HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Kyle Busch won the pole for the Folds of Honor Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlana Motor Speedway. The veteran driver locked up his 28th career pole and his first at Atlanta in 20 tries after he posted a track best 184.652 mph. Ryan Newman will start second after posting 184.419 mph.
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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – It was a storybook ending for some and a frustrating ending for others. Austin Dillion took the No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane in the Daytona 500 after the last few laps turned into a train wreck, or something that looked like one. Dillon took the lead in overtime after bumping leader Aric Almirola on the final lap and, one of many such incidents at the World Center of Speed on Sunday.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEB 18, 2018 - RIS) Driver notes and quotes from the 2018 Daytona 500 (We'll be updating this as more quotes come in):
ERIK JONES, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE WRECK OUT THERE? - "It looked like the 17 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) just got freed up there by the 12 (Ryan Blaney), unfortunately. We tried to check up and everybody got stacked up, and caused a big wreck. It's unfortunate because the DEWALT Camry was definitely fast – we just didn't get to the end to see what we could really do. We were in position I thought to have a good race. We were staying upfront and out of trouble, it just didn't work out."
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 17 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Tyler Reddick outlasted fate, fuel and crashes to win the PowerShares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race after five green-white-checker restarts, inching barely ahead of a last lap effort by teammate Elliott Sadler at the line. The race progressed cleanly until the final stage, when it appeared none of the drivers wanted the race to end. A series of spins and crashes forced the record race length and restart count. The race was originally scheduled for 120 laps but ran a total of 143 with the restarts and twelve caution periods, including the two stage-ending cautions. The margin of victory is posted by NASCAR as 0.000 second – a true photo-finish end.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 16 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Johnny Sauter held off challenges to win an emotional victory for Joe Shear. Sauter's crew chief lost his wife suddenly last December and the team was racing in Chandra's memory. The win was Sauter's third race victory at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Chase Elliott held off Kevin Harvick in the last two laps to win Thursday’s second Can-Am qualifying duel for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Denny Hamlin led most of the race prior to Elliott’s pass at Lap 16. From then on it was follow the leader until near the end.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Blaney held off a charging Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Can Am Duel No. 1 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Thursday night. The 150-miler changed the face of Sunday’s race, the first and biggest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup event of the year. Jimmie Johnson, William Byron and Brad Keselowski all were involved in major accidents in the 62-lap race, putting their teams to work on backup cars for Sunday.
ST PETERSBURG, FL - RIS - Helio Castroneves won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg three times. His winning record on the street circuit is the most in the event's 13 year history. He was first to climb a fence after his victory. In May "Spider Man" has plans to compete and try to win his fourth Indy 500. A victory in the big race would place him with the only other four-time race winners - racing legends A.J. Foyt Jr., Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr.
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Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Returns to Famed Airport Course
Southlake, TX (February 13, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Al Unser Jr. will be their first grand marshal for the 2018 season when America’s premier vintage racing organization presents their March 1-4 Sebring Vintage Classic at the iconic airport course. In addition to ceremonial duties, Unser will speak to the SVRA membership at a Saturday night banquet.
Unser competed in three Sebring 12-Hour races, finishing on the podium twice. In 1985 the versatile driver was second overall and followed that up with a third-place finish in 1986.
“Al has been a great friend to SVRA since I joined the organization,” said President and CEO Tony Parella. “While he’s best known for his great success in the Indianapolis 500, his resume in sports car racing is very stout, including two overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona.”
