Goodyear Tire Notes for Atlanta: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at this track last season . . . this left--side tire code has been run at Atlanta since 2012 . . . this right-side tire code incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which debuted at Atlanta last year . . . the tire features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard three inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard nine inches . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire (Goodyear), see full tire notes, tire codes, pressures
Atlanta Notes & Facts - Thursday - track history:
· Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
· The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
· It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
· The track layout was reversed and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
Joey Gase to attempt Chicago race: Go FAS Racing announced that 21 year old, Iowa Native, Joey Gase will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut September 14th at Chicagoland Speedway in the #32 Ford. Gase has also been running the entire Nationwide Series schedule with #52 Jimmy Means Racing under the Donate Life colors to help raise awareness for the need of organ, eye, and tissue donation and to honor donors and their families. Gase is currently top 20 in Nationwide Series driver points. In August of 2011 Go FAS (Go Green) Racing also gave Gase his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Iowa Speedway where he finished 20th. "I am very excited and thankful that Archie and the entire team are giving me this opportunity," said Gase. "My Nationwide Series career started with Go FAS in 2011 which led to a great 20th place finish. Hopefully I can get another good finish with the team on the 14th in my first ever cup start." Joey and the team currently have a couple associate sponsors for the race but are still looking for a primary sponsor. "The team is working hard on finding a primary sponsor or two large associate sponsors for this race so we can give Joey a good shot and have a strong run," said team owner Archie St. Hilaire
Gordon to make 750th career start: On Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, #24-Jeff Gordon is scheduled to make his 750th career Sprint Cup Series start. Through 24 races in 2014, Gordon leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 27 markers ahead of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. This weekend in Atlanta, Panasonic's Toughbook brand will be featured on the car's hood and quarter panels. The #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevrolet SS debuted at Sonoma Raceway in June when Gordon piloted the car to a second-place finish. Panasonic will be featured as a primary sponsor of the #24 team in two Sprint Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other events
NASCAR's TV money split won't change for 2015: NASCAR won't change the formula for how it distributes television money from its current split among tracks, teams and the sanctioning body when its new television deal kicks in next year, a deal that likely will be worth nearly 4% more in 2015 than in 2014. In a news release to announce the impact of the schedule changes and the new 10-year television deal that goes into effect next season, track operator International Speedway Corp. said the split will remain at 65% to the tracks, 25% to the teams through the purse and 10% to NASCAR.
ISC, a publicly traded company whose majority of voting stock is controlled by the NASCAR-owning France family, is obligated to tell investors some details about the deal because it is the biggest revenue stream for ISC. For 2015, ISC said it will take in 3.8% more than in 2014 from the NASCAR television package with the amount increasing 3-5% each year at an average of 3.9% per year. The new package reportedly is worth $8.2 billion over 10 years, up 46% from the eight-year, $4.5-billion deal that ends after this season.
Purses will go up unless NASCAR requires less from the track for the purse. For its 21 Cup events (19 points races, Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 qualifying races), ISC said it will take in $316 million next year, including what it will then pay out as part of the purse. Using the NASCAR formula, it appears ISC will have $228 million in revenues in 2015 from the television deal
Eckrick returns to sponsor #43 at AMS: Eckrich will return to the hood of the "Petty Blue" #43 Ford this weekend for the fourth time this season. At each primary race, Eckrich teams up with Richard Petty Motorsports to give back to Operation Homefront through "Operation Inspiration." Eckrich is in its third year of partnership with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit which provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.Eckrich has already raised more than $750,000 in donations for the charity. They will also team up with Arby's to bring awareness for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign
Team Penske and Snap-On Extend Partnership: Team Penske announced that it has extended its long-time partnership with Snap-on Incorporated. The multi-year extension between the two organizations adds to Team Penske's longest active sponsorship as it celebrates a 33-year bond with Snap-on in 2014. Under the terms of the renewed relationship, Snap-on will continue to be featured as an associate sponsor of all Team Penske cars competing in NASCAR and INDYCAR. Snap-on will also serve as a primary sponsor of a Team Penske car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with the specific races to be announced at a later time
Castrol Premium Lube Express to sponsor #13 at AMS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fans traveling to this weekend's "Oral-B USA 500" at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA, needn't look far for a great place to get their oil changed. Castrol Premium Lube Express is just a short drive from Hampton in nearby McDonough, GA, and provides fans with a place to get the high quality and liquid engineering of Castrol installed in their vehicles. Castrol Premium Lube Express will be an associate sponsor on the #13 GEICO Chevy by Casey Mears this weekend at Atlanta. Georgia features many Castrol Premium Lube Express (CPLE) locations including Alpharetta, Tucker, Marietta and Woodstock to name a few