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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kyle Larson will make his Sprint Cup debut next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway driving for Phoenix Racing.
Larson will drive Oct. 12 and he is also scheduled to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 27.
The two races are a warm-up for Larson as he prepares to move full-time to the Sprint Cup Series next season for Chip Ganassi Racing. He'll drive the No. 42 Chevrolet next season as Juan Pablo Montoya's replacement.
"We are happy to have an opportunity to get Kyle in a couple of Cup races this year," Ganassi said in a statement. "Those races along with an aggressive testing schedule will be invaluable in his preparation for the 2014 season."
Larson is in his first full NASCAR season this year and ranks ninth in the Nationwide Series. He's got 15 top-10 finishes and is coming off a second-place finish last weekend at Dover.
"I am very excited to get behind the wheel of a Cup car in Charlotte this month," Larson said. "I have a lot of work to do to prepare for the 2014 season and I cannot wait to get started."
Piquet Jr. fined for anti-gay slur
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR has fined Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 and ordered him to attend sensitivity training for using an anti-gay slur on social media.
The Nationwide Series driver posted the remark on Instagram Sept. 25 in a post that has since been deleted.
NASCAR also penalized Penske Racing because Joey Logano's race-winning Nationwide car at Dover failed post-race inspection Saturday.
Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000 and Roger Penske docked six championship car owner points because the car was too low.
Danica gets pink car
NEW YORK - Danica Patrick's familiar GoDaddy green will be gone the entire month of October as she'll race with a bright pink paint scheme to help raise breast cancer awareness.
Patrick unveiled her No. 10 pink GoDaddy car on Tuesday in Times Square in a joint appearance with Chevrolet, which showcased a pink Camaro SS official pace car.
Chevrolet will donate $200 to the American Cancer Society for every lap the pace car leads under caution at last month's race at Atlanta and upcoming races at Talladega and Martinsville.
In addition, GoDaddy driver James Hinchcliffe will drive a pink version of his IndyCar at this weekend's double-header race at Houston.
NC court dumps speedway's suit
RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina court says it will not revive a lawsuit from one of the country's largest auto racing track operators which says local officials reneged on millions of dollars in tax breaks for a new drag strip.
A three-judge state Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday against Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which sued Cabarrus County.
The companies had threatened to move the 135,000-seat speedway and build a new drag strip somewhere other than the Charlotte region unless they got the tax breaks. They say they decided to build the drag strip and upgrade the speedway after an oral agreement for $80 million in tax breaks.
The appeals court says there was no binding contract since nothing was put in writing until after the drag strip opened.
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