|DAN GURNEY JOINS 'THE AMELIA'S' FORD GT40 SEMINAR|
|Le Mans winner Dan Gurney, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance's 2002 Honorary Chairman, returns to 'The Amelia' to join a panel of international racing celebrities and experts honoring the 50th anniversary of Ford's game-changing GT40 prototype. Gurney won just one race for the Carroll Shelby-led Ford GT40 team, but it was the race that mattered most: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gurney's victory in the 1967 edition of the fabled Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic has become the stuff of legends and remains part of the most extraordinary three-weeks span in international motorsport. From May 30, through June 18, 1967, Ford teammates Dan Gurney and Le Mans co-driver AJ Foyt rewrote the history books and had automotive journalists scouring their thesauri for superlatives for the American racers, their competition feats and their American racing cars. It started on Memorial Day, 1967, in Indianapolis where Foyt, racing his Ford-powered Coyote, won his third Indy 500 at record speed. Just eleven days later he and Gurney defeated the might of Ferrari to win the fastest Le Mans 24 Hours in the race's 35 year history. The closest Ferrari was a distant 25 miles behind the Gurney/Foyt Ford GT after 3,237 miles of relentless, high speed, open road racing. Another speed record came just one week later. Gurney, driving his own Eagle Formula 1 racer, won the fastest Formula 1 race in the sport's 28 year history on the long, sweeping Spa circuit through Belgium's Ardennes forest: the fastest road racing circuit in the world. Gurney's winning average speed over the Belgian public roads was just five-point-two mph slower than Foyt's record-setting 500 speed on Indy's high speed oval. Dan Gurney started at the top of the sport and stayed there. His first Formula 1 and World Sports Car Championship contract was with Ferrari and his long career touched nearly every branch of motorsport. He summoned Indy's rear-engine revolution, racing for Team Lotus at 'the Brickyard' in 1963. He won seven USAC national Champ Car races driving his Eagle Champ Cars. In Formula 1, Gurney won four World Championship Grands Prix plus a pair of non-championship F1 races. Add five NASCAR victories and a trio of wins in the unlimited, mega-dollar Can-Am series to the tally and the picture of a versatile 'all-round racer' becomes clear. Gurney went on to create some of history's greatest racing cars. Less than a year after his victories at Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix, one of his Eagle Indy cars won the Indianapolis 500. Retirement from the cockpit kicked his race car building business into high gear. Eagles won the Indy 500 three times and Gurney-built Eagle prototypes won multiple IMSA championships with victories in the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. Dan Gurney's ultimate gift to motorsport may be considered more cultural than technological or statistical. Just after 4:00 PM on June 11, 1967, Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt climbed on Le Mans' victory podium. Gurney was handed the traditional victory magnum of Moet Champagne but instead of drinking it, Gurney shook the dark bottle, aimed it at the crowd and sprayed all hands! Porsche racer Jo Siffert, winner of the two-liter prototype class, joined in, with AJ Foyt laughing out loud. From that moment, nearly every major race winner has emulated Gurney's creative Le Mans victory celebration. Dan couldn't resist reprising his 1967 Le Mans podium performance as 'The Amelia's' 2002 honoree. Concours Founder and Chairman Bill Warner remembers the 2002 Best of Show trophy presentation with extraordinary clarity. As James Patterson's 1937 Delage D8 Aerodynamic Coupe stopped in front of the reviewing stand, Warner noticed that, 'Dan looked at me with that grin, he had an evil look in his eye and I knew I was about to get soaked.' He wasn't disappointed. Gurney gave the magnum of Moet - the same Champagne he had sprayed at Le Mans 35 years earlier -- a good shake, 'He must have unloaded half that bottle on me. But, it's really an honor to have Dan Gurney spray you with the winner's Champagne,' said Warner. Gurney will join fellow Ford GT40 racers Brian Redman and David Hobbs, and John Wyer Racing Team Manager John Horsman, Lee Holman - President of Holman Automotive, Inc. and Holman Moody, Inc. and Alan Grant of the Le Mans-winning Shelby American team on the panel of the Celebration of Ford's GT40 Seminar Presented by Kelly Services at 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 9th in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Tickets are $30 per person, available at www.ameliaconcours.org.|
|BOMARITO RETURNS TO MAZDA MOTORSPORTS• Jonathan Bomarito Returns to No. 70 Mazda for 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Season|
October 29, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) —It was confirmed today that Jonathan Bomarito, a driver with extensive history and success in Mazda-powered open wheel cars and RX-8 sportscars, will return to the Mazda SpeedSource team for the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. From 2010 through 2012, Bomarito amassed 13 podium finishes and four victories with Mazda. His previous stint was also hi....
