2013-01-09

Plusieurs québécois honorés lors du banquet annuel de Richie Tobias

 

Samedi dernier se tenait le banquet annuel du fabriquant des voitures STR et Slingshot au Museum Antique Car de Hersey en Pennsyvanie. 


Richie Tobias agissait comme maître de cérémonie devant une foule de plus de 200 personnes dont une douzaine de Québécois qui avait fait le voyage pour l'occasion.

Maxime Plante a reçu la plus grand distinction de la soirée avec le titre de Champion National STR, il s'agit d'un exploit remarquable de la part d'un pilote âgé de seulement 15 ans. Richie Tobias lui a présenté son trophée et une bourse de 5000 $ sous les applaudissements de la foule. Maxime a profité de l'occasion pour confirmer qu'il sera de retour l'an prochain pour défendre son titre.

Le classement final du Championnat National STR

 

Rang

Pilote

Points

1er

Maxime Plante

700

2

Brandon Rahmer

635

3

Paul Lotier

610

4

Richie Tobias

570

5

Yanick Mathieu

530

6

Brittany Wixon

520

7

Pierre Hébert

515

8

Freddie Rahmer

510

9

Gabriel Richer

480

10

Josianne Plante

475

11

Mitchel Lacombe

455

Au total 47 pilotes ont participé aux confrontations Nationales

Pilotes qui ont évolué en REVSTAR


 
D'autres pilotes ont été honorés dans différentes catégories

  • Yannick Mathieu a obtenu la mention pour la plus belle voiture en STR
  • Pierre Hébert a remporté le titre du meilleur esprit sportif
  • Mithchel Lacombe a été honoré pour le titre de Recrue de l'année
  • Maxime Plante, le pilote de l'année, un honneur pleinement mérité
  • Promoteur Slingshot de l'année - Carl Labonté / REVSTAR


Maxime plante en compagnie de sa soeur Josianne


Pour terminer la soirée Tobias a annoncé qu'il a fait l'acquisition d'une  nouvelle piste à Kutztown en Pennsylvanie! À l'annonce de la nouvelle piste a suscité beaucoup d'intérêt de la part des invités. On prévoit qu'il y aura plusieurs gros noms du Stock Car pour  participer au championnat STR en 2013!

Carl Labonté

REVSTAR



 

 


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Leonard Wood Could Do Anything With A Race Car

Architect Of Modern Pit Stop Heads To NASCAR Hall Of Fame

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2013) – Back in the day, there was no such thing as a “how-to” manual for chief mechanics.

 

Or for race car builders, engine assemblers and tuners and anyone else associated with the then-fledgling sport of NASCAR stock car racing.

 

 

The sport’s pioneers – in a way – made it up as they went along, some better than others.

 

And one who did it among the best is Stuart, Va.’s Leonard Wood, who is among the 2013 class of five set for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 8. Wood, 78, will be enshrined in ceremonies to be held at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center Crown Ballroom which is connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 

Wood joins his older brother Glen Wood, the fabled Wood Brothers No. 21 racing team’s original driver and owner, as a NASCAR Hall of Fame member. His fellow inductees in the Hall’s fourth class are NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Buck Baker, Herb Thomas and Rusty Wallace and car owner/builder/driver/crew chief Cotton Owens.

 

“He’s the most dedicated, talented all-around mechanic NASCAR has ever seen,” said Wood’s nephew, Len, co-owner of the current Wood Brothers team with his brother Eddie and sister Kim Hall. “He fit the term ‘chief mechanic.’ He could do anything with the car.”

 

The facts are these: Leonard Wood, in 990 races as a crew chief for the No. 21 Ford and Mercury cars, won 96 times. His cars also won 117 poles. After Glen stepped out of the cockpit, Leonard worked with some of the sport’s greatest drivers including NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Cale Yarborough; A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones.

 

In a recent interview, Dale Jarrett, former Wood Brothers driver and current ESPN analyst, called Leonard Wood “one of the smartest people to come through this sport, especially early on. They had so many ideas from the pit crew to other things that people don’t even know about, under the hood so to speak, that Leonard Wood was kind of in charge of making it happen.”

