JGR to hold ‘unprecedented announcement’ on Tuesday; will Carl Edwards’ signing be revealed?

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The long-awaited confirmation of Carl Edwards’ move to Joe Gibbs Racing is expected to occur next Tuesday, August 19.

A press conference has been scheduled at JGR’s headquarters in Huntersville, N.C. that, according to a team media release, “this unprecedented announcement will have impact across four NASCAR racing series.”

If Edwards is indeed announced as the newest member of the JGR Sprint Cup team, he would join former Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth, along with Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch to make up a monster talent lineup.

It would also mark the finalization of several years of planning and hoping by JGR to become a four-car team.

It’s unclear who will be Edwards’ primary sponsors in 2015.

Also expected to be announced at the same press conference, according to Motorsport.com, is the naming of Daniel Suarez to drive for JGR in the successor to the Nationwide Series next season.

(Nationwide Insurance is leaving as series sponsor after this season; a new series sponsor has yet to be named.)

Suarez, 22, is a graduate of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Suarez is the current leader of the NASCAR Toyota Series in his native country. He’s earned four wins in nine starts this season.

Last season, Suarez won three of 15 races and finished second in the Toyota Series, preceded by finishing third in 2012, winning two of 14 races.

He’s also competed in 12 of 13 races this season on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, with two wins and is currently ranked 13th (he finished third in the K&N Series last season).

Suarez made his first NNS start earlier this year at Richmond, qualifying 12th and finishing 19th.

Given JGR’s announcement that Tuesday’s press conference will impact four NASCAR racing series, Edwards will obviously cover the Sprint Car aspect of it, while Suarez will impact the Mexico Toyota, K&N East and NNS.

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NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.