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))

 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

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. :)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Dual in Detroit #1 Josef Newgarden Update

Josef got a great new teammate for the
Duals in Detroit. 
Spencer Pigot will drive the #20 Fuzzy's Vodka car at the remaining street and road courses this year!

Josef Newgarden started and finished 14th in the first race at Detroit's, Belle Isle.
He ran as high as 7th during the race, and was running a solid 9th in the closing laps when he had a problem with the engine. 
He managed to nurse the car around for the last few laps but dropped from 9th to 14th for the finish.
He still is 4th in points, tied with Carlos Munoz.
post by Alex, age 8

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Indycar Dual at Detroit Race 1

After the smooth track of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indycars took to one of their toughest and bumpiest tracks of the season.  And What's better than a double header. 
The Detroit race weekend was as fun to watch, as always.  Strategy played a key role, and even though there was no significant rain this race had plenty of action.

Race 1 on Saturday started out with the clouds looming above, and the rain waiting to interrupt the race.  The green flag dropped on pole sitter Simon Pagenaud, who led the field through a safe turn 1.  Pagenaud began to pull away after the early round of pit stops on lap 3. Pagenaud managed to stretch his fuel to lap 23 before pitting.  Second in points, Scott Dixon had fueling problems after his first stop, and he later on had a gearbox issue.  Dixon finished  a very disappointing 19th.  As the mid-way point in the race passed by, the Penske cars ran 1-2-3-4.  A Penske sweep seemed imminent.  Unfortunately, a little while later, Will Power lost a wheel on the track and was stuck on the run-off area for the rest of his race.  Just as in Indianapolis six days earlier, the race came down to fuel strategy.  As the last laps neared, the leaders pitted and Sebastien Bourdais and Conor Daly stretched their fuel to finish one, two.  It was Conor Daly's best career Indycar finish, and Bourdais' second consecutive win in Detroit.

 Duel at Detroit Race 1 TOP 10

1. Sebastien Bourdais: His second consecutive win in Detroit.  
2. Conor Daly: His best career Indycar finish.  Dale Coyne once again strikes using strategy.
3. Juan Montoya: Has the honor of highest finishing Penske, something that has been held by Simon Pagenaud for almost all races of the season
4. Graham Rahal: Still holds the top spot in the Tag standings, for number of positions improved during races.
5. Helio Castroneves: Still looks to get his first win in over two years.
6. Carlos Munoz: Looks towards his second career Indycar win.
7. Ryan Hunter-Reay: His best finish in Detroit since 2013 Race 1
8. Charlie Kimball: Highest finishing Ganassi car
9. Tony Kanaan: His sixth Top Ten in seven races
10.  Alexander Rossi:  Has a firm grasp on the Indycar rookie of the year title.
Different Teams: 6 (KV, Coyne, Penske, RLL, Andretti, Ganassi)
Different Countries: 4 (France, USA,  Colombia,  Brazil, )


 Average Speed: 97.857 mph

Time: 01:40:51

Lead Changes: 8 among 6 drivers

Best Lap: 113.302 mph by Juan Montoya

Best Lead Lap: 113.040 mph by Conor Daly

Most Improved: Conor Daly improved 14 positions