Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jordan Anderson Racing To Campaign Full #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

Jordan Anderson Racing To Campaign Full #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule
With a new racing season approaching fast ahead as the countdown to Daytona continues, comes new chapters to be written both on and off the race track. 

Jordan Anderson Racing To Campaign Full #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule


For Jordan Anderson as he prepares to enter his fourth full time year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, a new journey is already well underway.

The 26 year old Anderson from Columbia, SC announced Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte that he has formed his own team under the Jordan Anderson Racing banner, with intentions of competing full time in the Truck Series for 2018 and beyond. 

Jordan Anderson Racing To Campaign Full #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule


Along with the announcement, the team unveiled the white and blue #3 truck, and paint scheme that they will make their debut with on Friday, February 16th in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at the historic Daytona International Speedway.

Joining Anderson on stage at the Hall of Fame announcement were longtime partners John Bommarito of the Bommarito Automotive Group, Mike Frost from LTi Printing, Don Perry from Jacob Companies, and Randy Knighton of Knight Fire; all who will return for the 2018 season.

#NASCAR Driver Jordan Anderson
"The opportunity to do what we’re doing this year is only through the selfless efforts of so many amazing people behind the scenes and a culmination of hard work, sacrifice, and answered prayers over the years," said team principal and driver Jordan Anderson."To take the next step in my racing career this way is very humbling, and extremely meaningful. Our entire team is made up of guys that love racing, and we’re all eager to see what adventures the years ahead hold for us."

Thanks to a boost of support from Niece Motorsports, Anderson and team will operate out of Statesville, NC and have acquired four trucks to start the season off with. They will compete with the new Ilmor powered motors as a sustainable option to grow over time.

A partner since 2016, John Bommarito was enthusiastic about the announcement and the potential that he saw in the team. "Seeing Jordan grow from when we first partnered up in 2016 at the Gateway Motorsports Park, to where he is now as we toured his shop yesterday and talked with the crew - it’s been a fantastic journey. It’s an honor to have him as part of the Bommarito family. He’s a driver that represents our brand with integrity, and we appreciate that"

Anderson’s Fueled By Fan’s SponsorJordan.com website, which was launched from the idea of users on Reddit and Twitter, will return for the 2018 season. 

"The support we’ve received from the fans of our sport the past 2 years has been very special" said Anderson. "Our entire season last year was a success because of the fans and the relationships made. The reason why all this is happening for 2018 is the same reason. There’s nothing more moving than having the people that make our sport what it is, support you in your journey."


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NASCAR Announces Key Strategic Personnel Moves

NASCAR Announces Key Strategic Personnel Moves

NASCAR Today Announced Key Leadership Appointments Across Its Growing International Business Landscape and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Cars Will Be Among The Vehicles Elected For The World Famous Race Of Champions To Test The Skills Of Some Of The Best Drivers In The World.
For the 8th consecutive time the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series cars
will be among the vehicles selected for the world famous Race Of
Champions to test the skills of some of the best drivers in the world.


Jim Cassidy has been named to the new leadership position of Chief International Officer, reporting into Steve O’Donnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. Charged with growing the NASCAR brand of racing internationally, Cassidy will oversee all international competition and commercial operations, building on the success of NASCAR’s three international series with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in Canada, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

"Jim brings nearly two decades of racing operations and industry leadership experience. He has worked tirelessly to grow our existing motorsports properties outside of the U.S and will lead our efforts to identify important growth opportunities internationally for our sport and its growing fanbase," said O’Donnell.

"NASCAR racing is broadcast in over 185 countries and territories, with race fans engaging stock car racing in person at events in Canada, Mexico and across Europe. The demand for NASCAR racing internationally has never been stronger and we look forward to bringing our sport closer to race fans everywhere," said Cassidy.

Joining Cassidy in these efforts will be Chad Seigler in the new position of Vice President, International Business Development. Seigler will draw upon a decade of successful industry sales experience to oversee all international sales and partnership marketing. Celeste Griffin-Churchill in the new position of Senior Director, International, Joe Balash in his current role as Director, International Competition, and Bob Duvall in his position as Senior Director, International & Weekly/Touring Business Development will play key roles in this area.

Ben Kennedy to Transition from Driver to the Leadership Position of General Manager, #NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

NASCAR additionally announced that Ben Kennedy has been named to the leadership position of General Manager, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kennedy will oversee all aspects of NASCAR’s popular truck series, working closely with Brad Moran, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Managing Director, and Jeff Wohlschlaeger, Managing Director, Series Marketing to continue to deliver great racing, fan experience and marketing across this series. Kennedy will report into Elton Sawyer, Vice President, Competition and will work closely with O’Donnell and Steve Phelps, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Sales and Marketing Officer.

"Ben will draw upon his years of experience across NASCAR’s grassroots and national series to bring valuable commercial and competition insights to our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. With promising young drivers and experienced veterans battling it out in close, side-by-side racing, Ben truly understands from experience that every lap matters and we are excited about his future leadership in this important national series," said Brent Dewar, President, NASCAR.


About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’). For race tickets, visit www.NASCAR.com/tickets.

Source: Official NASCAR Press Release

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

StarCom Racing Signs Jeffrey Earnhardt for the 2018 #MENCS Season

StarCom Racing Signs Jeffrey Earnhardt for the 2018 #MENCS Season

Jeffrey Earnhardt, VRX Simulators and StarCom Racing Team Up to Keep Daytona Earnhardt Streak Alive


StarCom Racing Signs Jeffrey Earnhardt for the 2018 #MENCS Season

StarCom Racing,  founded in 2017, is located in North Carolina and fields the 00 and 99 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. New to the sport, but eager to succeed, SCR acquired a NASCAR Charter and is running a full 2018 season with the 00 Camaro, staying true to its passion for Chevrolet. Bringing new innovation and competition to the track, the 00 will be piloted by 4th generation cup series driver, Jeffrey Earnhardt.

The team is led by Team Manager, Derrike Cope and Crew Chief, Tony Furr. SCR hit the track in 2017 as a new team in the MENCS. SCR was formed after StarCom Fiber owners, William Woehlemann, Michael Kohler and Matthew Kohler, were the primary sponsor for Derrike Cope earlier in the 2017 season. The owners and board of StarCom Fiber, a New Jersey based Telecommunications Company, saw an amazing opportunity to join forces with veteran Derrike Cope to begin their own MENCS team.

After launching in September 2017, Cope pulled together a team of talented individuals and in just three short months, SCR debuted its brand at the Hollywood Casino 400 in Kansas and then again at the Can-Am 500 in Arizona. After ending its first season on a positive note, with a best 32nd place finish, SCR is looking forward to a successful season, not only on the track, but by growing strong relationships with its partners for an ultimate NASCAR experience off the track as well.

StarCom Racing Signs Jeffrey Earnhardt for the 2018 #MENCS Season


StarCom Racing is please to have signed Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in this year’s historic 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, and the rest of the season. This will ensure keeping the Earnhardt name alive at the event for the 40th straight year. SCR’s recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro, which will be piloted by the 4th generation cup series driver.




StarCom Racing Signs Jeffrey Earnhardt for the 2018 #MENCS Season

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“I am so appreciative of everyone at StarCom Racing and VRX for having confidence in me and making this a reality,” said Earnhardt. “There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news.”

“It was imperative for our young team to have a sponsored driver for our start-up year, and we did have several options. We felt that Jeffrey was the best fit for our team and VRX has already shown the type of enthusiasm and commitment that SCR has both for Jeffrey and for the sport. It will be a very exciting year for us,” commented Cope.

“I knew Derrike casually before but I didn’t realize how much he knows about race cars. He’s got a tremendous amount of technical expertise and speaking with him gave me confidence that StarCom has big plans and I want to be part of that progression,” said Earnhardt.

“I’m very proud to partner with Jeffrey Earnhardt and StarCom Racing. We’re here to change NASCAR forever. We’re bringing the most powerful technology companies on the planet to do this,” said Robert Stanners, Founder of VRX Simulators. “We have been working on this for seven years, and it’s finally go time! We are proud to continue Earnhardt Nation and its legacy for the 40th year in the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, with VRX Simulators on board the No. 00 Chevrolet!”

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey and VRX to the StarCom Racing team” says Matt Kohler, President of StarCom Racing. “The duo of Cope and Earnhardt bring experience and excitement for the 00 in 2018!”

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Jack Roush to Be Honored by NCMA with Prestigious ‘Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award’

Jack Roush to Be Honored by NCMA with Prestigious ‘Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award’
Racing legend and entrepreneurial pioneer Jack Roush will receive the prestigious Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award by the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) during the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 30. 

Jack Roush to Be Honored by NCMA with Prestigious ‘Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award’


“Jack Roush’s contributions to motorsports are immeasurable and for 30 years, Roush Fenway Racing has been the standard in innovation and performance,” said NCMA Chairman Greg Fornelli. “When you look at his innovations, his record of success and his impact on the sport of auto racing, Jack Roush is the epitome of achievement in motorsports and we look forward to celebrating his amazing career on our biggest night.”

Roush, who founded Roush Fenway Racing in the late eighties, is the winningest car owner in NASCAR history. The Covington, Ky. native started his NASCAR career in 1988 and has amassed eight championships across NASCAR’s three main major series, including two in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), five in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with drivers Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Chris Buescher and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Overall, Roush has earned a NASCAR-record 325 wins – including two Daytona 500 victories – 1,456 top-five finishes, 2,566 top-10 finishes, 232 poles, 67,783 laps led and has an average finish of 14.1 in 5,878 career NASCAR starts.

Roush’s multi-car efficiency of scale model become one of the most successful in NASCAR history, with his organization placing an unprecedented five teams in the 2005 10-team ‘Chase’, after coming off back-to-back Sprint Cup Championships in 2003 and 2004. Roush has also been recognized as one of the premier leaders in the garage in driver development, with Roush Fenway having led drivers to 13 NASCAR rookie of the year awards. All-in-all, 19 different drivers have celebrated in NASCAR victory lane with Roush and his teams.

The Roush Fenway organization currently fields multiple teams in MENCS and the NXS with drivers Stenhouse, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed, Chase Briscoe, Ty Majeski and Austin Cindric.

An engineer at heart, Roush has always employed a solutions-based approach, be it in competition, business or safety initiatives. He has been involved in numerous safety innovations, including the roof flaps designed to disrupt airflow and prevent cars from going airborne that now are standard equipment for all NASCAR racers.

Roush collaborated with Robert Yates and Ford Motor Company in 2003 to join forces as the exclusive Ford Engine builder for NASCAR. These two legendary engine builders, led by President & CEO Doug Yates helped turned Roush Yates Engines into an immediate success and to date has achieved over 280 combined wins in the NASCAR, IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) and FIA (Federation Internationale De L’Automobile) Series.

In addition, Roush owns Roush Industries, Inc., which employs more than 1,800 people and operates facilities in five states, as well as in Mexico and Great Britain. It is primarily known for providing engineering, management and prototype services to the transportation industry. Roush has also developed a significant role in engineering and manufacturing in the electronics, sports equipment, aviation and motorsports industries.

The ceremony takes place at the Embassy Suites Concord Convention Center from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. 


The North Carolina Motorsports Association was founded to promote and serve the motorsports community in North Carolina. The association includes members from various race teams and tracks ranging from race teams and tracks to attorneys and accountants. Its mission includes legislative representation at the state level to ensure that the industry’s best interests are served in Raleigh. It also includes opportunities for members to interact as well as attend seminars that benefit the self-employed and large corporations.

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Inside ‘Jack’s Garage’ with Trevor Bayne

Inside ‘Jack’s Garage’ with Trevor Bayne
Inside ‘Jack’s Garage’ with Trevor Bayne

Trevor Bayne is ready for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (#MENCS) season. On January 24th, the driver of the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion joined Claire B. Lang for this week’s episode of “Jack’s Garage.”

Trevor discussed his family’s offseason move to Tennessee and how he feels going into the upcoming MENCS season.

The Knoxville, Tennessee, native relocated his family last December from the Charlotte area to his hometown, which is more than 200 miles from Roush’s headquarters in Concord, North Carolina.

Bayne, though, plans to travel weekly to his team’s shop so he can meet with officials and crew members on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They’ve been great with it,” Bayne said during the NASCAR on NBC podcast of Roush’s reaction to the move. “As long as I’m committed in getting my work done, they shouldn’t know a difference.

“A lot of drivers will (use video conferencing) or call into the meeting, and it’s like being there, but I actually want to be present as much as possible for the guys who aren’t in the meeting. The guys working in the shop or body shop that want to see you and know what’s going on to know that you’re committed.”

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁

It was a 1-2 finish for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing at the 56th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁

Teammates Ryan Briscoe*, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon drove the No. 67 across the finish line, recording back-to-back wins for the Ford GT and delivering the 200th win to team owner Chip Ganassi. The No. 66 sister-car with drivers Joey Hand*, Dirk MΓΌller and SΓ©bastien Bourdais (2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona winners) secured a second place podium finish in this year’s season opener.

