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The last time eighteen-year-old Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota) was scheduled to compete in an ARCA Menards Series race, the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona, he ended his night celebrating in victory lane. Following the tire tracks of his father Jeff, who won at Daytona in July 2000, Burton had won on the sport’s biggest stage just as he was to kick off his first full-time season driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Burton dominated at Daytona, leading the final 48 laps on his way to his third career series win.

It was a night that Burton won’t soon forget.

“It was really cool to win Daytona, it’s something everyone dreams of,” Burton said. “I used to pretend I would win there when I was in grade school with my friends, so to come out and win there was really amazing. I haven’t won as many more after that as I would have liked, hopefully we’ll changed that this week.”

Heading into the May 23 General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Burton looks to again join his father as a winner at the 1.5-mile quad-oval. The elder Burton won three times at Charlotte, including his final Cup Series victory in October 2008.

Although he’s just 18 years old, Burton has been traveling all across the country driving racecars since he was in middle school. Racing close to home two weekends in a row is almost like an extended vacation. Not only is Burton preparing to race in front of him home crowd, his friends, and family, he is also graduating from nearby Cannon School on Friday.

“It’s a big week for me,” Burton said. “Racing at home and graduating from high school the next day makes it a big weekend. It would be great to get a win on Thursday and graduate the next day. Not many guys get to race on Thursday and graduated on Friday, and to win would make it even better. It would work out really good.”

There’s also another reason Burton wants to perform well on Thursday night. Running just a partial schedule in the ARCA Menards Series, he’s out to win races just like every other driver in the field. He’s also out to gain as much experience and build his knowledge base as much as possible as he chases the Truck Series title.

“It's a great bridge between late models and trucks,” he said. “It exposes you to different tracks, aero, a similar grip level. The level of perfection you need to win on a big track is high. Every mistake you pay for greatly because the high speeds magnifies everything. The level of competition in ARCA is really high right now too. If you win, you have to beat a dozen really good drivers and teams. It’s not easy by any means.”

Practice for the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is at 11:30 am ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying scheduled for 5 pm ET. The 100-lap, 150-mile race is set to follow at 9 pm ET and will be televised live on FS1. Tickets are available by visiting the track website at CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com or by calling the ticket office at 800-455-3267. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

ARCA Menards Series PR

Following a national talent search at universities across the country, NASCAR and Rev Racing have invited 12 collegiate athletes to compete for roles as tire changers, carriers and jackmen at the fourth annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine in Concord, N.C., on Friday, May 24.

The annual event will be held at the NASCAR Research and Development Center and features athletes from colleges and universities across the nation with aspirations of a professional career in NASCAR. This year’s competitors include football, soccer and baseball student-athletes.

Led by Phil Horton, Rev Racing director of athletic performance, the four-hour combine will test the athletes in a series of strength, agility and flexibility exercises to assess their fitness for a NASCAR pit crew. Additionally, each athlete will learn how to perform tasks required of over-the-wall crew members. 

“We’re excited to witness the impact this year’s competitors bring to NASCAR and the overall pit crew development program,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR director of racing operations and event management. “Each athlete possesses something special and has demonstrated the potential to work in a fast-paced, highly competitive environment. Rev Racing’s recruiting efforts have identified some phenomenal athletes who can translate what they’ve accomplished in their respective sports to success on pit road. We look forward to training those selected to the program and positioning them for successful NASCAR careers.”

Top performing athletes will earn a spot in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development program where they will spend six months training as pit crew members at Rev Racing, with hopes of one day pitting for a national series team.

We couldn’t be prouder of the journey both our pit crew development program and program graduates have taken from its inception," said Max Siegel, owner and CEO of Rev Racing. "With the expansion of our recruiting efforts across the country, the talent level rises, and our program continues to evolve and create more opportunities for advancement at a higher level. We’re energized by the opportunity to work with these talented athletes and foresee a very impactful future on pit road for those selected to participate in our program.”

Since the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program began, more than 100 athletes have participated, and 65 graduates are now working in NASCAR. Thirty-five crew members have reached and competed in the sport’s national series, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™.

