SEMA eNews Vol. 21, No. 11, March 15, 2018

Racing News: Callaway Competition, Flying Lizard Motorsports Earn Podiums in Pirelli World Challenge Season Opener

Compiled by SEMA Editors

  Callaway
Driving the Corvette C7 GT3-R, Daniel Keilwitz earned a top-five finish and a second-place finish during last weekend’s double header.
  Flying Lizard
Flying Lizard Motorsports scored a podium and an additional top-five finish at the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge last weekend.

Callaway Competition, Flying Lizard Motorsports Earn Podiums in Pirelli World Challenge Season Opener

The Pirelli World Challenge debut of the Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R was hailed a success on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, last Sunday afternoon. Driver Daniel Keilwitz earned a top-five finish and a second-place finish during the double header, moving him to second position in the championship standings. The Pirelli World Challenge next competes at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for Rounds 1–2 of the SprintX championship: a 60-minute race in which two drivers share the duties for the same car. The driver joining Keilwitz will be announced shortly, as the team has confirmed the Callaway Competition C7 GT3-R will run in the event March 23–25.

Flying Lizard Motorsports closed out its first race weekend of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season last Sunday morning, leaving the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with a podium and an additional top-five finish. The team debuted its pair of new Audi R8 LMS GT4 cars with drivers Mike Hedlund and Adam Merzon. Hedlund and the No. 45 Audi R8 LMS led the charge for the weekend, earning a second-place finish in race one and a fourth-place finish in race two, earning a second-place spot in the GTSA point standings, just two points behind Drew Staveley. Merzon earned a ninth- and a 12th-place finish, placing him in ninth position in the championship standings.

Irwindale Speedway LKQ Pick Your Part Opening Night 2018 Results

Compact Enduro (20 laps)
1. Rodney Argo
2. Michael Hudson
3. Daniel Hudson

Figure 8 Race (20 laps)
1. Rodney Argo
2. Robert Rice
3. Joe Labrosciano

Flagpole Race (20 laps)
1. Joseph Bereiter
2. Tony Cummings
3. Robert Rice

LKQ Pick Your Part Jet Truck Burn-Down
1. Jet Truck
2. Sedan

Skid Plate Race (20 laps)
1. Mike Gigregorio
2. Robert Salcido
3. Robert Rice

Trailer Race (20 laps)
1. Robert Rice
2. Cheryl Hyland
3. Steve Cook

Falken
Falken Tires will support Brenthel Industries and Mamer Motorsports in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for 2018. 
 
   

Falken Tires to Enter 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series With Two Pro-Lite Teams

Falken Tires will support two teams in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for 2018. Brenthel Industries, a veteran off-road team and long-term partner to Falken Tires, will return to the Pro-Lite class with driver Jonathan Brenthel. Also competing will be Mamer Motorsports with driver Cole Mamer in the Pro-Lite class. Both teams will carry Falken’s traditional blue and teal livery on their vehicles. The first race takes place Saturday, March 17, at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.

  Chevrolet
The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series kicks off April 5 at the 10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. 
   

Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series Returns for 2018

The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series kicks off April 5 at the 10th Annual NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. It is followed by races in Joliet, Illinois; Norwalk, Ohio; and two events in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The series ends September 9 in Bowling Green. In addition to mild and heavily modified engines, the series also showcases the Chevrolet Performance DR 525 drag-racing sealed crate engine in the Chevrolet Performance Stock class. The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series takes place alongside the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals. The Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series features four racing categories and one shootout, running at each Challenge Series event. Categories are Chevrolet Performance Stock, Street King, Rumble, Street Car Challenge and the Real Street Shootout. The top three competitors from Chevrolet Performance Stock, Street King, Rumble and the Real Street Shootout winner and runner-up will be invited to a special Chevrolet Performance Champions Dinner December 8 at the PRI Show in Indianapolis.

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