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News Article | May 8, 2017
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Already considered one of the world's true off-roading and overlanding icons, the Toyota Land Cruiser is now also the world's fastest SUV ... well, kind of. At last year's SEMA Show, Toyota showed a ridiculous 2,000-hp version it called the Land Speed Cruiser. Some might have figured it just a fun SEMA tune, but Toyota alluded to a possible record run from the beginning. Now it's gone and done it, and at 230-mph (370 km/h), the Land Speed Cruiser not only grabs the "world fastest SUV" title, it leaves many a supercar gasping for air before the finish line. In 1993, when the competition for the production car speed record really started getting interesting, the McLaren F1 drove its way to a world speed record with a 231 mph (372 km/h) run, handily surpassing the Jaguar XJ220's 217-mph (349 km/h) record. Not a full decade earlier, 200 mph (322 km/h) was still a dream. The McLaren F1 was head and shoulders above other sports cars of its day, but now there's a 230-mph full-size SUV out there that could give it hell in a head-to-head straight-line (we suspect the F1 would still pull it out at the end since it eventually upped the world speed record just above 241 mph/388 km/h). With recently retired Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards behind the wheel, the Land Speed Cruiser clocked an official one-way time of 230.02 mph (370.2 km/h) on a 2.5-mile (4-km) runway at California's Mojave Air and Space Port. That speed blows well past the previous SUV world record claim of 211 mph (340 km/h), crowning the Land Speed Cruiser the speed king of SUVs – and given its top speed is faster than many six- and seven-figure supercars, that's no dubious honor. Getting the bulky Land Cruiser up to that kind of speed obviously took much more than just dropping a NASCAR driver inside and putting a couple miles of runway in front of him. Toyota Motorsports positioned two large Garrett turbochargers around the Land Cruiser's 5.7-liter V8, then added a custom racing transmission and reinforced the engine construction to handle the monstrous power boost. The suspension was lowered to help prevent the SUV's high construction from interfering with its speed ambitions, and the chassis was reworked to accommodate the suspension and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. On record day, Toyota test driver and race car champion Craig Stanton warmed the Land Speed Cruiser up by flirting with 200 mph. Edwards then took the wheel and got 'er up fast enough to tie the 211-mph record on his first run but ran out of pavement before he was able to surge to a new record. Toyota technicians dialled up boost to increase power, and Edwards went on to hit 230 mph, again running out of pavement before fully reaching peak speed. Toyota says it has both video and GPS data to back its claim up. "At 225 mph, the thing was wandering a little bit. All I could think was that Craig said, 'No matter what, just keep your foot in it,' and we got 230 mph," Edwards recounts. "It's safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet." The 230-mph record is 10 mph (16 km/h) above what Toyota was estimating when it introduced the Land Speed Cruiser at SEMA. Ordinarily, this is the part where we'd start doling out asterisks – like the one that Hennessey and its 270.5-mph (435.3-km/h) gets because it only made a one-way run, instead of the two-way run required for official production speed record status. But such conventions don't appear to apply to the less competitive field of SUV speed record racing. The previous record-holder, a 740-hp, Brabus-tuned Mercedes GLK V12, topped 200 mph (322 km/h) on the track, as announced by Brabus in 2009. Brabus' release didn't describe exactly how it clocked that 200-mph top speed, and the 211-mph top speed it's been popularly credited with appears to be a miscalculated conversion. At the top of the 2009 press release, Brabus lists its speed as "322.3 km/h (200.3 mph)" but later lists it as "322.3 km/h (211 mph)." The former conversion is the correct one, leaving us to conclude that the GLK's actual verified speed was 200.3 mph, not 211 mph, as has been widely reported. We reached out to Toyota to see if it had additional evidence of an actual 211-mph run when using that figure as its benchmark, and it told us it had noticed the same discrepancy but decided to use 211 anyway so as to avoid any challenges or questions. We reckon using the 211 did help prevent any confusion while still giving Toyota plenty to brag about, but we're confident giving Toyota a little more to brag about – about 11 mph (17.7 km/h) over the previous record more, to be exact. We've also reached out to Brabus and will update if and when it gets back to us with any further clarification about its 2009 record claim. In the meantime, it's pretty safe to say the Land Speed Cruiser's claim to world's fastest SUV doesn't come with any asterisks. While heavily modified, the ultra-powerful Land Cruiser is peerless in the SUV world and more comfortable rubbing elbows with the likes of world's fastest cars like the Noble M600 (225 mph), Spania GTA Spano (230 mph) and Zenvo TS1 (233 mph). Even then, it's a small, exclusive club. Update: Brabus kindly sent us a copy of the certificate it received from Nardo on October 19, 2009, and the only speed referenced is 322.3 km/h, which means its record was indeed 200.3 mph, not 211 mph.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Conley has 41 career NASCAR XFINITY Series starts to his credit to go along with 36 starts in the NASCAR K&N Series. He has a career best XFINITY Series finish of sixth which came at Kentucky Speedway during the 2014 season. "The addition of Cale to our Young Guns program makes for a great complement to the drivers we already have", added JGL Racing team owner James Whitener. "I watched Cale closely when he competed in the XFINITY Series a few years ago and he has proven he is a very talented driver when given the right equipment. We aim to give him just that and let him shine in this No. 24 Toyota." Conley and JGL Racing are working on additional races beyond the May 27th event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and expect a future announcement on that expanded schedule as well as sponsors. For additional information on JGL Racing "Young Guns" program contact Brent Bushu at Brent@WinningWithIntegrity.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/race-fans-meets-cale-conley-latest-to-join-jgl-racing-young-guns-program-300455782.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
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NEW YORK | Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. announced today that FNTSY Sports Network, the world’s first and only channel dedicated to fantasy sports, and Fight Network, the world’s premier multi-platform combat sports channel, have launched on go90. “The launch of Anthem’s flagship properties FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network on the go90 platform is an important step in our mobile expansion strategy,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. “The service reaches mobile phone users across the U.S., creating a new national platform for viewer consumption and conversation. Our original and timely premium content is a perfect fit for the service, fueling combat sports fans with exclusive fights and digital features, while giving fantasy sports players an edge with the latest picks, rankings, projections and much more.” Anthem on go90 includes daily clips from FNTSY Sports Network’s staple shows, including HotRoster Today hosted by Garion Thorne and Cam Stewart, the Pat Mayo Hour featuring award-winning fantasy sports expert Pat Mayo, Morency Unfiltered and Game Time Decisions, hosted by the outspoken Gabriel Morency, Home Ice Advantage with Chris Meaney, plus FNTSY Mixtape, highlighting the best short-form content featuring Corey Parson, Tim Gilbert, Ashley Docking and more. Fight Network will feature coverage all the biggest events in the combat sports world, exclusive interviews with top personalities and fighters, original productions such as Retrospective and Tristar Stories, plus fights and events from its extensive programming line-up. Watch Anthem’s FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network on go90.com or the go90 app available on iOS or Android. Available across all U.S. wireless carriers, go90 is currently delivering over 25,000 hours of live and on-demand sports from the top leagues in football, basketball, soccer and more. FNTSY Sports Network is the world’s first and only 24/7 television network designed from the ground up to inform, engage and entertain the more than 60 million enthusiasts who play fantasy sports annually and on a daily basis. The destination channel for fantasy sports players, its schedule includes exciting live studio programming, call-in shows, expert panels, celebrity and expert drafts, reality programming and on-site commentary from sports venues, as well as short-form programming from the experts around the continent, providing fantasy sports discussion and analysis for football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, hockey, NASCAR and other sports. It also includes a fantasy sports “ticker” that features the most information available on a single screen. It airs on over 20 cable, satellite and IPTV platforms in the U.S. and Canada and on streaming services including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, Pluto TV and Smart TV platforms such as Xumo, as well as globally on digital and social platforms. Fight Network is a 24/7 HD multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news and analysis, as well as fight-themed drama, reality series, documentaries and feature films. Fight Network’s dynamic programming lineup includes live events from around the world and extensive news coverage. Fight Network is distributed on cable, satellite and IPTV systems in the U.S., Canada and over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as globally on streaming services including Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Pluto TV, as well as globally on digital and social platforms. FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network are subsidiaries of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. About Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. is a global sports media company with offices and studios in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles. Anthem owns the Fantasy Sports Entertainment Group (FSEG), which includes Fantasy Sports Network (FNTSY), the world’s first and only channel dedicated to fantasy sports, FNTSY Sports Radio Network, a 24/7 audio channel, RotoExperts.com, a leader in season-long fantasy sports news and analysis, DailyRoto.com, the most comprehensive and far-reaching daily fantasy sports website, and SportsGrid.com, a leader in general sports entertainment commentary. Anthem’s portfolio also includes Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel now broadcasting in the U.S., Canada and over 30 other countries, GameTV, featuring game shows, reality series, movies and sports available in over 9 million homes, IMPACT Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion seen in 80 countries specializing in television programs, events, products, merchandise, music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers, and Edge Sport, an extreme and action sports network recently launched in Canada in partnership with IMG. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S. available in 45 million homes. About go90 go90 is a free, mobile-first, social entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover, view and share content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in digital entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premier entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Communications family of companies. Start watching now on go90.com.


