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Do I need winter tires?

Right around this time every year, when the temperatures start to dip and the trees have lost their leaves, people start to think about winter tires. We usually get all kinds of questions about winter tires – from what brands to go with and what dimensions to choose, right down to an all-out discussion whether people need winter tires to begin with. Here I outline some of the major points that should be able to help you make a more informed decision.

Why Do I need winter tires to begin with?

First and foremost, winter tires are not required only when you are facing snowy conditions or icy roads. They are a great choice when you have any wintery weather, which is average temperatures of freezing and below – this is regardless of whether the road is wet or dry, or even covered in snow or ice. The reason for this is the composition of the rubber itself. Winter tires are formulated using a rubber compound that has an optimal operating temperature range in line with our typical winter temperatures. This means the rubber continues to stay soft and maintain grip when it gets cold outside. Summer tires, on the other hand, have an optimal operating temperature range that is much higher, and as such harden and provide less grip in colder temps. As you can imagine, all season tires try to bridge the gap in between. Base on this fact alone, winter tires will keep you safer in wintery conditions – as the tire will be able to maintain its grip on the road while you accelerate, brake and maneuver on the colder road surface.

The second reason that winter tires are better is the design of the tread pattern itself. Winter tires feature deeper grooves with more irregular and jagged edges to cut through snowy conditions. They also have “sipes” – which are the channels that run inside each tread block to help the tire grip the snow better. Finally, the pattern is also designed to channel out the water and slush, enabling the tire make better contact with the road surface. As such, you can see that the tread pattern itself can also play a very important role on wet, snowy and icy road conditions.

What size tires should I go with?

If you have the ability to choose the size of winter tires for your car, it is advisable to choose the smallest width tire the manufacturer offered with your specific vehicle. Each manufacturer tends to offer a variety of “packages” and wheel options available for each model they sell; and these are typically paired with a few different tires. I would suggest going with the smallest “width” tire they offer (for your specific vehicle) – you can typically find this on a safety sticker inside the driver’s door jamb. The reason you want to go with the smallest width one comes down to basic physics – pounds per square inch, or PSI for short. When you reduce the overall width of each tire, you are effectively distributing the same vehicle weight over a smaller surface area that connects with the ground (the tire’s contact patch). This results in a larger amount of weight on each tire, enabling it to cut through snow, slush, etc. with greater force. Its not advisable to go with a tire width smaller than the smallest one offered by the manufacturer, as there are safety implications tied to the chosen tire size range.

Do I need a different set of rims for my winter tires?

This is dependent on 2 things. Depending what wheel & tire combo currently sits on your car, if you change the tire size dramatically (in relation to what you currently have) for the winter setup, it may require a different width rim. If you go down this route, just remember that choosing a rim does require you to think about a few things – bolt pattern, center bore, offset and clearance from brakes, suspension, etc. It’s best to seek advice from a trustworthy source when going down this route to ensure that all your bases are covered. The second consideration are the actual rims themselves. Some rims, typically found on higher end luxury and sports cars, are not winter ready. As such, they will get corroded and destroyed as the salt literally eats into them. In these instances, its worth your money to buy a dedicated set of winter rims.

Do brands matter?

Ultimately, you get what you pay for. Brands like Michelin and Pirelli have spent a ton of money on R&D in developing their tires. Their long tenure in developing tires results in tried and tested products that work very, very well. That said, lesser name tires can also do a good job for winter driving and I believe it boils down to how you drive. If you are a spirited driver that tends to demand more out of your car than an average Joe, its probably best that you stick to a brand name tire (like Michelin, Pirelli, etc.) that can give you that extra bit of safety and performance. However, if you tend to drive on the more cautious side, there is no reason why a lesser name tire cannot meet your requirements (while saving you money).

When is the best time to switch over?

Typically, when the average temperature starts to hover around the single digits, it’s a good idea to proactively change over to your winter setup. The magic number the industry uses is 7 degrees Celsius. This also holds true when switch from winter to summer tires in the spring.

