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Ashley Out; Neff In; Big Changes in the John Force Racing squad…

Ashley Force HoodPRESS RELEASE

Yorba Linda, Calif. — Because maternity and muscle cars don’t mix, one of drag racing’s brightest young stars at least temporarily is climbing out of the cockpit of the world’s fastest Ford to focus instead on family.

Ashley Force Hood, the 28-year-old daughter of reigning NHRA Funny Car Champion John Force, confirmed during a Tuesday press conference convened to announce sweeping changes at John Force Racing Inc., that she and husband Dan are expecting their first child in August.

As a result, the driver of the 316.38 mile per hour Castrol GTX Ford Mustang will not compete for the 2011 Full Throttle Championship, concentrating instead on her family and on her duties as the new president of John Force Entertainment, a JFR subsidiary that will develop television, film and book projects.

Although on numerous occasions she had said that she and her husband were anxious to start a family, Force Hood’s announcement was nevertheless unexpected.

The graduate of Cal State-Fullerton is coming off back-to-back seasons in which she finished second and third in points and won consecutive Funny Car titles in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Clermont, Ind., the NHRA most prestigious single event.

“This past November, Dan and I decided we would try to start a family,” Force Hood saud. “We knew it was unlikely to happen in such a short amount of time and, if it didn’t, I could still race the 2011 season and we’d try again next winter.

“We felt that if God wanted it to happen, it would happen. Well, God didn’t waste any time and I am pregnant and due at the end of the summer,” she said.

“Dan and I know there is always a risk at the beginning of a pregnancy so we waited as long as possible to say anything to make sure everything was all right and there were no problems.

“I will be taking off this season,” she said, “but I will still represent Castrol, Ford, Auto Club, BrandSource and Mac Tools; will still be involved in media, commercials and interviews; and will definitely still be rooting on my teammates to go after that 2011 Championship.”

Working with Brent Travers, the former director of Driving Force, the Force family reality series that aired on A&E Network in 2006 and ‘07, Force Hood hopes to complete a variety of projects in her first year as president of John Force Entertainment including a biography of her father, an interactive “day at the races” pop-up book she authored for children, the first installments of a graphic novel featuring a superhero version of her dad fighting evil in a parallel universe, a John Force documentary and a new television series focusing on youngest sister Courtney’s development as a driver.

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UPDATE: SCORE INTERNATIONAL OFF ROAD PRIMM 300 September 10-12th

McMillin

Get ready for the SCORE Primm 300 desert race as the trophy truck class points will be close.  Andy McMillin with two wins in three races this season,  Andy, not only continues to lead the point standings in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series but he has extended his lead following his win at the recent 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 500.

McMillin, 23, is the SCORE Overall point leader as he leads the standings in the SCORE Trophy-Truck division after three rounds of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series.

Andy started the 2010 SCORE season off with an impressive victory in Laughlin in January prior to the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, McMillin win, of National City, Calif., he now has four career race wins in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150.

After winning in Laughlin driving solo, in Round 2 in San Felipe on March 13, he split the driving with his father Scott McMillin and they survived mechanical issues to finish sixth in class and then split the driving again in Ensenada on June 6 with his father to extend his SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point lead with 249 championship points.

Round 4 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series will be the 15th SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300, Sept. 10-12, in Primm, Nev. The computerized drawing for the 18 Pro and 3 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be held on Saturday, August 7 at SCORE’s Los Angeles headquarters.

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Redline Time Attack, Home of the 1000hp imports!

Cricket NSX

Time Attack is a new twist on one of the purest forms of motor sports: time trials. The phrase “time attack” has its roots in Japan, where the sport remains very popular to this day, and as is the case with many automotive trends (sport compact cars, drifting, etc.), time attack events migrated to the United States in 2004.

Time Trial events have been held for well over 100 years, however, time trial just isn’t as “sexy” as Time Attack.(Neither is Super Lap Battle for that matter……)

Redline has upped the ante when it comes to time attack and time trial events in North America. Our rule set and mindset would lend many motor sports enthusiasts to compare time attack to “Run What Ya Brung” drag racing…. but with braking and turning!

Time Attack has a very loose set of rules for each of the four Classes (Enthusiast, Street, Modified, Super Modified) that become increasingly more open as you progress your way up from Enthusiast Class to Super Modified Class.

