This season, 3M is joining Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports as part of a three-year deal that will have the company be a primary sponsor of Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet for 11 races.
As part of their new partnership, 3M has been releasing a series of videos this week that have Gordon reacting to several bizarre ideas for its 2015 paint scheme.
Today, the last clip has been uploaded with Gordon finally seeing the real scheme – a slick, silver/red/white number – and expressing some relief after what he saw earlier.
Here’s Parts 1-3 of the series:
In 2015, the 3M colors will be seen on Gordon’s No. 24 at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Bristol (spring), Kansas (spring and Chase), Dover (spring), Indianapolis, Darlington, Richmond (fall), Charlotte (Chase), and Talladega (Chase).
Gordon announced yesterday that the 2015 season would be his final full year of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For full coverage on his decision, head over here.
Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.
Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.
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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.
“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.
“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”
The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.
Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.