Program alums include Raphael Diaz, rear tire changer for Roush Fenway Racing, and Jordan Paige, now a jackman for Richard Childress Racing. Earlier this season, Breanna O’Leary and Brehanna Daniels became the first female graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development Program to go over the wall in the DAYTONA 500. Both women participated in the 2016 pit crew combine and now pit regularly across the national series.

As part of the recruiting process, NASCAR and Rev Racing traveled to host student-athlete workouts at Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Arizona State University, Coppin State University, Virginia State University and the University of Miami. 

This year’s combine will feature Dalanda Ouendeno from Paris, France, a former University of Miami women’s soccer player.  Ouendeno played for the Paris St. Germain soccer club from 2009 to 2015, won the Gothia Youth World Cup and the IberCup Portugal, and was part of five Isles of France championship teams.

Dasmond Tautalatasi will join the pit crew combine from Arizona State where he played safety for the Sun Devils football team. Hadji Gaylord, an undefeated high school wrestler and defensive lineman at Norfolk State University, returns for his second combine with hopes of earning a spot in the development program.

The 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity National Pit Crew Combine participants include:

 

Name

Hometown

University

Primary Sport

Leishaun Ealey

Jacksonville, Fla.

Alcorn State University

Football

Hadji Gaylord

Norfolk, Va.

Norfolk State University

Football

Robin Loza

Charlotte, N.C.

Central Piedmont Community College

Football

Terry McCray

Pompano Beach, Fla.

University of Miami

Football

Dalanda Ouendeno

Paris, France

University of Miami

Soccer

Deonte Parker

Huntsville, Ala.

Alabama A&M University 

Baseball

Mequel Phillips

Chester, Va.

Virginia State University

Football

Josh Pokraka

Honolulu, Hawaii

Arizona State University

Football

Raynard Revels

Richmond, Va.

Norfolk State University

Football

Matthew Sawyer

Baltimore, Md.

Coppin State University

Football

Dasmond Tautalatasi

Concord, Calif. 

Arizona State University

Football

Alvin Wilson

Lexington, Miss.

Alcorn State University

Football

Following Friday’s event, the pit crew combine participants will attend the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity also offers a driver development program, operated by Rev Racing, and fields vehicles for six drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, as well as legend cars for four youth racers in the US Legend Car Series. Successful graduates now competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series include drivers Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com

Rev Racing/NASCAR PR

After a frustrating finish at Toledo Speedway this past weekend, Joe Graf Jr. (@joegrafjr) and his Chad Bryant Racing team are focused on a serious rebound in Thursday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Losing valuable championship points after being taken out by another competitor at Toledo, Graf fell to fifth in the championship standings and although the championship is still within reach with plenty of races remaining on the schedule, Graf realizes his team has to step up to the challenge and leave Charlotte with a proud finish.

“Have to go to Charlotte and recover, there’s not doubt about it,” said Graf Jr. “Toledo was frustrating, and I was aggravated for a lot of reasons, but I’m a professional race car driver. I’m making some mental notes and moving forward. The guys are prepared to go to Charlotte and have a good run and I’m ready to drive to the front.”

Graf joined his Chad Bryant Racing teammate Ty Majeski at an open-test at the 1.5-mile speedway a couple weeks ago and while the test wasn’t as successful as all had hoped, Graf Jr. knows he’s returning to the team’s hometown track better.

“That’s why tests are so important,” offered Graf Jr. “The test offered an opportunity to see where we were start to finish. We were OK, not great and everyone was determined to go back to the shop and be better. I think we will. We were pretty decent last year even though we didn’t get the finish we felt like we deserved.

“We’re focused and that’s important.”

For the seventh straight race, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford Fusion for the 200-lap race.

Since 2001, EAT SLEEP RACE has offered a full product line including accessories and apparel for men’s and ladies. As one of the pioneers of motorsports apparel, the brand has deep roots in the racing industry and was created to offer fresh designs for all racing enthusiasts.

“I’m really proud of how we’ve been able to get the EAT SLEEP RACE name out there in a short amount of time,” added Graf. “I’m really happy to be representing them as their brand really fits my lifestyle.

“We’ve done a lot when it comes to activation at the race track and on social media and it helped the bigger picture. Our plastic bag awareness campaign from Daytona was a monstrous success and we’ll look to do things like that throughout the season.”

