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Racing Notebook – Thursday, February 13

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Thursday’s Racing Notebook recaps the NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona, The DIRTcar Nationals continue in Florida and Alexander Rossi’s No. 27 Andretti Autosport will have a couple of different looks this season plus much more.

Joey Logano Wins Bluegreen Vacations Duel #1:

  • Team Penske’s Joey Logano took home the checkered flag in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.  The win means Logano will start third in Sunday’s Daytona 500 behind pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Aric Almirola of Stewart Haas Racing finished second follow by Roush Fenway Racings Ryan Newman in third.

William Byron Wins Bluegreen Vacations Duel #2:

  • Hendrick Motorsports William Byron picked up the victory in the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway.  The win means Byron will start fourth in Sunday’s Daytona 500 behind teammate Alex Bowman, who will start on the outside of the front row.  Hendrick’s Jimmie Johnson finished second followed by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson in third.  Larson’s teammate Kurt Busch finished 8th.
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Wright and Owens Take Wins At DIRTcar Nationals:

  • Larry Wright picked up the Modified win Thursday night at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.  Stewart Friesen finished second and Erick Rudolph finished third.
  • Jimmy Owens was victorious in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models DIRTcar Nationals feature at Volusia Speedway Park.  The win was Owens 16th career victory.  Dale McDowell finished second and Josh Richards finished third.

Two Looks For Alexander Rossi’s INDYCAR in 2020:

  • Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi will be sporting two different looks during the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.  Rossi’s familiar Blue & Yellow NAPA Auto Parts will grace the No. 27 Honda for races at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, the Indy 500, Texas Motor Speedway and Toronto. NAPA will then finish the season in Mid-Ohio, St. Louis, Portland and Laguna Seca. AutoNation will kick off the season as Rossi’s primary sponsor on the Streets of St. Pete, at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) for the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge, the Grand Prix of Indy, the Streets of Detroit, Road America, Richmond and Iowa. Launched in 2015, AutoNation’s Drive Pink initiative, which has raised over $22 million, is committed to drive out cancer, create awareness, and support critical research.

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INDYCAR Community Reacts To No Fans At Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The INDYCAR community is reacting to the news that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has decided to run the Indy 500 on August 23 without fans in attendance.  The decision is a reversal of a plan set forth a few weeks ago where the event would be run in front of 25-percent of the capacity of the Speedway.

Speedway President J. Douglas Boles, who has been a guest on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast, is appreciative of his team and the fans:

Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal took to social media to make some great points:

Spencer Pigot who drives for Steelers minority owner Rob Citrone and Robbie Buhl’s team Citrone Buhl Autosport with RLL also took to Twitter to express his feelings:

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson also weighed in:

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Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Real and Alexander Rossi, two former 500 winners had this to say:

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who’s boss owns the Speedway has a great idea:

Stay tuned to Pittsburgh Racing Now for updated comments from the INDYCAR Community

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No Fans At Indianapolis 500 in 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is cancelling plans to have fans at the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

“It is with great regret that we announce the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans.  This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership” the Speedway said in a statement.

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“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened.  Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled.  We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment.”

The Speedway is closing all on-track activity to the general public, including practice and qualifications.  Ticket holders will be credited for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 and will retain their seniority and their originally assigned seats.

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast – Episode 15 – Aaron Reutzel, Matthew Dillner, Chip Ganassi and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast features the 2-time and defending Champion of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 Aaron Reutzel.  We also talk to Matthew Dillner of Dirty Mo Media about the new show he co-hosts with Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Chip Ganassi takes his own trip down memory lane and we hear from Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials about safety protocols in place at this year’s Indy 500.

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