SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 24, June 11, 2015

Racing News: Ryan Tuerck Takes Formula DRIFT Round 3 Victory

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Ryan Tuerck took the Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory victory and moved into second place in the standings.
   

Ryan Tuerck Takes the Victory in Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory

Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro entered Orlando Speed World for the first time for Round 3: Unchartered Territory. Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks/Maxxis Scion FR-S took the event victory and moved into second place in the standings.

The semi-finals was a rematch from the last event with defending champion Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z and Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing/Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S going head to head. Forsberg was awarded the win over Gushi and was set to meet Tuerck in the Finals, but unable to continue through the competition due to the complications with his car, Forsberg was forced to bow out giving Tuerck the victory to move him into second place in the standings. Gushi moves up to fourth place and Forsberg into third place overall while securing both their second consecutive podium finishes.

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 4: The Gauntlet, June 26–27 at Wall Speedway in New Jersey.

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Sebastian Eriksson scored a bronze medal in his X Games Supercars debut. Photo credit: Olsbergs MSE
   

Scott Speed Earns X Games Gold; Sebastian Eriksson Earns Bronze

Scott Speed earned an X Games gold, Steve Arpin earned silver and Olsbergs MSE rookie Sebastian Eriksson scored a bronze last weekend. The 22-year-old Swede joins Olsbergs MSE as a Supercars driver in the United States for the first time this season. He was never far from the top of the leader board in practice, qualified fifth, and won his heat race to advance directly to the Final. It was the 23rd X Games medal for Olsbergs MSE.

The X Games competition is a standalone event that does not score championship points. The Olsbergs MSE team is expected to have both Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST cars ready to race again in two weeks for the second and third rounds of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Daytona, June 20–21.

VP Racing Fuels Introduces New Racer Support Program

VP Racing Fuels has announced a new support program targeting racers across the entire spectrum of motorsports in the United States. The “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program” helps celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary this year while recognizing the thousands of racers past and present whose support has helped VP achieve its position today, according to Chris Wall, VP’s chief marketing officer.

In addition to a Racer Support Kit, including VP apparel and other materials, eligible racers initially will receive 40% off the purchase of any VP Racing Lubricant product and free shipping. Similar deep discounts on other VP product lines will be made available to registered racers on a periodic basis. To register for the program, racers may visit VPRacingFuels.com/Elite to submit their race resume. Racers who compete in a series sponsored by VP Racing Fuels may be eligible for “fast-track” approval as indicated on the application form.

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The 14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis June 18–21.
   

14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals to Be Held Next Week in Indy

The 14th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals being held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis June 18–21 marks the finish of postponed eliminations carried over from the rain-delayed Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals held last month in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Beech Bend Raceway. Part of that rain-delayed race was the Dave Duell Classic. Three rounds of eliminations of the "Classic" still remain, as well as the complete Opel Engineering FX Shootout.

Despite the event being moved from October to June, one component of this race has not changed—the 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance Shootout. This specialty event will bring the best in late-model LS performance competing for $50,000 in purse and prizes. This will be the second race of the Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series.

Webasto Announces Partnership with NASCAR Champion and Team Penske Driver Brad Keselowski

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America has announced that it will partner with NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in a multi-year promotional marketing campaign. Whether spending his time on the track racing for Team Penske or interacting on Twitter with his 560,000+ followers, Keselowski reaches thousands of truck drivers every day. To officially launch the new partnership, Keselowski will make his first appearance to greet fans on the Webasto stage located in the midway of the Michigan International Speedway prior to the Quicken Loans 400 on June 14, 2015. Keselowski will also continue to make appearances on the Webasto stage at select NASCAR races throughout 2015 and 2016 to greet fans at the race track before he gets behind the wheel.

LOORS Round 6 Race Results

Visit the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series website for full coverage of Round 6 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park

4th Annual Chevrolet Performance Nationals Race Wrap

The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series kicked off May 29, with the 4th Annual Chevrolet Performance Nationals presented by Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center in Commerce, Georgia. Coming away with wins were Sonnie Pongonis in Drag Radial, Jessie Coulter in Real Street, Glenn Pushis in CP Stock, along with Al Corda with the Street King win and Rob Farley taking the Rumble win. View complete coverage online.

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Exotics Racing founders David Perisset and Romain Thievin cut the ribbon to the center located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
   

Exotics Racing Officially Opens Welcome Center with Grand Celebration and Announces New Competitive Racing Series

Exotics Racing held its new welcome center official grand opening and announced a new competitive racing series that will launch at the end of 2015. Founders David Perisset and Romain Thievin cut the ribbon to the center located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and gave details on the racing series that will allow the general public to compete in real wheel-to-wheel racing similar to the "arrive and drive" business model Exotics Racing pioneered in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Using real race cars with a tubular chassis, fiberglass body and sequential gearbox, the cars will now be available in the United States. Drivers are provided everything needed for a race; are coached and trained; and will be matched with equal cars, driving skills and technique to earn podium spots and the final $100,000 prize. Mayor Carolyn Goodman's office also declared June 4 as "Exotics Racing Day" in the city.

Soundstream and Precision Power Partner With Nitto Tires U.S. Tour Car Championship

Soundstream and Precision Power will partner with the Nitto Tires U.S. Touring Car Championship for the 2014 season beginning with round two taking place in Salt Lake City. This event is part of the big weekend hosted by Lucas Oil Off Road Racing and will take place at the Miller Motorsports Park, June 20–21, 2015.

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Dave Despain
   

Dave Despain Named Grand Marshal of MAVTV 500

Dave Despain, host of the “Dave Despain Show” on MAVTV has been named grand marshal of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar race, Saturday, June 27, at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. An international field, including reigning Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya, will contest the race. The MAVTV 500 is Round 11 of the 16 round series and the green flag will drop at 1:30 p.m. (PDT).

Former Champions Lead Drag-Racing Series Heading Into Next Events

The second event in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series and the Pro Bike & Sled Series takes place June 12–14 at the Grand Bend Motorplex. The points leaders in both series are two-time champions. Leading the Quick 32 Sportsman Series at present is Kevin Wicke, driver of the K&K Racing Dodge Stratus Top Sportsman entry. The other two-time champ is Pro Bike rider Dan Cryderman. Qualifying for race one of the weekend gets underway on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with eliminations to start at 2:00 p.m. and the finals at 7:15 p.m. On Sunday, qualifying rounds will once again start at 11:00 a.m. with round one of eliminations to start at 2:00 p.m. Finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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