SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 51, December 19, 2013

Racing News: Flowmaster Named the Exclusive Performance Exhaust of NASCAR

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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As the Exclusive Performance Exhaust of NASCAR, Flowmaster will reward loyal fans by launching the "Show Us Your Flows" contest.
   

Flowmaster Named the Exclusive Performance Exhaust of NASCAR
Flowmaster has been named the Exclusive Performance Exhaust of NASCAR. To reward loyal fans, Flowmaster is launching the "Show Us Your Flows" contest, a video based social media competition that will send one grand prize winner with a friend on a trip to the Daytona 500.

As part of the new relationship, Flowmaster will offer exclusive NASCAR content to its fans and dealers, as well as on-track promotions, interactive fan experiences and more. The first big promotion will be the "Show Us Your Flows" video contest, which will give away a variety of prizes, including a trip to the 2014 Daytona 500. To participate in "Show Us Your Flows," participants must submit a video showing their Flowmaster-equipped vehicle and telling their “Flowmaster story”—why they love the brand and deserve to go to Daytona, along with filling out a short entry form. Submissions will be accepted through the Flowmaster Facebook page through December 28, 2013. The applications will be narrowed down to 10 video finalists and fans will vote for their favorites on the Flowmaster Facebook page December 30–January 3. The video that receives the most combined likes, shares and comments by January 17, 2014, will be named the grand-prize winner. Winners will be announced January 20.

All 10 finalists will win a prize. The grand prize winner (and a guest) will win a trip to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, including tickets to the Daytona 500 race, a garage tour, apparel and fully paid hotel and airfare from the continental United States. The first prize winner will receive any complete Flowmaster exhaust system from the current catalog. Second- through eighth-place winners will win a pair of Flowmaster mufflers and a Flowmaster apparel pack. Ninth- and 10-place winners will win a prize pack that includes a T-shirt, jacket, hat and stickers.

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Cameron and Heidi Steele's 800-hp Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck.
   

Yokohama Tire Corp.’s Off-Road Racers Reflect on 2013 Season
From Nevada to Mexico, Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) and the Desert Assassins off-road racing team covered a lot of rugged ground during the 2013 season, producing several highlights. The Desert Assassins were led by husband-and-wife duo Cameron and Heidi Steele and their 800hp Geiser Brothers Trophy Trucks. The duo kicked off the year in January, winning the HDRA South Point Vegas 250 in Jean, Nevada. The race was the season opener for High Desert Racing Association (HDRA).

Heidi, a four-time Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts (SCORE) Class champion, who spent the season exclusively in the Trophy Truck division, made history by partnering with co-driver Jessica McMillin—also a SCORE champion—to form the first all-woman Trophy Truck driver tandem in SCORE racing. They also became the first female Trophy Truck team to tackle the Baja 1000 in November in Ensenada, Mexico.

Heidi and Cameron each earned SCORE Toyota Milestone awards for completing all 1,638.1 miles in the SCORE Desert Series. They became the first married couple to win the award.

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals to Make Donation to Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts
The Inaugural O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals presented by Lucas Oil will donate half of the net proceeds generated by the event, to the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC)—an automotive learning center for high school students. AXC is part of the Career and Technical Education Center at Fairplex in Pomona, California—a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high school students and community members with vocational training, including a two-year automotive industry certification program. For the first time ever, the Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals will take place March 22–23, at Fairplex in Pomona.

For an entire weekend, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals will showcase a collection of high-performance musclecars, pro-touring cars and street machines. Car fans from across the country will descend on the Fairplex to take a spin in their own musclecars on the Autocross-timed obstacle course, cruise their classics on the cruise lanes, smoke some tires in the Mickey Thompson Tires Burnout Contests and more. Showgoers will also enjoy a Miss Street Machine Nationals Contest, pro car builders and their custom creations on display, live music as well as games, products, demos and displays in the Performance Midway.

To make a donation to AXC, visit www.TLCfairplex.com, click “Donate Now” and choose “CTEC Auto/AXC.” For additional information, call 317-236-6515 or visit www.StreetMachineAndMuscleCarNationals.com.

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Rob Vargo (right) learns the finer points of timing and scoring from SCCA Pro Racing Chief of Timing and Scoring Rich Langford during the Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Sebring International Raceway. Credit: Doug Morrisey/SCCA
   

Vargo Receives SCCA Pro Racing Field Staff Member of the Year Award
Rob Vargo was named the inaugural SCCA Pro Racing Field Staff Member of the Year presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The award will be given to Vargo during the SCCA National Convention, March 7–9, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of the prize, he will receive a new set of four BFGoodrich Tires of his choosing for a passenger car or light truck. Vargo started working with SCCA Pro Racing in 2006, attending a handful of Pirelli World Challenge and Mazda MX-5 Cup races. In his first few seasons as an SCCA Pro Racing official, Vargo was part of the tech/ops team responsible for helping with the setup and teardown of the series hospitality and tech area, in addition to pit lane officiating responsibilities during a race. Before the beginning of the 2013 race season, Vargo had volunteered to become the chief of timing and scoring for the Mazda MX-5 Cup series. BFGoodrich Tires has signed on to sponsor this new award to accompany its long-standing partnership with SCCA, which includes the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Club Racing Worker of the Year for the past three years.

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