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LOS ANGLES (CA) FEB., 2016 | California Chrome & Victor Espinoza cruises
to victory this past Thursday' in a prep race for next month's Dubai World Cup
at the Meydan Racecourse. To follow the action leading up to the big world
cup race check out the Twitter page @DRC_Meydan for updates and new
media video clips.
In addition, As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years,
Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond
the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the
sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s.
Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected
by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted
2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of
such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the
Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achieve-
ment.” In addition to numerous national television appearances through the
2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza
also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating
10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope,
in nearby Duarte. With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing
the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican
on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes
June 6. In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont,
Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II
Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a
performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths
on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and
generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.
Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A
three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins,
three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern
California riding titles. First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the
67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and
personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The
remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during
a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe
Steiner. Espinoza will be presented with the 2016 Woolf Award trophy in a
Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday, March 13.
SOURCE: www.santaanita.com | Continue >
AVONDALE (AZ), Mar., 2016 | Missing the most of the early session didn’t affect
Helio Castroneves too much.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner made up for lost time by setting the
fastest lap in the final three-hour session of the Verizon IndyCar Series Test
in the West, a two-day promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway.
“We had a little issue with the Hitachi car in the first session, but were able to
take full advantage of the second one,” said Castroneves, whose lap of 19.2735
seconds (190.894 mph) was the overall fastest lap of the two days of running.
“The car seemed to be very solid in qualifying trim and we were able to jump
into race mode. It’s going to be fast and non-stop. The Phoenix fans are going
to have a heck of a race.”
The Hondas of Marco Andretti (190.286 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (189.663 mph),
Takuma Sato (188.679 mph) and Carlos Munoz (188.209 mph) rounded out the
top five for the session as teams focused on race runs in traffic over outright
Three incidents – two involving Castroneves’ teammates – slowed the session.
Will Power brought out a caution about an hour into the session with smoke
trailing from No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet after 16 laps. With less
than 50 minutes remaining, Simon Pagenaud slowed in front of a pack of cars
after suddenly losing tire pressure in Turn 2. The resulting traffic jam forced
Sato to take evasive action and make light contact with the wall with the right
rear of the No. 14 ABC Supply Co/AJ Foyt Racing Honda. Both cars were able
to resume the test.
With about 30 minutes remaining, Jack Hawksworth made contact with the
Turn 2 wall bringing an early end to his session. Hawksworth was uninjured in
the incident. “We came into Turn 1 and the car just got loose,” Hawksworth
said. “I caught it, but by that time it had all the lateral force and just took me
into the wall. I don’t know what happened, but we snapped and that was it.”
SOURCE: indycar.com | Continue >
ANAHEIM (CA) - FEB., 2016 | ANAHEIM, Calif. – PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders)
Canadian Tanner Byrne captured his first career Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS)
win during the Anaheim Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Honda Center.
More than 25,000 fans attended the three-day event, which was the 19th con-
secutive year the elite BFTS has visited Southern California.
The 23-year-old Byrne sealed his victory with an 86.5-point effort on Jeff Rob-
inson’s Doc Mosley during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. He went
4-for-4 on the weekend to earn 570 points toward the PBR world standings and
launch himself from 33rd place into the Top 10, landing in sixth. Here is his
winning ride: http://filesend.pbr.com/?fs=2859-5e86cc7b3cd6.
Three-time PBR World Finals Champion Robson Palermo finished second in
Anaheim, riding three of the four bulls he faced and winning the championship
round with an 89.5-point ride on Dream Catcher (Evan Matthews). For the
second place finish, he earned 400 world standings points.
Paulo Lima, the only other rider to be perfect on the event, captured third
place with 295 world standings points to regain the lead in the PBR world
Using an 88.25-point ride on Mortimer (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) to win
Round 3, Cooper Davis placed fourth in the event, going 3-for-4 for the
weekend. Davis picked up 215 world standings points, while Eduardo Aparecido
earned 200 world standings points for his fifth-place finish.
In sixth place, Cody Nance picked up 155 points toward the world standings,
and Lachlan Richardson placed seventh with 120 world standings points to
round out the Top 7 in the event.
Derek Kolbaba, the 19-year-old PBR rookie sensation who won the 15/15
Bucking Battle on Saturday, led the Anaheim Invitational heading into the
championship round, but failed to cover his last bull, tying for ninth place in the
End. Sweet Pro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) won the Salem
NationaLease High-Marked Bull award in Anaheim with his career-high 46.25-
point score. Bruiser tossed Valdiron de Oliveira in 5.83 seconds during the
15/15 Bucking Battle for his winning out
The Anaheim Invitational was the fourth of 26 stops on the 2016 Built Ford
Tough Series. The tour will stay on the West Coast next weekend, stopping in
Sacramento, California, on Feb. 5-6, for the Sacramento Invitational for one
last event at Sleep Train Arena. Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship
Round will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. ET. Fans
can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for down-
load now on Google Play and iTunes, or online at www.pbr.com/live.
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/AUS - MARCH 2016 | Reigning World Champions
Carissa Moore (HAW) and Adriano de Souza (BRA) were joined by a selection
of their Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT) peers at the 2016 season
launching press session for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro presented by BOQ in
Coolangatta. Moore claimed her third World Championship in spectacular
fashion at the last event of the 2015 season and has spent the last few months
celebrating, training and focusing on defending her crown. Moore won an
incredible four out of 10 events on last year’s CT, the first of which was right
here on the Gold Coast.
“I really happy to be back on the Gold Coast with a clean slate,” Moore said.
“I love this place! Everyone’s got a really great energy, everyone gets behind
the event. Hopefully we get some good waves and we can put on a show. I
just really want to continue to be passionate, and enthusiastic and surf with
my heart and put on good performances.”
