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In the pits at Martinsville Speedway during the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race with the RK Motors Charlotte-sponsored Toyota Camry.

A sweeping curve in France – The RK Motors Charlotte-sponsored Ferrari 458 at 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2012.



COLLECTOR CARS YOU SHOULD KNOW: 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra

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Welcome once again to our weekly feature of Collector Cars You Should Know. This week we have chosen one of the rarest muscle cars to ever leave the Ford Motor Company – The 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra. To understand how the King Cobra came into existence we first have to take a look back into NASCAR history. The 1969 NASCAR grand national season is often referred to as the beginning of the Aero wars era. With GM on hiatus from racing, the competition between Ford and Chrysler grew to unprecedented levels. With the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” mentality, both camps turned to wild never before seen designs to create speed and aerodynamics. While Dodge fired the first shot with its Charger 500, Holman & Moody responded on Ford’s behalf with the Torino Talladega – a car that would go on to claim the 1969 Daytona 500 with a dramatic last lap pass. By the next time the series visited Atlanta Motor Speedway, Mercury had rolled out its own version of the Talladega which they called the Cyclone Spoiler II. The new Ford designs certainly intensified the rivalry but it was the introduction of the Boss 429 that really [...]

2014 Camaro Z/28 vs. ‘Big Red’ vs. Boss 302 Laguna Seca

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As a hardcore car enthusiast, I enjoy automotive publications that employ contributors who actually have a background in building cars. That’s why I found Hot Rod’s article on the absolutely evil F5 Z/28 so informative and entertaining. I mean, we’re talking about a platform that’s EASILY the hottest muscle car since Ford’s fabled Cobra R. So, this kind of brute force is probably WAY too raw for your average Starbucks-sipping, Camry driving, interior plastics-groping ‘Autos’ jockey. “From the second you get in the car, it feels perfect, at least to those of us trained on more stripped-down transportation.” — Hot Rod In case you’ve missed GM’s rather informal PR, here’s a little background on all that ‘brute force’. For those of us who adamantly follow the industry, it’s no secret that the current Camaro ZL1 was supposed to be the Camaro Z/28. But, thanks to a snap decision by GM gearhead Mark Reuss, Chevy literally made a last minute name change. How literal you ask? Put it this way: GM employees were peeling “Z/28” emblems off the ZL1 show car mere hours before it was scheduled to debut. We all know the exceptional, LSA-powered ZL1 is nothing to scoff at, [...]

COLLECTOR CARS YOU SHOULD KNOW: 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

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Welcome to our newest weekly feature of Collector Cars you should know. Every week we will choose a rare collectable car that you may or may not know much about and explain its importance in the collector car hobby. To kick off our new weekly feature we decided to go with a very rare muscle car that was specifically designed with the quarter-mile in mind: The 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt. History: In 1963 a Road Island dealership by the name of Tesca Ford grabbed the attention of Ford’s special vehicle department when they started racing a ’62 Fairlane that was stuffed with a 406ci V8. The two entities formed a partnership and built a test mule in 1963. The prototype was outfitted with a 427ci V8 and produced 425hp. It attended races, and surprisingly was eventually crushed instead of being sold. The combination of the 427 and the Fairlane gave Ford a real viable threat to run against the Max Wedge Mopars and the soon to be released HEMI. So with the help of the Dearborn Steel Tubing Company, Ford created a vehicle for the sole purpose of defeating everything on the strip. The appropriately named Thunderbolts were capable of [...]

Petty Museum Returns To Rightful Home In Level Cross

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For fifteen years the Petty Museum sat in the city where the Petty family made a name for themselves in Level Cross, North Carolina. In 2003 the Museum, do to size restrictions and building demands of a growing Cup operation, was forced to move to the neighboring city of Randleman (the city where Richard Petty went to high school). Yesterday a celebration was held for the return of the museum to it’s rightful place in Level Cross. With the “King” himself in attendance the city and state marked many local buildings as historical local landmarks. These landmarks included: The “A-Frame Building,” the first home of Petty Engineering. The Lee Petty House, birthplace of both “The King” and his NASCAR Hall of Fame brother Maurice. “It’s just good to have it back home and open for everyone to come see us,” Petty told our friends at National Speed Sport News. “We’re really showing a lot of history here on the grounds where my daddy built the race team. It’s something we hope the fans come see, enjoy and tell their friends about. We tried to pack as much racing memorabilia as possible, but also have stuff from our movies and other [...]

