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Four drivers compete for Mazda MX-5 Cup scholarship

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On Friday, December 7 four drivers will compete for a $100,000 scholarship to race in the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup as part of the Road to Indy program.

The four drivers will use Global MX-5 Cup cars and be evaluated by an independent panel of judges for their performance.

Michael Carter arrives at the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout after a strong 2018 season in which he won seven races stood on the podium 18 times in 20 races. He finished second in the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship and the Spec Miata Challenge. That earned him a two-race sponsorship in the 2018 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup.

Matthew Dirks is the youngest of the finalists at 16-years-of-age. He won the Spec Miata class championship in NASA’s Rocky Mountain Region and was the Teen Mazda champions. Dirks won the pole at the Toyo Tires Classic in a field of 77 cars.

Hannah Grisham finished third in the Teen Mazda Challenge at the Toyo Tires Classic NASA National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The 18-year-old finished second in the Spec Miata championship in the NASA Southern California region.

Loni Unser – daughter of Johnny Unser – has been competitive during two years of racing in the Spec Miata class of the SCCA Rocky Mountain Region and the World Racing League.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.