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Mercedes launches new F1 entry, but the team principal wants to take a saw to the Halo

Source: Mercedes launches new F1 entry, but the team principal wants to take a saw to the Halo
Fernando Alonso says he's ready for grueling Formula 1, WEC schedule

Source: Fernando Alonso says he's ready for grueling Formula 1, WEC schedule
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on February 22, 2018, 06:25:26 PM »
For Immediate Release

MILVERTON, ON, Wednesday February 21, 2018:   On the heels of the announcement this week by GM Paille, Marc-Antoine Camirand and 22 Racing, we are pleased to announce that all eight of our NASCAR Pintys series cars will be converted to the new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The #22 of Marc-Antoine Camirand, the #18 and the #24 of Donald Theetge will all be competing in the ZL1 Camaro at all thirteen NASCAR Pinty's Series events across the Country in 2018.
“We have had a long and prosperous relationship with Dodge for the past 11 years in NASCAR in Canada and we thank them for their support.  But we are extremely excited and proud to launch the 2018 Chevrolet ZL1 Camaro in the NASCAR Pintys Series this year,” said team owner Scott Steckly.  “It has been incredibly busy since the first of September getting all the pieces in place to bring this car to the track.  The support and help of GM Paille owner JC Paille, Tony Novotny at Performance Fiberglass and NASCAR Canada have made it a reality.”
“Chevrolet is proud to support 22 Racing as it introduces the ZL1 to NASCAR Pinty’s Series, adding to the long and storied history of Camaro performance,” said James Hodge, advertising manager, Chevrolet in Canada. “The ZL1 is a time-honoured and track-tested badge that was designed to excel at everything and we know it will excite the drivers, fans and customers as it joins NASCAR’s top Canadian series.”

With the team of winning and top performing drivers in the stable at 22 Racing they fully expect to notch many podiums and wins in the ZL1 Camaro for Chevrolet in 2018.

The NASCAR Pintys Series season kicks off at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Victoria day weekend May 19/20.  Click on this link for the entire 2018 series schedule.
About the Chevrolet Camaro
The Camaro ZL1 brings a unique, track-focused legacy to NASCAR. The ZL1 name was originally bestowed in the 1960s on a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine that became a dominating force in road racing. In 1969, a few enterprising dealers used Chevrolet’s special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The cars became instant legends on the street and dragstrip.

More than 40 years later, Chevrolet reintroduced the ZL1 as the ultimate performance Camaro, developed to offer track-capable performance straight off the showroom floor. The 2018 Camaro ZL1 is powered by a 650-horsepower supercharged engine featuring a similar 90-degree V-8 configuration as the Cup racing engines.
The new Camaro ZL1 race car builds on a winning legacy carried by the previous Chevrolet SS, which has scored 70 Cup Series wins to date and contributed to Chevrolet earning a record 39 NASCAR manufacturer titles — including 13 consecutive titles from 2003-2015.

About 22 Racing: 
22 Racing is owned by 4X NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion Scott Steckly and is based out of Milverton Ontario in a new (2014) 7,500 square foot race shop.  They have fielded teams for drivers such as Christopher Bell, Jacques Villeneuve, James Buescher, Jeb Burton, Kaz Grala, L.P. Dumoulin, Max Papis and many others.

22 Racing provides turnkey solutions for drivers looking to compete in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The 22 Racing Team is supported by the following sponsors:  Erb Group of Companies, AW Millwrights, Sturdy Formed Concrete, Castrol, Wendell Motors, Twin City Graphics, Auto Glym, Mechanix Wear, Dickies Canada, Great Dane Glasvan, Safety Kleen, Dupli-Color & Permatex.

For more information please contact:

Linda Jones
22 Racing
(705) 730-4044
Ricciardo crashes Red Bull Racing RB14 during F1 team's 'video day'

Source: Ricciardo crashes Red Bull Racing RB14 during F1 team's 'video day'
Adding Heat to a Sizzling 2018 Season at Peterborough Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Some of the province’s hottest motorsports action can be found on Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. From the year’s first green flag on Victoria Day Weekend, to the final checkered of Thanksgiving’s Autumn Colours Classic, Peterborough Speedway’s 5 weekly classes and special guest divisions have been thrilling race fans for more than half a century.


“We heard about the type of events people want to see and then went to work to put together a schedule to meet those needs,” said track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse. “First and foremost, our concern is to give the fans who come through the grandstand gates what they want and the best value for their motorsports entertainment dollar.”


Throughout the 2018 calendar, the home track Bone Stock, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Super Stock and Late Model teams will share the spotlight with the OSCAAR Modifieds and Midgets, Ontario Pro Challenge, Ontario Legends, Ontario Modifieds Racing Series, APC Pro Late Model, Can Am TQ Midgets and Ontario Super Late Model divisions. Saturday, August 11th, the Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup Series returns to the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City.


Josiasse and the Peterborough Speedway team hope to carry the same momentum from the track’s 50th anniversary season into 2018. Last year, car counts were solid in every weekly division and with the exception of a rogue shower during the Saturday qualifying round at Autumn Colours, the entire schedule was rain-free. While the forecast is a factor once the green flag waves, the promotional team’s immediate priority is putting the finishing touches on the schedule of events.


“The days and weeks leading-up to opening night of a new season are some of the busiest of the entire year, but as soon as the first spectator takes their seat to watch the action, the hard work and long hours are all worthwhile,” Josiasse said. “Racers are working as hard as the track crews and with familiar faces in different places this year, it’s a good thing we’re having a fan appreciation autograph session on opening night.”


