Wed, 06/17/2015 - 09:06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2015

Contact: Della Domingo 
909-978-6723 
dellad@sema.org

Editor's Note: An Image is available for this release. Please contact Monika Earle at monikae@sema.org

 

SEMA AGAIN SECURES U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JULY 10th AS
"COLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY"

Lawmakers' Recognition Reaps Continued Acknowledgement of Historic and Classic Cars

Washington, DC (June 17, 2015) - The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 196 (S. Res. 196) designating July 10, 2015 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day."  The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the sixth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. 

S. Res. 196 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).  The Senators are strong advocates for the automotive hobby in Washington, D.C.  The Caucus is an informal, non-partisan member organization that pays tribute to America's ever growing love affair with the car and motorsports. 

"We thank the U.S. Senate for its continued recognition of the collector car hobby as a valued American tradition and pastime," said SEMA Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. "With Canada, Australia and France joining the celebration, Collector Car Appreciation Day has now become an international recognition of the collector car industry and the millions of hobbyists it supports.  A number of states and local governments have adopted similar commemorative declarations as well."

All automotive enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in this year's celebration by planning or attending events in their community. Through its grassroots hobbyist organization, the SEMA Action Network (SAN), SEMA is maintaining a list of scheduled events to commemorate the day at www.semasan.com/ccad.  Individuals, car clubs and business owners interested in publicizing events should contact SAN Director Colby Martin at 909/978-6721 or san@sema.org.  If you are unable to celebrate on July 10th, SAN encourages events to be scheduled throughout the month of July.

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $33 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,814 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org.

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Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:55

By Chad Simon

  Seventy SEMA-member manufacturers participated in the ’16 Nissan Titan Measuring Session at the SEMA Garage last month, making it one of the most widely attended sessions to date. Through this program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to specialized high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster.
  

Since January 2015, the SEMA Garage has hosted 184 member manufacturers for 20 different Measuring Sessions, bringing in some of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, including the ’16 Nissan Titan XD powered by Cummins.

Two more Measuring Sessions are currently scheduled for the month of June. They include the ’16 Ford Explorer Sport 2.3L EcoBoost, which will be available June 15–19 at the SEMA Garage, and the ’16 Hyundai Tucson, which will be on hand June 29–30 at Hyundai’s Western Region Training Garage in Fountain Valley, California.

“The SEMA Garage often secures vehicles while still under embargo and even in the pre-production stages,” said SEMA Senior Director of OEM Relations Jim Moore. “This is key to ensuring our members have the opportunity to deliver product into the market at the same time an OEM delivers a new vehicle to the showroom floor.” 

Each year, SEMA members introduce thousands of cutting-edge tools and accessories, many of which have model-specific applications that require research and development. Through the Measuring Sessions program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to $2 million worth of special high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster and more efficiently.

“SEMA Garage Measuring Sessions are a vital step in bringing the world’s best aftermarket accessories to market,” Moore said. “To ensure these products fit well and work correctly, nothing beats the opportunity to get hands-on with today’s newest and most exciting vehicles.” 

These sessions attract manufacturers of a wide range of parts and accessories, including fender flares, suspension, air intakes, exhaust, brakes and wheels, audio equipment, grilles, engine components, truck bed covers, side steps, running boards, seat covers and more.

Previous Measuring Sessions, many of which were held at the SEMA Garage, included: the ’15 Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang EcoBoost; ’15 Chevy Colorado; ’15 Ford F-150; ’15 Chevy Silverado; ’16 Ford Explorer; ’16 Honda HR-V; ’16 Nissan Titan XD; ’16 Scion iA and iM; and ’16 Toyota Tacoma.

Also, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, SEMA embarked on a national tour—which ended last month—providing members access to four accessory-friendly vehicles popular overseas but not sold in the United States. They included the ’12 Toyota HiLux, ’13 Ford Ranger T6, ’14 Mitsubishi L200 and ’14 UAZ Hunter.

