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Nishikawa Rubber and NISCO will be joining Hattori Racing Enterprises as sponsors for the No. 11 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East car for the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25th. Nishikawa and NISCO have an existing relationship with Hattori Racing Enterprises as they sponsored the No. 11 for 2013’s North American Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and DRIVE4COPD 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Two representatives from NISCO will also be joining HRE as guests for the entire weekend of racing at Richmond.

The Nishikawa and NISCO sponsorship is especially important to HRE driver Lee Pulliam. “As a racer, sponsors mean everything. I am very pound and fortunate to be driving the No. 11 Nishikawa/NISCO Toyota. I want to get a win for all the sponsors on board, for Shige [Hattori, team owner], and for the entire team. Without sponsorship it would be impossible to compete at a competitive level, so without sponsors like Nishikawa and NISCO, I wouldn’t be able to compete in the series. This opportunity means everything to me, so they do too.”

Nishikawa Rubber Co. LTD (formerly known as NRC) is based in Hiroshima, Japan, and specializes in the manufacture and distribution of various sealing products, mainly for automotive applications. They produce automotive door weatherstrips and joints for the outer walls of housing. Nishikawa supplies high quality weatherstrips to car makers and house builders both at home and abroad.

Nishikawa Cooper LLC (NISCO) is a joint Japanese-American venture between Nishikawa Rubber Company and Cooper Standard of Novi, Michigan. Founded in 1986 in Topeka, Indiana, the company is a Tier I supplier of dynamic rubber weather-stripping to the automotive industry.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will take the green flag at Richmond directly following the NASCAR Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250. The Blue Ox 100 will air on Fox Sports 1 on May 2nd at 4:30 P.M. EST.

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A stellar start to his NASCAR K&N Pro Series season on both the east and west coasts has earned Patrick Staropoli (@97patrickstar) a ride in Saturday’s Pro All Star Series (PASS) Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway (HMS).

Staropoli, a native of Miami, Florida won last year’s inaugural PEAK Stock Car Dream challenge and has since stormed into the spotlight by virtually flawless performances in 2013 and 2014.

In fact, in just the 24 year’s old sixth career K&N start, Staropoli netted his first career victory at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway edging series veteran David Mayhew for his first stock car triumph driving for Bill McAnally Racing (BMR). In addition to the win, he has also netted three top-10s in four starts thus far this season.

On Saturday, the rising star is hoping that some of his K&N success will translate to the super late model, a division where he has competed in over the last several years in his home state of Florida.

“I’m really thankful that Jimmy Doyle has given me the opportunity to race this weekend at Hickory,” said Staropoli, driver of the No. 71 General Auto Repair and Tire / @97patrickstar / PEAK entry. “We’ve discussed doing this for a long time and for this deal to come together for a race as prestigious as the Easter Bunny 150 just makes it even more special. I’m really excited to get back behind the wheel of a late model, and with Jimmy’s car running as competitively as it has this year, I feel like we have a lot to look forward to heading into the weekend.”

Since 2010, the former Harvard University graduate has garnered three poles, four wins, 12 top-fives and 19 top-10s in 24 starts in his own super late model. However, this will be his first trip to the historic Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

“I’m expecting forward bite and tire conservation to be key,” sounded Staropoli. “After watching some videos, it looks like the track has a lot of character and the groove seems to widen out as the race goes on. It’s going to be a very competitive race, but I think the driver who still has the drive off the corner after Lap 100 will probably be in the best position to win it. Hopefully that will be us.”

Following the annual event at HMS, Staropoli will return to NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition at Iowa Speedway on May 17. At this time, it is also his last scheduled race in the PEAK sponsored Toyota Camry. While he is continuing to seek additional marketing partners, if Staropoli’s hardcore background and early season success is any indication, next month’s contest won’t be the last time he’s behind the wheel this season.

The Easter Bunny 150 is set for Saturday, April 19 scheduled to lift off shortly after 6:00 p.m.

