Saturday, Jan 29
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Persistent heavy rain showers creating saturated grounds at Volusia Speedway Park have forced World of Outlaws Late Model Series, DIRTcar and track officials to postpone Friday’s portion of Sunshine Nationals to Saturday.

Friday’s World of Outlaws Late Model, DIRTcar Pro Late Model and 602 Late Model Features will run Saturday afternoon, starting at 1:30pm.

Following the three afternoon Features, the grandstands will be cleared to prepare for the original Saturday portion of the program and tickets for that event will be on sale at the track. Saturday’s program is tentatively scheduled to resume at 3pm after the short break, starting with World of Outlaws Hot Laps.

The postponed 30 Lap, $10,000-to-win Feature event will have an all-Georgia front-row with Ashton Winger and Dale McDowell. McDowell is searching for his second win of the weekend after winning the season opener on Friday afternoon. 

World of Outlaws regular Chris Madden will start fourth, hoping for his first win of the season, and second top five of the weekend. 

For the latest on the World of Outlaws Late Models, make sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and at www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

WoO PR

Aisles were jammed, cash registers were ringing and flash bulbs were clicking non-stop at the PPB Motorsports 2022 Show on Friday, January 21, Day One of the annual show that was unable to take place in 2021 owing to the pandemic.

 The highlight of Day One was the annual Aqua-Duck Water Transport Ms. Motorsports pageant.  Morgan Rochelle of Schnecksville, PA was crowned Ms. Motorsports 2022.  In addition to her beauty, Morgan is a racer, driving 600 Micro Sprints primarily at Hamlin Speedway.  Megan Williams of Kutztown, PA was first runner-up and Emilee Mills of Milford, DE was third runner-up.  Ms. Motorsports 2020-2021, Andrea Cap, crowned her successor.  

  Racing parts manufacturers, distributors, and speedway operators praised the size of and the nature of the crowd that passed through the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center throughout the afternoon and evening Friday.

 JC’s Race Parts of Barberton, OH was a first time PPB Show exhibitor. “I do 20 shows a year and Motorsports had always conflicted with another show closer to home. That show was cancelled this year and I was able to be here,” Jeremy Canada, JC principal said. “I’m very happy with the way the show is turning out. I understand that Saturdays at this show are usually bigger and expect an even better day tomorrow.” JC’s sells race fuel containers, catch cans and related hardware.

 Peter Reynolds, Director of Marketing at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY, was ‘iron-manning’ the track’s booth that featured Tanner VanDoren’s Big Block Modified.  “I’ve seen a lot of drivers who race with us here at the show, met a lot of others who are interested in racing at Orange County this year who wanted to ask some questions about our schedule, and a lot of fans who are interested in getting info about buying tickets.  It was a great first day for the Motorsports Show.”

 American Racer Tire of Indiana, PA, was represented by Dustin Leverknight. “I spent the whole day answering questions from racers,” Leverknight said. “It’s good to see such interest. Some of what we had to tell the racers wasn’t necessarily welcome news, but it is always a benefit to meet the racers face to face, and that’s what this show allows.”

 Randy LaJoie, President of The Joie of Seating in Mooresville, NC, said that he is coming off his best year in the past ten.  “A lot of the shows we used to go to have fallen by the wayside. Getting back here to Motorsports this weekend feels good,” LaJoie said.

 Reading, PA-based DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends day-to-day operations manager Dave Ely was very pleased with PPB Motorsports 2022 Day One activity. “We were busy today. It’s important for us to be here. This show and others, to my way of thinking, deserve the support of businesses who benefit from it,” Ely shared.

 Tomorrow, Saturday, January 22 is the second and final day of PPB Motorsports 2022. Show hours are from 11:00 AM through 7:00 PM.

AARN PR

Drivers of the five Cadillac Racing DPi-V.R entries for the 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona took advantage of two test sessions totaling three hours to get a handle on car balance and refine setups on the changeable 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway course during the first day of the Roar Before the Rolex 24.
 
“It’s really good to be back in the Cadillac at Daytona. The Roar is an exciting weekend because it’s the first time you get back in the car and the first time you see your competitors,” said Kevin Magnussen, co-driving the No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R for Chip Ganassi Racing. “The big one is next week, so we’ll just try to build up to that, prepare as well as we can and get the car in line for the long race. So far, it’s a good first impression.”
 
The No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing led the Cadillac Racing contingent with a best lap of 1 minute, 34.746 seconds in the second session as ambient and track temperatures continued to fall.
 
