PLYMOUTH, MI (February 7, 2020) — When Jordan Anderson began driving in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in 2014, the teams he raced for didn’t have the budget to lease a top-of-the-line engine. So they started each race with 25 to 30 horsepower less than the competitors who were going for a victory. Then, when NASCAR allowed the Ilmor NT1 engine into the series in 2018, Anderson knew his dream of owning a NASCAR truck team could be achieved.“It was always a goal of mine – my dream – to start my own team,” said Anderson. “When NASCAR announced the new engine program [allowing the teams to purchase the NT1 engines], that was the biggest deciding factor for me to jump in feet-first as a team owner. For a small team like mine, it was huge step forward. It finally made sense financially and we could also be more competitive. It makes me excited for the future of the series and my team.”The NT1, which is an updated version of the 396 cubic-inch engine that has appeared in the ARCA Series since 2015, was brought in by NASCAR to help curb expenses for the race teams. As fewer teams could afford expensive engine lease programs, starting fields had been dwindling and the disparity between the haves and have-nots continued to grow. While there are some upfront costs to the teams to mount the NT1, the team owns the engine outright, and sends it to Ilmor for rebuilds every 1,500 miles. This vastly reduced the overall budgets for teams.“Before the Ilmor engine, we would always finish three to five laps down,” said Anderson, who is entering his third full season as owner/driver. “Now, we’re looking for top-fives. We even battled for the lead at Michigan [International Speedway] in 2019. It represents a huge step forward for us and one less worry for a small team. We’re racers, and now we can concentrate on other things to make our trucks better.”Record-Setting ResultsAccording to NASCAR statistics, the engine has made a big difference in the competition. There were a record numbers of lead changes during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The truck series also had a record number of race leaders and an all-time number of green-flag passes throughout the field.“We had 10 different winners in 2019,” said Brad Moran, managing director of the NASCAR Truck Series. “Some of those wins were by new teams that are helping the series thrive. By making a reliable and powerful engine, the NT1 has allowed the series to get stronger and more competitive. It’s an absolute positive for the fans: they see more winners and much more balanced and competitive fields.”Ilmor Engineering has been designing and building championship-winning engines in Formula One and IndyCar since its creation in 1983 by engineers Mario Illien and Paul Morgan. Going into the 2020 season, Ilmor-designed or built engines have powered 21 Indianapolis 500 wins and 334 overall victories in the IndyCar series.Using their expertise from decades of racing across the globe, Ilmor’s NT1 engines produce equal power and have been very reliable. In 2018, teams had engine-related issues which resulted in a DNF (did not finish) in only one percent of the race starts. That number was 1.2 percent in 2019, while covering more than 156,000 miles on-track.When Bad Things Happen to Good EnginesIn the Las Vegas race in September of last year, four competitors suffered engine failures due to extreme heat. Ilmor reacted immediately by going to the shops of the two teams impacted, ThorSport and Young Motorsports, to diagnose what had happened. All issues were corrected at Ilmor’s expense. Young Motorsports and driver Spencer Boyd won the following race at Talladega Superspeedway with Ilmor power.“It’s stressful when something like that happens,” described Ilmor’s Andrew Richards, Program Manager for the NT1. “But Ilmor has been built on strong relationships and we did everything we could do to make sure each team was taken care of on an individual basis. We stand by our product and always do our best to do the right thing.”“Racing engines take a lot of abuse,” said NASCAR’s Moran. “But Ilmor resolved the issue swiftly and transparently. I think all of the teams felt good about things by the next race.”The 23-race NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season kicks-off on Friday evening, February 14 at the Daytona International Speedway.
Related The UCI has confirmed the calendar of the first edition of the 2021 UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup, launched as part of a reform of track cycling. The first edition of the series will comprise three rounds, each organised, as planned, on a different continent:22-25 April 2021: Newport (Wales, Great Britain)13-16 May 2021: Hong Kong (China)3-6 June 2021: Cali (Colombia)The opening event in Newport, Wales, will be delivered in partnership with UK Sport, the Welsh Government and Newport Live. It is the first elite-level international track cycling event to be held at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales since 2013.Cycling fans across the world will have the opportunity to watch the event from home, with further details to be confirmed over the coming months. At this stage it is not expected that the event in Wales will be ticketed due to the continuing restrictions on spectating in elite sport.British Cycling’s Business Services Director, Rod Findlay, said “Due to the international calendar restructure it will be over a year since our riders last donned the Great Britain Cycling Team colours on the track; and coming just two months before Tokyo, the event will be a great indicator of the squad’s preparedness for the Games.“While the Newport velodrome will be new territory for the majority of the international riders competing, for many of those representing Great Britain it holds fond memories of previous Olympic Games, as it has been the squad’s traditional holding camp base.”He continued, “Given the continued uncertainty around Covid-19 we are incredibly thankful to UK Sport, Welsh Government and Newport Live for providing us with opportunity to compete on home soil once again at such a vital point of the Olympic cycle.“The venue does fantastic work to provide opportunities for young riders in Wales to discover track cycling all year round, which is a vital part of our ambition to nurture a new generation of track cyclists at velodromes across the UK and through our club network and talent pathway.”The launch of the UCI Track Cycling Nations’ Cup series follows a restructure of the international track cycling calendar by the UCI. The three-round series will take place over three continents, and will be followed by the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which will take place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from 13-17 October 2021.www.uci.chwww.britishcycling.org.uk
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IMCA Modifieds – 1. Spencer Wilson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 230; 2. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 229; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., and Scott Sluka, Casa Grande, Ariz., both 196; 5. Jeremy Thornton, Tucson, Ariz., 186; 6. Garrett Funk, Phoenix, Ariz., 182; 7. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 177; 8. Leland Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 176; 9. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 154; 10. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., R. Royce Henry, El Cajon, Calif., and Ross Statham, Medicine Hat, Alb., each 147; 13. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 140; 14. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 133; 15. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 132; 16. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., and Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, both 130; 18. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn., 128; 19. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 127; 20. Garth Dushanek, Avondale, Ariz., 126.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 40; 2. Austin Mundie, Dallas, Texas, 39; 3. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 37; 4. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 35; 5. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 34; 6. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 32; 7. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 31; 8. Michael Day, Greenville, Texas, 30; 9. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 26; 10. Joshua McCord, Bossier City, La., 22; 11. Martin Edwards, Forney, Texas, 19; 12. J.D. Fry, Arlington, Texas, 17.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 276; 2. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 274; 3. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 253; 4. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 248; 5. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa, 218; 6. Race Fisher, Dove Creek, Colo., 208; 7. Thomas Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 207; 8. Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., 183; 9. Aaron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 171; 10. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis., 169; 11. Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn., 145; 12. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 133; 13. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 127; 14. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 117; 15. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 103; 16. Brendon LaBatte, Weyburn, Sask., and Henry Buijnorouski, Yuma, Ariz., both 98; 18. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 86; 19. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 64; 20. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 62.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 214; 2. Jason Beshears, Somerton, Ariz., 208; 3. Scott Shaw, Red Deer, Alb., 185; 4. Joshua Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 148; 5. Craig Ebers, Yuma, Ariz., 146; 6. Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 113; 7. Dean Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 111; 8. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 109; 9. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 108; 10. Cory Tharp, Waterloo, Iowa, 105; 11. Mike Erwin, Yuma, 101; 12. Jeffrey Callis, Yuma, 99; 13. Scott Jeffery, Yuma, 75; 14. Jay Crowe, Surprise, 67; 15. Susie Mikkelson, Surprise, Ariz., 66; 16. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 64; 17. Kyle Cardinal, Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Francisco Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., both 35; 19. Jason Penny, Yuma, Ariz., and Mark Kilian, Buckeye, both 33.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Don Painter, Austin, Texas, 109; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 85; 3. William Carter, Iola, Texas, 80; 4. Rusty Head, Buda, Texas, 71; 5. Broc Bowen, Fannin, Texas, 68; 6. Gerald Henderson, Georgetown, Texas, 58; 7. Scott Talley, Hutto, Texas, 53; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 49; 9. James Kemp, Caldwell, Texas, 43; 10. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 41; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 40; 12. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 38; 13. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 27; 14. Jeremy Petty, Bastrop, Texas, 26; 15. Don Krahn, Cedar Park, Texas, 21; 16. Bruce Hinson, Marble Falls, Texas, 13.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 323; 2. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 276; 3. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump, Nev., 265; 4. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 236; 5. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 210; 6. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 196; 7. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 163; 8. Joshua Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 161; 9. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 157; 10. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 149; 11. Joe Webb, Yuma, Ariz., 133; 12. Brian Roode, Brooks, Alb., 125; 13. Dale Kunz, Buckeye, Ariz., 123; 14. Kenny Wyman Jr., Avondale, Ariz., 105; 15. Chris Caldwell, Avondale, Ariz., 101; 16. Tom Wyman, Laveen, Ariz., 100; 17. Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz., 94; 18. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 92; 19. Dylan Ickes, Mesa, Ariz., 91; 20. Steven Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 83.