Joe Nemechek will attempt to earn RAB Racing first-ever Sprint Cup start

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After one failed prior attempt, RAB Racing will again attempt to make its first-ever Sprint Cup race, this Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Veteran NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek will pilot the No. 29 Toyota Camry, which is sponsored by Toyota Care, the team announced Wednesday.

RAB attempted to qualify for the 2012 Daytona 500 with Kenny Wallace, but failed to make the final 43-car race day field.

Nemechek’s car will carry a similar paint scheme as that of his teammate, James Buescher, who will race the No. 99 Toyota Camry in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race at DIS.

In 12 career NNS starts at Daytona, RAB drivers have earned one top-5 (Alex Bowman finished third in the 2013 NNS season opener there) and two top-10 finishes.

In addition, RAB cars have tended to stay out of trouble at Daytona, completing an impressive 1,294 laps of 1,348 total laps contested.

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Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,