Jan 31 | Travel packages available for the Daytona 500

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Daytona International Speedway is offering fans all-inclusive race weekend packages for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual DAYTONA 500 race weekend on Feb. 17 -20 through myRacetravel.com.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway is offering fans all-inclusive race weekend packages for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual DAYTONA 500 race weekend on Feb. 17 -20. Packages, which start at $395, include tickets, hotel and race day transportation.

myRacetravel.com -- the Official Travel Provider for Daytona International Speedway -- is pleased to offer race fans with a hassle-free way to get to the DAYTONA 500. Fans may choose from a variety of package options including an array of hotels, seat locations, track hospitality, even a welcome reception with a NASCAR driver.  myRacetravel can customize a race fan's weekend with airfare, corporate suites, hospitality, pit tours, private parties or dinners, golf outings, even private transportation to the track.

DAYTONA 500 travel packages start as low as $395. Quantities are limited. To book a Daytona 500 travel package, click here or or call 866.990.7223

 

Jan 30 | Ganassi Racing earns fourth overall Rolex 24 win

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Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ magical run continued on Sunday with their fourth overall victory in the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ magical run continued on Sunday with their fourth overall victory in the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.

In the final minutes of America’s premier sports car race, a late caution suddenly turned the Rolex 24 At Daytona into a sprint race.

The No. 01 BMW Riley with driver Scott Pruett behind the wheel held off the sister Ganassi Racing car – the No. 02 BMW Riley and driver Scott Dixon – on a final green and white restart to capture one of the most competitive twice-around-the-clock challenges in history.

“It’s exciting for our team having a one-two finish,” Pruett said. “I think that’s how you one-up what you do here. I think that’s absolutely amazing and I’m proud of our whole organization.

“The 02 car is great, having a team car in this race you get to bounce things off each other in practice and in testing and really try and make the most out of that opportunity to put two cars up front.”

It was the fourth career overall Rolex 24 victory for Pruett and second for co-driver Memo Rojas while Graham Rahal and Joey Hand earned their first coveted Rolex watches.

Ganassi won three Rolex 24s between 2006-08 and has earned runner-up finishes the past two years.

“I don’t drive the cars, I don’t change the tires, I don’t work on the engines,” Ganassi said. “There are lots of people, lots of great competitors that it takes to make up a team, and I’m just the guy that gets to stand up there and talk about it.”

The winning No. 01 entry covered 721 laps, 2,566.76 miles, equivalent of a trip from Daytona Beach to Los Angeles. The margin of victory was 2.070 seconds and there were four cars on the lead lap.

Rounding out the top three was the runner-up No. 02 Ganassi Racing entry with Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Juan Pablo Montoya and 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray. Third-place honors went to the No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley and drivers Max Papis, Christian Fittipaldi, JC France, Joao Barbosa and Terry Borcheller.

The No. 67 TRG Porsche GT3, driven by Andy Lally, NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan, Spencer Pumpelly, Wolf Henzler and Steven Bertheau, overcame a broken clutch to take GT class honors.

“This car was awesome and the gearbox that these guys built was a testament to us beating it up for 17 hours and not using a clutch,” Lally said.
“It was just phenomenal to be a part of TRG and I’m in Victory Lane at Daytona,” Gaughan said. “That’s a dream come true.”

Rounding out the podium in the GT class was the No. 48 Miller Barrett Racing Porsche GT3 and drivers Bryce Miller, Tim Sugden, Bryan Sellers and Rob Bell in runner-up honors and Dempsey Racing in third place with actor Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster, Tom Long and Charles Espenlaub.

For Dempsey, it was his first podium in the Rolex 24 and a huge step in both his racing career and the team’s progression.

“I think it’s important for our development as a team,” Dempsey said. “The sacrifices Joe has done personally and professionally to get us here; and (engineer) Kirt (Wightman), our team, they have worked so hard the last few months with not the kind of funding that other teams have.”

Dempsey got emotional about his finish in his post-race interviews.

“You just think of the waves of emotions,” Dempsey said. “I started racing at the Panoz school a long time ago, and Joe was the head instructor and Charles was the instructor, and from that getting off the couch from watching SPEED on Sunday, to go and follow your dreams and to be here, it’s pretty special.”