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox” or the “Company” -- NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The Company reported quarterly income from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders of $811 million ($0.44 per share), as compared to $844 million ($0.44 per share) reported in the prior year quarter. Excluding the net income effects of Impairment and restructuring charges, Other, net and adjustments to Equity losses of affiliates1 adjusted quarterly earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders2 was $0.54, a 15% increase over the $0.47 reported in the same quarter of the prior year. The Company reported total quarterly revenues of $7.56 billion, a $336 million, or 5%, increase from the $7.23 billion of revenues reported in the prior year quarter. This revenue growth reflects higher advertising revenue at the Television segment, led by the broadcast of Super Bowl LI, and higher affiliate revenues at both the Cable Network Programming and Television segments partially offset by lower content revenues at the Filmed Entertainment segment. Quarterly income from continuing operations before income tax expense of $1.25 billion decreased $139 million from the $1.39 billion reported in the prior year quarter. Quarterly total segment OIBDA3 of $1.94 billion increased $57 million, or 3%, from the $1.88 billion reported in the prior year quarter. This increase was due to higher contributions from the Company’s Cable Network Programming and Television segments partially offset by lower contributions from the Filmed Entertainment segment. Commenting on the results, Executive Chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch said: “We delivered a quarter marked by operational momentum and strong domestic affiliate fee growth. We continue to demonstrate our ability to capture opportunities to grow distribution of our domestic portfolio of video brands, whether through established MVPD partners or new digital entrants such as Hulu’s recently launched live television service. We made progress in the quarter against our key strategic priorities, exemplified by our creative successes across screens, from theatrical releases Logan and Hidden Figures to new FX debuts of Legion, Feud and Taboo. Our proposed combination with Sky, which was recently approved unconditionally by the European Commission, will advance another of our strategic priorities, driving innovation for customers. We remain confident the proposed transaction will be approved by the end of the calendar year following a thorough review process.” Cable Network Programming quarterly segment OIBDA increased 5% to $1.45 billion and revenue increased 2% to $4.02 billion. Expenses were consistent with the prior year quarter as higher entertainment programming and marketing costs at FX Networks and National Geographic Channels, higher National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (“NASCAR”) rights costs at FOX Sports 1 (“FS1”) and higher National Basketball Association (“NBA”) rights costs at the regional sports networks (“RSNs”) were offset by lower sports rights costs at STAR India due to the absence of the prior year broadcast of the International Cricket Council (“ICC”) Cricket World Twenty20 matches. Domestic affiliate revenue increased 8% reflecting continued contractual rate increases led by Fox News, FS1, the RSNs and FX Networks. Domestic advertising revenue was flat over the prior year period as the impact of higher ratings at Fox News and FS1 was offset by lower revenues at the National Geographic Partners businesses. Domestic OIBDA contributions were equal to the prior year quarter as higher contributions from Fox News were offset by lower contributions from FX Networks and National Geographic Channels. International affiliate revenue increased 5% driven by local currency growth of 7% partially offset by negative currency impacts from the strengthened U.S. dollar. International advertising revenue decreased 18% from lower advertising revenues at STAR India due to the absence of the prior year broadcast of the ICC Cricket World Twenty20 matches and the effect of the Indian government demonetization initiatives on the general advertising market. Quarterly OIBDA at the international cable channels increased 44% from the prior year quarter primarily reflecting lower sports programming costs at STAR India and higher contributions from Fox Networks Group International. Television reported quarterly segment OIBDA of $190 million, an increase of 52% as compared to the prior year quarter driven by 30% revenue growth reflecting increased advertising revenue and continued growth of retransmission consent revenues. Quarterly advertising revenues grew 39% from the corresponding period of the prior year driven by the broadcast of Super Bowl LI and the inclusion of one additional National Football League divisional playoff game, partially offset by the impact from lower general entertainment ratings, led by the absence of American Idol, which concluded its final season in the prior year. The segment results also included higher sports programming costs associated with the broadcast of Super Bowl LI and the additional National Football League divisional playoff game. Filmed Entertainment generated quarterly segment OIBDA of $373 million, a $97 million decrease from the $470 million reported in the same period a year-ago. The OIBDA decrease in the current quarter was driven primarily by lower film studio contributions reflecting difficult comparisons to last year’s