Friday 5: How a career-best finish was heartbreaking for Josh Williams

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Josh Williams tightened his belts and prepared for chaos.

Restarting 11th with four laps to go in last weekend’s Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway, Williams saw his chance for a top-10 finish, something he had done only five times in 90 previous starts.

He had fresh tires and hope. There are no more powerful allies in racing. Especially for one who calls himself an old-school racer for how he worked his way up to driving for a small-budget Xfinity team. 

“Late in the race like that, when everybody is really trying to get after it, it is kind of like roulette,” Williams told NBC Sports. “You really never know what number it is going to land on.”

As the field entered Turn 1 on the restart, a lane opened on the bottom. Williams charged. The DGM Racing driver climbed to eighth by the backstretch. He gained two more spots to finish a career-high sixth.

After the checkered flag, he returned to pit road. Williams unbuckled his belts. He removed his helmet. Williams paused as he climbed from his car. He sat on the driver’s side window. And bowed his head.

He was not celebrating.

He was mourning.

Josh Williams reflects on his career-high sixth-place finish at Kansas and mourns the loss of a friend. (Photo: Parker Kligerman)

Josh Williams, 27, starts conversations with “hey brother.” So maybe it isn’t surprising that he once hired a person he met at a gas station.

Williams had come across the guy a couple of times at the track but didn’t know his name. He had also seen him at the gas station near Williams’ shop before. On this particular day a few years ago, Williams was preparing to go to Daytona for an ARCA race and needed some help. When he saw the familiar fellow at the gas station, Williams struck up a conversation. He asked the guy if he wanted to help him at the track. Williams got a quick “yes.” Williams said they would leave from the shop, got his phone number and told Tim Hayes: “Let’s go racing.”

Hayes worked on and off for Williams for a spell before he joined Josh Williams Motorsports full-time. Williams’ operation takes care of racing vehicles from Bandolero cars and Legends Cars to Late Models for others.

“We try to get these kids to where I was,” Williams said of his development program.

Hayes helped Williams’ Xfinity crew at times, but Hayes’ focus was working on the cars at Williams’ shop and helping the young drivers who piloted them.

Hayes was easy to get along with, Williams said. The bond between Williams and Hayes grew quickly.

“I don’t think I ever went a day in the shop without laughing my ass off about something (Hayes) had to say,” Williams said. “He was one the funniest dudes I’ve ever been around.”

Hayes’ life wasn’t always full of laughter, though.

“I know he was battling depression for a long time,” Williams said. “When I met him, he was in a pretty rough place. He told me probably about nine months ago, he said, ‘Man, if I hadn’t met you and your wife I don’t know if I would be here today.’ ”

Hayes died at his home last Friday, a day before the Kansas Xfinity race. He was 25.

As Williams buried his head before climbing from his car after last weekend’s race, he faced conflicting emotions.

“Every time we’ve had a good run, we’d get back to the shop on Monday, he would talk about it,” Williams said of Hayes. “I was mad because he wasn’t going to be at the shop on Monday telling me how good we did.”

Josh Williams has six top-10 finishes in 91 Xfinity starts. (Photo by Kyle Ocker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

That Williams races in the Xfinity Series is a testament to his dedication and a love of speed that developed at an early age.

When he was 2 years old, Williams’ father, who was a racer, would put Dawn dish soap and speedy dri on the pavement and put up cones for Williams to maneuver his Big Wheel around.

“He taught me car control,” Williams said.

His father also put him in a go-kart at an early age.

“It was probably faster than it should have been,” Williams said. “My mom wasn’t too excited about it.”

Williams was hooked on racing and moved from his family’s home in Port Charlotte, Florida, to North Carolina at age 15 to pursue his racing dream. He finished high school online.

“I’ve slept on people’s couches, I’ve slept on floors, I’ve traveled around with other people and worked on my own equipment and helped build race cars,” he said.

Williams learned how to build cars from Barry Owen, who worked on Richard Childress’ car when Childress drove and also worked for Richard Petty.

“(Owen) was old school,” Williams said. “We built a whole race car from a used parts store. We didn’t go buy anything new. He taught me how to do it and save money. That’s the reason I’ve been able to do this for so long.”

Williams’ career has been filled with limited budgets, long hours and even longer drives. In 2016, he was racing for his family’s ARCA team. They had problems with an engine and didn’t have another one. They decided to skip the next event.

But racers don’t quit. Encouraged by his wife, Williams called his team members late that night and they worked on the car into the next day. They never fixed the engine but figured they’d see how long it would last. After working through the night, they drove from North Carolina to Wisconsin for the race.

The motor lasted all 200 laps at Madison International Speedway. Williams won the race.

“It’s times like that, you’re like, well, we can do it,” Williams said.

That determination eventually led to a phone call from Mario Gosselin to start and park a car in the Xfinity Series in 2016.

“He just kept calling me,” Williams said. “It turned into we were running races. Then, we were finding some sponsor money to run some more races. Now, he can’t get rid of me.”

Williams has run the full Xfinity season for Gosselin’s team since last year. Williams’ sixth-place at Kansas marked his second top 10 in the last three races.

“Mario really gave me an opportunity that I don’t think anybody else would have,” Williams said. “There’s races where I haven’t had a dime and he’s taken a chance on tearing up his equipment … to put me in a race car.”

It was inside that car last weekend where Williams felt so many emotions after the checkered flag waved. His thoughts returned to Tim Hayes.

“You experience the lowest of lows the night before and the highest of highs the next day,” Williams said. “You’re happy and sad all at the same time.”

2. On a roll

Kevin Harvick goes into Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) having won the past three playoff races there.

He also has scored a top-10 finish in 12 consecutive races at the track, a streak dating back to Nov. 2014.

But Harvick has seen his greatest success there since 2017 when the track was repaved and the banking in Turns 1 and 2 decreased 4 degrees to 20 degrees.

Since the changes, Harvick has finished no worse than eighth at Texas. He’s won three races in that time and finished second another time.

I’d really like to thank Eddie Gossage for redesigning the racetrack because for whatever reason since Eddie has redesigned the track, things have kind of fallen into being favorable for us,” Harvick said, referring to the track’s president and general manager. “The things that we do with our race car and myself as a driver it just kind of fits everything, so it’s just finally the last few years we’ve been able to capitalize on what we had on the old racetrack as well and that was fast cars. 

“I think as you look at really everything that’s happened at Texas it’s just been A-plus, and when you have that confidence in a racetrack and the guys have confidence in the setup and the car and the things that they change from year to year it’s hard to beat confidence. There’s always things that can happen, but I truly believe that we’ll go there and have a really fast car and be comfortable the week leading up to it that you made the right decisions because we’ve made a lot of really good decisions there in the past. It’s just been a great place for us.”

Harvick enters this weekend 41 points ahead of the cutoff for the final transfer spot. Even if he doesn’t win, he could clinch a spot in the championship race based on points with a strong enough run Sunday.

3. No need to go?

Sunday’s Cup race at Texas is seemingly meaningless for Joey Logano and his team.

He’s already clinched a spot in the championship race with his Kansas win. The title race is at Phoenix, a track unlike Texas. While a driver and team have to run every race to be eligible for the crown, there’s nothing that says the crew chief has to be there.

Still, Paul Wolfe will be at Texas.

Why?

“The biggest thing to me is keeping our team and our momentum, our flow, things like that going,” Wolfe said after the Kansas win. “While I may be spending a lot more of my time during the week working through some of my Phoenix stuff … I still think it’s important for all of us to go and race every week just like we’re going to race at Phoenix in three weeks.

“If I’m not there, someone is not there, something is different. We want to keep in sync. I feel like our team’s made strides as we’ve got into the playoffs this year, building momentum, having strong races. … We want to kind of keep that flow and rhythm going, but we’ll also be focusing a lot more on Phoenix.”

Two of the last four years the driver who won the opening race in the third round — and gave his team two weeks to focus its preparation on the championship race — won the title. Logano did it in 2018 when he had Todd Gordon as his crew chief.

