Earnhardt Jr. To Drive New Pace Truck For Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will find himself in a very familiar place at the 2019 Daytona 500: at the front of the pack. Earnhardt Jr., a two-time Daytona 500 winner, will drive the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pace truck to lead the field to green for the 61st running of the ‘Great American Race.’ This is the first time the Daytona 500 will be paced by a pickup truck.“I’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of success at Daytona over the years, and now I can’t wait to get out…

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Claman DeMelo To Race For Belardi In Indy Lights For 2019

Zachary Claman DeMelo will return to the Indy Lights Series in 2019. After making nine IndyCar Series starts a year ago and one in the 2018 season, he moves back a step to hope to further his career.  On Tuesday, Belardi Auto Racing has announced that they have come to an agreement to have the 20 year old driver race a full season in the Indy Lights Series in 2019.  “I am very excited to be joining Belardi Auto Racing for the upcoming season,” Claman DeMelo said via a team…

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NASCAR Announces 2019 Start Times

NASCAR officials released start times on Tuesday for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.The most notable shift involves the playoffs opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which will be a nighttime, primetime event next year. The 2019 slate for NASCAR’s top division features few other changes, save for a handful of 30- or 60-minute variations from the previous year’s schedule.“Moving the start time for the September race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is fitting because it will deliver a better experience for our fans attending the race, and…

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Rossi Replaces Rahal With Penske’s Endurance Program

Acura Team Penske announced on Friday that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor. Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will return to compete in the endurance events with the…

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JGR Announces Crew Chief Changes Including Chris Gabehart Becoming Denny Hamlin’s New Crew Chief

Joe Gibbs Racing announced some crew chief changes on Thursday. Chris Gabehart will now serve as crew chief on the No. 11 Toyota for Denny Hamlin. Gabehart spent the past three seasons as a crew chief in JGR’s Xfinity Series program, capturing a total of nine wins over that time. Eric Phillips will also make the move from the Xfinity Series to assume the role of car chief with the No. 11 team. He compiled eight wins over three seasons as crew chief on the No. 18 Xfinity Series team.  In…

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Nemechek To Drive Full Time For GMS Racing In The XFINITY Series In 2018

John Hunter Nemechek took a chance on himself last year and it paid off. Instead of competing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, he went part time and drove select races for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series too. It paid off. Nemechek, 21, found a full time ride in the XFINITY Series for 2019 with GMS Racing. Like Ryan Preece, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman and others, betting on himself led to a brighter future. 

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USAC Midget Race Coming Back To IMS In Sept. 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, which debuted in September 2018 as an overwhelming success with drivers, teams and fans, will return for its second running Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Championship event once again will kick off race weekend at IMS for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line, creating five consecutive days of action at the Racing Capital of…

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Who’s Really Going to Win the 2019 Daytona 500?

A few weeks ago, NASCAR waived the checkered flag on the 2018 season after Joey Logano won the Monster Energy Cup Series championship in Homestead-Miami on November 18th. He outraced Busch, Harvick and Truex to win the first Cup championship of his career. A week later, NASCAR handed out annual awards and celebrated their biggest stars. With this past season’s business all taken care of, we can now turn our attention toward the sport’s biggest race of the year – the Daytona 500 which takes place on Sunday, Feb 17th.

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Harding Steinbrenner Racing To Use Honda Power For 2019, Bumping 14 Full Time Entries For Honda In 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – Newly formed Harding Steinbrenner Racing announced on Thursday a new partnership with Honda Performance Development for the 2019 INDYCAR season. It was widely speculated at first that the team would remain with Chevrolet power for a third straight year but back when the announcement came that Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta would bring Steinbrenner Racing to the organization for 2019, Al Unser Jr. said that they still haven’t made a decision on which engine that they’d use. We now know that Honda is the engine of choice. “First of…

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Spire Sports and Entertainment Purchased Furniture Row’s Charter, To Race Full Time In 2019

We have a new team coming to NASCAR. In some news out of left field, Spire Sports + Entertainment, an agency that has drivers and sponsors as clients, will field a team for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. How big is this? It’s legit. The new team purchased Furniture Row Racing’s charter to field the No. 77 Chevrolet next year. The only things missing now are the sponsor and the driver. The owners are Jeff Dickerson and T.J. Puchyr. In a report from Sports Business Daily, Spire…

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