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VP Racing Fuels Powers YouTube With 24 Hours of Fuel

VP Racing Fuels Inc.’s premiere of 24 Hours of Fuel launched April 7 on YouTube. VP is the official fuel of IMSA, and has fueled the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway for years. The much-anticipated video will explore what it takes to fuel 50 of the world’s fastest prototypes and GT sports cars 24 hours straight at the historic speedway that hosts the Daytona 500 and AMA Supercross. 

Fans Returning to Irwindale Speedway This Weekend

Irwindale Speedway has announced that fans can return to the grandstands beginning with the April 10 race. The short track will kick off the spectator season with a record night of racing featuring 10 main events. Features include the SPEARS SRL Modifieds, SPEARS Pro Late Models, and the SPEARS Southwest Tour Super Late division. They will be joined by the track’s NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racers, including INEX Legends, LKQ Pick Your Part Pro Late Models (Twins), YouRaceLA Specs, Tucker Tire Enduros (Twins), and Street Stocks. Following local and state guidelines, officials will reduce grandstand capacity. Face masks will also be required for all in attendance. The track is set to host the NHRA Summit ET Series and Junior Dragsters on April 11. For tickets and more information, visit www.irwindalespeedway.com.

2021 Dates, Stops For HOT ROD Drag Week, Power Tour Announced

MOTORTREND has announced two of its annual events are returning in 2021: the HOT ROD Power Tour (August 23–27) and HOT ROD Drag Week (September 12–17). The combined events are set to host upwards of 6,000 participating vehicles.

The 17th annual HOT ROD Drag Week, presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive, will crown the “Fastest Street Car in America,” which puts competitors to a grueling test over five days of drag racing, requiring racers to drive their vehicles on a specified route upward of 1,000 miles while securing the quickest possible elapsed time on the strip.

Celebrating 27 years, the HOT ROD Power Tour driven by Continental Tire, returns to five cities, including Norwalk, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis; St. Louis; and Champaign, Illinois. Thousands of classic cars and hot rods will travel city to city while HOT ROD editors and photographers follow along. Participants can join for one day or all five days.

HOT ROD Power Tour Schedule:

  • Kickoff / Day 1: Monday, August 23 - Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio
  • Day 2: Tuesday, August 24 - Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio
  • Day 3: Wednesday, August 25 - Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis
  • Day 4: Thursday, August 26 - World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis
  • Day 5: Friday, August 27 - State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

HOT ROD Drag Week 2021 Schedule:

  • Registration, Tech Day, and Test ‘n’ Tune: Sunday, September 12 - US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan
  • Racing Day 1: Monday, September 13 - US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan
  • Racing Day 2: Tuesday, September 14 - Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio
  • Racing Day 3: Wednesday, September 15 - Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis
  • Racing Day 4: Thursday, September 16 - Byron Dragway in Byron, Illinois
  • Racing Day 5: Friday, September 17 - US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan

For more information, visit www.hotrod.com/events.

SCCA to Introduce Endurance Racing Program at Sebring

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is launching a new program at Sebring International Raceway—the first-ever SCCA Endurance Team National Championship set for March 31–April 2, 2022. The inaugural event is built around a 20-hour invitational race, broken into segments over two days. National Champions will be crowned when the checkered flag falls under the lights Saturday night, April 2. Additional details on the format and rules package for the event will be forthcoming. The goal is a team competition utilizing modified production-based street vehicles, with technical regulations designed to be inclusive, welcoming cars from existing SCCA classes, as well as those that race with other organizations.

Lucas Oil Sponsors NHRA Southern Nationals

NHRA, Atlanta Dragway and Lucas Oil have teamed up to announce Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals. As a long-time NHRA partner, Lucas Oil joins the finale of Atlanta Dragway. The 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals will serve as the final national NHRA event at the historic track. For more information about the NHRA schedule, visit NHRA.com.

Stan Lester Returns To FASTRAK, Ultimate Series

Stan Lester has resumed his position as the head of FASTRAK International, the parent company for FASTRAK Racing and the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Lester, the owner and founder of the series, had partially retired in 2019, followed by a full retirement in 2020, due to health issues. The announcement follows FASTRAK Vice President DJ Irvine’s departure from the series to work with VP Racing Fuels. Lester will now focus on the 2021 touring schedule.

For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.