Thompson Captures First
Career Track Title Along With Seven Triumphs
Inside Line Promotions - HARRISBURG, Ore. (Nov. 19,
2019) - Tyler Thompson enjoyed a career-best season in 2019.
Thompson tied a career high with seven feature
victories, including his first career 360ci winged sprint car triumph.
He also garnered his first career track championship at his home track
of Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore.
"It was definitely very cool," he said. "Cottage Grove
is a special track to me so to get my first track championship there
meant a lot. Also this was our first year of focusing more on 360s. We
really weren't looking at points so I tried to avoid the pressure, but
we felt it a little bit because we were leading and didn't want to lose
"It was really cool to get our first 360 win because
limiteds are great, but it was more special because 360s are more widely
known across the country. Plus starting out next year we've already won
one. It's builds a lot more confidence going into next season."
Thompson also posted a third-place showing in the ISCS
Series championship standings thanks to a pair of victories.
In total Thompson registered a half dozen limited
sprint wins and the one 360 sprint car victory. Five of the wins came at
Cottage Grove Speedway with Thompson also earning his first career
triumph at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash., along with a victory at
Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash.
"Every win is special, but that was a big win at
Skagit," he said. "Also to build a car and win with it that week was
special. We wrecked Monday of Speedweek at Coos Bay Speedway (in Coos
Bay, Ore.). We had to rebuild it Tuesday morning and figure it out by
the end of the week. We won that Friday in Elma.
"It was a tough season with a lot of bad luck, wrecks
and other stuff that happened. To be competitive and win the races we
did along with the Cottage Grove championship and get third place with
the ISCS Series was great. We're thankful for everyone who supports our
team and we can't wait to get 2020 underway."
SEASON STATS -
36 races, 7 wins, 18 top fives, 27 top 10s, 30 top
15s, 31 top 20s
Sammy Swindell Continues
Winning Ways for 49th Straight Season
Inside Line Promotions - GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Nov. 18,
2019) - Many 64-year-olds are either enjoying retirement or gearing up
to retire, but not Sammy Swindell.
The Hall of Fame sprint car driver overcame a
challenging season to earn one feature victory, extending his streak of
scoring at least one triumph per season during each of the last 49
"I don't think there's too many people that can say
they've done that or come close to that," he said. "It's something that
was hanging out there and I didn't want to let it slip. It was great to
get that win. It took a little while, but when you're bouncing around in
different cars that's not the easiest."
Swindell had one of the lightest and most diverse
schedules his career has ever seen. While he only made 25 starts,
Swindell competed in midgets, 360ci winged sprint cars, 410ci winged
sprint cars and pavement winged midgets. He drove for eight different
"There were a lot of times we had some good runs or
good starts to the night, but sometimes things didn't go right for us,"
he said. "A lot of that is working with different people and different
cars. I think this year I've been in more different cars than I can
remember in one year.
"It was a little disappointing that we weren't able to
do the things the way it was planned in the offseason or the beginning
of this year, but most all of that was out of my control. I think (the
success with so many teams) says a lot for my experience and my
commitment to trying to do the best I can every time I go out there.
Even at my age I feel I can be competitive. If we could have got more
than 10 races in the same car I think we could have had more wins. I've
been really blessed to have been able to learn so much and still have my
health and the things that goes with it to drive these cars."
A couple of special moments came in the seat of a team
owned by his son, Kevin, and daughter-in-law, Jordan. The Swindell crew
led the first 10 laps and posted a seventh-place result during the famed
Kings Royal. A month later the team scored an eighth-place outing during
the Hard Knox Night of the Knoxville Nationals.
"We went to the Kings Royal and I think we improved
every night," Sammy Swindell said. "We just needed those 10 races before
we got there and we really could have been competitive. It was kind of
the same at Knoxville. We had some issues in our warm-ups that got us
behind. We got some oil in the mag and didn't qualify well on our
preliminary night. At some of these bigger races a majority of your
weekend is how you qualify. I think we had a good run going on Friday
and would have been in the Saturday main, but unfortunately we had a
shock bolt break on the right rear. It was nice to run for Kevin and
have some success."
Swindell is scheduled to compete in one final event in
2019 - the Arizona Sport Shirts Gateway Dirt Nationals Presented by
O'Reilly Auto Parts Dec. 19-21 at The Dome at America's Center in St.
Louis, Mo. He will pilot his midget during the event.
SEASON STATS -
25 races, 1 win, 6 top fives, 11 top 10s, 15 top 15s,
16 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Dec. 19-21 at The Dome at America's Center in St.
Louis, Mo., for the Arizona Sport Shirts Gateway Dirt Nationals
Presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts
Preparing for Pair of Non-Wing and Winged Sprint Car Shows to Close
Inside Line Promotions - HANFORD, Calif. (Nov. 18,
2019) - Dominic Scelzi has four races on tap next week when the 2019
season wraps up.
Scelzi will pilot his family owned non-wing sprint car
Nov. 27-28 at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., during the 79th
annual Turkey Night Grand Prix before they put the wings on for races
Nov. 29-30 at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., during the Copper
Classic with the ASCS Southwest Region.
The two nights at Ventura Raceway will mark his first
start in non-wing sprint cars in several years.
"I've run two non-wing races in my life," he said. "I
ran a CRA show at Ocean Speedway (in Watsonville, Calif.) in 2013 and a
local race at Ventura Raceway in 2014. I ran second in Watsonville and
fourth at Ventura. I remember the first time I didn't feel comfortable,
but we were fast. The second time we had motor issues until the main
event. I think we started 18 th and ran it to fourth. I'm
looking to have fun and enjoy the week with friends and family."
Scelzi will follow the non-wing sprint car action with
a pair of winged sprint car starts at an oval where he last raced in
2017. He placed eighth and 11th, respectively, during the
Copper Classic that year.
"We were there in the VanLare car that year and we've
raced at Arizona Speedway during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink
Sprint Car Series events once or twice," he said. "Hopefully it's a
great surface and we can end the year on a high note."
Scelzi ran into misfortune last Saturday when he drove
for Nick McColloch at Keller Auto Speedway. The team timed in eighth
quickest during qualifying before a runner-up result in a heat race
lined Scelzi up 10 th for the A Main.
"We were all right in qualifying, but were a little
snug," he said. "In the heat race a steering problem started. It was
really tight when we were turning right. We tried to help it for the
main event, but the steering broke going into turn one on the opening
"It didn't end the way we wanted, but it was fun to
get back together with Nick and Kerry. Maybe some day down the road we
can team up together again when it'd work for everyone's schedule."
QUICK RESULTS -
Nov. 16 - Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. -
Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: DNF (10).
SEASON STATS -
82 races, 8 wins, 28 top fives, 35 top 10s, 51 top
15s, 62 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Nov. 27-28 at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., for
the 79th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix and Nov. 29-30 at
Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., for the Copper Classic with the
ASCS Southwest Region
Kraig Kinser Takes Step
Forward During 2019 Season
Inside Line Promotions - BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Nov. 18,
2019) - Kraig Kinser more than doubled his top-10 finishes this season
compared to the previous year.
Kinser posted five top fives and 28 top
10s, which led to an 11 th-place showing in the World of
Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship standings.
"We made another year and had some good runs," he
said. "We had a great partnership with Profile by Sanford. MVT and our
other sponsors are behind us so we're really happy with their support.
We want to continue those great relationships and to pick up our
performance on the track."
Kinser took a step forward in 2019, recording top-five
runs at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas; at Fairbury Speedway
in Fairbury, Ill.; at Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich.; at Skagit
Speedway in Alger, Wash.; and at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City,
Kinser earned two quick time awards, a pair of heat
race wins and a duo of dash triumphs. He led 19 feature laps and also
garnered five Hard Charger Awards - tied for the third most - for
passing the most cars in a feature.
"We've gotten great finishes, but we always wish we
could have gotten a lot better," he said. "When we'd qualify good we
wouldn't take advantage of it. When we'd qualify bad we would race well.
We need to continue to get better on the consistency and putting
together complete nights."
Kinser's best run of the season was a second-place
finish at Skagit Speedway. It marked his career-best result at the
"As long as we keep working we'll make bigger steps
forward," he said. "By no means are we satisfied with this year. We look
forward to continuing to work hard and improving."
SEASON STATS -
76 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 28 top 10s, 47 top 15s,
60 top 20s
Kerry Madsen's Two
Triumphs Lead the Way for Big Game Motorsports
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 18, 2019)
- Kerry Madsen pocketed a pair of feature victories at the famed
Knoxville Raceway to highlight the 2019 season for Big Game Motorsports.
