General News & Notes

"Racing Dreams": Young racers shooting for the big leagues

No first-timer just climbs into a Sprint Cup, Indy car, FI car or any kind of race car and just goes racing. Driving a race car is a learning experience. You start in the lower classes. If you do well you graduate up to the level you are most comfortable with.

Today, many younger racers, be they from the U.S. or anywhere around the world, start in go-karts. Pre-teen racers learn in go-karts how to develop their competitive edge, with hopes of reaching racing’s “big leagues.”

Debuting this week on public broadcasting stations (PBS) throughout the U.S., “Racing Dreams,” a Point of View documentary, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Marshall Curry, spends a season with three young drivers competing on the World Karting Association’s five-race, paved oval circuit.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 8:49 AM, 02.23.2012

NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS, INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY SHOW TEAM UP

NATIONAL SPEED SPORT NEWS, INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS INDUSTRY SHOW TEAM UP

Partnership kicks off new era for NSSN, will provide year-round industry-insider content bolstered by the nation’s fastest-growing hardcore racing tradeshow.  
 
MOORESVILLE, N.C.  — Turn 3 Media, LLC, a North Carolina company founded by publishing veteran Curt Moon, former SPEED executive Joe Tripp, and motorsports television personality Ralph Sheheen, announced the re-launch of the venerable National Speed Sport News brand earlier this month and has entered into a partnership with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), which caters to the hardcore racing industry.
 
NSSN’s new monthly SPEED SPORT Magazine premieres in March with the season preview issue. In May, the magazine will introduce the first of a new monthly “IMIS Industry News” section that will be targeted to racing professionals — be it drivers, team owners, jobbers, promoters or manufacturers. The November “Tradeshow” issue will focus attention on IMIS exhibitors and events surrounding the show.
  
“We are extremely excited about partnering with IMIS,” said Turn 3 Managing Partner and COO Joe Tripp. “IMIS is growing quickly and naturally aligns with our audience and vision for NSSN. Through this partnership, we?ll be able to provide the inside industry voice of the hardcore motorsports exhibitors and attendees, but moreover IMIS will help us get National Speed Sport News back on top as the trusted source for motorsports news and information.”

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 7:27 PM, 02.24.2012

5th-annual Racing & Performance Expo takes off Feb. 25-26

Fifth-annual Racing & Performance Expo blasts off Feb. 25-26

The 5th annual Racing & Performance Expo comes off the line Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pheasant Run Convention Center, 4051 E. Main St. (IL Rte. 64), St. Charles, IL.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 1:33 PM, 02.22.2012

ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season Opens at Daytona Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 (TOLEDO, Ohio) - As ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season opens Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, as

ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season Opens at Daytona inSaturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - As ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season opens Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, as many as 60 drivers will set their sights on winning the historic season's most grand race, and maybe - just maybe - becoming the 30th person to win an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship.

First, though, those drivers will have to stop the man whose performances on the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval since 1999 have made him the dean of Daytona: defending Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 winner Bobby Gerhart.

Gerhart pitted on Lap 5 in last year's 80-lap contest, took the lead on Lap 20, and held the point without returning to pit road over the race's final three quarters to edge eventual Rookie of the Year Chris Buescher and Matt Merrell for his seventh Daytona victory. Gerhart, driving a familiar Lucas Oil Slick Mist-branded Chevrolet, also won the Daytona opener in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010.

"Daytona is so special to me personally," Gerhart said recently. "I grew up coming with my parents to Daytona. I was very vocal at a very young age that I would one day race here. In the back of my head, I kept telling myself I would win here too. It is such a privilege to race here, and I've never lost sight of that fact.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 10:44 PM, 02.13.2012

National Speed Sport News To Return

National Speed Sport News To Return

Turn 3 Media, LLC Announces a New Era for National Speed Sport News, Launch of SPEED SPORT Magazine


MOORESVILLE, N.C. — With an all-new monthly print publication launching in March and an aggressive plan for the future, Turn 3 Media, LLC, is bringing back the National Speed Sport News brand, identified for its namesake weekly newspaper that was widely recognized as the “Bible” of American auto racing news.

Turn 3 Media, LLC, a North Carolina company founded by publishing veteran Curt Moon, former SPEED executive Joe Tripp, and motorsports television personality Ralph Sheheen, has acquired the exclusive rights to National Speed Sports News from The Kay Publishing Company.

Founded in 1934 and edited by “The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism” Chris Economaki beginning in 1950, National Speed Sport News ceased publication of its venerable weekly newspaper following the March 23, 2011 issue.

While the realities of the publishing world, which contributed to the demise of the newspaper, haven’t changed, the Turn 3 Media partners are confident the new National Speed Sport News will succeed.

“We’re starting with a clean slate,” said Tripp, “building upon all that was great about the former publication by expanding the content and delivering it through a broad variety of platforms relevant to the times. Specifically, we will provide race fans with credible and timely coverage of all forms of professional motorsports – two wheels and four – on everything from mobile (SPEED SPORT Mobile), tablet (SPEED SPORT Digital Edition) and web (www.nationalspeedsportnews.com ) – plus a new magazine that will be available in print and digital editions.”

“We listened to our fans – and while most are getting race results and breaking news online these days, they still really wanted a print edition.” explained Moon.  “The new monthly SPEED SPORT Magazine will include exclusive stories and interviews, thought-provoking editorial, and a comprehensive view of all motorsports not found in other publications.”

For many years, former National Speed Sport News Editor Chris Economaki was a fixture on national television. With his iconic voice and unique style, Economaki was unparalleled in the business. Most of today’s motorsports journalists and personalities credit Economaki with forging a path for their own careers.

"The first nationally televised race broadcast I was a part of more than 20 years ago, Chris Economaki was my colleague on pit road,” explained Sheheen. “Chris set the standard for motorsports journalism on TV and with National Speed Sport News. We have assembled some of the best writers and reporters in motorsports to continue that tradition. We'll be giving our readers insightful and thought provoking commentary and features on every form of motorsports involving cars, motorcycles and anything else that belches flames, slings mud or singes the asphalt."

As Publisher, Sheheen will manage the editorial direction of the new SPEED SPORT Magazine and will help drive reach and brand awareness through his extensive television exposure. He will also lead efforts to expand the brand into video and television media.

Readers will benefit from the continuity of an editorial staff led by Editor in Chief Mike Kerchner, who has served NSSN continuously since 1991.

“I think our readers will enjoy seeing the familiar faces, names and opinions with which they have become accustomed through the years,” said Kerchner. “SPEED SPORT Magazine will deliver racing information to its readers in an updated manner and style, but we’re confident it will have the same warm, fuzzy feeling that readers have enjoyed when finding National Speed Sport News in their mailbox for nearly 80 years.”

SPEED SPORT Magazine will debut with a March Season Preview issue, exactly one year after the original National Speed Sport News ceased publication.

Subscriptions to SPEED SPORT Magazine are available for $24.95 per year for 12 issues.  A digital edition of the magazine will be available for $12.95 per year. Access to www.nationalspeedsportnews.com will remain free.

Turn 3 Media is planning to announce more details of its plans during Florida Speed Weeks later this month.  


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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 5:59 PM, 02.12.2012

Book Review: My First Car

What was your first car? Was it something mundane or something cool? Your grandmother's old car or a sports car? What great or not so great memories do you have of that car? Matt Stone's new book, My First Car, answers that question for readers' enjoyment and education, asking stars of racing, automotive industry and show business about their first cars - neat, drab and every shade in between.

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Volume 2011, Issue 8, Posted 2:41 PM, 08.11.2011

RRDC LAUNCHES GROUND-BREAKING “SAFE IS FAST” WEB SITE


HILLIARD, Ohio (Sept. 19, 2011) - The Road Racing Drivers Club announces the launch of www.SAFEisFAST.com – a ground-breaking Web site devoted to the education of racing drivers. The world’s top champion drivers offer a collection of inside secrets not found anywhere else.

Access to the SAFE is FAST Video Symposium is FREE (upon registration).

Supported by the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, this comprehensive site is an invaluable tool for up-and-coming racing drivers, as well as established ones, to hone their skills and learn from the best in the world.
 
Hosted by RRDC President Bobby Rahal, SAFE is FAST features more than 30 RRDC members and other industry experts in some 90 minutes of high-quality videos covering subjects from physical and mental preparation to driving techniques, driver safety to car setup and sponsorship. Here’s a sampling:
 

 

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Volume 2011, Issue 8, Posted 6:17 PM, 09.19.2011

Parade of Power Sparks Charlotte Fall Season

NASCAR Young Guns and NHRA Veterans Launch Speedway’s Fall Season of Speed with Parade of Power, Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Noon
FREE Fan Event to Include Race Car Parade, Driver Autographs, Fan Forum and Monster Truck Rides for Children

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Volume 2011, Issue 6, Posted 4:31 PM, 08.08.2011

Day 1 of the e-miglia 2011: Munich – Mittersill the hero of the day is titleholder Ruhoff

Day 1 of the e-miglia 2011: Munich – Mittersill the hero of the day is titleholder Ruhoff

  • Rally for electric vehicles, from August 1st - 5th, 2011
  • Blue skies and a beautiful route  
  • First stage finish: Mittersill on August 2nd at around 5 pm at the Stadtplatz
  • Biggest challenge: Grossglockner High Alpine Road on August 3rd starting at 8:30 am
  • The 31 e-protagonists: C-Zero, Electric RaceAbout, eMini, E-M3, eRuf, i-Miev, iON, Jetcar, Mega Van, Nissan Leaf, Raleigh Dover, Smart, Stromos, Tesla, Think, Tazzari, Twike
  • Constancy rally through four alpine countries: D-AUT-I-CH
  • Equal-zero emission: 800 km from Munich, over the Grossglockner and Bolzano to St. Moritz
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Volume 2011, Issue 6, Posted 6:30 PM, 08.03.2011

Kurt Busch Named Honorary Chairman of 2011 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony, August 24, in Detroit

Kurt Busch Named Honorary Chairman of 2011 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony, August 24, in Detroit

DETROIT (August 3, 2011) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver Kurt Busch has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the 23rd Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony, Wednesday, August 24, at the Fillmore Theater in downtown Detroit.

Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, currently drives the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge for Penske Racing in NASCAR’s top series.  He has 23 career NASCAR Cup race wins, more than 150 top-10 finishes and 14 poles, including his most recent in June at Michigan International Speedway where Busch captured a series-leading and third consecutive 2011 pole.  The following weekend Busch won his first race of the year at Infineon Raceway, his first career NASCAR Cup road course race victory. The Infineon win extended Busch’s NASCAR winning streak to 10 consecutive seasons.

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Volume 2011, Issue 6, Posted 5:47 PM, 08.03.2011

NEW ADDITION TO EXHIBIT UNVEILED AT THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM "WOMEN IN BUSINESS OF MOTORSPORTS"

NEW ADDITION TO EXHIBIT UNVEILED AT THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM

"WOMEN IN BUSINESS OF MOTORSPORTS"

    INDIANAPOLIS... Twelve prominent women in the business of motorsport will be featured in a new addition to the traveling Women in the Winner's Circle exhibit to be unveiled at 3 pm Thursday, July 28 at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis.

The traveling exhibit was created by Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation founder Lyn St. James in collaboration with The Henry Ford Museum of Dearborn, Mich.  The women featured are:

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Volume 2011, Issue 6, Posted 12:03 AM, 07.27.2011

WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2011 CLASS

WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTS 2011 CLASS

AZUSA, Calif. – Eleven racing figures from historic and modern eras were enshrined in the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame before an audience of more than 300 in ceremonies held July 1 at the Azusa Greens Country Club in Southern California.

            The induction brings the eight-year-old hall of fame’s membership to 105.

            Cary Agajanian, Beverly Hills, Calif.; Owen A. Kearns, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; Chuck Parko, Whittier, Calif. and Joe Ruttman, Upland, Calif. were present for the induction ceremonies. An additional living enshrine, Al Schmidhamer, Portland, Ore., was unable to attend due to his wife’s illness.

             Deceased inductees are Marvin Burke, Pittsburg, Calif.; Louis “Lou” Mangini, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Roger McCluskey, Tucson, Ariz.; George Seeger, Whittier; Chuck Stevenson, Sydney, Mont. and Garden Grove, Calif. and Chuck Williamson, Seaside, Calif.

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Volume 2011, Issue 6, Posted 8:07 PM, 07.04.2011

Calif. Academy of Math & Science PLTW Students Win Super Bowl of Engineering Design

Calif. Academy of Math & Science PLTW Students Win Super Bowl of Engineering Design

The finals of the PLTW and Chevron sponsored challenge took place in San Diego in May

San Diego, CA -- Twelve teams of students from California high competed for prizes in the second annual Chevron-sponsored PLTW California State Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Challenge on Saturday, May 22, in San Diego, CA. The challenge was sponsored by one of Project Lead The Way’s biggest supporters – Chevron, the third largest corporation in the U.S. Chevron is committed to helping fund the expansion of PLTW science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools up and down the State of California.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 12:54 PM, 06.10.2011

Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous 2011 Cruisin’ Hall of FameÒ Inductees Announced

Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous 2011 Cruisin’ Hall of FameÒ Inductees Announced

Inductees: John D’Agostino of Kustom Kars of California; Revell, Inc.; Popular Mechanics; PEP BOYS and Lifetime Achievement Dave McClelland

 

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. – The Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous® proudly announces its 2011 Cruisin’ Hall of Fame Inductees:  john D’Agostino – Kustom Kars of California in the Builder/Designer Category; Revell, Inc. in the Manufacturer/Vehicle Category; Popular Mechanics in the Media/Entertainment Category; and PEP BOYS in the Historical/Misc. Category. The Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Dave McClelland, known as the Voice of the NHRA (National Hot Rods Association).

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 8:02 PM, 06.04.2011