes and weren't able to capitalize. So, we spent a lot of time really trying to understand everything better, and really come out swinging for this.”
 
Nasr and Derani are going to come out swinging, too, at Acura Team Penske and every other opponent on the racetrack.
 
“I think all of us have great respect for the Penske organization,” Derani said. “They've won everything they've been involved with. But on the other hand, it's just another team. We're not going to go out there and just try to beat Penske. We have other teams that have been super strong the last few races, like Mazda, for example.
 
“I even believe Wayne Taylor has been super strong, compared to us. If you look at the last race, it was very close between car 31 and car 10. So, we're going to go out there and try to do the best we can, no matter if it's Team Penske or Mazda Joest, or whoever it is.”
 
Sounds like all the makings for a great title bout.
 
The Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren will be televised live on NBC at 3 p.m. ET Sunday. IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and a live race broadcast on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets are available now on WeatherTechRaceway.com.
 
 
The 2020 schedule for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – the only driver development program of its type in the world with a scholarship-funded path to the pinnacle of the sport – was announced today by Andersen Promotions. All three levels of the ladder system – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – will compete at prominent venues throughout North America and Canada with all events in support of the NTT IndyCar Series, offering scholarships and awards valued at over $2.7 million.

The Road to Indy has been helping drivers ascend the motorsports ranks since 2010. In this year’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, 23 of the 33 starters were graduates including nine Indy Lights champions. The platform is also well-represented on the NTT IndyCar Series grids with 26 Road to Indy graduates contesting  events this season.

Oliver Askew, who will capture his third Road to Indy scholarship – a guaranteed three-race program in the NTT IndyCar Series including the Indianapolis 500 – with the Indy Lights title when he takes the green flag for the final two races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 21/22, exemplifies the success of the program with his swift rise through the ranks, going from karts to IndyCar in four years.

“My preparation for IndyCar could not have been done better anywhere else other than the Road to Indy, for reasons both on and off the track,” said Askew. “From USF2000 to Indy Pro 2000 to Indy Lights, the steps work in perfect harmony with about a five mile per hour average lap speed between the three steps. From tire management, to set up evolution and engineering, to track knowledge, most of the experiences I have come across through the RTI I will eventually call upon while competing in IndyCar. I have also found it crucially important to continually show my face and compete in front of IndyCar team owners and personnel.”

Following a successful revitalization of the entire Road to Indy with new chassis introductions over the course of the past few years, Andersen Promotions today also announced extensions on all equipment packages to assist with team budgets. The Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 will remain in competition for at least three more seasons through 2022, and the Indy Pro 2000 Tatuus PM-18 and USF2000 USF-17 through at least 2024.

To date this season, 25 track records have been broken across the three series.

Askew and Rinus VeeKay (Juncos Racing) became the first drivers to race all three current chassis and drive a Dallara IR-18 Indy car in their recent tests with Chip Ganassi Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing.

With official series test days shifting to event weekends, race and series test budgets – not including private team testing – are expected to range from $275,000 to $325,000 (USD) in USF2000, $475,000 to $550,000 in Indy Pro 2000 and $850,000 to $950,000 in Indy Lights.

As a prelude to the 2019 season, Andersen Promotions will host the ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Open Test at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix Circuit on October 19/20. In addition to two days of testing for Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000, the outing will comprise additional value-added elements as part of the Road to Indy’s traditional Summit program – an educational driver development component of the three ladder series.

Summit activities will take place on Friday, October 18, and will include a visit to the headquarters of Ed Carpenter Racing; a tour of NTT IndyCar and Indy Lights chassis manufacturer Dallara, including its high-performance simulator; a presentation/demonstration by Jim Leo of PitFit Training, the industry leader in driver performance training; an evening outing/reception at Sarah Fisher’s Speedway Indoor Karting; and training opportunities with Darren Manning’s iAdvance Motorsports Simulator.

Spring Training will once again be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 2.210-mile road course located in Homestead, Fla., on March 7-9. Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 with share the track on Saturday and Sunday (March 7/8) with Indy Lights having a dedicated test day on March 9. Additional activities will include a comprehensive competition presentation and media training as a continuation of the Summit program.

“I am very happy with our calendar for next season,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “We’ve managed to eliminate the large break we have had in April with a return to Barber Motorsports Park for Indy Lights and the addition of Circuit of The Americas for Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000. Now all three series are racing monthly from March through September.

