Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Josef Newgarden at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 2018

Josef started 13th and finished 7th
In the 2018 Grand Prix of St. Pete.

Newgarden had his best finish in his 7th IndyCar attempt at the streets of St. Petersburg.  He ran in the Top Ten for much of the day but never really had a car to run up front.  

Laps completed:  110 of 110
Laps Led: 0
Average Speed:  86.171 mph
Time Back from Winner:  3.38 seconds
Pit Stops: 4
The highest that he ran during the race was 7th.
He was in the Top Five in the 2nd, 3rd and final practices.

He previous highest finish was 8th in 2017 and his average finish was 14th prior to 2018.

Josef is now 7th in the Indycar season standings 

Next up the Phoenix Grand Prix where Josef has 
finished 6th & 9th the last two years. 

posted by Alexandra (age 10)

Saturday, April 07, 2018

2018 Indycar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Indycar Grand Prix of St. Pete

Rookie Robert Wickens sat on the pole for his very first Indycar race and held that position for much of the race.  Alexander Rossi challenged him on the final restart with 2 laps to go and when they touched Wickens was left on the sidelines and finished 18th.  It was last year's winner, Sebastien Bourdais, who took advantage of the mishap and drove around Wickens and Rossi before the yellow flag flew and he got the 37th win of his Indycar career.

Top Ten

1. Sebastien Bourdais: A win in just his fourth race back from last year's serious injuries at Indianapolis.
2. Graham RahalHis first podium at St. Pete since his win back in 2008.

3. Alexander Rossi: His 3rd St. Petersburg race in IndyCar. His Highest finish at St. Petersburg.
4. James Hinchcliffe: His 7th St. Petersburg race in IndyCar. His 3rd top s in his 7 starts at St. Petersburg.
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay: His 6th top 5 at the St. Petersburg IndyCar race
6. Scott Dixon: One of the few tracks that Dixon has not won at in his fantastic career.
7. Josef Newgarden: His highest finish at St. Petersburg Indy Car race.  He won the Indy Lights St. Petersburg race in 2011.
8. Ed Jones: Two top tens in his two St. Pete starts.
9. Marco Andretti: Third top ten in last four races in St. Pete.
10. Will Power:  His tenth start at St. Pete.

Different Teams: 6 ( Penske 2, Andretti  Autosport 3, Schmidt Peterson, Dale Coyne Racing, Ganassi 2, RLL)

Different Countries: 7 (France, New Zealand, USA 5, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Australia)


 Average Speed: 86.207

 Time: 02:17:48

8 Cautions for 25 Laps

Lead Changes: 11 among 5 drivers (Sebastien Bourdais, Robert Wickens, Alexander Rossi, Jordan King, Ryan Hunter-Reay) 

Best Lap: 104.983 mph by Alexander Rossi on lap 87
Total Race Passes: 366

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Josef Newgarden wins Indycar campionship

Indycar Season Finale at Sonoma

Championship leader Josef Newgarden sat on pole for just the second time in his career and his Penske teammates rounded out the top 2 rows.  It was no surprise that the race came down to Josef and his teammate Simon Pagenaud, who was on a unique 4 stop pit stop strategy while Josef pitted just three times.  In the end it was Simon Pagenaud who held off Josef Newgarden for the win as Josef became the new Indycar champion in his inaugural season with Team Penske.

POLE SITTER:   Josef Newgarden


1. Simon PagenaudFinished 2nd in the 2017 Championship after his second win and 13th Top 5 of the year.
2. Josef Newgarden: His ninth podium of the year in route to his first Indycar Championship.
3. Will Power: His seventh podium of the year.  He finished 5th in season points.
4. Scott Dixon: Ten Top 5 finished for the year was enough to finish 3rd for the season.
5. Helio Castroneves: Finished 4th in season points with nine Top 5s.
6. Graham Rahal: Had twelve Top 10s for the season to finish 6th in points.
7. Marco Andretti: His
8. Ryan Hunter Reay: His sixth
9. Sebastien Bourdais: His
10. Conor Daly  Led three laps.  His fourth Top 11 in the final five races of the season.
Different Teams:   Andretti Autosport (2), Ganassi (1), Penske (4), Dale Coyne, Rahal Letterman, A. J. Foyt Racing
Different Countries:   USA (5), New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, France (2)

 5 Chevys   5 Hondas

 Average Speed:  104.968 mph

Time:  1  hour 55 minutes  52 seconds

Margin of Victory:  1.0986 seconds

Lead Changes:  6 among 3 drivers
Newgarden (41), Pagenaud (41), Daly (3) 

Total Passes:  161

Fastest Lap:   109.575 by Simon Pagenaud

0 Cautions

Most Improved:  Carlos Munoz 7 positions

Penalties: 1
Charlie Kimball - pit speed violation

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Josef Newgarden at Watkins Glen 2017

Josef finished 18th after starting 3rd
Josef locked up his tires exiting the pits on what should've been his final pit stop.  Unfortunately he hit the pit exit wall and was then rear-ended by Sebastien Bourdais.  He made repairs and continued but finished 18th.  :(

Laps completed: 58 
Laps Led:  1
Average Speed:  113.539 mph
Pit Stops: 7

Josef is still 1st in the Indycar season standings,
3 points
ahead of second place, Scott Dixon

Next up, the season finale at Sonoma Raceway
2016 Sonoma:  6th
Previous Races at Sonoma: 5
Average Finish: 16th

post by Alexandra (age 10)

PS:  I have been to 4 races that Josef has finished in 2nd place.
  I told him before the race at Watkins Glen that I hope to see him win a race in person sometime. 
He is so nice that after not doing well in the race and all his interviews he came up to the fence by the pits where I was standing and said he was sorry he didn't win the race for me to see.  
Thanks, Josef.
That's why I will always be your biggest fan!!!

Indycar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen 2017

 The forecast called for a 100% chance of rain so we were expecting an exciting Indycar race in the wet.  It didn't rain, but the Indycars still put on an exciting race.  One young American, Alexander Rossi won for the first time on a road course, and another, Josef Newgarden, hit the pit exit wall and saw his points lead dwindle to just three.  A lot of the strategy came down to car set up for the impending rain that never came.  Those cars that set up for a more wet race were hindered on the straightaways by too much downforce.

POLE SITTER:   Alexander Rossi (first career pole)


1. Alexander RossiComing on very strong at the end of the season.  Sixth in points.
2. Scott Dixon: His second P2 in a row after a few weeks off the podium.
3. Ryan Hunter Reay: His third podium of the year, tying his best finish of the season.
4. Helio Castroneves: Has finished in the Top 10 in all but one race this season.
5. Graham Rahal: His sixth Top 3 in the last 10 races.
6. Will Power: A solid finish has him still in championship contention.
7. Charlie Kimball: His second 7th in a row gives him 5 Top 10s this season.
8. Max Chilton: His sixth Top 10 in 2017.
9. Simon Pagenaud: His lowest finish in the last nine races.
10. Carlos MunozHis third Top 10 in a row.
Different Teams:   Andretti Autosport (2), Ganassi (3), Penske (3), Rahal Letterman, A. J. Foyt Racing
Different Countries:   USA (4), New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Britain, France, Colombia

 4 Chevys   6 Hondas

 Average Speed:  118.865 mph

Time:  1  hour 42 minutes  4 seconds

Margin of Victory:  0.9514 seconds

Lead Changes:  8 among 6 drivers
Rossi (32), Castroneves (13), Pigot (8), Hunter Reay (4), Dixon (2), Newgarden (1) 

Total Passes:  150 total 141 for position

Fastest Lap:   144.572 by Sebastien Bourdais

4 Cautions for 9 Laps

Most Improved:  Max Chilton 11 positions

Penalties: 2
Charlie Kimball - pit safety infraction
Takuma Sato - Failure to obey race control