Hankook and Formula E celebrate partnership launch
Season 3 Episode 26 Speedway Motors Podcast Now Available
The Stage is set for the Season Finale at the 2022 HANA BANK SEOUL E-PRIX
Speedway Motors to Celebrate Customers, 70th Anniversary
Season 3 Episode 24 of Speedway Motors Podcast Now Available
Speedway Motors to Launch Season 3: “What Moves You” Podcast
Preview, Nürburgring 24 Hours, Nürburgring-Nordschleife (Germany): Porsche Aims to Defend its Title in the Eifel with the 911 GT3 R
Season preview, DTM, Rounds 1+2, Portimão (Portugal): Porsche customer teams contest a full DTM season for the first time
2022 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup: Global esports championship showcases the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Porsche is chasing titles in Formula E and the World Endurance Championship
Reunions Magazine Lists 7 Best COVID-19 Travel Tips: Stay Safe for the Holidays
Reunions magazine, the leading online reunion planning and celebration publication for 30 years, announced today the “7 Best COVID-19 Travel Tips” list for holiday travel, compiled by Carole Terwilliger Meyer, author of Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities. In the December 2021 edition, Reunions magazine provides useful tips on how to stay safe on the road during the holidays, as well as ideas on how to set up reunions with safety in mind; and education, resources, and event planning ideas for family, class, and military reunions. [Stay Safe on the Road] Millions look forward to the joy of reuniting with family and friends every year, even more this year due to last year’s separation caused by the pandemic. According to Reunions magazine, some of the top ways to stay safe when traveling include: When Driving: Bring a kit with disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and snacks to reduce stopping along the way. Pack plastic sandwich bags to hold your mask and more. Plan ahead on where to stop: for example, locations that provide clean restrooms. Hotels & Planes: Check ahead about safety protocols. Open hotel windows, when possible, and air out the room for a few hours. Use a plastic sandwich bags to cover germy TV remotes and other surfaces. Pack your own pillows. Connected Virtually and In-Person During the Holidays There will be an increase in travel this holiday season, however a lot of people are uncomfortable hosting and visiting in-person (vaccinated or not). Options include virtual and hybrid (in-person and virtual) reunions. “Reunions will take many forms this year,” said Rick Voight, CEO, Vivid-Pix and Publisher of Reunions magazine. “People are balancing safety concerns with longing to be together. Some people will reunite with just a few people or host full in-person family gatherings; some will have virtual ‘Zoom Reunions,’ and others will host hybrid reunions -- so we will see hybrid physical/distance reunions becoming more prevalent during the holidays and the coming year.” [Free Vivid-Pix Classes “How-To Zoom” & “Gathering Traditions” Teach What to Do When Together] To assist people with getting together and what to do when they are together, Vivid-Pix has created two sets of free classes: How-To Zoom and Gatherings Traditions. The how-to series provides instructions on how to connect, literally, with step-by-step log-in, settings, and more information; and how to connect, emotionally, by sharing photos and memories online through “Gathering Traditions,” which also explains how to have engaging conversations with all ages, and for those interested in family history/genealogy, record time-capsules for reliving memories, created with Kenyatta D. Berry, host of the Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. Vivid-Pix also offers other great ways to stay connected virtually during the holidays through gifting photos restored with Vivid-Pix RESTORE software, which can be printed and sent to friends and family as cherished holiday gifts (info at: https://www.vivid-pix-prints.com/), and the Vivid-Pix Holiday Software BOGO is available through the year-end, so everyone can get Vivid-Pix for themselves and give one as a gift (value $99.98 - for only $49.99), perfect for friends and family who love photos or sharing family history -- info at: https://www.vivid-pix.com/bogo-restore
Seven weeks of preparation for 14 hours of racing at the WEC finale in Bahrain
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) starts its grand finale of the season this coming weekend. The championship titles will be decided on two consecutive race weekends in Bahrain. The Porsche GT Team fights for the titles in the GTE-Pro class with two ca. 515 PS 911 RSR. Within just eight days, a six-hour race on October 30th and an eight-hour race on November 6th will be contested at the Bahrain International Circuit near the capital city of Manama. This first-ever doubleheader event in the history of the WEC poses some special challenges for the Porsche works team. The workshops of the Manthey operations team have been standing near-empty since September 6th: On that day, WEC logistics partner DHL picked up five shipping containers, each a good twelve metres long, and dispatched them to Bahrain from the Belgian port city of Antwerp. These containers hold the equipment for the two races in the island nation, including the two Porsche 911 RSR and two safety cars, which are also serviced and maintained by Manthey. Only for the highlight of the season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, does the team need more equipment. As the crow flies, Le Mans in France is just 556 kilometres away, while Bahrain is a 4,558-kilometre trip. Nevertheless, the transport efforts remain surprisingly manageable. “From a logistics perspective, back-to-back races on the Persian Gulf are much easier than one race in Fuji and one in Bahrain,” states team manager Bernhard Demmer. Originally, the FIA WEC racing calendar had planned one race each in Japan and Bahrain at the end of the year. Especially in terms of customs clearance in the two countries, this would have resulted in significantly more effort. “In Bahrain, everything is handled as ‘temporary import’: the material is only imported for a short period of time and then the exact same material is exported again. It’s noticeably easier to organise,” explains Demmer. “In Japan, the freight enters the country via the so-called ‘ATA Carnet’. This requires, among other things, a guarantee from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, as well as many signatures and stamps. All in all, it’s a significantly greater effort,” says the team manager, who goes by the name of “Berno.” He continues: “Due to the tight time frame, we would also have had to transport our cars and equipment to Fuji via air freight. That would’ve been seven to ten times more expensive than shipping them over the ocean.” Because of this arrangement at the end of the season, the Porsche GT Team not only saves money but also labour in some areas. The pit equipment does not have to be set up and dismantled between the two races, hence there is no need to load and pack twice. The vehicles are serviced in the well-equipped garage between the two events. The entire crew will spend a total of 14 days in the Middle East. “There are certainly worse places than Bahrain for such a situation,” Demmer says with a smile. “The people there are friendly, the hotels are first class and the conditions at the track are ideal. Additionally, everyone can get their fix of sun and warmth there before the European winter.” “The first race ends on Saturday evening, followed by four days in which the cars have to be maintained – and there is time for the crew to take some deep breaths,” reports Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. He adds: “It is our task in team management to give everyone in the squad the freedom to take one of the days off. That way we can