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁


“Both teams ran an exceptional race,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Congratulations to Chip and Ford Performance, they put together a great team and race strategy for the weekend. It’s an honor to partner and work with Ford Performance on the Ford EcoBoost V6 program and power Chip’s 200th win. To win an endurance race of this length two years in a row takes an extraordinary team effort and I’m so proud of the entire Ford team.”


Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁


This win marked Chip Ganassi’s historic 200th win; 103 Indy Car, 56 Sportscar, 39 Stock Car and 2 Rally Car wins, exemplifying his legendary career in motorsports. “Congratulations Chip,” from all of us at Roush Yates Engines.

“It’s obviously a great win and a great weekend,” Ganassi said. “In terms of the win, it was one of the most nerve-wracking races. You know, when you come out of the blocks like that and leading it after about three or four hours or something. After a certain amount of hours go around the clock a little bit, it’s your race to lose. It’s one thing not to win a race, it’s another to lose it. It was our race to lose and those are one of the worst races from my point of view, because everything is out of my control. My hats off to the team, the drivers, the engineers, the mechanics, the people that build the engines, and the people who built the cars. They’re the ones that deserve to be sitting up here along with the drivers and myself.”

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁


The direct injection, 3.6L, twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engines performed superbly during the 24-hour endurance race, completing a record 2,787.48 miles (783 laps x 3.56-mile circuit) each. The No. 67 and No. 66 each completed 783 race laps, surpassing the previous 719 lap (3.84-mile circuit, 2,760.96 miles) record for the race.


All Ford entries who competed during the IMSA weekend bore a special decal for Ford racing legend Dan Gurney, who died Jan. 14, 2018. The serial number on the winning Ford EcoBoost engine was "GT40."

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁


The Roush Yates Engines’ Calibration Engineers Craig Ashmore, Charles Vogel and Adam McMaster, alongside Ford Performance teammates monitored the engines, adjusted calibration mapping and traction control inputs in order to maximize the power and performance of the Ford EcoBoost throughout the challenging endurance race.

"This win was a complete team effort," commented Wade Riesterer, Technical Manager of Road Racing for Roush Yates Engines.

Ford GT Wins Back-To-Back Rolex 24 Races πŸ† 🏁


The Ford Mustang GT4 entries also had a successful weekend in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class with NASCAR development drivers adapting quickly to their first IMSA endurance sports car race. The No. 15 Cole Custer, Ty Majeski and veteran champion driver Scott Maxwell claimed their first podium, finishing third overall. The podium was the sixth overall for the Mustang GT4 in the Continental Tire series since Ford debuted the car at Daytona last January.

This past weekend’s results provide momentum to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as they head into the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The next IMSA race will be held at Sebring International Raceway, March 14 - 17.

14 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 313 WINS – 282 POLES!



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Rolex 24 #Winners (Prototype, GTLM, and GTD)

Rolex 24 #Winners (Prototype, GTLM, and GTD)

Action Express Outlast the field at Rolex 24

Daytona Rolex 24 Podium
Daytona Rolex 24 Podium

 Action Express ran away with the Rolex 24 in what was pretty much a dud as far as final-hour dramatics. The No. 5 Cadillac led nearly the final nine hours and broke the record for laps completed (808) and miles completed (2,876.48).


From sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, fans witnessed as both driver and machine are pushed to the limit in this twice-around-the-clock marathon 

Prototype Winners: Felipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, and Christian Fittipaldi


“This is a great endurance achievement and story,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “We are extremely proud of all the drivers, teams, manufacturers and IMSA officials who played important roles to achieve this together.” 

Below are the winners of this grueling endurance race.

Prototype Winners:






GTLM Winners





GTD Winners:




Daytona International Speedway




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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Newly Formed DGR-Crosley Name NASCAR K&N West Champion as Their First Truck Driver

Newly Formed DGR-Crosley Name NASCAR K&N West Champion as Their First Truck Driver
David Gilliland Racing (DGR) and CROSLEY Sports Group named Chris Eggleston as the first driver of the No. 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Toyota for a select number of races.

Chris Eggleston celebrates his fourth #NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory
Chris Eggleston celebrates his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series
West victory of the season as he won from the pole in the NAPA
Auto Parts 150 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.
(Lindsey Wasson/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Eggleston finished second to Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) teammate, Todd Gilliland (newly announced DGR-CROSLEY ARCA and K&N driver) last year in the NASCAR K&N West Series.