 

None of it came from a professor’s lecture, a text book or a blueprint. Wood learned by watching, thinking through the problem and then doing. And most assuredly innovating.

 

He sat by as his father, Walter, tore down the engine from the team’s first race car. Later, when the time had come to freshen it again, Wood – then in high school – volunteered for the task, which was done to perfection.

 

“It kind of blows your mind that somebody that young could do that,” said Glen Wood, noting that in the early days the chief mechanic was exactly that – a jack of all trades from fabricator to shock and spring specialist to engine builder. “He just learned by himself and he did it really well – anything he did. I could always depend on him. If the car wasn’t working right, I’d go off somewhere and sit while he worked on it. When I came back, it would be in winning shape.

 

“He’s one of the best who ever came down the pike. I felt maybe he should have gone in (the NASCAR Hall of Fame) before me.”

 

Pit stops weren’t a big part of NASCAR’s early years during which many races were held on 1/2-mile dirt tracks at distances of 200 and 250 laps. But the advent of longer races on superspeedways – Darlington Raceway followed by Daytona, Charlotte and Atlanta – significantly broadened the sport’s boundaries. With multiple stops necessary to add fuel, change tires and make adjustments, the Woods quickly recognized that less time spent on pit road meant fewer rivals to pass on the race track.

 

Leonard Wood became the architect of what became the signature Wood Brothers Pit Stop, the key to which was modernizing the equipment used on pit road.

 

In the early years, floor jacks weighing 70 to 80 pounds were used to lift the race cars. They also required a strong man to pump the handle – up to 10 pumps for tire clearance. Wood took apart the jack, inserted larger pistons and – presto – his brother Delano Wood could get the car off the asphalt by pumping two or three times.

 

He ported and polished the mechanisms in the team’s air guns, allowing lug nuts to be removed and replaced more quickly. Finally, Wood modified the inside of the team’s dump cans so that gasoline flowed faster.

 

Hired by the Ford Motor Co. to pit Jim Clark’s Lotus at the Indianapolis 500, the Woods stunned the racing world as Clark spent 41.9 seconds on pit road en route to Victory Lane – thanks to “tweaking” of the gravity-fed refueling rig.

 

“We turned that thing on and it put in 58 gallons in 15 seconds,” said Wood. It just sucked the fuel out of there. We knew we were going to be under 20 seconds on the pit stops.

 

“We got the most publicity in the least amount of time we ever got in our lives,” he added. “We hit a home run for sure.”

 

Len Wood continues to marvel at his uncle’s fabrication skills. The team is completing a replica of the Ford Galaxie in which Tiny Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500. The car will be on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during NASCAR Acceleration Weekend, along with a 1/8-scale, gasoline-powered car fashioned from scraps of aluminum and the soles of shoes that Wood built decades ago. He tethered it to a pole, a kind of forerunner to today’s radio controlled cars.

 

“His fabrication skills; it’s all in his head; no blueprints,” said the younger Wood, recalling that they were going to use aluminum pieces to fasten the windshield to the Galaxie. “Leonard said, ‘No, I think we used steel back then. I’ll make steel ones.’

 

“If you can describe it, he can fix it or make it.”

 

Induction ceremonies will take place at 7:30 p.m. ET in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center which is directly connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The event is the first half of NASCAR Acceleration Weekend followed on Saturday, Feb. 9 by the NASCAR Preview 2013. Tickets for the ceremonies start at $45 (available at www.nascaracceleration.com) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame box office. In addition, a $20 ticket will gain fans all-day access into NASCAR Preview 2013 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Fame on Saturday, Feb. 9.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 175 countries and in 25 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED, Motor Racing Network, Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as three international series. Also part of NASCAR is GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series, known for competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be The Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 16 on FOX. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR.

 

About NASCAR Hall of Fame

Conveniently located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio.

 

The venue is opened 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and has an attached parking garage on Brevard Street. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000- square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com.

 

Contact:

Owen A. Kearns

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

 


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UNOH Extends ARCA Partnership

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

 

University to Host Officials Training this Saturday

 

(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) have announced that the diverse Lima, Ohio-based school will extend its contract as the Official and Exclusive Educational University of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for 2013.

 

The program is highlighted by the UNOH/ARCA Race Club, an internship program designed to allow students to participate in real-world situations as crew members on ARCA Racing Series teams. Thirty-plus students annually participate in the ARCA Race Club, working with existing ARCA teams during the course of the full ARCA season.

 

"More than 40 UNOH students have applied for the ARCA Race Club Program," Jeff Jarvis, UNOH President said. "It's a great program, and one that provides real-life training for kids who aspire to work in motorsports."

 

The 2013 season marks the 10th that UHOH has served in this official capacity with the ARCA sanction. The program also offers cash contingency awards to those teams actively utilizing students as part of the internship program.

 

"The ARCA/UNOH partnership is one of the most gratifying of any I'm involved in," commented Mark Gundrum, VP Business Development and Corporate Partnerships for ARCA. "The program helps the students; it helps the teams, and it helps individuals who seek to continue their education through the scholarship. It's a great program."

 

In addition, UNOH will continue to offer $10,000 in scholarship funding annually to eligible ARCA members, or their immediate family members.

 

UNOH Hosting ARCA Officials Tech Training Seminar Saturday

 

The University of Northwest Ohio will be hosting the annual ARCA Racing Series officials technical training session in the High Performance Motorsports Complex at UNOH Saturday, January 12.

 

Series officials, in preparation for the 2013 season, will learn technical measures regarding race, qualifying, impound and pit road procedures.

 

The UNOH complex features a wide-array of educational tools for automotive enthusiasts, including a 500-foot launching pad for drag racing classes, an eighth-mile asphalt oval for testing, and an obstacle course for testing off-road technology.

 

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned 30 ARCA national champions in 60 seasons since 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season.

 

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Having completed its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in four professional touring series - the ARCA Racing Series, the ARCA CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series, and new in 2013, the ARCA Midwest Tour - in addition to local weekly events at Ohio's Toledo Speedway and Michigan's Flat Rock Speedway.

 

CONTACT:

Don Radebaugh, ARCA

 


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Barracuda Networks to Return as Primary Sponsor for Bryan Herta Autosport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Indianapolis, IN and Campbell, CA - January 9, 2013 - Bryan Herta Autosport is proud to announce that Barracuda Networks will continue to be the primary sponsor for the team's 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series No. 98 "Barracuda Racing" entry.

Barracuda Networks is a technology company that works with businesses to simplify their information technology (IT) processes and protect their networks, data and end-users. Barracuda Networks offers a wide range of products that protect organizations from email and Web threats, improve application delivery and network access, and backup and archive critical data.
 

 

Known for exceptional performance, Barracuda Networks is a critical part of where technology has come and where it will continue to go. As the primary sponsor for Bryan Herta Autosport, the company is blazing a secure path into the future in much the same way that BHA is laying the groundwork for the next generation of iconic IndyCar teams and owners. Together, the companies will focus on strength, stability and performance, both on and off the track.

"Barracuda Racing had an amazing 2012 season and we are looking forward to an even stronger one in 2013," said Michael Perone, executive vice president and CMO at Barracuda Networks. "The sense of teamwork, drive and focus on innovation is unparalleled and we are proud to be the primary sponsor and share that with our customers and partners around the world."

"Barracuda Networks has proven to be an ideal partner for Bryan Herta Autosport and our Barracuda Racing IndyCar," commented Bryan Herta. "In 2012 we achieved many milestones together, and we plan to build on those successes on and off the track together. Barracuda is well known for their performance, reliability, and quality and we are proud to represent the brand for a second year in the IZOD IndyCar Series. I know I speak for everyone at BHA when I say we cannot wait for the 2013 season to begin."

The Barracuda Networks sponsorship will again include primary branding on the car and all team equipment. The Honda-powered, No. 98 Dallara DW12 livery will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, along with associate sponsor announcements.

About Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded by veteran driver Bryan Herta, and noted race engineer and team manager Steve Newey, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) has been a race-winning team in Firestone Indy Lights competition since 2009 and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon in only its second IZOD IndyCar Series start. BHA currently fields entries in the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights with Curb - Agajanian. Since 2012, BHA has partnered with Bowen and Bowers Motorsports, Inc. (BBM). Based in Toronto, Ontario, BBM is the coming together of leading sports and entertainment property development professionals, Chris Bowers and David Bowen, along with the financial management experience of Trapeze Asset Management Inc. For more information, visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.

About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks has developed a worldwide brand and reputation as the go-to leader for powerful yet easy-to-use IT solutions. With more than 150,000 customers worldwide, Barracuda is disrupting the IT infrastructure landscape by simplifying many of the most complex IT challenges. The company's proven customer-centric business model focuses on delivering high-value, subscription-based IT solutions across security, networking and application delivery, and storage and data protection. For additional information, please visit http://www.barracuda.com.

 


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L'homme de fer de retour en Sportsman Lucas Oil.

Communiqué, pour diffusion immédiate

8 janvier 2013, Québec

 

Le vétéran pilote Jimmy Nadeau #17 de Beauceville  devient le 2e inscrit officiellement à la Série Sportsman Lucas Oil en prévision de la saison 2013.

Nadeau qui détient le record de départ en Sportsman Québec depuis la fondation de la Série avec 65 en sera à sa 7e saison complète. Il a participé à tous les programmes de la Série depuis 2007 et il est l’Homme de fer de la Série.

 

Jimmy a connu une bonne saison 2012 avec 4 top 10 et une 6e position au championnat. Lors du Banquet fin de saison, il a reçu le titre de voiture de l’année.

Un gros hiver dans le garage attend le #17 et son équipe.

 

De la bouche de ce fier compétiteur, nous avons appris : «  Nous allons modifier et améliorer mon frame qui avait été endommagé à quelques reprises en 2012. Nous allons aussi offrir aux amateurs un nouveau design en 2013 avec un remaniement de couleurs. »

L’équipe Nadeau Racing Team #17 sera au plus fort de la lutte et souhaite rien de moins qu’un top 5 au championnat en 2013.

 

Jimmy tient personnellement à remercier sa famille, ses membres d’équipe et surtout ses généreux commanditaires pour leurs fidélités et leurs dévouements.

 

Photo courtoisie de : Simon Fiset Pour Série Sportsman Québec 2012

André Poulin, Président

 


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NASCAR Preseason Thunder Rolls Into Daytona

Sixth-Generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Car To Make Debut At The World Center of Racing

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 8, 2013) – NASCAR fans will get their first glimpse of the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars on the storied Daytona International Speedway for three days this week at Preseason Thunder, the unofficial on-track start of the 2013 NASCAR season.

 

This week’s sessions will be the only test for the new car at Daytona prior to Speedweeks, which begins with The Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 16 (SPEED, MRN Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio) and culminates with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio).

 

“This test is an opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the 55th running of the Daytona 500,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “This is the teams’ test and provides an excellent lead in to the upcoming 2013 season. There has been a lot of work put into the development of the Gen-6 car by the manufacturers, teams and NASCAR. It will be exciting to see the new cars on the track for Daytona Preseason Thunder.”

 

After several tests for the new car, including one restrictor plate test at Talladega Superspeedway, the rules package has been set heading into Preseason Thunder.

 

The rules package for Daytona includes:

·         Plate size                      29/32" (same plate size as 2012)

·         Spoiler size                   4" high x 53" wide

·         Spoiler angle                 70 degrees

·         Front Grille size             1-3/4" high x 23" wide

·         Radiator Relief valve     32 psi

 

In addition to the year’s first on-track testing, the track will also host Preseason Thunder Fan Fest on Thursday night, January 10.

 

Fan Fest will include autograph sessions, driver fan forums, show cars and displays, music and a photo opportunity with the 2013 Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy.

 

Tickets for Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest are $20 on Thursday and $10 for Friday and Saturday and are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.

 

Among the drivers scheduled to appear on Thursday, Jan. 10 during the 5:30–7:30 p.m. session are Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch and Mark Martin.

 

In the 7:30–9:30 p.m. session, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, 2012 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, David Ragan, David Gilliland, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte, Austin Dillon, Trevor Bayne and Casey Mears are scheduled to appear.

 

Daytona International Speedway will also host special driver chat sessions on the speedway’s social media channels following the end of testing Thursday evening from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fans can submit questions for Twitter chats by including #DaytonaTesting and the driver’s official Twitter handle. NASCAR’s official Twitter feed @NASCAR will also provide updates throughout the three-day session. Fans can also participate in live driver chats hosted on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.

 

SPEED will broadcast live coverage of testing on all three days from 1-5 p.m. ET. Additionally, SPEEDTV.com will stream testing live from 9 a.m.-noon ET each day.

 

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES INTERVIEW SCHEDULES (Tentative and subject to change)

 

All interviews take place in the Daytona International Speedway media center. Audio and video from each media availability will be posted on NASCARmedia.com.

 

THURSDAY, JAN. 10

 

Lunch – Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart 12:05 p.m.; Clint Bowyer 12:35 p.m.; Brad Keselowski 12:35 p.m.; Carl Edwards 12:50 p.m.

 

Afternoon – Jeff Gordon 5:30 p.m.; Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton/NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby, 5:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, JAN. 11

 

Lunch – Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12:05 p.m.; Matt Kenseth 12:35 p.m.; Jimmie Johnson 12:35 p.m.; Greg Biffle 12:45 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, JAN. 12

 

Lunch – Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton 12:30 p.m.

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 175 countries and in 25 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED, Motor Racing Network, Performance Racing Network and Sirius XM Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as three international series. Also part of NASCAR is GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series, known for competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be The Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 16 on FOX. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR.

 

Contact:

Trent Bailey

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

 


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LaJoie Looks To Continue Winning Ways In Daytona

For Immediate Release

 

 

K&N Pro Series East 2012 Wins Leader Set For UNOH Battle At The Beach

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2013) – The 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season saw Corey LaJoie win at bullrings, short tracks and speedways. To begin the 2013 racing calendar, one of NASCAR’s top prospects has high hopes of continuing his winning ways on the short track at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 18-19.

 

LaJoie, the K&N Pro Series East championship runner-up this past season with a series-high five victories, will head to Daytona with his No. 07 team to participate in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on the temporary .4-mile short track on the backstretch at Daytona.

 

For the first time, NASCAR’s weekly and regional touring series will have a prominent place during Budweiser Speedweeks in Daytona, the “Worlds Center of Racing.” Teams from both the K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West will compete alongside each other in the inaugural non-points event.

 

“It’s definitely going to be its own style of racing,” LaJoie said. “It’s a cool deal and I want to thank UNOH for putting the deal on and getting the [K&N Pro Series] East and West together down there to scrap it out one more time.”

 

After a pair of successful full-time seasons in K&N Pro Series East, LaJoie has hopes of competing in NASCAR’s national series in the coming season – perhaps even during Speedweeks – but for now he’s plenty happy to have an opportunity to race once again in his family-owned No. 07 Ford.

 

“I think we have probably one of the best short-track cars out there, so start the year out with a win would be a good deal,” LaJoie said.

 

LaJoie, from Concord, N.C., earned a secured starting position for the K&N Pro Series UNOH Battle At The Beach feature race by virtue of winning a race during the 2012 points season. LaJoie actually won five times total, at five different types of tracks.

 

Drivers that won touring series races and championships in 2012 are locked into their respective features in Daytona. All others must qualify through heat races.

 

The temporary track will have little-to-no banking, something that LaJoie has had plenty of success with. One of his K&N Pro Series East wins this past season came on the entirely-flat quarter-mile at Bowman Gray Stadium while he also won a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s mostly-flat quarter-mile in 2010.

