Don Prudhomme Joins First Lions Automobilia Class
On Saturday night, December 3, the Inaugural Lions Automobilia Foundation Awards Dinner and Silent Auction will be held celebrating the “Golden Anniversary of the Last Drag Race.” The sold-out event will be dedicated to recognizing those who influenced Southern California Motorsports and inspired its car culture lifestyle. Drag-racing legend Don Prudhomme will join Mickey Thompson, Ed Iskenderian, Vic Edelbrock Sr. and CJ Pappy Hart as a member of the first Hall of Fame class. Prudomme is already a member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the SEMA Hall of Fame and recognized as a Texas Motorplex Legend, Bristol Dragway's Legends of Thunder Valley and the No. 3 racer on the NHRA’s list of “The 50 Top Drivers of All Time.”
The event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Last Drag Race at Lions and recognizing its winners: Carl Olson (TF), Tom McEwen (FC), Bill Bagshaw (PS), Jimmy Scott (Competition), Ken Veney (Injected FC), Ed Sigmon (Modified), Ron Zeolle (Super Stock) and Dave Benisek (Stock). Proceeds from the event and silent auction will go to support the Lions Automobilia Foundation Youth Engagement and Career Path Programs.
New Car, Format, Venues for ABB FIA Formula E in Season 9
Officials have unveiled a new look ahead of Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and the debut of the Gen3 car, along with a new series logo, new races in iconic cities, new teams and new sporting formats.
The Gen3—designed to be the fastest, lightest, most powerful and most efficient electric race car ever built—will make its competitive debut in Round 1 in Mexico City on January 14, following pre-season testing next month in Valencia. The championship will continue with three new cities hosting Formula E races for the first time: Hyderabad, India (Round 4, February 11); Cape Town, South Africa (Round 5, February 25) and São Paulo, Brazil (Round 6, March 25).
Sporting regulation updates include a return to racing over laps; rookie drivers taking a seat for teams in FP1 sessions; and a plan to introduce a 30-second 4kWh ‘Attack Charge’ boost at select races. In addition, McLaren and Maserati are new to the Formula E grid next season.
Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series Announces Tyler Bachman as Series Director
World Racing Group’s Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota has named Tyler Bachman as the new series director. Bachman is a longtime official and safety director within the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing family. He served as competition director for the Xtreme Outlaw Series in 2022 and aims to expand the Midget tour in 2023. Most recently, Bachman was nominated to the board of directors for the International Council of Motorsports Sciences (ICMS). With Bachman at the helm, the 2023 schedule will focus solely on the Midget Series, rather than spread across to Non-Wing Sprint Cars. Volusia Speedway Park's DIRTcar Nationals in February will continue to feature premier Non-Wing Sprint Car racing.
ARCA Menards Series Announces 2023 Schedule
Officials with the ARCA Menards Series have announced the 2023 schedule. The season will once again feature 20 races at 19 tracks, kicking off the series’ 70th anniversary with its 60th race at Daytona International Speedway (Daytona, Florida) and concluding, for the second consecutive year, with its championship event at its home track: Toledo Speedway (Toledo, Ohio).
The ARCA Menards Series will also hold a combination race with the ARCA Menards Series West, at Phoenix Raceway (Avondale, Arizona) in March, while the events at Iowa Speedway (Newton, Iowa), Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park (Indianapolis, Indiana), The Milwaukee Mile (West Allis, Wisconsin) and Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, Tennessee) will be combination races with the ARCA Menards Series East.
In addition, officials have also announced the 2023 schedules for the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West. Eight races are slated for the East Series, and 12 are set for the West Series. The 2023 West Series schedule will begin at Phoenix Raceway on March 10 with a combination race with the ARCA Menards Series. The 2023 East Series schedule will commence with the series’ sixth visit to the historic Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, March 25.
For the complete schedule, visit the ARCA Menards Series website.
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