Monday, November 09, 2015

Josef Newgarden Offseason Videos

We will admit, the reason we became Josef Newgarden fans after meeting him in his rookie season was his Incognito videos that he shot around 3 tracks on Indycar race weekends before anyone recognized him as an Indycar driver.

Actually, that's not quite true, since our little sister, Alex, watched those 3 videos over and over and over, a lot, and as funny as they were, we were a bit burned out on Josef.
Lucky for us, he continued to make more videos over his subsequent seasons in Indycar, so now there are plenty of 'Josef videos' to choose from and Alex doesn't watch any one too many times in a row.

So it seems that this offseason Josef has some free time and lucky for all of us fans he has been making quite a few new very funny videos.

His campaign #Shirts4Sage, his public service announcement for fellow Verizon Indycar Series driver, Sage Karam, is awesome.

Fake 2016 Indycar Schedule Announcement with a very amused Katie Hargitt  and Conor Daly

And then there's this.... we just don't know what to make of it, although it makes our dogs bark when they hear it.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

2016 Indycar Schedule

Finally the 2016 Indycar schedule has been announced!

Phoenix, Boston, Road America added to the scheduled and we're excited that our hometown track at Pocono will return for the fourth year in a row.

Teams will be testing at Phoenix in February in anticipation for their first race there in several years. 

Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal already did some Firestone tire testing at Phoenix in October.


With 5 Road  Courses, 5 Street Courses and 5 Ovals in 2016 it should be another fun season showcasing the diverse driving skills of the Indycar Series drivers. 
Sure, we'd like to see a few more races in there, and yes, we'd like the season to go on into October like it used to, and we'll definitely miss Milwaukee and Fontana,
but there's lots of great racing to look forward to in 2016.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Why I Luv Josef Newgarden 2015

I'm Alex and I'm 8.  
Josef Newgarden is my favorite driver since I met him when I was 4 because him and his team are always really nice!

This year was my favorite year, because Josef and his team won  two races!!!!  
It was also my very favorite Indycar year because Josef's team was extra nice to me at Pocono this year when I sat outside his garage for over an hour watching them work.
First, I went in Josef race car!
(I was so excited my legs were shaking)
Next, I wore his helmet while in his car!

Finally, I wore his helmet, sat in his car and got a selfie with Josef!!!
All thanks to Josef's really nice crew chief, Anton Julian!

I also got to go into the CFH Racing trailer and meet Sarah Fisher!!! 
She was really nice too.

In September we went to the DW Pro Am and Robopong Kart race and I got to see and talk to Josef and Anton even more!
(Anton is from New Zealand just like Scott Dixon so he was part of Scott and Josef's pit crew when they finished 2nd in Robopong.)
 Now I can't see Josef
until Indy next May,

 but I can mail him a lot!!!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Justin Wilson EBay Charity Auction

Justin Wilson's tragic death from an accident in the second last race of the season brought a wave of support for his family from the entire Indycar community. 

2015 Pocono Row 4

Special memorial t-shirts and stickers and paintings were designed and are for sale with all proceeds going to his wife and two young daughters.  Fans and competitors alike donated to the special Wilson Family Fund that was set up for them.

Dan Wheldon's widow generously named the Dan Wheldon  Memorial Pro Am Karting Challenge honoring Justin Wilson and donated funds from that great event to the Wilsons.

Road America donated $10 from each $20 admission ticket to the Indycar testing sessions in September to the Wilson Family Fund.

Graham Rahal has organized a massive ebay charity auction of motorsports and sports memorabilia that highlights the love and respect that fellow competitors have for Justin Wilson.  Fantastic, one of a kind items were donated from a phenomenal list of athletes, sponsors and individuals.  The auction began September 14th with race worn helmets donated by Indycar drivers and the event will end on October 26th.  New items are added each week.


From IMSA:  VIP Experience for any 2016 race
From Nascar:  Race worn Suits from Jimmie Johnson and more.
From F1:  Race worn suits from Filippi Massa, Lewis Hamilton, and others
From Bridgestone:  Tire tread sports balls
From Firestone:  Field of 33 Autographed 2015 Indy 500 Tire
From Pirelli World Challenge:  Full Field Pirelli World Challenge Autographed helmet
From Indycar :  Race-Worn driver suits and more
From NHRA:  Race-used pistons from John Force, Courtney Force and more
MLB LA Angels team signed jersey
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets signed jersey
NFL: jerseys

It's great to see so many people and organizations in racing and beyond supporting the Wilson family.  It is amazing to see how many people's lives Justin touched and to see everyone want to help him by helping Julia, Jess and Jane.  Keep them all in your prayers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hinchcliffe in an Indycar at Road America

James Hinchcliffe is back in an Indycar!!

After 4 months of recovery after his scary crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,  James Hinchcliffe got back in an Indycar at a test session at Road America on Monday.  He technically got back in an Indycar when he drove the two-seater across the Golden Gate Bridge prior to the season finale at Sonoma, but we're pretty sure he was going a bit faster at Road America.

But he did shave his beard after the Golden Gate drive, since he said after the accident he wouldn't shave till he got back in an Indycar.  He let his Indycar fans decide if getting in the two seater counted.

He also went racing in a go-kart a few weekends ago at the Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race were he seemed to be enjoying himself.

So Hinch seems pretty happy to be back in and Indycar and we know all the Indycar fans are just as excited to see one of everyone's favorite drivers suited and booted and back in an Indycar going fast.
Welcome back Hinch!