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McLaren Racing to Acquire Majority Stake in Arrow McLaren SP
McLaren Racing has agreed to acquire a majority share in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team. The transaction will close by the end of the year and see McLaren Racing take a 75% share of the team. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. The team will be governed by a new five-person board, comprising three McLaren Racing appointees together with Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson, chaired by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown. Taylor Kiel, president of Arrow McLaren SP, will continue to lead and oversee the team’s operations, reporting directly to the board.
Texas Motor Speedway Appoints Rob Ramage as Senior Vice President, General Manager
Veteran Texas Motor Speedway executive and general counsel Rob Ramage has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Texas Motor Speedway, as announced by Speedway Motorsports President and Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith. Ramage succeeds promoter Eddie Gossage, who stepped down in June after 25 years at the helm of Texas Motor Speedway and more than three decades with Speedway Motorsports.
Ramage has worked for Speedway Motorsports since 2013, serving as general counsel and director of governmental affairs and senior vice president of finance and compliance at Texas Motor Speedway. His efforts have spanned a variety of capacities, including risk management and working with government entities, business leaders, and community advocates. Before joining Speedway Motorsports, Ramage practiced law in Dallas, focusing on complex litigation, intellectual property and business transactions.
Ramage currently serves on numerous boards of directors that focus on supporting veterans, law enforcement-related causes and transportation matters. In addition, he was recognized for his charitable work for veterans by being named an honorary commander of the United States Air Force.
2022 NHRA Winternationals Returns to Traditional February Date as Season Opener
NHRA and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona have announced the dates of the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season opener of the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Presented By ProtectTheHarvest.com as February 17–20. As is tradition at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the NHRA Winternationals will kick off the year at the famed track in Southern California. The historic Pomona track sees two of NHRA's most significant events on tour: the NHRA Winternationals and the Auto Club NHRA Finals, slated for November 11–14.
Off-Road Motorsports Hall Of Fame Announces Class of 2021
The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) has announced its Class of 2021 as Steve Kelley, Spencer Low, John Marking and Tim Morton. A committee of off-road professionals convened to evaluate and review more than 40 submissions. The inductees that received at least two-thirds of votes were submitted for ratification by ORMHOF.
ORMHOF inductees represent excellence and achievement in many areas of off-road, including advocacy, journalism, industry, rock sports, desert racing, short course and rally. The Class of 2021 will be celebrated at the 2021 ORMHOF Induction & Awards Gala along with the Class of 2020, including Bob Bower, Dean Bulloch, Danny Foddrill, Jack Johnson, Roger Mears, Cal Wells, and Tom White. These inductees bring the total number in the Hall of Fame to 110. For more information on the inductees, visit here. For more information, visit ormhof.org.
Annual DEI Cruise-In Set for Saturday, August 21
Design Engineering Inc. (DEI), in partnership with the city of Avon Lake, Ohio, will host its annual DEI Cruise-In on Saturday, August 21. The event will feature food, music and the hottest cars, trucks, SUVs, race cars, motorcycles and classic vehicles. Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the Weiss Baseball Fields, 33401 Webber Road, across from DEI headquarters. It will include activities, music, food vendors and more.
This year the Cruise-In will also serve as a fundraiser for Valor Home of Lorain County—a transitional housing program for homeless male veterans. Funds will be raised through a $10 donation for anyone wanting to show a vehicle, with all years, makes, models, and styles eligible to participate. For more information about the annual DEI Cruise-In and how to register a vehicle, visit facebook.com/DEIcruisein.
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