Trans Am Regeneration

By | September 7, 2017

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If Rick Jeffrey, shown here, races his screaming yellow ’67 Z28 at The Glen this year, he might have a lot of new company.

August 8, 2017 brought forth Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’sannouncement CEO Tony Parella, through Parella Motorsports Holdings, acquired controlling interest in Trans Am Series Racing and The Trans Am Race Company. Deeply rooted in contemporary american racing history, Trans Am brought American pony and muscle cars to race tracks around the country over 50 years ago. TransAm & SVRA make a perfect fit since SVRA is the country’s sole nationally based vintage racing organization.

Just in time for SVRA’s 2017 US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International Raceway, September 7-10, witness SVRA’s Trans Am transition from their more traditional Historic Trans Am single group format to 4, count ‘em 4, Trans Am classes including Trans Am, Trans Am2, Trans Am 3 and Trans Am 4. SVRA’s 2016 HTA September 9 qualifying race, lists 24 competitors. 2017’s TA class entrant list features no less than 83 competitors. If they all race, The Glen’s 3.4 miles of 2+ year old track surface will be very busy.

Nearly every US based manufacturer entered Trans Am series racing as a great way to place high performance hardware in front of dreamy eyed American (mostly male) youth from 1967 on. Fast forwarding to 2017, entrant lists include these same racing legends but add 2 Viper ACRXs, 2 Cadillac CTSXs & a CTSV , a Vantage GT-4, 2 Porsche 997s and a BMW M3. Trans Am is alive and not just growing but thriving under Tony Parella leadership. Visit gotransam.com for their latest developments.

My first Watkins Glen race ran under a then relatively new Trans Am banner way back in 1971. My friends and I witnessed Mark Donohue’s AMC Javelin lead Ford & Chevy around the track by serious car lengths. Can’t wait to see Trans Am’s new life wring that history from The Glen. Daily Derbi will be there. I hope you will be too! See you at the track.

2017 NASA Utah – Round 2 – Digital Magazine

By | May 17, 2017

2017 NASA Round 2 - Digital Magazine

2017 NASA Round 2 – Digital Magazine

Doing a little something different here.

Our first foray into digital publishing.

Embedded below is our first issue, covering Round 2 of the 2017 NASA Utah racing season.

For best results, view in full screen / horizontal mode.

You can also download it for offline viewing / printing.

Feel free to share and let us know what you think!!

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca turns 60 this year

By | February 14, 2017

60th Anniversary Mazda Raceway Laguna Logo

60th Anniversary Mazda Raceway Laguna Logo

Famed race track Mazda Racway Laguna Seca turns 60 this year.

Sixty years.

Think about that for a moment. Vehicles of all shapes and sizes have run across its blacktop for 60 years. Some of the legends that have tried their hand at conquering the track include Moss, Gurney, Andretti, Rainey, Brabham, Rahal, Rossi, McLaren, Shelby… just to name a few!

In this day and age when some tracks struggle to stay around for more then 10 years, it’s an impressive feat!

Laguna Seca is obviously celebrating with a new logo. It’s a bit of a throwback to the past, yet still seems to look “current.”

As you can see in the graphic above, the logo brings back some of the elements of the track’s first logo from 1957: the cypress tree landmark and a classic race car. Newly added are the number 60 to the hood of the car and the current iteration of the track inscribed within the zero of the “60″ on the other half of the logo.

Nice. Clean. Simple.

So fine readers, what are you thoughts on the new logo?

For those wanting to visit the track (AND YOU SHOULD), here’s a calendar of the major events happening this season:

  • Ferrari Challenge, May 12-14
  • Inaugural Spring Classic vintage car race and historical motorcycle exhibition, May 19-21
  • Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO U.S. Round featuring MotoAmerica, July 7-9
  • Monterey Pre-Reunion, August 12-13
  • Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20
  • Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship), September 21-24
  • Pirelli World Challenge, October 12-15

Mitime Group agrees to manage UMC, withdraws from purchasing

By | January 23, 2017

Utah Motorsports Campus

Utah Motorsports Campus

For all those Utah Motorsports Campus / Miller Motorsports Park fans out there, an update to the continued drama over the ownership of the faculty.

It appears that Mitime Group has agreed to run facility through 12/31/17, but has withdrawn its plan on purchasing the 511-acre facility, stating the strengthening US dollar and the delay from the legal issues associated with the sale of the facility.

Press release below:

Mitime Group Agrees to Extend UMC Management Agreement

Company withdraws from track purchase negotiations

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (January 23, 2017) — Utah Motorsport Campus, Inc., a subsidiary of the Mitime Group, which operated Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC, formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park) under a facility management agreement with Tooele County during 2016, has notified the Tooele County Board of Commissioners that it will agree to an extension of the existing facility management agreement through December 31, 2017.

“We are very excited to complete the agreement to continue managing Utah Motorsports Campus,” said UMC General Manager Willem Geyer. “The County has been great to work with, and we look forward to another exciting season.” Once the agreement has been signed by both parties, UMC will announce its 2017 season schedule.

However, at the same time Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, also a subsidiary of the Mitime Group, informed the County that it is withdrawing from negotiations to purchase the 511-acre facility.

In a letter dated January 20, 2017 from Xinggui Wang, Manager of Mitime Utah Investment, LLC, Mitime cited unexpected legal challenges that started with a lawsuit in 2016 enjoining Mitime from purchasing the facility, ongoing legal challenges delaying the County from selling the facility and losses incurred by Mitime due to the delay and by the strengthening of the U.S. Dollar relative to the Chinese Yuan.

“When the County has resolved the issues underlying the challenges to a sale,” Wang stated in the letter, “should the County re-offer UMC for purchase in a new sale, open to public bidding, Mitime may have interest in bidding.”

For additional information regarding Utah Motorsports Campus, visit the track’s website at www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com.

Salt City Euros Halloween Video: Scary Clowns Be Warned

By | October 28, 2016

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Local European enthusiast channel, Salt City Euros, released a “festive” Halloween video this week with a clear warning for all the random scary clowns in the world: Beware the Euros.

Salt City Euro usually provides us with fantastic how-to’s and unique Euro build videos (Including an E-freaking-30 Touring! Awesome!), but this time they took their craft to the next level of entertainment. With “Clownageddon” sweeping the world – instances of random people dressing up as scary clowns and chasing innocent bystanders – this filmette serves as an entertaining warning as to why you should not try it. Aside from being shot, stabbed, or beat-the-hell-up, Clowns now have to worry about the “purge” coming from European car enthusiasts.

I hate clowns. All clowns. So we here at the Daily Derbi fully support violence against clowns*, especially when purging them with classic BMW metal and tasty bagged V.A.G. cruisers. Thank you Salt City Euros for making the world a little bit less scary.

Happy Halloween!

*No we don’t. We do not condone violence of any kind, even if it’s against scary clowns who deserve to rot in hell.

The Sights & Sounds of Petit Le Mans

By | October 19, 2016

Ah, Petit Le Mans. Season ender for IMSA/WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Ten hours of heart pumping, chest pounding action. Racing so hard, they literally tore up the track! Talk about a long Full Course Yellow!

Hit full screen and turn up the sound!