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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Last year’s Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year Harrison Burton will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday. He’ll be piloting the No. 96 DEX Imaging, Inc. Toyota Camry for Gaunt Brothers Racing. The 20-year-old broke the news to NASCAR Race Hub on FS1 Thursday, saying the deal had just came together. Already he has visited the race shop and interacted with the No. 96 team, who are running a partial schedule this season. The game plan is slowly being built onRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer When Romain Grosjean isn’t running the No. 51 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing, Pietro Fittipaldi will be running the oval races this season. The current Haas F1 Team reserved driver will make his NTT IndyCar Series return after three years, slated to compete in the Texas doubleheader, Gateway and that elusive Indianapolis 500. Why elusive? In 2018, Fittipaldi was supposed to run for DCR’s No. 19 team until a career altering injury at a FIA World Endurance Championship event in Spa-Francorchamps dashedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The worst kept secret was confirmed Wednesday morning as long-time Formula One veteran Romain Grosjean will compete in the NTT IndyCar Series for Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 51 Honda on all 13 road and street course races. Grosjean, who had spent the last five seasons at Hass F1 Team, will run the team’s second entry that’ll be backed by Rick Ware Racing. Thus, becoming the latest ex-F1 racer to compete in IndyCar much like Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson have been doing the past fewRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer After a year absence in the NTT IndyCar Series, Ed Jones will be back on the grid. Only this time, he’ll pilot the No. 18 SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan on a full-time basis. The deal was confirmed Wednesday morning as 2021 will mark Jones’ first full year since being let go from Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018 despite scoring a pair of third-place finishes at Long Beach and the second Belle Isle race. SealMaster will also return for the fourthRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer “The Mayor of Hinchtown” will once again have a larger presence in the NTT IndyCar Series grid as James Hinchcliffe will run the entire 17-race schedule in Andretti Autosport’s No. 29 Honda-powered entry. Genesys also returns with the driver/team pairing as they’ve expanded their involvement in the sport, going from three races (Texas, Indy GP and Indy 500) last year to now 10, including the 105th Indianapolis 500. Team Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti is really excited having both Hinchcliffe and Genesys, knowing how they’veRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer For the first time since Homestead in 2018, A.J. Allmendinger will make a NASCAR Cup Series appearance. Kaulig Racing announced Thursday morning that he’ll drive the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in the Daytona International Speedway Road Course February 21. Allmendinger, who’ll run for the Xfinity Series championship this season, is pumped up to compete for the Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice led entity in the sport’s highest level. “I am really looking forward to racing in the Cup Series once again, but moreRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric will look to make his Cup Series debut in the 63rd Daytona 500, driving the No. 33 Team Penske Ford Mustang. The team confirmed Wednesday morning that the 22-year-old will be one of four rookies (Kaz Grala, Noah Gragson and Chad Finchum being the others) who must qualify for “The Great American Race.” Cindric, who’ll be driving for Wood Brothers Racing full-time in 2022, said while being an open car makes it tough on his chances of makingRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Beth Paretta announced the launch of Paretta Autosport at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday morning, looking to make the 105th Indianapolis 500 with Simona De Silvestro as their driver. As part of the Race for Equality & Change program, Team Penske will provide technical assistance to the No. 16 Chevrolet powered race team. “Today is the beginning of a commitment to gender equity in sport, to encourage women to work hard so they can earn their seat at the table or spot on the grid,” saidRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A passing of the torch between two Las Vegas natives has been established as Beard Motorsports announced Thursday that Noah Gragson will replace the retired Brendan Gaughan in the No. 62 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for next month’s Daytona 500. This will be the 22-year-old Xfinity Series standout’s first attempt to qualify for a Cup race as he’ll be among several drivers who’ll look to take one of the four available spots and be among the 40 drivers competing in the 63rd renewal of “TheRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The worst kept secret in Formula 1 was confirmed Friday morning as Sergio Perez joins Red Bull Racing on a one-year deal, replacing Alexander Albon, who remains with the team as a test and reserve driver, for the 2021 season. “I am incredibly grateful to Red Bull for giving me the opportunity to race for Red Bull Racing in 2021,” said Perez. “The chance to race for a championship contending team is something I have been hoping for since I joined Formula 1 and it will beRead More