“Juggling our test days to coincide with race events will aid teams with their budgets while providing valuable additional track time over our 2019 schedule. We’ve also extended the life of our three chassis across the board to provide additional cost savings to our teams.

“As we head to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for our season finale for all three series in conjunction with IndyCar, we’ve enjoyed a tremendous year so far. The level of competition has been outstanding with two championship titles still up for grabs. We have welcomed several new teams to our paddock including Abel Motorsports, HMD Motorsports, Jay Howard Driver Development, Legacy Autosport, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports and Pserra Racing. We have additional teams looking to join our Road to Indy family and several of our established teams looking to expand their programs to other levels of the ladder system. We’re looking forward to another great season in 2020 in developing the future stars of IndyCar.”

The 2020 Indy Lights calendar will feature an 18-race, 10-event schedule comprised of six road course, two street circuit and two oval events highlighted by the crown jewel in the schedule – the Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires on Carb Day for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

In the U.S., all races will air live and on demand on NBC Sports Gold with practice and qualifying coverage carried via live streaming on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, indylights.com and indycar.com. Internationally, all practice, qualifying and race events will be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and on the Indy Lights Facebook page. Additional coverage can also be found on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts, which airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile App powered by NTT Data, as well as dedicated broadcast channels on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2020 Schedule
 
March 14/15 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course*
April 4/5 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course*
May 8/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
May 22 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
June 20/21 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
July 11/12 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street course*
August 15/16 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
August 22 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway 1.25-mile oval
September 5/6 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course*
September 19/20 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course*
 
*Doubleheader events
 
Open tests are scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 9 (road course), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – May 7 road course and May 18 oval – the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 12 and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on August 20.

The Indy Pro 2000 schedule will feature 18 races at 10 venues consisting of six road course, two street circuit and two oval events. In support of the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, both Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 will return for the Carb Night Classic on May 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Indy Pro 2000 will feature worldwide live streaming on indypro2000.com, indycar.com, Road to Indy TV, the Road to Indy TV App as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One.
 
Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires 2020 Schedule
 
March 14/15 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course*
April 25/26 Circuit of The Americas 3.41-mile road course*
May 8/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
May 22 Lucas Oil Raceway .686-mile oval
June 20/21 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
July 11/12 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street course*
August 15/16 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
August 22 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway 1.25-mile oval
September 5/6 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course*
September 19/20 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course*
 
*Doubleheader events
 
Indy Pro 2000 test days are scheduled for the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course on March 7/8, Circuit of The Americas on April 23, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 7, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 11, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on August 20 and Portland International Raceway on September 3 for a total of eight series tests.

USF2000 will see 18 races at nine events consisting of six road course, two street circuit and one oval event. Like Indy Pro 2000, USF2000 will feature worldwide live streaming on usf2000.com, indycar.com, Road to Indy TV, the Road to Indy TV App as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One.
 
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship 2020 Schedule
 
March 14/15 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course*
April 25/26 Circuit of The Americas 3.41-mile road course*
May 8/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course**
May 22 Lucas Oil Raceway .686-mile oval
June 20/21 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
July 11/12 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street course*
August 15/16 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
September 5/6 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course*
September 19/20 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course*
 
*Doubleheader events
**Tripleheader event

2019 test days are scheduled for the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course on March 7/8, Circuit of The Americas on April 23, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 7, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 11, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13 and Portland International Raceway on September 3 for a total of seven series tests.

 ProX Racing Parts collected championships both in the United States and in Europe when Adam Cianciarulo earned the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship at the STACYC Stability Cycles Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Ind., while Roan van de Moosdijk captured the European Motocross (EMX) 250 Class title at the Grand Prix of Sweden. 


 After coming up short in his bid for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Western Regional 250SX Class Championship earlier this year, Cianciarulo used that motivation as fuel to earn his first professional title. 


 The jockey of Pro Circuit Racing’s No. 92 ProX-sponsored Kawasaki KX250 came into the 12th and final race of the Pro Motocross championship tilt with a 30-point lead over Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis in the title chase. 


 With essentially 21 points separating him from his first professional title, the Port Orange, Fla. rider left nothing to chance by finishing second to Ferrandis in the first moto, thus locking up the championship prior to the second moto of the day. 


