Marco Andretti getting in on action at Allentown indoor race
IndyCar star Marco Andretti will be an interested spectator at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Friday, January 5 and Saturday, January 6 when the Ironton Telephone/ Avaya Indoor Auto Racing fueled by VP events are held.
Marco, a third- generation racer from the legendary Andretti family from nearby Nazareth, will be a spectator for the Indoor Auto Racing Series event but plans to test drive a Three Quarter ( TQ) Midget during the weekend. The 30 year- old has been offered the chance to drive a car that will be in competition at the event by one of his friends, Kyle Lick of Lehighton, Pa.
While fans won’t get a chance to see him compete against a field of 50 other drivers in the TQ Midget division, they will have an opportunity to get his autograph. Marco has volunteered to join all the weekend competitors to meet fans and sign free autographs during Fan Fest which opens the Saturday evening program from 5: 30 to 6: 30 p. m.
At that time, those with free Fan Fest tickets will allowed on to the racing floor of the center to get a close up look at all the race cars competing that night as well as collect autographs. These free Fan Fest tickets are available by clicking the “Fan Fest option” when ordering tickets on- line or when purchasing them at the box office.
TQ Midget racing and Indoor Auto Racing competition are nothing new to the Andretti family. Marco’s grandfather Mario Andretti won a TQ event inside N. J.’ s Teaneck Armory in 1962. He also won in the TQ Midgets outdoors at N. J.’ s Pine Brook Stadium before embarking on his legendary, internationally known Hall of Fame career.
Marco began racing in Go- karts at the former Flemington, N. J. Speedway, on an infield road course. He quickly advanced to become the youngest ever IndyCar driver at the age of 19 as a teammate to his father Michael.
Since then, Marco has won two IndyCar events. He’ll be driving again next year for the Andretti Herta Autosports team. While he is restricted by contract not to compete in the TQ Midget events, he is allowed to test that car and is eager for the opportunity.
The January 5- 6, 2018 Ironton Telephone Allentown event schedule calls for racing to start at 7: 30 p. m. on Friday and 7 p. m. on Saturday. TQ Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights.
On Friday, the TQs will be joined by the Champ Karts who will be racing in a complete show. Then on Saturday the Three Quarter Midgets will be joined Slingshots backed by the Action Track USA Kutztown, PA Fairgrounds.
For tickets, contact the PPL Center Box Office by phone at 610- 347- TIXX ( 8499), online at pplcenter.com. Those wishing to avoid online fees may purchase directly at the Box Office, but are encouraged to do so in advance to avoid possible box office lines the day of the event.
The series moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts Indoor Auto Racing Weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster, the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or the Area Auto Racing News office at 609- 888- 3618.
The finale will be a first annual event in New York State, on February 9- 10, 2018 in the Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N. Y. For choice tickets, contact the Times Union Center Box Office, chargeby- phone at ( 800) 745- 3000, or visit online at ticketmaster. com.
Information including ticket and hotel links is available at indoorautoracing.com. David Gravel’s Sprint car racing season went from very good to outstanding in 2017. The rising star of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicked off his season with a win in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint car race at Volusia Speedway Park in Barbourville, Fla., and then closed it out with a huge win in the in the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track in Charlotte.
Gravel and his CJB Mo--
torsports team, owned by Chad and Jenn Clemens, will part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2018 Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, January 19- 21.
The win at Charlotte put Gravel third in the final World of Outlaw standings. Overall during the season he won 18 WoO features and a total of 20 features. The Connecticut racer, a fast rising star in Sprint car racing, earned 72 top- 10 finishes out of 86 races entered. He led a total of 421 laps.
One of the team’s rare disappointments came on Sprint Car racing’s biggest stage. While leading this year’s $ 150,000 to win Knoxville ( Iowa) Nationals the motor blew. The team rebounded quickly by winning the Williams Grove ( Pa.) Speedway National Open to pocket $ 50,000.
“We obviously still have the goals of winning an Outlaws championship, a Knoxville Nationals title and a Kings Royal. We have identified areas where we can do better,” said Gravel recently
Unique will be the opportunity for show attendees to meet Gravel on Saturday afternoon and collect an autograph while hearing him talk about his great season and plans for 2018 in a casual setting near the team display. CJB Motorsports will have one of their new GoMuddy.com. Big Game Treestands sponsored No. 5 410 Sprint Cars and their hauler on display and will be open for tours. The team will be debuting a new sponsor, Wiekert’s Livestock, who will join C& S Lawn & Landscape, Nyce Crete and Landis Block and Concrete, Bair’s Tree Service, J. R. C. Transportation and Ecynbro Trucking on his year’s race cars.
