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The Heart of Racing returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class with full-season drivers Alex Riberas and Roman De Angelis. The pair will be joined behind the wheel of the #23 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 by Ian James for the four endurance races. Completing the Daytona ROAR driver lineup is Aston Martin works driver Nikki Thiim.
Riberas, a driver for The Heart of Racing team in 2014 through 2016, secured his first WeatherTech Championship Victory when the team won at Sebring in 2015. Since then Riberas has enjoyed success finishing second in the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup and in the 2017 Asian Le Mans Series’ GT class.
De Angelis joins the team following a very successful 2019 campaign. De Angelis made history in 2019 as the first driver of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and USA series to win both titles in the same year.
James returns to the team as both Team Manager and Endurance Driver, a similar role to his duties with Team Panoz Racing this past season in GT4 America. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and the team,” said James. “I have been working with Alex for years and he has proven himself to be one of the top GT drivers in the world. Roman has had an amazing season this year, and like in 2014 with Alex, this program tries to give young talent the opportunity to shine. I’m delighted that I still get to be behind the wheel and am grateful to Aston Martin for assigning Nicki Thiim to us, whose knowledge and experience of the car will be extremely helpful to get the team up to speed at the ROAR.”
- The NTT IndyCar Season kicked off for the ninth year in a row at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It started with a dominant win on March 10th for Josef Newgarden and ended with a season championship for the Team Penske driver.
- The Team Penske duo of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, piloting the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi machine, won the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the first weekend of May. The victory was key to another Team Penske championship-winning season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019.
- On the streets of Toronto in mid-July, 2019’s Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud had a near perfect weekend at the Honda Indy. The Team Penske driver started on pole and led 80 of the 85 laps including the last 63. It was also the fastest race in Honda Indy Toronto history concluding in 1:30:16.4388.
- “Mr. Mid-Ohio” Scott Dixon claimed his record sixth Indy car win on the demanding 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 28th. Driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, the victory was by the narrowest of margins at 0.0934 seconds over his teammate Felix Rosenqvist, also the closest Indy car finish at Mid-Ohio and third closest on a road course in Indy car history.
- The NASCAR Xfinity Series returned in early August to Mid-Ohio for the seventh time. Another Team Penske driver came out on top with Austin Cindric hustling his No. 22 PPG Ford to victory lane. It was a cherished and memorable victory for Cindric as his late grandfather Jim Trueman once owned Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
- The 2019 trend continued making it five wins for Team Penske at Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ events. Will Power took top podium honors over Labor Day weekend in the Grand Prix of Portland. Power’s first win on Portland International Raceway brought his career full-circle as the 1.964-mile, 12-turn permanent road course is also where he did his very first Indy car test.
AMA Pro Racing is deeply saddened by the passing of motorcycle racing legend Dick Klamfoth.
Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1928, Klamfoth began riding motorcycles at the age of 14. He won the DAYTONA 200 on a Norton in his first outing in 1949, following that up with additional victories on the beach course in 1951 and 1952.
From 1954 to 1961, Klamfoth made his mark on the Grand National Championship, finishing in the top 10 each year and scoring five national Half-Mile wins on his BSA. After retiring from racing, he was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2017.
Klamfoth's record of three DAYTONA 200 victories held for nearly 50 years but the "King of the Beach" will be synonymous with America's most historic motorcycle race forever. A perpetual promoter of motorcycle racing, Klamfoth and his wife Bev led the charge to create the Daytona 200 Monument in 2002. Located on the beach near Main Street in Daytona Beach, the monument is dedicated to preserving the history of the legendary beach race that birthed Daytona Bike Week.
Klamfoth's funeral will be held on Saturday, December 21. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Daytona 200 Monument at https://www.daytona200monument.com.
- Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif. - Feb. 9, 5:00 PM ET - FS1
- Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix - Feb. 23, 9:00 PM ET - FS1
- AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla. - March 15, 9:30 PM ET - FS1
- DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Las Vegas - April 5, 9:00 PM ET - FS1
- Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Houston - April 19, 8:30 PM ET - FS1
- NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C. - April 26, 6:00 PM ET - FS1
- NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta - May 17, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
- Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va. - May 31, 5:30 PM ET - FS1
- Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan. - June 14, 6:30 PM ET - FS1
- NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn. - June 21, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
- Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio - June 28, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
- Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago - July 12, 3:00 PM ET - FOX
- Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver - July 19, 4:00 PM ET - FOX
- NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Calif. - July 26, 4:00 PM ET - FOX
- Magic Dry NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle - Aug. 2, 4:00 PM ET - FOX
- Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. - Aug. 16, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
- NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, N.H. - Aug. 23, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
- NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis - Sept. 7, 11:00 AM ET - FS1
- NHRA U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis - Sept. 7, 1:00 PM ET - FOX
- Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa. - Sept. 20, 1:00 PM ET - FS1
- NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, N.C. - Sept. 27, 2:00 PM ET - FS1
- AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis - Oct. 4, 7:00 PM ET - FS1
- AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas - Oct. 18, 2:00 PM ET - FS2
- Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas - Nov. 1, 4:00 PM ET - FS1
- Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif. - Nov. 15, 4:00 PM ET - FS1
BriggsAuto.com Racing announced today its intent to compete in the AFT SuperTwins class for the 2020 American Flat Track season. The powerhouse effort will combine the skill and knowledge of seasoned tuner Johnny Goad with the raw talent of premier class pilot Davis Fisher.
