Report: Jeremy Mayfield prepping for World of Outlaws

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Jeremy Mayfield, who remains suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for failing a mandated drug test in 2009, is reportedly beginning a new chapter in his racing career – and with a new racing series.

On Wednesday, Chattanoogan.com, citing an official from the World of Outlaws series, reported that Mayfield, 45, has formed a Dirt Late Model team, with aspirations of eventually racing full-time on the WoO circuit.

The web site also reported that Mayfield, now living in Denver, North Carolina, has been attempting a racing comeback of sorts over the last several months, driving in several Open Wheel Modified races on short tracks in and around North and South Carolina.

The team is reportedly owned by Aaron Thomas, with Mayfield as a hired driver. And the web site said assisting Mayfield in his racing comeback is former Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler and others.

Mayfield’s Dirt Late Model, numbered J2, includes heavy self-sponsorship of his “Take It Back” campaign and comeback, a reference to Mayfield’s ongoing outreach program of taking back his “life and overall love of racing.”

NASCAR has offered to allow Mayfield to return to the sport if he were to complete its substance abuse treatment program, but to date, Mayfield has refused.

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Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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