Time Attack is an excellent way for a driver and their machine, to work as one, and determine who is the fastest on a given road course on a given day in a given set of conditions. The Clock Doesn’t Lie! There is no judging, there are no gimmicks, there is no playing favorite. Whoever records the fastest time, WINS! It is very simple.

The Redline Time Attack Series is the only professionally organized and promoted automotive racing series dedicated to the motor sport of Time Attack in North America. It is not uncommon for our larger events to surpass 100 racer entries and surpass 3000 attendees. The sport is growing very steadily, and rapidly.

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The 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Winning Car: Audi R15 Plus

The 2010 Audi-R15

This past weekend, the 78th running of the most prestigious sports car race took place known as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Triumphant, the #9 Audi R15 took the race for their 9th time since 2000 beating out the formidable efforts of Peugeot.

Starting their modern sports car racing legacy in 1999, Audi reemerged with one of the revolutionary R8 race car at the 2000 12-Hour of Sebring winning in their maiden outing.

The most significant race car to be constructed in 30 years, the Audi R8 carried many traits which would transfer into production vehicles including gasoline direct injection.

In 2006, Audi evolved to the use of diesel power in their step forward in prototype sports car technology called the R10.

For 2009, Audi Sport brought out their newest prototype again at Sebring, the Audi R15, winning that event but would find victory at Le Mans elusive that year. With the Peugeot 908 HDI FAP taking the top spot after the full day of running, this was only the second time in the past decade that Audi would miss prototype victory. However, one of those cases was when Bentley, a corporate sister to Audi, won the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans with a car consisting of major components belonging to the Audi prototype.

Feeling the sting of defeat, Audi Sport Team Joest reloaded with a heavily-revised car for 2010 dubbing it the Audi R15 Plus. Bringing home all three Audi R15 Plus prototypes home 1-2-3 in overall standings.In recognition of the achievement of Audi, we’ll take a closer look at this expertly-engineered race vehicle which pushes competitive and technological boundaries.

The new Audi R15 has a Variable Geometry Turbine engine that is basically a diesel engine and is used in the latest Le Mans 24 hour race. The concept of using a diesel engine is not very common, in fact some car manufacturers wouldn’t even consider trying it, but Audi was brave and intelligent enough to not only make a diesel powered racing engine, but also make it attain one of the top positions in the 24 hour race.

Audi R15 Plus Exterior

Refined over the R15 which debuted last season, the R15 Plus carbon-reinforced bodywork is reshaped for improved aerodynamic efficiency. Slightly longer than a Audi A5, the Audi R15 Plus, the use of weight-reducing material allows the prototype sports car to weigh 250 pounds less than a Toyota Yaris. One of the most noticeable changes found on the Audi R15 Plus refit is located within the vehicle’s front nose section. Dividing into two nose sections, this new design is tested to perform with less aerodynamic drag.

After the 2009 Le Mans race, one of the leading complaints tabled by the Audi Sport Team Joest drivers involved the LED headlights. Since last year, Audi Sport engineers invested considerable time and money to realign the forward lighting to increase brightness. This year, the lights blazed bright through the night as the Audi R15s leapfrogged the Peugeot 908 prototypes through the French night.

Designed for speed, the Audi R15 monocoque body structure is also engineered to comply with crash and safety standards stand-out by the FIA.

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Formula Drift 2010 Round 3: The Gauntlet Results

Formula D: Drifting

Long Beach, Calif. – June 6, 2010 – Formula DRIFT continued the season at Wall Stadium for Round 3: The Gauntlet. Daijiro Yoshihara wins his second event in a row, while Vaughn Gittin, Jr. podiums for the third straight event and retains the Pro Championship leader

Wall Stadium hosted Round 3: The Gauntlet to a packed venue. Fans were treated to clear weather and an action-packed weekend. The level of competition has increased forcing multiple “One More Time” calls from the judges, which gave the fans more head to head action.

“The seventh season continues to be unbelievably strong with the depth and skill of the driver pool,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We want to give it up the drivers for putting on another great show and to the fans for their continued support.”

Round 3: The Gauntlet showcased exciting tandem action that had Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 take his second consecutive victory by beating out Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tires Ford Mustang in the Finals for the second time in a row. Gittin has now found the podium in each of the 3 events this season with a victory at Round 1 and two second place finishes at Round 2 and Round 3 and retains the Pro Championship points lead. The consolation round placed last season’s winner Darren McNamara in the Falken Tires Saturn Sky against 2-time Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust in the Rockstar Energy Drink Scion tC with Foust edging it out for third place at the event.

