Saturday, September 16, 2017

Josef Newgarden at Watkins Glen 2017

Josef finished 18th after starting 3rd
Josef locked up his tires exiting the pits on what should've been his final pit stop.  Unfortunately he hit the pit exit wall and was then rear-ended by Sebastien Bourdais.  He made repairs and continued but finished 18th.  :(

Laps completed: 58 
Laps Led:  1
Average Speed:  113.539 mph
Pit Stops: 7

Josef is still 1st in the Indycar season standings,
3 points
ahead of second place, Scott Dixon

Next up, the season finale at Sonoma Raceway
2016 Sonoma:  6th
Previous Races at Sonoma: 5
Average Finish: 16th

post by Alexandra (age 10)

PS:  I have been to 4 races that Josef has finished in 2nd place.
  I told him before the race at Watkins Glen that I hope to see him win a race in person sometime. 
He is so nice that after not doing well in the race and all his interviews he came up to the fence by the pits where I was standing and said he was sorry he didn't win the race for me to see.  
Thanks, Josef.
That's why I will always be your biggest fan!!!

Indycar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen 2017

 The forecast called for a 100% chance of rain so we were expecting an exciting Indycar race in the wet.  It didn't rain, but the Indycars still put on an exciting race.  One young American, Alexander Rossi won for the first time on a road course, and another, Josef Newgarden, hit the pit exit wall and saw his points lead dwindle to just three.  A lot of the strategy came down to car set up for the impending rain that never came.  Those cars that set up for a more wet race were hindered on the straightaways by too much downforce.

POLE SITTER:   Alexander Rossi (first career pole)


1. Alexander RossiComing on very strong at the end of the season.  Sixth in points.
2. Scott Dixon: His second P2 in a row after a few weeks off the podium.
3. Ryan Hunter Reay: His third podium of the year, tying his best finish of the season.
4. Helio Castroneves: Has finished in the Top 10 in all but one race this season.
5. Graham Rahal: His sixth Top 3 in the last 10 races.
6. Will Power: A solid finish has him still in championship contention.
7. Charlie Kimball: His second 7th in a row gives him 5 Top 10s this season.
8. Max Chilton: His sixth Top 10 in 2017.
9. Simon Pagenaud: His lowest finish in the last nine races.
10. Carlos MunozHis third Top 10 in a row.
Different Teams:   Andretti Autosport (2), Ganassi (3), Penske (3), Rahal Letterman, A. J. Foyt Racing
Different Countries:   USA (4), New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Britain, France, Colombia

 4 Chevys   6 Hondas

 Average Speed:  118.865 mph

Time:  1  hour 42 minutes  4 seconds

Margin of Victory:  0.9514 seconds

Lead Changes:  8 among 6 drivers
Rossi (32), Castroneves (13), Pigot (8), Hunter Reay (4), Dixon (2), Newgarden (1) 

Total Passes:  150 total 141 for position

Fastest Lap:   144.572 by Sebastien Bourdais

4 Cautions for 9 Laps

Most Improved:  Max Chilton 11 positions

Penalties: 2
Charlie Kimball - pit safety infraction
Takuma Sato - Failure to obey race control

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Josef Newgarden wins in Indycar at Gateway

Josef Newgarden wins at
Gateway Motorsports Park!!

For the third time in the last four races Josef stood atop the podium at the end of the Indycar weekend.  A daring pass of his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, that saw the two touch wheels, gave him the lead and he held off Scott Dixon for his fourth win of the season.

Laps completed:  248
Laps Led:  170
Average Speed:  139.465 mph
Margin of Victory:  0.6850 seconds

Pit Stops:  4

Josef had the fastest lap of the race at 182.691 mph.

Josef was 2nd in the first practice and 1st in the final practice.
He qualified 2nd.

Josef is still 1st 

in the Indycar season standings
31 points
ahead of Scott Dixon.

Up next for Josef
the Indycar Grand Prix at the Glen.
2016 Finish:  2nd

posted by Alexandra (age 10) 

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Indycars Return to Gateway Motorsports Park 2017

Josef Newgarden made a fantastic pass on the inside of his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, with just over 30 laps to go then held on for the win.  He extended his championship points lead over Scott Dixon who finished second in the race.


Polesitter:  Will Power

TOP 10

  1. Josef NewgardenThird win in four races has him 31 points up in the season championship.
2. Scott Dixon: Took advantage of Josef's pass of Pagenaud to move into second place.
3. Simon Pagenaud: Was furious with his teammate for the late race bump and pace for the lead.
4. Helio Castroneves: Had a 1st and 2nd in his two previous races at Gateway.
5. Conor Daly: His best finish of the season driving for A.J. Foyt
6. Alexandra Rossi: His fourth Top 6 in the last four races. 
7. Charlie Kimball: Only his fourth Top 10 of the year.
8. James Hinchcliffe: His 7th Top 10 in fifteen races this season.
9. Carlos Munoz: His highest finish since the second race of the season.
10. Sebastien BourdaisGreat to see him get a Top 10 in his first race back since his injury at Indianapolis in May.
Different Teams:   Penske (3), Ganassi (2), A. J. Foyt(2), Andretti, Schmidt Peterson, Dale Coyne
Different Countries:   USA (4), New Zealand, France (2), Brazil, Canada, Colombia

 5 Chevys   5 Hondas

 Average Speed:  139.465 mph

Time:  2 hour 13 minutes  22 seconds

Margin of Victory:  0.685 seconds

Lead Changes:  11 among 6 drivers
Newgarden (170), Castroneves (52) , Pagenaud (13), Bourdais (5), Power (5), Chilton (3)

Total Passes: 173 total. 91 for position

Fastest Lap:   182.691 by Josef Newgarden

5 Cautions for 43 Laps

Most Improved:  Charlie Kimball, 11 positions

Penalties: 2
 Tony Kanaan (Closed Pit)
Graham Rahal (Pit Safety Infraction)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Josef Newgarden Pocono 2017 Update

Josef finished 2nd
at the Pocono 500
after starting 14th

Josef Newgarden couldn't find speed in practice or qualifying and ended up starting 14th in the ABC Supply 500.  He vaulted up 7 positions on the first lap and spent much of the day running in the Top 10.  By lap 160 he had managed to firmly put himself in the Top 5 where he followed Will Power to the front.
Power anticipated Josef's move to the inside on the final laps and so Newgarden couldn't get around and had to settle for second.

Laps completed:  200 of 200
Laps Led:  4
Average Speed:  183.727 mph
Time Back from Winner:  0.5268 seconds
Pit Stops:  7

Josef is now 1st....1st !!!!
 in the Indycar season standings,
18 points ahead of second place, Scott Dixon.

post by Alexandra (age 10)