One new qualifying format will be Group Qualifying, in which drivers will be grouped via random draw, and have five laps to set the fastest time. The fastest qualifier will start from the pole position for the feature event.
Two new race formats introduced for the upcoming year will be Duel and Live Pit Stop race formats.
Tire limits and plate-race tweaks are among NASCAR’s 2017 rules updates, released last week. Rule book changes were made for its three national series, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The revisions were pertaining to vehicle and driver safety, as well as pit equipment and crew safety.
Officials announced at the North American International Auto Show a contract extension with Dallara, the sport's longtime chassis manufacturer. The multiyear agreement extends through the 2020 season.
The 2017 season marks Dallara’s 20th anniversary in U.S.-based open-wheel racing.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund for students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries, offering financial assistance of up to $5,000.
The deadline for the program is March 1, 2017. Students can apply online.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame announced the names of those inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 3, during the twenty-eighth annual ceremonies. Included are three drivers: Dave Darland, Tony Elliott and Terry McCarl.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Knoxville, Iowa.
Carl Edwards is set to retire from NASCAR racing, effective immediately. An announcement is scheduled for Wednesday at Joe Gibbs Racing. Daniel Suarez will be the replacement driver to pilot the No. 19 Toyota in 2017.
According to sources, Edwards made the decision three weeks ago.
SEMA President & CEO Chris Kersting praised U.S. Representative Patrick McHenry and his colleagues for reintroducing H.R. 350, the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017. The RPM Act is cosponsored by 44 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bipartisan bill protects Americans' right to modify street vehicles into race cars.
ProMedia Events & Publishing announced that Jim Campisano has joined ProMedia as Director of Sales. As a 30-year industry veteran, early NMRA supporter and former NMCA racer, Campisano is well acquainted with ProMedia events and magazines.
Campisano, pictured, will work with ProMedia sales and Race Pages, the Ford performance publication.
NMCA, in conjunction with Chevrolet Performance, has opened all Chevrolet Performance Challenge Series classes to any car, no matter the manufacturer, as long as it has an LS or LT engine and conforms to the class rules.
Under the terms of the new multi-year agreement, Brighton, Michigan-based Nikon Metrology will help enhance Team Penske’s manufacturing process of its race cars competing in NASCAR, working closely with the organization’s fabrication department.
Jeff Barna will join the company starting January 16 as chief operating officer. Barna will report to YTC President Shinichi Takimoto and will be responsible for sales, marketing and product planning. He will also be on YTC’s executive committee.
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