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140 BUZZ Partners with Racing4Vets

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:23

 

140 BUZZ is pleased to announce their partnership with Racing4Vets for the First Annual Veteran Kart Challenge to Benefit Service Disabled Veterans. 140 BUZZ will be working with the non-profit group to handle the public relations and social media coverage of the event.

The First Annual Racing4Vets Veteran Kart Challenge will take place on May 19, 2014 at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

The event will feature NASCAR stars racing high performance karts in a 2-hour team relay format. Each four person team will include a professional racer paired with race fans. An auction will allow fans to win a seat on a professional's team. Racing4Vets will also field a team of veterans for the race.

Drivers scheduled to compete at the event include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series young guns, BK Racing teammates Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex. From the Nationwide Series; Ryan Preece, Corey Lajoie and Jeffrey Earnhardt look to lead their respective teams to victory. Camping World Truck Series star Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. will be joined by reigning 2013 champion Matt Crafton. Representing the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program will be Daniel Suarez and Mackena Bell.

140 BUZZ PR

 

Brodie Heads to New York International Auto Show

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 19:22
Brodie Kostecki is heading to fabulous New York city with the Arcoplate, Canine Companions for Independence, Toyota Camry race car.
Brodie is a strong supporter of Canine Companions for Independence, the nation's largest nonprofit provider of highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities.  Southtown Toyota has partnered with Canine Companions for the auto show.

Team Arcoplate's primary sponsor, Arcoplate, the world's most wear resistant fused alloy steel wear plate, has teamed up with Canine Companions and Toyota to participate in the event.

Racing fans attending the NY International Auto Show at Javits Center in Manhattan will get the chance to meet Brodie, receive an autograph, and see the #43 K&N East Series Toyota on display from April 18 to 28, 2014.

Brodie has autographed a custom designed racing helmet that will be raffled off at the show. Raffle tickets can be purchased for a nominal donation to Canine Companions.

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NASCAR Executive Marcus Jadotte Leaving Organization

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 15:17

NASCAR announced today that Marcus Jadotte, vice president of public affairs and multicultural development, will be leaving the organization. Jadotte will serve as a consultant as NASCAR continues to evolve its diversity and multicultural development initiatives throughout the organization. Additionally, NASCAR will expand its existing relationship with Teneo Strategy, a strategic advisory firm which has worked with NASCAR since 2013, to support its public affairs activities.

“During his nine years at NASCAR, Marcus has made a truly meaningful impact on our business,” said NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian France. “Thanks in large part to Marcus’ passion and leadership, we have become a leader in diversity and inclusion among the sports industry, and we will continue to deepen our commitment in the years ahead. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service to NASCAR.”

“The NASCAR ecosystem reaches nearly every facet of the American economy, so it was particularly gratifying to have worked with leading NASCAR stakeholders and to have contributed to the sport’s development over the last nine years,” Jadotte said. “I am especially grateful for the professional support and friendship I have received from Brian France and NASCAR President Mike Helton during my tenure.”

Among his accomplishments since joining NASCAR in March 2005, Jadotte led the development of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) and NASCAR Pit Crew Development programs. These initiatives focus on developing the skills of promising female, Asian, Latino and African-American drivers and crew members in NASCAR. Jadotte has effectively overseen NASCAR’s relationship with Rev Racing, which operates teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the NASCAR D4D program, resulting in an increase in minority participation and on-track success. 

NASCAR D4D will continue under the leadership of Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, racing operations (to whom Jadotte reported). The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program and annual NASCAR Diversity Awards also are among a number of diversity and inclusion programs started by Jadotte that will continue at NASCAR.

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It took until the fourth race of the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season for George Brunnhoelzl III to score his first win of the season. He took the checkered flag first in Saturday night's Courtyard By Marriott/Pepsi 150 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.

The win extends his Southern Tour record for wins to 21 in his career. Brunnhoelzl took the lead from Andy Seuss on lap 84 and went onto lead the final 69 laps. That included two laps past the scheduled 150 due to a green-white-checkered finish. That sixth and final caution flew on lap 144 when Gary Putnam spun.

On the green-white-checkered finish Brunnhoelzl held off Andy Seuss to win by 0.210 seconds.

Ryan Preece started from the pole at the 0.396 mile track but Andy Seuss, who had won two of the first three races on the season, took the lead on the opening lap. Preece then took the lead on lap three and led until Seuss passed him on lap 62. He relinquished to Brunnhoelzl, who had started fourth, on lap 84.

Finishing in third was David Calabrese. He started in 15th. Luke Fleming was fourth and Ryan Preece fifth. Sixth went to Burt Myers, Bobby Measmer Jr was seventh, Joe Ryan Osborne eighth, Jason Myers ninth, and Gary Putnam tenth. Spencer Davis was 11th, JR Bertuccio 12th, Mike Norman 13th, Thomas Stinson 14th, Danny Bohn 15th, and Brian Loftin 16th.

After four races Andy Seuss holds a four point lead over George Brunnhoelzl III. JR Bertuccio is 19 points back in third. Burt Myers is fourth and Luke Fleming fifth.

The next race up for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour is the Bunny Hop 150 at Caraway Speedway on Saturday, April 19th.

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Hermie Sadler to Compete in Denny Hamlin Charity Race

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 20:48

1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and current Fox Sport 1 analyst Hermie Sadler will return to the track as he will compete in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.  The biggest celebrity-laden Late Model Race on asphalt is going back to its roots at South Boston Speedway (South Boston, Va.) on April 24th, as host Denny Hamlin and an all-star cast of drivers return to the race track that helped launch Hamlin's NASCAR career, among other racing stars.

Sadler, who competed at South Boston in the Late Model Division in the early 1990's, says the race being held at the legendary Virginia short track is one of the reasons he wants to compete this year.  "I really appreciate Denny (Hamlin) and everything he does with his foundation and am honored to be invited to race, and getting to race again at South Boston Speedway makes it that much more special for me.  It's also my birthday, so I'm hoping a lot of my family and friends can come out and celebrate with me for a great cause!"

 

Sadler will be driving a Chevrolet prepared by H.C. and Peyton Sellers of nearby Danville, Virginia.  The car will be sponsored by Boyd Cars of Henderson, South Hill, and Emporia, Global Force Wrestling, and the all new Dominion Raceway.  Practice begins at 1 p.m., qualifying at 5:30 p.m., qualifying races at 6:30 p.m., and the 200 Lap Feature will begin at approximately 8:00 pm.  For more information, visit www.southbostonspeedway.com or call 434-572-4947.

 

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NASCAR announced today the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours Championship events on FOX Sports 1.

The schedule includes 28 events for NASCAR’s touring series including previously aired races from Bristol Motor Speedway, Greenville Pickens Speedway, and Irwindale Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the next generation of top-level NASCAR stars competing alongside accomplished veterans and FOX Sports’ coverage of the series provides a great platform to showcase these drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “The select NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events are always exciting shows and shouldn’t be missed.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules are highlighted by the two combination events at Iowa Speedway in Newton, and both season finales – Dover International Speedway in September for the K&N East and a November date at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., for the K&N West, both companion events to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Also of note is the K&N East return to New York’s Watkins Glen International for the first time since 2009.

The popular annual Whelen Modified/Southern Modified Tour date in August at Bristol Motor Speedway is on the slate. Additionally, both the July and September Whelen Modified Tour dates at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon are scheduled to air, as is an October trip to Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park for the tour’s final race of the season.

SERIES

EVENT DATE

AIR DATE (ET)

TRACK

K&N East

Fri., April 25

Fri., May 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Richmond International Raceway

K&N West

Sat., May 3

Fri., May 19 - 1:30 p.m.

Stockton 99 Speedway

K&N East/West

Sat., May 17

Sat., May 24 - 8:30 a.m.

Iowa Speedway

K&N East

Sat., May 31

Sat., June 7 - 10:30 a.m.

Bowman Gray Stadium

K&N East

Sat., June 21

Fri., June 27 -  Noon

Langley Speedway

K&N West

Sat., June 21

Fri., July 4 - 2 p.m.