Racking up:
  • four wins
  • elevenTop 5’s
  • thirteen Top 10’s
  • four poles 
in the 2017 K&N season, Eggleston is ready to jump into a NCWTS truck and try his hand with the newly formed DGR-CROSLEY team.

“Although DGR-Crosley will be new to the truck side of things from an ownership perspective,” Eggleston commented. “I feel very confident that we will be running up front, especially with the new trucks from Red Horse (previously known as Red Horse Racing) and support from TRD. It proves David (Gilliland) and his team are committed to their truck program and I’m really looking forward to be a part of it and help make it grow.”

Eggleston, the 2015 NASCAR K&N West Series Champion cut his teeth in Quarter Midgets moving his way through the ranks of Legends cars, Super Late Models and dabbling in the truck series in 2010. It’s been eight years since his last truck series start and he’s looking forward to kicking off his 2018 NCWTS season at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May.

“I’m excited to race at the tracks we’ve picked this year, starting with Charlotte,” Eggleston explained. “With my past limited truck starts, Charlotte was one of my favorite places to race so what better place to start. It’s also the heart of NASCAR and DGR-CROSLEY’s home track.” Eggleston is no stranger to the Gilliland family as he and Todd were teammates for two years at BMR competing against each other for the K&N West Series Championship.

DGR-CROSLEY team

“We are excited to have Chris join our DGR-CROSLEY team and drive our truck for a few races,” the elder Gilliland said. “We’ve watched him race on the west coast, he is a West Series Champion after all and brings some experience to the table. As we navigate the first few races with a newly formed team, we are confident he will work hard and give us great feedback to learn and grow together.”

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Rolex 24 Grand Marshal Chip Ganassi on Verge of 200th Overall Career Win as Team Owner

Rolex 24 Grand Marshal Chip Ganassi on Verge of 200th Overall Career Win as Team Owner The boys are back in town and they’re ready for some serious racing action this weekend.


That best describes Ford Chip Ganassi Racing heading into Saturday’s 56th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Not only are defending GTLM winners Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais back to defend their 2017 Rolex 24 title in the No. 66 Ford GT, team owner Chip Ganassi will be Rolex royalty, serving as Grand Marshal for the event.

And if that’s not all, Ganassi – who has been coming to Daytona since first serving as a crew member in 1985 – is going for his 200th overall race win as a team owner across all platforms he’s been involved in over his career, including IMSA, IndyCar, WEC and NASCAR.


He’s also seeking his third overall Rolex win, having previously done so in both Prototype and GTLM.

“The Rolex 24 At Daytona is always a special race to me, not only because it signifies the beginning of the racing season but more importantly because of the magnitude of the event itself,” Ganassi said. “There are few races in the world that capture the imagination of race fans everywhere as well as the automotive industry and the Rolex is one of them.

“It also has a diverse group or manufacturers and drivers alike and when you win the Rolex 24 At Daytona, you know you have accomplished something special.”

The No. 66 will start Saturday’s 24-hour endurance race second in the GTLM class, just missing the top qualifying spot by 19/100ths of a second. It was on the pole for last year’s race.

“How cool would it be if we could win this thing for Chip’s 200th win after he gives us the call to start our engines?,” Hand said. “That would be something, for sure.

“In the history of Chip Ganassi Racing, they’ve always had good race cars at Daytona, so I think we have another good shot at it. Last year it came down to six or seven cars at the finish, so really it’s a no-mistakes race. You have to be clean for 24 hours. We spent a lot of time at Roar trying to make a good race car and obviously we did pretty well because we had the quickest lap.”

The No. 66 was the quickest in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 three weeks ago, while the No. 67 was third-quickest, giving them first and third choices of garage/pit space.

“The key for us on the No. 66 team is to always make a good race car, because you have to have a car you can put in position,” Hand said. “Sometimes you have to pass on the inside, sometimes on the outside. It has to be a good overall race car you can place anywhere. Hopefully we get back to the race and have a good car like we left the Roar with.”

Meanwhile, the No. 67 of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon will start fifth in the nine-car class (it finished 10th in last year’s Rolex), having qualified with a time of 1:43:091. The team was the No. 2 qualifier for last year’s race.

