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O’Connell to Race in U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships

ORANGE COUNTY, CA. OCTOBER 20, 2013 — O’Connell Racing (OCR), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that driver Kevin O’Connell will compete in the SVRA Vintage Racing Championships at the Circuit of the Americas located in Austin, Texas in a NASCAR Southwest Tour Car prepared by Jackson Racing of Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is the oldest and largest of the vintage racing organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the Kendall Vintage Grand Prix first held in 1976 as part of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race. From that beginning, with an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, SVRA has become a premier vintage racing organization with over 1,200 members.

SVRA races take on the aura of a rolling art show featuring classic MGs, Triumphs, BMWs, Allards, Jaguars, and Lotuses as well as well as contemporary Camaros, Audis, Porsches, Corvettes and various NASCAR race cars. SVRA’s competitors are men and women from variety of backgrounds including professional racers, mechanics, race instructors, doctors, lawyers, corporate and financial service executives. The organization adheres to a philosophy that encourages the restoration, preservation and racing of historically significant automobiles that are configured as closely as possible to their original design and construction.

The SVRA philosophy is to encourage the restoration, preservation and racing of historically significant race cars configured as close as possible to their original design and construction, with allowances for safety modifications.

Circuit Of The Americas is a multi-purpose facility that will host the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power. Circuit of The Americas is ideally situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, with scenic views of downtown. Far more than a racetrack, Circuit of The Americas is a world-class performance, education and business center that will feature:

· Racing-focused amenities including a private Motorsports Driving Club and a Karting Track

· Public spaces for private events, seminars and conventions

· Visitor attractions that include an expansive live entertainment space, retail center and museum

· A center with research facilities and robust services and amenities to power a broad range of business, technology and education allies

· 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Conference/Media Center

· 5,500 sq. ft. medical center, offering paramedic services and EMS & medical student training

· Area for law enforcement vehicle training

· Fire and rescue training areas

· Driving academies

· Educational programs


About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture companies competes directly in Sports Car racing in the United Sports Car Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) and in Stock Car racing in various touring series in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe.

About General Pacific Partners:
General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.

About Shania Kids Can:
Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

Oct 21, 2013 11903 Views

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KEVIN O’CONNELL 22nd AT NASCAR’S ROAD AMERICA JOHNSONVILLE SAUSAGE 200

NEWPORT BEACH, CA. JUNE 23rd, 2013 — O’Connell Racing (OCR), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that driver Kevin O’Connell finished the NASCAR Xfinity Series racing event at Road America in 22nd position after a several setbacks for the team and driver.

In a late communication, O’Connell was contacted by representatives for the team owner of the #74 Mike Harmon Racing team to replace a current rookie driver from Mexico City to practice, qualify and race the car in the road course race in Wisconsin. Veteran NASCAR crew chief and driver Carl Long was hired to manage and call the race.

O’Connell commented, “We had a last minute chance to run the NASCAR race for Mike’s team and given my recent events at Road America in the Rolex Sports Car series with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Timmy Hill and previous NASCAR and vintage races there I knew I could bring back a solid effort. I also wanted a chance to work with Carl on a road course race.”

The team chased a miss in the engine during qualifying and opted to attempt a repair prior to the race which per the NASCAR rules relegated the team to begin the race at the rear of the field. Kevin O’Connell stated, “Carl and I talked and we had to try to find the problem before the race. Starting at the back of the field was the least of our challenges as the race is long and we expected many cautions. We never really fixed the problem but the car held together and we finished the race. Turns out there was an internal problem with the engine.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series has two other road course events in 2013 with Watkins Glen International and the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, both scheduled in August.

About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture companies competes directly in Sports Car racing in the United Sports Car Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) and in Stock Car racing in various touring series in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe.


About General Pacific Partners

General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.

About Shania Kids Can
Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

Jul 8, 2013 12745 Views

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KEVIN O’CONNELL FIRST AMERICAN DRIVER TO RACE ROAD COURSE IN THE NASCAR EURO RACECAR SERIES

HOLLYWOOD, CA. JUNE 4th, 2013 — O’Connell Racing (OCR), a professional Southern California based motorsports and marketing company announced today that American road racing driver Kevin O’Connell will be the first driver to race in the Euro RaceCar NASCAR Touring Series on a road course. O’Connell has signed with Team FJ of France for the inaugural American SpeedFest event to be held at the United Kingdom’s Brands Hatch motor racing circuit.