|TANNER FOUST RETURNS TO SHORT-COURSE RACING• Rockstar Energy Drink driver joins LOORRS field|
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (October 27, 2014) - Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust returned to short-course truck racing this weekend for a second run on the Pro 2 category of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
'I have so much respect for the drivers who do this every weekend,' said Foust. 'It's unbelievably difficult to learn to drive fast and make the truck fly correctly in the air -- all with the chaos of other trucks ....
|Hello Texas! Toyota Gives Hearty Thanks for Rolling Out the Welcome WagonAutomaker Rocks the Block with Huge Community Party, $1 Million Contribution to Local School and Texas-Built Tundra Truck Donations to the City of Plano|
PLANO, TEXAS, Oct. 27, 2014 – Good food, live music, new friends—all the ingredients for a rollicking neighborhood block party. That's what's happening today in Plano.
Toyota has pulled out all the stops to thank the community, civic leaders, business partners and nearby corporations for the warm welcome to The Lone Star S....
|Performance Takes Center Stage at Toyota's 2014 SEMA BoothToyota Celebrates Its Performance Legacy — Past, Present and Future|
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2014 — Toyota's 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show presence will be focused on its performance legacy — past, present and future. The Toyota display booth will feature fifteen unique vehicles that boldly underscore the company's commitment to truly push the limit of both man and machine. Whether on the racetrack, out in the desert or on the street, this year's SEMA....
|STAMPEDE OF CUSTOMIZED 2015 FORD MUSTANGS TO DEBUT AT 2014 SEMA SHOW IN LAS VEGAS◾Uniquely modified 2015 Mustangs will be on display in the expansive Ford booth at the 2014 SEMA show, which takes place at Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 4-7|
◾Aftermarket tuners are getting a chance to coax even more power from the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine
◾Performance specialists will demonstrate newly developed aftermarket parts to enhance the track handling of the 2015 Ford Mustang
Ford Motor Company is bringing performance to the halls of the 2014 Specialty E....
|KESELOWSKI'S CLUTCH WIN PUTS THREE FUSIONS IN NASCAR FINAL EIGHT◾Brad Keselowski's win vaults the No. 2 into the Eliminator round of eight.|
◾The win is the sixth Cup win of the season for Keselowski and 16th of his career.
◾The victory marks the second in the 2014 Chase for the 2 team (Chicago).
◾Ford Racing's 14 wins this season is the most for the manufacturer since 2005 (16).
◾The win is Ford's 28th Chase win and 632nd all-time series victory.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Redd's Wicked Apple Ale Ford Fusion (Finished 1st)
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW – 'I can....
|SPEED ENERGY FORMULA OFF-ROAD PRESENTED BY TRAXXAS STARTING 2015 SEASON IN AUSTRALIACHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 16, 2014) – Stadium Super Truck series founder Robby Gordon and South Australian Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, announced today the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS 2015 season will start in Adelaide, Australia, in conjunction with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.|
The Clipsal 500 Adelaide attracted more than 273,600 spectators over four days in 2014. The invitation from Australia's premier motorsports event is a testament to the rapid growth and po....
|GRAND FINALE FOR THE SCIROCCO R-CUP IN HOCKENHEIM◾Curtain falls on Volkswagen's one-make cup for final time after 17 years|
◾Kremer vs. Bouveng: exciting duel for second place in the championship
◾Pierre Casiraghi and Albert of Thurn and Taxis make guest appearances
Grand farewell for the Scirocco R-Cup: after 17 successful years, the curtain falls for the final time on Volkswagen's one-make cup this weekend, with celebrity guest starters Albert of Thurn and Taxis (D) and Pierre Casiraghi (MC) on hand to bid farewell to the series in Hocke....