Starting January 2016 Speedgroups CEO publishes a column at the end of each month. The aim is to share with readers bits and pieces from Speedgroup´s operation in a summarised format. This first column is a summary of what Speedgroup have been up to since the race season ended 2015…
Drag Racing all year round
When the race season ends in the autumn one might think that the pace slows down substantially for us involved in European drag racing. But for some years I have experienced it is quite the opposite and I gather I am far from alone having that opinion.. Continue reading
David Vegter is proud to announce that Sonic Equipment and his team Vegter Pro Mod Racing will extend their partnership for another year! In 2015 the name of the well-known hand tools company was seen on the Vegter Pro Mod Racing ’67 Camaro for the first time. Sonic and Vegter Pro Mod Racing were both happy with the results of their cooperation and so Sonic decided to support the team again in their 2016 FIA European Pro Modified Championship campaign. “I’m very proud that such a well-known company wants us to represent their name at the European race tracks for the second consecutive year. We will do the full FIA EC tour and want to do even better than we did last season”, said a motivated Vegter. Continue reading
Starting New Year with a brief communique from the Board of Speedgroup. Speedgroup Board of Directors has made the decision to promote Åsa Kinnemar as Chief Executive Officer for Speedgroup AB, effective January 1, 2016. Åsa is an asset to the company, has shown good leadership and communications skills. She has a solid background in drag racing and is familiar with and has a good understanding of the company and the business.
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman Pelle Lindelöw says:
“I am delighted to welcome Åsa Kinnemar as our CEO. She brings substantial experience in European and International drag racing, both from her own experiences in be part of running drag racing team for several years, as well as administrator of the series Speedgroup is handling and all sorts of “behind the scenes work”. We are looking forward to working with her to continue to build on the series and to strengthen drag racing in Europe.”
The Speedgroup Board will continue with the same composition as before, ie:
- Roger Lyrén – Marketing director, EDRS/EDRS Pro series
- Leif Andréasson – Marketing director, FIA relations
- Kjell Pettersson – Senior Advisor
- Mats Eriksson – Senior Technical Advisor for the Automotive Division
- Anders “Charley” Karling – Senior Technical Advisor for the Motorcycle Division
- Pelle Lindelöw – Chairman of the Board
There are new rules and clarifications in the 2016 FIA European Drag Racing Championship Rules, which the FIA Drag Racing Commission have changed for 2016. A clarification concerning points when there is an infraction post or exclusion, suspension or a disqualification. The traveling compensation have been adjust and there is a new article about a traction assessment test that have to been made before an event.
Lars Pettersson Vice President in the FIA Drag Racing Commission would like to take this opportunity to remind Officials and Drivers/Teams also to read and study the FIA International Sporting Code and the appendix. There are lots of rules and chapters that all have to understand and follow.
No thoughtless steps for Robin Norén, but a careful planning had to lead to the young Swedish driver’s ultimate goal, Pro Stock. After his first starts in Super Comp, he won the title in this 8.9-second index class in 2013. Competition Eliminator was his next step up the ladder, with a runner-up finish in the 2015 championship as a result. But now it’s time for the 24-year old Norén to make his dreams come true and step up to Pro Stock in 2016 with a Pontiac GTO. Continue reading
Speedgroup has launched a new WordPress based website for EDRS European Drag Racing Series found under the domain www.dragracingeurope.eu/edrs
The new site is taken into use in December and initially is filled with relevant facts and EDRS news and feature articles are to be published continuously. Continue reading
After a very difficult start of his first season in Pro Modified, Thomas Stiefel had the European Finals he could only have dreamed of. The Swiss Pro Mod rookie couldn’t even make one run at the Main Event, but back at Santa Pod Raceway the beautiful orange Bel Air really took off. Stiefel reset his personal bests almost every run, was the number five qualifier and could only be stopped by European champion Michael Gullqvist in the quarter finals of eliminations. With this great performance the Swiss combination was the big surprise of the last race of the season. Continue reading