Former NASCAR executive Marcus Jadotte nominated by President Obama for key Commerce post

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Former NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development Marcus Jadotte has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to become assistant secretary for industry and analysis in the Department of Commerce, according to a report by the Charlotte Observer.

Jadotte, whose nomination will have to be approved by the U.S. Senate, left his role with NASCAR in late April after nearly a decade with the sanctioning body.

He oversaw NASCAR’s commitment to and expansion of its diversity efforts, most notably its Drive For Diversity and Pit Crew Development efforts, which prepares and trains minorities and females for roles as drivers, crew chiefs and other positions in the sport.

In a sense, the Florida native is returning home of sorts. Before coming to NASCAR, Jadotte held a number of political positions, including chief of staff to U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (2004-05), deputy campaign manager for the Kerry/Edwards Presidential campaign (2003-04), chief of staff to U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch (2001-03) and Florida state director on the 2000 Gore/Lieberman Presidential campaign.

Prior to that, Jadotte served in a number of positions with the U.S. Department of Labor under President Bill Clinton’s administration.

No timetable has been released as to when the Senate will take Jadotte’s nomination under consideration.

Hinch boldly “goes” where many drivers have gone before

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One of the most common questions racing drivers face is “What happens if you have to use the bathroom when you’re driving?”

And the most common answer is “You just go.” While admittedly a little disgusting, it is nonetheless a problem that occasionally surfaces, and an innumerable amount of drivers have done so in their careers.

However, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe apparently had never found himself in such a predicament in his career. That is, until Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

While under the first red flag for rain, Hinchcliffe started to receive “nature’s call.” Unable to get out of the car to use a restroom – drivers had not been permitted to get out of their cars – Hinchcliffe was forced to wait and hold it.

But when the cars briefly took to the track again prior to a second red flag, it became too much to handle, and Hinch was forced to “relieve himself” while circulating under caution.

“I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen,” he quipped to NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.”

He added, “I was sitting there under that first red (flag), just begging to get three minutes. That’s all you need, (steering wheel off to wheel on). And when we got going again, my legs were shaking, I had to go so bad. I’m like ‘I can’t drive a race car like this.’ So under caution, it took me a full lap, it was one of the least comfortable experiences of my entire life, but I can officially say I’ve joined the likes of Will Power, Dario Franchitti, and other greats that have peed themselves in their suit.”

Social media reaction added to the moment’s hilarity, with SPM and teammate Robert Wickens weighing in.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal also chimed in, coming to Hinchcliffe’s defense.

Hinchcliffe, fully refreshed, will restart the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth when racing resumes on Monday.

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