Wednesday, Nov 30
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Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announces a multi-year partnership with C9 by Champion, Target’s exclusive brand of performance activewear, to become the official athletic apparel provider to all six of the organization’s race teams across the NASCAR, INDYCAR and GRAND-AM series. The performance collection will be worn for working out in the gym and training for race days. The lifestyle pieces will be worn by drivers, crew and executive staff at the track.

The program launches over Memorial Day weekend with the Indianapolis 500 (IZOD IndyCar Series), the Coke 600 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – NSCS) and the History 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series – NNS), one of the biggest weekends on the racing calendar. In addition, the C9 by Champion branding will be carried on multiple assets across all six teams and eight drivers, including race cars, team transporters, firesuits and team gear.

Notes of Interest:

·         Performance is Paramount:  The C9 by Champion performance collection includes the latest fabrics, technologies and features, which will help the drivers and crews perform their best under any conditions. Specific features of the C9 by Champion product include temperature control through ventilated fabrics and Duo-Dry™, which wicks away moisture to keep one dry and cool. In addition, C9 by Champion’s Power Core™ compression fit provides the best support and greatest ease of movement for the entire team, no matter the demands of their role.

·         A Driver Lineup Like No Other:  With a lineup that includes Team Target drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti along with NSCS driver Jamie McMurray, NNS driver Kyle Larson, IZOD IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, C9 by Champion will be on the backs of some of the best race car drivers in the world. In all, those drivers represent a combined 17 championships, five Indianapolis 500 wins, 14 Rolex 24 At Daytona wins, a Daytona 500 victory and more than 100 race wins.

Quote Board:

·         Ann Fritchman, Chief Customer Officer – HanesBrands: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing. There were a number of reasons Chip Ganassi Racing was attractive to us; 1) the diversity of their driver lineup; 2) the range of series they race in and the unique fan base that each possesses and 3) the fact they have a proven record as champions. The partnership fits perfectly with our C9 by Champion collection that is sold exclusively at Target and provides new opportunities to bring the C9 by Champion brand into the lives of our consumers. Additionally, in partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing we’re able to showcase the quality and versatility of our product line, we’ll be providing their team with the performance apparel items they need for training as well as great style apparel items, such as jackets and polos, to be worn around the track on race day.”

·         Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “Our partnership with C9 by Champion spans across all of our teams, in all of the series we compete in which gives the C9 by Champion brand a much broader reach to a much larger audience. There are few teams that can offer such a wide array of quality assets that Chip Ganassi Racing Teams can”

EGR PR

David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports' No. 34 team will encourage NASCAR fans to join team partner Love's Travel Stops in donating to help victims of this week's Oklahoma tornadoes. Oklahoma City-based Love's Travel Stops announced a $3 million donation to support relief efforts, and the No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford will carry decals for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway to promote additional giving.

 

Love's announced the donation this week to support immediate and long-term relief efforts in Oklahoma following the devastating tornado that impacted the communities of Moore, Shawnee and surrounding areas.

 

The first $1 million will be designated to the OK Strong Relief Fund established by Governor Mary Fallin to meet the long-term needs of victims in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Another donation of $500,000 will be given to Catholic Charities. The remaining $1.5 million will fund a benefit event to honor those impacted by the storm and to raise additional relief funds.

 

"Our company has been engrained in the fabric of Oklahoma since 1964. Our hearts are saddened by the news of this tragedy affecting so many of our friends and neighbors," said Tom Love, Chairman and CEO. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those impacted by this horrific event."

 

Front Row Motorsports was eager to donate space on the car to help raise additional funds.

 

"Anything we can do to help, we're obviously happy to do it," Ragan said. "You feel so helpless when you watch the footage on TV and you wish you could do something more for those folks. The best way to help is to donate money and we hope NASCAR fans will follow in Love's footsteps in doing so."

 

To join Love's in helping to provide relief over long-term for those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes, visit www.unitedwayokc.org and click on the Governor's OK Strong fund to donate.

 

FRM PR

The class of 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees was elected and announced on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and the inductees, two of which are Daytona 500 champion drivers, all have experienced success at Daytona International Speedway or the beaches of Daytona Beach.

