Thursday, April 27, 2017

Josef Newgarden wins GP Alabama 2017

Josef won the GP of Alabama!!!!
Josef returned to the site of his very first Indycar win, Barber Motorsports Park, and won for the second time in three years!

Josef started seventh and ran really strong all day long.  He made some really neat passes during the race including one on Scott Dixon for second place in the closing laps.   When Josef's teammate Will Power had to pit for a cut tire, Josef got the lead.  Scott Dixon was right behind him with twice the amount of Push to Pass seconds left, but Josef still managed to hold him off for the final 12 laps.  It was Josef's 4th win of his Indycar career and his first driving for Roger Penske.

Josef is currently 3rd in the Indycar points standings, just 7 points behind leader Sebastien Bourdais.

Up next for Josef the Phoenix Grand Prix
where he finished 6th last year in his first visit there.
posted by Alexandra (age 9) 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Indycar GP of Alabama

Josef Newgarden repeated his 2015 race winning drive at Barber Motorsports Park, giving him his first win driving for Roger Penske!

 Will Power sat on the pole and dominated much of the race before a punctured tire forced him to pit with just over a dozen laps remaining.  Newgarden inherited the lead and held off a hard charging Scott Dixon. 
 2017 Honda GP of Alabama
Polesitter:  Will Power

TOP 10 Finishers:
1. Josef Newgarden:  His first win in just his third start for Penske Racing gives him the fourth Indycar victory of his career.
2. Scott Dixon: Worked hard trying to chase down Josef Newgarden but ended up with his 5th second place finish in 8 races in Alabama.
3. Simon Pagenaud:  Relegated to saving fuel in the closing laps the defending race winner had to settle for 3rd.
4. Helio Castroneves: His 5th Top Five in 8 starts at Barber.
5. Alexander Rossi: His best finish this season.
6. James Hinchcliffe: Ties his best finish at Barber (from 2016 and 2012).
7. Tony Kanaan: His first Top 10 this season.
8. Sebastien Bourdais:  Retains his points lead for Dale Coyne Racing.
9. Takuma Sato:  His first Top 10 in eight races at Barber.
10. Mikhail Aleshin: His best finish since Pocono 2016.
Different Teams: 5 Penske (3), Ganassi (2), Andretti(2), Schmidt (2), Dale Coyne
Different Countries 7:  USA(2), New Zealand, France(2), Brazil(2), Canada, Japan, Russia
Fun Facts
8 Lead Changes among 5 Drivers
Average Speed: 108.809
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps
Fastest Lap: 121.272 by Will Power
Penalties: 1  Zach Veach (Drive Thru for Work done in Closed Pit)

Zach Veach who was racing in his first Indycar event!
Zach raced clean all day and ran as high as fourth.
We can't wait to see him run in the 101st Indy 500 next month and hope to see him in many more Indycar races in the future!

Marco Andretti couldn't get the car out of first gear to start the race and ended up running around the whole race 3 laps down.

Phoenix Grand Prix
Saturday, April 29th

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Indycar GP of Alabama 2017 Preview

The Indycars visit Barber Motorsports Park for the 8th time April 23rd for 90 laps around the beautiful 2.3 permanent mile road course.
Simon Pagenaud walked away with the win last year, and Will Power, a two time winner at Barber, is on the pole.
Find out who we think might win this weekend.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Josef Indycar update Long Beach 2017

Josef started 8th and finished 3rd
at Indycar's GP of Long Beach

It is his first podium driving for Team Penske and his highest finish ever on the streets of Long Beach.

Josef ran as high as 2nd during the race and was strong all day, but just didn't have enough to try to race for the win.

Josef's last podium prior to Long Beach came in September 2016 at Watkins Glen while driving for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Josef is currently 5th in the Indycar points standings, 34 points behind leader Sebastien Bourdais.

Up next for Josef, Barber Motorsports Park where he won his first Indycar race in 2015 and finished on the podium in 2016!
posted by Alexandra (age 9)


Monday, April 17, 2017

Indycar GP of Long Beach 2017

James Hinchcliffe won the Long Beach Grand Prix, officially completing his comeback from the awful crash at Indianapolis in 2015 that almost took his life.  It was the fifth win of his Indycar career and his first win since April 2015 at the GP of Louisiana.    On the other side of the spectrum, it was one of the worst races in recent memory for the Andretti Autosport team as all four of it's drivers dropped out of the race with mechanical failures.  Most heartbreaking was Ryan Hunter Reay who was in running in second with just 6 laps to go when his car quit.  The Andretti drivers finished 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

POLESITTERHelio Castroneves - His 3rd consecutive pole at Long Beach.

Top Ten

1. James Hinchcliffe: His 5th career win!
2. Sebastien BourdaisLeading the season points after a 1st & 2nd in the first two races of the season.
3. Josef Newgarden: His first podium driving for Roger Penske.
4. Scott Dixon: An early change in pit strategy cost him a chance at the win. 
5. Simon Pagenaud:  A great finish after starting last & suffering a flat tire early in the race.
6. Ed Jones:  The best start for an Indycar rookie since Nigel Mansell in 1993.
7. Carlos MunozA strong finish in his second drive for A. J. Foyt
8. Spencer Pigot:  Ran in the Top Ten run all day after started back in 19th.
9. Helio Castroneves:  Had the fastest lap of the race at 104.542 mph
10.  Graham Rahal:  His best finish at Long Beach since 2013.

Different Teams: 7 (Schmidt Peterson, Dale Coyne Racing, Penske, Ganassi, A.J. Foyt Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
Different Countries: 7 (Canada, France (2), USA (3), New Zealand,  United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Brazil)

 Average Speed:  90.845 mph

 Time: 1 hour 50 Minutes 29 Seconds

3 Cautions for 11 Laps

Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers (Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter Reay, James Hinchcliffe)

Best Lap: 104.542 by Helio Castroneves