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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lancaster announces additional partnerships for 2016 season

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Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway has had a busy week, announcing a number of partnerships for the 2016 season.

A-Verdi Storage Containers, which has been providing storage solutions to New York State for more than 35 years, has signed on as the title sponsor for the Sportsman Summer Slam 75 on Saturday, June 18, the longest points-earning race of the year for the Sunoco Sportsman class. They will also be part of the Dragway with a VIP Night for them and their clients on Friday, July 8, and have a visual presence all season with an outer-oval billboard and container on display.

A-Verdi has been involved in motorsports at several speedways such as Watkins Glen International, but this is their first time supporting the Western New York facility.

“This is just another testament to more businesses becoming involved in our track this season,” said track president Tim Packman. “They are building a familiarity and branding among the motorsports fans, teams and business which, in turn, has led to more exposure and opportunity for them. We both have a quality product to promote and we welcome A-Verdi, their customers and families to our track.”

McGard LLC of Orchard Park, an American manufacturer of high-quality wheel locks, chrome plated lug nuts and security products, will return in an expanded role this season as the title sponsor of the Modified Eliminator Class during the Franco’s Pizza Friday Night Drags.

“McGard has been a longtime supporter of local motorsports,” said John Mondo, VP of Sales and Marketing at McGard LLC. “Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is an institution in our area and being able to work with them the way we do not only helps market our products and helps with our corporate citizenship, the program we have with the track allows us to reward our employees to enjoy some of the best racing around.”

“McGard has a large footprint in WNY in regards to their massive facility in Orchard Park and their involvement in motorsports,” said Packman. “Credit goes to them for seeing the progress we are experiencing and in rewarding their customers and employees with a fun night at the track. Also have to give credit to Kozak Motorsports Marketing for their work in getting McGard to return in the enhanced role for this season.”

12 Gates Brewing Company, located at 80 Earhart Dr. in Williamsville, joins Lancaster as the Official Craft Beer for the 2016 racing season. Throughout the season, 12 Gates brews will be available on tap at the speedway, including their West Coast IPA, a true-to-style smooth IPA, and a specially brewed Pilsner style beer for the lighter-palleted beer drinker. This is the first, and only, motorsports involvement by the new brewery and the first craft beer initiative for the track, as well.

“We at 12 Gates could not be more excited for this partnership,” said Shawn Barmore, ownership partner of 12 Gates Brewing. “We are honored to be the featured craft brewery for such a passionate beer-drinking demographic. We look forward to providing local race fans with the opportunity to try our beers we are so proud of, especially with the track being right in our back yard.  We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

“This was a personal goal of mine to get a WNY-brewed craft beer involved with the track,” said Packman. “The trends of tastebuds and demands of our race fans has changed. Bringing 12 Gates Brewing to the Lancaster is our way of recognizing what’s taking place in WNY, and reaching out to craft beer fans to become part of our track.”

“We will also have our usual brands available that fans have enjoyed for years, but we will now also offer a craft beer brewed right down Wehrle Dr. This will also be a way to introduce our sport to fans of craft beers and vice versa. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 12 Gates Brewing Beer Stand in the track’s midway.”

The 2016 season opens on Saturday, April 16 for the dragstrip and Sunday, April 17 for the oval. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April 2016 racing schedule: Where to see your favorites

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
NASCAR Xfinity Series:
  • April 8 – Texas Motor Speedway
  • April 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway
  • April 23 – Richmond International Raceway
  • April 30 – Talladega Superspeedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
  • April 2 – Martinsville Speedway
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:
Verizon IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights:
ARCA Racing Series:
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series:
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series:
For more information on these events, click on the associated links.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hinchcliffe partners with Flat12 Bierworks for two brews

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Flat12 Bierwerks of Indiana will release Hinchtown Hammerdown, a limited edition, pilsner-style beer brewed in partnership with Verizon Series IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe on April 2. The special collaboration beer is brewed every year for the famous Month of May in Indianapolis.

