Steven B. Wilson

Steven B. Wilson

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Today, THOR Industries, Inc., the world’s largest recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer, announced its partnership with Takuma Sato, professional IndyCar driver and winner of the 2017 Indy500.  While at the track throughout the 2019 IndyCar Series, Sato will live in a Thor Motor Coach 2020 Palazzo 36.3 Luxury Motorhome.  The luxury coach allows the former Formula 1 driver to control his environment while at the track, serving as sanctuary for his physio and pre-race rituals and improving focus before races.

As a lover of the RV lifestyle on and off the track, Sato will get the ultimate experience of a Thor Motor Coach luxury coach.

Including a stop at the Indy500 this Sunday, the Thor Motor Coach unit will travel with Sato through the below dates:

  • May 26 - The 103rd Indianapolis 500
  • June 1 - Streets of Detroit - Race 1
  • June 2 - Streets of Detroit - Race 2
  • June 8 - Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 23 - Road America
  • July 14 - Streets of Toronto
  • July 20 - Iowa Speedway
  • July 28 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 18 - Pocono Raceway
  • August 24 - World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

“We are thrilled to partner with Takuma as a way to bring together one of the best brands in the RV industry and the world of racing,” said Bob Martin, CEO of THOR Industries. “With Takuma’s personal enthusiasm for RVing, it’s an honor to have him use a Thor Motor Coach unit as a way to prepare for each high stakes race.”

Currently residing in Indianapolis, Sato is a Japanese-born driver who has spent nine years racing in the INDYCAR series and seven years racing in Formula 1.  Currently, he races for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.  Fans can follow Sato at @TakumaSatoRacer on Twitter and @ThorIndustries on Facebook and Instagram .

“It is great to have a world leader like THOR helping me to prepare the perfect race winning environment,” said Takuma Sato.  “It is fantastic to partner with an Indiana company like THOR Industries.”

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Today, THOR Industries, Inc., the world’s largest recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturer, announced its partnership with Takuma Sato, professional IndyCar driver and winner of the 2017 Indy500.  While at the track throughout the 2019 IndyCar Series, Sato will live in a Thor Motor Coach 2020 Palazzo 36.3 Luxury Motorhome.  The luxury coach allows the former Formula 1 driver to control his environment while at the track, serving as sanctuary for his physio and pre-race rituals and improving focus before races.

As a lover of the RV lifestyle on and off the track, Sato will get the ultimate experience of a Thor Motor Coach luxury coach.

Including a stop at the Indy500 this Sunday, the Thor Motor Coach unit will travel with Sato through the below dates:

  • May 26 - The 103rd Indianapolis 500
  • June 1 - Streets of Detroit - Race 1
  • June 2 - Streets of Detroit - Race 2
  • June 8 - Texas Motor Speedway
  • June 23 - Road America
  • July 14 - Streets of Toronto
  • July 20 - Iowa Speedway
  • July 28 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • August 18 - Pocono Raceway
  • August 24 - World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway

“We are thrilled to partner with Takuma as a way to bring together one of the best brands in the RV industry and the world of racing,” said Bob Martin, CEO of THOR Industries. “With Takuma’s personal enthusiasm for RVing, it’s an honor to have him use a Thor Motor Coach unit as a way to prepare for each high stakes race.”

Currently residing in Indianapolis, Sato is a Japanese-born driver who has spent nine years racing in the INDYCAR series and seven years racing in Formula 1.  Currently, he races for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.  Fans can follow Sato at @TakumaSatoRacer on Twitter and @ThorIndustries on Facebook and Instagram .

“It is great to have a world leader like THOR helping me to prepare the perfect race winning environment,” said Takuma Sato.  “It is fantastic to partner with an Indiana company like THOR Industries.”

THOR Industries PR

On Saturday, June 15, Darlington Raceway will give race fans a unique opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the high banks of the Lady in Black, and in turn, support our service members and veterans.

For a $30 cash donation per car, Darlington Raceway will allow fans to take three laps around the famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. The Track Drive is scheduled for 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on June 15.

For their donation, guests will also receive two (2) tickets to the August 31 NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race (which will feature Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing in his only event of the season). With each $30 donation, $10 will benefit the VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship program.

“We had a great turnout last year with the track drive here at Darlington Raceway and are excited to get our fans back again for the opportunity to take a few laps around the track while supporting our service members and veterans through the Sports Clips’ Help A Hero Scholarship program,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “We encourage our fans to come out to the track that day to participate in some family-fun activities for an extremely worthy cause.”

Since 2013, Sport Clips has been the primary supporter of the VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship program, which provides scholarships for service members and veterans for use at post-secondary schools and trade schools. From October 14 through November 11, Sport Clips locations around the country will collect donations in-store to support the scholarship program. To date, nearly 1,300 scholarships more than $5.7 million have been awarded.

Scholarship recipients come from every part of the United States and represent every branch of service. Recipients are earning a variety of degrees including engineering, computer science, business, accounting, healthcare, and many more.

TRACK LAPS RULES AND RESTRICTIONS

  • Motorcycles will not be permitted. Passenger vehicles only.
  • All drivers must present a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at check-in
  • The driver of the vehicle must be 21 years of age or older
  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability (including all passengers)
  • All drivers and passengers must adhere to South Carolina state laws regarding the usage of seat belts and child safety restraints
  • Headlights must be on at all times
  • Fans must enter the track through the Gate 39A tunnel entrance off of Highway 151
  • Laps will be held at a maximum speed of 70 mph and regulated by Darlington Raceway personnel with a lead and chase vehicle
  • The event is weather dependent. In case of inclement weather, the track will issue an official weather statement on DarlingtonRaceway.com no later than Friday, June 14 and announce an alternate date at that time.

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MotoGator™, an exciting new automotive products brand launching this year during the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, has reached a partnership with Hulman Motorsports to become the Official Pit Stop Partner of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As part of the agreement, MotoGator will become the title sponsor of the annual pit stop contest on Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 24. The MotoGator Pit Stop Challenge at the Indy 500, which starts at 2 p.m. Friday, determines the fastest pit crew in the Indianapolis 500 and NTT IndyCar Series.

"The NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge continue to be a powerful platform to promote brands and businesses, and we're pleased that MotoGator has selected both to launch their innovative new product line," said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent company of INDYCAR and IMS. "The annual Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge is one of the most popular events of the Month of May, and we're pleased MotoGator will launch its brand with us in such exciting fashion."

MotoGator™ was created to empower a new generation of DIY (Do It Yourself) automotive enthusiasts with new and leading-edge products enabling them to achieve Professional Grade Performance, "In a Snap!" 

Following in the tradition of many famous automotive brands first introduced to consumers through pro motorsports, the MotoGator Official Launch is taking place during the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26. MotoGator is the primary sponsor of the No. 77 MotoGator Team Stange with Arrow SPM Honda driven by Oriol Servia in this year's race.

Loose It Up™ is the featured product of the MotoGator launch. Loose It Up is an industry-first penetrating "Super Lubricant" developed originally for pro motorsports to loosen pro race tightened or ceased components that ordinary lubricants are unable to free. With proprietary anti-friction agents, Loose It Up works in extreme heat or cold conditions to free rusted or ceased parts. It cleans, lubricates, displaces moisture and rust-proofs all metals. Unlike ordinary penetrating lubricants, Loose It Up is ideal for chains in saws, bikes and motorcycles. Loose It Up empowers DIY enthusiasts to Loosen Almost Anything - In a Snap!

For more information on MotoGator, visit www.motogator.com.

IMS PR

With an exciting weekend of racing ahead at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR today will recognize the industry’s pioneers of diversity at the 12th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards hosted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Industry leaders and personnel will gather Thursday morning in Charlotte, N.C., for an awards ceremony that will honor NASCAR drivers, pit crew members and industry partners and ambassadors for their work promoting diversity and inclusion across the sport.

“There is shared commitment across the NASCAR industry to champion diversity and inclusion, and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards celebrate the individuals and organizations whose contributions are making a difference,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR president. “We’re pleased to recognize this year’s award recipients whose efforts and accomplishments are helping drive our sport forward.”

This year marks the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards’ first ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte after several years at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The awards will highlight exceptional accomplishments by diversity champions from across the industry, including participants of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver and Pit Crew Development Programs and the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program.

Notable past award winners include Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program graduates Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Hailie Deegan.

2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Award recipients:

 

National Series Driver Award: Martin Truex Jr. – The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion established the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007 with long-time partner, Sherry Pollex, with a mission to support those who have been affected by cancer, specifically ovarian and pediatric cancer. The foundation began its partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., in 2015.

Diverse Driver Award: Ruben Garcia Jr. – K&N Pro Series East driver Ruben Garcia Jr. is a native of Mexico City and is in his fourth season with Rev Racing as a member of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. A NASCAR Next alum, Garcia is the reigning two-time NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion and the youngest driver to win the series title.

Partner Award: Dow – Dow’s commitment to diversity is highlighted through its program support and engagement with Richard Childress Racing. Dow’s sponsorship of Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team has provided a platform to highlight teamwork and diversity at trade shows and industry events across the country.

Crew Member Award: Derrell Edwards – Baltimore native Derrell Edwards is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program affiliate to win the Daytona 500 as an over-the-wall crew member. Following a successful career as a basketball player at High Point University, Edwards became a jackman at Richard Childress Racing. Since joining the team, Edwards has embraced the sport and has served as a positive ambassador. He volunteers to attend partner and philanthropic events within the local community and uses his experiences to shine a light on NASCAR and the opportunities the sport has afforded him.

Young Racer Award: Lacy Kuehl – Sarasota, Fla., native Lacy Kuehl is a 13-year-old member of the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Youth Driver Development Program. In 2018, she raced in a dirt oval flat kart at tracks such as Florida Dirt Motor Speedway, Crossroads Motorplex, Ambassador Racing School and Space Coast Full Throttle Speedway. She and her family started the charity Drive for Diabetes Awareness, dedicated to Type 1 Diabetic Ketoacidosis education, after losing her younger brother, Rocco, to the disease at the age of one.

Outstanding Intern Award: Maxwell Miranda and Isaiah Wright – Maxwell Miranda and Isaiah Wright made an impact as standout participants in the 2018 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program. Miranda interned in NASCAR’s licensing and consumer products department where he excelled with key contributions around NASCAR’s gaming efforts and trackside reporting, as well as researching new business opportunities. Miranda received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Marketing and Analytics from Mercer University in May and was recently hired to work full-time in NASCAR’s Analytics & Insights department. Wright interned at Richmond Raceway in the consumer marketing department. His commitment to diversity was displayed in his recruitment of Virginia State University classmates, fraternity brothers and professors to support the nearby track. His relationships led to more than 20 students working at Richmond Raceway throughout the season. Wright is a current graduate student at Old Dominion University.

Institution Award: The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund – The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Fun Day Festival began in 2017 as a small effort and grew to a multi-city program reaching hundreds of children. The event takes place in six race markets (Phoenix, Dover, Chicago, Daytona, Michigan and Martinsville) with more than 100 children participating in each. The Fund provides more than $100,000 in grant funding to local community organizations focused on the overall health and well-being of children, and directly impacts children in the community with NASCAR-themed programming.

Track Award: Richmond Raceway – Richmond Raceway’s relationship with Virginia State University, a nearby Historically Black University, grew rapidly in 2018. Richmond strategically aligned its marketing efforts to reach the local colleges and universities within its market through on-campus promotions and a pre-race concert with local artists. While the students received real-world work experience at the track, Richmond has found a valuable local community partner.

Team Award: Stewart-Haas Racing – Stewart-Haas Racing has continued to grow its reach into Hispanic markets with the addition of Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 41 Ford Mustang. In the four months since Suarez joined the team, Stewart-Haas Racing has supported the Daniel's Amigos campaign at Auto Club Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Returning Stewart-Haas driver Aric Almirola has continued his community involvement with partner Smithfield through its Helping Hungry Homes initiative targeting race markets such as Dallas/Ft. Worth, Charlotte and Las Vegas.

Industry Ambassador Award: Jose Cervantes, Watkins Glen International – Jose Cervantes has been instrumental in creating various relationships within the Latino community at Watkins Glen International. Since joining Watkins Glen, Cervantes has coordinated appearances with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez in each of the track’s key markets – Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. He established a new partnership between the City of Buffalo, the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY Association and Watkins Glen International in 2017. As part of the partnership, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed Wednesday, July 12 “Daniel Suarez Day” in Buffalo.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.

NASCAR PR

The Dow Racing Team earned two awards at the 12th Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards, picking up accolades for their NASCAR partnership with Richard Childress Racing in the Partner category and the Crew Member category.
 
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards is the leading means to identify accomplishments in diversity and inclusion throughout the motorsports industry. The awards highlight exceptional accomplishments by drivers, motorsports professionals, industry facilities and organizations, as well as graduates of highly competitive programs, NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development and Pit Crew Development and the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP).
 
Dow was honored with the NASCAR Partner Award, presented to a company that demonstrates a commitment to NASCAR Diversity and inclusion goals through its program support and engagement with NASCAR.
 
"Our sports sponsorships serve as effective marketing and stakeholder engagement tools, whether in commercial or employer branding, to build Dow's reputation as an innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable company," said Mike Reed, vice president for Olympic and Sports Solutions for Dow. "We are committed to fully leveraging our partnerships to achieve business priorities and it is a pleasure to be recognized by NASCAR for our efforts."
 
Dow has consistently utilized their partnership with Richard Childress Racing to highlight inclusion and diversity efforts, frequently utilizing program assets - including driver Austin Dillon and the No. 3 pit crew - to highlight teamwork and diversity at trade shows and industry events throughout the country.
Derrell Edwards, an over-the-wall pit crew member on Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, is believed to be the first African American to win the Daytona 500 as a pit crew member, and received the NASCAR Diverse Crew Member Award, given to a minority or woman crew member that inspires awareness of NASCAR through competitive performance and outreach activities.
 
During his tenure at RCR, Edwards has embraced the sport and has served as a positive ambassador. He was an NBC Pit Crew All-Star in 2018. He consistently volunteers to attend partner and philanthropic events for RCR and within the local community.
 
 
To support their I&D goals, Dow produced a video focusing on Edwards that has been widely distributed and is used by Dow's Office of Inclusion, HR team and African American Network.
RCR PR
 

The greatest weekend in racing is upon us! NASCAR’s time to shine will come with Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon will pilot the No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 in the season’s longest race. This will be his third start in the 600-mile race.

 

The GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 team will be honoring a fallen hero on this Memorial Day weekend. Corporal Robert “Bobby” Steele’s name will be displayed on the windshield header of Dillon’s Chevrolet. CPL Steele served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He tragically lost his life on August 28, 1967, in a rocket mortar attack of his hootch as he slept after changing shifts to help a fellow soldier while stationed in the Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. He paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the freedoms that citizens of the United States of America enjoy today. Steele’s younger sister, Becky, was a childhood friend of Larry Rogers, Germain Racing’s General Manager.

 

Also being honored by Germain Racing and GEICO this weekend is Sergeant First Class Matthew Thomas of the United States Army. A proud Army Ranger, he led his fellow Rangers with enthusiasm and grit, demonstrating courage and fortitude both in training and in combat. He passed away on March 10, 2019, after a career of service to his country. SFC Thomas was the troop leader for J.D. Barnette, the son of a GEICO Racing team member.

Dillon Weekend Chatter

How are Germain Racing and GEICO planning to honor Memorial Day weekend?
“We will run the GEICO Military scheme this weekend at Charlotte. The ‘geckoflage’ makes it such a cool paint scheme, and everyone loves it. We always enjoy running this race and honoring those that have died while fighting for our freedom and those that are still actively fighting as we speak. Getting to have this scheme on track for Memorial Day weekend is very special.”
 
How do you prepare for 600 miles of racing?
“The Coca-Cola 600 is just a long race. It takes a lot of work to be ready for the length of time that I’ll be inside of the GEICO Military Camaro ZL1. This year, it will be nearly 100 degrees in Charlotte on race day. So, preparation in the weeks leading up to the weekend is incredibly important. I make sure that I’m hydrated and that I’ve been eating the right foods for a few weeks before the race. Doing all the work the day before won’t help you past mile 500. It also helps that the more you compete in this race, the more you can better prepare yourself.  I’m going into my third Coca-Cola 600. It never feels any shorter, but I do know how to approach it.”

Germain Racing PR

Spin, the San Francisco-based provider of dockless electric scooters in over 30 cities and college campuses, is set to take a high-profile ride on two new NASCAR eSports racing circuits—eNASCAR Heat Pro League™and the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series™—during Memorial Day Weekend.  Spin, launched in 2017 and acquired by Ford Motor Company last year, will be the primary sponsor of four cars fielded by Wood Brothers Gaming, Wood Brothers Racing’s newly founded eSports team. 
 
Spin is the primary sponsor of two custom-painted Ford Mustangs in this year’s inaugural 16-race season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League, which makes its highly anticipated debut on May 26, 2019. Spin-sponsored competitor, and the first pick of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League on Playstation 4, Slade Gravitt, will drive the No. 21 car, while Casey Gomme will drive the No. 16 Mustang on theXbox Oneplatform.
 
Spin, which is bringing a sustainable first-and-last mile transportation solution by way of scooters, to 100 cities and college campuses this year, will also assume primary sponsorship of two Wood Brothers Mustangs in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, where competitors use computer-based simulators. The 18-race NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series season is already underway, with Ray Alfalla driving the No. 21 Spin Mustang and Chris Overland piloting the No. 16 Spin Mustang. The Spin entries in both series carry cars numbered 21 and 16, numbers long associated with the Wood’s conventional race cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™.
 
“Ford’s acquisition of Spin has opened up additional opportunities for us to engage with new audiences in fresh and exciting ways,” said Euwyn Poon, President and co-Founder of Spin. “As we focus on expanding our offerings to different communities across the country, we are pleased to partner with the Wood Brothers, the oldest racing team in NASCAR, to celebrate one of America’s favorite sports on a global digital platform.”
 
Jon Wood, team co-owner and director of business development for the Wood Brothers, said his team is excited to be representing Spin in the NASCAR world. 
 
“I couldn’t think of a more fitting partner than Spin for our first season in eNASCAR,” Wood said. “The way people are consuming entertainment is changing, and, with that, the conventional ways of marketing are changing, as well. Spin is ahead of the curve, and by being involved in this new venture, they’re able to reach consumers beyond the scope of traditional sports advertising.” 
 
The two eNASCAR leagues feature some of NASCAR’s most notable race teams competing for prize money. Competitors in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series will race for $100,000 while the eNASCAR Heat Pro League has cash awards planned for their drivers as well.
 
The inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League race will take place live at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET at the NASCAR Trackside Live Stage. The races will also be streamed on Twitch at  https://www.twitch.tv/704nascarheat and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/704nascarheat/.
 
The eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing races can be found on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/iRacing and at https://www.iracing.com/live
 
For race schedules, driver standings, and other information on the two eSports leagues, visit eNASCAR.com.

WBR PR

iK9 and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) will pay tribute to Officer Jordan Sheldon of the Mooresville (N.C.) Police Department with a memorial paint scheme on the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt in the May 25 Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

 

Officer Sheldon lost his life in the line of duty May 4 while conducting a routine traffic stop. The six-year veteran of the Mooresville Police Department spent the last four years as member of the K9 unit. He and his dog, Ramon, were trained at the iK9 facility in Anniston, Alabama. The duo made a lasting impression on the iK9 staff, as Officer Sheldon was a standout in his training class who had a remarkable bond with Ramon and his comrades.

 

“It’s terrible anytime we lose someone who has given their life to serve and protect our communities or country, but it’s extremely personal for us anytime we lose someone who has completed our program,” said Landon Ash, founder of Birmingham, Alabama-based Xtreme Concepts, the parent company of iK9. “Spending weeks together training, we develop bonds with those who work hard and excel through the training programs we offer. Officer Sheldon’s class from Mooresville was one of those exceptional classes that we’re often reminded of, and his passing has left our

 

organization deeply saddened. Our hearts and condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers at the Mooresville Police Department. We’re proud to honor his memory and service.”

