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Racing News: New U.S. Formula One Team Names Jose Maria Lopez First Driver

NAMED: Argentine driver Jose Maria Lopez was officially named as the first of two drivers for the new U.S. Formula One team that opens competition in March.

FOUR WIDE: NHRA professional racing teams will compete four-wide during the inaugural NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, March 25–28. It will be the first NHRA event held with competition in four lanes at the same time.

BIG BUCKS: Legends cars will compete for a purse of $1 million in a special event scheduled July 15–17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield quarter-mile oval.

OVER AND OUT: Tony George resigned from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Board of Directors, ending all ties to the speedway.

K&N Engineering has taken over sponsorship of NASCAR’s East and West Series for the coming season. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series will kick off this weekend at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (California).

NASCAR officials say they will allow drivers to bump draft and to police themselves during the upcoming season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

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