Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ABC Supply 500 Indycar at Pocono

An exciting race at Pocono was marred by the fatal crash of fan favorite Justin Wilson when he was hit by flying debris from Sage Karam's single car crash. 

Ryan Hunter Reay beat the arguably stronger car of Josef Newgarden to the finish line.
Deja vu from Iowa a few weeks ago.
Only 10 cars were running at the end of the race.

The top 10 Finishers

1. Ryan Hunter-Reay - His second win in the last three races after a terrible start to the season.

2. Josef Newgarden - Led the most laps (47) and would have had a strong chance of passing Hunter Reay had the race stayed green for the last three laps.  Josef was super passing cars on the outside of turn 1 all day including jumping from 4th to 1st on lap 1.
3. Juan Montoya - Ties his average finish in 500 mile races, 3rd.  Although he didn't lead a lap he was steady all day and not surprisingly finished on the podium increasing his season points lead to 34 over Graham Rahal.
4. Will Power - A spin in the pits and a near stall in the pits didn't deter him from hanging out near the front most of the day.  His 7th Top 5 in 15 races this season.

5. Carlos Munoz - Ran in the Top 5 most of the race.  Has finished in the Top 5 in 25% of the Indycar races he has run in his career (9/36).

6. Takuma Sato - His 4th Top 10 of the season.

7. Simon Pagenaud - Simon led 30 laps and ran in the Top 3 most of the day.  It looked like he might be able to get his first 500 mile win, but he fell back after a late race pit stop.
8. Ryan Briscoe - Led 3 laps and ran solid all race after starting 18th on the grid.
9. Scott Dixon - The 2013 Pocono winner was uncharacteristically quiet all day.  Didn't ever contend during the race.

10. James Jakes - His fourth Top 10 of the season, the most in one season in his four year Indycar career.
Top Ten included...

*  5 Chevys and 5 Hondas

*  Drivers from 7 different countries

*  1-2 Finish for Americans

*  Both Schmidt Peterson cars

*  3 Penske cars


Lead Changes: 33

Caution Laps: 74

Fastest Lap: 219.927 mph by Juan Pablo Montoya

Average Speed 146.245

Shout Out To:

Gabby Chaves  He had such a good race car and was leading laps, but his engine blew with three to go.

Takuma Sato  It looked like he might be able to get the win for his sponsor, at their title race.  The ABC Supply car was out front with just 7 laps to go before falling back to 6th.

Honda  They have won 4 of the last 5 races going into the finale at Sonoma.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Alex's Josef Newgarden Update Pocono

Josef had a great racing weekend at Pocono.
He started 4th, finished 2nd and moved up to 6th in season points.
But none of that really mattered by the end of the race.

I hope Josef does really well at the final in Sonoma this weekend, but I more just want him to stay safe. 
Posted by Alex (age 8)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Justin Wilson Indycar driver

Justin Wilson is one of our favorite Indycar drivers and one of the most fan friendly Indycar drivers in the paddock.
This year when in Indianapolis for the 500 we were able to meet and talk with him at the Indianapolis Children's museum where he was doing a promo with one of his young daughters. 
Our mom, being a mom, talked to him about his girls and how he likes to always have them with him, and how not having a full time Indycar ride has afforded him the chance to spend more time with his family.
Yesterday's Pocono race was a race that his family was not along for the trip.  Unfortunately they had to come to the area late in the day after a terrible crash left Justin Wilson in a coma.  As he drove through the debris from Sage Karam's crash the nose cone of Karam's car hit him in the head.
Justin has had some bad injuries in the past, a broken pelvis at the season finale in Fontana in 2013 and a back injury at practice at Mid Ohio in 2011 that kept him out the final 6 races of the season.

Everyone's thoughts and prayers have been with Justin Wilson and his family since the accident and there has been a huge outpouring of love on social media from peers, fans and media alike.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 Pocono Qualifying Day



1. Alex got to see Josef (more on that in a future post)

2. We got to meet Sage's dog Max!  (He was so cute and gave lots of kisses)

3. There were drivers everywhere signing autographs and taking photos with the fans, or riding around on scooters (I think we counted Graham Rahal 10 times)

4. Alex finally got to go in the garages this year because they removed the age limit (Thanks Pocono!)

5. All the really cool vintage cars racing on the infield track

6. The weather was really nice (although we still got sunburned, so don't forget your sunscreen)


1. Charlie Kimball crashed in qualifying (but he wasn't hurt, which was definitely good)

2.  We didn't get to see Tricky at the track today  (I hope we see you tomorrow Tricky!)

Qualifying and practice
We had a really good view for qualifying and practice (we were right across from Josef's pit) and it was really cool how we could see almost the whole track even though we were on a lower level!
Alex was really happy for Josef when he got fourth, which was only behind three Penske drivers. 
Congrats to Helio for the pole, it will be another addition to the  Penske P1 display on the back of their truck!

And thanks to the Holmatro crew for making sure Kimball was okay and for cleaning up so quickly so that qualifying could continue. 
Although when you were cleaning you blew the sand into Jarod and our dad (actually, that was pretty funny)

Thanks Pocono for a great day and we can't wait until the race tomorrow!!

1 day till Pocono!

#1 Will Power
is looking for a win at Pocono
to help keep his chances alive of repeating as Indycar champion .

Will Power at the yard of bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

In his two starts at Pocono, he has two top tens,
with a fourth and a 10th.

He is 59 points out of the championship lead heading into Pocono.