Camaro Goes Funny Car Racing in 2015 with John Force

January 22, 2015 by  
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The new 2015 Chevrolet Camaro will compete in the 2015 NHRA Funny Car Series with none other than John Force Racing (JFR). The 18-time Championship team has agreed to a multi-year contract to put Courtney Force, Robert Hight, and of course, John Force in Camaros. The team’s Top Fuel Dragster with Brittany Force behind the wheel will also be adorned with the iconic gold bow-tie.

“John Force is a champion and a legend both on and off the track, as a driver and as a team owner,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “John Force is a racer’s racer and a fierce competitor, and we are excited to welcome John and his team back to Chevrolet.”

“It is great to be back with Chevrolet. I started my career in a Chevy and my plan is to keep racing with them for many years to come. This is a great American company and we are excited about the opportunities in front of us,” said John Force, CEO John Force Racing and 16-time Funny Car champion.

Force has a long-standing relationship with Chevrolet, racing Corvettes, Citations, Luminas, Cavaliers and Camaros over his career. In 1994, Force won the NHRA Funny Car Championship racing a Chevrolet Lumina to an incredible 50-8 round win record, 11 final rounds, 10 wins and 12 No. 1 qualifiers.

“I won my first round of racing, went to my first final and got my first No. 1 in a Chevy. Since then I have won more rounds, races, championships than anyone in the sport. I have the record for most No. 1 qualifiers too and I can’t wait to get to the Winternationals and start adding to those records in a brand new Chevy,” added Force.

Last season was a landmark year for Chevrolet in racing, earning five manufacturers championships and six drivers championships. Chevrolet also notched notable victories in some of the year’s biggest races such as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, IndyCar Duel in Detroit, and the 24 Hours of Daytona, along with NHRA U.S. Nationals wins in Pro Stock and Stock Eliminator. With the signing of John Force Racing, 2015 should prove to be one of the best years in Chevrolet racing history. As this season unfolds, be sure to keep your browser locked to The BLOCK for all the latest inside news, features and happenings in the world of Chevrolet Performance.

 

ROCKAUTO.COM FEATURED ON SUPER CHEVY SHOW TV BROADCAST

January 22, 2015 by  
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Manufacturers Series fans and participants will continue to enjoy the benefits of RockAuto.com’s sponsorship with on-site swag at events in goodie bags at the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series and exclusive special online promotions and discounts in 2015. In addition, RockAuto.com will be sponsoring a featured segment on the new Super Chevy Show TV program set to air October through December.

Each episode of the Super Chevy Show will feature the “RockAuto.com Restored Award” segment that will highlight a selected vehicle incorporating parts purchased from RockAuto.com from each of the 12 events.

To be considered for the RockAuto.com Restored Award feature segment at one of the 12 Super Chevy Show events, Chevy owners with parts from RockAuto.com will be required to submit an online application in advance. Official rules and online entries will be accepted for the 2015 season starting in late January at www.superchevyshow.com. Winners will be contacted in advance and must be in attendance of the selected event in order to be eligible.

“RockAuto.com is happy to be able to continue as a sponsor of Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series events in 2015. We enjoy helping our customers maintain, repair and restore both their classic cars and daily drivers. The televised RockAuto.com Restored Award, will be a fun new way for us to recognize and celebrate customers’ cars at Super Chevy Show events in 2015,” said Jessa Torvik RockAuto.com Marketing Manager.

Now is the time take advantage of exclusive RockAuto.com discounts that are now available for all Manufacturers Series fans and participants preparing their cars for competition this summer with the following discount codes: Super Chevy Show – SUPERCH15, Fun Ford Series – FUNF15, Mega Mopar Action Series – MEGAM15. Save an additional 5% by filling in the “How Did You Hear About Us” box at checkout. (Coupon codes expire 6/30/15)

About RockAuto.com
RockAuto, LLC was founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999 by the Taylor family. Their engineering background, passion for old cars, and desire to liberate information hidden behind the auto parts store counter led the Taylors to start RockAuto. Over the years, the company and its selection of parts have steadily grown. Millions of parts orders have been successfully delivered to RockAuto customers. RockAuto ships thousands of auto parts from over 300 manufacturers to customers on every continent except Antarctica-including APO/FPO addresses. The RockAuto catalog is updated daily with mechanical parts like brake pads and shock absorbers, body parts like bumpers and mirrors, interior trim like door handles and carpets, and major assemblies like steering gears, CV axles, and complete transmissions. There are no mechanics on staff (RockAuto is a store, not a repair shop) but service manuals are available to help customers learn how to perform a repair. The RockAuto catalog is expanding constantly. Someday, it may be possible to build an entire car using parts from RockAuto!

