Kevin Harvick sets track record, tops speed charts in first Cup practice at Phoenix

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Kevin Harvick wanted to get off to a good start for this weekend’s Quicken Loans for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

He has to be happy with his first practice effort, setting a new PIR track speed record (141.521 mph) in the process of Friday’s first practice session.

In fact, seven drivers broke the old mark, starting with Harvick, followed by Kyle Larson (141.471 mph), Brad Keselowski (140.851), Kurt Busch (140.526), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (140.362), Martin Truex Jr. (140.192) and the driver who originally started the record-breaking runs early in the session, Kyle Busch (140.171).

The next six drivers, from eighth to 13th, included four of the remaining eight Chase competitors: Denny Hamlin (140.083), Joey Logano (139.996), Tony Stewart (139.811), Paul Menard (139.784), Jeff Gordon (139.762) and Matt Kenseth (139.654).

But two of the eight Chasers were way off the pace and will likely have to make some serious adjustments prior to qualifying later Friday afternoon and Saturday’s final two practice sessions.

Carl Edwards was 25th-fastest (138.985 mph), while Ryan Newman was 27th-fastest (138.932).

“Practice did not go well for us, it was not very good,” Edwards said. “We’re not going to give up, we’re not going to quit.

“ … We’re slower, we’re not where we want. We just have to go out and do the work.”

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Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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