August 2014 News
Tony Stewart's Deadly Accident

Aug 10 - Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR
race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the
three-time champion struck and killed
a sprint car driver.

Stewart ran over a competitor, 20-year-old
Ward Jr.
, during a confrontation at a sprint car race
on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park
in New York, a dirt track.  

Ward was killed afterhe had climbed from his car
and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront
Stewart during a race in upstate New York.

The crash happened Saturday night at Canandaigua
Motorsports Park, a dirt track.  
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Marquez Continues Record Run At Indy

Aug 10 - Spanish rider Marc Marquez’s perfect
season rolls on.

The Spaniard pulled away in the second half of the
Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday, beating
by 1.803 seconds to win for the second
consecutive year on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
road course and continue an incredible 2014 season.

The 21-year-old has won all 10 races so far on the
MotoGP World Championship schedule, an extended
run of dominance not seen in the sport since
Mick Doohan’s won 10 in a row in 1997.

“I cannot explain – every race I go to the weekend and
I say, ‘OK, here maybe is the time to finish second or
third. Here will be the time that I struggle,’” Marquez
said. “But every race I feel so strong.”

His afternoon at IMS began with a struggle as he fell
from the pole position to fifth moments after the race
began and needed 10 laps to work his way back to the
front. But once there, the defending world champion
held steady for the final 17 laps on his No. 93 Repsol
Honda and became the first back-to-back champion at
the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

“The start was not so good, and in the beginning I had
some moments,” Marquez said. “Then when I saw the
tire (come in), Jorge also attacked and tried to push in
the front. I said, ‘OK, now is the time I overtake them’
and I started to push.”

Marquez won for the fourth consecutive year at IMS,
having also won in Moto2 in 2011 and 2012. In
winning on Sunday, he also secured the 500th Grand
Prix win for Spain. No. 499 came from
, who started Sunday’s racing with a win in
Moto3 after a fierce battle among five riders in the
closing laps.

Romano Fenati led coming into the front
straightaway but Vazquez ran him down in his Honda
for a 0.065-second margin at the Yard of Bricks and
his first Moto3 victory.

“It was a really hard race for us and, I think, for every
rider,” Vazquez. “I will take it – the first victory.”  

Moto2 featured a dominant wire-to-wire performance
Mika Kallio of Finland, who led all 16 laps in a
shortened race following an early red flag. His margin
at the finish was 1.380 seconds over
of Spain.

In the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson
Steve Rapp won in a five-bike shootout in the
closing laps.
Ward had crashed following a bump with Stewart
one lap earlier. Ward and Stewart were racing
side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward
was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom,
seemed to slide toward Ward's car and crowd him
toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart's car
appeared to clip the front tire of Ward's car, and
Ward spun into the fence.

Video showed Ward walking from his crashed car
onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he
gestured at Stewart's passing car, he was struck.
Ward was standing to the right of Stewart's familiar
No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear
and hit him.

The site of Saturday night's crash is the same track
where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident
that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later
took responsibility for his car making contact with
another and triggering the 15-car accident that left
Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her
Kevin Ward Jr.
Tony Stewart last week after a practice session
for Sunday's Nascar race.
Video of Crash
IndyCar Merger

Aug 17 - Two IndyCar teams are merging
for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season. Sarah
Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter
Racing will be joining forces, creating
Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing.

Both teams currently field one car each.

"It's for the betterment of our team," said
Sarah Fisher, who currently runs Josef
in the No. 67 car, and was a
victory contender at both Long Beach and
Mid-Ohio. "It gives us a two-car team and
makes us stronger in a lot of areas."

Ed Carpenter, this year's Indianapolis 500
polesitter whose operation has three victories
in 2014 (two with
Mike Conway and one
with Ed at Texas) just smiled when asked
about the merger. It's believed the new team
will be managed by
Tim Broyles and located
in the new spacious Fisher/Hartman shop on
Main Street in Speedway, Ind.

The obvious question to be answered is
which engine supplier will the new team go
with; currently, Newgarden runs a Honda
and Carpenter/Conway are powered by
Chevrolet. Of the 22 cars in action at
Milwaukee this weekend, 12 use Honda, 10
use Chevrolet.
National Guard Halts Motorsports Sponsorships

Aug 7 - NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., will lose the
National Guard as a sponsor with the Guard deciding to terminate their
sponsorship at the conclusion of 2014. They will also cease sponsorship of
IndyCar driver
Graham Rahal.

