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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The eyes of the racing world will be on Daytona International Speedway for the next day and a half, as a field of superstar drivers will take on America’s most prestigious 24-hour race, the Rolex 24 At Daytona.RELATED: Rolex 24 TV schedule | Allmendinger returns to Rolex | Scenes from DaytonaAs expected, the field includes the world’s best sports car racers. But the field also features a number of greats from other forms of the sport as well, including Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar. Here’s a quick look:Active Formula 1 Drivers (2):Fernando Alonso (two-time World Champion, 32 career Grand Prix victories)Lance Stroll (20 career Grand Prix starts)Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Winners (2):Juan Pablo Montoya (2 career victories)A.J. Allmendinger (1 career victory)Indianapolis 500 Winners (4):Helio Castroneves (3 victories)Juan Pablo Montoya (2 victories)Ryan Hunter-Reay (1 victory)Scott Dixon (1 victory)IndyCar Series Champions (4):Scott Dixon (4 championships)Juan Pablo Montoya (1 championship)Ryan Hunter-Reay (1 championship)Simon Pagenaud (1 championship)In addition, the field include 14 drivers who have won at least one IndyCar race, more than 30 drivers who have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and nine drivers who started the 2017 Indianapolis 500.Live television coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona begins in the U.S. on FOX at 2 p.m. ET, with complete streaming for 25 consecutive hours available on the FOX Sports GO app. IMSA Radio, in-car cameras and live Timing & Scoring are available on IMSA.com. IMSA Radio also will be broadcast via SiriusXM (Sirius Channel 138/XM 202/Internet App Channel 972).
LAS VEGAS – Little would make Kyle Busch happier than a three-race weekend sweep in his hometown. The driver of the No. 51 Toyota took the first step on Friday night, winning the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.For the second straight week, Busch swept both preliminary stages before taking the checkered flag. In his 2019 series debut last Friday at Atlanta, Busch broke a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. for most career victories. On Friday, he extended the record to 53.RELATED: Official race results Despite leading 111-of-134 laps, Busch complained of a tight handling condition throughout much of the race.“We fought it in practice a little bit,” said Busch, who now has 196 victories across all three of NASCAR’s national series combined. “We worked on it an awful lot to make it better. (Crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) and these guys did an amazing job on this Cessna Tundra. It was really, really fast. Just kept working on it all night long – every pit stop.“It’s cool to win here in your hometown, being in Las Vegas, starting off a triple weekend. Hopefully, we can keep it going.”Busch, who finished 1.211 seconds ahead of runner-up and reigning series champion Brett Moffitt, will compete in Saturday’s Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race before trying for his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Las Vegas on Sunday.Busch already has two weekend sweeps to his credit, both at Bristol Motor Speedway, in 2010 and 2017.RELATED: All-time NASCAR national series winsMoffitt had one shot at Busch in the closing laps after gaining ground on the race winner during the last cycle of pit stops. When Busch came to pit road under green on Lap 114, four laps after Moffitt, he lost most of a three-second lead as Moffitt ran those four extra laps with new right-side tires.Moffitt got close to Busch’s rear bumper on Lap 119, but his No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet got loose behind the No. 51 Toyota and fell back. Nevertheless, the second-place finish was a victory of sorts for Moffitt, who recovered from a pit road mistake – the rear air gun hose was trapped beneath the rear tire during a stop under caution on Lap 33 – and worked his way back through the field.“We had to use our stuff up getting back to the front – another pit road mistake,” Moffitt said. “I had one chance to get to (Busch’s) bumper. I knew it was going to be a make-or-break move. Unfortunately, it was ‘break.’” Matt Crafton rallied from early rear end damage to run third. Stewart Friesen, who battled Busch during the second stage and led 20 laps, finished fourth, followed by Harrison Burton. Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Ryan Reed and Ross Chastain completed the top 10.
