Monday, Jan 30
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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 Leaders in engine technology and original equipment manufacturers, among others, say there’s a future for internal combustion engines (ICEs) and fuels even as the world works to decarbonize. During Wednesday’s webinar hosted by the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF), panelists discussed efforts to further improve the engines and lower their carbon footprints.

“We are in a world in transition in terms of energy. We are reliant, heavily, on fossil fuel energy but also trying to make a move towards using more renewable energy. Both in the kind of energy that powers are homes and our vehicles, machines, and equipment,” said DTF Executive Director, Allen Schaeffer. “The internal combustion engine is seated squarely between these two worlds.”

He noted that diesel, gasoline, and natural gas are currently used in ICEs to power nearly all of our world’s vehicles as well as the global economy.

The panelists discussed fuels internal combustion engines may run on, including those currently running on petroleum diesel fuel.

Matt Leuck, Neste’s Technical Manager of Renewable Road Transportation explained how existing diesel engines can run on a low emissions fuel called renewable diesel. He said some already are, in various parts of the country.

“Basically, renewable diesel is a drop-in replacement for hydrocarbon diesel. There really are no issues running it in these new engines. It literally is diesel from a different source,” said Leuck.

“The low and zero carbon liquid fuels are going to be important,” said Stanadyne CEO Dr. John Pinson. “We should really consider ICE as part of the solution.”

Adam Schubert, a Senior Associate with Stillwater Associates, spoke about how the need for various fuels impacts fuel suppliers now and in the future.

“Fuel suppliers will need to supply all of the vehicles, legacy and new, for as long as they’re on the road,” he said.

Other power sources were discussed including e-fuels, gaseous fuels, and electricity.

“The carbon reducing power of making rapid, incremental, progress through fuels and through engine innovation will bring us tremendous benefits. And we should do that while also working on the others,” said Dr. Pinson.

“The three major motivating technologies that are out there – liquid fuel, fuel cells, and batteries – they all have their own weakness when it comes to infrastructure. Where are you going to get the feedstocks? Or how are you going to equip the nation to plug in their cars? Or where are we going to get our hydrogen from. There’s not one of those technologies that can be favored. They’re all equally difficult,” said Tenneco’s Troy Kantola, a Product Director and Plant Manager.

Dr. Kelly Senecal, the Co-founder of Convergent Science and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford said, “We need a diverse portfolio of solutions, and in order to allow us to get there, we need technology neutral regulations.”

He said, “Engineering, not politics, should drive future transportation policy.”

Those opinions were echoed by many of the panelists who recognized the numerous uses of internal combustion engines in transportation, emergency response, shipping, rail, mining and more.

“A single solution, it’s not going to win,” said Cummins’ Executive Director Dr. Cathy Choi. “We need to be technology neutral, yet performance based.”

Panelists spoke about their beliefs that technology neutral, outcome based, solutions and performance standards should guide policy rather than specified outcomes.

“We need technology neutral incentives as well,” said Dr. Choi.

Panelists stressed that additional standardization of how various decarbonization efforts are measured, would be helpful. A number explained Life Cycle Analysis and how that’s much different than simply considering tailpipe emissions.

Other ways to help with decarbonization were noted. Dr. Pinson urged industry to, “Design for remanufacturing or sustainability of the overall engine.”

The panelists shared their beliefs that we should continue to take actions now to decarbonize with internal combustion engine improvements and various fuels, while working toward the distant future.

“We need to make sure that with the urgency we have on global warming, that we take every option to decarbonize,” said John Deere Power Systems’ Senior Vice President Pierre Guyot.

Dr. Kelly Senecal reminded the virtual audience, ““The journey is as important as the destination.”

