IndyCar: Davey Hamilton named managing director of Kingdom Racing

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Kingdom Racing has confirmed Davey Hamilton – who has had Kingdom Racing as a partner both in his recent Indianapolis 500 appearances as a driver and in separate roles as a Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner – as its new managing director.

For those wondering who or what Kingdom Racing is, the brand identifies its mission as “to Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports.”

Kingdom Racing debuted in 2008, in partnership with Vision Racing, as the first “faith-vision team” to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, they have seven years of proven race performance in drivers Hamilton, Simon Pagenaud, and Martin Plowman.

What this means more than anything is that Kingdom Racing, led by Hamilton, is now beginning the public and formal process of linking up with a team for the month of May and potentially further races in the IndyCar season.

Hamilton has made some undertones this offseason about partnering with another team, and this news confirms it.

“I’m really looking forward to being the Managing Director of Kingdom Racing,” Hamilton said in a  release. “We’ve accomplished so much over the past seven years and will continue to expand our footprint throughout motorsports in 2015.”

“First off, we will continue our affiliation with an IndyCar team for the Indy 500 and will continue our Miles of Smiles events at various locations around the United States. Kingdom Racing will also have a presence in other forms of motorsports in 2015 and we have many other exciting opportunities coming up.”

Keep an eye on this name in the weeks to come, and mark it down as another confirmed entry for this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.