 "ProX has been a proud partner of Pro Circuit for many seasons now and we always believed Adam could win this championship,” commented Mattijs te Riele, Sales and Marketing Manager, ProX Racing Parts. “Through testing and development with ProX parts and Pro Circuit’s KX250s, we are proud that we have been able to contribute to a winning relationship and this very important championship. We are looking forward to many more successful seasons."


 Over the course of the 24-moto summer schedule, Cianciarulo recorded seven moto wins, 16 runner-up finishes and 20 top threes. Moreover, the 22-year-old Factory Kawasaki racer never finished worse than fifth in Pro Motocross competition en-route to his first Gary Jones Cup. 


 While Cianciarulo knew he could have could have taken a more conservative approach to the final round and race to protect his point lead, he opted to exercise the same strategy that earned him six overall wins, including four to open the season, and 12 straight podiums. 


 “You have to go out there and ride and do what got you to the point you’re at,” said Cianciarulo. “You can’t go out there and lower your expectations. I could have gone out there and went 9-9 and gotten the title but that’s not the way I wanted to do it. I wanted to be aggressive. That’s when I’m at my best.” 


 On the European stage, Roan van de Moosdijk’s F&H Kawasaki Team came into the eighth and final round of 2019 with an 11-point advantage, looking to close out their run at the EMX 250 Class title with a championship-clinching performance. 


 The Dutch rider took care of business in the first 25-minute-plus-two-laps moto, and despite surrendering several positions on the opening lap, raced his way into the top-two to finish second, besting title rival Stephan Rubini, who finished third. 
 
 
 
 
With the championship still hanging in the balance in the second moto, the pilot of the No. 39 Kawasaki KX250 lost ground after taking evasive action to avoid being collected by another rider. Back in the throttle, now in 12th, van de Moosdijk showed a veteran’s savvy and patiently worked his way back up the leaderboard. 


 As the laps clicked off and the final round wound down, the three-time 250 Class winner put in a gritty ride to come from outside the top 10 and eventually work his way to fifth. With Rubini and fellow title challenger Alberto Forato within his sites and the title all but locked up, van de Moosdijk was content to concede his spot inside the top five to come home sixth with the championship in tow. 


 “Everything started as my father dreamt of racing motocross when he was young, but he never had the opportunity,” said F&H Kawasaki team manager Nathalie Fase, via team press release. “We have advanced step-by-step, first in EMX 125, then EMX 250 and finally in the MX2 World Championship two years ago. We already had a couple of good results last year with our first GP podium and this year we have both riders (Henry Jacobi and Adam Sterry) in the top six and Roan van de Moosdijk claimed the European title two weeks ago so we’re very happy.”


 Next season, van de Moosdijk will shift his focus to MX2 where he’ll also compete in this year’s final two rounds starting this weekend in Turkey.


 “Roan is moving up with us to MX2,” continued Fase. “He already showed us what he is capable of in Portugal and it’s important for him to race these two GPs to prepare for the future and discover what an overseas event is like. He has a huge potential, and for sure it’s important for a Dutch team to have a Dutch rider racing with us as we have many Dutch sponsors.”


 “We would like to congratulate team F&H Kawasaki on earning the European MX 250 Championship with Roan van de Moosdijk,” added te Riele. “After hours of hard work developing the bike and practicing at the track, they took home the championship in dominant fashion. ProX is very proud to be partners with F&H Kawasaki and we are honored to have had the opportunity to contribute parts and expertise to the team that has proven to be the best of Europe!"

By Ted Cannis, Global Director, Electrification, Ford Motor Company

 

As the head of electrification for Ford, the questions I get from family, friends and colleagues about electric vehicles run the gamut. “Are electric vehicles fast?” “Do they work in winter?” “Can I really give up visiting the gas station?” “Are they capable enough to help me do my job?”

The answer to all of the above — at least with Ford’s new lineup of electric vehicles — is yes. But there remains a gap between what an electric vehicle can do and what customers believe they can do.

This perception gap was evident as recently as a few weeks ago, when we made headlines by demonstrating that our all-electric F-150 prototype could tow more than 1 million pounds. Many were shocked — positively — about just how capable an electric vehicle can be.