The 15,000-sq.-ft. SEMA Garage, located in Diamond Bar, California, opened its doors in 2013, and is now in the process of undergoing some major upgrades and renovations, scheduled to be completed by August 2015. In addition to Measuring Sessions, the following resources currently are or will be available to members:

For more information regarding the SEMA Garage and its resources, or to find out which vehicles will be featured in future SEMA-member Measuring Sessions, visit www.semagarage.com or contact Jim Moore at JimM@sema.org.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:55

By Chad Simon

  Seventy SEMA-member manufacturers participated in the ’16 Nissan Titan Measuring Session at the SEMA Garage last month, making it one of the most widely attended sessions to date. Through this program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to specialized high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster.
  

Since January 2015, the SEMA Garage has hosted 184 member manufacturers for 20 different Measuring Sessions, bringing in some of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, including the ’16 Nissan Titan XD powered by Cummins.

Two more Measuring Sessions are currently scheduled for the month of June. They include the ’16 Ford Explorer Sport 2.3L EcoBoost, which will be available June 15–19 at the SEMA Garage, and the ’16 Hyundai Tucson, which will be on hand June 29–30 at Hyundai’s Western Region Training Garage in Fountain Valley, California.

“The SEMA Garage often secures vehicles while still under embargo and even in the pre-production stages,” said SEMA Senior Director of OEM Relations Jim Moore. “This is key to ensuring our members have the opportunity to deliver product into the market at the same time an OEM delivers a new vehicle to the showroom floor.” 

Each year, SEMA members introduce thousands of cutting-edge tools and accessories, many of which have model-specific applications that require research and development. Through the Measuring Sessions program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to $2 million worth of special high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster and more efficiently.

“SEMA Garage Measuring Sessions are a vital step in bringing the world’s best aftermarket accessories to market,” Moore said. “To ensure these products fit well and work correctly, nothing beats the opportunity to get hands-on with today’s newest and most exciting vehicles.” 

These sessions attract manufacturers of a wide range of parts and accessories, including fender flares, suspension, air intakes, exhaust, brakes and wheels, audio equipment, grilles, engine components, truck bed covers, side steps, running boards, seat covers and more.

Previous Measuring Sessions, many of which were held at the SEMA Garage, included: the ’15 Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang EcoBoost; ’15 Chevy Colorado; ’15 Ford F-150; ’15 Chevy Silverado; ’16 Ford Explorer; ’16 Honda HR-V; ’16 Nissan Titan XD; ’16 Scion iA and iM; and ’16 Toyota Tacoma.

Also, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, SEMA embarked on a national tour—which ended last month—providing members access to four accessory-friendly vehicles popular overseas but not sold in the United States. They included the ’12 Toyota HiLux, ’13 Ford Ranger T6, ’14 Mitsubishi L200 and ’14 UAZ Hunter.

The 15,000-sq.-ft. SEMA Garage, located in Diamond Bar, California, opened its doors in 2013, and is now in the process of undergoing some major upgrades and renovations, scheduled to be completed by August 2015. In addition to Measuring Sessions, the following resources currently are or will be available to members:

For more information regarding the SEMA Garage and its resources, or to find out which vehicles will be featured in future SEMA-member Measuring Sessions, visit www.semagarage.com or contact Jim Moore at JimM@sema.org.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:55

By Chad Simon

  Seventy SEMA-member manufacturers participated in the ’16 Nissan Titan Measuring Session at the SEMA Garage last month, making it one of the most widely attended sessions to date. Through this program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to specialized high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster.
  

Since January 2015, the SEMA Garage has hosted 184 member manufacturers for 20 different Measuring Sessions, bringing in some of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, including the ’16 Nissan Titan XD powered by Cummins.

