Racing Icon Mario Andretti Named Honorary Race Official for DAYTONA 500

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Daytona International Speedway to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Andretti’s 1967 DAYTONA 500 Victory

Mario Andretti, who along with A.J. Foyt, Jamie McMurray and most recently Jeff Gordon, are the only drivers to win both the DAYTONA 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, will serve as a Honorary Race Official for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 (FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio), the opening race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Andretti and Daytona International Speedway will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his epic 1967 DAYTONA 500 triumph throughout Speedweeks 2017. As part of his Honorary Race Official duties for “The Great American Race,” Andretti will be introduced at the drivers’ meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies, ride in one of the parade cars and take part in question-and-answer sessions in fan hospitality areas and the UNOH Fanzone.

In addition, a replica of Andretti’s 1967 DAYTONA 500-winning No. 11 Holman-Moody Ford will be on display on DAYTONA 500 Weekend in the UNOH Fanzone.

“It’s an honor to host Mario Andretti for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Mario is part of an exclusive club of champions at the ‘World Center of Racing’ and arguably has the most recognizable name in the entire history of auto racing. His victory here in 1967 has grown to legendary status and is truly one of the most significant moments in the history of the speedway and our community.”

Andretti is considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of motorsports, having been named Co-Driver of Century by the Associated Press in 1999. He won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar Series championships and the Indianapolis 500 in 1969. Andretti and Foyt are the only drivers to have won both the DAYTONA 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

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Michael Lira Ready for Restrictor Plate Debut at Daytona


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Growing up just minutes from Daytona International Speedway, it has been Michael Lira’s dream to compete at the high banks. For years, he watched his own father race at the track, so from a young age he knew he wanted to do the same. On Saturday, Lira will make his restrictor plate racing debut in the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona. Continue reading

Kaz Grala Making ARCA Debut at Daytona International Speedway

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18-year-old Kaz Grala will pilot the No. 88 Kiklos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) this weekend in the 54th annual Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The start will mark his debut with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Kaz has raced at Daytona in the Rolex 24 hours as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Battle at the Beach. Saturday will mark his first start on the 2.5 mile oval. Continue reading

Fan4Racing NASCAR & Race Talk Pre-Season – Monday, February 6, 2017

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Guest include, Guest include, team owner Bill McAnally at Bill McAnally Racing with some news from his organization for the 2017 K&N Pro Series West season.

IMSA SportsCar driver, Jordan Taylor at Wayne Taylor Racing as we take a look back at their thrilling 2017 Rolex 24 victory at Daytona International Speedway.

Brian Olsen from the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour as he talks about their upcoming Third Annual Winter Showdown this weekend at Kern County Raceway.

Join host Sharon Burton and co-host Sal Sigala every Monday night 8:30 to 10 pm ET as we bring fans the smartest racing talk around on Fan4Racing NASCAR & Race Talk!

We’re talking all the latest news in racing including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, XFINITY, Camping World Truck, K&N Pro, ARCA Racing Series and more.  So buckle up and stay tuned in to Fan4Racing Radio throughout the 2017 season.

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Our 2017 pre-season continues at 8:30 pm ET on Monday, February 6, 2017

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Looking Back on Winning 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona with Wayne Taylor Racing

Fan4Racing Radio guest Jordan Taylor at 9 pm ET, Monday, February 6, 2017 Photo – AP/John Raoux

Jordan Taylor is our guest on Fan4Racing NASCAR & Race Talk, Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9 pm ET. Call 929-477-1790 or tweet @Fan4RacingSite or @Sal_Sigala with any questions or comments during our LIVE broadcast.

Angelelli Retires on Top, All-New Cadillac Prototype Victorious in its Debut,

Jeff Gordon Heaps Ultimate Praises on Co-Drivers Ricky & Jordan Taylor

With a week now for the significance of their thrilling Rolex 24 victory to set in, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team of brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and team owner Wayne Taylor look back on their weekend at Daytona.

With the celebratory hugs and tears of joy in the rearview mirror, the significance of finally winning one of the crown jewels in worldwide sportscar racing – and the manner in which it was achieved – is in much clearer focus than it was during the raw emotion shared by the team and its family and partners a week ago in one of racing’s most famous victory lanes at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading