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Zarrella Enjoying Daytona 500 Victory

Jeff Zarrella reflected Sunday night after Stewart-Haas Racing and Kurt Busch captured their first Daytona 500.

A lap 128 crash sent Busch into the turn 3 wall and collected teammates Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick.

The former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion pitted multiple times to fix a left rear tire rub. The crew changed four tires again after Busch reported it was still rubbing. Zarrella saw the right side tires had no rubs. The team used that set of tires with 3 laps on it instead of a set of stickers. The team did not have time to glue the lug nuts so they carried the lug nuts to change tires.

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Kumpen Finishes 22nd After Wild PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (February 27, 2017) – Two-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen had an impressive showing in his second career race at the Daytona International Speedway, battling for a top-10 finish in the closing laps of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season opener at the wheel of the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro fielded by Precision Performance Motorsports. His run was unfortunately stopped 15 laps short by a multi-car incident, which the Belgian caught while running in the front pack. Front-end damage forced Kumpen to retire to the garage and finish the PowerShares QQQ 300 in the 22nd position.

In what was only Kumpen’s second-ever race on a 2.5-mile superspeedway, Kumpen proved how effective the NWES Road to Daytona program is in providing NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ drivers with the best opportunities to race in NASCAR in the U.S. and all the tools to battle with the sport’s best drivers. Kumpen utilized this experience to avoid an onslaught of incidents and race solidly in the top-15 throughout much of the 300-lap event.

“It was great,” said Kumpen. “We survived the big one in the first stage and we kept a good pace, managing our car as planned for the rest of the race to be there at the end. We have been in the top-10 and we were working for the final dash to the checkered flag, but we got caught in that multi-car wreck. It is unfortunate, but it happens. It’s part of racing at Daytona and I am really happy because we did a great job and we had a blast! The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is doing something amazing with its program. It is the place to be to have chances like this and I can’t thank NASCAR, NWES, Whelen and all the partners enough for the Series and the program.”

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Lights, Camera & Plenty of Action for Coughlin in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway (FL) was a wild one for all involved, but when the dust settled Cody Coughlin had passed more than a 100 trucks during the race and scored his best NASCAR finish to date.

Coughlin started the 100-lap race in the 17th position and finished 11th.  In Friday’s kickoff to the 2017 season at Daytona, the Ohio native had 113 quality passes, according to NASCAR statistical reports, which ranked second among all drivers.
 
The 21-year-old driver sustained minor nose damage in a 17-truck crash on the second lap of the race.  His ThorSport Racing team worked hard throughout the event to patch up the damage as best possible.

NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Daytona

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He’s Back. Dale Jr. Set To Return At Daytona

After missing the final 18 races of the 2016 season Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to his No. 88 Chevrolet for Sunday’s 59th running of the DAYTONA 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX).

Earnhardt, a two-time DAYTONA 500 winner, qualified second for Sunday’s race, a mere .002 seconds behind Chase Elliott. In 34 total starts at “The Birthplace of Speed,” he has four wins, 13 top fives and 19 top 10s.

Sunday’s race marks the sixth time an Earnhardt will follow a pole-winning Elliott on the starting grid. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt (Dale Jr.’s father) started second to fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (Chase’s father) in five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, the last in 1995 at Phoenix.

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NASCAR Launches NASCAR TrackPass to Expand Reach of Live Racing Content

Digital Subscription Product Facilitates International Fan Development for 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) –- NASCAR TrackPass™, the sport’s first digital subscription product developed specifically for the international market, will now offer live racing action to more NASCAR® fans than ever before. Fans around the world can watch all 38 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ and 33 NASCAR XFINITY Series™ events either through NASCAR’s local television partner or by subscribing to NASCAR TrackPass. The product will be available in 120 countries and territories at launch, with plans to continue expanding the NASCAR TrackPass footprint throughout 2017.

NASCAR TrackPass will offer full race replays and features like a live leaderboard and highlights to give fans the complete race experience. International NASCAR fans in most territories outside the U.S. and Canada can go toTrackPass.NASCAR.com to subscribe to the product or download the application for Android and iOS through the iTunes and Google Play stores. Subscription costs start at $125 per year and $15 per month and vary by individual country and territory.