De Souza is heading out at the Quiksilver Pro in unfamiliar territory as
reigning World Champion. This season will be his 10th among the elite on CT
and will see him hit the water in the coveted WSL Jeep Ratings’ Leader Yellow
Jersey. “I don’t feel like I’m number one,” De Souza said. “I definitely feel
comfortable and confident leading into the first event, but I don’t feel like I’m
above everyone else. Last year was the best year of my life with what I
achieved, but this year is just another year, hopefully it can be similar to the
last one.” The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will be one of the only events that
three-time World Champion Mick Fanning will compete in this year as he plans
to take a personal year for 2016. However this will not affect the way the
former event winner and Coolangatta local will approach the competition as the
always determined Fanning eyes of the win. “Definitely a different perspective
on this season’s event with the personal year, but if I’m here, I’m here to win,”
Fanning said. “We’ve had an incredible run of swell, maybe the best the bank
has ever been. It’s different, but I’m feeling good. I have a goal to requalify
this year and I’m certainly motivated to perform at home.”
QUIK & ROXY event will be carried by our LIVE broadcast partners Fox Sports
Australia, CBS Sports in the United States, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Edgesport,
Sky NZ, Sport TV, Canal + Deportes, Channel Nine, MCS, Starhub, and
Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii.
SOURCE: WSL.com | Continue >
LONG BEACH (CA) MARCH 2016 | Tickets on sale for Long Beach ePrix Long
Beach|11 Jan 16. Tickets for round six of the FIA Formula E Championship in
Long Beach are now on sale with early bird prices starting from $25.
The famed Southern California street circuit has been hosting races since the
1970s, and is Formula E’s home in the USA. Run on a modified 2.1km (1.5 mile)
version of the iconic circuit, last year’s inaugural race was the venue of Nelson
Piquet Jr’s breakthrough maiden victory on his way to securing the drivers’ title.
To witness history being made once more, early bird prices start from just $25
for access to standing/unreserved grandstands when purchased before March
For an extra $10 fans can get exclusive access behind the scenes with a
pitlane walk. Children 12-years-old and under enter for free. Concession -
discount tickets, for children ages 13-16 and adults 60 and over, are priced at
General admission - $25 | General admission including pit walk - $35 |
Concession / Discount (children ages 13-16 and adults over 60) - $20 |
To buy tickets for the Long Beach ePrix on April 2 click here. Tickets will be
sold at the gate on the day of the event subject to availability.
SOURCE: FIAFORMULAE.com | Continue >
FONTANA (CA) MARCH 2016 | Seconds after crossing the finish line .714 seconds
ahead of runner-up Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon summed up Saturday's TreatMyClot
300 by Janssen in one short sentence. "I'd rather be lucky than good," Dillon
chortled on his team radio after ending evading Busch's last-ditch attempt to
pinch the winning No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet into the outside wall
at Auto Club Speedway. And that was just the final stanza of a crazy final lap
that saw: 1) Busch slow to a crawl, short on fuel; 2) Daniel Suárez take the lead
from his Joe Gibbs racing teammate on the backstretch, only to run out of fuel;
3) Busch regain the lead despite cutting a left front tire on his final lap; and
4) Dillon come from a half-lap down to pass Busch as the drivers approached
the finish line.
Dillon led only one lap, but it was the lap that counted. "Well, I just had to stay
focused," said Dillon, who did a masterful job of saving fuel in snapping Busch's
three-race winning streak. "(My team) said (Busch) had a flat. I was worried
about our fuel and stayed focused on that the whole time.
"He tried to screw me right there at the end, but it didn't work out for him, did it?
I'm proud of these guys. Man, that was fun. I didn't think we had a car to do that,
and we didn't, but we did what we had to do to win the race … "Sometimes things
just go your way, and today they definitely did." Busch, on the other hand, led
133 of the 150 laps and appeared destined to tie Sam Ard's record of four
victories in as many consecutive races. In fact, Joe Gibbs Racing seemed headed
for its third straight 1-2-3 finish before Erik Jones ran out of fuel on the
next-to-last lap, Daniel Suárez emptied his tank a lap later, and Busch cut his tire
after taking the white flag. The victory was Dillon's first of the season, first at
the two-mile track and seventh of his career. Darrell Wallace Jr. finished third,
and Suárez limped across the finish line in fourth place, maintaining a 10-point
lead over fifth-place finisher Elliott Sadler in the series standings. Kevin Harvick,
Brendan Gaughan, Kyle Larson, Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier completed the
top 10. Second with two laps left, Jones came home 15th, one lap down.
SOURCE: NASCAR.com | Continue >
LONG BEACH (CA) APRIL 2016 | Renowned for its glamour and stardom, the
bright lights of Southern California were joined this weekend by the history,
pageantry and outright speed of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And with
the Verizon IndyCar Series making its 33rd appearance on the storied street
circuit, it was of little surprise to see another historic race unfold.
In just the fourth Long Beach race to run without caution, pit strategy earned
Simon Pagenaud the lead in the waning stages and the Team Penske driver
held off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon to win the fastest Toyota Grand Prix
of Long Beach by the narrowest margin of victory in race history. It is
Pagenaud's fifth career win and first since joining Team Penske since 2015.
“I’m just so proud of the guys,” an enthusiastic Pagenaud said in victory lane.
“The pit sequence won it … I don’t know what to say. The PPG car is actually
good luck for me. Every time I’m driving this car, I get good results. Hats off to
Ben (Bretzman), my engineer. A big gamble, as you know, paid off...”