also prevent cabin fever. In addition, at a doubleheader event like this, we have to divvy up our workforce well.” The work schedule is similar to that of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021. This year’s event in France kicked off with the official test day. The endurance classic started six days later – a streamlined yet gruelling programme. In Bahrain, the two races add up to a total of 14 hours of racing, plus a rookie test day on the Sunday after the season finale. The Porsche GT Team has a plan that includes both intensive work and much-needed breaks. If both Porsche 911 RSR cross the finish line in the first race without any major damage, the vehicles will be serviced on Sunday and Monday morning. The team would then have around 24 hours of free time. The fine-tuning and aligning of the cars will not take place until Tuesday afternoon. The first session of the second weekend begins on Thursday. “One thing is important – and it’s often overlooked: If you fly home between two races, like in Fuji and Bahrain for example, it’s like pushing a reset button. Automatically, the crew would be fully concentrated on each of the race weekends,” says Bernhard Demmer. “We have to achieve the same effect at this upcoming back-to-back event, even though it’ll seem like one long event. We all have to divide our concentration and energy optimally because these last two races are about nothing less than the championship,” outlines the team manager. “This is exactly where it becomes a bit of an experiment because we’ve never experienced this format before,” adds Alexander Stehlig. “I see a particular focus on the engineers in this situation. They have to follow up, analyse and prepare everything within four days, where they would otherwise have two or three weeks to do this. There’s no way we could train for that. We contest six FIA WEC races each season, unlike, for example, NASCAR, where 36 races are held virtually one weekend after the other. The crews there are much more used to compact analyses and race preparation.” “Even if we win the first race, the drivers and engineers will still find things that we need to optimise,” says the FIA WEC Head of Operations. With a smile, he adds: “I was a race engineer myself for a long time. I know that we like to calculate to the second decimal place, even though the first would be enough. That’s how we work – and it’s a good thing. Still, we have to manage our workload effectively in this area as well. So, an engineer should allow himself three hours of downtime, too.” The meticulous attention to detail in the Porsche GT Team includes seemingly everyday essentials. Team manager Bernhard Demmer had two of these ‘essentials’ securely packed up and sent to Bahrain. “We have a washing machine and dryer in our luggage,” he grins. For context: With such a lengthy event, the team and drivers’ clothing have to be cleaned every now and then – especially in the sweltering heat of the desert. “With a third-party laundry service, like a hotel, you always run the risk of things coming back a size smaller. We’d rather wash our own clothes,” laughs Demmer.
Racing Legends Gather to Recognize & Celebrate Opening of the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed celebrated the opening of the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection with a two-day celebration commemorating the Herzog family’s legacy in the sport and kicked off a long term display of iconic cars and trucks that raced under the Herzog Motorsports banner in the 1980s through the 2000s. Festivities included a private gala Friday evening, ground breaking ceremony, and public celebration Saturday during Cars & Coffee. Renowned motorsports reporter Rick Benjamin served as emcee for the weekend’s festivities which included screenings of clips from the one-hour documentary, Patrons of Horsepower, that aired on the FOX network earlier this month and panel discussions with racing legends that raced under the Herzog banner. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson who joined Herzog Motorsports in 1996 and raced for them in off-road, American Speed Association (ASA) and NASCAR competition through 2001, took part in the celebration. “Bill, Stan and Randy are like fathers to me. I spent so much time with them, at the start of my professional career which they had so much to do with. I was very fortunate to know the right people in the beginning and that opened the right doors for me,” said Jimmie Johnson. “I’m excited to see them honored with the opening of the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection at Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed.” A number of other racings legends who raced under the Herzog Motorsports banner also participated in the celebration including George Wagenblast, Dave Mason, Danny Ashcraft, Scott Douglas, Larry Ragland and Herb Fishel. This exhibit, which is part of a 90,000 square foot expansion announced earlier this month, features Herzog memorabilia, race vehicles including Baja and Pikes Peak-winning trucks, as well as Johnson’s NASCAR Busch Series and ASA Monte Carlos. The vehicles on display include: 1989 Ford Bronco II Baja Truck, driven by Danny Ashcraft 1998 Chevrolet Silverado Vortec Baja Truck 2000 Chevrolet Trailblazer Vortec Baja Truck- winner of the 2000 Baja 500 and 3rd overall in the Baja 1000 in 2000 GMC Jimmy Vortec Pikes Peak Truck, driven by Larry Ragland- Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Overall Winner in 2000 1999 ASA NASCAR #44 Pennnzoil Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson- 1st win in a season where he racked up two wins and finished 3rd in the series 2000 NASCAR Busch Series #92 AllTel Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson 2001 NASCAR Busch Series #92 Excedrin Monte Carlo, driven by Jimmie Johnson 1957 Chevy Gasser, from Stan Herzog’s personal collection- featured on the cover of the August 2000 issue of Hot Rod Magazine and formerly owned by baseball great and classic car collector Reggie Jackson 1966 Pontiac Catalina, from Randy Herzog’s personal collection “It’s such an honor to see the Herzog Motorsports racing legacy and some of the first vehicles I ever raced on display at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed,” Johnson added. A groundbreaking ceremony was also held Saturday during Cars & Coffee. In addition to the in-kind contribution and donations of collections, the museum has received significant financial commitments for the expansion from Herzog Motorsports, LeRoy Beyers and Speedway Motors. “The new addition will allow us to add enhanced displays for NASCAR, off-road racing and growing our already popular land speed drag racing and custom show car displays,” said Tim Matthews, curator Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. “We are excited to kick that off with the Herzog Motorsports Racing Collection honoring the Herzog family and their legacy in racing history.” Recognized earlier this year as the #1 Attraction for Car Lovers in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice awards, Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is currently home to over 150,000 square feet of display space over three levels. The Museum was formed to present a continuous chronology of automotive racing engine and speed equipment development and to preserve, interpret and display items significant in racing and automotive history. The Museum’s collection results from “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith’s personal involvement in racing and hot rodding, and their family’s lifelong passion for collecting and preserving racing and automotive history. The Museum also features many other unique displays including the largest collection of vintage pedal cars, gas-powered miniature race cars, automobile-themed toys, automotive art, lunchboxes and more. For more information about Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, museum hours or displays, visit www.museumofamericanspeed.com
