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Post by Cynon on Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:32 pm

(OOC: Remember, this is the Silly Season thread, so you can write fake news, wild bullshit you may have heard me say at some point, or coded "Cynon pls do this" posts.)

Mullen Back as Voice of TM Master Cup Series

In an unexpected move, 44Sports confirmed that Dan Mullen will return as the voice of the TM Master Cup series for the 2019 season and beyond. 44Sports clarified that their return to presenting the series would be more than just throwing back to when they last broadcast the series in 2014. In response to some of the restrictions on Mullen that many fans complained about during the four years of the series airing on KLtv, 44Sports confirmed that they would encourage Mullen to "be himself" in the booth.

"Mullen will bring a level of authenticity that only he could bring to the TM Master Cup series, and we're proud to let him be himself." an official statement said.

When 44Sports regained the broadcast rights to the TM Master Cup series for the 2019 season, there were doubts that longtime play-by-play commentator Dan Mullen would return to his role over reports he was "abrasive" during his time at KLtv. Reports that Mullen incensed KLtv executives with "biased support" were confirmed by Mullen, but denied by KLtv.

Mullen stated on his radio show, the Dan Mullen Radio Hour, that the specific remarks that caught the ire of KLtv executives seemed "out of a really bad dystopian fiction", hinting that speaking of Karjala-winning crew chief Zohair Khan as a positive role model might have been one such remark.

Another Rosenstreter to Race in 2019?

Reports are circulating that the 2018 North American GT GTD champion Carel Rosenstreter, 20, will make his TM Master Cup series debut in 2019. Rosenstreter, who's father, Stan, competed in the series briefly earlier in the decade, has reportedly been given special dispensation for a Master License. The younger Rosenstreter's Master License is reportedly only valid for road courses, since he has never competed or driven on an oval before. It's unclear if Carel Rosenstreter intends to get certified to race a TM Master Cup series car on an oval or not. It is likely that he runs a partial schedule, since he has already announced plans to race in the 24 hour races at Daytona, Spa, and at Le Mans.

Although born in South Africa, the younger Rosenstreter is a U.S. citizen, it is unclear which flag he would race under, since he has professionally used both the South African and American flags.


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Post by NASCARLOVER427 on Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:14 pm

Current NAAC team TurboSports to field an Independents Trophy car for 2019

As the 2019 Silly Season kicks off many rumors start swirling around as various dominoes for 2019 start to fall into place, and one domino that was very eager to fall has been the West Virginia based NAAC operation of TurboSports. The team has been trying to grow their operation into an international presence since 2017, but in a press release apparently written by team owner Alex Constantine himself, the team has decided to get this dream for them off the ground. The team has bought 4 Lycoia Inquisitors according to the document, and looks prime for an Independents Trophy run in 2019. In the press release they also hoped to get the number 64 for the car and the sponsor for all the races would be RKO Self Defense, which runs on the #41 TurboSports car of Ryan Walker currently in the NAAC and will sponsor them again in 2019. A driver has not yet been announced, but the press release says that all the drivers in the fold are possible candidates, including himself.
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Post by RaceCamera on Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:32 pm

Mason Yokoyama to Return to TMMC

Occasional competitor Mason Yokoyama plans on returning to TMMC for 2019 after a hiatus. Yokoyama made his debut in the Round of Victoria in 2014 driving for Dalton Johnson, where he finished 25th, multiple laps down. He also attempted Indy and Decatur that same year for his own team. He has spend the next few years appearing in other series like FARC. Now, Yokoyama plans on running either for a Promoter's Option or an Independent's Trophy bid with MHL as his sponsor in his own 276 car.
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Post by historyracer on Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:08 am

Rich Roy looks For Independence Trophy
With support from his own company, Roy INC., Rich Roy has recently expressed the idea of running in the TMMC. The 19 year old has won the American Dirt Racing Championship twice, but his FARC season has gone horribly. Roy hopes a 2nd ride and a new change of scenery will help
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Post by Backmarker on Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:01 am

DS Autosport eyeing Independent's Trophy Bid
Germany-based DS Autosport confirmed to reporters that while details are still being finalized, the team hopes to appear in the TM Master Cup series in 2019 and compete for the Independent's Trophy. Co-owned by former touring car champion Thomas Dietrich and Peter van der Schmidt, DS Autosport competed in Dash Cup from 2013 to 2015 before turning its' attention to TM Europe.

