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.”

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.