NASCAR: Jay Guy named crew chief for Annett at HScott Motorsports

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Jay Guy shifts from Front Row Motorsports to HScott Motorsports, and will serve as crew chief for Michael Annett’s No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Guy is a veteran crew chief at the Sprint Cup level, with more than 250 starts dating back to 2003. He has spent the last four years with Front Row Motorsports and helped guide David Ragan to victory at the spring Talladega race in May 2013.

Prior to that, he’s worked with Team Penske and Furniture Row Racing.

“I’m looking forward to working with Michael,” Guy said. “I see a lot of potential in him as a young Sprint Cup driver and I think our personalities will gel really well. With the resources Harry has provided for us here at HScott Motorsports, I expect our team to have solid finishes this season.”

Added Annett, “Jay did a great job helping build a foundation at his previous team. We’re building a new team here at HScott Motorsports and his experience in the process should be a huge help. I look forward to getting on the track at Daytona and forging a relationship with him.”

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).