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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NASCAR’s Kerry Tharp statements explain Brad Keselowski‘s $25,000 fine 

“Brad’s tweeting at the Daytona 500 was really our first introduction to the magnitude of the social media phenomenon at the race track, especially how we saw it unfold that evening,” Tharp said. “We encourage our drivers to participate in social media. We feel we have the most liberal social media policy in all of sports, and the access we provide is the best in all of sports.

“But we also have rules that pertain to competition that need to be enforced and abided by.  Once the 500 took place, and in the days and weeks following the 500, NASCAR communicated to the drivers and teams that while social media was encouraged and we promoted it, the language in the rule book was clear and that drivers couldn’t carry onboard their cars, electronic devices, like a phone.”

From Associated Press

Brian France Speaks on Panel About Driving Social Change Through Sport

NASCAR Participates in Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium

At the Beyond Sport Summit in London, in the days leading up to the Summer Olympics, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France spoke passionately about his sport’s efforts to drive sustainable behavior amongst millions of fans through the NASCAR Green platform. Today, he joined National Basketball Association – NBA – Commissioner David Stern on a panel at Yankee Stadium entitled Beyond Sport United: Sports Teams for Social Change.

The conversation centered on how teams and leagues can use their resources to engage with their communities in a more sustained, impactful way. The commissioners also discussed how community engagement and philanthropic efforts can also benefit teams and leagues’ objectives across departments and enterprises.

“The mission of Beyond Sports is critically important,” said France. “I look forward to collaborating with our friends from other sports to find ways that we can work together to galvanize our respective industries in an effort to make a substantive impact on the lives of local communities and fans of sport throughout the world.”

In May 2012, NASCAR became the last founding member of a coalition of leagues that includes Major League Baseball – MLB, the National Football League – NFL, the National Hockey League – NHL, Major League Soccer – MLS, the Women’s National Basketball Association – WNBA, as well as the NBA. The leagues are part of Beyond Sport’s wider global network to promote, develop and support the use of sport to create positive social change.

“Beyond Sport United is an event born out of the idea that professional sports teams, as heroic brands with historic resonance, have the profound ability to be hubs of positive influence and resource within their communities,” said Nick Keller, founder of Beyond Sport. “What impressed me at our London event was how much of what NASCAR was doing to drive social change here in the US resonated with a global audience. I look forward to seeing that same dynamic in action at Yankee Stadium today.”

The day consisted of panels and workshops that strive to identify ways that specific social issues can be addressed by sports teams, leagues, and their partners. The conversation also focused on the business and organizational benefits of community engagement and social responsibility.

In addition to France, NASCAR was well represented at the event throughout the day through a range of other activities. Among them:

NASCAR Hall of Famer and The NASCAR Foundation Board Member Rusty Wallace joined a Players Panel to explore how teams and leagues have supported, and can better support, players in their philanthropic work.  Moderated by Mike Greenberg from ESPN, the panel also included Mark Teixeira – World Series champion and founder of the Mark Teixeira Charitable Foundation, Derrick Brooks – former Super Bowl champion and founder of Derrick Brooks Charities, Aimee Mullins – Paralympian, actress, fashion model and activist, and Swin Cash – WNBA champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.

Dr. Michael Lynch, NASCAR’s managing director of green innovation, participated in a break out session call Sustainability & Environment: Innovation, Efficiency and Creativity. Joining Dr. Lynch was Rich Sotelo, vice president, operations, San Jose Sharks and Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environment Foundation.

