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More than 1,200 students from area schools participated in Friday’s expansive STEM Expo held at zMax Dragway, an educational kick-off for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend festivities – which begin with All-Star Race qualifying and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on Friday night.

Students at the STEM Expo learned how science, technology, engineering and math relate to motorsports and to careers in other science-heavy industries. The students got to take part in educational demonstrations with several hands-on activities as well.

Booths and activities ranged from motorsports and robotics, to lighting, and rescue departments. There were also DARE officers in attendance to heighten students’ awareness to the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Attendees also took part in Q&A sessions with racing luminaries including NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and longtime motorsports journalist Deb Williams.

Schools interested in applying to attend upcoming STEM tours and future STEM Expos at the speedway can learn more by visiting www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/experiences/stem.

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Racing legend and NBC Sports motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Official Pace Car for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt will perform a dual role during "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," which starts at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Along with driving the Pace Car, Earnhardt will serve as an NBC Sports commentator for the network's first live telecast of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

"I was already excited to attend my first Indianapolis 500 with NBC Sports, but driving the Pace Car just takes it to another level," Earnhardt said. "The Corvette Grand Sport is an awesome car, and it's an honor to be asked to lead the field to the green flag.

"I'm proud to be a part of such a prestigious event at a place that means so much to racing history. This will be an experience that I'll cherish forever."

This will be the second time Earnhardt has led the field to the green flag of a major race at IMS. He also drove the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line NASCAR Cup Series race last September.

Earnhardt recorded five top-10 finishes in Cup Series races at the Brickyard during his full-time driving career. His father, Dale Earnhardt, won the second Brickyard 400 in 1995.

"It is exciting that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. "With Dale joining the Indy 500 broadcast crew for the first time, pacing the field in the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will give him a unique perspective to share with the viewers. We are honored that Dale will add Indy 500 Pace Car driver to his long legacy with Chevrolet."

Earnhardt Jr. retired as a full-time Cup Series driver after the 2017 season and joined NBC Sports' NASCAR broadcast team in 2018. He recorded 26 NASCAR victories during his storied career, including two Daytona 500 wins.

"Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular and respected drivers in American motorsports in recent decades, and he knows all about speed, passion and tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "We knew he would enjoy his first Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with the NBC Sports team, but driving the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car will create an even more indelible memory for a lifetime."

This year marks the 16th time a Corvette has served as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other brand or vehicle has served as the "500" Pace Car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, respectively.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26 and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule at IMS.

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This coming Saturday night, May 18, Macon Speedway will honor those who fight for our freedoms, as it is time for the annual Armed Forces Night. Active and retired military members will receive free grandstand admission once showing proper military ID at the ticket window.  Six divisions of racing are on the card.

Coming into the night, three nights of racing have been held with the other two nights resulting in rainouts.  In the Decatur Building Trades DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Dakota Ewing is on top of the point chase, garnering two feature wins in a row and setting a new qualifying track record.  Carlinville, IL’s Cody Maguire is second in the standings with a pair of top five finishes, while Donny Koehler, Chris Dick, and Blake Damery round out the top five in points out of the 23 drivers who have competed in the division this season.

Last year’s BillingsleyRewards.com Modified champion is again off to a good start with the point lead this year.  It’s New Berlin, IL’s Tommy Sheppard, Jr., who currently holds a 12 point advantage over last year’s Pro Late champion, Guy Taylor, of Springfield, IL.  Jared Thomas, Alan Crowder, and Rodney Standerfer are currently in the top five.  31 different Modified drivers have been on track already this year.

The strongest division, when it comes to large numbers, is the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Mods.  Nearly 50 drivers have been to the track this year with Decatur, IL’s Nick Justice leading the points, having grabbed two top fives in three starts.  Mt. Olive, IL’s Tim Hancock won the first two races of the season but had a DNF in the third race due to mechanical issues.  Hancock is second in points, while Chad Evans, Billy Nail, and Troy Medley complete the top five.

