23Current and future stars of racing meet fans for Q&A at Cobo CenterDETROIT, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ Appearances by former NASCAR and IndyCarchampions Kurt Busch and Gil de Ferran highlight the return of Racing Day tothe 2009 North American International Auto Show.Motorsport stars fromNASCAR, Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), American Le Mans Series(ALMS), National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Firestone Indy Lights and IndyCarSeries will participate on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at Cobo Center in Detroit.(Logo: http:// )In its fourth year, Racing Day will feature two sets of 30-minute questionand answer sessions, each followed by a 30-minute autograph session. Theevent, which is sponsored by Sprint, offers fans the chance to meetprofessional motorsport drivers and collect free giveaways from the variousracing series and 2009 calendars from Michigan International Speedway.Drivers participating in the 12:00 p.m. question and answer sessioninclude: Kurt Busch - NASCAR Gil de Ferran - ALMS Ben Devlin - ALMS Gabi DiCarlo - ARCADrivers participating in the 5:00 p.m. session include: Robb Brent - ARCA Robbie Buhl - IndyCar Gabi DiCarlo - ARCA Alistair (Ali) Jackson - Indy Lights Brian Keselowski - ARCA Hillary Will - NHRA"The 2009 NAIAS has something for everyone, especially for motorsportenthusiasts on Auto Racing Day," said NAIAS Senior Co-Chair Joe Serra. "AutoRacing Day offers visitors the opportunity to not only see incredible exhibitsat the NAIAS, but also the chance to meet and interact with motorsportssuperstars, past and future champions."As presenting sponsor, Sprint will provide a special interactive displaythat showcases four 3/4-scale racing simulators.
Auto enthusiasts familiarwith the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will get the chance to have their own real-life driving experience when they climb behind the wheel and compete withfamily and friends in a race to the finish line."The NAIAS gives Sprint a wonderful opportunity to feed the need for speedfor fans from across the country," said Kim Green-Kerr, area vice president -Michigan & Northwest Ohio, Sprint. "Racing for Kids" is a nonprofit organization that isdesigned to use the increasing popularity of motorsports to focus publicattention and funding on the health care needs of children. Beginning in theafternoon, Buhl will guide approximately 20 patients and family members fromChildren's Hospital of Michigan around the show floor so they can look at theexhibits and experience some of the show's hottest cars from a racer'sperspective.NAIAS Racing Day runs from 9 a.m to 10 p.m on Jan 23, 2009. Public daytickets are required to attend this event, which can be found on For more information, contact Lacey Lambert ver BiosKurt Busch2004 NASCAR Cup Champion, Busch starts his 9th season in NASCAR's premierdivision behind the wheel of the Penske Racing No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.Gil de FerranTwo-time Champ Car champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, Team Owner deFerran will drive a factory-backed LMP1 Acura in the 2009 American Le MansSeries.Ben DevlinA veteran sports car racer, Englishman Devlin, driving in 2009 for DysonRacing, made his first start at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 6th inclass.Gabi DiCarloDiCarlo enters her third season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series driving the No.90 Great Clips Toyota Camry for Stringer Motorsports.Robb BrentAn experienced road racer, Brent moved to circle track racing in 2007 withthe newly formed Brad Keselowski Racing driving in the ARCA RE/MAX Series andNASCAR Camping World Truck Series.Robbie BuhlA veteran IndyCar driver and co-owner of the Dreyer and Reinbold IndyCarteam, Buhl joins the Versus IndyCar Series broadcast team in 2009 with veteranracing broadcasters Jon Beekhuis and Bob Jenkins.Alistair (Ali) JacksonJackson, the youngest driver to win in the Asian F3 series, joins GuthrieMeyer Racing in 2009 in search of the Firestone Indy Lights championship andan eventual move to the IndyCar Series.Brian KeselowskiRochester Hills, Michigan native Keselowski will drive the No 26 KAutomotive Motorsports Dodge in the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series and willalso compete in select ARCA RE/MAX Series events.Hillary WillThe world's fastest female, Will piloted the KB Racing LLC Top Fueldragster to a top speed of 334.65 mph in the first event of the 2008 NHRAseason in Pomona, California.NAIAS 2009 Official DatesThe 2009 show Public Days will be held Saturday, Jan 17 through Sunday,Jan 25. Ticket prices: $12 for adults; $6 for seniors; $6 for children 7-12;free for children 6 and under when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The NAIAS is theonly auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanctionof the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), theParis-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers fromaround the world. ) South Carolina is coming off of a difficult loss to the No. 2 team in the country.Vandy is coming off another sub-par performance against a good SEC opponent.Both teams get the opportunity to make up for it this weekend.South Carolina needs a big SEC win to become bowl eligible and take revenge on a team that has beaten them two straight years. Vanderbilt needs to prove that it can compete with a good SEC team. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says that South Carolina "lines up pretty well" with Vandy. Spurrier has to hope so, because Carolina will be entering its most brutal stretch of schedule. Five Keys to a South Carolina Victory1. Implement More Than Just One Play in the Red ZoneFade to Alshon...it is now a phrase ingrained in every South Carolina fan's head. Steve Spurrier really reinvented his red zone offense, obviously scratching every play but the corner fade to Alshon Jeffrey. In theory, it really is a great play, but South Carolina has to balance itself out by attacking the middle of the field.Maybe Steve Spurrier is setting something up for Florida.