Today at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton announced that the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series will not use a single-car qualifying format in the upcoming season.
According to NASCAR.com’s David Caraviello, Pemberton said the final changes will be revealed later this month and that they would go into effect during the NNS and CWTS’ season-opening events at Daytona in February.
Additionally, Pemberton revealed that qualifying for the Daytona 500 will remain in its current form – single-car qualifying for the front row and then the Budweiser Duels at Daytona to set the rest of the field for “The Great American Race.”
However, a new qualifying format for Sprint Cup following the Daytona 500 could be on the way as well. Pemberton noted that final details were still being worked out in that regard.
NASCAR began making tweaks to its qualifying procedures this past season, when it moved to a group qualifying format for the road course events.
Additionally, the subject of doing away with single-car qualifying across all three NASCAR national series was broached in an October meeting at NASCAR’s Research and Development center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.
Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.
“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.
“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”