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The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is ready for a duel in the desert, bringing plenty of adrenaline-filled action to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park for the 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on Feb. 21-23.
 
It is the second of 24 races during the 2020 NHRA season, providing the opportunity for an early-season victory at one of the traditional stops on the NHRA circuit. Southwest race fans have enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and thrills of NHRA racing for more than three decades, with the early-season fixture set to provide more pulsating 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph action in 2020.
 
The thrilling NHRA Prime Time, where drivers perform a burnout to their favorite jams played by an onsite DJ, takes place during the second qualifying session on Friday and will help kick off the weekend in style, while all the stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock will look for some early-season momentum during the NHRA’s annual stop in the Valley of the Sun.
 
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of a race that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, Feb. 23.
 
It was a Torrence who won in Top Fuel at Phoenix for a second straight year, only it was Billy, the father of back-to-back world champ Steve Torrence, who ended up in the winner’s circle in 2019. It was the start of a career-best season for the elder Torrence, while Steve, who won the race in 2018 for the first time, ended up with his second straight world title. The Torrence family is aiming for three straight in Phoenix, but it won’t be easy in a loaded class. Leah Pritchett won two straight races at the track in 2016 and 2017, and others to watch include Antron Brown, a three-time race winner, veteran Doug Kalitta, 2017 world champ Brittany Force, Shawn Langdon, who is returning to the class, Clay Millican, Terry McMillen, Austin Prock and Mike Salinas.
 
In Funny Car, Hagan has enjoyed a strong run at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in recent years. His victory last year gave him three wins in the past five years in Phoenix, and the two-time world champ will look to grab more early-season momentum. Trying to stop him will be a slew of talented drivers in the star-studded class, including defending world champ Robert Hight, who won the race in 2012, Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing teammates Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps, John Force, who has an NHRA-best eight wins at the track, previous race winner Alexis DeJoria, who is returning to the class in 2020, 2018 world champ J.R. Todd, Tim Wilkerson, Bob Tasca and Cruz Pedregon.
 
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Pro Stock class will head to Phoenix with plenty of fanfare. The class continues to provide plenty of thrills, much like Coughlin did last year en route to his third career victory at the track. Coughlin finished second in points last year, trailing only Elite Motorsports teammate and reigning world champ Erica Enders. The three-time world champ will look for her second win at the facility against the likes of Greg Anderson, Jason Line, who is retiring from driving following the 2020 season, Alex Laughlin, Deric Kramer, Chris McGaha, who won the race in 2018, Bo Butner and Matt Hartford.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills. After nitro qualifying, fans can watch a trio of spectacular jet cars, including a pair from the Lucas Oil Muy Caliente team, as well as Scott Arriaga’s “Wicked Sensation” jet car. Known for exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines.
 
New for the 2020 event will be the Arizona Big Tire Shootout. The shootout will feature an eight car field that consists of one time trial, plus three rounds of eliminations. A chip draw will take place to determine ladder placement. The winner will receive a special acrylic version of the coveted Wally.
 
NHRA fans can take part in the Mello Yello Walking Tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes. NHRA fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the event as they celebrate their victories.
 
The Motorsports Park has moved its popular Camp Wild Horse overnight campground to Maricopa Road just outside of the main gate, behind the starting line. The new campground experience at the track will allow campers and fans easy access to and from the track. The fee for an overnight camping spot will remain at $225, but the experience and value will increase significantly. Camp Wild Horse access will be granted to anyone with an event ticket.
 
Camp Wild Horse will be hosted each night by 2016 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Ron Capps, driver of Don Schumacher Racing’s NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger. Capps will be on stage for question-and-answer sessions and autograph signings.
 
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
 
Fans will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
 
To purchase general-admission, reserved seats or a Camp Wild Horse spot, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.
                    

 The final installment in our four-part series detailing the field for the 58th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona showcases the largest of the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes, GT Daytona (GTD).

 
The Rolex 24 At Daytona gets under way later this week on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. Practice and qualifying starts today, with the green flag flying on the twice-around-the-clock battle just past 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25.
 
NBC will have live network coverage of the start of the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25, and also will televise the race finish beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of NBC Sports’ complete coverage of the event that includes windows on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout race weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with complete race coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available on DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
 
Now, let’s look at what to expect in GTD:
 
No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Zacharie Robichon/Dennis Olsen/Lars Kern/Patrick Pilet
 
The Canadian Pfaff team adapted well in its debut WeatherTech Championship season in 2019. Robichon won the inaugural WeatherTech Sprint Cup and the team finished third in the overall GTD standings with victories at Lime Rock and Road America.
 
For 2020, the team welcomes a new title partner in Motul and Robichon welcomes a new full-season teammate in Olsen, who co-drove the No. 9 Porsche to the team’s first WeatherTech Championship victory last year at Lime Rock. Olsen also is an Intercontinental GT Challenge champion, while Robichon was the 2018 champion in the IMSA-sanctioned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.
 
Lars Kern, a Porsche engineer and production-car record holder at the famed Nurburgring circuit, will complete the team’s driver lineup for the four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events, while 2015 WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) champion Patrick Pilet will join the team at Daytona.
 
No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
Richard Heistand/Steijn Schothorst/Franck Perera/Albert Costa
 
The No. 11 Grasser Lamborghini team heads into the 2020 Rolex 24 riding a three-race winning streak in IMSA competition. The team won the GTD class at the 2018 Rolex 24 in its lone appearance of the year, then returned and won both the Rolex 24 and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts last year in what were the team’s only 2019 WeatherTech Championship starts.
 
This year, the No. 11 team will take on the four-race IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, while the overall Grasser organization also will field two GTD entries for the full WeatherTech Championship season. The No. 11 will have a revised driver lineup. Perera is back in the No. 11 two years after winning the Rolex 24 with the team.
 
Heistand had a successful 2019 with AIM Vasser Sullivan in WeatherTech Championship/Sprint Cup competition, recording back-to-back victories at Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock. He also won the Bob Akin Award at season’s end as the top sportsman driver in GTD, earning him an automatic bid to compete in the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
Dutchman Schothorst – who has been successful in Blancpain GT Series competition – completes the team’s Michelin Endurance Cup driver lineup, while Spain’s Costa, a Blancpain GT race winner, fills out the lineup at Daytona.
 