In an age of environmental awareness, Saint Mary’s has been making efforts to create an environmentally friendly campus through this year’s new renovations. Madeleva has served as a classroom and office building for students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s since the 1960s. With the preparation and hard work of Bill Hambling, director of facilities at the College, his maintenance team and Arkos Design of Mishawaka, Madeleva will show off its new look by next summer. The project was funded by a bond issued through the city of South Bend and will not affect operating capital, so it will not be in competition with any academic funding, Hambling said. “It’s a lot of windows, so it’s a lot of work,” he said, “but it’s how we reduce our carbon footprint. We want the building looking fresh, clean and excited again; it will look youthful, just like our students.” This two-phase project began this past summer by replacing the energy inefficient windows surrounding the building with Low-E windows. Thenew energy efficient windows will allow more light to enter the building, making the classrooms and offices seem more spacious, Hambling said. “The windows are made from all green material and will reduce the heat of the building, specifically in the warmer months, by nearly 30 degrees; saving the school a great deal on air conditioning costs,” he said Monday marked the start of the replacement windows on the panel curtain wall that faces the courtyard. They will be completed over the next four to five weeks, Hambling said. Another important aspect of this first phase of renovations is the removal of the “zippered” bricks that run vertically on all sides of the building. “Over the last few decades, the layout of these bricks has allowed moisture and insects to enter through cracks, ruining the exterior walls,” Hambling said. “The vines covering the building have also been removed. They had started to grow through holes in the brick walls and began to enter classrooms, causing further damage to be done. These renovated window systems will also be constructed of all eco-friendly materials.” Hambling said the second phase of the operation will be the completion of the window replacements on the on the opposite side of the panel curtain wall and the remaining sides of the building. “The area surrounding the building has also experienced some revisions. The maintenance and grounds crew have made great efforts to revitalize the growth of grass around the building,” Hambling said. “Lilac bushes have also been planted along the driveway leading up to the front of Madeleva, and should be in full bloom by spring 2013.” Hambling added that the College will continue to experience many other green renovations under his direction in the year to come.
Every Tuesday, senior PJ Moran wears the blue uniform that marks him as a member of the Air Force ROTC program. The lapels are crisp, and colored pins line the front of his shirt to recognize the accomplishments he has tackled in nearly four years at Notre Dame. But the blue uniform really stands for what he has yet to do. “We’re standing here in uniform … but we really haven’t done anything yet,” Moran said. “I think it speaks to the character of individuals in ROTC who are willing to do this, that they soon will be people who will be going off and deploying, people who will be going off to war and unfortunately people will be going off and dying for their country.” Moran will also wear this uniform today during the 24-hour vigil that began Sunday night to honor Veteran’s Day. He will take his turn, along with other cadets and midshipmen from the program’s Army, Navy and Air Force branches, to stand in front of Clarke Memorial Fountain and remember those who have served in the country’s military. “It is a day to really think about people who have done this before you,” Moran said. “Veterans Day is more to me about the people like my grandparents, the people like the ones who are over there right now and who have come back, some without limbs, some losing their friends, some losing their lives. “Today is about them.” The ROTC program hosts more than 300 students, including a number of students from area schools such as Saint Mary’s and Trine University. For Moran and these other students, today is one more reminder of the unique path they will take after graduation. “I mean, [the ROTC program administrators] don’t pull punches,” Moran said. “We are in wartime. They’re upfront with you. They tell you we are in global conflict against terrorism, you will almost certainly deploy multiple times in your career, no matter what you do. And we prepare very seriously.” Junior Mike Falvey, a member of the Marine Corps option in the ROTC program, is no stranger to the idea of active duty. His father, a Marine Corps colonel, left for service in the Middle East two days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. His brother and sister-in-law are both first lieutenants in the Marines as well, and they both deployed about a year ago for a tour in Afghanistan. His brother is set to deploy again in January. “You’ve always got to be thinking outside of yourself,” he said. “It’s never enough to just do what you want, you have to think about these greater virtues and greater purposes. … [In a military family,] you’re raised a certain way.” Junior David Murphy, a midshipman in the Naval ROTC program, also drew on a family experience with the armed forces, saying his grandfather’s stories from the Pacific as a World War II veteran piqued his interested in military service as a child. “I would hear about things in history class and go home and call him, and he would say, ‘Oh yeah, I was there,’” Murphy said. “He loved the military and the service and the values it instilled in him.” The bond across the entire military, Murphy said, is a strong connector. “In the same way as Notre Dame, having the culture, having the tradition, being able to talk to someone who graduated from the Class of 1980 or something, I think it’s similar to talking to someone in the military,” Murphy said. Murphy and Falvey are both political science students. Their classes hit a little harder, Falvey said, because