SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 27, July 8, 2010

Racing News: Will Power Ends "Penske Curse" at Watkins Glen

A CLARIFICATION: The June 21 hearing in United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in the case of SFI Foundation Inc. vs. Impact Racing LLC, kept SFI from terminating SFI’s Contracts of Participation until Impact officials have afforded Impact with “some meaningful opportunity to be heard either in writing or by personal appearance.” The hearing had nothing to do with the certification of products. Products in question manufactured by Impact in 2009 and 2010 were certified April 1.

WHAT CURSE?: Will Power put an end to the “Penske Curse” at
Watkins Glen (New York) International Sunday, giving car owner Roger Penske
his first IZOD IndyCar Series triumph at the historic facility.

NOMINEES: The NASCAR Hall of Fame has revealed the 25 nominees for the 2011 class, of which 20 are repeats from 2010. The five new nominees are T. Wayne Robertson, Jack Ingram, Jerry Cook, Fred Lorenzen and Dale Inman.

NEW HORSEPOWER:
Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines has worked out an agreement to supply engines to the No. 99 Gainsco Daytona Prototype Grand Am Rolex Series team.

POSTPONED: The USAC K&N Silver Crown Series race scheduled for July 8 (Thursday) at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana, was postponed because of scheduling conflicts. A reschedule date will be announced later.

PENNSYLVANIA BOSS:
For the second-straight year Greg Hodnett claimed the eight-race Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek crown.

REPAVING BEGINS: Daytona International Speedway officials began tearing up the old asphalt at the 2.5-mile oval immediately after Saturday’s Coke Zero 400, which was won by Kevin Harvick. The track will be completely repaved in time for the 2011 Daytona 500.

CHANGES: IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard said last weekend that there will be several changes to the 2011 series schedule. One confirmed change is that Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway will no longer host the season finale.

STICKING AROUND:
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport have collected enough sponsorship dollars to keep Hunter-Reay in the No. 37 entry for the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series season.

HONORABLE TRIBUTE: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving the No. 3 Wrangler-sponsored Chevrolet in honor of his late father, drove to victory Friday during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

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