Former Cup crew chief Todd Parrott reinstated by NASCAR

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Former Sprint Cup crew chief Todd Parrott (pictured, from 2012) has been reinstated by NASCAR after completing its Substance Abuse Policy “Road to Recovery” program.

Parrott, who won the 1999 Cup championship as crew chief for Dale Jarrett, was suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body on Oct. 17, 2013 for violating the aforementioned policy.

Five days later, he was released by Richard Petty Motorsports, where he had been serving as crew chief for the No. 43 Ford of Aric Almirola. Greg Ebert stepped in as interim crew chief for the last four races of 2013, and in December, Trent Owens was named to the post.

Shortly after his release from RPM, Parrott apologized for his actions and also vowed to return to the Cup circuit.

“I’m going to beat the bushes and see what’s out there, and when I come back, I’m going to be coming back pretty strong,” he told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at the time.

“It’s just part of my family. It’s in my blood. NASCAR is where I want to be. It’s all I know. It’s all I’ve done. I’m going to work hard to get back to the top.”

Best of luck to him as he attempts to do just that.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”