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2020 IndyCar Schedule Announced

Sep 1 - The order of next year's IndyCar schedule races
remains the same from last year except that the race at
COTA has been moved from 2nd to 4th.

The big 2.5-mile Pocono oval track has been dropped from
the schedule.

The small 0.75-mile Richmond oval track has been added to
the schedule.  It will be a night race, extending them to four.

IndyCar previously raced at the Richmond Raceway between
2001-2009.  

Current IndyCar Drivers Who Raced at Richmond in 2009:
Scott Dixon
Graham Rahal
Ed Carpenter
Marco Andretti
Tony Kanaan
Ryan Hunter-Reay
1999 Indy 500 Winner Buddy Lazier won the
inaugural IndyCar race at Richmond in 2001.
With 4 wins that season, Lazier lost the IndyCar
championship to Sam Hornish, Jr
who only had 3 wins.
Portland IndyCar Race ... or How Two
Veterans Made Bonehead Mistakes

Sep 1 - There was a messy wreck at the first turn of the
first lap of the Portland IndyCar race.  
Graham Rahal
came blasting into the 1st Turn on the inside and started a
chain reaction of accidents that took him and
Conor Daly,
Zach Veach and James Hinchcliffe out.

The race restarted on lap 13.  Such a long yellow would
enable drivers to make this just a two-stop race.

On the next lap,
Ryan Hunter-Reay lost his mind on the
main straight too, trying to get ahead of his team-mate
Alex
Rossi
; the only Andretti driver in the championship hunt.  
He too came into Turn 1 too fast and slammed into
Jack
Harvey
ending his day.  It’s really a shame as his team,
Michael Shank Racing, is not only running a limited
schedule this year (10 races) but Harvey qualified 4th and
was in 4th when he got broadsided.  At least they get
another chance to end the year on a good note at Laguna
Seca on Sept 22nd.  RHR was able to get his car repaired
and completed 81 of the 105 laps.

At the next green flag, there were only 16 cars left.

Colton Herta won his 2nd IndyCar pole this weekend and
he led the race, but on Lap 37, his tires were giving up and
he got passed by
Scott Dixon, then Rossi and Felix
Rosenqvist
.  It’s too bad his team didn’t act when he
radioed in about his tires.  They were trying to make him
stay out, but after
Simon Pagenaud pitted on lap 39, they
allowed Herta to come in on Lap 40.  The other front
runners pitted on the next lap.

Dixon continued leading until he suddenly lost power on lap
55  He coasted around the track and into the pits.  He had
to get pushed to his pit box.  He came back out a few laps
later, but his hopes to stay in contention for the champion-
ship went down the drain.

Will Power took over the lead and held onto it till the end,
winning his second race of the year.  Rosenqvist finished
2nd, followed by Rossi and Herta.  
Josef Newgarden came
in 5th, holding on to his lead in the championship.

Portland IndyCar Race Results
Rookie Colton Herta with his 2nd Pole Award
RHR spearing Jack Harvey
Winner Will Power
Who Can Win IndyCar Championship and How
The last IndyCar race of the season is at Laguna Seca.

Like in the Indy 500, double points will be awarded!
The IRL (NTT IndyCar Series 1996+) has never raced at
Laguna Seca.

Champcar last raced there in 2006, a year before their last
full season of competition.  Current IndyCar drivers who
competed in that race were
Sebastien Bourdais and Will
Power
.

Before that,
Ryan Hunter-Reay last raced there in 2005.
Tony Kanann and Scott Dixon last raced there in 2002.
LAGUNA SECA HISTORY
Current   2019
Points     Wins
Josef Newgarden
Alex Rossi
Simon Pagenaud
Scott Dixon
593
552
551
508
100
80
70
64
60
56
52
48
44
40
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10
If Rossi or Pagenaud won, no one can beat them except Newgarden
who would have to finish 5th or better.

If Rossi or Pagenaud finished 2nd, Newgarden would have to finish
10th or better.

If Rossi or Pagenaud finished 3rd, Newgarden would have to finish
15th or better.

If Rossi or Pagenaud finished 4th, Newgarden would have to finish
18th or better.

If Rossi or Pagenaud finished 5th, Newgarden would have to finish
20th or better.

(In the first 4 scenarios above, if Rossi or Pagenaud also got the pole,
Newgarden would have to finish 1-place better than shown.
Top Ten  - Double Points
Finish
Points
CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS
If Dixon won and Rossi or Pagenaud finished 2nd, Newgarden would
have to finish 10th or better

If Dixon won and Rossi or Pagenaud finished 3rd, Newgarden would
have to finish 15th or better.

