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A new Formula E documentary titled ‘And We Go Green’ will premiere at Cannes Film Festival next week, taking viewers behind the scenes of the electric street racing series and highlighting the purpose of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as a proving ground for electric technologies in a bid to combat climate change and air pollution.
 
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville, the highly-cinematic documentary uses intimate character-driven storylines and unseen race footage from Jean-Eric Vergne’s championship-winning season.
 
Put together in collaboration with Appian Way, Bloomfish Productions and RadicalMedia - ‘And We Go Green’ will screen at 18:45 on Thursday, May 23 at the Salle 60eme.
 
The following filmmakers and subjects from the documentary will be in attendance at Cannes - Fisher Stevens (Co-director), Malcolm Venville (Co-director), Leonardo DiCaprio (Producer and subject), Alejandro Agag (Executive Producer and Founder & CEO of Formula E), Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH driver), Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver), Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing driver), Andre Lotterer (DS TECHEETAH driver), Nelson Piquet Jr. (former Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver), Rick Yorn (Executive Producer), Jon Kamen (Executive Producer), Christopher St. John (Producer), Jennifer Davisson (Producer), Zara Duffy (Producer) and Gabriel Rhodes (Editor).
 
To watch the teaser trailer and learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, visit - www.FIAFormulaE.com/AndWeGoGreen
 
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “The documentary encapsulates the true mission and purpose of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, to show how competition drives technological development and how the excitement of sport can have a meaningful social impact and alter perceptions of electric vehicles. This notion is how the title ‘And We Go Green’ came about. Not only does it signal the start of our races, but it also indicates an urgent need to put the brakes on devastating and irreparable damage already caused by fossil fuels. I’m proud to have worked with such great talent and a production team who share the same common values around sustainability and making a positive impact in the fight against climate change.”
 
Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville, said: “Originally, we thought we were making a film about the environment. We realised the best way to get the world to pay attention to climate change is to make a film about people - in this case race car drivers and an upstart with a vision to disrupt racing series forever. The life of sportsmen, the ups and downs, the excitement of racing and the innovative, life-affirming electric technology coupled with racing through the heart of the biggest cities in the world. This was an incredible, inspiring and thrilling film to make.”
 
Rick Yorn (LBI Entertainment) is handling worldwide sales for the title. The documentary is written by Mark Monroe and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Christopher St. John, Jennifer Davisson and Zara Duffy. Executive Producers include Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick, Justin Wilkes, Alejandro Agag and Rick Yorn.

The championship battle in the ARCA Menards Series may have looked to be a runaway before the season started, but it has proven to be anything but a quarter of the way into the 2019 season.

The pre-season favorites were the powerhouse Venturini Motorsports teammates, Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) and Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota). The Venturini organization can trace its roots back to the 1960s short track scene around Chicago and has been a part of the ARCA landscape since 1983 when team owner Bill Venturini won the rookie of year award as well as a pair of races. He would go on to win series championships in 1987 and 1991 and along with wife Cathy, son Billy and daughter-in-law Emily, owns and operates the family team that at times fields five entries.

It was no surprise when the Venturini team won the opening race of the season at Daytona with part-time driver Harrison Burton. Self then won the next two at Five Flags Speedway and Salem Speedway, and Eckes took the checkered flag first in the series most recent race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

One might expect Venturini team to be dominating the series championship standings. But that hasn’t been the case through the first five races of the year.

The little team that could, RFMS Racing, owned by Don Fike and led by long-time crew chief Dan Glauz finds itself in the thick of the fight for the series championship. Driver Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) leads the series standings by thirty points heading into the next race, the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200, at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 19.

Braden, from Wheeling, West Virginia, is a graduate of West Virginia University with dual degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering. He’s a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion and won in his ARCA Menards Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis driving for his family-owned race team. Not only does he apply his talents for the team behind the wheel, he’s also an integral part of the team that builds and maintains the racecars. In fact, he and Glauz are two of the three full-time employees the team has.