they describe the places and forces that will directly shape their lives after they graduate. “Looking at current foreign policy issues like … Iranian turmoil or trouble with North Korea, studying those issues is kind of interesting because those are, in a very real sense, places we could be,” he said. “It’s not just this theory of political science dictates we might be at war with China in 20 years. It’s an interesting perspective to take that we might be there.” After completing his degree, Moran will work as a physicist for the Air Force when he graduates in May. “I feel almost all the time like a perfectly regular Notre Dame student, going to football games, still messing around, having a good time,” he said. “But there are ties where on Tuesday [for ROTC classes] or for PT [physical training] on Monday mornings where your buddies are still in bed or playing Xbox, and you’ve got to all of a sudden transition from a regular college student to an officer candidate. “We talked all the time in ROTC about a concept called ‘the switch,’ where you’re off, you’re switched off, you’re a regular guy, a regular gal, living your life, and at a moment’s notice you’ve got to be able to switch it on and take seriously the fact that you are preparing to be a U.S. armed forces officer, which is a humungous responsibility.” Moran said his ROTC commitment presented a unique lens through which to see the foreign policy debates and political conversations during this election season. “We are called very explicitly as military members to participate in the election process, to participate in democratic America, but to do so very much under the radar. … It doesn’t matter who wins, it doesn’t matter what party’s in control, we still have to go out there and do our jobs,” he said. Senior Theo Adams is months away from completing her undergraduate degree in art history and Italian. But as a member of the Naval ROTC branch, her graduation will send her back to school – flight school on a military base in Pensacola, Fla. “[Deployment] is never something that you look forward to,” she said. “But that is the reality of my situation and the other midshipmen on campus, that that will happen.” Adams’ father served in the Navy, and her brother is currently serving on a Navy boat in the Middle East. “I won’t get to see [my brother] for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the holidays, but it’s the type of thing that you know you’ll make those sacrifices and you have a bigger image in mind that you do it for the people back home. I know my family, while we hate not seeing him, we also understand.” As she waits for emails and phone calls from her brother overseas, Adams said Veteran’s Day is just a day to be “very proud.” “Just because of the fact that our military is totally volunteer, you’re not drafted into it, you’re not told you have to,” she said. “You are the one who goes to find the paperwork. … It makes me very proud to do this and to be American.” The students enrolled in the University’s ROTC program are regular students. But they are also future members of the military, future veterans of this country’s conflicts. Today they stand in uniform outside Clark Memorial Fountain as a remembrance of the past, but also a testimony to the service of the life that lies ahead for them. “Veteran’s Day is an incredibly important day because it points to those people we kind of strive to be,” Falvey said. “If we can become those men and women who served our country, especially those who gave that highest price, who gave their lives, what more can we ask for than to honor that memory? “Not many people out there are willing to give their lives for you on any given day, and that’s what the American veteran is.”
One player who doesn’t seem to have a problem on the glass is junior college transfer Colton Weisbrod. A former first-team NJCAA All-American, Weisbrod has scored in double-figures in each of the first three games and posted a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He currently leads the team averaging nearly 14 points and better than eight rebounds per game. “I was really pleased with our effort defensively at Oregon State,” said Price. “Our work ethic on defense allowed us to overcome some struggles on offense. Against Fresno, I think all the traveling caught up with us. We looked sluggish out of the gate. We weren’t able to finish shots and left a lot short.”The Cardinals will now turn their focus to a UTSA squad that is 1-3 (.250) on the season. The Roadrunners opened the year with three consecutive losses but head to the Golden Triangle coming off a 10-point victory over a very talented Prairie View A&M squad. UTSA has struggled on the road during the early stages of the new season with all three setbacks coming away from the Convocation Center.The two teams already have a couple common opponents, with mixed results, despite being just a few games into the 2016-17 campaign. The Cardinals defeated OSU by three points, but suffered a 19-point setback to Fresno State. UTSA opened the year with a three-point setback against the Bulldogs before dropping a 72-64 decision at Oregon State. Big Red comes into the midweek contest looking to become the first LU squad to start a season 3-1 since the 2008-09 team opened the year 5-0. The Cardinals’ West Coast split had them squaring off against two teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament a season ago. The Roadrunners average less than 70 points per game, and have connected on just 19-of-76 (.250) three-point attempts, but have done a good job on the glass. UTSA is outrebounding opponents by more than seven rebounds per contest, while the Cardinals have been outrebounded by five per game. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Former Southland rivals square off tonight when the Lamar Cardinals (2-1) host UTSA. The Cardinals return to the friendly confines of the Montagne Center after a seven-day, two-game road trip that saw LU record a split with Oregon State and Fresno State. The Cardinals pulled the stunner against the Beavers, 63-60, in Corvallis, but watched as Fresno turned a close game into a 19-point victory late Saturday afternoon.