“I’ve got my mojo back!,” said Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 3: The Gauntlet. “This feels incredible to win back to back events and I could not have done it without the help of my team and sponsors.”

The season continues on July 9-10, 2010 for Round 4: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway. Tickets are available on-line. For more information and details visit the Formula DRIFT website at: www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2010 Point Standings
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 291 Points
2. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 270 Points
3. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Scion TC 228 Points
4. Tuerck, Ryan Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice 209 Points
5. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Saturn Sky 202 Points
6. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / CFR Nissan 350Z 201 Points
7. Millen, Rhys RMR / Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe 182.5 Points
8. Hubinette, Samuel SHR-Dodge / BF Goodrich Dodge Challenger 175 Points
9. Pawlak, Justin Ford Racing / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 147.50 Points
10. Gushi, Ken Scion Racing / RS*R Scion TC 141.50 Points
10. Takatori, Michihiro BF Goodrich / Exedy Nissan S13 141.50 Points
12. Petty, Ross Falken Tire / Garage Boso Nissan S15 137 Points
13. Verdier, Stephan Royal Purple / Crawford Performance / Cooper Subaru STI 135.75 Points
14. Wang, Forest BF Goodrich / Drift Emporium Infiniti G35 133.25 Points
15. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Tire / GM Performance Chevrolet Camaro 118 Points
16. Mordaunt, Patrick PM Racing / AIT Nissan 350Z 117 Points

Round 3: The Gauntlet Event Results
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 1st Place
2. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 2nd Place
3. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Scion TC 3rd Place

Tires.com Triple Crown – Event 1 of 3
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 106 Points
2. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 91 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink Nissan 350Z 81 Points

NASCAR: No. 38 Cup Series team penalized for infractions

Travis Kvapil #34

As expected, NASCAR threw the book at Front Row Motorsports, after its No. 38 Ford Fusion was found to have unapproved valve-stem hardware at Pocono Raceway last Sunday.

At Pocono, the No. 38 Front Row entry was driven by Travis Kvapil. The team has rotated drivers among its three cars for much of the season in an attempt to keep all three in the top 35 in NASCAR Sprint Cup owner points.

The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-10.7J (unapproved modification to valve stem hardware) of the 2010 NASCAR Rule Book.

Crew chief Steve Lane was fined $100,000, suspended for the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events, suspended from NASCAR until Sept. 15 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Richard Bourgeois and tire specialist Michael Harrold have also been suspended from the next 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup events, suspended from NASCAR until Sept. 15 and placed on probation until Dec. 31.

Driver Travis Kvapil and car owner Doug Yates were penalized with the loss of 150 driver and 150 owner points, respectively.

The loss of 150 owner points is potentially a very serious blow to the team, as the No. 38 will fall from 32nd in owner points to 36th, meaning the car will not be guaranteed a starting spot this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and instead will have to make the race on speed. Kvapil is again listed as the driver of the No. 38 at MIS.

On a NASCAR Sprint Cup car air pressure on a new set of tires increases as the car gets further into a race run. If valve stems could be manipulated to gradually release a small amount of air out of the tires, in theory the tires could maintain more consistent pressure over the length of a run.

Front Row Motorsports team owner Bob Jenkins said he will appeal the penalty.

“We take the rules of this sport very seriously, and we support NASCAR in its enforcement of those rules,” said Jenkins. “It was not our intent to put unapproved valve stem caps on our car at Pocono, a track where such a maneuver would clearly not provide any advantage. We are conducting our own internal investigation to determine how those parts got into our inventory and onto our car last weekend.

“While we recognize we have to pay for our mistake, this was an unintentional, isolated incident. We plan to immediately submit an appeal through NASCAR’s formal appeal process as outlined by the NASCAR rule book.”

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

Las Vegas off road racing results

Racers put on some terrific races, as always, and with one race weekend of experience on this track after Rounds 1 and 2, the drivers were learning how to make many more passes and a lot of excitement for the fans. Here’s how the day’s events unfolded.