Bryant says a good run on Thursday night would be the boost the team needs to put them right back on track for the upcoming stretch of races.

“As a team we just need to stay focused and get back in the saddle,” offered Bryant. “Toledo was super disappointing and frustrating but sometimes that’s just a part of the game, even if you end up on the wrong side of the stick.

“Joe knows what he needs to do this week at Charlotte and we’re going to work relentlessly to make sure we’re giving him the car he needs so he can go out there and his job to the best of his ability.”

To bring exclusivity to his No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion, Graf will carry the Fast Kids Club onboard camera for his second start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Fast Kids Club is the designated youth division of EAT SLEEP RACE. For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

CBR PR

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the NTT IndyCar® Series, will offer extensive coverage of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

SiriusXM listeners will have access to the live call of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26, on Sirius channel 219, XM channel 209 and on the SiriusXM app.

SiriusXM’s race-day coverage begins at 10:00 am ET.  Leading up to the green flag, listeners will hear expert commentary and analysis from the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast team, plus interviews with drivers and others.  When the green flag drops shortly after 12:00 pm ET, SiriusXM will air the race live in its entirety, followed by a post-race recap and interviews.  The race broadcast will also air live on the Mad Dog Sports Radio channel (channel 82).

In addition to the Indianapolis 500, SiriusXM will broadcast the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, May 24 (12:30 pm ET on Sirius channel 214, XM channel 209).  The 100-mile race from the Road to Indy series features some of the world’s best young open-wheel drivers.

Also on Friday, former IndyCar driver A.J. Allmendinger and veteran motorsports broadcaster Jack Arute will host an Indy 500 Carb Day Special from outside the Pagoda at the speedway, featuring interviews with drivers and a preview of Sunday’s race.  Their show will air Friday night (6:00-8:00 pm ET) on the Dan Patrick Radio channel on SiriusXM (channel 211) and replay several times over the weekend.

SiriusXM personality Jason Ellis will also be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day to host a special edition of The Jason Ellis Show from the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The Jason Ellis Show will air Friday (5:00-8:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM’s Faction Talk (channel 103).

On Saturday, May 25, listeners will hear a special Indianapolis 500 preview edition of The Real Spin with Danny Sullivan and Bill Armour (8:00-10:00 am ET).  The weekly show, hosted by former open-wheel racing star and 1985 Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan and longtime journalist and racing insider Bill Armour, airs nationwide on the Dan Patrick Radio channel on SiriusXM (channel 211).

For more information, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

SXM PR

On the heels of a strong top-five finish in his ARCA Menards Series (AMS) debut with Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last month, Ford Performance driver Ty Majeski (@TyMajeski) will compete in his second race of the season in Thursday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Alongside crew chief Paul Andrews, Majeski and several ARCA Menards Series teams participated in an open test session at the 1.5-mile speedway two weeks ago where the team worked on the balance of their No. 22 Ford Fusion throughout the day.

Majeski returns to Charlotte hoping to execute a plan he has in place and contend for his first career series victory in the seventh race of 2019.

“The Charlotte test went ok,” said Majeski. “I think we were all anticipating being better off the truck. We had to work through a few different issues throughout the day and by the end I thought we were in the ballpark. We are certainly searching for more.

“We've spent the last couple weeks since the test trying to figure out what we need to be better. I think we've formulated a good practice plan for Thursday. We just have to execute that and be mindful of the track temperature swings as we will be practicing during the day and racing at night.” Even though the test didn’t go as well as Majeski had hoped, he’s relying on the experience of Andrews to help steer him to his ninth top-10 finish.

Of course, his relationship with the former Cup Series championship crew chief dials back several years.

“Working with Paul Andrews is great,” added Majeski. “It has all kind of come full circle. Paul is a board member on the Kulwicki Driver Development program in which I was a part of in 2015. It was my breakthrough season in working towards the NASCAR ranks and I was the program's inaugural champion.

“So, it is really cool for me to work with Paul because he was such a big part of Alan's (Kulwicki) success. He has a lot of experience and I know we will work well together.”