The KI Crossbows backed driver was victorious at the
oval in Knoxville, Iowa, on July 13 and on Aug. 9, which was the Hard
Knox Night during the Knoxville Nationals.
Madsen ended the season with seven podium finishes,
which ranked second overall, along with one quick time award and one
heat race triumph at the track. He placed ninth in the championship
standings despite missing multiple races.
"Any time we were at Knoxville other than the World of
Outlaws races and the Knoxville Nationals we were on the podium," he
said. "We had a great season at Knoxville and we were consistent there."
Madsen also finished 14th in the World of
Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship standings - the
highest-ranked driver who wasn't a full-time competitor. He netted five
top fives and 14 top 10s during series competition.
In the end Madsen scored 15 top fives and 28 top 10s
during 59 starts.
"We wanted to have more in the win column, but with
the late start and having different people in and out it didn't happen,"
he said. "I was hoping to get on pace a little quicker than we did. We
had great cars, but we lacked consistency early. We didn't really get
started until May. We had such a late start to the season that it was a
pretty tangled web to get through to go out and be consistent, but the
potential was there. I felt like by the end of the season we really
found some good pace."
SEASON STATS -
59 races, 2 wins, 15 top fives, 28 top 10s, 45 top
15s, 51 top 20s
Cisney Sets Career-Best
Marks With Three Wins and 25 Top 10s in Impressive Season
Inside Line Promotions - PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Nov. 18,
2019) - Dylan Cisney enjoyed a breakout year during the 2019 campaign as
he raced more often than any other season in his sprint car career.
Cisney doubled his career win total by earning a trio
of victories. He previously netted one triumph in each of three
different seasons. Cisney also finished the 2019 season with eight top
fives and a career-best 25 top 10s.
"It was pretty good," he said. "I think the last
couple of years we had the consistency, just not the wins. We got three
wins this year. Our main goal was to race more and get better. We more
than doubled the amount of races we ran last year and racing helps you
get better. I was pretty happy with it."
Cisney claimed the Port Royal Speedway season opener
on March 23 and he added a second triumph at the half-mile oval in his
hometown on July 13. He also captured a Pennsylvania Speedweek victory -
the first of his career - on June 30 at Selinsgrove Speedway in
"That was definitely the biggest win so far," he said.
"Winning a Speedweek race and beating Tony Stewart to do it was the
highlight of the year. We're improving and getting better. I think we're
on the right track. We have a long way to go and things to get better
on, but we're getting there. We did what we needed to do this year."
Cisney finished eighth in the Speedweek standings
during his first year of running the spectacle. He also tied a
career-best finish of second in the Port Royal Speedway championship
"I want to say thanks to our sponsors, the tracks,
promoters, track crews and fans," he said. "It was another great year
and I can't wait to do it again next year. There were a lot of firsts
for us. It was a lot of racing for us. If everyone comes back on board I
think we can do the same schedule if not more in 2020."
Giovanni Scelzi Earns
Career-Best USAC National Result During Western World Championships
Inside Line Promotions - QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Nov. 18,
2019) - Giovanni Scelzi scored his career-best USAC NOS Energy Drink
National Midget Series race last Saturday during the final night of the
52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan
Ford hosted by Arizona Speedway.
"We got a lot better from Friday to Saturday," he
said. "It's unique in a midget. It's tough to get comfortable because
I'm so used to racing winged sprint cars. On Saturday in the B Main we
were night and day different than we were all weekend. It's a different
kind of racing than I'm used to so it takes time to adjust and compete
with the best drivers."
Scelzi did just that while behind the wheel of a
Tucker-Boat Motorsports entry during only his ninth and 10th
career midget starts. He qualified eighth quickest and advanced from
fifth to third place in a heat race on Friday to garner the second
starting position for the main event.
"I ran the top too long and fell back gradually," he
said. "The predominant lane was around the bottom at both ends. I
couldn't get it comfortable and we struggled for grip."
Scelzi salvaged a 12th-place result, which
marked his career-best outing during a USAC National event. An
improvement was visible during the event finale on Saturday.
"We struggled Friday and in the heat race on
Saturday," Scelzi said after qualifying sixth quickest and placing sixth
in a heat race. "We talked about it and made some big changes to get it
to work like I wanted. I was more comfortable making adjustments in the
cockpit, too. We figured out more of a baseline to start at."
