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Force Indy has announced its entry for the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Ernie Francis Jr. driving the team’s No. 99 car.
Haitian American Francis heads to Force Indy after three wins in his lone season in the Formula Regional Americas Championship and a second-place finish in the inaugural season of the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), with a win at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Florida native Francis, 24, is also a seven-time class champion in the Trans Am Series (2014-2020). His 47 career victories are the most of any driver in Trans Am history. His 24 wins in the premier TA category trail only Paul Gentilozzi (31), Mark Donohue (29) and Tommy Kendall (28).
“This is an incredible opportunity,” Francis said. “After getting a taste last year and beginning to learn what open-wheel racing is all about, I found myself wanting more. Open-wheel cars are incredible to drive. To know that I’ll continue my education with Force Indy and only one step away from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES makes this unbelievably special. I cannot wait to get started.”
In December 2020, African American business leader and former racing team manager Rod Reid announced the formation of Force Indy with the focus on hiring men and women of color, including mechanics, engineers, staffers and drivers. During its inaugural season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the team won in thrilling fashion at New Jersey Motorsports Park with driver Myles Rowe.
“Being able to finish our first season with a win showed what this team is capable of doing,” Reid said. “We want to thank Myles, who will always be a member of the Force Indy race team, and will continue to offer assistance and mentorship as he pursues another season in USF2000.
“I could not be more thrilled to promote our group to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Ernie Francis Jr. His work ethic and history of success speak for itself.”
Team Principal Reid’s years of karting and auto racing experience have proven invaluable. His NXG Youth Motorsports Inc., has introduced more than 2,300 students from under-represented communities, ages 11 to 15, to the educational benefits of the sport.
Team Penske will continue to offer mentorship for Force Indy, as the initiative also falls under Penske Entertainment Corp.’s “Race for Equality & Change” announced in July 2020. The goals include recruiting and developing a diverse workforce throughout all levels of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ultimately creating a community that fundamentally transforms the sport.
“I was pleased to learn that Ernie would be driving for Force Indy in 2022,” Roger Penske said. “As someone who has a history in Trans Am, I know the type of skillset that comes from that series. Ernie will be a wonderful addition to Indy Lights.
“It was inspiring to see the growth of Force Indy during their first season, and we will continue to support their progress and mission as the team continues on a path to compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”
Force Indy will make its Indy Lights series debut Feb. 25-27 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The team will continue to use No. 99 on the car in honor of the late Dewey “Rajo Jack” Gatson, who drove a roadster with that number toward the end of his career in 1951. Gatson, one of the winningest African American drivers and mechanics in racing history, never received an opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500.
“We remain very fortunate to have Team Penske offer its guidance and mentorship,” Reid said. “I have been in and around the sport for 40 years. Force Indy remains a labor of love, and our goals are unchanged: focusing on diversity with an eye toward competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and, in honor of Rajo Jack, the Indianapolis 500.”
For additional information, please visit the team’s website: www.ForceIndy.com.
The postponed Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Lake View Motor Speedway and Cherokee Speedway events have found new dates on the schedule, giving drivers the promised eight-race championship season – with a bonus.
Making for a South Carolina triple-header to settle the 2022 championship, the Series will compete at Lake View Motor Speedway on Thursday, March 24, before co-sanctioning the Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee Speedway with the World of Outlaws Late Models, Friday-Saturday, March 25-26.
With these new dates comes more money. Along with the Lake View event paying $5,000-to-win, the track is putting up a Lake View Motor Speedway Bonus program for the weekend. If a driver wins two of the three races – between Lake View and Cherokee – they’ll receive an extra $2,000. If they sweep the weekend, winning all three events, that driver will receive $5,000.
Co-sanctioning the Rock Gault Memorial at “The Place Your Mama Warned You About” with the World of Outlaws – featuring drivers like four-time World of Outlaws champions Brandon Sheppard and Josh Richards – will see the biggest purse in Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series history, as well. Friday’s race will pay $10,000-to-win and Saturday’s event will pay a Series high $20,000-to-win. The Series champion will be crowned Saturday night, giving one driver the opportunity to walk away with more than $50,000 for the weekend.