He and Glauz take a lot of pride in competing with, and beating, the bigger organizations.

“Everyone in the ARCA Menards Series takes a lot of pride in what they do.  We are no different at RFMS Racing in that regard,” Braden said. “Each team, driver, crew member, you name it, everyone has a very unique background in this series.  We are viewed as the “little team,” and we love to face that challenge head on. From ourselves, our sponsors, our fans, we all have that chip on our shoulders. It’s very fun working with this group. Right now we’re in the midst of a tight points battle that is going to continue for the length of the twenty race schedule it looks like, and we’re trying to apply more pressure on those bigger teams.  They feel the pressure when we come in and compete with them.”

While Braden hasn’t been able to match Self and Eckes on speed just yet, he’s stayed in contention by staying out of trouble and being consistent. Meanwhile, despite winning two races, Self has been eliminated from contention in two other races due to crashes and Eckes missed the race at Salem due to illness and finished last the following race at Talladega due to a crash. Braden’s four top-ten runs aren’t enough to satisfy his desire to win but, for now, they’ve been enough to keep him in the title fight.

“We’ve by no means been satisfied with our performances,” Braden said. “The pressure to perform within our team is about as high as it could get. We’re all hungry. But as we reach that point, we’ve made sure to be as mistake-free as possible and it’s paying off right now. If our performance gets to where it’s headed and we stay mistake-free, that’s a perfect storm for us, after the solid start we’ve gotten.”

Although he will be making just his second ARCA Menards Series start at Toledo Speedway, he has had plenty of previous experience at the famed Glass City half-mile. He started from the pole and led the first half of an ARCA/CRA Super Series race there in 2013 before an electrical problem sidelined him. He was eighth last year, and his previous experience should come in handy in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. Self has never raced at Toledo before, and although Eckes has raced there it’s not been kind to him in the past. He was 21st last year after an accident on lap 71.

“Toledo is a strange place,” Braden said. “It seems like everyone has inconsistent results here. Guys run good one race, then suck the next. There’s always a mishap for someone that takes them out of contention. It’s really one of the more mysterious places we go to. This is a place we have to keep up our consistency and capitalize.”

It’s not all hard work all the time for Braden and his crew. They often like to find local hot spots when they’re on the road for a little fun, such as Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk during their recent visit to Nashville. They are aware of the obvious go-tos in Toledo, like a Mud Hens game or a visit to Tony Packo’s but they’re looking for other fun things to do, too.

“Toledo is a pretty cool city. There’s a good bit to do, and it’s growing right now,” he said. “With this race weekend being a three-day affair, we have some downtime in the evening Friday and Saturday, and so we always make sure to get some good food and find a fun spot to hang out as a team. That’s not always easy to do in this busy schedule, so we take advantage every chance we get.”

Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. A 35-lap ARCA late model sportsman feature event will close Saturday’s activities at the track. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 pm ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live user chat throughout all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Tickets are available by calling the Toledo Speedway ticket office at (419) 727-1100. Discounted tickets are available at Northwest Ohio Menards locations for $15, a savings of $10 from the raceday ticket price.

ARCA Menards Series PR

Rookie standout Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman Toyota) will make his fourth start of the season Sunday afternoon behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) series’ leading Toyota entry when the ARCA Menards Series returns home for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway.

Already with three consecutive finishes inside the top four spots and two pole positions this season, Smith, 17, is one of three team drivers who’ve helped catapult VMS’ No.20 Toyota Camry team early on to the top of the ARCA Menards Series Owner Championship Points standings.  

Standing atop of the series’ leader board a quarter (5 of 20 events) of the way through the 2019 racing season, VMS’s No.20 Toyota entry holds a 75-point advantage over second place Joe Gibbs Racing (No.18 Toyota). Travis Braden is the series’ driver points leader and VMS’s Michael Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) occupies the second spot. 

