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Kyle Hart took third place at LOORRS Round 9 in San Bernardino, California.

Kyle Hart Takes Third in LOORRS Round 9
Kyle Hart and his ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/Maxxis Tire Pro Lite team took home a third-place finish in round 9 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series last Friday at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California—his third podium appearance of the year in Pro Lite.

Holley EFI to Power ARCA Racing Teams in 2015
Holley has announced that the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) has selected Holley EFI to power the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine recently introduced for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 2015 stock car racing season. ARCA introduced the new engine, Friday, August 1, 2014, as an option for teams in an effort to address the challenges of rising costs in the series. ARCA partnered with legendary IndyCar engine builder Ilmor Engineering to develop and assemble the engines. Ilmor and ARCA then selected Holley EFI ECUs and hardware to deliver the fuel on the engines. The ARCA Ilmor 396 is expected to deliver 700hp and 500 lb.-ft. of torque, with durability and performance standards. Beginning in 2015, ARCA teams will have the option of using the new ARCA Ilmor 396 or continuing to use the open-motor rules package currently in place.

Reinis Nitiss slides his Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST. (Photo: Olsbergs MSE)

Olsbergs MSE Fight Hard in Canada
The Olsbergs MSE rallycross team joined World RX last weekend for its first-ever North American stop at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières in Quebec. Olsbergs MSE fielded three Ford Supercars at the race on Friday, with World RX drivers Reinis Nitiss and Andreas Bakkerud joined in competition by guest driver Joni Wiman in his Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST.

After a weekend of ups and downs, Nitiss held onto a top-three points position in the title hunt as the series heads into a second half. In the final, Nitiss finished fourth. The win went to World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, followed by Anton Marklund and Timur Timerzyanov. With five rounds remaining in the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship, both Olsbergs MSE drivers remain at the top of the standings. Nitiss is narrowly in third, with Bakkerud right behind him in fourth.

Ford tops the manufacturer's standings, neck-and-neck in the chase with Volkswagen. Teams will pack up and head to France for the next round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, September 6–7. Before then, Olsbergs MSE Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers Sandell and Wiman will return to their regular competition schedule with the Daytona, Florida, GRC race, held August 23.