With the reintroduction of customer cars to TMMC, DS is expected to field Gesslers sponsored by long-time supporter Equest Financial, driven by Dietrich.

Richard Scott still seeking his golden opportunity
27 year old American Richard Scott also stated that he is continuing to seek financial backing to race in the TM Master Cup series or TM Lights in 2019. Scott made his name in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series, where he has 10 top-ten finishes and a victory in a Daytona qualifying race to his credit and still occasionally races.

He first dipped his toe into the highest levels of stock car racing in 2014, when he joined Big Mac Racing to compete for the Independent's Trophy following the departure of Tom Moore; he was then unexpectedly signed to drive for the defending champions, Roderick Motorsports, in TM Lights. Perhaps with too many responsibilities to handle in addition to his full-time FARC schedule, Scott struggled to find the consistent speed and results of his teammate, the eventual champion Héctor Serrano, and was dropped by the team in favor of Treck Tauger- who won his first race in the series.

"That first TM Lights run was disappointing for sure, I admit I squandered a big break because I bit off more than I can chew", Scott reflected in a recent interview. "But I'm not going to let that define my career, and getting to the top is my sole focus now. If I can just get another shot in Lights, or the Independent's Trophy, or maybe try my luck in ASCC, I know I can show the top guys I still have what it takes."
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Post by Electric Wolf on Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:35 pm

Lester seeking a Master Cup return?

After several years of mixed results and a racing record with a distinct gap of time between starts, it seems a fringe driver is finally taking his shot at TM Master Cup glory.

That is, if there is a shot to save.

Casey Lester has dabbled around motorsports for several years, making his professional debut at the 2010 Soda World @ Mosport in the then-titled ARLA Elite Series, crashing out at the start of the second lap. His overexuberance and inexperience showed as he failed to qualify for another race in the Patterson Autosport #246 Cromwell. For 2011, he attempted to make the Decatur Grand Prix having acquired a 2010 Omecha MA01 and did not prove to be competitive. He had not made friends in the paddock after remarking that Cesar Vila Nova caused the fatal accident of Scott Hamilton and that he "should be thrown in jail."

"Oh, yeah. That isn't something I like to go back to", Lester laughed in an interview Wednesday evening. "It was a wrong take, too, and I feel terrible for it. I was just a reckless kid trying to act out and get my name out there, trying to do what I could to be part of the paddock. I went about it completely wrong. I was well on my way to being ousted from motorsports. People knew my name from the stupid s**t I said about Cesar at Brazil which I had no right to say to begin with. I'm sure all has been forgiven in time, but I'll always keep that in the back of my mind."

2012 saw the New Yorker move to the American Stock Car Championship for Bill Chapman's #26 Cialis Saar, but his only real highlight was a 6th-place finish at the season-opening Texas 500. BCM did not return to the series in 2013, so he settled on running in the World Sports Car Championship, partnering with some investors to fund his own team for the season and competing alongside Dash Cup driver Dan Morton in the #71 Inglesby. Unable to adapt to the different style of prototypes, he performed poorly and the team did not return.

"I wouldn't say it was a mistake exactly. It was a neat opportunity I got and some friends of mine needed places to go as well. I jumped into it way too quick for sure, but I always wanted to see what it was like to drive a prototype."

He showed a renewed interest in ARLA, competing in three events and performing the best at Mosport in Riggs Motorsports' #29 car before being wrecked out late in the going. Lester then moved to the FARC LoBo Truck Tour for 2014 on a partial basis, taking two Top 5 finishes at Circuit of the Americas and Talladega. His good friend, Ike Durbin, called him in the offseason to drive the #44 Verdant Lenard full-time in the Super Series for 2015. He excitedly accepted the offer, but only got one Super Series race under his belt - he didn't even finish it, but it nearly finished him.

"I think we've all heard enough about the wreck. At least Tristan [Bayne] is doing well from what I hear."

After a lengthy recovery, he went to Dash Cup for upstart Keep Up GP for 2016 and performed as one of the better drivers on the team. He won a race the following season, earning the team its maiden victory.

"It was largely because everybody else wrecked out, but it's a win, damnit." Lester remarked on it. "Mr. Minter gave me a golden opportunity and he is the reason I'm still employed. He got me my only Dash Cup win. He helped me mature a lot as a driver."

It was expected for 2018 that he would return to Keep Up GP, but he sought other opportunities once again. This time, he took to the revived Formula Overdrive with entrepeneur Owen Lynhurst starting up a team and wanting an experienced driver to mentor Beugnet and Fermanian. After five race wins, he clinched the series title this past fall at Richmond and his future plans have not been formally announced yet.

"Do I see myself in Master Cup? Not exactly. Well, okay, yes and no. I can see part-time opportunities opening up, but I'm a bit past the age where big time teams are seriously considering you. I'm not Kevin Dwyer or Hans Fischel. I like to think I'm a driver who's come a long way and definitely has the poise and can conduct myself on-track a lot better than I did as a hotshot 23-year-old. I feel I have learned from my mistakes and getting myself in too deep. Now is the time that I can show what I am capable of."

Reports from small-name insiders say that he has been contacting Alex Harrison Racing about potentially driving for the team in their bid for the Independent's Trophy, but there haven't been any major news outlets who have confirmed this.


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Post by Rovenami on Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:15 pm

Tauger looking for run for Independent's Trophy with Freya and Saito
After 5 years of racing in TM Lights with the occasional FARC race and Promoter Option race in Master Cup, Austrian driver Treck Tauger had decided it was time for him to run for the Independent's Trophy. He decided to team up with "Freya and Saito" whom he previously raced for in FARC. "I may not be able to run for the Master Cup Series Championship, but I'll be aiming for the next best thing. I feel like our team would be more than capable of at least contending for the Trophy."
It is expected that Freya and Saito would run for the Independent's Trophy with sponsorship backing from Phantom Spark Plugs, who previously sponsored Tauger in 2017 in FARC and TM Lights leading to 2 race victories in FARC and 3 race victories and 3rd in points on the TM Lights side. It is also expected that he would also bid to winning the seemingly elusive TM Lights championship with the same team and sponsor.
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Post by JMac525 on Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:11 pm

Tom Moore Looking for Full Time Master Cup Return

Tom Moore is currently looking to continue full time competition in the TM Master Cup series. The Seattle driver made some noise when he drove for the Independent’s Trophy by placing 2nd place twice and finishing in the top ten to fifteen multiple other races. While short tracks proved to be a major strength, he began to improve on the other type of tracks. In 2014, he began the year with Delgarmo-Delgado Racing with poor to mixed results. (He snagged an 11th place finish at Quincy) He finished the year with some respectable runs with the new Team SAAR USA. Tom remarked, “If Team Saar wants me back in their operation, I’d be all in for racing for them again. If not, I respect the decision and am hopeful to land a Full Time somewhere else. I’m all in on 2019.” Moore has been running sports cars recently to improve his road course prowess and running short track races in an effort to go back to his roots.

Big Mac Racing Hopes to Run for IT Trophy in 2019

Past Independent’s Trophy contender Big Mac Racing plans on once again entering the IT championship. Apparently the team has some sponsors lined up, but may need the driver to being one with them as well. As for names of drivers who could run the (likely #52), not much is known. The team is looking for an up and coming driver. Makoto Yamaha and Richard Scott both drove for the team in 2014 and the controversial Monica Room currently runs for the team in FARC. The team is open to any bright new contenders.


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Post by Magus978 on Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:28 pm

Former Dash Cup Champion Delgado "In Best Shape Ever", Hopes for Master Cup Return

Former ASCC & Dash Cup champion Tom Delgado has put his services out for a team serious about contending for wins and long-term success. The former four division race winner claimed on Twitter that he is in the best shape of his life and that all his personal issues throughout his career are settled.

RealTomDelgado: Officially putting it out there. I'm a free agent and I'm entertaining offers for either a full time Master Cup campaign, or an independent's trophy run. Considering my stature, I believe I've earned the right to narrow my search for a team down. No non-serious efforts that will just waste my time and your money, and no perennial backmarkers. 1/2 #TheHuntBeginsAgain

RealTomDelgado: Championship/Independent's Trophy contenders only. I'm 44 years old, 45 in August, and my clock is ticking. I'll gladly take a lower salary if it means a better shot at a championship-caliber drive. There's no more personal issues, those are in the past. I just want a shot to show that on my day, I'm still the best in the world. 2/2 #TheHuntBeginsAgain

Delgado, 44, has two TM Master Cup series wins (both in 2011), and is the 2014 ASCC champion & 2017 Dash Cup Super Stocks champion. He has made 6 Master Cup starts since 2013 after a brief retirement from the series in the middle of the 2012 season due to health issues, scoring points in all but one (2013 New York), with two top 10's (2014 New York, 2014 Decatur). He is considered one of the sport's most versatile drivers, as well as one of the best closers in modern racing history. He has not run a full season in any series since 2017.
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Post by bsoyuz on Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:54 pm

Saar do Brasil future uncertain

Saar do Brasil obtained some moderate success in the past years in Master Cup competition, however, this is rumored to come to an end, as sources within the brazilian auto racing journalism have pointed out the main sponsor of the team, Unitron Computers may be ready to back off to support a full-time driver.

If Unitron leaves, this will put the team's program under jeopardy as the sponsorship Unitron provides is the main source of funding for the team.

Macena unsure of future

Gabriel Macena has been alternating between Dash Cup and TM Lights in the last few years, obtaining multiple wins in both series, however he has been rumored to have been offered a spot in by several teams of varying profiles at TM Master Cup Series level. However, the uncertainty lies on the fact Macena may be unable to secure proper funding for Master Cup, one of the reasons behind the merger between Carter Racing and Gabriel Macena Racing in the Dash Cup scene, which culminated with Macena not running full-time.
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Post by Ben Atkins on Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:32 pm

Atkins "ready to return" to full-time TM Master Cup competition

Ben Atkins has announced that he is interested in a return to the TM Master Cup series following his previous stint with Scuderia Tutino from 2013-2014. Atkins, 31, is known for earning the fan favourite team's first top 10 at British Columbia in 2014, where he earned a 10th place finish on fuel strategy. Atkins has scored two previous top 10's in the series, both 5th place finishes, one as a one-off driver on debut at Decatur and the other driving for his own team in the hunt for the Independent's Trophy at Quebec.

Atkins has been out of racing since a GT accident at Road America in 2017, where he lost his brakes entering the second turn, slamming the wall at full speed. Atkins was uninjured, but had to be cut out of the car.

"Having to be cut out of the car was one of the most surreal moments of my racing career, but not for the right moments," said Atkins, "I had recently married Hannah, and at the time she was pregnant with Katie, and all I could think about was "What if I get killed doing this?" and I decided to call it quits right in that moment."

"I always admitted that a call-up back to the TM Master Cup series would change my mind, but I've had more of an itch to get back behind the wheel. Hannah, being a former racer herself, has been fully supportive of my decision. Now, I feel like, is the right time to get back into the series. I've grown as a person, and I know that I have a more calm and mature approach to my racing. It's just a matter of finding a ride for the season now!"

Atkins has been seen recently testing Dash Cup cars for his own team, and has had competitive times to their 2019 line-up Harriet Wallace and Mauricio Gallardo. Atkins is set to split a part-time entry with his wife's younger sister, Lexie, where he will be competing in two rounds of the calendar.

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Post by gwoodard41 on Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:00 pm

Lycoia to introduce new model in upcoming TMMC season.

The manufacturer will have available in the 2019 season dubbed the Inquisitor. It is replacing the Infiltrator which has been the primary chassis for the manufacturer through the 2018 season.

Greg Woodard set to stay on with PSI after successful 2018 season.

The 29 year old native of Decatur, IL stated over several of his social media accounts that he plans to stay on with Power Steering Incorporated. He also stipulated that he will be bringing in several sponsors for the season. He mention that he will be sponsored by sponsors such as Dr. Quacker, Tide, Smokey's BBQ, and Frozr Graphic Cards. He also said he plans to retain his current number of 41.

Terra International Motorsports plans on returning with Dempsey and Castle.

The team announced that they plan to bring in Jack Dempsey and Wyatt Castle as there drivers for the 2019 season. Dempsey is plan to be sponsored by Sticky Hooves Glue and Castle is planned to be sponsored by McWendeeking Restaurants. The team registered the numbers 89 and 96, but acknowledged that if the officials decided to give them different numbers they would abide by it with no issues.
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Post by Hockeyusa81 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:22 am

Voyles to run for the independence trophy in 2019
It’s been 5 years since Daniel Voyles attempted the round of Decatur with his own team in which he failed to qualify for the race. Since then Voyles ran a limited schedule in farc back in 2017 and had some mixed results here and there including a top 20 run at Quincy due to a number of attrition in that race. “A lot of people were shocked to see us getting top 20 runs because of drivers crashing out like candy” he said. “It was a huge boost for my team despite not having a sponsor and it was a start up team which I couldn’t be proud of.” Now Daniel Voyles who will run the full season in the ASCC for 2019 has announced that he will run for the independence trophy in the TM Master Cup Series with his team in the upcoming season. “It’s going to be a huge learning curve between a master cup car and the ASCC car this year but I know this team will be up for the challenge that comes our way one way or another” he concluded.
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Post by Syzygy on Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:34 am

Tonare Seeks Full-Time Entry

After many years of Independent's Trophy success, American automaker Tonare is seeking a team to represent their brand full-time for 2019 the TM Master Cup Series. Tonare's first full-time venture in 2012 was their infamous partnership with Power Steering Incorporated. The deal, which was largely an engine deal while PSI supplied their own chassis, ended at the end of the season with Tonare's primary driver, Anthony Griffith, was sacked by the team part-way through the season without the automaker's knowledge. On the other hand, Tonare's Independent's Trophy efforts in recent years have been much more fortuitous. Strong runs in 2014 and 2015 culminated with Leckliter Racing and Daniel Leckliter winning the Independent's Trophy in 2016. The following season, all three Tonare teams were in contention for the Independent's Trophy and qualified for Decatur, but tripped over each other in heart-breaking fashion. Only the Clason Enterprises team made it to the finish of the race, but narrowly lost the Independent's Trophy to [Insert 2017 Independent's Trophy Winner Here].

Now, in 2019, Tonare is pushing to work their way back into the full-time ranks of the Master Cup Series. The automaker has been in talks with Hastert Racing and New Liberty Racing to provide chassis and engines for the upcoming season. If talks with these teams do not work out, Tonare is likely to continue with their Independent's Trophy effort(s), or combine their Independent's Trophy teams to create a conglomerate team to contest the full-time schedule.

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Post by Tanrar on Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:52 am

Clason Enterprises, Archer Harris seeking to return in 2019

Clason Enterprises, which came up short in the Independent's Trophy bid in 2017, is looking to continue on with their TM Master Cup endeavors in 2019. It is expected that Archer Harris, the driver from Norman, OK would return with the team, the status of their sponsor, Whataburger, is currently unknown at this time, but a couple of companies have had their eye on the #79 crew after impressive runs. Clason Enterprises's relationship with Tonare will also continue into 2019.

Whether the team will continue on as an Independent's Trophy, or be a part of the rumored Tonare full-time entry is currently uncertain, but the team definitely have their eyes set on come back in some way, shape, or form for the upcoming season.
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Post by navycook75 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:20 am

Leckliter wins 2016 Independents Trophy in a underdog showing

Everyone loves a good underdog story, Buster Douglas, the 1980 US Men's Hockey team, and Leichester City all come to mind. Daniel Leckliter added himself to that list yesterday at Decatur. Written off at the beginning of the season by many motorsport analysts, Leckliter shocked everyone by finishing in the top 20 in all of his races, top 15 five times, top ten three times, and one podium, where he finished second in the always chaotic Grand Detour race after leading 30 laps and getting passed in the closing stages. Some fans say that the second place is what gave the championship to Leckliter.

Unlike most of the other Independent's Trophy winners, Leckliter has stated that he's not looking to move to a better team. He reasoned that "Nobody has ever won the Independent's Trophy twice, I want to be the first. I'm going for two."

(I figured I'd expand on my namesake's IT win if that's alright)

Leckliter says he'll return for 2019

The former Independent's Trophy winner has stated that he is "Almost certain" that he will run 2019 in hopes of becoming the first two time winner of the Independent's Trophy.

Flex-box and Flex Tape will still be his sponsors, but is Manufacturer at this time is still unknown.
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Post by NascarAwesomeSquid24 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:33 am

Ormond to run for the Independence Trophy in 2019.
The 2019 TM Master Cup Series season will be the debut season for the talented and determined 18 year old Nathan Ormond who hails from a small town of Glendora, California. Nathan Ormond who is running full-time in the ASCC had announced that he is making his TM Master Cup Series debut as he will run for the Independence Trophy with his team, Nathan Ormond Motorsports in the upcoming season."This is a huge step in my racing career and competing for the Independence Trophy in the TM Master Cup Series in 2019 will prove that I have got what it takes to be tough competitior. I know my team very well and they understanded my decision and they will wish me luck in the 2019 TM Master Cup Series season. My goal is to make tons of friends in this comming season of the TM Master Cup Series."
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Post by day500champ1 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:00 pm

GLM to return for yet another Independence Trophy run

Great Lakes Motorsports will be back for yet another IT run in 2019. The team's now familar part-time #57 machine will return with Michigan native and former NAAC driver, Ryan Griffin, behind the wheel further details will follow.
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Post by f1fan12 on Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:45 pm

Young Ohioan, Kenny Myatt looking to run some promoters option runs

One of Ohio's best young racers, Kenny Myatt is looking for a couple promoters option races in the TM Master Cup Series 2019 season. Myatt has scored a couple of Midwestern/Great Lakes region karting championships in recent years and is now looking at going to the big time, while continuing to race in his native area.

"It has always been my dream to either race in the TM Master Cup Series, or V8 Champ cars. Champ cars is quite a bit more difficult to get involved with right now. However, the TM Master Cup Series is open to young drivers like myself trying to get a start in the series. It will probably be a tough haul. However, I am looking forward to trying to break into the series somehow."

Myatt is rumored to be working on a contract with a team.
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Re: 2019 Silly Season Thread

Post by SnakePlissken on Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:32 pm

PSI In Talks with Nikki Curtis To Replace Zack Webster?

Two words that causes rabid excitement in the world of motorsports is--Nikki Curtis!!!! Power Steering Inc. is leaving no stone unturned in their search to replace longtime and consistent third car driver Zack Webster. Webster, who has departed PSI for greener pastures for a presumably full time ride in the TM Master Cup Series. Nikki Curtis would drive the #24 car for PSI if an agreement could be reached between the two parties. But oh man-- Nikki Curtis could be back in competitive competition once again! We all can remember how well Nikki Curtis performed in every series in every capacity in which she was involved! Can you believe it?! Nikki Curtis!!!!! Oh my!!! How well she does, did, and will do again if given an opportunity to return is a forgone conclusion because-- well--it's freaking Nikki Curtis!!!!!

Luke Warmwater's name has also popped up but he is nothing compared to the awesome prospect of the great Nikki Curtis!!!!!

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Post by Cynon on Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:50 pm

Devereux Not Back at Hodges-Walter Racing?

One of the biggest mysteries heading into the offseason is whether or not 3-time TM Master Cup champion Adrien Devereux will re-sign with Hodges-Walter Racing (HWR). The Frenchman, who has posted the most wins out of any driver in this decade, has spent his entire career at the wheel of Calton-Morel machinery, usually with factory support.

It's believed Devereux lobbied the team to put David Krikorian in as a regular driver, praising Krikorian's efforts on a regular basis. Hodges-Walter Racing, seemingly, does not have a 'Plan B' if Devereux opts to drive elsewhere, and there have been no obvious signs of a strained relationship between Devereux, Alan Hodges, and Carl Walter.

Ever since August, Devereux had reportedly been talking to well over half the current field about a 2019 drive.

"Adrien knows what's best for Adrien." HWR co-owner Alan Hodges commented.
"We'll know what he's doing before January. I'm not sure he knows what he's doing before then yet."

The only options that appear to be off the table is a drive at Volpi Racing Team, Lynxe Racing, and the surging Power Steering Incorporated, as all three teams have their driver lineups set, per sources. Devereux's past feuds with former teammate Luciano Soveral and Arto Kekkonen make signing as their teammates unlikely.

Devereux did not comment on his situation when asked.

Tony Durbin-led Group Purchases Katzev, Will Race as New Liberty Racing

A light was at the end of the tunnel for the struggling Katzev Engineering, in the form of an investment group led by 2007 TM Master Cup Driver's Champion and 2-time ASCC champion Tony Durbin. Durbin, who will have a majority ownership of the team, will keep most of the staff, but relocate the team to North Carolina, making them the only full-time team to be based in North Carolina (a majority of the teams are based in Indiana and Illinois).

Tony Durbin confirmed that he will be an owner and a driver, and that Yevgeny Kuznetsov's drive is safe.

"Why wouldn't I keep [Yevgeny] Geno? He's just like one of us. Hopefully, when we're talking next year, we'll be talking about how awesome his first win was." Durbin said at the press conference.

