Rick Allen named lead NASCAR announcer for NBC Sports

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Today, the NBC Sports Group announced Rick Allen, known by many NASCAR fans as the TV voice of the Camping World Truck Series, has signed a multi-year agreement to become the new lead announcer for NBC’s upcoming Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series coverage that begins in 2015.

“I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the most talented people in this industry over the last decade,” Allen said in a statement from the Group. “Now I’m excited to be a part of the incredible team that NBC Sports is assembling for their NASCAR coverage.”

Allen currently serves as the voice of both the Truck Series and the ARCA series for Fox Sports, and also hosted numerous motorsports studio shows for the former SPEED network.

He is also an accomplished voice-over talent, as his voice has been heard in narrations and national marketing campaigns for major companies like Goodyear, Alltel, Sears and Toyota. Additionally, he has served as a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel since 2010.

“I met Rick early on in his career and it has been fun to watch him develop into one of the most talented voices in motorsports,” NBC Sports and NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood said in the same statement.

“His energetic delivery, great voice, and ability to bring the best out of his analysts have led him to this well-earned position of covering NASCAR’s most-watched events.”

As part of NBC’s broadcast booth team for NASCAR, Allen will be working with 21-time Sprint Cup Series race winner Jeff Burton, who was announced yesterday as an analyst for NBC’s coverage.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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