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16KAN1nk08624Welcome back to the Chase, Tony Stewart.

Well not quite, but his inclusion is inevitable after the three-time Sprint Cup champion won for the first time in three years on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Stewart still must get inside the top 30 in the championship standings to become fully eligible but scoring max points in California went a long way toward making that goal a reality.

stewart 2With his triumph, Stewart is now up to 32nd and nine points away from officially appearing on the Chase Grid for the first time since 2013. But his victory has several repercussions on the rest of the field too.

Much like Kyle Busch last season, the unlikely Stewart Chase berth now means there is one less spot for a driver to qualify for the playoffs based on championship points. That's already putting pressure on several big names with just 10 races remaining in the regular season.

Kasey Kahne is currently 16th and occupies the final provisional spot on the Chase Grid, but that will soon shift to 15th once Stewart cracks the top 30. But let's assume for a moment that Stewart is already on the Grid and you'll notice that a dogfight is brewing for those final few spots.

12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +28

13. Ryan Newman +17

14. Austin Dillon +15

15. Jamie McMurray +13

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16. Kasey Kahne -13

17. Ryan Blaney -16

18. AJ Allmendinger -20

19. Trevor Bayne -24

20. Kyle Larson -30

Given his relatively competitive performance in the first half of the season, Allmendinger enjoyed the luxury of racing this weekend without needing to win on a road course to make the Chase. Unfortunately for him, Stewart's victory may mean that he is once again needing to rely on Watkins Glen to make the playoffs, something he did back in 2014.

Further complicating matters is that the schedule features several wild card events over the next two months, but none greater than the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday night at Daytona. It's not completely out of possibility that another driver outside of the top 20 could win and further shake up the future forecast.

Aric Almirola won this event in 2014 while David Ragan has two restrictor plate victories to his credit. Earnhardt, meanwhile, is looking to become the first driver since Tony Stewart 10 years ago to win back-to-back Firecracker 400s and doing so would represent the first win of his season.

For any winless driver to break through on Saturday would circumvent a great deal of stress during the summer months, especially given which tracks loom on the horizon.

Remaining on the regular season schedule are stops at Bristol, Darlington and Richmond – tracks with high attrition rates that could considerably shake up the standings.

So unlike last season, when the Field of 16 was largely decided before the playoff cutoff, there remains a great deal of congestion near the middle of the pack.

But none of this was ever Stewart's problem. He was in win-only mode from the moment he returned from an off-season back injury. Points racing was never on his agenda beyond getting to 30th. Now he's won and can sit back and watch the pressure that was supposed to mount on him hover on those fighting near the bubble.

True to form, Stewart wasn't going to retire without making it tough on as many rivals as possible.

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lat abbott elkhart 0616 6860There's not an over-abundance of joy in the IndyCar paddock nowadays and it's totally understandable. The purses, from Indianapolis to Iowa to Long Beach, are a joke and the ridiculous schedule has already worn the teams to a frazzle. But over the past weekend there was an atmosphere of downright happiness among the drivers and mechanics, because for three days they performed at a real racetrack in front of passionate fans that truly appreciate their craft.

IndyCar's return to Road America for the first time since 2007 was glorious throwback to those days in the '90s when big crowds poured into Portland, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca and Elkhart Lake to watch Andretti, Unser, Tracy, Rahal, Fittipaldi, Mansell, Montoya and Zanardi.

And the Kohler Grand Prix was somewhat of a rarity these days in that it was a smashing success at speed as well as the box office. There were more people on Friday for practice than IndyCar draws at most races and Sunday looked reminiscent of those CART days with people stuffed everywhere around the scenic, 4-mile road course.

It felt like a big-time event and it looked like a big-time event.

"We had an amazing crowd at one of the best tracks in the world and I think we put on a great show," declared Josef Newgarden following his gutsy charge from last to eighth while driving with a broken right clavicle and bone in his right hand. "This is exactly why I did everything possible to be there. It's why we drive these cars and I wasn't going to miss this race for anything."

Newgarden's splendid battle with Juan Montoya (below) for seventh place all by itself was worth the price of admission but it was 90 minutes of the best road racing you will ever see with 134 passes throughout the field.

lat lepage 160626 RA 11794"If anyone complains about the racing today then they should probably go watch horse racing or something," said Montoya.

