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Aug 9

Barrett-Jackson Reno Opens Strong, Heating Up

Photo Credit: Tom Jensen

Photo Credit: Tom Jensen

The opening day of the inaugural Reno Tahoe Hot August Nights collector-car auction was a huge success, as the Reno Convention Center was jammed with fans and the energy was palpable all Thursday afternoon and evening.

All told, 72 crossed the auction block, all selling for no reserve. The sales totals on the opening day were $1,377,000, plus a 10 percent buyer’s premium for each car that crossed the auction lot.

The high seller on the day was a beautiful white 1956 Ford Thunderbird with two tops that brought $49,500, with 10 percent buyer’s premium included.

Second on the list at $45,100 was a 1993 Chevrolet ZR- Corvette with only 9,000 original miles and the highly desirable 40th Anniversary Package.

Then came a 1949 Ford F-1 pickup truck at $40,700; a 1965 Ford Mustang at $38,500; and a custom 1966 Chevrolet Nova at $37,400.

One of the evening’s highlights was the appearance of legendary drag racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, who displayed his 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Funny Car and its hauler, and the ’70 Plymouth Duster Funny Car of former teammate Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen.

Those two cars and their respective haulers will be shown again at the Sixth Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 26-28, and then auctioned off as a package during the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2014.

But the main story at Reno is what happens on the auction floor, and there was plenty of action on Thursday. As is the case with every Barrett-Jackson auction, the first day features the lowest-priced cars and typically has more than its share of bargains.

One of the cars that caught the eyes of the SPEED on-air talent was a 1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra convertible that carried a notarized affidavit that it had just 40,498 original miles. Purported to be in great condition both cosmetically and mechanically, it sold for just $11,000, which made it an exceptional value.

In Day 2 of Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe, the quality of cars will go up and expect the prices to increase commensurately. The second day of the docket is heavy with pickup trucks of all shapes and sizes, ranging from strictly stock nut-and-bolt restorations to wild customs.

One of the more intriguing offerings is Lot 325, a 1968 Chevrolet El Camino restored to an exceptionally high standard. What’s particularly interesting about this truck is that it came from the factory with no options whatsoever — It carries a three-on-the-tree manual transmission, manual brakes and manual steering.

Another interesting Chevrolet — although you’d never be able to identify it as a Chevy — is a 1930 rat rod, Lot 330, that’s chopped, channeled and powered by an engine from a 1964 Buick Wildcat.

Hot rods obviously are huge here in Reno, and one very sharp one is Lot 428, a 1932 Ford custom roadster finished in an eye-catching shade of metallic purple. Powered by the ubiquitous Chevrolet small-block engine, it has a very period-correct 1950s feel to it.

SPEED and SPEED.com will bring you all the action from Barrett-Jackson today, with live television coverage from 6-11 p.m. ET and live streaming during the same period. Tune in and watch another day of action from Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Hot August Nights.

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Aug 9

IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Long-Term TV Partnership

USCR- IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Long-Term TV Partnership

Photo Credit: John Dagys

FOX Sports and (International Motor Sports Association) announced today a five-year multi-media rights deal that solidifies United SportsCar Racing’s home on television through the 2018 season.

Today’s announcement, which comes on the heels of last week’s news that FOX Sports will broadcast NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races through 2024, bolsters FOX’s expansive motorsports coverage. The agreement also includes coverage of IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for five years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

For motorsports fans accustomed to FOX Sports’ broadcast presentation of various forms of racing, including NASCAR since 2001, today’s announcement signals another exciting development for sports car racing in America. In September of 2012, Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the two entities were merging in one of the most significant developments in the history of sports car racing in North America. Later named United SportsCar Racing, sanctioned by IMSA, the premier new sports car racing series begins its next chapter with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January of 2014.

“It’s hard to argue that there’s a global media company more equipped and better resourced to cover and broadcast sports car racing than FOX Sports,” said Ed Bennett, CEO of IMSA. “By partnering with FOX Sports for the next five years, United SportsCar Racing, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and their teams, tracks, drivers and sponsors are positioned for strong exposure while our existing fans can expect top-notch presentation, promotion and marketing.”

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Aug 9

Team Sahlen On Road America Pole

GRAND-AM- Team Sahlen On Road America Pole

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scored its first-ever Daytona Prototype pole Friday, with Dane Cameron taking the team’s No. 42 Riley-BMW to the top spot in qualifying for Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America.

Cameron reeled off a best lap of 2:00.028 in the 15-minute session, edging out the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Jordan Taylor by 0.547 seconds. The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-BMW of Memo Rojas qualified third overall and in class.

“It’s tough coming to these places and having no information,” said Cameron, who along with the team are in their first year of DP competition. “I never had been in a DP at Road America and neither had the team, so we didn’t really have any idea what to do.

“We had just been drawing what we’ve learned and what has been working so far. This weekend we showed up pretty good and we were kinda quickest out of the gate.”

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Aug 8

Tagliani To Sub For Papis At Kansas

Alex Tagliani will join AIM Motorsport for next weekend's Kansas round, with Kenny Wilden, not pictured, subbing for Max Papis this weekend at Road America.

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Top Canadian Indy Car and road racing star will partner reigning Rolex Sports Car Series GT co-Champion Jeff Segal in the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Autosport Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia at next weekend’s inaugural Road Racing SFP Grand Prix at , August 16 – 17.

Tagliani will be filling in for regular No. 61R.Ferri/AIM Ferrari driver who was previously committed to the NASCAR Nationwide race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The announcement aligns Quebec-native Tagliani, one of Canada’s top racing stars of the last two decades, with fellow Canadians Remo Ferri and AIM Autosport team principals Ian Willis and Andrew Bordin for the first time.

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