The current points battle sees Ross Bailes, of Clover, SC, hold a slim point lead over Carson Ferguson, of Charlotte, NC (-8 points) and Ben Watkins, of Lancaster, SC (-13 points) after the first three events. The Series championship continues Friday, Feb. 25, at Lavonia Speedway, in Lavonia, GA, and Saturday, Feb. 26, at Little River Speedway, in Modoc, SC.
For more information on the upcoming events, and tickets to the Rock Gault Memorial, CLICK HERE.
If you can’t make it to the events, you can watch all of them live on DIRTVision – either online or with the DIRTVision App.
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Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has added veteran road racer Joey Hand, to the line-up for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Hand will pilot the No. 15 Ford Mustang for all road course events throughout the season.
"I am thrilled to have Joey Hand back with the RWR family for 2022," commented team owner Rick Ware. "Joey did a great job for us this past year at the ROVAL, and I can't wait to see what he will do this year with the Next Gen cars and our Ford partnership."
Hand, the Sacramento, California native, has competed primarily in the sports car world as a Ford factory driver. Over the years, Hand has collected numerous wins across multiple racing series, the most notable being the 2016 24 Hours Le Mans winner, 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona winner and ALMS GT Champion.
Joey Hand on expanding his NASCAR resume in 2022, "First off, I just want to thank Ford Performance and Rick Ware Racing for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to race in NASCAR. It has always been high on my list, and I had a ton of fun last year. Throughout the race weekend and the subsequent Next Gen test session, Rick and I developed a great relationship. With the introduction of the Next Gen car, I feel it levels the playing field and we have a legitimate chance of running up front. With support from Ford Performance and Stewart-Haas Racing, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be competitive at road courses. I feel I am already comfortable with the Next Gen car because of many similarities to the GT cars I have driven in the past."
Hand is scheduled to pilot the No. 15 Ford Mustang for six races throughout the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. The races include all six road course events on the schedule; Circuits of the Americas (March 27), Sonoma Raceway (June 12), Road America (July 3), Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (July 31), Watkins Glen International (August 21) and Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL (October 9).
Primary sponsors will be announced at a later date.
“Joey has been a key resource for our NASCAR drivers the past couple of years as far as helping them with their road course skills, so seeing him get this opportunity with RWR is only going to make our program better,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “We all have great faith in Joey’s ability and even though he has only one NASCAR start to his credit, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him in victory lane this year.”
For more information on Rick Ware Racing, visit www.wareracing.com, or follow along on social media; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
Speedway Motorsports Partners with Stewart-Haas Racing On Ultimate Race Day Experience with Dedicated Fan Suite
Stewart-Haas Racing fans are revved up for the start of the upcoming NASCAR season, and Speedway Motorsports is giving the team’s most avid supporters yet another reason to fuel up on fun, with all-new Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Suites set to debut at tracks across the country.
New for 2022, five Speedway Motorsports properties – Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway – will roll out the red carpet for a limited number of passionate fans looking for the ultimate race day experience. Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Suite ticket holders will receive exclusive access to track tours, VIP appearances, team gift bags and the chance to take in the NASCAR action alongside fellow SHR fans in an enclosed, climate-controlled suite.
Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Suite ticket packages will be available at the following Speedway Motorsports events:
- March 6: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- March 20: Atlanta Motor Speedway
- April 17: Bristol Motor Speedway
- May 22: Texas Motor Speedway
- May 29: Charlotte Motor Speedway
- July 10: Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Sept. 17: Bristol Motor Speedway
- Sept. 25: Texas Motor Speedway
- Oct. 9: Charlotte Motor Speedway
- Oct. 16: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
“Our fans are so integral to the DNA of NASCAR and it is important that we continue to mine unique, world-class experiences for them,” said Brett Frood, President of Stewart-Haas Racing. “We’re proud of the continued collaboration and partnership with Speedway Motorsports and our focus on elevating the fan experience and holistic access to our sport.”
Suite capacity is limited at each facility, so fans are encouraged to lock in this unique opportunity early to ensure a spot. Ticket packages start at just $525, and can be purchased online at www.stewarthaasracing.com/fan-
The fans have spoken. The DAYTONA 500 Tri-oval Grass Design for the 2022 Great American Race was unveiled today and will showcase a one-of-a-kind, patriotic design.
