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NEWS RELEASE: PPG PRESIDENT & CEO TIM KNAVISH LEADS DIGNITARIES FOR SUNDAY’S PPG 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES RACE

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PPG PRESIDENT & CEO TIM KNAVISH LEADS DIGNITARIES FOR SUNDAY’S PPG 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES RACE

FORT WORTH, Texas (MARCH 29, 2023) – Tim Knavish, PPG president and chief executive officer, will serve as the honorary Victory Lane Trophy Presenter among the key dignitary roles for Sunday’s PPG 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Texas Motor Speedway. 

Knavish has spent more than three decades with PPG in various executive roles and was named the company’s president and CEO on Jan. 1.  

He previously served as PPG’s Chief Operating Officer before the company announced this past October that the Pittsburgh native would succeed Chairman and CEO Michael McGarry in the role of CEO at the outset of the current year. McGarry, who served as CEO since 2015, moved into the role of Executive Chairman. 

Knavish will have the honor of presenting the winner of the PPG 375 (11:15 a.m. CT, TV: NBC and Peacock, Radio: INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM) with the PPG 375 trophy. 

PPG also will honor two of its business partners by designating them for the other primary dignitary roles. Darren Huggins, Berkshire Hathaway National Collision Director will be the Grand Marshal and provide the start command. DK Painting owner Danny Katave will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag to commence the PPG 375, the second race of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. 

Dignitaries list for the PPG 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race: 
·    Grand Marshal: Berkshire Hathaway National Collision Director Darren Huggins.
·    Honorary Starter: DK Painting owner Danny Katave.
·    Victory Lane Trophy Presenter: PPG president and chief executive officer Tim Knavish. 
·    National Anthem: Kate Cowling of Paradise, Texas.
·    Invocation: Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries.
·    Color Guard: Grapevine Police Department. Dignitaries for Saturday’s SPEEDYCASH.COM 250 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race: 
·    Grand Marshal: Community Choice Financial President Bill Baker.
·    Honorary Starter: Community Choice Financial Senior Vice President of Marketing Raechel Peters.
·    National Anthem: Paige Johnsey of Sardis, Ark.
·    Victory Lane Trophy Presenter: Community Choice Financial Chief Executive Officer Kyle Hanson.
·    Invocation: Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries.
·    Color Guard: Grapevine Police Department. 

Texas Motor Speedway’s 2023 events schedule consists of everything from the April 1-2 NTT INDYCAR SERIES/NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series doubleheader and the Sept. 23-24 NASCAR Playoffs weekend, car shows and competitions and the Ducks Unlimited Expo, the four-day Hwy 30 Music Fest and Bandas y Trocas Hispanic concert and truck show, and then wrapping up the year with the family-favorite and speedway tradition Gift of Lights holiday light show.  Season tickets and camping for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2023 major event season are on sale now. Save up to 33 percent versus buying individual tickets, get the best seat selection and more. All-new reduced rates are available for the GEICO Infield, GEICO VIP and WinStar World Casino & Resort Lone Star Circle camping areas. Click HERE for more information and to purchase season tickets.

PPG TO SPONSOR APRIL 2 NTT INDYCAR SERIES RACE TO OPEN TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY’S 2023 RACING SCHEDULE

FORT WORTH, Texas (JAN. 23, 2023) – PPG has been named the entitlement sponsor for the
NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on Sunday, April 2, that kicks off Texas Motor Speedway’s 27th
season.

PPG will serve as the primary entitlement sponsor for the INDYCAR race that delivered last season’s closest finish in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. It came as a result of Josef Newgarden’s thrilling final-turn pass of Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin for a 0.0669-of-a-second margin of victory.


“Texas Motor Speedway is proud to welcome PPG to our family of race entitlement partners,” said Texas Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Faber. “The speedway has utilized PPG products for years to paint the many race and series logos on the front straightaway’s grass ballfield as well as many other areas throughout the facility. We look forward to bringing our race fans another exciting and action-filled weekend of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition.”

The PPG 375 will be the second race of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and first of five ovals on the 17-event schedule. The partnership will provide PPG with significant brand visibility, an opportunity to engage with a very loyal fan base and the ability to leverage the event weekend with employees, vendor partners, customers and other key stakeholders. “PPG is proud to serve as the primary entitlement sponsor at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Bryan Iams, PPG chief communications officer. “Our paints, coatings and specialty materials have a long history with racing, including our valued nearly 40-year partnership with Team Penske.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES PPG 375 headlines a two-day race weekend that also features the SpeedyCash.com 250 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race on Saturday, April 1 (3:30 p.m. CT, TV: FS1, Radio: MRN, SiriusXM). The weekend culminates Sunday, April 2, with the running of the PPG 375 beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT (TV: NBC, Radio: SiriusXM, INDYCAR Radio Network).

