Jeff Gordon drove in eight races in 2016 after he retired followed the 2015 season. Jeff Gordon will make his second Rolex 24 start in January. The four-time Sprint Cup Series champion will drive for Wayne Taylor Racing in the season-opening IMSA sports-car race at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 28-29.
NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy will become the entitlement sponsor of the sport’s premier series but many questions remain. Here’s a look at what was said at Thursday’s press conference in Las Vegas and the questions that remain. HOW LONG WILL MONSTER ENERGY BE THE SERIES SPONSOR? No such details were given. NASCAR Chairman Brian France said that it was a multi-year agreement “with some options. We never get into the specifics of contracts.’’ WHAT WILL THE SERIES BE CALLED? That detail was also not revealed. France said: “We are working on the exact composite logo … and we’ll be back shortly on that. It won’t be long. We’ve got some real good options on that.’’ WHAT ELSE IS INVOLVED
The French Grand Prix is set to return to Formula 1 in 2018 at the Circuit Paul Ricard, with an announcement due on Monday. France played host to F1 for all but one year from the formation of the world championship in 1950 until 2008 – there was no French GP in 1955 – before dropping off the calendar for the 2009 season. Paul Ricard hosted the race on-and-off between 1971 and 1990 before Magny-Cours became the permanent venue from 1991. The track most recently hosted a wet-weather F1 test at the beginning of 2016. A series of reports emerged in the French media on Thursday claiming that the French Grand Prix would return in 2018, with an announcement due to be issued on Monday. F1 CEO Bernie