“Exploring new distribution channels for race content across both broadcast and digital platforms allows NASCAR to continue strengthening its global presence and diversify the sport’s fan base,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Given their experience in the sport and expertise around live streaming, NBC was a natural choice to lead our development of NASCAR TrackPass, providing our international fans more choice than ever before.”

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New Year, New Number, New Team & New Quest for Coughlin Begins at Daytona

DELAWARE, OHIO – Cody Coughlin’s rookie campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick-off in one week when he takes on the legendary high-banks of Daytona International Speedway (FL) on Friday, February 24 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.  It will be Coughlin’s second trip to 2.5-mile tri-oval in the NCWTS, but the race will be the first for Coughlin in the JEGS.com/RIDE TV number-13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing.

The 21-year-old driver said he cannot to wait to head back to Daytona.

“I’m really excited. It’s always exciting to go to Daytona because the energy level is so high among every body in the garage and all of the fans. You can feel the excitement. I like Daytona. It’s a cool place. I had a good run there in an ARCA car (2015) and I felt comfortable there in the Truck race too last year.”

Overall, Coughlin has two prior starts at Daytona.  In 2015, Coughlin started second, led laps and finished fourth in an ARCA Racing Series event.  In 2016, he started ninth, but finished 31st after getting caught up in an early crash.

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FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions Commemorate Jeff Gordon’s First Daytona 500 Victory in Original Documentary

Actor Luke Wilson Narrates Tonight’s “Beyond the Wheel” Short Film in One of Three Daytona-Themed Specials

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2017) –- In advance of the 59th annual Daytona 500, FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions have teamed up to deliver a rare behind-the-scenes look at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s first win in the “Great American Race” with an original film entitled “Refuse to Lose.” On the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s milestone triumph, the documentary takes viewers inside his journey to victory lane using never-before-seen footage of the No. 24 team captured in the 10 days leading up to the event.

Featuring interviews with Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham, both executive producers on the project, the film premieres on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET immediately following FS1’s coverage of the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

“I forgot that Ray had secured a camera crew to document the No. 24 team heading into the 1997 Daytona 500,” Gordon said. “There is footage included in ‘Refuse to Lose’ that even I hadn’t seen before we started this project, and I think it helps paint the picture of why this team led by Ray was so successful – especially from 1995 to 1999.”

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Leilani Münter, Lone Female Driver, Bringing Vegan Message to Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida (February 16, 2017) – A dream that has been five years in the making will become reality this weekend for environmental activist and race car driver Leilani Münter. Münter, in partnership with A Well-Fed World, will drive the first ever vegan-themed race car at Daytona International Speedway during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener.

After spending several years pitching the idea to vegan companies, the break came last summer during Münter’s acceptance speech of the Vegan Athlete of the Year Award at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles.

“I talked about how I have this dream of bringing vegan food to the race track and exposing it to this whole new demographic of people, especially because I’ve had some success getting my race team to open up to vegan foods,” Münter said of the speech.

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No Shortage of Support for Rookie Noah Gragson in Daytona Debut with Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce

Concord, North Carolina (February 16, 2017) – There are few venues in sports which stand-alone and bring out the raw emotion of anticipation and excitement quite like Daytona. Eighteen-year old driver Noah Gragson is about to experience that moment with his first career start at the World Center of Racing in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series season-opener.

Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, will make his highly anticipated first start behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsport’s No.55 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is a dream come true,” says Gragson. “There’s probably no other track in the world that commands this much attention – ever. Between late January with the Rolex 24 and the running of the Daytona 500, this track becomes the center of the racing universe. It’s just simply and honor to be here and have this opportunity. It’s humbling and hard to explain just how much I appreciate the support I’ve received leading up to this moment.”

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No. 14 Mobil 1 Racing: Clint Bowyer Daytona 500 Advance

CLINT BOWYER
New Team, New Manufacturer, Same Desire to Win Daytona 500

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Feb.15, 2017) – Let us re-introduce you to Clint Bowyer.

You might remember him. He finished second in the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and third in the 2007 title chase. He has eight NASCAR Cup Series victories and won the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series title after leaving his hometown of Emporia, Kansas for racing glory in 2004.

