Monday, September 08, 2014

Josef Update MAVTV 500

Another top ten for Josef this year!
He finished tenth in the last race of the season.

This video is from before Fontana, so it's a little late,
but it is Josef, and this is a Josef post and so Alex insists we include it.

He qualified third, which made him the top Honda qualifier in the final four races of the season!
It was also his 4th front row start of the year.

Josef finished out the season with

2 Top 5's
7 Top 10
and he led 20 laps and was in a position to win several races this season!

Can't wait to see how Josef improves next year.
He'll be on the newly formed Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing team and should be able to improve his Super Speedway results teaming with the oval master Ed Carpenter!

Alex is disappointed that the season in over, but we're still doing Josef updates because Alex follows along what he's up to during the whole offseason.
(and re-watches video after video after video after video....well you get the idea,  of Josef)


Monday, September 01, 2014

Tony Kanaan wins MAVTV 500 in Fontana

Congrats to Tony Kanaan!
and Chip Ganassi Racing for a 1-2 finish in the season finale at Fontana.

It was great to see Tony get his first win with Chip Ganassi Racing and his first win since becoming the Indy 500 champ in 2013.

Tony was the 11th different winner this season.

2nd:  Runner up was Scott Dixon.  Too bad for him that the season didn't go a little longer.  He was doing great with two wins and a second in the final three races and almost finished second in points.  Odd that the Ganassi team has had a slow start for the past two seasons.

3rd:  Ed Carpenter finished 3rd in a final great showing for Ed Carpenter Racing before they merge with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2015.

4th:  Juan Montoya  A win a 4th and a 5th in the three 500 mile events this season....not bad.

5th:  James Hinchcliffe A well deserved and welcome top five finish.

Like everyone else, we can't believe the season is over already.

The worst part is we can't even start a countdown to next season because the schedule hasn't come out yet.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fontana MAVTV 500 Pre-race

The season finale is lined up and ready.
Helio Castroneves on pole
(gaining him a valuable extra point for the championship),
Juan Montoya 2nd,
and Josef Newgarden will start on the outside of the front row. (a qualifying podium is what Alex calls it.)

Championship leader Will Power struggled in qualifying, after having been fastest in practice and is starting second last. 
Helio Castroneves has to finish 3rd or better if Power finishes last if he wants this championship. 
If Simon Pagenaud were to win it, he has to win the race, and Will Power and Helio Castroneves have to finish last-18th. 
We're hoping that guys like Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter, and Takuma Sato can finish off the season on a high note.

Final Practice was shortened by an accident involving Mikael Aleshin.  Aleshin is not able to race tonight, wish him well.
Helio Castroneves has 41 poles, now 5th all time.
Watch the race at 9:00 PM Eastern Time on NBCSN

Final Practice:

Unfortunately, Mikhail Aleshin crashed in the final practice session on Friday evening and is in the hospital with fractured ribs, a broken clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries.  Charlie Kimball was also involved in the crash but was uninjured and will still race on Saturday night.

We will be keeping Mikhail in our prayers for a good recovery and hope to see him back at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2015.

Pro Mazda Championship

The Pro Mazda season is over, and it had plenty of excitement.
Spencer Pigot won the championship with 309 points,
and Scott Hargrove, a rookie, came second with 298 points. Third was Neil Alberico, another rookie, with 239 points.
Pigot was on the Juncos Racing team.
Fun Facts:
* There were 17 rookies in the 2014 Pro Mazda season
* 5 rookies finished in the top ten in the championship.
Check out Spencer Pigot's blog! (and his website)


Friday, August 29, 2014

Josef update GP of Sonoma

 Josef Newgarden had a very good showing at Sonoma. 

After starting 2nd, he kept up there most of the race to finish 6th.

Go to the 1:46 mark to see Josef
- Josef Newgarden has signed a 1 year contract CFH Racing for 2015.  Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing joins with Ed Carpenter Racing to form Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing, now a two-car team.  This means data to share for Josef, Ed, and possibly Mike Conway.  Josef has never been on a two car team.
-Josef has had a very steady last half of the season.  After dropping back to as far as 20th, Josef made a comeback and now has a chance to get a top ten finish in the championship.  He has had 4 top tens in the last 7 races, an 8th, a 2nd, a 5th, a 6th, a 20th, a 13th, and a 12th.  He has had two 2nd place starting positions, and two 4th place starting positions.

Don't miss Josef in the MAVTV 500 Indycar Season Finale on NBCSN at 10:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday