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Highlighting a busy summer of racing for the Californian, Brian Wong and World Stage Racing are pleased to announce their entry in to the next phase of the program’s development, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Partnering with the renowned Venturini Motorsports, the program will debut at this weekend’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at the famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Canada. Continuing the team’s ethos of exploring new avenues for marketing and engagement, the team’s Toyota Tundra will also debut a new partnership with Momofuku.
“Words cannot express my excitement for this weekend,” stated Wong. “This is by far the most high profile event in my stock car career, and to say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series offers some of the best racing in the world, and driving a vehicle like that at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, where you really have to be on your toes the whole time, should make for a very challenging weekend. Having Momofuku on board only makes it that much sweeter. Anyone who is familiar with their restaurants knows why it’s a huge honor to represent them this weekend. The quality of their dining experience, combined with their unique approach to customer engagement, lines up perfectly with our brand. Combined with our other partners at GT Channel, Purist and Nitty, we’re really hoping to show well for everyone.”
Continuing World Stage Racing’s tradition of engaging unique brands and non-traditional forms of partnership, the team’s alignment with Momofuku provides a perfect symbol of the effort. Established by chef and founder David Chang in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku has grown to include restaurants in New York City, Sydney and Toronto. Momofuku has a total of nine restaurants (Noodle Bar, Ssa¨m Bar, Ko, Ma´ Pe^che, Seio¯bo, Noodle Bar Toronto, Daisho¯, Sho¯to¯, Fuku), a sister bakery with multiple locations throughout New York City and in Toronto (Milk Bar), two bars (Booker and Dax, Nikai), and a Culinary Lab.
Momofuku Toronto, Momofuku’s first project in Canada, is conveniently located just one hour from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Momofuku Toronto’s three-story glass cube is home to three restaurants (Noodle Bar, Daisho and Shoto), a bar (Nikai) and Milk Bar. The menus at each restaurant change frequently based on market availability, and are inspired by the diversity of Ontario’s native ingredients as well as growing relationships with local vendors.
Momofuku is thrilled to partner with Wong, who is redefining what it means to become a NASCAR driver.
“I’m just excited for Momofuku to be a part of the race this weekend, and to have found a like-minded partner who also thinks outside the box.” says David Chang, Chef and Founder of Momofuku.
While this will be Wong’s first race in Truck Series competition, the 26-year old will have the benefit of vast road racing experience combined with excellent support from Venturini Motorsports in the No. 25 Momofuku Toyota Tundra. While the series normally runs 22 of their 23 events on oval tracks, the visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be the lone visit to a road course for the year. Seen as a road course specialist, including being the first Chinese American to see a podium in the American Le Mans Series as well as first Chinese American to earn a podium in ARCA Series competition, Brian is hoping his experience in “turning right” will play to his favor.
In addition to Momofuku, the team will also be supported by Purist, Nitty.com, and GT Channel. GT Channel is YouTube’s largest multi-channel network with a focus on cars. The GTChannel home channel specializes in award winning drifting, tuning and sports car content with 300,000 subscribers and 3 Million monthly video views. GTChannel is a YouTube Certified company.
Nitty is a social bartering application built for communities that are passionate about their shared interests. Interested users can find it via both iOS and Android devices.
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Provides Fans Virtual Pit Crew Experience in Competition Format
Joe Gibbs Racing announces today the launch of their new interactive pit crew competition app: Pit Road with Pals.
The new version of the popular pit stop game is now available for download on all Apple and Android devices. It can be downloaded for Apple here: http://pit-apple.jgr.mobi and Android here: http://pit-google.jgr.mobi.
Pit Road With Pals App is a free app and provides fans the opportunity to test their skills in all facets of a pit stop. New to this version is the opportunity to play with friends in a best-of-three round competition style similar to many popular word games.
View the video trailer: https://youtu.be/znP1OP9Ehz4
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FIVE NATIONAL TV GAMES
HIGHLIGHT WEEK 3
Week 3 of the NFL preseason features five games on national television.
The action starts on Friday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Detroit Lions (8:00 PM ET, CBS).
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit the Buffalo Bills at 4:00 PM ET on NFL Network. That night, the San Diego Chargers will host the Seattle Seahawks at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.
The week concludes with back-to-back nationally-televised games on Sunday as the Houston Texans visit the New Orleans Saints (4:00 PM ET, FOX) and the Arizona Cardinals travel to face the Oakland Raiders (8:00 PM ET, NBC).
|Friday, August 28
||Detroit at Jacksonville
|Saturday, August 29
||Pittsburgh at Buffalo
||Seattle at San Diego
|Sunday, August 30
||Houston at New Orleans
||Arizona at Oakland
Visit NFL.com/Tickets for tickets to NFL preseason games.
A closer look at the nationally-televised games in Week 3 of the NFL preseason:
DETROIT LIONS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (Friday, CBS, 8:00 PM ET)
Detroit’s first-team defense had a strong showing last week against the Washington Redskins. The Lions’ defensive starters played three series and limited the Redskins to 10 total yards on 11 plays.
“They were around the ball early on,” says Detroit head coach JIM CALDWELL about the first-team defense. “They did a pretty nice job.”
Last season, the Lions led the NFL in rushing defense (69.3 yards per game) and ranked second in the league in overall defense (300.9 yards per game).
Jacksonville quarterback BLAKE BORTLES led three scoring drives last week against the New York Giants. Entering his second season, Bortles has completed 61.3 percent of his passes (19 of 31) this preseason.
“Overall, I think we did some really good stuff,” says Bortles about the team’s offensive performance.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS at BUFFALO BILLS (Saturday, NFLN, 4:00 PM ET)
Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 11 of 14 passes (78.6 percent) for 100 yards with a touchdown in last week’s 24-19 win over the Green Bay Packers. Roethlisberger, who played into the second quarter of the game, connected with wide receiver MARKUS WHEATON on a five-yard touchdown pass.
“We’ve done a ton of red-zone work and that’s one of the plays we’ve been working on,” says Wheaton about the touchdown play. “We got the look we wanted.”
The Bills staged a late rally in Cleveland to pull out an 11-10 victory over the Browns last week. Buffalo quarterback EJ MANUEL threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver ANDRE DAVIS on fourth down with 1:31 remaining in the game to bring the Bills within one at 10-9. On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Manuel connected with running back BRONSON HILL for the game-winning points.
The Bills have yet to announce the team’s starting quarterback for Kickoff Weekend. Head coach REX RYAN rested veteran MATT CASSEL against the Browns as TYROD TAYLOR (seven of 10 passing for 65 yards; 41 rushing yards) and Manuel (nine of 14 for 111 yards with one touchdown) split the snaps under center.
“I was proud of both of those quarterbacks,” said Ryan about Taylor and Manuel after the Cleveland game. “Both of them did a nice job for us.”
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (Saturday, CBS, 8:00 PM ET)
Seattle linebackers BOBBY WAGNER and K.J. WRIGHT had impressive showings last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Wagner, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season, had a 25-yard interception-return touchdown while Wright, who led the Seahawks with 106 tackles in 2014, recorded six tackles, including two for a loss.
“K.J. was all over the field,” says Wagner. “It seemed like every play, K.J. made the tackle.”
Wagner’s interception-return touchdown was the first NFL TD of his career and his first touchdown since he played tight end in high school.
“I just sat back and read his eyes,” says Wagner about the INT-TD. “I’ve never had a pick-six in my life. It felt amazing.”
The Chargers had six sacks in the team’s 22-19 win at Arizona last week. San Diego linebacker MELVIN INGRAM recorded two sacks in an impactful performance.
“I felt good,” says Ingram. “When you finally get into a game and get a couple of sacks, that’s a good feeling.”
HOUSTON TEXANS at NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (Sunday, FOX, 4:00 PM ET)
First-year linebacker KOURTNEI BROWN, who was signed to Houston’s practice squad in December 2014, had a 69-yard interception-return touchdown last week against the Denver Broncos.
“It’s a blessing,” says Brown. “You never know when your time is up and you’ve got to make the most of your opportunity whenever you get a chance. I’m just thankful for the Texans giving me the chance to play.”
Brown, who entered the NFL in 2012 with San Francisco but has yet to play in a regular-season game, has had a strong preseason as he registered two sacks in the team’s opener against the 49ers.