“We are thrilled with the fans’ choice for this year’s DAYTONA 500 Trioval Grass Design,” said Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “Our ballfield in the middle of the trioval separates Daytona International Speedway from other venues, and it will provide a ‘wow’ factor for our fans at the Great American Race. It will give a packed house of fans goosebumps then they see their choice during the DAYTONA 500 and Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.”
While tickets to this year’s iconic race has sold out of reserved fronstretch seating and RV camping, there are a host of fan hospitality options, including the Rolex 24 Lounge Suites and the all-new Harley J’s Experience (High Banks Suite with incredible view of the fronstretch). To see a complete list of DAYTONA 500 hospitality options, log onto www.DAYTONA500.com.
While DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth culminates with the DAYTONA 500, the week will feature six days of incredible on-track action, featuring practices, qualifying and a total of six races among four different series, allowing fans several possibilities to not only see the Next Gen car but a variety of some of the greatest drivers in the world.
When Brayton Laster followed Dinah Mullins on TikTok, he had no idea it would eventually lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.
Laster, a 19-year-old racer from Greenwood, Ind., will join Mullins Racing to compete in the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway.
“I’m a small town dirt track guy. We’re not supposed to make it to Daytona,” said a very excited Laster. “The Mullins Racing team is an awesome group of people. I’m so thankful to be able to work with them and actually be able to race for them at Daytona. It’s so cool to work for a team that I share a lot of my values and ideals with.”
The Liberty University freshman, who is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in business, joins Mullins Racing after spending the last four seasons racing primarily on dirt.
In 2018 he was the Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway Rookie of the Year in the super late model division. More recently, he finished the 2021 season ranked third in the Ultimate Heart of America Super Late Model Series standings. He was also third in the Richmond (Ky.) Raceway super late model standings last year.
The opportunity for Laster to make his ARCA debut at Daytona stems from a simple follow on the social media platform TikTok. Laster began following Dinah Mullins, the wife of Mullins Racing owner Willie Mullins, on TikTok because he enjoyed the content that the small, family-owned team produced.
Dinah Mullins’ TikTok account (@dinahmmullins) has exploded in the last year. Now boasting more than 25,000 followers, her account features a lot of behind-the-scenes content showcasing what it takes to get the Mullins Racing team to the race track.
Soon after he began following Dinah Mullins on TikTok, Laster’s father brought up the idea of taking part in the ARCA Menards Series pre-race practice at Daytona in January. It was then Laster discovered that Mullins Racing was seeking drivers to take part in the pre-race practice.
A few emails and text messages later and Laster was signed up to take part in the Daytona pre-race practice for Mullins Racing.
“I didn’t really know them before we put this whole deal together,” Laster said. “I knew Dinah from TikTok. That’s how I knew they were looking for some drivers for the practice. So I reached out to them and that’s how we ended up going to the practice.
“You can’t prepare to run at Daytona,” Laster continued. “I went in there completely blind and I came out of there completely speechless. There is nothing like going 190 mph.”
Following the pre-race practice, Laster and his family agreed that Laster was going to race at Daytona, then Mullins Racing was the team they wanted to do it with.
From there, it was only a matter of days before the deal was done for Laster to race at Daytona. It will be the first time in team history that Mullins Racing has fielded two cars at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Menards Series. Team owner Willie Mullins will once again drive the No. 3 entry while Laster will pilot the No. 03.
“This is a big deal for us,” said Willie Mullins, who is also on TikTok at @williemullins.3. “To have Mullins Racing represented by Brayton Laster is extremely exciting. We would have never thought TikTok would bring a driver to us, but it was has worked out well. They see how hard we work on our stuff. We’re excited that platform has actually given us the ability to reach so many people in the motor racing industry.”
Laster’s No. 03 Mullins Racing Ford will carry sponsorship from a number of supporters, including IndyAutoRecyclers.com, EDCO, One Way Auto Parts, Image 13 Photography, C.J. Rayburn Race Cars, USA Insulation and Jimmy’s Diner.
