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Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that the team will field two Toyota GR Supras in the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 19. In addition to Ryan Truex competing in the No. 26 Circle B Diecast Toyota GR Supra with SHR Technical Director Allen Hart as Crew Chief, Jeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the second SHR entry at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the No. 24 ForeverLawn Toyota GR Supra with Crew Chief Andrew Abbott atop the pit box. 
 
“Our entire journey has been based around calculated growth,” said Sam Hunt. “Running two cars at Daytona next month is another exciting step towards continuing to grow as a company and team. Having both Ryan and Jeffrey in our Toyota GR Supras will make for a fun start to 2022. They were Busch East teammates when their careers started at DEI - so it’s cool to see it come full circle at SHR.”
 
Daytona International Speedway will be the start of a multi-race campaign for Earnhardt, ForeverLawn and the SHR team. Earnhardt has 16 career NASCAR national touring series starts at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval, and he is eager to add another to his resume. 
 
“I’m really excited to head to Daytona with Sam Hunt Racing in the ForeverLawn GR Supra” said Earnhardt. “Having Ryan Truex as a teammate for this race is a great benefit, and I’m looking forward to kicking off the new season with a strong finish.”
 
ForeverLawn, an innovative synthetic grass solutions company, will be primary sponsor of the No. 24 Toyota GR Supra. 
 
“We’re so excited to partner with Jeffrey again this season, and we can’t think of a better way to start our new partnership with Sam Hunt Racing than at Daytona,” says Derek Taylor, ForeverLawn’s NASCAR liaison. “We’re confident in Jeffrey’s ability and excited to watch his success with the support and quality equipment the SHR team offers. The Black and Green Grass Machine is ready to race--Daytona, here we come!"
 
The green flag for the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway is set to drop at 5:00pm ET on Saturday, February 19. The event will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network, and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.
 
Earnhardt’s additional races will be announced at a later time.
 
SHR PR

RFK Racing has announced the hiring of David Smith, a renowned statistical analyst within the NASCAR industry, as the team’s head of analytics.

“I’m excited to bring David onto the team,” said Brad Keselowski. “He brings credibility to analytics and data, and he will be critical to our team’s success as we embrace new technologies and processes in 2022 and beyond.”

Smith is the founder of Motorsports Analytics, a company that evaluates NASCAR driver and teams via advanced statistical measures. He has an extensive background working within the NASCAR media, and he has ties back to Keselowski when he served as a consultant for the driver during his 2012 Championship season.

Smith’s position with RFK will focus on cutting edge technology and analysis techniques for the organization, which will also extend to the pit crew department, and other applicable areas.

Dating back to 2012, he has worked with two NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year drivers in Erik Jones (2017) and William Byron (2018), as well as 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Daniel Hemric, among others.

“It feels as if I’m on the ground floor of something genuinely special,” said Smith. “RFK Racing’s belief in the power of statistical analysis is inspiring. It’s my goal to ensure that belief is rewarded with the long-term results and accolades envisioned by RFK’s personnel, sponsor partners and fans.”

Prior to starting up his own company in 2012, Smith worked for six years at Rising Star Management Group as Business Development Manager and Director of Talent Development. He also worked one year at Spire Sports & Entertainment in a similar role, and prior to that served as Talent Scout and Client Manager at Motorsports Management International.

Smith’s time in the media center included work primarily on MotorsportsAnalytics.com, as well as bylines for NBC Sports, NASCAR.com, The Washington Post, Forbes, NBC News, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Athlon Sports, RedBull.com and NASCAR Illustrated. He was also one of four day-one employees at the launch at The Athletic’s motorsports vertical in May 2019.

RFK PR

Trackhouse Racing today announced that the Moose Fraternity will join the organization as a primary partner on the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, driven by Ross Chastain in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

The Moose Fraternity will serve as primary sponsor on Chastain’s Chevrolet at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 24, World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis on June 5, Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Aug. 14 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 30.

Moose logos will appear on Chastain’s car as an associate sponsor in every race.

Trackhouse and Chastain will amplify the message of the Moose Fraternity to race fans through social media content and select events at lodges around the country.

Chastain is a member of Tice and the Shores, Florida, Lodge 1287 within the Moose Fraternity.

“I really enjoyed getting to know the team from the Moose Fraternity over the last few years and am honored to be a member of the Moose,” said Chastain.

“It’s great to welcome them to Trackhouse Racing and the No. 1 team in the Cup Series. Their members do a lot of good work in communities across the country, and with everything going on I can’t think of a better time to help promote what the Moose do and who they are. We are going to have a lot of race fans in 2022 with the Moose support.”

The Moose Fraternity, headquartered in Mooseheart, Illinois, has a membership of nearly 1,000,000 men and women throughout the roughly 1,300 lodges across 49 states, four Canadian provinces, and Great Britain.

Members are involved in civic and charitable service in their communities, in addition to supporting the operation of Mooseheart Child City & School, a 1,000-acre community for children and teens in need, located 40 miles west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community for members near Jacksonville, Florida.

Members of the Moose conduct approximately $50 - $70 million worth of community service annually. The Fraternity organizes and participates in numerous sports, entertainment and recreational programs in local Lodges and Family Centers in the majority of 43 State and Provincial Associations, and on a fraternity-wide basis. Lodges across the Fraternity are known for creating life-long bonds between members through activities and a shared concern for children in need, seniors and the communities in which they live.

Throughout the year, Moose International will be providing grants to a number of its lodges to help market themselves locally in order to take advantage of the heightened visibility that is anticipated through the national sponsorship of Chastain and the partnership with Trackhouse Racing.

The Moose Fraternity joins Trackhouse Racing’s family of corporate partners that include AdventHealth, Chevrolet, CommScope, Coca-Cola, Freeway Insurance, iFLY, K1Speed, and Tootsie’s.

“We are honored to have a partner like the Moose Fraternity join our race team,” said Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks, whose organization expanded to a two-car team in 2022 when Chastain joined Trackhouse driver Daniel Suárez. “We know the Moose Fraternity shares our goal of reaching out to new and underserved communities and making the world a better place.”

Trackhouse Racing PR

RelaDyne, one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, diesel exhaust fluid, and industrial reliability services and Dover Motor Speedway have updated the NASCAR Cup Series race name for this year’s event at the Monster Mile.

 

America’s best drivers will race for the checkered flag in the DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 1 (3 p.m., FS1), track and company officials announced today.

 

RelaDyne’s DuraMAX brand offers high-quality, personal vehicle maintenance solutions, including full synthetic, high mileage and synthetic blend motor oils, antifreeze, filters, wiper blades, brake cleaners, power steering fluids and more. DuraMAX offers a 10-year, up to 300,000-mile engine protection warranty and has been recognized as the best-selling oil brand in the industry since 2018 by fast lube operators. 

 

In September 2021, RelaDyne acquired Drydene Performance Products, a longtime partner of Dover Motor Speedway and entitlement sponsor of the previous four NASCAR Cup series races. Since then, RelaDyne has grown the Drydene brand and products throughout its more than 75 locations allowing customers in the heavy duty, industrial and commercial sectors access to Drydene’s high-quality, proven performance products.

 

“RelaDyne is extremely excited to be the entitlement partner with Dover Motor Speedway and have the ability to showcase both our DuraMAX and Drydene brands,” said Dan Oehler, EVP of Marketing and Ecommerce. “Whether you are looking for an oil for your personal car, truck, or SUV in the DuraMAX line, or you are a manager of an off-road, on-road, industrial or commercial fleet using Drydene, our customers know these brands are built upon pillars of technology and performance. The DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne is an outstanding way to highlight this.”

 

The DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne race is the 104th NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover, one of only 10 tracks in the country to host 100 or more Cup Series events.

 

“We appreciate RelaDyne’s support and passion around the continued relationship with us here at Dover Motor Speedway," said Mike Tatoian, Dover Motor Speedway’s president. “We are proud of what we have accomplished with the Drydene brand to date and look forward to further expanding our partnership with RelaDyne, while continuing to drive greater awareness of the DuraMAX brand.”


The DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne NASCAR Cup Series race is the centerpiece of Dover’s April 29-May 1 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, which also includes a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, April 30 and an ARCA Menards Series East race on Friday, April 29.

