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For the 2023 racing season, Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) is proud to be working with Busch Light to deliver the next phase of the brand’s Accelerate Her Program. To support women currently pursuing racing careers in NASCAR and to diversify the sport for future generations of drivers, WIMNA has created the 2023 Contingency Fund Program, a bespoke point system that rewards women drivers 21 years of age and older with monetary rewards based on race results throughout the 2023 racing season.
In 2022, Busch Light made a first-of-its-kind three-year commitment that aims at the inequity of resources available to women drivers by investing directly in woman drivers aged 21 or over in NASCAR. In year two, the brand teamed up with WIMNA to expand the Accelerate Her efforts to reach even more women drivers in NASCAR. As a pivot to the program’s initial focus on visibility and awareness, the Contingency Fund Program will more directly address the financial aspect and reward race results, something that greatly impacts women drivers across NASCAR.
"Last year, Busch Light seized the opportunity to accelerate gender equality in motorsports, and we're pleased to be bringing WIMNA onboard to strengthen initial efforts through the next phase of Accelerate Her with the 2023 Contingency Fund Program," said Krystyn Stowe, Head of Marketing, Busch Family and Natural Family at Anheuser-Busch. “As experts in the space with plenty of heart and passion for building opportunities that create an equitable playing field, WIMNA is the perfect partner to lead this year’s efforts in providing even more women drivers with opportunities for advancement on and off the track.”
This new points system, created by WIMNA, empowers and rewards women drivers based on their merit and race results throughout the season. The system incorporates several factors, including the different lengths of races, the size of the fields, the level of competition, and the cost of competing in NASCAR-sanctioned races. Eligible participants in the program will accumulate points during the 2023 season – as of February 1, 2023. Designed to celebrate their success within the sport and to help fuel opportunities for even more women pursuing careers in NASCAR. At the end of the year, the top three points earners will be rewarded $125,000, $50,000, and $25,000, respectively.
“Motorsports is unique to almost every other sport in that women and men compete equally. I have seen firsthand that equality is not always granted when it comes to the much-needed funding drivers require to succeed,” said Lyn St. James, Co-founder of WIMNA." Financial incentive contingency programs are one of the best ways to monetize and create awareness for women racers based on results. We look forward to reaching more women drivers, providing more access throughout the season, and seeing more wins for women racers in NASCAR.”
Throughout the year, WIMNA will also offer a series of off-track training sessions to give women drivers access to much-needed off-track resources. This supplemental programming will continue fostering unilateral career growth for every woman racer in motorsports.
“WIMNA’s mission is to both support and develop more opportunities for women in the industry, and with brands like Busch Light tackling the inequity in motorsports head-on, we’re very hopeful that a more even playing field is on the horizon,” said Cindy Sisson, Board Member, WIMNA. “Providing more women in motorsports an opportunity to succeed based on their achievements on-and-off the track this season is another step in the right direction for the future of the sport.”
More details on the 2023 CONTINGENCY FUND PROGRAM spearheaded by WIMNA and powered by Busch Light can be found at www.womeninmotorsportsna.com/AH.
NASCAR & Goodyear Debut Vintage Race Tire Design ahead of Darlington Throwback Weekend
In celebration of Goodyear’s 125th anniversary this year, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced a special sidewall logo design for the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR during the weekend of May 12-14, 2023. The vintage logo sidewall design features the historic Goodyear Wingfoot logo, originally created in 1898, and coincides with the special 75th anniversary NASCAR Throwback Weekend of races held at the Darlington Raceway.
The limited-edition sidewall design will be featured on 3,500 tires at all three national series races during Darlington Raceway weekend serving as a special tribute to the longevity of the relationship between NASCAR and Goodyear, the longest-tenured sponsor in the sport.
“It’s exciting to be a part of this special weekend and acknowledge the distinctive relationship that two storied organizations like NASCAR and Goodyear share,” said Stu Grant, general manager, Goodyear Global Race Tires. “The unique, first-of-its kind sidewall design is a fitting tribute to our remarkable history together and our shared passion for motorsports.”
Race fans have a chance to win a Throwback Weekend experience and other prizes by entering a sweepstakes at www.Goodyear400Sweepstakes.com. Visit the site to enter now through May 3, find prize details and read the Official Rules.
Since 1898, Goodyear has been enabling mobility and continues to stay More Driven. In 2022, Goodyear renewed its position as the exclusive tire for NASCAR's top three national series, marking a commitment to continued innovation for the next generation of drivers. In 2023, Goodyear will celebrate its 125-year anniversary by continuing to deliver the products and services that move the world. Visit our Corporate Website to learn more.
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Daytona 500-Winning Discount Tire Ford Mustang Becomes First Next Gen Car in NASCAR Hall of Fame Display
The NASCAR Hall of Fame and Team Penske today announced that the 2022 DAYTONA 500-winning No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang is joining the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s ‘Glory Road: 75 Years’ exhibit. Proudly positioned at the front of the popular Glory Road display inside the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Discount Tire Ford Mustang becomes the 19th and final car to join the fifth generation of the must-see exhibit. With 33 degrees of banking and featuring some of the most significant vehicles in NASCAR history displayed on the Glory Road “track,” the exhibit expands to 19 cars in 2023 for the first time in its history.
On Tuesday, Austin Cindric, driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Mustang, joined Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Michael Nelson, President of NASCAR Operations for Team Penske, and Tom Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer for Discount Tire, to reveal the newest addition to ‘Glory Road: 75 Years.’
“It’s surreal to see a car with my name on it in the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” said Cindric, the 2022 DAYTONA 500 Champion and the reigning NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year. “Winning the DAYTONA 500 is an amazing achievement for me, our team and our partners. So, to say this car is important to us, is an understatement. I know it will be in great hands. There's a lot of history in that place. I'm proud to have it on display as part of the experience.”
‘Glory Road: 75 Years’ features a diverse display of historical machines that pays tribute to the people, cars and moments that have helped shaped NASCAR racing from its formative years to the current era, spanning the sport’s first 75 years. The addition of the Ford Mustang that Cindric drove to victory in last year’s DAYTONA 500 marks the first car from the Next Gen era to be featured in the display at the Hall of Fame.
“As the league celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, our team is proud to play a part in that history,” said Michael Nelson, President of NASCAR Operations for Team Penske. “When I look at all the cars on ‘Glory Road’ and I see the No. 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, it’s a reminder of our team’s hard work and the success that comes from their effort and dedication.”
Cindric’s historic victory – the first-ever by a rookie racer in the DAYTONA 500 – came in just his eighth start in NASCAR’s premier series. The win also serves as a key highlight of the partnership between Team Penske and Discount Tire, as the two organizations celebrate their 14th year together in 2023.
“It’s exciting to be here with Austin (Cindric) and the No. 2 Team Penske crew as we’re reunited with the DAYTONA 500-winning Discount Tire Ford Mustang to see it become a true part of NASCAR history,” said Tom Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer at Discount Tire. “We’ve enjoyed 36 wins and five Championships with Team Penske, and we look forward to achieving more milestones together in the seasons to come.”
Fans can view the Discount Tire Ford Mustang on display in ‘Glory Road: 75 Years’ during regular business hours at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Wally Parks NHRA Nostalgia Nationals to unify Beech Bend Raceway and Famoso Dragstrip NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series events in 2023
For decades the best in nostalgia drag racing has drawn racers, hot rodders, and fans to Bowling Green, Ky., and Bakersfield, Calif., to experience how the sport of drag racing began.
It was always Wally Parks’ vision to unify hot rodders from coast to coast who were looking to measure themselves against the best of the best. The quarter-mile became their chosen measuring stick, and the cars were the stars.
Now, with 30 years of nostalgia racing under its belt, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum has announced its two 2023 Hot Rod Reunion events will relaunch as the Wally Parks NHRA Nostalgia Nationals.
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits will serve as Grand Marshal of the Wally Parks NHRA Nostalgia Nationals presented by Holley event at Beech Bend Raceway, and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme will be the Grand Marshal of the Wally Parks NHRA Nostalgia Nationals event at Famoso Dragstrip.
“We are excited as we prepare to take nostalgia drag racing to a whole new level at Beech Bend Raceway and Famoso Dragstrip in 2023,” said Dale Coleman, Chairman of the Board of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. “We aim to create an environment that looks and feels like drag racing in the golden era of our sport. These races will be an opportunity for drag racing fans young and old to experience heads-up quarter-mile drag racing the way it was.”
Both events will feature three days of nostalgia racing, the coolest hot rods, the finest show cars, unheard-of swap-meet finds, and legends of the sport. The Beech Bend Raceway event will take place in Bowling Green, Ky., June 15-17, 2023, and the Famoso Dragstrip event will happen Oct. 13-15, 2023. Both locations are hallowed ground for drag racers and are steeped in ’60s and ’70s drag racing history.
