SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 11, March 14, 2013

Racing News: NMCA Announces 2013 Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series Schedule

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NMCA Announces 2013 Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series Schedule
ProMedia Events has announced that the Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series is back for 2013. The racing series is for street-based vehicles powered by Chevrolet’s LS and LSX engines and it takes place at four select events around the United States.

The four-race LSX Challenge Series for 2013 includes stops in Bradenton, Florida, Commerce, Georgia and Bowling Green, Kentucky, with the championship again to be decided at the 7th Annual LSX Shootout, held in conjunction with the NMCA World Street Finals, in Indianapolis. The race dates and locations include:

  • 11th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals Season Opener—Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Florida, March 21–24, 2013
  • 2nd Annual Chevy High Performance Nationals Presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Atlanta Dragway—Atlanta, May 31–June 2, 2013
  • 4th Annual Holley LS-Fest—Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 6–8, 2013
  • 12th Annual Flowmaster NMCA World Street Finals – Featuring the 7th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout, Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, October 10–13, 2013

The third event will be the Holley LS Fest, September 6–8, 2013, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Beech Bend Raceway. As in the past, LS Fest organizers will allow racers to follow the rules and classes of the LSX Challenge Series, with points and contingency awarded applying to the championship. Racers competing for the championship must participate in three of the four races, including the LSX Shootout. The results of each race will be tracked throughout the season in NMCA’s Fastest Street Car.

The LSX Challenge Series features six racing classes each season:

  • JE Pistons Drag Radial
  • ERL Performance All Motor
  • Holley EFI Real Street
  • Proform LSX Rumble
  • DiabloSport 5th Gen Camaro Presented by Camaro Performers
  • TREMEC True Street
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Honda Performance Development will award cash contingency prizes for the USTCC competitors racing
the ’06 or newer Honda Civic Si.
   

Honda Performance Development Supports Honda Teams in USTCC
Honda Performance Development (HPD)—the
racing arm of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.—has announced the details
of its 2013 contingency program for participants in the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC).
HPD will award cash contingency prizes for the USTCC competitors racing
the ’06 or newer Honda Civic Si. Teams racing these models can win
$1,000 at each race with a $2,000 bonus for winning the championship.
The 2013 program also provides support for teams racing older Honda and
Acura products that are eligible to win Honda parts credit vouchers that
can be used for OE parts, HPD performance parts and select Honda
generators.

To be eligible for the HPD Contingency Program, competitors must be registered members of the Honda Racing Line program. Contingency forms and information will be available on the web site.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Announces Alliance With DeltaWing Racing Cars for 2013 Season
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has announced its 2013 alliance with DeltaWing Racing Cars as a one-car entry in the 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Bridgestone will supply Potenza tires for the select races in which DeltaWing chooses to compete during the 2013 ALMS season.

Originally created as a potential new IndyCar of the future, the DeltaWing first was funded by longtime IndyCar team owner Chip Ganassi. Although IndyCar ultimately decided to stay with a traditional Dallara design, the DeltaWing race car continues to thrive in sports car racing, running last year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Car Guy Nation Launches Aston Martin/Gentleman Racer Campaign
Car Guy Nation kicks off its first interactive social promotion in the motorsport arena this week with the Aston Martin/Gentleman Racer Campaign. The series follows a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) major racer through his 2013 racing season, providing an up-close-and-personal account of the day-to-day realities he faces on the track and behind the scenes. It's presented as a sequence of personal video narratives, reflecting multiple perspectives through the eyes of the driver himself, as well as the team manager, mechanic and others sharing and supporting the driver's racing aspirations. It will feature the first "privateer racer" in North America competing with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car sponsored by Car Guy Nation.

The story line will depict the key characters in their everyday surroundings, monitoring all of the triumphs and joys, trials and tribulations that come with competition racing and the lifestyle that underlies this particular gentleman racer's drive and passion to compete. With a nod to Aston Martin's British heritage, the story will carry the thematic tag line "Gentleman Racer: The Chronicles of a Distinguished Aston Man."

The campaign starts this week with the installation of the custom Car Guy Nation livery wrap and ends with the last race in late August. The action will be filmed in the shop, around the paddock and pits and on the track.

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