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Jack Wood will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on May 22. Wood is also scheduled to pilot the No. 24 entry at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to get in a top-tier truck, especially at a racetrack like COTA," said Wood. "It's going to be a long day of learning for me, but I'm excited for the challenge. I can't thank everybody at Chevrolet and GMS enough for giving me a shot."
The Loomis, CA native has one top-five and two top-10 finishes in four ARCA Menards Series starts in 2021. Wood competed part-time win the ARCA Menards Series West in. 2019 and 2020 and collected one top-five and six top-10 finishes in eight starts last season. Wood is also part of the Drivers Edge Development class of 2021.
"Jack (Wood) is a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him," said Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing. "To be able to see members of the Drivers Edge Development program progress and compete at various levels of the sport is rewarding and we're excited to see what he can do in his first two truck starts."
Wood will make his debut in the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado on May 22 at COTA and will return to the seat for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28. B both races will air live on FS1 and MRN.
On a night of highs and lows, veteran USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series driver Brody Roa raced to a third-place finish last Saturday night at the Bakersfield Speedway. It was the affable driver’s second top three finish in the series in 2021.
The 30-year-old Garden Grove, California resident started off the night in fine fashion when he out-qualified the 24-car field with a sizzling lap of 16.20 on the 75-year-old banked 1/3 mile clay oval. He followed that up by going from his sixth place starting spot to finish third in his 10-lap heat race.
Brody Roa setting the fast time in qualifying at the Bakersfield Speedway. Mike Grosswendt Photo.
The Garden Grove, California based racer was looking good for the 30-lap main event. He started on the outside of the third row and when the green flag flew to start the race, he looked like he was shot out of a cannon. Some nice opening lap moves saw him momentarily push the nose of his brilliant green #91R car as far up as third. However, trouble struck at the outset of lap two. The car next to Roa and the car in front of him got together. Roa ended up getting tagged and slid to a sudden stop on the low side of the front straightaway. Seconds later another car clobbered him.
Fortunately, neither Roa or the car suffered any significant damage and he restarted at the back. He quickly began to slice and dice his way through the field in a race that was plagued by tangles resulting in red and yellow flags. As the laps counted down, track conditions proved to be anything but conducive for passing. In addition, he was coming up on the faster competition who were harder to pass. The black helmeted racer remained undaunted and maintained his focus and determination. By the time the checkered flag ended the race, he had passed 18-cars from his restart position to finish a very impressive third.
The determined march towards the front allowed Roa to maintain his fourth-place position in the USAC/CRA championship standings. His next race will come when Perris Auto Speedway hosts the prestigious Annual Salute to Indy on Saturday, May 22nd.
Roa and the team would like to thank the following for being part of the 91R’s 2021 campaign. HD Industries, Burris Racing, Caltrol, Competition Suspension, Sander Engineering, Biker Bruce Fisher, Inland Rigging, The Golden Vibe Boutique, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, Baldwin Filters and Jambo BBQ Pits. In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Total Lubricants, Marina Pools, TJM Oilfield Distribution, Certex, and Biker Bruce for sponsoring the #8M.
If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition throughout the year, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information at the top of this release. You can also contact him if you would like to put him in your car in a USAC National Series race when his west coast schedule permits.
To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/. Fans can also check out the team website at https://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/br91r/. To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MayMotorsports8M
MannKind Corporation (Nasdaq: MNKD) is revved up to announce a partnership for the 2021 season with NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Conor Daly, who is living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and will help raise awareness about diabetes and innovative management options. MannKind will also be a primary sponsor for Ed Carpenter Racing as Daly debuts the No. 20 MannKind Chevrolet at the May 15th running of the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"MannKind first met Conor in early 2019, and his ability to rise above any challenge he's faced really resonates with us," said Michael Castagna, CEO of MannKind Corporation. "We are driven to find new ways to give people control of their health, and Conor exemplifies the very spirit of MannKind's mission – living life without limits."