“I definitely think it’s somewhat of an advantage to us,” Wolfe said of having the extra time to focus on Phoenix. “Whether we want to look at stats of who won the first race winning the championship, that’s great. I look at it as we feel like Team Penske’s short track program is strong. We were obviously able to win Phoenix earlier this year.  Just knowing that, that we are advanced now, yeah, definitely gives you a little extra time.”

4. Finishing strong

Daniel Suarez admits that it has been “difficult to go to the racetrack knowing that your car will not be as good as some of the others” this season.

Suarez heads into Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway 31st in the points. He joined Gaunt Brothers Racing until late January. This is the team’s first full season after running no more than a partial schedule since debuting in 2017.

Suarez’s best finishes this year have been 18th at Bristol and Kansas in the regular season.

“They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Suarez said. “I truly believe that. I’m much better mentally and physically than I was in the middle of the year. I feel like I can’t really wait till the start of 2021.”

He’ll join Justin Marks’ new team, Trackhouse Racing, for next season. The team will have a charter and be aligned with Richard Childress Racing.

Suarez said even as he looks to next year, he’s not ignoring the final three races of this season.

“Last week, I noticed a few people on the team looking down, but I told them I’m not done yet,” Suarez said. “I know I’m not going to be here next year, but I’m still here (now). So, if you guys want to be in a good position for next year, you better put yourself together and get to work. In my opinion, you are as good as your last race. If we do good job in Phoenix, who knows, maybe that can help everyone for next year.”

5. A baker’s dozen

Chase Briscoe’s promotion to Cup next season means that 13 of the 36 teams with charters will have drivers who came through organizations owned by Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Briscoe became the latest to earn a Cup ride, taking over the No. 14 at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2021.

Briscoe will be one of four alums from Brad Keselowski Racing’s defunct Truck program racing in Cup next year. Briscoe’s lone win with the team came in BKR’s last race in the 2017 season finale at Miami.

Others who ran at least half a season with Brad Keselowski Racing and will be in Cup next year are Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain. Austin Cindric also competed for BKR and will drive in select Cup races next year before moving to the Cup Series full-time in 2022 with Wood Brothers Racing.

I’m glad to see other drivers get an opportunity like I got to be at the top level and to have someone support them,” Keselowski said. “I had multiple people that helped me in my career, whether that was at the Late Model level, the Truck level, the Xfinity level. Without any of those people I couldn’t be where I’m at today.”

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Truck program will have five alums in Cup next year, just as it did this year. Cup drivers who ran at least half a season with the team are Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez, William Byron, Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace.

JR Motorsports will have six drivers who went though its program in Cup, same as this year. The drivers who competed in the Xfinity Series were Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, Reddick, Byron and Keselowski. JR Motorsports fielded a Truck team in 2016 for Cole Custer, who will be this year’s Cup Rookie of the Year.

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Surveying key race dates for the 2023 Cup season

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NASCAR Cup Series cars will fire up again Feb. 5 as the 2023 season begins with the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Two weeks later, the regular season opens with the Feb. 19 Daytona 500, for decades the curtain-raiser for the Cup Series’ 10-month cross-country marathon.

With only a single week break in mid-June, the Cup schedule visits familiar stops like Darlington, Bristol, Martinsville, Talladega and Dover but adds two new locations that should be highlights of the year — North Wilkesboro and Chicago.

Here’s a look at key races for each month of the season:

February — With all due respect to the unique posture of the Clash at the Coliseum (Feb. 5) and the apparent final race on the 2-mile track at Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 26) before it’s converted to a half-mile track, the Daytona 500 won’t be surpassed as a February highlight. Since the winter of 1959, the best stock car racers in the land have gathered on the Atlantic shore to brighten the winter, and the results often are memorable. Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Jeff Gordon and so many others have starred on Daytona’s high ground, and sometimes even rookies shine (see Austin Cindric’s victory last year).

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March — The newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway saw its racing radically changed last year with higher banks and straights that are tighter. The track now is considered more in the Daytona/Talladega superspeedway “family” than an intermediate speedway, generating a bit of the unknown for close pack racing. William Byron and Chase Elliott won at AMS last year.

