Report: Criminal charges against NASCAR driver Mike Harmon dropped

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You remember Mike Harmon and Jennifer Jo Cobb from earlier this year, right?

The journeyman NASCAR driver was alleged to have stolen Cobb’s race transporter, vehicle and other equipment in the spring. Equipment from Harmon’s garage was later seized by authorities.

Per a report from The Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass, larceny charges against Harmon have been dropped. Those charges were dropped on Friday by the Rowan County (N.C.) district attorney’s office.

Neither driver would really merit the news coverage on their own for on-track performance.

In 2013, Harmon has started seven Nationwide Series races (best finish of 17th at Daytona in February) and 10 Camping World Truck Series races (best finish 22nd at Talladega earlier this month), while Cobb has 14 Truck starts (best finish 17th of Kansas in April) and a solitary Nationwide start this year.

Indy Lights: Kyle Kirkwood joins Andretti Autosport

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One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.

Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.

Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.

“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”

Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.

“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.

“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”

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