Friday, October 17, 2014

Josef Newgarden Apparel 2014

The Indycar season may be over,
i.e. Alex does not get to see Josef on TV at all...
But that does not stop her from wearing her 'Josef' clothing all the time. 
Have we ever mentioned she LOVES Josef.
And lucky for her (or maybe more for our mom who has to make  most of Alex's Josef clothing), he remained with Sarah Fisher's team and will not be changing his familiar #67.
You can check out her earlier 'Josef wardrobe' here.
A look back at her new Josef apparel
from the 2014 Indycar Season.

 The hand painted (by Alex) shirt with Josef car,
and kitty (in the bottom corner) to represent Josef's pet cat, Simba.
Worn with checkered skirt & Minnie mouse hat matching ruffle.
Very stylish outside Josef's garage at Indianapolis.

Her prized possession. 
The first 'official' kids size Josef Newgarden shirt we've been able to find.
Got it at the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing shop in downtown Speedway!

The 3rd year of the 'Josef' birthday dress for the
Josef themed 7th birthday party.
(Yes really, her 5th, 6th and 7th birthday parties were all about Josef)
The kitty theme (for Simba) was tied in this year with the ruffle.

The back.
While watching for Josef outside the garages at Pocono.
(We stood there way too long, but at least got to meet the infamous Robin Miller while we waited)

 And the final installment for the 2014 season.
The hand painted t-shirt dress for the GP of Indy.
Made extra special by the fact that she got on Josef's official website while wearing this outfit!

And no Josef post would be complete without a picture of Josef.
Alex loved this one that CFH Racing tweeted of Josef and his dad in 2003.


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Indycar 1985 - Safety of Carbon Fiber Tubs

Indycar Throwback...
Auto Racing Digest
March 1985
With the recent talk of adding 'canopies' to Indycars
we thought we'd look back at
A great safety improvement to Open Wheel cars in the 1980's.
Mom said it was amazing to see basically just the intact tub with the driver in it after a big crash.

From Auto Racing Digest
March 1985
by Roger Jaynes

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Indycar 1989 Racetracks

Since the 2015 Indycar schedule is not out yet, we give you
the C.A.R.T/PPG Indy Car World Series
1989 Schedule
7 of the 15 races on the schedule were in cities
they still raced at in 2014.
However, they have been to many other places over the years as documented in this
Photos are from
The Insider's Guide to Indy Car Racing
by Rick Amabile.



Worth Noting.
All the races were televised on ABC, NBC or ESPN.
The season ran from April 9th through October 15th.
9 races were on street/road courses and 6 were run on ovals.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Indycar Champion 2014 Will Power

OK, we admit the whole 'school thing' has gotten in the way of our posting yet again. 

But we've settled into the school year now and are all set to get back to business,

even if it is the off season.

Will Power won the Indycar championship
with 671 points!

 Helio Castroneves came in second for the fourth time in his career with 609 points and Scott Dixon bumped up to third with 604 points.
After several runner up finishes in the Championship, including in 2010, 2011 and 2012 Will Power finally earned the title he deserved.
It was Penske's 13th championship and first since 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.

The 2014 Indycar season stats:

*  2395 laps driven

*  66 cautions totaling 323 laps (13.5%)

*  176 lead changes

* Will Power led a total of 623 laps

After the Championship Will Power appeared on David Letterman's Late Show, discussing earthquakes and Helio's hair among other things.

He has also been a DJ on
XM Radio's Backspin
and on Sirius XM Lithium.

Seems like he may have a future outside of Indycar when he retires.


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)