Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, hosts of NBC's three-time Emmy Award nominated obstacle course competition series "American Ninja Warrior," will serve as co-grand marshals of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Iseman and Gbajabiamila will be the first co-grand marshals in the race's history. They will give the traditional command for drivers to report to their cars during the official pre-race ceremonies.

"American Ninja Warrior" will premiere its 11th season on NBC May 29 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). The high-octane series follows competitors as they tackle obstacle courses in city qualifying and city finals rounds around the country. This season, the show makes stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Seattle before heading to the national finals in Las Vegas. Indianapolis has hosted "American Ninja Warrior" on two previous occasions and many NTT IndyCar series drivers have run the course over several seasons, including Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly and most recently, Scott Dixon.

"It's awesome to get to take part in something that is an American sports institution," Iseman said. "I've been to the Brickyard before, but never during the '500.' I can't wait to see it in its full glory."

"I am so honored and excited to be participating in this year's Indy 500 as a co-grand marshal," Gbajabiamila said. "After multiple seasons of seeing top race car drivers compete on the 'American Ninja Warrior' course, I can't wait to see up close the athleticism and energy of this hallmark race."

"Matt and Akbar are so dynamic and fun on 'American Ninja Warrior,' so they're ideally suited to serve as the first co-grand marshals of the Indy 500," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Their historic role in 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' is yet another testament of our strong, growing partnership with NBC and NBC Sports."

NBC will televise the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 26.

Iseman graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his medical degree from Columbia College. However, during his residency at the University of Colorado he quit his job and moved to Hollywood to pursue stand-up comedy, and the rest is history. The Daytime Emmy Award winner has hosted "American Ninja Warrior" for 10 seasons and has hosted the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular for NBC and HISTORY's "Evel Live," which honored legendary daredevil Evel Knievel. He also won NBC's "The New Celebrity Apprentice" hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He frequently tours around the U.S. and Canada as a stand-up comic.

Gbajabiamila, a Los Angeles native and one of seven children of Nigerian immigrants, is a former NFL defensive end and linebacker who played for the Raiders, Chargers and Dolphins over a five-year career. His inspiring new book, "Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams" (Gallery Books) is out now. Gbajabiamila's first name means "great" in Arabic and his last name, meaning "big man, come save me," derives from his Nigerian paternal great-great grandfather. Gbajabiamila avidly volunteers his time to community service. He serves as a board member for both the Asomugha Foundation - aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities - and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule.

IMS PR

On the heels of a strong top-five finish in his ARCA Menards Series (AMS) debut with Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last month, Ford Performance driver Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) will compete in his second race of the season in Thursday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Alongside crew chief Paul Andrews, Majeski and several ARCA Menards Series teams participated in an open test session at the 1.5-mile speedway two weeks ago where the team worked on the balance of their No. 22 Ford Fusion throughout the day.

Majeski returns to Charlotte hoping to execute a plan he has in place and contend for his first career series victory in the seventh race of 2019.

“The Charlotte test went ok,” said Majeski. “I think we were all anticipating being better off the truck. We had to work through a few different issues throughout the day and by the end I thought we were in the ballpark. We are certainly searching for more.

“We've spent the last couple weeks since the test trying to figure out what we need to be better. I think we've formulated a good practice plan for Thursday. We just have to execute that and be mindful of the track temperature swings as we will be practicing during the day and racing at night.” Even though the test didn’t go as well as Majeski had hoped, he’s relying on the experience of Andrews to help steer him to his ninth top-10 finish.

Of course, his relationship with the former Cup Series championship crew chief dials back several years.

“Working with Paul Andrews is great,” added Majeski. “It has all kind of come full circle. Paul is a board member on the Kulwicki Driver Development program in which I was a part of in 2015. It was my breakthrough season in working towards the NASCAR ranks and I was the program's inaugural champion.

“So, it is really cool for me to work with Paul because he was such a big part of Alan's (Kulwicki) success. He has a lot of experience and I know we will work well together.”

Charlotte is the second of a six-race tenure with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team. After starting his part-time schedule on a high note with his third career top-five at Talladega, Majeski is eager to build the program and be an asset to the organization that helps not only him but his teammates Corey Heim and Joe Graf Jr.

“I think everyone at Chad Bryant Racing, me included, has high expectations for our program this season,” offered Majeski. “We both have a lot to prove and I think for that reason it will be a great fit. I've run with this team back in 2017 and I feel we were capable of winning two or three races, but we weren't able to close the deal. I want to close one out this season and get everyone at Chad Bryant Racing back in Victory Lane.”

Majeski, 24, is sharing the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim who will make his speedway debut at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway on July 26 in the Pocono ARCA 150.

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The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

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The world’s most patriotic racing event weekend will feature a star-studded list of dignitaries, as the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway is just four days from thrilling race fans from around the world.

This weekend features a sunny forecast perfect for racing action. The festivities kick off with Thursday’s Spectrum Pole Night, which sets the field for the Coca-Cola 600 and concludes with the ARCA Menards Series’ General Tire 150. The inaugural United Rentals Patriot Nationals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte gets underway on Friday and Saturday, with the NASCAR Xfinity’ Series’ Alsco 300 on Saturday at the 1.5-mile superspeedway serving as a prelude to the venerable Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday,.

The Coca-Cola 600 features dignitaries including U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller – a four-star general, the highest-ranking Marine and the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps – serving as grand marshal and giving drivers the command to start engines.

Additional dignitaries for this weekend include Coca-Cola 600 honorary pace car driver Charlotte Flair, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native and the most successful female WWE Superstar wrestler in WWE history. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis will serve as honorary starter to wave the green flag for the Coca-Cola 600, while the Fort Bragg Firing Squad will render the 21 Gun Salute.

Four U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, will fly high over the crowd and U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards will sing the national anthem.

Dignitaries for Thursday’s General Tire 150 include:

  • Presentation of Colors: UNCC Army ROTC Color Guard
  • Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
  • National Anthem: Danielle Johnson
  • Grand Marshal: Bill Caldwell
  • Honorary Starter: Travis Roffler

Dignitaries for Friday’s United Rentals Patriot Nationals include:

  • Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
  • Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
  • National Anthem: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka

Dignitaries for Saturday’s Alsco 300 and United Rentals Patriot Nationals include:

Alsco 300

  • Honorary Starter: Jerry Hailey
  • Grand Marshal: Phil Ford, University of North Carolina Basketball Legend
  • Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
  • Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
  • National Anthem: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Marc Wilka

United Rentals Patriot Nationals

  • Presentation of Colors: Civil Air Patrol 111th Search and Rescue Composite Squadron
  • Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
  • National Anthem: Eddie Digh

Dignitaries for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 include:

  • Honorary Race Director: Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
  • Honorary Pace Car Driver: Charlotte Flair, WWE Superstar
  • Honorary Starter: North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis
  • Grand Marshal: U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller
  • God Bless America: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
  • Presentation of Colors: The United States Honor Guard Color Team from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC
  • Invocation: Will Graham
  • Amazing Grace: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
  • Taps: Bugler from Fort Bragg
  • 21 Gun Salute: Fort Bragg Firing Squad
  • Fort Bragg Aerial Demonstration Team: Fort Bragg Charlie Company Vipers - 2nd – 82nd Assault Helicopter Battalion
  • National Anthem: U.S. Navy MUC William Edwards

TICKETS:
60th Coca-Cola 600 tickets, camping and upgrades are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 13 and under get into the entire race weekend for just $10 with adult ticket purchase.

