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Move Over, Mario: Dixon Tames Wild Nashville for 53rd Win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022) – On Lap 29 of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Scott Dixon was running last after a penalty for emergency service of his wounded car in a closed pit.

Fast-forward 51 laps, and Dixon was celebrating his 53rd career INDYCAR SERIES victory – breaking a tie with Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list – in an improbable triumph Sunday on the streets of Nashville.

Dixon earned his second victory of the season in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and pulled to within six points of NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship leader Will Power with just three races remaining. Dixon is trying to match the series record of seven titles held by A.J. Foyt, who also leads with 67 career victories.

SEE: Race Results

“Kudos to the team,” Dixon said. “We had a big crash there that took half the floor off the car. We had to take four turns of front wing out, so we had no grip. Nashville is so awesome.”

Scott McLaughlin finished second in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Team Penske Chevrolet, just .1067 of a second behind Dixon after a two-lap chase for the checkered after a late red flag. It was the closest margin of victory this season on a street course or road course and the fourth-closest finish on those circuits in INDYCAR SERIES history.

Reigning series champion Alex Palou finishing third in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with left front wing main plane flapping over bumps after contact early in the race.

Alexander Rossi rallied from multiple instances of contact during the race that put him a lap down to finish fourth in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. His Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta also recovered from early contact and going a lap down to finish an improbable fifth in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda.

The furious finish after 80 laps of full-contact, no-prisoners racing created a points race tighter than a piano wire with three races remaining. Just 33 points separate the top five in the standings, with a minimum of 51 points available to a race winner.

2014 series champion Power, who finished 11th in his damaged No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, leads Dixon by six points. 2022 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Marcus Ericsson, who finished 14th in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, is 12 points behind Power in third.

Nashville-area native Josef Newgarden, who finished sixth in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet, is 22 points behind Power in fourth. And Palou is hanging tough in his effort for a second straight title, 33 points behind Power in fifth.

It was a second straight year of chaos, dice rolling and a winner in Victory Lane that hardly anyone saw coming after 80 laps of racing on the bumpy, tight, 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit that includes two trips per lap over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Cumberland River.

The two-lap dash for the checkered was created on Lap 76 when Newgarden and Romain Grosjean in the No. 28 DHL Honda made contact in Turn 9 on a restart as Newgarden moved up the field, with Grosjean ending up in the tire barrier.

Race officials decided to throw the red flag on Lap 77 so the eventful race, which also included eight caution periods, could end with one more thrill show.

Both Dixon and NTT P1 Award winner McLaughlin had similar amounts of push-to-pass left for the restart, so this would come down to a two-lap duel of who blinked first. Neither did in a masterful display of driving skill, but Dixon timed the restart perfectly and built a small gap on McLaughlin.

As the two New Zealand drivers marched around the circuit for the final time, McLaughlin wasn’t close enough to Dixon to slingshot past him on the bridge. Dixon bobbled slightly on the final corner before the checkered, but McLaughlin couldn’t sneak past.

“We were worried about him because I knew he would take chances,” Dixon said of McLaughlin. “He kind of has to with the standings at the moment. He was super fast, as well. He had fresh tires, too. I was a sitting duck. If there had been a lap or two more, it would have been really tough to do.”

McLaughlin said: “We were alongside there across the finish line. But man, we were 16th on that last pit exchange and had an awesome restart, and then the car was fast. Just fell short at the end. Congrats to Scotty. Always dreamed of racing him to the finish. That was a proper duel.”

Palou wasn’t far behind at the finish, either, finishing just .6100 of a second behind Dixon. In fact, the top four cars all finished within one second, as Rossi was just .9412 of a second behind the winner.

Dixon was collected in a chain-reaction incident on Lap 26 that damaged his floor and required emergency service in a closed pit on Lap 27, and he was ordered to the rear of the running order as a penalty. Dixon made his final pit stop under green on Lap 51 and caught a break one lap later when the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team with BitNile Chevrolet of Rinus VeeKay and the No. 15 United Rentals Honda of Graham Rahal made contact in Turn 4 and triggered a caution period.

The top 10 cars in the field pitted during that caution, which helped Dixon cycle toward the front of the field. Dixon took the lead for the first time – and for good – when Newgarden made his final pit stop on Lap 66.

Dixon earned $10,000 from the PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge for the victory, to be split between his team and his charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The next NTT INDYCAR SERIES event is the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline on Saturday, Aug. 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Live coverage on the USA Network and the INDYCAR Radio Network of the last oval race of the season starts at 6 p.m. ET.

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Results Sunday of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.1-mile Streets of Nashville circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (14) Scott Dixon, Honda, 80, Running
2. (1) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 80, Running
3. (4) Alex Palou, Honda, 80, Running
4. (17) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 80, Running
5. (23) Colton Herta, Honda, 80, Running
6. (6) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 80, Running
7. (15) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 80, Running
8. (3) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 80, Running
9. (13) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 80, Running
10. (11) Jack Harvey, Honda, 80, Running
11. (8) Will Power, Chevrolet, 80, Running
12. (10) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 79, Running
13. (26) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 79, Running
14. (18) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 76, Mechanical
15. (19) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 76, Running
16. (2) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 75, Contact
17. (22) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 74, Running
18. (25) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 72, Contact
19. (16) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 63, Contact
20. (7) David Malukas, Honda, 63, Contact
21. (20) Takuma Sato, Honda, 32, Contact
22. (24) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 32, Contact
23. (9) Graham Rahal, Honda, 29, Contact
24. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 25, Contact
25. (12) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 25, Contact
26. (21) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, 25, Contact

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 79.744 mph
Time of Race: 2:06:24.2439
Margin of victory: 0.1067 of a second
Cautions: 8 for 36 laps
Lead changes: 3 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders:
McLaughlin 1 - 22
Palou 23 - 53
Newgarden 54 - 65
Dixon 66 - 80

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Power 450, Dixon 444, Ericsson 438, Newgarden 428, Palou 417, McLaughlin 392, O'Ward 391, Rossi 330, Rosenqvist 325, Herta 315, VeeKay 300, Pagenaud 284, Rahal 281, Grosjean 273, Lundgaard 272, Daly 249, Malukas 231, Castroneves 224, Sato 208, Ilott 181, Johnson 178, Harvey 178, DeFrancesco 159, Kirkwood 144, Kellett 108, Tony Kanaan 78, Santino Ferrucci 71, Ed Carpenter 67, Tatiana Calderon 58, JR Hildebrand 53, Juan Pablo Montoya 44, De Silvestro 26, Marco Andretti 17, Sage Karam 14, Stefan Wilson 10


 

McLaughlin Wins NTT P1 Award in Frantic Nashville Qualifying

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022) – Scott McLaughlin won the NTT P1 Award for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Saturday, grabbing his second career pole on his last flying lap in the Firestone Fast Six.

McLaughlin’s best lap was 1 minute, 14.5555 seconds in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Team Penske Chevrolet on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit that includes two trips per lap over the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. The pole came after New Zealand driver McLaughlin led practice earlier in the day at 1:15.4609.

SEE: Qualifying Results

“The car was phenomenal,” McLaughlin said. “We did that on one lap, used tires. One of those good laps.”

The start of qualifying was delayed by  90 minutes due to thunderstorms and lightning that rumbled through downtown Nashville this afternoon. The rain changed the grip level of the tricky, bumpy street circuit.

2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year McLaughlin’s previous pole came this February at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which he won from the top spot for his first career series victory. He also won The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R in early July from the second starting spot.

“Tell you what, this DEX car is really good, man,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve been going really fast in this car. Won the St. Pete opener with it. Won Mid-Ohio and now we’re pole at Nashville, which is an amazing racetrack.”

Live coverage of the 80-lap race starts at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network. A 30-minute warmup starts at 10:15 a.m. ET, with live coverage on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Romain Grosjean will join McLaughlin on the front row for Sunday’s race after his best lap of 1:14.6975 the No. 28 DHL Honda. This was the best qualifying effort of the season for the Frenchman, whose previous-best start was fifth in the season opener at St. Petersburg.

Rookie Christian Lundgaard continued his impressive weekend by qualifying a career-best third at 1:14.7149 in the No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda. The Dane’s previous-best start was fourth last August in the road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Lundgaard, who led practice Friday, came to Nashville after earning a career-best second-place finish last Saturday in the Gallagher Grand Prix on the IMS road course.

