Monday, August 31, 2015

Great Race Weekend At Sonoma Raceway

Scott Dixon celebrates atop his car after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma
and IndyCar championship on Aug. 30, 2015, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo)

NASCAR Race Mom had a great race weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Just six days after driver, Justin Wilson, was killed after a freak crash at Pocono Raceway, the racing community and Sonoma Raceway embraced the Wilson Family with numerous tributes to its fallen hero.

“Thanks for everyone who has reached out with support and the amazing tributes everyone has been paying,” Stefan Wilson (Justin’s younger brother) expressed. “I’m very, very grateful to all of the support shown to Justin’s family. That was his No. 1 priority to take care of his daughters. That has become my priority as well. I expected a few T-shirt sales - not a few thousands. It’s been overwhelming the support everyone has shown for their future.”

Among those who are reaching out to support Wilson’s widow, Julia, and young daughters, Jane and Jessica, is American Honda and Honda Performance Development.

American Honda and HPD will contribute $50 per lap completed at Sonoma by each of the 13 Honda entries at this weekend’s race for a possible donation of just over $55,000 to the Wilson Children’s’ Fund.

INDYCAR paid tributes to Justin Wilson before the ‘Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma’ included a tribute video, special signage for the children’s fund, and sky writing pilots drawing No. 25 in the sky above Sonoma Raceway.

Not to be denied, Scott Dixon’s season finale win propelled him into the points lead for his fourth IndyCar championship. Juan Pablo Montoya, who had led the standings from the season-opener until the final lap of the year, suddenly found himself tied in the point standings. The tie and title went to Dixon based on number of wins: Sunday was Dixon's third of the season, while Montoya only had two!

Equally as exciting was the Formula Car Challenge’s returning to Sonoma Raceway after a year hiatus. This series took center stage at the Sonoma Raceway with its double race format featuring Pro Mazda (PFM), FormulaSPEED (FS2.0), and Formula Mazda (FM). Competitors from around the country convened at the Northern California facility to compete alongside the IndyCar Finale! 



Race 1 Results (August 28, 2015)


PFM
  1. Hunter Pickett
  2. Jaden Conwright
  3. Cabot Bigham
FS2.0
  1. Michael Avansino
  2. Robin Shute
  3. Cameron Parsons
FM
  1. Joseph Burton-Harris
  2. Tazio Ottis
  3. Bill Weaver





Race 2 Results (August 29, 2015)

PFM
  1. Cabot Bigham
  2. Hunter Pickett
  3. Jaden Conwright

FS2.0
  1. Michael Avansino
  2. Daniel Swanbeck
  3. Cameron Parsons

FM
  1. Joseph Burton-Harris
  2. Tazio Ottis
  3. Bill Weaver



The INDYCAR community has embraced the Wilson Family during this tragic time following the death of 37-year-old Justin.  Wilson earned seven IndyCar race wins in an American career that started in 2004.



NASCAR Race Mom was honored to be able to stop by and signed the Justin Wilson
flag on display in the IndyCar Fan Village. ‪#‎BadAssWilson‬ Rest In Peace




Thursday, August 27, 2015

BMR Announces NAPA Filters Drivers Expo Powered By Toyota #nascar

Eleven talented young drivers with diverse racing backgrounds will participate in a first-ever NAPA Filters Drivers Expo powered by Toyota in Roseville, California on Thursday and Friday. 




The event – a driver combine and racing seminar packaged together – will be held at BMR’s facilities and at nearby All American Speedway, a challenging track where BMR has a winning record.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity to bring together such a great group of talented young drivers with such diverse racing backgrounds,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “We have put together a great staff of veteran personnel to work with them as we run them through their paces for two days of on-track and off-track activities and provide some engaging classroom presentations.”

