PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The weekend of racing got an early start on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway plus the All Star Circuit of Champions and Port Royal Speedway are upping the purse for the Tuscarora 50 and Kurt Busch gets a new associate sponsor for the NASCAR Playoffs.
Sting Ray Robb Wins Indy Pro 2000 at IMS:
- Juncos Racing’s Sting Ray Robb was victorious in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires race Thursday on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Robb started 2nd in the field and moved into the top spot on lap 9. Hunter McElreay finished 2nd with Parker Thompson rounding out the podium. Colin Kaminsky, the University of Pittsburgh Hockey Team goaltender, finished seventh. Indy Pro 2000 Indy GP Results
Braden Eves Injured In Indy Pro 2000 race:
- Exclusive Autosports Braden Eves, the 2019 USF 2000 Champion, is in Methodist Hospital in Indiana after being involved in an accident during the Indy Pro 2000 Championship race on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Eves Tatuus PM-18 flipped over onto its roll hoop. Eves took to social media on Friday to update his condition.
Wanted to give you guys a little health update after my crash yesterday, I’m going to need a few months to recover, I fractured a couple vertebrae in my neck, as well as above my right eye. Thanks to everyone who has reached out, it means the world to me. I appreciate you all♥️ pic.twitter.com/Y43ftI43RN
— Braden Eves (@Bradeneves) September 4, 2020
Barrichello Breaks Through to Claim First USF2000 Win:
- Second-generation racer Eduardo Barrichello scored an impressive maiden Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship victory this afternoon for Pabst Racing at the Indianapolis Grand Prix road course. The 18-year-old Barrichello, son of former F1 driver Rubens, worked his way methodically from fourth at the completion of the opening lap to secure top honors in the first of three races that will comprise the Cooper Tires USF2000 Indy Grand Prix.
$53,000-to-win for the Tuscarora 50:
- The 53rd running of the Tuscarora 50 featuring the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 now boasts a total weekend purse on the brink of $200,000, $53,000 of which to be awarded to Saturday’s main event winner. The three-day showstopper will hit the ground running with back-to-back $6,000-to-win preliminary programs on Thursday and Friday, September 10-11. Each preliminary feature winner will be guaranteed a starting position in Saturday’s 50-lap main event.
Yorktel Joins Kurt Busch and Chip Ganassi Racing For Playoffs:
- Yorktel, a video managed services corporation that provides professional services for the assessment, design, integration, and management of video and audio communications is joining Chip Ganassi Racing for the NASCAR Playoffs. Yorktel will be an associate sponsor of the No. 1 Monster Energy/GEARWRENCH Chevrolet Camaro and driver Kurt Busch.
We're incredibly happy to announce our newest partnership with @CGRTeams! Alongside our sister company @caregility, our logos will be featured on the @KurtBusch #1 car and his firesuit for the @NASCAR playoffs! We're excited to be joining the Ganassi Racing team. Good Luck Kurt! pic.twitter.com/P8SPA3em7K
— Yorktel (@YorktelCorp) September 4, 2020
Racing Notebook: Carb Day delayed by rain; NASCAR At Charlotte; Extreme E At Ocean Prix and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook is waiting out the rain at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Carb Day; NASCAR gets to actually qualify for two weeks in-a-row; Chase Elliott will be without his spotter this weekend after NASCAR announces a suspension; Extreme E readies for race No. 2 and Tri-City Raceway Park gears up for sprint cars this Sunday.
Carb Day Delayed By Rain:
- The final practice for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge has been delayed by rain. The two-hour ‘Carb Day’ session was supposed to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. but lingering precipitation is preventing the cars from getting out on the track. Officials from INDYCAR are hoping to get a window to allow teams to run this afternoon, even if it is an abbreviated session.
NASCAR To Use Qualifications At Charlotte:
- NASCAR teams will get to actually qualify this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. NASCAR has been using a ‘performance matrix’ to determine starting lineups during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Last weekend at Circuit of the Americas teams were allowed to qualify since it was the sanctioning bodies first visit to the facility. The Camping World Truck Series will qualify Friday night while the Xfinity Series and Cup Series will qualify on Saturday.
Elliott Spotter D’Hondt Suspended:
- NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports has indefinitely suspended Eddie D’Hondt, the spotter for the No. 9 Chevrolet of Chase Elliott, for two violations: Member Conduct Guidelines and Required Notice. D’Hondt was charged May 12 with two misdemeanor charges of assaulting a woman and battery of an unborn child. The charges are related to a September 2020 incident at a retail store. D’Hondt failed to notify NASCAR of the arrest. D’Hondt’s attorney denied the charges to Fox Sports.
Extreme E Readies For Ocean Prix:
- Extreme E, the electric off-road racing series, is racing this weekend on the West African Senegalese coast for its Ocean X Prix at Lac Rose, Dakar, Senegal, May 29-30. The shores of Lac Rose hosted the finish of the world’s most famous cross-country rally – the Paris-Dakar – on numerous occasions between 1979 and 2007. Drivers will once again face a mostly sandy terrain as the race will take to the existing tracks surrounding the lake, named after, and renowned for its striking pink colour, caused by algae that thrives within its highly-saline waters. Rosberg X Racing (RXR) took victory in the inaugural X Prix last month in the Saudi Arabian deserts.
