Jan 31 | Action Express Racing Wins Historic Rolex 24 At Daytona

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Action Express Racing with drivers Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller captured the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Action Express Racing with drivers Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller captured the win at the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

The No. 9 Porsche Riley edged the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates by 52.303 seconds.

“When I came here, I have to say, I didn’t expect that we would be there at the end and especially not in the first spot,” Rockenfeller said.

The Action Express Racing victory was Porsche’s 22nd in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and their first back-to-back Porsche triumph since 1987.

The 755 laps turned by Action Express Racing on the 3.56-mile road course was the second most in the Rolex 24 and the margin of victory – 52.303 seconds – was the third closest finish in event history. In addition, there were 53 car lead changes, which is second most in the  GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

With drivers Scott Pruett, Max Papis, Memo Rojas and Justin Wilson, the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley was attempting to win a fourth Rolex 24 in the last five years.

“I can’t say enough about the guys and my teammates,” Pruett said. “It was a tough 24-hour. We just had one little miscue. You can’t flower up. It’s heartbreaking. We’ve been up on top. That’s the way the Ganassi team rolls. If you’re not on top, it’s not where you want to be.”

The Rolex 24 was the first race for Action Express Racing, a new team that was formed in the offseason that shares technical and personnel with Brumos Racing, the overall winning team from last year’s Rolex 24.

“This is so much sweeter,” said Barbosa, who has won the Rolex 24 previously in the GT class.

The 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona marked the 37th and final start in the twice-around-the-clock challenge for sports car legend Hurley Haywood.

Prior to the race, Haywood, who owns a record five Rolex 24s, announced that this year’s Rolex 24 would be his last.

“We didn’t win but we had a good time and gave it our best effort,” said Haywood after climbing out of the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley for the final time. The No. 59 car finished 26th overall.

In the GT class, the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda and drivers Jonathan Bomarito, Nick Ham, David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay took top honors and eighth overall by a four-lap margin over the No. 67 TRG/Flying Lizards Porsche GT3 and drivers Jim Lowe, Eric Lux, Jim Pace, Tim Sugden and James Walker.

Patrick Dempsey, star of the ABC hit drama Grey’s Anatomy, made his third Rolex 24 in the GT class and finished 13th overall and sixth in the GT class with co-drivers Joe Foster and Charles Espenlaub.

Next up is the stock car portion of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010.  Tickets for all Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14, are available on your web-enabled phone at mobile.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Jan 29 | GAINSCO Racing Back On Track; Rum Bum Racing Takes Fresh From Florida 200 Win

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After a rough start to the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing rebounded on Friday by getting back on the 3.56-mile road course and recording the third fastest lap in final practice session.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a rough start to the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing rebounded on Friday by getting back on the 3.56-mile road course and recording the third fastest lap in final practice session.

Jon Fogarty posted the No. 99 car’s fastest lap of 124.822 mph, one minute, 42.674 seconds.
The team worked into the early hours of Friday morning making repairs to the No. 99 Chevrolet Riley after four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson made heavy contact with a safety barrier during the Thursday morning practice.

“The components on the car were going to be our backups and now we don’t have those spares so I have put the team in a really tight spot,” Johnson said. “I know it was a racing situation on the track but bottom line is I was behind the wheel and I feel terrible for it.”

Despite the team’s incredible repair effort, Johnson still feels guilty about damaging the car.

“I feel better now that the car is repaired, very fast, comfortable and all the things that we hope for,” Johnson said.  “But until we finish the race and can honestly look back and say it didn’t affect the performance, then I’m going to have the guilt on my shoulders.” 

Teammate Jimmy Vasser was upbeat about the repairs, which were completed around 4 a.m. on Friday morning.

“It was a great job by all of the guys on the GAINSCO team,” Vasser said.  “The car is good enough for us to win the race and we just can’t beat ourselves.  We just need to get it out there and keep it going.”
Fresh From Florida 200: In their team debut, Rum Bum Racing captured the checkered flag in the Fresh From Florida 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race on Friday afternoon.

