Unprecedented coverage for the Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone

Unprecedented coverage for the Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 14, 2015) – Today’s Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone will have unprecedented coverage.

The series and Fox Sports announced this week a new, multi-year broadcast rights agreement for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, under which racing events will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 during the 2015-17 racing seasons.

That begins today when Fox Sports 1 carries the race live with Adam Alexander and Phil Parsons in the broadcast booth. Veterans Jim Tretow and Ray Dunlap will be reporting on pit road. All races included in the deal also will air on FOX Sports GO, the app that delivers streaming video of FOX Sports content. 

In addition, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) is scheduled to call its first ARCA race in about 20 years. The call of the race will be streamed on arcaracing.com, which will also provide live timing and scoring and a chat board for those watching or listening to the race to talk about it.

Fox Sports 1 is scheduled to come on the air at 4 p.m. The green flag will drop at 4:20 p.m.

28 and counting for Gerhart

Today marks the 28th consecutive start for Bobby Gerhart at Daytona International Speedway.

“I came to this series at this track in 1988 to learn how to race,” Gerhart said. “I keep coming back for the same ting, to learn how to race. You either keep learning or you lose. It’s always a step-by-step process for us. First, we do what makes me comfortable in the car, then we work on making it go fast. We never stop working on our car.”

Gerhart has tasted victory eight times at Daytona. He will be trying to put the No. 5 Lucas Oil-MAV TV Chevrolet in victory lane again today.

“This year will mark our 12th year with Lucas Oil,” Gerhart said. “Of our nine victories, seven have been with Lucas. We’re honored to be with them again.”

Gerhart will roll off the grid 14th today.

Spotter help

Cody Coughlin is the first member of the Coughlin family to race at Daytona International Speedway. What’s more – he’ll start second in the Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone.

The 19 year-old gained valuable experience in practice, especially with former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Wimmer as his spotter and Crew Chief Dave Leiner, who has experience of putting cars in victory lane at Daytona with Bobby Gerhart.

"Practice helped me to learn patience, especially when we were in the garage for a period of time," said Coughlin.  "I had a lot of opportunities to talk with my spotter Scott Wimmer and my crew chief to discuss different strategies.  Prior to coming here I had raced Daytona only on a video game and the strategy seemed fairly simple; keep it wide open.  After being behind the real wheel, I found out there is so much more that goes into it."

Cornett-Ching to return to ARCA

RACE 101's founder Tony Blanchard knows what makes a great race car driver. That's why the veteran crew chief who mentored Joey Logano towards racing's big league signed Canadian racer Sarah Cornett-Ching to a multi-year contract. The signing was announced Friday, the day before Cornett-Ching makes her series debut at Daytona.

Blanchard plans to enter Cornett-Ching in numerous ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events in 2015 and beyond.

"We know we have something special in Sarah," said Blanchard. "This is a determined young woman with enormous natural talent, great technical knowledge when it comes to fabrication and with enough charisma to take her a long way in this sport.”

She is a certified welder by trade, and racing actually took a back seat for a couple of years while she worked in remote areas in Canada to save money and get back behind the wheel. It's been a wild journey, but she wouldn't change a thing - except maybe for the freezing temperatures and isolation.

"I felt ready to go racing as a career in 2011," said Cornett-Ching. "Things didn't work out, and looking back I'm fine with that. I've grown as a person since then, and I feel like everything I have done to make this happen has made me who I am."

Cornett-Ching will start 33rd today at Daytona.

Williams hosting #TeamAnyaCale

Josh Williams, driver of the No. 6 Go PUCK/Racin’ Nation/SunDog Eyewear Ford Fusion, will host a special guest at the Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone today. Williams will host 4-year-old Anya Cale Harvey, who was diagnosed with leukemia in November.

“She has a difficult road ahead of her, as does her entire family,” Williams said. “The team has embraced Anya and her family, welcoming them with open arms into the motorsports family.”

Anya will accompany Williams during driver introductions and has #TeamAnyaCale on his race car.

“She is such an amazing little girl and has such a great attitude,” Williams said. “And, the most beautiful smile. That’s my goal, is to just see her smile.”