Wednesday, Feb 01
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Ferris Mowers, a leading commercial and industrial turf care equipment provider, will sponsor Ty Dillon for select NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2023. Dillon, who returns to Richard Childress Racing for the first time since 2018, will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro SS on a limited basis this season, beginning with Darlington Raceway on May 13. The announcement was made today in Concord, N.C. at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

This is the second consecutive year that Ferris has partnered with Dillon and marks the 10-year anniversary of the brand’s first sponsorship of the North Carolina veteran driver. The Ferris brand originally partnered with Dillon in the dirt late model series in 2013.

 

Ferris will also be featured on Dillon’s No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the NASCAR Cup Series.  

 

“Ty is a great ambassador for the Ferris brand, and we enjoy a great relationship with him,” said Christin Wam, senior director of marketing, Briggs & Stratton. “We’re excited to see what he can do this season with both Spire Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.”

 

“I’m excited to be partnering with Ferris once again,” said Dillon. “Ferris has supported my career since 2013 when I drove dirt late models and I’m grateful for a continuing relationship. To carry and represent their brand 10 years later is an honor and I know we will accomplish great success on and off the track in 2023.”

 

The links between Ferris and racing run deep. The company’s patented suspension system is inspired by stock-car racing. That suspension system is unlike any other in the outdoor power equipment industry and is prized by lawn contractors for its comfort, traction and mowing efficiency.

 

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Ferris Mowers, a leading commercial and industrial turf care equipment provider, will sponsor Ty Dillon in a select number of NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) races in 2023. Dillon, who embarks on his inaugural season with Spire Motorsports, will debut the No. 77 Ferris Mowers Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the 65th running of the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The announcement was made today in Concord, N.C., at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
This is the second consecutive year that Ferris has partnered with Dillon and marks the 10-year anniversary of the brand’s first sponsorship of the North Carolina veteran driver. The Ferris brand originally partnered with Dillon in the dirt late model series in 2013.
 
Dillon will also feature Ferris branding in a select number of starts behind the wheel of the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro SS in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
 
“Ty is a great ambassador for the Ferris brand, and we enjoy a great relationship with him,” said Christin Wam, senior director of marketing, Briggs & Stratton. “We’re excited to see what he can do this season with both Spire Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.”
 
“I’m excited to be partnering with Ferris once again,” said Dillon, who is entering his sixth full-time season in NASCAR’s premier series. “Ferris has supported my career since 2013 when I drove dirt late models and I’m grateful for a continuing relationship. To carry and represent their brand 10 years later is an honor and I know we will accomplish great success on and off the track in 2023.”
 
The links between Ferris and racing run deep. The company’s patented suspension system is inspired by stock-car racing. That suspension system is unlike any other in the outdoor power equipment industry and is prized by lawn contractors for its comfort, traction and mowing efficiency.
 
The 65th running of the Daytona 500 will be televised live on FOX, Sunday, February 19 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The first of 36 races on the 2023 NCS schedule will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Spire Motorsports PR

If you’ve ever watched a NASCAR race, you’ll know how intense and enthralling the whole event is from start to finish. Packed-out speedways full of excited fans witness an incredible motorsport masterpiece at every NASCAR race, with the live betting odds constantly fluctuating and changing as the race goes on. 

Much like Formula 1, NASCAR races can have multiple leaders throughout the race as the laps go on, but only one can come out victorious in the end. This makes the live betting odds particularly exciting as there are multiple events throughout the race. It’s no surprise then that a sport that already garners such craze and excitement in its fans got even more attention recently when NASCAR driver Ross Chastain decided to push the boundaries (literally) of the Martinsville Speedway and use the wall to gain more speed. 

Fans and commentators alike were absolutely floored at the audacity and confidence Chastain showed, with the now-famous “wall-ride” move garnering many fans and critics.

Who is Ross Chastain?

Ross Chastain is a professional NASCAR driver from Alva, Florida. He currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the TrackHouse Racing Team. He has also competed in the Xfinity Series and the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, won several races in each of those, and has been a consistent contender for the championship.

Chastain is also known for his versatility as a driver. He has competed in various racing vehicles, including dirt late models, super late models, and even a watermelon truck. His reputation as a hard charger and a versatile driver has earned him the nickname "The Watermelon Man."

What’s the Wall Ride About?

In the last lap of the NASCAR Xfinity 500, driver Ross Chastain pulled off an astounding move that appeared to be very risky. He sped up his Chevvy to a very high speed and smashed his vehicle against the track's wall to try and gain places. 

