The methodical progress for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson continued this weekend at Bristol, with the NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie’s first career top-10 finish.
Somehow, 10th almost seems a disappointment given how well the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet ran.
Larson ran as high as second within the last 100 laps of the Food City 500 but briefly fell back as the race progressed. Still, a good effort in only his eight career Sprint Cup start.
“We ran a really good race tonight,” Larson said in a post-race team release. “The Target Chevy was strong all night and the crew did a great job to keep us in contention with great pit stops. All-in-all a good race for Team Target.”
Teammate Jamie McMurray was less fortunate on the night after driving through oil laid down by another car and crashing out with less than 50 laps to go. It ended a run of 45 straight races where he made the finish.
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.