Castroneves led 47 of the first 51 laps until pitting on Lap 52. Pagenaud was
able to stay out two more laps before making his final stop for fuel and
Firestone tires, returning to the track just ahead of the charging Dixon and
Castroneves finshed third, followed by the No. 2 Team Penske Verizon
Chevrolet of Juan Pablo Montoya and 2013 race winner Takuma Sato in the
No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda. The victory was Pagenaud’s first in
Indy cars at Long Beach, though he won two sports car races here. Team
Penske has now six Long Beach wins, the last coming from Will Power in 2012.
"Hats off to my whole crew, to Kyle Moyer, my strategist, as well," Pagenaud
said. "The (No.) 22 team is just on it this year, compared to last year. We've
just gone a big step forward. I believe there's some more to come, so it feels
great, and everybody is just having a good time, too. Great day." Dixon was
disappointed Pagenaud didn't receive a more severe penalty for the pit lane
exit, but accepted the runner-up finish. Pagenaud leads the championship after
three of 16 races with 134 points, ahead of Dixon (120), Montoya (106),
Castroneves (92) and Tony Kanaan (82).
"It appeared Simon turned a little early and crossed the (pit exit) line that
you’re not meant to cross," Dixon said. “It is what it is. So second place today
and Team Target did a hell of a job, and pit stops were clean, and I think we
had really good pace." The race was the first caution-free event at Long Beach
since 1989 and first caution-free Verizon IndyCar Series race of any kind since
Mid-Ohio in 2013...
SOURCE: INDYCAR.com | Continue >
NEWPORT BEACH (CA) APRIL 2016 | The awesome support by indie film
aficionados, NBFF staff/volunteers, as well as new media turned out a record
level of attendance at the 2016 Newport Beach (50,000).
The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced today the winners of the
2016 Festival. On April 28, 2016, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with
the Southern California premiere of The Fixer starring Dominic Rains, James
Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Melissa Leo at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido, Newport
Beach) with the post party in the Via Lido Plaza.
The Newport Beach Film Festival celebrated outstanding contribution to global
cinema at a special event during the 17th annual Festival at the Balboa Bay
Resort on April 23. Additionally, The Festival’s selection committee reviewed
more than 2,500 films. The Festival screened over 400 films, representing 50
countries. The films competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.
The 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival jury featured an impressive roster of film
industry professionals, including Amanda Salazar, Vice President of Film
Acquisitions at Fandor, Film industry veteran, Arthur Jeppe, Executive Director
of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Dan Brawley, award-winning independent pro-
ducer, screenwriter and director, Hans-Martin Liebing, Executive Vice President,
Acquisitions, Research, and Network Operations for Pivot, Jennie Morris, Screen-
writer Kenneth Young, Program Director for the Austin Gay & Lesbian Inter-
national Film Festival (aGLIFF), Jim Brunzell III, Toronto International Film Fest-
ival’s Lisa Haller and Kim Leadford, co-founder of StarStream Media.
NEWPORT HONORS AWARDS: NBFF WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD FOR
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ACTING – Kate Beckinsale (Love &
Friendship), LEGEND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
IN CINEMA – Burt Bacharach (Poe), LEGEND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CON-
TRIBUTION TO CINEMA – Rita Moreno (Remember Me), AWARD FOR OUT-
STANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SCREENWRITING – Linda Woolverton
2016 JURY AWARDS:
BEST FEATURE FILM – Embers – Claire Carré, Director
BEST ACTOR – George Kosuros – American Wrestler: The Wizard
BEST DIRECTOR – Claire Carre – Embers
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Rudiger Barth, William A. Kirkley – Orange Sunshine
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Off The Rails – Adam Irving, Director
BEST EDITING – Chris Catanach – Orange Sunshine
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM – Hi, How Are You – Director, Daniel Johnson
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM – The Last Barn Dance – Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson, Directors
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM – Violet – Windy Marshall, Director
BEST FOREIGN SHORT FILM – Deszcz – Malina Maria Mackiewicz, Director
2016 FESTIVAL HONORS:
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: DIRECTING – Bob Yari – Papa: Hemingway in Cuba
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – Love & Friendship – Director Wit Stillman
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FEATURE FILM – American Wrestler: The Wizard – Alex
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FOREIGN FILM – The Violin Teacher – Sergio Machado, Director
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: FOREIGN FILM – The Innocents (Agnus Dei) – Anne Fontaine, Dir.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Dev Patel – The Man Who Knew Infinity
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ACTING – Evanna Lynch – My Name is Emily
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SCREENWRITING – Alexander Janko – Year By The Sea
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: EDITING – Todd Holmes – Coming Through The Rye
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: ENSEMBLE CAST – Love Is All You Need?
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Roksana – Shaina Pakravan, Director
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Zelos – Thoranna Sigurdardottir, Director
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Clock Maker’s Dream – Cashell Horgan, Director
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FILM – Delicate Things – Patrick Maxwell, Director
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING: SHORT FOREIGN FILM – Foal
SOURCE: NBFF.com | Additional awards - continue >
Brazil and Ecuador, FIFA’s seventh and 13th-ranked teams going into Copa
America, played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night in both teams’ Group B opener.
Ecuador had an apparent goal disallowed by the referee in the 66th minute.
Miler Bolanos’ cross was mishandled by Brazil goalkeeper Alisson at the near
post and ended up in the back of the net, but it was ruled that the ball had
passed the end line before the cross. Brazil was close to the winner in the
83rd minute, but a header by Lucas went wide of the goal. The final whistle
drew boos from the Rose Bowl crowd. Despite feeling like they could have
picked up a win, La Tricolor can take some solace in the result, as they had
never beaten and forced only a single draw against eight-time champion
Brazil in 13 previous Copa America matches.
Willian, who plays for Chelsea in England’s Premier League, was a catalyst
for La Selecao early in the match with his pace and crosses into the box.