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed to Celebrate Art Gallery Opening with Cars & Coffee and Special Events
Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed will celebrate the opening their new Gallery of Automotive Art Sat. Sept. 25 with Cars & Coffee, artist book signings and a panel discussion along with a Vintage Drag Car Cacklefest. What: Cars & Coffee/Opening of Gallery of Automotive Art Where: Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, 599 Oak Creek Dr. Lincoln, Neb. When: Saturday, Sept. 25 8 a.m. to Noon Cars & Coffee 9 a.m. Vintage Drag Car Cacklefest 9:15-9:45 a.m. Book Signing with Bob Larivee, Chuck Miller and Al Bergler (outside of the museum) 9:45-10:45 a.m. Artist Panel Discussion with Tom Fritz and Darrell Mayabb (outside of the museum) This extraordinary collection of automotive artwork celebrates an exclusive selection of renowned automotive artists. From the soft elegance of Tom Fritz to the colorful and crisp lines of Darrell Mayabb, the collection includes nearly 50 unique artists. For more information about the new Art Gallery visit https://www.speedwaymotors.com/the-toolbox/automotive-art-in-the-museum-of-american-speed/31448
Racing Legends Gather to Honor Herzog Motorsports at Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed October 15-16
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who credits the Herzog family for playing a major role in helping launch his racing career, will be part of the festivities honoring Herzog Motorsports at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 15-16, 2021. Johnson will join other racing legends, including Larry Ragland, Todd Bodine, Danny Ashcraft and Dave Mason, for a two-day celebration to commemorate the Herzog family’s legacy in the sport, and will help kick off a long-term display at the Museum of the iconic cars and trucks that raced under the Herzog Motorsports banner in the 1980s through the 2000s. Festivities will include a public welcome party, autograph signings, a Cars & Coffee event, and a private gala. The upcoming display will feature Herzog memorabilia, and the race vehicles will include Baja and Pikes Peak-winning trucks, as well as Johnson’s NASCAR Busch Series and ASA Chevy Monte Carlos. The display will be opened to the public following the Friday night gala. A one-hour TV special on the history of the team and founders Stanley and Randy Herzog, with support from father Bill, is scheduled to air on Fox Network in September, produced by renowned motorsports reporter Rick Benjamin. Excerpts from the special will be shown during the private gala. “I knew of the Herzogs and really respected their program and the success that they had in the SCORE Desert Off Road Series,” said Johnson in his interview with Benjamin for the TV special. “They were racing in the Midwest and if it wasn’t for Chevrolet trying to keep me busy and trying to keep me on television and offered me a pit reporting job I wouldn’t have met them.” Johnson, who joined Herzog Motorsports in 1996 and raced for them in off-road, ASA and NASCAR competition through 2001, added, “I can go on and on how wonderful they are. They became fathers to me, Stan and Randy both. I’ve spent so much time with them, at a critical age in my growth as a man, professionally and personally. I was away from home on the road with them a lot, so their wisdom, their advice, their mentoring, their care for me, and bringing me into their family as they did, meant the world to me. “I look back on it now and smile with pride and joy for the time we had together, at the start of my professional career, which they had so much to do with.” Johnson raced for the Herzogs in SODA from 1996 to 1997. He won several races and was the 1996 SODA Winter Series Champion. He then went to ASA, was the 1998 Rookie of the year, and won two races in 1999. He ran eight races for Herzog in the 1999 Busch Series, and spent two full seasons with the team in 2000 and 2001, winning one race in 2001 before moving to Hendrick Motorsports that year. As for Johnson joining the team, "It evolved around the development of a young off-road driver by the name of Johnson, which was Jimmie," said Randy Herzog in a similar interview with Benjamin. "GM wanted to develop him and through a certain set of circumstances Herzog Motorsports was selected as the vehicle to develop him, and the programs that we elected to do that through involved off-road racing and then the intermediate level of pavement racing, and that evolved into the Busch Grand National Series at the time, and eventually we were programmed to move him on into the Winston Cup Series, which didn't actually end up under us." When asked if Johnson was his favorite, he responded, "I'd have to say he's the most prominent. He's the closest to my heart, I'll say that. I loved all the drivers who drove for us." The Herzogs owned or sponsored race teams that won championships in SCORE, CORR, SODA, NHRA Funny Car class, and have scored victories in such prestigious events as the Baja 1000 and Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.
Porsche Korea Co-hosts the ‘Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific’
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced on the 25th that Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific, a new E-sports event, will be held jointly with 11 countries and regions, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand. The Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will be played in Gran Turismo Sport, a game designed for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation®41 console. The tournament is open to participants from markets of Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia including Taiwan, Singapore, and more, who will collect points across five qualifying rounds, each of which shall comprise two competition slots. The five top-scoring racers from each market will make it through to the next stage, with the ultimate winner receiving an all-expenses paid weekend in Tokyo, which will include a Porsche Experience Centre Tokyo experience and many more Porsche moments. The qualifying race will be held at the most famous racing circuits around the globe, including the Circuit de la Sarthe from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is where Porsche won the most ever titles totaling 19 times, the Mount Panorama Circuit of the Bathurst 24 Hour race, and the Good-wood Motor Circuit, the location of the most famous classic car event in the world. Different cars will be used for each race, including the 919 Hybrid and 962 C for Le Mans, along with the 356 A, a famous model from the motor sports scene of the 1950s, meaning that drivers will need a wide range of skills to survive. The ‘Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific’ will be officially sponsored by BOSE, a premium audio company, TAG Heuer, a Swiss luxury watchmaker, and HUGO BOSS, a German luxury fashion house. Detailed information such as the event schedule, overall standings, and etc. can be found on Porsche Korea’s official social media including Instagram and KakaoTalk Channel. Porsche has organized E-sports events such as ‘Porsche SimRacing Trophy’, ‘Porsche E-sports Supercup’ and has formed independent E-Sports teams to participate in ’24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual 2020’ and ‘E-sports Days at IAA’, making it one of the forerunning automobile brands to engage in E-sports racing. Porsche Korea has also signed a partnership with Nexon Co., Ltd. (CEO Lee Jung-hun) on December, 2020 to launch the ‘Taycan 4S’ as a new Kart in PC and mobile games based on ‘Kar-tRider’ IP (Intellectual Property), and held E-sports event ‘KartRider Rush Plus Super Match’, strengthening E-sports marketing campaigns in Korea.