Bowyer to Pilot RK Motors Charlotte Camry at Atlanta

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There are just two regular season races left on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar and you know what that means – the Chase is approaching. Points reset after Richmond, leaving the top 10 drivers and two wild cards to duke it out for a shot at the championship. Clint Bowyer secured his second consecutive Chase berth last  weekend at Bristol, making it all the more significant for RK Motors Charlotte to once again serve as primary sponsor for the No. 15 Toyota Camry next weekend during the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Despite a secured spot in the Chase, Bowyer has his own motivations for pushing through the final two regular season events. Bowyer stated, “Heck yes I want to catch Jimmie Johnson before we head into the Chase. I know it doesn’t count for anything extra, but any time you can beat Jimmie Johnson in this series – that means something. It’s a confidence booster and a pride thing … he’s shown that he is one of the best this sport has ever seen and I want to beat him every single chance I get” The green flag drops at 7:30pm EST on Sunday September 1st. Tune [...]

MWR #15 RK Motors Charlotte – Clint Bowyer Race Report

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Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 20th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started 17th but struggled from the start reporting a loose-handling race car that saw him drop to 25th. Bowyer fell off the lead lap on lap 48 as the race proceeded caution-free. The first of only three cautions fell on lap 60 leaving all but 14 cars down a lap. Bowyer, who lost a lap on lap 48, kept racing hard before returning to the lead lap on lap 114. The No.15 team led lap 147 before making its final pit stop and crossing the finish line 20th. Bowyer remains second in the standings 75 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. The No.15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota will be back in action Sunday at Pocono Raceway. •         Started 17th finished 20th •         Fought an ill-handling car for most of the race. •         Went down a lap to the leaders on lap 48. •         Regained the lead lap on lap 114 •         Led lap 147 •         Remains second in the standings 75 points out of first. BOWYER: “The No. 15 RK Motors [...]

RK Motors Sponsors Bowyer at Indy

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup series returns to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the 19th running of the Brickyard 400. If you’re tuning into the race, make sure to keep an eye on the RK Motors Charlotte No. 15 Toyota Camry piloted by Clint Bowyer. The No. 15 team is currently second in points with seven races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set. Bowyer is one of three drivers in the top-10 still chasing his first victory of the 2013 season, so expect a focused performance. Regarding the upcoming weekend, Bowyer stated: “With the group I’m with, led by Brian Pattie, I really believe that we can win anywhere and winning at the Brickyard would be huge. We’ve definitely proven that we can run up front and the consistency has been there, but I definitely see a win for the 15 team right around the corner.” NASCAR Sprint Cup action kicks off at 1pm with ESPN handling live coverage.

Junior Johnson #3 Impala at the Concours d’Elegance of America

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When it comes to American motorsports, few forms are more celebrated than stock car racing. From back-road bootlegging to internationally-known super speedways, the sport has grown in ways never imagined by its founders. This weekend, the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s will take a look back at that history through a Vintage NASCAR class. Cars ranging from a 1953 Hudson Hornet to 1972 Dodge Charger will join together to tell NASCAR’s tale with some help from Junior Johnson’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala. The car claimed seven victories and set a speed record at Daytona thanks to the Chevrolet-supplied 427ci Mk II “Mystery Motor”. Designed by Richard L. Keinath, the Mk II was the missing link between Chevy’s Mk I 348/409 engine and the Mk IV 396 V-8 introduced in 1965. As delivered to Johnson, the engine was believed to produce over 600hp. The historic Impala is currently owned by Rob Kauffman and, when not being shown across the country, resides at the RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Aside from the vintage NASCAR class, the concours will include a full range of classes highlighting everything from Detroit iron to post-war European cars. The event will take place on Sunday, July 28th [...]

