2015 Audi A3 Includes Standard HD Radio Receivers in U.S. and Canada; System also Available in Mexico

The all-new 2015 A3 models will include standard HD Radio Technology receivers and is now available at dealers across the U.S. and Canada. HD Radio receivers are also available on 2015 Audi A3s being sold in Mexico.

Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity Digital said, “Audi continues to introduce technologically advanced vehicles, offering their drivers the best of all digital media.  Making HD Radio receivers standard on the new 2015 Audi A3 demonstrates their commitment to digital radio and moves us closer to an all-digital future for AM & FM broadcasting across North America.”

35 automakers have now publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio receivers in 185+ models by year-end with more than 90 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment.  5 automakers utilize the HD Radio system to deliver subscription-free Traffic & Data information to their vehicles.

Keep watching for more HD Radio information at www.hdradio.com.

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WELD RACING RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR OF KICK-IT GO KART SPECTACULAR IN KNOXVILLE

SECOND-ANNUAL WELD RACING GO-KART SPECTACULAR JOINS TONY STEWART KICK-IT CUP TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH

Concord, N.C. (JULY 22, 2014) – Weld Racing announced today that they will return as the title sponsor for the second-annual Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular on Wednesday, August 6, at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa. The karting event, held in conjunction with the Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup, raises money for Kick-It, a program of Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

The Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular will feature four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, 16-time Sprint Cup winner Kasey Kahne and Sprint Cup rookie of the year contender Kyle Larson, racing against more than 50 race fans who have donated to Kick-It. This year, the available positions to race in the event were sold out in less than 36 hours.

“With our long heritage in sprint car racing, Weld Racing is proud to be part of the Kick-It for Childhood Cancer activities taking place during the Knoxville Nationals,” stated Norm Young, CEO of WELD Racing, LLC. “Returning as title sponsor of the Go-Kart Spectacular was one of the easiest decisions WELD has made. We are happy to support great people raising money for a great cause.”

The inaugural Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular featured Gordon and Larson, who substituted for an injured Stewart. Larson won the event, which raised more than $24,000 for Kick-It and childhood cancer research.

“We are thrilled to have Weld Racing on board again for this event,” said Jennifer Jones, Director of Kick-It at Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. “Last year was a blast, and this year is shaping up to be even better.”

 

This year’s event, also sponsored by KCP Racing, starts at 2 p.m., local time at Slideways Karting Center located at 1230 Highway 14 North in Knoxville. The event starts with a hot lap session and media availability with all four NASCAR drivers. The winner of each of the eight heat races transfers to the 20-lap A-Main event. Any drivers who do not transfer are invited to compete in a one-lap foot race around the track with the top-two finishers also transferring to the A-Main.

The Weld Racing Go-Kart Spectacular at Slideways Karting Center is open to the public with a $5 admission charge for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Donations to Kick-It will be accepted throughout the event and also can be made online at http://www.kick-it.org/games/2014/08/2nd-annual-go-kart-spectacular.

The following day, Larson, will serve as a guest bartender at the famed Dingus Lounge across from Knoxville Raceway from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m., local time. All tips earned by Larson will benefit Kick-It.

On Friday, sprint car drivers from around the country will compete in the Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup, a grassroots game of kickball at Young’s Field, one block south of the raceway. The event begins at 11 a.m., local time and will feature The Minnesota Mafia Kids Kick-It Contest, a “Legends of Sprint Car Racing” autograph session, as well as a live and silent auction.

Since the game’s inception in 2012, Kick-It events have been held at dirt track events around the country and in Australia raising nearly $500,000.

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ROLLS-ROYCE CELEBRATES SCOUT SUCCESS

Rolls-Royce has celebrated the success of local 1st Barnham Scouts, following the opening of a second troop to meet demand. With the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood just down the road, the scouts drew inspiration from the company’s two model families and named the new troops 1st Barnham Phantom and 1st Barnham Ghost.

Rolls-Royce was delighted to host the troops for a tour of the company’s manufacturing plant and head office and the opportunity for a close inspection of Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models. The scouts were welcomed to Rolls-Royce by Scouting Ambassador and inspirational adversity champion, Phil Packer MBE.

1st Barnham Scouts recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and currently has 130 children and 30 leaders in the group. The Scout Group offers varied and exciting programmes for boys and girls between the ages of six and 14½ years and consists of two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs and two Scout Troops. There are currently 45 scouts and the numbers are expected to continue to rise.

