The will be bonus money available both days. $500 will be awarded to the driver deemed the "heaviest hitter of the day." The bonus will be available on both Saturday and Sunday.
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Posted by Marc Patrick Roy at 31.1.17
Posted by Marc Patrick Roy at 31.1.17
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Jesse Lazare, le pilote de l'équipe Motorsports in Action, remporte les 24 Heures de Daytona
Montréal, Québec, Canada, le 29 janvier 2017.-Moins de 48 heures après avoir fait débuter l'une des deux McLaren 570S GT4 de l'équipe Motorsports In Action (MIA) dans la course de la série IMSA Continental Challenge, le pilote montréalais Jesse Lazare a remporté les 24 Heures de Daytona, en Floride. Inscrit dans cette légendaire épreuve au sein de l'équipe américaine Alegra Motorsports, Jesse et ses coéquipiers ont mis la main sur la victoire dans la classe GTD. Il s'agit d'un immense accomplissement pour le pilote et un grand honneur pour l'équipe MIA, qui engage Lazare à temps plein cette saison en série Continental Challenge.
Disputant pour la première fois de sa carrière les Rolex 24 Heures de Daytona, Jesse Lazare était en équipe avec les Américains Carlos de Quesada, son fils Michael, l'Ontarien Daniel Morad et le Danois Michael Christensen sur une Porsche 911 GT3-R inscrite par Alegra Motorsports. Cet équipage a triomphé avec une avance de seulement deux dixièmes de seconde au terme des 24 heures de course. Il se classe également dix-huitième toutes-catégories, sur 55 partants.
Pour Eric Kerub, le propriétaire de l'équipe MIA, l'honneur est grand de pouvoir désormais compter sur le vainqueur des 24 Heures de Daytona dans son équipe : « Jesse faisait un programme double ce week-end, en disputant d'abord la course de Continental Challenge sur une de nos voitures, puis en prenant part aux 24 Heures avec l'équipe Alegra. Il a été performant dans les deux courses et, je dois avouer que pour tous les membres de l'équipe MIA, de pouvoir dire aujourd'hui que nous avons avec nous l'un des vainqueurs des 24 Heures de Daytona 2017 est une immense fierté. Ça ne peut que décupler notre motivation à briller tout le reste de l'année, avec Jesse Lazare et nos autres pilotes ».
Jesse Lazare sera de retour aux commandes de la McLaren 570S GT4 numéro 69 Garaga/Pfaff de l'équipe MIA en mars prochain, lors du week-end des 12 Heures de Sebring.
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Jesse Lazare, Motorsports in Action Team Driver, Wins the 24 Hours of Daytona
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, January 29, 2017.-Less than 48 hours after his debut in one of the two Motorsports In Action (MIA) McLaren 570S GT4s in the IMSA Continental Challenge, Montreal driver Jesse Lazare won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, in Florida. Entered in this legendary event as part of the American Alegra Motorsports team, Jesse and his teammates claimed victory in the GTD Class. This was a huge accomplishment for the driver and a great honour for the MIA Team, who have hired Lazare full-time this season for the Continental Challenge series.
Contesting the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona for the first time in his career, Jesse Lazare was part of a team comprising of Americans Carlos de Quesada and his son Michael, as well as Ontarian Daniel Morad and Michael Christensen, of Denmark, in the Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R. This team won with a margin of only two-tenths of a second, after a full 24 hours of racing. Of the 55 overall starters, they finished eighteenth.
For Eric Kerub, owner of the MIA Team, it's a big honour to be able to count on a 24 Hours of Daytona winner on his team : « Jesse was pulling double-duty this weekend, firstly contesting the Continental Challenge in one of our cars and then racing in this 24 Hours with the Alegra team. He performed so well in both races and I have to admit that all MIA team members are proud to say that one of our own won the 2017 24 Hours of Daytona. This can only further enhance our motivation to excel for the rest of the year, with Jesse and our other drivers ».
Jesse Lazare will be back behind the wheel of MIA's #69 Garaga/Pfaff McLaren 570S GT4 in March, during the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.
