NASCAR: Victory Junction’s 10th anniversary celebrated by teams

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This weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are honoring the 10th anniversary of the Victory Junction camp for seriously ill children.

In 2004, former Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, founded the camp in North Carolina as a tribute to their late son, Adam, who died in a practice crash at NHMS in 2000.

According to the camp, it has provided fun experiences for more than 17,000 children and families since its formation – all of them coming free of charge thanks to donors. Campers’ activities include everything from swimming and horseback riding to a special NASCAR-themed program with race cars, simulators, and gear.

Additionally, the camp provides 24-hour medical supervision for the children with the help of thirty different hospitals.

A special decal marking the 10th anniversary of Victory Junction has been seen on cars throughout the Sprint Cup garage this weekend.

For more information on Victory Junction – including how you can help by donating or working at the camp as a volunteer – visit

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.