Toomas-Heikkinen-SYLVANIA-Cup-Rally-9-24-13Charlotte, N.C. – Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen took home the inaugural SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup, which came with a $20,000 prize, at Sunday’s SYLVANIA-sponsored Global Rallycross (GRC) competition at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting provided extra incentive for drivers competing in domestic GRC events in 2013 with the inception of the $20,000 battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup. New to the GRC series in 2013, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup was awarded to Heikkinen since he was the driver that earned the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season. The fight for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup commenced with the July 11 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, included races in Bristol and Atlanta, and wrapped up yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s famous dirt track.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The thrilling handlebar-to-handlebar racing action of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series wraps up its 2013 season with a two-round doubleheader on Sept. 21-22 at the Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, N.Y.

The popular series features period-correct vintage dirt-track motorcycles from a wide range of eras, dating to the earliest years of the sport to modern times.

“The AMA’s history in dirt-track racing dates to original factory Class-A competition in the 1920s,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “This sport’s roots run deep for motorcycling in general and the AMA specifically. It’s our honor to pay tribute to the great motorcycles and motorcycle racers of the past.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the champions crowned at the season finale of the AMA Vintage Motocross and Hare Scrambles National Championship Series, presented by JT Racing. The series wrapped up at BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Racers travelled from as far away as California to contest the five-round series in its inaugural year. Rounds were held in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Illinois before the final round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“In previous years, our national vintage champions were determined by the single-event AMA Grand Championship format,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “Dirt track evolved to a series a few years ago, and for 2013, motocross and hare scrambles also made the transition. We’re pleased that more vintage riders were able to participate thanks to the additional rounds, and we’re looking forward to gaining even more momentum next year.”

Beauchamp-TORC-Off-Road-7-25-13Escanaba, MI (July 25, 2013) – After finally getting his break through win for the 2013 TORC season in Crandon, Danny Beauchamp continued his winning ways with back to back victories at the Dirt Track @ Route 66 Raceway. The reigning Super Stock Truck Champion is showing the competition that it’s never too late to challenge for a championship. With just four rounds of racing left in the race season, the black #826 Ford F-150 is only four points out of the championship lead.

For the first time in Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL history, the Super Stock Truck class competed on the one-mile long “Bowl of Baja.” The layout didn’t look that challenging at first glance, but as soon as all the racers finished up their Friday practice session, everyone’s opinion definitely changed. The outside portion of the track ran a majority of the half-mile dirt track with a few large jump to give the fans a thrill, while the infield was more technical with four unique corners with smaller jumps placed in such a way that kept every racer needing to catch their breath.

Lucas-Oil-Loanmart-Glen-Helen-7-25-13San Bernardino, CA – LoanMart Racing heads to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Ca. July 26-28 for rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In order to beat the summer heat, the races are run after the sun goes down. The darkness and cooler temps can cause a challenge for some drivers but it falls right into the wheelhouse of LoanMart Racing’s Oscar Rodriguez.

Oscar got his start racing dirt track ovals under the lights, he knows a lot about dirt. “A couple weeks ago I ran a Lucas Oil Regional Series race after dark at Glen Helen and I loved it,” says Oscar, “The track was like cake, nice and moist. The dirt had great traction; my BFGoodrich tires were really hooking up. We have my Prolite truck right where I want it; the suspension, the power, I’m looking to be aggressive this weekend. The cooler temperatures after dark make it much better for the driver, that’s another reason I like it. I’m much more comfortable and able to focus everything on driving.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Got a cool Husqvarna motorcycle? Want to show it off? BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is just the place.

This year’s event shines the spotlight on the riders and champions of Husqvarna. As part of the festivities, the American Motorcyclist Association will be putting Husky owners front and center in a number of ways.

“Husqvarna has a grand tradition in the U.S., from helping jumpstart AMA motocross competition in this country, to the brand’s success in off-road racing, but none of that would have been possible without the champions and riders of Husqvarna,” said Grant Parsons, the AMA’s director of communications and marketing. “This year’s BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrates those riders in a number of ways. We can’t wait to greet all the riders — and their Husqvarnas — at the event.”

Mastercraft-Rachet-3-19-13Impact and MasterCraft Safety’s harnesses are some of the most popular in the racing industry today.  Used by the likes of Robby Gordon, Brian Deegan, Ron Hornaday, Antron Brown and even Tom Cruise in the new Jack Reacher movie, Impact by MasterCraft Safety has become the popular choice of drivers from NASCAR to NHRA to Baja.  Always evolving, MasterCraft debuted the QSR (Quick Safety Release Adjusters) system in 2012 to critical acclaim.

For 2013 and in response to overwhelming demand, Impact and MasterCraft Safety are proud to introduce a new option for the most versatile belts in the industry today; the Ratcheting Harness.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Indoor Dirt Track National Championship Series is running full throttle at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill., with tight racing and an impressive lineup of Pro and Pro-Am riders highlighting the on-track action in the Steve Nace Racing-promoted series.

“We’re having a great series with competitive racing across the board, in both motorcycle and ATV competition. These riders don’t slow down when the outside temperatures drop,” said promoter Steve Nace. “There’s a lot of exciting short-track and TT racing on the schedule through late February — not to mention an indoor, heated facility to keep the fans nice and warm — so come on out and catch some racing.”

“One of the biggest motivating factors in purchasing Impact was the incredible line of Made in the USA helmets” remarked Robbie Pierce, owner and CEO of Impact and MasterCraft Safety.  “As an off-road racer I encounter brutal environmental conditions that are not typical to the asphalt market and I knew from experience there was a lack of products customized for the off-road and dirt track racer.”

In development and testing since shortly after Pierce purchased Impact, the Air Draft OS20 helmet is now officially on the market and available for purchase.  “We are taking racer comfort to the next level in both the off-road and dirt track markets with the introduction of the Air Draft OS20″ remarked Robbie.  “We went through a couple of design revisions to get it dialed in, but now we have a helmet for the dirt market that I am very happy with.”

JOLIET, ILLINOIS — Following a decisive win in round six of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL action at Crandon International Raceway, Scott Douglas won round seven on the short course circuit at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago. “Chicago and Crandon are two very different tracks,” stated Douglas. “Crandon is a high speed natural terrain course, while Chicago is a tight and technical circuit built on the oval and infield of the dirt track at Route 66 Raceway. Crew Chief Jason Schampers and the Douglas Motorsports crew have the AMSOIL, BFGoodrich, Borla F-150 so well sorted out that we were able to win on both styles of short course race tracks.”

The round seven win was a hard fought battle. Scott Douglas was running upfront when Johnny Greaves spun in the left-hander going into the infield and Scott had nowhere to go and found his truck nose-to-nose with Greave’s Toyota. The rest of the field piled into the back of Douglas’ truck before Scott was able to break free and retake the lead. The second half of the race turned into a dogfight between Scott Douglas and Adrian Cenni. To the delight of the huge Chicago crowd, Douglas and Cenni traded the lead several times on each lap. Then, with two laps to go, Scott was able to break free and put some distance on Cenni, holding the interval all the way to the checkered flag.