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CV Products Hires Industry Veteran Scott Highland
Scott Highland, a veteran in the motorsports industry, joins CV Products as the Director of Marketing and Business Development. Highland has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, previously holding key positions with JE Pistons, CV Products, and Xceldyne Technologies. More recently, he held the position of Director of Off-Road and Sportbike Markets for the Motorsport Aftermarket Group, along with being the General Manager of DragonFire Racing. "Scott's experience in marketing, and most recent role in developing products and building brands, will increase our ability to expand our business in both the automotive and powersports markets," says Jim Zoretich, President and CEO of CV Products. "His experience over the past several years will be utilized to identify and integrate acquisition candidates as we begin an aggressive growth strategy here at CV Products." Zoretich believes big things are in store for CV Products in the near future as Highland heads the marketing efforts in a new direction. "Scott worked with CV Products in the past and he is uniquely qualified to drive our future growth." "I'm grateful to rejoin CV Products and its customer-focused team," explained Scott Highland "Everyone has a passion for motorsports and offers solutions for ‘Everything Racing' approach. This is a great opportunity to work in a fast paced, results-driven industry and help expand CV Products and its brands Spin, Xceldyne, XTS, and X2 exponentially."
Race Car to be Raffled to Benefit Children with Cancer
Granite City, IL
Leaps of Love, an organization established to embrace families affected by childhood brain tumors and the late-effects of childhood cancer, has recently been donated an '08 Rayburn Combo Race Car with a 604 Crate to be raffled off to raise funds for its organization. The winner may choose between the car and $10,000.
The race-ready crate car will be taken and displayed at many tracks throughout the race season where they will sell tickets--$20 each or six for $100. You may also purchase tickets online at www.leapsoflove.org. The drawing will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, during the intermission at the Tri City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. No tickets will be sold after the start of the first race, and no tickets will be sold after noon on October 12, 2012--if purchased over the Internet. The winner does not have to be in attendance to win. For more information about the raffle, contact Traci Riechmann at email@example.com or visit www.leapsoflove.org.
ARCA Racing Series Banquet To Be Held in Conjunction with IMIS
Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced that the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Championship Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The 2012 Awards Banquet, which will mark the culmination of ARCA's 60th anniversary season, will be held in conjunction with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), also taking place in the Indiana Convention Center December 6-8. "Downtown Indianapolis offers a fresh, new setting for our awards banquet, and partnering with IMIS provides additional opportunities for our teams and sponsors to make great use of their time in Indy," said Mark Gundrum, vice president of business development and corporate partnerships for ARCA. IMIS is the United States' premier hard-core racing tradeshow, conducted each year at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis and owned by Chris Paulsen, owner of C&R Racing, Jeff Stoops, president of Stoops Freightliner, and three-time and defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. "We're thrilled that ARCA has scheduled their banquet in conjunction with IMIS," Paulsen said. "ARCA has been a great partner and all of us at IMIS are confident that Indy will be a great home for them in the years to come."
Lensing Purchases Dells Raceway Park
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Ownership of Dells Raceway Park officially changed hands when Wayne Lensing closed the deal to become the sixth owner in the facility's 50-year history. Lensing has been a key member of the Midwestern short track racing scene for almost four decades. While working at a Chrysler factory and racing in the '70s and '80s, an idea came to Lensing. He said one day he decided to be brave, quit Chrysler, and form what is now one of the most well-known companies in auto racing--Lefthander Chassis. "I want to make sure there is a playground for everyone to race at, that there is a place for everyone to race," Lensing said. "Dells Raceway Park is the perfect size racetrack for short track racing. It's easy on engines, when you get in a wreck it isn't quite so hard on the car," Lensing said. "It's the perfect size racetrack for fans to watch a race. The Dells puts on really good shows for the fans to see."
Stenhouse, Jr. to replace Kenseth
Roush Fenway Racing announced that 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will compete for the team full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning in 2013. Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway will part ways at the conclusion of the 2012 season. "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has more than proved his abilities on the racetrack," said team co-owner, Jack Roush. "We feel that he is not only a key piece of our team's future, but a key piece of the future of the sport. Roush Fenway is an organization with a wonderful past and present, as well as an extremely promising future, and I can't think of a better candidate than Ricky to usher in the next era of success for the team. "Of course, I'd like to thank Matt Kenseth for his many years of loyal service," added Roush. "Matt has been an integral part of this organization for well over a decade, and we are extremely appreciative of his accomplishments and contributions to the team, and will always consider him a part of the Roush Fenway family." "I'm ecstatic about Ricky Jr. moving up!" explains Ricky Stenhouse Sr. "I know he's ready to move up. He's doing a really great job where he is now, and it couldn't be a better time. With Matt [Kenseth] leaving, it made the decision for [Roush Fenway] easy. We're all really pumped up about it, and hopefully good things will come of it."