From NASCAR Official PR

SRT Motorsports Presents The Numbers – Ford EcoBoost 400

 1 – driver winning race and season championship same year – Tony Stewart, 11/20/12

1 – fewest laps led by race winner – Bobby Labonte, 11/16/03

1 – fewest cautions – 11/14/99

2 – races won from the pole

5 – fewest caution laps – 11/14/99

6 – fewest on lead lap at finish – 11/12/00

6 – fewest leaders – 11/17/01

7 – number of jet dryers available for use this weekend

8 – different race winners

9 – different pole winners

9 – races won from a top-ten starting position

12 – fewest lead changes – 11/17/02

14 – most cautions – 11/17/02

15 – most leaders – 11/20/11

26 – most lead changes – 11/10/11

29 – most on lead lap – 11/22/09

31 – fewest running at finish – 11/21/10

42 – most running at finish – 11/11/01

79 – most caution laps – 11/21/04

105 – minutes it takes to dry the 1.5-mile track after a significant rainfall

214 – most laps led by race winner – Matt Kenseth, 11/18/07

2012 Caution Update

1 – fewest cautions this season – Fontana

10 – races extended beyond scheduled distance – Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega, Darlington, Sonoma, Michigan2, Atlanta, Talladega2, Texas2 and Phoenix2

14 – most cautions this season – Kansas2

213 – number of cautions in the first 35 races of 2012; includes 101 for accidents, 56 for debris and 25 for spins

1,112 of 10,175 – number of laps under caution in 2012

1,504.452 of 13,319.176 – miles under caution in the first 34 races

From Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports – Dodge – PR

Mid-Ohio Joins NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule in 2013

Full Schedule Announced; Racing Returns To Entitlement Sponsor’s Home State

NASCAR today announced the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a lineup that includes a trip to Mid-Ohio for the first time in series history.

Mid-Ohio, a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course in Lexington, marks the return of NASCAR national series racing to Ohio, the home state of the series’ Columbus-based entitlement sponsor, Nationwide Insurance. Mid-Ohio’s Aug 17 addition fortifies the series’ trio of challenging road courses, joining Road America – June 22 – and Watkins Glen – Aug 10.

“With Mid-Ohio on the schedule, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has another opportunity to lead the way at a new venue,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, of the sixth time in nine years the series will run an inaugural race. “This gives us the opportunity to bring the series’ signature side-by-side racing to a new fan base, and build enthusiasm among race fans that have yet to experience the unparalleled experience of attending a NASCAR event.

“This is a competitive and well-balanced schedule that challenges our drivers and teams with a variety of different tracks and distances. It’s a schedule that fans will enjoy.”

NASCAR national series racing last competed in Ohio in 2008, with the running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Grand-Am Road Racing has raced at Mid-Ohio since 2000.

The balance of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide schedule, the series’ 32nd season, maintains a familiar feel, with a strong mix of short tracks, road courses, intermediate race tracks and superspeedways.

Daytona International Speedway hosts the season opener on Feb 23. That race also will feature the introduction of Chevrolet’s Camaro into the series. The series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is set for Nov 16.

On July 27, the series will race at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year as part of “Super Weekend at The Brickyard” with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Grand-Am.

Next season’s schedule includes six “standalone” race dates: Iowa Speedway – June 8 and Aug 3, Chicagoland Speedway – July 21, Kentucky Speedway – Sept 21, Road America and Mid-Ohio.

Kentucky’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series race on June 28, one of 27 campanion weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, also will be the qualifying event for the 2013 “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program. The subsequent four races make up the 2013 “Dash 4 Cash” events: Daytona on July 5; New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13; Chicagoland and the Brickyard.

2013 Schedule

Date Track Date Track
Feb. 23 Daytona July 21 Chicagoland
March 2 Phoenix July 27 Indianapolis
March 9 Las Vegas Aug. 3 Iowa
March 16 Bristol Aug. 10 Watkins Glen
March 23 Auto Club Aug. 17 Mid-Ohio
April 12 Texas Aug. 23 Bristol
April 26 Richmond Aug. 31 Atlanta
May 4 Talladega Sept. 6 Richmond
May 10 Darlington Sept. 14 Chicagoland
May 25 Charlotte Sept. 21 Kentucky
June 1 Dover Sept. 28 Dover
June 8 Iowa Oct. 5 Kansas
June 15 Michigan Oct. 11 Charlotte
June 22 Road America Nov. 2 Texas
June 28 Kentucky Nov. 9 Phoenix
July 5 Daytona Nov. 16 Homestead
July 13 New Hampshire

From NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications – PR


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