Report: Greg Biffle, 3M renew deals to stay with Roush Fenway Racing

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NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Greg Biffle and primary sponsor 3M are both signed, sealed and delivered to remain with Roush Fenway Racing, according to a report late Thursday evening by Jayski.com. Biffle’s and 3M’s deals with RFR were both scheduled to expire at the end of this season.

According to the report, officials of the site claim to have “been told that Biffle has signed to stay on at Roush Fenway Racing, no word when it will be announced. As the Charlotte Observer mentioned, 3M will remain with Biffle and RFR as the sponsor.”

There has been no confirmation or comment from Roush Fenway Racing or 3M officials. Biffle is expected to have his weekly media session Friday at Sonoma Raceway and may potentially address the report then.

The Observer on June 8 cited multiple sources in its report that Biffle and 3M were both expected to remain at RFR.

Also on June 8, during an appearance on the Performance Racing Network’s Garage Pass show, Biffle, 44, made it pretty clear that he wasn’t going anywhere once his current contract expires at the end of this season.

“I really like the program at Roush-Fenway, I really like (sponsor) 3M and that’s really my focus,” Biffle said. “I have talked with other teams and there are options there but I think Roush is where I want to stay.”

He added that he would like a deal to be “done in the next month or so. If we don’t have something before … I’m going to say at the end of July … I’m going to have to make a decision.”

Three weeks ago, Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip hinted heavily that Biffle was headed to race for younger brother Michael Waltrip Racing in 2015, which the younger Waltrip denied.

Meanwhile, there has been no update on the status of Biffle’s RFR teammate Carl Edwards, whose contract also expires at the end of this season. Edwards has been rumored to potentially be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing.

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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.