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The half page advertisements will be seen in upcoming issues of ROAR marking the first time a CBD Vape pen has been allowed to advertise in an officially licensed NASCAR Publication. The advertisement as it is expected to appear in the up coming editions of ROAR can be seen at www.vaporbrandsint.com

ROAR! NASCAR's only twice-weekly magazine for the dedicated race fan is published with the mission of getting fans excited about the upcoming week's race and has 74 different editions starting in February and ending with the Champions Edition in late November. ROAR! is a photo and feature driven publication with a behind-the-scenes look at drivers from all NASCAR series. ROAR! has an extended photo section in each issue, offering readers a chance to see drivers with their families, in the garage, on the grid and in their racecars. ROAR! also has race previews, predictions, crew member features, historical content, paint scheme spreads and more.

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The young Israeli rookie Naveh Talor astonished the NWES circus at his NASCAR debut on the #12 Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro, conquering two solid P12 in both the races of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series opener in Valencia. In the ELITE 1 Division, Francesco Sini had an unlucky weekend, slowed by the tire consumption in Race 1 and by several contacts in Race 2.

"The weekend was the best one I've ever had in racing. On Thursday I was lacking speed but gaining experience with the car and track as well as getting to know the team. Friday was a huge step forward for me, I ended the day 10th. I had a problem with the tire in qualifying and this forced me to a two races from the back. On my debut in NASCAR and at my first race with cars, I finished 12th out of 30 competitors, I'm very happy with myself and the car." Talor showed an impressive pace and an incredible race view during the most chaotic phases of the race. "I want to thank Francesco for helping me in driving and the whole team for the hard work and getting me a good car to drive. Next race is in Franciacorta and my goal is to get into the top 10!"

Francesco Sini suffered a disappointing weekend: "We entered the Superpole but we didn't manage at the best the tires in the last part of the qualifying. It was a pity because we had a good pace. We did a very good job but probably it wasn't my weekend. Tire consumption was very high in Race 1 and it slowed me, I tried to do my best and we brought home the P12. After the third time in the warm up and some setup changes I was thinking to take my revenge in Race 2, but...it was a little bit too much eventful. The Camaro was damaged and...anyway, I'm already looking for Franciacorta." commented Francesco Sini. "I want to congratulate with Naveh, at his debut with cars he showed great things, he was quick and smart, good job!"

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be back on track on 12th and 13th of May on the Italian track of Franciacorta, that will host the third round of the season.

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Bret Holmes and the No. 23 Holmes ll Excavation team finished 10th at Salem Speedway Sunday afternoon. Holmes started the scheduled 200-lap main event from the ninth position as rain showers began to creep in over the half-mile speedway. The Munford, Ala., native reported to the No. 23 team on lap 10 of a loose-handling condition. As the track temperature increased, the handling of Holmes’ red Chevrolet shifted to the tight side. He changed his line to help improve the handling but found little relief as sprinkles of rain began falling on lap 52. The first caution of the day waved on lap 88. Crew chief Shane Huffman called Holmes to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. The rain showers intensified as Holmes was preparing for the ensuing green flag on lap 95. By lap 101, ARCA Menards Series officials had brought the field down pit road and displayed the red flag for rain. With rain blanketing the Salem, Ind., area, race officials were forced to call the race at the halfway point, relegating Holmes to a 10th-place result. 

 

Start – 9th    Finish – 10th     Points Position – 3rd    

    
BRET HOLMES QUOTE:

“I felt really good about going into this weekend. It’s a track that I’ve run well at in the past. We had a good plan heading into the race. We just got too tight in (turns) one and two. Shane (Huffman, crew chief) and I had a setup that we wanted to try but ran out of time with the weather. I think we just got a little too aggressive and tried to stay ahead of the rain. We had a tire going down and lost a lap to the leader before that caution flag came out. This definitely wasn’t the finish that we wanted. We know where we went wrong and know where we need to be when we come back to Salem (Speedway) later in the season. Two of my favorite tracks are coming up on the schedule. I’m confident we can put a whole race together and race up front. We just have to keep our heads up. We know what we did wrong. We’ll go back to the shop and look over our notes and get ready for the next couple of weeks.”
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Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) scored his second consecutive ARCA Menards Series victory in Sunday’s rain-shortened Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. Self started fourth, took the lead at lap 27 and from there he dominated until Mother Nature intervened at lap 98.

