PAST NEWS DEC 24-30, 2001
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- Bummer: effective Monday, Dec. 31, no more commentary columns at Speedvision.com (the SpeedVision channel will change to Speed Channel - owned by Fox - in 2002). Hopefully the writers will find new venues to write for so they can be linked here(12-30-2001) - will now be SpeedTV.com
- Pressley in the #92 at Daytona: Robert Pressley will drive the 92 Dodge Intrepid for Mark Melling in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17th. Pressley will drive for Melling in a one-race deal and still plans to run in five to seven Winston Cup events for Bobby Hamilton Racing in 2002.(Robert Pressley Fanclub Site)(12-29-2001)
- NASCAR Wins Award: NASCAR and its Automotive Aftermarket program have earned the 2001 Supplier Award for Outstanding Retail Promotion from Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance. The award, one of eight presented every year by the Aftermarket Alliance, recognizes outstanding marketing support for a retail promotion. In the case of NASCAR, it recognized the recently completed NASCAR Your Car promotion and other retail activity. Alliance members from more than 3,600 stores and 60 warehouse locations vote for these awards.(Retail Merchandiser Magazine)(12-29-2001)
- Autopsy Photos News: [Florida] Gov. Jeb Bush has renewed his support for a law exempting autopsy photographs from Florida's public-records law. The governor outlined his views Dec. 21 in a friend-of-the-court brief for a pending lawsuit challenging the exemption's constitutionality. The Independent Florida Alligator, a student newspaper at the University of Florida, sued the state after legislators responded to pleas by NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt's widow in March and rushed the exemption into law in record time. Bush thinks the law protects victims' families' privacy and upholds the state Legislature's right to exempt "particular records from public access when a competing public policy outweighs the right of access," according to the brief.(Orlando Sentinel)(12-29-2001)
- Rolex 24 at Daytona - Robinson in?(no) UPDATE 4 Harvick, Petty, R Gordon, Stewart, Dallenbach, Andretti: hearing Shawna Robinson is going to be driving a second Flis Corvette in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, with Conway and Goad as co-drivers. Supposedly Bam Motorsports is buying the seat time for her.(12-7-2001)
UPDATE: hearing Shawna Robinson will NOT drive in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and that Kevin Harvick could be in the seat now(12-25-2001)
UPDATE 2: Flis Motorsports, which claimed 2001 AGT-class driver and car owner championships, will test two Corvettes entered for this year's race. A championship-winning NASCAR driver, whose name will be made public Jan. 2, has signed on to drive in the team's second car(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-27-2001)
UPDATE 3: Kevin Harvick will help kick off Speed Weeks 2002 by driving a Flis Motorsports Corvette during the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 2-3. Harvick will join the Daytona Beach-based team drivers Rick Carelli, John Metcalf and Dave Liniger, primary sponsor of the Flis Corvette. Carelli, a Truck Series driver [in Harvicks CTS truck] and longtime friend of Harvick, was instrumental in suggesting that the NASCAR star join the team. Harvick joins a growing list of NASCAR drivers who will suit up for this year's 24-hour event at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Petty [#45 Cup car], whose team finished seventh overall in the 2001 endurance event, is returning for another run and will bring along Petty Enterprises teammate John Andretti [#43], also a sportscar racing veteran. They will drive a Porsche GT3R. Tony Stewart [#20] will drive a Judd-powered Crawford prototype racer. Wally Dallenbach Jr. will drive a Robinson Racing Riley & Scott MkIII, also a prototype. Robby Gordon [#31] is said to be joining Indy Racing League driver Scott Sharp, who announced Wednesday that he will drive for the Jim Matthews Racing team in an Elan-powered Riley & Scott. Sharp, a two-time SCCA Trans-Am champion and 1996 IRL inaugural season co-champion, teamed with Wayne Taylor and Jim Pace to win overall honors in the 1996 Rolex 24 At Daytona.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-28-2001)
UPDATE 4: Robby Gordon will drive a Jim Matthews Racing R&S Mk III C for the 40th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, according to Bill Riley, vice president of chassis manufacturer Riley & Scott, and Jim Matthews, owner of Jim Matthews Racing. Guy Smith, Jim Matthews and 1996 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Scott Sharp will share driving duties with Gordon.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(12-29-2001)
- #7 Car Chief? hearing that Bobby Foley, former car chief on Kyle Petty's #45 Sprint Dodge's is the new car chief for the #7 Ultra Motorsports Dodge driven by Casey Atwood. Foley has been working in racing for 23 years(12-28-2001)
- Most Powerful in Sports: The Sporting News has tabbed NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, as their Most Powerful Person in sports for 2001. Where do any NASCAR folks rank (out of 100)?
