SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 22, May 29, 2014

Racing News: Two-Time Indy 500 Winner Al Unser Jr. Joins Pulstar Plugs

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Al Unser Jr. (left) is pictured with driver James Davison of KV Racing. Unser Jr., now a performance expert for Pulstar Pulse Plugs, is serving as a team coach for KV Racing at this year’s Indianapolis 500. Photo credit: Chris Jones
   

Two-Time Indy 500 Winner Al Unser Jr. Joins Pulstar Plugs as Performance Expert
Enerpulse Technologies Inc. has announced that racing legend Al Unser Jr. has joined the company as its Pulstar Pulse Plugs performance expert. Unser Jr., a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, will be a consumer advocate for Enerpulse, assisting Enerpulse in delivering automotive enthusiasts improved vehicle power and performance.

Unser Jr. is a two-time IndyCar Series champion and has 34 IndyCar wins. He was the winner of both the Indy 500 and the Series championship in 1994. Unser Jr. was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009. Unser Jr. will participate in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 as a race team coach for KV Racing. He will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 6–8, where he will race in the “Indy Legends Pro-Am” feature that will be part of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Invitational weekend.

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Olsbergs MSE leads the way at Lydden Hill.
 
   

First and Third for Olsbergs MSE at FIA World Rallycross Championship
Olsbergs MSE Ford driver Andreas Bakkerud earned his first win of the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship last weekend at the Lydden Hill Circuit, while guest driver Andrew Jordan took third, to extend the team's lead in the points standings. Bakkerud now leads the championship points as the series heads to his home country of Norway for the next round, June 14–15. Olsbergs MSE guest driver Jordan, the defending British Touring Car Champion, marked his return to rallycross for the first time in seven years with a third-place result.

Pole Position and Podium Finish for Callaway Competition
At the Lausitzring—the third weekend of the ADAC GT Masters series—Callaway Competition went right to the front again. Daniel Keilwitz captured his 18th Pole Position with the No. 01 Callaway Competition-built Corvette Z06.R GT3. Then, the title defender finished the fifth race of the season in third place, together with Oliver Gavin. In their AutoArenA.de-Corvette, Patrick Assenheimer and Diego Alessi were held up in the first race with a drive-through penalty after contact with another racer and, following a session of playing catch-up, they finished the second race in 11th place.

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The Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA) has developed a nationwide tour of legendary venues that gives people the chance to follow in the tire tracks of their favorite professional drivers.
   

Ultimate Street Car Association Gives Fans a Chance to Test Their Racing Skils on Legendary Tracks
The Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA) has developed a nationwide tour of legendary venues that gives people the chance to follow in the tire tracks of their favorite professional drivers in a no-pressure environment that promotes fun, education and safety. The three-day event, which kicks off at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, June 13–15, includes a 60-mile “poker run” road rally, an autocross, a speed stop challenge, a road course time trial and vehicle judging for overall design and engineering. The USCA has designed the events to cater to both the experienced driver and track novices having fun in their daily drivers. Throughout the weekend, the events are designed to build up the driver’s confidence behind the wheel as they learn the limits of their car’s handling, acceleration and braking in a safe and controlled environment. On the final day, participants head out onto the road course to put these skills to use while they enjoy more time on track than any other driving event around. Instructors are available free of charge to anyone who requests them.

The USCA will come to some of the most renowned tracks in the United States this year, including Sebring International Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, Road America and Portland International Raceway. Spaces for each event are limited. To sign up for an event or for more information on the USCA, including a list of track dates, event results, rules and membership information, visit www.ultimatestreetcarassociation.com.

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