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Racing News: IndyCar Announces 14-Race Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Schedule

IndyLightsIndyCar Announces 14-Race Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Schedule

With a new era of operational control of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, IndyCar has announced a 14-race schedule for 2022. The schedule features events in 11 key markets and three doubleheader weekends, including a return to Iowa Speedway and the series’ debut on the Streets of Nashville. In November, IndyCar had added the role of promoter to its position of sanctioning body of Indy Lights.

All 14 races, qualifying sessions and practices will happen within 2022 NTT IndyCar Series weekends, providing an inclusive atmosphere for the developmental series that serves as the final step toward competing in North America’s premier open-wheel series. Additionally, where available, Indy Lights will benefit from a more integrated paddock area as its team garages will be inside the NTT IndyCar Series paddock footprint. For the complete schedule, visit indylights.com.

Maserati to Compete in ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

Maserati will debut in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in 2023. The automaker is the first Italian automaker to compete in Formula E, the world’s first all-electric road racing motorsports series. Maserati will debut on the grid from Season 9 with the new Gen3—the fastest, lightest, most powerful Formula E racing car to date. Since its inception, Formula E has raced on the streets of iconic cities, including New York, Monaco, Berlin, Mexico City, London and Rome. The series focuses on energy efficiency, enhancements in battery range and advances in powertrain development. For more information, visit fiaformulae.com

Trans Am Announces New Name, Start Date for West Coast Championship

Trans Am Race Company officials have announced that its West Coast-based championship will be renamed the “Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Western Championship.” A new date and venue will also be added to the 2022 calendar. Thunderhill Raceway will now stage the Western Championship’s season opener as part of the Northern California Shelby Club Spring Sprint on April 9–10. The addition of the two-day event will expand the Western Championship schedule to eight rounds held at seven venues. For more information, visit gotransam.com.

SCCASCCA to Honor 2022 Hall of Fame Class

The 2022 class of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Hall of Fame has been announced. A group of five longtime SCCA members will be recognized for each of their contributions to the Club’s history and the world of motorsports. The class includes a sports car racing champion across multiple decades, an all-around Champion driver and promoter and a group of members who have contributed to the promotion and growth of the SCCA. Charlie Clark, Howard Duncan, Paul Pfanner, Greg Pickett and Mark Weber will officially join the SCCA Hall of Fame during a virtual induction on January 21—the opening day of the 2022 SCCA Convention. For more information on the inductees, visit the announcement here or visit scca.com.

NASCAR Announces Two Key Competition Personnel Promotions

NASCAR has announced that Brad Moran has been promoted to NASCAR Cup Series managing director, and Seth Kramlich will transition to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director. Most recently, Moran held the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director position. Kramlich moves to his new role after three years as NASCAR Xfinity Series assistant director. Moran, Kramlich and NASCAR Xfinity Series Managing Director Wayne Auton will continue to be headquartered at the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, and report to Scott Miller, senior vice president of competition. For more information, visit nascar.com.

Tulsa Speedway Announces Operational Changes, Track Upgrades

Tulsa Speedway, the quarter-mile dirt oval dirt track based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has announced co-owner Keith Haney has taken over daily operations of the facility as they seek a new general manager. Haney and co-owner Todd Martin have announced several improvements to the track, including plans to construct a new building with an office complex, ticketing/will call, merchandise, full concessions and new restrooms. The pair have also announced plans to purchase a new electrical grid and and track equipment. A new clay surface and additional lighting will also be implemented. Racing is expected to begin on March 25 for the Classic Chevrolet Friday Night Lights Opening Night followed by the ASCS Sooner Region sprint season opener on April 1. For more information, visit tulsaspeedway.com.

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