Thursday, July 14, 2016

Josef Newgarden Iowa Update

Josef  won!!!!
after he started 2nd totally dominated the race!!!

and

He is 2nd in points for the season!!!










He set the record for most Indycar laps led in a race with 282!
 
 
Josef Newgarden had the fasted lap
time at 17.9317 on lap 265.

And he did it all with a broken hand and clavicle!

And now he's off to Toronto where he won the race last year!!!

 Post by Alex (age 9)

Iowa Indy Corn 300 Race Recap

             As the green flag dropped at Iowa Speedway for the tenth time, Simon Pagenaud, starting from the pole, had high hopes for giving Roger Penske his first win at the .875 mile oval. However, 2nd place starter Josef Newgarden, driving with a broken hand and clavicle, got a jump on the outside and led the first lap. Newgarden then led the second lap and the third, and ultimately 282 of the 300 lap race.  In fact, in the first 100 laps Newgarden lapped the entire field, but 2nd place, Simon Pagenaud. 
            On lap 109, 3-time Iowa winner Ryan Hunter-Reay blew an engine, giving the fans a great mid-race fireworks display.  No one was hurt. The green flag dropped on the first restart, and Josef Newgarden checked out for the second time.  This time, the second caution came out before Newgarden could lap the whole field, on lap 187, when Juan Montoya had mechanical a problem. 
 
           After the pit stops cycled through, front runners Pagenaud and Kanaan got a third shot at Newgarden.  They stayed side by side, but Newgarden pulled away. Again.  When the final caution came out for a crash involving Max Chilton, the final pitstops occurred.  At the restart, Scott Dixon gave Josef a run for his money, but still no one could out power the 21 car.  Josef Newgarden took the checkers for his first win this season, his third podium at Iowa in the last three races, and the third victory of his Indycar career. 
 



 
Top Ten

1. Josef Newgarden: Vaults to 2nd in the points after his first career oval win
2. Will Power: His best finish at Iowa.  His previous average was around 12th.
3. Scott Dixon: His 8th Top Ten at Iowa in ten starts
4. Simon Pagenaud: Maintains a 73-point lead in the championship.
5. Mikhail Aleshin: His best finish since St Pete and the highest finishing Honda.
6. Alexander Rossi:  Another strong oval finish for the Indy 500 Champ
7. Tony Kanaan: His 9th Top 10 in 10 races this season.
8. Sebastian Bourdais:  Sits 14th in points.
9. James Hinchcliffe:  His best finish since his 7th place at Indy.
10. Charlie Kimball:  His 6th Top 10 in the last 7 races.
Different Teams: 6 ( Ed Carpenter Racing, Penske,  Ganassi, Schmidt, Andretti/Herta, KV Racing)
Different Countries: 7 (USA(3), Australia, New Zealand, France(2), Russia, Brazil, Canada )
 
FUN FACTS

 Average Speed:  143.330 mph

 Time: 1 hour 52 Minutes 16 Seconds

Lead Changes: 10 among 5 drivers (Newgarden, Pagenaud, Rossi, Chilton, Dixon)

Best Lap: 179.481 mph by Josef Newgarden

THOUGHTS:

Great run by rookie Max Chilton until a crash on lap 246
 
 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Indycar at Road America 2016

Indycars returned to the beautiful 4-Mile Road America course for the first time since 2007. 
The 14-turn track was a favorite among the Indycar veterans and rookies alike.


 

 Will Power kept his momentum going from his win in Detroit Race 2 by winning his second pole of the 2016 season.  (He won the pole in St. Pete, but did not start due to illness).   Power led the field to green for the 50-lap, 202 mile race at Road America and he dominated the early stages.  Top championship and race contender Scott Dixon had engine issues on lap six, and called it a day. At the first round of pit stops, Takuma Sato had already moved up 7 positions, and Josef Newgarden, with his broken hand and collarbone, had moved up five. Later, Takuma spun and ended up 17th.  Up front, Simon Pagenaud took the lead for a few laps, but near the end, he too had engine problems.  He finished 13th.  As the checkered flag dropped, Will Power took his second consecutive win for 2016, and Josef Newgarden toughed out the pain and brought it home admirable 8th. 
The points standings saw Scott Dixon dropped to 4th, with 5th and 6th place closing in.  The top three spots in the championship are occupied by Penske's Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Will Power.  


