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NTT IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato hasn't had many weeks as wild as this past one.

Sato qualified fifth for Saturday's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway, dropped to last place after opening-lap contact with other cars in Turn 1 and battled back to win in the closest finish in this track's 10-year history - 0.0399 seconds over Ed Carpenter.

MEDIA LINKS: Official Results | Post-race News Conference Transcripts

The victory came six days after being the center of attention for his role in the first-lap, multi-car accident at Pocono Raceway that left his car upside down. But the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver stood his ground and focused forward, and that approach led him to his second win of the season, the fifth of his career and first on a short oval track.

Next to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 victory, Sato called this the most gratifying win of his career.

"Yes, I'm sure," he said. "Winning (from) pole at Barber was very significant - just the domination of the weekend is always great credit for the team and satisfaction. But this win is so special - beside Indy 500, obviously nothing like (that). This is just so emotional. Gave me unbelievable boost.

"(It's) a great story."

Sato (No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda) might not have held off Carpenter (No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) had the race gone another corner much less another lap. Carpenter made a valiant charge in the final two laps to overtake Tony Kanaan (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet) and close in on Sato. The margin was the closest of the NTT IndyCar Series season.

"It could have been (different winner) if we had a little longer straightaway or another lap," Carpenter said.

After Sato held off Carpenter at the finish line, all eyes turned to NTT P1 Award winner and championship leader Josef Newgarden (No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet), who had been swapping fourth place with rookie Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda). Ferrucci had drifted high a few laps earlier, allowing Newgarden to get past. But Ferrucci passed Newgarden back - apparently in tight form - and Newgarden spun in Turn 4.

"I was happy I wasn't in the (wall), to be honest with you," Newgarden said. "The engine was still going, I wasn't in the wall. (I thought), thank goodness I'm kind of straight, I can't believe we're still going here."

Newgarden's misfortune caused him to drop to seventh place, which cost him six points, but he will head to Portland International Raceway for next weekend's penultimate race with a lead that has grown each of the past two weeks.

Newgarden leads teammate Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) by 38 points, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) by 46 points and Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) by 70 points after they finished fifth, 13th and 20th, respectively.

Carpenter and Kanaan scored their first top-three finishes of the season. Carpenter last finished second in last year's Indianapolis 500; Kanaan's most-recent podium was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2017.

Ferrucci, who led a race-high 97 of 248 laps, scored his second consecutive fourth-place finish and the third of his rookie season, and it allowed him to move two points ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist (No. 10 Monster Energy Honda) for the lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year battle.

Conor Daly (No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet) gave his team its best finish of the season in sixth place.

The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Portland, Ore., for next Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland. Live race coverage on NBC begins at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT local) with the green flag at approximately 3:45 p.m. Live radio broadcasts will be available on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM 209, Sirius 98, Internet/App 970).

NTT IndyCar Series PR

Max McLaughlin was dealt a 19th-place finish in his first appearance at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWT Raceway) at Gateway after being collected in an accident on lap one. McLaughlin showed muscle in Saturday's practice session and delivered another solid top-five qualifying effort in pursuit of his eighth consecutive top-10 finish. On the opening lap, the third and fourth-place cars made contact in Turn 3 and spun down the racetrack, collected "Mad Max", and sent him into the outside wall. The damage to McLaughlin's Mohawk Toyota Camry was too severe for him to continue and leaves WWT Raceway fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point standings.
Max McLaughlin Quote:
“I thought we had a Mohawk Camry that we could compete for the win tonight. It’s really frustrating to get collected in something out of your control, and just wish these guys could have gotten a finish they deserved. We have a couple more chances to get back to victory lane this year and that’s what we’re going to focus on going to New Hampshire.”
HRE PR

Derek Kraus notched a runner-up finish in his second straight race, finishing second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Saturday.

 

Kraus, trying to repeat his win last year in the Monaco Cocktails 125 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at the St. Louis-area track, drove the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry up to second on the final lap of the event – which ended with a green-white-checkered finish after being shortened to 98 laps due to time.

 

His BMR teammate, Hailie Deegan, finished ninth in the No. 19 Monster Energy/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota Camry. The early checkered flag cut short her effort to battle back from a flat tire, which followed contact between her and Kraus while fighting for fourth.