 

“I don’t care if they’re racing in the parking lot of Walmart, if they’re paying 20 grand, I’m going to try to beat the next guy for it,” LaJoie said.

 

The K&N Pro Series events will be just one facet of the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models will have qualifying races and a 150-lap feature on Monday, Feb. 18 while the action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 will include a similar schedule of qualifying races and 150-lap races for both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

All three features are non-points events and will be carried live on SPEED while supplemental event coverage will be provided at www.nascarhometracks.com.

For more information, please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Grandstand and garage admission can be secured via the website or by calling 1-888-PITSHOP.

 

For more information, contact:

Jason Cunningham

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

 


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Plus que quelques jours pour profiter de la promotion des passes de saison 2013 de l'Autodrome Drummond.

Lundi 7 janvier 2013 – Dave Paryzo – Directeur des communications

 

À tous les amateurs d’émotions fortes, ils vous restent seulement que quelques jours pour bénéficier de la promotion des passes de saison du 63e calendrier de l’Autodrome Drummond. Celles-ci sont présentement en vente au coût de 250 $, soit une économie de 234 $. Mais, cette offre prendra fin le 14 janvier prochain. Faites vite, car seulement 400 passes sont disponibles.

 

 

Beaucoup de classiques sont de retour cette saison dont, le « Show de l’été » les World of Outlaws Sprint Cars 410 pour une 4e année consécutive, ainsi que la 36e présence de la série américaine Super DIRT Series avec les Modifiés « Gros Blocs », les Empire Super Sprint Cars et la présentation du RACEMANIA 9 sur deux jours, avec 3 séries américaines majeures chez DIRT. Aussi, plusieurs nouveautés au programme dont ; les Modifiés 358 « Topless » pour une épreuve de 75 tours, du jamais vu au Canada. Puis, cette même soirée aura lieu la 1ère édition de la levée de fond pour la Fondation du cancer du sein. Pour cette occasion, ce sera admission gratuite pour les dames. La 8e édition de la soirée « Rêves d’enfants » avec un spécial « Side Panels Night » pour les Modifiés 358, avec 2 confrontations de 50 tours. Puis, la 1ère édition de la National Série Seaway avec les Sportsmans DIRT et les meilleurs coureurs Québécois et Ontariens en piste.

 

Pour de plus amples informations, contactez Jacqueline au (819) 477-0008. Avec des offres aussi alléchantes, l’hiver vous semblera malheureusement beaucoup plus long. C’est pourquoi on vous invite à suivre les développements de la préparation de la saison 2013 sur notre site internet le www.autodromedrummond.com ou sur notre page Facebook.

 

L’Autodrome Drummond, la F1 de la terre battue !

 

Dave Paryzo

Directeur des communications

Autodrome Drummond

 


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The Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region is looking to connect with new members at the Canadian Motorsports Expo

The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre

 

(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 7, 2013) – Answering directly to the ASN Canada FIA motorsports governing body, the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs – Ontario Region (CASC – OR) is the sanctioning organization for virtually every discipline of amateur racing in the province.

 

With over 30 affiliated car and racing clubs under its umbrella, the CASC –OR regulates not only Road and Ice Racing, Time Attack and Auto Slalom competitions in regards to sanctioning, licensing and safety standards, but also tends to the ‘behind the scenes’ volunteers involved in every aspect of the sport, from Timing and Scoring, to Scrutineering, to trackside Marshalling.

With such a broad variety of responsibilities, the CASC – OR is always looking to add interested personnel to their motorsport ranks, and views the Canadian Motorsports Expo powered by Inside Track Motorsport News, as a perfect venue for recruitment opportunities.

“The volunteer service is essential to any racing venture,” explains CASC-OR Vice President Robert Lauder. “It doesn’t matter which area people want to be a part of, it’s a great way to become part of the sport.”

At the 2013 edition of the Canadian Motorsports Expo, set to run February 8, 9 and 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs will be in attendance, their display designed to showcase the various competitive divisions, with vehicles on hand from each of the racing disciplines. Representatives from each car club, and board members from the CASC will be on hand to answer any questions, and to distribute calendars and schedules for the upcoming 2013 racing season.

