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One of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s busiest tracks is set for another action-packed schedule in 2019.
The Strip at LVMS will host a total of 68 events in the coming year, including the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 5-7 and the NHRA Nevada Nationals Oct. 31-Nov. 3. In addition, the iconic drag strip will host 12 LVMS Bracket Series events, 11 LVMS Jr. Dragsters competitions, a dozen O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhems and eight Open Test-n-Tune sessions.
The Strip also will be the backdrop for NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events April 12-14 and Nov. 7-10, the NHRA Division 7 ET Finals Oct. 3-6 and the NHRA Division 7 Jr. Finals Sept. 20-22. If that’s not enough, the Spring Fling Million returns April 15-20, Street Car Super Nationals will be back Nov. 19-24, Import Face Off events are set for March 17 and Dec. 15, and the West Coast Hot Rod Association will bring The Battle to The Strip on June 1.
One major format change for the upcoming season involves the O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem program, which will move seven of its 12 sessions from Fridays to Wednesdays in 2019. Mayhem also is returning to its roots, allowing only street-legal vehicles with treaded tires at its dozen sessions. High-performance vehicles equipped with racing slicks can run at eight Friday Open Test-n-Tune sessions that have been added to the calendar.
The “Showcase/Grudge Top 10” class has been eliminated from the Mayhem events, but those vehicles may run during the Friday Test-n-Tunes. The changes are designed to give local racers and car enthusiasts more access to The Strip than ever before, with streamlined track setup and prep allowing drivers to have more passes down the track each night.
The Strip has been named the NHRA Division 7 LODRS Track of the Year for six consecutive years and seven times overall and was honored as the division’s Most Improved Track this year after expanding from two to four lanes. Tickets The Strip’s 2019 NHRA events may be purchased by calling the LVMS ticket office at 800-644-4444 or logging on to www.LVMS.com.
The Strip at LVMS 2019 schedule
18--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 1, 6 p.m.–Midnight
19--Open Test-n-Tune No. 1, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
20--Open Test-n-Tune No. 2, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
25--LVMS Bracket Series Test-n-Tune, 2–8 p.m.
26--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 1, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 1, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
27--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 2, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
1--NHRA Sportsman Test, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
2--NHRA Sportsman Test, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
15--LVMS Bracket Series Test-n-Tune, 3–9 p.m.
16--LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 3, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 4, 2–7 p.m.
17--LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
22--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 2, 6 p.m.–Midnight
23--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 3, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 4 1–5 p.m.
13--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 3, 6 p.m.–Midnight
15--Open Test-n-Tune No. 3, 4–10 p.m.
16--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 5, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 6, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
17--Import Face Off
22--Open Test-n-Tune No. 4, 4–9 p.m.
23--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 6, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Test-n-Tune, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 7, 3–9 p.m.
24--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 7, 8–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 8, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
5–7--DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
12–14--NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
15–20--Spring Fling Las Vegas
24--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 4, 6 p.m.–Midnight
26–28--Muscle Cars at The Strip
30–May 2--Frank Hawley School
29--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 5, 6 p.m.–Midnight
31--The Battle Test-n-Tune
1--The Battle by WCHRA
21--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 6, 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
12--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 7, 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
9--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 8, 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
4--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 9, 6 p.m.–Midnight
6--Open Test-n-Tune No. 5, 4–10 p.m.
7--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 8, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Test-n-Tune, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 9, 3–9 p.m.
8--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 9, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 10, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
20–22--NHRA Division 7 Jr. Finals
25--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 10, 6 p.m.–Midnight
27--Open Test-n-Tune No. 6, 4–10 p.m.
28--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 10, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Test-n-Tune, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 11, 3–9 p.m.
29--LVMS Jr. Dragsters Event No. 11, 8 a.m.–Noon
LVMS Bracket Series Event No. 12, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
3–6--NHRA Division 7 ET Finals
16--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 11, 6 p.m.–Midnight
18--Open Test-n-Tune No. 7, 4–10 p.m.
31–Nov. 3--NHRA Nevada Nationals
6--Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Test
7–10--NHRA Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
19–24--Street Car Super Nationals
26–Dec. 1--Thanksgiving Bracket Nationals
4--O’Reilly Auto Parts Midnight Mayhem No. 12, 6 p.m.–Midnight
14--Open Test n Tune No. 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
15--Import Face Off
*Schedule is subject to change. All times are Pacific Time.