MWR #55 RK Motors Charlotte – Brian Vickers – Race Report

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Brian Vickers Race Summary: No.55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished 13th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. Vickers started at the rear of the field because he was at Road America for Saturday’s Nationwide race where he finished sixth. He flew from Wisconsin to California after the race. Jason Bowles practiced and qualified the No. 55 car on Friday and Saturday. Bowles set the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota up well because Vickers drove from the back of the field to second place where he raced from laps 42 to 63. He restarted 11th after a stop for fuel and tires during a caution. He began conserving fuel and reported the car was losing front grip in the turns. He pitted on lap 81 for tires and fuel and dropped to 27th. Those new tires and some great driving saw Vickers charge back through the field and cross the finish line 13th. Vickers has finished in the top 13 in all three of his starts in the No. 55 in 2013. He’s posted top-15 finishes in 11 of his 13 starts in the No. 55 in 2012 and 2013. No. 55 returns to action Saturday night [...]

The #55 RK Motors NASCAR Returns to Sonoma

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Sonoma this weekend for the Toyota – Save Mart 350. It was one of our favorite races of 2012 and one we’re proud to revisit it as the primary sponsor for the No. 55 Toyota Camry piloted by Brian Vickers. Vickers will pull a double shift this weekend, spending Friday and Saturday night driving his Nationwide Series car for Joe Gibbs Racing at Road American in Wisconsin before flying into California Saturday night. K&N Pro Series West Champion, Jason Bowles will take care of qualifying duties in Vickers’ absence. “Going from one track to the other is going to be a challenge for sure, and not being able to practice at all in Sonoma. We’ve got a good base setup from last year though. We’ve done some testing and I think we will be good. Road racing the day prior will help,” stated Vickers. The green flags drops at 2pm EST. Tune into TNT to catch the action!

Clint Bowyer – #15 RK Motors Charlotte NASCAR – Pocono Race Report

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  No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 15th and is third in points. No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished 19th and the No. 55 is 17th in owner points. No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 23rd and is 15th in points. Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 RK Motors Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 15th in Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Bowyer started third and ran at the front in the race’s opening stages. However, he reported a loose handling condition that dropped the Michael Waltrip Racing entry back in the field. The race ran caution free for the first 65 laps and the second caution didn’t come until lap 126 of the 160-lap race. The team worked to correct the handling throughout the race. Bowyer remains third in the standings as the team returns to action this weekend with the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota at Michigan Speedway. Started  third and finished 15th Raced at front of the field. Complained of “loose” car for most of race. Only two cautions in the first 126 laps of the 160-lap race. BOWYER: “We struggled with the [...]

NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer to Tackle Pocono in the RK Motors Charlotte #15 Camry

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This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads north to Pocono Raceway for the Party in the Poconos 400. RK Motors Charlotte is proud to make its first appearance at the Trick Triangle during its second primary sponsorship of the No. 15 Toyota Camry piloted by Clint Bowyer. Our last No. 15 sponsorship prompted some heart-pumping action and a second place finished for Bowyer. We can’t wait to see what happens this Sunday! The track earned its nickname by proving to be one of the more difficult tracks on the circuit to set up for. According to the Brian Pattie, Bowyer’s crew chief, “The speeds are way up since the repave. The track is way smoother so that changes the setup a lot from previous years. Hopefully the winter up there has done the track some good and given it some character so we can get a little more grip.” As always, we’re proud to join forces with our friends at Michael Waltrip Racing and wish all their teams a weekend of safe and successful racing. The green flag is set to drop at 1pm EST. Tune into TNT to catch all the action!

