Red Bull Air Race Ending
June 4 - Red Bull has decided not to continue the Red Bull
Air Race World Championship beyond the 2019 season.
The remaining races this year are: Kazan, Russia, 15-16
June; Lake Balaton, Hungary, 13-14 July and Chiba,
Japan, 7-8 September.
There have been more than 90 races since Red Bull Air
Race began in 2003. These have given the world’s most
exceptional pilots the opportunity to compete in high
speed flying at low altitude with extreme maneuvers. The
Red Bull Air Race provided sports entertainment of
highest quality but did not attract the level of outside
interest as many other Red Bull events across the world.
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President
J. Douglas Boles:
“...this year’s round at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
scheduled for Oct. 19-20, is canceled.
“We are disappointed that we will not host another Red
Bull Air Race event, and I know many of our fans will be
disappointed, as well. We enjoyed watching the pilots
navigate the unique course over the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway grounds, and we were especially excited to see
American pilot Michael Goulian celebrate a well-earned
victory last year.
“Customers who already purchased tickets to this year’s
event will receive refunds. They will receive an email later
today with information on that process.”
Conor Daly Will Race at Texas
June 5 - Carlin announced that Conor Daly, fresh from a
10th-place finish less than two weeks ago in the Indy 500,
will drive the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet this week
at Texas Motor Speedway.
Daly will this week replace Max Chilton, who will not
drive in the remaining oval events on the IndyCar Series
schedule in 2019. Carlin has not announced who will drive
the No. 59 entry for the remaining oval events at Iowa
Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Raceway at Gateway.
A veteran of 44 IndyCar starts since 2013, Daly will enjoy
a homecoming with Carlin. He raced for the team in 2011
in the former GP3 Series in Europe, the same year he
drove in five Indy Lights races, including a win at Long
Carlin will mark the sixth IndyCar team for Daly, who has
become a “super sub” of sorts. He has previously raced
for AJ Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Arrow Schmidt
Peterson Motorsports, Harding Steinbrenner Racing and
Andretti Autosport. It was with Andretti last month where
Daly qualified 11th and finished 10th in the Indy 500.
Daly, 27, has raced twice previously at Texas Motor
Speedway, including a seventh-place finish for Foyt in
Chilton, who is competing in his fourth IndyCar season,
will drive the No. 59 entry in the remaining road- and
street-course races this season. The 28-year-old Brit
finished a career-best fourth in the 2017 Indianapolis 500
but was among three drivers who did not qualify for this
UPDATE: Autoweek reports Max Chilton said,
"I would like to thank Gallagher for being supportive of my decision to not compete in the remaining oval races this season –
I am extremely fortunate to have such a supportive partner.
Risk Management is a central consideration of both Gallagher and myself in how we operate."
Detroit - Race 1
June 1 - The start of Saturday's race was delayed more
than an hour after a thunderstorm moved through the area.
IndyCar adjusted the race from its scheduled 70 laps to a
timed event, with 43 laps completed when the checkered
There were four cautions due to the hazardous wet
conditions. Scott Dixon clipped the wall in turn six and
crashed into a tire barrier. He finished last. Will Power
saw a strong run slip away when his pitcrew released him
on lap 19 without the right-front tire secured. He finished
Takuma Sato made a pair of memorable passes late on
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Felix Rosenqvist to finish third.
He has been on the podium in three of the last five races,
including a win in Alabama in April.
Race winner Josef Newgarden pitted at the right time and
inherited the lead when pole-winner Alex Rossi and the
other front runners had to pit for slick tires on lap 19
during a caution period. This was Newgarden's second
win of the year.
Rossi was runner-up again, having finished second in last
weekend's Indy 500. "Yet again we're on the wrong side
of the yellow," Rossi said of the fateful caution that aided
Newgarden. "It's part of the NTT IndyCar Series. Josef
did a good job, didn't make any mistakes there on the last
Detroit - Race 2
June 2 - Sunday's IndyCar race was run to the full 70-lap
distance under blue skies. Despite the ideal conditions,
the race saw five full-course cautions for incidents on the
tight and bumpy circuit.
Scott Dixon recovered from yesterday's crash and last-
place finish to win today's race in Detroit. The victory
was Dixon's 45th.
Dixon dodged the chaos and waited out a six-minute red-
flag stoppage when teammate Felix Rosenqvist crashed
in turn one with five laps to go. Dixon easily held off
rookie Marcus Ericsson on the lap 67 restart and pulled
comfortably away to victory. This was Ericsson's first
podium, finishing second.
There was a cool wreck on lap 15 when Spencer Pigot
slowed to dive into the pits and Sebastian Bourdais ran
into the back of him, which caused his car to pull a
Will Power recovered from gearbox damage sustained in
a five-car incident on Lap 1 that stalled his car on course
on lap 5 to finish third. Power was astounded with his
turnaround in fortune.
Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden were involved in
separate incidents in turn three and finished 17th and 19th,
|Will Power lost a wheel coming out of the pits and had
to limp all the way around the track and back to his pit.
|Sebastien Bourdais pops a wheelie
after colliding with Spencer Pigot.
Bourdais managed to come back and finish 9th.
Pagenaud was in the middle of the five-car incident on the
first lap. He sustained damage to his car that sent it to the
paddock for repairs and returned later, but finished 12 laps
off the pace.
Newgarden, who won Saturday's race, started on pole
today but came together in turn three with James
Hinchcliffe and Alex Rossi in a battle for position on
lap 33. Sustaining damage to his car that necessitated
repairs, Newgarden wound up 21 laps behind the leaders.
Despite the outcome, Newgarden retained the points lead
after eight of 17 races.
Pos Top 5 Finishers
Pos Top 5 Qualifiers
Pos Top 5 Finishers
Pos Top 5 Qualifiers
The Mercedes F1 team finishes 1-2 a lot, in both qualifying and races.
I wondered if any IndyCar teams have done that this year.
I did a little research and present the results showing both series in the table below.
(Teams are color-coded.)
# of FORMULA 1 drivers in Top 5 Qualifying and Races - 7
# of INDYCAR drivers in Top 5 Qualifying and Races - 17
# of FORMULA 1 teams in Top 5 Qualifying and Races - 3
# of INDYCAR teams in Top 5 Qualifying and Races - 8
Texas IndyCar Night Race
June 8 - The IndyCar race at the banked Texas
Motorspeedway is insane. It is crazy fast and dangerous.
Pole-sitter Takuma Sato led the first 60 laps before a
disastrous pit stop under a green flag resulted in the driver
going four laps down.
Sato came in too fast, slid into the wall and nailed crew
member Chris Welch, sending him flying and into his
rear wing. Amazingly, Welch jumped up and went to
work helping his team pull Sato's car back into their own
pit box. Welch was evaluated and released from the infield
care center with scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones.
He is one tough guy.
In addition to all the time lost from the long pit stop, Sato
was assessed a stop-and-go penalty for hitting Welch.
Ryan Hunter-Reay soon took over the lead and held onto
it for 90 laps.
The first caution did not come until lap 135 when Zach
Veach brushed the wall exiting Turn 2. He spun around
but managed to keep it off the inside wall and suffered
only slight suspension damage and a flat rear tire.
On lap 219, James Hinchcliffe also hit the wall in Turn 2.
However he was unable to keep his car from smashing into
the inside safer-barrier wall. His day was done.
Scott Dixon led most of the laps from Lap 164 until he
pitted on Lap 190.
Mercedes qualified 1-2 in 5 of the 6 races.
In 4 of those 5, the race Winner was the Mercedes that qualified 2nd.
Josef Newgarden took over the lead and held onto it till the
end, having to work hard to keep Alex Rossi from passing
him. Rossi tried passing on the outside a few times but
couldn't complete the passes.
The 13th career win for Newgarden was set up when he
stayed on the track longer than the other leaders before
the final pit stop on a green flag with about 50 laps
remaining on the 1½-mile track.
A final caution happened on Lap 229 when Colton
Herta tried to pass Dixon for 2nd place. They tangled
and both drivers wrecked into the outside wall. Dixon
ended up 17th, Herta 18th.
Rossi narrowly avoided that crash, just getting under-
neath Herta's sliding car on the bottom of the track to set
up his showdown with Newgarden in the closing laps.
Graham Rahal had a season-best finish of third, and
Santino Ferrucci was fourth. Hunter-Reay was fifth.
Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud took sixth.
Cockpit Videos of Passes and Crashes During Texas Race
|The Top 5
Through the First Six Races of 2019
Another Retro Livery - Rahal
June 20 - Graham Rahal will pay homage to his father and Honda
with the throwback livery on his car for this weekend’s race at Road
The black-and-yellow paint scheme on the No. 15 Gehl/Manitou
Honda is reminiscent of the livery run by Graham’s father, three-time
Indy car series champion Bobby Rahal, ran with Miller Genuine
Draft sponsorship 25 years ago. The throwback also honors engine
manufacturer Honda, which entered Indy car competition in 1994 as
Rahal’s car will sport the “Powered by Honda” decal that the manu-
facturer placed on its competing cars when it first entered the fray.
Indy 500 Wins:
POTAS Awards Roger Penske
June 21 - President Donald Trump says he's awarding a
Presidential Medal of Freedom to Roger Penske, one of
the most powerful men in American motorsports.
Penske celebrated his record 18th Indianapolis 500 victory
as a car owner in May with driver Simon Pagenaud, a
feat that earned Penske his second trip to the White House
this year. Penske had visited in April as Trump celebrated
Joey Logano's NASCAR championship. Penske, 82, is a
fixture in the Detroit automotive scene and is one of
America's most successful businessmen.
When Pagenaud won the Indy 500 on May 26, Trump
called Penske in the victory lane from Japan, where the
president was in the midst of a four-day state visit. Trump
also tweeted congratulations to Penske and said he had
watched the race despite the early morning hour in Tokyo.
|Roger Penske and Simon Pagenaud visited the
White House after winning the 2019 Indy 500.
Pagenaud gifted President Donald Trump
with a signed helmet.
IndyCar Plans Cockpit Protection for 2020
June 21 - IndyCar conducted extensive testing with a
windscreen concept developed in conjunction with PPG
Aerospace last year and it was decided additional work
was needed before any implementation.
IndyCar was able to utilize the research and on-track
testing from this project to provide additional data and
information to Red Bull Advanced Technologies for the
development of the current design.
The aeroscreen will reduce the risk of driver injury from
debris or other objects striking the cockpit area.
The design will consist of a polycarbonate laminated screen
that includes an anti-reflective coating on the interior of the
screen, an anti-fogging device through an integral heating
element and possibly tear-offs, all of which will be
produced by integrated third-party companies. The screen
will be anchored to the car by a titanium framework.
Another feature for the drivers will be a cockpit cooling
option that will be designed by Dallara.
It is expected the windscreen will be used in 2020.
June 22 - I thought it would be interesting to graphically compare the amount of time the IndyCar drivers have had in IndyCar.
This wasn't so scientific that I counted actual races, but rather just the number of years.
Some of these drivers began racing in Champ Car, so I included the CART years too.
|Drivers Ranked by IRL Wins
using font sizes:
IndyCar Grand Prix at Road America
July 24 - During qualifying on Saturday, rookie Colton
Herta became the youngest pole winner in IndyCar history
at 19 years, 83 days. The Harding Steinbrenner Racing
driver became the youngest race winner in Indy car annals
when he won at COTA, back in March.
Alexander Rossi, starting 2nd, passed Herta at turn 2 on
the 1st lap. Rossi was the class of the field and led the
race to the end, winning by a very comfortable 28-second
margin over the Penske drivers of Will Power and Josef
Newgarden. Newgarden held onto the points lead after
the race with a 7-point lead over Rossi. Rossi had finished
2nd in 3 of the last 4 IndyCar races.
Scott Dixon started 12th and made contact with Ryan
Hunter-Reay on the first lap, spinning and ending up
10-seconds behind the field by the time he got spun back
around and going. Dixon drove fearlessly through the day
passing 18 cars and finishing in 5th place.
There were no cautions during the race which featured
175 passes for position on the undulating 4-mile road
course in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin.
NBC has reported that the race was the second-most
watched IndyCar race, after the Indy 500. Over a million
people tuned into the grand prix. (5.5 million tuned in to
the Indy 500.)
|Colton Herta Youngest Ever Pole Winner
|Alexander Rossi ~ Andretti Autosort
June 24 - I made a similar chart for the current drivers in Formula 1:
F1 Austria Grand Prix
June 30 - The Formula 1 race in Austria Sunday was a
welcome change in that it was not controlled by Mercedes.
It was also the ninth Grand Prix in history to be completed
without a single retirement.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc captured the pole in qualifying,
setting a new track record on the Austrian circuit with a
time of 1:03:003. This was his 2nd pole, the first being in
Bahrain back in March.
But the other driver on the front row of the grid wasn’t
worked out until long after qualifying finished with
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton handed a three-place
grid penalty by stewards for a block on Alfa Romeo driver
Kimi Raikkonen in the first qualifying session. Hamilton
was one of six drivers to be forced down the grid.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel made it into the third
qualifying session but didn’t make it on track after a
mechanical problem left his car in the garage. Vettel
would have to start from the fifth row of the grid next to
Haas' Kevin Magnussen. He said it was hard to watch
as his teammate romped to the pole position.
Max Verstappen qualified 3rd, but at the start of the race,
he almost stalled his engine, and about 5 cars passed him
before he got going. Throughout the race, Verstappen
would move up in position while a crowd of orange-clad
fans cheered enthusiastically.
Meanwhile, Leclerc led the whole race, but by the end,
Vestappen was on his tail. On lap 69 of 71, he managed
to get past for the lead, bumping Leclerc off the track in
the process. Verstappen held the lead the rest of the way
winning his 6th grand prix.
However, the race stewards were trying to determine if he
should be penalized by how he passed Leclerc. F1 fans
have been upset ever since Vettel’s win was taken away
and given to Hamilton in Canada several weeks ago.
Would F1 again steal victory away from the real winner?
After an agonizing three hours, they finally allowed
Verstappen his much deserved win.
This is the home race for Red Bull and the Honda people
were ecstatic. It was Honda’s first victory since they
returned to F1 in 2015. In fact, it was their first F1 win
since Jenson Button won in Hungary back in 2006.
While Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished 3rd,
Hamilton finished down in 5th, the first time he hasn’t
finished 1st or 2nd since the Mexican grand prix last
|A Sea of Orange Verstappen Fans