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John Hunter Nemechek
GMS Racing announced that Fire Alarm Services, Inc., a provider in a superior fire, life safety, and security services, will serve as primary sponsor for Nemechek and the No. 23 GMS Racing team in 13 NASCAR Xfinity Series races in 2019, GMS Racing PR reports.
Boyd Racing and 1A Auto Inc. are proud to announce 1A Auto's sponsorship of Boyd for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series. 1A Auto will make its debut on the Young's Motorsports' No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado at the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona on February 15, 2019, Spencer Boyd Racing PR reports.
Final Rolex 24
Fittipaldi says he will not let the occasion of his final Rolex 24 at Daytona get in the way of his aspirations to claim a fourth victory in the Florida endurance classic. Fittipaldi, who is sharing the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Mike Conway, announced his retirement from racing last August and will suit up for his final prototype race later this month, sportscar365.com reports.
Talking to Rick Ware Racing
When Wallace developed a heart issue that resulted in triple bypass surgery in April 2015, it left the veteran NASCAR driver with unfinished business in his racing career. Now, nearly four years later and fully healthy, the 59-year-old brother of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace hopes to finish some of that business in the 2019 season with Rick Ware Racing, NBC Sports reports.
Daytona 500 Ride with TBR
Truex will pilot the No. 71 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season opener, Daytona 500, at Daytona International Speedway, Tommy Baldwin Racing PR reports.
Joins MBM Motorsports
MBM Motorsports is proud to announce they have signed Iowa native Gase to pilot the No. 35 entry for the full 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series season plus pilot the No. 66 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series part time starting with the Daytona 500, Joey Gase PR reports.
Endurance Cup Run
Black Swan Racing will take on two of the premiere endurance racing championships this year, having confirmed a dual IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge program with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R. Porsche factory driver Werner will join Marco Seefried and team owner/driver Tim Pappas in the No. 540 Porsche for the four-round IMSA Endurance Cup, with Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli completing the lineup in next weekend's season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, sportscar365.com reports.
New Crew Chief
Front Row Motorsports has bolstered its crew chief lineup for 2019. According to sources, veteran leaders Drew Blickensderfer and Mike Kelley will join Seth Barbour in overseeing FRM's three Monster Energy Cup Series squads. Blickensderfer will oversee the No. 34 Ford and driver McDowell, racinboys.com reports.
Three Full-Time Xfinity Teams
McLeod (Owner/Driver) and Jessica McLeod (Owner) of BJ McLeod Motorsports are excited to start a fourth season as a NASCAR XFINITY Series team in its new state of the art facility in Mooresville, NC. This year, the organization will field three cars with its respected No. 78, No. 8 and No. 99 car numbers, ESPN.com reports.
Signs with GMS Racing
GMS Racing announced that 2018 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series champion driver Moffitt will join the organization for the 2019 season. The 26-year-old Grimes, Iowa native will be defending his championship title in GMS' No. 24 Chevrolet, alongside veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter, GMS Racing PR reports.
Rookie Run with Young's Motorsports
Two-time ARCA Racing Series winner Dean will join Young's Motorsports full-time for the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series season, Dean Racing PR reports.
Cut loose by GMS racing
Joins Hattori Racing
Hattori Racing Enterprises team owner Shige Hattori announced today that the organization is pleased to welcome Hill to drive the No. 16 Toyota Tundra in 2019, Hattori Racing PR reports.
Needs new Xfinity Series ride
Lands Truck Series Ride
Young's Motorsports announced Boyd has joined the team as the pilot of the No. 20 Chevrolet Silverado. Boyd, who is entering his fourth season of NASCAR competition, will compete full-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series in 2019, catchfence.com reports.
Joins Stewart-Haas Racing team
Wins GTLM Roar Qualifying
Fastest in Roar Qualifying
Jarvis edged his teammate Harry Tincknell to lead the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying session at the Roar Before the 24 and claimed the preferred pit and garage location for his Team Joest-run team, sportscar365.com reports.
Earns GTD Pole in Roar Before the 24
Beatriz was fastest in the GT Daytona Roar Before the 24 Qualifying session after P1 Motorsports had its times disallowed due to using a Gold-rated driver. The penalty to P1 elevated Beatriz and the Meyer Shank Racing team to the top of the time charts and secured the best pit and garage selection of the GT Daytona class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, sportscar365.com reports.
Leads GT Daytona Roar Before the 24
Meyer Shank Racing's pair of Acura NSX GT3 Evos swept the top two spots in GT Daytona in the session with Hindman edging Katherine Legge for class honors in Saturday afternoon's session 4 of the Roar Before the 24, sportscar365.com reports.
Leads GTLM Practice at Daytona
Dixon put Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ahead of Porsche's Patrick Pilet in the GT Le Mans class, while Dixon's teammate Sebastien Bourdais was third fastest in the sister Ford GT during Saturday afternoon's practice session in the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona, sportscar365.com reports.
Renger van der Zande
Fast Saturday Session at the Roar
Van Der Zande was quickest in the afternoon IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship session at the Roar Before the 24 in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. The Dutchman's fastest lap of 1:34.534 was 0.483 seconds faster than Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05, followed by Mike Conway in the No. 5 Cadillac for Action Express Racing, sportscar365.com reports.
Major NASCAR sponsor Kroger is shifting its marketing focus this year with the JTG Daugherty Racing team to a "Delivery, Pickup, Ship" campaign to align with its three different e-commerce initiatives. The "Delivery, Pickup, Ship" theme will mainly appear on the car and firesuits/crew uniforms related to the team's No. 47 car driven by Preece, Sports Business Daily reports.
Fast GTD Practice in Roar Session 1
Bleekemolen put the retro-liveried Mercedes-AMG GT3 for Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports at the top of the GT Daytona class followed by a pair of Ferraris driven by Pedro Lamy and Toni Vilander during session 1 of the Roar Before the 24, sportscar365.com reports.