Polaris is Recalling certain 2016-2017 GEM E2, E4, E6, and ELXD electric vehicles

8 05 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 8, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

Front Steel Wheel Lug Nuts may Loosen

If a wheel separates from the vehicle, it can increase the risk of a crash.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V279000

Manufacturer: Polaris Industries, Inc.

Components: WHEELS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,254

Make Model Model Year(s)
GEM E2 2016 – 2017
GEM E4 2016 – 2017
GEM E6 2016 – 2017
GEM ELXD 2016 – 2017

Summary: Polaris Industries, Inc. (Polaris) is recalling certain 2016-2017 GEM E2, E4, E6, and ELXD electric vehicles, equipped with steel wheels. The lug nuts on the front wheels may loosen, potentially resulting in a front wheel detaching from the vehicle.

Remedy: GEM will notify owners. The manufacturer has not yet finalized a remedy plan, nor provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GEM Consumer Service Department at 1-855-743-3436. Polaris’ number for this recall is L-17-01.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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SEMA Hall of Fame Names Three New Members

5 05 2017

2017 inductees include GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans and Barry Meguiar

DIAMOND BAR, CA – May 5, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans and Barry Meguiar will receive the industry’s highest honor and be inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame.

The new members will be recognized as part of the festivities during the SEMA Installation Gala on Friday, July 28, 2017, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona, Calif. They represent an accomplished group of leaders who have shaped and inspired the automotive specialty-equipment market.

GiGi Carleton: Many in the industry are familiar with Robert E. Petersen, the 1981 SEMA Hall of Fame inductee who is responsible for launching many of the largest and most successful automotive magazine titles, such as Motor Trend and Hot Rod. What few people realize is that, for nearly 50 years, GiGi Carleton worked side-by-side with Petersen and his wife, as the trio went on to create the Petersen empire. Today, Carleton serves as the president of the Robert E. Petersen Foundation, where she is committed to and responsible for carrying on Petersen’s legacy in the automotive industry and philanthropic activities.

Doug Evans: Doug Evans has an impressive career in the automotive industry, having spent more than 30 years as a senior executive at various publishing houses. It is, however, his leadership and activism that distinguish him from many others. As the current SEMA Chairman of the Board, Evans guides the association on initiatives focused on youth outreach and legislation. He’s also served as chairman of the Save the Salt Coalition, is an advisor to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, and volunteers as a judge for the SEMA Launch Pad competition.

Barry Meguiar: Barry Meguiar is the president of the car care company that was founded by his grandfather in 1901. With a passion for cars, Meguiar grew the company to attract mainstream consumers. Through fun, family-oriented car shows and the launch of “Car Crazy” TV, Meguiar’s signature smile and infectious excitement for vehicles spread across the country. In addition to being one of the earliest exhibitors of the SEMA Show, Meguiar gave viewers a taste of the trade-only Show by filming “Car Crazy” TV from the annual event. Meguiar interviewed iconic Showgoers and is responsible for spreading the “Car Crazy” bug throughout the world.

For additional details about the SEMA Hall of Fame and the inductees over the years, visit www.semahof.com. For more information about the SEMA Installation Gala, visit www.sema.org/gala.

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $39.2 billion specialty automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV, and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, IN. For more information, visit www.sema.org, www.semashow.com or www.performanceracing.com.

Source: Specialty Equipment Market Association

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Porsche Cars North America Statement Regarding Macan Recall

5 05 2017

ATLANTA, GA – May 5, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Porsche Cars North America, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall on 51,497 Macan, Macan S, Macan GTS, and Macan Turbo models in the U.S. manufactured between March 4, 2014, and April 14, 2017.

Porsche determined that fine hairline cracks could appear, after an extended period of use, on the filter flange of the fuel pump on the affected vehicles. As a result, if this happens, a very small quantity of fuel might seep out causing a fuel odor. No incidents have been reported in actual usage in the field. Porsche dealers will inspect vehicles, and seal or replace the flange as necessary.

About Porsche Cars North America Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA

Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, human performance center, and fine dining restaurant. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 188 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.

