DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – AdventHealth is expanding its relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing‘s NASCAR team for 2020.
AdventHealth is teaming up with CGR to sponsor Kyle Larson and CGR development driver Ross Chastain in select races this season beginning in February at Daytona.
“We’ve been a proud supporter of Chip Ganassi Racing since 2016, and I’m really excited to further expand our winning partnership by teaming-up with both Kyle and Ross,” said David Banks, Chief Strategy Officer, Advent Health. “This collaboration is something all of our employees across the nation can get excited about.”
“We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with AdventHealth for a fifth year,” said Doug Duchardt, Chief Operating Officer, Chip Ganassi Racing. “The partnership has generated some exciting moments on track.”
Larson took AdventHealth to Victory Lane in May 2019 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We had a great run with Kyle last year and are excited about the 2020 season,” said Banks. “In our first race on Kyle’s car, he not only raced his way into the NASCAR All-Star race, but also went on to win it! We are looking forward to continuing that momentum and success together in 2020.”
“It’s great to have AdventHealth back with the No. 42 team for some races in 2020,” said Larson. “It was awesome to win with AdventHealth on our car at the All-Star Race, in their first race with the 42 team, and I hope we can have more exciting races with them this year.”
Florida-based AdventHealth will be on Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the Clash at Daytona and on Florida-native Chastain’s No. 77 Camaro, prepared by CGR in conjunction with Spire Motorsports, for the Daytona 500.
“To have the opportunity to run the Daytona 500 is awesome, and it’s great to do it this year with AdventHealth on-board my car,” said Chastain. “I’ve only had one start in the Daytona 500 and can’t wait to run that race again in what I know will be a competitive car.”
In addition to the races at Daytona, AdventHealth will be on Chastain’s No. 77 Chevy at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May and later in the year on Larson’s No. 42 at the Fall playoff race at Kansas Speedway, where they sponsored Kurt Busch’s No. 1 Camaro in 2019.
“I’m looking forward to racing the Coca-Cola 600,” said Chastain. “That’s another iconic race that all of us want to win.”
AdventHealth also supports the Human Innovation and Development Lab (HIDL) at CGR. Headed by Josh Wise, the HIDL features tools, technology and unique training to improve the performance of CGR’s pit crews and drivers to help them prepare for upcoming races both mentally and physically. Larson and Chastain utilize the resources made available in the HIDL. Watch for a full-story on the HIDL in 2020 here at PittsburghRacingNow.com.
AdventHealth has been a partner of Daytona International Speedway since 2014 as their Official Healthcare Partner of the Speedway providing care for more than 1,000 patients each year on-site. In case of an emergency at the track, there are 11 AdventHealth ambulances, two care centers and nine first aid stations ready to serve anybody at the Speedway.
The AdventHealth injector (or gate entrance) at the Daytona Beach, Florida track is a 20,000-plus-square-foot oasis that features messages of health and well-being as well as interactive games that naturally tie the sport of racing to health and wellness, testing race fans hand-eye coordination – a vital skill on the race track.
“With our injector at the Daytona International Speedway, we’ve been able to engage with the hundreds of thousands of race fans that attend Speedweeks, but are beyond thrilled to have an AdventHealth car racing in the Daytona 500 for the first time ever,” said Banks. “I can’t wait to watch Florida’s own ‘Melon Man’ race on the track this year in our watermelon-themed AdventHealth Chevy.”
Practice for the Busch Clash and Daytona 500 begins Saturday February 8th with Daytona 500 qualifying on Sunday February 9th at 12:30 ET, followed by the Busch Clash at 3 p.m. ET.
Martin Truex Jr Victorious At Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Martin Truex Jr passed teammate Denny Hamlin on lap 485 and went on the win the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The victory was Truex’s second of 2021 and 29th of his Cup Series Career.
“He (Hamlin) started getting tight, our car was getting better and better,” said Truex of the late race pass. “We were able to take advantage of it. Really happy. For whatever reason our car really turned on when the lights went down. Always good when a plan comes together and it works out the way you hoped it would.”
Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott finished second, his seventh top-10 finish in 13-races at Martinsville and fourth top-10 of 2021.
“Really, really hard-fought second actually for us,” said Elliott. “We were not great, but had some, I guess our strong suit was kind of early on in the run, then really faded hard, too hard there in the latter part of a run. But we never got one of those super long runs, which is probably a good thing for us because we were struggling on that end. But, yeah, proud we could fight back.”
Hamlin settled for third after leading the most laps in the race (267).
“Had a really good car on the short run all day,” said Hamlin. “Got great restarts. Was fast for 25, 30 laps. Then it seemed like guys would start catching us. Unfortunately it was just too many laps there at the end that we couldn’t hold those guys off.”
Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Kyle Larson finished fourth and fifth respectively, giving HMS three cars in the top 5.
The race featured 18-lead changes among 7-drivers and was slowed by 15-caution flags for 105-laps.
The next NASCAR Cup Series race is April 18, 2020 at Richmond Raceway.
Josh Berry Gets First Career Xfinity Series Win At Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, VA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Josh Berry passed Ty Gibbs for the lead on lap 223 and stayed out front for the final 27-laps to get his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the rain-delayed Cook Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The victory was the first career victory for Berry in 13 Xfinity Series starts.
“Man, I wanted to win so bad for these guys,” said Berry referring to his No. 8 JR Motorsports team. “They’re such a great group. I knew this would be a good opportunity to win. (Crew chief) Taylor (Moyer) called a perfect race. The car was good, and we just kept tweaking on it. The tires were pretty worn out there at the end. I was struggling a little bit with wheel-hop. This is just unbelievable.”
Berry’s JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson finished second and picked up a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus, which eased the pain of being the runner-up.
“One hundred thousand dollars richer,” said Gragson. “Great 1-2 finish for our team at JR Motorsports. I really wanted to win there, but I was having to protect the bottom to keep the guys behind me from moving me out of the way. I couldn’t open up my arc the way I needed to and make speed.”
Daniel Hemric finished in third position followed by Gibbs, who faded to a fourth place finish. Gibbs’ teammate Brandon Jones finished fifth. Jones was the leader Friday night when storms red-flagged the event after completing 91-laps.
The race featured 13-lead changes among 9-drivers. The race was slowed by 12-caution flags for 75-laps.
The next race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is April 24, 2021 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Mother Nature Wins At Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, VA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mother Nature is throwing a wrench into this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series Schedules at Martinsville Virginia.
Friday’s Xfinity race is under a red flag following 92-laps of the scheduled 250-lap event after rain showers put an end to NASCAR’s attempt to get the event finished. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Brandon Jones is scored as the leader of the race.
NASCAR has rescheduled the remainder of the event for Sunday at Noon ET.
The Cup Series race was red flagged on lap 43 because of showers. JGR’s Denny Hamlin is scored as the leader. Hamlin has led 38-laps. Team Penske’s Joey Logano started on the pole position and led the other laps.
NASCAR will restart the event on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.
Per NASCAR rules, an event is considered official after half of the scheduled distance has been completed.
Both races will be broadcast live on FS1, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.