The NASCAR News and Highlights 2012
In the Sprint Cup Series, Landon Cassill will be driving at the Daytona 500 which is his first time ever throughout his career. The new team is yet to be named, but the deal was already furnished. Cassill has been a NASCAR enthusiast since the age of 17 and finally made a debut in the racing scene 5 years after. He landed at the 12th spot at Michigan last season, and has been racing in the 48 Sprint Cup series for the past 2 seasons. Cassill said that signing a new deal into a NASCAR season is a truly dream come true. Meanwhile, Pat Tryson was named as the new crew chief for David Gilliland No. 38 Ford after Derrick Finley return as a full-time director for the competition. In other news, the ‘Three Stooges’ movie stars including Kate Upton and Jane Lynch will take the Daytona 500 stage. Both celebrities will participate in the pre-race ceremonies of the NASCAR racing event.
In the Nationwide Series, Brad Parrot will be the new crew chief for Tommy Baldwin Racing or TBR’s nationwide team. Parrot is a veteran crew chief in the nationwide series with more than 20 years of expertise and knowledge to the rookie lineup. He will be handling young drivers in the team including Bobby Santos, Ryan Truex, and Ryan Blaney. Parrot has worked for successful teams such as the Roush Fenway Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, and the Yates racing as well.
Meanwhile, Mike Skinner has recently announced that he will be driving for the Eddie Sharp Racing at Daytona. Skinner is a truck series champion in 1995 and a veteran in the field of NASCAR racing. He signed a one-race deal for this new season on Feb. 24th.
In other news updates, The NASCAR Foundation is set to move at Daytona Beach which is the birthplace of the sanctioning body. The site relocation will include the current employees that are based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Daytona Beach will be the new headquarters of the NASCAR Foundation.
Recording superstar Lenny Kravitz is set to perform at the Daytona 500 Pre-race show this February. The appearance of the famous musician will add a star power on the opening of the said competition this year.
Kasey Kahne is on his way to recovery after the successful outpatient knee surgery. The Hendrick Motorsports driver is more than ready for the Daytona 500 and the Budweiser Shootout this month.