Race Report Week Ending 5/27/12

F1- Grand Prix of Monaco- Mark Webber
IndyCar- Indianapolis 500- Dario Franchitti
K&N- Brainerd International Raceway- Michael Self
World of Outlaws- Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown- The Dirttrack at Charlotte- Joey Saldana
Nascar
Nationwide Series- History 300- Brad Keselowski
Sprint Cup- Coca-Cola 600- Kasey Kahne

Franchitti Claims Third “500” Win in Honda 1-2 Finish

Franchitti Claims Third “500” Win in Honda 1-2 Finish

Dario Franchitti came from the rear of the field to win a dramatic Indianapolis 500 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to the checkered flag in a 1-2 finish for Honda in near-record heat and humidity. It is the third Indianapolis 500 victory for Franchitti, and the third for Honda with engine manufacturer competition.

After starting 16th, Franchitti was hit during his first pit stop by the car of E.J. Viso, spinning Franchitti around and dropping him to the rear of the field. But he fought back to the front, reaching the lead for the first time on Lap 151 and then entering into a multi-car battle for the victory over the final laps.

Once at the front of the field, Franchitti spent the late laps trading the lead with Dixon, part of a record 34 lead changes during the race; while the Honda Dallaras of Takuma Sato and Justin Wilson; as well as the cars of Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter all looked like potential race winners. Carpenter was the first to fall by the wayside, spinning without contact on Lap 180. On the Lap 184 restart, Kanaan jumped from fourth to the front on the run to Turn One, but the yellow came out again just three laps later as Marco Andretti spun and crashed without injury.

On Lap 194, the green flag waved for the final time and both Franchitti and Dixon passed Kanaan. Sato also was quickly past Kanaan and then Dixon. On Lap 199, Sato moved alongside Franchitti and attempted a last-lap pass for the lead as they entered Turn One. But Sato lost control mid-corner, made contact with Franchitti and then spun hard into the wall, crashing without injury.

Franchitti was momentarily sideways, but corrected for the slide and claimed his third Indianapolis 500 victory, and the 96th IndyCar win for Target Chip Ganassi Racing at the 96th running of the Memorial Dayweekend classic. Dixon finished second, with Honda drivers Justin Wilson seventh, Charlie Kimball in eighth and Townsend Bell, ninth.

The IZOD IndyCar Series now enters June with a run of four consecutive race weekends, starting with the June 3 Belle Isle Grand Prix temporary street circuit race in Detroit, Michigan, followed by oval races at Texas Motor Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway.

Dario Franchitti (#50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 16th, finished 1st, his third Indianapolis 500 victory, 31st IndyCar victory (all with Honda power) and first win of 2012: “I moved over for Takuma [Sato]. I knew he was coming and I moved up the track. I felt it was a good move, but he got loose underneath me. It was the last lap of the Indianapolis 500 and I didn’t expect him to lift. I think he did everything right up until the point he lost the rear of the car. It kind of reminded me of Emerson [Fittipaldi] and Little Al [Unser], at the 1994 Indianapolis 500] at the end there. This means the world. This is Indianapolis.”  I also have to say ‘thank you’ to Honda. I have all of my [IndyCar] wins with them and today showed us all exactly why. They worked incredibly hard throughout the event, and never more so than in the week after qualifying. Honda showed us all today what they can accomplish.”

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) qualified 15th, finished 2nd, led 53 laps: “We had the car to win today. Between the efforts of the team and Honda we had the power, reliability and mileage we needed, but at the end it was Dario’s race. He did a hell of a job today, so I’m super happy for him, but super gutted for myself. Still, it couldn’t be a better day, a 1-2 finish for the Target Chip Ganassi team at the Indianapolis 500.”

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda victory in the Indianapolis 500: “This is why we go racing. To be able to participate in such a competitive race is one of the most amazing things in my career with Honda. It was an exciting day, and a great race for the fans– but pretty stressful for the participants! Any of several Honda drivers would have been a deserving winner today, but somehow it seemed destined that this was Dario’s day. He drove a fantastic race, never giving up after getting hit during his first pit stop. It was an inspiring drive, and an incredible race, that had all of us riveted throughout. My congratulations to all our associates at Honda Performance Development, who worked so hard to make this victory a reality. What a great day.”

RCR Post Race Report — Charlotte Motor Speedway–Sprint Cup

RCR Post Race Report — Charlotte Motor Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE: Coca-Cola 600    
TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway  
DATE: May 27, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:       
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished eighth (Kevin Harvick), 15th (Paul Menard) and 19th (Jeff Burton).
Harvick ranked fifth in Quality Passes (62), sixth in Average Running Position (8.180), Driver Rating (100.9) and Laps in the Top 15 (391). He ranked seventh in Fastest Drivers in an Early Run (178.461 mph) and Fastest on the Restart (173.613 mph), and ninth in Green Flag Speed (176.493 mph).  
According to NASCAR Loop Data Statistics, Menard ranked 11th in the category Green-Flag Passes, making 127 during the 600-mile race.
Menard ran as high as eighth and as low as 37th en route to a 15th-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600.
Burton ran as high ninth-place during the Coca-Cola 600, making 149 green-flag passes during the 400-lap event
Burton gained eight positions over the final 40 laps of the race, leading the NASCAR Loop Data Statistics Closers category  
The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 3, televised live on FOX and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  

RCR Post Race Report — Charlotte Motor Speedway– Nationwide

RCR Post Race Report — Charlotte Motor Speedway   
 
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
History 300
Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 26, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fourth (Kevin Harvick), fifth (Elliott Sadler), 10th (Joey Coulter) and 11th (Austin Dillon).
Sadler is second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 13 points. Dillon ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Cole Whitt.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is third in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 23 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 3 team fourth in the standings and the No. 33 team fifth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick maintained the highest average running position throughout the 200-lap race, had the highest driver rating, was the fastest driver late in a run, fastest on restarts, had the fastest green flag speed, led the most laps and was one of two drivers that spent the entire race running in the top 15.
Coulter earned a top-10 finish in his career first Nationwide Series start.
Coulter ranked third in the Closers category, improving two positions in the last 10 percent of the race.
Dillon and Sadler maintained the sixth and seventh-highest average running positions with an average running place of 8.670 and 9.025, respectively.
Dillon earned his career best Nationwide Series starting position by qualifying second on Saturday afternoon.
Combined, the RCR entries posted the fastest lap of the race for 43 circuits, with Harvick leading all drivers with 41 Fastest Laps of the Race.
Brad Keselowski earned his first win of the 2012 Nationwide Series and was followed to the finish line by Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Harvick and Sadler.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the NNS 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, June 2. The 11th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Rookies Achieve Indy Dream with Honda Power

Rookies Achieve Indy Dream with Honda Power

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 26, 2012) – Five of the eight rookies in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 field will be using Honda power, as the manufacturer leads the way in providing opportunities for the next generation of racing stars to achieve their dreams of competing at the fabled Brickyard.

On Sunday, Bryan Clauson, Wade Cunningham, James Jakes, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud will all make their first Indy starts in the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, the largest contingent of rookies for any manufacturer in this year’s race.

Three of the Honda-powered rookies and one driver making his second “500” start are products of the INDYCAR ladder system, while an additional rookie and four veteran Honda drivers in this year’s race are previous graduates of either the Formula Atlantic or Indy Lights development series.

“Honda has long believed in providing platforms for developing future stars of the sport,” said Marc Sours, General Manager, Honda Performance Development (HPD). “It’s rewarding to see that so many talented rookies in this year’s field are driving for Honda teams. Our goal is to see additional drivers, now just starting out in Formula F and other Honda-supported classes, achieve their Indy dreams in future years.”

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing is fielding a pair of rookies and INDYCAR ladder graduates: 2011 Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden and USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson.

Wade Cunningham, a former Indy Lights champion and three-time Indy Lights winner at Indianapolis, will make his “500” debut on Sunday with A.J. Foyt Racing.

Indy rookie Simon Pagenaud and veteran Graham Rahal are both graduates of Formula Atlantic, where both won races and finished 1-2 in the 2006 championship, Pagenaud winning the title after a year-long battle with Rahal. Now, they are rivals for racing’s greatest prize, with Rahal driving for Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing and Pagenaud leading the Schmidt
Hamilton Racing effort.

Bryan Herta Autosport’s Alex Tagliani is another graduate of the Atlantic series, where he starred from 1996-99. Charlie Kimball was an Indy Lights front-runner in 2009-2010 before moving up to IndyCars with Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing; and Townsend Bell won the Indy Lights championship in 2001.

