(Alton, VA - RIS) Is driving a prototype race car on a bucket list track on your bucket list? Well, now, thanks to the Formula Experiences programs at VIRginia International Raceway, you can. If driving is not quite on your radar, you can participate in one of their ride along programs, even one at night, which is eye-opening in more ways than one.
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VIRginia International Raceway Named 2019 SCCA Runoffs Venue
For Immediate Release: TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 24, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
The 2018 24 Hour of Daytona is featuring stars from F1 including a star studed team from American Zak Brown and his United Autosport sports car team, featuring:McLaren F1 drivers, Fernando Alonso, and Lando Norris. Stay tuned for more updates.
Tony Parella Acquires Controlling Stake in Trans Am Series Ownership Group
MIAMI, Fla. [August 8, 2017] — The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC) has announced Tony Parella, by way of Parella Motorsports Holdings, has acquired controlling interest in the TARC ownership group. Parella reached an agreement to purchase the stake previously held by Mike Miller, who departs the ownership group that presents the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
Through his additional investment, Parella now controls the majority of TARC shares while David Jans, John Clagett and Simon Gregg retain minority ownership stakes. Parella joined the ownership group in late July of 2016 and in June of this year acquired, along with Mike Miller and David Jans, the shares held by Jim Derhaag.
“Since joining the ownership group last year Tony has consistently expressed a desire to take Trans Am to the next level,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. “Tony’s enthusiasm and love for our sport is unquestionable, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build the Trans Am brand and competition platform to improve on the progress we’ve made since the creation of The Trans Am Race Company in 2012.”
Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
Honda, Michael Shank Racing Win in Monterey
Ozz Negri, John Pew pilot Ligier-Honda to victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Third WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win in four races for Honda in 2016
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 16, 2016) — Alfonso Ribeiro won the 2016 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over the most accomplished field.
SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2016) - Dylan Murry, of Cumming, Ga., was presented the 22nd Gorsline Scholarship by John Gorsline today at the 64th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida.
With this scholarship, Murry, 15, will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, on an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, and will benefit from a unique training program at Jim Leo’s PitFit Training – all courtesy of Gorsline Company.
The Gorsline Scholarship is presented by Gorsline Company, of Rochester, N.Y., the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. It recognizes aspiring drivers by offering programs with tools that will assist them in developing skills on and off the track to help attain their professional goals.
Two other young drivers were also considered for the Scholarship: Skylar Robinson, 19, of Augusta, Ga., and Kenton Koch, 21, of Glendora, Calif.
“At such a young age, Murry is already an accomplished racer,” said Gorsline, principal of Gorsline Company. “All three of the candidates for the 22nd Gorsline Scholarship are worthy recipients. It was a tough decision, but we selected Dylan. We’re confident he’ll benefit from the performance-enhancement and fitness training programs that Dallaire and Leo will provide as he progresses in his racing career.”
"It feels amazing," said Murry. "I can't believe I won it out of all the people who were named as candidates. When I look at the list of previous winners, I can only hope to end up in my career as many of them did. I'd like to thank all my sponsors, and especially Gorsline Company, for all the help they've given me, and I'm looking forward to working with Jacques Dallaire and Jim Leo on the programs the Scholarship will provide."
Stephen Baldwin, Brian Austin Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Al Unser Jr. will lead the field of past winners to the FINAL checkered flag wave in Long Beach.
LONG BEACH, Calif., (March 9, 2016) —RIS - Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and Toyota announced today that actors Stephen Baldwin, Frankie Muniz, Brian Austin Green and last year’s overall winner, Alfonso Ribeiro, are among the 21 participants from film, television and sports, who will return to compete in the 40th Anniversary of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (March 9, 2016) – RIS - Three of auto racing’s rising stars are candidates for the 22nd Gorsline Scholarship in 2015. The recipient will be named on Thursday, March 17, at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, prior to the running of the 64th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by "Fresh from Florida," on March 19.
The Gorsline Scholarship is presented by Gorsline Company of Rochester, N.Y., the leader in creating protection strategies for high-risk professionals. It recognizes aspiring drivers and offers a program that provides tools to assist these drivers in developing skills on and off the track to attain their professional goals. The winner will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, on an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, and will benefit from a unique season-long training program at Jim Leo’s PitFit Training, courtesy of Gorsline Company.