In a feat that’s never been done before, except in video games, Chastain managed to successfully ride the wall to move up from tenth place to fifth place in just a couple of seconds. 

The tactic worked amazingly, and he managed to qualify for the next stage of the Championship. He wouldn't have made it if he didn’t perform this incredible stunt. Chastain even recorded the fastest final lap and was 2.5 seconds faster than the next driver.

The Reception

As mentioned above, fans and critics both praised and admonished Chastain for his gutsy move at Martinsville. No doubt some bettors were hoping for the TrackHouse driver to move up a few places, but they would never have expected him to ride the wall literally! 

Betting odds fluctuate during races all the time but never before has NASCAR seen such a bold and out-of-the-box move from a driver that definitely would have left punters gobsmacked. 

Some have questioned the legality of the move, seeing as though it’s never been successfully executed before now. Still, NASCAR’s chief operating officer Steve O’Donnell made it very clear that the never-before-seen move was well within the rules, even though some did not like it or approve. However, O’Donnell has made it clear that they will be discussing it further during the offseason to confirm the next steps regarding its legality.

Conclusion

Ross Chastain's wall ride during the NASCAR Xfinity 500 race at Martinsville Speedway was a thrilling moment for fans and a testament to his skill as a driver. Despite the risk and potential for damage, this legend was able to execute the maneuver with precision, something that no other driver has done before, and ultimately finish in fifth place to qualify for the next stage. 

This moment further solidifies his reputation as a daring and talented driver in the NASCAR community. The daring feat also serves as a reminder of the high-stakes nature of NASCAR racing and the constant need for innovation and experimentation in order to achieve success.

Chastain's wall ride was a memorable moment in the sport and one that will be talked about by fans and critics alike for years to come, either in a positive light or a negative one.

In terms of single-season feature starts, top-fives, top-tens and final points ranking, 2022 was a career year for veteran Matt Westfall on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour.
 
Now, the Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver is eager to best his performance in 2023 as he goes full-time with the series as the driver of the Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports No. 33m.
 
A year ago, Westfall made the feature field in 38 of his 39 appearances while reeling off three top-fives and 14 top-tens en route to a seventh place result in the final point standings – all career bests.
 
In fact, Westfall’s third place run in October at the Western World Championships was his first podium finish with the USAC National Sprint Cars in over a decade, since grabbing third in 2012 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.
 
“It was a good year for us,” Westfall recalled of 2022. “I feel like now we’re getting to where we have the equipment. I mean, we’ve always had good equipment, but I feel like we know more about what we’re doing because I was out so long running late models, modifieds and stuff like that.”
 
The 46-year-old Westfall’s racing accolades include the 1998 NAMARS Midget championship, the 2014 Eldora Speedway modified title, the 2015 Eldora Late Model crown, plus two Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Car championships in 2019 and 2021, just to name a few.
 
With that said, despite all the years behind the wheel of a variety of machines, it’s been a test of magnitude for Westfall to get back into stride with the USAC National Sprint Cars where he’s a one-time winner at Eldora back in 2006. Getting dialed in on the new bits and pieces last year was monumental and went a long way to providing him an extra pep in his step entering the new year.
 
“It just took a while to get reacclimated to the new shock stuff,” Westfall explained. “I’ve got Brad Wilson there at Leary Shock Technology who has really been helping us out a lot. We’ve been working together, and I feel like that’s helped my program a lot.”
 
Westfall flies into 2023 with familiar colors and a familiar home with Ray Marshall Motorsports, with whom he’s been partnered with since the 2018 season. Going into their sixth year together, Westfall and Marshall are equaled with Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports as the longest continually tenured full-time USAC National Sprint Car team. That kind of continuity is important in this sport and has been instrumental to their success in recent years.
 
“We couldn’t do it without Ray,” Westfall said of his team owner. “Ray supplies us with everything and that’s what we need. He’s more like a friend, not really a boss or an owner; he gives me hell every once in a while but that’s to be expected. He’s been great to my family and his family is great too. We’ve also been working on some parts that we’re going to try and start selling and that’s been good.”
 
Westfall’s 2023 campaign with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begins with a full week of work in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.
 
USAC PR

Making peanuts good luck, the Georgia Peanut Commission and its Georgia Peanuts brand will return to Front Row Motorsports (FRM) to once again partner with Todd Gilliland and the No. 38 team at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in July and at the Talladega Superspeedway in October.

The 2023 season will be the second consecutive season the Georgia Peanut Commission will partner with Gilliland. Most notably in 2022, the Georgia Peanuts scheme was on board for Gilliland’s seventh-place finish at the Talladega Superspeedway. That day Gilliland raced up front all afternoon, led the field, and made Georgia Peanuts the talk of NASCAR. This season, Georgia Peanuts is hoping to power Gilliland to an even better performance at both events.

