Ana Beatriz to start her first Indianapolis 500 this season in a fourth Dreyer & Reinbold Racing entry; Denny Hamlin completes weekend sweep of the NASCAR events at Darlington Raceway; the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte, North Carolina) officially opened its doors Tuesday (May 11); and more news from the world of racing.
Brandon Bernstein, Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson look to grab precious championship points in Georgia; NHRA unleashed enters into agreement with Outlaw Racing Street Car Association; upcoming dates for NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
News from the NHRA: Warren Johnson earns 97th career win and third at Gateway International Raceway; Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Michael Phillips holds off former world champs Matt Smith and Eddie Krawiec en-route to his first win of the season, fourth of his career; and NHRA names Fox Sports Net as the television home for NHRA Unleashed.
Reports of Formula One working on a United States Grand Prix continue to circulate; Former Indy 500 winning car owner Barry Green has agreed to work as race strategist for Paul Tracy and the KV Racing Technology team; Popular Irish road racer Adam Carroll will drive some races for Andretti Autosport in the IZOD IndyCar Series later this season; and more racing news.
Seventy-eight cars comprise the 40 entries filed for the 2010 Indianapolis 500, including four past winners and four women.
Dixon looks to maintain his points lead in Top Fuel heading into St. Louis; Gateway International Raceway and NHRA are providing a 15% discount to active-duty and retired service members for this weekend’s AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals; NHRA has rescheduled the conclusion of the NHRA Arizona Nationals for most competitors in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to Monday, July 19, following the 23rd annual Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, scheduled for July 16–18; and more news from the NHRA.
Indianapolis 500 adopts new “shootout-style” qualifying format this year; Kasey Kahn to join Hendrick Motorsports for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving the No. 5 Chevrolet; Adams-Hansen Inc. purchased Rice Lake Speedway from former owners Smith-Bisonette Inc.; and more racing news.
John Force takes win in Vegas snapping his spring curse on the strip; NHRA will go four-wide in Charlotte in all four Full Throttle categories for 2011; and more news from the NHRA.
NHRA’s Professional Racers Owners Organization (PRO) says it will not participate in another four-wide competition for points; North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue creates the Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council designed to protect and expand the motorsports industry in North Carolina; the Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium received a $32,000 grant to conduct a study and plan for preservation of the stadium in Paterson, New Jersey; and more racing news.
Funny Car driver and sophomore sensation Matt Hagan powered his DieHard
Dodge Charger to his first career win while Top Fuel veteran Larry
Dixon became only the eighth driver in NHRA history to earn 50 career
wins with his victory over Antron Brown at Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts
Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.