Included in the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame class were:

  • · Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, who moved to the Daytona Beach area as a teenager and attended Seabreeze High School. Roberts dominated Daytona International Speedway in 1962 by winning the pole, a qualifying race, the Daytona 500 and the Firecracker 250 in July. Among his 33 NASCAR victories was also the inaugural Firecracker 250 (now Coke Zero 400) in 1959.
  • · Dale Jarrett, a three-time Daytona 500 champion who won NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race in 1993 with Joe Gibbs Racing and 1996 and 2000 with Robert Yates Racing. Jarrett’s father, Ned, called the finish for CBS Sports for all of Jarrett’s Daytona 500 victories. Dale Jarrett is one of only five drivers who have won the Daytona 500 three or more times.
  • · Maurice Petty, chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises. Maurice Petty delivered thehorsepower that propelled Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR victories, plus his seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories. Maurice Petty also served as the crew chief for the 1970 Daytona 500 winning car driven by Pete Hamilton.
  • · Jack Ingram, who is one of the legendary drivers of what is today called the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Ingram won three consecutive championships from 1972-74 in the Late Model Sportsman Division as well as two NASCAR Busch Series titles (now the NASCAR Nationwide Series). At Daytona International Speedway, Ingram won the DRIVE4COPD 300 in both 1975 and 1980.
  • · Two-time premier series championTim Flock, who was successful on the beaches of Daytona Beach. Driving for Carl Kiekhaefer, Flock swept the pole and race in the 1956 and 1957 NASCAR Grand National races. In the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, Flock came home ninth. Flock is 18th on NASCAR’s career victory list with 39.

“The legacy of racing at Daytona is strongly represented among the 2014 class of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees,” Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “From racing on the beach to winning the Daytona 500, these legends each have their own unique story and place in the history books at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”

DIS PR

Kentucky Speedway welcomes Advance Auto Parts®, Inc., to its family of corporate partners as the first presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400.

The third NSCS event in the facility’s history will take the green flag at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 29. The 400-mile race will provide the finale to a tripleheader NASCAR weekend that opens with the June 27 Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 followed by the June 28 Nationwide Series Feed The Children 300.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance serving do-it-yourself and professional installer markets in the United States. The company operates more than 3,900 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands while employing more than 55,000 team members.

Kentucky Speedway will make a bold and vibrant statement on behalf of its NSCS title sponsor by painting its retaining walls in signature Quaker State green in celebration of the brand’s newly reformulated Ultimate Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil. The motor oil provides unsurpassed wear protection and is formulated with a fuel-saving additive to help save motorists an average of 5 cents per gallon of gas*.

“Each year, we look forward to the race at Kentucky Speedway. The fans are incredible, the atmosphere is electric and the action is top-notch,” said Gita Gidwani, Quaker State Global Brand Manager. “With this being the third running of the Quaker State 400, we are excited to continue our event sponsorship and are proud to present the race with our trusted partner, Advance Auto Parts.”

Branding will be present during each race that comprises the tripleheader weekend and will reflect Quaker State’s longstanding motorsports tradition that includes an engineering partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, home to five-time NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, four-time series title winner Jeff Gordon and 19-time series race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. The Hendrick Motorsports No. 5 driven by Kasey Kahne will carry a Quaker State paint scheme during the race.

“Bringing our walls alive with the Quaker State signature colors is another first for our speedway that will generate added enthusiasm on race day. Fans, drivers and TNT viewers will instantly know it’s time to go racing in Kentucky,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said.

KY Speedway PR

In a partnership between Rev Racing and Toyota, Antron Brown, the 2012 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel champion and the first African-American to win a major auto racing championship in the United States, will test his skills behind the wheel of a Camry stock car at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., on Tuesday, May 28.

“We are excited that NHRA champion and world class competitor Antron Brown has chosen Rev Racing as his entryway into stock car racing. He is a great ambassador for the motorsports world, and his commitment to diversity is something that makes this partnership really work,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing.

Brown will be testing at the Virginia short track (.416-mile oval) alongside NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Mackena Bell, and Ryan Gifford. Both Gifford and Suarez have won races this season in the NKNPS East and NASCAR Toyota Series, respectively. Last year, Ortiz finished fifth in the NKNPS East standings in his rookie season, and Bell is currently third in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have this opportunity,” said Brown. “I’ve known the leadership at Rev Racing for a long time. Their operation is top notch and I can’t think of a better platform or program with which to test my oval racing skills.

“I have a passion for NHRA drag racing and love driving the Matco Tools dragster at Don Schumacher Racing (DSR),” added Brown. “But I’m very competitive at anything I do and I always love a new challenge. I’m excited to have this opportunity to turn left.”

Both Rev Racing and DSR captured championships racing Toyotas last season -- Rev Racing won the NKNPS East championship and DSR the NHRA Top Fuel World championship, and continue to have a strong partnership with Toyota.

"Antron Brown has been a great partner for Toyota through Don Schumacher Racing, and we're delighted to support his opportunity to achieve success with Rev Racing. Toyota is proud of our relationship with both organizations," said Keith Dahl, Toyota’s national manager of motorsports and engagement marketing. "Toyota has been a supporter of diversity in the work place, within its organization and specifically with the Rev Racing program for many years. Not only are DSR and Rev Racing committed to winning championships, but they are also committed to pioneering diversity efforts in motorsports."