Cadillac Racing practice results:
  • No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Alex Palou
Best lap time: 1:34.712
"First practice at Daytona; it was a good day. I'm trying to get used to the track and it was nice to drive under the lights," said 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou. "The car is fast and hopefully we can keep improving and get ready for next week."
  • No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen
Best lap time: 1:34.746
"The car is running really good. We made some really good gains from the test we did in December to the first day of the Roar. Obviously, big expansion to two cars, so we're just building up to the race," Earl Bamber said. "We're pretty happy with the balance and we're looking forward to tomorrow."
  • No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R (JDC-Miller Motorsports)
Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook, Loic Duval, Ben Keating
Best lap time: 1:35.182
"Dirty track this morning and it was good tonight actually," Tristan Vautier said. "All the Cadillacs seem to be really close. We were not happy this morning, but I think it was more because of the track than anything else. The car felt better tonight. We have a few things to find to be with the top Cadillacs and we'll focus on that."
  • No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)
Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez, Mike Conway
Best lap time: 1:35.433
"The beginning of the year, with the track being so dirty, you learn your program and use the fact that you have some track time to try different things, and that's what we've been trying to do," said Derani, the reigning IMSA DPi Driver Champion. "With the fact that the track evolved so much with the weather conditions, for us it is just trying to get lap after lap and then come up with something good for qualifying. It's been going good between the two cars and I think we have accomplished a good part of the test program."
  • No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez
Best lap time: 1:35.795
“I'm very thankful that we came and tested in December, just to get the drivers, especially myself, the reps and up to speed so the limited laps that you get here at the Roar don't spook you," said Jimmie Johnson, whose No. 48 team was runner-up in the 2021 race. "I feel very comfortable. We still have a little bit of work to do on the car, but from a new environment with Jose (Maria Lopez) coming on board, the teamwork between the (Nos.) 31 and 48, we're having a lot of fun and its a very good race team."
 
Three on-track sessions are scheduled for Jan. 22 leading up to the 100-minute qualifying race Jan. 23 that will determine the pole award and set the grid for the twice-around-the-clock race Jan. 29-30. Cadillac Racing, the reigning DPi Manufacturer Champion, will seek its fourth pole start since 2017.
 
Palou fitting in with ‘Champions Cadillac’
Alex Palou, the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series champion, is proud to be part of the “Champions Cadillac” team for his Rolex 24 At Daytona debut. He’s co-driving the No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac V.R fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with six-time INDYCAR champion Scott Dixon, four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais and 2016 IMSA Prototype Challenge champion Renger van der Zande. All are multiple winners of the season-opening endurance race.
 
“Just to have the chance to be in Daytona in the Cadillac DPi is amazing. Then, when you put together a team like this, it’s insane,” Palou said. “I can relate to all of them; I know all of them have won this race before. I know what we want to accomplish they know how to do it. It’s about learning and trying to get a nice watch in a couple of days.”
 
Cadillac Racing has won the overall Rolex 24 At Daytona title four times since the latest iteration of the Prototype class was instituted in 2017. Chip Ganassi Racing has won the race six times overall and two other times in class.
 
Of note
Wayne Taylor, whose Wayne Taylor Racing recorded overall Rolex 24 victories in 2017, 2019 and 2020 with Cadillac Racing, will be one of the grand marshals for the 60th edition of the race. ... Earl Bamber has always followed the career of fellow Kiwi Scott Dixon. Now they’re teammates for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in Cadillac DPi-V.Rs with Chip Ganassi Racing. “It’s kind of amazing to end up at Chip Ganassi Racing with Scott. For me, it’s something special to join the team and with Scott there as well.” … Bamber, a two-time winner at Le Mans, is seeking to claim the top prize at Daytona that has so far eluded him. Do you have a Rolex watch? “I have three; I’m just missing one from here.” … Chassis constructor Dallara celebrated its 50th anniversary Jan. 15. As with the Cadillac DPi-V.R, the Cadillac LMDh-V.R for 2023 competition will be a partnership between GM Design and Dallara. A new Cadillac engine package will work in conjunction with the LMDh common hybrid system. 
 
Cadillac Racing PR

Brody Roa wrapped up his annual winter trip to Tulsa Oklahoma at the 36th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals last Saturday night. When all was said and done, the veteran driver had advanced all the way up to one of the C main events before bowing out of the competition.

For the 2022 edition of the world’s largest midget race, Roa once again wheeled the Ramco Speed Group/Precise Racing Products/Jambo BBQ Pits/MBR21/Hwy. 380 Pawn/Bell County Electrical Supply/Ramey Built/MBRA-21 Honda #7M inside the massive SageNet Center. The six-day event, which sees each driver race on two days, drew a record field of close to 400 cars, and nearly 90,000 spectators. In addition, millions of fans around the world were able to watch Roa compete live on Flo Racing and MAVTV.