Tickets for all Speedweeks 2011 events, including the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)

Jan 30 | Results from the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona

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Results from the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Final results from Sunday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway with drivers' starting position in parenthesis, drivers, car and laps completed.
 
1. (3) Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas/Graham Rahal/Joey Hand, BMW/Riley, 721.
2. (5) Scott Dixon/Juan Pablo Montoya/Dario Franchitti/Jamie McMurray, BMW/Riley, 721.
3. (12) Terry Borcheller/JC France/Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi/Max Papis, Porsche/Riley, 721.
4. (9) Zak Brown/Mark Patterson/Mark Blundell/Martin Brundle, Ford/Riley, 721.
5. (2) Max Angelelli/Ricky Taylor/Ryan Briscoe, Chevrolet/Dallara, 720.
6. (15) Tracy Krohn/Nic Jonsson/Ricardo Zonta/Nicholas Minassian, Ford/Lola, 720.
7. (8) AJ Allmendinger/Michael McDowell/Justin Wilson, Ford/Dallara, 719.
8. (18) Scott Tucker/Christophe Bouchut/Luis Diaz/Mark Wilkins, BMW/Riley, 718.
9. (13) Darren Law/David Donohue/Buddy Rice/Burt Frisselle, Porsche/Riley, 717.
10. (11) John Pew/Ozz Negri/Marc Goossens/Michael Valiante, Ford/Riley, 706.
11. (17) Scott Tucker/Ryan Hunter-Reay/Richard Westbrook/Raphael Matos, BMW/Riley, 703.
12. (48) Steven Bertheau/Brendan Gaughan/Wolf Henzler/Andy Lally/Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche GT3 Cup, 685.
13. (30) Bryce Miller/Tim Sugden/Bryan Sellers/Rob Bell, Porsche GT3 Cup, 684.
14. (32) Joe Foster/Patrick Dempsey/Charles Espenlaub/Tom Long, Mazda RX-8, 681.
15. (10) Jon Fogarty/Alex Gurney/Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet/Riley, 679.
16. (21) John Potter/Craig Stanton/Richard Lietz/Marco Holzer, Porsche GT3 Cup, 675.
17. (27) Hurley Haywood/Andrew Davis/Leh Keen/Marc Lieb, Porsche GT3 Cup, 673.
18. (33) John Edwards/Sylvain Tremblay/Adam Christodoulou/Jonathan Bomarito, Mazda RX-8, 670.
19. (31) Will Nonnamaker/Wayne Nonnamaker/Joe Nonnamaker/Memo Gidley, Mazda RX-8, 661.
20. (24) Ryan Eversley/Daniel Graeff/Kenny Wallace/Ron Yarab Jr/Richard Zahn Jr, Porsche GT3 Cup, 659.
21. (39) Mark Thomas/Peter Ludwig/Dion von Moltke/Cory Friedman, Porsche GT3 Cup, 655.
22. (1) Patrick Long/Jorg Bergmeister/Seth Neiman/Johannes van Overbeek, Porsche/Riley, 654.
23. (36) James Gue/Dane Cameron/Ian James/Dave Lacey, Mazda RX-8, 650.
24. (6) Antonio Garcia/Paul Edwards/Sascha Maassen, Chevrolet/Coyote, 649.
25. (46) Jeffrey Earnhardt/Scott Monroe/Doug Harrington/Maurice Hull/Brett Sandberg, Porsche GT3 Cup, 635.
26. (25) Robin Liddell/Ronnie Bremer/Jan Magnussen, Camaro GT.R, 629.
27. (19) Dominik Farnbacher/Tim George Jr./Ben Keating/Lucas Luhr, Porsche GT3 Cup, 612.
28. (20) Jordan Taylor/Bill Lester/Johnny O'Connell/Matthew Marsh, Camaro GT.R, 607.
29. (43) Cort Wagner/Fred Poordad/Doug Baron/Nick Jones, Ferrari F430 CH, 588.
30. (28) Jeroen Bleekemolen/Tim Pappas/Patrick Pilet/James Sofronas, Porsche GT3 Cup, 578.
31. (16) Enzo Potoliccio/Alex Popow/Romain Iannetta/E J Viso, Ford/Riley, 577.
32. (26) Bill Auberlen/Paul Dalla Lana/Boris Said/Matt Plumb, BMW M3, 565.
33. (4) Mike Forest/Ryan Dalziel/Jim Lowe/Colin Braun/Tomas Enge, Ford/Riley, 552.
34. (44) Rich Grupp/David Murry/Jim Downing/Owen Trinkler, Mazda RX-8, 544.
35. (23) Bill Sweedler/Shane Lewis/Tom Sheehan/Mitch Pagerey, Porsche GT3 Cup, 495.
36. (47) Scott Rettich/Mark Jensen/Michael Marsal/Gary Jensen/Jade Buford, Mazda RX-8, 453.
37. (41) Jim Michaelian/Bob Doyle/Coulter Mulligan/Joe Castellano/Ken Dobson, Porsche GT3 Cup, 423.
38. (35) David Cheng/Tom Papadopoulos/Ryan Lewis/Max Hyatt, BMW M6, 402.
39. (37) Bruce Ledoux II/Eric Curran/Gunter Schaldach/Oliver Gavin, Camaro GT.R, 398.
40. (22) Claudio Burtin/Martin Ragginger/Nick Tandy/Nicolas Armindo, Porsche GT3 Cup, 378.
41. (29) James Walker/Brian Wong/Eric Lux, Porsche GT3 Cup, 328.
42. (7) Brian Frisselle/Henri Richard/Matt Bell/Ross Kaiser, Ford/Dallara, 312.
43. (42) Mike Skeen/JF Dumoulin/Michael Davidson/Glynn Geddie/Dan Harrington, Ferrari F430 CH, 286.
44. (14) Doug Peterson/RJ Valentine/Jared Beyer/Scott Mayer/Jan Heylen, Ford/Riley, 215.
45. (34) Emil Assentato/Jeff Segal/Nick Ham/Anthony Lazzaro, Mazda RX-8, 202.
46. (45) Joe Sahlen, Mazda RX-8, 124.
47. (40) Taylor Hacquard/Chris Cumming/Mikel Miller/Justin Marks, Mazda RX-8, 122.
48. (38) Joey Atterbury/Cooper MacNeil/Randy Pobst/Derek Whitis, Porsche GT3 Cup, 121.
 
Race Statistics
Winners' average speed: 106.877 mph
Time of race: 24:00:57.957
Margin of victory: 2.426 seconds
Cautions: 23 for 141 laps
Lead changes: 52 among 27 drivers/12 cars
Lap leaders: Bergmeister 1-27, Angelelli 28-29, Pruett 30-31, Angelelli 32-53, Jönsson 54-57, P. Edwards 58-66, Donohue 67-84, Bouchut 85-110, Donohue 111-118, Briscoe 119, Jönsson 120, R. Taylor 121-131, Rojas 132-135, Rice 136-163, Montoya 164-169, Rojas 170, Hand 171-181, Patterson 182-184, Allmendinger 185-189, Rice 190-205, Hand 206-215, Bu. Frisselle 216-223, Hand 224-249, Franchitti 250, Zonta 251, Pruett 252-255, Negri 256-262, Wilson 263-269, Pruett 270-290, Montoya 291-303, Rahal 304-306, Borcheller 307-308, Law 309-318, McDowell 319-338, Borcheller 339-351, Jönsson 352, Borcheller 353-368, Rojas 369-400, Hand 401, Dixon 402, Hand 403-447, McMurray 448, Rice 449-458, Minassian 459, Rice 460-481, Pruett 482-488, Franchitti 489-511, Pruett 512-521, Zonta 522, Montoya 523-538, Rojas 539-541, Montoya 542-607, McMurray 608, Hand 609-631, Dixon 632-693, Pruett 694-721.
Point standings (Top 10, Daytona Prototypes): Pruett 35, Rojas 35, Hand 35, Rahal 35, Dixon 32, Franchitti 32, McMurray 32, Montoya 32, Barbosa 30, Borcheller 30, Fittipaldi 30, France 30, Papis 30.
Point standings (Top 10, GT): Lally 35, Pumpelly 35, Bertheau 35, Henzler 35, Gaughan 35, B. Miller 32, R. Bell 32, Sellers 32, Sugden 32, Foster 30, Dempsey 30, Espenlaub 30, T. Long 30.

Jan 28 | Plumb, Rum Bum Racing Takes Second Straight GRAND-AM 200 Victory

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Matt Plumb and the No. 13 RumBum.com BMW M3 team opened the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season in Victory Lane on Friday at Daytona International Speedway for the second consecutive year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Plumb and the No. 13 RumBum.com BMW M3 team opened the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season in Victory Lane on Friday at Daytona International Speedway for the second consecutive year.