“Daytona is unique and like no other track we race on,” driver Richard Westbrook said. “It’s all about a compromise of top speed on the straight to get through the traffic and carrying enough downforce to help you through the infield.

“To turn consistent quick laps, you have to be quick through the infield but also make the passes on the straight, otherwise your laps are ruined following slower traffic through the infield.”

Added Briscoe, “I think last year was a really strong performance for our cars. “We had really good pace and we proved that we could win the race.

“I think we come into this year feeling fairly confident that we have done what we can to prepare, but there are so many unknowns. We have a lot of experience with the equipment and race, but it’s always a tough one. It’s a 24-hour race and a lot can, and will, happen. We just have to trust our preparation.”

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ready for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA?!

Ready for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA?!
Ready for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA?!

Since 1962, racing legends that span the motorsports universe have come to compete in DAYTONA's endurance sports car classic. From sunrise to sunset to sunrise again, witness as both driver and machine are pushed to the limit in this twice-around-the-clock marathon.


The roar of the world's elite sports cars. The adrenaline of speed. The unexpected around every turn. At the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, every tick of the clock brings this and more. Each moment is your opportunity to discover a new experience, and everywhere you go is a chance to see the race from a new vantage point.

Ready for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA?!

Last year’s Rolex 24-winning team, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi Prototype of Wayne Taylor Racing, is on the pole. New WTR driver Renger van der Zande is joined in the superlative lineup by reigning WeatherTech Championship co-champion Jordan Taylor and former Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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Rolex 24 Schedule


Saturday, January 27th

  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Motorsports Hall of Fame open in Daytona Ticket and Tours building
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM Grassroots Motorsports Experience located at the Grassroots Motorsports tent along Lake Lloyd
  • 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Fanatics merchandise store open in Stadium
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Daytona Rewards stations open in stadium & UNOH Fanzone
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM UNOH Fanzone Kids Zone open
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM Carnival Rides at the Boardwalk Experience
  • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver autograph session inside UNOH Fanzone
  • 1:05 PM - 2:20 PM Grid opens for fan access to pre-race ceremonies on Pit Road
  • 1:05 PM - 2:20 PM Crossover gates open 2:40 PM START – 56th Rolex 24 At Daytona
  • BUY NOW 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Live Celtic Rock Band, Off Kilter, on the Main Stage inside UNOH Fanzone
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wine & Cheese Party – CafΓ© 24 Activity Zone
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Taste of the 24 in Stadium Midway Suites
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Live band, The World Famous Trans Ams, on the Main Stage inside UNOH Fanzone
  • 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM Karaoke on the Main Stage inside UNOH Fanzone
  • 11:00 PM Rolex 24 fireworks show


Sunday, January 28th

  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CafΓ© 24 Breakfast Garage inside the CafΓ© 24 Activity Zone
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fanatics Infield Merchandise Superstore in UNOH Fanzone open
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Motorsports Hall of Fame open in Daytona Ticket and Tours building
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Photos with the 56th Rolex 24 At Daytona trophy inside Gatorade Victory Lane
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM UNOH Fanzone Kids Zone open
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Grassroots Motorsports Experience located at the Grassroots Motorsports tent along Lake Lloyd
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fanatics merchandise store open in Stadium
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Carnival Rides at the Boardwalk Experience
  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Worship Services by Raceway Ministries in Driver’s Meeting Room by entrance of UNOH Fanzone
  • 2:00 PM Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition parade begins in UNOH Fanzone
  • 2:40 PM FINISH – 56th Rolex 24 At Daytona



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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The #NASCAR Foundation
Our Impact Over 12 Years

The #NASCAR Foundation - Our Impact Over 12 Years
The #NASCAR Foundation - Our Impact Over 12 Years

Another year has passed which means the NASCAR Foundation has helped even more kids! They have given $32 million to help more than 1 million children over the last twelve years through many special programs, including:
  • • Providing access to medical treatment and care for more than 600,000 children through the Speediatrics Children’s Fund.
  • • Granting over 450 wishes to sick children whose wish is to come to a NASCAR race
  • • Funding summer camp programs for 1,700 children- many of whom have special needs and wouldn’t be able to attend camps that don’t cater specifically to their unique abilities.

 

Here Is How You Can Help

#NASCAR Foundation - Volunteer At Track
Volunteer At Track

The NASCAR Foundation invites all individuals and local community groups to volunteer with them ‘at-track.’ Volunteering at-track is a great way to get the full experience of being at the races. 