Smith, who’s unable to compete in the full series schedule due to the series’ minimum age requirements, has shared the twenty-ride this year with drivers Harrison Burton and Brandon Lynn.

Collectively the trio has strung together five consecutive top-5 finishes, including one victory and three General Tire pole awards. Burton started things off with a victory in the season opening event at Daytona International Speedway while Lynn took the wheel last month at Talladega Superspeedway and finished third after starting from the pole.

“I’m really excited to go back to Toledo this weekend with our Craftsman Camry,” says Smith who finished fourth after starting on the pole in in last year’s attempt on the Ohio short track. 

“This team is really strong. It’s great feeling showing up to the track each week knowing what we have. Billy Venturini and all the guys back at the shop work their butts off day in and day out. As far as this weekend goes we had a pretty good test last Monday. I think we’re better than we were last year. I have no doubt we’ll have a good piece this week. I think our chances are high but we’ll just have to see how things go. There are a lot of strong cars and talented drivers to race against.”

Already a two-time Series winner, Smith has notched six General Tire Pole Awards, nine top-5’s and 12 top-10 finishes in just 12 career ARCA starts.

Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 pm ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV.

VMS PR

Two things were evident following completion of the third practice day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge: Ed Carpenter Racing's cars look solid and Fernando Alonso is in dire need of track time.

Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday's practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning. The driver of the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet also had the best lap while running on his own, a lap of 225.274 mph as ECR's drivers swept the top three spots in the "no-tow" lap category.

"It was a great day!" Jones said. "To be quickest in overall and no-tow is a goal. More importantly, I think we made more gains with the handling of the car. As the conditions have changed, we've been able to keep up. We just have to keep adapting to the track changes for tomorrow and for qualifying."

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE: Practice 3 results I Combined practice results  I Practice 3 no-tow results

Meanwhile, Alonso - returning to the Indianapolis 500 this year in search of a victory to complete the final leg of racing's Triple Crown - never made it on the track Thursday as his McLaren Racing team spent the day preparing a backup car after the two-time Formula 1 champion crashed his primary No. 66 Chevrolet in practice the day before.

Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner who now serves as sporting director at McLaren, said the team is not rushing to get the backup car ready, preparations that included an engine change when the powerplant in the primary car was found to be damaged in Wednesday's incident.

"While we have a number of experienced individuals in the team, we are still relatively new as a crew," de Ferran said. "Because of this and the fact that we have deep respect for Indianapolis, we are being careful and measured in our approach and want to ensure we're sending the best possible car out on track. 

"Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day." 

Jones, who finished third in the Indianapolis 500 two years ago as a rookie, is paired with team owner/driver Ed Carpenter and full-season driver Spencer Pigot in a three-car Indy 500 attack for the team. Carpenter was second (224.959 mph) on the no-tow list - designated as such because it comes without the aerodynamic tow from a car ahead on track by 10 seconds or less - while Pigot was third (224.857 mph).

The no-tow list provides a good representation of how cars may perform in Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying this weekend, when they'll be on track alone for four-lap qualifications runs to determine the 33-car field.

"All things considered, I think all three drivers on the team feel pretty encouraged, and we are looking forward to the power turning up tomorrow in the Chevy engine and seeing what we can get out of the cars," said team owner Carpenter, a three-time Indy 500 pole sitter who finished second in last year's race.

Takuma Sato was second on the overall lap speed chart at 226.699 mph in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver was eighth on the no-tow chart at 224.428 mph.

"I'd say it was a very productive day despite a little issue in the car and the weather," said Sato, winner of the 2017 Indy 500. "We've done a qualifying simulation and worked on the race setup. We found several positives and I'm pretty happy with that. We are quite satisfied with how today went."

There was one single-car incident on Thursday. Rookie Patricio O'Ward lost control of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet and spun into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. The 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion was uninjured, but the car sustained heavy damage and he did not return on track.

