SEMA eNews Vol. 20, No. 33, August 17, 2017

Racing News: Scott Speed Wraps Up Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship for Volkswagen

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Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed claimed victory in two races at the Bader Field circuit in Atlantic City last weekend, and reclaimed control of his championship destiny with a nearly perfect haul of points.
   

Scott Speed Wraps Up Red Bull Global Rallycross Manufacturer’s Championship for Volkswagen

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed claimed victory in two races at the Bader Field circuit in Atlantic City last weekend, and reclaimed control of his championship destiny with a nearly perfect haul of points. The double triumph also secured Volkswagen’s second consecutive manufacturer’s championship in the series, making it only the second automaker to win multiple championship titles. With his near-perfect weekend in Atlantic City, Speed also retook the title of winningest driver in Red Bull Global Rallycross history from Tanner Foust, an accolade they have traded all season. Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will return to action next month for another doubleheader in Seattle, September 9–10.

torcIn the PRO 4 class, CJ Greaves came from behind to defeat Keegan Kincaid.  
   

TORC Series Wraps Up Round 10 at RedBud With Class Battles

Last Sunday’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL racing at RedBud capped two days of intense competition. New winners and podium finishers pointed to the series’ parity, while overall point races tightened as the series continued to grow and attract new short course off-road racing fans at a heightened pace. In the PRO 4 class, CJ Greaves came from behind to defeat Keegan Kincaid. TORC PRO 2 series point leader Luke Johnson got a bit of redemption in last Sunday’s final race at RedBud, charging from the back to the early lead and running a near-perfect race through the checkers for the 4.5-second win over Brad Lovell. With the win, Johnson, who clocked the day’s fastest PRO 2 lap time by a full second, increased his lead in the overall point chase to 27 points over Lovell. In PRO Lights, Kyle Kleinman held on for victory, with Cam Reimers placing second and Shawn Morris in third. With the second-place finish, Reimers moved up to second place overall in the TORC PRO Light points chase, 24 points back from Kleiman. In TORC UTV PRO Mod, Greaves scored his first-ever PRO Mod win, topping class points leader Kyle Chaney in a classic UTV manufacturers battle. In TORC UTV PRO Stock, race leader Jake Lunderby biked his UTV entering one of the final turns, allowing Greaves to zip past on the inside for the win.

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Ernie Francis Jr. posted a flag-to-flag victory in the First Energy 100 Trans Am Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last Saturday.
   

Ernie Francis Jr. Scores Another Trans Am Victory

Ernie Francis Jr. posted a flag-to-flag victory in the First Energy 100 Trans Am Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last Saturday. He stormed to his fifth victory in seven starts this season in his Ford Mustang. It was the 28th victory for Francis in Trans Am competition. Francis didn’t just win the race in his Breathless Racing/Buoniconti Fund/Beta Tools Ford Mustang. He set a race lap record (1 minute, 22.236 seconds) during the event. The former record had stood for five years. During the race, Francis withstood pressure first from two-time defending series champion Amy Ruman and then Martin Ragginger.

MOMO Claims Two Class Victories in Pirelli World Challenge SpintX Series in Utah

Henrique Cisneros leaves the Utah Motorsports Campus with a commanding lead in the GTA class of the SprintX series in the Pirelli World Challenge due to wins in both rounds seven and eight, which took place last weekend. The MOMO/NGT Motorsports team arrived in Utah with a big challenge ahead of it. Cisneros had recorded four previous wins with driving partner Tyler McQuarrie in a Ferrari 458 GT3. However, McQuarrie was promoted from a Bronze to Silver license, making him ineligible for the SprintX GTA class. So the team had recruited Jonathon Ziegelman to share driving duties. For the obligatory driver change, Ziegelman entered the pits around 7 seconds behind the Ferri Ferrari in last Saturday’s race, but the car would eventually exit the pits 20 seconds behind the leader with Cisneros at the wheel. For Sunday’s race, round 8 in the SprintX championship, the MOMO/NGT team started second in class. Ziegelman only had about six laps at racing speed, with the remainder conducted under yellow caution flags. But with the R Ferri Motorsports car behind them, the MOMO/NGT Ferrari again won the GTA class.

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SilverHook, the 48-ft. monohull Superboat Grand Prix race boat, set a new one-way speed record Thursday morning, August 17, from Key West, Florida, to Cuba at an average speed of 79.23 mph.
 
   

SilverHook Sets World Speed Record From Key West to Cuba

SilverHook, the 48-ft. monohull Superboat Grand Prix race boat, set a new one-way speed record Thursday morning, August 17, from Key West, Florida, to Cuba at an average speed of 79.23 mph for the 101-mile Florida Straights run. With an Elapsed Time of: 1:18:03, SilverHook reached speeds of 127 mph in the 5-7-ft. waves. SilverHook is owned and captained by Nigel Hook, who controlled the throttles on the record attempt. Hook is a 30-year veteran of international powerboat racing and has won three world championships, set three world speed records and earned membership in the APBA Hall of Champions. He currently races the 77 Lucas Oil SilverHook 48GP in the Superboat International unlimited class. His co-pilot and driver is fellow APBA inductee and powerboat veteran Jay Johnson. SilverHook left Key West at 08:43:31 and arrived in Havana, Cuba, at 10:01:34.

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