Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn to join Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019

first_imgMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019, giving the longtime team owner a powerful four-car operation with multiple Monster Energy Series champions.Truex is leaving Furniture Row Racing after five seasons with the Denver, Colorado-based No. 78 organization. He’ll replace Daniel Suarez on the No. 19 team, bringing crew chief Cole Pearn along with him. Furniture Row announced in August it would shutter its operations at the end of the season, paving the way for Truex Jr. to become a marquee free agent.RELATED: Key players in ‘Silly Season’“Anytime you have an opportunity to bring two people of this caliber into your organization, it’s certainly an exciting time,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, in a team release. “They obviously have developed a chemistry that has led to tremendous success, including a championship. We’ve gotten to know them well over the past few years through the alliance and having been part of the Toyota family. They both make us stronger as an organization.”JGR indicated that sponsorship plans for next season were still in progress and would be announced at a later date.Truex, 38, has four wins and four Busch Pole Awards this year for Furniture Row, which operates in partnership with JGR. His performance has placed him among the championship contenders heading into the Round of 8 finale this weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.Truex will be Kyle Busch’s teammate in 2019, giving JGR a powerful 1-2 punch with two of the most recent Monster Energy Series champions. Erik Jones and Denny Hamlin complete the four-driver roster at JGR.All but two of Truex’s 19 Monster Energy Series wins have come with Furniture Row and team owner Barney Visser. The Furniture Row Racing owner issued a statement appreciative of Truex and Pearn’s efforts.“I want to personally thank Martin and Cole for their contributions in making Furniture Row Racing a championship-caliber team,” Visser said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that they will continue to be a winning driver/crew chief combination with Joe Gibbs Racing. They are outstanding representatives for NASCAR and I am proud to have been associated with them. But before Martin and Cole depart for a new endeavor we still have two races remaining, and hopefully we will be celebrating another championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.”Pearn has been with Truex for all 17 of his Furniture Row victories, and the driver-crew chief pairing will remain intact next season.“Obviously to be able to make this transition and still be able to work alongside Cole is something that was very important to me,” Truex said in a release provided by the team. “There is also a real comfort level working with the JGR team and I wanted to stay in the Toyota family. We still have big goals for the remainder of this season, but it’s nice to know what we will be doing in 2019.”RELATED: All of Truex’s wins | Truex through the yearsTruex marched to his first title in NASCAR’s top division in 2017 by winning eight races, including the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He is also a two-time champion in what is now called the Xfinity Series, going back-to-back in 2004-05.Suarez’s tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing will end after two seasons in NASCAR’s top division. The Mexican-born driver made the transition to the Monster Energy Series after Carl Edwards’ departure in January 2017, moving up after claiming the Xfinity Series championship for JGR the previous season.Suarez climbed the NASCAR ladder through the Toyota Racing system and is now one of the sport’s top free agents for 2019. Gibbs, who oversaw much of his stock-car racing development, wished him well in a statement from the team.“We really appreciate everything Daniel has done for Joe Gibbs Racing over these past several years,” Gibbs said. “He has made the most of every opportunity from winning the championship in the Xfinity Series to making the jump into the Cup Series for us. We look forward to hearing about his plans going forward and know he continues to have a bright future in our sport.”last_img read more

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Athletes get behind #TriMixedRelays bid

first_img Related Last week, Gwen Jorgensen, the Olympic triathlon gold medallist in Rio 2016, was the first triathlete backing International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said the American elite triathlete.Hundreds of triathletes around the world, alongside national federations and organizers of events have also joined the #TriMixedRelays campaign.“Relays are unity in sport, an accomplishment bigger than the individual. Isn’t that what the Olympics is all about?” asked American triathlete Renée Tomlin. “Its my favourite event in the calendar,” replied British triathlon star Non Stanford, while her compatriot Helen Jenkins asked her followers to help to “get more triathlon on the Olympics.”“The Olympics is about athleticism, patriotism and awe. The Triathlon Mixed Relays massively fulfils this criteria and should be in Tokyo 2020,” added American Tommy Zaferes. “I support getting the Mixed Relays in Tokyo 2020,” said South African Richard Murray, a Relays bronze medallist himself at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Athletes around the world have argued that the Mixed Relay format is loved by the whole triathlon family. From Lisa Norden (SWE) to Jodie Stimpson (GBR); from Fernando Alarza (ESP) to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS); from Aileen Reid (IRL) to Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) or Ben Kanute (USA), all were asking their teammates to push and try to get another chance at an Olympic medal.Flora Duffy, current ITU World Champion, from Bermuda said, “Even though I won’t be able to race, as I’m the only triathlete from Bermuda racing at WTS level, I’d still love to see the #TriMixedRelays at the next Olympics.”The push to have the event included on the Olympic programme is coming not only from the athletes but also from the national federations. “What a spectacle it would be for the Triathlon Mixed Relays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said the British Triathlon Federation. According to ITU the call for the addition of #TriMixedRelays at Tokyo 2020 is also coming from ‘USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Mexico, France… the number of federations asking for it keeps growing day by day, with the total support of the athletes.’With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement for spectators, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. The Major League Triathlon team also supports the bid, as does Chris McCormack, co-founder of the SuperLeague.“We love mixed events. Young men and women should be inspired to enjoy sports together. Sports should unite genders as well,” said Yiannis Exharchos, OBS CEO.“I really think we have all the ingredients,” said Marisol Casado, ITU’s President and IOC Member. “It is something that athletes like and it is adding the team values to a very individual sport, which they really like and appreciate. It’s thrilling, exciting and engages with spectators, both on-site and on television. We already have Mixed Relays at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games… We really think it will be a great value to include the Triathlon Mixed Relays to the Olympic programme.”ITU has presented a formal bid for Mixed Relays to the IOC, which will make a final decision at the Executive Board meeting to be held on 9-10 July 2017.www.triathlon.orglast_img read more

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McCarthy breaks ground on new Banner Boswell ER, patient tower

first_imgMcCarthy Building Companies recently broke ground on a new ER and patient tower project at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz., with the demolition of a 33-year-old, two-story parking structure that paves the way for the start of new construction. The new $106 million emergency room (ER), main lobby and patient tower at Banner Boswell Medical Center, located at 10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City, Ariz., includes a 40,000-square-foot emergency room and a new six-story tower that will serve as the hospital’s new main entrance and provide room for future growth.The new ER, which is projected to complete construction in summer 2020, will provide much needed additional capacity. Banner Boswell’s existing ER often runs at or near capacity. The new ER will increase the number of beds by a third — from 42 to 56 — allowing the department to care for up to 60,000 ER patients annually. The current ER was built to handle up to 45,000 patients annually.“Banner Boswell Medical Center opened nearly 50 years ago to serve the small, but growing community of Sun City,” said Banner Boswell Chief Operating Officer Brian Standage. “Since then, our hospital has evolved into a leading provider of medical care in the Northwest Valley, including a nationally-recognized heart program. Our new ER and patient tower positions us to serve the community for the next 50 years and beyond,” he said, “as we strive to make healthcare easier and life better for our patients.”The new tower will represent an additional $46 million investment into the community by nonprofit Banner Health. Combined with the new emergency room, which the community is helping support through donations to the Sun Health Foundation, Banner Boswell is set to receive an investment totaling more than $106 million.“What an exciting time this is for the community as a new milestone in health care is occurring, thanks in part to community support for the ER through Sun Health Foundation’s Generosity  for Generations Campaign,” said Joe La Rue, Sun Health President/CEO. “We are proud of the philanthropic partnership we have with Banner Boswell – philanthropic partners to continue a legacy of health care.”The tower’s first floor, to open in late 2020, will contain the main lobby, gift shop, retail pharmacy, admitting desk and chapel. The five floors above the main lobby will remain “shelled” space, reserved for future inpatient rooms. “Shell space” is space constructed to meet future needs; it is space enclosed by an exterior building shell, but otherwise unfinished inside.The project is being managed using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) with the owner, design team, general contractor and trade partners all co-located on the project site and committed to the success of the project through robust collaboration and innovation.“Co-locating the entire project team by bringing all stakeholders together in one facility has proven to be an immeasurable asset that promotes collaborative team work, a solutions-oriented culture, and a high level of accountability from all project stakeholders,” said Chris Jacobson, vice president of McCarthy Building Companies. “Hospital construction projects inherently possess a lot of moving parts, and traditional project delivery methods often result in a fair amount of redesign. By employing IPD and co-location strategies, the team is able to move forward unimpeded.”Some of the innovative cost savings measures on the Banner Boswell project include prefabrication of the following components:• Exterior skin, including glass, metal panel, EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finish System) and masonry block• Interior partition walls• ER exam room headwalls including all MEP (Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing) componentsThe prefabrication will be completed offsite in a shop for the interior scope and onsite in a controlled environment for the exterior skin. As part of the IPD process, all the major building trade partners were contracted early in design to aid in target value design, constructability and Building Information Modeling (BIM) coordination prior to permit. This has proven to save on costs and ensures that the construction team is able to proceed with system fabrication soon after the building begins coming out of the ground. The architect on the project is HMC Architects. Major trade partners include Buehler & Buehler, Southland, Foothills Fire Protection, Schuff Steel, Cannon & Wendt, University Mechanical, Norris Design and The Berg Group.last_img read more