Gravel will be honored by the Area Auto Racing News on Saturday along with other top Northeast winners. The group will include top Northeast dirt Modified and overall biggest winner Matt Sheppard at the stage prior to the evening’s Oliver Construction sponsored Ms. Motorsports competition at 6: 30 p. m. along with overall top winner and top Modified winner Matt Sheppard at the stage prior to the Saturday evening Mr. Motorsports competition. Mahoning Valley Speedway is excited to announce that Opening Day 2018 is set for Saturday, April 7, which follows four Test and Tune days on March 17- 1824- 31.
Now under new management led by promoter Jack Carlino, he and his organizational staff have been busy preparing the upcoming season schedule while also working on a host of other new items and promotions.
The weekly action will once again consist of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.
There is a new addition to the line- up as Sport Modifieds will be introduced on a rotating basis with the Dirt Mods and Pro 4s. The Sport Modified rules are being finalized and will be similar to most other area and regional tracks that run the class.
Beginning Apri l 7, the season will then run through its final point race on September 22. Each race night will begin at 6: 00 pm. The full schedule will be released by the start of the new year.
Adult grandstand admission has been discounted to $ 12 from $ 14.
The annual season ending Octoberfast will take place on October 13 with the main attraction being a 150- lap/$ 5000- to- win feature for the Modifieds. The Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also on the slate with special events.
With this being a new beginning for Carlino and Company, he will be looking forward to meeting fans and drivers at the upcoming 2018 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance, January 19- 21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.
Following the show there will be a full day of driver/ owner meetings for all classes of past, present and future teams at a soon to be announced date. More news and continued updates presented during the coming weeks.
For additional information log onto www. mahoningvalley- speedway. com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is lo- cated on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton and is adjacent to the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market.
A chance to go to Daytona International Speedway for free. The sound of 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock cars rumbling around the 2.5mile Daytona ( Fla.) International Speedway during the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 will be augmented by 500 fans cheering in unison to toast the start of the 2018 racing season.
The iconic #BUSCHHHHH harmony will echo throughout the World Center of Speed as 500 guests of Busch beer take in the Great American Race after meeting Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Series champion and driver of the No. 4 Busch Ford Fusion for Stewart- Haas Racing.
Earning a chance to join this exclusive group is easy:
Find a checkered flag can in specially marked 18, 24 and 30 packages of limitededition Busch and Busch Light, or download the can wrap at www. Busch. com.
Take a photo or video celebrating like you’re in victory lane with your checkered can or can wrap.
Share your photo or video using any of the methods below:
On Instagram and Twitter, enter by posting your photo or video with #BuschToDaytona and #Contest from a public account.
On Facebook, enter by posting your photo or video with #BuschToDaytona and # Contest on Busch’s wall, comments or by direct mes- sage.
Busch received a lot of love from consumers last year when it introduced the Busch Guy in the brand’s first ever Super Bowl commercial. In 2018, Busch is rewarding its loyal drinkers who have been dedicated brand fans from the start. Two hundred and fifty winners will be chosen, and each will be able to invite one lucky friend for an allinclusive trip3 to the Daytona 500. Busch will take care of travel, lodging and meals. It’s Daytona done right.
“The Daytona 500 is the biggest race of the year, so we decided to make ‘ 500 to the 500’ our biggest promotion of the year,” said Chelsea Phillips, Vice President of Value Brands at Anheuser- Busch. “It’s the race that kicks off the whole season, and the lead up to the Daytona 500 makes it one of the most anticipated events in all of sports. It’s the Super Bowl of racing. The weather will be warm, the Busch will be cold, and Kevin Harvick will be out front. We’ll get to enjoy all of it with 500 of our most passionate fans Something new at New Egypt Speedway. The popular racing facility will be hosting 4- Cylinder Stock Car racing as a weekly division for the first time in 2018. Points will be awarded throughout the season and a champion will be crowned.
“We’ve had a lot of interest over the years to start a 4- Cylinder class that wanted to be worked into our rotation of weekly divisions. It will be a very af- fordable way to get people involved into racing”, said New Egypt Speedway’s Joey Liquori. “These cars are very easy to find, make a few safety improvements and be able to go racing.
This class is being designed to be affordable and simple. A rulebook is currently being developed.
A meeting for the 4- Cylinder division is scheduled for Saturday December 30th at the New Egypt Fire House located on Main Street in New Egypt from 4- 5PM.
The 2018 New Egypt Speedway schedule is close to being finished and will be announced shortly, look for some new and returning events to the New Egypt Speedway schedule!
New Egypt Speedway is located on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure and the New Jersey Turnpike. A racy 7/ 16- mile D- shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speedway serves Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country. New Egypt’s state- of- the- art facilities feature daylight-quality lighting and excellent sightlines from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheelchair accessible with wide, clear, and well- groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from Jersey Burgers to ice cream treats at family- friendly prices.
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