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Rev Racing, home to NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity 2018 driver class, will open their NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season at New Smyrna Speedway on Sunday evening for the New Smyrna "175."
Rev Racing’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers are certainly familiar with the half-mile track at New Smyrna Speedway. The program’s competitive combine was held there in October and three of the team’s six drivers will be returning for Sunday’s race.
The driver lineup will include two returning drivers and one new driver who hails from La Mirada, California.
Chase Cabre (Age: 21 – Hometown: Tampa, Fla.)
Chase Cabre, driver of the No. 4 Honda Generators/Eibach Toyota will be returning to the team for his second year. Driver highlights include:
- Finished 6th in the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings
- Earned two Coors Light/21 Means 21 Pole Awards at South Boston Speedway
- Became a part of the elite NASCAR Next Class of 2017
Ruben Garcia Jr. (Age: 22 – Hometown: Mexico City)
Ruben Garcia Jr., driver of the No. 6 Max Siegel Inc. Toyota will have two years experience driving with Rev Racing before beginning his third season with the team. Garcia will also be running the NASCAR Peak Mexico series in conjunction with his 2018 duties with Rev Racing. Driver highlights include:
- Finished 5th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 2017 point standings, with three top 5s, nine top 10s and one pole at Iowa Speedway
- Won four races in the NASCAR Mexico Series en route to the 2015 championship
- Youngest NASCAR Mexico Series champion ever
Ryan Vargas (Age: 17 – Hometown: La Miranda, Calif.)
Ryan Vargas, driver of the No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota will run for the first time in the NKNPSE and for Rev Racing. Driver highlights include:
- 2016 and 2017 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award recipient
- Two career NASCAR late model victories
- LVMS Bullring NASCAR Super Stock Rookie of the Year
Under Rev Racing owner and CEO Max Siegel’s leadership, NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns drivers with a team of executives, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with training drivers for career success. In addition to running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, all three of these drivers will earn extra experience and seat time this year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
“We are excited to get the season started at New Smyrna Speedway,” said Siegel. “Our ultimate goal with every class and experience level is to prepare them for success at the K&N level and eventually the national series. Every year presents new opportunities for growth and we look forward to finding what we are capable of this season.”
From the Drive for Diversity Program’s start, Rev Racing has had 17 wins, 80 top-5, and 162 top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with drivers finishing in the top-10 in points in every season.
Rev Racing will get back to the track on Sunday, February 11th, 2017 at New Smyrna Speedway. Group qualifying will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by the autograph session at 6:30 pm and the New Smyrna “175” at 7:30 pm EST.
Rev Racing PR
The ARCA Racing Series held General Tire pole qualifying on Friday to set the starting field for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway. The format involved six groups of drivers and each group had four minutes to post their fastest laps. When completed, Natalie Decker earned the pole for Saturday’s event.
Decker enters her first full-time season in the ARCA Racing Series piloting the No. 25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota with Venturini Motorsports. The driver from Wisconsin posted her time of 49.489, 181.859 mph. in the fourth group of qualifying.
Decker made seven ARCA Racing Series starts in 2017 and earned two top 10 finishes. Her best finish came in race 15 at Road America in the seventh spot. In race 12, at Pocono Raceway, Decker took home her first career top 10 finish with a 10th.
Zane Smith, piloting the No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix Toyota, will start beside Decker. Smith, who qualified in the fourth group of drivers, posted a 49.490, 181.855 mph. and was just 0.001 seconds from tying Decker for the top spot.
The California native had seven top five and 11 top 10 finishes in 2017. Smith, who ran 14 of the 20 ARCA Racing Series events last season, finished the year by earning two poles. He tied his best finish of second three times throughout those events.
Chase Purdy rounded out the top three in qualifying on Friday at Daytona. Purdy, who was also involved in the fourth group of drivers, posted a 49.500, 181.818 mph. to earn the third starting spot.
Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire will mark Purdy’s fourth career start in the series. Last season the Mississippi native scored two finishes inside the top 10.
Bobby Gerhart, an eight-time winner at Daytona International Speedway, will have some work to do on Saturday afternoon. Gerhart sat 29th in qualifying and will take the green flag somewhere around that spot once provisionals are set.
Dave Mader III led the first practice session for the ARCA Racing Series on Thursday at Daytona. Mader III ran in the third group of drivers in qualifying and will start around the 28th position. The Alabama native will make his first start in the series since 1994.
Sean Corr led the way on Friday at Daytona in ARCA Racing Series final practice. Corr, piloting the No. 43 NESCO-Empire Racing Chevrolet, will start the Lucas Oil 200 in the 17th starting position. The driver posted his fastest time in the sixth and final group of drivers.