 Road America Top Ten

1. Will Power:   'Powers his way to third in points despite missing the first race of the season.
2. Tony Kanaan:  His best result since a second at Fontana last year.
3. Graham Rahal:  His second podium in two races at Road America.  (The other coming when he was just 18).
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay:  Fought the flu all weekend to finish a strong 4th.
5. Helio Castroneves:  Moved to second in season points, 74 back of his teammate Pagenaud.
6. Charlie Kimball:  His sixth Top 10 of the season.
7. Juan Montoya:  A hard fought position after a fantastic battle with Josef Newgarden in the closing laps.
8. Josef Newgarden:  Impressed alot of people as he was the biggest mover of the race, moving up 12 positions, despite the pain from his broken clavicle and hand.
9. Spencer Pigot:  Best run of his Indycar career!
10. Carlos Munoz:  Started 8th and ran around there most of the day.
Different Teams: 5 ( Penske, RLL, Andretti, Ganassi, Ed Carpenter Racing)
Different Countries: 4 (Australia(1), Brazil(2), USA(5), Columbia(2))
 
FUN FACTS

 Average Speed: 121.6 mph

 Time: 1 hour 39 Minutes 10 Seconds

Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers (Power, Pagenaud, Rahal)

Best Lap: 138.787 by Max Chilton

THOUGHTS:
Great runs but bad luck for...

Conor Daly who had a strong weekend and was running in the Top 8 all day when a rear wishbone gave out sending him speeding into the barrier.  Luckily he was unhurt. (21st)

Max Chilton was doing great and had the fastest lap of the race.  Unfortunately he ran out of fuel and lost 2 laps.  (20th)

And more bad luck....

Gabby Chaves had trouble with his pit speed telemetry and received a Drive Thru pit speed violation, and then another while on his first drive thru penalty.  He lost a lap. (19th)

Scott Dixon.  After qualifying second, he had an issue on Lap 6 and was out of the race. (22nd)

 


 
 
 

 

 

Newgarden Road America Update

It was Josef's first time racing at Road America in Indycar,
and he did not want to miss it.
 
Hope he's not hurting too much after that 4 mile road course.
 
Now Josef stands 5th in points.
 
His teammate Spencer Pigot (also an Indy Lights champion) finished right behind Josef in 9th place.
 
 



Josef Newgarden's hurt hand and shoulder won't stop him from driving at one of his best tracks, Iowa.  He will be testing Wednesday and racing there in two weeks. Trying to better his two second place finishes there in the last two years.


Good luck Josef!!!

posted by Alex (age 9)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Josef Newgarden's weekend at texas

 The Good Part of Josef's weekend.
 

1.  He qualified 5th and had a really strong, really neat looking Emerald green car.

2.  The Firestone 600 in Texas was rained out on Saturday night, and the neat thing about rain delays is that it gives the drivers lots of free time.  Some of them, like Josef, were really nice and went up into the stands to hang out with the fans!


3.  Josef got really bored and silly and goofed around a lot.
He was interviewed on NBCSN with Ed Carpenter, and he gave everyone some tips about social media, and reading twitter fast.

Thanks for tuning in tonight @IndyCar peeps. The rain always ruins our fun! pic.twitter.com/w9RH0oPTQa
3.  The race started on Sunday afternoon and Josef was running in the Top 5 and even leading through the first 40 laps.



 The Bad Part of Josef's weekend.
 (but it turned out a lot better than it looked)
 
While passing Conor Daly on the outside, Conor lost grip and turned sharp right into Josef.  Josef went on his side and head first into the wall.  It was very, very scary.
 
 
Back to the Good Part.
Despite it looking really, really bad,
Josef only had a fractured clavicle and a bone in his right hand.
I'm sure that he hurts a whole lot, but hopefully he will be back racing soon.
 
 
post by Alex, age 8
PS  I'm really glad I was at my violin recital and didn't see the crash live or
I would've been super scared for him. 
By the time I got home and watched it  on tape I had seen on twitter that he was basically ok. :)