No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan
Lexus RC F GT3
Frankie Montecalvo/Townsend Bell/Shane van Gisbergen/Aaron Telitz
 
Montecalvo and Bell are back for a second consecutive full-season effort with AVS. They finished eighth the WeatherTech Championship GTD standings in 2019, with a best result of second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
 
Bell is a Rolex 24 and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, as well as a 2015 WeatherTech Championship GTD champion, while Montecalvo has 10 career IMSA podium finishes. Wisconsin native Telitz is a standout Indy Lights competitor and the 2016 Pro Mazda champion. He also was part of AVS’ driver lineup for all four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events in 2019.
 
New Zealand’s van Gisbergen is a superstar in Australian Supercars and won both the Supercars championship and the Blancpain GT Series endurance cup in 2015. This will be the fifth Rolex 24 appearance for “The Giz,” but his first since 2017. His best result in the event was a runner-up GTD result in 2015.
 
No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan
Lexus RC F GT3
Parker Chase/Jack Hawksworth/Michael De Quesada/Kyle Busch
 
The No. 14 squad will have a revised driver lineup in 2020 after a successful, two-win debut season in GTD last year. Hawksworth is back aboard a Lexus RC F GT3 machine for the fourth straight year and welcomes a new season-long co-driver in Chase, an 18-year-old Texan who won the 2018 World Challenge SprintX Pro/Am championship.
 
All eyes will be on the No. 14 throughout the weekend, with two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Busch participating in his first Rolex 24. This will be Busch’s first race since clinching the NASCAR Cup Series title for the second time last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. De Quesada also brings winning experience to the lineup. He won the GTD class in the 2017 Rolex 24.
 
No. 16 Wright Motorsports
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Ryan Hardwick/Patrick Long/Anthony Imperato/Klaus Bachler
 
Hardwick, the 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro/Am world champion, moves into new machinery in 2020 after driving the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini in the 2019 WeatherTech Championship. He will be teamed with Long, a longtime Porsche factory racer who’s won everywhere from Le Mans to Daytona to Sebring and many points in between.
 
Imperato, who has had a long association with Wright Motorsports in various series including the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, is making his Rolex 24 debut with the team. He made two WeatherTech Championship starts with the team last year at Lime Rock and Road America.
 
Austrian Bachler brings FIA World Endurance Championship and Porsche Supercup experience to the team. He is competing in his fifth Rolex 24.
 
No. 19 GEAR Racing powered by GRT Grasser
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
Christina Nielsen/Katherine Legge/Tati Calderon/Rahel Frey
 
Two-time WeatherTech Championship GTD champion Nielsen and Legge – a four-time WeatherTech Championship race winner – are paired together for the full 2020 season with the new GEAR team after teaming up for selected rounds last year with Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank. The No. 19 is part of a three-car effort run by two-time and defending Rolex 24 winners GRT Grasser Racing Team.
 
Legge and Nielsen will welcome a pair of newcomers to their Rolex 24 driver lineup in Colombian Calderon and Swiss driver, Frey. Calderon came up through the European open-wheel ranks and is an Alfa Romeo F1 test driver participating in her first Rolex 24. Frey has raced in DTM, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Bathurst 12 Hours and was added to the lineup in place of Bia Figueiredo, who revealed earlier this week that she is pregnant. This also will be Frey’s first Rolex 24.
 
No. 23 Heart of Racing Team
Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Roman De Angelis/Alex Riberas/Ian James/Nicki Thiim
 
The Heart of Racing program returns to the WeatherTech Championship for the first time since 2016 with a full-season program fielding the No. 23 Aston Martin. Canadian teenager De Angelis, who won both the GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada championships in 2019, moves into full-time WeatherTech Championship competition.
 
He finished third in his lone WeatherTech Championship appearance to date, the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona. De Angelis will be paired for the full season with Aston Martin factory driver Riberas, whose two career WeatherTech Championship victories include a Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring triumph in 2015.
 
Riberas also was part of Heart of Racing’s last full-time WeatherTech Championship effort in 2016 alongside James, who serves as team manager for the program and also will drive in Michelin Endurance Cup rounds. Thiim, another Aston Martin factory driver – an FIA WEC champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner – fills out the Daytona lineup.
 
No. 44 GRT Magnus
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
John Potter/Andy Lally/Spencer Pumpelly/Marco Mapelli
 
After fielding his own program for several years, Potter has enlisted the powerhouse GRT to support the No. 44 Magnus Lamborghini in 2020. Potter – a two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner – continues for the full GTD season alongside longtime co-driver Lally, the winningest active driver in the Rolex 24 with five class wins in the twice-around-the-clock classic.
 
Pumpelly is a two-time Rolex 24 winner and again completes the team’s Michelin Endurance Cup in addition to competing full time in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with Team Hardpoint. Mapelli is a Lamborghini factory driver competing in his third Rolex 24 and second straight with Magnus.
 
No. 47 Precision Performance Motorsports
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
Brandon Gdovic/Eric Lux/Mark Kvamme/Jonathan Hoggard
 
The North Carolina-based PPM team will compete in the Rolex 24 and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in 2020. At Daytona, the team’s lineup includes Gdovic, who won both the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America AM title and the Super Trofeo Gallardo world championship in 2015 and has competed in various NASCAR divisions.
 
Kvamme and Lux are both longtime IMSA racers. Lux has six IMSA premier series victories and Kvamme is a three-time WeatherTech Championship podium finisher competing in his eighth Rolex 24 this year. Nineteen-year-old Hoggard is the Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner who also earned the Aston Martin Autosport Young Driver of the Year in 2019 from the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC).
 
