Chase Elliott quickest again in 2nd Dover Nationwide practice

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Chase Elliott continues to look good so far this weekend in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway, as he led the second practice session for Saturday’s Buckle Up 200.

Speeds were slower altogether in Practice 2, but Elliott still topped the time sheets with a lap of 154.692 miles per hour in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Earlier today, he led the first Nationwide practice with a lap at 157.618 mph.

Practice 2 came to a rough conclusion when Tanner Berryhill lost fluid while going down the backstretch in the final seconds of the session.

Berryhill was able to hang on to his car, but Jeffrey Earnhardt got caught in Berryhill’s fluid and hit the wall; he sustained enough right-side damage to force him to go to a back-up car.

On Twitter, Berryhill disclosed that it was a water line that came loose in the incident. He also mentioned an oil line issue earlier in the practice:

Brian Scott was second-quickest for Richard Childress Racing with a lap of 154.606 mph, followed by Trevor Bayne in third for Roush Fenway Racing (154.381). Joey Logano went P4 (154.248) and Kyle Busch was fifth (153.984).

Nationwide Series qualifying will take place tomorrow at 10:40 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 2 p.m. ET.

Penske, DXC Technology continue on Pagenaud’s IndyCar

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Team Penske and DXC Technology will renew their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. DXC joined Penske in 2017, serving as a primary sponsor for six races on Simon Pagenaud’s No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet.

In re-upping with Penske, DXC will again adorn Pagenaud’s entry – switching back to the No. 22 in 2018, with teammate Josef Newgarden carrying the champion’s No. 1 – for six races, the first being the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said team owner Roger Penske via a release. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

Pagenaud echoed Penske’s sentiments, adding that team and sponsor share a common philosophy that drives them forward. ““I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season. DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC president, chairman, and CEO Mike Lawrie also highlighted Penske’s reputation as a point of interest to continue their partnership.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Lawrie. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

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The DXC partnership extension is one of several Team Penske has announced in recent weeks, which are as follows on the IndyCar program:

  • REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets, will continue as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 1 of Josef Newgarden and the No. 3 of Helio Castroneves during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 during the month of May.
  • Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will also continue as an associate sponsor with a presence on Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevrolet throughout next season.
  • Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth Group and Auto Club of Southern California and AAA have extended with Team Penske’s NASCAR programs.

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