 

TICKETS:
Tickets to the DuraMAX Drydene 400 presented by RelaDyne start at just $60 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in for just $10 with a paying adult. For tickets to all of Dover Motor Speedway’s events, visit https://www.doverspeedway.com or call 800-441-RACE.

 

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Five Cadillac Racing entries will seek to take the checkered flag Sunday, Jan. 30, in the 60th anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.
 
Cadillac, the reigning IMSA Daytona Prototype international (DPi) Manufacturer Champion, has won the annual season-opening race in four of the five years of the category and is expected to be in the hunt for another victory.
 
“Cadillac looks strong,” said fourth-year JDC-Miller MotorSports driver Tristan Vautier, who will co-drive the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R that is starting on the front row. “There are many pieces that have to fit together, but we’re off to a good start.”
 
Cadillac DPi-V.R drivers and crews worked on their car setups during test sessions and gleaned data during the 100-minute qualifying race Sunday, Jan. 23. They have four brief sessions on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona International Speedway road course that incorporates sections of the high-banked oval
for final preparations and developing strategy before taking the grid for the 1:40 p.m. ET green flag Saturday, Jan. 29.
 
While drivers have been physically gearing up for weeks for the start of the season, they have more recently been preparing mentally for the grueling race.
 
“It’s difficult having the first round of the championship being a 24-race. It’s so unique,” said Alex Lynn, co-driving the No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing. “In other championships, you build up to a 24-hour race. Not much time for the teams to prepare, but for us mentally it’s difficult because it’s going straight from a break to a 24-hour race.”
 
Added Renger van der Zande, co-driver of the sister No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R and a two-time Rolex 24 overall winner with Cadillac Racing: “The mental aspect is to focus on your job and trust the others to do well. The only thing you can focus on is that little piece that you’re contributing to the whole team. You’re relying on your teammates, you’re relying on the strategy, you’re relying on the mechanical side of your car. To get everything right is not easy.
 
“I’m with an amazing group of drivers and amazing group of people I work with who are to be trusted.”
 
Cadillac drivers will contend with a 61-car field – up 20 entries from 2021 – on the unforgiving road course throughout the twice-around-the-clock race. They’ll also deal with an unfavorable weather forecast.
 
“Keeping the car in one piece is one of the most important things,” said Kamui Kobayashi, who will co-drive the No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R that starts third. At the end of the day, the team that has the best car has the best chance to win the 24-hour. But still, anything can happen in 24 hours.”
 
Said Lynn: “The key word is endurance, just getting through the night and seeing where you are. There are a lot of points at stake, and you want to build up a momentum for the championship, but it’s obviously a race that everyone wants to win.”
 
Cadillac Racing lineup, starting position and notes:
 
No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R (JDC-Miller MotorSports)
Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook, Loic Duval, Ben Keating
Starting: Second … Earned the pole for the 100-minute qualifying race and was quick in every Roar Before the Rolex 24 session. … Duval moves from full-time driver to endurance race driver. … Keating will also co-drive a car in another class. … Engineer Rick Cameron is the father of sports car driver Dane Cameron.
Car chief-Josh Kerrigan Lead engineer-Rick Cameron Race strategist-John Church
 
 
No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez
Starting: Third … Runner-up in the 2021 race. … Lopez joins the team for the Rolex 24; others return from 2021. … NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Chad Knaus is the race strategist.
Car chief-Scott Darnell Technical director/lead engineer-Iain Watt
Race strategist-Chad Knaus
 
 
No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Alex Palou
Starting: Fifth … Notes: The “Champions Cadillac” as each driver has won at least one series championship (Dixon has six INDYCAR titles and Bourdais has four). … Dixon will join four others for third place on the all-time Rolex 24 overall victory list with four with a win this weekend.
Car chief-Phil Binks Lead engineer-John Hennek Race strategist-Peter Baron
 
 
No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)
Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen
Starting: Sixth … Notes: Second Cadillac Racing entry for the 2021 season with Chip Ganassi Racing. … Danielle Shepherd is in her first season as the race engineer for the No. 02 after being the simulation engineer Alex Palou’s 2021 INDYCAR championship-winning car.
Car chief-Jamie Coates Lead engineer-Danielle Shepherd
 
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)
Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez, Mike Conway
Starting: Seventh … 2021 IMSA DPi Driver (Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr) and Team Champion. … Nunez is a seven-time IMSA race winner; in 2013 became youngest winner in Rolex Sports Car Series history, driving in GX class.
Car chief-Bill Keuler Technical director/lead engineer-Iain Watt Race strategist-Tim Keene
 
NBC will kick off race coverage at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Jan. 29, and return for the exciting conclusion at noon ET Sunday, Jan. 30. USA Network and Peacock will have complementary telecasts. The IMSA Radio broadcast can be heard on XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.
 
