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Racing Notebook: Mercer and Tri-City Remember Brandon Hawkins; Penske Thanks 500 Fans and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on two tracks remembering the late Brandon Hawkins this weekend plus Roger Penske thanks Indy 500 fans, Hendrick teammates honor Jimmie Johnson with their “throwbacks” and the Grand Prix of Portland will continue through 2023.

Mercer Raceway To Honor Hawkins On Saturday:

  • Michael’s Mercer Raceway is planning on honoring the late Brandon Hawkins on Saturday night with the $2727 to win, $227 to start “Big Mav Classic”.  Hawkins tragically lost his life at age 26 on July 20 at a construction accident.  Hawkins is survived by his son Maverick, his parents Dave and Chrissy and his girlfriend Ashley.  Hawkins 27H car will be driven by Kyle Colwell and start 27th.  Every car that finishes behind the 27H will donate and extra $50 to start the race back to Maverick Hawkins.  For more information visit www.mercerracewaypark.com.

Tri-City and RUSH Sprints To Honor Hawkins On Sunday:

  • Tri-City Raceway Park and the RUSH Sprint Car Series will pay tribute Hawkins, a former Micro Sprint standout, moved to the RUSH Sprint Cars when the class debuted in 2018 along with his brother Scott and father Dave. The trio also competed together in 2019 as well before Brandon made the move to the “305” Sprints where he won his first feature on July 17 at Bedford Speedway, just days before his passing. Jeremy Weaver leads the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points by 31 over Zach Morrow.  For more information visit www.tricityracewaypark.com.

Roger Penske Pens Letter To Indy 500 Fans:

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NTT INDYCAR SERIES owner Roger Penske, who bought the speedway and series earlier this year, wrote a letter to Indy 500 season ticket holder and race fans who usually attend “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” but will be unable to in 2020 because of COVID-19 restrictions:
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Hendrick Teammates Honor Jimmie Johnson With “Throwbacks”:

  • The Hendrick Motorsports cars of Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman and William Byron will honor teammate Jimmie Johnson with their “throwback” paint schemes at Darlington Raceway.  Johnson is retiring from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition after the 2020 season.  Johnson has expressed an interest in running the NTT INDYCAR SERIES road and street courses in 2021.

City of Portland Extends G.P. Agreement:

  • The City of Portland and Green Savoree Portland LLC have reached an agreement on a three-year extension for the Grand Prix of Portland.  The event was cancelled this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oregon’s statewide restrictions n public gatherings.  The new agreement extends the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway through at least 2023.  For tickets and information visit www.portlandgp.com.
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Racing Notebook: Chase Elliott on Pole Position For NASCAR Road Course Race; Sye Lynch Forms New Partnership and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chase Elliott is on the pole for race number 2 of the NASCAR Cup Series season plus Sye Lynch announces his 2021 plans; A new partnership forms between two former INDYCAR competitors; Weather postpones two World of Outlaws events and more in the latest edition of the Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook.

Chase Elliott On Daytona Road Course Pole:

  • Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott will start from the pole position at this Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series road course race at Daytona International Speedway.  Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell will start second.  Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin make up row 2. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ross Chastain will start 9th in the No. 42 Chevrolet and Kurt Busch will start 17th in the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet. The lineup is set by NASCAR’s Qualifying Metrics. Daytona Road Course Starting Lineup

Sye Lynch Partners With Josh Baughman:

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Michael Andretti and Michel Jourdain Team Up:

  • Michael Andretti is teaming up with Michel Jourdain are teaming up to field an entry in the Super Copa Championship.  The newly formed Andretti Jourdain Autosport team will be based in Mexico and contest the No. 1 car in the championship’s Touring Car division.  This new endeavor marks a seventh motorsport discipline for Andretti Autosport which also competes in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, IMSA LMP3 Prototype Challenge, the FIA Formula E Championship, Extreme E and Australian Supercars.

Transcard To Partner With Meyer Shank Racing At Nashville:

  • Transcard will partner with Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) and driver Helio Castroneves for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Music City Grand Prix in Nashville.  The inaugural Music City Grand Prix will be the second of six events for Castroneves with MSR.  Transcard is a leading global provider of solutions that help businesses, consumers, banks, and financial technology providers accelerate payments and related data. The Music City Grand Prix takes place August 6-8 on the streets of Nashville, TN.

Extreme Winter Weather Postpones WoO Events at Magnolia and The Rev:

  • The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series doubleheader weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, and The Rev, in Monroe, LA, initially scheduled for this weekend (Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20), have been postponed due to extreme winter weather that is projected to continue throughout the weekend.

This Week on DirtVision:

  • The weather in parts of our country are frightful but there is racing action scheduled and DirtVision has it including the Drydene Extreme DIRTcar Series action from Lake View Motor Speedway on Saturday and Cherokee Speedway on Sunday.  Click here for the complete DirtVision schedule.
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Racing Notebook: Denny Hamlin and FedEx extend with JGR; Chase Elliott to do more midget racing; Rain Cancels Monday’s All Stars At East Bay and more!

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Tons of racing news in the latest edition of the Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook including an extension at Joe Gibbs Racing for Denny Hamlin and sponsor FedEx. Chase Elliott plans to do some more midget racing. Money Lion back with Team Penske for 2021. U.S. Air Force extends with Richard Petty Motorsports and another partner signs on for Western PA Sprint Speedweek.

Denny Hamlin and FedEx Extend With JGR:

  • Denny Hamlin will be behind the wheel of Joe Gibbs Racing‘s No. 11 FedEx Toyota for the foreseeable future.  JGR announced that it has extended agreements with Hamlin and long-time sponsor FedEx with a pair of multi-year agreements. Hamlin is a three-time winner and defending champion of the Daytona 500. He has 44 career wins in the NASCAR Cup Series along with 280 top-ten and 179 top-five finishes in 542 career starts.

Chase Elliott Running Midget This Weekend:

  • Fresh off his first Rolex 24 at Daytona this past weekend, defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott will jump from Sports Cars to Midgets this coming weekend at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida.

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MoneyLion Continues Partnership With Team Penske:

  • MoneyLion, the all-in-one digital financial platform, on Monday announced a renewed partnership with Team Penske for multiple races in the 2021 NASCAR season. MoneyLion will be featured as a primary partner at select NASCAR events in 2021 on the cars driven by Brad Keselowski and Austin Cindric. The company will also be an associate sponsor throughout the season on the No. 22 Ford driven by Joey Logano. Keselowski will race the No. 2 MoneyLion Ford Mustang in the Clash, Tuesday evening, February 9 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

U.S. Air Force Extends Partnership With RPM:

  • The U.S. Air Force is extended its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). The U.S. Air Force will serve as the primary partner of Jones’ No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (April 25) and at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (September 18). The U.S. Air Force is an associate partner for the entirety of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Western PA Sprint Speedweek Adds Another Partner:

  • Western PA Sprint Speedweek is adding another partner to the growing list of companies stepping up to support the five-race series this June. J.S. Bova Excavating LLC has signed on to be a presenting sponsor of this summer’s upcoming five-race speedweek, scheduled to run from Wednesday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 6th.  Bova joins Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants in support of the event.

Rain Cancels All Stars Event At East Bay:

  • Mother Nature was the only winner Monday at East Bay Raceway Park. Heavy rains throughout the evening hours on Sunday and into early Monday created heavy flooding in East Bay’s infield, as well as on parts of the racing surface. Track officials did their best to pump the water away from the track, but officials were left with no time to recover. The event will not be rescheduled. The All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will return to East Bay Raceway Park on Tuesday evening, February 2.
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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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