Follow us: twitter.com/porsche | facebook.com/porsche

For Porsche apps: http://www.porsche.com/usa/entertainment/apps/

Source: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

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Expanded Mercedes-AMG GT3 Effort Set To Extend IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD Points Leads in Texas

5 05 2017

A season-high four Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing entries in the GT Daytona (GTD) class at this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) will look to further extend the early-season success of the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Full- season Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing IMSA entrants Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports, WeatherTech Racing and SunEnergy1 Racing will be joined in Texas by Lone Star Racing, which will debut its Mercedes-AMG GT3 at COTA.

In the debut season of IMSA competition for the Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes- AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams have won the last two WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.

At Sebring, the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, co-driven by full-season teammates Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen and endurance-race addition Mario Farnbacher, earned the first class-victory for the Silver Arrows in 60 years in the legendary the 12-hour race. The No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, co-driven by Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette, raced from last on the grid to first-in-class at Long Beach.

In total, Mercedes-AMG has filled five of the combined nine top-three podium spots in the first three GTD races of the year. Keating and Bleekemolen crossed the finish line second in the No. 33 at Long Beach – giving the Mercedes-AMG GT3 its first North American one-two sweep – in addition to finishing third with Farnbacher in January’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

SunEnergy1 Racing, with co-drivers Kenny Habul, Tristan Vautier and Boris Said, finished third at Sebring to cap a breakout weekend for the first-year team. Vautier won the pole in the team’s No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 – giving Mercedes-AMG another IMSA first – and also set the fastest GTD lap of the race.

The early-season success has seen Mercedes-AMG and its drivers and teams take the lead in each of the three full-season IMSA WeatherTech GTD Championship battles heading into the fourth race of the season Saturday at COTA.

Mercedes-AMG leads the GTD Manufacturers Championship with 100 points, nine ahead of Porsche’s 91 points. Ferrari is third with 86 points.

In the IMSA GTD Driver and Team Championships, Keating, Bleekemolen and the Mercedes-AMG Riley Motorsports No. 33 lead their respective championships with 98 points. The second-place Ferrari team and its drivers have 77 points.

Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver lineups this weekend include Keating and Bleekemolen – who will be racing for their third GTD win in the last four years at COTA – in the No. 33, MacNeil and Jeannette in the WeatherTech Racing No. 50, and Habul and Vautier in the SunEnergy1 Racing No. 75.

The No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be co-driven by Dan Knox and Mike Skeen in the first of a scheduled four races this season. Knox and Skeen last raced in IMSA in last September’s race at COTA where they earned an eighth- place finish – the best of the four WeatherTech Championship races the team contested in 2016.

Circuit of The Americas is a “home-race” for Texas-residents Keating, Knox and the aptly-named Lone Star Racing team. Keating lives and runs his businesses out of Tomball, Texas, while Knox and Lone Star Racing are from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at COTA is scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m. CDT this Saturday, May 6. Live coverage and timing and scoring is available via IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile app. Same-day television coverage of the race can be seen later on Saturday on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 7 p.m. EDT.

Stefan Wendl, GT3 Project Manager, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing: “The quick start to this season was a really great motivation for the whole team at Mercedes-AMG. It also shows that the development of our Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car is second to none. As in every series Mercedes-AMG Motorsport competes, our goal is to win. The very early success we had in the first races has given us the lead in the driver, team and manufacturer championships, and that is what makes us really proud. But the title fight is still too early at this stage of the season, there is still a hard and long way to go, and the competition in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship is very tough.”