Raphaël Lessard débute sa saison avec un Top 10 au SpeedFest 200
CORDELE, Géorgie, 29 janvier 2017 – Raphaël Lessard, jeune pilote de St-Joseph-de-Beauce, vient tout juste de signer son premier Top 10 de l'année lors du SpeedFest 2017 au Crisp Motorsports Park en Géorgie. En effet, Raphaël s'est élancé de la 22e position pour terminer en 10e position lors de la course de 200 tours de la Champion Racing Association (CRA) sur l'ovale du Watermelon Capital Speedway
Toujours au volant de sa Toyota Camry #99 FRL Express/Team Coach Imaging/Toyota-TRD/JBLAudio de l'équipe David Gilliland Racing, Raphaël a connu une course sans embûches majeures alors qu'il s'est frayé un chemin parmi des pilotes d'expérience. Ayant connu une séance de qualification difficile après qu'un bris mécanique l'ait empêché de faire un bon chrono, Raphaël n'est pas resté longtemps en 22e position alors que, dès les premiers tours, il a imposé son rythme en effectuant toute une remontée atteignant la 10 position pour un première fois au 71e tour. Il a même fait une pointe en 9e place au 138e tour.
Comme à son habitude, Raphaël a été en moyen de dépasser ses concurrents par la ligne extérieure, chose extrêmement difficile dans les courses d'ovales. En fin de course, le problème de suspension est réapparu, rendant la conduite difficile, et l'espoir de voir Raphaël monter sur le podium s'envoler. Le pilote a tout de même réussi à se tenir entre la 15e position et la 9e position tout au long de l'épreuve, et de finalement terminer en 10e place.
Ce n'est que partie remise, alors que Raphaël participera au Rattler 250 de la série SSS du 16 au 19 mars prochains au South Alabama Speedway. Entre temps, le Beauceron reviendra au Québec pour « voir la neige », pour reprendre ses mots.
Raphaël Lessard : « Ça a été une fin de semaine correcte. On a eu des problèmes en qualifications avec une pièce qui a brisé en arrière de la voiture. En course, ça a été la même histoire, nous avons également eu des problèmes. Au début de l'épreuve, j'ai réussi à remonter le peloton, car j'ai trouvé une bonne ligne à l'extérieur sur la piste. Après l'arrêt aux puits et des pneus neufs ça s'est amélioré pour quelques tours, puis notre problème de suspension est revenu. Somme toute, arriver 10e malgré ce pépin n'est pas si pire! Je me dois de remercier l'équipe David Gilliland Racing qui n'a pas arrêté de travailler sur la voiture une seconde! Merci aussi à FRL Express, Team Coach Imaging, Toyota TRD et JBL Audio qui me soutiennent encore cette année ».
Source: Torcha Communications
Young Guns Continue to Make Headlines at Peterborough Speedway
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Whether they've chosen to follow in the footsteps of a successful parent or sibling, or made the move in pursuit of their own interests a group of young racers has elected to join the weekly wars at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. As the opening night of its 50th Anniversary Season grows closer, Peterborough Speedway is looking toward the future by honouring a page of its rich racing history.
19 year-old Bailey Jacobs and 21 year-old Sean Kennedy are about to enter their 3rd season of action at the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City. After graduating from the karting ranks, Jacobs finished 2nd in the 2016 Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car standings, while Kennedy was last year's runner-up in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun point chase. On the other side of the coin, Brandon Vennor – a 23 year-old – made his first starts in the Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck division and was 6th in the final standings. 16 year-old Kyle Gordon set the same standard in the Thunder Car field and was 7th overall. Neither driver had any previous racing experience, but learned their craft with the help of supportive family members. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says there have been several drivers who've followed the same path over the years.
"While some people their age spend time playing soccer or softball, Peterborough Speedway has long been the place for young drivers to hone their skills," said Josiasse. "Derek Lynch grew-up watching his father at the track and started his career at what was then known as Westgate Speedway in 1986 at the age of 14. He was named rookie of the year in the Late Model Sportsman class that season and won the track championship a year later. His career would eventually take the Norwood, Ontario native to the former NASCAR Busch North Series and victory lane in what is now the NASCAR Pinty's Series. Lynch also earned the pole position during our 2016 APC Pro Late Model event."
Stirling, Ontario's Willow Barberstock made her first ever start at the Autumn Colours Classic when she was just 12 years old and concluded her time in the Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun division by earning the track championship. The popular youngster – who has become a favourite with the fans – will kick-off 2017 with her 3rd season with the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series
Even with the plans to mark the 50th Anniversary of the speedway, the official schedule won't be released until the annual Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – March 10th through 12th – at the International Centre in Toronto. They'll also be part of special events that will include displays at the Peterborough Home, Cottage and Country Show – March 31stto April 2nd – at the Evinrude Centre and at the Lindsay Square Mall, April 23rd through 30th. Fans have come to expect participation at the pre-season events and several drivers and teams are lined-up to show-off their new colours."