Joining Lundgaard in Row 2 is reigning series champion Alex Palou, who qualified fourth at 1:14.9087 in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Pato O’Ward qualified fifth at 1:14.9261 in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. Two-time series champion and Nashville-area native Josef Newgarden rounded out the Firestone Fast Six at 1:15.1461 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

Newgarden made an interesting gamble that didn’t pay off. He was the only driver in the Firestone Fast Six to qualify on Firestone primary tires. The other five drivers used Firestone alternate tires, which this weekend are constructed with rubber derived from the drought-resistant guayule shrub native to the American Southwest. The primary tire lasts longer but isn’t as grippy as the alternate tire.

Still, Newgarden, O’Ward and Palou are the trio among the top six drivers in the series standings who will start the treacherous street race from the first three rows. Points leader Will Power, 2022 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Marcus Ericsson and six-time series champion Scott Dixon weren’t so lucky.

Power, who leads Ericsson by nine points with four races to go, will start eighth in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. He lost his quickest lap of the second round of qualifying, which would have advanced him into the Firestone Fast Six, when he was penalized for causing a local yellow that affected the lap of the trailing O’Ward late in that session. Power ran long into a run-off area.

“It’s always tough in quali with track position and penalties and getting caught by reds (flags),” Power said. “That’s just the way it is. It’s hard.”

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dixon and Ericsson didn’t make it out of the first round of qualifying. Dixon will start 14th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda as he pursues his record-tying seventh season championship.

Ericsson will start 18th in the 26-car field in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. But he can take heart knowing he won the inaugural race on this circuit last year from the same starting spot.

“We need to come up with a good strategy and play the race how it comes,” Ericsson said. “There have been a lot of incidents this weekend, again like last year. I think there are still going to be opportunities. We’re just lacking a bit too much speed at the moment.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Qualifying Saturday for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.1 mile-Streets of Nashville circuit, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:14.5555 (101.401)
2. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 01:14.6975 (101.208)
3. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:14.7149 (101.185)
4. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:14.9087 (100.923)
5. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:14.9261 (100.899)
6. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:15.1461 (100.604)
7. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 01:14.9616 (100.852)
8. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:14.9818 (100.824)
9. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:15.3112 (100.383)
10. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:15.3897 (100.279)
11. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:15.9758 (99.505)
12. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 01:16.5600 (98.746)
13. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 01:19.4039 (95.209)
14. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:15.3179 (100.375)
15. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 01:21.1784 (93.128)
16. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 01:15.4382 (100.214)
17. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:21.4579 (92.809)
18. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:15.4501 (100.199)
19. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 01:57.6982 (64.232)
20. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:15.5935 (100.009)
21. (16) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, No Time (No Speed)
22. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:16.3955 (98.959)
23. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, No Time (No Speed)
24. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 01:16.5898 (98.708)
25. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, No Time (No Speed)
26. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 01:17.5888 (97.437)

 


 

 

Rookies Lundgaard, Malukas Steal Show in Opening Nashville Practice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, Aug. 5, 2022) – Experience? Who needs experience?

Two rookies with no prior laps on the streets of Nashville landed in the top three of the opening practice for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Friday, with Christian Lundgaard leading the first timers and the session overall with a best lap of 1 minute, 15.9659 seconds in the No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda.

It was the first time Danish driver Lundgaard has led a session in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career and the first time atop the time charts for a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver since Graham Rahal led the morning warmup for this race last August.

SEE: Practice Results

Lundgaard, 21, scored his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium finish by placing second last Saturday in the Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He also finished eighth – then a season best – on the most-recent street circuit race this season, the Honda Indy Toronto on July 17.

“I’m super happy being up here now,” Lundgaard said. “We were there last weekend. To start this weekend here is obviously great, but we have qualifying and the race coming up. We need to be as efficient as we’ve been the last couple of races, making sure everything is right, just executing the package now we know we have the package.

“Toronto was a good weekend. We came here with a similar car. It works, so I’m super-hyped to see if we can continue this path.”

Veteran Felix Rosenqvist continued his sizzling summer by ending up second at 1:16.2050 in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

Rookie David Malukas ended up third at 1:16.2366 in the No. 18 HMD Honda on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit that includes two trips over the Cumberland River per lap via the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. Malukas trails Lundgaard by 27 points in a compelling race for series Rookie of the Year.

“All the changes we made went in the right direction, especially when we put the alternate tires on it,” Malukas said. “It ended up being very smooth.”

All 26 cars in the field this weekend are using Firestone’s new alternate tire that includes new, sustainable natural rubber in the sidewalls derived from guayule (why-yoo-lee), a drought-resistant shrub native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The top 16 times in the 75-minute session were turned on the guayule tire.

Scott McLaughlin was fourth overall at 1:16.5755 in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Team Penske Chevrolet. His teammate and two-time series champion Josef Newgarden, a Nashville-area native, rounded out the top five at 1:16.6957 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

Series points leader Will Power was seventh at 1:16.8330 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Saturday action will start at 12:15 p.m. ET with a 45-minute practice, followed by NTT P1 Award qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network will broadcast both sessions live.

Live coverage of the 80-lap race will start at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 


Rossi Wins Gallagher Grand Prix To End Three-Year Dry Spell

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 30, 2022) – The drought finally is over for Alexander Rossi.

Rossi won the Gallagher Grand Prix on Saturday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course to snap a 49-race winless streak, earning his first victory since capturing the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race June 23, 2019 at Road America, 1,133 days ago. This was Rossi’s eighth career victory.

“It’s a relief, man,” Rossi said. “It’s been so many things for so long. Thankfully something came our way.”

SEE: Race Results

Andretti Autosport driver Rossi crossed the finish line in his No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda 3.5441 seconds ahead of rookie Christian Lundgaard, who earned a career-best second place in the No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda.

Will Power finished third in the 85-lap race in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and took the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship lead with just four races remaining. Power holds a nine-point lead over Marcus Ericsson, who rallied from starting last in the 25-car field to finish 11th in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Team Penske ended up with all three of its drivers in the top five. Scott McLaughlin finished fourth in the No. 3 Gallagher Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet, with two-time series champion Josef Newgarden fifth in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

Rossi, who started second, took the lead for good on Lap 42 when leader and teammate Colton Herta lost drive after navigating Turn 8 on the 11-turn, 2.439-mile road course in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda. Herta was able to coast to the entry of the pit lane, but his race was over. He was credited with 24th place.

The mechanical problem was a cruel twist of fate for Herta, who started ninth and drove to the lead by Lap 8, passing NTT P1 Award winner Felix Rosenqvist in Turn 7. Herta and Rossi emerged as the class of the field as the early laps unfolded, with rival teams unsuccessfully trying multiple strategies to neuter their advantage.

“I do feel for Colton; I do,” Rossi said. “I think he was definitely strong. We had pretty much the same race car. It would have been interesting. I don’t want to take away anything from what he did from ninth. To get to that position was incredible. But it was the 27’s turn. That’s awesome.”

Once Herta was out of the race, Rossi built a steady gap of around four seconds to Lundgaard. The Danish rookie made things interesting late in the race, closing to within 2.7 seconds with 10 laps remaining.

But Rossi pulled away over the closing laps for a decisive win, ending Lundgaard’s chance of becoming the first rookie to win an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race since Rossi shocked the racing world with his victory in the 2016 Indianapolis 500.

“At the end of the third stint, I was catching Alex,” Lundgaard said. “I was really hoping because every pit stop we always caught up. We lost a bit in the beginning of the stint. The Andretti car had just so much better power down than we did today. That’s what killed our rear tires, and we struggled on the long run.

“The result speaks for itself. Coming in this weekend, we knew we had a strong car.”

Rossi, who led 44 laps, will split $10,000 with his team and his chosen charities, AutoNation’s Drive Pink Campaign and Leilani Mae Horse Rescue, for the victory as part of the PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge.

Power once again produced a composed drive, overcoming early near-calamity, to take the points lead. Power made contact with the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Pato O’Ward in a three-wide traffic jam in Turns 1 and 2 on the first lap and also had an early dustup with the No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda of Helio Castroneves, finding himself in 16th in the early laps.