Bullring bullet points: Visit the Peterborough Speedway booth at the 4th annual Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – March 9th, 10th & 11th – at the International Centre in Toronto to pick up a copy of the track’s 2018 event schedule.


Fans can keep-up with all the latest off-season headlines by visiting, liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. News and information is also available through the free Peterborough Speedway app for Smartphone users.

 Peterborough Speedway | Peterborough, Ontario Canada
The 51st season of continuous action at Canada’s Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval is taking shape as the promotional team at Peterborough Speedway gets ready for ...


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Chad McGlynn (#18) picked-up a pair of wins on the 2017 Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup tour. The series returns to Peterborough Speedway for a Saturday, August 11th date this year.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media
World of Outlaws Gear Up for Two Huge Nights at Smoky Mountain Speedway
Tennessee Tipoff features two $10,000-to-win complete shows
MARYVILLE, TN - Feb. 21, 2018 - The Tennessee Tipoff on March 9-10 at Smoky Mountain Speedway is definitely going to be "two" big to miss. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will lead an expected huge field of star drivers into two, complete $10,000-to-win events.
The Outlaws are coming off four consecutive nights of DIRTcar Nationals action in Florida where four different drivers found their way to Victory Lane, including Tim McCreadie (Feb. 14), Dale McDowell (Feb. 15), Scott Bloomquist (Feb. 16), and defending series champion Brandon Sheppard (Feb. 17). The battle for the crown is as close as ever with racers setting their sights on Smoky Mountain to stake their claim to the championship lead.
Tennessee native Mike Marlar is especially excited to return home from Florida in February and Volusia's tricky, high-speed half-mile oval. Joining the tour full-time in 2018, Marlar is eager to take on the 4/10-mile just south of Knoxville, TN, as the competition ratchets up for the Outlaws' first back-to-back shootouts at Smoky Mountain with more than $100,000 on the line over the two nights.
"The Tennessee Tipoff is a pretty big event and the racetrack and facility at Smoky Mountain is a really awesome place," said Marlar, who had 11 top-five's in 16 starts with the Outlaws in 2017. "It's the first time at home that you're going to see all of the guys that are heavy-hitters come out and race."
Marlar is hoping his Tennessee roots will give him an advantage, but he knows the Volunteer State is loaded with superstars all looking to Smoky Mountain to pocket some of the big money on the line.
"You know, living in Tennessee, it's hard to be the best guy from Tennessee," Marlar said. "There's some pretty good guys from right around the area. For starters, Scott [Bloomquist] has probably ran more laps [at Smoky Mountain] than anyone. Then Jimmy [Owens], it's close to home for him, too. Billy Ogle has won races there and Dale [McDowell] is pretty much from Chattanooga, so he's right there too. Some of the best guys in the country are in a three-hour radius [from Smoky Mountain]. ... If can race in Tennessee with these guys, I know I have just as good of a shot winning anywhere."
Many of the top late model drivers from around the country will invade Smoky Mountain Speedway for the Tennessee Tipoff, including Brandon Overton, the 2015 Rookie of the Year who won last year's one-day Outlaw event at Smoky Mountain. After his win in 2017 Overton attributed his success to his Randy Weaver Dream Team based in Crossville, TN.
"I suck here so bad most of the time and I've watched every Dirt on Dirt video of this place I can and the whole time I was out there I was thinking about everything that Randy [Weaver] told me," Overton said in Smoky Mountain Speedway's Victory Lane on May 13, 2017. "Obviously, he's won a lot of races over here and knows how to get around this place so every time I would make a mistake, I'd make sure not to do it again."
Additional drivers who have entered into the Tennessee Tipoff in the past include Bloomquist, who is the only two-time Outlaws event winner at Smoky Mountain Speedway (2015 and 2016). Chris Madden, of Gray Court, SC, has already proved to be one of the most consistent drivers on tour, collecting the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship with his new Barry Wright Race Cars team. Defending series champion Sheppard is back on top heading to Smoky Mountain, but he'll be challenged by the likes of former series champions Shane Clanton and Rick Eckert, plus last year's top rookie Devin Moran. In all, drivers representing at least 16 different states are expected to roll into the pits for this year's event, making it one of the biggest races in the track history.
A night of practice on March 8 will lead up to two nights of action featuring qualifying, heat races, Last Chance Showdown and 50-lap Craftsman Club Feature events each night. Joining the Outlaws will be the NeSmith Chevrolet Late Models and the Kajun Mini Stocks.
Advanced tickets are on sale now, including the special tiered parking area overlooking the backstretch. A three-day package is only $50. Buy your tickets online today or call 844-DIRT-TIX.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series  is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), (Hard Charger Award) and PFC Brakes (Fast Time Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, , MSD, Penske Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, N.C., is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts all World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.
World Racing / Video: First laps of the Red Bull RB14 at Silverstone
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on February 22, 2018, 01:16:56 AM »
Video: First laps of the Red Bull RB14 at Silverstone

Source: Video: First laps of the Red Bull RB14 at Silverstone
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 launches C37 for the 2018 Formula 1 season

Source: Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 launches C37 for the 2018 Formula 1 season
Nico Hulkenberg says Renault F1 will need time before chasing podiums

Source: Nico Hulkenberg says Renault F1 will need time before chasing podiums
World Racing / F1 reveal: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on February 19, 2018, 07:26:50 PM »
F1 reveal: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14

Source: F1 reveal: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14
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