strong worldwide theatrical performance of Deadpool and the home entertainment performance of The Martian, partially offset by higher television production contributions from higher subscription video-on demand revenues led by the licensing of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and higher network revenue. Quarterly segment revenues decreased $65 million to $2.26 billion, primarily reflecting lower worldwide theatrical and home entertainment revenues partially offset by higher television production revenues. Quarterly results also included the successful theatrical performances of both Logan and Hidden Figures, which have grossed approximately $600 million and $230 million in worldwide box office, respectively. The Company’s share of equity (losses) earnings of affiliates is as follows: Quarterly equity losses of affiliates were $51 million as compared to $9 million reported in the same period a year-ago. The $42 million increase in losses primarily reflects higher equity losses reported at Hulu and Endemol Shine Group. To receive a copy of this press release through the Internet, access 21st Century Fox’s corporate Web site located at http://www.21cf.com. Audio from 21st Century Fox’s conference call with analysts on the third quarter results can be heard live on the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the call, visit http://www.21cf.com. This document contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these and other factors that could affect future results is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The “forward-looking statements” included in this document are made only as of the date of this document and we do not have any obligation to publicly update any “forward-looking statements” to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law. The Company evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on segment operating income before depreciation and amortization (“OIBDA”), and management uses total segment OIBDA as a measure of the performance of operating businesses separate from non-operating factors. Total segment OIBDA may be considered a non-GAAP measure and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income, cash flow and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this measure does not reflect cash available to fund requirements. This measure excludes items, such as depreciation and amortization as well as impairment charges, which are significant components in assessing the Company’s financial performance. Management believes that total segment OIBDA is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of the Company’s business and provides investors and equity analysts a measure to analyze operating performance of the Company’s business and enterprise value against historical data and competitors’ data. Segment OIBDA is the primary measure used by our chief operating decision maker to evaluate the performance of and allocate resources to the Company’s business segments. Segment OIBDA does not include depreciation and amortization and the amortization of cable distribution investments and eliminates the variable effect across all business segments of depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense includes the depreciation of property and equipment, as well as amortization of finite-lived intangible assets. Amortization of cable distribution investments represents a reduction against revenues over the term of a carriage arrangement and, as such, it is excluded from segment operating income before depreciation and amortization. In addition, total segment OIBDA does not include: Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, Impairment and restructuring charges, Equity (losses) earnings of affiliates, Interest expense, net, Interest income, Other, net, Income tax expense and Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests. The following table reconciles income from continuing operations before income tax expense to total segment OIBDA: The calculation of income and earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders excluding the net income effects of Impairment and restructuring charges, Equity affiliate adjustments and Other, net and tax provision effects (“adjusted income and diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders”) may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies, since companies and investors may differ as to what type of events warrant adjustment. Adjusted income and diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders are not measures of performance under generally accepted accounting principles and should not be construed as substitutes for consolidated net income and EPS as determined under GAAP as a measure of performance. However, management uses these measures in comparing the Company’s historical performance and believes that they provide meaningful and comparable information to investors to assist in their analysis of our performance relative to prior periods and our competitors. The Company uses adjusted income and diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders to evaluate the performance of the Company’s operations exclusive of certain items that impact the comparability of results from period to period. The following table reconciles reported income and reported diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders to adjusted income and diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to 21st Century Fox stockholders for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.


KANSAS CITY, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heading into the Monster Energy NASCAR® Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing, joined ExxonMobil and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), a non-profit organization that provides hands-on defensive driving workshops in cities nationwide, as an honorary driving instructor for local teenage drivers at his home track. Bowyer, a native of Emporia, Kan., and Doug Herbert, owner and founder of B.R.A.K.E.S., provided student drivers with an educational session on collision avoidance, panic stopping, skid recovery and distracted driving avoidance before taking the students on the course to provide demonstrations of these techniques. Bowyer also gave each student one-on-one driving lessons in his street legal No. 14 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion before popping the hood and showing how to properly check and change motor oil. “ A lot of teens don’t realize that routine car maintenance is an important factor in becoming a responsible driver, so it was great passing that knowledge, along with the driving lessons, to some new drivers from my home state,” Bowyer said. “ We even gave them some Mobil 1 Annual Protection motor oil which will allow them to go one year between oil changes, giving one less thing to worry about while they are out there on the road.” The event kicked off the NASCAR weekend where ExxonMobil’s new high performance, low impact product line, Mobil 1 Annual Protection, will adorn the hood of Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford Fusion. The new product is a groundbreaking synthetic motor oil from ExxonMobil that offers consumers the convenience of driving one full year – or up to 20,000 miles – between oil changes. “ Starting out as a new driver is a daunting experience,” said Kai Decker, global motorsports manager at ExxonMobil. “ We were pleased to team up with Clint to offer drivers in Kansas a once in a lifetime opportunity, learning to drive with one of the best in the business, while also providing full protection on their vehicles for one year with Mobil 1 Annual Protection.” Fans can see footage from Bowyer’s driving lessons on Twitter @Mobil1 and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/mobil1. “ It’s essential we raise awareness of the importance and necessity of learning proper driving techniques, especially for younger and less experienced drivers,” said Doug Herbert, owner and founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. “ The support shown by ExxonMobil and Stewart-Haas Racing to host this event helped us put more teens on the road that are prepared for an emergency situation. For that, we’re very grateful.” The Go Bowling 400 NASCAR® Cup Series race from Kansas Speedway will be broadcast live on FS1 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 13. Racing provides the Mobil brand the ultimate testing ground to improve the technology in our range of oils and lubricants. Through each race season, our advanced products go to work in race cars to help improve their performance and efficiency. Mobil 1™ motor oils serve as the lubricant of choice for many of the world’s top race teams who compete in the most demanding and popular motorsports series in the world. The knowledge we gain through these partnerships is integral to how our scientists and engineers develop technologies and constantly push the boundaries. For more information, visit: www.mobil1racing.com. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit NASCAR.com and IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’). Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving. The Concord, North Carolina Teen Pro-Active Driving School was founded in 2008 after Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a tragic car crash. Although devastated by his loss, Doug decided to turn his grief into something positive and created a driving program in the hopes of preventing other families from experiencing similar tragedy. Over 20,000 teens from over 35 different states and three countries – and their parents – have graduated from the B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course, which is free of charge and features hands-on skills exercises taught by professional instructors in a fleet of new vehicles donated by Kia Motors America. The course maintains a low three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio and requires at least one parent to attend with each teen. Learn more about upcoming classes and Doug’s story at: www.putonthebrakes.org.


News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Talladega, AL, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talladega Superspeedway hosted the GEICO 500 on May 7, 2017, and responsible race fans were rewarded for making the pledge to never drive drunk. The designated driver program was offered for the eleventh consecutive race by Miller Lite, Americrown and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition. Before the race, 232 fans made the pledge to be a designated driver for their group. All of them had the opportunity to receive a free souvenir photo, instant prizes and a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver of the Race. One randomly selected responsible fan will win the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize includes two tickets and two VIP experiences to the Alabama 500 on October 15, 2017. The Designated Driver for the Race from the 2016 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Conner Thrash, received two tickets and two VIP Experiences to the GEICO 500. Conner and his guest enjoyed a behind-the-scenes experience before the race on Sunday. “We applaud those who signed the pledge to be a designated driver for their group during race weekend at DEGA,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway. “It’s important for everyone to be responsible when choosing to consume alcohol while enjoying the race weekend.” “We believe that with great beer comes great responsibility, and we’re thrilled to partner with NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway and TEAM Coalition to help promote responsibility at the track,” said Diane Wagner, MillerCoors responsibility commerce manager. “For many legal drinking age fans, enjoying a beer on race day is part of the NASCAR experience, and we want to encourage fans to enjoy the race responsibly and plan ahead for a safe ride home from the track.” “Americrown believes responsible alcohol consumption improves the fan experience at events,” said Rishi Nigam, Vice President of Americrown. “As a proud member of the TEAM Coalition, we use proven training tools to educate our service staff as well as our partners in venue management.  Each day, we pledge to operate with the highest integrity for the benefit of all stakeholders.” "The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign is a direct result of the commitment from our members and all the designated-driver program partners, including the tracks, beer companies and state offices of highway safety," said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. "Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins." Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), most banked (33 degrees), and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. The historic venue, built in 1969, is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night Concert and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd, home of the “Big One on the Blvd” party. It is the site of the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large ISM Vision video viewing boards lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Talladega Superspeedway’s next NASCAR weekend is set for October 13-15 with the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, the second race in the Round of 12 of NASCAR’s Playoffs. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information. Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers steeped in centuries of brewing heritage. Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet, as well as innovative new products such as Miller Fortune. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company. Tenth and Blake also operates Crispin Cidery, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using 100 percent fresh-pressed American juice. The company imports world-renowned beers such as Italy’s Peroni, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell and the Netherlands’ Grolsch. MillerCoors also offers pioneering new brands such as Redd’s Apple Ale, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager, Third Shift Amber Ale and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors. Americrown, originally formed in 1989 by Lesa France Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation, is the leader in motorsports catering and concessions. Operating at 11 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Our ever growing fleet of mobile food concessions and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry. Anywhere, anytime. If you can dream it, we can do it! Americrown's team of industry professionals brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the table with an overall goal of customer satisfaction. We specialize in fine dining and food concession plans to not only fit the events at which we operate, but to optimize the guests' experience! For more information, visit www.americrown.com. TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition's members and supporters include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Americrown, Aramark, Delaware North Sportservice, Legends, Spectra, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Constellation Brands, HEINEKEN USA, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, go to www.TEAMCoalition.org.


News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Talladega, AL, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talladega Superspeedway hosted the GEICO 500 on May 7, 2017, and responsible race fans were rewarded for making the pledge to never drive drunk. The designated driver program was offered for the eleventh consecutive race by Miller Lite, Americrown and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition. Before the race, 232 fans made the pledge to be a designated driver for their group. All of them had the opportunity to receive a free souvenir photo, instant prizes and a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver of the Race. One randomly selected responsible fan will win the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize includes two tickets and two VIP experiences to the Alabama 500 on October 15, 2017. The Designated Driver for the Race from the 2016 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Conner Thrash, received two tickets and two VIP Experiences to the GEICO 500. Conner and his guest enjoyed a behind-the-scenes experience before the race on Sunday. “We applaud those who signed the pledge to be a designated driver for their group during race weekend at DEGA,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway. “It’s important for everyone to be responsible when choosing to consume alcohol while enjoying the race weekend.” “We believe that with great beer comes great responsibility, and we’re thrilled to partner with NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway and TEAM Coalition to help promote responsibility at the track,” said Diane Wagner, MillerCoors responsibility commerce manager. “For many legal drinking age fans, enjoying a beer on race day is part of the NASCAR experience, and we want to encourage fans to enjoy the race responsibly and plan ahead for a safe ride home from the track.” “Americrown believes responsible alcohol consumption improves the fan experience at events,” said Rishi Nigam, Vice President of Americrown. “As a proud member of the TEAM Coalition, we use proven training tools to educate our service staff as well as our partners in venue management.  Each day, we pledge to operate with the highest integrity for the benefit of all stakeholders.” "The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign is a direct result of the commitment from our members and all the designated-driver program partners, including the tracks, beer companies and state offices of highway safety," said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. "Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins." Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), most banked (33 degrees), and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. The historic venue, built in 1969, is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night Concert and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd, home of the “Big One on the Blvd” party. It is the site of the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large ISM Vision video viewing boards lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Talladega Superspeedway’s next NASCAR weekend is set for October 13-15 with the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, the second race in the Round of 12 of NASCAR’s Playoffs. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information. Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers steeped in centuries of brewing heritage. Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet, as well as innovative new products such as Miller Fortune. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company. Tenth and Blake also operates Crispin Cidery, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using 100 percent fresh-pressed American juice. The company imports world-renowned beers such as Italy’s Peroni, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell and the Netherlands’ Grolsch. MillerCoors also offers pioneering new brands such as Redd’s Apple Ale, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager, Third Shift Amber Ale and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors. Americrown, originally formed in 1989 by Lesa France Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation, is the leader in motorsports catering and concessions. Operating at 11 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Our ever growing fleet of mobile food concessions and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry. Anywhere, anytime. If you can dream it, we can do it! Americrown's team of industry professionals brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the table with an overall goal of customer satisfaction. We specialize in fine dining and food concession plans to not only fit the events at which we operate, but to optimize the guests' experience! For more information, visit www.americrown.com. TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition's members and supporters include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Americrown, Aramark, Delaware North Sportservice, Legends, Spectra, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Constellation Brands, HEINEKEN USA, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, go to www.TEAMCoalition.org.