Speeds are expected to increase in Friday's practice - dubbed "Fast Friday" - when INDYCAR allows an extra 1,000 millibars of engine turbocharger boost that equates to about 50 additional horsepower. The practice streams live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday to set the 33-car field from the 36 entries. The first 30 spots will be locked in Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. INDYCAR Pass streams the action from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with NBCSN taking over coverage of the dramatic final hour.

Sunday qualifying features the Last Row Shootout to determine the final three qualifiers, followed by the Fast Nine Shootout to decide the prestigious Indy 500 pole sitter and starting order of the first three rows for the race. Second-day qualifying airs live on NBC from noon-3 p.m., with NBCSN picking up coverage from 3-6 p.m. that includes a practice for the 33 qualifiers in race-like conditions.

Coverage of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

NTT IndyCar Series PR

Memorial Day reminds us to never take a single day for granted and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The Super DIRTcar Series and Weedsport Speedway honor our fallen service members with the Heroes Remembered 100. Race fans and race teams are invited to enjoy the greatest expression of freedom we have to offer: The roar of a field of premier Big Block Modifieds at Weedsport Speedway.

With the previous two Super DIRTcar Series events rained out, the drivers and teams are chomping at the bit to unleash their Big Block Modifieds. Last year NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series star Stewart Friesen edged out Mad Max McLaughlin and fellow HBR teammate Jimmy Phelps in the No. 98H. McLaughlin will be back in his familiar No. 6H this year to take on the Series regulars.

2018 Super DIRTcar Series runner-up Erick Rudolph from Ransomville, NY took the checkered flag in the last Series stop at Weedsport. He broke off his victory in the Hall of Fame 100. DIRTcar fans across the Northeast are eager to see if Rudolph can put together another run at the Championship in 2019.

Full-time Super DIRTcar Series driver Danny Johnson will be back in the Graham Racing No. 27J. The Doctor has the most Series wins at Weedsport Speedway with eleven. Will he be able to throw some water on the defending Series Champion Matt Sheppard’s hot streak and add another to his win total?

With only one Series race to date in the books, which was won by Sheppard, Mat Williamson, Billy Dunn, Justin Haers and Pat Ward followed the “Superman” in the $10,000 to win event. They are expected to be on hand along with all the other top stars on the Super DIRTcar Series! It will be a battle to Dave Farney’s checkered flag to see who will be on victory hill.

Also on the docket are the Hoosier Racing Tire Weekly Championship DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds and CRSA Sprint Cars.

Be sure to visit www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com for news, highlights, and live timing & scoring. Also, follow the Super DIRTcar Series on Twitter and Facebook for behind the scenes photos, videos, and more.

If you aren’t lucky enough to get to the race track, you can catch the race live and in HD with our partners at FloRacing.

Super DIRTcar Series PR

Last year, Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) made his Toledo Speedway debut and finished third. Impressive enough for a driver in just his fourth career ARCA Menards Series start and at one of the trickiest tracks on the schedule. It’s even more impressive when you take into account he did it with a broken foot.

Graf suffered the injury to his left foot, used for braking, while playing basketball with his younger brother Ryan last Easter. While he was hobbled outside of the racecar, it didn’t slow him at all inside it. He finished second in a statistical dead-heat only broken by a review of the photo finish camera in his third series appearance at Talladega. That track doesn’t require a lot of braking. The short tracks, like Toledo Speedway, site of the May 19 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200, do. After last year’s race, Graf’s left foot had swollen to nearly twice its normal size.

By the time the summer rolled around, Graf was fully healed and had acclimated to the heavy, full-bodied ARCA Menards Series racecars. He scored his first series win at Berlin Raceway in August in a fender-slamming duel with Zane Smith, ironically, the driver he battled with for the win at Talladega. Despite missing the first race of the season, Graf finished eighth in the series championship standings.

