SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 25, June 19, 2014

Racing News: Pete Sohren Wins Baja 500 Class 7

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Pete Sohren and Jason McNeil won Class 7 of the 46th annual SCORE Tecate Baja 500 by four hours. Photo credit: Daniel Curiel Photographic, Jorge Cruz, Doug Hayduk and Aaron Bibb
   

Pete Sohren Wins Baja 500 Class 7
The #722 Maxxas Ford Ecoboost F-150 of Pete Sohren and Jason McNeil won Class 7 of the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 by four hours, averaging 37.29 mph in 12:00:20. The McNeil trio, Jason, Brandon and TK, brought the #722 across the checkered flag in the darkness, celebrating their third victory of 2014 in the winner’s circle.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be televised on CBS Sports Network with a one-hour special beginning Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. (EDT). Following a week of airing the CBS Sports Network telecasts, the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 show will air worldwide in more than 100 countries through international distribution. The next stop for the SCORE World Desert Championship will be September 25–28, in Imperial Valley, California at the SCORE Desert Challenge—a two day short-course event.

Brembo-Equipped Cars Win Le Mans
The 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was based on new regulations requiring the Le Mans LMP1 prototypes to get the most speed from the least amount of energy. The teams accepting this new challenge include the reigning Le Mans and World (WEC) Champion Audi Sports Team Joest with three Audi R18 e-tron quattros, the 2014 WEC-leading Toyota Racing with two TS040 Hybrids and two Porsche 919 Hybrids for Porsche Motorsport, returning to compete for the overall for the first time since winning in 1998. In addition, there is the “Garage 56” ZEOD entry from Nissan—a hybrid-electric race car similar in design to the DeltaWing.

In a battle of the hybrids, the #2 Audi of Fassler, Lotterer and Treluyer finished ahead of their teammates in the #1 Audi for their 13th win at the Circuit de la Sarthe and Brembo’s 14th overall victory in 15 years. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia bested the #73 Corvette Racing C7R for top honors in GTE-PRO. This year’s overall victory represents Brembo’s 23rd win in 26 years, dating back to its first overall with Mercedes in 1989.

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In the final two laps, Tom Wayes posted the two fastest lap times of the entire weekend propelling him into the lead to take his first ULTRA4 checkered flag. Photo credit: Thom Kingston of Spidertrax
   

Wayes Takes First ULTRA4 Win at MetalCloak Stampede
The ULTRA4 main event last weekend saw two former and the current King of The Hammers each take a turn at leading throughout the 45-minute race. In the final lap, Tom Wayes worked his way from a rear start to claim the checkered flag, and his first ULTRA4 win.

Wayes had the fastest qualifying lap on Friday morning; however, after suffering mechanical issues, he was unable to race in Friday afternoon's prelim races. The top three drivers from prelims moved directly to the main event on Saturday afternoon. Nitto Tire driver Loren Healy won the fastest prelim heat, which put him on the pole for the main event with Shannon Campbell starting beside him.

"Kings" drivers Campbell, Healy and Jason Scherer held the top three spots for the first half of the race. But in the final lap, it was Healy and Wayes battling for the checkered flag. In the final two laps, Wayes posted the two fastest lap times of the entire weekend, propelling him into the lead to take his first ULTRA4 checkered flag.

In addition to the 4400 class, Saturday's racing also featured the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class, the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, the Legends Class and UTVs. Jordan Townsend dominated the 4500 race with Gerald Lee racing for John Currie taking second, and Jimmy Jack claiming third. In the 4600 stock race, Ben Varozza claimed the top spot followed by Bret Scheiding and Bailey Cole. Jessi Combs followed up her win in the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race with another win in the 4800 legends class after battling Jim Brown in both the prelims and the main event, with Dave Schneider taking third. In the UTV sportsman class, Phil Cagliero dominated with Mel Wade IV claiming second and Brian Hogue in third.

The next ULTRA4 event will be the second race in the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series, which will feature the ULTRA4s at Badlands in Attica, Indiana, June 26–27. The next Trail-Gear Western regional event will be the fourth-annual Glen Helen Grand Prix in San Bernardino, California, July 11–12.

