NASCAR: GMS set for full Trucks season with Brandon Jones, Dillon brothers

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GMS Racing will run the full 23-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, it was announced Monday.

Brandon Jones, who will run a handful of NASCAR Xfinity Series races with Richard Childress Racing this year in the No. 33 Chevrolet, will be the primary driver of the same number truck this year.

Jones is slated to drive 17 of 23 races, with brothers Ty and Austin Dillon each running three races apiece. Spencer Gallagher will drive the team truck, the No. 23 Chevrolet, for the full season.

Neither of the Dillon brothers’ schedules was released in the formal release. However, per Catchfence.com’s Chris Knight, Daytona, Atlanta, Charlotte and Eldora were pegged for Ty (one of those will now need to be dropped) and Austin is scheduled for Pocono, Michigan and New Hampshire.

“I’m really excited for the 2015 season with GMS Racing,” Shane Huffman, crew chief of the No. 33 entry, said in a release. “We have a great driver lineup planned with Brandon, Ty and Austin. They have a lot of talent to bring to the table, and I know we’ll be able to run up front every weekend with these guys behind the wheel of our No. 33 Chevrolet.”

Bob Fernley announced as president of McLaren IndyCar

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Bob Fernley will bring his experience as former deputy team principal at Force India F1 to McLaren Racing’s IndyCar effort in 2019.

Fernley will report directly to McLaren Racing’s CEO Zak Brown.

“Heading back to the Brickyard will be a very special experience for me,” Fernley said at IndyCar.com. “I am proud to be leading this McLaren project and team. The 500 is a hell of a challenge and we have incredibly strong competitors to overcome if we’re to be successful. We will need to prepare well for the month of May and that work starts now.”

Fernley’s appointing come of the heels of last week’s announcement that McLaren will create a brand new team to compete in the 2019 Indy 500.

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For now, Fernley’s responsibility is to create an entry that is capable of allowing two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso to win the Indy 500 in just his second start. But speculation has been widespread that the entry will be a jumping off point for a much broader involvement in IndyCar.

In 2017, Alonso qualified on the middle of row two (fifth), led 27 laps and succumbed to mechanical failure. His effort was impressive enough to be name Rookie of the Year for the Indy 500.

“Bob is a fantastic operator and someone I respect greatly,” Brown said. “His experience and leadership will be essential for us on this project. He is particularly talented at putting effective teams together and extracting maximum performance with finite resources. The Indy 500 is no easy race and Bob’s is a key role, so I’m delighted he’s on board.”