The DIRTcar Sportsman have raced twice so far this season and Springfield, IL driving veteran, Dennis Vandermeersch is batting 1.000, winning both.  Last year’s champion, Tim Bedinger, has a pair of top fives and sits second in points, while Scott Landers, Terry Myers, and Mitch Ringler round out the top five.

A longtime driving veteran is off to a good start in the Archer’s Alley Street Stock class, as Monticello, IL’s Darrell Dick leads the way.  Dick has claimed a feature win as have the second and third place point contenders.  Dick is followed by the brothers’ Reed.  Gene Reed is second in points, while Terry Reed is third.  Bub Russell is currently fourth with Andy Zahnd rounding out the top five.

Decatur, IL’s Brady Reed is following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jeremy, having a strong start in the Hornet class.  While Jeremy has moved on in hopes of competing in the Street Stock class, Brady has won two of three features and leads the standings.  Billy Mason is second in the current standings, while Carter Dart, Marty Sullivan, and Michael Abbott complete the top five.  30 different Hornet drivers have raced so far this year, many of which are tuning up for the June 8 Ed Cain Trucking Hornet Challenge which will pay $1,000 to win.

Grandstand admission is just $12 on Saturday night for adults, while kids 11 and under are free.  As previously mentioned, military members, active and retired will also receive free grandstand admission if they show proper military ID at the ticket window.

For more information and the full upcoming schedule, visit www.maconracing.com.

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Texas Motor Speedway took to the highway on the No Limits Express bus Thursday afternoon to personally thank a select group of ticket purchasers and promote the upcoming June 6-8 DXC Technology 600 weekend.
Track President Eddie Gossage led the charge, handing out a swag bag filled with memorabilia, autographed items and other Texas Motor Speedway merchandise to each of five selected race fans.
 
"We stopped by to visit season ticket holders, PSL holders, and just saying hello and thanks," said Gossage. "It's fun to do this because you get caught up in their enthusiasm and their love of the sport. Some of them have been with the speedway since the very beginning, 23 seasons, so it's great to hear their stories. They told me about the experiences they've had over the years and the fun they've had which really makes it enjoyable for us."
 
The No Limits Express tour bus departed the speedway just before noon and made stops in Fort Worth, Grapevine, two stops in Keller and a final stop in Roanoke before returning to No Limits Texas.
 
"We just want them to know we appreciate them," Gossage continued. "We work for the fans and have always said that. It's great to hear them talk about how things have improved at the speedway over the years. Just to hear them say 'I've been to this speedway and I've been to that speedway but they don't hold a candle to Texas Motor Speedway.' That makes you know you're doing things right.
 
"They really are into NASCAR and INDYCAR ... all the drivers, all the teams, all the owners and crew chiefs. They really know their stuff and, 23 years ago when we started, they didn't know those things. They've become hard-core fans through the years because of Texas Motor Speedway and that's really gratifying."
The INDYCAR Series DXC Technology 600 is part of a doubleheader weekend that will also include the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 400.
 
Race week's activities kick off June 6 at noon in the streets of downtown Fort Worth with the Cowtown Pit Stop Challenge presented by Speedy Cash. Two of the IndyCar Series' top organizations, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske's will go head-to-head in a pit stop demonstration on W. 2nd Street between Taylor Street and Burnett Street. Team Penske will be represented drivers Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 DXC Technology sss, and Josef Newgarden, and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, reigning series champion and winner of last year's DXC Technology 600, and Felix Rosenqvist.
 
Tickets for the June 8 DXC Technology 600 INDYCAR Series race and June 7 SpeedyCash.com 400 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race are available HERE or by calling the Texas Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 817.215.8500.
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Icons of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s past, present and future were on display in a special event on Thursday at the speedway’s avenue of flags.

