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Holiday shoppers looking to give the gift of horsepower on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway will find a wide selection of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials at the “World Center of Racing.”
Highlighting the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” holiday specials is a ticket package designed around six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jimmie Johnson.
Included in the Jimmie Johnson DAYTONA 500 Ticket Package, which is available for $148, is:
· One adult Daytona 500 backstretch tower seat
· One child (ages 12 & under) Daytona 500 backstretch tower seat
· 15-minute question and answer session with Johnson
· Each child in attendance can participate in NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM education hands on activities either before or after Johnson’s appearance
· Each child in attendance will receive a Jimmie Johnson 12-page activity booklet
· Daytona International Speedway special giveaways
The Jimmie Johnson DAYTONA 500 Ticket Package will be available throughout the holiday shopping season and leading up to Budweiser Speedweeks 2015, while supplies last.
On Friday, Nov. 28 (Black Friday) and Monday, Dec. 1 (Cyber Monday), Daytona International Speedway will also have the following ticket package specials available for race fans to select from as they conduct their holiday shopping:
· An $53 infield/grandstand ticket for the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25 with a Rolex 24 event hat and$10 DAYTONA Dollars (good at any DIS concession stand), a savings of 11%.
· $49 general admission grandstand ticket for The Sprint Unlimited /Lucas Oil 200presented by MAV TV American Realdoubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 14 with a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
· $49 general admission grandstand ticket for the Budweiser Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 19 and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
· $49 general admission grandstand ticket for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 20 and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
· Kids 12 and under are free in general admission seating for the Budweiser Speedweeks events.
· If race fans purchase any of the above Black Friday offers on Friday, Nov. 28 they will also receive free shipping (a savings of $15) for all tickets purchased (phone orders only).
To take advantage of the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” ticket specials, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visitwww.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/deals.
You will notice that there is no mention of the popular UNOH Battle at the Beach for 2015. Unfortunately, due in part to the Dayton Rising project, this annual event, held on the historic superstretch, has been discontinued.
“After much consideration, Daytona International Speedway will not host any future UNOH Battle At The Beach events. For the past two years, the UNOH Battle At the Beach has produced thrilling racing on our backstretch. It was necessary for us to make this difficult decision given that we will open 40,000 new seats during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 as part of the DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project and will remove the backstretch grandstands prior to 2016 racing season. We are pleased to see the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will remain in Central Florida during Budweiser Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway and encourage fans to attend those exciting races," stated track president Joie Chitwood III.
“The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) has been a great partner in supporting the Battle At The Beach and we look forward to continuing to work with them to grow our relationship.”
Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.
Circuit of The Americas has won the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme’s 2014 Environmental Award for its sustainability initiatives during the 2014 MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas.
The FIM Environmental Award encourages greater awareness of environmental concerns within the motorcycling world, and rewards significant contributions to the protection of the environment.The racetrack in Austin, Texas, and Yamaha Motor Racing shared the award, which was presented at the FIM’s season-ending gala in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, on Sunday, November 23.
The award is presented annually to individuals, clubs, manufacturers, circuits, or other organizations that have distinguished themselves by promoting environmental stewardship in the field of motorcycle racing.
“This prize is a testament to the dedication that the sport and our fans, staff, and volunteers have to caring for our shared environment,” said Edgar Farrera, Circuit of the Americas’ Director of Sustainability. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts.”
Circuit of The Americas was recognized for its efforts during the MotoGP event April 11-13, 2014, including:
- Providing 182,500 kilowatt hours of clean renewable energy via Austin Energy’s GreenChoice program — enough electricity to power 17 homes for one year;
- Diverting 25 percent of waste materials from landfills: 6.37 tons of recycling and 1.86 tons of composting — nearly 50 times the weight of two-time world champion Marc Marquez’s Repsol-Honda RC213V motorcycle;
- Offsetting 3,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mt CO2e) via certified carbon credits;
- Dispensing 11,000 liters of free water to guests — enough to keep 23,000 water bottles out of landfills;
- Being the first racetrack in North America to implement the FIM’s KiSS (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) program; and
- Encouraging guests to support the KiSS program by posting images to Twitter of themselves keeping Circuit of The Americas and MotoGP clean and sustainable.
