Trans Am Series Announces Restructure Of Ownership Group
 Industry News
The Trans Am Race Company (TARC) has announced that Jim Derhaag will depart the ownership group in order to avoid a conflict of interest, as he fields the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.
  The depart will also allow Derhaag to better focus on his primary business, Derhaag Motorsports.
Texas Motorplex Names New General Manager
 Industry News
Andy Carter was named the new Texas Motorplex general manager by owner Billy Meyer. Carter first joined the Texas Motorplex team as the VP of Sales in 2014.
  Built in 1986 by Billy Meyer, the Texas Motorplex was drag racing’s first "super track."
USAC Hall Of Fame 2017 Inductees Announced
 Industry News
The initial eight 2017 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame have been announced. Performance Racing Industry’s very own founder, Steve Lewis, is among those inducted for his years as one of USAC’s most proficient car owners.
  Four more inductees, selected through social media votes, will be announced at a later date.
JRi Shocks Announces Jeff Ryan As General Manager
 Industry News
JRi Shocks has announced that Technical Director and co-Founder Jeff Ryan will assume the role and title of the newly created general manager position, effective immediately.
  Jeff Ryan will direct all aspects of sales and engineering as well as oversee marketing efforts.
Edelbrock Names New President
 Industry News
Steve Rogers was the President and CEO of K&N Engineering, Inc. from 2003 to 2014. At Edelbrock, he will focus on product strategies and marketing initiatives to continue growing the brand.
  Rogers succeeds Wayne Murray, who will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer.
LMP1 2020 Regulations Revealed
 Industry News
The ACO has detailed the 2020 LMP1 regulations, which focus on the introduction of plug-in hybrid technology, safety enhancements and cost reduction. The regulations have been created with stability in mind and will last for at least four years.
  Plug-in hybrid tech being added to the LMP1 cars is one of the biggest highlights of the regulations.
GMS Racing Adds Former Cup Crew Chief To Team
 Industry News
Former NASCAR crew chief Mike Ford has joined GMS Racing as competition director for its Xfinity Series program. The previous director, Tom Ackerman, will continue to serve as competition director for the team’s Camping World Truck Series program.
  The new competition director Mike Ford has 21 career Cup wins as a crew chief.
Speedway Motorsports Announces Digital Partnership With ISM Connect
 Industry News
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. announced its partnership with ISM Connect to bring the world’s largest digital fan engagement network to its eight different venues starting in June, with full deployment by 2018.
  The new technology will debut at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, June 23—25.
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