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National Speedway Directory Names Knoxville Raceway Outstanding Facility Of The Year

December 8th 2018

Knoxville Raceway, home of the Knoxville Nationals, was named the Outstanding Facility of the Year by the National Speedway Directory and Track Guide. The plaque was presented at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. Kendra Jacobs, marketing director for Knoxville Raceway. accepted the aw …

PRI Show Opens To Blockbuster Crowds; EPARTRADE Is A Big Hit On Opening Day

December 7th 2018

Tens of thousands of motorsports professionals streamed into the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadiumin Indianapolis this week for the 31st annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. EPARTRADE is one of the Show's exhibitors, located in Booth 7199. "We had a fantastic openi …

IMCA Names Joe Hayes Director Of Late Model Division

December 5th 2018

With an eye toward helping tracks strengthen their IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing programs, as well as Deery Brother Summer Series events, Joe Hayes has been named director of the late model division by IMCA.“I’ve always been a Late Model guy. They put on a great show,” said Hayes, who grew up f …

CORE Autosport Switches To NIssan DPi for 2019 IMSA Season

December 2nd 2018

CORE autosport will switch to a Nissan Onroak DPiin for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championshipi. At the close of the 2018 IMSA season, CORE was hopeful of entering the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) category but did not immediately find a partner to make the big step. CORE anno …

Chase Elliott Named 2018 Most Popular NASCAR Driver

November 30th 2018

Chase Elliott was named NASCAR's Most Popular Driver For 2018 by the National Motorsports Press Association during the NASCAR Champion’s Week banquet in Las Vegas. “When all your peers answer the interview as if you’ve already won, it kind of makes it odd,” Elliott said with a smile. “… It’s a …

IndyCar Racer Conor Daly Enters Chili Bowl Midget Race

November 30th 2018

IndyCar racer Conor Daly will be running in the Chili Bowl. David Byrd has put together a two-race deal for Daly to run the dirt indoors at DuQuoin, Ill. on Dec. 15 and then head for the prestigious midget race in Tulsa from Jan. 14-19, 2019. “I got a taste last September at IMS, and the C …

Gateway Motorsports Park Adds Second Doubleheader To 2019—IndyCar & NASCAR K&N

November 28th 2018

A second doubleheader, featuring IndyCar and NASCAR K&N Pro Series racing, has been added to the 2019 schedule of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. It will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Gateway Motorsports Park Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair …

EPARTRADE's Shopping List For The 2018 PRI Trade Show

November 27th 2018

The companies below have joined the revolution in SmartSourcing racing products on EPARTRADE, enriching their profiles with new racing products, popular racing products, technical videos and technical papers. We present them here as a fun and easy way to preview racing companies and products as …

CRA To Introduce New Junior Late Model Racing Series In 2019

November 27th 2018

A new racing series focused on a youth movement for short track stock car racing will be introduced by the Champion Racing Association (CRA) in 2019. The CRA Junior Late Model Series powered by JEGS will see 10- to 15-year-old drivers compete amongst themselves for both experience and recogniti …

EPARTRADE Executive Interview: Insights From Turbosmart's Nicholas Cooper

November 26th 2018

Turbosmart is the kind of international racing company that brings products to market that make you think first of performance, rather than country of origin. Truly international, the brand appears at home at the PRI Trade Show in Indy (Booth 347) or the Autosport Show in the UK, and elsewhere aroun …

Pirelli Confirmed As F1 Tire Partner Through 2023

November 25th 2018

Pirelli has been confirmed by Formula 1 and the FIA as the sole Global Tire Partner of the Formula 1 World Championship. The new deal will run for four years, from 2020 through the 2023 season. Following the successful partnership, which was up for renewal at the end of 2019, a new agreement ha …

Haas F1 Team Protest Against Force India Dismissed

November 24th 2018

FIA officials have dismissed the protest by the Haas F1 team that the Force India team is not a constructor, because the design of their car came from the previous team. A hearing took place over the course of two days at Yas Marina, with representatives of Haas, Force India and governing body …

US Aftermarket Suppliers To Exhibit In USA Pavilion At 2019 AAAA Show in Melbourne

November 21st 2018

A strong demand for US manufactured automotive aftermarket products is attracting USA suppliers to participate in the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo in Melbourne, Australia. A USA Pavilion is being organized by Facet International Marketing, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, to assist US comp …

New Sprint Car Council Announces Members & General Meeting Schedule

November 20th 2018

Sanctioning bodies, tracks, car owners, chassis builders and drivers make up the membership of the new Sprint Car Council, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the sprint car segment of motorsports. The council will not act as a governing body. The decision to adjust rules, adapt sa …

Turn 14 Distribution Adds Quick Time Performance To Its Line Card

November 16th 2018

Turn 14 Distribution has added Quick Time Performance (QTP) to its line card. “Turn 14 Distribution is proud to be the first Distributor to stock QTP products, the go-to option for low-profile electronic exhaust cutouts. QTP provides several styles of electronic exhaust cutouts to cater to most …

Two New Board Members Elected To SCCA Board Of Directors

November 16th 2018

Two new board members were elected to the SCCA Board of Directors in the elections conducted in five of the SCCA’s geographic Areas. Three incumbents rejoin the board for another three-year term in office. Bob Dowie, of Chester, New York, retains his position as Area 1 Director. Peter Jankovski …

Bob Fernley, from Force India F1 Team, To Head McLaren Racing's 2019 IndyCar Program

November 15th 2018

Bob Fernley, a former deputy team principal of Force India in Formula 1, has been named president of McLaren IndyCar. McLaren Racing said Fernley will lead the team's entry in the 2019 Indianapolis 500, when Fernando Alonso makes his return, while evaluating the feasibility of longer-term McLar …

Ray Evernham Acquires JRi Shocks

November 15th 2018

Ray Evernham, motorsports Icon and NASCAR Hall of Famer has acquired JRi Shocks, Mooresville, NC. Jeff Ryan, JRi Shocks founder, will continue to play a leading role in the organization as a Partner and Vice President of Engineering. “Since retiring from the competition side of NASCAR, I have b …

Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving Closes Temporarily

November 14th 2018

After filing a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona on October 2, 2018, the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving, Inc., released a statement that it has closed its doors temporarily. The statement read, "In October, th …

NASCAR Great David Pearson Passes Away at 83

November 13th 2018

NASCAR great David Pearson, a three-time champion in NASCAR’s premier series, and widely regarded as one of the sport’s finest drivers, died Monday. The NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee was 83. Nicknamed “The Silver Fox,” Pearson won 105 races in NASCAR’s top division, placing him second only to Ri …

Owner Of Brainerd International Raceway, Jed Copham, Dies In Boating Accident

November 12th 2018

Jed Copham, owner of Brainerd International Raceway, died in a boating accident in Florida on November 11. He was 46. A BIR spokesperson confirmed to news media that Copham fell overboard near Punta Russa, which is near Fort Myers and Sanibel Island. Crews looked for Copham until a body washed …

NASCAR Makes Offer To Acquire International Speedway Corporation

November 10th 2018

With the intention of combining ISC and NASCAR as one privately run group of companies led by the France family, NASCAR has submitted a non-binding offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Class A common stock and Class B common stock of International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) not already owned …

Turn 14 Distribution Earns Major Awards At SEMA Show—WD Of The Year, & Gen III Innovator Of The Year For Jon Pulli

November 9th 2018

Turn 14 Distribution was named Warehouse Distributor of the Year at the SEMA Show, while Jon Pulli, Turn 14 Distribution’s CEO, was presented with the SEMA GEN III Innovator of the Year Award for 2018. The WD of the Year award is designed to honor one Warehouse Distributor each year for its out …

Trans Am Adds Laguna Seca To 2019 Schedule, And Returns To Lime Rock Park

November 9th 2018

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will make its first appearance at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since 2004 next year, according to the just-released 2019 schedule. The series will have 12 events in 2019, including its return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park. “We were very pl …

NASCAR Provides More Details On Harvick Penalty For Spoiler

November 8th 2018

Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, offered additional information on the penalty issued to Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 4 team following Kevin Harvick’s victory at Texas Motor Speedway. In its post-event penalty report, NASCAR noted the infraction was with the spoiler. Acco …