Helping to de-bunk the widespread misconception among truck customers that an electric pickup truck can’t be as capable as gas-powered trucks is a small but an important step. Now, we are out to de-bunk other electric vehicle misconceptions just as we did with the F-150 demonstration: by showing — not just telling — so that potential customers can feel confident should they choose an electric vehicle in the future.

These myths come straight from the mouths of consumers via an independent global survey across Europe, China, and the U.S.

More than 90 percent of Americans and Europeans don’t believe quick acceleration is a great benefit of electric vehicles.

So where did this impression come from? Simple: A lot of companies, ourselves included, focused their initial electrification efforts on adhering to regulatory requirements. The cost of batteries was high, the price of developing new vehicle platforms was higher, and the necessary charging infrastructure to make it easy on customers simply didn’t exist. But that’s all changing fast.

So can we make an amazing, fun-to-drive thrilling electric vehicle? Trust me: We can.

As the company behind the Mustang, the Ford GT and off-road behemoths like the F-150 and Raptor, we have the best teams tuning vehicles for performance, handling, and off-road capability. It is those same teams that are now leveraging the full use of electrification to make vehicles that will be awesome to drive.

It starts with showcasing the benefits of the electric propulsion system, including the decision to take advantage of the benefits of “instant torque” — a fancy term that means electric vehicles can accelerate like hell if you want. But that’s just the start. We’re investing in an electric vehicle platform with right system power, motors, suspension, and tuning to get something really special that people would love to have.

To get a sneak peek at how we’re bringing some thrill to our electric vehicles, check out our engineers rocking the 3D simulator environment (think: the ultimate gaming setup) and doing hot laps at the race track. This is the same simulator that helps make our Ford Performance vehicles faster and allows us to recreate the driving conditions of real-life test circuits and race courses.

We’re out to prove just how exciting these cars can be.

Forty-two percent of Americans think electric vehicles still require gas to run.

It’s a question we get all the time. Early on when I started in this position, my family asked me this same question.

Nope, no gas. The truth is that when you drive an electric vehicle, you may never have to stop at a gas station again (except if you want beef jerky). In research clinics, I sat down with many electric vehicle owners in diverse places like California, China and Germany. You learn one thing very quickly: Among most owners, all their charging is done from the convenience of their home. Many have never visited a public charging station at all.

Similarly, surveys of U.S. battery electric vehicle owners show that 80 percent of charging occurs at home, followed by charging at work. For owners of gas or hybrid vehicles, we know it’s hard to break the habit of going to a gas station once or twice a week — most of us have been doing it without hesitation for decades. But how would you feel about never going to a gas station again?

For many electric owners you can do all your charging in the convenience, safety, and privacy of your own home. No more wading through slush and salt to fill up when temperatures drop below zero. No more standing outside boiling in the summer. No more wondering if you are going to smell like fuel. You get the picture. And it’s just about as easy as charging any other electronic device at home: plug it in and go about the rest of your day.

Electric vehicles operate entirely on electricity that is stored inside state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries. These batteries power electric motors that propel the car forward. No gasoline or diesel fuels required — electric vehicles don’t even have or need tailpipes. So unless you’re really craving your favorite snack, you can kiss those weekly gas station runs goodbye.

Close to 80 percent of Americans would not pick an electric vehicle for extreme weather, while nearly 65 percent would not choose one for all-wheel drive.

We get it. At Ford, we are all about safety. We understand that electric vehicles need to operate in a safe and reliable manner in whatever conditions Mother Nature throws at you — and give people the confidence they want when driving through tough conditions.

We can imagine where people may have gotten this impression. They have experienced cell phones with less charge in the cold. They have driven hybrid vehicles focused on fuel economy, not power. They have heard about electric vehicles with small batteries that can’t make the trip. Heck, most of us operate at sub-optimal levels when the temperatures drop.

Given those impressions, it would probably come as a surprise to most Americans that the top market for electric vehicles in Europe last year was cold and mountainous Norway, with over 35,000 sales in the first half of this year. It would come as a surprise to most Europeans that hot Southern California and mile-high, snowy Denver are among the top U.S. markets for electric vehicles.

At Ford, we’ve gone to great lengths to test our electric vehicles in extreme conditions. And while it is true that you can anticipate a partial reduction in range in extreme conditions, it is not something that is going to sneak up on you. After all, do you ever notice how you can’t travel as far on a tank of gas in the winter — or in the summer if you’re blasting the air conditioning?

