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 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
Current IndyCar Drivers Who Raced at Richmond in 2009:
|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
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
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
Before that, Ryan Hunter-Reay last raced there in 2005.
Tony Kanann and Scott Dixon last raced there in 2002.
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.
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.
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.
Eighteen states have legalized sports betting following a
2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said federal law
prohibiting sports gambling was unenforceable against the
Currently, there is a off-track horse betting place down-
town called Winner's Circle. They expect this new rule is
going to have a huge positive impact on their business.
There will not be any new places to place your bets. We
will not be seeing any gambling booths at the speedway or
any other stadium.
Kevin Thomas, Jr.
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
|Wednesday Sept 4th DAY 1 USAC Midget Heat Races
|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
|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
Martin Truex, Jr.
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
Laguna Seca - Final Race of Season
Sept 22 - Before the race rolled around, Ganassi driver
Felix Rosenqvist got some bad press after losing his
temper during qualifying. During the first round,
Rosenqvist spun which caused the car behind him to have
to lift off the gas.
For having affected another's qualifying, officials threw out
his previous fastest laps and also stopped him from
progressing to the next round of qualifying.
He didn't realize that was the rules and questioned angrily
if there were not a conspiracy to take away his chance at
being IndyCar Rookie of the Year and give it to Colton
Apparently I had more faith in him that he did. Even
though he would start the race from 14th position, I kept
him in my fantasy league team. He finished in 5th,
proving me right.
|Race Winner Colton Herta
(Two of his father's 4 IndyCar wins came at this track!)
|IndyCar Champion Josef Newgarden
Even though Herta had a perfect weekend - getting pole
and leading most of the race and winning it, Roseqvist still
won Rookie of the Year. None the less, Herta showed this
year that he might be the fastest driver in the entire series!
When he had poor results this year, it was usually no fault
Another impressive rookie this year was Santino Ferrucci.
After a season of avoiding all kinds of trouble and not
making any mistakes - he led the most laps driven of any
driver - he crashed out half way through this race. All
three of these rookies deserve recognition.
Scott Dixon started the race on the front row next to
Herta and held 2nd place until a few laps from the end,
with his tires worn out, Will Power was able to get past
him to finish 2nd.
Fighting for the championship, Simon Pagenaud finished
in 4th and Alex Rossi in 6th. That was not enough though
to beat 8th-place finisher Josef Newgarden who is now a
2-time IndyCar Series Champion. The achievement
brought tears to the eyes of the 28-year-old driver.
Laguna Seca has a lot of elevation changes and it's
corkscrew makes for exciting racing. Everyone seemed
happy that IndyCar has returned to this track in northern
|INDYCAR'S TOP ROOKIES OF 2019
Won 2 IndyCar Races
Indy 500 Rookie of the Year
IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
|New Hollywood-style Sign at Laguna Seca
30,000 fans attended
|Racing Through the Corkscrew
Rasmus Lindh Overshadowed
Sept 28 - While Kyle Kirkwood has received a lot of
attention during the past two years in the Road To Indy,
I think Rasmus Lindh needs more recognition.
Kirkwood hails from Jupitor Florida and was born Oct 19,
1998, making him 20-years-old.
Lindh is from Sweden and was born July 6, 2001, making
him 18-years-old. Before joining IndyCar's junior series,
he raced karts in Sweden.
In 2018, both drivers competed in the first step of the
Road To Indy - the USF2000 series. Kirkwood easily
took the championship driving for Cape Motorsports.
He won 12 of the 14 races! He was awarded a $325,000
scholarship to race in the Indy Pro 2000 series the
Lindh finished 2nd, driving for Pabst Racing Services.
While he didn't win a race, he won 3 poles and finished
on the podium five times. He received $20,000.
34 drivers competed in the USF2000 that year.
This year, both drivers competed in the Indy Pro 2000
series along with 17 other drivers.
This time Kirkwood drove for RP Motorsport Racing and
Lindh raced for Juncos Racing.
Once again, Kirkwod won heavily, scoring 9 victories in
16 races. He ended the season with 419 points and was
awarded a $500,000 scholarship to compete in Indy
Lights next year, plus almost $100,000 in other prizes.
Lindh walked away with 3 victories, winning both races
on the IMS roadcourse and the final race at Laguna Seca.
Lindh also had five 2nd-place finishes, five 3rd-place
finishes, two 4ths and one 5th. His average finish for this
year was 2.5625.
Because Lindh was more consistent than Kirkwood, he
finished the year only 2 points behind the champion!
Alas, he was awarded only $20,000 to Kirkwood's
Hang in there Rasmus!
2018 USF2000 Champion & 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Champion
2018 USF2000 & 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Runner-Up
Annual LPGA Golf Tournament
Sept 29 - Mi Jung Hur shifted into top gear Thursday at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and never lifted from the throttle
until the Indy Women in Tech Championship ended Sunday, as
she led the tournament from start to finish at Brickyard Crossing
Hur, from South Korea, shot a 21-under-par score of 267 to win
the four-round LPGA event by four strokes over Nanna Koerstz
Madsen of Denmark. Marina Alex of the United States was third,
six shots behind the winner.
“After the third round, I was talking about that wire-to-wire
because I never had that before in my life and I really wanted to
do it," Hur said on the 18th green. "And I did it. I'm so happy.”
Hur earned $300,000 for her second LPGA victory of the season
after shooting a final-round score of 4-under 68. She also enjoyed
the special spoils of victory at IMS, including kissing the famous
Yard of Bricks and dousing her head with a bottle of milk like
winners of the Indianapolis 500.
Hur led by only one stroke after three holes but doubled her
advantage with a birdie on the fourth hole. She finished the front
nine with another birdie while her closest rivals stumbled, building
her lead to five shots at the turn. She then added two birdies early
on the back nine and shifted into cruise control to the finish.
Koerstz Madsen birdied the last two holes to pull into second with
a final round of 67.
The winners of the first two editions of the Indy Women in Tech
Championship, Lexi Thompson of the United States (2017) and
Sung Hyun Park (2018), failed to make the cut after 36 holes Friday.
IMS and IndyCar will not profit directly from any gambling
on races. CEO Mark Miles hopes the gambling
operators will advertise with the racing organizations.
While some fear this will corrupt collegiate sports, the
politicians are licking their lip over this new tax revenue.