VOLUME XII,  ISSUE 2 - APRIL - JUNE,  2018

Jeffrey Earnhardt signs with new StarCom Racing

StarCom Racing is a new NASCAR Cup series team, which has recently leased a charter from Richard Childress Racing, and they have signed Jeffrey Earnhardt (Dale Jr’s nephew) as a driver for their first full season.

 

Former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope drove StarCom’s Camaro in two races last year and he will continue as team manager in 2018.

 

“There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years, so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me,” the young driver said, “and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news.”  [04/03/18]

Dale Jr. to come back for Xfinity race in Virginia

After retiring in November, Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he plans to drive in an Xfinity series race at Richmond (VA) Raceway in the fall, the Charlotte Observer reports.

 

Currently Earnhardt only has the one race on his schedule, but has sponsorship packages that include his event and 8-10 more with JR Motorsports’ four other cars.

 

Earnhardt will make his debut as an analyst for NBC on Super Bowl Sunday and will be in South Korea for the Winter Olympics later in the month. He and his wife, Amy, are expecting their first child, a girl, later this year. [04/03/18]

Menards Chevy Show series adds venues for 2018

The Menards Chevy Show will give participants in the southeastern U.S. more opportunities to participate in 2018 with new events in South Carolina and Alabama. A new Midwest venue has also been added in Kansas City for automotive enthusiasts throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa to attend.

 

Since 2015, the Menards Chevy Show series has been broadcast on the Velocity channel. More than two million TV viewers have annually tuned in to watch the series on Saturday mornings at 9:30am EST in October, November, and December to see their cars at events, and check out other entries for restoration ideas and trends. The popular TV series has been renewed again for the 2018 season on Velocity.

 

2018 Menards Chevy Show Series

 

May 18-20: Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, VA

June 2-3: South Carolina Motorplex, Orangeburg, SC

June 9-10: Texas Motorplex, Dallas, TX

July 13-15: Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA

August 5: Bandimere Speedway, Denver, CO

Sept. 8-9: Darlington Dragway, Darlington, SC

Sept. 22: KCI Cruise Car Show, Kansas City, MO

Sept. 28-30: Bristol Dragway, Bristol, TN

Oct. 12-13: U.S. 90 Dragway, Mobile, AL

Nov. 3-4: Auto Club Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, CA

Nov. 10: No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, LA

Nov. 17: Ace Cafe Orlando, Orlando, FL [04/03/18]

IndyCar

General Motors Executive Vice President Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain Mark Reuss (l to r), Chevrolet Team Penske owner Roger Penske, American Honda Senior Vice President Henio Arcangeli Jr. and Hall of Fame driver Mario Andretti address the gathering at the IndyCar press conference Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Not shown, but also taking part in the presentation was Team Chevy IndyCar champion, Josef Newgarden.  [04/03/18]

Monte Carlo ‘Project Prestone’ raises $100,000 for cancer research

A 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe recently restored by Prestone Products Corporation, the leader in under-the-hood chemicals, and Barrett-Jackson was auctioned off on Jan. 18, at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale.  The car was sold for the hammer price of $100,000, with 100 percent of the sale benefiting cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The buyer has generously donated the car back to Barrett-Jackson and it will be sold again in the future to benefit TGen.

 

The rare build was first unveiled this summer at a press conference at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and then transported to Scottsdale for the full restoration.

 

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Barrett-Jackson on this build and are excited to be donating the proceeds to such an important cause,” said Randy Fisher, Vice President of Marketing at Prestone. “Barrett-Jackson has donated numerous cars for auction to benefit TGen and we are proud that they chose to include ‘Project Prestone’ in this charitable opportunity.”

 

”Project Prestone” went through a complete transformation thanks to Prestone, Barrett-Jackson and contributing partners. While in Scottsdale, the build underwent modifications to the interior, paint, suspension, brakes, exhaust, transmission, sound system and graphics package. All of these changes were completed by the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction in October 2017 and the car has been on display at the Barrett-Jackson Collection Showroom in Scottsdale ever since. [04/03/18]

Summit celebrates 50th anniversary

We congratulate Summit Racing Equipment, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

 

In 1968 a young engineer owned a 1967 roadster with the L71 427 cubic inch/435 horsepower engine. He made some connections to get hop-up parts at a discount, and it wasn’t long before his drag racing buddies found out and wanted the same deal. From such humble beginnings Summit Racing Equipment was born. The first location was the basement of a donut shop in Stow, Ohio. A year later the company moved into its first true store in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

 

Summit is offering a couple items to help celebrate 50 years of service.[04/03/18]

 

Childress announces multi-driver lineup for No. 3 Chevrolet

Richard Childress Racing announced its No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS entry for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) will feature a talented multi-driver lineup. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon, ARCA Racing Series competitor Shane Lee, second-generation racer Jeb Burton and two-time NXS winner Brendan Gaughan will all share time behind the wheel of the Camaro SS throughout the season.

 

Austin and Ty Dillon will be in the rotation of drivers for the No. 3 Chevrolet for the 2018 season. Austin Dillon is no stranger to the XFINITY Series, earning the Series championship in 2013. The eldest Dillon brother has 17 career poles awards, eight wins, 62 top-five and 99 top-10 finishes in the Series throughout his racing career. Ty Dillon, also a Series veteran, has collected four poles, 32 top-five and 86 top-10 finishes. He won at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014.

 

Shane Lee, a 24-year-old native of Newton, North Carolina, will share seat time as he makes his XFINITY Series debut this season. In 2017, Lee completed his first season of full-time competition in the ARCA Racing Series and placed third in the driver championship point standings. He also has three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) starts under his belt.

Jeb Burton, son of former Cup Series driver and Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, will also climb into the Camaro SS for select races. Burton has a 2013 NCWTS win on his resume along with seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in the XFINITY Series. He is the nephew of former RCR driver Jeff Burton and has also logged laps in both NXS and MENCS competition.

 

The 2018 season will also see the return of veteran driver Brendan Gaughan, marking his seventh year of competition with RCR. After scaling back from full-time competition at the end of 2017, Gaughan will return to race at two of his favorite race tracks, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 11th and Elkhart Lake's Road America on August 25th. Throughout his NXS career, Gaughan has earned two top-10 finishes at Mid-Ohio and has scored a win and four top-five finishes at Road America.

 

"Our goal with the multi-driver Chevrolet Camaro SS is to win races and put ourselves in a position to be in the NASCAR Playoffs at the end if the season to compete for the owner's championship," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR.

 

The multi-driver Chevrolet Camaro SS will compete in all 33 races of the series season. Veteran crew chief Nick Harrison will lead the team from atop the pit box.   [04/03/18]

GM to fund female student scholarships in STEM

General Motors of Canada Co. is setting up a $1.8-million fund that will offer scholarships and other ways of encouraging more young women and girls to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Among the initiatives is a postsecondary-scholarship program that will be offered to young researchers at universities across Canada.

 

The first scholarship will be offered at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ont., to graduate students who are studying engineering.

 

"We see the need to support and inspire far greater female participation," in these subject areas, GM Canada president Stephen Carlisle said at the official opening of the auto maker's new Canadian Technical Centre in Markham, Ontario.

 

The company will hire about 700 engineers who will work on software development and innovation in automotive safety, entertainment and information systems in vehicles and controls for autonomous vehicles.   [04/03/18]

King to drive Fuzzy’s Chevrolet on road course events

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that 24-year-old Jordan King, a native of Warwickshire, England, will compete in the 11 road and street course events for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet.

 

“Jordan and I met at Sonoma in 2016,” Carpenter explained. “A kind of mutual acquaintance introduced us then when he was just over kind of taking a look at IndyCar and what it had to offer. We met way back then. And I think what really moved it from there was Jordan works with Mark Blundell, who I have a history with. We worked with Mark when Mike Conway was part of the team and the ECR family in 2014, so that connection definitely helped speed things along and give me a high level of comfort with Jordan.”

 

The only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Ed Carpenter, will continue to pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet at all oval races. [04/03/18]

Chaves to drive full season for Harding in IndyCar

Harding Racing has announced that 25-year-old Gabby Chaves will be the driver of the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet for the full 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

 

Brian Barnhart, the longtime former race director of the Verizon IndyCar Series, will transition to become the Harding team president.

 

“There's a little bit of a competition reset with the new universal aero kit coming on board, so everybody has got the same learning curve with that equipment being put onto the race cars moving into 2018,” Barnhart explained. “If there's anything that's put us a little behind, it's that we haven't had a chance to run the new cars yet. We're doing a private test the first week of February at Sonoma to get a permanent road course test under our belt, kind of get Gabby back in the race car on a road course, and then we're heading to the Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix on February 9th and 10th for a couple of days on the short oval.

 

“With that new aero kit coming on board, it kind of resets the competition level for everybody, and we all kind of find ourselves in the same boat moving into 2018 from that aspect.”    [04/03/18]

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