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Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has released the following update about their 2020 music festivals:
There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time. Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible. We know you have been anxious for updates from us and we are at a point where we can answer many of your questions about how each of our festivals may be affected by COVID-19.
We are crushed to say that Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple are being canceled due to the governmental restrictions on mass gatherings. We respect these directives and recognize they are in the best interest of the greater good, as well as the health and safety of our fans, musicians, partners, and staff. Before accepting this fate, we worked really hard to try to reschedule the festivals. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts, venue availabilities and a number of other factors out of our control made postponing impossible. Make no mistake, each of these festivals will return in May 2021 bigger and stronger than ever!
Let’s be perfectly clear -- FULL REFUNDS will be available to everyone who has purchased passes to Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple.
In addition to offering refunds, many of you have said that you would prefer to apply your 2020 purchases towards next year or exchange your pass for another one of our 2020 festivals. Based on your feedback, we are offering pass holders three options:
(1) Full refund
(2) Apply your pass to 2021
(3) Exchange your pass for another 2020 DWP festival
Complete details will be emailed out to our pass holders within 72 hours.
We also know that you are anxious to find out who is playing Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond and Aftershock. Please understand that here at DWP, we’ve been debating when it is appropriate to announce our lineups and put passes on sale for our remaining festivals. Our heads say we need to hold off on these announcements until we have more certainty in the world. But our hearts say the world needs positivity and some things to look forward to. We’ve been paying close attention to what you are saying on our social media and two themes consistently emerge. First, you do want something to remind you of the better days ahead. Second, times are financially hard for all of us.
While we want nothing more than to give you the full lineups for Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, we just don’t feel like it’s the right time. But we did hear you loud and clear that you want some good news. And good news we have. We are adding a Thursday to 2020 Louder Than Life and, are you ready . . . the newly added Thursday will be headlined by none other than Metallica. Yes, Metallica is back! We simply couldn’t accept that after all we’ve gone through together this year that there would be no Metallica performance East of the Mississippi. And Metallica agrees!
To assist you in the current financial climate, all current pass holders for Louder Than Life will be given the 4th day FREE. We are also deferring the next installment payment on the layaway plan for a month. And we will leave open the refund option for Louder Than Life through Friday, March 27 in case you need your money back.
To try to make passes a little more affordable right now, anyone who wants to buy a pass for Louder Than Life can reserve a pass for $1 down per pass, with payments not starting until May 3 and split up evenly in May, June, July and August.
We have also arranged for many of the bands from Sonic, Epicenter and Rockville to play at Louder Than Life and will be announcing that as soon as we feel appropriate. Because we were not able to reschedule the Spring festivals, we want Louder Than Life to be an inclusive celebration of all of those festivals. It’s not a perfect solution, but these are imperfect times. It is our sincere hope that we are all able to heal together with massive celebrations this Fall.
While we don’t know if this pandemic will end in time for Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond or Aftershock, rest assured that all passes will be refunded in the
unfortunate event that any of these festivals are prevented from happening because of COVID-19.
We want to thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We are blessed to have such an amazing Festival Family, and together, as a community, we will get through this. Please stay safe and look out for each other.
- Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the cancelation of their Spring 2020 festivals:
Epicenter, May 1-3 in Concord, North Carolina
Welcome To Rockville, May 8-10 in Daytona Beach, Florida
Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, May 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio
- DWP looks forward to bringing all three festivals back in May 2021, and is focusing on making the upcoming Fall 2020 festival season bigger than originally planned.
- Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY will expand to four days, September 17-20, with Metallica headlining Thursday, September 17. Many of the bands that were scheduled to play the Spring
2020 festivals will also be a part of the massive Louder Than Life lineup, in an effort to bring fans of all the events together and provide an unparalleled experience.
To assist fans in the current financial climate, all current pass holders for Louder Than Life will be given the 4th day FREE. In addition, upcoming installment payments on layaway plans for all
DWP festivals will be deferred for a month.
- To make passes a little more affordable right now, Louder Than Life passes can be reserved for $1 down per pass, with layaway payments not starting until May 3.
- Those who purchased passes for Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple will have three options: exchanging passes to attend a Fall 2020 festival, deferring their pass to Spring 2021, or requesting a full refund. Complete details will be emailed to purchasers beginning Thursday, March 26.
- The full DWP fall festival season includes the Louisville Trifesta—Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival (September 12-13), Louder Than Life (September 17-20) and Bourbon & Beyond (September 25-27), all held at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center—as well as Aftershock, October 9-11 at Sacramento’s Discovery Park. The full lineups for Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond and Aftershock will be announced in the coming weeks.
