PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The coronavirus pandemic forces the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to reschedule the Indianapolis 500 plus INDYCAR released the iRacing Challenge field plus Accu-Force signs on the help the RUSH Racing Series.
Indy 500 Moved to August 23rd:
- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NTT INDYCAR SERIES is moving the Indy 500 from it’s traditional Memorial Day weekend date to August 23rd because of COVID-19. The GMR Grand Prix scheduled for May 9th is moving to July 4th to be run in conjunction with the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the IMS road course. Read our complete coverage by clicking here.
INDYCAR Releases iRacing Challenge Field:
- The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is gearing up for their iRacing Challenge Series this Saturday. 25-drivers from 15-different teams of organizations are scheduled to take part in the event. The series will announce what virtual track the drivers will race on following the completion of fan voting today. Read our complete coverage by clicking here.
Accu-Force Signs On With RUSH Racing Series:
- Accu-Force has signed on with the RUSH Racing Series to provide shock/spring testing equipment as well as technical support to the Tech Officials for the 2020 season. Accu-Force assists race teams with suspension test equipment and the latest in shock & spring technology.
Chip Ganassi Racing Continues Best Ever Paint Scheme Contest:
- Round 2 of the Chip Ganassi Racing “Best Ever Paint Scheme” continued on Thursday. The opening round of 32 was pared down to 16 as fans took to Twitter to vote for their favorites. Fans have until Friday morning when the field will be narrowed-down to 8.
With over 7,500 votes cast, we’re moving onto the next round!
• TODAY: Round of 16 👊🏻
• Check out the matchups 👀
• Vote for your favorites 📝
• Share with your friends! 👨👩👧👧
• Come back in 24 hours & see who advanced to the Round of 8! 🤩#CGR30 | 🏎🏁 pic.twitter.com/RS5APq9HKg
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) March 26, 2020
Racing Notebook – Ohio Racing Gets Red Flagged; New Series from Stewart and Evernham plus Weekend Winner Recap
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Monday’s Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on new restrictions placed on events in Ohio plus Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are teaming up to start a new series and we look back at the winners on track this past weekend.
New Restrictions On Events In Ohio:
- The Ohio Department of Health has mandated activities to be limited in the state of Ohio due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions are forcing Sharon Speedway to cancel this Saturday’s events, including the RUSH Late Model Series “Bill Forney Memorial”. Sharon Speedway plans on resuming their 2020 schedule of events when the restrictions are lifted.
Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham Starting New Series:
- NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are teaming up to start a new racing series. The Sports Business Journal first reported the deal, which includes former NASCAR executive George Pyne and sports agent Sandy Montag. The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) will feature six races on short tracks and will include top drivers from a variety of backgrounds. The SRX will be similar in scope the defunct IROC Series and is set to debut in 2021 and will be televised by CBS Sports.
Cole Custer Gets 1st Career Cup Win At Kentucky:
- Stewart Haas Racing’s Cole Custer picked up his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday at Kentucky Speedway winning a thrilling battle on the last lap with saw Custer four-wide with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Blaney. Truex held on for second and Matt DiBenedetto finished third.
One of the wildest late-lap battles for the lead in recent memory! 🤩
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 12, 2020
Chip Ganassi Racing Sweeps Road America:
- NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist passed Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward with 2-laps remaining to win Race 2 of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America to pick up his first career INDYCAR win. The victory was the fourth straight NTT INDYCAR SERIES win for Chip Ganassi Racing. Scott Dixon led the weekend sweep by parking the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda in Victory Lane after winning Race 1 on Saturday.
Larson and Conley Take Sharon Speedway wins:
- Sharon Speedway played host to the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions this past weekend. Cale Conley picked up the victory in Saturday’s “Lou Blaney Memorial”. Kyle Larson took the victory in Sunday’s “Justin Snyder’s Salute To The Troops.“
Saturday Winners At Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway:
- Chas Wolbert picked up his second straight win taking the RUSH Sportsman Modified 15-lap main event. Keith Barbara picked up his first win of the season in the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series 20-lap feature. Jason Fosnaught was victorious in the PPMS Pro Stock division. Stephen Shelpman continued to dominate the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock division with another victory. Philip and Noah Bubeck were each victorious in the Four Cylinder and Young Guns divisions respectively.
Saturday Winners At Jennerstown Speedway:
- Defending Track Champion, Teddy Gibala won for the first time this season in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing, becoming the fourth different winner in four events. Also celebrating in Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane were R.J. Dallape (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Aaron Van Fleet (Ron’s Collision Center Street Stocks), Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Evan Nibert (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).
Matt Kenseth’s New Colors For All-Star Race:
- Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway is going to feature a different style paint scheme that fans are not used to seeing on race cars. The number and some sponsor placement is moving. Here is a look at the McDonald’s Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 of Matt Kenseth:
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) July 13, 2020
Friday Racing Recap: Larson and Cindric Win Again; Mother Nature Wins At Lernerville
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Friday night sees two of the hottest drivers in racing visit victory lane again; Mother Nature Wins at Lernerville and Steve Buckwalter takes the checkered flag at Williams Grove.
