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Racing News: Irwindale Speedway Cancels Season, May Close

Irwindale Speedway Cancels Season
Irwindale Speedway, which opened in 1999, has canceled the 2012 season and appears to be closing, according to the Los Angeles Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Irwindale was considered among the best short track and drifting facilities in the nation. However, last Saturday, workers were dismantling the pit grandstand and taking apart storage areas, according to the Daily News report. In addition, the large billboard bordering the San Gabriel Valley River Freeway was not lit up and the track's website was taken off the Internet.

Racing News: Keystone Automotive Named Supplier for NMCA and NMCA WEST

Keystone Automotive's 1-800-AUTOPARTS Official Performance Parts Supplier of NMCA and NMCA WEST


Keystone Automotive, a distributor and marketer of specialty automotive equipment and accessories, has signed on as a major sponsor with the NMCA and NMCA WEST series in 2012. Keystone's "support your local speed shop" campaign resonates as their speed and performance accounts plan to participate with both series. Expect to see Keystone speed and performance customers on display as a part of the manufacturer's midway at most events. Keystone's dealer locator program, 1-800-AUTOPARTS, will become the official performance parts supplier of the NMCA and NMCA WEST.

Breakout NASCAR Star Brad Keselowski to Appear at the 2011 SEMA Show

Brad Keselowski, Cooper Standard-sponsored NASCAR driver, will greet visitors at the company’s StanPro/TechAFX SEMA booth (#24623), Wednesday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Racing News: Tanner Foust 
in European Championship Contention After Round 4

Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust 
in European Championship Contention After Round 4
Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust once again put on a spectacular show for fans of the European Rallycross Championship at Round 4 in Hell, Norway. The American driver set top times and was the fastest in the third qualifying heat to best hometown favorite—and defending champion—Sverre Isachsen. The series visited a new track for this round, Lånkebanen at Hell, near Trondheim. Featuring huge elevation changes and a turn similar to Laguna Seca's famed "Corkscrew," the pressure was on for strong, technical driving. But during the A-Main final race, Foust's throttle stuck open and a bump by another competitor sent him flying into the wall at 60 mph. Although he was largely uninjured, the vehicle was damaged and he was unable to finish the race. He scored sixth-place points for the event.

Racing News: National Speed Sport News Ceases Publication


SO LONG: National Speed Sport News, in business for 76 years, has ceased publication following its March 23 issue. 

Racing News: Firestone to Leave IZOD IndyCar Series at End of 2011 Season

SO LONG: Firestone, which has supplied tires to the IZOD IndyCar Series since its first race in 1996, will leave the series at the end of the 2011 racing season.

Racing News: IZOD IndyCar Series to Offer $5 Million to Winning Driver in Season Finale

BONUS MONEY: The IZOD IndyCar Series will offer a $5 million bonus for a driver from outside the series who can come in and win the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway October 16. The event will be known as the IZOD IndyCar World Championships.

Racing News: NASCAR Officials Try to Eliminate Excessive Speeds

HIGH SPEEDS: NASCAR officials have lowered the tolerance level of the pressure-relief valve on the radiator, hopefully forcing drivers to pull out of the draft to cool down their engines and eliminate the excessive speeds seen during the Budweiser Shootout.
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