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Lacombe Penalized By ACT

WATERBURY, Vt. — Following the Serie ACT Castrol Edge St. Eustache 300 at Quebec’s Autodrome St. Eustache Sept. 26, the American-Canadian Tour has penalized driver Sylvain Lacombe $500 CDN.

The penalty stems from an on-track incident that was followed by an altercation on pit road after the conclusion of the event. The Lacombe team was disqualified from the event and will receive no points or purse. The $500 CDN fine is payable to the 2010 Point Fund and must be paid before Lacombe can return to the series.

Kaiser Earns Seat For 2011 Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — England’s Ross Kaiser has earned a seat in a Daytona Prototype during the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning the Sunoco Rolex 24 at Daytona Challenge.

Kaiser scored on average 107.5 points per race en route to winning the Radical UK Cup. British F3 champion Jean-Eric Vergne was also eligible to win the award but needed to sweep the final F3 weekend in order to claim the award and failed to do so.

USAC Banquet Set For Dec. 3 In Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — The 2010 USAC Awards Banquet is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Champions from each of USAC’s racing series will be honored during the evening. The event will be held this year in conjunction with the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS), which will be held Dec. 1-3 at the Indiana Convention Center, located one block south of the banquet facility. USAC’s new Traxxas Off-Road Truck Championships will also be featured at the banquet, which gets underway with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Nikki Wilke at the USAC headquarters is accepting reservations for the banquet. She may be reached at [email protected] or by calling (317) 247-5151 (ext. 214). Tickets for the banquet are $60 each.

Grand Am Returning To Road America In 2011

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — The Grand Am Rolex Series will return to Road America next season for the first time since 2001.

Grand Am will join the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series for a three-race weekend at the 4.048-mile road course June 23-26.

The series raced at Road America in 2000 and 2001, with both races won by Doran Racing’s Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard. Class winners included current Daytona Prototype drivers Terry Borcheller and Darren Law.

Three Tracks Latest To Sign With IHRA

NORWALK, Ohio — Three new tracks have joined the International Hot Rod Ass’n, two of which are located outside the United States.

Eagle Motorplex in Ashcroft, British Columbia, and Ponce Int’l Speedway Park in Puerto Rico join Desert Thunder Raceway in Texas as the newest members of the IHRA family.

“It is great to see that in these tough times, tracks are re-focusing on sportsman racers and programs to provide unprecedented opportunity,” said Skooter Peaco, IHRA vice president of race operations.

Golden Gate Names Self Driver

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden Gate Racing Team, in conjunction with Richard Childress Racing Development, has named Michael Self the driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the final two races of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season.

Self, 19, is a former Skip Barber Las Vegas Motor Speedway Regional Champion and an accomplished karting star. In his 33 career stock-car starts, Self has earned three wins, one fast time award, eight top-five finishes and 20 top 10s.

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