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Joey Mancari joins American Flat Track as Chief Competition Officer

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Joey Mancari, former Vice President of Competition and Operations for Red Bull’s Global Rallycross series, has joined American Flat Track as Chief Competition Officer. 

Mancari has more than three decades of motorsports experience under his belt, including his responsibilities with the Global Rallycross series. His experience with live and tape-delayed coverage for Rallycross in their relationship with NBC will contribute to NBCSN’s coverage of American Flat Track.

Joey Mancari with NASCAR Cup driver Kurt Busch. Photo courtesy Joey Mancari’s official Twitter page.

“I’m excited to join American Flat Track as it experiences growth and increased visibility in the motorsports scene,” Mancari said in a press release. “I see a lot of parallels between my experience in racing and series management and AFT’s two-wheel motorcycle sport, and I’m here to help launch AFT into bigger and better things moving forward.”

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Before joining the Global Rallycross Series, one of Mancari’s roles was with NASCAR’s competition department including as series director of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

“Joey Mancari joins us during a period of growth and increased interest in the sport of American Flat Track,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “His experience in the world of GRC, with its live TV broadcasts and fast-paced action, will be extremely useful as we take AFT to the next level.”

F1’s Valtteri Bottas to compete in first-ever rally race in his native Finland

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Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.

More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.

Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.

He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”

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