Sonoma Raceway

K&N East

Fri., July 11

Sun., July 20 - Noon

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Whelen Modified Tour

Sat., July 12

Fri., July 18 - Noon

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

K&N West

Sat., July 12

Fri., July 25 - 4 p.m.

StateLine Speedway

K&N East

Sat., July 19

Sun., July 27 - 10 a.m.

Columbus Motor Speedway

K&N West

Sat., July 26

Sun., Aug. 3 - 10 a.m.

Colorado National Speedway

K&N East/West

Fri., Aug. 1

Fri., Aug. 8 - 11 a.m.

Iowa Speedway

K&N East

Fri., Aug. 8

Sun., Aug. 17 - 10 a.m.

Watkins Glen International

K&N West

Sat., Aug. 16

Fri., Aug. 22 - 10 a.m.

Evergreen Speedway

Whelen Modified/Southern Modified Tour

Wed., Aug. 20

Sun., Aug. 31 - Noon

Bristol Motor Speedway

K&N West

Sat., Aug. 30

Fri., Sept. 5 - 9:30 a.m.

Kern County Raceway Park

Whelen Modified Tour

Sat., Sept. 20

Sat., Sept. 27 - 10 a.m.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

K&N East

Fri., Sept. 26

Sat., Oct. 4 - 10 a.m.

Dover International Speedway

K&N West

Sat., Oct. 11

Fri., Oct. 17 - 1:30 p.m.

All American Speedway

Whelen Modified Tour

Sun., Oct. 19

Sat., Nov. 1 - 10 a.m.

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

K&N West

Thurs., Nov. 6

Sat., Nov. 16 - Noon

Phoenix International Raceway

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Tagliani Autosport and popular Canadian IndyCar/NASCAR and SportsCar racer, race winner and Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Alex Tagliani, are very pleased to announce one of the fastest-rising racing star drivers in Canada has been chosen to drive the Team EpiPen/Dicom Express entry in The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series ( NCATS ) season opener May 18th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park/Mosport.
Alex Tagliani, the regular driver of The Team EpiPen/Docom Express # 18 Dodge Challenger Tagliani Autosport entry, turns over the wheel to Edmonton Alberta native Stefan Rzadzinski for that weekend, as “Tag” will be busy attempting to score his second career pole for the 98th running of The Indianapolis 500, driving The # 68 SFHR/RW Dallara/Honda IndyCar for Sarah Fisher-Hartman Racing on Armed Forces Pole Day at the fabled Brickyard.
Partnering with Alex in the new Tagliani Autosport venture is long time friend and business associate Colin Livingston, President of CanTorque Incorporated of Edmonton Alberta.
 
 “We are so fortunate to have amazing partners in EpiPen/Pfizer and Dicom, so it was important for Colin and I to go with a young driver who not only has talent like Stefan has in abundance, but a driver who’s also well spoken and intelligent to represent our partners in the best way possible. Being from Edmonton, he also gives Tagliani Autosport and the team very valuable Western Canada exposure and visibility. We’re very excited to bring Stefan on board!”, Tagliani explained.
 
Now 21, Rzadzinski started kart racing at the age of 8, winning a number of championships in the junior ranks of karting and formula cars. He was a major prize-winner in the Skip Barber Shootout, a finalist for the Team Canada Scholarship for young drivers, a “Road to Indy” podium finisher, a two-time Ontario F-1600 Championship Runner-Up, Canadian Automobile Sports Club’s Ontario Region Rookie of the Year, and the Western Canadian Motorsports Association Driver of the Year, to name but a few of Stefan’s accomplishments.
 
“I’m very excited to kick off my relationship with Tagliani Autosport this season. It means a great deal to be trusted to drive Alex Tagliani’s Team EpiPen/Dicom Express No. 18 for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season opener on May 18th. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a track I’m familiar with from my Formula 1600 days, so I’ll be looking to take that knowledge and apply it to the bigger and more powerful NASCAR Canadian Tire Series car. After what feels like the longest off-season in history, I can’t wait to get back on track,” Rzadzinski commented.
 
