This past Friday, the rumor mill exploded when Robin Miller broke the story that Tony Kanaan has a standing offer from Joe Gibbs Racing to go drive in NASCAR for a living. The deal is supposedly a three-year deal with a guaranteed salary. He would drive in the Nationwide Series for a year before moving up to Sprint Cup in 2015. He would have to bring no money and no sponsorship – just his helmet and personality.
Archive for September, 2013
Actually, the title of this post is a little misleading. From what I understand, the powers-that-be at Panther Racing (mainly John Barnes) have already made their decision as to who will drive the No. 4 National Guard car for 2014. They just haven’t told us who it is.
For all of those that were foaming at the mouth every time AJ Allmendinger climbed into an IndyCar, their dreams of poaching a NASACAR driver are over. Curiously enough, the driver that was banished from NASCAR and Roger Penske’s Sprint Cup team has signed with JTG Daugherty Racing to drive their No. 47 Sprint Cup entry. Hmmm…
The weekend started fairly typically for the Grand Prix of Baltimore. There was the usual complaining of the chicane on the main straightaway and a few dramatic still pictures of airborne cars from the practice, but there was no real indication that yesterday’s race would be anything different from the previous two races in Baltimore. Those two races were competitive and entertaining. Yesterday’s race was nothing short of controlled chaos.