Fourth Successive LE MANS WIN for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a historic and dramatic fourth consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victory, overcoming adversity to become the first Hypercar winners at the Circuit de la Sarthe. ▲ Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, who won the long-awaited first victory The whole team showed a never-give-up spirit to conquer a fuel system issue which threatened to derail the challenge of both cars when it struck in the second half of the race. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, in the #7 GR010 HYBRID, finally won Le Mans for the first time after several heart-breaking near misses. The World Champions started from pole position and led for the majority of the race, completing 371 laps. On the new GR010 HYBRID's Le Mans debut, last year's winners Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley completed a perfect result for the team, which has now won all four races of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) so far. An incident-packed 24 hours began on a wet track and saw Sébastien drop to the back of the field on the first racing lap, when the #8 was hit by the #708 Glickenhaus. Mike led the field from pole in the #7 and, despite two punctures, set the pace at the front as Sébastien brought the #8 car into contention despite further misfortunes. It suffered a damaged wheel rim following contact with a lapped car and a puncture of its own. Rain in the sixth hour caused several incidents, including a 20-minute safety car, but José kept the #7 in front and Brendon maintained the pressure from second. The race ebbed and flowed between the two cars, with slow zones and safety cars contributing to a fluctuating gap, with the GR010 HYBRIDs holding a clear lead over the chasing pack, led by the #36 Alpine, which was off the lead lap. As the race entered its final 12 hours, Kamui had stretched the #7 car's lead to just over half a minute, with Brendon chasing in the sister car. When Kazuki took the wheel of the #8 after 14 hours, the team swapped the front end to rectify a drop in aerodynamic performance caused by minor damage. Nerves were stretched in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing garage as the final quarter of the race approached. An issue on the fuel system of the #8 car prevented it completing full stints. Over consecutive fuel stops, it returned to the pits earlier each time as the team worked intensively to find a solution. With four laps in hand over the third-placed Alpine, and no prospect of a quick repair, a remarkable team effort tested several options until an effective counter-measure was developed. The drivers had to activate a specific setting at defined points around the track to return the #8 car to normal stint lengths. That proved even more crucial when the #7 developed a similar issue. Kamui and then José could quickly manage the situation and maintain a comfortable lead. Close communication between drivers and race engineers on both cars ensured the issue was kept under control. Kamui and Kazuki took over their respective cars for the final stint and crossed the line together to make Hypercar history at Le Mans. Akio Toyoda (Team Founder) “To Kamui, Mike and Jose, You have finally taken the "missing item at Le Mans". Congratulations! It is great to see! Even if Toyota had three consecutive wins at Le Mans, Even if you guys won the world championship, I couldn't rejoice from the bottom of my heart. Because your guys felt only frustration at Le Mans. It's not your fault as drivers, Our team and cars were not strong enough. So when I talk to you, I've always been full of regrets. But you guys never blamed anyone. How do you get rid of mistakes? How can we all get stronger? Think only about that and fight to win. The #7 crew finally got to the end of 24 hours and took the checkered flag on the highest step of the podium, and had a champagne fight with a heartfelt smile. I could finally see it, I was so happy and relieved that I could nearly cry. Huge congratulations! Thank you so much! I was watching Kamui when he popped the champagne cork without any trouble -just a bit too quickly! Maybe he was worried he would forget. I'm really glad that I was able to deliver a winning car. To Kazuki, Seb, Brendon. I think second place is a disappointing result for you, however thank you for the one-two finish. I heard that Seb helped solve the trouble on car 8, then joined car 8 driver to help car 7. Thank you to all the drivers of car 8! But the trouble is the same that happened in the previous race, at Monza. I am really sorry to let you compete at Le Mans without fixing it. We should give drivers a car which gives them more peace of mind and can be comfortably driven. We have to continue to improve and create ever-better cars. I heard it was announced that 100% renewable fuel would be introduced in the WEC next season. I appreciate those who are committed to the development of new fuels, making this decision, so I would like to pay tribute to you. We are moving towards carbon neutrality through motorsport and we can make an effort to expand the options. We believe that we can speed up technological development through motorsport, because it is a place for serious competition. A car that is easy for the driver to drive. A fascinating race that will keep fans excited. We will continue our efforts for various technological developments in motorsport. To the fans, Thank you for your support this time as well. I would be grateful if you could continue to support us in the future. Thank you.” Hisatake Murata, Team President: “This was a very hard race and a real team victory, in difficult circumstances. We asked a lot of our drivers and I am amazed by their skills to implement our solution without any time loss. It was a true team effort; we never gave up and the whole team tried everything to achieve the victory. Thank you to everyone involved in this achievement; the team members, our partners and our colleagues at Toyota Motor Corporation who give us so much support. Congratulations to all the winners and to our Hypercar competitors, Alpine and Glickenhaus, who fought us all the way and showed the true spirit of this race.” Mike Conway (GR010 HYBRID #7): “It was a hard race. We knew we had an issue on the car for the last six hours and that could have been a really big problem, but the team came up with a solution to keep us going. All credit to them for getting a one-two finish. It is really special in the circumstances. This race is never easy. Even if you are out on your own at the front, anything can happen. I want to thank my team-mates for their mega stints and hard work all the time, plus the team in Cologne and Japan for their support and hard work that made this possible. We can enjoy it now because a weight is lifted off us.” Kamui Kobayashi (GR010 HYBRID #7): “It is an amazing feeling to be here as a Le Mans winner. We had to go through so many experiences over the years, some of them very difficult, to get here. I always knew Le Mans requires luck to win and we needed some luck today as well. We had to do a special procedure just to keep the running. We did the maximum we could do to survive for the last seven hours; it was an almost impossible job. Normally the race would end there for us but somehow we survived because the team worked really hard and made the right call. My team-mates, car crew and engineers did a great job during the week. Thank you to everyone.” José María López (GR010 HYBRID #7): “The last Le Mans races were quite tough for us as a crew and to finally win this race is a dream come true. It is simply amazing. We came so far for so many years but, up to now, we couldn't win Le Mans. All those experiences make the victory even more special. Mike and Kamui are like brothers to me and I have seen them doing things in the car which are just amazing. Of course there is a strong team behind us in Japan and Cologne. We take the glory but we couldn't do this without this team. Thanks to all of you.” Sébastien Buemi (GR010 HYBRID #8): “I'm happy to finish second after the first lap. Obviously we always wanted to win, but this is a great day for Toyota. The first time we came here with the Hypercar and we finished first and second; that was the objective and we achieved it. I'm happy for car #7 because they deserved it very much. We had a few technical