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CHASE ELLIOTT

In February 2022, Elliott signed a 5-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports that will see him stay with the team until 2027.

The 2022 season for Chase Elliott started off with a 10th place finish in the Daytona 500, followed by a controversial 26th place finish at California after Hendrick Motorsports teammate and eventual winner Kyle Larson made contact with Chase in turn one, sending him into the wall. Following the incident, Chase collected 10 consecutive top 15 finishes, which included a 4th at the Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, winning the pole and finishing 10th at Martinsville, getting his first win of the season at Dover, and getting a 5th place finish at Darlington. After Darlington, Chase hit a rough patch finishing 29th at Kansas after losing a tire late in the race, crashing out in the All-Star Race, leading 86 of the first 188 laps in the Coca-Cola 600 before getting caught up in a crash and failing to finish, and a 21st place finish at Gateway after contact with Ross Chastain.

After rebounding with an 8th place finish at Sonoma, Chase Elliott would go on a tear with 5 consecutive finishes of 1st or 2nd. Starting with his second win of the season at Nashville after leading 42 of 300 laps, Chase then looked to win his second consecutive race and back-to-back wins at Road America. He led more than half the race, leading 36 of the 62 laps, but had to settle for 2nd after getting passed by Tyler Reddick who would go on to capture his first win in the Cup series. Elliott followed up his 2nd place finish at Road America, with a win at his home track of Atlanta. Elliott dominated the race, winning both stages and leading 96 of the 260 laps, en route to his 3rd win of the season, and joining his father Bill Elliott in becoming only the second father-son tandem to win at Atlanta (joining Dale Earnhardt & Dale Earnhardt Jr.), and also joining his father in becoming the only two Georgia born racecar drivers to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Following the win at Atlanta, Elliott capped off a solid run at New Hampshire finishing 2nd. He was leading late in the race, but was passed by eventual winner Christopher Bell with 41 laps to go. Elliott would then follow up New Hampshire with a 3rd place finish at Pocono; However he would later be awarded as the winner, his 4th win of the season, when supposed winner Denny Hamlin and second place finisher Kyle Busch would be disqualified after their racecars failed post-race inspections.

Following a 5th place finish at Richmond, and a 4th place finish at Watkins Glen, Elliott was awarded the 2022 regular season championship, clinching the title with one race left in the regular season.[88] In the final race of the regular season, Elliott started on the outside pole at Daytona. He led the most laps of the race, leading 31 of the 160 laps, but was caught up in a major crash when multiple cars were taken out due to rain. Elliott ended up finishing 29th.

At the Southern 500, Elliott finished 36th after a crash resulted in catastrophic rear suspension damage.[89] Despite this, he rebounded to finish 11th at Kansas and runner-up to Chris Buescher at the Bristol Night Race to advance to the Round of 12. On October 2, Elliott won at Talladega to clinch a spot in the Round of 8, his second career victory at the track and series-high fifth win of the season; also equaling his career-best from his championship-winning season in 2020.[90] He finished 28th at the Phoenix finale after being spun to the inside wall by Ross Chastain with 119 laps to go. As a result of the finish, Elliott finished fourth in the points standings.

In 2021, Elliott debuted in the 24 Hours of Daytona, driving the No. 31 Cadillac for Action Express Racing alongside Mike Conway, Pipo Derani, and Felipe Nasr.[92] The car started on the pole, but it suffered multiple mechanical problems that resulted in one of Elliott's stints taking place while the team was 22 laps behind the leader before retiring with four hours remaining due to a gear failure.[93]

Elliott appeared in the Superstar Racing Experience's 2021 season finale at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. After starting fourth, he battled his father Bill for much of the second half before Chase cleared him and won; it was the second time the father and son raced against each other after first doing so at a late model race at South Alabama Speedway in 2013.[94]

Elliott appeared in the Superstar Racing Experience's 2022 season finale at Sharon Speedway. After winning his 2nd heat race he would battle Tony Stewart for the win ultimately coming out the winner.

