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SCCA Honors Workers Of The Year

October 11th 2019

From the Runoffs to the Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour, U.S. Majors Tour to regional weekends, SCCA road racing events are made possible thanks to the tremendous effort of SCCA workers.  And each year a handful of workers are recognized for their enormous contribution.  Those individuals a …

IndyCar & Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hire Schafer Condon Carter For National Campaigns

October 10th 2019

IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have named Chicago-based Schafer Condon Carter (SCC) as their comprehensive creative agency of record, charged with developing aligned national promotional campaigns surrounding the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.  …

NASCAR's Next Gen Car Completes First Track Test

October 9th 2019

Following more than two years of development from concept to reality, NASCAR’s Next Gen car hit the track for the first time for a two-day test at Richmond Raceway. The much-anticipated car, which is slated to debut at the 2021 Daytona 500, will honor stock car racing’s roots with bodies that r …

ARCA Menards Series Will Return To Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course In 2020

October 9th 2019

The ARCA Menards Series will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time since 1965 when it competes at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course on May 30, 2020. The race will be held in conjunction with the annual NASCAR Xfinity Series weekend, which in previous seasons had been schedul …

Stewart-Haas Racing Crew Chief Rodney Childers Confirms Contract Extension

October 8th 2019

Crew chief Rodney Childers appeared to confirm a eport that he had agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing. “I have tried to keep that stuff private. But obviously I’m very happy to continue with the 4 team and Kevin Harvick,” Childers wrote, in part, on Twitter. Earli …

Inside #Gridlife—Founder Chris Stewart Discusses His Vision For Fast Cars & Music Festivals

October 5th 2019

Chris Stewart had a striking vision for the next step in motorsports events with a youthful bent: a Coachella kind of weekend gathering that features fast cars—including on-track competitions—dance-centric music and camping. It's called #Gridlife, and if you haven't heard of it, you will. Soon. …

NASCAR Extends Whelen Euro Series Partnership With Team FJ To 2030

October 4th 2019

The long term partnership signed in 2012 between NASCAR and Team FJ, the organizer of the official NASCAR Series in Europe, has been incredibly successful so far and brought the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series to an exponential growth. The parties announced today a ten-year partnership extension to operat …

NASCAR & ARCA Announce 4-Championship Format For 2020

October 3rd 2019

NASCAR and ARCA announced a new championship format for 2020 that will see the continuation of three historic regional championship series and the coronation of a new fourth champion, all under the ARCA Menards Series banner. The series provide an integral development step for young drivers who …

Turn 14 Distribution Adds FUELAB Line Of Fuel Delivery Products

October 2nd 2019

Turn 14 Distribution has strengthened its product assortment with the addition of FUELAB’s fuel delivery products to its distribution centers.“Turn 14 Distribution is pleased to bring the innovative products offered by FUELAB to our customers,” said Kyle Shelley, Turn 14 Distribution’s Director of S …

Mazda Boosts Customer Racing Program With New Mazda3 TCR Race Car

October 1st 2019

Mazda Motorsports announced he newest addition to its motorsports program with the unveiling of the all-new Mazda3 TCR race car. The Mazda3 TCR will hit the race track as part of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, beginning with the four-hour Endurance Challenge that is part of the Rolex 2 …

RaceTec Pistons Hires Stacey Stone For Professional Motorsports Sales

October 1st 2019

Randy Gillis, sales manager for RaceTec Pistons, announced the addition of Stacey Stone to the RaceTec team for professional motorsports sales. “Stacey and I have worked together many times over the last 20 years and he is one of the best that there is,” said Gillis. He explained that Race …

Oliver Racing Parts Debuts New Website

September 30th 2019

Check out the all new Oliver Racing Parts website today at www.oliverracingparts.com.  The company's new website has the most current, up-to-date product information available from Oliver.Expanded product listings, in depth technical information and easier to locate product categories are just …

Ford, Tony Stewart Describe Plans For New Ford 410 Sprint Car Engine

September 27th 2019

The new FPS 410 sprint car engine—short for Ford Performance Stewart 410—is a collaboration between Ford Performance, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) and Durham Racing Engines to equip Stewart’s sprint car operation with Ford power.  The engine debuted on Aug. 16 at I-96 Speedway …

