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Herta, Kirkwood Complete ‘Big Day’ For Andretti Global

TORONTO (Sunday, July 21, 2024) – Michael Andretti’s raised right arm said it all following the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, and the team owner could have raised two.

One for Colton Herta, another for Kyle Kirkwood.

The two drivers gave Andretti Global a win for the first time since last year’s rebranding and its first 1-2 finish in a race since Kirkwood and Romain Grosjean delivered in 2023 at Long Beach.

SEE: Results

Herta ended a 40-race winless drought by scoring his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race in 799 days, and an Andretti car won this event for the ninth time. Andretti won seven times as a driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay went to victory lane for Andretti’s team in 2012.

“We needed this so bad,” Andretti said after the race. “We’ve been competitive all year but we just haven’t been able to get the final result.

“It was a big day.”

Herta effectively led from start to finish, relinquishing the lead only twice to pit. Officially, he paced 81 of the 85 laps, with Kirkwood following him throughout, including on the stops.

For the weekend, Herta had the fastest lap in all three practices, won the NTT P1 Award and then he won the race, a feat that is mind-boggling if not unprecedented. It’s believed no driver in the sport’s history has so dominated an event weekend. Herta now has eight career wins.

“We’ve been knocking on the door to win for so long,” Herta said. “Forty-one starts without a win is a long time, and it’s been disappointing for us. I think we’re a team – Michael is the owner -- that demands perfection … (I’m) so happy. The Gainbridge Honda was so fast.”

The separation between Herta and Kirkwood at the finish line was .3469 of a second, but the driver of the No. 27 AutoNation Honda said he was less concerned with passing Herta than keeping third-place Scott Dixon at bay.

“Putting us at risk was just not the move today,” Kirkwood said of the team’s approach. “I played a little bit more defense as you probably noticed over the (late) restarts. Super happy with second place. (Finishing 1-2) was the goal today.”

Kirkwood said Herta earning the pole on Saturday made him “deserving” of the race win.

Dixon finished third to tie Mario Andretti for the most top-three finishes in series history. Each has 141.

Behind those three was something of a mess, including stoppage for a multi-car accident in Turn 1 on Lap 73.

Pato O’Ward was running sixth when he spun his No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet halfway around. At that point, there wasn’t much damage to his car, but there soon was. Worse, he was facing traffic and could see oncoming traffic at speed.

Marcus Ericsson veered his No. 27 Delaware Life Honda into O’Ward’s car on the left side of the track, but that wasn’t the end of it. Pietro Fittipaldi was the fifth car in line after Ericsson’s contact, and he struck O’Ward’s car with enough force to lift his off the ground. Santino Ferrucci was trailing Fittipaldi, and his No. 14 AJ FOYT RACING/SEXTON PROPERTIES Chevrolet launched, hitting the fence with the bottom of the car before landing on the track upside down.

Rookie Nolan Siegel and his No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet followed Ferrucci into the crash site, and his car struck O’Ward’s as well. Rookie Toby Sowery then hit Siegel with his No. 51 Global Kartin League/Vuzix Honda of Dale Coyne Racing. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Just prior to the accident, rookie Kyffin Simpson hit the Turn 8 wall with his No. 4 Journie Rewards Chip Ganassi Racing Honda as Alexander Rossi did in Friday’s practice. Whereas Rossi broke his right thumb, Simpson was not injured.

Minutes before that, Felix Rosenqvist overshot Turn 3 in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda of Meyer Shank Racing and drove into the escape area. Ericsson similarly had to take evasive action.

Rookie Theo Pourchaire, who was standing in for Rossi in the No. 7 Ryde Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, had contact with fellow rookie Linus Lundqvist (No. 8 The American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda).

If that wasn’t enough, Team Penske had a disastrous lap with nine laps remaining. Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet) bumped Scott McLaughlin (No. 3 Gallagher Team Penske Chevrolet) into the Turn 5 wall, leading to a penalty and sarcastic applause from McLaughlin as he waited for his teammate to come back around. They were racing for fourth place.

If that wasn’t bad enough for Team Penske, Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet) suffered a cut tire in the sequence and was forced to pit. Whereas the team had three cars in the top seven at the time, they finished 11th, 12th and 16th as Newgarden later overshot Turn 3.

All three Penske drivers, plus O’Ward, have had designs on overtaking Palou for the series championship, but those hopes too a big hit as Palou drove from the 18th starting position to finish fourth. Palou extended his series lead over Power to 49 points. Dixon is third, 53 points out. Herta moved to fourth, 57 points behind Palou (No. 10 DHL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda).

The series will take three weekends off as the Paris Olympics are held. The 13th race of the 17-race season will be the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Aug. 17.

TORONTO - Results Sunday of the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 1.786-mile Streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Colton Herta, Honda, 85, Running
2. (2) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 85, Running
3. (15) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
4. (18) Alex Palou, Honda, 85, Running
5. (13) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 85, Running
6. (6) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Running
7. (16) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 85, Running
8. (22) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (5) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (8) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
11. (7) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (9) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
13. (24) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 84, Running
14. (26) Theo Pourchaire, Chevrolet, 84, Running
15. (21) Toby Sowery, Honda, 84, Running
16. (4) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 76, Contact
17. (14) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 72, Contact
18. (11) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 72, Contact
19. (23) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 72, Contact
20. (17) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 72, Contact
21. (19) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 72, Contact
22. (20) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 66, Contact
23. (3) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 63, Mechanical
24. (25) Hunter McElrea, Honda, 57, Contact
25. (27) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 13, Mechanical
26. (10) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 4, Contact
27. (12) Christian Rasmussen, Chevrolet, 0, Contact

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 91.568 mph
Time of Race: 01:39:28.4293
Margin of victory: 0.3469 of a second
Cautions: 5 or 15 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Herta, Colton 1 - 34
Dixon, Scott 35 - 36
Herta, Colton 37 - 53
Dixon, Scott 54
Ericsson, Marcus 55
Herta, Colton 56 - 85

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings: Palou 411, Power 362, Dixon 358, Herta 354, O'Ward 340, McLaughlin 328, Kirkwood 314, Newgarden 266, Alexander Rossi 265, Ferrucci 231, Lundgaard 229, Ericsson 222, Rosenqvist 221, Armstrong 203, VeeKay 201, Grosjean 199, Rahal 197, Lundqvist 173, Fittipaldi 135, Simpson 133, Robb 121, Rasmussen 109, Canapino 109, Pourchaire 91, Siegel 88, Malukas 82, Jack Harvey 80, Tom Blomqvist 46, Callum Ilott 39, Ed Carpenter 32, Sowery 32, Luca Ghiotto 27, Helio Castroneves 26, Conor Daly 26, Katherine Legge 24, Kyle Larson 21, Takuma Sato 19, Tristan Vautier 12, Colin Braun 10, Ryan Hunter-Reay 6, McElrea 6, Marco Andretti 5


 

herta Again on Pole in Toronto, Eyes First Race Win Since 2022

TORONTO (Saturday, July 20, 2024) – All Colton Herta needs to do now is complete the weekend sweep of the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto.

Herta has been the fastest NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver in each of this weekend’s sessions so far at Exhibition Place, capping Saturday with a pole-winning run in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda of Andretti Global with Curb-Agajanian.

Herta bested Andretti Global teammate Kyle Kirkwood by just over a tenth of a second to take the 14th NTT P1 Award of his career. Herta’s lap of 59.5431 seconds earned him his second pole in this event, the other coming in 2022. He finished second in that race.

SEE: Qualifying Results

This was Herta’s third pole of the season, but he has yet to convert one into a race win. In fact, the last time Herta went to victory lane was on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race in May 2022. For a driver of his caliber, that’s too long of a drought.

“We just need to (do) the same,” Herta said of maintaining his advantage on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit. “This (car) has been a rocket ship all weekend (and) really has (been) the past few races. Luck hasn’t turned our way for a win yet, and I’m hoping it’s here tomorrow.”

The 85-lap race is set for 1 p.m. ET (Peacock (United States, TSN4/TSN+ (Canada), INDYCAR Radio Network). Herta has finished second and third in the past two Toronto races and finished seventh as a rookie in 2019.

Kirkwood gave Andretti Global a sweep of the front row with a lap of 59.6735 seconds in the No. 27 AutoNation Honda. Meyer Shank Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist earned the third starting position to give Honda a 1-2-3 look at the green flag. Given the technical alliance between Andretti Global and Meyer Shank Racing, that’s also a top-three sweep for that group.

MSR’s David Malukas also earned a spot in the Firestone Fast Six, and he will start sixth in the No. 66 AutoNation/Arctic Wolf Honda.

Theo Pourchaire had an even more dramatic day, replacing the injured Alexander Rossi (broken right thumb) despite having never competed on the track being used this weekend. Pourchaire was in his native France when Rossi’s car hit the tire barrier in Turn 8 in Friday’s practice, and he had to make a quick trans-Atlantic trip. He boarded the first of two flights shortly after midnight ET and arrived in the paddock about an hour before qualifying. Remarkably, his best lap (of nine) was less than 1.1 seconds from transferring to the second round.

Another happy driver was Agustin Canapino, who qualified the No. 78 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet in the highest position – 10th – of his two-year career. Canapino had never reached the second round of qualifying.

Series leader Alex Palou (No. 10 DHL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) will start 18th in the 27-car field after being penalized in qualifying for impeding Pato O’Ward and his No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet in the second group. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver disagreed with the penalty, insisting there were “three cars in front of me – I couldn’t really go anywhere.”

Palou won’t be the only championship contender starting the race in deep in the pack. O’Ward stands third in the standings, and he will start 14th. Scott Dixon, a four-time winner of this event who is fourth in points, will line up 15th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. That makes three of the top four in the standings starting in the back half of the field. Will Power, who trails Palou by 35 points, will start ninth in the No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet. He is a three-time Toronto winner.

Hunter McElrea’s first series qualifying effort ended just minutes into the session when his No. 18 Courtesy Corporation Honda of Dale Coyne Racing went into the Turn 8 tire barrier. Last year’s runner-up in INDY NXT by Firestone will start Sunday’s race from the 25th position – he had been 16th in the morning practice.

This is the last of the series’ four street circuit races this season. O’Ward won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding while Dixon won the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. After this weekend, five races remain to determine the series champion, and four of them will be on oval tracks.

For the first time this weekend, drivers are allowed to regenerate and deploy stored energy after INDYCAR updated hybrid unit procedures. The energy recovery system that adds up to 60 additional horsepower in spurts was introduced earlier in the month and has been used on a road course at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and on an oval at Iowa Speedway. This is the first time the hybrid technology has been used on a street circuit.

TORONTO - Qualifying Saturday for the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 1.786-mile Streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 59.5431 (107.982 mph)
2. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 59.6735 (107.746)
3. (60) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 59.8252 (107.473)
4. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 59.9082 (107.324)
5. (77) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 01:00.0012 (107.158)
6. (66) David Malukas, Honda, 01:00.2109 (106.785)
7. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 59.8796 (107.375)
8. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:00.0323 (107.102)
9. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:00.1310 (106.927)
10. (78) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 01:00.2873 (106.649)
11. (28) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:00.3364 (106.563)
12. (20) Christian Rasmussen, Chevrolet, 01:00.4336 (106.391)
13. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 01:00.5732 (106.146)
14. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:00.6435 (106.023)
15. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:00.7389 (105.856)
16. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:00.7510 (105.835)
17. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 01:01.0072 (105.391)
18. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:00.8337 (105.691)
19. (6) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 01:01.2409 (104.989)
20. (4) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 01:00.9502 (105.489)
21. (51) Toby Sowery, Honda, 01:01.3367 (104.825)
22. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:01.0846 (105.257)
23. (30) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 01:01.3791 (104.752)
24. (8) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 01:01.2099 (105.042)
25. (18) Hunter McElrea, Honda, No Time (No Speed)
26. (7) Theo Pourchaire, Chevrolet, 01:01.6071 (104.365)
27. (41) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 01:01.7355 (104.148)

 


 

Herta, Honda Pace First Practice at Toronto’s Exhibition Place

TORONTO (Friday, July 19, 2024) – Five Honda-powered drivers topped the overall time sheet in Friday’s first practice for the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, although it likely doesn’t reflect the competitiveness of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES field at the final street race of the season.

