NASCAR trucks to run dirt event in 2013 NASCAR will run its first dirt-track race in a national series since 1970 next season as the Camping World Truck Series will race at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway.
The July 24 event is part of the truck series’ 22-race schedule announced by NASCAR on Wednesday. Stewart is hoping the unique event as well as its race date — the Wednesday before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway weekend — will create enthusiasm for the event.
“It’s just really a dream come true for us not only as a promoter … (but) to imagine that 42 years later we’re going to be taking a national NASCAR series back to a dirt track at Eldora Speedway is a huge honor for us,” Stewart said.
IndyCar's revolving door of CEOsUPDATE As promised Part 1 of this story has been upgraded to include Dale Coyne, Interim CART CEO from 1993-1994.
11/28/12 We have updated Part 2 of IndyCar's Revolving Door of CEOs to include photos of each CEO. We also failed to include Dale Coyne, who was interim CART CEO from 1993-1994 in the Part 1 article. We will be doing an update of Part 1 soon to include Dale and will alert you here with an update.
Improving Fan Experience At Tracks Coming In to Focus During the opening session of the ‘12 Motorsports Marketing Forum, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ Brad Keselowski said that improving the digital experience for fans at the race track is one of the biggest issues facing motorsports. Judging by the response to a question posed to the audience before the next panel discussion, many of the industry’s top execs agree. When asked about the most pressing issue facing motorsports, nearly 50% of the audience voted, “Improving the fan experience at the track.”
NASCAR President Mike Helton added, “Creating an environment at the racetrack where the fan wants to be there, they are happy to be there and they leave talking about the experience of the race and the track is what you need. The tracks get that. The drivers understand their role at the track, and we understand our role as the series in pulling all this together. You have to have the synergy of the live audience enjoying your sport so they go home and talk about it and help drive the television audience.”
Future Of NASCAR TV Rights Deal Discussed Forecasting where the second half of NASCAR’s TV package will end up dominated conversation during a media panel at the ’12 Motorsports Marketing Forum. During an audience survey, nearly 70% of the voters felt that ESPN will obtain the rights to the second half of NASCAR’s season. NBC Sports President of Programming Jon Miller stressed the advantages of being an incumbent: “It’s very hard to take a property away from someone who wants to keep it.” Media consultant Ed Desser said the size and influence of ESPN cannot be ignored. Desser: “Anything that they decide that they have to have, they are going to have.”
Miller said that you cannot overlook the attitude of current rights holders: “A lot has to do with the rights holder. If you’re a rights holder, you look at it and ask, ‘What’s the best place to grow my sport.’” Desser agreed: “The days of looking at it as it’s only about the money is really wrong headed. It’s really about the relationship. The way the parties get along is really, really important.” Miller acknowledged that NBC would have interest in the second NASCAR package: “I will say the best ratings that NASCAR ever enjoyed is when NBC and Fox shared the package. We would be eager to listen and have a conversation. It’s a great property.”
NASCAR Goes Into High Gear With Twitter Twitter Head of Sports & Entertainment Omid Ashtari wrapped up the opening day of the ‘12 Motorsports Marketing Forum put on by SportsBusiness Daily by discussing the company’s unique partnership with NASCAR, whereby Twitter compiles and delivers tweets related to the sanctioning body. He also talked about what the mircoblogging site is working on with other sports and what it takes to have an effective Twitter feed.
NO SLOWING DOWN: Ashtari discussed Twitter's growth potential and said, “People are still learning how to use Twitter. …What’s great is the conversation has picked up. There are more high profile people on Twitter and more fans on Twitter, but there’s still a lot of room for growth. ... All of our users use Twitter in a different way. Many people use it to get their news in the morning. Many people use it around sports events to get a sense for things. What is the roar in the crowd?”
Auto GP announces eight-event calendar for 2013 Auto GP is proud to announce the championship's 2013 calendar. The series, managed and promoted by Coloni Motorsport, will be running on 8 rounds, one more than in 2012, and will provide Teams and Drivers with an even richer environment in order to enhance the learning and racing experience. The first round will be held on March the 24th at Monza before taking-off for Morocco, as Auto GP will return to the streets of Marrakech on April the 7th. The Hungaroring racetrack in Budapest, a track that made history in Formula 1 competition, is scheduled for the first weekend of May while the Moscow Raceway in Russia will welcome the pack for the first time on the 9th of June.