Roa, who will celebrate his 31st birthday next week, contested his Chili Bowl preliminary night on Wednesday, January 12th. That evening matched him up against 79 other drivers from all disciplines of racing. Tasked with getting one of the 24 main event spots was a tough proposition for Roa and every one of his competitors.

The Garden Grove, California-based racer and his Texas-based team proved to be up for the Challenge. Roa moved forward in three of his four starts on the preliminary night and finished exactly where he started in the other.

For his eight-lap heat race, Roa started inside row two. Normally that would sound great, but in a show that leans heavily on passing points, it can be costly. Roa’s biggest challenge in the race was to not get passed by other cars and lose points. That in fact happened when he moved forward to finish second. That put him in the seventh starting spot for one of the night’s qualifiers.  

 

Early in his qualifier, he got stuck on the outside.  With cars racing side by side in front of him, passing was at a premium and he finished in the same spot that he began in.

For the B main, Roa began on the outside of row three and used the top to his advantage when he drove to a second-place finish.  That earned him a ticket into the night’s finale.

For his opening night A main, Roa moved forward again. After beginning in the 19th spot, he moved up four positions and took the checkered in 15th.  That earned him a ticket into one of Saturday’s D main events.

At Saturday’s finale, Roa and his crew had a long wait. But when you have a long wait on the last day of the Chili Bowl, that is a good thing. The day started with a pair of Q main events at 9:30 A.M.. Starting in those early mains means you did not have a real good preliminary and it also meant you were in all likelihood going to miss the coverage of the last three mains on MAVTV.

Roa’s preliminary night performance earned him a start on the outside of the front row for the first 15-lap D main. After running the outside most of the time on his prelim night, he showed his versatility by running the pole and coming home second. That earned him one of the coveted tickets into one of the C main events.

The second C main saw Roa starting in the 17th spot in the 20-car field, and he had to pass 12 cars to transfer to one of the B mains. Early on he was inching his way forward in the 15-lapper, but a stop on the track on lap six sent “The Pride of Garden Grove” to the back for a restart with just nine-laps to go. The veteran driver moved forward once again when the race restarted, but time was not on his side. When the checkered flag fell, he was in 13th and his Chili Bowl was done for 2022.

In six starts over the two nights of racing in Tulsa, Roa passed cars and advanced forward from his starting spot four times. The only two times he did not move forward, he finished in the same spot he started in, and thus, he did not lose a single position in the 2022 Chili Bowl.

With the Chili Bowl in his rearview mirror, Roa and the crew are prepping the #91R sprint car for next week’s USAC/CRA season opener at the Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona. It will be a three-night affair on January 27th, 28th, and 29th.

Brody Roa merchandise is available online. You can see it all in his store which is packed with great items including t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, beanies, baby onesies, plush blankets, jigsaw puzzles, stickers, notebooks, tote bags, wine tumblers, mugs, bandana pet collars and more. To check it out, please visit the following website https://www.brodyroa.com/shop/.  

Roa and the team want to thank the following sponsors for making the 2022 season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Inland Rigging, “Biker” Bruce Fischer, Competition Suspension, ALR Virtual Services, K-1 Race Gear, Molecule, Rod End Supply, and Baldwin Filters. In addition, the veteran driver offers thanks to Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Total Lubricants, Marina Pools, TJM Oilfield Distribution, Certex, and “Biker” Bruce for sponsoring the #8M he will pilot for Jayson May on select occasions in 2022.

If you or your company would like to jump on board and receive recognition throughout the 2022 racing season, please give the two-time USAC champion racer a phone call or drop him a note at the contact information on the top of this release. You can also contact him if you would like to put him in your sprint car or midget when his schedule permits.

To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/. Fans can also check out the team website at  https://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/br91r/.  To keep up with May Motorsports, please check out and “like” its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MayMotorsports8M

BRP PR

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WeatherTech Championship) (DPi/LMP2/LMP3/GTD PRO/GTD)
IMSA MICHELIN PILOT CHALLENGE (MICHELIN CHALLENGE)
IMSA PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE (PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE)

