Report: Donnie Wingo will be new crew chief for David Gilliland at Front Row

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Long-time Sprint Cup crew chief Donnie Wingo will have a new team and driver to work with in 2015.

Motorsport.com’s Lee Spencer reports that Wingo, who most recently worked with the Wood Brothers, will become crew chief for David Gilliland and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports program.

Gilliland finished 30th in the Sprint Cup points standings in 2014. He finished the year with interim crew chief Jay Guy following the release of Frank Kerr in October.

“It’s a little different opportunity than what I’ve had lately, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Wingo told Spencer. “I’m looking forward to working with David. I think he has a lot of talent.

“He’s been great at restrictor plate track and road courses, two areas where I’ve had success in the past. We need to work on the intermediate package a bit, but I’m looking forward to help building the program.”

With the Wood Brothers, Wingo guided Trevor Bayne (now at Roush Fenway Racing) and the No. 21 Ford Fusion in its part-time schedule over the last four years.

In a total of 12 Cup starts in 2014, Bayne’s best finishes were a pair of 19th-place results at Texas and Michigan. Their biggest accomplishment together was Bayne’s shock victory in the 2011 Daytona 500, which was only his second career Cup start.

Besides Bayne, Wingo has shepherded other current Sprint Cup racers like Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, and David Ragan – who happens to currently race for Front Row as Gilliland’s teammate. Wingo and Ragan were paired up at Roush Fenway Racing for much of the 2010 season.

INDYCAR: How to watch the Bommarito 500

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The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.

The last oval race of the season, tonight’s  Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.

Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.

By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.

Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live 

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