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Lawless Alan (www.lawlessalanracing.com) will return to Niece Motorsports in 2023 for his sophomore season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Alan will again pilot the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports as he looks to build upon last season’s rookie campaign.
“I am very excited to be returning to Niece Motorsports in 2023 with AUTOParkit,” said Alan. “I am looking forward to using everything I learned throughout last year and applying it to this year. I’m no longer coming to these tracks for the first time, so I have very high expectations for what I can achieve with Niece Motorsports and AUTOParkit.”
Alan joined Niece Motorsports in 2022, competing in the full NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule. The young driver earned his best finish of 11th at the first road course on the schedule, Circuit of the Americas. Alan closed out his rookie year with eight top-20 finishes.
The California native made nine NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts in 2021, with his best finish of 18th coming at Bristol Motor Speedway in the fall.
“We are excited to have Lawless return to Niece Motorsports this season,” said Niece Motorsports General Manager Cody Efaw. “Lawless gained a lot of experience and got a lot of seat time last season that we really think is going to pay off this year. We are excited to see his growth this season. He’s a hard worker and is always asking questions and learning from the people around him. He definitely has the right attitude to be successful in this sport.”
Alan enjoys sponsorship from AUTOParkit, AUTOChargit™, and Siemens with secondary sponsorship from GarageFloor 24™. Since 2017, Alan has been the official spokesperson for AUTOParkit and its sister companies: GarageFloor 24, AUTOChargit™, PARKSentry™, AUTOStorit™ and AUTODockit™.
“The 2023 NASCAR Racing Season is nearly upon us,” said AUTOParkit Vice President of Sales Shawn Adams. “Similar to Lawless expanding his skill set as a professional NASCAR Driver and continuing to compete at the highest level, we too have extended our product line to include AUTODockit for boat storage, AUTOStorit for mixed-use personal storage, and AUTOChargit for automated EV Charging solutions to grow our brand. Our sponsorship relationship with Lawless Alan continues to be strengthened with each opportunity to compete. As we are often reminded at each race that steel sharpens steel."
Alan won the 2018 Track Championship at Irwindale Speedway in the NASCAR WHELEN Late Model Series. In 2019 Lawless won Rookie of the Year honors in Trans Am’s TA2 Series and most recently won the 2020 Silver State Road Course Winter Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Alan has also won the Late Model Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway, where he qualified on the pole and set a new track record in the process.
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season will kick off at Daytona International Speedway, with the NextEra Energy 250 on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will air live on FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Niece Motorsports PR
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has signed driver Chase Briscoe to a multiyear contract extension, keeping the 28-year-old racer in its No. 14 Ford Mustang for many more seasons in the NASCAR Cup Series.
SHR promoted Briscoe to the Cup Series in 2021 after he won a season-best nine races during his 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series campaign. Briscoe continued to perform in Cup, handily winning the rookie-of-the-year title. The Mitchell, Indiana-native then enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, winning his first Cup Series race on March 13, 2022 at Phoenix Raceway in just his 40th career start. The victory secured Briscoe’s place in the NASCAR Playoffs and earned him the honor of being the 200th Cup Series winner in NASCAR history.
“Chase has made the most of every opportunity and the proof is in the results. Keeping him at SHR was a priority and we’re proud to have him in our racecars for many more years to come,” said Tony Stewart, the NASCAR Hall of Famer who co-owns SHR with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas.
Briscoe enters 2023 representing primary partners Mahindra Ag North America, HighPoint.com, Rush Truck Centers, Magical Vacation Planner, Ford Performance Racing School, Code 3 Associates, Cummins and Mobil Delvac 1.
“I remember getting signed by Ford in 2017 and I told people, ‘You know, if I could pick one place to be, it would be Stewart-Haas Racing. And if I could drive one car, it would be the 14 car. That would be the ultimate dream.’ And now, here I am.
“SHR has such a great group of people, from the Xfinity Series to the Cup Series, and they’ve all just guided me in the right direction. From drivers to crew chiefs to crew members, they’ve always had my back, and that’s been a huge help – just having people believe in you.”
Briscoe is a third-generation racer whose career began on dirt tracks in and around his home state of Indiana. Since he was 13, Briscoe has followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, racing sprint cars on the rough-and-tumble bullrings of the Midwest. In 2014, Briscoe moved to North Carolina to pursue a career in stock car racing. He volunteered in race shops before landing the chance to pilot an ARCA Racing Series entry for Briggs Cunningham III for two races in 2015. Briscoe parlayed that opportunity into a full-time ride for 2016, winning six races and the championship before advancing to the NASCAR Truck Series in 2017 with Brad Keselowski Racing. After winning the Truck Series’ rookie-of-the-year award, a limited Xfinity Series schedule followed in 2018 with SHR and Roush-Fenway Racing. Briscoe earned his first career Xfinity Series win with SHR on Sept. 29, 2018 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval. He then competed full time in the Xfinity Series with SHR in 2019 and 2020, qualifying for the NASCAR Playoffs both seasons.
“Growing up in Indiana and racing sprint cars, the guy I always looked up to was Tony Stewart. To be able to drive for him is a dream come true. To know I’ll have my name above the door of that No. 14 Ford Mustang for a really long time means a lot, and I’m ready to write my own history in it,” Briscoe said.
“Tony and Gene have built something really special in Stewart-Haas Racing and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this organization.”
As the 2023 motorsports season gets underway in Daytona, Caymus Vineyards kicks off its 10th year of involvement in auto racing. To celebrate, the Napa-based winery is announcing a partnership with Haas F1 and World Endurance Championship (WEC) driver Pietro Fittipaldi in the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Fittipaldi hails from a famous racing family and is widely regarded as one of the top racecar drivers in the world. At just 26 years of age, the Brazilian-born driver lists the 2021 Indianapolis 500 (Fastest Rookie Award), the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans and his time as a Formula 1 driver as credits on his resumé. As evidence of his versatility, Fittipaldi boasts the 2011 NASCAR Late Model Championship, along with a win at NASCAR’s legendary Pepsi Fall Brawl.
“We are proud to partner with Pietro Fittipaldi as he participates in one of the most iconic endurance events in motorsports,” said Karen Perry, Executive Vice President of Caymus Vineyards. “Pietro’s high level of success is reflected in his global fan base and extensive social media presence – his standard of excellence is a perfect match for our own passion to produce exceptional wine. Partnering with Pietro in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and connecting with dedicated race fans is exciting for everyone at Caymus Vineyards. We look forward to cheering him on.”
The Rolex 24 at Daytona takes place at the historic Daytona International Speedway and is one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world. This iconic event is the next box to check in Fittipaldi’s pursuit of motorsports’ crown jewels of races. He’s excited to have Caymus Vineyards on his helmet when he takes to the 3.56-mile road course at the World Center of Racing.
“I’m excited to partner with Caymus Vineyards for the Rolex 24, an elite race that aligns well with a luxury brand such as theirs,” Fittipaldi said. “They’ve been in motorsports for a long time and have worked with great drivers, so I’m honored to have Caymus on-board. The Caymus brand is synonymous with special moments, and we hope to celebrate our own when the race ends on Sunday.”
The Wagner Family has a history in Napa Valley dating back to the 1850’s. Through the years, they have embraced a hands-on work ethic and are constantly trying out new ideas in pursuit of making exceptional wines. Whether it’s venturing to different regions to find diverse sources of top-quality grapes or experimenting with new farming techniques, the result is a pairing of tradition with innovation, a respect for the old and the promise of the new.
Chuck Wagner and his late parents, Lorna and Charlie, started Caymus Vineyards in 1972. They were a family of farmers who worked together for decades to create a signature style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the family’s two Cabernets – Caymus Napa Valley and Caymus Special Selection – are among the region's most celebrated wines. Chuck now works alongside two of his children, Charlie and Jenny, and the family produces diverse wines from Napa Valley, other parts of California and beyond. Continually pursuing new ideas, they feel extremely fortunate to spend their days farming grapes and making wine. For more information, please visit caymus.com or wagnerfamilyofwine.com.
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Cirkul, a modern beverage platform known for its patented flavor cartridges, returns to Kaulig Racing for the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) as a primary partner on the No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro piloted by Daniel Hemric. Cirkul will sponsor 14 races throughout the 2023 season, deepening its partnership with Kaulig Racing.
Cirkul and Kaulig Racing joined forces during the 2022 season, where the modern beverage platform served as the primary partner for nine NXS races and one NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race with Hemric.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Cirkul for the 2023 season,” Chris Rice, President of Kaulig Racing, says. “I love the product and the benefits it has; I know our team does too. We stress the importance of taking care of ourselves and the health of all our employees at Kaulig Racing. Having a partner like Cirkul that supports us on and off the track is huge.”
“Sports are an important way for us continue to reach more people as consumers from all walks of life prefer drinking water over other beverages,” said Andy Gay President and co-founder of Cirkul. “NASCAR’s vibrant and passionate fanbase is a fantastic vehicle to promote and grow awareness of Cirkul. Kaulig Racing and Daniel Hemric are amazing collaborators, and we’re excited to do more with the team this season.”
Cirkul’s innovative water bottle and cartridge system is taking the beverage industry into the future by giving consumers a healthier, more convenient, and customizable beverage. With over 50 delicious flavors, Cirkul makes drinking water easier by enabling consumers to flavor their water sip by sip. Truly allowing consumers to drink “your water your way,” Cirkul will continue to boast their bottle to NASCAR fans.
“I’m super pumped to have Cirkul back with the team for the 2023 season,” Daniel Hemric, driver of the No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro and 2021 NXS Champion, says. “Hydration is key to stay at peak performance, and Cirkul helps me achieve that. I am proud to represent them, and I look forward to continuing to grow together.”
The No. 11 Cirkul Chevrolet Camaro will return to the track with Daniel Hemric on Saturday, February 18 for The Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Kaulig Racing PR
Leading marketing agency Array Sports + Entertainment is pleased to announce a new partnership with AM Racing for 2023. As AOR, Array Sports will service the motorsports program’s growing sponsorship and business development needs. The agency will also help AM Racing develop brand messaging and experiential events to engage and excite existing fans while creating new ones.
As a multi-faceted, “future focused” motorsports entity, AM Racing will showcase Ford in all of its series and is backed by primary partner AM Technical Solutions (AMTS).
The team recently announced that Brett Moffitt will pilot its No. 25 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, while rookie and former Division 1 pitcher Christian Rose will steer the team’s No. 32 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR-owned ARCA Menards Series.
“The team at Array Sports + Entertainment brings decades of experience in brand marketing, creative fan activation and business development to the team,” said AM Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski. “We are excited for this new partnership to kick off this month and for many years to come.”
“AM Racing stands for authenticity, intelligent performance, and doing the right thing – and we look for the same in our agency partners,” said Timothy Winski, founder and CEO of Array Sports. “We look forward to partnering with AM Racing to continue to grow our motorsports portfolio, tell their stories to key stakeholders and fans, and deepen our connection in the industry.”
AM Racing PR
The Inside Track on What to Watch at This Weekend’s Napa Auto Parts Indoor Auto Race in Atlantic City
Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2023
Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
Address: 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Indoor Auto Racing Championship Fueled by VP Racing Fuels
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What: The Indoor Auto Racing Championship Fueled by VP Racing Fuels rolls into the famed Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall to crown two Gambler's Classic winners and their 2023 Series Champion at the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Races. The weekend will feature the TQ Midgets, Champ Karts, Slingshots, and Dirt 600 Micro Sprints.
Where: Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City will be converted to a 1/10-mile race track on the arena floor. The concrete is sprayed with soda syrup to create a tacky surface for competitive pro-am racing.
When: Friday, January 27 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets: Available at Boardwalkhall.com, Ticketmaster.com, or at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office
THE INSIDE TRACK ON WHAT TO WATCH AT THIS WEEKEND’S NAPA AUTO PARTS INDOOR AUTO RACE IN ATLANTIC CITY
Matawan, NJ’s Anthony Sesely Has To Be Pre-Race Favorite
Can Ryan Flores Get Sweet Redemption?
Tim Buckwalter Wants To Win Again, But This Time Sip The Champagne
Scott Kreutter Hopes To Double Down In Atlantic City
Can Pauch Get Up To Speed Quickly? Will His Teammate, Thompson, Contend?
If Rudolph Finds A Four-Leaf Clover – Look Out
Three Out Of Four Wouldn’t Be Bad For Andy J.
Briggs Danner: So Close To Closing The Deal
Band of Brothers: Four Catalanos Enter TQ Competition in Atlantic City
Dark Horses Look For Back To Back Feature Starts
Youth Movement Look For Joe Toth and Anthony Payne For A-Main Starting Spot & Victories
Outside Lane Race Track Could Favor Sprint Car Driver Ryan Smith
Good seats for both nights remain available at Ticketmaster, a direct link is available from the series website, indoorautoracing.com, or daily at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office where the price is increased by $5 the day of the event.