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Olsbergs MSE driver Reinis Nitiss scores first career win in Norway. Photo credit: Olsbergs MSE
   

Olsbergs MSE Ford Tops Podium at World RX Norway
Olsbergs MSE Ford driver Reinis Nitiss made history last weekend, scoring the Supercars victory in Norway to become the youngest overall winner of an FIA World Rallycross Championship event. The 18-year-old Latvian put in a flawless drive in his Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST in the six-car Final to earn the first Supercars win of his young career. He topped the podium over World Rally Champion Petter Solberg and American star Ken Block. The Olsbergs MSE team has scored two wins so far this season, and has put a team Ford Fiesta ST on the podium at every round. With this weekend's result in Norway, Olsbergs MSE extends its lead the FIA World RX team championship points.

Olsbergs MSE will return to World RX competition at the end of the month with drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Nitiss at the World RX of Finland in Kouvola, June 28–29. Before then, Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship drivers Patrik Sandell and Joni Wiman will be back in action next weekend in Washington, D.C., June 21–22.

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Louis Filippides took the Camaro 5 Fest title at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. Photo credit: Jason Reiss
 
   

ARH/Farks Supercars’ ’10 Camaro Takes Camaro 5 Fest Title
Recently, Camaro 5 Fest rolled into Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. The on-track action was headlined by the Unlimited class, which gave fans a look at the quickest and fastest fifth-Gen Camaros in the country. Early in qualifying, the ’10 Camaro fielded by Farks Supercars and American Racing Headers and driven by Louis Filippides took the top spot with an 8.40-second pass at a 163-mph trap speed. Filippides would go on to win the event with a string of mid-8.60 passes, capping it all off with an 8.46 at 163 in the final to take the win, laying down the quickest and fastest pass of eliminations in the process.

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The Trans Am Series returns to Road America, June 21, for Round Six of the 2014 Trans Am Championship.
   

Trans Am Heads to Road America With Largest Field in 37 Years
When the Trans Am Series returns to Road America, June 21, for Round Six of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, The VP Small Engine Fuels 100 Miles of Madness, it will do so with a 50-car field in tow—the largest to visit the Wisconsin track under the Trans Am banner since 1977. Now as the Series joins the likes of NASCAR Nationwide and Pirelli World Challenge, it will do so with all three classes in full force—including a record-high entry for the TA3 class.

The TA class will feature the ongoing battle for points between defending TA Champion and current points leader Doug Peterson in the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette, and Amy Ruman in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette. Peterson currently holds the edge over Ruman by two points. The two will compete in a TA field of 15 cars, also headlined by 2012 TA Champion Simon Gregg, in the #59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, and John Baucom, in the No. 86 Baucom Motorsports/ RoadRaceParts.com Ford Mustang, who are both currently in the top five in the championship hunt, as well as Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/McMahon Group Ford Mustang.

In TA2, Cameron Lawrence, in the No. 1 CTEK/NorthStar Miller Racing Chevrolet Camaro, will continue his title defense. Key amongst those competitors has been rookie Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro, who is currently second to Lawrence in the points with four podium appearances, including a victory at Road Atlanta. They will be joined by the Mike Cope Racing rookie duo of Kevin Poitras and Ron Keith, in the #73 and #25 Mike Cope Racing Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang.

TA3 will feature Russ Snow, in the No. 20 Carbotech Chevrolet Corvette, and Chuck Cassaro, in the #76 StackData/Aeromotive/Metallica Ford Mustang. Competing alongside them will be the likes of Rob Bodle, in the No. 16 Caribbean Food Delights/SPEC Clutch Ford Mustang, and Jason Berkeley, in the No. 67 BMG Management Chevrolet Corvette.

Trans Am will first take to the track at Road America, Thursday, June 19, at 3:30 p.m. (CDT) for practice. The Series will have one more practice session at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, followed by a split qualifying session at 4:30 p.m. later that day in preparation for the 101.2-mile race on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. for Round Six of the 2014 Trans Am Championship.

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