The test will take place between 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Motor Mile Speedway and will be open to the public. Media are invited to attend the test session.

Following the test, Brown will head to New Jersey to compete in the NHRA Toyota Summernationals (May 31-June 2) at Raceway Park in Englishtown. Brown, a New Jersey-native, has 23 career NHRA Top Fuel wins. In Englishtown, the 37-year-old racer will be seeking his first Top Fuel win at his ‘home’ track after winning there twice in Pro Stock Motorcycle in 2002.

Rev Racing PR

Fresh off his career best finish (8th), in last weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, John Wes Townley will return to the same track Saturday afternoon hoping to better his efforts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) History 300, driving his No.25 Zaxbys - Venturini Motorsports (VMS) Toyota.

Townley, who has emerged in 2013 with escalated focus and determination, has been busy on the race track running a full time NCWTS schedule with Red Horse Racing along with partial schedules in the ARCA Racing Series and NNS with VMS.

Townley and his VMS team will be making their second NNS start together this weekend at Charlotte with crew chief, Dan Deeringhoff atop the pit box assuming responsibilities. In their NNS debut earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, John Wes Townley drove his Zaxby’s Toyota to a respectable 17th place finish after starting in the 34th position.

Earlier this year John Wes drove to his first victory in the ARCA Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The NNS History 300 will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm EST live on ABC Television.

John Wes Townley will also be making an appearance prior to the NNS History 300 during the Food Lion Speed Street in Uptown Charlotte. Townley will be signing autographs on Friday, May 24th from 2-3pm at the Creative Loafing Display.

Venturini Motorsports PR

With eventual landing spots ranging from NASCAR to E! News, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has offered diverse students an opportunity to work in one of the largest professional sports industries in the United States. This year, 19 diverse college students will have the opportunity to complete a 10-week, paid summer internship through the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP). The program has placed the new crop of students in varying positions and organizations throughout the NASCAR industry with the hopes of finding the next wave of industry leaders.

 

“Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment makes us stronger as an organization,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. “For over a decade, the NDIP has created opportunities for multicultural college students to take on substantive projects in our industry to help prepare them up for long-term success after completing college.”

Founded in 2000, the NDIP provides comprehensive involvement in the NASCAR ecosystem by offering internships with teams, tracks, broadcast partners and marketing partners. In addition to the NASCAR, GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series offices in Daytona Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Braselton, Ga., and New York, the 2013 interns are working at NASCAR’s partner companies such as Rev Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Taylor Strategy and Octagon.

 

NDIP has served as a valuable employment pool for NASCAR partners as well as other companies and industries by providing students hands-on experiences across various disciplines, including marketing, engineering, communications, licensing, diversity and public affairs. This year’s class includes five returning students who have demonstrated exceptional skills and dedication across NASCAR in previous years.

 

The 2013 class began their NASCAR experience with an orientation session during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., before departing for their various assignments for the summer.

 

The 2013 NDIP class includes the following students from universities around the nation:

2013 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program

Organization

Intern Name & Last Name

University

Hometown

NASCAR Industry Services

Rachel Almario

Clayton State University

McDonough, Ga.

NASCAR HR

Cameron Joe

Davidson College

Charlotte, N.C.

NASCAR MG Engineering

Cameron McCarty*

North Carolina State University

Jackson, Miss.

NASCAR R&D

Brian Lee*

Purdue University

Tysons Corner, Va.

NASCAR Diversity

Antoinette Diaz

University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Ga.

NASCAR Racing Operations

Paige Sanchez

Embry-Riddle

Houston, Texas

NASCAR Foundation

Lauren Houston

University of North Carolina

Fayetteville, N.C.

NASCAR B&C Marketing

Marco Sanchez

Georgia State University

Norcross, Ga.

NASCAR Digital Media

Melia Sigmon

High Point University

Denver, N.C.

NASCAR Broadcasting

Victoria Garcia

Southeastern University

Miami, Fla.

NASCAR IMC

Kelsey Nelson

University of Maryland

Germantown, Md.

NASCAR IMC

Sunghwan Kim

Syracuse University

Louisville, Ky.

NASCAR Team Properties

Lorena Robles

Full Sail University

San Juan, P.R.

NASCAR Public Affairs

Robert Harbour*

Florida State University

Pensacola, Fla.

Taylor Strategy

Edgar Veliz

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Octagon

Jusan Hamilton*

Ithaca College

Ithaca, N.Y.

ALMS (Georgia)

Dontavius Allen

Georgia State University

Griffin, Ga.

DIS

Evanna Howell

Winston-Salem State University

Malden, Mass.

