London Sports Marketing Agency CSM Seeking Growth In North America London agency CSM has its sights set on growing in North America and the recent acquisition of JHE Productions is one of its first major steps in creating a foothold in the U.S.
CSM, the sports marketing and entertainment division of Chime Communications, last week signed off on its purchase of JHE, an event production company based near Charlotte that has built its business around motorsports. Financial terms were not released.
NASCAR Looking To Build Int'l Presence With Whelen Euro Series
NASCAR is "eyeing a strategy" to help build its int'l presence but it has "no immediate plans" to schedule races outside the U.S., according to Lewis Franck of REUTERS.
Citing another made-in-America sports league, the NBA, NASCAR decided to "take a bottom-up approach in the hope of nurturing international drivers who might one day make the leap" to the U.S.
NASCAR Exec VP & Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell said, "The NBA model is a great one. You have a (local league) in a particular country or region but the ultimate goal is to play in the NBA."
A Toyota spokesperson called Denny Hamlin's photo-finish victory at yesterday's Daytona 500 "the greatest win in the company's history," according to Lewis Franck of REUTERS.
Toyota Racing Development President & GM David Wilson said, "As we were looking at why we should come into NASCAR, that was a big part of it, to have a shot at winning the Great American race, to be able to talk to the incredible, powerful fan base that NASCAR has."
IndyCar names new vice president of competition, race engineering INDYCAR announced that veteran racing engineer Bill Pappas has been named Vice President of Competition, Race Engineering. Pappas brings more than 30 years of motorsports experience to the position and has cultivated strong relationships throughout the racing community.
"We are very pleased to have someone with Bill's vision and experience join our team at INDYCAR," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. "His deep engineering expertise and long history of accomplishments in Indy car racing have earned him the respect of team owners and drivers alike. We look forward to the immediate impact and advancements Bill will bring in strengthening our safety initiatives while also enhancing our racing."
Someone Stole Starworks Motorsport's Transporter UPDATE Starworks Motorsport has recovered the transporter stolen earlier this week from the parking lot of its Florida race shop. "A massive amount of adrenalin was flowing when we found this running with the lights on in a deserted alley by the Everglades!" the team posted on its Facebook page.
"Looks like they got into the inside. No idea what's gone yet in there. All the rims and tires gone. But we are super happy to have it back. Thank you to everyone that help spread the word out there. You never know which is the tweet or Facebook forward that's going to make the difference to help!"
Blake Shelton to headline Firestone Legends Day Concert on May 28 Country music superstar Blake Shelton will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 28, the day before the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Current IMS customers can purchase tickets now through a pre-sale while an official on-sale date is slated for Feb. 29 at 9 a.m.
Red Bull GRC announces Racing for Kids as charitable partner
Los Angeles, CA -Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to announce an agreement with Racing For Kids to become an Official Charitable Partner of Red Bull GRC, beginning with the 2016 season. As part of the agreement, Red Bull GRC drivers will visit children’s hospitals across America on behalf of Racing For Kids before every Red Bull GRC event.
“At Red Bull GRC, we are always interested in charitable initiatives that allow us to take an active role in the community,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Our partnership with Racing For Kids allows us to do just that. We’re proud to be aligned with an organization with such an impressive history and look forward to giving back to the communities that we visit this year.”
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that IndyCar driver Graham Rahal has agreed to partner in a variety of marketing endeavors with Life Support for 2016.
Rahal, a Columbus native, finished fourth overall in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings last season, in addition to winning two races.
“Coming off of last season we have a tremendous amount of excitement and energy going into 2016, and mixed with high expectations I am sure it will be a thrilling year,” said Graham Rahal, 27. “With that, it’s always great to work with people like Cheryl and the folks at Life Support. It is an exciting new brand, and I am really looking forward to helping them grow! There’s always room for a great celebration after a successful race weekend. Now we will be more prepared than ever thanks to Life Support!”
Genetic Technologies and IndyCar's Pippa Mann Announce Partnership
Melbourne, Australia, 22 February 2016: Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX: GTG; NASDAQ: GENE, "Company"), a molecular diagnostics company specializing in women's health, is pleased to announce a partnership with international race car driver Ms. Pippa Mann to promote BREVAGenplus, the Company's first-in-class, clinically validated risk assessment test for sporadic breast cancer. This agreement marks the Company's first marketing program, with a national reach, promoting BREVAGenplus in the U.S. and is reflective of Ms. Mann's commitment to working with research organizations and corporations who share her passion for reducing the impact that breast cancer has on women. In addition to Genetic Technologies, Ms. Mann has an established partnership with Susan G. Komen, the world's largest breast cancer organisation, which funds more breast cancer research than any other non-profit while providing screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs.
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the opening morning of testing at Barcelona in his 2016 Ferrari.
Vettel and reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton traded quickest laps with the four-time champion setting a best time of 1m24.939s on medium Pirellis, 0.470 seconds clear of Hamilton, who turned the most laps - 66.
Tony Stewart continues to recover from the back injury suffered in an ATV accident a few weeks ago. He gave an update on his progress with a phone call to the FOX television crew during Sunday's Daytona 500 broadcast. "[I] don't even get X-rayed again until March 9," Stewart said.
