Oliver Askew claimed his fourth race win of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season today for Andretti Autosport on the streets of Toronto. Askew, from Jupiter, Fla., was perfectly positioned to take advantage when pacesetters Aaron Telitz and Rinus VeeKay tangled in Turn Three on lap 25 of the 40-lap Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. He now leads the chase for a scholarship prize which includes a guaranteed three starts in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, including the 104th Indianapolis 500, by a relatively comfortable 25 points with seven races remaining.

Englishman Toby Sowery finished second for BN Racing/Team Pelfrey, while local favorite Dalton Kellett, from Stouffville, Ont., secured his best finish of the season, a popular third, for Juncos Racing.

After yesterday extending a slender three-point championship lead over VeeKay to six points after finishing second, one place ahead of his primary rival, Askew added another point to his tally by claiming the pole during qualifying this morning. At the first corner, however, Askew had little option then concede to an aggressive outbraking move from Saturday winner Telitz, who is competing on a race-to-race basis for Belardi Auto Racing. VeeKay also took advantage by nipping through into second place ahead of Askew, with Kellett slotting into fourth.

Telitz set a torrid pace from the outset, quickly establishing a small but appreciable advantage over VeeKay, but it wasn’t long before the Dutch teenager was into his stride and closing the gap down to just a few car lengths.

After a failed attempt to wrest away the lead at Turn Three on Lap 11, VeeKay settled back for a few laps before redoubling his efforts. On Lap 24, Telitz made an error under braking for Turn Eight and only narrowly averted disaster. VeeKay realized this might provide his best opportunity to make a move for the lead, and indeed he did just that on the fastest part of the track, Lake Shore Boulevard. VeeKay nosed alongside on the outside line, but in doing so left his braking just a fraction too late for Turn Three. Angling toward the apex and trying desperately to scrub off speed, VeeKay barely clipped the front of Telitz’s bright red Dallara before nosing into the tire barrier on the outside of the turn. Telitz, too, was unable to make the corner, but Askew, who had been following around 1.5 seconds behind, had no such trouble.

Once into the lead, Askew reeled off the remaining laps without incident to score a comfortable win by 6.8331 seconds over Sowery, who had overtaken Kellett at Turn Three in the early stages. Kellett finished a delighted third after holding off a determined late challenge from Ryan Norman (Andretti Autosport), from Aurora, Ohio, who started eighth, fell to last place on the opening lap, then worked his way through nicely to claim the Tilton Hard Charger Award.

Provisional championship points after 11 of 18 races:
1. Oliver Askew, 285
2.  Rinus VeeKay, 260
3. Ryan Norman, 222
4. Robert Megennis, 218
5.  Toby Sowery, 213
6. David Malukas, 175
7. Dalton Kellett, 163
8. Lucas Kohl, 150
9. Zachary Claman, 124
10. Aaron Telitz, 105
 
The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase will continue in two weeks’ time at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, with another pair of races to be held on July 27-28.

Day 2 at the ARX of Gateway was nothing short of action packed. After a rough start to the doubleheader weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway, the Andretti Rallycross team was ready to bounce back for the third round of Americas Rallycross competition. 

Veteran ARX racer Tanner Foust was hungrier than ever proved nothing less than that while out on track during today's qualifiers. Despite a difficult qualifier Heat 2, Foust advanced through the Semi Final to start third in the Final race. Continued momentum allowed Foust to challenge for the lead in the Final race from second, before ultimately finishing third and delivering the team its first podium of the season.

Sunday proved to be another day full of ups and downs for Cabot Bigham. Bigham showed promising speed all day long and was poised to advance to his first Final. A tough lineup in Semi Final Race 1, Bigham was holding the third spot before ultimately finishing fourth. 

The Andretti Rallycross team now takes a break before heading north of the border for Round 4 at Trois Rivieres in Canada on August 3-4. 

French driver Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske showed the NTT IndyCar Series how to celebrate Bastille Day.

Pagenaud capped a near-perfect weekend in Canada by dominating the Honda Indy Toronto, scoring his third victory of the season - the 14th of his career - on France's national day.

The pole sitter led 80 of the 85 laps at Exhibition Place and held back five-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing in the late going to score his first victory on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit.

"I'm very proud to fly the French flag here in a cousin country, which is Canada," said Pagenaud, the winner of this year's Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. "I guess (countryman Julian Alaphilippe) is leading the Tour de France today on the bike. I felt like I had to do the same."

Official results: Honda Indy Toronto

Pagenaud was only threatened a couple of times, the first being in the opening-lap dash to Turn 1. Dixon challenged him but couldn't execute the pass. From there, Pagenaud began building a lead, which became eight seconds before he incurred traffic in the final laps.

"We took off and the car handled really well," Pagenaud said, driver of the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet. "We definitely had an advantage on the tire wear. I knew we had a really good race car. We were able to match the Honda power (of Dixon) pretty well; (it) helped us to perform even better, so thanks to Chevy."

Said Dixon: "(Pagenaud's) straight-line speed was ridiculous today, to be honest."

Dixon's No. 9 PNC Bank Honda was hampered by wall contact early in the race. He drove the rest of the way with the steering wheel misaligned.

"I made a mistake, a pretty big mistake, probably around Lap 12 or 15 where I hit the inside wall on (Turn) 9," he said. "Bent the suspension pretty bad. I thought I had a (tire) puncture."

Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport finished third, one position ahead of series points leader Josef Newgarden of Team Penske. The first four finishers are the top four drivers in the standings heading to Saturday night's Iowa 300, a short-oval race at Iowa Speedway.

With Rossi, Dixon and Rossi finishing ahead of Newgarden, the championship race tightened. Rossi drew to four points with six races remaining. Pagenaud, who scored the maximum number of points in this race, is 39 points of the lead with Dixon 86 back.

Ontario native James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports finished sixth in his home race. He was the driver who advanced the highest number of positions (eight) among the entire field.

Another Toronto-area native - driver Robert Wickens, who finished third here last year - gave the race an inspirational start by driving a specially prepared Acura NSX. Wickens, who is rehabilitating use of his legs following a racing accident 11 months ago, used hand controls developed by Arow to drive around the track and gave the command to start the race.

Wickens' fiancé, Karli Woods, rode with him during the two laps around the track.

To watch race highlights in less than seven minutes, visit https://youtu.be/Q-KQ8xnK_fw

 Roman De Angelis is in a league of his own this year in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, as showcased once again this past weekend at Indy Toronto.
 
In a rare statistical feat, De Angelis started from the pole position in both rounds of the doubleheader weekend after having posted the two fastest laps in Saturday’s qualifying- with both Laps 8 and 9 being an identical time of one minute, 12.966 seconds. The first instance scored him the pole for Race 1 on Saturday, while the second scored him the pole for Race 2 – for which the grid is set by either a driver’s second quickest qualifying lap or their fastest lap in Race 1 – whichever is fastest. 
 
On Sunday, the 18-year-old from Belle River, Ontario, took ownership of the lead from the drop of the green flag and proceeded on to another flag-to-flag victory as he did on Saturday. It was De Angelis’ third consecutive weekend sweep in GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and seventh consecutive victory through eight rounds of the season.
 
As De Angelis describes, the only difference between his Race 1 win on Saturday and his Race 2 victory on Sunday was the weather. Drivers faced mixed weather conditions for the first race of the doubleheader, while Sunday offered sunny skies and higher temperatures.
 
“The heat definitely plays a factor when you’re driving, especially when there’s not a lot going on around you,” said De Angelis. “It was kind of quiet out there today, so trying to keep focused with the heat. You’re sweating and we’re losing our energy pretty much the whole time. Just trying to keep focused is really difficult.”
 
With four rounds remaining in the 2019 season, De Angelis holds a strong lead in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada championship. The next two rounds will take place at Road America on August 2 – 4, which will be the second and final joint event of the year with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, which De Angelis also competes in. The first came in June at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, which was De Angelis first doubleheader victory of the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season.
 
