Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Aidan Hinds

Seven-year-old Aidan Hinds is the latest Team E3 Racing winner. Little Aidan Hinds could grow up to become an accountant, an architect, an astronaut – anything he wants. But chances are he’ll become a famous auto racer. After all, he’s already got a big head start. That’s why he’s the latest Team E3 Racing winner. Hinds has spent nearly every Saturday night of his seven years at the Dirt Late Model race tracks with his dad, Kenny, and spends his evenings in the garage, learning all about the mechanics of sleek, powerful racing machines. Plus, racing runs in the family. Grandfather Richard Proffitt also was a racer. So by age five, young Hinds was ready to hit the tracks himself. In 2011, the Aidan Hinds Racing team was founded in Loveland, Ohio and...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Fans – Enter to Win Ryan Gossling’s “Place Beyond the Pines??? Motorcycle

Need a new ride? Enter to win one of the motorcycles ridden by Ryan Gossling in his new film, “The Place Beyond the Pines.” Motorheads take note: If you’ve seen the new Ryan Gossling / Bradley Cooper / Eva Mendes / Ray Liotta film, The Place Beyond the Pines, you’ve no doubt noticed a few nice rides. Now is your chance to own one of them. Directed by Derek Cianfrance of Blue Valentine fame, The Place Beyond the Pines follows the story of a motorcycle stunt driver Luke Glanton (Gossling) who returns to his hometown of Schenectady, NY, thrilling the locals with his circus cage driving feats. But he’s the one who gets the biggest surprise, when he runs into his old flame, Romina (Eva Mendes) and learns the two have an infant son. Glanton decides to man up...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Erik Gehrke

Team E3 Racing winner Erik Gehrke Erik Gehrke is always in hot pursuit of someone. During the day, it’s drivers violating Illinois’ speed limits. But come evening and weekends, it’s his American Super Cup Series competitors. The newest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner makes his living as a law enforcement officer, but fulfills his passion as a driver for Lawmen Racing, Inc.   A nine-year, fourth-generation police offer, Gehrke is an active hostage negotiator for the northern Illinois region. But he’s also a pro at negotiating the curves of a race track at top speed. He started working on Legends cars in 2002 for CPM Racing, then drove Legends cars in the 2003 season. In 2004, he began racing in the Super Cups series. He’s since racked up more than 40...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Daryl Barrett

Team E3 Racing winner Daryl Barrett with “Wilma.” In the summer of 1976, Daryl Barrett took in his very first race at Canandaigua Speedway in New York, which happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. That night proved quite eventful, but not for what happened on the track. Shortly after the evening’s program began, the grandstands collapsed and the track subsequently closed for the better part of two years. Anyone less enamored with the racing world might well have considered the drama a bad omen. But Barrett was hooked. Over the years since, he’s become a respected team owner, accomplished crew member and chief and a talented racer. And now, he’s a second-year Team E3 Racing winner. Wilma sports the E3 Spark Plugs logo at all races, car...

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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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