Ben Keating, Driver – No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3: “Being in the championship lead is a great place to be. We have literally had a perfect season so far. No mistakes by anyone on the team, and even the full-course yellows on track have fallen perfectly into our strategy. It won’t always be like this, but we will enjoy it while it lasts. As usual, anything can happen during any race, but battling for consistent finishes is easier than battling for a win. A little cushion is nice, but the competition is fierce and we cannot afford to ease off at all. I feel very good about where we are now. I expect the Mercedes-AMG to be good at COTA, just like it has been for every race, but I don’t expect it to be the fastest car in the field. This works great for us. We need to stay clean and keep the car as close to the front as possible.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen, Driver – No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes- AMG GT3: “I think our minds are all on trying to win the race. For sure, when you are getting close to the end of the race, and it looks good from a championship point of view, we might be conservative. It makes the pressure easier. We have a lot of confidence from the results in the last races, and we know we can do the job if we don’t make mistakes. We have all been together for a long time, which also helps. We know exactly what we need to win from experiences of the past. All of that, combined with the help of Mercedes-AMG, and we are definitely on top of our game. This should be a good track for us, but it is very hard to predict. I believe our Mercedes- AMG GT3 can do well, although we have a little disadvantage on the straights. The whole field is very close and many teams can win.”

Cooper MacNeil, Driver – No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “I think our Mercedes-AMG GT3 will perform well at COTA. We have a bit of a smaller air-inlet restrictor since we raced at Sebring, which could come into play. The Riley Motorsports guys have been working hard since Long Beach and I am looking forward to giving them another strong result. My favorite section of the track at COTA is the esses. I am expecting them to feel magical in our Mercedes-AMG GT3.”

Gunnar Jeannette, Driver – No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3:
“Our Mercedes-AMG GT3 should be well suited to Circuit of The Americas. The higher speed nature of the track, and the need to use the curbing aggressively in every corner, should play to our strong points. That being said, I think the competition again will be very close. It certainly isn’t easy in IMSA competition at the moment, but when you do well it does make for better memories!”

Tristan Vautier, Driver – No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “I think COTA should be a good track for the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The car is very strong in medium to high-speed corners requiring good downforce, so it should be a good fit. Overall, the car performs really well on any track, and I think it’s pretty much the most potent of all the GT3 cars. I have driven the COTA track a few times so I am quite familiar with it, but never raced on it. To be honest, I enjoy the tight, bumpy tracks we find very often in the U.S. I find them very challenging, but COTA is very special, has a great flow and very unique and interesting corners. It’s a good change in the schedule to race on a track of this type. I really look forward to it and it will be fun.”

Mike Skeen, Driver – No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: “Circuit of The Americas is a place that I’ve grown to love since I started going there right after its opening. It has some great passing zones and creates excellent racing with room to be aggressive. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 has proven to be a great car at many tracks and this will be no different. We have the advantage of having tested at COTA, which should give us an excellent starting point. Hopefully this will allow us to really polish the setup and make it do exactly what we need. I have also recently been able to get some more seat time in these cars in Europe in the Blancpain endurance series, so that will only help me understand what I am looking for out of the car. In the recent IMSA races, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 has proven to be quick and consistent, which is what we will need on race day. A top-five would be a strong performance for the team’s first time out this season, but I am always looking for more!”

Contacts:
Jochen Übler Tel.: +49 (0) 7144 302-92 470 jochen.uebler@daimler.com
Birgit Zaiser Tel.: +49 (0) 7144 302-581 birgit.zaiser@daimler.com
Robert Moran Tel.: +1 770-705-2270 robert.moran@mbusa.com

Further information from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz USA is available on the Internet: www.media.daimler.com,www.mercedes-benz.com and www.mbusa.com.

For more information on AMG Customer Sports, please visit www.mercedes- amg.com/customersports.

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA

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Dominion Domains Launches New Website for Domain Name Sales

5 05 2017

Dominion.Domains now features a sleek design and user-friendly interface to guide consumers through the domain name search.

NORFOLK, VA – May 5, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Dominion Domains, a division of Dominion Enterprises, has announced the launch of a brand new website servicing the domain name industry and those looking to purchase relevant domain names. Dominion Domains provides domain name registrations for .Autos, .Boats, .Homes, .Motorcycles and .Yachts top-level domains.

“The new Dominion Domains website provides an enhanced user experience for prospects looking to purchase a new, relevant domain name. We have simplified the process to help consumers efficiently identify and acquire domain names that boost their online presence,” says Jim Schrand, director of corporate strategy and initiatives for Dominion Domains.

