Danica Patrick will run Nationwide race at Daytona for TSM

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Danica Patrick will be in action at the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway next week, the DRIVE4COPD 300, in Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro.

“Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization and I worked really well with Mike Greci (crew chief) and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year,” she said in a release. “I know that I’m definitely capable of a win this year working with that group, it just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board; they’re giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Florida.”

Patrick also raced for TSM in last year’s Nationwide curtain-raiser. In 60 career Nationwide starts, Patrick has one top-five finish (fourth at Las Vegas in 2011) and seven top-10 finishes.

She’s traditionally run well at Daytona – even leading some laps early – but has yet to deliver a Daytona finish representative of her efforts in the restrictor plate races, either due to mechanical issues or being caught up in the notorious “Big One” accidents.

Of course, her name was in the headlines earlier this week due to some comments made by Richard Petty.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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