“We’re excited to be returning with Front Row Motorsports in 2023 and to support Todd Gilliland,” said Joe Boddiford, Chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission. “Todd and everyone at Front Row Motorsports have been great ambassadors for Georgia Peanuts, our farmers, and all the race fans who love to snack on Georgia Peanuts on race day.”

Gilliland is once again proud to represent Georgia Peanuts and for what they do off the track as well.

“The Georgia Peanuts family is one I am proud to represent and be a part of,” said Gilliland. “They were instrumental in a lot of the work we were able to accomplish both on the track and in our local communities with a peanut butter donation and a visit to the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Georgia. I look forward to expanding that community outreach in this new season.”

The website, www.gapeanuts.com is the home for all NASCAR fans to learn more about the commission, download educational materials for the classroom, get health and nutrition information, recipe ideas, and more.

FRM PR

NASCAR announced today that The Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert will headline full-length concerts with the support of The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett for the first-ever street race in the NASCAR Cup Series, the Chicago Street Race, on July 1-2. The unprecedented 12-turn, 2.2-mile street race will take the Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series past and through many of Chicago’s most renowned downtown landmarks as part of a two-day festival during Fourth of July Weekend.

“The Chicago Street Race is truly a first-of-its-kind two-day sports and entertainment event in the 75-year history of NASCAR,” said Chicago Street Race President Julie Giese. “We are proud to welcome superstars The Chainsmokers, Miranda Lambert, The Black Crowes, and Charley Crockett as we reimagine the NASCAR experience in the heart of downtown Chicago over Fourth of July weekend.” 

On Saturday, July 1, the Chicago Street Race will feature Xfinity Series and Cup Series practice and qualifying followed by The Black Crowes concert. Following the Xfinity Series race, The Chainsmokers will take the stage for a full-length concert to close the first day. On Sunday, July 2, Charley Crockett will open with Miranda Lambert headlining a full-length concert in advance of the first-ever Cup Series street race.

To download assets for the Chicago Street Race concerts, click here. To download the Chicago Street Race logo, click here.

The Chainsmokers, Alexander “Alex” Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggert, are recognized as two of the best electronic dance musicians with a diverse portfolio of songs that has led them to become one of the hottest recording artists in the world. In 2016, the duo burst on the scene with three multi-Platinum certified hits including the GRAMMY nominated song “Closer.” The group has won multiple awards including the 2017 GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording (“Don’t Let Me Down”), two American Music Awards (2016, 2017) and 10 Billboard Music Awards. The Chainsmokers fourth studio album “So Far So Good” debuted last year at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Album Chart. For more information on The Chainsmokers, visit thechainsmokers.com.

Lambert is one of country music’s most acclaimed performers and songwriters. Palomino, the eighth solo album from Vanner Records/RCA Nashville superstar Lambert, is the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven No. 1 solo albums, 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, more than 70 prestigious awards (including three GRAMMY Awards and a record-setting 37 ACM Awards) plus countless sales certifications, earning the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year praise from NPR as “the most riveting country star of her generation.” To learn more about Lambert, visit www.mirandalambert.com.

The Black Crowes, led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, released their debut album Shake Your Money Maker over 30 years ago. Fueled by singles “JealousAgain,” “Twice As Hard,” “She Talks to Angels,” and the breakthrough cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” the band immediately took the rock world by storm. The Black Crowes has released eight studio albums and four live albums, selling tens of millions of albums and selling out shows around the world. To learn more about The Black Crowes and their authentic gritty blues-rock sound, visit theblackcrowes.com.

Crockett crafts his singular “Gulf & Western” sound by synthesizing country, blues, soul, cajun, R&B and other pieces of American roots music. And when his voice comes out of your speakers, there is no confusing him for any other artist. Crockett released his latest album The Man From Waco last fall via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. Crockett wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album, which finds Crockett refining his “Gulf & Western” sound that continues to captivate his ever-growing legion of fans. For more information on Crockett, visit charleycrockett.com.

Two-day general admission tickets starting at $269 will go on sale to the public on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. (CT). Fans can subscribe at NASCARChicago.com to receive exclusive Chicago Street Race emails and gain early access to purchase general admission tickets as part an exclusive pre-sale on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 1.

On sale now are two-day reserved tickets starting at $465 that offer an array of opportunities including reserved seating and a wide variety of premium experiences. One such experience is the President’s Paddock Club that is elevated above the tree line and situated above Pit Road, giving patrons a direct view into the pit boxes and a panoramic view of nearly the entire course, along with premium food and beverage, pre-race and driver introductions, and access to exclusive premium club spaces.