Andrew Ball, Global Corporate Communications Manager, said, “We were delighted to host 1st Barnham Scouts at the Home of Rolls-Royce and to have the opportunity to celebrate the Group’s new scout troops. We would also like to thank Scouting Ambassador Phil Packer MBE, for joining us on this special occasion. Our local community is very important to us and we wish 1st Barnham Scout Group continued success.”

Phil Packer, Scouting Ambassador, said, “It was a pleasure to welcome 1st Barnham Scouts to Rolls-Royce and to see their enthusiasm for the company’s motor cars and the way they are hand-built. In my role as Scouting Ambassador I have seen first-hand how the Scout Association helps young people achieve their full potential in life and make the most of the opportunities presented to them. The scouts were fascinated with the Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Scheme and I hope that scouts in the UK look into and apply for the many opportunities we learned about tonight.”

Nicola Poulter, Group Scout Leader, 1st Barnham Scouts, said, “The naming of the troops was entirely driven by the scouts themselves and recognises the success of both the Scout Group and of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. On behalf of 1st Barnham Scouts I would like to thank Rolls-Royce for making this event possible.”

The story doesn’t quite end there, as the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team is now hard at work creating new badge designs for the 1st Barnham Phantom and 1st Barnham Ghost troops. The designs will be unveiled later this year.

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NHRA TOP FUEL DRIVER SALINAS BRINGS WENDLAND AND DeGENNARO ON BOARD

Mike Salinas returns to Top Fuel action at his home track for the 2014 NHRA Sonoma Nationals. His team will be led by two veterans of NHRA Drag Racing: Rob Wendland and Danny DeGennaro. The pair will be co-crew chiefs on the “Scrappers” Top Fuel Dragster.

“We’re glad to have Rob and Danny on board, they bring the experience needed for the dragster to compete against the bigger teams.  We all work well together, and are looking forward to a strong showing on the track, said team owner and driver, Mike Salinas.  “We are also looking forward to hosting a lot of sponsor guests and family friends in our pit area hospitality.”

The race team came together a couple weeks ago, and it’s been non-stop work to get the dragster ready for Sonoma.

“We’ve been working day and night the last two weeks. We completely disassembled the dragster and put it back together with some new additions,” said Wendland. “I’m glad Danny DeGennaro could also be part of the team. We’ve worked together in the past and are on the same page for tuning and performance.  We are excited to get Mike back in the dragster and have him step on the pedal.”

Wendland went on to share the team goals for this weekend in Sonoma. “Our goal is to establish a baseline to point us in the right direction, to qualify and ultimately go some rounds on race day.”

Salinas is a second generation racer from San Jose. He heads up the “Scrappers” racing team with his wife Monica and works with the third generation of Salinas drivers: his daughters. Jasmine and Jacquelin compete in Nostalgia race cars, while Jianna and Janae drive Jr Dragsters.

As crew chief for former NHRA Funny Car driver, Johnny Gray, Wendland won 4 NHRA national events in 2013, and a combined 7-races over the past three seasons.  Wendland has been helping various top fuel teams this season. Last weekend in Denver he worked on Jeff Diehl’s Nitro Funny Car and jumped in to help Jenna Haddock’s Top Fuel dragster team after an upset victory over Tony Schumacher.

DeGennaro has an impressive resume, working for John Force Racing, Cruz Pedregon, Kenny Bernstein Racing, and Joe Amato.

Salinas last competed at the 2012 NHRA finals in Pomona where he made it to the quarter finals. As of now the team’s plans are to race in Sonoma, Seattle, Las Vegas and the Pomona Finals in 2014.

“If the car exceeds our expectations, who knows; we may have to make a trip out East in the next couple months to compete in more races,” said Salinas.

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PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RIDER HECTOR ARANA SR. HAS ONE GOAL IN MIND AT NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

SONOMA, Calif. — Hector Arana Sr. is happy with the progress he has made in recent races in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. He was also pleased with the victory his son Hector Arana Jr. earned in Chicago, even if it came at his expense. But Arana Sr. also wouldn’t mind having his own winner’s circle celebration in the near future.

Arana Sr. hasn’t won an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race since 2009, when he claimed five victories en route to a world championship crown. But strong showings as of late have the Milltown, Indiana resident confident that his drought is about to end.