It's a crime IndyCar ever left one of its bastions since 1982 and it's equally frustrating it took almost a decade to return. But, thanks to Derrick Walker's persistence and George Bruggenthies' insistence on a proper date and time, a precious jewel was returned to its proper place on the Verizon schedule.

"I called George and asked why we weren't racing up here anymore and he said he was waiting on us," recalled Walker, the former IndyCar competition president, of their 2014 conversation. "So I drove up to Road America, we sat down and began talking.

"I found George to be a straight shooter and a tough bargainer, but he's a good promoter and he knew what he needed and stuck to his guns."

Bruggenthies, who gave Champ Car a sweetheart deal from 2003-'07 in an attempt to help the floundering series, wasn't going to be held at gunpoint by IndyCar's sanction fee ("they were unrealistic") or date ("I wanted something that was appealing for our fans").

"I wanted an early enough start to the race so that people could enjoy the day and still have time to get home at a reasonable hour," he said of the 12:20 green flag.

LAT levitt ELK16 08855What we witnessed over the weekend was proof that IndyCar's fan base is alive and well in the Midwest when the race is properly presented and positioned. A motorhome space got your family in (no gouging for kids), a general admission ticket got you access to the paddock (no added price) and there was non-stop racing all day for three days.

More promoters need to copy Bruggenthies' template and if Milwaukee was returned to the Sunday after Indianapolis and given a 1 p.m. starting time with proper promotion, it would work as well.

Sure it helps to have a gorgeous, sprawling, 640-acre facility with some of the most challenging corners and best viewing spots in road racing. But Bruggenthies spent a considerable sum of money on a tunnel, new Victory Lane, repaving the golf cart paths (they rented 500 golf carts to fans) and just making Road America even more appealing.

The coolest thing was to see the drivers thanking the fans for coming out and the fans thanking the drivers for coming back.

Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon rode their scooters out among the masses on Friday evening to say thanks and were swallowed by the crowd. Kanaan's career began at the tail-end of CART's heydays in 1999 when big crowds were the norm and he likens Road America to another one of his favorites.

"I knew how this place was, and when you try to describe that to some of the young guys, I don't think I can do it justice," said IndyCar's most popular performer. "It's like telling somebody how great Indianapolis is. If you don't go there, you're never going to experience it – and this place didn't let us down.

"I showed up here on Thursday and this place was packed. I took the scooter around the camping grounds, and it's amazing. This is the type of places we want to race. If you ask any driver about this road course, it's one of their favorites by far, and the fans, too. It's a great combination."

Graham Rahal grew up watching his dad run Elkhart Lake and Mid-Ohio and understands the heritage better than most and why these tracks are treasures.

"It's the atmosphere," said Rahal following his second podium in two starts at RA. "It's coming for an event. It's coming for a weekend with the kids or a weekend with the family as a whole, whether it's extended family or what. That's what makes it so unique.

"And there's just so much action. If you watch, there's just always something on track, and that's great for the fans. They get their money's worth. I hope we can just continue to go to more places like this. I think this is proving that we don't need to be trying to overthink the destinations we need to race at. They're right in front of us."

eversley PWCAt Road America, only 30 miles from the team's shop, RealTime Acura swept the Pirelli World Challenge GT doubleheader, including a 1-2 finish in Saturday's race.

The No. 42 and No. 43 Acura/HPD/Red Line Oil/RealTime Acura TLX-GTs were strong out of the box on the ultra-fast four-mile, 14-turn permanent road course. Come qualifying on Friday afternoon, it looked like it might be an all-Acura front row, but Ryan Eversley's fast lap was beat by the No. 88 Bentley in the final seconds of the session. This meant Eversley would line up on the outside front row, and Peter Cunningham would start third.

Both RealTime Acura cars timed the Race 1 start perfectly and were around the Bentley by Turn 5. From there, both Eversley and Cunningham checked out from the rest of the field. Eversley led the 50-minute, caution-free race all the way to the finish with teammate Cunningham right behind him.