 

The race ended early for BMR’s Brittney Zamora in the No. 99 NAPA Belts & Hoses/ENEOS Toyota Camry, after she dropped out with mechanical trouble on Lap 27 and finished 16th.

 

Kraus, who started 12th on the grid, faced a challenge in gaining ground on the leaders – as the pace was slowed by multiple cautions in the first half of the race.

 

“We had our NAPA Toyota set up for a long run,” said the 17-year-old NASCAR Next driver from Stratford, Wisconsin. “The cautions didn’t help us at all. It bunched us up, but didn’t really help. We just had to manage our position and stay as close to the front as possible, because track position was big.”

 

“We just needed a long run and got it in the end a little bit,” said Kraus, who had a runner-up finish a week ago at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. “That last restart, we had a really good restart and finished second. It was a good race and a really good points day.”

 

Deegan, who started 10th, steadily worked her way toward the front of the pack. She was up to fifth by Lap 25 and made her way to third by Lap 76. As drivers in third through fifth shuffled positions, she and Kraus came in contact a few laps later while battling side-by-side in Turn 2. Deegan slowed with a flat left rear tire and headed to the pits. Although she lost a lap, she began to quickly rebound and got back on the lead lap on the final caution.

 

With his runner-up finish, Kraus extended his lead in the championship standings to 29 points. He has three wins, seven top-five, and nine top-10 finishes in 10 K&N West starts this season.

 

Despite finishing ninth, Deegan still moved up to second in the standings. The 18-year-old from Temecula, California has two wins, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 10 series starts.

 

Kraus and Deegan are both members of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights NASCAR’s emerging stars.

 

Zamora – a 20-year-old from Kennewick, Washington – remains second in rookie points and fifth in the overall series standings. She has five top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts.

 

At the track on Saturday, NAPA AUTO PARTS had activation and support through the NAPA Distribution Center in Mt. Vernon, Ill., and a large contingent from McKay Auto Group. They received VIP treatment that included a visit to the NASCAR technical inspection area, an inside view of the BMR NAPA transporter, and a walk through the paddock of the NTT IndyCar Series.

 

The combination race from Gateway, won by Spencer Davis, will be televised to a national audience on NBCSN on Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. PT.

 

The next event on the K&N West schedule will be at Idaho’s Meridian Speedway on Sept. 28.

BMR PR

In a season where every championship point figures to matter in determining the winner, Team Penske's Josef Newgarden was pleased to add another point in NTT P1 Award qualifying Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Newgarden earned the NTT IndyCar Series point by winning the pole for Saturday night's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta & Valvoline. Although INDYCAR doesn't officially award qualifying points until the conclusion of the event, Newgarden effectively has a 36-point lead over Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi in pursuit of his second series championship. Rossi will start 11th in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda.

LINKS: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Qualifying Results |  Post-Qualifying Transcript

Newgarden won the Gateway race in 2017 on his way to his first season title. He hopes to convert another strong performance Saturday night in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

"We've only gone through half the journey this weekend," Newgarden said of the race to come. "We need to go through the race simulation and then see where we really end up. But I feel pretty confident that the PPG car is going to be strong and Chevy has obviously done (its) homework and given us a great package."

Newgarden posted a two-lap run around the 1.25-mile, D-shaped speedway at 48.2554 seconds, an average of 186.508 miles per hour. That gave him his second pole of the season - the first came in the second race in Detroit on June 2 - and gave him eight for his INDYCAR career.

Newgarden's effort as the final qualifier denied Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan his 35th career pole. The four-time Indy car champion will start on the front row for the first time this season and helps take the sting out of crashing on the opening lap of last year's race here.

Bourdais' qualifying average was 185.927 mph (48.4062 seconds) in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda. He thought it might be good enough for the pole, but then rookie teammate Santino Ferrucci approached him.

"He just told me before (Newgarden ran) 'That pole will be yours,'" Bourdais said. "I told him, 'Man, you just jinxed it.'"

Team Penske took three of the top four qualifying positions, with last week's race winner at Pocono Raceway - Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet - qualifying third at 185.896 mph (48.4142 seconds) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) fourth at 185.143 mph (48.6110 seconds). Power won last year's race here.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato was fifth (185.050 mph, 48.6356 seconds) in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda.

