Mike Massaro, Dave Burns added to NASCAR on NBC broadcast lineup

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The NASCAR on NBC broadcast team continues to grow with the additions of Mike Massaro and Dave Burns, both confirmed Thursday by NBC Sports/NBCSN Executive Producer Sam Flood.

Each joins the team from ESPN, where they have been for several seasons. Massaro and Burns will handle pit road for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series telecasts, which begin next July 4-5 at Daytona International Speedway. They’ll also be a part of NASCAR AMERICA broadcasts on NBCSN.

“We’ve known Dave Burns for a long time, and are excited to welcome back his ability to make strong contributions,” Flood said in a release. “Dave was a member of NBC Sports’ Emmy Award-wining NASCAR broadcast team during our last partnership, and brings extensive knowledge and experience into his role.”

“Mike Massaro has developed into a talented reporter and host, with great relationships that have formed over the course of two decades in motorsports,” said Flood. “We’re happy to welcome him into NBC Sports and looking forward to his work on pit road and contributions to NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN.”

For Burns, it’s an encore having been part of NBC’s past NASCAR package.

“I feel truly blessed to be back with the NBC Sports team, or more accurately: FAMILY,” said Burns. “NASCAR is such a cool sport to cover, and I enjoyed a great run of success with NBC from 2001-2006. I’ve developed great working relationships throughout NASCAR over the years and could not be more excited about the future.”

Added Massaro, “I’m extremely thankful to have experienced many amazing things over the last two decades, and this opportunity to join NBC’s NASCAR coverage is the validation of a dream. NBC’s dedication to storytelling is something that I value and look forward to advancing as part of the next generation of NASCAR coverage.”

Massaro and Burns join the previously announced pit reporters Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast; other talent includes Krista Voda, announced last week, and the booth team of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte. That rounds out the lineup.

A full release can be found on the NBC Sports Group Press Box website.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.