Larson Wins Dean Knittel Memorial:
- Kyle Larson led wire-to-wire to win The Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions main event, the Dean Knittel Memorial, at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Aaron Reutzel finished second and Brock Zearfoss finished third. The victory was Larson’s second Ohio Sprint Speedweek victory in four tries. The All Stars move on to Sharon Speedway Saturday for the Lou Blaney Memorial and Sunday for Justin Snyder’s Salute to the Troops.
Austin Cindric Takes 2nd Straight Xfinity Win:
- Austin Cindric dominated the Alsco 300 leading 130 laps at Kentucky Speedway to capture his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) victory of the 2020 season Friday night and his fourth career NXS victory. Cindric started the 200-lap event from the 15th position after the top-15 finishers from Thursday’s race at Kentucky were inverted. The driver of the No. 22 Snap-on Ford Mustang sits third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver standings, 33 markers behind leader Chase Briscoe.
Frost, Petrov Share Indy Pro 2000 Honors at Road America:
- Singapore’s Danial Frost and Russian Artem Petrov each scored a victory in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires season openers at Road America. Frost came from last to first in his victory in race one with Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco in second. Colin Kaminski, who is the University of Pittsburgh’s Hockey Goalie, rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish. In race two Petrov drafted past Frost to take the lead and ultimately the win. Braden Eves finished second followed by Frost.
Steve Buckwalter and Anthony Macri Win At Williams Grove:
- Steve Buckwalter captured the 410 Sprint Car feature Friday night at Williams Grove. Matt Campbell finished second followed by Kyle Reinhardt. Anthony Macri won the United Racing Club’s 360 Sprint Cars feature. The victory was Macri’s first career feature win of any sort at the famed half mile. Buckwalter finished second followed by Tyler Ross in third. Check out Lou Long’s story here.
Mother Nature Wins At Lernerville:
- A heavy rain storm late Friday afternoon wiped out Friday night’s schedule at Lernerville Speedway. Fans who were sent home thanks to Mother Nature can have their ticket stubs used for entry for either of the next two Fab 4 Friday nights.
Unfortunately, heavy rains now and forecasted over the track have forced us to cancel. Ticket stubs will be honored for the next two fab four Friday night racing programs. Thanks for coming out tonight..sorry Mother Nature was not a race fan tonight. pic.twitter.com/DakNxXl5iE
— Lernerville Speedway (@Lernerville) July 10, 2020
Racing Notebook – NASCAR Goes Road Racing at Daytona; Cap Henry Grabs 2nd OH Speedweek win plus INDYCAR Drivers On IMS and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Today’s Racing Notebook includes details on the updated NASCAR schedule, Ohio Speedweek continues plus INDYCAR drivers like what new owner Roger Penske has done with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Jimmie Johnson cleared to drive after COVID-19 and more:
NASCAR Updates Schedule Through Regular Season Finale:
- NASCAR on Wednesday updated their schedule through the regular season finale. The Cup Series will visit Michigan International Speedway August 8-9; Daytona International Speedway August 16 but using the Road Course; Dover August 22-23 and the oval at Daytona on August 29. The Cup Series races this weekend at Kentucky.
NEWS: NASCAR reveals rest of revamped 2020 regular-season schedule.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 8, 2020
Cap Henry Gets 2nd Win Of Ohio Speedweek:
- Cap Henry passed Cole Conley with two laps remaining to win Monday’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions feature at Wayne County Speedway. The victory was the 2nd for Henry in Ohio’s Sprint Speedweek as he won Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Ohio Sprint Speedweek continues Wednesday night at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio.
Jimmie Johnson Cleared To Drive at Kentucky:
- Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson has been cleared to resume NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at Kentucky. Johnson missed this past weekend’s race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Johnson passed NASCAR’s requirements in order to return which included two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart, an absence of symptoms, and medical clearance from a physician.
INDYCAR Drivers Psyched About Penske’s Changes At IMS:
- NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers were impressed at how different the Indianapolis Motor Speedway looked when they arrived at the facility for this past weekend’s GMR Grand Prix, the first under new owner Roger Penske. The improvements include a wide concourse between the front stretch grandstands and Georgetown Road; 30-New LED Video Boards; 5G Wireless Connectivity; 3-acres of new sod; 75-metal frame picnic tables; 5-miles of new fencing; 400,000-square feet of new asphalt; 4,000-gallons of paint; 50-renovated concession stands and 225-updated restrooms with new paint, LED Lighting and hand dryers. “Spotless,” said Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner. “Like his team, his race cars, his trucks. Up to Roger’s standards in every way.”
Kurt Busch to Guest Star on Jay Leno’s Garage:
- Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy/Gearwrench Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro will be one of the featured guests in tonight’s season finale of “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Busch took to his Twitter account to share the news and a sneak peek.
Tonight, 10P ET, check it out!! https://t.co/1b4V4kllQO
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) July 8, 2020