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Jerry Sneva, the 1977 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, passed away Saturday, Jan. 27 in Indianapolis. He was 69.

Sneva, a younger brother of 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva, made five career starts in the "500," with his highest finish of 10th in his rookie run of 1977. His best start was an impressive fifth in 1980.

Never blessed with the finest equipment, Sneva had to swap rides at the last minute in 1975 to complete his rookie test, not exactly with seconds to spare on the last assigned day for tests, but rather after being gifted with a couple of extra minutes by a senior official who took compassion on the struggling team and turned a blind eye to the clock.

Sneva went on to start in 28 Indy car races, placing in the top 10 six times. Two weeks after finishing fifth at Milwaukee in June 1979, Sneva posted his best career finish with a fourth in the Pocono 500. He finished the 1979 season seventh in points.

Sneva was one of a dozen or so drivers who came to the Midwest via a very competitive supermodified series in the Pacific Northwest called the Canadian-American Modified Racing Association. Other notables from that series included Tom Sneva, Art Pollard, Billy Foster, Jim Malloy, Dick Simon, Eldon Rasmussen and Cliff Hucul.

Jerry Sneva made his United States Auto Club debut Aug. 26, 1973 as a substitute for his brother Tom when Tom had to miss the first of two days of sprint car racing at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul because he was in California qualifying for the following week's Ontario 500. Jerry jumped into Carl Gehlhausen's highly controversial rear-engine sprint car for the day, qualified for the main event and finished second.

There have been many entertaining "off-track" anecdotes concerning the easy-going Jerry Sneva, but none of them come anywhere close to overshadowing the sheer drama generated by his Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt in 1979.

Originally assigned to Bruce Crower's stock-block Chevrolet, Sneva was waiting on the sidelines on the morning of the rain-threatened third qualifying day while a mechanical issue was being repaired.

In the meantime, the turbocharged AMC-powered car of Warner Hodgdon was ready to go but waiting for its driver to arrive. 

The Hodgdon car was assigned to stock car standout Neil Bonnett, who had taken the assignment while being temporarily "between rides" on the NASCAR circuit. In the meantime, Bonnett had been hired to drive for the Wood Brothers, and having passed his rookie test at IMS, was at Dover, Delaware.

Attempting to do "double duty," Bonnett's revised plan had been to qualify at Dover, fly back to Indianapolis to qualify Saturday for the "500" and then return to Dover.

Dover's Sunday race date meant qualifying at Indianapolis on Saturday was imperative for Bonnett. Unfortunately for him, there was a rain delay in Dover, and he was still waiting to qualify there before attempting to scurry back to Indianapolis by the end of the day.

Sneva, who was still waiting for work on the Crower car to be completed, was asked if he wouldn't mind taking the Hodgdon AMC car out for a "shakedown" run. Sneva was more than willing, but a look down the lengthy qualifying line told the crew it would be quite a while before they could expect to get on the track.

They put their heads together and concluded that their best opportunity for any track time would be to join the end of the line. Eventually they could go out and take the available warmup laps (three in those days rather than two), NOT take the green and then return to the end of the line for another shot later without having been charged with an attempt.

Sneva went out, took the three allowable laps and then returned to join the end of the line as planned. By the time he went out for the second time, evidently some successful adjustments had been made, because at the end of the third warmup, Sneva was given the green.

Jaws dropped as he ran through the four qualifying laps at an average speed of 184.379 mph, making the starting lineup for his third straight "500."

How on Earth did Sneva find that extra speed and qualify with only a handful of laps in that car? Well, for one thing: The throttle had stuck open!

Sneva went on to explain that he had "driven with the kill switch," flipping it off upon entry to the turns and switching it back on when it was time to accelerate.

Why take such an unbelievable risk instead of coming in for repairs?

"Had to make the show," Sneva said with a chuckle. "If I went ahead and got it in before Bonnett got back, I figured it would have made it harder for them to take me out and put him in for the race, considering he was a rookie, and I had previous starts."

As it turned out, Sneva didn't need to take such a dramatic risk. The weather further delayed Bonnett in Dover, so he stayed there for the weekend, won the race and ended up with a full-time ride with the Wood Brothers.

Sneva lasted only for 16 laps on Race Day, but he had made the show again, and for someone who made their living driving race cars, it made for another most welcome payday.

And so it went much of his career.

Long since relocated from Spokane, Washington, to Indianapolis, Sneva was regularly seen in neighborhood hangouts and in the IMS Museum and gift shops throughout the year. He formed many longstanding friendships with IMS staff members, and every December for years, he'd stop by to drop off wooden Christmas ornaments he had carved and painted for them himself.

Sneva is survived by his wife, Kathy, and children TJ and Shelby.

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Pocono Raceway announced today a multi-year partnership with Artic Glacier Holdings, Inc., the largest producer of packaged ice in Canada and among the largest producers in the United States.

Arctic Glacier Premium Ice becomes the ‘Official Ice Provider of Pocono Raceway’ and will supply ice to all hospitality, catering and retail concessions locations at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’ Ice will also be available for purchase in all camping locations and inside the garage, for race teams, during our NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends.

“We are excited to partner with Arctic Glacier Premium Ice, a leader in ice manufacturing and distribution,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “Their team is first-class and we are looking forward to having their services support our events.”

Arctic Glacier serves over 75,000 retail, commercial and industrial customer locations throughout six provinces in Canada and 19 states in the northeastern, central and western United States. Their current production capacity is approximately 11,000 tons of ice per day.

“We are beyond thrilled to be working with such a great organization in Pocono Raceway,” said Robin Berndt, Regional Manager for Arctic Glacier. “We can’t wait for race season!”

Pocono Raceway will host seven motorsports events in 2018, including two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and the Verizon IndyCar Series. One NASCAR XFINITY Series, one Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races are also on the schedule for 2018. For tickets visit www.poconoraceway.com.

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Try It Tiny and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are introducing a luxury, pop-up Tiny House Hotel at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Tiny House Hotel provides a new, innovative and boutique style of on-site accommodation for race attendees looking for a unique opportunity.

"We're always looking to provide unique experiences for our guests, and the Tiny House Hotel is an exciting new offering in May during the Indianapolis 500," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "This hotel may be tiny, but it will be big in luxury, amenities and fun for fans looking for a race weekend they'll always remember."

Each tiny house is packed with a host of amenities never before available to attendees, including a compact kitchen with high-end finishes, a modern bathroom, air conditioning, sleeping quarters and more. Interested fans can select from a mix of several different houses with varying layouts and options. Fifteen Tiny House spots will be located at IMS and available to customers for Race Weekend.

The Tiny House Hotel will be conveniently located on the track's property from Thursday, May 24 until Monday, May 28. In addition to the accommodations, guests will enjoy four General Admission tickets to the race, on-site parking, a private concierge service and much more. The total cost for the weekend is $3,000.

Those interested in reserving or exploring the option of staying in the Tiny House Hotel are encouraged to visit ims.com or call this IMS ticket office at 317-492-6700.

"As an Indiana-based company, we are very excited to bring our premier accommodation services to an event that touches all Hoosiers and race fans," said Maggie Daniels, founder and CEO of Try It Tiny. "Try It Tiny looks forward to providing a luxury race experience at the Indy 500 for years to come."

To learn more about the Tiny Houses at IMS, click here.

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The rigors of racing for 24 consecutive hours were evident Sunday, with a Rolex 24 At DAYTONA that was remarkable for its speed but also memorable for its attrition that dashed championship hopes for a number of high-profile teams.

In winning the 56th running of the famed sports car endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway, Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque, in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi, completed 808 laps and a total of 2,876.48 miles – both race records and the equivalent of a Daytona Beach-to-Oakland, California cross-country drive. Record-setting was aided by the race having only three caution periods.

The Cadillac was stout and steady despite some late-race overheating problems, which added up to dominance, ultimately. The No. 5 led the race’s last nine hours and at the finish was 1 minute, 10.544 seconds ahead of the other Action Express Racing entry, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi driven by Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran, Mike Conway and Stuart Middleton. Finishing third as the final car on the lead lap were Colin Braun, Loic Duval, Jonathan Bennett and Romain Dumas in the CORE Autosport No. 54 ORECA LMP2.

The demanding 3.56-mile DIS road course was especially unforgiving for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s headlining Prototype class. The defending Rolex 24 champion team, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi, fell out of contention early due to a faulty radiator and ended up 45th in the 50-car field. The No. 23 Ligier LMP2 of United Autosports, featuring two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, punctured a tire in the eighth hour and had a brake issue in the 11th hour; the car finished 38th. The two Acura DPi entries fielded by owner Roger Penske – with former Indianapolis 500 champions Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya in the driver lineup – finished ninth and 10th, respectively. An on-track incident damaged one car; an alternator problem hampered the other’s chances.

All of that combined to open the door more than enough for the No. 5 team, which finished second in last year’s Rolex 24 after a late-race incident with the No. 10 Cadillac.

“I really do believe that the fact we had very few yellows compromised a lot of the machinery out there and really put a lot of stress on a lot of cars,” said Fittipaldi, after he and Barbosa claimed their third Rolex 24 victory. “Some cars started dropping off. Even ourselves, we had to baby it the last six or seven hours. We had a slight overheating problem.

“The whole race took on a slightly different dimension, a different path. Within one hour it went from a sprint race to an enduro race.”

Added Barbosa: “Just the expectation before we started this race was amazing. All the names, all the teams, all the drivers who were here, we definitely knew this was not going to be an easy race. Whoever won would really have to deserve it.”

Alonso’s heralded Daytona debut had its highlights despite the disappointing finish. After the tire problem, Alonso charged from three laps down to within one lap of the leaders. And for other portions of the race’s early hours, the car was one of the fastest in the field, overall.

“I think I have a positive feeling about the race; unfortunately we had too many issues that were out of our control, some unlucky situations,” Alonso said, adding that he likely will return to the Rolex 24.

“I think so. This race is in January. It’s an iconic race, a prestigious race. It’s in the part of the year where normally we [drivers from outside sports cars] are preparing for our season, in whatever category. So, instead of being on the bike or in the gym, you’re driving.”

In the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 67 Ford GT, driven by Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, gave the Ganassi organization its 200th victory across four racing disciplines – sports car, stock car, open wheel and rally cross. Ganassi’s No. 66 Ford GT, the winning GTLM car last year, finished second Sunday.  Ganassi has six overall Rolex 24 victories and two in GTLM.

The GT Daytona class was won by Rolf Ineichen, Mirko Bortolotti, Franck Perera and Rik Breukers in the No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Lamborghini.

Five-time Rolex 24 champion Scott Pruett, racing for the final time, co-drove the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 to a ninth-place finish (29th overall) in the GTD class. Pruett retires with a share of the Rolex 24 all-time overall victory record, tied with Hurley Haywood. Pruett holds the race record for class victories with 10.

“It was business as usual,” Pruett said. “But the memories here, the races here, the fans here ... it’s [all] second to none. The first thing to do, now, is toast this career with my wife and my family. And second, it will be just to take a moment to look back, and to savor it all.”

Tickets for the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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When the green flag drops for the 56th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA on Saturday, there will be no shortage of storylines involving the world-class field of drivers in 50 exotic sports cars negotiating the famed 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.

The Rolex 24 starts at 2:40 p.m. (ET, FOX), opening the season for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which is riding a wave of momentum coming into the “World Center of Racing.” Increased manufacturer involvement is combining with an illustrious list of drivers at IMSA’s most prestigious race.

Everywhere you look, there is news:

·       Last year’s Rolex 24-winning team, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi Prototype of Wayne Taylor Racing, is on the pole. New WTR driver Renger van der Zande is joined in the superlative lineup by reigning WeatherTech Championship co-champion Jordan Taylor and former Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

·       Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso is co-driving the No. 23 Ligier LMP2 Prototype, after qualifying the car 13th.