They have seven ‘at-track’ fulfilling opportunities this year.

Click Here to Learn More



#NASCAR Foundation - Start Your Bidding
Start Your Bidding

NASCAR Fans, Start your Engines! Bidding has begun for VIP Experiences for the 2018 NASCAR Season, including a VIP Experience at the Daytona 500 and a Meet and Greet with 2018 NASCAR Champ Martin Truex Jr!



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#NASCAR Foundation - Last Chance Tickets
Last Chance Tickets

With only a few days left, tickets are selling fast! Enjoy food from 24 of Daytona Beach's finest restaurants while watching the action of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. 

Get your tickets today before they sell out!

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The #NASCAR Foundation - Our Impact Over 12 Years
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Premium Motorsports and Danica Patrick "Come Full Circle"

Premium Motorsports and Danica Patrick "Come Full Circle"

Long -Time Sponsor GoDaddy Backing Danica Once Again

Premium Motorsports and Danica Patrick "Come Full Circle" #NASCAR

By now, you NASCAR fans have learned that Danica Patrick has secured a one-race deal will put her in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet Camaro for the historic 60th running of NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious event - the Daytona 500. Danica will run the same car number she competed with in her first foray into stock car racing at Daytona in 2010.

“I keep saying, I couldn’t have written a better story about how this would all fall into place --- going with the flow is working out beautifully,” Patrick said in a statement. “I’ll be back in GoDaddy green, driving the No. 7 Chevrolet with Tony (Eury) Jr. in my ear again. It all makes my last NASCAR race just that much sweeter.”

Below are some more interesting quotes from the principles involved:

Danica Patrick:
“Positive vibes definitely play into on-track performance, and I’m feeling good energy with the sponsor and team we’ve put together for Daytona." Danica Patrick“Positive vibes definitely play into on-track performance, and I’m feeling good energy with the sponsor and team we’ve put together for Daytona. My Cup career started out with Tommy (Baldwin, through partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing) and to end it working with him, GoDaddy and the team at Premium (Motorsports), it’s crazy to see how things really have come full circle. It just feels right to be back in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet again. It’ll be a great combination to close out this chapter for me.” Danica Patrick: “I’m convinced that good vibes translate into performance – and I’m definitely feeling the good energy with this sponsor and team. I’m ready to get back in the No. 7 GoDaddy Chevrolet.”


Tommy Baldwin, head of business development for Premium Motorsports: 
“It’s great to have everything come together with Danica and GoDaddy for the Daytona 500. The team is working hard to get things ready and we’re receiving great assistance from RCR (Richard Childress Racing) with engines, engineering support and the pit crew. Having Tony Eury Jr. come on board for this race is good as well since he’s worked with Danica before. That should help give us a leg up on things going into Daytona.”

Tony Eury Jr., Crew Chief:
 Why he would come back for this race“I’ve started this company (Fury Race Cars) and had a lot of fun with it — just helping kids and drivers that want to race. Danica called and asked if I would come do this race with her. I joked and told her, ‘Well, I got you into this mess, so I might as well help get you out of it.’ I have a lot of respect for her. When she came onto the scene, we had a lot of fun. I learned a lot working with Danica. She helped get me on this path to start helping kids with my company and I’ve had a lot of fun with it. We’re friends and have kept in touch over the years. So, it was an easy choice to come do this last race with her.”

What challenges do he anticipates, if any? “I think it’s going to be pretty interesting. They’ve changed the format of Speedweeks a bit. There are only two practice sessions before qualifying and then no practice between that and the qualifying races, so it’s a bit different than what I’ve experienced before. It may take a little bit to get back in the groove, but we’ve got a lot of support in place, so I think we’ll be fine.”

Does he feel any added pressure since this will be Danica’s final NASCAR race? “No, absolutely not. It’s another Daytona for me. I love Daytona and going down there. Having this be Danica’s last NASCAR race will just make it more special. We’ve had a lot of fast cars down there and sat on the pole before (Feb. 2012). We’ve got three weeks to finish getting the car ready. We have to have realistic expectations heading into Daytona, but Danica’s learned a lot about speedway racing since we worked together, so it’ll be fun to get back down there with her and GoDaddy. When she reached out about doing this deal, I made her promise me she’d take me to Indy when she runs the (Indianapolis) 500 in May. That’s a race I’ve always wanted to go to, so I’m looking forward to experiencing that as well.”

Source: GoDaddy Inc.


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