The Wally Parks NHRA Nostalgia Nationals is produced by and benefits the NHRA Motorsports Museum, an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and cultural organization. All proceeds (ticket sales, racer entries, merchandise sales, memberships, and donations) directly support the daily operations, program, and events of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix 2023 brings best of Miami food and beverage scene to the track
South Florida Motorsports (SFM) have today revealed the Food & Beverage (F&B) partners that will bring a flavor of South Florida to the year’s FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX 2023. An incredible array of culinary delights will be on offer around the entire Campus of the Miami International Autodrome, ranging from several James Beard award-winning chefs to local, minority-owned eateries. With offerings to suit all tastes, the weekend of May, 5-7 will be a gastronomic experience like no other that will reflect the most prestigious, world-renowned restaurants in Miami, as well as the most authentic, cultural offerings the region has to offer.
South Florida is renowned for its bar and restaurant culture and in bringing a taste of Miami to the racetrack, over 65 restaurants will be featured around Miami International Autodrome, showcasing a variety of cuisines including both vegetarian and vegan options. Throughout the weekend, fans can enjoy world-class, premium cuisine from the campus’ hospitality partner, Sodexo Live!, led by Executive Chef Jonathan Cowan. Organizers of the FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX 2023 are also delighted to welcome back a number of award-winning chefs and unique bar experiences.
Returning to Miami International Autodrome this year is James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein. With her bright and modern take on Latin American cuisine, the Miami native is set to offer an eclectic menu fusing Old-World favorites with contemporary techniques and innovative flavor profiles. Bernstein’s signature style of vibrant, yet simple layered flavors, will this year wow patrons of the luxury Yacht Club hospitality and MIA Marina general admission areas. Guests can anticipate dishes like a Wagyu Ribeye Sandwich, Shrimp Aguachile Tostada, and many more crave-worthy delights imbued with “Michy’s” golden touch.
Native Floridian David Grutman has established himself with a number of world-famous eateries in the greater Miami area and beyond. His firm Groot Hospitality owns Strawberry Moon, Papi Steak, Komodo, Swan and The Key Club, amongst others, as well as nightlife mainstays such as LIV at Fontainebleau and Story. Groot Hospitality will return this year to partner with 72 Club presented by J.P. Morgan Payments on the Miami International Autodrome Campus and will serve a delicious selection of signature items from its many restaurants, including Peking Duck, Chips & Caviar, Wagyu Pastrami and more.
Major Food Group (MFG) is one of the most celebrated, innovative, and successful companies in the history of the hospitality business. Founded a decade ago by Jeff Zalaznick, Mario Carbone, and Rich Torrisi, MFG has established a global empire that today exceeds forty restaurants, private clubs, bars, and hotels, along the way setting a new standard for the industry. Among the brand’s numerous iconic concepts—which represent the pinnacle of dining and luxury in cities from New York and Las Vegas to Paris and Hong Kong—are CARBONE, The Grill, Dirty French, ZZ’s Club, Sadelle’s, Contessa, and Torrisi Bar & Restaurant. While each brand this creative force brings to life is distinct, they all reflect MFG’s refined, celebratory, and thoroughly contemporary approach to its craft. This year, MFG will again provide food, beverage and hospitality for the iconic Palm Club.
One of the most unique locations at the Miami International Autodrome is the soulful, meticulously curated hospitality lounge at the Casa Tua Trackside Club. With its elegant design, traditional Italian cuisine and impeccable service, this one-of-a-kind experience is located at Turn 1, perfectly positioned at pit-exit and offers trackside views of the action in the surroundings of an exclusive club.
Award-winning Chef Brad Kilgore will be serving up his incredible range of progressive American cuisine which will highlight local Floridian ingredients and flavors in the 1 North Suites. Chef Kilgore is a James Beard Nominee for Best Chef South in addition to being named 'New Best Chef' in the country by Best Chefs America and Best New Chefs in America by the celebrated Food & Wine magazine.
The Start/Finish Suites presented by Gainbridge will proudly host one of the nation’s top celebrity chefs. Best known for her TV roles on Top Chef Masters and America’s Next Great Restaurant, Lorena Garcia will be dazzling patrons in this world class hospitality space. Revered for her fresh and highly flavorful take on Latin cuisine, where she fuses traditional ingredients with classic techniques, chef Lorena Garcia will bring an exotic taste of Central and South America to Miami.
In addition to the Participating Restaurants and minority-owned outlets, organizers are also pleased to announce their beverage partners for the forthcoming FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX 2023. As last year the MIA Margarita will once again be the signature cocktail of the event, thanks to Herradura Ultra. Additional beverage activations include Hendrick’s that will be housed in a 3-storey bar in the East Campus accessible to General Admission Campus Pass holders.
Glenfiddich will have a branded bar in the MIA Marina, while Formula 1 Global Partner Ferrari Trento will activate a custom Sparkling Wine bar in the North Campus. Red Bull bars and Heineken, as exclusive beer partner, will also be featured throughout the venue, with the latter offering their sustainable Greener Bar. Hendrick’s Gin, Cincoro Tequila, Organika, Monkey Shoulder, Whistle Pig, Coconut Cartel, Stoli Elit, Flor de Cana, Jack Daniel’s and La Fete Rose have also been confirmed.
Within the General Admission Campus Pass access there will be a number of retuning and new offerings to the Miami International Autodrome. In 2023 Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, South Florida's iconic brand known as a fast-casual taqueria by day and speakeasy-style lounge by night, makes its return. Founded in 2015 in South Beach by Keith Menin and Jared Galbut, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is famous for serving up an extensive menu showcasing authentic Mexican favorites alongside inventive, tasty cocktails.
Another popular Latin eatery is Cantina La Veinte, owned by the Mexican hospitality company Cinbersol Group, which is bringing its flavors from the heart of Miami to the racetrack.
With its roots in Miami’s culture and history, Casa Florida has the oldest recorded hotel license in Miami, dating back to 1898. Located on the Miami River, Casa Florida serves a variety of exotic dishes including Palmito Ceviche, Key West Shrimp Cocktail, Atlantic Tuna Tostada and Lobster Roll, amongst others.
Located in the beautiful Wynwood art district of Miami, dōma is a neighborhood restaurant featuring Mediterranean inspired, Southern Italian cuisine. New to the Miami International Autodrome in 2023, dōma features a contemporary menu that includes a number of classic Italian dishes as well as more modern selections with the best available, quality in-season local ingredients.
Café Versailles has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine to the South Florida community for five decades. Soon after it opened its doors in 1971, Versailles quickly became the gathering place and unofficial town square for Miami’s Cuban exiles and remains a vital part of the community today.
One of Miami’s favourites is Tacology, which is a ‘mercado style dining’, where people can choose from various stations (Tacos, Ceviches y Tostadas, Desserts, Salads and juices) where they offer authentic and artistic Mexican tacos from home-made corn tortillas, colorful ceviches and delicious salads.
Harry’s Pizzeria is the brainchild of James Beard Award-winning executive chef, Michael Schwartz. The Philadelphia-born founder of The Genuine Hospitality Group, Schwartz is the face of the South Florida restaurant industry and a nationally recognized celebrity chef. Locals and tourists alike have come to embrace and crave his restaurant's refreshing combination of laid-back, bistro atmosphere and straightforward food emphasizing fresh, local ingredients.
Known as the eclectic neighborhood gastropub, Pubbelly Sushi brings a hyper-creative fusion of Japanese and Latin-inspired dishes by chef José Mendín. When Mendín founded the first Pubbelly, his intention was singular: create a place where chefs could eat high-quality, affordable dishes in a cool atmosphere. Pubbelly became an instant locals' favorite when it opened in 2010.
Dos Croquetas was founded in 2016 by Alec Fernandez and his business partner Vicky Carballo, with a mission to bring the best handcrafted croquetas to Miami. At their restaurant in Westchester, they strive to create innovative and unique flavors using only the finest, fresh ingredients that are sure to delight the senses.
“We’re absolutely delighted to confirm our Food & Beverage partners for this year’s race,” said Tyler Epp, president of FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX 2023. “All our guests will love the range of culinary options available, from the world class offerings served up by some of America’s top chefs, to the diverse food culture of the local and minority-owned restaurants. We pride ourselves on delivering the very best food and beverages from the South Florida region and incorporating it into our spectacular global event.”
There will also be 14 locally-based, minority-owned restaurants that will have a presence at this year’s event and will be featured at locations around the Miami International Autodrome, and supported by the team at Sodexo Live!
Adam’s Catering: BBQ staple in the community
Drinks On Me 305: Food truck offering traditional American cuisine
Food Junkies on Wheels: Deep fried southern specialties
Italian Vice: Miami’s gourmet Italian ice company
La Vela Coffee Roasters: Serving high quality, freshly roasted coffee for more than 50 years
Lovely’s: Dedicated to healthy eating specializing in island and Caribbean food
Tasebudz: Cost-effective meals with a great American flavor
Reggae Beets: Gourmet food featuring a dynamic Jamaican vegan menu
SDC Treats: A small batch freshly baked from scratch treats.