 

Officer Sheldon was a Charlotte native who grew up focused on sports. His passion for helping and protecting others led him to pursue a career in law enforcement. A 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Officer Sheldon put his degree in criminal justice to good use, joining the Mooresville Police Department in 2013. Officer Sheldon was appointed to the K9 unit in 2015 alongside his K9 partner, Loki. When Loki retired, Officer Sheldon began working with a new K9 partner, Ramon, and that partnership began at iK9.

 

“Charlotte race weekend is always special, but this race will have a different feeling to it,” said Earnhardt. “There are no words to describe how thankful I am for the opportunity to pay tribute to Officer Sheldon and Ramon. As a Mooresville native, it means so much to honor a man who put his life on the line to protect our community and I appreciate everything that iK9, Xtreme Concepts and Toyota have done to make this possible. Hopefully we can give Officer Sheldon’s friends and family a weekend to remember.”

 

“The loss of Officer Sheldon hits close to home as he was an outstanding K9 officer who will forever be a member of the iK9 family. The bond between an Officer and his K9 is indescribable and it’s important to highlight the work both do to protect us. We are honored to have Officer Sheldon and K9 Officer Ramon riding along on the 18 and appreciate Toyota bringing us all together to celebrate the legacy of a true hero,” added Jennifer Yohe, president, Xtreme Concepts Racing.

 

TSC PR

Roush Yates Engines announced today it has reached a five-year partnership extension with long-time partner Cometic Gasket, Inc.

Family owned and operated for 30 years, Cometic Gasket has grown into a global leader and innovator in the highly competitive engine supplier marketplace. In a state-of-the-art 70,000 sq. ft. R&D and manufacturing facility in Concord, Ohio, Cometic meets customer’s needs by using premium materials for tailor-made solutions while delivering superior customer service.

“It’s no secret to compete at the highest level of motorsports you need the best team and reliable products, and that’s exactly what Cometic Gasket delivers to Roush Yates Engines,” said Todd English, VP Strategic Partnerships and Marketing, Roush Yates Engines. “In the highly competitive sport of racing, where failure is not an option and your product is tested on any given weekend, we rely on valued partners to deliver world-class quality products. Cometic has been a valued partner from day one as they collaborated with our engineering team on product design and material selections, bringing together the collective expertise and experience of both companies, making it a true win-win partnership.”

Cometic Gasket is the exclusive engine gasket of the Ford FR9 EFI Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Ford FR9 Carb NASCAR Xfinity Series engines that power cars at 73 events during the 2019 NASCAR season. We trust and rely on Cometic to keep our engines sealed!

“When we needed to design and develop a new head gasket system for the RY45 engine, Cometic really delivered. They sent people down to evaluate the surface areas of the block, cylinder head, and deck areas,” commented Dan Keenan, Design and Analysis Manager, Roush Yates Engines. “In a very short time period, they brought back the perfect solution. They continue to deliver today.”

They are part of our winning formula, making sure we have premium gaskets in our engines, like in the first race-winning NASCAR Ford FR9 engine, in 2010 with Roush Fenway Racing and Greg Biffle at Pocono. Roush Yates Engines has built over 7,500 engines sealed with Cometic’s gaskets and won over 180 races together since 2010. The partnership with Cometic Gasket is like that perfect fitting gasket. Both companies are family based and strive on hard work and determination of the entire team. With a deep passion and understanding of the motorsports industry we collectively work together to improve performance.

“Bob, Bindy, Jeff, and Kristen, thank you for your continued support of our racing programs at Roush Yates Engines,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cometic’s partnership with Roush Yates Engines benefits our customers in every segment,” explained Bob Gorman, Founder and CEO of Cometic Gasket. “The stakes are always very high in the performance business so to have a cooperative partnership with Doug Yates and his team elevates Cometic’s capabilities which, in turn, contributes to producing better gaskets and sealing solutions across our entire product line. We’re a family-owned company and have been since Day 1. That’s an essential reason we have a great working relationship with Roush Yates. There’s an important mutual respect built with family values. We’ve established a lasting partnership and are proud to extend our program well into the next decade.”

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