Video: Wood Brothers Racing Shop Tour Video This off season was a busy one for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing team as the Wood Brothers moved their Charlotte-area headquarters from Harrisburg to Mooresville. The link below is to a video tour of the new facility. Comment
TULSA, Okla. -- In 1994, Andy Hillenburg became the first Oklahoman to win the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire. Twenty-three years later, the Golden Driller has made its way home as Norman, Oklahoma’s Christopher Bell made his mark in the history books as the champion of the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.
Earning the victory for Keith Kunz Motorsports, Bell’s win puts Keith with six overall Chili Bowl titles as a car owner since 1994 when Hillenburg wheeled the Keith and Rusty Kunz owned entry to Victory Lane.
FIA simulates Alonso crash, but with a mounted Halo
As part of the research for the Halo cockpit protection device, the FIA simulated Fernando Alonso’s devastating crash at the Australian Grand Prix, but with the device attached to his McLaren.
With the Halo being the preferred choice over the aeroscreen concept that Red Bull developed, all the teams and drivers on the grid had their chance to test it out throughout the season.
The device is set to be introduced in the 2018 season, but the FIA are still doing extensive research into the concept, including taking existing incidents and mounting the cars with the Halo as a test.
BMW to push on with Mexico plant despite Trump tariff threat BMW plans to finish construction of a $1 billion plant in Mexico undeterred by threats from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on cars imported into the U.S. from its southern neighbor.
BMW aims to begin annual production of up to 150,000 units of the next-generation 3-series sedan in San Luis Potosi, central Mexico, starting in 2019. When making the decision to produce its best-selling model in Mexico, the automaker said that production should follow the market. As a result, the carmaker's South African plant will cease exporting the 3 series to the U.S. in 2019 and start building the X3 crossover instead.
More NASCAR rules changes for 2017 NASCAR competition officials issued memos detailing rule book changes for the 2017 season in its three national series, including limits on tire allocation. The 80 total pages of revisions released Friday afternoon pertain to Sections 20 (Vehicle and Driver Safety specifications) and 21 (Pit Equipment and Crew Safety specifications) across the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Among the highlights in the tire rules updates:
Auto-Owners Insurance Expands Furniture Row Racing Sponsorship Package
Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry
Furniture Row Racing announced that Auto-Owners Insurance has agreed to a multiyear primary sponsorship for Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The Fortune 500 company, which joined Furniture Row Racing in 2016 as a primary sponsor for three races, will double that amount in both 2017 and 2018.
The six races the Auto-Owners Insurance paint scheme will adorn Truex’s No. 78 Camry in 2017 will be at Kansas Speedway (May 13), Michigan International Speedway (June 18), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23), Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 9), Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 7) and Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 12).
Williams makes it official - Massa to replace Bottas for 2017 Season
Massa cried when he retired, now he is back
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING is pleased to confirm that Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join Williams on a one-year deal, coming out of retirement to replace Valtteri Bottas who the team has released to join Mercedes for the 2017 season.
Felipe will race for a fourth consecutive season with Williams, alongside Lance Stroll who will make his Formula One debut in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Having joined Williams in 2014, Felipe has been instrumental in the team’s improved performance supporting a resurgence to third place in the Constructors’ Championship in his first and second years.
Pascal Wehrlein will drive a Ferrari powered car with Mercedes money
The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce that Pascal Wehrlein will complete the team's driver line-up for the 2017 Formula One World Championship.
The 22-year old German started in karting and has proved his potential in junior single seater racing, but above all with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM where he drove from 2013 until 2015, breaking record after record: He became the youngest debutant in 2013, the youngest race winner in 2014, followed by becoming the youngest champion in 2015.
In 2017 Wehrlein will move on become a race driver with the Sauber F1 Team alongside Marcus Ericsson.