Bruno Senna: No hard feelings on Williams' decision
Bruno Senna - still riding on his great uncle's coattails
Bruno Senna, aware of the team's long term plans for some time already, today accepted pragmatically the choice of Williams driver line up for the next Formula 1 season which was announced earlier this morning in England.
Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado will remain in the squad and will be joined by Finn Valtteri Bottas, Williams reserve and third driver in the 2012 season which concluded on Sunday at the Interlagos circuit.
"Since the beginning of my program with Williams I accepted that I had to share the car with Valtteri Bottas in 15 Fridays as a part of his preparation for a likely début in 2013", Bruno explained.
The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce that Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will be the team’s race drivers for the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
2013 will be Pastor’s third season with the team and comes on the back of a successful 2012 that saw him win the Spanish Grand Prix in commanding style. Valtteri has been the Williams F1 Team’s test driver since 2010. In his role as reserve driver Valtteri has taken part in a number of this season’s Friday practice sessions, impressing with his pace and maturity from the outset. The GP3 champion in 2011, 2013 will see Valtteri compete in the Formula One World Championship for the first time.
Fisker Automotive, the fledgling start-up manufacturer of high-end electric cars, has hired Joel Ewanick, General Motors' former global marketing chief, as its interim global sales and marketing leader.
Ewanick, 52, is working as a consultant for Fisker while it searches for a permanent replacement for industry veteran Richard Beattie, 58, who is retiring, according to Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher.
Beattie — formerly of Ford, Mazda and Jaguar — was hired by Fisker as its chief commercial officer last December.
Derek Daly to speak at PRI Derek Daly, founder of the Derek Daly Academy, (DDA), will be on hand throughout the Performance Racing Industry Show taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from November 28 to December 1. Daly will kick off the show by taking part in the Race Track Business Conference presented By National Speedway Directory. Led by master race promoter Humpy Wheeler, Daly will join an impressive array of speakers for this inaugural conference. From promotion strategies to revenue streams, the Race Track Business Conference 2012 is designed to help racetrack owners and operators tune up their businesses for 2013. The program takes place on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in meeting Room S320A.
Brazilian Grand Prix Receives Strong Ratings Across EuropeUPDATE #2FRANCE: Eurosport reported that TF1's broadcast of the Grand Prix was watched by an audience of 3.7 million people and a market share of 22%. The peak audience reached 5 million viewers. For the entire F1 season, TF1 averaged an audience of 2.8 million viewers and a market share of 24% per Grand Prix. Eurosport
11/27/12SPAIN: AS reported that broadcaster Antena 3's showing of the Brazilian Grand Prix was watched by 7.1 million people and a 41.7% share. The numbers make it the second most watched Grand Prix of the F1 calendar behind the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin. The broadcast registered audience peaks of 49% market share, and the "golden minute" occurred at 6:45pm local time when more than 8.5 million viewers were tuned in. The numbers for the '11 edition of the Brazilian Grand Prix were much lower with an audience of 2.7 million and a market share of 18.8%. AS
11/27/12Germany free-to-air TV channel RTL has broken the 10 million viewer mark "for the first time this season" with its broadcast of Sunday's F1 Grand Prix of Brazil," according to Manuel Weis of Quoten Meter. Starting at 5pm CET, the Cologne-based channel recorded 10.62 million viewers, which equaled a market share of 40.9%. In the target demographic 14-49, the race was watched by 4.32 million viewers or a 44% share. The peak audience of 10.68 million viewers was recorded when the drivers crossed the finish line and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won his third-consecutive world championship title. In addition, German pay-TV channel Sky set a new viewer record for its broadcast of Sunday's Grand Prix. A total of 610,000 viewers tuned in to watch the "exciting season final." Therefore, F1 beat out Sky's Bundesliga simulcast, which aired at the same time and was watched by only 290,000 viewers. Sky obtained an overall market share of 2.3% and a 2.6% share in the target demographic for its coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Quoten Meter
Sao Paulo Mayor Reveals City Is Ready To Make All Necessary Investments To Keep Grand Prix Newly elected São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad has promised that the city will not let the Brazilian Grand Prix move away from the Interlagos circuit, according to Bruno Gecys of IG. Haddad told reporters during Sunday's race the city was ready to make all the necessary investments. Haddad said,
"The city hall has all the interest in making the investments. There is already a plan to start the talks on long-term renovations. The terms and volumes of the investments have to be compatible."
