Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing secure Bitcoin sponsorship for Indy 500

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The Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet of Rinus VeeKay will be sponsored by Bitcoin for the 105th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 2021 (11 a.m. ET, NBC).

“I could not be more excited that this project is becoming a reality,” car owner Ed Carpenter said in a release. “To bring my personal interest and immersion in Bitcoin to our industry is historic. Just as Bitcoin is revolutionizing our financial system, I see it as an opportunity to transform how we operate within our own motorsport industry.”

The sponsorship with Bitcoin will allow the car to be crowdfunded.

ECR is partnering with Strike to fundraise on behalf of the Bitcoin community. Strike will handle payments and donations for the effort. A unique QR code enables the world’s first peer-to-car contribution model allowing anyone in the world to donate.

“Ed’s message is simple; he doesn’t want to race for potato chips or soft drinks at the Indy 500,” said Jack Mallers, founder of Strike. “This year, Ed is racing for human freedom, financial literacy, financial inclusivity, and is using the platform he’s earned throughout his career to promote the most powerful message possible in pushing humanity forward. We’re tremendously proud to support his efforts.”

In his second season racing for ECR, VeeKay has three top-fives and eight top-10s in 18 starts. Three of those top-10s came in the first four races of 2021 with his best effort of sixth earned in the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.


VeeKay finished 20th in last year’s Indy 500, one lap off the pace.

VeeKay’s sponsor for the first five races of the season, Sonax will move over to the No. 20 car that owner/driver Carpenter will wheel. Conor Daly in the No. 47 will complete the team’s three-car entry.

An ECR Chevrolet has qualified on one of the first three rows every year since 2013, with at least one car starting from the front row for six of those years.

As part of the agreement, ECR will also be the first IndyCar team to integrate Bitcoin as a payment option for all of its employees, allowing for a more fully activated relationship.

In addition to the No. 21’s black and orange scheme, Bitcoin will be present on ECR’s other Indianapolis 500 entries.

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.