|Danica gets pink car for breast cancer awareness|
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:11 AM|
NEW YORK — Danica Patrick’s familiar GoDaddy green will be gone the entire month of October as she’ll race with a bright pink paint scheme to help raise breast cancer awareness.
Patrick unveiled her No. 10 pink GoDaddy car on Tuesday in Times Square in a joint appearance with Chevrolet, which showcased a pink Camaro SS official pace car.
Chevrolet will donate $200 to the American Cancer Society for every lap the pace car leads under caution at last month’s race at Atlanta and upcoming races at Talladega and Martinsville.
In addition, GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe will drive a pink version of his IndyCar at this weekend’s doubleheader race at Houston.
GoDaddy is also teaming with the Public Interest Registry to donate $50,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Larson to make Sprint Cup debut at Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Larson will make his Sprint Cup Series debut next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway driving for Phoenix Racing.
Larson will drive Oct. 12 and he is also scheduled to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27.
The two races are a warm-up for Larson as he prepares to move full-time to the Sprint Cup Series next season for Chip Ganassi Racing. He’ll drive the No. 42 Chevrolet next season as Juan Pablo Montoya’s replacement.
“We are happy to have an opportunity to get Kyle in a couple of Cup races this year,” Ganassi wrote in a statement. “Those races along with an aggressive testing schedule will be invaluable in his preparation for the 2014 season.”
Larson is in his first full NASCAR season this year and ranks ninth in the Nationwide Series. He’s got 15 top-10 finishes and is coming off a second-place finish last weekend to Joey Logano at Dover.
“I am very excited to get behind the wheel of a Cup car in Charlotte this month,” Larson added. “I have a lot of work to do to prepare for the 2014 season and I cannot wait to get started.”
Penske Racing penalized: On Tuesday, NASCAR penalized Penske Racing because Joey Logano’s race-winning Nationwide car at Dover failed post-race inspection on Saturday.
Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000 and team owner Roger Penske docked six championship car owner points because the front of the car was too low.
Penske Racing wrote in a statement the car failed inspection because a spring retaining screw came unscrewed.
“The problem is being addressed internally to prevent it from happening again and the team is not planning to appeal the penalty,” the statement added.
NASCAR fines Piquet Jr. for anti-gay slur: NASCAR fined Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 on Tuesday and ordered him to attend sensitivity training for using an anti-gay slur on social media.
The Nationwide Series driver posted the remark on Instagram Sept. 25 in a post that has since been deleted.
“Nelson Piquet Jr. recently communicated an offensive and derogatory term that cannot be tolerated in our sport,” announced Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. O’Donnell added the 2013 code of conduct clearly defines NASCAR’s position “regarding the use of disparaging terms. We expect our entire industry to abide by this Code.”
Piquet apologized in a statement.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone for my poor choice of words last week. I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone,” the Brazilian wrote in a statement. “This has been a cultural learning experience that will make me a more sensitive person moving forward.”
Turner Scott Motorsports added it had addressed the issue with Piquet, who understood the team does not tolerate such remarks.
Earlier this year, NASCAR suspended Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements for two weeks for using a racial slur. Clements made the remark to a blogger for MTV News during an interview at Daytona. NASCAR learned of the comment from a witness, suspended Clements indefinitely and also ordered him to see a sports diversity expert.