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Racing Notebook – Thursday, February 27 – Spencer Pigot To Drive For Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Citrone-Buhl; New INDYCAR Promo And More

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Thursday’s Pittsburgh Racing Now Racing Notebook has a sponsorship update for one of A.J. Foyt’s INDYCARS plus an update on the new INDYCAR team partly owned by Steelers minority owner Robert Citrone and James Hinchcliffe is going to do some Television this year when he’s not driving and Kurt Busch is getting help for his Vet Tix program.

Chase Elliott Going After “Bounty” On Kyle Busch:

  • Chase Elliott is going after the $100,000 “Bounty” on Kyle Busch.  NASCAR Cup Series Driver Kevin Harvick put a $50,000 bounty on Busch after his win last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after some other drivers said Busch was “cherry picking” the NASCAR Gander Outdoors and R.V. Truck Series competition.  Gander Outdoors and R.V. Truck Series CEO Marcus Lemonis upped the ante, matching Harvick’s $50,000 to double the bonus to any full-time Cup Series racer up to the challenge.

ripKurrent To Sponsor Kimball and A.J. Foyt Racing:

  • AJ Foyt Racing has signed ripKurrent, an energy services company, as the primary sponsor of Charlie Kimball’s No. 4 Chevrolet for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Moreover, ripKurrent will have a season-long presence on the car as an associate marketing partner.  Based in Boca Raton, Florida, ripKurrent is expanding its involvement in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after having sponsored Kimball’s car at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway last August.  Kimball was a guest on The Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast two weeks ago.

Spencer Pigot To Drive For Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Citrone/Buhl Autosport:

  • The new INDYCAR team formed by Steelers minority owner Robert Citrone, his son and the Buhl brothers are teaming up with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for their new effort.  Spencer Pigot is going to drive the Honda-powered car in the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9 and the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.  Pigot, 26, earned back-to-back Championships in the INDYCAR ladder series in 2014 (Pro Mazda) and 2015 (Indy Lights).  Pigot spent the last two seasons with Ed Carpenter Racing.  Read more at: Citrone/Buhl Autosport Teaming-Up With Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
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NTT INDYCAR SERIES Releases New Promotional Campaign:

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opener is just a few weeks away and the series has unveiled a new brand campaign to showcase what it takes to compete.  Narrated by Matt Damon and created in partnership with Chicago-based agency Schafer Condon Carter the video focuses on the athletes’ unique skill set and mentality.  The video features 5-Time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, along with 2-Time Series Champion Josef Newgarden, defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, 2016 500 winner Alexander Rossi and rising starts Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward.

James Hinchcliffe To Work For NBC And IndyCar Radio:

  • NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver James Hinchcliffe is joining to be doing some broadcast work when he is not behind the wheel of the Genesys Andretti Autosport Honda.  Hinchcliffe announced today plans to work for NBC TV and INDYCAR radio when he schedule permits.  Hinchcliffe is scheduled to run the GMR Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the Genesys 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

Jimmie Johnson Teaming Up With Kurt Busch For Vet Tix Campaign:

  • Seven-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation are teaming up with Monster Energy Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kurt Busch for his season-long effort to get Veterans and Military Families to this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  Busch talked about the Vet Tix program when he was a guest on the Daytona 500 Edition of the Pittsburgh Racing Now Podcast and also said there is a link where fans and corporations can make donations to help too.

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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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Racing Notebook: Cole Pearn Joins Ed Carpenter Racing; Paul Tracy Joins SRX and Road To Indy At Mid-Ohio

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has news about Engineer Cole Pearn joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the Indy 500 plus Paul Tracy joins SRX Racing.

Cole Pearn Joins Ed Carpenter Racing For The Indy 500:

  • Championship-winning Crew Chief Cole Pearn is joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the Indianapolis 500.  Pearn will serve as the lead engineer for Conor Daly. Daly will compete in ECR’s third entry, the No. 47 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet.  Pearn and driver Martin Truex Jr captured the NASCAR Cup Series title in 2017 with Furniture Row Racing.  Pearn left full-time NASCAR competition at the close of the 2019 season, returning to his home country of Canada with his wife Carrie and their two young children. The couple now own and operate Golden Alpine Holidays, which includes four backcountry lodges in British Columbia.
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Paul Tracy and Tony Kanaan Join SRX Racing Series:

  • Paul Tracy and Tony Kanaan are signed on as drivers in the Superstar Racing Experience, the new series founded by Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham. Tracy joins Tony Stewart and Tony Kanaan as the third confirmed driver for the series that will air Saturday nights in primetime on CBS Television Network in the Summer of 2021.

Road To Indy Racing At Mid-Ohio:

  • Braden Eves from New Albany Ohio too home the victory in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex.  Eves held off Daniel Frost and Parker Thompson, who rounded out the podium.  Colin Kaminsky, who is the goaltender for the University of Pittsburgh Hockey Team, finished sixth.
  • Christian Rasmussen was victorious Wednesday afternoon in the USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Presented by Cooper Tires Honoring First Responders. Second-generation Brazilian racer Eduardo Barrichello held on for a career-best second-place finish, despite a determined challenge from 15-year-old Floridian Reece Gold who also secured his best result to date for Cape Motorsports.
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7-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson Tests Chip Ganassi Racing INDYCAR

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SPEEDWAY, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson is spending his Tuesday testing one of Chip Ganassi Racing’s INDYCAR’s on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Johnson was supposed to test at the Speedway on July 8 following the INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader weekend on the Fourth of July, but Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 forcing him to miss the Brickyard 400.  Johnson tested negative for the virus a few days later and only missed that one race, opening the door to reschedule this test.

Johnson climbed aboard the No. 10 NTT Data Honda that is usually driven by Felix Rosenqvist and after his initial run he hopped on the team radio.  CGR Managing Director Mike Hull shared Johnson’s comment on his Twitter feed.

5-Time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank CGR Honda, was on hand to help Johnson too.

Seven-time even took a few minutes to thank five-time:

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No official speeds were available but if Johnson’s social media posts were any indication it was a productive day.

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles presented Johnson with a gift following the test.

Johnson has expressed an interest in competing in a few INDYCAR races in 2021 since he is retiring from full-time NASCAR competition following the 2020 season and after the day seemed like he’s ready to give it a try.

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