NASCAR news ticker January 2023: Castroneves rules out 2023 Daytona 500 start
Here you find our NASCAR news ticker for January 2023 – Latest news: Helio Castroneves will not take part in the 2023 Daytona 500
January 30, 2023: Castroneves rules out Daytona 500 start in 2023 (NCS)
Within the course of the 24 Hours of Daytona, Helio Castroneves announced that he will not be competing in the upcoming Daytona 500. Rumors had recently been circulating that the IndyCar legend would make a guest start at the season opener and coinciding highlight of the NASCAR season. The four-time Indy 500 winner now denied it, but did not rule out a future appearance: “Unfortunately for me, lack of experience, no testing, a lot of things.” (…) “So as of right now, yes, it’s not going to happen, but we did have an opportunity. We just got to elaborate a little bit more to give me a little more experience.”
January 29, 2023: Johnson, Rockenfeller and Button for Le Mans (NCS)
Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Jenson Button have been selected by NASCAR for the Garage 56 Project 2023. The three racers will compete in the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours in a Next-Gen Chevrolet. Technical details about the ZL1, which Rockenfeller and Johnson will prepare for the endurance race, are not yet known.
January 28, 2023: Briscoe stays at Stewart-Haas Racing (NCS)
Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and Chase Briscoe have reached an early agreement on a multi-year contract extension. The Ford pilot driving the #14 car recommended himself for a long-term commitment at the latest by his first Cup victory in Phoenix 2022. According to NASCAR legend and team co-owner Tony Stewart, there was no doubt about committing to Briscoe for the longer term: “Chase has made the most of every opportunity and the proof is in the results. Keeping him at SHR was a priority and we’re proud to have him in our racecars for many more years to come.”
January 21, 2023: Johnson wants to race at Le Mans (NCS)
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has expressed interest in competing in NASCAR’s Garage 56 project at the 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours. Alongside Mike Rockenfeller from Germany, the US American is currently one of the test drivers of Chevrolet’s Next-Gen car, which is being prepared, modified and further developed for the endurance classic. A decision on the driver line-up has not yet been made.
January 13, 2023: Kevin Harvick says good-bye (NCS)
As the 47-year-old Californian and 2014 NASCAR champion announced on social media on Thursday, Kevin Harvick is letting his contract with Stewart-Haas Racing expire at the end of the 2023 season, ending his active career as a racing driver. He will then join Fox as a commentator with Mike Joy and his former teammate Clint Bowyer.
January 12, 2023: Petty GMS Racing presents new name (NCS)
Jimmie Johnson joined Team Petty GMS as co-owner a few weeks ago, and now the team’s new name has also been announced. Petty GMS will drive in the future as Legacy Motor Club in the NASCAR. It was also announced that seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will compete there in a part-time program with the number 84 in selected races. The first race for his comeback will be the famous Daytona 500, further participations are not yet known.
January 9, 2023: Four NASCAR stars to buy late-model series (S)
Four NASCAR stars have bought the CARS Tour. The Late Model series in the United States of America will be owned in the future by Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Justin Marks. The Late Model championship will be held in the Southeast and will race at numerous short tracks in the region.
NCS = NASCAR Cup Series; NXS = NASCAR Xfinity Series, NCTS = NASCAR Craftman Truck Series; O = Others