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Rico Abreu to ThorSport Racing Full-Time in 2016

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On Friday morning in Tulsa, Okla., ThorSport Racing announced that Rico Abreu, most recently of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks in the K&N Pro Series East, will join the Ohio-based operation on a full-time basis in 2016.  Abreu will drive the No. 98 Toyota Tundra with sponsorship from Curb Records.  Doug George, a former champion of …

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NASCAR Announces Eligible Drivers for Sprint Unlimited

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On Monday, NASCAR announced the eligibility criteria for this year’s Sprint Unlimited, scheduled for Feb. 13.  While winning a pole during the previous season will get you into the race, it’s not the only way into the 75-lap show.  Regardless of circumstances, 25 cars will start the 187.5-mile race. The first criteria to qualify for …

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IMSA Holds Annual Roar Before the 24 Open Test

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On Sunday, IMSA wrapped up the Roar Before the 24, a three-day open test at Daytona International Speedway for teams in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  While 54 cars were officially entered in the session, Risi Competizione chose not to compete due to their brand-new Ferrari 488 GTE not …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Ryan Newman

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For Ryan Newman and Richard Childress Racing, 2015 was likely approached as a year in which the team only needed a little bit more to get over the hump. After all, Newman was just a half-second away from winning the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400, and with it, the Sprint Cup Series championship. Given that mentality, …

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Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Announces Two DPs for 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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On Tuesday morning, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that they will field two Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley DPG3s in the Prototype January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Ganassi organization is running the factory Ford GT program that will also field two cars in the GT-Le Mans class. As a result, the team will run under …

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Force India’s Sergio Perez Joins TRG-Aston Martin Racing for 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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On Thursday morning, TRG-Aston Martin Racing announced that Mexican Formula 1 racer Sergio Perez, currently of Force India, will lead a second Aston Martin V12 Vantage in the GT-Daytona class in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The team is the first entry from TRG to be announced for Daytona and if the rendering on the …

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Announces 2016 Lineup

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On Wednesday, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports announced their driver lineup for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It is a mix of returning talent and newcomers to the Prototype Challenge team. Tom Kimber-Smith is the sole returning driver from the 2015 team that won three of the four races run as part of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Kimber-Smith will …

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2015 NASCAR Rewind: Austin Dillon

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The second season in Sprint Cup for a driver is often a crossroads season. Many drivers find another gear and get going. For example, Jeff Gordon won his first two races in his second year and claimed his first top-10 finish in points (to be fair, had he not wrecked in three of the last …

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Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet Caps Off 2015 Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

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On Friday night, the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season truly came to a close with the annual Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet at the Wynn Las Vegas in Nevada. It was, as usual, a star-studded affair. Honorees and guests were treated to a routine from host Drew Carey, and performances from Sam Hunt, Rachel Platter …

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NASCAR Names Scott Miller New Senior VP of Competition


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On Tuesday, NASCAR announced the departure of Robin Pemberton from the post of Senior Vice President of Competition, a post that he had held since 2004. In addition to overseeing multiple changes in the chassis raced in Sprint Cup, he was responsible for overseeing changes in officiating and inspection, not to mention the man responsible …

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Stewart-Haas Racing Announces Personnel Changes for 2016

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At Championship Media Day in Florida, Tony Stewart hinted at changes for Stewart-Haas Racing. On Monday, the team made those changes public. The No. 4 team for Kevin Harvick and the No. 41 team for Kurt Busch will remain unchanged.  However, the Nos. 10 and 14 will see new leadership. Michael Bugarewicz has been named the …

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Chad Johnston Named 2016 Crew Chief for Kyle Larson

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On Thursday, Tony Stewart made reference to potential changes at Stewart-Haas Racing in the offseason during Championship Media Day. Crew chief Chad Johnston was likely viewed as being at the center of those changes. If that was so, he didn’t take very long to find himself a new home. On Monday, Chip Ganassi Racing with …

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