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Ducati Island offers the ultimate Ducati experience including optimal seating to witness Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies compete during the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 12-14. With 11 consecutive victories on his Panigale V4 R, Bautista remains unbeatable this season.
Ducati fans will cheer on privateer Kyle Wyman, who will be campaigning Ducati on a Panigale V4 R in the MotoAmerica EBC Brakes Superbike championship.
Starting at $179, the Ducati Island Package includes a 3-Day General Admission ticket, a Paddock Pass, an Open Grandstand Seat, a VIP Ducati-only Motorcycle Parking on the Island, a Ducati-only Parade Lap, and a special gift.
Come check out the demo ride selection between races. This year, Diavel and Scrambler Ducati test rides are being offered.
Discover the 2019 Scrambler Ducati lineup featuring the newly updated Scrambler Icon, Full Throttle, Cafe Racer, and Desert Sled. Hourly demo rides are available throughout the day. Come hang out at the Scrambler Ducati Camp while listening to Scrambler Ducati radio.
The Diavel trailer will be on site offering test rides on the new Diavel 1260. You won’t want to miss the roar of Diavel 1260 S with the Termignoni exhaust. Bring your gear if you plan to ride!
Don’t miss out. There may be a surprise announcement during the weekend. You’ll have to be there to find out! Click here and use the code DUCATI at checkout to receive special pricing, exclusively for Ducatisti.
For more information about the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with MotoAmerica, Ducati Island, and other exclusive manufacturer packages, visit here or call 831-242-8200.
Pocono Raceway announces more free amenities and two more reasons to get your tickets to the Pocono 400 race weekend. The Fan Stage and Free Carnival rides have been added to the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Weekend, May 31 – June 2, 2019.
The free Carnival, located in Fan Fair, will include five, fair-style fan favorites. The rides include thrillers such as the ‘Round-Up’, ‘Tornado’ and ‘Cobra,’ as well as, a giant slide and swing. These rides are free to all grandstand ticket holders over the three-days of race festivities. There will also be a few classic, fair-style pay-to-play games.
“Our staff continues to push in every imaginable way to ensure those attending the Pocono 400 weekend have an incredible time and the value of their $45 ticket is worth four-times that”, said Raceway President, Ben May. “We like to have fun and, without a doubt, the Fan Stage and Free Carnival add to an already incredible atmosphere on race weekend.”
The Fan Stage, also located in Fan Fair, will host three days of non-stop entertainment and include Driver Appearances, Driver Selfie Sessions, Pre-Race Concerts and the ever-popular Sunday Tweet-Up. In addition to the on-stage talent, the stage will have a 16x9 screen showing live racing action, a Bud Light Bar and lounge seating. Guest appearances at the Fan Stage will include Jeff Gordon, Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher, Corey LaJoie, Matt Tifft, Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier and much more!
Three pre-race concerts will take place daily at the Fan Stage in Fan Fair. Kaleb Lee, rising country star and “The Voice” alum, will play prior to the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA Menards Series race on Friday. Local favorites, Porter & Sayles, will play before to the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday. Lee will return to the stage, before Sunday’s Pocono 400, to perform his debut single, “Cooler Weather.”
For a complete list of events at the Fan Stage and Carnival, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/schedule.
Tickets to Sunday’s Pocono 400 start at $45 and kids, ages 12 and under, receive free gate admission all weekend long. Both the Fan Carnival and Fan Stage will be free to all grandstand ticket holders, for the entire race weekend. Visit www.poconoraceway.com/tickets or call 1-800-722-3929 to get your tickets today.
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Indy 500 Drivers Ed Carpenter, Charlie Kimball Q&A Prior to DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway22 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The battle for the NASCAR championships in T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman will continue this Saturday night, May 25, at Grandview Speedway as a doubleheader show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Craig Von Dohren sits on top of the standings in the Modified division while Brad Grim has the top position in the Sportsman. However competition is close in both divisions as the racers battle for the lucrative titles.
Two wins this season has allowed Von Dohren, a ten time champion, to hold on to the top spot in the Modified division with 1300 counters while Rick Laubach is just nineteen points behind without benefit of a win. Veteran campaigner Frank Cozze is third with 1153 followed by Duane Howard’s 1130 and Kyle Weiss’ 1049 rounding out the top five.
The last few Modified races have attracted more than 40 entries per night.
Brad Grim has just a 25 point lead over last Saturday’s Sportsman feature winner. Grim has 1061 tallies while Hirthler has 1036. Jack Butler sits in third with 1023 followed by Brad Brightbill at 1016 and Mark Kemmerer with 1011.
On Saturday, June 1, there will be a first time appearance of Central PA Legends racers as they join the NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman for a tripleheader that will be the first of the season to have RCN-TV coverage.
Featured in the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet this Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., will be Modified talent Skylar Sheriff and Sportsman racer Mike Mammana. The two racers will have their race cars on display just outside of the main entrance.
Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult admission is just $15 while youngsters under the age of 12 are admitted free.
And coming up on June 8th is Whelen Engineering Night featuring the T.P.Trailers Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman.
The first Thunder on the Hill Racing Series event, now in its 30th year, is set for Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 p.m. The night of racing excitement will include the United States Auto Club Non-Wing Sprint Tour along with the 358 Modifieds in the Jesse Hockett Classic. The Sprints will be racing for $10,000 to win.
Complete information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or by telephoning 610.754.7688.
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NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila Named Co-Grand Marshals of Indy 50022 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, hosts of NBC's three-time Emmy Award nominated obstacle course competition series "American Ninja Warrior," will serve as co-grand marshals of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Iseman and Gbajabiamila will be the first co-grand marshals in the race's history. They will give the traditional command for drivers to report to their cars during the official pre-race ceremonies.
"American Ninja Warrior" will premiere its 11th season on NBC May 29 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). The high-octane series follows competitors as they tackle obstacle courses in city qualifying and city finals rounds around the country. This season, the show makes stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle before heading to the national finals in Las Vegas. Indianapolis has hosted "American Ninja Warrior" on two previous occasions and many NTT IndyCar series drivers have run the course over several seasons, including Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly and most recently, Scott Dixon.
"It's awesome to get to take part in something that is an American sports institution," Iseman said. "I've been to the Brickyard before, but never during the '500.' I can't wait to see it in its full glory."
"I am so honored and excited to be participating in this year's Indy 500 as a co-grand marshal," Gbajabiamila said. "After multiple seasons of seeing top race car drivers compete on the 'American Ninja Warrior' course, I can't wait to see up close the athleticism and energy of this hallmark race."
"Matt and Akbar are so dynamic and fun on 'American Ninja Warrior,' so they're ideally suited to serve as the first co-grand marshals of the Indy 500," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Their historic role in 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' is yet another testament of our strong, growing partnership with NBC and NBC Sports."
NBC will televise the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 26.
Iseman graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his medical degree from Columbia College. However, during his residency at the University of Colorado he quit his job and moved to Hollywood to pursue stand-up comedy, and the rest is history. The Daytime Emmy Award winner has hosted "American Ninja Warrior" for 10 seasons and has hosted the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular for NBC and HISTORY's "Evel Live," which honored legendary daredevil Evel Knievel. He also won NBC's "The New Celebrity Apprentice" hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He frequently tours around the U.S. and Canada as a stand-up comic.
Gbajabiamila, a Los Angeles native and one of seven children of Nigerian immigrants, is a former NFL defensive end and linebacker who played for the Raiders, Chargers and Dolphins over a five-year career. His inspiring new book, "Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams" (Gallery Books) is out now. Gbajabiamila's first name means "great" in Arabic and his last name, meaning "big man, come save me," derives from his Nigerian paternal great-great grandfather. Gbajabiamila avidly volunteers his time to community service. He serves as a board member for both the Asomugha Foundation - aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities - and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule.
Sen. Thom Tillis, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, North Carolina Basketball Legend Phil Ford Among Dignitaries for 60th Coca-Cola 600 Race Weekend22 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The world’s most patriotic racing event weekend will feature a star-studded list of dignitaries, as the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway is just four days from thrilling race fans from around the world.
This weekend features a sunny forecast perfect for racing action. The festivities kick off with Thursday’s Spectrum Pole Night, which sets the field for the Coca-Cola 600 and concludes with the ARCA Menards Series’ General Tire 150. The inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte gets underway on Friday and Saturday, with the NASCAR Xfinity’ Series’ Alsco 300 on Saturday at the 1.5-mile superspeedway serving as a prelude to the venerable Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday,.
The Coca-Cola 600 features dignitaries including U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller – a four-star general, the highest-ranking Marine and the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps – serving as grand marshal and giving drivers the command to start engines.
Additional dignitaries for this weekend include Coca-Cola 600 honorary pace car driver Charlotte Flair, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native and the most successful female WWE Superstar wrestler in WWE history. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis will serve as honorary starter to wave the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600, while the Fort Bragg Firing Squad will render the 21 Gun Salute.
Four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, will fly high over the crowd and U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards will sing the national anthem.
Dignitaries for Thursday’s General Tire 150 include:
- Presentation of Colors: UNCC Army ROTC Color Guard
- Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: Danielle Johnson
- Grand Marshal: Bill Caldwell
- Honorary Starter: Travis Roffler
Dignitaries for Friday’s United Rentals Patriot Nationals include:
- Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
- Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka
Dignitaries for Saturday’s Alsco 300 and United Rentals Patriot Nationals include:
- Honorary Starter: Jerry Hailey
- Grand Marshal: Phil Ford, University of North Carolina Basketball Legend
- Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
- Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka
United Rentals Patriot Nationals
- Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
- Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
- National Anthem: Eddie Digh
Dignitaries for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 include:
- Honorary Race Director: Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
- Honorary Pace Car Driver: Charlotte Flair, WWE Superstar
- Honorary Starter: North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis
- Grand Marshal: U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller
- God Bless America: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
- Presentation of Colors: The United States Honor Guard Color Team from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC
- Invocation: Will Graham
- Amazing Grace: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
- Taps: Bugler from Fort Bragg
- 21 Gun Salute: Fort Bragg Firing Squad
- Fort Bragg Aerial Demonstration Team: Fort Bragg Charlie Company Vipers - 2nd – 82nd Assault Helicopter Battalion
- National Anthem: U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards
60th Coca-Cola 600 tickets, camping and upgrades are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/
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This Saturday night when Perris Auto Speedway hosts the annual “Salute to Indy” for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, all active and retired California Highway Patrol Officers will be admitted to the race for free. All they have to do is show their CHP badge at the ticket window and they will be given a free ticket. Once inside, the officers will have someone to cheer for as second-year CHP officer Jeff Dyer will be racing in the show
CHP Officer Jeff Dyer will be racing in the Salute to Indy Saturday. Doug Allen Photo.
The idea of admitting CHP members free came about when it came to light that Dyer, who was born in West Covina and went to Lutheran High in La Verne, recently received an award from “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” (M.A.D.D.) for stopping and arresting 58 drunk drivers in 2018.
“We heard of the great award Jeff received for keeping us safe and protected while we are on the road,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “He is not the only one out there. We want to show all CHP officers that we appreciate the job they are doing, so we have decided to let them in free on Saturday. And, they get to come watch one of their own racing on the track.”
Many think of sprint cars as the most dangerous form of auto racing. For Dyer, who now resides in Bermuda Dunes, sprint cars are a walk in the park. Before becoming a CHP officer in 2017, he performed one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States Army. He was an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team leader. In other words, for 13-years he disarmed bombs and explosives for a living, and in that time served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“It is a cool thing that the “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” have a good program out there,” Dyer said. “I was honored to receive the award and it feels good that they recognize people who are out there working hard. I wish I did not have to arrest anybody, but it is nice to get the people who have had too much to drink and decided to make a poor decision off the road.”
While Dyer enjoyed the Army life, he had a couple of dreams he wanted to fulfill. One was racing a sprint car, which he now does for car owner Cal Smith in the USAC/CRA Series and in his own car in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series. Unlike many who dream of racing, he had no ambitions to drive in NASCAR or Indy Cars. Going to Ascot when he was a child, all he ever wanted to race was sprint cars.
The other dream he had was driving a CHP cruiser.
“Yes, that is true,” Dyer laughed when asked about his dreams. “I love my job. The best part of it is getting to help stranded motorists. Also meeting people and the feeling of a sense of worth. Likewise, I love racing in both the USAC/CRA Series and the California Lightning Sprint Car Series.”
Spectator gates for Saturday’s race will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first 200 fans through the front gate will receive a free stadium cup courtesy of the American Cancer Society. The first race will take the green flag at 7:00.
Tickets for Saturday’s race are $25.00 for adults. Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00. For active military with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each. Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.
Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday. Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.
Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849. If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.
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International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) ("ISC") announced today that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger ("Merger Agreement") with NASCAR Holdings, Inc. ("NASCAR") pursuant to which NASCAR will acquire ISC. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.0 billion. The consideration to be paid to ISC's shareholders (other than certain controlling shareholders of ISC and certain related entities (the "Participating Shareholders")) will be $45.00 in cash for each share of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock. The Merger Agreement was unanimously recommended and approved by a special committee comprised solely of independent directors of the Board of Directors of ISC (the "Board") and was unanimously approved by the full Board. In addition, the Participating Shareholders have signed a letter agreement to cause their respective shares of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock to be transferred to NASCAR prior to the effective time of the merger.
Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, ISC shareholders (other than the Participating Shareholders) will be entitled to receive $45.00 in cash, without interest, for each share of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock held immediately prior to the effective time of the merger.
The transaction, which is expected to close in calendar year 2019, is conditioned on the approval of a majority of the aggregate voting power represented by the shares of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock not owned by the controlling shareholders of ISC, voting together as a single class. The transaction is also conditioned on other customary closing conditions.
In connection with the transaction negotiations, counsel for the plaintiff in The Firemen's Retirement System of St. Louis v. James C. France, et al., Case No. 2018-CA-032105-CICI (Seventh Judicial Circuit, Volusia County, Florida), the previously-disclosed class action lawsuit on behalf of ISC shareholders challenging the transaction, met with representatives of the Special Committee, and has determined to not challenge the fairness of the transaction price.
Dean Bradley Osborne Partners LLC is serving as financial advisor to the ISC Special Committee, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal counsel to the ISC special committee. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to NASCAR, and Baker Botts L.L.P. is acting as legal counsel for NASCAR. BDT & Company is serving as financial advisor to the France family. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is acting as legal counsel to ISC.
NASCAR Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a sports sanctioning body. It also provides news, statistics, and information services on races, drivers, teams, and industry events. NASCAR Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Daytona Beach, Florida.
International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.
ISC also owns and operates Motor Racing NetworkSM, the nation's largest independent sports radio network, Racing Electronics, the leader in motorsports communication technology and equipment and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions. In addition, ISC owns ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway, and has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit ISC's Web site at www.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction (the "Merger") involving International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") and NASCAR Holdings, Inc. ("NASCAR"). This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. In connection with the proposed transaction, ISC will file a proxy statement and other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Before making any voting decision, investors and shareholders of ISC are urged to carefully read the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available because it will contain important information regarding ISC, NASCAR and the Merger.
A definitive proxy statement and form of proxy will be sent to ISC shareholders seeking their approval of the transaction. This press release is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document which ISC may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF ISC ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed by ISC with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In addition, the documents filed by ISC may be obtained free of charge from ISC at www.
PARTICIPATION IN THE SOLICITATION
ISC and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Merger. Information concerning the interests of the persons who may be "participants" in the solicitation will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC. You can find more detailed information about ISC's executive officers and directors in its Information Statement filed with the SEC on March 12, 2019.
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Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected by the management of ISC include the expected timing and likelihood of completion of the proposed transaction, including the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any required governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed transaction, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, the possibility that ISC's shareholders may not approve the Merger Agreement, the risk that the parties may not be able to satisfy the conditions to the proposed transaction in a timely manner or at all, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction, the risk that any announcements relating to the proposed transaction could have adverse effects on the market price of ISC common stock, the risk of any unexpected costs or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction, the risk of any litigation relating to the proposed transaction, the risk that the proposed transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on the ability of ISC to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with its suppliers and customers and on its operating results and businesses generally, the risk that the proposed transaction could distract management of ISC, the risk that ISC will incur substantial costs in connection with the proposed transaction, as well as other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. All of ISC's forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties (some of which are significant or beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the parties' businesses, including those described in ISC's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed from time to time by ISC with the SEC. ISC cautions you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. ISC undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any of our forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars' most patriotic race weekend became even more "United" on Tuesday. United Rentals has signed on as entitlement sponsor for the inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals, a two-day showcase of sprint car excitement on Friday and Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Sprint car stars including Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and Carson Macedo will take on The Dirt Track at Charlotte's high-speed, four-tenths-mile dirt oval beginning with Friday's first night of action and concluding with a patriotic bang on Saturday - just one night before the green flag for the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600.
