SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 21, May 21, 2015

Racing News: DynoMax Race Team Dominates ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Loren Healy finished first at the ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede at Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area, California, two weeks ago.
   

DynoMax Race Team Claims 4 of the Top 5 Spots at ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede Race

Team DynoMax swept four of the top five spots at the ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede at Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area, California, two weeks ago. Loren Healy finished first, Shannon Campbell second, Wayland Campbell third and Levi Shirley fifth during the weekend’s main ULTRA4 4400 series race. In the 4500 series race, DynoMax drivers Shawn Rants took first and Justin Hall placed second. The ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede features rock obstacles, hairpin turns, high-speed passes and a two-mile course that’s completely visible to attendees. More than 90 teams competed in this past weekend’s events. Visit the ULTRA4 website for complete results.

Record Payouts Set for Pirelli World Challenge Detroit Grand Prix Weekend Races

WC Vision has announced that drivers who podium as part of the Sunday CBS Sports Network live broadcasted Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac V Series Challenge race will receive record series payouts. GT and GTA competitors will race Rounds 10 and 11 at the 13-turn, 2.3-mile temporary street circuit on Belle Isle—part of the Detroit Grand Prix weekend—May 29–31.

On Sunday, a race win in GT will net $20,000, while a second brings $15,000, and a third $10,000. In GTA, race winners will receive $10,000 while a second-place finish nets $7,500, and a third $5,000.

A sold-out, 28-car GT/GTA field that features platforms from 13 automotive manufacturers, including Cadillac, McLaren, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Acura, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and BMW will compete at Detroit for the double-header race weekend. The weekend also marks the return of the series to live television coverage as Sunday's Round 11 race will air on CBS Sports Network starting at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).

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The 5th Annual JE Pistons NMCA West Coast Shootout presented by Lucas Oil in Fontana, California, features an array of American musclecars competing on the dragstrip.
   

Auto Club Dragway Hosts NMCA West Coast Shootout

The NMCA WEST VP Racing Fuels Street Car Nationals returns to Auto Club Dragway June 5–7 for heads-up drag racing and autocross. The 5th Annual JE Pistons NMCA West Coast Shootout presented by Lucas Oil in Fontana, California, features an array of American musclecars competing on the dragstrip.

Drag-racing classes include everything from the highly modified Garrett Turbo Pro Mod cars capable of 250+ mph in just 6 seconds to the street-legal Vortech Superchargers True Street class that completes a 30-mile escorted cruise before competing on the race track. Lucas Oil N/A 10.5, Mickey Thompson True Ten Five, MMR Mustang Madness, Edelbrock Super Quick, ProCharger Street Outlaw, Hedman Hedders Nostalgia Street Car, Champion Cooling Systems Pro Comp, Calvert Racing Quick Street, SCAT Crankshafts Open Comp and ARP Outlaw 8.5 showcase the best racecars in Southern California. NMCA WEST racers compete for the chance to stand in the Aerospace Components Winners Circle to win big cash payouts and contingency money from sponsors.

Champion Oil Announces Engine Builder Supplier Program

Champion Oil has announced its new distributor program that allows engine builders to offer the complete line of Champion products to their customers. Interactive product catalogs can be found on Champion's website. Minimum orders are one pallet, which can be mixed. Every full pallet order gets free freight.

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Lyn St. James
   

Racer Lyn St. James Introduces the Motorsports Industry to the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum

Automotive restoration and preservation education is entering the motorsports realm, thanks to record-breaking racer Lyn St. James, who was named an ambassador of the Hagerty Education Program (HEP) at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. HEP—a program dedicated to preparing young adults for careers in automotive restoration—supports hands-on, career-based training for students in the United States and Canada. HEP is a program of America's Car Museum.

St. James has joined the team to increase the program's visibility. As a HEP ambassador, St. James will connect the program with motorsports influencers to increase awareness and funding. Her service will help provide students and programs with grants and apprenticeships to launch successful careers in the automotive restoration and preservation industry.

Support for HEP comes through various methods, including corporate sponsorships, partnerships with colleges and universities and fundraising events at America’s Car Museum. With St. James’ connections to vintage racing enthusiasts and motorsports movers and shakers, HEP National Director Diane Fitzgerald plans to get the program in front of a larger audience.

VP Racing Fuels Partners With Midwest Off-Road Racing

VP Racing Fuels has announced an agreement with Midwest Off Road Racing (MORR) that includes contingency award postings for MORR's Sportsman Off-Road Series. VP's contingency awards include a $50 product certificate for all winners and $25 product certificates for all second-place finishers who use VP Racing Fuels and display a VP logo on their vehicle. The offer includes all buggy and truck classes in the Sportsman Off-Road Series. In conjunction with its contingency sponsorship, VP will provide trackside fuel service on-site at all Sportsman events except Bark River, July 18–19. The Sportsman Off-Road Series begins its season in less than one month at the Londerville Off-Road Super Challenge in Crandon, Wisconsin.

Third Annual WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular Set at 2015 Knoxville Nationals

WELD Racing has announced its sponsorship of the third-annual WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular at the 2015 FVP Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, August 12, 2015. The event is held in conjunction with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which also supports the fourth-annual Tony Stewart Kick-it Cup to be held that week. To honor Jeff Gordon's racing career, which included winged and non-winged sprints from 1985 to 1990, the week's events will be old-school with a reference to the ’80s.

Events begin at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville on August 12, with an all-star lineup of NASCAR and former sprint car drivers racing their biggest fans. NASCAR champions Gordon and Stewart, as well as 17-time Sprint Cup winner Kasey Kahne and Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson, will race against 50 race fans in Slideways' fastest winged karts. The 50 spots available for race fans, at $400 per person, sold out in less than two hours. Fans can still attend the event and get more information. All proceeds from the week's Kick-It events will go to Kick-It, a program and partner of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, which raises money for pediatric cancer research.

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