Texas Motor Speedway’s 2023 events schedule consists of everything from the April 1-2 NTT INDYCAR SERIES/NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series doubleheader and the Sept. 23-24 NASCAR Playoffs weekend. Other significant events include the Ducks Unlimited Expo, the four- day Hwy 30 Music Fest and Bandas y Trocas Hispanic concert and truck show, C-10 Nationals, Fuel Fest, Goodguys, LS Fest and finally wrapping up the year with the family-favorite and speedway tradition Gift of Lights holiday light show.

Season tickets and camping for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2023 major event season are on sale now. Save up to 33 percent versus buying individual tickets, get the best seat selection and more. All-new reduced rates are available for the GEICO Infield, GEICO VIP and WinStar World Casino & Resort Lone Star Circle camping areas. Click HERE for more information and to purchase season tickets.

NEWS RELEASE: NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden celebrates his NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375 win in SpeedyCash.com Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway (Getty Images photo).

LAST-TURN PASS GIVES NEWGARDEN SPECTACULAR WIN
IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375

· Newgarden claims second victory at Texas Motor Speedway and 600th for Team Penske across all platforms

· Jimmie Johnson finishes INDYCAR career-best sixth in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval debut

EDITOR’S NOTE: Click HERE for post-race interview video Newgarden, HERE for Victory Lane celebration and HERE for Jimmie Johnson interview.

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 20, 2022) – Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Josef Newgarden led only two of the first 247 laps of the XPEL 375 but made a bold move to the outside of Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin on the last turn of the last lap to lead the one that counted and claim a dramatic victory at Texas Motor Speedway.

McLaughlin (No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet) led a race-best 186 laps, including 42 of the final 43, before Newgarden (No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet) nosed ahead coming to the line to take the checkered flag by just 0.0669-of-a-second. The win was the 600th for Team Penske across all its motorsports platforms.

Marcus Ericsson (No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet), and Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) rounded out the top five.

“Oh my gosh! That was, I was fuming in the car,” said Newgarden, who also won at TMS in 2019. “We had all this traffic, and it wasn’t helping me and then right when I needed it to help me. And then right when I needed it to help me, literally last corner, last lap traffic helped me out.

“Unbelievable PPG car in victory lane. Also, our XPEL car. How about Scott (McLaughlin)? I think he led like 95 percent of the laps. I hate doing that to a teammate, but I was going for it just like he was. We were driving hard. Man, I was loose. I was driving things sideways off of three and four every lap. I was trying to get a run, but Team Chevy what an unbelievable job right? We showed up, got the pole, got the win for Team Chevy’s camp, and just so pleased for everybody. It was so good to drive this PPG car again with Team Chevy.”

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval debut after earning seven NASCAR Cup Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway along with seven series championships, finished an INDYCAR career-best sixth place. The balance of the Top-10 finishers were Alex Palou (No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), Simon Pagenaud (No 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda), Santino Ferrucci (No. 45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) who just this morning found out he was replacing Jack Harvey who crashed Saturday in final practice, and Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet).

“I hoped to qualify in the top 10 and race in the top 10,” Johnson said. “Missed the qualifying mark a bit, but once we hit the halfway point of the race, I really could sense and feel the car. It became second nature, and off I went. We knew going oval racing would help, and today got us into the competitive mix.”

Felix Rosenqvist put the No. 7 ARROW McLaren SP Racing Chevrolet on the pole for the second time in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career with Saturday afternoon’s run of 46.8906 seconds at 221.110 mph. He bested No. 2 qualifier McLaughlin by just 0.003-of-a-second.

Rosenqvist led the 27-car field to green at 1:45 p.m. local time but McLaughlin moved to the point before the first circuit around the 1.5-quad-oval speedway. The New Zealander would go on to lead the first 57 laps before a scheduled pit stop under green for fuel and tires.

The balance of the field cycled through green-flag stops over the next few laps, putting McLaughlin back to the front on Lap 69 with Newgarden, O’Ward, Rosenqvist and Ericsson rounding out the top 5.

Caution slowed the field on Lap 99 when Takuma Sato (No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda) made contact with the outside wall at Turn 2 after making minor contact with the No. 29 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda of Devlin DeFrancesco. McLaughlin headed the full-field line down pit road for service on Lap 104 and was the first car off pit road with Newgarden, Power, Dixon and Ericsson in tow.

Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 113 with Team Penske 1-2-3 (McLaughlin, Newgarden, Power) but the caution waved again just one lap later when Kyle Kirkwood made hard contact with the Turn 4 outside retaining wall.

After just one more lap of competition on Lap 128, a three-car incident in Turn 4 ended the day for Helio Castroneves (No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda), Graham Rahal (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda), and Devlin DeFrancesco (No. 29 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Honda).

Racing resumed on Lap 149 with McLaughlin out front before Newgarden moved out front for his only two other laps led and McLaughlin returning the favor for Lap 152. Rinus Veekay (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) make himself known for the first time of the day by leading the next 15 laps.

The final scheduled pit stops of the day began on lap 186 and the shuffling of the deck found Ericsson, Ed Carpenter (No. 33 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), rookies David Malukas (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Honda) and Callum Ilott (No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet) all out front before McLaughlin cycled back around on Lap 206.

With 20 laps remaining, the scoring pylon showed McLaughlin leading Newgarden by three-tenths of a second with Ericsson, Power, Pagenaud and Johnson rounding out the top six. The running order of the top four remained the same 10 laps later while Johnson had passed Pagenaud for fifth.

McLaughlin kept Newgarden at bay over the final 10 laps while getting cleanly through lapped traffic. But Newgarden committed to the top racing line going into Turn 3 which allowed him to get a run on McLaughlin off the final turn to inch ahead and take the win.

There were 15 lead changes among 12 drivers and four cautions for 52 laps.

TICKETS:
Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2022 major event season, including the May 22 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/.

NEWS RELEASE: ROSENQVIST EDGES McLAUGHLIN FOR XPEL 375 POLE

ARROW McLaren SP Racing Chevrolet driver Felix Rosenqvist celebrates in Texas Motor Speedway’s SpeedyCash.com Victory Lane after earning pole position for the March 20 NTT INDYCAR Series XPEL 375 (Getty Images photo)

ROSENQVIST EDGES McLAUGHLIN FOR XPEL 375 POLE

· ARROW McLaren SP driver beats Team Penske driver by 0.003-of-a-second for second series pole

· Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will start 18th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval debut

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 19, 2022) – Felix Rosenqvist posted a fast lap early on in qualifying and then had to outlast a valiant charge from the 27th and final car on the track to earn the pole position for Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The driver of the No. 7 ARROW McLaren SP Racing Chevrolet completed his two-lap qualifying run at 46.8906 seconds at 221.110 mph, besting No. 2 qualifier Scott McLaughlin (No. 3 Team Penske XPEL Chevrolet) by just 0.003-of-a-second with his run of 46.8936 at 221.096. It was the second series pole for the Swedish native, whose first came in 2019 at the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Getting that run that early is just killing you,” said Rosenqvist. “There are so many guys here close. I had a couple of guys within thousandths. I just have to thank Arrow McLaren SP, Chevy, and Vuse. The car felt so good, and I knew that lap was pretty much as good as I could have made it. It was just so hard to wait for so long to get it.

“This is huge for the team and for myself as far as a big confidence boost. Big comeback after some tough times. I am really pleased for everyone on my team to get this result. It’s awesome. So now we will just switch focus to the race and see what we can do.”
The balance of the top-10 qualifiers were Takuma Sato (No. 21 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda), Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet), Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Honda), Helio Castroneves (No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda), Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet), Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), Colton Herta (No. 26 Andretti Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Honda) and 2021 XPEL 375 winner Pato O’Ward (No. 5 ARROW McLaren SP Chevrolet). The first five drivers posted average speeds of more than 221 mph.

Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Series Champion and seven-time race winner at Texas Motor Speedway who is making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval debut in the XPEL 375, put the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 18th on the pylon with a two-lap run of 47.1562 at 219.865. He will line up on the outside of Row 9.

Texas Motor Speedway’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES two-lap qualifying record is 46.586 at 222.586, established in 2017 by Charlie Kimball for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Rosenqvist was presented with a Henry Big Boy Texas Tribute edition rifle in SpeedyCash.com Victory Lane for winning the pole.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375 will be broadcast live Sunday, March 20, on NBC beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT, with the green flag scheduled to wave over the 27-car field at 11:45 a.m. (Radio – INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Radio INDYCAR Nation Ch. 160 and 95.9 The Ranch).

NOTES: Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda) topped the speed charts in the Saturday morning’s chilly practice session with a best run of 23.2376 seconds at 223.087 mph. Rosenqvist was second, Herta third, series rookie Callum Ilott (No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet) fourth and McLaughlin fifth. Johnson was 22nd fastest at 23.5181 at 220.426.

INDYCAR has allowed seven teams an additional 30 minutes of practice this afternoon to run the upper racing lane in the hope of laying down enough tire rubber to help in providing a second racing lane for Sunday’s XPEL 375. The drivers participating in the 4-4:30 p.m. session will be Ed Carpenter, Castroneves, O’Ward, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Rosenqvist and Sato. The full field will then practice from 4:45-5:45 p.m.