Bullring bullet points: Keep on top of all the 50th Anniversary news at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval by logging onto www.peterboroughspeedway.com, liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. Fans can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.
Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Youngster Kyle Gordon (left) had some help from his father Mark to guide him through his first year of action in the Paul Davis Systems Thunder Car division at Peterborough Speedway.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
OMRS Rookie Crop is Set to Make Their Mark on the Track in 2017
By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
With the Rookie of the Year award presented to Stu Robinson Jr. after a successful first year on the 2016 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series tour, the popular open wheeled tour will see several different drivers compete for the prestigious honour during the 2017 campaign. With new drivers joining the ranks and bringing experience earned in different motorsports genres, Randy Hollingsworth – who along with Rick Warnes and Bill Pickford make up the team of OMRS officials – says the new schedule is already showing plenty of promise.
"Our group has always been committed to putting the best field on the track at every event and our development deals are a great way to find some new talent," said Hollingsworth. "We have a program in place with J.P. Josiasse at Peterborough Speedway that allows drivers from the 4Fun and Thunder Car divisions to take the next step in their driving careers. The track also allows us to host an annual 'Test a Mod' day that has opened the door for racers to get behind the wheel of one of our cars in an on-track practice session."
After making a few starts late in the year, Connor James is ready to face the challenge of a full season of open wheeled modified racing. The 20 year-old from Bradford, Ontario started his career in Junior Late Models at the age of 10 and won Sauble Speedway's Junior Late Model championship in 2011. James also got his feet wet in 4-cylinder racing, during the 2014 campaign.
Jaden Chapman comes to the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series with a wealth of experience, including time in endurance and super stock divisions at Delaware Speedway. Teaming-up with car owner Dwayne Brooks who will donate any money won this year to Crohns and Colitis Society research, the 22 year-old Sarnia, Ontario resident – who works as an apprentice at the hometown BMW dealership – will also compete in the Thunder Car division at Sauble Speedway in 2017.
Graduates of the karting ranks, Norwood's Isaac Delyea and Owen Brooks of Peterborough got their first taste of an OMRS machine during the 2016 'Test a Mod' day at Peterborough Speedway. The pair of youngsters is looking forward to the first green flag of the season for the popular series.
2017 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series schedule
Saturday, May 20th: Sunset Speedway – Spring Velocity
Saturday, May 27th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, June 10th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, June 24th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, July 1st: Flamboro Speedway – Canada Day
Saturday, July 15th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, July 22nd: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 19th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, August 26th: Peterborough Speedway
Saturday, September 23rd: Sunset Speedway – Fall Velocity
Sunday, September 24th: Sunset Speedway – Fall Velocity
Fans can find full series details at www.facebook.com/OMRS. The Ontario Modifieds Racing Series is supported by Clarke Motorsports Communications.
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Isaac Delyea (left) and Connor James are 2 of about a handful of drivers expected to compete for the 2017 Ontario Modifieds Racing Series rookie of the year award.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
Airborne, Freedom and Utica-Rome Speedways Join DIRTcar Northeast as Sportsman Modified Home Tracks in 2017
by: Clayton Johns
CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 24, 2017 – DIRTcar Northeast officials are proud to announce the additions of Airborne Speedway, Freedom Raceway Park and Utica-Rome Speedway as Sportsman Modified home tracks for the 2017 season. The addition of the trio of New York facilities increases the number of DIRTcar Sportsman Modified sanctioned tracks to 17 for the upcoming season.
Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY returns to a dirt surface in 2017 with promoter John Walker leading the conversion. The track will host the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds on a weekly basis as well as a North Region tour event in September. Airborne is also the newest track to the Super DIRTcar Series tour. It will host the Big-Block Modifieds at the half-mile oval on Thursday, July 6.
Freedom Motorsports Park, located in Delevan, NY, provides a home track to drivers in the southwestern area of the state under the guidance of Bob Reis. The 1/3-mile clay oval hosts Friday night racing from May to September less than one hour southeast of Buffalo.
Utica-Rome Speedway, managed by Bill and Kim Shea, is a key central New York home track with an established base of Sportsman Modifieds. In addition to becoming a Sportsman Modified home track, Utica-Rome will also host three DIRTcar Sportsman Modified series events in 2017, including two in the east region and one in the central region.
