Nine-Year-Old Parker Abed Joins Team E3 Racing

9-year-old Parker Abed is a Kid Kart champion and a Team E3 Racing member. He’s a national champion at just nine years old. And he’s got some very grown up ambitions. That’s why Parker Abed is the newest Team E3 Racing Tier 2 winner. “My name is Parker Abed and I want to be a Formula One race car driver when I grow up,” Abed writes on his website, noting Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettle among his favorite drivers. Abed first hit the tracks at age five and, within a year, took third place in the 2010 Kid Kart Nationals Comer Unrestricted Class in St. Louis, MO. He’s since traveled the country competing in the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup, WKA Midwest Sprint Series and NRKA series. Along the way, he’s set...

February 5, 2015
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Catching Up with Team E3 Racing Winner Dan Bunting

Competitive powerboat racer Dan Bunting (center) takes his sophomore turn with Team E3 Racing. Dan Bunting returns for his second stint as a Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. And this time, he’s got two new rides and a world record to his name. Bunting is a longtime competitive racer and owner of Extreme Powerboat Racing, a professional driving school that also offers marketing, design and promotional items plus safety and performance products geared toward the sport. Last year, he and his team made history by establishing the 1/4 mile straightaway speed record in their class at the American Power Boat Association (APBA) Records Run in New Martinsville, West Virginia. – a feat powered by E3 Spark Plugs. The Extreme Powerboat Racing team, along with Flex Seal, finished the...

February 5, 2015
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132 Cars Die Hard in New Bruce Willis Flick’s 11 Million Chase Scene

A shot from the $11 million car chase scene in “A Good Day to Die Hard.” Sometime last year, producers thought it a good day to drop $11 million and let 132 rides die hard – literally. And it was all for just one scene in actor Bruce Willis’ A Good Day to Die Hard, the latest in Hollywood’s Die Hard franchise. In this latest installment, filmed in Budapest, Hungary on a $92 million budget, Willis’ iconic John McClane character jets off to Mother Russia looking for his wayward son, Jack, whom John believes is up to no good. Turns out, Jack is a good guy after all. Unbeknownst to dear ol’ dad, Jack is actually a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in hot pursuit, and battling a countdown...

February 5, 2015
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French Stunt Driver Guerlain Chicherit Lands Mini Back Flip

Guerlain Chicherit made history on Sunday, becoming the first to successfully land a back flip in a car. Last month, E3 Spark Plugs brought you the story of French stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit’s apparent history-making back flip in a modified Mini Countryman on New Year’s Day. Video posted on his Facebook page teased the feat, but stopped just short of showing the landing and touted a public attempt slated for February 17. Those waiting with bated breath for Chicherit’s second try at an unassisted mid-air backflip in a car were rewarded handsomely this weekend when the four-time free skiing world champion and the 2009 Rally Raid World champ successfully delivered. With the snowy reaches of the Tignes, France mountains as a backdrop, Chicherit gunned it up a...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Congratulate Danica Patrick for History-Making Daytona 500 Pole Win

Danica Patrick made history this weekend, becoming the first woman ever to win the pole position at the Daytona 500. It was a history-making day in Daytona for NASCAR beauty Danica Patrick, who won the pole at the Daytona 500 qualifying – becoming the first woman ever to claim Spring Cup’s top starting spot. E3 Spark Plugs sends congratulations. This is isn’t the first of Patrick’s firsts for women in the racing profession. She’s was the first woman to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500 in her 2005 debut, and the first woman to win a major closed-course auto race in a 2008 IndyCar Series event in Japan. She also boasts the highest finish of any female in the Indianapolis 500 (third), the highest finish of any female in a NASCAR national touring series...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Know – Would You Drive the Tiny P45?

BBC’s “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson recently unveiled the Peel P45, touted as the world’s smallest car. Would you drive it? Once upon a time, a single computer took up the space of a huge room. Now, we can hold them in our hands. The first cell phones were a bit like holding shoe boxes to our gourds, but today’s fit in our pockets.  And those unwieldy 8-track cassette players have given way to tiny MP3 players. That’s the way it goes with so many of the products that we use every day. So why wouldn’t the automobile also experience a devolution of sorts? Enter Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and his P45. Touted as the world’s smallest car (actually, the Peel P50 lays claim to being the world’s smallest street-legal production...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces 2013 Class of Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winners

E3 Spark Plugs congratulates the newest class of Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winners. We’ve selected 12 of the most promising up-and-coming racing pros and pro-ams. And you’ll recognize a few of the names. Making their sophomore appearance on Team E3 Racing are: Stephen Foster Kildahl, a competitive speedboat racer since age 16; Dan Bunting, a world record-setting competitive speedboat racer; Brandon Williams, a dirt track racer and founder of online magazine DirtXtra.com; Powered by the Complex, a lawn mower racing team; Erik Gehrke, a mini cup racer. New on the team are: Kevin Harter, a kart racer and race team manager; Cheyanne Phillips Shea Holbrook, a car racer and Living Legends honoree; Don Demeny, Traxxas Torc series racer and 28-year racing veteran; James R....

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Welcomes 2013 Class of Team E3 Tier 2 Winners

    E3 Spark Plugs sends out big props to the 2012 class of Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest Tier 2 winners. Three top picks from our inaugural class made the cut this year as well. They are: Alex Prunty, third-generation race car driver; Jacob “Camokid” Putman, 7-year-old Kid Kart champ; Daryl Barrett, 30-year racing professional New on the team for 2013 are: Cody Perry, Sport Compact / Hornet division racer; Parker Abed, a competitive racer since age five; Danny Phillips, custom lawnmower builder and racer; John Hummel, 26-year drag racer; Aidan Montgomery Hinds, 7-year-old racer; Tyler Shepard, the “Wheelie Wizzard; bobby brown, truck racer; Tim Spurlock, engine transmission and builder, and truck racer; Tom Benvenuti, vintage snowmobile...

February 5, 2015
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New Concept Cars Amaze at Chicago Auto Show

Zombie lovers, movie goers and “fixie” riders all have surprises waiting for them at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The 2013 Chicago Auto Show is underway. And the sights are amazing! Founded in 1901, it’s the nation’s largest auto show with more than 1 million square feet of interactive exhibits. But here at E3 Spark Plugs, we’re most taken by some of the coolest concept cars we’ve seen in a while. The newest on the show floor is the Turbo Camaro Coupe, based on a character in DreamWorks’ new high-velocity 3D animated comedy, Turbo. In theatres July 19, the film centers on a speed-obsessed snail bent on winning the Indy 500. Of course, it’s a Chevy Camaro that helps him chase his dream. The real-world version of the cartoon car equipped...

February 5, 2015
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Thawing Out that Frozen Car Door Lock – E3 Spark Plugs Tells you How

Frozen door locks got you out in the cold? E3 Spark Plugs offers a few clever tips. If you live and drive in what we here at E3 Spark Plugs refer to as the “Frozen Tundra,” meaning anywhere north of the Florida-Georgia line, you’ve no doubt encountered the problem of your car door locks freezing, leaving you – literally – out in the cold. Based in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where we do sand, not snow (that freak winter of 1989 notwithstanding) we could just prop our flip-flopped feet on our patio chairs and laugh at you. But we have hearts. So instead, we’re going to offer you a few tips for thawing out that frozen door lock so you can get to work/the gym/the monster truck show on time. If your driver-seat door is frozen shut, try another...

February 5, 2015
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