Each Patriot Nationals sprint car feature will pay $15,000 to win and $1,000 to start, creating a two-day mad dash for Outlaw cash at America's Home for Racing.
"United Rentals is extremely proud to sponsor the United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte," said Dave Brown, the regional sales manager in the Southeast and the Carolinas. "We've enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Charlotte Motor Speedway and are excited to take the next step by sponsoring one of dirt racing's most exciting weekends."
Fans in attendance will also witness the fender-banging FUEL Racing Series on Friday and the SECA Late Models on Saturday which will serve as action-packed undercards for the United Rentals Patriot Nationals.
"There's an abundance of excitement this weekend at America's Home for Racing," said Greg Walter, the executive vice president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Memorial Day weekend is a special time for all of us to reflect on the freedoms provided to us by our nation's Armed Forces. Adding United Rentals to the fold with the United Rentals Patriot Nationals gives us an extra chance to thrill our race fans at The Dirt Track while saluting our servicemen and women with the ultimate patriotic dirt-racing experience."
In Middle of Current Infield Demolition, Talladega Superspeedway’s New Race Operations Building Being Constructed Outside, High Above Tri-Oval21 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Since the checkered flag flew on the GEICO 500 nearly three weeks ago, Talladega Superspeedway’s infield has seen mass demolition of buildings and structures to make way for the new Talladega Garage Experience, which will debut for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 and Sugarlands Shine 250 on October 11-13.
While much of the beginning of Phase II of Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project presented by Graybar is seeing part of the infield pit/garage area leveled, one building – Race Operations outside the mammoth 2.66-mile venue – already has its steel structure form and is being created high above the track’s Tri-Oval.
The new Race Operations building, which will be 127 feet high – roughly 10 stories – from the ground to the top of its roof, will house Race Control where NASCAR officials will call the race, along with analysts for LIVE Network Television (NBC in fall, and FOX in spring) and LIVE Radio - Motor Racing Network (MRN), as well as public address (PA) announcers. During Talladega’s recent race weekend, FOX’s Jeff Gordon, MRN’s Jeff Striegle and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton – all of whom will be in the new structure for future events – saw the new construction and had rave reviews.
“I don’t know how we as commentators can get more excited about calling a race at Talladega, but the new tower will give us that opportunity,” said Gordon, who finished his career tied for second with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the track’s all-time career win list with six. “I get just as excited in the booth as I did behind the wheel at Talladega because I know how tense it is out there, and with us being up so high, it’s going to give us a whole new perspective of such an incredible place.”
Race Operations, which is being built by GT Grandstands, a PlayCore Company out of Plant City, FL (www.gtgrandstands.com), will be 116 feet long by 18 feet tall, and 33 feet deep. It will also provide a new location for all the race team spotters, who will have the full length on top of the building to communicate with their driver and team. The new building will also oversee the Talladega Garage Experience (TGE) that will allow fans to be immersed into the sport of NASCAR like never before.
The TGE, which includes access under the same roof where the race cars are being prepped by the race teams, will feature “up-close” access, interactive attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the iconic Talladega infield. It will take the place of the current garage/pit area that stretches from the center of the Tri-Oval all the way down near the start-finish line.
The approximately $50 million Transformation Infield Project presented by Graybar is part of International Speedway Corporation’s (Talladega’s parent company) long-term capital allocation plan and reinvestment into its major motorsports complexes. Some items in the new TGE will include: a fan viewing walkway to the teams, cars and inspection stations during race preparation in the new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage; New Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garages (44 stalls); New, modern Open Air Club (covered) with close-up viewing of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Garage; Wi-Fi presented by Xtreme Concepts in all areas of the TGE; New Gatorade Victory Lane with fan up-close view in TGE; Pit Road Club to enhance the experience for fans and corporate guests; Exclusive social, engagement areas with Concessions/Souvenirs/
DLR Group is the architect of the entire project while Hoar Construction from Birmingham is spearheading Phase II. In addition to Race Operations, GT Grandstands will construct the new Pit Road Club. Fans can learn more about the project by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.
