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Orange County New York is home to one of racing’s hidden gems and a true historic site, a ⅝ mile dirt track located in the heart of the Town of Wallkill that has been continuously operated since 1919, making it the oldest in the nation.  While New York state plays host to a number of dirt short tracks, none have as rich or interesting a history as what has long been known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway.”

 

At the time of the first automobile race on August 16, 1919, “OCFS” was known as “The Harry Clay Oval.”  It had been constructed in 1857 at the Orange County Fairgrounds as a horse racing track. Despite the existence of older horse tracks, The Harry Clay Oval/OCFS may be the oldest continuously operated racing facility in the world.  Starting in 1913, auto racing enthusiast, George Martin lobbied to bring cars to the track, eventually succeeding in 1919 assembling a field of drivers for a crowd of 5,000.

 

That first race, run mostly by cars with Duesenberg motors, was won by James Benedict of Katonah, NY, driving the “Benedict Special”.  To Martin’s relief, the races were a huge success, with fair directors admitting that by next year, they’d need to accommodate a much larger crowd.

 

Auto racing at OCFS would continue regularly for the next 100 years, excluding a short government mandated break during WWII due to metal and gasoline conservation efforts.  In 1946, full time racing returned to the newly dubbed “Victory Speedway,” now officially an auto racing track featuring “American Racing Drivers Club” sanctioned Midget Car racing.  Stock car racing officially began at the speedway on September 18, 1948 as Rocky Dinatale is credited with the first-ever stock car win. The first fully contested championship season began on April 16, 1950 and the first race of the season was won by Tex Enright driving the no. 407 Modified coupe.  Eventually, Victory Speedway would transition into being known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway” as it is still today.

 

Now, in 2019, the track referred to by some as “The Hard Clay” or “The House of Power” features some of the most exciting racing action you’ll see in the country.  Many racing legends like Mario Andretti competed in Middletown early in their careers.  Even Nascar stars like Tony Stewart are known to make yearly appearances, but all season long, local grassroots stock car teams can be seen giving their all in 850+ HP V8 powered Dirt Modified race cars, battling for the OCFS Championship.  For around the same price as a night at the movies, your family can witness this spectacle that has captivated fans for 100 Years.

 

Orange Motorsports and Entertainment, the new managing company at OCFS as of 2018, will celebrate this hundredth season with a special 3-day Centennial event in August as well as specially curated, year-long tributes to OCFS’ history and legendary cast of drivers, car owners, car builders and track personalities.  Weekly events will feature live music at “The 31st Lap Tavern” the track bar where fans and racers meet for drinks, delicious food and of course some racing talk after the night’s events. Fans of racing, history, Americana, car culture, classic cars or just those looking for a fun night out with the family will be treated to a season steeped in nostalgia, local history and the finest racing you’ll see at this newly upgraded facility.  

 

2018 saw the restoration of OCFS’ half covered grandstand, the addition of party deck seating with high top tables for four, new turn 4 bleachers, new restrooms, new VIP areas, new official merchandise store, the return of the “Super DIRTcar Series” and more. With last year’s upgrades, OCFS offers a more comfortable experience for all in this unprecedented anniversary season.  It all starts the first weekend in April, 2019 with The Short Track Super Series’ “Hard Clay Open,” followed by the OCFS 100th Anniversary Season Opener on Saturday, April 13th.  For a preview of the season to come, fans are encouraged to attend our 2019 Motorsports Show on March 23rd - 24th where they can get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams.

 

For a full schedule of speedway events and news, visit the official site at orangecountyfairspeedway.com and follow @ocfsracing on Instagram and Facebook for daily posts, giveaways, breaking news and exciting video content.

Michigan native Erik Jones enjoys the hot, slick racing surface at Michigan International Speedway for NASCAR racing in the summer. On Tuesday, the surface was icy and slick when Jones visited the Detroit Red Wings.

Jones, driver of the #20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, was in town to promote the two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races at Michigan International Speedway. The FireKeepers Casino 400 is June 9 and the Consumers Energy 400 is Aug. 11.

When the Red Wings looked to the bench for instruction from head coach Jeff Blashill during morning skate, he was not there. Instead they saw Jones and Michigan International Speedway President Rick Brenner. Jones watched morning skate and tried to pick up a few pointers that he can carry over to racing.

“Every sport is different and it’s neat to see how each one operates,” Jones said. “I’ve had a chance to be around some football teams and had a chance to meet some baseball players, but never hockey. It’s cool to see their process and how they prepare. It’s cool to see that the preparation starts so early for a game.”

After the morning skate, Jones presented a helmet to all the Michigan-born Red Wings players. Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Luke Glendening, Dylan Larkin and Luke Witkowski all received an autographed racing helmet. The Red Wings presented Jones his very own personalized jersey with his name and number on the back.

Jones held his post morning skate press conference right in the Red Wings locker room. Surrounded by numerous media members, Jones talked about racing at MIS and in front of his hometown fans. At the end Blashill walked in to show him how it is done. The head coach gave Jones his own Red Wings hat and Jones gave Blashill a signed helmet.

The Red Wings fan came back to the game to watch his beloved team beat the Anaheim Ducks.

Jones and Michigan International Speedway partnered to create a special ticket package for the hometown driver.

The Erik Jones Ticket Package includes a grandstand ticket to the Consumers Energy 400 and a Pit/Paddock and Driver Introduction Pass. And on Sunday morning, Jones will host a special question and answer session for fans who bought this package. Fans can get this ticket package starting at $76 for adults and only $38 for children.

The Byron, MI native started racing at the short tracks around the state and is now a rising star in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track is excited to create the Erik Jones Ticket Package to salute its hometown driver.

Tickets and campsites for two great weekends of racing at Michigan International Speedway are on sale. Don’t miss your chance to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite for all the non-stop racing action and the week-long entertainment at NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track in 2019.

It has never been easier to purchase tickets and reserve a campsite at Michigan International Speedway in 2019. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 888-905-7223 to get the best deals. Grandstand tickets start at $39 and week-long camping starts at $135.

Michigan International Speedway will continue to be a premier racing facility in 2019 when it hosts a pair of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. NASCAR’s most entertaining track will host the Monster Energy Series on June 9 and Aug. 11.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 is on June 9. The series will return on Aug. 11 for the Consumers Energy 400.

The XFINITY Series LTi Printing 250 is June 8 while the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled for Aug. 10.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will feature a new aerodynamic racing package in 2019 to bolster the competition. It will be similar to what was used in the 2018 All-Star race. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 will serve as the cutoff race for the regular season. Drivers will have one final opportunity to make the playoffs in the truck series, adding even more intensity and intrigue to the already thrilling race at MIS.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

MIS PR

Pocono Raceway announced today an upgrade to a popular camping area, now referred to as ‘50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping,’ to include electricity and water. These improvements were made one year after the Raceway added power and water hook ups to the Trackside and 50-Amp Infield Camping areas. All camping spots, including the new 50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping locations, are now available for purchase for the 2019 Pocono 400, Gander Outdoors 400 and ABC Supply 500 race weekends. As a reminder, kids camp for free at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’

The 50-Amp Family Grandstand Camping spots are located along the fence line on the backside of Turn 3 and adjacent to the Trackside Camping area along the fence line that borders Long Pond Road. These enhanced camping spots will include 50-Amp power hook up powered by the Raceway’s 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm, water hook up, complimentary daily ice delivery, complimentary sewage service, voucher for a souvenir program with diecast car and two Pit/Paddock Passes.

“We are thrilled to be offering more upgraded camping locations for the 2019 season,” said Ben May, Pocono Raceway President. “As in 2018, our renewal guests were given the first opportunity to purchase these upgraded camping spots and the initial feedback has been very positive. The remaining spots are now available for purchase and, based on the success of improved Trackside and 50-Amp Infield Camping areas last year, we strongly believe they will sell out quickly.”

Camping guests attending Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends receive several perks. Kids, ages 12 and under, can camp for the entire race weekend for free. Camping guests will also receive four-day access to the Raceway, starting on Thursday, free access to the Grandstand on Friday and Saturday, free access to the Bark (dog) Park and complimentary access to the #POCONOMTNS Inclusive Playground.

All Family Grandstand Camping guests, regardless of age and including children, are required to have a Sunday Grandstand ticket. All Sunday Grandstand tickets are reserved. Sunday tickets for kids, ages 12 and under, in the 100 and 200 Levels of the Grandstand can be selected or requested, free of charge, when purchasing online or over the phone.

For more information about the Raceway’s camping options and additional details, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/camping or call our ticket office at 1-800-722-3929.