In his last three races on his Lucas Oil Products Buell, Arana Sr. has posted two final round appearances and a semifinal showing last weekend in Denver. The next step is celebrating in a victory and it could come during the second race of the three-week NHRA Western Swing at the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

“It feels like I am heading in the right direction and a win is coming to me,” Arana Sr. said. “You’ve got to get to the final in order to get the win, so what these last few races is doing is building up my confidence. Once you feel that confidence and you feel comfortable, it’s going to fall. It’s coming,”

Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN2. It marks the ninth of 16 races during the 2014 PSM season and Arana Sr. enters an important stretch of the season running as well as he has all year.

He advanced to finals at Chicago and Norwalk, falling to his son and points leader Andrew Hines, respectively, at the two races. That’s bumped him all the way to fourth in the points standings, putting him in good position for the approaching Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

But Arana Sr., who has six career wins, won’t be satisfied until a victory comes. Since his last win in 2009 he has posted 12 runner-up finishes, a streak he is more than ready to end. The good news is that Arana Sr. feels his bike is running as well as it has in a long time.

“Everything is starting to fall into place,” Arana Sr. said. “We struggled at the beginning of the year, but it seems like everything is coming together. Everything is going as planned, and we’re going in the right direction. I feel comfortable going into the Countdown.”

Arana Sr. is delighted with the fast conditions Sonoma Raceway will likely present, but a loaded field will try to keep him from winning. His son Hector Jr. wants to repeat while his other son Adam also has his sights on his first career PSM win. The Arana trio will also have to contend with the likes of Hines, Eddie Krawiec, reigning world champion Matt Smith, Michael Ray, John Hall, Scotty Pollacheck and Angie Smith.

Sonoma Raceway will also host the MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle, a specialty bonus event in Pro Stock Motorcycle. The event will take place on Saturday and feature eight riders vying for the top prize. Arana Sr. will race Hector Jr. in the opening round, adding even more incentive to a thrilling weekend.

“I love the speed (at Sonoma),” Arana Sr. said. “We can go fast over there, and the speed the bikes reach is great. I’m just going to go and stay focused for the next one and keep looking for the win. We have to get all the maintenance done for Sonoma, so there is a lot of work ahead of us.”

In Top Fuel reigning world champion Langdon took home the win last season in Sonoma and took home his first victory of 2014 in Bristol. Points leader Doug Kalitta, who has seven final round appearances in 2014, has five career wins at Sonoma but will be challenged by the likes of Antron Brown, who has three Sonoma wins, Tony Schumacher, Spencer Massey, reigning Auto Club of Southern California Road the Future Award winner Brittany Force, Richie Crampton, Denver winner J.R. Todd, and Steve Torrence.

Funny Car driver Capps has four career victories in Sonoma and earned his first win of this season at New England Dragway. The 16-time Funny Car world champ John Force has the most wins of any driver at Sonoma Raceway with seven and to earn his eighth he will have to get past stars like Cruz Pedregon, who has two wins at the Northern California track, two-time Sonoma winner Tim Wilkerson, points leader Robert Hight, who won last weekend in Denver, Courtney Force, Del Worsham, Alexis DeJoria, Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr.

In Pro Stock, Nobile won for the first time in Sonoma a year ago, but will face stiff challenges in his bid to repeat. That will come from the likes of reigning world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., Allen Johnson, who won last weekend in Denver, Jason Line, Dave Connolly, Shane Gray, Chris McGaha, Jonathan Gray and Greg Anderson, who missed the first five races of the season following off-season and is making a charge to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, race simulators, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

The event will also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, July 25, with sessions at 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, July 26, at 12:55 and 3:20 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 27. The MiraMonte Records Pro Bike Battle will occur on Saturday, July 26 with rounds at 12:45, 3:15 and 4:40 p.m.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Sonoma Raceway at (800) 870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free on the final day of qualifying, Saturday, July 26. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

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CLEAN AND PROTECT CARS AND TRUCKS QUICKLY AND EASILY

POMONA, Calif. – While everyone likes the look of a clean and shiny car or truck, not everybody wants to break out the hose, buckets and towels or drive to the car wash every time they want their vehicle to look great. Prolong(r) Super Lubricants Waterless Wash & Shine and Super Protectant offer a better way to clean, perfect and protect cars and trucks in less than 15 minutes without water. These unique car care products feature advanced technology which is actually better than using soap and water for washing light to moderate levels of soiling.

Prolong Waterless Wash & Shine lets you effectively and quickly wash your car or truck anywhere, anytime and create a shiny, protected surface that is more resistant to contaminants and sun damage. Simply spray on and wipe off, with no buckets, hoses, rinsing or drying, and no mess to clean up. In fact, with current drought conditions in many parts of the U.S., water may not be available at all for washing your car.

While the concept of just using a spray and a towel to clean your vehicle might seem too simple, Prolong’s unique, non-toxic citrus-based formula with special lubricating agents actually lifts dirt from the surface while dissolving it. Particles that aren’t completely dissolved are encapsulated by the lubricating agents, forming a barrier between the dirt and the car’s finish. Although soap can be fairly effective at handling dirt, it doesn’t do much for the tougher substances that vehicles encounter every day. From road grime to tar, tree sap, bird droppings and swarms of bugs, non-toxic Waterless Wash & Shine safely attacks and removes contaminants with little to no effort.

Waterless Wash & Shine cleans safely and leaves a smooth, protective film that buffs up to a brilliant shine while repelling water, contaminants and harmful UV rays. It provides one-step cleaning and waxing that can be applied in sun or shade. Even car enthusiasts with expensive paint jobs trust Waterless Wash & Shine to give their vehicles a just-washed appearance on the car show circuit, and many choose to stash it in the trunk for quick and easy touch-ups at a show, track or other event where water may not be available.

To keep rubber trim, tires, plastic, leather and vinyl surfaces looking new, Prolong’s Super Protectant adds a “complete detail” finishing touch. Super Protectant is water-resistant and blocks out the elements for a durable shine and long-lasting protection. The unique formula is not sticky or greasy and allows you to dial the shine up or down, depending on how much you wipe.

Prolong’s Waterless Wash & Shine is available in a 17-ounce bottle for $7.99 and one-gallon refill bottle for $30. Super Protectant is available in a 17-ounce bottle for $8.99 and one-gallon bottle for $45. Prolong products can be found at many retail locations. Prolong can also be purchased online at www.prolong.com/eStore.

To learn more about Prolong, visit www.Prolong.com  or call 800.540.LUBE (5823). Find Prolong on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoProlong) and follow on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GoProlong) for additional specials, product and race information.

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Redesigned Dodge Challengers roll out

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT supercharged

For the past week, Portland, Oregon, has been the center of the Dodge Challenger universe.

During that time, groups of journalists have come to the picturesque Northwest city to spend time driving the redesigned 2015 Dodge Challenger. In just a few weeks, the new Challenger will arrive in Dodge dealerships around the country.

Need a spotter’s guide to the new Dodge Challenger on the road? We’ve published several B-roll videos of the new muscle car, shot in the areas around Portland.

Not surprisingly, the top-of-the-line Challenger SRT with the supercharged HEMI Hellcat V-8 attracts plenty of attention. The engine’s output of 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque make tire-smoking burnout videos a popular post on social media outlets.

The story of the new Challenger goes beyond laying down a set of black stripes on a drag strip, though. The 2015 Dodge Challenger carries a redesigned interior that is more comfortable and uses premium materials, while drawing on the 1971 Challenger for design inspiration.

That ’71 Challenger also inspired Dodge’s exterior stylists – check out the grille design and the black filler panel with chrome letters, which links the LED taillamp units – while keeping the iconic Challenger silhouette.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger family has something for nearly every musclecar fan – from the base SXT model and its 305-hp V-6 engine, through the R/T (Road/Track) model and its 375-hp V-8, to the Scat Pack and its 485-hp V-8.

Are you ready to drive one?

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Good Vibrations: Mopar Fuels Performance with New Shaker Hood Kit for Dodge Challenger

  • Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit now is available at dealerships or on Mopar.com for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,660
  • The Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit is fully functional and provides performance gains
  • Designed for ease of assembly, the bolt-on Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit requires no drilling or fabrication
  • Shaker Induction and a Shaker Hood are included in the kit, which features components made and assembled solely in the United States
  • Engineered to factory-authorized vehicle specifications, the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit meets Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) standards and is designed to handle the most extreme environmental conditions
  • Dodge Scat Pack performance stage kits can be used in conjunction with the Challenger Shaker Hood Kit

 

July 23, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Mopar is supplying enthusiasts with all the tools they need to administer a jolt of performance and a dash of vintage styling to an already iconic modern-day muscle car, the Dodge Challenger. The new, bolt-on, two-part Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit stirs up the status quo, achieving performance gains while pairing Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality with easy assembly that requires no drilling or fabrication.

