Report: Greg Biffle, 3M renew deals to stay with Roush Fenway Racing

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NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle and primary sponsor 3M are both signed, sealed and delivered to remain with Roush Fenway Racing, according to a report late Thursday evening by Jayski.com. Biffle’s and 3M’s deals with RFR were both scheduled to expire at the end of this season.

According to the report, officials of the site claim to have “been told that Biffle has signed to stay on at Roush Fenway Racing, no word when it will be announced. As the Charlotte Observer mentioned, 3M will remain with Biffle and RFR as the sponsor.”

There has been no confirmation or comment from Roush Fenway Racing or 3M officials. Biffle is expected to have his weekly media session Friday at Sonoma Raceway and may potentially address the report then.

The Observer on June 8 cited multiple sources in its report that Biffle and 3M were both expected to remain at RFR.

Also on June 8, during an appearance on the Performance Racing Network’s Garage Pass show, Biffle, 44, made it pretty clear that he wasn’t going anywhere once his current contract expires at the end of this season.

“I really like the program at Roush-Fenway, I really like (sponsor) 3M and that’s really my focus,” Biffle said. “I have talked with other teams and there are options there but I think Roush is where I want to stay.”

He added that he would like a deal to be “done in the next month or so. If we don’t have something before … I’m going to say at the end of July … I’m going to have to make a decision.”

Three weeks ago, Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip hinted heavily that Biffle was headed to race for younger brother Michael Waltrip Racing in 2015, which the younger Waltrip denied.

Meanwhile, there has been no update on the status of Biffle’s RFR teammate Carl Edwards, whose contract also expires at the end of this season. Edwards has been rumored to potentially be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing.

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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.