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– The Fifth Anniversary Edition of the Champion brand’s popular “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest will award a record $200,000 (USD) in cash and prizes to more grassroots racers than ever, including beginners of all ages in virtually every form of engine-driven competition. The annual contest is sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) and exclusive global marketer of Champion spark plugs, filters, wipers and performance chemical additives.

Royal-Purple-8-30-11Porter, Texas – Premium synthetic lubricant and performance chemical manufacturer, Royal Purple®, today announced it is celebrating its partnership with veterans organization, Manpower to Horsepower, in an NBC Sports video feature at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River race in Jacksonville, North Carolina on July 5.

A longtime partner of Royal Purple, Manpower to Horsepower is an organization that seeks to help combat veterans re-acclimate to civilian life by providing specialized training and job placement for careers in motorsports. The organization has helped rehabilitate dozens of American heroes since its founding in 2010, offering its comprehensive 16 week program at no charge to those enrolled. Royal Purple supports Manpower to Horsepower by supplying its complete line of premium high performance lubricants and chemical products as well as well Royal Purple branded shop apparel for use in the program. Royal Purple also extends this same support to a number veteran staffed race teams composed of graduates of Manpower to Horsepower’s program.


READING, Pa. – EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications and the manufacturer of ODYSSEY batteries, once again has been named an official sponsor of Brian Deegan, a pioneer in action sports with 16 X Games medals, a six-time short course off-road truck champion, a Global Rallycross racer and freestyle motocross rider.

VP-Fuels-Logo-8-17-12SAN ANTONIO, TX – VP Racing Fuels today announced that Regional Manager Jim Kelly will retire from the company effective May 31, 2015.  Kelly has been a dedicated employee of VP Racing Fuels since 1986, after spending many years as a motorsports writer/photographer and columnist.

“Motorsports and business development have been passions of mine for many years.  Working at VP for almost 30 years has given me the opportunity to do what I love and at the same time to contribute to the significant growth and success of VP not just in the Northeast but also in Europe.  My first passion, after my wife and children, though, has always been creative writing.  I’ve been doing it since I was in grade school when I was first published. I’ve just finished my first book, a work of fiction that has nothing to do with racing, and this transition from working full time at VP will allow me to fully devote my efforts to its promotion and to further pursue other opportunities in motorsports.”

The Sahara Desert Challenge (SDC 2015) is the adventure expedition of the moment in West Africa, a challenge “made in Portugal” that leaves no one indifferent around the world, from the smallest to the more adventurous, a perfect trip for anyone who wants to live in the first person, in a “non-competitive”, the sensations of the original African Rally Dakar, who remained on the continent for 29 years.

La Paz, BC. Mexico—In the run up to Dakar 2016, Robby Gordon and his second HST Gordini took back to back wins at the NORRA Mexican 1000 and Dos Mares 500 in Baja California, Mexico. Robby raced the newly built replica of his original HST Gordini that was designed specifically for the Dakar Rally and is equipped with the 6-speed Albins ST6-i sequential gearbox. While the elevation and temperatures of the Andes Mountains in South America cannot be replicated in Baja, Robby was very pleased with the car’s performance. The suspension, gearbox, braking and handling of the car were perfect, running flawlessly throughout the event.


ENSENADA BAJA CA, MEXICO – has announced Rancho El Coyote Meling as the first of 3 overnight bivouac locations for the 2015 edition of the BAJA RALLY taking place September 28th – October 2nd from Ensenada’s San Nicolas Hotel and Casino. Rancho El Coyote will host and feed riders, support crews, media, officials and honored guests at the arrival of “Special Stage 1” on Tuesday, September 29th. Only tent and RV camping will be available El Coyote Bivouac. Overflow lodging accommodations are available at neighboring Rancho Meling, closer to the main road entrance. (full details below)


Ryan Millen and his navigator Christina Fate pose with the vehicle, which Millen will drive at various races including some of the 2015 Rally America 2WD-Open Class season. Photo: Chris DeLorenzo

TORRANCE, Calif. – Toyota unveiled its RAV4 rally car at the Monster Energy Supercross Championship finale recently at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Ryan Millen, who won the 2014 Baja 1000 in a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, will drive the RAV4 rally vehicle at various rally races including some of the 2015 Rally America 2WD-Open Class season. The muscled-up RAV4 was unveiled live between races to all in attendance and was on display in the pits throughout the event.


LONG BEACH, CALIF. — It was a dream two-time Dakar class winner Darren Skilton and Daker veteran Scott Whitney had for years. Last week, the partners successfully launched the first annual Cortez Rally, a true off-road navigation rally coming for the first time to the deserts of North America. The three-day event featured competition through intoxicating and massive sand dunes of the Sonoran desert in Mexico that rival those in Africa and surpass those found in South America.


LA PAZ, Mexico – After capturing the inaugural Pro Unlimited Class of the NORRA Mexican 1000 on Thursday, Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini race car, specifically built for the Dakar Rally, stayed in the La Paz, Mexico area for the weekend and entered the Dos Mares 500 off-road race, where the Gordini captured another overall title.