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Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 earned its 14th win of the 2019 American Flat Track (AFT) season at the Williams Grove Half-Mile in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Indian Wrecking Crew Rider and current points leader Briar Bauman secured his fifth win of the season, while Indian Motorcycle Privateers Brandon Price and Davis Fisher placed second and third, respectfully.
The 2019 Williams Grove Half-Mile Twins Main event began with a battle between Bauman and AFT Twins Defending Champion Jared Mees. As each muscled to maintain the lead, Bauman strategically slid into first during lap six. Early on, Price secured the second position, while Fisher made impressive passes on his way to third. Near the half way point, Bauman maintained a one-second lead ahead of Price, which he retained until the finish. Mees finished the race in fourth, and is now 35 points behind Bauman, who leads the series with 305 total points.
“Briar continues to showcase his talent and determination to win a Twins championship,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “He’s maintained his focus throughout the entire season and is running his best races we’ve ever seen.”
With two races remaining, Bauman remains the series points leader with 305 points, while Mees is second with 270 points, and fellow Wrecking Crew teammate Bronson Bauman is third with 221 points.
The season continues on September 21 with the Minnesota Mile at Canterbury Park in Minneapolis, MN. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information on 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.
The SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® Northeast Conference has wrapped up its 2019 calendar. More than 800 racers took part in the Conference’s 12-round season that visited six different venues. Drivers who excelled have earned a 2019 Northeast Conference championship.
Special kudos goes to longtime SCCA racer Scott Rettich. This year in the Northeast Conference he managed to scoop up two championships. One was in Spec Racer Ford Gen3 where he bested more than 100 other competitors. He also managed to gobble up the Formula Enterprises 2 championship, too, taking seven victories along the way.
The Northeast Conference saw several hotly contested championships this year. Formula Vee® was decided by only one point as Gary Kittell and his Caracal D/SB just barely came out ahead of Roger Siebenaler in a Mysterian M2 racecar. Siebenaler had more wins on the season with five, but Kittell had more points thanks to competing in more races.
Two points was the winning margin in two other Northeast Conference classes. In American Sedan® it was Jason Smith who edged out James Jost, 155 points to 153 points, with both competitors driving Ford Mustangs. And in B-Spec it was David Oliveira who claimed the title over Frank Schwartz, 114 points to 112 points, with both of those drivers hustling MINI Coopers. Drew Strickland, piloting a Honda Fit, was only seven points behind Schwartz in third place.
The margin of victory in another two Northeast Conference classes came down to only three points. In a class contested by nearly 120 drivers, Nick Leverone won out in Spec Miata by three points over Nicholas Bruni. And in Super Touring® Under it was the Honda Prelude of Matthew Benazic who took the championship by three points over John Weisberg in a Mazda Miata. Mark Liller, in a Dodge Neon SRT-4, took third only three points back of Weisberg.
Five points made all the difference in Prototype 1 (P1) as Greg Bell, driving a Stohr WF1, claimed the P1 Northeast Conference championship with 80 points as compared to the 75 points of runner-up William Munholland and his Elan DP-02 car. Five points was also the winning margin in Formula Mazda as Mike Anderson brought home the title over Anthony Victor Seaber. Robert Noell finished third in the standings only three points behind Seaber.
Other close Northeast Conference championships included E Production where Donald Walsh and his Mazda RX-7 won out over the Honda Civic Si of Greg Amy by seven points, and nine points was the winning margin in Formula 1000 as John Homan took the championship in a RFR F1000 over the Elan DB08 of runner-up Kevin Boeckle.
The Northeast Conference began its 2019 schedule with an exciting Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour at VIRginia International Raceway. Round 3 and Round 4 then took place at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia, followed by a single race weekend in May at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. June also saw a single event, which was a Hoosier Super Tour at Watkins Glen International in Upstate New York. The calendar then closed out in July with Round 9 and Round 10 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut before the final weekend of racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Conference points are awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class. Winners earn 25 points, and 21 points go to second. Points are then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher. Only the best eight finishes at Northeast Conference races count towards a driver’s point total. Below are Northeast Conference champions with Class: Name, Hometown, SCCA Region and Car.
-American Sedan®: Jason Smith; Troy, NY; Mohawk Hudson Region; Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: David Oliveira; Moosup, CT; New England Region; Mini Cooper
-E Production: Donald Walsh; Orrtanna, PA; Susquehanna Region; Mazda RX-7
-F Production: Charlie Campbell; Corry, PA; Mohawk Hudson Region; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Enrik Benazic; Farmingdale, NY; Glen Region; Honda Civic Si
-Formula 500: Russell Strate Jr.; Alden, NY; Western New York Region; QRE F-500 QRE Invader
-Formula 1000: John Homan; Ashburn, VA; North Carolina Region; RFR F1000
-Formula Atlantic®: Matthew Gendron; Monson, MA; New England Region; Pro Mazda
-Formula Continental®: Alex Tollefsen; Brooklyn, NY; New England Region; Van Diemen RF99
-Formula Enterprises: Justin Huffman; Herndon, VA; Washington DC Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Scott Rettich; Columbus, OH; Ohio Valley Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: Tyler O'Connor; New Hartford, CT; New England Region; Mygale SJ14
-Formula Mazda: Mike Anderson; Temecula, CA; Texas Region; Star Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee®: Gary Kittell; Tully, NY; Glen Region; Caracal D/SB
-GT-1: James McAleese; Leesburg, VA; Washington DC Region; Chevrolet Camaro TA1
-GT-2: Kevin Allen; Anderson, SC; Buccaneer Region; Nissan 300ZX
-GT-3: Joe Kristensen; London, ON; Detroit Region; Honda Civic
-GT-Lite: Graham Fuller; Martinsburg, WV; Washington DC Region; Honda CRX
-Prototype 1: Greg Bell; Ottawa, ON; Atlanta Region; Stohr WF1
-Prototype 2: Paul Omichinski; Burlington, CT; New England Region; Stohr 04D
-Spec Miata: Nick Leverone; Mendon MA; New England Region; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Scott Rettich; Columbus, OH; Ohio Valley Region; SCCA Enterprises SRF3
-Super Touring® Lite: Bob Beede; Northampton, MA; New England Region; Honda Civic Si
-Super Touring® Under: Matthew Benazic; Whitestone, NY; New York Region; Honda Prelude
-Touring 1: Hugh Stewart; Milford, CT; New England Region; BMW M3
-Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region; Pontiac Firebird
-Touring 3: Marshall Mast; Narvon, PA; Philadelphia Region; Ford Mustang
-Touring 4: Owen Schefer; Warrenton, VA; Washington DC Region; Mazda RX-8
The U.S. Majors Tour is one pathway to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway along the border of North Carolina and Virginia. U.S. Majors Tour drivers qualify for the Runoffs by participating in three U.S. Majors Tour weekends and starting at least three U.S. Majors Tour races in the same car class over the course of the season.
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944 and currently celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary, 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: Scott Rettich claimed two U.S. Majors Tour Northeast Conference championships, one in FE2 (pictured) and the other in SRF3
Photo Credit: Mark Weber
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its 2020 Scout lineup, highlighted by two new models that pay homage to the 100-year legacy of the iconic Indian Scout – the Scout Bobber Twenty and the limited edition Scout 100th Anniversary. Also for 2020, Indian Motorcycle is introducing a selection of new Scout touring accessories, including a color-matched quick release fairing with a two-inch windshield and weather resistant semi-rigid quick release saddlebags. New Indian Motorcycle performance accessories include a stage 1 shorty slip-on muffler kit, and an all-new 2-into-1 full exhaust system, both of which will provide a significant performance upgrade.
“The Indian Scout has stood the test of time as one of the most influential, iconic and recognizable motorcycles in the world,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “100 years is an incredibly special milestone, and it made perfect sense to honor Scout’s history and legacy with these two heritage-inspired 2020 models.”