“These drivers have accomplished much in their short racing careers, and are already on a path to success. Because they're still at the beginning of their journeys, they can advance their on-track talents to a very high level with these programs,” said John Gorsline, principal of Gorsline Company. “We at Gorsline Company are excited to recognize the achievements of them all and to assist them in their progress. They are true rising stars.”
Madison Snow was the 2015 recipient of the Gorsline Scholarship. The candidates for the 2016 Gorsline Scholarship are:
SCOTT PRUETT RECEIVES RRDC’S 2016 PHIL HILL AWARD
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2016) – Scott Pruett, known as a savvy and disciplined racer with a record 60 victories in IMSA competition, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2016 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at a dinner on Jan. 27 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway to host SCCA Runoffs in 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 14, 2015 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sports Car Club of America announced today that the IMS road course will be the site of the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, with race days Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
The event is unprecedented for both the Club and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, pitting the amateur National Championship event on the 14 turn, 2.439-mile road course that hosts the Verizon IndyCar Series' Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
"Many Indianapolis 500 veterans have their racing roots in SCCA competition, so hosting the SCCA national championships at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a natural fit," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "The Runoffs will provide drivers who have dreamed of competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway an opportunity to do so and will hopefully motivate some participants to continue on the path to compete in the Indianapolis 500 someday. It is going to be a tremendous event showcasing the talent and passion that makes SCCA racing so exciting."
LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 26, 2015) – Motorsports fans have voted the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach among the world’s 10 best motorsports races, in an online poll conducted by USA TODAY and 10Best.com.
24 hours Le Mans - United States Sports Car Chapionship _RIS- the Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.R #64, driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor, races to victory at Circuit de la Sarthe Sunday, June 14, 2015
Porsche Earns Third-Consecutive TUDOR GTD Win of Season on Belle Isle
“ROOKIE” VETERANS JOIN BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL AT IMS Hearn, Gregoire, Jones, Manning In “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am
Southlake, TX (April 14, 2015) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced four first-time entries in its second annual “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am race, the feature event of its June 11- 14 Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Familiar to Indianapolis 500 fans but new to the SVRA’s Pro-Am are Richie Hearn, Stephan Gregoire, Davy Jones and Darren Manning. All have filed entries to a field that has grown to sixteen. The SVRA expects 33 Indianapolis 500 veterans to start.
JIM CLARK TO BE HONORED AT BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 50TH Anniversary of “Flying Scot’s” Indianapolis Win, Pro-Am Field Grows
Southlake, TX (March 31, 2015) –The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced it will honor one of auto racing’s all-time greatest champions with a display of his Indianapolis 500 cars at its June 11-14 Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Jimmy Clark, nicknamed by fans and press “The Flying Scot,” will be honored for his many accomplishments in the 50th anniversary year of his 1965 Indianapolis 500 triumph.
Amy Ruman takes TA victory, Jason Berkeley secures TA3 International Championship
One point separates drivers as finale approaches, Berkeley and Betts set for International Group battle
In near-perfect weather, Joao Barbosa and former Indy car driver Christian Fittipaldi drove a near-perfect race to win the TUDOR United SportCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
The two Portugese-speaking drivers (one from Portugal, one from Brazil) launched forward in the #5 Corvette Daytona Prototype, passing the pole-sitting HPD ARX-03b of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel at the seventh corner of Lap 1, and didn’t look back.
“It was definitely and awesome race for us,” said Fittipaldi, who was rookie of the year here in Indianapolis for the 1995 Indy 500. “All the stars aligned. Hat’s off to the team.”
“I kept asking ‘Are we going to need fuel?’, and the team just said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing.’” Barbosa said of the closing laps.
The win puts the #5 team first in the Prototype championship.
Welcome to the third running of the NASCAR Super Weekend at the famed 2.5-mile oval of the 105-year old Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The stock cars of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series practice and compete Friday through Sunday, but first, the sports cars.
Under perfect, sunny weather, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the first time the unified sports car championship has ever competed at the Brickyard.
The Grand-American series had competed here the last two years with the NASCAR Super Weekend (sports cars, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup), but this is the first time many of the former American Le Mans Series teams have been on the IMS 2.439-mile infield road course.
In the day's first practice session, the #1 HPD ARX-03b prototype of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel was quickest at 1:18.349 sec. (112.068 mph).