"So we're really not going to know what the progress of the bone is. Myself personally I've been up getting around a lot each day, I can tell a noticeable difference each day from the previous day so I am feeling a lot better and [am] on a mission to get back to the race track. That's probably been the hardest part of the last 10 days is not being at the track, not seeing the officials, guys from the other team, everything from Speedweeks." MRN
Daytona 500 Race and Commercial Breakdown of the 2016 Daytona 500 For those of you NASCAR fans that like stats and love to hate commercials, here is the breakdown for Sunday's race. Began recording the times at the Invocation of the race at 1:11 PM, and stopped at the waving of the checkered flag at 4:44 PM (all times are EST). Did not keep records for the pre- and post-race coverage. Fox was the broadcast team for this event.
There is a new sponsor and a bright, glitzy new paint job for #78-Martin Truex Jr., whose 2015 car was black as a funeral suit. Still, two more coats of new paint on the front bumper and Truex is the Daytona 500 champion.
Instead, in a finish he'll be forced to replay for a lifetime, Truex lost to Denny Hamlin by 0.010 seconds, the closest finish in Daytona 500 history. "I just said, 'Damn, that was close,'" Truex said, recalling his initial thoughts, when he was just past the finish line and wasn't yet sure who had won the race. The gold standard had been -- at least since Lee Petty's controversial photo-finish over Johnny Beauchamp in the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959 -- Kevin Harvick's 0.020-second margin against Mark Martin in 2007.
Chase Elliott. Being the son of a former driver, means you are ridding on daddy's coattails. Greatness has to be proven. It took him just 19 laps to crash.
Chase Elliott strode through the Daytona garage, a favorite to the fans screaming his name.
"We still love the 24!"
Elliott may not have felt the same way.
The pole-sitter's run at a Daytona 500 victory ended in the grass, the first Hendrick Motorsports driver to have his day spoiled. Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed out and matched his worst finish in the race. Kasey Kahne and two-time Daytona 500 champ Jimmie Johnson were never serious threats to the Joe Gibbs Racing fleet.
Team owner Rick Hendrick has won the season-opening race eight times -- Johnson and Earnhardt went back-to-back in 2013 and '14.
But after lagging behind Gibbs and Team Penske for most of last season, the four Hendrick cars opened with an inauspicious start.
The USAF Thunderbirds air demonstration team will be doing the flyover for today's Daytona 500, marking their first aerial show of 2016. The Thunderbirds feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons and perform as many as 36 shows a year.
Daytona 500 pole winner Chase Elliott and his father, two-time Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott, each took a flight with the Thunderbirds earlier this week, as according to the pilots, they both came through with flying colors.
"It was a very unique opportunity to fly them both together, " said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hammond, the squadron commander and pilot of plane no. 1. "Obviously Bill Elliott being a legend and Hall of Famer, he was nothing but incredible to meet.
"Both of them came out and flew with us – they crushed it. They were gracious enough to bring us up to the winners circle yesterday."
Sunday's performance will mark their fifth time doing the flyover for The Great American Race. The team will also be back to perform at the 2017 Daytona 500.
Video: Mario Andretti wins 1967 Daytona 500 Mario Andretti wins the 1967 Daytona 500. The cold conditions caused a lack of grip on the track causing a number of cars to spin out throughout the day. Of the 50 cars that started, only 18 were running at the finish. Andretti was able to miss all the wrecks and defeated his teammate Fred Lorenzen who finished second.
Video: AJ Foyt wins 1972 Daytona 500 A.J. Foyt driving for the Wood Brothers wins the 1972 Daytona 500. Richard Petty starts in the 32nd position after his car loses a fuel pump in the first qualifying race earlier in the week, the same race that took the life of Friday Hassler. Petty doesn't stay back there for very long and is able to lead a total of 31 laps before his engine expires halfway through the race. Foyt would retake the lead and go on to beat Charlie Glotzbach by nearly two laps.
Remembering When Indy Car Legends Conquered The Daytona 500
Mario Andretti 1967 Daytona 500
In the 58-year history of the Daytona 500, which is set to run again today, Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt remain the only Indy car drivers to capture a victory in NASCAR’s biggest race of the year.
Andretti only ran the Daytona 500 three times, but his win in the 1967 edition was nothing shy of memorable. He joined the powerhouse Holman-Moody team with the support of Ford alongside teammate Fred Lorenzen. Despite having a motor he said wasn’t up to full song, Andretti finished sixth in his qualifying race and lined up 12th on the grid.
Video: DHS And NASCAR Release New "If You See Something, Say Something" PSA The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign and NASCAR today released two new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and new campaign materials. The new PSAs, which feature Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., will be on display this weekend at the Daytona 500 International Speedway.
Roger Penske adds insight to team charter maneuvers
Roger Penske isn't showing any bitterness publicly over his driver #21-Ryan Blaney not having a guaranteed spot in the Sprint Cup field in 2016. Penske got charters for his two teams [#2, #22] but Blaney and crew chief Jeremy Bullins have been farmed out to the Wood Brothers Racing team, which didn't get a charter.
Rob Kauffman was actively selling his two charters from the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing, which he sold to Stewart-Haas Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. The charters come with guaranteed starting spots and revenue streams.
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