VOLUME XII, ISSUE 1 - JAN-MAR, 2018
The Editors Desk
Published quarterly on the 1st (or closest weekday following) of February, May, August and November. MaxChevy is all things Bowtie including circle track racing, drag racing, car shows, features and tech. The news section (Bowtie Bytes) is updated weekly on Wednesday.
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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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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