Video: Highlights from the World of Motorsports AR1.com President Mark Cipolloni discusses this past week's highlights from NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show), IndyCar, F1, and NASCAR. Note: he inadvertently says IndyCar extended Dallara's contract through 2020 to supply engines when of course me meant the chassis. Comment
China, Europe drive shift to electric cars as U.S. lags
One reason North America will lag behind Europe and China is Donald Trump as he appears to favor the fossil fuel industry - coal and oil
Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe - just not in North America writes Lawrence Frost of Reuters.
Tighter emissions rules in China and Europe leave global carmakers and some consumers with little choice but to embrace plug-in vehicles, fueling an investment surge, said industry executives gathered in Detroit this past week for the city's annual auto show.
"Car electrification is an irreversible trend," said Jacques Aschenbroich, chief executive of auto supplier Valeo (VLOF.PA), which has expanded sales by 50 percent in five years with a focus on electric, hybrid, connected and self-driving cars.
In Europe, green cars benefit increasingly from subsidies, tax breaks and other perks, while combustion engines face mounting penalties including driving and parking restrictions.
Automotive Excitement Brings Over 100,000 to 2017 NAIAS as the Show Kicks into High Gear
LEGO Batmobile at NAIAS
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced today that attendance for the kickoff to Public Show was 109,643, an increase of over 2,000 people from the previous year.
“Walking the show floor today was such a memorable time as I witnessed all the smiling faces, both young and old, that experienced the latest-and-greatest in automotive design and technology,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman.
NASCAR Modified Ace Solomito Challenging Indoor Racers at Atlantic City
Though NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series driver Timmy Solomito has never raced a TQ Midget indoors before, he anticipates racing with the leaders in the NAPA Know How Atlantic City Racing Weekend Three Quarter (TQ) Midget events set for January 27-28, 2017 inside Boardwalk Hall.
"I know I'll be starting pretty much from scratch but all race cars are the same. You need to work to make them as fast as they can be," said Solomito, a winner of four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event this year.
Paul Bailey Purchases Ligier JS P3 For ELMS LMP3 Cup Championship Paul Bailey has purchased a Ligier JS P3 sports prototype from UK agents to Onroak Automotive, Ligier UK to run in the LMP3 category of the European LeMans Series (ELMS).
Paul, who is a five-time GT champion, has only been racing for seven years and has made the switch from racing GT3 machinery to racing in the ever-expanding LMP3 category. Paul will enter his car into a full season of the brand new British Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship alongside his long-time driving partner, Andy Shulz. The pairing have been hugely successful, making Paul the only person to have won two GT Cup championships in different classes in consecutive years.
Landmark 1-2-3 glory for the PEUGEOT 3008DKR on 2017 Dakar Rally
The Peugeot was unbeatable
The brand new PEUGEOT 3008DKRs of Peterhansel/Cottret, Loeb/Elena and Despres/Castera completed the 2017 Dakar Rally's 9, 000-kilometre run through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina on the top three steps of the final podium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today's landmark one-two-three result takes PEUGEOT's score on the famous cross-country rally to six outright victories and is ideally timed to coincide with the launch of the new Peugeot 3008 SUV's career across the world.
Porsche LMP1 drive was on cards for Franchitti before injury
Dario's career ended early in 2013 in Houston when he went cockpit first into the fence and IndyCars have no canopy to protect the drivers. They worry about being trapped in a fire situation with a canopy, which happens how often? That's right, almost never. Meanwhile countless drivers die and careers are ended. As they say, you can lead a donkey to water but you can't make him drink.
Dario Franchitti has revealed that he was set to make the jump from IndyCar racing into a Porsche LMP1 drive at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, only for injury to not only end that dream but end his competitive racing career.
A huge crash at Houston towards the end of the 2013 IndyCar season saw him forced to retire on medical grounds, but the four-time IndyCar champion has revealed that he was set to race in the greatest endurance race of them all if he had not been for his injuries.
Franchitti admitted he had been to Porsche's base in Weissach and discussed taking the drive with LMP1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl, and was set to walk away from IndyCar at the end of 2014.
"I'd have liked to have done Le Mans, that was the big dream," said Franchitti at the Autosport International show on Saturday. "I had a great drive lined up for 2015 there, actually in LMP1.
Stirling Moss and Lewis Hamilton in 2013 doing a promo for Mercedes
Formula 1 driving great Stirling Moss remains hospitalized in Singapore, according to a statement released on Saturday, almost a month after he was admitted with a serious chest infection.
The 87-year-old Brit, the winner of 16 Grand Prix and a four times runner-up in the world title race, was rushed to hospital in the city state just before Christmas having traveled there for a cruise.
"Sir Stirling was admitted to hospital in Singapore on 22nd December 2016 with a serious chest infection," the statement said.
"Because of the severity of the infection it resulted in some complications and his recovery has not been as speedy as was expected or wished. "However, his condition continues to improve and his doctors now consider him to be stable.
Added engineering depth builds optimism at Dale Coyne Racing
For Sebastien Bourdais and everyone else involved in the latest stage of his career, commitment is the critical element.
Bourdais, the 37-year-old veteran of 14 years, 43 victories and four championships in various forms of motorsports, committed himself to putting together a team that believes it can win races. He took the idea to team owner Dale Coyne, who shared that belief enough to add the two engineers Bourdais wanted. The result is a fresh outlook and optimism at Dale Coyne Racing in 2017.
The team hired Olivier Boisson, Bourdais' engineer in recent years with KVSH Racing, and Craig Hampson, Bourdais' engineer during his four Champ Car championships with Newman/Haas Racing from 2004-07. The move reunites Bourdais with Coyne, who first hired the French driver in 2011 after a two-year run in Formula One, to create a formidable underdog.
Boats and Ships will eventually be 100% electric Who doesn't enjoy zipping around the bay or the lake in a peppy little bowrider or a spacious party barge? But in addition to the maintenance costs, the environmental cost of boats powered by fossil fuels can be significant -- not just the emissions, but the inevitable run-off of gas and oil that tends to happen over time with marine ICEs. If a new report by analyst firm IDTechX is on track, our choices for fully electric watercraft -- or electric retrofits and outboard motors for existing boats -- may be expanding significantly over the next decade.
Chevy Bolt EV Will Be Basis For a Huge Range of Vehicles
A recent comment by General Motors CEO Mary Barra this week has sent EV fans to speculating, as she said a "huge range of vehicles" will be spun off from the Bolt EV platform.
How one defines a huge range of vehicles, how soon these will be, and what really to expect at all were not disclosed, but the question came after being asked about Ford's announcement of 13 electrified vehicles it has in the works.
Herberth Motorsport Porsche wins Hankook 24H DUBAI DUBAI -- With its Porsche 991 GT3 R, German team Herberth Motorsport has won the Hankook 24H DUBAI. In the twelfth running of the event, drivers Daniel Allemann, Ralf Bohn, Robert Renauer, Alfred Renauer and Brendon Hartley racked up a total of 578 laps of the 5.399 kilometers long Dubai Autodrome. "It was an awesome experience! My first race with a GT car, my first race in a 911, and my first victory in a 24-hour race. A great car, great teammates and a great performance," Hartley commented.
NASCAR rulebook updates for 2017 NASCAR issued a massive rules update to teams across all three national divisions on Friday -- not unusual for this time of the year. The most noteworthy addition is that the Sanctioning Body will allow drivers to wear biometric devices like Fitbits while inside the car. NASCAR will mandate the devices to operate under its own internal power and not have telematics capability -- in other words real-time capability to transmit car data. NASCAR will not allow any data acquired by such a device to be downloaded during qualifying or a race. For the device to be eligible, it must be either listed on the approved device list or be similar in functionality to one.
CBS Sports Network re-airing 8 hours of SCORE races Saturday/Sunday CBS Sports Network will broadcast eight hours of repeat airings of two of the races from the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Airing will be the one-hour special on the SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the one-hour special on the Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge as well as the two-hour feature on the 49th SCORE Baja 1000.
Both races were held in Baja California, Mexico--the SCORE Desert Challenge in Rosarito and the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada.
Video: Breakout Room Highlights with Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Alexander Rossi IndyCar decided to stick Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan in an escape room and it didn’t go well. Watch the hilarious video of their challenge.
Alexander Rossi can win the Indianapolis 500 on fumes, but you probably don’t want him as your escape room partner.
Someone at IndyCar thought it’d be a good idea to put Rossi, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan together in an escape room and film the results – and it was, for the fans who learned that while the three drivers can win one of the most iconic races in motorsports they’re not so good at other types of challenges.
Television production veteran Kymberly Booth Higgs has been named NHRA show producer for the 2017 FOX Sports television broadcasts of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA announced today. She will also produce the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the J&A Service NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series telecasts.
"I am excited to be a part of this incredibly talented crew of people who are passionate about our sport," said Booth Higgs. "Our challenge as a production team is to translate the unparalleled experience of being at an NHRA event to the fans at home. The drama, the pressure, the sound, the smells, the athletes under the helmets and under the hood – those are the stories we want to tell this year on the FOX broadcasts."
Video: The Future of electric vehicles Just five years ago, electric vehicles were barely on the radar for most manufacturers. Today they're quick, cool and part of a fast-growing market, and Formula E is at the cutting edge of development. Comment
Takata Executives Criminally Charged in U.S. Probe of Faulty Air Bags
A federal grand jury indicted three Takata Corp. executives, charging them with providing auto makers with misleading test reports on rupture-prone air bags at the center of an unprecedented recall linked to numerous deaths and injuries.
Takata executives Shinichi Tanaka,Hideo Nakajima and Tsuneo Chikaraishi were criminally charged for participating in the alleged fraud undertaken at the Japanese automotive supplier, according to an indictment unsealed Friday. They face charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The grand jury handed up the indictment of the executives in December, according to court records.
Drivers have fun clocking laps at Goodyear tire test at LVMS
Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers enjoyed themselves on the track during Day 2 of a Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday. #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Joey Logano, #24-Chase Elliott and #1-Jamie McMurray clocked lap after lap at the 1.5-mile speedway on the sunny and windy day as Goodyear techs and the quartet of race teams banked valuable data to use in 2017 and beyond.
The drivers enjoyed their time behind the wheel during the two-day test session. "It's fun to come out and test, and I like coming to Vegas," said Kenseth, the Kobalt 400 champion in 2003, 2004 and 2013.
Brendan Gaughan to attempt to make the Daytona 500 Brendan Gaughan will attempt to race in the Daytona 500 this year. Gaughan said he will drive the Chevy Michael McDowell wheeled to a 15th-place finish for Leavine Family Racing in last year's race. The car owner is Mark Beard of Mount Pleasant, MI, a former driver and team owner in the Midwest-based ARCA series who had a couple of Xfinity starts during the 1980s.
"Jay Robinson, the man I drove for a couple of years ago at Premium Motorsports, called me in the middle of the Christmas break and said a friend of his was trying to do a deal and run the 500," said the 41-year-old Gaughan, who qualified for the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase in 2016 driving for Richard Childress.
USAC Named New PWC Sanctioning Body Pirelli World Challenge will be under a new sanctioning body beginning this year, with WC Vision confirming a partnership with longtime open-wheel and dirt racing organization, USAC.
The off-season change ends the championship’s 26-year relationship with the SCCA, which has served as the series’ sanctioning body since its inception.
According to PWC President and CEO Greg Gill, a decision for the change, which largely deals with administration and various other areas of series support, was not taken overnight.
Unlike the mental midgets in F1, IndyCar wants better racing, not a boring F1 parade
Whereas F1 is taking a step in the wrong direction with wider tires and more downforce - resulting in shorter braking distances and less overtaking, IndyCar feels good racing is more important than outright speed. IndyCar president of competition and operations, Jay Frye, told Motorsport.com that Arie Luyendyk's 1996 qualifying lap record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unlikely to be threatened by cars using the 2018 universal aerokit.