If Dixon won and Rossi or Pagenaud finished 4th, Newgarden would
have to finish 18th or better.

If Dixon won and Rossi or Pagenaud finished 5th, Newgarden would
have to finish 20th or better.

If Dixon won and Rossi or Pagenaud finished 6th, Newgarden would
have to finish 22nd or better.
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Sports Betting Now Legal in Indiana

Sep 2 -  Indiana lawmakers passed legislation that would
allow sports betting in Indiana.  On Sunday, Gov.
Eric
Holcomb
placed the first bet at Indiana Grand Racing and
Casino to officially kick off the state allowing sports betting  
on all Indiana sports teams, professional and college.

Currently, there is a off-track horse betting place downtown
called Winner's Circle.  They expect this new rule is going to
have a huge positive impact on their business.

I BET Hoosiers will soon be gambling on auto races.
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Heat
Brady Bacon
Kevin Thomas, Jr.
Zeb Wise
Dillon Welch
Gio Scelzi
Zach Daum
Jake Neuman
Chad Boat
Thomas Meseraull
Spencer  Bayston
Winner
BC39 Heat Races on the Dirt Oval at IMS

Sep 4 - It was an exciting Wednesday night in the infield at
IMS as the Bryan Clauson 39 "Driven To Save Lives"
Midget cars raced.

As the final race came down to the end, there were only
three racers left.  As they slid, crossed and fought for the
lead, only one car survived to cross the finish line.

Nascar Cup driver
Kyle Larson won this crazy race.

The crowd loved the show.

More races to come on thursday Sept 5th.
Wednesday's 10-Lap Heat Races
BC39 Stoops 24-Lap Race Results
1. Kyle Larson
2. Michael Pickens
3. Justin Grant
4. Tyler Courtney
5. Jason McDougal
6. Tanner Carrick
7. Chris Windom
8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
9. Chad Boat
10. Spencer Bayston
11. Logan Seavey
12. Zach Dohm
13. Kevin Thomas Jr
14. Jesse Colwell
15. Gio Scelzi
16. Jake Neuman
17. Dillon Welch
18. Zeb Wise
19. Brady Bacon
20. Christopher Bell
21. Robert Dalby
22. Kyle O’Gara
23. Jerry Coons Jr
24. Thomas Meseraull
25. Chase Broscoe
BC39 Feature Race A-Main Results
(39 Laps – $15,000 to win)
Thursday Septembe5, 2019
1. Zeb Wise
2. Tyler Courtney
3. Chris Windom
4. Chad Boat
5. Logan Seavey
6. Jesse Colwell
7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
8. Kevin Thomas Jr
9. Kyle Larson
10. Justin Grant
11. Dillon Welch
12. Tanner Carrick
13. Michael Pickens
14. Gio Scelzi
15. Christopher Bell
16. Brady Bacon
17. Jason McDougal
18. Cannon McIntosh
19. Thomas Meseraull
20. Spencer Bayston
21. Tyler Thomas
22. Tucker Klaasmeyer
23. Jerry Coons Jr
24. Chase Briscoe
25. Jake Neuman
26. CJ Leary
Sept 5 - Teen phenom Zeb Wise held off hard-charging
runs from NASCAR stars and his Clauson-Marshall Racing
teammates for a storybook win in the second annual
Driven2SaveLives BC39 on the Dirt Track at IMS.

Wise, 16, prevailed after a thrilling four-lap shootout with
two of his Clauson-Marshall Racing teammates,
Tyler
Courtney
and Chris Windom. Courtney finished second
and Windom third.
The race name, distance and Wise's number are in honor
of USAC champion and Indianapolis 500 veteran
Bryan
Clauson
, who died in a racing accident in 2016. Clauson
and his father spotted Wise's talent during a quarter-
midget race five years ago at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway, and
Tim Clauson asked Wise to join the team
as a development driver just a few months after Bryan's
tragic death.
Zeb Wise
BRICKYARD 400 NEWS
Wednesday Sept 4th                             DAY 1                  USAC Midget Heat Races
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Sept 4
Sept 5
Sept 6
Sept 7
Sept 8
INDEX
Thursday Sept 5th                             DAY 2                  USAC Midget Main Feature
Friday Sept 6th                             DAY 3                  Nascar Xfinity Practice
Haley Fastest in Practice for
Indiana 250 Race

Sept 6 - Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top three spots in
opening practice.
Christopher Bell was fastest at
168.218 mph in the No. 20 Toyota.
Brandon Jones was
second, followed by
Kyle Busch.

Indiana native
Justin Haley was the fastest driver overall in
two NASCAR Xfinity Series practice sessions today.