Charlotte is the second of a six-race tenure with the Mooresville, N.C.-based team. After starting his part-time schedule on a high note with his third career top-five at Talladega, Majeski is eager to build the program and be an asset to the organization that helps not only him but his teammates Corey Heim and Joe Graf Jr.

“I think everyone at Chad Bryant Racing, me included, has high expectations for our program this season,” offered Majeski. “We both have a lot to prove and I think for that reason it will be a great fit. I've run with this team back in 2017 and I feel we were capable of winning two or three races, but we weren't able to close the deal. I want to close one out this season and get everyone at Chad Bryant Racing back in Victory Lane.”

Majeski, 24, is sharing the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride with newcomer Corey Heim who will make his speedway debut at the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway on July 26 in the Pocono ARCA 150.

For more on Ty Majeski, please like him on Facebook (Ty Majeski Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@tymajeski_) and Twitter (@TyMajeski).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

CBR PR

Competing in what could be their final ARCA Menards Series race for the foreseeable future, Codie Rohrbaugh and CR7 Motorsports head to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway hoping for a stellar performance in Thursday night’s General Tire 150.

With an invested interest in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS), the Mooresville, N.C.-based team will push that initiative forward this summer while reducing their on-track presence in ARCA.

Still, the team heads to Charlotte confident they can contend for a top-five finish. “As of right now, we just don’t have any ARCA races circled on our calendar,” offered Rohrbaugh.

“We’ve made some improvements on our Truck Series team and we just really need to take that program forward in the long-term interest of CR7 Motorsports.

“With that being said, we’re stoked about returning to Charlotte with one of the fastest cars in our fleet and the opportunity to better our seventh-place finish from Daytona in February.”

Rohrbaugh will make his 20th career ARCA start and second at Charlotte this week.

Last year at Charlotte, Rohrbaugh qualified and finished ninth in the series’ return to the iconic 1.5-mile speedway. Last week, he also made his second Truck Series start of the season aboard the No. 9 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet Silverado.

Thursday’s ARCA race will see veteran Doug George paired with Rohrbaugh on top of the pit box. While still relatively new to the CR7 Motorsports surroundings, Rohrbaugh says the communication between him and George is molding quickly.

“I like having Doug around and I think he has brought a lot to the table,” added Rohrbaugh. “He has brought a lot of new ideas and has worked closely with Mark (Huff, general manager) on ways to make our program better top to bottom.

“We’ve made some changes and so far, so good. Together, I feel like our chemistry is getting better too. He is learning for the feel I need and I’m learning how to communicate it back with him. It’s gonna take some more time, but we’re heading in the right direction.”

In 19 career ARCA starts, Rohrbaugh has a best finish of seventh twice at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (July 2018 and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (February 2019). He has qualified a career-best fourth on four different occasions including at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 2018).

Follow Charlotte, the team plans to return to Gander Truck competition at Texas Motor Speedway on Fri., Jun. 7, 2019.

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The General Tire 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the seventh of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., May 23 with a two-hour session planned from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

CR7 Motorsports PR

Three-time tour winner Harrison Burton returns to the ARCA Menards Series for Thursday night’s prime time running of the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Burton reunites with Venturini Motorsports' series leading No.20 Toyota team for the first time since winning the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Making his second start at Charlotte Motor Speedway in less than one week, Burton will unveil his No.20 FIELDS/Sports Force Park Camry on Thursday night under the lights.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of my FIELDS-Sports Force Park Camry at Charlotte,” said Burton. “I think with my extra experience racing last week’s truck race I have very high expectations for myself and the team. I feel we have all the pieces to win. We just have to execute and get the job done.”

A member of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) family, Burton, who also drives full time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, made his first ever start at Charlotte last week finishing 11th behind the wheel of his Toyota Tundra. 

Looking to add another trophy, this week’s race marks Burton’s first ARCA series appearance since finishing eighth last month while driving in a relief effort for teammate Christian Eckes who pulled out at Salem Speedway due to illness. 

A three-time ARCA winner, Burton has made 13 series starts since 2016. During that time the Huntersville, North Carolina native has scored eight top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes. 