In 2009, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm for American Honda, announced the formation of its grass roots motorsports initiative, and today the company supplies engines and technical support to racers competing in a wide variety of entry-level and intermediate racing categories, including Quarter Midget, Karting, Formula F and Formula
Atlantic.

Saldana Works for Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Win

Saldana Works for Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Win
The Brownsburg, Ind., native claims victory No. 3 in the heart of NASCAR country
 
CONCORD, N.C. – May 25, 2012 – Joey Saldana parked his sprint car in front of the near-capacity crowd at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and emerged with a renewed vigor.
Drenched in sweat and caked in dirt, the veteran celebrated his third World of Outlaws feature win on a hot Friday night at the $12,000-to-win Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown. The event in the heart of NASCAR was also broadcast live on SPEED.

“The racing people that normally don’t see what we do, at least they can see that we actually work in our race cars,” Saldana said. “You do get dirty, you sweat and it’s definitely a chore out there to drive a winged sprint car especially on dirt and especially on a track like this. At least they can see what we do and they appreciate that we’re actually going out there and working for a living.”

Saldana did exactly that at the semi-banked, 4/10-mile dirt oval, where he won twice in 2009. He led 23 of the 30 laps, including the final eight, to pick up his 79th career World of Outlaws feature victory and the first in exactly six weeks.

“This is a place you need to win at,” he said. “It may not pay the most money, but it’s probably the most prestigious for sponsors and just recognition amongst people that pay our bills.

“Our main objective is to win races obviously, win the Knoxville Nationals, win the championship and win as many Outlaws shows as possible, and we haven’t been doing that lately. So this is definitely a step in the right direction.”

Saldana qualified seventh quickest and claimed his heat race, which locked him into the dash. The dash inversion was an eight, starting Saldana third. He finished fourth to line up on the outside of the second row for the main event.

Saldana quickly advanced to second place in turn one on the opening lap behind Sammy Swindell, who led the first six laps. On a restart of lap seven, Saldana pulled off an effective slide job on Swindell in turn two for the lead.

He pulled away before Ed Lynch Jr. brought out a caution on lap 11 with a flat right rear tire. Saldana chose the outside lane for the double-file restart and sailed to a big advantage before a caution on lap 15 for Matt Linder bunched the field together.

NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who started 12th after winning the Last Chance Showdown, worked his way into the top five on the restart and Swindell faded with smoke pouring from his engine. He pulled into the infield on lap 20.

Saldana faced his biggest task when Steve Kinser took advantage of an opportunity in traffic on the 22nd circuit. However, Kinser’s lead was short-lived as his left rear tire blew on the backstretch of the ensuing lap.

That gave the lead back to Saldana, who outlasted a strong finish by Donny Schatz and a late charge from Craig Dollansky.

“It definitely was better when the fuel load would come off,” Schatz said after his runner-up performance. “Any time you get the tires worn down it’s going to be harder to drive. Joey kept good care of his tires staying up there on the top. I was better at the end than I was at the beginning.

“We would have really liked to win, but tonight we’re going to settle for second.”

Dollansky overcame an early issue in qualifying, which sent him to the pits with the 23rd-best time. He claimed the sixth-and-final transfer from his heat race and then maneuvered his way from 21st to round out the podium.

“Any time you start that far back and get that far up toward the front it’s a good night for your entire team,” Dollansky said. “Our car was getting better as the race was wearing on. I would have liked to see five more laps. Even in the open track we were starting to come on pretty good there at the end. To start 21st and get up to third, that’s a great run.”

Polesitter Kraig Kinser finished fourth and Cody Darrah survived a flip in his heat race to place fifth in the feature. Brad Sweet was sixth, NASCAR driver and the owner of Saldana’s car, Kasey Kahne, ended seventh and Jason Sides placed eighth. Kerry Madsen, who set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.811 seconds, finished ninth and Chad Kemenah charged from 17th to round out the top 10.

Steve Kinser finished 13th, but maintains the World of Outlaws points lead by 12 over Schatz.

Stewart, who owns the cars for Kinser and Schatz, was 19th after a part in the suspension broke on lap 27 while he was running fourth.

Saldana, Kraig Kinser and Lynch Jr. each claimed a heat race.

