Richard Petty reignites Danica Patrick controversy: He’ll race her ‘when she wins 200 races’

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Richard Petty’s challenge to race Danica Patrick is still on the table.

But there’s now a caveat, Petty told The Tennessean newspaper during an appearance in suburban Nashville on Monday.

“When she wins 200 races we’re going to have a race,” said Petty, who holds NASCAR’s all-time wins record with 200 victories of his own.

Obviously, The King wasn’t overly impressed with Patrick’s career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas nearly two weeks ago.

“So far I haven’t been proven wrong,” Petty told The Tennessean about Patrick’s development as a Sprint Cup driver.

During an appearance at an auto performance show in Canada in mid-January, Petty began what became a war of words with Patrick and her team co-owner, Tony Stewart, saying the only way Patrick would ever win a Sprint Cup race was “If everybody else stayed home.”

Stewart offered to provide cars for a race with Patrick, who eventually said she’d be up to the task of racing Petty, who last drove a stock car competitively in 1992.

There’s been no comment from the Patrick camp on Petty’s latest salvo.

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Click here to check out the story and video of Petty’s interview with The Tennessean.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.