NASCAR receives Diversity and Inclusion Award

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I believe “diversity” is an old, old wooden ship … sorry, my mind wandered there for a second when I saw the word “diversity” used in a racing press release, and a non-Anchorman context.

In a serious and rather good note for NASCAR, the sanctioning body was awarded the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Award at a ceremony at the New York Times building in New York City, for NASCAR’s efforts fostering diversity.

The “Drive for Diversity” program has had its most successful year in 2013 with Kyle Larson, who’s Asian-American, capturing the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie-of-the-year honors. Additionally, Darrell Wallace Jr. became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race in 50 years when he won his first Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville last month.

“Early in the last decade NASCAR made a commitment to broadening the appeal of our sport by recruiting and developing dynamic new talent on the race track and throughout our sport. As a result, we are enhancing the fan experience for NASCAR fans everywhere,” Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development, said in a release. “We take great pride in being recognized during the 2013 DANDI Awards for our ongoing efforts.”

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.