Pagenaud, who is third in the standings with three races to go, now has a 41-point deficit to Newgarden. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who qualified eighth (184.293 mph, 48.8354 seconds), trails by 53 points.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (248 laps, 310 miles) will be broadcast live on NBCSN beginning with pre-race coverage at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) and green flag at 8:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. local). The race also will be carried live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM 209, Sirius 98, Internet/App 970).

Blues players bringing Stanley Cup to Gateway

NTT IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal was excited to bring hockey star Colton Parayko closer to the racing action this weekend, but the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver said Parayko has plenty of experience with the sport.

The member of the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues used to attend Indy car races in Edmonton - he's from Alberta - and attended his first Indianapolis 500 five years ago. He also has watched races in Toronto and here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway over the years.

"In all aspects of life, he's a pretty modest guy," Rahal said. "He acts like he's a newbie around here. He's been around quite a bit.

"We were at the Toronto race (and) this guy just shows up. Never had asked for a ticket or anything - he kind of showed his true colors there. Obviously, (he) just enjoys coming out to the races."

Parayko said the attraction was speed.

"I just think everything that goes into it is cool," he said of INDYCAR racing. "You get a new appreciation for it when you come to the race. Bringing a couple of teammates (to Saturday's Bommarito Automotive Group 500). Every time (I) bring new guys (to the track), new teammates, they're like, 'Wow, this is amazing, so cool. I agree."

Joining Parayko at the track Saturday will be Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, who will bring the Stanley Cup with him for an opportunity to share the NHL's ultimate prize with INDYCAR fans. After that, Parayko will ride in Honda's Fastest Seat in Sports that paces the field in pre-race.

Parayko took a two-seat ride with the Indy Racing Experience here last year.

"I got in and he's like, 'Can you get lower?' (in the car)," said the 6-foot-6, 230-pound defenseman. "I said, 'I'll try.'

"It's such a cool experience. (It's) not close to any kind of appreciation to what these guys are feeling, what they're going through going at a little bit of speed and going around the corners and stuff."

NTT IndyCar Series PR

Steve Wallace is still in his prime years of racing, but he's invoking the desire to refurnish his home this weekend at Orange County Speedway as the CARS Super Late Model Tour returns to the .375-mile high-banked facility. No, the $10,000 first prize won't go for a new living room or bedroom suit, but new partner FurnitureByWalker.com likely has something to do with Wallace's home-minded thoughts.

The winner of the inaugural CARS Tour Mid-Atlantic Classic in 2017, Wallace has seen ups and downs of racing at Orange County. Last year, he was in the thick to win it before misfortune hampered his chances and this year he has the presence of a new partner to impress in their inaugural outing together.

"Chris Walker has been a friend of mine for a while," Wallace, who will be driving the No. 66 FurnitureByWalker.com Ford this weekend, said. "We go out on the boat together and drink beer together and he's just a really good dude. As my wife and I have welcomed our new daughter, we've had the need for new furniture and he provided some really good stuff. So, that started the conversation about doing some more with the racecar, and now he's on the car this weekend at Orange County as we try to get our second Mid-Atlantic Classic. I told him, if we win, he owes me a good recliner at least."

Though new as a sponsor, Walker is not unfamiliar to the Rusty Wallace Incorporated organization. Since the team's switch to Fury racecars, he has been part of the crew when they visited various racetracks with fellow lake friend and Fury co-owner Jeff Fultz. Fultz has driven Walker's own cars in the last two years including a win in the CARS Tour at Myrtle Beach in 2018.

"We've been continuing to grow our business amongst racers, teams, and fans the last few years, so there was a natural connection to jump on board with Steve this weekend at a track he loves and always runs well," Walker said. "Our goal is to be the first choice for fans and competitors to look for their furniture needs, and there's no better way to do that than by associating ourselves with a first-class organization who always goes to the racetrack with the intention to win."

Furniture by Walker is a North Carolina small business which focuses on exceptional product assortment and service, delivering anywhere within a five state radius of their offices. Their showroom is located in the "Mooresville Mile" race park near short track chassis builders, NASCAR teams, and other industry players, and offers name brands including Acme, American Woodcrafters, Ashley, Catnapper, Jackson and Pulaski Furniture. 