SEE: Practice Results

The final minutes of Friday’s practice saw two drivers – Alexander Rossi and rookie Linus Lundqvist – hit tire barriers on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit, reducing the amount of time left for half of the field to complete a final timed lap.

Rossi was seen and released from INDYCAR Medical Unit, but the incident resulted in a broken right thumb, knocking the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner out of the weekend’s race.

Andretti Global w/Curb-Agajanian driver Colton Herta finished with the day’s fastest lap at 1 minute, 1.0399 seconds, but he knows others will be coming for the top spot the rest of the weekend.

“Overall, the car was really nice,” said Herta, who has a pair of top-three finishes on street circuits this season and won the pole for last month’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. “(It) feels like the same car that we brought last two years, which we've had podium results. And so hopefully that bodes well for us.”

Herta finished third in last year’s race and was second in 2022.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist (No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda) had Friday’s second-quickest time at 1:01.3323 and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Armstrong (No. 11 Ridgeline Lubricants Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) was third at 1:01.7791.

Rounding out the top five was Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) at 1:01.8717 and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal (No. 15 United Rentals Honda) at 1:02.0162.

AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci (No. 14 AJ FOYT RACING/SEXTON PROPERTIES Chevrolet) had the day’s fastest lap by a Chevrolet driver at 1:02.0519.

Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award is Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET, and recent history suggests it will be important for drivers to perform well in the session. The past four Toronto race winners have started on the front row -- two from the pole, two from the No. 2 starting position. This race is the last of four on street circuits this season. Dixon has won the past two.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard (No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda) won last year’s Toronto race from the pole, and he led 54 of the 85 laps. While his margin at the finish line was 11.7893 seconds – the third-largest of the season – Alex Palou and Herta drove from the 15th and 14th starting positions to finish on the podium. Lundgaard’s best lap Friday ranked 12th on the speed chart.

Three-time Toronto race winner Will Power had the first incident of Friday’s practice. He spun his No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet without contact in Turn 9, then was able to use the series’ new hybrid until to restart the car and continue without requiring a caution flag. Agustin Canapino spun his No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet harmlessly minutes later in Turn 8, and he kept the car running.

Later, Rossi and Lundqvist hit the tire barrier in nearly the same fashion.

Series points leader Palou (No. 10 DHL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda), who was seventh Friday, has a 35-point lead over Power in the standings as both drivers try to score their third series championship. Sunday’s race is one of six remaining events on the calendar. Pato O’Ward (No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet) has climbed from sixth in points to third in recent weeks. He is 52 points behind Palou as he chases his first series title. O’Ward’s best lap Friday was good for 16th place.

This field includes Hunter McElrea, who finished second last season in the INDY NXT by Firestone standings. Driving the No. 18 Courtesy Corporation Honda, the 24-year-old New Zealander became the 44th driver to make their series debut with Dale Coyne Racing, including four this season. That group includes Toby Sowery, who is making his second series start this weekend in the team’s No. 51 Global Karting League/Vuzix Honda. They finished 18th and 25th, respectively, in Friday’s practice.

Saturday’s action begins with the weekend’s second practice at 10:30 a.m. ET. The final practice is Sunday at 10 a.m. ET. All sessions will air live on Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 


 

Power Climbs Through Field, Finally Wins at Iowa Speedway

 

 

 

NEWTON, Iowa (Sunday, July 14, 2024) – Add Iowa Speedway to the list of tracks where Will Power has won an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race.

Power put that one on his impressive list with a victory in Sunday’s Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade. In doing so, Team Penske’s two-time series champion pushed his career race win total to 43, giving him sole possession of fourth place in the sport’s history. Power tied Michael Andretti’s career total last month with a victory at Road America.

SEE: Race Results

Sunday’s race was Power’s 19th attempt at the short oval east of Des Moines, Iowa. He had won an event-leading seven poles, but finishing second on four occasions, including last year, had been his best race result. His last oval-track victory was nearly five years ago at Pocono Raceway. He now has 10 career oval wins.

“I’ve been trying to win this race for years (and) years,” said Power, who started deep in the 27-car field due to brushing the wall in Saturday’s qualifying session. “So, I’m over the moon (happy).”

Power, 43, drove from the 22nd starting position and then received quick service from his No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet crew to beat series leader Alex Palou during the final exchange of pit stops under green conditions. Power’s time advantage over Palou in that sequence was about nine-tenths of a second, according to information collected by NTT DATA.

The separation between Power and Palou at the finish line was .3915 of a second.

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, the winner of Saturday night’s Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart, finished third. He led the race’s first 94 laps to push his two-night consecutive laps led total to 259.

McLaughlin lost Sunday’s lead when a caution came out on Lap 101 for Agustin Canapino’s stalled car in Turn 2. As Palou was on pit road at the time and Power hadn’t yet made his scheduled stop, those two drivers cycled to the front, pushing McLaughlin back to third.

Power rode behind Palou for 104 of the next 114 laps before overtaking him on the second pit stop. That was the difference in the race’s outcome on a sunny and hot Midwestern afternoon.

“Massive fuel (saving),” Power said of how he moved up through the field. “Honestly, (I was) just sitting in the pack. I had a really good car – a really fast car – so I sat back and used that pace to save fuel and get a massive (fuel) number.

“I knew once all those (frontrunners) pulled in (for pit service) I could go hard, and then we caught a yellow. That was sort of the thing we were hoping for, to get one of those yellows to put us to the front. Then we were able to get better fuel mileage behind Palou and go a lap longer than him and then jump in (to the pits).”

Said McLaughlin: “We probably caught the caution at the wrong time, (but) first and third (in the two races), I’ll take that.”

Dixon finished fourth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing while Colton Herta fifth in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda of Andretti Global w/Curb-Agajanian.

With the victory, Power cut Palou’s lead in the standings to 35 points with six races remaining.

As Power and Palou were crossing the finish line, a multicar crash coming off Turn 2 occurred. Sting Ray Robb ran over the back of Alexander Rossi’s car, vaulting Robb’s car high in the air vertically. Behind them, Ed Carpenter and Kyle Kirkwood spun and with Rossi, they ended up against the inside retaining wall with Carpenter’s car on top of Kirkwood’s.

Rossi, Kirkwood and Carpenter safely climbed from their damaged cars. Robb gave two thumbs up before being transported to a local hospital as a precaution for further evaluation.

Practice for the 12th race of the season, the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto, begins Friday at 3 p.m. ET at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Christian Lundgaard earned his first series race victory last year on the temporary street circuit.

Sunday’s 85-lap race will air live on Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

NEWTON, Iowa (Sunday, July 14, 2024) - Results Sunday of the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):


 

1. (22) Will Power, Chevrolet, 250, Running
2. (2) Alex Palou, Honda, 250, Running
3. (1) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 250, Running
4. (3) Scott Dixon, Honda, 250, Running
5. (4) Colton Herta, Honda, 250, Running
6. (7) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 250, Running
7. (14) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 250, Running
8. (8) Graham Rahal, Honda, 250, Running
9. (15) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 250, Running
10. (16) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 250, Running
11. (19) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 250, Running
12. (13) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 250, Running
13. (9) David Malukas, Honda, 250, Running
14. (11) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 250, Running
15. (6) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 249, Contact
16. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 249, Contact
17. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 249, Running
18. (23) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 249, Running
19. (25) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 249, Running
20. (17) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 249, Running
21. (20) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 248, Contact
22. (26) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 248, Contact
23. (21) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 248, Running
24. (24) Katherine Legge, Honda, 248, Running
25. (10) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 221, Mechanical
26. (5) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 184, Mechanical
27. (27) Conor Daly, Honda, 140, Mechanical

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 154.768 mph
Time of Race: 01:26:38.7472
Margin of victory: 0.3915 of a second
Cautions: 12 laps 
Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers


Lap Leaders:
McLaughlin, Scott 1 - 94
Palou, Alex 95 - 100
Power, Will 101 - 106
Palou, Alex 107 - 203
Power, Will 204 - 205
Lundqvist, Linus 206 - 208
Power, Will 209 - 250

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Palou 379, Power 344, O'Ward 327, Dixon 322, McLaughlin 315, Herta 299, Kirkwood 274, Rossi 265, Newgarden 247, Ferrucci 221, Rosenqvist 219, Ericsson 209, Lundgaard 203, Rahal 177, Grosjean 177, VeeKay 177, Armstrong 173, Lundqvist 156, Simpson 125, Fittipaldi 124, Robb 116, Rasmussen 104, Canapino 104, Harvey 80, Siegel 79, Pourchaire 75, Malukas 54, Blomqvist 46, Ilott 39, Carpenter 32, Ghiotto 27, Castroneves 26, Daly 26, Legge 24, Larson 21, Sato 19, Sowery 17, Vautier 12, Braun 10, Hunter-Reay 6, Andretti 5


 

McLaughlin Dominant in Maiden Oval Victory at Iowa Speedway

 
NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 13, 2024) – Yes, Scott McLaughlin wanted to win Saturday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Iowa Speedway, but after doing so he acknowledged wanting something much more, something he has been driven to earn since arriving in the U.S. nearly four years ago.

McLaughlin has wanted to belong in this series.

“I didn’t want to call myself an INDYCAR driver until I won on an oval,” he said after winning the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart. “So, I’m going to call myself an INDYCAR driver now.”

SEE: Race Results

McLaughlin earned that distinction in style, too, dominated the 250-lap race and holding off Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward through a series of late-race restarts. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, who had won four of the past five Iowa races and nine of the past 12 oval races, including the past two Indianapolis 500s presented by Gainbridge, finished third with six-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing finishing fourth.

Look at those McLaughlin had to fend off: They’re among the best oval racers in this series with a combined 39 such victories. Yes, McLaughlin now belongs.

“That’s a big deal today,” the New Zealand-born Team Penske driver said. “I’ve been working for that for a couple of years. It takes a lot of hard work.”

McLaughlin gets a chance at the Iowa sweep on Sunday when he starts the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade from the pole. He also will have another chance to climb higher in the standings as Saturday’s win pushed him forward three positions to fifth place with seven races remaining.

McLaughlin praised the crew of the No. 3 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet for their hand in the victory. It was the team’s quick service on the race’s first stop under caution that helped McLaughlin edge pole sitter and race leader Colton Herta by a foot at the blend line at pit exit. McLaughlin was never headed.

“What got it done tonight was the pit stops by the team,” McLaughlin said. “They got out in front of Herta there and then we showed our pace.”

McLaughlin led the final 164 laps for his sixth career series victory. He also became just the third active driver to win a series race at this track, joining Newgarden and O’Ward. His margin over O’Ward at the finish was .4814 seconds.

Newgarden made a heroic bid for a seventh win at this track. After qualifying 22nd, he used a big jump at the start to gain eight positions, and the benefit was being in front of a cluster of drivers who were involved in a crash in Turn 2.

Meyer Shank Racing’s David Malukas, who has had his best series results on short tracks such as this, lost control of the No. 66 AutoNation/Arctic Wolf Honda and drifted up the track in Turn 2. Unable to escape being collected were Juncos Hollinger Racing teammates Agustin Canapino and Romain Grosjean.

Running several positions behind Malukas, who had qualified 15th, was Christian Lundgaard. The driver of the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing similarly spun when his left-side tires ran too low on the track, although he did not make contact with another car. Still, he lost 17 laps due to the crew making repairs on pit road.

The second caution came as a result of Graham Rahal’s slow No. 15 One Cure Honda, the result of a cracked wheel. That allowed the field to come to pit road together, and McLaughlin edged Herta on exit by about a foot. For the second consecutive week, series leader Alex Palou had gearing issues with his No. 10 DHL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, this time dropping him from third place to 19th.