All tickets provide two-day access to both races and concerts. The ticket prices listed above include taxes and fees. To be a part of this unforgettable weekend, fans can log onto NASCARChicago.com or call 1-888-629-7223 to learn about all the ticket options and fan experiences available at the Chicago Street Race.

Fans can also visit QuintEvents, the Official Travel and Experience Package Provider of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, at NASCARChicagoExperiences.com for multiple options for tickets, hospitality and travel experiences.

To stay up to date with the Chicago Street Race, follow @NASCARChicago on Twitter and Facebook and download the NASCAR Tracks App for the latest real-time updates on all aspects of the event.

NASCAR PR

Just 18 years old but with a track record of a man several years his senior. And not only because of his Sporting career, where he has already garnered compliments from the European and American press thanks to his performances there, but also because of his life as a young businessman involved in the Tech world where he has managed to combine his two greatest passions: Sports and Entrepreneurship. Here we tell you his story.

At the ripe old age of 18 years, Nicolás “Nico” Pino is becoming the talk of the town on the Motorsport world: In 2022, his first full season in the European Le Mans Series, he ended as a Runner-Up and is starting this new year with his second outing in the 24 hours of Daytona, where he managed his first “Pole” on the LMP3 category racing for the Sean Creech Motorsport Team, but despite this achievement Nico remains atypically calm for such a young Driver.

Despite his success on the track, Nico is also raising a buzz for his activities outside of it, particularly for the way he’s built up his career, with the mind of an entrepreneur rather than a classical sportsman. 

At the young age of 8 he got behind the steering wheel of a Kart for the first time and since then he has never stopped. “I’m one of seven brothers”, he says while explaining his life in a family with separated parents. Nico is a sociable kind of guy, despite being a bit introverted, and talking to him feels more like having a chat with an engineer or a businessman than a racecar driver. That may help to explain why LinkedIn has become his main social network site, developing his Brand and persona as an Athlete, businessman and tech entrepreneur, blazing his own trail towards becoming a leading figure in one of the world’s most competitive, expensive and complex sports.                                                    

From Karting to his first business.

“My entire family is very enterprising, it’s like a contagious virus” says the young Chilean Ace.

He made his Karting debut aged 8, and by 10 he was already racing in Europe after stints in Argentina and the USA. He had forays in WSK and FIA as a 12-year-old Junior and by 13, and now as part of a Factory Team, he relocated to England with friends of his family. “We decided on England mainly for a formative thing, to improve my English and also because of the sporting culture there”. Once there, he exploded onto the scene with his debut on FIA-F4, racing in the British F4, GT, F3 Euroformula Open and finally LMP3 prototypes, where he finished as a Runner-Up on the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).         

“Nothing has come easy, free or given. Everything I’ve achieved has been the result of hard work in and out of the track, and maybe that has also helped me to build my character and temper”, acknowledges Nico Pino, who has managed to combine his natural curiosity for understanding how things work with his passions (Sport, wellbeing, kids and Talent development) becoming something that for many may seem impossible: being an Elite Athlete and a Tech Entrepreneur at the same time.

His first venture was creating a Marketplace for used Karting pieces when he was 11 years old. “I sold next to nothing” – he laughs - “But it made me realize that with hard work, discipline, rigor and method, you can go forward”. We had no budget and we had to achieve something, anything, so I started befriending the Startup developers that were around my father’s office”.

The point of inflection came in 2019, where a wave of protests and social unrest in Chile coupled with the beginning of the COVID pandemic made his sponsors back out with their support. “I had to do something to keep going. It was either start something up or I would’ve had to stop racing”, says Nico, who remembers a lot of people telling him to quit, but far from doing that, he decided to carry on from England: “A lot of people told me to put myself a “Stop Loss”, but I never really got to grips with the concept, and if I had done that we surely wouldn’t be having this conversation now. To me, the “Stop Loss” goes too close to the “Stop Try”, and I sure as hell wasn’t going to stop trying. I wanted to race, compete, win, learn and now, I had to venture to stay on the Track”.                                               

Nico: Crypto and Blockchain Mode On.

Back then, Nico was underage so he couldn’t sign his own legal paperwork. But, as he tells us, “When I turned 18 on 2022, that finally changed, Now I am a partner in all of the societies we created, it had been previously agreed that that was how we would proceed and now I am a Natural and Tax-Paying person”.

In Sporting terms, Nico Pino has an operations company to move his career forward, named “NP78” after his Race Car number, with a large team behind him, as well as all necessary tools to qualify his Sporting career for tax breaks, and his image and economic rights are the property of a USA-based Company of his founding.

It is in this side of him that Pino created Csport, a tech platform based on Blockchain technology and Smart Contracts that seeks to give support and financing to Sporting talents throughout the world. The young Driver is the main partner, and he already has both a working team and investors, while the company has been graded by a Singapore-based Startup accelerator. “We built a solutions ecosystem, that allows Athletes to add value to their careers together with their fans in a Game-fi, Social-Fi and De-Fi Dynamic. Sadly, because of all my commitments and agenda I can’t be the CEO, because that is a full-time job, so right now I am the CSO, which means I’m still involved in every aspect of the company, and I have a blast doing it”, Nico Pino tells us. 

His opinion regarding the Crypto world, and all the recent scandals that have happened within it, is forceful: “Blockchain and the Cryptographic world will begin penetrating deeper when it is truly connected to the real world. Sports and Athletes are an excellent natural bridge towards that goal”.                                     

All this structure isn’t spontaneous or the product of happenstance. Back in early 2021, while in Milano for different meetings with European businesspeople, Pino made the decision to go further in his dalliances with the Blockchain and Crypto worlds, studying projects and getting into the recently appeared NFT’s. “I met a lot of people in this world through LinkedIn, learning how to trade with money that we in Chile could withdraw from our own pension funds during the pandemic, and with that I paid all my races for 2021 and in a few months had made 15 times what I had started with” he says, with a beaming smile.            

Special Sensibility                                                                            

Pino has a particular affinity and closeness with children with Special Needs, because of his younger brother, whom he affectionately calls “Titín”. “If I achieve what I’ve set myself out to do, I will pour it all in favor of kids with Special Needs. Athletes inspire, everything they do can create extremely high-value content, and that also makes us be responsible for a lot of the things we create and inspire in our environment”, reflects Nicolás Pino, Professional Race Car Driver and Tech Entrepreneur.

Nico Pino PR

When the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars Series kicks off its 24th season of racing at Brad Whitfield’s Cocopah Speedway this Friday and Saturday, January 27th and 28th, longtime fans are going to be in for a big surprise.  When the first green flag flies to begin the new campaign, veteran racer Brody Roa will not be in his familiar bright green #91R.  For 2023, Roa’s BR Performance is joining forces with Tom and Christy Dunkel and he will steer a white #17R throughout the year.

Left to right: Joe Gobb, crew chief Zac Bozanich, Brody Roa and Brett Roa after a 2022 Perris win.  Doug Allen photo.

Last year Roa, who turns 32 years old on Wednesday, freelanced during the season.   The pleasant driver started 37 races on 18 different tracks in four different states.  He competed in five different types of cars in seven different sanctioning bodies.  Right now for 2023, his plans include the entire 27-race USAC/CRA schedule and four open competition races at the Imperial Valley Raceway.  He may also make some starts in the USAC/West Coast Sprint Car Series.  Initially, Roa was going to do the usual and race his own car in CRA.  And he was going to run as a teammate to Dunkel in the West Coast Series.  However, while breaking bread with the Dunkel’s a couple of weeks ago, a drastic change took place.

“We went to dinner about a week and a half ago under the impression we were going to talk about the 360 races I was going to run for them,” Roa said on Sunday night.  “I threw something out to them about doing something with the 410 stuff.  Him and Christy went back and talked about it.  It ended up that they now have the 410s HD (HD Industries) used to have.  We are going to run a Tom & Christy Dunkel/Inland Rigging/BR Performance Race Team this year. We just bought a brand new DRC.  We got that two weeks ago or maybe less than that.  We just finished that up last Wednesday night. We are going to fire it up tomorrow. We sold our Eagles and we have our trailer up for sale.  Kind of big changes.  I am very excited to represent Tom, Christy, and Inland Rigging running in the new #17R.” 

“Man, this is huge,” said car owner Tommy Dunkel who is just as excited as Roa.  “Just kind of hearing it out loud for the first time from you, kind of gives me goosebumps.  It is a major deal for me. I have grown up watching Major League Sprint Car Racing at Perris my entire life. To be able to be a part of it in our capacity leading up to this year with Brody and a few other drivers has been huge.  Now to step things up a bit and become a major player in Brody’s operation is going to be great.  To team up with guys like them, who are so good and nice guys in the pits, but they come out swinging every weekend.  That is kind of my style.  I like to show up and try to win and have nice equipment.  Those guys are at the top of their league.  To team up with them is really major for me. We are really excited about it.”

“The opportunity just presented itself pretty well.” Dunkel continued.  “Brody has always been a great guy to work with.  He has been running with Inland Rigging on his car for a handful of years now. He is always a class act. Him, his dad Brett, Zac (crew chief Zac Bozanich), and that whole camp are a great group of guys. They are competitive and they are a force to be reckoned with every Saturday night.  That is something I like to be a part of.”

Up until now, the offseason has been anything but normal for Roa and his team.  In late December, fans and fellow competitors noticed quite a bit of his equipment up for sale. There were queries wondering if the Garden Grove, California racing star was going to hang up his helmet.  The questions intensified earlier in January when his trailer went up for sale.  However, to everyone’s relief, he is back and ready for another successful season.

“We sold a chassis & body and a complete roller,” the fan-friendly driver said.”  “We put a new DRC together with everything from the chassis we sold. We are basically keeping like one spare of everything.  Other than that, everything is up for sale. We have probably got enough to build like 6 cars with everything we have back at the shop besides the big stuff.  We have small components we probably had stashed away in that shop for 10 years. We definitely have not sold everything yet.”

The fact that he is switching from an Eagle chassis to a DRC is going to surprise a lot of people.  Not competing on the full USAC/CRA schedule in 2022, Roa steered the Eagle to a pair of wins and six top-five finishes.  And he finished sixth in the championship point standings despite missing a significant amount of races.  Still, he felt he wanted to change. 

“I have never driven a DRC before,” Roa confided. “Honestly, it just seems like it is the car that everybody is doing non-wing stuff in right now.  I called Ronnie Gardner who works there.  I am pretty good friends with Ronnie.  I’ve talked to him about it a bit and then Joe Devin, who builds the DRCs, called me.  We talked on the phone for probably at least a half an hour. It was pretty cool and that probably helped the decision.  Mainly to get back to something that everybody is doing.  Everybody has got notes and everybody has parts (for DRC’s).  At this point, I think we know what we are doing, but If we get really lost at least there are people we can bounce ideas off of.”

As in the past, Roa will continue to use powerful Shaver Engines.

As always, when the driver known as “The Pride of Garden Grove” has an off week from his local racing commitments, he would be happy to talk with any car owners who desire his services behind the wheel (Roa’s 2023 schedule is listed below).

Roa is very grateful and wanted to be sure to thank departing sponsor HD Industries for years of dedicated support on his #91R car.

“HD has given us so much over the last ten years,” Roa said.  “They have been on the side of the car and a huge part of our program for so many years. Without them, we never would have achieved the successes we accomplished.  I will always be thankful to Mike, Jim, and HD.” 

“I would also like to thank family and friends who are part of our racing effort,” Roa said. “My family Tailor and Addison, parents Brett and Eden, Uncle B, Joe, Zac, Tyler, Tracy, and looking forward to joining family teams with Tom, Christy, and Ava Dunkel.”

Friday and Saturday’s races at Cocopah Speedway – aka “The Diamond in the Desert,” - will be full programs with qualifying, heats, and main events.  For fans who would like to attend this weekend’s doubleheader, spectator gates will open at 4:00 p.m. each day with hot laps at 5:30.  Qualifying and racing will follow.  In addition to the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, the IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Compacts and mod lights will also be in action.  The speedway is located at 3450 W. County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona (85350).  The office phone is 602-292-7607 and the website is http://www.racecocopahspeedway.com/

For those who cannot make the trek to the “Copper State” track, both nights will be available on pay-per-view at the following link https://speedsport.tv/.

The team wants to thank the following sponsors for making the 2023 season possible. Inland Rigging, Dunkel Farms, United Asset Sales, Osborne Speed & Machine, Sander Engineering, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, ALR Virtual Services, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Competition Suspension, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, and NGK Spark Plugs.  

Brody Roa’s 2023 Schedule and Race Results

January 27                Cocopah Speedway                        USAC/CRA Sprint Cars     

January 28                Cocopah Speedway                        USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

March 3                      Central Arizona Speedway            USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

March 4                      Central Arizona Speedway            USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

March 10                   Imperial Valley Raceway                SoCal Open Comp Non Wing Sprint Cars

March 11                   Imperial Valley Raceway                SoCal Open Comp Non Wing Sprint Cars

March 18                   Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

March 24                   Keller Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

March 25                   Thunderbowl Raceway                   USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

April 1                         Mohave Valley Raceway                USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

April 15                       Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

April 22                              Thunderbowl Raceway                   USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

April 29                       Kern County Raceway Park           USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

May 6                         Mohave Valley Raceway                USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

May 20                       Thunderbowl Raceway                   USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

May 27                       Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

June 10                      Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

June 24                      Bakersfield Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

July 1                          Santa Maria Raceway                     USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

July 15                       Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

August 12                  Santa Maria Raceway                     USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

August 19                  Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

August 26                  TBA                                                 USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

September 9             Santa Maria Raceway                     USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

September 23           Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

October 14                Mohave Valley Raceway                USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

October 20                Imperial Valley Raceway                SoCal Open Comp Non Wing Sprint Cars

October 21                Imperial Valley Raceway                SoCal Open Comp Non Wing Sprint Cars

November 3              Central Arizona Speedway            USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 4              Central Arizona Speedway            USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 11            Perris Auto Speedway                    USAC/CRA Sprint Cars    

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BRP PR

Madera Lunkerdaddy Pro Late Model championship winning crew chief Mike Juarez will join Jacob Smith and Charlie Wilson Motorsports in their battle for the 2023 crown. Juarez led 17-year-old Jadan Walbridge to the 2021 series championship followed by a narrow runner-up performance in the 2022 season. Juarez joins 18-year-old Smith and veteran team owner and crew chief Charlie Wilson, as Wilson Motorsports continues to grow its operation.

The Bakersfield-based team will compete in both the Pro and Jr. Late Model divisions at Madera Speedway in 2023.

“I have tons of respect for Jacob and Charlie. I can’t wait to be a part of this team,” Juarez said. “Jacob is an outstanding young man with a drive to be a better driver and is eager to learn about the car. “

Juarez “learned a lot from Jadan on how to communicate with young drivers” and hopes to translate their immense success to Smith. Juarez led Walbridge to five fast-times and three victories during the 2022 campaign.

This upcoming season will be the first season that Wilson and Juarez have worked together. Wilson will also field an entry for Texan Tristan Pena in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series. Both Smith and Pena will compete in televised competition on MAVTV.

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Nine Cadillac Racing drivers, their respective team personnel and a large support group have the common goal of visiting Victory Circle in the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona.

 

Excitement has been building for the debut of the three Cadillac hybrid prototypes in the reborn Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the command to start engines Saturday, Jan. 28, for the twice-around-the-clock race given by grand marshal Mark Reuss, president of General Motors.

The No. 01 Cadillac prototype led the three-car contingent in the 20-minute qualifying session on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona International Speedway road course by claiming a second-row spot. The No. 02 Cadillac prototype qualified fifth and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac qualified sixth.

 

Cadillac Racing has earned the overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the traditional season-opening race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – four times since the 2017 debut of the DPi class. Not one has come from a pole start.

 

“I think there’s always a big excitement coming into a new season, especially with the first event so big,” said 2021 DPi champion Pipo Derani, co-driver of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac prototype with Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken.

 

After you do this for a few years, you learn how to control your emotions. Everything just falls into place. You just do what you have to do. Once you focus on that and know you have that support from the team, then you’re also more relaxed.

 

Commanding lead

The exciting Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing -- a 10Best for '23 by Car and Driver -- is a Safety Car for the race that takes the green flag at 1:40 p.m. ET. Learn more

 

Media resources

Background: New race car info, driver bios, statistics and more

Results: Cadillac aims for fifth Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victory since 2017

Gallery: Driver firesuit photos

“There’s really nothing different to do than what you’ve already done and those things have worked because we’ve won races and championships. That also helps you calm down and focus on the important things. Come race day and come Sunday afternoon, you hope everything fell into place and you have the shot at victory in this event.”

 

Design of the new race car began more than two years ago, with on-track development beginning in July 2022. Cadillac Racing continues to collect data and gain insights about the car, its systems and the new Michelin tires with every on-track session. And the race will be a learning opportunity for future events.

 

GTP entries have five free practice sessions available over Thursday and Friday.

 

“There has been a ton of work leading up to that moment here in Daytona to get ready and get the cars there,” said Sebastien Bourdais, co-driver with Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon of the No. 01 Cadillac entry. “Every time there’s a regulation change, you show up at Daytona, the hardest race of the year, it’s a 24-hour race, and it’s in January. Nobody feels ready, but you’ve got a job ahead and you have to make the best of it. Thanks for all of the efforts the team has done whether at Cadillac or at Ganassi. Looking forward to a great season, and it starts today.”

The electrified Cadillac prototype features an all-new Cadillac 5.5-liter DOHC V8 engine developed by GM’s Performance and Racing propulsion team based in Pontiac, Michigan, with a seven-speed sequential gearbox. IMSA has specified the power output at 670 horsepower, including the hybrid system; weight at 1,030kg without fuel and driver; and a maximum of 8,800 RPM.

