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GM Starts Work on New Performance and Racing Center
Recently General Motors began construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development, as well as an electric motor laboratory and gear center.
“The GM Performance and Racing Center, or GMPRC, will continue to develop some of the world’s winningest race engines for Chevrolet and Cadillac,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president of GM Global Powertrain.
Engineers and technicians from GM’s race engineering center in Wixom, Michigan, will move to the new facility in mid-2015. The relocation will centralize North American powertrain engineering expertise for production engines as well as advanced and racing propulsion programs. The GMPRC is part of a $200 million investment GM announced last January to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing. At that time, the company announced work at four remote locations would consolidate on the Pontiac campus, helping to reduce development timing for GM’s next-generation advanced propulsion technologies. When the moves are complete, about 400 jobs will be added to the Pontiac campus.
Accel Joins Kimmel’s Super Late effort
Will Kimmel, third generation racer and Circle Track contributor, just announced that Accel Performance Group has joined the Circle Track Project Super Late Model as primary sponsor for 2014. Kimmel will pilot the magazine project car in the CRA’s Fall Brawl, Winchester 400, All American 400 and Governor’s Cup, among other events. The car will continue to be featured in the pages of CT as well as online at www.circletrack.com where you can also follow the progress of the team.
New Site for Pro Shocks
PRO Shocks, a leading racing and performance shocks engineering and manufacturing company, has launched a new website, www.proshocks.com, which serves as a one-stop resource for racers and performance auto builders and enthusiasts. The new website allows visitors to make purchases via a secure checkout system, including the option of using PayPal. It also offers multiple features to ensure a user-friendly experience for desktop and mobile devices. It allows for fast and convenient ordering and repeat customers can keep a “garage” of their order history and wish list. The site includes a dealer locator, tech tips, video clips, customer service information, and more. Users can also leave product reviews about all of the PRO Shocks suspension components and shocks.
Hall Of Fame Honors Steve Kinser
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum has announced this year’s featured attraction will be the Salute to Champion Steve Kinser special exhibition.
The display will feature at least six cars that Kinser drove during a 36 year career where he won 576 career World of Outlaws A-Features earning him the nickname “King Kinser.” The cars will be in the non-profit museum from June 13 through Nov. 1. It follows similar exhibitions honoring Tony Stewart (2011), Jeff Gordon (2012) and Mario Andretti (2013).
The Salute to Champion Steve Kinser special exhibition will coincide with the King’s final full season on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
“This display, featuring the race cars and a lot of other Steve Kinser–related art and artifacts, will only be able to be seen together at one place this year and that is here at the Sprint Car Capital of the World,” said Bob Baker, museum executive director. “This will be a must-see attraction for the legion of fans of the 20-time World of Outlaws champion and 12-time Knoxville Nationals winner.”
Kudos to East Bay Raceway Park
In the wake of recent tragedies in the state of Florida surrounding young racers, East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa recently issued a Safety Addendum to their rulebook covering all minors.
It says, in part: All drivers ages 14-17 will be required to have an SFI-38.1–approved head-and-neck restraint system in place and fully operational at all times that they are on the racing surface at East Bay Raceway Park. This will be mandatory for all racers under the age of 18.
East Bay management has also set up better pricing for all of the units that meet the SFI-38.1 standard with three local retailers. Plus, management is taking it a step further and offering a $5 bonus incentive per week for up to 20 weeks to any young racer who registers their HnR with the track and then races at the track. In essence, East Bay is giving $100 back towards their HnR purchase.
North Alabama Joins NeSmith Weekly Series
Recently, North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Alabama, joined the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series for the remainder of the 2014 season. Promoter Wayne Burns wanted to create a separate class of Late Models for the competitors using the Chevrolet Performance 604 and 602 Circle Track Engines. Burns also wanted his new Late Model class to be sanctioned by the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series, so the drivers could compete for not only a track point fund, but also for the $20,000 National point fund that pays $10,000 to the National Champion and pays back through the Top 10 in the National point standings at the end of the 27-week season.
In addition to the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division, Burns also signed up for the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division presented by AR Bodies.
Allstar Performers of the Month...
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Ricky Locklair Jr.
Ricky Locklair Jr. comes from a family that has racing roots in South Carolina. On a weekly basis he’ll compete against his father, Ricky Locklair Sr., and uncle, Wayne Locklair. They may be related, but you’ll rarely ever see them cut each other any slack during a race. Locklair Jr. is a regular at Dillon Motor Speedway and has already won two of the first three points events this season.
Mini Cup Stock
Steve Chauncey has been racing at Dillon Motor Speedway ever since the Mini Cup Stock division has been added to the schedule. Chauncey visits Victory Lane on a regular basis and will be a strong contender for this year’s division championship. He has already won the first two Carolina Eastern Mini Cup Association points events held at Dillon Motor Speedway in 2014.
Greg Peterson started competing at Dillon Motor Speedway during the 2013 season. Finding success early, Peterson made the Speedway his new home for Saturday night racing. Already this season, Peterson has captured two wins, the first coming on Opening Night and the second on May 5.
The 2014 season is the first for Michael Obrien at Dillon Motor Speedway. He won the annual New Year’s Street Stock race held in January, as well as the first two Charger events of the point’s season. Obrien has already had a bounty on him this season, so look for him to be a strong contender for the division championship.