NASCAR Industry Descends on Charlotte for the 39th Annual Speedway Children’s Charities Gala Presented by Sonic Automotive21 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Wednesday’s 39th annual Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Sonic Automotive at The Ritz-Carlton in Uptown Charlotte will provide a spectacular night of entertainment and first-class cuisine while raising money to benefit children in need throughout the greater Charlotte region.
Chef Robert Irvine, last year’s grand marshal for the Coca-Cola 600, is known for hosting some of the Food Network’s most popular shows including “Restaurant: Impossible” and for founding the military veteran-supporting Robert Irvine Foundation in 2015. Irvine has prepared a grandiose menu for Gala attendees this year. Those at the Gala will witness a special recognition for Mike Helton, one of NASCAR’s most influential leaders and a longtime supporter of and advocate for Speedway Children’s Charities. Additionally, country music star Justin Moore will regale the crowd with No. 1 hit songs including “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”
Chef Irvine’s menu includes courses including miso-crusted Filet Mignon with sweet potato purée, baby carrots, local mushrooms, Tokyo turnips, and Riesling jus.
“The Speedway Children’s Charities Gala presented by Sonic Automotive is one of my favorite events every year,” said Marcus Smith, the vice chairman of Speedway Children’s Charities. “Everyone at Speedway Children’s Charities takes pride in our efforts to help children in the greater Charlotte community, and we look forward to hosting a phenomenal guest list at our sold-out gala. I can’t wait to see what Chef Irvine and Justin Moore have in store for us.”
The gala serves as a marquee fundraiser for Speedway Children’s Charities’ Charlotte chapter, a far-reaching nonprofit which assists children in need throughout the Charlotte area. The black-tie event features many prominent dignitaries from the motorsports industry as well as the nonprofit sector throughout Charlotte, the home base of Speedway Children’s Charities since its founding by O. Bruton Smith in 1982.
"Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive are pleased to support the 39th annual Speedway Children's Charities Gala, marking a long-standing commitment from Sonic Automotive to organizations supporting children in our communities," said David B. Smith, CEO of Sonic Automotive & EchoPark Automotive. "We are deeply committed to giving back to the communities in which Sonic and EchoPark associates live and work. The trusted team and broad reach of Speedway Children's Charities allows us to help many children in need throughout Charlotte and the surrounding area with critical financial support."
Among the many luminaries expected to attend are NASCAR President Steve Phelps; NASCAR Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors Lesa France-Kennedy and NASCAR Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell; NASCAR driver William Byron and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett. FOX NASCAR personalities Larry McReynolds, Kaitlyn Vincie and Regan Smith and Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera are also expected to attend.
Some of the live auction items available for bidding are:
- Chef Irvine Experience – a visit for two to the set of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible as well as a dining experience at the grand re-opening of one of the restaurants featured on Chef Irvine's show
- Sutton Bay Experience – A special hunting experience for two with Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith in South Dakota from Nov. 5-7 featuring meals, tips, hunting and access to a club with a full bar, lounge area, locker room with showers, gun storage and gun cleaning areas and sauna.
- The windshield off of Jeff Gordon’s car from his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Some of the silent auction items will include:
- Spiaggia Restaurant Experience – An unforgettable eight-course dinner and wine pairing for four people prepared by Chef-Partner Tony Mantuano and Top Chef Season 15 winner, Executive Chef Joe Flamm, at Spiaggia in downtown Chicago.
- FOX Big East Basketball Tournament Experience – A behind-the-scenes tour of Fox Sports, tickets for four to the semifinals and championship games at Madison Square Garden, Fox Sports college basketball merchandise and two nights of hotel accommodations in New York City
- Blackstone Shooting Sports Package – Two hours of shooting time on Charlotte’s private nine-lane VIP range plus one additional hour of social time in the VIP lounge, nine rental firearms and a private safety briefing.