With its recently announced three-year extension to remain the majority broadcast partner of the ARCA Menards Series, MAVTV has announced that it will provide exclusive live broadcast coverage of 12 events during the 20-race championship heading into the 2020 season. As part of these dozen races, the Motorsports Network will showcase seven stops of the new 10-race Sioux Chief Showdown being introduced for 2020, in which the best drivers of the ARCA Menards Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series East and West, converge for a super series of the most promising stock car talent in America.
MAVTV’s 12-race broadcast schedule will kick off Sunday, April 19, with action from the half-mile, 33-degree-banked Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. Following a second live broadcast from famed Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 5, MAVTV will showcase nine consecutive races throughout the heart of season next summer. The final MAVTV broadcast will take place on Saturday, September 26, under the lights at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee. This will not only serve as the penultimate stop on the 2020 schedule, but also the inaugural Sioux Chief Showdown championship race.
“With an action-packed lineup of races from some of the most exciting racetracks in America, from superspeedways and road courses, to door-banging short tracks and dirt ovals, MAVTV will showcase the best of what the ARCA Menards Series has to offer in 2020,” stated Jason Patison, MAVTV Programming Director. “ARCA has been a great partner and we’re very happy to continue the relationship. The addition of the Sioux Chief Showdown provides another layer of compelling competition, which makes for a heightened sense of aniticpation for the 12-races coming to the Motorsports Network.”
The remaining races on the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule will be broadcast on FOX Sports networks.
World of Outlaws is providing its digital subscription more value in 2020 by combining the popular Fast Pass services for the Sprint Cars and the Super Late Models into one package.
For $39 a month, subscribers will have access to every World of Outlaws event, along with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and Summit Modified National tour, the new Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series and a full slate of Australian events—including the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, Ultimate Speedway Challenge along with Valvoline Raceway, Perth Motorplex and more.
“Our fan and subscriber base is the heart and soul of DIRTVision, said director of broadcasts Brian Dunlap. “As we grow, we are consistently looking to give each subscriber as much value and compelling content as possible. Since its inception in 2018, the Fast Pass subscription program has increased fan engagement night in and night out. By combining Fast Pass subscriptions, our goal is to give more fans access to more content, further increasing engagement and ultimately driving attendance at the track.”
For current subscribers to any package, the two existing packages will be merged into one at $39 a month.
James Davison will attempt to race both the Daytona 500 and the 104th Indianapolis 500 in 2020, as a new partnership makes its first NASCAR foray in the Great American Race.
Danica Patrick was the last racer to compete in both marquee events in the same year (2018).
Davison, a 33-year-old Australian, is partnering with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and Brodie and Sarah Hayward of Hayward Motorsports. Davison will also compete in select USAC sprint car events under the Hayward Motorsports banner.
OILFIRE Whiskey will be the livery on Davison’s entries.
For a fifth season, Dale Coyne will field cars for Davison during the month of May. Davison finished a career-best 12th last year in his fifth Indy 500 start.
Rick Ware Racing will provide the car for Davison’s NASCAR Cup debut. Although Davison ran the Rolex 24 Hours from 2014-2016, Speedweeks will mark the Melburnian’s first attempt around the 2.5-mile high-banked oval in a stock car. Davison has four starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series-including three races for Joe Gibbs Racing, where his best run was fourth at Mid-Ohio in 2017.
Brett Hearn, dirt track Modified racing’s all-time winning driver has been named Director of Motorsports at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. The winner of 919 feature races and 94 track and series championships at 49 different speedway in ten states and two Canadian provinces, Hearn also holds most of the Orange County records as well. Those records include 308 feature race wins and 24 overall track point championships in a career that began at the Middletown track in 1975 and culminated with his 16th Modified division title this past season. Hearn will oversee all activities at the historic fairgrounds involving motorsports races and exhibitions.
“It was an unexpected honor to be named Orange County’s greatest driver by the fans, and humbling as well,” said Hearn of the award announced last year during the track’s Centennial Celebration of racing. “Being chosen Director of Motorsports by (fairgrounds managers) Chris Larsen and Mike Gurda is a challenge I’m really looking forward to.”
“Thanks to Chris and Mike, the track has a firm foundation,” Hearn continued. “From my years of experience competing at dozens of different tracks, I’ve seen what makes a good, solid racing program. What works and what can be improved upon. My goal is to draw on this experience to ensure that both the fans and the competitors can honestly say racing at Orange County is the best in the entire Northeast.”
Hearn is not a novice in the managerial side of racing, having promoted 11 “The Big Show” race meets at Orange County and Albany-Saratoga Speedway. “I have no illusions about putting on one race annually and overseeing a weekly program. There’s a big difference and I’ll certainly be leaning on Mike, Doug Dulgarian, and the office staff for advice as issues arise,” he said.
Hearn believes Orange County is on an upswing and that the new track surface put down last season has been one of the key improvements. “We saw really good racing at the end of last year, including the Eastern States 200,” he said, speaking as a competitor. “I want to be sure that Orange County has the best track surface that produces multi-lane quality racing.” He also addressed an on-going issue that has put fans and participants on opposite sides. “We’re going to allow infield spectating on trailers at the same time minimize sightline problems for the fans,” he said.
Hearn also said the weekly racing format will reintroduce a fair and entertaining handicapping system to establish qualifying heat lineups. And he added there’s a solid schedule with a couple of breaks for other fairgrounds events. Orange County will continue to be the best-paying weekly track with the most lucrative season-long point fund.
Two years after the introduction of the Sprint and Late Model FAST PASS options, DIRTVision is excited to announce the new all-access FAST PASS, offering subscribers access to all World of Outlaws events — both Sprint Cars and Late Models — along with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals & Summit Modified Nationals tours, the new Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, and a full slate of Australian action, including the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship, Ultimate Speedway Challenge along with Valvoline Raceway, Perth Motorplex and more.
“Our fan and subscriber base is the heart and soul of DIRTVision. As we grow, we are consistently looking to give each subscriber as much value and compelling content as possible,” said Director of Broadcasts Brian Dunlap. “Since its inception in 2018 the FAST PASS subscription program has increased fan engagement night in and night out. By combining FAST PASS subscriptions our goal is to give more fans access to more content, further increasing engagement and ultimately driving attendance at the track.”
Current subscribers need not take any action. The two existing subscriptions will simply be merged into one all-access DIRTVision FAST PASS for the same price of $39/month. The DIRTVision FAST PASS will now offer the best Sprint Car, Late Model, Modified and Midget racing in the World, from the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Fans can view the upcoming DIRTVision schedule and sign up for the new all-access FAST PASS at DIRTVision.com, effective immediately.
Team Penske and XPEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: XPEL) a leading provider of automotive paint protective film and window tint, today announced a multi-year partnership. XPEL will be the primary sponsor of the No. 1 Dallara/Chevrolet driven by reigning and two-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden for two races in 2020. XPEL will also serve as the “Official Protective Film Partner of Team Penske.”
The partnership with Team Penske – the most successful team in motorsports history – represents the first racing sponsorship for the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Newgarden will race the No. 1 XPEL Dallara/Chevrolet in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9 and in the Texas Indy 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on June 6. XPEL will build on the partnership and become a primary sponsor for a third IndyCar Series race with Team Penske in 2021 and beyond.
“We are excited to welcome XPEL to Team Penske in 2020,” said Roger Penske. “Motorsports provides a great opportunity to build the XPEL brand and we hope to build on a lot of business-to-business opportunities with their group. We look forward to delivering for XPEL both off and on the track as they compete with Josef and the defending champion No. 1 Chevy team starting next season.”
XPEL is a global company that offers high-quality products, world-class customer support and a vast network of trained installers. Through partnership with Team Penske, the company expects to generate maximum brand recognition among core marketing segments including dealers as well as consumers.
“We have thought about motorsports for quite a while, but we wanted to make sure we partnered with the right team,” said XPEL CEO Ryan Pape. “No one matches the success, class and integrity of Roger Penske, Team Penske and Penske Automotive Group. We are thrilled to be associated with Josef Newgarden as he is a proven winner. He will have plenty of support from our network of employees and dealers both at Texas and at Indianapolis.”
Since he joined Team Penske in 2017, Newgarden has captured two of the last three IndyCar Series championships. The native of Tennessee has produced 14 IndyCar Series victories in his career and he is the defending race winner at Texas Motor Speedway.
“When you race for Team Penske you are certain of two things – you will be in well-prepared cars with a chance to win every week and you will get a chance to represent some outstanding partners,” said Newgarden. “It is an honor to be the first race car driver to represent XPEL and I’m excited about carrying their brand at two fantastic venues next season. Partnerships are the lifeblood of our sport and I can’t wait to get XPEL to Victory Lane.”
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has rebranded and bolstered its online sports presence with newly named Stewart-Haas eSports set to compete in the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series beginning with the 2020 season.
Stewart-Haas eSports will field two teams in the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series with drivers, numbers and car designs being announced at a later date. The 2020 season will mark the 11th year of the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series and it is the only officially sanctioned eSports series of NASCAR.
“We’ve put a lot of time and energy into our eSports efforts and we’re confident of the team we can put forth in the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series,” said Mike Verlander, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Stewart-Haas Racing. “The authenticity of iRacing and its global reach is unparalleled. Ideally, our eSports presence facilitates even greater interest in our on-track product in both the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, while simultaneously providing our partners with another strong engagement platform.”
The eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series features the top-40 paved oval sim racers in the world. They compete in racecar replicas engineered from the ground up in cooperation with real-world race teams, applying accurate mechanical and dynamic models on exact copies of the world’s greatest racing circuits.
The 2020 eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series begins in February at the virtual Daytona International Speedway and runs through October with the series champion receiving their trophy, ring and check during pre-race ceremonies on Nov. 8 prior to the season-ending NASCAR Cup Series race at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.
The 2020 season will mark Stewart-Haas eSports’ first year in the eNASCAR iRacing World Championship Series, but it won’t be the organization’s first stint in eSports. Stewart-Haas eSports won the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship in October under its previous moniker, Stewart-Haas Gaming. The name change to Stewart-Haas eSports better aligns the outfit with the burgeoning eSports industry. Stewart-Haas eSports will defend its eNASCAR Heat Pro League title in 2020 where it will again field two drivers in the console-based series – one for Xbox One and the other for PlayStation 4.