KANSAS CITY, Kan.Taylor Hacquard and Derek Jones will remember Saturday as the day they notched their first victory in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The fact that the No. 32 car actually was the second car to cross the finish line in the Street Tuner division at Kansas Speedway won’t matter at all.

Jones and then Hacquard spent most of the two-and-a-half-hour race battling the No. 93 of Chad Gilsinger and Michael Valiante for the lead. But on the final restart of the day, race leader Valiante was slapped with a penalty for manipulating the restart and was instructed to take a drive-through penalty.

Valiante ignored the penalty and continued to lead the rest of the way, but it was the No. 32 of Hacquard and Jones that was declared the winner, with Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra taking second. Because of the penalty, Gilsinger and Valiante finished 11th.

“I got (the word) just on the last lap on my team radio, them saying, ‘You don’t need to pass them, don’t worry about passing them, he’s getting a black flag,’ ” Hacquard said. “I mean, not exactly the way I wanted to win, but it helped us out a lot.

“It was pretty rough on those last couple of restarts. He was bunching the field up really good — accelerate, slam on the brakes and swerve. Not the best restarts, so I could see where Grand-Am warranted the penalty. It really helped us out, he was going to be hard to get around, so I’m just happy with the end result.”

And even though the way they won was somewhat strange, Jones and Hacquard were just happy to make it to victory lane after several near-misses.

“I had never had a race where I crossed the finish line second either,” Hacquard said. “It’s been three full seasons now I’ve been with Grand-Am and we’ve been so close so many times before, within laps of winning the race. We’ve just had a mix of bad luck here and there.

“(This) feels like a great accomplishment for myself, and I’m just happy to get (the win), especially with Derek, too.”

Jones led three times during his opening stint and said his main focus was on giving Hacquard a car he could win with when the driver switch was made.

“I just wanted to get Taylor a good car so he was able to just kind of go out there and push it and keep the brakes behind us and the rear tires a little cooled down,” Jones said.

John Edwards and Matt Bell took the victory in the Grand Sport division of the Continentel Tire Sports Car Challenge, starting fifth and leading 27 of 89 laps, including the last 23 laps by Edwards.

“(The team) had pretty much every part on and off this car, just to make sure everything was right,” Bell said. “These guys have been working really hard and our engineer nailed the setup.

“I think the car was pretty good. I’m very impressed with everything the team’s done.”

Season point leaders Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi finished second in GT and now hold a 51-point advantage over Edwards and Bell.

Shelby Blackstock, the son of legendary country singer Reba McEntire, and Joey Atterbury finished third.

ANGELELLI, TAYLOR HOLD ONMax Angelelli and Jordan Taylor captured the Daytona Prototype win in Saturday night’s Grand-Am Rolex Series event at Kansas Speedway, with rookie Taylor holding off three-time defending series champion Scott Pruett in a long, spirited battle at the end of the two-hour, 45-minute race.

The 10 of Angelelli and Taylor won by a margin of .568 seconds over Pruett and Memo Rojas, moving into first place in the series standings with their third win of the year.

Alessandro Balzan and Leh Keen won the GT class while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez won in GX.

CARTER TAKES LAMBORGHINI WINAl Carter took the win in Saturday’s Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race, edging Friday night’s winner, Kevin Conway, by 0.543 of a second.

Jason Clunie was third while Bruce Jenner and his son, Burt, teamed up to finish in fourth place.

Carter led twice in the 45-minute timed race, from laps 19-21 and from lap No. 26 to the checkered flag.

The National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2013 High Tech Road Show (HTRS) to the United States with a visit to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Now in its sixth year, the Road Show has drawn more than 25 delegates from throughout the Arab world, including the largest tech delegation of Libyans ever to visit the United States.
About National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce:

From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Little Graceland in Los Fresnos, Elvis fans of all ages can enjoy a celebration dedicated to the late, great rock ‘n’ roller.
There will be kiddie carnival rides, food and beverages, a classic car show, musical performances and more at the Viva Las Vegas Elvis Festival.
The museum dedicated to the King will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the festivities will go on all afternoon.

KANSAS CITY, Kan.Scott Pruett has nothing left to prove in racing.

The 53-year-old Californian has won 10 American sports car championships, including the past three Daytona Prototype titles with co-driver Memo Rojas in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

Pruett has been part of the winning 24 Hours of Daytona team five times, including this year’s event. He has been the co-rookie of the year in the Indianapolis 500 and has raced in both NASCAR and CART.

“The good Lord’s blessed me for sure — just a middle class kid coming out of California,” Pruett said. “I started racing when I was 8 years old and that’s 45 years ago now.”

Pruett and his wife, Judy, also write children’s books and operate Pruett Vineyards in Northern California.

“It’s been an incredible adventure on all these levels and at the heart of that has been my racing career and, more specifically, about road racing itself,” Pruett said. “It’s been an incredible run.”