The stay of the Interlagos circuit on the F1 calendar "depends on reforms to the track." Haddad has the intentions of making all the changes demanded. He added, "The city hall is interested in having a modern circuit, in equal conditions to other modern circuits around the world. And we know how much the teams and pilots enjoy Interlagos. Therefore, modernizing it and making it up-to-date is part of the work of the city hall." Haddad also revealed that he had already had discussions with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone. IG
Andretti Autosport drivers near sweep of IndyCar Nation's favorite drivers IndyCar Nation, IndyCar's official fan club, has spoken and James Hinchcliffe, Sebastian Saavedra and Zach Veach have all been voted "Favorite Driver of the Year." It was nearly a clean sweep for Andretti Autosport, with Shelby Blackstock coming in second to Shannon McIntosh in the USF2000 category.
It became clear early in the season that "The Mayor of Hinchtown" would be a fan favorite when the grassroots "Hinch for Homepage" campaign hit social media and landed Hinchcliffe on the homepage of GoDaddy.com. "It's really an honor to be selected by the fans as their favorite driver," said Hinchcliffe. "First, I get elected Mayor, then I got on the Go Daddy homepage and now I'm the fan's favorite. It's been a great year and I can't wait to get back on the track in 2013 and keep it up. But the fans are what it's really all about. I was a fan once, and still am, so to be picked by them is really special."
Todd Bodine may be out at Red Horse Racing Two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Todd Bodine doesn’t have a ride for 2013 as the Red Horse Racing team he drove for this season doesn’t have sponsorship for him.
Bodine told SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel that some of his crew members have been released and that he doesn’t have sponsorship for 2013.
“It’s a little up in the air right now,” Bodine told the network. “I know some of the guys were let go on the 11 team (I drove for) and they’re in a realignment, I guess you could say. I don’t know what’s happening, but … if you have a driver and a team that doesn’t have a sponsor, then you really don’t have a driver and a team.
“You have a lot of hopes for a driver and a team. You’ve got to have that cash and have to have that funding. Right now we don’t have that.”
U.S. Clean Diesel Auto Sales Increase 25.6 Percent In 2012 Clean diesel automobile sales in the United States have increased 25.6 percent in 2012, according to sales information compiled by HybridCars.Com and Baum and Associates.
Most recently, U.S. sales of clean diesel autos increased 21.2 percent in October 2012 over October 2011, 44.0 percent in September, and 28.1 percent in August.
In 2012, U.S. hybrid car sales have increased 67.8 percent and the overall U.S. automobile market increased 13.8 percent, according to the new sales information.
Redbox, ISC Ink Deal To Sell Tickets For NASCAR Events Redbox and ISC today announced a partnership to sell tickets to a series of '13 NASCAR events starting with races at Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. Redbox kiosks in the L.A. area will begin selling tickets in early January with a $1 service fee. Tickets will be available for NASCAR Qualifying Day on March 22, the Nationwide Series Royal Purple 300 on March 23 and the Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 on March 24 (ISC).
The 2012 season didn’t have the ending that the Williams F1 Team had hoped for, when Pastor and Bruno retired early from the Brazilian Grand Prix. Our Chief Operations Engineer, Mark Gillan, gives his verdict on the Interlagos weekend and the 2012 season as a whole.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Q: The Brazilian Grand Prix ended early for both cars. Given the pace of the FW34 in practice and qualifying, what result do you think might have been possible at Interlagos? MG: We were aiming to get both cars in the points. Pastor and Bruno had excellent starts with Bruno into the top 10 by the first corner and Pastor up to eighth after the first lap but unfortunately both retired with substantial car damage. Bruno was hit by Vettel on Turn 4 of the first lap and Pastor lost the car on the curb on the exit of Turn 3 on lap two, having made up eight places in one lap. It was disappointing to have both cars out so early in what was a very exciting race.
Foundation honors Indy car pioneer Guthrie Janet Guthrie will be honored at the 10th Women in the Winner’s Circle Awards Celebration Dec. 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Guthrie, who in 1977 became the first woman to start in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, will be presented the Mildred Marcum Pioneer award. Her ninth-place finish in the 1978 Indianapolis 500, with a team she formed and managed, was the best by a woman until 2005. In 1980, she was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006.
