Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing ink deal for 2018 season

first_imgMooresville, NC – StarCom Racing, who recently acquired a Charter for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, signs Jeffrey Earnhardt to compete in this year’s historic 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, and the rest of the season. This will ensure keeping the Earnhardt name alive at the event for the 40th straight year. SCR’s recent Charter acquisition guarantees the team a position in the Great American Race, where it will showcase its partnership with VRX Simulators in the 00 Chevy Camaro, which will be piloted by 4th generation cup series driver Jeffrey Earnhardt.StarCom | VRX Simulators“I am so appreciative of everyone at StarCom Racing and VRX for having confidence in me and making this a reality,” said Earnhardt. “There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the 500 for 39 years so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news.”MORE: Driver tracker for ’18 | Drivers, crew chiefs on the moveSCR Team Manager and former DAYTONA 500 winner, Derrike Cope, has worked relentlessly with Crew Chief, Tony Furr, and team to put SCR in the best equipment possible heading into the 2018 season. Cope’s experience and Earnhardt’s tenacity will be a dynamic duo both on and off the track as they combine forces this year.“It was imperative for our young team to have a sponsored driver for our start-up year, and we did have several options. We felt that Jeffrey was the best fit for our team and VRX has already shown the type of enthusiasm and commitment that SCR has both for Jeffrey and for the sport. It will be a very exciting year for us,” comments Cope.“I knew Derrike casually before but I didn’t realize how much he knows about race cars. He’s got a tremendous amount of technical expertise and speaking with him gave me confidence that StarCom has big plans and I want to be part of that progression,” said Earnhardt.VRX Simulators, based in British Columbia, Canada is new to the NASCAR circuit. VRX integrates software and hardware to create the world’s most advanced racing and flight simulators for home and business. Daytona will mark its first race as a primary sponsor for VRX in the MENCS as part of its brand new VRX Motorsports program.“I’m very proud to partner with Jeffrey Earnhardt and StarCom Racing. We’re here to change NASCAR forever. We’re bringing the most powerful technology companies on the planet to do this,” said Robert Stanners, Founder of VRX Simulators. “We have been working on this for seven years, and it’s finally go time! We are proud to continue Earnhardt Nation and its legacy for the 40th year in the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500, with VRX Simulators on board the No. 00 Chevrolet!”“We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey and VRX to the StarCom Racing team” says Matt Kohler, President of StarCom Racing. “The duo of Cope and Earnhardt bring experience and excitement for the 00 in 2018!”last_img read more

Men ousted early, women advance to day two of tourney

first_imgMen ousted early, women advance to day two of tourneyThe women’s team beat Illinois 4-0 Thursday and will meet Indiana today. Zach EisendrathApril 27, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota men’s tennis team might have seen its season come to an end after a shocking first-round exit from the Big Ten Championships on Thursday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind.The sixth-seeded Gophers fell 4-1 to 11th-seeded Purdue, just five days after beating the Boilermakers 4-3 on the same courts.Losing in the first round of the conference tournament for the second straight year was especially disappointing to senior captain Mikey Kantar, who might have played his last match with the maroon and gold.“For the past two years, we’ve been a team that can beat anyone or lose to anyone,” he said. “Unfortunately, today we proved we can lose to anyone.”Minnesota’s roller coaster season, which started with the Gophers climbing up the rankings all the way to No. 14 in the country, could end without an NCAA tournament birth.Had the team won, a bid would have been assured, according to Kantar. Now, he said, the team will have to sit and wait for the committee’s decision Tuesday.“This was not how we wanted to go out,” Kantar said. “What’s unfortunate is that now we don’t control our own destiny. Now, it’s a crapshoot.”Women advance The Minnesota women’s tennis team fared much better in its first round matchup, advancing to the second round of the Big Ten tournament for the first time since 2003 by beating Illinois 4-0.The seventh-seeded Gophers will meet second-seeded Indiana at 2 p.m. today at the Baseline Tennis Center.Minnesota lost a 4-3 dual to the Hoosiers on March 25, but the team is excited for the rematch, according to coach Tyler Thomson.“I know our team is geared up for (today), we believe we can win and we’re eager for the opportunity.”Junior Lindsay Risebrough, who went 2-0 against the Illini, said the team is ready for the challenge at hand.“I think it can go our way (Friday). “I think we can do it. I think everyone is really psyched to play.”Thomson hasn’t talked much about a possible NCAA tournament bid for his team, but acknowledged an upset victory today is necessary before any rumblings surface of a postseason trip.“We’ve got to win today to have any hope of getting in. If we can get through to the finals I think we’d for sure be in. But (today) is a must for sure.”last_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago has highest cancer mortality rate in the Caribbean

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Trinidad and Tobago has highest cancer mortality rate in the Caribbean by: – November 6, 2013 Share 20 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img WASHINGTON (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago is among three countries with the highest cancer mortality rates in the Americas, according to a new report released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).The report released earlier this week at the 5th International Cancer Control Congress in Peru, showed that while deaths from cancer were decreasing in some countries of the Americas for certain kinds of cancers, deaths from other cancers were on the rise.Overall, cancer is holding steady as the second-leading cause of death in the Americas, claiming an estimated 1.3 million lives each year, according to Cancer in the report titled “Americas: Country Profiles, 2013”.The PAHO/WHO report shows that Latin America and the Caribbean account for approximately 50 per cent of cancer deaths in the Americas, although they account for 63 per cent of the hemisphere’s population.The highest cancer mortality rates in the region are found in Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Argentina, based on data provided to PAHO/WHO by its member countries. Mexico, Nicaragua and El Salvador have the lowest cancer mortality rates. Cancer deaths overall are declining in nine countries namely, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela and the United States.Cancer mortality rates vary for men and women as well as across countries. In Latin American and Caribbean men, the majority of cancer deaths are due to prostate cancer, followed by lung, stomach and colorectal cancers; and in women, breast cancer, followed by stomach, lung, cervical and colorectal cancers.“The large number of deaths from breast and cervical cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean is very disconcerting, since cervical cancer is largely preventable, and breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully,’’ said Silvana Luciani, PAHO/WHO advisor on cancer prevention and control.“This points to the need to improve screening and treatment, especially for women in rural and remote areas, where access to health services is especially limited,” she added.The report notes that while breast cancer is the leading cancer cause of death for women in the Americas in most of the region’s countries, prostate cancer is the leading cancer cause of death for men.The report found that obesity, another important cancer risk factor, is highest in English-speaking Caribbean countries, notably Bahamas, Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.The report is based on recent data compiled by PAHO/WHO about cancer mortality, risk factors, and cancer policies and services in the countries of North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.For each country, data are presented for leading cancer types (ranked by mortality); trends in cancer deaths from 2000 to 2010; main cancer risk factors (tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical inactivity, obesity); key socio-demographic factors; and health sector plans, policies and services for cancer.“The idea is to provide key information that can help countries monitor progress in cancer control and assess areas of need, “said Luciani, adding “this report contributes significantly to the evidence base for cancer policymaking and health care.”The report is part of PAHO/WHO’s efforts to support member countries as they address the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Caribbean Media Corporation Tweet Sharelast_img read more