“I owe all of this to my Venturini Motorsports guys,” Self said in a makeshift victory celebration. “We knew yesterday we were going to have a good racecar. We didn’t have a lot of qualifying speed but we knew once the race started, especially if it was cool and cloudy, that we’d be good.”

Self led handily over the rest of the field and with a long green flag run to open the race, he had lapped up to the third position. The first caution of the day waved at lap 89 when Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/Terrible Herbst/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) spun in turn two. With potential weather off in the distance, there was a decision to be made whether or not to hit pit road.

“There was no way we weren’t coming at that point,” Self said. “We had lapped up to third so we knew even if no one else came we would be third at worst. Tires make such a big deal here that even if we had just a few laps under green we knew we’d get back to the front pretty quickly.”

Self’s Venturni Motorsports teammate Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) stayed out to take the lead under the caution, but pitted with one to go.

“We just did that to hedge our bets,” team owner Billy Venturini said. “We knew rain was coming and we didn’t want another team to steal the win by not pitting. We left Chandler out until we knew we’d go back racing and then once the one to go was given we brought him down. Michael and the 25 team had the car to beat today and as far as we’re concerned the race ended up the way it should have. It didn’t matter if we ran 300 laps today, no one was going to beat them.”

Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) finished a career-best second. He avoided multiple opportunities to get tied up in incidents on his way to the finish.

“Starting a little further in the back we had a lot of chances to get caught up in some of things,” Mayer said. “It was a little adventurous but Mardy Lindley and the GMS Racing guys gave me a great car. It took me a while to get used to the race track but once we got it figured out we were pretty fast.”

Carson Hocevar (No. 28 Scott’s/Berger Chevrolet/KBR Development Chevrolet) started from the General Tire Pole and led the first 27 laps before Self worked past for the lead. Hocevar then went into tire conservation mode, saving tires while he planned on a late race dash to the checkered. The rain ruined Hocevar’s strategy, leaving him third at the finish.

“We were just riding around there saving tires,” Hocevar said. “I wish we could have run all 200 laps because I think we could have given the 25 a run for his money.”

ARCA Menards Series championship leader Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) was scheduled to start from the second position but was withdrawn from the race by his Venturini Motorsports team just hours before the race with an undisclosed illness. Eckes was replaced by Daytona winner Harrison Burton. After dropping to the tail of the field for the start, Burton worked his way through the pack to finish eighth.

Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) scraped the wall near the 80-lap mark and lost several laps on pit road to affect repairs. Despite the finish, Braden assumes the unofficial ARCA Menards Series championship lead by just five points over Self and by just 20 points over third place Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Southern States Bank Chevrolet).

Next on the schedule for the ARCA Menards Series is the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 27. Practice is slated for 9:30 am ET/8:30 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying set for 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT, and the green flag on the race set for 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The race will be televised live on FS1. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat for free at ARCARacing.com. New users can register at ARCARacing.com/login.

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Sam Mayer, No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet SS

START: 9th

FINISH: 2nd

Notes & Quotes:—

-Mayer started ninth, but was up to sixth by lap 25 and eventually moved into fourth shortly before halfway.

-The first caution of the race came on lap 90 for a spin. Mayer pitted for two tires and a track bar adjustment, but before the race could resume a cell of heavy rain moved over the track. The cars ran under caution until the race was past halfway. ARCA officials halted the race on lap 102 and made it official knowing more rain was on the way.

-Mayer was scored second when the race was called complete.

"It was pretty crazy starting mid-pack, and I feel like we had a pretty good Chevy Accessories SS overall. It would have been nice to get the whole race in, but you can't change the weather. I think we had pretty much the perfect car after that pit stop when we put two tires on it and tightened it up a little bit. I feel like we had a shot to win it, but unfortunately we got the rain.

"I want to thank everyone at Chevrolet, GMS and Drivers Edge Development. It's been a tough week at GMS losing Outlaw (Jonathan Morrison, a fabricator at GMS), and my heart goes out to his family."

 

GMS Racing PR

It was a perfect Euro NASCAR comeback for Ander Vilarino (#48 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang) in the NWES season opener at Valencia. After winning on Saturday, the Spaniard went back-to-back in an exciting ELITE 1 Round 2, leading all the 18 laps of the race. He outpaced an impressive Stienes Longin (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro), who was second in both races at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The two are now first and second in the championship standings, separated by 10 points.

ELITE 1: FIRST PRACTICE | FINAL PRACTICE | QUALIFYING | SUPERPOLE | ROUND 1 RESULTS | ROUND 2 RESULTS

Vilarino held off the Belgian all race long in a flat-out race for the win. Today’s win was the 22nd in his NASCAR Whelen Euro Series career and the sixth at Valencia, strengthening his position as the most successful driver in Euro NASCAR history.