Plumb combined with co-driver Nick Longhi to win the GRAND-AM 200 under caution ahead of the No. 15 Ford Racing/Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302 co-driven by Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster.

Longhi started the race from the pole and led the opening nine laps before pitting under caution and turning over the controls to Plumb for the remainder of the event. Plumb led twice for 18 laps and staved off a hard-charging Maxwell over the closing laps before a full-course caution coming to the white flag preserved the victory. Plumb won last year's race with Gian Bacardi as his co-driver in the first race for the Orlando, Fla.-based team.

"We had a pretty high goal in matching last year's effort," Plumb said. "Last year, it was a new team and a new co-driver. This year, we had the benefit of my friend Nick here in the car - who obviously is a veteran of the series - so it put us in a very good position and we felt good going into the race.

"However, everybody seems to have stepped up their game," Plumb added. "I'm not sure what's going on, but I was hoping to catch them sleeping. It's incredible. The competition is so tight. Everybody brought their best game and it gave me anxiety the entire time. It was stressful but it was a great race. Thank God for the yellow. I think the Mustang was very strong there towards the end and I was lucky to hold him off at just the right time."

It was the sixth CTSCC career victory for Plumb - who won a total of three races last season - and it was also the sixth victory for Longhi. It was also the third consecutive CTSCC victory for both drivers, who won the final two rounds of the 2010 season at Miller Motorsports Park and Trois-Rivieres.

Foster and Maxwell were followed across the stripe by Paul Dalla Lana and Bill Auberlen in third place in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3.

Just as the pole-winning car took the GS victory, the polesitting No. 171 APR/VW Driver Gear Volkswagen GTI for Ryan Ellis and Ian Baas won in Street Tuner (ST).

Ellis led fairly comfortably throughout his driving stint, but Baas clearly had his hands full throughout the closing minutes of the two-and-a-half hour race with an aggressive Adam Pecorari in the No. 24 Columbus Truck BMW 330i, with whom he swapped the lead a handful of times before Pecorari crashed while trying to take the lead once again.

It was the first career CTSCC victory for Ellis and the third for Baas, who also took the ST win in the 2010 finale at Miller. It was Baas' second GRAND-AM victory at Daytona, as he was a GT-class winner in the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

"The last few laps were absolutely crazy," Baas said. "I was definitely driving a little bit in my mirrors waiting for some passing, but all this crazy stuff was happening in front of us and people were crashing.

"Luckily, the double yellows were flying and I could breathe a little bit at the end. I'm a little thankful for those, but mostly to be with this team and to have great support with Volkswagen this year and last year. We're going to have a great season together and we're looking for more."

Andy Lally and Nic Jonsson gave Kia its first CTSCC podium with a second-place run in the No. 10 Kia Motors America Kia Forte Koup, and John Capestro-Dubets and Gregory Liefooghe completed the ST top three in the No. 81 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i.

Country music superstar and actor Reba McEntire was in attendance for the GRAND-AM 200 as her son, Shelby Blackstock, made his series debut in the No. 51 Roush Performance Products Ford Mustang. Blackstock led two laps and finished 18th in the GS class alongside co-driver Roly Falgueras.

Tickets for the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online are available for calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

Jan 28 | Daytona Unveils New Mobile Website, Fan Texting Service Returns for Speedweeks 2011

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As part of its ongoing effort to enhance fan communication and safety while providing timely information, Daytona International Speedway announced the debut of its mobile website.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of its ongoing effort to enhance fan communication and safety while providing timely information, Daytona International Speedway today announced the debut of its mobile website, www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, this coming weekend at the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona.  With the new mobile web site, fans can now access vital ticket and race weekend information directly from their smart phones. 

In addition, speedway officials announced the return of the Fan Texting Service, allowing fans to communicate directly with officials on property to report a safety issue, ask a seating question or request general assistance.

“Our fans are becoming more technologically savvy and with the current capabilities available on today’s smart phones, it’s important for us to use this technology to deliver current event information and enhance our guests’ overall experience,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “With the new mobile web site, fans can access important information before, during and after race weekends, including ticket information, gate policies, race day activities, latest news and much more.  Also, our Fan Texting Service adds another level of customer service to ensure all our guests have a safe, memorable and enjoyable experience at the ‘World Center of Racing.’”