issues but somehow the team did a great job to work around it. We didn't have any margin and we had to make everything perfect, so hats off to the whole team. I'm pleased for my friends, who came very close many times.” Kazuki Nakajima (GR010 HYBRID #8): “First of all, big congratulations to the car #7 crew and the whole team. It is a victory for the whole team and car #8 is part of the team, so we are happy. Car #7 have been unlucky over the years and finally they won. They totally deserve it. On our car, it was challenging but we managed to bring it home despite some issues. The team found a way to manage it so a big thank you to the engineers, mechanics and also my team-mates. It was a great race.” Brendon Hartley (GR010 HYBRID #8): “Le Mans always brings something crazy and this year was no different. Right from the first lap we were dealing with issues. The way the team pulled together to get this one-two was phenomenal, we had to manage the issue and at one point we weren't even sure we would get to the end. I am incredibly happy for car #7, who have had more than their fair share of bad luck. We are all really good friends and I am so happy to see them take their prize and live through all those emotions. A great win for the team.” [Le Mans 24 Hours Result] 1st #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 371 laps 2nd #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing +2 laps 3rd #36 Alpine (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxiviere) +4 laps 4th #708 Glickenhaus (Derani/Mailleux/Pla) +4 laps 5th #709 Glickenhaus (Briscoe/Westbrook/Dumas) +7 laps 6th #41 WRT (Frijns/Habsburg/Milesi) +8 laps
Ebay Motors Powers 2021 HOT ROD Drag Week Hitting Four Midwest Cities Sept. 12-17
The race to determine the title of “Fastest Street Car in America” is back as Ebay Motors Powers HOT ROD Drag Week Presented by Gear Vendors returns to premier tracks in four cities September 12-17, 2021. The world’s toughest competition to find the ultimate street-legal drag car, HOT ROD Drag Week puts competitors to a grueling test over five days of action-packed drag racing, requiring racers to drive their vehicles on a specified route from city to city, upward of 1,000 miles, while securing the quickest possible elapsed time across the five days. During the competition, drivers provide photographic evidence to prove they have adhered to the prescribed route. Some of the nation’s top racers participate annually, “HOT ROD Drag Week is back this year and promises to be some of the best competition yet,” said HOT ROD’s Editor-in-Chief John McGann. “We had records fall in 2019 and expect an even higher level of competition this year at some exciting tracks in the Midwest. Will sub-six second passes become the new normal in the Unlimited Class this year? We can only wait to see.” Ebay Motors Powers HOT ROD Drag Week Presented by Gear Vendors™ SCHEDULE (Daily end times as stated or until complete. All times listed are in Eastern Time.) Tech Inspection, Registration, Test ‘N’ Tune – Sunday, September 12 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Michigan) - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day 1 Racing – Monday, September 13 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Michigan) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 2 Racing – Tuesday, September 14 Summit Motorsports Park (Norwalk, Ohio) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 3 Racing – Wednesday, September 15 Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis, Indiana) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 4 Racing – Thursday, September 16 Byron Dragway (Byron, Illinois) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Day 5 Racing (Finals) – Friday, September 17 US 131 Motorsports Park (Martin, Michigan) - Gates open 7:30 a.m., racing hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by awards KEY HIGHLIGHTS: The 5-day event will be livestreamed on MotorTrend’s YouTube Channel, with 5 hours of drag racing content. Each day will be hosted by Roadkill’s David Freiburger and NHRA lead play-by-play broadcaster Brian Lohnes. In addition, NHRA Fox Sports Field Reporter Amanda Busick will be trackside to capture all of the behind the scenes storylines. HOT ROD Drag Week is excited to have eBay Motors as its Title Sponsor. eBay Motors helps all types of enthusiasts one part at a time realize their dream build—including drag racers trying to capture the title of Fastest Street Car in America. With eBay Motors' support, fans can access exclusive live content, including racer profiles, the intricacies of a tech inspection and of course, exciting drag racing action. Gear Vendors Overdrive owners will have the opportunity to put their units to good use on a few routes this year. Stop by their booth and check out the ultimate product in horsepower handling and performance. NOS returns as Official Nitrous Oxide Sponsor. Holley EFI/NOS will be on-site to provide nitrous refills as well as Holley EFI tech support during the event beginning Sunday, Sept 12th through Friday Sept 17th. Nitrous will be offered to racers running nitrous. The nitrous supply will be limited so racers are asked to come with their bottles filled before the event and they can be topped off free of charge. Please respect the limited supply and come prepared to the event. Rockett Brand Race Fuel returns as Official Fuel Sponsor. Fuel is available onsite daily at the Rockett Brand tent. Isky Racing Cams, the Official Cam and Lifter Sponsor, offers $150 off Key Way and Tie Bar Needle solid roller lifter sets. AND $200 off EZROLL Key Way and Tie Bar Bushing Roller Lifter sets, and 15% off all other parts. [PARTICIPATION INFORMATION] While registration has closed, participants wishing to be added to a wait list can visit https://forms.gle/hFVPUKC2rrnvUhVr9. You will be notified if a spot becomes available. [SPECTATOR INFORMATION] Spectator tickets will be available at each individual track ($20). Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. [CONNECT] Follow the action at HOT ROD Drag Week™ 2021 on Twitter using #hotroddragweek. Learn more about Drag Week™ at motortrend.com/events/hot-rod-drag-week/. [HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS OVERVIEW] Dependent on the current climate of COVID-19 before September 12, 2021, MotorTrend Group will modify event plans to adhere to local guidelines. The event will adhere to all social distancing, sanitation, mask mandates, and guidelines that the CDC and local health department requires.
Speedway Motors Launches Cover Car Contest to Celebrate Customers and their Cars
Speedway Motors announced today they will celebrate customers and their cars during Customer Appreciation Week, July 26-30, with giveaways and a contest to be on the cover of their Race, Street or Muscle catalog. “Customer Appreciation Week is our way of recognizing all of the hours, blood, sweat and tears our customers are putting into their projects,” said Clay Smith president and owner of Speedway Motors. “We’re truly partners in your project and want to celebrate what you’ve accomplished giving three lucky customers the opportunity to have their car professionally photographed and featured on our catalog cover.” The grand prize will be awarded to three winners of the contest and includes one image on the cover of a Speedway Motors catalog, one editorial feature spread within the Speedway Motors catalog, one blog post on Speedway Motors’ website, and a professional photoshoot of the vehicle, at an approximate value of $5,000. 100 ancillary prizes will also be awarded which will consist of a hat, shop rag, mug, can cooler, wrench set and a $25 Speedway Motors gift card at an approximate value of $100. Every order placed July 26-30 will receive a free sticker sheet while supplies last. To enter the Cover Car Contest, which runs from July 26-August 6, visit SpeedwayMotors.com/Contest and share the story behind your car along with up to three photos (an image is required to win). No purchase is necessary, but you must be 19 years of age or older to enter. Only one entry per person, but you may submit multiple vehicles in a single entry. You can find some examples of vehicles built with Speedway Motors including Bobby’s Model T, Zach’s Model A Pickup, and Jennifer’s ’60 Cadillac on the contest website or listen to customers share their story in Speedway Motors latest Podcast Episode. Follow Speedway Motors on Facebook and Instagram and share your vehicle using #builtwithspeedwaymotors to join the community and be part of the conversation. To enter the Cover Car Contest or for official rules visit SpeedwayMotors.com/Contest
