NORRA-Mexican-1000-2014-12-30-13(Agua Dulce, Calif.,)  While the world enjoys this week’s Christmas holiday, racers and adventure seekers from many parts of the globe are looking forward to their own off-road motorsports tradition. With just 140 days left before the fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, event registration will open as it has for the past three years – on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014 at exactly 12:00pm (noon) Pacific Standard Time (PST).

NORRA’S’ electronic registration process takes place entirely online to insure a fair process for those wishing to secure spots for this increasingly popular and wholly unique motorsports adventure. Early registration not only guarantees a vehicle entry, but also provides competitors with their choice of numbers, up-front Day 1 starting positions by class and a comfirmed hotel reservation for the rally’s first overnight for four-wheel vehicles in Bahia De Los Angeles (first-come, first-served).

“New Years Day is really like Christmas morning for the entire NORRA crew,” explained National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) President Mike Pearlman. “Last January we accepted nearly 80 entries for the 2013 rally at the dawn of a new year, and we expect to exceed that number next Wednesday. We also felt strongly that we will be hosting more than 200 vehicles at next year’s rally.”

Team-HRC-Rodrigues-Dakar-Motul-12-30-13POMONA, CALIFORNIA – Motul, manufacturer of world class lubricants, will once again take on the most grueling motorsport event in the world, the Dakar Rally.  The legendary race pits the world’s greatest off-road drivers against amateur competitors, Dakar often being the culmination of their life’s dreams.

The 2014 edition of the rally will run January 5 – 18 across Argentina, Bolivia and Chile and will include 34 Motul-supported entries.  The entries will compete in all four main categories – bike, quad, car and truck.  The 450 vehicles due to take the start of the rally will go on to cover 9,000 kilometers (nearly 5,600 miles) through South America.  New for 2014 is a separation of routes for 40% of the total distance for motorcycles and quads, versus that of the cars and trucks.  With safety as a driving force, five special stages have been marked out on completely separate routes covering around 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) of timed sections.

The Dakar is the world’s greatest rally raid adventure and there is no room for any mechanical weakness. Motul has proven itself to be reliable in this arena, and its technical partners/racers will be using specially adapted lubricants, maintenance products and coolants from its Motorsport Line (Auto) and Factory Line (Moto.)  The main product is Motul’s 300V range for high performance and maximum protection. The terrain, climate and conditions endured by the Dakar’s competitors can be punishing.  From the icy cold of the mountains to the searing heat of the desert, Motul’s products must withstand every extreme in this ‘living laboratory.’

Ricky-Carmichae-2014-Arenacross-12-30-13lAURORA, Ill. – Five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael shares his thoughts on the excitement surrounding the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season and the first official year of the Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross.

“Last year’s AMSOIL Arenacross series was unbelievable coming down to the last race in Denver, man it was something exciting” said Carmichael. “With all of the amateur riders competing this year in the Road to Supercross, it’s going to be more unpredictable than ever”

On a bitter cold December day that barely got out of the twenties, mixed in with blustery winds, rain, sleet, snow, and a little sunshine, the Henderson 250 featured super hot racing for KC Dirt Tribe athletes.

KC-HiLites-Dirt-Tribe-12-30-13The Henderson 250 was the final event on the 2013 Best In The Desert calendar and things really started heating up at the Time Trials on Thursday before the race. KC Dirt Triber Rob MacCachren needed to have a great starting position and an even better race to have even a remote shot at the Trick Truck Championship. On the other hand, fellow Dirt Tribe athlete Jason Voss needed to just finish the race to cap off his incredible year with the Championship. But Jason didn’t hold anything back at qualifying as he grabbed the second starting spot by edging out Rob’s time by a scant .163 of a second. That set the stage for the race with the two drivers starting side-by-side on the second row.

When the flag dropped, MacCachren got the hole-shot on Voss off the line and immediately set his sites on the pole sitter. Near the beginning of lap three, Rob finally chased down and passed the race leader. Once he was out front, he continued his blistering pace, trying to put as many positions as possible between himself and Jason Voss. At the end, MacCachren came in first overall, beating out the second place finisher by just under 40 seconds. Jason Voss managed to come in fifth overall, fourth in class. His finish was good enough to seal up the 2013 Trick Truck Championship. In fact, KC Dirt Tribe athletes took the top three spots in the final Trick Truck standings with Rob MacCachren coming in second and Steve Olliges third.

BITD-2013-Season-Champions-12-30-13The Henderson “250” marked the end of another banner year for the world’s largest off-road racing series, Best In The Desert. 2013 saw tremendous growth in the popularity of Best In The Desert events with an increase in overall race entries and fan following.

