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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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.
Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.
The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.
DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.
Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.
Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.