CARMEL, Calif. – July 29, 2014 – The Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) will return to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a selection of their latest automotive artwork. Sponsored by The Lincoln Motor Company for the 19th year, the AFAS exhibit will showcase the latest creations of the finest automotive artists in the world at the Lodge at Pebble Beach in beautiful Carmel, California.

Ken Eberts, AFAS President and one of the foremost artists in the automotive art world, will be revealing his new display of paintings based on the theme ‘black and white’ at the Pebble Beach Concours this year. Eberts, who began his career as a designer at Ford Motor Company, is one of the founding members of AFAS.

“The display is comprised of five paintings of white Maserati “Birdcage” race cars and five paintings of black Ferrari P4’s,” said Eberts. “I believe that the Maserati Birdcage and the Ferrari P4 are automotive works of art. The combination of form follows ‘function’, ‘design’, ‘theme’ and ‘Italian metal craftsmanship’ combined to create beautiful cars that could actually be called automotive sculptures.”

The Maserati is one of several cars featured this year at Pebble Beach. The style and design of the “Birdcage” Maserati’s are noted for their complex, thin tubular space frame which Eberts portrays in his new artwork. In order to emphasize the ‘black and white’ theme, the Maserati’s are white cars on white backgrounds while the Ferraris are black on black backgrounds.

“To honor the artistic qualities of both of these cars, I tried to portray them in my a style,” said Eberts. “Which being realistic, are loosely rendered in a dramatic artistic way.”

Eberts established AFAS in 1983 to advance the automotive art’s visibility. Members work in many diverse mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal. AFAS hosts only two shows each year including the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance.

Eberts graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He began his career as an automotive designer for Ford Motor Company, and then became a professional automotive artist in 1968. Over the past 40 years, he has produced over 1,200 original paintings for both public and private collections.

Eberts’ work has been exhibited throughout the United States, earning numerous awards, including honors from the City of Los Angeles, American Artist Magazine, the City of Beverly Hills and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.

In 2003, he was named Ford Motor Company’s official Centennial Artist and was commissioned to create 13 original paintings that were used as a calendar to celebrate Ford’s 100th Anniversary. In 2005, Eberts made history by winning the renowned Meguiar’s “Treasure of the Hobby Award,” as the first automotive artist recipient.


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Deep Field, Deep Storylines as Pirelli World Challenge Heads for Mid-Ohio All Class Doublehead​er

