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Racing News: Justin Grant Joins TOPP Motorsports Team; Formula DRIFT Announces 2018 Championship Calendar

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Justin Grant
Justin Grant

Justin Grant Joins TOPP Motorsports Team for 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Season

TOPP Motorsports has announced that sprint car driver Justin Grant has joined the team. Coming off a top-three finish in both driver and owner points independently for USAC National Sprints in 2017, the duo has partnered for the upcoming season to make a run at the USAC National Sprint title. Grant finished second in USAC National Sprint points by six points and received various honors for his versatility and performance. He was recently announced as the winner of the Prosource Fast Time Award Challenge for earning fast qualifier eight different times in 2017. Additionally, Grant was the only driver in 2017 to start all USAC National point races—Silver Crown, Midgets and Sprints—and was one of two drivers across all divisions to win feature events in each division. It was recently announced that Grant’s consistency in performance across the three National USAC divisions has earned him the Mike Curb “Super License” and a $5,000 award.

Formula DRIFT Announces 2018 Championship Calendar

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship has announced the official 2018 calendar for the Pro and four Pro2 Championship. The 15th anniversary season will feature eight rounds of competition within the continental United States. Notable changes include the addition of Gateway Motorsports Park, located just outside St. Louis. Las Vegas will replace the Irwindale Speedway for the season finale, due to Irwindale’s closure this coming January.

2018 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship Schedule*

Round 1
April 6–7: Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Invitational: Super Drift Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach**
April 13–14: Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Round 2
April 27–28: Orlando Speedworld, Orlando, Florida

Round 3
May 11–12: Road Atlanta, Atlanta, with Pro2

Round 4
June 1–2: Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall Township, New Jersey

Round 5
July 20–21: Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Washington

Round 6
August 10–11: Gateway Motorsports Park, St. Louis, with Pro2

Round 7
September 14–5: Texas Motor Speedway, Dallas, with Pro2

Round 8
October 12–13: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, with Pro2

*Subject to Change
**Non-Championship Points Competition

Daniel Keilwitz
Daniel Keilwitz
Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Callaway Competition USA Announces Factory Pirelli World Challenge Effort

On Thursday morning at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, Callaway Competition USA unveiled the Corvette C7 GT3-R, announcing Daniel Keilwitz and Michael Cooper as the two full-time drivers for the 2018 factory GT effort in the Pirelli World Challenge. Team owner Reeves Callaway and Pirelli World Challenge President and CEO Greg Gill opened the press event alongside a matte black carbon Corvette C7 GT3-R, one of two that will be entered as full season factory efforts in the GT class. The GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-R will compete in the GT class in both the sprint races, as well as the two driver format SprintX races. Drivers for the SprintX events will be announced at a later date.

Irwindale Speedway Racing Results

Racing results from Irwindale Speedway, California, December 2:

Kern County Raceway Spec Mods (30 laps)
1. 32 Jason Galvin, Santa Clarita
2. 97 Tanner Wattenberger, Bakersfield
3. 8 Jim Coffey, Bakersfield
4. 4 Eric Brust, Morro Bay
5. 59 Anthony Barket, Bakersfield

Siedner’s Collision Centers Enduro Cars (20 laps)
1. 19 Rodney Argo, Gardena
2. 171 Casey Dennis, El Segundo
3. 81 Eddie Howell, Carson
4. 62 Brad Stellman, Gardena
5. 7 Robert Rice, Hawthorne

Robertson Solar Southwest Tour Trucks (40 laps)
1. 71 Dustin Vandermooren, Cerritos
2. 19 Chris Dalton, Anaheim
3. 78 Ronnie Davis Jr., Whittier
4. 27 Alec Martinez, Tustin
5. 77 Mike De Gregorio, Murrieta

Siedner’s Collision Centers Skid Plates (20 laps)
1. 16 Robert Salcido, Perris
2. 00 Jerry Best, Valencia
3. 99 Cole Schmidt, Whitter
4. 55 Ken Palmer, Los Angeles
5. 7 Robert Rice, Hawthorne

LKQ Pick Your Part Compact Figure 8 Race (20 laps)
1. 19 Rodney Argo, Gardena
2. 7 Robert Rice, Hawthorne
3. 64 Dewitt Jones, Santa Monica
4. 81 Eddie Howell, Carson
5. 92 Jeremy Queener, Mira Loma

LKQ Pick Your Part Double-Decker Jet Truck Burn-Down
1. LKQ Jet Truck
2. Double Decker stack of cars (DNF)

LKQ Pick Your Part Compact Car Demolition-Derby
1. 14 Adam Ditto, Monrovia
2. 87 Jonathon Destefano, Chino
3. 96 Tommy Mason, Alpha Centauri
4. 11 Ron Schmitt, Whittier
5. 40 Eric Dolan, Rancho Cucamonga

Tim Kennedy Trailer Race
1. 176 Cheryl Hyland, Glendora
2. 7 Robert Rice, Hawthorne
3. 95 Joe Labrasciano, Visalia