This year’s release is even more special after Hinchcliffe’s full recovery and return to racing after his involvement in a life-threatening crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18, 2015. Flat12 tweaked the Hinchtown Hammerdown can design this year in celebration of Hinchcliffe’s comeback and to commemorate 100 years of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hinchtown Hammerdown is described as a crisp and refreshing pilsner-style beer now lagered and cold-stored. Southern Ontario’s Hinchcliffe is the only IndyCar driver to have his own beer. “Being the mayor of ‘Hinchtown’ has its perks,” said Hinchcliffe.

Starting the week of April 2, Hinchtown Hammerdown will be available at select bars, restaurants, and package stores all around Indianapolis, and also served at the Indianapolis Brewery as well as the Jeffersonville, IN taproom.

“Flat12 is a fantastic brewery and I’ve been a long-time fan,” said Hinchcliffe. “When creating the beer four years ago, we decided to go with a lager, an easy-drinking beer for a day at the track. We’ve created a great brew, but for the 100th year celebration, we wanted to go even bigger. So at the beginning of May we will release my second Flat12 collaboration beer, The Bricks – a Red IPA brewed with milk sugar, in honor of a great tradition in motorsports.”

The brick red IPA is complimented by the addition of milk sugar to commemorate the tradition of the 500 winner drinking a bottle of milk on Victory Lane and kissing the bricks. The Bricks is a very limited, first-time brew, and will only be released at the Indianapolis taproom on draught and in cans.

Find out more about Flat12 here.

Information and quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Sunoco to sponsor Lancaster’s Sportsman class in 2016

credit: Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway
Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway has announced an expanded commitment from Sunoco Race Fuels for the next two years in its role as the official fuel provider for WNY’s premier motorsports facility. It was also announced that Sunoco Race Fuels will serve as the title sponsor of Lancaster National Speedway's Sportsman, the headline division for the Saturday Stock Car program. 

To date, 20 drivers have registered for the weekly points program, with more expected to be added. With that, car counts are expected to be at record levels on a weekly basis. 

“Sunoco is synonymous with racing and having top-notch fuel for race teams,” said track president Tim Packman. “Having them on board for another two years and stepping up to be the title sponsor of our headlining Sportsman division is a great commitment on their part. This track is working very hard to be the place to race and now both the Stock Car and Drag competitors know they have a reliable and known brand to put in their race cars. The enhanced involvement by Sunoco and Insinger Fuels says a lot about the direction of the track and its future.”

In addition to its sponsorship of the Sportsman class, Sunoco will also present jackets to all 2016 Speedway and Dragway divisional and class track champions during the postseason awards banquet. They will also have an inner-oval billboard featuring their famous blue and yellow logo.

Sunoco provides racing fuel for tracks and series across the United States, including NASCAR and the Race of Champions Modified Series. Insinger Performance of Dushore, PA is the official Sunoco Race Fuels distributor for Lancaster. Insinger Performance is operated by former NHRA and IHRA Top Alcohol Dragster competitor, Bruce Insinger.

Keep up with the action as the season begins at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

Quotes in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Honda Indy Toronto announces ticket renewal, new track design

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The exclusive renewal period for fans that purchased weekend grandstand tickets for the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto event is now open. Renewal customers will have access to a new program, the Champions Club, offering many exciting benefits, including Paddock Passes, access to the Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race grid walk and an opportunity to sign the start/finish line for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto. The exclusive renewal window ends at 7 p.m. on April 11, while ticket sales for the general public begin April 12.

The ticket launch coincides with the introduction of a modified track design – the first since 1996 and third since the inaugural race in 1986. The new design accommodates the newly constructed Hotel X Toronto, located on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place, just inside the Princes’ Gates and opposite the Enercare Centre (formerly the Direct Energy Centre). The new configuration also relocates hospitality suites, grandstands and pit lane.

Pit lane will move to the north side of the track, starting at Turn 9 and extending back onto Princes’ Boulevard past Turn 11, and hospitality suites will also move to the north side. Both were previously located on the south side of Princes' Boulevard. The Turn 11 grandstands will be located on the south side of pit lane and a new pedestrian and wheelchair track crossing has been added at Turn 9.