"The last time we had a new venture, we went out and won the race at Myrtle Beach last year with Fultz," Walker said before smiling widely. "I'm hoping we can do the same thing this weekend. Maybe I'll get some of that $10,000 prize when Steve outfits a new room of the house!"

The green flag for the CARS Tour Mid-Atlantic Classic waves at 7:30pm ET on Saturday night, August 24. LIVE television coverage can be seen on CARS Tour TV (available online or through Amazon FireTV) with Race22.com following additional stories as the weekend unfolds.

For more information on Furniture By Walker and their product lines, visit their website at FurnitureByWalker.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow them on Facebook (@FurnitureByWalker), Twitter (@FurnitureWalker), and Instagram (@FurnitureByWalker).

Driver Steve Wallace can also be found on various social media including Facebook (@SteveWallaceRacing) and Twitter (@SteveWallace66).

CARS Racing Tour PR

Brody Roa scored a third-place finish in the wild USAC/CRA – USAC Southwest Series “California Racer’s Hall of Fame Night” 30-lap main event last Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway.  The run allowed Roa to increase his lead in the Southwest Series championship standings.  It also allowed him to whittle nearly 50% of the CRA points leaders advantage going into the latter portion of the season.

Thirty-cars jammed the pits on Saturday and one of the largest crowds of the year packed the grandstands of the famous track located an hour east of Los Angeles.  Roa had his elbows up for the big money night of racing and ended up the third fastest in qualifying to earn a coveted position in the “Junior Kurtz No Bozo’s Trophy Dash.” Comprised of four, three-lap races for the four fastest qualifiers, Roa managed a couple second-place finishes in the dash and ended up fourth overall.

After starting sixth in his 10-lap heat race, Roa sliced his way to the front and took the lead on lap four.  Once out front, the 28-year old from Garden Grove, California ran away from the competition to win by more than a full straightaway.

For the 30-lap main event that featured over $6,000.00 in lap money, Roa was starting outside row #2 and he fired off at the start and found himself up to second at the end of the first lap.  In a thrilling see-saw battle, he would slip back to fourth before beginning a methodic drive towards the front.  He marched forward picking off one car at a time until taking the lead on lap 15.  From there, the green #91R built a good lead that he maintained until the 23rd circuit when one of his best friends in racing, Jake Swanson, snuck by.  From that point on Roa bobbed and weaved his way through the lapped traffic to record a hard-fought for third-place finish.

“God knows we needed that,” Roa said after the main event.  “It is getting tough and we have got to go up north and spend a week up there starting at Calistoga.  This definitely helps and it is good timing.  We could not do it without all of the people who put this all together and we could not do it without the fans.  I hope they all enjoyed the show.”

The impressive finish paid dividends in the championship standings for Roa in each division.  Heading into the race, his lead in the Southwest Series standings was only nine-points.  He increased that advantage to 32 points heading into the next race at Canyon Speedway Park on September 14th.

On the USAC/CRA side of the coin, Roa came into the night second in points and he was 49 points behind the leader.  He knocked 19 points off that deficit and goes into “California Sprint Week” only 30-points behind.

This week and next, the team is hard at work in the shop as it prepares to head to Northern California to begin defense of the “California Sprint Week” championship. 

Colorful Brody Roa t-shirts are available now at the track or via mail.  If you cannot make it to a race and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product.  You can see the design in one of the photos attached to this release.

Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/

The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, The Golden-Vibe Boutique, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, Coffman Racing Graphics and Bill’s Smokey Mountain Jerky.  If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994. 

BRR PR

With a stable Trans Am presented by Pirelli rules package that delivers close racing, powerful machines that skip the driver aids and put the racing in the drivers hands, and a schedule that includes some of the most iconic race tracks on the continent, the TA2 powered by AEM class has become a popular choice for up-and-coming NASCAR talent. 

Combining the prowess of a purpose-built racing platform, relevant manufacturer power plants, and a rules package that focuses on excellent cost containment, the TA2 class represents an outstanding value platform in racing. With engines capable of lasting an entire season and cost control measures that allow drivers to fully focus on racing, not the financing of it, while showcasing their talents and skill.

Another force driving young talent to TA2 is Mike Cope Race Cars. This season Mike Cope Race Cars partnered with championship-winning NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing. In the last event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Florida-based team fielded a stable of cars which included four NASCAR Xfinity Series JGR drivers behind the wheel. 

The Trans Am event at Mid-Ohio was proof positive of this, as NASCAR Xfnity drivers Ty Gibbs (No. 26 Mike Cope Race Cars), Christopher Bell (No. 34 Mike Cope Race Cars),  Riley Herbst (No. 28 Mike Cope Race Cars) and Haley (No. 99 Mike Cope Race Cars), all pulled double duty at Mid-Ohio, using Trans Am for additional preparation for the B&L Transport 170 NASCAR race.

“We have a lot of driver training and driver coaching,” said team owner Mike Cope. “We have a lot of young drivers looking for a place to hone their road racing skills as they move up the NASCAR ladder, and they’ve chosen the Trans Am Series TA2 division to do it in. We’ve aligned ourselves with Joe Gibbs Racing and we are doing some good stuff with Ty Gibbs. The cost controlled approach of the TA2 class and the competition among the field is very attractive to these drivers.”

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Sam Mayer made his Trans Am debut earlier this season at Road Atlanta under the SLR/Fields Race banner where he qualified 12th in a very competitive 28-car field. The 15-year-old Midwesterner is a key member of Team Chevy’s Driver’s Edge Development program and made select starts in the ARCA Menards and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck series this season.  

In effort to accelerate his career, NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Derek Kraus joined the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship TA2 roster at Sonoma International Raceway, winning his debut race after qualifying on pole with Shockwave Motorsports. 

Another racer who pushed his development forward with his Trans Am outings was Justin Haley, who polished his road racing skills in the TA2 powered by AEM class with outings in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Haley claimed his maiden Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season.

The roster for this weekend’s Ryan Companies Road America Classic is also shaping up to have several NXS drivers join the TA2 field. Bell and Haley will return with Mike Cope Race Cars. In addition, the team added JGR NASCAR Xfinity driver Brandon Jones for the weekend. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Natalie Decker will return to the Tony Ave tent, competing in the TA class.

“We firmly believe that the TA2 powered by AEM class is not only a tremendous value for the competitors, but it is also an outstanding platform from the competition side,” said Trans Am President John Clagett. “We’ve attracted a lot of different kinds of racers to this class, and it is a testament to the structure of the class that some of the next guard of NASCAR racers are coming here as part of their development.”

For the TA2 regulars like points championship leader Marc Miller, the addition of rising NASCAR talents entering the class only adds to competition. Miller showed his unwavering talents at Mid-Ohio, topping the results to beat the four NASCARXfinity drivers entered. 

“The TA2 class is one of the most competitive and challenging in the country, said Miller. “We have a great mix of very quick young rising stars and pro drivers and at several races each season another crop of young drivers being groomed as future NASCAR champions jump into the fray. It makes the series always feel fresh and challenges us regulars to be pacesetters and not followers. I love the challenges this class brings!”

The Ryan Companies Muscle Car Challenge for the TA2 powered by AEM class – part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Road America – takes the green flag Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Central. 

For live timing and scoring, event photos and post-race recap videos visit GoTransAm.com. For live race updates follow @GoTransAm on Twitter.

NASCAR Driver Trans Am Class Year
Ty Dillon 2014
Justin Haley 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Scott Heckert 2015, 2018
Joey McColm 2015
Matt Tifft 2017, 2018
Sheldon Creed 2017
Josh Bilicki 2017
Chase Briscoe 2018
Tyler Reddick 2018
Christopher Bell 2018, 2019
Ty Majeski 2018
Lawless Alan 2018, 2019
Brandon Jones 2018
Sam Mayer 2019
Derek Kraus 2019 West
Ty Gibbs 2019
Riley Herbst 2019
Alex Tagliani scored his best oval track result of the 2019 season with a third place finish on Saturday night in round nine of the NASCAR Pinty's Series held on the one-third mile Riverside International Speedway (RIS) oval track in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The Quebec driver started the Bumper to Bumper 300 in seventh place and kept in touch with the leaders all race long, but the dramatic end of the scheduled 300-lap race pushed the event into NASCAR overtime where he moved into third place to cross the finish line right behind D.J. Kennington and race winner Jason Hathaway.