One had to be cleared over the top of the goal by Ecuador ‘keeper Esteban
Dreer in the sixth minute. What Frickson Erazo, Juan Cazares and Miler
Bolaños know about Brazilian football doesn’t come from books, television or
legends. Instead, they have a first-hand experience with it due to the fact t
hat they play in Brazilian clubs at the highest division. Erazo and Cazares with
Atletico Mineiro, and Bolaños with Gremio. The biggest examples of the
advancement of Ecuador football in the last 20 years have come during the
last three FIFA World Cups. Nonetheless, the presence of Ecuadorian plyers
in one of the best leagues in the Americas should not be ignored. If they play
instead of a native Brazilian, it’s because they have the talent. That’s how
Brazil’s manager, Dunga, sees it; as the two teams preparing to open up their
Copa America Centenario campaigns. Ecuador’s negative statistics — they’ve
never placed in the tournament’s top three and have the worst number of
goals against (301)—are the least of Dunga’s worries. Football is so much
about moments. Ecuador is going through an excellent moment right now. We
have to be very careful,” Dunga said when he knew his team’s Group for
Copa America…. Cointinue >
Source | Copa America
CHICAGO - 2016 | The Copa America Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
confirmed today the official pairings and kickoff times of the four Copa
America Centenario Quarterfinal matches. Argentina, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, United States and Venezuela are the eight nations
that have qualified to the knockout round of this historic tournament, which
is the most attended Copa America in its 100-year history and on track to
become the second highest attended official soccer tournament in the United
States after the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The quarterfinal matches in East
Rutherford, N.J. (June 17) and Santa Clara, Calif. (June 18), are nearing
capacity crowds and tickets are expected to be sold out in advance of each
match day. The winners of each of the quarterfinal matches will advance to
the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario, set for Tuesday, June 21, at
NRG Stadium in Houston, and Wednesday, June 22, at Soldier Field in
Chicago. The Copa America Centenario finals weekend will kick off with the
Third Place game on Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET at the University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with the Final will take place on Sunday,
June 26 at 8 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Fans are encouraged to attend the Copa America Centenario FanHQ events,
presented by Sprint, the official fan destination during the tournament. For
more information, please visit the Copa America Centenario Fan Events. Tic-
kets for remaining Copa America Centenario matches are available by visiting
Sunday - June 26, 2016
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Game 32: W29 v W30 -- 8 p.m. ET | FS1, Univision, UDN
Source | Copa America
In NEW YORK (June 24, 2016) – Heading into the 2016 Copa America Centenario
Final featuring FIFA World No. 1-ranked Argentina vs. No. 5-ranked Chile on
Sunday, June 26, in front of more than 81,000 fans at MetLife Stadium, CONMEBOL,
CONCACAF and Copa America Local Organizing Committee (LOC) officials
announced today that this year’s tournament will set new records for total and
average attendance, television viewership in the United States and throughout the
world, and digital and social media engagement.
Featuring breathtaking goals by many of the world’s top stars, Copa America
Centenario, which celebrates 100 years of the oldest national team tournament
around the world, has entertained millions of soccer fans in the United States,
Latin America and throughout the world with great quality on the pitch, in the way
of 90 goals (3.0 goals per match) prior to the Finals weekend. Boasting five-time
World Player of the Year Lionel Messi of Argentina, the Final on Sunday will also
feature Italian Serie A leading scorer Gonzalo Higuaín (Argentina), tournament
leading scorer Eduardo Vargas (Chile) and one of the top players in the English
Premier League, Alexis Sánchez (Chile). When the tournament concludes on
Sunday, nearly 1.5 million fans will have attended the 32 Copa America Centenario
games across 10 venues in the United States, for an average of more than 46,000
fans per game, making it the most attended Copa America in the tournament’s
100-year history, as well as the second highest-attended official single-game
soccer tournament played in the United States, behind only the 1994 FIFA World
Cup (in which 20 more games were played). Along with record setting attendance,
Copa America Centenario – a tournament to which CONMEBOL invited six
qualifiers from the CONCACAF region, and also featured eight teams that reached
the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil – has delivered impressive
television ratings in the United States as more than 100 million viewers have
ithe than 160 countries around the world, reaching more than 1.5 billion households.
SOURCE: copamerica.com | continue >
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2016) -- Daniel Suárez earned his first career
NASCAR XFINITY Series win on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in
Brooklyn, Michigan, becoming the first Mexican-born driver to capture a NASCAR
national series victory. With the victory, Suárez clinches a spot in the NASCAR
XFINITY Series Chase.
Suárez, a graduate of both the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next
programs, has accomplished a long list of accolades since joining NASCAR in
2011. Last season, he became the first Mexican driver to win the NASCAR
XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, finishing fifth in the champion-
ship standings. This season, Suárez became the first foreign-born driver to lead
points in any of the three NASCAR national Series, topping the NASCAR
Series standings for six consecutive weeks. He is the current points leader in
the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the series where "Names Are Made."