Mark Wilkins leads in the GTS Drivers' Championship heading into the Mid-Ohio weekend.LEXINGTON, OH. – The biggest field of the season heads to the classic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as the Pirelli World Challenge continues its 25th Anniversary season. A pair of 50-minute sprints are on tap for GT, GT-A and GTS, Rounds 11 and 12 of the year, with Touring Car, Touring Car A and Touring Car B-Spec racing a pair of 40-minute events for Rounds 9 and 10.
In total, 78 cars are entered among the six categories of competition. That includes season-tying or new highs in GT/GT-A (23 total), GTS (28) and TC (9).
With championship battles occurring across the board and a pair of races on tap at the 2.258-mile circuit located in Lexington, Ohio, this will prove a pivotal weekend in the 2014 season.
Pirelli World Challenge GT: All-star GT field set for Mid-Ohio shootout
Cadillac continues to lead both the driver’s and manufacturer’s championships leaving the streets of Toronto, but they will likely have a fight on their hands this weekend back on the road course at Mid-Ohio. Neither Johnny O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R nor Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., in the sister No. 8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R has a road course win this year. Still, O’Connell has managed three podiums (two at Barber, one at Road America) and Pilgrim one (Road America Round 8) on the tracks that generally don’t suit the Cadillac as well as the point-and-shoot street courses.
K-PAX Racing returns to Mid-Ohio seeking an encore of its near perfect 2013, when Alex Figge, of Denver, Col., won both races from pole and the team finished 1-2 in race two. Figge’s luck has been miserable thus far in 2014, and he’s due for it to come around this weekend in his brand new No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3, built up following his Road America accident. Teammate Robert Thorne, of Littleton, Col., has steadily improved all season in the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3.
Audi remains well represented in GT with three cars. Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., is a two-time winner in 2014 in CRP Racing’s No. 2 Hawk Performance Audi R8 Ultra and ranks second in place heading into the weekend. James Sofronas, of Villa Park, Calif., in the No. 14 Spyder/The Thermal Club Audi R8 Ultra and Andrew Palmer, of Chicago, in the No. 21 GMG Racing Audi R8 Ultra add another strong two-car effort.
R. Ferri Motorsports seeks to return to their early season success on the road courses. Round 3 winner Anthony Lazzaro, of Atlanta, Ga., in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 continues while regular teammate Nick Mancuso, of Chicago, is out this week following a pair of unlucky accidents north of the border in Toronto.
Dyson Racing Team Bentley has impressed in its first two Pirelli World Challenge weekends, and Butch Leitzinger, of State College, Pa. in the No. 08 Bentley/Breitling/Mobil 1 Bentley Continental GT3 looks for his first podium result on the flowing road course.
A big name returns to the series this weekend. Returning for the first time since the 2013 season opener in St. Petersburg is Glasgow, Scotland’s Ryan Dalziel, now of Windermere, Fla., in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R. Porsche factory ace Nick Tandy won Round 9 at Toronto in this car, and Dalziel will no doubt be one to watch in the No. 31 this weekend.
Rounding out the GT class field is another big name, former IndyCar series rookie-of-the-year Alex Lloyd, originally from Manchester, England but now living in Indianapolis. Lloyd will be in a second CRP Racing entry, the No. 12 Hawk Performance Chevrolet Corvette. The lead writer for Yahoo Autos has two prior Mid-Ohio starts, in 2007 in Indy Lights and 2010 in IndyCar.
Pirelli World Challenge GT-A: More action in 11-car class
On the strength of consistency, DragonSpeed’s Henrik Hedman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in the No. 10 DragonSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 has moved into the GT-A classification points lead thanks to five podium finishes in class. The Swede looks to check his first win off this weekend at Mid-Ohio.
Just 42 points separate the next four in GT-A, who are 24 or more points behind Hedman. Dan Knox, of Pilot Point, Texas, ranks second in the No. 80 ACS Manufacturing, Inc./Performance SpeedTech Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R with Michael Mills, of Angleton, Texas, third in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R and former Mid-Ohio class winner Tim Pappas, of Boston, Mass., will be in the No. 54 Black River Caviar Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 fourth. All three have a win in GT-A this season.
GMG Racing’s Bill Ziegler, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in the No. 95 Swisher Racing/GMG Audi R8 Ultra, has a best class finish of second this season and ranks fifth in GT-A. He’s joined by teammates Bret Curtis, of Austin, Texas, in the No. 32 Valspar Paint/Spectra Resources/United Steel Supply Audi R8 Ultra and Alex Welch, of Englewood, Col., No. 76 GMG Racing/Prestige Imports/Morgan Adams Foundation Audi R8 Ultra. Welch makes his first series start since Mid-Ohio 2013.
Four-time GT-A winner Marcelo Hahn, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, leads the pair of Reiter Engineering entries. He’ll be in the No. 0 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 and teammate Albert von Thurn und Taxis, of Regensburg, Germany, will be in the No. 24 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2.
Jeff Courtney, of Milwaukee, Wis., returns in the No. 99 Kenda/ Audi R8 Ultra after missing Toronto. Also back for the first time since St. Petersburg is Jim Taggart, of Cary, N.C., in the No. 7 Absolut/Porsche Porsche GT3 R.
Pirelli World Challenge GTS: Largest field of the year sees Kias up front
GTS should see its biggest field of the season with 28 cars at Mid-Ohio. There were 28 entered at Barber, but only 26 ultimately started the pair of races.
The pair of Kinetic Motorsports Kias has been tough to beat this year, with three road course victories on their scorecard. Nic Jonsson, of Buford, Ga., in the No. 36 Kia Optima swept Road America while Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, in the No. 38 Kia Optima is fresh off a win in his home race and also won at Mid-Ohio last year. Wilkins (first) and Jonsson (third) are in driver’s title contention and have currently propelled Kia to the lead of the manufacturer’s championship.