FIA Cancels Implementation Of Single Brake Suppliers Rule For F1 In 2021

September 27th 2019

The FIA has chosen to delay the potential implementation in 2021 of single suppliers for brake friction materials and brake system components to allow further evaluation of the real-world performance of 2021 Formula 1 cars. The significant regulation changes and their interpretation by the team …

Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes Offers Chance For Sonny Leonard Engine On Behalf Of Victory Junction

September 26th 2019

Join the annual racing industry tradition to raise funds for Victory Junction and enter for a chance to win a high-performance street engine built by Sonny Leonard, owner of Sonny’s World Class Racing. The 31st Annual Sunnen Engine Charity Sweepstakes – a highlight of each year’s Performance Racing …

NASCAR Lifts Suspension of Germain Racing Crew Chief Matt Borland

September 25th 2019

NASCAR lifted the suspension of crew chief Matt Borland, who has successfully completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program after a violation of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. NASCAR announced Aug. 26 that Borland had been suspended indefinitely. The Germain Racing crew chief was …

NBC Sports Reports 9% Increase in IndyCar TV Viewership In 2019

September 24th 2019

NBC Sports’ first year as the exclusive media partner of IndyCar resulted in a 9% viewership increase for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season vs. 2018, according to data from the Nielsen company and digital data from Adobe Analytics, according to a press statement released today.The 16* races in 2019 …

Charlotte Motor Speedway To Present Smoky Yunick Award To Jeff Hammond

September 23rd 2019

One of the all-time great crew chiefs in NASCAR history, Jeff Hammond, will be presented with Charlotte Motor Speedway's prestigious Smokey Yunick Award prior to Sunday's Bank of America ROVAL 400. Presented annually since 1997 to honor famed mechanic Henry "Smokey" Yunick, the award recognizes …

EPARTRADE Exclusive: Hot Tips For Racing Retail Store Merchandising Strategies from Allgaier Performance Parts

September 20th 2019

In this EPARTRADE exclusive, Mike Allgaier president of Allgaier Performance Parts, Allgaier Racing Shocks and Hoosier Tire Midwest, and Susannah Stapp, office manager and jill-of-all- trades, offer their insights into professional retail presentation at Allgaier Performance Parts. The retail speed …

IMSA President Scott Atherton To Retire At The End Of 2019

September 19th 2019

Scott Atherton, president of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), will retire at the end of this year. Atherton, who has held the title of IMSA president since November of 2013, will remain on the IMSA Board of Directors after his retirement. Atherton started his professional …

2020 Engine Rules Locked In For Australia Supercars Series—Power Reduced By 15hp

September 18th 2019

As a result of the changes in the 2020 rules for Australia's Supercars series, current peak figures of approximately 650bhp in engine power will be reduced by 15bhp. Supercars has locked in revised engine rules for 2020, aimed at improving longevity and reducing costs for teams. A control …

Australia's Supercars Series Details Aero Changes For 2020—Downforce To Be Reduced

September 17th 2019

Australia's Supercars Series has detailed plans intended to improve its aerodynamic homologation testing process for 2020, where downforce on all cars will be reduced. Aerodynamics have been a major talking point this season, with in-season changes made to all three models in the search for par …

Leavine Family Racing Promotes Jeremy Lange to President

September 17th 2019

Jeremy Lange has been promoted to President of Leavine Familyl Racing (LFR), the organization that fields the No. 95 Toyota Camry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Lange was Vice President and General Manager of LFR. He joined the team in 2013 as Vice President of Marketing and Partnersh …

NASCAR Modifieds Great Mike Stefanik Dies In Plane Crash

September 16th 2019

Mike Stefanik, one of two drivers in NASCAR history to win nine national series or touring championships, died Sunday in a small single-seat plane crash. He was 61. The winningest driver in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Stefanik’s career stretched nearly 30 years. He won …

Williams F1 To Continue Using Mercedes Engines Through 2025

September 13th 2019

Williams F1 first switched to Mercedes power in 2014, as Formula 1 entered the V6 turbo-hybrid era, and that partnership is set to continue. The team announced an extension of its partnership that will see them using Mercedes’ power units until the end of 2025. Williams’ previous agreement with …

