SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 45, November 8, 2012

Racing News: Dirt Late-Model Champ Rick Eckert to Share Setup Strategies at PRI Show

Dirt Late Model Champ Rick Eckert to Share Setup Strategies at PRI Show
This year’s Race Industry Week, held in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, could prove to be a big on-track winner for Dirt Late Model teams with the addition of the “Winning Setup Strategies for Dirt Late Models” chassis seminar, Friday, November 30.

The seminar will offer an opportunity to hear about winning engine and chassis strategies in Dirt Late Model racing. It’s designed particularly to provide information to those racing at local tracks and on regional tours. The panel discussion is being organized by Dick Berggren and Karl Fredrickson of Speedway Illustrated magazine.

Speakers will include Rick Eckert, 2011 World of Outlaws Late Model champion, who is currently second in points in the series. Eckert is the winner of the 1999 Dream at Eldora as well as many other major DLM events.

Roush-Yates Engine’s Jeff Clark will also share information about today’s high-performance dirt late-model engines. Clark is highly regarded as an expert in the race-engine field with experience across a broad array of on-track powerplant disciplines. A third major speaker will be added.

The “Winning Setup Strategies for Dirt Late Models" is one of more than 35 special events during Race Industry Week that will take place in conjunction with this year’s PRI Trade Show, which will run November 30– December 1, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The 25th Annual PRI Trade Show features the latest product lines of more than 1,000 manufacturers of racing and high-performance automotive components, as well as precision machining equipment. It will be attended by approximately 38,000 racing business people from all over the United States and from 70 countries. For more information, visit www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow.

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FOX-sponsored athletes Jesse Jones and Bryce Menzies are teaming up once again to drive the FOX OFFROAD Racing trophy-truck in the Baja 1000.
   
FOX Athletes Jesse Jones and Bryce Menzies Join Forces at 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
FOX-sponsored athletes Jesse Jones and Bryce Menzies are teaming up once again in Baja. They first teamed up at the 2012 Baja 500 sharing pits and logistics. The move paid off, netting Menzies the overall win and his second consecutive Baja 500 win and Jones reaching the podium in third place. They're stepping up their collaboration for the Baja 1000 by sharing driving duties of Jones' FOX OFFROAD Racing trophy-truck.

The 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is a point-to-point peninsula run that starts in Ensenada, Baja California Sur and finishes 1,121.55 miles south in La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Optimum G Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Seminar Returns To Race Industry Week
After a successful opening run in 2011, long-time race engineer Claude Rouelle will return to Orlando with his “Advanced Vehicle Dynamics & Data Acquisition” seminar, November 26–28, as part of Race Industry Week in conjunction with the 25h annual PRI Trade Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Seminar joins the AETC as one of two kick-off events to Race Industry Week—the week-long racing business extravaganza leading into this year’s PRI Trade Show.

The seminar is designed to help teams and designers not only learn about finding the correct setup, but also about understanding why a setup change is working or not working, and knowing how to quantify this advantage. It will aid in understanding how, why and how much certain factors affect vehicle behavior, rather than relying on experience and intuition.

Rouelle's career includes experience as technical advisor and manager on dozens of circuits and rallies, including the European Rally Championship, European Touring Car Championship, French Formula 3, Japanese F3000, Formula One and the CART series. In 1997, he created OptimumG, a consulting company that specializes in race car engineering and data acquisition through software development, consulting services and seminars.

Topics scheduled to be addressed in the three-day seminar include: tires, aerodynamics, kinematics, steady state weight transfer, shocks, ride and transient weight transfers, data acquisition, and car design, tuning modification and chassis setup. There is a fee to attend.

The OptimumG seminar is one of eight major events taking place in conjunction with this year’s PRI Trade Show, which will run November 29–December1, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Overall, “Race Industry Week” is scheduled to include more than 35 special events to be held in conjunction with the 2012 Show.

For more information, visit www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow.

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Falken Tire will continue participation in the American Le Mans Series, Formula Drift, King of the Hammers and Supercross.


   

Falken Tire "Waves the Green" for an Expansive Motorsports Program for 2013
Falken Tire will continue participation in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Formula Drift, King of the Hammers and Supercross.

 In the GT Class, ALMS competition, Falken engineers continue to ramp up further as Falken plans an “intense testing schedule in 2013,” according to Derrick Walker, who will return for his third year as team manager of Falken’s ALMS program. Both Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler, who have scored three victories in their two years together as co-drivers of the Team Falken Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, will continue their partnership in 2013. The ALMS will merge with its road-racing counterpart—the Grand Am series—in 2014 to form a single North American sanctioning body and racing program.

In Formula Drift, Team Falken will return with a three-car lineup featuring Justin Pawlak in his ’13 Mustang GT; Darren McNamara, driving a new V8-powered Nissan S14; and Daijiro Yoshihara, who will again enter his 2011 Championship-winning Nissan S13, however, though a new collaborative effort with Subaru, Yoshihara will campaign a new BRZ in 2014 with heavy development and testing takings place throughout the 2013 calendar year.

Falken Tire will expand its off-road program when the brand enters the 2013 King of the Hammers competition with Japan-based Team Tsuda Racing as well as supporting Race Prep Racing for a second year. Tsuda Racing features Driver Masa Tsuda and Co-driver Daiten Izumi, and Race Prep will have Driver Richard Carte and Co-driver Kristen Carter on board. Both teams will run on WildPeak All-Terrain tread.

More than 30,000 fans converge at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley, California, to form “Hammer Town”—a makeshift city made up of RVs and campers. Falken will also have a base of operations there, providing tire support to its teams and distributing Falken products and team “swag” to its neighbors during the week-long event.



Falken Tire also recently announced the signing of its second multiyear contract as the Official Passenger Car and Truck of AMA Supercross as well as with the series’ 2012 Champion, Ryan Villopoto, who has won back-to-back titles.

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The new co-sponsors for the 2013 Induction Banquet for the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame are the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and Summit Racing Equipment.
   

International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Announces Major Sponsors
Don Garlits, chairman of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Ocala, Florida) has introduced two new co-sponsors for the 2013 Induction Banquet for the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, based at the museum.

The new co-sponsors are the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) [Glendora, California] and Summit Racing Equipment (Tallmadge, Ohio).

The event will be known as the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet presented by NHRA and Summit Racing, and will be held at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites (Gainesville, Florida) Thursday, March 14, 2013, preceding the NHRA Gatornationals. The 2013 class of inductees include: Dave Boertman (Norton Shores, Michigan), Wally Booth (Beverly Hills, Michigan), Bernie Fedderly (Brownsburg, Indiana), Harry Hibler (Shadow Hills, California), Hirata, Hobbs & Vodnik – Kenny Hirata (Lowell, Indiana), Phil Hobbs (Greenwood, Indiana) and Bobby Vodnik (Oak Forest, Illinois), K.S. (Tiger) Pittman (Springfield, Missouri), Dick Rosberg (Rockingham, North Carolina) and Louis Senter (Encino, California); and the Founders Award – Dr. Robert C. Post, PhD (Easton, Maryland).

To get tickets to the ceremony, call 877-271-3278 or e-mail Donna Garlits at donna@garlits.com.