- For more information, visit www.DannyWimmerPresents.com
With the current stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, test-and-tune events scheduled for this weekend at Macon Speedway and Lincoln Speedway have been canceled. The tests were set for Saturday, March 28 at Macon Speedway and Sunday, March 29 at Lincoln Speedway.
Officials from the tracks have been following news, regarding current health issues with COVID-19, very closely as it changes day-to-day and by the minute. Officials will continue to monitor the situation closely with government and public health officials to determine what adjustments to make as the time comes, in regards to other upcoming events.
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MAVTV is happy to announce that Dan Teitscheid, who has been an integral part of the network's growth since 2014, has been promoted to President of MAVTV. During his tenure as Vice President, Teitscheid was responsible for helping negotiate licensing rights to Lucas Oil-owned content and expanding the reach of the company’s media brands. Before joining the MAVTV team, Dan was with The Walt Disney Company where he was heavily involved in the launch of Disney, ESPN, and ABC's linear and digital media products. Prior to his time at the Walt Disney Company, Teitscheid served as Vice President of Content Distribution and Marketing for MTV Networks.
"With Dan's leadership, vast experience with The Walt Disney Company, ESPN, and MTV Networks, and desire to take MAVTV to the next level in this evolving television landscape, we are well-positioned for an exciting future," said Thomas Fredrickson, COO, Lucas Oil Products.
Additionally, MAVTV would like to welcome John Duff as the newest member of the network’s team. Effective March 16th, John will step into the role of MAVTV's Head of Content. Coming from 25 years of television network experience, Duff possesses the ideal work experience and motorsports industry relationships to hit the ground running. “John’s network programming experience creating and acquiring compelling content, along with his passion for the sport, will be a great asset to MAVTV as we look to grow our content library and remain the go-to network for motorsports entertainment,” says Teitscheid.
MAVTV, which is owned and operated by Lucas Oil, is now available to more viewers than ever before. With a total of 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco and digital platforms, the Motorsports Network is seen in more than 30-million households.
Kyle Petty Charity Ride, Inc. today announced its decision to postpone its 26th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America presented by Cox Automotive. Originally scheduled to take place May 2 – 8, 2020, the Ride will now be held May 1 – 7, 2021. The Ride will still follow the same route, visit the same scheduled stops and maintain the same participating sponsors as previously announced.
“Throughout the everchanging and dynamic COVID-19 pandemic, our utmost concern has always been and always will be the health and safety of our riders, team and fans,” said Kyle Petty, former NASCAR driver, current NBC Sports racing analyst and founder of the Ride. “While it saddens me that we must postpone this year’s Ride, I know in my heart that this is what’s best for everyone involved. And I can guarantee that we will keep our promise to bring the exact plans for our 26th Anniversary Ride to life in 2021 and continue our mission to raise funds to send kids to Victory Junction!”
Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic and serious medical illnesses – has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.
For the latest information on the 26th Anniversary Ride, including its scheduled overnight stops, participating sponsors and more, please visit www.kylepettycharityride.com.
You can also stay up to date with Petty and the Ride on social media at the following accounts:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/kpcharityride and www.facebook.com/kylepetty45
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/kpcharityride and www.instagram.com/kylepetty
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/kpcharityride and www.twitter.com/kylepetty
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Rajah Caruth & Garrett Manes to be Inaugural Members of Coca-Cola Richmond Raceway eSports Development Team
Richmond Raceway and Coca-Cola Consolidated announce Rajah Caruth and Garrett Manes as the inaugural members of Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco’s development program, Coca-Cola Richmond Raceway eSports Development team (Coca-Cola ReD). With the new development program, Coca-Cola ReD is expanding Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco to further engage the next generation of race fans through regional and online engagement.
“Richmond Raceway continues to be a key player in the growth of esports in motorsports, so the foundation of Coca-Cola ReD is the next step in the evolution of Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “With every step we take in esports, Richmond continues to be committed to connecting to the next generation of race rans. Thanks to our long-time partner in Coca-Cola Consolidated for their commitment to supporting Richmond Raceway from the track to our growing engagement on esports.”
The Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco team will work with the Coca-Cola ReD team of Caruth and Manes to amplify their online presence, support the growth of their personal brand, and aid their development to become future competitors in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series. Caruth and Manes will race throughout the year on iRacing under Coca-Cola ReD for Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco. They will also attend Richmond events as ambassadors of the program.
“Coca-Cola Consolidated is always looking to find innovative ways to engage with racing fans and partners,” said Heather Hucks, Senior Director of Brand Marketing at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “With the launch of Coca-Cola Energy, we are excited to provide Richmond Raceway eSports fans and drivers with a new beverage experience before, during and after iRacing competitions.”