“This year marks the 30th year of racing in Toronto,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled to be able to provide a double feature to help mark the occasion, with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series headlining on Saturday and the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday. Fans are in for an exciting weekend of racing at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer.”

Renewals and the new track map are available at www.hondaindytoronto.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coca-Cola signs on as beverage supplier at Lancaster

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Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway recently announces that Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo is returning as the official beverage supplier for the 2016 racing season and beyond. The family-owned and locally-operated Coca-Cola bottler will back Western New York’s premier motorsports facility through the 2018 season.

“We saw what took place at the track and the resurgence of Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway during the 2015 season,” said Rick Horn, Jr., Vice President & General Manager of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo. “Since the commitment by their fans and race teams was obvious, we wanted to be part of their continued growth. We are both in it to win and the three-year partnership was a great way to show our commitment. We’d like to invite race fans and teams to ‘Share a Coke’ with us this summer at Lancaster.”

“This says a lot about the type of people involved with Coca-Cola in the WNY area,” said track president Tim Packman. “They came back to us last year and their support was key to starting the rebuilding of our program. After just one year, they are now on our shelves and in our fans and race teams’ hands for the next three years. I enjoyed working with their iconic brand during my 15-year NASCAR career, and now at my home track. We are grateful for Coca-Cola Bottling of Buffalo and look forward to working with them into the future.”

Lancaster will exclusively serve Coca-Cola products at all concession stands, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dasani bottled water and Fuze iced tea.

Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway and Dragway.

“Team America” returns to Indy for Month of May

(l-r) J.R. Hildebrand, Ed Carpener and Josef Newgarden
will once again be teammates at Indy
credit: ECR Racing
Last year, Ed Carpenter, J.R. Hildebrand and Josef Newgarden formed the only multi-car IndyCar team with an all-American driver lineup at the Indianapolis 500 as part of Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing. This year, the team is Ed Carpenter Racing, and the trio will return to the Brickyard with the help of new sponsor Preferred Freezer Services.

Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) is a global leader in advanced design and engineered temperature-controlled warehouses and will be prominently displayed on Hildebrand’s car throughout the Month of May at the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Additionally, PFS will be the primary partner on Newgarden's No. 21 at the Grand Prix of Boston and the Honda Indy Toronto, and the associate on the No. 21 car for all of the remaining events; team owner Ed Carpenter will have the famous PFS polar bear on his firesuit the entire Verizon IndyCar Series season.

"I'm really glad we were able to put everything together at ECR to continue our program with Preferred Freezer," said Hildebrand, 28, who will be looking to make his sixth Indy 500 start. "Especially going into this year's 100th running of the 500, you know everyone is bringing their absolute best to the fight. After the experience I've had over the last two years with this team, I know that we're going to be bringing a race-winning effort ourselves. I'm looking forward to working with Ed and Josef again and putting the PFS entries up front throughout May!"

Hildebrand was named the 2011 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year after finishing second to Dan Wheldon and was the 2009 Indy Lights Championship. In his five previous Indy 500 appearances, Hildebrand has three top 10 starts and three top 10 finishes; he finished 8th in last year's race, leading the three ECR drivers.

"It is great to have Preferred Freezer back for another Month of May and to carry them on the cars all year long," said Carpenter, 35. "It is always 'cool' to have the giant polar bear around. This is a partnership that has grown each year and we are proud to see it grow again this year. We all have high hopes for all of our team cars at Indianapolis and I can't wait to get started."

"I'm thrilled to have Preferred Freezer Services on the car, they are such a great partner of ECR and very supportive of our efforts. It's going to be a fun Month of May trying to get them a couple of wins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Newgarden, 25. "I'm even more excited to have JR back on the team, he's a phenomenal teammate and fantastic driver. I'm excited to work with him and Ed as 'Team America' again!"

The blue and white Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolets will make their debut on Thursday, May 12 as Newgarden and Hildebrand begin practice for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. ECR's next race will be April 2 at Phoenix International Raceway, where Carpenter will join Newgarden in the team's first two-car effort of 2016. Keep up with the action at www.edcarpenterracing.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Ed Carpenter Racing.