Aston Martin Valkyrie Declared Michelin’s Showstopper of the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The all-new Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has been declared the Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper of the Festival at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper award was presented to Darren Turner, Marek Reichman and the Aston Martin Valkyrie team by judges Jodie Kidd, legendary designer Frank Stephenson, Mr JWW and DriveTribe’s Mike Fernie. Chosen for its pursuit of function over form, the judges were impressed with the hypercar’s impeccable road-going credentials, as well as its striking aerodynamic design and mind-blowing performance. The Aston Martin Valkyrie made its global dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed and is the first hypercar the legendary British marque has ever produced. The name of the car intentionally evokes images of an otherworldly power, and its performance lives up to that billing. Featuring a huge 6.5-litre V12 hybrid engine capable of delivering 1160 horsepower in a car which is exceptionally lightweight - its 100% carbon fibre chassis and body weigh just over 1,000 kilograms – helping it achieve better than a 1:1 power to weight ratio. The hypercar takes design and engineering cues from Formula One racing, thanks to collaborative input from Red Bull Racing’s legendary design guru Adrian Newey. The aerodynamics around the car were designed to give F1 standard of performance, downforce and handling. Capable of reaching 0-62mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds, the Valkyrie has an astonishing top speed in excess of 250mph. The Glickenhaus 004S and the Rimac Nevera were runners up of the Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Award. Owner Dr. Cecilia Muldoon drove the Glickenhaus SCG 0004S for the first time on the Goodwood Hillclimb and came straight to the Paddock stage to showcase the unique and wonderful supercar. With a supercharged V8 delivering 650bhp, the three-seater with a central driving position and includes some amenities rare in the world of track cars, including air conditioning, Bluetooth speakers and a backup camera. On the Michelin Supercar Paddock Stage James Glickenhaus described the car as “a road car born on the track." Judges were extremely impressed with the car’s bespoke design, both inside and out, coupled with the vehicle’s performance and rarity. They felt it was unique and worthy of being a Showstopper finalist. The judges were also blown away by the outstanding all-electric Rimac Nevera. The Croatian hypercar was a runner up for the award. It produces a staggering 1914 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 1.97 seconds, and from 0 to 300 kph in 9.3 seconds. Each of the Nevera’s wheels are driven by their own electric motor, and each wheel’s torque is automatically adjusted for improved handling. Other automotive highlights from the Michelin live stage include, Lotus (Emira), Bugatti (Pur Sport), Ferrari (SF90), Porsche (GT3), Zenvo (TSR-S), Callum Design (Vanquish 25), Ford (Mach-E 1400), Corvette (C8), Mini (ePacesetter), BMW (2 Series), Mission H24 (LMPH2G), Koenigsegg (Regera), Everrati (964), The Little Car Company (Baby Bugatti). Working alongside General Motors for the debut of the all-new RHD Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Michelin had five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Corvette Ambassador, Oliver Gavin, on the live stage to reveal the model ahead of its first-ever run up the hill. The Supercar Paddock also saw a number of guest appearances talking to presenters Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tim Harvey, including Jenson Button, Oli Webb, Andy Wallace, James Pickford, Colin Turkington, Paul O’Neill, Darren Turner, Caffeine & Machine’s Phil McGovern and Dan Macken, Charlie Cooper, Richard Westbrook, Paul Swift, Mazin and Nabil Naamo (@TopazDetailing), Zach (@Zachs_Garage) and Raziz (@RokenR).
Dynisma reveals the world's most advanced driving simulator for automotive vehicle and motorsport development
Dynisma Ltd.®, the UK-based motion simulator technology company, today releases details of its new world-leading DMG-1™ and lightweight DMG-1 Carbon™ advanced driving simulators. These Dynisma Motion Generators™ (DMGs), bringing a totally revolutionary approach to simulators, have been designed specifically for motorsport teams who want to optimise driver and car performance as well as automotive manufacturers and suppliers for advanced vehicle development and testing. The DMG technologies are at least 50% better than any rival, and equally affordable. This announcement comes shortly after the news that Dynisma has just finished commissioning the world’s most advanced simulator for one of the world’s most famous race teams, a project that has been in development for the past two years. The breadth of capability of the DMG-1 and DMG-1C driving simulators, has been developed by a team of world-class engineers, with more than two decades of experience in Formula One driving simulation. The advanced technologies allow OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to conduct advanced tests such as those for ride comfort, handling and tyre development in a virtual environment where previously they could only be accurately developed on-road. They also give the ability to carry out complex and extreme vehicle dynamics and ADAS systems testing in complete safety. Saving development miles and reducing the number of hand-built prototypes, by using the ultra-realistic DMG-1 can dramatically reduce costs for automotive manufacturers, decrease the environmental impact of testing and the associated travel, as well as potentially shortening the time it takes to bring new vehicles to market. Ashley Warne, Dynisma CEO: “Our mission is to create the world’s most immersive simulators and widen the access to the best high-fidelity, responsive motion generators that drivers and engineers could want. Dynisma’s advanced DMG-1 technologies offer the perfect solution for a range of specific requirements we’ve identified across many forms of motorsports, automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers in the automotive industry.” “We know that our motion generators can have a dramatic uplift in the performance of any driver or team, as well as playing a key role in making vehicle development testing far more efficient. The global automotive industry currently spends £7BN per year on prototype builds and those cars can individually rack up over half a million miles. The DMG-1 systems can reduce the cost, carbon impact and time it takes to test vehicles, as well as allowing engineers to conduct testing in a confidential and 100% safe virtual environment.” For the DMG-1 simulator Dynisma has employed the same precise design and engineering process that led to the creation of its first custom-built motion simulator, for a leading Formula One team. Developed and built by a team of world-class engineers committed to ground-breaking solutions in motion generation, the class-leading Dynisma DMG-1C delivers the lowest latency (sub 4ms) and highest bandwidth (>55hz in all 6DOF) of any other simulator currently available. Lower latency ensures the driver is able to react faster to events such as oversteer, and the system’s high bandwidth facilitates motion cueing not possible from other conventional motion platforms. With this market-leading mechanical engineering and technology, the DMG-1 accurately transfers a higher level of information to the driver, providing a far more realistic and heightened responsive driving experience. Dynisma’s ground-breaking ‘Direct Drive’ technology, reduces friction to imperceptible levels, eliminating backlash and inertia, delivering an immediate and dynamic sensory experience. DMG-1 transmits information in the rawest possible form direct to the driver’s vestibular system. The DMG-1 and lightweight carbon composite DMG-1C are both available as turn-key solutions, or customised to exact requirements, with the possibility to integrate any type of chassis, in current production or prototype, for both motorsport or automotive applications.
