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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.
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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.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway has a new name this season but the 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval situated in Madison, Ill., just across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis, Mo., this weekend will provide the same unique challenge as in years past for the top two rungs on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will both race on Saturday in support of the NTT IndyCar Series, with coveted and lucrative championship titles still on the line as the 2019 campaign reaches toward its conclusion. Just four races will remain after this weekend, comprising a pair of road course events for each series at both Portland International Raceway, in Portland, Ore., on August 31/September 1 and then the series’ finales three weeks later at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, Calif.
Askew Seeks to Extend Indy Lights Lead
A recent string of three consecutive wins has taken Oliver Askew into a commanding 45-point lead in the quest for a champion’s scholarship which will guarantee entry into a minimum of three NTT IndyCar Series events in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500. Saturday’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Oval Challenge of St. Louis will represent the second and final oval race on the schedule, offering a 50 percent points bonus with 45 points available to the winner, plus additional points for pole position and leading the most laps during the race.
Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., has won six of the 13 races held so far this season for Andretti Autosport, including a dramatic last-gasp victory at the Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Askew also set the pace during two of the three test sessions held at the track last week before sliding to fourth on the overall charts when he elected to concentrate on longer runs during the final period.
“The next five races will be the most important of my career, and Gateway will kick off this home stretch with one oval race worth 50 percent extra points,” noted Askew. “Andretti Autosport and myself will be putting all of our effort and time this week into making sure we leave nothing on the table.”
The man Askew edged to victory at Indianapolis, Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Norman, from Aurora, Ohio, will be out for revenge this week. Norman’s confidence will be high after claiming a brilliant first-ever victory last year at the Gateway oval following an intense battle with then-teammate and current NTT IndyCar series standout Colton Herta.
Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., also is expected to be a leading contender aboard a third Andretti Autosport Dallara-AER IL-15. Megennis won earlier this season on the Indianapolis Grand Prix road course and qualified fastest for the Freedom 100.
The team owned by former IndyCar star Michael Andretti currently holds a virtual stranglehold on the Team Championship, 430-282 over Juncos Racing, such that another one-two sweep – a potential sixth of the season – could be enough to clinch a second successive title with four races remaining.
One man anxious not to let that happen is teenaged Dutch sensation Rinus VeeKay, who has already won three times this season and is determined to find his way back to Victory Lane in order to bolster his own championship aspirations. VeeKay also will be seeking to maintain his record at World Wide Technology Raceway after scoring a clear win for Juncos Racing last year on his way to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship crown.
Belardi Auto Racing and HMD Motorsports also have high hopes of upsetting the Andretti applecart. After winning at Gateway two years ago, Belardi will field a single entry for Brazilian rookie Lucas Kohl, while the newly named and restructured HMD team (formerly BN Racing) displayed tremendous form in last week’s test with Englishman Toby Sowery (HMD/Team Pelfrey) and David Malukas, from Chicago, Ill., posting the fastest times.
“I’m quietly optimistic going into the race weekend,” said Sowery, who has scored two second-place finishes from his last three starts. “I don’t want to jinx it, because I really do want that first series win, but I think we’ve got the car under us, it’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together.”
HMD will carry fresh support on both cars from Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, which aims to empower children with special needs and improve their quality of life.
A solitary 45-minute practice at 3:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 23, will allow the teams to prepare for single-car qualifying at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. The 75-lap race will take the green flag at 3:25 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.
In the U.S., the race will air live and on demand on NBC Sports Gold with practice and qualifying coverage carried via live streaming on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, indylights.com and indycar.com. Internationally, practice, qualifying and the race will be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and at indylights.com. Additional coverage can also be found on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts which airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile App powered by NTT Data.
Lindh Set to Defend Indy Pro 2000 Points Lead
The battle for this year’s Indy Pro 2000 championship and a scholarship valued at close to $600,000 to assist in the progression to Indy Lights for the 2020 season is shaping up nicely. Teenager Rasmus Lindh, from Gothenburg, Sweden, currently holds the edge for defending champion team Juncos Racing, but a run of five wins from the last six races for RP Motorsport USA has brought Kyle Kirkwood, from Jupiter, Fla., to within just 13 points with five races remaining.
