Morning Lap: Racing News Links

Welcome to another edition of the Morning Lap, a daily feature here at Beyond the Flag. Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best racing news. News links include NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One and more!

Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty in HOF

NASCAR honored a pair of its most famous and successful families with inductions into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Past champion Dale Jarrett joined father Ned in the hall and master mechanic Maurice “Chief” Petty became the fourth member of one of NASCAR’s most royal families to be selected for enshrinement.

Maurice joins older brother, “King” Richard Petty; their father, championship driver Lee Petty; and cousin Dale Inman, Richard’s longtime crew chief in the hall.

NHRA’s Brown testing in NASCAR

Drag racing champ Antron Brown will get a chance in NASCARBrown, last year’s NHRA Top Fuel champion, will test a NASCAR K&N Series Toyota on Tuesday at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., in a partnership between Rev Racing and Toyota. Brown says he has always been interested in stock car racing, but hadn’t gotten a quality test car until now.”I know I can go straight,” Brown said. “Now, I’ve got to see if I can throw a left-hand turn in there.”

Young drivers at Indy 500 give IndyCar solid foundation

Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti have all the ingredients the IndyCar Series has been craving. They have famous family names, have reached Victory Lane and seem to enjoy playing up their growing rivalry.

The bold, budding stars represent a whole new kind of IndyCar driver — the guys and gals who could finally become this series’ cornerstone fixtures for a generation to come.

“This is a pretty young group,” Rahal said. “There are a lot of young people here who you could see at this track for the next 20 years. I think that’s a great thing and we hope that’s the case.”

Nico Rosberg maintained his and the Mercedes team’s utter domination of one-lap Formula One speeding by topping the times in Thursday’s practice sessions for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old German, who was fastest in both sessions and who is seeking a third successive pole position, clocked a best time of minute and 14.759 seconds, three-tenths of a second ahead of his British team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

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