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Joni Wiman jumps the Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST. Photo credit: Olsbergs MSE

Olsbergs Rallycross Cars Post Fast Runs in Charlotte
Olsbergs MSE Ford driver Joni Wiman earned a second-row starting position in last Saturday's Final at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished fourth in his Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST and now sits fourth in the overall standings—two points behind third-place driver Steve Arpin.

In addition to the Supercars contest, seven GRC Lites returned to the series for their fourth round of 2014 competition, and it was an Olsbergs MSE podium sweep. Young Red Bull driver Mitchell DeJong earned his third win of the season, followed by brothers Kevin Eriksson in second and Oliver Eriksson in third. It was the first podium for rookie Oliver Eriksson who, at age 15, was the youngest driver in the field last weekend. Ford driver Ken Block took the Supercars win in Charlotte, while Sverre Isachsen nabbed the second spot. Third place went to fellow Ford driver Nelson Piquet Jr.

Olsbergs MSE next returns to Red Bull Global Rallycross competition in Daytona, Florida, next month. Before then, Wiman will make his World Rallycross Championship debut when he joins team drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Reinis Nitiss for a guest drive in the World RX of Canada at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres August 7–8.

Speedway Motors to Sponsor SCCA Classic American Muscle Invitational Challenge
Speedway Motors has partnered with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) to present the Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle (CAM) Invitational Challenge at the 2014 Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale in Lincoln, Nebraska, August 30–31. The new Classic American Muscle class is designed for all years of front-engine, rear-wheel-drive American musclecars. Cars must be street-legal, licensed and insured, have interiors and use 200 tread wear street tires. There are no restrictions on engines and drivetrains.

The Classic American Muscle Invitational will bring the best of these modified musclecars and drivers to Lincoln Airpark for a competition based on the ProSolo format, which combines elements of autocross and drag racing, staging competitors side-by-side and using a drag race-style Christmas tree start before the racers enter mirror-image autocross courses. CAM Invitational drivers may also compete in the inaugural running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, held at the same location later in the week. CAM class runs will happen September 2–3, and will follow SCCA CAM class rules.