An old, iconic number and a young, former Daytona 500 champion are coming into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2015.
Trevor Bayne will make the jump to Cup in 2015 with Roush Fenway Racing, sponsor AdvoCare and the iconic No. 6 that Mark Martin made famous at RFR for the majority of his illustrious career. It’s a multiyear deal and perhaps a contingency plan for RFR to keep its number of entries at three cars.
For Bayne, who’s worn the No. 21 for his Cup career in starts with another legendary Ford team – the Wood Brothers – bringing back the 6 is something he’s looking forward to.
“I am kind of getting used to filling big shoes,” Bayne said in a team release. “Having driven the Wood Brothers No. 21 for the last few years in the Sprint Cup Series has been a great experience. I’ll always hold special the opportunity to drive for the Wood Brothers. Those guys are true legends in the sport and I can’t say enough about the unforgettable relationships I forged there and of course our huge win in the Daytona 500.”
Bayne, who’s still only 23, is the 2011 Daytona 500 champion but has only made 50 Cup starts over five seasons, from 2010 through 2014. He’s never driven a full season in Cup. His most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series win came a year ago, in Iowa.
Jack Roush adds the No. 6 to his full-time lineup as the status of Carl Edwards in the No. 99 for 2015 and beyond is still to be determined. RFR’s other drivers are Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
“That number brings back a lot of memories,” he said, via the release. “It reminds me of all the battles we fought to get to where we are today; the victories and the defeats. Success in NASCAR does not come easy. It comes at a price and requires a great deal of passion, sacrifice, dedication and hard work. To me the No. 6 exemplifies all of that.
Diaz (right) is another prototype class veteran, with recent PC experience (8Star Motorsports and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) added to his LMP2 days with Fernandez Racing.
All three of them also competed in Champ Car World Series races in Mexico City, with Gonzalez and Diaz part of a six-Mexican driver entry in the 2003 race (Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Mario Dominguez and Rodolfo Lavin).
Ricardo Gonzalez co-drives the No. 43 RGR Sport Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Bruno Senna and Filipe Albuquerque in the WEC.
Around two-thirds of the Formula E grid also race in the WEC, with the two championships preventing clashes so that drivers do not have to pick between them. As a result, it seems inevitable that one of the races will have to change date.
Jolyon Palmer felt “gutted” after a likely top-10 finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was lost following a spin in the closing stages, costing him his first Formula 1 points.
2014 GP2 champion Palmer joined Renault for its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016, but arrived in Hungary without a point to his name from the opening 10 races of the season.
Palmer was left disappointed on Saturday after a red flag knocked him out of qualifying at the first hurdle, but a long first stint brought him into contention for points.
Palmer moved into the top 10 after jumping Nico Hulkenberg in the pits, only for Renault’s hard work to be undone when he spun off at Turn 4, losing three positions in the process.
The Briton was ultimately classified 12th after Esteban Gutierrez’s time penalty, extending his points drought to 11 races.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” Palmer said.
“The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10. I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tires – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap.
“I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points.
“I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”