·       Legendary car owner Roger Penske has returned to the Rolex 24 – and to sports car racing fulltime. Penske has his own powerhouse teams that include former Indy 500 champions Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya plus the other reigning series co-champion, Ricky Taylor, and 2016 Prototype co-champion Dane Cameron. Castroneves and Taylor are joined by IndyCar Series regular Graham Rahal; the team starts the No. 7 Acura DPi second. Montoya and Cameron will share driving time with 2016 IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No. 6 Acura DPi; Montoya is seeking his fourth Rolex 24 victory.

·       Scott Pruett, who has won the Rolex 24 five times – an all-time record he shares with Hurley Haywood – is racing for the final time after 50 years of competition. Pruett is co-driving the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, competing in the production-based GT Daytona class and looking to extend his other all-time record of 10 class victories in the Rolex 24.

·       In the glamorous GT Le Mans class, one of the most iconic sports cars of the last 20 years, the bright yellow No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Corvette Racing, is on the pole and starts 18th overall. Corvette Racing has won the Rolex 24 three times in the last four years, including 2017.

On Friday, the final Rolex 24 practice session was led by the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi. Mike Conway posted the fast lap of 1 minute, 36.865 seconds (132.301 mph).

Also Friday, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge opened its season with the 4-hour BMW Endurance Challenge. The series features sports cars from worldwide manufacturers, straight from the showroom floor with only minor modifications.

The RS1 team of Spencer Pumpelly and 2017 Grand Sport (GS) champion Dillon Machavern co-drove the No. 28 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR to the overall victory, also topping GS. Their car started on the pole. In the new Touring Car class, Tom Long and Britt Casey Jr. won in the No. 77 Audi RS3 LMS. In Street Tuner, Nick Galante and Devin Jones took their pole-sitting No. 81 BMW 328i to Gatorade Victory Lane.

“This is huge for two reasons,” Pumpelly said. “One, our guys were working really hard in the off-season and the teams has a lot of momentum coming off last year’s championship with Dillon. It’s also big because a lot of these teams have new cars and I don’t think we’ll have the same advantage when those guys get up to speed. We need to get the points while we can.”

Added Machavern: “We kind of had a leg up. We unloaded really well and all the other teams were just kind of getting used to their cars that don’t have many miles on them. It was a huge advantage for the RS1 team.”

Tickets for the 56th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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To continue expanding its coverage of racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Racing Virginia launched the first episode of the Racing Virginia Podcast (RVP) on iTunes and racingvirginia.com today. The RVP is the latest step in the unprecedented collaboration among Virginia’s motorsports venues to share news and analysis from around the Commonwealth. Long-time Racing Virginia executives Chuck Hall of Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway (Langley) and Dave Seay of Virginia Motor Speedway (VMS) will host the podcast every Thursday throughout the season.

The RVP with Hall and Seay will discuss Virginia tracks, racers, and personalities including previews, recaps, and guests from around the Commonwealth. The podcast will expand on the exclusive news and information delivered daily on RacingVirginia.com. With behind the scenes stories and interviews, the RVP will deliver stories from the personalities at the track to the garage to behind the wheel. The podcast will be available weekly on iTunes and racingvirginia.com.

“Racing Virginia is continually looking for ways to expand its efforts of promoting racing in the Commonwealth, and the launch of the Racing Virginia Podcast is the next step in the platform’s growth,” said Mike Waddell, Richmond Vice President of Marketing & Communication. “It is our goal to continue to highlight the tracks and drivers who are a part of the Racing Virginia community. The Racing Virginia Podcast with Chuck Hall and Dave Seay will bring fans even closer to local tracks and drivers in the state. I look forward to listening to a dedicated broadcast for Racing Virginia discussion all season long.”

Chuck Hall is the long-time promoter at Langley. In 1974, Hall’s professional career started in broadcasting for numerous local radio stations including WSLQ, WPSK, WQBX, and WLRT. In 1995, he joined Langley as the Director of Marketing & Sales before becoming Promoter in 2000-2003. After a five-year return to broadcast media, he came back as Promoter at Langley in 2010.

