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Racing Notebook – Thursday, April 2: NASCAR Delays Next Gen Car Plus More Drivers For INDYCAR iRacing Challenge and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – NASCAR holds off on their next generation car until 2022 plus more drivers in this week’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge and the World of Outlaws goes iRacing.

NASCAR Delays Debut Of Next Generation Race Car:

  • NASCAR is delaying the debut of their next generation race car until the 2022 season.  NASCAR released a statement from John Probst, the NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation Thursday afternoon that says: “Due to challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic, the debut of the Next Gen car will be delayed until 2022. The decision was made in collaboration with the OEMs and team owners. We will continue to develop the Next Gen car, and a revised testing timeline will be shared when more information is available.”
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29-Drivers Entered in Race 2 of INDYCAR iRacing Challenge:

  • A larger field of INDYCAR drivers are entering Round 2 of the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.  29-drivers are taking part in this Saturday’s race at virtual Barber Motorsports Park.  New additions include 2018 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year Robert Wickens (No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet), five-time series champion Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), three-time Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge pole winner Ed Carpenter (No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet) and Jack Harvey (No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda).  Sage Karam (No. 24 Wix Filters Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet) led 43-of-45-laps en route to victory in Round 1 from virtual Watkins Glen International.  NBCSN will broadcast the event live.  Check out the complete entry list Barber Indy Car Entry List.

Christopher Bell And Trent Ivey Win World of Outlaws iRacing Events:

  • Christopher Bell picked up with victory in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series iRacing event from The virtual Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Kevin Swindell finished second and Logan Schuchart finished third.  Trent Ivey picked up the win in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series main event.  Kaeden Cornell finished second with Mike McKinney finishing third.

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Racing Notebook: Ed Jones To Coyne Vasser Sullivan; Ty Dillon To Run For JGR; Pocono Honors Bubba Wallace and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has news about Ed Jones joining Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan.  Ty Dillion is going to run some Xfinity races for Joe Gibbs Racing; Pocono Raceway honors Bubba Wallace and Kaulig Racing details 2021 plans.

Ed Jones Joins Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan:

  • Ed Jones is returning to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2021.  Jones is going to replace Santino Ferrucci in the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda.  Jones broke into the INDYCAR series with Coyne in 2017 as a teammate to Sebastien Bourdais.  Jones best finish was third in the Indianapolis 500.  Jones’ car will carry the SealMaster sponsorship previously carried by Bourdais and Ferrucci.  Coyne says an announcement is forthcoming on who will be Jones teammate.
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Ty Dillon To Run Some Xfinity Races For JGR:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Wednesday that Ty Dillon will drive the team’s No. 54 Toyota Supra in select NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2021, including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 13. Beyond Daytona, Dillon’s Xfinity Series schedule currently includes races at Homestead-Miami Speedway (February 27), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 6) and Talladega Superspeedway (April 24).  Dillon was without a ride for 2021 after Germain Racing closed following the end of the 2020 season.

Bubba Wallace Wins Pocono Spirit Award For 2020:

  • Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. is the winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Pocono Spirit Award for 2020.  The NMPA Pocono Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports. The award is sponsored by Pocono Raceway and has been presented annually since 1992.

Kaulig Racing Details 2021 Lineup:

  • Jeb Burton will begin his 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) season with primary partner, Nutrien Ag Solutions, at Daytona International Speedway in the No. 10 Chevrolet. Nutrien Ag Solutions will be on board the No. 10 for 16 races in 2021.  Justin Haley returns to the No. 11 Chevrolet for a third-straight year. The team is also thrilled to announce the return of primary partner, LeafFilter Gutter Protection. LeafFilter has donned the No. 11 Chevrolet since the team’s inception in 2016. AJ Allmendinger will kick off his first, full NASCAR season since 2018 with partner, Ellsworth Advisors on the No. 16 Chevrolet at Daytona. In addition to his return to full-time competition, Allmendinger will pilot the No. 16 Camaro ZL1 1LE at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course race in the team’s part-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) entry.
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Racing Notebook: Hinchcliffe To Run Full INDYCAR Season For Andretti; Acura Commits To LMDh; Western PA Sprint Speedweek Sponsor News and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has the latest on James Hinchcliffe’s plans for 2021; Acura commits to field a car in LMDh plus the Western Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek gets a sponsor; Chip Ganassi Racing teams up with GMC and the NASCAR Foundation announces new board members.

James Hinchcliffe To Run Full NTT INDYCAR SERIES Schedule In 2021:

  • James Hinchcliffe is set to run the full 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES for Andretti Autosport. Hinchcliffe will be sporting the Genesys orange for 10 races throughout the 2021 season, including the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Genesys, the global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions, served as Hinchcliffe’s sponsor at three of INDYCAR’s marquee events in the 2020 season.