I hope the above gives you food for thought on some of the major considerations when it comes to choosing a winter tire setup. If you have any further questions, the team at 11Tenths (or your local tire shop) will be happy to answer them and get you a package that is right for your needs and application.

 

Written by : Kaizer

 

Many a car person’s bucket lists include a trip to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. 11Tenths went there in 2019 and it was an experience! Racing, traffic jams, crepes and dare I say some track side Schnitzel (oh wait, that’s part 2)

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If you’re a basketball fan you may have turned to the fantastic NETFLIX special “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. MJ obviously has a special kind of champion mindset which netted (excuse the pun) results throughout his career.  It appears he’s looking to take that mindset to a new court. As if 2020 wasn’t weird enough…Michael Jordan is picking up a team in the oval track arena.

Although NASCAR isn’t as popular among track jockeys and circuit royalty, there’s no doubt of the sheer popularity among North Americans for oval track racing. The popularity (and money) has brought in some top tier talent over the years (Alonso and Hamilton of Formula 1 fame have had test drives). The nature of the series means there is always close racing and a massive field that ensures some good entertainment. Passing and crashes is what the majority tune in for, but it does take some serious skill to be able to bump draft past the next driver and control a car where 300km/h is an average pace, not just the “top speed”.

The main news here is that Michael Jordan decided to pickup a team with Denny Hamlin and join in the circus. Not only that, Bubba Wallace will be his star driver. Bubba is a talented driver, but he recently became a household name outside of NASCAR due to some seriously unfortunate events. To top off the display of injustice in our world prevalent in 2020; Bubba fell victim to what is a hotly debated prank or outright hate crime in the pits this year (google it).

Bubba has been super vocal about change in NASCAR. Not only is this fantastic for the sport, but it has also received further support from his new team owners. More light should be shed on the inequality within racing. Jordan coming into the sport has been touted as the ‘Tiger Woods’ moment; where more people are getting interested in a sport where there was previously less interest. Dr. Brett Boyle, a marketing professor at Saint Louis University, summarized it best. “When somebody sees somebody like them in a sport, then they start thinking about themselves playing that sport,” said Boyle. “This may increase minority interest in [NASCAR].” Straight facts: Jordan is the first Black majority owner of a full-time racing team in the NASCAR series since the 1980’s.

All this commotion brings some much-needed excitement to the NASCAR arena and sheds a big spotlight on the equality concern within the series. Of course, this extends to other racing series’ as well, and will serve as a great catalyst for change in the broader sport. I hope MJ and team do well; especially in the arena of NASCAR which is already questionable. This is a historical moment, up there with the all-female driver NSX GT3 team in the IMSA series. More people need to realize that this sport is inclusive and the more people that participate; the better it gets. The door is open for everyone.

 

Written By: @milk4coffee

Did you know that roughly one year ago Bugatti announced that it would no longer be chasing speed records with their cars? Ironically enough, this was freshly after achieving a 304 Mph run. Now even though it was not with a production car you could buy at a local dealership, it was a prototype based on the road going Chiron. They listed all sorts of reasons why they had this sudden change of heart; most of which can be boiled down to one single sentiment – they think outright top speed is unnecessary. How ironic, since that was their whole mantra with the Veyron to begin with.

I’d like to posit another theory (and what I believe to be the more likely) theory. I believe that through the grapevine, they had become aware that an ‘American’ with big biceps and a can-do attitude was working on a hypercar with a top speed target far beyond what their fleet could achieve. So, they picked up their baguettes and bratwurst and hobbled back into their leather lined dens. Backing out long before the comparison was even going to take place. Fast forward a year, and that aforementioned ‘American’ proved to be a force to reckon with. As of October 2020 the SSC Tuatara positively DESTROYED every single record out there for production ‘road’ cars. This car hit 331Mph or 530Km/h. Incredible.

Now most of us are aware that the truth of realizing such speed all comes down to two engineering feats. Co-efficient of drag and power. Yes, there are additional factors such as suspension travel, tires being able to maintain their structural integrity, and the list goes on. However, these aside, it really does come down to these 2 aforementioned factors. And as with most other challenges, throw enough money at any problem and you will come up with a solution. The Tuatara is no exception to the rule.

Power, you ask? The Tuatara has a twin-turbo V8 capable of delivering an asphalt scorching 1,750hp. The coefficient of drag is surprisingly disappointing, however. With a 0.279 coefficient of drag, it is bested by the likes of the Subaru BRZ, Hyundai Elantra and even the 1998 model year S-Class from Mercedes (for crying out loud)! The list of cars with better coefficient of drag figures runs longs, and features entry level consumer cars all the way to concept prototypes. But I guess with anything, throw enough horsepower into the mix, and it can literally overpower other less-desired areas. But don’t feel too bad for the Tuatara, it did beat the Ferrari F50 (Cd of 37.2), Koenigsegg CCX (Cd of 32.0) and the McLaren F1 (Cd of 0.32), among others.

That said, watching the Tuatara’s record-breaking run, the car looked incredibly stable. Not as dramatic as I would have expected. Might as well thank the computational fluid dynamics of modern CAD software, right?

Here’s the thing. As impressive as these runs are, beyond production numbers where do you draw the line for these road car records? Could 11Tenths not theoretically weld together a 5 foot long pointy nose cone for a BMW M2, then boost the motor until the head bolts stretch out of the bonnet? Boom top speed. The impressiveness is the complete package of these hypercars. Koenigsegg is a great example of a top speed car that can go around a corner but also be functional enough to act as a grand tourer. We need to learn more about the Tuatara, but I’m sure the goal is similar – a car that is not just about top speed but incredible handling as well.

So, is top speed a joke and just a battle of math and engineering? Of course not.

I’ll tell you what it is: Marketing.

 

Written by: @Milk4Coffee

Image Source: SSC North America

The 1st episode of our brand new podcast. The goal is to fill your minds with information and talking points.

In this episode we talk where the rubber meets the road. LITERALLY we chat about tires.
A hotly contested arena where everyone has something to say about what is the best bang for your buck.

We also chat about a neat little project in the shop that yielded some fantastic power for an “eBay” build.

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In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several racing series and event organizers have decided to modify, postpone or cancel industry gatherings. The following is a running list of official statements from race organizations regarding their operations. In addition to the major race organizations below, several tracks across the nation are also postponing and modifying their 2020 schedules. Reach out to your favorite track or team’s social media pages for the most up-to-date information.

24 Hours of Le Mans
The organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, together with the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), have decided to postpone the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 13-14, 2020.

The new date will be September 19-20, 2020.

For the latest information, visit fiawec.com.

ABB FIA Formula E
Formula E and the FIA have announced that the 2019-20 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period, considering the challenge the current health crisis poses to the organization of events in city-centers. The series is implementing a flag system traditionally used in motorsports to determine different phases and time windows where races could be rearranged or remain unaffected—with red representing no races, yellow keeping the opportunity open and green going ahead as planned. Months marked as red flags are March and April, with May currently categorized as a yellow flag and both June and July given the green flag, should the situation improve and stabilize. As a consequence of the suspension, it will no longer be possible to race in Paris and Seoul, or Jakarta as previously announced on the originally scheduled dates.

For the latest information, visit fiaformulae.com.

American Drag Racing League (ADRL)
After consulting with ADRL officials… [World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois] adjusted [its] event schedule and were able to move the ADRL Gateway Drags to the only available date that could accommodate such a large gathering, July 10-11, 2020. Tickets for the ADRL event will be honored on the rescheduled date.

For more information, visit wwtraceway.com or adrltour.com.

American Sprint Car Series (ASCS)
Classes under the ASCS banner, including the ASCS Sooner Region, ASCS Southwest, and ASCS Desert Non-Wing Series, have postponed their 2020 schedules. In addition, “Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have no choice but to cancel this weekend’s Spring Nationals with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. As of now, the event has not been rescheduled.”