When the dust had finally settled at the end of a long hard fought season consisting of six races for the Car, Truck and UTV classes, the points were added up and the 2013 Champions were named. Jason Voss, driving his Ford truck, turned out to be the year’s big winner earning his first Trick Truck Championship, the Grand Championship for the Car and Truck Classes, the Camburg “Best In The Desert” Award and the Trick Truck Challenge Cup.

The Best In The Desert Year-End Awards Ceremony was held Saturday, December 21st  at the Sunset Station in Las Vegas. The 2013 Class Champions were announced and celebrate at a banquet in their honor.

Monster-Energy-Supercross-7-19-12AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports and MX for Children announced today the return of the Jackpot Challenge fundraiser for the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season. Incentive prizes have been added to provide opportunities for participation at every stop for Monster Energy Supercross season, including a top tier award level that brings fundraisers to Las Vegas for the ultimate backstage pass to the finale of supercross.

“We reorganized our Jackpot Challenge to allow more people to participate in the unique, behind-the-scenes experience at supercross,” said Paul Gross, founder of MX for Children. “Now the kids that do the hard work for our charity have a chance to be recognized and rewarded at every level of fundraising.”

ricky-carmichael-off-road-12-23-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 5th Annual Monster Energy Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross once again returns to Daytona International Speedway in 2014 for the biggest two-day amateur supercross event on the planet. Following Saturday night’s Daytona Supercross by Honda, amateur racing kicks off Sunday, March 9 and continues on Monday, March 10, offering classes for racers of all ages and skill levels.

“It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching our fifth year of amateur supercross on the storied grounds of Daytona International Speedway,” said Tim Cotter, director of MX Sports. “With the help of 15-Time Champion Ricky Carmichael, we’ve built a supercross track that is suitable for all ages and skill levels, while offering that historic element of competing on the same course that the best athletes in the world competed on the night before.”

With nearly 1,000 entries last year, RCSX will once again offer two full days of amateur racing-featuring longer laps and practice time, with more class options to give racers even more track-time over the course of the weekend. Due to the expansion of racing, Ricky Carmichael University will not take place in Daytona this year.

World Rally Ranking LogoSébastien OGIER is without question the number 1 of international rallying, as confirmed by the 2013 WRR (World Rally Ranking) promoted by the IRDA (International Rally Drivers Association), the first place is always occupied by the French driver, in second place the Belgian Thierry Neuville, the podium is completed by Finnish Jari-Matti Latvala. These three drivers are followed by 935 rally drivers from the 5 continents and 75 countries in the world, after the running all international rallies in the FIA calendar 2013, have scored the necessary results to enter the World Rally Ranking. This is the final standing of the new IRDA ranking for the first 15 positions:

Position              Driver Name                                     Nationality                                         Points
1                             Sebastien Ogier                              France                                                 7005
2                             Thierry Neuville                             Belgium                                              5655
3                             Jari-Matti Latvala                           Finland                                               5385

GNCC-Racing-Logo-4-17-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Racer Productions, producers of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, is pleased to welcome ALCO Cleaning Products as an Associate Sponsor for the 2014 GNCC season.

Based in King, N.C., ALCO Cleaning Products offer non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products for dirt bikes, ATV’s, Side-by-Sides, street bikes, lawn mowers and tractors. While the company is new to the sport, its creators have been in the motorcycle and powersports industry for over 30 years. Everyone involved with ALCO rides!

“As a longtime GNCC racer and supporter, I am proud to have ALCO Products Inc. join the GNCC Racing family as an Associate Sponsor for 2014,” said ALCO Cleaning Products President/CEO, Mike Allen. “GNCC Racing is one of the most demanding sports in the world and we believe it demands the best products to support the racers.”

Monster-Energy-World-Speedway-12-23-13CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – A lineup of some of the best speedway competitors from the United States and Europe was solidified on Wednesday, December 18, as the official rider draw for the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational took place setting the field for the 23-heat GP race format for the December 28 event at The Grand Arena in the City of Industry, Calif.

The 16-rider lineup is a who’s who of global speedway racing, featuring nine Americans, a trio of Brits, and a pair Polish riders, as well as lone stars from Australia and Denmark. Additionally, two alternates, each from the U.S., will be ready to step in, if called upon.

The official score sheet shows the unique and exciting GP format that features 20 initial four-lap heats from which riders will accumulate points in an effort to become one of the top eight competitors to reach one of the two semi finals. The top two finishers from each semi move on to the final, which will determine the overall winner of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational.