SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 14, April 5, 2018

Racing News: Formula DRIFT Forms Strategic Partnership With Drift Masters European Championship

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  Formula DRIFT
Formula DRIFT has entered into a partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship to create an open dialogue between the two series that will allow greater alignment and collaboration between the two organizations.
   

Formula DRIFT Forms Strategic Partnership With Drift Masters European Championship

Formula DRIFT (FD) has entered into a partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) to create an open dialogue between the two series that will allow greater alignment and collaboration between FD and DMEC. Formula DRIFT co-founders Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage will soon travel to Torun, Poland, to continue discussions with the DMEC series organizers with a view to growing the partnership for the future. As part of the initial agreement, Formula DRIFT will award PRO licenses to the top eight drivers in the DMEC series who do not currently hold them. This will allow these drivers to compete at the highest level in Formula DRIFT for the following season. At the same time, all current FD PRO license holders will be eligible to compete in DMEC events for the entire championship season or selected rounds. To assist with their future entry into Formula Drift, the top three drivers from the DMEC series will be awarded a scholarship by FD and DMEC. It is also hoped that Formula DRIFT drivers will join the DMEC series, and both series will benefit from the influx of new drivers.

DENSO Sponsors NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racer Clay Millican

At the upcoming DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas, DENSO’s logo will wrap around the Clay Millican’s dragster to celebrate the longstanding relationship between Millican, his team sponsor Parts Plus and DENSO. In the NHRA, Millican’s career highlights include a world-record title with a best elapsed time of 3.628 seconds, set this year at the season opener in Pomona, California, where he broke his own record (3.631 seconds) set last year in Madison, Illinois. DENSO and Millican also support each other off the track. Millican, an advocate of road safety, helped to promote DENSO’s safety efforts in North America with a 10-city mobile road tour in 2017. Additionally, Millican has been a featured guest of DENSO’s at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where he spoke to youngsters about safe driving and his racing career, and at AAPEX in Las Vegas. In addition, DENSO is a supporting sponsor of all 24 races in the 2018 Mello Yello series crisscrossing the nation through November. DENSO’s other support for the NHRA includes the recent creation of the DENSO Spark Plugs 200 MPH Club to honor the first racers in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class who break the 200-mph barrier.

Hot Shots Secret
Beginning with the March 16 season opener of the NHRDA Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Drag Racing Series in Chandler, Arizona, Hot Shot’s Secret will support Save the Racks by donating $50 for every pass made during the drag-racing series, and will provide a $250 bonus for a second-place finish or a $500 bonus if Amalee Mueller wins the class.
 
   

Hot Shot’s Secret Partners with Amalee Mueller to Save the Racks

Hot Shot’s Secret will partner with NHRDA racer and pro puller Amalee Mueller to “Save The Racks.” Beginning with the March 16 season opener of the NHRDA Hot Shot’s Secret Diesel Drag Racing Series in Chandler, Arizona, Hot Shot’s Secret will support Save the Racks by donating $50 for every pass made during the drag-racing series, and will provide a $250 bonus for a second-place finish or a $500 bonus if Mueller wins the class. Starting the season, Mueller won the 10.90 index class, racking up a donation total of $850 from Hot Shot’s Secret. In addition, Hot Shot’s Secret will also make donations following the same schedule for all passes run by Mueller’s father, Edgar Artecona, to support this cause. All funds collected throughout the season will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in October during the NHRDA World Finals, which coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness month. This year, Mueller is unveiling a new “Save the Racks” wrapped Pro Stock truck built by Lavon Miller and the Firepunk Diesel team, D&J Precision and fueled by Exergy Performance, at the Oklahoma Diesel Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 18–19.

VP Racing Fuels Extends Partnership With Sebring International Raceway; Signs Multi-Year Agreement With SCORE International

VP Racing Fuels Inc. has announced the signing of a long-term agreement with Sebring International Raceway to provide fuel service as its Official Racing Fuel partner. VP Racing Fuels has provided fuel to the track since 2015, and also provided on-site fuel service for its 2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Continental Tire and GT3 Cup events.

In addition, VP Racing Fuels has signed a long-term agreement with SCORE International as its official fuel. As the 2018 SCORE season launches April 5, in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, VP Racing Fuel distributors Dion/Amber Racing Services and Amber De Mexico will provide fuel service and offer special pricing to SCORE competitors who take advantage of the pre-order system available through the SCORE registration system for all events. VP’s sponsorship of SCORE is also a key part of the initiative to expand the VP products presence throughout Mexico.

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