NASCAR Trucks to round out Daytona testing this week

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NASCAR Preseason Thunder continues for two more days this week with 21 NASCAR Camping World Trucks in action at Daytona International Speedway.

A mix of 2013 holdovers and a handful of new names are on the list. Some of the standout names to keep an eye on throughout 2014 include defending series champion Matt Crafton, Turner Scott Motorsports’ pair of Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy, Penske prodigy Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing), veterans Timothy Peters and Joey Coulter, and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Darrell Wallace Jr.

The full list of those testing today and tomorrow is below:

#07-Jimmy Weller/Michel Disdier/Todd Peck (SS Green Light Racing) 
#4-Jeb Burton (Turner Scott Motorsports)
#7-John Wes Townley (Red Horse Racing) 
#10-Jennifer Jo Cobb (Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing)
#13-Ross Chastain (ThorSport Racing)
#17-Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing)
#19-Tyler Reddick (Brad Keselowski Racing)
#21-Joey Coulter (GMS Racing)
#24-Brennan Newberry (NTS Motorsports)
#28-Ryan Ellis/Clay Rogers (FDNY Racing)
#29-Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing)
#31-Ben Kennedy(Turner Scott Motorsports)
#35-Mason Mingus (WinTron Racing) 
#39-Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing)
#51-Kyle Busch (Kyle Busch Motorsports) 
#54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Kyle Busch Motorsports) 
#63-Justin Jennings (Justin Jennings Racing)
#77-German Quiroga (Red Horse Racing) 
#82-Sean Corr (Empire Racing) 
#88-Matt Crafton (ThorSport Racing) 
#98-Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing)

IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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