Coming on the heels that its PEAK brand will be entitlement sponsor of NASCAR’s Mexico Series, Old World Industries announced Tuesday a multi-year partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing.
The suburban Chicago company’s PEAK and BlueDEF branded products will serve as primary sponsor for two NASCAR Cup races for Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota Camry, and one Xfinity Series race for Daniel Suarez’s No. 18 Toyota Camry.
PEAK will sponsor Kenseth in this Sunday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the March 26th race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
It will also serve as a season-long associate sponsor on Kenseth’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car.
As for Suarez, his Xfinity car will be sponsored for the May 6 race at Talladega, as well as be an associate sponsor for other Xfinity races Suarez will compete in this season.
Suarez won the Xfinity Series championship last season and has moved up to the NASCAR Cup series this season. However, he will continue to run in a number of Xfinity events, as well.
While Saturday will mark the sixth straight year the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be significant changes.
Among the changes: the use of restrictor plates, as well as adding aero ducts to aid cars with the draft.
On Tbursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took a spin around the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — on the NBCSN iRacing Simulator, that is — to show how some of those changes will impact the cars and potentially the race.
Check it out in the video above.
Friday will be somewhat of an easy, relaxing day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cars will only take to the track twice in the afternoon — both being Xfinity Series practice sessions, which will be on the NBC Sports App.
IMS will host the NASCAR Cup Fan Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR Cup hauler parade that will see transporters enter the Speedway around 9 p.m. ET.
Here’s the rest of Friday’s schedule (all times Eastern):
FRIDAY, JULY 21
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open
1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)
3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)
What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?
They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.
Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.
On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.