With Darian Grubb suspended for the next six Sprint Cup races, Mike Wheeler will step in to serve as interim crew chief for Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team starting this weekend at Pocono.
Wheeler usually serves as race engineer for the No. 11 car and has been with the JGR organization for over a decade. But while Wheeler is an experienced hand, NASCAR AMERICA analyst Kyle Petty wonders if the team can adapt to the situation – even though Hamlin can help take some of the pressure off by staying his normal front-running self at the Tricky Triangle.
Meanwhile, it would appear that NASCAR’s biggest power players, Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske, have an advantage going into Pocono in regards to horsepower for getting down the long straightaways.
Those teams are who Petty is looking at when he makes his predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400.
NASCAR AMERICA will return with a full Pocono recap next Monday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. For more show clips, head over to the archive page.
Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is set to unveil a new logo for the series on Sunday following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
F1 has used its current logo – a black F with a white 1 that is often missed due to the red swoosh on the right-hand side – since 1993, as introduced by former ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone’s tenure as CEO of F1 came to an end in January when Liberty completed its $8 billion takeover of the series, with American executive Chase Carey being installed as the new CEO and chairman.
Liberty has made a number of changes to F1 since taking over, including a relaxing of social media guidelines for teams in the paddock and a push into new realms such as eSports, and the logo is due to be the next switch.
F1 lodged three possible new logos with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office last week, with the selected design set to be unveiled on Sunday. It is unclear if it will be any of the three below.
The change in logo marks the end for yet another era in F1 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with a number of important periods also coming to a close at the checkered flag.