Team Speedway Wins PRO-X Shootout at Goodguys Columbus Nationals
Speedway Motors announced today, Team Speedway, won the PRO-X shootout this past weekend at Goodguys Columbus Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third win for Robby Unser this year in Team Speedways ’70 Camaro. Earlier this year he doubled up winning both the PRO-X class and the PRO-X portion of the Fuel Curve Great Salt Shootout and claimed the PRO-X class shootout victory at Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz. Unser is no stranger to racing, hailing from one of America’s most storied racing families. He boasts the 1987 World Hill Climb Champion and 1989 American Indy Car Series Champion titles and was named IRL Rookie of the Year in 1998. He has raced a wide range of classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, winning an unprecedented 9 times. Unser has also competed twice at the Indianapolis 500 and is Team Speedways seasoned Nova expert after testing out the sleeper car in 2014. Returning to its competitive racing roots Speedway Motors began sponsoring Team Speedway in 2014 as a way to put their performance parts to the test. “Team Speedway drivers have pushed the ’70 Camaro, ’68 Camaro and ’65 Nova cars to their limits, slamming through courses with 1.7g lateral loading and intense braking, plus acceleration that only a 750 hp engine can provide,” said Bill Schneider, Speedway Motors R&D Engineer and Team Speedway Manager. “If G-Comp components can handle this type of punishment, you can be sure they’ll be reliable for whatever automotive activity you have planned.” Team Speedway regularly puts parts to the test and the ’70 Camaro was built with performance in mind. Sporting Speedway Motors G-Comp 1970-81 Camaro/Firebird Torque Arm Rear Suspension Kit Schneider said, “Measurements were taken, scans were made, and models created to figure out how to make a 50-year-old car handle like a new Corvette.” The car was also fitted with an Unser Edition Front Suspension Kit and sports a 427 LS7 on an RHS block and heads built by Speedway Motors Racing Engines. Team Speedway is scheduled to compete in a number of upcoming events including: Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) Aug. 10-14 in Arnold, Neb. King of the Mountain Aug. 26-28 in Clearfield, Pa. LS Fest East Sept. 10-12 in Bowling Green, Ky. Goodguys Lone Star Nationals Sept. 24-26 in Fort Worth, Texas Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge Oct. 9-10 in Bowling Green, Ky. Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Nov. 6-7 in Las Vegas, Nev. Goodguys Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals Nov. 19-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Other highlights from the Weekend Rewind include Goodguys 2019/2021 Grand Prize Giveaway car a ’67 Nova won by Hunter Detrich. Speedway Motors provided a number of parts for the build. Goodguys 2021/2022 Grand Prize Giveaway was also unveiled at this weekend’s event. The ’86 C10 squarebody which includes several kits from Speedway Motors including a Speedway Battery Cable Crimper Kit, Longacre 52-22569 Rear End Axle Breather Vent Kit, Pico Weatherpack 14-16 Gauge Kit among other products and will be given away at Goodguys Columbus Nationals in 2022. Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven award went to John Martin of Nixa, Mo. For more information about Speedway Motors G-Comp or Team Speedway test cars visit https://www.speedwaymotors.com/featured/gcomp
Ground-Breaking Hydrogen-Powered MissionH24 Endurance Racer to Make UK Debut at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed
MissionH24’s ground-breaking hydrogen-powered endurance race car – LMPH2G – will make its UK debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The racer will take on the world-famous hillclimb and it will be showcased on the Michelin Supercar Paddock stage every day of the four-day event. LMPH2G represents a significant technological development, backed by partners Michelin and hydrogen fuel cell maker Symbio – a joint venture between Michelin and Faurecia. The H24 has its sights set on the world's premier endurance racing competitions, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its four-stack hydrogen fuel cell powers four electric motors, creating a combined output of 653hp. This power, coupled with the car's lightweight chassis and aerodynamic features, give it a top speed in excess of 185mph (300 km/h), while allowing it to maintain the durability and handling performance expected of a high-level endurance racing vehicle. Alongside the GreenGT H24, Michelin will be unveiling its revolutionary race tyre made up of 46 per cent sustainable raw materials, including recycled carbon black from end of life tyres, orange and lemon peel, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from packaging. Michelin has pledged to make all its tyres with 100 per cent sustainable materials by 2050 – and by 2030, 40 percent of all materials used in tyres across the group will be sustainable. Now Michelin will use endurance racing as a laboratory to accelerate the development of sustainable, high-performance tyres. Peyman Sabet, vice president of business development at Michelin Europe North, said: “The partnership with GreenGT H24 highlights Michelin’s drive to innovation and it is the perfect vehicle to feature Michelin’s 46 per cent sustainable tyres. Both pioneering developments honour the company’s commitment to sustainability, without compromising on performance. We are delighted to bring MissionH24 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and really excited that fans will be able to watch it take on the hill.” In combination with batteries, hydrogen fuel cells will be used to increase range and enable the development of green long-distance and urban travel. Symbio has targeted production of 200,000 fuel cells a year by 2030. In 2018, Le Mans organiser Automobile Club de l’Ouest and electric-hydrogen specialist GreenGT announced that they would launch a hydrogen class of vehicles in 2024; an initiative collectively known as MissionH24. The Michelin Supercar Paddock will also feature dozens of the world’s fastest, rarest and highest-performance cars. TV star Vicki Butler-Henderson and legendary racer Tim Harvey will host the action, talking all things supercar on the interactive Supercar Paddock stage.
346mph in a Bonneville Streamliner: John MacKichan and Tim Schulz | Episode 11
900 hours of machining. Crashing at 200mph. The fastest small block Chevy in the world. John MacKichan and Tim Schulz knew they weren’t taking on a “normal” project. But in 1988, driving back to Nebraska from Utah, they realized they could build a better streamliner. 9 months later, they set a record in D/Gas Streamliner. In this episode of What Moves You, A Speedway Motors Podcast, we talk with John & Tim about all the highs and lows of chasing landspeed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats, as well as all the fascinating car people who come out of the woodwork when you build a project this awesome. John & Tim chased records at Bonneville for 21 years while also working full time. These guys know a thing or two! John and Tim would like to thank their crew: Jason Ankerson, Dean Barney, Bill Bernstrauch, Robert Braden, Dan Gilmore, JR Heinz, John Menard, Dave Owens, Don Schulz, Ron Thompson, Jerry Topil, and MacKichan family: Barb, Jason, Johnny, Jessica, and Jennifer. And for tech/engineering help: Steve Bechtold, Greg Nicol, Andy Predoehl, and Carson Smith.
