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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: Scott Dixon To Run IMSA Enduros For Ganassi; Marco Andretti’s 2021 Plans and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Scott Dixon will be the third driver for Chip Ganassi’s Sports Car team, running the endurance events.  CGR also revealed the livery for the No. 01 Cadillac.  Lots of news from Andretti Autosport as Marco Andretti releases his 2021 plans and Ryan Hunter-Reay is returns for the 2021 season with backing from DHL plus Jarret Andretti continues to add sponsorship for his Sports Car effort.  Last but not least, Pitbull joins the ownership group of Trackhouse Racing.

Dixon To Run Endurance Events For CGR Sports Car:

  • Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Scott Dixon is going to the 3rd driver for Chip Ganassi’s IMSA program.  Dixon will run the endurance events along with driver Renger Van Der Zande and Kevin Magnussen, the drivers who will run the entire IMSA schedule.  Dixon drove for Wayne Taylor Racing last year and competed in Ganassi’s previous sports car entries in GTLM and DPi.

Marco Andretti Announces 2021 Plans:

  • Marco Andretti is not going to run the full 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule, opting to focus on winning the Indy 500 as well as looking into running some IMSA races with his cousin Jarett.  Here is Marco’s full post:

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Ganassi Unveils Sports Car Livery Ahead Of Rolex 24 At Daytona:

  • Chip Ganassi Racing used their social media channels to unveil the livery of the No. 01 Cadillac that the team will campaign on the IMSA circuit in 2021.

Ryan Hunter-Reay To Return To Andretti In 2021:

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay will be back behind the wheel of the No. 28 Honda for the 2021 season.  Andretti Autosport made the announcement that DHL will return as RHR’s sponsor. Hunter-Reay has collected 15 race wins with the team, for a total of 18 overall INDYCAR career victories. His most notable accolades including his 2012 championship title and 2014 Indianapolis 500 victory. The 2021 season will mark Hunter-Reay’s 15th season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, and his 12th as part of the Andretti Autosport stable.

Jarett Andretti Adds Sponsorship For Sports Car Program:

  • Jarett Andretti, who recently announced his plans to race full-time in the IMSA LMP3 series with Andretti Autosport and manufacturer, Ligier, announced that he’ll have continued support from long-time partner, Window World. Window World will serve as a co-associate sponsor for Andretti.  Additional support will come from Window World vendor – MI Windows and Doors, who are headquartered in Gratz, PA.

Pitbull Joins Trackhouse Racing Ownership Group:

  • Grammy award winner Pitbull is joining the ownership group of Trackhouse Racing, Justin Marks new team.  Daniel Suarez is the driver and former DEI executive Ty Norris is the team president.  Trackhouse has formed a technical and operational partnership with Richard Childress Racing.
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Racing Notebook: McIntosh Takes Qualifying Night 1 Win at Chili Bowl; Chase Elliott and Ryan Newman Sponsorship News plus Pocono Ticket Deal

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Cannon McIntosh is the A-Main winner in night one of qualifying at the Chili Bowl plus Chase Elliott and Ryan Newman get additional sponsorship and an update on a special ticket deal at Pocono Raceway are in the latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook:

Cannon McIntosh Victorious Monday At Chili Bowl:

  • Cannon McIntosh captured the checkered flag in Monday’s A-Main at the Chili Bowl.  McIntosh, 18, held off Tyler Courtney on several late restarts to take the win on opening night for the second year in-a-row at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.  Blake Hahn rounded out the podium.

Larson Headline Tuesday Night At Chili Bowl:

  • Defending Chili Bowl winner Kyle Larson headlines the list of 63-competitors for Tuesday’s qualifying night action at the Tulsa Expo Raceway.  Stahlstown, PA’s Jeremy Hill is in action tonight in the No. 4u for MSW Motorsports.
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Adrenaline Shoc Partners With Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports:

  • Energy drink Adrenaline Shoc (A Shoc) has partnered with 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports as a sponsor of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro team. Launched in 2019, A Shoc is  preservative-free with plant-powered natural caffeine blend that is available in 10 great tasting flavors. A Shoc is distributed across the United States by Keurig Dr. Pepper.  A Shoc replaces Mountain Dew.

Kohler Generators Partners With Roush Fenway And Ryan Newman

  • Kohler Generators is partnering with Roush Fenway Racing as an anchor partner making its debut on the No. 6 Ford with driver Ryan Newman on Feb. 14 at the famed Daytona 500. Kohler Generators will also serve as Newman’s primary partner for races at Atlanta (3/21), Darlington (5/9), Charlotte (5/30), Road America (7/4), Bristol (9/18), Talladega (10/3) and Martinsville (10/31).

Pocono’s Tricky Track Pack Is Back:

  • Pocono Raceway is brining the “Tricky Track Pack” back for 2021 and they have added a new option!  The “Tricky Track Pack” includes: (4) 100-Level Grandstand Tickets, (4) Hot Dogs, (4) Coca-Cola Products for $125.  The “Tricky Track Pack XL” includes: (6) 100-Level Grandstand Tickets, (6) Hot Dogs, (6) Coca-Cola Products and (1) Full Day of Fun all for $196.  For more information visit poconoraceway.com.
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Racing Notebook: Deegan to take sensitivity training; Ferrucci to NASCAR and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now notebook has news that Hailie Deegan is headed to sensitivity training plus Santino Ferrucci is going NASCAR racing and more.

Deegan To Take Sensitivity Training:

  • NASCAR is requiring driver Hailie Deegan to attend sensitivity training prior to the start of the 2021 season following her use of an inappropriate word during an online racing event.  Deegan used a word that is a derogatory term for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The 19-year-old driver is set for her first season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year with David Gilliland Racing. She made her series debut with the team last October at Kansas Speedway.

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Ferrucci Headed To NASCAR:

  • Santino Ferrucci is leaving the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to go NASCAR racing in 2021. Ferrucci will join Sam Hunt Racing and Toyota Racing Development for a part-time schedule in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series for 2021.  Ferrucci’s best finish in an IndyCar was 4th, including the 2020 Indianapolis 500.  Who will replace Ferrucci at Dale Coyne Racing remains to be seen.

Practice And Qualifying In Eight NASCAR Cup Series Races in 2021:

  • NASCAR is planning on holding practice and qualifying at Eight Cup Series races in 2021.  Those races include new venues the series is visiting this season and a couple of key events.  Here are the events: Daytona 500; Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt race; Circuit of the Americas; Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte; Nashville Superspeedway; Road America; Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix.
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