Monday, March 21, 2016

National weekend wrap-up: March 18-20, 2016

Sprint Cup Series – Jimmie Johnson threw on his Superman cape and took home the win in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, defeating Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 142 laps. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounded out the top five.
Brittany Force basks in the glow
of her first Wally
credit: NHRA Media

Xfinity Series – Austin Dillon won a strange treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, as Kyle Busch blew a tire in Turn One of the last lap while leading and Daniel Suarez ran out of gas after overtaking Busch. Busch hung on to the car and came home second, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr., Suarez and Elliott Sadler.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series – Brittany Force won her first Top Fuel Wally and Robert High took home the Funny Car trophy, leading to the first-ever John Force Racing nitro double-up at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville. Greg Anderson won in Pro Stock, while Eddie Krawiec won the first Pro Stock Motorcycle event of the season.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Holland Motorsports Complex changes start time, adds “competition caution” for fans

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Holland Motorsports Complex has announced a change to its starting time for the 2016 season.

According to a recent press release from the track, “Lifestyles have changed over the past several years, and many of our drivers and fans now find themselves working on Saturdays. After taking this into careful consideration and listening to the recommendations of drivers and fans alike, qualifying heats will now begin at 6 p.m., with feature racing starting at 7:05 p.m. We pride ourselves in making our racing venue as accessible and enjoyable as possible for everyone, and feel this timing change will do just that.”

Holland also announced the addition of a 30-minute “Competition Caution” from 8-8:30 p.m., allowing drivers to interact with their family, friends, and fans. Holland’s release adds that “this will accent our NASCAR Hometown Heroes Program this season, and further highlight our competitors.” 

The 57th season opener at Holland Motorsports Park is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 – find out more about the season at www.hollandspeedway.com.

Information in this piece provided by Holland Motorsports Complex.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Southern Ontario’s Hawley to be honored in Gainesville

Frank Hawley in the Chi-Town Hustler in 1982
credit: NHRA Media
Southern Ontario native Frank Hawley will be honored by the NHRA at the upcoming Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Florida’s Gainesville Raceway, part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Funny Car. The third event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ 2016 schedule takes place Thursday through Sunday, March 17-20.

Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car world champion Hawley, who grew up in London, Ontario, Canada, will be honored during the Gatornationals pre-race ceremonies. Hawley was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2014 and was the winner of the 1982 and 1983 NHRA Funny Car titles driving for legendary tuner Austin Coil at the controls of the famed Chi-Town Hustler. He has nine NHRA victories under his belt and is one of only 15 drivers in NHRA history to earn national event victories in both Top Fuel (2) and Funny Car (7). For the past three decades Hawley has been teaching and licensing drivers who attend his Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School.

Also part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Funny Car, two nostalgia Funny Cars will be featured in the NHRA’s Hot Rod Junction. Tom Hunt will bring the ex-Gene Snow 1974 Chevy Vega, the “Flying Purple People Eater,” and Rick and Arlene Lucas will be showcasing “Nitro Nellie” Otis’s former 1971 Ford Mustang, “Goins and Goins Conqueror”.

The Hot Rod Junction will also be showing off more than 30 of the region’s coolest hot rods, including three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ 1927 Ford T Roadster. With 35 NHRA national event wins in a near seven decade career, Garlits, now 84, was voted NHRA’s No. 1 drag racer of all-time during the NHRA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2001 and currently owns and operates the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida.

Keep up with this weekend’s action at www.nhra.com.

Information in this piece provided by the NHRA. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hinchcliffe 19th in return to the track at St. Pete

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Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe returned to competition for the first time since his May 2015 life-threatening accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, starting eighth and finishing 19th in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season opener for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The less-than-ideal finish was the result of a flat right-rear tire early in the race.

