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Tom Blomqvist
Added to BMW Team RLL
IMSA
December 18, 2018
Blomqvist says he's glad to be back racing in a full-season capacity next year after joining BMW Team RLL's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program. The Total 24 Hours of Spa winner will replace Alexander Sims in the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE, sharing the wheel with Connor De Phillippi throughout the year, sportscar365.com reports.
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Zane Smith
Slated for part-time Xfinity duty
XFINITY Series
December 18, 2018
Smith will compete with JR Motorsports part-time in the 2019 Xfinity Series, Jim Utter of Motorsport.com reports.
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Richard Heistand
Added to AIM Vasser Sullivan Lineup
IMSA
December 17, 2018
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup driver Heistand has completed AIM Vasser Sullivan's full-season lineup for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Heistand, a Bronze-rated driver by the FIA, will join Jack Hawksworth in the team's No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 for the entire season, beginning with January's Rolex 24 at Daytona, sportscar365.com reports.
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Alex Zanardi
Completes Daytona Test
IMSA
December 17, 2018
Zanardi has conducted his first test with BMW Team RLL ahead of his debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month. The 52-year-old Italian, who will share the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE with Jesse Krohn, John Edwards and Chaz Mostert, worked through a "comprehensive" development program at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, sportscar365.com reports.
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Landon Cassill
Team Purchases Charter
NASCAR Cup
December 17, 2018
StarCom Racing enhances its program in a major way for the 2019 season by purchasing a Charter from RCR Racing, ensuring its commitment to NASCAR and its fans. In another effort to continue its growth in the sport, SCR has signed Cassill as its driver for the 2019 season and is confident that this move will contribute in large part to the success of the team, StarCom Racing PR reports.
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Christopher Mies
Confirmed for Montaplast at Rolex 24
IMSA
December 15, 2018
Montaplast by Land Motorsport has confirmed its driver lineup for next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Mies, Dries Vanthoor, Ricardo Feller and Daniel Morad set to pilot its Audi R8 LMS Evo, sportscar365.com reports.
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John Hunter Nemechek
Eligible for Rookie of the Year
XFINITY Series
December 15, 2018
NASCAR has approved Nemechek and Chase Briscoe to compete for the Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year title in 2019, NBC Sports has confirmed.
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Mirko Bortolotti
Defending Rolex 24 Title
IMSA
December 14, 2018
Bortolotti and Rolf Ineichen will defend their Rolex 24 at Daytona class victory, having been confirmed in Grasser Racing Team's lineup for next month's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, sportscar365.com reports.
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Bill Auberlen
Full Season with Turner Motorsport
IMSA
December 14, 2018
Auberlen is set for a full-season campaign with Turner Motorsport in the GT Daytona class, with the BMW veteran confirmed alongside Robby Foley for the entire 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, sportscar365.com reports.
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AJ Allmendinger
Returning to MSR for Rolex 24
IMSA
December 14, 2018
Preparing for its 16th season of IMSA competition, Meyer Shank Racing will have a two-car campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the GT-Daytona class with the Acura NSX GT3 Evo. Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher will pair for the full season effort in the No. 86 MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo, with Justin Marks slotted for the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds along with the return of Allmendinger for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, michaelshankracing.com reports.
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Darrell Wallace Jr.
U.S. Air Force to Continue Sponsorship
NASCAR Cup
December 14, 2018
The Air Force and Richard Petty Motorsports announced they will continue their 11th consecutive year of partnership together in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019. The Air Force will continue to be a two-race primary sponsor of the famed No. 43 with driver Wallace Jr., as well as a major associate throughout the season, Richard Petty Motorsports PR reports.
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Daniel Hemric
To Drive No. 8 Next Season
NASCAR Cup
December 14, 2018
Hemric will carry a familiar number for his rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 27-year-old will continue the long tradition of Kannapolis, North Carolina, natives who have driven the No. 8 on the racetrack, Richard Childress Racing PR reports.