Pocono Raceway PR

Orange County New York is home to one of racing’s hidden gems and a true historic site, a ⅝ mile dirt track located in the heart of the Town of Wallkill that has been continuously operated since 1919, making it the oldest in the nation.  While New York state plays host to a number of dirt short tracks, none have as rich or interesting a history as what has long been known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway.”

At the time of the first automobile race on August 16, 1919, “OCFS” was known as “The Harry Clay Oval.”  It had been constructed in 1857 at the Orange County Fairgrounds as a horse racing track. Despite the existence of older horse tracks, The Harry Clay Oval/OCFS may be the oldest continuously operated racing facility in the world.  Starting in 1913, auto racing enthusiast, George Martin lobbied to bring cars to the track, eventually succeeding in 1919 assembling a field of drivers for a crowd of 5,000.

That first race, run mostly by cars with Duesenberg motors, was won by James Benedict of Katonah, NY, driving the “Benedict Special”.  To Martin’s relief, the races were a huge success, with fair directors admitting that by next year, they’d need to accommodate a much larger crowd.

 

Auto racing at OCFS would continue regularly for the next 100 years, excluding a short government mandated break during WWII due to metal and gasoline conservation efforts.  In 1946, full time racing returned to the newly dubbed “Victory Speedway,” now officially an auto racing track featuring “American Racing Drivers Club” sanctioned Midget Car racing.  Stock car racing officially began at the speedway on September 18, 1948 as Rocky Dinatale is credited with the first-ever stock car win. The first fully contested championship season began on April 16, 1950 and the first race of the season was won by Tex Enright driving the no. 407 Modified coupe.  Eventually, Victory Speedway would transition into being known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway” as it is still today.

 

Now, in 2019, the track referred to by some as “The Hard Clay” or “The House of Power” features some of the most exciting racing action you’ll see in the country.  Many racing legends like Mario Andretti competed in Middletown early in their careers.  Even Nascar stars like Tony Stewart are known to make yearly appearances, but all season long, local grassroots stock car teams can be seen giving their all in 850+ HP V8 powered Dirt Modified race cars, battling for the OCFS Championship.  For around the same price as a night at the movies, your family can witness this spectacle that has captivated fans for 100 Years.

 

Orange Motorsports and Entertainment, the new managing company at OCFS as of 2018, will celebrate this hundredth season with a special 3-day Centennial event in August as well as specially curated, year-long tributes to OCFS’ history and legendary cast of drivers, car owners, car builders and track personalities.  Weekly events will feature live music at “The 31st Lap Tavern” the track bar where fans and racers meet for drinks, delicious food and of course some racing talk after the night’s events. Fans of racing, history, Americana, car culture, classic cars or just those looking for a fun night out with the family will be treated to a season steeped in nostalgia, local history and the finest racing you’ll see at this newly upgraded facility.  

 

2018 saw the restoration of OCFS’ half covered grandstand, the addition of party deck seating with high top tables for four, new turn 4 bleachers, new restrooms, new VIP areas, new official merchandise store, the return of the “Super DIRTcar Series” and more. With last year’s upgrades, OCFS offers a more comfortable experience for all in this unprecedented anniversary season.  It all starts the first weekend in April, 2019 with The Short Track Super Series’ “Hard Clay Open,” followed by the OCFS 100th Anniversary Season Opener on Saturday, April 13th.  For a preview of the season to come, fans are encouraged to attend our 2019 Motorsports Show on March 23rd - 24th where they can get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams.

 

For a full schedule of speedway events and news, visit the official site at orangecountyfairspeedway.com and follow @ocfsracing on Instagram and Facebook for daily posts, giveaways, breaking news and exciting video content.

Orange County Fair Speedway PR

 For the first time since the historic .363-mile track opened in 1951 Hickory, N.C., native, GMS President and former HMS competitor Mike Beam - along with racing historian Phil Combs - have joined forces to host the inaugural 2019 Hickory Motor Speedway Reunion on Saturday, January 19 at the GMS Racing shop located on West Aviation Drive in Statesville, N.C.

Drivers, crew members, and track officials from every decade of the track's existence are expected to attend the event. Over 100 former drivers are expected to attend headlined by former track champions such at Tommy Houston and NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Ned Jarrett and Jack Ingram.

