We understand that in the offseason, you may not be paying close attention to the various news and notes from the NASCAR world.â†µ
So to help you catch up, here's the latest in our offseason recaps:â†µ
• NASCAR teams participated in a Goodyear tire test at Daytona, the first action on the newly repaved 2.5-mile surface. Drivers praised the tire and said the pavement will make the Daytona 500 look like a race at Talladega with a three-wide pack of cars unable to pull away from one another.â†µ
• During the tire test, NASCAR official Robin Pemberton confirmed that pit crews will no longer use a catch can man during pit stops. A self-venting fuel can used in the Truck Series last year will be instituted across all three NASCAR national series starting at Daytona.â†µ
• Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet Jr., formerly of Formula One, will drive a Camping World Truck Series entry full time for Kevin Harvick Inc., the team announced Monday. Piquet is more famous worldwide than most NASCAR drivers due to his F1 career.â†µ
• Penske Racing announced Wednesday that former Sam Hornish Jr. crew chief Travis Geisler has a new role as the organization's competition director. Hornish and his No. 77 team are not expected to return to Sprint Cup next season given its lack of sponsorship.â†µ
• Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 4 car for Red Bull Racing next season, the team said Tuesday. NASCAR agreed to Red Bull's request to switch from the No. 82 to Kahne's preferred No. 4 for 2011.â†µ
• Turner Motorsports announced Monday that farming technology company Brandt will sponsor Justin Allgaier's No. 31 Nationwide Series entry next year. This is the first foray into NASCAR sponsorship for Brandt.