NHRA slaps $10,000 fine on Top Alcohol Dragster driver Randy Meyer

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Top Alcohol Dragster racer Randy Meyer has been fined $10,000 by the National Hot Rod Association.

Meyer, of Spring Hill, Kansas, was found in violation of NHRA rules during last weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio.

According to NHRARacer.com, Meyer’s dragster was found in technical inspection to have an improper shutoff device.

More specifically, tech inspectors found the shutoff device had been disconnected – it’s unknown if it was intentional or accidental – thus rendering it inoperable and in violation of Section 13, page 10 of the 2014 NHRA Rulebook under Shutoff Device.

Meyer also lost all points acquired in the Norwalk event, being ruled as disqualified for the violation post-race.

Meyer can appeal the fine, but it’s unclear yet whether he will do so.

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Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”