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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Names MINI 2024 Marque Of The Year

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – MINI, the iconic British brand, is the 2024 ‘Marque Of The Year’ for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.  2024 marks the third time for the brand to receive the honor, which also occurred in 2004 and 2014.

“Excitement is in the air as MINI and MINI of Pittsburgh takes the spotlight as ‘Marque of the Year’, said Morgan McLane, Motoring Advisor at MINI of Pittsburgh.  “Join us as we revitalize the spirit of motoring, embrace the elegance of the past, and set the stage for a future filled with MINI adventures.”

MINIS will be everywhere this summer in Pittsburgh including on-track both weekends and at all of the PVGP car shows throughout race week, July 26 through August 4.

“This honor is a testament to our commitment to excellence and we can’t wait to share this thrilling ride with the entire Pittsburgh community,” said Jason Karpa, Motoring Manager at MINI of Pittsburgh.

The Classic MINI debuted in 1959 as an inexpensive, 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use a lot of gas or take up a lot of space.

MINIS are no stranger to the race track.  In 1961 British racing legend John Cooper added some horsepower, bigger brakes, tuned the suspension a tweak and the Classic MINI Cooper 997 was born.

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John Cooper’s Classic MINI Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

2024 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Marque Of The Year Poster by Todd Cook.

MINIS will be on the track in 2024 as Mini of Pittsburgh and Vince Longo Jr. team up for the MINI Track Rides program for the 11th year.  Three race-equipped MINI Coopers are custom-wrapped and showcased on the track and at Grand Prix Race Week events.  Longo and his certified racers take riders around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.

Todd Cook created the 2024 PVGP Poster, which features Bruce Whipple racing his 1962 Austin MINI Cooper S that competes at Schenley Park and Pitt Race. Whipple, from Newton, New Jersey plans to change his race number to 42 signifying the 42nd running of the PVGP to match the poster.

Cook also created a second poster featuring a GT40 in honor of the GT40 60th Reunion the PVGP is hosting July 26-28.

For a complete schedule of events, visit PVGP.org.

IndyCar

Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday.  DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.

The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.

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“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.

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Jean Lynch Classic Coming to Lernerville Speedway

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(February 6th, 2024) – Western PA Speedweek and Lernerville Speedway are introducing ‘The Jean Lynch Classic presented by Rustler Sales & Service’ as the cornerstone event of the 2024 Western PA Speedweek. The $4,000 to win, $350 to start event on Friday, May 31st will mark the highest paying Speedweek race since the 2021 reincarnation.

“My family and I can’t thank Tyler Beichner, Lernerville Speedway, and everyone involved with Western PA Speedweek enough for putting this together to honor my grandmother Jean Lynch,” said racer Sye Lynch, Jean’s grandson, in a Facebook post. “Her accomplishments and legacy in the racing world should never be forgotten.  My team and I are working to make this night even more special and memorable for everyone. That’s how “Mrs. Jean” as many called her, would want it.”

Jean Lynch was a pioneer for women in racing with ties to tracks and organizations such as NASCAR, CART, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500, the All Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio Sprint Speedweek, and much more. However, her love for racing never left the local racing scene as she could be found managing, promoting, and renting out tracks all across the northeast. The pinnacle of Jean’s lifelong love for racing came in 2013 when she was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Lynch is also a member of the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame, Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame, Tri-City Speedway Hall of Fame and DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Lynch passed away last year on June 30, 2023.

Rustler Sales and Service is teaming up with Western PA Speedweek to be presenting sponsor of the Jean Lynch Classic. Owned and operated by former racer Brian Steinman, Rustler Sales and Service specializes in heavy truck sales, service and towing across northwestern Pennsylvania. Call (814) 214-7023 or visit rustlersalesandservice.net to find out how Rustler’s can best serve you.

JEAN LYNCH CLASSIC PAYOFF:

  1. $4,000;
  2. $2,000;
  3. $1,500;
  4. $1,000;
  5. $800;
  6. $700;
  7. $600;
  8. $550;
  9. $500;
  10. $450;
  11. $425;
  12. $400;
  13. $375;
  14. $375;
  15. $375;

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Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Announces 2024 Schedule

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IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Hoping to capitalize on a strong end to 2023, Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is planning an even bigger 2024 with a 29-race schedule and an early March starting date.

The season kicks off with the new Pot of Gold 75 on March 16, 2024. The FAST on Dirt 410 Sprint Car Series, ULMS Racing Series, and SCDRA Northeast Sport Compacts will descend on ‘Dirt’s Monster Half Mile’ on St. Patrick’s Day weekend to  begin their respective seasons.

ULMS returns to PPMS for their first visit since 2017, with a $4,000-to-win, 30-lap feature event with a guaranteed $500-to-start. The FAST on Dirt Sprint Cars will compete in a 20-lap, A-Main, also paying $4,000 to the winner with $400 guaranteed to each starter.

The SCDRA Northeast Sport Compacts are making their first-ever visit to the facility. They will compete for a $2,500 to win top prize in a 25 lap feature event.  Irish food, a bagpiper and wheelbarrow races are just a few of the activities planned for race fans.

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The UEMS E-Mod Touring Series is returning to PPMS for a $3,000-top-win feature on April 13th to kick-off the UEMS season and the BRP Modified Tour is returning as well with a May 4th feature centered around a Cinco-de-Mayo atmosphere for the fans.

Traditional events like the Pittsburgher, the Jook George Steel City Classic, the Ed Laboon Memorial and Western PA Sprint Speedweek are returning as well and new track owner Blair Cress Jr. wants to make those bigger than ever as the Pittsburgher expands to 2-days with almost $200,000 up-for-grabs for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series competitors over the weekend.

“We had a great turnout for the Pittsburgher last season and we want to keep the momentum rolling into this upcoming season,” said Cress Jr.  “The response that we got from our fans really influenced what went into creating the 2024 schedule. Whether it was sprint cars, late models, modifieds or other suggestions such as lengthening the season, we want our fan base to know that we do listen and that we will take what they want to see into consideration.”

Community has also been a big focus for Cress and his staff since his purchase from the Miley Family earlier this year.  Last weekend. Cress Jr & Co. closed out 2023 with their Race to a Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa’s Pit Stop Experience. Several events will be sprinkled in throughout 2024, including an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 24th, the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat at the Track, and the 2nd Annual Race to Christmas Tree Lighting event. Other events are in the works, including more vendor shows during racing programs, a swap meet, kid-focused activities, car shows and more.

“We are honored to have such willing competitors that take time out of their schedules to attend community events,” states speedway representative Tabetha Coppola. “We want the community to know that we are here for them. Whether it’s to provide entertainment or to provide support, or both. We are here.”

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