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.
Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan
BROOKLYN, MI (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kevin Harvick’s two-year winless streak is over after ‘The Closer’ won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Harvick beat 23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace by 2.9-seconds to become playoff eligible and said the key was getting out front on the final restart.
“The last restart I had the 5 (Kyle Larson) behind me, and I knew I didn’t need to let the 23 (Wallace) up,” explained Harvick. “I knew I needed to drive it in the corner far enough, but the 5 had given me such a good push. I had a car length, and I think Bubba got about up to my door. I knew that if we could just get off of turn 2, we would have a chance.”
As the pair raced off turn 2 Harvick started to get ahead and carried that momentum as Wallace and Kyle Larson battled for position.
“That’s what you want, right?” asked Harvick rhetorically. “To try to get away so they don’t have a draft and can make up that time quicker. 5 launched good. 5 gave us a good push, and the key was just clearing the 23 off of two and being able to go down the back straight-away by myself and not door to door and in a firestorm.”
Wallace was disappointed to not get into victory lane with one of the fastest cars on track all weekend.
“I failed everybody,” said Wallace. “Took the top there on the restart. Thought I could hang with the 4, and just got to racing the 5 and the 22. Hate it for our team. It sucks.”
Wallace’s team owner Denny Hamlin raced home to third with Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top 5.
Chase Elliott continues to sit atop the point standing and playoff standings. Martin Truex sits on the outside of the 16-car playoff eligibility by 19-points. Blaney sits in the final playoff spot.
Racing Notebook: Pocono NASCAR Weekend approaching; INDYCAR in Toronto; PVGP hits the track and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Pittsburgh Racing Now Racing Notebook is jam-packed with NASCAR, INDYCAR, and Vintage racing news:
Limited Tickets Remain for Pocono NASCAR Weekend:
- Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR weekend is a little over a week away and if you want to go, get your tickets now! Pocono announced on Thursday that a limited number of grandstand seats are the only options remaining for the marquee M&M’S® Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup Series race next Sunday, July 24. The remaining grandstand seats for the Cup Series race are at three price points ($45, $80 and $95) and scattered throughout the various sections of the main grandstand. The only RV camping option currently available is general admission for $250, which includes two guest passes and free admission for up to 4 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets or learn more, please visit poconoraceway.com or call 800-722-3929.
INDYCAR Returns To Toronto:
- The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to the Streets of Toronto for this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto. All eyes will be on Defending Series Champion Alex Palou, driver of the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. CGR announced on Tuesday afternoon they were exercising their option on Palou for 2023, only to have Palou announce on Social Media later that evening that he was not returning. Moments after Palou’s announcement, McLaren Racing announced they signed Palou for 2023. CGR has won seven times at Toronto, the most recent being Scott Dixon in 2018. Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi was fastest in the first practice on Friday. A second practice session takes place Saturday morning with three rounds of knockout-style qualifying taking place Saturday afternoon. The race is Sunday at 3 p.m.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Pitt Race:
- The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hits the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum this weekend in a tune-up for next weekend’s race on the streets of Schenley Park. Since 2004, racers from all over the country have come to the 2.8-mile purpose-built track 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh for fierce competition. The ‘Black Tie and Tailpipes Gala’ took place last night at The Grand Concourse at Station Square. For more information visit pvgp.org.
Chase Elliott wins at Atlanta
HAMPTON, GA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chase Elliott held off a hard-charging Corey LaJoie to win Sunday’s NASCAR CUP SERIES Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Elliott was leading taking the white flag when LaJoie got a run heading into Turn 1 forcing Elliott to move to the high side of the track and block LaJoie, who ended up hitting the wall and brining out the final caution flag, securing the win for Elliott.
“When you’re a kid and you’re racing on the quarter mile over there you look at this big track and it’s just out of reach, like not even real, just that your heroes are out there competing once or twice a year on this big track, and that’s just not real,” said Elliott of winning at his home track. “To be here and to have a day like we had is really incredible, and certainly one I’m going to embrace and enjoy a lot.”
LaJoie, who had a strong car all day said he took his shot at the win.
“I made my move and it didn’t work out, and the siren is ringing in Dawsonville unfortunately,’’ said LaJoie, referencing the Dawsonville Pool Room where a siren blares after any Elliott win.
Elliott won the races first two stages along with his third victory of the season, joining his Hall of Fame father Bill as the only Cup Drivers to win at the Atlanta oval.
“To see that many people up there and cheering and wearing the 9 hats and seeing the NAPA gear, you want to make those people proud,” said Elliott. “For me, I’m just grateful that the fans of this state have included me in part of the family of Georgia sports and kind of accepted our team as that, and I’m proud of that and glad we could do them good today.”
Ross Chastain finished second followed by Team Penske’s Austin Cindric in third, Petty GMS Racing’s Erik Jones in fourth and Penske’s Ryan Blaney in fifth.
The NASCAR Cup Series next race is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH.