Daniel Suarez stars in first national television ad for Subway
BUY TICKETS: Celebrate Auto Club's 20th anniversary Daniel Suarez is debuting in his first national TV ad as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver with sponsor Subway this weekend as the series wraps up its NASCAR Goes West swing at Auto Club Speedway. Suarez will drive the No. 19 Subway Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.) The accompanying television ad focuses on Suarez's drive and desire to reach the pinnacle of the sport, his path to get here and his competitive fire. "I came here to race," the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender says. "I came here to be better. Now, I stand here a challenger …" Get a sneak peek of the ad here: When Subway came on as a sponsor for Suarez earlier this year, the young star said, "I'm extremely grateful to Subway for their continuing sponsorship of our Joe Gibbs Racing team this year. I enjoy eating healthy, and Subway has always been my go-to choice to refuel my body when I'm on the road or at home. I'm looking forward to a great 2017 season in the Subway Toyota Camry." Subway is primary sponsor on Suarez's No. 19 ride for four Monster Energy Series races this season, including the May 28 Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte; the July 1 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona; and the Oct. 15 Alabama 500 at Talladega.
NASCAR checks in to Hotels for Hope
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR announced today a multi-year partnership with Hotels for Hope designating the company as the "Official Hotel Booking Partner of NASCAR®." Hotels for Hope, a hotel inventory brokerage with a philanthropic business model, services large scale consumer events across the country and will now include NASCAR race weekends. As part of the partnership, a landing page on NASCAR.com ( www.nascar.com/hotels ) launches today, allowing the industry and fans to book hotels for upcoming race weekends through its "Raceday Hotels by Hotels for Hope™" platform. For each actualized room night booked through Hotels for Hope, one dollar will be donated to The NASCAR Foundation. "There's really nothing like attending a NASCAR race and partnering with Hotels for Hope will provide our fans with a convenient and streamlined process to book travel," said Chad Seigler, NASCAR vice president of business development. "Hotels for Hope drives awareness and funds for notable charitable organizations and we are proud that The NASCAR Foundation will be represented among them." Hotels for Hope's database of over 600,000 hotel partners are utilized across a wide variety of events including music festivals, food and wine festivals, business conferences, trade shows, and more. With custom branded solutions and room block management, Hotels for Hope's technology will fulfill the hotel accommodations for any type of event. "Hotels for Hope's industry leading technology uses hotel reservations as a vehicle to raise awareness and support nonprofit partners, including The NASCAR Foundation," said Neil Goldman, Hotels for Hope CEO and founder. "Servicing NASCAR.com and the fans allows us to reach a larger audience, and to drive more bookings with meaning through this sport." Similar to The NASCAR Foundation, Hotels for Hope's mission is to improve the lives of children worldwide. All the nonprofits on its preferred list work to help children live happier and healthier lives. The NASCAR Foundation is committed to making children's health and medical needs a top priority. "The NASCAR Foundation is rooted in improving the life and health of children," said Nichole Kreiger, The NASCAR Foundation acting executive director. "We are thrilled to be working with an Official Partner that has the same commitment, and look forward to making an impact together." Through the Speediatrics Children's Fund, the Foundation supports needs for hospitals, clinics, and other organizations providing children's medical care. Since its inception, more than one million children in need have been aided. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season will continue with the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
NASCAR Drive for 2017 racing season
RELATED: NASCAR Drive NASCAR Drive is back for 2017 NASCAR Drive is the ultimate, live, race-day experience. With in-car video and lap-by-lap commentary, you can follow along with the 40-car field in one place all for FREE. Access driver stats, follow the social conversation and never miss a minute of race day. NASCAR Drive is available in 2017 on your desktop and mobile device during each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and select XFINITY Series races. It’s also available inside NASCAR Mobile, the official app of NASCAR.
Jeff Gordon to drive Camaro pace car at Daytona 500
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Three-time Daytona 500 winner and four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will lead the field to the start of Sunday's Daytona 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) behind the wheel of the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 pace car. "Chevrolet and I have a great history at the Daytona 500 and it's an honor to drive the 650-horsepower Camaro ZL1 pace car for the largest, most historic race of the season," Gordon said. Chevrolet will also pace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Nextera Energy Resources 250 with a 2017 Silverado on Friday evening. A 2017 Camaro SS -- featuring a new Krypton Green exterior color -- will pace the NASCAR XFINITY Series Powershares QQQ 300 on Saturday. "Chevrolet is proud to pace the 'Great American Race' on the high banks of the iconic Daytona International Speedway ," said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. "The Camaro ZL1 delivers unprecedented levels of technology, refinement and track capability." Gordon has plenty of experience leading the field at Daytona. In addition to winning the Daytona 500 in 1997, 1999 and 2005, he shared the overall win last month at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. All three Chevrolet pace vehicles share graphic theme highlights in silver and black, along with selected accessories and personalization features. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
BK Racing, Gaulding add SunFrog as sponsor
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Phoenix BK Racing announced Wednesday that apparel printing company SunFrog has joined the team as a primary sponsor for multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Gray Gaulding will drive the No. 23 SunFrog Toyota this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, site of Sunday's Camping World 500 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Gaulding helped to unveil the car's colorful look Wednesday on FOX Sports 1's "NASCAR Race Hub" program. "I'm very excited to be a spokesman for SunFrog, and represent them on and off the track," Gaulding said in a news release provided by the team. "NASCAR is an excellent way to drive brand awareness, and I'm happy that they've chosen the No. 23 Toyota to carry their brand." Gaulding, 19, is in his first season of Monster Energy Cup competition. After sitting out the season-opening Daytona 500, he has finishes of 37th (Atlanta) and 34th (Las Vegas). SunFrog -- headquartered in Gaylord, Michigan -- has also sponsored entries driven by Brandon Brown this year in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.
France: 'Not going to get too wound up' over Busch-Logano flap
RELATED: Busch, Logano mix it up on pit road NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said Monday that the sanctioning body is "not going to get too wound up about" Sunday's post-race altercation between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. France's remarks came during an impromptu appearance Monday afternoon on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Tradin' Paint" program. Last-lap contact between the cars in a contest for fourth place left Busch fuming at Logano after the Kobalt 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Busch's No. 18 Toyota spun toward pit road while Logano drove away from their collision to take the position. MORE: What Busch, Logano said afteward " Driver reaction Busch marched toward Logano's No. 22 Ford afterward and took a swipe at his rival, setting off a scrum that involved both crewmembers and NASCAR officials. The two were separated and had harsh words for each other afterward. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, told SiriusXM on Monday morning that competition officials were inclined "not to react" pending a review of video footage of the altercation. France echoed O'Donnell's feelings, reiterating that the emotions and high stakes that helped spark Sunday's outburst are inherent in stock-car racing. RELATED: O'Donnell says incident under review "Listen, it's an emotional sport as you know," France told SiriusXM. "There's so much on the line for all these drivers and teams. … So much is expected of these guys to do their thing, so when things happen that are going to happen at a race, it's not terribly crazy to understand that emotions are going to blow over sometimes, and we get that." France spoke out against on-track retaliation, saying that he believed Busch and Logano would work through their differences and that the incident would not carry over from Las Vegas to another venue. "My guess is that Kyle and Joey will sort that out and there really won't be anything we need to worry about down the road," France said. "If there is, we'll deal with it. We'll look at the tape and look at the crewmember participation and different things, but we also want to be realistic that this is … there is just a lot of emotion and a lot of pressure on these guys to do well and compete at a high level. And when something goes terribly wrong, as it did for Kyle, emotions are going to get the best of all of us at some point or another. Obviously, that's what happened on Sunday." France also touched on several other pressing topics in his Monday appearance: On Las Vegas Motor Speedway adding a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event in place of New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "Clearly, Las Vegas is a very accepted NASCAR market, but on balance, we don't like to see any track lose an event. It just has a bad feeling in your stomach when that happens." On the racing produced by breaking events into three stages in NASCAR's national series: "So whenever we do that, whether it's stage racing or giving greater incentives, then obviously you get a higher performance level. And that's true of any sport, not just us." On the move to reducing downforce in NASCAR's aerodynamic rules: "I was not a fan originally on the lower-downforce package, but I'm wrong a little bit on that -- or a lot wrong -- because that's proven to be the cars are harder to drive , it's more exciting for sure, and so the net of it is that attendance is up and ratings have been up and we're happy with things, but watching every week to make sure we deliver the best racing in the world." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
O'Donnell: Incident under review, but no reaction likely
RELATED: Another angle of the Busch-Logano conflict MORE: Photos of the inciden t Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said Monday that competition officials were continuing to review Sunday's post-race conflict between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the sanctioning body is inclined "not to react" pending further video review. O'Donnell's remarks came Monday morning in a guest appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Morning Drive " program. O'Donnell said NASCAR's competition department was reviewing video footage of the incident, which stemmed from on-track contact between the two drivers' cars on the last lap of Sunday's Kobalt 400. Logano's No. 22 Ford slid into Busch's No. 18 Toyota in between Turns 3 and 4. The bump sent Busch spinning to a 22nd-place finish, while Logano drove away to place fourth. RELATED: See what led to the pit road incident Busch walked with purpose toward Logano after exiting his car on pit road, then lunged at his rival after reaching him. The two were pulled apart, but Busch wound up at the bottom of a pile in a scuffle with officials and crews. A NASCAR official escorted Busch, bloodied by a nick on his forehead, from the scene. "It's certainly under review," O'Donnell said. "We have to take everything, make sure we look at all the video, but just from our in assessment last night, as far as on-track I don't think we saw anything that was intentional by any means. We have to have discussions with both drivers. I think our intention would be not to react unless we see something we haven't seen yet." "It's an emotional sport," O'Donnell added, "and I think it shows exactly how much every position on the track means." RELATED: What Busch, Logano said " How other drivers reacted NASCAR officials had no immediate comment about the incident Sunday. O'Donnell also said that officials from the sanctioning body would bring Busch and Logano together for further discussions before getting back on track at Phoenix Raceway. Asked about the possibility on punishment for crew members on Logano's No. 22 team, who jumped into the fray after Busch threw a swing, O'Donnell reinforced that NASCAR prefers to leave things in the hands of its drivers. "What our position has been is that we want to leave it in the drivers' hands," O'Donnell said. "What we don't want to see -- and the drivers have asked for this, which is very fair -- is a crew member initially approaching a driver or initiating some type of altercation with a driver. The early review of this is, this was two drivers with crew members kind of stepping back. Once something happens, a crew is taught, which I think is right, that if someone comes up in your pit box and attacks your guy, you have the right to try and break that up or bring it to a stop. I think that was the initial review that we saw." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017 drivers announced