“Franchitti, Dixon Pace Indy “Carb Day” Final Practice

Franchitti, Dixon Pace Indy “Carb Day” Final Practice
The Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing team of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon led the 33-car starting field Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the traditional “Carb Day” practice session leading up to Sunday’s 96th running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

Takuma Sato posted the fourth-fastest speed in practice today for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Justin Wilson completed the top six in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda.  The hour-long session, the last chance for drivers and teams to prepare for Sunday’s race, ran without incident. The Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 27, with live television coverage on ABC.

Dario Franchitti (#50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) fastest in the final practice for the Indianapolis 500: “The car was good, as good as it has been all month, really. It had good power, good balance and good grip. The track is getting more slippery the more the air temperature goes up, and the more the car moves around, the harder it is behind the wheel. But it’s the same for everybody, and I think we’ve got a good setup for race day.

California Hi Performance/ J&M Speed Phil Braybrooks Memorial Car Show

One of our sales representatives, Randy Manning was at the Phil Braybrooks Memorial Car Show at J&M Speed on 5/20.  This is his report.

This past Sunday was the 4th annual Phil Braybrooks Memorial Car Show at California Hi Performance’s retail store, J&M Speed. They had 405 cars attend this year, so the entire area around the store and street was full.

Once again, we gave out a trophy plaque for the best use of ARP products. This year’s winner was a very nice ’65 Cobra with a 427 FE Ford engine and nearly everything that could be bolted down was done so with our 12 point stainless fasteners. It looked awesome!

Josh Forster- 200MPH Club

I’m proud to report that I have reached my life-long goal of reaching 200 MPH in a standing mile, and I could not have done it without your support.
 
The car made a pass of 202.5 MPH in a standing mile, at the Mojave Mile on May 6th. That makes me the youngest member of the Mojave 200 MPH Club. I took first place in my class, and simultaneously beat one of the worlds fastest & most expensive cars, the Bugatti Veyron, which did a best of 201.7 MPH. The car dyno’d at 1020 rear-wheel horsepower and 958 rear-wheel torque, on 91 octane pump gas! (And still gets 20 mpg highway)
 
Its been a long road and a great learning experience building it myself, and I hope that I’ve been able to bring some exposure to your company in the process. My youtube channel has nearly 22,000 views, and the car has had over 100,000 views on LS1tech.com, as well as exposure on various other websites & blogs.
 
So far the car has been featured in LSXtv.com’s online articles twice, will have a short article in the August print issue of Car & Driver Magazine, and I have been contacted for potential articles in GM High Tech Magazine, and Camaro Performers Magazine.
 
Here are the two LSXtv articles:
LSXtv article 1 
LSXtv article 2
 
And now the good stuff:
  The 200+ MPH Video
 

 

Outlaws, SPEED Collide at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

Outlaws, SPEED Collide at The Dirt Track at Charlotte
SPEED coverage of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars begins at 8 p.m. Eastern
 
CONCORD, N.C. – May 24, 2012 – Lights. Camera. Action.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to SPEED on Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown. The two-hour broadcast will air beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.

“It’s a big deal being on live TV,” said championship contender Sammy Swindell, who won the first race at the track in 2000. “It’s a definite plus for our sponsors and even our suppliers.

“For me, I don’t think there’s anything extra there other than you’re trying to not make mistakes. We’re not going to work any harder or try any harder. If there’s anything, it’d be trying not to make a mistake.”

It will be the fifth year in a row with SPEED capturing the action at the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval. Four-time series champion Donny Schatz has taken advantage of the spotlight. Schatz has claimed six of the 27 World of Outlaws races at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, including three of the last six and the final two to end last season at the Lowes Foods World Finals.

“You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. “It’s a tricky race track.

“It’s a place where if you’re not on top of everything and on your game, you can find yourself in the back pretty easy.”

In addition to the live broadcast, the World of Outlaws race starts the action on the compound of Charlotte Motor Speedway. One of NASCAR’s premier events – the Coca-Cola 600 – is two days later at the pavement track a stone throw away from The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“It’s in NASCAR land,” Kerry Madsen said. “At the World Finals (last year) I led like 20 laps and then kind of faded. I want to go kinda avenge ourselves. I’m excited about going back.”