Durbin's move saves the struggling Russian team, which had been teetering on the brink of collapse since 2016, with glaring funding issues. After Carlos Roqueta abruptly left the team in early 2018, their situation worsened, with lead driver Yevgeny Kuznetsov managing only 33 points after Karjala last year.

Durbin's return to full-time competition was foreshadowed once he claimed the Independent's Trophy in 2018. While New Liberty Racing will have Katzev's supply of Calton-Morel cars, it isn't known if Durbin will stick with Calton-Morel or not.

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Post by Cardinals5 on Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:19 pm

Olenick: "Lips Are Sealed" for 2019 Plans

Joe Olenick, who turns 28 prior to the start of the 2019 season, was very blunt regarding his timeline for announcing 2019 plans.

"It'll be announced when it's announced. My lips are sealed until then," Olenick said in a short interview for the Detroit Free Press. The notoriously terse New England native didn't give detailed explanation for the apparent uncertainty in his future.

"It's not that there's nothing to announce. Some stuff just isn't final yet, and some contracts have to expire before new ones can start. Besides, with the baby on the way, I'm focused on that. You'll probably know before he gets here though, so relax and enjoy the ride."

Olenick's wife, Jessica, a former driver herself, is due in February, shortly before the 2019 season begins.

Olenick has competed in the TM Master Cup series full-time since 2014, when he drove for Team Saar USA. Olenick has been linked to a new partnership with energy drink company Red Bull, but both sides have downplayed the rumors as speculation. When asked if he would continue to drive the #23 he has used since his days in the RROL and TM Lights, Olenick smiled but did not respond directly.

"I'd like to, if they'll let me."

Olenick offered no hints as to who "they" are.
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Post by BBoy on Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:03 pm

Lareau ready for 2nd chance in '19

After a difficult 2014 season that saw him unceremoniously ejected from his ride at DeGarmo-Delgado Racing, it appeared as though Brandon Lareau's career at racing's highest level was over as soon as it had begun. Towards the end of the year however, the TM Lights team Wolfesport called Lareau up to substitute for the suspended Takumi Nagata. He would run the fastest laps of the race in both of his starts with the team with teammate Jim Kerrigan taking the checkered flag in British Columbia.

Despite the late year success he had, Lareau stepped away from the TM Master Cup and TM Lights scenes and has spent the past few years returning to his grassroots in late model racing, where he became the first driver to win the prestigious Snowball Derby in three consecutive years (2016-18). Lareau's 2018 racing season culminated in his first national late model championship after having amassed more than a dozen wins. In a local news interview, Lareau expressed his desire to return to the TM Master Cup series after a 4-year hiatus, saying he has never felt better behind the wheel of a racecar.

"I let a lot of people down back in 2014, especially myself. I had lost a lot of my confidence until Wolfesport called me up by chance to step into their car for a couple races. At that time I knew that I still had something, but the phone simply never rang. I went back to late model racing hellbent on proving to everyone that I deserved another chance and I feel that I accomplished that goal. If the phone still isn't ringing, then I'll just suit up and try to go for 4 at the Snowball.", Lareau said.
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Re: 2019 Silly Season Thread

Post by SnakePlissken Yesterday at 9:22 pm

Plissken out? Devereux in at PSI?!

In a startling revelation, it seems that Adrien Devereux may be close to signing with Power Steering. Inc! Both parties have gone on record and confirmed that they are, indeed, engaged in serious negotiations to bring Devereux into the PSI fold. What this means for Kurt Plissken and Greg Woodard remains to be seen. Although it seems Plissken may be the odd man out as Woodard has strong ties to Lycoia and PSI needs that support line to stay afloat.

PSI owner William Power is no stranger to trying to land a big fish. Back in 2012, Power made a concerted effort to woo the services of Leonid Roderick. Unable to ink Roderick to a deal, PSI signed an 11th hour chassis deal with Tonare and Anthony Griffith contributed to the most tumultuous year in PSI's existence. Tonare and Griffith were both sacked by season's end and Greg Woodard joined PSI in 2013 and both he and Plissken have been teammates ever since. PSI failed to acquire Roderick back in 2012, but sources close to the situation say Devereux is close to coming on board. Really close! Closer than can be imagined!