Dave Seay has been the Director of Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations at VMS since 2002. The veteran motorsports professional has been integral in the growth of the famed dirt track at Jamaica, VA. Before joining VMS, Seay was the announcer at South Boston Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and at special asphalt events up and down the east coast. In 2003, Seay founded Clutch Performance Media, a multimedia company producing original audio and video content for clients. Seay has also hosted several racing talk shows over the years in the Richmond and Tidewater areas.

In April 2017, Racing Virginia launched as a new digital platform, RacingVirginia.com, with the mission to promote racing at the grassroots level along with more than 25 motorsports venues in the Commonwealth. The Racing Virginia platform shares news and information from racing venues from Langley to Lonesome Pine, making it easy for fans to have access to news, schedules, and tickets. Exclusive original content is shared weekly from regular contributors and personalities including Joe Moore, Randy Hallman, and Justin Kern.

A comprehensive master schedule of racing events in the Commonwealth continues to be a one of a kind showcase of motorsports activity in the state. With Virginia racer bio webpages, local drivers have the opportunity, at no cost, to promote themselves, their activity, and most importantly, their sponsors who help them go racing every weekend. Virginia driver webpages will continue to expand in 2018.

Racing Virginia promotes young Virginia athletes in motorsports with Team Racing Virginia (TRV), an initiative to encourage and support young Virginia drivers to seek their NASCAR racing dreams. Grayson Cullather and Chase Butler recently joined inaugural members Chase Burrow, Macy Causey, Zach Lightfoot, and Timmy “Mini” Tyrell as part of TRV. All members of TRV are currently making an indelible impact on the racing scene in the Commonwealth.

Racing Virginia is active on social media with pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can LIKE the platform on Facebook at Facebook.com/RacingVirginia, follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/RacingVirginia, and follow on Instagram at Instagram.com/RacingVirginia. To stay up to date on racing news and information from around the Commonwealth, visit racingvirginia.com.

Richmond Raceway PR

With construction for Richmond Raceway Reimagined (Reimagined) underway, the evolution of Richmond Raceway (Richmond) continues as the track announces additional fan-based capital improvements in Turns 3 and 4. Richmond will further enhance the fan experience with a premium RV park in Turn 3 and party deck in Turn 4. The new improvements will launch over Richmond’s Toyota spring race weekend on April 20-21, 2018.

The new party deck in Turn 4 will provide a tiered viewing experience with a drink rail. The party deck will compare to similar fan areas in Major League Baseball stadiums. The premium RV park in Turn 3 will have water and power hook-ups in a private, fenced-in area overlooking the track. The Old Dominion and Colonial Grandstands, as well as additional views from the Frontstretch, will be removed as part of the continuing redevelopment of the track.

“Richmond Raceway Reimagined was the start of the redevelopment of the fan experience at Richmond Raceway,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “The fan-based capital improvements in Turns 3 and 4 will provide fans with improved experiences in time for our Toyota spring race weekend. Richmond has been a racing destination for 70 years, and this is another step in preparing the track for race fans over the next 70 years.”

The fan-based capital improvements with the new party deck and premium RV park continues the evolution of Richmond’s iconic racing experience at the historic track. The grandstand capacity for Richmond will remain in excess of 50,000, which is comparable to other major league sporting facility in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia region. The capacity includes the availability to bi-annually host the most fans in the modernized infield in track history as part of Reimagined, the $30 million privately funded infield redevelopment project.

Reimagined is part of the multi-phase masterplan with the modernized infield being the first step in offering new, interactive fan experiences. Reimagined is one of the foundations for the future of motorsports facilities. Richmond continues to be an economic and tourism catalyst hosting two of the largest single-day sporting events in the Commonwealth of Virginia annually.

To learn more about Reimagined, visit richmondracewayreimagined.com. The website includes images, video, and up-to-date information on the project.