For the latest information, visit ascsracing.com.

ARCA
In conjunction with NASCAR, all ARCA Menards Series race events—including the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West—are postponed through May 3.

For the latest information, visit arcaracing.com.

CARS Tour
The CARS Tour Old North State Nationals presented by Visit Orange County, originally scheduled for April 4-5 at Orange County Speedway, has been postponed indefinitely. Additionally, the Race Face Tel-Med 300, originally scheduled for March 21, at Hickory Motor Speedway, has been canceled.

For the latest information, visit carsracingtour.com.

COMP Cams Super Dirt Series
Series officials have announced the March 27–28 event at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas) and I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Arkansas) have been postponed. Additionally, the scheduled doubleheader for April 3–4, at Texarkana 67 Speedway (Texarkana, Arkansas) and LoneStar Speedway (Kilgore, Texas) has been postponed. The series is scheduled to return to racing April 17–18 at Poplar Bluff Speedway (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) and Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, Missouri).

For the latest information, visit compdirt.com.

Crate Racin’ USA
The Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series has announced the first three races of the 2020 national touring season have been rescheduled for the month of April. The two-race Rumble on the Grumbo at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi) is now scheduled for April 17-18. The 50-lap Shoals Showdown at North Alabama Speedway (Tuscumbia, Alabama) has been rescheduled for April 25. Additionally, the two races set for NASCAR Weekend at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama), will be rescheduled. A later date will be announced.

For the latest information, visit crateracinusa.com.

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)
The decision has been announced to postpone the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2019-2020 season. The promoter, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the RACB are working together to find a new 2020 date.

For the latest information, visit fiawec.com.

Formula 1

F1 and Grand Prix officials have announced the Dutch Grand Prix (May 1-3), the Monaco Grand Prix (May 21-24), and now the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (June 5-7) will be postponed. In addition, the Formula 1 Summer break has been moved forward to March and April to help accommodate a rescheduled season.

For the latest information, visit formula1.com.

IMS Museum
The IMS Museum is closed to the public at this time.

For the latest information, visit indyracingmuseum.org.

IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced schedule updates for three 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events.

  • The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio has been moved to the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2020. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3.
  • The IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been moved up one weekend to run on Sept. 4-6. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 11-13. This date adjustment was made to accommodate IMSA competitors planning to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which now will run on Sept. 19-20.
  • The 23rd annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has been moved back one week and now will run Oct. 14-17. The original dates of the event were Oct. 7-10.

It was also previously announced that the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts is set for Nov. 11-14. Previously purchased tickets for all four events will be valid on the new dates. In addition, IMSA officials also announced the Grand Prix of Alabama (April 3-5) and the Long Beach of Grand Prix (April 17-19) will not take place as originally scheduled.

For the latest information, visit imsa.com.

INDYCAR
INDYCAR officials have announced that the iconic Indy 500 is still slated to take place on May 24. In addition, officials have also canceled competitive events through April. “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24… We are planning for all contingencies and will be prepared to run the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 as the COVID-19 situation permits,” a press release stated. In addition, ticket credit and refund information regarding the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the 2020 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach have been announced.

For the latest information, visit indycar.com and gpstpete.com.

Keystone Automotive BIG Show
Keystone Automotive has canceled its annual BIG Show due to escalating concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the parts distributor has announced. The show was scheduled to be held March 27-28, in Grapevine, Texas. The company also plans to convert the show to a virtual environment, the statement revealed, as a new date could not be found to reschedule the event.

For the latest information, visit keystonebigshow.com.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride
The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, originally scheduled for May 2-8, will now take place May 1-7, 2021.

For the latest information, visit kylepettycharityride.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have postponed events at Atomic Speedway, Brownstown Speedway, 411 Motor Speedway, and Talladega Short Track. The series hopes to resume the original schedule on April 18 at Hagerstown Speedway and April 19 at Port Royal Speedway.