The fan texting code will be highly visible via signage throughout the entire Daytona International Speedway property, including parking areas, merchandise and vendor midway areas, the infield, and grandstand seats. 

Tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 and Speedweeks 2011 events are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway).

Jan 28 | Speedweeks 2011 schedule

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View the complete Speedweeks 2011 schedule.

Thursday, January 27

10:00 am Opening Of Speedweeks Ceremony At Start/Finish Line In Pit Lane

10:00 am - 11:30 am Practice – Rolex Series

11:45 am - 12:30 pm Practice – Continental Tire Challenge

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Practice – Rolex Series

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm Practice – Continental Tire Challenge

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Qualifying– Rolex Series Daytona Prototype

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Qualifying– Rolex Series GT

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Qualifying – Continental Tire Challenge ST

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm Qualifying – Continental Tire Challenge GS

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Practice – Rolex Series

Friday, January 28

9:00 am - 9:45 am Practice – Rolex Series

10:00 am - 10:45 am Practice – Continental Tire Challenge

11:00 am - 12:00pm Final Practice – Rolex Series

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Continental Tire Challenge Pre-Race/Fan Walk/Autograph Session on pit road

1:30 pm Start – Continental Tire Challenge Grand-Am 200 (2.5 Hour Time Limit)

Saturday, January 29

11:30 am Blind Driver Challenge

12:15 pm Rolex 24 Driver autograph session in SPRINT FANZONE

2:15 pm Rolex 24 Driver introductions

3:00 pm Pre-race ceremonies/ All cars on the grid

3:30 pm START – 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Sunday, January 30

3:30 pm FINISH – 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona

Thursday, February 10

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ARCA Practice

Friday, February 11

2:00 pm ARCA Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Practice

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm NSCS Final Budweiser Shootout Practice

8:00 pm N SCS Drawing For Budweiser Shootout- Located, Outside Turn Four On The “SPEED” Stage FREE to the Public

Saturday, February 12

10:00 am - 10:45 am ARCA Final Practice

11:00 am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm ARCA All access open garage/autograph session

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm NSCS Practice

4:00 pm ARCA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 Driver Introductions

4:30 pm AR CA Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 (80 Laps, 200 Miles)

7:50 pm NSCS Budweiser Shootout Driver Introductions

8:10 pm N SCS Budweiser Shootout (75 Laps, 187.5 Miles)

Sunday, February 13

1:05 pm N SCS Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger (Two Laps, Two Positions)

Monday, February 14

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Daytona International Speedway Richard Petty Driving Experience

Tuesday, February 15

9:00 am - 5:00 pm Daytona International Speedway Richard Petty Driving Experience

Wednesday, February 16

9:00 am - 10:30 am NNS Practice

10:40 am - 12:00 pm NSCS Practice

12:10 pm - 1:20 pm NNS Practice

1:30 pm - 2:50 pm NSCS Practice (Final Practice Before Gatorade Duel)

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm NNS Practice

4:40 pm - 8:00 pm NCWTS Practice

Thursday, February 17

9:00 am - 9:45 am NNS Practice

10:15am - 11:50 am NNS Final Practice

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm NCWTS Practice

1:40 pm NSCS Gatorade Duel Driver Introductions

2:00 pm N SCS Gatorade Duel 150-Mile Qualifying Races (60 Laps – 150 Miles Each Race)

6:05 pm NCWTS Qualifying (Two laps, All positions)

Friday, February 18

11:00 am - 12:00 pm NSCS Practice

12:30 pm - 1:55 pm NSCS Practice

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm NCWTS Autograph Session

4:10 pm NNS Drive4COPD Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)

7:00 pm NCWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 Driver Introductions

7:30 pm N CWTS NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 Laps, 250 Miles)

Saturday, February 19

10:30 am - 12:00 pm NSCS Final Practice For The Daytona 500

12:45 pm NNS Drive4COPD 300 Driver Introductions

1:15 pm NN S Drive4COPD 300 (120 Laps, 300 Miles)

Sunday, February 20

12:15 pm NSCS DAYTONA 500 Driver Introductions

1:00 pm N SCS DA YTONA 500 (200 Laps, 500 miles)

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