April — Ah, the return to Martinsville (April 16). Despite the rumors, Ross Chastain’s wild last-lap charge in last October’s Martinsville race did not destroy the speedway. Will somebody try to duplicate Chastain’s move this time? Not likely, but no one expected what he did, either.

May — North Wilkesboro Speedway is back. Abandoned by NASCAR in 1996, the track’s revival reaches its peak May 21 when the Cup All-Star Race comes to town, putting Cup cars on one of stock car racing’s oldest tracks for the first time in a quarter century.

June — The June 11 Sonoma road course race will end 17 consecutive weeks of racing for the Cup Series. The schedule’s only break is the following weekend, with racing resuming June 25 at Nashville Superspeedway. Sonoma last year opened the door for the first Cup win by Daniel Suarez.

July — The July holiday weekend will offer one of the biggest experiments in the history of NASCAR. For the first time, Cup cars will race through the streets of a major city, in this case Chicago on July 2. If the race is a success, similar events could follow on future schedules.

August — The Aug. 26 race at Daytona is the final chance for drivers to qualify for the playoffs, ratcheting up the tension of the late-summer race considerably.

September — The Cup playoffs open with the Southern 500, making Darlington Raceway a key element in determining which drivers have easier roads in advancing to the next round.

October — The Oct. 29 Martinsville race is the last chance to earn a spot in the Championship Four with a race victory. Christopher Bell did it last year in a zany finish.

November — Phoenix. The desert. Four drivers, four cars and four teams for the championship.

 

Trackhouse Racing picks up additional sponsorship from Kubota

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Trackhouse Racing announced Friday that it has picked up additional sponsorship for drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez from Kubota Tractor Corp. for the 2023 season.

Kubota sponsored Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet last October at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is expanding its sponsorship to six races for the new season.

Chastain will race with Kubota sponsorship at Auto Club Speedway, Phoenix Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami. Suarez’s Chevrolet will carry Kubota livery at Texas Motor Speedway.

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The team also announced that a $10,000 donation will be made to Farmer Veteran Coalition for each Kubota-sponsored race in which Chastain finishes in the top 10. The FVC assists military veterans and current armed services members who have an interest in farming.

“The sponsorship from Kubota is especially meaningful to me because it allows me to use my platform to shine a bright light on agriculture and on the men and women who work so hard to feed all of us,” said Chastain, whose family owns a Florida watermelon farm.

 

Friday 5: Legacy MC seeks to stand out as Trackhouse did in ’22

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While the celebration continued after Erik Jones’ Southern 500 victory last September, executives of what is now Legacy MC already were looking ahead.

“(September) and October, decisions we make on people are going to affect how we race next (February), March and April,” Mike Beam, team president, told NBC Sports that night.

Noah Gragson had been announced as the team’s second driver for 2023 less than a month before Jones’ win. 

But bigger news was to come. 

The team announced Nov. 4 that Jimmie Johnson would become a co-owner, lifting the profile of a team that carries Richard Petty’s No. 43 on Jones’ cars.

As February approaches and racing resumes, a question this season is how far can Legacy MC climb. Can this team mimic the breakout season Trackhouse Racing had last year?

“I think everybody looks for Trackhouse for … maybe the way of doing things a bit different,” Jones told NBC Sports. “Obviously, starting with the name. We’ve kind of gone that same direction with Legacy MC and then on down from there, kind of how a program can be built and run in a short amount of time.

“There’s some growth in the back end that we still have to do to probably be totally to that level, but our goal is definitely to be on that same trajectory that Trackhouse was over the last two seasons.”

Trackhouse Racing debuted in 2021 with Daniel Suarez. He finished 25th in the points. The organization added Ross Chastain and several team members from Chip Ganassi Racing to form a two-car team last year. Chastain won two races and finished second in the points, while Suarez won once and was 10th in the standings. 