For more information, visit lucasdirt.com.

Mazda MX-5 Cup

Following the recent cancelation of the IndyCar events at Barber Motorsports Park and Circuit of The Americas, Mazda Motorsports, Andersen Promotions and IndyCar have decided to postpone the first two rounds of the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich.

For the latest information, visit mazdamotorsports.com.
Must See Racing
Must See Racing (MSR) has put its 2020 season on hold, stating it is impossible to predict when the season can begin.

For the latest information, visit msrxtreme.com.

NASCAR
NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3, with plans to return racing in Martinsville [Sat., May 9]. Officials intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined.

For the latest information, visit nascar.com.

In related news, officials from Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway have announced details regarding ticket refunds or exchanges for the postponed or canceled NASCAR dates.

For more information, visit texasmotorspeedway.com/ticket-exchange, bristolmotorspeedway.com/exchange, or talladegasuperspeedway.com.

NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be closed to the general admission public beginning Saturday, March 14 through the end of the month.

For the latest information, visit nascarhall.com.

NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
American SpeedFest 8 at Brands Hatch (West Kingsdown, England) will be postponed from its original date (June 6-7), following the decision by Motorsport UK to extend the suspension of motor racing until at least June 30. Event organizers MSV and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series are working together to secure a new date and an announcement will be made in due course.

For the latest information, visit euronascar.com.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NASCAR and South Boston Speedway officials announced that the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opener has been postponed inevitably. The WhosYourDriver.org 150 was scheduled for South Boston on Saturday, March 21. No makeup date has been determined, and further details on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule will be announced at a later date.

For the latest information, visit hometracks.nascar.com.

National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)
NHRA officials have suspended racing, including events at all NHRA-owned tracks and any NHRA-sanctioned events such as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Officials intend to resume the original schedule on April 17-19 in Houston, and continue thereafter, subject to developments in the interim. The Spring Las Vegas event is postponed with new dates TBD.

For the latest information, visit nhra.com.

NMCA/NMRA
ProMedia Events and Publishing, the parent company of the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, in association with Atlanta Dragway’s parent company NHRA, have decided to postpone the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals returns May 14-16, and NMCA returns to action May 28-31, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. A new date has not been made for the NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals.”

For the latest information, visit nmcadigital.com.

PDRA
The PDRA East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech is postponed.

For the latest information, visit pdra660.com.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has made the decision to postpone the 98th running of the race. The race will not be conducted on June 28, 2020, but instead will be slated to take place on Sunday, August 30. Fan Fest, which annually attracts more than 30,000 race fans in downtown Colorado Springs, will be set for Friday, August 28.

For the latest information, visit ppihc.org.

POWRi
POWRi and track officials have postponed the Turnpike Challenge in favor of Wednesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. The updated schedule is below.

Wednesday, April 29 – Creek County Speedway Practice
Thursday, April 30 – Creek County Speedway
Friday, May 1 – I-44 Speedway
Saturday, May 2 – I-44 Speedway
Sunday, May 3 – Port City Raceway

For the latest information, visit powri.com.

SCORE International Off-Road Racing
SCORE International has elected to postpone next week’s 34th annual SCORE San Felipe 250. Round 1 of the four-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship has been rescheduled with the new race date of May 9 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. Additionally, SCORE has announced a date change for the 52nd SCORE Baja 500 race week from June 3-7 to June 16-21.

For the latest information, visit score-international.com.

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)
SVRA officials have shared that the 2020 Trans-Am SpeedFest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, set for May 1-3, will not take place as planned. Officials are in active discussions to find an alternative date for later this year. A full entry fee credit, with no expiration, will also be issued.

For more information, visit svra.com.

Southeast Gassers Association (SEGA)
The SEGA Emerald Coast Race at Emerald Cost Dragway (Holt, Florida), is postponed. A new date will be announced.

For the latest information, visit southeastgassers.com.