Cadillac production lineup on display
Spectators will have the opportunity to see an exciting lineup of Cadillac vehicles, including the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing, at the Cadillac display in the Fan Midway during the race weekend.
The Blackwing sedans are the most track-capable production vehicles to display the Cadillac crest.
 
The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing recently set the lap record for production vehicles at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
 
Cadillac Racing DPi-V.R Rolex 24 At Daytona results 2021-2017
2021: Second – Action Express Racing (Jimmie Johnson, Simon Pagenaud, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi)
          Fifth – Chip Ganassi Racing (Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon, Kevin Magnussen)
          Eighth* – Whelen Engineering (Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, Mike Conway, Chase Elliott)
          34th – Mustang Sampling (Tristan Vautier, Sebastien Bourdais, Loic Duval)
* - pole
2020: Overall win – Wayne Taylor Racing (Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Kamui Kobayashi)
          Third – JDC-Mustand Sampling Racing (Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais, Loic Duval)
          Fifth – JDC-Miller Motorsports (Tristan Vautier, Juan Piedrahita, Mathies Leist, Chris Miller)
          Seventh – Whelen Engineering Racing (Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, Mike Conway, Felipe Albuquerque)
2019: Overall win – Konica Minolta (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi)
         Second – Whelen Engineering (Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani)
         Fifth – JDC-Miller Motorsports (Tristan Vautier, Devlin DeFrancesco, Rubens Barrichello, Misha Goikhberg)
         Ninth (seventh in class) – Mustang Sampling Racing (Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi)
         29th (eighth in class) – Juncos Racing (Will Owen, Kyle Kaiser, Rene Binder, Agustin Canapino)
          43rd (10th in class) – JDC-Miller Motorsports (Simon Trummer, Stephen Simpson, Chris Miller, Juan Piedrahita)
2018: Overall win – Mustang Sampling Racing (Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi)
          Second – Whelen Engineering Racing(Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr, Mike Conway)
        45th (15th in class)* -- Wayne Taylor Racing (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Ryan Hunter-Reay)
          50th (20th in class) – Spirit of Daytona Racing (Matt McMurry, Tristan Vautier, Eddie Cheever III)
* - pole
2017: Overall win – Wayne Taylor Racing (Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon)
           Second* -- Mustang Sampling Racing (Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque)
          14th (sixth in class) – Whelen Engineering Racing (Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Mike Conway, Seb Morris)
* - pole

Team Chevy PR

Global manufacturers are once again finding IMSA the place to be to display their technology on the racetrack. For the second straight year, 18 OEMs – original equipment manufacturers – are set to compete across the six series sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association.

 

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens its 2022 season with its biggest and longest race, the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, which runs for the 60th time starting Saturday. Eleven OEMs are involved. A day earlier, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge kicks off its season at Daytona International Speedway with the four-hour BMW M Endurance Challenge featuring a dozen manufacturers.

 

Tickets are available for the week’s activities and include the below. For all ticket information for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA weekend, log onto www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

4-Day Adult Tickets At Gate: $125 (Infield/Frontstretch/Garage Access); Kids 12-and-under FREE

Sat-Sun Adult Tickets At Gate: $75 (Infield/Frontstretch/Garage Access); Kids 12-and-under FREE

Sat-Sun Adult Tickets At Gate: $50 (Infield, Frontstretch Access): Kids 12-and-under FREE

Sat-Sun Adult Tickets At Gate: $50 (Unreserved Frontstrech Seating): Kids 12-and-under FREE

Friday Adult Tickets At Gate: $30 (Unreserved Frontstrech Seating): Kids 12-and-under FREE
Sunday Adult Tickets At Gate: $35 (Unreserved Frontstrech Seating): Kids 12-and-under FREE

IMSA also sanctions three single-make series and the IMSA Prototype Challenge. It all provides manufacturers, teams and drivers plenty of opportunity to shine. The list of participating manufacturers and programs for 2022, in alphabetical order, is as follows:

 

Acura – Fields two ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) cars in the WeatherTech Championship, one each for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian and Wayne Taylor Racing. WTR’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura is the defending Rolex 24 winner. The brand is also represented by Gradient Racing’s Acura NSX GT3 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

 

Alfa Romeo – Continues in the Michelin Pilot Challenge Touring Car (TCR) class with one Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR entered by KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering at Daytona. The manufacturer picked up its first victories in TCR last season, winning at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

 

Aston Martin – Has doubled its presence to four cars in the WeatherTech Championship and four in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. The Heart of Racing Team has one car in each of the WeatherTech Championship’s GTD PRO and GTD classes, with Magnus Racing and Northwest AMR each fielding a GTD entry as well. There are four Vantage GT4s entered in the Grand Sport (GS) class for the Michelin Pilot Challenge race, two for Automatic Racing and one each for NTE Sport and Volt Racing.

 

Audi – Competing with three cars in the TCR class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge at Daytona. Road Shagger Racing and Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports each field an Audi RS3 LMS SEQ, while NGP Motorsports has an Audi RS3 LMS DSG.

 

BMW – A longtime IMSA competitor with entries in the WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge that’s sporting the new BMW M4 GT3 in 2022, a year in which the manufacturer is celebrating 50 years of its M performance brand. The WeatherTech Championship program finds three M4 GT3s in action, two out of the BMW M Team RLL stable in GTD PRO and the third for Turner Motorsport in GTD. Turner also operates two BMW M4 GT4s in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, with Random Vandals Racing entering a third GT4 at Daytona.

 

Cadillac – The premium brand from General Motors has the most entries of any WeatherTech Championship DPi manufacturer, with five Cadillac DPi-V.R machines set to compete in the Rolex 24 – two each from Action Express Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing and one from JDC-Miller MotorSports. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac from Action Express won the 2021 DPi championship.

 

Chevrolet – Races two of its most popular makes, one in the WeatherTech Championship and one in the Michelin Pilot Challenge. The Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R GTD is part of the new GTD PRO class in the WeatherTech Championship after winning the GT Le Mans title the past two seasons. One Corvette will race for the entire season, with a second entered in the Rolex 24. Meanwhile in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, Rebel Rock Racing runs a Camaro GT4.R.

 

Ferrari – A staple of sports car racing for decades, the Italian brand is represented in the WeatherTech Championship at the Rolex 24 by the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE in GTD PRO and by AF Corse and Cetilar Racing in GTD. IMSA also sanctions the single-make Ferrari Challenge North America series that uses Ferrari Challenge 488 EVO machines.

 

Ford – The “blue oval” has four Ford Mustang GT4s entered for the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class opener, three from PF Racing and the fourth by Kohr Motorsports.

 

Honda – Returns to Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2022 with three Honda Civic FK7 TCR entries, the No. 73 from LA Honda World Racing, the No. 89 HART (Honda of America Race Team) Civic and the No. 99 operated by the Victor Gonzalez Racing Team.

 

Hyundai – Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian has captured the last three TCR championships in the Michelin Pilot Challenge and will seek a four-peat with an expected six-car armada of Hyundai Elantra N TCR entries. Van der Steur Racing is also back with a single Hyundai Veloster N TCR.

 

Lamborghini – The Italian manufacturer won the GTD PRO class in Sunday’s Rolex 24 qualifying race and will start on the pole for the 24-hour extravaganza with the TR3 Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3. There are also four Huracán GT3s entered in the GTD class, one each for CarBahn with Peregrine Racing, NTE Sport, T3 Racing and TR3 Racing. IMSA also sanctions the single-make Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series, with all entrants running the new Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2 spec in 2022.

 

Lexus – Vasser Sullivan is fielding a pair of Lexus RC F GT3s in the WeatherTech Championship – one each in the GTD PRO and GTD classes this year.

 

Mazda – For the second year, IMSA is sanctioning the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, the exciting entry-level series that saw more than half its 14 races last year decided by less than 0.6 seconds.

 

McLaren – The British marque has two entries in the WeatherTech Championship GTD class, one each for Crucial Motorsports and inception racing.

