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Movers & Shakers: Top Gear Hits the History Channel; Ken Grammer Returns to Synergy Racing

"Top Gear" Hits the History Channel
The U.S. version of "TOP GEAR" is headed for the History Channel. The series is set to premiere this Sunday, November 21, 10:00 p.m. (EST)/9:00 p.m. (CST) and will be hosted by comedian and car buff Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.

Ken Grammer Returns to Synergy Racing
Synergy Racing announced that Ken Grammer returned to the team to assume daily operations. Grammer was originally a member of the management staff during the 2004–2005 season which culminated in the team winning the 2005 Grand-Am Rolex GT Driver’s Championship. Grammer takes over for Kerrigan Smith, Synergy Racing acting general manager, who accepted the position of director of track operations with Virginia International Raceway.

Ruth Ehlinger
Ruth Ehlinger was elected the president of the Car Care Council Women's Board.

Ehlinger Named President of Car Care Council Women's Board
Ruth Ehlinger was elected the president of the Car Care Council Women's Board. In this position, Ehlinger will preside over all meetings and help supervise the affairs of the board for a three-year term. Ehlinger has been a member of the Women’s Board since 2001. In addition to the presidency, Ehlinger will continue to serve as the chair of the Consumer Education Committee until a new chairperson is chosen.

BMF Salutes Veterans With Wheel Giveaway
Starting November 2010, BMF Wheels will give away one set of wheels each month for one year to selected veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The first set of wheels was given away during the 2010 SEMA Show to Jeff Polich, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and a Bronze Star with Valor recipient. To nominate a veteran, follow this link.

Stronghold Motorsports Hosts Off Road Night
Stronghold Motorsports will host Off Road Night with the Ontario Reign hockey team at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California, on December 1. The event will feature a number of off-road vehicles and appearances by members of the Stronghold Motorsports Team, including the most recent addition, seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath. The event is part of Stronghold's efforts in support of Racing for a Cause to benefit Loma Linda Children's Hospital.

Classic Collision Opens New Facility in Georgia
Classic Collision opened a new collision-repair center in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The 70,000-sq.-ft. facility occupies the former Tom Jumper parts and service buildings, and the company expects the facility to handle as many as 8,000 vehicles annually. The company also reported the facility will employ 40 to 50 people in the coming year.

Pirelli Opens Its First Plant in Mexico
Pirelli recently announced plans to construct its first tire-production plant in Mexico. The new factory, to be located in the city of Silao (about 400 kilometers from Mexico City), will produce high-performance and ultra high-performance tires for cars and light trucks. Pirelli reported that it will initially invest approximately $210 million in the plant, which Pirelli says will generate 700 direct and 300 indirect jobs in the local Silao area. The facility will cover an area of 120,000 square meters and will be operational in 2012.

SCCA RallyCross National Championship Relocates
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) RallyCross National Championship has been relocated to the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, for the event set for October 7–9, 2011. The RallyCross National Championship will be hosted by the Nebraska Region and joins the SCCA Tire Rack Solo National Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska, as SCCA National Championship events in the Cornhusker State. The 2011 RallyCross National Challenge season begins with the Eastern States Championship at Stafford (Connecticut) Speedway, January 15–16, 2011. For more information, visit