Four companies with ties to NASCAR, Sprint Nextel, General Motors, Caterpillar, and Home Depot all announced that they are cutting jobs in light of current economic conditions. Sprint Nextel, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series sponsor, announced that it will be cutting about 15% of its workforce, or 8,000 employees. This move is expected to save [...]
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that Scott Riggs will drive the team’s No. 36 Toyota for the 2009 Sprint Cup season. No sponsor has been named. Riggs said: I look forward to working with Tommy. I think we can work together to build something really strong. I feel fortunate to work with someone like Tommy who [...]
Yates Racing and Hall of Fame Racing officially announced that the two would be aligning in 2009. Yates will operate the No. 96 Sprint Cup entry for the full season. HOF Racing will move the No. 96 team to Yates Racing’s shop in Concord, North Carolina. The agreement keeps both sets of co-owners in tact. Max Jones, [...]
Tommy Baldwin Racing announced that it will field a Sprint Cup Series team that will compete full time in 2009. The team is currently preparing Toyotas for the upcoming Daytona 500.
Bill Davis has sold majority interest in Bill Davis Racing and all of Triad Racing Development to Mike Held and Marty Gaunt. Triad Racing Technologies will continue to supply engines, chassis, and bodies for all three of NASCAR’s major series.
Robby Gordon Motorsports has announced that beginning in 2009, the team will switch from Dodge to Toyota. Gordon and Toyota began their relationship in 1989, when Gordon won a championship driving a Toyota grand national truck.
Mark Martin is said to be piloting the No. 84 Red Bull Racing Toyota at this weekend’s Ford 400 from Homstead-Miami Speedway. Martin will replace Scott Speed, who since taking over for AJ Allmendinger has an average finish of 34.2 and has dropped the team from the top 35 in owner’s points. The team would [...]
Former open-wheeler and NASCAR road course ringer Max Papis will run 18 races next season in a Germain Racing fielded Toyota sponsored by GEICO, Papis’ agent confirmed. GEICO has sponsored Mike Wallace in the Nationwide series, but with Nationwide, a GEICO competitor, taking over, GEICO had to leave that series.
NASCAR issued penalties for Red Bull Racing and driver Brian Vickers following an inspection that revealed that the sheet metal on RBR’s No. 83 Toyota was too thin following the TUMS QuikPak 500 from Martinsville Speedway. The car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, [...]
Following last week’s TUMS QuikPak 500 from Martinsville Speedway, Brian Vickers’ No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota was selected at random by NASCAR for further inspection, the Sporting News is reporting. That inspection revealed that the doors, fenders, and quarter panels did not meet NASCAR’s minimum requirements for thickness. Shaving weight off of the body panels [...]