Legacy MC co-owner Maury Gallagher purchased a majority interest in Richard Petty Motorsports in December 2021 and merged the two teams. Jones won one race and placed 18th in points last year. Ty Dillon was winless, finishing 29th in points and was replaced by Gragson after the season. 

“Legitimately, we were a pretty new team last year coming in,” Jones said. “There were a handful of Richard Petty Motorsports guys who came over, but, for the most part, it was a brand new team.

“I think what we built in one year and done is similar to Trackhouse in their first year. I think maybe even we were a step ahead of where they were in their first year.”

Legacy MC looks for more with Jones, Gragson and Johnson, who will run a limited schedule this year. Johnson will seek to make the Daytona 500 field.

Jones said Johnson has infused the team with energy. Gragson has been trying to soak up as much as he can from Johnson.

Gragson told NBC Sports that having Johnson as a teammate is “going to be an incredible opportunity for a young guy like myself, first year in the Cup series, a rookie, to be able to lean on a seven-time champion.

“Incredible person, friend, mentor that Jimmie has become for myself. He’s probably going to be pretty over me by the time we get to the Daytona 500 because I just keep wearing him out with questions and trying … pick his brain.”

2. Kyle Busch’s impact

Car owner Richard Childress says that Kyle Busch already is making an impact at RCR.

Busch joins the organization after having spent the past 15 seasons driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet for RCR this year.

He took part in a World Racing League endurance race at Circuit of the Americas in December with Austin Dillon and Sheldon Creed. The trio won one of those races.

“I was down there for that, just watching how (Busch) gets in there and works with everybody,” Childress said. “He’s a racer. He wants to win. That’s what I love about him.”

Childress sees the influence Busch can have on an organization that has won six Cup titles — but none since Dale Earnhardt’s last crown in 1994 — and 113 series races.

“He brings a lot of experience and knowledge,” Childress said of Busch. “I think he’ll help Austin a lot in his career. I think he can help our whole organization from a standpoint of what do we need … to go faster.

Dillon told NBC Sports that the team has changed some things it does in its meetings based on feedback from Busch. Dillon also said that he and Busch have similar driving styles — more similar than Dillon has had with past teammates. 

“I think as we go throughout the year and he gets to drive our race cars, he’ll have some new thoughts that he’ll bring,” Dillon said of Busch. “I think we’re already bringing some new thoughts to him, too.”

3. New role for Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick, entering his final Cup season, has joined the Drivers Advisory Council, a move Joey Logano said is important for the group.

“Kevin is necessary to the sport, even post-driving career,” Logano told NBC Sports. “He’s necessary for our sport’s success. Kevin sees it and does something about it. 

“He’s always been vocal, right? He’s always been very brash, and like, boom in your face. That’s what people love about Kevin Harvick. Something I like about him as well is that you know where you stand. You know where the weaknesses are. 

“He’s going to push until something happens. That’s great. There’s nothing wrong with that. Having him on the Advisory Council now for the drivers, his experience, but also his willingness to push, is important.”

Jeff Burton again will lead the group as Director of the Council. The Board of Directors is: Harvick, Logano, Kyle Petty, Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez, Corey LaJoie, Kurt Busch and Tom Buis.

Logano, Petty, Dillon, Suarez, LaJoie and Busch all return. Buis, a board member of Growth Energy after having previously been the company’s CEO, joins the drivers group and provides a business background. 

4. Finding one’s voice

Chase Briscoe’s contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing means he could be the longest tenured driver there in the near future.

The 28-year Briscoe enters his third Cup season at SHR, but the landscape is changing. This will be Kevin Harvick’s final season in Cup. Ryan Preece is in his first season driving in Cup for the team. Aric Almirola was supposed to have retired last year but came back. How long he remains is to be determined.

Those changes could soon leave Briscoe as the team’s senior driver.

“It’s a role that is crazy, truthfully, to think about because that could be me in the next year or two, being I wouldn’t say that flagship guy, but being a leader as far as the drivers go in an organization,” Briscoe said.