Suárez, 24, has quickly climbed the NASCAR ladder system throughout his career,
with full-time stops in the NASCAR Mexico Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series
East before joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2015
Season. During his four years (2011-14) in the NASCAR Mexico Series, Suárez
won 10 races and finished in the top 10 in championship points in all four of his
seasons, including a runner-up championship finish in 2013. In two full-time
seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Suárez won three races and finished
third in the final standings in 2013. Suárez had scored six runner-up finishes in
the national series prior to his win on Saturday. With the victory, Suárez becomes
only the fifth Latino driver to win a NASCAR national series race, joining Frank
Mundy, Juan Pablo Montoya, Aric Almirola and Nelson Piquet Jr. NASCAR Next is
an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young
stars in racing. NASCAR Drive for Diversity, operated by Rev Racing, is an
academy-style development program for female and multicultural drivers and
crew members who have the potential and determination to succeed at the highest
levels of NASCAR. SOURCE: nascar.com | continue >
LONG BEACH, CA (AUG., 2016) – Rio bronze medalists
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross bounced back from
an Olympic upset to win the biggest annual tournament
in the U.S. on Sunday. Walsh Jennings and Ross captured
the Asics World Series of Beach Volleyball title in Long
Beach, Calif., for the second time in three years. They
beat Spanish pair Liliana Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo
-16, 21-16 in the final. “We love those girls so much,
they are dear friends of ours,” Walsh Jennings said. “We
wanted to beat them down.” Absent from Long Beach
were Olympic gold medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira
Walkenhorst of Germany and silver medalists
Ágatha and Bárbara of Brazil.
Walsh Jennings and Ross, who lost to Ágatha and Bárbara
in the Olympic semifinals, dropped a total of two sets in
seven undefeated matches this past week.
They earned their fifth international title of the year after
winning none in 2015, last season shortened by Walsh
Jennings’ fifth right shoulder surgery. In the men’s final,
Brazil’s No. 2 pair, Pedro and Evandro, beat
top U.S. pair Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 19-21,
Olympic champions Alison and Bruno of Brazil did not
in Long Beach.
The beach volleyball season continues with the FIVB World
Tour Finals in Toronto in two weeks.
SOURCE: NBC.SPORTS.COM | continue >
SONOMA, CA. (SEPT. 2016) The 2016 Verizon Indy Car
Series season is in the books and Simon Pagenaud is
Officially the champion following a remarkable drive to
win Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma
The 32-year-old Frenchman started the day on pole and
came in with a 44-point lead over Team Penske teammate
Will Power, needing only to finish fifth or better to clinch
the title. But from the drop of the green flag the driver of
the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet left little
doubt what the game plan was – to win.
The second-year Team Penske driver yarded the field in
the opening 10 laps, pushing out over second-place by
4.5 seconds and doubling that mark by Lap 30, impress-
ively over title rival Power.
However, on Lap 36 the championship picture became
clear and full tilt in favor of Pagenaud after his Aussie
teammate slowed with a clutch problem. The issue
plagued any hopes Power had of a comeback after his
No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet dropped eight
laps down, inherently forfeiting the Astor Cup to the
series points leader.
Source: www.indycar.com | Continue…
SALINAS, Calif. – In the highly-competitive world of
motorsports, it’s hard to find a nicer guy than Mexico
City’s Martin Fuentes.
Each racing weekend, Fuentes can be found in the Pirelli
World Challenge paddock, autograph sessions, pits and
victory lane reaching out to shake hands with fans, fellow
competitors and rival teams. But when the veteran racer
gets behind the wheel of his No. 07 Scuderia Corsa/HUBLOT
Ferrari 458 Italia sports car, Fuentes turns from likable and
friendly to fierce on the track. And Fuentes enjoyed a
banner season in 2016 by already clinching the GTA
(Amateur) division point championship with one race
remaining on Oct. 9 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Fuentes opened the PWC campaign with seven consecutive
class victories at venues such as Circuit of the Americas
in Texas, the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Long
Beach, Calif., and the beautiful terrain of Barber
Motorsports Park in Alabama.
In addition, Martin scored additional victories to set a GTA
season win record with nine.
Add seven runner-up finishes in 2016 and Fuentes was a
regular attendee in the Pirelli World Challenge winner’s
podium and always with his hand out for a congratulatory
shake to his fellow racers…
LOS ANGELES, CA (OCT., 2016) – With all the shuffling
that happened throughout the pack all weekend long at
Red Bull Global Rallycross’ season-ending doubleheader
at the Port of Los Angeles, it seemed like there was a
season-defining (if not at least weekend-defining) move
made in every on-track session. But anyone who has been
following the series from day one knows that Brian
Deegan’s race-winning pass in the Supercar final on
Sunday was not only classic Deegan, but also perhaps the
move of the year, as he ended a five-year winless drought.
“The team has done such a good job this whole year,”
Deegan said from Sunday’s podium. “We just kept missing
a little bit. It felt like we had a win a few times and it just
slipped away. It’s just been eating at me, man—I was
thinking, wow, is it going to be a whole season without
winning? I was just putting so much pressure on myself.
We needed to get it done.”
After a fourth-place run on Thursday, Deegan found
himself mixing it up in the semifinals when an aggressive
move trying to get past Tanner Foust saw both drivers fall
in the pack. A penalty to Foust, who beat Deegan to the
line for third, allowed “The General” to advance to the
main event as the middle driver in the second row, and
he settled into fourth after the start.
SOURCE: REDUBLLGLOBALRALLYCROSS.COM | continue >
2016 RED BULL GRC - L.A.
MONTEREY, CA (OCT., 2016) – Before a packed house
Sunday night in Monterey, the Pirelli World Challenge
honored its 2016 series champions in eight divisions
following the Pirelli World Challenge Championships
presented by Nissan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Leading the big haul of prize money and hardware were
the GT champions – Alvaro Parente (Driver’s), McLaren
(Manufacturer’s) and K-PAX Racing (Team) – after a wild
GT Round 20 50-minute sprint race Sunday afternoon at
the legendary 2.238-mile, 11-turn Northern California
permanent road circuit.