KEEP TRACK:
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This Saturday night when Perris Auto Speedway hosts the annual “Salute to Indy” for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, all active and retired California Highway Patrol Officers will be admitted to the race for free.  All they have to do is show their CHP badge at the ticket window and they will be given a free ticket.  Once inside, the officers will have someone to cheer for as second-year CHP officer Jeff Dyer will be racing in the show

CHP Officer Jeff Dyer will be racing in the Salute to Indy Saturday.  Doug Allen Photo.

The idea of admitting CHP members free came about when it came to light that Dyer, who was born in West Covina and went to Lutheran High in La Verne, recently received an award from “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” (M.A.D.D.) for stopping and arresting 58 drunk drivers in 2018.

“We heard of the great award Jeff received for keeping us safe and protected while we are on the road,” promoter Don Kazarian said.  “He is not the only one out there.  We want to show all CHP officers that we appreciate the job they are doing, so we have decided to let them in free on Saturday.  And, they get to come watch one of their own racing on the track.”   

Many think of sprint cars as the most dangerous form of auto racing.  For Dyer, who now resides in Bermuda Dunes, sprint cars are a walk in the park.  Before becoming a CHP officer in 2017, he performed one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States Army.  He was an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team leader.  In other words, for 13-years he disarmed bombs and explosives for a living, and in that time served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“It is a cool thing that the “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” have a good program out there,” Dyer said.  “I was honored to receive the award and it feels good that they recognize people who are out there working hard.  I wish I did not have to arrest anybody, but it is nice to get the people who have had too much to drink and decided to make a poor decision off the road.”

While Dyer enjoyed the Army life, he had a couple of dreams he wanted to fulfill.  One was racing a sprint car, which he now does for car owner Cal Smith in the USAC/CRA Series and in his own car in the California Lightning Sprint Car Series.  Unlike many who dream of racing, he had no ambitions to drive in NASCAR or Indy Cars.  Going to Ascot when he was a child, all he ever wanted to race was sprint cars.

The other dream he had was driving a CHP cruiser.

“Yes, that is true,” Dyer laughed when asked about his dreams.  “I love my job.  The best part of it is getting to help stranded motorists.  Also meeting people and the feeling of a sense of worth.  Likewise, I love racing in both the USAC/CRA Series and the California Lightning Sprint Car Series.”

Spectator gates for Saturday’s race will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first 200 fans through the front gate will receive a free stadium cup courtesy of the American Cancer Society.  The first race will take the green flag at 7:00.

Tickets for Saturday’s race are $25.00 for adults.  Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00.  For active military with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each.  Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00.  Children 5 and under are free.  Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday.  Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.

Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849.  If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.

Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season.  All Coast Construction,  Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com,  Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.

To keep up with all the latest Perris Auto Speedway news, photos, gossip and receive special offers, please use the following links:

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PAS PR

International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) ("ISC") announced today that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger ("Merger Agreement") with NASCAR Holdings, Inc. ("NASCAR") pursuant to which NASCAR will acquire ISC.  The transaction is valued at approximately $2.0 billion.  The consideration to be paid to ISC's shareholders (other than certain controlling shareholders of ISC and certain related entities (the "Participating Shareholders")) will be $45.00 in cash for each share of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock.  The Merger Agreement was unanimously recommended and approved by a special committee comprised solely of independent directors of the Board of Directors of ISC (the "Board") and was unanimously approved by the full Board.  In addition, the Participating Shareholders have signed a letter agreement to cause their respective shares of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock to be transferred to NASCAR prior to the effective time of the merger.

TRANSACTION DETAILS

Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, ISC shareholders (other than the Participating Shareholders) will be entitled to receive $45.00 in cash, without interest, for each share of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock held immediately prior to the effective time of the merger.

The transaction, which is expected to close in calendar year 2019, is conditioned on the approval of a majority of the aggregate voting power represented by the shares of ISC Class A Common Stock and ISC Class B Common Stock not owned by the controlling shareholders of ISC, voting together as a single class.  The transaction is also conditioned on other customary closing conditions. 

