After runner-up at Pocono, Biffle wants more Michigan success

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With three wins there in his Sprint Cup career – including a victory last August – Michigan International Speedway has been good to Greg Biffle over the years. The two-mile oval in the Irish Hills serves as the next stop on the Cup schedule, so Biffle is anxious about returning there – especially after posting a second-place finish on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

“We were looking forward to this race and Michigan next week definitely to get back on track,” Biffle said after the Party in the Poconos 400 on TNT. “Second-place here – I’m really excited about next week. We still have a little bit of work to do on our cars. These guys are still just a little bit faster than we are. We just really, really drove hard today and got good pit stops and worked our way up there.”

Going into Pocono, Biffle said that a “systematic problem” was afflicting his Roush Fenway Racing team, which has put Carl Edwards second in the championship (51 points behind Sunday’s winner, Jimmie Johnson) but has not gotten wins from Biffle or rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. this season. However, Biffle came really close this afternoon in Pennsylvania, moving within the Top 5 by the time of what would be the final restart of the day with four laps to go.

The Washington state native then made one last charge toward the front of the field, passing both Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. shortly after the green flag came out. But, like everyone else, he was unable to catch the dominant Johnson.

Biffle did move up three spots to tenth in the Cup standings this afternoon with his performance, but a fourth career victory next week at Michigan would go a long way in making sure he’ll be part of the Chase this fall.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.