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How the IndyCar Rookies Are Doing So Far
Mid-Point of the Season - 9 Races (through Mid-Ohio)
|SORTED BY AVERAGE
|SORTED BY AVERAGE
* Ilott missed Detroit due to broken hand.
** Calderon not racing on ovals.
Note: Avg Finish does not include DNF or DNS.
Lap 187 - Contact with Herta, both out
Lap 51 - Gearbox failure, stuck in 1st gear
Lap 25 - Got into marbles and slammed into wall
Lap 52 - Contact wtih Johnson, both hit wall
Lap 34 - After pitting, locked up and hit wall
Lap 128 - on restart, tried to go 3-wide with Rahal & Helio,
all 3 hit wall
Lap 58 - engine blew
Lap 55 - made contact with wall
Lap 70 - hit Turn 2 wall, broke hand
Lap 113 - Spun in T4 and hit wall
Lap 53 - Down 2 laps, Hit from behind by Rahal in T12,
suffered gearbox damage and had to retire
Lap 48 - brushed wall
Lap 30 - ran off track in T8 and hit tire barrier.
July 11 - ROKiT's sponsorship has faltered for A.J. Foyt Racing, forcing the team to
park the No. 11 after Mid-Ohio. While Kyle Kirkwood's No. 14 sponsor switches
to Sexton Properties, Tatiana Calderon is now out of a ride.
July 12 - The chart below shows the movements of the top drivers (in points) after each race.
The higher on the chart a driver places, the more points he has.
For instance, after the first race, Scott McLaughlin had the most points.
By the last race, Marcus Ericsson was leading the points championship.
Trofeo Pirelli Race 1 - 21 Laps - Saturday
|Ferrari Challenge North America at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - July 15-17
1. Jason McCarthy
2. Massimo Perrina
3. Jeremy Clarke
4. Dave Musial
5. Jordan Workman
Trofeo Pirelli Race 2 - 15 Laps - Sunday
1. Jason McCarthy
2. Martin Burrowes
3. Joseph Rubbo
4. Matt Kurzejewski
5. Jeremy Clarke
Coppa Shell Race 1 - 14 Laps - Saturday
1. Chuck Whittall
2. Michael Petramalo
3. Justin Rothberg
4. Yahn Bernier
5. Roy Carroll
Coppa Shell Race 2 - 18 Laps - Sunday
1. Michael Petramalo
2. Chuck Whittall
3. Brian Kaminskey
4. Brent Holder
5. Omar Balkissoon
The Ferrari Challenge
July 17 - The Ferrari Challenge North American
series returned to IMS over the weekend.
They have two main classes - Trofeo Pirelli and
Coppa Shell, which each have two sub-classes:
Pro and Amateur
Coppa Shell AM is for novice drivers to both
racing and the Ferrari Challenge.
Trofeo Pirelli is for professional race car drivers
or drivers who are well established in Ferrari
Challenge. The Trofeo Pirelli AM is similar to
Coppa Shell AM, but allows for amateur drivers
with established resumes in other racing series.
Amateur Winner: 9. Todd Coleman
Amateur Winner: 7. Aaron Weiss
Amateur Winner: 11. Frank Szczesniak
Amateur Winner: 15. Rey Acosta
July 18 - IndyCar veteran Santino Ferrucci will show his versatility by racing in the
Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday, July 30 on
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
The series use the 488 Challenge EVO which
has a 670hp turbo 3.9L V8 engine. Differences
from the road car include racing-spec driver
control aides, roll cage, plexi-glass windows,
air jacks, center lock wheels, and thinner body
After Friday practice, the first races were held
on a hot and sunny Saturday.
Lots of rain and cooler temperatures greeted the
drivers on Sunday.
July 20 - One qualifying session on Saturday will determine the starting line up for
both IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Their first qualifying lap sets
their position for Satuday's 250-lap race, and the second lap sets their position for
Sunday's 300-lap race.
IndyCar Schedule Needs Changed!
July 23 - IndyCar keeps scheduling races in the
Midwest in the middle of summer when it is
blistering hot and humid. Meanwhile, there are
three events held in locations with pleasant
year-round weather that are schedule in spring
During today's race in Iowa, the temperature
was 100. Meanwhile, it was 64 in Portland, 75
in Long Beach and 63 at Laguna Seca.
The 90-100 degree heat in the Midwest makes it
miserable for everyone - teams and spectators.
Surely more spectators would attend those
events if the weather was more tolerable.
It is worse at Mid-Ohio where fans camp out for
the weekend, due to lack of nearby hotels.
Controversial Indy Lights Race at Iowa
July 23 - Linus Lundqvist came into the race
with a significant lead in the Indy Lights Series
He was leading the race and was receiving
pressure from Matt Brabham at the end.
With 4 laps to go, Brabham tried passing him
on the outside entering a turn, and Lundqvist
squeezed him into the wall. Brabham received
heavy damage to his front wing, but continued
Brabham was passed by Hunter McElrea and
Christian Rasmussen before managing to cross
the finish line.
Lundqvist blamed the incident on his spotter
who he said told him he was clear.
Race control didn't care and charged Lundqvist
with avoidable contact, moving him from 1st
place to 4th place, directly behind Brabham.
McElrea was given the win and Lundqvist still
maintains a healthy lead in the points.
|Hunter McElrea was being interviewed
when news dropped that he was the winner.
|Hunter McElrea Started From Pole,
His 3rd of 2022
I propose that IndyCar exchange the event dates
for Long Beach, Portland and Laguna Seca with
Mid-Ohio, Iowa and Nashville. (The Indy race
is tied in with Nascar and can't be moved. The
St. Louis race is held at night and no one camps
July 23 - Marco Andretti won the Camping World SRX Series Championship.
Although he didn’t win a race, Andretti finished second in three straight races of the
six-round weekly spec car series.
July 27 - As sporting organizations, corporations and nations cut ties with Russia over
their invasion of Ukraine this year, Nascar is going in the opposite direction, hiring
Russian Daniil Kvyat to compete in the Verizon 200 At The Brickyard.
See F1 Cancels Russian Race
July 28 - Sebastian Vettel says he is retiring from racing in Formula 1 after this
season. Vettel began racing in F1 in 2007 and captured the championship 2010-
2014 driving for Red Bull.
IMSA Returns to IMS in 2023
July 29 - For the first time since 2014, the
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
will be back at the Racing Capital of the World
on the weekend of Sept. 15-17, 2023, as the
headline event of a full weekend of IMSA
sports car action billed as the “IMSA Battle on
the Bricks” around the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road
course. The two-hour, 40-minute WeatherTech
Championship event will be held on Sunday,
Sept. 17 with live NBC network television
In addition to Sunday’s WeatherTech
Championship race, the IMSA Michelin Pilot
Challenge will headline the action on Saturday,
Sept. 16 with a four-hour, bumper-to-bumper
traffic jam of production-based race cars. The
weekend also will include other IMSA-
sanctioned single-make series to be announced
The IMSA Battle on the Bricks weekend will
be a three-day festival showcasing the pinnacle
of sports car racing. With 18 different
manufacturers currently competing in IMSA
and unparalleled fan access to the garage area
throughout the weekend, race fans in the IMS
infield can get up close and personal with their
favorite sports cars, drivers and teams.
Fans also will be able to camp in the IMS
infield, access not available during any other
race weekend. Powered and primitive spaces
will be available to purchase throughout the
infield for public camping.
Two tracks in particular urgently need to be added back to the IndyCar schedule : Pocono and Circuit
of the Americas. I'd also like to see a return to Milwaukee, Homestead, Michigan and Watkins Glen.
Nascar owns Michigan, Homestead and Watkins Glen. Roger Penske should leverage NASCAR's
use of IMS with IndyCar's use of those tracks.
IndyCar & Xfinity Qualifying at IMS
Jul 29 - Practice and qualifying began today for
tomorrow's double-header race on the IMS road
course, featuring the IndyCar series and Nascar
The 85-lap IndyCar Gallagher Grand Prix begins
at 12:20 p.m. tomorrow. Felix Rosenqvist
captured the pole for the race in the No. 7 Arrow
McLaren SP Chevrolet with a lap of 1:10.2265
The 62-lap Xfinity series Pennzoil 150 at the
Brickyard starts at 3:30 p.m. AJ Allmendinger
won the pole for the race with a best lap of
1:29.748 in the No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions
The Nascar Cup series will also be competing this
weekend on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course.
Their race, the 82-lap Verizon 200 at the
Brickyard, will run Sunday at at 2:30 p.m.
All three races will be telecast on NBC.
Joe Gibbs Racing
SS-GLR w/Jeff Lefcourt
Richard Childress Racing
Alpha Prime Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
Richard Childress Racing
SS-GLR w/Jeff Lefcourt
Big Machine Racing
Jordan Anderson Racing
Jesse Iwuji Motorsports
Jeremy Clements Racing
Sam Hunt Racing
B.J. McLeod Motorsports
Alpha Prime Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
Emerling Gase Motorsports
Mike Harmon Racing
|Pennzoil 150 Starting Lineup
will start the Gallagher Grand Prix on pole.
will start the Pennzoil 150 on pole.
IndyCar & Xfinity Race at IMS
July 30 - Alexander Rossi and AJ Allmen-
dinger both drove to victory Saturday in the
Indycar series and NASCAR Xfinity Series
races, respectively, during Brickyard Weekend
at the Indy Speedway.
Rossi won the Gallagher Grand Prix to snap a
49-race winless streak, earning his first victory
since June 23, 2019 at Road America. This
was Rossi’s eighth career victory.
Andretti Autosport driver Rossi crossed the
finish line in his No. 27 Honda 3.5441 seconds
ahead of rookie Christian Lundgaard, who
earned a career-best second place in the No. 30
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda.