The three New York tracks join 14 other facilities in the Northeast as DIRTcar Sportsman Modified home tracks. They include Albany-Saratoga Speedway, Brewerton Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Mohawk Speedway, Ramsomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway in New York. Ontario tracks Brockville Ontario Speedway, Cornwall Motor Speedway, Humberstone Speedway and Merrittville Speedway are all returning as Sportsman Modified home tracks as well as Quebec's Autodrome Drummond, Autodrome Granby and LeRPM Speedway.
These 17 tracks offer valuable Home Track Bonus Points to nearly 500 Sportsman Modified drivers across the Northeast. Home Track Bonus Points are the first step for drivers who compete for the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series title and in various DIRTcar Northeast programs.
As previously announced, the 2017 edition of the DIRTcar Sportsman Series will feature a regional format with the schedule divided into four regions – North, West, Central and East. Regional and combined series events will take place 23 tracks for a total of 32 events with negotiations ongoing to add additional race dates.
Posted: 26 Jan 2017 08:43 AM PST
Unified Dirt Late Model Specs Updated
Rear Suspension Rules Revised
CONCORD, N.C.– Jan. 25, 2016– Members of the Unified Late Model Council released a bulletin that further refined parameters effecting the suspension of dirt late models. All teams should refer to the series rulebooks for the complete rules and specifications.
DIRTcar Racing continues to work with its partners to ensure the safety and consistency of its cars and drivers, and to solidify the sport in all its facets.
LATE MODEL TECHNICAL BULLETIN
Effective January 20, 2017
Rear Suspension and Suspension Components:
Axle Housing, Rear Differential
The axle housing must be of the "closed tube" design utilizing "full floating" magnetic steel axle shafts.
The center section of the axle housing must be manufactured of either aluminum or magnesium.
Axle tubes must be one (1) piece. Axle tubes must be manufactured of aluminum or magnetic mild steel. Axle tubes manufactured of exotic, heavy materials will not be permitted. The outside diameter of the axle tubes must not exceed three (3) inches. Axle tube internal inserts or external sleeves will not be permitted. The addition of any ballast weight to the axle housing will not be permitted.
Axle Housing Mounts
The only materials used to fabricate axle housing mounts (birdcages) that will be permitted is aluminum or magnetic mild steel. Axle housing mounts fabricated of exotic, heavy materials will not be permitted.
When fabricating axle housing mounts detail must be paid to functionality. The completed axle housing mounts, when comparing the right and the left side, must be as similar in design as possible.
Rear Suspension Attaching (Radius) Rods
The only materials used to fabricate attaching (radius) rods that will be permitted are magnetic steel or aluminum
Aluminum attaching (radius) rods may be solid or tubular material. Magnetic steel attaching (radius rods) must be tubular with a maximum wall thickness of 3/16 inch.
Brakes, Brake Components, Wheel Hub:
Brake calipers must be manufactured of aluminum.
The brake caliper including brake caliper pistons must be used as produced by the brake caliper manufacturer.
Brake rotors must be manufactured of magnetic or stainless steel.
Brake rotors must be used as produced by the brake rotor manufacturer.
Wheel hubs must be manufactured of aluminum or magnesium.
Wheel hubs must be used as produced by the wheel hub manufacturer.
The combined weight of the wheel hub, wheel bearings and seal, spindle nut and washers, brake rotor and attaching hardware, the axle cap, and the wheel spacer must not exceed 27 pounds.
Wheel, Wheel Discs, Wheel Spacers:
Only aluminum wheels will be permitted.
Only approved wheel discs will be permitted. Approved wheel discs are wheel discs that are fastened to the wheel using a minimum of three (3),1/4 or 5/16 inch diameter magnetic steel hex head bolts.
Only aluminum wheel spacers will be permitted. Wheel spacers must not be fastened to the wheel.
The combined weight of the wheel, wheel hardware, wheel disc and fasteners, and tire must not exceed 40 pounds*. *The maximum combined weight in this rule is based upon current tire rules and may need to be adjusted in the event of an alternate tire.
Coil springs or leaf springs will be permitted.
Coil springs must be manufactured from magnetic steel. Leaf springs must be manufactured from either magnetic steel or approved composite material.
Spring preload adjustments for coil springs must be made using mechanical adjusting nuts on the shock body.
Spring preload adjustments for leaf springs must be made using a mechanical adjusting device such as an adjustable shackle or threaded rod type mount.
