Conor Daly’s Smithfield Foods “Fueled by Bacon” special revealed at IMS

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Conor Daly announced a week ago at Barber Motorsports Park he would be returning to the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

This morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daly’s livery and sponsor on his No. 43 Honda was revealed, and it’s a good one.

Smithfield Foods, which serves as primary sponsor of Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will serve as primary sponsor of the “Fueled by Bacon” special for Daly in this year’s ‘500.

Founded in Smithfield, Virginia in 1936, this global food company is the world’s largest provider of high-quality pork products.

“Motorsports has proven to be a dynamic and productive marketing tool for our brands; we have brought our associations to the store and fans have responded phenomenally,” Bob Weber, Smithfield vp of corporate marketing said in a release.

“IndyCar represented the next horizon for us, and our partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and driver Conor Daly, whom I have monitored since his days in karting, is a very special opportunity. I’m not sure how we could make our debut into this sport at a better venue than at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”

A couple photos from the car reveal were posted to Twitter this morning; Daly completed his refresher course earlier today.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.