Palou quickly regained a half-dozen lost positions before trouble found him on Lap 176. In a stunning situation, the two-time and reigning series champion lost control of his car on the front straightaway and slid into the outside wall. His 23rd-place finish was his worst in two-place years, a span of 36 races, when he finished 27th in the 2022 race at Road America.

Palou’s cushy lead in the standings took a bit of a hit as a result. He entered this event with a 48-point advantage on his nearest competitor. The margin is now 37 points over O’Ward with Power third, 43 points out of the lead. Dixon trails Palou by 46, McLaughlin by 59.

“Unacceptable,” Palou said of the miscue.

Herta started on the pole on an oval track for the first time in his career, and he led the first 86 laps before McLaughlin edged past him on that pit stop. Later, Herta’s car picked up a tire vibration, costing him second place. He was on pit road for a new set of tires when Palou crashed, forcing him to restart at the end of the lead lap.

On Herta’s charge forward, he did a half-spin in Turn 3 but somehow saved the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda from bigger trouble. He lost only one position in the moment and finished 11th.

Santino Ferrucci had one of the impressive drives of the race. He was in fifth place when he was dealt a stop-and-go penalty for jumping out of line on the first restart. That dropped him to 22nd, but he rallied over the rest of the race to finish sixth.

Just ahead of Ferrucci at the finish was Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter. His boss, Ed Carpenter, had a tougher end to the race, his car suffering significant damage when collected in a restart tangle between Power and Pietro Fittipaldi.

Power, a seven-time pole winner at this track, finished 18th, his race including a mid-race pit road speeding penalty. He, like the rest of the field, gets another chance Sunday.

The Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade takes place tomorrow at noon ET, live on NBC, Peacock and INDYCAR Radio Network.

NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 13, 2024) - Results Saturday of the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):


 

1. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 250, Running
2. (6) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 250, Running
3. (22) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 250, Running
4. (5) Scott Dixon, Honda, 250, Running
5. (13) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 250, Running
6. (8) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 250, Running
7. (19) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 250, Running
8. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 250, Running
9. (10) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 250, Running
10. (9) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 250, Running
11. (1) Colton Herta, Honda, 250, Running
12. (15) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 250, Running
13. (11) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 250, Running
14. (27) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 250, Running
15. (24) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 250, Running
16. (21) Graham Rahal, Honda, 249, Running
17. (26) Katherine Legge, Honda, 249, Running
18. (4) Will Power, Chevrolet, 241, Running
19. (17) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 228, Contact
20. (25) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 228, Contact
21. (12) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 209, Mechanical
22. (23) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 178, Contact
23. (3) Alex Palou, Honda, 175, Contact
24. (20) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 48, Contact
25. (18) Jack Harvey, Honda, 28, Retired
26. (14) David Malukas, Honda, 0, Contact
27. (16) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 0, Contact


 

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 128.098 mph
Time of Race: 01:44:41.1172
Margin of victory: 0.4814 of a second
Cautions: 6 for 66 laps
Lead changes: 1 


Lap Leaders
Herta, Colton: 1 - 86
McLaughlin, Scott: 87 - 250


NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Palou 336, O'Ward 299, Power 293, Dixon 290, McLaughlin 277, Herta 270, Kirkwood 260, Rossi 250, Newgarden 221, Rosenqvist 209, Ericsson 202, Ferrucci 202, Lundgaard 190, Armstrong 162, Grosjean 157, VeeKay 155, Rahal 153, Lundqvist 137, Fittipaldi 114, Simpson 113, Robb 107, Rasmussen 104, Canapino 94, Harvey 80, Pourchaire 75, Siegel 63, Blomqvist 46, Ilott 39, Malukas 32, Ghiotto 27, Castroneves 26, Carpenter 24, Daly 21, Larson 21, Sato 19, Legge 18, Sowery 17, Vautier 12, Braun 10, Hunter-Reay 6, Andretti 5

NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 13, 2024)  - NTT P1 Award qualifying Saturday for Sunday's Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, and speed:


1. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevy, 188.248 mph
2. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 187.572
3. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 187.162
4. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 186.980
5. (60) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 186.835
6. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevy, 186.029
7. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevy, 185.857
8. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 185.690
9. (66) David Malukas, Honda, 185.595
10. (78) Agustin Canapino, Chevy, 185.212
11. (6) Nolan Siegel, Chevy, 185.014
12. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 184.797
13. (8) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 184.665
14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevy, 184.154
15. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevy, 184.136
16. (77) Romain Grosjean, Chevy, 183.800
17. (30) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 183.561
18. (18) Jack Harvey, Honda, 183.331
19. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 182.268
20. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Chevy, 181.408
21. (41) Sting Ray Robb, Chevy, 181.069
22. (28) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 181.029
23. (12) Will Power, Chevy, 179.302
24. (4) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 178.972
25. (51) Katherine Legge, Honda, 177.862
26. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 173.682
27. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevy, 169.209

NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 13, 2024)  - NTT P1 Award qualifying Saturday for the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, and speed:


1. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 187.655 mph
2. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevy, 187.526
3. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 186.841
4. (12) Will Power, Chevy, 186.328
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 186.208
6. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevy, 186.074
7. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevy, 186.039
8. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Chevy, 185.405
9. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 185.337
10. (28) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 185.271
11. (60) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 185.196
12. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 184.810
13. (8) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 184.659
14. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevy, 184.336
15. (66) David Malukas, Honda, 184.151
16. (6) Nolan Siegel, Chevy, 183.749
17. (78) Agustin Canapino, Chevy, 183.632
18. (30) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 183.623
19. (18) Jack Harvey, Honda, 183.556
20. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 183.504
21. (77) Romain Grosjean, Chevy, 183.453
22. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevy, 182.763
23. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 181.521
24. (41) Sting Ray Robb, Chevy, 177.530
25. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevy, 176.838
26. (51) Katherine Legge, Honda, 176.225
27. (4) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 175.866


 

McLaughlin Leads Way In Busy Iowa Speedway Practice

NEWTON, Iowa (Friday, July 12, 2024) – Twenty-seven NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers had a lot to learn Friday at Iowa Speedway, and they had a short time to do it.

Friday’s 90-minute practice was the lone such session of the weekend as the series prepares for a pair of points-paying races: the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade on Sunday at noon ET.

Both races will air live on NBC, Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

SEE: Practice Results

The drivers spent Friday learning how to navigate the track’s freshly paved corners that have made lap times significantly quicker. Additionally, there are nuances to using INDYCAR’s new hybrid technology for the first time on an oval track. The energy recovery system made its series debut last week at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a road course race won by Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward.

Finally, there is an adaption to Firestone’s right-side tire compound that is different than what the field tested at the .894-mile short oval last month. And if that wasn’t enough, INDYCAR mandated a 10 percent reduction in downforce that has teams trying new chassis setups.

It added up to an adventurous practice, with no less than six drivers having tense moments, most in the latter part of the session.

The car of Andretti Global’s Marcus Ericsson took right-side damage after he lost control of the No. 28 Delaware Life Honda in Turn 3. The impact was first with the right rear, then with the right front. The winner of the 2022 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was not injured, but the accident happened on just his fourth lap of practice, which meant he won’t get another lap until Saturday’s qualifying session.

“Really strange,” Ericsson said of losing control. “I was so comfortable … a massive setback.”

Katherine Legge also had to scramble at that end of the track. Her No. 51 e.l.f. Cosmetics Honda of Dale Coyne Racing was passing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda driven by Christian Lundgaard in Turn 4 when the car began to slide. The driver who last raced at this track in 2012 was able to keep the car off the wall, preventing damage.

Santino Ferrucci saw his No. 14 AJ FOYT RACING/SEXTON PROPERTIES Chevrolet push nearly to the wall in Turn 4. Moments later, Agustin Canapino lost control of his No. 78 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet in Turn 2 while following Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet. Neither car touched the wall.

Returning to pit road, Canapino took light contact from Scott Dixon and his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Dixon said he mistook Canapino for the team’s sister car, driven by Romain Grosjean, and didn’t realize Canapino was pitting. Again, neither car took significant damage.

Finally, as the session was ending, Scott McLaughlin spun his No. 3 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet off Turn 4 as Legge did. He, too, got away without damaging the car.

“That proves to kids growing up, like don’t give up if you’re spinning,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said he lost control as a result of trying the outside lane, a part of the track where the older surface doesn’t have as much grip. That’s also where excess tire rubber builds up, he said, something all drivers will have to watch for in the races to come.

McLaughlin finished with the session’s fastest lap at 185.891 mph. He will be one of the drivers trying to break Helio Castroneves’ track-record speed of 186.809 mph set in 2014 when NTT P1 Award qualifying is held Saturday at 3:45 p.m. ET (Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network).

Each car-and-driver combination will get two timed laps, the first lap determining the starting position for Race 1 and the second establishing grid position for Race 2.

Other drivers to watch are series leader Alex Palou, who had the second-fastest lap in Friday’s practice in the No. 10 DHL Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and O’Ward, who drives the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet. They turned laps of 185.536 and 184.154 mph, respectively.

David Malukas (No. 66 AutoNation/Arctic Wolf Honda of Meyer Shank Racing) and Alexander Rossi (No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet) rounded out Friday’s top five at 184.112 and 183.784 mph.

Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Astemo Team Penske Chevrolet) won both of these races last year. His quickest lap Friday ranked 15th.

 


 

O’Ward Holds Off Palou To Win Late Thriller at Mid-Ohio

 

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sunday, July 7, 2024) – Pato O’Ward resisted constant pressure from NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship leader Alex Palou over the closing laps to win The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid on Sunday.

O’Ward slid his No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet sideways through the final corner on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to hold off Palou’s No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Chip Ganassi Racing Honda by .4993 of a second, the closest finish this season on a road or street circuit.

SEE: Race Results

“That was a hard-fought race,” O’Ward said. “We were really, really strong on the reds (Firestone Firehawk alternate tires). Palou was really, really strong on the blacks (Firestone Firehawk primary tires). So, all I needed to do was kind of stay up in the first stint and come into the pits and put those reds on and kind of try to close the gap.”

This was the sixth career NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory for O’Ward and his second this season. But he inherited the first win from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding after Josef Newgarden, who crossed the line first ahead of O’Ward, was disqualified in April after it was discovered Team Penske illegally used the Push to Pass system.

“Great job by the team,” O’Ward said. “Oh, it’s been awhile. I know we won St. Pete, but this is a proper win. We earned this one this weekend.”

Scott McLaughlin finished third in the No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet, his second podium place in the last three races. Colton Herta placed fourth in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda fielded by Andretti Global with Curb-Agajanian.

Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top five finishers in the No. 28 Delaware Life Honda of Andretti Global.

While all eyes were focused on the debut of the new hybrid system on the engines of all 27 cars, this race evolved into a tale of two tires.

NTT P1 Award winner Palou and fellow front-row starter O’Ward both began the 80-lap race on Firestone primary tires. Palou established his superiority quickly on the harder, more durable rubber, building a lead of approximately six seconds before O’Ward’s first pit stop at the end of Lap 27. O’Ward took the softer, grippier Firestone alternate tires on his first stop, and Palou followed suit on his stop one lap later and stayed out front after the first pit cycle concluded.

Two-time and defending series champion Palou built a lead of 4.2 seconds over O’Ward by Lap 43, but then O’Ward’s car came to life on the red-sidewall Firestone alternate tires. O’Ward trimmed the lead to just five-tenths of a second by Lap 54, and the race and dueling pit strategies were on.

“We couldn’t make the alternate tires last,” Palou said. “Pato started catching us, and I couldn’t really do anything. I just destroyed my front tires.”

O’Ward made his second and final stop for new Firestone primary tires at the end of Lap 54, while Palou pitted a lap later for scuffed Firestone primary tires. Those stops were crucial. O’Ward’s was clean, while Palou stumbled exiting his pit box and lost a second.

