Friday, September 09, 2016

Josef Newgarden Update Watkins Glen 2016

Josef started 12th
after two difficult practice sessions.
In practice 1 he blew a tire and in the 2nd practice he crashed. 
His really good crew was able to get the car fixed and better than ever so he could finish second to the untouchable Scott Dixon.
 
Josef is now 5th in points, just 5 points out of third, and has a chance to finish as high as second in the Indycar championship!
 
 
 I was watching Josef's car go through spec on race day morning and they let me stand by his car and get a picture!!!
 
Later, about 2 hours before the race, I was watching Josef's crew at his garage, and they said I could come in and watch, and then they lifted me into his car!!!
 
 
And the day kept getting better, because as Josef was leaving his garage for driver introductions I got to give him a hug and wish him good luck!!! 
 
And finally,
a nice man from Watkins Glen let us into victory circle as we were walking by with eight laps left.  So we got to see Josef come into victory lane and I could see him on the podium receiving his trophy and spraying champagne.
 
It was really fun!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you Josef, the #21 crew and the nice people at race spec and Watkins Glen!
 
Posted by Alex (age 9)
 
 
 



Thursday, September 08, 2016

Indycar at Watkins Glen 2016

Scott Dixon has many attributes that make him one of the greatest Indycar drivers of all-time.  One of those attributes is the ability to take a great car and make it even better and dominating the race.  That is exactly what Scott Dixon did at Watkins Glen.
     The Indycar Grand Prix at the Glen was one of the most anticipated races in the Indycar season after being announced as a replacement for the canceled Boston Street race. After a 6 year absence from the Glen, Indycars were back for a 60-lap thriller in New York.
    Scott Dixon came in with the dominant car, leading all but one of the practice sessions, earning the pole, and winning his 4th race at the Glen by a margin of 16 seconds over second place Josef Newgarden. 
     As the green flag dropped, more than half the field got their first taste of racing at Watkins Glen.  Heading into turn one, Mikhail Aleshin, Sebastien Bourdais, and Juan Montoya spun themselves around, but were back on track within 30 seconds.  Through the scuffle, Simon Pagenaud and others moved up 6+ spots.  Through the race, the first couple turns proved to be the place for fans to watch, as Will Power, Mikhail Aleshin and Graham Rahal all had their days ended in the first 4 turns.  The race continued as Scott Dixon pulled ahead yet again.  Through the race, fuel strategy played a key role in the race.  James Hinchcliffe was among those who ran out of fuel coming to the line.  In the end, Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden managed to stretch their fuel for a solid end to their weekend.  Scott Dixon continued his dominating weekend, Josef Newgarden battled back from adversity, and Helio Castroneves made a stop-and-go at the end, giving him a podium.




TOP TEN
1.  Scott Dixon  Four wins in seven starts at the Glen!
2.  Josef Newgarden  His sixth Top Five this season.
3.  Helio Castroneves  Pitting for a quick splash of fuel with just three laps to go didn't hinder him from getting his fourth podium of the year.
4.  Conor Daly  Was headed towards his second podium of the season before having to coast across the finish line without fuel.
5.  Sebastien Bourdais  His eighth Top Ten in the last ten races.
6.  Charlie Kimball  A strong finish after a exciting day where two separate contact incidents left him unscathed and Graham Rahal and Will Power out of the race.
7.  Simon Pagenaud  A solid finish for the points leader eliminated all but Will Power from championship contention.
8.  Alexander Rossi  His highest finish on a street/road course this season.
9.  RC Enerson  The 19 year old impressed all weekend in only his second Indycar race qualifying 11th and running as high as sixth during the race before falling off at the end trying to conserve fuel.
10.  Max Chilton  Ran has high as second and earned his second Top Ten of the season.


7 Chevys  & 3 Hondas
4 Rookies (of 5 in the field)
Different Teams: 6   Ganassi (3), Ed Carpenter Racing, Penske (2), Dale Coyne Racing (2), KV Racing, Andretti/Herta

Different Countries: 5   New Zealand, USA (5), Brazil, France (2), Great Britain


Fun Facts
 
 Average Speed:  119.334 mph

 Time: 1 hour 41 minutes 40 seconds

 3 Cautions for 9 Laps

Fastest Lap:  144.526 (Tony Kanaan)
 
Most Positions Improved:  13 (Conor Daly)
  
Lead Changes: 8 among 6 drivers
(Scott Dixon, Carlos Munoz, James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya)

Penalties: 3
Takuma Sato (Blocking - yield postion)
Marco Andretti (Pit Speed Violation - Drive Thru)
Sebastien Bourdais (Blocking - yield position)

 

Thoughts

Although Will Power took a points hit when he crashed in the esses, he was uninjured and cleared to drive in the final race of the season.
Despite Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden and Helio's podium finishes, they were all eliminated from championship contention.

A tough day for James Hinchcliffe who had a second place finish in hand before running out of fuel on the final lap and finishing 18th.

Disappointment for Mikhail Aleshin who had a tire explode going through the esses on lap 14.
 



Thursday, September 01, 2016

Indycar at Texas 2016 Part 2

Firestone 600
at Texas Motor Speedway

Top Ten
1. Graham Rahal The fourth win of his Indycar career.
2. James Hinchcliffe  His best finish this season.
3. Tony Kanaan Moves to third in the season points standings.
4. Simon Pagenaud Got racy but smart at the end to extend his points lead over Will Power.
5. Helio Castroneves  Led 7 laps and finished strong despite two close calls on track.
6. Charlie Kimball 
7. Carlos Munoz  Second 7th place in a row.
8. Will Power  Has two races left to win the championship
9. Juan Pablo Montoya 
10. Sebastien Bourdais  Finished in the Top 10 in all ovals this season.


Different Teams: 5  Rahal Letterman, Schmidt Peterson, Ganassi, Penske, Andretti, KV Racing

Different Countries: 6   USA(2), Canada, Brazil (2),  France (2), Colombia (2), Australia,



Fun Facts
 
 Average Speed:  144.901 mph
 
 Time: 2 hour 29 minutes 25 seconds
 
 53 Caution Laps
 
Fastest Lap:  214.851 Scott Dixon
 
 
Lead Changes: 14 among 8 drivers
(James Hinchliffe, Carlos Munoz, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Ed Carpenter)

 

Josef Newgarden Texas Part 2 Update

The Indycar race at Texas Motor Speedway finished two and a half months after it started. 
Josef was there, healthy and whole but wasn't allowed to race because of his terrible crash in the first part of the race in June.

(Josef is just 10 points out of 3rd in the season points standings.)
 
He finished last due to the earlier crash, so he spent the race as a spectator & security guard???, protecting and cheering on his boss Ed Carpenter.
 
 
 

On to Watkins Glen!!!! 
Good Luck Josef
 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Josef Newgarden update Pocono 2016

Josef finished fourth after starting second at Pocono Raceway after spending most of the day in the Top 3.
 
He did really good on restarts, but on longer runs he wasn't able to really contend for the lead.  The good news is that he moved to third in the Indycar season points standings!
 

And it looked like Josef had a fun weekend! 

It was a bit weird before driver intros today w @josefnewgarden @ConorDaly22 @Hinchtown @poconoraceway pic.twitter.com/MZGR7ZqaYu


And Josef and Conor Daly had a little fun on Hinch's weekly podcast. 
 


Unfortunately Josef won't be racing this weekend at Texas, since he and Conor crashed out way back in June when the race started. 
So we have to wait till Labor Day weekend to see Josef race at Watkins Glen! 
 
posted by Alexandra (age 9)