SEED: Mobile foodservice owned and operated by R&H Seed Group
Soulfly chicken: Tasteful, authentic comfort food with deep Southern roots
Ten’s Kitchen: Over 20 years of experience in soul food and Caribbean dishes
Troy’s Barbeque: Award-winning spare ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken
We Shuckin Eatery: Locally-sourced Southern Soul Food
CELSIUS® Essential Energy Named as the Exclusive Energy Partner of Scuderia Ferrari for the 2023 US Grand Prix Races
Today Celsius Holdings, Inc., (Nasdaq: CELH), maker of lifestyle energy drink, CELSIUS®, announced a partnership with Scuderia Ferrari as the exclusive energy drink partner across all US Formula One Grand Prix races in 2023.
As part of this partnership, the CELSIUS® logo will appear on the team’s car, starting at the Miami Grand Prix, the first of the three US based races this season. In addition, CELSIUS® will provide fans and consumers with engaging digital and social media content dedicated to Scuderia Ferrari and with activations on and off track.
Speaking on the Partnership, “CELSIUS® shares Scuderia Ferrari’s superior commitment to innovation, excellence and performance,” said John Fieldly, President and Chief Executive Officer of CELSIUS. “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with one of the sport’s most iconic brands as the Exclusive Energy Drink Partner for the 2023 US Grand Prix Races and to engage millions of Formula 1 enthusiasts. Ferrari has been an iconic brand in Formula 1’s long history and we are thrilled to power the team with CELSIUS® providing Essential Energy for peak performance. Competing at the highest level of performance is in our DNA at CELSIUS and having a partner who shares our mindset and passion for performance is a perfect match.”
CELSIUS® is functional, Essential Energy, a better-for-you, premium alternative to traditional energy drinks. Made with a clinically proven formula of energy-boosting ingredients, 7 Essential Vitamins and zero sugar, CELSIUS® was created to help people LIVE FIT, exceed their goals, and elevate their everyday lives.
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Tickets go on sale for Formula E's 2023 Southwire Portland E-Prix
Tickets for the 2023 Southwire Portland E-Prix have gone on sale to the public today for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s U.S. GEN3 race debut at the Portland International Raceway (PIR) set for Saturday, June 24 - the only U.S. stop on the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship circuit this season. Beginning at 10 a.m. PT, tickets will be available at portlandgp.com.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the world’s most advanced all-electric motorsport race series, consisting of 16 rounds of racing in 11 iconic cities including Berlin, London, Rome, Monaco, Cape Town, Hyderabad and São Paulo. The 2023 Southwire Portland E-Prix on June 24, Round 12 of the championship, will mark the first Formula E race in Portland, making it the fourth U.S. city along with Long Beach, California; Miami and New York City to host a Formula E race since the inception of the series in 2014.
Alberto Longo, Chief Championship Officer, Formula E said: “The United States is a key market for Formula E and we are excited to race in a city with such a long history of staging motor racing. Portland is also recognized as a city with a passionate fanbase for elite sports alongside a strong commitment to environmental and sustainability matters. As such, we believe fans will welcome us to their hometown and enjoy the unique, spectacular, family-friendly motor racing experience of a Formula E race.”
Formula E features a diverse lineup of 22 drivers from 11 international teams including two American-based entries: Indianapolis-based Avalanche Andretti Formula E and DS PENSKE, headquartered in Los Angeles. Both Andretti and Penske have competed in the series since the inaugural 2014/2015 campaign, racking up 24 and 12 podiums, respectively. Through six rounds of competition this season, German driver Pascal Wehrlein of TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team leads the championship with 86 points followed by Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis with 62 points.
Three categories of grandstand seating options are available starting at $35 for the one-day event on Saturday, June 24 at PIR. The 2023 Southwire Portland E-Prix offers a great value experience for a family experience with tickets for spectators ages 3 to 15 available for half price, while children aged 2 and under can attend for free. All ticket pricing and options are posted online at portlandgp.com.
Information about two other major spectators events at Portland International Raceway can also be found at portlandgp.com: the Pacific Office Automation 147 (June 2-3, 2023), featuring the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the Grand Prix of Portland (Sept. 1-3, 2023), headlined by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Stay up to speed on all three events on social media all year long by following #PortlandEPrix, #NASCARPortland and #PortlandGP or by signing up for the E-Club.