SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 11, March 13, 2014

Racing News: Royal Purple to Sponsor NHRA's Erica Enders-Stevens

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Royal Purple will sponsor Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens in the Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro.
   

Royal Purple Announces Erica Enders-Stevens 2014 Sponsorship
Royal Purple has announced its sponsorship of Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens. The 2014 season marks Enders-Stevens' 10th competing in Pro Stock as she works to continue her reign as the most successful female Pro Stock driver in NHRA history. A native of Houston, Texas, Enders-Stevens will drive the Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro, which is tuned by the father/son duo Rick and Rickie Jones, with in-house horsepower crafted by Nick Ferri and Jake Hairston.

Royal Purple will provide support by furnishing its lines of synthetic lubricants, coolant and fuel system additives for Enders-Stevens' efforts on and off-track in the series. Enders-Stevens and her Elite Motorsports team will also provide Royal Purple with valuable feedback helping to make the company’s products even more effective.

Toyo Tires Assists in Guinness World Records Official Attempt
On Sunday, March 16, Toyo Tires will be a part of history as 2014 Team Toyo Dakar rally driver Guerlain Chicherit attempts a Guinness World Records title for the longest car ramp jump. Chicherit plans to soar 360 ft. in his specially constructed Monster Energy/Toyo Tires MINI. The Guinness World Records title attempt will take place in the scenic resort of Tignes, France. The current record is 332 ft., and was set May 30, 2011, by former Team Toyo driver and two-time Formula Drift Champion Tanner Foust. An accomplished athlete and native of Tignes, Chicherit won the 2009 FIA Rally Raid Championship.

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John Force was voted Drag Racer of the Year and the RACER of the Year for all forms of motorsports.
   

RACER Magazine Readers Recognize Forces as Big Winners
The readers of RACER magazine turned out in record numbers to recognize two John Force Racing drivers for their high levels of excellence during the 2013 NHRA season. John Force, the newly crowned 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion, was voted Drag Racer of the Year and the RACER of the Year for all forms of motorsports. Force, driver of the Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang Funny Car, becomes just the third multiple-time RACER of the Year winner, joining four-time winner Michael Schumacher and two-time winner Jacques Villeneuve. Force won his first RACER of the Year award for his then record-setting 15th Mello Yello Funny Car championship in 2010.

Force received 67% of the fan vote for RACER of the Year and 83% of the vote for Drag Racer of the Year. This was the seventh time Force has been named Drag Racer of the Year. Top Fuel driver Brittany Force was the choice for RACER Rookie of the Year. Last year, Courtney Force took home top rookie honors from RACER readers. Brittany, the first Force to race Top Fuel dragster, outdistanced NASCAR Sprint Cup rookies Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, as well as young drivers from racing series around the globe.

Fans can see all the RACER awards at www.racer.com.

YouTube's Largest Automotive Channel to Stream Live Broadcasts of Complete 2014 TORC: The Off Road Championship Season
TORC: The Off-Road Championship has announced a partnership with YouTube's largest automotive channel, Motor Trend, for live broadcasts of the entire 2014 TORC series. The channel has a subscriber base of more than 2 million, has garnered some 560 million views in total and was recently scored as the leading automotive-related channel by OpenSlate, generating more than 20 million visits per month by users with an interest in racing and car culture. It is also the largest producer of daily, original automotive content. This partnership represents the first time that the Motor Trend YouTube channel will broadcast live coverage of a motorsports series. Fans can expect a fully produced web broadcast that will bring them all 14 rounds of racing from the 2014 TORC season.

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