SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 4, January 22, 2015

Racing News: ESAB Welding & Cutting Products to Sponsor 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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ESAB and partner LetzRoll Offroad Racing will be onsite throughout the event to help drivers compete, offering all race teams free repairs, welding and cutting assistance and use of ESAB equipment and filler metals at the ESAB Solutions Tour Truck.
   

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products to Sponsor 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will be the official welding sponsor of the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH)—a grueling off-road race that combines high-speed desert racing and rock crawling in a 165-mile course set in Johnson Valley, California. A full week of racing will start Sunday, February 1, 2015, with more than 300 teams competing before more than 35,000 fans in person and nearly 500,000 watching online. ESAB and partner LetzRoll Offroad Racing will be onsite throughout the event to help drivers compete, offering all race teams free repairs, welding and cutting assistance and use of ESAB equipment and filler metals at the ESAB Solutions Tour Truck.

The Solutions Tour Truck is ESAB’s mobile showroom, equipped with the latest in welding and cutting equipment, filler metals and accessories. During the weeklong event, the ESAB Solutions Tour Truck will be open to any KOH team requiring welding or cutting support. ESAB will have welding and cutting experts on hand to share their knowledge and expertise with drivers and race teams.

The LetzRoll Offroad Racing team, sponsored by ESAB, is building two new cars in two different Ultra4 Racing classes for the Griffin King of the Hammers race to take place February 6, 2015. For more information on Ultra4 Racing and the KOH event, visit www.ultra4racing.com.

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The Trans Am Series will be brought to a national television audience as part of the long-running CBS Sports Spectacular series.
   

Trans Am Ready for the Spotlight With CBS Sports Network

The Trans Am Race Co. has announced a multi-year agreement with CBS Sports Network, bringing the Trans Am Series to a national television audience as part of the long-running CBS Sports Spectacular series. Now Trans Am fans from across the country will see the likes of Amy Ruman, Tommy Kendall, Cameron Lawrence, Doug Peterson, Adam Andretti, Ron Keith, Simon Gregg and Wally Dallenbach Jr., battle it out for Trans Am glory in 2015 and beyond. Returning to the Trans Am Series’ television effort will be Rick Benjamin and Carolinas Production Group, who will handle the creation of each hour-long show, continuing a relationship that goes back decades. Benjamin will also serve as play-by-play commentator and will be joined in the booth once more by Michael McDowell, who will provide color commentary. The multi-year agreement includes a minimum of six Trans Am events telecast each year.

The CBS Sports Network television schedule kicks off on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 PM (EDT) from the Sebring International Speedway in Sebring, Florida. Additional events will be announced at a later date.

Presenters Named for 2015 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

Donna Garlits, general manager and chief financial officer of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, has announced the presenters for the class of 2015 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame (IDRHoF) Induction Banquet. The banquet will take place in Gainesville, Florida, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites, Thursday, March 12, 2015, immediately preceding the NHRA Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals. Bob Frey, the popular retired NHRA event announcer, will serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. This year’s presenters and inductees include:

Presenter   Inductee
Ted Jones   Lee Edwards
Al Hanna   Shirl Greer
Darrell Gwynn   Jerry Gwynn
Erica Enders-Stevens   Butch (Larry) Leal
Greg Sharp   Bob Muravez
Jessica Oliver   Bill Schultz
Jerry Baltes   Jess Van Deventer
Harry Hibler & Don Garlits   Dave Densmore (Founder’s Award)  

Kenda Tires Announce 2015 Series Partnership

TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL and Kenda Tires will be official marketing partners in 2015.

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