Parente, the 32-year-old factory driver from Porto,
Portugal, drove his No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S to a
season-leading six GT race victories in 2016 including a
spectacular and unpredictable season finale win. Parente
also led the GT division with five pole positions in his initial
U.S. racing season in the 11-event PWC campaign…
In addition, seven other class championships awarded
Sunday evening including drivers’ titles for Martin Fuentes
of Mexico City in the GTA category; Alec Udell of The
Woodlands, Tex., in GT Cup; Brett Sandberg of Allendale,
N.J., in the GTS; Toby Grahovec of Little Elm, Tex., In
Touring Car; Elivan Goulart of Shelton, Conn., in TCA;
Tom O’Gorman of Mason, Ohio, in TCB; Michael Mills of
Houston, Tex., in Sportsman SprintX GT and Max Riddle
of Vancouver, B.C., Canada in Sportsman SprintX GTS…
SOURCE: WORLD-CHALLENGE.COM | continue >
PIRELLI WC HIGHLIGHTS
Photo source: Jeff Lewis & Peter Joneleit
DETROIT (OCT., 2016) – Though the Rams received
strong offensive performances from quarterback
Case Keenum and wide receiver Kenny Britt, they could
not get enough defensive stops and fell to the Lions,
31-28. With the loss, the Rams are now 3-3 on the season.
The Lions got off to a fast start offensively, driving down
the field in eight plays for a touchdown on their opening
possession. Quarterback Matthew Stafford connected
with wideout Golden Tate for a 34-yard screen pass that
brought the Lions down to the Rams’ seven-yard line.
Then Stafford hit wide receiver Marvin Jones in the left
side of the end zone for a touchdown, giving Detroit an
early 7-0 lead.
Los Angeles put together a nice drive in response,
culminating in Britt’s first touchdown reception of the
season. Running back Todd Gurley led the charge with
four carries for 29 yards on the possession — including a
5-yard scamper on the Rams’ first offensive play. On
2nd-and-5 from Detroit’s 20-yard line, Keenum rolled to
his right, waited for Britt to find the soft spot in the zone,
and delivered an accurate ball. Britt caught it, made a
couple defenders miss, and found his way into the end
zone for a 20-yard scoring strike …
SOURCE: Myles Simmons (Rams Insider)
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BAGSHOT, Surrey, England (Oct., 2016) — When playing
an NFL game, it’s hard to keep track of big-picture events
that may or may not be going on. That’s exactly what
happened on Sunday when quarterback Case Keenum
set a new franchise record for consecutive completions
“Nobody knew how well he was doing until after the game
and we found out he completed 19 straight,” offensive
lineman Rodger Saffold said Wednesday. “He didn’t even
know it, and he’s the one throwing them.”
“I think he was just in a rhythm,” tight end Lance
Kendricks said. “I think he was feeling it. And I think we
were all just confident in the game plan. We knew what
our assignment was and we just kind of went out there
and executed. We knew we had to hold our own.”
Jim Everett found receivers 18 straight times against the
Giants in 1989, meaning Keenum and the offense took
down a 27-year-old record. When it was all said and done,
the Houston product completed 20 consecutive passes en
route to becoming the Rams’ first 300-yard passer since
early in the 2014 season.
“He got very comfortable,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher
said on Wednesday. “The game slowed down for him.
Nineteen consecutive completions is hard to do, and he
OURCE: Myles Simmons (Rams Insider)
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LOS ANGELES, CA (OCT., 2016) – The PoshFest annual
event arrived in Los Angeles with style! This year’s highly
anticipated PoshFest took place at the California Market
Center on Saturday Oct. 1 st.
PoshFest is the largest gathering of 300+ millennial female
entrepreneurs who have built fashion businesses straight
from their smartphones. One in 50 women in America is
using Poshmark to build fashion boutiques on the go, and
the app has millions of users in North America.
Poshmark brings back much of the personal connection
sacrificed in the evolution of e-commerce, empowering a
massive community of women to connect, buy and sell
fashion from each other.
With a unique social merchandising engine Poshmark
community members: Curate over 4M items per day to
their followers helping match supply and demand, leading
to better discovery for buyers and more sales for sellers.
Are addicted to the app--spending 25 minutes per day,
opening the app 7-8 times a day. Some women boast 2M
followers and making over six figures on Poshmark.
Ashton Kutcher, an early investor in Poshmark, recently
opened up a Pop Up Shop on the app where Poshmark
purchased items from his closet. He sold out of inventory
in under 3 minutes this past Monday. These are all items
that were previously owned/worn by Ashton…
SOURCE: WW.POSHMARK.COM | continue >
LOS ANGELES (CA) 2016 | Today the LA Film Festival, produced by Film
Independent announced the winners of the 2016 Festival at the Awards Cocktail
Reception. The Reception was hosted by Roya Rastegar, Director of
Programming and Jennifer Cochis, Creative Director.
“With all the talk about diversifying Hollywood, the LA Film Festival provides
proof that talented filmmakers with new voices are out there, they just need a
platform and that’s what we’re providing,” said Stephanie Allain, Festival
Director. "One of the more satisfying aspects of this job is watching new
directors blossom in the spotlight. I'm grateful to our esteemed jurors for their
service and congratulate the winners." The Festival hosts juried awards
including the U.S. Fiction Award, World Fiction Award, Documentary Award, LA
Muse Award and Nightfall Award, as well as the Short Fiction Award and the
Short Documentary Award. Audience awards are presented for Fiction Feature
Film, Documentary Feature Film, Short Film and Web Series. The U.S. Fiction
Award went to Remy Auberjonois for Blood Stripe, which made its World
Premiere at the Festival. The World Fiction Award went to Anaïs Volpé for HEIS
(chronicles), which made its World Premiere at the Festival.
