Meet Second-Year Team E3 Racing Winner Stephen Kildahl

Team E3 Racing winner Stephen Kildahl races a 30-foot Phantom powerboat hitting breakneck speeds of up to 95 miles per hour Stephen Kildahl certainly knows his way around a powerboat. After all, he’s been piloting one since long before he could drive a car. “I started racing when I was 9 years old, and moved up to the pro circuit when I was 16 years old,” says the Estero, Florida resident and second-year Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. “When I moved up to the pro circuit, I had to sign a release waiver. This is because they were allowing me to race under the minimum age requirement, which is 18.” Team E3 Racing winner Stephen Kildahl (left) pilots while dad, Steve, mans the throttle on the Super Boat International Offshore Boat Racing Circuit. Kildahl...

February 5, 2015
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1983 Toyota Tercel a Hot Commodity – Recognize It?

“Breaking Bad” character Jesse Pinkman’s 1983 Toyota Tercel is up for grabs after filming on the final season wraps. Yo, Breaking Bad fans – Need a new ride? Jesse Pinkman can hook you up. Check it… On a visit to any given used car dealership, you’d likely pass on the 1983 Toyota Tercel with the faded red paint job and no hubcaps. But this particular 30-year-old junker has an intangible value as the sometimes-star of the AMC hit TV show – the only show to ever make us root for the local meth dealer. In reality, the ride belongs to Mike Faris Auto Wholesale in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But on TV, it belongs to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), high school dropout-turned-meth dealing partner of Walter White aka “Heisenberg,” who just...

February 5, 2015
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5 Things We’re Looking Forward to at the New York Auto Show

Are you attending the New York Auto Show? Show us your pics. E3 Spark Plugs is stoked about the start of the New York Auto Show next week. Billed as “Ten Days of Triumph,” this year’s show revs up Friday, March 29 and runs through Sunday, April 7. Here are a few of the features we’re most looking forward to: Debut of the new 542-HP Jaguar XJR: The highest performance Jaguar ever is expected to demand a $130,000 price tag. Other NY Auto Show debuts this year include the 2013 Chevy Camaro, Corvette Stingray and Rolls-Royce Wraith. Gartel Art Cars exhibit: Including the Mercedes Art Car hand-painted by Lawrence Gartel, considered the “father of digital art.” EV Pavilion: An indoor ride-along track where fans can take a spin in a few of the newest...

February 5, 2015
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Meet E3 Spark Plugs Tier 2 Winner Jacob Putman

Jacob “Camokid” Putman is burning up the tracks. making a name for himself at just six years old. Since the ripe old age of four, Jacob “Camokid” Putman has been chasing a very grownup dream, leaving competitors with more age and experience in the dust. Now, at 7 years old, he’s back for his second year of Team E3 Racing sponsorship and ever closer to a future pro racing career. The Kid Cart champ who turns seven next month made his racing debut in October of 2010 at just four years old at Old Dominion Speedway (ODS) in Manassas, VA. With a solid fourth-place finish, he convinced his parents, competitors and track officials that he was a natural behind the wheel. He started the next season in Kid Kart 1, but so put his competitors to shame that officials...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Shea Holbrook

Team E3 Racing winner Shea Holbrook hit the Richard Petty Driving Experience at age 16 and never looked back. Shea Holbrook recently experienced the “best five laps of my life,” she says. While walking the paddocks at the Homestead-Miami International Speedway during a Formula and Automobile Racing Association event, she spotted her dream car – an Audi Sport Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racecar. As luck would have it, she knew the team and car owners, and thus scored the chance to take it out on the tracks for a few laps. “The sensation of driving the ‘Batmobile’ came over me because everything is pushed back a few feet,” Holbrook writes in her racing website blog. “I’ve never felt more comfortable in a racecar than driving...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Renews Support For 2013 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series

E3 Spark Plugs is a proud sponsor of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. There’s nothing quite like seeing nitro methane-burning Top Fuel drag boat boiling a 1/4-mile of water in 4.7 seconds at over 250 mph. If you thought drag racing on land was a sight to behold, wait until you see it on water. For racing fans, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series is the place to go to witness these violent, air-splitting machines and now that more than 900 teams are competing for one national championship, you have even more opportunities to catch the action. E3 Spark Plugs, the leader in multiple electrode, high performance spark plugs, has recently renewed its sponsorship of the Drag Boat Series as well as a strong presence across the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the Lucas Oil...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Alex Prunty

Alex Prunty is a third-generation stock car racer and second-year Team E3 Racing winner. He’s a third-generation racer back for his second year as part of Team E3 Racing. Twenty-year-old Alex Prunty clearly has racing in his blood, as the seventh member of his family to take the wheel on the competitive tracks. The Prunty family’s racing dynasty started with Grandfather Doug Prunty, who ran his one and only season in 1961. All five sons followed and Alex hit the tracks in 2009, racing a donated 1990 Nissan Stanza XE-turned-racecar. Turns out a host of engine and electrical issues were no match for the Prunty men’s mechanical prowess or Alex’s dogged determination. He landed his first feature win in just his sixth race at Wisconsin’s Slinger Super...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Brandon Williams

Team E3 Racing winner Brandon Williams runs the popular DirtXtra online magazine. Brandon Williams followed up his 2010 rookie year in unexpected fashion – by taking his sophomore year off. But with good reason – the busy new dad who operates a crane for U.S. Steel by day and spends his nights and weekends at the dirt tracks wanted to be around for his baby boy, Blake. Having landed the 11th spot ranking in the Kankakee County Speedway Points  and 23rd in the I-MOD Association series piloting an I-MOD in his first year as a professional dirt track racer, he came back strong in 2012, landing respectable ninth and 12th places in two races. Team E3 Racing winner Brandon Williams For the 2013 season, he’s gunning for the UMP  (United Midwestern Promoters)...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Cody Perry

Team E3 Racing winner Cody Perry was a 2009 Rookie of the Year. Cody Perry has a bright future in racing – and perhaps the best manicured lawn in the neighborhood. “This may sound crazy,” says the latest Team E3 Racing winner. “But I always mow the grass right before we load everything up. It helps me concentrate, brings me good luck.” Perry’s strange pre-race regimen apparently is paying off. The high school senior from North Vernon, Indiana first hit the tracks in 2008 and quickly let it be known that he was the one to beat. Among his accomplishments: 3rd in Points at Twin Cities Raceway Park in the Hornet Division in 2009 Rookie of the Year at Twin Cities Raceway Park in the Hornet Division in 2009 5th in Points at Twin Cities Raceway Park in...

February 5, 2015
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Got Weekend Plans? E3 Spark Plugs Recommends the Festivals of Speed, Concours D’Elegance Amelia Island

The Concours D’Elegance and Festivals of Speed take place this weekend at Amelia Island. Hey speed enthusiasts – Got plans for the weekend? If you’re in the area, E3 Spark Plugs recommends you take a joy ride to Amelia Island, Florida for the Festivals of Speed and Concours D’Elegance. The Festivals of Speed revs up with a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception at the tony Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Friday evening. Smooth jazz, premium handcrafted cocktails, luxury product displays and some casual conversation with fellow car buffs. But the real draw begins on Saturday with the Festival of Speed’s display of dozens of the world’s most exotic cars, motorcycles and watercraft on the resort’s 9th fairway. This year’s event...

February 5, 2015
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