Kasey Kahne joins World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series full-time in 2022

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World of Outlaws

Kasey Kahne will race with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series full-time in the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) car in 2022, joining three-time defending champion Brad Sweet in the two-car team. All three of Sweet’s championships came with KKR.

This will be the first time Kahne has raced full-time with the Outlaws and it comes on the heels of his busiest season with that series. Last year, Kahne was pressed into service in the Roth Motorsports No. 83 after that team and Aaron Reutzel parted ways.

In 2021, while also fielding the championship-winning car for Sweet, Kahne scored his third career top-five and 11 top-10s in 32 starts of the 77-race season.

“I’ve realized through my commitments as a team owner that I still want to race and challenge myself at this level,” Kahne said in a release. “I am grateful to have propelled into the NASCAR ranks as quickly as I did, but sprint car racing has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and this is the first chance I’ve had to dedicate myself to it full-time.”

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Karavan Trailers will provide sponsorship for the iconic No. 9 in 2022, (World of Outlaws)

Before joining Yates Racing in what was then the Busch Grand National Series in 2002, Kahne ran 27 Outlaws races in 1999 and 17 in 2001. The 2002 season was also when he scored his first Outlaw top-five in the 19th annual Kings Royal.

One of Kahne’s two top-five finishes with the series in 2021 came in the No. 9 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss. when he subbed for rookie contender James McFadden, who briefly returned to his native Australia for the birth of his child.

Kahne made his first Outlaws start in 1997 at the age of 17 and almost cracked the top 10 in his third start with an 11th-place finish at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash.

He launched his sprint car team in 2005 and KKR earned the 2013 championship with Daryn Pittman behind the wheel.

“The World of Outlaws puts the top competitors in the sport with the most grueling schedule; traveling to tracks nationwide, night-in and night-out,” Kahne said. “A lot of people don’t realize this is one of the toughest series in the world, and I’m excited to finally be a part of it as a driver.”

More than 85 races are scheduled for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 2022.

Karavan Trailers will return as a primary sponsor on the No. 9.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.