No. 48 Paul Miller Racing
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
Madison Snow/Bryan Sellers/Corey Lewis/Andrea Caldarelli
 
The 2018 GTD championship-winning band has been put back together, as Snow has rejoined Sellers as full-time co-drivers of the No. 48 Lamborghini. Snow is a two-time Motul Petit Le Mans winner and won the 2018 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring alongside Sellers and Lewis. Sellers owns 10 IMSA premier series victories, while Lewis has won three WeatherTech Championship races.
 
They’ll go for their first Rolex 24 At Daytona victory alongside Italian racer Caldarelli, who returns for his fourth consecutive Daytona with the team. He won last year’s Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe title and also has had success in Japan’s Super GT competition.
 
No. 54 Black Swan Racing
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Tim Pappas/Jeroen Bleekemolen/Sven Muller/Trenton Estep
 
Black Swan owner/driver Pappas has been reunited with Dutchman Bleekemolen – a long-time WeatherTech Championship and race winner now competing full time in the 2019-20 FIA WEC – for the first time since 2012. Pappas was injured in a crash last year in practice for the Bathurst 12 Hours that forced him to miss a majority of the 2019 season, but he successfully returned to competition in November’s Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring International Raceway with a third-place showing.
 
German Porsche factory driver Muller – a 2016 Porsche Supercup champion – has joined the No. 54 lineup alongside Estep, the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Estep is making his WeatherTech Championship debut in the Rolex 24.
 
No. 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian
Acura NSX GT3
Alvaro Parente/Misha Goikhberg/Trent Hindman/AJ Allmendinger
 
The No. 57 Acura will have a brand-new driver lineup for 2020 led by season-long WeatherTech Championship teammates Parente and Goikhberg. Portuguese racer Parente is a past World Challenge champion and winner of the Bathurst 12 Hours with one career WeatherTech Championship GTD victory.
 
Goikhberg is moving to GTD competition after spending the past several seasons in the WeatherTech Championship prototype ranks. He owns three career WeatherTech Championship wins, including a Rolex 24 Prototype Challenge (PC) class victory in 2016.
 
Hindman will race the full IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup season with the No. 57 team in 2020 after taking the 2019 WeatherTech Championship GTD title last year with Mario Farnbacher in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura. Allmendinger – a veteran of Champ Car and NASCAR who claimed an overall Rolex 24 victory in 2012 with the Shank team – returns for his 14th Rolex 24 appearance.
 
No. 63 Scuderia Corsa
Ferrari 488 GT3
Cooper MacNeil/Toni Vilander/Jeff Westphal/Alessandro Balzan
 
MacNeil and Vilander return in the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari for their second full season of WeatherTech Championship competition after placing fifth in the GTD standings last year. They’ll be joined by Westphal – who won last year’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport championship – and two-time WeatherTech Championship GTD champion, Balzan.
 
MacNeil is pulling double duty this weekend at Daytona, also competing in the season-opening doubleheader for Ferrari Challenge North America. He won both the 2018 and 2019 Ferrari Challenge titles. Vilander has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a Ferrari factory driver.
 
All drivers are looking to add Rolex 24 winners’ watches to their already impressive résumés.
 
No. 74 Riley Motorsports
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Lawson Aschenbach/Gar Robinson/Ben Keating/Felipe Fraga
 
Aschenbach and Robinson were among the first to confirm their plans to compete in the full 2020 WeatherTech Championship with the Riley team, which they did last year at the VIRginia International Raceway event in August. Last year, they focused on the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.
 
Robinson, a Trans Am champion, and seven-time professional sports car racing champion Aschenbach will be joined at the Rolex 24 by Keating and Fraga, who won the 2019 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. In fact, Keating has won the Michelin Endurance Cup in the GTD class each of the past three years.
 
The Texan is doing double duty at Daytona this year, also competing in the LMP2 class aboard the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA. He’s looking for his second Rolex 24 victory, while the other three are aiming for their first this weekend.
 
No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian
Acura NSX GT3
Matt McMurry/Mario Farnbacher/Shinya Michimi/Jules Gounon
 
The 2019 WeatherTech Championship GTD champion team has a new lineup in 2020. Farnbacher, who won last year’s title with Trent Hindman, now will share the No. 86 entry with McMurry, who won the WeatherTech Championship LMP2 title last year with PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports.
 
They welcome Japanese-American driver Michimi, who brings substantial Lamborghini Super Trofeo experience. He made his WeatherTech Championship debut last year at Motul Petit Le Mans.
 
Gounon, meanwhile, is back for his second Rolex 24 appearance and first since 2017. He has been a factory driver for Bentley since 2018 with a ADAC GT Masters championship title in 2016 and a 2017 victory in the Spa 24 Hours.
 
No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Mirko Bortolotti/Rolf Ineichen/Daniel Morad/Dries Vanthoor
 
The Canada-based WRT Speedstar program is back for its second straight Rolex 24 after finishing third on its debut last year. The team’s driver lineup includes Bortolotti and Ineichen, who have won the GTD class in the Rolex 24 each of the past two years, as well as last year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
 
Morad is a Rolex 24 winner also, taking the GTD victory in 2017. Vanthoor, meanwhile, is the younger brother of 2019 WeatherTech Championship GTLM champion Laurens Vanthoor. He won the GTE Am class in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans and also has victories in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hours and the 2019 Nurburgring 24 Hours.
 
No. 96 Turner Motorsport
BMW M6 GT3
Robby Foley/Bill Auberlen/Dillon Machavern/Jens Klingmann
 
Foley and Auberlen are reunited for the full 2020 WeatherTech Championship GTD season. Last year, they finished second in the GTD championship standings with two victories, the last of which was the 60th of Auberlen’s IMSA career. That moved him into a tie with Scott Pruett for most all-time IMSA wins and the drive for 61 begins this weekend.
 
Auberlen and Foley will be sharing the car with Machavern, who won the 2017 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport championship, as well as German racer Klingmann, who owns three previous WeatherTech Championship victories. Auberlen is the only one of the Turner quartet with a previous Rolex 24 victory. He actually has two class victories, coming back in 1997 and 1998.
 