That is why we are giving our vehicles bigger batteries, so you can be confident and comfortable. It means we’re creating better software designed to maximize range for when you need it. You’ll know where you stand even before you get in your vehicle. Furthermore, we will help ensure that you will have plenty of time to decide when and where to use one of thousands of charging points across the country.

We are serious about ensuring the capability of all our vehicles, from tough F-Series trucks to fast-moving Mustangs. Whether you’re talking wet and snowy, hot and humid, or a run up the mountain, we’re putting our vehicles through their paces. This includes high-tech simulators, hot and cold test tracks, and long drives in rough real-world conditions.

We are developing our electric vehicle software to help give you better road handling, stability and performance by calibrating power distribution to the wheels when you need it. This will give you a new level of confidence in the snow and rain.

We’re well on our way to making sure our all-electric vehicles are just as capable at handling the environment as they are at saving it. We are no strangers to battery technology — our engineers have been delivering hybrid electric vehicles for decades and understand their chemical behavior — and our electric batteries are tested at temperatures as extreme as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. We’ve designed them with the right cooling systems as well as pre-conditioning strategies that help maintain the battery temperature for optimum performance when the car is plugged in. Because our customers need to keep running. It’s that simple.

Over two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) and Europeans (68 percent) don’t believe that electric vehicles are capable enough in terms of towing and hauling.

We know a thing or two about building tough, capable vehicles at Ford. You can bet that our electric vehicles are going to take advantage of electrification to unlock capabilities that people never saw coming. That means there are going to be a whole bunch of people in for some awe-inspiring surprises.

Electrification doesn’t have to be about compromise — and it won’t be at Ford. We can deliver vehicles that are electric, thrilling and tough all at the same time. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Don’t believe me? Just watch our all-electric F-150 prototype haul over 1 million pounds.

The gap between perception and reality does not stop there. Check out the new electric vehicle website to learn more. There’s a lot more coming from Ford very soon.

The all-electric F-150 prototype is towing far beyond a production truck’s capacity in a one-time short event demonstration. Never tow beyond a vehicle’s towing capacity. Always consult the Owner’s Manual.

To learn more about electric vehicles, visit Ford’s new Electric Learning Zone.

Below are provisional results for each of 37 classes that concluded competition Friday during the 47th running of the Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals Championship taking place this week at Lincoln Airpark in Nebraska.  Each entry contains the class, winning driver, hometown, car, winning margin and number of championships (Note: * Indicates not a National Championship event.)

- Super Street: Erik Strelnieks; Austin, TX; Acura NSX; 0.928 (eighth Nationals Championship, fourth in class)

- Super Street Ladies: Tara Shapowal; San Jose, CA; Porsche GT3; 6.666 (first Nationals Championship)

- A Street: Josh Luster; Charlotte, NC; Chevrolet Corvette Z06; 0.576 ( first Nationals Championship)

- A Street Ladies: Lana Tsurikova; Framingham, MA; Chevrolet Corvette Z06; 2.418 (second Nationals Championship, first in class)

- B Street: David Marcus; Windermere, FL; Tesla Model 3; 0.070 (second Nationals Championship, first in class)

- B Street Ladies: Youmna Zalzal; San Jose, CA; Porsche Cayman S; 0.228 (first Nationals Championship)

- C Street: Mark Scroggs; San Ramon, CA; Mazda Miata; 0.291 (fourth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- C Street Ladies: Jessica Yeung; Rosemead, CA; Mazda MX-5; 2.880 (first Nationals Championship)

- D Street: Mike Leeder; Madison, WI; Honda Civic Type-R; 2.608 (first Nationals Championship)

- D Street Ladies: Stephanie Reynoso; Austin, TX; Honda Civic Type-R; 2.902 (second Nationals Championship, second in class)

- G Street: Ron Williams; Topeka, KS; Honda Civic SI; 0.324 (seventh Nationals Championship, second in class)

- G Street Ladies: Annie Gill; Renton, WA; Honda Civic SI; 7.725 (ninth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Street Touring Hatchback: Alex Piehl; Pittsburgh, PA; Subaru WRX; 0.790 (first Nationals Championship)

- Street Touring Sport: Eric Stoltz; Buhl, ID; Mazda Miata; 0.010 (first Nationals Championship)

