SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 1, January 7, 2010

Racing News: Ryan Hunter-Reay Joins Andretti Autosport for 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series

HIRED: Ryan Hunter-Reay has signed with Andretti Autosport for
the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series. Van-Heusen will sponsor the No. 37
Hunter-Reay will drive in the Indy 500 and selected other events. The
team is still seeking sponsorship that would allow Hunter-Reay to run
the full schedule.

ON LEAVE: Grand American Road Racing Championship President Roger Edmondson is taking a leave of absence from the company to tend to personal health issues. Tom Bledsoe will assume the day-to-day leadership role for Grand Am.

STILL WORKING:
Former Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran hasn’t given up on plans to field an IndyCar Series effort in 2010. He is still paying employees from his defunct road racing team and hopes to land a sponsor to move to Indy car competition this season.

NEW HIRES: Furniture Row Racing has promoted Ryan Coniam to crew chief while adding veteran crew members Mark McArdle and Pete Rondeau to the No. 78 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for driver Regan Smith.

HITTING THE ROAD:
NASCAR replaced the canceled Nationwide Series race at The Milwaukee Mile with a road race at Wisconsin’s Road America. The race will be held June 19.

INDOOR ACES:
Brad Loyet and Billy Wease were indoor midget winners during the holiday season. Loyet swept two events on dirt inside Kemper Arena in Kansas City, while Wease won both ends of the traditional Rumble in Fort Wayne (Indiana) events.

STICKING TOGETHER:
Veteran driver Jason Meyers and Elite Racing will remain together for the 2010 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season.

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