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NASCAR on NBC podcast, Episode XV: Tim Cindric

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Team Penske is the only auto racing organization to field teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar series out of the same building.

A mammoth building of more than 400,000 square feet in Mooresville, North Carolina.

In the latest NASCAR on NBC podcast, team president Tim Cindric explains the origins of the ambitious undertaking, the initial struggles with melding the philosophies of divergent racing disciplines and the lessons learned and provided by team owner Roger Penske.

“It was a challenge for sure,” Cindric said of moving the IndyCar operation to Mooresville in 2007. “But now when we look at it, we have very like-minded people. The IndyCar group is very complimentary of the NASCAR group and vice versa.

“We cross-pollinate and move people from A to B, and it’s not like they’re having to move to another country. They’re just moving to another assignment in the same facility.”

Cindric was interviewed at the team’s headquarters, which has celebrated championships in IndyCar (2014, Will Power) and NASCAR (’12, Brad Keselowski) in the past five years.

Team Penske, which is in its 50th season, has a record 16 Indianapolis 500 victories and also has 28 national racing championships. On May 29, it’ll return to the Brickyard with four entries in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Other topics covered by Cindric:

–What the future might hold for Team Penske in returning to racing sports cars or a potential expansion into another series;

–How Penske’s IndyCar and NASCAR teams have collaborated on safety advances;

–His insight and relationship with Roger Penske, who hired Cindric more than 16 years ago.

Cindric said he is privvy to three sides of Penske: the billionaire entrepreneur, the visionary race team owner and the friend and mentor who has more of a sense of humor than publicly is recognized.

“There’s the integrity, there’s the class and all the things that go along with him, but there’s the way in which you get it done,” Cindric said of Penske. “You’ll never outwork the guy. When you look at work ethic, the example he sets, it’s unbelievable.

“He’s an example in so many different ways of the right way to do things. You learn the most when things happen in adversity. You learn the most about people. You watch him during adversity and how he handles it and what he does and how he approaches it. I’ve see the way he treats people, and the people who aren’t ever going to do anything for him, and what he does for those people is the best life lesson you can see.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking below or download and subscribe to it on iTunes by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone. It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here.

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Sioux Chief to sponsor ARCA Showdown, East Series to race at Nashville Fairgrounds

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ARCA announced Saturday that Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be the entitlement sponsor of its 10-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown in 2020.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a Missouri company that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications

Sioux Chief has been involved in ARCA since 2015 as a race event sponsor and special awards program sponsor and sponsored ARCA’s former Short Track Challenge.

As part of the deal, a newly increased point fund, combined with race purses, owner plan, and contingency awards, will offer teams a chance to compete for a share of over $920,000 in posted awards throughout the series.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those events, held on oval tracks 1.25-miles in length and under and road courses, offer drivers who may not be able or eligible to run the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule the opportunity to run for a championship. Combined with the overall ARCA Menards Series championship, and the East and West championships, drivers will have four separate championships to compete for in 2020.

The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Also present was promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, who announced that the ARCA Menards Series East would compete at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 2.

The Tennessean reported this week that the Nashville Fairgrounds was negotiating with Sargent to promote at least three races at the short track in 2020. Sargent’s involvement in the track comes after Nashville’s Fair Board voted to terminate its agreement with Formosa Productions to run the track over outstanding debt.

The ARCA Menards Series has competed at the Fairgrounds the last five seasons. The ARCA Menards Series East, formerly known as the K&N Pro Series East, competed there from 2007-08.

GMS Racing reveals full-time driver-crew chief lineup, number assignments

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GMS Racing has announced its full-time driver-crew chief lineup for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season and number assignments for its trucks:

– Chad Norris has been named crew chief for Brett Moffitt and the No. 23 Chevrolet team. Moffitt drove the No. 24 in his first season with the team. Norris has been with GMS Racing for two years and directed the effort that delivered the team its 2018 Xfinity Series win at Talladega.

– Chad Walter will lead Tyler Ankrum and the No. 26 team. 2020 will be Ankrum’s first season with GMS Racing. Walter served as an engineer for Ankrum this season at DGR-Crosley. Walter has five wins and 42 top fives in 208 Xfinity Series starts as crew chief.

– Kevin “Bono” Manion is paired with Zane Smith on the No. 21 Chevrolet. 2020 will be Smith’s first full-time Trucks season after competing part-time for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. Manion has 24 wins as crew chief across all three national series since 2003. He led Martin Truex Jr. to his two Xfinity Series titles.

– Jeff Stankiewicz will remain as the crew chief for the No. 2 team piloted by Sheldon Creed.

Social Roundup: How NASCAR drivers are spending their offseason

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NASCAR’s Champion’s week is now behind us and we are firmly in the offseason.

Well, sort of.

The NASCAR world never really stops, which is evident simply due to the continued announcements for the 2020 season.

But with Joey Logano testing the Next Gen car at Phoenix earlier this week and Dale Earnhardt Jr. helping clean up North Wilkesboro Speedway for iRacing, it’s been anything but quiet.

Here’s a look at what else happened in the NASCAR community this week.

Someone needs to check in on Jimmie Johnson, he could be in his own version of Mr. Mom.

Chris Buescher is home again.

The 2015 Xfinity Series champion is back at Roush Fenway Racing for the 2020 Cup season and he’s got the firesuits and cars to prove it.

Brad Keselowski recently became father to a second daughter.

He’s now learning some important life lessons.

Former Front Row Motorsports driver Matt Tifft is now off the market after getting married to his fiance, Jordan. Now they’re on their honeymoon.

 

Matt DiBenedetto showed off one of the perks of being a Wood Brothers Racing employee.

Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace went somewhere warm to start their holiday.

Joey and Caitlin Gase welcome twin sons

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Xfinity Series driver Joey Gase and his wife Caitlin are now parents to twin boys

The babies were born on Wednesday. Their names are Jace and Carson.

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