- Street Touring Xtreme: Bryan Heitkotter; Fresno, CA; Subaru BRZ; 0.448 (tenth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Street Touring Xtreme Ladies: Kate Fisher; Chandler, AZ; Scion FRS; 3.484 (third Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Street Touring Ultra: Christopher Mayfield; Menlo Park, CA; BMW M3; 1.658 (fourth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Super Touring Ultra Ladies: Eileen Blando; San Jose, CA; Mitsubishi; 13.535 (first Nationals Championship)

- Super Street Prepared: Eric Stemler; Peoria, IL; Chevrolet Corvette Z06; 0.525 (first Nationals Championship)

- A Street Prepared: Tom Berry; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Mitsubishi Evo 9 RS; 0.348 (tenth Nationals Championship, fourth in class)

- B Street Prepared: Ron Bauer; Seatac, WA; Mazda Miata; 0.903 (fourth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- F Street Prepared: Steven Duckworth; Mt. Holly, NC; Volkswagen Rabbit; 0.585 (third Nationals Championship, third in class)

- F Street Prepared Ladies: Emily Danti; Colorado Springs, CO; Toyota Corolla GTS; 2.738 (first Nationals Championship)

- X Prepared: Andrew McKee; Livermore, CA: Mazda RX-7; 1.300 (tenth Nationals Championship, fourth in class)

- *X Prepared Ladies: Crissy Weaver; Manvel, TX; Mazda RX-7; 9.247 (fifth Nationals win, first in class)

- C Prepared: Tommy Pulliam; Duluth, GA; Ford Mustang; 0.087 (second Nationals Championship, first in class)

- C Prepared Ladies: Tracy Lewis; Tallahassee, FL; Ford Mustang; 6.591 (fifth Nationals Championship, fifth in class)

- F Prepared: Tom O’Gorman; Mason, OH; Honda S2000; 0.381 (fourth Nationals Championship, third in class)

- *F Prepared Ladies: Charina Jones; Monclova, OH; Pontiac Solstice GXP; 1.258 (third Nationals win, second in class)

- Street Modified: Marshall Grice; Redondo Beach, CA; Mitsubishi Evolution IX; 0.735 (fourth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Street Modified FWD: Craig Wilcox; Grain Valley, MO; Honda Civic; 1.697 (fifth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Street Modified FWD Ladies: Monique Forsythe; Englewood, CO; Honda Civic SI; 0.378 (first Nationals Championship)

- A Modified: David O’Maley; Loveland, OH; PSS; 4.302 (second Nationals Championship, first in class)

- D Modified: Eric Prill; Topeka, KS; Locost Acura 7; 0.855 (first Nationals Championship, first in class)

- D Modified Ladies: Patty Tunnell; Superior, CO; Locost Acura 7; 4.455 (fifteenth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- E Modified: Jeff Kiesel; Poway, CA; KFR Turbo Sprite; 4.759 (thirteenth National Championship, twelfth in class)

- E Modified Ladies: Shawn Kiesel; Poway, CA; KFR Turbo Sprite; 5.237 (twelfth Nationals Championship, eleventh in class)

For a complete rundown of the competition and results, visit the Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals Championship webpage.

The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

Photo: David Marcus drove a Tesla Model 3 to the B Street title at the 2019 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals Championship.

Photo Credit: David Cosseboom

 

Below are provisional results for each of 35 classes that concluded competition Wednesday during the 47th running of the Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals Championship taking place this week at Lincoln Airpark in Nebraska. Each entry contains the class, winning driver, hometown, car, winning margin and number of championships (Note: * Indicates not a Nationals Championship event.)

- E Street: Bartek Borowski; Elmwood Park, IL; Mazda Miata; 1.158 (ninth Nationals Championship, seventh in class)

- E Street Ladies: Casey Coughlin; Prairieville, LA; Mazda Miata; 4.306 (first Nationals Championship)

- F Street: Win-Hou Chow; Dublin, OH; BMW M3; 1.099 (first Nationals Championship)

- F Street Ladies: Denise Cashmore; New Berlin, WI; BMW M3; 2.841 (seventh Nationals Championship, first in class)

- H Street: Philip Mitchell; White Lake, MI; Ford Fiesta ST; 0.144 (first Nationals Championship)

- H Street Ladies: Laney Blume; Wichita, KS; Honda Civic Hatchback; 4.062 (third Nationals Championship, third in class)

