PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on the NASCAR Cup Series Starting Lineup for Bristol plus NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Conor Daly is going truck racing and Team Penske confirms that Australian Supercar Series driver Scott McLauglin will make his INDYCAR debut at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Keselowski Awarded Bristol Cup Series Pole:
- Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski is on the pole position for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keselowski was awarded the pole based on NASCAR’s “performance matrix”. Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano will start in the second position. Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick will start third and fourth respectively. This race is the Round of 16 cutoff racing where only the Top 12 in points will advance in the NASCAR Playoffs. Bristol Cup Starting Lineup
INDYCAR Driver Conor Daly Going Truck Racing:
- NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Conor Daly is going to do some truck racing. Daly and action sports star and Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana will team up to compete in September 25’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The pair also race in the LCQ League, a private iRacing league featuring motorsports and action sports legends having fun in cars from all disciplines. The Pair will drive the #42 and #45 Niece Motorsports trucks with the support of iRacing, as well as Elliott’s Custom Trailers, Pit Viper, Fatheadz, and Wienerschnitzel.
Massive news for America right here‼️ @TravisPastrana and I are teaming up with @NieceMotorsport to go @NASCAR_Trucks racing in Las Vegas! We are bringing the #LCQLeague to real life! Huge thanks to @iRacing @Fatheadz @wienerschnitzel @ElliottsTrailer for making this happen! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/b33wC39OQR
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) September 17, 2020
Scott McLaughlin To Make INDYCAR Debut At St. Pete:
- Scott McLaughlin will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut at the season finale in St. Petersburg. The two-time and defending Supercars Champion for DJR Team Penske (DJRTP) was set to compete in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race earlier this year on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course before the COVID-19 global pandemic forced several delays and postponements on racing schedules, along with international travel restrictions.
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) September 17, 2020
Kansas Speedway To Limited Amount Of Fans:
- Kansas Speedway announced that they will be able to host a limited number of fans (10,000) for the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 on October 18 at Kansas Speedway. To allow for social distancing the track will re-seat fans who currently have tickets. If any inventory becomes available after that process the track will make an announcement.
Racing Notebook: Larson To Hendrick Finally Official; Extreme E Unveils Ganassi Livery And More
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.
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) October 28, 2020
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.
Racing Notebook: Power Wins Grand Prix Of St. Pete Pole; Burton Wins At Texas; Robb Wins Indy Pro 2000
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team Penske’s Will Power wins the pole position for the INDYCAR race at St. Petersburg plus Harrison Burton wins the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Texas Motor Speedway; Road To Indy Winners and Carvana partners with Jimmie Johnson and Chip Ganassi Racing for their 2021 INDYCAR effort.
Will Power Wins INDYCAR Pole At St. Pete:
- Team Penske’s Will Power is on the pole position for Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Power’s fast lap of 1-minute, 1.0369-seconds (106.165 mph) was 0.14-seconds faster than Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi (01:01:1730/105.929 mph) in the third and final round of knockout-style qualifying. Championship contenders Josef Newgarden will start eighth and Scott Dixon will start eleventh after failing to advance past the second round. The green flag drops at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. St. Pete Starting Lineup
Harrison Burton Wins NASCAR Xfinity Series Race At Texas:
- Joe Gibbs Racing’s Harrison Burton took home the victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. The victory was Burton’s third this season. JR Motorsports Noah Gragson finished second followed by Richard Childress Racing’s Anthony Alfredo. Team Penske’s Austin Cindric finished fourth. Points leader Chase Briscoe finished 24th. Xfinity Texas Results Xfinity Drivers Points
Sting Ray Robb Wins At St. Pete:
- Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb wired the field in Saturday’s Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Cooper Tires. Robb, who started on the pole position, quickly pulled out to a 1.2-second lead and never looked back. “That was a hard race, even though I was leading the whole way. The team set a goal for me to hold a certain lap time and I did, until I saw Danial starting to catch me. I started pushing harder and set the quick race lap time, bettering my own race record from last year. Two lap records in one day here, that’s pretty special!” Danial Frost finished second followed by Robb’s teammate Artem Petrov. Robb will also start on the pole in Sunday’s season finale. Colin Kaminsky, the goalie for the University of Pittsburgh hockey team, finished ninth. indypro2000-race-results-r1
Porto Grabs USF 2000 Victory At St. Pete:
- Kiko Porto claimed a well-deserved maiden Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship victory Saturday afternoon in the USF2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Andersen RacePark. Eduardo Barrichello finished in second place for Pabst Racing with Reece Gold taking third for Cape Motorsports.
Carvana Partners With Jimmie Johnson & Chip Ganassi Racing:
- Carvana, the nations leading online auto retailer, is partnering with Jimmie Johnson and Chip Ganassi Racing for Johnson’s 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES campaign. Johnson will run the No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda on the road and street course. Ganassi told Pittsburgh Racing Now he plans to enter the car in all of the races but the driver has yet to be determined.
Racing Notebook: McLaughlin To INDYCAR for Penske in ’21; Sato Back With Rahal For ’21 and more!
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A busy start to the weekend in the racing world as Team Penske confirms Scott McLaughlin’s switch to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES plus Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2021; Firestone renews sponsorship of St. Pete and Cup Series starting lineup.
Scott McLaughlin Leaving Supercars For INDYCAR:
- Team Penske is leaving Australian Supercars but is brining Scott McLaughlin over to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The team announced late Friday that McLaughlin will transition from Supercars to complete the team’s four-car, full-season lineup in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The 27-year-old McLaughlin will make his INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend at the 2020 season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Takuma Sato To Return To Rahal Letterman Lanigan In 2021:
- Takuma Sato is returning to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Four of Sato’s six INDYCAR wins have come with RLL. Sato, a two-time Indy 500 winner (2017 & 2020), joined RLL for the 2012 season and then returned in 2018. 2021 will mark his fourth consecutive season with the team and fifth overall. “Clearly it has been a successful partnership over the last several years, culminating in this year’s Indy 500 victory and I look forward to further success with Takuma throughout 2021.” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan.
Firestone Renews Sponsorship of Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
- Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is extending their Firestone brand’s title sponsorship of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for an additional three-years. “While the road to St. Petersburg has certainly been different this year, we are thrilled to return to the streets of St. Pete and help crown an NTT IndyCar Series champion,” said Lisa Boggs, director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “Firestone tires have taken the checkers with the winner at all 15 IndyCar Series races here, and we’re proud to continue growing our partnership with Green Savoree Racing Promotions to support this marquee event in a community that shares our passion for the sport.”
Kevin Harvick On Cup Series Pole Position:
- Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick will start Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader Echo Park Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway from the pole position. Team Penske’s Joey Logano will start on the outside of the front row. Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott will makeup row 2. The race is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on NBCSN. The starting lineup was determined by NASCAR’s ‘performance matrix’. Texas Cup Series Starting Lineup