"Today was really fun," smiled Eversley. "I knew I'd have PD running with me, because we have really strong cars, so when we cleared everybody out of Turn Five on the first lap, I knew we'd be able to work together and be smart. After that, it was all about doing the best you can without hurting the car. It was green flag the whole way, so my biggest concern was making sure the Pirellis lasted to the best of our abilities and they were good to go the whole way. When we crossed the line 1-2 it was just a dream come true!"

cunninghamIt's the second podium of the season for RealTime, but the first of the year for Cunningham, who's last podium appearance was on the streets of Houston, Texas, in 2013 when the team ran in the GTS category.

"This TLX effort has gone through a lot in the last two and a half years," Cunningham said. "A lot of hard work has gone into the program. Certainly our first 1-2 finish and first win of the year is a tribute to the RealTime guys and HPD. We've got quite a car here and we're up against some stiff competition. I'm very proud of everyone involved and it couldn't have been a better day at a better place."

Each driver's fastest race lap from Saturday's event set the grid for Sunday. This made Eversley the pole sitter for Race 2, while Cunningham lined up P3.

Eversley did some heads up driving to stay ahead of the No. 05 Nissan GTR GT3 on the start.

"When we got into Turn 1, he got a really good run on the outside," Eversley recalled. "I always give racing room, so I let him go around the outside and we raced into Turn 3 and he actually braked a little early and was going to try and get me on the way out, but the yellow came out and I think, had it stayed green, he would have had a good run into Turn Five on me and it would have been a good race."

Cunningham, meanwhile, had a close call with the Bentley on his start.

"I had some drama at the start when the Bentley thought he was clear and moved over," Cunningham said. "He wasn't clear and had I stayed on the gas we would have had a big wreck. I elected to breathe the throttle and when that happened, other cars had the momentum going into Turn 1 and got by me."

It only took that small throttle lift to drop Cunningham back to fifth on the opening lap. Eventually, he was able to pick up a spot and finish fourth.

"I didn't quite have the car I had yesterday," Cunningham explained. "I was a little off entering Turn 1 and the Carousel. I was a little off, but that's all it takes on a grid like this. My car wasn't quite as good when there was a car ahead or even two car lengths ahead. That wasn't helping things compared to yesterday. Still, a very good day and an awesome job by Ryan, an awesome job by RealTime, HPD, Acura, Red Line Oil and StopTech."

Acura 12 LATEversley left the GT field in the dust up front, even surviving a restart after a full-course caution on the opening lap. By the time the checkered flag dropped, Eversley had a 2.623-second margin over second place.

"Once we got free, I was trying to manage my tires, but there was only 30 minutes to go after the restart, so I thought 'I'm going to go as fast as I possibly can,'" Eversley said. "That was it to the end. It wasn't the hardest race once we got clear on the restart, but yesterday we had to save the tires and today it could be a sprint all the way to the end."

The double victory was in front of hundreds of invited guests and family members. RealTime also hosts all the World Challenge teams at a chicken roast during the Road America race weekend, which again went off with much aplomb.

"It's definitely an honor to race at Road America and very special to be here in front of so many of our friends and family," Cunningham concluded. "They willed us to the podium and helped us to have such a great weekend. Thanks to Butch for once again providing the best chicken ever on Friday evening for the 25th Annual RealTime Chicken Roast presented by Pirelli and Pirelli World Challenge."

You can watch RealTime Acura sweep the Pirelli World Challenge weekend at Road America on CBS Sports Network, Sunday, July 3, at 3pm ET.

RealTime Acura stays in the Midwest for its next race, July 29–31, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Chaves Legge LATGabby Chaves will join Katherine Legge and former Indy Lights driver Sean Rayhall in the Panoz DeltaWing for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

After a two-day test at the newly repaved Watkins Glen track in May, team manager Tim Keen decided to add another driver, and Chaves, who drove the DeltaWing in all Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races in 2014, was available with a break in the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

It was pretty clear straightaway that we would need to add a third driver to the lineup as it was so physically demanding that even doing one full stint was going to take a toll on the drivers," team manager Tim Keene said. "We are pleased to have Gabby back for this event."

Chaves helped test the DeltaWing two weeks ago during a test at Road Atlanta, during which the crew tested some new components and Chaves got reacquainted with the car.

"I'm really excited and looking forward to joining the team once again," said Chaves, who will turn 23 July 7. "The car has looked extremely competitive with all the development over the last year, and I can't wait to see what we can do in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen. I really believe the car, drivers and crew can pull off the win!"

Several teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship tested at the 3.4-mile track in May and lauded the possibility of several grooves, high-speed corners and a higher level of grip, with track records expected to fall. Forty-two cars are set to compete June 30-July 3.

"We've had a few test days to sort some things out since Mazda Raceway and I feel like they've been very productive," Rayhall said. "I'm excited to drive with Gabby since we grew up racing karts and junior formulas together and believe we have a great team and car set for the race."

LaurenFix9The skies were clear and the SVRA racing stars shined brightly at the Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix this past weekend. Veterans from professional racing and the automotive world joined perennial front-runners of vintage racing and all delivered. Among the pros were 1982 Le Mans 24 GTO class winner Doc Bundy, Indianapolis 500 veteran Dennis Firestone and Bob Leitzinger, the 1989 IMSA GTU champion. TV personality and "Car Coach" Lauren Fix was also in the thick of the competition. She and her husband, Trans Am star Paul Fix, shared their 2000 Jaguar XKR he drove to the 2013 SVRA Group 11 national championship at COTA. Together they finished fifth in the Sunday 90-minute historic GT-GTP enduro.

Ahrle25Among the top vintage racers were Cobra driver Andre Ahrle, last weekend's "Indy Legends" Pro-Am winner with co-driver Robby Unser, and Peter Klutt, who won the same race two years ago with Al Unser Jr. Klutt is also the host of the Velocity channel TV show "Legendary Motor Car." He and his 1969 Corvette bested Curt Vogt in his 1970 Mustang Boss 302 in Saturday's Group 6 feature. Unfortunately, he lost a clutch in the process and was on the transporter headed home by Sunday morning.

Klutt's departure opened the door for Ahrle, whose Cobra is prepared by the TV host's Legendary Motor Car garage, in Sunday's Group 6 sprint race. Again it was Vogt who provided the stiffest competition, and again he ended up second best, less than a second behind Ahrle in some pretty outstanding and clean racing. Vogt is also an "Indy Legends" Pro-Am veteran, finishing third at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Max Papis in 2015.

Vogt did have his way with Friday's Shelby American contest, the feature race of that day. He led start-to-finish with fellow Mustang driver Scott Hackenson and Ahrle trailing.

Mustangs and Cobras were throughout the grounds as the Shelby American Automobile Convention (SAAC) held their annual gathering on Friday and Saturday. In addition to the Friday feature race, Mustangs and Cobras claimed the Mid-Ohio road course during the noon hour with Mustang Hall of Famer Steve Saleen leading some hot laps.

Battle4Doc Bundy was the clear Group 5 favorite headed into the weekend and appeared to have everything under control when he qualified his bright blue Regogo Racing Lotus 23B on the pole with a three-second advantage. That dominance disappeared in Saturday's race as Graham Adelman in his Apex Vintage-prepared 1962 Lotus 23B refused to let Bundy shake him off. The two gapped the rest of the field while locked in a fierce nose-to-tail battle with the Le Mans veteran leading almost the entire distance until Adelman nipped him at the flag in a dramatic upset.

Bundy and Adelman were back for more of the same intensity on Sunday. Again they pulled away from the other racers and again they ran virtually on top of each other. Bundy held on this time, leading start to finish.

Joey Selmants, another top vintage racer – and at 23, one of the youngest – was the man to beat among a stout field of 24 Sports 2000 racers in Group 7. The recent Ohio State University graduate inevitably sets the pace when he goes racing with the Sports 2000 enthusiasts, and this weekend was no exception. He won the Sports 2000 races on both Saturday and Sunday.

Bruce Hamilton, one of the top SVRA open wheel racers, was at his winning ways again, leading start to finish in Saturday's Group 2 contest in his 1970 Brabham BT-36. Another dominant force was Mark Sandridge, who swept all three International GT series contests of the weekend as the overall winner in his 2015 Porsche GT3. Two were sprint races and the third an 80-minute enduro where Sandridge split driving duties with Joe Varde.

FirestoneSuperVee5Among the other former professional racers, Bob Leitzinger and Dennis Firestone gave a good accounting of their racing skills. Firestone, who won the 1979 USAC Mini-Indy Series championship, drove his 1977 Crossle Formula Ford to a podium perch with a third place in Sunday morning's vintage/classic 60-minute enduro. Meanwhile, Leitzinger brought his 1965 Lotus Elan 26R home second on Saturday and was again the runner-up on Sunday in the Group 8 races.

Here is a look at some of the weekend's best action (click on the thumbnails below for larger images), followed by the overall podium finishers for each run group through the weekend:

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Friday, June 24 Race Results

Shelby American Feature
1. Curt Vogt, 1970 Mustang Boss 302
2. Scott Hackenson, 1967 Mustang
3. Andre Ahrle, 1965 Cobra

Saturday, June 25 Race Results

International GT Sprint
1. Mark Sandridge, 2015 Porsche GT3.8
2. Christopher Haehn, 2008 Porsche GT3.8
3. Todd Sloan, Porsche 2008 GT3.6

Groups 1, 3
1. George Balbach, 1960 Porsche 356
2. Vic Skirmants, 1961 Porsche 356B
3. Robert Hieb, 1964 Porsche 356C

Groups 6, 12
1. Peter Klutt, 1969 Corvette
2. Curt Vogt, 1970 Mustang Boss 302
3. Mark Rife, 1969 Corvette Roadster

Group 8
1. Craig Chima, 1962 Lotus 7
2. Bob Leitzinger, 1965 Lotus Elan 26R
3. Lisa Hansen, 1969 Porsche 911S

Group 4, 5
1. Graham Adelman, 1962 Lotus 23B
2. Doc Bundy, 1964 Lotus 23B
3. Ken Mennella, 1963 Corvette

Group 7
1. Justin Frick, 1983 March 832
2. Steven Durst, 2003 Mazda CSR
3. Joey Selmants, 2001 Fox Lola S2

Group 9
1. Ryan Norman, 2007 Indy Lights Dallara
2. Bruce Hamilton, 2008 Dallara Infiniti
3. Charles Monk, 1997 Lola T97/20

Group 2
1. Bruce Hamilton, 1970 Brabham BT-36
2. Bob Hatle, 1984 Swift DB-1
3. Robert Burnside, 1968 Winklemann WDB1

International GT 80-Minute Enduro
1. Mark Sandridge/Joe Varde, 2015 Porsche GT3 Cup
2. John Mauro, Porsche GT3 Cup
3. Steven Hill, 2007 Ferrari 430 CH

Sunday, June 26 Race Results

Vintage/Classic 60-Minute Enduro
1. James Stiehr, 1969 Winkelmann WDF1
2. Lisa Hansen, 1969 Porsche 911S
3. Dennis Firestone, 1976 Crossle Formula Ford

Group 7
1. Justin Frick, 1983 March 832
2. Joey Selmants, 2001 Fox Lola S2000
3. Mark Coombs, 1990 Lola T90/90

Groups 10, 11
1. Jacek Mucha, 2006 Swift JMS 016 CP
2. Robert Gewirtz, 2003 Riley MKXI
3. Aaron Lewis, 1969 Lola T163

Group 9
1. Ryan Norman, 2007 Indy Lights Dallara
2. Charles Monk, 1997 Lola T97/20
3. Jacek Mucha, 2006 Swift 016

Group 6, 12
1. Andre Ahrle, 1965 Cobra
2. Curt Vogt, 1970 Mustang Boss 302
3. Shawn Dewey, Shelby Mustang GT350

International GT Sprint Race
1. Mark Sandridge, 2015 Porsche GT3
2. Christopher Haehn, 2008 Porsche GT3
3. John Mauro, 2009 Porsche GT3

Groups 4, 5
1. Doc Bundy, 1964 Lotus 23B
2. Graham Adelman, 1962 Lotus 23B
3. Ken Mennella, 1963 Corvette

Historic GT/GTP 90-Minute Enduro
1. Ryan Norman, 2007 Indy Lights Dallara
2. Bruce Hamilton/Tonis Kasemets, 2008 Dallara Infiniti
3. Stevern Durst/Tyler Pappas, 2003 Mazda CSR

Group 8
1. Craig Chima, 1962 Lotus 7
2. Bob Leitzinger, 1965 Lotus Elan 26R
3. Denny Wilson, 1962 Lotus 7

Groups 1, 3
1. George Balbach, 1960 Porsche 356
2. Vic Skirmants, 1961 Porsche 356
3. Caesar Cone, 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto

Group 2
1. Bob Hatle, 1984 Swift DB-1
2. Todd Strong, 1974 Titan Mk 9
3. Tim Madrid, 1978 Crossle Formula Ford

daly RAThere were no risky race strategies, multi-car pileups, rain or acts of God involved in Conor Daly's solid run at Road America. The Indiana native, driving for Dale Coyne's middleweight team, held his own up front among IndyCar's heavyweights on Sunday, but came up 11 laps short from delivering what could have been his second podium finish this season.