He’s NASCAR’s everyman, whose collar is as blue as his Kansas City Royals hat and his smile as wide as a wheat field.
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NASCAR Becomes First Sports League to Launch DeskSite Video App

New HD Video Platform Delivers NASCAR.com Content On-demand to Desktops, Laptops, and Tablets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2017) –- Just in time for the 2017 DAYTONA 500®, NASCAR and DeskSite jointly announced today the official launch of the NASCAR DeskSite, an interactive and personalized video app that delivers premium, high-definition video content on-demand to NASCAR fans – for free.

NASCAR is the first professional sports league to launch DeskSite, which has partnerships with individual NFL, NHL, and MLS team franchises.

Described as a “DVR for the Internet,” the NASCAR DeskSite serves as a digital fan hub for NASCAR.com video content including interviews with drivers, post-race recaps, in-depth coverage, driver spotlights and breaking news. The content is available to fans at any time, even offline.

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Phoenix Construction Returns to Daytona with Dalton Sargeant

Charlotte, N.C. (February 13, 2017) – This year’s Lucas Oil 200 from Daytona International Speedway will carry a long list of firsts for 2016 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant. None more exciting than Phoenix Construction and Billy Ballew Motorsports’ return to the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway where they have each found victory lane before. The race also marks the first time that 18-year old Sargeant will compete at the famed racetrack, as well as his debut with Cunningham Motorsports in the Chad Bryant led No. 77.

“The No. 77 Phoenix Construction, Billy Ballew Ford Fusion looks great and I couldn’t be more excited to make my first start with Cunningham Motorsports,” said Dalton Sargeant. “To have the opportunity to race a car with Phoenix Construction on the hood is really cool, James Finch and Billy Ballew had some great drivers in their cars throughout the years so it’s an honor to include my name on that list. There’s a Florida connection with these group of guys and we’re all looking forward to a bit of a homecoming at Daytona this weekend. Hopefully, with all of us being from the sunshine state, it will bring us some luck.”

James Finch and Billy Ballew individually have an extensive history in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series. Between the two of them, they have achieved a total of 44 wins in Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series and ARCA competition as team owners. Billy Ballew Motorsports is a car dealership with two locations, one in Daytona Beach, FL and the other in Blairsville, GA while Phoenix Construction has its headquarters in Lynn Haven, FL.”

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M&M’S Racing: Kyle Busch Daytona Speedweeks Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH
Daytona – Top of the Bucket List

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Feb. 13, 2017) – Over the past two seasons, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), has made significant progress on his bucket list within the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Along with bringing home his first NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2015, Busch has brought home back-to-back Brickyard 400 wins in 2015 and 2016 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a victory in the 2008 Southern 500 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

With those items checked off the list entering his 13th full-time season in NASCAR’s top series, Busch turns his attention to a race every stock car driver dreams of winning – the Daytona 500. After 11 career starts in the “Great American Race,” Busch is still searching for his first victory in NASCAR’s season-opening event and he looks to add the ultimate bucket list item to his resume.

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Our Motorsports Returns to Competition with Andy Seuss

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 2, 2017) – Our Motorsports announced today that the team intends to run a partial scheduled in the ARCA Racing Series with driver Andy Seuss.

The No. 02 Robert B. Our Construction / Canto Paving team is scheduled to run at Daytona International Speedway (2/18) and Talladega Superspeedway (5/5) with additional races TBD.

Following a test at Daytona International Speedway, Seuss and team owner Chris Our are excited for the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire. “Our car showed some good speed during our test session,” said team owner Chris Our. “Andy and the guys have been working day and night building this car and I’m confident that come Daytona, we will make the race and be competing for a strong finish.”

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Brandon Gdovic & DAC Motorsports Complete Rolex 24 Hours in 13th Place

Brandon Gdovic joined DAC Motorsports to compete in the 55th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona January 28-29th at Daytona International Speedway. As a late entry, Gdovic, on the heels of a second consecutive successful Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series season, was tapped to round out the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 team in the GTD division of the most prestigious endurance race in North America. Although the team faced setbacks that may have parked other competitors, Gdovic crossed the finish line in 13th place completing the entire race.