VIP guests will be allowed to enter at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 11 a.m. for the general public. A limited number of Hickory Motor Speedway posters courtesy of Hickory Motor Speedway and hero cards will be available. Fans will receive a ticket upon admission that can be redeemed for a poster or hero card during the event. Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first served basis only.

Highlighting the day's activities will be an unveiling of a car driven by the late Butch Lindley which Beam served on the crew for in the 1970s at HMS. A memorial service for former HMS competitor Clarence Ogle will also be held. Food vendors will be on site, and a driver autograph session will be held during the day. 

Media outlets who wish for more details on the event can contact Sara Beam at 828-381-0310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tim Southers at 828-449-5722, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://hickorymotorspeedwaymemories.com.

 

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. VIP/Media Meeting 

11 a.m. Doors open for fans and the general public 

11:20 a.m. Opening remarks from Mike Beam and Phil Combs 

11:25 a.m. Invocation by HMS chaplain John Abernathy & National Anthem 

11:30 a.m. Remarks from HMS Promoter Kevin Piercy 

11:35 a.m. Unveiling of Butch Lindley car 

Noon  Clarence Ogle Memorial Service 

12:30 p.m. HMS Organized Pictures 

                    A.     HMS Past Late Model Track Champions

                    B.     All past HMS track champions             

                    C.     All former Busch Series/Late Model Sportsman Drivers     

                    D.     Current & Former Miss HMS Beauty Queens         

                    E.     All previous HMS officials and employees     

1 p.m. Autograph Session (Collect tickets & distribute Posters & Hero Cards in front of line)

Hickory Motor Speedway PR

 AdventHealth is expanding its partnership with Sebring International Raceway to be the Official Health Care Partner of the circuit and each of its events. The AdventHealth care team will begin comprehensive, on-site services at the exclusive Midway medical center during the 67th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, March 13-16. As a part of the multi-year agreement, the hospital will also provide medical care to fans during the WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring and the Michelin IMSA Encore races.

“AdventHealth is committed to partnering with our communities to provide the best care possible, and this is an exciting opportunity to team up with Sebring International Raceway and bring our unique brand of inspired, compassionate care to the track,” said Randy Surber, President and CEO of AdventHealth Sebring. “We look forward to helping drivers and fans stay in peak condition during the race season.”

In addition to providing care during major race events, AdventHealth will serve as the official hospital for drivers, fans and employees during all track activities.

AdventHealth will also expand the partnership with the Sebring International Raceway to provide motorsports-themed community events to benefit the AdventHealth Sebring Foundation, AdventHealth Lake Placid Foundation, AdventHealth Wauchula Foundation and surrounding communities.

“AdventHealth Sebring and the entire AdventHealth system have been leaders in our community and throughout Florida for more than 100 years,” said Wayne Estes, president and general manager of Sebring International Raceway. “With this new partnership we will not only be providing our competitors and guests with the highest level of medical care possible, but we have associated ourselves with a premier partner with standards and a mission that our entire company and industry embraces.”

The March 13 race kicks off the SuperSebring weekend. The races will be featured both nationally and internationally.

SIR PR

Gateway Motorsports Park – the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region -- is offering a unique contingency award opportunity for the more than 350 drivers competing in the 33rd annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals (www.chilibowl.com) this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drivers who share a social media post to signify that they are participating in the Gateway Challenge can earn an additional $500 cash bonus for winning Saturday night’s main event.

“We’ve been huge supporters and fans of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals for many years,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park’s executive vice president and general manager. “We’ve developed great friendships in the pit area and want to do something to reward the drivers who make this event so special.”

Instead of a complicated contingency program that involves displaying a decal on the race car -- as has been the standard for most of the history of racing -- drivers simply need to sign up for the program via their social media accounts. Drivers who share a prepared message that they are taking the #GatewayChallenge prior to 9 p.m. on the evening of Thursday, January 17,  evening are eligible.

Should a driver who participates in the contingency program win the event he will receive a $500 cash bonus, to be presented at the following race by Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO Curtis Francois and Blair. If the winning driver did not participate in the program, GMP will award a $200 bonus to the highest-finishing A-Main finisher who did participate.

“Nearly all of the drivers have strong grassroots followings on their social media accounts,” continued Blair.  “Our goal is that their fans will engage in the campaign and support the various @gatewaymsp social platforms. Our focus, from Day One, has been to bridge the gap between short track fans and the INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA events we host at Gateway Motorsports Park. This is a simple and easy way for us to take another step in those efforts and also reward drivers.”

