Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ben Kennedy Joins Red Horse Racing





Ben Kennedy Joins Red Horse Racing

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 17, 2014) - Red Horse Racing announced today that 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Ben Kennedy will join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team to drive the No. 11 Toyota Tundra.

"I am very excited to return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015 and to be driving for Red Horse Racing," Kennedy said. "The team has a solid foundation in the Camping World Truck Series, celebrating their 10th year in 2015. It will be an honor to drive the No. 11 Toyota Tundra, the winningest number in NASCAR history."

Red Horse Racing team owner Tom DeLoach commented, "We are thrilled to have Ben (Kennedy) join us at Red Horse Racing. Ben is a very talented young driver, and I think he is going to fit right into our Red Horse family. We consider ourselves one team with multiple trucks, and I expect to see a lot of success from this organization in 2015."

Kennedy began his racing career in quarter-midgets, later graduating to full-sized stock trucks on the short tracks of central Florida. The Daytona Beach native won Pro-Truck championship titles in 2009, and followed with a Super Late Model championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. Kennedy entered the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2011. In 2012, he made history winning the first NASCAR-sanctioned Euro Racecar Series oval track event at Tours Speedway in France. In 2013, Kennedy finished fourth in the K&N Pro Series East championship point standings with two wins, one pole award, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, and was crowned the series' Most Popular Driver. He entered full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition in 2014, starting on the pole for the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, one top-five and seven top-10 finishes, and claiming Rookie of the Year honors.

Founded in 2005, Red Horse Racing will kick off its 10th year of Camping World Truck Series competition in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

About Red Horse Racing: Founded in 2005, Red Horse Racing is a professional race team based in Mooresville, N.C. that strives for excellence both on and off the track. The organization prides itself on integrity, building and maintaining solid relationships with its partners, winning races and contending for championships. Red Horse Racing ownership also operates Performance Instruction and Training (PIT), the number one pit crew training center in the world that also has many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more. For more information please visit redhorseracing.com.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GOSSAGE ON SPRINT NOT RETURNING TO NASCAR

STATEMENT FROM TMS PRESIDENT GOSSAGE ON SPRINT NOT RETURNING TO NASCAR AFTER SPONSORSHIP CONTRACT CONCLUDES FOLLOWING 2016 SEASON

FORT WORTH, Texas (December 16, 2014) - Statement from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage on the announcement that Sprint will not be returning as the title sponsor of NASCAR's elite Cup Series following the expiration of their current contract at the conclusion of the 2016 season: 

"Sprint has been a tremendous series sponsor for NASCAR's top-tier Cup Series and official sponsor of Texas Motor Speedway since they came aboard in 2004. While the news is disappointing that Sprint will not renew with NASCAR when their contract expires at the close of the 2016 season, Texas Motor Speedway as well as the entire industry is extremely appreciative of how impactful Sprint's sponsorship has been in helping the growth of the sport and we all look forward to the company doing the same over the final two years. Much like 2004, this is an enormous opportunity for a prospective sponsor to join one of the country's most popular sports on its highest level. NASCAR has reached out in advance to industry people like myself to assist them in identifying a replacement title sponsor. We encourage NASCAR to find an active, supportive and long-term sponsor with broad consumer reach and minimal category conflict that proves beneficial to the entire industry in the future."

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Toyota Renews ARCA Racing Series Awards Program

Toyota Renews ARCA Racing Series Awards Program

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - December 12, 2014) - Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) officials announced today that Toyota is renewing its relationship with the series. Toyota will be an official Participating Manufacturer with the series for 2015, marking the ninth consecutive year that Toyota Camry drivers and race teams will be eligible for performance-based contingency awards on a per-race and season-long basis in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition.

Toyota fell just short of its second consecutive Manufacturer Championship in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014 with three different Camry drivers finding winner's circle during the season.

"Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and TRD, U.S.A. look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the ARCA Racing Series," said David Wilson, TRD president. "Since entering the series in 2007, 18 different Camry drivers have been in ARCA Racing Series victory lane on the way to three drivers' titles and a Manufacturer's Championship.  We look forward to building upon those numbers in the future." 

Since its ARCA debut in 2007, Toyota Camrys have been driven to 42 pole positions and won 38 races, in addition to winning series championships in 2009 with Justin Lofton, 2010 with Patrick Sheltra and in 2013 with Frank Kimmel. Drivers recording ARCA Racing Series victories in Toyota Camrys include Lofton, Kimmel, Joey Logano, Michael Annett, Scott Speed, James Buescher, Craig Goess, Mikey Kile, Max Gresham, Sheltra, Alex Bowman, Brennan Poole, Kevin Swindell, John Wes Townley, Erik Jones, Kyle Benjamin, Justin Boston and Austin Theriault.

"We have been pleased and proud to have the Toyota brand on track in the ARCA Racing Series, and the Toyota Camry has clearly established a strong presence in winning poles, races, series championships and the 2013 ARCA Manufacturer's Championship," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "Toyota has been steadfast in its support of the ARCA Racing Series and teams racing the Camry, and that support is reflected in Toyota's return on investment with its on-track success."

The 2015 ARCA Racing Series season kicks off with its 52nd annual appearance at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 14.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

About Toyota and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 - and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. (TMS), based in Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. sales, marketing, distribution and customer service arm for Toyota, Scion and Lexus.

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com, www.lexus.com, www.scion.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Valvoline™ named official motor oil of the ARCA Racing Series

Valvoline™ named official motor oil of the ARCA Racing Series

LEXINGTON, KY., Dec. 11, 2014 - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America, Valvoline and TSMGI today announced that Valvoline™ would become the official motor oil of the ARCA Racing Series beginning in 2015.

The announcement, which took place at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, includes the news that Valvoline Pro-V Racing™ 0W30 motor oil will be the exclusive oil for use in the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package.

"We are excited to be the official motor oil of the ARCA Racing Series, helping another generation of racers reach victory lane," said Jamal Muashsher, Valvoline's director of marketing. "Valvoline introduced our first motor oil specifically designed for racing in 1965, and we will be powering the ARCA Ilmor 396 engines in 2015 with our newest offering, Valvoline Pro-V Racing."

Ilmor engineers utilized the Pro-V Racing 0W30 motor oilextensively during the development, feasibility and durability testing of the ARCA Ilmor 396 this past fall, including extensive testing on the engine dyno, SpinTron, chassis dyno and on-track. Ilmor was convinced that the Pro-V Racing 0W30 was the right product to help Ilmor achieve the performance standards established.

"When ARCA informed us that they were negotiating with Valvoline to become the oil supplier for the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine program, we were enthused knowing full well that Valvoline products have been, and continue to be, very successful in many forms of motorsports," said Dave Dixon, Ilmor director of assembly operations. "This comes from Valvoline's passion for supporting the racing community and their commitment to formulating and producing great products. Together with the experienced staff at Valvoline, we chose to use their Pro-V Racing 0W30 formula for our rigorous development and durability testing. We have been extremely pleased with Valvoline's support and the test results to date. We have zero concerns with the ability of the engines to maintain rock-solid reliability and to withstand our extreme durability testing mode, which exceeds what the engines will experience in the hands of the racing teams. We can go forward into 2015 with confidence in the knowledge that Valvoline Pro-V Racing 0W30 oil is protecting the ARCA Ilmor 396 engines."