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Racing News: Parnelli Jones Headlines Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion Panel Discussion


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  Legendary racer Parnelli Jones will headline the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion panel discussion at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum April 21.

Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones Headlines Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion Panel Discussion
On Saturday, April 21, legendary racer and Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion (FCSR) Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones will be joined by a stellar group of contemporaries on the panel discussion as part of the FCSR festivities at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.

The panel discussion is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hall of Champions inside the NHRA Motorsports Museum. The cost is $20 (plus museum entry). Scheduled for April 21, the Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion is an event for all Cobras, Ford and Ford-powered vehicles, including GT40s and Ford GTs as well as all Shelby vehicles.

The list of activities for the Reunion will include:

Museum – Saturday, April 21
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  Show ’N Shine presented by Team Shelby Pacific Coast Division. $25 per car.
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
  Panel Discussion with Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones. $20 per person.
5:00 p.m.
  “Speed Merchants of Venice” 50th Anniversary Cobra Exhibit Opening. Presented by Racing Division Inc. Guest Curator Lynn Park. No extra cost.
7:00 p.m.   Banquet honoring Carroll Shelby. $100 per person. Proceeds to benefit the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
Track – Friday and Saturday, April 20–21:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  $250 for both days. For information contact or call 626-358-8092.

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Jagged X will compete in the Mint 400 with a two-car team in the UTV class, fielding two Polaris RZR XP9000-4 race cars.


Team Falken to Compete in Mint 400 With WildPeak A/T Tire
Falken Tire has expanded its motorsports involvement in the off-road arena through its participation in the Mint 400. Falken will support two teams—Jagged X/Polaris Racing in the UTV class and Dave Cole, who will compete in the 4400 Class. Both teams will ride on Falken’s WildPeak All-Terrain tires. The Mint 400 will be held in Jean, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas March 23–25, 2012.

Falken has begun competing in a number of off-road races and has done well, scoring its first win with Savvy Off Road at the recent Every Man Challenge in conjunction with the King of the Hammers event in mid-February. Savvy ran on WildPeak tires as well.

Jagged X, a Phoenix-based company that specializes in custom off-road vehicle fabrication, will run Falken WildPeak A/T tires, sized 30X9.5R15, and compete with a two-car team in the UTV class, fielding two Polaris RZR XP9000-4 race cars—#1919 and #1932. The 1919 is driven by Justin Schueler with co-driver Blake VanDeLoo and the 1932 is driven by Matt Parks with co-driver Jason Spiess.

Dave Cole, one of the founders of the King of the Hammers race and owner of Hammerking Productions, will compete in his 4400 series Ultra4 Racecar on Falken 37X12.50R17 tires. Cole was the winner of the Ultra4 Class at the 2011 Pike's Peak Hill Climb.

  The Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Charity fundraising event, hosted by Edelbrock, will be held May 5–6, 2012, and benefit The Center For Learning Unlimited.

Edelbrock to Host Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Charity Weekend
 to Benefit Children with Learning Disabilities
Edelbrock will host the Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Charity fundraising event May 5–6, 2012, benefitting The Center For Learning Unlimited—a private educational institution that provides comprehensive education to students with complex learning disabilities.

The weekend's festivities will begin with a shop tour of Edelbrock's corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, California. Each tour will include a complete overview of everything from R&D to finished product manufacturing. The shop tours will take place Saturday, May 5, from 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and are free to the public.

Next on the weekend's list of activities is the "Back To Where It All Began" party, Saturday May 5, at 5:00 p.m. in Vic's Garage. This party will bring together legends of the aftermarket industry for a night of story telling and include: Vic Edelbrock, Ed Iskenderian, Gene Winfield, Alex Xydias, Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, George Barris, Sam Foose, Andy Brizio, Louie Senter, Ed Pink, Dave McClelland, Don Preito and hosted by Motor Trend radio host Alan Taylor. The evening will also include an autograph session, a silent auction and food and drinks. The cost for admission to the party will be $75 per person and is tax deductible. Limited seating is available.

Finally, on Sunday, May 6, the 7th Annual Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Car Show will take place at Vic's Garage. Participants are invited to come out and enjoy a day of hot rods, food and live entertainment. All makes and models are welcome and interested participants can pre-register online at Standard registration is available from now until April 27 and costs $35 per vehicle. Day of show registration will also be available and will cost $40 per vehicle. A limited number of VIP spaces are also available for a $75 entry fee per vehicle. Show hours are 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Spectator entry is free; however, The Center for Learning Unlimited will be accepting donations.

This year's show will feature live entertainment from MEGG Music, Shari Puorto and Scot Bruce as "Elvis." There will also be live broadcasts from "The Motorman" Leon Kaplan of KABC and Dennis Pittsenbarger of Hot Rod Radio LIVE. A Kid's Corner will be available with fun crafts and activities for children of all ages. New for this year, the KABC Clean Air Car Show, which gives consumers the opportunity to ride and drive some of the latest hybrid vehicles on the market today.

Once again, the car show will host the 4th annual Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Regional competition. Local high school students will compete in a high-energy engine-building competition. The top teams from each region will earn their spot to compete at the National Finals in Las Vegas at the "Showdown at SEMA" in early November. The top teams are honored with scholarships from Ohio Technical College, University of Northwestern Ohio and the School of Automotive Machinists.

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  Geoffrey Cooley, Justin "Bean" Smith and Dave Mason Jr.

Team Competitive Metals Launches New Off Road Joint-Venture for 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Team Competitive Metals (TCM) has announced a joint-venture between Justin "Bean" Smith, Alumi Craft, Mason Off Road and Competitive Metals that will field a three-car team in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for 2012. Piloting the Competitive Metals/Metal Mulisha Pro-Lite will be Smith. Geoffrey Cooley will pilot the #22 Alumi Craft/Competitive Metals Pro-Buggy along with teammate Dave Mason Jr., who will pilot the #65 Rigid Industries/Competitive Metals Pro-Buggy. The team was initiated by Greg Parker, owner of Competitive Metals. All three drivers will pilot brand new race cars built by Alumi Craft.

2010 Limited Buggy Champion Smith ended his 2011 Pro-Buggy debut second in the point's championship and also won the Challenge Cup. He is recognized as one of the top threats as he heads into his first-ever full season in the Pro-Lite Class. Cooley finished off last season by winning the Limited-Buggy Challenge Cup race, something he wanted to accomplish before moving up in class. Mason was one of the most consistent drivers in all of short-course racing last year finishing second in the Limited-Buggy point's championship. He will look for the same consistency as he moves up to the Pro-Buggy class.

The team is in the process of finishing the new Alumi Craft cars and plans to have all drivers on track for a test session at Glen Helen this month. The first two rounds of the 2012 season will be held at Firebird International Raceway, Saturday March 31 (round 1) and Sunday, April 1 (round 2).