Here’s a couple NASCAR news and notes we missed from the last couple days:
Toyota Racing Development president Lee White has announced he will retire at season’s end, citing family health care needs. “I have been planning and working toward retirement at the end of this race season in December,” he said in a TRD release. “I have been offered and accepted an opportunity to perform a reduced amount of duties from my home office. This generous arrangement afforded to us by the company will allow me to attend to personal family priorities.”
Ron Fellows (pictured) will be back in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car for the two upcoming road course races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. The 53-year-old Canadian, who also serves as a GM/Corvette brand ambassador and as part of the new ownership team at Mosport’s Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, will race in Joe Falk’s No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet. Sponsorship will come from Canadian Tire and AER Manufacturing. Fellows missed the Sprint Cup races last year, and has driven in only one of the two the prior two years.
Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.