The initiatives are part of Circuit of The Americas’ ongoing commitment to sustainability and the environment, including year-round recycling and composting initiatives, tall-grass prairie restoration and alternative-energy vehicle races. “We are grateful to the FIM for their commitment to our planet’s future, and appreciate that they have recognized our efforts.” Circuit Chairman Bobby Epstein said.
Sports Car Club of America announced the sale of DVD recordings of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Each of the 24 races of the 51st edition of the event are available for purchase on an eight-disk DVD set available in time for the holidays.
Carroll Shelby International, Inc., (OTC: CSBI.PK) announced that the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe was crowned “Car of the Year” at the International Historic Motoring Awards. Currently owned by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 again trounced Europe’s best during a gala at London’s St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel on November 20.
A ‘who’s who’ of historic motoring, famous names and familiar faces gathered for the award ceremony emceed by racing driver and television presenter Tiff Needell. Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum and Neil Cummings, Co-Trustee for the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International attended the prestigious event.
“Carroll Shelby created the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe to do just one thing: win,” said Neil Cummings. “It delivered America’s first class victory at Le Mans 50 years ago. In 1965, the team Coupes won Shelby American and the United States its first FIA World Championship. This Shelby then went on to set numerous land speed records. These achievements captured the hearts of fans worldwide, who voted it ‘Car of the Year’ for 2014.”
The IHMA celebrates the achievements of the worldwide historic motoring industry with 14 categories judged by an international panel of experts. However, the general public voted online for the Car of the Year winner.
Finalists for the 2014 IHMA Car of the Year were:
- Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287
- Ferrari 250 GTO
- Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti
- Mercedes 18/100
- Jaguar's E- type Lightweight Continuation cars
- Lotus Type 56 Chassis 3
- Malcolm Campbell's record-breaking 150mph Sunbeam 350HP
The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe built by Shelby American in Los Angeles (CSX2287) carried the day. It was the first of six created for international competition. Shelby’s aerodynamic Coupes dominated and captured the International Manufacturer's GT Championship, the first time an American manufacturer won the series. Fittingly, CSX2287 was the first American car to be nominated for this award and the only unrestored car among this year’s eight nominees.
CSX2287 is currently owned by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Assembled by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Frederick Simeone, the collection has 65 of the world’s greatest racing sports cars. Using the theme “The Spirit of Competition”, it honors the history and evolution of the magnificent machines.
“Ironically, the competition for this prestigious award included both the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and its chief nemesis, the Ferrari GTO,” said Joe Conway, Co-Trustee for the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “Fine examples of both reside in Simeone Museum Collection. Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe chassis #CSX2287 played a crucial role in securing the 1965 Sportscar World Championship.”
Earlier this year, the Shelby became the first car ever to be accepted into The National Historic Registry of the United States thanks to the efforts of the Historic Vehicle Association. Dr. Simeone’s Museum and Carroll Shelby International cooperated with the HVA to chronicle this incredible story. Carroll Shelby Licensing donated images and provided HVA access to materials that will be part of its register archived in the Library of Congress.
“Carroll Shelby and his team at Shelby American have an incredible record of achievement and we appreciate the efforts of Dr. Simeone to promote those accomplishments,” said Cummings. “Thanks to his support of the HVA and IHMA, the world is recognizing the important contributions of Carroll Shelby and his companies to the automotive community. Next year, 2015, will be even more important as we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the FIA World Championship, the birth of the big block 427 Shelby Cobra and the introduction of the first Shelby GT350.”
The first year for LFR Chassis has been more than expected for owner Rob Fuller and the Mooresville-based team. The company, which manufactures modified and super late model chassis, earned five wins in 2014 and multiple podium finishes in both divisions.
