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FIRST TO MARKET – ICON VEHICLE DYNAMICS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF ITS COMPLETE SUSPENSION SYSTEMS FOR THE 2019-UP FORD RANGER


Now available in two layouts with unique upper control arm options, these systems provide up to a 35% increase in front wheel travel and allow for the fitment of larger and more aggressive tires

KEY FEATURES

  • Height-adjustable coilovers provide a range of 0-3.5” of front lift height
  • Fits 2WD & 4WD applications
  • Increased lift height allows for fitment of larger and more aggressive tires
  • Up to 35% increase in front wheel travel over stock
  • ICON shocks feature vehicle-specific tune for superior performance and ride quality
  • Corrosion resistant anodized shock body with 5/8″ shaft (2.0 Aluminum Series shocks)
  • Corrosion resistant CAD plated shock body with 7/8″ shaft (2.5 Series shocks)
  • Shocks are fully rebuildable and revalvable
  • ICON upper control arms allow for additional wheel travel (when paired with extended travel coilovers) while improving suspension geometry for predictable handling
  • Patent pending Delta Joint combines the durability and weather resistance of a ball joint with the performance characteristics of a uniball
  • Delta Joint upper control arms carry ICON’s exclusive 5-year limited warranty
  • CNC machined 6061 billet aluminum upper control arms allow for on-vehicle camber and caster adjustment
  • Direct bolt-in design makes for a simple and straightforward installation
  • Lifetime guarantee against ICON fabricated component breakage or manufacturer defect

WHEEL & TIRE FITMENT INFO

  • OEM Wheels & Tires: Yes
  • Aftermarket Wheels: 8.5” Wide, 6” Backspace
  • Aftermarket Tires: 285/70R17
  • Recommended Wheel: ICON Alloys Ford Ranger specific fitments coming soon

*Larger tires may fit but fender trimming and modifications will be required


THE ICON DIFFERENCE:
When developing suspension components for a new vehicle, ICON takes a different approach than many others. Rather than focusing in on one particular part, ICON engineers look at the vehicle as a whole, identify inherent strengths and weaknesses, and set a target for performance. With a focus on maximizing wheel travel and improving ride quality, ICON will develop components that address (and often times replace) OE limiting factors. This “holistic engineering” philosophy often results in the development of several parts designed to work together as a system to provide balanced on and off-road performance. Because ICON is designing and manufacturing all of the components necessary to improve the performance of a vehicle from front to back, end-users can rest easy knowing they are dealing with ONE manufacturer, ONE standard of quality, and ONE awesome warranty to back it all up.

ICON Vehicle Dynamics products are proudly designed, manufactured, and assembled in Riverside, California by a team of passionate off-road enthusiasts. With a reputation for quality, performance, and service it’s clear that ICON Vehicle Dynamics is the top choice for performance suspension systems and shock absorbers for enthusiasts that demand the highest levels of performance, ruggedness, and durability out of their suspension systems.


CENTERFORCE ADDS NEW TJ JEEP APPLICATION TO ITS HIGH INERTIA BILLET STEEL FLYWHEEL LINE


Designed for the 2005-2006 4.0L I6-equipped Jeep Wrangler, this new billet steel flywheel delivers a 47% increase in inertia, helping prevent stalling while traversing across rough terrain

Prescott, Ariz. (February 2019) – Centerforce, a leading manufacturer of performance clutches and flywheels for classic and late model cars and trucks for over 30 years, has released its new High Inertia Billet Steel Flywheel with the integrated timing trigger for the 4.0L I6-equipped 2005-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ. This new 39-pound billet steel flywheel equates to a 47% increase in inertia over the stock flywheel and the extra stored energy helps maintain engine rpm and improve low-speed crawl capability.

The TJ-series Jeep Wrangler is one of the most popular off-road platforms for Jeep enthusiasts thanks to its affordable price point, rugged capability and immense aftermarket support. For TJ Jeep owners with manual transmissions, installing a heavier flywheel can greatly improve both their on-road and off-road driving experiences. The stock OE Jeep flywheel weighs in at 26.45-pounds, while the new Centerforce flywheel weighs 39-pounds – an increase of nearly 13-pounds. The increase in flywheel inertia helps to maintain engine RPM speed on the street & off road, the weight of the Jeep doesn’t pull the engines down in RPM as easily due to the extra inertia on the Centerforce flywheel. Jeeps with larger tires and equipped with all the added weight from off road supplies and equipment will benefit using the high inertia flywheel.

Centerforce flywheels are CAD/CAM-designed and CNC machined for precise, no hassle, bolt-in installation. All Centerforce billet steel flywheels are SFI-certified, so you know that you can count on them on the street and on the trail. This new 39-pound, 164-tooth, integrated timing trigger, 6 bolt crank Flywheel (Part #700479) fits 2005-2006 Jeep Wranglers equipped with the 4.0L L6. This precision balanced flywheel was developed as an easy-to-install replacement able to complement both light and heavy-duty off-road setups while maintaining highway usability.

Centerforce High Inertia easily install and are made in the USA. For more information about the Flywheel or any other products, contact Centerforce, 928.771.8422, www.centerforce.com.


ABOUT CENTERFORCE
A division of Midway Industries, Centerforce is an award-winning manufacturer of performance clutches and flywheels. The Centerforce brand has earned a well-deserved reputation for reliability, quality and durability where superior clutch performance and easy operation are mandatory. Continuous product development has earned Centerforce many U.S. and international patents. Based in Prescott, Arizona, Centerforce currently offers more than 1,600 non-asbestos clutch, pressure-plate and flywheel applications for performance cars, trucks, SUVs and Hot Rods.


ROADWORKS MANUFACTURING® STAINLESS STEEL IN-FRAME STORAGE BOX IS AVAILABLE NOW TO ORDER


The American-made Stainless Steel In-Frame Storage Box delivers high-quality protection without sacrificing style

Lafayette, Ind. (January 2019) – RoadWorks Manufacturing®, a leading designer and manufacturer of stainless steel aftermarket accessories for heavy duty trucks, has announced the release of its new Stainless Steel In-Frame Storage Box which gives drivers additional storage for accessories and personal items, keeping dirty items like chains and coveralls out of the cab and sleeper.

Compatible with all make and model heavy duty trucks, the Stainless Steel In-Frame Storage Box easily mounts between the cab and trailer. RoadWorks Manufacturing uses worry-free stainless steel which does not require polishing to maintain shine, unlike most chrome finishes. Manufactured with a weather-resistant lockable hatch and door, the Stainless Steel In-Frame Storage Box protects stored items against harsh weather conditions, theft and damage from road debris.

The universal Stainless Steel In-Frame Storage Box starts at an MSRP of $650.00 and is available to order now.

RoadWorks Manufacturing products are American-made, built to last and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information on RoadWorks Manufacturing or RoadWorks Manufacturing Detail Products, visit roadworksmfg.com, call (800) 448-8741 or email info@roadworks.com.


About RoadWorks Manufacturing®:
Established in 1994, RoadWorks Manufacturing®, a brand of Lund International®, designs and manufactures innovative, premium-quality semi-truck aftermarket accessories. The brand also offers a full line of detail products, including Metal Polish & Sealant, Metal Polishing Bars, Paint Protectant and Spray Detailer for all makes and models. RoadWorks Manufacturing® Stainless Steel Truck Accessories and Detail Products are made in the USA and available through RoadWorks Manufacturing Authorized Dealers.
Do Heads Turn When You Drive By?
www.roadworksmfg.com

About Lund International®:
Lund International® is a U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of automotive accessories for passenger cars, Jeeps and light, medium and heavy duty trucks. Offering the industry’s broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to protect, customize and personalize their vehicles, Lund International® products are marketed under the brand names of AMP Research, AVS, Belmor, Bushwacker, LUND, Rampage Products, Roadworks Manufacturing, Roll-N-Lock, Stampede Products and Tonno Pro.
At Lund International, We Don’t Make the Vehicle, We Make It Yours
www.lundinternational.com


ADVANCED FUEL DYNAMICS ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE FLEX FUEL SYSTEM FOR JEEP WRANGLER


Advanced Fuel Dynamics ProFlex Commander flex fuel tuner adds usable horsepower and torque to the 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JKU

Troy, Texas (February, 2019) – Advanced Fuel Dynamics, the leading manufacturer of performance flex fuel systems, has released its ProFlex Commander for the 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Made for the 3.6L Pentastar engine, the ProFlex Commander for Wranglers is an adaptive, real-time flex-fuel tuner delivering about 30 more wheel-horsepower and significantly more torque when running E85 fuel.

