August 1, 2021

Chip Ganassi: I’m out of NASCAR but “still heavily involved in motorsports”

Ganassi, 63, made the surprise announcement Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, ending his 20-year run as a NASCAR team owner.His entire operation has been bought by Trackhouse Entertainment Group and Trackhouse Racing, which will field two cars in the premier stock car series from 2022 using CGR’s two NASCAR charters that guarantee race starts (and prize money) in every event.When …Keep reading …

American sports channel NBCSN to close at end of 2021

Parent company NBC Universal confirmed to staff in a memo on Friday afternoon that much of its programming will be migrated to sister channel USA Network.NBC holds the U.S. broadcast rights to half of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series events, which it shares with Fox, as well as fulltime coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCars, NHRA and Moto America. It also broadcasts …Keep reading …

Rolex 24: Chase Elliott explains challenge of Prototype switch

Elliott is joining Action Express Racing’s fulltimers Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, and endurance driver Mike Conway, in the Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R for his Rolex 24 Hours.He has been working hard on the simulator to prepare, and he admits “I think I got very fortunate with my teammates, they’ll help me get up to speed.”Now he says he’s anxious to get on track to try …Keep reading …

Elliott: Mid-corner speed “most challenging” part of Prototypes

Elliott is joining Action Express Racing’s fulltimers Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, and endurance driver Mike Conway, in the Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R for his Rolex 24 Hours, but has yet to try the car itself around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course. Instead, he’s been working hard on the simulator to prepare, and he admits “I think I got very fortunate with …Keep reading …

Elliott aiming to “not mess up” Rolex 24 for co-drivers

Elliott will be sharing Action Express Racing’s #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R with three of the best IMSA Prototype drivers – Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Mike Conway – and the 2020 NASCAR champ is keeping his own ambitions modest.He told IMSA.com: “I think as you step into a situation like that, the biggest thing is just to not mess it up for them. That’s my mindset. I …Keep reading …

NASCAR’s Austin Dillon to run Rolex 24 with RWR Eurasia

On Thursday, RWR Eurasia announced three of its four drivers which will compete in one of Eurasia’s Ligier JS P217 Gibsons in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.Joining Dillon will be Salih Yoluc, a Turkish driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Am class, and Cody Ware, the reigning Asian Le Mans Series champion. Read Also:NASCAR champ …Keep reading …

NASCAR champ Elliott joins Action Express for Rolex 24

Elliott, who has won five race NASCAR Cup road course races, will be competing in the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the first time.He will find himself in competition with – and teamed with – his former Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR teammate Jimmie Johnson, who will be sharing a second Action Express Racing Cadillac with Simon Pagenaud, Kamui Kobayashi and …Keep reading …

Hendrick lets slip plan for Elliott, Johnson to race the Rolex 24

Elliott, the son of 1988 Cup champion Bill, sealed his first Cup title in Sunday’s season finale at Phoenix and is known to have plans to race outside of NASCAR next year – mainly in sprint cars at mid-week events.Elliott has never raced in sportscars previously, and the arrival of Kyle Larson to the team in 2021 has likely freed up Hendrick’s drivers to make requests for non-NASCAR …Keep reading …

“Business limitations” keep Honda out of NASCAR for now

Klaus, who will retire and hand over the reins of HPD to David Salter in December, was asked by Motorsport.com about the occasional rumors of Honda tackling NASCAR once the Gen. 2 car was brought online.Last October, former HPD president Art St. Cyr told Motorsport.com that the company would consider such a move only if it made sense from a budgetary perspective.Almost a year on …Keep reading …

GM restructures its motorsports operations with two new hires

The internal changes in GM’s racing operations were triggered by the move of Mark Kent, previously GM’s director of motorsports competition, into the role of role of Director, GM Defense Facility Operations.According to a statement provided to Motorsport.com, Kent’s experience in motorsports competition will “support the rapid growth of GM Defense. He will be responsible for …Keep reading …