SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 12, March 20, 2014

Racing News: Hotchkis Announces New Autocross Series at NMCA West in Fontana, CA

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Hotchkis Sport Suspension has teamed up with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) to deliver an autocross event series for 2014 taking place at all three NMCA West events, March 29–30, June 21–22 and October 25–26, 2014, at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California.
   

Hotchkis Announces New Autocross Series to Be Held at NMCA West Drag Races in Fontana
Hotchkis Sport Suspension has teamed up with the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) to deliver an autocross event series for 2014 taking place at all three NMCA West events, March 29–30, June 21–22 and October 25–26, 2014, at the Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. The event will deliver unlimited runs for participants, a Media versus Manufacturers True Street Race, a manufacturer's midway and four trophies and 10 special recognition plaques. Hotchkis factory demonstration cars will also be on hand giving rides to any spectator who wants to experience autocrossing.

Registration for the event is $50 for a single day (either Saturday or Sunday) and $75 for both days (Saturday and Sunday). Spectator passes are available at the gate for $20 for one day and $35 for two days, while kids under 12 years old are free. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., track time runs from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Sunday, and there is a one-hour lunch break at 12:00 p.m.

The Hotchkis Autocross is open to any vehicle that passes a simple safety inspection, which includes checking for leaking fluids or loose parts that can become a hazard on the track. No additional safety equipment beyond the factory seat belts is required because only one car will be on the course at any time. Registration for these events is now open online and will also be available the day of the event. For more information on the Hotchkis Autocross at the NMCA West Event Series, visit www.hotchkis.net.

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Permatex will continue its long-time sponsorship of the Follow A Dream race team for the 2014 NHRA Championship Top Alcohol Funny Car Series.
   

Permatex Follow A Dream Racing Team Kicks Off 2014 Season
Permatex will continue its long-time sponsorship of the Follow A Dream race team for the 2014 NHRA Championship Top Alcohol Funny Car Series. For the past four years, Jay Blake and his Follow A Dream Race Team have been in the NHRA Top 10 three times. The team has been hard at work in the offseason preparing to debut a brand new car.

This year marks the 10th consecutive season that Permatex has partnered with Jay Blake and his Follow A Dream Race Team. The Permatex Follow A Dream Race Team will challenge the 2014 NHRA series with a brand new race car—a ’14 Chevrolet Camaro. It will debut as the world’s first ’14 Camaro Funny Car and feature a brand-new ’14 Murf McKinney chassis. Veteran driver Todd Veney, who joined the team in 2010, will be in the driver’s seat. He will help the team compete in 12 races this year across the United States, eight of which are national events.

Seal Beach Classic Car Show to Be Broadcast on Velocity Network
The seaside town of Seal Beach is gearing up for its 27th year hosting Southern California's largest beachfront classic car show to be broadcast on Velocity Network. The event is free and open to the public, with ample free parking and shuttle service for attendees. The show is taking place Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. on Main Street in Old Town Seal Beach.

More than 30,000 attendees will spend the day viewing more than 600 vintage cars in 26 classes at this judged event. Festivities include live music throughout the day from bands on three stages, vendor and nostalgic displays, a Pinewood Derby, celebrity appearances, Seal Beach Lion's pancake breakfast and hotdog lunch and an all-new People's Choice Award. Special features include a pair of Holmes Bakery wagons, IHRA Hall of Famer Kent Fuller's Bonneville Streamliner, NHRA Dragster/Funnycar "Cacklefest" at the pier, drag-racing stars, famed car builder Gary Wales with his ’19 La Bestioni and a special police vehicle display. Seal Beach Cub Scout Pack 116 will again host a Pinewood Derby at the pier from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for the winners, with a $100 savings bond if the derby winner can beat the chamber president's car.

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GTSport team driver Jack Baldwin will campaign his #73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge.
   

GTSport Racing and RESET-MD Announced as Primary Team Sponsor for 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Season
GTSport Racing and RESET-MD by BACAS have announced a partnership for the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge racing series with RESET-MD named as the primary sponsor of the two-car, two-driver team.

GTSport team driver Jack Baldwin, a racing veteran and the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge second-place championship finisher, will campaign his #73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge alongside fellow GTSport Racing driver Buz McCall. McCall finished 14th overall in the 2013 season, and will return for his second PWC season to pilot the #72 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S. Both cars will debut new RESET-MD liveries at the St. Petersburg PWC season opener race, March 28–30, 2014.

The Pirelli World Challenge race schedule is posted at www.GTSportRacing.com.

Formula DRIFT Makes Sweeping Changes To Sporting Regulations
Formula DRIFT has enacted more changes to the Sporting Regulations in the following areas: Pro Championship and Qualifying points structure, Pro Championship license retention, protests in competition, qualifying format and criteria points allocation, general judging criteria for Qualifying and Head-to-Head competition, and use of replays in competition.

The 2014 Formula DRIFT season will begin with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach, April 4–5, 2014. For more information visit www.formuladrift.com.

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