ididit Inc., and Manufacturers Series Team Up for Online Giveaway

March 10, 2015 by  
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The Manufacturers Series of automotive events, which consist of the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series is partnering with ididit Incorporated to host an online giveaway on each of their respective websites for one of three $600 gift certificates toward any ididit manufactured product.

Known for their all-American made steering columns, ididit has products for Chevy, Ford and Mopar chariots in the car show to Club Car, E-Z Go and Yamaha golf carts in the racer pits.

Contenders for one of the $600 gift certificates good toward any universal, model-specific retrofit, golf cart steering columns or other ididit manufactured accessories can register to win at www.SuperChevyShow.com, www.FunFordSeries.com, or www.MegaMoparAction.com.

“ididit Inc., is excited to partner with the Manufacturers Series for Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series, and Mega Mopar Action Series events. We are looking forward to our first promotion with the Series and helping each of the winners choose the best ididit products for their projects,” said Marty Waterstraut, ididit Inc., Sales Manager.

If you have a first generation Camaro, vintage Mustang, Road Runner or even a custom golf cart, ididit can help you steer it straight!”

The promotion will run for two months and registration to win closes on May 11, 2015.

About ididit Incorporated
ididit, inc. was founded in 1986 in Tecumseh, Michigan by Ken and Jane Callison. A few years earlier someone from Ken’s car club asked him if he could make a billet aluminum steering column. Ken, a machinist, set about taking an ugly, stock GM column and making it pretty. That one column was put in the car and taken to a local car show where it was seen by many other hot rodders. The rest, as they say, is history! ididit produces 1000’s of columns each year for the street rod, muscle car, classic truck and custom car market. Add to that the growing world of custom golf carts as well as a number of industrial accounts and what was once, a single custom steering column, is now a thriving company in SE Michigan with 45 employees and sales world-wide.

About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com

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FORD GT RETURNS

February 25, 2015 by  
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– COURTESY OF FORD RACING

• All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine

• Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower

• Ultra-high-performance supercar is Ford’s most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.

The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.

Ford’s commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver, such as SYNC® 3 – the latest version of Ford’s advanced connectivity system.

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”

Carbon fiber innovation
Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials.

The all-new GT features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford’s entire product lineup moving forward. With the broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Anchored by a carbon fiber passenger cell, the GT features aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. Carbon fiber is one of the world’s strongest materials for its mass – enabling an ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while creating a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance and efficiency.

Most powerful production EcoBoost ever
Ford EcoBoost technology is available in every new Ford car, utility and light-duty pickup in North America beginning this year.

EcoBoost engines power a growing number of Ford performance models, including the new Mustang, just-announced F-150 Raptor, as well as Fiesta ST and Focus ST.

Based on the same race-proven engine architecture serving Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing efforts, the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide powerband with impressive time-to-torque characteristics.

The engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain, where exceptional performance combined with efficiency is a critical competitive advantage.

Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including a win in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums over more than 15,000 endurance racing miles.

The GT features an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.

Aero innovation gets active
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding downforce and stability.

From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce.

Although each surface on the GT is functionally crafted to manage airflow, it also features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability.

An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.

Designed for purpose
While it shares a legacy with classic Ford racing and performance cars, GT is a fully contemporary and functional shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.

The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.

The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell.

This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.

An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.

“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair.

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F-150 RAPTOR FOR KIDS: FREE LIMITED-EDITION REVELL MODEL KITS AT FORD STAND AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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– COURTESY OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY

F-150 RAPTOR FOR KIDS: FREE LIMITED-EDITION REVELL MODEL KITS AT FORD STAND AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

  • Ford and Revell® are giving away limited-edition F-150 Raptor model kits at the Ford stand at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit through Jan. 25
  • 2015 North American International Auto Show debuts the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s lineup
  • Ford re-engineered every part of F-150 Raptor to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever; the Revell SnapTite®model kit allows kids age eight and up to build and then play with their own mini Raptor model

From the sidewalk to the sandbox, kids eight and up will be able to build, play and display their own all-new Ford F-150 Raptor – the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever.

F-150_Built_Up

Revell® – a worldwide leader in the hobby industry – is working with Ford to give away special limited-edition F-150 Raptor model kits at the Ford stand at the 2015 North American International Auto Show through Jan. 25. The collectible Revell SnapTite® model kit allows kids to build and then play with their own mini Raptor model.