The new website features a sleek design and user-friendly interface to guide consumers through the domain name search. In a few simple steps, users can search, find and add domain names to their carts and purchase online.

As a thought leader of the domain name industry, Dominion Domains is establishing new standards in online safety and relevance that deliver benefits to both businesses and the consumers that visit their websites. The entire portfolio of industry-specific domain names is monitored for threats including malware, pharming, phishing and botnets. These measures help to ensure any domain name purchased through Dominion.Domains is safe, relevant and secure, giving consumers peace of mind when researching and transacting online.

“It is important to us that we create an environment for consumers and businesses alike to feel secure during online transactions. Any .Autos, .Boats, .Home, .Motorcycles and .Yachts website you visit has been verified as a legitimate entity within its relevant industry, and our websites are constantly monitored to ensure they remain a trusted source for information and purchases,” says Kim Rocco, director of marketing for Dominion Domains.

The Dominion Domains website also features a new blog, where important industry information, tips and best practices are shared to help provide education on the value of relevant domain names.

To learn more about Dominion Domains and how you can purchase your industry-specific domain name, visit http://www.Dominion.Domains.

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading online marketing and software services company offering client solutions across multiple targeted business verticals. Our widely recognized B2C web and mobile portals, including ForRent.com, Homes.com and CycleTrader.com, generate nearly 30 million unique visits monthly. Our B2B cloud SaaS solutions directly support clients in establishing their online and mobile brands, generating leads and managing customer relationships. Dominion Enterprises has more than 40 businesses and 3,000 employees in our Norfolk, Va. home office, across the U.S., and internationally.

About Dominion Domains

Dominion Domains, a division of Dominion Enterprises, provides top-level registrations for .Autos, .Boats, .Homes, .Motorcycles and .Yachts domains. Dominion Domains provides industry-specific, verified website addresses to the automotive, marine, powersports and residential real estate industries. Working in partnership with the industries we serve, Dominion Domains helps businesses deliver industry-specific online marketing channels that provide relevant, secure website content to consumers seeking to make important purchasing decisions. For more information, visit http://www.Dominion.Domains.

Source: Dominion Enterprises

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NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Racing Series’ Steve Matusek Looks to Keep Momentum Rolling at Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals

4 05 2017

COMMERCE, GA – May 4, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The strongest start to a season in Steve Matusek’s NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series career is also coming in the most competitive season in class history, an encouraging sign for what Matusek and the rest of his talented team hope to accomplish in 2017.

Matusek won his first career NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series two weekends ago in Houston driving his supercharger-powered Aeromotive, Inc. Chevrolet Camaro, and the Pro Mod standout currently sits fourth in points. All of it has come maintaining a consistent approach, which leads Matusek to believe the best may be yet to come, including at this weekend’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway and beyond.

“We’ve been a team that’s really started to jell,” Matusek said. “We’ve always had a relatively sophisticated program with a consistent car, but the competition is so good in this class. The cards really have to fall your way. But we’ve been really consistent going A to B and that’s been big for us, but we’re still not running to our potential. You have to get down the track, be consistent and not make mistakes, and not let anybody throw you off your game.”

The race, which is presented by Pro Line Racing and Fueltech, is the fourth of 12 events during the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and Fox Sports 2 (FS2). Rickie Smith, the reigning world champ, is the defending event winner.

The stop in Atlanta finishes off a rare stretch of three straight races for the drivers and Matusek hopes to end this string on a good note. He won in Houston and lost in a first-round quad at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals where the slowest time in his group was an impressive 5.863. But that’s the nature of the ultra-competitive NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series class, which will feature 31 standouts in Atlanta, including previous world champions Troy Coughlin, Von Smith and Khalid alBalooshi, and 2017 winners Mike Castellana, the current points leader, and Steven Whiteley.

“When you talk about the talent in this class, the guys are just unflappable,” Matusek said. “You find that the guys in this class are very passionate and understand what it takes. The results have been amazing and I think that’s a testament to the talent and mindset of these drivers. Everyone is tough-minded and focused, and I’m proud to be a part of this class.”