He said: "Speed is in our DNA, so for this 2018 car, universal car, we certainly don't want to go backwards – we've got to keep going forward. So the goal is to maintain where we're at but go forward in steps.
INDYCAR drivers headed to North American International Auto Show
Castroneves among those to appear in Detroit
Several Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will make appearances at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the first major auto show of the year in North America. The drivers will be on hand to help promote the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, the only doubleheader race weekend on the 2017 schedule, taking place June 2-4 on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.
Helio Castroneves, a three-time Belle Isle winner including the first of what has become 29 career wins in 2000, will be a guest of honor at tonight's NAIAS Charity Preview before the auto show opens to the public on Saturday. Entering his 20th season of Indy car competition, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner will participate in media interviews, meet with special guests and executives and take over the social media channels for Autoweek to showcase the various sights and sounds from the show.
Losing millions in lawsuit means Stewart can't really retire
Tony Stewart has to win back many $millions
After 18 seasons of racing, Tony Stewart chose to retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2016. But Stewart clearly he's going to keep racing to pay for the millions he has to pay the parents of Kevin Ward after Stewart hit Ward in a Sprint Car race and killed him.
Motorsport reports that Stewart is currently scheduled to run quite a few races in 2017. And he'll add more if he can.
"I'm going to run a lot of different things at a lot of different places," Stewart told the Racin' Boys Network. "There are some tracks that I've never been to that I'm going to get a chance to go to on our schedule. We're up to 71 races, and I'm guessing we're going to get another 10 to 15 more races on the schedule before it's all said and done."
IndyCar News Bits Indianapolis Motor Speedway was presented the Eastern Motorsport Press Association's 2016 Chris Economaki News Maker of the Year Award for the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at EMPA's annual convention Jan. 8.
C.J. O'Donnell, chief marketing officer for Hulman Motorsports, was a keynote speaker at the event and accepted the award on behalf of IMS.
Rossi enjoys Tiny Borg-Warner Trophy replica he gets to keep
What a pathetically small trophy the winner of the Indy 500 gets to keep. Really? If it was any smaller you couldn't see it. The Speedway must be hurting for money
Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi said receiving his miniature Borg-Warner Trophy Wednesday in Detroit was different than other race-related experiences he's had since winning the 100th running in May 2016.
For one, he gets to keep the memento known as "the Baby Borg."
"The most memorable experience was seeing my face on the actual trophy," Rossi said at the annual Automotive News World Congress dinner at the Renaissance Center held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. "But you can't take it home."
New Indy car aerodynamics will get to 'bottom' of downforce issue
Concept Sketches. Bets are that IndyCar will award contract to Dallara - Brian Barnhart's favorite
Of course, a pretty face is important. Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, is the first to admit that. But looks aren't everything.
That's why work began long ago on bodywork that will cover the Dallara IR-12 chassis in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series competition. That body and universal aero kit will serve through 2020. To get it wrong is not an option.
During a media roundtable Thursday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which also included Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi, winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500, Frye offered the first glimpse, both in words and concept illustrations, of the 2018 car's look. To say it was well-received is an understatement.
Mondelez Does Not Renew NASCAR Sponsorship NASCAR is in the hunt for a new official cookie and cracker sponsor, as Mondelez quietly let its pact with the sanctioning body expire after ’16, according to sources.
Illinois-based Mondelez is made up of the former Kraft Foods, whose deal with NASCAR began in ’00. Mondelez last renewed with NASCAR in a three-year pact that started in ’14.
Panoz Racing Announces Two-Car Pirelli World Challenge GT Program
Braselton, Ga. – Panoz returns to GT racing in 2017 as Team Panoz Racing, kicking off its first season with Pirelli World Challenge. Led by motorsports veteran Tom Milner, Team Panoz Racing will field a two-car, full-season entry racing the new Panoz Avezzano sports car in the GTS class.
