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MAHLE Motorsport Adds Options to Boost BMW Power with PowerPak Pistons for the 5.0L V10 B50 or S85 Engine

February 20th 2020

Now MAHLE Motorsport provides a budget minded option to replace OE cast pistons standard with the B50 or S85 engine with their all forged PowerPak piston kit designed for the 5.0: V10 B50 or S85 BMW engine.  Manufactured from 4032 aluminum alloy for high temperature strength and low noise, the …

Turn 14 Adds Full Line Of NGK Spark Plugs, Coils, Wire Sets & NTK Sensors To Line Card

February 20th 2020

Turn 14 Distribution has bolstered its product assortment through the addition of NGK Spark Plugs’ full line of spark plugs, coils, wire sets, and NTK’s premium technical sensors to its line card.  “We are excited to offer NGK’s full assortment of spark plugs, wire sets, and coils, along w …

Aston Martin Won't Compete In New Hypercar Class

February 19th 2020

Aston Martin Lagonda has postponed development of its World Endurance Championship (WEC) Hypercar race entry, following the recent decision by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) to harmonize the Hypercar class with the LMDh prototype category in …

Motorsport Network Names Digital Transformation Leader Mehul Kapadia COO

February 18th 2020

Motorsport Network, the fast-growing digital platform for the racing and automotive industries, has named Mehul Kapadia as its Chief Operating Officer. Mehul played a pivotal role, over the last eight years, in shaping digital transformation for Formula 1 and MotoGP, as SVP, Global Head of Mark …

Supercars Series Pays Tribute To Holden Brand, Australian Car Marque Being Retired By GM by 2021

February 17th 2020

Supercars, the Australian racing series, has paid tribute to the role Holden has played in the history of the sport, following news the brand will cease by 2021. Parent company General Motors announced it will retire the iconic Australian brand as part of a withdrawal from all right-hand-drive …

Penske Unveils Wide-Ranging Plan to Enhance Month of May, IMS

February 17th 2020

A wide-ranging, multifaceted plan to boost and strengthen the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was unveiled featuring significant improvements and financial investment that will resonate with fans.   The goal of the plan is to produce a lege …

Rebellion Will End Racing Program After 24 Hours Of Le Mans

February 13th 2020

After 13 years in motorsports, Rebellion Racing will stop all its racing activities after a final appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Alexandre Pesci, Président of Rebellion Corporation, expained, "Motorsport has been a great resource for Rebellion. The circuits have been exceptional …

April's F1 Chinese Grand Prix Is Postponed Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

February 13th 2020

The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for April 17-19, has been postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, officially requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Moto …

An Observation

February 12th 2020

This may not be an earth-shattering observation, but it occurred to us at the Autosport Engineering Show in the UK that we would normally be asleep in another part of the world when this particular marketplace hits its full stride. As the world grows smaller, we have these moments of realization. Th …

Alientech's K-TAG Now Works With GPEC Control Unit Suite That Includes Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) Vehicles

February 12th 2020

Alientech, a worldwide leader in designing and developing tools for engine tuning based in Trino, Italy, has announced that thanks to the addition of the ECUs GPEC4 and GPEC4LM, the GPEC control unit suite that includes FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automotive) vehicles has been completed. On the ECUs GPE …

Eldora Speedway's Roger Slack Named RPM Promoter Of The Year

February 11th 2020

Roger Slack, who promoters and manages Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, has been named the 44th Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year at the 47th Annual RPM@Daytona Workshops presented at the Hilton Oceanfront in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Slack won with over 73% of the votes during the final r …

NASCAR, K&N Engineering Announce Multi-Year Partnership Renewal

February 7th 2020

NASCAR and K&N Engineering announced a multi-year extension, continuing the company’s designation as the “Official Performance Filter of NASCAR.” K&N Engineering’s presence in NASCAR can be traced back to the 1970s when the company began providing filters to NASCAR Cup Series teams at C …

NASCAR Announces Several Leadership Promotions

February 6th 2020

NASCAR announced several leadership promotions across the breadth of its business. Ben Kennedy (pictured) has been promoted to Vice President, Racing Development; John Martin has been promoted to Vice President, Media and Event Technology; Patrick Rogers has been promoted to Vice President, Marketin …