No. 98 Aston Martin Racing
Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Pedro Lamy/Ross Gunn/Mat Lauda/Andrew Watson
 
The factory Aston Martin team has a trio of longtime factory drivers – Lamy, Gunn and Lauda – with Aston Martin Racing junior driver Watson completing the lineup. Watson was named as a late stand-in for Canadian Paul Dalla Lana, who had planned to compete in the race but was injured in a skiing accident just prior to the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
 
Lamy brings a vast amount of experience, including Formula 1 and sports car competition, while Lauda is the son of late F1 legend Niki Lauda. Gunn is the 2015 British GT Championship GT4 champion, while Watson has a wealth of racing experience in the FIA WEC and other races, including the Bathurst 12 Hour.
 
The No. 98 and the No. 23 teams both will be looking to give Aston Martin its first Rolex 24 victory.

Volusia Speedway Park welcomes the Super DIRTcar Series for five nights of DIRTcar Nationals action Tuesday-Saturday, Feb. 11-15. The World’s Fastest Half-Mile will rumble and shake beneath the fury of the Northeast’s premier Big Block Modified touring series once again. 

The 2019 Super DIRTcar Series champion Mat Williamson, from St. Catharines, ON, and his No. 88 Buzz Chew Racing team are planning a full-scale assault on Volusia Speedway Park. Williamson wants to start 2020 right where he left off: In Victory Lane. 

Race fans will look forward to seeing Waterloo, NY’s Super Matt Sheppard go for The Big Gator once again. Sheppard has eight race wins on the Florida oval. The seven-time Super DIRTcar Series champion wants to start 2020 off with a head full of steam. 

After a strong run at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, OK, Larry Wight will be strapping back into his No. 99L Gypsum Racing Big Block Modified to take on Volusia and looking for a repeat. Last year, Wight captured his first Big Gator. Coming off his win last year at the Can-Am World Finals, Billy Decker will have the famed #91 alongside in the pit area.

2019 rookie sensation Demetrios Drellos picked up his first career Super DIRTcar Series win at Albany-Saratoga Speedway by holding off the best in the business last September for a $10,000 pay day. Drellos improved steadily throughout the 2019 season, The Greek Streak will be looking to big up his first Gator this year in February. 

Ransomville, NY racer Erick Rudolph gave Matt Sheppard a run for his money for the Series in 2018 with the points chase coming down to the final race of the season at the Can-Am World Finals. Rudolph has picked up track championships at Utica-Rome Speedway, Ransomville Speedway, and the Land of Legends as well. Needless to say, Erick Rudolph is a perennial Gator hunter in Barberville. 

The Baldwinsville Bandit Jimmy Phelps, with his brand new HBR Bicknell hot rods, will shake and rattle the Barberville half-mile oval. Phelps has never taken home a DIRTcar Nationals Gator. Will the Bandit steal one in 2020?

The ever-likable Peter Britten will be making his first start stateside. He spent the holidays back home in his native Australia and just like years past he will have a familiar face and car alongside the returning Rich Scagliotta after being injured during the 2019 season.

Brett The Jet Hearn will join the Super DIRTcar Series for all five nights of action. Hearn has stepped away from full-time racing in favor of taking on the role of Director of Motorsports at Orange County Fair Speedway. But this February, Hearn will climb behind the wheel of the Madsen Motorsports No. 20 for another shot at Gator glory at Volusia. 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck star Stewart Friesen will bring his Halmar International No. 44 to four of the five nights and hopes to repeat his popular win in the Nationals finale last year. 

The legendary Billy Pauch and his hand-painted No. 1 Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified are DIRTcar Nationals bound as well. Pauch has 14 Series wins including one win at Volusia Speedway Park in 2008. No one can miss the Johnny Rutherford/Pennzoil Chaparral throwback yellow Big Block screaming around the Florida clay. 

Fan-favorite Ronnie Johnson, from Duanesburg, NY, has plied his trade at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Albany-Saratoga Speedway over the years with success. Johnson will be behind the wheel of Eugene Mill’s No. 30 as a teammate to JoJo Watson. 

Anthony Perrego, who will be racing in the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship at Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Orange County Fair Speedways, had a stout week of racing at last year’s DIRTcar Nationals. Can Perrego breakthrough in 2020 with a Big Gator trophy?

Three-time Volusia Speedway Park winner and North Country ace Tim Fuller will haul down to The World Fastest Half-Mile for a go a Gator. Another veteran warrior Pat Ward, The Genoa Giant, is bringing his No. 42 Gypsum Racing machine down as well. 

Billy Dunn will anchor the potent two-car team from the Ray Graham stable. For the second car, Graham will keep everyone in suspense with a “driver to be named later.” Rick Laubach has also been a mainstay in Florida and that will be no different when his familiar No. 7 pulls into the pits. 

Other expected entries include Land of Legends star Justin Haers, asphalt modified standout Jimmy Zacharias, Thunder Mountain regular Jeremy Smith, Dave Rauscher, Western Pa. runners Rick Regalski and Ralph McBride, plus the North Country’s Michael Maresca, and more to be announced. 

Race fans cannot go wrong heading down to the DIRTcar Nationals. The Super DIRTcar Series runs in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models for four out of the five nights of racing. The Late Model events are full points shows and pay $10,000-to-win. 

The Super DIRTcar Series purse has been raised as well. Tuesday-Friday the 30-lap Features pay $3,000-to-win and $250-to-start. The finale on Saturday, February 15 awards $5,000 to the winner of the 40-lap Feature with $300 to take the green flag. 

If you can’t make it down to Florida in February, be sure to sign up for a subscription to DIRTvision. DIRTvision will broadcast all twelve nights of DIRTcar Nationals action including the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, UMP Modifieds, and of course the ground-pounding, earth-shaking, window-rattling Big Block Modifieds of the Super DIRTcar Series. 

Get your tickets for the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FLA here or call 844-DIRT-TIX today. 

Stay up to date with all Super DIRTcar Series previews, race reports, highlights, and more at the new Super DIRTcar Series website. Follow the Series on Twitter for up-to-the-minute race day updates, videos, and photos. Even more content can be found on our Series Facebook page and Instagram. There is no shortage of ways to stay connected to the premier Big Block Modified touring series. 