GMP has supported numerous teams throughout the years at this event, but this is its first time offering a rewards program. Current NASCAR Cup driver Alex Bowman and World 100 winner Tim McCreadie both have  received support from GMP in the past. The track also sponsored an event entry for Austin Blair in 2017 and 2018.

The official Chili Bowl social media account will tweet the following message and drivers simply have to retweet it for their chance to win: “I’m taking the #GatewayChallenge @cbnationals for a shot at $500! Follow @GatewayMSP – The home of @Indycar @NASCAR @NHRA and @GatewayKartplex in St. Louis. They support REAL RACERS.”

The deadline for driver retweets and postings to sign up is 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 17.

While not necessary, drivers are also asked to share the post on Facebook and Instagram to help with the campaign.

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Gateway MSP PR

Want to be in Gatorade Victory Lane after the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 winner captures the checkered flag? Well, here’s your chance! Auto Club Speedway announces the return of the popular Victory Lane Ticket Package where race fans can access the winner’s circle to watch the 2019 Auto Club 400 winner and his team celebrate their victory with confetti, ring the famous “Mobell” and take photos with the Speedway’s iconic surfboard Auto Club 400 trophy.

The Victory Lane Ticket Package includes an Auto Club 400 ticket and pass to Gatorade Victory Lane for only $59.00 ($95.00 value).

If fans are looking for double the fun, the Double Deuce Ticket Package features a pair of pre-race pit passes and pair of reserved tickets to the Auto Club 400 for only $130.00 ($240 value).

Fans that purchase a ticket or package have access to the giant O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone for driver appearances, live music performances, Monster Energy Smoke Show, delicious food options, Lefty’s Fun Zone, Luche Libre Wrestling and other family fun. Plus, free parking and upgrades to premium parking are available.

Race Schedule:

Friday, March 15: NASCAR Qualifying Day

  • Gates open at 9:30 am
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying at 2:40 p.m.

Saturday, March 16: NASCAR XFINITY Series NXS 300 Race

  • Gates open at 8:00 am
  • NXS 300 starts at 2:00 pm

Sunday, March 17:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400

  • Gates open at 7:00 am
  • Auto Club 400 starts at 12:30 pm

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend is March 15-17, 2019. To purchase NASCAR ticket specials and packages, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online at www.autoclubspeedway.com/specialoffers or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Follow @AutoClubSpeedway on Facebook/Instagram and @ACSUpdates on Twitter and tag photos using #FastestSunday

ACS PR

Daytona International Speedway and Wayne Taylor Racing, which will field a star-studded driver lineup for the 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, have created an exciting new limited ticket offer for fans attending the 57th anniversary of North America’s most prestigious sports car race on Jan. 26-27.

The 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA with Wayne Taylor Racing ticket package, available for $150 per ticket, includes:

  • A four-day wristband that provides access to the infield and frontstretch seating (Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 24-27) as well as garage and UNOH Fanzone access.
  • Question-and-answer session with all four No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. drivers (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi) on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
  • An autographed Wayne Taylor Racing hero card signed by all four of the team’s drivers.

For fans that have already purchased their four-day Rolex 24 wristband and want to add to their experience, a limited amount of upgrades are available for $40 per person.

To purchase this limited 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA with Wayne Taylor Racing ticket package, fans can visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/wtr or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Wayne Taylor Racing was formed in 2007 by endurance racing legend and two-time Rolex 24 champion Wayne Taylor and captured the overall Rolex 24 title in 2017. The team annually brings a championship-contending driving lineup to DIS and the 2019 edition of the Rolex 24 is no different. Behind the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. will be 2017 Rolex 24 champion Jordan Taylor, two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans podium finisher Kamui Kobayashi, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship veteran Renger van der Zande.

Tickets for the 57th Rolex 24 and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

 DIS PR

ThriveHive, the guided marketing solutions company, has become the Official Digital Partner of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The partnership includes the renaming of the speedway media center as the ThriveHive Digital Center.

Built in 2007, the 60,000-square-foot media facility is one of the most impressive media centers in all of professional sports. Equipped with meeting rooms, hospitality options, production and office areas, a dining room and outdoor terraces with open views of the speedway, the ThriveHive Digital Center is the nerve center of LVMS’s race-week operations and houses hundreds of credentialed media during its national NASCAR events.

Founded in November 2011, ThriveHive has quickly become a leader in the guided marketing world, helping thousands of businesses maximize their marketing potential, expand their reach and enjoy new levels of success. With more than 300 employees and offices in Quincy, Mass., Boston, Las Vegas, Denver and Manchester, N.H., ThriveHive has run more than 150,000 marketing campaigns and built more than 7,000 websites for companies of all types and sizes.

“ThriveHive is a proven leader in the digital marketing industry, and we’re honored to rename our media center as the ThriveHive Digital Center,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “With partners like ThriveHive, we can continue to be innovative in the ways we reach our fans and promote the many noteworthy events and programs we stage here at LVMS. We’re excited about this partnership and have big plans for future growth with the help of ThriveHive.”

ThriveHive routinely has been feted for its high level of excellence, being named one of the Top 20 Most Promising Digital Marketing Solutions Providers by CIO Review in 2015 and earning Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner status in 2016. In addition, ThriveHive won the Best Digital Agency Award from the Local Media Association in 2017.

The company’s mission is, “to guide businesses to achieve extraordinary local marketing results using the right blend of software, data and people,” and helps people working in local business do what they love by combining actual human guidance with easy-to-use technology to make marketing their business easy, effective and affordable.

“ThriveHive’s relationship with Las Vegas Motor Speedway is extremely valuable, and the opportunity to have our brand on its media center was an amazing opportunity,” ThriveHive CEO Peter Cannone said. “We could not be more excited for the future.”

ThriveHive acquired an award-winning guided marketing platform in 2016 and acquired Closely, the Denver-based technology company known best for its award-winning mobile app, Perch, and integrated it into its digital solutions portfolio. The company uses its guided marketing platform and digital marketing services to help businesses eliminate the guesswork, maximize their time and focus on what’s really important – running their business.

Customers with ThriveHive for 12 months receive 77 percent more leads per month than customers with the company for one month, and the number of leads a ThriveHive customer gets increases five to seven percent each month they are with the provider, according to its website, ThriveHive.com. From guided marketing, display advertising, social media marketing, search engine marketing to e-mail marketing, website design, local list building, logo creation and video solutions, ThriveHive offers an array of services and products to its clients.

The ThriveHive Digital Center will be a big part of the speedway’s first NASCAR tripleheader weekend of the year March 1-3. The Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race and Strat qualifying take place on Friday, March 1, with Saturday’s racing action highlighted by the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube anchoring five consecutive days of racing at the 1,000-acre facility with a 12:30 p.m. start on Sunday.

Various ticket packages, fun extras and special-access passes for LVMS’s NASCAR weekends are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.

LVMS PR

INDYCAR, the governing body of the IndyCar Series, today announced that global information technology and communications leader NTT has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series’ title partner. The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park – the third annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline – will take place on Saturday, August 24.

“Today’s announcement that NTT is the new title sponsor of the IndyCar Series is very promising for Gateway Motorsports Park as it pertains to our business community,” said Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO Curtis Francois. “Some of the largest tech companies in the world are located just minutes from our venue and the St. Louis tech start-up scene is thriving.

“Having one of the most technologically advanced sports, that is sponsored by a leading tech company, in the backyard of fast-growing companies is a win for the community. Even before today’s announcement we were developing relationships with a number of technology partners and creating STEM initiatives. This new relationship will provide us with another valuable asset.”

“We hope to use this relationship between INDYCAR, NTT and Gateway Motorsports Park to further advance the development of professional motorsports in St. Louis,” said Gateway Motorsports Park Vice President and General Manager Chris Blair. “Our team will be working on a variety of special promotions and educational programs with the many employees, developers and sponsors in this category that are based within a few minutes of our facility. It’s an exciting and unique opportunity with unlimited potential.

“We are striving to be revolutionary in our approach to promotions and the race-day experience. We are looking forward to pursuing all new roads of activation and engagement with the tech community.”

Truly an international event, the NTT IndyCar Series delivers the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 to the St. Louis-Metro East region. In addition to America’s best drivers, the third annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline also draws competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France and Japan.

Tickets for the third annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline may be purchased by calling the GMP ticket office at (618) 215-8888.

For more information on Gateway Motorsports Park, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.gatewaymsp.com. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Gateway MSP PR