Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.
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The Music City Grand Prix announced today the addition of two members to its previously announced inaugural advisory board. Rick Dreiling, current Chairman of Lowe’s Corporation and former CEO and Chairman of Dollar General Corporation, and Kevin Crumbo, Nashville’s Finance Director, are joining a talented, diverse group of Nashville community leaders.
Advisory board members are lending their expertise in sports and entertainment, event production, community engagement, hospitality, customer service, finance, construction and development to support the success of Music City Grand Prix.
“We are so pleased that Rick and Kevin are joining our advisory board, bringing additional and impressive business and finance acumen to the group,” said Christian Parker, President of the Music City Grand Prix. “Kevin’s finance work in the private and public sectors as well as Rick’s passion for racing, business leadership, and community engagement as a former Chairman for Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital Board will help drive positive social and economic impact.”
The inaugural Music City Grand Prix Advisory Board is comprised of the following leaders:
· Kix Brooks, Hall of Fame Singer/Songwriter and Entertainer
· Heather Brown, PhD, Professor, MTSU School of Concrete and Construction Management
· Toby Compton, Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance, Chairperson of the Nashville Sports Council
· Chaz Corzine, Partner, The MWS Group
· Kevin Crumbo, Finance Director, The City of Nashville
· Yuri Cunza, President & CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
· Rick Dreiling, Chairman, Lowe’s Corporation
· Rod Essig, Co-Head, CAA Nashville
· Jenneen Kaufman, SVP & CFO, Tennessee Titans/Nissan Stadium
· Monica Fawknotson, Executive Director, Nashville Sports Authority
· Shan Foster, VP External Affairs, YWCA, Executive Director of Amend Together
· Harrison Frist, President of Market Operations, NaviHealth
· Rose Grindstaff, President, G&M Consulting
· Don Hardin, President & CEO, Hardin Group Construction
· David Kells, EVP, Entertainment and Venues, Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena
· Ken Levitan, Co-President, Vector Management
· John Oates, Hall of Fame Singer/Songwriter, Racing Enthusiast
Three-day festival tricket packages are now on sale starting as low as $119. For more information on packages, pricing, and other additonal offerings (including hotel packages and parking options) please visit www.musiccitygp.com.
NBCSN to Present Coverage of All 17 Progressive AFT Races, Beginning with the Volusia Half-Mile Doubleheader on Saturday, March 20; TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold to Livestream Every Race of 2021 Season
- Sat., March 20 - Volusia Half-Mile I - Noon
- Sat., March 20 - Volusia Half-Mile II - 1 p.m.
- Sun., May 2 - Atlanta Super TT - 10:30 p.m.
- Sat., May 29 - Texas Half-Mile - 8 p.m.
- Sun., June 6 - Chicago Half-Mile - 5 p.m.
- Sat., June 26 - OKC Mile I - Noon
- Sat., June 26 - OKC Mile II - 1 p.m.
- Sat., July 3 - Lima Half-Mile - 5 p.m.
- Sun., August 8 - DuQuoin Mile - 11 p.m.
- Sun, August 15 - Port Royal Half-Mile - 10 p.m.
- Sun., August 22 - New York Short Track - 9:30 p.m.
- Sun., August 29 - Peoria TT - 8 p.m.
- Sun., September 12 - Springfield Mile I - 9 p.m.
- Sun., September 12 - Springfield Mile II - 10 p.m.
- Sun., September 26 - TBA Round 15 - 11 p.m.
- Sun., September 26 - TBA Round 16 - Midnight
- Sat., October 9 - Charlotte Half-Mile - 10:30 p.m.
Daytona International Speedway announced today that socially-distanced grandstand seating and hospitality packages for the 51st annual DAYTONA Supercross, scheduled for this Saturday night, March 6, have reached limited capacity.
To ensure the safest environment possible for guests, Daytona International Speedway is implementing enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures including screening guests before entering the facility, requiring face coverings to be worn and six feet social distancing maintained throughout their visit.
“The DAYTONA Supercross is an iconic event and we’re excited to celebrate with the many fans here at the World Center of Racing,” said Chip Wile, President of Daytona International Speedway. “We take great responsibility to ensure our guest’s safety during their visit while providing an outstanding event experience.”