Starting ninth, Daly's No. 18 Honda moved forward and held sixth for most of the race. A snapped lower left-rear wishbone sent him into the Turn 1 barriers, ruining his day, and without the freak mechanical failure, it's entirely possible he would have crossed the finish line with his fourth top-six result of the year.

For a rookie on a restricted budget, seeing Daly punching well above his weight was a popular aspect of IndyCar's return to Road America, which made his premature exit one of the only negatives on a day that was a resounding success for the series.

wishbone"We've never seen anything like it; it was a clean break with the wishbone," Daly told RACER. "But it was nice to be up there, up front, without having to do anything special. The car was fast the whole time and we were mixing it up with the Ganassis and Penskes because that's where we deserved to be. It felt so good, even if the finish isn't what we'd hoped for."

Coming off a scary crash two weeks prior in Texas, Daly and DCR were unable to participate in the prerace test at Road America, which left the team well behind on setup data to start the weekend. It made his performance, in concert with the chassis and aerodynamic setup provided by race engineer Michael Cannon, even more remarkable.

"My engineer and I went to the test and just observed," Daly said. "We were supposed to be there, but we wrote a car off in Texas so we didn't have a car to test. And we just went around and watched and picked up what we could from seeing the other cars run and I think that helped, believe it or not. We would have rather been there in a car, but it was still a valuable trip for us."

Finishing 21st was unrepresentative of Daly's potential on Sunday, but with a podium and a pair of sixth-place results so far, he's still in the mix for Rookie of the Year honors. Overtaking Andretti Herta Autosport's Alexander Rossi in that race will be a challenge with the season winding down, but it isn't an impossible task.

"Rossi's looking pretty good right now, and it hurts leaving [Road America] without those points, but all we can do it go to Iowa and Toronto and all the other tracks and do our best to do like we did last weekend. We all know the potential is there within us to do it."

image2 5bMazda Motorsports boss John Doonan tells RACER about the inspiration behind the brand's throwback livery for this weekend's six-hour IMSA race in Watkins Glen, where both of its prototypes will feature designs that trace back to Mazda's big win at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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NASCAR star Kurt Busch says Formula 1 needs to follow NASCAR's lead on social media if it wants to increase its global appeal.

Having been criticized in the past, Formula One Management has vastly improved the quantity and quality of content it puts out on social media this season. But restrictions remain on what itself, teams and drivers can do on social media at grands prix, because of the way its TV rights deals have been constructed.

Given the lack of access to F1 at venues for fans, in stark contrast to the situation in NASCAR, Busch said social media needs to be utilized.

"I heard that Lewis [Hamilton] was in trouble on Snapchat, because of the access he was giving fans," the 2004 Cup champion said. "NASCAR heard I was coming to an F1 race and they wanted me to sign into their account and they want me to promote Formula 1 on the Snapchat NASCAR channel. So that's the thing, that's all controlled above us.

"In NASCAR, you want to show them but also show enough intrigue so that they will continue to view it at the track themselves. Of course you want to keep certain things private, but NASCAR wants as much new information so that the fans can see it."

There was intent for Romain Grosjean to make a guest appearance with the Haas F1 team's sister outfit Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup at some point this year. However, that has been put on hold until next year, with the Frenchman's 2016 options limited.

When asked if he had considered doing the opposite and trying an F1 car, Busch said yes, but conceded it would be difficult.

"Obviously I'd love to do it if I had that opportunity," he said. "The visit to Baku was more of a cultural experience as well as to show Gene how much I love motorsports, and how much I respect him for all he's done, to start all this up.

"You never know when that bridge can lead to the next bridge. But to be in front of people, being around the situation, this helps.

"If there was a chance you'd do one trip, then you'd do a practice session in the off-season and then you would talk to find a venue. It's difficult – there's only one car per team, where there isn't a ride available in F1."

 

Originally on Autosport.com

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