NASCAR notes: Dave Blaney, Brian Keselowski announce 2014 plans

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A couple more minor bits of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series news have emerged in the last 24 hours or so, in the form of two more confirmed entrants for at least the Daytona 500 and possibly beyond.

  • Via NASCAR.com, Dave Blaney, who lost his seat at Tommy Baldwin Racing after three years to the sponsored Michael Annett, will drive the No. 77 Ford for Randy Humphrey, with crew chief Peter Sospenzo. Humphrey worked with Mark Smith on the No. 19 Toyota that frequently started-and-parked in 2013. Blaney, now 51, started 35 of 36 races last year with a best finish of 16th at Talladega in May. His best non-restrictor-plate race finish was at Fontana in March, 21st.
  • Brian Keselowski, Brad’s older brother, announced via Twitter he’ll return to the No. 92 car in 2014. The older Keselowski struggled mightily to get up to pace in the new Generation-6 car at the 2013 Daytona Speedweeks. Whether he runs any races beyond the Daytona 500 remains to be seen. Brian Keselowski has three career Cup starts, two last year and the 2011 Daytona 500.

Chances are high we’ll be writing much more about Blaney’s son Ryan, a Team Penske prodigy, and Brad Keselowski compared to Brian this year. Still, Daytona can throw a curveball and if either driver makes the field and survives the inevitable “Big One,” they could be in for good days.

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.