News Article | May 8, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Talladega, AL, May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talladega Superspeedway hosted the GEICO 500 on May 7, 2017, and responsible race fans were rewarded for making the pledge to never drive drunk. The designated driver program was offered for the eleventh consecutive race by Miller Lite, Americrown and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition. Before the race, 232 fans made the pledge to be a designated driver for their group. All of them had the opportunity to receive a free souvenir photo, instant prizes and a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver of the Race. One randomly selected responsible fan will win the Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes. The grand prize includes two tickets and two VIP experiences to the Alabama 500 on October 15, 2017. The Designated Driver for the Race from the 2016 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Conner Thrash, received two tickets and two VIP Experiences to the GEICO 500. Conner and his guest enjoyed a behind-the-scenes experience before the race on Sunday. “We applaud those who signed the pledge to be a designated driver for their group during race weekend at DEGA,” said Grant Lynch, Chairman of Talladega Superspeedway. “It’s important for everyone to be responsible when choosing to consume alcohol while enjoying the race weekend.” “We believe that with great beer comes great responsibility, and we’re thrilled to partner with NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway and TEAM Coalition to help promote responsibility at the track,” said Diane Wagner, MillerCoors responsibility commerce manager. “For many legal drinking age fans, enjoying a beer on race day is part of the NASCAR experience, and we want to encourage fans to enjoy the race responsibly and plan ahead for a safe ride home from the track.” “Americrown believes responsible alcohol consumption improves the fan experience at events,” said Rishi Nigam, Vice President of Americrown. “As a proud member of the TEAM Coalition, we use proven training tools to educate our service staff as well as our partners in venue management.  Each day, we pledge to operate with the highest integrity for the benefit of all stakeholders.” "The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign is a direct result of the commitment from our members and all the designated-driver program partners, including the tracks, beer companies and state offices of highway safety," said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. "Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins." Talladega Superspeedway is NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track (record 88 lead changes in 188 laps), most banked (33 degrees), and longest (2.66 miles), as well as the most fun and fan-friendly, offering up hundreds of acres of free camping, amazing kids ticket prices and special offers for military members and college students. The historic venue, built in 1969, is NASCAR’s “Party Capital” thanks to the track’s infamous infield, which features the traditional Saturday Night Concert and the world-renowned Talladega Blvd, home of the “Big One on the Blvd” party. It is the site of the most comfortable seats in motorsports, large ISM Vision video viewing boards lining the frontstretch and endless activities for fans throughout its event weekends. Talladega Superspeedway’s next NASCAR weekend is set for October 13-15 with the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and the Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, the second race in the Round of 12 of NASCAR’s Playoffs. Log on to www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 877-Go2-DEGA for more information. Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers steeped in centuries of brewing heritage. Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet, as well as innovative new products such as Miller Fortune. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company. Tenth and Blake also operates Crispin Cidery, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using 100 percent fresh-pressed American juice. The company imports world-renowned beers such as Italy’s Peroni, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell and the Netherlands’ Grolsch. MillerCoors also offers pioneering new brands such as Redd’s Apple Ale, Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Lager, Third Shift Amber Ale and Smith & Forge Hard Cider. MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising promise of quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors. Americrown, originally formed in 1989 by Lesa France Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation, is the leader in motorsports catering and concessions. Operating at 11 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Our ever growing fleet of mobile food concessions and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry. Anywhere, anytime. If you can dream it, we can do it! Americrown's team of industry professionals brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the table with an overall goal of customer satisfaction. We specialize in fine dining and food concession plans to not only fit the events at which we operate, but to optimize the guests' experience! For more information, visit www.americrown.com. TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition's members and supporters include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Americrown, Aramark, Delaware North Sportservice, Legends, Spectra, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Constellation Brands, HEINEKEN USA, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information, go to www.TEAMCoalition.org.