“We just had a fantastic car, I have to congratulate Racing Engineering for this,” said the winningest driver in Euro NASCAR. “It was the team’s first race ever in this series and they did a great job. I was not expecting to win a single race here in front of my home crowd, but honestly the car was perfect. Thanks to the fans, Euro NASCAR and all the persons involved for making it such a great weekend.”

“It was a really great weekend for us,” said Longin, who will chase Vilarino for the championship lead at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy next month. “The team was outstanding in building the car and finding such a good setup. I think I had a shot to win the second race here. In the end it’s good to score a lot of points at the first weekend of the season. I tried to push a little bit harder to get Ander, but he was just a little bit quicker.”

Loris Hezeman (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang), who won the Junior Trophy, ended up third after battling down with Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) for the final spot on the overall podium. The two put up an exciting door-to-door battle lasting several laps in front of packed grandstands. Nicolo Rocca (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) got his second consecutive top-5 finish, also taking second place on the Junior Trophy podium.

“I’m happy that we came back to third after such a difficult qualifying,” said Hezemans, who scored the seventh podium in his Euro NASCAR career. “Today I made a good start from P5. I was able to gain a position right after the start. After that I had a good fight with Alon. I’m happy I was able to pass him and to get that third spot.”

Frederic Gabillon (#3 RDV Competition Chevrolet SS) edged Romain Iannetta (#88 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang), who ended up seventh. It was Gabillon’s second top-10 of the weekend.  

Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#64 Speedhouse 64 Chevrolet SS), who was third in the Junior Trophy, finished eighth ahead of Thomas Ferrando (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Martin Doubek (#7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang), who closed the top-10.
2000 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Bobby Labonte (#70 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) ended up 14th after climbing from 21th on the grid. Dario Caso (#8 Racers Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) won the Challenger Trophy ahead of Kenko Miura (#2 Alex Caffi Motorsport Chevrolet SS) and Henri Tuomaala (#23 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro).

The start of the race saw a big crash on the mainstraight. Ellen Lohr (#99 Dexwet-Df1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) and Maurio Trione (#31 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) made contact and slammed hard into the wall. Both drivers walked away and had a friendly chat right after the checkered flag waved. It was a difficult race for former Formula One Champion Jacques Villeneuve (#32 Go Fas Racing), who was forced to retire while running in the top-10.

The ELITE 1 will be back in action on 11-12 May at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy. All races will be streamed live at Fanschoice.tv, Euro NASCAR Youtube channel and Facebook page, Motorsport.tv and a vast of websites and social media pages around the world.

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Nicholas Risitano (#8 Racers Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) took his maiden NASCAR Whelen Euro Series win at end of a vibrant ELITE 2 Round 2, holding off a very strong Andre Castro (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) after a late restart. The Italian was impeccable in fending off every attack grabbed his first ever win in the NASCAR Whelen Euro series.

ELITE 2: FIRST PRACTICE | FINAL PRACTICE | QUALIFYING | SUPERPOLE | ROUND 1 RESULTS | ROUND 2 RESULTS

Risitano carved his way to the top after starting fifth in the second ELITE 2 race of the 2019 season. The 31-year-old Italian took advantage of the intense battle for the lead ahead of him between Myatt Snider (#48 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang) and Castro to position himself perfectly and grabbed the lead on lap 8 of the 15-lap race, keeping it until the checkered flag.

“It was an amazing race and I’m happy to celebrate my my first ever NWES win here at Valencia,” said Risitano. “Yesterday we broke an engine but the team was able to send me on track for two laps in the first race to get a good position for today's race. Racers Motorsport simply did a fantastic job, they worked all day and night to win this race. I’m really looking forward to the races at Italy in May.”

Risitano’s teammate Vittorio Ghirelli (#9 Racers Motorsport Ford Mustang) came out on top in the battle for third, joining the overall podium. The Fasano, Italy native edged rookie Freddie Hemborg (#77 Memphis Racing Chevrolet Camaro), who also completed the Rookie Trophy top-3. Martin Doubek (#7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-5.  

“We really wanted to finish one place better but second place is a really good result for the championship,” said Castro. “I set my goal to be in the top-5, everything extra is a win. After yesterday the goal was a little bit higher but we really can’t be upset with this. I think we will have a good chance at Franciacorta in Italy.”