Catch Up With The Extraordinary Wilfried Eibach In EPARTRADE's Interview Series With Racing Industry Executives

November 8th 2018

For those who have been watching the American racing industry for the past three decades, the rise of Eibach to an iconic company in performance racing circles has been fairly spectacular to witness. First, the parts are solid, and the Eibach product lines keep up with ever-advancing demands of raci …

Formula 1 Announces 2020 Race In Hanoi

November 7th 2018

An F1 Grand Prix will be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in April, 2020. As the first new race to be announced under Liberty Media’s ownership, the Vietnamese Grand Prix represents Formula 1’s commitment to the Asia region where races are already well established in Singapore, China and …

NHRA Alters 2019 MelloYello Drag Racing Series Schedule—Finishes With Dallas, Las Vegas, Pomona

November 7th 2018

NHRA officials have announced that three dates on its 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule have been changed. The final three events of the season will now take place as follows: Oct. 17-20: AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, DallasOct. 31-Nov. 3: NHRA Nevada Nationals, Las VegasNov. 1 …

Kevin Harvick No Longer Qualifies Automatically For The Championship 4 After L1-Level Penalty

November 7th 2018

The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team has been issued an L1-level penalty following driver Kevin Harvick’s win Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, an infraction that carries major championship implications in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team violated Section 20.4.12 of the NASCAR Rule Bo …

Aeromotive Named 2018 SEMA Show Manufacturer Of The Year

November 7th 2018

Aeromotive, a market leader in high performance fuel systems, was honored at the 2018 SEMA Show Industry Awards Banquet when the company was announced as the 2018 SEMA Show Manufacturer of the Year. “This is an incredible honor for our company," said Steve Matusek, Aeromotive's founder and pres …

Turn 14 Distribution Expands Into New Reno Distribution Center

November 7th 2018

Turn 14 Distribution, an industry leader in performance parts distribution, has opened a new Reno Distribution Center. Currently operational, this 178,000-square-foot facility is located at 10880 Lear Blvd., Reno, NV 89506. "Turn 14 Distribution's new Reno, NV Distribution Center brings togethe …

Geely Holding Group Of China Buys Utah Motorsports Campus

November 6th 2018

Tooele County has agreed to sell Utah Motorsports Campus to Mitime Utah Investment, LLC (Mitime). Mitime is a subsidiary of the Geely Holding Group of China, a publicly-traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that is currently ranked 267 on the Fortune Global 500 list. Geely Motors is th …

NASCAR Apologies To No. 48 Cup Team For Errant Penalty Ruling

November 5th 2018

Following Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, No. 48 team Crew chief Chad Knaus and other Hendrick Motorsports personnel visited the NASCAR hauler to meet with NASCAR officials after the No. 48 team was mistakenly sent to the rear of the field pre-race for failing inspection. NASCAR Executiv …

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Emeritus Mari Hulman George Passes Away at 83

November 5th 2018

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George died Saturday, November 3, in Indianapolis at age 83. Hulman George was IMS chairman from 1988 through 2016. Her father, Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., purchased the speedway in 1945 and saved it from demolition after World War II. Racing and the …

International Speedway Corporation Acquires Racing Electronics

November 2nd 2018

International Speedway Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Racing Electronics.  Racing Electronics is known worldwide as a leader in motorsports communications technology and equipment for motorsports drivers, teams, series, venues, and fans …

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns To South Boston Speedway In 2019

November 1st 2018

Brandon Thompson, Managing Director of NASCAR Touring Series, confirmed that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to South Boston Speedway in Virginia on Saturday, March 30, 2019. It will be the first time in history that the unified Whelen Modified Tour heads to the famed Virginia oval. …

Calico Coatings Expands Denver, NC, Headquarters

October 30th 2018

Calico Coatings has embarked on a $3 million, 8,500 sq. ft. expansion to their headquarters at Balsom Ridge Business Park in Denver, NC.  Upon completion, of this expansion, Calico’s state-of-the-art facility will total nearly 30,000 sq. ft., 40+ employees and house all operations of the compan …

Record 65 Events On 2019 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule

October 30th 2018

A record-breaking 65 feature events is on the 2019 schedule for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The ambitious schedule is set to visit 37 different venues across 22 states. The 2019 tour will launch with nine events during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks, including February 1st-2nd at Golden I …

