iRacing.com announced today that it plans to add Knoxville Raceway to its catalogue of precisely-modeled race tracks. Known as the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” the 1/2 mile dirt track hosts the famed Knoxville Nationals as well as weekly races throughout the racing season. Widely considered the premier sprint car event of the year, the four-day Knoxville Nationals features a million dollar purse and attracts nearly 100 of the world’s top sprint car competitors and more than 21,000 fans to Iowa every August.
“The fact that Knoxville Raceway is coming to iRacing is great news; great for iRacing, great for Knoxville and, most of all, great for iRacers around the world,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com. “Knoxville is synonymous with sprint car racing, and making such a legendary track available to our members is a real feather in our cap.”
Although they now compete for NASCAR championships, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson also enjoy driving iRacing’s dirt tracks and are anticipating the addition of Knoxville Raceway, as well.
“It’s great that Knoxville is being added to iRacing,” said Kahne. “It’s one of the best half-mile dirt tracks in the world, with one of the most prestigious events. It’s going to be fun to be able to run it on the sim whenever I want.”
“It’s pretty awesome that Knoxville Raceway is going to be a new track available on the iRacing game,” said Larson, two-time feature winner at Knoxville Raceway and the 2012 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year. “I love racing at Knoxville and being able to practice on the track from my living room at home is pretty sweet!”
Knoxville Raceway is currently being scanned and will be live on iRacing later this year.
Introduced in March of 2017, iRacing’s dirt racing feature includes some of America’s most famous tracks along with a variety of race cars including winged and non-winged sprint cars and a number of late model classes.
Chip Ganassi said he would be happy if Kyle Larson, who won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, decided he no longer wanted to race sprint cars.
The dangers of sprint car racing were further illustrated Saturday when veteran and former NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar driver Dave Steele died in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Fla.
"Let's just say this: I do get concerned when he wants to do that," Ganassi told USA TODAY Sports. "I would say I'd be much happier if he said he wanted to go play golf. But also, at the same time, I don't want to slow him down. If he thinks that makes him better, OK, great. If he thinks that's slowing him down, I would think he would stop it. But for now, he thinks it makes him better.
"I don't want to tell him otherwise. I don't know otherwise. It's been so long since I've driven I wouldn't want to impart my own personal history on that. If he thinks it makes him better, I believe him."
PAPosseRacing.com l March 22nd, 2017
By: Justin Snyder
In the world of racing, you are often only as good as your last results on the track. For Kevin Thomas Jr., that meant he was feeling quite confident after picking up his first career winged sprint car victory March 13 at Arizona Speedway against the Lucas Oil ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Dirt Series in only his 19th career winged sprint car start.
Only 4 races into a planned 80-plus race schedule consisting of a mixture of 360 and 410 sprint car events with the Blazin’ Racin’ Buffalo Wild Wings #82 owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise and managed by Greg McCormick , it was quite the start for the young gun in his inaugural season running winged sprint cars full-time.
“I’m thrilled to get a win this early in the season,” said Thomas Jr. from victory lane. “It’s a huge confidence booster for me, and I’m going to take that, build on it, and keep learning. I can’t begin to thank Greg (McCormick) and Todd (LaHaise) for taking such a big risk on me.”
However after two nights of competition with the World of Outlaws at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Ca. March 17-18 that resulted in not transferring out of the B-Main, it would seem that the team no longer felt the risk outweighed the reward and released the driver from Cullman, AL from his deal with no explanation.
“I have no ill feelings toward the No. 82 team. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise,” said Thomas Jr upon learning of his release.
As the old saying goes, the only thing certain in life is change, and for Thomas Jr., that means he is now in the unfamiliar place of looking for a 2017 ride when the season is just beginning for most race teams across the country.
“I’m just going to go do what I do,” said Thomas Jr. “I’m obviously looking for a new ride. I know something will happen. It always does. I’ve got a few calls out already.”
While the timing is not ideal and the release came as a surprise, one could argue that there are few drivers with better resume’s sitting on the sidelines for 2017 and he has to be considered the top free agent for an owner looking for a driver.
Coming off a 2016 season that saw him claim 13 victories as the most winning non-wing driver in the country, the driver affectionately known as “KTJ” by fans is open to opportunities to once again to get behind the wheel, whether winged and non-winged.
INDIANAPOLIS Ind. - ?With the 2017 season set to open for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) in Florida Thursday, the team is focused on continuing to set the standard in short track racing with two of the most accomplished drivers in all of motorsports. Behind the wheels of the TSR Sprint cars are eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, 1997 IndyCar champion and 1995 USAC triple crown winner Tony Stewart.
Recent announcements of partnerships for TSR with Arctic Cat, a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles (side-by-sides or ROVs), and Rush Enterprises, operator of the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, serving as primary sponsor roles on the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J and TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat/Curb/Ford Performance J&J, are followed by today’s announcement by the team of continued support from Curb/Agajanian’s Mike Curb and partner Cary Agajanian in co-entran
t role and the addition of Ford Performance as a partner on both TSR cars.