In connection with the transaction negotiations, counsel for the plaintiff in The Firemen's Retirement System of St. Louis v. James C. France, et al., Case No. 2018-CA-032105-CICI (Seventh Judicial Circuit, Volusia County, Florida), the previously-disclosed class action lawsuit on behalf of ISC shareholders challenging the transaction, met with representatives of the Special Committee, and has determined to not challenge the fairness of the transaction price. 

ADVISORS

Dean Bradley Osborne Partners LLC is serving as financial advisor to the ISC Special Committee, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is acting as legal counsel to the ISC special committee.  Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to NASCAR, and Baker Botts L.L.P. is acting as legal counsel for NASCAR.  BDT & Company is serving as financial advisor to the France family.  Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is acting as legal counsel to ISC.

NASCAR

NASCAR Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a sports sanctioning body. It also provides news, statistics, and information services on races, drivers, teams, and industry events. NASCAR Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Daytona Beach, Florida.

ISC

International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities. ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; ISM Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.

ISC also owns and operates Motor Racing NetworkSM, the nation's largest independent sports radio network, Racing Electronics, the leader in motorsports communication technology and equipment and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions. In addition, ISC owns ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway, and has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit ISC's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction (the "Merger") involving International Speedway Corporation ("ISC") and NASCAR Holdings, Inc. ("NASCAR").  This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval.  In connection with the proposed transaction, ISC will file a proxy statement and other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").  Before making any voting decision, investors and shareholders of ISC are urged to carefully read the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available because it will contain important information regarding ISC, NASCAR and the Merger.

A definitive proxy statement and form of proxy will be sent to ISC shareholders seeking their approval of the transaction.  This press release is not a substitute for the proxy statement or any other document which ISC may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.  INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF ISC ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.  The definitive proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed by ISC with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  In addition, the documents filed by ISC may be obtained free of charge from ISC at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com under investor relations. 

PARTICIPATION IN THE SOLICITATION

ISC and certain of its directors, executive officers and other members of management and employees may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the Merger.  Information concerning the interests of the persons who may be "participants" in the solicitation will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC.  You can find more detailed information about ISC's executive officers and directors in its Information Statement filed with the SEC on March 12, 2019.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

All statements in this communication other than statements of historical fact contained in this report are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements usually relate to future events and anticipated revenues, earnings, cash flows or other aspects of our operations or operating results.  Forward-looking statements are often identified by the words "anticipate," "guidance," "assumptions," "projects," "estimates," "outlook," "expects," "continues," "intends," "plans," "believes," "forecasts," "future," "potential," "may," "foresee," "possible," "should," "would," "could" and variations of such words or similar expressions, including the negative thereof.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs and assumptions concerning future developments and business conditions and their potential effect on us.  While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate.

Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected by the management of ISC include the expected timing and likelihood of completion of the proposed transaction, including the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any required governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed transaction, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, the possibility that ISC's shareholders may not approve the Merger Agreement, the risk that the parties may not be able to satisfy the conditions to the proposed transaction in a timely manner or at all, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction, the risk that any announcements relating to the proposed transaction could have adverse effects on the market price of ISC common stock, the risk of any unexpected costs or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction, the risk of any litigation relating to the proposed transaction, the risk that the proposed transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on the ability of ISC to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with its suppliers and customers and on its operating results and businesses generally, the risk that the proposed transaction could distract management of ISC, the risk that ISC will incur substantial costs in connection with the proposed transaction, as well as other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  All of ISC's forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties (some of which are significant or beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections.  You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the parties' businesses, including those described in ISC's Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed from time to time by ISC with the SEC.  ISC cautions you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  ISC undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any of our forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

ISC PR

Competing in what could be their final ARCA Menards Series race for the foreseeable future, Codie Rohrbaugh and CR7 Motorsports head to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway hoping for a stellar performance in Thursday night’s General Tire 150.

With an invested interest in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS), the Mooresville, N.C.-based team will push that initiative forward this summer while reducing their on-track presence in ARCA.