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2017) – After a season of milestones for NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduates competing across NASCAR national series, the industry's flagship development program for multicultural and female drivers has announced that six drivers will join its 2017 class. The drivers were selected after a competitive combine held last October at New Smyrna Speedway and will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2017 class features a former NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, the granddaughter of one of the sport's female pioneers, and NASCAR Drive for Diversity's first sibling teammates. The drivers will attempt to follow in the footsteps of program graduates and current national series drivers Kyle Larson , Darrell Wallace Jr ., and 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suárez. "Now more than ever, we're seeing the impact of NASCAR's development program in producing drivers who excel at the highest echelons of our sport," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "There's a great deal of talent and potential in this year's class. With the strong foundation that NASCAR Drive for Diversity provides, these drivers will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to elevate their racing careers." The 2017 class is led by four returning drivers, Collin Cabre, Jay Beasley, Madeline Crane and Rubén García Jr., who first competed in stock car racing in his native Mexico. Collin's younger brother, Chase Cabre, joins 16-year-old Macy Causey as this year's NASCAR Drive for Diversity newcomers. Causey's grandmother, Diane Teel, was the first woman to compete in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in 1982. Rev Racing, the operational arm of NASCAR Drive for Diversity, will field four teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and two in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster features: Collin Cabre: An impressive second year in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program was highlighted by four top-five and six top-10 finishes and a sixth-place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings. After winning the 2015 season finale at Dover International Speedway , Cabre was named to the 2016-2017 NASCAR Next class. The 23-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will compete in his third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with Rev Racing. Chase Cabre: Cabre, 20, registered 12 race wins in 21 starts in a 600 Mini Sprint Car and is a two-time Fall Brawl Champion at Florida's Ocala Bullring. In 2016, he averaged a fourth-place finish in races at Hickory Motor Speedway and set two poles during the season. Chase will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in his rookie season with Rev Racing. Rubén García Jr.: At age 20, the Mexico City native became the youngest NASCAR PEAK Mexico driver to win the series championship in 2015. García was also part of the NASCAR Next program in both 2015 and 2016. He returns to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after finishing 10th in the series last season. Jay Beasley: Beasley, 24, made history in 2013 by becoming the first African-American driver to win a Super Late Model race at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . In his first season with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in 2014, he earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He returns to the series for his third season with Rev Racing. Macy Causey: Causey was honored with the NASCAR Young Racer Award in 2016. The year prior, she won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Virginia Rookie of the Year Award and earned top rookie honors at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, where in 1978 her grandmother became the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race at the track. Causey will compete for Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Madeline Crane: The Georgia native began her career racing Bandoleros at Atlanta Motor Speedway at age 10. Crane, 19, moved into Legend cars, and by the time she was 14 had garnered 59 top-five finishes in 82 starts. Returning for a second season with NASCAR Drive for Diversity, she will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series following two top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 2016. NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series. Since it began fielding NASCAR Drive for Diversity cars in 2010, Rev Racing has been one of the most consistent teams in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, registering 17 wins, 65 top-five and 124 top-10 finishes with drivers finishing in the top-10 in points each season. "Each year the applicant pool and talent level rises and our program continues to evolve and create more opportunities for advancement," said Max Siegel, CEO and owner of Rev Racing. "NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing are proud of the impact that we have had in the sport and we look forward to graduating the next generation of athletes to the national series." The 2016 NASCAR season was a historic year for NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni. Larson, who is Asian-American, became the first program graduate to win a race and reach the playoffs in the sport’s premier series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series . With his NASCAR XFINITY Series victory at Michigan International Speedway , Suárez was the first Mexican-born driver to win a national series race, and last November he became the first foreign-born driver to win a national series championship. Suárez will make his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017. The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener will take place on Feb. 19 at New Smyrna Speedway, where Rev Racing scored a win with Suárez in 2014. For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit NASCARDiversity.com . &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Suarez reflects on impact of Drive for Diversity
NASCAR.com's Kim Coon discusses the impact of the Drive for Diversity program with alumnus Daniel Suarez on the heels of the Class of 2017 announcement.
Suarez emphasizes importance of Drive for Diversity
Daniel Suarez discusses the importance of NASCAR Drive for Diversity and how the program influenced his successful NASCAR career.
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