Two more Measuring Sessions are currently scheduled for the month of June. They include the ’16 Ford Explorer Sport 2.3L EcoBoost, which will be available June 15–19 at the SEMA Garage, and the ’16 Hyundai Tucson, which will be on hand June 29–30 at Hyundai’s Western Region Training Garage in Fountain Valley, California.

“The SEMA Garage often secures vehicles while still under embargo and even in the pre-production stages,” said SEMA Senior Director of OEM Relations Jim Moore. “This is key to ensuring our members have the opportunity to deliver product into the market at the same time an OEM delivers a new vehicle to the showroom floor.” 

Each year, SEMA members introduce thousands of cutting-edge tools and accessories, many of which have model-specific applications that require research and development. Through the Measuring Sessions program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to $2 million worth of special high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster and more efficiently.

“SEMA Garage Measuring Sessions are a vital step in bringing the world’s best aftermarket accessories to market,” Moore said. “To ensure these products fit well and work correctly, nothing beats the opportunity to get hands-on with today’s newest and most exciting vehicles.” 

These sessions attract manufacturers of a wide range of parts and accessories, including fender flares, suspension, air intakes, exhaust, brakes and wheels, audio equipment, grilles, engine components, truck bed covers, side steps, running boards, seat covers and more.

Previous Measuring Sessions, many of which were held at the SEMA Garage, included: the ’15 Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang EcoBoost; ’15 Chevy Colorado; ’15 Ford F-150; ’15 Chevy Silverado; ’16 Ford Explorer; ’16 Honda HR-V; ’16 Nissan Titan XD; ’16 Scion iA and iM; and ’16 Toyota Tacoma.

Also, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, SEMA embarked on a national tour—which ended last month—providing members access to four accessory-friendly vehicles popular overseas but not sold in the United States. They included the ’12 Toyota HiLux, ’13 Ford Ranger T6, ’14 Mitsubishi L200 and ’14 UAZ Hunter.

The 15,000-sq.-ft. SEMA Garage, located in Diamond Bar, California, opened its doors in 2013, and is now in the process of undergoing some major upgrades and renovations, scheduled to be completed by August 2015. In addition to Measuring Sessions, the following resources currently are or will be available to members:

For more information regarding the SEMA Garage and its resources, or to find out which vehicles will be featured in future SEMA-member Measuring Sessions, visit www.semagarage.com or contact Jim Moore at JimM@sema.org.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:55

By Chad Simon

  Seventy SEMA-member manufacturers participated in the ’16 Nissan Titan Measuring Session at the SEMA Garage last month, making it one of the most widely attended sessions to date. Through this program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to specialized high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster.
  

Since January 2015, the SEMA Garage has hosted 184 member manufacturers for 20 different Measuring Sessions, bringing in some of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, including the ’16 Nissan Titan XD powered by Cummins.

Two more Measuring Sessions are currently scheduled for the month of June. They include the ’16 Ford Explorer Sport 2.3L EcoBoost, which will be available June 15–19 at the SEMA Garage, and the ’16 Hyundai Tucson, which will be on hand June 29–30 at Hyundai’s Western Region Training Garage in Fountain Valley, California.

“The SEMA Garage often secures vehicles while still under embargo and even in the pre-production stages,” said SEMA Senior Director of OEM Relations Jim Moore. “This is key to ensuring our members have the opportunity to deliver product into the market at the same time an OEM delivers a new vehicle to the showroom floor.” 

Each year, SEMA members introduce thousands of cutting-edge tools and accessories, many of which have model-specific applications that require research and development. Through the Measuring Sessions program, the SEMA Garage gives member businesses access to $2 million worth of special high-tech tools and equipment they need to get their products to market faster and more efficiently.

“SEMA Garage Measuring Sessions are a vital step in bringing the world’s best aftermarket accessories to market,” Moore said. “To ensure these products fit well and work correctly, nothing beats the opportunity to get hands-on with today’s newest and most exciting vehicles.” 

These sessions attract manufacturers of a wide range of parts and accessories, including fender flares, suspension, air intakes, exhaust, brakes and wheels, audio equipment, grilles, engine components, truck bed covers, side steps, running boards, seat covers and more.

Previous Measuring Sessions, many of which were held at the SEMA Garage, included: the ’15 Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang EcoBoost; ’15 Chevy Colorado; ’15 Ford F-150; ’15 Chevy Silverado; ’16 Ford Explorer; ’16 Honda HR-V; ’16 Nissan Titan XD; ’16 Scion iA and iM; and ’16 Toyota Tacoma.

Also, through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, SEMA embarked on a national tour—which ended last month—providing members access to four accessory-friendly vehicles popular overseas but not sold in the United States. They included the ’12 Toyota HiLux, ’13 Ford Ranger T6, ’14 Mitsubishi L200 and ’14 UAZ Hunter.

The 15,000-sq.-ft. SEMA Garage, located in Diamond Bar, California, opened its doors in 2013, and is now in the process of undergoing some major upgrades and renovations, scheduled to be completed by August 2015. In addition to Measuring Sessions, the following resources currently are or will be available to members:

For more information regarding the SEMA Garage and its resources, or to find out which vehicles will be featured in future SEMA-member Measuring Sessions, visit www.semagarage.com or contact Jim Moore at JimM@sema.org.
Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:42

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  formulad
Ryan Tuerck took the Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory victory and moved into second place in the standings.
  

Ryan Tuerck Takes the Victory in Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory

Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro entered Orlando Speed World for the first time for Round 3: Unchartered Territory. Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks/Maxxis Scion FR-S took the event victory and moved into second place in the standings.

The semi-finals was a rematch from the last event with defending champion Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z and Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing/Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S going head to head. Forsberg was awarded the win over Gushi and was set to meet Tuerck in the Finals, but unable to continue through the competition due to the complications with his car, Forsberg was forced to bow out giving Tuerck the victory to move him into second place in the standings. Gushi moves up to fourth place and Forsberg into third place overall while securing both their second consecutive podium finishes.

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 4: The Gauntlet, June 26–27 at Wall Speedway in New Jersey.

 ericksson
Sebastian Eriksson scored a bronze medal in his X Games Supercars debut. Photo credit: Olsbergs MSE
  

Scott Speed Earns X Games Gold; Sebastian Eriksson Earns Bronze

Scott Speed earned an X Games gold, Steve Arpin earned silver and Olsbergs MSE rookie Sebastian Eriksson scored a bronze last weekend. The 22-year-old Swede joins Olsbergs MSE as a Supercars driver in the United States for the first time this season. He was never far from the top of the leader board in practice, qualified fifth, and won his heat race to advance directly to the Final. It was the 23rd X Games medal for Olsbergs MSE.

The X Games competition is a standalone event that does not score championship points. The Olsbergs MSE team is expected to have both Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST cars ready to race again in two weeks for the second and third rounds of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Daytona, June 20–21.

VP Racing Fuels Introduces New Racer Support Program

VP Racing Fuels has announced a new support program targeting racers across the entire spectrum of motorsports in the United States. The “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program” helps celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary this year while recognizing the thousands of racers past and present whose support has helped VP achieve its position today, according to Chris Wall, VP’s chief marketing officer.

In addition to a Racer Support Kit, including VP apparel and other materials, eligible racers initially will receive 40% off the purchase of any VP Racing Lubricant product and free shipping. Similar deep discounts on other VP product lines will be made available to registered racers on a periodic basis. To register for the program, racers may visit VPRacingFuels.com/Elite to submit their race resume. Racers who compete in a series sponsored by VP Racing Fuels may be eligible for “fast-track” approval as indicated on the application form.

  nmca
The 14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis June 18–21.
  

14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals to Be Held Next Week in Indy

The 14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals being held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis June 18–21 marks the finish of postponed eliminations carried over from the rain-delayed Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals held last month in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Beech Bend Raceway. Part of that rain-delayed race was the Dave Duell Classic. Three rounds of eliminations of the "Classic" still remain, as well as the complete Opel Engineering FX Shootout.

