NASCAR: Ganassi, HScott team up on 1-car XFINITY Series program

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Chip Ganassi Racing will have a bigger role in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series next season.

CGR is joining forces with Harry Scott Jr.’s operation to field a single-car XFINITY Series program out of Ganassi’s North Carolina shop. The team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro will run under the “HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi” banner.

Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and upcoming XFINITY Series sophomore Dylan Kwasniewski will be part of the driver lineup for the No. 42 team, which will have Mike Shiplett as its crew chief.

Last season, Larson and Kwasniewski were the primary XFINITY (Nationwide) drivers for Turner Scott Motorsports. Kwasniewski had a tough rookie campaign with just three Top-10 finishes over the full 33-race schedule, while Larson scored 2 wins, 14 Top-5s, and 21 Top-10s in 28 races.

“The HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi partnership formalizes a relationship that has been in the making for a couple of years,” Scott said in a release. “This is a first step of a partnership that will further develop drivers and provide even more excitement in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.”

“We have had a great relationship with Harry over the past couple of years and bringing this program into our shop is something that we feel benefits both teams,” said Ganassi. “We feel that our expertise on both the competition and the business side can help grow the program both on and off the track.”

CGR previously ran an NXS program from 2004 to 2008. Those teams earned six wins, nine poles, 32 Top-5s, and 60 Top-10s in that timespan.

Photo gallery: IndyCar iRacing at Barber Motorsports Park

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VIRTUAL LEEDS, Ala. — The second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge was held on a picturesque Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, which looked as pristine in a simulation as in real life.

Scott McLaughlin won over Will Power by 0.4241 seconds, leading a 1-2 sweep by Team Penske in a wild 45-lap race. Sage Karam started on pole and led the first 24 laps in pursuit of his second consecutive victory, but he was out by Lap 29 after multiple on-track incidents.

Even though the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is keeping cars off the track in the real world, there still some beauty to be found in iRacing.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

RESULTS: Where everyone finished at virtual Barber Motorsports Park

Courtesy of Getty Images’ Chris Graythen, here are a collection of screenshots from around the rolling hills and sweeping vistas of the 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course that features some interesting sculptures:

Alexander Rossi, who finished 22nd in his No. 27 Dallara-Honda, races alongside the No. 55 Chevrolet of Alex Palou (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

 

The No. 6 Chevy of Robert Wickens, who was eighth in his return to competition Saturday, makes a climb at Barber Motorsports Park, whose famous spider structures lurk in the background (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Graham Rahal, who finished 14th despite his lack of iRacing experience, races next to a thicket of trees at Barber Motorsports Park (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

A sweeping overhead shot of Barber Motorsports Park during Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Kyle Kirkwood (top) and Colton Herta race their Andretti Autosport Hondas down the frontstretch at Barber Motorsports Park (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

James Hinchcliffe, whose Dallara-Honda thankfullly started this week, placed 17th at Barber (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

 

Defending series champion Josef Newgarden was sporting a nice shade of baby blue on his No. 1 Dallara-Chevrolet in finishing ninth (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Watkins Glen winner Sage Karam led the first 24 laps before falling behind in the pits and then falling out after contact from multiple incidents (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Five-time series champion Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Dallara-Honda made its IndyCar iRacing Challenge debut, finishing 16th (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Scott McLaughlin briefly goes off course while leading the field in a winning drive from his home in Brisbane, Australia (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

Oliver Askew, who spent more than a dozen hours practicing on a simulation with his Arrow McLaren SP engineers, started ninth and finished 15th at Barber Motorsports Park (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).

 

It was another tough iRacing outing for 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who said he struggled with pitting glitches in a 26th-place finish (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

 

Barber Motorsports Park is known for its collection of large steel structures featuring overgrown animals and insects, such as this spider keeping watch over Saturday’s race (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).