“I’m looking forward to Road America. I think Montreal was really fun and a great event for us in general, so hopefully we can do the same thing we did there. It’s always fun when the Americans and the Canadians go at it together, especially being part of both, so I’m really looking forward to that.”
 
Finishing second on the podium in both races at Indy Toronto was Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Policaro Motorsport Porsche.
 
Third on the leaderboard and also earning the Yokohama Tire Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions during the 45-minute race was Michael Di Meo in the No. 96 Porsche for OpenRoad Racing. Di Meo, at his hometown event, started seventh on the grid but ended up on the podium, even despite a scratch against the wall to start the race.
 
“We started seventh and in a field where all the cars are so closely matched, it’s tough to even gain one position in a race, let alone we came back to third,” said Di Meo. “We just drove hard, never lost focus even though we hit the wall pretty good in the first couple laps. I thought the car was going to be pretty mangled because it felt like a hard hit. The guys came on the radio and just said to stay calm, let the race come to you and drive it, whatever it is, just drive it and keep going.
 
“One by one we got lucky and we picked some people off and maintained the pace, which I thought was pretty good despite the car we had. I couldn’t believe we ended up in third.”
 
Meanwhile, following in the footsteps of his Mark Motors teammate, Marco Cirone in the No. 88 Porsche scored his fourth consecutive Platinum Masters victory, after sweeping the weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last week and doing so again this weekend at Indy Toronto. Cirone is in search of his sixth GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Platinum Masters championship
 
“That was fantastic,” said Cirone. “The team as usual gives me an awesome car. Today I woke up and I said, ‘I’m going to try as hard, I’m not going to be as timid as I was yesterday considering the conditions.’ I woke up to drive this morning. I was very aggressive. I tried to stay as clean as possible and the results were great for us. Finishing fourth overall and first in Masters, I couldn’t ask for any better.”
 
An incident early in the race halted on-track action for about 10 minutes, with the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche Alan Metni scraping the wall and careening into the back of Patrick Dussault’s No. 77 Lauzon Autosport Porsche. While both cars made strong impact into the Turn 9 tire barriers, each driver was able to walk away.
 
The next two races for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama at Road America will be streamed live on IMSA.tv over the course of the weekend on August 2 – 4. Alongside GT3 Cup Challenge USA, the first race of the weekend is scheduled for Saturday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET, with Race 2 on Sunday at 9:40 a.m. The finale rounds of the 2019 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season will take place at Circuit Mont-Tremblant on September 27 – 29.
 
To keep up with GT3 Cup Challenge Canada news and updates for the remainder of the season, please visit IMSA.com or Porsche.com/Canada and join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #GT3Canada and #IMSA.  
Robin Frijns rounded out the season in style with victory in New York for Envision Virgin Racing, as Jean-Eric Vergne pulled his way up into the points to clinch the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
 
Vergne drove a clean and clever race, staying out of trouble and advancing up the order to seventh place and securing a second successive title. The DS TECHEETAH driver did enough to defend his crown and become the first back-to-back champion in Formula E history.
 
Entering the final E-Prix of the season, Vergne still held a sizable advantage in the points table and only needed to avoid a non-scoring finish to put himself in prime position to pick-up the prize.
 
After again struggling in the first group of qualifying, the Frenchman found himself down in 12th on the grid and looking to gain places during the race. However, he wasn’t the only championship contender eager to make a move forwards, with both Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans failing to make it to the super pole shoot-out.
 
Despite Sebastien Buemi’s best efforts, his championship chances were cut short after being beaten to pole position by Alexander Sims - missing out on the three precious points on offer.
 
Vergne kept di Grassi and Evans in his vision and calmly controlled his championship destiny by negotiating his way to ninth nearing the end of the race. Although it was settled shortly before the finish and quickly became a formality as di Grassi and Evans came to blows and ended in the barriers only four corners from the chequered flag.
 
Taking two places on the final lap, Vergne vaulted further up the field to seventh and crossed the line to confirm his place in the history books as the first double champion and the first driver to successfully defend his title.
 
Frijns fended off Sims and Buemi to finish in the points for the first time since winning on the streets of Paris back in April. The result moved Frijns to fourth in the standings and marks Sims first podium finish in Formula E.
 
It’s time to celebrate, but the countdown has started for the new season, with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship picking-up again in Ad Diriyah on November 22 & 23.
 
For more analysis and to read the full race report, visit - www.FIAFormulaE.com

 Team Panoz Racing took the weekend by storm at Portland International Raceway, claiming both Am victories in the two, Sprint-X races. Preston Calvert and Mathew Keegan co-drove the #51 Panoz Avezzano GT and started in second and first in the two races respectively, but following quick driver changes and expert driving, both drivers took the chequered flag in first.

In Saturday’s qualifying, Calvert qualified in 11th, second in class with a 1:18.496 in the first session. Keegan took the second session, qualifying ninth overall and top in class with a 1:17.656. 

Race 1: Calvert started the race and during his stint moved up from an 11th starting position into 8th. Keegan took the wheel at the pit and returned to the track before assuming the Am class lead. Keegan crossed the line in 7th overall and 1st in the Am class.

Race 2: During the first lap, Keegan made ground, moving up from ninth to seventh in the #51 Panoz Avezzano GT. During the race, there was a lot of movement from the Pro-Am cars making their way through the field. After the pit, Calvert slotted into ninth overall, first in Am, and went on maintaining the Am lead throughout the stint, to take the checkered flag in first.

In the Championships, currently Team Panoz Racing are:
•    Leading the Sprint Drivers Championship, with 136 points.
•    Leading Sprint-X Am Drivers Championship with Mathew Keegan and Preston Calvert jointly taking the top position with 177 points.
•    Leading the Sprint Teams Championship with 138 points.
•    Third in the Sprint-X Teams Championship with 46 points. 
•    Joint-first in the Sprint Manufacturers Championship with 159 points with McLaren.
•    Third in the Sprint-X Manufacturers Championship with 119 points. 

The next race for Team Panoz Racing is at Watkins Glen International, August 31st to September 1st, 2019, where both the #50 and #51 Panoz Avezzano GT4 will be racing. 

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Roberto Guerrero, a major force at the Indianapolis 500 in the 1980s and 90s has entered the Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch. The race will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 3.

“Roberto is no stranger to our events as he, along with Davy Jones, is a big part of Jaguar’s sponsorship of our series. Still, it’s special when he actually competes wheel-to-wheel in a race this important,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Roberto’s career speaks for itself with remarkable accomplishments in Indy car as well as the opportunity to race in the elite Formula One World Championship as well as the original IROC series.”

Guerrero raced in 15 Indianapolis 500s beginning with his rookie-of-the-year performance in finishing second in 1984. He also won the series rookie-of-the-year award the same year. He finished second in the 1987 Indy 500 after leading late in the race. A delay in the pits dropped him behind eventual winner Al Unser. In his first four “500s” Guerrero never finished out of the top four. He set the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record in 1992 at 232.482 mph, the first driver to win the pole with a speed over 230.

Guerrero started racing with karts in 1972 in his native Columbia, winning two national championships by 1977. The following year he ventured into British Formula Ford and won eight races. He progressed to British Formula Three where he scored five victories. Guerrero raced European Formula Two in 1981, picking off the Jochen Rindt Memorial Trophy. His success led him to two seasons in Formula One with the Ensign and Theodore teams. He came to America in 1984 to race Indy cars. Over the next few years, in addition to his impressive results in the Indianapolis 500, he scored two race wins at Phoenix and Mid-Ohio. In an Indy car career that spanned 17 years he also earned numerous pole positions and 41 top-ten finishes. His achievements garnered him an invitation to the elite IROC series in 1988.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard Invitational VROC Charity Pro-Am will benefit the Morgan Adams Foundation. The foundation supports laboratory and clinical research in the area of pediatric cancer, with an emphasis on tumors on the brain, spine, and central nervous system. Morgan Adams was a five-year-old girl who lost her battle with brain cancer in 1997. The foundation has a history of working with vintage racers to support their cause.

