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Simpson Performance Products Acquires Clearwater Lights

January 24th 2020

Simpson Performance Products, a portfolio company of New York-based private equity firm, BRS & Co., acquired Clearwater Lights from its founder, Glenn Stasky, who will become a senior member of the SPP team and continue to lead the Clearwater operation. Based in Rancho Cordova, California, …

NHRA Changes Mello Yello Series Countdown To The Championship Points Structure

January 23rd 2020

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship will see some new elements this year. Competitors in the premier series may earn their way into the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s version of the playoffs, by one of two ways. As in previous years, the top 10 drivers i …

Turn 14 Distribution Adds Nitrous Express To Line Card

January 23rd 2020

Turn 14 Distribution, an industry leader in performance automotive parts distribution, has added the full line of nitrous systems and components manufactured by Nitrous Express to its line card. “The nitrous system products offered by Nitrous Express are the perfect fit for Turn 14 Distribution …

GM To Open Performance & Racing Tech Center In Concord, NC

January 23rd 2020

General Motors will open a new, 75,000-square-foot technical center focused on performance and racing in the Charlotte region—in Concord, off of Interstate-85 and less than 10 miles from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The facility will expand GM’s performance and racing capabilities, with a focu …

NASCAR Gander Trucks Playoffs Field Increased To 10 Drivers

January 22nd 2020

NASCAR has expanded the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series playoff field from eight drivers to 10, a move that goes into effect for the 2020 season. The Gander Trucks postseason schedule will remain at seven races, but the expansion will alter the elimination format that pares drivers from c …

F1 TV Audience Grows For Third Straight Year To 1.922 Billion

January 21st 2020

For the third year in a row, Formula 1 has seen its audience figures grow across both TV and digital platforms compared to the previous season. The total global TV cumulative audience stood at 1.922bn, the highest since 2012, which represents an increase of 9% compared to 2018. This is the thir …

Sean Bratches Steps Down As Formula 1 Managing Director of Commercial Operations

January 20th 2020

Sean Bratches will step down from his role as Managing Director of Commercial Operations for Formula 1 following three years at the organization. He will leave Formula 1 at the end of January 2020 but will continue to support the business in an advisory role from the United States. Bratches joi …

Alientech's K-TAG Service Mode: New Update Dedicated To Bosch MD1 and MG1

January 17th 2020

Thanks to the new K-Suite update by Alientech, the latest generation of petrol and diesel cars, but also hybrids ECUs will be supported. By downloading the new K-Suite update from Alientech, you can become even more competitive in your tuning business, offering your customers an increasing number of …

IMS Announces Xfinity Series To Race On Indy Road Course In July

January 16th 2020

Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced that its NASCAR Xfinity Series race scheduled on July 4 will be held on the facility’s road-course layout. New track owner Roger Penske and IMS president Doug Boles made the announcement during a press conference at the historic track, where NASCAR’s …

Exclusive! EPARTRADE 5-Question Interview With Joe Marko, HMS Motorsport

January 15th 2020

Joe Marko of HMS Motorsport in Mooresville, N.C., and Danvers, Mass., is a key "go to" person in the racing industry when it comes to driver safety, as well as driver personal comfort in the cockpit of a race car.This savvy retailer and distributor has a 12,000-square foot facility, including a 2500 …

Turn 14 Distribution Adds Gibson Performance Exhaust To Line Card

January 15th 2020

Turn 14 Distribution, an industry leader in performance automotive parts distribution, has added the exhaust systems and exhaust components manufactured by Gibson Performance Exhaust to its line card.  “We’re pleased to partner with Gibson Performance Exhaust and introduce the company’s pr …

McLeod Racing Introduces New SFT 2000 HP Street/Strip Clutch

January 15th 2020

McLeod Racing has expanded their extensive twin disc clutch line to incorporate the new McLeod SFT 2000. The SFT 2000 brings a whole new level of holding power to the street/strip twin disc clutch market. The Street Fighter Twin, as the company calls it, can hold an amazing 2,000 HP while still bein …

All Star Circuit of Champions Point Fund Increases To $258,000; Series Champion To Earn $65,000

January 14th 2020

The 2020 All Star Circuit of Champions point fund will now award $258,000 across the top 12 positions, including $65,000 for the championship team; a $58,000 increase from 2019. Not only will the Series champion notice an impressive lift in the season-ending point fund, bumping up from $51,000 …