In a statement released by the National Guard, they cited "Significantly
constrained resources and the likelihood of further reductions in the future" as the
reasoning behind the decision. It comes at a very ironic time as Dale Jr. is fresh
off a victory at Pocono for the Guard.

This now leaves
Bobby Rahal and Rick Hendrick scrambling to put together
new sponsor deals in time for the 2015 season. Rahal and the Guard are new
partners and the relationship came after a fight between Rahal's team and Panther
Racing for the deal, which held them as a  sponsor since 2008.

According to the Army National Guard's release, they have spent $32 million
dollars on NASCAR and $12 million on IndyCar this year, which accounts for
roughly 37% of their overall advertising budget.

They went on to say that they will have a smaller budget to play with,  stating "In
fiscal year 2015, the Army Guard's marketing budget is expected to be about half
of what it was just three years ago in fiscal year 2012."
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Aug 3 - Scott Dixon wasn’t pleased with qualifying 22nd
for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, but it didn’t matter
90 laps later at the checkered flag.

The “Master of Mid-Ohio” won for the fifth time in the
past eight years on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course by
employing a three-stop fuel and tire strategy that was aided
by clear sailing after gaining the lead for good on Lap 68.
Pumping his fist as he crossed the finish line, Dixon pulled
the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car off to the left of
the circuit in Turn 1.

“If we didn’t run out of fuel right there I think we would
have run out on the back side of the circuit, so it would
have been a long walk (to Victory Circle)," said Dixon, who
pitted for the final time on Lap 62.

The victory by 5.3864 seconds over pole sitter
was the 34th of Dixon’s career, tying Al Unser
for sixth on the all-time list. Winning from the 22nd
starting position is second on the Indy car list for furthest
back on a road/street course.
Max Papis won at Laguna
Seca in 2001 from the 25th starting position. Eighth had
been the lowest starting position for an Indy car race at
Mid-Ohio by Unser in 1995 and
Juan Montoya in '99.

"Truthfully, I didn't think it was possible," said Dixon, who
has won in 10 consecutive seasons. "Great pit stops by
everybody on Team Target and the strategy was spot on
once we got that (Lap 37) yellow. Long, hard-fought day
but huge thanks to Chevy and obviously we got fantastic
fuel mileage there, too.”
Dixon, giving Chip Ganassi Racing its first victory of the
season, is the 10th different driver representing seven
teams to win this season.

“We had a couple close calls in Iowa (fourth place) and
Pocono (fifth place) and finally came through,” said team
Chip Ganassi, whose team has won the past six
races at Mid-Ohio.

James Hinchcliffe finished a season-high third in the No.
27 United Fiber & Data car and Andretti Autosport
Carlos Munoz placed fourth. Graham Rahal
of New Albany, Ohio, earned his second top-five finish on
a road/street course this season in the No. 15 National
Guard Rahal Letterman Racing car.
Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe
Another question is the identity of the drivers. Carpenter will of course continue as an oval specialist, with Conway
possibly continuing as road/street course ringer. But Newgarden has not signed with any team for 2015.

Ed Carpenter scored his and Sarah Fisher Racing's first ever IndyCar Series win at Kentucky in 2011, before leaving to
become an owner/driver and scoring a win in the team's first year at the season finale in Fontana. It was the first Indy car
win for an owner/driver since
Adrian Fernandez at the same track in 2004.
Wink Hartman, Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Building in Speedway.
Belgium F1 Grand Prix

Aug 24 - Mercedes has been leading the Formula 1 championship
this year.  Yesterday at Spa in Belguim, the Mercedes out qualified
everyone by 2 seconds!  Things were looking good for them for
the race.  But on lap two of the race the Mercedes teammates
made contact with each other while fighting for the lead.  
got the worse of it as his rear tire got cut and he had to
pit for new tires.  
Nico Rosberg just lost some of his front wing
and took over the lead.   Red Bull and Ferrari followed behind.
Lewis soon was reporting that his floor was also damaged.  
Late in the race, he retired.  

Red Bulls’ new driver,
Daniel Ricciardo took over the lead and
won the race, his 3rd of the year.  He has now beaten his 4-time
champion team-mate 10-2 and outqualified him 7-5.   He is
currently 3rd in points, behind the McLaren teammates.