Andersen Promotions Announces 2020 Schedule For The Road To Indy

September 12th 2019

The 2020 schedule for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – the only driver development program of its type in the world with a scholarship-funded path to the pinnacle of the sport – was announced today by Andersen Promotions. All three levels of the ladder system – Indy Lights Presented by C …

EPARTRADE 5 Question Interview with Racing Industry Executive Mark Melling, Melling Performance

September 11th 2019

In this new edition of EPARTRADE's 5 Question Interview with Racing Industry Executives, we talk to Mark Melling (pictured in the photo on the left, with Richard Freeman, owner of Elite Motorsports, and driver Erica Enders), the fourth-generation leader of Melling Manufacturing.The company has long …

PRN, VSiN Partner With NASCAR On Sports Beetting Video Content

September 11th 2019

PRN and sports betting media company VSiN announced a long term content partnership with NASCAR to bring sports betting video content directly to race fans at NASCAR.com.  Illustrating its commitment to embracing legal sports betting to increase fan engagement, NASCAR will air “Racers Odds …

FloSports Acquires DirtonDirt.com

September 10th 2019

FloSports, the company based on live digital sports and original content, acquired DirtonDirt.com and all of the Bloomington, Illinois-based company’s owned and operated entities. The big focus of DirtonDirt is Dirt Late Model racing. The deal accelerates FloSports’ investment in its growing motorsp …

Turn 14 Distribution Adds Wehrli Custom Fabrication To Its Line Card

September 9th 2019

Turn 14 Distribution has added the diesel truck performance parts manufactured by Wehrli Custom Fabrication to its line card, and will be stocking these products in its distribution centers. “Wehrli Custom Fabrication is well-known in the diesel performance industry for its custom-built product …

Haas F1 & Title Sponsor Rich Energy End Partnership

September 9th 2019

The Haas F1 Team has ended its relationship with title sponsor Rich Energy, releasing the following statement: "Haas F1 Team and Rich Energy have amicably agreed to end their partnership together in the FIA Formula One World Championship with immediate effect. "While enjoying substantial b …

Former Mercedes-AMG Petronas Engineering Director, Aldo Costa, Heads To Dallara In 2020

September 6th 2019

Aldo Costa, the Technical Advisor and former Engineering Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, is joining race car manufacturer Dallara Automobili S.p.Ain 2020 as Chief Technical Officer.Last year, Costa stepped back from his previous role of Engineering Director and has continued to support …

Vado Speedway: New State-of-the-Art Dirt Track Bridges the Gap Between Texas and New Mexico

September 5th 2019

Surrounded by the landscape of New Mexico’s Organ Mountains, Vado Speedway Park is a new multi-million-dollar facility located just off the I-10 between Las Cruces, N.M. and El Paso, Texas. According to general manager Rue Stone, the 3/8-mile clay oval track, which opened June 15th, features aluminu …

Martinsville Speedway Names Tim Southers Director Of Communications

September 5th 2019

Tim Southers has joined the Martinsville Speedway staff as the Director of Communications. Southers joins the speedway staff from Motorsport Network and 704Games, where he served as NASCAR Public Relations Manager for almost three years. Previously, Tim worked at NASCAR in the Public Relations …

F1 And ACI Reach Agreement That Keeps Monza On the F1 Schedule Through 2024

September 4th 2019

Monza will remain on the F1 schedule through 2024, according to an agreement between Formula 1 and the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI). The news was announced during a public event held in Milan to celebrate the 90th edition of the Italian Grand Prix and, at the same time, the 90th anniversary of Scu …

Charlotte Motor Speedway Welcomes Evacuees Seeking Shelter From Hurrican Dorian

September 4th 2019

NASCAR’s Charlotte Motor Speedway announced that evacuees seeking shelter from Hurricane Dorian are welcome to hunker down at the popular track north of Charlotte. The Rock City Campground and bathhouse facilities at the track are being made available at no cost to people trying to outrun the C …