Gianluis Bacardi and Matt Plumb shared the wheel on the No. 13 BMW M3 Coupe and earned a 0.107 second win over second place Fall-Line Motorsports No. 48 BMW M3 Coupe of Charles Espenlaub and Charles Putman.

“I’m speechless,” said Plumb. “I’ve been trying to think of what to say.  My proud moment was seeing Gian doing as well as he did in the race.  All the stars aligned for this day, and I’m very glad to be a part of it.”
Compass360 Racing claimed the ST class win in the No. 74 Honda Civic SI piloted by Lawson Aschenbach and David Thilenius.

Tickets for all Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Jan 29 | Jeff Emig Joins Faculty of Ricky Carmichael University, Daytona Supercross Campus

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Ricky Carmichael University is proud to announce the addition if Jeff Emig, like RC a past AMA Supercross Champion as well as Daytona Supercross winner, to the faculty for March 8th classes.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Carmichael University is proud to announce the addition if Jeff Emig, like RC a past AMA Supercross Champion as well as Daytona Supercross winner, to the faculty for March 8th classes. Emig will work alongside Carmichael in teaching the 100 riders enrolled in this new academy, with classes being held at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Ricky Carmichael University is a new program organized by Carmichael, MX Sports, and Daytona International Speedway as a unique opportunity for future supercross champions, as well as past prospects who still enjoy riding and bench-racing, to enjoy learning trade secrets from two of the best and most popular athletes our sport has ever known.

 

“I am super-pumped to have Jeff join our faculty and look forward to working with him on a fun, insightful lesson plan that our students are going to love,” said Carmichael, the five-time AMA Supercross Champion and five-time Daytona Supercross winner. “I’ve known ‘Fro’ ever since I was riding 80s and he’s always been a great help. In fact, I walked around Loretta Lynn’s track with him once—along with maybe two hundred other kids!—when he was doing a track walk and I can still remember some of the tips he told us. He’s always been champion and a great guy, and I am proud to have him joining our staff for our program.”

 

“Ricky wants me there even though I know he’s still mad about the fact that I beat him the last time we raced together!” joked Emig, referring to the 1999 U.S. Open of Supercross, his last win as a professional. “Seriously, I look forward to not only working alongside Ricky in this new program, but also with all riders young and old who will be spending the day with us at such a prestigious racing facility as Daytona International Speedway.”

 

Emig is now a color analyst for the SPEED and CBS coverage of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, as well as a team manager for Fox Racing.

 

Jeff Emig is the first of several guest instructors and lecturers that will form the faculty for the first Ricky Carmichael University classes at Daytona International Speedway. To learn more about the academy, which follows the Daytona Supercross By Honda, as well as the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross Championships, including the curriculum, scheduling and tuition, visit www.mxsports.com.

 

About Ricky Carmichael
Ricky Carmichael won 102 AMA Motocross Nationals and 48 AMA Supercross main events for a record 150 major wins between 1997 and 2007. The Tallahassee, Florida resident won 10 AMA Motocross Championships and five AMA Supercross crowns, giving him a record 15 major titles in his career. After retiring from professional racing, he began pursuing a career in auto racing and was recently named the Most Popular Driver in the 2009 Camping World NASCAR Truck Series. As for motocross, he will forever be known as “the Goat,” which stands for greatest of all-time. 

 

About MX Sports
MX Sports, Inc. is a Morgantown, West Virginia-based motocross production company. The group coordinates the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, which includes a national qualifying program consisting of 52 Area Qualifying races held annually from February through May and 12 Regional Championship races conducted in June at select motocross facilities across the country. The national championship event is held during the first week of August at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com.

Jan 29 | New State-Of-The Art Flagstand Set To Debut During Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend

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The checkered flag, the sight every driver dreams of seeing first when they cross the start/finish line at Daytona International Speedway, has a new state-of-the-art home.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The checkered flag, the sight every driver dreams of seeing first when they cross the start/finish line at Daytona International Speedway, has a new state-of-the-art home.