But Power calmly drove through the field to earn his seventh podium finish of the season.

“A great recovery, man,” Power said. “You can never expect a normal day in INDYCAR. Everyone is very aggressive, and it’s so hard to win in this series. It’s the toughest series in the world. Great job by the Verizon 5G guys. It’s amazing we can go back there and recover all the way to third.”

Less than a race worth of points separates Power from fifth-place O’Ward, who is 46 back. Newgarden is third, 32 out of the lead. Six-time series champion Scott Dixon, who finished eighth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, is 38 points back in fourth.

The hectic recent schedule for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES continues with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on Sunday, Aug. 7 on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee. Live race coverage starts at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

INDIANAPOLIS - Results Saturday of the Gallagher Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
2. (6) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 85, Running
3. (4) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
4. (15) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (8) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 85, Running
7. (17) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
8. (20) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
9. (1) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (7) Alex Palou, Honda, 85, Running
11. (25) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 85, Running
12. (3) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 85, Running
13. (11) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Running
14. (19) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 85, Running
15. (18) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
16. (22) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 85, Running
17. (10) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 85, Running
18. (14) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 85, Running
19. (16) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 85, Running
20. (13) Jack Harvey, Honda, 85, Running
21. (24) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 84, Running
22. (23) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 84, Running
23. (21) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 84, Running
24. (9) Colton Herta, Honda, 42, Mechanical
25. (12) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 34, Off Course

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 114.483 mph
Time of Race: 01:48:39.1825
Margin of victory: 3.5441 seconds
Cautions: 2 for 5 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Rosenqvist 1 - 7
Herta 8 - 13
McLaughlin 14 - 23
Power 24 - 30
Herta 31 - 41
Rossi 42 - 85

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Power 431, Ericsson 422, Newgarden 399, Dixon 393, O'Ward 385, Palou 379, McLaughlin 350, Rossi 318, Rosenqvist 299, Herta 285, VeeKay 282, Rahal 274, Pagenaud 262, Grosjean 259, Lundgaard 248, Daly 236, Malukas 221, Castroneves 207, Sato 199, Ilott 166, Johnson 166, Harvey 158, DeFrancesco 151, Kirkwood 133, Kellett 103, Tony Kanaan 78, Santino Ferrucci 71, Ed Carpenter 67, Tatiana Calderon 58, JR Hildebrand 53, Juan Pablo Montoya 44, Simona De Silvestro 21, Marco Andretti 17, Sage Karam 14, Stefan Wilson 10.


Rosenqvist Rips Big Lap To Win NTT P1 Award at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 29, 2022) – Felix Rosenqvist won the NTT P1 Award for the Gallagher Grand Prix with a lap Friday afternoon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course that impressed his rivals and continued his recent resurgence.

Rosenqvist earned his second pole of the season with a quick lap of 1 minute, 10.2265 seconds in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. His previous 2022 pole came at Texas Motor Speedway. This was Rosenqvist’s third career pole, as his first came in 2019 on the IMS road course.

SEE: Qualifying Results

“I felt so calm in the car,” Rosenqvist said. “I think I knew when I did that lap that it was the one. Big, big thanks to the team. Really good car.”

Live coverage of the 85-lap race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile circuit starts at noon ET Saturday on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network. Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network will cover the morning warmup live from 8:15-8:45 a.m. during the Brickyard Weekend featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The gap between Rosenqvist’s lap and the best lap of No. 2 qualifier Alexander Rossi was .2765 of a second, the second-largest margin this season on a road or street course. Only Colton Herta’s pole-winning margin of .4455 of a second at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was bigger.

Rossi will join Rosenqvist on the front row after qualifying second at 1:10.5030 in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda. It was Rossi’s best career qualifying position on the IMS road course.

“That’s a huge effort from Felix,” Rossi said. “Good job for him. This is by far the best result we’ve had here as a team. We had a good test here last month and very relieved it translated.”

Pato O’Ward qualified third at 1:10.6092 in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, with five-time IMS road course winner Will Power fourth at 1:10.6224 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Josef Newgarden – cleared to drive for the weekend after Friday morning practice – qualified fifth at 1:10.6968 in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet. Rookie Christian Lundgaard rounded out the Firestone Fast Six at 1:10.7280 in the No. 30 Shield Cleansers Honda.

Rosenqvist’s pole marked another chapter in his summer surge. All six of his top-10 finishes this season have come since the GMR Grand Prix in early May. Rosenqvist re-signed with McLaren Racing in late June, but the team hasn’t announced his racing series for 2023.

The popular Swede has made no secret he wants to stay in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES next season with Arrow McLaren SP, and teammate O’Ward and other rivals warmly congratulated him on pit lane after qualifying.

“I appreciate everyone reaching out,” Rosenqvist said. “It means a lot, and I think it helps to have these kinds of performances.”

Rosenqvist and Arrow McLaren SP only turned one flying lap during the first qualifying group, saving wear on their Firestone “red” alternate tires. That paid off with fresher rubber during the Firestone Fast Six.

“Everything has worked out perfectly,” Rosenqvist said. “I’m super stoked, man.”

The three-round qualifying session was almost as notable for the drivers who will start the race from deep in the field as those who qualified up front.

Series points leader Marcus Ericsson will start last in the 25-car field in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He stopped on track with a mechanical problem on his warmup lap in the first session, never turning a flying lap.

Six-time series champion Scott Dixon, 34 points behind Ericsson in fourth, will start 20th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. The IMS road course has been a bogey track

INDIANAPOLIS - Qualifying Friday for the Gallagher Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 01:10.2265 (125.030)
2. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:10.5030 (124.539)
3. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:10.6092 (124.352)
4. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:10.6224 (124.329)
5. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:10.6968 (124.198)
6. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:10.7280 (124.143)
7. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:10.2074 (125.064)
8. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:10.3100 (124.881)
9. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 01:10.3532 (124.805)
10. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:10.5135 (124.521)
11. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 01:10.5636 (124.432)
12. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 01:10.7624 (124.083)
13. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:10.8564 (123.918)
14. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 01:10.7073 (124.180)
15. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:10.9067 (123.830)
16. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 01:10.7560 (124.094)
17. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:10.9093 (123.826)
18. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:10.8276 (123.969)
19. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 01:11.1195 (123.460)
20. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:10.8938 (123.853)
21. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 01:11.2156 (123.293)
22. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 01:11.0244 (123.625)
23. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 01:11.7710 (122.339)
24. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 01:12.0060 (121.940)
25. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, No Time (No Speed)

 


 

 INDYCAR Announces WWTR Grid Penalty

NDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 19, 2022) – INDYCAR officials have announced a nine-position starting grid penalty for the No. 28 Andretti Autosport entry for an unapproved engine change following the Sunday, Aug. 7 race on the Streets of Nashville.

The team was in violation of:

Rule 16.2.3.2 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.

According to Rule 16.6.1.2, the penalty is a six-position starting grid penalty on road and street course events and nine positions at oval events and will be served at the series’ next event, which is the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline Saturday, Aug. 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

 


FAST FACTS: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline

Race weekend: Friday, Aug. 19 – Saturday, Aug. 20

Track: World Wide Technology Raceway, a 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois

Race distance: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: 260 laps / 325 miles | Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires: 75 laps / 93.75 miles

Firestone tire allotment: Nine sets of Firestone Firehawk tires for use throughout the weekend

Twitter: @WWTRaceway, @IndyCar, #Bommarito500, #IndyCar

Event website:http://www.wwtraceway.com/

INDYCAR website:www.IndyCar.com

2021 race winners:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet)

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

David Malukas (No. 79 HMD Motorsports) – Both Races

2021 NTT P1 Award winner: Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), 49.8289, 180.618 mph

One-lap qualifying lap record:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Will Power, 23.7206, 189.709 mph, Aug. 25. 2017

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

Juan Piedrahita, 27.8890, 161.354 mph, Aug. 26, 2017

NBC Sports race telecast: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline 6 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 20, USA Network (live). Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports’ coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe.

Peacock Premium Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, while NBC’s race telecast of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline will be simulcast on the streaming service. Peacock Premium’s exclusive post-race show – featuring driver interviews, podium ceremonies and post-race analysis – will be streamed following the race. The Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway will be streamed on Peacock Premium with practice and qualifying being shown on INDYCAR Live!

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the anchor alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Nick Yeoman is the turn announcer. Jake Query and Michael Young are the pit reporters. The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline race (6 p.m. ET Saturday), Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway (4:10 p.m. ET Saturday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

At-track schedule (all times local):

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Noon-1 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice 1, Peacock Premium

2:10-3 p.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practice, INDYCAR Live!

3:15-4:15 p.m. – Bommarito Automotive Group 500 NTT P1 Award qualifying (single car/cumulative time of two laps), Peacock Premium

5:15 p.m. – Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway Qualifying, INDYCAR Live!

6-6:30 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES final practice – Group A, Peacock Premium (Note: This is a special, voluntary high-line session among nine cars. Each entry receives an extra set of Firestone Firehawk tires for the session only.)

6:45-7:45 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES final practice, Peacock Premium

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

3:15 p.m. – Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway “Drivers Start Your Engines”

3:20 p.m. – Indy Lights at World Wide Technology Raceway (75 laps / 93.75 miles)

5 p.m. – USA Network on air

5:25 p.m. –  NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta & Valvoline “Drivers, start your engines”

5:30 p.m. –  NTT INDYCAR SERIES Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta & Valvoline (260 laps/325 miles), USA Network (Live)

Championship facts:

  • Will Power leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship with three races to go for the fourth time in his career. Power previously led the championship with three races to in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He won the title in 2014.
  • With 59 points separating the top-seven drivers in the point standings, this is the closest championship in the last 20 years.
  • There are 11 drivers still mathematically eligible for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship: Will Power, Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Josef Newgarden, Alex Palou, Scott McLaughlin, Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay.

Any driver who trails the points leader by 108 points or more following the race will be eliminated from contention.

  • Since the first INDYCAR SERIES race at World Wide Technology Raceway, the winning driver has won the INDYCAR SERIES championship three times: Alex Zanardi (1998), Josef Newgarden (2017) and Scott Dixon (2020-Race 1).

Key championship point statistic: Since 2008, the driver who has led the championship with three races to go has won the championship eight times – Scott Dixon in 2008, 2018 and 2020, Dario Franchitti in 2011, Will Power in 2014, Simon Pagenaud in 2016 and Josef Newgarden in 2017 and 2019

Point differential: The six points that separate Will Power and Scott Dixon is the fourth-closest point margin since 2008. Prior to this season, the average lead with three races to go since 2008 was 30.1 points.

CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 3 TO GO (2008-2022)

YEARLEADERSECOND LEADCHAMPION
2008Scott DixonHelio Castroneves78Scott Dixon
2009Ryan BriscoeDario Franchitti4Dario Franchitti
2010Will PowerDario Franchitti23Dario Franchitti
2011Dario FranchittiWill Power26Dario Franchitti
2012Will PowerRyan Hunter-Reay5Ryan Hunter-Reay
2013Helio CastronevesScott Dixon49Scott Dixon
2014Will PowerHelio Castroneves4Will Power
2015Juan Pablo MontoyaGraham Rahal42Scott Dixon (-48)
2016Simon PagenaudWill Power27Simon Pagenaud
2017Josef NewgardenScott Dixon18Josef Newgarden
2018Scott DixonAlexander Rossi29Scott Dixon
2019Josef NewgardenAlexander Rossi35Josef Newgarden
2020Scott DixonJosef Newgarden72Scott Dixon
2021Pato O’WardAlex Palou10Alex Palou
2022Will PowerScott Dixon6?

Race notes:

  • There have been eight different winners in 14 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in the 2022 season. Scott McLaughlin (Streets of St. Petersburg, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Josef Newgarden (Texas Motor Speedway, Streets of Long Beach, Road America, Iowa Speedway-1), Pato O’Ward (Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway-2), Colton Herta (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-1), Marcus Ericsson (Indianapolis 500), Will Power (Raceway at Belle Isle Park), Scott Dixon (Streets of Toronto and Streets of Nashville) and Alexander Rossi (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-2) have all won in 2022. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
  • The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will be the 14th INDYCAR SERIES race at World Wide Technology Raceway. Josef Newgarden won his third race at WWTR in 2021. Paul Tracy won the first INDYCAR SERIES race at WWTR in 1997. Newgarden, Scott Dixon (2020 Race 1) Takuma Sato (2019), Will Power (2018) and Helio Castroneves (2003) are the former winners entered in this year’s race.
ACTIVE RACE WINNERWINSSEASONS
Josef Newgarden32017, 2020-Race2, 2021
Scott Dixon12020-Race 1
Takuma Sato12019
Will Power12018
Helio Castroneves12003
  • The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will be the fifth and final oval race of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule. The previous oval races were won by Josef Newgarden (Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway-1), Marcus Ericsson (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and Pato O’Ward (Iowa Speedway-2).
  • Three drivers have won at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole – Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Gil de Ferran (2002) and Helio Castroneves (2003).
  • Team Penske has won seven times at World Wide Technology Raceway. Penske’s winning drivers are Paul Tracy (1997), Gil de Ferran (2002), Helio Castroneves (2003), Josef Newgarden (2017, 2020-Race 2, 2021) and Will Power (2018). Chip Ganassi Racing has three wins at Gateway with Alex Zanardi (1998), Juan Pablo Montoya (2000) and Scott Dixon (2020-Race 1).
  • Twenty drivers entered in the event have competed in past INDYCAR SERIES races at World Wide Technology Raceway. Scott Dixon has seven starts, most among the entered drivers. Twelve entered drivers have led laps at the track (Josef Newgarden 406, Helio Castroneves 271, Scott Dixon 251, Will Power 201, Takuma Sato 145, Pato O’Ward 131, Colton Herta 121, Simon Pagenaud 14, Alexander Rossi 4, Felix Rosenqvist 3, Marcus Ericsson 2 and Conor Daly 1).

 


INDYCAR Announces Nashville Grid Penalty

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 5, 2022) – INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing entry for an unapproved engine change following Saturday’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The team was in violation of:

Rule 16.2.3.2 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.

According to Rule 16.6.1.2, the penalty is a six-position starting grid penalty on road and street course events and nine positions at oval events and will be served at the series’ next event, which is the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Sunday, Aug. 7 on the streets of Nashville.


 

Gallagher Grand Prix Post-Event Infraction

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022) – INDYCAR is announcing a post-event infraction from the conclusion of the Gallagher Grand Prix, which was completed Saturday, July 30 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

  • INDYCAR has fined Andretti Autosport $25,000 and penalized the team 20 entrant/driver points after the No. 27 entry of Alexander Rossi was found in violation of the following in post-race inspection:
  • Rule 14.4.1.1. The minimum weight shall include the car in ready-to-compete condition excluding Driver, Driver Equivalency Weight, fuel and drink bottle content.
  • Rule 14.4.1.1.1. Minimum weight for Road/Street Events – will be 1700 pounds.

“From a sporting perspective, the car met minimum requirements,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “From a technical perspective, the way they achieved the weight is not allowed. To meet minimum weight, the drink bottle and its contents were used as car ballast, which is not permitted and why the team is being fined and penalized.”

Members may contest the imposition of the penalties detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES rulebook.


 

Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 7

Track: Streets of Nashville, an 11-turn, a 2.1-mile temporary street course in Nashville, Tennessee

Race distance: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: 80 laps / 168 miles | Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires: 35 laps / 73.5 miles / 55 minutes

Push-to-pass parameters: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation. | Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Six sets primary, four sets alternate to be used during the event weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.

Twitter: @MusicCityGP, @IndyCar, #MusicCityGP, #INDYCAR

Event website: www.musiccitygp.com/

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2021 race winners:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Marcus Ericsson (No. 8 Bryant Chip Ganassi Racing Honda)

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

Inaugural event

2021 NTT P1 Award winner: Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda), 1:13.6835, 102.601 mph

Qualifying lap record:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Colton Herta, 1:13.6835, 102.601 mph, Aug. 7, 2021

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

Inaugural event

NBC Sports race telecast: Big Machine Music City Grand Prix 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 7, NBC (live). Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe.

Peacock Premium Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, while NBC’s race telecast of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will be simulcast on the streaming service. Peacock Premium’s exclusive post-race show – featuring driver interviews, podium ceremonies and post-race analysis – will be streamed following the race. The Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix will be streamed on Peacock Premium with practice and qualifying being shown on INDYCAR Live!