Seeking to upend the Kias are Wilkins’ two 2013 championship rivals, defending class champion Lawson Aschenbach, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro and Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., in the No. 73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S. Aschenbach won the other Mid-Ohio race and Baldwin has been a consistent threat on road courses this year; he won Round 4 at Barber. Providing support as always are teammates Tony Gaples, of Libertyville, Ill., in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro and Buz McCall, of Boca Raton, Fla., in the No. 72 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S.
BestIT Racing’s pair also look to spoil the party. Andy Lee, of Colorado Springs, Col., in the No. 20 Crown Seven/BestIT Chevrolet Camaro has several podiums in 2014 and still seeks his first win of the year; rookie teammate Geoff Reeves, of Cleveland, Ohio in the No. 40 Shadow Works/BestIT Chevrolet Camaro continues to develop and gain experience.
Ford has the heaviest presence at Mid-Ohio with eight Mustangs entered this weekend. Leading the charge are Dean Martin, of Westland, Mich., currently second in points in the No. 50 Picture Cars East/Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S and Jack Roush Jr., of Livonia, Mich., in the No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R, who ranks fifth and still seeks his first win of the year.
Motorsports Development Group has its usual pair of entries with Alec Udell, of The Woodlands, Texas in the No. 17 Watson Racing/MDG Ford Mustang Boss 302S and Mitch Landry, of Lake Charles, La., in the No. 97 VersaCrane/DeepSouth Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Udell is coming off a near miss in Toronto, when Wilkins beat him by just 0.039 of a second in Round 10; meanwhile Landry posted his two best results of the year in Toronto, sixth and seventh.
Capaldi Racing has a quartet of Fords with full-season entries Brad Adams, of New Orleans, La., in the No. 96 Voodoo/Dat Dog/Yo MTV Raps Ford Mustang Boss 302S and Craig Capaldi, of Richmond Township, Mich. in the No. 68 Wolverine Bronze/Capital R Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Joey Atterbury, of Rochester, NY, takes over the No. 33 Capaldi Racing/Ford Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S driven earlier this year by Tony Buffomante, of Naperville, Ill.
Adding to Capaldi’s stable is the charity entry driven by Pirelli World Challenge President/CEO Scott Bove, of Conifer, Col., and rising open-wheel star Austin Cindric, of Mooresville, N.C., who will each race once in the No. 55 Special Operations Warriors Foundation Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Bove makes his first start since Austin 2013 in race one while Cindric, 15, will make his series debut and fourth overall race start of the weekend (three USF2000 races) in Sunday’s race two. The No. 55 Mustang, fielded by Capaldi Racing, is a charity entry designed for both fundraising and raising awareness for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; as well as educational and family counseling to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. For more information visit
Aston Martin’s trio of entries from TRG-AMR North America continues to improve. While veterans Nick Esayian, of San Diego, Calif. in the No. 34 Natural Cures Aston Martin GT4 and Drew Regitz, of Denver, Col. in the No. 02 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 have track experience, rookie Jorge de la Torre, of McAllen, Texas in the No. 04 TRG-AMR North America Aston Martin GT4 will make his first Mid-Ohio start. An additional Aston, Automatic Racing’s No. 62 Invisible Glass Aston Martin GT4 driven by Mark Klenin, of Denver, Col., is also entered.
Nissan will have extra cars at Mid-Ohio for the second year in a row. Ric Bushey, of Virginia Beach, Va. in the No. 51 Nissan/Motul/SPL/OSGiken/Sparco/Sunoco Nissan 370Z and Brian Kleeman, of Baltimore, Md. in the No. 07 Nissan/DXD Clutches/Aeromotions Nissan 370Z continue their seasons. Meanwhile BJ Zacharias of Milford, Ohio in the No. 74 Nissan Nismo Nissan 370Z and Vesko Kozarov, of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the No. 90 Nissan/Skullcandy/Stance Nissan 370Z make their respective first starts of the season.
Manufacturer diversity in class continues with entries from BMW, Subaru and Scion joining those from Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Porsche, Aston Martin, and Nissan. The remainder of the field includes Larry Funk, of Oberlin, Ohio, in the No. 22 Northshore Group BMW M3, Ray Mason, of Columbus, Ohio, in the No. 70 Children’s Tumor Foundation/Touge Tuning/ Subaru WRX-STi, Jay Matus, of Houston, Texas in the No. 71 VP Fuels Porsche 996, and Robert Stout, of Brownsburg, Ind., in the No. 86 Scion/Lucas Oil/TRD Scion FR-S.
Funk and Mason have their home races this weekend; Matus makes his series debut and Stout returns to Pirelli World Challenge action for the first time since Barber in April following further development on the Ken Stout Racing, Inc. Scion.
Pirelli World Challenge TC: DiMeo Seeks Return to Top at Mid-Ohio
Last time out at Road America, Michael DiMeo, of Toronto, had his two worst finishes of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car season – second in both races. The driver of Compass360 Racing’s No. 71 Grand Alarms Honda Civic Si still holds a sizeable lead in the driver’s championship over teammate and C360 team principal Karl Thomson, of Toronto. Thomson drives the team’s sister No. 72 Children’s Tumor Foundation/HPD/ Honda Civic Si.
Adam Poland, of Mt. Vernon, Texas in the No. 11 Texas Track Works/Eastex Motorsports Mazda MX-5 got on the scoreboard in Round 8 at Road America, and the young driver looks to add to win that total this weekend.
The pair of Skullcandy Team Nissan entries are back for a second straight race, after scoring a win and pole apiece at Road America. Round 7 winner Steven Doherty, of Plainfield, Ill., will be in the No. 94 Nissan/GT Academy/Skullcandy Nissan Altima Coupe, with Round 7 polesitter Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif. in the similar No. 93 Nissan/GT Academy/Skullcandy Nissan Altima Coupe. Doherty competed in a GTS class Nissan 370Z at Mid-Ohio last year, when he made his series debut.
Also with two entries for the first time in 2014 is Emich Racing, with a pair of Volkswagen Jettas. Fred Emich, of Denver, Col., will be in the No. 30 Emich Racing Volkswagen Jetta GTI, while teammate Emilee Tominovich, of Laurel, Md. returns for the first time since New Jersey in the No. 19 Chesapeake Electrical Systems, Inc./Charter Financial Group Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Both drivers have a best finish of fourth in 2014, and each look for their first season podium at a track where Tristan Herbert scored two podiums for Volkswagen in the 2013 TC races.