Monday, January 17, 2022
8:00 am IMSA Transporters Park and Set Up in Paddock
7:00 am - 5:00 pm T&S set up and cabling access - Tower and Pit Lane
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
7:00 am - 5:00 pm T&S set up and cabling access on-track
8:00 am IMSA Transporters Set Up in Paddock and Tech Line Set Up
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
7:00 am - 5:00 pm T&S set up and cabling access on-track
8:00 am - 5:00 pm IMSA Transporters Set Up in Paddock and Tech Line Set Up
7:00 am - 9:00 am Fuel and Tire Company ONLY
(All other Support Suppliers will load-in with WeatherTech Championship Transporters)
4:00 pm Garages Open
4:00 pm WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In (per IMSA Logistics) Park Only, No Opening
6:30 pm Garages Close
Registration Hours
Wed., 1/19 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu., 1/20 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fri., 1/21 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat., 1/22 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sun., 1/23 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
IMSA Registration Location:
220 Daytona Blvd. Suite 220 (next to
Guitar Center, see map in SR)
Briefings: IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship
Drivers & Team Managers
Link to online briefing to be provided.
Team Manager Briefing
Thu., 1/20 3:00 pm
Driver & Team Manager Briefing
Sun., 1/23 8:30 am
Track Meeting Room
Briefings: IMSA Michelin Pilot
Challenge
Drivers & Team Managers
Link to online briefing to be provided.
Driver & Team Manager Briefing
Thu., 1/20 2:00 pm
Track Meeting Room
Infield Care Center Hours
Thu., 1/20 6:45 am - 7:30 pm
Fri., 1/21 6:45 am - 8:00 pm
Sat., 1/22 6:45 am - 10:00 pm
Sun., 1/23 6:45 am - 9:30 pm
Outside of these hours call 911
Inspection: IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship
Safety Inspection:
Thu., 1/20 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Technical Inspection Hours:
Thu. 1/20 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri., 1/21 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Fri., 1/21 12:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat., 1/22 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat., 1/22 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sun., 1/23 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Inspection: IMSA Michelin Pilot
Challenge
Safety Inspection (By Appointment):
Thu., 1/20 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
IMSA Pilot Challenge Series Tech Garage
Technical Inspection Hours:
Thu., 1/20 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri., 1/21 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fri., 1/21 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat., 1/22 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Sat., 1/22 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Sun., 1/23 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Inspection: IMSA Prototype
Challenge
Safety/Tech. Inspection (By Appt.):
Thu., 1/20 4:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Technical Inspection Hours:
Fri., 1/21 7:15 am - 11:30 am
Fri., 1/21 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat., 1/22 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Briefings: IMSA Prototype
Challenge
Drivers & Team Managers
Link to online briefing to be provided.
Team Manager Briefing
Thu., 1/20 2:00 pm
Driver & Team Manager Briefing
Sat., 1/22 9:45 am
Track Meeting Room

Thursday, January 20, 2022
7:00 am Yellow Garages Open
7:00 am WeatherTech Championship - Open Transporters - Pit lane equipment set up may commence
7:00 am Support Suppliers load-in
8:00 am - 9:30 am On-Track Media Session Activities (IMSA)
8:30 am - 12:00 pm WeatherTech Championship Safety Inspection (first come, first served, IMSA Inspection area)
9:00 AM MICHELIN CHALLENGE COMPETITOR TRANSPORTER LOAD-IN (per IMSA Logistics). TEAMS MUST NOT OPEN/UNLOAD
TRANSPORTERS UNTIL NOTIFIED BY IMSA OFFICIALS, NO PIT EQUIPMENT SET UP UNTIL 4:30 PM.
BLUE GARAGES WILL NOT OPEN FOR TEAMS UNTIL ALL TRANSPORTERS ARE PARKED
10:00 am - 1:30 pm T&S set up and cabling access on-track
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Media Day / Photos for Drivers in Firesuits with Helmets - Location TBA (by appointment)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Support Suppliers load-in
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm MICHELIN CHALLENGE PRE-EVENT SAFETY INSPECTION
1:00 pm PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE COMPETITOR LOAD-IN, UNLOAD ONLY AFTER ALL MICHELIN CHALLENGE TRANSPORTERS PARKED, NO PIT
EQUIPMENT SET UP UNTIL 4:30 PM
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm On-Track Media Session Activities (Appointment Required)
2:00 pm MICHELIN CHALLENGE DRIVER AND TEAM MANAGER BRIEFING - TRACK MEETING ROOM
3:00 pm WeatherTech Championship Team Manager Briefing - Track Meeting Room
4:30 pm PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE & MICHELIN CHALLENGE - PIT LANE EQUIPMENT SET UP
4:30 pm - 5:10 pm On-Track Media Session Activities (Appointment Required)
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm TRACK WALK - Limited Access, Walk Only - Pit Lane/Infield to Turn 6, Trams on Oval
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm On-Track Static Photos, IMSA Media (Appointment Required)
7:30 pm Garages Close

