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  –Basking Ridge | May 27, 2009 | By: p9 SportsGroup

Event Presented by: Ricola USA

The established and rising stars of some of the best road cycling race teams, both domestic and international took part in the 4th annual Ricola Twilight Grand Prix in the historic borough of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. The challenging 8 turn, 1.1 mile, spectator friendly circuit snakes through the suburban side streets and up the main road in downtown Basking Ridge. The 44 lap event and race circuit are very demanding of both riders and machines- with its 5 sweeping fast and 3 tight corners that challenge the riders handling skills as much as their speed and endurance.

The temperaturewas a mild 70 degrees with partly sunny skies at the beginning of the race as some 93 riders from about 15 pro and category 1 & 2 cycling teams rolled off the start line. The opening laps pitted Kenda/Inferno racing, Battley Harley Davidson Cycling Team, Canadian Team Planet Energy, Mtn. Khakis Team, Empire Cycling, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Team Team Type 1 and OUCH Pro Cycling Team against one another for about the first quarter of the race.

GP start

Empire Cycling Team briefly led the first few laps before Mtn. Khakis took a turn at the front followed by the Harley Davidson and Kelly riders who struck back taking their team colors to the head of the field. The race was fast-paced and tidy, as the bulk of riders stayed mostly together through the first half. Then the racing action heated up as Battley Harley Davidson made a mini break but was soon caught by the pack. As the last third of the race wound down a handful of riders led by Team Kelley Benefit made another attempt to split and break free but it was short-lived as well.

GP Lee

The tempo was rapid but steady as the pro’s winded their way through some of the narrow streets, inches from curbing and hay bales- the action, swift and intense. The group bent their bikes in- leaning hard left sweeping around Lee Place then a quick cut right on to Hillside Terrace as the tight pack tucked in and drafted up No./So. Finley across start-finish one more time.

 GP Finley

Lap after lap, turn after turn, the 90 plus rider field was whittled down to about 30 with 10 circuits to go. Soon after, team Mtn. Khakis made a solo effort to break away and began to gap the main field by about 15 seconds. But on the penultimate lap the fury of the speeding pack in the final sprint reeled him in and one became 20+ riders flying on the road at over 35 mph- pegged at their absolute limits heading to the final bell lap.

 

GP finish

Up South Finley Street on the main finishing stretch of road- it was Aldo Ino of Team Type 1 and Kazane-brand mounted Eric Barlevav from Mtn Khakis  fighting it out- as the Slovenian Ino nipped Barlevav at the line with Francois Parisien aboard his sleek and swift Argon 18 of Planet Energy Racing team taking third. The 44 lap Ricola GP went by quick- as the riders clicked off lap after lap with speeds touching just over 40 mph in some sections of the course. Thankfully there were only minor incidents that saw only 2 crashes, one being a Champion Systems rider that was relatively unhurt. In the end, the average speed of the event was a very stout 32.2 mph.

Top Three Finishers:

  • 1st place – Aldo Ino | Team Type 1
  • 2nd place – Eric Barlevav | Mtn Khakis Racing
  • 3rd place – Francois Parisien | Planet Energy Racing

Fourth to Tenth Place:

Maxime Vives | Planet Energy
Jonathan Page | Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON/Sonoma Grill
Clayton Barrows | CRCA/Empire Cycling Team
Cheyne Hoag | Kelly Benefit Strategies
Chad Burdzilauskas | Kenda Pro Cycling
Stephan Kincaid | CRCA/Empire Cycling Team
Ryan Anderson | Kelly Benefit Strategies

GP podium

A big round of applause goes out to all of the riders and teams as well as Ricola, Base Camp, The Store and Liberty Cycle. The racing was great and the excited, cheering fans who lined roads were treated to a unique display of athleticism, determination and passion all rolled into one fast, galant battle of men and their machines. See you in 2010!

Larger/Additional Photos: http://www.p9group.8m.com/photo2.html


The Month of May to racing fans means only one thing…the Indy 500. Even though it’s been reduced to about 3 weeks of practice, qualifying and then the actual race. It’s still referred to as the Month of May.

Pole Day Qualifications for the  93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 took place on Saturday May 9th.

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Helio Castroneves won the historic and famed Pole Position with a 4-lap average of 224.864 mph. The 500 is scheduled to start on May Sunday May 24th.

Some Indy 500 Stats

Top Pole Winners of the Indianapolis 500

Rick Mears  – 6

A.J. Foyt* – 4

Rex Mays* – 4

Helio Castroneves*  – 3

Mario Andretti* – 3

Arie Luyendyk – 3

Tom Sneva* – 3

Johnny Rutherford – 3

*have not won the 500 from pole position

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Fastest Pole Speed (4-lap average)

Scott Brayton^ – 1996  driving a Lola/Menard – 233.718 mph

^Brayton was fatally injured in 1996 practicing prior to the race

Fastest 4 lap average Speed

Arie Luyendyk  – 1996 driving  a Ford Cosworth – 236.986 mph

Top Indy 500 Winners

A.J. Foyt – 4

Al Unser – 4 

Rick Mears – 4


From ISC – Daytona, FL.