Still, the team heads to Charlotte confident they can contend for a top-five finish. “As of right now, we just don’t have any ARCA races circled on our calendar,” offered Rohrbaugh.

“We’ve made some improvements on our Truck Series team and we just really need to take that program forward in the long-term interest of CR7 Motorsports.

“With that being said, we’re stoked about returning to Charlotte with one of the fastest cars in our fleet and the opportunity to better our seventh-place finish from Daytona in February.”

Rohrbaugh will make his 20th career ARCA start and second at Charlotte this week.

Last year at Charlotte, Rohrbaugh qualified and finished ninth in the series’ return to the iconic 1.5-mile speedway. Last week, he also made his second Truck Series start of the season aboard the No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Silverado.

Thursday’s ARCA race will see veteran Doug George paired with Rohrbaugh on top of the pit box. While still relatively new to the CR7 Motorsports surroundings, Rohrbaugh says the communication between him and George is molding quickly.

“I like having Doug around and I think he has brought a lot to the table,” added Rohrbaugh. “He has brought a lot of new ideas and has worked closely with Mark (Huff, general manager) on ways to make our program better top to bottom.

“We’ve made some changes and so far, so good. Together, I feel like our chemistry is getting better too. He is learning for the feel I need and I’m learning how to communicate it back with him. It’s gonna take some more time, but we’re heading in the right direction.”

In 19 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh twice at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2019). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions including at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).

Follow Charlotte, the team plans to return to Gander Truck competition at Texas Motor Speedway on Fri., Jun. 7, 2019.

Marketing partnership(s) opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet and No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for the 2019 ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304.257.8783.

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

CR7 Motorsports PR

The StarCom Racing team is proud to announce they will honor the life of fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Schneider at this year’s 600 Miles of Remembrance during the 60th annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday. The windshield of the SCR 00 Chevy, driven by Landon Cassill, will proudly display Cpl. Schneider, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan at just 23 years old.

“Kyle Richard Schneider was born to us a beautiful morning on January 8, 1988,” said Lorie Schneider, mother of fallen hero, Cpl. Schneider. “Kyle loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. We lost a part of heart and soul on June 30, 2011 as Kyle was killed in Action while deployed to Afghanistan.”

In March 2008, Kyle Schneider of upstate New York joined the United States Marine Corps. While at Parris Island Kyle was screened and accepted into Presidential Support Duty at Marine Barracks, 8th & I. After graduating Recruit Training, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC where he graduated with honors and earned the Military Occupational Skill of 0311, Infantryman. Kyle then reported to Marine Corps Security Force School in Chesapeake, VA. Upon his graduation from Security Force School, he reported to 8th & I, where he served well until May, 2010.

In May 2010, Kyle volunteered for and was transferred to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 3rd Platoon. In January 2011 he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the II Marine Expeditionary Force. He operated with his platoon out of Patrol Base Amoo and Patrol Base Hanjar in the Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Kyle survived a direct IED blast while on patrol in May 2011. After care for his injuries and observation at FOB Leatherneck, Kyle insisted he be sent back to his combat outpost in Sangin. He would not leave his men to whom he was devoted, for this he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Kyle was later killed in action on June 30, 2011 heroically protecting his men. Kyle was posthumously awarded a second Purple Heart. Kyle gallantly rests with valor.

The 600 Miles of Remembrance will be aired live during the NASCAR MENCS Coca-Cola 600 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX. We encourage all Americans to tune-in to the race and to also follow @StarComRacing on social media as we highlight and honor Cpl. Schneider throughout the race weekend as a thank you for his sacrifice and a thank you to his loving family.

StarCom Racing PR

Three-time tour winner Harrison Burton returns to the ARCA Menards Series for Thursday night’s prime time running of the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Burton reunites with Venturini Motorsports' series leading No.20 Toyota team for the first time since winning the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Making his second start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in less than one week, Burton will unveil his No.20 FIELDS/Sports Force Park Camry on Thursday night under the lights.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of my FIELDS-Sports Force Park Camry at Charlotte,” said Burton. “I think with my extra experience racing last week’s truck race I have very high expectations for myself and the team. I feel we have all the pieces to win. We just have to execute and get the job done.”