Friday, January 21, 2022
6:00 am - 7:15 am IMSA T&S Transponder Checks / TV cabling / Track Inspection / Signage
7:00 am Garages Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am On-Track Media Session Activities (Appointment Required)
8:45 am - 9:30 am PRACTICE #1 - PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
9:45 am - 11:00 am SESSION #1 - MICHELIN CHALLENGE (ALL CLASSES, EVERY SESSION)
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Session #1 - WeatherTech Championship (All Classes - Any Drivers - see SR)
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch
12:35 pm - 1:40 pm On-Track Media Session Activities (Appointment Required)
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm PRACTICE #2 - PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm SESSION #2 - MICHELIN CHALLENGE
4:15 pm - 6:00 pm Session #2 - WeatherTech Championship (Restricted As Below - Any Drivers - see SR)
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Session #2 - WeatherTech Championship (GTD/LMP3/LMP2)
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Session #2 - WeatherTech Championship (GTD PRO/DPi)
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm QUALIFYING - PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
6:35 pm - 7:30 pm On-Track Media Session Activities (track lighting on) (Appointment Required)
8:00 pm Garages Close

Saturday, January 22, 2022
5:45 am - 7:15 am IMSA T&S Transponder Checks / TV cabling / Track Inspection / Signage
7:00 am Garages Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Scout Days Start/Finish Line Walk
8:45 am - 9:45 am SESSION #3 - MICHELIN CHALLENGE
10:00 am - 11:00 am Session #3 - WeatherTech Championship (All Classes - Any Drivers - see SR)
10:15 am - 11:00 am PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE - DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION - FPL SOLAR PATIO
11:00 am FALSE GRID CLOSED - PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
11:00 am - 11:45 am Lunch
11:05 am - 11:40 am T&S and TV cabling access to track
11:05 am - 12:05 pm PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE - FUEL RIG INSPECTION (PIT BOX - MANDATORY)
11:15 am - 12:00 pm PRE-RACE - OPEN GRID/FAN WALK - PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
12:00 pm - 12:05 pm FORMATION LAP - PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE
12:05 pm - 3:05 pm RACE - IMSA PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE AT DAYTONA - 3 HOURS
3:25 pm - 3:40 pm Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (GTD - Silver/Bronze only - see SR/GTD PRO - Any Driver - see SR)
3:50 pm - 4:05 pm Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (LMP3 - Silver <30/Bronze only - see SR)
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Qualifying - WeatherTech Championship (LMP2 - Bronze only/DPi - Any Driver - see SR)
4:50 pm - 5:50 pm SESSION #4 - MICHELIN CHALLENGE
5:30 pm IPC Transporters may load-out (Transporters must not move prior to 5:30 pm)
5:50 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
5:55 pm - 6:55 pm On-Track Media Session Activities (track lighting on) (Appointment Required)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Session #4 - WeatherTech Championship (All Classes - Any Drivers - see SR)
10:00 pm Garages Close

Sunday, January 23, 2022
7:00 am - 8:15 am IMSA T&S Transponder Checks / TV cabling / Track Inspection / Signage
7:00 am Garages Open
8:30 am - 9:45 am On-Track Media Session Activities (Appointment Required)
8:30 am WeatherTech Championship Driver & Team Manager Briefing - Track Meeting Room
10:00 am - 10:20 am Warm Up - WeatherTech Championship (All Classes - Two (2) Drivers - see SR)
10:00 am IMPC Inspection closed
10:35 am - 11:50 am SESSION #5 - MICHELIN CHALLENGE
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Fuel Rig Inspection - WeatherTech Championship
12:05 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch
1:20 pm - 1:55 pm WeatherTech Championship - Pre-Race
1:55 pm - 2:05 pm WeatherTech Championship - Formation Laps
2:05 pm - 3:45 pm R24H Qualifying Race for the WeatherTech Championship (All Classes - Two (2) Drivers - see SR) - 100 Minutes
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Post-Race
4:30 pm Approved Transporters may load-out (Transporters must not move between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm)
7:00 pm Garages Close

16-year-old Dominic Gorden of Clovis, Calif. made his mark on the Tulsa Expo Center during the 36th Chili Bowl Midget Nationals and 37th Tulsa Shootout. In just his fourth career full Midget start, Gorden raced in the C-Feature during Saturday’s competition on MAVTV with a seventh-place finish.

It capped a week of breakthrough performances for the driver of the No. 83 CB Industries/Gary Silva Ranches Spike powered by Toyota. Gorden competed in Wednesday’s qualifying night, finishing fourth in his heat race to advance to the qualifier. A run from tenth to fifth in the qualifier lined Gorden third in the second B-Feature. He advanced to the main event with an 18th starting position. Gorden moved forward six places to ultimately finish 12th.