For Tagliani, this was his second consecutive podium finish of the season. Jason Hathaway from Appin, Ontario led only one lap, the 305th and last lap after returning a chrome horn bump on Kevin Lacroix that sent him down to sixth place. Lacroix had been the dominant driver leading 195 laps. Tagliani was followed at the finish line by LP Dumoulin, with Alex Labbé rounding out the top five.


"That was quite a performance for the 22 Racing Team tonight with a second consecutive podium finish, only six-hundredths of a second behind second place," said Tagliani after the race. "We fought hard until the end and I came so close of going by D.J. (Kennington) on the last lap. The team has made tremendous progress on the Chevrolet EpiPen-RONA-St Hubert-Spectra Premium oval car program. I was very happy with its performance in qualifying, as there was only one-tenth of a second gap between my seventh place on the grid and the polesitter. That was very positive.


"The result of this race is very promising for the upcoming final three oval races of the season. If the team continues to improve the car bit by bit for each of these races, the results could be very interesting. We hope to finish the season on a strong note. We needed that kind of success after a difficult start of the season on this type of track.


"Next week will be a very busy weekend for me at Mosport road course with a race with the Kyle Busch Motorsports Team in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and of course a very important race in the NASCAR Pinty's Series with my number 18 car. I look forward to do very well in both races,"
concluded Tagliani.


Only 14 drivers started the RIS race with 12 crossing the finish line at the end of the Bumper to Bumper 300.  Nine cars finished on the lead lap. The 305-lap race was under full course caution nine times for a total of 53 laps. The Riverside International Speedway race will be televised on TSN on Saturday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m.


In his four NASCAR Pinty's races at Riverside, Tagliani has finished twice in the top five and four times in the top 10. In 80 NASCAR Pinty's starts, Tag has claimed ten poles, won 9 races, finished 35 times in the Top-5 and 55 times in the Top-10.


In the driver standings:
No major changes in the driver top five standings, but the noose is tightening up on leader Andrew Ranger who finished seventh at Riverside. Ranger is still leading, but gap has been reduced to 11 points over Kevin Lacroix (374) and to 17 on LP Dumoulin (368). By finishing ahead of all the rivals ahead of him in the standings, Tagliani shaved four points from Ranger's lead. He is still fourth with 352 points, 33 points back. D.J. Kennington rounds out the top five with 328 points.


NEXT STOP: CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK IN ONTARIO
The NASCAR Pinty's Series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park famed road course in Bowmanville, Ontario for round 10 of the season the weekend of August 24. Tagliani will be a busy driver on Sunday, August 25 competing in the 51-lap NASCAR Pinty's race scheduled to start at 11:05 a.m. and then at 2:30 p.m., driving for 64 laps in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at the wheel of the number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry. For the truck race, CanTorque, RONA and Spectra Premium will sponsor Tagliani's Tundra.


THE NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES RACE will televised live on FOX Sports Racing, available on cable with Videotron (792), Bell TV (1421), Cogeco (742), Eastlink (713) and Rogers (409). Pre-race show starts at 2 p.m. Race time: 2:30 p.m.


TSN and TSN Direct subscribers can watch all NASCAR Pinty's Series races live on TSN.ca and the TSN app. Watch NASCAR Pinty's Total Quartz 200 live stream on TSN.ca and on the TSN app on Sunday, August 25 at 11:05 a.m. Eastern. Check NASCAR Pinty's listing for exact time. The United States fans can watch all the races live on FansChoice.tv.


Summer of TAG
During his 2019 season, Alex Tagliani will race across Canada promoting the sixth annual Summer of TAG, which raises awareness about food allergies, and the importance of educating those afflicted. Alex and Food Allergy Canada, with the support of Pfizer Canada, are committed to creating a safer world for people with potentially life-threatening allergies.


For more information on Alex Tagliani, please visit
www.tagliani.com, follow him on Twitter at @TAGLIANI, @tagliani18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.

Team Penske driver Will Power earned his first NTT IndyCar Series victory of the season, extending his streak of consecutive seasons with at least one victory to 13.