Kevin Anderson, of Huntington Station, N.Y., also returns to the series for the first time since New Jersey in the No. 23 Tech Sport Racing Mazda RX-8. Anderson finished second at both New Jersey races and looks for his first win this weekend. Meanwhile back for the first time since this race last year is the Branden Peterson Racing entry, with Branden Peterson of Breckenridge, Col. and Bob Roth of La Crosse, Wis. set to drive one race apiece in the No. 64 Fortune Auto/Hybrid Racing/Supper Tech/Competition Clutch Honda Civic Si.
Pirelli World Challenge TCA: Tight points battle between Holbrook, Wolfe heading into Mid-Ohio
After splitting wins at the pair of Road America, Jason Wolfe now leads Shea Holbrook by just nine points in the Touring Car A category with six races remaining. It’s the closest points battle within the TC categories.
Wolfe, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio seeks his fourth win of 2014 in the No. 36 Wolfe Trucking Kia Forte Koup on a track where he raced in USF2000 a year ago. Holbrook, of Groveland, Fla. in the No. 67 TRUECar/Lucas Oil/Radium Honda Civic Si, has a class-high four wins this year; a fifth would move her into the championship lead.
Wolfe has a ringer in a teammate this weekend, with legendary Irishman Tommy Byrne, now of Ormond Beach, Fla., set to drive the No. 38 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Forte Koup. Byrne, an ex-Formula One driver from the 1980s, currently serves as a driving instructor at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and is renowned in racing circles for his 2008 book Crashed and Byrned.
The pair of Mazdas entered could play spoiler. Ernie Francis Jr., of Dania, Fla., in the No. 98 Breathless Performance Mazda MX-5 competed in TCB at Mid-Ohio last year and looks for his second win of the year. Rookie Jason Cherry, of Gambrills, Md., in the No. 13 Autism Society of America/Avpro/Purposeful Architecture Mazda MX-5, has had great pace this year but not the luck yet to earn his first series win – it could well come this weekend.
Pirelli World Challenge TCB: Parity reigns as class heads back to Mid-Ohio
Brian Price, of Middletown, Va., in the No. 51 Unlimited Racing/RP Performance Honda Fit dominated the early portion of the 2014 Touring Car B-Spec season, but a pre-race accident that took him out of the two Road America races has left him vulnerable in the championship chase. Price still leads the standings by 55 points heading into Mid-Ohio. Price won the opening three races, but the competition has closed up as the class has seen five different winners in the last five TCB races.
Those closest on his heels are a pair of teenagers. Both 14-year-old Nathan Stacy, of Owasso, Okla., in the No. 14 MDG/Ford Racing Ford Fiesta and 17-year-old Paul Holton, of Tallahassee, Fla., in the No. 65 Radium/TRUECar/Lucas Oil Honda Fit, have a win apiece this year and are both within 119 points of Price. All three drivers make their first Pirelli World Challenge TCB starts at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
Despite missing Rounds 3 and 4, Tyler Palmer, of San Diego, Calif., in the No. 37 MINI USA/Mobil 1/Flying L Racing/ThePainter’ Tire Mini Cooper also is still in title contention. Palmer sits fourth in points, 187 behind Price, on the strength of one win and five podiums in six 2014 starts. Palmer scored a pair of podiums at Mid-Ohio last year and will be a force to be reckoned with once again.
Besides these four, the other winner in the last five races is Glenn Nixon, of Mission, B.C., who won in his second series race at Road America in the No. 58 Prosports Mini Cooper. Both Nixon and teammate Andrei Kisel, of North Vancouver, B.C. in the No. 57 Mini Cooper add to the field’s depth this weekend.
PJ Groenke, of Toronto, in the No. 66 Tech/Mulligan Gold Honda Fit and Chris Capaldi, of Imlay City, Mich., in the No. 31 Wolverine Bronze Co./Capaldi Racing/Ford Racing Ford Fiesta return to Mid-Ohio after racing in TCB here last year.
John Heinricy, of Clarkston, Mich., makes both his and Chevrolet’s first TCB start of the year in the No. 35 Matick Chevrolet Chevrolet Sonic. Heinricy, a track veteran, could well be a spoiler this weekend.
The Garrett Racing/Drive4Diabetes entry is one of two in the field featuring two drivers. While Johan Schwartz, of Denmark, returns for his third weekend of 2014 in the No. 12 ADA/Promatex/American Honda Honda Fit, second driver Chase Pelletier, of Brampton, Ontario will make his first 2014 start in the No. 12 ADA/Lilly Diabetes/American Honda Honda Fit. The car has two podium finishes this year, one by Schwartz in Round 1 and a second by NASCAR’s Ryan Reed in Round 8.
The second two-driver car is the charity entry from 4R Motorsports, the No. 00 FIAT USA/Pirelli Tire/SRT Motorsports FIAT 500. Making a return to competition after a several-year hiatus is Leo Parente, of New York, N.Y., who has carved a successful second career as a racing insider and online commentator. Sharing the seat is Dan Goodman, of Erie, Col., a veteran BMW racer who like Parente will make his series debut. Parente and Goodman will be driving in support of Maxton’s Fight, formed in support of children battling disease, including three-year-old Maxton Prill, son of SCCA vice president Eric Prill and former Pirelli World Challenge staff member Robin Prill. For more information visit
Three additional rookies round out the field of 13. Jason Fichter, of Jupiter, Fla., will be in the No. 7 Surf Fire & Security Mini Cooper, with Tom Noble, of St. Louis Park, Minn. in the No. 24 4R Motorsports/West Real Estate/Hawk Brakes Mini Cooper and Austin Snader, of Fulshear, Texas, in the No. 99 Evert Fresh Corp./SR Enterprises FIAT 500.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road circuit
Friday, August 1, 11:00 A.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB)
Saturday, August 2, 8:00 A.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS)
Green Flag:
Friday, August 1, 5:10 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 1)
Saturday, August 2, 11:55 A.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS Race 1)
Saturday, August 2, 4:35 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 2)
Sunday, August 3, 1:40 P.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS Race 2)
Race Lengths:
50 minutes (GT/GT-A/GTS), 40 minutes (TC/TCA/TCB)
Television (on NBC Sports Network): Saturday, August 101:30 PM (EDT)
Live Internet Telecast (on
Friday, August 1, 5:05 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 1)
Saturday, August 2, 11:45 A.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS Race 1)
Saturday, August 2, 4:15 P.M. EDT (TC/TCA/TCB Race 2)
Sunday, August 3, 1:15 P.M. EDT (GT/GT-A/GTS Race 2)
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BMW Drivers Back on the Podium at Indy; 2nd and 3rd in Grand Sport, 3rd in Street Tuner

