Sports briefs, February 4, 2022 | Sports
IndyCar star leads team to Rolex victory
Helio Castroneves kept the #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 ahead of the field for the final 30 minutes to lead MSR and co-drivers Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud to Sunday’s victory at the 60th Anniversary Rolex 24 Daytona.
The win led to Castroneves’ signature ceremonial procession to scale the fence, which he made famous with four Indianapolis 500 victories.
It was Castroneves’ second consecutive Rolex 24 win. Last year he won the race as part of Wayne Taylor Racing and then climbed over a fence in Victory Lane. This time Castroneves battled No. 10 WTR Acura and rider Ricky Taylor to win, then stopped at the start/finish line and climbed over the safety fence.
Loic Duval took the No. 5 JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-VR to third place with teammates Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook and Ben Keating.
The No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 rallied after five laps down to win the LMP2 class of the race, which is run twice around the clock. Despite the freezing cold overnight at DIS, the group of highly inspired young drivers were out and about at lightning speed as the sun rose on Sunday.
The No. 74 Riley Motorsports team continued as the owner of the LMP3 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship by defending its Rolex 24 title. Gar Robinson, last year’s LMP3 Drivers’ Champion, joined Felipe Fraga, Kay van Berlo and Michael Cooper for class honors once again.
The No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P320 driven by Joao Barbosa, Seb Priaulx, Lance Willsey and Malthe Jakobsen secured second place of honor in this hard fought battle. Barbosa is a four-time Rolex 24 winner.
The No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports team won the inaugural GTDPro class with drivers Felipe Nasr, Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet.
The No. 16 Wright Motorsports team won the GTD class with drivers Jan Heylen, Ryan Hardwick, Richard Lietz and Zacharie Robichon.
The College Basketball Invitational returns
After a successful 2021 tournament, the 2022 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) returns to Ocean Center.
From conception in 2008 to 2019, the event took place on college campuses. But in 2021, CBI broke with tradition and hosted the entire event at one location, the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. And after receiving critical acclaim for both the format and the venue, the CBI returns March 19-23.
“The response we received before, during and after last year’s CBI was overwhelming, especially considering the circumstances the country was facing at the time,” said Rick Giles, president of Gazelle Group, in a press release. “For that reason, we felt a return to Daytona Beach was warranted. With the hotel’s location on the beach and the arena across the street from the hotel, it really is the perfect setting for what we hope will be another exciting CBI.”
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University women’s basketball meets Lynn on Wednesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m.
ERAU men’s basketball meets Lynn on February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Games will be held at the ERAU Sports Complex, 601 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.
For more information visit erauathletic.com/tickets.
Children can also fish
The Halifax Sport Fishing Club is hosting a carnival-style fishing school for children on Sunday, February 13 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 3431 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.
Children aged 5-15 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The clinic will teach children about fishing, rules, regulations, safety, knots, cast nets and conservation in a carnival-like atmosphere with prizes.
The first 50 children get a rod and reel for free. The event is free.
Me Strong Race February 5th
Me Strong will host its 5K on Saturday, February 5 at 8 a.m. starting on East Indiana Avenue in DeLand.
Me Strong 5K 18 and under is $20 to enter and $35 for those over 18.
This is a USATF race certified by DeLand over 5K. For registration information, see thedriven.net/event-registration/site.race_reg/eid/39964012389/?&&/.
Deltona Recreational Leagues
Deltona Parks & Recreation has added new family recreation options.
•Youth Flag Football plays in March and April. Registration closes on February 11th. The cost is USD 50 per child between the ages of 5 and 12. In Wes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace. Games take place on Saturday mornings with training during the week. trainer needed.
•Adult Basketball League is played in March and April. Registration closes on February 18th. The cost is $400 per team or you can join an interest list and be placed on a team (available from Wes Crile). Age 18 and older. Wes Crile Park, 1537 Norbert Terrace.
•Adult Kickball League will play in March and April. Registration closes on February 28th. Cost is $350 per team or you can join an interest list and be placed on a team (available from Wes Crile). From 18 years. Sports Complex Dewey O. Boster, 1200 Saxon Blvd.
Space is limited. For more information, call (386) 878-8940.
Tennis club meets
The Redneck Tennis Club for seniors 55+ plays tennis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 am at Detwiler Park, 701 Horton Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
New members welcome. Participants should bring their own racket and something to drink. All levels of experience welcome. Play for free.
For more information, call (386) 663-4918 or (386) 847-8759.
The city hosts three youth sports clinics in February
The City of Daytona Beach is hosting free clinics for three youth sports programs, T-ball, baseball and soccer, Monday through Wednesday, February 7-9 and February 14-16.
Young people can participate every day that the consultation hours are offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m
•The T-Ball Clinic is for young people aged 4 to 5 and is located in the Derbyshire Park and Sports Complex at 849 Derbyshire Road. The clinic will teach children the basics of baseball and most importantly, sportsmanship. Participating youth must wear rubber cleats and bring their own baseball glove.
•Little League Baseball for youth ages 6-12 has the opportunity to learn batting, catching, throwing, fielding and baserunning at this clinic located in Bethune Point Park at 11 Bellevue Ave. Participating youth must wear rubber cleats and bring a baseball glove.
•The Soccer Clinic is for youth ages 4-12 and will be held at Municipal Stadium at 3917 LPGA Blvd. Participants will learn the fundamentals of soccer, including passing, dribbling, catching, receiving, goalkeeping, precision and shooting. Participating youth must bring their own shin guards.
The clinics are free, but participating youth should register codb.us/activities. The baseball clinics are sponsored in part by the Daytona Tortugas Care Foundation. For more information, call (386) 671-3483 or email [email protected].
Dive into the fun fishing tournament for kids
The Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services is hosting a Free Catch and Release Tournament for Children on Saturday, February 19 at 9:00 am at Central Park I, 601 Fleming Ave., Ormond Beach.
Pre-registration is required by February 16th. The event is open to Ormond Beach residents only. Teams can consist of one adult and up to two children.
To register, call (386) 676-3250.