Modified Kart
Racing action got underway with the future stars of off-road racing: the boys and girls of the kart divisions. First out on track were the Modified Karts, and it was Zach Hunt and Sheldon Creed on the front row when the green flag waved. Hunt jumped out to the early lead in the #534Creative Fabrication & Design, Inc./King Off Road Racing Shocks  machine, followed by Creed in the #522 Fox Racing Shox/Team Associated truck, Bradley Morris in the #504 BME Motorsports/K&N Filters kart, Mitchell DeJong in the #524 Speed Technologies machine, and Brandon Vermillion in the #585 Hart and Huntington/San Manuel Band of Mission Indians kart. Points leader DeJong looped it in turn three and dropped way back, and with Myles Cheek doing the same on the next lap and Creed pulling off the track and out of the race, it was now Hunt, Morris, Vermillion, Jerett Brooks in the #527 Synergy Electric Racing/Simpson truck, and Blake Lenk in the #521 Missing Lenk Motorsports/Racer X Motorsports machine as the competition yellow came out. On the restart, Brooks moved up to third and Trenton Briley took over the fifth spot in his #507 Kal-Gard Lubricants/Walker Evans Racing kart. The top five drivers pulled clear of the field in the closing laps, and as the white flag waved, it was still Hunt out front, followed by Morris, Brooks, Vermillion, and Briley. On the final lap, Hunt’s luck fell to pieces. First, he went wide in turn one, which allowed Morris and Brooks to get by. Then, Vermillion got by Hunt between turns two and three to take over third place. Up front, Morris took the win, followed by Brooks, Vermillion, Hunt, and Briley. Fastest lap of the race went to Brooks with a 50.360 on the final lap.

Junior 2 Kart
Chad Graham in the #410 Bulletproof Suspensions/Cornwell Tools Racing machine and Bowen Brooks in the #477 Synergy Electric Racing/San Diego TShirts Online kart took the green flag of the Junior 2 Kart race from the front row, and they sat in first and second at the end of the first lap. They were followed by Maxwell Ries in the #474 ProAm Racing Products/Kartek Off Road kart, Sheldon Creed in the #422 A.M. Ortega/Fox Racing Shox machine, and     Micaela Cheek in the #457 CMI/Jamminproducts.com truck. Both Ries and Creed were able to get by Brooks on the second lap, and as Ries began to pressure Graham for the lead, Creed took advantage of the in-fighting ahead to jump past Ries and take over second spot. Brooks soon got by Ries to re-take third, and as the competition yellow came out, it was still Graham out front, followed by Creed, Brooks, Ries, and Cheek. On the restart, contact between several drivers allowed Graham to pull out a little gap on the rest of the field. Behind, Creed was still second, followed now by Cheek, Ries, and Eddie Tafoya Jr. in the #451 Specialty Fasteners     Racing/Ultra Custom Boats machine. Cheek and Ries then got into one another, which put Tafoya Jr. up into third, Paige Porter in the #462 Redline Performance/Advantage Boats truck into fourth, and Jack Grabowski in the #427 ProAm/Hoosier kart into fifth. Brooks, who’d been caught up in the stack-up after the restart, was on the move, taking over fifth spot from Grabowski. Up front, Creed had done well to close down the gap on Graham, but despite setting the fastest lap with a 55.651 on the final lap, he couldn’t find enough speed to get around the leader. Graham took a great win, followed by Creed, Tafoya Jr., Porter, and Brooks.

Junior 1 Kart
For the final kart race of the day, a huge field of Junior 1 Karts took to the track. Broc Dickerson and  Preston Roben were on the front row for the start, but it was Brock Heger who took the lead on the opening lap in his #212 CMI/MasterCraft Safety machine. In second was Elliot Watson, followed by Dickerson in the #223 Dickerson Motorsports/PCI Race Radios kart, Roben in the #210 Duggins Construction/iTi Performance Motorsports truck, and Cole Mamer in the #235 Mamer Racing/Sunoco Race Fuels machine. Roben and Mamer both moved past Dickerson to take over third and fourth places, while up front, Heger was opening up a good lead. With the competition yellow waving, it was Heger still in first, Watson second, Roben third, Mamer fourth, and Dickerson fifth. After the restart, Mamer slowed, allowing Dickerson and Riley Herbst to get by for fourth and fifth. As the white flag came out, the top three, Heger, Watson, and Roben, were very close, but they all held their positions through the checkered flag. Heger took the win, maintaining his stranglehold on this class and remaining the only unbeaten driver in any class this season. Second went to Watson in the #203 RC10.com/Canidae kart, followed by Roben, Herbst in the #219 Terrible Herbst/Lucas Oil Products machine, and Dickerson.
The summary for this class can only be called provisional, as official results were still under review at the time this was written.