 

Mercedes-AMG – There are six Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars competing in the WeatherTech Championship, two in GTD PRO (both for the WeatherTech Racing/Proton USA team) and four in GTD (one each for Alegra Motorsports, Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports, Sun Energy 1 and Winward Racing). Winward is the defending GTD champion at the Rolex 24. There are also four Mercedes-AMG GT4 entries for Daytona in the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class; three from Murillo Racing and the fourth for Capstone Motorsports.

 

Porsche – The winningest manufacturer in IMSA will be well represented again in 2022. The WeatherTech Championship will see seven Porsche 911 GT3 Rs in action at the Rolex 24 – three in the GTD PRO class (one each for KCMG, Pfaff Motorsports and WeatherTech Racing) and four in GTD (one each for GMG Racing, Hardpoint, Team TGM and Wright Motorsports). Porsche’s Michelin Pilot Challenge presence has grown substantially, with seven cars set for the GS class in Daytona – all racing the Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport. Participating teams are Team TGM with two cars and BG Motorsports, Black Swan Racing, CarBahn with Peregrine Racing, GMG Racing and McCann Racing. On top of that, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America series returns under IMSA sanction after a successful 2021 debut for the single-make support series using Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

 

Toyota – After joining the Michelin Pilot Challenge ranks in 2021, the manufacturer has upped its game significantly, growing from a single Daytona entry to five this year. Riley Motorsports, which launched the program a season ago, is back with two Toyota Supra GT4s in ’22. Joining them on the BMW M Endurance Challenge grid will be single entries from Forbush Performance, JG Wentworth by Infinity Autosport and Smooge Racing.

 

During the 2021 season, 10 of the 13 manufacturers competing in the WeatherTech Championship won at least one race. In the Michelin Pilot Challenge, 10 of 12 manufacturers won races during the year. It showed yet again that there’s no place better for an auto manufacturer to compete with the best than IMSA.

 

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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This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 27th through the 29th, Southern California Sprint car racing veteran Brody Roa will return to a track that holds a fond memory for him. The track is Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway and this week it hosts the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series’ first three races of the year. Ten years ago this coming June, Roa, then only 21 years old, scored his first-ever 410 sprint car win when the series raced on the same track.

Brody Roa in action at the end of last season at Perris Auto Speedway.  Doug Allen photo.

Roa, who turned 31 today, first competed on the “Copper State” track in a 360-sprint car a month prior to his attention-grabbing initial 410 win. He has not been back to Cocopah since the series contested two races there in 2013. That makes it four races total for the friendly driver on the beautiful 3/8-mile racing facility that is 10-miles north of the Mexican border.

“Yeah, it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago,” the Garden Grove, California resident said when reminded how much time had passed since that first win. “Really it seems like just yesterday. From the same point, it seems like the last time we were at Cocopah (2013) was ages ago.”

Since that win, a lot has changed in sprint car racing and in the life of the now-married father of a 17-month-old little girl. 

“Probably nothing,” Roa stated when asked what he can use from that win for this week’s races. “I am obviously a different driver the last nine or 10 years. The cars are different, and we are not even on the same tire anymore. But we found our notebook from 2012 and found out what gear we ran. So, I guess we will take something from 10-years ago to this year.”

Since the series has not been to Cocopah since 2013, all the drivers are pretty much coming into the event on a level playing table. In fact, many of the current drivers were not part of USAC/CRA when the troupe last appeared there. Roa is one of the drivers who remembers the track fondly.

“I did 10-years ago,” Roa quipped when asked if he liked the Cocopah track. “Really, I am excited to go back there. I have wanted to go back since the last time we were there. The last time it went rubber down on like lap three, so it was not a whole lot of fun that time. But the track itself is fun and the casino across the street is cool.”

The makeup of Roa’s #91R team will certainly be different this time around. The time he won there, it was a total family effort.

“When we won in 2012, it was just me, my dad, my grandpa, and my Uncle B,” Roa said. “Zac was not around (Zac Bozanich, now Roa’s award-winning crew chief) and I did not even know Joe (longtime crewman Joe Gibb) yet. It was just myself and my family.”