The Mopar Challenger Shaker hood Kit now is available for purchase at Chrysler Group dealerships or at the Mopar brand’s official web site, www.Mopar.com with a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,660, which includes the Shaker Induction Kit and Shaker Hood Kit.

“With the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood kit, enthusiasts can create their own customized Dodge Challenger, upgraded with Shaker performance and appearance,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO—Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit offers easy assembly and is designed and tested according to strict Chrysler Group engineering standards to perfectly complement the production Dodge Challenger, setting the kit apart from aftermarket options.  We’re committed to supporting performance and our company’s strong muscle car heritage,” added Gorlier.

The limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger, which featured a Satin Black Shaker Hood scoop and sold out of its 100-model production run in just one day in April, showcased the popularity of Shaker performance and appearance. Now with the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit, even more owners can personalize their rides with a significant piece of Mopar ’14 Challenger DNA. The fully functional Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit encompasses two part numbers, the Shaker Induction Kit (Part Number 82214110AB) and Shaker Hood Kit (Part Number 82213396), and can be added to upgrade 2011–2014 model year Dodge Challenger vehicles with 5.7-liter HEMI® engines. The Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit is delivered ready for paint.

Performance is augmented by forcing cold, high-pressure air through the Shaker Hood scoop while the Challenger is in motion, feeding a low-restriction conical air filter.  This creates the perfect canvas to build up the vehicle even further with additional Mopar products such as a Dodge Scat Pack performance stage kit, which can be used in conjunction with the Shaker Hood Kit.

The Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood kit’s all-aluminum hood, built according to Chrysler Group production tooling guidelines, is constructed in the United States, as are all kit components.

Chrysler Group engineers used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to determine the size, shape and location parameters of the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit, and aerodynamic testing conducted at the state-of-the-art Chrysler Group Wind Tunnel in Auburn Hills, Mich., also was used to gauge the proper locations for bezel openings and airflow patterns across the hood.

Additional extreme testing at Chrysler Group proving grounds in Michigan and Arizona verified that the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit functions properly amid challenging environmental conditions, including water fording, rain downpours and snow pack conditions. The baseplate, Shaker duct, and air box of the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit were designed to prevent water from directly entering the clean air duct and, ultimately, the engine. Kit components also are strengthened with corrosion protection that meets production vehicle requirements—data unavailable to the aftermarket.

All told, the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit endured 150,000 miles of testing or simulated testing to prove its durability. The kit is designed to meet all local and federal safety requirements and is emissions compliant in all 50 states. Installation requires no drilling, fabricating or special tools, and the kit features adjustability for a perfect fit. A detailed instruction sheet, or “I-Sheet,” is supplied with the kit. No special tools are required for assembly, and existing vehicle warranties are maintained with installation of the kit.

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FOX Sports Delivers 23 Hours of Live Coverage from ‘Hot August Nights’ Auction Presented by Barrett-Ja​ckson

$100,000 Barrett-Jackson Cup, One-of-a-Kind Cars, Fantasy Bid

Highlight Three Days of Hot-Rodder Heaven

 

Bob Varsha leads a seven-member broadcast team as FOX Sports delivers 23 hours of live, multi-platform coverage across three networks from the Second Annual Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson in Reno, Nev., beginning Thursday, July 31 (7:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

“The evolution of car collecting into a mainstream hobby has been accelerated by our live television coverage over the years,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our broadcasts give consignors the largest possible market for their cars while providing bidders unprecedented access to the best vehicle selection possible. Once people sample Barrett-Jackson automotive lifestyle experiences from the comfort of their living room on FOX Sports, they want to enjoy the full throttle events in person.”

Varsha is joined by the experienced FOX Sports Barrett-Jackson television team of Mike Joy, Steve Magnante, Ralph Sheheen, April Rose, Justin Bell and Tom Jensen.

