YORBA LINDA, CA – Brittany Force winner of the 2013 Auto Club Road to the Future Award will race a commemorative Auto Club Road to the Future Rookie Of The Year Castrol Edge Top Fuel dragster the final two races of the season. The Top Fuel dragster was designed by Force and the in-house JFR graphic design team.
Force won the 2013 award on the strength of her season long improvement capped by a semi-final finish at the Auto Club NHRA World Finals as well as winning the fan vote earlier in the season for the 2nd annual Traxxas Shootout.
NORWALK, OH – Who knew the answer to more wins and more success on the racetrack was actually less time behind the wheel?
While not the most ideal of situations for an experienced racer like Cody Bayus, that is exactly the situation Bayus found himself in in 2014 with less time on the track and even fewer opportunities to collect wins. But not even a reduced schedule could keep Bayus, of the famous Willow Lake racing family out of Warren, Ohio, from spinning his season into gold with a track championship at Thompson Raceway Park followed by a victory in the Summit SuperSeries World Championship race at Memphis International Raceway to claim the IHRA Top ET championship for 2014.
“What a great season all the way around. I didn’t get to race that much this year, we had a lot going on elsewhere which forced me to put racing on the sideline, but it ended up working out really well,” Bayus said. “Other years you put your heart and soul into this sport and you don’t end up with half of what we came away with in Memphis. What can I say, when it is your day, it is just your day.”
Chamber of commerce weather greeted over 400 entries to Day 1 of the C.A.R.S. Protection Plus Million Dollar Drag Race. Possibly never before in the history of any race has there been a 0% chance of rain predicted for the entire weekend. And with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s, racers came out to compete at the 19th edition of this famous race.
Due the amount of cars, it was announced there would be no buyback round today. Two go down and one comes back, just the way drag racing is supposed to work. Everyone was afforded an open time trial session followed by one time run for all beginning at 9:00am. As it was, time trials weren’t completed until 3:30 when the first round began with door cars up first.
DSR, which fields seven teams in the Mello Yello Series, currently leads the standings in Top Fuel with Tony Schumacher (U.S. Army) and in Funny Car with Matt Hagan (Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T).
Through 22 of 24 events this season, DSR has won 13 titles in Top Fuel and six in Funny Car.
Pro Bike Rider Ted Glinny – Fourth Place
CAYUGA, ON – Riding his 2000 Kawasaki Ninja in the 2014 Pro Bike & Sled Series tour, Ted Glinny experienced a year of highs and lows.
The former PBSS champion, from Milton, Ontario, started well with a runner-up finish in the series opener at Grand Bend, losing to 2014 champion Dan Cryderman in the final. After a second-round placing at Martin, Michigan, Glinny did not race at the inaugural PBSS event at Empire Dragway, but was back in form for the next Grand Bend race, where he went rounds and was eliminated once again in the final, and once again by Cryderman. For the final race of the year, he was taken out in the first round.
Glinny’s Kawasaki runs a 1425-cc Kawasaki engine which sits in a frame that is stock in front and has a moly rear-half. The engine uses a Lectron fuel system and shifts through a GPZ 1-2 automatic transmission. The mount is capable of turning the quarter-mile in the low and mid-eight second range at speeds over 150 mph. For all the PBSS events Glinny entered this season, he qualified in the top five in the program.
Daytona Florida based jet racing teams of Larsen Motorsports announced today they have notified sponsor Embry Riddle Aeronautical University they will terminate their agreements at the conclusion of the 2014 racing season following the Orlando Night of Fire on November 15, 2014. Both parties have agreed they will end their relationship.
Larsen Motorsports relocated their business to Daytona Beach in 2011 to work with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University students interested in careers related to the high performance vehicle racing industry. Since the move hundreds of students have interned and volunteered at the Larsen facility. Working with the next generation of motorsports professionals has been a great experience.
NORWALK, OH – It is amazing how one seemingly insignificant decision can have such a profound impact on a person’s life. Or, in the case of IHRA Mod ET World Champion Mark Pressey, an entire racing season.
For Pressey, the 2014 racing season simply wasn’t supposed to happen. Pressey finished last season with a broken car and, following a trying winter, the veteran racer out of Newport, Michigan had no intention of getting his car ready for the season. But one man changed all of that, encouraging Pressey to fix the car and get it ready for racing.
Just a few months later, that motivation led to Pressey earning the IHRA Mod ET World Championship at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway.