Legendary NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and Ally revealed the new look for the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet this morning, unveiling a blend of Ally’s unique branding along with Johnson’s iconic number and color.
“This is an exciting beginning with Ally, and we wanted a car that conveyed that excitement to our fans,” Johnson said this morning after unveiling the new car on Good Morning America. “Personally, I’ve put a ton of time in on this paint scheme to help our team develop the new look.”
In October, Ally, a leading digital financial services company, announced that it would join Hendrick Motorsports as the whole-season primary sponsor of Johnson’s team in 2019 and 2020. The sponsorship will feature Ally on the champion driver’s cars throughout the full 38-race NASCAR schedule, beginning with February’s 2019 DAYTONA Speedweeks and the 61st running of the DAYTONA 500.
“We wanted Jimmie and fans throughout the country to love the car, so we were ecstatic that he took such a hands-on approach to developing a paint scheme that would stand out and his fans would embrace,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and PR officer for Ally. “It’s just another example of why our relationship is such a great match. His values line up with Ally’s approach. We both have high standards and want to make sure we ‘Do it Right’ for our fans and customers.”
Johnson, who is signed with Hendrick Motorsports through 2020, selected a black gloss as his base color with matte decals in Ally’s color pallet. Johnson’s iconic neon yellow 48 will anchor the car.
10-Year-Old Race Fan’s Wish Comes True
One of Johnson’s most-avid fans was on hand for the reveal in New York at the GMA studio. Johnson and Ally teamed with Make-A-Wish® to surprise 10-year-old Trevin of Florida, by flying him and his father, an armed services veteran, to New York for the car reveal and revealing that his wish to attend the DAYTONA 500 would come true. Trevin, who has cystic fibrosis and is a big NASCAR fan, will attend the race as Johnson’s guest.
“Today is such an incredible day for Trevin. We are grateful to Ally and Jimmie Johnson for inviting Trevin to this car and wish reveal today,” said Shaina Reeser, director of sports and entertainment for Make-A-Wish. “For 15 years, Jimmie Johnson has been committed to granting wishes for children with critical illnesses and understands the importance of a wish come true. We are enormously grateful for his support and passion for creating life-changing moments for wish kids.”
This year marks a new beginning for Johnson, who in addition to getting a new sponsor with Ally also has a new crew chief in Kevin Meendering. Johnson has seven NASCAR titles – equaled only by legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt – that include five in a row from 2006 to 2010. “I’m invigorated as we chase an eighth title,” said Johnson, the only race car driver ever to be named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. “I feel like we have something to prove.”
Brimmer said the timing is perfect for Ally to team with Johnson. “We are proud to have his back as he goes for this monumental achievement. Everyone relies on allies as they chase their goals and dreams – from the person looking to buy a new car or home to a world-class athlete looking to make auto racing history.”
A major announcement by Lincoln Speedway that is expected to catapult the historic Central PA Speedway to new heights has been scheduled for Friday at 3:00 PM on the PPB Motorsports Show’s Center Stage.
The press conference, which will take place one hour after the opening of the 2019 show in the Oaks, PA Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, will include announcements, followed by a question and answer session from the racing press on hand for the occasion.
Members of the working press intending to cover the event must file for credentials no later than Wednesday, January 16.
Registration may be completed by accessing the motorsportstradeshow.com website.
Friday afternoon PPB Motorsports attendees are encouraged to attend the Lincoln Speedway Press Conference to be the first to hear the exciting news.
Fans will also be able to observe firsthand the interplay between media and Speedway officials, learn the media protocol for asking questions, evaluating the nature of the dialogue and, subsequently, read how writers interpreted the same commentary seen firsthand.
Lincoln Speedway, located in Abbottstown, PA, opened on July 10, 1953 and has operated continuously on a weekly basis.
Originally featuring Flathead Stock Cars, Lincoln replaced Stock Cars with 30 x 90 ‘Bugs’ which subsequently became Sprint cars that are featured today.
Lincoln has hosted World Of Outlaw Sprint events in past years and has been a staple on the PA Speedweek schedule. Most all of Lincoln’s races have been on Saturday nights.
Major improvements over the years at Lincoln have included moving the pit area out of the infield and onto an area behind the backstretch, expansion of concession stands and creation of auxiliary parking areas.
The 34th edition of the Motorsports show covers more than 200,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa with just about everything imaginable in motorsports. More than 200 motorsports vehicles will be on display.
NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham will headline the show along with NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Preece. Many well-known regional, local and national sports personalities will be on hand.
There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.
A number of free industry seminars will be offered.
One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.
Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are FREE with a parent.
Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618
Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE) announced today that organization will field a full-time Toyota Camry entry in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with driver Max McLaughlin. Shige Hattori’s history of team ownership is heavily rooted in the K&N Pro Series, and 2019 will mark the organization's return to full-time competition for the first time since 2014. McLaughlin will take the first green flag of the season at New Smyrna Speedway on February 10th in the No. 1 Textron Off Road, Mohawk Northeast Inc. Camry with crew chief Robert Huffman.
The 2019 season will mark McLaughlin’s first full-time season on asphalt. The son of six-time NASCAR XFINITY Series race winner, Mike McLaughlin, spent 2016-2018 competing in the Super DirtCar Series Big Block Modified tour and finished third in the driver point standings last season with eight top-five and 18 top-10 finishes. Not only was “Mad Max” a perennial contender on the tour but he also garnered two-consecutive Most Popular Driver Awards in 2017 and 2018.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me to further my career,” McLaughlin said. “This will be my first concentrated effort in asphalt racing and this will be a big change and challenge. I’m definitely looking forward to the variety of racetracks and our expectation is to go win races and be a contender for the championship. This will be a big transition for me, but there are a lot of great people at HRE and I’m confident we’ll be one of the teams to beat throughout the season.”
The 18-year old from Mooresville, NC has one NASCAR start to his credit, which came last season in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Eldora Speedway. McLaughlin’s effort in ’19 will include running engines prepared by students from NASCAR Technical Institute’s (NTI) Spec Engine Program. The top students earn their way into NTI’s engine program with academic and attendance excellence and will play a large role in McLaughlin’s 2019 campaign.
HRE’s return to the NKPSE will also feature students from Toyota Technical College in Japan. For the ninth year, HRE will welcome TTC students to the Mooresville, N.C. race shop for a week’s worth of race preparation and instruction at NTI.
“We’re very excited to get back into the K&N Pro Series full time this season,” Hattori said. “Our team has a lot of history and success in the series. We want to expand our team and offer more opportunities for young drivers and this is a way to do that. I’m happy to have Max join our group. This is a big step for him and our team, and we’re confident he’ll do a great job this season.”
Dover International Speedway, Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company to release 'Splash & Go' Lager to celebrate track’s 50th anniversary10 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Dover International Speedway, in cooperation with Dover, Delaware-based Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, is releasing a special “Splash & Go” Lager as part of the celebrations surrounding the Monster Mile’s 50th anniversary this year.
Splash & Go (4.2% ABV) was developed to be an easy-drinking lager for fans to enjoy at home or in the grandstands at Dover International Speedway. It is named for the pit road strategy of drivers stopping in their pit box only to take a small amount of fuel before heading quickly back on the track.
As part of the Splash & Go launch, Dover International Speedway will host a beer release party on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The party is open to all, and Splash & Go pints will be available for $5. All visitors who purchase a Splash & Go pint will receive a free Splash & Go pint glass, while supplies last.
“As we move toward our 50th anniversary race weekend in May, fans will continue to see these kinds of exciting announcements,” Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian said. “The team at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company has been great to work with on this project, and we’re excited to now see Splash & Go arrive in liquor stores, bars and restaurants this month – and in the hands of fans during our spring and fall race weekends.”
The launch party will also feature a special “Splash & Go Spectacular” horse race as part of Dover Downs’ regular live harness racing card. Post time for the first race on Jan. 31 is 4:30 p.m., with the Splash & Go Spectacular, the ninth race of the evening, scheduled for an approximate 7 p.m. start.
The first batch of Splash & Go was canned at Fordham & Dominion’s Dover headquarters in late December. The cans feature the track’s icon, Miles the Monster, along with distinctive Dover race photos. Splash & Go is the first beer that Fordham & Dominion has produced on an all-new, state-of-the-art canning line it recently installed.
Bar and restaurant customers can also look for a distinctive Miles the Monster Splash & Go Lager tap handles. For specific locations where Splash & Go will be sold, beginning Feb. 1, visit www.fordhamanddominion.com.
Dover’s May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, May 3, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 4 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 5.
The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Oct. 4, the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 6, 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race will be the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be the 10th track in the nation to host 100 NASCAR Cup Series races.
Keep up to date on all 50th Anniversary announcements and schedules by calling (800) 441-RACE or visiting DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
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Oscar Mayer will debut as a 2019 sponsor of the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang at the historic Daytona 500 on February 17, with driver Ryan Newman and Roush Fenway Racing.
The race will mark Newman’s Roush Fenway debut behind the wheel of the Oscar Mayer No. 6 Ford, and with NASCAR’s winningest owner Jack Roush, a two-time winner of the Great American Race (2009, 2012).