ARCA Racing Series cars will stay inside the garage area until 4:45 p.m. ET. on Saturday. FOX Sports 1 will carry the live broadcast of the race. ARCARacing.com will have live scoring and radio coverage of the 200-mile event.
With a move that aligns the series with its American model, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Euro NASCAR unveiled today the new NWES Chevrolet Camaro. Its aggressive and dynamic look will hit the European tracks in two months during the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season opener in Valencia.
“The new NWES Chevrolet Camaro is definitely a terrific car! I’m really proud of the job done by the development team with the support of the NASCAR R&D Center. I’m also sure fans will be delighted to watch it fight door to door with the Ford Mustang and Toyota Camry and hear our unique roaring V8. This year more than ever, the NWES will offer one of the best racing across Europe, a must see for every race fan!” said Jerome Galpin, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series President / CEO
The new Camaro body, with its characteristic front, is the fourth iteration for the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series history and features all main stylistic clues of its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series counterparts, further strengthening the link between NASCAR in Europe and in the US.
Since the Euro Series entered the NASCAR family in 2012, all NWES Champions and five out of six ELITE 2 Division Champions have driven a Chevrolet to Victory Lane.
The Camaro body will replace the 2017 SS model and will be available for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series teams alongside the Ford Mustang and Toyota Camry bodies.
The first race for the brand new Chevrolet Camaro will be on April 14-15 in Valencia, Spain, when the Valencia NASCAR Fest will kick off the 2018 Euro NASCAR season.
NASCAR Euro Series PR
704Games, NASCAR Team Properties' exclusive console simulation-style video game licensee, and Esports Arena Drive, North America's first mobile esports arena, will bring NASCAR Heat Champions to Daytona International Speedway during the DAYTONA 500 race weekend. All fans in attendance will have the chance to compete in the free NASCAR Heat 2 esports competition for prizes.
The multi-day tournament will take place on Esports Arena Drive as the mobile esports arena makes its competition debut. Unveiled in January during the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the state-of-the-art, 80-foot, 18-wheel, 35-ton semi-trailer transforms with the push of a button into a self-contained competition stage and production studio.
"NASCAR Heat Champions is a unique gaming tournament open to NASCAR and video game fans of all ages," said Ed Martin, President at 704Games. "Fans will be able to experience the excitement of NASCAR Heat 2 on a one-of-a-kind stage at the biggest race event of the year."
"We are excited to have Esports Arena Drive make its debut at the iconic DAYTONA 500, one of the most popular fan events in sports," said Tyler Endres, CEO of Esports Arena. "Thanks to our partnership with 704Games, NASCAR Heat 2 fans will have the opportunity to compete and win prizes through a whole new experience at Daytona International Speedway."
Following a day of open practice on Thursday, qualifying rounds will take place Friday and Saturday with a "last chance" qualifier running Sunday morning. Fifteen finalists will then face off on Sunday in a three-race final where a winner will be crowned. The full schedule of events can be found online.
The NASCAR Heat Champions winner will receive an Xbox One S console, a VIP DAYTONA 500 experience, and more. Additional prizing, including copies of NASCAR Heat 2 with download codes for the new 2018 Season Update and items from 704Games and Daytona International Speedway, will be distributed throughout the tournament.
Esports caster Bil "Jump" Carter (@Jump_) will host the tournament and the finals will be streamed live on Esports Arena's Twitch channel starting at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is not required for NASCAR Heat Champions. Esports Arena Drive will be located in the Midway between the Florida Hospital Injector and the Chevrolet Injector at Daytona International Speedway. The Midway at Daytona International Speedway opens at 10 a.m. on February 15 and 16 and 8 a.m. on February 17 and 18.
704 Games PR
Another fundamental page of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series history was written today as Go Fas Racing NASCAR Canada Champion owner Alain Lord Mounir and NWES President / CEO Jerome Galpin met in Montreal, Canada to announce that Go Fas Racing will enter Euro NASCAR with its brand new European branch.
The team will be based in France and managed by Go Fas Racing Team and Romain Iannetta, who will make his debut in the central role of team principal and also return to NWES as a driver. Go Fas Racing will field a brand new #32 Ford Mustang for Iannetta in Elite 1 division . The Elite 2 driver will be announced in the coming days.. The car will be sponsored by leading brands: Kappa and Cyclops Gears.
The new Go Fas Racing Europe Division will also have an affiliation with the original Go Fas Racing competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Matt DiBenedetto at the wheel of the #32 Ford Fusion.
Bringing Go Fas Racing to the European NASCAR Series is a project discussed between Jerome Galpin and Alain Lord Mounir since a long time.
“My head is still spinning, with this major announcement. I have been talking with Jerome for many years about this opportunity and I really believe than NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is a great marketing platform for Go Fas Racing international sponsors.” said Alain Lord Mounir.