Joins Growing Field of Indy Legends in Brickyard Vintage Race
Southlake, TX (April 21, 2014) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced one of the giants of the sport, two-time Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Al Unser Jr., will compete in the “Indy Legends Pro-Am,” a special feature to its June 6 – 8 “Brickyard Invitational” vintage race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The SVRA, America’s premier vintage racing organization, is creating a return to competition for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 with a 40 minute race of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Sunday, June 8. Unser joins Lyn St. James, Willy T. Ribbs and Mark Dismore who agreed to compete last week.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MARCH 11, 2014 - June 6-8, 2014 will be historic dates for all race fans. The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) will host what is certain to be the largest gathering of track ready race cars in one place at one time, in history.
The SVRA’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis will feature well over 600 race cars on the F-1 track at IMS, as well as over 150 open wheel oval track race cars on the big oval. The cars, dating from the 1920’s to 1999 will be raced in at least 21 groups with on track action from 8 AM until 6 PM each day.
Las Vegas based supercar driving experience is expanding to Southern California.
Exotics Racing provides participants with high-speed dreams behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exclusive supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, and more. Beginning December 14, 2013, everyone can live the dream when Exotics Racing’s newest racing school opens in Southern California, at the Auto Club Speedway. The Speedway is located about 45 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in Fontana. This new high speed adrenaline creating experience is poised to be a top attraction for both tourists and residents of Southern California as well as bringing approximately 30 new job openings to San Bernardino County by the end of 2014.
Injured in a motorcycle accident in 2003, Florida resident Mike Bauer is now a paraplegic but that hasn't dampened his passion for motorsports. Under the watchful eye of neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Falci from Craig Hospital in Denver, Bauer this week took to the track at nearby High Plains Raceway, testing a specially modified 450 hp C5 Chevrolet Corvette.
INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- Leading in the last ten minutes, former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Rubens Barrichello had to pit the #77 Doran Daytona prototype for fuel, handing the lead and eventual victory in the second running of the Brickyard Grand Prix to Ryan Dalziel in the #2 Starworks BMW/Riley.
It was Dalziel's first win of the season, fifth of his career.
The Starworks Motorsports team now leads 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series points championship.
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Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
Brickyard Sports Car Challenge
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 26, 2013
Jordan Taylor drove Indianapolis-based Wayne Taylor Racing to the Daytona Prototype pole Thursday, July 25 for the Brickyard Grand Prix GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race.
Taylor, from Apopka, Fla., turned an event-record lap of 1:22.251 in the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide/Toshiba/Chevrolet Corvette DP owned by his father, Wayne Taylor. It was the third consecutive DP pole this season for Taylor, 22, who will share the car in the race Friday with veteran Max Angelelli.
"When you think of motorsports, you think of Indy, Daytona, Sebring and all of the big names," Jordan Taylor said. "To get the pole is awesome."
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
Brickyard Sports Car Challenge
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 25, 2013
It was a full day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The day started with the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams practicing on the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval for tomorrow’s running of the Indiana 250 and Brickyard 400.
Then the IMS facilities crew got to work and changed-over the oval to the 2.534-mile road course configuration. What had taken 18 days thirteen years ago when Formula 1 was running at Indy now took less than an hour.
The Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge teams ran in the early afternoon, and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series took the facility to dusk - over nine hours of on-track activity.
THE 24-HOURS OF LE MANS
RUNNING TOP 10 RESULTS AT HOUR 14
LE MANS, FRANCE -RIS- With approximately ten hours left in the most famous annual 24-hour endurance sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the race is turning into a battle between powerhouse Audi Sport Team Joest and Toyota Racing.
At present, the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro leads the two Toyota TS030-Hybrids, #8 and #7, by less than a lap in the LMP1 category.
The Audi is being driven by eight-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish.
The #8 Toyota is currently being driven by Sebastien Buemi. His co-drivers are Anthony Davidson and Stephane Sarrazin.
The #7 Toyota co-drivers are Alexander Wurz, Nicholas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima.
The 24-Hours of Le Mans
Circuit de le Sarthe
Le Mans, France
23 June 2013
LE MANS, FRANCE -RIS- In its 90-year history, the 24-Hours of Le Mans endurance car race has had its share of drama, and this edition was no less so.