Scelzi finished in the runner-up position in the B
Main before he capped the night with a career-best ninth-place finish in
the main event.
"I rode around in sixth and got to fourth at one
point," he said. "One of the restarts got called back and everything got
shuffled around and we fell to ninth. There's no dirty air so you can
enter the corner right on someone's bumper. I'm learning a lot each race
and we're making gains so that's exciting."
Scelzi continues USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget
Series competition with the team this Tuesday and Wednesday at
Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., during the Hangtown 100 and
Saturday at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. He has raced a
winged sprint car at both tracks, but this week will mark his first
midget start at both ovals.
"Placerville will be a great race for midgets," he
said. "You'll probably have three lanes of racing. The car count will be
great and the purse is good so it should make for a fun event. And we're
looking forward to Bakersfield, where I've been one time in a sprint
QUICK RESULTS -
Nov. 15 - Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. -
Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 3 (5); Feature: 12 (2).
Nov. 16 - Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. -
Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 6 (5); B Main: 2 (3); Feature: 9 (8).
Kaeding, Shaffer and
Sides Lead Sides Motorsports Through Another Year on the Road
Inside Line Promotions - BARTLETT, Tenn. (Nov. 19,
2019) - A top-five outing during the famed Knoxville Nationals
highlighted the season for Sides Motorsports.
Tim Kaeding spent a little more than two dozen races
behind the wheel for the team, earning seven top fives during World of
Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competition. The best moment
came in August when Kaeding guided the team to a career-best
fourth-place finish during the sport's biggest event.
"TK is an underrated driver that needs a full-time
ride," team owner Jason Sides said. "Any time he'd get in our car he was
capable of winning. Every time he hit the track it seemed like it was
potential for a top five.
"At the Capitani Classic the weekend before the
Knoxville Nationals he had to run the B Main and came out of that (from
12th to win) and then he started 20th and ran
sixth in the feature. With the same caliber of cars as the Nationals
it's pretty good to get through the field like that. Then in the
Nationals to start 10th and finish fourth was great. I think
there was maybe a top three at one point."
Veteran Tim Shaffer also competed in nearly a half
dozen races with the team.
"Shaffer jumped in it and had a really good run at
Lernerville," Sides said. "Williams Grove is all about the luck of the
draw. To make the show one night and have a good night going was a
decent showing given how challenging it is there."
Sides ran the entire World of Outlaws schedule,
finishing 13th in the championship standings highlighted by
five top 10s.
"We weren't on our game this year at all," he said.
"Sometimes you get over it for a year. Now I'm motivated to do it again.
I'm rejuvenated and looking forward to next year.
"I want to thank everyone for their support of our
team. Also, we wish Kimball Wetherington well in his recuperation. We
have some great people who are a part of this team and we're looking
forward to a better season next year."
SEASON STATS -
108 races, 0 wins, 7 top fives, 19 top 10s, 37 top
15s, 68 top 20s
Starks Notes Knoxville
Nationals Prelim Win and All Star Triumph as Best Moments of Season
Inside Line Promotions - PUYALLUP, Wash. (Nov. 19,
2019) - Trey Starks scored a pair of huge wins during the 2019 season,
which was a year he ran into a different opponent quite often.
"Rain," he quipped. "That kind of was the theme to the
start of the season. It felt like we never got going because of so many
rainouts. Being at a new track it's hard to get into a rhythm when
everything was getting cancelled. We really started getting going toward
the end of the season at Knoxville though."
The Gobrecht Motorsports driver had spent the previous
couple of seasons focused on Central Pennsylvania competition before the
team tackled the full season at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa,
for the first time. Although a handful of races rained out in the
Midwest to open the campaign, Starks found a groove in the summer.
The biggest moment came in August when Starks took the
lead on Lap 5 of a Knoxville Nationals preliminary night. He powered to
the triumph, which was his first at the track and first during a World
of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series sanctioned event.
"Leading up to that night wasn't necessarily drawn up
perfectly," he said. "We weren't very consistent and because of the
rainouts it took us awhile to get going. We kept doing what we were
supposed to do and kept working hard as if we were in position so that
when we were in position we could capitalize on it. Leading into the
Nationals it was the worst couple of weeks of the year. I think we kept
our head down and when the time came we were there to capitalize on the
position we were put in. It was the biggest stage I've ever won on."
That performance locked Starks into his second career
Knoxville Nationals A Main.