#15 RK Motors Charlotte/Clint Bowyer Martinsville Speedway Race Report

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MWR – Clint Bowyer #15 RK Motors Charlotte Qualifying Report

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The #15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota Camry NASCAR will start 15th at the Virginia 500 Sprint Cup NASCAR race in Martinsville, VA. CLINT BOWYER: “It didn’t work out as well as I would have liked. The RK Motors Charlotte was just too loose all the way around. I knew when I was loose in practice that I’d probably be loose in qualifying, but I don’t think I realized just how much it would change. We’ll be fine. We’ll get it figured out and be ready for Sunday.” Brian Vickers, No. 55 Jet Edge Toyota – will start third Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – will start 12th. Clint Bowyer, No. 15 RK Motors Toyota — will start 15th. NOTES: Jimmie Johnson won the pole with a time of 19.22 seconds/98.400 mph. Marcos Ambrose, Vickers, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon round out the top-five. Johnson’s qualifying time set a new Martinsville Speedway track qualifying record. Two Sprint Cup Series practices are schedule for tomorrow. The race starts at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Clint Bowyer to Pilot the #15 RK Motors Charlotte NASCAR in Martinsville

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RK Motors Charlotte is gearing up for another weekend of NASCAR Sprint Cup action as the series heads to Martinsville, VA for the STP Gas Booster 500. Look for our logo to make its first appearance on the #15 Toyota Camry driven by 2012 championship contender Clint Bowyer. As always, we’re honored to partner with the team at Michael Waltrip Racing and look forward to a great weekend of competition at the historic oval. While it may be our first partnership with the #15 Toyota Camry, Clint Bowyer is no stranger to RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Some of you may remember the “Tekked Out” Toyota Prius we helped him build for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge last year. We also assisted with marketing for Bowyer’s custom 2011 Toyota Tundra which raised over $100,000 for his charity, the 79 Fund. “RK Motors Charlotte is a labor of love for Rob Kauffman and everyone involved and it shows down to the very last detail in the work they do”, said Bowyer. “Their attention to detail, craftsmanship and ability to market custom and classic cars is second to none. They’ve figured it out and found a winning formula. I’d love to get a [...]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post Race Report – Bristol Motor Speedway – #55 RK Motors Charlotte/Brian Vickers

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Clint Bowyer, No. 15 NAPA Filters Toyota – finished fifth , is fourth in driver points Brian Vickers, No. 55 RK Motors Toyota – finished eighth, No. 55 is fourth in owners points Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota – finished 12th, is 18th in driver points Brian Vickers Summary: No. 55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished eighth in Sunday’s 500-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fourth, but struggled to find a good balance in traffic. Vickers went a lap down on lap 229 and again on lap 310, but raced his way to the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass returning to the lead lap in both instances. Vickers restarted 20th on lap 352 and raced his way to eighth in the final laps. The No. 55 returns to action next weekend at Auto Club Speedway with Mark Martin behind the wheel of the Aaron’s Dream Machine. Vickers returns at Martinsville Speedway on April 7. Started fourth and finished eighth Struggled with handling in traffic and fell a lap down on lap 229 Raced to the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass on lap 254 and lap [...]

RK Motors Charlotte & Brian Vickers Take On Bristol NASCAR Race

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RK Motors Charlotte is proud to announce its return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Michael Waltrip Racing to sponsor the #55 Toyota Camry which will be piloted by Brian Vickers. After successful outings at Martinsville and Sonoma during the 2012 season, we’re looking forward to another strong showing this weekend. While Bristol marks RK Motors Charlotte’s first NASCAR sponsorship of 2013, it will be the second time we’ve joined forces with the MWR crew this year. The AF Waltrip Ferrari 458, a joint venture between Michael Waltrip Racing and AF Corse, sported an RK Motors Charlotte logo across the hood during its charge to an eighth place finish in the GT class. Vickers competed in eight races during the 2012 Sprint Cup season, earning three top-fives and five top-10s. Bristol marks one of nine races he will join Michael Waltrip Racing for during the 2013. FOX will begin Food City 500 coverage at 12:30 pm EST with the green flag dropping at 1pm EST.

