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NASCAR’s Mike Helton joins AMA racing board

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Mike Helton will join the AMA Pro Racing Board of Managers. Helton will continue in his role as Vice Chairman of NASCAR.

Helton joins George Silbermann, David Atlas, Tom Bledsoe and Mark Raffauf on the Board.

Helton brings decades of race promotion and operation experience to the track. He was promoted to Vice President for Competition for NASCAR in 1994 and has held several executive roles since.

“Mike Helton brings a lifetime of Motorsports experience to American Flat Track during a period of rapid growth for the sport,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track in a press release. “We welcome Mike to the Board and are looking forward to the benefit of his insights and guidance.”

Along with the other board members, Helton will provide insight into how to expand the reach of the American Flat Track series.

“I’m excited about becoming a part of AMA Pro Racing’s Board of Managers,” Helton said. “I’ve been a motorcycle enthusiast for most of my life and really am impressed with the direction American Flat Track is going. I look forward to being a part of their increasing role in motorsports.”

In his role with NASCAR Helton oversees competition, helps guide the strategic planning, and expands the sport’s reach nationally and internationally.

F1: Fernando Alonso gets special livery for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso will sport a special livery for his final Grand Prix this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Reflecting his blue, yellow and red paint scheme of his helmet colors, the car will pay tribute to his home region of Asturias in northern Spain.

“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said on the team’s web site. “We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.

“We worked closely and collaboratively with Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.

The special livery will highlight the end of Alonso’s 18-year stint in Formula 1 – a career marked by 32 wins in 311 starts (a winning percentage of 10.3%).

This will be the first time since the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix that McLaren has run a special paint scheme. That season, they sported a special yellow-branded car for Keke Rosberg.

“Hopefully, this will give Fernando’s fans a little something extra to look forward to at what is bound to be an especially emotional weekend.”