The 20-piece Raptor model complements Revell’s successful 2015 Ford Mustang promotional model kit jointly distributed with Ford at last year’s North American International Auto Show. The 2015 Mustang SnapTite Build & Play® model kit was Revell’s top seller in 2014.

“We are pleased to follow up on the success of last year’s Revell Mustang SnapTite Build & Play model kit giveaway,” said Dave Tillapaugh, Ford auto show manager. “Kids can proudly display these limited-edition 2017 F-150 Raptor models as a long-lasting reminder of their 2015 Ford auto show experience.”

Ford, America’s truck leader, debuted the all-new F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s lineup – Jan. 12 at the North American International Auto Show. Every part of the F-150 Raptor is re-engineered to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever.

F-150_Unassembled_Parts

“We are proud to continue this relationship with Ford and offer this new collectible F-150 Raptor SnapTite model,” said Lou Aguilera, Revell vice president and general manager. “We expect an enthusiastic response as kids build their own model of this impressive sport truck.”

The Revell SnapTite model of the Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale this June.

New Raptor

Raptor boasts an all-new, purpose-built frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than ever.

Forged from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 pounds of weight, Raptor’s exterior design is inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road racing that includes Best in the Desert and the famous Baja 1000. Raptor’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of those found in Trophy Trucks – the most powerful and fastest off-road pickups.

Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant, and goes on sale fall 2016.

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‘MUSTANG’ MORE POPULAR THAN ‘SUPERMAN,’ ‘BATMAN’ ACCORDING TO RESEARCH BY SPLASHDATA

January 26, 2015 by  
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– COURTESY OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY

“Mustang” is the 16th most common password on the Internet according to a recent study by SplashData, besting both “superman” in 21st place and “batman” in 24th

  • Mustang is the only car to appear in the top 25 most common Internet passwords
  • Adding letters, numbers, acronyms and symbols to your favorite pony car-inspired code for sign-in will help strengthen your password

Ford Mustang is one of the most popular cars ever built, and now it has the distinct honor of being one of the most common passwords on the Internet, a recent study reveals.

According to SplashData – a company specializing in password management – the word “mustang” was the 16th most common password found on the Internet in 2014, the only car moniker that found its way into the top 25. Not only that, Mustang is a slayer of superheroes – more popular than “Batman” and “Superman” as people’s secret code for accessing their personal networks and accounts.

“We’re flattered people want to use ‘mustang’ as their password, but alone, it just isn’t strong enough to be secure,” said Keith Moss, Ford Director of Cyber Security. “We encourage people to use ‘mustang,’ but we recommend they strengthen their password by mixing upper and lower case letters, numbers, acronyms and symbols to make it unique.”

Here are a few suggestions for strengthening your “mustang” password:

  • Add numbers to your password (favorite Mustang model year, year you bought your Mustang or year you sold the car)
  • Incorporate Mustang option codes, paint codes, engine codes or digits from your VIN
  • Create acronyms for modifications made to your Mustang (FRSC, for Ford Racing SuperCharger, for example)
  • Include your favorite driving road or road trip destination

Keep in mind that using the same password on all websites is not recommended; a password manager can help keep multiple Mustang-related passwords organized and easy-to-access.

While you should always keep your Mustang-inspired password a secret, wear your appreciation for the iconic pony car proudly and loudly.

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ROCKAUTO.COM RENEWS 2015 MANUFACTURERS SERIES SPONSORSHIP

January 26, 2015 by  
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ROCKAUTO.COM RENEWS 2015 MANUFACTURERS SERIES SPONSORSHIP

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 on Velocity network 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 RockAuto.com Restored Award, televised on Velocity, 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!

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Rockingham Dragway 2015 Schedule

January 26, 2015 by  
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ROCKINGHAM SCHEDULE INCLUDES RACES FOR TWO WHEELS, FOUR WHEELS AND FEET

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced Monday a comprehensive 2015 schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.

The sandhills area track will open for the first time on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.

The first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second annual “Roar at the Rock” PDRA Springnationals, April 10-12, featuring three classes of Pro Mod cars plus Top Dragsters, Top Sportsman and two Jr. Dragster classes.

On May 16, the track will be reconfigured to accommodate the Rugged Maniacs Series which features a three-mile run through an obstacle course that includes climbing towers, underground tunnels, waterslides and other challenges followed by a party on site featuring music, mechanical bulls and adult bounce houses.

“The Rugged Maniacs is something that’s trending nationally,” Earwood said, “and we’re pretty excited to be included. I think there are 21 events planned this year. Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, L.A., Atlanta. It’s pretty impressive what they do and we’re anxious to see how it plays out.”

The Lucas Oil Series, which features NHRA’s Sportsman stars, returns to the track May 29-31 and the annual Iron Horse Smoke Out Bike Rally makes its sixteenth stop a month later (June 19-20).

The Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show returns Oct. 9-11 with its traditional all-Chevys, all-the-time format before the track reverts to two wheels Oct. 16-18 with the annual AMRA Jim McClure Nitro Harley Nationals.

Also new for 2015 is the SouthRock Motorcycle Grudge Series hosted jointly by Rockingham and by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta and the Hot Rock Summer Sizzler, part of the Manufacturers Cup motorcycle series.

For complete schedule go to www.rockinghamdragway.com

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S&W Race Cars President and Manufacturers Series Sponsor Scott Weney Makes His Final Pass

December 1, 2014 by  
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Accomplished Funny Car Driver, Scott Weney did more than live life a quarter-mile at a time. Weney was known for many things in addition to his role as President of the family business S&W Race Cars that was started by his father Walt in 1959 the same year he was born; he was a national racing champ, master race car builder and most recently a race promoter, however, most notably Weney was a family man and he did it all while sporting his signature mustache.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 while promoting his newest venture, the Fun in the Sun Race Series, the drag racing legend suffered what ended up being a fatal episode of cardiac arrest while at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida and passing away during treatment in an area hospital Intensive Care Unit that Wednesday.

Scott & Candi Weney

Scott & Candi (and Max) Weney

All are welcome to attend the “Celebration of Life” for Scott Weney, December 13, 2014 at the Parkerford Church, located at 20 Rinehart Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, officiated by Racers for Christ Chaplains Marty Rinehart Jr., and Dale Ressler. The welcoming line will begin at 10:00am and the service at 12:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Racers for Christ Division 1 or Division 2, P.O. Box 1208, Gilbert, Arizona 85299.

“Scott Weney is now racing through the pearly gates and doing it at full throttle. Scott is survived by wife Candi, sons Rory and Dillon, brothers Michael and Gary, sister Terri, parents Walter and Vonda. The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days. They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the drag strip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship, becoming the President of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers. We will post additional details as soon as they become available,” said Jill Canuso, Marketing Director and Spokesperson for S&W Race Cars.

Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of celebrated racer Scott Weney, the Manufacturers Series would like to thank S&W Race Cars for direction to FuelCoupe.com’s April 2014 article of Master Builders highlighting the experiences of Weney’s life in the shop and on the track that contributed to his successful and rewarding career as the President of S&W Race Cars and championship drag racer.

Scott Weney’s love for drag racing and longing to drive funny cars, which later became a robust career started well before the age of ten when he began sweeping the floors and asking drivers questions in the S&W Race Cars’ Spring City, Pennsylvania shop.

Weney’s education in what it takes to run a prosperous business and be a championship drag racer began early on as he performed odd jobs around the shop and taking every opportunity to learn as much as possible from experienced drivers as they discussed their passes down the strip.

By the age of 13, Weney was already mastering how to weld and fit tubing on S&W’s customers race cars while learning what to do and what not to do from drivers mistakes on the track. Though Weney had not run a quarter-mile himself yet, at age 15 he was well on his way to becoming a title driver when he started working on the crew for famed racers Jim Fox, and later Roy Harris in addition to his duties at the shop.

Two years later, in 1976 Weney ran his first passes and earned his drag racing license at Manufacturers Series host track, Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania to compete in his first competition that winter in Salinas Puerto Rico.

One of Scott's Trophy Shelves

One of Scott’s Trophy Shelves

Weney proved that he knew what it took to be a victorious racer by the end of his first season, when he became the NHRA Division 1 Pro Comp Points Champ in 1977. Scott Weney continued to prove his prowess on the track until his last title in 2013 as the Atco Top Dragster Points Championship winner, with countless national event wins, divisional championships, as national record holder as well as the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship winner and two-time NHRA Keystone Nationals Champ.