Fernando Alonso couldn’t hold on at the end and finished 8th.  
His teammate
Kimi Raikkonen finished in 4th just ahead of
Sebastian Vettel.  This was Kimi’s best finish of the year.

Rosberg finished 2nd,  
Valtteri Bottas got 3rd for his Williams
team.  Williams has drawn in close to Ferrari in manufacturer

It was announced that 16 y/o
Max Verstappen will join Toro
Rosso next year.  His father is the famous Dutch driver
,   The team is retaining Russian Daniil Kvyat, 19.
This team always has the youngest drivers.
A wad of string got caught on one of car
antennae of Nico Rosberg's Mercedes early in
the race.  It fluttered around in his face and
seemed to get tangled up in his steering wheel.  
Eventually he was able to yank it off.
IndyCar Season Finale

Aug 30 – Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar
Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the
MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

Power, who entered the 18th race of the season with a
51-point lead over Team Penske teammate
, had been the championship runner-up in
2010, 2011 and 2012.  It was the ninth consecutive year
that the series champion was determined in the season

"It's 15 years of hard work. I was crying as I crossed the
(finish) line," said Power, who finished 62 points ahead of
Castroneves. “It’s surreal. It’s just a fantastic way to finish
the season. I can’t believe I’m the champion.”

Tony Kanaan, the 2004 series champion, won the
250-lap race slowed by a single caution on the 2-mile oval
by 3.6750 seconds over Target Chip Ganassi Racing
teammate and 2013 champion
Scott Dixon.

Kanaan was the 11th different winner, which tied the Indy
car single-season record set in 2000 and matched in 2001.
Ed Carpenter, who won at Auto Club Speedway in 2012
and was runner-up in 2013, placed third and
Juan Pablo
, in his first year driving for Team Penske,
finished fourth.

"It's been a long time coming," said Kanaan, who claimed
his first victory since the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and
announced that his wife, Lauren, was expecting their first
child in January. "We had a team meeting this afternoon
and (team owner)
Chip Ganassi said if you win you can
brag about it for seven months."

Castroneves, who started from the pole and led 41 laps,
was assessed a drive-through penalty for a pit lane entry
violation on Lap 218 that put him a lap down. He finished
14th in the race and second in the championship for the
fourth time in his career.

“It’s another second, but well done to Will,” said
Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. “It
stings a little bit, but it motivates me to come back stronger
next year and win a championship.”

Power provided Team Penske its 13th Indy car
championship and the first since 2006 with
Sam Hornish

“Tonight showed everyone the strength of our team,” said
Roger Penske, who has won the Indianapolis 500 Mile
Race 15 times as a team owner.

Power, who won the season opener on the streets of St.
Petersburg, Fla., was either first or second in the standings
all season. He took the lead for good at Mid-Ohio earlier
this month. Montoya, who won at Pocono Raceway in
July, finished fourth in the standings and
Simon Pagenaud
dropped from third to fifth as he finished 20th in the
Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports car.
2015 IndyCar Schedule News

Houston and Toronto are off the calendar due to
scheduling conflicts.   

IndyCar may race at Mosport Park in Canada.  IndyCar
raced there five times between 1967-1978.

IndyCar will race at NOLA Motorsports Park on April 12,
2015.  It is a road course southwest of New Orleans.
Terrible Crash for Aleshin

Aug 30 -  Rookie Russian driver Mikhail
has been praised this year for his
bravery and his ability to run unusual
racing lines on ovals.

His luck ran out Friday at Fontana.  
During practice, he had a very bad wreck.

After spinning up the track his car got
speared by
Charlie Kimball's car.  It
flew into the catchfence and spun and
broke into pieces.

Aleshin was airlifted to the hospital.  He
suffered severe chest injuries, broken ribs,
a broken collarbone and a concussion.  
He is currently listed in stable condition.

Aleshin drives for
Schmidt-Peterson-Hamilton Racing.
Video of Crash
Mikhail Aleshin started 17 races this year, scored seven top 10s, led three
races and finished in 2nd at Houston 2.
Castroneves Always A Bridesmaid

Helio Castroneves finished 2nd in the points
championship.  No IndyCar driver in history has won so
many races and not the championship.   In his twelve years
he has won 29 races including three Indy 500s.  

Other Drivers to never have won the championship:
Adrian Fernandez won 11 races.  Frank Lockhart 10.  
Bruno Junqueira and Eddie Sachs 8.

Will Power had won 24 races before finally winning the
championship this year.