Brad Keselowski tops Friday Sprint Cup practice at N.H.

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Chase leader Brad Keselowski – already in the Contender Round due to his win last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway – was fastest in today’s Sprint Cup practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Keselowski, who put on a dominating performance in his win this past July at NHMS, was already P1 in the session before he posted an even better lap of 138.421 mph in the closing minutes.

Jamie McMurray (137.890 mph), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (137.825), Kasey Kahne (137.661), and Kyle Larson (137.631) all posted their hot laps late as teams went into mock qualifying runs ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session at 4:40 p.m. ET.

But none of them were able to eclipse Keselowski, who would appear to have a solid chance to sweep the season at the “Magic Mile.”

A win on Sunday for him would also snap a stretch of 13 different winners in as many Cup races at NHMS, which currently ties Texas Motor Speedway for the all-time record.

Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, and A.J. Allmendinger made up Positions 6-10. McMurray and Larson were the only non-Chase drivers among the Top 10 fastest speeds.

Defending race winner Kenseth was the lone Toyota driver within that Top 10. Kahne had the best consecutive 10-lap average at 133.210 mph from his second to his 11th lap in the practice.

Two more Cup practice sessions are slated for Saturday morning before Sunday’s Sylvania 300 (2 p.m. ET, check local listings).

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire – Friday Practice Times

Bryan Sellers aims to be first Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Champion

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Bryan Sellers will leave the familiar confines of his Paul Miller Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and head into the unknown in 2019.

At the age of 36, Sellers has 25 years of competitive racing behind him and is turning his attention to the battery-powered Jaguar I-PACE sedan that he will driver for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – something he describes as “the way of the future.”

Racing for Ohio native Bobby Rahal, it is a connection that brings him home to his roots. Sellers was born in Centerville, Ohio. 

“I’m very proud to be a part of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Sellers said in a press release. “I grew up in Ohio watching Bobby (Rahal) win races and build an incredible racing program and it will be nice to finally get to see it from the inside.”

Sellers’ electric-powered Jaguar won’t have the same horsepower as the V10 Lamborghini that he steered to victory in the 2018 IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car championship with co-driver Madison Snow and Katherine Legge.

At his heart, Sellers is a  racer chasing a championship and it’s not the horsepower but the potential for close competition that drives him. Next year, he has an opportunity to win the first ever Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship.

In 2016, Jaguar joined the Formula E series. Now they are looking to make history with the world’s first all-electric production-based international race series that will compete at 10 venues next year in support of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The series’ 10 venues will be international, racing on tracks in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, China, Italy, Mexico, France, Monaco, Germany and the USA, which will showcase electric cars on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, in July.

“Electric cars are clearly the way of the future and to be involved with the first electric production car racing series is very important to me,” Sellers said. “I’m very thankful to everyone at RLL and Jaguar for giving me this opportunity.”

Sellers raced fulltime in the American LeMans Series from 2005 through 2013 – amassing four victories and two other podium finishes. In 30 career races in the Grand-Am Series, he added three more visits to the podium.

But it was last year that was clearly the highlight for Sellers. For the second time in his career, he scored multiple wins in a series (Sellers had two wins in ALMS in 2011), but he stood on the podium eight times in addition to winning the championship.

Joining Sellers in the I-PACE eTROPHY Championship Jaguar next year will be Legge, who was one of his co-drivers in 2018.

“Experience, maturity and pace are very important qualities that I was looking for when we chose our driver lineup,” said Rahal, the former IndyCar Champion and Indy 500 winner.

The series will kickoff with the Formula E season-opener in Riyadh on December 15, 2018. They will not run in conjunction with the next two Formula E rounds and will rejoin for most of the remainder of the 2019 season.