Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GP of Louisiana recap

The inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana had Indycars thundering through the swamps of Louisiana. (Literally)

Qualifying got cancelled because of lightning, so the starting positions were determined by entry points, giving Juan Montoya the pole.

The race was timed because of an impending rainstorm, and James Hinchcliffe was able to take home his first win since 2013.  
He won on only one pit stop!

The top 10 Finishers

1. James Hinchcliffe.  His first win since joining Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2015.

2. Helio Castroneves. His second top 4 in the 2 races this season.

3. James Jakes.  Finished a strong 3rd after returning to Indycar after a year off.  It was the second podium of his career.

4. Simona De Silvestro.  Another driver returning to the series after a year hiatus.  Is currently 6th in the Indycar season standings.

5. Juan Montoya.  Led the most laps of the race.
6. Tony Kanaan.  Passed by Simona in one of the few green flag laps in the second half of the race to drop out of the top five. 

7. Will Power. Fuel strategy left him in 7th. 

8. Graham Rahal.  Another strong run.

9. Josef Newgarden. A solid top ten finish leading into one of his strongest tracks at Long Beach.

10. Luca Fillipi.  Two top ten finishes to start his first full Indycar season.

Top Ten included..
* Drivers from 6 different teams
* Drivers from 8 different countries
* 6 Chevys, 4 Honda
* Both of the CFHR drivers
* Both SMP drivers
* No rookies
Robin Miller's interview with a very happy winner, James Hinchliffe.

Can't wait till the Grand Prix of Long Beach on
Sunday, April 19th on NBCSN.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

GP of St. Pete recap

What a great first race of the season!
With the new aero kits for Honda and Chevy, the race was packed with action!
(and a lot of debris cautions thanks to an overabundance of wings)

After one very long off season in Indycar, we finally got to see Indycars back on track. The favorite to win was, of course, one of the four Penske drivers.  Many thought Power would continue his winning streak after winning the 2014 championship, but it was Penske's second year driver Juan Montoya who took home his first Indycar road course win since he returned to Indycars last year.

Race Stuff: 
* Josef finished 12th! (Alex wanted you to know)
* The Penske Pack finished all their cars in the top five
* There was 6 lead changes and 22 laps run under caution
* Montoya won for the second time since his return from NASCAR in 2014

* Jack Hawksworth moved up 13 positions in the race

* Helio had the fastest lap of the race at a 1:01.8607

The top 10 Finishers

1. Juan Montoya

2. Will Power

3.  Tony Kannan

4. Helio Castroneves

5. Simon Pagenaud

6. Sebastien Bourdais

7.  Ryan Hunter Reay

8. Jack Hawksworth

9. Luca Filippi

10. Marco Andretti

Top Ten included..
*  Drivers from 6 different teams
*  Drivers from 6 different countries
*  7 Hondas, 3 Chevys
*  Two of the four Andretti Autosport drivers
* All of the Penske drivers
*  No rookies

Can't wait till the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana on
Sunday, April 12th on NBCSN.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Josef charities

Josef's biggest fan, Alex, who is 7 wanted to do a post about the charity things that her favorite driver participates in during his free time.  This is the first post she's done all by herself.



Here at Outrun The Sun
Josef Participated

Josef also teamed up with fellow Indycar driver Justin Wilson to help support RACE AGAINST CANCER in August 2014.

Thanks Josef for helping make kids happy and me too!!!


Friday, March 27, 2015

The 2015 Indycar Season Begins!

After a way too long offseason,
the Verizon Indycar Series is finally back on Sunday, March 29th
on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.


At St Pete, 24 Drivers, Representing 12 countries
will begin the quest for the 2015 Indycar championship.

The countries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, France, Italy, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States will all have drivers in the race.

The field will include:

Four rookies.
Gabby Chaves (2014 Indy Lights Champ)
Stefano Coletti
Francesco Dracone
Sage Karam (2013 Indy Lights Champ)

Four former GP of St. Pete winners
Helio Castroneves (3)
James Hinchcliffe
Graham Rahal
Will Power (2)

With the new aero kits it will be interesting to see how the 12  Chevys stack up against the 12 Hondas.
We can't wait to watch!
Sunday at 3:00 on ABC.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sage Karam in Indycar's GP of St. Pete

Sage Karam will start the season opening Grand Prix of St. Pete driving for Chip Ganassi Racing this weekend.
He won at St. Pete in the USF 2000 series in 2010 and has also raced there in the ProMazda and Indylights series.
Hopefully enough funding will be found that this super talented 20 year old can run the entire season after spending a year as Ganassi's Developmental driver and doing a great job running in some sports car races for Ganassi.

Meanwhile, the young, American driver has kept busy promoting Indycar leading up to the start of the season.
Sage celebrated at Mardi Gras on a float with several others drivers to promote the inaugural GP of Nola.

He also certainly enjoyed himself (and made quite a good showing) at the football combines at Lucas Oil Stadium in February.

we hope you like the
videos as much as we do.

After injuring his hand in a crash while testing at Barber Motorsports Park in March, he didn't get in as much testing as he hoped.
However after such a great showing at the Indy 500 last year in his first Indycar race, and with driving such a cool looking car for St. Pete, we're watching for him to do great things this weekend.