VOLUME XII,  ISSUE 4 - OCT. - DEC.,  2018

Chevrolet honors John Force Racing at Detroit Auto Show

Reigning NHRA Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force, two-time and reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion Robert Hight and 16-time Funny Car world champion John Force were featured guests at Chevrolet’s Detroit Dealers Auto Show Kick-Off Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 18.

 

The Chevy leadership team presented the three champions with Crossed Flag Awards highlighting each individual’s championship qualities. Hight, also the President of John Force Racing, was highlighted for being a champion and a leader. Brittany Force, the first woman to win a Top Fuel world championship in 35 years, was also recognized as a champion and a role model. John Force, who now has 20 world championships as a team owner, was given recognition as a father, icon and team owner. [04/02/18]

Cruise AV is first production-ready car without steering wheels or pedals

Are we ready for this? General Motors filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.

 

For more information on how GM engineered safety into the Cruise AV in every step of design, development, manufacturing, testing and validation, view their 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report. [04/02/18]

K&N to host first SEMA Town Hall Meeting of year

SEMA will hold its first Town Hall Meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at K&N Engineering in Riverside, CA. The event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., will provide SEMA members and prospective members the opportunity to learn about the association’s current programs along with networking with automotive aftermarket professionals from the same geographic region.

 

For more information or to register visit SEMA’s Town Hall Meetings website. [04/02/18]

New Product: Moroso GM Transmission Gasket

Moroso introduces a transmission gasket for GM 4L80E, 700R4 automatic transmission. Like all Moroso Perm-Align gaskets, it is manufactured from 40 durometer, 3/16” thick rubber that is vulcanized to a rigid steel frame. The extra-strength design will not leak, split or fail. Requires no sealant, which allows for quick removal and installation of transmission pans.[04/02/18]

Englishtown ceases drag racing but venue remains open

No one knew last year that storm clouds were on the horizon for the Englishtown, NJ, track.

 

The Napp family, owners of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, have announced they will no longer host drag racing beginning immediately.

 

The “stadium” portion of the venue including the VIP hospitality tower and grandstands will be used for car shows, swap meets, drifting, motocross and kart racing. There also will be a full schedule of road course activities, mud runs, monster truck shows, music concerts, festival events and more. The airport will continue to operate as usual.

 

The Napp family opened the E-town facility in 1965.

 

The 49th annual NHRA Summernationals that was scheduled for June has now been canceled. [04/02/18]

Go shopping in your car with ‘Marketplace’

Drivers can now order and pay for their favorite coffee and much more on the way to work with a simple tap on the dash.

 

Called, Marketplace, drivers of eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles can interact with a growing number of their favorite brands in retail, fuel, hospitality, food, hotel and transportation through an in-vehicle touchscreen.

 

Marketplace also features a “Shop” section of offer specific products of GM vehicles.

 

Adhering to industry distracted driving guidelines, as well as GM’s strict in-house safety guiding principles, GM designs its in-vehicle systems to minimize manual interactions, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. [04/02/18]

IRGSE expands stable with purchase of road racing program

Palm Beach International Raceway will be the home base for the Florida Region of Hooked on Driving (HOD), the nation's No. 1 non-competitive performance driving program.

 

This comes with the news of the acquisition of the HOD's Florida Region franchise by PBIR's parent company, IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences. IRGSE is the owner of IHRA.

 

The franchise will represent HOD at road courses throughout Florida.

 

"I am excited to announce our plans to partner with Hooked on Driving and welcome them into the IRG Sports + Entertainment family," IRGSE President and CEO Lou Partenza said. "HOD's track record of providing a proven and safe platform of performance driving for the hobby driver to enjoy the sport was particularly important in choosing HOD to move forward with.

 

"I feel HOD's programs are a strategic fit with the IRGSE track assets as well as an enhancement to our recent acquisition of the Bertil Roos Racing School. I look forward to working with Hooked on Driving Founder and President David Ray to bring increased opportunities to enjoy high-performance driving to our customers."

 

IRGSE has already selected HOD event dates in the first quarter of 2018, which include the upcoming track dates on PBIR's 2.2-mile road course: Friday, March 2; Sunday, March 25; Friday, April 6; and Saturday, April 21.  [04/02/18]

New Product: FAST® XR Series Coils for GM LS Engines

The New FAST® XR Series Coils for GM LS engines offer 15 to 20 percent more spark energy than stock coils. Constructed from premium, ultra-pure copper alloy windings, resulting in firing performance approaching 50,000 peak volts. Tested to 8,000+ RPM and almost 1,500 HP. Designed for all popular generations of GM LS engines, the FAST® XR Series Coilbvn are ideal for any street or racing application where reliable, powerful ignition output is needed.  [04/02/18]

Vintage racing events set for Indy, Sonoma and Watkins Glen

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be one of three tracks to host a new racing exhibition series featuring cars that first hit the road during World War I or earlier, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports.

 

The races will be sanctioned by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, which has held an event at IMS each summer since 2014.

 

SVRA owner Tony Parella said the group's event in Indianapolis has grown each year since its start. This year, 30,000 “ticket-buying” fans attended the fourth annual Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational and Parella predicts the new exhibition race will see even bigger attendance.

 

The 2018 event is scheduled for mid-June, with qualifying on June 15, a charity pro-am race on June 16 and the race itself on June 17.

 

The new "Pre-1920" series also will feature events at Sonoma Raceway in California (May 31-June 3) and Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York (Sept. 7-9). See the entire race schedule at www.svra.com.