Matusek certainly deserves mentioned among the elite in the class with his standout Pro Mod career. His NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series success is coming now as well, as evidenced by the quick start this season. That early momentum has raised the excitement level among his team, but Matusek knows this is a pivotal stretch to stay in championship contention.

He is eager to finish off this current three-race swing strong and then Matusek will compete in the NHRA Pro Mod event at his home track in two weeks in Topeka, which is followed by another rigorous three-race stretch in June. But Matusek is thrilled to accept the challenge, even if it includes dealing with the powerful and sometimes volatile Pro Mod cars.

“These cars are just animals,” said Matusek, who finished a career-best fifth in points in 2016. “It’s one of those things you can’t think about; you have to react. You have to know where you’re at and when to say when. You can’t just hop in one and muscle it down the track. In the first couple hundred feet you’re wrestling with them and then you have to finesse it, and that’s truly what makes this class exciting.”

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.

NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, May 5 with qualifying sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., continuing with the final qualifying session on Saturday, May 6 at 12:45 p.m. Round one of eliminations takes place on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and continues on Sunday, May 7 at 12:45 p.m.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES FACT SHEET:
LUCAS OIL NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

WHAT: 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, the fourth of 12 events in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series. The race will also showcase the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

WHERE: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. I-85 to Exit 149 (Hwy 441).  After exiting the freeway, go north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Blvd. Take left on Tanger and then go right on Ridgeway Road.

COURSE: Championship drag strip; Track elevation is 1,100 feet above sea level; Track direction is southeast to northwest.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, May 5-7, 2017

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, May 5
NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 1:30 and 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, May 6
NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 12:45 p.m. Round 1 of eliminations at 3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 7 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES eliminations at 12:45 p.m.

TELEVISION:

Thursday, May 25, FS2 will televise 30 minutes of coverage at 11:30 p.m. (ET).

PAST WINNERS: Rickie Smith, 2016; Kenny Lang, 2015; Rickie Smith, 2014; Ed Hoover, 2011; Michael Gullqvist, 2010

TRACK RECORDS: 5.778 seconds by Rickie Smith, May ’14; 253.14 mph by Roger Burgess, May ’11.

NATIONAL RECORDS: 5.685 sec. by Mike Castellana, April ’17, Houston; 258.71 mph by Melanie Troxel, June. ’11, Englishtown, NJ.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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Rough Start has Three-Time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champ Sampey Focused on Good Memories at Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals

4 05 2017

COMMERCE, GA – May 4, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Headed to a track that has brought Angelle Sampey so much success might be just the thing to get some positive momentum on her side. Sampey, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, is a four-time winner at Atlanta Dragway, the site of this weekend’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, and that’s good news for a rider who hasn’t had much fortune to start the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

A litany of difficulties has struck Sampey’s Precision Services Equipment Victory during qualifying, and she only squeaked into the field on her final attempt last weekend in Charlotte. Hopeful that those issues are now gone for the time being, Sampey is eager to enjoy some success again in Atlanta and for the first time this season.

“If we get qualified in the first round of qualifying in Atlanta, it’s going to look like I won the race,” said Sampey, whose 42 career wins are the most in NHRA history for a female competitor. “This is the track where it all started for me, and the first track I ever raced for my training. I’ve made a lot of runs on the track, it’s the local track for our team and it’s the closest race to home for me.”

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1, including finals coverage starting at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 7. It is the third of 16 races during the Pro Stock Motorcycle season and Sampey, currently 10th in points, hopes it provides a spark for her and teammate Cory Reed.

Reed, named NHRA’s top rookie in 2016, started the new two-bike team for 2017, with Sampey taking on the role of rider and team manager. Sampey’s round win last weekend in Charlotte is the only one either has this season, but Sampey knows they have the potential to be great.

