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Racing Notebook: INDYCAR Moving Season Opener; Roar Before The 24 Begins For IMSA Teams and more

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A schedule change for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES; IMSA teams hit the track at Daytona International Speedway plus Landon Cassil lands a ride for 2021 and Hagerty partners with Shift Up Now to help female racers.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Opener Pushed Back A Week:

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is pushing their season-opener back one week.  The Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst was originally scheduled for Sunday, April 11 at Barber Motorsports Park but will now be held on Sunday, April 18.  The move will allow the race to be featured on NBC network television.  “Zoom Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park jumped at the opportunity to have our event showcased on NBC network television”, said Gene Hallman, CEO of Zoom Motorsports.  The change means there will be four races in 15-days to start the 2021 season.

IMSA Teams At Daytona For Roar Before The Rolex 24:

  • IMSA Teams are at Daytona International Speedway for the annual ‘Roar Before The Rolex 24’.  Practice and qualifying as well as the first Prototype Challenge Race (Saturday) are on the schedule this weekend.  Chip Ganassi Racing makes a return the sports cars in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class fielding a Cadillac for drivers Renger Van Der Zande and Kevin Magnussen.  CGR did not participate in 2020 following the  end of the Ford GT program.  2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott gets his first taste of sports car competition this weekend driving for Action Express Racing.
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Landon Cassill To Run Full Xfinity Series Schedule:

  • Landon Cassill is going to run the full NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) schedule in 2021.  Cassill is returning to the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller stables and will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet.  Cassill has driven for team owner Johnny Davis on a number of occasions over the years including full-time campaigns from 2013 to 2015.  Cassill has one Top 5 and fourteen Top 10 finishes in NXS competition and has made over 300 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Hagerty Partners With ‘Shift Up Now’:

  • Automotive lifestyle brand Hagerty is partnering with ‘Shift Up Now’.  Shift Up Now is an advocacy organization who’s mission is help female athletes in motorsports.  Hagerty will provide associate sponsorships for Athletes Michele Abbate, Hannah Grisham and Emily Linscott in the 2021 racing season.  Abbate will carry the Hagerty logo on her Trans Am TA2 Grr Racing entry in the SVRA-sanctioned series on the West coast. Grisham will race for Hixon Motor Sports at Daytona and Road Atlanta in Mx5 Cup. Linscott is aiming to race a partial season in the United States F4 Championship powered by Honda, and will also be sanctioned by SVRA on the East coast in 2021.

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Racing Notebook: Power on INDYCAR GMR Pole; Acura’s quickest at Mid-Ohio and Lernerville winners

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Team Penske’s Will Power wins the pole position for Saturday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus a pair of Acura’s lead the way at the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio and Fab4 Friday action from Lernerville and more.

Power on GMR Grand Prix Pole Position

  • Team Penske’s Will Power is on the pole position for Saturday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES GMR Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Power’s fast lap of 1 minute, 9.7664 seconds was just enough to edge defending Series Champion Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing. Power’s teammate, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden, will start third after a lap of 1:09.8343. Conor Daly earned his best starting spot of the season by qualifying fourth at 1:09.9063 in the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet. GMR GP Qualifying
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Acura Leads 1st IMSA Practice at Mid-Ohio

  • Filipe Albuquerque led an Acura DPi 1-2 after the first practice session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday.  Tom Blomqvist was second. Earl Bamber was third in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac.  Pipo Derani was fourth in the Whelen Caddy with Sebastian Bourdais rounding out the top 5 in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac.  A second practice starts at 9 a.m. ET Saturday on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Motul Pole Award qualifying streams live on IMSA.com/TVLive at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.  The race airs live on USA Network beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Lernerville Friday Results

  • ‘Willie & Conda McConnell Memorial’ ULMS Feature $3,500 to-win: 1. 22-Gregg Satterlee[8]; 2. 44H-Dave Hess[4]; 3. 1*-Chub Frank[4];  Peoples Natural Gas Feature: 1. 42-Sye Lynch[5]; 2. 2-AJ Flick[9]; 3. 29-Dan Shetler[3]; Diehl Automotive Feature: 1. 61-Dave Murdick[2]; 2. 83-Brian Swartzlander[13]; 3. 11R-Brad Rapp[6]; Millerstown Pic-A-Part Feature: 1. 29-Curtis Bish[4]; 2. 55-Chris Schneider[2]; 3. 45-Todd Weldon[20];
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Racing Notebook: GMR Grand Prix Weekend plus Fab4 and ULMS at Lernerville; Ganassi signs Simpson and more.

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Fab 4 Racing is back on track Friday night at Lernerville Speedway but they’ll have company, plus Chip Ganassi signs a new development driver as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES hits the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the GMR Grand Prix and more.