"The BriggsAuto.com Racing Team is excited to be back full-time in 2020," said Sarah Irby-Goad of BriggsAuto.com Racing. "We have a long history in the sport that includes the Fisher family. We have witnessed the continued growth of Davis and he has become a strong contender. Combining Davis's talent, with Johnny's knowledge and the support of Russ and Ilene Briggs and Martin Trucking, we feel we have a winning combination for 2020 SuperTwins competition."
Fisher finished ninth in AFT Twins competition in 2019 with best finish of third at both the Sacramento Mile and Williams Grove Half-Mile.
"I couldn't be more excited than I am to join BriggsAuto.com Racing in 2020," said Fisher. "With this opportunity I will be able to focus 100% on being a better racer because I know Johnny Goad will have the bikes ready to win. I'm so grateful for Bob Lanphere's Beaverton Motorcycles and Dick Wall 60 for sticking with me on this opportunity. They will be huge assets to myself and the BriggsAuto.com team in 2020."
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Sports Car Club of America® has announced the return of a driver-funded contingency program to support competitors achieving success throughout the SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® in their efforts to attend the National Championship Runoffs®.
Recently approved by the SCCA Board of Directors, the Runoffs Appearance Fund is a re-imagined, modern version of the former “Tow Fund” that existed until 2015 in SCCA’s top road racing program. The Runoffs Appearance Fund is a self-funded contingency program that will pay out to Runoffs participants that finish atop a U.S. Majors Tour Conference points championship or in the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour points standings. Deanna Flanagan, SCCA’s Road Racing Director, said the number of positions paid will be determined by the average car count per class throughout the U.S. Majors Tour season.
“The old tow fund had its flaws, but the premise behind it is something that has been missed based on the consistent requests for the program to return,” Flanagan said. “The commitment involved in racing for a championship is significant, and the Runoffs Appearance Fund recognizes those that have carried their success during the season into the National Championship event. Since the elimination of the tow fund, we have seen a smaller percentage of top points finishers compete at the Runoffs. The new program provides additional incentive and supports our goal of encouraging the best-of-the-best to attend the Runoffs.”
Beginning with 2020, $20 from each Majors entry will go toward the fund. At the end of the season, the entire fund will be distributed to drivers based on their finish in one of the six Conference Championships (Northeast, Southeast, Northern, Southern, Mid-States and Western) or the Hoosier Super Tour points standings prior to the Runoffs. Actual payout amount will vary based on one-way distance “as the crow flies” from a driver’s home address to the Runoffs venue, which in 2020 will be Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Drivers within 300 miles of a Runoffs venue will not be eligible to receive a fund payout.
The most significant difference from the new Runoffs Appearance Fund and the former Tow Fund rests in the number of drivers per class eligible for payout. The Runoffs Appearance Fund will pay more drivers for classes that average more entries over the Majors season, thus providing more support to the classes that contributed more to the fund. The number of drivers eligible for the fund per class will be based on the following chart:
Avg. Entries Per Number of Positions Paid from
Majors Event Each Majors Conf./Super Tour Points Standings
0 – 1.9 1
2.0 – 3.9 2
4.0 – 5.9 3
6.0 – 7.9 4
8.0 – 9.9 5
10.0 – 11.9 6
12.0 – 13.9 7
14.0 – 15.9 8
16.0 – 17.9 9
18.0 + 10
As an example, if a class averages 8.3 entries per event in 2020, the top five drivers from each Majors Conference and the Hoosier Super Tour (regular season) standings would be eligible to receive a Runoffs Appearance Fund payout based on their one-way mileage to Road America. A driver may only receive one payout per class, so if they finished in the top five in two conferences and the Hoosier Super Tour, they would only receive one payment. As was the case with the previous Tow Fund, the total amount in the fund escrow is divided by the total number of one-way miles of eligible drivers to determine a one-way, per-mile rate. Eligible drivers will receive the payment after the Runoffs event.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports. Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned Road Racing’s National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days.