TCR Australia Series Attracts 22 Drivers For Test/Evaluation Day

September 3rd 2019

TCR Australia Series has hailed the driver and evaluation day at Winton Motor Raceway a major success today, as a total of 22 drivers had the opportunity to sample the under 2 litre turbo-charged racers. Liam Curkpatrick, category manager for the TCR Australia Series, said, “It was a great day …

Anthoine Hubert Dies Following Crash In F2 Feature Race

September 1st 2019

Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert passed away following a crash in Saturday's F2 feature race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The 22-year-old Frenchman was involved in a multi-car incident at Turn 4 and was immediately attended by emergency and medical crews. All drivers involved were taken to the …

IndyCar Returns To Richmond Raceway In 2020 Schedule—8 Races On NBC

September 1st 2019

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule is highlighted by a return to Richmond Raceway and eight of the 17 races featured on NBC.Poconos Raceway is not on the schedule for 2020.Richmond Raceway will return to the NTT IndyCar Series schedule for the first time since 2009 and will be the only new additio …

F1 Releases 2020 Draft Calendar, Featuring Record 22 Grands Prix

August 29th 2019

Formula 1 released the draft calendar of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, which features an unprecedented 22 Grands Prix. F1's 70th anniversary season gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15 and, as usual, it will end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the …

Holley Names Geoff Turk COO

August 29th 2019

Geoff Turk has joined the executive management team of Holley as Chief Operating Officer. Turk has extensive senior level experience in operations, R&D and acquisitions with U. S. Steel, Caterpillar as well as General Motors.  In addition to his track record in the business world, Turk …

Jessi Combs Dies At 36 In Crash During Land Speed Record Attempt

August 28th 2019

Jessi Combs died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a crash while attempting a land speed record in a jet-powered car in Oregon. She was 36. Nicknamed the “fastest woman on four wheels,” Combs broke a 48-year-old mark when she reached 393 miles per hour in her North American Eagle Supersonic Sp …

Australia Supercars Releases 14-Event 2020 Schedule For 60th Anniversary Season

August 28th 2019

The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar has been released, confirming the category’s 60th anniversary season will be contested over 14 events. Sydney Motorsport Park returns to the schedule as one of three events to be held under lights, joining the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight and …

Memphis International Raceway Names Justin Kamm GM

August 28th 2019

Justin Kamm has been named general manager of Memphis International Raceway. The race track is owned by parent company IRG Sports + Entertainment.  Kamm brings a vast amount of motorsports industry knowledge, facility management, event marketing and sales experience to the largest motorspo …

Spanish Grand Prix Is Set For 2020 F1 Season

August 27th 2019

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix will continue to be part of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship Calendar in 2020. An agreement was signed with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – a partnership formed by the Government of Catalonia, the Real Automovil Club de Catalunya (RACC) and the Montmeló …

NASCAR Suspends Germain Racing Crew Chief Matt Borland Indefinitely

August 26th 2019

Matt Borland, crew chief of the No. 13 entry driven by Ty Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended for a violation of the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy, according to Germain Racing. The organization made the announcement Monday, and NASCAR offi …

Joie Chitwood III Resigns As Executive VP/COO of International Speedway Corporation

August 23rd 2019

Joie Chitwood III has resigned his position as Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of International Speedway Corporation, effective November 30, 2019. “After 10 great years with ISC and with the pending merger, this feels like the right time to step away and find a new challenge,” said Chi …

Proposed New Pit Stop Rules & Other Changes For 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour Are Postponed

August 22nd 2019

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will delay implementation of proposed changes to the sporting regulations for the 2020 race, held in February. The proposed changes involved mandatory pit stop times, stint length, ‘joker’ pit stops and technical pit stops. Following extensive consultation with e …

NASCAR Announces Procedural Changes In 2020 For Xfinity & Truck Series

August 21st 2019

NASCAR competition officials announced procedural changes for the 2020 season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, unveiling the driver participation guidelines for the sport’s national series, reducing the size of the Xfinity Series field from 38 to 36 and setting t …

CAMS Approves Return Of Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks Series To Australia

August 20th 2019

Stadium Super Trucks (SST) can return to Australia as early as October of 2019, according to a new, three-year commercial rights agreement between the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) and Robby Gordon and SST. “The leadership at CAMS has always wanted to see the Stadium SUPER Truck …