The ARCA Menards Series returns to Charlotte on Thursday, May 23 as part of a double header which features Pole Night for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Two hours of practice for the General Tire 150 is scheduled for 11:30 am ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm ET, and the race is set to go green shortly after 9 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1.

VMS PR

NBC Sports surrounds the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge with nearly 50 hours of coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold, leading into NBC’s inaugural broadcast of the Indy 500 this Sunday, May 26, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

Following are highlights of NBC Sports’ comprehensive week-long Indianapolis 500 coverage.


SUNDAY, MAY 26 – PRE-RACE COVERAGE BEGINS AT 9 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports will present more than eight hours of live coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on race day – Sunday, May 26 – beginning with extended pre-race coverage on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET. Coverage shifts to NBC at 11 a.m. ET with the green flag slated to wave at approximately 12:45 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR commentary team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst), and Paul Tracy (analyst) will call the 103rd Indianapolis 500 alongside pit reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee, Jon Beekhuis, Robin Miller and Dillon Welch.

Bell and Tracy have combined to make 19 career Indy 500 starts. Tracy was the runner-up in the 2002 Indy 500, while Bell registered a career-best fourth-place Indy 500 finish in 2009. Diffey has called many of motorsports’ most prestigious events, including the F1 Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

NBC Sports’ comprehensive Indy 500 commentary team includes host Mike Tirico and analyst and former INDYCAR driver Danica Patrick. NBC Sports’ Motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rutledge Wood will provide on-site reports from in and around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Krista Voda will also host pre- and post-race festivities.


CARB DAY COVERAGE BEGINNING FRIDAY AT 11 A.M. ET KICKS OFF 13 HOURS OF WALL-TO-WALL INDYCAR COVERAGE ON NBCSN

NBC Sports will surround Carb Day this Friday, May 24, will 13 hours of wall-to-wall coverage on NBCSN beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.


INDYCAR LIVE FROM THE INDY 500
– MONDAY-THURSDAY AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports presents daily live coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week on NBCSN with INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 airing at 6 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday. The program will feature numerous members of NBC Sports’ Indianapolis 500 broadcast team throughout the week, including Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy, Kelli Stavast and Kevin Lee. INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 will include daily interviews with drivers and team members in preparation for race day on Sunday.


NEW EPISODES OF PROVING GROUNDS AND OFF THE GRID FROM INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEK ON NBCSN

NBC Sports will debut new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid this week on NBCSN. Proving Grounds, NBC Sports’ reality series which features a fast-paced immersion into auto racing and testing, debuted last fall and will return for Season Two later this year.

This special edition of Proving Grounds, hosted by NASCAR driver and NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman, alongside automotive journalist Sam Smith and Sports Car Champion driver Leh Keen, takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and includes a ride around IMS with INDYCAR driver Tony Kanaan in a 1912 National.

New episodes of Off The Grid focus on Indianapolis as well as Austin from this year’s INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas. Off The Grid is hosted by a combination of Kim Coon, Sam Smith and Parker Kligerman.


Following is this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 practice and qualifying coverage airing on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., May 20 Indianapolis 500 Practice NBCSN 12 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 2 p.m.
  INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
Tues, May 21 INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Austin NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Wed., May 22 INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Proving Grounds – Indianapolis NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Thur., May 23 INDYCAR Live from the Indy 500 NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Indianapolis NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Fri., May 24 Indianapolis 500 Carb Day NBCSN 11 a.m.
  Indy Lights Firestone 100 NBCSN 1 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Carb Day NBCSN 2 p.m.
  NASCAR America from Indianapolis NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
  Proving Grounds – Indianapolis NBCSN 5 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Austin NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Indianapolis NBCSN 6 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Carb Day* NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Indy Lights Firestone 100* NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Carb Day* NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
  Proving Grounds – Indianapolis NBCSN 11 p.m.
  Off The Grid – Austin NBCSN 11:30 p.m.
Sat., May 25 Off The Grid – Indianapolis NBCSN 12 a.m.
  IPL 500 Festival Parade NBCSN 11:45 a.m.
  Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 3 p.m.
  IPL 500 Festival Parade* NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., May 26 IPL 500 Festival Parade * NBCSN 6 a.m.
  Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 8 a.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Pre-Race NBCSN 9 a.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Pre-Race NBC 11 a.m.
  103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge NBC 12:30 p.m.
  Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge Post-Race NBCSN 4 p.m.
  Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 5 p.m.
  103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge* NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., May 27 Drive Like Andretti NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
  103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge* NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
  Indy 500 Victory Banquet NBC Sports Gold 7:30 p.m.