In 1919, Indian Motorcycle announced the world’s first Scout motorcycle with the 1920 model year Scout. In celebration of the Scout’s 100th birthday, Indian Motorcycle has created a premium and collectible Scout 100th Anniversary model, limited to 750 produced globally. The special anniversary edition takes styling cues from the original Scout, highlighted by its striking paint scheme of Indian Motorcycle Red with Anniversary Gold trim. The bike’s finishing touches include a desert tan genuine leather solo saddle seat, color-matched Scout 100th Anniversary badge, black wire wheels, beach bars, luggage rack and chrome finishes to complete the heritage-inspired throwback styling. The Scout 100th Anniversary is priced at $15,999.
The “Twenty” in Scout Bobber Twenty also pays homage to the original 1920 Scout, as do several of the bike’s unique features, including wire wheels and a floating saddle. The 2020 Scout Bobber Twenty delivers ‘old school’ bobber style with relaxed ergonomics. Scout Bobber Twenty features an old-school mix of chrome and blacked-out finishes, 10-inch ape hanger handlebars, and comes in three colors: Thunder Black (ABS or non-ABS), Sagebrush Smoke (ABS) and Burnished Metallic (ABS). Pricing starts at $11,999 for non-ABS and $12,899 for ABS.
In addition to the two new heritage-inspired Scout models, the 2020 Scout lineup also includes the return of Scout, Scout Sixty and Scout Bobber. All 2020 Scouts receive key feature upgrades, including new floating rotors, calipers and master cylinders for improved braking performance. All Scout Bobbers will receive new Pirelli MT60RS tires, while the 2020 Scout features a sport seat and passenger pegs.
2020 Scout models with ABS will be available in several new colors. The Indian Scout Sixty, starting at $8,999, is available in Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic and Pearl White over Titanium Metallic. With a starting price of $11,499, the Indian Scout is available in Thunder Black, White Smoke, Deepwater Metallic, Metallic Jade over Thunder Black and Indian Motorcycle Red over Ivory Cream with Gold Pinstripe. The Indian Scout Bobber, with an exciting new starting price of $10,999, is available in Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Deepwater Metallic, Bronze Smoke and White Smoke. All non-ABS Scout models will be offered exclusively in Thunder Black.
The 2020 lineup of new exhaust and muffler options significantly modify the overall look of the Scout family while increasing horsepower by over 10%. The new options include the stage 1 2-into-1 full exhaust system and the stage 1 shorty slip-on muffler kit – both available in chrome or matte black. The new exhaust options expand on Indian Motorcycle’s existing array of Scout performance accessories and fit with any 2019 and 2020 Scout model.
For riders looking to tour on their Scout, Indian Motorcycle is introducing a handful of new accessories that will help the trip last longer. A brand new, color-matched quick release fairing with a two-inch windshield is available for all model years of Scout and Scout Sixty and comes with the option to change to either a five-inch or seven-inch windshield. To complete the touring package, riders can add the solo luggage rack (available in chrome and now in gloss black) and a solo rack bag. In winter 2019, riders can add the brand new semi-rigid quick release saddlebags. With additional Indian Motorcycle accessories, a rider can customize their Scout Bobber with a rider comfort seat or add more aggressive style to Scout and Scout Sixty with bar end mirrors, smoked turn signal lenses, tinted windshields, and varying handlebars and foot controls to achieve the perfect fit for the rider and passenger.
Arriving at dealerships now, riders can learn more or test ride by visiting a local Indian Motorcycle dealership. For more information on the 2020 Scout lineup, or to find the nearest dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
American Flat Track will immediately follow up its titanic Springfield tripleheader with a stop at another of the sport’s hotbeds. This weekend the series arrives at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for the Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson on Saturday, September 7.