Returning for a second full year in the ARCA Menards Series, Graf sits fourth in the series standings a quarter of the way through the season’s 20 race schedule. He has three top-ten finishes in those five races but has yet to fully hit his stride. He tested last week at the half-mile banked oval on the Ohio-Michigan border looking to finally get some momentum headed into the busiest stretch of the ARCA season. Starting with Toledo, the series will have a race in each of the next seven weeks.

“We ran really good last year,” Graf said. “I was just getting over my broken foot. We had a strong test last week. We’ll make a few changes to help get it dialed in and hopefully end up in victory lane. I finished third with a broken foot last year, so there aren’t any excuses for this season.”

Graf is balancing his racing career with his education. He’s a full-time student at NYU pursuing a degree in Business, Media, and Sports Management. He recently signed on as an intern with Richard Childress Racing, working in the organizations marketing and communications department. When he’s not at the racetrack, or at the Childress shop in Welcome, North Carolina, Graf lives in Manhattan where he enjoys a penthouse view of the New York City skyline.

“I’ve been an intern with RCR since March,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve worked on a lot of different projects. I’ve been learning a lot. I am also in the Cup driver debriefs, the XFINITY driver debriefs, I am working with the engineers on Sunday at the shop, I work on all sorts of things with the marketing department during the week. It’s been a really good learning experience. I am in a lot of meetings over there, it’s really helping me understand the business side of racing as well as being in the car.”

Teamed with veteran crew chief and now car owned Chad Bryant, Graf has 15-year-old Corey Heim as his teammate on the short tracks. Despite having two totally different styles, he and Heim work well together.

“Corey drives a lot differently than I do,” he said. “He enters the corners here at Toledo differently than me, and that means sometimes the setups are very different. But we usually end up with very similar lap times. It’s just a matter of how we get there.”

Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. A 35-lap ARCA late model sportsman feature event will close Saturday’s activities at the track. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 pm ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live user chat throughout all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. Tickets are available by calling

ARCA Menards Series PR

Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr.) is on a streak in ARCA Menards Series competition.

But like any race car driver, he’s not satisfied unless he’s winning.

He’ll get his chance when the series treks to Toledo Speedway for Sunday afternoon’s running of the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

Graf Jr., driver of the No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion for Mooresville, N.C.-based Chad Bryant Racing is seeking his fourth consecutive top-10 finish in his second start at the iconic half-mile oval. Amongst his championship contenders, no other driver carries an active streak as Graf Jr.

While his sophomore season of ARCA competition didn’t start off on the right foot, Graf Jr. and championship crew chief Chad Bryant have methodically been working on getting Graf’s race cars better and the veteran team feels like Toledo is the right opportunity to put themselves inside the top-five and continue their top-10 streak heading into the summer stretch.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Toledo this weekend,” said Graf Jr. who sits fourth in the championship standings after five races. “We came and tested at Toledo Speedway and by the end of the day, I was pretty happy with what we had.

“Toledo is a relatively flat race track with little banking. That fits into my style and I think I showcased that with my third-place finish last May. This weekend, we’re looking not only at the opportunity to put myself back on the podium – but a chance to get back in Victory Lane.

“That would be a huge boost for our team.”

Knowing that Toledo Speedway usually is a race that formats itself into long green flag runs, Graf said it’s important for him to work with Bryant to make sure their No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford Fusion is adjusted correctly as the race goes on.

“Believe it or not, Toledo can be a pretty weather sensitive race track,” explained Graf.

“We have to be prepared for that and I think we will be. With the new procedure this weekend of not losing any spots on pit road under caution, we can focus solely on our on-track product and make sure we’re just as good when the checkered flag nears as we are on when the green flag flies.”

For the sixth 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 Toledo Speedway historically has been a good track for him from a crew chief role and is eager to work with Graf and put themselves back in Victory Lane for the first time in 2019.

“Joe has worked tremendously hard over the last few weeks both in and out of the car,” offered Bryant. “At Nashville, we came close to a top-five because Joe drove his guts out.

