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Racing Notebook – Friday, March 27: Hinchcliffe Reveals Genesys Livery; Ganassi Best-Ever Paint Scheme Down To 8 and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – James Hinchcliffe’s sponsor unveils INDYCAR livery; Chip Ganassi Racing is down to the final 8 in their “Best-ever Paint Scheme”; INDYCAR and NASCAR get ready for a weekend of iRacing.

Genesys Unveils Hinchcliffe Livery:

  • James Hinchcliffe and sponsor Genesys unveiled the livery of the No. 29 Genesys Honda that “The Mayor of Hinchtown” will run at Texas Motor Speedway in June, The GMR Grand Prix in July and the Indianapolis 500 in August (provided those dates stay in place in the wake of COVD-19).

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Ganassi “Best-ever Paint Scheme” Down To Final 8:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing’s “Best-ever Paint Scheme” contest is down to the final eight liveries.  The remaining match-ups include Kyle Larson’s 2018 Credit One Bank “Stars & Stripes” vs. Bill Elliott’s 2005 Coors; Jamie McMurray’s 2016 McDonald’s “Mac Tonight” Darlington Throwback vs. Alex Zanardi’s 1996 Target Lightning Bolt; Larson’s 2017 Cars 3 vs. Larson’s 2015 Mello Yello and Sterling Marlin’s 2005 Coors Light Silver Bullet vs. McMurray’s 2003 Texaco Havoline Davey Allison Tribute.  Vote now on CGR Teams Twitter.

Jimmie Johnson Joins INDYCAR iRacing Challenge:

  • Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson is going INDYCAR racing……virtually that is.  Johnson has joined 25-driver field for Saturday’s American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International as a “special guest”.  The American Red Cross Grand Prix is the first of six events to be held weekly each Saturday through May 2nd as part of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES iRacing Challenge.  The approximately 90-minute event will be streamed through INDYCAR.com along with INDYCAR’s YouTube and Facebook social media platforms as well as iRacing’s Twitch.  The INDYCAR on NBC team of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will call the action with Jim Cornelison singing the National Anthem.

eNASCAR iRacing Challenge Gets Ready For Texas:

  • The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational moves to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.  The O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at virtual Texas Motor Speedway is the 2nd race in the series.  Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman will give the command to start the engines and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead will sing the National Anthem.  Last Sunday’s inaugural event, won by three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, drew 903,000 viewers on FS1, according to Nielsen Media Research. FOX SPORTS iRACING was the most-watched telecast on FS1 since the pandemic-induced sports shutdown began on March 12 and Sunday’s most-watched sports telecast on cable television, as well as ranks as the highest-rated esports TV program in history.  This Sunday’s race will be broadcast by Fox, FS1 and the Fox Sports App.
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Racing Notebook – Friday, May 8: Lernerville Postpones Opening Night again, plus PA Red-Flags Selinsgrove and more.

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway has canceled their season opener…again and Selinsgrove Speedway’s hope to reopen gets the red flag from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s “Stay-at-home” order plus the World of Outlaws gets ready for some invitation-only fun in Knoxville.

Lernerville Postpones Opening Night…..again:

  • Lernerville Speedway has postponed opening night, again, due to COVID-19.  The original opening night of April 24th was pushed back to May 8, but Butler County was not on Governor Wolf’s initial list of counties scheduled to “reopen” under the State’s “Yellow” designation and series of protocols. Lernerville remains committed to starting the 2020 season as soon as the Governor reopens the County and allows the track to safely provide for the drivers, teams and track employees.  Opening night at Lernerville could take place as early as Friday, May 15.  The Tomson family and Phil DiLucente are deferring “Pad the Purse” monies from April 24 and May 8 to special Fab4 events on the 2020 schedule including Opening Night, the Mid-Season Championships, Christmas in July and Championship Night.

Selinsgrove Speedway Shown The Red Flag:

  • Selinsgrove Speedway’s hope to re-open this weekend was quashed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s office.  The track went about their business about hosting an event without fans but even that caught the attention of Harrisburg.  Here’s what the tracks Twitter account had to say Friday afternoon.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Roll Into Knoxville:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rolled into Knoxville this afternoon for the World of Outlaws’ official “Return to Racing” with a “Behind Closed Doors” event at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.” The $10,000-to-win Invitational presented by McKay Insurance will see 48 of the most elite Sprint Car drivers in the world, including reigning Series champion Brad Sweet, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel as well as team owners Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.

 

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Racing Notebook – Tuesday, May 5: All Stars Postpone More Races Due To COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions postpones more events due to COVID-19 plus the Tire Rack Road-to-Indy iRacing Series starts tomorrow and more in Tuesday’s Racing Notebook.

All Stars Postpone Indiana and Michigan Events:

  • The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 are postponing event in Indiana and Michigan because of COVID-19.  Visits to I-96 Speedway, Gas City Speedway and Kokomo Speedway scheduled for May 15-17 have been postponed.  Series and track officials are working together to find suitable make-up dates.  All Star and track officials will continue to monitor the federal and state recommendations surrounding the phased reopening of the economy.
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Tire Rack Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Starts Tomorrow:

  • The Tire Rack Road to Indy iRacing eSeries kicks off tomorrow at virtual World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. A pair of 20-minute races at the unique, egg-shaped 1.25-mile oval will form the first of five events to comprise the TireRack.com Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires. The green flag for Race One will fly at 7:00 pm EDT.  The new title-chase will feature a mix of ovals and road courses. Each event will include a pair of sprint races, once again employing identically set-up Pro Mazda cars. The grid for Race One will be established during a brief qualifying session, with only the fastest 28 cars making the cut, while the top 10 race finishers will then be reversed prior to the start of Race Two.

Gordon Grabs World of Outlaws Volusia iRacing Victory:

  • Corey Gordon held on to grab the checkered flag in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models iRacing event from virtual Volusia Speedway Park.  The victory was Gordon’s third of the series.  Ashton Winger grabbed second place from Nick Stroupe, who came home third. The iRacing action continues Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network with the “World of Outlaws: eDirt Racing Shootout” featuring the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in another doubleheader hour of power at virtual Volusia Speedway Park.
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Racing Notebook – Friday, May 1: INDYCAR Gets Ready For Final iRacing Event plus Extreme E Update

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge wraps up this weekend at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus Extreme E takes the lead on gender equality in motorsports and

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Final INDYCAR iRacing Event Saturday At IMS:

  • The final INDYCAR iRacing Challenge series takes place on Saturday at the virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  33-drivers will take to the track in the 70-lap event including eight Indianapolis 500 winners: Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Tony Kanaan, Alexander Rossi, Helio Castroneves and Takuma Sato.  Three of the drivers in the 33-car field have not started an event on the real Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval: Virgin Australia Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin, Formula One standout Lando Norris (last week’s winner at Circuit of the Americas) and NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Alex Palou.  The Indianapolis Fire Department’s Voices of IFD will sing the National Anthem and New York City first responders will give the command to start the engines at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The event will be televised by NBCSN.

Extreme E Promoting Gender Equality:

  • The electric off-road racing series Extreme E will see teams field both a male and female driver in its races – promoting gender equality and a level playing field amongst competitors.  Teams will be composed of a male and a female driver, competing together in every two-lap race as driver and co-driver. Each will complete one lap behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21 electric-SUV, with a changeover incorporated into the race format.  Extreme E drivers will compete wheel-to-wheel on the same stages, in the same 550 horsepower E-SUVs, using the same bespoke all-terrain Continental tires in heats, semis and finals, taking place across the series’ five formidable environments in some of the most remote regions on the planet.
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