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TC Daily Pit Stop: Hailie Deegan Moves to Xfinity Series with AM Racing in 2024; Ryan Newman Joins MBM Motorsports for Homestead; Hocevar to Finish Season With LEGACY; iRacing Acquires NASCAR License
TC Daily Pit Stop: Friday, October 6th, 2023
Hailie Deegan will officially move tot he NASCAR Xfinity Series full-time in 2024, as she has reached a multi-year agreement to pilot the No. 15 Ford Mustang for AM Racing. Deegan and AM Racing made the news official in an announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Thursday.
At the event, Deegan’s car number and two of her primary sponsorship partners were revealed along with the paint schemes for those two partners.
Viva Tequila Seltzer and Airbox will serve as primary sponsors for Deegan next season.
How about this?! Ryan Newman will pilot the No. 66 Ford Mustang for MBM Motorsports in the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
MBM made the announcement on Thursday in the form of a press release.
Newman, who will have primary sponsorship from GenerX Generators, says Homestead is one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.
“Homestead is one of my favorite tracks on the schedule. From being able to rip the fence to having to manage tire wear, the track suits my driving style perfectly,” Newman said in a team release. “My goal is to give Carl [Long], MBM Motorsports, and their partners a fantastic run and hopefully end the evening in victory lane.”
Not surprising, as Carson Hocevar has competed well in the NASCAR Cup Series for LEGACY MOTOR CLUB, but the young driver will run the final four races of the NASCAR Cup Series season in the team’s No. 42 entry.
After LEGACY MOTOR CLUB posted a video sharing the news on Wednesday, Hocevar posted on social media his excitement to close out the year with the team.
“Happy to have the rest of the Cup season after the ROVAL!!! Earlier this year, I had thought I may never get a shot in a Cup car, and by the end of this year I will have 10+ starts,” Hocevar posted. “Truly blessed and thankful. Thank you, LEGACY MOTOR CLUB, Jimmie Johnson, and Maury Gallagher!”
On Thursday, iRacing announced that it had acquired the NASCAR Team Property simulation-style console game license from Motorsport Games.
The much-maligned Motorsport Games had produced titles such as NASCAR Heat 5, NASCAR Ignition, and NASCAR Rivals. iRacing will now get to work on developing a NASCAR console game, which is tentatively set to release in 2025.
“When we were approached with the option to acquire the license for the simulation-style NASCAR console game, which was the console game and franchise that we were dreaming about doing, it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” said iRacing President Tony Gardner. “Having the ability to build a NASCAR console game is a privilege we promise to execute with the utmost care. We look forward to working diligently with NASCAR industry stakeholders to deliver a product that provides an amazing experience for the gaming community and NASCAR fans worldwide.”
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