BMW’s history of strong results in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course continued for the third consecutive year with podium finishes in both classes in Friday’s 2.5-hour race at the legendary circuit.
Trent Hindman consolidated his lead in Grand Sport class driver championship with a second place finish in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsport BMW M3 he shares with John Edwards. Edwards started the race from his outside front row qualifying position. Hindman drove the second half of the race, to complete 86 laps of 2.435-mile, 14-turn circuit during the contest and finish 3.494 seconds behind the winning Camaro. Fall-Line teammates Shelby Blackstock and Joey Atterbury ran a strong race, leading 17 laps and finishing third in the No. 48 M3. Turner Motorsport drivers Tom Kimber-Smith and Michael Marsal finished seventh in the No. 97 M3.

In the Street Tuner class, Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss finished third in the No. 56 Murillo Racing BMW 328i. They were the top-finishers of the nine BMW machines in the ST class and the result keeps Foss at the top of the ST driver points standings.

“Congratulations to Fall-Line Motorsports and Murillo Racing on a pair of strong performances at Indy,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager.

“It was a fight to the finish in both classes. BMW continues its podium streak for three consecutive years at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hindman and Foss stay on top of their respective driver’s championship.”

Today’s race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August, 3rd. Round 9 of the 2014 CTSCC will be held at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on July 9th.

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BEREA, Ohio — Volant Performance announces two new closed box performance air intake system options for 2012-2014 Ford F-150 pickups equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, including the hot new F-150 Tremor.

“Performance-minded F-150 EcoBoost owners crave the deeper sound, cooler engine operating temperatures and more confident towing that Volant Performance air intakes provide,” said Craig R. Kohrs, vice president and general manager, TMG Performance Products. “Drivers can expect engine horsepower increases of approximately five percent, and torque increases of approximately eight percent.”

Volant Performance air intake systems feature a unique closed box design that protects the intake from high engine compartment temperatures characteristic of turbocharged engines. A cooler, denser air charge decreases turbo lag, delivers better fuel economy and enhances towing capacity.

Two cool air intake options are available for the F-150 EcoBoost: Volant’s PowerCore(r) Closed Box Air Intake System (part #194356) or Pro 5 Closed Box Air Intake System (part #19435). The PowerCore Closed Box Air Intake System is designed with Donaldson(r) PowerCore filtration technology featuring advanced Ultra-Web(r) nanofiber filter media which captures submicron contaminants on the surface of the media, promoting lower air flow restriction and longer filter life. The system is maintenance free, requires no cleaning or oiling and is warrantied for up to 150,000 miles or four years under normal operating conditions.