*delayed coverage
Note: All live coverage that airs on NBC and NBCSN streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

For more details on this month’s coverage of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series coverage across all NBC Sports platforms, click here.

NBC Sports PR

MAVTV-televised Nut Up Pro Late Model and 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model racing returns to Madera Speedway on Saturday night during the coveted Military Tribute Night.  The one-third mile asphalt oval will celebrate veterans and those who were lost fighting for our nation’s freedom.  Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, Modified Super Toyotas, and Toyota Sedans will also be competing.  All military get in for free for this patriotic night of racing.
 
Memorial Day Weekend is perhaps the most prestigious racing weekend on the planet and the large fields of Late Models at the speedway will be hungry for round #4 victories.  $2,000 is on the line for the Nut Up Pro Late Model action for their 80 lap main event.
 
The third-generation drivers representing the Herzog family have had a tremendous start to the season.  Austin Herzog, 16, leads the Pro Late Model championship with a win and third place finish on his resume.  His cousin Tyler has a pair of top-tens in the series while also grabbing two wins and two second place finishes in the non-televised Madera Late Model Series.
 
Dylan Zampa, the 15 year-old winner of the $5,000 to win season opener, is second in the Pro standings.  Two-time Pro series champion Matt Erickson ranks third and is still looking for his first Madera victory of 2019.  Carlos Vieira’s first full-time effort in the series sees him running fourth overall ahead of 2018 Madera Late Model champion Jason Aguirre.  Ross Strmiska, 2018 Short Track Shootout champion Logan Zampa, Tyler Herzog, Christian Roche, and Kolby Berry round out the top-ten in the standings.
 
Thirteen year-old Tanner Reif of Las Vegas, NV is the points leader in the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16 years old.  The 2019 season has been one of the most competitive in series history with an average car count of 18 cars through the first three races.  Reif is one of the veterans of the group that features nine drivers running their first full-season of competition.  He leads the championship by 11 points on the strength of three fast-times, two wins, and a second place finish.  His qualifying record shows seven consecutive quick-times since last July.
 
Sixteen year-old Joey Iest hails from Madera, CA and recently won his first career adult Late Model event when he won on Mother’s Day Weekend in the Madera Late Model division.  Iest has hit the cycle at Madera thus far with a win, a second, and a third for his second place in the Jr. standings.  The battle for third in the standings is a close one between Jay Juleson, Seth Wise, and Tyler Reif.  Just 14 points separates the trio.
 
The 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models race for 70 laps this weekend with a 40 lap opening segment and a 30 lap conclusion.
 
Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros rounds out the MAVTV-televised divisions that will be competing.  Rookie Dylan Baptista swept the April 27th action with fast-time, winning his heat race, and taking the main event win in just his second ever Bandolero start.  The Quarter Midget graduate leads 2018 champion Riley Massey and season opening winner Ethan Nascimento in the standings.  Bakersfield’s Trenton Eurto and Nathaniel Edwards round out the top-five.  Rookie driver Joey Kennealy leads the Mini Cup half of the field heading into Saturday’s 20 lap main event.
 
Jason Lawton has had a perfect season in the Toyota Sedans with six victories, twice defeating former champion Jillaun Holden for the honors.  In Modified Super Toyotas Shawn Reynolds enjoys a five point advantage of Ryan Reynolds with prior champion Bert Stephens in third.  Sedan graduate Kyle Labrie is having a great rookie season that included a win on Mother’s Day weekend to rank fourth in the series.
 
Action gets started on Friday evening with practice from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Saturday’s program begins with pit gates opening at 11:30 a.m.  Practices run from 1:15 – 3:00 p.m. with qualifying and heat races to follow.  The first set of main events starts at 5:00 p.m. including the Mini Cup feature and the Late Model B Main.  Opening ceremonies are at 6:00 p.m.
 
