NASCAR: Carl Edwards settling in with JGR in Charlotte tire test (PHOTOS)


Well, this is different.

After over a decade of driving the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Carl Edwards has officially made the switch to Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota in advance of being JGR’s fourth full-time Sprint Cup driver in 2015.

Edwards, new crew chief Darian Grubb, and JGR’s new No. 19 team are taking part in a Goodyear test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next couple of days.

Joining them at CMS are Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports), Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing), and Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports).

Back in August, Edwards announced that he would leave his longtime home at Roush Fenway to join Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch at JGR.

Edwards’ No. 19 will have major support from telecommunications equipment company Arris as well as Stanley and DeWalt Tools. But for now, Edwards is testing in a simple black Toyota Camry at CMS.

JGR’s Twitter account has sent out the following photos as Edwards settles in with his new team…

Testing for today and tomorrow at CMS is expected to run through 5 p.m. ET.

Andretti ‘getting closer’ to re-signing Alexander Rossi in IndyCar

INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
INDYCAR Photo by Joe Skibinski
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TORONTO – Team owner Michael Andretti told that contract negotiations with both Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development are progressing positively with hopes of reaching a conclusion “within the next week or two.”

Andretti spoke to and to NBCN’s Robin Miller Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I think things are getting there,” Andretti said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I can’t comment, but I think things are going in the right direction.

“Honda has been great. They’ve been really good to work with. I’m hoping we can put something together there, too. We’ve been part of Honda for so long. I think we are getting real close there.

“I’m hoping to have this resolved in the next week or two.”

Rossi, who is in the final year of his contract, finished third in the race, one position ahead of championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

That leaves Rossi just four points behind Newgarden heading into Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Rossi’s agent is his father, Pieter. spoke to Pieter Rossi before the race, and he also expressed optimism that a deal will be reached soon for his son as the star driver, 27, enters the prime years of his career.

Andretti had separate meetings with Honda Performance Development officials and with Pieter Rossi in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.