A member of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) family, Burton, who also drives full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, made his first ever start at Charlotte last week finishing 11th behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra. 

Looking to add another trophy, this week’s race marks Burton’s first ARCA series appearance since finishing eighth last month while driving in a relief effort for teammate Christian Eckes who pulled out at Salem Speedway due to illness. 

A three-time ARCA winner, Burton has made 13 series starts since 2016. During that time the Huntersville, North Carolina native has scored eight top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes. 

The ARCA Menards Series returns to Charlotte on Thursday, May 23 as part of a double header which features Pole Night for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Two hours of practice for the General Tire 150 is scheduled for 11:30 am ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm ET, and the race is set to go green shortly after 9 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1.

VMS PR

NBC Sports surrounds the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge with nearly 50 hours of coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold, leading into NBC’s inaugural broadcast of the Indy 500 this Sunday, May 26, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

Following are highlights of NBC Sports’ comprehensive week-long Indianapolis 500 coverage.


SUNDAY, MAY 26 – PRE-RACE COVERAGE BEGINS AT 9 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports will present more than eight hours of live coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race day – Sunday, May 26 – beginning with extended pre-race coverage on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET. Coverage shifts to NBC at 11 a.m. ET with the green flag slated to wave at approximately 12:45 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR commentary team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst), and Paul Tracy (analyst) will call the 103rd Indianapolis 500 alongside pit reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis, Robin Miller and Dillon Welch.

Bell and Tracy have combined to make 19 career Indy 500 starts. Tracy was the runner-up in the 2002 Indy 500, while Bell registered a career-best fourth-place Indy 500 finish in 2009. Diffey has called many of motorsports’ most prestigious events, including the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

NBC Sports’ comprehensive Indy 500 commentary team includes host Mike Tirico and analyst and former INDYCAR driver Danica Patrick. NBC Sports’ Motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rutledge Wood will provide on-site reports from in and around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Krista Voda will also host pre- and post-race festivities.


CARB DAY COVERAGE BEGINNING FRIDAY AT 11 A.M. ET KICKS OFF 13 HOURS OF WALL-TO-WALL INDYCAR COVERAGE ON NBCSN

NBC Sports will surround Carb Day this Friday, May 24, will 13 hours of wall-to-wall coverage on NBCSN beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.


INDYCAR LIVE FROM THE INDY 500
– MONDAY-THURSDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports presents daily live coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week on NBCSN with INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 airing at 6 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday. The program will feature numerous members of NBC Sports’ Indianapolis 500 broadcast team throughout the week, including Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy, Kelli Stavast and Kevin Lee. INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 will include daily interviews with drivers and team members in preparation for race day on Sunday.


NEW EPISODES OF PROVING GROUNDS AND OFF THE GRID FROM INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEK ON NBCSN

NBC Sports will debut new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid this week on NBCSN. Proving Grounds, NBC Sports’ reality series which features a fast-paced immersion into auto racing and testing, debuted last fall and will return for Season Two later this year.

This special edition of Proving Grounds, hosted by NASCAR driver and NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman, alongside automotive journalist Sam Smith and Sports Car Champion driver Leh Keen, takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and includes a ride around IMS with INDYCAR driver Tony Kanaan in a 1912 National.

New episodes of Off The Grid focus on Indianapolis as well as Austin from this year’s INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas. Off The Grid is hosted by a combination of Kim Coon, Sam Smith and Parker Kligerman.