Watch the Recording: https://dieselforum.org/webinars/posts/what-is-the-future-for-internal-combustion-engines-and-fuels-in-a-reduced-carbon-world

After receiving more than 70 entries from teams wishing to compete in the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, 2023, IMSA officials today confirmed a capacity 60-car field for the season-opening round of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

Fifty-six of the 60 entries have committed to the complete, four-race IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup season, with 45 cars planned for full-season WeatherTech Championship programs. The 60-car field at Daytona represents the maximum field size with new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) machines requiring slightly larger pit boxes than their predecessors.

 

“More than 70 total entries and a 60-car field as we kick off a new era for WeatherTech Championship competition speaks volumes for the interest in international endurance sports car racing and our IMSA platform,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Arriving at this 60-car entry list for the 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona required a substantial effort from our team at IMSA. We are proud to present one of the strongest and most competitive fields we have seen and cannot wait to put on a tremendous show for a global audience of racing fans next month.”

 

The debut race for the GTP class will see a total of nine entries representing four manufacturers: Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche. All nine cars participated in a two-day, IMSA-sanctioned test session at Daytona International Speedway last week. The entire, 60-car field will participate in the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona test on Jan. 20-22, culminating with Rolex 24 qualifying on Sunday, Jan. 22.

 

The GT Daytona (GTD) class again will have the largest field with 24 entries having been selected. The GTD field will include GT3-spec race cars from nine different manufacturers – Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche – with Pro-Am driver lineups.

 

The GTD PRO class returns with eight entries from seven different manufacturers: Aston Marin, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche. Two brand-new race cars – the Ferrari 296 GT3 and the Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) – and the updated Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 will make their respective debuts in the GTD PRO and GTD classes.

 

Both Pro-Am prototype classes also will feature full fields in the Rolex 24. The LMP2 class boasts a 10-car field of ORECA LMP2 07 machines. The LMP3 class includes a nine-car entry consisting of four Duqueine D08 race cars and five teams fielding the Ligier JS P320.

 

The complete list of entered teams and race cars is available here. Entries that were not selected have been placed on a reserve list and may replace any current entries that withdraw prior to the event. An updated entry list including driver lineups will be released in early January.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and TireRack.com – a customer-direct tire, wheel and car accessory distributor – announced Dec. 14 an entitlement sponsorship of the Battle on the Bricks IMSA sports car event in September 2023.

TireRack.com is the “Official Partner of the TireRack.com Battle on the Bricks” and “Official Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

“The opportunity to join as official partners in bringing IMSA sports car racing back to IMS amplifies how important tire performance is to our DNA,” said Matt Edmonds, executive vice president, TireRack.com. “Tire performance always plays a critical role for every driver, on the track or the street, and IMSA at IMS provides an exceptional showcase right in our home state of Indiana.”

The TireRack.com Battle on the Bricks features the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to the Racing Capital of the World from Sept. 15-17, 2023, with a full weekend of sports car racing on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile IMS road course. The two-hour, 40-minute feature event will take place Sunday, Sept. 17, with live NBC network television coverage.

“We welcome TireRack.com as a partner of this exciting weekend of IMSA sports car racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We know many sports car fans also are enthusiasts who enjoy working on their own cars, including me, and TireRack.com provides 24/7 access to shop for the highest-quality tires, wheels and car accessories with a focus on the best prices and customer service, which is an ideal match.”

In addition to Sunday’s WeatherTech Championship race, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will headline the action Saturday, Sept. 16 with a four-hour, bumper-to-bumper traffic jam of production-based race cars.

With 18 different manufacturers competing in IMSA, the TireRack.com Battle on the Bricks weekend will be a three-day festival showcasing the pinnacle of sports car racing.

Fans who signed up for event updates about the TireRack.com Battle on the Bricks will receive a ticket pre-sale link via email. Ticket sales will open to the general public Tuesday, Dec. 20. Visit ims.com/imsa to sign up for event updates and purchase tickets once available.

In another exciting addition to the sports car weekend, fans can camp in the IMS infield, access not available during any other race weekend. Powered and primitive spaces will be available to purchase throughout the infield for public camping.

