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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Aug. 4 - Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch
posted on 08/04/2005 4:28:53 PM PDT
(Junebugism: "There is definitely a lot to it that will be understood down the road as it unfolds")
To: WestCoastGal; al baby
The weekly dose of selective news from Jayski
- Brian France, thinking that racing isn't adequately covered in the nation's newspapers, is looking at creating NASCAR's own news service for papers, TV and radio stations.
- Speed plans to launch a weekly "Chase" series the Thursday after the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (which ends the regular season).
- Bobby Labonte joined Dale Jarrett in testing the new Monte Carlo SS (yes, it's the SS; more on that in a bit) and Ford Fusion (respectively) at Atlanta Motor Speedway Monday. Labonte noticed no changes in the track itself.
- Announcements at Indy, part one - Arnold Motorsports is scheduled to announce a sponsor for the #50 being driven by Jimmy Spencer Saturday.
- Paul Tracy (2003 Champ Car champ and 2nd in the series this year) will test August 8-9 at Michigan in the #33 RCR Cup Chevy in preparation for the August Michigan race.
- Speaking of open-car "party-crashers", former Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert has expressed an interest in becoming a 40+-year-old NASCAR rookie.
- Word is that the Morgan-McClure #4 team will replace Mike Wallace with a road-course ringer at Watkins Glen, either Brian Simo (who drove the #33 at Sonoma) or PJ Jones (a literal last-second replacement for Wallace there and mostly running the #34). Guess that means the 5-race deal that Mach One Racing has with PEO Pros that starts at Indy doesn't cover Watkins Glen.
- Kurt Busch and associate sponsor Crown Royal are teaming up for a "Safe Rides Home program in downtown Indy tonight (they've got 10 Fords painted up like the Crown Royal car-one driven by Kurt, and will be taking lucky bar-hoppers back home).
- The Wood Brothers won't be a 2-car team in 2006, but depending on Ricky Rudd, may well be one in 2007.
- al baby special - Dick Trickle will be at the Governor's Cup Stock Car race at the Milwaukee Mile.
- Announcements at Indy, part 2 - Ray Evernham and Kasey Kahne are scheduled to announce plans for Evernham Motorsports in 2006 and beyond Saturday morning.
- Undaunted by their defeat in court in the Kasey Kahne case and a possible court case surrounding the circumstances of Michel Jourdain Jr., Ford Racing has announced a female driver development program with Clorox and ST Motorsports (sponsor and Busch home of Jon Wood; guess the Wood Brothers better figure something out quick).
- Speaking of the Chevy Monte Carlo SS, it was officially announced today, and the street version of the SS will receive special styling that makes it look more like the race car than other Monte Carlos as well as a V-8.
And from BGNRacing.com
- FitzBradshaw will put Carlos Contreras (who drove for them in Mexico City) in the #40 Busch car at Watkins Glen.
- Speaking of the #40, Scott Lagasse won't be back in the ride he had been sharing with Sterling Marlin before the shakeup at FitzBradshaw, but that he's still on Ganassi's radar screen.
- Speaking of Ganassi, Kevin Hamilin not only turned his one-race shot in the #4 Biagi Brothers Dodge into a shared ride for the rest of the season with Jeff Green, but he also landed a development contract with Chip Ganassi Racing.
- AJ Foyt IV (er, make that Anthony Foyt), an IRL vet, hopes to have a few races in Busch this year and a full-time ride next year with Ray Evernham. Meanwhile, uncle Larry is allegedly close to a full-time Busch sponsorship for 2006. (maybe they can swap Animal Stories in the garage after they don't qualify :-) </humor_classic-Chicago>
posted on 08/04/2005 6:33:00 PM PDT
(Real torture is taking a ride with Sen Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy in a 1968 Oldsmobile off a short bridge)
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