WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA breaks down Sprint’s decision at 5 p.m. ET

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The future of NASCAR has taken a potentially major turn this afternoon as Sprint, the title sponsor of the sport’s top-level Cup Series, has announced that it will not renew its backing after the current contract’s expiration in 2016.

NASCAR AMERICA will discuss the impact of Sprint’s decision in a live episode today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. If you can’t watch on TV, then STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

Also on tap for today’s show:

  • Former Sprint Cup crew chief Steve Letarte makes his first in-person appearance on NASCAR AMERICA to discuss life outside of the garage and revisit last month’s season finale at Homestead, which was his final race atop the pit box.
  • And following the debut of Jerry Bonkowski’s NBC SportsWorld piece on blind NHRA crew chief Jay Blake, the gang will talk to their own crew chief, Frank Stoddard, about the challenges and triumphs of a man who has a vision, but no sight.

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Again, CLICK HERE at 5 p.m. ET to watch NASCAR AMERICA.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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