Despite the event being moved from October to June, one component of this race has not changed—the 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance Shootout. This specialty event will bring the best in late-model LS performance competing for $50,000 in purse and prizes. This will be the second race of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series.

Webasto Announces Partnership with NASCAR Champion and Team Penske Driver Brad Keselowski

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America has announced that it will partner with NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in a multi-year promotional marketing campaign. Whether spending his time on the track racing for Team Penske or interacting on Twitter with his 560,000+ followers, Keselowski reaches thousands of truck drivers every day. To officially launch the new partnership, Keselowski will make his first appearance to greet fans on the Webasto stage located in the midway of the Michigan International Speedway prior to the Quicken Loans 400 on June 14, 2015. Keselowski will also continue to make appearances on the Webasto stage at select NASCAR races throughout 2015 and 2016 to greet fans at the race track before he gets behind the wheel.

LOORS Round 6 Race Results

Visit the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series website for full coverage of Round 6 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park

4th Annual Chevrolet Performance Nationals Race Wrap

The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series kicked off May 29, with the 4th Annual Chevrolet Performance Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center in Commerce, Georgia. Coming away with wins were Sonnie Pongonis in Drag Radial, Jessie Coulter in Real Street, Glenn Pushis in CP Stock, along with Al Corda with the Street King win and Rob Farley taking the Rumble win. View complete coverage online.

  exotics
Exotics Racing founders David Perisset and Romain Thievin cut the ribbon to the center located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  

Exotics Racing Officially Opens Welcome Center with Grand Celebration and Announces New Competitive Racing Series

Exotics Racing held its new welcome center official grand opening and announced a new competitive racing series that will launch at the end of 2015. Founders David Perisset and Romain Thievin cut the ribbon to the center located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and gave details on the racing series that will allow the general public to compete in real wheel-to-wheel racing similar to the "arrive and drive" business model Exotics Racing pioneered in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Using real race cars with a tubular chassis, fiberglass body and sequential gearbox, the cars will now be available in the United States. Drivers are provided everything needed for a race; are coached and trained; and will be matched with equal cars, driving skills and technique to earn podium spots and the final $100,000 prize. Mayor Carolyn Goodman's office also declared June 4 as "Exotics Racing Day" in the city.

Soundstream and Precision Power Partner With Nitto Tires U.S. Tour Car Championship

Soundstream and Precision Power will partner with the Nitto Tires U.S. Touring Car Championship for the 2014 season beginning with round two taking place in Salt Lake City. This event is part of the big weekend hosted by Lucas Oil Off Road Racing and will take place at the Miller Motorsports Park, June 20–21, 2015.

 despain
Dave Despain
  

Dave Despain Named Grand Marshal of MAVTV 500

Dave Despain, host of the “Dave Despain Show” on MAVTV has been named grand marshal of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar race, Saturday, June 27, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. An international field, including reigning Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, will contest the race. The MAVTV 500 is Round 11 of the 16 round series and the green flag will drop at 1:30 p.m. (PDT).

Former Champions Lead Drag-Racing Series Heading Into Next Events

The second event in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series takes place June 12–14 at the Grand Bend Motorplex. The points leaders in both series are two-time champions. Leading the Quick 32 Sportsman Series at present is Kevin Wicke, driver of the K&K Racing Dodge Stratus Top Sportsman entry. The other two-time champ is Pro Bike rider Dan Cryderman. Qualifying for race one of the weekend gets underway on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with eliminations to start at 2:00 p.m. and the finals at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, qualifying rounds will once again start at 11:00 a.m. with round one of eliminations to start at 2:00 p.m. Finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:42

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  formulad
Ryan Tuerck took the Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory victory and moved into second place in the standings.
  