Memorable Second Rolex 24 for AF Waltrip Racing

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- Drivers Rob Kauffman, Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas and Clint Bowyer Mark Second Rolex 24 Experience - Over 75,000 Fans Attend America’s Premiere Sports Car Race - AF Waltrip Ferrari finishes eighth in the GT Class and 16th overall; completes 677 laps DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The RK Motors No. 56 AF Waltrip Ferrari team finished eighth in the GT class and 16th overall in Sunday’s 51st annual Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The four-driver lineup of Rob Kauffman, Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas and Clint Bowyer completed 677 laps during the 24-hour race finishing just one lap behind the GT winner. The No. 56 team never fell out of contention in the highly competitive GT class battling with Porsche, Audi, Mazda and BMW throughout the race. “I’m very happy with our performance,” said Kauffman. “We made it through the full 24 hours with encountering any major problems, clean pit stops, and were competitive. That’s a credit to car preparation, the crew and maybe a little credit to us drivers! Last year we just wanted to run the full 24 hours which we did. This year were targeting a top 10, and maybe battle for a podium. We were only [...]

ROB KAUFFMAN RETURNING TO LEGENDARY ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

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RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE’S ROB KAUFFMAN RETURNING TO LEGENDARY ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA   CHARLOTTE, NC – Rob Kauffman, owner of RK Motors Charlotte, the country’s leading retailer  of investment-grade classic, collector and high performance cars, will share the driver’s seat of a Ferrari 458 GT during the 51st annual Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26-27. Kauffman will be one of four drivers on the AF Waltrip Racing team, which is a collaborative effort between Italian sports car team AF Corse and Michael Waltrip Racing.  The team’s Ferrari will proudly wear the RK Motors Charlotte logo during its second consecutive appearance in the 24-hour endurance race. “The Rolex 24 at Daytona is the pinnacle of sports car racing in America and a world class event with huge historic relevance,” said Kauffman. “We made it to the finish last year in our first attempt. The GT category is large and strong this year, but we are going to give it our best shot.” The racecar will be driven by Kauffman, two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip, Rui Aguas, one of the top GT drivers in the world, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer.  The race begins at 3:30 p.m. [...]

RK Motors Charlotte #55 Brian Vickers Diecast Car Available Now!

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If you’re a NASCAR fan, you probably noticed Brian Vickers’ No. 55 sporting the RK Motors Charlotte colors at both Martinsville and Sonoma. It’s been a great partnership, even resulting in a top 5 finish at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. To commemorate the season, Action Racing Collectibles has created an awesome 1:24 scale die-cast model of the car. Anyone familiar with Action Racing Collectibles knows how detailed these pieces are. From the graphics to the opening hood and trunk, everything that’s on the real car has been painstakingly recreated in miniature. Now these die-casts are available to the public through the Michael Waltrip Racing website. If you’re a Brian Vickers fan, RK Motors Charlotte supporter or just appreciate a great looking race car, visit http://michaelwaltripracing.shop.sportstoday.com/ to place your order!

RK Motors Charlotte Ferrari 458 to Compete in the FIA Endurance Championship in Bahrain

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Rob Kaufman, Rui Aguas and Brian Vickers head to Bahrain this weekend to compete in Saturday’s Six Hours of Bahrain. The trio will trade time behind the wheel of the No. 61 AF Waltrip Ferrari F458 Italia run by multiple-time GT champions AF Corse. In Vickers’ 24-hour debut, the team’s combined efforts resulted in a solid sixth-place finish in the GTE-Am class at Le Mans in June. Thanks to a recent string of podium finishes, the AF Waltrip team currently sits in third place in the GTE-Am Teams’ Championship with just three races left for the season. Vickers is coming off a top-10 finish in last weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It will be the trio’s first event since Le Mans. Racing is schedule to begin at 4pm on Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.bahraingp.com.

NASCAR STAR CLINT BOWYER AND RKM PERFORMANCE CENTER TEAM UP TO BUILD “TEKKED-OUT PRIUS” FOR CHARITY

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sept. 12, 2012 – RKM Performance Center, a full service restoration, build and maintenance facility for classic and collectible vehicles worldwide, is teaming up with NASCAR star Clint Bowyer to customize a 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid to raise money for the Emporia Community Foundation during the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. In a battle testing the creativity and design skills of each participant, Bowyer will compete against NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, and NHRA drivers Antron Brown and Alexis DeJoria, to modify the vehicle assigned to them by automotive manufacturer Toyota. “When you think of a customized hot rod or special car build, a Toyota Prius is not the first thing that comes to mind,” said Bowyer. “We wanted to have some fun with this project and create something edgy, different and completely unexpected. The RKMPerformanceCenter team turned my ideas into reality, and I was impressed with their craftsmanship and skills. I’m excited to see the results of our hard work pay off and become the Toyota Racing Dream Build winner.” Nicknamed the “Tekked-Out Prius” the Toyota will turn heads when it cruises down the street wearing a custom body kit and hand-built custom grille that gives it [...]