“Certainly it wasn’t the day we planned,” said Hinchcliffe. “I joke that when you make plans from A to P going into the first corner at St. Pete and by Turn 1, they all go out the window. That was definitely the case for us. We got tagged and cut a tire, then ended up spending the whole race a lap down. We finally got the yellow we needed, got the lap back, just to get caught up in Turn 4 on the restart there.”

"There was some aggressive driving out there today but I guess that's the first race and that's what happens when a series is competitive. I'm happy for the progress we made on the car. I think we had a pretty decent fast lap there and we learned a lot about the new street course tire.”

In spite of the early troubles, Hinchcliffe was able to bring some levity to the conversation on Lap 16, after an engineer told him they needed a yellow to get a lap back and to be patient.

“I‘m a (Toronto) Maple Leafs fan,” said Hinchcliffe. “I know how to be patient."

Buffalo Sabres fans feel your pain, James.

Quotes in this piece provided by Torchia Communications.

Newly-formed modified series causing pre-season crunch for Race of Champions

Race of Champions Modifieds lined up at Lancaster in 2015
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News of an upstart asphalt modified series broke last week in Area Auto Racing News, headed by Chris Zacharias and called the American Modified Pavement Series (AMPS). With the Race of Champions purchase by Joe Skotnicki in a sticky place right now, AMPS, which looks to be running on American Racer tires, released a six-race schedule, five of which were originally-scheduled RoC races.

Currently on the schedule for AMPS (previously-announced RoC races marked *):
  • *Sunday, May 1 – Chemung Speedrome
  • *Friday, June 3 – Spencer Speedway
  • *Saturday, July 9 – Holland Speedway
  • *Friday, July 22 – Spencer Speedway
  • *Saturday, August 6 – Chemung Speedrome
  • Sunday, October 2 – Chemung Speedrome
The website also states “additional dates to be announced.”

As the host of four scheduled RoC races this season, Lancaster National Speedway president Tim Packman issued this statement with regards to the track’s schedule:

"Because of a recent announcement, some speculation has come about in regards to Lancaster National Speedway's Modified dates on the 2016 schedule. After talking to numerous people and much thought, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway is going forward with our four scheduled dates with the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Modified Series.”

"We have spent the last several months getting ready for this season communicating to our fans, partners and race teams what we're going to do and the Modified dates at Lancaster are ones that get circled on calendars.”

"I am not in agreement with announcing a new series five weeks before we start our season that could possibly divide tracks, teams and fans. The financial and business transaction involving the sale of the Race of Champions should not place other people in a bad position this time of year.”

"Personally, I can't be expected to make any decision having not seen rules, purse or operating procedures to review in regards a new series. What if we moved our dates to them and it failed? Then we would have to go back and attempt to get back those four dates we've worked so hard to obtain and promote through the years.”

"Lancaster owes it to our people on all sides to stick with what we've known for more than 20 years. We look forward to working with the Race of Champions for those four popular events. And, to all our race fans - get ready for our first Modified race on Sunday, April 17."

Quotes in this piece provided by Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway.

National weekend wrap-up: March 12-13, 2016

By a matter of inches, Kevin Harvick (4) beats Carl Edwards
(19) to the finish line Sunday.
credit: NASCAR via Getty Images/Jonathan Ferrey
Sprint Cup Series – Kevin Harvick continued his domination of Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, picking up his eighth career win at the track in a close finish with Carl Edwards – 0.01-seconds close, or approximately four inches. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch followed their Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Edwards across the line in third and fourth, respectively, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fifth.

Xfinity Series – Busch picked up the win in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Phoenix, ahead of his JGR teammates Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez in second and third, respectively; it was the second straight race in which the trio finished 1-2-3 (Jones and Suarez swapped places last week at Las Vegas). Justin Allgaier and Chase Elliott finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for JR Motorsports.