Reneé Rapp (Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Itty Bitty Living SpaceMoving from the South to the concrete jungle meant Rapp had to deal with maximizing a small space. “Moving to the city wasn’t something I necessarily thought about,” she said. “My first apartment was really strange because the kitchen is my bedroom…and my closet…and my laundry. I miss grass and trees.” Nevertheless, the young star is getting used to her new digs in the big city. “There was no other option for me, there’s no plan B. If this is my destiny, I’m going to feed into it.”Watch This SpaceOn top of making her Broadway debut in the hit musical comedy, Rapp has also been teasing fans with original music. “There’s a lot to expect and a lot of dates coming up to be on the lookout for,” she said. “Whether that be performances or music releases or both, there’s a lot happening.” One thing the newcomer is most eager about is merging her musical theater career with her original compositions. “I’m excited to share this part of me in this realm because it is very different. We’ve been working super hard on it, and I think you guys are going to to like it.”Where Do You BelongHaving to transport oneself back to high school every night is easier when high school was only months ago, but Rapp still isn’t quite sure who she would sit at the table with during lunch. “I’m definitely not a Plastic because I love wearing sweatpants,” she said. “I think middle school Reneé would have sat with the JV jocks, but Reneé now would sit with the Mathletes. I am not good at math and I would always wonder what it must feel like to be good with numbers. I would give it my best shot to sit with them.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Sporty SpiceRapp, a Charlotte native, never realized theater would be a part of her future. “I grew up playing a lot of sports and doing musical theater” she said. “I mostly just danced and put on concerts for my family and neighbors. We were really a sports-oriented family.” After seeing that Rapp needed some extra motivation, her parents switched her to a school that better suited her burgeoning performing talents. “My sophomore year, I transferred from a public high school to an arts school, and, obviously, it didn’t have any sports for me to do. I always liked art and music and it was what I wanted to do. It was a lot easier to transition into it when I didn’t have a choice. There was a lot of tough love, but it really prepared me for this.” View Comments While college freshman across the country are discovering their favorite dining halls, becoming friends with their roommates and breaking up with their high school sweethearts, Reneé Rapp is once again stepping into the bright pink shoes of Regina George in Mean Girls on Broadway. After winning at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, the North Carolina native took over the role from original cast member Taylor Louderman for a quick stint, but now Rapp is here to stay. She sat down with Broadway.com in honor of becoming the Queen Bee full-time to talk all about going from high school IRL to Broadway high school, original music and her affinity for sweatpants. Photos by Caitlin McNaney | Video directed and edited by Kyle Gaskell | Additional cameras by Mark Hayes Mean Girls Star Files Related Shows Reneé Rapp in Mean Girls (Photo by Joan Marcus) Watch Reneé Rapp in action at her Broadway.com photo shoot below!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:29Loaded: 6.69%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Leading LadiesGrowing up in North Carolina, Rapp didn’t have access to Broadway. Instead, she looked to her local theater scene to find inspiration. “Charlotte has a pretty alive and great theater community,” she said. “I love Eva Noblezada; we went to the same high school. Seeing her grow into this stardom has been incredible.” Rapp is always looking for acting mentors. “Everyone knows about my public love for Jenn Colella, and I do love Jessie Mueller. Waitress was my first Broadway show. I love seeing leading ladies. I saw them and thought, ‘Oh, yeah. I want to be in on that.'”From Jimmy to ReginaAfter being named Best Actress at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, Rapp’s future took an exciting turn. Instead of going to college after high school, she began visiting New York for auditions. “Going right from high school into this business was weird,” she said. “I definitely had those days where I wondered if this was really for me. I saw my friends following this expected path that is a societal thing that you feel like you need to do, and I wasn’t sure of my own choices. But I’ve really sunk into it now because if I can’t trust my own path, then I can’t do anything good for myself. It does get hard; you do feel like you’re missing out. You feel like you’re really stressed out to be this young, [Rapp is 19], but this is what I chose, and I wouldn’t have chosen it if it didn’t feel right.” Reneé Rapp
Skiers and riders rejoiced over major March snowstorm Vulcan last week, but they aren’t the only ones that benefit from snowfall and cold weather in Vermont’s green mountains. Even those that are dreaming of summer in Vermont reap the economic benefits of our official state sports, as they bring in major spenders from surrounding states and generate hundreds of millions of tax revenue dollars.Vermont’s ski and snowboard industry draws over $700 million in statewide spending each winter season. Think that money just gets spent at the mountains? Think again. Two-thirds of that spending occurs off-mountain in surrounding villages and towns, supporting many local businesses with the ski economy running deep throughout our communities. Those significant winter traveler expenditures generate another $700 million in indirect spending, totaling nearly $1.5 billion in economic benefit for Vermont’s economy.A substantial component of the visitor spending triggered by major snow accumulations is found in the rooms and meals tax revenues, with the influx of winter visitors booking lodging reservations in Vermont and excitedly seeking out a taste of our great local foods and brews. These tax revenues top $120 million annually, with the winter season generating a significant portion of that critical revenue stream.Vermont ski and snowboard resorts also spend over $200 million with nearly 3,000 Vermont companies to stay operational. They employ over 12,000 people seasonally and are responsible for 22,000 indirect jobs off-mountain. In addition, the seven ski areas on state land generate over $2.5 million in lease payments to the state, which pays for about half of the annual state parks operating budget.So whether a winter enthusiast or not, when you see those white flakes falling from the sky, know that there are dollar signs hidden in their complex structure and that all Vermonters benefit from the white gold of winter.Source: Ski Vermont 3.18.2014
Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Killington mountain biking photos by Chandler Burgess.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort(link is external), the largest mountain resort in Eastern North America, on Wednesday reported a successful US Open of Mountain Biking featuring 269 riders, representing 11 countries in Downhill, Enduro, Adaptive and kids races in front of a crowd of over 5,500. The event was held August 1-5. FOX US Open of Mountain Biking by the numbers:Spectators: 5,500+Total Racers: 269Local Racers: 11Grom Bomb Racers (kids): 62Adaptive Racers: 8Countries: 11Enduro Racers: 133 (first ever Enduro race at a US Open)RESULTS For a complete list of results, click here(link is external). BackgroundThe Fox US Open features a Pro/Am style format and offers the most challenging and competitive racing in the nation, setting the standard as a proving ground for up-and-coming and elite racers. Anyone can enter the Open Class and compete amongst the pros for the $40,000 cash purse. The Amateur Class, Grom Bomb Downhill and the US Open Adaptive DH races will give athletes of all abilities the chance to compete during the US Open weekend.“The US Open is more than just a race, it’s a big mountain bike party for the whole family featuring vendors, live music, a bonfire and races for all levels. The USO Best Whip contest on Saturday evening is sure to be a crowd favorite and will lead into a classic Killington after-party with free concerts sponsored by Long Trail Brewing Co.,” says Justin Pill, events & sponsorships manager at Killington Resort.“Killington Resort has built an impressive new downhill track coming off the the Killington Peak, the second highest peak in Vermont. The trail crew has also designed an Enduro course that will have racers competing on a combination of new trails and the classics. We are excited to partner with the resort to kick-off the US Open in Vermont,” says Clay Harper, event director at the US Open of Mountain Biking.Source: Killington
Countryman Associates has just introduced the portable Phantom Power Supply that can transmit DC electric power through microphone cables, making it a useful audio tool in both live and studio recording settings.The Countryman Phantom Power Supply offers flexible power options and selectable voltage settings and it can operate on one 9V battery, two 9V batteries for extended life or a 9V wall adapter. In addition, selectable 12V, 24V and 48V voltage output settings allow the Countryman Phantom Power Supply to extend battery life for microphones, which don’t require 48V power.Countryman also says they designed the unit can withstand adverse conditions typically encountered in live performance environments. The Phantom Power Supply’s portable, compact form factor consists of a rugged die-cast aluminum body and low-profile switches that make this unit ideally suited for life on the road.The new Countryman Phantom Power Supply is expected to be available Q1, 2020 and it’s here.