Taking cues from all his experiences in the shop and on the track, with a childhood of listening to drivers talk about solving tuning issues while becoming a master car builder himself, Weney incorporated his lifetime of skills into making S&W Race Cars continue to grow and thrive as a family business, as well paying it forward as a sponsor and promoter of grassroots racing events, ensuring future of the sport.

As President of S&W Race Cars, Weney supported the Manufacturers Series events Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series, respectively with the CamaroGuys Gen 5 Challenge, MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 Shootout and Challenger Shootout drag racing classes, all presented by S&W Race Cars designed to encourage late-model muscle to give the quarter-mile a try. With only one power-adder allowed and DOT legal, these classes frequently have up to 20 street-performance racers competing for the limited-edition custom CNC Machined chrome trophy at each of the 33 Manufacturers Series events across the country between Chevy, Ford and Mopar brands.

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MANUFACTURERS SERIES RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE AND WELCOMES TUCSON, ARIZONA TO LINEUP

December 1, 2014 by  
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MANUFACTURERS SERIES RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE AND WELCOMES TUCSON, ARIZONA TO LINEUP

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (October 1, 2014) – Comprised of the premier national Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar branded competitive automotive events, the Manufacturers Series welcomes Tucson’s Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) as the latest host track to join the Series schedule in 2015. The 110-acre drag racing facility located at the Pima County Fairgrounds will feature a spectacular car show, lightning-fast drag racing, manufacturers’ midway and swap meet for each of the “Big Three” American brands.

“Southwest International Raceway is proud to join the Manufacturers Series and we are looking forward to bringing the historic and popular Chevrolet event back to the state of Arizona after a long three-year absence. We are also excited to bring the national Fun Ford and Mega Mopar events to the state for the first time, giving Blue Oval and Mopar fans in the Southwest a venue to race and show-off their favorite brand vehicles,” said Alan Miller, SWIR General Manager.

Southwestern Int’l Raceway joins sister-tracks Palm Beach (March 27 – 29) and Memphis Int’l Raceways (April 10 – 12) in kicking-off the season as the third stop on the Manufacturers Chevy Series tour in 2015,  on May 1 – 3. In addition, SWIR will also host for the first time in Arizona, Fun Ford on Saturday, October 10, and Mega Mopar on Sunday, October 11, to round out their first season of Manufacturers Series events.

“The Manufacturers Chevy, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series have been successful events for our Memphis and Palm Beach facilities for years. With the acquisition of Southwestern International Raceway last year, we knew we wanted to add these events to the lineup of events in Tucson.  We look forward to bringing all three Series events to the race fans in Arizona,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO, IRG Sports + Entertainment.

Rockingham Dragway will usher in the 2015 Manufacturers Fun Ford season, May 2 – 3, while Texas Motorplex will lead the way for Mega Mopar Series March 28. On October 17, Palm Beach Int’l Raceway will make history by hosting the first head-to-head Fun Ford vs. Mega Mopar showdown on October 17, giving fans a chance to cheer-on and represent their favorite brand in a family-friendly environment.

On May 16 – 17, Chevy fans will take over Texas Motorplex and Virginia Motorsports Park with a double-header event weekend, while Auto Club Famoso Raceway wraps up the 2015 season, November 7 – 8.

 

2015 SCHEDULES

MANUFACTURERS CHEVY SERIES

Palm Beach Int’l Raceway                March 27 – 29

Memphis Int’l Raceway                    April 10 – 12

Southwestern Int’l Raceway                        May 1 – 3

Texas Motorplex                               May 16 – 17

Virginia Motorsports Park                May 15 – 17

US 131 Motorsports Park                May 29 – 31

Maple Grove Raceway                      July 17 – 19

Bandimere Speedway                      August 14 – 15

Bristol Dragway                                 September 18 – 20

Rockingham Dragway                       October 9 – 11

Gateway Motorsports Park              October 9 – 11

Auto Club Famoso Raceway             November 7 – 8

 

MANUFACTURERS FUN FORD SERIES

Rockingham Dragway                       May 2 – 3

Virginia Motorsports Park                June 13 – 14

Bandimere Speedway                      June 14

US 131 Motorsports Park                July 12

Gateway Motorsports Park              July 24 – 25

Memphis Int’l Raceway                    August 28 – 29

Bristol Dragway                                 August 29

Maple Grove Raceway                      September 13

Auto Club Famoso Raceway             September 19 – 20

Southwestern Int’l Raceway                        October 10

Palm Beach Int’l Raceway                October 17

Texas Motorplex                               November 7

 

MANUFACTURERS MEGA MOPAR SERIES

Texas Motorplex                               March 28

Rockingham Dragway                       April 4

US 131 Motorsports Park                May 17

Maple Grove Raceway                      May 30

Bandimere Speedway                      May 31

Auto Club Famoso Raceway             June 27 – 28

Memphis Int’l Raceway                    July 31 – August 1

Virginia Motorsports Park                September 19

Southwestern Int’l Raceway                       October 11

Palm Beach Int’l Raceway                October 17

Schedules are subject to change. Visit www.mfgseries.com for the most current list.

