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1. Mike Parks, New Owner Of Granite State Pro Stock Series
The Granite State Pro Stock Series banner will remain in 2014 and beyond. Mike Parks and Jack Bateman recently agreed to transfer ownership of the sophomore Series to Parks, who has served as the Series' President since it's inception.
"I'm grateful to Jack for working with me to resolve this issue. He has been a great support to us over the last two years, and I am glad that our agreement is in the best interest of the 69 teams that participated in the Granite State Pro Stock Series this year. We will be fortunate enough to have him around to advise on technical policies and procedures moving forward," Parks said.
Bateman, Series Vice President and owner of the New Hampshire-based racing series will stick around as a consultant for technical matters. And Jack's Competition Engines, Bateman's Engine company, will serve as the tire vendor for the Series.
2. Utica-Rome Speedway Returns To NASCAR
West Winfield, NY
It was recently announced at the track's annual awards banquet, that 2014 would mark the return of NASCAR as the sanction for Utica-Rome Speedway in West Windfeild, New York. The 52-year-old half-mile track will host the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series next year.
"We welcome Gene (Cole, track owner), Utica-Rome Speedway, its participants, and fans to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series," said Kevin Nevalainen, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations. "NASCAR and Utica-Rome have shared chapters of history together. We look forward to sharing an exciting future."
"We have a pretty well-known track," Cole said. "It'll be even better known as a NASCAR track. In my opinion, NASCAR makes a difference."
3. DEI New Brand Manager
Lake Avon, OH
Design Engineering Inc., (DEI) is pleased to introduce the company's new brand manager, Mike Buca. A seasoned performance enthusiast, Buca has more than 18 years experience working in various positions at JC Whitney, including the last five years as the company's catalog and brand manager for both JC Whitney and Stylin' Trucks.
As DEI brand manager, Buca is responsible for the marketing and promotion of all DEI branded products. As a committed enthusiast with more than 25 years in the automotive aftermarket he comes to this new position with extensive experience in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and design.
"Mike has demonstrated his ability to grow business and stay on the cutting edge of digital marketing," explains Tom Miller, VP sales and marketing. "We feel confident that he will be able to bring a fresh approach to brand marketing at DEI. He has longstanding relationships in the performance market, is detailed minded and creative. We are excited to have him on board and open to what the future may bring."
4. Weld Tech Under New Ownership
Debra Weld, President of Weld Tech a provider of C.N.C. Ported Cylinder Heads, has entered into an agreement of sale with Chris Grace. "Chris has been with Weld Tech for 16 years, and we feel he is the one who can continue to operate business with the same quality and integrity that is synonymous with Weld Tech" said Weld. The day to day operations have been turned over to Chris Grace effective September 1, 2013.
"Debra and Mary Weld gave me an opportunity 16 years ago, and through all of our highs and lows there is a bond that cannot be broken. I have nothing but respect for the Weld family and appreciate their confidence in me. I look forward to providing our customers with the exacting quality the industry has come to expect from Weld Tech, and by introducing new products in the future." said Grace. By fielding customer phone calls over the past five years as well as overseeing the machining operations for the last ten years, Chris is ready for the next challenge.
5. Extended Race Coverage On CircleTrack.com
Over the past six, Source Interlink Media, CT's parent company, has made extensive changes and improvements to our website and social media structure, all geared at bringing the readers the best digital content possible. In addition to the technical information you know and love, the web team is focusing on bringing you more coverage of various race series, interviews with people that have and continue to shape our sport, and the manufacturers of the latest and greatest race parts in the industry. Be sure to visit www.circletrack.com for the most stories, video, and web-exclusive content.
6. Simpson Acquires the Rights for Shock Doctor Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System
New Braunfels, TX
Performance Products, Inc. announced it has reached an agreement with Shock Doctor Sports for the exclusive rights to manufacture, assemble, sell, and distribute the Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System.
The lightweight Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System can be easily installed into motorcycle and auto racing helmets without changing the fit or feel of the helmet. The system is capable of preventing further neck and spine injuries to a crash victim by providing first responders with a safe method for helmet removal that does not cause unwanted movement to the victim's neck or spine.
Widely used by emergency workers, the system is mandated for AMA Pro Supercross & Motocross, NHRA pro drivers, for all FIA drag racing in Europe, in the IRL and is recommended by NASCAR.
"We are glad to add the Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System to the Simpson umbrella of racing safety products and make sure it continues to stay available to those that want it," said Simpson CEO Chuck Davies. "Effective today the retail price of the Eject Emergency Helmet Removal System is reduced from $59.95 to $49.95 in hopes that this will encourage racers to use it and promote wider usage of the system by safety crews."