SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 20, May 19, 2011

Racing News: Tanner Foust Takes First European Win in Portugal

 

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  In his Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta, Tanner Foust became the first American ever to win an FIA European Rallycross Championship round in Portugal.

Rockstar Energy Drink Driver Tanner Foust Takes 
First European Win in Portugal
It was a dominant weekend for Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust, who became the first American ever to win an FIA European Rallycross Championship round in Portugal. Foust was the driver to beat at the Pista Automóvel de Montalegre, setting a pair of fastest practice session times in his Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta on Saturday before scoring two out of three heat wins heading into Sunday's final round. After two rounds in the championship, Foust sits in second place overall, just one point behind defending champion Sverre Isachsen.

Roger Norman Rock Crawls For the Win at W.E. Rock
Roger Norman took the Pro Modified win in the Torchmate Racing Pro Mod No. 8 rock crawler at only his second appearance in the W.E. Rock Western Pro Nationals. The obstacles on Saturday were intense, including a 30-ft. vertical climb called the Terminator. With a couple of tries, Norman pushed the Torchmate rig up over the top and on Sunday he mastered it in one shot. Norman also did a 25-ft. vertical drop where he performed the longest standing nose wheelie of the weekend, right into a water-filled tunnel. For video of the Norman W.E. Rock event, click here.

Suzuki Kizashi Named Official Safety Car of the F1K Series

The Kizashi—Suzuki’s sports sedan—has been named the Official Safety Car of the Formula1000 Championship Series. The Suzuki Kizashi Safety Car will be present at all SCCA Pro Racing sanctioned F1K Series events and promotional activities. The Suzuki Kizashi Safety Car will be accompanied by a matching Suzuki Equator pickup truck, which will tow the trailored Kizashi pacer to each event.


Roush Yates Powers Through Rain-Filled Weekend

Thunderstorms all along the East Coast couldn't slow down Roush Yates Engines this weekend. Roush Yates' horsepower shown through at Virginia International Raceway, Dover International Raceway and Delaware International Speedway as three of their engines found Victory Lane in three different racing series. Jack Roush Jr., driver of the No. 61 Roush Performance Products Mustang Boss 302R, took home the win in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Series at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Carl Edwards captured his third win of the season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the rain-delayed 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Raceway. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series came to Delaware International Raceway on Thursday night and Rick Eckert, driver of a Roush Yates powered 450 Chevy Dirt Late Model engine, took home the checkered flag.

Kenseth, FR9 Win at Dover
Matt Kenseth and crew chief Jimmy Fennig made a remarkable pit stop call with just over 30 laps to go at Dover International Speedway to win the FedEx 400. Kenseth's Ford teammate Carl Edwards led 117 laps during Sunday's race and looked to be a favorite to win, but it was the No. 17 Wiley X Ford Fusion that ultimately found Victory Lane. Starting second to Mark Martin, who did not pit, Kenseth took the lead at the restart and never looked back to get his second win of the 2011 Sprint Cup season.

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