The broadcast team includes Ralph Sheheen and Brad Doty in the booth with Bobby Gerould and Matt Yocum reporting on all of the action from the pits.

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Set for the NAPA Rumble

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Set for the NAPA Rumble
The Outlaws head to I-96 Speedway on Saturday, June 2, for Michigan’s only race
 
LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – May 24, 2012 – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is ready to rumble at the new and improved I-96 Speedway.
After reconfiguring the track from a half mile to the fast 3/8-mile oval during the offseason, the NAPA Rumble – the World of Outlaws lone event in the Wolverine state – is set for Saturday, June 2.

“Those are usually the good races for us whenever we go to places in an area that doesn’t have a whole lot of sprint car racing,” Lucas Wolfe said. “I think it’s always good to go to those events and that’s the only race in Michigan this year.”

It will mark the sixth consecutive year and eighth out of the last 10 seasons that the Outlaws have competed at the semi-banked track.

“It’s always a good weekend when you get to a track that we’ve been to a few times that we’ve had some decent speed at,” Wolfe said.

The track record of 14.834 seconds was established by Joey Saldana in 2010. Saldana claimed the first World of Outlaws event at I-96 Speedway in 1995 and six other drivers have picked up a feature win since.

Steve Kinser, who leads the current Outlaws points, has won a series-best four events and Jason Meyers took two victories. Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky, Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell are also winners at the facility.

“It’s a unique track,” Kerry Madsen said. “I always look forward to going there. I think we can run well there, so I’m pretty excited about I-96.”

There is a ticket special with a $5 discount coupon on general admission at all participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. With the discount, adult tickets are only $30 and children ages 6 to 12 are only $10.

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Heads to Maple Grove in First Place

Marstons Mills, MA -May 23, 2012-Tied for first in the Eastern Regional standings, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car team returns to action this weekend at the Lucas Oil Series event at Maple Grove
Raceway in Reading, Pa., where last year driver Todd Veney reached the final against Frank Manzo.

The Permatex/Follow A Dream team won the 2012 Eastern Regional opener last month in Richmond Va., qualifying No. 1 and setting low e.t. and top speed of the meet, and Manzo did the same at the North Central Regional opener a week later in Indianapolis.

“It would be great to break the tie with Frank by winning this weekend,” Veney said. “He’s hard to beat anywhere, and he’s won more at Maple Grove than he’s won at any other track, but we almost got him there last year, and we’ve made our
best run of the year at Maple Grove for two years in a row.”

“Maple Grove has always been a special track for me,” Blake said, “and I’m confident in our team and looking forward to a great weekend.”

Hoek’s Prepared for Red Bud!

Holland, MI (May 23, 2012) – After a great weekend of racing at the opening event in Charlotte last month, Ross Hoek is well prepared for whatever the competition as well the natural terrain layout of the track at Red Bud MX has to offer. Thanks to a productive on-track test session the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels, Venom Energy, Herculiner, Allstar Performance, Pro-Light is tuned and ready for the TORC series’ second visit to the iconic motocross venue.  
 
Last year, the inaugural TORC Series Red Bud event experienced horrific weather conditions as heavy rain fell throughout the area preventing track designers from fining tuning the brand new one mile long layout. For 2012, the TORC track crew came to Red Bud a week early to work with the track owners to create a more wide open layout allowing the PRO trucks to use all their horsepower when competing for the win.
 
With over a month between race weekends, RHM team had plenty of time to go testing the Pro Light as well as make final preparations for the team’s new Sportsman Light Buggy entry. The orange VW powered buggy will be driven by team members throughout the season. Not only will the team have fun with the Light Buggy, but the time on the track will give the crew members a better insight into what the race vehicles and driver must cope with during a race.
 
“The competition in the PRO-Light class this year is even tougher than last year as everyone is stepping up their program,” remarked Hoek. “I’ll have quite a few fans from my hometown coming to Red Bud and I don’t want to disappoint. I believe we have really done our homework this year. Look for the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels, Venom Energy, Herculiner, and Allstar Performance Ford to be a consistent front runner throughout the season.”

Casey Currie Enjoys Surprise, AZ

Anaheim Hills, CA (May 23, 2012) – Sweltering desert heat and an amping field of talent set the stage for Casey Currie and team to achieve their goal for the weekend and get back in their groove at the Lucas Oil Off Road short course race in Surprise, AZ. Casey’s focused and consistent driving would move him up the ladder in Championship Points and earn him two well-deserved podiums for the weekend.