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Sitting side-by-side on stage Thursday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, Lyn St. James and Hailie Deegan represented two significant eras in auto racing competition. 

St. James was the first woman to earn an IMSA GT-class solo victory in 1985 and won three times competing in a Ford Mustang for Jack Roush that season. This weekend, Deegan will make her IMSA debut driving the No. 22 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 in Friday’s Michelin Pilot Challenge four-hour race - the car designed with a tribute livery to St. James’ 1985 car.

In her IMSA sportscar career as a Ford driver, St. James earned six wins including a pair of Rolex 24 class victories.

“Meeting Lyn, someone who has had such a historical presence in the sport and done so much in the past and just to pick your brain on everything and everything you know especially - and not just being a racer but being a girl in racing,’’ Deegan said, smiling at St. James.

“And also being just a true racer at heart and having pure talent like she has. I think it’s definitely cool to go back and go through scenarios we can relate on.’’

Deegan, 18, who was recently announced as a Ford Performance development program driver, will team with 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contender Chase Briscoe in the four-hour IMSA race Friday – a day before the annual Rolex 24 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener on the Daytona International Speedway road course.

Briscoe, 25, who won the 2019 Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Honors, drives for Stewart-Haas Racing and has competed in this Michelin Pilot Challenge event three times previously. Another up-and-coming NASCAR star, Austin Cindric, will be driving a second car for the Multimatic team.

As with Deegan, Briscoe spoke about how proud he was to honor St. James with their car in Friday’s race.

“It’s humbling for sure, anytime you think of being able to recognize clearly an icon of motorsports it’s a huge deal,’’ Briscoe said. “To be a part of that is awesome.

“To be able to try to help Hailie in her first start is neat for me to come back full circle. I think it’s my third year doing [this race]. Austin Cindric was kind of that guy for me and now I’m able to try and to help Hailie.

“Hopefully we can have the same results Lyn had in 1985 and get that car back to victory lane.”

For her part, St. James said she was truly honored for the team to use a paint scheme acknowledging her efforts. She has been a long-time advocate for women in racing and spent more than a decade as an advisor to Ford Motor Company.

“It’s awesome to be sitting here and remembered,’’ St. James said, adding, “It was great to meet Hailie, I’ve followed her career even before she was doing some things last year (in the NASCAR K&N Series) and I knew that she was a rising star. I knew Chase and remember him from back when he was doing sprint car stuff.

“I follow the young drivers and what they’re doing. It’s just great to be in their presence and to be able to hang with them.’’

Deegan will compete fulltime in the ARCA Menards Series, which opens its season Feb. 8 on the Daytona International Speedway’s 2.5-mile high banks and is planning to compete more Michelin Pilot Challenge races throughout 2020.

The BMW Endurance Challenge begins at 1 p.m. Friday and can be streamed live exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold in the United States. International viewers can stream the race on IMSA.tv and the IMSA App. IMSA Radio also has live coverage on RadioLeMans.com. The race will be broadcast on NBCSN on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. EST.

NBC Sports’ 2020 coverage of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship begins this weekend with unparalleled live coverage of the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race at Daytona International Speedway on NBC, NBCSN, NBC Sports.com, the NBC Sports app, and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona features icons of the racing world competing on teams across four separate classes of competition – Daytona Prototype International, Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM), and GT Daytona (GTD) – where the world’s premier car manufacturers are represented. This year’s race is no exception with some of the world’s most well-known drivers competing, including Kyle Busch, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Alexander Rossi.

NBC Sports’ comprehensive presentation will utilize 17 of its IMSA, NASCAR and INDYCAR commentators, analysts and reporters on-site for its inaugural presentation of the Rolex 24, headlined by NBC Sports’ lead IMSA commentating team of play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, Rolex 24 winner & former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger (analyst), and former IMSA GT driver and analyst Calvin Fish (analyst).

NASCAR legend-turned analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins analyst Steve Letarte and host Krista Kelly inside the “Peacock Pit Box,” a state-of-the-art remote studio set designed to bring viewers closer to the action. Built within a traditional pit box frame, the “Peacock Pit Box” will be set up along pit road.

An additional broadcast booth comprised of NASCAR on NBC lead announcer Rick Allen, INDYCAR on NBC analysts Paul Tracy and IMSA champion Townsend Bell, and Brian Till will be featured throughout the weekend.

Reporters Marty SniderDave BurnsKelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman, Kevin Lee and Dillon Welch will share pit road duties. In addition, Rutledge Wood will showcase stories around the Daytona International Speedway.

DRIVERS INTERVIEWS WITH NBC SPORTS AHEAD OF ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

  • Kyle Busch – 2019 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch sits down with fellow AIM Vassar Sullivan driver and NBC Sports analyst Townsend Bell to discuss the adjustments to the GTD class and why he’ll follow his teammates’ lead in the Rolex 24;
  • Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor – The Taylor brothers take a look back at early racing memories and their strengths behind the wheel as they look ahead to the Rolex 24;
  • Colton Herta – The young INDYCAR star reflects on his rookie season and talks about growing up in a racing family;
  • Simon Pagenaud – The 2019 Indy 500 winner explains what he loves about the sports car scene and looks forward to this year’s Rolex 24;

In addition, motorsports journalist Sam Posey will voice a feature on Ken Miles, the racer portrayed by Christian Bale in “Ford vs. Ferrari,” who also helped his Ford team to the overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966.

DOUBLE DUTY – A.J. ALLMENDINGER AND TOWNSEND BELL TO PARTICIPATE IN RACE AND SERVE AS RACE ANALYSTS

In addition to their roles with the NBC Sports’ telecast team, drivers A.J. Allmendinger and Townsend Bell will be pulling double duty and competing in this weekend’s Rolex 24. Bell won the IMSA GT Daytona Championship in 2015, and Allmendinger won the Rolex 24 in 2012.

All coverage streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, and the entire race will stream live and commercial free via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, NASCAR® and NBC Sports’ new streaming product delivering unprecedented, exclusive live motorsports coverage.