Tickets for this great night of racing are just $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for youth ages 6-12, and kids five and under are free!  All military will be admitted free of charge!
 
For more information about Madera Racing on MAVTV please visit www.racemadera.com or www.mavtv.com. For more information on Nut Up Industries please visit www.nutupindustries.com and for more information about 51FIFTY Energy Drink visit www.51fiftyenergydrink.com
 
Madera Speedway is presented by major partners Nut Up Industries, 51FIFTY Energy Drink, iPull-uPull, and Color Fast Industries.  Contingency sponsors include Five Star Bodies, Maita Motorsports, McCallister Precision Marketing, and StopTech Brakes.
 
Madera Racing on MAVTV airs Thursdays every week.  The show airs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. PST and is also available on the Lucas Oil Racing TV app.  2018 episodes will continue airing until the late spring, before 2019 episodes hit the airwaves on June 6th.

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Regaining the ARCA Menards Series points lead on the strength of his fourth top five finish of the season last weekend in Toledo, Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) hopes to keep the momentum rolling during tomorrow’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“I’ve been waiting for this point on the schedule the entire year,” says Self when asked about the next three races, and the transition from short tracks to intermediate speedways.

“I really enjoy racing on, and driving the bigger tracks. When I looked at the schedule, there weren’t many races within the first six that I really felt great about. There were a lot of short tracks and the two superspeedways, none of which I felt were really my strong suit. When we get to the tracks like Charlotte, that’s when I get excited because I genuinely enjoy driving at those places, even though Charlotte wasn’t a good race for me last year.”

Thursday’s prime time event marks the series’ seventh event of the season as well as Self’s second career start on Charlotte’s 1.5-mile surface. Last year in the series first appearance since 2005, Self qualified fifth and finished 21st after an incident on his second qualifying lap forced him to a backup car for the race. 

Self, who now hold a 25-point advantage over Travis Braden for the top spot knows the importance of consistency during ARCA’s 20-race schedule.

“The points battle is so tight, I think everyone competing for it has to be conscious of the big picture and minimize mistakes. Everyone who has been the points leader up to this point has been plagued it seems. Christian got sick at Salem then had a wreck at Talladega, I got caught in a wreck at Nashville, and Travis got caught up in one at Toledo. I want to minimize those kinds of issues, and go out and have some fun and try to win on these tracks I really enjoy racing at.”

This week’s race will be the Utah driver’s 25th overall ARCA start since breaking into the series with Venturini Motorsports in 2014. Winning 20% of all races entered, Self looks to better his stats with his sixth career victory and fourth on an intermediate or superspeedway.

The ARCA Menards Series returns to Charlotte on Thursday, May 23 as part of a double header which features Pole Night for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Two hours of practice for the General Tire 150 is scheduled for 11:30 am ET, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm ET, and the race is set to go green shortly after 9 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1

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TicketGuardian, the award-winning technology platform, has announced a branding consolidation and pivot to the name of its parent company, Protecht. The pivot to Protecht is designed to streamline and simplify the Protecht offerings to partners, prospects and customers.   

Protechts industry-leading live event technology and consumer-facing protection products help provide ticketing platforms and organizers with control over inventory, additional lines of revenue, fraud prevention tools and fan engagement through enhancements like an improved checkout flow, bot detection (beta) and upgraded security.

Through its various products such as FanShield, TourShield, EventShield, RegShield and FraudGuardian, Protecht provides a dynamic solution for the live events industry to protect attendees and organizers alike from financial burden by offering the option for consumers to protect their tickets, registrations and events including music, sports, endurance, conferences and more.

"The primary goal of the rebranding is to concentrate on our mission statement as we continue to grow," said Protecht Founder and CEO Bryan Derbyshire. "Were here to protect those incredible encounters and memories as well as the investments fans make in them. We Protecht What Matters."

The rebranding comes on the heels of a blistering start to 2019 for Protecht that saw the launch of partnerships with Learfield IMG College, Eventbrite, Tickets.com and Paciolan, with more in the works. The company also launched a documentary series, FanStories, and hosted its second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series TicketGuardian 500 in Phoenix.

For more information on Protecht, visit www.protecht.io.

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