“The Daytona 500 is obviously one of the biggest and most iconic races in the world,” said Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang and the 2008 winner of the Daytona 500. “And I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season and our partnership with Oscar Mayer; one of the most beloved brands in the world.”
“We’re honored to be a season-long sponsor of driver Ryan Newman and Roush Fenway Racing,” said Matt Riezman, Associate Director for Oscar Mayer. “We have big plans to support the sport and the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang this year and can’t wait to share our love for tasty Oscar Mayer bacon, cold cuts and hot dogs with NASCAR fans.”
Oscar Mayer will return as the primary partner on the No. 6 Ford at Phoenix on March 10 and will be featured as the primary sponsor on a number of races throughout the year. In addition, the iconic brand will serve as an associate partner on the No. 6 for the entire season. In each race, the No. 6 Ford Mustang will sport a different design scheme that celebrates Oscar Mayer’s quality offerings across bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts.
“A win in the Daytona 500 means so much in our sport,” added Newman, who will make his 18th start in the Great American Race. “I’m fortunate to have one Daytona 500 win under my belt and make no mistake, the goal is to put this No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford in victory lane at Daytona next month.”
Newman, a native of South Bend, Indiana, becomes the fifth driver to pilot the No. 6 for Roush Fenway. The No. 6 Ford has visited victory lane 36 times, captured 41 poles and led over 11,400 laps under the Roush Fenway umbrella.
Newman has led over 4,800 laps and his 51 poles are the ninth most in NASCAR history. He was named the Cup Series rookie of the year in 2002 and won the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400. He has finished inside the top 10 of the final Cup standings on seven occasions, including a second-place finish in 2014, and has qualified for the NASCAR Cup playoffs on eight different occasions since its inception in 2004. He was also named NASCAR Driver of the Year in 2003. All time at the World Center of Racing, Newman has 10 top-10 and five top-five finishes.
Oscar Mayer historically served as an associate partner at Roush in the early 2000s and was featured on both Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford and Kurt Busch’s No. 97 Ford, when NASCAR Hall-of-Fame owner Jack Roush led his stable to back-to-back Cup championships in 2003 and 2004.
Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the signing of Harrison Burton to a partial schedule in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Burton, 18, a two-time ARCA Series winner, will pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry for five events starting with the series’ season opener at Daytona International Speedway before moving onto Charlotte Motor Speedway (5/23), Pocono Raceway (5/31), Chicagoland Speedway (6/27) and the series finale at Kansas Speedway (10/18).
Throughout the upcoming season Burton will feature continued support from long time partners DEX Imaging, FIELDS, Morton Buildings and Rheem Heating, Cooling and Water Heating.
Burton, the son of former Monster Energy Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, has made 11-career ARCA starts since 2017. With ARCA victories at Toledo Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the talented teenager has recorded seven top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes throughout his brief series career. Burton, a former NASCAR NEXT Alumnus, won the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship as well as numerous Super Late Model victories including marquee events such as the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway and the ARCA/CRA Speedfest at Crisp Motorsports Park.
“I’m super excited to join Venturini Motorsports and continue running in the series,” says Burton. “I love ARCA Racing and the community around it. The series is a great option in the grand scheme of things when it comes to my career development – it’s a great stepping stone as I continue to the next level.”
A member of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) family, Burton’s upcoming ARCA effort will coincide with his full-season NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) effort driving the No. 18 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
“I’m truly looking forward to working with Harrison this upcoming season,” said team owner Billy Venturini. “Harrison has a deep racing pedigree and is a terrific kid - it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a storied name in our sport as a Burton. It’s also great to have another young Toyota Racing Development driver come through our program.”
Burton will join his new team at Daytona International Speedway this week to kick off their season with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test that is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12.
Brett Moffitt Joins GMS Racing for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Season Moffitt Completes the 2019 GMS Driver Lineup10 Jan 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
GMS Racing announced today that 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) champion driver Brett Moffitt will join the organization for the 2019 season. The 26-year-old Grimes, Iowa native will be defending his championship title in GMS’ No. 24 Chevrolet, alongside veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter.
The addition of Moffitt will complete GMS’ driver lineup for the 2019 season:
· Moffitt will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado with crew chief Jerry Baxter in the NGOTS
· Rookie Sheldon Creed will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado with crew chief Doug Randolph in the NGOTS
· John Hunter Nemechek will drive the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Chad Norris in the NASCAR
· Sam Mayer will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and limited races in the
ARCA Racing Series and the NGOTS
· Halmar Friesen Racing also renewed its technical alliance with GMS Racing to field the No. 52 Chevrolet
Silverado for Stewart Friesen
Moffitt won the 2018 NGOTS championship with his sixth victory of the season at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. In his first full season competing in the NGOTS, he earned six wins, 13 top-five finishes and led 269 laps. In 2017, Moffitt competed in seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, one Xfinity event and five Truck Series races. He has seven career wins in the Truck Series and was the 2015 Monster Energy Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
“I’m excited to be given the chance to defend my 2018 championship,” Moffitt said. “I have to thank the Gallagher family and everyone at GMS for this opportunity. I can’t wait to start working with Jerry and the guys to kick off the season at Daytona in a few weeks.”