Michael Waltrip Racing’s Clint Bowyer Wins at Richmond

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No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer won Saturday night’s 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fourth and quickly showed he had one of the fastest cars on the track climbing to second by the race’s halfway point. Bowyer raced in third on lap 244 when he a cut a left-rear tire after contact with Juan Montoya. The cut tire triggered a long slide but Bowyer avoided wall contact. The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota fell to 15th before he began the climb up through the field and took over the lead on lap 312. Bowyer never relinquished the lead and won by 1.198 seconds over Jeff Gordon. It marked Bowyer’s seventh career victory and MWR’s fourth.      BOWYER: “Unbelievable. To be able to win again, everything’s new. Brian Pattie and everybody on this team, I’m so proud of them, to be able to bounce back from a bad weekend. Anything bad that could happen last week did happen last week. To be able to bounce back from that and get a win, get that momentum, heading into this Chase is exactly what we needed. I’m proud of everybody at MWR, [...]

RK Motors Charlotte Ferrari 458 Ready to Tackle the Brickyard

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Indy, Grand AM: AF Waltrip and the Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Kauffman- Aguas are ready for the challenge INDIANAPOLIS, July 26th – Robert Kauffman and Rui Aguas will race the RK Motors Ferrari 458 at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway during a new event of the Grand AM Championship on July 27th. The veteran duo will be at the wheel of the AF Waltrip Ferrari 458 Italia #56. They will try to achieve the great laps of the Indy’s test three weeks ago. In that event, both Kauffman and Aguas showed a very fast pace, with the best time (1’31″769) good for the top positions of the ranking. The three-hour race is scheduled for 4.10 PM and will be broadcast on SPEED. Indy, Grand Am: AF Waltrip e la Ferrari 458 Italia guidata da Kauffman- Aguas sono pronti alla sfida INDIANAPOLIS, 26 luglio – C’è grande attesa per la gara di Indy, nuovo appuntamento del calendario Grand AM di cui Robert Kauffman e Rui Aguas saranno assoluti interpreti su Ferrari 458 Italia AF Waltrip. Nello stesso week end della Nascar (28-Nationwide, 29-Sprint Cup), i due veterani al volante della Rossa in livrea “statunitense” (#56) cercheranno di ripetere gli ottimi tempi messi [...]

AF Waltrip’s New Challenge is the “Six Hours of the Glen”

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Robert Kauffman and Rui Aguas are continuing their Grand Am season. Sunday, July 1st, the skilled drivers will race the “Six Hours of the Glen” (Watkins Glen, NY) in the AF Waltrip Ferrari 458 Italia. The “Six Hours of the Glen” follows a good 6th place finish in the GTE Am category of “24 Hours of Le Mans” with drivers Kauffman, Vickers, and Aguas. AF Waltrip, la nuova sfida si chiama “Six Hours of the Glen” Prosegue l’impegno di Robert Kauffman e Rui Aguas nella Grand Am. Domenica 1 luglio, la rodata coppia di piloti sarà impegnata alla “Six Hours of the Glen”, gara di durata nello stato di New York. Kauffman ed Aguas saranno al volante di Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am con il colori di AF Waltrip. La “Six Hours of the Glen” arriva dopo il positivo sesto posto di categoria GTE Am raggiunto da Kauffman ed Aguas (per l’occasione insieme a Brian Vickers) alla scorsa “24 Ore di Le Mans” su Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.

