In the span of less than a week, the long-term sponsor outlook of JR Motorsports dramatically has shifted from potentially bleak to firmly bright. On the heels of NASCAR phenom William Byron being added to the Xfinity Series team for the 2017 season (as part of a multiyear deal with Hendrick Motorsports), JRM announced Wednesday that sponsor OneMain has reversed course and decided to remain on Elliott Sadler’s No. 1 Chevrolet. “When we found out this was going to happen, my wife and I just cried that whole morning tears of joy knowing there’s so much stability,” Sadler, 41, told NBC Sports. OneMain, which initially had informed JRM nearly two months ago of its plan to leave NASCAR, will sponsor Sadler for 20 races in each of the next two seasons, JRM general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said.
Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he will take a sixth power unit component ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, resulting in a grid penalty. Hamilton arrived in Belgium leading Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship by 19 points after winning the last four races. Power unit issues at the start of the season forced Hamilton to use more of his allocated components early, making a penalty in the second half of the season inevitable. Drivers are permitted to use five of each power unit component across the course of the season, with penalties being handed out for exceeding this limit. Hamilton confirmed in Thursday’s FIA press conference at Spa that he would be taking
CASTLE DONINGTON, UK – Felix Rosenqvist believes that his time in Indy Lights racing on street courses will help during his debut season in Formula E. FIA European Formula 3 champion Rosenqvist entered Indy Lights for 2016, winning three of the 10 races he entered with Belardi. The Swede was forced to miss the races at Road America and Iowa due to commitments in GT racing and DTM, before ending his Indy Lights program altogether after getting a Formula E drive with Mahindra. Rosenqvist is a two-time winner of the Macau Grand Prix, which is renowned as one of motorsport’s toughest street circuits, and has also raced at Pau in France in F3. However, Rosenqvist believes his experience from Indy