He’s hopeful that given the success Mullins Racing has enjoyed at Daytona in the past, which includes one top-five and four top-10 finishes, that he’ll be able to enjoy a strong run when the ARCA Menards Series takes the green flag on Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway.
“We have a really good car and we have a really great team,” said Laster. “The car I’m going to drive has a pretty strong reputation of finishing strong at Daytona. I’d be very content with finishing the entire race, but even if we don’t I’ll be happy because I’ll be able to say I ran at Daytona and a lot of people don’t make it to this level.”
For more information on Mullins Racing, please visit mullinsracing.net, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mullinsracing and follow them on Twitter at @mullins_racing.
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With seven track championships to his name, Bryan Bernhardt has seen the highest levels of success at East Bay Raceway Park. But on Wednesday night, he celebrated in Victory Lane like he’d never been there before.
In fact, it had been three years since his last DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals Feature win at the third-mile oval. With his friends, family and crew there to join in his jubilation, Bernhardt felt a deeper sense of meaning in this drought-ending win.
“This is my favorite place in the country,” Bernhardt said. “Every time they race, you can guarantee I’m back there on the backstretch, ready to go.”
Clinching the 2021 UMP Modified track championship was the fourth of his career in the division. But he said there once was a time where that success was hard to come by.
“We came out of the box hot when I first got a Modified, and the next year we were okay – I think we were top-six – but then we just fell off the map,” Bernhardt said.
His 2021 Winternationals campaign did not go the way he had planned either, experiencing mechanical failure multiple times throughout the week. So, he and the team went to Lethal Chassis and Mullins Race Engines and found the ingredients for their success right off the bat in 2022.
“Last year, we went through three motors,” Bernhardt said. “Saturday night, I was like, ‘I don’t want to race,’ and my car owner said ‘We come to race. We’re racers.’ I said, ‘If we break another motor, you’re going to have to buy another one,’ and he said, ‘I don’t give a [expletive].’
“We came out of last year with our heads down. This year, we came prepared.”
A strong effort in qualifying, second in his group only to fastest overall Tyler Nicely, Bernhardt rolled-off ninth on the Feature starting grid. He motored his way up to the front in a hurry, cracking the podium in four laps.
He had his sights set on race leader Nicely, but a rare self-spin by the Kentucky heavy-hitter on Lap 3 sent him to the tail early – much to Bernhardt’s disappointment.
“I’d have given him the biggest Florida slide job he’d ever seen,” he said, when asked what he would have done to get by Nicely on his own. “I get to second and I just start seeing red. I get that close, and I could do some stupid stuff, but I was hoping that he didn’t [spin out] because he’s probably in the top-three best in the country, and I sure would have liked to pass him.”
Fellow Kentuckian Chris Wilson then inherited the lead and looked strong out front through the middle of the 25-lap race, but Bernhardt was mounting a charge behind him. Wilson got out of shape at the exit of Turn 2 on Lap 14, opening the door for Bernhardt to blow by on the top side.
“When I got in [to Turn 2], they said somebody hit one of the yuke tires,” Wilson said of his viewpoint in the incident. “I don’t know if they did or not, and it splashed some water up [on the track]. When I went through, I got it broadsided. I thought I was gonna spin it out.”
Now with the lead and an open track ahead, Bernhardt took off and defended the lead through multiple restarts in the second half of the race to score the win. With 59 other cars in the pit area, he knows the prestige he earned with the feat.
“I have tons of pressure [on me],” Bernhardt said. “Being here and being good every year, when these guys show up and if I don’t run well, then I just look like a chump.”
Crossing the stripe in second, Wilson, of Louisa, KY, was pleased with his car and the result, especially after fending off a constant challenger of his own in 2019 event champion Lucas Lee.
“If I could hit my marks just right, I thought I had a better car than Lee,” Wilson said. “But, I thought that he was more maneuverable than I was.”
Further back in the top-five was the two-time and defending Winternationals champion Buzzy Adams, who encountered setbacks right from the start, forcing him to come from the rear on multiple occasions. DIRTcar tech officials found a deck-height issue with his car prior to his Qualifying laps, which negated his Qualifying time.