Gdovic had quite a lengthy list of obstacles to overcome to ultimately leave Daytona as successfully as he did. He joined the DAC Motorsports team after the Roar Before the 24, the race’s official pre-race practice sessions. Gdovic, in his first time behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, was able to find speed early on in practice and throughout the race. Having worked with two of his co-drivers throughout the Super Trofeo season, the team had a rapport and was able to collaborate easily.

Unfortunately, during qualifying, Gdovic’s teammate was involved in a violent incident when a tire blew, destroying the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan. But the DAC Motorsports crew stepped up to the plate and flew into action purchasing a show car from another Lamborghini team and preparing it for the following day’s event. After an overnight rebuild and with literally seconds to spare before the cars rolled out, the car was ready to race.

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Rolex 24 at Daytona ‘Business Finished’ for Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team

Taylor Brothers, Angelelli, Gordon Finally Score Breakthrough Win After Trouble-Free Performances the Previous Four Years Come Up Short

Date: Jan. 28-29, 2017

Event: 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona (Round 1 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 12-turn road course)

Start/Finish: 4th / 1st (Running, Completed 659 of 659 laps)

Winner: Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jeff Gordon of Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Point Standing: 1st (35 points, three ahead of second)

The resounding theme for this year’s 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi.V.R team and its drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, Max “The Ax” Angelelli and Jeff Gordon, and especially for team owner Wayne Taylor, was “unfinished business.”

After the team turned in a trouble-free performance for the fifth consecutive year at this weekend’s renewal of the traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, the Taylor brothers, the veteran Italian Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon were able to seal the deal this time, albeit by surviving a wild sprint to the finish Sunday, in scoring an emotional Rolex 24 victory in numerous respects. Call it “business finished.”

Ricky Taylor, who qualified fourth and got things off to a solid start Saturday afternoon during his opening stint, made a thrilling pass for the lead of fellow Cadillac DPi-V.R driver Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 5 Action Express Racing entry just five laps from the finish – with just six minutes to go in the 24-hour marathon. Taylor then held off Albuquerque the rest of the way and took the checkered flag by a .671-of-a-second margin of victory.

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying Report

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Qualifying Report

55th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Date: Jan. 26, 2017

Event: 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona (Round 1 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 12-turn road course)

Pole Winner: Joao Barbosa of Action Express Racing (1:36.903 at 132.2 mph)

Wayne Taylor Racing: 4th by Ricky Taylor (1:37.169 at 131.8 mph)

The brand new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R – making its first official race appearance this weekend – will start the 55th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona from the outside of the second row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Thursday afternoon at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Ricky Taylor, who’s sharing the cockpit with his brother and full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor, as well as veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli in his final career sportscar race and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, drove a fast lap of 1 minute, 37.169 seconds at 131.8 mph around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn superspeedway road course layout. It was good for fourth overall among 55 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag Saturday for traditional 24-hour season opener.

“I think we’ve got a really good car for the race,” said Ricky Taylor, who also qualified fourth here last year en route to the team’s third runner-up finish in the last four Rolex 24s. “It’s disappointing to not get the pole, but it’s nice to see Cadillacs one, two and four in their debut – so strong. I think we’ve got a proven team and crew and driver lineup for the race and I’m very optimistic. We know we have a fast car, but being a brand new car, the only question left on the minds of our fans and followers, I guess, is how the new Cadillac is going to hold up for 24 hours. I can say that I don’t think we could’ve done any more than we’ve done in terms of preparation. I’d go so far as to say we’re the most prepared of all the teams here, knock on wood. We’ve worked out a lot of bugs during all the testing, and I think we’ve got all the confidence we can expect. So, anything that happens from this point forward is out of our control.”

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Brandon Gdovic Joins DAC Motorsports Lineup for the 24 Hours of Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (January 25, 2017) – Brandon Gdovic is joining DAC Motorsports’ driver lineup for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway Jan 28-29. Gdovic will be piloting the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

Gdovic completes a championship-caliber roster that includes Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series regulars Emmanuel Anassis and Anthony Massari. Gdovic has raced with this team of drivers throughout the 2016 Super Trofeo season. The Lamborghini Huracan GT3 team is rounded out by Indy Lights driver Zachary Claman DeMelo.