The Jeep Wrangler JK platform has become one of the most popular choices for off-road enthusiasts thanks to its immense capability out of the box and massive aftermarket support. After upgrading wheels and tires, adding bumpers, racks and recovery accessories, the vehicle can easily become sluggish under the added weight. The ProFlex Commander system helps enthusiasts unlock additional horsepower and low-end torque just by switching to E85.

Advanced Fuel Dynamics’ ProFlex Commander system eliminates the need to drain your tank or switch maps when you want to change fuels. Instead, their plug-and-play flex fuel system uses their BlendSense™ technology to automatically switch seamlessly between E85, gasoline, or any mixture of ethanol and gas. The kit also allows for smartphone connectivity for iOS and Android applications through the ProFlex Connect app which enables users to monitor ethanol content in real time.

Each ProFlex Commander system comes with the ProFlex Commander control unit, a flex fuel sensor with fuel lines and quick connect fittings and an application specific wiring harness. Vehicle fitments include the 2012-2018 JK Jeep Wrangler and JKU Jeep Wrangler Unlimited equipped with Chrysler’s Pentastar 3.6L V6.  Installation takes less than an hour.

Each ProFlex Commander is backed by a limited 12-month warranty and comes standard with all parts needed for installation. For more information on the ProFlex Commander and available applications, please visit www.AdvancedFuelDynamics.com.


ABOUT ADAVANCED FUEL DYNAMICS

Advanced Fuel Dynamics is the leader in aftermarket flex fuel systems and caters to vehicles in the off-road and performance markets. AFD has earned its reputation by manufacturing high quality, dyno-proven products to those who want to get the most out of their vehicles and insist on having their aftermarket modifications perform like OEM components. Advanced Fuel Dynamics thoroughly test its products on the street, track and dyno, ensuring the highest-quality product possible. Considering how inconsistent pump E85 is, Advanced Fuel Dynamics is proud that its PROFLEX Commander system gives owners the power to fill their vehicle with their preferred fuel without the worry of a mismatching tune or map. Advanced Vehicle Dynamics allows users to unlock the most power and performance in their performance or off-road vehicle.


ROUSH PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW SUPERCHARGED FORD F-150 MODELS


2019 ROUSH F-150 SC Fast Facts

  • Produces a potent 650 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque from the combination of the ROUSH TVS R2650 Supercharger system and Ford’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8
  • Equipped with Side Exit Performance Exhaust ROUSH offers the F-150 SC with its premium Active Exhaust system
  • Upgraded for the 2019 model year, the Active Exhaust System uses electronic valve technology to allow drivers to choose between touring, sport, wide-open and custom modes via a mobile app or console mounted switch
  • Additional suspension travel and two inches of front leveling over stock from a ROUSH/Fox 2.0 suspension upgrade
  • 20-inch black ROUSH wheels wrapped in General Grabber ATX LT305/55R20 Tires offering stability and confidence on both rough terrain and highway
  • Aesthetic improvements include a signature front grille with accent lighting, fender flares with accent lighting, a front bumper cover and a square “R” hitch cover
  • Upgrades to the interior include molded floor liners by WeatherTech, a secure console vault and a serialized console badge – There is an optional leather seating upgrade and an optional off-road utility kit available

2019 ROUSH NITEMARE Fast Facts

  • Offering their most extreme street performance truck to date, this vehicle features the ROUSH TVS R2650 Supercharger system and Ford’s 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine – providing 650 horsepower with 610 pound-feet of torque
  • Featuring new optional upgrades for the 2019 model year – The Active Exhaust System uses electronically-actuated exhaust valves to give drivers the option between touring, sport, wide-open and custom modes on the go via a mobile app or console mounted switch
  • ROUSH provides a wide variety of aesthetic upgrades for an unmistakable, bold street look – The vehicle combines a signature front grille with accent lighting, a custom front bumper cover, and new sport lowering kit
  • Black 22-inch ROUSH wheels wrapped in Continental CrossContact LX20 285/45R22 Tires ensure both grip and style
  • Upgrades to the interior include optional leather package, molded floor liners by WeatherTech, and a serialized console badge
  • Optional content includes: ROUSH Active Cat-Back Exhaust, ROUSH Soft Tonneau Cover by ExTang, console vault, and off-road utility kit

ABOUT ROUSH PERFORMANCE
ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush, the winningest name in racing.  Combining performance engineering with entrepreneurship, ROUSH began selling designs he had created for his own team to the wider world of motorsports. Based out of Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, and superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. For more on ROUSH please call 1.800.59.ROUSH or visit www.ROUSHperformance.com.

