SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 45, November 11, 2010

Racing News: General Motors May Return to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012

POSSIBLE RETURN: General Motors is set to return to the IZOD
IndyCar Series in 2012, according to a report by Autoextremeist.com’s
Peter De Lorenzo. IndyCar officials have neither confirmed nor denied
the report.

CHAMPS: Jason Meyers (World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series), Josh Richards (World of Outlaws Late Model Series) and Matt Sheppard (Super DIRTcar Series) were crowned champions of their respective divisions during the Lowe's Foods World of Outlaws World Finals Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina.

FINANCIAL ISSUES: Edmonton’s City Centre Airport will not return to the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule in 2011 after financial issues forced the cancellation of the event.

BOUNCED: Cory McClenathan will not return as driver of the Don Schumacher Racing FRAM NHRA Top Fuel dragster during the 2011 season.

SWAPPED: Hendrick Motorsports will swap the pit crews of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 team and Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 team for the final two races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

NO OIL: The National Hot Rod Association will issue penalties to any drivers who drop oil during the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Thursday through Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in California.

BRISTOL BOSS: Jerry Caldwell has been named general manager of Bristol (Tennessee) Motor Speedway and Dragway, replacing Jeff Byrd, who died October 17, after serving as general manager since 1996.

OVAL KING: Chris Windom pocketed $12,500 after winning the finale of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series Budweiser Oval Nationals Saturday at Perris (California) Auto Speedway.

CONSTRUCTOR KINGS:
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber wrapped up the world constructors’ championship for Red Bull Racing by finishing first and second in the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday in São Paulo, Brazil.

FIRST: Brad Keselowski locked up the first NASCAR championship for team owner Roger Penske Saturday, clinching the NASCAR Nationwide Series title with his third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

FUNDRAISERS: Five fundraisers to support injured USAC driver Shane Hmiel have been scheduled in North Carolina and Indiana in November and December. For more information on these fundraisers, e-mail info@3widelife.com.

EXPANSION:
Belardi Auto Racing will expand its efforts into two Road to Indy series in 2011, with plans to field a two-car effort in the Firestone Indy Light Series as well as its two-car effort in the U.S. F2000 National Championship Series.

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