Verizon IndyCar Series – Juan Pablo Montoya repeated as winner at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida on Sunday. Simon Pagenaud finished runner-up, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Mikhail Aleshin.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

2016 Race of Champions Dirt Modified Series schedule

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David Casilio Dominici
**please note: schedule posted is subject to change**
  • March 19 – Selinsgrove Speedway – 40 laps
  • April 16 – Canandaigua Motorsports Park – 53 laps
  • May 22 – Utica Rome Speedway – 55 laps
  • July 4 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – 50 laps
  • July 13 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – 50 laps
  • August 10 – Fonda Speedway – 50 laps
  • August 14 – Utica Rome Speedway – 60 laps
  • August 24 – Rolling Wheels Raceway Park – 50 laps
  • September 10 – Utica Rome Speedway – 200 laps
Find more information at www.rocmodifiedseries.com

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hinchcliffe partners with Petro-Canada Lubricants for 2016

credit: IndyCar Media/Joe Skibinski
Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe will partner with Suncor's Petro-Canada Lubricants, Inc. for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, with Hinchcliffe serving as brand ambassador. This marks the company’s first foray into the United States motorsports market.

"As a Canadian racing in North America, to be able to work with a Canadian company that has such a global reach is really unique," said Hinchcliffe. "Petro-Canada Lubricants is all about technology, innovation, quality and reliability which lines up perfectly with our approach to racing. It's great that we were able to put it all together and hopefully it's a program that we can build on and grow over the years to come. Plus, having an extra maple leaf on my suit is never a bad thing!"

"As we continue to grow our business, distributor network and customer base in North America and globally, James will help build brand awareness within our distributor network as well as for our end users," said Howard McIntyre, Vice President, Lubricants, Suncor.  "Not only does James understand the importance of using the highest quality products, he also possesses similar attributes that our Petro-Canada Lubricants brand does."

Hinchcliffe returns to the track this weekend for the first time since his near-fatal accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last May. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver has four wins in five previous IndyCar seasons.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg can be seen on ABC Sunday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Hinchcliffe picked up his first career win at St. Petersburg in 2013. Keep up with the action this weekend at www.indycar.com.

Quotes and information in this piece provided by Spire Sports & Entertainment.

Holland Motorsports Complex hosts driver registration

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Holland Motorsports Complex drivers signed up for car shows, registered their cars and reserved pit pads for the 2016 season Sunday at the Holland Willows, hosting the annual registration party in advance of the 57th season opener on Saturday, May 28.

As part of registration, drivers signed up for the upcoming car shows at the Eastern Hills Mall (April 30-May 5) and the McKinley Mall (May 7-13).

Among the drivers registered for the NASCAR Pro Chargers for 2016 are defending champion Tom Northem and his son Max, Rich Carnes, and brothers Ted, Tim and Nik Welshans. Defending champ Jeff Szafraniec returns to the Hornet division along with his Dice Racing teammates Ben Russo and Bob and Butcher Palmer. The NYPA TQ Midgets, INEX Legends, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s and the Rookie 4’s will also see drivers move up and or get into the sport for the first time ever.

All drivers will have the opportunity to hit the track for the first time during the “Preseason Thunder” practice session on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

New to the track for the 2016 season will be the Canadian Outlaw Midgets, which will visit Holland on Saturday, June 25 and Saturday, July 23. As part of this two-race series, the track will be taking Canadian money at par (with proper ID) towards the cost of admission on both of these race dates (cash only).

As part of the 57th season opener, set for Saturday, May 28, Holland will host its first NASCAR Hometown Hero night, recognizing drivers from Lackawanna, Gowanda, Hamburg, Irving, and Angola.  Drivers from these towns will be announced prior to their specific division’s race, and will be photographed together following the full event’s conclusion. Additional dates for the other home towns will be listed on our schedule shortly. The complete 2016 schedule can be found online at www.hollandspeedway.com.

Information in this piece provided by Holland Motorsports Complex.

National weekend wrap-up: March 5-6, 2016

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag Saturday at Las Vegas
credit: NASCAR via Getty Images/Sean Gardner
Sprint Cup Series – Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag Sunday in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ahead of his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano. Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon.

Xfinity Series – Busch was victorious at his home track in Vegas on Saturday, winning the Boyd Gaming 300 from the pole and leading 199 of 200 laps. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones finished second and third, respectively, followed by Chase Elliott in fourth and Dillon in fifth.