Reported results for the fiscal first quarter ending February 28, 2009.

The April 7th meeting kicked off with a statement from the ISC President.

“While pleased with the level of excitement and competition on the track as well as the fans’ avid support of NASCAR, we are not immune to the broader macroeconomic challenges facing all businesses,” said ISC President Lesa France Kennedy.

First Quarter Comparison

Total revenues for the first quarter decreased to $166.1 million, compared to revenues of $193.9 million in the prior-year period. Operating income was $50.0 million during the period compared to $66.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. In addition to the macroeconomic challenges, quarter-over-quarter comparability was impacted by:

    --  Exceptionally strong consumer and corporate demand for the 50th
        running of the Daytona 500 and surrounding events in the first quarter
        of 2008.  The historic race provided unique opportunities to drive
        revenue above the otherwise strong appeal of one of sport's most
        marquee events.

    --  The 2008 first quarter also included a non-cash charge of $3.8
        million, or $0.07 per diluted share after tax, to correct the carrying
        value of certain other assets as of November 30, 2007.  In addition,
        the first quarter of 2008 included an impairment charge of $0.7
        million, or $0.01 per diluted share after tax, related to charges for
        the fill removal process on the Company's Staten Island property and,
        to a lesser extent, the net book value of certain assets retired from
        service.

    --  The first quarter of 2009 included a $1.6 million, or $0.03 per
        diluted share after tax, charge for equity in net loss from equity
        investments related to Motorsports Authentics, LLC ("MA"), the
        Company's motorsports-related merchandise 50/50 joint venture with
        Speedway Motorsports Inc.

Net income was $25.1 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to net income of $36.2 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, in the prior year.  Non-GAAP (defined below) net income for the first quarter of 2009 was $27.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2008 was $39.7 million, or $0.78 per diluted share.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation:

The 2008 adjustments relate to: a benefit for equity in net income from equity investment; accelerated depreciation for certain office and related buildings in Daytona Beach; the impairment of long-lived assets associated with the fill removal process on the Staten Island property and the net book value of certain assets retired from service; and, a non-cash charge to correct the carrying value of certain other assets.

The adjustments for 2009 relate to: a charge for equity in net loss from equity investment; accelerated depreciation for certain office and related buildings in Daytona Beach; and, the impairment of long-lived assets associated with the net book value of certain assets retired from service,.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share                $0.78          $0.56
                                                                                              

Outlook

“Although we expect our business will continue to be impacted by a challenging macroeconomic environment throughout 2009, we enjoy a business model that benefits from strong consumer support and a solid foundation of contracted revenues,” stated Ms. France Kennedy.

“These significant top-line visibilities combined with undertaken cost containment measures help ensure that our business will continue to generate substantial cash flow.”

Attendance for 2009 is expected to be down about 15% from 2008. Given the economic climate and financial difficulties the entire country is experiencing  a 15% decline seems fairly acceptable.

To somewhat combate this short-fall in ticket sales, Nascar and ISC have decided to lower ticket prices on a certain number of seats at each of its ISC owned tracks. A simple, yet smart strategy, that will probably pay off…

Full report here: http://ir.iscmotorsports.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=113983&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1274018&highlight=


Milleville NJ,

New Jersey Motorsports Park, or Thunderbolt Raceway as it is better known by, will play host again this weekend for the second year to the Grand American Road Racing Series.

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Daytona Prototypes (pictured above) and GT cars are showcased in the Grand-Am Rolex Series. The series will feature both classes on Thunderbolt’s course simultaneously. The Rolex Series features some of the top teams in motorsports, including Chip Ganassi Racing Brumos Porsche and Penske Racing.

The 700+ acre sprawling, country-club type raceway opened in 2008 and has hosted the ARCA series along with the Grand-Am Series. This season the track will add the AMA Superbike Series as well.

The $150 million world class Motorsports complex is considered one of the more premier tracks in the country. The track contains an exclusive motorsports country club known as the Drivers Club, unique trackside Villa homes and the Shade Tree Garages which are secure garage suites.

Later this year a world-class driving school will open their head quarters at NJMP. The track broke ground in 2007 and was partially designed by Harvey Siegel and legendary racer, Caroll Shelby.

The facility provides about 180 jobs for the local area and has 60 corporate partnerships for the 2009 season. The positive impact on the travel and leisure industry is a plus for the south Jersey area.  The track is expected to bring in a host of other related businesses in the near and long term future.

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