Thursday, May 14, 2015

GP of Indy recap

 Josef crashed in the first turn in the first lap at the GP of Indy.  
Nothing else matters. 

That would have been the only thing the GP of Indy race recap would have said if our little sister Alex was writing it.

Thankfully, we wrote it. This is our version.

2015 Marked the second running of the GP of Indianapolis. Will Power was the winner after starting on the pole and leading 65 of the 82 laps. 
 Graham Rahal came in a strong second (1.502 seconds behind)
Juan Montoya finished in 3rd.

The top 10 Finishers

1.  Will Power:  Started from pole for the 38th time and collected his 25th Indycar win

2.  Graham Rahal:  His second 2nd place finish in a row pushed him to 5th in points

3.  Juan Pablo Montoya: Juan's third podium finish this season

4. Sebastien Bourdais:  His fourth Top Ten in the five races this season
5. Charlie Kimball:  He matched his finish of fifth from the 2014 Indy GP

6. Helio Castroneves:  Overcame the Turn 1 incident he triggered to finish strong
7. Tony Kanaan:  A fourth Top Six this season has Tony 6th in the season points standings

8. Stefano Coletti:  The first Top Ten for this rookie driver from Italy

9. Takuma Sato: Started way back in 22nd

10. Scott Dixon:  Ran a great race despite being damaged in the first turn melee

Top Ten included..
* Three Penske Drivers & Three Ganassi Drivers
* Drivers from 5 different teams
 * Drivers from 8 different countries
* 8 Chevys and 2 Hondas (The top ten qualifiers were all Chevys)

* 1 rookie (Stefano Coletti)


*  Will Power became the 5th different winner in 5 races this season

*  There was only 1 caution. The 5th race this season that had 2 or fewer cautions

*  This win was the 2nd win for Team Penske this season ( The first was Montoya in St. Pete)

There were 11 lead changes among 6 different drivers

*  Average Race Speed: 116.842 MPH

*  Fastest Lap 123.911 MPH (James Hinchcliffe)

Shout Out To...
JR Hildebrand had a great run going for CFH Racing in his first Indycar race in a year.  JR ran 6th most of the day before a small issue caused him to pit late in the race dropping him to 21st. 


Billy Boat 1998 Indy 500 Polesitter

Billy Boat won the pole for the 1998 Indy 500 
with an average speed of 223.503. 
He was driving for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Foyt's other driver Kenny Brack (1999 '500' winner) also qualified on the front row in 3rd.

Unfortunately Boat suffered mechanical problems after just 111 of the 200 laps and finished in the 23rd position.

Boat went on to win the next race at Texas Motor Speedway to record the only Indycar victory of his career.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Josef Update. GP of Indy

Josef's GP of Indy went ugly in the first turn.

Alex does not like to do these posts after he has a bad race, so we will make it brief.

Josef qualified 12th and finished 20th.

Josef got caught up in a first turn crash started by Helio (we still love him though).  All he needed was for a yellow to come out so that he could catch up to the end of the field, but just like last year's GP of Indy, the yellow never came for him and he ended up going a lap down.

Luckily he is still 7th in Indycar season points.

And now moving on to the Indy 500.

Hopefully Ed Carpenter can share some of his secrets on winning the pole with Josef (Ed has won the last two Indy 500 poles).

Good Luck in Indy 500 Qualifying Josef!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

12 Days till 99th Indy 500

Only 12 DAYS
till the
99th Running of the Indianapolis 500!
Two drivers have won the Indy 500
starting from the 12th position.
In 1992 Al Unser Jr. took the checkered flag 
starting from the outside of Row 4
to win his first of two Indy 500s.
In 2013 Tony Kanaan finally won his first 500 starting from the 12 position in his 12th Indy 500 start.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Josef Newgarden's First Win. Alex's view

The 2nd GP of Indy is almost here,
 but Alex is still so excited about Josef Newgarden's first win
at Barber Motorsport Park
that we made a little video commemorating the occasion.

Good Luck in Indianapolis, Josef,
We can't wait to see him get his next win!