In honor of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 60th season, speedway officials unveiled a commemorative historical marker that will stay beside the avenue of flags. Additionally, officials revealed a 1960 Buick Invicta car like the one used for promotional purposes entering the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 in 1960 – and Richard Childress Racing, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – showed off one of its most spectacular paint schemes.

RCR Chairman and CEO Richard Childress joined drivers Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric as well as Speedway Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith and Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter in the festivities. Dillon and Childress revealed the striking, red-and-black No. 3 Coke Zero Sugar car that Dillon will drive in the 60th Coca-Cola 600 on May 26.

“One of the things that I tell people I learned from my dad (founder O. Bruton Smith) is that the vision he had for Charlotte Motor Speedway is far beyond what I or most NASCAR people thought Charlotte Motor Speedway could be,” Smith said. “That vision which started in 1959 and emerged into what it is today – it’s certainly pretty cool and very impressive.”

Childress, who first visited the speedway in 1967, has celebrated six Coca-Cola 600 wins with Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and Dillon, his oldest grandson.

“Charlotte Motor Speedway has meant so much to this area and all over the world,” Childress said. “For us to win (the Coca-Cola 600) six times has been great, but the thing they’ve done here at Charlotte is bring NASCAR to a whole new level with the racing, the fans and the things they’ve brought. There’s always something special here at Charlotte.”

Dillon’s victory in the 2017 Coca-Cola 600 – his first premier-series win – ranks No. 1 on his and Childress’ list.

“Winning the Coke 600, there was nothing like it,” Dillon said. “Being tied with Coca-Cola since the beginning of my Cup Series career and getting to represent them with a full Coke Zero sugar paint-out on our car is special. … I can’t wait for the 600. It’s my favorite weekend of the year.”

TICKETS:
Coca-Cola 600 tickets, camping and upgrades are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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Route 66 Raceway announced today that drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney will attend the Route 66 NHRA Nationals May 31 – June 2 to serve as the event’s honorary Grand Marshal. Muldowney will appear throughout the weekend at various autograph sessions and Championship Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies.

“We are thrilled to host one of the NHRA’s most legendary drivers and a true pioneer for women in the industry at this year’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals,” said Route 66 Raceway President Scott Paddock. “The rich and diverse history of the NHRA has been personified throughout Shirley’s storied career and classifies her as one of the sport’s most prestigious, and we are beyond excited to feature her as the weekend’s Grand Marshal this year.”

Muldowney, named the fifth-best driver in sport history by the NHRA in 2001, made a career of outclassing most of the men in her field with 18 NHRA national event wins, the first coming in 1976, which was the first victory by a woman at a NHRA national event. The ascent to legendary status continued when she won the 1977 Top Fuel world championship, becoming the first woman in history to claim drag racing’s elite crown. She won the same title in 1980, making her the first driver, male or female, to capture the championship twice in a career. Muldowney also won the AHRA championship in 1981, and followed that up with her third Top Fuel world championship crown in 1982, while simultaneously being awarded the Top Fuel Driver of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Muldowney’s extensive background in racing, ranging from early street racing to the later intensity of Funny Cars, makes her the ultimate resource and mentor to the next generation of racers, females in particular. Her appearance coincides well with a #Route66Nats exhibition by the group “Car Chix”, the Premier Motorsports Organization for Women. Route 66 Raceway will provide the platform for an elite match made up of female racers by acting as the event’s Grand Marshal.

Lea Ochs will go head-to-head with Georgina Buckley, pitting turbo against nitrous. Ochs was named one of Drag Illustrated “Hottest Women in Motorsports” in 2019 and Buckley was the first and continues to be the only woman to win a NHRA Wally on drag radial tires. With Muldowney steering this next generation of female racers, their grudge matches are sure to entertain fans of all ages.