 

About Manufacturers Series

Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for the American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Manufacturers Chevy Show, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for the most current event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com

 

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Sara Griewing, Manufacturers Series Director

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SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG: THE LEGEND RETURNS

November 20, 2014 by  
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LOS ANGELES (November 17, 2014) – One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time is returning, Ford confirmed today with the reveal of the all-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang.

The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal.

The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet.

Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies.

“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.”

Track-tuned driveline
Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang.

“The final product is essentially an all-new powerplant unique to GT350 – and one that takes true advantage of the new chassis dynamics of the Mustang platform,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles.

The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.

The 180-degree, flat-plane layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses. When combined with cylinder-head and valvetrain advancements, this permits better cylinder breathing, further extending the performance envelope of the V8.

The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction.

“Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips,” said Hameedi.

Balanced dynamics
The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT.

For optimum handling, the wheels need to respond quickly to the contours of the road and driver input. Reducing unsprung mass is key to improving that response, but a balance must be struck between taking mass out of a suspension and delivering truly capable braking performance.

Due to the significant speeds the car can develop, GT350 features the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel. The brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats. At the front are massive 394-millimeter rotors clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges, while 380-millimeter rotors at the rear utilize four-piston calipers.

GT350 makes use of extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – 10.5 inches wide in front, 11.0 inches in the rear – clad in state-of-the-art Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. The custom tires are designed to deliver maximum grip on the road or at the track.

Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver.

Obsession to detail
“Everything we changed on GT350 is purely functional-driven design, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the car,” said Chris Svensson, Ford design director, The Americas. “We optimized the aero shape of the car, and then fine-tuned what was left to increase downforce and cooling airflow.” All bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to this high-performance model and up to two inches lower than Mustang GT.

The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag.

The athletic stance of the all-new Mustang is further accentuated with recontoured aluminum front fenders to accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches. Front fender vents work with vented inner fenders to draw out turbulent air in the wheel wells and smoothly direct it down the side of the car. The forward-angled grille is designed with individual openings to draw air through the radiator, high-pressure engine air intake, cooling ducts for the front brakes and, optional with the Track Pack, an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler.

Focus-driven cockpit changes
Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver.

The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all.

Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features.

“We took the best Ford Mustang yet and massaged every aspect of the car that affects the performance driving experience,” said Hameedi. “We tested endlessly on the most challenging roads and tracks in the world, and we believe serious drivers will love the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”

50 years of Ford Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang is the latest in an all-new line of Mustang fastback and convertible models, including the specially designed 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang.

More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car’s 1964 debut.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new Mustang continues to be popular. In addition to being the most-liked vehicle on Facebook with 8 million likes, all-new models are turning on U.S. dealer lots in an average of six days.

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TASCA WILL REMAIN IN MUSTANG FUNNY CAR FOR LIMITED 2015 NHRA SCHEDULE

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Bob Tasca III and the Tasca Racing Team announce that the seven-year NHRA Funny Car veteran will continue to drive his Ford Shelby Mustang racer in 2015 for a limited schedule with yet-to-be-named sponsorship.

“All season Ford fans from around the country have been asking me what I will drive next year,” Tasca said. “I’m happy to announce I’ll be in a Mustang! We are actively working with sponsors to determine how many races we will be running but whatever it ends up being the Tasca name will be on a Ford!”

Tasca’s family owns and operates one of the New England region’s leading Ford dealerships, Tasca Ford in Cranston, R.I. Tasca’s grandfather, Bob Tasca, Sr., introduced the Blue Oval to drag racing in the 1960s with his Cobra Jet 428.

Tasca III is a four-time winner on the NHRA Funny Car circuit and piloted the first Mustang that cracked the 3-second barrier with a 3.988 pass in Chicago last season.

 

– COURTESY OF TASCA RACING

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