NHRA Releases 2019 Pro Mod Racing Schedule, Featuring 12 Events

October 30th 2018

Featuring 12 stops across the country, the 2019 schedule for the thrilling E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service has been announced. “The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service series features intense racing action at ea …

IndyCar Driver Robert Wickens Confirms He Is Paralyzed From The Chest Down, But Hopes To Walk Again

October 26th 2018

IndyCar driver Robert Wickens confirmed in an Instagram post that he is paralyzed from the chest down. A follow-up statement said Wickens remains hopeful that he will walk again. He was injured in a violent crash Aug. 19 at Pocono Raceway. He raced for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Ins …

Team Penske Restructures IndyCar & IMSA Management; Clive Howell To Retire

October 26th 2018

With longtime team executive Clive Howell retiring, Team Penske has made organizational changes within the leadership structure of its IndyCar and IMSA racing programs. Veteran motorsports race engineer Ron Ruzewski, who most recently has served as technical director, has been promoted to manag …

In This Installment Of EPARTRADE's Interviews With Racing Industry Executives, We Talk To Scooter Brothers, COMP Performance Group

October 24th 2018

In this installment of EPARTRADE's series of interviews with executives in the racing industry, we welcome the chance to catch up with Paul "Scooter" Brothers, co-owner of the COMP Performance Group. For almost 30 years, wherever we went in the racing industry, it seemed that Brothers was there. He …

Julia Giese Named President of ISM Raceway in Phoenix

October 24th 2018

Julie Giese, Managing Director of Business Operations for ISC Design & Development, has been promoted to President of ISM Raceway in Phoenix, according to an announcement from International Speedway Corporation (ISC). Beginning in November 2018, Giese will assume oversight of promotion and …

Greg Walter Promoted To Executive VP & GM Of Charlotte Motor Speedway

October 23rd 2018

Speedway Motorsports promoted Greg Walter, a 19-year veteran of the company, to executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the promotion, Walter will oversee all operations of the motorsports megaplex campus, which includes the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway an …

Zak Brown Says McLaren Will Not Commit To A Full IndyCar Schedule In 2019

October 20th 2018

In a press conference at the Circuit of the Americas, McLaren CEO Zak Brown confirmed that McLaren will not commit to a full IndyCar schedule in 2019. Brown said he is undecided on whether McLaren will make a one-off entry in the Indy 500. Next year is just too early for a full-time racing …

Jay Livingston Is New GM & Co-Owner Of National Trail Raceway In Ohio

October 19th 2018

National Trail Raceway, the NHRA-sanctioned quarter-mile track serving the Columbus, Ohio, market, has a new general manager and co-owner: Jay Livingston. His immediate duties include finalizing remaining events on the 2018 schedule and planning the 2019 season Livingston grew up in the family …

Peugeot To Withdraw From World Rallycross Championship After 2018 Season

October 18th 2018

Peugeot will withdraw from the World Rallycross Championship after the 2018 season to concentrate its resources on a new range of electrified sports vehicles. The announcement was made after Peugeot presented its new generation of plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of its electrification strategy …

Lexus To Partner With Newly Formed AIM Vasser Sullivan Team In IMSA Series

October 17th 2018

Lexus will partner with AIM Vasser Sullivan to campaign two Lexus RC F GT3 race cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the 2019 season.  AIM Vasser Sullivan is a newly formed motorsports entity that includes AIM Autosport, a championship-winning organization, partnering wi …

12 Drivers Invited To Try Out For NASCAR's Diversity Program

October 15th 2018

In its program to develop promising ethnically diverse and female drivers for racing at NASCAR's highest levels, 12 drivers from across the United States and abroad have been invited to try out for NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. The tryouts take place at Florida’s New …

JE Pistons Organizes Masters of Motors Competition For SEMA, PRI Shows

October 14th 2018

JE Pistons' new Masters of Motors competition will recognize the top engines displayed at the 2018 SEMA and PRI Trade Shows. The competition for the JE Pistons "Engine-uity" award will judge engines at SEMA and PRi based on the artistry, uniqueness, and craftsmanship of engine building. Masters …