Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon moving into NASCAR radio coverage

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A member of NASCAR’s Miss Sprint Cup team will now transition to a new role as part of the sport’s radio coverage.

Kim Coon, who has served as Miss Sprint Cup for the last four years, will join qualifying and race broadcasts on the Motor Racing Network in 2015.

Coon will report from the pits during qualifying shows and interact with fans on air and through social media during the live races. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and also holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Alabama.

Coon announced her big move on Instagram with the following message:

They say all good things come to an end, but this isn’t an ending…it’s a new beginning! I wanted to let you, the fans, hear my amazing news first. After four years on this incredible journey as Miss Sprint Cup, I’m retiring my firesuit, but I’m not going far! I’m beyond excited to announce that this season I’ll be joining the amazing @MRNRadio team to begin my next chapter in @nascar on air! I’m forever grateful to you for the memories and to Sprint for sending me on the ride of a lifetime! The ride wouldn’t have been the same without all of you! -KC

MRN also announced today that former Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace is slated to appear in select broadcasts and weekly network shows plus provide content for the MRN website.

Additionally, veteran announcer Eli Gold will return to Sprint Cup duty for MRN, providing in-race updates and serving as its pre-race and post-race host.

MRN, owned by the International Speedway Corporation, is one of the two major NASCAR radio networks. The other is the Performance Racing Network, which is owned by Speedway Motorsports.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”