GM Accelerates Electric Vehicle Development in China With the goal of making electric vehicles less expensive and more efficient, General Motors is accelerating the development of electrified vehicles in China, the company’s senior technology leader said today.
“China has made electrification a key strategy. Electrified vehicles will play a critical role in efforts to conserve and ultimately displace petroleum as the major source of transportation energy,” Jon Lauckner, GM Chief Technology Officer, vice president of Global Research & Development, and president of GM Ventures, said a presentation today at the FISITA 2012 World Automotive Congress in Beijing.
In September 2011, GM China opened the Advanced Materials Lab in Shanghai. The facility, which is part of the GM China Advanced Technical Center, is engaged in cutting-edge research on battery technology and lightweight materials.
Mayfield moves from foreclosed property Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has moved from his recently foreclosed-on property in Catawba County, N.C., but will get to enjoy the holidays while awaiting his next legal battle.
The former Sprint Cup driver, who unsuccessfully challenged in court the results of his 2009 drug test and remains suspended by NASCAR, faces one felony count of methamphetamine possession and 18 felony charges related to stolen goods found on his former property. Those charges are spread across three North Carolina counties. His latest court appearance was Monday in Statesville, N.C., where the case was continued to Feb. 18.
Max Papis Signs With AIM Autosport w/ Ferrari For 2013 Season AIM Autosport With Ferrari – the 2012 Rolex Series GT champion – announced the lineup of its second car for the upcoming campaign on Monday. Max Papis and two-time GT champion Jeff Segal will share the new No. 61 R. Ferri/AIM Autosport (Motorsport) Ferrari 458 Italia.
Papis was the 2004 DP titlist and winner of the 2002 Rolex 24, and a veteran of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, major open wheel and Formula One World Championship competition. Segal won the 2012 GT title for AIM Autosport Team FXDD With Ferrari, in addition to capturing the 2010 championship – both with co-driver Emil Assentato, who’s co-driver in the No. 69 Ferrari will be announced in the near future.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo backs up what Domenicali said below, but wants to leave no stone unturned. He wants his team to undertake a full analysis of its organization and practices to ensure it does not repeat the poor start that cost it in the 2012 Formula 1 title race.
"What happened this year stems from what happened the previous year," he said.
"On this topic, I will be asking for an in-depth analysis and an improvement in the organization and work methods, because next year, we want to have a winning car right from the first race, which has not been the case these last two years."
"Certainly not winning the title is the cause for great sorrow and great regret, because we always want to win and we came close," di Montezemolo admitted.
Great Clips to sponsor Kahne in 2013 Great Clips Inc., the world's largest salon brand, has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of the team's #5 Chevy with driver Kasey Kahne for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2013. Great Clips was Kahne's co-primary sponsor in the Nov. 4 race at Texas Motor Speedway, marking the company's first-ever Sprint Cup sponsorship. In 2013, the Minneapolis-based company will be the #5 team's primary sponsor March 17 at Bristol, July 28 at Indianapolis and Sept. 22 at New Hampshire.
Fernando Alonso has urged Ferrari to get their heads down over the winter and find him the speed he needs to win a third Formula One world title.
"For the future we need to improve the car," said Alonso.
"We have the best team in terms of approaching and preparing for the races, we've had zero mechanical problems this season, and we've had good pitstops, good starts, good strategy, but we were too slow.
In his Formula One career, SEBASTIAN VETTEL has achieved: 101 RACE STARTS (26 before Red Bull Racing, 75 with) 26 WINS 46 PODIUMS 36 POLES 15 FASTEST LAPS 1,054 POINTS 3 DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORD: Most poles achieved by a driver in a season (2011) RECORD: Most laps led by a driver in a season (2011)
Only two drivers have previously won three consecutive championships (neither won their first three consecutively) Juan Manuel Fangio: ‘51, ‘54, ‘55, ‘56, ‘57 Michael Schumacher: ’94, ’95, ‘00, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04
Hulkenberg had the measure and was going to pass Hamilton if he had more patience
11/25/12 Nico Hulkenberg has visited Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren hospitality area at Interlagos, in order to apologize for taking the 2008 Champion out of the lead in Brazil. While trying to pass the slower Hamilton, the Force India driver spun into his rival at Turn 1.