Race fans attending Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 events will see the debut of the newly installed flagstand complete with a full-color LED display that will overlook the legendary tri-oval of the “World Center of Racing.”

The flagstand, made of structural steel and standing 22 feet tall from the race track, will see its first racing action beginning with this weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Fresh From Florida 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Other interesting statistics behind the one-of-a-kind flagstand include:

• Approximately 60 square feet space at the top of flagstand for the starter
• Eighteen steps to climb to the top of flagstand
• The high resolution LED display is capable of showing race information, live video and replays as well as graphics and animations in 4.4 trillion colors.
• Impressive 49,920 pixel LED display that measures nearly four-feet tall and 22.5-feet wide.
• Two new light tubes featuring super-bright green, red and amber LEDs above the display will flash the flag colors and provide fans and drivers greater visibility of the racing conditions.

Tickets for all Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14, are available on your web-enabled phone at mobile.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Jan 29 | Driver Appearance Schedule

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Driver Appearance Schedule for Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks.

Take a look at the master driver appearance schedule for Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 events:

Daytona 500 Experience
Friday, Feb. 12
-Question and Answers sessions
11 a.m. - noon
Elliott Sadler

Ward Burton
Junior Johnson
Chocolate Myers
Lyn St. James

Noon
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet

The Sprint Experience
Thursday, February 11, 2010 
 -Unveiling of 2010 Miss Sprint Cup 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 14, 2010  
 -Ryan Newman 10:00 a.m. 
 
Chevy Stage
Friday, February 12  
 - Tony Stewart 10:30 a.m. 
- Juan Pablo Montoya 11:15 a.m.
- John Wes Townley 11:30 a.m.
- Clint Bowyer 12:00 p.m.
- Austin Dillion 2:45 p.m.

Chevy Display

Sunday, February 14

-No. 29 Pit Crew 8:45 a.m

-No. 1 Pit Crew 9:45 a.m.

Saturday, February 13  
- Ryan Newman 9:00 a.m.
- Jeff Gordon 9:15 a.m.
- Jimmie Johnson 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 14  
 - Jeff Burton 9:10 a.m. 
 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10:15 a.m.
 
US Army-Strength in Action Zone
Friday, February 12  
 - Ryan Newman 4:00 – 4:15 p.m.
 
Cat Merchandise Trailer
Friday, February 12  
 - Jeff Burton 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Hospitality Areas

5th Turn
Saturday, February 6

-Joey Logano 5-5:15pm

-Michael Waltrip 5:30pm

Thursday, February 11   
-Marcos Ambrose 10-10:15am

-Brian Vickers 10-10:15am

-Joey Logano 10:15-10:30am 

-Bobby Labonte 10:45am

-Ward Burton 11:00 -11:20am


Friday, February 12  
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Todd Bodine 4-4:20pm

 -Mike Skinner

-Ward Burton 5-5:20pm


Sunday, February 14  
 -Marcos Ambrose 9-9:15am

-Juan Pablo Montoya 9:15-9:30am

-Jimmie Johnson 10-10:15am

Party Zone
Saturday, February 13  
 -Ward Burton 9:30-9:45am

31 Degrees
Sunday, February 14  
 -Juan Pablo Montoya 9-9:15am
 -Brian Vickers 9:25-9:45am
 -Jimmie Johnson 10:15-10:30
 -Ward Burton 10:45-11am