“This has really been a great year for this organization,” said Rob Fuller, owner of LFR Chassis. “I’m very pleased that these cars are winning right out of the gate. Burt Myers won in only his third start with his new LFR Chassis. We strive to offer our customers the best craftsmanship and performance in the industry.”
Three past champions have driven the new LFR modified chassis this year and all were very pleased with the experience.
Burt Myers, 2010 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, was the first to secure a win for LFR Chassis.
“The performance speaks for itself,” said Myers. “This car has so much adjustability in it and the craftsmanship is there; it’s built really well. This car comes race ready. You basically bolt it together and its ready to go. You don’t have to make a lot of updates like you do with other chassis.”
Todd Szegedy, the 2003 NWMT champion, drove the No. 15 LFR Chassis in multiple NASCAR Whelen Modifed Tour races this season and secured a season-best second place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“The chassis feels well-balanced and it responds very well to adjustments,” said Szegedy. “The biggest difference I noticed is how well it responds to adjustments. Also, the car drives well on the throttle. When you pick up on the throttle it rotates without being free and turns very well off the corners. That’s important because you want a car to be able to cut and driver underneath guys without being free.”
“Every time we raced that car we were a contender to win,” continued Szegedy. “Unfortunately, we had some part failures in some races. But every time I drove that car I felt I could win in it.”
The most recent champion to pilot a LFR Chassis was Ron Silk, 2011 NWMT champion, who finished third in the North-South Shootout at Caraway Speedway last month.
“I thought the car really performed great,” said Silk. “We would have had a better run in the North-South Shootout but I got into someone early and kind of messed up the nose. But as far as the way it drove and in testing I was impressed with the way it drove and I feel the LFR team will keep making them better. This car seems to have more forward drive than other cars I’ve raced in the past and that’s certainly something you’re looking for.”
Following the solid performance on the track, the shop has been expanded to add 5,000 square feet to the facility in order to increase production. LFR Chassis is expected to complete over 40 modified and super late model cars by the end of the year, marking a solid first year for the company.
Plans for the LFR Chassis North building in Massachusetts are still moving forward. In the interim, the company has partnered with a few shops to hold inventory. In addition, a trailer has been traveling from North Carolina up to the northeast every two weeks on average to deliver cars and parts directly to LFR customers.
In 2015, Fuller plans to have four Super Late Model house cars and a few house modifieds to continue to test and improve the design and performance of the chassis.
LFR Chassis is located at 117 Crosslake Park Drive in Mooresville, N.C. To learn more, call (704) 662-3306 or visit www.facebook.com/LFRChassisInc.
Hispanic SCORE Buggy Winner to compete in 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST Championship with Team Stange RacingWritten by Steven B. Wilson Sunday, 23 November 2014 08:28
ARCA’s Team Stange Racing announced today that they will campaign the number 22 Ford Fusion NASCAR K&N Car for SCORE BAJA Buggy winner Christian Celaya for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST Championship along with the K&N East’s NASCAR Speed weeks New Smyrna, Florida event.
The pairing is sort of a homecoming for Celaya as he returns to Team Stange Racing where he participated in the team’s Driver Development program; “The Race to the Cup” (www.race2cup.com) and competed in the Herr's Live Life With Flavor 200 ARCA race at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin with Team Stange Racing where he started 24th due to heavy rains and no qualifying not to mention on a track that he has never driven on, practiced on or let alone seen; he drove the car home safely to a 16th place finish on one of the hottest days of summer with a heat index of 105 degrees and an in-car temp of well above 140 degrees and don’t forget Christian is a Type 1 diabetic.
“We chose the NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST championship for a couple reasons, one reason was the series demographic made a lot of sense for my current sponsors being mainly on the West coast and secondly it will allow me to sharpen my skills racing on the short tracks with some of the world’s best drivers”, States: Christian Celaya
Team Stange Racing and Christian Celaya are working on adding a handful of ARCA’s intermediate races such as: Chicago, Kansas, and Pocono to their program this season.