The DAYTONA Supercross, the longest continuous Supercross race in America dating back to 1971, will feature the best Supercross riders in the world battling for a coveted win in this special Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event. Fans can tune-in on Saturday, March 6 beginning at 7 p.m. on NBCSN as Eli Tomac races towards a possible fifth DAYTONA Supercross victory and current series points’ leader Ken Roczen seeks his first Daytona win.
Daytona Beach celebrates its 80th annual Bike Week beginning March 5. Fans and visitors can enjoy the Bike Week Motorcycle Marketplace at Daytona International Speedway available March 5 through March 13. The area’s largest motorcycle marketplace will feature the nation’s top motorcycle parts and apparel vendors. This will be the only Bike Week location in the Daytona Beach area offering free manufacturer demo rides. Participating manufacturers include BMW, Kawasaki, Indian, Polaris, Vanderhall and Yamaha, Guests can also enjoy Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley featuring free live music and the latest Harley-Davidson rides and gear.
Tickets are still available for America’s most historic motorcycle race, the 79th DAYTONA 200, on Saturday, March 13 and start at $30 with kids 12 and under free. To purchase tickets, please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
For information on other Daytona International Speedway Bike Week events, please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway and see the latest speedway news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
During the shortened 2020 non-championship season, Team 22 Racing used the oval races to test numerous set ups in order to validate what worked best or what made the car unstable and difficult to drive on this type of track. On road courses, car #18 has always performed well if we look at past results with a couple of wins at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Toronto Indy and a win at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We realise that it's not the performances on road courses that stopped the team on its way to a championship title but performances on ovals.
Back in 2018, Alex was runner-up in the final standings a few points back from the champion. Everything was played out in the final race of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway oval track. This winter, it was Team 22 Racing's mission to go back to where they were in 2018 to make 2021 a very competitive season for car #18. It is for this reason that Tag's mechanics worked so hard over the wintertime to get the RONA - VIAGRA - St-Hubert car in top shape for the upcoming season.
"Despite the pandemic that keeps spreading its attacks on people, my 2021 racing seasons will be very busy," confirmed Alex Tagliani. "The 12 NASCAR Pinty's races will be held at eight tracks with five in Ontario and three in Quebec. Three of events will be twin feature races.
"I am really looking forward to get back on track, as are the race fans eager to see us compete door-to-door for the win at every corner of the track.
"NASCAR did amazing job behind the scene and worked closely with the promoters to have an early schedule and to ensure a race season for the drivers the crew and the all the Fans In Canada. We all learned the hard way, with the pandemic, I think now we are all going to appreciate racing even more", concluded Tagliani.
The NASCAR Pinty's Series 2021 season
The NASCAR Pinty's Series returns with a full racing season for 2021 with 12 races on its schedule and Alex Tagliani is ready to go. On May 23, he will be at the wheel of his Chevrolet Camaro RONA - VIAGRA - St-Hubert for the opening round at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario were he won in 2015 and in 2016. A month later on Saturday June 19, NASCAR drivers will head to the 0.625-mile oval track at Jukasa Motor Speedway located near Hamilton for the first of their two races there, the other being the season finale on September 25.
Then, Team 22 Racing will be competing on July 18 at Flamboro Speedway in Millgrove, Ontario for their first of three twin races of the season. A month later, it's the beginning of the busy part of the schedule for Alex with the Pinty's Series in Quebec for the first time. On Sunday August 15, it's the annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, always filled with door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper restart thrillers. Two days later, the series is back in Ontario for its first-ever dirt track race at the Ohsweken Speedway. Tag's Chevrolet Camaro RONA - VIAGRA - St-Hubert will return in Quebec at the end of August for three races at two tracks in two days. Saturday, August 28, round 7 of 12 of the 2021 schedule will be held at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel and the next day, Autodrome Chaudière in Junction Vallée south of Québec City will host the second twin race of the schedule. The season ends in September with tree races in Ontario. The last twin race date awaits Tag and Team 22 Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course on Sunday September 5 and 20 days later Jukasa Speedway host the season finale to crown the 2021 season champion.
Fans can still Alex Tagliani during the off season by visiting www.tagliani.com, or by following him on Twitter at @TAGLIANI, or @TAGLIANI18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.