IMS Museum to Offer Series of ‘Lost’ Indy 500 Radio Broadcasts for Sale; 1958 Race Available Now in Crisp Digital Quality10 Dec 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Changes have been made for the 2019 season at Grandview Speedway and Saturday night racing action will have a new look.
“The lack of participants, car counts have been declining in recent years, has forced us to remove the Late Models from the Saturday night racing action,” said track spokesperson Tina Rogers. “Over the recent years we have held meetings with the owners and drivers and listened to their ideas on how to save the division. However the car count could not support it any longer. With many teams selling out and others planning to travel the car count would be event less for 2019.
It is so sad that we have been forced to take this step as Late Models have been a big part of racing at Grandview for many years. Certainly our thanks go out to those who supported the division. It is the end of an era.”
A 10:1 compression rule replaces the old 9:1 engine rule. This change will allow Late Model owners wishing to do so to use their motors in the Modified division of competition. The maximum on a Whistler will be 10:4.
Saturday night racing will now feature the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars. The Sportsman division can look forward to more info on their new season as plans are being finalized. With the elimination of the Late Models track management will now be looking to add special attractions on Saturday nights and first to be signed is the URC Sprints on July 20 along with the East Coast USAC Sprints set for May 18th. As the schedule is filled in there will be a number of other special attractions.
Another change announced after a meeting of track officials and management has all Modifieds and Sportsman being allowed to use single or double conventional rub rails on the left side of their car only.
The Crate 604 Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman engines may now run a 750CFM Holley carburetor on gas. The carb rules can be found in the Modified section of the rule book at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
And another rule being implemented is that all Sportsman sail panels must be of equal height.
Ed Scott is available at 610.298.2408 and Cliff Quinn at 484.357.2587 should there be questions.
The 2019 season, the 57th straight season of stock car racing, is set to start with the annual free-to-the-public practice session on Saturday, March 30th at noon.
The VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers Memorial, featuring Modifieds, will be the first official night of racing action and is set for Saturday, April 6th. That race will pay $7,500 to win and $1,000 to start the race. The race remembers the man who, with his father Forrest, developed the track into one of the most successful weekly dirt short track operations in the nation. The family continues the operation of the popular facility.
Grandview Speedway, a one-third-mile, banked clay track, is located on Passmore Road in Bechtelsville, PA just a short distance off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown. Check out the track website for latest information at www.grandviewspeedway.com or telephone 610.754.7688.
Grandview Speedway PR
Epicenter: Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest & Bring Me The Horizon Top Massive Music Lineup At Rockingham Festival Grounds In North Carolina May 10, 11 & 12, 201910 Dec 2018 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Epicenter Festival – a new 3-day destination music experience from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents – brings a massive music lineup to its 2019 debut, with over 65 music artists performing on four stages, led by Foo Fighters, Tool and Korn. The inaugural festival takes place in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Epicenter will also feature sets from Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +Live+ and dozens more. The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds, being developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway, The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), and other local land owners, promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew.
General Admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter go on sale Friday, December 14 at Noon ET at https://epicenterfestival.com.
The members of Korn explain, “There are many defining moments that dramatically mark a band’s history, and one such moment in time happened in North Carolina with Korn. NC holds a special place in Korn’s heart, as we unexpectedly reunited with our old friend Head. It’s been a great 6+ years with Head back in Korn and we look forward to rocking NC again with Foo Fighters, Tool and many other great bands.”
Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes says, “We’re very excited to be playing next year’s Epicenter Festival in Rockingham. It’s a privilege to be sharing a stage alongside some of our favourite acts, and to be back in North Carolina.”
The daily music lineup for Epicenter Festival is as follows (subject to change):
Friday, May 10: Korn, Rob Zombie, The Prodigy, Evanescence, Machine Gun Kelly, Meshuggah, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Wilson, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, Arrested Youth, Vein, Black Coffee and more TBD
Saturday, May 11: Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult, Bush, Black Label Society, Circa Survive, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Issues, High On Fire, Wage War, Crobot, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde
Sunday, May 12: Foo Fighters, Bring Me The Horizon, 311, +Live+, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Architects, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, Ho99o9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick, The Dirty Nil
Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.
In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC.