TICKETS:
Texas Motor Speedway is offering a $48 special promotion for two tickets to the race. Tickets for children 12 and under are only $10. For more information on tickets and the race, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2022 major event season, including the March 20 NTT INDYCAR SEREIS XPEL 375/American Flat Track races and, May 22 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/.

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XPEL 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES RACE FACT SHEET

WHAT: Texas Motor Speedway opens its 26th season of racing with the XPEL 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race weekend. This will be a stand-alone, two-day race weekend for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the first of five oval races on the 17-race INDYCAR schedule.

WHERE: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. 

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20.

  • BROADCAST INFORMATION 
  • NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices, Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. & 4 p.m.; TV – Peacock. Radio – INDYCAR Radio Network.
  • NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying, Saturday, March 19, 1 p.m.; TV – Peacock. Radio – INDYCAR Radio Network.
  • NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375 race, Sunday, March 20, 11:30 a.m.; TV – NBC. Radio – INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Radio INDYCAR Nation Ch. 160 and 95.9 The Ranch (local).

RACE LENGTH 

  • XPEL 375: 248 laps | 372 miles  

2021 RACE WINNERS (DOUBLEHEADER FORMAT) 

  •      Race 1 – Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
  •      Race 2 – Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP

MULTIPLE INDYCAR RACE WINNERS AT TMS

  • Scott Dixon               5·       
  • Helio Castroneves   4
  • Sam Hornish Jr.        3       
  • Scott Goodyear        2       
  • Will Power                2     
  •  Scott Sharp              2 
    • Note-Bold indicates active driver in XPEL 375 field.

TMS SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (all times CT)

Saturday, March 19

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. TMS/INDYCAR Credential Office open
7 a.m. INDYCAR garage opens
10-11 a.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice #1
1-2 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying
4-5 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice #2

Sunday, March 20

7 a.m. – Noon TMS/INDYCAR Credential Office open
7 a.m. INDYCAR garage opens
11:15 a.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver introductions
11:40 a.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES “Drivers, Start Your Engines command” by Conner Landers
11:45 a.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375 race

NOTEWORTHY Texas Motor Speedway will serve as the second race of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, following the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that was held on Feb. 27. Last season, Texas Motor Speedway held a doubleheader weekend on May 1-2 and served as the third and fourth races of the season. … This is the earliest schedule date for an INDYCAR race in the 26-year history of Texas Motor Speedway. The previous came last season when Texas Motor Speedway hosted the May doubleheader. … Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin won the season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Fla., over defending series champion Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing. It was the first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES win for McLaughlin, who was the 2021 series rookie of the year. McLaughlin’s teammate, Will Power, finished third to round out the podium. … The top five in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship after Round 1 is McLaughlin (54 points), Palou (41), Power (36), Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian (32) and Romain Grosjean of Andretti Autosport (30). … Good news for McLaughlin: the winner of the season-opening race has gone on to win the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship the past three seasons. Josef Newgarden of Team Penske started the trend in 2019 and was followed by the Chip Ganassi Racing tandem of Scott Dixon (’20) and Palou (’21). … Veteran Ed Carpenter will be making his season debut in the XPEL 375. Carpenter is running just an oval schedule in the No. 33 entry for his team, Ed Carpenter Racing.… It turned out to be a milestone day for both winners of the 2021 doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway. Dixon won the opener for his record-fifth career win at Texas, breaking a tie with Helio Castroneves of Meyer Shank Racing. Pato O’Ward (pictured above) of Arrow McLaren SP won the finale the following day for his first career win in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. … Dixon, O’Ward and Castroneves are among the seven previous TMS winners in the XPEL 375 field. The others are Graham Rahal, Power, Carpenter and Newgarden. … Power is tied with Tomas Scheckter for the most INDYCAR poles in TMS history with three. He also is the leader among active drivers with 63 and trails only Mario Andretti (67) in INDYCAR history. … … Dixon is one victory shy of tying Mario Andretti for the second-most wins in INDYCAR history (52). The all-time leader is A.J. Foyt with 67. Dixon has recorded at least one win for 19 seasons and 17 in a row, both INDYCAR records.

TICKETS:Texas Motor Speedway is offering a $48 special promotion for two tickets to the race. Tickets for children 12 and under are only $10. For more information on tickets and the race, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2022 major event season, including the March 20 NTT INDYCAR SEREIS XPEL 375/American Flat Track races and, May 22 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/

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DIXON CONTINUES PURSUIT OF INDYCAR LEGENDS HEADING INTO SUNDAY’S XPEL 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES RACE WEEKEND

Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon needs one more win to tie Mario Andretti for second on the all-time victory list and another series title to tie A.J. Foyt’s record of seven. 

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 16, 2022) – Scott Dixon always has looked up to legends Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt, but he soon may find himself firmly entrenched beside them. With the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season underway, the Chip Ganassi Racing superstar continues to inch closer to the once seemingly untouchable INDYCAR career statistical records of two of the greatest drivers in motorsports.

Given Dixon’s success at Texas Motor Speedway, one of those marks could be matched in Sunday’s XPEL 375 NTT INDYCAR SERIES race (TV – NBC. Radio – INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Radio INDYCAR Nation Ch. 160 and 95.9 The Ranch) as the Fort Worth venue opens its 26th season with the second event on the 17-race INDYCAR calendar. 

With 51 career victories, Dixon is one shy of tying Andretti for the second-most wins in INDYCAR history. He also owns six NTT INDYCAR SERIES championships and needs one more to tie Foyt for the all-time mark. To put his success into greater perspective, no current fulltime driver has more than 40 wins (Will Power) and or more than two series titles (Josef Newgarden). 

The 41-year-old New Zealander is not showing any signs of slowing down, either. He has won two of the last four series titles, capturing one in 2018 and another in ’20, and has finished among the top four in the championship 15 of the last 16 years. He finished fourth in last year’s title race that was won by his 24-year-old Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Alex Palou. 

Dixon has earned at least one win in 17 consecutive seasons and 19 overall, both INDYCAR records. His win at Texas last season allowed him to extend those records, but it turned out to be his only one and ended a run of four consecutive multiple-win seasons. 

“The motivation is strong, for sure,”,” said Dixon, who includes the 2008 Indianapolis 500 among his wins. “We worked hard in the offseason to figure the areas that we needed to work on, and I think we laid that out pretty well. I’m excited for the season. I love racing, I love the INDYCAR SERIES, everything about the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and what they do. Hopefully, it’s a good season. We’ll see how it goes.” 

Dixon opened the season with an eighth-place finish in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Feb. 27 and now arrives at a track where he and Chip Ganassi Racing have enjoyed a ton of success. He became the all-time leader for career INDYCAR victories at TMS when he won the opening race of last season’s doubleheader for his fifth, breaking a tie with Helio Castroneves of Meyer Shank Racing.

It also was the seventh win overall for Chip Ganassi Racing, which ranks second only to Team Penske’s 10. However, Chip Ganassi Racing is trending upward thanks to Dixon, who has won three of the last five races at Texas Motor Speedway, while Team Penske has just one since 2018 (Newgarden, 2019). 

“It’s a place I feel comfortable at, it’s a place where we have run at and done well, and the team has always been fast here from pole positions to having very fast cars,” Dixon said. “It’s an interesting place; you don’t always get it right and when it does go wrong it can be pretty bad.

But I like having the situation of being on the limit, quite unlike a lot of these new road courses that we go to where there’s parking lots of run-off space. You’ve got to have the risk versus reward, and I think this place sums it up well.” 

With five career wins at Texas, he has enjoyed his share of cowboy hats, six shooters and flames in the SpeedyCash.com Victory Lane and the post-race celebration has made an indelible impression on him as has the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval. “It’s a tough track, it’s a fun track, there’s no winner’s circle like it in the world,” Dixon said. “I know for me it’s been one of the most fun places I’ve ever won anything.” ·       

The XPEL 375 weekend opens Saturday featuring NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying (1-2 p.m.) and a pair of practices (10-11 a.m., 4-5 p.m.). On Sunday, the Fan Zone opens at 8 a.m. and the gates at 9 a.m. for the XPEL 375 that takes the green flag at 11:45 a.m. TV – NBC. Radio – INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Radio INDYCAR Nation Ch. 160 and 95.9 The Ranch (local).

The XPEL 375 weekend opens Saturday, March 19, featuring NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying (1-2 p.m.) and a pair of practices (10-11 a.m., 4-5 p.m.). On Sunday, March 20, the Fan Zone opens at 8 a.m. and the gates at 9 a.m. for the XPEL 375 that takes the green flag at 11:45 a.m.

TICKETS:Texas Motor Speedway is offering a $48 special promotion for two tickets to the race. Tickets for children 12 and under are only $10. For more information on tickets and the race, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2022 major event season, including the March 20 NTT INDYCAR SEREIS XPEL 375/American Flat Track races and, May 22 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/season-tickets/.

