WTCC BMW has confirmed its 2009 driver line-up, with Sergio Hernández replacing Felix Porteiro alongside Alex Zanardi in Team-Italy-Spain. Andy Priaulx stays at Team GB, as do Jörg Müller and Augusto Farfus at Team Germany.
James Thompson has been left without a drive after splitting with the N.Technology Honda team. He is in talks with Team Dynamics to make a return to the BTCC.
Dakar rally Frenchman Pascal Terry was found dead near his motorcycle on the second stage of the South American event. His death was caused by a pulmonary oedema and was not the result of an accident.
BTCC Former Honda driver Andrew Jordan has joined Vauxhall’s VX Racing team for 2009.
Colin Turkington and Stephen Jelley have signed for Team RAC again.
LMS Leo Mansell, son of 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Nigel, will race a Ferrari 430 GT2 for Team Modena in the LMS and at Le Mans alongside regular driver Antonio García.
ALMS Farnbacher Loles Racing will become the second factory-backed Porsche team in the American Le Mans Series this year. The deal means that Farnbacher, a race winner in GT2 last year, will field works driver Wolf Henzler in its 911 GT3-RSR alongside team regular Dirk Werner.
NASCAR Petty Enterprises and Gillett Evernham Motorsports have merged for 2009.
Hall of Fame Racing and Yates Racing have entered into a partnership, meaning Joe Gibbs Racing will no longer partner HOF Racing.
The former president of Dale Earnhardt Inc, Max Siegel, has taken over NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity programme with his marketing agency, The 909 Group.
Sprint Cup 2008 rookie of the year Regan Smith will only contest 12 events in ’09 for Furniture Row Racing due to a lack of funding.
Indycar KV Racing Technology will run Mario Moraes in 2009 after a strong rookie season last year.
Sarah Fisher, the first woman to take pole position and a podium finish in the IRL, will compete in an initial four races in ’09 with her own team, Sarah Fisher Racing.