Fans can meet Muldowney throughout the weekend by purchasing tickets to Club 66, a climate-controlled environment directly above the Route 66 NHRA Nationals starting line. Muldowney will be present around property throughout the weekend. More information on opportunities to meet the famed drag racer will be released at a later date; be sure to visit www.Route66Raceway.com and stay connected on Twitter and Facebook to hear all updates firsthand.

To purchase tickets to the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, or any of the other 2018 Route 66 Raceway events, visit us online at www.Route66Raceway.com, call 888-629-RACE, download the Route 66  Raceway mobile app,  visit the Route 66 Raceway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

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Several updates have been made to the on-track schedule for the Pocono 400 race weekend, taking place May 31-June 2, 2019. The biggest change will be Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) qualifying taking place after NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) qualifying and before the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NXS race on Saturday, June 1.

Kids, ages 12 and under, will receive FREE admission to the 100 and 200 Levels of the Grandstand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional details about Pocono Raceway’s ‘Kids Free Initiative’ can be found by visiting www.poconokidsfree.com. Grandstand parking is always free, ticket gates will open daily at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday and coolers are welcome. Guests planning to attend the Pocono 400 race weekend should visit www.poconoraceway.com/faninfo for important fan information.

The Pocono 400 race weekend will kicks off with the third annual ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday’ on May 31. Fans can bring an empty can (any size) of Monster Energy to be recycled at Pocono Raceway to receive FREE gate entry. On-track events include ARCA Menards Series (AMS) practice and qualifying, MENCS practices and NXS practices. The green flag for the day’s premier event, the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 AMS race, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Events taking place on Saturday include NXS single-car qualifying at 10:05 a.m., MENCS single-car qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NXS race at 1:00 p.m. Kids, ages 12 and under, are FREE and do not require a gate admission ticket for these events on June 1. Tickets for adults start at just $25 and the 100 Level of the Grandstand is general admission seating.

On Sunday, driver introductions are scheduled to begin at 1:20 p.m. with the Pocono 400 MENCS race starting at approximately 2:00 p.m. The Pocono 400 will is broken down into three stages; stage 1 will end on Lap 50, stage 2 will end on Lap 100 and the final stage will end at the advertised race distance on Lap 160.

A full schedule of on-track events, gate opening times and fan-driven activities can be found by visiting www.poconoraceway.com/schedule. This page will be updated regularly as more events are added or adjusted.

Camping guests attending Pocono Raceway can access the Infield and Family Grandstand camping areas starting at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. Fans who will camp during the Pocono 400 should visit www.poconoraceway.com/campinginfo for more details. Camping spots start at $200 and kids, ages 12 and under, always camp for FREE at ‘The Tricky Triangle!’

Note: NASCAR, as the sanctioning body, determines the on-track schedule with support from Pocono Raceway. All times, dates and events are subject to change without notice. Times listed are Eastern Standard Time. Certain terms, conditions and fee may apply to ticket purchases.

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Route 66 Raceway announced today that it will partner with the NHRA, the Joliet Slammers and the City of Joliet to host the first-ever “Burnout on the Bases” Softball game May 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Route 66 Stadium Joliet to kick off the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway May 30-June 2.

Tickets are just $10 with $5 from each ticket sale benefitting the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center’s programs that provide hope, healing and justice for children who have endured physical and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect and exposure to violence.

“Every day we see children who have endured terrible abuse, reclaim their childhood,” explains Will County Children’s Advocacy Center executive director Lisa Morel Las. “We are grateful for Route 66, the NHRA, Joliet Slammers, and the City of Joliet so that we can continue to provide our critical services that help child abuse victims heal and help law enforcement take dangerous child predators off of our streets.”

The Joliet Slammers will play host to the inaugural event where players, City of Joliet celebrities and NHRA drivers and FOX Sports personalities tear it up on the bases to celebrate the Route 66 NHRA Nationals.

Food and drinks will be served at Route 66 Stadium with gates opening at 6:00 p.m. An autograph signing and photo-op will take place following the game with the players and Will County CAC therapy dogs Jackson, Kiwi and Malley.