Texas Motor Speedway’s Eddie Gossage to Step Down Following June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race

Fort Worth, TX _ June 7: Eddie Gossage, general manager of Texas Motor Speedway, and A.J. Foyt share a laugh during the Indy Racing League Casino Magic 500 on June 7, 2000 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fort Worth, Texas (May 13, 2021) – After more than three decades of service to race fans on behalf of Speedway Motorsports, including the last 25 years at Texas Motor Speedway, Eddie Gossage will step down as President of The Great American Speedway following the June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race.

“The timing just feels right after 32 years with the company,” Gossage stated. “The Smith family and Speedway Motorsports changed my life and I will forever be appreciative and grateful.  

“Before my wife Melinda and I chart our next adventure, I’m thankful that I get to come full circle as a promoter with the NASCAR All-Star Race.” 

After working for Nashville International Raceway, Bristol International Raceway and Miller Brewing Company in motorsports management and public relations capacities, Gossage joined Speedway Motorsports in 1989 as the Vice President of Public Relations at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He honed his skill for promotional flair under the guidance of Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and then Charlotte Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler. During one Gossage produced press conference in 1992 to promote the first NASCAR All-Star Race to run at night, the young promoter rigged a giant light switch to highlight the innovative new lighting system at the superspeedway. When Smith threw the switch, sparks flew, setting the speedway founder and owner’s hair on fire.

“I thought I was headed for the unemployment line for sure,” laughed Gossage. “But for some reason, Bruton kept me around, and it wasn’t long after that he gave me an opportunity I could have only dreamed of.”

Smith took Gossage under his wing as he began to purchase property in North Texas and design plans for what would become not only the finest motorsports facility in Texas, but also one of the most spectacular entertainment venues in the world. The 1,500-acre complex includes a 1.5-mile superspeedway,194 luxury suites, 76 condominiums, a nine-story Speedway Club, Class A office space and the 11,000-seat, four-tenths-mile Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Smith named Gossage General Manager of Texas Motor Speedway in 1995 and added the title of TMS President in 2004. Now 62, Gossage is one of the longest-tenured employees at Speedway Motorsports.

“When I built Texas Motor Speedway, I had plenty of architects, accountants and attorneys, but what I really needed was promotion,” said Smith. “That’s where Eddie came in. They say ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’, and I needed a big personality in Dallas/Fort Worth. Eddie’s become a shrewd businessman over the years, but he’s remained a publicist at heart, and he never forgot what the entertainment business is about—having FUN.

“I am grateful for all that Eddie has done for our company. He’s been a promoter, friend and an asset to the entire motorsports industry.”

“In my career, I’ve been blessed to meet presidents, world leaders, astronauts, scholars, world-famous athletes, actors and musicians, millionaires and billionaires,” said Gossage. “Of them all, Bruton Smith is the greatest man I’ve ever met. I thank God I met Bruton and that he selected me to head up Texas Motor Speedway. His continued trust in me is an honor I consider part of one of the most cherished relationships two men could enjoy.”

Under Gossage’s leadership, Texas Motor Speedway has hosted millions of fans at NASCAR, IndyCar and World of Outlaw races, produced car shows and concerts with The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Willie Nelson, and in 2015, built the world’s largest LED high-definition television, the 22,704 square-foot ‘Big Hoss’.

“Eddie Gossage has been synonymous with Texas Motor Speedway’s success, and his contributions to our company and the speedway’s impact on the state of Texas during his career are immeasurable,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. “Beyond the big events, wild pre-race shows and publicity stunts, Eddie has always been the biggest fan of the fans. No one has more desire to give them a memorable experience. I’ll always be thankful for his dedication to our company and the inspiration he’s given our staff to always put the fans first.”

“The NASCAR All-Star Race was one of the first major events I promoted at Charlotte,” Gossage said. “I’ve wanted to bring it to Texas for years. I’m glad Marcus made it happen, and I’m thankful for each and every opportunity he’s continued to give me since becoming CEO. Like with his dad, Speedway Motorsports is in good hands with Marcus.

“I’m not sure what my next adventure will be. I do know Melinda and I are looking forward to some more fun with the grandkids,” Gossage said with his trademark smile. “But first, we’re going to corral some Texas-size fun one last time with the fans at the NASCAR All-Star Race!”

Speedway Motorsports will launch a nationwide search for Gossage’s successor.

Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2021 major event season, including the June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at texasmotorspeedway.com. For more information, fans can keep track of all of Texas Motor Speedway’s events during the 25th Season of Speed by following on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Keep up with all the latest news and information on the speedway website and TMS mobile app.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES XPEL 375 RACE NOTES

O’WARD EARNS FIRST NTT INDYCAR SERIES VICTORY AT HOME TRACK OF NO LIMITS, TEXAS

· San Antonio resident wins for first time in 26th series start

· Scott Dixon led 163 of 248 laps but settled for fourth-place finish

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 2, 2021) – A first-lap crash that collected six cars coming to the green flag and what looked for more than half the race to be another Scott Dixon runaway changed dramatically with less than 70 laps remaining and resulted in Patricio “Pato” O’Ward and his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet leading the final 25 laps of the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway to earn his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory.

O’Ward crossed the finish line 1.2443 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, the 2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES winner at Texas Motor Speedway who today led twice for 25 laps.

The win was the 21-year-old Mexico native’s first in 26 NTT INDYCAR Series starts and just his second full season of INDYCAR racing. The win makes O’Ward, who turns 22 on May 6, the youngest INDYCAR SERIES winner at The Great American Speedway at 21 years, 11 months and 26 days. The previous youngest winner was Sam Hornish Jr. at 22 years, three months and four days, exactly 100 days older.

“Finally, man,” exclaimed O’Ward. “That was a long race, but we had so much pace in this Arrow McLaren No. 5. I have to thank Vuse, Team Chevy, Mission Foods and everybody on this team who have been doing such a good job. And we bounced back from last weekend and we got a podium yesterday, we had pace and we got the job done today. I couldn’t be happier for another group of guys.”

“It’s Texas, it’s very close to my heart and I have lived here for many years. Many Mexicans are out there in the grandstands, so thank you very much. So happy, finally!

“We got the first win out of the way. This lets us focus on the rest of the championship. I get my Formula 1 test at the end of the year. We feel like we have a good shot at a championship. I love INDYCAR racing.”

The balance of the top 10 were: Graham Rahal (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda); last night’s Genesys 300 winner Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda); Colton Herta (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda); Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet); Alex Palou (No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda); Scott McLaughlin (No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet); Rinus VeeKay (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet); and Ryan Hunter-Reay (No 28 Andretti Autosport Honda).

The starting grid for the XPEL 375 was set by team entry points after Saturday night’s Genesys 300 at No Limits, Texas. That put Dixon on pole with Palou alongside and Team Penske’s Will Power and O’Ward on the second row.

As the field was coming out of turn four to take the green flag, a multicar accident happened that put Conor Daly upside down skidding through the tri-oval. Also involved and out of the race were Sebastien Bourdais, Alexander Rossi, Pietro Fittipaldi, Ed Jones, and Dalton Kellett.

When racing resumed on Lap 19, the familiar No. 9 of Dixon was out front. The six-time champion would eventually lead three times for a race-high 163 laps but his final lap at the point was 63 laps from the finish.

O’Ward, Team Penske’s Will Power, Newgarden and Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato swapped the top spot through Lap 201. Newgarden and his team had played what they hoped would be a winning strategy and were back out front from Laps 202 to 224.

But O’Ward was not to be denied and, after taking the lead on Lap 225, never looked back.

There were 12 lead changes among nine drivers and three cautions for 35 laps.

Next up on the Texas Motor Speedway calendar is the NASCAR All-Star Race weekend. The on-track activity begins June 12 with a doubleheader, opening with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SpeedyCash.com 220 (12 p.m. CT on FS1, MRN, and 95.9 The Ranch) followed at 3 p.m. CT by the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 250 (FS1, PRN, 95.9 The Ranch). Then, on Sunday, June 13, is the NASCAR Open (5 p.m. CT on FS1, MRN and 95.9 The Ranch) followed by the $1 million NASCAR All-Star Race (7 p.m. CT on FS1, MRN and 95.9 The Ranch).

TICKETS:
Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2021 major event season, including the June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

MORE INFO:
Keep track of all of Texas Motor Speedway’s events by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep up with all the latest news and information on the speedway website and TMS mobile app.

COWTOWN PIT STOP CHALLENGE RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH

·      Team Penske teams of Josef Newgarden and Will Power will do battle against Chip Ganassi Racing teams of Tony Kanaan and Alex Palou

 ·      Green flag waves at high noon on 2nd Street between Taylor Street and Burnett Street

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 23, 2021) – Four of the top drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will compete in their aerodynamic 220-miles-per-hour race cars at high noon on the streets of downtown Fort Worth but the primary focus of the April 30 event won’t be on them. 

Instead, focus for the 2nd Cowtown Pit Stop Challenge will be to see which of the pit crew members from championship organizations Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing can get their race cars serviced, out of the pit box and first across the finish line.

Only the fastest crew will get to raise the winner’s trophy at the finish line and bask in the glory of being the best on the streets of Fort Worth in 2021. The competition is free to the public and begins at noon on 2nd Street between Taylor and Burnett Streets, directly behind the main branch of the Fort Worth Library. 

“The 2019 Cowtown Pit Stop Challenge was such a great happening that there was no question that we would bring it back to downtown Fort Worth in 2021,” said Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage. “We’re bringing INDYCAR sights and sounds right into the city to give everyone there the opportunity to see up close just how special these race cars, drivers and pit crews really are. We really appreciate everyone from the City of Fort Worth involved in this event to allow us to bring INDYCAR to downtown before heading back to Texas Motor Speedway for the May 1 Genesys 300 and May 2 XPEL 375.” 

The drivers battling for bragging rights of their own include two-time champion and 2019 Texas Motor Speedway winner Josef Newgarden and 2014 champion and two-time Texas Motor Speedway winner WillPower representing Team Penske while 2004 series champion and 2004 Texas Motor Speedway race winner Tony Kanaan and 2021 season-opening race winner Alex Palou will be hoisting the Chip Ganassi Racing banner. 

The Cowtown Pit Stop Challenge is the opening event to Texas Motor Speedway’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, featuring the May 1 Genesys 300 and the May 2 XPEL 375. The race weekend officially begins the 25th Season of Speed at No Limits, Texas. The 2019 event saw Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud nose out Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist for victory in the inaugural event.

The pit stop event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tickets for the May 1 Genesys 300 and May 2 XPEL 375 start as low as $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. Click HERE for more information. The Genesys 300 will air live May 1 on NBCSN beginning at 6 p.m. CT while the XPEL 375 will air live May 2 on NBCSN beginning at 4 p.m. CT. 

TICKETS:Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2021 major event season, including the June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race, are on sale now at http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

XPEL NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF SECOND RACE OF INDYCAR SERIES DOUBLEHEADER AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Official Race Name will be XPEL 375

FORT WORTH, TX (March 2, 2021) – XPEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: XPEL) – a leading provider of protective films and coatings today announced a multi-year sponsorship at Texas Motor Speedway. The second race of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, scheduled for Sunday, May 2, will be called the XPEL 375. 

The race will be televised live on NBCSN with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. CT. XPEL is a leading provider of protective films and coatings offering high-quality products, world-class customer support and a global network of trained installers.  

By securing the naming rights for the XPEL 375, the company expects to generate significant brand exposure among core marketing segments including authorized dealers as well as consumers. The race sponsorship is the Company’s second major professional motorsports activation in as many years.  

“Last year we became the ‘Official Protective Film Partner’ of Team Penske and embarked on our sponsorship journey with Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Chevrolet,” said XPEL President and Chief Executive Officer, Ryan Pape. “Our new partnership with Texas Motor Speedway solidifies our investment in the sport and we are excited to see how the race sponsorship will drive increased brand awareness to benefit our business.” 

The speedway’s early May race date is new for 2021, replacing its traditional June INDYCAR SERIES race date which began and ran continuously since its inaugural season in 1997. Texas Motor Speedway held a same-day INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader on June 11, 2011, with each race paying half points toward the season championship.

Each race of this season’s doubleheader races will pay full points. 

“The XPEL 375 will be a second fantastic day of NTT INDYCAR SERIES excitement to kick off Texas Motor Speedway’s 25th Season of Speed,” said Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage. “We’re thrilled to be working with yet another industry leader, with roots firmly established in Texas, to bring the best in open-wheel racing to race fans from across Texas and throughout the country.” 

Texas Motor Speedway hosted two events annually from 1998-2004, with the second race held in either September or October and which served as the season finale in all but 1998. The Great American Speedway has hosted a total of 32 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races. 

TICKETS:Tickets for Texas Motor Speedway’s 2021 major event season, including the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Genesys 300 (May 1) and XPEL 375 (May 2), on are sale now at https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/nascar-indycar-tickets/.

MORE INFO:Keep track of all of Texas Motor Speedway’s events by following on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Keep up with all the latest news and information on the speedway website and TMS mobile app.
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About XPEL

XPEL is a leading provider of protective films and coatings, including automotive paint protection film, surface protection film, automotive and commercial/residential window films, and ceramic coatings. With a global footprint, a network of trained installers and proprietary DAP software, XPEL is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by providing high-quality products, leading customer service, expert technical support and world-class training. XPEL, Inc. is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol “XPEL.” https://www.xpel.com/

About Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway is among the largest sports stadiums in the United States and features an array of amenities such as the world’s largest TV that make it one of the premier venues in the world of sports. The 1.5-mile superspeedway located in Fort Worth hosts all three NASCAR national series as well as the NTT IndyCar Series among its various races and specialty events throughout the year. Since opening in 1997, Texas Motor Speedway has generated an annual economic impact of approximately $300 million to the North Texas region. Texas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, LLC, a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com.

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