The Documentary Award went to Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares for
Political Animals, which made its World Premiere at the Festival. The LA Muse
Award was given to Heidi Saman for Namour, which made its World Premiere
at the Festival. The Nightfall Award went to Jackson Stewart for Beyond The
Gates, which made its World Premiere at the Festival. The Audience Award for
Fiction Feature Film went to GREEN / is / GOLD, directed by Ryon Baxter which
made its World Premiere at the Festival. The Audience Award for Documen-
tary Feature Film was given to Political Animals, directed by Jonah Markowitz
and Tracy Wares. The Award for Short Fiction went to The Beast (Zvjerka),
directed by Daina Oniunas Pusić. The Award for Short Documentary went to
The Gatekeeper, directed by Yung Chang. The Audience Award for Short Film
went to Into Darkness directed by Rachida El Garani. The Audience Award
for Web Series went to Instababy, directed by Rosie Haber…
Source | L.A. Film Fest ival | Additional Awards Continue >
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (SEPT. 2016) - Global Genes
hosted the 5th annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope
and Patient Advocacy Summit on September 22-24, at the
Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach. More
than 800 patients, advocacy leaders, biotech, and
pharmaceutical executives, healthcare philanthropists,
and celebrities came together to support the fight against
rare disease. The weekend of heartfelt awards, pre-
sentations and performances raised over $1.4 million for
education, awareness, and grant programs for patients,
patient advocates and their families, with a portion directly
benefitting Global Genes' RARE Patient Impact Grant pro-
Source: https://globalgenes.org | Continue …
LONG BEACH (CA) APRIL 2016 | GTA, Fuentes maintained his lead in class
moving up to 9th overall in the race. On lap 23, Montecalvo was issued a drive
through penalty for contact with Peter Cunningham, in the No. 42 Acura/HPD-
RealTime Racing Acura TLX-GT. Tim Pappas, in the No. 54 Papent.com Black
Swan Racing Dodge Viper GT3-R moved into second in GTA.
On lap 26, Race Control issued a debris/fluid on track flag for turns 9 and 10.
Soon after, Cooper’s ATS-V.R slid into the tire wall through turn 9 and the
No. 8 car came into the pits for a mechanical issue ending his charge.
At the checkered, O’Connell crossed the line ahead of Parente by 1.14 seconds,
with Long in third, 8.012 seconds behind Parente. Fuentes finished first in GTA
and 8th overall with, Pappas second, and 11th overall. Newport, California’s
Brent Holden, in the No. 44 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 finished third in class
and 13th overall. The post-race technical infraction reversed first and second
places in GT. Results are final. For Parente it’s his first career Pirelli World
Challenge win. Fuentes continued his dominating season with his 5th
Consecutive GTA race win.
Of note, Davison was awarded the Optima Battery Best Start award for gaining
seven positions. The VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award went to Holden for
gaining seven positions overall during the race.
“Long Beach is always tricky but it was a good race for us,” said Fuentes. “We
were fighting with some of the GT guys and we were always racing even if
they aren’t in our class. We were trying to stay out of trouble as we have a
race next weekend at Barber. The restarts were pretty challenging today.
Scuderia Corsa gave my a great car as usual. I pulled out of some trouble
today with a win. At the start of the race, I think something happened to me
because I fell asleep at the green flag. I lost too many position and Frankie
(Monteclavo) and couple of Bentleys were in front of me. At the second
restart, I think Frankie fell asleep on the one. In turn two, we were side-by-side
and I had just enough room slide through. I made it through the gap between
Frankie and the wall. It was a pretty good pass.”
SOURCE: WORLD-CHALLENGE.com | Continue >
AUSTIN (TX) Mar., 2016 | The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Film Conference
and Festival announced its Conference Keynotes, Featured Conversations and
Full Conference Lineup that will take place in Austin, Texas from March 11-19,
2016. The SXSW Film Conference is a crash course for working filmmakers,
industry pros and film fans. Covering a breadth of topics, from content creation
to new distribution models to what’s next in the film industry, attendees acquire
first hand knowledge from experts and entertaining speakers at the nexus of
creative industries, innovation and business. The schedule, complete with both
screening and conference dates and times is available @ schedule.sxsw.com
In addition to the Festival’s nine days of film screenings, the SXSW Film
Conference features 200 informative and entertaining sessions, including
Keynotes, Conversations, Panels, Workshops, Round Tables and Mentor
Sessions, plus an additional 450+ Convergence sessions, which have been
announced on an ongoing basis, such as Future of Entertainment sessions with
J.J. Abrams, Andrew Jarecki, Geena Davis, Sam Esmail, Rami Malek, Christian
Slater, Kerry Washington and the creators of Broad City; a SXgood Featured
Session with Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates; and SouthBites Featured Speaker
Anthony Bourdain. Convergence sessions, co-curated by SXSW Music, Film and
Interactive, exist throughout the March event to give SXSW registrants access
to more networking and learning opportunities than ever before. The 2016
SXSW Film Keynotes are Nelson George, Gale Anne Hurd and Joe Swanberg.
Newly announced Featured Conversations include Don Cheadle, Joel Edgerton,
Gaby Hoffmann, Joe Berlinger, Barbara Kopple, Andrew Bujalski and
David Lowery, Louis Black and Leonard Maltin, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sarah
Green were previously announced as Featured Conversations.
2016 SXSW FILM CONFERENCE KEYNOTES,
CONVERSATIONS AND FULL PROGRAM:
"The SXSW Film Conference is designed to give creatives the tools they need
to achieve their goals, and what better way than bringing together a diverse
slate of today’s most talented creators. We’re particularly proud of our ex-
panded Convergence programming, which is open to more than one badge
type and enhances the creative combustion that happens between SXSW Music,
Film and Interactive,” said Head of SXSW Film Conference and Festival Janet
Pierson. “At a time when media makers are creating content for ever ex-
panding platforms, or hop-scotching between them, we are pleased by the
breadth of experience of this year’s speakers. They have rich, long careers that
evolved using the tools of our changing times. Keynotes Nelson George, Gale
Anne Hurd, Joe Swanberg, and many participating in our Featured Conver-
sations report from the trenches with their hard earned wisdom.” 2016 FILM
CONFERENCE SESSIONS BY TRACK to improve navigation of the rich panoply
of Conference sessions available for SXSW registrants, the Film Conference
has been organized into four tracks: Influencers, Creating Your Content,
Finding Your Audience, and What’s Next. Each session also has a format,
ranging from one on one mentor sessions to hands on workshops to panels
with up to four industry experts.
SOURCE: sxsw.com | Continue >
DAYTONA (FL) - FEB., 2016 | DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Denny Hamlin earned
his first Daytona 500 victory in the closest finish in the race's storied 58-year
history, pushing his No. 11 FedEx Toyota ahead of Martin Truex Jr.'s Toyota at
the finish line by one-hundredth of a second (0.010) -- a half-foot winning
difference in NASCAR's most celebrated event.
Hamlin, 34, called it the "biggest race of my life," and was still shaking his head
taking it all in as he spoke to reporters amid the falling confetti and loud
celebration in Daytona International Speedway's Victory Lane.
The two cars crossed the finish line simultaneously, and it wasn't until NASCAR
made the official call and television replayed the finish before most people --
in the pits and the grandstands -- were certain who had won.
"I had no anticipations of winning this race on the white flag lap," Hamlin said.
"I didn't know we had won. I knew it was close. I saw the pylon change and
blink at the last second with the 11. I heard people on the radio crazy and
excited and assumed we won at that point. "If not, I was going to be PISSED,"
he added smiling. Hamlin: 'I don't know where that came from'
Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards finished
third and fifth, respectively. Former Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick was
fourth. Last year's 500 winner Joey Logano was sixth, followed by Kyle Larson
in seventh, his best showing in the race to date.
It was Toyota's first ever win in NASCAR's premier event and the first Daytona
500 win for Joe Gibbs Racing in 23 years. "This was a team victory," Hamlin
said. "My teammates did an amazing job all day; this is a proud moment for
everyone at Toyota. I don't know what happened, I can't even figure out
what I did." Truex was understandably of mixed emotions following the race,
but mostly proud of his day and of establishing his team's good working
relationship with Gibbs' stable of Toyotas.
He was running second behind fellow Camry driver Matt Kenseth for the final
20 laps but when Hamlin pulled out to make a run for the win on the final lap,
Kenseth went up to block the progress. Hamlin got by, and Truex and Busch
jumped in line behind as Kenseth got shuffled back and ultimately finished 14th.
"It hurts a little bit, but it's something to be proud of for sure," Truex said
managing a smile and insisting he didn't know if he had won or not at the
checkered flag. He said he was actually looking at the large video screen as
he went around the track for a replay.
Source: www.nascar.com | Continue >
SAN DIEGO, California -- Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score
late in the second half and lift Mexico to a 1-0 win over Chile in an international
friendly on Wednesday at Qualcomm Stadium.
In what was the last preparation match for both teams ahead of the Copa
America Centenario, the Tricolor’s unbeaten streak was extended to 19
consecutive games, including nine straight wins. Defending champion Chile fell
to a CONCACAF side for the second time in as many outings, also dropping a
2-1 decision to visiting Jamaica on Friday.
With many of those in the crowd of 68,254 chanting his name, Hernandez
replaced Raul Jimenez in the 78th minute. Nine minutes later, the Bayer
Leverkusen star netted the game-winner, heading home Miguel Layun’s
right-sided cross into the upper left corner.
Chile enjoyed the better of play in the first half and could have taken the
lead in the 26th minute, but Edson Puch hit the right post from inside the six-
yard box. Mexico, which improved to 7-0-0 under head coach Juan Carlos
Osorio, opens its Copa America Centenario schedule against Uruguay on
Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. International Friendly June 1, 2016:
Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego, California USA (Att: 68,254)
Mexico 1 - Chile 0 | Javier Hernandez 87’Mexico: Head Coach:
Juan Carlos Osorio.
Chile: Head Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Source | CONCACAF.com
DAYTONA (FL) FEB., 2016 | Running up front paid off long before the checkered
flag Saturday night for Denny Hamlin. Leading the field for the last 16 laps kept
him clear of two late-race cautions and enabled him to win the Sprint Unlimited
for the third time at Daytona International Speedway.
It marked the third consecutive Sprint Unlimited victory and fourth in the last
five years for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry)
took the checkered and caution flags simultaneously, after a multi-car mishap
during an “overtime” finish that extended the race four laps beyond its
scheduled distance of 75 laps.
There were seven cautions on the night. The one that necessitated the over-
time was caused by a Lap 73 backstretch incident that involved six cars
including the No. 18 M&M’s 75 Toyota Camry of reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup
champion Kyle Busch.
Reigning DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)
finished second, after starting last in the 25-car field. Paul Menard (No. 27
Peak Antifreeze/Menard Chevrolet) finished third.
“This is a great team win,’ Hamlin said. “We’re looking forward to [the
DAYTONA 500].” Former Sprint Unlimited champions and former DAYTONA.
500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015 were eligible for this year’s
annual “all-star” race, as were all drivers from the 2015 Chase for the
NASCAR Sprint Cup. Any remaining open positions were filled based on 2015
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. There also was a
notable substitution, with Brian Vickers filling in for injured Tony Stewart, a
three-time Sprint Unlimited champion. Vickers exited the race early, following
a Lap 23 accident that also ended the night for three-time event champion
Kevin Harvick. The starting grid was determined Friday by a drawing involving
the crew chiefs for the 25 drivers entered. Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad
Knaus drew the top spot for his driver, a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion and
six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.
Source: www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com | Continue >