“We had a slow stop,” Palou said. “I couldn’t really engage first gear. Maybe I was trying to get it too fast, so probably my fault. Anyways, good race. Had fun. Good, solid day.”

That delay dropped Palou just behind O’Ward when Palou exited the pits on Lap 57, and O’Ward kept the lead for the rest of the race.

But nothing came easily for the popular Mexican driver over the closing 24 laps. Palou hounded the rear of O’Ward’s car, staying within a second or less the entire way. O’Ward also managed the turbulent air from the cars of Agustin Canapino and rookie Kyffin Simpson ahead of him, both battling to stay on the tail end of the lead lap.

It looked like Palou might dive for the lead at any time in the last five laps. But he lost vital momentum on Lap 76 when the left-side wheels of his car left the track and kicked up a dust cloud.

Still, Palou rallied from that slight miscue and pulled to within four-tenths of a second with one lap to go. But O’Ward maintained his cool – and speed – and gave Palou no chance to attack on the final lap.

“We were pushing,” O’Ward said. “We caught the traffic and couldn’t quite get by them.” 

One of the features of the new hybrid system helped to maintain the suspense until the checkered flag. Romain Grosjean spun off track and stalled his No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet with three laps to go, an incident that would have triggered a race-ending caution in previous races because INDYCAR SERIES cars had no onboard starters. But Grosjean was able to use the hybrid supercapacitors to refire his engine and return to the track, and the race stayed green.

Palou recorded his eighth top-five finish in nine races this season and expanded his points gap. Palou leads second-place Will Power by 48 points. Power finished 11th in the No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet. O’Ward climbed to third in the standings, 70 points behind Palou.

The next event is a doubleheader this weekend at Iowa Speedway, as “oval season” begins with six of the last eight races on circle tracks. The Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart is at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, July 13, with the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade is set for noon ET Sunday, July 14. NBC, Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network will provide live coverage of both races.

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Results Sunday of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 80, Running
2. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 80, Running
3. (6) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 80, Running
4. (4) Colton Herta, Honda, 80, Running
5. (5) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 80, Running
6. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 80, Running
7. (9) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 80, Running
8. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 80, Running
9. (8) Christian Rasmussen, Chevrolet, 80, Running
10. (21) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 80, Running
11. (15) Will Power, Chevrolet, 80, Running
12. (3) David Malukas, Honda, 80, Running
13. (24) Toby Sowery, Honda, 80, Running
14. (19) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 80, Running
15. (10) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 80, Running
16. (25) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 80, Running
17. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 80, Running
18. (18) Graham Rahal, Honda, 80, Running
19. (20) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 80, Running
20. (16) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 80, Running
21. (23) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 80, Running
22. (22) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 79, Running
23. (12) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 79, Running
24. (27) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 79, Running
25. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 79, Running
26. (26) Jack Harvey, Honda, 79, Running
27. (13) Scott Dixon, Honda, 40, Mechanical

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 116.071 mph
Time of race: 1:33:22.6191
Margin of victory: 0.4993 of a second
Cautions: 1 for 2 laps
Lead changes: 4 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Palou, Alex 1 - 28
McLaughlin, Scott 29 - 30
Palou, Alex 31 - 55
McLaughlin, Scott 56
O'Ward, Pato 57 - 80

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Palou 329, Power 281, O'Ward 259, Dixon 258, Herta 249, Kirkwood 234, Rossi 226, McLaughlin 224, Rosenqvist 192, Newgarden 186, Lundgaard 182, Ericsson 180, Ferrucci 174, Grosjean 151, Armstrong 142, Rahal 139, Lundqvist 128, VeeKay 125, Rasmussen 104, Fittipaldi 103, Simpson 97, Canapino 94, Robb 92, Theo Pourchaire 75, Harvey 75, Tom Blomqvist 46, Siegel 45, Callum Ilott 39, Malukas 32, Luca Ghiotto 27, Helio Castroneves 26, Conor Daly 21, Kyle Larson 21, Takuma Sato 19, Sowery 17, Ed Carpenter 14, Tristan Vautier 12, Colin Braun 10, Ryan Hunter-Reay 6, Marco Andretti 5, Katherine Legge 5

 


palou Stays Hot To Edge O’Ward for Mid-Ohio Pole

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Saturday, July 6, 2024) – The relentless pressure of Alex Palou prevailed again Saturday, as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship leader won the NTT P1 Award for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid.

Palou earned his second consecutive pole and third NTT P1 Award in the last six races this season with a top lap of 1 minute, 5.3511 seconds in the No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

SEE: Qualifying Results

It was the sixth career pole for two-time and defending series champion Palou, whose two race victories this season have come from the top spot, on May 11 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and June 23 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. He also won the non-points exhibition race from the pole in March at The Thermal Club.

“It was huge,” Palou said. “We knew we had a really fast car. We also knew we were at a disadvantage with the 5 (Pato O’Ward) with the tires because he did one lap less in the Fast 12, and we didn’t want to risk it. The car has been awesome.”

Pato O’Ward qualified second at 1:05.3535 in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, his best qualifying effort of the season, after leading practice Saturday morning. O’Ward fell just .0024 of a second short of Palou, the closest margin between the top two drivers in the Firestone Fast Six since INDYCAR introduced this format for road and street course qualifying in 2005.

“There’s always more, right?” O’Ward said. “That was a really clean lap, though. I thought we had it, but when I came over the line and I heard (pole) was a 35 and I saw 36 on the dash, I was like, “Urrgh.” The car has been really strong from the start. I told the guys this is the strongest car that we’ve had all year in a race weekend. I’m really excited for tomorrow.”

Live coverage of the 80-lap race starts at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC, Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network. A 30-minute warmup session precedes the race at 10:25 a.m. (Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network).

David Malukas continued his remarkable rebound from preseason wrist surgery to qualify third at 1:05.6509 in the No. 66 AutoNation/Arctic Wolf Honda fielded by Meyer Shank Racing. Malukas tied his career-best qualifying spot in just his second start this season, and this was his best-ever performance in road and street course qualifying.

Colton Herta will join Malukas on Row 2 after qualifying fourth at 1:05.7653 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda fielded by Andretti Global with Curb-Agajanian.

Marcus Armstrong qualified fifth at 1:05.9402 in the No. 11 Root Insurance Chip Ganassi Racing Honda but will start six positions lower Sunday due to a penalty for an unapproved engine change after the team test June 27 at Iowa Speedway.

Marcus Ericsson closed out the Firestone Fast Six qualifiers at 1:05.9592 in the No. 28 Delaware Life Honda of Andretti Global.

Christian Rasmussen was the top rookie qualifier, ninth at 1:05.6911 in the No. 20 Guy Care Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter Racing. That’s a career best, as his previous top spot was 13th in early June on the streets of Detroit.

While the debut of the new hybrid unit on all engines is a major storyline this weekend, the number of heavy hitters starting from midpack or further back also is drawing headlines. Every team not only worked to understand the change in balance to its cars due to the additional weight from the hybrid unit, but the repaving of the 13-turn, 2.258-mile roller coaster of a road course also created setup challenges due to increased grip.

Series champions Will Power and Scott Dixon, Palou’s closest pursuers in the points, have a long way to go to get to the front Sunday. Six-time Mid-Ohio winner Dixon qualified 14th in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, while 2020 Mid-Ohio winner Power qualified 16th in the No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet.

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Qualifying Saturday for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.258 mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:05.3511 (124.387 mph)
2. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:05.3535 (124.382)
3. (66) David Malukas, Honda, 01:05.6509 (123.819)
4. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 01:05.7653 (123.603)
5. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 01:05.9402 (123.275)
6. (28) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:05.9592 (123.240)
7. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:05.6178 (123.881)
8. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 01:05.6427 (123.834)
9. (20) Christian Rasmussen, Chevrolet, 01:05.6911 (123.743)
10. (45) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:05.7705 (123.593)
11. (8) Linus Lundqvist, Honda, 01:05.7805 (123.575)
12. (77) Romain Grosjean, Chevrolet, 01:05.7822 (123.571)
13. (60) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 01:05.6921 (123.741)
14. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:05.8562 (123.433)
15. (27) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 01:05.7147 (123.698)
16. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:05.9654 (123.228)
17. (6) Nolan Siegel, Chevrolet, 01:05.7679 (123.598)
18. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:05.9857 (123.190)
19. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:05.8508 (123.443)
20. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:06.0252 (123.117)
21. (14) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 01:05.9414 (123.273)
22. (78) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 01:06.0550 (123.061)
23. (30) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 01:06.0973 (122.982)
24. (4) Kyffin Simpson, Honda, 01:06.1034 (122.971)
25. (51) Toby Sowery, Honda, 01:08.2499 (119.103)
26. (41) Sting Ray Robb, Chevrolet, 01:06.6894 (121.890)
27. (18) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:06.9614 (121.395)a


Palou Paces Practice in Mixed Conditions at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Friday, July 5, 2024) – Championship leader Alex Palou paced the opening practice for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid on Friday, a session in mixed weather conditions that prevented most of the field from enough track time to give the new INDYCAR hybrid system a full workout.

Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Palou was quickest at 1 minute, 7.0650 seconds in the No. 10 Ridgeline Lubricants Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Palou, who leads second-place Will Power by 23 points in the standings, is a recent master at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with a victory last July and three consecutive podium finishes dating to 2021.

SEE: Practice Results

“Not much running,” Palou said. “Only got I think nine laps. I think everybody wanted to get more. We didn't really get all the learnings we wanted. Happy with the first run we got, but we're looking forward to tomorrow.”

Two red flags in the first 50 minutes of the 90-minute session reduced early track time. Then the arrival of intensifying rain with about 26 minutes left divided the session into two distinct parts.

All 27 drivers circulated early on the freshly paved, 13-turn, 2.258-mile circuit, learning the grip limits of the smooth new asphalt and working with the hybrid system INDYCAR is introducing to all engines starting at this event. But once the rain arrived and intensified, only a handful of drivers – Pato O’Ward, Kyle Kirkwood, Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi and Felix Rosenqvist among them – switched to Firestone Firehawk rain tires and tiptoed around the wet track. Nearly every driver stayed in the pits and didn’t risk an incident, as the weather forecast looks clear for Saturday and Sunday.

Rossi ended up second at 1:07.5093 – .4493 of a second behind Palou – in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet. Marcus Armstrong was third at 1:07.5442 in the No. 11 Root Insurance Chip Ganassi Racing Honda before spinning off track in Turn 2 to trigger one of the two red flags in the session.

2020 Mid-Ohio winner Herta was fourth at 1:07.6346 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda of Andretti Global with Curb-Agajanian. Scott McLaughlin rounded out the top five at 1:07.6827 in the No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet.

Among the closest pursuers to Palou in points, Power ended up 10th at 1:08.1458 in the No. 12 Verizon Business Team Penske Chevrolet, and third place Scott Dixon was 19th at 1:08.4384 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Up next is a one-hour practice starting at 10:50 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by NTT P1 Award qualifying at 3 p.m. ET. Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network will broadcast both sessions, which Palou said will have even greater importance due to the limited laps turned today.

“I think everybody with the hybrid system wants to get reads on all the stages and also get the car where we want because with the repave, everything changed quite a lot,” Palou said. “It's going to be exciting tomorrow.”

Live coverage of the 80-lap race starts at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC, Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 


FAST FACTS: Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto

Race weekend: Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21

Track: Streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place, an 11-turn, 1.786-mile (2.874-kilometer) temporary street course

Race distance: Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto: 85 laps/151.81 miles/244.29 kilometers

Push to Pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Hybrid energy deployment parameters: Unlimited activation with a maximum deployment of 305 kilojoules (kJ) per lap.