Hyundai Motorsport names LIQUI MOLY as Customer Racing Official Supplier
Hyundai Motorsport has named LIQUI MOLY as an Official Supplier for the Customer Racing department’s race and rally projects. The German oil and additive specialist delivers more than 80 products to the Hyundai workshop in Alzenau (Germany). There, they are used to configure and prepare the vehicles. As part of the cooperation, LIQUI MOLY’s quality products are used for the Hyundai i20 R5, the new Hyundai i20 N Rally2 and also the successful Hyundai i30 N TCR, Hyundai Veloster N TCR and Hyundai Elantra N TCR touring cars. In addition to motor, gear and hydraulic oils, the product range also includes almost 80 other items. It will also support the ongoing testing and development of the cars offered to privateer teams and drivers by Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing. This takes on an extra significance with both the Hyundai Elantra N TCR and Hyundai i20 N Rally2 entering their first competitive events during the 2021 season. The first of the new TCR cars debuted in the USA in January, and will race in series worldwide including WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, TCR Europe, TCR South America and at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The Hyundai i20 N Rally2 is currently undergoing extensive testing ahead of planned homologation this summer. LIQUI MOLY joining as an Official Supplier deepens the relationship between the Customer Racing department and the company. A long-standing partner of championship-winning TCR customer Engstler Motorsport, the German firm already serves as title sponsor for Engstler Hyundai N LIQUI MOLY Racing team who will take on their second season in FIA WTCR this year, with the Hyundai Elantra N TCR. LIQUI MOLY Marketing Director Peter Baumann said: "We are really proud that Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has chosen LIQUI MOLY as official supplier to build and prepare their customer cars for race and rally. This is another proof for the high quality standard of our lubricants, service and care products. Hyundai has the highest reputation in motorsports as we have with our brand and our products. So this is a perfect fit for both parties". Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns said: “LIQUI MOLY has an incredibly strong reputation throughout motorsport for their high-quality range, so I am very happy to welcome them as Official Suppliers to our race and rallying projects. The wide variety of products they will supply to our workshop will ensure that we can maintain the excellent quality and superb performance of the cars we build and provide to our customers. This is especially important as we continue to increase the number of different cars we offer to our customers, with Hyundai Elantra N TCR and Hyundai i20 N Rally2 entering their first competitive events in 2021. With LIQUI MOLY as an Official Supplier for our projects I am confident we can continue to build on the successes of Hyundai customers have already celebrated and add to the profile of both the Customer racing department and new supplier.”
Speedway Motors to Launch Season 2: “What Moves You” Podcast
Speedway Motors, a manufacturer, retailer and distributor of high-quality automotive parts and racing products, announced today Season 2 of their “What Moves You” podcast will launch on June 1. The “What Moves You” podcast tells the stories behind cars and the people who build and drive them. While celebrating craftsmanship, ingenuity, and the long tradition of building cars, “What Moves You” talks to fascinating people who have left their mark on car culture. Sometimes that’s a big name everyone knows, other times it’s an unsung local hero. Every guest brings inspiring knowledge, experience and passion that reminds us why we love cars in the first place. “Every car, builder and driver has a story. Season 1 of the ‘What Moves You’ podcast successfully captured a handful of those stories to share with our listeners,” said Betsy Grindlay Director of Marketing and People Operations at Speedway Motors. Hosted by Joe McCollough Season 1 included interviews with experts like Dave Shuten, Brian Brennan, Bob Mays and Robby Unser. The first 10 episodes featured topics ranging from Discovery Channel’s Car Kings to 140mph crashes, Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, and everything in between. “We look forward to diving even deeper in Season 2 to capture that passion for building and driving your dream,” Grindlay added. Season 2 will launch June 1 with new episodes released every other week. The line-up for Season 2 includes guests like racing legend Mary Pozzi, Bonneville innovators John MacKichan and Tim Schulz, special guests from Car Masters: Rust to Riches among others. For more information or to listen to episodes visit www.speedwaymotors.com/whatmovesyoupodcast The podcast is also available to download through Apple, Spotify, and Google.
Team Speedway Puts Parts to the Test and Wins Big at Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals
Speedway Motors announced today, Team Speedway, won multiple autocross events this past weekend at Goodguys Salt Lake Nationals in Salt Lake City, UT. Robby Unser doubled up winning both the PRO-X class and the PRO-X portion of the Fuel Curve Great Salt Shootout in the Speedway Motors sponsored ’70 Camaro. Unser is no stranger to racing, hailing from one of America’s most storied racing families. He boasts the 1987 World Hill Climb Champion and 1989 American Indy Car Series Champion titles and was named IRL Rookie of the Year in 1998. He has raced a wide range of classes at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, winning an unprecedented 9 times. Unser has also competed twice at the Indianapolis 500 and has been one of Team Speedways drivers for more than 7 years. Teammate Brian Martin also doubled-up in Salt Lake with wins in the PRO class in a ’86 Corvette. Returning to its competitive racing roots Speedway Motors began sponsoring Team Speedway in 2014. “Team Speedway drivers have pushed the ’70 Camaro, ‘67 Camaro and ’65 Nova cars to their limits, slamming through courses with 1.7g lateral loading and intense braking, plus acceleration that only a 750 hp engine can provide,” said Bill Schneider, Speedway Motors R&D Engineer and Team Speedway Manager. “If G-Comp components can handle this type of punishment, you can be sure they’ll be reliable for whatever automotive activity you have planned.” Team Speedway regularly puts parts to the test and the ’70 Camaro was built with performance in mind. Sporting Speedway Motors G-Comp 1970-81 Camaro/Firebird Torque Arm Rear Suspension Kit Schneider said, “Measurements were taken, scans were made, and models created to figure out how to make a 50-year-old car handle like a new Corvette.” The car was also fitted with an Unser Edition Front Suspension Kit and sports a 427 LS7 on an RHS block and heads built by Speedway Motors Racing Engines. The C4 ’86 Corvette sports a Tremec conversion kit and shock package from Speedway Motors. This is the second win for Team Speedway this year. Unser also doubled up at the 11th Fitech Spring Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz. claiming the PRO-X class shootout victory in Goodguys CPP AutoCross Racing Series. Team Speedway is scheduled to compete in a number of upcoming events including: Goodguys Nashville Nationals May 28-30 in Nashville, Tenn. Big Blue Mile Shootout June 4-5 in Seward, Neb. Sturgis Camaro Rally June 24-27 in Black Hills, S.D. Goodguys Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals July 2-4 in Des Moines, Iowa Goodguys July 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) Aug. 10-14 in Arnold, Neb. King of the Mountain Aug. 26-28 in Clearfield, Pa. LS Fest East Sept. 10-12 in Bowling Green, Ky. Goodguys Lone Star Nationals Sept. 24-26 in Fort Worth, Texas Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge Oct. 9-10 in Bowling Green, KY Drive Optima in Las Vegas, Nev. Goodguys Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals Nov. 19-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information about Speedway Motors G-Comp or Team Speedway test cars visit https://www.speedwaymotors.com/featured/gcomp