Mar 10 | NASCAR Foundation Announces 'The Big Five'
The NASCAR Foundation announced five community service projects across the country -- including one at Daytona Internatioanl Speedway -- as keystone events to take place on NASCAR Day on May 21.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The NASCAR Foundation announced five community service projects across the country as keystone events to take place on NASCAR Day on May 21, teaming with several official NASCAR partners and aimed at education and helping children live happier, healthier lives. “The Big Five” projects include: renovation and race theme decoration of a portion of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.; partnering with Bank of America for a racing-themed educational initiative at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; working with Sprint, Inc. for a playground build at the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, Mo.; A Place for Hope project outside Charlotte, N.C., and a youth initiative at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
NASCAR Day is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and corporate partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $8 million for charity.
This year marks the first time that the Foundation has taken on multiple national service projects of this magnitude to celebrate and create awareness for children’s causes through the NASCAR Day platform.
“We are very proud of this program and what it has been able to accomplish over the past several years,” said NASCAR president and NASCAR Foundation Board Member Mike Helton. “The contributions from our fans and partners to NASCAR Day make it possible for the Foundation to take on these multiple community service projects across the country. We hope that our fans will come out to support these efforts or find a way to volunteer in their own community to help celebrate NASCAR Day.”
Fans can help support these initiatives by making a $5 donation for the 2010 NASCAR Day collectible lapel pin or by registering to volunteer at one of the service projects. For more information visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay.
Details of “The Big Five” projects: • Atlanta, Ga. – Aflac, NASCAR’s official partner, and The NASCAR Foundation have partnered on the project which will involve a room renovation at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help give it a fresh new face-lift with a racing theme. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S.News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 370 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders.
• Daytona Beach, Fla. – Bank of America, the Official Bank of NASCAR, and The NASCAR Foundation will work together in Daytona to raise awareness for the critical role math and science play in the sport of NASCAR by bringing more than 100 middle school students to Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Day event is part of the “Students at the Speedway” program, the bank’s signature program designed to showcase NASCAR as a strong career path for students who are eager to learn in the areas of math, science and technology.
• Fontana, Calif. – The NASCAR Foundation has partnered with Auto Club Speedway to host a youth initiative at the track on NASCAR Day.
• Kansas City, Mo. – With the help of Sprint, an official partner of NASCAR, and hundreds of volunteers, The NASCAR Foundation will build a brand new playground at the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City. The playground will be dedicated in memory of Tom Murphy, a former Sprint Executive and NASCAR Foundation Board Member who passed away last year. The Ronald McDonald House serves more than 6,000 families per year and is desperately in need of a playground facility.
• Charlotte, N.C. / Rock Hill, S.C. – A community service project at A Place for Hope. A Place for Hope (APFH) is committed to providing material resources, hands-on educational training and job development programs, and psychological hope for the residents of Blackmon Road. The Blackmon Road Community is one of the poorest communities in South Carolina. The residents of Blackmon Road live without indoor plumbing, bathrooms or showers, without trash pick-up, without paved roads, and without street lights.
In addition to the five service projects, the contributions raised through NASCAR Day will help a variety of other organizations with an emphasis on children’s health and education. Last year, NASCAR Day funds also supported charitable organizations and non-profit programming including gifts to Kyle and Pattie Petty’s Victory Junction camp in Randleman, N.C., the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, the Speediatrics racing-themed pediatric units and others.
One lucky fan will also win the trip of a lifetime to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas that includes airfare, hotel and two tickets to the Awards Ceremony in December 2010 through the NASCAR Day Sweepstakes. To learn more visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay.
About The NASCAR Foundation The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support non-profit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.
About NASCAR Day Annually celebrated on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day is a charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. NASCAR Day encourages fans to make a $5 donation for a collectible lapel pin which in turn will support programs that help children live happier, healthier lives. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $8 million for charity. Bring your family and friends to a NASCAR Day service project and experience how together you can improve the lives of those we care about the most. Visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay to register as a NASCAR Day team member, to find out about volunteer opportunities or to learn more about how The NASCAR Foundation is helping children in need.