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

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Event website: www.HondaIndy.com

INDYCAR website: www.INDYCAR.com

2023 race winner:

Christian Lundgaard (No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda)

2023 NTT P1 Award winner:

Christian Lundgaard (No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda), 1 minute, 4.1567 seconds, 100.217 mph

Qualifying record: Gil de Ferran, 57.143 seconds, 110.565 mph, July 17, 1999 (Note: Josef Newgarden set a qualifying mark of 58.4129 seconds, 110.072 mph, for the current layout in 2019.)

Race telecast: Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto, 1 p.m. ET Sunday, July 21, TSN4 (Canada)/Peacock (USA) (live). Kevin Lee is the play-by-play announcer for Peacock’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Dillon Welch and Charlie Kimball are the pit reporters.

Peacock live streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product in the United States, and TSN+ in Canada. The race telecast of the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto will be streamed exclusively on Peacock in the United States.

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the anchor alongside driver analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query and Alex Wollf are the turn announcers. Joel Sebastianelli, Drake York and DJ Clark are the pit reporters. The Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto race (1 p.m. ET Sunday), NTT P1 Award Qualifying (2:50 p.m. ET Saturday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 218, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

At-track schedule (all times local):

Friday, July 19

3-4:15 p.m. - NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 1 (45 minutes for all cars, followed by two groups for 10 minutes each), Peacock/TSN+

Saturday, July 20

10:30-11:30 a.m. - NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 2 (45 minutes of green flag running or 60 minutes), Peacock/TSN+

2:45-4:15 p.m. - Qualifying for NTT P1 Award (Three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock/TSN+

Sunday, July 21

10-10:30 a.m. - NTT INDYCAR SERIES Final Practice, Peacock/TSN+

1 p.m. – Peacock/TSN4 on air

1:23 p.m. – Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto "Drivers, start your engines"

1:30 p.m. - Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto (85 laps, 151.81 miles), Peacock/TSN4/TSN+ (Live).

Race notes:

  • The Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto will be the 12th race of the 2024 season. There have been six different winners in 11 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races this season. Pato O’Ward (Streets of St. Petersburg and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Scott Dixon (Streets of Long Beach and Streets of Detroit), Scott McLaughlin (Barber Motorsports Park and Iowa Speedway-1), Alex Palou (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca), Will Power (Road America and Iowa Speedway-2) and Josef Newgarden (Indianapolis 500) have all won in 2024.
  • The Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto will be the 38th INDYCAR SERIES race held on the streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Christian Lundgaard earned his first INDYCAR SERIES win in 2023 on the streets of Toronto.
  • Scott Dixon is the winningest active INDYCAR SERIES driver at Toronto with four victories (Dixon won both races in 2013, the 2018 race and the 2022 race). Michael Andretti has the most wins at the track with seven. Dixon, three-time Toronto winner Will Power (2007, 2010, 2016), Josef Newgarden (2015, 2017) and Christian Lundgaard (2023) are previous race winners entered this year.
ACTIVE RACE WINNER WINS SEASONS
Scott Dixon 4 2013 Race #1, 2013 Race #2, 2018, 2022
Will Power 3 2007, 2010, 2016
Josef Newgarden 2 2015, 2017
Christian Lundgaard 1 2023
  • Drivers who have won poles at Toronto entered in this year’s race are Will Power (2011, 2015), Scott Dixon (2013 Race 2, 2016), Josef Newgarden (2018), Colton Herta (2022) and Christian Lundgaard (2023). The polesitter has won the race eight times since the first race in 1986, most recently by Lundgaard last season.
ACTIVE POLE WINNER POLES SEASONS
Will Power 2 2011, 2015
Scott Dixon 2 2013 Race #2, 2016
Josef Newgarden 1 2018
Colton Herta 1 2022
Christian Lundgaard 1 2023
  • From 2009-19, the eventual NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion won the Toronto race six times. Dario Franchitti won in 2009 and in 2011. Ryan Hunter-Reay won in 2012, Scott Dixon swept both races in 2013 and won the single race in 2018, and Josef Newgarden won in 2017. Seven other drivers have claimed the INDYCAR SERIES championship in the same season they won at Toronto: Bobby Rahal (1986), Al Unser Jr. (1990), Michael Andretti (1991), Alex Zanardi (1998), Cristiano da Matta (2002), Paul Tracy (2003) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004).
  • Twenty drivers entered in the event have competed in past INDYCAR SERIES races at Exhibition Place. Scott Dixon and Will Power (17) have made the most starts at Toronto among the entered drivers. Eleven entered drivers have led laps at the track (Dixon 242, Power 162, Josef Newgarden 120, Christian Lundgaard 54, Graham Rahal 29, Scott McLaughlin 28, Rinus VeeKay 18, Colton Herta 17, Pato O’Ward 3, Marcus Ericsson 1 and Felix Rosenqvist 1).
  • Chip Ganassi Racing has won eight times at Toronto: Michael Andretti (1994), Alex Zanardi (1998), Dario Franchitti (2009, 2011) and Scott Dixon (2013 both races, 2018, 2022). Team Penske has five wins at the track: Paul Tracy (1993), Will Power (2010, 2016), Josef Newgarden (2017) and Simon Pagenaud (2019). Team Penske has 10 pole positions at the track: Danny Sullivan (1988, 1990), Emerson Fittipaldi (1993), Helio Castroneves (2000), Gil de Ferran (2001), Will Power (2011, 2015), Simon Pagenaud (2017, 2019) and Josef Newgarden (2018).
  • Scott Dixon has finished on the podium in six of his last 13 starts at Toronto and has 11 consecutive top-10 finishes. He has 11 top-five finishes in his 17 Toronto races … Will Power has finished on the podium in five of his 17 Toronto starts.
  • Milestones: Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 334th consecutive start, extending his record streak.
 

 

INDYCAR Announces Iowa Speedway Grid Penalties

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 12, 2024) – INDYCAR officials have announced a nine-position starting grid penalty for the entries of No. 4 Chip Ganassi Racing and No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for unapproved engine changes following the Sunday, July 7 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The teams were in violation of:

Rule 16.1.2.3.2. 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 16.1.6.1.2., 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 Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart Saturday, July 13 at Iowa Speedway.


FAST FACTS: Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend

 

Race weekend: Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14

Track: Iowa Speedway, a 7/8-mile (0.894-mile) oval in Newton, Iowa

Race distance:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart: 250 laps/223.5 miles (Saturday)

Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade: 250 laps/223.5 miles (Sunday)

INDY NXT by Firestone

INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway: 75 laps/67.05 miles

 

Hybrid energy deployment parameters:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Unlimited activation with a maximum deployment of 105 kilojoules (kJ) per lap.

Firestone tire allotment:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Fourteen sets for use through the doubleheader weekend.

INDY NXT by Firestone

Three sets for use through the event weekend.

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INDYCAR website: www.indycar.com

2023 race winners:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet), Race #1 and Race #2

INDY NXT by Firestone

Christian Rasmussen (No. 6 HMD Motorsports)

2023 NTT P1 Award winner:

Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), 17.7395 seconds, 181.426 mph (Race 1); 17.7246 seconds, 181.578 mph (Race 2)

2023 INDY NXT by Firestone pole winner:

Jacob Abel (No. 51 Abel Motorsports), 39.6735 seconds, 162.244 mph (two laps)

One-lap qualifying record:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Helio Castroneves, 17.2283 seconds, 186.809 mph, July 11, 2014

INDY NXT by Firestone

Colton Herta, 19.6441 seconds, 163.835 mph, July 9, 2017

NBC race telecast: Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart, 8 p.m. ET Saturday, July 13, NBC; Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade, noon ET Sunday, July 14, NBC. Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch and Georgia Henneberry will be the pit reporters.

Peacock Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, while NBC’s race telecasts of the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart and Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade will be simulcast on the streaming service. The INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway will be streamed on Peacock with practice and qualifying shown on INDYCAR LIVE.

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the anchor alongside driver analyst Davey Hamilton. Nick Yeoman is the turn announcer. Michael Young, Jake Query and DJ Clark are the pit reporters. The Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart race (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday), Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade race (noon ET Sunday), INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway (2 p.m. ET Saturday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 218, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

At-track schedule (all times Central):

FRIDAY, JULY 12

1-2:15 p.m. INDY NXT by Firestone Practice, INDYCAR LIVE

2:35 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES Installation Laps

2:45-3:15 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES High-Line Session (Two groups, 15 minutes each), Peacock

3:30-5 p.m. NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice, Peacock

5:30-6:15 p.m. INDY NXT by Firestone Qualifying (Single car, Two laps), INDYCAR LIVE

7:30 p.m. $50,000 Pit Stop Challenge, INDYCAR.com (Live)

SATURDAY, JULY 13

1:10 p.m. INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway “Drivers, start your engines)

1:15 p.m. INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway (75 laps/67.05 miles), Peacock

2:45 p.m. Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (Single car, Two laps (Lap 1/Race 1; Lap 2/Race 2), Peacock

7 p.m. NBC on air

7:01 p.m. “Drivers, start your engines”

7:06 p.m. Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart (250 laps/223.5 miles), NBC (Live)

SUNDAY, JULY 14

11 a.m. NBC on air

11:25 a.m. “Drivers, start your engines”

11:30 a.m. Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade (250 laps/223.5 miles), NBC (Live)

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Notes:

  • The Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart and Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade will be the 10th and 11th races of the 2024 season. There have been six winners in nine NTT INDYCAR SERIES races this season. Pato O’Ward (Streets of St. Petersburg and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Scott Dixon (Streets of Long Beach and Streets of Detroit), Scott McLaughlin (Barber Motorsports Park), Alex Palou (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca), Josef Newgarden (Indianapolis 500) and Will Power (Road America) have all won in 2024. The modern record (1946-present) for the most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
  • Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend, featuring the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart and Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade, will be the second and third oval races of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule. The first oval race of the season was won by Josef Newgarden (Indianapolis 500). The remaining oval races will occur Aug. 17 at World Wide Technology Raceway and Milwaukee Mile on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
  • With the introduction of the INDYCAR hybrid power unit, The Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend will mark the use of horsepower assist on an oval for the first time. Hybrid energy deployment will include unlimited activation with a maximum deployment of 105 kilojoules (kJ) per lap.
  • The Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart and Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade will be the 20th and 21st NTT INDYCAR SERIES events at Iowa Speedway. Josef Newgarden is the only entered driver to win at Iowa Speedway more than once. Newgarden has six wins (2016, 2019, 2020 Race #2, 2022 Race #1, 2023 Race #1 and 2023 Race #2). Past winner Pato O’Ward (2022 Race #2) is also entered in the event.
ACTIVE RACE WINNER WINS SEASONS
Josef Newgarden 6 2016, 2019, 2020 Race #2, 2022 Race #1, 2023 Race #1, 2023 Race #2
Pato O’Ward 1 2022 Race #2
  • Andretti Autosport has won seven of the 19 previous races at Iowa Speedway (Dario Franchitti 2007, Tony Kanaan 2010, Marco Andretti 2011, Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012, 2014 and 2015 and James Hinchcliffe 2013). Team Penske also has seven wins (Helio Castroneves 2017, Josef Newgarden 2019, 2020 Race #2, 2022 Race #1, 2024 Race #1 and 2024 Race #2 and Simon Pagenaud 2020 Race #1). Chip Ganassi Racing has two wins (Dan Wheldon 2008 and Franchitti 2009).
  • Josef Newgarden has won nine of the last 12 oval races on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule – including three of the four races held at Iowa Speedway during Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend in 2022 and 2023.
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dario Franchitti and Josef Newgarden are the only drivers to win at Iowa Speedway and win the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in the same season. Newgarden accomplished the feat in 2019, Hunter-Reay in 2012 and Franchitti in 2007 and 2009.
  • Scott Dixon is the only driver to have competed in every NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Iowa, and although he has 11 top-five finishes in his previous 19 starts on the oval, he’s never won at “The World’s Fastest Short Track.” Twelve drivers entered have led laps at the track (Josef Newgarden 1,847, Will Power 383, Dixon 131, Pato O’Ward 97, Graham Rahal 32, Ed Carpenter 18, Felix Rosenqvist 9, Alexander Rossi 4, Marcus Ericsson 3, Scott McLaughlin 2, David Malukas 1 and Alex Palou 1).
  • Milestones: Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 332nd and 333rd consecutive starts, extending his record streak … Saturday’s race will mark Dixon’s 395th INDYCAR SERIES start, which will break a tie with Helio Castroneves for second on the all-time list.