“I am delighted and very excited to have Christian Celaya back with us this season and I look forward to competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Championship with Christian, I would also love to see Christian compete in some of ARCA’s intermediate races this season as well to prepare him for the big year we plan in 2016”. “I cannot say enough how proud I am of the progress Christian has made testing and working with us the past few months; he is very fast, safe, aggressive, smart and just has a great head on his shoulders.” Stated: John Stange, Jr. Co-Owner, Team Stange Racing
Team Stange Racing and Christian Celaya have a busy winter ahead of them as the team is building a fleet of cars with the new Five Star Composite Bodies and Christian will be busy training with his new physical trainer as well as promoting his new NASCAR K&N West program to potential partners and sponsors. “We are very excited; the 2015 racing season cannot start soon enough!” States: Christian Celaya
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Click the video below to watch the third installment of SX ED Season 3, the exclusive Monster Energy Supercross lighthearted web-based video series, with Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren. SX ED Season 3 will feature a total of eight videos onwww.YouTube.com/SupercrossLive. The new season of SX ED takes on the sports that Ernest Hemingway calls "merely games" and proves supercross is the toughest sport in the world.
Over the last two years, the SX ED series has featured Miss Supercross showing the lighter side of the sport, and this season is no different as she pits the sport of supercross against traditional sports.
Click the image below to watch episode 3 for SX ED Season 3
Stay Tuned for Episode 4 on Friday, November 28.
Fans can meet Dahlgren during the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season as she serves as the championship's spokes model, live event announcer, social media reporter for FOX Sports, and holder of the :30 board.
Headlining the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television package will be the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, April 25 at 3pm E.T. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast 12 races live and FOX Sports 2 will broadcast 3 races live. Each race will include a next-day re-air on FOX Sports 1. In addition, the authenticated Fox Sports Go app will live stream each race.
As a precursor to the live television, don't forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live, which will stream on SupercrossOnline.com from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. local race time each Saturday during the season. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live webcast.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLive www.Twitter.com/supercrosslive andwww.instagram.com/supercrosslive. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/supercrosslive.
Sam Bird cruised to victory in the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25 points and clinch his maiden ePrix win.
Bird dedicated his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who was severely injured in the Japanese Grand Prix: “I have to dedicate this win to a good friend of mine who is very ill. It’s very sad what’s happened to him and this one is for Jules. The weekend went really well, we were quick from the first outing and we were quickest in practice. Qualifying didn’t quite go our way as I think we were not in the best group for doing a fast lap time but we put that right in the race. The first stint I was able to get a very good gap which meant we could take it easy and not make any silly mistakes, do some lift and coasting, and coast to the finish.”
Audi Sport ABT driver Lucas di Grassi and e.dams-Renault’s Sebastien Buemi both managed to fight their way through the field to stand on the podium despite starting at the back of the grid.
Di Grassi, who started 18th, said: “For sure this was beyond my expectations. Everyone is here to win, everyone is pushing to the limit as this track has proven once and for all this car is very tricky to drive even if you have done all the testing. The tiniest margin can ruin your whole weekend and that’s what happened in qualifying from my side and then to come all the way from the back of the grid on a street track to second is an amazing feeling. I felt I had a much better race than in Beijing where I won.”
"I’m really happy I have to say," said Buemi, who lined up 20th. "We were really good in testing and then when we came to the first race it just didn’t go well. It went bad today in the qualifying which is quite strange, we did some set-up changes that didn’t work so well but I felt the strongest in this car and finished third."
Bird’s win means he moves up to second place in the championship standings just three points behind Beijing race-winner di Grassi.
Nicolas Prost continued the strong form he showed in qualifying to finish fourth. The Frenchman started from 11th position after carrying over a 10-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision in Beijing.
Oriol Servia, who inherited pole position, made a good getaway to retain the lead at the start but was soon overtaken by Bird, who pulled off a well-judged move before streaking away to victory.
Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio showed his reliance rising from the back row of the grid to come home in fifth. D’Ambrosio qualified in the top-three only to be penalised for exceeding the maximum power usage.
There were mixed fortunes for the FanBoost winners. Amlin Aguri’s Katherine Legge was involved in a first-lap tussle with Michela Cerruti that effectively ended her hopes. Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld crashed out of the race while battling with Andretti’s Franck Montagny.
Bruno Senna used one of his FanBoosts to overtake e.dams-Renault’s Nico Prost for fourth, but the Mahindra Racing driver lost out on the final lap as he was preparing to overtake Buemi for third and hit the wall. Senna said: “I saw Buemi and had an opportunity to get a podium but I made a mistake. I just went for it and got out on the marbles when I lost the car.”
Overall the feeling was that the local promoter has done an excellent job with creating a brand new street circuit. “Well done to everyone who has helped this track happen,” said Bird. “It was extremely challenging and a great layout and made for some exciting racing.”
For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com.
The International Hot Rod Association is excited to announce that it will be returning to national event-style drag racing for its sportsman competitors beginning in 2015 with increased payouts, contingency and prestige at Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events across North America.
The 2015 edition of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to the look and feel of traditional national event style class racing for competitors in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod.
The national event class racing program will feature a single race contested during the weekend with an increase in purse and contingency, a welcome change for racers, sponsors and fans. "We are getting very positive responses from our contingency sponsors when we tell them we are getting back to the old IHRA sportsman racing structure at most of the NJDRS events" said Dan Driscoll, IHRA Contingency Director. "This is certainly an exciting time as the IHRA continues its journey back to its roots while bringing racers back into the national spotlight at IHRA Nitro Jam events."
Qualifying for sportsman racers during Nitro Jam weekends will be held on Friday and Saturday, with eliminations beginning immediately following final qualifying. Sunday will be reserved for completing the event if weather prevents competition from being concluded on Saturday. The sportsman national event program will be contested at the NJDRS events in Tucson, San Antonio, Bradenton, Palm Beach, Cordova, Budds Creek, Grand Bend, Martin and West Salem.
In addition to the increased purse and contingency program, each of these sportsman national events will count as one Summit Pro-Am Tour divisional points claim. The Tucson and Cordova races will be "Wild Card" events where all competitors may use that event as an in-division points claim. A double-race weekend with Summit Pro-Am Tour point claims on both events will be held in Division 6 during the Edmonton and Spokane events. The top three in Summit Pro-Am Tour points at the end of the season will again meet at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway to race for the National Championship.
The new NJDRS national event payout structure has increased significantly across the board for the seven Summit Pro-Am classes and will be divided as follows: Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will receive $2,000 for an event win and $1,000 for runner-up. Second round winners will receive $200, with each additional round winner receiving $100 per round win. Competitors in Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod will receive $1,500 for an event win with $900 for runner-up. All classes will receive $150 starting with a second round win with $50 increases for each remaining round won.
"We hope that the increase in event payout will solidify our position to our Pro-Am competitors. We are committed to doing everything within our control to make the racing at IHRA events a viable alternative when you are determining your racing plans for 2015," said Mike Baker, IHRA Senior Director of Racing Operations.
For more information on the new IHRA sportsman national event structure, visitwww.ihra.com.
The all new CARS Super Late Model Tour is offering teams entered for this year’s 2014 Snowball Derby a chance to earn free team registration for the 2015 season.
The newly formed tour will award the highest finishing super late model team in the 47th Annual Snowball Derby sporting a CARS Super Late Model Tour contingency decal free registration for the 2015 season. The award is a $400 value and will allow the team to earn championship points and be eligible for special contingency and cash awards.
Teams will be able to pick up the decals at Five Flags Speedway from CARS Tour officials beginning night Friday December 5th after Snowball Derby qualifying.
The CARS Tour, featuring both Super Late Model and Late Model Stocks classes, is expected to debut the inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2015 season prior to the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend December 3rd-7th.
For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information on the all new CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the all new CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212.