TC Daily Pit Stop: TMT Racing Not Entering Daytona; NASCAR Makes Tweaks to Qualifying Format; Grala Attempting Daytona 500 with FRM; Chili's Sponsoring Corey LaJoie
TC Daily Pit Stop: Wednesday, January 24th, 2024
After successfully qualifying for the Daytona 500 in back-to-back seasons, TMT Racing won’t be making the trip to Daytona Beach, Florida for the Great American Race this February, team co-owner Willy Auchmoody confirmed to TobyChristie.com on Tuesday.
While the organization won’t be starting its 2024 campaign with the remainder of the NASCAR Cup Series field, Auchmoody says that the organization is aiming to have the No. 50 Chevrolet back on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.
The Money Team Racing (known more commonly as TMT Racing) has attempted to qualify for six events in the NASCAR Cup Series over the last two seasons, and like co-owner Floyd Mayweather, Jr., has been undefeated when it comes to making the show.
As the NASCAR Cup Series prepares to begin its 2024 season, some small tweaks are being made to the series’ single-vehicle qualifying procedures, officials from NASCAR officially revealed on Tuesday.
The original premise of the format will remain unchanged — with all vehicles entered being split into two groups based on NASCAR’s performance metric, in which the fastest five drivers from each of the two groups will advance to the final round of qualifying.
This format has been used in the NASCAR Cup Series for the last two seasons, with the drivers that weren’t fast enough to advance into the final round of qualifying being compiled together and ranked by fastest lap time.
In an attempt to make the system more equitable, NASCAR will be leaving the drivers not quick enough to advance in their respective groups when setting the starting lineup, with Group A drivers being put on the outside row, and Group B drivers on the inside row.
For the second straight season, Front Row Motorsports is prepared to bring a third entry to the Daytona 500, announcing on Tuesday that Kaz Grala will pilot the No. 36 Ford Mustang in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
Grala, who recently announced a 25-race slate in the NASCAR Cup Series for Rick Ware Racing, will have financial backing from Carl Ruedebusch and Ruedebusch Development and Construction, a long-time partner of the Boston, Massachusetts-native.
Last season, Front Row Motorsports brought its third entry to the racetrack for a total of four events, all superspeedways, which resulted in three top-15 results, from Todd Gilliland, Zane Smith and Riley Herbst.
Chili’s is set to make its first foray into the NASCAR Cup Series world in 2024.
The fan-favorite grill and bar has joined forces with Corey LaJoie and Spire Motorsports to serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro in the 2024 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
In addition to primary sponsorship of LaJoie in the season-opener at Daytona, Chili’s will also serve as an associate sponsor of the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro in three events — Atlanta (February 25), Las Vegas (March 3), and Circuit of The Americas (COTA) (March 24).
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