Based in one of the world’s most fertile grounds when it comes to producing elite dirt track talent, there will be no shortage of hometrack favorites to root for this weekend. All three classes are loaded with frontrunners who consider Williams Grove to be their home round. This fact is sure to produce a particularly strong performance in front of fans, friends and family, and could potentially see a tip in the balance in any one of the title fights.
Reigning AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) drew to within striking distance of title leader Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) with his double victory in Springfield. Mees will not be lacking for motivation to keep the pressure this weekend at a venue that’s less than an hour’s drive from where he was born and raised.
Meanwhile, both of the leading contenders for the Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys title -- points leader Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450) and defending class champ Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) -- are native Pennsylvanians.
Like Mees in 2017, Bromley got to experience clinching a championship with the home crowd cheering him on here a year ago. But this time around, he finds himself chasing Gauthier, who holds a narrow 5-point advantage heading into Round 16 of 18.
It’s a similar story in the AFT Production Twins championship fight. It’s led by local ace Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07), who leads Kolby Carlile (No. 136 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07), who hails from just a few hours north of Williams Grove in New York state and yet another Pennsyvanian in Ryan Varnes (No. 68 Varnes Racing/RoyBuilt Kawasaki Ninja 650).
Also included among the staggering number of podium-contending riders hungry to do well at home this weekend are Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750), Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) and Brandon Price (No. 192 Roof Systems of Dallas TX, DPC Racing Indiant FTR750) in AFT Twins, Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450) and Cameron Smith (No. 44 Basciani Foods/Hyatt Racing Honda CRF450R) in AFT Singles and Jordan Harris (No. 17 RRCF Racing/Iowa City Brake Kawasaki Ninja 650) in AFT Production Twins.
There will be plenty to keep fans entertained beyond the two-wheeled action. The “hometown heroes” theme extends beyond the racing, as it will be First Responder's Night at Williams Grove Speedway, honoring the bravery and sacrifice of local police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics. Additionally, the Colt Wilbur Band will be performing its blend of real country music, bluegrass, southern rock, and the blues.
Tickets for the Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson are on sale now at tickets.americanflattrack.com. Advance General Admission tickets start at just $29, and kids 12 and under are free in the General Admission areas with the purchase of one adult ticket.
Military/First Responder tickets are $20 with GovX registration. Spectators who would like to take in the action from a private, premium-viewing area can purchase a VIP Experience pass, which includes complimentary food and beverage, along with a commemorative race program souvenir.
For fans watching remotely, FansChoice.tv will provide live coverage of the Williams Grove Half-Mile starting with the day’s first practice session at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. PT. Opening Ceremonies are slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m PT. The rider autograph session/open paddock period will start at 6:40 p.m. ET/3:450 p.m PT, followed by the Main Event program at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
Catch the feature broadcast of the Williams Grove Half-Mile on NBCSN with flag-to-flag coverage of the Main Events, enhanced by exclusive features and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage. The broadcast will debut on Saturday, September 21, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT and will re-air on Tuesday, September 24, at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT.
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NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2019 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT's digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.
CrowdStrike enjoyed a successful weekend at Watkins Glen International for the resumption of the SRO America’s Blancpain GT World Challenge America Championship.
The Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider for SRO America, CrowdStrike also held the position of event presenting sponsor and collected some hardware to boot on the racetrack.
CrowdStrike Racing fielded entries in two SRO classes: George Kurtz and Colin Braun drove the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Blancpain GT World Challenge America while CJ Moses and James Sofronas teamed in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Audi R8 LMS prepared by Global Motorsports Group (GMG) for the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX category.
Moses, Sofronas Finish on GT4 SprintX Podium
Moses and Sofronas closed the weekend with a third-place class finish in Sunday’s GT4 SprintX race to conclude Moses’ first season of professional competition. Each of the weekend rounds were one-hour races with a mandatory pit stop and driver change.
Moses drove the first 25 minutes and ran a measured pace throughout before handing the car over to Sofronas to the end. A late-race yellow and early checkered flag thwarted his charge through the field. Still, the pairing managed to gain four spots from the start in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Audi R8 LMS GT4.
“A podium finish is a great way to close our GT4 campaign with CrowdStrike, AWS and GMG Racing,” said CJ Moses. “I really enjoyed racing at such a historic track like Watkins Glen. This year has been a tremendous learning experience and one that I’ll always remember. Thanks to James and GMG Racing for a great season. It’s my hope that this is just the beginning!”
On Saturday, the Moses/Sofronas pairing started strong with a second-place starting position. However, an early-race caution went against the planned race strategy for the CrowdStrike/AWS Audi. Still, the duo managed a fourth-place run for another solid points haul.
“It was a pleasure for GMG Racing to partner with CJ, CrowdStrike and AWS on this GT4 program,” Sofronas said. “I’m glad we could come away with a couple of podium finishes in CJ’s first season. He should be very encouraged by his performance as it’s a big jump to the professional level of racing.”
Top-Five Results for Kurtz, Braun in GT World Challenge
George Kurtz and Colin Braun solidified their championship standings Saturday and Sunday with top-five finishes in two 90-minute races for the Blancpain GT World Challenge America series.
“Thanks to Colin and everyone at DXDT Racing for their continued efforts in pushing the program forward,” Kurtz said. “It was a great weekend at historic Watkins Glen and we are very happy with our participation and visibility within the SRO America championship.”
The duo in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/Accel/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3 endured a rough start to Race One on Saturday. Kurtz, who qualified fifth in class, made a solid start and was looking to move up in his stint. Unfortunately, he had to pit on the opening lap with damage to the Mercedes from an incident not of his making.
Despite losing time to the extra stop, Kurtz and Braun both drove solid races to soldier home with a fourth-place class finish – just missing their third podium finish of the year.
Sunday’s race was a better start for Braun, who began from the sixth position. He made up a couple of spots early and continued on for the balance of his 50-minute run. Kurtz drove the final trouble-free 40 minutes to come home fifth in the CrowdStrike Mercedes.
“George had a great drive on Saturday and Sunday and the CrowdStrike team had great execution all weekend long," Braun said. "It was a solid weekend but we definitely want more. Looking forward to Road America in a couple weeks!”
Partnership with Operation Motorsport
In addition to the racing action at Watkins Glen, CrowdStrike, AWS, DXDT and GMG Racing were honored to host two former military service members as honorary crew in both the GT and GT4 programs over the weekend. The mission of Operation Motorsport is to aid and prepare military veterans for potential future careers in motorsports following their heroic service in the U.S. military.
For the Blancpain GT World Challenge program, CrowdStrike Racing and DXDT Racing hosted Sergeant Major Jason Leach. His experience over the weekend was part of what he hopes is a future career as a team manager or team owner in motorsport. On the GT4 side, Sergeant First Class (SFC) David J. Meyer assisted the CrowdStrike/GMG effort by running tires and taking trackside photography.
CrowdStrike returns to sportscar racing when the Blancpain GT World Challenge America visits Road America on Sept. 20-22. For more information, visit CrowdStrikeRacing.com.
Viewership for Formula 1 World Championship races on ESPN networks continues to grow in the championship’s second year back on ESPN.
Sunday’s Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix attracted an average audience of 660,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 37 percent over the race on ESPN2 last year (482,000) and up 29 percent over the viewership of the race on NBCSN in 2017 (448,000). The viewership for Sunday’s race was the second-highest on record for the event, exceeded only by ESPN’s audience of 690,000 in 1995.
The Belgian Grand Prix audience peaked at 770,725 as Charles Leclerc won his first F1 race.
Through 13 races this season, Formula 1 is averaging 667,000 viewers on ESPN networks, an increase of 20 percent over the average of 554,000 for 13 races last year on ESPN networks and up 22 percent from the average of 549,000 on NBC networks in 2017.
All but three of the 13 races this season have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks.
The Formula 1 season continues this weekend with the Heineken Italian Grand Prix. The race airs at 9:05 a.m. ET on ESPN2 on Sunday, Sept. 8.