“I am excited to head to Daytona with the DAC Motorsports team for their Rolex 24 debut in the Lamborghini Huracan GT3,” said Gdovic. “I am looking forward to getting in the GT3 car for the first time and racing it in my second consecutive Rolex 24. Hopefully we can have a clean race and come out with a good result.”

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview – R. Taylor, J. Taylor, Angelelli, Gordon

RICKY TAYLOR, JORDAN TAYLOR, MAX ANGELELLI, JEFF GORDON
55th Rolex 24 At Daytona Marks Debut of Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Jan. 24, 2017) – Storylines abound in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R camp for this weekend’s 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, during which the full-time driver duo of Ricky and Jordan Taylor hope to send off retiring veteran Max “The Ax” Angelelli with a win while being joined by four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and, in the process, embarking on the historic introduction of a stunning new racecar.

If it all came down to one headline, it would be “Unfinished Business.”

This year’s traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener welcomes the highly anticipated Daytona Prototype international formula to its top-tier Prototype class, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team hopes to be the first victor among the myriad manufacturer representatives who are debuting all-new racecars at America’s most iconic sportscar race.

For team owner Wayne Taylor and his 2005 Rolex 24 and series championship co-driver Angelelli, it represents a chance to take care of unfinished business as they collaborated on Cadillac’s previous prototype-class effort from 2000 through 2002.

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Anthony Kumpen to Race Daytona for Precision Performance Motorsports

China Grove, N.C. (January 24, 2017) – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen will make his fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series start and fourth with Precision Performance Motorsports in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 25th, 2017. Kumpen will be piloting the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro.

Kumpen’s XFINITY Series start at Daytona International Speedway will be part of the Nexteer Road to Daytona program – the path designed by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Nexteer Automotive to bring European drivers to race in NASCAR in the US. Kumpen competed in three XFINITY Series races in 2015 with Precision Performance Motorsports in order to gain NASCAR approval to race at the famed superspeedway. The road course racer acquired valuable experience at each venue, exceeding expectations each week and besting many circle-track veterans. He debuted at Daytona in 2016, running as high as sixth before ultimately finishing the event in 26th.

“Daytona is the biggest event in NASCAR. I can’t wait to be back and I want to thank Leaseplan, all my partners, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and its Nexteer Road to Daytona program for making this happen,” said the Belgian, who joined the program built by NWES and Nexteer following his championship season in 2014. “Last year I had to learn a lot – especially about racing in the pack and drafting – in a very short time. This time we will build on the experience as a team and work to make the car faster and do better each and every lap. I would be really happy to finish in the top-15.”

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Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Test Report

Roar Before the 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway

Date: Jan. 8, 2017

Event: Roar Before the 24 Test Days (Round 0 of 10)

Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 11-turn road course)

Fastest Overall: Henrik Hedman of the No. 81 Dragonspeed Oreca (1:38.343 at 130.3 mph) – session six of seven

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R: 8th by Ricky Taylor (1:38.951 at 129.4 mph) – session seven of seven

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Wayne Taylor Racing: Introducing the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Drivers Ricky & Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon Set for Public Debut Of All-New IMSA WeatherTech Championship Prototype at This Week’s Daytona Test

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Dec. 12, 2016) – The stunning livery for the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to be raced for the first time Jan. 28 and 29 by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor and co-drivers Max “The Ax” Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon at the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, was revealed Monday, just in time for its first public appearance at a two-day test at Daytona Tuesday and Wednesday.

The new prototype has already hit the test track in private sessions by the perennial championship-contending Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) team at Putnam Park near Indianapolis, NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International and the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway road course.

Following this week’s two-day test, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac

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Damon Racing Looking Forward to Final 4 Races of 2016 Trans-Am TA-2 Season

In a little less than six weeks time, Damon Racing, and driver Tom Sheehan will have competed at four iconic racetracks in the Southeastern United States. Homestead, FL, NOLA Motorsports Park, LA, Circuit of the America’s, TX and Daytona International Speedway, FL.

The Homestead-Miami event is Race No. 8 of the 12, which are points paying events for 2016. The first eight races and the Detroit GP (non-points) were spread over 210 days, while the final four are packed into just 34 days. It is going to be an exciting, but grueling end of the season.

