NASCAR reinstates Jeremy Clements

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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements has been reinstated by the sanctioning body, and can return to the track this weekend.

In a statement, NASCAR says he will remain on probation until Sept. 13. Clements, driver of the No. 51 Chevrolet in the NNS, was indefinitely suspended on Feb. 27 for violating the sport’s Code of Conduct and later revealed that he had said a racial slur while in the company of a female NASCAR employee and a reporter for MTV News at Daytona International Speedway. Shortly after being suspended by NASCAR, he apologized for his actions on Facebook.

As part of his reinstatement process, Clements was sent to work with noted sports psychologist Dr. Richard Lapchick, who leads the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.

“In Dr. Lapchick’s judgment, Jeremy has successfully completed the program,” said NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell in the statement.

“We’re pleased that Jeremy has taken these important steps and will return to racing starting this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.”

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.