“This is another step in the Series’ international development. We already have drivers coming from all over the world to race the Euro NASCAR and now we have overseas teams joining ! Alain is the very first one, a true pioneer, and we are really happy to work with him. He has built a great platform with Go Fas Racing at every level of NASCAR. We have a lot of ideas to develop this partnership to create more opportunities for the Euro Drivers to race in the USA. We are also really happy to welcome such great international brands joining our group of amazing partners,” continued Jerome Galpin.
A veteran racer, a TV commentator, a renowned stuntman and now also a team manager, Iannetta is returning to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series after finishing third in points and winning a spectacular race at Brands Hatch in 2015.
“It is fantastic to be back in NWES. I love the series and I am very proud to return with such an important time as Go Fas Racing. This is a huge opportunity to build a unique direct ladder towards the US for young drivers. There’s a lot of work to do ahead of us and the competition is very strong but we hope to hit the ground running and be able to battle with the best of th field,” said the 38-year-old Villecresnes-native. “I want to thank Go Fas Racing owner Alain Lord Mounir for his confidence and for choosing me to represent the team in Europe and of course Jerome and Anne Galpin for everything they are doing with the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and all their help. We start from a solid base and we have a very promising talent in Elite 2 who can do beautiful things, so we will do our best to bring Go Fas Racing on the podium in both divisions.”
The green flag will wave on the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series season on April 14-15, when the European NASCAR series will celebrate the fifth edition of the Valencia NASCAR Fest with four exciting races surrounded by a great American-themed event.
NASCAR Euro Series PR
On the heels of the official unveiling of the new Polaris RZR® RS1, Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to announce that the new model will be the exclusive vehicle used in the series’ new side-by-side class, Polaris GRC. The RZR RS1 will see its first rallycross competition on Saturday, May 19 in the 2018 season opener, taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
“Since we first announced the addition of a Polaris-exclusive class for the 2018 Red Bull GRC season, fans have been eagerly awaiting the news of which side-by-side model would compete,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “The RZR RS1 will be an exceptional addition to our grid and will provide an action-packed experience for our fans all season long.”
“Red Bull GRC is the perfect platform for the most agile RZR ever,” said Matt Boone, RZR and GENERAL® Marketing Director. “The all-new vehicle is race inspired and built for the best drivers in the world! We cannot wait for those drivers to put the single-seat side-by-side to the test.”
RZR RS1 delivers power and precision for a driver-focused off-road experience unlike any other. Featuring the power and suspension of the RZR XP® 1000’s with an upgraded drivetrain, the RZR RS1 harnesses this extreme performance in a precision-balanced chassis for unmatched agility. The single seat puts you in the optimal center-of-mass driving position for the ultimate drivers experience.
Tickets are on sale now for selected events at http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Stay tuned to RedBullGlobalRallycross.com and social media @GRCseries for more information.
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Technically, the NASCAR race season is already underway.
Jeff Choquette grabbed a pair of Super Late Model wins last month at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, and Chris Eggleston walked away the big winner at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway to close out January.
But Friday is when the engines really get fired up full throttle, and the green flag flies in furious fashion, with the 52nd running of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna. Nine nights of racing, highlighted by the opening event of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season, and including the traditional Super Late Model and tour-type Modified events will complement Speedweeks at nearby Daytona International Speedway and leading up to the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 18.
All nine nights at New Smyrna will be streamed live on FansChoice.tv
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A new champion will take the track for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Sunday, Feb. 11. With 2017 champion Harrison Burton splitting his schedule between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year, the 17-year-old Huntersville, North Carolina, driver will be succeeded by a new face. Burton fans, though, won’t have to miss out on seeing the NASCAR Next driver on the high-banked half-mile. Burton will be joined by 2016 & ’17 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland, as well as 2017 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion Abraham Calderon, who is also expected to provide an entry, in a star-studded opening night field.
The entry list also includes NASCAR Next drivers Hailie Deegan, making her K&N Pro debut, and Chase Cabre, as well as program alum Ruben Garcia Jr., Tyler Dippel, Brandon McReynolds and Spencer Davis. Drivers who’ve graduated from the program — and raced in the K&N Pro Series at New Smyrna — and will be running in the Daytona 500 this year include 2014 race winner Daniel Suarez and 2015 series champion William Byron.
Success in the opener, though, doesn’t always translate to a championship run. Race winners Austin Hill (2015) and Ronnie Bassett Jr. (2017) finished seventh and fourth, respectively, in the final points, while Suarez (2014) and Gilliland (2016) did not compete full time. However, it does help to start strong. The average finish at New Smyrna for the eventual champion is fifth.
Who’s going to hit the ground running this season?