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Jamie McMurray
Becoming NASCAR Analyst
NASCAR Cup
December 12, 2018
Veteran NASCAR driver and 2010 DAYTONA 500 champion McMurray has landed his next full-time ride. McMurray joins FOX Sports for the 2019 season as a NASCAR analyst for NASCAR RACE HUB, the sport's most-watched daily show, and NASCAR RACEDAY, among other duties, FOX Sports reports.
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Mario Farnbacher
Promoted to Full-Time at MSR
IMSA
December 11, 2018
Meyer Shank Racing has confirmed that Farnbacher and Trent Hindman will drive the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 in next year's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Both drivers are stepping up to full-time positions after making sporadic appearances for MSR this season, sportscar365.com reports.
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Toni Vilander
Joins Scuderia Corsa for 2019
IMSA
December 11, 2018
Vilander will join Cooper MacNeil in Scuderia Corsa's Ferrari 488 GT3, as part of a GT Daytona class title attack in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Vilander, the reigning Blancpain GT World Challenge America champion, will return to full-time WeatherTech Championship competition in the WeatherTech-backed Ferrari, sportscar365.com reports.
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Olivier Pla
Rumored to Team Joest
IMSA
December 11, 2018
Mazda could add two new drivers to its DPi lineup next year, with Pla and Timo Bernhard linked to the Team Joest-run operation in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, sportscar365.com reports.
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Bryan Sellers
Confirmed with Paul Miller Racing
IMSA
December 10, 2018
Paul Miller Racing will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with Sellers joined by Ryan Hardwick, who is set for his Lamborghini GT3 debut. The pair will share driving duties of the team's Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo alongside Corey Lewis for the Michelin Endurance Cup races, sportscar365.com reports.
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Patrick Long
Returns to Park Place Motorsports
IMSA
December 10, 2018
Long will return to Park Place Motorsports for the first time since 2013, pairing up with Patrick Lindsey in a new Porsche 911 GT3 R for the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season next year, sportscar365.com reports.
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Alexander Rossi
Rolex 24 and Sebring Plans Announced
IMSA
December 7, 2018
Former Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi will join Acura Team Penske for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the team announced Friday. Rossi will share the wheel of the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 with full-season drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor, replacing Graham Rahal in the lineup for the opening two rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, sportscar365.com reports.
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Tristan Vautier
SIgns with JDC-Miller Motorsports
IMSA
December 6, 2018
Vautier will make the move to JDC-Miller Motorsports, having been confirmed as a full-season driver alongside Misha Goikhberg in the team's No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, sportscar365.com reports.
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Denny Hamlin
Gets new crew chief
NASCAR Cup
December 6, 2018
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Chris Gabehart will serve as crew chief on the No. 11 MENCS Toyota. Gabehart spent the past three seasons as a crew chief in JGR's Xfinity Series program, capturing a total of nine wins over that time, Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.
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Brandon Jones
New Crew Chief Named
XFINITY Series
December 6, 2018
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Jeff Meendering will return to the organization to fill the role vacated by Gabehart as crew chief on the No. 19 Xfinity Series with driver Jones. Joe Gibbs Racing PR reports.
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John Hunter Nemechek
Joins GMS Racing
XFINITY Series
December 6, 2018
GMS Racing announced that Nemechek will join the team for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Nemechek will be the driver of the No. 23 Chevrolet Camaro under the GMS Racing banner and will contend for the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, GMS Racing PR reports.
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Brett Moffitt
Out at Hattori Racing
Camping World Truck
December 6, 2018
Moffitt is officially a free agent. The reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion was told last week that Hattori Racing Enterprises had reached an agreement with a new driver for the 2019 season, AutoWeek reports.
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Blake Koch
Signs with JD Motorsports
XFINITY Series
December 5, 2018
Koch has officially signed to drive the No. 4 car at JD Motorsports with Gary Keller for the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity season with help from his company, FilterTime, JD Motorsports PR reports.
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