Tagliani’s NCATS entry is in partnership as brand ambassador with Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of The EpiPen® epinephrine auto-injector. Alex himself lives and races with a severe allergy to nuts, and carries the allergy awareness/Pfizer/EpiPen message across Canada through his NCATS racing program.
With the goal of getting school children actively involved with Team EpiPen, Tagliani’s “Summer of Tag” school visits coincide with the launch of his Race Car Design Contest and the second edition of the Helmet Design contest. The winning students in each contest receive tickets to a local race, while the helmet with the winning design will be auctioned off at the end of the season to raise funds for Anaphylaxis Canada.
 
To raise additional funds for Anaphylaxis Canada, The Tagliani Foundation is staging a Golf Classic and Gala at Celine's Le Mirage in Montreal September 30th.  For more information on the Foundation:  TaglianiFoundation.org
 
Fans are invited to follow Alex and The Tagliani Autosport Team on Facebook and Twitter all season long:  Summeroftag.com    Tagliani.com    TaglianiAutosport.com
 
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INDYCAR announced today an addition to the practice schedule and further definition of the qualification format for next month's 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The schedule change features an extra day of on-track activity with the addition of a Verizon IndyCar Series practice session on Monday, May 19.

In March, INDYCAR announced an enhanced qualification format to increase the excitement level and on-track action during qualifications. The weekend will culminate on Sunday, May 18th with the Fast Nine Shootout, which will determine the coveted Indianapolis 500 pole position and the recipient of the Verizon P1 Award.

The practice session on May 19th will be held from 12-5p.m. (EST) and the extra day of on-track action will be open to the public like any other practice day during May.

"On Sunday teams will be completely focused on qualifying, so we added another practice session to give them a sufficient amount of time to test their race setups," said Derrick Walker, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. "Previously a majority of teams have utilized most of Sunday for full-tank running, so it was important for us to continue to give them that opportunity after qualifications are complete."

"The addition of a post-qualifying practice will be beneficial to the teams as they prepare for the Indianapolis 500, and will also be an exciting, action-packed afternoon of track activity for fans," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "We are also thankful to the many staff, businesses and the local law enforcement community for the cooperation in adding another new element to the Indianapolis 500 activities."

INDYCAR also confirmed an update to the qualification format that allows a competitor that suffers a hardship in qualifying at the conclusion of Saturday, May 17th an opportunity to make the starting field during Sunday qualifications.  This revision would also permit teams that want to bring new entries forward after qualifying on Saturday an opportunity to compete for a position in the race.  In both cases, these teams would be restricted to the last row of the field.

"As our qualifying format evolves we continue to evaluate what is best for the competitors," Walker explained. "We realized the need to provide teams that suffer an unexpected hardship on Saturday a second chance to make the Indianapolis 500. The changes apply primarily for cars that crash or suffer a mechanical failure during their Saturday qualifying run.  Ultimately, we will capture the fastest 33 cars and that's who will make the race."

At the conclusion of Saturday's qualifications, positions 31-33 will be provisional and those cars, plus any entry not already in the field that has declared its intention to qualify to INDYCAR prior to 7 p.m. (EST) on Saturday - will participate in a separate qualification session on Sunday to determine the 11th row on the grid.

Sunday's qualifying will include three separate group sessions:

  • Group One (10:15-12:15 p.m. EST) - Determines starting positions 10-30;
  • Group Two (12:45-1:30 p.m. EST)  - Determines positions 31-33; and
  • The Fast Nine Shootout (2:00-2:45 p.m. EST) - Determines the Verizon P1 Award winner and first three rows of the race.

Fans will be able to track their favorite drivers' progress as they attempt to qualify for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" with ABC's extensive coverage. The network will televise qualifications live from 4-6 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 17, and 1-3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 18, in addition to the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500, marking its 50th consecutive year of coverage of the race. Additional hours of qualifying will be carried on ESPN3, ESPN's multi-screen live sports network, with the full schedule to be announced at a later date.

IRL PR

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