NHRA Summit Racing Southern Nationals

April 14, 2011 by  
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The 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals is considered to be one of the toughest of the NHRA series to claim a victory on. The heat of the action is magnified as temperatures rise, and all eyes are on the dragway’s 660-foot concrete launchpad.

In addition to the NHRA events, the program includes Pro Stock Motorcycles and Pro Mods.

Dates: 13-15 May 2011
Venue: Atlanta Dragway
State: Atlanta, Georgia
Country: United States of America

2011 NHRA Kicks Off in Style

March 2, 2011 by  
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The Auto Club Raceway, Pomona, was abuzz with excitement as the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series got underway. There were some concerns as the weather during the qualifying days was marked by intermittent rain, but it also allowed for teams to enjoy fierce competition in varying weather conditions, leading to much action and excitement. The four day event was enjoyed by both competitors and spectators, providing unexpected results and surprising outcomes that had everyone at the edges of their seats.

Fans in the stands were confident that last year’s two top drivers were going to make a huge impact on the series, but were greatly disappointed when both Larry Dixon and John Force fell out of contention in their respective categories. There are four main divisions in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, namely Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and PS Motorcycle. Over the course of the series, drivers gain points with each event that takes place throughout the year, allowing officials to determine who the top drivers of that year were. John Force was the champion of the Funny Car division last year, while Larry Dixon took the Top Fuel victory with ease.

With the first event of the series this year, John Force only got as far as the second round in the funny car eliminations, while Larry Dixon only made the top fuel first round. The top fuel event came down to the Lucas Oil drivers, Morgan Lucas (Son of Lucas Oil owner) and Shawn Langdon, who have been friends since school. When Lucas was asked about his victory, he commented: “I have never been in the points in Top Fuel before, and I don’t really even know how to feel right now.” Robert Hight (John Force’s son-in-law), put John Force out of contention, and went on to beat Matt Hagan in the finals for the Funny Car.

Jason Line, on the other hand, qualified eleventh in the Pro Stock division, but seemed to have his game face on, on race day as he raced to victory in his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac. It was his twenty-second victory and he was extremely happy with the outcome and his car’s performance. Line, Lucas and Hight ensured that there was excitement every step of the way, and started their season on a very high note.

LA Invasion

February 10, 2011 by  
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Fans of Muscle Cars won’t want to miss the LA Invasion. Taking place on Memorial Day Weekend, the event kicks off with the Rim of the World Cruise on Saturday. Those taking part in the cruise can enjoy stunning scenery and winding roads up Big Bear, as welll as a delicious BBQ. The day is wrapped up with a hotel party in the evening. Sunday will feature TNT Drag Racing and a car show, with awards being handed out later in the day. Monday’s schedule includes TNT Drag Racing and Bracket racing, as well as trophy presentations.

Date: 28 to 30 May 2011
Times: Saturday 8am – late; Sunday and Monday 7am – 5pm
Venue: Auto Club Dragway
City: Fontana
State: California
Country: United States of America

Daytona Turkey Run 2009

November 11, 2009 by  
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From 26 – 29 November 2009, the Daytona International Speedway will be overrun by thousands of show quality vehicles, which include Mustangs, Rods, Muscle Cars, antique vehicles and custom designed cars, all in pristine condition. The day time fun continues into the evenings, with entertaining events such as the Slowest Drag Racer and Tricycle Races! This is most definitely an event that should not be missed.

For more information in regard to ticket prices, show times and events, visit the official website at http://www.turkeyrun.com/Turkey_Run_Home.html.

Date: 26 – 29 November 2009
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach, Florida
Country: United States of America

Mario Andretti

February 9, 2009 by  
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Mario Andretti – a name spoken with respect in auto racing circles. A master on the Formula One and NASCAR track, Mario Adretti has certainly left a major mark on the history of auto racing. Andretti, an Italian-American, has had a remarkable driving career with 4 IndyCar title wins and numerous F1 victories.

Mario Gabriele Andretti, along with his twin brother Aldo, was born on 28 February 1940 in Italy. In 1948 due to the occupation of his homeland by Yugoslavia, his family promptly departed, finally coming to reside in Nazareth of Pennsylvania, USA. Andretti’s racing career began in 1959 as he raced around a dirt track in a Hudson. His first year of racing saw Mario Andretti coming in 3rd place at the Indianapolis 500. 1964 was the year Andretti began racing in the USAC series. He also took part in a variety of forms of auto racing such as drag racing.

Mario Andretti also had a keen interest in Formula One. His first race was at Watkins Glen in 1968 and his first win for Ferrari was in 1971. Andretti’s focus really shifted to F1 driving in the mid-1970s. He began driving for the Parnelli team. He took the Lotus to its limit, developing a fantastic racing car that took an amazing full lap lead at Mount Fuji track. 1978 was a remarkable season with 6 wins in his brilliantly designed Lotus 79. Unfortunately after his previous grand successes as a Formula 1 driver, Andretti failed to gain victory from 1979 onwards. However his career in F1 reminded all why he was a champion as he competed with Ferrari in 1982. Andretti continued racing IndyCars during the ’80s.

Through his racing days Mario Andretti received much recognition, along with many awards and titles. Amongst these are the 1978 F1 World Champion, Inductee of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000 and Inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996. He was even named “Driver of the Century” in 2000 by Associated Press and RACER magazine. Andretti was honored by the Italian government in 2006, by being awarded the Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Today Mario Andretti is a successful business man. He has set up the Andretti Winery in Napa Valley and has business interests in car dealerships, petroleum, the Mario Andretti Racing School as well as the Andretti Indoor Karting and Games center. However, Mario Andretti will always be remembered as one of the greatest race car drivers ever.

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