A joint letter written to the drag racing community from SpeedVideo and 14 leading drag racing promoters.
For many years, drag racing has been live streamed on the internet free of charge. The advances of technology and reasonably priced video equipment made this possible. Promoters often paid for the cost of the production, or shared the cost with the live streaming broadcaster. It was a reasonably workable system except for three major flaws:
Watching drag racing for free seems like a win-win, but the free model isn’t that good for drag racing. After a great deal of evaluation of how to grow and improve live drag racing broadcasting, the best path forward was to create a subscription model. Event promoters and SpeedVideo who produce the broadcasts will be free to work together to create amazing broadcasts with higher-quality productions, and to expand and cover more events, with a model where each viewer pays a small amount, rather than trying to rely only on the backs of advertisers only.
The world’s biggest and best drag races will continue to be streamed on SpeedVideo – including Lights Out, No Mercy, Sweet 16, World Cup Finals, Outlaw Armageddon, TX2K, NMRA, NMCA, PDRA, Outlaw Street Car Reunion, UCC, Bounty Hunters, WoooStock, F2LK, Snowbirds, US Street Nationals, select Drag Illustrated events, and more to come. SpeedVideo subscriptions will be available for $24.95 per month, or $199 for the entire year ($149 introductory rate), which will get you access to around 40 of the premier live streamed drag racing events. The contribution each viewer makes will help grow drag racing, increase the quality of the broadcasts, and attract new promoters, events, and racers.
Moving SpeedVideo to subscription will benefit:
We have all come together in agreement – this is the best path forward for the future of drag racing. This will enable each drag racing fan to get a great, high-quality broadcast but also keep the sport viable. We are hopeful that each drag racing fan will look at this like a step forward for drag racing and how this will contribute to the future growth of the sport. We all love drag racing and many of us do this not just for a living, but as a way of life. We appreciate all of your support.
Respectfully, signed by:
Donald Long, DuckX Productions
Jason Miller, Miller Brothers Productions, World Cup Finals
Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated, Drag Illustrated Events
Tyler Crossnoe, Outlaw Street Car Reunion, Shakedown & PDRA
Tommy Franklin, PDRA
Nick Duty, Outlaw Armageddon
Steve Wolcott & Rollie Miller – NMRA/NMCA
Victor Alvarez, Bradenton Motorsports Park
Peter Blach, TX2K
Matt Plotkin, Bounty Hunters
Keith Berry & Lance Stanford, WoooStock
Chris Searle, Ultimate Callout Challenge
James Lawrence, CEO SpeedVideo
Tom Bobolts, GM SpeedVideo
Power Automedia’s highly anticipated “Horsepower Wars: $10K Drag Shootout” storyline is underway – with the fourth of the eleven episodes recently debuting at HorsepowerWars.com, Facebook, YouTube and leading social media platforms.
For the $10K Drag Shootout, four teams, each with five crew members, have been given $3,000 to purchase a car and $7,000 worth of Summit Racing gift cards that allow each crew to pick and choose from the distributor’s extensive selection of go-fast goodies.
The teams had 10 days to build as fast as they can, and then will be given the opportunity to lay down the fastest e.t. possible September 13-16 at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. In the meantime, trash talking and infighting are sure to ensue. Whichever team handles sleep deprivation best, will be crowned the winner and get to keep their car. One of the other three rides will be given to one lucky viewer – meaning you could actually walk away with a Horsepower Wars drag car of your very own.
“The $10K Shootout debut has been really strong. The teams and drama is off the charts,” said James Lawrence, Power Automedia and Horsepower Wars CEO.
“Racers are going to be racers, looking for every tiny loophole or advantage they can get. At the same time, the clock is ticking. One misstep can set back the whole build,” said Scott Parker, Power Automedia and Horsepower Wars Senior Director of Content & Strategy. “Although you can watch this series on any device, this is the type of show you are going to want to queue up on your smart TV’s YouTube app and watch with your friends. It really does transcend the automotive genre and is just plain entertaining.”
The four teams are:
Highlights include team-on-team drama, a taco-eating contest (the winner got a complete NOS nitrous kit), a trip to a salvage yard for some parts shopping, and more. Of course there is a lot of hard work going on as the four teams put noses to grindstones in the quest to win $10K Drag Shootout glory. Visit HorsepowerWars.com to see it all!
SpeedVideo and Duck X Productions announced today a multi-year agreement to live-broadcast three of the most popular drag racing events of the year: No Mercy, Lights Out, and Sweet 16.
Donald Long, promoter extraordinaire and owner of Duck X, has built his reputation by drawing the top radial racers in the world and bringing countless jaw-dropping moments of excitement to famed South Georgia Motorsports Park. Long’s events are known for having new records set and champions being crowned.
