Talks between Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing about driving in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 appear to have broken down, according to Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show opening breakfast, Kickin' the Tires reports.
Although nothing official has been announced, Richard Petty confirmed to Kickin' the Tires that his operation - Richard Petty Motorsports - would be joining the Chevrolet camp and forming an alliance with Richard Childress Racing.
One of the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) teams testing at Daytona International Speedway this week is BMW Team RLL. Two of the team's drivers were on hand, returning BMW driver Edwards alongside Connor de Phillippi, who joins the team after competing with Land Motorsport for two seasons, IMSA.com reports.
While there have been several well-known additions to the Prototype class in 2018, there is one driver who makes his return to the Prototype ranks this week after several years in both the Prototype Challenge (PC) class and, most recently, the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Braun returns with CORE autosport and longtime co-driver Jon Bennett this season as the two debut the team's new No. 54 ORECA LM P2, IMSA.com reports.
Team Penske and PPG will celebrate their 34th season together in 2018 with the company reaffirming its commitment by becoming a primary sponsor of the team's No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Blaney in six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races next season, Team Penske PR reports.
Earnhardt Jr. wrapped up his final season as a NASCAR driver with one last piece of hardware. He won the Most Popular Driver Award on Thursday night for the 15th consecutive time, the Associated Press reports.