“The dude didn’t even say sorry…so that says a lot,” Hamilton initially commented after the race, having pulled over as Hulkenberg went on to finish fifth.
Hamilton then received his visit from the 2009 GP2 title winner, who had led this afternoon’s race after passing eventual winner Jenson Button for the top spot.
Raikkonen goes off-roading in Brazil We know Kimi Raikkonen likes to race off-road but he takes it to a new level in Brazil when he exits the circuit at Interlagos and tries to drive the old track olny to hit a dead end.
Vettel wins third title in epic 2012 finale (GMM) Sebastian Vettel on Sunday won his third consecutive drivers' world championship.
After an epic finale to the 2012 calendar in Brazil, Red Bull's Vettel finished off the podium but 3 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
It was a tumultuous race for the sport's new and youngest-ever triple title winner, as he carried to the checkered flag hefty damage from a first lap spin and crash through stop-start rain, and radio and pitstop problems.
"We're all absolutely shattered," team boss Christian Horner exclaimed to British television Sky.
Senna spins out Vettel Bruno Senna, the moving chicane of F1, spun out point leader Sebastian Vettel early in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos dropping Vettel to last. Despite damage to his car, Vettel drove through the field to 6th on a wet track and on dry tires before everyone stopped to change to intermediate rain tires. He currently runs 6th (lap 17 of 71) and will win the title if he can hold that position.
Scenarios for how Vettel or Alonso can win title SundayUPDATE Alonso is the new three-time World Champion if this happens:
- Winning with Vettel fifth or lower - Finishing second with Vettel eighth or lower - Finishing third with Vettel tenth or lower
11/24/12 Sebastian Vettel will pick up the title under the following circumstances Sunday in Brazil:
- Finishing in the top four - Finishing fifth, sixth or seventh if Alonso doesn’t win - Finishing eighth or ninth if Alonso is third or lower - Finishing tenth or non-scoring if Alonso is off the podium
MP Motorsport joins GP2 Series GP2 Series organizers are pleased to announce that MP Motorsport have been allocated an entry for the 2013 season. The Dutch outfit will join the GP2 field next year and will run their GP2/11 cars for the first time during the opening 2013 pre-season testing session of the Series.
MP Motorsport have already signed Daniel De Jong for the 2013 season. The young Dutch driver has already eight GP2 races under his belt.
Webber not planning on helping Vettel Mark Webber avoided a direct answer when asked on Saturday if he will be helping teammate Sebastian Vettel to a third world title. Having qualified third in Brazil, the Australian is one place ahead of his championship-leading teammate after managing to beat the German on a Saturday for the ninth time out of 20 this season.
“We got the most out of that, but it was disappointing not to get onto the front row,” Webber said immediately after the session. “I thought the lap would be enough, but we were a tenth off; it’s always tight here in qualifying. In the last race of the season it would have been good to get pole, but fair play to McLaren.”
Kamui Kobayashi thinks he might still have an opportunity to remain in Formula 1 with another team despite losing his Sauber seat to Esteban Gutierrez.
The Japanese driver's lack of sponsorship was key to Sauber's decision. Kobayashi has been striving to find more funding and thinks he might now have enough backing to secure one of the remaining vacant seats.
Force India and Caterham are the main options for drivers yet to secure 2013 drives.
"We're just waiting for some money to come in," said Kobayashi.
7-year-old son of NASCAR crew member dies in ATV accident The 7-year-old son of Stewart-Haas Racing gasman Andy Rueger was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident Thursday.
According to The Charlotte Observer, Bryce Rueger was killed when the ATV he was driving flipped as he attempted to make a turn around a house at a high rate of speed in Salisbury, N.C.
Andy Rueger had been a gasman for Ryan Newman and recently had signed to join the pit crew for Furniture Row Racing's Kurt Busch starting next season as the Furniture Row team is transitioning from using SHR crewmen to its own over-the-wall crew.
An 11-year-old boy who was a passenger on the ATV was hospitalized. It is illegal for anyone under age 8 to operate an ATV in North Carolina.
Alonso gambles on wet setup for race Fernando Alonso is likely to be praying for rain at Interlagos, having qualified eighth while carrying more downforce than his rivals. When Sunday’s race begins, team-mate Felipe Massa will be two places ahead but just one slot behind Sebastian Vettel.
“I feel good about it,” Alonso told reporters. “It was just as we expected. We’ll try to achieve the podium, just as I did in Abu Dhabi and in Austin.”
Special ticket pricing for Iowa Corn Indy 250 Iowa Speedway has a special "Holiday Family Pack" through December 31 available for the IZOD IndyCar Series race weekend on June 22-23: Four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, and four Fan Walk passes for $99.
Other packages and tickets to the race also are available at www.iowaspeedway.com or by calling 866-787-8946.
The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series race has been moved from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon (June 23) and will be televised by ABC. Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport won the race in June, holding off teammate Marco Andretti. It was the second consecutive short-track victory -- and the middle of three consecutive victories -- for the Florida resident on his way to the series title.
Brazilian GP: Button keeps superior McLaren on top in Practice 3
Without question the McLaren is this year's fastest F1 car and Jenson Button proved that once again by topping practice 3 for the Brazilian GP after his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, led both Friday sessions. It seems it does not matter who drives the car, it will be fastest.
Button topped final practice at Interlagos with a lap of 1m13.188s, 0.057s clear of Vettel, with Mark Webber third in the second Red Bull.
Hamilton was fourth fastest, two tenths off Button's time.
Big 12 Schedules Texas Home Game For Same Weekend As F1 U.S. Grand PrixUPDATE
Red McCombs (L) during a Mario Andretti track visit earlier this year
Red McCombs, a University of Texas benefactor and a founding partner in Circuit of the Americas, said he was confident a scheduling conflict next year between Longhorns football and Austin’s Formula One Grand Prix will be resolved.
“It’s a bump in the road. We’ve had a zillion of those,” McCombs said Wednesday. “I have no idea what we’ll have to do (to resolve the conflict).”
In 2013, Texas is scheduled to play a home game against Oklahoma State on Nov. 16. That game should draw about 100,000 fans. The next day, Austin’s second Formula One race is scheduled to take place. This year’s race drew more than 117,000 fans — the largest turnout for a sports event in Austin’s history — and a three-day crowd that exceeded 265,000.
DSR, Massey part ways Top Fuel dragster driver Spencer Massey is no longer part of Don Schumacher Racing effective immediately, team owner Don Schumacher said Friday afternoon. Massey will not return to DSR to drive the dragster led by crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler, which finished third in championship points this past season.
"I appreciate what Spencer did for us the past two years, but I have decided to go in a different direction," Schumacher said. "I wish Spencer all the luck in the world and hope he returns to driving next season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series."
Junior formula car standout JDC MotorSports is excited to announce that paralyzed racer Michael Johnson again will be part of its multi-car title challenge in the 2013 edition of the Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda series, and will move up with the team into the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear in 2014.
The 20 year-old Johnson made history this past season, becoming the first paralyzed driver to compete in the Mazda Road to Indy program, piloting a specially-equipped hand control car in the USF2000 Championship with multiple junior formula car champion JDC MotorSports.
Santa Arrives at The World's Largest Children's Museum in a Dallara IndyCar
A Dallara IndyCar delivered Santa to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in record time! "We certainly share Santa's sense of urgency in meeting with all the good little girls and boys this season and we are honored that he made it a priority to race in to The Children's Museum so early this year," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "There is no where else I would rather be on the day after Thanksgiving!"
Vroom vroom! Black Friday became Fast Friday in the Racing Capital of the World November 23, 2012 as Santa traded in his sleigh for a slick new Dallara IndyCar. It was all part of the plan to whisk Mr. Claus to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in record time before the holidays.
It started with a pre-dawn Pit Stop at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Indiana. There, elves helped Kris Kringle check his list twice (as well as the tires). Race car driver Logan Gomez (Guinness World record holder for closest race car finish ever) took the wheel as Santa climbed in back of the two-seater. Then it was pedal to the metal to race to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to open up Jolly Days Winter Wonderland – a special holiday exhibit.
Instead of reindeer, Santa was led into town by a pack of 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe Safety Cars and a police escort. His speedy driver pulled up to the museum at 9 a.m. And so the excitement of Santa's Big Arrival and Jolly Days revved up the crowd at The Children's Museum. Santa's big adventure continued with a traditional dash down the giant Yule Slide.
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