Cummins Station-based Average Joes Entertainment has bought a 50 percent stake in the Mega Truck Series, a mud racing show that launched its third season this past weekend. The owners of the series, which will also run in South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana and Georgia this year, expect to grow their schedule to 10 races in 2015.
Shannon Houchins, CEO/Average Joes Entertainment, commented, “We have always shared a common lifestyle fan base. This deal allows us to maximize the overall fan experience with a combination of big truck races and music as well as create bigger and better on-site marketing opportunities for our sponsors.”
Dollar General on Wednesday said it will sponsor the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry for this year's Indianapolis 500 that will be driven by 1995 winner Jacques Villeneuve. Goodlettsville-based Dollar General has in recent years also backed the NASCAR efforts of Villeneuve, who also won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1997.
Nissan's motorsports arm has signed on to supply prominent sports car team Muscle Milk Pickett Racing for the upcoming Tudor United SportsCar Championship season. The Franklin-based auto maker had a successful stint at the top level of the U.S. sports car circuit more than 20 years ago and also will feed some of the international drivers in its racing programs to Muscle Milk Pickett for the year's endurance races.
Nissan executives this spring made a big splash with their ZEOD electric race car, which the company rolled out after splitting from the innovative DeltaWing project. Now the DeltaWing group — newly led by former Firestone racing point man Al Speyer — is suing the car maker, saying it and designer Ben Bowlby have, among other things, misappropriated confidential information and breached their contracts. Racer's Marshall Pruett has the lowdown, including a short response from Nissan.
Nissan executives today unveiled the ZEOD RC, a Le Mans-class prototype that will rely in part on the same electric drive technology in the company's Leaf model. The new car builds on the work Nissan did last year with the Deltawing car. The company has brought on board full-time Ben Bowlby, the lead designer of that vehicle, as its director of motorsports innovation.
"The ZEOD RC program is designed to develop multiple technologies to evaluate how they could be used for a future LM P1 class return of Nissan at the Le Mans 24 Hour. There are multiple options we are investigating. A Zero Emission on Demand option where the driver can switch between electric and petrol-powered drive is a future direction for road cars, so that will be tested in addition to pure electric power and other new technologies that we still have under development."