World Racing Group to launch Xtreme Outlaw midget, wingless sprint series in 2022

Xtreme Outlaw midget sprint
World Racing Group

World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws Sprint and Late Model Series, will enter midget and wingless sprint racing with the creation of the Xtreme Outlaw Series in 2022. Operating under the names Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series and Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series, each division will feature 10-15 races with a combined point fund.

“I have always been a huge fan of this type of racing, and I believe World Racing Group can contribute to the future success of these classes,” World Racing Group CEO Brian Carter said in a release. “There’s no denying how spectacular midget and non-wing sprint car racing is, and we want to bring it to more people. Working in conjunction with POWRi and USAC to the extent possible, and combining World Racing Group’s already established resources, will allow us to expand the sport and provide more entertainment for our fans.”

The Xtreme Outlaws will compliment an already robust schedule of more than 80 winged-sprint events scheduled for 2022.

The two series join the Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds and DIRTcar regional series in a continued effort to become the biggest dirt sanctioning body in North America.

For 2022, the points’ fund will be combined with a total purse approaching $100,000.

Schedules will be released at a later date, but the plan is to run many races in conjunction with established sprint or late model races, including being added to the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 14-15, in Barberville, Fla. The A-Main Monday night will pay $5,000-to-win. Tuesday will pay $10,000-to-win. This placement provides a bridge between the sprint cars, which run Feb. 10-12, and late models (Feb. 16-19) to provide two full weeks of racing.

Plans are also in place to add the series to the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway on Aug. 5-6 in Pevely, Mo.

Casey Shuman, winner of more than 100 USAC Sprint Car Series races, will helm the effort.

“I’m beyond thrilled to get this adventure going in 2022,” Shuman said. “With the resources we have here at World Racing Group and the people we have lined up, I think we can build something great here. The midget and non-wing community offers some of the most exciting racing in all of the world and we want to increase the awareness and exposure.”

Shuman will continue in his current duties as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series director.

A full schedule, complete points fund, race payout and more information will be announced at a later date.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

McLaren Formula E Hughes
McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.