"The Slammers are very excited host Burnout on the Bases and help kickoff the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, “ said Nick Semaca, majority owner of the Joliet Slammers. “We invite all NHRA and Slammers fans out to join us for what will be a really fun night.”

The player line up is as follows:

  • Bob O’Dekirk, Mayor of Joliet
  • London Lindley, Joliet Slammers, Centerfield 
  • Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, Joliet Slammers, 2nd Base
  • LJ Kalawaia, Joliet Slammers, Left Field 
  • Chaz Meadow, Joliet Slammers, Short Stop 
  • Jordan Vandergriff, NHRA Top Fuel driver
  • Angie Smith, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
  • Matt Smith, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
  • Freddie Camarena, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
  • Chris Clontz, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider
  • Martin Shanahan Jr., Interim City Manager for the City of Joliet
  • Christopher P. Regis, Interim Corporate Council for the City of Joliet
  • Alan Roechner, City of Joliet Police Chief
  • Don “Duck” Dickinson, City of Joliet Councilman
  • Nick Semaca, Majority owner of the Joliet Slammers
  • Scott Slocum, WJOL Morning Show Host
  • Roy Gregory, WCCQ Morning Show Host
  • Duffy Blackburn, Will County CAC Board Member
  • Jackie Lundquist, Will County CAC Forensic Interviewer
  • Brian Lohnes, FOX Sports
  • Tony Pedregon, FOX Sports
  • Amanda Busick, FOX Sports
  • Bruno Massel, FOX Sports

To purchase tickets to the Route 66 NHRA Nationals, or any of the other 2019 Route 66 Raceway events, visit us online at www.Route66Raceway.com, call 888-629-RACE, download the Route 66 Raceway mobile app,  visit the Route 66 Raceway Administrative office or stop by the box office on the day of the event.

For more information on Route 66 Raceway, stay connected on Twitter and Facebook or by visiting Route66Raceway.com.

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When the tripleheader auto racing action gets the green flag this Saturday night at Grandview Speedway local talent Tim Buckwalter will be doing double duty as he races in the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club East Coast Wingless Sprint Cars.

The Douglassville, PA racing talent has been a winner at Grandview in the NASCAR Modifieds and, in addition, has been a two time champion at Kutztown’s Action Track USA and a champion with the American Racing Drivers Club.

The veteran racer will be wheeling a sprinter owned by Norristown’s Bill Gallagher and wrenched by multi-time United Racing Club champion Curt Michael. “It’s a good car. One of the best 360 Sprint cars in the area. It is a big opportunity to work with Curt,” said Buckwalter. “I’m excited to see how we do.”

This will be a first time appearance for the USAC East Coast Sprints at Grandview and a stellar field of racers is expected.

Buckwalter will also be going up against some outstanding driving talents in the Modifieds, something he is familiar with as he is a Saturday night regular. Ten time NASCAR track champion Craig Von Dohren is the current point leader and already has two feature wins to his credit this season.

In addition to the Sprints and Modifieds fans will be treated to the exciting action of the T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman stock cars.

A full series of qualifying race events will lead up to the feature events in each of the three divisions. Racing has a 7:30 p.m. starting time.

The very popular Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet, 5 P.M. at the main grandstand entrance, will feature cars and drivers that will be racing later in the evening. Modified racer Ryan Lilick and Sportsman talent Kyle Lilick will be meeting fans and will have their new t-shirts available for sale. In addition two of the top Sprint racing talents, Steven Drevicki and Eddie Strada, will be meeting fans.

Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:30 p.m.

And on Sunday, May 19th at 1 p.m. Outlaw Enduro and Blast from the Past Vintage Racers. Big Car Enduro (75-laps), Small Car Enduro (75-laps), Junkyard Car Race (50-laps), Savage 61 Roadrunners (20-lap feature plus qualifying), Vintage Cars (2-20-lap features), Mechanics Race (20-laps), Outlaw 4X4 Truck Series (Heats and Features on Obstacle Course). Adult admission is $10.