Southern National Series
Officials with Boyd’s Speedway, Senoia Raceway, and the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels have announced the postponement of [the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals]. The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series will now open the season on Friday, April 10, at Wythe Raceway.

The newly scheduled dates are below.

Friday, April 17 – Boyd’s Speedway – Ringgold, GA

Saturday, April 18 – Senoia Raceway – Senoia, GA

For the latest information, visit southernationalsseries.com.

SRO Motorsports Group America
SRO America plans to complete all rounds in 2020.

The recent St. Petersburg Grand Prix weekend, as well as the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend scheduled for April 17-19, have both been canceled. SRO America will integrate the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint Rounds 3 and 4 and SprintX Round 3, as well as TC America TCR/TCA Rounds 3 and 4 at already-scheduled future race weekends. An update will be provided in the near future regarding the TC Festival at Lime Rock Park scheduled for May 8-9, and the Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park scheduled for May 15-17. In an effort to bring the GT motorsports community together in this time, SRO Motorsports Group has launched the #GTunited2020 campaign to share photos, videos, and stories on social channels.

For the latest information, visit sro-motorsports.com.

Supercars
Supercars officials have announced Tasmania, Auckland, and Perth events will all be postponed until later in the year, but not canceled. It is believed that all 14 rounds of the 2020 championship will still take place.

For the complete statement, where to watch virtual Supercars race on track, and the latest information, visit supercars.com.

Trans Am
The Trans Am Racing Company announced today that the SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix event featuring the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 28–29, will be postponed. The next event for the national Trans Am Series is currently scheduled for May 1–3, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition, the series continues to monitor the developments in Northern California for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship event at Thunder Hill Raceway that is scheduled for April 3-5. As of [March 17], the event will go ahead without schedule interruptions.

For more information, visit gotransam.com.

United States Auto Club (USAC)
Races scheduled for the CRA and West Coast Sprint Cars, as well as the Western Midget Series and Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets, have been postponed through the end of March.

For the latest information, visit usacracing.com.

United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)
King of America X powered by Summit and B-Mod Battle at The Bullring slated for March 26-28 at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas, has been postponed. If the event(s) can be rescheduled, an announcement will be made as soon as those dates are known.

For the latest information, visit usmts.com.

United States Sprint Car Series (USCS)
The 2020 USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters schedule has been suspended for now. The suspension applies to the USCS Mid-South and Southern Thunder regional schedules as well.

For the latest information, visit uscsracing.com.

World Of Outlaws Sprint Cars
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series, together with its partner tracks in California, has decided to adjust the remainder of this spring’s California tour, which included races scheduled through April 18. Previously, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series had postponed events through April 9. Additional events now impacted include races on April 10 at Merced Speedway, April 11 at Ocean Speedway, and April 17-18 at the Stockton Dirt Track. In working on possible reschedule dates, World of Outlaws officials have determined there will not be an option this season to run postponed events originally scheduled for March 14 at LoneStar Speedway, March 21 at USA Raceway, March 22 at Arizona Speedway, March 28 at Perris Auto Speedway, April 10 at Merced Speedway, April 11 at Ocean Speedway, and April 17-18 at the Stockton Dirt Track. In examining the remaining schedule, Series officials plan to reschedule races originally scheduled for March 13 at Cotton Bowl Speedway, March 29 at Santa Maria Speedway, and April 3-4 at Thunderbowl Raceway.

For the latest information, visit worldofoutlaws.com.

World Of Outlaws Late Models

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, together with Illinois’ Farmer City Raceway, is postponing the Illini 100, which was originally scheduled for April 2-4. The $15,000-to-win event has become an early-season staple for Dirt Late Model fans and racers. World of Outlaws and Farmer City Raceway officials plan to reschedule the weekend. Amid additional precautions, the series previously postponed events set for March 27 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, and March 28 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney. World of Outlaws officials also intend to reschedule those events, as well.

For the latest information, visit worldofoutlaws.com.

Officials from Total Seal Piston Rings have announced a new alliance with Diamond, JE and Wiseco Pistons.