“Truthfully, I feel like that’s something I want to be. I’ve always enjoyed that kind of leader, team building type of stuff. So, yeah, if that role is kind of placed on me naturally, then that’s one that I would love to have and try to do it to the best of my ability. I feel like that’s a role that you don’t choose, it kind of chooses you.”

Briscoe, who won the spring Phoenix race and made the playoffs last year, said that he’s becoming more comfortable speaking up in team meetings. 

“I look back, especially on my rookie year, we’d go into our competition meeting on Tuesday and, truthfully, I wouldn’t really talk much,” he said. “I would say kind of what we thought for the weekend, but outside of that I would just kind of sit there and listen.  

“This past year, I definitely talked a lot more, and I’d bring up ideas and kind of say things I wanted to get off my chest, where in the past I wouldn’t have done that. I feel like as I’ve gotten more confident in myself and my position, I’ve gotten to the point where I speak my mind a little bit more and, I guess, be a little bit more of a leader.”

5. Busch Clash field

NASCAR released the preliminary entry list for the Feb. 5 Busch Clash. No surprise, the entry list features only the 36 charter teams. Those teams are required to be entered.

With 27 cars in the feature — which is expanded by four cars from last year’s race — there’s no guarantee a non-charter car could make the field. That’s a lot of money to go across country and face the chance of missing the main event.

The Daytona 500 field has four spots for non-charter cars. With that race’s payoff significantly more, it will attract at least five cars for those spots: Jimmie Johnson (Legacy MC), Zane Smith (Front Row Motorsports), Chandler Smith (Kaulig Racing), Austin Hill (Beard Motorsports) and Travis Pastrana (23XI Racing). Helio Castroneves confirmed Thursday that he will not enter the 500. He had been in talks with the team co-owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Helio Castroneves rules out Daytona 500

Helio Castroneves Daytona 500
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Helio Castroneves might be at the 2023 Daytona 500, but the four-time Indy 500 winner won’t be in a race car.

During a news conference Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, Castroneves confirmed in response to a question from NBC Sports that he essentially has ruled out attempting to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Feb. 19 season opener.

As recently as last Thursday at Rolex 24 Media Day, Castroneves, 47, said he still was working on trying to piece together a deal.

The Brazilian had been negotiating with the Cup team co-owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather and would have been in an “open” entry that lacked guaranteed entry to the Great American Race. That potentially would leave him in the precarious position of needing to make the race on qualifying speed or a qualifying race finish (as action sports star Travis Pastrana likely might need in his Cup debut).

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“Unfortunately for me, lack of experience, no testing,” Castroneves said. “A lot of things. I believe it would be a little bit tough throwing myself in such a short notice, and to go in a place that you’ve got to race yourself into it. So as of right now, yes, it’s not going to happen.

“But we did have an opportunity. We just got to elaborate a little bit more to give me a little more experience on that. So there is more things to come ahead of us, but as of right now, I want to focus on the IndyCar program as well and (the Rolex 24 at Daytona).”

Castroneves, who has a residence in Key Biscayne, said he still might attend the Daytona 500

“I might just come and see and watch it and continue to take a look and see what’s going to be in the future,” he said.

Castroneves enters Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona having won the event the past two years. He made his signature fence-climb after winning last year with Meyer Shank Racing, which he will be driving for full time in the NTT IndyCar Series this year. He became the fourth four-time Indy 500 winner in history in his 2021 debut with Meyer Shank Racing.

The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champion also has indicated an interest in Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 car that aims to place international drivers in a Cup ride (such as Kimi Raikkonen at Watkins Glen International last year). Team co-owner Justin Marks recently tweeted Trackhouse wouldn’t field the Project 91 car at the Daytona 500.

After winning the 2022 Superstar Racing Experience opener, SRX CEO Don Hawk had promised he would help secure a Daytona 500 ride for Castroneves.

Castroneves has been angling for a NASCAR ride for years, dating to when he drove for Team Penske from 2000-20. After winning the Rolex 24 last year, he said he had been lobbying Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart for help with getting in a Cup car.

Though Castroneves is out, Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern reported that Mayweather’s The Money Team Racing still is considering IndyCar driver Conor Daly for its seat.