Stenhouse gets zesty ‘cleaning up’ the media at Kansas

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Being the cynical sort I am, something tells me there’s an underlying meaning or a double entendre at play here.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will pass out bars of Zest soap at the Kansas Speedway media center this weekend in an effort to “clean up the media.”

But this is no typical bar of Zest that you can pick up at your favorite grocery store.

Au contraire.

Or as late comedian John Pinette, who entertained at several recent NASCAR post-season awards banquets was famous for saying, “Nay nay!”

As the press release announcing the promotion stated, media members will receive “an authentic No. 17 car-shaped Zest soap bar … a one of a kind bar of soap and can work throughout the weekend with the peace of mind that comes only from being ‘Zestfully Clean.'”

“Cleaning up the media center was such a huge hit last year,” Stenhouse said. “We thought we would bring back some more Zest car bars since the factory is right down the road from the track (about 11 miles away).

“With this being a night race, the media will need that extra perk that comes from being ‘Zestfully Clean’ all day.”

Again, maybe it’s my cynical side, but I have to wonder how many media members have surreptitiously sniffed parts of their bodies, like their underarms, to see if they’re odiferous.

Or is Stenhouse perhaps giving the media a secret message: that it stinks!

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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.