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Danica ready for full-go in NASCAR in 2012

 

Danica Patrick (file photo)

The past two years, Danica Patrick had been trying to learn how to drive the stock cars of NASCAR with barely any success.

She said it was hard to do both series, the IRL and NASCAR at the same time.

In 2012, she has no more excuses in making the transition, as she will be driving in NASCAR fulltime.

The former IndyCar star will be competing in the Nationwide series fulltime for JR Motorsports.

She’ll also be racing 10 Sprint Cup events for Stewart-Haas Racing.

Her teammate in the Nationwide Series will be Aric Almirola.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR news

Power cleared by doctors to resume racing career

 

Will Power (courtesy of IRL)

Will Power, one of the IRL’s top young drivers is ready to return to the circuit.

Power, injured in the 15-car accident that killed Dan Wheldon in the IZOD IndyCar season finale, has received medical clearance to return to racing.

Power suffered two compression fractures in his thoracic vertebrae on the October 16 finale at Las Vegas.

He’ll be testing a new car next week.

Power will be testing for two days at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

 

Info compiled from IRL, Radio, TV & Racing news

NASCAR driver Kenseth looking for 2012 sponsors

 

Matt Kenseth (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

NASCAR and its many drivers are all scrambling to find sponsorships for the 2012 season. It’s tough for for every car to find the funding it needs with the USA economy fluctuating up and down every day. Sponsors will tell one driver that they’re getting out of the racing business to do a whole new rollout for their company. But end up working s deal with another race team.

For instance, Sarah Fisher, owner of Sarah Fisher Racing, who won the IRL race in Kentucky 3 weeks ago, was told by Dollar General that they needed money for a company-wide rollout, then they turnaround and agree to sponsor Joe Gibbs Racing. Dollar General also dumped Turner Motorsports of the Nationwide Series.

Kenseth and his team have used several different sponsors to be able to race such as Affliction-a wild design clothing line and Fluidmaster, a toilet parts manufacturer.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV news

One of those is Matt Kenseth, who is one of the circuit’s top drivers year-in-and-year-out.

Kenseth, a 2003 NASCAR champion is losing his primary sponsor Crown Royal at the end of the 2011 season. With three wins and a chance at the Chase championship, team owner Jack Roush has not had much success in his attempts to find funding for the #17 Ford driven by Kenseth.

The best news for Kenseth, is that Roush Fenway Racing is one of the most successful and wealthy teams in NASCAR, he is not in danger of losing his job. Good drivers are hard to come by.

 

IndyCar gets ready for season-ending championship finale in Vegas

(courtesy of indycar.com media)

The IndyCar Series is getting ready for the season finale later today (Sunday) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Dario Franchitti dueling Will Power for the championship.

Both drivers will be starting from the same row, but back in the field.

Tony Kanaan will lead the 34-car field after posting a speed of 222.078 mph to earn the top position.

In her swan song to the IRL, Danica Patrick will start ninth before heading off to NASCAR in 2012.

Franchitti, who holds an 18-point lead over Power in the series standings, will start 18th in the Las Vegas Indy 300 presented by Honda.

Info courtesy of IndyCar

Kentucky Speedway has Nationwide, Sprint Cup, Camping World races but no IndyCar

(courtesy of SMI & KY Speedway via wikipedia commons)

The bad news for open wheel fans is there will be no IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway in 2012. Track officials could not come to terms with the IRL.

But the good news is that the track, located between Cincinnati and Louisville, will have two Nationwide Series events in 2012, along with its second-ever Sprint Cup race.

The Speedway will hold Sprint Cup, Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races June 28-30, 2012.

A second Nationwide race will be paired with the truck event on September 21-22.

Info compiled from Kentucky Speedway & NASCAR news

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