Rev Racing

Pedro Mojica*

University of Texas - San Antonio

Killeen, Texas

*Returning intern

NASCAR PR

In 2010 brothers Darrell and Michael Waltrip combined their philanthropic efforts and created the Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship. The Waltrips selected Feed The Children as one of the golf tournament’s benefactors in 2012.

The Oklahoma City-based organization, whose mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials, saw deadly tornados strike at its doorstep this week.

During this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Michael Waltrip Racing will carry Feed The Children decals on the roofs of all three of its NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyotas. The decals will bring greater awareness to an organization forced to turn its focus to its own Oklahoma community.

“The Feed The Children organization has become our friends and when we saw the horrific damage done this week, we immediately called to make sure everyone was OK and to pledge our continued support,” said Michael Waltrip, founder and co-owner of MWR.

“With so many homes destroyed, we know Feed The Children organizational leaders will not only need healing themselves, but will supply the much needed food and resources to the families who have been displaced. The Coca-Cola 600 is a big event for us and this is our way of connecting with millions of race fans to remind them this is a great way to help those who were devastated.”

The cars of drivers Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin will carry the decals in Sunday’s 600-mile race that airs on Fox at 6 p.m.

Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is on the front lines helping tornado victims and first responders in their hometown. Feed The Children is currently accepting product and monetary donations and providing help for Oklahoma tornado victims and first responders with ready-to-eat meals, disaster relief supplies, water and food.

Feed The Children is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity and uses a comprehensive and integrated program to combat hunger and poverty to make sure no child or family goes to bed hungry.

To Donate text “DISASTER” to 80888 or visithttp://www.feedthechildren.org/tornado

MWR PR

With the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway looming, and NASCAR activities in and around the Charlotte-area ramping up, Richard Petty kicked off Charlotte race week Tuesday night by hosting the fifth-annual "King's Cup - Karting for a Cause" presented by D&B Motors and Xtreme Motorsports at Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte, NC.

 

Through this premier charity event, "The King" Richard Petty, NASCAR personalities and loyal sponsors have helped raise over half a million dollars to support Paralyzed Veterans of America ("PVA") and the veterans and families it serves. This year's event alone raised over $82,000. This event is critical in helping advance Paralyzed Veterans' mission to provide veterans services, and advocate for quality healthcare and civil rights for veterans living with spinal cord injury or disease.

 

"We are so fortunate to work with so many loyal partners and fans through the NASCAR community. This event is a time for honoring those who have sacrificed so much for this nation, and we're grateful to have so many folks come out and help raise funds and awareness for our mission" said Bill Lawson, President of Paralyzed Veterans. "A big thanks for everyone for making this event possible."

 

SPEED personality, Bob Dillner emceed the evening festivities which included an autograph session with Petty, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Austin Dyne, Max Gresham, Sam Hornish Jr, Joey Logano, Ryan Reed, a silent auction and competitive racing. The 18-team go-karting event was made up of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, teams, sponsors, others involved in the racing community, and this year, a professional football player, Panther's running back, DeAngelo Williams.

 

Stanley Racing, three-times King's Cup champions, had nothing for this year's King's Cup trophy honorees which went to the Quicken Loans Racing. The six-person team lead most of the evening's final 1-hour "Shoot Out." Drivers, Corey Lajoie, Ryan Flores, Dillon Silverman, Cliff Daniels, Evan York and Andrew Von Fange, celebrated in Victory Lane with the coveted "King's Cup".

 

"I would like to thank all the sponsors, teams and fans that participated in support of Paralyzed Veterans, it's a great cause and Quicken Loans was proud to be part of a fun evening," said Todd Carte, Quicken Loans Director of Business Development.

 

In addition to the Petty and Penske family of drivers, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Matt Crafton all came out to participate and join in the fun, as well as upcoming racers Ross Chastain, Corey Lajoie, Coleman Pressley and Darrell Wallace Jr.

 

5th Annual "King's Cup - Karting for a Cause"
Finishing Order

1.Quicken Loans

2.Carlisle

3.Checkered Flag Foundation

4.Joey Logano Foundation

5.Pennzoil

6.David Ragan Foundation

7.Spire

8.Xtreme Motorsports

9.The NASCAR Foundation

10.D&B Motors

11.Stanley
 
RPM PR

"We are thrilled to hear that Dale has been named to the NASCAR Hall of Fame today. It is well deserved. His contributions to the sport are well documented and I can tell you his contributions to Joe Gibbs Racing really helped us to establish ourselves in the sport. The whole Gibbs family, J.D., Coy, and Pat really appreciated Dale taking a chance on us as our first driver. He gave us our first win which just happens to remain our only Daytona 500 win. J.D., Jimmy (Makar) and all of us at JGR are excited by today's announcement."

JGR PR

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