Haley, 20, from Winamac, Indiana, topped the charts at
168.227 mph in practice two.  His No. 11 Chevrolet
features a paint scheme honoring his grandfather.

Drivers ran in large packs of sometimes 10 or more cars in
the final practice session as they tried to draft and slingshot
past each other to simulate the race conditions expected.

The second practice session included contact when
Mike
Harmon
suddenly moved down toward pit lane while
exiting Turn 4 and hit
Michael Annett, ripping his rear
bumper off.
Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing Chevy Camaro
Saturday Sept 7th                             DAY 4                  Nascar Indiana 250 Race
      11 a.m. - Noon - Cup Practice 1

Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch
topped the leaderboard in Brickyard 400's first practice
session in their Chevrolets. Larson's fastest lap average was
185.025 mph and Busch's was 184.763 mph.

Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford (184.600
mph), Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports
Chevrolet (184.305 mph) and Bubba Wallace in the No. 43
Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet (183.685 mph)
rounded out the top five.

Jimmie Johnson, who is a four-time winner at India-
napolis and is currently below the cutline for the 16-driver
playoff field, led for much of the session, but wound up
with the ninth-fastest lap of 182.700 mph in the No. 48
Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
The Brickyard 400 is the last race of the regular season.  There are two spots left that can be clinched in the Nascar Cup
Playoffs.  Below is how drivers can claim them.

Clint Bowyer: Would clinch with 48 points and a new winner. If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kyle Larson, Ryan
Blaney, William Byron or Aric Almirola), he would clinch on points with 46 points.

Daniel Suarez: If there is a repeat winner (or a win by Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Aric Almirola or Clint
Bowyer), he would clinch on points with 54 points. Could clinch on points with a new winner outside the top 16 in the
standings and help.

Ryan Newman: If there is a repeat winner, he would clinch on points with 54 points. Could clinch on points with a new
winner outside the top 16 and help.

Jimmie Johnson: Could clinch on points with help.

• All other drivers can only clinch with a win.
Top 10 Cup Driver Points Coming Into Indy
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Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Martin Truex, Jr.
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Kyle Lason
Ryan Blaney
983 Points
919
877
864
862
832
790
780
714
710
    1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. - Cup Practice 2

Paul Menard was easily the fastest car in the second
practice session for tomorrow's Brickyard 400.  His fast
lap was 185.079 mph.

At the very end of practice,
Denny Hamlin hit the wall in
Turn 4.  He appeared to be ok.
       3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - INDIANA 250 Race

Ha!  With 8 Laps to go, the leaders (#2 Tyler Reddick and
#20
Christsopher Bell)  lose it in Turn 2, collide and smash
into the wall, bringing out the red flag!  
Kyle Busch now
became the lead car.

The race resumed with 3 laps to go.  
Justin Allgaier stayed
on Kyle Busch's bumper, but could not get around him by
the finish.  This was Busch's 96th Xfinity win.

The race featured eight cautions for 31 laps, and there were
14 lead changes among seven different drivers.
Sunday Sept 8th                             DAY 5                  Nascar BRICKYARD 400 Race
11:30 am - Kevin Harvick won the pole position this
morning for the Brickyard 400 with a speed of 185.766
mph.  This was the first time that qualifying for the race
was held on race day.  Since the race cars were
impounded after qualifying, teams had to decide whether
they wanted the cars set up for qualifying or the race.

An hour before the race, there was a slight sprinkle as
a storm cell moved by Indy, grazing the Speedway.  
Another storm cell was moving in from the west several
hours out.  The speedway made the unprecedented action
of moving the start of the race up 18-minutes sooner.

On lap 40,
Landon Cassill slammed his #00 car into the
T1 wall bringing out the first caution. This would be the
first of six separate crashes in the race.  Most of the field
pitted.

On lap 48, defending race champion
Brad Keselowski
and Erik Jones got tangled coming through T2 bringing
out a caution that lasted over 12 minutes.  
Joey Logano
won the first stage under caution.  Harvick won the 2nd
stage also under a caution.

As
Kyle Busch came out of the pits on Lap 87, his engine
blew and he limped back around to the pits with fire
coming from the front of his car.  He had already wrapped
up the regular-season title a week ago, so this was not a
serious blow to him.  He’ll take a lead of 15 points over
Denny Hamlin and 16 over Martin Truex Jr., both
teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, into the playoffs.

The field took the green flag on Lap 105 to start Stage 3.