This set the veteran from Cameron, WI, to the tail of his Heat Race, where he began mounting a breakneck charge to the front that was abruptly ended after getting collected in a spin in front of him. He drove it back to fourth, setting him up for a Last Chance Showdown win, ultimately placing him 21st on the Feature starting grid. He advanced 16 spots in the Feature to wind up fifth, saving him from getting buried early in event points.
The East Bay Winternationals action continues with Round 2 on Thursday night. A $1,500 check awaits the winner – stay up to date with all the latest news and content by following DIRTcar Racing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
1. Bryan Bernhardt 69B
2. Chris Wilson 17
3. Lucas Lee 12L
4. Travis Varnadore 205
Plant City, Fl.
5. Kevin Adams 40
6. David Pollen 88
7. Mike Potosky 20M
Guys Mills, Pa.
8. Drake Troutman 7
9. Brian Skaggs 20
10. Chase Holland 45
11. Victor Lee 4
12. Jeremy Rayburn 11
13. Jake Hartung 05
14. Tyler Clem 14
15. Bradley Jameson 757
Royal Center, In.
16. Dale Kelley 22K
Plant City, Fl.
17. Garrett Jameson 0
Royal Center, In.
18. Shane Burrows 70B
19. Corey Bevard 8c
20. Seth Daniels 21s
21. Brian Shaw 1s
22. Tyler Nicely 25
23. Brandon Bollinger 242
24. Chase Allen 130
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After a short offseason, the Flowdynamics Incorporated sprint car racing team will kick off 2022 this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 27th, 28th, and 29th, at the Cocopah Speedway in southwestern Arizona. The two-car team will once again feature up-and-coming drivers Matt McCarthy and Logan Williams.
This week’s USAC/CRA 18th season opener will mark the first time since 2013 the series has raced at the track that is approximately 10 miles from the Mexican border. Thus, it will be the first-ever race on the high-speed 3/8-mile oval not only for the team but for both of its drivers as well.
Matt McCarthy photo courtesy of Doug Allen.
McCarthy, who lives in Riverside, California, and Williams, who calls Yorba Linda, California home, head into the 2022 campaign after career-best seasons in the USAC/CRA Series in 2021. Williams, who was Rookie of the Year in 2014, was 10th in the championship standings when the final checkered ended the campaign last November. McCarthy, who captured the rookie title in 2017, was only 15-points behind his teammate in 11th.
In 2021, both drivers had their series-best sixth-place finishes at USAC/CRA’s home track, Perris Auto Speedway. Williams accomplished the feat first on June 19th. Five weeks later on July 24th, it was McCarthy’s turn to place sixth at The PAS.
Both McCarthy and Williams captured open comp main events at the Barona Speedway in 2021. Behind the wheel of his familiar Flowdynamics #28M, McCarthy was the first of the teammates to take home a winner’s trophy and check on the San Diego County track when he bested the competition in early August. Williams finished second on that night. Two months later, Williams piloted the Roberson/Tramel sprint car to victory on the same quarter-mile oval.
This year both drivers will stay active during a much busier USAC/CRA season. The schedule shows 32-dates at the present time. After this week’s Arizona triple header, the Flowdynamics team will be back in action when it journeys to California Central Valley for races March 5th and 6th at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare and Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford.
Fans of McCarthy and Williams can watch the races in person this week at the Cocopah Speedway, which is located at 3450 West County 15th Street, in Somerton, Arizona (85350). Spectator gates will open at 4:00 p.m. each day with USAC/CRA cars on the track for hot laps at 6:00. Racing and qualifying will follow. The track phone number is 602-292-7607 and the website is http://www.racecocopahspeedway.com/.
For fans who cannot make it to Arizona for the race, all three nights will be shown on https://speedsport.tv/.
The fourth season of stock production-powered Midget racing begins Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. when the Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction competes at Adobe Mountain Speedway. Just eleven weeks ago, the bullring served as the site for the series’ exciting championship finale with Brentwood’s Blake Bower topping Fresno’s David Prickett for the overall title.