“Duck X Productions and myself are really excited about the future of our live feed partnership with SpeedVideo,” said Donald. “I am looking forward to bringing our events to the next level, and bringing our great fans the best quality live feed coverage that is out there. SpeedVideo is more than just a livestream company, they are also a huge marketing partner with tons of racing partners and friends in the drag racing community. We are honored to have them on board, and hopefully help each other to make this sport better than ever.”
In addition to the live HD broadcast on SpeedVideo.com, the high-definition coverage will be broadcast via Facebook Live, YouTube, and Dragzine.com. The official schedule for the new events will be released soon.
“Donald Long’s infamous radial events are nothing short of epic,” said James Lawrence, SpeedVideo CEO. “We are excited to be a part of his team, and to bring the viewers and fans of SpeedVideo the best and most exciting radial racing in the world. Donald is nothing if not controversial, he is an innovative promoter who knows how to put on a show. We are excited to capture that energy and excitement of his events in our broadcasts as we take them to the next level.”
Throughout the first half of 2018, the SpeedVideo team traveled across the United States live broadcasting more than 12 different motorsports events. The broadcasts were streamed to SpeedVideo.com, YouTube, Facebook Live, and other social media platforms, reaching racing fans across the planet. The total audience features more than 5.3 million video plays and more than 27 million minutes of broadcast time.
The US Street Nationals in Bradenton, NMCA Events, and TX2K has huge audience growth in 2018 over 2017, year over year – with TX2K featuring almost 1 million videos broadcast.
“The broadcasts we’ve had this year so far have grown, and been nothing short of amazing,” said Tom Bobolts, SpeedVideo General Manager. “We’ve certainly seen some exciting racing and it’s only going to get better. Points battles are heating up in the NMRA, PDRA, and NMCA along with events like Outlaw Armageddon and the World Cup: Domestic vs. Import are on the horizon.”
SpeedVideo’s live drag racing broadcasts will continue throughout 2018, covering events from the NMCA, PDRA, NMRA, Outlaw Armageddon, Shakedown at the Summit, Miller Brothers Productions, Redemption, and more. View past and future events in HD at www.speedvideo.com.
January – May 2018 SpeedVideo Event Statistics:
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Power Automedia today announced a partnership with Summit Racing Equipment who was tapped to be the official parts supplier of its new automotive show, Horsepower Wars. The new head-to-head web-based series features fierce competition between rivals in one of four venues: the dragstrip, road course, engine dyno, or chassis dyno.
In the first episodes, Pony Wars – Mustang vs. Camaro, two teams are given either a 2017 Mustang GT or 2017 Camaro SS. The teams then receive an initial $5,000 budget for bolt-on mods, followed by $15,000 for a boost build off. The cars will be competing in drag racing, road racing, chassis dyno, and 60-0 braking. Summit will not only help supply products, but Summit’s pricing will be used as a guide for each team’s budget.
Summit will also provide $7,000 of credit for each participant in the upcoming $10k Drag Shootout – in which teams are given only 10 days to buy, build, and then race a drag car with plenty of challenges along the way. The $10K Drag Shootout represents a perfect fit for Summit’s extensive parts availability as all parts selected by each team from Summit’s website will receive free overnight shipping.
“We’re excited to work with Power Automedia and Horsepower Wars,” said Al Noe, Summit Racing Chief Marketing Officer. “The show represents what our customers are all about– real people turning wrenches and making power in their own garages.”
“The $10K Drag Shootout is going to be an action-packed 10 days for all of the teams involved and those of us at here at Horsepower Wars,” said Andrew Wolf, Editor of Dragzine.com. “With a narrow frame of time to build a vehicle from the ground-up, drama is certainly inevitable, but it’s going to be exciting to watch the creativity of these teams and what they can brew up using only limited funds.”
SpeedVideo and Haltech World Cup Finals have officially extended their live broadcast agreement which will now extend coverage of the event for the next three years.
The Import vs. Domestic: Haltech World Cup Finals event is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, taking place at the famous Maryland International Raceway. With SpeedVideo, drag racing fans all over the world will be able to enjoy the same excitement as those in person in HD with studio-quality audio.
“Miller Brothers Productions’ commitment to pitting some of the fastest domestics against some of the fastest imports in the world makes this a must see event,” said Tom Bobolts, SpeedVideo General Manager. “We couldn’t be happier to be working with them for the next three years, and we’re excited to bring the action LIVE to the entire world. We’ve got some great new things planned for this event this year that should make it the most exciting broadcast of the WCF yet.”
Over the course of the past couple of years, the partnership has proven more than successful, racking up astronomical views on SpeedVideo.com as well as leading social media platforms.
“We have been extremely pleased with the live coverage SpeedVideo has produced for the Haltech World Cup Finals and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future,” said Jason Miller, Event Promoter. “For this year’s WCF event, we have added a second manned scaffold right beside the quarter-mile stripe so cameras can pan the action all the way to the finish line! Miller Brothers Productions and SpeedVideo.com are going to offer our fans live coverage that will take our broadcast and event to the next level!”