“He’s done a good job,” says Texans head coach BILL O’BRIEN about Brown. “He’s made a lot of improvement in his game. He’s in a very competitive position but he’s certainly made a lot of plays.”
Saints wide receiver BRANDIN COOKS caught four passes for 117 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown from DREW BREES, in last week’s game against the New England Patriots.
“He obviously can do a lot of great things,” says Brees about the dynamic Cooks. “With the complement of all the guys that we have here, we think we’re going to give defenses a lot to worry about.”
ARIZONA CARDINALS at OAKLAND RAIDERS (Sunday, NBC, 8:00 PM ET)
Cardinals rookie running back DAVID JOHNSON, the team’s third-round selection (No. 86 overall) from Northern Iowa, rushed for 66 yards and added two catches for 15 yards in his NFL debut last week against the San Diego Chargers.
“As the game started progressing, I felt better,” says Johnson. “It started slowing down a little bit more for me. I started reading the holes and helping out the offense.”
Raiders rookie wide receiver AMARI COOPER, the club’s first-round selection (No. 4 overall) from Alabama, had a 40-yard reception to set up a touchdown in Oakland’s game last week against Minnesota. This preseason, Cooper is averaging 15.5 yards per catch (four catches, 62 yards).
“The guy gets better at something every day,” says Raiders second-year quarterback DEREK CARR about Cooper. “He’s doing great things and there are little things he’s getting better at.”
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Marco Andretti to Lead Crossing in the No. 25 Car in Honor of Justin Wilson
Verizon IndyCar Series Golden Gate Bridge crossing with Astor Cup en route to Sonoma Raceway
Competition Indy cars driven by Marco Andretti (No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda), Josef Newgarden (No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet), Will Power (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) and Graham Rahal (No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda); INDYCAR Experience two-seat Indy car driven by James Hinchcliffe with the championship trophy, the Astor Cup, in the passenger seat, and members of the Holmatro Safety Team driving the Holmatro safety vehicles (see formation diagram below)
Thursday, Aug. 27
12:30 p.m. PT – Media check-in at Vista Point parking on the north side of bridge
1:00 pm PT – Bridge crossing scheduled to start from south side and proceed northbound
Golden Gate Bridge
Highlighting this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series championship-deciding race – the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – there will be a motorcade of Indy cars and Holmatro safety vehicles delivering the Astor Cup championship trophy to Sonoma Raceway, via the Golden Gate Bridge.
The event will also pay tribute to Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson, who succumbed Aug. 24 to injuries sustained at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23. As part of the tribute, Wilson’s Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti will lead the way, driving Wilson’s No. 25 car. In addition, two Holmatro safety vehicles, the same that were on site to aid in Wilson’s incident at Pocono, will fly Justin Wilson flags from the back of their trucks (see flag image at bottom).
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Matt Hagan Funny Car during Wednesday's testing at Indy (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRAmedia.com)
Richie Crampton Top Fuel Wednesday's testing at Indy (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRAmedia.com)
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Defending Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Top Fuel winner Richie Crampton and defending Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan made the quickest runs in their respective categories Wednesday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during the opening day of testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
NHRA teams utilized the first day of the two-day open test to prepare for the world’s most prestigious drag race, which will be held Sept. 2-7 at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility that sits just west of downtown Indianapolis. The event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.
Tickets for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals are available by calling (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or logging on to www.NHRA.com/tickets.
Crampton, who has won four races this season including the recent Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, powered his Lucas Oil dragster to a performance of 3.725 seconds at 321.04 mph. The time is quicker than the current track record of 3.740 seconds held by Shawn Langdon.
Crampton, who enters the race third in points, says his team is sticking with their Indy tradition of introducing a brand new racecar at the Big Go.
“Just like last year we brought out a brand new racecar during this test session,” Crampton said. “We’ve got some new pipe out here and we are just refining what we have and making sure we have a good consistent car for the big race. I am still involved in building these racecars so I take a lot of pride in them. For me it’s really exciting to get in a new racecar finally after building it for a few months. It seems like a fresh racecar works better and we just proved that today by running a (3.72) and (3.75) here this afternoon.”