Following is this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifying coverage airing on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., May 20 Indianapolis 500 Practice NBCSN 12 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 2 p.m.
  INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
Tues, May 21 INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Austin NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Wed., May 22 INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Proving Grounds – Indianapolis NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Thur., May 23 INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Indianapolis NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Fri., May 24 Indianapolis 500 Carb Day NBCSN 11 a.m.
  Indy Lights Firestone 100 NBCSN 1 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Carb Day NBCSN 2 p.m.
  NASCAR America from Indianapolis NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
  Proving Grounds – Indianapolis NBCSN 5 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Austin NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Indianapolis NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Carb Day* NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Indy Lights Firestone 100* NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Carb Day* NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
  Proving Grounds – Indianapolis NBCSN 11 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Austin NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Sat., May 25 Off The Grid – Indianapolis NBCSN 12 a.m.
  IPL 500 Festival Parade NBCSN 11:45 a.m.
  Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 3 p.m.
  IPL 500 Festival Parade* NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., May 26 IPL 500 Festival Parade * NBCSN 6 a.m.
  Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 8 a.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Pre-Race NBCSN 9 a.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Pre-Race NBC 11 a.m.
  103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge NBC 12:30 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Post-Race NBCSN 4 p.m.
  Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 5 p.m.
  103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge* NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., May 27 Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
  103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge* NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
  Indy 500 Victory Banquet NBC Sports Gold 7:30 p.m.

*delayed coverage
Note: All live coverage that airs on NBC and NBCSN streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

For more details on this month’s coverage of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series coverage across all NBC Sports platforms, click here.

NBC Sports PR

Beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Independence Day weekend, the NASCAR industry will honor United States Armed Forces heroes and their families as part of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola – an industry-wide expression of respect, appreciation and reverence for those who have served the nation both past and present.

For the fifth straight year, NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola kicks off with the return of 600 Miles of Remembrance during Sunday’s 60th annual Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – the nation’s largest Memorial Day weekend celebration.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ race cars will bear the name of a fallen service member on the windshield during the race in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“NASCAR has always taken immense pride in honoring the military men and women who’ve bravely served our nation,” said Steve Phelps, NASCAR president. “Each year, NASCAR Salutes unites our industry to celebrate these heroes and their families and recognize them for the sacrifices made to preserve our freedoms.”

Coca-Cola, the “Official Fan Refreshment of NASCAR®,” returns as the presenting sponsor of NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola to honor the U.S. Armed Forces each week with efforts focused on Remembrance, Family, Future and Patriotism. For example, at the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR and Coca-Cola, alongside Chef Robert Irvine, will host a race-day brunch for Gold Star Families in remembrance of those who served our country.

Along with the USO, Coca-Cola will honor military spouses and their families across the different military branches at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway. Then at Sonoma Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, an at-track experience with Troops to the Track Hosted by Coca-Cola will showcase how the industry and its partners support military members in transition to civilian life.

“Our partnership with NASCAR is incredibly important to our system,” said John Mount, Vice President, Marketing Assets & Activation, Coca-Cola North America. “The NASCAR Salutes program and Coca-Cola 600 is a special way to spend Memorial Day as we honor our heroes, and remember our fallen military members.”

On Sunday, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host more than 5,000 active military members, veterans and their families at the Coca-Cola 600 to commemorate Memorial Day weekend. A pre-race Salute to the Troops will incorporate all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in connection with the U.S. Department of Defense’s #KnowYourMil initiative.

A number of fallen service members who will be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance have special connections to NASCAR race teams, including Army National Guard Sergeant First Class David Moore and Army Specialist William Jefferies. Both men served in the U.S. Armed Forces with Brian Burns, lead engineer for the No. 37 JTG-Daugherty Racing Chevrolet driven by Chris Buescher. Buescher and his teammate Ryan Preece will carry the names of SFC Moore and SPC Jefferies on their car windshields during the Coca-Cola 600.

Family members of many fallen service members will attend the Coca-Cola 600 and be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance as well. Fans can learn more about the fallen heroes honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance by viewing a special gallery available on NASCAR.com/Salutes

 

Among the other NASCAR Salutes events and activities are the following:

  • Throughout the platform, fans can follow the NASCAR Salutes conversation on social media using #NASCARSalutes.
  • This weekend, NASCAR together with Honor and Remember, Inc., will display specially prepared Honor and Remember flags representing those who have died in service to our country from each of the 50 United States throughout the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Mack Trucks, the “Official Hauler of NASCAR®,” will adorn NASCAR Salutes colors on its flagship NASCAR hauler and lead all hauler parades during the six-week program. This year’s Mack Anthem scheme was chosen by fans through a social media vote and will be unveiled leading up to the Coca-Cola 600.
  • During Saturday’s Alsco 300, NASCAR Xfinity Series™ drivers will display red, white and blue Xfinity windshield decals on their race cars.
  • For the 10th year in a row, Goodyear will transform its NASCAR race tires by replacing its iconic “Eagle” sidewall design with “Honor and Remember,” in recognition of the organization that worked closely with the industry for 600 Miles of Remembrance to honor military lives lost while serving.
  • Sunoco is also working with Honor and Remember on a double flagging moment where a stationary Honor and Remember flag will wave next to the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600 and Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
  • Toyota will honor fallen service members on its Toyota pace and grand marshal vehicles during the Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Toyota will also host military members at its Toyota Owners Hub during the Coca-Cola 600. Through its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hire our Heroes, Toyota will include “Hire our Heroes” within Toyota PitPass for military veterans and spouses, which assists with resume writing, social media training and connects with employers looking to hire veterans.
  • Mars, the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR®,” is highlighting its red, white and blue limited edition M&Ms with a paint scheme for Coca-Cola 600 reigning winner Kyle Busch. The paint scheme was unveiled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in front of the parents of fallen Army Sergeant Dale Griffin, who will be honored by Busch during 600 Miles of Remembrance.
  • During the broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600, FOX will display the name of every U.S. Armed Forces member who lost his or her life since last year’s Memorial Day weekend race as part of a special tribute titled “FOX Sports Remembers,” an initiative begun in 2009. FOX’s scroll will begin running during its pre-race show at 5:30 p.m. ET.
  • This Sunday, NASCAR drivers will discuss 600 Miles of Remembrance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (channel 90) during a special military tribute show airing at 1 p.m. ET. The Dialed In Salute to the Troops special, hosted by Claire B. Lang, will feature interviews with several drivers as well as service members from different branches of the military.
  • At Pocono Raceway, NASCAR Salutes is joining forces with the USO Military Spouse Network to create a VIP race day experience for USO spouses representing all branches of the military.
  • With Coca-Cola at Michigan International Speedway, fans will receive the opportunity to thank military spouses for their support, which will be featured at USO locations across the country.
  • At Sonoma Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway, in celebration of 10 years of NASCAR Troops to the Track Hosted by Coca-Cola, active and veteran military members will shadow industry members to learn how the sport, its partners and Coca-Cola support military members in transition to civilian life.
  • During the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Comcast will work with NASCAR and teams to replace its Xfinity branding with active military units and installations on all NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers’ windshield headers to commemorate Independence Day weekend.
  • During the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway, in celebration of the NASCAR Salutes finale, Publix in partnership with Coca-Cola, will bring its “Race Day Salute” to the track midway for fans and military alike.
  • AMR, the “Official Emergency Medical Services Partner of NASCAR®,” will include NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola branding on its AMR Safety Trucks and honor a group of first responders with VIP race day experiences during the platform window.
  • Sugarlands Shine, the “Official Moonshine of NASCAR®,” is accepting nominations for deserving armed forces, first responders and veterans throughout the NASCAR Salutes window for a VIP trip to this fall’s Sugarlands Shine 250 at Talladega Superspeedway. Submit a nomination today at www.moonshare.org.

Tickets to NASCAR national series events are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.

NASCAR PR

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