INDY NXT by Firestone Race Notes:

  • The INDY NXT by Firestone title fight between Jacob Abel and Louis Foster saw a new challenger step forward as Brazilian Caio Collet claimed his first win at Mid-Ohio. The series moves to Iowa Speedway for the first of four oval events this season. Foster, who has recorded six straight top-two finishes, heads to Iowa with a 41-point lead, but Abel, a two-time race winner in 2024, nearly won at Iowa a year ago and outscored Foster in the two oval races in 2023. The ultra-competitive 2024 season has seen five winners in nine races this season and eight different drivers finish on the podium.
  • The INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Iowa Speedway will be the series’ 13th race at Iowa Speedway. Previous INDY NXT by Firestone winners at Iowa include Josef Newgarden, Ana Beatriz, Sage Karam, Matheus Leist, Pato O’Ward, Hunter McElrea and Christian Rasmussen.

 


 
INDYCAR Announces Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Grid Penalties

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, July 5, 2024) – INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the entries of No. 11 Chip Ganassi Racing, No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing for unapproved engine changes following the Thursday, June 27 team test at Iowa Speedway.

The teams were in violation of:

Rule 16.1.2.3.2. 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 16.1.6.1.2., 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 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid Sunday, July 7 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.


 

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, July 5-Sunday, July 7

Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, a 2.258-mile permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio

Race distance:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid: 80 laps / 180.64 miles

INDY NXT by Firestone

INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio: 35 laps / 79.03 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 NXT by Firestone

150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation

Hybrid energy deployment parameters:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Unlimited activation with a maximum deployment of 280 kilojoules (kj) per lap.

Firestone tire allotment:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Six sets primary, four sets alternate to be used during the event weekend. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires unless wet conditions are declared. One additional set is available for the weekend’s first session to teams fielding a rookie driver.

INDY NXT by Firestone

Three new sets to be used during the event weekend. Two carryover sets from the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca event may be used during pre-qualifying practice sessions Friday and Saturday.

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Event website: www.midohio.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

INDY NXT by Firestone website: www.indynxt.com

2023 race winners:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Alex Palou (No. 10 The American Legion Honda)

INDY NXT by Firestone

Louis Foster (No. 26 Andretti Autosport)

2023 NTT P1 Award winner:

Colton Herta (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda) 1:06.3096, 122.589 mph

2023 INDY NXT by Firestone pole winner:

Christian Rasmussen (No. 6 HMD Motorsports), 1:11.4998, 113.690 mph

Qualifying lap record:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

Simon Pagenaud, 1:03.8700, 127.271 mph, July 30, 2016

INDY NXT by Firestone

Oliver Askew, 1:10.8079, 114.801 mph, July 27, 2019

NBC Sports race telecast: The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid, 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 7, NBC (live). Kevin Lee is the play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports’ coverage of the The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Georgia Henneberry and Charlie Kimball are the pit reporters.

Peacock Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, while NBC Sports’ race telecast of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid will be simulcast on the streaming service. The INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio will be streamed on Peacock, with practice and qualifying being shown on INDYCAR LIVE.

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the anchor alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query and Nick Yeoman are the turn announcers. Michael Young, Alex Wollf and DJ Clark are the pit reporters. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid race (1 p.m. ET Sunday), INDY NXT Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio (11:10 a.m. ET Sunday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and INDY NXT by Firestone practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 218,

At-track schedule (all times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 5 

2:05-2:55 p.m. – INDY NXT by Firestone Practice 1, INDYCAR Live

3:20-4:35 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 1, Peacock

SATURDAY, JULY 6

9:40-10:25 a.m. – INDY NXT by Firestone Practice 2, INDYCAR Live

10:50-11:50 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 2 (45 minutes of green flag or 60 total minutes), Peacock

2:05-2:35 p.m. – INDY NXT by Firestone Qualifying (Two groups, 12 minutes each), INDYCAR Live

3-4:30 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (Three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock

SUNDAY, JULY 7

10:25-10:55 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Final Practice, Peacock

11:20 a.m. – INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio command to start engines

11:25 a.m. – INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio (35 laps/55 minutes), Peacock

1:05 p.m. – Driver introductions

1:46 p.m. – The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid command to start engines

1:53 p.m. – The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid (80 laps/180.64 miles), NBC (live)

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Notes:

  • This weekend marks the start of the INDYCAR SERIES hybrid power unit era - further extending INDYCAR's efforts to deliver the most compelling, challenging and engaging racing product on the planet. INDYCAR’s new hybrid power unit, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Indianapolis-based sanctioning body, Honda and Chevrolet, pairs the existing 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V6 combustion engine with groundbreaking supercapacitor hybrid technology. A low-voltage (48V) motor generator unit (MGU) is paired to an energy storage system (ESS), both of which fit into the bellhousing between the engine and the gearbox. The MGU builds power that is stored in the ESS’ 20 supercapacitors. The additional horsepower is deployed through the same motor generator on drivers’ demand. The hybrid power unit (280 kilojoules per lap at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course) will be available in addition to traditional Push to Pass on road and street circuits (200 seconds at a maximum of 20 seconds per push at Mid-Ohio). Used simultaneously, the package will provide an additional 120+ horsepower on driver demand.
  • The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid will be the ninth race of the 2024 season. There have been six winners in eight NTT INDYCAR SERIES races this season. Pato O’Ward (Streets of St. Petersburg), Scott Dixon (Streets of Long Beach and Streets of Detroit), Scott McLaughlin (Barber Motorsports Park), Alex Palou (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca), Josef Newgarden (Indianapolis 500) and Will Power (Road America) have all won in 2024. The modern record (1946-present) for the most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.
  • The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid will be the 41st INDYCAR SERIES race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Alex Palou won the race in 2023. Johnny Rutherford won the first INDYCAR SERIES race at Mid-Ohio, in 1980.
  • Scott Dixon is the winningest INDYCAR SERIES driver at Mid-Ohio with six victories (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019). Emerson Fittipaldi won at Mid-Ohio three times, while Michael Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Teo Fabi, Josef Newgarden, Bobby Rahal, Al Unser Jr. and Alex Zanardi all won at Mid-Ohio twice. Past winners Dixon, Newgarden (2017, 2021), Graham Rahal (2015), Alexander Rossi (2018), Will Power (2020-Race-1), Colton Herta (2020-Race 2), Scott McLaughlin (2022) and Alex Palou (2023) are entered this year.
ACTIVE RACE WINNER WINS SEASONS
Scott Dixon 6 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019
Josef Newgarden 2 2017, 2021
Graham Rahal 1 2015
Alexander Rossi 1 2018
Will Power 1 2020 Race 1
Colton Herta 1 2020 Race 2
Scott McLaughlin 1 2022
Alex Palou 1 2023
  • Fifteen drivers have won the race from the pole – Mario Andretti (1984), Bobby Rahal (1985), Roberto Guerrero (1987), Teo Fabi (1989), Michael Andretti (1990, 1991), Al Unser Jr. (1994), Alex Zanardi (1996), Patrick Carpentier (2002), Paul Tracy (2003), Scott Dixon (2011), Simon Pagenaud (2016), Alexander Rossi (2018), Will Power (2020-Race 1), Colton Herta (2020-Race 2) and Josef Newgarden (2021). Power has won five poles at Mid-Ohio, the most of any driver.
ACTIVE POLE WINNER POLES SEASONS
Will Power 5 2010, 2012, 2017, 2019, 2020 Race 1
Scott Dixon 2 2011, 2015
Colton Herta 2 2020 Race 2, 2023
Alexander Rossi 1 2018
Josef Newgarden 1 2021
Pato O’Ward 1 2022
  • Twenty-two drivers entered in the event have competed in past INDYCAR SERIES races at Mid-Ohio. Scott Dixon (20) has made the most starts at Mid-Ohio among the entered drivers. Nine drivers have led laps at the track (Dixon 263, Will Power 206, Josef Newgarden 162, Alexander Rossi 71, Colton Herta 92, Alex Palou 48, Graham Rahal 30, Felix Rosenqvist 15 and Marcus Ericsson 3).
  • Chip Ganassi Racing has won 12 times at Mid-Ohio, including nine of the 18 races sanctioned by INDYCAR. Ganassi’s winning drivers are Alex Zanardi (1996, 1997), Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), Scott Dixon (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014. 2019), Dario Franchitti (2010), Charlie Kimball (2013) and Alex Palou (2023).
  • Team Penske also has 12 wins at the track with Emerson Fittipaldi (1992, 1993), Al Unser Jr. (1994, 1995), Helio Castroneves (2000, 2001), Ryan Briscoe (2008), Simon Pagenaud (2016), Josef Newgarden (2017, 2021), Will Power (2020-Race 1) and Scott McLaughlin (2022).
  • Scott Dixon has finished in the top five in 14 of his 20 starts at Mid-Ohio, including six wins between 2007 and 2020 … Will Power has finished in the top five in 11 of his 16 starts at Mid-Ohio … Kyle Kirkwood won eight of nine development series starts from 2018-21.
  • Milestones: Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 331st consecutive start, extending his series record streak … Alexander Rossi will attempt to make his 140th consecutive start and become the 19th driver ever to make 140 or more consecutive NTT INDYCAR SERIES starts…Arrow McLaren will make its 500th NTT INDYCAR SERIES start this weekend.

INDY NXT by Firestone Notes:

  • The INDY NXT by Firestone title fight between Jacob Abel and Louis Foster hits its midpoint with the series’ annual visit to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Foster, who has recorded five straight top-two finishes, heads to Mid-Ohio with a 35-point lead over Abel, a two-time race winner this season. The ultra-competitive 2024 season has seen four winners in eight races to start the season and eight different drivers finish on the podium.
  • Louis Foster returns to Mid-Ohio looking for his third consecutive race win in 2024 and fourth in the last five races. The 20-year-old British driver scored his first INDY NXT win in 2023 at Mid-Ohio and could become the sixth driver since 2018 to record a three-race win streak. Three of the previous five drivers – Linus Lundqvist, Kyle Kirkwood and Oliver Askew – won the INDY NXT by Firestone championship.
  • The INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio will be the series’ 36th race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course dating to the American Racing Series race in 1986. Previous INDY NXT by Firestone winners at Mid-Ohio include Paul Tracy, Bryan Herta, Townsend Bell, Raphael Matos, Jack Harvey, Pato O’Ward, Kyle Kirkwood and Linus Lundqvist.
  • Push to Pass could play a key strategic role at Mid-Ohio as INDY NXT by Firestone 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.
  • Group qualifying will decide the starting grid on road and street circuits. Based on the best lap times from the practice session immediately preceding qualifying, the fastest driver in that session will choose which group will compete in the first of the two qualifying sessions. With 12 minutes allotted for each group (with a guarantee of one timed lap), the fastest driver between the two sessions will be awarded pole position with the drivers who finished behind that driver, in order and in that group, occupying the odd-numbered starting positions (3, 5, 7, etc.) for the race and the drivers who finished in order from the other group occupying the even-numbered starting positions (2, 4, 6, etc.). One driver and entrant championship point will be awarded to the fastest car in each qualifying group.
 
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The IndyCar Series, currently known as the NTT IndyCar Series under sponsorship, is the highest class of regional North American open-wheel single-seater formula racing cars in the United States, which has been conducted under the auspices of various sanctioning bodies since 1920 after two initial attempts in 1905 and 1916. The series is self-sanctioned by its parent company, INDYCAR, LLC., which began in 1996 as the Indy Racing League (IRL) and was created by then Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George as a competitor to Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). In 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with CART's successor, the Champ Car World Series and the history and statistics of both series, as well as those from its predecessors, were unified. The series' premier event is the Indianapolis 500, which was first held in 1911.