Antron Brown posted the day’s second-quickest time in Top Fuel, covering the distance in 3.733 seconds at 322.96 mph in his Matco Tools dragster. Last weekend at Brainerd Brown lowered the NHRA Top Fuel E.T. record to 3.680 seconds. That run also was a milestone performance, the first ever in the 3.6-second zone in Top Fuel.
Brown, who won Indy in Top Fuel in 2011, says his team is using the test to fine-tune for not only next weekend, but the six Countdown to the Championship playoff races as well.
“We are working on some new stuff and things that can make us better for the Countdown,” Brown said. “Tomorrow we will go with the setup that we’ll run during the race week. It’s supposed to be a little bit warmer tomorrow so that will be more like the conditions we’ll face during the event.”
Brown trails eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher by 53 points coming into the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. However, with the return to the point-and-a-half system at Indy, Brown says that changes all the rules. He expects a lot of movement in the points standings, at the bottom and at the top.
“The U.S. Nationals race besides having the all-star race with the big money, it’s the last race to gain points and position in the Countdown,” Brown said. “With the extra points being added to it, it’s a very crucial race for us against Tony [Schumacher] for first place. He’s got 50 points on us, but it’s really like he’s only got 30 points on us. If we can go two more rounds than him without losing qualifying points we can find ourselves in first place. Indy is really crucial for us. Plus, it’s the U.S. Nationals, the race speaks for itself. When you have a race called the U.S. Nationals it’s like going to a Grand Slam or a Super Bowl and that’s how big it is in our sport and we definitely want to come out here and show out and do well.”
Schumacher, who has won Indy a record nine times in 11 final round appearances, posted a best run of 3.760 at 320.74 in his U.S. Army dragster. Other quick runs during the day were posted by Billy Torrence, who clocked a 3.738 at 321.58 in his Capco Contractors dragster, Spencer Massey ran a 3.747 at 326.63 in the Red Fuel dragster, Brittany Force powered her Monster Energy dragster to a 3.754 at 308.71 and Leah Pritchett posted a 3.828 at 272.28 in her Gumout/Dote Racing dragster.
In Funny Car there were many three-second runs during the day, topped by Hagan, who posted the quickest with a 3.934 at 324.67 in an all-black Dodge Charger. His time and speed were both better than the existing track records.
Last weekend in Brainerd Hagan joined Brown in the NHRA milestone performance department by racing to the first 3.8-second time in a Funny Car. His effort of 3.879 seconds is officially listed as the quickest time in history, but he did not back it up with another run within 1 percent as required by NHRA rules to make it a national record. Although he is a two-time world champ, Hagan is still looking for his first Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals victory.
Nearly every Funny Car racer participating in the test ran quicker than the current track record of 3.998 seconds set by Hagan last season. Some of the best runs of the day were made by 2005 Indy winner Del Worsham, who posted a 3.955 at 321.42 in his DHL Toyota, four-time U.S. Nationals winner John Force, who clocked a 3.957 at 323.04 in his Peak Antifreeze Chevy Camaro SS, and Chad Head, who sped to a 3.975 at 307.44 in his Head Racing Toyota.
Jack Beckman, who took over the Funny Car points lead at Brainerd and reset the national record to 3.901 seconds in his Jimmy Prock-tuned Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger, posted a testing-best of 3.979 at 316.30.
Defending world champion and 2012 U.S. Nationals winner Andrew Hines had the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle during the first day of testing, powering his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 6.914 at 188.31.
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Below is a listing of each Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor’s best performance from Wednesday’s testing:
Richie Crampton 3.725 – 321.04
Antron Brown 3.733 – 322.96
Billy Torrence 3.738 – 321.58
Spencer Massey 3.747 – 326.63
Brittany Force 3.754 – 308.71
Tony Schumacher 3.760 – 320.74
Leah Pritchett 3.828 – 272.28
Matt Hagan 3.934 – 324.67
Del Worsham 3.955 – 321.42
John Force 3.957 – 323.04
Chad Head 3.975 – 307.44
Jack Beckman 3.979 – 316.30
Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.982 – 319.60
Robert Hight 3.990 – 311.56
Courtney Force 4.018 – 317.34
Pro Stock Motorcycle
Andrew Hines 6.914 – 188.31
Hector Arana Jr. 6.925 – 191.41
Chip Ellis 6.939 – 192.93
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