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50th Annual [email protected] Workshops Schedule Set to Go February 13 & 14 at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona - [email protected] Workshops “Attendee” Continues - Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year (Arpy) Voting Continues Until February 1, 2023 -
The 50th Annual [email protected] Workshops will celebrate it’s Golden Anniversary at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, February 12th, 13th and 14th.
The Shores Resort & Spa, has become the “host” hotel for the for RPM attendees and exhibitors with short notice and will surely play as a gracious host to the compelling sessions that will assemble the “Golden Anniversary” 50th Annual [email protected] Workshop sessions.
A packed agenda stands in front of attendees of the 49th Annual [email protected] Workshops at the Plaza Resort & Spa, which will see several new presentations including former New England superstar racer “Dynamite” Dave Dion, Renee Dupuis, Megan Hazel, Brett Deyo and others, who will bring a unique and dedicated dynamic to the loaded two-days of the Workshops.
The 47th Annual Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will also be introduced in a new session, brought to you by MyRacePass called “The Final Lap” dedicating the last hour of the Workshops on the final day to further networking and learning.
If you are looking to make reservations, make them now; the 50th Annual [email protected] Workshops take place, Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14 at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. Rooms can be booked here; https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=17713&Chain=5433&arrive=2023-02-10&depart=2023-02-16&adult=1&child=0&group=2302RPMRAC - Reservation Phone Line: 386-767-3750. Please Note: If you have previously made reservations at The Plaza, those reservations will not transfer to the Shores and a new reservation must be made.
The 50th Annual RPM Workshops in Reno or Daytona stand as a "can't miss" event for track promoters nationwide. The 51st Annual [email protected] Western Workshops will take place, November 28, 29 & 30, 2023.
The Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Newsletter and RPM Workshops provide an educational and networking program to the motorsports industry. The program provides media and meeting platforms which offer promoters, motorsports management, tracks, sanctions and companies a forum to share, educate and network within. The newsletter and workshops are services of Hoosier Racing Tire and K&K Insurance, with supporting sponsorship coming from Chevrolet Performance Products, RACEceiver, Moffet Productions, IMCA Racing, Eldorado Hotel and Casino, Simes Graphic Design, MyRacePass and Firethorn Marketing.
Further information regarding the RPM e-newsletters and workshops may be found at the company’s website, www.promotersnewsletter.com
[email protected] WORKSHOP SCHEDULE – Subject to change, additional topics and presenters
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2023;
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. [email protected] Workshop Credentials **Exhibitors Area ***
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2023;
8:00 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area (Top Floor) at the Shores Advanced and late-entry credentials available.
8:30 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, products and services for promoters and short tracks.
9:45 a.m. PROMOTERS’ WELCOME, The Eldorado Resort & Casino (Dennis version – introduce Joe Skotnicki for very brief welcome remarks…)
9:45 a.m. 50th Annual [email protected] Workshops Opening
9:55 a.m. DAVE DION; The passionate racer that understands both sides.
10:15 a.m.; SEAN FOSTER; One of the “newest” promoters in short track racing, turns the tables on the room. As a new, young promoter, Foster is going to present what he’s learned and then ask the room the questions to help him advance his business. A new session for the Workshops.
11:00 a.m. TBD; “Special Guest”
11:30 a.m.; KENDRA JACOBS, a different perspective at “Our Business”.
12:00-1:25 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:25 p.m. WORKSHOP RECONVENES, announcements and introduction of special guests;
PAUL UNDERWOOD – K&K Insurance (May be Steve Sinclair Speaking)
PAUL MENTING – Hoosier Racing Tire
1:45 p.m. CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE; STATE OF THE CRATE, Chevrolet Performance, “State of the Crate” direct from one of the top executives at Chevrolet Performance.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – EXHIBITOR EXHIBITION TIME – Spend time with our vendors and enjoy a refreshment. There is a homework assignment. If you are a promoter, by the end of the show on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, collect and turn a business card from each vendor and your topic discussed with each exhibitor, that will be turned in at the registration desk. The Promoter with the most meaningful visits will win a prize announced at the final session of the Workshops presented by MyRacePass.
2:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: .
THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM
2:45-3:45 p.m. “THE JODY SESSION” led by Renee Dupuis. Dupuis, a former racer, is an advocate of females in the sport and their success. She is now a promotional partner in the Monaco Modified Series she will lead an entire session devoted to “Women in the Promotional Business…” named after Jody Deery, this session will be featured at each workshop.
3:45-4:15 p.m. THE LIVE STREAM – A-TO-Z; led by Chris Graner (Speed Sport) and Kendra Jacobs (Flo Racing)
THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM
2:45-3:45 p.m. TICKETS, TICKETS, TICKETS… RPM Takes a look at Ticketing
3:45-4:15 p.m. CHUCK DEERY’S SIGNATURE – 25 ideas session with new and refreshed ideas. The former Auto Racing Promoter of the Year and successful Promoter at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in Wisc
4:15-5:00 p.m. ASK AN ARPY – Past Auto Racing Promoters of the Year take to the stage to answer a multitude of questions.
5:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS, ADJOURNMENT
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2023;
8:15 a.m. WORKSHOPS GUEST SERVICES DESK OPENS, Convention Area at the Eldorado Advanced and late-entry credentials available.
8:30 a.m. WORKSHOPS TRADE SHOW OPENS, Continental breakfast, products and services for promoters and short tracks.
9:30 a.m. WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS; Sponsor Presentations;
9:45 a.m. ARPY 46, JOE KOSISKI, Joe Kosiski, owner and operator of I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and a Late Model Touring Series in the Midwest.
10:15 a.m. BRETT DEYO, Deyo has become one of the most successful ticketing selling promoters in the Northeast’s dense market. He is here to help you enhance your ticket sales with what he has found successful in the promotional world.
10:45 a.m. ANNUAL CASE LAW SUMMARY: Paul Tetreault, Agajanian, McFall, Weiss, Tetreault, & Crist, LLP review the the year’s case law decisions.
11:15 a.m. MOTORSPORTS, GENERAL LAW DISCUSSION; Tetreault updates attendees on the circumstances that surround our environment (open to written questions).
12:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:30 p.m. WORKSHOP RECONVENES, followed by Concurrent Sessions: with influential topics presented in two rooms.
THE K&K INSURANCE ROOM
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – PRO-BONO HOUR, Tetreault takes an hour to discuss topics individually.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – PROMOTING THE BIG EVENT IN A DIGITAL AGE, hosted by Paul & David Arute from Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.
THE HOOSIER TIRE ROOM
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – FAN INTERACTION, A “HOW TO”, Megan Hazel, World Racing Group
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – THE ART OF THE PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM AND ANNOUNCING; Ralph Sheheen
3:00-3:45 p.m. – CONCESSIONS, WHAT SELLS? WHAT DOESN’T? SPECIALTY ITEMS? Levi Swanson, Restaurant/Concession Consultant Maplevale Farms
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. – MYRACEPASS PRESENTS "THE FINAL LAP"; 5 minutes with Josh Holt, meet the RPM “Event of the Year” winner and the introduction of the 47th Auto-Racing Promoter of the Year
5:00 p.m. ADJOURNMENT: Enjoy, please remain safe, with a safe journey home or continuing enjoying the exciting racing action throughout Volusia County and all of Florida.
Please note that this a preliminary schedule that is a tentative draft, with subjects and topics that may change.
RFK Racing has announced that King’s Hawaiian, the iconic bread company that joined the team in 2022, has returned in an expanded role and will serve as a primary partner for Brad Keselowski and the No. 6 team in multiple races in 2023 and beyond.
“Our team and myself are really excited to continue our partnership with King’s Hawaiian, a brand that is a favorite of many fans and people across the country,” said Keselowski. “We had a ton of fun highlighting their products and activations in 2022, but are even more excited to see what 2023 brings. We’re thankful to the team at King’s Hawaiian for their continued support of our team and look forward to a fun and successful season in 2023.”
King’s Hawaiian, known for its famous irresistibly soft, and fluffy dinner rolls with just the right touch of sweetness – returns for its second season in the NASCAR Cup Series with Keselowski. RFK worked in conjunction with King’s Hawaiian to feature the ‘Slider Sunday’ theme, America’s new favorite mealtime ritual, across its social channels in 2022, with more exciting content planned for this season.
“We are so excited to be back as a partner,” said Chad Donvito, President, King’s Hawaiian. “We can’t wait to watch the King’s Hawaiian No. 6 Ford Mustang fly around the track for Slider Sundays throughout the season. We love bringing families together over their love of fast cars and delicious sliders.”
King’s Hawaiian served as the primary sponsor for three races in 2022 at Kansas, Nashville and Las Vegas. In 2023 the iconic orange colors will hit the track in nine different race markets, including first at The Clash at the LA Coliseum on Sunday, February 5 (8 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).
The family owned business will also be the primary sponsor for races at Atlanta, Bristol Dirt, Kansas, Gateway, Sonoma, Pocono, Daytona and Martinsville. At those tracks combined Keselowski has eight wins with 63 combined top-10s.
Keselowski enters his second season at RFK and 14th full season in the NCS. With 35 Cup wins to his credit, he is set to make his 500th Cup start in 2023.
King’s Hawaiian Race Schedule
Feb. 5: LA Clash
March 19: Atlanta I
April 9: Bristol Dirt
May 7: Kansas I
June 4: Gateway
June 11: Sonoma
July 23: Pocono
Aug. 26: Daytona II
Oct. 29: King’s Hawaiian
The green flag for the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will experience an epic journey with fun twists as it travels the globe during the Green Flag Relay leading into “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 28.
The flag made its first stop of the 2023 Green Flag Relay in a new location. Dan Smith of NTT DATA, partner of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, carried the green flag on his trip to Antarctica (photo, above), where he supported Robert Swan’s Undaunted: South Pole 2023 expedition.
Continuing its international travels, the green flag made a return visit to Sweden, the home country of Marcus Ericsson, defending Indianapolis 500 winner and Chip Ganassi Racing driver. In addition to enjoying action with Huski Chocolate athletes, the green flag traveled to Stockholm for the Idrottsgalan 2023 Swedish sports awards gala Jan. 16 at Avicii Arena. Ericsson was nominated for Performance of the Year.
“The Indianapolis 500 green flag is one of the most important symbols in all of motorsports, signifying the start of the world’s greatest race,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “This year, the excitement continues as the green flag journeys to Antarctica, returns to Sweden and embarks on a relay to many other worldwide landmarks before returning to Indianapolis where it will be used to signal the start of this year’s race.”
To follow the flag’s adventures, visit www.IMS.com/GreenFlagRelay, which features an interactive map with photographs, video and more. On social media, the campaign can be tracked using the hashtag #GreenFlagRelay. The flag will travel to more fun locations soon, so make sure to look for additional content and updates.
Live coverage of the 107th Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. ET Sunday, May 28 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network. Visit IMS.com to buy tickets and for more information.
LEGACY MOTOR CLUB owners Maury Gallagher and Jimmie Johnson along with Team Ambassador Richard Petty, today announced a multi-year partnership with Arrowhead Brass. The US - based manufacturer of plumbing valves and irrigation products is the leading manufacturer of exterior and interior plumbing products for high-end professional builders and homeowners.
In 1936, Arrowhead Brass started manufacturing distinctive brass hose bibs in Los Angeles, California. In 1937, Champion Irrigation was founded by brass bell makers who manufactured several irrigation products, including brass anti-siphon valves. Working as two separate companies for close to 70 years, Arrowhead Brass and Champion Irrigation merged in 2006 to become Champion-Arrowhead, strengthening the two independent legacy-based brands. In 2018, the company expanded beyond exterior valves to interior plumbing products to provide customers with a ‘one-stop shop’ for all their residential and commercial plumbing needs under the Arrowhead Brass & Plumbing, LLC umbrella. Most recently in 2021, the company introduced the ICEBREAKER Freeze-proof wall hydrant line.
“At Arrowhead Brass we strongly believe it is our responsibility to keep families safe,” stated Jim Kapparos, Managing Director of Marketing & Sales - Americas. “Our mission has been to provide the highest-quality lead-free plumbing products available on the market today. Our high-quality products have been a staple in American homes for generations. We are proud of this legacy and are excited about the future. We are very excited to partner with driver Noah Gragson and LEGACY MOTOR CLUB for the 2023 season and beyond. To partner with a group of people like Richard Petty, Maury Gallagher, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones and Noah is a home run for our business. This exciting new partnership allows us to expand the presence of Arrowhead Brass within the NASCAR community. We look forward to working together to build lifelong legacies.”
Arrowhead Brass will be proximately featured on the No. 42 Chevrolet B-post as well as the C-post of the No. 43 Chevrolet for three NASCAR Cup Series races this season.
“We are really proud to welcome Arrowhead Brass on board,” stated Gallagher. “It makes us proud to work with a U.S.- based company that has been around for 87 years. Their corporate values align well with our team and like Richard, Jimmie and I, they have built a legacy of their own that has spanned across generations. We appreciate their partnership and welcome them to LEGACY MOTOR CLUB.”
The NASCAR Cup Series season will begin in Los Angeles, California at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, February 5th, for the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. Tune-in to FOX at 8:00 PM ET as LEGACY MOTOR CLUB makes its highly anticipated official on-track debut in the exhibition race ahead of the 65th-annual DAYTONA 500.
Trackhouse Racing drivers Daniel Suárez and Ross Chastain are going to look stylish once again in 2023 driving the red-white-and blue Jockey® Made in America Collection paint scheme in up to six NASCAR Cup races. Away from the track, the duo will sport the latest in Jockey activewear and casualwear throughout the season.
“It is an honor for me to drive a car replicating the American flag,” said Suárez, who became the first Mexican driver to a win a Cup race when he won the June race at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in 2022.
"I came to America to chase my dream and I am living it. Representing Jockey is quite an honor and I hope NASCAR fans see our car out front a lot this year. You won't be able to miss us."
The Jockey partnership with Trackhouse began last year and was the first such team sponsorship in the 147-year history of the apparel brand. At the core of the partnership was the launch of the brand’s Made in America* Collection – an effort aimed at delivering premium quality product, support reshoring American manufacturing jobs, supporting families and farmers in local communities, and providing a more sustainable option for American consumers.
“We are looking forward to another successful year with Trackhouse Racing, both on and off the track,” said Mark Fedyk, president and COO, Jockey. “From the start, Jockey and Trackhouse shared values of innovation, commitment to excellence and dedication to community. The upcoming 2023 season, we believe, is just the start for Jockey and Trackhouse Racing.”
The Jockey paint scheme will be on full display on Suárez’s No. 99 Chevrolet at the Busch Clash on Feb. 5 at the Los Angeles Coliseum when NASCAR kicks off its season with a non-points race in the famous venue. Jockey will return to the No. 99 at the April 9 dirt race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, and the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway race on Oct. 29.
Jockey will appear three more times in 2023 as the primary sponsor of Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet beginning at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on April 2, Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway on April 30 and at Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn on Aug. 6.
Both drivers will also carry Jockey logos on their uniforms in every race and be a part of Jockey advertising and promotional campaigns.
Jockey joined Trackhouse Racing in 2022 appearing six times on Suárez and Chastain’s Cup Series entries. Jockey chose Trackhouse Racing as its marketing partner to feature its Made in America* Collection. The partnership features primary paint schemes, community impact programs, retailer engagement, product and styles, as well as season-long marketing rights and branding.
“Jockey is a family-owned company that has been around for generations and as an eighth-generation watermelon farmer I can appreciate the passion behind the brand and how important delivering a quality product is to everyone at Jockey," said Chastain.
"NASCAR and Jockey are great American success stories and I love that we can tell the world about each.”
Trackhouse Racing is in its third season in the Cup Series. Last year it won three races, earned 21 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes. Chastain finished second and Suárez tenth in the season standings – career bests. The team is owned by former racer Justin Marks who has partnered with international entertainer Armando Christian "Pitbull" Pérez.
The Trackhouse team has made increasing the NASCAR fan base one of its off the track missions by engaging in efforts to expose the sport to new audiences. The Trackhouse Racing shop is in Concord, North Carolina. For more information, visit Trackhouse.com.
*Socks and the Everyday Tee in the Jockey Made in America collection are made in USA with imported material.
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The Heart of Racing (HOR) won their first victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Sunday, winning in the GTD category as the season-opening. The team’s win is Aston Martin’s first Daytona victory in the long-running event staged at the World Center of Racing.
Defending GTD champion Roman De Angelis returned to the No. 27 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, joining full-season co-driver Marco Sorenson, Darren Turner and Ian James. The team led 176 laps in the class leading to a breakthrough triumph in the endurance event.