Tri-City Raceway Park Hosting Sprints On Sunday:
- The four divisions making up the ‘Sunday Thunder’ racing program will return to Tri-City Raceway Park this Sunday, May 30. 410 Sprint Cars, 358 Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks will all be in action. Information regarding Tri-City Raceway Park can be reached by calling the track office, at 724-967-4601, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out the website at www.Tri-CityRacewayPark.com,
Racing Notebook: Sato Receives ‘Baby Borg’; Andretti Signs Wheldon Brothers; Road To Indy Recaps and much more
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Plenty of news throughout the paddock at this past weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg including Takuma Sato being awarded a miniature version of the Borg Warner Trophy for his Indianapolis 500 win in 2020 plus Andretti Autosport signs Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon to development deals and the entire ‘Road To Indy’ results from this past weekend.
Takuma Sato Receives ‘Baby Borg’ For Indy 500 Win:
- 2020 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing owners Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan received miniature versions of the Borg Warner Trophy on Friday in commemoration of Sato’s 2nd Indianapolis 500 victory last year.
Will Power Signs Contract Extension:
- Will Power is staying at Team Penske for the foreseeable future. Power signed a contract extension with the team but the length and terms were not announced. Power is the longest-tenured driver with Penske, winning the Championship in 2014 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2018. Power is second among active INDYCAR drivers in wins with 39, trailing only 6-time and reigning Champion Scott Dixon’s 50.
Andretti Autosports Signs Sebastian And Oliver Wheldon:
- Andretti Autosport is looking towards the future after signing Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon, sons of the late 2-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, as junior drivers. The Andretti team will mentor the Wheldon brothers as they compete with JC Karting in three different series: Rok Cup USA, Super Karts USA and United States Pro Kart Series.
Kyle Kirkwood Wins Saturday’s Indy Lights Race:
- Kyle Kirkwood beat his Andretti Autosport teammate Danial Frost by 1.3-seconds to win the first of two Indy Lights races on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Frost crossed the finish line 1-second ahead of third place David Malukas. Andretti Autosport just missed out on a podium sweep as Robert Meginnis finished fourth. Indy Light Race 1 Results
David Malukas Wins Sunday’s Indy Lights Race:
- David Malukas beat Kyle Kirkwood by 0.6829 of a second to win Sunday’s Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Andersen Interior Contracting. The second win of the season for Malukas was enough to move the rising star from HMD Motorsports into a slender three-point championship lead ahead of Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports stablemate Linus Lundqvist, from Sweden, who finished third. Indy Lights Sunday Results
Braden Eves Wins Saturday’s Indy Pro 2000 Race:
- Braden Eves led from flag-to-flag to win Saturday’s opening leg of the Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires. The 21-year-old from New Albany, Ohio, held off s stiff challenge Denmark’s Christian Rasmussen. Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea, from New Zealand, finished third. University of Pittsburgh student Colin Kaminsky started ninth and finished ninth. Indy Pro 2000 Race 1 Results
Christian Rasmussen Sunday’s Indy Pro 2000 Race:
- Christian Rasmussen picked up his first Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires victory Sunday morning on the streets of St. Petersburg. The Jay Howard Driver Development wheelman has been knocking on the door of Victory Lane in each of the opening three races of the season. The Juncos Racing duo of Manuel Sulaiman and Reece Gold finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Pabst Racing’s Hunter McElrea and Colin Kaminsky rounded out the top 5. Indy Pro 2000 Race 2 Results
Christian Brooks Wins Both USF 2000 Races:
- Exclusive Autosports Christian Brooks enjoyed a near perfect weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg. The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship sophomore claimed a pair of victories today on the unforgiving 1.8-mile street circuit, elevating himself from fifth in the points.
Racing Notebook: 40% Capacity For Indy 500; Hamlin on Talladega Pole and more!
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The latest edition of The Pittsburgh Racing Now notebook has details on plans for fans attendance at the Indianapolis 500. NASCAR releases qualifying lineup for Talladega Superspeedway; ripKurrent returns to Kimball and Foyt for Indy.
40% Capacity For Indianapolis 500
- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been approved by the Marion County Public Health Department to host up to 135,000 fans, 40 percent of normal Race Day attendance, for this year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 30. As part of the plan the Marion County Public Health Department approved, IMS will not be able to host some of the activities that are annually part of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” including concerts, public driver autograph sessions and fan access to infield mounds.
Denny Hamlin Awarded Talladega Pole Position
- Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin will start from the pole and Team Penske’s Joey Logano will join Hamlin on the front row for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Due to the pandemic the starting lineups were determined by Metric Qualifying. Hamlin is the most recent winner at Talladega taking the checkered flag from the first starting position last October.
Red Farmer To Be Honored At Talladega
- Live Fast Motorsports will honor NASCAR Hall of Famer Red Farmer, adorning the No. 78 in Farmer’s Long-Lewis Ford paint scheme. Long-Lewis started sponsoring Farmer in 1962, and the iconic gold and white paint scheme will hit the high banks at the superspeedway once again for Sunday’s race in the Geico 500.
ripKurrent Returns To Foyt/Kimball At Indy
- AJ Foyt Racing is teaming up again with ripKurrent, an energy solutions integrations firm, as an associate marketing partner of Charlie Kimball’s No. 11 Tresiba Chevrolet for the month of May in Indianapolis. The ripKurrent branding will be on the engine cover of the No. 11 car for both the Indy Grand Prix and the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The ripKurrent logo will also appear on the nose cone of two other Foyt Racing entries for the 500: the No. 14 ROKiT Chevrolet driven by Sebastien Bourdais and the No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet driven by rookie Dalton Kellett.