Other than spring dampening by the shock absorber, hydraulic, pneumatic, or electrically controlled adjusting devices, (static or dynamic) that affect spring preload or race car heights will not be permitted,
As agreed by the Unified Late Model Council –January, 20 2017 rev.10
25/01/2017, 10h22 CeeBee CeeBee est déconnecté Vétéran Date d'inscription: February 2014 Localisation: Repentignt, QC, Canada Messages: 1 609 Par défaut ''Ironman'' Claude Leclerc & ''Outlaw'' Jocelyn Laliberté a Sebring! Le vétéran ACT, Claude Leclerc vivra une nouvelle expérience tout comme Jocelyn Laliberté. Tous deux seront équipiers de François Audette, lors de la Série CPCA Porsche Club GTB1, du week end prochain a Sebring ou plus de 50 pilotes sont inscrits pour le 5 février. Leclerc a l'intention de participer de nouveau en ACT Late Model tout comme Laliberté qui continuera a suivre le Senior Tour Auto Racers (STAR) de Mary Lima et aussi les Vintages Outlaws de Arthur Chartier. François Audette a expérimenté le stock car dans les années 1970 (ACAQ) et 1990 (ProCar), préférant de beaucoup le circuit routier, le vétéran pilote de Ste-Anne des Lacs, a confié la préparation de sa Porsche\Portes Dimensions a Jocelyn Laliberté.
McCumbee, Rowe, and Berry Head Next Round Of Entries For Meltdown At Dillon
CHARLOTTE, NC (January 26) – Prominent names from the North and South head the ever growing list of drivers for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon, February 4. The "Original" Winter Meltdown will be headlined by the 200 green flag lap South Carolina Clash and will pit the best short track racers in North America against one another for the first race of the 2017 PASS National Championship series. The 12th Annual Clash at the Winter Meltdown will also double as the first race for the PASS South Super Late Models.
Ocean Isles, NC's Chad McCumbee has done nearly everything you can think of when it comes to auto racing. From a successful career in Late Model Stocks at Myrtle Beach Speedway to nearly winning in the Camping World Truck Series, McCumbee even played Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in an ESPN production based on his father. In recent years, McCumbee has honed his road racing skills driving the ModSpace Mazda and will compete this weekend in the preliminary events at Daytona International Speedway leading up to the Rolex 24. But, with all that on his resume, the Winter Meltdown at Dillon will be his first start in a PASS Super Late Model.
"Super Late Models are somewhat of a step I skipped coming up through in the early 2000's," says McCumbee, who will pilot the Elliott Trucking #16 at Dillon. "Last year we decided to try something different and got a Fury Super. Dillon will be my second race in a Super Late Model and our test went pretty well a couple of weeks ago. I am in Florida now so I was very limited with my time leading up to the race. I don't really have any expectations but feel confident we will be competitive."
While McCumbee plans to continue his road racing pursuits in 2017, he says that Dillon will not be his only start behind the wheel of a PASS Super Late Model this year and that has him excited for the prospects.
"My schedule is packed for 2017 but we plan to run a handful of PASS events and do a bit of traveling," says McCumbee. "Plans seem to change week to week for me but my hope is to race as much as I can."
McCumbee will not be alone in what is quickly becoming a star studded field of short track talent. Turner, ME's Ben Rowe will make the trip south to Dillon as he pursues his record fifth PASS National Championship. The all-time PASS wins leader returns to Dillon where he went to victory lane at in 2009 en route to his lone PASS South title. Joining McCumbee and Rowe, will be Late Model Stock standout, Josh Berry, who will be piloting the potent #74 out of the Robert Hamke shops. While this will be Berry's first start at Dillon, it will be his second PASS start following a strong debut in the North-South Shootout at Concord last November.
Veterans Jimmy Doyle and JP Josiasse will also be returning when the season cranks up at Dillon next weekend. Doyle has finished in the top five in PASS South points each of the last two years, while Josiasse makes the long tow down from Ontario as he seeks to back up a top 10 performance in points a year ago.
Action gets underway at Dillon Motor Speedway Speedway on Friday, February 3 with gates opening at 1 PM and rotating practice for the PASS Super Late Models, Late Models, and Pro 4s from 2 – 5 PM. On Saturday, February 4, gates will open at 8 AM, with rotating practice from 10 AM – Noon, qualifying at 12:30 PM, and feature events set to go green at 2 PM.
Entry forms for the PASS Winter Meltdown at Dillon Motor Speedway, along with the 44th Annual Oxford 250, can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com. The 2017 license forms for the PASS Super Late Models are also available at ProAllStarsSeries.com. Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2017 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.
The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Easter Bunny 150 and the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway and the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information and don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.