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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​Sheldon Creed will make his debut in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, this weekend at the world-famous Road Atlanta circuit, driving a Speedlogix/AM Ortega/United Rentals Dodge Challenger in the TA2 class for Stevens-Miller Racing. The Trans Am Series dates back to 1966 and has produced a who’s who in championship drivers, including Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Tommy Kendall, Scott Sharp, and Scott Pruett just to name a few. Creed — 19 years old, from El Cajon, CA, and best known for his off-road prowess and his X-Games Gold Medal and 2015 and 2016 championships in the Stadium Super Truck Series — began transitioning to pavement racing in 2016, with the goal of racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Creed is tackling a diverse schedule this season with over 20 races in the ARCA Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Trans Am Series, and Stadium Super Trucks Series. To build on his already-strong road racing skills, mainly acquired in manhandling the beastly Stadium Super Trucks on paved road courses all around the world, Creed will undertake a three-race program with Stevens-Miller Racing in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. In addition to Road Atlanta, Creed will race with SMR at the Mid-Ohio and Road America Trans Am events. Creed plans to pull double-duty at Mid-Ohio and Road America, by also tackling the NASCAR Xfinity Series races both weekends. Because of his busy racing schedule, Creed will not have the opportunity to test the Speedlogix/SMR Dodge Challenger prior to the Road Atlanta event, nor has he ever driven on the difficult 2.54-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit, but through using the virtual training tools of iRacing, SMR in-car video, and Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets Virtual Track Walk of Road Atlanta, he expects to be well-prepared when he straps into the car on Thursday morning for the first time. Sheldon Creed says of Road Atlanta: “Going into the Road Atlanta Trans Am race without any experience in a Trans Am car or at Road Atlanta might be a little crazy, but I know Joe Stevens and the Stevens-Miller Racing crew have a lot of experience in preparing fast Trans Am cars, and they will have a lot of data to help me get up to speed, so I’m confident that we’ll have a good run and a lot of fun.” The Road Atlanta round of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will begin with two test sessions on Thursday, May 11th, followed by official practice and qualifying on Friday, May 12th, and the 40-lap/75-minute TA2 Race presented by AEM Infiniti beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 13th. Sheldon Creed, nicknamed “The Showstopper,” began racing BMX at age 3 and won 2 motocross championships at age 6. He has won at least one championship every year since 2008.


News Article | May 12, 2017
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CONCORD, N.C., May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The monstrous mix of entertainment and racing action at Charlotte Motor Speedway will feature another historic debut during the 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder, as the sprawling new NASCAR Trackside Live stage comes to life. NASCAR Trackside Live will serve as a major fan attraction at SMI tracks this year with Charlotte’s 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder featuring NASCAR stars, rocking live music and a worldwide audience at Trackside Live in the speedway’s Fan Zone. A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a5825790-4a37-4f73-8dac-483f327f33c3 “Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has always been about giving our race fans ‘more,’” said Marcus Smith, the president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “NASCAR Trackside Live is going to deliver just that, with more driver access, more entertainment options, more live music and three worldwide broadcasts from the stage at Charlotte. There’s something for everyone at NASCAR Trackside Live. It’s going to be a real centerpiece for the Fan Zone experience at all of our tracks.” NASCAR Trackside Live at Charlotte Motor Speedway will feature driver appearances from top stars as well as fun, family-friendly contests, concerts including world-renowned country duo Big & Rich and three live, one-hour “Trackside Live!” broadcasts on NASCAR.com. The stage will also appear at upcoming races at: Fans are encouraged to visit the stage throughout Monster Energy All-Star Race weekend May 19-20 and Coca-Cola 600 race weekend May 25-28. Additionally, fans are welcome to take in the “Trackside Live!" broadcasts directly in front of the stage when the one-hour shows are filmed live. The shows go live at 12:45 p.m. May 20, 4:30 p.m. on May 27 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 28 as one final, spectacular lead-up to the 58th running of the venerable Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine. Below is the NASCAR Trackside Live stage schedule for Charlotte’s 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder (subject to change): TICKETS: Coca-Cola 600 tickets for adults start at just $49 while kids 13 and under get in for $10. Tickets, camping and upgrades for every 10 Days of NASCAR Thunder event are available at the gates, by visiting charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets or calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). KEEP TRACK: Fans can connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter and Instagram or becoming a Facebook fan. Keep up with all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app. About Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. is a leading marketer, promoter and sponsor of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its U.S. Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. For more information about the company, please visit the Speedway Motorsports website.

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