 

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2004Tony KanaanINDY RACING LEAGUESebastien Bourdais CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES
2005Sebastien BourdaisCHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESTony Stewart NASCAR
2006Sebastien BourdaisCHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESJimmie Johnson NASCAR
2007Jimmie Johnson NASCARDan Wheldon INDY RACING LEAGUE
2008Jimmie Johnson NASCARDario Franchitti INDY RACING LEAGUE
2009Dario Franchitti INDY RACING LEAGUEJimmie Johnson NASCAR
2010Jimmie Johnson NASCARBryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB
2011Bryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUBTony Stewart NASCAR
2012Ryan  Hunter-ReayINDY RACING LEAGUEBrad Keselowski NASCAR
2013Kyle BuschNASCARJason Johnson AMERICAN SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
2014Donny SchatzWorld of Outlaws Sprint Car  SeriesJoey Logano NASCAR
2015Erik Jones NASCARDonny Schatz World of Outlaws Sprint Car  Series
2016Bryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUBCARL EDWARDS  NASCAR
2017MARTIN TRUEX JR.NASCARKyle Busch  NASCAR  
2018

Donny Schatz

World of Outlaws Sprint Car  SeriesELLIOT SADLER  NASCAR
2019

Aaron Reutzel

all star sprint serieslogan seavey powri midget series
2020

kyle larson

all star sprints, WOO SPRINTS, usacChase Elliott   NASCAR  
2021

kyle larson

NASCAReddie hoffman jr. woo late model series
2022 CHASE ELLIOT NASCAR TREY STARKS World of Outlaws Sprint Car  Series

Taylor Ferns

Taylor Ferns, at 26 years old, is an accomplished racecar driver, second-year law student, and Operations Manager at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Throughout her 20-year racing tenure, she has won numerous races, championships, awards, and set records that do not only pertain to her gender, in a diverse portfolio of racecars, and on varying race surfaces. As a United States Auto Club (USAC) champion, Taylor has carved a name for herself within the open-wheel ranks including, but not limited to, being the youngest female driver to win a sprint car race, becoming the first female to win USAC midget and sprint car races at a multitude of racetracks, being the second female to ever win a USAC championship, having the most USAC Silver Crown starts by a female, and having the highest finish by a female in USAC’s 51-year Silver Crown history. The latter record she intends to break by winning.

Aside from some of her motorsport’s accomplishments, Taylor has gone on to pursue academia by attaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics from Grand Valley State University where she graduated cum laude, a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University, and is currently enrolled at Wayne State University Law School. Since 2018, Taylor has worked at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm as an Operations Manager where she has dedicated her time to elevating her position by applying a lot of what was instilled in her at a young age: grit, persistence, and vivaciousness. To add, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm is the primary sponsor of her racecars.

Over the years, Taylor’s perspective of the motorsport’s world, and her placement in it, has evolved. She now recognizes the power and greater meaning behind being a female in a male-dominated trade. With that, she has made it a personal mission to give back to a sport she is so passionate about by mentoring younger girls interested in racing. Taylor is also an active member of Women in Motorsports North America and regularly takes part in professional speaking engagements regarding women in racing.

2004Aaron Pierce NAMARS
2005Joey Logano  Hooters Pro Cup Series
2006Justin Allgaier ARCA Series
2007Bryan Clauson USAC
2008Ryan Hunter-Reay Indy Racing League
2009Bobby East USAC
2010Chase Elliott ASA Late Model Series
2011Mark Lambert Advance Racing Association
2012Kyle Benjamin Championship Racing Association
2013Ross kenseth Championship Racing Association
2014Erik Jones ARCA Series
2015drew skillman NHRA
2016Cody Coughlin Championship Racing Association
2017willam byron nascar truck series
2018robert wickens Indy Racing League
2019Hailie  Deeganis K&N Pro Series
2020colton herta  Indy Racing League
2021Sam Mayer nascar truck series
2022 Taylor Ferns United states auto club

POWRi (Performance Open Wheeled Racing, inc.)

POWRi (Performance Open Wheeled Racing, inc.) is an oval track racing sanctioning body based in the United States, founded by promoter Kenny Brown.[1]

It organizes the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series, a midget car racing series rival to the USAC National Midget Series, as well as the Lucas Oil POWRi West Series and Lucas Oil Outlaw Midget Series feeder series. Also it organizes the POWRi WAR Sprints, a wingless sprint car racing series, plus the POWRi 600cc Outlaw Micro Sprints.