Ryan Tuerck Takes the Victory in Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory

Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro entered Orlando Speed World for the first time for Round 3: Unchartered Territory. Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks/Maxxis Scion FR-S took the event victory and moved into second place in the standings.

The semi-finals was a rematch from the last event with defending champion Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z and Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing/Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S going head to head. Forsberg was awarded the win over Gushi and was set to meet Tuerck in the Finals, but unable to continue through the competition due to the complications with his car, Forsberg was forced to bow out giving Tuerck the victory to move him into second place in the standings. Gushi moves up to fourth place and Forsberg into third place overall while securing both their second consecutive podium finishes.

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 4: The Gauntlet, June 26–27 at Wall Speedway in New Jersey.

 ericksson
Sebastian Eriksson scored a bronze medal in his X Games Supercars debut. Photo credit: Olsbergs MSE
  

Scott Speed Earns X Games Gold; Sebastian Eriksson Earns Bronze

Scott Speed earned an X Games gold, Steve Arpin earned silver and Olsbergs MSE rookie Sebastian Eriksson scored a bronze last weekend. The 22-year-old Swede joins Olsbergs MSE as a Supercars driver in the United States for the first time this season. He was never far from the top of the leader board in practice, qualified fifth, and won his heat race to advance directly to the Final. It was the 23rd X Games medal for Olsbergs MSE.

The X Games competition is a standalone event that does not score championship points. The Olsbergs MSE team is expected to have both Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST cars ready to race again in two weeks for the second and third rounds of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Daytona, June 20–21.

VP Racing Fuels Introduces New Racer Support Program

VP Racing Fuels has announced a new support program targeting racers across the entire spectrum of motorsports in the United States. The “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program” helps celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary this year while recognizing the thousands of racers past and present whose support has helped VP achieve its position today, according to Chris Wall, VP’s chief marketing officer.

In addition to a Racer Support Kit, including VP apparel and other materials, eligible racers initially will receive 40% off the purchase of any VP Racing Lubricant product and free shipping. Similar deep discounts on other VP product lines will be made available to registered racers on a periodic basis. To register for the program, racers may visit VPRacingFuels.com/Elite to submit their race resume. Racers who compete in a series sponsored by VP Racing Fuels may be eligible for “fast-track” approval as indicated on the application form.

  nmca
The 14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis June 18–21.
  

14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals to Be Held Next Week in Indy

The 14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals being held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis June 18–21 marks the finish of postponed eliminations carried over from the rain-delayed Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals held last month in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Beech Bend Raceway. Part of that rain-delayed race was the Dave Duell Classic. Three rounds of eliminations of the "Classic" still remain, as well as the complete Opel Engineering FX Shootout.

Despite the event being moved from October to June, one component of this race has not changed—the 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance Shootout. This specialty event will bring the best in late-model LS performance competing for $50,000 in purse and prizes. This will be the second race of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series.

Webasto Announces Partnership with NASCAR Champion and Team Penske Driver Brad Keselowski

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America has announced that it will partner with NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in a multi-year promotional marketing campaign. Whether spending his time on the track racing for Team Penske or interacting on Twitter with his 560,000+ followers, Keselowski reaches thousands of truck drivers every day. To officially launch the new partnership, Keselowski will make his first appearance to greet fans on the Webasto stage located in the midway of the Michigan International Speedway prior to the Quicken Loans 400 on June 14, 2015. Keselowski will also continue to make appearances on the Webasto stage at select NASCAR races throughout 2015 and 2016 to greet fans at the race track before he gets behind the wheel.