“This being our first time to Surprise in the V8,” commented Casey on Saturday’s race, “we didn’t catch the gear ratio just right but I am very pleased with how well the race went. We made some gear changes and were able to battle to the front of the pack, but didn’t quite have enough to pass the leaders, so we’ll make some needed changes for Sunday.”

Despite a less than favorable starting position on Sunday, Casey’s talent was in gear, leading him straight to a respectable 2nd place podium finish.

“Inverting points instead of race results from Saturday didn’t give us the greatest starting advantage,” explained Casey of Sunday’s race. “We started 10th, five rows back form the pole, and made some quick passes, getting us up to 4th or 5th and then it was time to really put the pressure on. Other trucks were fatiguing and we were just getting stronger. Gaining ground and taking 2nd, I really pushed to chase down RJ Anderson in the lead but didn’t end up catching him.”

Taking a 3rd place podium finish on Saturday, followed by 2nd place on Sunday, Casey would gain much needed championship points and advance himself in the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Lite standings.

“All things considered I think the weekend went pretty well,” commented Crew Chief Oren Anderson. “Considering we didn’t have any practice time out here, every change we made went in the right direction and the truck just got faster and faster.”

Tim Allison Checks In

This past weekend we were at Lima Land Motor Sports Park on Friday night and with beautiful weather we were able to get another race in for the year.  We had put in our spare motor since our motor from last weekend was not finished up yet.  We finally got a good draw in our heat race and started on the pole and finished 4th.  It was kinda disappointing, but we had the car off a  little and the motor too rich as it was all fresh and we didn’t want to have another engine failure.  We transferred to the feature and the inversion went the other way this time and we started in the 11th staring spot, so we leaned down the motor and made changes on the car and got going and finished 6th. They said we jumped the start and they docked us 2 spots so we finished 8th in the end, not what we wanted of course, but a good solid finish on the new fresh engine.  This weekend is our 3 day weekend and it kicks off at Lima Land Motor Sports park on Friday night and then on to Waynesfield Raceway on Saturday night for our first appearance and then on Sunday off to Tony Stewart’s famous Eldora Speedway on Sunday night for our first appearance.

Honda Teams and Drivers Enter Indy With Depth and Experience

Honda Teams and Drivers Enter Indy With Depth and Experience

Torrance, CA (May 23, 2012) – As Honda-powered teams and drivers head into the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, they do so with the depth and experience of teams and drivers who have conquered racing’s most prestigious and unpredictable event.

Four of Honda’s seven teams have won the prestigious Memorial Day classic. Target Chip Ganassi Racing owns three ‘500’ victories, in 2000, 2008 and 2010. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing brought Honda its first Indy 500 victory in 2004. A.J. Foyt has recorded three Indianapolis 500 victories as a team owner, in 1967, ’77, and ’99; while Bryan Herta Autosport
won the Centennial Indianapolis 500 in 2011 with the late Dan Wheldon.

Honda’s stable of drivers includes Indy 500 champions Dario Franchitti (2007 and 2010) and Scott Dixon (2008), who between them have won the last five IZOD IndyCar Series drivers’ championships. “Many times, victory at the Indy 500 depends on a bit of good luck,” says Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc.

“However, the Indy 500 demands that teams and drivers have a certain level of experience and depth in order to contend for a victory. We are extremely confident in being able to call upon this level of strength in our garages.”

Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California.

Honda has been a fixture in North American open-wheel racing since 1994, and has played an active role in the growth of the IZOD IndyCar Series – as both a Manufacturers’ Championship competitor and single engine supplier – since joining the series in 2003.

The company scored its first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2004 with Buddy Rice; Manufacturers’ Championships in 2004 and ’05; and became engine supplier to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series in 2006. The 2010 Indianapolis 500, won by Dario Franchitti, marked Honda’s 100th race win as a manufacturer and engine supplier in IZOD IndyCar Series competition.

In addition to its efforts in Indy car racing, HPD spearheaded championship-winning efforts in the 2009-2010 American Le Mans Series, 2010 Le Mans Series and the 2010 24 Hours of LeMans.

HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.