Cometic Gasket Acquires Gasket Technology—Marine Market Specialists

January 13th 2020

Cometic Gasket Inc. has acquired Lake Havasu, Arizona-based Gasket Technology, LLC. The company's statement reads, "Moving forward, all business previously conducted with Gasket Technology will be conducted under the Cometic Gasket brand. We are excited to bring the staff from Gasket Technology …

New Pit Stop Rules For Select NASCAR Xfinity, Gander Trucks Races

January 8th 2020

NASCAR officials introduced rules changes Tuesday for pit stops — both for personnel and procedures — in select Xfinity Series and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series events this season, effectively eliminating “live” pit stops in those targeted events. Officials indicate the changes are desi …

Exclusive! EPARTRADE 5-Question Interview With Craig Donnelly, BBS of America

January 6th 2020

For this edition of EPARTRADE's 5-Question Interviews with Racing Industry Executives, we turned to Craig Donnelly, president of BBS of America. BBS has engineered high performance wheels for nearly 50 years, winning over 250 series championships, from F1 to Touring Cars to Open Wheel and World Rall …

McLaren F1 Promotes Andrea Stella To Racing Director

January 3rd 2020

McLaren F1 has continued to shuffle its senior management ahead of the 2020 season, with Performance Director Andrea Stella now promoted to Racing Director. The role, which Eric Boullier departed from in 2018, means that Stella will be "leading the team at race weekends", according to McLaren R …

NASCAR.com Partners With Former Cup Crew Chief Steve Letarte On RacingJobs.com

December 31st 2019

NASCAR.com is partnering with RacingJobs.com, the website started by former NASCAR Cup Series crew chief and current NBC Sports analyst Steve Letarte three years ago to connect potential employees with race teams. All of the queries are done anonymously, with RacingJobs.com using answers from o …

Crate Racin’ USA Purchases South Eastern Crate Association (SECA)

December 30th 2019

Crate Racin’ USA has purchased the South Eastern Crate Association (SECA), which campaigns several racing Divisions in the Carolinas and Northeast Georgia. “The Divisions that race under the SECA banner will remain in place with very few adjustments for the 2020 season,” Crate Racin’ USA Direct …

EPARTRADE Exclusive! Wayne Taylor's Best Advice For Managing A Winning Race Team

December 22nd 2019

Both as a driver and team owner, Wayne Taylor is a winner. The sportscar-racing champion started Wayne Taylor Racing in 2007 with his teammate Max Angelelli. As a driver, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 At Daytona (twice), the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the inaugural Petit Le Mans in 1998 …

EPARTRADE Exclusive! Race Engine Builder and YouTube Star: Steve Papadakis

December 22nd 2019

With 382,000 YouTube subscribers and growing, Steve Papadakis, the owner of Papadakis Racing in Carson, California, is a trailblazer in race engine building, and now a media dynamo as well.  Asked if he had thought Papadakis Racing would get so many subscribers on the YouTube platform, he …

Junior Johnson, One Of the All Time NASCAR Greats As A Driver & Team Owner, Dies At 88

December 21st 2019

Junior Johnson, a stock-car racing giant whose career spanned the sport’s history from its moonshining roots to its modern era as a fierce, hard-nosed driver and an innovative mechanic and team owner, has died. He was 88. He had been in declining health and entered hospice care earlier this wee …

FOX Sports, NHRA Announce 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing TV Schedule

December 20th 2019

FOX Sports and the NHRA has released their 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule, highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of four consecutive summer events, including the  “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma, and Seattle), as well as the iconic U.S. Nationals from …

New Hyperpole Qualifying Format To Be Introduced At 2020 24 Hours Of Le Mans

December 19th 2019

To coincide with the opening of applications for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ACO announced a brand new qualifying format—Le Mans Hyperpole. The traditional qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been shaken up for 2020. There will now be two stages, designed to encourage sheer …

New AEM EV Line Features Suite Of Products To Simplify & Enhance EV Conversions

December 18th 2019

AEM Performance Electronics has launched AEM EV, its new Performance EV Controls brand, and initial suite of performance electric vehicle control solutions. The AEM EV mission is to deliver products that simplify the EV conversion process and provide powerful control for EV motorsports applications …