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The 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing

The 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series brings so much exciting race action that they couldn’t contain it all on one network! So they are unleashing the off road world on four different networks with completely different viewer bases. The series coverage is guaranteed to win the praises of diehard off road fans and make new comers believers is the powerful sport that is off road racing! Check out the lucas oil coverage summary below and see for yourself what the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has to offer!

· MARCH 6-7 – LAKE ELSINORE MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX, LAKE ELSINORE, CA
· APRIL 17-18 – SPEEWORLD OFFROAD PARK, SURPRISE, AZ
· MAY 22-23 – LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, LAS VEGAS, NV
· JUNE 26-27 – MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK, TOOELE, UT
· AUGUST 7-8 - LAKE ELSINORE MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX, LAKE ELSINORE, CA
· SEPTEMBER 25-26 – SPEEDWORLD OFF ROAD PARK, SURPRISE, AZ
· NOVEMBER 6-7 – LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, LAS VEGAS, NV
· DECEMBER 11-12 – FIREBIRD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, CHANDLER, AZ

2010 Off Road Racing

30 Confirmed HD Episodes on SPEED!

Complete series coverage will be presented in a one hour format on SPEED. These shows will be broadcast in high definition with a maximum of 4 episodes dedicated to each event!

3 Confirmed One Hour Episodes in HD on CBS!

The national network contract with CBS Sports includes three, one hour episodes in 2010 with coverage expanding to five, one hour episodes in 2011. This CBS Sports partnership brings the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series into the CBS Sports Spectacular family, offering a commitment of promotional support from the network.

10 Confirmed HD Episodes on Versus!

A minimum of 10 one hour episodes will be presented in high definition on the Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour on Versus. The Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour is entering its forth season and is quickly becoming the home of great racing on Versus.

10 Confirmed HD Episodes on MavTV!

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be broadcast in select U.S. markets as well as internationally on MavTV. The sport of short course off-road racing will be seen throughout Europe as well Australia and New Zealand!

Car Advice USA.com Review: Speed Raceway indoor Electric go-kart racing venue!

 
Car Advice USA.com went to the all new Speed Raceway indoor Electric go-kart racing venue. they have a 55,000 square foot entertainment facility featuring a quarter mile European style go kart racing track and Italian made electric go-karts that reach speeds up to 50 mph. you can really have an Awesome time at the Speed Raceway! When you walk into the Speed Raceway you will see that this is an all time place for racing and adrenaline pumping fun! Right in front of your eyes will be the sign up for you to get started to race, with a very friendly an helpful Staff and Pit crew they can have you racing in no time! The Sign up only takes you about three to five minutes of filling out some basic information.  you will get your Racing License specially made for you at the front desk to start racing! 

Speed Raceway makes sure you are safe with a vast selection of helmets and head socks. The speed of the go-carts are radio controled so for the little ones they can slow them down but still have them going fast enough to have fun! When you are in the pits, and your all ready to race  the staff will call your number of kart you will be racing!  the go-karts use the latest and greatest brushless AC technology, engine 48-volt with a maximum power of 12kw, with a controller from 60amps to 400amps fed by 4 batteries of the latest generation. These karts use gel seal batteries that are maintenance free. Car Advice USA.com Racing around the track and testing these karts out we have to say we were very pleased to have raced these Electric High Performance Go-karts!

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Local Race car driver Joins Car Advice USA !

Aaron, Civic SI, SCCA, Racing, Solos

SCCA solo honda civic

New from Car Advice USA, a local Race car driver signs with Car Advice USA! With SCCA to Engines this guy is gonna be major when it comes to racing and having a blast at the same time! With a great personality he knows how to keep things real and smooth, his car is probably just as smooth as him! We are glad to be a part in your racing career, welcome to the team with the need for speed Car Advice USA!

Danica Patrick, NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series.

Danica Patrick

Patrick’s presence increased ticket sales for Saturday’s Nationwide race, said Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig, and if she proves to be competitive, the other 12 tracks will get much-needed boosts. Also, ESPN expects a rise in ratings for its coverage of the series.

Daytona spotlight hovers over Danica