Will Power finished third in the 85-lap race in
the No. 12 Penske Chevrolet and took the
IndyCar championship lead with just four races
remaining. Power holds a nine-point lead over
Marcus Ericsson, who rallied from starting last
in the 25-car field to finish 11th in the No. 8
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Rossi, who started second, took the lead for
good on Lap 42 when leader and teammate
Colton Herta lost drive after navigating Turn
8 on the 11-turn, 2.439-mile road course in the
No. 26 Honda.
Allmendinger earned his second consecutive
victory at IMS by winning the Pennzoil 150 at
the Brickyard in the No. 16 Chevrolet. He also
won the Brickyard 200 Cup race last August at
2013 Indianapolis 500 starter Allmendinger
beat Alex Bowman’s No. 17 Chevrolet to the
finish line by 2.084 seconds. Justin Allgaier,
who won the Xfinity Series race in 2018 at IMS,
finished third in the No. 7 Chevrolet.
Allmendinger rallied from a slow pit stop on Lap
16 of the 62-lap race that dropped him from the
lead to 14th place. He took the lead for good on
Cup Series drivers were on track today with
Tyler Reddick earning the pole position for
the Brickyard 200 on Sunday. Reddick turned
a top lap of 1 minute, 28.354 seconds in the
No. 8 Chevrolet.
2022 Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric will
join Reddick in the front row for the 82-lap race
|Christian Lundgaard, Alexander Rossi, Will Power
The Brickyard 200
July 31 - The weather remained pleasant for
the third day in a row at Indianapolis, which
has had an unseasonably hot and dry summer.
A few drivers, though, had some heat and
hydration problems at the end. AJ Allmen-
dinger had both his cooling suit fail and he
ran out of water. Chris Buescher endured
a dramatic few moments as flames fired up
inside his car during a pit stop. He remained
in the car with the heat and the smoke as fire
extinguishers were used to smother the flames,
coming from his door, and creating a big mess.
During the start and restarts, the Cup cars
would speed down into Turn 1, 4-wide every
time, though it meant many would get banged
about and several would get spun out or forced
The most dramatic moment ever seen in Turn 1
happened when Kyle Larson approached this
hard braking area and his brakes apparently
failed. He sailed directly into the side of Ty
Dillon's car at full speed. The hit destroyed
Dillon's car. Once Larson was out of his own
car, he jogged over to Dillon to check on him.
“All I saw was a blue flash,” Dillon said.
“That's the hardest I've ever been hit.”
Tyler Reddick’s July good fortune continued.
After capturing his first win July 3rd at Road
America, and finishing 2nd last week at
Pocono, Reddick won today's Brickyard 200.
Austin Cindric, who drives for track owner
Roger Penske, finished second in a Ford and
was followed by fellow rookie Harrison
Burton, who races for Wood Brothers
Racing, an offshoot of Team Penske.
Todd Gilliland was next in fourth. The rookie
led his first career Cup laps when he was out
front for four laps in the final stage.
Bubba Wallace was fifth and followed by
Joey Logano and finally Allmendinger, who
dropped to seventh on the overtime restart.
Michael McDowell was eighth and followed
by Cole Custer and Buescher as Ford drivers
took seven of the top-10 spots in a race won
by a Chevy.
Kevin Harvick’s quest to make the playoffs
continues to be a rough road. He crashed late
in the race and finished 33rd.
Chevrolet has now won 10 straight Cup race
wins on road courses since the manufacturer’s
2021 milestone 800th win at Circuit of The
Reddick's win gave Richard Childress Racing
it's fourth win at Indianapolis as Reddick joined
Dale Earnhardt, Harvick and Paul Menard
who won the Brickyard 400 for RCR.
To the chagrin of Childress, Reddick announced
earlier in the month that he was leaving the team
at the end of the season.
|Kyle Larson Slams Into Ty Dillon
|Some Changes in IMSA Since 2014
This DP Corvette won the grand prix at
Indianapolis In 2014, piloted by Joao
Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.
The DP class has been replaced by the
DP International car.
The top class for Corvette is now the new
GT Pro class.
|2014 Action Express Racing Corvette DP
|2022 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi
|2022 Corvette Racing Corvette GT Pro
Sports Cars first raced at Indy from 2012-2013, joining Brickyard 400 weekend.
On the road course -
* IMSA Grand-Am Continental Tire Series raced on Fridays in the "Sports Car Challenge"
* IMSA Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series raced on Fridays in the "Brickyard Grand Prix".
On the oval track -
* NASCAR Nationwide Series raced on Saturdays in the "Indiana 250".
* NASCAR Cup Series raced on Sundays in the "Brickyard 400".
Between 2013 and 2014, the Rolex Sports Car Series merged with the American Le Mans Series
to form the Tudor United Sportscar Championship. This is the league that then showed up to race
at Indy during the 2014 Brickyard 400 weekend.
Update Aug 6 - An article on Motorsport.com appears about the unbearable heat IndyCar drivers are
facing at the Nashville race.