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the anchor alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers. Ryan Myrehn and Joel Sebastianelli are the pit reporters. The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix race (3 p.m. ET Sunday), Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix (1 p.m. ET Sunday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

At-track schedule (all times local):


FRIDAY, AUG. 5

2-2:50 p.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice, INDYCAR Live!

3:15-4:30 p .m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice (75 minutes), Peacock Premium

SATURDAY, AUG. 6

10:15-10:55 a.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice, INDYCAR Live!

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice (45 minutes limited guarantee), Peacock Premium

2:40-3 p.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Qualifying, INDYCAR Live!

3:30 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of NTT INDYCAR SERIES knockout qualifications), Peacock Premium

SUNDAY, AUG. 7

9:15-9:45 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, Peacock Premium

12:05 p.m. – Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix “Drivers, start your engines”

12:10 p.m. – Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix (35 laps/73.5 miles/55 minutes), Peacock Premium

2 p.m. – NBC on air

2:23 p.m. – Big Machine Music City Grand Prix “Drivers, start your engines”

2:30 p.m. – Big Machine Music City Grand Prix (80 laps/160.8 miles), NBC (Live)

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship facts:

· Will Power leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship with four races to go for the second time in his INDYCAR SERIES career. Power also led the championship with four races to go in 2010 but did not win the title. Power has led the point standings after three of the 13 races this season.

· Since 2008 when INDYCAR SERIES racing unified under the NTT INDYCAR SERIES banner, the eventual series champion has won the 14th race of the season four times. The most recent occurrence was 2021 when Alex Palou won at Portland. Other drivers to win the 14th race of their championship season were Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012), Dario Franchitti (2009 and 2010) and Scott Dixon (2008).

Key championship point statistic: Since 2008, the largest deficit overcome by the eventual champion was 59 points by Dario Franchitti in 2010, while Scott Dixon overcame Juan Pablo Montoya’s 54-point lead in 2015. The top six drivers in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings are separated by 52 points.

Point differential: The nine points that separate Will Power and Marcus Ericsson is the third-closest point margin since 2008. Before this season, the average lead with four races to go since 2008 was 37.6 points.

CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 4 TO GO

YEARLEADERSECOND LEADCHAMPION
2008Scott DixonHelio Castroneves65Scott Dixon
2009Scott DixonRyan Briscoe3Dario Franchitti (-20)
2010Will PowerDario Franchitti59Dario Franchitti
2011Dario FranchittiWill Power47Dario Franchitti
2012Ryan Hunter-ReayHelio Castroneves23Ryan Hunter-Reay
2013Helio CastronevesScott Dixon39Scott Dixon
2014Helio CastronevesWill Power13Will Power
2015Juan Pablo MontoyaScott Dixon54Scott Dixon
2016Simon PagenaudWill Power58Simon Pagenaud
2017Josef NewgardenHelio Castroneves7Josef Newgarden
2018Scott DixonAlexander Rossi46Scott Dixon
2019Josef NewgardenAlexander Rossi16Josef Newgarden
2020Scott DixonJosef Newgarden76Scott Dixon
2021Alex PalouPato O’Ward21Alex Palou
2022Will PowerMarcus Ericsson9?

    

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Notes:

  • There have been eight different winners in 13 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in the 2022 season. Scott McLaughlin (Streets of St. Petersburg, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Josef Newgarden (Texas Motor Speedway, Streets of Long Beach, Road America, Iowa Speedway-1), Pato O’Ward (Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway-2), Colton Herta (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-1), Marcus Ericsson (Indianapolis 500), Will Power (Raceway at Belle Isle Park), Scott Dixon (Streets of Toronto) and Alexander Rossi (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-2) have all won in 2022. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
  • The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will be 14th race of the 2022 season and the fifth and final temporary street circuit race of the 17-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Team Penske has won three of the previous four events with Scott McLaughlin winning St. Petersburg on Feb. 27, Josef Newgarden winning at Long Beach April 10 and Will Power winning at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park on June 5. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon won at Toronto on July 17.
  • Firestone will use the racetrack as a proving ground to demonstrate the performance of a new sustainable natural rubber derived from guayule, a desert shrub grown in the American Southwest. Firestone Firehawk race tires made with guayule-derived natural rubber were introduced at the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge in May and will make their competition debut as the alternate race tire at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville. The guayule natural rubber is located within the Firestone Firehawk’s sidewall. Bridgestone race tire engineers decided to use the guayule rubber in the entire sidewall because that area is made up of the most natural rubber. This allows Firestone to maintain the same quality and performance as the existing race tire. Bridgestone plans to incorporate guayule natural rubber into more of its race tires starting in 2023. For B-Roll of the tire, click HERE.
  • Milestones: Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 302nd consecutive start, the second-longest streak in INDYCAR SERIES history … With his next win, Dixon will break a tie with Mario Andretti and give him sole possession of second on the INDYCAR SERIES all-time victory list with 53 wins … With his next pole position, Will Power will tie Mario Andretti for the INDYCAR SERIES record for most career poles with 67 … With his next win, Power will tie Michael Andretti for fourth on the INDYCAR SERIES all-time victory list with 42.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Notes:

  • The Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix will be the series’ debut in Nashville. Linus Lundqvist of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing is in the midst of a dominant season, leading the series in wins (4), poles (5) and top-five finishes (9) through nine races. Lundqvist, a native of Sweden, owns a commanding 77-point lead over second-place Hunter McElrea of Andretti Autosport.
  • While the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires is new to Nashville, two drivers have experience on 2.1-mile street circuit in other cars. Matthew Brabham and Jacob Abel raced in Nashville in 2021 in the Stadium Super Trucks doubleheader. Brabham recorded two podium finishes in the event.
  • Danial Frost, Christian Rasmussen and Hunter McElrea have all scored their first Indy Lights win in 2022. Will another talented prospect like Sting Ray Robb, Benjamin Pedersen, Kyffin Simpson or Ernie Francis Jr. score a first series win on the streets of Nashville?
  • Push-to-pass could play a key strategic role at Nashville as Indy Lights drivers will have a bank of 150 seconds to use an added 50 horsepower to assist in overtaking, similar to the drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The maximum amount of time for each press of the overtake system is 15 seconds.

 


 
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Lundqvist Dominates Nashville for Fifth Win of Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022) – Linus Lundqvist showed why he is the class of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires field this season, leading all 35 laps from pole Sunday to win the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville.

Lundqvist earned his series-leading fifth victory this season in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry, beating second place Sting Ray Robb to the checkered flag by 7.2221 seconds in the caution-free race. Lundqvist expanded his series lead to a commanding 95 points with just four races remaining this season.

SEE: Race Results

Swedish driver Lundqvist was fourth quickest in both practice sessions this weekend but started from pole when the field was set by entrant points after qualifying was canceled Saturday due to thunderstorms.

“So excited and so, so happy,” Lundqvist said. “We showed that we had the pace on street courses. In practice, I just had to dial myself in a little bit. Obviously, we got maybe a little bit lucky with qualifying, but I think we showed in the race that we had the pace to win.”

Andretti Autosport teammates Robb and Hunter McElrea finished second and third, respectively. Robb passed McElrea on Lap 32 for second, the highlight of a stirring duel between the duo for many laps on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit that includes two trips per lap over the Cumberland River via the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Matthew Brabham finished fourth in the No. 83 Andretti Autosport car, with Christian Rasmussen rounding out a 2-3-4-5 result for Andretti Autosport in the No. 28 Road to Indy/Stellrecht entry.

McElrea stayed close to Lundqvist for the first six laps around the tricky, bumpy circuit. McElrea nearly hit the rear of Lundqvist’s car in Turn 4, exiting the bridge, on Lap 5 as he tried to look for an opening.

But Lundqvist gradually pulled away, growing his lead to .9513 of a second on Lap 10 and 6.3779 seconds by Lap 25.

Lundqvist’s checkout from the rest of the field shined a spotlight on the fierce race for second between teammates Robb and McElrea.

Robb looked for a way past many times over the closing half of the race. He finally made the decisive pass on Lap 32 as both drivers exited the bridge and headed toward Turn 9. Robb’s No. 2 Sekady car and McElrea’s No. 27 Andretti Autosport machine made contact, but Robb quickly gathered himself and dove under McElrea for second place.

