IMSA names two racing veterans as new race directors for several series

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IMSA on Wednesday announced the appointment of veteran race officials Todd Snyder and John Maesky to new race director roles.

Maesky, who has worked in IMSA race control for the last several seasons, will take on a new role as race director for both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, as well as the Ultra 94 Porsche GT 3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama for the 2018 season.

Snyder, meanwhile, will add race director duties of the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda to his existing duties as race director for IMSA-sanctioned series Lamborghini Super Trofeo and Ferrari Challenge.

Both Maesky and Snyder will begin their new duties during next week’s two-day test at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

In addition, former IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race director from late 2014 through last season, has returned as IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race director, a role he held from late 2014 through the 2016 season.

“IMSA is fortunate to have a number of talented individuals throughout its entire team, so when these race director positions opened up, we had outstanding internal candidates to fill them,” IMSA Vice President of Competition Simon Hodgson said in a media release. “Beaux, Todd and John all are highly professional and experienced in the unique IMSA race control environment. They will do a fantastic job of officiating our races.”

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NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.