The team backed up the strong run during the biggest
event of the season a month later when Starks posted his second career
Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions win during the
Night Before the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa.
"I was really happy to back it up with a win in
Pennsylvania," he said. "Going into Port Royal I wasn't sure how it was
going to go. We've been really good at that track in the past. We had
pretty much changed our program around after going to Knoxville. It was
really cool to see we changed all these things for the better. I was
able to pick up where I left off. The car was fast out of the gate and
we did what we had to do to win the race."
In addition to the two triumphs, Starks finished the
season ranked eighth in the championship standings at Knoxville Raceway.
He also garnered the Rookie of the Year Award.
"This was a bit of a different year for us, but we had
some great moments after a slow start thanks to the rain," he said. "I
want to thank Scott Gobrecht and Jeff McCall for the opportunity to
drive for them as well as everyone who helps crew and support the team."
SEASON STATS -
47 races, 2 wins, 8 top fives, 17 top 10s, 21 top 15s,
30 top 20s
Mallett Fills Up
Notebook During Rookie Season on ASCS National Tour
Inside Line Promotions - GREENBRIER, Ark. (Nov. 19,
2019) - Jordon Mallett is fresh off a roller coaster of a season as he
successfully completed his rookie year on the Lucas Oil ASCS National
The Greenbrier, Ark., native picked up five top-five
finishes to go along with 10 top-10 results as he ended ninth in the
Mallett's best showing on the tour came in June at
Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan., where he charged forward six positions
during the feature to finish third.
"It was definitely a learning experience as much as
anything," he said. "We got things rolling there around the middle of
the season and our goal was to get to all of the races and finish in the
top 10 in points. We achieved that goal and I'm really proud of this
Mallett did earn a win in July at Big Sky Speedway in
Billings, Mont., during ASCS Frontier Region action. The victory was his
first career ASCS sanctioned triumph and was extremely exciting as he
bested fellow national competitor Harli White by mere inches at the
"We really looked at ourselves as an all-out rookie
and we entered every race with that attitude," Mallett said. "We really
hadn't won anything, let alone an ASCS race. So to get that out of the
way was a cool deal and really rewarding for everyone involved in our
Other highlights included a top five to open the
season during USCS Series competition at Hendry County Motorsports Park
in Clewiston, Fla., in January and a first-ever attempt to qualify for
the 360 Knoxville Nationals hosted by Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville,
Iowa, in August.
While his attempt to make the feature stalled out in
the D Main of Saturday night's finale, Mallett picked up valuable
experience against a stout field of cars that will pay dividends in the
"I don't think people really get how hard this deal is
and getting up and down the road and being prepared every night," he
said. "When you show up and there are 70-plus cars signed in you know
the best of the best is there.
"The finishes may not have been what we wanted always,
but we get to say we are running against the best this division has to
offer. From starting the season not making shows to getting going at the
end of the season and feeling confident about punching our ticket to the
A Main every night, we learned a ton and that's going to make me much
better next year."
SEASON STATS -
41 races, 1 win, 8 top fives, 15 top 10s, 26 top 15s,
31 top 20s
Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Team
Black Falcon Win Second-Consecutive Hankook 24H USA Overall
Victory at Circuit of The Americas
No. 4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG
GT3 Scores Overall and A6-Pro Victory in Hankook 24H USA as
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Earn Four
Podium Finishes Across Three Classes at Circuit of The
AUSTIN, Texas. The No.
4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 team of Ben Keating,
Cooper MacNeil, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga
won the Hankook 24H USA at Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
this past weekend in a dominating run from the pole.
This victory was the second-consecutive win for the
Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Black Falcon in the Hankook 24H
USA. The repeat win highlighted a run of four podium
finishes in three different classes for Mercedes-AMG
Motorsport Customer Racing teams that included first
and third in the top-tier A6-Pro class and runner-up
showings in the A6-Am and SPX classes.
The No. 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 was
the team to beat all weekend, topping day and night
practice sessions and winning the pole with Fraga in
Keating, MacNeil, Bleekemolen
and Fraga combined to lead overall for the majority
of Saturday’s race-opening 11 hours, the first part
of a unique two-segment format for the 24H USA that
ended at 10:30 p.m. local time Saturday evening.
When competition resumed at 8
a.m. Sunday, the No. 4 team continued its commanding
run to lead every lap of the final 13-hour segment.