While battling for sixth position with teammate
William
Byron
, Jimmie Johnson got loose under Byron, with
Kurt Busch on his rear bumper.  Johnson did a 360-
degree spin and backed into the T2 wall, triggering an
eight-car wreck.  Involved were
Kurt Busch, William
Byron
, Matt Tifft, Daniel Hemric, Paul Menard,
Chris Buescher and Parker Kligerman.

Kyle Larson spun and crashed on Lap 29.

Matt Tifft caused the last caution after he hit the T1
wall on Lap 147 in his #36 Ford Mustang.

The race resumed with 9 laps to go. Harvick lined up on
the outside lane, with Logano to his inside.  Wallace, who
lined up behind Logano, gave Logano a big push entering
Turn 1. From there, Harvick and Logano raced side-by-
side through Turns 1 and 2 and down the backstretch,
with Logano racing inches from the backstretch grass.

Entering Turn 3, Logano had the edge on Harvick on the
inside line. But Harvick had the preferred line and cleared
Logano exiting Turn 3.  Harvick held on to the finish.

It took 16 years for
Kevin Harvick to win his 2nd
Brickyard 400.  He  started from pole, led 5 times for 118
laps of a 180-lap race that had 48 laps under caution.  
Harvick controlled the event.  
Joey Logano and Ryan
Blaney
each led 19 laps.

Harvick beat defending NASCAR Cup champion
Joey
Logano
to the finish line by over 6-seconds, the biggest lead
in Brickyard 400 history.

Bubba Wallace and his Richard Petty Motorsports team
surprised many by finishing 3rd.
 William Byron was
fourth, driving for Hendrick Motorsports.
Music concerts took place in the 4th Turn infield.
Team-owner and 2-Time Brickyard 400 Winner Tony Stewart Celebrates with Harvick's Family & the Team
on the Famous Yard of Bricks
The Brickyard 400 is the last race of the regular season.  
Several drivers hoped for a good result so they'd make
the Cup playoffs.  One such driver was
Daniel
Suarez
.  He brushed the T2 wall on Lap 12 forcing him
into the pits and to the back of the field.  By the final
restart of the race, Suarez needed to pass
Ryan Newman
whom he was tied with in points.  However, Newman
finished 3 spots in front of him in 8th thereby making the
playoffs.  
Clint Bowyer was another hopeful.  He finished
5th and clinched the other Playoff spot available.  7-time
Cup Champion
Jimmie Johnson has made the Playoffs
every year since its inception in 2004.  But his wreck in
the 3rd stage knocked him out of the race and broke his
16-year run of playoff berths.
Brad Keselowski ended up on the tire barrier
Jimmie Johnson Wreck
Dog Put On 500 Trophy

Sep 9 - For Simon Pagenaud, his prized dog Norman is
more than his pet; the Jack Russell terrier is part of the
family. And now, Norman is part of Indianapolis 500
history.

Pagenaud received the “Baby Borg” trophy Monday
morning at Team Penske’s headquarters in Mooresville,
North Carolina. When the miniature replica of the famed
Borg-Warner Trophy presented to Indianapolis 500
winners was unveiled, Pagenaud was stunned to see the
sculpted images of himself and Norman on the base of
the Baby Borg.

Norman was part of the celebration in Indianapolis Motor
Speedway Victory Lane after Pagenaud won the 103rd
Indianapolis 500.  “Seventeen times I never saw a dog in
the winner’s circle,” said
Roger Penske.
“It’s a funny surprise because I didn’t expect that at all,”
Pagenaud said. “It just shows the impact that having
Norman next to me has on the industry of racing. I’m glad
to see that my dog is becoming immortal, so that is pretty
cool.

“That moment in victory lane after winning the Indianapolis
500 when he was there will always be a moment (fiancée)
Hailey (McDermott) and I remember our whole lives. It
will be the best moment of our life until we have kids
together."

In addition, BorgWarner made a $20,000 donation to
IndyHumane, the Humane Society of Indianapolis, to
help shelter dogs and help families adopt those dogs.

The donation was made in Pagenaud’s name, in recognition
of his 2019 Indianapolis 500 win. IndyHumane has been a
favorite charity of Pagenaud’s for a number of years,
beginning when he lived in the Indianapolis area.
Herta Is Signed for 2020 IndyCar

Sept 21 -
Colton Herta's future in the IndyCar Series was
confirmed today when Andretti Autosport announced a
joining of forces with Harding Steinbrenner Autosport that
will make
Michael Andretti's Indianapolis-based
organization a five-car team for next season.

Herta and his No. 88 Honda will officially run under the
banner of Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Racing as HSR
principals
Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner IV
will join Andretti as leadership partners in the program.

The partnership is born from a technical alliance between
Andretti Technologies and Harding Steinbrenner Racing,
which provided engineering support this season.