Honda Teams and Drivers Enter Indy With Depth and Experience

Honda Teams and Drivers Enter Indy With Depth and Experience

Torrance, CA (May 23, 2012) – As Honda-powered teams and drivers head into the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race, they do so with the depth and experience of teams and drivers who have conquered racing’s most prestigious and unpredictable event.

Four of Honda’s seven teams have won the prestigious Memorial Day classic. Target Chip Ganassi Racing owns three ‘500’ victories, in 2000, 2008 and 2010. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing brought Honda its first Indy 500 victory in 2004. A.J. Foyt has recorded three Indianapolis 500 victories as a team owner, in 1967, ’77, and ’99; while Bryan Herta Autosport
won the Centennial Indianapolis 500 in 2011 with the late Dan Wheldon.

Honda’s stable of drivers includes Indy 500 champions Dario Franchitti (2007 and 2010) and Scott Dixon (2008), who between them have won the last five IZOD IndyCar Series drivers’ championships. “Many times, victory at the Indy 500 depends on a bit of good luck,” says Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc.

“However, the Indy 500 demands that teams and drivers have a certain level of experience and depth in order to contend for a victory. We are extremely confident in being able to call upon this level of strength in our garages.”

Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California.

Honda has been a fixture in North American open-wheel racing since 1994, and has played an active role in the growth of the IZOD IndyCar Series – as both a Manufacturers’ Championship competitor and single engine supplier – since joining the series in 2003.

The company scored its first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2004 with Buddy Rice; Manufacturers’ Championships in 2004 and ’05; and became engine supplier to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series in 2006. The 2010 Indianapolis 500, won by Dario Franchitti, marked Honda’s 100th race win as a manufacturer and engine supplier in IZOD IndyCar Series competition.

In addition to its efforts in Indy car racing, HPD spearheaded championship-winning efforts in the 2009-2010 American Le Mans Series, 2010 Le Mans Series and the 2010 24 Hours of LeMans.

HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.

Cunningham Leads Final Honda Indy 500 Qualifiers

Cunningham Leads Final Honda Indy 500 Qualifiers

Wade Cunningham led the final three Honda-powered drivers Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as qualifying concluded for next weekend’s 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Cunningham posted a four-lap average of 223.258 miles per hour in his A.J. Foyt Honda-Dallara to qualify 26th, the second-fastest run in Sunday’s final qualifying.

Cunningham’s teammate, Mike Conway, completed his own four-lap run of 222.319 mph to qualify 29th. Rookie Bryan Clauson, who crashed during his first qualifying attempt on Saturday, climbed aboard his repaired Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda Dallara today to qualify 31st, with a four-lap average of 214.455 mph.

Four Chevrolet-powered entries and two Lotus Dallaras made successful qualifying runs on Sunday to complete the 33-car starting field. The 2012 Indianapolis 500, the first with engine manufacturer competition since 2005, includes 15 Honda-powered drivers, 16 from Chevrolet and the remaining two using Lotus engines.

Activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway resume on Friday with the traditional final practice session, known as “Carb Day”. The 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 starts at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 27, with live television coverage on ABC.

Wade Cunningham (#41 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) qualified 26th for his first Indianapolis 500: “It’s been a long road for me to Indianapolis. I got to the States in 2004, so eight years of hard work and commitment, but this is a very proud day for me. I know my parents are proud, as are all my sponsors and supporters who have helped me through the years. We ran quicker [in qualifying] than we did this morning in practice, so we found a little bit of speed. If we had run that speed yesterday, we would have been comfortably in the first-day qualifiers. I guess we underestimated Indianapolis a little bit and we got ourselves caught out with circumstances [during Saturday’s qualifying]. But we did it in the end, which is the most important thing. Qualifying is not a reflection of our performance, we’ve been strong in the draft at times and strong by ourselves. So, as long as we make good decisions, now through race day, there’s no reason we can’t be fighting for a top-10 in the race.

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development): “Congratulations to Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, who have ‘punched above their weight’ throughout this month. The team demonstrated excellent speed in practice and backed it up with Joseph Newgarden delivering our best qualifying performance on Saturday. The team also demonstrated its determination with its rapid recovery after Bryan Clauson’s accident yesterday, to qualify their second car today. While overall, our qualifying results were disappointing, our focus is now directed 100 per cent towards winning next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

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