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Racing News: Fans Decide Brackets for Upcoming NHRA “Unfinished Business” Competition; AMSOIL Expands Partnership With Seehorn Rally Team

By SEMA Editors

Yokohama Tire Named Official Tire of Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA

YokohamaYokohama is now the Official Tire of Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle.

Yokohama Tire has a new motorsports partnership: The Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA (SLB/GTA). Yokohama is now the Official Tire of SLB/GTA. The first Super Lap Battle race is February 16-17 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. There will also be the “Yokohama Challenge” championship for drivers competing on Yokohama tires at the three Global Time Attack events.

2019 Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA Schedule:

  • February 16–17: Super Lap Battle USA Circuit of the Americas
  • May 10–11: GTA Road Atlanta
  • August 9–10: GTA New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • November 16–17: GTA Finals Buttonwillow Raceway

The Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA adds to an already extensive list of 2019 North American-based motorsports activities both on- and off-road for Yokohama. This includes the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, 24 Hours of Lemons, Spec MX-5 Challenge, TrophyLite, One Lap of America, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 and Yokohama Sonora Rally.

Mickey Thompson Sponsors NMRA's Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout Class

Mickey Thompson Tires & WheelsMickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has signed on as sponsor of an exclusive Mustang drag race showdown, in addition to its continued support of the National Mustang Racers Association.

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has signed on as sponsor of an exclusive Mustang drag race showdown, in addition to its continued support of the National Mustang Racers Association.

The NMRA Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout class runs at two of the largest NMRA events on the schedule: the NMRA Spring Break Shootout season opener February 28-March 3, at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida; and the NMRA All-Ford World Finals Sept. 26-29 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Mickey Thompson is posting valuable racer contingencies on Mickey Thompson tires (all four) in all NMRA championship classes and will also continue to offer onsite trackside support at most events, as well as contingency awards to drivers competing in Pro, Sportsman and various special event classes.

Fans to Decide Brackets for Upcoming NHRA “Unfinished Business” Competition

Earlier this year, the NHRA released the names of the eight NHRA Legends who would be competing in a one-time-only “Unfinished Business” competition as part of the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Now it’s time for the fans to decide who will face off in the first round of eliminations.

The legendary lineup features some of the biggest stars in NHRA Championship Drag Racing including “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Joe Amato, Kenny Bernstein, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, Warren Johnson and Terry Vance. To top it all off, Florida native and NHRA fan favorite Darrell Gwynn will serve as the honorary starter for this prestigious group of competitors. Each driver will compete in a custom Toyota Camry distinctly wrapped to emulate looks inspired by some of the drivers’ favorite rides.

The competitive bracket is up to NHRA fans. From now until February 22, fans can visit www.nhra.com/unfinishedbusiness to vote for the first-round matchups they want to see. Follow the hashtag #UnfinishedBusiness on NHRA's social media pages and NHRA.com for updates on NHRA Unfinished Business.

AMSOIL Expands Partnership With Seehorn Rally Team

Jeff Seehorn and Karen Jankowski of Seehorn Rally Team announced that AMSOIL has expanded its partnership with the team for 2019. After a rewarding 2018 season together, AMSOIL will be title sponsor for the team this season.

Seehorn and Jankowski are the first back-to-back national class champions in the American Rally Association championship. In the 2018 season they scored five class wins out of six events, and five top-three overall finishes, which placed them both second in the overall championship. They are also the top-placing privateer team two years running. Having AMSOIL as title sponsor will be essential for the team’s success in the 2019 season.

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