NASCAR: JR Motorsports moves into Truck Series with Cole Custer

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After capturing the NASCAR XFINITY Series title last season with 18-year-old Chase Elliott, JR Motorsports will look for more success in the Camping World Truck Series with a driver that’s even younger.

JRM – co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, and his Sprint Cup boss, Rick Hendrick – will run 10 Truck Series events in 2015 with soon-to-be 17-year-old Cole Custer behind the wheel of the No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado.

Haas Automation, the machine tool company that belongs to current Sprint Cup championship co-owner Gene Haas, will remain Custer’s sponsor.

“I’m so excited to get this season started,” said Custer in a team release. “With all that JR Motorsports has accomplished over the past few years, we know we have everything needed to go win races and compete.

“I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity with a better organization.  I really want to thank Haas Automation, along with Kelley and Dale Jr. for putting this deal together.”

Custer’s 2015 schedule features appearances at Martinsville (March 28 and Oct. 31), Dover (May 29), Gateway (June 13), Iowa (June 19), Eldora (July 22), Bristol (Aug. 19), the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Aug. 30), New Hampshire (Sept. 26), and Phoenix (Nov. 13).

Additionally, JRM will also field Custer in select K&N Pro Series and ARCA events. The team says more details on Custer’s schedule in those respective series will be announced later.

Last year, Custer ran in nine Truck Series events. Along the way, he became both the youngest pole winner (Gateway Motorsports Park) and race winner (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) in NASCAR national touring series history. Altogether, he earned one win, two Top-5s, and 6 Top-10s.

In her own thoughts, Earnhardt Miller said the move into the Truck Series was another step in JRM’s evolution.

“Expanding into the truck series on a part-time basis is furthering our growth,” she said. “Bringing in a talent like Cole and a great partner like Haas Automation is a great way to do that. I’m proud of the direction we’re heading.”

Custer’s program will be housed at a JRM satellite shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. Joe Shear, Custer’s crew chief in 2014, will retain that role in 2015.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,