Stay connected to richmondraceway.com and our social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube for more information on the 2018 events schedule.

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Last year’s Rolex 24 At DAYTONA champion team is this year’s polesitter. Renger van der Zande is the driver responsible, having posted a fast lap of 1 minute, 36.083 seconds (133.378 mph) in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi during Thursday’s qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.

A new addition to Wayne Taylor Racing, van der Zande replaces Ricky Taylor who left to join the new Acura Team Penske lineup. Last year Ricky and his brother Jordan co-drove the No. 10 to the Rolex 24 victory (with Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli) and went on to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the Prototype class with a dominating season. For the Rolex 24 this year, van der Zande and Jordan Taylor are joined by former Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

In recent years, qualifying for the Rolex 24 has taken on added importance due to increasingly tight competition that has produced surprisingly close finishes in this twice-around-the-clock event. The days of wide margins of victory are gone. Teams, more than ever, place value on starting near the front, knowing that can help facilitate an up-front finish.

At the end of the 15-minute qualifying session, van der Zande was at the front – barely. Qualifying second, only .007 seconds behind, was three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves in one of two Roger Penske-owned Acura DPis. Qualifying third was Felipe Albuquerque in the Cadillac DPi of Mustang Sampling Racing. The best lap for van der Zande was his ninth (and last) around the 3.56-mile road course, allowing him to edge Castroneves for the pole.

“I’m super thrilled to be here and super thrilled to be in this seat,” said van der Zande, who advanced to the Prototype class last year from IMSA’s Prototype Challenge competition. “It’s been tough at the same time, because these guys (at Wayne Taylor Racing) expect a lot from you. I think this is why they know how to win a championship.”

Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso qualified 13th in the No. 23 Ligier LMP2 Prototype of United Autosports. Alonso is co-driving with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson.

“I think it was a good session for us,” Alonso said. “It was nice to have some laps, finally, with no traffic. When we are in the [all class] practice there is a lot of traffic and a lot going on. In the Prototype qualifying you can put some laps together.”

Jan Magnussen took the pole in the GT Le Mans class, in the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Corvette Racing. In the GT Daytona class, the pole went to Daniel Serra and the No. 51 Ferrari 488 GT3.

Prior to qualifying for the Rolex 24, qualifying was also held for Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge, a four-hour event (1-5 p.m.) featuring production-based cars in the season-opener for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. Veteran road-racer Spencer Pumpelly put the No. 28 Porsche Cayman GT4 M4 on the pole via a 1 minute, 55.136-seconds (111.306 mph) lap. That effort also topped the series’ headlining Grand Sport (GS) class. The Touring Car (TCR) class pole was won by Kuno Wittmer in the No. 74 Audi RS3 (2:00.550/106.307). In the Street Tuner (ST) class, Devin Jones (2:04.217/103.169) took the pole in the No. 81 BMW 328i.

Tickets for the 56th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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After a successful 2017 season with a brand-new track design, High Point Raceway is pleased to announce a completely renovated and updated website. The new layout makes it easier for racers and fans to get all the details on each event that is offered on the iconic property, situated just 15 minutes away from the MX Sports and Racer X Illustrated headquarters. This year there will be a total of eight events, headlined by the High Point National on Father's Day Weekend. 

The 2018 High Point Raceway season will kick off Sunday, March 25 with the New East Coast XC (NECXC) racing series. The hare scramble track will take place in the woods surrounding High Point Raceway and offer classes for ATV and dirt bike racers of all ages and skill levels. The NECXC series will return to High Point Raceway on Sunday, July 29. 

Motocross action will begin the weekend of April 14 and 15 with the PAMX Thor Championship series, presented by Dunlop. After undergoing a completely racetrack revamp last year, Saturday's practice day will offer racers a unique opportunity to ride on the track without the pressure of a points-paying race. Then on Sunday, the gates will drop for the first time of the 2018 season. Class details, registration info and more can be found HERE.