Following is NBC Sports’ coverage schedule for the IMSA Rolex 24 At Daytona, including commentary pairings throughout the race. Announcers Tommy Kendall and Justin Bell will call overnight coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Time (ET) Platform Commentators Pit Crew/Roving
1:30-2:30 p.m. NBC Diffey/Fish/Allmendinger Snider/Burns/Stavast/Wood
2-6 p.m. NBCSN Diffey/Fish/Allmendinger/Bell Snider/Burns/Stavast/Wood
6-8 p.m. NBC Sports App Allen/Tracy/Till/Bell Lee/Welch/Kligerman
8-10 p.m. NBC Sports App Diffey/Fish/Allmendinger/Bell Snider/Burns/Stavast/Wood
10-11 p.m. NBC Sports App Allen/Tracy/Till/Bell Lee/Welch/Kligerman
11 p.m.-3 a.m. NBCSN Allen/Tracy/Till/Bell Lee/Welch/Kligerman/Wood
3-6 a.m. NBC Sports App Tommy Kendall/Justin Bell  
6-8 a.m. NBCSN Diffey/Fish Snider/Burns
8-10 a.m. NBCSN Diffey/Fish/Bell Snider/Burns/Stavast/Wood
10-11 a.m. NBCSN Allen/Tracy/Till Lee/Welch
11a.m.-12 p.m. NBCSN Diffey/Fish/Allmendinger Snider/Burns/Stavast/Wood
12-2 p.m. NBC Diffey/Fish/Allmendinger Snider/Burns/Stavast/Wood

*commentary teams are subject to change

IMSA ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is putting fans in the driving seat and giving viewers a glimpse of what it’s like to sit behind the steering wheel, with the introduction of ‘Driver’s Eye’ - an innovative new camera connected to the inside of the helmet.
 
The pioneering camera technology pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in sports broadcasting, by transmitting live footage from behind the visor direct to television screens, which is a world’s first in any category of FIA-sanctioned single-seater racing.
 
Showcased fully for the first time in Santiago (see video below), the Driver’s Eye camera angle adds an immersive element to the viewing experience and enables fans to feel every bump and brush against the wall around the tight and twisty city-centre circuits.
 
The FIA homologated device is perfectly positioned on the protective padding inside the lining of the helmet and sits exactly at the eye level of the driver.
 
The Driver’s Eye camera is 8 millimetres in diameter and weighs just 2.5 grams, taking many months of research together with the FIA and the teams in order to fine-tune the finishing product ready for race conditions.
 
To ride onboard with Driver’s Eye at the next race, tune in to watch the CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday, February 15 - www.FIAFormulaE.com/watch/ways-to-watch
 
To learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, find out where to watch race highlights and buy tickets, visit www.FIAFormulaE.com or download the app on iOS and Android.
 
Alternatively, follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE
The third part in our four-part series detailing the field for the 58th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona takes a look at the factory-supported GT Le Mans (GTLM) class).
 
The Rolex 24 At Daytona gets under way later this week on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. Practice and qualifying starts Thursday, Jan. 23, with the green flag flying on the twice-around-the-clock battle just past 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25.
 
NBC will have live network coverage of the start of the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25, and also will televise the race finish beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of NBC Sports’ complete coverage of the event that includes windows on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout race weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with complete race coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available on DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
 
Without further ado, here’s a look at what to expect in GTLM:
 
No. 3 Corvette Racing
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nicky Catsburg
There’s a whole lot of new with the No. 3 Corvette team in 2020. For starters, the team is introducing a pair of new, midengined C8.R race cars after decades of front-engined machinery.
 
Two-time WeatherTech Championship GTLM champion Garcia is back aboard the bright yellow Corvette, which he is sharing with a new co-driver, Taylor. The younger of the two sports car racing Taylor brothers, Jordan is joining the team after eight years driving for his father’s Wayne Taylor Racing team – including the past three seasons aboard the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.
 
But Taylor is no stranger to Corvette Racing. He drove for the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans every year from 2012 through 2017, winning the GTE Pro class in 2015 with co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.
 
Speaking of endurance co-drivers, the No. 3 duo will have a new one of those as well in Catsburg. The Dutchman won the Spa 24 Hours in 2015 and was a runner-up in the GT Daytona (GTD) class at Daytona in 2016. He raced for BMW Team MTEK in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship.
 
The No. 3 squad and its sister program, the No. 4, are looking to deliver Corvette Racing’s 100th IMSA victory, which most certainly will come with the C8.R. The only question is “When?”
 
No. 4 Corvette Racing
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fassler
Whereas much has changed with the No. 3 Corvette team, there are two major changes to the No. 4. One is the shift to the midengined C8.R and the other is the car’s new, silver livery for 2020.
 
Gavin and Milner return as co-drivers, comprising the longest-running driver lineup in the WeatherTech Championship. The duo has been paired since 2012 and has shared the No. 4 Corvette with Fassler in endurance races since the beginning of 2016, which is when he, Gavin and Milner won the Rolex 24 At Daytona by 0.034 seconds over the No. 3 Corvette.
 
Gavin and Milner also hold the distinction of delivering Corvette Racing’s 100th victory – combining the team’s results in IMSA and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – and scored the team’s most recent victory at Long Beach in 2018. That win turned out to be the last for the C7.R model.
 
Now, the race is on to see which team will become the first to win in the C8.R, and who will deliver the Corvette Racing’s 100th IMSA win.
 
No. 24 BMW Team RLL
BMW M8 GTE
John Edwards/Jesse Krohn/Augusto Farfus/Chaz Mostert
There was much fanfare around the No. 24 BMW team at the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona, when the legendary Alex Zanardi joined the team for his first race in North America since losing his legs in a Champ Car crash in Germany in 2001. Unfortunately, various issues during the race prevented the No. 24 squad from contending for the victory, but their teammates in the No. 25 went on to win.
 
In 2020, Edwards and Krohn are paired in the No. 24 machine for the third consecutive season. Edwards is the longest-running BMW Team RLL driver, having joined the team for a partial season in 2012 and as a full-time driver since 2013.
 
Australian Supercars standout Mostert returns to the No. 24 team for the second consecutive year, with Brazilian Farfus joining the team in 2020. Farfus was part of the 2019 Rolex 24 GTLM class-winning lineup in the No. 25 BMW.
 
No. 25 BMW Team RLL
BMW M8 GTE
Connor De Phillippi/Bruno Spengler/Philipp Eng/Colton Herta
The undisputed highlight for the No. 25 team in 2019 was its victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. For 2020, the No. 25 team returns three of the four drivers from its race-winning lineup – De Phillippi, Eng and Herta – along with De Phillippi’s new, full-season co-driver, Spengler.
 
The Canadian is racing full-time on his home continent for the first time in several years after racing in DTM – and winning the 2012 title – for the first time in nearly two decades. He’ll be paired with De Phillippi, who is entering his third consecutive season in the WeatherTech Championship.
 
California teenager Herta is a rising IndyCar star, who won twice during his rookie season in that series in 2019 after winning the Rolex 24. Eng, from Austria, is a BMW works driver who has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Blancpain GT Series in recent years.
 
No. 62 Risi Competizione
Ferrari 488 GTE
James Calado/Alessandro Pier Guidi/Daniel Serra/Davide Rigon
The Risi team comes into the Rolex 24 looking for its third straight WeatherTech Championship GTLM podium result and its second consecutive win.
 
Ferrari factory drivers Calado, Pier Guidi and Serra won the 2019 season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. It capped a successful year for the trio, which also won the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
Calado and Pier Guidi also won the FIA WEC championship in the GTE Pro class in 2017. Brazilian driver Serra is a two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner with a 2017 GTE Pro victory with Aston Martin and also is a two-time Motul Petit Le Mans winner, also winning the GTD class in 2018. Rigon has been a Ferrari works driver in the FIA WEC since 2013.
 
No. 911 Porsche GT Team
Porsche 911 RSR
Nick Tandy/Frederic Makowiecki/Matt Campbell
The No. 911 squad features a new season-long driver lineup, with Makowiecki – who previously raced for the team in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races – joining Tandy, who is entering his third consecutive full season of WeatherTech Championship GTLM competition.
 
Tandy and Makowiecki have won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts each of the past two years, and Tandy is a 2014 GTLM class winner in the Rolex 24. Joining the team for Michelin Endurance Cup rounds in 2020 is Australian driver Campbell, who worked his way up from Porsche Junior Driver status to become a full works driver. Campbell helped the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports team and co-driver Zacharie Robichon win last year’s GTD race at Road America.
 
Both Porsche GT Team entries will use the new-for-2020 911 RSR race car.
 
No. 912 Porsche GT Team
Porsche 911 RSR
Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor/Mathieu Jaminet
“Bamthor” is back. After winning the 2019 WeatherTech Championship GTLM title on the strength of three victories and a total of seven podiums results, the driving duo will share the brand-new No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.
 
Both drivers are 24 Hours of Le Mans winners, as well. Bamber won overall in 2015 and 2017, while Vanthoor took GTE Pro class honors in 2018. They’re looking to add another big 24-hour race trophy this weekend in Daytona and will go in search of it with Frenchman Jaminet as their co-driver for the second straight year. Like teammate Campbell in the No. 911 entry, Jaminet is another driver to move from Porsche Junior to full works driver status with the German manufacturer.
 
Two late additions to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge entry list after its initial unveil have tipped the number of race cars to more than 50 for Friday’s four-hour season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
 
The BMW Endurance Challenge entry list features 33 Grand Sport (GS) cars and 18 entries in the TCR class, with a total of 11 manufacturers represented throughout the field.
 
This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Pilot Challenge season opens with a four-hour endurance race, with the format first being rolled out in 2017.
 
The BMW Endurance Challenge goes green at 1:10 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24 and can be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. The NBCSN broadcast will air on Thursday, February 6 at 1 p.m.
 
Here’s a closer look at some highlights on the entry list:
 
  • There are more than 10 teams on the entry list with two or more cars entered for the race. There are also more than 15 drivers making their Pilot Challenge debut.
  • Five women are entered for Friday’s race, with four in the GS class and one in TCR.
  • Stock car star Hailie Deegan has made headlines with her entry in the No. 22 Multimatic Motorsports Ford, but there will be two women racing alongside in a pair of BMW M4 GT4s. Aurora Straus returns in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW and hailing from the Netherlands is BMW Motorsport Junior Beitske Visser in the No. 26 BMW for Fast Track Racing.
  • Sheena Monk is jumping up from the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series into a McLaren GT4, racing in the No. 3 M1 Racing car.
  • Taylor Hagler is the lone female competing in the TCR class in the No. 77 L.A. Honda World Racing Honda Civic TCR.
  • Snowboarding Olympian AJ Muss will be making his IMSA debut in the No. 74 Forty7 Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR. After suffering a life-threatening medical emergency following a surgery in 2014, Muss recovered, trained and followed his dreams of competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul.
  • Austin Cindric and Seb Priaulx could start up a winning streak with a victory at Daytona. The pair won the 2019 season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, also in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4.
  • New number, same operation. Russell Ward and Indy Dontje have switched from the No. 33 entry to the No. 4, but still with Winward Racing in a Mercedes-AMG GT4. Their sister car, the No. 57 remains the same, although with Bryce Ward now teaming with Philip Ellis.
  • Popular Brazilian driver Atila Abreu is making his IMSA debut along with Leo Sanchez in the No. 31 MCC Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT4. The pair co-drove in the Porsche GT3 Cup Brasil series as well as Brasilian stock car racing.
 
Tickets for the weekend are available at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com. Follow along with Pilot Challenge on social media this weekend and throughout the year using the hashtag #IMPC.
 
The two premier events for the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, the wildly popular series for young NHRA racers, will return to familiar surroundings for the 2020 season. The Western Conference Finals will once again take place at Osage Tulsa Raceway Park in Tulsa, Okla., and the Eastern Conference Finals will again visit Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.
 
