Ryan Truex to make Sprint Cup debut at Bristol

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Ryan Truex, the younger brother of current Chase contender Martin Truex Jr., will make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet.

Ryan was slated to make his first Cup start earlier this season for Phoenix at the Richmond spring race, but broke his collarbone around Easter and was unable to compete. Earlier this summer, he signed with Richard Petty Motorsports’ developmental program.

RPM is still looking for funding that can enable them to run Truex regularly, but are supporting him as he prepares for a formidable first challenge: Bristol’s infamous, high-banked half-mile.

“I’m excited to make my NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Bristol,” said Truex in a statement from RPM. “It has been tough waiting on the sidelines while I healed from my collarbone injury, but now I am ready to go and make my Sprint Cup Series debut.

“It’s pretty awesome that it’s coming at Bristol at the night race – this is a premier race on the Sprint Cup circuit. To have Richard Petty Motorsports and Phoenix Racing support me in this endeavor really means a lot. I’m excited for the rest of this year and my future with RPM.”

Ryan has raced part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the last few seasons and is a past champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

However, he has only raced once this year in any of the “Big Three” NASCAR national series – the Camping World Truck Series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, in which he finished 28th because of a crash.

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.