Videos from Thursday’s NASCAR AMERICA are below:
Marty Snider, Bobby Labonte and Ricky Rudd make their predictions for this weekend’s winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Rudd thinks Ryan Newman has a real shot to win, after his fast test day, while Labonte believes Tony Stewart will enter the Chase.
The NASCAR America crew weigh in on the tight battle for rookie of the year between Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. While Dillon has been quietly consistent throughout this season, Larson has had flashes of brilliance.
Jeff Burton joins NASCAR America to discuss how the newly formed Race Team Alliance could change the business model of NASCAR. Burton believes if the alliance works, competition on the track will improve and the sport will have a more collective voice.
Bob Fernley will bring his experience as former deputy team principal at Force India F1 to McLaren Racing’s IndyCar effort in 2019.
Fernley will report directly to McLaren Racing’s CEO Zak Brown.
“Heading back to the Brickyard will be a very special experience for me,” Fernley said at IndyCar.com. “I am proud to be leading this McLaren project and team. The 500 is a hell of a challenge and we have incredibly strong competitors to overcome if we’re to be successful. We will need to prepare well for the month of May and that work starts now.”
Fernley’s appointing come of the heels of last week’s announcement that McLaren will create a brand new team to compete in the 2019 Indy 500.
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For now, Fernley’s responsibility is to create an entry that is capable of allowing two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso to win the Indy 500 in just his second start. But speculation has been widespread that the entry will be a jumping off point for a much broader involvement in IndyCar.
In 2017, Alonso qualified on the middle of row two (fifth), led 27 laps and succumbed to mechanical failure. His effort was impressive enough to be name Rookie of the Year for the Indy 500.
“Bob is a fantastic operator and someone I respect greatly,” Brown said. “His experience and leadership will be essential for us on this project. He is particularly talented at putting effective teams together and extracting maximum performance with finite resources. The Indy 500 is no easy race and Bob’s is a key role, so I’m delighted he’s on board.”