Acura Commits To IMSA’s LMDh Category For 2023:

  • Acura Motorsports on Tuesday confirmed it will continue to compete in the top category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023 under the new Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) format. Acura expects to share more information on their LMDh plans later this year.  Acura Motorsports will compete in the top category in IMSA, Daytona Prototype International (DPi), this year with two new teams, Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, beginning with this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
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Schaeffer’s To Sponsor Western PA Sprint Speedweek:

  • Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants has signed on to be the title sponsor of Western PA Sprint Speedweek.  Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants manufactures and supplies all types of synthetic motor oils, hydraulic fluids, diesel fuel additives, industrial lubricants, greases and oils, chain lubes, and degreasers. Western PA Sprint Speedweek returns Jun. 2nd-6th 2021 when the ‘410 Sprints’ compete for five straight nights around the Western PA racing circuit, with each show featuring a robust purse highlighted by the $3,000 winner’s share.

GMC Partners With Chip Ganassi Racing In Extreme E:

  • GMC is partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) on the team’s Extreme E program, which makes its debut in April.  CGR’s 550-horsepower electric SUV, will feature a unique grille, graphics and bodywork, inspired by the GMC HUMMER EV, the world’s first all-electric supertruck.  Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc will get to drive the Ganassi/GMC Hummer EV when the Extreme E season debuts in April.  Pittsburgher’s may remember that Chip’s sister Annette used to own a GMC dealership on Route 8.

NASCAR Foundation Names New Board Members:

  • The NASCAR Foundation on Tuesday announced two additions to its Board of Directors. Veteran race car driver Hurley Haywood and Rev Racing Co-owner Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel accepted nominations to join the board led by Chairman Mike Helton. Haywood is widely known for winning the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA five times, the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times and 12 Hours of Sebring twice. He is credited with the 1988 Trans-Am title, two IMSA GT Championship titles and 23 wins, three Norelco Cup championships, a SuperCar title and seven IndyCar starts. Satterfield-Siegel, a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist, is a member of the Payton Manning Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Team as well as treating patients in her private practice. She and her husband co-own Rev Racing, the exclusive manager of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program.
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Racing Notebook: INDYCAR Moving Season Opener; Roar Before The 24 Begins For IMSA Teams and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A schedule change for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES; IMSA teams hit the track at Daytona International Speedway plus Landon Cassil lands a ride for 2021 and Hagerty partners with Shift Up Now to help female racers.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Opener Pushed Back A Week:

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is pushing their season-opener back one week.  The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 11 at Barber Motorsports Park but will now be held on Sunday, April 18.  The move will allow the race to be featured on NBC network television.  “Zoom Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park jumped at the opportunity to have our event showcased on NBC network television”, said Gene Hallman, CEO of Zoom Motorsports.  The change means there will be four races in 15-days to start the 2021 season.

IMSA Teams At Daytona For Roar Before The Rolex 24:

  • IMSA Teams are at Daytona International Speedway for the annual ‘Roar Before The Rolex 24’.  Practice and qualifying as well as the first Prototype Challenge Race (Saturday) are on the schedule this weekend.  Chip Ganassi Racing makes a return the sports cars in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class fielding a Cadillac for drivers Renger Van Der Zande and Kevin Magnussen.  CGR did not participate in 2020 following the  end of the Ford GT program.  2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott gets his first taste of sports car competition this weekend driving for Action Express Racing.
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Landon Cassill To Run Full Xfinity Series Schedule:

  • Landon Cassill is going to run the full NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule in 2021.  Cassill is returning to the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller stables and will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet.  Cassill has driven for team owner Johnny Davis on a number of occasions over the years including full-time campaigns from 2013 to 2015.  Cassill has one Top 5 and fourteen Top 10 finishes in NXS competition and has made over 300 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Hagerty Partners With ‘Shift Up Now’:

  • Automotive lifestyle brand Hagerty is partnering with ‘Shift Up Now’.  Shift Up Now is an advocacy organization who’s mission is help female athletes in motorsports.  Hagerty will provide associate sponsorships for Athletes Michele Abbate, Hannah Grisham and Emily Linscott in the 2021 racing season.  Abbate will carry the Hagerty logo on her Trans Am TA2 Grr Racing entry in the SVRA-sanctioned series on the West coast. Grisham will race for Hixon Motor Sports at Daytona and Road Atlanta in Mx5 Cup. Linscott is aiming to race a partial season in the United States F4 Championship powered by Honda, and will also be sanctioned by SVRA on the East coast in 2021.

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