Mar 08 | Kyle Petty, Rutledge Wood Try Their Hand At Supercross During Ricky Carmichael University
Kyle Petty has raced stock cars and sports cars at Daytona and now can add Supercross to his list after taking part in the Ricky Carmichael University.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – NASCAR veteran Kyle Petty has raced stock cars and sports cars at Daytona International Speedway. On Monday he added motorcycles to that list after taking lessons from Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.
Petty, along with his SPEED Channel co-host Rutledge Wood, took part in the inaugural Ricky Carmichael University where the five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion and his team of experts shared tips and techniques with Supercross racers of all ages in the one-day only camp.
“There are kids here that are five or six-years-old that just worship the ground he walks on,” Petty said. “He’s like Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. all rolled into one when it comes to motocross. To be able to come and learn from someone like that is incredible.”
Petty, who has always enjoyed motorcycles but did not have any previous Supercross experience, equated participating in the event to a kid being able to take a lap around Daytona International Speedway the day after the Daytona 500.
“It’s like showing up at Daytona the day after the 500 when you’re 16 or 17 and being able to get in a stock car and go run the same race track that Jamie McMurray won on yesterday,” Petty said. “To be able to be out there on that same track that some of those guys ran on this past weekend for Supercross is pretty amazing.”
Carmichael, who is retired from Supercross competition and now pursuing a stock car career with Turner Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, was impressed with the performance of both Petty and Wood.
“Kyle is doing fantastic,” Carmichael said. “Rutledge is doing amazing. Racers are racers. When I explained stuff to Kyle, he would go out and execute it. You could see the light bulb click on, if you will. It’s neat to see at their level, guys who are doing it for the first time. It’s so fun to see the progression.”
While Carmichael had fun with Petty and Wood, he also enjoyed working with some of the future Supercross stars.
“It’s good for the sport,” Carmichael said. “We love (the school) and we want it to succeed. The main thing is to bring attention to the younger kids coming up these days how historic Daytona is. When you come into the Speedway, it’s amazing.
“You drive underneath the tunnel, especially between (Turns) 3 and 4, it’s a whole other world. It’s really cool. I hope all these guys realize how magical this place is, how special it is and how much history is here whether it’s two-wheel racing or four-wheel racing.”
Petty will make his return to Daytona International Speedway in July for the Independence Day holiday weekend and the 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event.
Last year’s Coke Zero 400 was a wild affair as Tony Stewart passed Kyle Busch with the checkered flag in sight. Petty expects no less this year as he prepares to watch the race as part of the TNT broadcast team.
“The 500 had a heck of a finish,” said Petty, who won the 1979 ARCA 200 and also earned the pole for the Daytona 500 back in 1993. “I’m looking forward to getting back down here.”
Mar 06 | Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto Wins Daytona Supercross By Honda
Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto dominated the Daytona Supercross By Honda by leading all 20 laps.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto put on a dominating performance leading all 20 laps on way to his first career Daytona Supercross victory on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
The Seattle, Wash., native took the hole shot in the 20-lap event staged inside the Speedway’s tri-oval and held off a late charge from Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey to secure a 4.445-second victory. Honda’s Trey Canard rounded out the podium.
“I got a great start and was able to get that hole shot,” Villopoto said. “The track was tough. It’s easy to make little mistakes here. It’s important to get out front. I think it’s a lot easier to pass here than in a stadium. But it doesn’t matter what track it is, a hole shot is 90 percent of the race.
“It’s nice to finally add this race to the list of wins,” Villopoto added.
The win was Villopoto’s fourth of the AMA Supercross season while Dungey maintains a 20-point lead in the AMA Supercross standings.
In the 15-lap Lites East Supercross event, France’s Christophe Pourcel, aboard a Kawasaki, captured his third straight victory of the season. Austin Stroupe and Dean Wilson rounded out the podium.
“Daytona, it’s a huge race,” said Stroupe. “It would be an honor to win this race but to be on the podium and finish second, it feels just as good.”
Three-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Chad Reed sat out Saturday’s event. Reed, coming off surgery for an injured wrist, practiced and qualified but opted not to return to competition just yet.