GMR Grand Prix practice and qualifying at Indy

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES hits the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for practice and qualifying for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix.  The 1st practice session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a second session from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Knockout-style qualifying takes place starting at 4:00 p.m.  Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay is the defending race winner.  Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon won the event in 2020.
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Fab 4 plus ULMS Friday at Lernerville

  • Friday at Lernerville Speedway it’s the ‘Willie & Conda McConnell Memorial’ for the ULMS Late Models and Fab4 weekly division racing. Gregg Satterlee leads the ULMS points battle followed by Rick Eckert, Tyler Emory, Jared Miley, and Jason Covert. Satterlee won the tours fist event at Williams Grove Speedway while 2021 Lernerville Speedway champion, Colton Flinner picked up the ULMS checkered flag at Port Royal Speedway. Rick Eckert won the series’ third event at Williams Grove Speedway back in March. Precise Late Models point leaders Jared Miley and Michael Norris will lead the Fab4 contingent against the ULMS regulars in their quest for the $3,500 top prize.

Ganassi signs Kyffin Simpson to development deal

  • Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) on Thursday announced an agreement with Indy Lights driver Kyffin Simpson, signing the 17-year-old to a multi-year development deal. Simpson, a Cayman Islands native, is currently the youngest competitor in the Indy Lights Series, and a driver for Honda Performance Development’s Honda Academy. Simpson, who began racing at nine years old in Barbados, is one of the most promising up-and-coming drivers in motorsports. He made his sports car debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year, co-driving the No. 66 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 in the GTD class, and won the 2021 Formula Regional Americas Championship with seven wins and 13 podiums.

NASCAR completes tire test at Pocono

  • NASCAR Cup Series drivers Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez and Aric Almirola completed a successful two-day Goodyear Tire test with the Next Gen Cup Series car on Wednesday at Pocono Raceway. The test was done in preparation for the Pocono 400 Cup Series race set for Sunday, July 24. The July 22-24 race weekend will feature four main events in just three days. The ARCA Menards Series kicks off the weekend with an 80-lap main event Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET. NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series will run a Saturday doubleheader, with the trucks at Noon ET followed by Xfinity at 5 p.m. The day also will include Cup practice and qualifying beginning at 2 p.m. The weekend culminates with the Pocono 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m.
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Racing Notebook: Rinus VeeKay on INDYCAR Pole; Chris Buescher on NASCAR Cup Pole and more!

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The Pittsburgh Racing Now Racing Notebook gets you up-to-speed with Saturday’s Qualifying results for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Honda GP of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park and the NASCAR Cup Series DuraMAX Drydene 400 plus IndyLights qualifying, IndyPro2000, USF 2000 and NASCAR Xfinity.

Rinus VeeKay wins INDYCAR Barber Pole:

  • Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay is on the pole position for Sunday’s Honda GP of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.  VeeKay’s fast lap of 1 minute, 6.2507 seconds in the No. 21 SONAX Chevrolet in knockout-style qualifying edged Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward for the top spot.  O’Ward will join him on the front row after a best lap of 1:06.4003 in the No. 5 Chevrolet.  Defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou will start third in the No. 10 American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. INDYCAR Barber Qualifying

Chris Buescher wins NASCAR Cup Series Dover Pole:

  • Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s Chris Buescher is on the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series DuraMAX Drydene 400 at Dover Motor Speedway.  Buescher’s fast lap of 159.207 mph around the concrete Monster Mile was 057-second faster than Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.  Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott make up row two. NASCAR Dover Lineup
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Lundqvist wins Indy Lights Barber Pole:

  • Linus Lundqvist is on the pole position for Sunday’s Indy Lights Grand Prix of Alabama.  Lundqvist’s fast lap of 1 minute, 12.5713 seconds in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car. Lundqvist’s teammate Benjamin Pedersen starts alongside in the No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD entry at 1:12.5929, just .0216 of a second off Lundqvist’s time. Indy Lights Barber Lineup

Josh Berry takes Xfinity Series Win at Dover:

  • JR Motorsports (JRM) Josh Berry held off teammate Justin Allgaier to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series A-Game 200 at Dover Motor Speedway. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs was third followed by JRM drivers Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer. NASCAR Xfinity Dover Results

Reece Gold wins Indy Pro 2000 at Barber:

  • Reece Gold of Juncos Hollinger Racing became the third winner in as many rounds of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a dominant victory Saturday afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park. It was the second career win for the 17-year-old from Miami, Fla.  University of Pittsburgh graduate Colin Kaminsky finished second in the No. #27 Slick Locks Tatuus IP-22. “I’m happy to be back up here, it’s been a while. I needed it, the team needed it,” said Kaminsky. Indy Pro 2000 Barber

Myles Rowe snags USF 2000 win at Barber:

  • Myles Rowe started on the pole position and brought home his second consecutive USF 2000 victory, taking the checkered flag Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park.  Billy Frazer finished second and Michael d’Orlando rounded out the podium. USF 2000 Barber
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