Fans 21+ can enjoy multiple specialty curated beverage experiences. Varietals from Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) will be available at the Caduceus Wine Garden. Experience abounds at the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade). Fans can also enjoy a large variety of local and regional brews at the Epicenter Craft Beer Garden.
Initial ticket prices for Epicenter Festival will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 plus fees
Weekend VIP: starting at $399.50 plus fees
Single Day General Admission: starting at $79.50 plus fees
Single Day VIP: starting at $199.50 plus fees
Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock n’ roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include perks like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, as well as a Thursday night pre-show party. Campers will also have late night access to Rockingham Village, an impressive promenade featuring food, drinks, merch shopping, entertainment, art and activities until 2:00 AM daily. Rockingham Village will be conveniently located immediately in front of the venue, adjacent to the North Premium campgrounds. Camping options will include immersive, Premium Spaces on the North Side of the site as well as free options in the South Side campgrounds.
Rockingham Village at Epicenter will be open for extended hours to allow fans to eat, drink, shop and see performing artists before and after the main event. Featured vendors will include festival merchandise, artist merchandise, lockers for rent, lifestyle shopping booths, a full General Store, coffee shop, craft beer at Headbangers Beer Bar, Caduceus wine bar, breakfast vendors for campers, as well as late night food served after the main venue closes. The Village will also have a stage featuring cover bands and Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow performances throughout the weekend.
Festival producer Danny Wimmer notes, “The creation of the ‘Epicenter of rock n’ roll’ in the heart of North Carolina gives us the ability to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, nighttime entertainment with no curfew, and expanded food and beverage offerings, all highlighted by a massive music lineup covering the spectrum of rock, metal and alternative rock music.”
Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, explains the development of the Rockingham Festival Grounds: “We have a long-term arrangement with all of the property owners: The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), Richmond County, Rockingham Dragway and other local land owners. We’re working together to define the long-term vision for the festival area. For 2019, the primary festival grounds will be in a grassy area connected to the Rockingham Dragway. The area across the street surrounding The Rock (Speedway) will be utilized for patron parking and camping.”
Epicenter Festival sponsors include:
Fxck Cancer x Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program: Fxck Cancer's mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and education about early cancer detection and prevention, ultimately putting an end to late-stage cancer diagnosis. Through the Dyin 2 Live Dreams program, they look to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them a VIP experience that they hope will bring joy, inspiration, and courage. In doing this, they hope to help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it's only for a day, what they are going through. For more information please visit, www.fxckcancer.org. Fxck Cancer and Dyin 2 Live Dreams are programs of the F C Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. #TogetherWeFight #FxckCancer
f.y.e.: f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band's music – and maybe even get to meet your favorite Epicenter performer! Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions.
Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.
Epicenter Festival is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination rock music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. They're also the co-creators of Rock On The Range, America’s largest and most acclaimed rock festival, which celebrated its 12th and final year in 2018 with 140,000 in attendance; Carolina Rebellion, which wrapped in 2018 after 8 record-breaking years, including over 100,000 in attendance multiple years at the annual event; and Northern Invasion, which had 50,000 in attendance for its fourth year in 2018.
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Kyle Nelson has been promoted to Director of Events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison announced today.
"Since he joined the Speedway, Kyle has been integral in the success of all our events," said Hutchison. "He has a knack for thinking outside the box to elevate the experience of everyone who visits Atlanta Motor Speedway from vendors to clients to fans and attendees."
Nelson began his career with the Speedway in 2015 as an Event Coordinator after he graduated from Texas A&M with a BS in Sport Management. He was promoted to Event Logistics Manager at AMS in 2016.
"I'm thrilled for this opportunity," said Nelson. "I'm looking forward to working with all of our events and track rentals to continue to provide them with the best possible experience for all fans and attendees."
As the Director of Events, Nelson will coordinate and oversee all facility rentals and will manage the Speedway's short track racing programs. He is also charged with various fan entertainment and track service initiatives for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Nelson will also work with the operations department on upgrading and modernizing the facility and identifying areas of improvement.
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s next major event is the Feb. 22-24, Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Race Weekend. The Weekend features Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday, Feb. 22, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 200-mile race doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 23, and culminates with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Tickets for the 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 can be purchased by contacting Atlanta Motor Speedway at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Texas Motor Speedway’s (TMS) track president Eddie Gossage announced Wednesday that the Stadium Super Trucks would return to the Fort Worth, Texas speedway’s schedule. However, the trip’s date would change.
Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks Series (SST) will join the NASCAR tripleheader in March on the 1.5-miler that includes Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck races. The first SST race of the O’Reilly 500 is on Saturday, March 30th after the NASCAR Xfinity Series event. On Sunday, March 31st action will be packed for fans at the Great American Speedway, with a SST race before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, and a second race following the 500-miler.
The SST have visited the Speedway since 2017, but visited during the INDYCAR weekend in June, which also hosts a NASCAR Truck event. “The past two years we have been at the track with IndyCar and now to have the organizers believe that we can add real value to the NASCAR weekend I'm extremely excited about it. Most of all, I'm extremely confident that the NASCAR fans will love what we bring to motorsport.” said founder, owner and competitor, Robby Gordon about the exciting news
The course is run on the frontstretch of the 1.5-oval, and turns into the infield using the south infield road course which runs across the paddock and pit lane. The course features several jumps, some of which go over other parts of the circuit.
Black Friday is Back! Racing Electronics is offering fans 25 percent off plus FREE shipping on scanners, headsets, rentals and more, which is great for Talladega Superspeedway fans who want inside access to their favorite race teams and drivers during its spring tripleheader weekend, April 26-28, 2019, featuring the GEICO 500.
Once fans visit the Racing Electronics website to purchase their merchandise, they must enter code TRACK2018 at checkout to receive their discount (valid online only). Offer may not be combined with other discounts, excludes Motorola and AfterShokz products and FREE shipping only in Continental USA. Offer expires Dec. 17 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
With the Racing Electronics scanners and headsets, fans will hear the uncensored chatter from the driver in the cockpit to the crew chief from the pit box and spotter high above the track while taking in the incredible three- and four-wide racing action at the historic 2.66-mile venue.
Talladega Superspeedway will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2019, as well as the $50 million Transformation Infield Project. An Oversized Vehicle Tunnel that will be open 24 hours is slated for completion during the spring weekend, as well as the 67-spot Finish Line Premium RV area and new Infield Shower Trailers. Ticket information for all Talladega Superspeedway events is available online at www.talladegasuperspeedway.
Richmond Raceway (Richmond) and AEG Presents announce The Avett Brothers, one of the top folk-rock acts in the country, will bring their iconic sound to Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway on Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the band’s first performance at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! since July 25, 2013.
Tickets will go on sale to the public online at vaculive.com or in-person at The National Box Office at 708 East Broad Street in Richmond, Va. on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Virginia Credit Union and RICHMOND NATION members will receive an exclusive pre-sale for The Avett Brothers concert on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In 2018, The Avett Brothers’ “True Sadness” achieved the band’s highest career debut to date as it dominated multiple music charts. The Rick Rubin produced album hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, #1 Top Rock Albums Chart, #1 Digital Albums Chart, #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and scored two Grammy nominations. The band also premiered “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,” a documentary co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, on HBO. Days after the premier, “True Sadness” launched to #3 on the iTunes Album Chart and #1 on the Rock Albums chart.
The Avett Brothers debuted a new song, “Roses and Sacrifice,” live on Late Night with Seth Meyers in October. The song was released in November, with Rolling Stone calling it a “joyous sing-along.” In the same month, the band headlined the Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.
Their eighth studio album, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2013. They performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and accompanied Chris Cornell for a Pearl Jam tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band even supported The Rolling Stones in Raleigh during 2015's Zip Code Tour. The Avett Brothers were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 2012, The Avett Brothers album “The Carpenter” hit #4 on the Billboard Top 200. The album was lauded by the industry including People, USA Today, and American Songwriter. The group appeared on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! twice in a few months' time. During their second performance, the Brooklyn Philharmonic joined to pay homage to Brooklyn with "I and Love and You" at Kimmel's request.
The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, “I and Love and You”, landing at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Paste, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time.
The Commonwealth Mall at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! will feature concessions, displays, and merchandise on the day of the event, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Parking for the event is located in Lot D, at the corner of Laburnum and Carolina Avenues, and can be accessed through Gate 4 on Laburnum Avenue. Parking is $10 cash only for the public and free for Virginia Credit Union members with lots opening at 5:30 p.m.
Virginia Credit Union LIVE! continues to bring top musical acts and superior concert experiences to music fans in the Richmond region. The venue has hosted top national recording artists such as Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, and Florida Georgia Line.
In addition to its 6,000 covered seats, the venue hosts six permanent private dressing rooms with restrooms and showers attached to the stage as well as two loading docks. There is a separate hospitality building providing a full menu of food and beverage amenities. The backstage area is completely secured with ample room for parking large vehicles and tour buses.
To purchase tickets and learn more about Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, visit vaculive.com or connect on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. To learn more about The Avett Brothers, visit theavettbrothers.com.
Richmond Raceway PR
The major event schedule will begin in March for the first time since 2006. The Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours returns for the third consecutive season to kick-off the year on March 29-31. Previously hosted in October, the event will be the second of the GT3 endurance racing series’ five races on five different continents.
The month of May springs into racing action May 3-5 with addition of the Trans Am Speed Festival taking hold of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Contemporary car racing will take center stage by showcasing the motoring muscle of the popular Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, which is filled with Camaros, Challengers, Mustangs and more. The Trans Am Series was formed in 1966 as a manufacturers championship for modern sedans and returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after a 15-year absence.
The Trans Am Series was held in Monterey in 1969-1972, 1978-1982, 2000-2001 and 2004. Event winners during that span include greats such as Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Peter Gregg, John Morton, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and George Follmer. Complementing the weekend professional Trans Am race will be vintage and historic racers of Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA).
One week later, Ferrari Challenge North America’s Ferrari Racing Days and exclusive Corse Clienti Formula 1 cars descend on Monterey May 9-12. The single-marque series sparks the enthusiasm of Prancing Horse fans and owners alike. Competition among Ferrari 488s in 2018 ranged from professional drivers to notable amateurs such as Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender. The Corse Clienti Formula 1 program enables a small group of people to purchase F1 cars and use them to the fullest with tutelage from Scuderia Corsa drivers.
Motorcycle fans will be greeted to a full sensory experience July 12-14 when the MotoAmerica racing series blasts into town for three days of world-class motorcycle racing for the Monterey Motorcycle Festival featuring MotoAmerica. There will be racing legends, celebrities, vintage racing and heritage GP racing motorcycle exhibitions, classic motorcycle auction and engaging family events among the planned activities. Returning for its fifth consecutive year at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, MotoAmerica carries on the AMA Superbike tradition while fielding its full slate of five highly-competitive classes. MotoAmerica takes the sole spotlight, as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship series will not be racing in North America in 2019, but is anticipated to return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2020.
The prestigious Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a cornerstone of Monterey Classic Car Week, returns on its traditional date on the third week of August. The Monterey Pre-Reunion kicks things off with more than 300 historic race cars taking to the race track on August 10 and 11. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15-18 will feature 550 cars selected for their history and race provenance. The 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be celebrated as featured marque throughout the four-day event with legendary cars and drivers from the series’ illustrious past, present and future.
“Monterey Speed Week” with IMSA and INDYCAR
In September, “Monterey Speed Week” will bring America’s premier sports car racing series and America’s premier open-wheel racing series to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in back-to-back weekends with special events taking place in between. First up will be the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returning for its penultimate race of the season on September 13-15. The technologically-advanced prototype and GT cars will do battle with championships on the line in an always thrilling race. The new, seven-race WeatherTech Sprint Cup series will hold its deciding race of the 2019 season in Monterey.
Indy cars return to Monterey for the first time in 15 years with the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey on September 20-22 for what will be the crown jewel event in the 2019 race schedule. The champion will be crowned during the season ending event that brings INDYCAR back to its spiritual road racing home. Memories such as Alex Zanardi passing Bryan Herta during the last lap on the Corkscrew in 1996, Mario Andretti’s emotional retirement in 1994 and Bobby Rahal’s remarkable four consecutive wins will be rekindled while five-time champion Scott Dixon and a grid full of talented drivers bring incredible racing to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Tickets for the INDYCAR Monterey Grand Prix are currently on sale at www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or by calling 831-242-8200. The on sale dates for all other events will be announced in the coming weeks.
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2019 Schedule
Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours March 29-31
Trans Am Speed Festival May 3-5
Ferrari Racing Days & Corse Clienti F1 May 9-12
Monterey Motorcycle Festival featuring MotoAmerica July 12-14
Monterey Pre-Reunion Races August 10-11
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 15-18
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship September 13-15
INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey September 20-22