LOORS Round 6 Race Results

Visit the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series website for full coverage of Round 6 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park

4th Annual Chevrolet Performance Nationals Race Wrap

The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series kicked off May 29, with the 4th Annual Chevrolet Performance Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center in Commerce, Georgia. Coming away with wins were Sonnie Pongonis in Drag Radial, Jessie Coulter in Real Street, Glenn Pushis in CP Stock, along with Al Corda with the Street King win and Rob Farley taking the Rumble win. View complete coverage online.

  exotics
Exotics Racing founders David Perisset and Romain Thievin cut the ribbon to the center located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  

Exotics Racing Officially Opens Welcome Center with Grand Celebration and Announces New Competitive Racing Series

Exotics Racing held its new welcome center official grand opening and announced a new competitive racing series that will launch at the end of 2015. Founders David Perisset and Romain Thievin cut the ribbon to the center located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and gave details on the racing series that will allow the general public to compete in real wheel-to-wheel racing similar to the "arrive and drive" business model Exotics Racing pioneered in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Using real race cars with a tubular chassis, fiberglass body and sequential gearbox, the cars will now be available in the United States. Drivers are provided everything needed for a race; are coached and trained; and will be matched with equal cars, driving skills and technique to earn podium spots and the final $100,000 prize. Mayor Carolyn Goodman's office also declared June 4 as "Exotics Racing Day" in the city.

Soundstream and Precision Power Partner With Nitto Tires U.S. Tour Car Championship

Soundstream and Precision Power will partner with the Nitto Tires U.S. Touring Car Championship for the 2014 season beginning with round two taking place in Salt Lake City. This event is part of the big weekend hosted by Lucas Oil Off Road Racing and will take place at the Miller Motorsports Park, June 20–21, 2015.

 despain
Dave Despain
  

Dave Despain Named Grand Marshal of MAVTV 500

Dave Despain, host of the “Dave Despain Show” on MAVTV has been named grand marshal of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar race, Saturday, June 27, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. An international field, including reigning Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, will contest the race. The MAVTV 500 is Round 11 of the 16 round series and the green flag will drop at 1:30 p.m. (PDT).

Former Champions Lead Drag-Racing Series Heading Into Next Events

The second event in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series takes place June 12–14 at the Grand Bend Motorplex. The points leaders in both series are two-time champions. Leading the Quick 32 Sportsman Series at present is Kevin Wicke, driver of the K&K Racing Dodge Stratus Top Sportsman entry. The other two-time champ is Pro Bike rider Dan Cryderman. Qualifying for race one of the weekend gets underway on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with eliminations to start at 2:00 p.m. and the finals at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, qualifying rounds will once again start at 11:00 a.m. with round one of eliminations to start at 2:00 p.m. Finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:09

Compiled by SEMA Editors

Cascadia Capital Advises Rosen Electronics on Sale to AAMP

Cascadia Capital has announced that it served as the exclusive advisor to Rosen Electronics on its sale to AAMP—a manufacturer of automotive audio, video and connectivity products and a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity. Rosen Electronics is a manufacturer of automotive electronics, including rear-seat entertainment, in-dash multimedia systems and a full range of safety products. Cascadia Capital's representation of Rosen Electronics marks the fourth deal in the firm's automotive aftermarket practice, which also includes Grease Monkey, Bully Dog and Western Peterbilt. Rosen Electronics is a long-time SEMA member and chose fellow SEMA member Cascadia Capital for its extensive experience in the industry.

ring
Ringbrothers will partner with the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, utilizing 3M products on new builds, developing new tools and offering consumers the opportunity to buy professional-grade 3M refinishing products through Ringbrothers.com.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division and Ringbrothers Announce New Partnership

Ringbrothers has announced a new alliance with 3M’s Automotive Aftermarket Division, formalizing a relationship between the custom car builder and one of the refinishing suppliers that spans nearly four decades. This partnership will result in the development of new tools and comprehensive solutions for the enthusiast market. The announcement was made at the Ringbrothers headquarters in the village of Spring Green, Wisconsin, among the thousands of automotive enthusiasts attending the kick-off party for the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour. The 3M store at Ringbrothers.com is expected to launch in July 2015.

Betts Truck Parts & Service Adds Bee Line Laser Wheel Alignment to Service Portfolio

Betts Truck Parts & Service has announced the addition of Bee Line computer alignment to its service offering for heavy-duty vehicles. Bee Line’s computerized alignment systems utilize lasers, which are designed to provide more accurate alignment than manual or infrared sensors. Utilizing this system, Betts Truck Parts & Service can provide service customers with complete alignment of steer, drive and trailer axles. Bee Line laser alignment service is available at all five California service locations in Fontana, Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Fe Springs and San Leandro. All service locations for Betts Truck Parts & Service now have the service available for customers.

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Jim Trent

PRW Hires National Sales Manager

PRW Industries Inc.—a manufacturer of high-performance engine components for hot rods and race cars—has hired Jim Trent to join the PRW team as our new national sales manager. Trent is a 20-plus-year veteran of the aftermarket in performance, traditional hard parts, tools and equipment. He has sold to and worked with most of the outlets within the SEMA, PWA, PRI and APAA accounts. In addition, he was involved not only with aftermarket products, but also serviced allied accounts in the medical, commercial and industrial markets.

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Auto Enthusiast Day will feature drifting demonstrations by Team Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Odi Bakchis, Mike Whiddett and Tanner Foust.

Nitto Tire to Hold Third Annual Auto Enthusiast Day in Anaheim, California

Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. created the Auto Enthusiast Day event—a free car show designed to bring together every facet of the automotive world in one place. Now in its third year, Auto Enthusiast Day will include a car show for enthusiasts and car clubs to show off their modified and restored vehicles; a vendor midway featuring the hottest products in the automotive industry; drifting demonstrations by Team Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Odi Bakchis, Mike Whiddett and Tanner Foust; and raffle giveaways. New for 2015 will also feature various drivers from Nitto’s Ultra4 Off-Road motorsports team.

Auto Enthusiast Day will be held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, August 1, from 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Vendor space is also free of charge for companies that want to show off their latest products, but space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for Auto Enthusiast Day are available online and interested vendors can reserve their spot by contacting bryan@formulad.com.

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L–R: AAM vice president of purchasing and vendor relations John DeBalso and Ralph Accinno.

AAM Honors Ralph Accinno at Annual Meeting

Thanking him for his years of service and support, The AAM Group presented Ralph Accinno with a custom painting at a special dedication held during its recent annual membership meeting. Accinno, retiring founder of Racer’s Equipment Warehouse in Rhode Island, provided many years of leadership on AAM’s board of directors and served as an advocate for the group to affiliated vendors and other members.

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Are you hunting for a new job? The “Positions Available” section in the SEMA Member Classifieds lists more than 50 job openings around the country. Here are some of the latest classifieds posted to the website.

  • Eckler Industries, Inc., located in Titusville, Florida, is hiring a strategic sourcing manager to oversee vendor relationships, develop and manage the company’s new-product development schedule, identify new-product opportunities and manage relationships with third-party manufacturing partners. The successful candidate will have a four-year degree, 5–10 years’ sourcing or purchasing experience and previous automotive industry experience.
  • AAM Competition LLC, located in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, is hiring a high-performance sales manager responsible for the general oversight, direction and guidance of all aspects and efforts related to the sales and marketing department. This position is also responsible for ensuring the overall success and achievement of established company sales targets. The successful candidate will have more than five years’ general sales experience and more than three years’ sales management experience. A thorough knowledge of the automotive aftermarket industry and high-technical knowledge of vehicles, engines and turbochargers are required.
  • Bully Dog, located in American Falls, Idaho, is hiring a policy compliance officer responsible for maintaining MAP policy procedures and training employees on compliance. This position will also be responsible for monitoring dealers, warehouses and downstream retailers for MAP policy compliance and following legal protocol for customers violating MAP policy.
  • SCT, located in Sanford, Florida, is hiring a software engineer to work with the software team to provide support on existing applications and create new features and applications as needed.

View more listings from SEMA's Automotive Classifieds listings.