Texas Motor Speedway will now require the operators of jet dryer trucks to wear helmets and fire suits while on the track. It is one of three facilities that has made changes in the wake of Juan Pablo Montoya's collision with a jet dryer during the Daytona 500. NASCAR is also taking extra precautionary steps, telling the teams this past weekend in Phoenix that from now on, an extra caution car with lights flashing will follow jet dryers as a reminder to slow down when approaching. …Less than 18 hours after winning the Daytona 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth was in the Metroplex as part of a multi-city Victory Tour by NASCAR. His visit was highlighted by a stop at the American Airlines Center to take in an NBA game between the world champion Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets. Kenseth enjoyed courtside seats with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and also was presented an autographed basketball by the world championship team by Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle. In between media stops, Kenseth also visited with race fans who won a Texas Motor Speedway promotion to watch the game from a luxury suite and have an opportunity to meet Kenseth. … The INDYCAR Open Test scheduled for March 13 at Texas Motor Speedway has been rescheduled for Monday, May 7. Texas Motor Speedway is considering opening the grandstands for fans to check out the new Indy cars on that day. … Brad Keselowski’s decision to carry his cell phone in his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge during the Daytona 500 was a boon to his social media exposure. Keselowski posted photos and answered questions from fans via Twitter during the lengthy red-flag period for the jet dryer fire and his followers went from roughly 65,000 to nearly 225,000. … Chad Knaus, crew chief for five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, was fined $100,000 and suspended for six weeks by NASCAR as a result of the “C” posts on the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet failing inspection for the Daytona 500. The team also was docked 25 owner and driver points, leaving Johnson 23 points in the negative heading into Phoenix this past weekend. His fourth place finish in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 has him back in the black with 18 points. Hendrick Motorsports is appealing the decision. "It was all visual," Knaus said. "The templates were never actually put on the car. We never even got the opportunity to actually present that under templates. It's unfortunate. There is a bit of subjectiveness to it, and that is why we are going through the appeal." … KV Racing Technology announced last week that Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello will compete in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series as the driver of the No. 8 BMC | Embrase - KV Racing Technology car. Barrichello, 39, whose Formula One career spanned from 1993-2011, is the most experienced driver in F1 history with 322 starts. He was runner-up in the Formula One championship in 2002 and ‘04, and earned 11 victories, 14 poles, 106 top-five finishes and172 top-10 showings. He will team with fellow Brazilian Tony Kanaan and E.J. Viso.
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