Mike Harmon Racing announced that veteran road course racer Kevin O'Connell will be driving the #74 this week at Road America.
Kevin has had many ventures with Rick Ware Racing driving in Rolex Grand-Am and NASCAR. Since Carl Long is not driving the #15 for Rick Ware and not being a driver coach for Juan Carlos Blum, he will be crew chief for the #74.(Mike Harmon Racing)-jayski.com
Alex Kennedy is attempting to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway this weekend driving for Humphrey Smith Racing, LLC (HSR).
Kennedy, who is familiar with the 2.52-mile road course, will pilot the #19 MediaMaster/Dream Factory Toyota Camry. As an aspiring race car driver, Kennedy, then 12, competed in multiple Legends Car events at the hilly, 12-turn course. Kennedy brings NASCAR racing experience with him, having competed in 14 events in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, nine of which were on the road courses of Watkins Glen, Road America and Montreal.-jayski.com
Eric McClure will compete in his 213th NASCAR Nationwide Series event this weekend and his fourth at the historic 14-turn Road America facility.
This race marks the one year anniversary of the 34-year-old driver's return after missing six weeks last season due to injuries sustained in an accident at Talladega Superspeedway. In three starts, the Virginia driver has completed 94.3% of the total laps attempted and has an average finish of 25. Last season, McClure finished 21st, a track-best for the Virginia native.
Tomy Drissi once again will head to Northern California for The Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23, 2013.
The Trans Am Champion was hired by NEMCO-JRR for the NASCAR road course event. Tomy has driven in both NASCAR SPRINT Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series events. Tomy and the No. 87 team will be sponsored by The Wolverine [movie] opening in theaters, July 26, 2013. "We're very excited to have Tomy in the car," said Joe Nemechek. "He brings a lot of road racing experience and should be really good at Sonoma."
Johnny O'Connell, a longtime GM factory driver and recent inductee into the Sebring Hall of Fame, will drive the No. 5 CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet at Road America, his first-ever race in a NASCAR stock car.
Last month, O'Connell participated in a JR Motorsports team test at Virginia International Raceway. He is a three-time American Le Mans Series champion for Corvette Racing and current World Challenge champion for Cadillac. He won the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona for Corvette Racing. He has eight total wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring ' more than any other driver.-JR Motorsports
Regan Smith holds only four starts on road courses in NASCAR Nationwide Series, but eight at the Sprint Cup level with one top-10 finish (ninth at Watkins Glen 2012).
Earlier this season, Smith tested with the JRM team at Virginia International Raceway. He and the Greg Ives-led No. 7 team continued to improve their championship hopes by adding another 35-point cushion to the points lead, following the Michigan win. Smith now holds a 58-point lead over Sam Hornish, Jr. and earned his 11th consecutive top-10 finish last weekend.-JR Motorsports
The Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway will mark Danica Patrick's 26th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Sonoma.
Patrick has never started a stock-car event at Sonoma, but competed in seven IZOD IndyCar Series races with three top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place result in 2008. Of note, the IndyCar Series used two different layouts during those seven years, neither of which is the one currently in use by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.-True Speed Communication