As part of the partnership, Total Seal Piston Rings are now available as an upgrade option on any piston from JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products or Diamond Pistons. The three performance piston brands are all under the Race Winning Brands (RWB) banner, which also includes Dart, MGP, K1, Trend, X2 & Boostline.

While the option of Total Seal rings has been available as a special order option, today’s announcement makes it easier to take advantage of Total Seal’s patented technologies including its gas ported rings, Diamond Finish and Total Conform rings.

“This new alliance represents a win for our customers,” RWB President Bob Bruegging said in a press release. “Providing performance options to our customers reflects the mission of Race Winning Brands, and adding Total Seal Piston Rings provides our customers with a premium performance option without added hassle or handling costs.”

“Our new alliance with these three leading piston manufacturers will allow both consumers and engine builders to upgrade to the finest rings in the industry through their ordering process. We look forward to a mutually successful relationship,” Total Seal CEO and President Matt Hartford said in a written statement.

 

 

For more information, visit totalseal.com or racewinningbrands.com.

The G-Force Racing Gear brand and its product lines have been acquired by RiteGuard GA, Inc., according to a press release from G-Force.

The purchase of G-Force Racing Gear, previously owned by Postell Associates Inc., was completed on December 30, 2019. The current G-Force sales and operation team will continue to manage the business from a new location in Acworth, Georgia.

Customers with inquiries are encouraged to contact G-Force sales account managers Craig Robinson and Jeremy Speich at 770-998-8855.

G-Force Racing Gear manufactures suits, helmets, gloves, shoes, camlock harnesses, latch and link harnesses, nets and restraints, towing gear, crew gear, flame retardant underwear, and more.

G-Force Racing Gear made the following announcement regarding the acquisition:

We are dedicated to making the transition as seamless and smooth as possible for our current and new customers and distributors. We will continue to provide quality G-Force Racing Gear products across all present product lines and further improve the G-Force Racing Gear product quality control, lead times and services. We will strive to fulfill our customer needs now and in the future as we carry the G-Force name into the coming decades.

We apologize for any response delays that you might be experiencing in the business transition period. Please understand that we are working on restocking the entire G-Force product line as quickly as practical and also rebuilding the production facilities.

Aeromotive introduces the company’s first series of brushless fuel pumps. Designed specifically for extremely high-horsepower vehicles, the new brushless series of pumps offer improved performance and efficiency, especially for ethanol-fueled, street/strip applications.

Aeromotive created four new brushless pumps—the Brushless A1000, the Brushless Eliminator, the 3.5gpm and the 5.0gpm Gear Pumps. The company’s new brushless technology is designed to create less heat, draw less power and eliminate the potential for wear, which is ideal for dual purpose applications requiring a continuous-duty fuel pump.

The four new brushless Aeromotive fuel pumps are available in three configurations 1) external in-line, 2) direct drop-in replacement for any Aeromotive fuel cell, including COPO, Cobra Jet or Drag Pak factory race cars, or 3) as complete fuel cells available in 6-, 15- or 20-gallon capacities. The Brushless A1000 and Eliminator feature the same legendary roller vane pumping mechanisms that have been trusted for decades, now simply offered with the latest in electric motor technology.

These pumps boast more flow at higher pressure than their classic counterparts, and are engineered to last a lifetime.  For more information on Aeromotive products, click HERE.

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STEEL-IT 1002 Polyurethane (chock-full of stainless steel micro flakes) is a high-performance coating engineered for superior performance under the most demanding conditions. STEEL-IT 1002 creates a stainless steel shield making parts nearly impervious to corrosion and highly resistant to scratching. Weldability is STEEL-IT 1002’s signature benefit.

Early stages of part damage appear as visible lines on the coating’s surface, or Magnaflux without the need to remove the coating. Bring the welding arc—TIG or MIG—directly to the coating’s surface to repair the part. Finally, the aerosol offers quick touch up that blends right in, leaving no sign of repair. For more information on Steel-in click this LINK.