The win was the first Rolex 24 At Daytona victory for all four drivers after HOR delivered 24 hours of well-executed pit stops and strategy to cross the finish line over five seconds clear of the pursuing GTD field.
The No. 27 Aston Martin HOR team also brought home the Michelin Endurance Cup: an award for receiving the best in-class position at the hour marks of six, twelve, eighteen and twenty-four throughout the race. Sorenson, the 2022 GTE Am winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin, also turned the fastest lap in the class, 1:46.078-seconds.
In addition to winning the GTD class, Heart of Racing was competitive in GTD Pro with the No. 23 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 before a suspension problem compromised the car and it’s leading position.
The team of Alex Riberas, Ross Gunn, and David Pittard in No. 23 led 208 laps before being forced off track with the suspension failure 14 hours into the event. While the team was able to diagnose and rectify the issue in just 25 minutes, the long green flag runs and competitive field took away podium hopes for the GTD PRO team. The car was able to finish the race and came home seventh in class.
No. 27 Aston Martin Vantage GTD Driver Quotes
Ian James: “There is so much luck involved in winning here. Marco just finished the race and it’s a lot to sink in really. It’s an honor to be the first win for Aston Martin here at Daytona. It was an awesome job done by The Heart of Racing crew. I’m really proud of everyone here on the team. It’s been a real pleasure to share a car this weekend with Darren, Roman, and Marco. That was a wild last hour or so of the race, but now we can sit back and enjoy it. It was fantastic to watch the way Marco handled the pressure, he did it perfectly.”
Roman De Angelis: “I’m just so happy to be here with this team in victory lane. The whole Heart of Racing family is great, they executed pit stops perfectly. The 24 hour race in Daytona is the one I have always wanted to win since I was a kid so this feels pretty unreal. I first raced at Daytona with Ian five years ago so that winning this alongside him makes this even more special. I’m just going to embrace it. Every year we climb the success ladder a little more, Sebring is next so we will see what we can do there.”
Darren Turner: “It is absolutely incredible to win here in Daytona! The performance of the team has been absolutely amazing and honestly the Aston Martins have been the fastest thing out there on the track. I have been here a few times now, but this is the most fun I have ever had. Marco took the pressure at the end of the race, but he really kept it together. ”
Marco Sorensen: “Being the winner of all GTD and GTD PRO cars feels very special. Obviously we went for the victory in our class, but when you win it all it is pretty surreal. It really is a testament to how hard the team worked throughout the race. We kept it clean for the entire 24 hours and I am so proud of everyone. The race was hard on us, but we kept it together and it paid off”
No. 23 Aston Martin Vantage GTD PRO Driver Quotes
Alex Riberas: “This Rolex 24 has been up and down for us. Our car was quick and competitive all throughout the race; we were in the top three most of the race and led several laps until our rear suspension issue. The team did a phenomenal job fixing the car and getting us back on track. Overall we got a big morale boost heading into the rest of the calendar and we are all moving forward with a very positive feeling to start out the season.”
David Pittard: “The first third of the race was very positive and we had high hopes. We ran into some issues in the night but we were still holding onto the lead lap until we had a rear suspension failure resulting in a 30-minute stop. That setback made it impossible to make up the 16 laps we lost, but that’s racing! The Heart of Racing crew repaired the car during the graveyard shift and got us back out again so we could still score points. We actually scored the maximum points at the six-hour and twelve-hour marks which is great for the team in the long run. Even though the final result isn’t what we were hoping for the team still made good of this race. It’s been very positive and we owe a huge thank you to the ladies and gents at HOR for giving it everything they’ve got.”
Ross Gunn: “First of all I just want to give a massive congratulations to the No. 27 crew and the entire Heart of Racing team in general. Winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona is really special. I am super proud of everybody. Obviously it was a little disappointing to lose laps due to a suspension issue when we were contending for the lead, but we led the first half of the race which was a great way to start the season. Sometimes you just need luck to go your way and unfortunately it wasn’t with us today. We will regroup and come to Sebring ready to go. I am very proud of everyone on the team, especially the guys that managed to get us back out when it looked like there might have been a potential retirement coming on.”
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