If you think Thursday’s announcement that Mark Martin will be returning to Roush Fenway Racing in somewhat of a driving capacity, forget it.
According to Bob Pockrass of SportingNews.com, Martin is committed to his newly-hired role as driver coach for the entire RFR organization, particularly working with young drivers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Reed and Trevor Bayne.
Martin, 55, said he’s not interested in extending his mark of 882 career Sprint Cup starts.
“You know me well enough to know that I’m not going to say (never),” Martin told Pockrass. “But I’ll just tell you I have no interest at this time. I have no interest in even practicing a car or testing a car at this time.”
Martin last raced as a fill-in driver for Tony Stewart last season following Stewart’s wreck in a sprint car race in early August that not only caused him to sustain numerous injuries, it also ended his season as well.
Martin said he hasn’t missed his time away from the racetrack or the sport as a whole.
“I don’t ever flip on the TV and wish I was there,” Martin said. “I am happy where I am at. It’s probably less (of an urge) than I even expected to get back into a racecar.”
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British youngster Dan Ticktum took a dramatic victory in the 64th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday after the leading two cars crashed out at the final corner on the last lap of the race.
In an incident-packed race that saw front-row starters Joel Eriksson and Callum Ilott clash early on amid a litany of Full Course Yellows, Brazilian racer Sergio Sette Camara was able to move into the lead ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Maximilian Günther.
Günther’s pace dropped off in the closing stages as he struggled to keep his tires alive, causing a train of cars to form up behind him including McLaren youngster Lando Norris and the Red Bull-backed Ticktum.
Ticktum pulled off a brilliant double-pass on Norris and Günther around the outside of Lisboa to move up to third, with Sette Camara and Habsburg dueling for position right the way to the finish.
Habsburg attempted a brave pass around the outside of the Mandarin kink, but was forced to wait until the penultimate straight before he got a tow and was able to pass for the lead.
Drama then struck when both Habsburg and Sette Camara ran wide and crashed into the wall exiting the final fast right-hander by their own accord, paving the way for Ticktum to charge through to victory.
Norris and Ralf Aron benefited from the crashes to score second and third place respectively, while Habsburg was able to get to the checkered flag in fourth on three wheels.