Past Champions Suite
Thursday, February 11  
 -Ward Burton 11:45-12:15pm   

Friday, February 12  
-Ward Burton 6:15-6:45pm

Saturday, February 13

-Ward Burton 11-11:30am


Sunday, February 14  
 -Chocolate Myers 12pm
 -Ward Burton 11:30-12pm

Ford Fan Suite

Saturday, February 13

-Kasey Kahne 9-9:15am

Sunday, February 14

-Matt Kenseth 9-9:15am

-Greg Biffle 9:20-9:35am

AJ Allmendinger 9:45-10am

Sprint FANZONE

Main Stage

Saturday, February 6

-Michael Waltrip 5:55pm


Thursday, February 11  
 -David Ragan 10:30-10:45 am

-Joey Logano  9:45-10:00am

-Boris Said 12pm

Friday, February 12  
 -Ron Hornaday            4pm

Saturday, February 13 
-David Reutimann 9:45-10am

Sunday, February 14
-AJ Allmendinger 9-9:15am 

Joey Logano 9:00am

Kevin Harvick 9:25 am

 

-Ward Burton 9:45-10am 

 

-John Andretti 10-10:15

 

Goodyear Legends Area

Friday, February 12 5-5:45

 

-Ricky Carmichael

-Todd Bodine

-Timothy Peters

-Justin Lofton

-Ted Musgrave

-Aric Almirola

-David Starr

-Ryan Sieg

-Sean Murphy

-Jason White

-Tayler Malsam 

Coke Stage

Saturday, February 13

- David Ragan 12:15pm

Sunday, February 14

-Ryan Newman 9:40
 
Surrounding Areas
Wednesday, February 10  
- Home Depot (Daytona Beach)
- Joey Logano         6-8pm

Michael Waltrip Racing Merchandise Trailer

Friday, February 12

- Martin Truex Jr. and Trevor Bayne 1-1:20pm
 

Jan 28 | Angelelli On Rolex 24 Pole, Johnson Crashes No. 99 In Drama-Filled Day

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The clock doesn’t start on the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona until Saturday but there was plenty of drama on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Angelelli

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The clock doesn’t start on the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona until Saturday but there was plenty of drama on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

SunTrust Racing’s Max Angelelli posted a fast lap of 127.293 mph, 1 minute, 40.681 seconds to best Michael Shank Racing’s Oswaldo Negri to win the pole for the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Thursday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was important for us (to win the pole),” said Angelelli.  “I can’t deny this.  It’s nice after everything we went through last year, losing the championship in the final race.  It’s good for morale, it’s good for everybody.”

Meanwhile, the defending GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series champions had a setback.

During the morning practice for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the team’s No. 99 Chevrolet Riley was severely damaged as four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was passing a slower GT class car in the infield road course.

Johnson spun off course and the No. 99 GAINSCO car made heavy contact when it backed into a safety barrier.

Johnson’s teammates in the Rolex 24 At Daytona are defending Rolex Sports Car Series Champions Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney and open-wheel veteran Jimmy Vasser.

The team abandoned plans to bring a new car -- the No. 98 – from the team’s shop in Texas after engineers from Riley Technologies determined the car could be repaired on-site.

“I put myself in a position with a GT car that I shouldn't and paid the price,” said Johnson, who was uninjured in the incident.  “I hate it that I tore up equipment and put the guys in this spot.  It looks like we will get this fixed and hopefully everything will be good for tomorrow.”

 “We’re not happy about it but it is what it is,” said owner Bob Stallings.

Scott Dixon to run the Daytona 5k: If 24 hours of racing isn’t enough, Scott Dixon decided to run in Saturday’s Daytona 5K & Fun Walk.

“I haven’t really run too many 5K’s – more 10K and triathlon-style events traditionally,” said Dixon.  “I heard about the Daytona 5K last week and thought it would be a nice tune-up before starting the 24-hour race on Saturday. It should be fun to do.”

Opening Ceremonies: Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 officially got underway as Ormond Beach resident Gordon Goodman waved the green flag to begin practice for the Rolex Series.

Goodman was named the Mayor of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks 2010 after his 100-word essay received the most votes from fans of Daytona International Speedway on Facebook.

Fresh From Florida 200: Sports car veteran Andy Pilgrim, in the No. 46 BMW M3 for Fall-Line Motorsports, captured the pole for Friday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race with a lap of 107.125 mph.

The Fresh From Florida 200 goes green at 1:45 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets for all Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Speedweeks events, including the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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