About Super Chevy Show
The Super Chevy Show tour is the premier national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts offering something for everyone. From high-powered Chevy racing action to the spectacular show cars at the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country. The Series boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways for GM products, as well as a Swap Meet and Car Corral at most events. Kids are always welcome to take part in the free Revell Make ‘N Take activity each day to build their own model car to keep. The Super Chevy Show is widely considered the best brand-specific event in the country. For more information, visit: www.superchevyshow.com

IRG CEO Jason Rittenberry named “Innovator of the Year” at RTBC 2014

January 2, 2015 by  
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The Race Track Business Conference (RTBC) has awarded Jason Rittenberry, President & Chief Executive Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the “Innovator of the Year” award. The inaugural award was presented by Diamond Ticketing Systems at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana last week.

“IRG has been rapidly expanding their presence on and off the track and on multiple platforms, raising the bar for the industry,” said David Hutton, VP of Diamond Ticketing Systems.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the entire team at IRG, the IHRA and our track properties. We continue to implement our vision to transform the sport of drag racing for the fans and racers. 2014 was a tremendous year for us, but I am even more excited and optimistic about what we have planned for 2015,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG). RTBC_-_2014_-_DTS_-_Innovater_of_the_Year_Award_-_JR_-_IRG_-_12_-_14_-_I

“We are pleased that the award has been presented at the Race Track Business Conference,” said Tim Frost, the organizer of the event. “We also welcome Diamond Ticketing Systems as the official ticketing partner of the event.”

About IRG Sports + Entertainment™

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading purveyor of sports and live entertainment experiences and is the privately-held parent company of International Raceway Group™ (IRG), IRGSE Productions™, and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA). IRG owns and operates Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Palm Beach Driving Club® (PBDC), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR), Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR), and Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR). Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the company’s flagship and home to PBDC, a private members-only club for automotive enthusiasts. The facility features a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track, and a 250-foot-long Mud Bog. Acquired in January 2011, MIR is a highly acclaimed motorsports facility located in Millington, Tennessee, featuring a formidable 1.8-mile asphalt Road Course, a riveting 1/4-mile Drag Strip, and an enthralling 3/4-mile Tri-Oval Short Track. Added to the IRG portfolio of brands in August 2013, SWIR is a 110-acre venue located at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 10 miles from downtown Tucson, Arizona. The track features a dedicated quarter-mile Drag Strip and first opened in August 1997. CIR is a 190-acre venue in Cordova, Illinois, featuring a 1/4-mile Drag Strip. It hosts the popular World Series of Drag Racing and frequent street drags and bracket racing programs. Acquired in November 2014, MDIR is located in the Baltimore/DC metro market and features a world class 1/4-mile drag strip. It hosts more than 80 events annually, including the World Cup Finals™. Owned and operated since January 2013 by IRG, IHRA is the second-largest drag racing and fourth-largest motorsports sanctioning body. The 44-year-old organization manages two national touring series, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ and Sonic Rush Tour™. With headquarters in Norwalk, Ohio, IHRA sanctions more than 110 motorsports facilities in the U.S. and Canada and has more than 12,000 racers of all skill levels as members. IRG’s subsidiaries now promote more than 950 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and series. IRG is also affiliated with Miami’s Auto Museum at The Dezer Collection, Palm Beach Grand Prix, Super Chevy Show Series, Fun Ford Series, and Mega Mopar Action Series.

About Diamond Ticketing Systems

Diamond Ticketing Systems (www.diamondticketing.com) is a leading provider of full-featured, hybrid ticketing software systems for racetrack and motorsport venues. It provides powerful ticketing software products and consulting services to a huge array of customers in a broad range of markets, processing millions of tickets at the box office, on-line and on mobile devices. Diamond Ticketing Systems is the official Ticketing Partner of the Race Track Business Conference.

About Race Track Business Conference

The annual Race Track Business Conference (www.racetrackbusinessconference.com) hosted by the National Speedway Directory provides a platform for industry leaders to collaborate, analyze, and conceptualize around the business of motorsports. Shared insights from all forms of racing create dialogue and interaction in a unique intellectual environment.

About Performance Racing Industry

Performance Racing Industry, (www.performanceracing.com) monthly business magazine, is recognized as “The Voice of the Racing Marketplace.” Targeted at the racing trade, PRI connects manufacturers of racing products and technology with the distribution channels of retailers, builders, distributers, and teams. The PRI Show is the world’s largest auto racing trade show.

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