IMSA also will return to IMS in 2024 and 2025 for longer endurance races. Fans who purchase race tickets or infield camping in 2023 will have first access to secure those spots for the 2024 IMSA endurance race.

Tire Rack, headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, is a leading independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories. Since 1979, Tire Rack has grown from a single-point retail store in Indianapolis to encompass over 2.8 million square feet of space in 10 distribution centers across the country. Tire Rack does business as TireRack.com online, TR Wholesale Solutions in the car dealer and wholesale channels and Tire Rack Mobile Installation in select areas as a mobile installation solution.

Brembo, a global leader in braking systems, celebrates more than 600 world titles won since 1975, thanks to 62 world titles won in the major Racing competitions of 2022 - on two and four wheels - Brembo confirms its technological supremacy in Motorsport and continues to collect record numbers on every circuit in the world.

 

It has been a 2022 full of successes. From the second consecutive Formula 1 world championship won by Max Verstappen-Oracle Red Bull Racing with Brembo calipers, to the success of Pecco Bagnaia-MotoGP Ducati Lenovo - after 15 years since its last victory - with Brembo braking system and Marchesini wheels, to the WorldSBK championship in which Alvaro Bautista-Aruba.it Racing-Ducati with Brembo braking system and Marchesini wheels, through the Formula E championship in which Brembo supplied braking systems to all the drivers, to the victory of Augusto Fernandez- Red Bull KTM Ajo in Moto2, Izan Guevara-GASGAS Aspar in Moto3 and many other world champions in the Motorsport competition venue. All these riders have relied on the excellence of Brembo braking systems.

 

The long experience in the world of racing continues to be a privileged laboratory for Brembo, where the latest technological solutions are tested and then transferred to street vehicle production. This approach confirms the company’s mission to become a Solution Provider alongside the most important manufacturers of cars and motorcycles, to offer cutting-edge and sustainable solutions that deliver the best driving experience. Motorsport titles that also include important victories achieved with the support of the brands part of the Group, like Marchesini and AP Racing, SBS Friction and J.Juan, companies that were acquired by Brembo Group between the early 2000s and 2021.

 

In Formula 1, all of the 22 Grand Prix races in the current season have been won by cars equipped with Brembo components. The Bergamo-based company can boast victories in 485 out of 829 Grand Prix that have taken place since 1975, the year of the debut in Formula 1, until today, for a total of 28 world drivers’ championships and 32 world constructors’ championships won with the top teams.

 

Brembo’s dominance also continues in MotoGP, to which are added new wins in Moto2, Moto3 and World Superbike (also with Marchesini). Over 500 victories in the premier class (500 class and MotoGP) in which Brembo made its debut in 1995. For the seventh consecutive season, Brembo has supplied all the riders - 31 for this season - who have raced at least one race in MotoGP, relying on the high performance and safety levels guaranteed by Brembo components.

 

Twenty-two was also a winning year in Electric Motorsport. The fourth consecutive season for Brembo as the exclusive supplier of all 24 electric Gen 2 single-seaters of the FIA Formula E championship and the fourth consecutive championship in FIM MotoE World Cup and the 18 Ego Corsa of Energica Motor Company.

 

In addition to the already mentioned Formula 1, Formula E, MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and WorldSBK championships, it’s important to mention also WEC, GT, IMSA, IndyCar, MX2, Enduro, Trial, Formula 2, Formula 3, WRC, Super Formula, Rally Dakar and many others for a total number of more than 600 world titles won from 1975 up to the present in the different categories.

 

From Max Verstappen to Pecco Bagnaia, passing through many other successes for riders and teams, Brembo has triumphed alongside them: https://www.brembo.com/en/company/news/brembo-palmares-motorsport-2022

 

Please find also a wide selection of photos at the following link with details of the Brembo systems supplied to various winning riders in 2022: https://we.tl/t-6c8zqh1bQh

After a race-winning partial debut season in SRO’s GT America series in 2022, SKI Autosports will return for 2023 with Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring race-winning veteran, Johnny O’Connell.

SKI Autosports will join the GT America series at NOLA Motorsports Park in April and will race in the remaining seven races on the 2023 calendar.  

“2022 was a due diligence year for the team, running three weekends in GT America and looking toward setting our future plans,” said team owner Kent Hussey.

“We were delighted by the professionalism and organization of the GT America staff and happy with the performance of our Ferrari 458 GT3. With the positives we took from this season, we have committed to running almost a full season in 2023.

“The team did a great job in 2022 with our limited SRO schedule posting a win at Road America and a couple of runner-up finishes. In addition, we secured two wins in the Gold Cup championship. We are ready to take the next step and commit to more races in 2023.”

The team has secured multi-time champion Johnny O’Connell as their primary driver for the 2023 SRO GT America races.  

“We are thrilled to be working with Johnny and to be part of his return to SRO competition (previously known as World Challenge) where he has had so much success,” continued Hussey.

Johnny O’Connell is synonymous with winning GT racing, achieving four class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; an overall victory at the Rolex 24 in 2001; an overall 12 Hours of Sebring win; three American Le Mans Series championships; and an amazing four consecutive Pirelli World Challenge titles in a row from 2012 to 2015.

“Johnny was very comfortable racing the Ferrari at the Classic Daytona 24 earlier this month and was extremely competitive until tire issues ended our race. We are looking forward to greater success in 2023 with Johnny driving the team’s Ferrari 458 GT3”, observed Hussey.

SKI Autosport will begin testing after the New Year, with its sights set on the April debut with O’Connell at NOLA.  

 

“It goes without saying that I’m super excited about 2023 and driving for Kent and Melissa at SKI Autosports,” O’Connell said.

“I’m also looking forward to competing in SRO competition again. Even though things have changed a lot there over the past five years, World Challenge racing remains as some of the most fun racing I’ve done. I’m confident that working with Rossella (Manfrinato) and Phil (Creighton), we will find our way to the front once again.” 

On a recent episode of Youth Inc. hosted by Greg Olsen  from premium creation platform, AudioramaDaytona 500 winner and professional stock car driver, Kevin Harvick, stopped by to talk about the landscape of youth racing, the risks of the sport, and the importance of access and strategy.

 

 “Really the hardest part of the racing world is to find someone that won’t take all your money," stated Harvick. "They’ll sweet talk you into thinking they know more than they know. Next thing you know you’re just another number making their mortgage and your kid has not learned anything and is having a bad experience and the next thing you know you are just done with racing because nothing went right and you spent all your money. "

 

It seems as though the earlier you start racing, the better off you are. When asked about his son Keelan's career, Harvick added “Keelan is currently on his own racing carts in Europe, trying to make himself comfortable being uncomfortable. Over in Europe, kids either want to be a soccer player or an F1 driver. For us its really trying to develop him and so its a very professional, different approach not there is anything wrong with the cart racing here. It is just a different level because those kids are trying to achieve a different thing. If you take it to the top level, you better be ready for it because you're going to be in some pretty intense, high pressure situations and hopefully you've seen them before.”

 

Check out the entire episode,  where Greg sits down with Kevin Harvick, professional stock car racer and Daytona 500 winner. The pair discuss the youth racing landscape (4:36), the high costs of racing (21:28) and the importance of access & strategy (28:03).

 

Audiorama is a podcast network and production company centered on “transformative podcasts” that enlighten, entertain, and inform. The platform was founded by award-winning actor Vince Vaughn, along with former Carolina Panthers players Greg Olsen and Ryan Kalil and venture fund Powerhouse Capital.

Legendary NASCAR Champion driver and Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte has announced he will join Sadler/Stanley (SS) Racing for the 2023 modified season, after making his SS Racing debut at Martinsville Speedway in October for the final race of the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season. Labonte will be chasing the checkered flag behind the wheel of the No. 18 VA Pace-O-Matic Modified.
 
Labonte will race in his third full season of the Southern Modified Auto Racing Teams Tour (S.M.A.R.T.), where he previously piloted the No. 25 Cook Out Tour Modified. He finished third overall in the 2022 season, with nine top-5 finishes. The 13-race schedule is set to be released soon.
 
Labonte also plans to drive the No. 18 in several NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, including Richmond, Martinsville and North Wilkesboro, among others.
 
“The modified tour has been a lot of fun the last couple years, and I’m excited to return with a great new team like SS Racing,” said Labonte. “Hermie and Senator Stanley have put together a great program and they are really motivated to show what their team can do. Along with returning sponsors Cookout and Units Moving and Portable Storage, I am also looking forward to representing Pace-O-Matic next year. They are really engaged and committed to racing, which is always a good thing.”
 
SS Racing was founded in 2022 by retired NASCAR driver and race analyst Hermie Sadler and Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley, and their modifieds are built and maintained by PSR Products. The team placed sixth overall in the S.M.A.R.T. tour this year with driver Jonathan Brown.
 
“What an honor to have Bobby Labonte driving our cars in 2023. I have known Bobby nearly 30 years, and his record and accomplishments on and off the track speak for themselves. He will be a great representative of SS Racing and Pace-O-Matic.” said Sadler.
 
“Bobby Labonte is a consummate professional, a NASCAR® Hall of Famer, and a hero to my youngest son Chandler,” said Stanley. “We are just thrilled to have both Bobby and his wife, Kristin, as a part of the Sadler/Stanley Racing family, and we are excited to get both the 2023 S.M.A.R.T. and Whelen Modified Tour underway so that we can run for checkers and championships with Bobby behind the wheel of the SSR No. 18.”
 
New merchandise will be available soon at shopbobbylabonte.com. Follow him on Facebook for updates.

NASCAR legend Richard Petty is working to fix one of the country's biggest labor problems - a shortage of workers in the trades.

On December 8th, Petty donated thousands of dollars worth of tools to his former high school in Randleman, North Carolina. The donation is part of a partnership he’s launching with Northern Tool + Equipment (NTE) and their Tools for the Trades™ program. The partnership is fueled by Petty’s passion for the trades, particularly welding. Both Petty and NTE are passionate about encouraging today’s youth to develop trade skills.

 

 While the donation of tools is awesome, how will this program help encourage young people to enter trade jobs?

Suresh Krishna, CEO of Northern Tool + Equipment: The idea behind the Tools for the Trades™ program is to expand students’ skill sets and spark passion and curiosity in the trades. We’re giving instructors the right tools to properly teach the trades skills and expose students to professional-grade tools that can prepare them for careers in the trades. These tools will improve the in-class experience and support schools’ career and technical education opportunities, thus reaching more students and inspiring them to consider a trade-related career path. Northern Tool + Equipment has partnered with 13 schools through Tools for the Trades™ so far, and we plan to add a minimum of 20 schools per year going forward. 

 

Richard Petty: This program helps students get hands-on experience with professional-grade tools and equipment. We’re always going to need people to build and fix things in this country. Pro-grade tools can make all the difference in learning a skill like welding, delivering a successful project and enjoying the work. Those experiences can spark a passion for the trades, and we know donations like this help schools grow their trade learning options. 

 

Which vocations are you focused on?

Krishna: Our program is focused on 5 key vocations: automotive, welding, electricians, plumbing and concrete work. We’re committed to supporting and working to grow the labor force in all of these areas.

 

 

Petty: Many know me for my NASCAR career, but I learned a trade at a young age. Welding has been a passion of mine most of my life, and I’ve done a lot of welding on race cars. So, I’m a bit biased towards welding, but this program benefits all vocations.

 

With the ever-increasing complexities of modern automobiles, will this program also help to train mechanics to work on hybrid and electric cars?

Krishna: What I love about the schools we work with is they are committed to preparing their students for the future. At Northern Tool + Equipment, we prioritize innovation. That’s why we’ve made such a commitment to battery-powered tools. Our Tools for the Trades™ program is no different. We’re focused on providing the right professional-grade tools, equipment and gear to allow instructors to prepare kids for what is next. This will help students build a foundation of knowledge that will help prepare them when faced with the complexities of modern vehicles. 

 

Petty: Having been around cars my whole life, I’ve witnessed firsthand how much they change and advance over the years. It’s crucial to continue investing in the next generation of mechanics and providing the appropriate resources to help them stay up to date with modern automobiles. I partnered with Northern Tool + Equipment and their Tools for the Trades™ program to help give students and future trade workers access to high-end tools they’ll use in professional settings. 

 

Will Petty GMS be directly involved in this program?

Krishna: This is the start of a great partnership between Northern Tool + Equipment’s Tools for the Trades™ program and Richard Petty. He’s going to be an ambassador for this program. His passion for welding and the trades made this a natural partnership. What better way to start than by giving back to Petty’s hometown?

 

Petty: I’m excited to partner with the Tools for the Trades™ program.  I love its commitment to preparing the next generation of tradespeople, and I want to do everything I can to help fill the pipeline of skilled laborers for the future. I believe in what they are doing, and today, at my former high school, it was great to get started. 

 

What, in your opinion, is the solution to the trade employee shortage?

Krishna: For some students, a four-year degree is a great option, while for others, pursuing the Trades makes more sense. Skilled workers complete rigorous courses, apprenticeships, and training. They possess highly specific knowledge and understanding of their chosen trade. Working in the trades can also be a financially smart decision. Through programs like Tools for the Trades™, we’re exposing students to options beyond a four-year degree and showing that they have a wide range of opportunities in the trades. We also believe that by supporting these classes and teachers with high-quality professional tools, we will spark a passion for the trades in students. Programs like these invest in the skilled trades pipeline of tomorrow. 

 

Petty: Having welding knowledge served me well. The trades, and welding in particular, have always been a passion of mine. I see the value of these skills every day in Petty’s Garage and with our race teams. We know donations like this help make it easier for schools to grow their trade learning options which will then fuel curiosity and passion for the trades long-term. Good tools make a difference in completing a successful project and enjoying the work. Equipment is everything.

 

Of the manufacturing workforce today, nearly 25% are 55 or older. As those workers age out of the workforce, there aren’t enough young people pursuing the trades to take their places. Petty is now throwing his weight behind an effort to make a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

The stage is set for The NASCAR Foundation’s Taste of the 24 presented by Foundation Risk Partners. The annual fundraiser takes place Saturday, January 28, at Daytona International Speedway during the 61st running of the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, North America’s most prestigious sports car race.

“We are looking forward to a great event to kick off our 2023 season,” said Nichole Krieger, executive director of The NASCAR Foundation. “As always, the restaurants and businesses participating in the Taste of the 24 will take center stage in this unique dining event to raise much-needed funds to support children in our community and across the country. Without these community partners, we could not have this event which has grown to be a highlight of our racing season.”

The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA is the ultimate test of endurance, speed, and skill for world-class competition at the World Center of Racing. The world-wide “twice-around-the-clock” iconic event will open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with a 1:40 p.m. ET start. The event will mark the debut of the much-anticipated Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class on the 3.56-mile road course. The GTP class combines internal combustion engines with cutting-edge technology in an electrical support powertrain.

For the Taste of the 24, patrons will be treated to an unrivaled dining experience featuring live entertainment and local restaurant fare in the Midway Suites of the World Center of Racing. At 6 p.m. ET, attendees will sample menu items from area restaurants amid the backdrop of the season-opening race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Fans will not go hungry! The NASCAR Foundation will unveil the wide range of local restaurants that will serve up sample-sized appetizers, entrees, and desserts from their menus in the coming weeks.  

Participating restaurants (as of 12.9) include: 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Ben & Jerry's, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Blue Flame, Bull and Boar, Carolina Seafood Co., Crabby’s Oceanside and Crabby’s Bar & Grill NSB, Cupcake Metropolis, Dave & Buster's, Daytona’s Original First Turn Steakhouse, Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza, Kale Café, Phatty Chow, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Sauté Kingz, Sloppy Joe's Daytona Beach, and Treats & Sweets Cakery.

“We are excited to return as the presenting sponsor for The Taste of the 24,” stated Charles Lydecker, Chairman and CEO of Foundation Risk Partners. “This signature event in Daytona Beach is a wonderful opportunity for our local community to come together and mingle in the spirit of good food and fast-paced entertainment to raise funds and support children who need our help.”

Event sponsors joining Foundation Risk Partners include Dave Turner, Inc., Daytona’s Garage, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Jeep Beach, McKim & Creed, Radiology Associates, SeaGate Homes, and Truist.

Ticket packages are on sale now, including a limited number of all-inclusive VIP tickets priced at $160 per person. Taste of the 24 ticket options include:

  • VIP Tickets, priced at $160 per person, include:
    • Early Entrance to Taste of the 24 at 5:30 PM
    • A two-day pass to the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA that includes access to the infield, UNOH Fanzone, and general admission frontstretch seating for two exciting days of on and off-track action
    • One drink ticket

 

  • General Admission tickets, priced at $110 per person, include:
    • Taste of the 24 admission in the Midway Suites at Daytona International Speedway
    • A two-day pass to the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA that includes access to the infield, UNOH Fanzone, and general admission frontstretch seating for two exciting days of on and off-track action
    • One raffle ticket for a chance to win a Rolex Watch

 

  • Children’s tickets, priced at $24 per person for children 12 & under, include:
    • Taste of the 24 admission in the Midway Suites at Daytona International Speedway
    • Free access to Rolex 24 AT DAYTONA with parent ticket purchase

 

Ticket options are also available for patrons who have already purchased Rolex 24 At DAYTONA tickets. Taste of the 24 tickets are available by calling (386) 310-5710 or visiting NASCARfoundation.org/Taste24.

Proceeds from the event benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund is dedicated to providing medical care and health and wellness resources to children in Florida and across the country.

Fans are also encouraged to reserve their place in history at The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA by logging onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.  New in 2023, garage access will now be included for all 2-day infield and single-day customers, enhancing the experience for guests by providing close access to the incredible cars and teams. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE to the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway via www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will host a first-of-its-kind two-day test and tune event for all five of its classes on January 25-26 at Sebring International Raceway. The two-day event, which will cost $2,500 per car, per day, offers competitors unprecedented track time to gear up for the 2023 season. At least 30 cars are already expected for the event.
 
“We are very excited to be able to offer teams this unique testing opportunity,” said John Clagett, President of Trans Am. “We believe that this is a tremendous value for teams in contrast to purchasing their own track rentals, and the two days will be completely dedicated to the Trans Am Series’ five classes. Sebring is a very desirable place for teams to shake down their cars, as the challenging track and rough surface test all components of the cars in the way that teams want them to be tested.”
 
The schedule will offer two-hour series-managed sessions with timing services separated by 30-minute breaks throughout both days, giving competitors plenty of track time to test their equipment. In addition to on-track testing, the two-day session will allow teams to complete their annual car safety reviews and will allot time for teams to complete administrative tasks such as licensing and registration. The series will also host an evening event for teams, drivers and series officials to socialize before the season begins.
 
“January’s event is about more than just testing the cars,” continued Clagett. “It allows teams to try out new drivers and experiment with equipment, as well as to complete pre-season safety and administrative tasks, so that when they arrive at the track for the first race of the season, all they have to focus on is racing. We are also looking forward to providing teams with a social event to allow them to relax and spend time together without the time constraints and pressure of a race weekend.”
 
The Test Day Schedule can be found here.
 
The 2023 Trans Am Series season will kick off just one month after the test on February 23-26 at Sebring International Raceway.
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