Additional information is available at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.

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Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale will serve as honorary starters for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, waving the green flag to start "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Damon and Bale are starring in the upcoming film "FORD v FERRARI" from 20th Century Fox, the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

"The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single-day sporting event on Earth, so it's fitting that global icons Matt Damon and Christian Bale will be in the flag stand on May 26 to send the field of 33 cars charging toward Turn 1," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "Matt and Christian are used to performing in the brightest spotlight so we know they will enjoy this special role at the world's greatest race."

The motion picture, directed by James Mangold, is scheduled for release Nov. 15 by The Walt Disney Studios. The cast also includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Reno Girone and Ray McKinnon.

Both actors will participate in a press conference to discuss "FORD v FERRARI" and their roles as co-honorary starters on Saturday, May 25 at the IMS. To receive full details on the event and RSVP, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "FORD v FERRARI."

Members of the media may download a composite photo of Damon and Bale for news publication purposes by clicking here.

Damon rose to prominence in 1997 with his role as Will in "Good Will Hunting," a film for which he shared the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Screenplay in 1998.

Massachusetts native Damon is also renowned for his roles in "Saving Private Ryan," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Departed," the "Ocean's Eleven" series of films and the Jason Bourne series of films among many more. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in "Invictus" and "The Martian."

Bale first grabbed audiences' attention with his role in "Empire of the Sun."

Wales native Bale has received critical acclaim for his work in such films as "American Psycho," "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "The Dark Knight Rises," "3:10 To Yuma" and many more. He won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in "The Fighter." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in "The Big Short," "American Hustle" and "Vice," for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and for more information on the complete month of May schedule at IMS.

The race will be televised live on NBC for the first time, with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. (ET). The green flag is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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An all-star lineup of dignitaries will converge on Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at America’s Home for Racing, providing even more punch for the 35th running of the biggest all-star event in sports.

The action kicks off with Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race – which features world-renowned “Wheel of Fortune” hostess and actress Vanna White serving as grand marshal.

Before WWE Superstar R-Truth paces Saturday’s All-Star Race field as honorary pace car driver, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion team owner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee team owner Joe Gibbs – who has four cars locked into the All-Star Race – will deliver the invocation.

Michael Tait, a Grammy Award-winning Christian rock singer best known for his role as the lead singer for DC Talk and the Newsboys, will perform the national anthem for NASCAR’s most spectacular showcase of speed and strategy.

Axell “Slay” Hodges, an X-Games motocross competitor and Real Moto gold medalist, will get the fun kicked into high gear by giving the command to start engines.

Dignitaries for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 include:

  • Honorary Starter: Gregory Oxendine, NC Education Lottery Lucke-Rewards winner
  • Presentation of Colors: UNC-Charlotte ARMY ROTC Color Guard
  • Invocation: Nick Terry, Motor Racing Outreach chaplain
  • Grand Marshal: Vanna White, “Wheel of Fortune” hostess, and Dean Villeneuve, NC Education Lottery Lucke-Rewards winner
  • National Anthem: Domenica Coka

Dignitaries for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race include:

  • Honorary Pace Car Driver: R-Truth, WWE Superstar
  • Honorary Starter: Luke “The Dingo” Trembath, Monster Energy snowboarding athlete
  • Presentation of Colors: The City of Burlington Fire Department Honor Guard
  • Invocation: Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing
  • Grand Marshal: Axell “Slay” Hodges, X-Games motocross competitor and Real Moto gold medalist
  • National Anthem: Michael Tait, Grammy Award-winning lead singer for DC Talk and The Newsboys

TICKETS:
Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race tickets, camping and upgrades are available by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 13 and under get into each race weekend for just $10 with adult ticket purchase.

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Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.

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