“It was an awesome weekend for us,” said Ghirelli. “It was a tough race, but I was always there. I saved the tires a little bit so I was able to overtake even on the outside. It’s nice to be on the podium. Overall it was a great weekend for us and I hope to achieve even better results in in my home race next time out.”    

After leading the first 7 laps, Snider ended up sixth. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series Rookie of the Year and Castro once again put up a spectacular battle that lasted seven laps. After having to surrender the lead, Snider ended up sixth under the checkered flag.

Saturday’s race winner Giorgio Maggi (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) was seventh ahead of Pierluigi Veronesi (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang), Justin Kunz (#99 Dexwet-Df1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro) and Jerry De Weerdt (#78 Braxx Racing Ford Mustang), who closed the top-10.

The Belgian won the Legend Trophy ahead of Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS) and Michael Bleekemolen (#69 Team Bleekemolen Ford Mustang).

Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) won the Lady Trophy by edging NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series team owner Jennifer Jo Cobb (#10 Racing-Total Chevrolet Camaro). The American was finally able to join the ELITE 2 grid on Sunday after the Racing Total team worked all night to put the #10 Chevrolet back together following her teammate’s crash in practice.

The ELITE 2 Division will return to action in four week’s time at the Autodromo di Franciacorta in Italy, on May 11-12. All races will be streamed live at Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Youtube channel and Facebook page, Motorsport.tv and a vast of websites and social media pages around the world.

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Now that he's repeated as the NTT P1 Award winner at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Alexander Rossi is looking to echo the 2018 race results.

The driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda captured the pole position for the NTT IndyCar Series race on the iconic Southern California street circuit for the second straight year in qualifying Saturday. Rossi capitalized on the first starting position in 2018 to win the race in dominant fashion.

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH: Qualifying results

Rossi turned in the best lap in the Firestone Fast Six, the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying. He navigated the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in 1 minute, 6.4811 seconds (106.569 mph) - the fastest lap of the race weekend thus far.

"It was about doing it on that one lap," Rossi said. "I was happy we decided to run two sets of reds (Firestone alternate tires in the Firestone Fast Six). We hadn't done that in the past, but it made the difference today."

The pole was the fifth of Rossi's four-year NTT IndyCar Series career, and he will lead the 23-car field to the green flag in Sunday's 85-lap race (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network). Three of the Andretti Autosport driver's previous pole positions have resulted in race victories (Watkins Glen in 2017 and both Long Beach and Mid-Ohio last year).

"It would be great to win a home race," the Nevada City, California, native said. "This pole was exponentially harder to win than last year's ... so this one was more special."

"We have a good opportunity (in the race), and it's important that we take advantage of it," added Rossi, who sits fourth in the season standings, trailing leader Josef Newgarden by 40 points.

Scott Dixon, the 2018 NTT IndyCar Series champion who sits second in the season standings, qualified second in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, at 1:06.7479 (106.143 mph). It equaled the best Long Beach qualifying effort for Dixon, who hasn't won the pole at the track in 13 attempts.

"(We) kind of misjudged and (had) a bit of miscommunication, kind of aborted the second lap," Dixon said. "We started catching Rossi on his lap and thought that was going to ruin us a little bit, and then I thought that (we were) done, but apparently we had another lap. All in all, we left a little bit on the table maybe. Whether we could have got to that pole time, I'm not too sure.

"I think we're in a strong position (for the race)," Dixon added, "and I think we can keep it in the front." 

A week after Team Penske was shut out of the Firestone Fast Six for the first time in five years, all three drivers reached the climactic round Saturday, with Will Power and Newgarden sewing up Row 2. Power qualified third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:06.8748, 105.941 mph), with Newgarden fourth in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet (1:06.9096, 105.886 mph). 

The third Team Penske driver, Simon Pagenaud, reached the Firestone Fast Six for the first time this season, qualifying fifth in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet (1:07.1877, 105.448 mph).

"It was great for all three of us to get in (the Firestone Fast Six), considering how tight it's been in practice," said Power, a two-time Long Beach race winner and three-time pole sitter. "That was my aim just to get in the top six because I felt like I was struggling all week. But, yeah, the teams worked well. 

"It was a mega lap Alex did (to win the pole). I couldn't see myself doing that, but very good to be in P3."

Graham Rahal, who ran a lap of 1:07.3052 (105.264 mph) in the No. 15 TOTAL Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, qualified sixth.

Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist appeared primed to reach the Firestone Fast Six until he ran into the tires in Turn 9 late in the second round, forfeiting by rule his best two laps of the session. Rosenqvist will start 12th in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda and is among four rookies in the top 13, with Patricio O'Ward ninth, Colton Herta 10th and Santino Ferrucci 13th.

"It was a driver mistake, definitely," Rosenqvist said. "I had a good lap, then went for a second one that looked a bit slower, but probably tried too hard there in the last sector. It's always within thousandths and hundredths of a second, and you don't really want to relax even if you've had a good lap time. 

"It's always such small margin, so just a slight mistake looking up over the bump will cost you. I maybe (braked) three to four feet later than the lap before and that was enough to settle down the front and I got out in the dirt a little bit."

A final 30-minute warmup practice starts at noon ET Sunday and streams live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. Sunday's race, the fourth of 17 on the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series schedule, will be the 36th consecutive for Indy cars on the streets of Long Beach.

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Sixteen-year-old Carson Hocevar (No. 28 Scott’s/Berger Chevrolet/KBR Development Chevrolet) sped to the General Tire Pole for Sunday’s ARCA Menards Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway. Hocevar turned a fast lap of 17.073 seconds/117.027 miles per hour around the high-banked 0.555 mile oval located in the hills of southern Indiana, about half an hour north of Louisville.

Hocevar, from Portage, Michigan, was recently signed to the Driver’s Edge Development program, spearheaded by Lorin Ranier for GMS Racing and JR Motorsports. He also earned the General Tire Pole Award last season at his home track, Berlin Raceway, in Marne, Michigan.

“It’s great to finally get to qualify and get a pole,” he said. “Last year we got the pole at Berlin but that race was rained out and we set the fast lap in practice so we got the pole. It’s awesome to get the pole in qualifying. My KBR Development guys gave me a great car. There’s a big difference in two laps and 200.”

Hocevar nipped current ARCA Menards Series championship leader and defending race winner Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) for the pole. Eckes timed in at 17.169 seconds/116.373 miles per hour. He will line up outside the front row. Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/Terrible Herbst/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota), who was fastest in practice, qualified third at 17.171 seconds/116.359 miles per hour. Pensacola winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) qualified fourth at 17.175 seconds/116.332 miles per hour and Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford), last year’s winner at Berlin, was fifth at 17.174 seconds/116.271 mph.

Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford) was sixth, last year’s September Salem winner Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) was seventh, Tanner Gray (No. 54 Gray Racing/Valvoline/Durst Toyota) was eighth, Sam Mayer (No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet) was ninth, and Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Southern States Bank Chevrolet) was tenth.

There was only one incident in qualifying. Morgen Baird (No. 11 Fast Track High Performance Racing) spun off of turn two and made slight contact with the inside wall on the backstretch. He will start 15th.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway is scheduled for a 2 pm ET start on Sunday, April 14. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. For ticket information, visit SalemSpeedway.com or call 888-246-7223. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

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Since 2010, for one weekend per NASCAR season, Goodyear has changed the branding on the sidewall of its racing tires in a show of support for the United States military and fallen heroes.  This being the 10th year of that program, the official tire supplier to NASCAR’s top three series will work with a new organization and replace the standard “Eagle” with “Honor and Remember” for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23-26.

A rendering of this special tire is attached to this e-mail.

Honor and Remember is a national organization based out of Virginia that has a mission to “perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen service members and their families,” according to its website.  The organization recognizes fallen military personnel from all wars or conflicts, and with those from all branches of service.  They do so primarily by dedicating the specially designed Honor and Remember flag, which is intended to fly continuously as a tangible and visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.

Goodyear chose to work with Honor and Remember because of the quality of the organization, its strong mission and its history of being a part of the NASCAR community.  Over the past decade, Honor and Remember has become a big part of the overall “NASCAR Salutes” program that includes supplying flags for teams to fly on their transporters throughout race weekend and helping provide names of fallen soldiers that have appeared on the windshields of NASCAR Monster Energy Cup cars during Memorial Day weekend.

Below are quotes from Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manger of worldwide racing; and George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember.

QUOTE FROM STU GRANT, GOODYEAR’S GENERAL MANAGER OF WORLDWIDE RACING: “Goodyear has always heavily supported the various branches of the military.  At the product level we supply tires for many of the military ground vehicles, and we also provide aircraft tires for many of the military aircraft used around the world.  In addition, we offer consumer tire discount programs to military base personnel, and have a corporate supported initiative to hire veterans.