Daly was first diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 14, and today is the only known U.S. professional racing driver who competes full-time while living with T1D. "I'm excited to work with MannKind again for the 2021 racing season and I look forward to sharing my T1D story through this partnership," said Daly. "I can't wait to get the No. 20 MannKind Chevrolet on the track this weekend."
The No. 20 MannKind Chevrolet will feature an edgy "Tired of Pricks?" tagline –a purposeful wordplay designed to draw attention to NeedleFreeInsulin.com. To highlight the text, the car presents in a color scheme of magenta and teal which derives from MannKind's brand palette.
"We're thrilled to introduce this head-turning livery when Conor represents Ed Carpenter Racing this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Alejandro Galindo, Chief Commercial Officer of MannKind Corporation. "As part of an extended marketing partnership, we will work closely with Daly on a series of appearances to stress that living with diabetes should not stop you from fully living your dreams. The first event is being planned for the week of Indy 500 in late May."
Like many professional racers, Daly started regularly competing in karting at the age of 10. Four years later, he encountered a hurdle when he found himself heading to the hospital having lost weight and possessing an insatiable thirst for water. "I ended up not racing that day, but rather had tests run to learn what was going on with me," recalled Daly. That answer came in the form of a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.
"It came as a surprise, but I knew that this was just another challenge life was presenting, and I wasn't going to let it slow me down," said Daly. True to his conviction, less than a week later he was back racing at the go-kart track and went on to take home the 2006 World Karting Association Grand Nationals title. He progressed to car racing in 2007, and has continued to thrive in the sport he loves.
After finding success in both United States and international open-wheel ladder systems, Daly made the decision to concentrate solely on American motorsports in 2015. Over the past seven years, he has competed in over 60 Indy car races. The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season is Daly's second with ECR. He will compete for ECR in 14 of 17 events this year, driving the No. 20 Chevrolet during the road and street course events. When ECR team owner Ed Carpenter steps back into the No. 20 for the Indianapolis 500 later this month, Daly will shift over to the No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet. Known for a desire to sharpen his skills by racing in different disciplines, Daly has recently competed in USAC Midgets, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Fox News' Bret Baier and Children's National Hospital Partner with David Starr and MBM Racing for Dover's NASCAR Xfinity Race
Fox News' Bret Baier and Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. will partner with David Starr who will pilot the MBM Motorsports No. 61 Toyota Supra during the NASCAR Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 15th. The race can be viewed at 1:30PM/ET on FS1.
Baier is the anchor and executive editor of 'Special Report with Bret Baier' that airs weekdays at 6pm EST. and is also the network's chief political anchor. Prior to that, Baier was chief White House correspondent and National Security correspondent for Fox
Baier maintains a strong relationship with Children's National Hospital as his thirteen-year-old son Paul was born with five congenital heart defects and recently underwent his fourth successful open-heart surgery at Children's National Hospital.
"It's a real honor to have David driving the Special Report/Children's National car at Dover. We'll hope for a win and a lot of attention for the doctors and nurses at Children's who save thousands of kids' lives every year" - Bret Baier
"It's an honor and a privilege to represent both Bret and Children's National Hospital this weekend at Dover. Having two boys myself I can only imagine the gratitude Bret and his family have for Children's National," said Starr.
Children's National Hospital specializes in pediatric care and has been named one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. This year they are celebrating 150 years of saving lives. Children's National Hospital is located at 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20010. To learn more about what care services Children's National specializes in visit their website at https://childrensnational.org/
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Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance will be giving their full support to Front Row Motorsports (FRM) this Sunday at the Dover International Speedway. Revolve Finance, which enables straightforward online banking, will make their debut as the primary partner of the 2021 Daytona 500 Champion Michael McDowell while Speedy Cash continues its primary support of Anthony Alfredo. Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance are both brands of CURO Group Holdings Corp.
“It’s been great to see the success that Front Row Motorsports has been having this season,” said Ryan Rathje, Chief Product Officer at CURO. “The excitement of winning the Daytona 500 has resonated with our customers and this is a great opportunity to partner with Michael McDowell with our newest brand, Revolve Finance. This will be the first time we’ve had both Revolve Finance and Speedy Cash on the track together and it’s exciting for our company.”
Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance have been season-long associate partners of all FRM entries this season with multiple primary schemes on the No. 38 of Alfredo. “It’s great to have the Speedy Cash colors back on our car at Dover this weekend,” said Alfredo. “And, it’s really cool to see them on the No. 34 Ford Mustang, too. We’re ‘one team’ at FRM and our partners benefit from all our success from our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series program to both our Cup cars. It’s awesome to see them taking this opportunity this weekend to have both Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance on our cars.”
Speedy Cash has a major presence in NASCAR. They are an official sponsor at the Texas Motor Speedway and sponsor their victory lane. Now, with McDowell, they have the opportunity to showcase Revolve Finance this weekend.
“We have a new partner for our No. 34 team this weekend at Dover, but they are no stranger to FRM,” said McDowell. “Revolve Finance has been supporting Anthony all season and it’s cool to see them step up to be our primary partner this weekend. It’s just cool to see them get excited about our season and the direction we’re headed. We can’t do it without them and we want to have a great race this weekend.”
For more information about Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance, visit SpeedyCash.com and RevolveFinance.com.
Tommy Joe Martins Continuing Partnership with AAN Adjusters and Gilreath Farms Amid Xfinity Playoff Battles
Martins Motorsports has announced a partnership extension with AAN Adjusters and Gilreath Farms. The continued partnership comes after an eventful 2020 season that awarded Tommy Joe Martins and Martins Motorsports a top 20 finish in Owners Points. Tommy Joe Martins is battling for a spot in the Playoffs; currently 15th in Drivers Standings and holding back-to-back top 15th finishes. Gilreath Farms Red Angus will serve as the primary sponsor of the #44 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Currently 18th in Owners Points, Martins Motorsports’ goal is to close out the season in the top 20. Enthusiasm for this extension is led by driver and team General Manager Tommy Joe Martins: “Martins Motorsports wouldn’t be here without Ken Gilreath & his companies, AAN Adjusters & Gilreath Farms. He took a big chance on us in 2020, & we’re so happy to be exceeding expectations & have him expand his partnership with us in 2021.”
As the season continues, Martins Motorsports is making a push for the Playoffs with 3 top 15 finishes so far in the 2021 Xfinity season. Martins Motorsports is a grassroots team that has held partnership with AAN Adjusters and Gilreath Farms since 2018, being the first sponsors announced with the formation of the team in 2020. NASCAR’s push towards normality with allowing sponsor access to the garages was a major factor in the expansion of their contract for the 2021 season.
AAN Adjusters and Gilreath Farms owner Ken Gilreath is looking forward to the continuation of the 2021 season with Martins Motorsports: “Working with Martins Motorsports and Tommy Joe has been great over the past season. We are eager to keep up the momentum and bring home some top finishes”.
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Roush Fenway Racing, in partnership with Socios.com - the leading blockchain platform for the global sports and entertainment industry, have announced plans to launch a $ROUSH Fan Token.
Fan Tokens are collectible digital assets, minted on the Chiliz blockchain, that provide owners with access to voting rights in polls, VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions on the mobile app Socios.com.
Roush Fenway Racing fans can look forward to the opportunity to influence a wide range of decisions through $ROUSH Fan Tokens, starting with the chance to select racecar paint schemes, team uniforms, pit signage and other assets for the RFR Fords at Watkins Glen on August 8th for both Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher.
Roush Fenway Racing will become the first US sports team to launch a Fan Token on Socios.com.
MMA promotion company UFC® announced plans to launch a Fan Token on Socios.com last week, while NHL side New Jersey Devils recently became the first U.S. sports franchise to partner with Socios.com.
The North Carolina based team joins a network of 29 major international sporting properties on the Socios.com roster, which also includes European soccer giants FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, AC Milan and Manchester City.
Socios.com is a direct-to-consumer (D2C) platform that leverages blockchain technology to provide the world’s leading sporting organizations with the tools to engage with their fanbases.
Created by Chiliz, the leading blockchain provider for the global sports and entertainment industry, Socios.com has major global expansion plans for 2021 and will increase their existing presence in Europe, while targeting many more Fan Token launches in the U.S, U.K, Asia and South America. Socios.com has multiple office locations around the world and will open new European, U.S. and South American headquarters in Madrid, New York and Sao Paulo in 2021.
Steve Newmark, President of Roush Fenway Racing said: “We are excited to provide fans with the opportunity to play a real role in selecting what our cars and other assets will look like, and believe it will resonate very well throughout the industry,” said Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark. “We’re appreciative of everyone at Socios.com for their interest and trust in Roush Fenway and can’t wait to kick off a fun partnership that brings our goals and objectives to life.”
Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios.com said: “We’re proud to welcome Roush Fenway Racing to our fast growing global roster of partners and delighted that they will become the first US based sports team to launch a Fan Token.
“Transitioning passive fans into active fans is essential to the future of sport. Our vision is for an extensive network of the world’s leading sporting organizations to achieve this through Fan Tokens and transactional fan engagement on Socios.com.
“Roush Fenway Racing have already laid out an impressive first round of fan engagement activity on Socios.com that will give their fans levels of influence unprecedented in NASCAR. These are exciting times for RFR and we’re looking forward to raising their profile on a global scale.”
$ROUSH Fan Tokens will be priced at $2. Details on the launch date will be revealed soon.
Today, as part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Mission 600, Coca-Cola Family Racing driver Ryan Newman visited Camp Lejeune to learn from and train alongside members of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC). The day-long visit serves as a prelude to the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend and to highlight the shared connections between NASCAR and the U.S. Armed Forces.
“It’s special, just to be close and in contact and hear the stories of the Marines, that’s what’s really special to me,” Newman said. “What hit me the most was the emotional side of the canine unit and the memorial to the people and the dogs that didn’t make it – what happens when we fight for our freedom… It’s important for me to pay attention, to spread the word and to make people understand because I know that I have taken a lot for granted when it comes to how and what goes into fighting for our freedom.”
The Roush Fenway Racing driver observed a demonstration at MARSOC’s David M. Sonka Multi-Purpose Canine Facility, featuring a group of highly trained dogs whose core capabilities range from explosive detection to tracking and protection. Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter donned a bite suit while Marines highlighted the mission capabilities of their K-9 unit in close-quarter scenarios.
An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Newman felt right at home on the MARSOC firing range, where he had the opportunity to fire a Glock-19 pistol and a powerful M4A1 rifle. After breaking for lunch, Mission 600 continued with a demonstration of equipment the unit would use to defuse an explosive device.
“Today was amazing because we were able to get a glimpse of what the Marines Special Operations Unit get to do every day,” Walter said. “What’s cool about Mission 600 is that we’re able to share that story – what they do to secure our freedoms – to put that against the backdrop of the Coca-Cola 600 and all that it represents.
“This unit has suffered a lot of losses since its formation because of the activities that they do. This makes you realize what Memorial Day is all about. You don’t want to lose sight of that as Americans, as NASCAR fans.”
The 2021 edition of Mission 600 kicked off at Arlington National Cemetery, where 2020 Coca-Cola 600 winner Brad Keselowski went to pay his respects last month. Newman joins fellow Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers Austin Dillon (Army Central Kuwait) and Daniel Suárez (U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder) in taking part in Mission 600. The final visit of this year’s campaign is scheduled for next week, when Joey Logano is slated to visit virtually with Armed Forces Network Japan.
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