American Endurance Racing set for debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park   

Multi-class event makes first stop at Lightning Raaerlogoceway August 1-3, 2014

MILLVILLE, N.J. – A new endurance racing series will make its way to southern New Jersey for the first time in early August.

American Endurance Racing (AER) was created by a group of grassroots endurance racing enthusiasts who have been racing in other disciplines for years. Born out of a desire for an inclusive endurance series with simple rules, AER’s goal is to provide a fun and safe environment for experienced drivers to participate in endurance races using almost any production-based race car while not requiring any significant series-specific prep work.

The NJMP date, like all others, will feature multiple classes, with teams trying to complete the most laps in the allotted time frame. Teams will compete for the overall win and against cars in their indexed class.

“We created AER to be the racing series that we would want to race in,” said AER president John Kolesa. “Lots of seat time at great race tracks, simple, fair rules, and the ease of being able to run the race car you already own.”

Throughout the weekend, various racing personalities and celebrities will take to the 2.25-mile Lightning Raceway in AER’s fleet of Press/VIP cars, which will also be competing for the overall and class wins.

VIP drivers scheduled to participate include: Jalopnik’s Travis Okulski, 2013 BMWCCA National SE30 champion and BMWCCA NJ Chapter president Jeff Caldwell, Road and Track’s Jack Baruth, and Randy Pobst, a two-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, four-time World Challenge GT champion, and North American Touring Car champion.

Practice and qualifying are set for Friday, August 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with two days of racing Saturday (August 2nd) and Sunday (August 3rd) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Daily spectator tickets will be available at the gate each day for $5.00. For more information on competing or about the series itself, visit www.americanenduranceracing.com.

 

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9:49 a.m.

Several members of the New Jersey Motorsports Park Drivers Club competed in SCCA U.S. Majors Tour action this past weekend at Thunderbolt Raceway.

Valerie Heun – F500 Class Win (Sat.)
Brian Heun – 2nd in F500 Class (Sat.)
Jim Boggs – 3rd In GT2 Class (Sun.)
Joe Aquilante – T1 Class Win (Sat.), 3rd In T1 Class (Sun.)
Preston Calvert – T2 Class Win (Sat.), 2nd In T1 Class (Sat.), T4 (Sun.)
Amy Aquilante – 2nd In AS Class (Sat.), (Sun.)
Tom Aquilante – 2nd In T4 Class (Sat.), T4 Class Win (Sun.)
Andy Trought
Beth Aquilante
Peter Seabrook
Ivin Seabrook
Stephen Tullman
Maxwell Tullman
Neal Walker
Steven Thomas
David Dickerson

Phoenix’s Flight
The Phoenix Performance effort at New Jersey Motorsports Park was most impressive after a few members of the team finished 2nd in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. Kurt Rezzatano and NJMP Drivers Club members Preston Calvert and Joe Aquilante completed the “double”, posting successful stints over the course of the weekend, after some 1,200 miles of travel.

Photo: Terry Hall

 

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New Jersey Motorsports Park added two high-profile members to its impressive Drivers Club roster on Thursday afternoon.

Chase Elliott was presented with two honorary memberships to the exclusive club during a private event at the Park’s F1 Karting facility. Chase accepted on behalf of his father, Bill, who was not available for the presentation and accompanying photo op.

Chase, 18, has won two races in his first full-season of NASCAR Nationwide series competition. Elliott finished 2nd (2012) and 3rd (2013) in two starts of ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Bill is the 1988 Winston Cup Series champion and garnered 44 wins at NASCAR’s top level of competition. Elliott won NASCAR’s “Most Popular Driver” a record 16 times, and was announced as an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Robert Radivoy of F1 Karting has been named New Jersey Motorsports Park’s March employee of the month. Congratulations, Robert!

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11:38 a.m. 

Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA and New Jersey Motorsports Park have announced a new partnership that will see the manufacturer become the title sponsor for AMA Pro Road Racing’s visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park this fall.

The weekend of September 13-14, 2014 will be branded as the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown, and will feature AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series classes.

“Kawasaki is excited to join forces with NJMP in sponsorship of AMA Pro Road Racing’s event in New Jersey to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ninja motorcycle and its rich racing heritage,” said Kevin Allen, Manager, Public Relations and Brand Experience. “We look forward to engaging with our fans and sharing in this Ninja experience.”

The Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown in Millville, N.J. is the last scheduled event of the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season and is expected to be a pivotal, perhaps championship-deciding weekend.

The post-Labor day event will kick off on Friday, September 12th at the Park’s Finish Line Pub with a Bike Night, featuring live music, food and drink specials, rider appearances, giveaways and more.

Additional fan activities and events will be announced shortly.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Kawasaki as a partner and to add this exciting sponsorship to our AMA Pro Racing event in September,” said NJMP General Manager/COO. “We look forward to a great event, and the Kawasaki presence and activation will be a major part of that.”

 

3:39 p.m.

Picture perfect weather conditions and drivers ready to kick off another season of racing combined for a record-setting opening round of the Northeast Karting Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

More than 50 registered entries strong, the Saturday event delivered close racing over eight classes under sunny skies and mild temperatures – a contrast from the brutal, snowy winter that kept drivers off the track and in their respective shops.

“We’re very pleased with the turnout, the competition, and the overall debut of the Northeast Karting Showdown for the 2014 season,” said Steven Hahn, Director of F1 Karting. “It’s been a long winter, and everyone’s been looking forward to this opening day.”

Class winners included Charles Volpe (Kid Kart), Justin White (Micro Max), Nicholas Galdi (Mini Max), Georgo Stojakovic (Jr. Max), Billy Ogle (Sr. Max), Dan Nyman (Jr. Tag), Billy Ogle (Sr. Tag), and Joe Lattanzi (Tag Masters).

The Northeast Karting Showdown is a fun, unique, and competitive series that is held at F1 Karting at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Consisting of seven scheduled events, the Northeast Karting Showdown offers racing opportunities for virtually any motor and chassis combination, including but not limited to, Rotax and TAG engines.

The Northeast Karting Showdown resumes on with Round 2 on Saturday, May 10th on the Tempest course at F1 Karting. An official club practice is scheduled for Friday, May 9th.

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New Jersey Motorsports Park has recently partnered with the Nikki Kellenyi Foundation – People against Distracted Driving, on a number of initiatives to assist in the elimination of texting and driving.

As part of the campaign, a 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 833 (model XL883N) will be raffled off to an NJMP fan, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to the PADD organization. Entries are $10.00 and available at www.njmp.com.

The motorcycle, valued at $7,999, will go to the winner of a Sunday, September 14th drawing, which will occur following the final race of NJMP’s AMA Pro Road Racing “Devil’s Showdown” weekend. It is currently on display at the facility’s Finish Line Pub.

“All of us at New Jersey Motorsports Park are excited about our partnership with PADD, and certainly this raffle for such an important cause,” said Park general manager/COO Brad Scott. “This is just the beginning of our partnership, and we look forward to a great season of helping spread their message.”

Nikki Kellenyi was the rear passenger of a car driven by her classmate when a fatal collision with a pick-up truck occurred. It was later revealed that the driver of the car Kellenyi was riding in had sent four text messages in the last minute before the crash. Today, it is the hope of the Kellenyi family as well as her large community of friends, to carry on a campaign, in Nikki’s name to call attention to and end distracted driving.

“I know that I can speak for Nikki, my wife Gina, and my beautiful daughter Kristen and all of PADD to say that we are truly honored to be partnered with NJMP. This is an awesome approach and a great way to battle the new epidemic of distracted driving.”

Official raffle rules and regulations are available at www.njmp.com.

New Jersey Motorsports Park’s partnership with People against Distracted Driving’s “Don’t Text and Drive” campaign, announced in late 2013, will include signage at the Park during the 2014 season.

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3:49 p.m.

In an effort to promote strong families and further diversify its event calendar, New Jersey Motorsports Park has introduced its dates for Inspira Health Care Motorless Family Fun Night,

The event, open to the public, will take place on the third Thursday of every month at the Dividing Creek Road facility.

2014 dates are as follows: April 17 (Thunderbolt), May 15 (Thunderbolt), June 19 (Lightning), July 17 (Thunderbolt), August 21 (Lightning), September 18 (Thunderbolt), and October 16 (Lightning).

Any schedule or track changes will be communicated through NJMP’s official social media pages and NJMP.com.

With gates opening at 6:30 p.m. each month, groups large and small are invited to participate in Motorless Night activities, which occur on one of the park’s two world-class road courses to bicyclists, runners, and even strollers. Access to the track is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

Staff from the Inspira Health Network Fitness Connection will be in attendance at the April 17th event, which will include giveaways and information courtesy of the region’s leading network of health care providers.

“Inspira Health Network has been a proud sponsor of New Jersey Motorsports Park since it opened in 2008. We’re very excited to partner with them in 2014 on their Motorless Nights events,” said Gregory Potter, Inspira Health Network Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations.

“It keeps with our mission to improve the well-being of our community by offering new and exciting opportunities for our neighbors to exercise and lead healthy lifestyles.”

10:45 a.m.

New Jersey Motorsports Park was well represented over the weekend at Road Atlanta for rounds five and six of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour’s eastern conference schedule.BFG-SCCASuper-Tour

Ten NJMP Drivers Club members took to the track during the two-day BF Goodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour, described by SCCA as one of the largest events on the 2014 slate.

Joe Aquilante (T1) led the way with two 3rd place results in T1, with Preston Calvert (T1) finishing 2nd in Race 2. Calvert also set a T1 track record on Saturday with a 1:32.169, only to break it again on Sunday with a 1:31.749.

Brian Heun (F5/6) ended his weekend with a 3rd place finish in Race 2.

Also competing were Joey Guinta (Spec Miata), Joe Colasacco (FF), Brian Vitz (SRF), Donald Privett (SRF), David Dickerson (SRF), Bruce Hamilton (FA), and Ted Zorbas (FA).

The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour comes to New Jersey  Motorsports Park June 6-8. Tickets are on sale now.

 
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