Oklahoma’s Osage Tulsa Raceway Park hosts the event for the fourth consecutive season on June 22-26, and the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals returns to Eastern Tennessee’s famed Thunder Valley Raceway Park July 12-18. 
 
“The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League features the future stars of our sport,” said NHRA Vice President of Racing Administration Josh Peterson. “This season is shaping up to be incredibly competitive and exciting. Best of luck to all of the drivers.”
 
Osage Tulsa Raceway Park is a member of NHRA’s Division 4, South Central Division, and is outside of downtown Tulsa, Okla. The facility acquired the Western Conference Finals in 2016 and continues to grow the event each season. 
 
“Osage Tulsa Raceway Park is thrilled to be hosting the Western Conference Finals for the fourth time,” said Todd Martin, co-owner of Osage Tulsa Raceway Park. “The staff looks forward to all the Jr. racers coming; it’s a week of racing, games, food, and friends, and we have a lot of Jr. activities planned leading up to the Western Conference Finals. The event just keeps growing and getting better each year. I would like to extend a personal invitation to all the NHRA Jr. racers and families.”
 
Bristol Dragway started hosting the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004 and hosts the very popular NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. 
 
The region will welcome hundreds of young racers and their families for a week full of racing activities, beginning July 10 with the Huddleston Performance Jr. Dragster Nationals presented by Mike Bos Chassis Craft and culminating July 16-18 with the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern Conference Finals.
 
“The 2020 edition of the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League’s Eastern Conference Finals will truly showcase the bright future of this sport,” said Julie Bennett, vice president of Bristol Dragway. “We’re pleased to once again welcome the next generation of drivers to Thunder Valley, where they will learn the importance of hard work, teamwork, and fellowship while pursuing their racing dreams.”
 
Nearly 1,000 kids compete for individual and team honors at the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Each winner will take home the NHRA Wally champion’s trophy as well as a share of the event purse. Tracks in NHRA’s Divisions 1, 2, and 3 will send teams to the Eastern Conference Finals, and tracks in Divisions 4, 5, 6, and 7 will compete at the Western Conference Finals.
 
Created in 1992, the NHRA Summit Jr. Drag Racing League allows kids between the ages of five and 17 to experience the thrill of motorsports competition in a controlled environment at tracks in each of NHRA’s seven geographic divisions. The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League creates family involvement in drag racing at an affordable level. Many of the league’s former participants have gone on to compete in other NHRA classes. Top Fuel racer Shawn Langdon (the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel world champion and a two-time Super Comp national champion in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series) and three-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders are among the league’s most accomplished graduates.

Natalie Decker has added an additional race to her schedule, teaming with Ken Schrader Racing, and FURY Race Cars to wheel the No. 52 machine in the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway for the ARCA season opener.

In her two career starts at Daytona in the ARCA series, she scored finishes in the top six. Additionally, in 2018 Decker won the pole for the race, becoming the third female to do so at Daytona in ARCA. She would finish that race in 5th place and in 2019, finished in 6th.

"We are obviously very excited to have Natalie in the seat for the Daytona race! With her previous ARCA experience, we are pulling in with one of the more experienced drivers in the field," says Ken Schrader.

It will be a chance for Natalie to get out on the track before her first NASCAR Trucks series start of the year, which will come a week later on, Feb. 14th, when she begins her journey with Niece Motorsports. Ken Schrader Racing and partner, FURY Race Cars, adds to a strong core of teams Decker will race with during 2020.

In Schrader’s nearly 40 years in the sport, he has seen through hard work into success, both behind the wheel and as a team owner. Schrader has captured 18 ARCA wins and has 65 top 10s after 28 years behind the wheel. Additionally, he had four wins in the NASCAR Cup Series.

"In years past, we have won 3 times, but you're only as good as that day. So much of the finish depends on staying clean and were going to try really hard to give her what she needs," say's Schrader.

It's that type of experience that drew Natalie to Ken and his team.

“I’m so thankful and honored to have the opportunity to drive for these racing icons! I will be learning so much and from some of the best!” says Natalie.

Tony Eury Jr. will serve as Natalie's crew chief for the race. He was also the crew chief for the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Brad Keselowski, and Michael Waltrip, just to name a few.

"I'm really looking forward to going to Daytona with Natalie and working with Ken Schrader Racing. I've always liked Daytona, and I've had a lot of success there in the past," says Eury Jr. "I've built my career on mentoring young and up-and-coming drivers, trying to teach them the X's and O's of different levels of this sport, and that's what we do as a company at FURY. Natalie has a lot of passion for racing, and our goal is to help her improve so that she can meet the goals she has set for her career."

Natalie reiterated how natural the whole process was for her as it all came together seamlessly.

“I have owned a FURY super late-model since 2017, and have gotten to know Tony, Jeff (Fultz), Kaz (Grala) and all the guys at FURY very well. I love driving those cars. So partnering with FURY and KSR for the Daytona race just seemed pretty natural.”

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KBR Development officials are pleased to announce Connor Mosack as the driver of the teams #28 Super Late Model for New Symrna Speedways’ World Series of Asphalt. 

Mosack, a member of the Drivers Edge Development program, is entering his second season at the late model level. The Charlotte, North Carolina driver earned Rookie of the Year honors at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2019. Mosack is set to compete full time with the JR Motorsports late model program in 2020.

“I look forward to working with KBR and learning a new car on a new track,” said the 21-year-old Mosack. “Being able to race nearly half a season in a week is so exciting and I feel it will be a huge benefit this year with JRM.”

Eight nights of racing on the high banked New Symrna Speedway oval are on tap for KBR and Mosack, beginning February 7. In addition, KBR will be competing 12-miles to the north at the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway. World of Outlaws Sprint Car star David Gravel will pilot the #28 Chevrolet in the ARCA Menards Series 200 on February 8.

Keep up with the latest news and information, as well as live race day updates by following KBR Development, on your favorite social media platform, as well as KBRdevelopment.com. Learn more about Connor Mosack at connormosack.com.

Opportunities are available in KBR Development ARCA cars, as well as super and pro late models, for drivers searching to compete in premier equipment.

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