5th is Bill France, Chairman, board of directors, NASCAR; Chairman, ISC;
45th is Mike Helton, President, NASCAR;
52nd is Jim Hunter, Vice president, corporate communications, NASCAR;
66th is George Pyne, Vice president, NASCAR;
68th is Jeff Gordon, Driver, NASCAR;
95th is Teresa Earnhardt, Chairwoman, DEI;
See the story and links to lists at the Sporting News(12-27-2001)
NONE - Christmas!
- NASCAR and CASCAR? the Cayuga 2000 Speedway site is reporting that five 5 NASCAR Stars Officially Signed to race at the track during the final 2002 off weekend and Canada Day Weekend. An official press conference will be held sometime in Jan 2002. Supposedly the January 2002 issue of Performance Racing News it mentions Tony Stewart as confirmed, and either Ken Schraeder or Michael Waltrip as other drivers being there(12-26-2001)
- Welding: Body Dynamics Racing Bodies Inc. is proud to announce their newest product sponsor, Lincoln Electric. Lincoln Electric has come to an agreement with Body Dynamics Racing Bodies, Inc. in which they will supply the use of their welders and associated equipment in exchange for marketing opportunities on www.bodydynamicsracing.com as well as in the fabrication facilities of
Body Dynamics Racing Bodies, Inc.(Body Dynamics Racing Bodies PR)(12-26-2001)
- Todd Bodine in the 24 hours? hearing Todd Bodine [driver of the #66 Kmart Ford] will test a car to drive the 24 hours of Daytona and decide after the test if he will run the race. No word on what team or type of car he will test(12-26-2001)
- Congrats: Big Ed Watkins, pit crew coach and jackman of Evernham Motorsports, got engaged to Vonda Duke this Christmas while the couple was vacationing in Flordia.(12-26-2001)
- New RCR shop: Richard Childress Racing has started construction on an 80,000-square foot state-of-the-art Winston Cup shop will be the new home for its three Winston Cup teams. The building will have paint and body shops, prep stations and truck bays for the #29, #30 and #31 teams of drivers Kevin Harvick, Jeff Green and Robby Gordon, respectively. The new structure will include office space for the Winston Cup crew chiefs and general manager, as well as the RCR engineering department. Samet Construction of Greensboro, N.C., is building the new shop. It will be a two-story, precast concrete construction, with an elevator and parking for 150. The new shop will be among 12 buildings that make up 330,000-square feet on the 34-acre RCR complex. The Winston Cup shop is expected to be completed by April 15, 2002.(That's Racin')(12-24-2001)
- #9 crew members to #99? Crew members Ryan Buscaglio [Front Tire Carrier], Andy Thurman [Front Tire Changer], Heath Cherry [Rear Tire Carrier] and Marc Jacobs [Jackman] left Bill Elliott’s [#9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge] team for jobs with Jeff Burton’s #99 Ford in 2002(Sporting News), hearing Cherry and Jacobs went to the #41 Ganassi Racing team and driver Jimmy Spencer and that Thurman went to Roush, but to the #97 team(12-24-2001)
- Wrangler Chevy to be auctioned:Dale Earnhardt's blue-and-yellow Monte Carlo [#3 Wrangler], (which comes with a crash helmet signed by Earnhardt) is going on the auction block along with some 850 other collector cars at the 2002 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Classic Car Auction to be held from January 17th through the 20th at the WestWorld resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Also for sale is the Richard Petty 50th anniversary Limited Edition Pontiac Grand Prix concept car. For more info see the Barrett-Jackson site (12-24-2001)
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