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CHRIS GOULD REMEMBERED

Former Torco’s
CompetitionPlus.com Senior Editor and current IHRA announcer Brian Lohnes has
met a lot of great personalities in drag racing throughout his involvement.

Lohnes had befriended Jet
Funny Car racer Chris Gould, the Maine-based driver who lost his life last
weekend at Moroso
Motorsports Park
.

This is Lohnes’ tribute to
Gould.

“Chris was a 100% first
class guy with a thirst and passion to entertain fans and run hard. I was not a
close friend of Chris or his family. My experiences with him were always based
around the race track. He often appeared at New England Dragway, in Epping, NH
as part of a match race or testing his car when he made changes or
improvements.

MILLICAN - SKATEBOARD HERO?

Clay Millican cannot
grind, slide or go vertical on a skateboard, but his sons can. That’s why he
went to bat for a skateboard park in his hometown of Drummonds, Tenn.

Last weekend, the Munford Skate
Park opened to the joy of 50 children
including Millican’s sons Cale and Dalton.
The grand opening was the result of a campaign that began when a child sent
Munford Mayor Dwayne Cole an e-mail asking why the town didn’t have one.

JET DRAGSTER DRIVER KILLED

A jet car racer was killed in a wreck during last weekend's Citrus
Nationals at Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the driver as Christopher Gould, of Bowdoin, Maine.

AN AWESOME REWARD

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IMG_6700.jpgIf
you're a member of Mike Ashley's Torco Race Fuels team, you're headed
to the shop on Monday a little more tanned than usual. That's because
Ashley, in recognition of his team reaching the NHRA POWERade Countdown
to Four, treated his team and their families to a Thanksgiving Week
cruise through the Carribean.

The Gotham City Racing team visited such countries as Aruba, Caracco, St. Maartin and St. Thomas.

EVERY DAY DRIVER SAFETY PRIORITY?

Do you put the same priority on using the belts in your street car as you do in your race car?
 

Using the 2006 fatal crash data released by the United States Department of
Transportation just weeks ago, Farmers Insurance has completed a study to
determine the most influential factors in drivers’ mortality rate in
multi-vehicle accidents.

 

“Once again, we find strong statistical
evidence that seat belts remain the most important protection for the driver,”
notes Kevin Mabe, Economist at Farmers, who completed the study.  “We found that when a driver used a seat
belt, the odds of a fatality dropped nearly 70% compared to a driver who did
not.”  Earlier this year, Mabe released a
study on 2005 accident data and concluded similar
results.

ANOTHER INCREDIBLE GERMANY VISIT

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germany4.jpgA group of goodwill ambassadors from the NHRA have just completed a three-day
USO-sponsored tour of U.S. Military installations in Germany, including the
Kaiserslautern Military Community, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center,
Spangdahlem Air Base and the U.S. Army Garrison at Baumholder. It was the third
consecutive post-season visit for the drivers, and the brief but memorable time
spent with the troops and their families provided an opportunity to make some
new friends and see some familiar faces.

PMRA RE-SIGNS POINT SPONSORS

The Pro Modified Racing Association, is pleased to announce the return of the
Wix Filtration Products, Valvoline, Uni-Select, and Moen Incorporated point
award series fund for its 2008 PMRA racing season.
 
“We at the PMRA are very happy to have Wix Filters,
Valvoline, Uni-Select, and Moen Faucets returning to the PMRA next year,” stated
Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations. “This is a very important part of
our series, and provides the PMRA with solid marketing partners for both the
teams and the series.”
 
Next season will be the second year of the partnership
between the point award sponsors and the PMRA. This year’s PMRA Champion was
Bruce Boland of Hamilton, Ontario.

COUGHLIN'S BRACKET ADVENTURE

Nearly a month after winning the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock World Championship, Jeg
Coughlin isn’t ready for his memorable 2007 season to end. Looking for one last
chance to fulfill his need for speed before taking a much needed break, Coughlin
entered the Thanksgiving Bracket Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway. The four-time World Champion continued his late-season charge, posting
in a solid semifinal finish in Saturday’s highly anticipated Ultimate Gambler
event, a $1,000 to enter, winner-take-all race that attracted a total of 45
drivers. With three racers remaining, Coughlin was joined by multi-time NHRA
sportsman champions Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel. After losing to Biondo,
Coughlin watched as Seipel claimed the top prize in the final round.

NHRA CLARIFIES ROLE WITH NOPI

At the end of the racing season NHRA and NOPI made a joint announcement about the future of Sport Compact racing that, from the general reaction of the competitors, was not well received. 

 

In truth, Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com has heard rumors of a possible legal action that was to have apparently been taken along the lines of the one instituted and ultimately settled by the NHRA Pro Stock Truck competitors.  

SCHUMACHER IN MOTORSPORTS MARKETING SUMMIT

Don Schumacher will participate in a panel discussion
on Nov. 27 at the Motorsports Marketing Summit in New York
City.

Schumacher, whose son Tony claimed his fifth NHRA Top Fuel
championship earlier this month, and whose teams have earned 102 national event
victories since Don Schumacher Racing became a multi-team operation in 2001,
will join other motorsports business leaders in the "Opportunities in Emerging
Motorsports: Reaching New Markets and Demographics" discussion. Schumacher will
be joined by Robert Dingham, AMA; Roger Edmondson, Grand-Am; Ben Geisler, World
of Outlaws; among others.

With the cost of sponsorship in major series
escalating, many companies are looking for ways to test the waters in
motorsports. Fortunately for these corporate marketers, there are hosts of
series that have experienced robust growth in the past decade and offer sponsors
attractive alternatives to the often high cost of entry for other circuits. This
panel will discuss those opportunities in front of an audience of motorsports
professionals (sports marketing representatives, advertisers, corporate
representatives, team owners, et al) from all disciplines.

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