St. Petersburg, Florida: This weekend’s Trans-Am Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway sets the stage for 2016’s final events. With the season beginning in early March, it was late September before the ninth event took place. The final four are compressed into a much shorter period.

At this point in the season, teams and drivers know in not-so-many days, each Class Champion of the 50th Anniversary season of Trans-Am will be determined.

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Daytona International Speedway Takes Home Prestigious Sports Facility of the Year Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2016) – Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) new $400 million motorsports stadium was named Sports Facility of the Year last night at SportsBusiness Journal’s 2016 Sports Business Awards in New York City.

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports. DIS topped a competitive field consisting of Avaya Stadium (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State University Wildcats), Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies) and Petco Park (San Diego Padres).

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for our new motorsports stadium,” said International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “Our employees, fans and partners deserve the credit for helping us transform the vision into reality.”

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Kumpen Finishes 26th in History-Making Debut at Daytona International Speedway

2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen headed to Daytona International Speedway with high expectations of continuing on his Nexteer Road to Daytona program – the path designed by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Nexteer Automotive to bring European drivers to race in NASCAR in the US. Kumpen would make history in his superspeedway debut, becoming the first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to race at Daytona International Speedway. Precision Performance Motorsports brought a fast No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro and Kumpen had a strong showing throughout the three practices, qualifying, and the 120-lap race. Unfortunately, he got caught up in the aftermath of an early on-track incident, causing damage to the front bumper cover of the Camaro, ultimately relegating him to a 26th-place finish.

Hasselt, Belgium-native Kumpen exceeded expectations on practice day as the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opening race weekend got underway at Daytona International Speedway. In the day’s three scheduled practice sessions, Kumpen gained speed in each round finishing 26th, 17th, and seventh, respectively. This speed carried over into qualifying, where he had to qualify in on speed against a stout field where eight cars entered in the event would not make the starting lineup. Rolling off 23rd for his one-lap single-car run, Kumpen shot immediately to sixth-fastest, guaranteeing his spot in the 300-mile event.

Kumpen would start the PowerShares QQQ 300 from the 29th position. He hung back early in the race, drafting with a three-car pack behind the field in an effort to avoid incident. Unfortunately, on Lap 7, the front end of the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro was struck by debris from a multi-car wreck that happened ahead of Kumpen. The caution flag flew and Kumpen took his Camaro down pit road and to the attention of the Precision Performance Motorsports team. They patched the hole that remarkably had not caused any internal damage, took four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel, and returned to the track.

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Empire Racing Group Leaves Daytona International Speedway with Valuable Insight for 2016 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2016) – It wasn’t the finish Empire Racing Group was hoping for, but drivers Dylan Lupton and Sean Corr were able to gain key experience for the team during the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday. Both drivers were able to race up towards the front before bad luck took them out of contention, relegating them to 24th and 27th place finishes.

“We had two fast hot rods. Luck was just not on our side Saturday,” said said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, team crew chief. “Dylan Lupton did a fantastic job. I could not have asked for anything more from a driver in his first ARCA race. Sean was also phenomenal all day long. He was running solidly up front all day long until we had a glitch in the ECU unit while pitting and fell six laps down. Really looking forward to taking what we learned in this race to our next two races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and Talladega Superspeedway.”

Prior to the ECU unit glitch, Sean Corr had a great weekend at Daytona International Speedway, starting off with a 10th place qualifying effort. The 31-year-old Goshen, N.Y. racer spent the first half of the race competing up front before a glitch in the ECU unit during a pit stop caused the team to fall six laps down and finish in 27th place.

Teammate Dylan Lupton also had a strong race until a late-race engine problem took him out of contention. Lupton, a 22-year-old Wilton, Calif. native, started the race from 17th place and had a quiet, but solid race until engine issues developed with just over 20 laps to go. Lupton would go on to finish in 24th place.
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Ready. Set. Race! NASCAR Marketing Campaign Celebrates 2016 Season Launch, Fans’ Universal Passion for Racing

The Hashtag 500 to Give Fans the Chance to Race on Twitter for Memorabilia from the 2016 DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2016) – Inspired by fans’ shared love of racing, NASCAR® today unveiled a new, integrated marketing campaign celebrating the launch of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Ready. Set. Race will engage NASCAR fans online, at home and on the go through a blend of digital and social media activation, and original television creative. 