For the third straight year, the Daytona Supercross By Honda course was designed by five-time Daytona Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael and built by three-time National Champion Mark Burnett.
The course had a couple of new twists such as the relocation of the starting gate to the West end of the tri-oval and the placement of the finish line in the center of the track closer to the fans.
“Ricky did a great job with the course,” Dungey said. “I can’t believe all the people that showed up here tonight.”
Next up at Daytona will be the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship on Sunday and the Ricky Carmichael University on Monday. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Graves Motorsports’ Josh Herrin held off fellow Yamaha rider Dane Westby to win the 69th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike event on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Motorsports’ Josh Herrin held off fellow Yamaha rider Dane Westby to win the 69th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike event on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
The 19-year-old rider from Dublin, Ga., received plenty of pressure from the hard-charging Westby, who was riding for Project 1 Atlanta, in the closing laps of the 57-lap event but was able to pull away for a 7.964-second victory.
“I just kept putting in the laps and trying to push as hard as I could just to keep (Westby) back and make it as easy as possible at the end and it all paid off,” said Herrin, who finished second in last year’s Daytona 200 to Ben Bostrom.
“This shows what you can do with a good bike,” Westby said. “I saw the gap open and close. I thought maybe I had but didn’t want to do something stupid and throw away second.”
For Yamaha, it was the manufacturer’s second straight victory in the Daytona 200 and its 20th overall in America’s most historic motorcycle race.
Steve Rapp, the 2007 Daytona 200 champion, rounded out the podium on a Ducati.
Next up for Daytona 200 Week is the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Saturday. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP
Race results from the 69th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike event held on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway with position, rider, make of motorcycle and laps completed.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Race results from the 69th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike event held on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway with position, rider, make of motorcycle and laps completed:
1. Josh Herrin, Yamaha, 57 laps 2. Dane Westby, Yamaha, 57 3. Steve Rapp, Ducati, 57 4. Danny Eslick, Suzuki, 57 5. Kev Coghlan, Yamaha, 56 6. Cory West, Suzuki, 56 7. Geoff May, Suzuki, 56 8. Shawn Higbee, Buell, 56 9. Taylor Knapp, Ducati, 55 10. Eric Wood, Honda, 55 11. Eric Haugo, Yamaha, 55 12. Ryan Patterson, Yamaha, 55 13. Bobby Fong, Ducati, 55 14. Ricky Orlando, Kawasaki, 55 15. Santiago Villa, Suzuki, 55 16. Paul James, Buell, 54 17. Andrea Padovani, 54 18. Alex Lazo, Yamaha, 54 19. Dario Marchetti, Ducati, 54 20. Walt Sipp, Buell, 54 21. John Ashmead, Kawasaki, 53 22. Roberto Vargas, Kawasaki, 53 23. Kyle Keesee, Kawasaki, 50 24. Calvin Martinez, Ducati, 50 25. David Dumain, Yamaha, 49 26. Melissa Paris, Yamaha, 47 27. Brett McCormick, Suzuki, 31 28. Kris Turner, Suzuki, 30 29. David McPherson, Yamaha, 29 30. Barrett Long, Kawasaki, 24 31. Michael Barnes, Yamaha, 21 32. Tommy Aquino, 17 33. Reese Wacker, Suzuki, 15 34. Jeff Wood, Suzuki, 15 35. Craig Moodie, Yamaha, 10 36. Anthony Fania, Suzuki, 8 37. Fernando Amantini, Kawasaki, 1 38. Martin Cardenas, Suzuki, DNS 39. Clinton Seller, Suzuki, DNS 40. Josh Day, Yamaha, DNS 41. P.J. Jacobsen, Suzuki, DNS 42. Bostjan Skubic, Yamaha, DNS 43. Russ Wikle, Suzuki, DNS 44. Mark Crozier, Ducati, DNS
Race statistics: Race time: 1:47.17.612 Margin of victory: 7.964 seconds Winner’s average speed: 113.16 mph Led changes: Five different leaders, 22 lead changes Laps led: Herrin 32, Westby 12, Eslick 5, Rapp 5 and Coghlan 3.