It’s Tax Season, And It’s Time To Act
KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (April 4, 2016) – Tax season is upon us, and it coincides with Saturday night’s seventh race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
There, Brian Vickers will make his third consecutive start in the No. 14 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) as he continues to sub for regular driver Tony Stewart, who is temporarily out of the car with a back injury. Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at the 1.5-mile oval will be Vickers’ fifth overall start in the No. 14 car this season, having shared the ride with rookie Ty Dillon.
Adorning Vickers’ car will be TaxAct, the leading provider of affordable digital and download tax preparation solutions. Last month, the company announced that all active-duty military and reservists can file both their federal and state taxes for free, whether they have simple or complex returns. Service members can use any of TaxAct’s online products to file easy, fast and free and get their maximum guaranteed refund this tax season. Military members and reservists will have access to all of TaxAct’s solutions, including TaxAct Online Premium Bundle, which is comprised of all e-fileable federal forms for individual returns, as well as free state returns. Free federal and state filing with TaxAct is available through April 18, this year’s filing deadline.
Appropriately, the No. 14 TaxAct Military Files Free Chevrolet takes to the track with less than two weeks before the filing deadline.
“Active duty military and reservists make the ultimate commitment to serve and protect each of us,” said TaxAct President JoAnn Kintzel. “While small in comparison to all our military members do for us, free tax filing is one way TaxAct can say thank you for their service,”
“Our military men and women have enough on their plates without having to worry about paying high prices to file their taxes,” Vickers said. “This weekend in Texas, we’ll run a special paint scheme to get the word out so everyone eligible can file their state and federal taxes for free and get their guaranteed maximum refund.”
All TaxAct products guide military filers through an easy interview to help them identify opportunities for credits and deductions, allowing them to file their taxes with ease and accuracy. Military members and reservists simply need to enter their military EIN to qualify for free federal and state return filing. This offer applies to TaxAct Online products only. Service men and women can visit www.TaxAct.com/military to start their free returns.
TaxAct has been a partner of SHR since 2015, with TaxAct adorning the No. 10 Chevrolet of SHR driver Danica Patrick in several races. Patrick will join Vickers, along with team owner Stewart, in victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CDT to unveil the No. 14 TaxAct Military Files Free Chevrolet. Vickers will also hold a press availability in the deadline room of speedway’s infield media center at 2 p.m. CDT Thursday.
Having begun his Texas race weekend in victory lane, Vickers would like nothing more than to end his weekend in the same spot. Based on past performance in the Lone Star State, Vickers could be a dark horse favorite to take the checkered flag Saturday night. He owns top-10 finishes in two of the last three races at Texas with a total of 17 career Sprint Cup starts on the fast oval. Vickers also won the pole for the November 2006 race with a lap of 196.235 mph.
Brian Vickers, Driver of the No. 14 TaxAct Military Files Free Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing:
What is the key to success at Texas Motor Speedway?
“The thing that jumps out at you at Texas is how fast it is. I heard a stat the other day that only two winners in the last 10 races at Texas have come from drivers starting outside the top-five. That’s incredible. That means getting a good start is important. So, qualifying has added emphasis. We won the pole there in 2006 and I’d sure like to get another. But, we really need to get a good starting spot and a good pit stall. Five hundred miles is a long time to race, but you have to be perfect from the start because it’s so easy to get down a lap there.”
What are benefits of qualifying well?
“We had a really good qualifying run (third) at Martinsville. That obviously puts you at the front of the field and sets the mood for the entire weekend. It also allows your team to choose the best pit stall and that pays big dividends in the race. Getting in and off pit road can mean the difference between winning and losing these races. I’ve got a really good pit crew, so coupling that with a good stall will give us an advantage Saturday night in the race.”
What are your thoughts on the seventh-place finish at Martinsville Sunday?
“We were pleased but not satisfied. We are here to win and won’t be satisfied until then. Seventh-place is good, but we wanted more. We were fast all weekend. In the top four in all the practices, qualified third, we just weren’t quite there at the end of the race. We were there. They knew we were there. This team is still building. It takes time and chemistry. But it’s going in a great direction.”
How is your season going so far?
“It takes a few weeks to get a rhythm with the team and everyone on this team has done a great job. Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) builds a great team. Stewart-Haas has given us great racecars this year. We’re getting better and better each week. You’ve seen improvement just about each week we’ve raced, whether I’ve been behind the wheel or Ty (Dillon). Tony (Stewart) will come back to a really good car and race team.”
You’ve done a nice job subbing in the No. 14 car, but eventually Tony Stewart will return to the seat. Would you consider racing in other series if the opportunity arose?
“Yes, I am open to racing everything that has a seat, four wheels and a steering wheel if the opportunity presents itself. I would absolutely go back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I would absolutely go back to the WEC Series. I would be open to racing anything. I love racing. I love being in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I think it’s one of the greatest forms of racing in the world. It’s fun for the drivers. Some say, ‘Yeah, but your cars don’t have wings,’ and I’m like, ‘Yes, they don’t, but they pass more and they race side-by-side, and we get to bump each other.’ It’s a fantastic form of racing, but there is also a lot of merit to the other stuff. I’ve had the opportunity to drive a lot of different cars in different series and they are all amazing. It’s funny, everyone in the racing community agrees that racing is one of the best forms of sports, and entertaining and fun and exciting for the drivers and the fans. Now, they all may debate which series they think is the best, but they all agree that all of them are great. I would second that. I would love to be back in a sports car again and anything else that comes along.”
- Mike Zizzo
Director of Media Relations
Texas Motor Speedway