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Mac Tools and Kalitta Motorsports Extend 20-Year Partnership
Kalitta Motorsports and Mac Tools have announced that one of the longest running sponsorship relationships will continue into its 20th NHRA season through a multiyear extension agreement. Doug Kalitta, one of the winningest Top Fuel racers in NHRA history, will continue to race the red-and-white 300-mph Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster throughout the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. Kalitta, along with the rest of the Kalitta Motorsports team, will continue their commitment to building the Mac Tools brand, raising product awareness with fans and technicians while engaging with Mac Tools’ distributors across the country. Throughout the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season, Kalitta Motorsports will highlight its Top 20 Mac Tools Moments. Additionally, the team designed a commemorative logo which will be featured throughout the season.
Chip Ganassi Racing to Enter Extreme E With GMC
GMC has announced a new multiyear sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) for the team’s first electric racing venture in the inaugural Extreme E season in 2021. CGR will compete in a 550-hp electric SUV inspired by the GMC HUMMER EV. Noted off-road racers Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price will serve as drivers for CGR in the series. The Extreme E five-race global championship will take place in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles.
Season 1 Extreme E Calendar:
- Desert X Prix: AlUla, Saudi Arabia: April 3-4
- Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal: May 29-30
- Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: August 28-29
- Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil: October 23-24
- Glacier X Prix: Patagonia, Argentina: December 11-12
40 Races For Inaugural BMR Drivers Academy Season
Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) has released the 40-race schedule for the inaugural BMR Drivers Academy, which begins on March 26, at the All American Speedway in Roseville, California. The series will compete at five NASCAR National and Weekly Series tracks across the state. There are 16 two-day events on the calendar, which will visit oval tracks like Irwindale Speedway (Irwindale, California) and Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, California). Road courses include Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, California) and Thunderhill Raceway (Willows, California). The roster of drivers includes standouts from grassroots motorsports across North America. Drivers will compete in full-sized stock cars utilizing a 625-hp NASCAR Yates spec engine and the same chassis components as ARCA and the NASCAR Truck Series.
After races 14, 24, and 30, the points leader will be awarded an opportunity to compete in the Bill McAnally Racing Toyota for a 2021 ARCA event. Drivers that win race events in the Drivers Academy during the season will also receive one entry per win towards a drawing for the opportunity to compete with BMR/MHR in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix in November. Races will be streamed live to a worldwide audience via SPEED SPORT TV. For more information, visit www.bmrdriversacademy.com.
HPD Announces Super Formula Scholarship
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda Motor Company have announced a new scholarship program to support the Formula Regional Americas series and the Super Formula Championship based in Japan. HPD and Honda Motor will award the 2021 champion of the Formula Regional Americas series with a scholarship—value of up to $600,000—to participate in the 2022 Super Formula series season.
The Formula Regional Americas (formerly F3) is an FIA-supported series promoted by Parella Motorsports Holdings and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. The internationally known Super Formula series is the top level of open-wheel racing in Japan and features a high downforce Dallara chassis powered by 500+ hp engines.
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