Roa goes into the 2022 season after a successful year in 2021. Of the 28 sprint car races he started last year, he won four of them, finished in the runner-up spot four times, and placed third six times. He ended up with 17 top-five finishes and 21 top 10s. The only series he ran for points in last season was the USAC/CRA Series where he ended up second in the championship standings.

Roa fans who want to watch “The Pride of Garden Grove” in person this week, can find Cocopah Speedway 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/.

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 RDM Mechanics, Fastenal, Coopers Propane, Ten West Towing, Ten West Environmental, TJM Distribution, and Westco International 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 as a team partner 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 him to drive your sprint car or midget when his West Coast 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

GMS Racing is proud to announce its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series crew chief pairings ahead of the upcoming season. The two-time championship winning team plans to run two full-time entries in 2022, with the No. 23 driven by veteran Grant Enfinger and the No. 24 driven by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Jack Wood.

Grant Enfinger's No. 23 Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet Silverado will be led by Charles Denike, who has two NCWTS victories under his belt. Charles spent nearly ten years in the US ARMY as an engineer before making the decision to chase after a career in motorsports. Denike has been a key part of the team since 2016, and most recently called the shots for Tyler Ankrum during the 2021 season. Notably, both of his wins as a crew chief have been delivered by drivers in GMS Racing Silverados at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Chase Elliott) and Bristol Motor Speedway (Sam Mayer).

"The 2022 race season is a great opportunity for Grant and I, and we both plan to make the most of it. We have assembled a new team and the energy is high. We have the common goal to return to victory lane and contend for the championship at Phoenix Raceway at the end of the season. With the great support from Champion Power Equipment behind our team, I feel that we are more ready than ever to chase after our goals." said Denike.

Jack Wood's No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado will be led by veteran NASCAR crew member and longtime GMS employee, Tom Ackerman. Ackerman has played an integral role within the GMS Racing campus, most recently serving as the team's Technical Director. As a crew chief, Tom has called the shots for numerous NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veterans over the years.

"This year is going to be one of the most crucial years of Jack Wood's young career. I am excited to work with him in his first full season, and am especially looking forward to returning to some of the tracks that he raced at for our team last year. Jack is young and hungry, and it is going to be a fun opportunity to see what he is capable of with the additional track time in practice and qualifying sessions. I believe that we have a shot to contend for some solid finishes throughout the season." remarked Ackerman.

Denike and Ackerman will work alongside fellow GMS Racing crew chief Chad Bryant (ARCA Menards Series No. 43 Chevrolet SS driven by Daniel Dye) along with Petty GMS Motorsports crew chiefs Jerame Donley (NASCAR Cup Series No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Ty Dillon) and Dave Elenz (NASCAR Cup Series No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Erik Jones) and as the powerhouse team continues to build its legacy across the NASCAR garages.

The 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, February 18th, with the running of the NextEra 250. Fans can stay up to date with the two GMS Racing NCWTS drivers by following along across all social media platforms with their official handles @GrantEnfinger and @DriverJackWood.

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GMS Racing PR

The Indoor Auto Racing Series NAPA KNOW HOW Gambler’s Classic weekend of racing, being held this weekend, Friday and Saturday January 28 & 29, inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall will be broadcasted live on Pay-Per-View through DirtTrackDigest.TV.

Good tickets for the Gambler’s Classic race weekend in a range of prices remain available. They can be purchased through a Ticketmaster link available at indoorautoracing.com or can be purchased the day of the events at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.

For those who cannot make the trip to the New Jersey shore resort to enjoy the excitement of being in attendance live along with pre and post event fun in the nearby casinos, the pay-per-view option is being made available.

“There is nothing like coming to Atlantic City to experience the race live and spending time walking the boardwalk, gambling or enjoying the nightlife before or afterwards,” said promoter event organizer Len Sammons.

“Unfortunately, not every fan will be able to travel to be part of the excitement this year to watch their favorites and enjoy the live experience with your racing friends. So a pay-per-view is a nice alternative.”

Drivers from nine states and Canada represented among the 100-plus entries seeking feature starting spots in three divisions. The headline-TQ Midget division car count has pushed over the 50 mark.

DirtTrackDigest.TV is well respected and experienced in the live broadcast of racing events. They received high-marks for their production of the Indoor Auto Racing Series 2022 season opener on January 7th and 8th inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center.