Congratulations to Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing – Winner at Sonoma, CA

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Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer led 71 of 112 laps in a dominating victory Sunday in the 24th annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 on the Sonoma road course. Bowyer survived a green-white-checkered finish and hard charges by Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch to claim his sixth career victory. Bowyer started sixth and took the lead on lap 26. He remained in contention throughout the race that ran caution free during the first 82 laps. Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. combined to lead 86 of the 112 laps. Brian Vickers finished fourth, rounding out MWR’s stellar performance. The finish moves Bowyer to seventh in the standings. Bowyer’s Toyota carried a decal above the driver’s door honoring 11-year-old Brady Bakken who is battling cancer. The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team returns to action Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. Started sixth, led 71 of 112 laps, and won the race by nearly one second over Tony Stewart. Sixth career victory and third for MWR. Took the lead on lap 26 and held off Stewart and Kurt Busch through green-white-checkered finish. Bowyer and MWR teammate Martin Truex led a combined 86 of 112 laps while [...]

RK Motors Charlotte #55 at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Report

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MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING #55 RK MOTORS CHARLOTTE TOYOTA CAMRY TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350 RACE REPORT 6/24/2012 No. 55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers finished fourth and the No. 55 moved to 12th in owner points. Brian Vickers Race Summary: No.55 RK Motors Toyota driver Brian Vickers staged a late-race surge to finish fourth in Sunday’s 24th annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on the road course at Sonoma. Vickers started 21st and quickly began gaining positions. He suffered an early pit lane speeding penalty forcing him back to pit lane and dropping him far behind the leaders. Vickers continued to work his way through the field and used the race’s only two cautions to return to contention. He passed five-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the final laps to claim fourth place — his best finish of the season and best career finish at Sonoma. Vickers owns top-five finishes in two of his three races he’s driven the No. 55 in 2012. Vickers returns to the No. 55 Toyota on July 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 55 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. Started 21st and finished fourth. Sunday’s fourth-place finish was a career best at Sonoma – [...]

RK Motors Charlotte #55 Toyota Camry MWR Sonoma Qualifying Report

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Michael Waltrip Racing Sonoma Raceway – Qualifying Results 6/22/2012 Brian Vickers – No. 55 RK Motors Toyota – Starting 21st BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 RK MOTORS TOYOTA:  “It was pretty good. I’m really proud of the MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) guys. The RK Motors Toyota was good all day. It took me a few laps this morning to get used to a 3,500 lb. car with 900 horsepower again and no traction control. We went through some changes this morning, we made some changes before qualifying. I was pretty happy with the lap. I felt like there were a few times when I left some things out there, just over loaded it a little bit in a couple of turns. But, the track seems like it’s a little bit slower, it’s a little bit slicker. It seemed a little dirty, I don’t know if some guys put some dirt on the track or something before I went out.” ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146697934.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146697934.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696443.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696443.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696487.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696487.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696447.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696447.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696450.jpg?w=200″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696450.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696488.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696488.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696453.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696453.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696455.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696455.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696145.jpg?w=200″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696145.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696463.jpg?w=300″ data-large-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146696463.jpg?w=620″ /> ” data-medium-file=”http://rkmotorscharlotte.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/146697932.jpg?w=300″ [...]

AF Waltrip Racing 24 Hours of LeMans Race Report

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CORNELIUS, N.C. —The AF Waltrip Racing team had one goal when it took the green flag last Saturday to begin the 80th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans. “Our goal was to be there at the finish,” said Rob Kauffman. “And, we did it!” The team’s Ferrari 458 suffered late race transmission issues and even overcame a Sunday morning fire in the car’s left front wheel well, but persevered to finish sixth in the GTE-AM class. “We had to overcome a lot to do it, but we knew it wouldn’t be easy. Le Mans is a test of the car, driver and crew. You know you are going to encounter problems and your success is determined by how you overcome them. We had our fair share, but I think everyone handled it all very well.” NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers joined Kauffman and Rui Aguas behind the wheel of the No. 61 in France. Vickers called the 24 hours one of the greatest experiences of his driving career. His quick thinking by driving the burning Ferrari to the fire marshal stand to extinguish the flames saved the race for the team. “What an amazing weekend,” said Vickers. [...]