SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 19, May 7, 2015

Racing News: Road America Invests Millions to Improve Race-Day Experience

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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A new video display board is being assembled in Turn 3.
   

Road America Invests Millions to Improve Race Day Experience

Road America is investing in four new networked high-definition LED video display boards. Currently, one video board is in place in Turn 5, and the additional video boards will be permanently placed in Turn 1, Turn 3, Turns 7 and 8, and Turn 12. For thousands watching from the stands and around the revered racetrack, the video display boards will deliver views of the on-track action. In addition to the new video boards, the four-mile racetrack was resurfaced in several areas, including Turns 5, 6, 8 and 14. There were no changes to the width of the racing surface. Road America's first event is quickly approaching, as racing vehicles from around the world will compete at the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Spring Vintage Weekend, May 15–17.

DEI Sponsors First-Ever Circle Track Great American Racing Series

Design Engineering Inc. (DEI) has announced sponsorship of Circle Track’s inaugural 2015 Great American Racing Series (GARS). This series of six races is being billed as an affordable, high-purse, oval-track race series for cars that are essentially street stocks. Drivers will compete for a purse of $30,000 per race with the winner receiving $5,000. The champion will win $10,000 and a one-day test session of a full-bodied NASCAR-style stock car at Daytona International Speedway.

Developed with a mix of paved and dirt oval tracks in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, the GARS series kicks off May 9 at the Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. Two dirt races and four paved races are planned with the final event scheduled October 4 at the Memphis International Raceway. The top 15 finishers of each qualifying race will compete in the feature race, which is expected to be 75 laps for tracks greater than ½-mile and 100 laps for ½-mile-and-under tracks.

Design Engineering is one of a 10 financial GARS sponsors and a proponent of grassroots motorsports. DEI also provides a product sponsorship program for avid racers and project builders under the company’s Team DEI program.

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Don Walsh Jr. in the Precision Turbo & Engine ’14 Camaro scored the No. 1 position for the Pro Mod class.
   

PTE Camaro Wins NHRA Pro Mod Race at Houston

Don Walsh Jr. raced to victory April 26, in the Precision Turbo & Engine ’14 Camaro at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, presented by the Real Pro Mod (RPM) Association. Walsh had a qualifying run of 5.860 at 247.25 mph to score the No. 1 position for the class. Walsh was also the recipient of the Quick Drive Racing #1 Qualifier award.

ALM Endurance Race Series Schedule Announced

The schedule for the ALM Endurance Race Series at the Autobahn Country Club has been announced. This year's ALM Enduro Series consists of three races culminating with the ALM 12 Hour Enduro at the Autobahn—the longest in the Midwest. The schedule will start with a 3.5-hour race on the Autobahn's South track, June 13. The second race is a five-hour event September 19. The premier event will be the final, 12-hour, full-course competition, with the practice session scheduled for October 31, and the race on November 1.

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Patrick Clark won his first-ever Pro 2 race last Friday.
   

Patrick Clark Takes Home His First Pro 2 Win

Rounds 3 and 4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series took place last Friday on the outskirts of Phoenix at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Patrick Clark maneuvered his #25 Budweiser-Chevy Pro 2 into a pole position for round 4. The final race of the night was the Pro 2s where Clark lined up on the pole next Bryce Menzies. Clark held his line and by the end of lap one he was out front. A full-course caution brought the trucks back together halfway through the race. At the restart, Clark held off Menzies once again and continued his run toward the checkered flag. Clark led the race from start to finish and won his first-ever Pro 2 race. Clark now sits sixth in points. The next race weekend will take place May 30–31 in Lake Elsinore, California, for rounds 5 and 6.

Royal Purple Launches The Royal Treatment Sweepstakes

Royal Purple has launched The Royal Treatment Sweepstakes, offering one race fan the opportunity to meet famed Indy 500 and sports car racing driver Townsend Bell and attend the Lone Star Le Mans race as a guest VIP pit crew member of Scuderia Corsa at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, September 19, 2015. Until May 31, race fans can enter the sweepstakes at www.GetTheRoyalTreatment.com.

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