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Racing Notebook: Bowman To Hendrick’s 48; Hamlin On Pole For ROVAL and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on Hendrick Motorsports choosing Alex Bowman to replace Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet; NASCAR sets the lineup for this weekend’s Cup Series race on The Roval; Rahal Letterman Lanigan to build new headquarters; Jarett Andretti headed to IMSA in 2021; Indy Lights to return in 2021; Suarez lands new Cup Series Ride and Deegan to make Truck Series debut at Kansas.

Hendrick Putting Bowman In The No. 48:

  • Hendrick Motorsports is putting Alex Bowman in the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet for the 2021 season.  Bowman’s crew chief will remain Greg Ives.  Bowman takes over the seat that is being vacated by 7-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson.  Johnson is retiring from NASCAR competition but not racing as Johnson is planning to run the Road and Street courses in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Denny Hamlin To Start On Roval Pole At Charlotte:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin will start on the pole position for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America Roval 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.  Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott, the defending winner at the Roval, will start second.  The second row consists of Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick.  The green flag drops on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Roval Starting Lineup

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing To Build New Headquarters:

  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is going to build a new headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana.  The new state-of-the-art, 100,000-square foot facility will consolidate RLL’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES operation (currently in Brownsburg, IN) and IMSA operations (currently in Hilliard, OH) under one roof.  RLL expects to break ground on its headquarters in late 2020 and be fully operational by Spring 2021.
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Jarett Andretti and Andretti Autosport Headed To IMSA In 2021:

  • Andretti Autosport announced today that Jarett Andretti will enter the 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge in the LMP3 class. Following a successful two years behind the wheel of his GT4 machine, the third-generation driver is ready to tackle the new experience in the Ligier JS P320.  The IMSA Prototype Challenge highlights six races on the 2021 schedule with each race one hour, 45 minutes in length. As a champion is crowned for the IMSA Prototype Challenge, the championship-winning driver will receive a $100,000 IMSA credit applicable for the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

Indy Lights To Return in 2021:

  • The Indy Lights Series, the final stepping stone on the ‘Road To Indy’ ladder system, will be back on the grid in 2021.  The rejuvenated Indy Lights Series will benefit from additional initiatives being formulated in conjunction with INDYCAR, including an increased value of the champion’s scholarship award to $1,250,000. A guaranteed entry for the champion into at least three 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES events, including the Indianapolis 500, will remain. Also new in 2021, the top-three finishers in the Indy Lights championship will each receive a NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at the conclusion of the season. Twenty-three of the 33 starters in this year’s Indianapolis 500 were Indy Lights graduates including eight Indy Lights champions.

Daniel Suarez To Drive For New Cup Team:

  • Trackhouse Entertainment Group announced today the formation of a new NASCAR Cup Series team that will make its on-track debut at the 2021 DAYTONA 500.  Piloting the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will be 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion and NASCAR Cup Series veteran, Daniel Suárez.  Trackhouse Entertainment Group, an investor in and operator of motorsports business, was founded and is owned by Justin Marks.

Hailie Deegan To Make NASCAR Truck Series Debut:

  • ARCA Series driver Hailie Deegan is going to make her NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series debut next weekend at Kansas Speedway with DGR Crosley.  Deegan made the announcement today on her Twitter feed.

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Racing Notebook: Pocono NASCAR Weekend approaching; INDYCAR in Toronto; PVGP hits the track and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Pittsburgh Racing Now Racing Notebook is jam-packed with NASCAR, INDYCAR,  and Vintage racing news:

Limited Tickets Remain for Pocono NASCAR Weekend:

  • Pocono Raceway’s NASCAR weekend is a little over a week away and if you want to go, get your tickets now!  Pocono announced on Thursday that a limited number of grandstand seats are the only options remaining for the marquee M&M’S® Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup Series race next Sunday, July 24. The remaining grandstand seats for the Cup Series race are at three price points ($45, $80 and $95) and scattered throughout the various sections of the main grandstand. The only RV camping option currently available is general admission for $250, which includes two guest passes and free admission for up to 4 children 12 and under. To purchase tickets or learn more, please visit poconoraceway.com or call 800-722-3929.
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INDYCAR Returns To Toronto:

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returns to the Streets of Toronto for this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto.  All eyes will be on Defending Series Champion Alex Palou, driver of the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.  CGR announced on Tuesday afternoon they were exercising their option on Palou for 2023, only to have Palou announce on Social Media later that evening that he was not returning.  Moments after Palou’s announcement, McLaren Racing announced they signed Palou for 2023.  CGR has won seven times at Toronto, the most recent being Scott Dixon in 2018. Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi was fastest in the first practice on Friday.  A second practice session takes place Saturday morning with three rounds of knockout-style qualifying taking place Saturday afternoon.  The race is Sunday at 3 p.m.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Pitt Race:

  • The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix hits the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum this weekend in a tune-up for next weekend’s race on the streets of Schenley Park. Since 2004, racers from all over the country have come to the 2.8-mile purpose-built track 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh for fierce competition.  The ‘Black Tie and Tailpipes Gala’ took place last night at The Grand Concourse at Station Square.  For more information visit pvgp.org.
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Racing Notebook: O’Ward on Mid-Ohio INDYCAR pole; Blomqvist on CTMP IMSA pole and more

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Sunday’s Racing Notebook has the lineups for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex, IMSA’s race at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park plus NASCAR at Road America and SRX at Stafford.

O’Ward Wins INDYCAR Mid-Ohio Pole:

  • Arrow McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward is on the pole position for Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Complex.  O’Ward’s fast lap of of 1 minute, 6.7054 seconds in the No. 5 Chevrolet edged Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, who will start second after a fast lap of 1:06.8382 in the No. 3 Chevrolet.  Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta will start third (1:07.0262) with O’Ward’s teammate Felix Rosenqvist alongside in fourth (1:07.2163).  Scott Dixon led Chip Ganassi Racing with a fast lap of 1:07.4047 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.  Dixon’s CGR teammates Alex Palou starts seventh, Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson starts 13th and Jimmie Johnson starts 27th. IndyCar Mid Ohio Lineup

Blomqvist Puts Acura on CTMP IMSA Pole:

  • Tom Blomqvist set an IMSA record in the No. 60 Acura around the iconic 2.459-mile, 10-corner Canadian Tire Motorsports Park road course in 1 minute, 4.394 seconds for an average speed of 137.472 mph. The fastest previous lap, ironically, was set by Blomqvist’s current teammate Oliver Jarvis in 2019 at Daytona International Speedway (136.792 mph).  Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque will start second in the No. 10 Acura.  The JDC Miller Cadillac lines up third followed by the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac.  The No. 01 CGR Caddy will start sixth. IMSA CTMP Lineup
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Elliott On NASCAR Cup Series Road America Pole:

  • Hendrick Motorsports Chase Elliott is on the NASCAR Cup Series pole position for Sunday’s road course race at Road America.  Elliott’s fast lap of 134.427-seconds (108.407 mph) was a tick faster than Stewart Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe, who will start second (108.376 mph).  Elliott’s HMS teammate Kyle Larson starts third (108.21mph) with Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick fourth (108.155mph), and Team Penske’s Austin Cindric fifth (108.123mph). Cup Series Road America Lineup

Gibbs Takes Xfinity Win At Road America:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs passed Hendrick Motorsports Kyle Larson on the final lap of NASCAR Overtime to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America. Larson was leading as he passed under white flag, but Gibbs drafted Larson down the frontstretch, took advantage of an opening to the inside in Turn 3 and powered his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota past Larson for the lead and the win.

Newman Bumps Andretti For First SRX Win:

  • Ryan Newman used the bump-and-run to pass Marco Andretti for the Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) victory at Stafford Motor Speedway.  Andretti held off Paul Tracy for second.  Tony Stewart finished fourth and Bobby Labonte rounded out the Top 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay won Heat 1 and Labonte won Heat 2. Next up for the Camping World SRX Series is the Nashville Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 9.
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Racing Notebook: Rossi on INDYCAR pole; Larson on Cup pole; Busch wins Truck Race

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Sunday’s Racing Notebook has details on the starting lineups for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Road America and the NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma as well as Kyle Busch winning another truck series race>

Rossi on INDYCAR Series Pole:

  • Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi earned his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole position in three years by beating Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in knockout-style qualifying for Sunday’s race at Road America.  Rossi’s fast lap of 1 minute, 44.8656 seconds edged Newgarden’s 1:44.9371 in the No. 2 PPG Chevrolet. Defending series champion Alex Palou, who led the final warmup session on Saturday afternoon, qualified third at 1:45.3822 in the No. 10 American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Teammate and 2022 Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson joins Palou in the second row after his best lap of 1:45.4240 in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Road America INDYCAR Lineup
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Larson Leads Hendrick Cup Series Front Row:

  • Hendrick Motorsports Kyle Larson is on the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma.  Larson’s fast lap of 92.111 mph (1m70.776s) edged teammate Chase Elliott’s 92.083 mph in the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet.  Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Chris Buescher qualified third at 91.919 mph after missing last week’s race due to Covid-19. Michael McDowell starts fourth after posting a fast lap of 91.916. Sonoma Cup Lineup

Kyle Busch Wins Truck Series Race:

  • Kyle Busch held off Zane Smith to earn his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory of the year Saturday at Sonoma.  The win extended his record career total to 62 series victories and a streak of 10 consecutive years with at least one series win.  Busch led 45 of the 75 laps in the victory.  Wexford’s Kris Wright finished 26th in the No. 44 FNB Chevrolet after starting 30th in his first race at Sonoma. Sonoma Truck Results
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