SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 10, March 6, 2014

Racing News: Robinson Romo Racing Wins San Felipe Class 10

Compiled by SEMA Editors

Cody Robinson and Roberto Romo, in the No. 1016 Robinson Farms/Romo Race Prep Class 10 Buggy, were crowned Class 10 victors for Radar Tires.

Robinson Romo Racing Wins San Felipe Class 10
In their first SCORE International San Felipe 250 Class 10 attempt, Cody Robinson and Roberto Romo, three-time San Felipe 1600 Class winners, were crowned Class 10 victors for Radar Tires. The Robinson/Romo race win marks back-to-back podium finishes for Radar Tires at the San Felipe event and a second SCORE Class 10 victory for the Singapore-based tire firm. In the No. 1016 Robinson Farms/Romo Race Prep Class 10 Buggy, the Robinson/Romo driving duo completed the shortened 219-mile event in 4:08:24—0.17 seconds ahead of the next Class 10 racer.

Now in its second season of SCORE International competition, Radar Tires—the flagship brand of Omni United—will be used by two full-time SCORE teams in 2014. In addition to SCORE, Radar Tires are also competing in the full season of The Off Road Championship (TORC) and a partial season Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS). Next up for Radar Tires in SCORE International competition is the Imperial Valley 250. The 249-mile event takes place in Plaster City, California, April 25–27.

Yokohama Tire Corp. has signed an agreement to be the exclusive tire supplier of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) series.

Yokohama Tire Corp. Named Exclusive Tire Supplier for Red Bull Global Rallycross
Yokohama Tire Corp. is expanding its 2014 motorsports program to new arenas. The tire maker has announced it has signed an agreement to be the exclusive tire supplier of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) series. Red Bull GRC combines the best elements of circuit racing, off-road racing, and rally competition. The series features heavily modified 600hp production-based cars built for fast-paced heat races with huge jumps—some up to 70 ft. The tracks are a combination of dirt and asphalt with multiple obstacles and surface transitions. Top drivers in the series include Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Bucky Lasek, Travis Pastrana and Nelson Piquet Jr. All competitors will race on specially designed Yokohama ADVAN race tires. The 10-race series starts May 17–18 in Barbados and ends November 5 in Las Vegas. GRC details are available at

Formula DRIFT Announces the Return of All Four Major Tire Partners and Three Tire Suppliers
Formula DRIFT has announced the return of all four major tire partners: Achilles, Falken, Hankook and Nitto, and returning tire suppliers: Kenda, Maxxis and Yokohama. In addition, GT Radial signs on as a new Tire Supplier for the 2014 season. Formula DRIFT continues to be the proving grounds for tire manufacturers. The extreme conditions created through competitive drifting pushes the limits of the drivers, cars and the tires creating the ultimate performance test for the brands. Current returning tire partners include: Falken Tire (11th season), Hankook Tire (current tire manufacturer champion, eighth season), Nitto Tire (ninth season), Achilles (third season), Yokohama (third season), Maxxis Tire (third season) and Kenda (fifth season). Driving for GT Radial will be back-to-back feeder series champion Tyler Wolfson. The 2014 Formula DRIFT season will begin with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach, April 4–5.

World Racing Group (WRG) has expanded approval of Fluidampr performance crankshaft dampers to the DIRTcar 358 Modified division.

World Racing Group Expands Approval of Fluidampr Performance Dampers
Fluidampr has announced that World Racing Group (WRG) has expanded approval of its performance crankshaft dampers to the DIRTcar 358 Modified division. Effective in 2014, teams now have the option to compete with an appropriate Fluidampr, part numbers 620101, 720101 or 62260D. World Racing Group-owned divisions that permit Fluidampr performance dampers in open engine configurations include: World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars
, World of Outlaws Late Model
, Super DIRTcar
, DIRTcar 358 Modifieds
, UMP DIRTcar Late-Model
 and UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. In 2014, Fluidampr looks to further support grass-roots dirt-track racing through sponsoring the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals series this summer and NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLIII in October.

Longtime DSR Assistant John Collins Promoted to Crew Chief for Tommy Johnson Jr.'s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
John Collins, in his seventh season with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and fifth as an assistant crew chief to Rahn Tobler, has been promoted to crew chief for DSR's Make-A-Wish team with driver Tommy Johnson Jr. Collins has worked with Tobler the past five seasons, including the last two as the assistant crew chief on the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge team. Replacing Collins on the NAPA team will be Eric Lane, who has been with John Force Racing since 2001. Lane most recently was the assistant crew chief on the Top Fuel dragster driven by Brittany Force, who advanced to her first Top Fuel championship round February 23 near Phoenix where she lost to DSR's Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team.

Jones to Debut FOX 40-Year Paint Scheme at Mint 400
As the the Mint 400 quickly approaches, FOX is preparing to debut its 40-year anniversary paint scheme on the #76 Trophy Truck of Jesse Jones. FOX and Jones hit the Nevada desert last year in the 2013 Mint 400, and will do so again this year starting March 12. Jones and Menzies Motorsports will campaign Jones' truck along with Bryce Menzies and, new to the Mint 400, Travis Pastrana. Pastrana will get behind the wheel of Jones' backup truck for the race. Along with the BITD Mint 400, Jones will also race the BITD Vegas to Reno, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000.

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