“After the test last week at Toledo, I feel like we’re in the ballpark of where we need to be with the other championship-caliber teams in ARCA and Joe can compete for a win on Sunday. It’s going to be a competitive race but I expect Joe to be in the thick of the battle and coming back to Charlotte satisfied with our Toledo weekend.”

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 Toledo 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 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

CBR PR

As NASCAR® and its fans prepare to celebrate 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend in Charlotte, N.C., the industry will welcome today the newest class of interns selected to the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP).

Twenty-eight undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the country will begin orientation today in Charlotte and participate in a motorsports tour that will include Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the other racing venues in and around the city.

On Saturday, May 19, the new intern class will experience the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90) live from Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR’s brightest stars compete for $1 million in prize money.

“For many, the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program provides an introduction to motorsports as well as valuable, hands-on experience in an industry rich with opportunity,” said Paula Miller, NASCAR senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “As we welcome each new class, we’re reminded of the many careers launched by this program and the positive impact our graduates continue to have on the sport.”

One of the premier internships in sports, NDIP offers college students from diverse backgrounds a unique and practical experience in the motorsports industry. More than 400 students and several industry partners have participated in NDIP since its inception in 2000.

Twenty-four former interns are currently employed in the NASCAR industry. The list includes Jusan Hamilton, who in 2017 became the first African American to serve as race director for a NASCAR national series event. In addition to his race director responsibilities, Hamilton oversees the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and pit crew development programs.

Brandon Thompson, a 15-year NASCAR industry veteran, completed NDIP internships in 2003 and 2004 in between semesters at Clark Atlanta University. Thompson now runs the Touring Series for NASCAR as managing director.

Katherine Lee, another NDIP alum, works on the events team at NASCAR and organizes high-profile events such as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards and NASCAR Fuel for Business events. In 2017, Dejah Gilliam was a communications intern at NASCAR and now, as a fulltime member of the team, supports industry initiatives across several teams and tracks.  

Maryland native Kenneth Lee was part of last year’s NDIP class, and following his internship was hired as an associate producer for Motor Racing Network (MRN) in Concord, N.C. As part of orientation on Friday, Lee will give the new interns a tour of MRN studios.

The 2019 NDIP class will have roles at NASCAR and program partners across the industry which include International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Toyota, MRN and several tracks and teams.

Throughout the program, interns will interact with industry professionals at an array of networking events and lunch-and-learns led by NASCAR executives. The interns will also have access to mentors and NDIP alumni currently working at the sanctioning body and partner organizations.

NDIP is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate-level college students and offers hands-on experience with one of the top sports industries in the country. The internship provides opportunities to multicultural students from all majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

The 2019 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program class includes:

Name

Department

University

Rocco Babun

NASCAR Partnership Marketing

Elon University

Evelis Casey

Watkins Glen International

Loyola University Maryland

Gerald Donaldson

NASCAR Graphic Design

Clemson University

Carlos Fernandez

NASCAR Finance

University of Vermont

Aditya Baban Ghawre

NASCAR Research & Development

North Carolina State University

Dontre Graves

Rev Racing

Jackson State University

Wesley Hopkins

Roush Fenway Racing

University of Connecticut

John Huger Jr.

ISC Partnership Marketing & Sales

Bethune-Cookman University

MaKenzie Johnson

Toyota

Claflin University

Suzi Lee

NASCAR Licensing

California State University, Fullerton

Lawrence McMillion II

Richmond Raceway

Virginia State University

Jordan Mitchell

NASCAR Driver Marketing

University of Tulsa

Sean Montgomery

NASCAR Digital Content

Georgia College

Kylee Morgan

Richard Childress Racing

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Seth Myers

ISC Legal

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Julia Nowicki

ISC Digital Communications

Syracuse University

Monon Rahman

NASCAR Research & Development

University of Kentucky

Lukens Rivil

NASCAR Legal

Florida A&M University College of Law

Savanna Samuels

NASCAR International Broadcasting

Howard University

Justin Sifford

NASCAR Technical Inspection

NASCAR Technical Institute

Isabella Sisneros

Daytona International Speedway

Arizona State University

Jai Hyun So

NASCAR Analytics & Insights

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cora Taft

ISC Sales Academy

Georgetown University

Avery Oliver

The NASCAR Foundation

Rhodes College

Charles Tsao

Michigan International Speedway

University of Michigan

Tanvee Wakankar

NASCAR Digital Media

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Lee Faulk Racing and Development is heading to Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway this weekend with a trio of young guns in pursuit of victory during the CARS Tour Heritage Truck Centers 250.

Brody Pope and Zack St. Onge will represent Lee Faulk Racing and Development in the late model stock car portion of the Heritage Truck Centers 250 while Nolan Pope will fly the LFR colors during the super late model portion of the event.
 
“We’re heading to Motor Mile Speedway with a lot of momentum on our side,” said Lee Faulk Racing and Development’s Michael Faulk. “Brody, Nolan and Zack have all been very competitive as of late. Brody and Zack have each put together a lot of good runs and Nolan has been fighting some bad luck, but we’re certain all three of these young men will be in contention this weekend at Motor Mile.”
 
Brody Pope heads to Motor Mile Speedway with a truckload of momentum after his most recent CARS Tour event at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in March. He started 16th, fell to the tail of the field then raced his way all the way to third by the time the checkered flag waved. He’s also stayed active by racing weekly at Hickory, where he sits fifth in the track standings.
 
“The third-place finish at Hickory was a big confidence booster for me,” said Brody Pope ahead of his third CARS Tour event of the year. “We’ve been running well every time we hit the track, so we all expect to be competitive this weekend at Motor Mile. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going this weekend.”
 
St. Onge is also riding a wave of momentum into Motor Mile Speedway. The 17-year-old from Upland, Calif., has competed in every CARS Tour event to date, scoring three top-10 finishes with a pair of sixth-place efforts to his name. This is St. Onge’s first season of late model stock car racing on the East Coast.
 
“Everything is new to me this year, but everyone at Lee Faulk Racing has made me feel at home and is helping me learn as quickly as possible,” said St. Onge, who currently sits second in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour rookie standings. “Motor Mile is going to be another new track for me, but I’m confident Lee and everyone at LFR will have me ready to go this weekend.”
 
Nolan Pope, unlike his brother Brody, enters the Heritage Truck Centers 250 in search of a little bit of luck. After his super late model was destroyed in a crash at Hickory in March, Nolan Pope debuted a new FURY chassis at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville during the North-South Super Late Model Challenge 100. He started 24th and raced his way to a 15th-place finish against a stacked field.
 
“The crash at Hickory definitely sucked, but I feel like I now have something to prove,” Nolan Pope said. “We had the chance to shake down the new FURY car at Nashville and while we didn’t get the finish I think we deserved, we still have a lot to learn about the new car. Motor Mile is just another chance for us to learn and improve and I’m excited to do that.”
 
The CARS Tour Heritage Truck Centers 250 will take place Saturday, May 18. Grandstands open at 4 p.m., with qualifying scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. A fan fest will take place on the midway from 6:25 to 6:55 p.m., followed by driver introductions at 7 p.m. and pre-race ceremonies at 7:20 p.m.
 
The green flag for the super late model portion of the Heritage Truck Centers 250 will wave at 7:30 p.m., with the late model stock car main event to follow after the completion of the super late model event.
 
Fans unable to attend can watch the race live online at www.carstour.tv.
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For ARCA Menards Series rookie Corey Heim (@coreyheim3) the thought of winning races is a daily occurrence.

His next opportunity, in reality, steers him to Toledo Speedway site of Sunday afternoon’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.

And while the Marietta, Ga. native has never been to the half-mile speedway before his private test at the iconic Northern Ohio short track last Friday, you never would know based on Heim’s finesse and lap times in preparation for his fourth career start.

Testing alongside his Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) teammate Joe Graf Jr., Heim, 16, and crew chief Paul Andrews spent the majority of the day focused on race runs. All said and done, the teenage sensation is confident his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion will be a contender in the sixth ARCA race of 2019.

“We threw a couple different things at the car all day and each adjustment seemed to make it better,” said Heim on the ARCA test. “It was a long, but successful day. I think we need a little bit more qualifying speed, but other than that we are in great shape.”

Heim heads to Toledo hoping to recover from an unfortunate circumstance at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville earlier this month when his seatbelts became unlatched forcing Heim to pit under green and lose valuable laps to the leader. He returned to the race, seven laps down and finished 11th.

“Nashville was one of those freaky things,” added Heim. “It’s a bummer – because we had a decent day going. Not a good day, but we thought we were going to walk away with a top-10. Nothing we can do about what happened, we aren’t focused on the past, but instead concentrated on the future.”

Part of his future which includes running a majority of the ARCA schedule behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford, Heim says he knows he needs a stellar run at Toledo to give him some momentum towards his next race at Madison International Speedway, nearly a month from now.

“Toledo was a fun experience,” added Heim. “The track has a ton of grip and has nearly no banking which suits my driving style well. I’m really happy with our No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford as well.

“Our long-run speed is definitely a strong suit and I’m confident we have one of the cars to beat for this Sunday’s race.”

Paul Andrews, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief concurs with his young driver.

“Toledo will be our fourth race together and we keep getting better,” said Andrews. “I thought we had better speed at Nashville than Pensacola or Salem. We tested this past Friday and I feel like we keep making significant gains on what Corey needs to win.

“Chad Bryant Racing loves going to Toledo. It’s a fast-flat half-mile track, that’s also exceptionally hard to pass. That seems to fit into Corey’s wheelhouse and (hopefully) we can get that first win. It will be a great day though when it happens Toledo or another race this season. I think we’re that close to winning.”

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

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The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care (200 laps | 100 miles) is the sixth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Sat., May 18 with an hour and a half session from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag the following day, Sun., May 19 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (ET).

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ARCA Menards Series championship contender Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) looks to rebound from a disappointing finish in his last outing when he grabs the wheel again for his track debut in Sunday’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway.

Already with two victories on the season, Self’s upcoming maiden voyage at Toledo Speedway comes on the heels of an early exit and 15th place finish two weeks ago in Nashville after he was involved in an accident midway through the race while running up front with the leaders.

Self on the strength of short track wins at Five Flags Speedway and Salem Speedway, occupies the second spot in the series’ point standings just 30 points behind Travis Braden. The 28-year-old is confident as he looks to regain his championship swagger heading into another short track weekend. 

“Without ever having raced at Toledo I have no idea what to expect, but I do know that the VMS guys have been bringing fast cars to every race this year, so I can have confidence there,” he said. “People have always told me Toledo is a fun, fast track, and I was able to get some laps in when we tested earlier in the week and see that for myself, and I think the track lived up to those hype points. It’s definitely fast, smooth, and challenging.”

Self got a taste of Toledo on Monday afternoon when he joined his Venturini Motorsports teammates for a test date prior to the weekend’s main event.

“I’m really glad we were able to get the Toledo test in this week,” said Self. “It took me the majority of the day to really get a grasp on the track, and even at the end I’m not sure I had it down all that well. Our car was good and responded to changes which is always encouraging, so I need to go back this week and watch some video and think about the track and come back a little more prepared.”

 Self, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah has made the most of his time in the ARCA series – posting five wins, 14 top-five’s and 14 top-10 finishes over 24 career starts.

 Practice for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 18, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 4 pm ET. The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will go green shortly after 2 pm ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV.

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