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Human Horizons Launches the First Car Equipped with 5G V2X Technology

first_imgHiPhi, a subsidiary brand of Human Horizons, announced that its HiPhi 1 will be the first production car in the world to be equipped with 5G technology from telecommunications company China Telecom. Human Horizons is an innovative technology company committed to future intelligent mobility. Its human oriented 3-Smart strategy is initiated from human needs and based on human intelligence. As part of the 3-Smart Strategy they plan to support Smart Vehicles, Smart Transportation and Smart Cities.HiPhi 1 will introduce the world’s first Human Oriented Architecture (HOA), which is self-adaptive and learning to create diversified solutions that will enhance the user experience. Its neural network consists of 4 super brain domain controllers and 6 MPU’s (Micro Processing Unit), connected by 1G Ethernet providing a higher communication rate than traditional CAN networks. The vehicle is able to analyze massive amounts of information and make decisions, utilizing cloud computing with a powerful data analysis engine, to build a truly intelligent and smart vehicle.HiPhi 1 has outstanding capability to connect between cars, roads and cities. It has more than five hundred sensors, and will be the first production car with a 5G-V2X enabled communication network. This will be the first car to support the 5G in-vehicle mobile network service.Human Horizons were invited to a cloud-hosted signing ceremony at the IoT Industry Alliance (a subsidiary of China Telecom) press conference, which had the theme of new IoT infrastructure. The alliance with China Telecom, one of China’s three major telecommunication providers, is the first of its kind and aims to further accelerate the commercialization of 5G in the automotive and mobility industries. Human Horizons and China Telecom will work together to carry out 5G technology research and implementation in the areas of smart cars, smart transportation and smart cities.HiPhi 1  is now entering approaching final production which is expected to start by the end of this year, with official deliveries in 2021.Click here to read more about HiPhi 1.last_img read more

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Rashid Pelpuo: Don’t blame gov’t for IOC ban

first_imgA former minister of Youth and Sports has warned that the latest International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban imposed on the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) should not be blamed on the ruling NDC government.Hon. Rashid Pelpuo described as unfortunate the ban imposed on the GOC but was quick to state that it would be unjustifiable for the government to be held responsible for the fracas at the GOC.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday, January 13 2011, suspended the Ghanaian National Committee after the government failed to take agreed steps to ensure no political interference in the body.Ghana has thus become the first African country and the second in the world to be banned following Kuwait in 2010.Spokesperson of IOC, Sandine Ponge in an interview with Citi News said the suspension became necessary after the government of Ghana failed to find a long term solution to the fracas at the GOC.According to Sandine Ponge, ideal efforts had been on-going for the last eighteen months between the IOC and the government of Ghana but government exhibited lack of cooperation and failed to revive the sports legislation before the December 2010 deadline. There has been instability at the Ghana Olympic Committee since two individuals have carried themselves as Presidents for more than a year.Whilst Professor Francis Doodoo is recognised by government, the IOC on the other hand regards Benson Tonko Baba as the President of the GOC.A former deputy Minister of Youth and Sports under the erstwhile Kufuor administration, O.B Amoah told Citi News that the government should be held responsible for the suspension.Mr O.B Amoah described the ban as unfortunate adding that the government could have been more proactive to ensure that cool heads prevailed at the GOC.However, speaking on the Citi Eyewitness News on Thursday Hon. Rashid Pelpuo said it would be unjustifiable for the government to be blamed for the suspension. The Wa central MP explained that the GOC is an independent body and the government is not directly involved in the affairs of the GOC. He said the GOC should be blamed and held responsible for the unfortunate suspension.“I don’t think it would be justifiable to blame government, because the government does not directly get itself involve in GOC affairs. The GOC is an independent body; the body’s members are elective and not appointed by government so the operation of the GOC which is directly linked with the IOC is very private and not within government control. So if there is such a thing it must be blamed on the GOC and not government”.Per the suspension, Ghanaian athletes and officials are barred from the Olympic Games and Olympic meetings, and the Ghanaian committee will no longer receive any Olympic funding.If the lifting of the ban by the IOC delays, Ghana could be excluded from the London 2012 Olympics.Hon. Rashid Pelpuo however assured that pragmatic steps would be taken to ensure that the ban is lifted soon. Source: Citifmonlinelast_img read more

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