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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.
Leads GTLM Roar Before the 24 Practice
Quickest in Roar Session 1
Jarvis set the pace in the first official on track session of the year for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Roar Before the 24. The Briton turned the fastest time in the session in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P for the new-look Mazda Team Joest operation that underwent significant personnel changes in the buildup to the 2019 season, sportscar365.com reports.
Martin Truex Jr.
Bass Pro Shops Sponsorship
Bass Pro Shops, North America's premier outdoor and conservation company, today announced it will continue its long partnership with Truex Jr., joining the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion in his transition to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019. Bass Pro has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the primary sponsor of Truex's No. 19 Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.
Rolex 24 Entry with AIM Vasser Sullivan
Nick Cassidy and Cindric are amongst the additions to AIM Vasser Sullivan's lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, alongside Jeff Segal and Aaron Telitz. The four drivers complete the newly-formed team's two-car lineup for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opener, with a pair of Lexus RC F GT3s entered for the season, sportscar365.com reports.
Team Confirms Driver Lineup
Mazda Team Joest has named its full-season driver lineup for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, featuring an unchanged full-season roster and two new additions for the Michelin Endurance Cup races. Bomarito, Harry Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez will all return to the two-car Mazda RT24-P DPi program this year, sportscar365.com reports.