SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 16, April 18, 2019

Racing News: Forrest Wang Claims Double Victory at Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  Forrest Wang
Forrest Wang won both the Friday and Saturday events in his Achilles Tire/Yellowspeed Racing/NRG Innovations Nissan.
   

Forrest Wang Claims Double Victory at Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge

Coming off a strong second place at the 2019 Formula DRIFT on the Streets of Long Beach, Forrest Wang (USA) won both the Friday and Saturday events in his Achilles Tire/Yellowspeed Racing/NRG Innovations Nissan. In the Final, Wang met Federico Sceriffo (Italy) in the FFF Drifting Department Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Drift Spec “Fiorella.” It was a similar story to his previous contests, where Wang was able to run deeper and get closer to his competitor on both runs. It gave the judges an easy decision and put Wang on the top step of the podium, with Sceriffo second and Faruk Kugay (Poland) third. Moving into the Final on Saturday, Wang was matched against Dean Kearney (Ireland) in the Oracle Lighting/Achilles Tire Dodge Viper. On his lead run, Kearney drifted out to the walls in the first Touch & Go and Outside Zone, with Wang remaining close but unable to run as deep. Wang was gifted the win when Kearney made a mistake in the final turn, forcing him to take a tighter line and making light contact with Wang’s car. Kearney took second place on the podium with Sceriffo in third. The 2019 Formula DRIFT series continues April 25–27 in Orlando, Florida, with AutoZone Scorched presented by Black Magic. It will feature the second round of the Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship and the first round of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU Pro 2 Championship. 

Craig Bennett
Craig Bennett took the checkered flag last Saturday in his ’90 Nissan 300ZX. 
 
   

Bennett Sweeps Motorsports Association Sanctioned Historic IMSA Race at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Craig Bennett of Millford, Michigan, swept qualifying and the Historic IMSA GTO Challenge race in his ’90 Nissan 300ZX at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Bennett took the checkered flag last Saturday at the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA)-sanctioned race. It was his second win at Long Beach. Joel Miller of Irvine, California, finished second in his ’91 Mazda RX7 and Escondido, California’s Ken Davis rounded out the top three in his ’85 Ford Mustang.

  Derale
Team Derale Performance of York County School of Technology finished in first place with a time of 24:26.  
   

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow York County Tech Qualifier Results

Team Derale Performance of York County School of Technology finished in first place with a time of 24:26 at the York County Tech Qualifier, April 6, in York, Pennsylvania.

Another two teams qualified for the Dual National Championship at last weekend’s NASCAR UTI Tech Qualifier in Mooresville, North Carolina, Team Autometer’s Burton Center Arts and Tech finished with a time of 19:48, and Energy Suspension’s Americus Sumter High School finished with a time of 32:18. For complete results, visit www.hotroddersoftomorow.com.

Yokohama Tire Rewards SCCA Time Trials Nationals Tour, Finale Drivers

Partner support continues to grow for the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials National Tour Presented by Hagerty and Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals presented by Hagerty, as Yokohama Tire becomes the latest company to step up and provide backing for those taking part in events planned this year. With the new "#OnYokohamas" incentive program, participants can earn a $75 discount on entry fees to this year’s nine Time Trials events by participating on Yokohama Tires, regardless of finishing position. To take advantage of the incentive program, drivers must pre-register for the Yokohama program online. They then become eligible for the entry discount as long as they utilize any of Yokohama's tires, available online through Tire Rack on their competition car (all four tires) and have Yokohama stickers on both sides of their vehicle.

MagnaFlow Releases “The Sound of Passion” Featuring Mario Andretti

MagnaFlow has announced the release of its latest video spotlight, “The Sound of Passion,” which features MagnaFlow brand ambassador and racing legend Mario Andretti. The video allows viewers to join Andretti in his home as he recalls his early childhood years in Italy, beginning with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Throughout the course of his racing career, which lasted nearly five decades, Andretti drove everything from midget cars to Formula One, taking the checkered flag 111 times and solidifying his legacy as one of the most decorated drivers of all time. He was named “Driver of the Year” in three different decades (’60s, ’70s and ’80s), “Driver of the Quarter Century” in the ’90s and the Associated Press named him “Driver of the Century” in January 2000. Andretti has served as an ambassador to MagnaFlow for more than 17 years.

Landon Simon
Landon Simon has announced the addition of several new partners for the 2019 racing season and beyond.  
 
   

Landon Simon Partners With New Sponsors for 2019 and Beyond 

Landon Simon has announced the addition of several new partners for the 2019 racing season and beyond. Wanzer Financial, Kings Poultry, Wicked Energy Gum, Hergott Real Estate Group and The Hayloft Farm to Table Store have jumped onboard with the #24 team. Landon Simon Racing will also move forward with continued support from long-time partners DRC Chassis, Simpson Race Products, Brown and Miller, DMI, Astro Titanium, Hoosier Racing Tire, KSE, Rod End Supply and Keizer Wheels. Dubbed “The Hayloft Special,” the 2019 LSR scheme will take on an old-school sprint-car look complete with gold leaf and pinstriping by Nemesis Design in collaboration with High Side Design.

Champion Racing Oil Named Title Sponsor for 10th Annual 360 Sprint Car National Open

Champion has recently announced that it will be the title sponsor of the 10th Annual 360 Nationals at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri. The two-day event held August 31 and September 1 pays $10,000 for the win. The American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Tour and the ASCS Warrior Region will headline the Memorial Day weekend classic.

For more racing news, visit the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) website.

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