The race opened with Dane Allan Simonsen’s fatal accident at Tertre Rouge, but ended in a record-setting win for Audi - the second in a row for the R18 e-tron quattro and the 12th since the marque’s first win here at the Circuit de le Sarthe in 2000.
And standing another victory taller was another Dane, Tom Kristensen, who won Le Mans as a co-driver for the record ninth time, further distancing himself from such Le Mans legends as Jackie Ickx and Derek Bell.
LE MANS, FRANCE -RIS- Danish Aston Martin driver Allan Simonsen died today in an accident during the first hour of this year's running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Simonsen, 34, co-driver of the #95 AM Vantage GTE program was fatally injured as his car spun off-track at the Tertre Rouge corner ten minutes into the twenty-four hour race. It appeared the rear of the #95 slipped out as the car entered the long right-hander on to the Mulsanne Straight. Simsonsen corrected, and the car snapped back and headed directly into the guard rail.
He was transported to the circuit medical center where he succumbed to his injuries.
A Tribute to Ralph Sanchez
A statement from Scott Atherton on the passing of Ralph Sanchez
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón joins the global motorsports community in mourning the loss of Ralph Sanchez, founder of the Grand Prix of Miami, who passed away Monday at the age of 64.
United SportsCar Racing Confirms Strategic Alliance
with ACO and Le Mans
SEBRING, Fla. - The link between Le Mans and professional sports car racing in North America lives on into the future. Officials from United SportsCar Racing – a result of unifying the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and GRAND-AM Road Racing – today signed agreements with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) that will keep the Le Mans brand of sports car racing firmly entrenched in North America.
“The ACO is delighted through this alliance partnership that goes beyond a simple licensing agreement, to continue our collaboration that started 14 years ago with Don Panoz and the creation of ALMS, and which has been of great benefit to both partners,” said ACO President Pierre Fillon.
“This strategic alliance will lead to a close collaboration between the ACO and United SportsCar Racing to promote, develop and reinforce endurance racing in North America. Through this global agreement, I am convinced endurance racing will continue to be in safe hands in North America for many years to come.”
Audi Sweeps at Sebring with Hybrid Power
SEBRING, Fla. _ RIS - Audi Sport extended its remarkable run at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday. Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Oliver Jarvis won the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida in their No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro – the first hybrid car to win at Sebring and in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
Treluyer drove a storming final two stints. He took fuel with 20 minutes left but maintained his lead over teammate Tom Kristensen in the No. 2 Audi. Kristensen, Allan McNish and Lucas di Grassi placed second.
“For sure at the end with the traffic it was really hard to see in the mirror,” said Treluyer, who has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans the last two seasons with Fassler and Andre Lotterer. “I just had to keep the gap. Tom was doing good on the out laps and could warm the tires better than me. But after that I could go quicker than he and I could bring it home.”
United SportsCar Racing To Debut In 2014
SEBRING, Fla. - RIS - With uniqueness and modernity at the forefront, the new United SportsCar Racing platform was revealed (#TheReveal) today at Sebring International Raceway, resulting from the merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
United SportsCar Racing will debut in 2014 with the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“The new name says it all,” said GRAND-AM President and CEO Ed Bennett. “In only six months since we announced the merger, GRAND-AM and the ALMS have taken huge strides to become one organization that will redefine sports car racing in North America. United SportsCar Racing reflects the fundamental spirit of how we are working together toward a common goal.”
Tequila Patrón Returns as Presenting Sponsor
of 2013 American Le Mans Series
BRASELTON, Ga. - RIS - Next week marks the start of the 2013 season of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), and Tequila Patrón is back for the fourth year as the Presenting Sponsor of the entire 10-race competition.
Excitement on the track will be at an all-time high this year, as Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM), the Tequila Patrón-sponsored ALMS team owned by veteran driver Scott Sharp, recently announced that it will field two Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b prototypes – in the P2 class – to replace the GT-class Ferrari 458 Italias the team entered in previous years.
“Watching those Patrón Ferraris at ALMS races was a spectacular sight, but it will be even more exhilarating to watch the extraordinary power and performance of these new P2 cars,” commented Matt Carroll, Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits International. “We’re looking forward to our fourth year of sponsoring the American Le Mans Series, and we’re thrilled with ESM’s decision to enter the highly competitive P2 class with HPD as our partner. Most importantly, we can’t wait for fan reaction when they see these impressive Patrón ESM race cars take to the track!”