DTD-TV will again be sending high quality video coverage to subscribers from multiple cameras. The action will be called by the Indoor Auto Racing series veteran announcing staff led by Steve Post.

DTD is offering Friday and Saturday night’s action as part of a package deal for $69.99.  Friday’s event can be purchased for $34.99 and Saturday only for $39.99 by going directly to DirtTrackDigest.TV or a link available at indoorautoracing.com.

The NAPA KNOW HOW Weekend will begin for fans on Friday when the gates open at 6:30. Racing begins at 7:30 with heat races for all three divisions. The top 12 in afternoon time trials will then race in a special knock out session to see who owns the fast time award!

Friday’s program ends with the thrilling Triple 20 qualifiers for the headline TQ Midgets with all 50 plus competitors getting a shot a running one of the 20 lap  event.

Saturday’s gates will open at 5 PM with the annual on-track Fan Fest being held until 6:15. Every car in competition will be spread around the speedway and fans with reserved seats will be allowed to that level to meet them.

Racing will begin at 7 PM with more heat races and B-Mains for the TQ Midgets along with features for the Champ Karts and Slingshots. The 40 lap Gambler’s Classic for the TQ Midgets will end the program in exciting fashion.

Good tickets are on sale in a range of prices through Ticketmaster. They will also be on sale through the event at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, but they do increase by $5 the day of the events.

For everyone’s safety at the event, the state owned building will require fans to wear a mask when they enter Boardwalk Hall and be recommended when they are walking around the building. They will not be required to wear a mask when in their seat or when they are eating or drinking. Masks are not required in the privately owned casinos.

After this weekend’s Atlantic City’s events the series will conclude in Syracuse, N.Y. at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12. Those tickets are scheduled to go on sale on January 26th.

Series information, including links for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms and racer entry forms are available on the series website of www.indoorautoracing.com.

Sponsorship opportunities remain for all Indoor Auto Racing Series races. For more information, contact Danny Sammons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (609)-888-3618.

AARN PR

After a 2021 season that paid out over $100,000 contingency bonuses to drivers, Stafford Speedway’s Contingency Program will welcome American Sign, Inc. of New Haven, CT as a new contingency sponsor for the 2022 season.  American Sign will contribute weekly bonuses of $75 to each Street Stock feature winner as well as $75 to each third place SK Light finisher.  American Sign will contribute a total of $3,300 during the 2022 season with $1,650 each going to SK Light and Street Stock drivers.

President and CEO of American Sign, Tony Lafo, is a former Stafford weekly competitor who raced in both the Late Model and Street Stock divisions from 2003-2007 and 2009-2013.  Lafo returned to Stafford last season as the pace car driver and that connection pushed Lafo to become a contingency sponsor for the 2022 season. 

“Coming back to Stafford last season got me back into racing on a weekly basis and being a former racer and knowing what it costs and how difficult it is for teams to do what they do, I wanted to be able to help out,” said Lafo.  “I really enjoy watching the SK Light and Street Stock divisions and sometimes they might not get the attention that the SK Modified® or Late Model divisions get.  I got to know a lot of the drivers last season and the SK Light and Street Stock divisions have some of the nicest people you’ll meet and by doing a smaller contingency amount, we can support two different divisions instead of just one. I’ll be looking forward to hearing our name over the P.A. as I’m sitting in the infield in the pace car this season and hopefully next season we can do something even bigger and better like sponsoring a race.”

Last season saw 11 different SK Light drivers record a third place finish with Steven Chapman leading all drivers with 4 third place finishes.  9 of the top-10 drivers from the 2021 SK Light points standings will return to SK Light competition in 2022 while the 10th driver, Brian Sullivan, has registered a car for both the SK Light and SK Modified® divisions. 

In the Street Stock division, defending track champion Frank L’Etoile, Jr. and Chris Meyer tied for the division lead with 5 wins each.  Just behind them was Travis Hydar with 4 wins.  Nick Hovey was the only other multi-feature winner last season with 2 victories while Kyle Johnson, Bert Ouellette, and Adrian Paradis, III each won a single race.  With L’Etoile moving on to SK Light and Open Modified competition for the 2022 season, the race to see who will become champion is wide open.

Stafford Speedway PR

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