Inaugural Summer Showdown set for US 131 Motorsports Park

MARTIN, MICHIGAN (December 21, 2011) – US 131 Motorsports Park will be celebrating its 50th year of operation in 2012, and the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series will be part of those celebrations.

The three popular drag racing series will race at the south-western Michigan track June 8-9, for the second event on the 2012 calendar.

The race at US 131 Motorsports Park, to be known as the Summer Showdown, will be the first for the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, or the PBSS.

Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:33


IZOD INDYCAR Series announces 2012 schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011) - A first-ever event in China and two venues that return after multi-year absences highlight the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule for 2012 announced today.

The 2012 season, which will feature the return of engine manufacturer competition and a new universal chassis produced by Dallara Automobili, kicks off Sunday, March 25, with the eighth Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:31


Grand Bend and Edmonton included on Nitro Jam 2012 schedule

NORWALK, Ohio (December 16, 2011) – After another successful year of racing on the Nitro Jam tour, Feld Motor Sports and the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) are pleased to announce an exciting 2012 schedule that includes stops at many of the most fan-friendly motorsports facilities in the country.

Beginning on the west coast for the first time ever, the 2012 Nitro Jam schedule will take America’s premier drag racing entertainment show from the deserts of Arizona to the hills of Michigan and everywhere in between on an eight-event tour of North America.

Friday, 16 December 2011 12:39


CTCC Unveils its New B-Spec Class

Toronto, December 15, 2011 – With the ambition of providing a complete and integrated Championship, the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire (CTCC) reveals today its new and more accessible race category: the B-Spec Class.

Friday, 16 December 2011 10:59


MOTORSPORTS 2012: Jimmy Spencer to appear

Talented, controversial, popular and outspoken all describe former NASCAR racer Jimmy Spencer. Now a popular member of the SPEED Channel broadcast team the man once known as “Mr. Excitement” when he was racing in NASCAR modified events (twice a champion on that circuit) will be part of the Motorsports 2012 Presented by VP’s SEF Small Engine Fuels Race Car and Trade Show set for January 20 through January 22nd at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

Friday, 16 December 2011 10:52


Las Vegas accident review complete

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 15, 2011) - A comprehensive review of the racing accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon is complete, INDYCAR announced Dec. 15.

Wheldon, the 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, suffered a non-survivable head injury Oct. 16 in a 15-car crash in Turn 2 of Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the final race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

"There are multiple factors that are not uncommon to racing that came together in a way that claimed Dan's life," said Brian Barnhart, President of Operations, INDYCAR. "It is a tragedy. Our thoughts and support will always be with Dan's family."

Thursday, 15 December 2011 16:17


Hankook Tire Reaches $1 Billion, A U.S. Sales Record

WAYNE, N.J., December 14, 2011 – Hankook Tire, the seventh-largest and one of the fastest growing tire companies in the world, announced today that it has reached $1 billion in U.S. FY 2011 sales as of December 13th, 2011 for the first time in its thirty year history in the United States.

Hankook Tire has established itself as a leading tire brand in the U.S. market through the use of advanced technology, product development initiatives and an aggressive brand building strategy. Throughout 2011 the company released a number of new innovative tires including the enfren eco (Eco-Friendly All-Season Performance) low rolling resistance tire, the OPTIMO H426 (Luxury Performance Touring All-Season) tire and the Dynapro HT (Premium Highway All-Season) tire for light trucks and SUVs.  2011 also saw Hankook’s AH24 (Premium Regional Steer/All Position) commercial tire verified by the U.S. Environmental Agency’s SmartWay Technology Program, bringing Hankook’s number of SmartWay verified tires to six.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 17:20


NASCAR: 2012 Daytona Shootout lineup announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2011) – In what could be the deepest and most talented field to date, NASCAR announced Wednesday the list of eligible competitors for the 2012 Shootout.

The 34th annual season-opening event launches Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18 with a start time set for 8:10 p.m. FOX and MRN will broadcast live nationally. Criteria are based upon the following qualifications, with eligibility based on a driver having been active in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the 2011 season:

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:38


NEW LOOK FOR VP’S 5-GALLON PAILS

SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 14, 2011) Customers familiar with the blue 5-gallon pails distributed by VP Racing Fuels for more than 20 years will soon see their orders filled with a newly designed pail that has undergone a significant makeover. “Our traditional 5-gallon pails served us well with a quality and look driven by functionality,” said Steve Scheidker, VP ‘s Director of Marketing. “They came to be synonymous with VP’s no nonsense approach to quality. However, we concluded it was time to upgrade the pails’ look to support our current brand positioning and better complement the advanced performance characteristics of the fuels they contain.”

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 16:13


Snap-on extends sponsorship of Cruz Pedregon and Snap-on Funny Car

Snap-on recently announced the extension of its sponsorship of Cruz Pedregon and the Snap-on Funny Car for an additional three years.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Pedregon will partake in franchisee ride-alongs where he visits with Snap-on customers at their shops. He will also continue to host hospitality events for Snap-on franchisees and customers during race weekends and make personal appearances on behalf of the company. In addition, Snap-on will sponsor Pedregon’s dirt track car in such events as the prestigious “Prelude to a Dream” charity race.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:14


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