Sunday, January 25, 2015

Corvette Racing Wins 53rd Rolex 24 By Less Than One Second

Corvette Racing Wins 53rd Rolex 24 By Less Than One Second
·         Garcia, Magnussen, Briscoe Take GTLM In Corvette C7.R By 0.478 Seconds
·         TI Automotive/ Dodge Viper SRT Wins In GTD
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2014) – A 24-hour race came down to a seven-and-a-half minute sprint to the checkered flag in the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R beating the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE from BMW Team RLL to the stripe by a mere 0.478 seconds. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class win was Corvette Racing’s first class victory at the Rolex 24 since 2001.
It was a Corvette vs. BMW battle for much of the final quarter of the race with Antonio Garcia holding a comfortable lead in his Corvette over Dirk Werner’s BMW with 20 minutes remaining. That lead quickly evaporated, however, when Prototype Challenge (PC) class leader Colin Braun made contact with the wall coming out of the chicane on the backstretch forcing a full-course caution period. Werner closed the gap throughout the final six laps, but fell just short at the checkered flag with Garcia joining co-drivers Jan Magnussen and Ryan Briscoe in the victory.
“Every time you win here it's very, very special,” Garcia said. “I've been chasing this victory since 2009, even if I won it back then.  This is a very unique race.  It’s the first race of the year, so it's very difficult to be at 100 percent right away for the team and for the drivers. Everything ran perfect, and as Ryan (Briscoe) said, we just kept our nose clean, and I had the best car to fight on the last eight minutes of the race.”
Garcia won the Rolex 24 overall in 2009 for Brumos Racing. Corvette Racing did not compete at Daytona from 2002 through 2013 before joining the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for its inaugural 2014 season.
The No. 4 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R entry of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Simon Pagenaud was in contention for the race win, but lost four laps after making contact with the No. 66 RG Racing BMW Dinan/Riley Prototype with three hours remaining and finished third.
No. 93 Viper Team Takes Emotional Victory in GT Daytona
The No. 93 TI Automotive/ Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R and drivers Ben Keating, Al Carter, Dominik Farnbacher, Kuno Wittmer and Cameron Lawrence had the field covered for much of the Rolex 24 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. They found a challenge from the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 GT America of Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen, Andrew Davis and Shane van Gisbergen -- the two cars combined to lead the final 209 laps of the race -- but Farnbacher led the last 49 circuits en route to a 7.588 second victory.
“For everybody in the room and the fans and everybody, we're not just weekend warriors that are weekend hires,” Wittmer said. “We're family; we're more than that. We've worked together since 2012, and some of us before that.  Yeah, unfortunately our program got pulled, but I think it's the cooperation of Ben Keating and Bill Riley and some others that were able to retain us family, keep us together and get it going.”
Hollywood actor and avid sports car racer Patrick Dempsey rounded out the top three in the No. 58 Dempsey/Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America co-driven by Madison Snow, Jan Heylen and Philipp Eng. The third-place finish matched Dempsey’s best career finish in the Rolex 24.
·         The Rolex 24 At Daytona also was the opening round of the four-race Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Points were awarded at the six, 12 and 18 hour marks in addition to the finish. Both class winners also won the opening round of the Patrón Endurance Cup with the No. 3 Corvette Racing team scoring 18 points by winning two segments, and placing second in the other two. The No. 93 Riley Motorsports team led three segments in GTD en route to scoring 19 points. Five points are awarded for the winner in each segment, with four points for second, three points for third and two points for fourth on back.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014



by Kari Shear-Carlson
Dec 23, 2014-The ARCA Midwest Tour is excited to announce the 2015 series schedule. The 2015 season will be one of the best seasons yet, returning to some of the best tracks in the Midwest and highlighted by historic events.

The Stars of the ARCA Midwest Tour will kick off the 2015 season with the 7th Annual Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, May 3rd. The series will return to tracks such as State Park Speedway, Illiana Motor Speedway and Dells Raceway Park, including a return to Rockford Speedway on Saturday, June 27th. After a few weeks off, they will return to Illinois for a 100 lap event at Grundy County Speedway.

One of the most highlighted events in Midwest Stock Car racing history will return Tuesday, August 4th. The ARCA Midwest Tour is proud to bring back the historic Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway. This will be one event fans will not want to miss.

Norway Speedway, Hawkeye Downs Speedway, and Elko Speedway will also return to the circuit and the season will close out 2015 with the famed 46th Annual Oktoberfest on October 10th and 11th.

"I am looking forward to the traditional events on the schedule as well as establishing new traditions in Midwest Super Late Model racing," said Tour President Gregg McKarns. "Further details for each event will be released in the coming weeks. We felt it was important to get the dates and locations of each of these shows out so our fans and teams could plan for an exciting 2015."

ARCA Midwest Tour 2015 Schedule

Sunday, May 3  Madison International Speedway* Oregon, WI  Joe Shear Classic 100

Saturday, May 16  State Park Speedway  Wausau, WI  Cabin Fever 100

Monday, May 25 Illiana Motor Speedway Schereville, IN Chicagoland Showdown 150

Saturday, June 13  Dells Raceway Park  Wisc. Dells, WI Bill Meiller Memorial 101 presented by Assembly Products

Saturday, June 27  Rockford Speedway  Loves Park, IL  All-Star 100

Friday, July 17  Grundy County Speedway  Morris, IL  Wayne Carter Classic 100

Tuesday, August 4  Wisconsin Int'l Raceway  Kaukauna, WI  Dixieland 250

Friday, August 14  Norway Speedway  Norway, MI  Duel for Diabetes 100

Saturday, September 5  Hawkeye Downs  Cedar Rapids, IA  Summer Shootout 100

Saturday, September 26  Elko Speedway  Elko, MN  Thunderstruck 125

Sat/Sun, October 10-11  LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway  West Salem, WI  Oktoberfest 200

*subject to change
(One additional event to be announced)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ARCA Testing Sat Am

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

Open Testing (12-19/20-14)

1 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching/Summerland BC Hixson Motorsports Chevrolet
2 2 Kevin Powell/Winston-Salem NC Hixson Motorsports Chevrolet
3 3 Karl Weber/Ambia IN Hixson Motorsports Chevrolet
4 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet
5 5 Scotty Hubler/Coplay PA Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet
6 7 Willie Mullins/Fredericksburg VA Mullins Racing Ford
7 7 Kyle Lockrow/LaPlata MD Mullins Racing Ford
8 7 J.J. Pack/Bealeton WV Mullins Racing Ford
9 8 Austin Hill/China Grove NC Empire Racing Ford
10 12 Tyler Audie/Orlando FL Audie Racing Chevrolet
11 40 Donnie Neuenberger/Edgewater MD Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
12 41 Robby Lyons/Seminole FL MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet
13 41 Thomas Serwin/Hasselager Denmark MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet
14 41 Daniel Graeff/Miami FL MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet
15 41 Garrett Smithley/Peachtree City GA MacDonald Motorsports Chevrolet
16 42 Bo LeMastus/Louisville KY Crosley Motorsports Dodge
17 46 Christian Celaya/Caborca Mexico Team Stange Racing Ford
18 48 Sean Corr/Goshen NY Hylton Motorsports Ford
19 49 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Hylton Motorsports Ford
20 52 Clay Campbell/Martinsville VA Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet
21 54 Dan Kurzejewski/Mansfield PA Brian Keselowski Racing Dodge
22 55 Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH Venturini Motorsports Toyota
23 57 Bryan Dauzat/Concord NC Bryan Dauzat Racing Chevrolet
24 66 Leilani Munter/Rochester MN Venturini Motorsports Toyota
25 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Kimmel Racing Ford
26 68 David Levine/Highland Park IL Kimmel Racing Ford
27 69 Michael Lira/Port Orange FL Kimmel Racing Ford
28 69 Ty Majeski/Seymour WI Kimmel Racing Ford
29 69 Travis Braden/Wheeling WV Kimmel Racing Ford
30 75 Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL BS Motorsports Chevrolet
31 75 Ginny Quinones/Charlotte NC BS Motorsports Chevrolet
32 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Cunningham Motorsports Dodge
33 77 Austin Cindric/Columbus OH Cunningham Motorsports Dodge
34 78 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford
35 82 Cody Erickson/Ulen MN Empire Racing Ford
36 88 John Lowinski-Loh/Milford MA Team BCR  Ford
37 88 Mario Clauser/Auburn IL Team BCR Ford
38 95 Mark Meunier/Louisville KY Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
39 95 Thomas Barrett Jr./Millis MA Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
40 97 Josh Reeves/Bassett VA Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
41 97 Cassie Gannis/Phoenix AZ Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
42 97 Bobby Hamilton Jr./Nashville TN Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
43 97 Emerson Newton-John/Los Angeles CA Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
44 97 Jami Weimer/Cumming GA Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
45 97 Cody Lane/Port Richey FL Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
46 97 Roger Carter/Sunfield MI Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
47 97 Greg Hutto/Grand Bay AL Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
48 98 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford
Robert French/Howell NJ Andy Seuss Motorsports Chevrolet
Andy Seuss/Hampstead NH Andy Seuss Motorsports Chevrolet
Justin Taylor/King NC Andy Seuss Motorsports Chevrolet
Matt Frahm/Hampstead NH Andy Seuss Motorsports Chevrolet
Mike Affarano/Shorewood IL Affarano Racing Chevrolet
Eric Caudell/Piedmont OK Jeremy Petty Racing
tba NTS Motorsports Chevrolet
Raul Orlandini/Lima Peru Lira Motorsports Ford
Kevin Hinckle/Mission KS Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
Galen Hassler/Columbia MO Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
Amber Balcaen/Winnipeg MB Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
Gene Paul/Tarpon Springs FL Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
Mark Montgomery/Daytona Beach FL Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge

Empire Racing's Corr, Staropoli top overall ARCA speed charts in Daytona testing

Empire Racing's Corr, Staropoli top overall ARCA speed charts in Daytona testing

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - December 20, 2014) - If the annual ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Daytona Int'l Speedway is an indicator of which teams will be top contenders in the 52nd running of the Lucas Oil 200 in February, then Empire Racing is in a really good place.  

In fact, the team took the top three spots on the charts among the 49 drivers who posted time and speed over the two-day test Friday and Saturday at the "World Center of Racing."   

Sean Corr, in the No. 48 Empire Racing-Hylton Motorsports Ford Fusion, led the way around the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 47.743 seconds, an average speed of 188.509 mph. His teammate, rookie Patrick Staropoli, was second and third on the charts with speeds of 188.478 mph in the No. 8 Empire Racing Ford Fusion, and 188.344 mph after he hopped in the 48 car for a few rounds.   

Corr was in a familiar car, the same one that the Goshen, N.Y. driver earned the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell in at Daytona in 2012. Corr also finished fifth at Daytona in 2013 and 10th in 2014 in the same machine. Corr is utilizing the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine.   

"We've been running the new Ilmor motor; it's an amazing powerplant," Corr said. "The pull off the corners is incredible; it just wants to go. I'd fall behind them down the backstretch just to see what would happen and they'd pull away in (turn) three, but coming off four it'd power right back up to the pack. It's an amazing motor. This is also my first time with fuel injection...everything I've ever raced before was with a carburetor, but this entire package is making a believer out of me."   

Staropoli, considering his story, got his share of headlines too over the weekend.   

"This wasn't exactly supposed to happen," said Staropoli, a Harvard graduate. "One of Empire's drivers got really sick so we got a call Thursday night to see if I'd be interested. So l left Charlotte right away, drove all night and got here at four in the morning, slept for about an hour, and came out to the track.  
"It's more than I could have hoped for. I still can't believe it. I just want to thank Richard Hardin of American RF...he found out that Sean Corr was looking for a driver, and got in touch with me. This is amazing. The biggest track I had ever been on before was Iowa.   

"I had no idea what to expect. The only race I've ever run here was on the backstretch in a K&N car so I had no idea what I was getting into. I've never drafted before, but it's the coolest feel how the wind moves and shoves the car around. Hopefully I've turned some heads and opened some doors. I'm so hoping I get to come back here and race. This place is amazing," added the 25-year-old Plantation, Fla. driver. Staropoli was utilizing a Roush Yates engine in the 8 car.   

Corr is planning to return for more ARCA testing at Daytona in January.  

"We still have one more complete car at the shop...the vin number is just one off this car," Corr said. "We're going to bring the sister car back for the January test to see how it goes with the Ilmor, but I'm not getting out of my primary car for the race...I'm too attached to it."   

Austin Cindric, in his first superspeedway attempt, turned heads earning the fourth fastest speed overall at 187.758 mph. Cindric, in a Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, is the son of Penske Racing headman Tim Cindric.   

"I learned a lot this weekend," said Cindric, who also posted the fastest speed overall in the afternoon session Saturday. "This is the first time I have been in a stock car. I went from knowing nothing to knowing something. I certainly can't say that I know a lot, but I sure did learn a ton this weekend. From Crew Chief Paul Andrews to teammate Tom Hessert and spotter Richard Coleman...all of them worked with me and taught me a lot. This was the first time that I have ever drafted. Lots of credit goes to Richard (spotter) for talking me through all of the specifics that go into drafting. We probably ran five draft sessions today with, at most, six cars in the draft. This was a great weekend, a great first experience with Cunningham Motorsports."
Cindric's Cunningham Motorsports teammate Tom Hessert turned the fifth fastest lap.
"The test went really well...very productive," Hessert said. ""We got to work with the new Ilmor motor. We've got a little work to do to suck up better in the draft, but our crew chief Chad Bryant has a plan for back at the shop, so I'm sure we'll find more speed. Overall, we got a lot of good info off the car."
Eight-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart was sixth fastest in his own Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet, one spot ahead of Venturini Motorsports' Leilani Munter in seventh.
"Our car was really good," Munter said. "We were on top of the board for a long time on the first day. We had a little tire rub, but we beat the fender out and went back to the top of the board for much of the day. I couldn't be happier with our Venturini Motorsports Energy Freedom Toyota. We drafted with Gerhart right up on his bumper and he wasn't going anywhere.   
"I just want to thank Venturini Motorsports for believing in me. My crew chief Jeff McClure and all the guys have worked so hard on this car, and it showed. I've never had a car this good before. It took me 14 years of driving to get in a car this fast. I want so bad to win this race for the Venturinis...they believe in me. Now it's time for me to do my job and win the race. I want to be the first female driver to get to Victory Lane in ARCA, and I know I've got the car to do it."
Cody Coughlin, also in a Venturini Motorsports Toyota, was eighth quickest ahead of rookie David Levine in ninth. Levine was behind the wheel of a Lira Motorsports Ford.
SCOTT Rookie of the Year Austin Wayne Self climbed the charts late in the session Saturday, earning the 10th fastest speed in a Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford.
The ARCA Racing Series will return to Daytona Int'l Speedway on January 16 for a one-day open test ahead of the Lucas Oil 200 February 14, 2015.

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards


Daytona Int'l Speedway


Open Test Results Overall (12/19-20/14)









148Sean Corr47.743188.509Frd
28APatrick Staropoli47.751188.478Frd
348Patrick Staropoli47.785188.344Frd
477AAustin Cindric47.934187.758Dge
577Tom Hessert47.954187.68Dge
65Bobby Gerhart48.078187.196Chv
766Leilani Munter48.080187.188Tyt
855Cody Coughlin48.086187.165Tyt
968ADavid Levine48.294186.359Frd
1098Austin Wayne Self48.311186.293Frd
1152Clay Campbell48.397185.962Chv
1242Bo LeMastus48.467185.693Dge
1377KWill Kimmel48.591185.219Dge
1469HAndy Hillenburg48.612185.139Frd
1588AMario Clauser48.695184.824Frd
1654Matt Kurzejewski48.722184.721Dge
173Karl Weber48.738184.661Chv
1878Mason Mitchell48.755184.596Frd
192ASarah Cornett-Ching48.763184.566Chv
2088John Lowinski-Loh48.786184.479Frd
2112Tyler Audie48.937183.91Dge
2275Benny Chastain49.077183.385Chv
2357CRobert French49.094183.322Chv
2458AMichael Lira49.101183.296Frd
2569Will Kimmel49.229182.819Frd
2603ARick Clifton49.523181.734Chv
2749Brad Smith49.56181.598Frd
2857BBryan Dauzat49.589181.492Chv
2997ACassie Gannis49.599181.455Dge
3069BTravis Braden49.633181.331Frd
3157AAndy Seuss49.635181.324Chv
3269ATy Majeski49.660181.232Frd
3397KTommy Barrett49.663181.221Dge
347BJ.J. Pack49.678181.167Frd
3597GRoger Carter49.716181.028Dge
3675AGinny Quinones49.727180.988Chv
3795Mark Meunier49.918180.296Dge
3841AThomas Serwin50.032179.885Chv
397Willie Mullins50.047179.831Frd
407AKyle Lockrow50.152179.454Frd
4157Matt Frahm50.193179.308Chv
4259Michael Lira50.230179.176Frd
435AScotty Hubler50.242179.133Chv
4497IAmber Balcean50.269179.037Dge
4541CGarrett Smithley50.292178.955Chv
4659GGene Paul50.364178.699Dge
4741Robby Lyons50.505178.200Chv
4897ECody Lane52.811170.419Dge
4997KMark Montgomery52.95169.972Dge
5097CEmerson Newton John53.545168.083Dge
5197JKevin Hinckle53.735167.489Dge
5297Josh Reeves53.793167.308Dge