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Fox Sports 1 to Cover pre-Daytona 500 Practice, and The Loss of a Legend

Mike Irwin Saturday, Jan 04 1254
NASCAR cars and trucks take to the track at Daytona for preseason test sessions with FOX Sports 1 providing 12 hours of coverage over three days from Jan. 9-11. The NASCAR on FOX team of Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy call the action while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars are on the track Jan. 9-10 (1:00 pm/et to 5:00 pm/et, Live), with Bob Dillner and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits and Jeff Hammond reporting from the garage.
Setting up camp in the garage area, host Rick Allen and analyst Hermie Sadler offer a location for drivers, crew chiefs and other personalities to talk over the days story lines. NASCAR Nationwide Series tests air on FOX Sports 1 from 3:00pm/et to 7:00pm/et on Saturday, Jan. 11, with Allen, Hammond and Phil Parsons in the booth, and Sadler, Dillner and Ray Dunlap reporting from the pits. This came from Fox Sports.
A statement from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles on the passing of Andy Granatelli, who passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 90.
“Andy Granatelli – appropriately known to many of us as “Mister 500? – understood better than anyone the spirit and challenge of the Indianapolis 500 and had a remarkable ability to combine innovative technologies with talented race car drivers to make his cars a threat to win at Indianapolis every year,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS. “Andy leaves a legacy of historic moments that will live forever in Indianapolis 500 lore including his famous turbine that dominated the 1967 Indianapolis 500, the Lotus 56 of 1968, and giving the great Mario Andretti a kiss on the cheek in victory lane after his 1969 win. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy’s family, friends and legion of fans.”
Granatelli last entered a car at Indianapolis in 1974. He also sponsored Richard Petty in NASCAR races, and from 1972 to 1981, Petty won four series championships and four Daytona 500s. Andy’s company STP also signed a lifetime contract with Petty who became a spokesman for that automobile additive. Andy continued on with his victory kisses with Petty in Daytona’s Victory lane.
Multi-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, according to reports from AP and Sky News, tell of improvements
in his condition following a skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher was taken to a nearby hospital and put into an induced coma and is being treated for a very serious brain injury.

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