The 12th place finish on Wednesday earned Gorden a tenth place starting position in Saturday’s C-Feature. He raced up to seventh, missing the transfer by just two positions in competition televised live on MAVTV.

The eight-time 2021 Micro Sprint winner in California raced in three POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget races in October.

Earlier this winter, Gorden competed in the Tulsa Shootout for Ten-J Chassis. The world’s largest Micro Sprint competition attracted 1,700 entrants to Oklahoma. Gorden raced quadruple duty and picked up a heat race win in Outlaw Wing, and top-threes in his Winged A-Class and Outlaw Non-Wing heat races.

Second place in the Winged A-Class Qualifier seeded him into the B-Main. He won B-Main six, then finished fourth in the LCQ to line-up 20th on the grid for the Winged A-Class main event. A third place in Outlaw Non-Wing’s qualifier four qualified him to start 11th in the A-Feature.

He advanced four positions in the Stock A-Class feature for a 16th place Tulsa Shootout finish. His standout performance took place in the Outlaw Non-Wing feature where he moved from 11th to eighth at the finish.

The 2022 season for Dominic Gorden begins in February with USAC National Midget competition at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Gorden will compete for the Xtreme Outlaw Series Midget championship for Chad Boat Industries while competing in numerous USAC and POWRi National Midget races as well.

Dominic Gorden thanks: Teresa and Gary Silva Ranches, CB Industries, JI Apparel company, SRT, Pristine Auction, K&C Drywall and TRD for their support!

For more information on Dominic Gorden, follow him on social media!

Dominic Gorden PR

There’s plenty of reason to be excited that the new GTD PRO class has attracted a 13-car field for the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the opening round of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30.

 

That’s more than double the six entries that contested last year’s twice-round-the-clock Florida enduro in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class that GTD PRO replaces this year. But the expanded GTD PRO grid hasn’t come at the expense of IMSA’s popular GT Daytona (GTD) class, because the GTD field for the Rolex 24 has also grown from 19 to 22 cars this year.

 

GTD PRO and GTD, along with the other three classes – Dpi, LMP2 and LMP3 that will make up the 61-car field of the Rolex 24 –are a part of this weekend’s The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX with practices today and Saturday before Sunday’s 100-minute qualifying race at 2:05 p.m., determining the lineup for North America’s most prestigious sports car race.

 

Tickets are available for both The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX and the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. Single-day tickets for Sunday are just $15 for adults and kids 12-and-under are FREE. Single-day tickets on Saturday are $20 while kids 12-and-under are FREE. To be a part of The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX or the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

While IMSA is obviously thrilled with the positive developments, two-time defending GTLM class champions Corvette Racing might be even more pumped up.

 

The two-car Corvette effort fought against a dwindling GTLM field over the past couple years, as many competing manufacturers adapted their racing programs to the FIA standard GT3 platform. In 2021, the Nos. 3 and 4 Corvette C8.Rs sometimes squared off against just one class competitor – the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19.

 

The WeatherTech Porsche is back in GTD PRO for 2022, and the team is also fielding a pair of Mercedes-AMG GT3s at Daytona in partnership with Proton Competition. Porsche’s factory GTD PRO partner team is Pfaff Motorsport, the defending IMSA GTD champion.

 

Meanwhile, BMW’s factory effort with Team RLL returns with a vengeance, fielding two brand-new M4 GT3s with works-supported drivers. Lexus/Toyota Racing Development will also join the GTD PRO grid, along with similar factory supported entries from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. So, where there just two or three manufacturers represented last year in GTLM, there will be eight to kick off the 2022 GTD PRO season at the Rolex 24.

 

In addition to adapting the GTLM specification Corvette C8.R to the worldwide GT3 specification, Corvette Racing is developing a production version of the car for sale to customer teams in the future. Laura Klauser, sports car program manager for General Motors, relishes the challenge of going up against the expanded 2022 field.

 

“We want a full field,” she declared. “It’s so satisfying when you do really well when you’re up against a full field, because then you know you brought your ‘A game’ – you did everything correctly, you hit all your marks and you brought home the win. You’re not just the last car standing.

 

“Having a high volume of competitors really makes each win that much more special,” Klauser added. “I think it’s going to challenge us to think in different ways and to try different things and get more creative.”

Corvette drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor are equally excited as they embark on their quest for a third consecutive IMSA championship to follow up their GTLM achievements in 2020 and ’21.

 

“I’m looking forward to 13 cars to battle,” said Taylor. “I miss battling on restarts and starts and strategy wars – just the actual racing side of what we had in the past.”

 

“It’s going to be great to have the competition,” Garcia added. “Lots of manufacturers are in the class, and it looks like almost every one of the 13 cars is capable of winning the race. It’s definitely going to be a big battle.”

 

In some ways, Corvette is at a disadvantage because the other manufacturers in GTD PRO have been building GT3-specification cars for years – for generations, in the case of Porsche and BMW. Those manufacturers, along with GTD competitors Acura and Audi, have a considerable head start in terms of developing and racing the GT3 platform. And they are bringing a host of factory supported drivers.

 

“I’m super happy to be joining Pfaff in GTD PRO,” said Mathieu Jaminet, who co-drove the winning WeatherTech Racing Porsche in the 2021 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. “It was really my priority to race fulltime in the USA in 2022, and to be racing with the reigning GTD champions is a privilege. Our goal is clear; we’ve got all the ingredients to be up front, so the target is to try and win the championship. Obviously, we are always looking at the big races, so Daytona and Sebring are also on top of my list.”

 

BMW is similarly confident. Retooling the marque’s IMSA program to pursue the 2022 GTD PRO championship while developing an LMDh prototype for 2023 and beyond was one of the final accomplishments of outgoing BMW M Motorsport boss Mike Krack prior to his recent move to lead the Aston Martin Formula 1 team.

 

“I am confident that we will be very well prepared going into the GTD PRO premiere of the IMSA series,” Krack stated. “Almost all of our BMW M works drivers have already contested the 24 Hours of Daytona and will be working together to find the perfect set-up for the BMW M4 GT3 during the Roar Before The 24.”

 

Based on past GTD performances in the Rolex 24, Lamborghini is likely to be another strong GTD PRO contender. The Italian marque triumphed at Daytona in 2018, ‘19 and ‘20.

 

Florida-based TR3 Racing is a fairly young team, but it is quickly expanding thanks to support from Lamborghini.

 

“The 24 Hours of Daytona has a special meaning for us and following four podiums in a row we have the aim to fight for the top positions again,” said Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini’s head of motorsport. “This race will also open the partnership between Lamborghini and TR3 Racing, an experienced team that I’m sure has the potential to take good results.”

 

Also keep an eye on Lexus, which will split its two-car effort between GTD and GTD PRO in 2022 after fielding two GTD cars since 2017 – the last four years in association with Vasser Sullivan Racing.

“Racing in IMSA has helped strengthen awareness and consideration of Lexus performance models amongst our dealers, owners, and competitors alike,” said Andrew Gilleland, group vice president and general manager – Lexus Division. “Our momentum is rapidly growing and everyone at Lexus is excited to race for an IMSA championship. We know we’ve got something special here and we’re excited to get out and earn our first GT championship together beginning with the Rolex 24.”

 

In addition to cars on track this weekend during The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX, Daytona International Speedway are hosting Scout Days at DAYTONA, where thousands of scouts from across the nation take part in garage tours, track walks, and STEMWERX activities. STEMWERX inspires and equips bright young minds to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Their mission is to inspire students to choose careers in STEM fields and become the next generation of innovators.

 

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX kicks off 10 days of on-track activity, culminating with the Jan. 29-30 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.

 

Once the checkered flag falls on the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the World Center of Racing will begin its focus on DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth (Feb. 15-20) and the 64th Annual DAYTONA 500. The week will feature six days of incredible on-track action with practices, qualifying and a total of six races among four different series. It will allow fans several possibilities to see the NASCAR Cup Series’ Next Gen car, plus some of the greatest drivers in the world in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series.

 

For ticket information on Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log onto www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. If fans are looking to buy or sell reserved seats for the DAYTONA 500, please visit SeatGeek, the Preferred Ticket Exchange of the DAYTONA 500 and Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

 

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World Wide Technology Raceway, the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region, will host two job fairs -- on Thursday, February 24, from 4-6:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 26 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. -- in preparation for the 2022 event season. Many positions, in all departments, are available. Positions also are available at the Gateway Kartplex.

 

  • Thursday, February 24, from 4-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • The job fair will be held in the infield media center, inside the oval track.
  • Full-time and part-time positions in many departments are available.
  • The WWTR event operations and ticket sales departments also need college students for summer internships.
  • Prospective candidates should bring a resume and identification and must be able to pass a background check.
  • WWTR is located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis, at 700 Raceway Boulevard in Madison, Illinois.
  • For more information, please visit: www.wwtraceway.com/careers.

 

For more information, please call (618) 215-8888 or visit www.WWTRaceway.com. Follow WWTR on social media (@wwtraceway) for additional information.

WWTR PR

National Football League (NFL) player and Buffalo Bills running back Antonio Williams burst onto the NASCAR scene last February in a strategic partnership with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joe Graf Jr.