The relationship between 3-time TM Master Cup champion Adrien Devereux and Hodges-Walter Racing seems to have developed some cracks and William Power is poised to pounce and scoop up Devereux in an opportunistic maneuver. It also has been discovered that Power has made inquiries into obtain the #74 for Devereux. It seems Power wants to hammer a wedge into that crack to see of he can break it wide open.

This seems to be a strange time for Power to make a play for the 34 year old Frenchman. PSI is coming off their best season yet. PSI is coming off a 2018 season that saw them win 4 races See related story and finish third overall and both Woodard and Plissken both finishing in the top 10-- Woodard in 5th and Plissken in 7th individually. Woodard and Plissken both won 2 race events apiece. Plissken, who will turn 38 in 2019, captured his 4th win at the Round of Indianapolis last season. Plissken won his first Master Cup race at the Brickyard and is always competitive there. In fact, Devereux and Plissken battled to a spectacular finish in 2014. Devereux bested Plissken that day in an epic finish.

After completing their best season in their history PSI carries a ton of momentum heading into 2019. Can they keep it up?

That's what makes William Power's decision to rock the boat all the more curious. PSI could stand pat but that is not their owner's style. It would be quite a coup if Power manages to pull this off and he's shown he is unafraid to make bold moves in order to win that elusive Master Cup Championship. The signing of Devereux could be the brightest feather in PSI's first championship cap.

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Post by Woody Today at 12:25 am

Watts gearing up for 2019 Karjala GP?
Rumors suggest that former James Dalton Racing and Katzev Engineering driver Woody Watts is making arrangements to prepare an entry in the 2019 Karjala Grand Prix, the 43rd running of the race.

Watts, 29 years old, hasn’t raced full-time in the TM Master Cup Series since his horrific crash at Daytona in 2011 that left him sidelined for over 3 years. Woody made a triumphant return to the series with a one-off entry in the 2014 Round of Decatur. Since then he has made few starts, all in the United States, mainly serving as a substitute for injured drivers. Watts has not participated in a race outside of the US since 2011. He did recently agree to serve as a commentator for the North-Atlantic Open Wheel Modified Asphalt Division in 2019 - which would allow him to enter the Karjala GP without conflict.

Woody Watts has only qualified for the Karjala Grand Prix twice in his career. He made the race for the first time as a member of James Dalton Racing, driving car #01 during the 2009 season; however, he was caught up in trouble early - fans may also remember a run-in he had on-track with Tony Durbin that year. In Watts’ second successful entry into the race (the 2010 running), driving the Katzev Engineering #041 car, his performance improved significantly and he tied his career-best TMMC result with a 6th-place finish. He did not qualify at Karjala in 2011, prior to his injury at Daytona.

At this point it is unclear who Watts is working with to make this happen.

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Post by RyanB06 Today at 11:47 am

Matthews: I want "one more good run"
2012 seems so long ago. To Ryan Matthews, it seems like only yesterday.

That was the season of his one (and to date, only) full-time TM Master Cup season. And while he's enjoyed successes in other divisions, claiming the inaugural FARC Elite Series championship in 2014, the perennial Independent's Trophy contender to this day wants to be back in the big leagues.

"I really want one more good (full-time) run," Matthews said in a recent interview. "Considering the successes we've had in the Independent ranks, it only makes sense. At least to me."

One factor working against the Connecticut native his is age: at age 42 (he will be 43 by the time the 2019 season starts), he's not exactly the youngest driver on the grid. As a matter of fact, he would be among the oldest drivers - if not the oldest - on the full-time grid.

But Matthews isn't worried.

"Age is just a number to me," he said. "Look at Tom Brady. He's 41 and still performing at a high level. There's no reason I can't do the same."
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Post by Backmarker Today at 10:21 pm

Ethan Everett to make Master Cup comeback?
While details remain sparse at the moment, rumors through the motorsports grapevine are suggesting that 2019 might see a return to the TM Master Cup Series by former top prospect Ethan Everett. Everett made headlines in 2009 when he won his first career races in ARLA, the TM Junior Series, TM Lights, and Master Cup- becoming the youngest winner in the history of the latter three series. However, Everett was unable to follow up on this accomplishment in two full-time seasons and defected to the ASCC in 2012.

While Everett has competed in that series for the Team Saar USA and Ocean Motorsports powerhouses, the latest rumors suggest that a Master Cup return would be as part of a new team funded by his father. Sources suggested that the 27 year old American could potentially be partnered with an older Master Cup veteran "like Craig Jonser".
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