PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Notebook includes Chase Briscoe getting a promotion to the NASCAR Cup Series plus INDYCAR News as Oliver Askew is cleared to drive and Road To Indy teams gear up for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and a manufacturer title will be decided too.
Chase Briscoe To Replace Clint Bowyer:
- Stewart Haas Racing is promoting Chase Briscoe from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021. Briscoe will the No. 14 High Point Ford Mustang (pictured above), replacing Clint Bowyer who is retiring from competition to work in the television booth for Fox Sports. Briscoe has 9-wins, has led 957-laps and he has 16 top-fives in 30 starts this season in the Xfinity Series.
Askew Cleared For Racing At St. Pete:
- Oliver Askew has received clearance from INDYCAR to compete in this weekend’s season finale at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Askew missed the Harvest Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to the effects of a concussion. Askew received treatment from Dr. Mickey Collins at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Askew is out of a ride after the race. He is being replace by Felix Rosenqvist according to published reports.
— Arrow McLaren SP (@ArrowMcLarenSP) October 20, 2020
Honda Leads INDYCAR Manufacturer Battle:
- The drivers Championship isn’t the only title fight heading into this weekend’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Honda goes into the event with a 54-point lead over Chevrolet thanks to seven wins in thirteen races, including a top 5 sweep at last month’s Honda Indy 200. Honda is seeking its third consecutive manufacturer title and ninth overall in the multi-manufacturer era.
Indy Pro 2000 Points Battle In St. Pete:
- The 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship has already been decided with Sting Ray Robb earning that title but several points positions are up for grabs in St. Pete. Second place in the championship remains very much undecided as top rookie Devlin DeFrancesco (Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport), from Miami, Fla., holds a 20-point edge over Robb’s teammate, Russian Artem Petrov. Singapore’s Danial Frost (Turn 3 Motorsport) currently stands just 10 points shy of Petrov with two races remaining, while rookie Hunter McElrea (Pabst Racing), from New Zealand, and DEForce Racing teammates Parker Thompson, from Canada, and Mexico’s Manuel Sulaiman also retain hopes of placing among the top three in the final championship standings.
Second Place Tie In USF2000:
- Second place in the USF2000 points standings is up for grabs this weekend at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Brazilian Eduardo Barrichello (Pabst Racing) and Reece Gold (Cape Motorsports), from Miami, Fla., are currently tied with 306 points apiece. Barrichello holds the tie-breaker at present after claiming three wins this season compared to Gold’s two. Denmark’s Christian Rasmussen has already wrapped up the season-long championship – and a scholarship worth $328,225 to graduate into Indy Pro 2000.
Racing Notebook: Castroneves Joins Meyer Shank Racing; INDYCAR tests at Laguna Seca and more.
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.
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 11, 2020
— Alex Palou Montalbo (@AlexPalou) November 10, 2020
— Alex Palou Montalbo (@AlexPalou) November 11, 2020
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.
Racing Notebook: Formula E Invests In Extreme E; NASCAR Gearing Up For Championship
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.
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.
— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 3, 2020
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.