Mayfield pleads guilty to three misdemeanors, avoids jail time

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Former Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield (pictured, from 2012) has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors – two for possession of stolen goods and one for possession of drug paraphernalia – in a North Carolina court this afternoon.

However, Mayfield was able to avoid jail time and, according to the Charlotte Observer, will instead serve a 45-day suspended sentence along with an 18-month period of unsupervised probation. He will also have to pay $88,124.41 in restitution to victims as well as $1,100 in fines and other costs.

Mayfield was arrested in November of 2011 after local police conducted a search of his now-former home, which was recently burned down as part of a firefighters’ training exercise. The police found drugs as well as almost $100,000 in stolen goods in the search.

In November of 2012, Mayfield was kicked off the property. He must apply for reinstatement into NASCAR after the sanctioning body suspended him in 2009 following a positive drug test for methamphetamine.

After his court appearance this afternoon, Mayfield said according to the Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass that he would consider going into NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program if it would help him get back in the sport.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do now,” Mayfield said according to Pockrass. “We’re going to wake up tomorrow morning and figure that out…I’m not sure what I want to do yet.

“In some way [I want to race]. I’m not sure what way yet. I love racing. That is what I love to do and what I’d like to do, I’m just not sure to what extent or not really even sure that will be in our future.”

In a statement from Catawba County (N.C.) District Attorney James Gaither, Jr., the death of a key witness for the state was listed as a factor in Mayfield’s sentence.

That witness was a confidential informant whose information led to the search warrant on Mayfield’s home. However, he died in a motorcycle accident in 2012 following a high-speed police chase.

Per Pockrass, police found methamphetamine and scales in a compartment on the informant’s motorcycle. A passenger on the cycle was also killed in the crash.

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.