Caruth, a native of Washington, D.C., is an upcoming motorsports athlete on the track and in esports. In 2020, he is competing with Rev Racing for his second consecutive year as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. He was the first driver with an iRacing background to be selected for the program. Caruth has also competed in the eNASCAR IGNITE Series, a first-of-its-kind esports competition created to identify young talent by providing a low barrier of entry to the sport. In 42 starts, Caruth finished second in seven races and competed in the championship race at Martinsville Speedway.
In 2020, Caruth will compete in a Late Model in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with Rev Racing as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program. He will also return to compete in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in Charlotte, N.C., which he competed in last year winning two heats. Last season, Caruth competed in six races with Rev Racing as part of the program. In iRacing, Caruth will compete in the eNASCAR Road to Pro Series, NASCAR iRacing Series, and the Esports Racing League Sportsman Division.
“It is truly an honor to be a member of Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco’s inaugural Coca-Cola ReD team,” said Rajah Caruth. “To be teammates with Garrett Manes, Zack Novak, and Jimmy Mullis, along with representing one of the most innovative tracks in the country, is surreal. I went to my first NASCAR race at Richmond in 2014, and to be here in this capacity in six years is mind-blowing. I am looking forward to a great year as part of the team.”
Manes, a native of Powhatan, Va., has been racing since he was ten years old. Extreme mental focus, exceptional peripheral vision and the ability to observe his environment in great detail are all qualities that help him excel as a race car driver. Diagnosed with Autism at age two, Manes sees the world through a different filter than most people. He knows this about himself and embraces the challenges and the benefits of his nature. The Manes family have made awareness and support of the Autism community a core component of their racing platform.
Manes got his start in racing as part of Arena Racing, where he won three consecutive youth championships and holds series records for the most wins, pole awards, and fastest lap. He has competed on the track in Pro Late Models, Pro Trucks, Legends, Arena Racing and in esports. Manes has raced in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in Charlotte, N.C. since 2016, posting wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Semi Pro Division in 2018. In January 2020, Manes teamed up with Ladyga Motorsports and picked up the win in the Pro Division at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With over 1,700 wins in Simulation as a driver in iRacing, Manes continues to regularly compete in races across the platform.
“The success and attention that racing provides allows me to reach other families that face the same challenges of Autism that I have faced,” said Garrett Manes. “It gives me a chance to make a real difference for them.”
Richmond and Coca-Cola Consolidated recently announced an expanded partnership on Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco. Coca-Cola Consolidated is the official refreshment partner of the program. Along with holding the naming rights to Coca-Cola ReD, Coca-Cola Consolidated is also the primary sponsor of the No. 46 Toyota Camry in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driven by Jimmy Mullis.
Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco is currently competing in its third consecutive season in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series. Jimmy Mullis is behind the wheel of the No. 46 Coca-Cola Energy Toyota Camry as part of his third year with Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco. Zack Novak, 2019 eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series champion and 2018 eNASCAR IGNITE Series champion, drives the No. 90 Sunoco/Sim Seats Toyota Camry. This is his first year with Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco.
For more details on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, including the full season schedule and team rosters visit eNASCAR.com and iRacing.
Coca-Cola Consolidated is also a sponsor of the state-of-the-art Richmond Raceway Simulator. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is an interactive two-seat, in-car driving simulator, available at key outbound events throughout the year, that allows fans to get behind the wheel to drive Richmond’s famed ¾-mile D-shaped oval and 79 other tracks including some select Racing Virginia tracks. The Richmond Raceway Simulator is powered by iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation platform. Richmond-based Sim Seats designed and installed the hardware for the simulator.
To learn more about Richmond Raceway eSports Fueled by Sunoco, follow on Twitter or visit richmondraceway.com/esports.
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing and one of the sport’s most popular drivers, is returning to the SiriusXM airwaves to host weekly episodes of his show, Happy Hours, while fans await the resumption of racing season.
Harvick will be back on the air this Wednesday, March 25, with co-host Matt Yocum. Happy Hours will air Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm ET on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel.
Listeners nationwide can tune in on their SiriusXM radios (channel 90), on the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices and speakers. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/AtHome to learn more.
“Matt and I figured it would be good to get back on SiriusXM to talk to the fans and try to entertain folks during this downtime,” said Harvick. “Even though we’re not racing, there’s still plenty to talk about, both the things involving our sport as we look ahead to the season, and also what’s happening in our daily lives away from the track. I hope we can take your mind off other things and maybe make you laugh a little bit along the way.”
Happy Hours aired on SiriusXM from 2017 through 2019. Prior to the start of the 2020 season, Harvick put his radio and TV broadcasting career on hold in order to focus more time on racing and his family.
Harvick has 49 career NASCAR Cup Series victories and won the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in 2014. He is one of only four drivers to have won all four of his sport’s crown-jewel events - the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, the Brickyard 400 and the Southern 500.
For more info on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio go to www.SiriusXM.com/NASCAR.