AVD Motorsports has announced that the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval will present a night of racing on April 16, to bring attention to the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) and its “Save Our Racecars” initiative. The Save Our Racecars Night at Wenatchee will feature three classes of racing and highlight PRI’s Save Our Racecars campaign—a crucial initiative to preserve motorsports in North America.
Save Our Racecars Night seeks to grow interest and membership in PRI and to build grassroots support for the vital Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act 2021 (H.R.3281/S.2736). The RPM Act is a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress that protects Americans’ right to convert street vehicles into dedicated racecars by clarifying in federal statute that it is legal to make emissions-related changes to a street vehicle for the purpose of converting it into a dedicated track vehicle used in motorsports competition. The bill also enshrines in law the racing industry’s ability to produce, market and install parts and equipment that enable racers to compete.
“The RPM Act is essential to racing and we are determined to pass it in this Congress,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, president of PRI. “We are thrilled to sponsor Save Our Racecars Night to highlight this important issue that affects all racers and racing enthusiasts. I ask racers and race fans to head to saveourracecars.com and urge your lawmakers to take action.”
PRI is leading the effort to pass the RPM Act, which is crucial to the future of motorsports. Competition and performance rights are under threat from those who want to attack those freedoms through government overreach and interference. PRI will be on site at Wenatchee promoting its individual memberships, and individuals can sign up or learn more about them at performanceracing.com.
Ford Performance Announces Mustang GT3 Racecar
The new Mustang GT3 racer will be powered by a Ford 5.0L Coyote-based V8 engine developed by Ford Performance and built by long-time racing collaborator and world championship winning team M-Sport of Cumbria, England.
Ford Performance has revealed plans for its all-new Mustang GT3 raceccar that will compete in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) 2024 race season, including the 24 Hours of Daytona. The new Mustang GT3 racer will be powered by a Ford 5.0L Coyote-based V8 engine developed by Ford Performance and built by long-time racing collaborator and world championship winning team M-Sport of Cumbria, England.
The effort will be a joint program between Ford Performance and long-time racing collaborator Multimatic Motorsports. It will feature both a two-car factory-backed IMSA GTD Pro works team managed by Multimatic and customer Mustang race cars for the GTD class starting at Daytona in 2024. The two organizations have a rich history in the FIA World Rally Championship and recently collaborated on developing and preparing the Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1. For more information, visit performance.ford.com.
BFGoodrich Tires, Torruco, Blurton, MacCachren Motorsports McNeil, Hagle, Salvatierra All Winners at 2021 SCORE Awards
BFGoodrich Tires, Mexico Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco Marques, Phil Blurton, MacCachren Motorsports, Jason McNeil, Ethan Hagle and Juan Carlos Salvatierra were all major winners last Sunday night, January 30, as SCORE International officially concluded the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship with its second pre-recorded virtual SCORE Awards Night showing airing on the SCORE website and through the SCORE social media platforms. The 2021 SCORE Awards show remains available on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com, the SCORE You Tube channel and the SCORE facebook page.
The 49-page digital event commemorative program previews the show and salutes the 2021 SCORE point champions in text, images and embedded videos. It is available on the SCORE website and at 2021SCOREAwardsdigitalprogram.
SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were officially presented in 14 categories, along with the 55 winners of the Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by VP Racing Fuels, as well as the overall and class point champions of the pandemic-abbreviate two-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. The streamed event, with Rat Sult as the host once again, was also a celebration of 48 years of SCORE championship desert racing.
Track Enterprises Purchases Champion Racing Association
Macon, Illinois-based Track Enterprises has purchased the Champion Racing Association (CRA).
Macon, Illinois-based Track Enterprises has purchased the Champion Racing Association (CRA), as announced by both organizations. CRA—the Salem, Indiana-based sanctioning body—operates four touring divisions, including the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance, Van Hoy Oil CRA Street Stocks Powered by JEGS and the Vore’s CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS.
Several key staffers will remain with CRA, including former co-owner and Series Director Glenn Luckett, Chief Technical Director Eddie Chew and Director of Operations/Chief Scorer Greg Wood. For more information, visit cra-racing.com and trackenterprises.com.
IMSA Acquires Historic Sportscar Racing
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has acquired the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) series. HSR is known for its vintage and historic sports-car racing, including its trio of HSR Classics events at Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway, plus its HSR Mitty event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The 2022 HSR season opens with the annual Spring Fling at Sebring on April 6–8. HSR becomes the eighth racing series to be sanctioned by IMSA, joining the WeatherTech Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, and its four single-make series: Ferrari Challenge North America, Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and Porsche Carrera Cup North America. For more information, visit imsa.com and hsrrace.com.
Sick The Magazine Presents First-Ever Sick Week Drag Event
A week-long drag racing event billed as the “hardest vacation you’ll ever take” is coming to Florida and Georgia for the first-ever Sick Week presented by Gear Vendors Overdrive on February 7–11 (with testing on February 6). The event will see 350 competitors race at four different NHRA-sanctioned venues over five days, driving between each track on public roads for the ultimate test of a street car. Entrants cannot use transporters or support crews; they must race with what they can tow in a small trailer.
The event begins and ends at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida), and also makes stops at Orlando Speed World Dragway (Orlando, Florida), South Georgia Motorsports Park (Adel, Georgia) and Gainesville Raceway (Gainesville, Florida), home of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Special stops include Orlando theme parks, the “Big Daddy” Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and more.
Both the race entries and the Sick Week have already sold out. The event has attracted entries from all over North America, including influencers Cleetus McFarland, PFI Speed, Derek Bieri from Vice Grip Garage, Alex Taylor, Kevin Smith of KSR Performance & Fabrication, Cooper Bogetti and Steve Morris. For more information, visit sickthemagazine.com/sick-week or nhra.com.
Hagar Hired as New Tulsa Speedway Operations Manager
Nathan Hagar, photo courtesy: The New Tulsa Speedway, Tyler Rinken Photography
The New Tulsa Speedway co-owners Keith Haney and Todd Martin have announced longtime racer Nathan Hagar as track operations manager of the dirt track in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The co-owners have also announced facility enhancements, including new surface clay, configuration changes to turn two and additional bleachers and updates to the concession stand and bathrooms. The New Tulsa Speedway schedule opens with the Classic Chevy Opening Night on March 25.
Martelli Brothers Announce California 300 Off-Road Race Set for October
Matt and Josh Martelli, promoters of the Mint 400 off-road race, have announced a new off-road desert race named The California 300. The California 300—set for October 12–16—will feature 40+ classes and will take place on a newly mapped 75-mile race course for a four-lap race in Barstow, California. The event will include an off-road festival, pre-running and a public poker run, followed by Limited class and UTV World Championship racing before wrapping with Class 1, Unlimited Truck SPECs, Unlimited Trucks and more.
The Martelli-owned Mad Media will provide media coverage of the event. The announcement comes from the Martelli Brothers after more than a decade of promoting and producing two popular off-road desert races, The Mint 400 and The UTV World Championship. Racer registration and more details will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit off-roadracer.com.
For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.