Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott to oversee RCR Xfinity Series efforts

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Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott has been named Competition Director for Richard Childress Racing’s Xfinity Series teams, the organization announced Saturday.

Parrott, who has served as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series for more than 20 years, will begin his new duties immediately, overseeing the Xfinity Series teams of Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Austin Dillon in 2015.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I am looking forward to working with RCR’s XFINITY Series drivers, crew chiefs, Dr. Warren (RCR Director of Competition Dr. Eric Warren) and everyone involved with the team,” Parrott said in a team media release. “I have known Richard Childress and Mike Dillon for many years and our families go back a long time.

“They already have a solid program and it’s now up to me to take the ball and run with it for next year. I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead, winning several races and adding another championship for the organization.”

As a Sprint Cup crew chief, Parrott oversaw several drivers across 606 starts, winding up with 31 wins, 144 top-5 and 230 top-10 finishes, as well as 23 pole awards.

His drivers also finished in the top-5 six different seasons., including winning it all in 1999 when Dale Jarrett captured the Sprint Cup championship for Robert Yates Racing.

“I worked with Todd for several years at a prior team and I have never met a more passionate person when it comes to working hard and winning races,” Warren said. “Todd is organized and has great instincts about how to get performance out of both cars and teams.

“He is a proven winner with championship talent and has always overachieved with every team for whom he’s worked.”

Parrott, 50, followed in the footsteps of his father, Buddy, who won 49 races in 511 Sprint Cup starts as a crew chief.

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IMSA race at Daytona: How to watch, start times, schedule, TV info, more

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IMSA start times: For the first time in more than five months, Daytona International Speedway will have a sports car race as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series returns to the same place it left off today (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

After being sidelined by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the premier sports car circuit will wave the green again on its 2020 season today. But instead of the annual 24-hour endurance classic, Saturday’s WeatherTech 240 will be a “sprint race” around the 3.56-mile road course.

Here are the details for IMSA’s second race of the season at Daytona (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona race information

TV: 6 p.m. NBCSN, NBC Sports App and TrackPass

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com, as well as Sirius Channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours, 40 minutes around the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 88 degrees with a 51% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see the 26 cars entered in Saturday’s race.


IMSA weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

11 a.m. — WeatherTech Championship Transporter Load-In

1 p.m. — Garages open; pit lane equipment setup

6:15-7:15 p.m. — First practice WeatherTech Championship (all classes)

9:30 p.m. — Garages close

IMSA weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

8 a.m. — Garages open

8:45 a.m. — Fuel rig inspection

10:15 a,m — 11:30 am — Practice (restricted by classes: 10:15-10:45 a.m., GTD Silver/Bronze; 10:30-11:30 a.m., DPi/GTLM; 10:45-11:15, GTD all drivers)

1:55 p.m. — GTD qualifying

2:20 p.m. — GTLM qualifying

2:45 p.m. — DPi qualifying

6 p.m. — Formation laps

6:10 p.m. — IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona (2 hours, 40 minutes)

11:30 p.m. — Garages close