Adobe kicks off a 31-race campaign across six different dirt tracks on the West Coast. The first three rounds of competition feature the 1/5th mile north of Phoenix. A mix of new and returning drivers will challenge for the first win of the year.
Bower has a win and a fifth place finish his two career starts at the speedway. Prickett aims for a redemption run with new teammate Cody Key also competing. Fresno’s Key is a 24-year-old multi-time Micro Sprint feature winner making his Midget debut. The 2022 third place driver in the championship was Cory Brown of Peoria, Ariz. Brown is one of two Copper State drivers with WMR wins at Adobe Mountain along with Nathan High of Goodyear, Ariz. Chloe High debuted in the season finale and is expected to compete on Saturday.
Atwater’s Cameron Beard and Santa Paula’s Megan Moorhead are on the hunt for their first series win and will be in action on Saturday. Beard had a best finish of fourth in 2021 while Moorhead used a pair of runner-up finishes to place fourth in the championship. Both Todd and Kyle Hawse of Las Vegas will launch their 2022 seasons at Adobe Mountain. Kyle Hawse ran sixth in the series championship with a best finish of second in October at Adobe.
17-year-old Dale Eliason, Jr. is the latest driver from Phoenix to join the series. He will drive the No.74 normally driven by Greg Jewett. Eliason won the 2018 Power 600 Micro championship in Arizona.
Western Midget Racing will be joined by winged NOW600 Cactus Region Micro Sprints, Mini Late Models, and Jr. Sprints in Saturday’s season opener. General admission tickets are $10 for ages 14 and up, while ages 6-13 are $5 and kids five and under are FREE.
Friday pit gates open at 4pm with open practice from 6-9pm. Pit passes are $20 per person and general admission is free.
Saturday pit gates open at 2pm. Drivers meeting is at 4pm with wheel pack and racing to follow. Pit passes are $35. A reminder that Adobe Mountain Speedway is a cash-only facility.
Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, Blud Lubricants, and West Evans Motorsports.
Car construction details are available at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or find the series on Facebook!
A world-renown trendsetter will make NASCAR history during the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 6.
NASCAR announced today that DJ Skee will become the first live DJ to perform during the caution breaks of a NASCAR race. As fans wait for the racing action to resume, Skee will entertain and energize the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum crowd with the style and flair that has made him an international sensation.
“We’ve said from the beginning that the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum is a first-of-its-kind event, and having DJ Skee spinning during the caution breaks adds to the fresh, unique nature of this event,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president for strategy and innovation. “DJ Skee is a world-class talent who is going to create a fun and entertaining experience for everyone as our drivers prepare to take the green flag once more.”
DJ Skee built an empire by consistently identifying the next trends in music, culture, and tech. As a DJ, Skee is best known for introducing the world to artists including Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Post Malone, Travis Scott, and more on his TV and radio platforms. Skee has produced for defining artists of this era ranging from Snoop Dogg to Michael Jackson and composed music for top selling video game series like HALO and Ghost Recon.
As a performer, Skee has opened up and held residencies at high-profile clubs and venues globally, including XS at the Wynn/Encore in Las Vegas and US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Skee has been honored with numerous awards and accolades including Mixtape and Radio DJ Of The Year, Billboard and Forbes "30 Under 30,” as well a mayoral proclamation in his hometown of St. Paul Minnesota, declaring May 26th "DJ Skee Day." In raw numbers, Skee has generated over four billion views and has a network of over two million followers.
“I like the fun way that NASCAR is approaching this race, and it’s an honor to be part of that fun,” Skee said. “I know we’re going to have a lot of it together and create lasting memories on this historic day for NASCAR.”
Skee’s presence bolsters an already power-packed entertainment lineup that’s set for NASCAR’s season-opening exhibition. Pitbull will also perform a 45-minute concert presented by Coca-Cola prior to the 150-lap main event on Sunday, Feb. 6, and Ice Cube will perform during the race break.
Moreover, LA Galaxy and US Men’s National Team star Cobi Jones will join Monica Palumbo as the in-stadium announcers, while former MTV host Riki Rachtman will serve as the host of NASCAR’s Fan Fest at the Coliseum.
More celebrity participation in the Busch Light Clash will be revealed in the days ahead.