THE QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING ANNOUNCES FEATURED CLASSES FOR 2019


The premier motorcycling culture celebration will honor the historic Honda CB750, the legendary Brough Superior and historic pre-1990 off-road motorcycles, all while showcasing 300 priceless historic classics and incredible food

Carmel, Calif. (January 31, 2019) – The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, a Peninsula Hotels Signature Motoring Event, has announced three featured classes for its 11th Anniversary celebration on May 4, 2019, along with activities for both casual observers and die-hard motorcycle fans. Among the specialty classes for the 2019 celebration are 50 Years of the Honda CB750, 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior and Off Road Wonders Through the 90s.

2019 is a year of important anniversaries in motorcycling, including 50 years of the first production motorcycle to be called a “Superbike” the Honda CB750 and 100 years of the iconic British Brough Superior performance bike. The 50 Years of the Honda CB750 and 100th Anniversary of the Brough Superior featured classes will celebrate these anniversaries with exhibitions on the field, alongside Off-Road Wonders Through the 90’s, an additional featured class for outstanding and historic off-road motorcycles. Each specialty class will highlight exemplary motorcycles for its respective group, including at least six world-class examples of the Honda CB750 manufactured between 1969 and 1977 as well as a wide variety of historic off-road motorcycles including the iconic 1972 Husqvarna 400 CR and the 1989 Honda XRV650 Africa Twin Marathon.

“The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is excited to unveil the special classes for our 2019 event,” said Gordon McCall, director of motorsports for The Peninsula Signature Events. “Two of the greatest legends in motorcycle manufacturing are passing milestones this year and we’re proud to give a spotlight to these historic bikes along with these iconic off-road bikes.”

As always, the show will take place on the pristine lawns of Quail Lodge & Golf Club. Featuring a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy, guests can indulge in farm-to-table Mexican cuisine and goods from lifestyle vendors. Children, families and even pets are welcome at this inclusive and relaxed event.

Witness this celebration only at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Pre-sale tickets are $85 and are available online at www.quaillodgeevents.com.  Entry includes a gourmet lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event. Doors open 9:00 AM for VIP Lounge ticket holders and 10:00 AM for General Public ticket holders. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


About The Peninsula Signature Events
The Peninsula Signature Events is organized by The Peninsula Hotels, dedicated to creating world-class bespoke events at its properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris – future openings, Yangon and London. Quail Lodge & Golf Club is home to the following Peninsula Signature Events: The Quail Ride, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, The Quail Rally and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. http://signatureevents.peninsula.com.


BELMOR® PRODUCTS PROTECT AMERICA’S HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS IN WINTER


As snowstorms blanket the nation, a top priority for fleet owners, commercial truck drivers and owner/operators is winterizing their trucks

Howe, Ind. (January 2019) – Belmor®, a leading designer, engineer and manufacturer of heavy duty truck accessories, offers products specifically designed to help keep trucks on the road during the cold weather season. Belmor Winterfront Truck Grille Covers and Aluminum In-Frame Storage Boxes make winter months more manageable for America’s heavy duty truck drivers.

A Belmor Winterfront Truck Grille Cover redirects the flow of cold air entering the radiator, helping maintain optimum engine operating temperatures in extreme cold weather. Each Belmor Winterfront Truck Grille Cover is designed and engineered with full consideration of the Original Equipment Truck Manufacturer’s specifications to ensure proper fit, and in accordance with the recommendations of the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) guidelines for Winterfront Truck Grille Covers.

Manufactured with heavy duty, reinforced, UV-resistant vinyl, a Winterfront Truck Grille Cover should be used until ambient air temperatures above 40-degrees Fahrenheit are sustained. Mounting to the exterior of the truck grille using the same system as a Belmor Bug Screen Truck Grille Cover, the Winterfront Truck Grille Cover is easily interchangeable from season to season. Belmor Winterfront Truck Grille Covers are available in solid colors, specialty prints and custom finishes. No-drill applications are available for the Freightliner Cascadia, International LT, Kenworth T680, Peterbilt 579, Volvo VNL, Western Star 5700XE, and more. MSRP starts at $77.99.

While maintaining optimum engine temperature is top of mind during winter months, keeping gear safe from the elements and securely stored out of the cab and sleeper is important for heavy duty truckers year-round, it’s a necessity in winter given the need to carry costly chains for driving in snowy conditions. A Belmor Aluminum In-Frame Storage Box is the solution!

Manufactured from aluminum for superior corrosion resistance then topped off with a diamond-plated aluminum lid featuring a lockable trigger latch mechanism with gasket to prevent water from getting inside, a Belmor Aluminum Storage Box keeps its contents safe, dry and ready for use. The mounting system allows the storage box to be easily installed without drilling into the frame, providing a high-quality storage solution with little to no downtime. Positioned securely in the frame of the truck, the Belmor Aluminum In-frame Storage Box is ideal for storing everything from snow chains to tools, to dirty coveralls and boots, outside of the cab and sleeper, while ensuring protection from weather, theft and road debris. The Belmor Aluminum In-Frame Storage Box is a universal product available in three sizes starting at $549.99 MSRP.

Belmor products are American-made, built to last and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information on the Winterfront Truck Grille Covers, the Aluminum In-Frame Storage Box and other Belmor products, visit Belmor.com, call (800) 423-1855 or email info@Belmor.com.


About Belmor® :
Belmor®, a brand of Lund International®, is a leading provider of heavy and medium duty truck accessories, supplying major original equipment manufacturers and dealers high quality Class 4 through 8 accessories since 1921. The extensive Belmor® category coverage includes Aeroshield II® and other Hood Shields, Ventvisor® Side Window Deflectors, Bug Screen and Winterfront Truck Grille Covers, Storage Boxes, Tank Covers and more. Its products are designed to provide comfort to the driver and add protection and storage to the truck.

BELMOR…Because You Drive Heavy Duty
www.belmor.com

About Lund International® :
Lund International® is a U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of automotive accessories for passenger cars, Jeeps and light, medium and heavy duty trucks. Offering the industry’s broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to protect, customize and personalize their vehicles, Lund International products are marketed under the brand names of AMP Research, AVS, Belmor®, Bushwacker, LUND, Rampage Products, Roadworks Manufacturing, Roll-N-Lock, Stampede Products and Tonno Pro.

At Lund International, We Don’t Make the Vehicle, We Make It Yours.
www.lundinternational.com


APR UNLEASHED AUDI R8 V10 & LAMBORGHINI HURACÁN MODELS WITH APR PLUS & STAGE 1 ECU UPGRADES


APR releases new APR Plus and Stage 1 ECU upgrades for Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracán 5.2L FSI V10 engines, offering major increases in both horsepower and torque

(Opelika, Alabama) January, 2019 – APR unveiled today the new APR Plus and Stage 1 ECU upgrades for 5.2L FSI V10 engines. These upgrades are compatible with a wide range of Audi R8 V10 and Lamborghini Huracán models, including Audi R8 V10, R8 V10 Plus, R8 V10 RSW, Lamborghini Huracán RWD LP580-2 and Huracán LP610-4. APR’s Stage 1 ECU upgrade is designed for significant gains in horsepower and torque while maintaining drivability and naturally aspirated engine character, while APR Plus offers a limited powertrain warranty on all APR Stage 1-upgraded vehicles used with 91 AKI (95 RON) octane fuel to ensure reliability and owner peace of mind.

The Stage 1 ECU upgrades are intended to work with stock 5.2L FSI V10 engine and drivetrain components without the need to install additional aftermarket parts. This allows for power output of 634-653 HP and 420-427 FT-LBS of torque, depending on fuel used. These increases range throughout the engine’s power band offering overall performance increases of up to 104 HP and 64 FT-LBS of torque over stock. Improvements offered by the Stage 1 ECU upgrades include support for left foot braking, speed limiter removal, a raised 9,000 RPM rev limiter, fully adjusted thermal management, optimized throttle, intake and exhaust flaps, lambda control, port/DI splitting, cam phasing, more aggressive ignition timing and an update to the factory power and torque gauges. In addition, the Stage 1 upgrade offers on-demand ECU program switching between up to four modes (utilizing APR’s mobile application) including a reduced-speed valet mode and quiet cold starting. Additional features include support for 91 AKI (95 RON) and 93 AKI (98 RON) gasoline and E60-E85 ethanol fuel.

Also available is the APR Plus variant for the Stage 1 ECU for 5.2L FSI V10 engines that provides a limited powertrain warranty matching OEM factory powertrain warranty term limits. APR Plus is available at all APR authorized dealers in the USA.

For more information, including the APR Plus limited powertrain warranty terms and conditions, please visit www.goapr.com.


ABOUT APR
Founded in 1997, APR is the global leader in performance aftermarket products for Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, and other vehicles. APR develops and manufactures hardware, software, calibration & data-logging tools for engine and transmission controllers, including intakes, exhaust systems, intercoolers, turbocharger systems, suspension, brake systems, wheels, and more. APR delivers software via a 24-hour automated global delivery system from its 78,000 square foot state of the art facility in Opelika, Alabama. Learn More at www.goapr.com.


EVENT RECAP – 2019 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA


2019 Rolex 24 at DAYTONA Event Recap Fast Facts:

  • Fernando Alonso, the two-time FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion, captured his first overall win at the Rolex 24 in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R along with teammates Jordan Taylor, Renger van Der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi.
  • Alonso took over the lead just prior to the last caution when Felipe Nasr went wide in Turn 1 in the Whelen racing entry. Just minutes later the caution went out followed by the red flag that ended the event.
  • The No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE took the GTLM win driven by Augusto Farfus, Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta.
  • The GTD class victory was brought home by the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and the four man team of Christian Engelhart, Rolf Ineichen, Mirko Bortolotti and Rik Breukers winning their class for the second year in a row.
  • Sebastian Saavedra captured the LMP2 class win in the No.18 DragonSpeed ORECA LMP2, co-driven by Roberto Gonzalez, Pedro Maldonado and Ryan Cullen.
  • The race was called after 23 hours, 50 minutes due to rain after extreme weather conditions caused on track flooding resulting in caution flags beginning at dawn Sunday. This included two red flags for the first time in event history.
  • Mechanical and weather problems plagued some of the race’s most well known teams and drivers. Tommy Milner’s No. 4 Corvette C7.R aquaplaned on standing water into a barrier in the early morning weather, while Indy Car legend Alex Zanardi’s No. 24 BMW suffered from a series of steering column issues that lost valuable time before his co-driver Jesse Krohn experienced a tire failure that effectively removed the BMW from contention.
  • Oliver Jarvis officially set the IMSA lap record around Daytona International Speedway and qualified for the pole  with a lap of 1:33.685s in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest DPi, but the car suffered a mechanical failure and had to retire.
  • The Heinricher Racing Caterpillar Inc. Acura NSX GT3 Evo featured the first all-female team to enter the Rolex 24 since 1993, but finished P13 after being damaged Sunday morning in an on-track incident.
  • This year’s race was officially started by 2019 Grand Marshal Scott Pruett. The five-time overall winner of the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA and friend of Rolex reflected on the race. (Quotes from Pruett below)
    • “It’s been a dream come true to be Grand Marshal, I’m really humbled and it’s been a fantastic experience. The racing was incredible tight from the start – it was nose to tail – with a lot of action in all the classes.”
    • “It is unfortunate that we finished under the red flag, but the conditions were so tough and the right call was made. When you drive in these conditions it’s intense and precision is key because as we’ve seen if you put a foot wrong, it will catch you out.”
    • “The race, over the last 24 hours, demanded the highest level of commitment, focus and dedication and the drivers have been inspirational. It is so amazing to see these drivers on the podium because so many of them are my friends, whether it’s Alonso and the Wayne Taylor team or the BMW squad – they all deserved victory.”
    • Having stood on the top step of the podium in Victory Lane, Pruett fondly remembers the moment: “When you consider all the time, effort and energy that goes into trying to win the Rolex 24, it is completely consuming and a watch is a symbol of this commitment. If you win a trophy, it sits in your trophy case. However, when you win a Daytona, with “Winner” engraved on the back, there’s nothing more special. There’s no current driver or past driver who wouldn’t say the most memorable thing you can take away from this race is the watch.”
  • Following the race, the dedication and excellence of the winning team was celebrated in Victory Lane. In tribute of this success, Rolex rewards the victorious drivers with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, an infinite reminder of their achievement.

ROLEX AND DAYTONA
Rolex’s connection to Daytona dates back to the early 20th century when Daytona Beach attracted a wave of speed enthusiasts due to its long, flat and very firm straight of sand. Some 14 land speed records were set there, five by Sir Malcolm Campbell, including the fastest official time recorded there of 444km/h (276mph) in 1935 at the wheel of his mighty Bluebird with a Rolex on his wrist. In 1992, Rolex formalized this long-standing association with Daytona and Daytona International Speedway®, becoming the Official Timepiece and Title Sponsor of the 24-hour epic, further strengthening the link between the race and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona watch. After 27 years, the brand is now so closely tied to the event that motor sport aficionados refer to it simply as “The Rolex”.


MAGNAFLOW RELEASES “THE SOUND OF PASSION” FEATURING CHIP FOOSE, BUILDER OF THE DECADE


MagnaFlow’s new video feature highlights the history of longtime MagnaFlow Ambassador Chip Foose who will be honored as Builder of the Decade at the 2019 Grand National Roadster Show this weekend in Pomona, California

Oceanside, Calif. (January, 2019) – MagnaFlow has announced the release of its latest video spotlight, “The Sound of Passion,” which features acclaimed automobile designer and artist Chip Foose.  Foose, who is already an inductee into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, will be recognized as the show’s Builder of the Decade at the 2019 show taking place this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. The nearly five-minute long video puts viewers in the mind of Foose as he narrates and introspectively looks back on his life and career thus far, examining how he got to where he is today.

After 31 years of design, Chip Foose has solidified his name as one of the most prominent and well-known automotive designers and builders of the modern era. His diverse repertoire of vehicle designs and builds throughout his career has earned him a lengthy list of accolades, including four Ridler Awards, eight America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards, seven Goodguys Street Rod of the Year awards, Best Custom Car at the 2014 NACE Expo and the soon to be announced Builder of the Decade award. Foose has also been inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame; Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame; Grand National Roadster Hall of Fame; San Francisco Rod, Custom & Motorcycle Hall of Fame; Diecast Hall of Fame; Hot Rod Hall of Fame’s Circle of Champions; and the SEMA Hall of Fame.

In the wake of his father, Sam Foose’s, passing, the video places viewers in the mind of Foose and allows them to experience first-hand the calling Foose felt for automotive design from a young age. In the video, Foose recalls spending countless hours in the shop with his father repairing vehicles by day and building hot rods by night. Although it has been nearly 50 years since the days spent in his father’s shop, the soundtrack of noises from the garage are vividly engrained in his mind to this day. Foose remembers watching his father sketch vehicle designs and the sound of the pencils on the paper. Naturally, he began to emulate his father’s sketches which further fueled his passion from a young age and ultimately led him to attend the Art Center College of Design where he continued to hone his craft.

After working as the staff designer/fabricator for the Asha Corporation where he was ultimately promoted to director of design, Foose officially started his own company, Foose Design, in 1989. Since the conceptualization of Foose Design, he has continued to sketch and build revolutionary vehicles. His impeccable vision and craftsmanship earned him a hit television series, “Overhaulin’” which only continued to attract more fans and build the legacy of Chip Foose through the years.

The unwavering passion Foose displayed for his work from a young age and throughout his career is the catalyst of the legacy he has created and what drew MagnaFlow to Chip many years ago. MagnaFlow is honored to have been able to work side-by-side with an individual whose passion for his craft has left an everlasting impact on the industry.

This video is available now on the MagnaFlow YouTube channel as well as the MagnaFlow Facebook page.

Chip Foose will be showcasing an array of his award-winning collection of vehicles at the Grand National Roadster Show from January 25 to 27, 2019, and will be honored in a special ceremony during the award presentation on Sunday, January 27, 2019. For more information on the Grand National Roadster Show, please visit www.rodshows.com/gnrs.


ABOUT MAGNAFLOW
MagnaFlow got its start as a natural extension of Car Sound Exhaust systems. Our parent company specializes in superior catalytic converter technology and has spent the last 30 years earning its reputation as a market leader around the world. We’re proud to continue this tradition through producing the best sounding, best performing and most durable exhaust components in the world. If you’re looking for quality, power and sound, then you’re looking for MagnaFlow: www.magnaflow.comVisit us on Facebook and Instagram.