Foster Scores First Oval Win, Expands INDY NXT by Firestone Lead

 
NEWTON, Iowa (Saturday, July 13, 2024) – Louis Foster couldn’t have asked for a better ending to Saturday’s INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway.

After patiently conserving his Firestone tires early in the 55-lap race, the series points leader swiped the lead from Andretti Global teammate James Roe with six-plus laps remaining and cruised to another victory in the No. 26 Copart/Novara Technologies car.

SEE: Race Results

Foster won for the fifth time in the past seven races, and his other two results in this stretch are second-place finishes. To cap Saturday, the 20-year-old English driver saw his series lead swell to 77 points as his two closest competitors – Jacob Abel and Caio Collet – incurred contact.

Abel was fortunate to keep his No. 51 Abel Construction machine out of further harm’s way, but he lost three laps with the pit stop for repairs. Earlier in the race, Collet spun his No. 18 HMD Motorsports entry in front of fellow rookie Myles Rowe, and their wall contact ended both of their races. Abel finished 15th, Rowe 18th.

Meanwhile, Foster motored on without issue.

“We discussed prior to the race we were going to save tires throughout, so I wasn’t trying to (challenge) James – I was letting him get a gap so I could save my tires,” Foster said. “Towards the end, there was enough laps left where I knew if I killed my tires it wouldn’t be too much of a big deal.

“I just kept (the car) on the outside and he lifted (off the throttle) and I stayed through. He gave me really good racing room.”

The victory was Foster’s first on an oval track. It was his seventh series race win over the past two seasons.

The race was shortened by 20 laps to help the drivers manage their tires on a hot afternoon at a track that recently had its corners repaved. Nearly the entire field eclipsed the series’ two-lap record in qualifying, and the pole was nearly 7 mph quicker than the mark set by Colton Herta in 2017.

Roe, who earned his first series pole, led the first 49 laps of the race in the No. 29 Topcon entry and tied his career best with a second-place finish. Salvador de Alba Jr. finished third in the No. 2 Grupo Indi of Andretti Cape INDY NXT to give Michael Andretti’s organization contingent a sweep of the top-three finishers.

“Cool, sweet,” Foster said of the Andretti sweep. “Obviously, really good car, really good day for Andretti and really good for the championship. Super happy.”

Rowe’s car was struck twice in the race’s first 13 laps. Coming to the green flag to begin the race, his No. 99 HMD Motorsports with Force Indy machine was struck from behind by the No. 40 Patterson Dental Haven Go by SAAM entry of Jack William Miller. Rowe spun to the inside without additional contact.

Rowe mounted a hard charge, advancing from the back of the 18-car field to grab the 10th position. But then, while following Collet, he didn’t have space to maneuver around Collet’s spinning car in Turn 1, and their contact took both cars to the outside wall. The damage to both machines was significant enough to end their days, although neither driver was injured.

With two laps remaining, Miller lost control of his machine in Turn 3 and hit the outside wall, causing the race to finish under caution. He also was not injured.

A pair of rookie drivers for HMD Motorsports rounded out the top five. Callum Hedge finished fourth, Christian Brooks fifth.

Four races remain in the season. Next up is the Aug. 17 race at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

 

 

 


 

Roe Completes the Cycle for Andretti Global at Iowa

 

NEWTON, Iowa (Friday, July 12, 2024) – James Roe knew what he accomplished Friday at Iowa Speedway, but he didn’t immediately know the spoils that came with it.

In addition to winning the first INDY NXT by Firestone pole of his career, the Irishman set a track record with a two-lap qualifying average of 170.625 mph.

SEE: Qualifications Results

If that wasn’t enough, Roe led a 1-2-3 sweep of qualifying for Andretti Global.

“I didn’t know (all) that – there you go,” Roe said.

The series’ track-record speed had stood since 2017 when Colton Herta ran 163.835 mph. Friday, 17 drivers eclipsed with the help of repaved corners.

Driving the No. 29 Topcon machine, Roe will lead the Andretti Global contingent comprised of Louis Foster, whose second lap in the No. 26 Copart/Novara Technologies entry fell off just enough for him to settle for the No. 2 starting position. Jamie Chadwick qualified third in the No. 28 VEXT car.

Michael Andretti’s three drivers will lead the 18-car pack to the green flag in Saturday’s INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway (2 p.m. ET, Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network). They had the only cars to complete the two-lap qualifying runs with average speeds in excess of 170 mph. Foster’s average was 170.601 mph while Chadwick posted 170.387 mph.

The only other pole of Roe’s professional career came in 2021 in the Indy Pro 2000 race at World Wide Technology Raceway driving for Turn 3 Motorsport.

“I can’t thank these guys enough,” Roe said of Andretti Global. “It’s been a hell of a few weeks. Yeah, here we are. We’ve got a rocket ship. So, let’s get the job done tomorrow.”

Roe qualified fourth for last year’s INDY NXT by Firestone race at this track. He finished ninth. He also has never won a race in this series. He is ninth in the season standings.

“We were strong here last year,” Roe said. “We knew that our (qualifying) car was mega, so it was a matter of just putting it together. Honestly, we guessed a little bit on setup. I left the pits and said I’m holding it flat … to the checkers.”

 


Collet Dominates at Mid-Ohio To Earn First Career Victory

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sunday, July 7, 2024) – Caio Collet left no doubt.

Brazilian rookie Collet led all 35 laps from the pole to earn his first career INDY NXT by Firestone victory Sunday in the Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio. Collet drove his No. 18 HMD Motorsports entry to a 6.8091-second victory over runner-up Louis Foster in the No. 26 Copart/Novara Technologies car fielded by Andretti Global.

SEE: Race Results

“We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” Collet said. “We led every session, pole position, fastest lap. I think the car was great since Friday. The first lap, I felt really, really good. I managed to put the weekend together, and I’m really, really happy.”

Jacob Abel finished third in the No. 51 Abel Construction entry fielded by Abel Motorsports.

Rookies filled three of the top five finishing positions on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Callum Hedge placed fourth in the No. 17 HMD Motorsports car, followed by fellow first-year driver and teammate Christian Brooks in the No. 39 HMD Motorsports machine.

Collet produced a command performance all weekend, earning the “grand slam” of leading both practice sessions, winning the pole and the race, and completing the fastest lap of the race. He was never threatened, both at the start and on the only restart of the race, on Lap 4.

Foster stayed in touch during the first half of the race, staying within 1.2 seconds at the halfway mark. But Collet inexorably pulled away over the second half, building a gap of 3.4 seconds by Lap 29 as Foster and Abel struggled with tire wear. Collet also produced the fastest lap of the race in the final five trips around the repaved asphalt ribbon.

While Foster’s two-race win streak ended, his lead increased in the championship with his sixth consecutive top-two finish this season. Foster is first in the standings with 386 points, followed by Abel with 345 and Collet with 315.

There are five races remaining this season for the INDYCAR development series, with four on ovals. The next event is the first oval race of the season, the Iowa 100 this Saturday, July 13 at Iowa Speedway.

Neither Foster, Abel nor Collet – the top three drivers in the standings – have an oval win in INDY NXT. Collet will make his first career oval start this Saturday at Iowa, and he knows his status as a championship contender hinges on his quick adaptation to circle tracks.

“I’ll answer that question next Sunday at this time and see how my first oval race goes,” Collet said.

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Results Sunday of the INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio INDY NXT by Firestone event on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Caio Collet, 35, Running
2. (2) Louis Foster, 35, Running
3. (3) Jacob Abel, 35, Running
4. (4) Callum Hedge, 35, Running
5. (6) Christian Brooks, 35, Running
6. (5) Reece Gold, 35, Running
7. (7) Jonathan Browne, 35, Running
8. (8) Nolan Allaer, 35, Running
9. (10) Josh Pierson, 35, Running
10. (11) Jamie Chadwick, 35, Running
11. (12) Christian Bogle, 35, Running
12. (18) Jack William Miller, 35, Running
13. (19) Jagger Jones, 35, Running
14. (15) Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 35, Running
15. (17) James Roe, 34, Running
16. (13) Salvador de Alba Jr, 34, Running
17. (16) Jordan Missig, 33, Running
18. (14) Bryce Aron, 32, Running
19. (9) Myles Rowe, 6, Mechanical

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 106.703 mph
Time of race: 00:44:26.3447
Margin of victory: 6.8091 seconds
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps
Lead changes: 0

Lap Leaders:
Collet, Caio 1 - 35

 


Collet Shatters Mid-Ohio Track Record for First Career Pole

 

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Saturday, July 6, 2024) – Caio Collet is poised for a breakthrough weekend in INDY NXT by Firestone at the Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio on Saturday after earning his first career pole with a track-record lap.

Brazilian rookie Collet took the top spot with a lap of 1 minute, 10.2879 seconds in the No. 18 HMD Motorsports car. That lap on the repaved, 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course easily scaled the INDY NXT track record of 1:10.8079 set by Oliver Askew in July 2019.

SEE: Qualifying Results

Collet’s previous-best start was second, four times this season. He will aim for his first career win in the INDYCAR development series in the 35-lap race on Sunday (11:15 a.m. ET, Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network). It could be a safe bet, as the Brazilian has led both practices and won the pole this weekend.

“I was a little nervous at the beginning of this session,” Collet said. “I’ve had a really good car since Friday, and I knew if I put together a lap, we would be up there.

“In the beginning, I just struggled a little bit. I think I was overpushing a bit. I took a step back and down and did a lap. Big thanks to HMD. The car has been on fire since Friday.”

Championship leader Louis Foster, who has won four of the last five races, qualified second at 1:10.3072 in the No. 26 Copart/Novara Technologies car of Andretti Global.

Jacob Abel, second in points, qualified third at 1:10.3890 in the No. 51 Abel Construction machine fielded by Abel Motorsports. Rookie Callum Hedge will join him on the second row after qualifying fourth at 1:10.6302 in the No. 17 HMD Motorsports entry.

Reece Gold qualified fifth at 1:10.4608 in the No. 10 HMD Motorsports car. Christian Brooks continued the strong start to his INDY NXT by Firestone career by qualifying sixth at 1:10.6760 for just his third career race in the No. 39 HMD Motorsports entry.

The smooth pavement and ideal weather helped times to plummet at Mid-Ohio. The top nine qualifiers each dipped under Askew’s track record.

Collet, third in the standings, knows a breakthrough win Sunday will do more than boost his resume. It also would close the gap to Foster and Abel. Collet trails leader Foster by 84 points and Abel by 49 with six races to go.

“Louis has been quite quick,” Collet said. “We know that he’s quite strong. But I think this weekend, we’ve been a little step ahead. Let’s see if we can win the race. I’m really looking forward. We have such a great car.”

 


 

Collet Jumps to Top of Practice with Big Lap at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Friday, July 5, 2024) – The INDY NXT by Firestone standings indicate it might be a two-driver race for the 2024 title between Louis Foster and Jacob Abel, but Caio Collet clearly had different ideas Friday in the first practice for the Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio.

Brazilian rookie Collet led with a best lap of 1 minute, 11.4390 seconds in the No. 18 HMD Motorsports car on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, which was recently repaved. Collet is third in the series standings with six races remaining, 84 points behind leader Foster and 49 points behind second-place Abel.

SEE: Practice Results

“This is the first weekend that we started quite well like that,” Collet said. “I think we always have been starting a little bit on the back foot comparing to Louis, and then we just play a little bit of catch-up during the weekend.

“I think we put in the work after Laguna. This is a track that we tested. I knew a little bit where to turn. So, that was quite nice. The car felt really, really good throughout the whole session, and hopefully we can keep going like this tomorrow.”

Rookie Christian Brooks, making just his third INDY NXT start, ended up second at 1:11.6864 in the No. 39 HMD Motorsports car recently vacated by Nolan Siegel after his promotion to Arrow McLaren in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Brooks is doing double duty this weekend, also competing in the USF Pro 2000 event at Mid-Ohio.