Drivers that have competed in POWRi events include Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson, Bryan Clauson, Brady Bacon, Christopher Bell, Dave Darland, Rico Abreu and Andrew Felker.

Cars

Sprint cars weight 1,475 pounds and have 410 cu in engines that produce 900 horsepower.

A typical Midget weighs about 1,000 pounds and produces up to 350 horsepower from its four-cylinder engine.[2] They are intended to be driven for races of relatively short distances, usually 2.5 to 25 miles (4 to 40 km).

History

The Lucas Oil POWRi West Series was launched in 2012.

POWRi is the only current midget series to compete at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri

POWRi has expanded to other countries in order to grow midget racing on an international level. It entered into a multi-year agreement to sanction the POWRi Lucas Oil Australian Speedcar Super Series and the POWRi Lucas Oil New Zealand Midget Super Series. The three series operate under the same technical regulations and procedures. It establishes a platform for a Midget World Championship, which POWRi organized for the 2013/14 season.[3] The 16-race series began in Australia and New Zealand in December 2013 and it ended in June 2014 with four events in Illinois, United States.

In November 2016, POWRi announced that they would begin to sanction the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series for the 2017 season. The organization sanctioned the Elite Sprint Car Series for the 2018 season, but the partnership was dissolved in 2019.

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League

Lucas Oil is the title sponsor for the National Midgets; they are 900 pound cars putting out up to 370 horsepower racing on dirt tracks from 1/5-mile bullrings to high banked half miles.

Drivers such as Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Ken Schrader, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu plus many others have used these cars as stepping-stones to Nascar and the IRL.

 

 

2004

North American Auto Racing Series (NAMARS)

2005

Hooters Pro Cup Series (USAR)

2006

Hooters Pro Cup Series (USAR)

2007

Badger Midget Series

2008

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

2009

ASA Late Model Series

2010

American Race Drivers Club (ARDC)

2011

United Auto  Racing Association (UARA)

2012

Vores Compact Touring Series

2013

American Motorcycle Association

2014

 ARCA/CRA SUPER SERIES

2015

american sprint car series

2016

fastrak racing series

2017

EXTREME SPRINT CAR SERIES

2018

Powri midget series

2019

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS)

2020

World Of outlaw Sprint car series

2021inland winged sprint car series
2022 POWRI MIDGET SERIES

Circle City Raceway

Circle City Raceway is the culmination of an incredible partnership between the Marion County Fairgrounds and Indianapolis businessman Kevin Garrigus. In late July 2020, the Fairgrounds board of directors entered into discussions with Mr. Garrigus, the owner and promoter of the Indianapolis Speedrome since 2016. Mr. Garrigus' leadership and commitment into transforming the Speedrome into a premier racing facility was noticed by the board, and they wanted the same thing to happen at the Fairgrounds racetrack.

So, on October 1, 2020, Circle City Raceway was born. Moving forward during the fall and winter, Kevin and his staff have moved at break-neck pace in constructing another premier racing facility, always keeping in mind its potential fans and competitors' happiness and satisfaction. Other than the main stretch grandstands and light poles, there was little infrastructure in place to take care of 5,000 fans and hundreds of competitors, so entire new restrooms, concessions, parking and more grandstands were built. The quarter mile track was carved out by one of the nation's top excavators and racetrack builders, Scott Petry and Petry Excavating, and promises to put on some of the best close quarters racing in the country.

2004

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis Indiana

2005

Daytona International Speedway  Daytona Beach Florida

2006

Chicagoland Speedway  Joliet Illinois

2007

Rockingham Speedway  Rockingham North Carolina

2008

Miami County Speedway   Peru Indiana

2009

Milwaukee Mile  Milwaukee Wisconsin

2010

Las Vegas Motor Speedway  Las Vegas Nevada

2011

Gas City I69 Speedway  Gas City Indiana

2012

Winchester Speedway Winchester Indiana

2013

Eldora Speedway   Rossburg Ohio

2014

perris auto speedway  Perris, CAlifornia

2015

Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

2016

MACON SPEEDWAY     MACON, Illinois

2017

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK terre haute indiana

2018

knoxville raceway Knoxville, Iowa

2019

Ventura Raceway Ventura california

2020

every track in the united states  dealing with the covid 19 pandemic

2021stateline speedway Post Falls IDaho
2022 circle city raceway  indianapolis indiana