Driver Kevin O’Connell commented, “We have a new venture business partner with an international ambition that will be marketing with us in North America and Europe this year and we wanted to find a unique series of racing events to compete in. The developing NASCAR series in Europe was an easy choice for us and I look forward to announcing our partner later this week.”

Located in Fawkham, (Kent) England, Brands Hatch (www.BrandsHatch.co.uk) circuit’s unique combination of fearsome corners and hill, dips and chambers, is considered one of the world’s favorite circuits, whilst Paddock Bend remains one of the great racing corners in the world, plunging blind, fast downhill.

Brands Hatch will be transformed into a scene from Daytona with American-derived motorsport providing entertainment on track and an array of US themed activities.

Jerome Galpin, the GM of Euro RaceCar NASCAR Touring Series stated, “We are very happy to welcome Kevin to the American SpeedFest in Brands Hatch, which will be rounds 5 and 6 of the Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series 2013. He will be the first American road course driver to join us. He will race against the best European Stock Car drivers with competitors coming from all over the world such as India, Australia, Brazil, and the Philippines. This will be a great challenge for Kevin to race on another continent and to adapt quickly to European type NASCAR racecars, but we are confident he will do a very good job on the challenging and renowned Brands Hatch track.”

On track action will be headlined by the superb Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series. Led into each race by the Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car, these NASCAR V8 racecars will provide thrill a minute bumper-to-bumper racing akin to the spectacle produced by the world famous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Continuing the supercharged American theme on track will be Pickup Trucks, the Legends Cars Cup from France and the iconic Mustangs, Falcons and Corvettes from Bernie’s Historic V8 Racing Association.

There will also be hundreds of American vehicles on show, a Chevrolet display, live music and the world famous Red Devils parachute display team dropping in for a flying visit.

Racing is scheduled for June 8th and 9th.

About O’Connell Racing:

O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture companies competes directly in Sports Car racing in the United Sports Car Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) and in Stock Car racing in various touring series in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe.

About General Pacific Partners

General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.

About Hollywood & Vine Interactive Media (HVIM)

At HVIM, we define, design, develop and deploy custom interactive solutions that enable artists, entertainers and brands to further their reach. We specialize in research, strategy, design, social, development, deployment and analytics for our clients. We work with our national blue-ribbon clients to help them organize, manage and monetize their digital assets. HVIM works with many top entertainers, artists, studios and consumer brands, bringing years of expertise to the digital world for a first class, state of the art communications experience.

About Shania Kids Can

Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

Jun 4, 2013 11950 Views

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INTERNETGAMING.CO TO SPONSOR AMERICA’S KEVIN O’CONNELL IN 2ND ANNUAL NASCAR “EURO RACECAR SERIES” IN EUROPE

HOLLYWOOD, CA. June 3rd, 2013 – InternetGaming.co (IGCO), a software & technology solutions company for the international gaming industry announced today that the company has signed to sponsor American road course driver Kevin O’Connell from southern California for three NASCAR Euro Racecar series races in 2013, beginning with the American SpeedFest event at the United Kingdom’s most iconic sporting venue, Brands Hatch motor racing circuit. Racing is scheduled for June 8th and 9th.

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May 31, 2013 12446 Views

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KEVIN O’CONNELL SIGNS WITH FRENCH TEAM FJ FOR NASCAR EURO RACECAR SERIES

HOLLYWOOD, CA. May 27, 2013 — O’Connell Racing (OCR), a professional motorsports marketing company and General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) a private venture investment firm based in Southern California jointly announced today that road course driver Kevin O’Connell has signed with the French owned NASCAR racing outfit Team FJ for the American SpeedFest race at the United Kingdom’s most iconic sporting venues, Brands Hatch motor racing circuit.

Located in Fawkham, (Kent) England, Brands Hatch (www.BrandsHatch.co.uk) circuit’s unique combination of fearsome corners and hill, dips and chambers, is considered one of the world’s favorite circuits, whilst Paddock Bend remains one of the great racing corners in the world, plunging blind, fast downhill.

Brands Hatch will be transformed into a scene from Daytona with American-derived motorsport providing entertainment on track and an array of US themed activities.

On track action will be headlined by the superb Euro Racecar NASCAR Touring Series. Led into each race by the Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car, these NASCAR V8 racecars will provide thrill a minute bumper-to-bumper racing akin to the spectacle produced by the world famous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Continuing the supercharged American theme on track will be Pickup Trucks, the Legends Cars Cup from France and the iconic Mustangs, Falcons and Corvettes from Bernie’s Historic V8 Racing Association.

There will also be hundreds of American vehicles on show, a Chevrolet display, live music and the world famous Red Devils parachute display team dropping in for a flying visit.

Driver Kevin O’Connell commented, “Last year we started to think about new forms of motorsports in countries where our venture partners products and services could be interesting to consumers outside of North America. We have witnessed the effectiveness of NASCAR’s model in America and decided to take the road course experiences that we gained in the Grand Am Rolex Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series and apply it in Europe.”

Racing is scheduled for June 8th and 9th.

About O’Connell Racing: O’Connell Racing (OCR) competes in Sports Car racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Series and Stock Car racing various touring series in NASACR as well as various Vintage Racing series throughout North America.

About General Pacific Partners

General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.

About Shania Kids Can

Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

May 24, 2013 12007 Views

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Rick Ware Racing & General Pacific Partners Renew Partnership with Shania Twain’s “Shania Kids Can” in 2013

LOS ANGELES, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rick Ware Racing (RWR), a leading professional motorsports marketing and branding company and General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) a private venture investment firm based in Southern California jointly announced today the confirmation of Shania Twain’s charity “Shania Kids Can” (SKC) as the primary focus for 2013.

Rick Ware Racing will be competing in nationally televised racing events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Grand Am Rolex Series in 2013.

Shania Kids Can founder Shania Twain commented, “I am very pleased that RWR and GPP are working together with SKC this year again, offering their help to further build awareness of the Foundation by placing the logo on their NASCAR team cars and driver’s suits. Together, we CAN help kids succeed. For more information, please visit our website, www.shaniakidscan.com and/or donate to the Foundation.”

Team owner Rick Ware stated, “RWR with its NASCAR competition is positioned well to bring awareness to Shania Kids Can again 2013 for a second consecutive year. We will include our management, drivers and personalities throughout the season. Later in the year, we look forward to announcing an event benefitting SKC that will include RWR, GPP, invited guests and tickets available to Shania fans and supporters of SKC.”

Kevin O’Connell, CEO of General Pacific Partners added, “We are excited to be working with Shania Kids Can again for 2013. In conjunction with Rick Ware, we were able to put forward a solid effort last year with our collaborative marketing and branding ideas and look forward to increasing our success in communicating the SKC mission to our unique audience.”

Shania will resume her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 19th and will continue through April 10th. Dates and ticket availability can be found at www.shaniainvegas.col11. This second run follows two weeks of sold-out shows this past December.

About Shania Kids Can

Shania Kids Can is a program designed for kids at primary school level who are having personal problems at home. As a result these children often have difficulties functioning at their full potential in the school environment either socially, behaviorally, academically or all three. Children with personal life challenges might come to school with low self-esteem, depressed, tired or hungry – not ideal for taking in the joy of learning, the security of community and the pleasure of friendship. The Shania Kids Can Foundation educates, inspires and empowers children in their communities to achieve their full potential by increasing their chances of equality and opportunities for success. By helping less fortunate children reach their personal best in their daily lives at primary school age; this may likely prevent the less positive alternative that too many children of lost potential face later in life …of becoming statistics that burden society rather than contributing to it.

About Rick Ware Racing

Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has competed in every NASCAR sanctioned series, ARCA Series, the WMA Motocross Series, AMA Arenacross, Motocross and Supercross Series, Summer X-Games and Rolex Grand-Am Series.

About General Pacific Partners

General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.

Mar 19, 2013 10876 Views

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OCR and RWR to Work on Effort for 24 Hours of Lemans under Combined Grand-Am/ALMS Series

Jan 2, 2013 10890 Views

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O’Connell to Enter Races in the NASCAR Euro RaceCar Series in Great Britain and France in 2013

Jan 2, 2013 11483 Views

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OCR to Announce Co-Driver for Grand-Am Rolex Series for 2013 with O’Connell

Jan 2, 2013 11618 Views

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Shania Twain’s Charity “Shania Kids Can” selected as Focus for the 2013 RWR US Tour

Jan 2, 2013 12146 Views

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