“Many years ago, Barrett-Jackson created a whole new model when it comes to the collector car auction as family entertainment,” said Varsha, who has covered every Barrett-Jackson Auction since 2001. “Sure, it’s all about buying and selling cool cars, but whereas the auction process was once, and in many cases still is, formal and inaccessible by the larger car enthusiast public, Barrett-Jackson turned the auction into an affordable and welcoming event; a festival with a car-culture theme. The relationship with the FOX family of networks that began nearly two decades ago brought that Barrett-Jackson formula to a larger audience, and the rest is history.

“At the same time, the folks in Reno-Tahoe, famed as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World,’ built up what you might call ‘The Biggest Little Cruise-In in the World,’ with thousands of fabulous vehicles on display, cruising, and even racing,” Varsha added. “Bringing Barrett-Jackson and Hot August Nights together has created an event for the car enthusiast that can’t be found anywhere else and certainly has to be seen to be believed. That’s where we come in as a band of car-crazy TV gypsies.”

Barrett-Jackson’s second event from Reno – held July 31-Aug. 2 – is available on channels including FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and the National Geographic Channel. In addition, FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go, offers live streaming coverage of Barrett-Jackson. In addition, FOXSports.com offers social media connectivity, editorial, video clips and photo galleries.

With more than half a million auto enthusiasts on-hand, Barrett-Jackson sweetens the pot, offering cash and prizes totaling $100,000, as the world’s greatest custom car builders battle it out for the Barrett-Jackson Cup, which includes the prestigious trophy, $30,000 in cash, a General Motors crate engine and transmission, as well as additional products.

“We’re looking forward to integrating coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Cup into our live auction telecast,” said Executive Producer Rick Miner. “The daily finalists are selected in downtown Reno and we will provide coverage of each day’s finalists.   Saturday’s judging of the 25 daily finalists results in the selection of the top five vehicles. The ‘Reno 5’ are then transported to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, where the final results are revealed LIVE in our Barrett-Jackson telecast. If last year’s crop is any indication, these will be cars you do not want to miss.”

The popular Hagerty Fantasy Bid returns at Reno, offering viewers a chance to compete against each other in guessing the final “hammer” price prior to select cars crossing the block. Launched in 2005, the interactive Fantasy Bid recorded 50,000 bids in its inaugural year, peaking at more than 1.5 million bids in recent years.

Television schedule (all times ET and subject to change):

  • Thursday, July 31 – FOX Sports 1 (7:00 PM to 11:00 PM)
  • Friday, Aug. 1 – FOX Sports 1 (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM), FOX Sports 2 (3:30 PM to 7:00 PM), FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM) and FOX Sports 2 (8:00 PM to 11 PM)
  • Saturday, Aug. 2 – National Geographic Channel (2:00 PM to midnight)
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THE MAGIC OF INDY HELPS FISICHELLA TO FIRST UNITED SPORTSCAR POLE

Indianapolis, IN, July 24, 2014.   At the most storied race track in the USA, and in a car bearing the most iconic sportscar name in the world, Ferrari’s Giancarlo Fisichella today took his first GTLM pole position of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.

The Roman driver completed just three flying laps on his way to a class pole-position lap of 1:22.378 in the No.62 Ferrari 458 Italia, his fastest time set on his third and final hot lap in the 15-minute qualifying session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It is the Houston-based team’s first pole position since the final ever round of the American Le Mans Series,  Petit Le Mans, in October last year.

 

Fisichella was confident coming into this latest round of the championship thanks to happy memories of successful Formula One races in Indianapolis, and more especially because of the latest Balance of Performance changes.  He, and team mate Pierre Kaffer, both hoped the latest changes would allow them to compete on a more level playing field than in previous rounds, and the two practice sessions seemed to demonstrate that this was the case.

 

An elated Giancarlo Fisichella said after the session:  “It’s a great day!  I’m so happy for everyone at Risi Competizione, the mechanics, the team, Giuseppe Risi and for all our partners.  It was very important for us to get the new Balance of Performance for here, and everyone’s done a great job. The car is much better and I was so comfortable and confident in the car that I think I drove well.  Pierre is really strong and on the pace too so I think we can do well for the race tomorrow.  That, of course, will be the real test and it might not be quite so easy but we have got a good start for the weekend.”

 

The next round of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship will be the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IN, tomorrow on 25 July.  The 2h45 minute race will begin at 5:45 pm EDT and will be broadcast LIVE FROM 5:30 pm on FOXSports1.

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