“We have the power, we just haven’t been getting the runs down the track because some of the things that are happening,” Sampey said. “When things start working, we’re going to be an unbelievable team. Cory’s going to be great. There’s nothing you can to do upset him, his reaction times are great and he doesn’t beat himself. Even with some of the struggles, the team’s morale is unbelievably awesome. You couldn’t ask for a better scenario. We have a good thing going.”

Getting the season jumpstarted in a talent-rich class will be difficult this weekend, as Sampey will face off with the likes of defending world champion Jerry Savoie, Gainesville winner Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines and Charlotte winner L.E. Tonglet. But Sampey remains eager to perform on the bike and is locked in on success this season, even with the added duties of being the team manager for Reed’s growing team.

“It’s a lot of work and it’s a lot on my plate but this team is so awesome and easy to work with,” Sampey said. “They’ve put a lot of responsibility on me and it makes me real proud. It’s humbling and exciting at the same time, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s amazing how smoothly everyone has worked together. But I still have every bit of passion to race and I don’t want to stop.”

Kalitta’s third Atlanta win in Top Fuel came last year, but back-to-back world champ Antron Brown, and three-time 2017 winner and points leader Leah Pritchett pose stiff challenges.

Defending Funny Car event winner Hagan had two victories to start 2017, but he’s chasing points leader and reigning world champ Ron Capps, who has won two straight races.

Line’s second straight Pro Stock win at Atlanta helped his title run, but he will be pushed by season winners Greg Anderson, Bo Butner, Chris McGaha, Shane Gray and his son, rookie Tanner Gray.

The NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series makes its fourth of 12 stops in 2017 at Atlanta Dragway. The event also features thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, showcasing the future stars of the sport. After Nitro qualifying Friday, fans can watch the spectacular Larsen Motorsports jet dragsters sponsored by Florida Tech and Matrix System, and Douthit Motorsports Black Pearl Nostalgia Jet Funny Car. Jet cars are thrust driven propelled by jet engines with exciting pre-run flame shows.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers. Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 2:15 and 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, May 6, at 1:15 and 3:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 7.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

LUCAS OIL NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS

WHAT: 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals, the seventh of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Ga. – I-85 to Exit 149 (Hwy 441). After exiting the freeway, go north on Highway 441 to Steven Tanger Blvd. Take a left on Tanger and then go right on Ridgeway Road.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, May 5-7

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, May 5 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying
NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:15 and 6:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, May 6 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES qualifying at 12:45 p.m. and Round 1 of eliminations at 3:15 p.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 1:15 and 3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY, May 7 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10:00 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
NHRA J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES eliminations 12:45 p.m.

TELEVISION:

Friday, May 5, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 8 p.m. (ET).
Saturday, May 6, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 1 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, May 7, FS1 will televise three hours of elimination highlights at 6 p.m. (ET).

2016 EVENT WINNERS: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; Matt Hagan, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock; Eddie Krawiec, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

MOST VICTORIES: Antron Brown, 4, TF; Larry Dixon 4; Doug Kalitta 4;  John Force, 7, FC; Warren Johnson, 5, PS; Dave Schultz 8 PSM.

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.731 sec. by Doug Kalitta, May ’16; 328.86 mph by Kalitta, May ‘14.
Funny Car – 3.906 sec. by Matt Hagan, May. ’16; 329.02 mph by Hagan, May. ’16.
Pro Stock – 6.493 sec. by Erica Enders, March ‘14; 213.00 mph by Jason Line, March ‘14.
Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.794 sec. and 197.54 mph by Eddie Krawiec., May ‘14.

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.658 sec. by Leah Pritchett, Feb. ‘17, Phoenix; 332.75 mph by Spencer Massey, Aug. ’15, Brainerd, Minn.
Funny Car – 3.822 by Matt Hagan, Aug. ’16, Brainerd, Minn.; 335.57 mph by Hagan, May ’16, Topeka, Kan.
Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.;  215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ’14, Englishtown N.J.
PS Motorcycle – 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr., March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.

TICKETS: Order tickets by phone at (800) 884-6472. Tickets also are available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets

About National Hot Rod Association

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street program for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Source: National Hot Rod Association

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