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Brad Keselowski went from last to first Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to win the The Clash, the unofficial first race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race includes past Clash winners, and you’d never know it by the publicity that it was sponsored by Advance Auto Parts. With the retirements of Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Danica Patrick, the field was made up of only 17 drivers.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - A Daytona Speedweeks tradition, the Clash is a race for 2017 pole-winners, drivers who have participated in the Clash and many others. It boggles the mind that only 17 drivers are in the race, given the criteria, but that's the case this year. Starting positions were determined by a blind draw of number. Dillon is the lucky winner. He will start alongside Denny Hamlin. After Dillon and Hamlin, the rest of the top 10 starters in order were Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the remaining contestants, it was Ryan Newman in 11th and followed by Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Brad Keselowski.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron had the fast speed in final Daytona 500 trim on Saturday. Byron led 18 laps with a top speed of 201.681mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won twice in restrictor plate races in 2017, ran second (201.649) followed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Toyota driver quotes from today on this year's NASCAR Media Tour: CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - How do you feel about people’s expectations for you? "Well, that's cool that people believe in me that much. That is really cool. But I've got a year of XFINITY ahead of me, and I'm going to focus part on making the Final Four at Homestead. If we can win races, compete for wins every week and make the Final Four at Homestead, that's a win for us. So yeah, just kind of ‑‑ that's the same goal that I had going into last year, and really as long as you're competitive and can capitalize on that and win some races, you know, that sets you up for the year. That allows you to ‑‑ if you win one race, you're in the Chase, and then if you win multiple races you can start building on those points, and it makes getting to Homestead a lot easier."
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Ford driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour: DAVID RAGAN, No. 38 Ford Fusion -- HOW IS 2018 LOOKING FOR YOU? "Yeah, 2018 is looking on paper to be an exciting year for myself personally and for Front Row Motorsports. I never thought that I would be able to stay in the Monster Energy Cup Series for as long as I have. I am going to make my 400th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, my hometown track, so I couldn't have scripted that any better.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Chevy driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour:
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 met with members of the media at the Charlotte Media Tour and discussed his outlook for 2018, having a teammate in Chris Buescher, running the Rolex 24, and more. Full Transcript:
VIRginia International Raceway Named 2019 SCCA Runoffs Venue
For Immediate Release: TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 24, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
ERIK JONES, No. 20 DeWALT Tools Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Ford Performance NASCAR Notes and Quotes - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Day Two Quotes
Here are the Chevy manufacturer and track notes and quotes from today's interviews and meetings.
(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) William Byron couldn't help but smile when asked about his rapidly approaching rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The highly touted rookie from Charlotte, North Carolina, has plenty of reason to be excited: He's driving for a powerhouse team – Hendrick Motorsports – with the iconic No. 24 on the side of his car.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Reveals Faster, Tougher Roval Layout
Norma ‘Dusty’ Brandel was honored during 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities January 19, 2018 and will be featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In addition to her long career reporting on motorsports for Southern California newspapers, (see NASCAR Press Releases below), Dusty was also an on-line motorsports pioneer.
DETROIT, MI - RIS - North American International Auto Show was the setting to Introduce the 2018 Dallara IR-12 chassis and Universal bodywork kit.
2017 IndyCar Champion Joesef Newgarden, driver for Team Penske and Chevrolet, addressed the gathering at the IndyCar press conference Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
Roarin’ at Daytona
The 2018 24 Hour of Daytona is featuring stars from F1 including a star studed team from American Zak Brown and his United Autosport sports car team, featuring:McLaren F1 drivers, Fernando Alonso, and Lando Norris. Stay tuned for more updates.
Racing’s Earliest Days Honored As Events Span Over 100 Years Of History
Southlake, TX (December 20, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a collaboration with Hagerty, a company for people who love cars, and the Blain Motorsports Foundation to produce a new, strictly exhibition series of three races dedicated to cars up to and through World War I. The events will be staged at SVRA weekends at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Sonoma Raceway, and Watkins Glen International Raceway.
“These cars are important and deserve a showcase,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “Not only will these historic cars be stretching their legs on the track, but with the work of Brian Blain and his foundation along with Hagerty there will also be educational and informative displays of tools, spares, period clothing that capture the feel of life in 1920 and before. This is rich content that adds to our automobile-themed festivals at SVRA events.”