But as Pruett gets ready to compete in Saturday’s SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway, Pruett’s will to win is as fierce as ever.

“It’s all based on if I can still win,” said Pruett, who drives the No. 01 Riley-BMW for famed owner Chip Ganassi. “We came out of the box this year and won another Rolex 24, came back and won Atlanta and we were right there at Indianapolis.

“If I feel like I’m still doing what I can for the team and am able to put the car up front and put us in a position to go win races, and still loving it at the same time, I’m going to keep doing it.”

Pruett’s drive to win was stoked even more by an unfortunate incident in a race June 1 at Detroit that severely hampered the team’s chances for a fourth straight DP championship. The 01 was involved in a first-lap wreck and the car was taken to a safe place instead of being returned to the team to make repairs.

As a result, Pruett and Rojas weren’t able to meet the minimum 30 minutes of driving and weren’t awarded any points for the Detroit race. Pruett and Rojas enter the weekend sixth in points, 14 out of first place with three events remaining.

“It’s unfortunate because Grand-Am did not give us any points for Detroit and I think that was a travesty on their part — not last- place points, but zero points,” Pruett said. “That really set us back in the driver’s championship.

“With that being said, we’ve won Daytona, we’ve won the endurance championship and we’re leading the team championship. We’re still focused on the driver’s championship, and it’s a bit of a stretch to get there, but we’ve got to keep (pushing). Even if we could get three of those four accomplishments, it’s been a great year.”

Pruett will be making his first Kansas Speedway appearance in Saturday’s 7 p.m. Rolex Series race, a 2.75-hour timed event on the Speedway’s new 2.375-mile road course.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Pruett said. “It’s great being here in Kansas. What’s even more exciting is one of our sponsors is Cessna and they’re just down in Wichita, so we’re going to have a bunch of people over for the race.

“For the fans it’s going to be exciting because it’s one of those tracks where you can see a lot of racing from the stands, and I think it’s going to be one of our fastest tracks.”

Saturday’s on-track action will get underway at 10:45 a.m. with final practice sessions in the Continental Tire Challenge and Rolex Series.

The second Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race of the weekend will start at 12:20 p.m., followed by the Contintental Tire Challenge at 3 (two and a half hours) and the Rolex event at 7.

Aug. 17–Unlike most teenagers, Tommy McCarthy doesn’t look forward to driver’s ed classes.
That’s because when the 14-year-old race car driver gets his license, he will have to obey the speed limit.
His father estimates Tommy reaches speeds upward of 140 mph on the racetrack.

Porsche Automobil Holding faces a new legal manoeuvre from hedge funds seeking to recoup billions of euros they say they lost amid the former sports carmaker’s aborted bid to buy Volkswagen.
The funds, which include Elliott International and Perry Partners, are suing Porsche for 1.81 billion euros ($2.4 billion) over claims it manipulated Volkswagen shares by denying interest in a deal before it made a bid.
After other investors lost two similar claims at a German tribunal last year, the funds added antitrust claims against Porsche to their suit, forcing a move to a court that specialises in cartel suits.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — ESCORT Inc. (ESCORTinc.com), award-winning designer and manufacturer of the world’s best premium automotive accessories, today announced open invitations to their first annual Enterprise and Design Collaboration Conference.
The Conference meetings are an exclusive opportunity for invitees to work one-on-one with the ESCORT Engineering and Product Development Groups.
“From our intelligent, GPS and Bluetooth enabled detectors to our multi-award winning ESCORT Live(TM) Ticket Protection app, ESCORT continually provides drivers with class-leading products that help them to truly drive smarter and drive safer,” said Tim Coomer, ESCORT’s Product Development Vice-president.

Rodolfo Rodriguez.Rodolfo Rodriguez. El director de Ferrari Drivers Academy Luca Baldisserri confirmo que estara presente en Ciudad de Panama el proximo 19 de Enero de 2013 en los ya tradicionales premios de la Federacion Internacional de Automovilismo (FIA American Awars), para entregar personalmente el obtenido por la costarricense Veronica Valverde.
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To Celebrate the Brand New Disney Store in Las Vegas, Guests Are Invited to Meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; First 500 Guests Will Receive a Free Gift To tweet this release, copy and paste http://bit.ly/DSFSM to your twitter handle with the hash tag #magicisback PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — On Saturday, August 17, Disney Store will celebrate the grand opening of its brand new store at Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.
The new Disney Store location will “Create Magical Moments for Guests of all ages” through immersive experiences, including a Disney Princess castle, magical trees, Disney Pixar CARS neighborhood and the Disney Store Theater, featuring the latest in Disney entertainment.
Unique to Las Vegas, as guests enter the store and look above, they will see a custom skyline with iconic Disney storytelling scenes and Nevada landmarks.

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