Keating took the checkered flag four laps ahead of
the second-place competitor and joined his teammates
in setting a new distance record for the third-year
event. The No. 4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 completed 610 laps
on the 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit, improving on the
608-lap total set in the inaugural COTA 24H in 2017.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams filled
three of the overall top-five finishing positions.
In addition to the winners, the
No. 85 CP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Charlie Putman,
Charles Espenlaub, Joe Foster and Shane Lewis
finished fourth overall and second in the Pro-Am
class. Espenlaub crossed the finish line just over
20 seconds behind the class winner.
Fifth place overall went to the
No. 90 Toksport WRT Mercedes-AMG GT3, which was the
No. 4 Black Falcon team’s strongest challenger
before losing 20 minutes in the pits for a rear
suspension repair on Sunday. Team drivers Luca Stolz,
Hendrik Still, Martin Konrad and Axcil Jefferies
rebounded for the overall top-five and third in the
The No. 464 Black Falcon Team
Textar Mercedes-AMG GTX, which is a Mercedes-AMG GT4
modified for SPX division competition, finished
eighth overall and second in the SPX class with
co-drivers Alex Böhm, Axel König, Norbert Schneider,
Axel Sartingen and Daniel Schwerfeld.
Ben Keating, Driver – No. 4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG
GT3: “With this
particular series, it’s a big deal to know exactly
how to get a strategy advantage. Being able to take
advantage of the yellow-flag periods, which are
called ‘Code 60’ cautions, is key to winning this
race. We were in a position to take advantage of
every Code 60. We were lucky and good, but we didn’t
have any problems at all the entire race weekend. We
just focused on taking care of our car as this has
become one of the toughest 24-hour races. I am
really proud of our Mercedes-AMG GT3 car in being
able to make it to the end without incident. We
didn’t have any issues at any point the entire
weekend. It was a flawless run for the car, but I
also have to give major kudos to the Black Falcon
team. The preparation and engineering are
incredible, and they called a perfect race.”
Cooper MacNeil, Driver – No. 4 Black Falcon
“An absolutely fantastic way to end the 2019 racing
season. It was my first overall 24-hour win and
doing it with two new teammates in Ben and Felipe in
a Mercedes-AMG GT3 is very cool. I hadn't driven a
Mercedes-AMG GT3 since 2017. A big thanks to the
Black Falcon guys, Ben, Felipe, and Jeroen for a
flawless effort all weekend. We never had any real
issues with the car or on pit lane. The drivers
never put a wheel off and kept the car clean all
race. To give the Black Falcon their second win in
two years at COTA is special. Big thanks to
Mercedes-AMG as well. We had a fast and reliable car
Jeroen Bleekemolen, Driver – No. 4 Black Falcon
“It was almost perfect. We didn’t have any issues,
no mistakes by the teams or drivers, and a really
good strategy. It was awesome, couldn’t have gone
better really, but it was a really tough race. We
heard Formula 1 drivers complain about lots of bumps
at the track. It was pretty bumpy, but the Mercedes-AMG
GT3 was flawless. Really, no issues on the bumps
when lots of other cars had trouble with them, but
our car was good until the end. It was really
impressive that everything held up. We had a great
time and it was awesome to finish our American
season with an overall 24-hour race win.”
Joe Foster, Driver – No. 85 CP Racing Mercedes-AMG
GT3: “The thing
we like about the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is its
adaptability to conditions. We actually adjusted it
during the race, because conditions change from the
day into the nighttime. We could tune it during pit
stops as we went. It was good with the tires in the
long runs. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 has good
adjustability, is built like a tank and survived a
very difficult race like the overall winners. It’s a
tough car. We knew the circuit was bumpy, so we
definitely prepared for that with the right ride
height and setup on the car to make it last. In the
end, it worked, and we had an exciting
back-and-forth race for the lead. To have it be less
than 30 seconds apart after 24 hours of racing shows
what a close race it was. It was definitely a game
of strategy, pit stops and trying to not make
mistakes, so it was a lot of fun.”