-- For Immediate Release -- The Charlotte chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities distributed a record amount of more than $952,000 to 98 Charlotte-area charities on Wednesday at a grant reception at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 6, 2017) – In a special grant presentation on Wednesday, Speedway Children’s Charities officials announced that the nonprofit’s Charlotte Motor Speedway chapter distributed more than $952,000 in grants – a record number – to 98 charitable organizations in 11 counties throughout the Charlotte area.
If anybody would describe the 2017 formula one season, it would have to be one that was ended before the last race, and a challenger that lost the championship both in the drivers and constructor’s competition due to a small 100-dollar spark plug, and a temperamental driver.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—After leading the race Sunday evening at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi, Valterri Bottas lead from the start, and following a pit stop on lap 24, regained the lead and never looked back as the Finn won the event by 3.8 seconds over teammate and current world champion Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel, who had a quiet race all evening, finished third for Ferrari.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates- For the second time in a row, Valterri Bottas won his second pole and his fourth of the season as the Finn clocked a track record of 1: 36:231 fastest time, to beat teammate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Saturday evening for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Justice was served. Martin Truex, Jr., who had the most successful season of his career and dominated NASCAR Monster Energy Cup racing from mid-season to the end, won the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway and with it, the 2017 championship. Truex won eight races in 2017, including Sunday’s race and led almost 3,000 laps over the course of the season. He beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.
(CONCORD, NC - NOV 20, 2016) - This was first written as an exercise in historical research. Since then, we’ve tried to keep it updated. In light of past seasons’ somewhat controversial endings, especially where the 2004 championship is concerned, here’s the version for the year just ended.)
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - A late-race pass of Elliot Sadler handed William Bryon, the 19-year old rookie, the NASCAR XFINITY driver's championship. Sadler had moved out to a comfortable lead and while Bryon was closing, a car driven by Ryan Preece got together with Sadler and that was that. Byron will be driving the iconic No.24 car in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series in 2018.
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Christoper Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World truck champion by finishing ahead of the other three finalists while Chase Briscoe dominated and won the Ford Ecoboost 200 in dominating fashion. It was the first championship for Bell and the first truck series win for Briscoe.
HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Denny Hamlin snatched the pole from series leader Martin Truex, Jr. in the final seconds in qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Monster Energy Cup championship race. Truex had turned the fastest lap in both Round 1 and Round 2 of the three-round, knockout style qualifying session and had the fastest lap until the final seconds of Round 3 when Hamlin turned a lap at 173.980 mph, besting Truex’s lap of 173.952 mph.
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES - FORD ECOBOOST 400 - HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY - TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT - NOVEMBER 17, 2017
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed competing in his final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, his emotions going into his final race, the group of people he will have around him and many other topics. Full transcript courtesy Chevrolet:
“B-Sedan Challenge Series” Response To Popular Request Of Car Owners
Southlake, TX (November 16, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today a new B-Sedan Challenge Series in response to the large number of requests to showcase the popular car class. The goal is to provide a series with close, competitive racing for small bore sedans that competed from January 1966 to October 1979 in SCCA B-Sedan and the IMSA 2.5 Challenge Series. The new championships will be at both the national and regional level. Champions will be crowned at COTA during the season-ending U.S. Vintage National Championships, November 1-4, 2018.
“At SVRA we listen hard to our car owners and respond to their requests,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “The B-Sedans are popular and produce great racing. This is also how we live the spirit of vintage racing and reach out to vintage clubs across America. Bringing together all of American vintage racing on a national stage was one of the founding principles when we established the U.S. Vintage National Championships at COTA in 2013.”
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a fitting end to what could be his career, Matt Kenseth took the lead with nine laps to go and held off Chase Elliott to win the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway. By the time Kenseth crossed over the finish line, he won by 1.207-seconds over Elliott who finished second.
SAO PAULO, Brazil—R.I.S.—Despite even losing the driver’s championship to Lewis Hamilton weeks ago, Sebastian Vettel made it known to the fans on Sunday afternoon at the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, that he can still win races, after the German won by 2.7 seconds over Valterri Bottas with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third.