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Racing Notebook – Tuesday, April 21: World of Outlaws visits virtual Williams Grove plus Corey Gordon takes Late Model iRacing Win

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink iRacing Invitational Series takes to virtual Williams Grove Speedway tonight plus Corey Gordon grabs the checkered flag in Monday night’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing event at Williams Grove and NASCAR could get back on track in some States.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars visit virtual Williams Grove:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series iRacing Invitational visits virtual Williams Grove Speedway tonight.  Kevin Swindell enters the event with the momentum of back-to-back victories the last two weeks at virtual Knoxville and virtual Lernerville.  Stewart Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe will drive the No. 5 #BuiltFordProud/Huffy entry (Pictured above) in Tuesday’s WoO NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars iRacing Invitational to pay homage to Ford’s efforts to aid in the battle against coronavirus.  The virtual race is available on DIRTVision.
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Corey Gordon Victorious in Late Model iRacing Event at Williams Grove:

  • Team Drydene eSports driver Corey Gordon picked up the win in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing Invitational at Williams Grove Speedway Monday night.  Eric Riggins, who started fourth, finished second followed by Logan Seavey, who started second.  Tyler Clem and Trent Ivey rounded out the top 5.

NASCAR Not Commenting On Possible Return To The Track:

  • NASCAR has not released an official statement on their possible return to the track but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper plans to release details later this week in regards to lifting the State’s stay-at-home restrictions. “We are working to ease restrictions in a responsible way, in a staged way,” Gov. Cooper said Tuesday during a media briefing. “We will be bringing forward this week more specifics on that plan to move forward and what trends, testing and tracing, that we are going to be looking at in order to begin the process to ease the restrictions”.  Florida has deemed sports an “essential” business so events could take place in that state without fans in attendance.

Add The Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Indy 500 To Your Meeting Background:

  • If you’re videoconferencing from home, you can now show your coworkers your affinity for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.  Many video conferencing platforms give users the option to upload photos to set as their background.  A set of six photos from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 are now available at IMS.com for fans to download and add to their platform.  Fans are encouraged to share their virtual Indy 500 experience on social media and and tag the track on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Racing Notebook: Castroneves Joins Meyer Shank Racing; INDYCAR tests at Laguna Seca and more.

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of the Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on Helio Castroneves joining Meyer Shank Racing plus Jimmie Johnson tests the Carvana Honda at Laguna Seca and Belardi Auto Racing closes its doors.

Helio Castroneves Joins Meyer Shank Racing:

  • 3-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves is joining Meyer Shank Racing for six NTT INDYCAR SERIES events in 2021.  Castroneves is slated to compete at Barber Motorsports Park, The Streets of Long Beach, Indianapolis 500, Indy Road Course, Portland International Raceway and Weather Tech Raceway at Laguna Seca. “We’re really excited to have Helio come onboard with us next year,” said team co-owner Mike Shank. “The idea to start off with six races for the second IndyCar was another strategic plan. As I’ve always said in the past, we will never bite off more than we can chew.” The ultimate goal is to run two, full-time entries.

Jimmie Johnson and Alex Palou Test At Laguna Seca:

  • The two newest members of Chip Ganassi’s INDYCAR squad, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Palou, spent Monday testing at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca.  The outing is the second test for both drivers with CGR after the joined the team following the conclusion of the 2020 NASCAR and INDYCAR seasons.  Johnson and Palou tested with teammates Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson last month at Barber Motorsports Park. Speeds and times were not released but Johnson and Palou had some cool social media posts.
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Belardi Auto Racing Closes:

  • Belardi Auto Racing, a fixture on the Road To Indy the past decade, is closing its doors.  Team Owner Brian Belardi cited personal health concerns as well as the economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic as the primary reasons behind the decision.
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Racing Notebook: Formula E Invests In Extreme E; NASCAR Gearing Up For Championship

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of the Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook includes an update on Extreme E as well as how NASCAR teams are gearing up for the Championship Weekend and NTT IndyCar Series teams get a jump on 2021 with testing at Barber Motorsports Park.

Formula E Invests In Extreme E:

  • Formula E has today announced that it has become a minority shareholder in Extreme E – the radical new off-road motorsport which will see electric SUVs competing in remote ecosystems around the world.  United in their founding purpose to counteract climate change by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles, Formula E and Extreme E have a natural strategic alliance which has been formalized by Formula E’s investment.
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NASCAR Teams Gearing Up For Championship At Phoenix:

  • The NASCAR Championship teams of drivers Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin are gearing up this weekend’s Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale Arizona.  Logano won the last race at Phoenix in the Spring.  Elliott won the pole for that race and led 93-laps.  Elliott has also won the last two elimination races (Martinsville, Charlotte).

NTT IndyCar Series Teams Test At Barber:

  • 21 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Teams spent Monday testing at Barber Motorsports Park, a little over a week after their season ending race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  7-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and Alex Palou got acclimated with their Chip Ganassi Racing team while Felix Rosenqvist was in his new ride at Arrow McLaren SP while Felix Antonio da Costa was in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda for Graham Rahal.

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Racing Notebook: Larson To Hendrick Finally Official; Extreme E Unveils Ganassi Livery And More

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson to Hendrick Motorsports is finally official plus Marcus Ericsson and Chip Ganassi Racing agree to multi-year deal and a Pittsburgh “look” for one of CGR’s new machines.

Hendrick Motorsports Signs Kyle Larson:

  • Hendrick Motorsports made it official by announcing the signing of Kyle Larson to a multi-year deal to drive the No. 5 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2021.  Larson was reinstated by NASCAR earlier this month after being suspended for using a racial slur during a iRacing event this Spring.  Chip Ganassi Racing fired Larson and several sponsors dropped him as a result of that incident.

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Extreme E Debuts Chip Ganassi Racing Livery:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing’s entry in the Extreme E Series will carry some familiar colors when it makes its debut in 2021.  Extreme E is the electric, off-road rally series that will compete in the remote areas of the world affected by climate change.  Sara Price will be CGR’s female driver and Kyle LeDuc will be the male driver.  The Odyssey 21 SUV will carry a Black & Gold livery. To watch the Extreme E Global Launch click here.

Marcus Ericsson And Chip Ganassi Racing Agree To New Deal:

  • Marcus Ericsson will continue behind the wheel of Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Honda.  The team announced on Wednesday a multi-year deal with the 30-year-old Swede.  Ericsson finished 12th in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES final standings, which was his first year with the 13-time Championship organization.

 

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