NICKELODEON TO GO RACING WITH DANIEL SUÁREZ IN XFINITY SERIES RACE AT CHICAGOLAND

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NEW YORK – Sept. 1, 2016 – Nickelodeon today announced that NASCAR XFINITY Series star Daniel Suárez has signed on to drive a custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle paint scheme during the Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.  Nickelodeon is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 18, dubbed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.   The track will feature a weekend of action, activities and fun for the entire family with the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell.

Suárez, competing in his second full year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, will pilot the No. 19 ARRIS/TMNT Michelangelo Toyota Camry.  The pizza-loving “Mikey” is ready to take on the Foot Clan in his orange mask with his signature nunchucks, while Suárez looks to repeat his winning performance at Michigan Speedway earlier this year with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.

Suárez will join the already announced Darrell Wallace, driving the No. 6 Shredder Ford Mustang, in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race for an epic battle between #TeamTurtle and #TeamFoot.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Danica Patrick is set to drive the No. 10 April O’Neil/Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400.  Additional drivers will be announced to compete with Patrick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

This Sept. 15-18 marks the sixth consecutive year that Chicagoland Speedway will kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  The Nickelodeon partnership will include sponsorship of the 2017 kick off race, as well.

“We are excited to partner with Daniel Suárez, he’s a proven winner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Anthony DiCosmo, Senior Vice President, Sports Marketing and Development, Nickelodeon. “Just as we did with last season’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 will continue to expand our relationship with NASCAR, while working with another best-in-class ISC track to give fans a unique and engaging race experience that the whole family can enjoy. And, we’re excited to work with Joe Gibbs Racing and our long-term partner Toyota to share the excitement of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with NASCAR fans.”

During the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend, attendees will be able to enjoy fun family activities in the Nickelodeon Kids Zone, located in Champion’s Park.  The area will feature appearances from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumed characters, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles photo station and more.

Nickelodeon has a long-standing relationship with NASCAR, teaming up with the motorsports giant on several programming and racing events. On the track, the network has sponsored the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway in 2015; brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2014; participated in the Bank of America 500 week in 2012; and the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC in 2004. NASCAR has also contributed talent and content to Nickelodeon programming such as the Kids’ Choice Awards (Danica Patrick, 2012 and 2013), Kids’ Choice Sports Awards (Danica Patrick, 2014, Ben Kennedy, 2015), Team Umizoomi (Jeff Gordon, 2012), Hammer Down (2014), which aired on Nicktoon’s NickSports block, and an upcoming Bubble Guppies episode (Jimmie Johnson, 2015). 

Currently in its fourth season, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is seen in over 170 countries and territories and translated in 50+ languages. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles—Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo—trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the turtles to battle evil from the New York City sewers. Executive produced by Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman, the series is created at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. 

About Chicagoland Speedway

Chicagoland Speedway is a 1.5-mile, paved oval race track located in Joliet, Ill.  The track has hosted racing events of the major U.S. racing series, and currently conducts races in all three NASCAR national series, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.   Along with Route 66 Raceway, a multimillion-dollar complex that includes a ¼ mile stadium-style drag strip and a ½ mile dirt oval track, Chicagoland Speedway is wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a major promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major racing venues, including Daytona International Speedway. For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). 

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