Volant’s Pro 5 Closed Box Air Intake System is engineered with Volant’s high-performance, five-layer air filter made of high-quality textile media pleated between a top and bottom aluminum screen. Pro 5 filters come pre-oiled and ready for use. Cleanable and reusable for as long as you own the vehicle, the filters should be cleaned every 10,000 miles, or as needed, using Volant’s two-stage cleaning kit to thoroughly clean and re-oil the filter.

Each kit is supplied with all necessary installation hardware and can be easily installed in 40 minutes or less using common tools.

“We’re truck guys, and we always have been,” Kohrs said. “Our American-made Volant Performance air intake systems are engineered to deliver the sound and power enhancements that F-150 EcoBoost owners demand.”

Volant Performance’s closed box air intake systems, as well as a range of exhaust systems, are available for a variety of truck, SUV and sports car applications. Retailers can be found at

Donaldson(r), PowerCore(r) and Ultra-Web(r) are registered trademarks of Donaldson Company, Inc.

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FIAT Brand Debuts Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept

July 26, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – At the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., the FIAT brand will debut a Fiat 500L-Vans design concept. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe are echoed throughout the vehicle, including vintage palm-patterned canvas, Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and Vans Waffle Sole on the pedals and in storage bins. On the exterior, the roof displays the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern, while the step pad, cladding and grille texture are accented with the Waffle Sole design. Other unique features include a two-tone body color paint scheme, 18-inch matte black wheels and a roof rack with a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier. The Vans US Open of Surfing begins Saturday, July 26.



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Rex Luxury Car Rental Adds New Italian Models to its Fleet 

LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Rex Luxury Car Rental, a premier provider of luxury car rental services for the Greater Los Angeles area, announces the addition of two autos from two Italian automakers with reputations for excellence and glamor to its substantial rental fleet. Just added were the Maserati Ghibli and Lamborghini Gallardo, available for Los Angeles residents and visitors alike to cruise local roadways in true style. The Maserati Ghibli is now available in a sedan, while a Lamborghini Gallardo Convertible rental is offered with the model’s fully retractable soft top.

Based in a convenient location near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Rex Luxury Car Rental can arrange complimentary pickup at your airline terminal, and also provide a detailed orientation of the features and equipment options on the Maserati and Lamborghini Gallardo selections. Drivers who seek the comfort of these most plush of rides, plus the eye-catching qualities of Italian style often depicted in movies and television, will definitely want to learn more about these very special models. That’s especially true now, during the warm months, when more people are out and about. After all, for many drivers in Los Angeles it’s not necessarily about just driving a high-end auto, but being seen driving one.

Of course, it’s also important to be as comfortable as possible while driving any car. Automotive experts have praised the superb interior in the Maserati Ghibli, a complement to its powerful 3.0L V6 engine and smooth eight-speed automatic transmission. For the more adventurous driver, pop down the top of the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder convertible and feel the breeze when you press the accelerator of an engine boasting more than 500 horsepower. Motorists might remember the Lamborghini’s eye-catching look from appearances in television shows such as “Two and a Half Men” and “The Apprentice.” And while James Bond is famously associated with the Aston Martin, at times he has been seen on screen in a Maserati.

The Gallardo sports car has become that leading Italian automaker’s best-selling model. It’s an impressive sight, whether cruising down Hollywood Boulevard or rolling along Interstate 15 toward Las Vegas or along curvy Mulholland Drive. Rex Luxury Car Rentals is offering 100 free miles per day with a rental of the Maserati Ghibli, and 150 free miles per day in the Lamborghini Gallardo convertible.

When renting a luxury car, not only should the vehicle be attractive and brilliantly engineered, your rental car company should be as reliable and helpful as possible. Rex Luxury Car Rentals was established in 1989 and is known for its commitment to providing the highest level of customer service and work quality for all of its clients. For more information about its impressive fleet of luxury vehicles visit or call today

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The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will play host to a round of next year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.  The track, which is home to both the Formula One Grand Prix as well as the MotoGP Grand Prix, will stage the Barcelona RX race in September 2015.

Built in 1991 the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is based in Montmelo in northern Barcelona and has been used as an F1 track for 24 years.  It was also used as a venue of the 1992 Summer Olympics.  Barcelona will become the second major city to host a round of World RX after Istanbul will stage the Championship’s inaugural city race at the Intercity Istanbul Park this October.

Martin Anayi, Managing Director at World RX for IMG Motorsport, commented. “This is extremely positive news for our Championship.  It’s a new market for us and the organizer’s in Barcelona have worked extremely hard to help get this project off the ground.  The team are very experienced having previously brought X Games to the city so I have no doubt that the same level of professionalism will be delivered in our Championship. Work will shortly be underway on the new rallycross track and I’m excited by the prospect of a World RX race in one of the world’s major economic and sporting hubs.”

Rob Armstrong, Global Head of Motorsport for IMG, concluded: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with the government in Barcelona to create what I expect will become a permanent fixture in the motorsport calendar. Barcelona is already a mecca for motorsport fans being home to the F1 and MotoGP races and with a population of more than 1.6 million the event in Barcelona is likely to grow into one of our biggest. This latest news also goes to show the true potential of World RX as we are beginning to witness purpose built tracks at some of the world’s most famous motorsport venues.”

World RX is head to head, short sharp racing around mixed surface (dirt and tarmac) contained within amphitheater venues.  High profile drivers in high performance compact vehicles are equipped with cars accelerating from 0-60mph in less than 2 seconds. These incredible machines drag race from the green lights, tackle jumps and ruts, effortlessly drift around corners while over a combination of mixed surfaces. RX is the ultimate motorsport battle.

The Barcelona round of World RX will be organized by IMG together with Seven Marketing and Mila Events, companies with experience in organizing international major events such as X Games Barcelona, Barcelona Snowboard FIS World Cup, FIM Motocross World Championship Spain and corporate events including Quicksilver Tony Hawk European Tour, Red Bull Skate Arcade International Final and Desigual Night Run.

More details about the Barcelona World RX round will be revealed at a special press conference due to be held in Barcelona later this year.

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First MX2 GP win for Jordi Tixier at Loket

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier captured a career first MX2 GP win at Rd. 14 of the 2014 World Championship in Loket in the Czech Republic. Teammate Antonio Cairoli had to settle for third overall in the MXGP class after former teammate Jeremy van Horebeek slipped by him at the beginning of the final lap of the second moto.

Tixier takes his first career GP win at Loket
Tixier of France was in good form but under pressure knowing it was time for him to step up and take the place of his injured team partner and championship leader Jeffrey Herlings. Herlings, the dominant rider throughout the season, suffered a fractured femur in a charity race last week and is currently rehabilitating.

1-4 for Tixier takes him to top step and fulfills boyhood dream

Tixier got away well in the first moto and had hit the front by the second lap. From then on he rode smoothly on the hard and slick hard pack Czech track and wrapped up the race with a dominant 8-second lead.

Cairoli takes overall third with a 3-2 result at Loket
If anything the pressure was even greater on Tixier to perform in the second moto. This time he did not get away as cleanly and was sitting at about sixth after the opening lap.  He worked his way up to fourth place in the first 10 minutes but then a fierce four-way battle ensued for third. With Christoph Charlier and Dylan Ferrandis comfortably out in front, Tixier had to fend off attacks as Spain’s KTM rider Jose Butron, Romain Febvre of France, Swiss Standing Construct KTM rider Valentin Guillod and Alexandr Tonkov were all prepared to fight it out. In the final shakeout it was Guillod who claimed third place in the second moto, with Tixier, Butron and Febvre coming in behind him.

Good result on a track not Cairoli’s favorite

Tixier’s 1-4 result was enough to give him his first career GP win on his KTM 250 SX-F but he did admit he had put a lot of pressure on himself in the second race. Herlings still has a dominant lead in the championship points with 594 but Sunday’s victory moves Tixier up to 492. He is second in the standings.

Jordi Tixier: I’ve been waiting for this Gp win since I was a kid. Now I did it and it was my goal. I tried not to think about it but it crept into my head and that’s why I didn’t ride so good in the second moto. Now we go to Lommel and there is no pressure on me.

Valentin Guillod (Switzerland 2nd overall): “I had two good races today. I made the holeshot in the first and I was fighting a bit with Jordi but I didn’t give everything. Then I made a very bad start in the second race. I really wanted to be on the podium this weekend so I gave it everything I could to come back and I made a great race.”

Cairoli takes third overall after hard fought final laps
It is well known that the slick, stony hard pack circuit at Loket is not one of seven-times world champion Tony Cairoli’s favorites. So it came as no surprise, especially when skies threatened rain that the Italian settled for a cautious third in his opening moto while Kevin Strijbos and Van Horebeek duked it out at the front.

But Tony went on the attack right front the gate drop in his second moto. He led from the early stages and stayed out front but was unable to put a fair distance between him and van Horebeek, who was sitting less than 2 seconds behind by the half way mark. Strijbos also started closing in during the second half of the race but it was clear that it was van Horebeek who was looking for an opportunity to pass. His opportunity came in the final minutes of the race and in one hard challenge he managed to slip into the lead and went on to take the race win. With van Horebeek, Cairoli and Strijbos crossing the line in that order, it left Cairoli with third overall by virtue of the fact that Strijbos had taken the opening race.

Tony Cairoli:
I’m a bit disappointed to lose the GP but happy because my riding was pretty good, especially for Loket, which for sure is not one of my favorite tracks. Now I look forward to Lommel and it’s a track that suits me. Jeremy (van Horebeek) put some pressure on me in the second heat but I also made a mistake. I was pushing as much as I could but he was riding for the win and I was riding not to crash and not to get injured.”

Cairoli’s preferred racing bike is the light and nimble KTM 350 SX-F but his opponents in the class ride the bigger 450 cc bikes.

It was not a happy outing for Cairoli’s factory teammate Ken de Dycker, whose injuries are still handicapping the Belgian rider. De Dycker finished the day with 15-23 for the two motos.

Teams next travel to Lommel for the MXGP of Belgium, a track that suits Cairoli. The season then concludes with two rounds in Brazil and Mexico in September.

MXGP of Czech Republic at Loket – Round 14
MXGP Results
1, Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Yamaha, (2 – 1)
2, Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki, (1 – 3)
3, Tony Cairoli, ITA, KTM, (3 – 2)
4, Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki, (6 – 6)
5, Shaun Simpson, GBR, KTM, (5 – 8)
Other KTM
7, Dennis Ullrich, GER, KTM (16 – 4)
10, Matiss Karro, LAT, KTM, (12 – 10)

20, Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM, (15 – 23)

MXGP Standings after Rd. 14
1, Cairoli, 619
2, Van Horebeek, 562
3, Clement Desalle, FRA, Suzuki, 484
4, Strijbos, 469
5, Frossard, 333
Other KTM
6, Simpson, 325
13, Karro, 187
19, Jake Nicholls, GBR, KTM, 125
20, Ullrich, 123
23, de Dycker, 91

MXGP Manufacturers Standings after Rd. 14
1, KTM, 619
2, Suzuki, 587
3, Yamaha, 566

MX2 Results
1, Jordi Tixier, FRA, KTM, (1 – 4)
2, Valentin Guillod, SUI, KTM, (3 – 3)
3, Christophe Charlier, FRA, Yamaha, (7 – 1)
4, Romain Febvre, FRA, Husqvarna, (2 – 6)
5, Jose Butron, ESP, KTM, (5 – 5)
Other KTM
14, Mel Pocock, GBR, KTM, (15 – 13)
15, Pauls Jonass, LAT, KTM, (10 – 18)
16, Ivo Monticelli, ITA, KTM, (16 – 16)
DNS, Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM

MX2 Standings after Rd. 14
1, Herlings, 594
2, Tixier, 492
3, Febvre, 453
4, Dylan Ferrandis, FRA, Kawasaki, 425
5, Tim Gajser, SLO, Honda, 420
Other KTM
7, Guillod, 354
9, Butron, 321
16, Pocock, 130
17, Harri Kullas, FIN, KTM, 108
20, Damon Graulus, BEL, KTM, 94

MX2 Manufacturers Standings after Rd. 14
1, KTM, 669
2, Kawasaki, 530
3, Husqvarna, 469

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SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting Spreads Wings with Red Bull Global Rallycross Series

Red Bull Global Rallycross Race Track

SYVANIA Automotive lighting has signed as the official automotive lighting sponsor for the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

“SYLVANIA has been a key partner to the series for the past few years and we welcome them back to the Red Bull GRC family,” said Colin Dyne, Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO.

This year will be the third time that the company has partnered with GRC. The series will include 10 races that will be televised on NBC. Drivers such as Tanner Foust, Ken Block and Bucky Lasek will be competing for victory.

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Rockford Fosgate Named Official Motorcycle Audio Sponsor of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2014

TEMPE, AZ (07.23.2014) – Rockford Fosgate, the industry leader in high-performance car audio systems, is proud to announce it has been named the official motorcycle audio sponsor of the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2014. Also named sponsor of the “12th Annual Mayor’s Ride,” Rockford Fosgate will demonstrate its line of acclaimed motorcycle gear in its booth location on Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis, SD during the 74th annual week-long event from August 4-10.

UPDATE: Just announced: Bagger Nation’s Paul Yaffe and Hatred Customs’ Brian Jenkins are scheduled to appear at Rockford Fosgate’s booth location in the Sturgis community center parking lot to sign autographs and pose for pictures on Saturday, August 2 at Noon; Sunday, August 3 at 2:00pm; and Thursday, August 7 at 3:30pm.

“For anyone that rides, they know what the significance and scope of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally means, and what it’s all about,” said Bill Jackson, Rockford CEO and president. “The same goes for the Rockford Fosgate name in the world of high-end mobile audio. Motorcycle enthusiasts and Rockford Fosgate Fanatics share the same hardcore passion for what they love. With our line of motorcycle-specific audio solutions, Sturgis and Rockford Fosgate are a perfect pairing, and we are proud to be named the official motorcycle audio sponsor for this year’s rally.”


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