View the schedule of upcoming live streams as well as past events from the World Cup Finals, and more, on SpeedVideo.com. Find out more information about the Haltech World Cup Finals at www.importvsdomestic.com.
Power Automedia announced today a partnership with leading aftermarket supercharger manufacturer, ProCharger.
ProCharger products will be featured primarily throughout two of the company’s upcoming automotive head-to-head Horsepower Wars episodes, “Pony Wars” and “LS vs. Coyote Part II.” In addition to be featured on the two episodes, ProCharger products will be the exclusive source for all forced-induction needs on the show.
Horsepower Wars’ LS vs. Coyote Shootout revisits Power Automedia’s simple, yet controversial debut into the series– but this time with two boosted versions of each engine, $15,000, and as much horsepower as possible.
Pony Wars, on the other hand, will be a 2017 Ford Mustang GT and a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS going head-to-head on a dyno, road course, and drag strip– first with $5,000 worth of bolt-ons, then with an additional $15,000 to spend and the brand new ProCharger D1X on both.
“Horsepower Wars is a really exciting automotive show that ProCharger is very proud to be involved in,” said Ken Jones, ProCharger CEO. “We’re looking forward to seeing what the teams and competitors pull off. ProCharger likes being involved with innovative concepts, and from what we’ve seen, this is just the beginning.”
Many impressive applications for Horsepower Wars’ $10K Drag Shootout have been reviewed and narrowed down over the course of the last couple of months, with suspense rising and information dropping daily on Power Automedia’s HorsepowerWars.com. As of today, the Horsepower Wars production team has officially finalized the top five participants.
The two following teams have been chosen by Horsepower Wars staff to be guaranteed admittance into the $10K Drag Shootout competition.
The remaining three teams will be reviewed by a panel of drag racing experts from across the country. After a voting process, the final third team will be determined and announced to the public.
The final three teams will then join the fourth, COMP Cams Dream Team, and the Horsepower Wars staff in Southern California, where they will be given $10k to buy, build, and race a drag car in just 10 days with a plethora of surprises and challenges along the way. The score will be settled at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio in September, where the winning team of the final race will not only win their vehicle, but also $10,000 cash.
“It was incredibly hard to narrow down the field to just five teams, let alone the top two,” said Scott Parker, Power Automedia’s Director of Content and Strategy. “Thankfully we’ve had tremendous engagement from the fan base to help guide the way, and we’ll be relying on that even more going forward when we release the poll on HorsepowerWars.com and Facebook so that fans can vote for either Team West Bend, Dirty Jersey or Bigun. And if you are bummed that your favorite team didn’t make it, don’t worry because we’ve extended the Dream Team deadline to May 25 and invited all those guys to apply.”
Power Automedia is excited to announce recent growth to its editorial department.
With Power Automedia’s acquisition of Xceleration Media and its corresponding titles, Shawn Brereton, an avid hot rod enthusiast and automotive journalist, has joined the team as Editorial Director. Brereton will oversee several Power Automedia digital magazines including Street Muscle, OneDirt, Chevy Hardcore, Turnology, and Rod Authority. Elizabeth Puckett joins the team as Senior Associate Editor of Power & Performance.
Power Automedia’s newly re-acquired dirt track racing magazine, OneDirt, will be lead by Group Editor Bobby Kimbrough. The new Editor of Rod Authority will be Corvette Online editor, Dave Cruikshank.
“I am extremely proud of the team we have assembled here,” said Scott Parker, Executive Director of Content and Strategy. “These are not only some of the finest automotive journalists in the industry, but exemplary human beings. We have a pretty stringent set of values at Power Automedia. Despite having diverse opinions and styles, all of our staff work tirelessly at accomplishing a common goal.”
“I am really excited about the opportunity with Power Automedia,” said Shawn Brereton. “Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming which proves the culture of the company. Everyone has settled in virtually seamlessly to their new roles and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow those titles. The future is bright for our OneDirt, Rod Authority, Power & Performance!”
Power Automedia’s digital magazines reach more than 2 million automotive enthusiasts per month.
Power Automedia’s highly anticipated competition-based automotive show, Horsepower Wars, is proud to announce a partnership with Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, a leading brand of premium synthetic lubricants. Royal Purple has signed on as an official sponsor and partner of Horsepower Wars, and will be providing oil and lubricants to competitors for season one including the following episodes:
“Horsepower Wars is going to be filled with raw, unbridled automotive passion – created by enthusiasts for enthusiasts,” said Power Automedia’s Scott Parker. “Royal Purple is an ideal partner given the competitions we have in mind because it prides itself in producing superior lubrication products for the performance aftermarket.”
“We are extremely excited about our partnership with Horsepower Wars and are looking forward to supporting the competitors by providing our oils and lubricants,” said JP Hyden, Event and Partnership Manager at Royal Purple Synthetic Oil. “Horsepower Wars was created with auto enthusiasts in mind and we are always excited to support them by helping to maintain and improve their vehicles performance.”
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