McElrea’s car appeared damaged from the contact, and Robb drove away to beat his teammate to the finish by 3.1723 seconds.

While Lundqvist holds a lead of nearly two races’ worth of points over second-place McElrea, the tight duel between Robb and McElrea mirrors the race for second in the standings. McElrea leads third-place Robb by just eight points, with Andretti Autosport teammate Matthew Brabham is just 20 points behind McElrea in fourth.

The next Indy Lights race is the second and final oval race of the season, Saturday, Aug. 20 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Live coverage starts at 4:15 p.m. ET on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Results Sunday of the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires event on the 2.1-mile Streets of Nashville circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Linus Lundqvist, 35, Running
2. (3) Sting Ray Robb, 35, Running
3. (2) Hunter McElrea, 35, Running
4. (4) Matthew Brabham, 35, Running
5. (5) Christian Rasmussen, 35, Running
6. (6) Benjamin Pedersen, 35, Running
7. (11) Christian Bogle, 35, Running
8. (12) Kyffin Simpson, 35, Running
9. (8) Jacob Abel, 35, Running
10. (7) Danial Frost, 33, Running
11. (10) Ernie Francis Jr., 31, Running
12. (9) James Roe, 21, Running

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 91.574 mph
Time of Race: 00:48:09.4677
Margin of victory: 7.2221 seconds
Cautions: 0 for 0 laps
Lead changes: 0

Lap Leaders:
Lundqvist 1 - 35

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Point Standings:
Lundqvist 436, McElrea 341, Robb 333, Brabham 321, Rasmussen 302, Pedersen 296, Frost 278, Abel 235, Simpson 234, Bogle 218, Francis Jr. 217, Antonio Serravalle 204, Roe 195, Ryan Phinny 77, Manuel Sulaiman 48

 


 

Lundqvist To Start from Pole after Nashville Qualifying Canceled

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022) – Linus Lundqvist moved one step closer to his first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship Saturday when he was awarded the pole for the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix, as lightning-laden thunderstorms that rolled through downtown Nashville forced the cancellation of qualifying.

The starting field was set by entrant points, per the series rulebook. Swedish driver Lundqvist leads the championship standings by 77 points over Hunter McElrea with four races remaining, with an identical gap in the entrant points with his No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry. Lundqvist will start from the pole for the sixth time this season.

SEE: Starting Lineup

“I’m a little bit sad that qualifying got canceled,” Lundqvist said. “I think this place around a qualifying session would have been awesome. I think it would have been a good fight between us. But we’ll take starting on pole for the race. I’m definitely taking advantage of that aspect.”

Live coverage of Indy Lights’ debut race on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit starts at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network. The race will be 35 laps or 55 minutes, whichever comes first.

McElrea, winner of the last two Lights races, will start second in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car.

Row 2 will consist of Andretti Autosport teammates Sting Ray Robb and Matthew Brabham, starting third and fourth, respectively, in the No. 2 Sekady car and the No. 83 Andretti Autosport entry.

Perhaps the driver most dismayed to see qualifying canceled was Benjamin Pedersen. The Dane will start sixth despite leading practice Friday and this morning in his No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD car.

Pedersen’s best lap Saturday was 1 minute, 21.0820 seconds. That was quicker than his practice-topping time of 1:21.8473 on Friday afternoon.

“This whole week has been a really great week so far,” Pedersen said. “The car is on rails. This place is super cool. Pretty disappointed about qualifying being canceled because I really feel we had a good shot at fighting for pole.

“But that’s how it is. We’ve had some great races this year in terms of moving forward positions, so I’m going to be super aggressive. I have nothing to lose.”

Lundqvist was fourth quickest in both practice sessions.

“We’ll see what tomorrow can bring,” Lundqvist said. “The weather looks a little bit dodgy. It might be wet. That will make things interesting, for sure.”

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Qualifying Saturday for the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix event on the 2.1-mile Streets of Nashville with qualifying position, car number in parentheses and driver. Lineup set by entrant points after qualifications were canceled due to weather.

1. (26) Linus Lundqvist, entrant points
2. (27) Hunter McElrea, entrant points
3. (2) Sting Ray Robb, entrant points
4. (83) Matthew Brabham, entrant points
5. (28) Christian Rasmussen, entrant points
6. (24) Benjamin Pedersen, entrant points
7. (68) Danial Frost, entrant points
8. (51) Jacob Abel, entrant points
9. (11) James Roe, entrant points
10. (99) Ernie Francis Jr., entrant points
11. (7) Christian Bogle, entrant points
12. (21) Kyffin Simpson, entrant points


 

 

Pedersen Dominates First Practice at Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Friday, Aug. 5, 2022) – Benjamin Pedersen led the opening practice for the Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix on Friday as the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship prepares to race on the streets of Nashville for the first time.

Pedersen, from Denmark, produced a top lap of 1 minute, 21.8473 seconds in the No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD entry on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile temporary street circuit that includes two trips over the Cumberland River via the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge on each lap. Pedersen’s best time was more than four-tenths clear of any other driver during the 50-minute session.

SEE: Practice Results

“Overall, this was a great way to start Practice 1, with being fastest,” Pedersen said. “We accomplished exactly what we had in our test plan, and this place is just awesome to drive. It really rewards being on the absolute ragged edge, and it’s just such a big commitment place. Really looking forward to tomorrow and continuing to push ourselves.”

Danial Frost was second at 1:22.2616 in the No. 68 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car. Hunter McElrea – winner of the last two series races, at Mid-Ohio and Iowa – was third at 1:22.3069 in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car.

Series points leader Linus Lundqvist was fourth at 1:22.3188 in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing entry. Lundqvist leads second-place McElrea by 77 points with five races remaining this season.

Matthew Brabham rounded out the top five at 1:22.3457 in the No. 83 Andretti Autosport entry. While Indy Lights never has raced on this circuit, Brabham has experience on the bumpy, tricky layout by racing here in the Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Trucks series.

Up next is the second practice at 11:15 a.m. ET and qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET Saturday, with live coverage of both sessions on INDYCAR Live! and the INDYCAR Radio Network. Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network will provide live coverage of the 35-lap race at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

 
 

 

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Foster Marches On as Indy Pro 2000 Field Heads to St. Louis

Gavin Baker

PALMETTO, Fla. – The Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires is reaching toward its climax. Only two event weekends and a total of four races remain before the series champion will clinch a scholarship award valued at almost $615,000 to ensure graduation into Indy Lights, the top step of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2023.

 
This Saturday, August 20, the VP Racing Fuels Oval Challenge of St. Louis at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Mo., will comprise the second and final oval race of the 18-race season with rookie standout Louis Foster seeking to stretch his already commanding lead at the head of the point standings.

 
Foster, 19, from Basingstoke, England, has taken the series by storm. He has earned at least one podium finish at each of the tracks he has visited so far with the Exclusive Autosport team, including a dominant performance at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park oval in May and a sweep of both races at the Toronto street course last month. Foster’s tally of six wins has taken him 71 points clear of his closest challenger, Reece Gold, from Miami, Fla., whose Juncos Hollinger Racing teammate Enaam Ahmed lies a further 20 points adrift in third.

 

 
Gold, who will not turn 18 until the eve of the championship finale, has won twice this season, while London, England-based Pakistani Ahmed, a former British Formula 3 champion who has finished four times on the podium this year, is still searching for that elusive maiden victory.

 
A 50 percent points bonus for the two oval races will result in 45 points being awarded to this weekend’s winner – up from the usual quota of 30 to which the series will revert for its final triple-header event, also in support of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, at Portland International Raceway on September 2/3. The usual single points for pole position, fastest race lap and leading most laps also will be up for grabs at each of the final four races.

 
Nolan Siegel, from Palo Alto, Calif., stands only four points behind Ahmed with two wins to his credit for DEForce Racing. Teammate Kiko Porto, from Recife, Brazil, Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), from Mount Kisco., N.Y., and Jay Howard Driver Development drivers Braden Eves, who won at WWTR last year, and Mexico’s Salvador De Alba also have tasted the spoils of victory during an especially competitive season for the middle rung on the Road to Indy ladder.

 
In addition to all of the regular contenders, three new rookies will make their debuts this weekend. Trey Burke, from Alvin, Texas, will join Turn 3 Motorsport as a stand-in for Jonathan Browne, who has college final exams to complete in his native Ireland, while Bijoy Garg, from Atherton, Calif., also will make the step up from the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship for the first time with DEForce Racing. Australian Marcos Flack, 16, a race winner this year in the GB3 Championship in Europe, will make his North American debut with Jay Howard Driver Development.

 
A pair of test sessions on Friday will provide the drivers with a valuable opportunity to gain some additional experience on the 1.25-mile oval prior to a busy Saturday which will begin with 30 minutes of practice at 9:45 a.m. Single-car qualifying will take place at 11:45 a.m. to determine starting positions for the 55-lap green feature which will see the green flag at 2:15 p.m. All times are CDT.

 
Live streaming will be available at RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App and indypro2000.com.

 


 
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VRD Young Stars Share Road America USF Juniors Spoils

José Mário Dias

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – The battle for the inaugural USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires championship is heating up. Two more exciting races today rounded out the Fleet Farm Grand Prix of Road America, with VRD Racing teammates Nikita Johnson and Alessandro De Tullio each scoring a victory as America’s National Park of Speed provided some thrilling entertainment.


 
Johnson, from Gulfport, Fla., claimed an overdue first victory during an all-green race this morning, narrowly edging out polesitter Sam Corry, from Cornelius, N.C., who had taken the opening win on Saturday. Later in the day, De Tullio, from Miami, Fla., bounced back impressively from a DQ during the earlier event to eke out a 0.111-second margin of victory as Corry once again had to settle for second.

 
Johnson just beat championship leader Mac Clark (DEForce Racing) to the final podium position to ensure the top four title contenders will head to the series finale with a mere 50 points between them.

 

 
The grid for this morning’s race was established in accordance with each driver’s second fastest lap from the single qualifying session on Saturday morning or their best lap recorded during Race One. The top five positions all were determined in qualifying, with Corry edging out Clark to secure his first Cooper Tires Pole Award of the season.

 
Corry was able to hold onto his advantage at the start, although Johnson produced a scorching first lap to latch onto his teammate’s tail despite having lined up fifth on the grid. Behind, Clark, who started second, immediately became embroiled in a tooth-and-nail battle with De Tullio which was to last throughout the entirety of the 10-lap race.

 
Their infighting allowed Johnson and Corry to pull away and indulge in their own thrilling scrap for the top position. Johnson drafted his way past into Turn One on the sixth lap, and even though the pair was never separated by more than a couple of car lengths, Johnson held off Corry’s final attempt at a pass to secure a deserved maiden victory. Just 0.087 of a second separated them at the line.

 
The fight for second was even more intense as Clark and De Tullio made a little contact as they sped toward the finish line. De Tullio edged out his title rival by a mere 0.027 of a second, only to be later docked one position for employing an overly aggressive defense. Ultimately, that was rendered moot when De Tullio’s car was disqualified from the results due to a technical infraction discovered during the mandatory post-race inspections. The penalty delivered a serious blow to De Tullio’s title aspirations.

 
Andre Castro, from New York, N.Y., finished a lonely fifth for the International Motorsport team, while Ethan Ho (DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports), from Los Angeles, Calif., rebounded from an incident in Race One to finish sixth after a race-long scrap with Castro’s teammate Alan Isambard, from West Palm Beach, Fla.

 
Corry again lined up on pole position for this afternoon’s finale, and after a lengthy early caution following an incident farther down the field, he and De Tullio quickly distanced themselves from the pursuing pack.

 
De Tullio made the decisive move for the lead on the eighth lap, taking advantage of a huge draft on the long front straightaway, then had to work hard to keep his advantage. He did so by the slim margin of just over a tenth of a second.

 
Another fierce battle for third ended with Johnson taking the flag just 0.019 ahead of Clark, with International Motorsports teammates Giorgio Carrera, from Argentina, and Castro, as well as Ho and Jeremy Fairbairn (Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport), from Wellington, Fla., also blanketed by less than three-quarters of a second.

 
The weekend sweep for VRD Racing took team owner Dan Mitchell’s tally of PFC Awards to eight for the season. It also clinched the coveted Team Championship for the Dawsonville, Ga.-based organization.

 
The drivers’ championship, meanwhile, along with a scholarship valued at over $220,000 to graduate onto the first step of the Road to Indy, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, in 2023, will be decided during a triple-header finale at Circuit of The Americas, near Austin, Texas, on September 17/18.

 
Provisional championship points after 13 of 16 races:
1. Mac Clark, 324
2. Sam Corry, 294
3. Alessandro De Tullio, 284
4. Nikita Johnson, 274
5. Andre Castro, 198
6. Jeremy Fairbairn, 160
7. Ethan Ho, 154
8. Titus Sherlock, 153
9. Alan Isambard, 151
10. Elliot Cox, 140

 
Nikita Johnson (#7 Allen Exploration, LLC/Walker’s Cay-Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS): “Today was amazing, to get my first win this morning, it has been coming for quite some time. At Mid-Ohio, we finally got the car where we wanted it and we’ve been in the fight ever since. We finally got it done today. Going into race three, I had my head up – but after all the yellow flag laps, I knew we only had a few laps to go so I had to be super aggressive. Sam and Alessandro broke away, so I was fighting with Mac – of course, we’re all fighting with Mac for the championship lead! I defended the best I could and was able to get it done. I have some battle scars, but that was some good racing. I’m going to miss this track. It’s one of the best races on the calendar, but I’m really looking forward to COTA.”

 
Alessandro De Tullio (#20 VRD/DTI Group Inc.-Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS): “It was good to come back and get a win today, I needed that. The DQ was tough to take, it really hurt us in the points. I was able to gain some points on Mac in race three, so now I have to try my best to win every race. Race three was short with all the yellows, so it was a matter of staying composed and keeping Sam behind me – it’s different when you’re battling your teammate but I know how to win, so I kept it clean. Getting this win really gives us a boost, and it was great to do it at Road America. There’s a lot of space to battle all the way around, it was really fun.”

 
Sam Corry (#14 Red Line Oil/Fill-Rite/Stilo Helmets-Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS): “It’s cool to win the team championship, especially here at Road America. It’s so cool to be here, and so cool to get a 1-2-3 in every race. It’s great for the team. Race two was good – once Nikita and I were out in front, I could see that Mac and Alessandro were battling behind us so we worked together to push and get away from them. In race three, the yellows shortened our race, but with Mac behind me, I knew I had to secure as many points as I could. It was a good points day!”
 

Corry Wins as VRD Sweeps USF Juniors Podium at Road America

José Mário Dias

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – A thrilling climax to the first of three races that will comprise this weekend’s Fleet Farm Grand Prix of Road America saw Sam Corry, from Cornelius, N.C., edge out VRD Racing teammate Alessandro De Tullio, from Miami, Fla., by the slimmest of margins. Just 0.030 of a second separated the pair as they sped in echelon across the finish line this afternoon in Round 11 out of 16 races that will decide the inaugural USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires title chase.

 
Nikita Johnson, from Gulfport, Fla., ensured an emphatic sweep of the podium for VRD Racing after a challenge from Andre Castro (International Motorsport), from New York, N.Y., who had started dead last on the field but saw his strong drive end by a spin in Turn Five on the final lap.

 

 
A memorable day for VRD stood in stark contrast to DEForce Racing, whose runaway championship leader, Mac Clark, from Milton, Ont., Canada, was sidelined by a mechanical problem on the very first lap.

 
Clark had maintained his impressive qualifying streak this morning by posting the fastest time during the 30-minute session to ensure a remarkable 10th Cooper Tires Pole Award, but his fortunes took a dip as soon as the green flag flew. Clark was immediately engulfed by the pack as the VRD teammates swarmed to the front, and matters worsened shortly afterward when his car ground to a halt.

 
Less than two minutes later, at Turn 14, a multi-car incident involving Clark’s Australian teammate, Quinn Armstrong and Jeremy Fairbairn (Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport), from Wellington, Fla., brought out the caution flags.

 
Corry, who had started third, led at the restart with De Tullio, Ethan Ho (DC Autosport with Cape Motorsports), from Los Angeles, Calif., and Johnson hot on his heels. Elliot Cox, from Indianapolis, Ind., ran next, after having started 10th, followed by Castro, who had started from the back of the field after a gearbox failure prevented him from taking part in qualifying.

 
Castro breezed past Cox at the restart, then moved onto the tail of the VRD trio after Ho’s strong performance was punctuated by a spin in Turn 14. He eventually finished 13th.

 
The four leaders provided a tremendous spectacle as they jockeyed constantly for position. Johnson took advantage of the draft and a late-braking move down the inside to take the lead at Turn 12, Canada Corner, on the eighth lap, only to be a sitting duck as both Corry and De Tullio drafted comfortably past him into Turn One on the penultimate lap.

 
De Tullio was content to follow his teammate for the majority of the final 4.048-mile lap before ducking out of the draft and drawing alongside as they crested the hill just a couple of hundred yards from the finish line. Corry just managed to hold on to secure his second win of the season. De Tullio had to settle for second but now trails Clark by only 29 points with five races remaining.

 
Castro drafted past Johnson for third at Turn One on the final lap, only for Johnson to return the favor on the downhill run toward Turn Five. Castro’s hopes of a back-to-front fairy-tale were then finally extinguished when he spun at the exit, which gifted a season-best fourth place finish to Cox.

 
Dan Mitchell pocketed his sixth PFC Award as the winning car owner as VRD Racing extended its already commanding lead in the Team Championship to a whopping 124 points.

 
Two more races will be held tomorrow with the green flags set for 9:30 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. CDT.

 
Provisional championship points after 11 of 16 races:
1. Mac Clark, 282
2. Alessandro De Tullio, 253
3. Sam Corry, 241
4. Nikita Johnson, 221
5. Andre Castro, 164
6. Titus Sherlock, 141
7. Jeremy Fairbairn, 139
8. Elliot Cox, 130
9. Alan Isambard, 124
10. Ethan Ho, 123

 
Sam Corry (#14 Red Line Oil/Fill-Rite/Stilo Helmets-Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS): “It’s awesome to come to the iconic Road America and take a VRD podium. It’s amazing to be here. It’s such a great track and a beautiful facility. The race started out a bit rocky, but when the green came back out, we just drove a good race to try to get away from the cars behind. I was trying to catch Alessandro sleeping on the restart going up the hill – I come from a dirt track background, so that restart was nothing new! The three of us raced each other as hard as we could, and as clean as we could, of course. It was a crazy race, what happened to Mac at the start, but it was a quick race. I just kept my head down, trying to do quali laps. I saw Alessandro close up but I was able to get it done.”

 
Alessandro De Tullio (#20 VRD/DTI Group Inc.-Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS): ““It was a pretty good race, but definitely good points for the championship with Mac Clark not finishing. Our goal was just to finish in the top three. P2 is a good finish. It was a good battle with my teammates, a clean battle, and a good result overall. It’s a bit different when you’re racing against your teammates. You have to play the team game sometimes and today was one of those days, especially with the points leader out. The goal was for all three of us to finish 1-2-3, and we did. The goal will be to win tomorrow.”

 
Nikita Johnson (#7 Allen Exploration, LLC/Walker’s Cay-Velocity Racing Development Ligier JS): “Something happened to Mac on the start and that really bunched us all up, four-wide at one point. It was crazy. Sam had a great restart after the yellow and caught me asleep a bit, so I just put my head down and kept pushing. I caught up to Sam and Alessandro, but Andre Castro was right behind me until he spun. That really changed the race, because the three of us really had a gap to the field. I couldn’t catch them, so we’ll see how we can improve for tomorrow.”


 
USF Juniors to Join Road to Indy Fall Combine

José Mário Dias

USF Juniors to Join Road to Indy Fall Combine

 
PALMETTO, Fla. – USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 22-23 as part of the Road to Indy Fall Combine. This is the 11th year for the annual series test which provides teams and drivers a jumpstart on their 2023 campaigns. USF Juniors will unite with the first two rungs of the Road to Indy – the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.

 
The first shipment of new USF Juniors Tatuus JR-23 chassis, which recently began series prototype testing, will be available to teams ahead of the Fall Combine in September. Component kits to convert a USF2000 USF-22 chassis to a USF Juniors JR-23 will also be available in September.

 
The three-step equipment package concept in place gives competitors the opportunity to begin with the JR-23 and advance up the Road to Indy ladder to USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 utilizing the same base chassis with modifications to ensure proper training as drivers advance.

 
The series will wrap up its inaugural season on September 16-18 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The triple-header race weekend will close out a tight championship currently led by Mac Clark of DEForce Racing with 324 points over the VRD Racing trio of Sam Corry (294 points), Alessandro De Tullio (284 points) and Nikita Johnson (274 points). Each race will offer 30 points to the winner with bonus points for the Cooper Tires Pole Award, fastest race lap and most laps led.

 
VRD Racing has already locked up the team championship.

 
A championship celebration to honor the accomplishments of USF Juniors competitors will be held in the Velocity Lounge at Circuit of The Americas the evening of September 18 where a champion’s scholarship valued at over $221,000 to advance to USF2000 in 2023 will be presented. Additional awards include second and third-place in the driver standings, champion team award, Makita Tools Mechanic of the Year, Hi-Tide Spirit Award, Hard Charger Award and YACademy Move of the Year.

 


 

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 ntt  indy car series 2022 Schedule

 

DateTrackTrack type
27th Feb.Streets of St PetersburgStreet circuit
20th Mar.Texas Motor SpeedwayOval
10th Apr.Streets of Long BeachStreet circuit
1st MayBarber Motorsports ParkRoad course
14th MayIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayRoad course
29th MayIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayOval
5th Jun.Raceway at Bells Isle ParkStreet circuit
12th Jun.Road AmericaRoad course
3rd Jul.Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseRoad course
17th Jul.Streets of TorontoStreet circuit
23rd Jul.Iowa SpeedwayOval
24th Jul.Iowa SpeedwayOval
30th Jul.Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayRoad course
7th Aug.Streets of NashvilleStreet circuit
20th Aug.World Wide Technology RacewayOval
4th Sep.Portland International RacewayRoad course
11th Sep.WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaRoad course

 

 

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2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Schedule

DateTrackLocation
2/27/22Streets of St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg FL
4/1/22Barber Motorsports ParkBirmingham AL
5/13/22Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road CourseSpeedway IN
5/14/22Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road CourseSpeedway IN
6/4/22The Raceway at Belle Isle ParkDetroit MI
6/5/22The Raceway at Belle Isle ParkDetroit MI
6/12/22Road AmericaElkhart Lake WI
7/3/22Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington OH
7/23/22Iowa SpeedwayNewton IA
8/7/22Streets of NashvilleNashville TN
8/20/22World Wide Technology RacewayMadison IL
9/4/22Portland International RacewayPortland OR
9/10/22WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaSalinas CA
9/11/22WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaSalinas CA
 

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship 2022 Schedule

 February 26/27                 
 
 Streets of St. Petersburg               
 
 1.8-mile street course*
 April 30/May 1 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course*
 May 13/14 
 
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course**           
 
 May 27 Lucas Oil Raceway
 
 .686-mile oval
 
 June 11/12 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
 
 July 2/3 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course**
 July 16/17 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street circuit*
 September 2/3/4 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course**

 * Double-Header Rounds    **Triple-Header Rounds

 

 

 

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 February 26/27                 
 
 Streets of St. Petersburg               
 
 1.8-mile street course*
 April 30/May 1 Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile road course*
 May 13/14 
 
 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course**           
 
 May 27 Lucas Oil Raceway
 
 .686-mile oval
 
 June 11/12 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
 
 July 2/3 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
 July 16/17 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street circuit*
 August 20 World Wide Technology Raceway 1.25-mile oval
 September 2/3/4 Portland International Raceway 1.967-mile road course**

* Double-Header Rounds      **Triple-Header Rounds

USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires

Rounds
1/2/3
4/5
6/7/8
9/10
11/12/13
14/15/16
Date
April 23/24
April 28/29
June 4/5
July 8/9
July 30/31
September 17/18
Circuit
Ozarks International Raceway w/USAC Racing
Barber Motorsports Park w/INDYCAR
Virginia International Raceway w/USAC Racing
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course w/NASCAR
Road America w/USAC Racing
Circuit of The Americas w/USAC Racing
 
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