Torrey Galida Promoted to President of Richard Childress Racing

July 2nd, 2014

Torrey Galida Promoted to President of RCR.

Big time congrats to a real professional.

http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm#20140702d

Torrey Galida - President of RCR

Torrey Galida – President of RCR

Cameron Hayley takes home $21,000 Check at Summer Showdown

June 30th, 2014

http://speed51.com/cameron-hayley-pockets-21k-in-summer-showdown-win/hayley_victory_lane_06_28-537x350

BTM Motorwerks Duo of Brad McClure & Mikee Sekhon are Ready for Laguna Seca.

June 27th, 2014

Racers Drive is preparing to head to the Monterey Peninsula this weekend to support the BTM Motorwerks team of drivers, Brad McClure & Mike Sekhon as they compete in the next round of the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC).

2013 TC Champion and BTM Motorwerks principal, Brad will be driving his beautiful 996/911 Porsche as he attempts to move to the top of the 2014 GT championship standings and compete for the race win at Laguna Seca.

2014 TC Rookie of the year leader Mike Sekhon is 3rd in the overall standings and will be driving his BTM Motorwerks built and prepared M3 BMW.

Overall BTM Motorwerks is the class of the field and is leading the Team Championship and both Brad and Michael know that with a little luck that they have the cars and crews capable of delivering the wins in both their respective classes.

The scheduled USTCC on-track activity for the BTM team is as follows:

Saturday
9:00 – 9:20 – Practice #1
11:05 – 11:25 – Qualifying Session #1
1:40 – 2:15 – Practice #1

Sunday
9:20 – 9:55 – Qualifying Session #2
1:15 – 1:50 – Feature Race.

This looks to be a great weekend for all the BMW and Porsche enthusiasts in the area to come to Monterey and cheer on their favorite team and racers.logo

Brad McClures BTM Motorwerks USTCC GT Class Porsche 996 in action at Thunderhill

Brad McClures BTM Motorwerks USTCC GT Class Porsche 996 in action at Thunderhill

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#99 Team Penalized by NASCAR for Sonoma Infractions.

June 26th, 2014

Ouch!  Ricky Stenhouse,  his team owner and crew chief are all penalized after post race inspection at Sonoma brings infractions to light.

Danica offers her support to boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse before the Sonoma K&N race.

Danica offers her support to boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse before the Sonoma K&N race.

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Danica & Ricky Stenhouse walk to the starting grid of the K&N race at Sonoma after driver introductions.

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Ricky Stenhouse accepts best wishes prior to the K&N West race at Sonoma from track president, Steve Paige,

 

http://hometracks.nascar.com/penalty/car_no_99_team_penalized_for_rules_violations_at_sonoma

Summer Showdown is this Weekend at Evergreen Speedway

June 25th, 2014

Historic Weekend Set for Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway.

Racers from 4 different country’s and 13 different states to compete this weekend.

Jessica Dana from Olympia, Washington to join 3 other female racers (including Herschel McGriff’s Grandaughter Maria McGriff) in the 3rd annual Summer Showdown which is quickly becoming the key race on the Whelen All American Late Model Calendar.

http://hometracks.nascar.com/NWAAS_Historic_Weekend_Set_for_Evergreen_062514evergreen_feature_summer_sundown_0625141348148631_7171_jess4

Jack Sellers Racing Sonoma Report & Recap

June 23rd, 2014

Jack Sellers Racing Sonoma Report!

June 21, 2014 was not the greatest day I’ve ever experienced in racing but we had some significant highlights despite the troubles we encountered during the race.

During qualifying Thomas Martin was atop the board for a good part of the 4 section euro qualifying format with Michael Shawhan in 4th for a time. Both achieved significant improvements over their practice times with Thomas running a 1:19.1 and Michael just a tick slower at a 1:20.0. Ultimately Thomas would start 11th and Michael a very solid 17th.

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Team Principal Jack Sellers qualifying run was delayed and thwarted by a competitors crash but Jack was still in the show starting 25th.

Under instructions from Team Manager, John Krebs to take care of their machinery, brakes and tires all three JSR racers ran competitive early laps with Thomas and Michael running comfortably with both in or near the top 10 as the competition started having issues.

At the halfway mandatory pit stop things unraveled a bit for Thomas Martin as his car refused to go into gear finally requiring a push start. Then while trundling around under yellow the car went to full neutral and required a push into the pits where the RJ Godett led #5 JSR crew dove underneath the car and unstuck the shifter rods and Thomas was back underway.

He drove some great laps and was back on the lead lap when with just 5 laps to go in the 64 lap race he was forced into the wall as he charged back into what looked to be a top 5 finish.

Under the circumstances this was a very disappointing result for championship contender, Thomas & the #5 JSR Racers Drive sponsored stock c

Lap 42 was the lap of doom for both Michael Shawhan and Team Principal Jack Sellers.

Running his first NASCAR race with support from BTM Motorwerks/Racers Drive & Steve from Dave’s Mobile Crane, Michael came out of the competition yellow loaded for bear running in 12th place and dicing with Cup regulars Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon and Michael Annett.


Searching for those extra inches and an edge Michael bounced his #11 JSR Stock Car carving the outside curb at turn 4 and when the rear of the car returned to earth the left rear axle broke giving him drive to only one wheel and bringing him limping into the pit lane. 


The Jake Koens led #11 crew immediately pulled the axel and prepared to insert a new one but unfortunately the broken axel end was on the inside closest to the pumpkin and had fallen inside the center housing requiring a push back to the paddock. 

Pulling the diff and broken axel end took too long to make it back into the race and so Michaels NASCAR debut ended officially on lap 42 and in 25th place.

Despite the finish, Team Manager John Krebs and the whole JSR team were very impressed with Michaels performance as he ran competitive laps and was close to the top 10 all day.

Even after suffering a broken axel Michael’s machinery and tires were in great shape and he would have probably joined his teammate Thomas Martin in the top 10 with a bit kinder treatment from the notorious Sonoma berms.

Jack Sellers had a nice solid run going until an off course excursion caused a flat tire and then rushing to get back on pace he slid off course on lap 42 ( there’s that lap again) at the fast and tricky turn 8 and hit the tire barrier doing some significant body damage. Luckily Jack walked away unhurt albeit in 26th place.

At the end of the race the JSR team assessed and reviewed the damage on Thomas’s and Jack’s cars and loaded up all three and prepared to head back to the team’s headquarters in Roseville California.

The JSR crew is resigned to some long hours of work ahead as they not only have to repair the road course rides but more immediately get their short track cars ready for the next K&N Pro Series West race at State Line Speedway in Idaho on July 12th.

ONE FINAL SONOMA NOTE: Huge thanks to hospitality maven’s Robin Osborne and Ellie Cesario for their tireless efforts to make everyone feel welcome as they support the madman who I become on race day and more importantly the JSR drivers, crew and VIP’s who make it possible for us to do what we love to do – Go Racing! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Be advised that competitive & affordable seats, supported by a professional crew are available for select races over the course of the remainder of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season on an “Arrive & Drive” basis with Jack Sellers Racing (JSR).

Contact Mike Cesario at Mike@RacersDrive.com or on the phone call Mike at 408-220-3167.

Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway has record entries of Women Drivers

June 18th, 2014

1348148631_7171_jess4833a4f291a345b3769914c9f7717ca6f19- year old Jessica Dana of Olympia, Washington heads the field of lady drivers on the entry list for the June 27 running of the Late- Model Summer Showdown.

Check out the following link for more details on Jessica and the other entrants.

http://www.evergreenspeedway.com/post/summer-showdown-has-record-entries-of-women-drivers/

NASCAR K&N West Pro Series Sonoma Preview – 4 Cup Regulars to Compete!

June 17th, 2014

It looks like Los Gatos native and BTM Motorwerks racer, Michael Shawhan will have plenty of competition this weekend at Sonoma as his NASCR debut will be accented by the inclusion of four NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars on the K&N West Pro Series Entry List – Michael Annett, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson & Ricky Stenhouse.

Racers Drive will be there in support and here’s hoping that many Nor Cal race fans will be on hand this Saturday to cheer on Michael as he tests his skills against some of the best stock car racers in this country.

For the full race preview go to the following link on NASCARHomeTracks.com.

http://hometracks.nascar.com/nknps-west_notes_061514_Sonoma

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Michael Shawhan’s #11 Jack Sellers Racing Chevrolet

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Cockpit picture of Michael Shawhan taken during his Buttonwillow road course test in the #11 Jack Sellers Racing K&N Pro Series West Stock Car.

Michael Shawhan smiles after another BMW Spec E30 Victory.

Michael Shawhan smiles after another BMW Spec E30 Victory.

 

Ferrari F40 Promotional Video – Courtesy of The Chicane

June 17th, 2014

Ferrari F40 Promotional Video Courtesy of The Chicane – Amazing Piece of Work.

Includes video commentary from Enzo Ferrari Himself! Check this out. It will get your blood going this morning!

http://thechicaneblog.com/2014/06/16/ferrari-f40-promo-video/666_2

Michael Shawhan to Make his NASCAR Debut at Sonoma

June 11th, 2014

#11 passenger side drivers side top rear quarter viewcockpit picture from Buttonwillow24 year old Los Gatos California Native Michael Shawhan will make his NASCAR debut on Saturday June 21st, when he will drive the #11 Jack Sellers Racing Chevrolet in the K&N West Pro Series race at Sonoma Raceway.

!Michael is a kart racing master having set a number of track records and most recently was the 2013 USTCC Karting Champion.

!At the age of 20 Michael moved up to the highly competitive and driver oriented NASA Spec E30 BMW Class where he has won a high percentage of his races and is currently the 2014 Championship leader and track record holder at Sonoma & Laguna Seca.

!Michael’s results & driving talent attracted the attention of Jack Sellers Racing, a well established NASCAR race team, and under the direction of Team Manager John Krebs the team conducted tests for Michael in both oval and road course stock cars.

!After passing both tests the team decided that Michael was ready to take the next steps up the ladder in the world of professional motorsports and they have entered him in the NASCAR K&N West Pro Series race, running as an undercard to the Sprint Cup race, at Sonoma on Saturday June 21st.

!After his Sonoma NASCAR debut Michael has the following additional races on his 2014 pro schedule including State Line – 7/12, Colorado – 7/26, Iowa – 8/1, Evergreen – 8/16, Kern County – 8/30, Miller – 9/13, Roseville – 10/11 and Phoenix on November 6th.

!In 2015 Michael and the Jack Sellers Race team plan to run a full K&N West Schedule which will provide beneficial national exposure, experience and a competitive platform for drivers, teams and sponsors alike.

!The NASCAR K&N Series Showcases “Tomorrow’s Stars, Today” and this series will provide Michael the experience to continue climbing the ladder to the NASCAR Sprint Cup level as well as providing his marketing partners & sponsors the attention and sup- port of the most loyal sports fans in America watching in the stands and on TV.

!The link below is the media guide to the NASCAR K&N Series which gives in detail the history and quality of this significant series as well as the fan and media demographics.

Mike Cesario, Racers Drive, Campbell, CA, 95008, mike@racersdrive.com, 408-220-3167