This victory came in Sunday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, the 2.5-mile track where he won for the third time in four years. Power's streak is second only to Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who has won NTT IndyCar Series races in 15 consecutive seasons.

MEDIA LINK: Official Results

Driving the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, Power was leading this race at Lap 128 (of 200) when the inclement weather arrived. Power had taken the lead from Dixon on Lap 115 and pushed the advantage to 6.1 seconds before the caution waved for lightning in the area.

The victory gave Power sole possession of seventh place in career victories with 36, breaking a tie with the legendary Bobby Unser. The Australian said this win came amid "the toughest season of my career."

"Absolutely over the moon to finally win a race this season," he said. "The guys working on the car, they've worked their (tails) off this year - just had bad runs. Yeah, (it's) awesome, awesome - great feeling."

Dixon finished second in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda, giving him finishes of second, second, first and second over the past month. The strong run, coupled with the fifth-place finish of Team Penske's Josef Newgarden, tightened the championship chase, which has four drivers within 52 points heading to the final three races.

Newgarden started the race from the pole in the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet after Saturday's qualifying session was rained out. He expanded his series lead to 35 points as his closest challenger, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi, was collected in a first-lap, multi-car accident in Turn 2.

The cars of Rossi, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato and Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay came together approaching the corner, and their contact collected James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and series rookie Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing. There was a 45-minute red flag for cleanup, and all drivers were cleared of injuries. Of the group, only Rosenqvist was transported via ground to a local hospital for further evaluation. All tests were negative and he was released late Sunday afternoon.

Rossi's crew repaired the No. 27 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda, but he was unable to gain any positions. He finished 18th, losing 19 points to Newgarden.

"Unfortunately, the weather came and the race was called one lap before we could gain another spot," Rossi said. "We have a couple days to rebound and go for race wins now - that's all that matters."

Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske jumped from third to first on the opening lap and led a race-high 64 laps, but he settled for a third-place finish in the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. Pagenaud is 40 points out of the series lead, Dixon is 52.

"It's good to be in it," said Pagenaud, who like Dixon (five times) and Newgarden is a former NTT IndyCar Series champion. "There's three races to go, all the chances in the world for our team. We're going to keep pushing; that's what we've been doing. Just keep pushing, doing what we do, try to win races. That's going to be the name of the game until the end. I love it."

Series rookie Santino Ferrucci tied his career-best with a fourth-place finish in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda.

The NTT IndyCar Series gets back to racing this week with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. NTT P1 Award qualifying will be held Friday at 6:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (XM 209, Sirius 217, Internet/App 970). The 248-lap race is Saturday with NBCSN's coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 8:45 p.m., with the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network available on all affiliates plus XM 209, Sirius 98 and Internet/App 970.

Bryce Menzies and Toyo Tires® have won the Best In The Desert series Vegas to Reno off-road race overall this last weekend.  Menzies finished in a time of 08:10:35.985… more than 8-1/2 minutes faster than the second-place finisher.  His all-wheel-drive #7 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Ford Trick Truck relied on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires to help achieve his win.

Menzies started the weekend by qualifying first, placing him at the front of the field for the start of the race. This represents the first win for Menzies as a Team Toyo® driver, having joined earlier this year.  It is also the first time Menzies has won the Vegas to Reno overall and is the first win ever for his new-era all-wheel-drive truck.

At approximately 550-miles in length, the Vegas to Reno is considered “the longest off-road race in the United States” and this year’s event was held over a single day, rather than being run in two stages like in the years prior.  The high-speed course provided extra challenges after a rainstorm exposed jagged rocks in many areas.  The start of the race was located outside the remote town of Beatty, NV.  It paralleled the Nevada Test Site and then crisscrossed State Hwy 95 before arriving near the town of Dayton, NV which is on the outskirts of Reno.

“This win has been a long time coming and it feels even better than I imagined,” said Menzies.  “To finally put the truck my Dad and I dreamed up together on the top spot and to validate the AWD system feels extra nice.  I couldn’t be more stoked to continue Toyo’s win streak and have some momentum going into next month’s SCORE Baja 400.”

“Toyo Tires congratulates Bryce Menzies on his dominant victory this weekend in the Vegas to Reno off-road race,” said Stan Chen, sr. manager of events and sponsorships, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “It represents his first-ever win while representing Toyo Tires and will certainly not be his last.  We look forward to his success while competing on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.”

Menzies is a three-time SCORE Baja 500 winner, former SCORE International® Series Champion and two-time Mint 400 winner in the Best In The Desert series.  Also proficient in short course off-road racing, Menzies won the TORC Series Pro2 class championship three years in a row, 2011 – 2013.  He has also competed successfully in the Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes of the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

With this weekend’s win by Menzies, Toyo Tires has been on a streak in both desert and short course off-road racing.  Andy McMillin has won both the 33rd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 and the 51st SCORE Baja 500 with his #31 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Wheels / Rigid / Fox Chevrolet Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck to take the early lead in the 2019 SCORE points championship.  (It should also be noted that McMillin and Toyo Tires won the 2016 Vegas to Reno overall in 2016.)

In the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series, Kyle LeDuc and his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 Pro 4 class Ford truck is well in the lead of the 2019 championship points and has the potential to win his sixth championship with Toyo Tires at the end of the season.

To learn more about Team Toyo and the full line of Toyo Open Country tires tailored to your lifestyle, go to ToyoTires.com.

Loenbro Motorsports took on the biggest names in the world of rallycross in Friday and Saturday’s Nitro Rallycross, one of the most thrilling and spectacular events of this year’s Nitro World Games from Utah Motorsports Campus. With the support of cbdMD, also a Nitro World Games event sponsor, as primary sponsor on both of the team’s Ford Fiestas, Loenbro Motorsports drivers Steve Arpin and Ken Block fought the competition in the most spectacular standalone rallycross race in the world.

In the end, Block appeared set to earn a podium finish in his only rallycross appearance of the season. Unfortunately, a cut tire ended his hopes of earning a medal in his home state, and the “Gymkhana” star and legend of action motorsport competition wound up sixth in the main event.

“Well, not the result we wanted out of Nitro Rallycross, but that’s racing!” said Block. “I had a decent start in the final, but, during lap two (and turn one?) Travis Pastrana and I may have had a bit of contact? Ha. I think we both had a lot of fun though. A big thanks to TP and the entire Nitro crew for building the BEST rallycross track in the world. I wish they were all like this! And a big thanks to all the fans who came out to see us have fun with our cars!”

Arpin, meanwhile, hoped to continue a stellar season that has already included multiple podium finishes in Americas Rallycross events by earning his first Nitro World Games medal. Unfortunately, with a new race format that featured elimination in the two Challenger races early Saturday afternoon, Arpin found himself on the outside looking in. Arpin suffered cut tires in every session on Saturday, preventing him from securing a transfer spot.

“I have to thank the entire Loenbro Motorsports crew for busting their tails for Ken and me all weekend,” said Arpin. “We’ll come out of this race stronger and refocused with the goal of chasing down the ARX title in our final two events of the year. We’re incredibly grateful to cbdMD for their support of us this weekend—they’ve been a huge supporter of Nitro World Games, and they stepped up to support both of our cars this weekend. I also have to thank Travis Pastrana and everyone at Nitro World Games for building us an incredible track to race on, and I’d like to offer my best wishes to Scott Speed for a speedy recovery after his back injury—can’t wait to get back on track with you soon!”

Although the event didn’t end in medals for either driver, both Block and Arpin were impressed with a strong fan turnout for the event. Nitro World Games, as an offshoot of Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, aims to bring action sports competition to the next level, and the return of the event to Utah Motorsports Campus for the second year in a row brought bigger crowds and even more excitement than last year’s debut.

“Nitro Rallycross represents everything that we want our sport to be, both right now and in the future,” said Arpin. “We met lots of amazing fans over the weekend, and I had so much fun giving a ride-along to my buddy Jayson, who has been fighting illness all year and made our race his first trip after getting out of the hospital. It’s moments like those that make all of this worth it!”

Loenbro Motorsports’ next scheduled event is the penultimate round of the Americas Rallycross season, September 28’s visit to Circuit of the Americas. Arpin and Travis PeCoy will return to the team’s two cars for that weekend, with Arpin looking to replicate a podium finish from this event last year. Tickets are available now at www.arxrallycross.com.

 

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