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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: Knaus Promoted At Hendrick; NASCAR Revises Schedule; Jarett Andretti To Run Tribute Scheme And More

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Hendrick Motorsports promotes Jeff Andrews and Chad Knaus; NASCAR revises the schedule for the Kansas weekend October plus Jarett Andretti to run a tribute paint scheme at Indianapolis and ABeam Consulting to be primary sponsor for Takuma Sato at Harvest GP.

Hendrick Motorsports Elevates Andrews And Knaus:

  • Hendrick Motorsports is elevating Jeff Andrews and Chad Knaus into leadership roles at the 12-NASCAR Cup Series Championship organization.  Andrews becomes Executive Vice President and General Manager effective immediately.  Andrews has been Hendrick’s Vice President of Competition since 2017.  Knaus becomes the Vice President of Competition after serving as Crew Chief since 2006, winning seven Cup Championships and 82-races with Jimmie Johnson.  Knaus moves into his new role after the 2020 season.

NASCAR Revises Kansas Weekend Schedule:

  • NASCAR is revising the weekend schedule at Kansas Speedway due to programming changes.  The ARCA Menards Series will take place Friday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET (originally at 10 p.m. ET). The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will now take place on Saturday, October 17 at 4 p.m. (originally Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. ET).  The NASCAR Xfinity Series will move to 7 p.m. ET (originally 3 p.m. ET).
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Jarett Andretti To Pay Tribute To Father John:

  • Jarett Andretti will run a tribute scheme to his late father John this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The No. 36 Andretti GT4 McLaren will run a Window World paint scheme reminiscent of the paint scheme that John Andretti ran in his final Indianapolis 500.

ABeam Consulting To Be Primary Sponsor For Sato At Harvest GP:

  • ABeam Consulting will be the primary sponsor of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato at Race 1 of the Harvest Grand Prix on the road course at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 2.  ABeam has been an associate sponsor of Sato’s No. 30 Honda in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since 2017.

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Racing Notebook: Hinchcliffe Replaces Veach; Askew In Concussion Protocol, Helio To Fill-in and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A jam packed edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on Zach Veach’s replacement at Andretti Autosport plus Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew sidelined by a concussion so Helio Castroneves is going to fill-in; Hendrick Motorsports penalized for violating wind tunnel time; Limited amount of fans at Charlotte Roval and the World of Outlaws in Ohio before Lernerville stop.

Hinchcliffe To Replace Veach At Andretti:

  • James Hinchcliffe will finish out the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for Andretti Autosport.  Hinchcliffe replaces Zach Veach, who parted ways with the organization earlier this week.  Hinchcliffe drove full-time for Andretti from 2012-2014 and in three races this year.  The NTT INDYCAR SERIES continues next Friday and Saturday with the Harvest Grand Prix doubleheader on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Askew Out With Concussion; Helio To Fill-in:

  • Arrow McLaren SP’s Oliver Askew will not be behind the wheel of the No. 7 Chevrolet at next weekend’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES Harvest Grand Prix doubleheader.  Askew told the Associated Press he hasn’t felt right since a wreck at the Indianapolis 500.  Askew has since been diagnosed with a concussion and is undergoing treatment at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program.  Helio Castroneves will replace Askew at the Harvest GP.
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Hendrick Motorsports Penalized For Rules Violation:

  • NASCAR is fining Hendrick Motorsports $100,000 and docking the organization 10-hours of wind tunnel time in 2021 for going over their allotted time this year.  The team self-reported the violation when they realized they went over the 70-hours teams are permitted to use in 2020.  The teams will get 80-hours in 2021, leaving Hendrick with only 70.

Limited Amount Of Fans At Charlotte:

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway will be permitted to host a limited amount of fans at their NASCAR weekend October 10-11.  The State of North Carolina will allow outdoor sports venues that have a capacity of more than 10,000 to host events with fans up to seven percent of their capacity.  CMS is expected to be able to around 7,000-fans.  Season ticket holders are being contacted about the Cup series race but tickets are available for the Xfinity and IMSA races on Saturday.

World of Outlaws At Wayne County Tonight:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series is at Wayne County Speedway outside of Canton, Ohio tonight, one night before the Outlaws invade Lernerville Speedway for the ‘Commonwealth Clash’.  Brad Sweet, last year’s winner of the Clash, holds a 20-point lead over Logan Schuchart in the Championship standings heading into this weekend.
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Racing Notebook: Gravel Wins At Eldora; Mid-Ohio Gearing Up For IMSA; Briscoe On Xfinity Pole and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook recaps David Gravel’s win at Eldora, IMSA’s trip to Mid-Ohio this weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting lineup at Las Vegas, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series lineup and pilot error cited in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2019 plane crash.

Gravel Wins Governors Reign At Eldora:

  • David Gravel held off Kyle Larson to win The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Governors Reign at Eldora Speedway Wednesday night.  Gravel started on the pole position and led all 35-laps but not without a fight from Larson.  Larson started 10th and worked his way into the top 5 before the midway point and into second place after a restart following a lap 20 caution.  Gravel took off on that restart but Larson kept chiseling away at Gravel’s lead, trying a slide job on the last lap only to lose the drag race to the checkered flag.  Gravel took home $52,000 for the win.

Mid-Ohio Preparing For IMSA Weekend:

  • The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is gearing up for a weekend of sports car racing as the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) brings four series to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural terrain road course.  The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio showcases the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is Sunday’s headliner.  The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge races on both Saturday and Sunday.  The IMSA Prototype Challenge and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA will hold a triple header while the Mazda MX-5 Cup will hold a doubleheader.  A limited amount of fans will be permitted to attend but must purchase tickets online at www.midohio.com because tickets will not be sold at the gate.
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Chase Briscoe Awarded Xfinity Series Las Vegas Pole:

  • Stewart Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe has been awarded the pole position for Saturday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 Playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Team Penske’s Austin Cindric will start second.  JR Motorsports Justin Allgaier will lineup third with Kaulig Motorsports Ross Chastain starting fourth.  The lineup was set by NASCAR’s ‘performance matrix’.  Briscoe and Cindric both open the playoffs with 2050 points but Briscoe is first due to a series-high 7-wins.  The green flag flies Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Xfinity Las Vegas Starting Lineup

Brett Moffitt Awarded Las Vegas Truck Series Pole:

  • GMS Racing’s Brett Moffitt has been awarded the pole position for Friday night’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The race is the second of the NASCAR Playoffs for the Truck Series.  Moffitt finished second in last weekend’s playoff opener at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Moffitt’s GMS Racing teammate Sam Mayer, who is running a part-time schedule won that race.  The green flag for the Westgate 200 drops at 9:00 p.m. ET. NASCAR Trucks Las Vegas Lineup

Pilot Error Cited In Dale Earnhardt Jr Plane Accident:

  • The National Transportation Safety Board is blaming the pilots for the crash August 2019 crash involving Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family.  Investigators said the probable cause of the incident was decisions by the pilots, including approaching the runway too fast and a failed attempt to abort the landing.  The report says the plane bounced four times and “the airplane touched down hard and the right main landing gear then collapsed under the wing.”
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