Fans will be invited to put their racing skills to the test during the 2016 Daytona 500® on February 21, when NASCAR hosts the first-ever Hashtag 500 on Twitter. The unique promotion, developed by Ogilvy & Mather New York, will give fans a chance to win memorabilia from this year’s “Great American Race®,” including a driver firesuit, helmet, steering wheel and set of Goodyear tires, among other race-used items.

“Ready. Set. Race was built around the simple human truth that all people love to race in some form – in the backyard, on their bikes or on the racetrack,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, marketing, and industry services. “This campaign is unlike anything we’ve ever done, inspiring fans who love to race, and creating experiences for them to race other fans on social media.”

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Valiant Debut by Gdovic in Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (February 1, 2016) – Brandon Gdovic joined Performance Tech Motorsports to compete in the 54th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona January 30-31st at Daytona International Speedway. Gdovic, on the heels of securing the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Gallardo World Championship, has been on a trajectory straight to the most prestigious endurance race in North America. Gdovic spent his time behind the wheel of the ComServe Wireless and WindStax® Wind Power Systems-sponsored No. 38 ORECA FLM09 battling between second and third position, but unfortunately engine problems saw the race conclude early for the Performance Tech Motorsports team.

Touted as one of the most difficult cars for stock car drivers to adjust to, the ORECA FLM09 features an open cockpit and a right-side driver’s seat. The aggressive brake package and high downforce makes the racecar even more of a challenge. Unfortunately for Gdovic, rainy weather conditions during practice days limited his seat time to only five laps. Gdovic would need to rise to the occasion in the race.

The green flag for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona waved at 2:40 p.m. ET with Gdovic scheduled to be the third of five drivers to take the wheel. Each driver would compete in three 45-minute sessions which saw Gdovic swap in for his first stint at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gdovic completed a smooth driver swap with teammate Josh Norman and hit the 3.56-mile road course in the third position. Brandon experienced a bit of handling issues early on, but soon settled in to a comfortable rhythm and was able to advance into the second position before swapping with teammate and former 24 Hours of Daytona champion Jim Norman at 9:45p.m. ET.

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Empire Racing Group Shines at Daytona ARCA Test

Empire Racing Group Puts Drivers on Top of the Speed Charts during ARCA Test at Daytona International Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 19, 2016) – Despite the rainy weather at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend, the Empire Racing Group still secured multiple Top-10 positions on the speed charts during the track’s ARCA Racing test. With Friday being a rainout, the team went on to finish fourth, fifth and sixth on the charts on Saturday. On Sunday, the team continued its hot streak by securing second, third and eighth place on the charts.

“All of our drivers and race cars performed very well throughout the weekend,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, crew chief and general manager of Empire Racing Group and owner of Grumpy’s Performance. “Everyone was very pleased with the results of the weekend, and now our drivers are looking forward to the upcoming race at Daytona.”

With four talented drivers behind the wheels of their race cars, Empire Racing had high expectations for the test and what the team could learn from it. All expectations were met throughout the weekend.

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Sean Corr, Bret Holmes and Dylan Martin to Represent Empire Racing Group in Daytona International Speedway ARCA Test

Empire Racing Group Looking To Top Daytona Speed Charts for Third Time

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 14, 2016) – With the start of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series underway, Empire Racing Group is looking to once again come out on top of the speed charts during this week’s test at Daytona International Speedway. The race team, who topped the series’ test at Daytona in 2014 and 2015, has a strong lineup for this year’s event with drivers Sean Corr, Bret Holmes and Dylan Martin piloting their race cars.

“My team has worked hard all year on our speedway program to back up our speed runs last year,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, crew chief and general manager of Empire Racing Group and owner of Grumpys Performance “I’m excited to get back to Daytona with our new stable of drivers. I am confident that with Sean Corr as their driver coach, they should have no problem getting to the top of the charts.”

Sean Corr, a 31-year-old Goshen, N.Y. native, knows what it’s like to be on top of the charts, as he was the fastest car in both of the team’s ARCA Daytona tests in years past. Corr began racing at age 15, and has a background filled with both dirt and asphalt competition. He successfully captured multiple dirt Northeast Pro Stock Championships before moving to the ARCA Racing Series.

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