ARCA, Cars and Stars Promotions Announce Formal Partnership to Launch ARCA Midwest Tour for 2013 Season



Immediate Release:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012



(TOLEDO, Ohio) - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Cars and Stars Promotions (CSP) announced today a formal partnership to bring the Midwest Tour - a Midwestern-based, pavement super late model series - under ARCA sanction.



The ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings will make stops at 11 different tracks in 2013, spanning Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. The sanctioning agreement between ARCA and CSP reflects ARCA's interests in supporting and strengthening the sport of stock car racing.


"We respect what Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus have established and developed with the Midwest Late Model Tour, and their long-term dedication to the sport," said Ron Drager, president and CEO of ARCA. "Their decision to join efforts with ARCA and our sanctioned properties is gratifying.


"We've worked hard to establish and build the ARCA brand over 60 years in the sport, and while we're proud of our history, we strive to be relevant and vital today and into the future. From several perspectives, the Midwest Tour joining our family of ARCA properties fits both companies' future strategic plans, and we look forward to working with Tim and Steve in 2013 and beyond."


The newly-branded tour, founded in 2006 by short track racing veterans Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus and formerly known as the ASA Midwest Tour, is based in Lake Geneva, Wis. The ARCA Midwest Tour joins the ARCA CRA Super Series and ARCA Truck Series on a developmental level to support ARCA's top division, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.


The Midwest Tour races at historic venues such as the Milwaukee Mile, the LaCrosse Fairgrounds, Madison International Speedway, and Elko Speedway. Major events like the 2012 Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile brought a record 80 entries and over 12,000 fans.


"We are really excited for our next chapter of Cars and Stars Promotions," said Tim Olson, president of CSP. "We feel this will give our competitors an easier path to the top levels of the racing industry, creating a natural progression from the short tracks of the Midwest to the high banks of Daytona. Our future with ARCA as our sanctioning body will bring lots of excitement to everyone involved."


A unique aspect to the series is its "Touring Stars" program, which recognizes the top drivers committed to racing the entire Midwest Tour schedule. Touring Stars are featured throughout the year in promotion of the series and are eligible for pay bonuses. Additionally, at each track the series visits, there exists a local super late model division with an identical rules package developed by the Midwest Tour. Local racing heroes are able to compete against the tour's traveling stars, creating fan excitement and a loyal following.


Many of racing's top stars have appeared in the Midwest Tour, including Matt Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Ken Schrader, Aric Almirola, David Ragan, David Stremme, Kelly Bires, Kevin Harvick, Landon Cassill, Jeff Green, Ron Hornaday, Travis Kvapil, Todd Kluever, Johnny Sauter, Erik Darnell, Scott Wimmer, Tim Sauter, Jay Sauter, Dick Trickle, and Rich Bickle.


"We couldn't be more excited about our future with ARCA and the extensive marketing opportunities that they bring to the table to make our series stronger," said Steve Einhaus, vice president of CSP. "We were ready to take this series to the next level and it's clear that our partnership with ARCA will strengthen our marketing package and provide our race teams with extensive promotion and opportunities to advance their racing careers. This partnership makes super late model racing stronger than ever and we are very pleased to be joining the ARCA family."


Super late models used in the ARCA Midwest Tour will follow composite ABC body rules and straight rail chassis specifications. Engine specifications range from a 10:5.1 compression aluminum concept engine (ACE) to an open 9:5.1 and spec-style engines, with tight specifics regulated by the builders and the series. Weight packages range from 2750-2800 lbs., with the cost-effective 4412 carburetor required, designed to provide longer lasting engine performance while keeping expenses under control.


The partnership will provide participants in the ARCA Midwest Tour with ARCA member benefits, including Participant Accident Insurance. ARCA will provide public relations, race operations, and marketing support to its new formal partner, while expanding and strengthening an already strong developmental racing base.


For more on CSP, please find information at Facebook.com/midwesttour and/or Twitter.com/midwesttour.


Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in four professional touring series and local weekly events.


More information about ARCA is available at ARCARacing.com, on Twitter at Twitter.com/ARCA_Racing, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ARCARacing.


Griffin Hickman, ARCA

(419) 574-2685 (mobile)



Don Radebaugh, ARCA

(419) 450-0611 (mobile)



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Brian France Speaks On Panel About Driving Social Change Through Sport

NASCAR Participates In Beyond Sport United At Yankee Stadium


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2012) — At the Beyond Sport Summit in London, in the days leading up to the Summer Olympics, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France spoke passionately about his sport’s efforts to drive sustainable behavior amongst millions of fans through the NASCAR Green platform. Today, he joined National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern on a panel at Yankee Stadium entitled Beyond Sport United: Sports Teams for Social Change.