Team Panoz Racing also announced that sports car racer Ian James has been named the first of two team drivers. James will campaign the No. 50 Panoz Avezzano, starting with the St. Petersburg, Fla, race.
Race fans looking to rev up their new year are in luck, as Sonoma Raceway has opened its ticket office for the 2017 race season.
Tickets for all major events at the Northern California racing facility are now available, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (June 23-25), Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (July 28-30) and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale (Sept. 15-17). Professional two-wheel racing makes its return to the Sonoma Raceway road course this summer with the MotoAmerica Series presents the Championship at Sonoma Raceway, Aug. 11-13.
Magnus Racing to enter Pirelli World Challenge with Full-Season, Two-Car GT Effort in 2017 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - After a seven-year history of endurance racing that has included multiple major victories and championships, Magnus Racing will chart a new direction in 2017, operating two full-season entries in the Pirelli World Challenge’s top-tier GT and GTA categories. Continuing their relationship with Audi Sport customer racing, the team will field two Audi R8 LMS machines, driven by team owner John Potter as well as an Audi Sport customer racing-supplied driver to contend in the series’ flagship GT category.
After an incredible 2016 that saw the team take two victories, including at the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona as part of the team’s Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Championship, the opportunity to enter a new challenge was a welcome one for the team.
Successful Daytona test for the new 911 RSR The 2017 motorsport season can begin: The Porsche GT Team is well prepared for the 24 Hours of Daytona – the season-opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship in the USA and Canada. The factory squad used this weekend’s official test, “The Roar before the Rolex 24”, to setup the new 911 RSR for its race debut at the world famous long distance classic in Florida on 28/29 January. Under changeable weather conditions, the 911 RSR racers with the starting numbers 911 and 912 covered a total of 2,936 kilometers on the Daytona International Speedway, the legendary racetrack characterized by its fast banked corners and a tight infield. Six works drivers took part in the Daytona tests for the Porsche GT Team, as well as another five who will tackle the traditional season opener for various customer teams with the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Emails show Walsh aide in on failed Boston Grand Prix
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
A top aide to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Stephen Passacantilli -- whose brother was the City Hall lobbyist for the failed Grand Prix of Boston -- participated in early meetings on the proposed IndyCar race, according to new emails that appear to dispute the city’s longtime insistence he had no role in the event.
Passacantilli, who was a special adviser to Walsh, met with then Grand Prix CEO Mark Perrone in 2014, and later took part in a key early meeting at City Hall where the IndyCar race idea was discussed, emails obtained by the Herald show.
Earnhardt, Jr., Kahne to each help prop up Xfinity series twice in 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Continuing a tradition of running his own JR Motorsports Chevy each season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to make a pair of starts in the #88 Chevy Camaro this season in races at Bristol in August and Richmond in September.
Long-time JRM driver Kasey Kahne will drive the car at Daytona in February and Talladega in May. Scott Radel, director of engineering at JRM, has been tabbed to crew chief all four races.
Radel has been a JRM engineer since 2013, and previously worked for Hendrick Motorsports. He won championships with JRM in 2014 and with two other teams as an engineer.
Ford Performance announces Driver Development Program In an effort to develop talent for its NASCAR program long-term, Ford Performance announced today it is formally initiating a multi-tiered NASCAR driver development program. The first stage of that program will be a formal relationship with Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) and its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) effort, where Ford has signed Chase Briscoe as one of the drivers for BKR for the 2017 season as part of his development.
The BKR effort, as well as other to-be-announced driver development efforts at different levels, will develop talent for all Ford teams in NASCAR. Current teams will be consulted as part of the selection process, but drivers in the program will have contractual obligations to Ford. In addition to their role within the NCWTS race program and related marketing efforts, drivers in the new Ford program will also assist the company as test drivers within the Ford product development program. Ford Performance
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