Drivers scheduled to participate include:
  1. Amber Balcaen, 23, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;
  2. Ariel Biggs, 20, of Hoquiam, Washington;
  3. Eddie Cheever III, 22, of Rome;
  4. Todd Gilliland, 15, of Sherrils Ford, North Carolina;
  5. Brock Heger, 15, of El Centro, California;
  6. Riley Herbst, 16, of Las Vegas;
  7. Mariah McGriff, 20, Vail, Arizona;
  8. Kyle Plott, 19, Marietta, Georgia;
  9. Vanessa Robinson, 25, of Las Cruces, New Mexico;
  10. Blaine Rocha, 17, of Oakdale, California;
  11. Zane Smith, 16, of Mooresville, North Carolina.

“These drivers will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of our NAPA Toyotas and see first-hand what it’s like to drive a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car,” McAnally said.

“All American Speedway is a tough track to master, with each end of the track being distinctly different. So, it will be a good opportunity to evaluate how each driver adapts to the challenge.”


The drivers will be paired with a coach from among a group of championship and race-winning veteran drivers and crew chiefs. On-track action is scheduled both afternoons.

In addition to turning laps, the drivers will also receive presentations on key points in the racing industry. Fox television analyst Larry McReynolds heads up the list of presenters, along with representatives from NASCAR, Toyota, and NAPA AUTO PARTS.

Sacramento area media will also be part of the event, as they conduct one-on-one interviews at the track with the drivers on Thursday afternoon and participate in a press conference with the drivers at BMR that evening.

Activities continue on Friday, with presentations at BMR in the morning and on-track activities that afternoon. 


Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) was founded in 1986 and is owned by former NASCAR K & N Pro Series West driver, Bill McAnally, with one vision; winning races and championships. 

BMR is dedicated to finding talented people and placing them to make the racing machine roll. BMR serves as a marketing tool for their race partners to increase sales and brand recognition. 



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Statement from the family of Justin Wilson

With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.




Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.

Wilson Children’s Fund
C/O INDYCAR
4551 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222



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Monday, August 24, 2015

The K&N Pro Series West Championship
Close and Heated (#knwest #nascar)

As Rookie Ryan Partridge provided the fans with a dominant performance last Saturday night at the Colorado National Speedway, backing-up his first series pole into his first series win, one cannot help but notice just how close and heated this 2015 K&N Pro Series Points Championship is. 


 Ryan Partridge celebrates his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday night in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCAR
Ryan Partridge celebrates his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win Saturday night
in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway.
(Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCAR)


The 25-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California, won his first ‘Coors Light Pole Award’ and then went on to led all but one lap in the ‘NAPA Auto Parts 150’ while driving the No. 9 Sunrise Ford / Eirbach Springs / Lucas Oil Ford. Chris Eggleston led briefly on a Lap 29 restart.

His win moved Partridge into a tie with Chris Eggleston for the points lead. The top-five drivers are separated by a mere eighteen points. They still have three races left to battle for the top prize; the 2015 Pro Series West Championship.
  1. Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Filters/H20 Fire Protection Toyota) with 396
  2. Ryan Partridge* (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford) with 396
  3. Noah Gragson* (No. 7 AlertID/Colliers International Ford) with 390
  4. Gracin Raz* (No. 27 Montana Tech Ford) with 384
  5. David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends/Pour House Chevrolet) with 378
The remaining competition for the 2015 West Championship should prove an exciting mixture of young talent and team strategy as each point earned will prove precious.

Bill McAnally Racing Driver Chris Eggleston in tie for Championship lead. (Getty Images for NASCAR)
Bill McAnally Racing Driver Chris Eggleston in tie for Championship lead.
(Getty Images for NASCAR)



Interesting Fact: of the fifteen participants in Saturday’s race, ten were Series Rookies.(* designates a rookie driver)

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West heads to Meridian Speedway for the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 on Saturday, Sept. 5.

The NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Colorado will air on NBCSN on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Help Speedy the Bear bring Smiles To Kids
in the Speediatrics Unit (#nascar)




During the summertime, the hospital is no place you want your child to be. Splashing in the pool or bicycling around the neighborhood is what summer means to most children. Unfortunately for some children, they are being poked and prodded with blood being drawn and tests being run.

Through the bright, colorful Speediatrics Units decorated with fun characters and racing imagery, the NASCAR Foundation hopes to help ease the pain, but that's not all our children need! They need medical care delivered with ease and comfort, and that's how Speedy the Bear and YOU can help!

Speedy helps bring a smile to each child in the Speediatrics Unit.  However, the program is now in need of new bears for the kids. 

Please join and help the NASCAR Foundation in reaching their goal of providing a hundred (100) bears this summer. 

 For just $25, you can provide a bear to a sick child today. They will deliver the bear and a "get well soon" card signed in your name to the kids in the Speediatrics Unit.

Every generous gift of $25, $50, or even $100 helps us provide comfort to sick children.

Click Here to Donate


Your generous gift will bring smiles and health care
to children who need it most this summer!

They will deliver Speedy and a get well card signed in your name! 



(Yes NASCAR Race Mom put her money where her mouth is - My donation has been made!)


Monday, August 17, 2015

Chase Grid standings after Michigan

Chase Grid standings after Michigan

Yesterday's Race: Joe Gibbs Driver Matt Kenseth raced to his third win of season; the second win in the last three races. Matt also led 146 laps which is the most by a Michigan winner since Dale Jarrett led 150 in June 1999!



For the first time all season, Matt Kenseth takes over the top spot in the FOXSports.com Power Ranking.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Saturday Night K&N Pro Series Racing #NASCAR

Saturday night found both the K&N Pro Series battling for championship wins and points. The East completed in the “UPMC Health Plan 150” at Motordrome Speedway; while the West put on a show in the “NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota” at Evergreen Speedway. 

 Dillon Bassett and team celebrate in Victory Lane following his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win Saturday night at Motordrome Speedway. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images for NASCAR
Dillon Bassett and team celebrate in Victory Lane
 Mitchell Leff/Getty Images for NASCAR

K&N Pro Series Points Leader, rookie William Byron won his third career ‘21 Means 21’ Pole Award Presented by Coors Brewing Co. in qualifying for the UPMC Health Plan 150. However, 17-year-old Dillon Bassett scored his breakthrough victory in the series' inaugural visit to the Motordrome Speedway. In the process, he became the 100th different winner in series history!

NKNPS East Motordrome 8/15/15 Race Results


Top 10 Driver Points:

  1. William Byron * 437
  2. Scott Heckert 425
  3. Austin Hill 409
  4. Dalton Sargeant * 396
  5. Rico Abreu * 389
  6. J.J. Haley * 381
  7. Kyle Benjamin * 380
  8. Kaz Grala 380
  9. Nick Drake 371
  10. Kenzie Ruston 325

Next Race:“Biscutville 125” on August 29, 2015 at Virginia International Raceway

 

 




K&N Pro Series West veteran David Mayhew won the ‘NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by Toyota’ at the .646-mile Washington track. In doing so, he joins notable names such as Bill Amick, Ray Elder, Ron Eaton, Jim Robinson, Chad Little and Brenden Gaughan on the list of drivers to earn back-to-back finishes at Evergreen Speedway. It was Mayhew's tenth overall victory and his second win of the season.

NKNPS West Evergreen 8/15/15 Race Results


Top 10 Driver Points:

  1. Chris Eggleston 354
  2. Noah Gragson * 354
  3. Ryan Partridge * 347
  4. Gracin Raz * 346
  5. David Mayhew 338
  6. James Bickford 324
  7. Alex Schutte *320
  8. Brandon McReynolds 312
  9. Johnny White *306
  10. Nicole Behar * 303

Next Race: “NAPA/Toyota 150” on August 22, 2015 at Colorado National Speedway

*Series Rookie