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Martin Truex Jr. Hopes 78 Becomes the New 48

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When the same driver-team combination wins five consecutive championships and seven overall in an 11-year span, the competition will want to replicate it to find success. That’s what Jimmie Johnson and the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 crew have accomplished. Many teams looked at them as a role model because of the dominance they’ve had in …

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Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Daytona Attempt, Stock Car Future

Fernando Alonso stops by the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is no stranger when it comes to trying something new. After all, he competed in the Indianapolis 500 last year and will drive in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend. Alonso, 36, competes with McLaren in F1, and that is his primary job. But he’s in the …

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Alex Bowman’s Unpredictable Ascent from Southern Arizona Native to NASCAR Star

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Tucson, a city located in the heart of Pima County in Arizona, is famous for its Native American roots, proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, desert environment and the University of Arizona. It’s now also the home of the replacement of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver ever come February’s Daytona 500. Alex Bowman, 24, hails from the …

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Richard Childress Racing Shrinks to 2 Cup Cars in 2018

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With the departure of Paul Menard and the Menards sponsorship, Richard Childress Racing will field only two full-time entries in the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, according to Austin Dillon. Menard drove RCR’s No. 27 Chevrolet for seven years and won the 2011 Brickyard 400. In 2018, he will compete in the famed …

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Max Papis Hopes Charlotte’s Roval Inspires Other Racing Series to Try NASCAR’s Move

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Daytona International Speedway has used its famous roval for the 24-hour sports car race since the 1960s. Now, Charlotte Motor Speedway has a roval of its own. The design at CMS didn’t come without the help of experienced road course racers, though. Max Papis, who has competed in open-wheel, sports cars and stock cars throughout …

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2017 INDYCAR Team Review: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

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Entering his third season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, James Hinchcliffe looked to end a winless drought that began in April 2015. In race No. 2 of the 2017 IndyCar Series season, that drought came to an end when Hinchcliffe won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after qualifying fourth and leading 25 laps. It was …

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Wood Brothers Racing Retains Go FAS Racing’s Charter, Go FAS Acquiring New One

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Wood Brothers Racing will reuse Go FAS Racing’s charter and Go FAS will acquire a new charter for the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series season. Last year, the Wood Brothers team leased Go FAS’ charter and used it to guarantee Ryan Blaney and the No. 21 Ford into every race. Go FAS leased the No. 44’s …

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2017 INDYCAR Team Review: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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For the fourth consecutive year, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing fielded one full-time entry for Graham Rahal, the son of team owner and former racer Bobby Rahal. Rahal finished sixth in the IndyCar Series championship — the highest among single-car teams. Considering the way the season began for the No. 15 Honda driver, that’s an impressive …

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Rene Binder to Run Four IndyCar Races with Juncos Racing

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Austrian open-wheel racer Rene Binder will compete in four IndyCar Series events this year, starting with the season opener at St. Petersburg. Binder, 26, raced full-time in last year’s World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship and earned four wins, including the series’ final event at the Bahrain International Circuit. He’ll drive the No. 32 for …

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Ed Carpenter Racing Adds Jordan King to Driver Lineup

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Ed Carpenter Racing has finalized its 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series driver lineup. Jordan King will drive the No. 20 Chevrolet on the street and road courses while team owner Ed Carpenter will compete on the ovals. Spencer Pigot was confirmed as the full-time driver of the No. 21 in September, replacing JR Hildebrand. King, 23, …

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