* Deceased

2023 inductees

carl hungness publisher of indianapolis 500 yearbook

* Dale ARMSTRONG nhra CHAMPION & mechanic

* jan Opperman usac star

Ron "Sleepy" Tripp midget car driver

*Lloyd Ruby  indy car driver

Michael Andretti cart champion

 

2022 inductees

*robin miller broadcast journalist

Darrell Waltrip three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion

Jimmie Johnson seven-time nascar Cup champion

ned jarrett two-time Grand National Series champion

Dario Franchitti three-time indianapolis 500 champion

*Joe Weatherly Grand National Series champion, AMA Grand National Champion

 

2021 inductees

*Floyd Clymer  magazine publisher, a racing promoter, an author, and a motorcycle manufacturer

*Theodore E. “Pop” Myers  Good Will Ambassador indianapolis motor speedway

*Floyd "Pop" Dreyer  the nation's top motorcycle rider in the 1920s

Floyd "Chip" Ganassi Jr. an American businessman, former racing driver

*Ron Watson, founder president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA)

*Roger McCluskey usac champion  driver.

 

2020 inductees

*bill Jenkins nhra champion

*Dale Armstrong IHRA Champion

TONY STEWART indy car and nascar champion

Jeff Gordon multiple nascar championionships

Ricky Carmichael AMA Supercross Champion

Bubba Stewart AMA Motocross Supercross Champion

2019 inductees

Dale Jarrett Winston Cup champion Daytona 500 Winner

*Alan Kulwicki nascar race driver

*Nicky Hayden AMA Superbike Champion

Hélio Castroneves 3 time indianapolis 500 winner

Sam Schimdt Indy racing league driver

Warren Johnson nhra champion

2018 inductees

*Wendell Scott pioneer African American driver

Janet Guthrie pioneer FEMALE driver first woman to participate at indianapolis

Willie T. Ribbs first African American driver to qualify for indianapolis 500

Nigel Mansell  Indy car world series and F-1 world Champion

Alain Prost four time F-1 world Champion

Niki Lauda  three time F-1 world Champion

2017 inductees

Tony George Indy Racing league founder

johnny rutherford  3 time indianapolis 500 winner

John Force nhra champion

*frank wheeler indianapolis motor speedway founder

*john marcum arca founder

*Arthur Newby  indianapolis motor speedway founder

 

2016 inductees

*Bryan Clauson OPEN WHEEL RACER

*Peter  Revson  Formula One and the Indianapolis 500.

*Alberto Ascari two time world champion

* Dan Wheldon 2 time Indianapolis 500  winner

Gordon Johncock 2 time Indianapolis 500  winner

Tom Sneva USAC NATIONAL CHAMPION INDIANAPOLIS 500 winnER

 

2015 inductees

Bradley "Buzz" Calkins winner 1st indy racing league event winner

Ralph  Liguori USAC AND NASCAR DRIVER

Bobby Allison Nascar Champion

John Young Jackie" Stewart three time world driving champion

Michael Schumacher 7 time world driving champion

*Ayrton Senna f-1 racing legend

 

2014 inductees

Arie Luyendyk 2 time indianapolis 500 winner

Mark Martin   nascar legend

Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Time Indianapolis 500 winner and F-1 Champion

*Roger McCluskey usac national champion

Rusty Wallace nascar champion

Joe'Amato  NHRA CHAMPION

2013 INDUCTEES

*Joe Leonard AMA and USAC National Champion

Charlie Patterson car owner "mr. racing everything"

*Bruce McLaren race-car Designer, Driver, Engineer and Inventor

Conrad "Connie" Kalitta Drag Racing Driver

*Rich Vogler USAC National Sprint Car and Midget champion

Robert Glenn "Junior" Johnson NASCAR Superstar

2012 INDUCTEES

*Gary Lee Racing Broadcaster

Tom Bigelow Open Wheel Legend

*Larry Rice Open Wheel Racing Legend

Johnny Parsons USAC Open Wheel Racer

*Jim Hurtubise Open Wheel Legend

Bill Elliott NASCAR National Champion

2011 INDUCTEES

Richard Day Most Respected Public Relations Person in the Sport

*James Allison Founder Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Mari Hulman George CEO Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Bob Jenkins Premier Broadcaster

*Sam Hanks 1957 Indianapolis 500 Winner

Howard Augustine "Humpy" Wheeler Track and Race Promoter

2010 INDUCTEES

* Harry Miller Race Car Designer

*Charlie Wiggins  Pioneer African American Race car driver

Cale Yarborough NASCAR Champion

*Sid Collins The Voice of the 500

Paul Page Broadcast Legend

* Art Pollard Indy Car Driver

2009 INDUCTEES

* Wally Parks The father of drag racing

*Rex Mays Indy Car Driver

*Clint Brawner Mechanic Race Car Designer

Donald Davidson Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian

Parnelli Jones Driver Owner 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner

*Ernest Schlausky A.K.A. CROCKY WRIGHT Motorsports Pioneer

2008 INDUCTEES

*GRAHAM HILL INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER WORLD DRIVING CHAMPION

 JOHN "JACK" BRABHAM  WORLD DRIVING CHAMPION 

*HENRY " SMOKEY" YUNICK  MECHANIC CAR DESIGNER

* MARION "MICKEY" THOMPSON  DRAG RACER OFF ROAD RACING CHAMPION

*Fred Offenhauser Automotive Engineer

A.J. Watson Car Designer

2007 INDUCTEES

* Bill France Jr. NASCAR Executive and Promoter

*Carl Fisher American entrepreneur Founder Indianapolis Motor Speedway

*Tom Carnegie Chief  announcer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 60 years.

*Henry Ford Race Car innovator

* Ralph  Depalma Indianapolis 500 winner and racing pioneer

 * Benny Parsons NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
 

2006 INDUCTEES

*CHRIS ECONOMAKI SPEED SPORT NEWS FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER

 SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY NHRA LEGEND 1ST WOMAN TO WIN MAJOR EVENT

DON PRUDHOMME NHRA DRIVER

STEVE KINSER 17 TIME WoO CHAMPION " KING OF THE SPRINTS"

*GEORGE BIGNOTTI 7 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER CHIEF MECHANIC

*COLIN CHAPMAN INFLUENTIAL DESIGNER, INVENTOR AND CAR BUILDER

2005 INDUCTEES

 *LEE PETTY LEGENDARY NASCAR DRIVER

 BOBBY UNSER  3 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*JIMMY BRYAN  USAC NATIONAL CHAMPION

*EDDIE SACHS SPRINT MIDGET DRIVER

 *TONY BETTENHAUSEN AAA NATIONAL CHAMPION

*MAURI ROSE 3 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2004 INDUCTEES

*RAY HARROUN 1ST WINNER INDIANAPOLIS 500

DAVID " THE SILVER FOX" PEARSON 3 TIME NEXTEL CUP CHAMPION

*MARK DONOHUE SPORTS CAR DRIVER

DON " BIG DADDY" GARLITS NHRA CHAMPION

AL UNSER SR. DIRT TRACK MASTER 4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER .

*BILL VUKOVICH SR. 2 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2003 INDUCTEES

*JIMMY CLARK 2 TIME F-1 CHAMPION AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*GASTON CHEVROLET DRIVER INVENTOR

KENNY BERNSTEIN NHRA CHAMPION

*RODGER WARD 2 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

MARIO ANDRETTI  F-1 DAYTONA 500 AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*JOHNNIE PARSONS SR AAA NATIONAL CHAMPION AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2002 INDUCTEES

MEL KENYON  " KING OF THE MIDGETS "

*BOB GLIDDEN ALL TIME NHRA WINNIEST DRIVER

ROGER PENSKE 14 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNING CAR OWNER

ANDY GRANATELLI STP FOUNDER DRIVER 

RICK  MEARS  4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*LOU "Louie" Meyer first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500

*wilbur shaw  time indianapolis 500 winner

2001 INDUCTEES

*ANTON " TONY" HULMAN OWNER INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

*WILLIAM " BILL " FRANCE SR. FOUNDER NASCAR

RICHARD " THE KING" PETTY 7 TIME NASCAR CUP CHAMPION

ANTHONY JOSEPH " A.J." FOYT FIRST 4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*DAN GURNEY F-1 NASCAR AND INDY CAR DRIVER

*DALE EARNHARDT 7 TIME NASCAR CUP CHAMPION

 

 

 

 
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