In a few short days, the wait for the Daytona 500 ends. We’ll be back on the race track, beginning one of the most anticipated seasons that I can ever remember. I hope you’re as excited as I am to see our stars return to action, starting on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.
As our passionate -- and knowledgeable -- fans know, the 2013 season will feature new race cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We believe the Gen-6 car, which will more closely resemble the production cars found on the showroom floors for Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, will reignite the competitive nature of each manufacturer. And, of course, we hope the sharper bodies and heightened competitiveness excites you, the fan.
This is a season of evolution. We move forward, while relying on our history as a road map. NASCAR national series racing returns to a dirt track for the first time in more than 40 years, with July’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora Speedway. Fans have expressed their enjoyment of road course racing, and we’ve added two new venues to the national series schedule. The trucks will race internationally for the first time, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada. We’ll also race at Mid-Ohio in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a track in the shadows of our valued series sponsor, Nationwide Insurance.
So, before engines fire for the Daytona 500, I want to again extend my gratitude and thanks to you, our loyal fans. Thank you for your unwavering enthusiasm for this great sport. I hope your passion continues throughout this exciting season, and that 2013 is one you’ll remember forever.