“Brett will be an excellent addition to the GMS organization,” said Mike Beam, team president. “Last year he showed the racing world the amount of talent and determination he has, especially while facing some adversity throughout the season. We look forward to helping him win his second championship and ours as well.
“We have a strong driver lineup in every series we’ll compete in this year. Maury Gallagher has given us the tools and personnel we need to compete for several championships.”
At the 19th annual NASCAR Safety & Operations Summit presented by American Medical Response in Concord, N.C., Richmond Raceway (Richmond) track services personnel were honored for their exemplary support during the 2018 season. Chris Alberta and Ivan Lawson were recognized with the Security Award of Excellence and Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson of VCU Health received the Medical Director Award.
“It is an honor for our dedicated, hardworking track service professionals to be recognized by NASCAR for their outstanding support keeping our loyal fans and motorsports family safe and healthy,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We are thankful for Chris Alberta, Ivan Lawson, and Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson’s service representing the best in their field at Richmond Raceway.”
To download images from the NASCAR Safety & Operations Summit with Richmond Raceway honorees, click here.
In the fall of 2018, Richmond completed Richmond Raceway Reimagined, a $30 million infield redevelopment project. The new project brought new attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to the historic Richmond infield. The modernized infield brought NASCAR fans closer to the action than ever before with unparalleled access in the infield including fan-viewing walkways in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages and new Gatorade Victory Lane near Turn 1.
The infield amenities provided the Richmond security and operations staff with new challenges blending fan access with the fundamental principles of event security. The security team spent countless hours refining their security plans for the modernized facilities. For their successful security planning and implementation over Richmond’s first-ever NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend, Chris Alberta, Manager of Security, and Ivan Lawson, Security Supervisor, were honored with the Security Award of Excellence from NASCAR. Our International Speedway Corporation colleagues at ISM Raceway were also recognized with the Security Award of Excellence.
Alberta has supported Richmond’s security efforts since 1977. He honorably served the Henrico County Police Department (HCPD) for over 40 years, retiring at the rank of Captain. His service included over 10 years as Incident Commander in support of Richmond’s NASCAR race weekends. He retired as Captain of the HCPD. Lawson has supported the Richmond security team for over 25 years. He recently retired at the rank of Lieutenant of the HCPD after 29 years of service.
One of the keys to a high performing infield care center is the commitment and involvement of its medical director. At Richmond, Ferguson has shown the power of collaboration and relationship building in leading the infield care center. Although he is the medical director, he has never forgotten his roots in emergency medical services (EMS) where at a young and impressionable age he was mentored by the very medics he continues to work with today. He has a passion to learn and to teach and works tirelessly to keep the NASCAR family safe and healthy over Richmond’s race weekends. For his preparation, teamwork, and excellence, Ferguson was honored with the Medical Director Award.
“We are grateful to Chris Alberta and Ivan Lawson for devoting their lives to the protection of the citizens of Henrico County and loyal fans at Richmond Raceway,” said Jeff Hedrick, Richmond’s Sr. Director of Operations. “Thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson and VCU Health for their valued partnership in providing the best emergency medical care for our NASCAR family and our fans at Richmond. Congratulations to our entire dedicated track service team for this recognition of excellence in service at America’s Premier Short Track.”
VCU Health, under Ferguson’s leadership, began their successful operational oversight and management of Richmond’s infield care center in 2017. VCU Health manages Richmond’s infield care centers for both NASCAR race weekends.
“It was both a surprise and an honor to receive the Medical Director Award from NASCAR,” said Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson of VCU Health. “In a short period of time, VCU Health has been welcomed as part of the Richmond Raceway family allowing us to learn and share with the many partners necessary to make our races successful and safe. As an EMS provider who volunteered here many years ago, it’s amazing to now offer the connection to the best available care to the drivers, staff, and fans at Richmond.”
Ferguson is an associate professor at VCU School of Medicine and an emergency medicine physician at VCU Medical Center, the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region. Ferguson completed his undergraduate education at VCU in 1997. He graduated with his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2002 and Master of Health Evaluation Sciences at the University of Virginia in 2007.
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