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Auto Racing Notebook – Thursday January 23rd

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A lot of news this week in IndyCar and NASCAR as well as coming out of Daytona as the cars take to the track in preparation for the Rolex 24-Hours.

  • Oliver Jarvis (pictured above) is on the pole positions for this weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona after turning a fast lap of 1:33.711-seconds (136.760 mph) in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RP-24T Daytona Prototype International (DPi).  Juan Pablo Montoya, a 3-time Rolex 24-Hour winner, will start on the outside of the front row in his No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05.
  • Ben Keating won the LMP2 pole position after turning a best lap of 1:37.446 (131.519 mph) in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA.
  • IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball is joining A.J. Foyt racing and is bring his Novo Nordisk sponsorship with him.  Kimball, who drove for Pittsburgh’s Chip Ganassi from 2011 through 2017 and drove a partial schedule last year with Carlin Racing, will be the full-time driver of the No. 4 Chevrolet in 2020.  Kimball is scheduled to be a guest on a future episode of the Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast.

  • Penske Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto tested a NASCAR Xfinity car on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.  DiBenedetto tested both the IndyCar course and the old F1 course.  The IndyCar course adds a right – left- right turn off the south short chute that exits onto the oval at turn 1 before continuing onto the front stretch.  The old F1 course bypasses that so cars exit the infield road course near the oval turn 2 and then run clockwise through the south short chute through turn 1 onto the front stretch.

  • Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan confirms that Santino Ferrucci is returning to the team but in the No. 18 Honda with backing from Sealmaster.

  • Roush Fenway Racing announced that Castrol is joining the team as official oil partner and will be a primary sponsor on Ryan Newman’s No. 6 Ford Mustang for select races in 2020.
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  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing announced that Factory Motor Parts (FMP) is joining the team as the primary sponsor for Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Honda at World Wide Technology Raceway and as an associate on the car for the 2020 season.

  • Rudolph Motorsports Brew House Racing announced a marketing partnership with the Gibsonia Giant Eagle grocery store for the 2020 racing season.

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Racing Notebook – Thursday, April 9: Dale Jr. To Drive In INDYCAR iRacing Challenge; World of Outlaws Cancels Brushcreek Event

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to be racing this weekend in the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge plus the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Series is forced to cancel another event due to COVID19.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Is Going INDYCAR Racing:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. asked for, and received, an invitation to this Saturday’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge from virtual Michigan International Speedway.  Earnhardt Jr. will be joining the IndyCar Series regulars along with Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, who competed in the last event at virtual Barber Motorsports Park.  Earnhardt Jr. will be carrying a familiar sponsor along for the ride:
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World of Outlaws Late Models Put Brakes on Kentucky/Ohio Weekend:

  • The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series is putting the brakes on their Kentucky/Ohio Weekend due to COVID-19.  The event at Richmond Raceway in Kentucky, originally scheduled for Friday, April 24, is being postponed in an effort to potentially find a new date once the COVID-19 outlook becomes more clear.  The race at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex set for Saturday, April 25, has been canceled.  Brushcreek staff will refund tickets purchased.  Fans can call the track at 937-544-3344  and visit the track’s website, www.brushcreekmotorsports.com.

Docuseries To Feature Ross Chastain:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing development driver Ross Chastain is the subject of a new docuseries.  Nutrien Ag Solutions announced today the premier episode launch of “Two-Track Mind,” an online docuseries featuring NASCAR’s busiest driver, Ross Chastain. The documentary, which premiered on NASCAR’s YouTube channel, navigates Chastain’s journey as an eighth-generation watermelon farmer and professional NASCAR driver. This series captures the passions, emotions, successes and hardships that Chastain endures in the field and at the track.
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Racing Notebook – Wednesday, April 8: NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees plus the World of Outlaws are going iRacing tonight

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Wednesday’s Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on the nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, plus the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink goes iRacing tonight.

NASCAR Announces Hall of Fame Nominees:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. is among ten nominees on the “modern day ballot” for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  The ballot also includes Neil Bonnett, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Harry Gant, Harry Hyde, Larry Phillips, Ricky Rudd, Kirk Shelmerdine and Mike Stefanik.  The “Pioneer Ballot” includes “Suitcase” Jake Elder, Red Farmer, Banjo Matthews, Hershel McGriff and Ralph Moody.  The “Landmark Award” nominees include Janet Guthrie, Alvin Hawkins, Mike Helton, Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Ralph Seagraves. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will consist of two inductees from the list of Modern Era nominees, and one from the list of Pioneer nominees – for a total of three new inductees in 2021.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Go iRacing Tonight:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series goes iRacing tonight on FS1.  The list of participants include several Sprint Car standouts like defending champion Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Carson Macedo and Kyle Larson along with non-Sprint car drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Ron Capps and Bubba Wallace.  Tune into FS1 tonight at 8 pm ET for all the action from virtual Knoxville Raceway.

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Racing Notebook – Monday, April 6: William Byron wins eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational plus Detroit Grand Prix Canceled and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Detroit Grand Prix has been canceled due to the coronavirus plus William Byron wins the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational at Bristol and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models iRacing invitational takes place tonight.

The Detroit Grand Prix Is Canceled:

  • The Detroit Grand Prix, scheduled for May 29-30, has been canceled due to the coronavirus.  Event organizers hoped to reschedule the event on Belle Isle to later in the fall but were unable to do so because of the amount of events scheduled on the island.  The Detroit cancellation forced INDYCAR to revise their 2020 schedule.  For our complete coverage click here.
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William Byron Wins eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational At Bristol:

  • Hendrick Motorsports William Byron took home the victory in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational on Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.  The driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet dominated in the virtual racing series that is following the NASCAR Cup Series schedule that has been paused due the COVID-19 pandemic. But this time, Byron was able to pull away from John Hunter Nemechek and Matt DiBenedetto during a restart with four laps to go and drive away with the win after leading 116 laps in the race.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Go iRacing Tonight:

  • The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models iRacing Invitational takes place Monday night at 7:00PM Eastern from virtual Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.  Tonight’s event is included in DIRTVision subscribers “Fast Pass” and is $9.99 for Pay-per-view.

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