SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 17, April 23, 2020

Racing News: NASCAR Postpones Martinsville Race; ’20 COPO Camaro Orders Now Open

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NASCAR Postpones Martinsville Race

NASCAR has decided to postpone the scheduled events May 8–9, at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. The organization intends to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May. The health and safety of its competitors, employees, fans and the communities in which they run continues to be the organization's top priority, according to a written release. The debut of the Next Gen car has also been delayed until 2022. For the latest information, visit www.nascar.com. For a running list of adjusted 2020 racing series schedules and calendars, updated regularly, visit here.

  Camaro
The ’20 COPO Camaro is available to order and purchase in a three-step process on a first-come, first-served basis.
   

’20 COPO Camaro Orders Now Open; Available to Order First Come, First Served

Chevrolet produces 69 new COPO Camaros every year, and now the ’20 COPO Camaro is available to order and purchase in a three-step process on a first-come, first-served basis. The ’20 COPO Camaro offers more color options than ever before and two engine offerings. Since 2012, Chevrolet has produced 552 COPO Camaros (only 69 per year), making them rare factory race cars. During that time, five COPO Camaros have crossed the auction block for charity, raising nearly $2 million for a variety of important causes. The ’20 COPO Camaro’s available engine lineup includes a revised version of the supercharged, LSX-based 350 engine, featuring a 2.65L Magnuson supercharger and all-new LSX-SC cylinder heads, as well as an LSX-based naturally aspirated 427 engine. Also available is the Racer’s Package, which includes a carbon-fiber air inlet, dual batteries, weight box, parachute and a quick-change coupling (with the supercharged engine). To order a ’20 COPO Camaro, visit the COPO Camaro page on the Chevy Performance website and download an order form. Once you submit the from, a GM representative will contact you and grant the prospective buyer a purchase certificate.

  Champion
The Champion Racing Oil/Williams Grove Summer Nationals Open sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is still on for July 24–25, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
   

Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Still on Track for July

Champion Oil says things are all still ago for the Champion Racing Oil/Williams Grove Summer Nationals Open sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, July 24–25, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals is an event with more than 50 years of history that includes the biggest names in motorsports competing at half-mile Williams Grove Speedway. The Champion Racing Oil National Open is a key part of the series championship that includes 94 race nights at 50 different tracks across 22 states and 3 Canadian provinces.

Valvoline Returns to SCCA With Renewed Partnership and Team Valvoline ProAm 50

Valvoline Inc. and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) have renewed an old friendship, with the global lubricants marketer and the 65,000-member enthusiasts club joining hands in a partnership for 2020. As a portion of the renewed partnership, Valvoline is collecting its professional drivers for a chance to race against a select group of SCCA members during the Team Valvoline ProAm 50, Saturday, April 25, on the iRacing version of Watkins Glen International as part of the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA eSports Super Tour. Among the Team Valvoline members are Hendrick Motorsports drivers Chase Elliot and Alex Bowman, with other Valvoline pros to be determined. A select group of SCCA members will be invited to participate in the race, using the Cadillac CTS.V that has been racing in the Touring group for SCCA Super Tour events. The invitations will be based on a variety of criteria, including participation, sportsmanship and success at the previous three rounds of the SCCA’s eMotorsports series. The virtual race will be streamed live along with all the Hoosier SCCA eSports Super Tour races on Saturday. In addition to the Team Valvoline ProAm 50, Valvoline returns as a monthly partner for SCCA’s Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack program. Valvoline will offer discount codes for $25 off a Track Night in America entry during their month. Representatives from Valvoline will be on site throughout the SCCA’s 2020 season.

Formula DRIFT Adjusts 2020 Schedule

Formula DRIFT (FD) has announced its revised 2020 competition schedule, which kicks off July 3–4, at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

“With the cancellation of the opening round and the uncertainty regarding the ability to organize live events in the first few months following the national directives regarding COVID-19, we have worked closely with all our venue partners to create a new 2020 schedule,” Formula DRIFT President Jim Liaw said. “We’ve taken these steps, in consultation with the teams and sponsors, in order to give us the highest probability of achieving our goal to run an eight-round Championship. Obviously, this may still be subject to national directives since the safety of our fans, teams, vendors, sponsors, and staff remains our number one priority.”

The new schedule, which was made in consideration for the American, European and Asian teams who wish to compete this year, features a majority of the expected tracks, although several dates have been changed. Long Beach, California, and Orlando, Florida, have both been canceled, but new events have been created at Irwindale Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Throughout the 2020 schedule, Formula DRIFT will adhere to local and national government guidance on health and safety. For the revised competition schedule and ticket information, visit www.formulad.com.

  Hot Rod Power Tour
The 2020 HOT ROD Power Tour will kick off, Sunday, August 23, in Norwalk, Ohio, at Summit Motorsports Park.
   

HOT ROD Power Tour Unveils New Dates

The 2020 HOT ROD Power Tour will kick off, Sunday, August 23, in Norwalk, Ohio, at Summit Motorsports Park, and roll through seven cities over the course of seven days. The full list of HOT ROD Power Tour stops will include:

  • Kickoff on Sunday, August 23: Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio
  • Monday, August 24: National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio
  • Tuesday, August 25: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis
  • Wednesday, August 26: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, Illinois
  • Thursday, August 27: University of Illinois – State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
  • Friday, August 28: Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport, Iowa
  • Finale on Saturday, August 29: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois

For more information, visit the HOT ROD Power Tour website.

Darlington Dragway Set to Reopen

Russell Miller, owner of the Darlington Dragway, received official permission from the South Carolina Department of Commerce last week to begin holding test sessions at the track under strict guidelines. Social distancing, temperature-taking, no spectators on the premises and sheriff deputies on hand to ensure all guidelines are being followed are part of the process.

Goodguys 1st RaceDeck Salt Lake Nationals, 38th All American Get-Together Rescheduled

The Goodguys 1st RaceDeck Salt Lake Nationals, originally scheduled for May 15–17, at the Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, has been rescheduled for July 17–19, at the same venue. As a result, all vehicle registrations, spectator tickets and vendor and swap meet spaces purchased for the event so far will be automatically transferred to the new event date. Revised event confirmations and tickets will be sent out in the coming weeks. Additionally, the 38th All American Get-Together, originally rescheduled for May 30–31 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California, has been postponed to November 14–15, at the same venue. The 38th All American Get-Together will replace the 31st Autumn Get-Together. All vehicle registrations, spectator tickets and vendor and swap spaces purchased for the event so far will be automatically transferred to the new event date. Revised event confirmations and tickets will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Sparta Evolution Partners With Worthouse.Team

Sparta Evolution and Worthouse.Team have announced a multi-year partnership beginning in 2020. As the official brake sponsor, Sparta Evolution is the partner for Worthouse.Team drivers James Deane and Piotr Więcek and their pair of Nissan Silvia S15s in the PRO1 class of the Formula DRIFT series.

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

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