 

Cadillac, the only LMDh manufacturer with a naturally aspirated engine in the GTP class, will seek to build on its legacy of success in the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona with its fifth overall victory 2017. The list:

* 2020 (Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Kamui Kobayashi)

* 2019 (Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso; Jordan Taylor, Kamui Kobayashi)

* 2018 (Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa)

* 2017 (Jeff Gordon, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli)

 

Also, since 2017, a Cadillac prototype has recorded 27 victories in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition – the most by any manufacturer -- and three Manufacturer Championships.

 

Cadillac midway display

 

Spectators can see the lineup of exciting Cadillac performance vehicles at the Cadillac display in the midway. Times:

Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Vehicles: 2023 Escalade-V, 2022 CT5-V, 2022 CT4-V, 2022 CT5-V Blackwing, 2022 CT4-V Blackwing, 2023 CT5-V Blackwing safety car

 

Cadillac Racing driver lineup for Grand Touring Prototype class

 

No. 01 Cadillac (qualified fourth)

Sebastien Bourdais: “I think (qualifying) is a strong start; obviously not the pole but as close as we can get without getting it. I think it bodes well for the race. Now it’s just about executing, making no mistakes. It’s like a crash course of learning. There’s so much to absorb, so much to figure out, so much to strategize with the new car because up until not long ago we were completely in practice mode trying to get the car reliable, tire testing, this and that and the other and then all of a sudden get ready for the biggest race of the season. It’s a big adjustment, mind switch and get into the racing vibe for a 24-hour race with my two great teammates. We’ve learned a lot of the car and we’re gaining confidence.”

 

Renger van der Zande: “I’m excited how close the field is; everybody is within a couple of tenths (of a second) and that’s an impressive effort for a new class, new regulations and for the systems that have been put in place to go racing for the future. Starting fourth is an amazing achievement and a compliment to whole team.”

 

Scott Dixon: “I’m looking forward to the race this weekend. It’s kind of crazy when you look at the preparation from when the first car arrived to its development of it and how the technology has shifted. It’s been fun to work with it, so I think everyone is excited to finally get to the race. There’s been a lot of prep and lead time and expectations for this one. It’s one of my favorite races of the year. You get to drive the car a lot, you get to have some fantastic racing. I think this year one of the largest fields that we’ve seen in years. It’s going to be fun, but I think it will possibly a race of reliability as well. Knock on wood that we’ve done as much as we can as a group between Cadillac, GM and Chip Ganassi Racing that we can make it to the win and be fighting for the win.”

 

No. 02 Cadillac (qualified fifth)

Richard Westbrook: “We had a productive three days at the Roar. We got exactly what we were searching for, which is more miles, more knowledge about the car, more knowledge about the tire and more knowledge about the whole new formula that we’re going into. Now we’re all out there together, we can see our pace against everyone else and it just makes us all more even more determined and excited with one eye on the future.”

 

Earl Bamber: “A good qualifying with everyone learning these cars. We can see already that it’s ultra-competitive and it’s a true credit to IMSA, the manufacturers, the teams and everyone who’s been involved to make for a great race.” 

 

Alex Lynn: “I really am enjoying driving this car and it’s giving me really good feedback. We’re improving so much with each session and it’s a really enjoyable job when you start making huge strides on improving this brand-new vehicle that we got, so I’m excited for the race."

 

No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac (qualified sixth)

Pipo Derani: “The car is working well and the most is that it looks like we have a good car for the race. That’s our goal. We’re trying to use every session that we have, even qualifying, to learn more about our equipment. Any time we can be on track it helps us get better and improve the car. Not the fantastic final result in qualifying but lots of data has been gathered that will help us next week.”

 

Alexander Sims: “We’re working through things in the practice sessions and there are still some things for us to learn with these new cars. We have time this week to try a few things. In the first part of the race we have to take it step by step and try to improve, even if it means making changes during the pit stops – just tweaks we can do during the race – because it’s about being fast at the end and being there at the end. It’s an incredibly tight field and Pipo (Derani) was compromised in qualifying with the red flag, not getting a reference beforehand while others did.”

 

Jack Aitken: “We didn’t get a huge amount of mileage (during the Roar) just with red flags and weather, so this week we’ll keep building on what we’ve learned and get the car dialed in more on specifics. We’re all disappointed with the quals, but it’s probably the least important qualifying of the year for us. I’m looking forward to getting track time in practice and excited to compete for the first time in the race with this team.”

 

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