On Friday, Williams expanded his involvement in NASCAR. He has expanded his investment into Graf’s racing platform – in addition to joining fgrACCEL, a full-service sports marketing and management agency where Williams will serve as director of business development.

A friendship that was sparked through fgrACCEL’s Nate Blasdell, Williams will continue to work with Graf to expand his current relationships in the sport, while also working to continue bringing new interest to not only Graf but the growing list of fgrACCEL clients.

Williams, 24, will be heavily involved in fgrACCEL’s day-to-day business interactions, while also planning to increase his at-track presence throughout the season, including attending next month’s season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Williams is also the managing partner of Ancient World Gaming, a professional eSports and Entertainment team.

"Antonio has already been an incredible asset to our team and will showcase even more with his new position at fgrACCEL," said April Wiesner, chief operating officer at fgrACCEL.

"He brings the same drive, dedication and passion to everything he does, whether that's on the football field, in the creation of his eSports team Ancient World Gaming or to business development at fgrACCEL. I'm thrilled to see him step into a bigger role overall with the organization."

Despite his additional responsibilities with fgrACCEL, Williams reiterated his focus on assisting Graf to achieve the pinnacle of the sport by competing in the NASCAR Cup Series in the near future.

“Last year being my first year involved with NASCAR was more than I expected,” said Williams. “What Joe showed was the potential he has and with our new partners in Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Yates, I know we will be in the position to be even more competitive this year.

“Expanding my footprint into the sport with my new duties at fgrACCEL will only continue to accelerate my knowledge of the multiple sectors within the sport. We are opening new doors this year not only for Joe – but the other members of the fgrACCEL team and I look forward to seeing the success of everyone throughout the 2022 season.”

For Graf who is entering his third season of Xfinity Series competition at Bobby Dotter’s SS GreenLight Racing team, his relationship with Williams is priceless.

“Antonio has done so much for me as a competitor both on and off the track,” said Joe Graf Jr. “He has not only been a huge investor into my career, but we have become incredible friends. His leadership and vision for 2022 will not only be beneficial for me but for the other members of the fgrACCEL team too.

“He is devoted to increasing a new commitment to fgrACCEL, but also continue building that bond that we share and be at my side as much as he can. He’s not just an investor or a friend, he is family.”

For more on Antonio Williams like him on Facebook (Antonio Williams), follow him on Twitter (@A_B_Williams26) and Instagram (@antonio_williams35).

For more on Joe Graf Jr. visit JoeGrafRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.), follow him on TikTok (@JoeGrafJr), (Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and Instagram (@joegrafjr).

For more on fgrACCEL. visit fgrACCEL.com, like them on Facebook (fgrACCEL), (Twitter (@fgrACCEL) and Instagram (@fgrACCEL).

For more on SS GreenLight Racing, please like them on Facebook (SS GreenLight Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@SSGLR0717) and visit their website at SSGreenLight.com.

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A pair of NASCAR track presidents have a tasty wager on Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren must send a scrumptious helping of Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International President Michael Printup if Printup’s beloved Bills defeat the hometown Chiefs.

If Warren’s Chiefs beat the Bills at Arrowhead Stadium, Printup must send Warren a spicy serving of NY Buffalo Wings.

“I certainly hope Michael doesn’t forget to include the celery, blue cheese and wipes,” said Warren, whose Chiefs are seeking their fourth consecutive berth in the AFC Championship Game and third straight AFC title. “I look forward to celebrating a Chiefs win with a plate of wings.”  

“I’ll keep the celery and blue cheese as an extra side for my winning BBQ meal,” said Printup, who is hoping to see his Bills return to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year and second time since 1993. “Victory will taste extra sweet when the Bills end the Chiefs’ AFC title game streak.”

Sunday’s Chiefs-Bills game at Arrowhead Stadium is a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game, which Kansas City won 38-24. The Bills avenged that loss with a 38-20 regular-season win at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 10.

Chiefs fans can look forward to all of the NASCAR action planned later this year at Kansas Speedway. Racing resumes May 14-15, when the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Cup Series tackle the challenging 1.5-mile oval.

Then, Sept. 9-11, the Hollywood Casino 400, a NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, will cap a second weekend of racing at Kansas Speedway.

Tickets for all events can be purchase at www.kansasspeedway.com.  

Meanwhile, Bills fans can fulfill their need for speed at Watkins Glen beginning with Opening Weekend April 9-10. The Glen will also host the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend of IMSA action June 23-26, and will see NASCAR take to the track Aug. 19-21 with the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series.

For the full schedule of 2022 events and to buy tickets and camping for Watkins Glen, visit TheGlen.com.

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