Neither of the championship protagonists has raced previously at World Wide Technology Raceway, although both were among the leading contenders during a one-day test last week. Lindh, 18, set the pace for the first two sessions before Kirkwood, 20, vaulted to the top in the final 60-minute period – by a mere 0.0278 second over Lindh. Both were considerably faster than the 32.0991-second lap (139.738 mph) with which RP’s Harrison Scott secured the pole position in 2018.
DEForce Racing teammates Kory Enders, from Sugar Land, Texas, and Moises de la Vara, from Guadalajara, Mexico, posted by far their most competitive performances of the season during the test, ending up with the third and fourth best times. Both were within 0.2-second of the benchmark time.
Lindh’s Juncos Racing teammate, Sting Ray Robb rounded out the top five at the test. Robb, from Payette, Idaho, is still seeking an elusive first Indy Pro 2000 win.
Parker Thompson (Abel Motorsports), from Red Deer, Alb., Canada, and Danial Frost (Exclusive Autosport) from Singapore, remain in the championship hunt after claiming victories earlier in the year. Frost will be looking to regain the form which saw him dominate the only other oval event on this year’s schedule at Lucas Oil Raceway in May. The pair of title rivals will have support from respective teammates Jacob Abel, from Louisville, Ky., who finished fifth at Lucas Oil Raceway, and Los Angeles-based Russian Nikita Lastochkin, who carries momentum from a fourth-place drive in the last event at Mid-Ohio.
Another Russian, Artem Petrov, from St. Petersburg, will make his North American debut for RP Motorsport USA after competing previously in European Formula 4 and Formula 3, as well as in the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series. Petrov, 19, made steady progress during last week’s test to end up with the ninth fastest time.
Canadian Antoine Comeau, now a resident of Chicago, Ill., will continue his learning curve with Turn 3 Motorsport. Comeau, who has raced Radical sports cars in recent years, followed up a promising debut at Mid-Ohio last month with a strong oval test one week ago.
The Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis will get under way with a 30-minute practice session at 2:15 p.m. CDT on Friday, followed by qualifying at 6:30 p.m. The green flag for a 55-lap race is set to fly at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. All sessions will be live-streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, indypro2000.com and indycar.com.
Cindi Lux is back looking to add to her Road America trophy case.
Image courtesy of and in fond memory of our friend John Thawley
Fred and Cindi Lux.
Image courtesy of and in fond memory of John Thawley
Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Riders Briar Bauman and Bronson Bauman Capture First and Second Place Aboard FTR75022 Aug 2019
Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 earned its eleventh win of the 2019 season on Saturday night in Illinois at the Peoria TT. Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman was able to widen his lead atop the point standings by securing first place, while teammate Bronson Bauman placed second. The top-two finish also secured a third consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship for Indian Motorcycle Racing, its third since joining American Flat Track competition.
The Bauman Brothers were locked in a fierce battle at the outset of the Main. They remained neck and neck, each taking the lead several times early on until Briar decisively seized control on lap 9, propelling himself to his 4th win of the season. Bauman’s triumph ties him with defending AFT Twins Champion Jared Mees for most wins in the 2019 season. Mees finished in fifth place, less than a second behind Indian Motorcycle Racing Privateer Robert Pearson.
“We’re extremely proud of our team’s commitment to excellence over the course of the last three years,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “The Manufacturer’s Championship is a great honor and to begin with three out of the gates is extremely humbling. We’re excited to see our guys continue to compete for the riders championship over the next five races.”
Through thirteen races, Briar Bauman remains the series points leader with 243 points. Mees is currently in second with 205 points and Bronson Bauman maintains third with 183 points.
The AFT Twins season continues on August 31 and September 1 with back to back Springfield Miles at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.