“A number of years ago we decided to show our support by modifying the sidewall of our NASCAR tires for the Memorial Day weekend Monster Energy Cup event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  We kept the word ‘Goodyear,’ but replaced the word ‘Eagle’ with the words ‘Support our Troops.’  While it’s certainly appropriate to support our active military and their families, it’s also important to remember the fallen.  After discussions with George Lutz (founder of Honor and Remember), we’ve decided to honor the fallen and their families, and put the ‘Honor and Remember’ organization on the sidewall of our NASCAR tires this year at Charlotte.  It’s our way of calling attention to the celebration of lives lost, and showing our appreciation to the families with a positive message of thanks.

“The Honor and Remember organization is a quality organization that is no stranger to the NASCAR garage.  George brings in family members who have lost loved ones in combat, and recognizes their sacrifice with an ‘Honor and Remember’ flag presentation.  We’re proud to partner with George and his organization to once again salute the military, and remind everyone of the high price of freedom.”

QUOTE FROM GEORGE LUTZ, HONOR AND REMEMBER’S FOUNDER: “We are humbled that Goodyear has taken this significant weekend to send this specific message of appreciation for our nation’s fallen heroes and their families.  Goodyear is establishing a precedent to reach millions with this important message.”

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It was an exciting ELITE 2 Round 1 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo and at the end of it, Giorgio Maggi (#50 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang) went to Victory Lane in his first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race. The Swiss driver was quick to avoid  a crash in the very last corner of the race after a restart with two laps to go, picking up the second ever NWES win for Hendriks Motorsport.

ELITE 2: FIRST PRACTICE | FINAL PRACTICE | QUALIFYING | SUPERPOLE | ROUND 1 RESULTS

Maggi took advantage of the fierce battle between Andre Castro (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet Camaro) and Myatt Snider (#48 Racing Engineering Ford Mustang). The two American drivers fought hard for the lead all race long and at the very last turn Snider made a move to overtake Castro for the lead. The attempt resulted in a contact which send both drivers spinning, giving Maggi the opportunity to sneak past the #24 and #48 to grab the checkered flag.

“I’m really happy to win here in my Euro NASCAR debut in Valencia,” said the 21-year-old race driver, who also won the Rookie Trophy. “I tried everything to catch those two guys in front of me, but in the end my goal was to save a little bit of tires. I managed to avoid crashing into them and got the win. Many thanks to Hendriks Motorsport for giving me such a great race car.”

After starting twelfth, Vittorio Ghirelli (#9 Racers Motorsports Ford Mustang) completed a spectacular comeback and finished second, ahead of a solid Martin Doubek (#7 Hendriks Motorsport Ford Mustang), who gave another podium finish to Hendriks Motorsport. Massimiliano Lanza (#41 The Club Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro) won the battle for fourth, ahead of Dexwet-Df1 Racing driver Advait Deodhar (#66 Dexwet-Df1 Racing Chevrolet Camaro), who rounded out the top-5 and joined Maggi and Ghirelli at the Rookie Trophy podium.

“I advanced to Superpole in qualifying, but couldn’t set a lap time due to a gearbox issue,” said Ghirelli. “The mechanics did a great job and changed it very quickly. We had a fantastic race driving from twelfth to second, it was great fun and it was incredible.”

“I’m proud of my team for the fantastic car they gave me,” said Doubek, who is doing double duties this year by racing in ELITE 1 and ELITE 2. “I’m angry with myself because I was too slow. I had a better pace in the ELITE 1 race. I made too many mistakes, so I’m not that happy. I hope to be faster in tomorrow’s races.”

Scott Jeffs (#90 Braxx Racing Chevrolet Camaro) ended up sixth ahead of  Pierluigi Veronesi (#27 Alex Caffi Motorsport Ford Mustang) and Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Chevrolet SS), who won the Legend Trophy. Sam Taheri (#31 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) and Michael Bleekemolen (#69 Team Bleekemolen Ford Mustang) closed the top-10.

The Dutchman and Eric De Doncker (#98 Motorsport 98 Ford Mustang) completed the Legend Trophy podium. Arianna Casoli (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) won the Lady Trophy by finishing 16th. Snider and Castro ended up 23rd and 24th after spinning in the last turn of the race and Snider received a 10 championship points penalty for causing an avoidable collision.

The ELITE 2 Division will be back on track on Sunday at the famous Circuit Ricardo Tormo. The second round will start at 10:30 am CEST. The race will be streamed live at Fanschoice.tv, the Euro NASCAR Youtube channel and Facebook page, Motorsport.tv and a vast of websites and social media pages around the world

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