Investment Group That Owns Edelbrock Acquires COMP Performance Group

February 4th 2020

Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), an operations-focused private equity firm based in Evanston, Ill., and owner of Edelbrock LLC, today announced the acquisition of the COMP Performance Group. Edelbrock, LLC and the COMP Performance Group and their respective management teams will currently …

HPD Establishes F3 Americas Drivers’ Champion Scholarship

February 3rd 2020

Honda Performance Development (HPD) has created a scholarship that will enable the F3 Drivers’ Champion to compete in the subsequent year’s Indy Lights full season. The F3 Americas Championship provides talented young racers the opportunity to develop their skills in a state-of-the-art open-whe …

Turn 14 Distribution Adds Rywire Motorsports Electronics To Line Card

February 3rd 2020

Turn 14 Distribution has expanded its line card with the introduction of Rywire Motorsports Electronics’ assortment of wiring harnesses and other electronic components. “Our partnership with Rywire Motorsports Electronics represents Turn 14 Distribution’s first venture into this market segment. …

Racing Point To Become F1 Aston Martin Works Team In 2021

January 31st 2020

The Racing Point F1 program is set to become the Aston Martin works team for the 2021 Formula 1 season, following a significant investment into the iconic British automobile brand by a consortium led by Racing Point’s current owner, Lawrence Stroll. The £182 million investment from Stroll’s con …

Championship Off-Road Series Names Frank DeAngelo Series Director

January 30th 2020

The 2020 Championship Off-Road season may be new to the landscape of North American motorsports, but its ownership via the International Series of Champions (ISOC) has attracted the sport’s top management to its new series leadership team. After recently naming off-road racing veteran Bill Savage as …

Global Electronic Technology Joins Paul Lee’s Nitro Funny Car Team

January 29th 2020

Global Electronic Technology joins Paul Lee Racing for the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season on his Nitro Funny Car. Lee will adorn the beautiful blue of Global Electronic Technology as the major marketing partner for 12 selected races. Lee currently plans to run 15 total races in 2020 with h …

DSR, Antron Brown Announce Formation Of AB Motorsports; Global Joins New Endeavor

January 28th 2020

Antron Brown will use the year 2020 to begin a transition to team owner of AB Motorsports, which will be a subsidiary of Don Schumacher Racing. Brian Corradi will return as his crew chief and Global Electronic Technology will join the team as a major associate sponsor. Since making his NHRA deb …

ACO & IMSA Agree On Joint Platform For New Top-Level Category—LMDh

January 25th 2020

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and North America’s sanctioning body for endurance racing, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), announced an agreement for a common future with convergence of the top categories of endurance racing. (Pictured are Jim France, IMSA chairman, and Pierr …

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 …

SCCA Road Racing Creates Two New Car Classes For 2020

December 18th 2019

SCCA’s Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing program will see two new classes in 2020, one that combines existing cars into a new class, and the other created to invite a different “type” of racecar out to Sports Car Club of America events. The SCCA Club Racing Board (CRB) has created a new Formu …

IMCA Announces New Junior National Championship For 2020

December 17th 2019

IMCA’s first junior national champion will be crowned in 2020.Drivers between the ages of 13 and 18 in all eight IMCA divisions will compete for the title, with point standings to be based on the best 20 finishes in their first 40 starts. The junior national champion will be given the same acco …

Race Safety Pioneer Bill Simpson Dies At Age 79

December 16th 2019

Bill Simpson, who saved countless lives of race car drivers over the decades through his pioneering work in race safety, has died at age of 79, after suffering a massive stroke. Once a race car driver, he was best known for his efforts to improve the safety of drivers through his company, Simps …

PRI Report: EPARTRADE Widely Recognized As Next Step For Racing Marketplace

December 16th 2019

The racing industry's largest trade show—PRI—provided three big days of business, and the EPARTRADE exhibit team reports that the online sourcing platform for racing technology is widely recognized throughout the industry as the next step for the racing marketplace. "At the end of the Show, one …