Fri, 1/08/14 – 11:11 | No Comment

Earlier this week, NASCAR announced that it was levying heavy penalties on the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team, the driver for which is Denny Hamlin.
On Friday at Pocono Raceway, Hamlin met with the media to discuss the penalties.
NASCAR inspectors found violations with the rear firewall block-off plates of the No. 11 Toyota driven to [...]

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Waltrip To Drive For Swan In Upcoming Daytona 500
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Michael Waltrip will drive Swan Racing’s No. 30 car in next month’s Daytona 500.
Waltrip will be reunited with former crew chief Tony Eury Jr. in the race, which will mark Swan Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.
The partnering of Waltrip, who is a two-time winner of the 500, with Swan is for just the one [...]

Thu, 01/10/13 – 9:49 | Comments Off
2013 Gets Off to Roaring Start At Daytona
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News and notes from the weekend’s Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series’ three-day Roar Before the 24 practice at Daytona International Speedway:
Michael Shank Racing matched its results from the 2012 Rolex 24 by placing first and third at the test.
Michael Valiante posted the fastest lap of the “Roar” in Sunday’s final session in the team’s No. [...]

Mon, 01/7/13 – 9:09 | Comments Off
Merged Sports Car Series Unveils 2014 Classes
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the initial concept for the organizations’ unified competition class structure that will debut in January 2014 at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The lineup, unveiled during a teleconference Friday,  will be in effect [...]

Fri, 01/4/13 – 12:06 | Comments Off
IndyCar Champ, NASCAR’s Bowyer Going Shopping For A Rolex
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

There is no one, single starting date for the American auto racing season. Instead, there are several key events that combine to mark the start. Like this week’s Roar Before the 24 at the Daytona International Speedway infield road course.
The Roar is an open practice for teams and drivers planning to compete in the historic [...]

Fri, 01/4/13 – 10:11 | Comments Off
Pastrana To Take Run At Nationwide Championship
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
News and notes from the first week of 2013:
Travis Pastrana will make the move to full-time NASCAR racing in 2013, driving Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford Mustang in all 33 events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule.
“I am extremely excited about making the move into full-time NASCAR competition in [...]

Thu, 01/3/13 – 12:40 | One Comment
A Cliff-Dweller’s Guide to 2012 Racing Faves
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Awoke on New Year’s Day after dreaming I had driven my Guards Red 1987 Porsche Turbo off of something called a “Fiscal Cliff.” Actually, that was probably a delayed reaction to my latest repair bill.
As for that cliff, I drove off of that sucker in June of 2008, when I [...]

Wed, 01/2/13 – 9:33 | Comments Off
After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Rubens Barrichello’s tenure as an IZOD IndyCar Series driver will go into the open-wheel record books as one-and-done.
Barrichello, who spent last season with KV Racing Technology, confirmed this week that he will race in his native Brazil’s Stock Car V8 Series in 2013. Barrichello reportedly will drive a Peugeot for [...]

Sat, 12/29/12 – 8:53 | Comments Off
Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
The inspiration for Dario Franchitti’s third Indianapolis 500 victory in May was drawn from a pair of disparate sources – the memory of the late Dan Wheldon and “The Book of Johnny.”
The base of the BorgWarner Trophy – the most coveted award in worldwide motorsports – recently was removed from [...]

Sun, 12/23/12 – 9:23 | Comments Off
NASCAR Shakes Up Its Competition Department
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NASCAR announced Tuesday several revisions to its Competition personnel structure.
The following changes will take effect in 2013:
– Joe Balash, who has served as the NASCAR Nationwide Series director since 2004, will be assuming a new role as International Competition Liaison. This position will be the NASCAR point of contact for competition-related matters relative to the [...]

Tue, 12/18/12 – 17:24 | Comments Off
Campbell Exchanges Luxury Suite For Fire Suit
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the stock car portion of Speedweeks gets under way at Daytona International Speedway in February, Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell plans on having a front row seat.
The grandson of Martinsville Speedway founder Clay Earles, the 52-year-old Campbell has his sights set on competing in the [...]

Sat, 12/15/12 – 9:02 | Comments Off