U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner talks NASCAR with the president


There probably was no arguing about sequestration, Obamacare, the Tea Party or even the U.S. budget.

And we’re pretty sure they didn’t talk about what’s going on in Russia.

In fact, when U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) met with the president on Wednesday, they appeared to be having a grand time, including smiling for the camera — as can be seen by the accompanying photo.

Uh, err … except it wasn’t THAT president.

Boehner had a social call from NASCAR president Mike Helton, who just happened to be in the nation’s capitol – most likely on his way to this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway, about 275 miles away.

While Boehner’s office released the photo above, there’s no word on what he and Helton talked about.

But given that the Speaker is from and represents Ohio – and Goodyear is headquartered in Akron – could they have talked about the numerous tire problems in this past Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Fontana?

It wasn’t the first time Boehner has met Helton. They also came together, along with then-reigning Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, in April 2012.

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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.