- Street Touring Roadster: Brian Karwan; Frederick, MD; Mazda MX-5 Miata; 0.419 (third Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Street Touring Roadster Ladies: Tara Johns; Milton, TN; Mazda MX5; 3.819 (seventh Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Solo Spec Coupe: Adam Benaway; Fayetteville, NC; Scion FRS; 0.890 (second Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Solo Spec Coupe Ladies: Jennifer Bedell; Hillsborough, NC; Scion FR-S; 0.832 (fourth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- C Street Prepared: Billy Davis; New Haven, CT; Mazda Miata; 0.885 (fifth Nationals Championship, fifth in class)

- C Street Prepared Ladies: Katie Lacey; Apple Valley, MN; Mazda Miata; 2.793 (fourth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- D Street Prepared: Tamra Krystinik; Middlefield, CT; Mazda RX-8; 0.435 (third Nationals Championship, first in class)

- E Street Prepared: Jeff Wong; Moorpark, CA; Chevrolet Camaro SS; 1.213 (fifth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- E Street Prepared Ladies: Nicole Wong; Moorpark, CA; Chevrolet Camaro SS; 1.801 (ninth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Super Street R: Grant Reeve; Sturbridge, MA; Corvette Grand Sport; 0.807 (second Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Super Street R Ladies: Shelly Monfort; Saratoga, CA; Chevrolet Corvette GS; 5.215 (ninth Nationals Championship, fourth in class)

- D Prepared: Michael Maier; Livermore, CA; Toyota Starlet; 0.068 (tenth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- *D Prepared Ladies: Deanne Caraballo; Modesto, CA; Toyota Starlet; 6.374 (fourth Nationals win, third in class)

- E Prepared: Patrick Washburn; Wausau, WI; Honda Civic; 1.244 (first Nationals Championship)

- Super Street Modified: Robert Thorne; Newtown, CO; Honda S2000; 1.697 (fifth Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Super Street Modified Ladies: Amanda Thorne; Newtown, PA; Honda S2000; 0.123 (fourth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- *CAM-C: Mike Johnson; Glen Allen, VA; Chevrolet Camaro 1LE; 0.125 (sixth Nationals win, first in class)

- *CAM-T: Keith Lamming; Raymore, MO; Chevrolet Camaro; 1.126 (second Nationals win, first in class)

- *CAM-S: Jadrice Toussaint; Charlotte, NC; Chevrolet Grand Sport; 0.537 (third Nationals win, first in class)

- B Modified: Matthew Ellam; Boulder Creek, CA; Omnifab Cheetah; 0.572 (third Nationals Championship, third in class)

- C Modified: Anthony Porta; Yorba Linda, CA; Honda C-MOD; 0.201 (second Nationals Championship, first in class)

- *C Modified Ladies: Sue Eckles; Malcolm, NE; Reynard Formula Ford; 2.867 (seventh Nationals win, third in class)

- F Modified: Zak Kiesel; Poway, CA; Raptor F-500; 1.342 (third Nationals Championship, second in class)

- F Modified Ladies: Kencey Christopher; Rowlett, TX; NovaKar J9; 0.417 (fourth Nationals Championship, first in class)

- Kart Modified: Larry MacLeod; Ypsilanti, MI; Mod-Moto Tonykart; 1.199 (second Nationals Championship, second in class)

- Kart Modified Ladies: Dana Gill; Topeka, KS; KGB/Honda Pacemaker; 4.926 (first Nationals Championship)

- *Formula Junior A: Mason Herrick; McPherson, KS; CRG Kart Santana; 1.328 (fifth Nationals win, third in class)

- *Formula Junior B: Olivia Hammac; Cape Canaveral, FL; Margay Kart Ignite K3; 1.971 (first Nationals win)

- *Formula SAE: John Price; Mansfield, TX; UTA Racing F19; 1.100 (first Nationals win)

For a complete rundown of competition, visit the Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals Championship webpage. Also, follow all the action with live timing and audio at http://sololive.scca.com/, or keep track of the competition at the SoloMatters Facebook page. And tune in each morning an hour before competition begins to the Solo Nationals Morning Show at https://www.facebook.com/sccaofficial/.

The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

Photo: Tamra Krystinik on her way to the D Street Prepared victory at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals Championship

Photo Credit: David Cosseboom

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