Just two weeks later, racers will begin their Road to Loretta's with the AMA Northeast Area Qualifier. This event serves as the first step to qualify for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Championship, which is known as America's largest and most prestigious amateur racing championship. Racers will travel to High Point Raceway from across the northeast and aim to finish in a qualifying position in order to advance to a Regional Championship. 

The fastest ATV racers will head to Pennsylvania on May 19 and 20. With the newly crowned AMA Pro ATV champion, Joel Hetrick, hailing from Seneca, Pennsylvania, the racing action is expected to be top-of-the-line as the series participants experience the brand-new track for the first time. Professional racing will commence on Saturday, while amateur racing will cap off the weekend.

Father's Day weekend will host the 42nd annual Red Bull High Point National which serves as the fourth round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Before the sport's professional athletes converge on the facility, Friday, June 15, will offer an amateur practice and round four of the Women's Motocross Championship (WMX). A variety of family-fun activities will also take place throughout the weekend and will be announced at a later date. Amateur racing concludes the weekend event on Sunday, June 17. 

Click HERE to view the complete 2018 High Point MX Schedule online. Click HERE to view the complete 2018 High Point MX Schedule online. 

Perhaps the most anticipated event of the season is the inaugural Mason-Dixon GNCC. Although the pit area will be across the street at Mathews Farm, part of the 12-mile course will feature High Point Raceway using the woods surrounding the track. The course will also cross over into the state of West Virginia making for a one-of-a-kind event.

The season will conclude with the 28th annual DC Vet Homecoming presented by Lojaks Cycle Sales. The weekend is the ultimate ‘throwback' and pays homage to Big Dave Coombs who pioneered the world of motocross and off-road racing. On Saturday, September 22, High Point Raceway will host a Grand Prix/Moto-X-Country race, featuring a mix of obstacles including grass track, woods sections and portions of the motocross track. Sunday's DC Vet Homecoming motocross race will offer a variety of vet age classes, in addition to vintage bike classes. 

High Point Raceway looks forward to seeing everyone at High Point Raceway this year. No matter what your preferred style of racing is, there is an event for you. Spectators are invited and encouraged to attend each event, and can find specific admission prices on the respective event website. To check out the brand-new website, click HERE

For more information on High Point Raceway please call (304) 284-0084 or visit the official website at www.highpointmx.com. Also follow High Point Raceway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and to catch the latest news. 

Texas Motor Speedway has undergone a restructuring of its marketing, events and sales departments that was highlighted by several personnel promotions.
 
The speedway has combined the Events and Marketing departments under one umbrella that will be known as the Event Services Department. Both departments were previously under and will remain under the guidance and leadership of Assistant General Manager / Vice President of Event Services 
Kenton Nelson.
 
In Event Services, Ellen Stallcup was promoted from Advertising Event Manager to Director of Advertising and Event Services while Ronnie Platt moves from Marketing Coordinator to Manager of Event Services.
 
The Sales Department, under the leadership of Vice President of Sales Jason Wonderly, was restructured to create a more efficient and strategic resource for the speedway's sponsorship partners. The move will allow the Sales Department to manage partner relationships in a more proactive fashion and help ensure healthy and sustainable programs in the future.
 
The Sales Department restructuring and promotions consist of the following:
  • Michelle Armbruster - Senior Manager, Client Services (new role). She will supervise the team of Account Managers and be the primary point of contact for all partners. Armbruster will work proactively with partners to help maximize ROI and event execution while understanding their goals, needs and objectives; oversee the on-boarding process of all new partners; streamline business operations on behalf of the speedway partners; serve as the sales liaison for the Event Services Department; and utilize her expertise in strategic sports and entertainment activation strategies. 
  • Kelsee Vandiver - Account Manager, FanZone & New Business Coordinator. She will serve as the day-to-day point of contact for a select group of sponsor partners. Vandiver will manage the operations and serve as the main point of contact for the speedway's FanZone and its affiliated partners; help drive ROI for partners and execute against the contractual obligations; develop and lead the effort for creating promotional sales materials and presentations on behalf of the sales team; and support the new business ideation process.
  • Brenna Haussman - Account Manager, Suite Services & Hospitality. She also will serve as the day-to-day point of contact for a select group of sponsor partners. Haussman will manage the operations and serve as the main point of contact for all suite and Burnout Alley RV customers; support special events and client-related, on-site activities; and be the direct point of contact for the local Levy Restaurants partnership.
  • Fredella Malone - Sales Assistant & Administrative Support. She will support the sales and service team in various capacities; front desk responsibilities; pre- and post-event support and reporting.
The 2018 racing season at Texas Motor Speedway kicks off April 6-8 with the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader. The weekend features the XFINITY Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday, April 7 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday, April 8. For information on tickets, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500.
 
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Michigan International Speedway continues to enhance the experience for guests all week long at NASCAR’s most entertaining track.

In 2018, MIS will debut a new high-end campground, seating option, ticket package and hospitality area. A new high-end campground will overlook Turn 1 with upscale amenities. In addition, countertop seating will be added to rows in the Turn 1 Grandstands. The track is also introducing a new all-you-can eat ticket package and the track’s hospitality area will move to Turn 1. 

Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com to learn more or call 888-905-7223 to take advantage of everything in 2018.

“We are excited about the enhancements for our guests in 2018,” track President Rick Brenner said. “The new high-end campground, countertop seating and the new hospitality location will enhance the race day experience. In addition, the all-you-can-eat ticket package provides an outstanding value to our fans.”

Campers will get closer to the track than ever before. The track is building a new campground located right outside of Turn 1. Now the campers will feel the speed and energy of the cars as they go into the fastest part of the track.

The campground amenities include:

-          Paved Sites

-          Electric and Water

-          Permanent Restrooms

-          Private Game Room and Lounge

-          Turn 1 Patio with Picnic Tables

-          Outdoor Game Area

-          Fire Pits

-          Private Trackside Viewing Area

-          Opens Wednesday of Race Week

-          RV’s and Fifth Wheels

-          Includes:

o   Sunday All-You-Can Eat in Turn 1

o   Pit, Paddock and Driver Introduction Pass

o   Infield Access

The speedway will be contacting fans that are currently on a camping waiting list and will fill the high-end campground based on years attended.

New in 2018 is the all-you-can-eat ticket package starting at $85. Guests purchasing this package will enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, potato chips, cookies and iced tea. All of this will be available two hours prior to the green flag right behind turn 1. Now fans can get their fill on food and not miss any of the action.  Groups of 10 tickets start at $75 per person. Book a group and experience our race weekend activities like the mock driver meeting and tram rides around the track.

The track will make improvements to the Turn 1 grandstands to enhance the race-day experiences of the fans. In certain sections, the track is installing countertops. Now those guests will have a seat and a countertop to put their favorite snacks and drinks on while watching the race.

In addition, the track is moving the hospitality area from the Turn 4 area down to the Turn 1 area. Guests will still receive the same great service and amenities and be closer to their seat.

The start times for the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races have been announced. The FireKeepers Casino 400 will start at 2 p.m. on June 10. Meanwhile the Monster Energy Series race on August 12 will begin at 2:30 p.m.

As part of its facility optimization, Michigan International Speedway will remove some seats in Turn 1. The guests affected were personally contacted in advance to aid in the transition. The track will have seating options and pricing options available comparable to 2017.

NASCAR returns to Michigan International Speedway twice in 2018 and you can be part of the action. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 weekend is June 8-10.  On Aug. 10-12 the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to NASCAR’s fastest track.

Tickets to the two NASCAR weekends go on sale to the public on February 8. And fans will want to get their tickets fast to save up to $50 per grandstand ticket and up to $30 per campsite.

Children 12 and under are free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, children 12 and under tickets start at $15.  Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.

And fans can stay after the LTi Printing 250 in June for the free Saturday post-race concert featuring 38 Special. After the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in August, The Cadillac Three will headline the free concert. All fans with a Sunday admission will gain access to the concert! The concert will take place behind Turn 3.

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