Report of Cole Whitt in for David Ragan at Front Row Motorsports ‘not true’

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Oooops.

Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of BK Racing, on Tuesday night tweeted congratulations to his driver, Cole Whitt, for reportedly joining Front Row Motorsports as driver of the No. 34 Ford in 2015.

That tweet came as quite a surprise because we — and probably most people in NASCAR — had not heard about David Ragan leaving the No. 34, which he’s driven the last three Sprint Cup seasons.

But Wednesday morning, Front Row officials said it was “not true” that it had signed Whitt to replace Ragan, or even for just joining the organization period, according to a story on NASCAR.com.

Marlowe, meanwhile, has not issued any further statements or tweets clarifying or correcting the original tweet from last night.

The 23-year-old Whitt had a trying rookie Sprint Cup season in 2014. He, along with Parker Kligerman, began the year with Swan Racing, which folded less than 10 races into the 36-race schedule.

Marlowe and Whitt then joined BK Racing as co-owner and driver, respectively, and Whitt went on to finish the season 31st. Kligerman, meanwhile, raced sparingly but served as a regular analyst on NBCSN’s NASCAR America.

Ragan was fully expected to return for a fourth season with Front Row Motorsports, and unless something comes out to the contrary in the coming days, will once again drive the No. 34 in 2015 for FRM owner Bob Jenkins.

Ragan is the only driver to have won a Sprint Cup race for FRM, winning at Talladega in May 2013, with teammate David Gilliland finishing a close second.

Ragan had a difficult season in 2014, finishing tied (with Michael Annett) for 32nd in the standings, just one point behind Whitt’s finish. Ragan earned just one top-10 finish (fall, Martinsville).

Gilliland finished 30th in the standings but did not have any top-10 finishes.

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Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.