“We want to attract the race fan to become part of the competition, we want them to see what we have to offer,” adds Lauder. “We race throughout Southern Ontario, from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, to Shannonville on the Bay of Quinte to Calabogie Motorsports Park near Ottawa. So it doesn’t matter where people live, they’re close to the action.”

As part of the Canadian Motorsports Expo promotion, the CASC – Ontario Region will be holding draws, giving the CME visitors an opportunity to win a race school date in either: Time Attack, Auto Slalom or Road Racing. The prize package is valued at up to $800.00.

Information regarding the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs-Ontario Region, their affiliated car and racing clubs or the 2013 racing schedules can be found on their website at www.casc.on.ca or by calling (877) 667-9505. Inquiries in writing may be sent to their offices at CASC – OR, 1100 Barmac Drive, Toronto, M9L 2X3.

 

ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

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THE CANADIAN TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP WILL 'LAUNCH' ITS 2013 SEASON AT THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO

 

The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre

(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 4, 2013) Heading into its seventh year of competition, the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire (CTCC) has truly earned the distinction of being Canada’s premiere professional road racing series.

 

Appropriately, the series’ rise to the top has mirrored that of the Canadian Motorsports Expo powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. The two will join forces again on February 8-10 at Toronto’s International Centre, as the CTCC will use its presence at the show to reveal its finalized 2013 racing schedule.

“The Canadian Motorsports Expo is a great place for us to launch our season,” said series founder and President John Bondar. “The buzz surrounding the show really kicks the anticipation for the upcoming year into high gear.”

The Canadian Touring Car Championship features three distinct divisions, in simultaneous competition, in races usually 30 minutes in duration. All classes are based on production compact models, with marques ranging from Hyundai to Honda, and from MINI Coopers to Toyota Scions.

The CTCC’s top level, Super Class cars feature heavily modified engine and suspension components, and advanced aerodynamic packages. Their slightly less powerful Touring Class counterparts are more limited, with only minimal modifications permitted. In 2012, the new B-Spec class became the CTCC’s entry-level division, with the only allowable changes to the showroom stock sub-compacts made in accordance with regulations pertaining to driver safety.

Last season (2012), the Canadian Touring Car Championship competitors performed in front of more than 700,000 spectators, showcasing their talents on weekends in support of such events as: the Formula One and NASCAR Nationwide races in Montreal, the American Le Mans Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the Firestone Indy Lights series on the temporary GP3R street circuit in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. And the preliminary 2013 racing calendar looks just as impressive.

“We plan to confirm a seven date schedule at the CME,” continues Bondar. “All of our race weekends will again be double-header events. This arrangement gives our drivers and teams plenty of time to interact with the race fans from across Ontario, Quebec and the rest of Canada as well as the northern United States.”

The Canadian Motorsports Expo will give the CTCC an opportunity to introduce even more potential race fans to the series. Throughout the show, the CTCC display will feature videos of 2012 race action. Taking centre stage in the CTCC booth will be the 2012 Touring Class winning Blanchet Racing Honda of Damon Sharpe, as well as the B-Spec Mazda 2 Media car.

Sharpe and Bondar will be on hand to discuss the past and the future of the Canadian Touring Car Championship series, as will Dominique Longval (Manager-Marketing and Communications) and many of the series’ technical support staff.

“The 2013 season is looking to be our best so far in terms of car count and driver interest, and the Canadian Motorsports Expo is going to be a great starting point for this year,” concluded Bondar.

 

ABOUT CTCC: The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is the only truly Canadian professional road racing series, showcasing race cars based on their street stock versions. Gaining worldwide attention and respect, the CTCC has been the starting point for many Canadian sportscar drivers now competing on the international scene. Its graduates include such notables as Kuno Wittmer, Paul Dalla Lana, and David Bensadoun. Fans can follow the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire on the series’ website, www.TouringCar.ca.

 

ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.

 


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