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Aug 2 - Some big  names competing in this week's BC39 Midget dirt race at the
Speedway include: Kyle Larson, Zach Veach, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chase Briscoe,
Ryan Newman, Brady Bacon and JJ Yeley.
16-year-old Dominic Gorden from Clovis
California won the special non-points paying
race, part of the  USAC Midget National
Stoops Pursuit Race at IMS

Aug 3 - Day 1 of the midget event held on the
1/4-mile dirt oval inside the Indy Speedway
ended with a 25-lap race - The Stoops Pursuit.

Drivers who had won a heat race or passed the
most cars in earlier heat races, made the field.

Drivers are cut from the race every 5 laps if
they have been passed.  In addition, any driver
involved in a caution exits from the race.  A
wreck on the first lap eliminated five drivers,
Kyle Larson, last year's winner.

Top 3
1. Dominic Gorden
2. Zach Daum
3. Trey Gropp                
The BC39 Race At IMS

Aug 4 - At the start, rookie Mitchel Moles raced
away with the lead in his hands.

The reigning USAC Midget National Champion
and current series point leader, started from 6th
and his position remained relatively unchanged
for a while.

On lap 13,
Cannon McIntosh passed Moles on
the outside when he slipped sideways on exit.  
At this point, Kovoid began to move up and was
in 4th by Lap 17.  By Lap 26 he was running in
2nd after rocketing underneath Moles .

Moles’ race came to a sudden and nasty
conclusion on lap 29 when he crashed into the
outside wall, sending him flipping five-and-a-
half times before coming to a rest on his side.  
He was ok.

The fight for the lead came down to a fight
between McIntosh and Kofoid, with Kofoid
finally taking the checkered flag.
Buddy Kofoid - Winner
Aug 5 - IMSA announced that the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series has
been added to the weekend of racing planned for their return to IMS Sept 15-17, 2023.
Aug 7 - Paretta Motorsports announced they will be entering Simona De Silvestro and
the No. 7 16 Chevy in a 4th IndyCar race this season - the season ending Firestone
Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca.
Aug 1 - After Sebastien Vettel announced he was retiring from F1 at season's end,
Aston Martin signed
Fernando Alonso to race for them next year.  Why Alonso would
quit Alpine, which is 4th in the championship, to race for a team at the bottom, is likely
attributable to a much bigger paycheck.
A driver who DNFs receives the
same points (5 or so) as those
who finish, but come in last.

The chart on the left points out
a few irregularities.

Harvey and Daly have finished
every race, but unlike Power
and Dixon, are much further
down in the points.

Inversely, Rosenqvist, Herta and
O'Ward are in the top 10, though
they have 3 DNFs each this year.

Usually the driver who wins the
championship finishes every race.  
However, last year, Alex Palou
won with 2 DNFs.  The double
points he gained when finishing
2nd in the Indy 500 helped him.

Aug 10 - So far this season, Kyle Kirkwood leads the IndyCar
field in the number of races not finished - at a whopping 50%
Aug 14 - With only 1 win, but great consistency and no DNFs, Stoffel Vandoorne and
Mercedes-EQ seal Formula E World Championship.
Jeff Gordon Racing Porsches at IMS

Aug 24 - Four-time NASCAR Cup Series
Jeff Gordon will briefly step out of
retirement to race in the IMSA-sanctioned
Porsche Carrera Cup North America on Sept.
2-4 on the IMS road course.

Highlighting the weekend for Gordon will be a
reunion with longtime crew chief
. It marks the first time the
championship-winning combination has teamed
together since 1999.

Gordon joins an entry list of over 30 Porsche
specialists all driving Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
race cars in competition on the 14-turn,
2.439-mile, road course.

Gordon will drive the No. 24 entry in the
Invitational class of the premier Porsche
one-make race series in North America as part
of the second-annual Porsche Sports Car
Together Fest.
Porsche will return to Indianapolis over the Labor
Day weekend to celebrate its long history of
performance road and race cars, along with
trackside activities for families and fans of all
ages. The Sports Car Together Fest, the second
annual marquee event at the famed Indianapolis
Motor Speedway (IMS) by Porsche, will high-
light the German sports car manufacturer’s
highest performance models: the GT line of road
cars as well as its top one-make race series.
Punctuating the September 2 to 4 event is what
is expected to be the world’s largest gathering
of Porsche GT cars and a spotlight on the 50th
anniversary of the RS model.

While the Porsche Carrera Cup North America
and the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America
headline the racing action on the track, multiple
aspects of the Porsche automotive and sports
culture will entertain and educate Porsche fans
and casual attendees alike at the three-day end
of summer event.
Every single car competing in Porsche Carrera
Cup is identical. Same make. Same model.
Same generation. With no technical advantage
between cars, driver talent and team are what
claim the podium.  There are three classes.
The Sprint Challenge is a tier below the premier  
Carrera Cup North America series.
Aug 23 - René Rast has been announced as the first driver for McLaren’s new Formula
E entry.  Rast joins McLaren after a decade with Audi that yielded 3 DTM titles.
Aug 24 - Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren F1 have mutually decided to part ways at
the end of this season.  Ricciardo had a contract for next year.
Aug 26 - Having announced earlier that 2026 powerplant regulations will include
increased electrical power and use of 100% sustainable fuels, Audi says they will
become an F1 engine supplier beginning in 2026.