Shane Lewis, Driver – No. 85 CP Racing Mercedes-AMG
“The pounding our Mercedes-AMG GT3 Mercedes took
over the course of the 24 hours was brutal. Harsher
than any other 24-hour race I have ever been part of
in my entire career, but our car never missed a
beat. Not one single issue. The build quality of
this car is amazing! For everyone that watched the
live stream coverage, they know what a nail biter it
was for the last several hours. Swapping the lead
over and over, and 22 seconds is all that separated
us from the top step. Proud, tired, sore. Gave it
everything I had every single lap”
Moorespeed Caps 2019 Season with Radical Cup North America Win and Four
Podium Finishes at COTA
Drivers Riley Dickinson, Terry Olson, Mark Crader and Tad
Cusack Contributed to Successful Triple Header for Moorespeed at its
AUSTIN, Texas (November
18, 2019) – Moorespeed’s Blue Marble
Cocktails Radical Cup North America program helped the team end the 2019
season on a high note with a one-two sweep in the Radical Cup Masters
Class and a weekend at Circuit of the Americas that included a total of
four podiums spread out among three different drivers.
Moorespeed drivers provided the highlights in Saturday’s
third race of the weekend. Riley Dickinson started the No. 53 Moorespeed
Radical SR8 28th on the grid after a mechanical failure at the start of
race two left him without any laps for qualifying. It didn’t take him
long to make his way to the front, passing 24 cars and running fourth
after the opening 3.4-mile lap of the race.
By lap six, Moorespeed had the first two positions
covered. The No. 120 Hall Kemp London/Belmont Holmes Radical SR8 shared
by co-drivers Mark Crader and Alex Mortimer led after starting third,
followed by Dickinson. The pair ran in that order, with Dickinson
closing the gap after the mandatory pit stop, until swapping positions
with three laps to go.
Dickinson completed his drive to first from 28th on the
grid, but Mortimer – now in the car – fell victim to a last-lap
mechanical issue that left him a lap down and in fifth place. Terry
Olson, however, picked up the ball for Moorespeed and improved three
positions on the final lap alone to finish fourth overall and second in
the Masters class driving his No. 16 Olson Racing/Moorespeed Radical
“This was a great way to end an intense season for all of
our programs here at Moorespeed,” Moorespeed President David Moore said.
“If it weren’t for some bad luck, it would have been a clean sweep on
the podium. Riley was a rocket ship coming from the back, Mark and Alex
did a fantastic job to get up front and hold the lead for as long as
they did, and Terry took advantage of every opportunity that came his
way to climb onto the podium. Unfortunately, Tad Cusack got hit at the
start and ended his day early.”
Crader missed out on the third race, but scored a pair of
podiums throughout the weekend in the Masters class during his first
weekend of Radical Cup competition in 2019.
Olson was fourth in the first race of the weekend, but
opening lap contact in race two limited him to just two completed laps
in the race. The Moorespeed crew got his car back together and watched
as he climbed from 27th on the grid to fourth overall, nearly matching
“Mark and Terry both did a fantastic job with us this
weekend,” Moore said. “Both took what was available to them, and Terry
was able to finish fourth in the season points even after being hit in
Cusack ran the weekend behind the wheel of the No. 115
YETI/Cusack Racing Radical SR3 in the 1500 class. Cusack started race
three in the middle of a crowded field and was hit on the front straight
just after the green flag, but finished in the top-10 during Friday’s
race two and was 11th to open the weekend.
“Tad did a great job coming back for his first Radical
Cup race since June at Road America,” Moore said. “He was improving
every session, and I know he would have made some noise on Saturday if
he didn’t have that contact at the start. It was a tough finish to a
good weekend for Tad.”
The Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup North America
finale waves the checkered flag on a busy 2019 season for Moorespeed,
who also fielded cars in IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship GT
Daytona (GTD), IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS), and IMSA
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. An announcement on
Moorespeed’s 2020 plans will be coming in the future.
Based in Austin, Texas, Moorespeed is a full-service automotive company
specializing in sales, service, repairs and restoration of luxury sports
cars and competition on the track in numerous North American road racing
series. Founded in 1991 in Austin by brothers David and Chris Moore,
Moorespeed offers comprehensive, turn-key service in which people are
just as important as parts and relationships are just as vital as
results. David Moore and Winslow Mankin, GM -- Director of Customer
Racing, welcome and work with every customer as a member of the
Moorespeed family, regardless if they are racing or enjoying their
sports car on the open road. Moorespeed's road racing programs are
designed for all skill levels, and driver development, both on and off
the track, is a Moorespeed specialty. Moorespeed is all about the
passion for high-performance automobiles and the people who drive them.
A commitment to personal service and performance permeates every corner
of the company. Learn more at www.moorespeed.com, and contact us at
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