The VROC Charity Pro-Am presented by Chopard Watch is a Saturday feature event at the Brickyard Invitational. The cars are 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs of SVRA “Group 6” A and B Production.  The professionals will be paired with amateur drivers. Amateurs will start the race and be required to drive a maximum of seven laps.

The Pro-Am is one element of SVRA’s “Speed Tour,” where there will be a festival of other activities at the Brickyard Invitational including professional Trans Am by Pirelli series races on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend also presents the Hagerty Insurance “cars & caffeine” car corral, and 300+ vintage racers ranging over 100 years of automotive history racing in SVRA Groups 1 through 12.

Brickyard Invitational ticket information: Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets for either or both days of the event online through the Speedway or by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.  Fans can also visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at 4790 West 16th Street between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. Children 15 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult. RV camping passes in the IMS infield start at $60 and camping access begins Friday, August 2. 

Continuing what has become a tradition in years past, third generation champion USAC racing driver Jarett Andretti today announced the livery design for his non-wing sprint car entry for the 2019 USAC Indiana Sprint Week Races. 


Andretti’s #18 Andretti Autosport Superior Auto sponsored entry will feature a deep cherry red body with white and chrome silver accents. The colors and design are reminiscent of the 1985 midget raced by Andretti’s father, John Andretti for Rollie Helmling. 

John Andretti, Team Owner of Andretti Autosport Short Track states “We always want to do something special for our friends at Superior Auto so Jarett and I decided on a throwback scheme based on a USAC midget that I raced in the late 80s for a car owner that would become one of my best friends, Rollie Helmling.  I am excited to get to see it on track in the next few days as sprint week starts up!”

Added Jarett Andretti,  "
Sprint Week is the most intense stretch of races during the entire year so it seems fitting to run our yearly throwback scheme during that week. I'm excited to unveil it later this week in the longest Sprint Week I've ever competed in!"

Superior Auto President Chad Melchi shared his thoughts on the special livery and stated “Everyone at Superior Auto takes pride in our relationship with Andretti Autosport Short Track and it's been amazing to be a part of Jarett’s career since the beginning. Our team at Superior Auto gets excited to watch the #18 car race especially with these throwback designs.  It is very special this year to honor Jarett’s father, John, as both Jarett and John have become good personal friends too!”

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996.  Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to eight races over a week-and-a-half and has become the marquee event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike. 

Indiana Sprint Week will expand to its largest schedule in over a decade when the 32nd annual edition of the wildly-popular event arrives in 2019 for eight races in ten nights between July 18-27. The action begins on July 18th at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, IN.

Driver and worker online registration will open at 10 a.m. Central on Wednesday, July 17, for the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® taking place Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. Below are a couple items of which people should be aware.
 
Competitors are advised to first log into their MotorsportReg account to make sure SCCA member numbers, license expiration date and vehicle profile information are all up to date in the system. This will save time and reduce frustration during the actual registration process.
 
Drivers will be able to sign up for four Test Days -- taking place Friday, Oct. 4 through Monday, Oct. 7 -- during event registration. If a test day group is sold out, competitors can be added to a waitlist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should include their name, contact phone number, SCCA membership number, class and test day date preference. Also during registration, drivers can sign up for Official SCCA Runoffs Coaching Oct 4-7 at VIR with Speed Secrets' Ross Bentley, IMSA driver Tom Long, and the VIR-based Kaizen Autosport coaching team. Learn more at https://www.scca.com/pages/2019-runoffs-test-day-coaching-services.
 
While the single-car paddock online reservation process does NOT begin until Wednesday, August 21 at 12 p.m. CDT, competitors will be asked during Runoffs registration to declare their paddock intention (Single-Car space, Prep Shop, Multi-Car Team or Manufacturer if offered). There will not be manufacturer tents this year, but space has been designated for Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota drivers. Space will be limited, but attempts will be made to accommodate as many requests as possible. Those who plan to paddock with a Prep Shop or Multi-Car Team should be sure to list the team name during registration.
 
A limited number of free worker/competitor tent or RV camping spots at VIR are available on a first registered, first reserved basis. Individuals will need either a General Camping Pass or Reserved RV Pass, either of which should be requested during the Runoffs registration process. As has been the case the last several years, participants may also camp within their paddock space at no additional charge. More information is contained within the Participant Camping document found at the VIR Runoffs event page. Those seeking information about hotel accommodations should visit https://www.scca.com/pages/vir-hotels.
 
Runoffs contingency registration is again included in driver registration through MotorsportReg.com. Competitors can simply sign up online for appropriate contingencies beginning July 17 when Runoffs registration opens. Changes can be made up to September 22 through MotorsportReg.com. After that, drivers will only be able to adjust contingency selections at VIR at the Contingency Services table. A brief rundown of Runoffs contingencies for 2019 can be reviewed at https://www.scca.com/pages/main-contingency.
 
The 56th running of SCCA's Runoffs will again crown national champions in 28 separate classes over three days of racing. This will be the first time the Runoffs has visited VIR and conducted the National Championship on the 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit found along the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
 
Recognized as one of Car and Driver magazine's top six road courses in the nation, VIR draws thousands of spectators each year for some of the best road racing in the country. Its uphill Esses and sharp elevation changes not only make it a fan and driver favorite, but VIR has also received international acclaim and rave reviews as one of the most exciting road courses in all of motorsports.
 
The first official event conducted at VIR during the 1950s was an SCCA race that attracted stars like Carroll Shelby, Carl Haas, Bob Holbert and Augie Pabst. The track became a fixture in SCCA racing and a favorite among racers due to its high-speed straights, challenging turns and dramatic elevation changes.
 
While racing is the heart of VIR, the expansive 1,300-acre property is so much more. America's first true "motorsport resort," it's an entire vacation destination with a number of onsite hotel and lodging options. Within the property's rolling hills and miles of lush forest, guests can enjoy unique amenities such as the exclusive Driver's Club, dining options, spa, karting, skid pad, and even shooting sports. Located near Danville and South Boston, Virginia, the circuit is within 45 minutes of 1,500 hotel rooms and 100 restaurants. Contact VIR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (434) 822-7700 x101 for lodging assistance.
 
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944 and currently celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA.

Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota) returns to action traveling to the Hawkeye state this time for his fourth track appearance in Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. 

Eckes, a five-time series winner is looking to hit the reset button after a final lap spin from teammate Michael Self took away what seemingly appeared to be a fourth place finish at Elko but instead delivered a heartbreaking 11th place finish for the championship contender. 

It’s been an up and down season so far for Christian Eckes and his JBL Audio Toyota race team. After leading the point driver point standings early in the season, Eckes was forced to miss the race at Salem Speedway back in April due to illness. Down but not out the talented teenage driver has kept his focus. Eckes picked up his first win of the season at Nashville and has scored four top-five finishes since. 

Aiming for more Eckes looks ahead to the dog days of summer ready to turn things around during the final seven races of the season. Despite losing out on valuable points at Salem, the eighteen-year-old driver currently finds himself occupying the fourth spot in the championship standings – 115 points behind teammate Michael Self.

“It’s definitely been a rough run at it so far this year,” said Eckes. “Our #15 JBL Audio Camry has had so much speed, just things haven’t been going our way by any means. Morale is high heading into Iowa this weekend, we’re ready to turn it around! We’ve done before and we can do it again, let’s do it.”

The Middletown, NY native has tallied six top-five’s, 10 top-ten’s and two General Tire Pole Awards on the season and leads the Bounty Rookie of the Year standings. 

Eckes will join VMS teammates Michael Self, Chandler Smith and Gavin Harlien in Iowa. VMS has dominated series competition thus far winning eight of the first thirteen events in 2019. Fast to start each race, VMS has claimed an unprecedented 12 General Tire Pole Awards to start the season, only missing out on the honors during the third race of the season at Salem Speedway,

Practice at Iowa Speedway is scheduled for 12:45 pm ET/11:45 am CT with General Tire Pole Qualifying to follow at 4:45 pm ET/3:45 pm CT and the Fans with Benefits 150 to close the night at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. The race will be televised live flag to flag on MAVTV.

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