Rossi and Daly. Photo: IndYCar

Might IndyCar’s Rossi, Daly be on ‘The Amazing Race?’

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One of the goals and challenges for the Verizon IndyCar Series in its offseason is to keep its drivers in some sort of national consciousness once the offseason hits after the season finale.

This occurred well last year with James Hinchcliffe on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” after partnering with Sharna Burgess. The likable “Team Stop and Go” finished runner-up to Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

Meanwhile in another racing-to-pop culture connection, one-time Indianapolis 500 starter and Indy Lights veteran Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of INDYCAR Race Steward and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, has been named the new “bachelor” for ABC’s series of the same name.

Now it appears, although it hasn’t been confirmed yet by CBS or INDYCAR, that a pair of IndyCar rising stars, good friends, roommates and popular Americans in Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly will be part of the 30th and next season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” the popular adventure competition show.

A few posts that circulated on Twitter on Sunday revealed Rossi and Daly as anticipated new contestants. You can see those below, including from one of Rossi’s top fans, Sarah Connors.

Daly made his competition show debut in NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” this year after a trio of drivers – Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden – did so in 2016. He switched to A.J. Foyt Enterprises this year after racing in 2016 with Dale Coyne Racing.

Interestingly, Daly posted a cryptic tweet after the season that he’d be taking a break from social media, but he didn’t give a reason why.

Rossi won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and has found a home in IndyCar with Andretti Autosport and NAPA Auto Parts over the last two seasons, coming home to America after his long pursuit of Formula 1 that saw him make five Grands Prix starts in 2015.

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

MORE: Ryan Anderson and the anatomy of a Monster Jam freestyle run

Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.