News & Events

Astra Summerhawk Stretches its wings at Circuit of the Americas

The Astra Summerhawk began its racing career in fine fashion at the US F1000 season opener at the amazing Formula 1 venue, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

It was a fitting place to unveil the new Summerhawk, seen here leading the field through "The Esses" at the beginning of the opening race.

The Astra was immediately on pace, leading the first race, and finishing second in a second race spoiled by lengthy yellow-flag periods.

Lots more is to come for this brand new car, Learn More here and get your orders in soon!

Astra Summerhawk leading Lap 1 at Circuit of the Americas

Speads RS11 breaks records in debut at High Plains Raceway

Entering its first race ever at the High Plains Raceway "Freedom Sprints" Double National, the Speads RS11 not only took two victories away, but reset the DSR class record along the way. And if that weren't enough, with pilot Steve Ott at the wheel, a new overall lap record for High Plains Raceway of 1:37.8 was set during Saturday morning's practice session.

Add to that an almost entirely problem free debut, and you have a very promising start for the new car.

Rilltech Racing presents the $1,000 Super Sweep Prize Fund for F1000

As part of the 2010 F1000 National Championship presented by George Dean Racing Engines and Taylor Race Engineering, Rilltech Racing will award $1000 to one talented driver that wins the SCCA Super Sweep award. This award will honor the driver that wins all four criteria of the Super Sweep in 2010:

  • Leg 1: A class win at one of the following events:
    • Jan. 24, Auto Club Speedway, SoPacDiv National
    • March 6, Texas World Speedway, race one of SWDiv Double National
    • March 20, Thunderhill, race one of NorPacDiv Double National
    • March 21, Road Atlanta, SEDiv National
    • May 2, Heartland Park Topeka, MWDiv National
    • May 23, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, GLDiv National
    • June 27, Road America, CenDiv National
    • July 3, High Plains Raceway, race one of RMDiv Double National
    • July 11, Watkins Glen International, NEDiv National
  • Leg 2: A divisional championship
  • Leg 3: An SCCA National Championship (Runoffs win)
  • Leg 4: Class Champion of the nationwide points championship (as defined by the SCCA here.)

  • By winning the national race at Auto Club Speedway last month, Phil De La O (Phoenix) meets the first criteria of the Rilltech Super Sweep Prize and gets one of the Legs out of the way.

    To be eligible for the $1000 prize offered by Rilltech Racing/Speads, the driver must be registered in the F1000 National Championship presented by George Dean Racing Engines and Taylor Race Engineering. Information and an entry form can be found at Entry in the National Championship also includes entry in the West Coast F1000 Pro Series ( Because two of the Super Sweep events in Leg 1 are also part of that series, registered drivers can also win additional prizes while qualifying for the Rilltech Racing Super Sweep Prize!

    In addition, all Speads F1000 drivers will qualify for Racing Concepts' contingency awards.

    You can't win the Rilltech Racing Super Sweep Prize if you don't enter the National Championship! Go to to enter, or use the attached entry form. Enter NOW!

    Racing Concepts Announces Contingencies for Speads drivers in F1000 Pro Series

    As part of its participation in the 2010 F1000 Pro Series, Racing Concepts and Speads Race Cars are announcing contingency money to be paid for high-performing drivers of its Speads Formula cars.

    The payout schedule is as follows:

    • 1st: $500 (four or more cars in class)
    • 2nd: $400 (five or more cars in class)
    • 3rd: $300 (six or more cars in class)

    For additional information on the F1000 Pro Series, as part of the National F1000 championship, along with complete information about awards, rules, and regulations, visit, and

    Track Record at High Plains Raceway for Speads F1000

    May 2nd was the inaugural event at Colorado's new track, High Plains Raceway. Among the eager attendees were Chris and Stu Waterman with their newly completed RM07 F1000. It was a large wings-and-things field both days. Chris led early during Saturday's race, until drying conditions and a balky shifter caught him out, and he ended up finishing 4th overall, but first in class.

    Sunday saw a repeat of his new-car shifting difficulties, but he still finished a close second overall, just three seconds behind the winner in DSR, and first in class. Chris set the HPR FB record at a 1:47.015, and he'll doubtless improve that as he gets used to the new car - not a bad first outing!

    New Wheels for Speads Race Cars

    All new Speads cars will be coming with our own custom wheels now, in an effort to have lighter, stronger, and more attractive wheels on our cars. Check out the picture, and coming soon will be some images with them on our cars.

    Two wins and track record for Speads F1000 at HPT

    Labor Day weekend was the last double national of the SCCA season, and the race was held at Heartland Park Topeka (HPT), which will host Runoffs for the last time in 2008.

    It turned out to be an outstanding showcase for the pace of the Speads RM07, where Mike Rock ended up winning both days in his second race weekend with the car. Mike sat on Pole for Sunday's race, and qualified second in class on Monday, finishing 5th overall in a field of extremely powerful CSR and DSR cars.

    Bob Schader also set a new track record for FB, clocking a 1:34.182 in Sunday's race before retiring with an electrical problem.

    Congratulations to both drivers!

    Mike Rock Second in Speads F1000 at June Sprints

    Huge congratulations to Mike Rock for a second place finish in his Speads RM07 F1000 at the 53rd Annual Piggly Wiggly June Sprints this year. This was Mike's very first event in a brand new car - fantastic showing for Mike!

    Honorable mention goes also to Bob Schader who qualified 3rd, in the 2:13's, but was unable to take the green flag.

    Over on the Sports Racer side of the fence, Chris Souliotis qualified a strong 8th and finished 6th in his new Speads RS04. Good job!

    See a few more pictures of our cars at the 2008 June Sprints in our Gallery.

    Darren Brown wins at TMS

    At the TMS double national this weekend, Darren followed his record-breaking performance at Hallett with a win and a second in the weekend's DSR races. Darren writes about his win:

    From about halfway on we had a great race. We changed the lead a few times and both of us ran our fastest laps and the last few laps of the race. I managed to be leading by a few car lengths at the checker.
    Good results two weekends in a row for Darren - good job!

    Mike Rock sets track record at Pueblo Icebreaker National

    The Speads RM07 was out at the Pueblo "Ice Breaker" Double National this weekend. Mike Rock set a new track record in his Speads F1000 (FB), riding to a win and a second place for the weekend.

    Darren Brown breaks Hallett DSR record in Speads RS04

    This weekend at Hallett, Darren Brown obliterated the Hallett DSR track record in his Speads RS04 - chassis #001. Darren re-set the record at 1:15.564, and writes:
    "As far as my car, It was absolutely flying on old tires. The motor ran fantastic and the car handled great. I think with new tires a low 14 was with in reach that weekend"
    Nice driving, Darren!

    Speads RM07 FB takes third at ARRC

    Formula 1000 (FB) had its first ARRC meeting this year at Road Atlanta. In a star-studded field, Tonis Kasemets drove his Speads F1000, to a third-place finish, holding off a slew of Stohr and Van Diemen Formula 1000's.

    Congratulations to Tonis, and we can't wait to see what 2008 will bring for this exciting class!

    See more pictures in our 2007 ARRC Gallery.

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