 The conversation centered on how teams and leagues can use their resources to engage with their communities in a more sustained, impactful way. The commissioners also discussed how community engagement and philanthropic efforts can also benefit teams and leagues’ objectives across departments and enterprises.


“The mission of Beyond Sport is critically important,” said France. “I look forward to collaborating with our friends from other sports to find ways that we can work together to galvanize our respective industries in an effort to make a substantive impact on the lives of local communities and fans of sport throughout the world.”


In May 2012, NASCAR became the last founding member of a coalition of leagues that includes Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), as well as the NBA. The leagues are part of Beyond Sport's wider global network to promote, develop and support the use of sport to create positive social change.


“Beyond Sport United is an event born out of the idea that professional sports teams, as heroic brands with historic resonance, have the profound ability to be hubs of positive influence and resource within their communities,” said Nick Keller, founder of Beyond Sport. “What impressed me at our London event was how much of what NASCAR was doing to drive social change here in the U.S. resonated with a global audience. I look forward to seeing that same dynamic in action at Yankee Stadium today.”


The day consisted of panels and workshops that strive to identify ways that specific social issues can be addressed by sports teams, leagues, and their partners. The conversation also focused on the business and organizational benefits of community engagement and social responsibility.


In addition to France, NASCAR was well represented at the event throughout the day through a range of other activities. Among them:


·         NASCAR Hall of Famer and The NASCAR Foundation Board Member Rusty Wallace joined a Players Panel to explore how teams and leagues have supported, and can better support, players in their philanthropic work. Moderated by Mike Greenberg from ESPN, the panel also included Mark Teixeira (World Series champion and founder of the Mark Teixeira Charitable Foundation), Derrick Brooks (former Super Bowl champion and founder of Derrick Brooks Charities), Aimee Mullins (Paralympian, actress, fashion model and activist) and Swin Cash (WNBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist).


·         Dr. Michael Lynch, NASCAR’s managing director of green innovation, participated in a breakout session called Sustainability & Environment: Innovation, Efficiency and Creativity. Joining Dr. Lynch was Rich Sotelo, vice president, operations, San Jose Sharks and Todd Reeve, CEO, Bonneville Environment Foundation.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for one of North America's premier sports. NASCAR races are broadcast in more than 150 countries and in 20 languages. In the U.S., races are broadcast on FOX, TNT, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, SPEED, MRN Radio, PRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. NASCAR fans are among the most brand-loyal in all of sports, and as a result more Fortune 500 companies participate in NASCAR than any other sport. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, and one local grassroots series, as well as three international series. Also part of NASCAR is Grand-Am Road Racing, known for its competition on road courses with multiple classes of cars. NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races at 100 tracks in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., NASCAR has offices in eight cities across North America. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Ford EcoBoost 400, will air November 18 on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.nascar.com. Follow NASCAR on www.facebook.com/NASCAR or on Twitter: @NASCAR


About Beyond Sport

Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. It does this through a range of programs, services and events, including the Beyond Sport Summit and the Beyond Sport Awards. Beyond Sport also offers industry-leading consultancy services, and has worked on a consultancy basis with global brands and organizations. On 13th November, Beyond Sport will once again stage Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium with the backing of its Founding Supporters – Major League Baseball (MLB); Major League Soccer (MLS); NASCAR, the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Football League (NFL); the National Hockey League (NHL); and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Sports teams from around the world will come together at Beyond Sport United to explore and develop their own role within their communities.



Sabrina Macias

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications


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Les pilotes de l'ANCA de l'ASE ont été honorés ce samedi soir à St-Eustache

Maxime Gauvreau (au centre): Révélation de l'année recevant sa plaque honorifique des mains de Jason Morand, Révélation 2011

Ci-dessous, Steve Côté recevant les honneurs de Jacques Suhouin, de Lucas Oil et Howard Romanado.




C'est devant un somptueux buffet servi par la famille Constantin à la Salle de réception « Sous le charme des érables » à St-Eustache, que les pilotes des différentes classes de l'ANCA ont été honorés lors de la tenue du Gala des champions annuel de l'Autodrome St-Eustache.



C'est à l'issue de ce repas, suite au mot de bienvenue du nouvel annonceur-maison, Justin Beaudin, qu'ont débutées les remises des honneurs.


Robert Guindon, de Repentigny a été couronné champion de la populaire catégorie Challenge 4 / Meilleur Ramoneur, tandis que Maxime Charron de Brownsburg a hérité du titre de Recrue de l'année de cette division composée des débutants en stock car.


Dans la catégorie Production, c'est le pilote de Ste-Agathe dans les hautes Laurentides, Steve Ladouceur qui a reçu le titre de champion alors que David Joseph a été proclamé recrue de l'année.


Un quatrième championnat d'affilée en Légendes modifiées est allé à Stéphane Aubin de Boisbriand qui, selon ses déclarations, en était à sa dernière année en Légendes modifiées. Ce multiple champion se consacrera au développement son autre voiture dans la catégorie Sportsman pour les prochaines saisons. C'est Pierre Tremblay qui a reçu pour son fils Nicolas Tremblay, de St-Ignace-de-Loyaula, qui était retenu par son travail à Fermont, son titre de recrue de l'année.


Des plaques honorifiques « Coup de Chapeau » ont été remises à Gérard Major, Paul Gauvreau, Richard Duhamel et Roger Marineau de St-Eustache qui en sera à sa 54e saison en Stock Car en 2013.


La Fondation des Aveugles du Québec et le président honoraire de la course Xtrême non-voyants, Roland Quenneville ont tenu a à rendre hommage à Yves Ladouceur, organisateur de l'événement et Dany Boyer de Recyclage Surplus pour leur contribution à cette course qui aura rapporté plus de 35 000$ destinés aux non-voyants de du Québec. Des plaques honorifiques leur ont été remises.


Le grand patron de la multinationale Lucas Oil, Jacques Sigouin a, quant à lui, couronné le jeune prodige Jason Morand de Ste-Marthe-sur-le-lac, qui a remporté le championnat Sport Compacte Lucas Oil. Le pilote de la voiture no. 59 a également remporté le championnat de la Triple Couronne Best Buy qui a été couru aux pistes de Montmagny, Ste-Croix et St-Eustache au cours de l'été. Un autre jeune de Ste-Marthe-sur-le-lac, Yannick Miron été couronné recrue de l'année « Auto Pier Lachapelle » et a reçu la bourse s'y rattachant offerte par ce commanditaire.


Avant de procéder à la présentation des honneurs aux pilotes de la division-reine de l'Autodrome St-Eustache, le président Alan Labrosse a tenu à s'adresser à ses convives afin de remettre les pendules à l'heure aux sujets des « rumeurs de fin de saison » en assurant la continuité de la division Sportsman à l'Autodrome St-Eustache pour les prochaines années. Monsieur Howard Romanado a été nommé « Représentant  des pilotes Sportsman » auprès de la direction. Les pilotes de la division Sportsman sont d'ailleurs conviés à une réunion d'informations pour les grandes lignes de la saison 2013, le vendredi 23 novembre prochain à l'Autodrome St-Eustache. Monsieur Labrosse, qui incidemment a été intronisé au Temple de la Renonnée le 3 novembre dernier, en a profité pour annoncer la venue de la compagnie LUCAS OIL à titre de commanditaire principal pour la division Sportsman en 2013.


Les pilotes Sportsman ont ensuite été honorés et c'est STEVE CÔTÉ qui a été couronné double-champion des championnats de la division Sportsman ANCA locale de l'Autodrome St-Eustache et de la Série Masters Canada-USA a laquelle nos pilotes locaux ont affronté les pilotes de la piste Airborne de Plattsburgh, dans l'État de New-York. Hani Chiniara a reçu le titre de Recrue de année 2012 en Sportsman.


C'est en toute fin de présentation des honneurs que le Révélation de l'année de l'Autodrome St-Eustache a été connu. C'est la Révélation 2011, Jason Morand qui a remis le titre à un autre jeune qui a compétitionné lui aussi en Sport Compactes Lucas Oil, le jeune Maxime Gauvreau, 19 ans de La Plaine, qui, dès sa 2e saison en course automibile, a terminé en 3e position de sa division.


Les participants à ce Gala ont par la suite terminé la soirée sous la musique du Groupe «4 Play » qui a assumé les frais de la musique jusqu'aux petites heures dimanche matin.


Les photos de cette soirée de remises sont disponibles sur le site flagworld.com, tandis qu'un DVD de la soirée sera également disponible dans les prochains jours. Nous remercions MM. Michel Flageole et Gérard Major pour ces photos et le DVD.





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