 

The races will feature fields of 15 to 20 vintage cars, and the race team crew members will dress in period attire and use the tools and equipment of those times.  [04/02/18]

Team Fel-Pro wins 2017 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow championship

The Final Half of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge 2017 Dual Championship took place during the PRI Show in Indianapolis, IN. It included 18 teams that came from coast to coast to battle to become one of the Top 4 teams to move on and compete in the Elite eight playoffs for the 2017 National Championship at the PRI Show Dec. 8th and 9th.

 

A total of forty-five teams competed at the SEMA and PRI shows just to get into the Elite Eight competition. The top four SEMA show seeds against the top four PRI show seeds.

 

The top four teams that competed at the PRI Show were Team K&N, from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, VA, who came in fourth place with an average of 20:59. Team Derale from Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, GA, came in third place with an average of 20:25. Team QA1, from Forsyth Central High School from Cumming, GA, came in second place with an average of 18:29. And in first place came Team Meziere from Burton Center for Arts & Tech in Salem, VA, with the best average of 17:51.

 

The top four teams from the SEMA Show were Team Howards Cams, from Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI, with an average time of 19:07. Team Fragola Performance Systems, Fremd High School in Palatine, IL, came in second place with an average time of 20:56. Team Aeromotive, Eastern Oklahoma Technology Center out of Choctaw, OK. took third place with an average time of 21:52. Team Fel-Pro, Tulsa Technology Center from Broken Arrow, OK. came in fourth place with an average time of 23:08.

 

The times are based on three important parts. First it is the average of the three times the teams competed. Second, are the penalty minutes added for mistakes made during dis-assembly and re-assembly and the third part is a 50-question written test on parts and tools identification along with general engine and rules knowledge.

 

Only three seconds separated the first and second place teams, and just 17 seconds between first and third place! But in the end Team Fel-Pro, Tulsa Technology Center from Broken Arrow, OK. came out on top with the average time of 17:06.

 

Each student earned scholarship opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 from Ohio Technical College, School of Automotive Machinists & Technology, and Universal Technical Institute.

 

Congratulations to all the teams.[04/02/18]

New Product: Trans-Dapt Oil Filter Relocation Kits for LS Engines

Unlike most powerplants, the LS engine’s factory oil filter mounting location is integrated into the engine's oil pan. Unfortunately, many of the most popular LS engine swap oil pans being used today do not provide provisions for mounting an oil filter. This means you’ll need to relocate your engine oil filter if you’re installing the LS into a classic muscle car or truck using an aftermarket steel or fabricated aluminum oil pan. Trans-Dapt Performance Products introduces a new dual capacity, remote double oil filter relocation kit, specifically designed to meet this special requirement. The system allows you to mount your oil filter system just about anywhere you have space. Whether you’ve got an LS pan with top mounted AN-10 fittings or with the oil ports on the side, Trans-Dapt's LS swap relocation kit includes -10AN fittings that will plumb right up to the pan. Made in the USA, these kits include a remote base (single or dual), a pair of 90º -10AN fittings, ½-inch NPT fittings for the filter base, a pair of ½-inch hoses, and filter nipples. Basically, everything you’ll need to integrate your aftermarket pan into the vehicle’s LS oiling system. Single filter kits with side or top mount oil line ports are also available for mild LS builds, or where very limited space is available.  [04/02/18]

Gateway named Outstanding Facility of the Year

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, received the prestigious and coveted Outstanding Facility of the Year Award at the annual Race Track Business Conference (RTBC) at the December PRI trade show in Indianapolis.

 

The annual award recipient is determined by leaders in the motorsports industry, media and sponsors. The previous RTBC award winners included Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2013), National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park (2014), Daytona International Speedway (2015) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (2016).

 

"To know we were in competition for this award with every major motorsports facility in the United States makes it truly gratifying," said Curtis Francois, owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park. "We would like to thank our partners at NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR and the many regional sportsman programs that work with us to produce more than 300 event days each year at our oval track, drag strip, road course and the Gateway Kartplex. We have expanded our exciting entertainment schedule for 2018 by adding events for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and Formula Drift."

 

Congratulations to owner Curtis Francois and Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair.  [04/02/18]

Snyder’s new Camaro will make 2018 debut

Mick Snyder, who has been a champion in Alcohol Funny Car, Pro Extreme and Top Sportsman, will debut a Powersource Transportation ‘68 Camaro for the upcoming Top Sportsman season. After excelling in the orange ’63 Corvette still owned by Jason Scruggs for the past eight years, Snyder is now eager for the challenge in a new car.

 

His new Camaro will look quite a bit different than the orange-dominant Corvette. This car will be predominately gray with an orange stripe, with Snyder doing most of the designing and shying away from all-orange simply because there’s “too many orange cars out there now.”

 

The path to getting the car was also unconventional. Snyder was dropping off motors to a customer in Texas, made an offer on the car and came back to his DeMotte, IN, home with a car that was previously owned and tuned by the legendary Howard Moon.

 

Snyder wants to increase his schedule a bit from 2017, hoping to make 10-12 races in 2018. He’ll have the car ready by April with plans to race Top Sportsman in NHRA Division 3, perhaps hit a few national NHRA events and a couple of PDRA events, as well as a handful of Quick 8 races in the region. [04/02/18]

New digs for Mickey Thompson

Mickey Thompson’s street, strip and off-road tires and wheels are now rolling out of a new facility in the company’s hometown of Stow, Ohio. Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels opened its state-of-the-art headquarters and warehouse in September. The new location covers 200,000 square feet, including 20,000 square feet of office space.

 

The facility serves as the eastern distribution center and corporate headquarters for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, which includes both the Mickey Thompson and Dick Cepek brands.

 

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels’ new headquarters can be found at: 4651 Prosper Drive, Stow, Ohio, 44224.  [04/02/18]

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