Foster was third at 1:11.6920 in the No. 26 Copart/Novara Technologies car of Andretti Global, followed by Reece Gold in the No. 10 HMD Motorsports car at 1:11.8076.

Abel rounded out the top five in the 45-minute session, which started in very light rain, at 1:11.8818 in the No. 51 Abel Construction car fielded by Abel Motorsports.

While Collet was more than two-tenths of a second quicker than Brooks, just slightly more than three-tenths separated Brooks from the eighth-quickest driver, Myles Rowe in the No. 99 HMD Motorsports with Force Indy machine.

Up next is the second practice at 9:40 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by qualifying at 2:05 p.m. INDYCAR LIVE and the INDYCAR Radio Network will broadcast both sessions live.

Live coverage of the 35-lap race starts at 11:15 a.m. ET Sunday on Peacock and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 


INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway Race Procedures
 

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 13, 2024) – In consultation with Firestone, INDYCAR has announced an updated format for today’s INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway race to ensure the most exciting and compelling event for Round 10 of the 2024 championship.

Today’s race distance has been adjusted to 55 laps, which, in order, will include the following:
• A competition yellow condition after the leader completes Lap 15
• Approximately 10 laps under yellow condition
• A single file restart to begin the remaining race distance

Race procedures are subject to change based on prevailing circumstances.

Coverage of INDY NXT by Firestone at Iowa Speedway begins at 2:05 p.m. ET on Peacock, in the United States, and via INDYCAR LIVE. Audio coverage is available on the INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Hughes Regains Control with USF Pro 2000 Toronto Perfection

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TORONTO, Ont., Canada – Lochie Hughes this morning took a big step toward his ultimate goal of winning this year’s USF Pro 2000 championship title by virtue of dominating the second leg of the Continental Tire Grand Prix of Toronto for Turn 3 Motorsport. Hughes, from Gold Coast, Australia, followed a fine recovery drive yesterday by leading throughout today’s 25-lap race for his fifth win of the season.


 

New Zealand’s Liam Sceats rebounded from a first-lap incident on Saturday to secure his fifth podium of the year for TJ Speed Motorsports after relegating championship contender Jace Denmark (Pabst Racing) to third place with a late pass.


 

Results


 

After being pipped to the pole for yesterday’s race by Turn 3 Motorsport teammate Danny Dyszelski and then being caught up in a first-corner melee, Hughes made sure there would be no repeat by snaring the extra championship point for this morning’s race during a second qualifying session on Saturday morning. Hughes also took full advantage of his fourth Continental Tire Pole Award by maintaining his lead into the first corner, although behind him there was more drama as Dyszelski, from Belmont, N.C., who this time started in eighth, once again was involved in an incident along with BN Racing teammates Alessandro De Tullio, from Miami, Fla., and Mexico’s Ricardo Escotto.


 

Hughes again took off into the lead once the cleanup had been completed, while Denmark initially led the chase having overtaken championship rival Nikita Johnson (VRD Racing), from Gulfport, Fla., at Turn One on the initial start.


 

Johnson was able to redress the balance with a bold move at Turn Five on the eighth lap, then quickly closed on Hughes. The pair was rarely separated by more than a car length or two for the next dozen laps, until Johnson made a mistake at Turn 10 and spun into one of the unforgiving concrete walls. His day was done.


 

Hughes once again took off confidently at the restart with three laps remaining, pulling away to an emphatic victory, leaving Denmark to come under attack from Sceats and a large pack of cars behind. Denmark parried an attempt by Sceats to take a pass at Turn Five, only to make a mistake under braking for Turn 10, running wide and allowing the Kiwi through into second, where he remained until the finish.


 

Mac Clark, from nearby Milton, Ont., Canada, matched his best result of the season for DEForce Racing with fourth, while an incident on the final lap at Turn One involving Sceats’ teammate Cooper Becklin, from Portland, Ore., Mexico’s Jorge Garciarce (DEForce Racing), Logan Adams (Comet/NCMP), from Greenfield, Ind., and Dutch debutant Glenn van Berlo (Pabst Racing) allowed Garciarce to emerge in fifth ahead of Jay Howard Driver Development’s Frankie Mossman, from Newport Beach, Calif., who vaulted from 11th to sixth at the checkered flag.


 

Garciarce’s best result of the year also earned him the Tilton Hard Charger Award after lining up 13th on the grid.


 

Hughes’ dominant drive not only secured a fifth PFC Award for Peter Dempsey as the winning car owner, it also brought him a healthy 35-point advantage heading into the final doubleheader event of the season at Portland International Raceway, in Portland, Ore., on the weekend of August 27/28.


 

Provisional championship points after 16 of 18 rounds:

1. Lochie Hughes, 354

2. Jace Denmark, 319

3. Nikita Johnson, 291

4. Liam Sceats, 241

5. Christian Brooks, 232

6. Simon Sikes, 224

7. Danny Dyszelski, 203

8. Ricardo Escotto, 191

9. Mac Clark, 187

10. Frankie Mossman, 185


 

Lochie Hughes (#44 The McGinley Group/Private Wealth Planning/Grip Auto Timepieces-Turn 3 Motorsport Tatuus IP-22): “This win was really important with only two races to go. The season has gone by so quickly. I feel like we were just at St. Pete. I was happy to just not do any overtaking in that race. The last two races, we ended up being in the pits and had to do a bunch of overtaking the rest of the race. It was nice to just stay out in front and I can’t thank the Turn 3 crew enough for giving me an amazing car.”


 

Liam Sceats (#26 Tony Quinn Foundation/Omega Rental Cars-TJ Speed Motorsports Tatuus IP-22): “It feels really good to be here to be honest. Yesterday was a tough day getting caught up in an incident out of our control. I knew this weekend we had good pace, good enough for the podium and we showed it today. In the race, I just kept cool, calm and smart and made good moves at the start of the race and had good pace to keep in the fight and keep the pressure on and that’s what gave me the result today.”


 

Jace Denmark (#20 3-Dimensional-Pabst Racing Tatuus IP-22): “It was a frustrating race really. The start was really good. We had a good jump, Lochie had a good jump and after that I had to defend quite a bit. Our cars weren’t trimmed out as much as everyone else. I couldn’t draft up on anyone which makes it really hard to pass. Nikita was super quick and he got a run on me and was able to get a nose under up the inside of Turn Five so we lost a bit of time. On the restart he fell off the island and broke his car. For us it was something with the bumps and we never really got the run into Turn One and a few lock ups really ruined our chance of fighting for a win. Frustrating, but really good points.”

 


 

Sikes Capitalizes as Hughes Retains USF Pro 2000 Point Lead

GAVIN BAKER

TORONTO, Ont., Canada – A dramatic first-corner incident in this afternoon’s USF Pro 2000 Continental Tire Grand Prix of Toronto involved two of the top three championship contenders and allowed last year’s USF2000 champion Simon Sikes to pounce and ultimately claim his second victory of the season for Pabst Racing.


 

Sikes, from Augusta, Ga., fought off a race-long challenge from teammate Jace Denmark, from Brownsburg, Ind., who also profited from the opening melee to close to within 24 points of the championship lead. Ricardo Escotto, from Mexico City, completed the podium for BN Racing.


 

Results


 

Turn 3 Motorsport earned a lockout of the front row of the grid after qualifying yesterday, although points leader Lochie Hughes, from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, had to be content with second position behind 16-year-old teammate Danny Dyszelski, from Belmont, N.C., who secured his first ever Continental Tire Pole Award.


 

Unfortunately, Dyszelski didn’t hold his advantage for long. After taking an ultra-defensive inside line toward the first corner, the youngster found himself braking a tad later than was optimal, which in turn sent him wide at the apex...at precisely the same moment Hughes was seeking to sweep past on the outside. Both cars lost valuable momentum, which allowed Sikes, who had started third, to scythe past them both and into the lead.


 

Inches behind, Denmark, who started third, also was slowed by the pair of Turn 3 cars, unlocking chaos behind as early season points leader Nikita Johnson (VRD Racing), from Gulfport, Fla., rammed into the left-rear corner of New Zealander Liam Sceats’ TJ Speed Motorsports Tatuus IP-22.


 

Sceats and Johnson, who had started eighth, were out on the spot, as was Dutch debutant Glenn van Berlo, who had qualified a fine fifth for Pabst Racing. Hughes was more fortunate. After ducking into the pits during the ensuing caution, his crew found no appreciable damage and immediately sent him on his way. He was at the back of the pack but the car was fine.


 

Hometown hero Mac Clark (DEForce Racing) found himself in second for the restart, although Denmark quickly moved past and began to heap the pressure on Sikes.


 

Clark remained in contention for the opening third of the race before drifting away from the two leaders and becoming ever more vulnerable to the chasing pack, led by Escotto, who had moved up from 10th on the grid.


 

Try as he did, Denmark could find no chink in Sikes’ armor, so had to settle for second – his fourth consecutive podium finish – and the knowledge that he gained valuable points in his quest for the championship title and a scholarship valued at $681,500 to progress onto the next step of the ladder, INDY NXT, in 2025. The one-two sweep for Pabst Racing brought another PFC Award for car owner Augie Pabst, adding to the similar trophy secured earlier in the day by his USF2000 team.


 

Escotto moved into third on the 14th lap, earning himself the Tilton Hard Charger Award, soon to be followed by teammate Alessandro De Tullio, from Miami, Fla., who once again impressed in only his third USF Pro 2000 start.


 

Hughes, meanwhile, was driving like a man possessed. Rejoining 14th after his pit stop, the Australian quickly charged through the pack before relieving Clark of fifth position with just two laps remaining.


 

Hughes’ performance allowed him to minimize the damage and retain the points lead heading into tomorrow’s second race of the weekend, for which he will start on the pole position by virtue of posting the fastest lap during a dedicated second qualifying session earlier this morning. The race is set to see a green flag at 8:55 a.m.


 

Provisional championship points after 15 of 18 rounds:

1. Lochie Hughes, 321

2. Jace Denmark, 297

3. Nikita Johnson, 282

4. Christian Brooks, 232

5. Liam Sceats, 216

6. Simon Sikes, 211

7. Danny Dyszelski, 198

8. Ricardo Escotto, 197

9. Braden Eves, 170

10. Frankie Mossman, 170


 

Simon Sikes (#18 USF Pro Championships/Mockett/Bell Racing/Sabelt-Pabst Racing Tatuus IP-22): “I started third and always had it in my head that I wanted to go to the front as early as possible, and it happened in Turn One. I was able to get out front and then saw Mac and my teammate Jace behind me. We took that restart and Jace had a phenomenal run into second and then it was just about putting the laps in. I knew we had fast cars. Jace kept me honest the whole race and we just drove our own race. There was only the one caution so a lot of good running out there on this bumpy track. I just can’t thank Pabst enough for the amazing cars and the incredible weekend so far. I really wanted to get the win and I am so happy I could do it because that one 100 percent is for [F1600 team owner and close friend] Greg Rice [who passed away earlier this week].”


 

Jace Denmark (#20 3-Dimensional-Pabst Racing Tatuus IP-22): “I don’t know how we got through Turn One because it was wild. Lochie and Danny were crashing in front of me and then Glenn (van Berlo) was crashing into Lochie. There was all sorts of craziness happening. We settled into third and then Mac (Clark) made a big mistake and I took advantage of it. I ran down Simon and we just kind of stood there one and two for Pabst. I couldn’t be any happier. We had fast times, great weather and great people. It is awesome to be in Toronto. I can’t tell you how much this means for my championship to have a race weekend like this. Huge thank you to Pabst Racing and Doug Peterson for letting me be here.”


 

Ricardo Escotto (#77 BN Racing Tatuus IP-22): “It was a good race. A lot of fighting after starting P10 and really happy to be here. It just shows the work we have done. We have been struggling all weekend and to make this happen just really gives us a breath and makes us very happy.”