Chevy Racing–Indycar–Iowa Advance

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES HY-VEE HOMEFRONT 250 & HY-VEE ONE STEP 250 IOWA SPEEDWAY NEWTON, IOWA TEAM CHEVY RACE ADVANCE JULY 12-14, 2024 CHEVROLET SHIFTS GEARS TO IOWA SPEEDWAY FOR THE HY-VEE DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND In the 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 era since 2012, Chevrolet holds 11 wins in 14 events at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway.Since 2012, Team Chevy has also captured the NTT P1 Pole Award in 13 of 14 events.In the V6 era since 2012, Chevrolet has led 3,519 laps at Iowa Speedway of the 3,850 total laps, for 91.4%.Chevrolet additionally has swept the Iowa Speedway doubleheader weekend in the three events it has hosted, including 2020, 2022, and 2023.Team Chevy has swept the podium at Iowa Speedway in six of the 14 events, including 2012, 2013, 2016, 2022 Race 1, 2022 Race 2, and 2023 Race 1.Team owner and driver Ed Carpenter returns to the Team Chevy lineup, driving the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway this weekend. DETROIT (July 11, 2024) – With momentum gained from Pato O’Ward and Arrow McLaren’s victory in the 2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 with hybrid technology debut at Mid-Ohio this past weekend, Chevrolet looks next to the 0.875-mile tri-oval of Iowa Speedway to continue their hot streak in the first of two doubleheader weekends on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule. The 10th and 11th rounds on tap in the hunt for the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship, Chevrolet holds a stellar record at “The World’s Fastest Short Track,” with 11 wins in the 14 events held during the V6 era since 2012. Locking out the podium six times as well as qualifying on pole in 13 of the 14 events, Team Chevy has swept the previous three doubleheader weekends at Iowa, including 2020 (Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden), 2022 (Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward), and 2023 (Josef Newgarden in both). Combined, Chevrolet has led 3,519 laps at Iowa of the 3,850 turned in competition during the V6 era since 2012, for 91.4%. “It was a successful start to the V6 hybrid era with Pato (O’Ward) and Arrow McLaren securing the first victory with the new technology on board in Mid-Ohio for Chevrolet,” said Mark Stielow, Director of Motorsports Competition Programs for General Motors. “Shifting forward to Iowa this weekend, it’s a demanding oval both mentally and physically on our Team Chevy drivers, and mixing in the July heat with the new hybrid technology during a doubleheader, it will be a challenge that we are ready for. Iowa has been a great proving ground for Chevrolet, a place to showcase our strong success, dedication, and hard work, and we’re looking forward to potentially adding a 12th and 13th win on the oval there this weekend.” After the successful Mid-Ohio debut of the V6 engine with hybrid technology, Iowa Speedway will be the first oval for the new tool in competition after extensive collaboration, research, and testing by the series and both manufacturers. Of the V6 era since 2012, including the hybrid technology debut, Chevrolet holds 116 wins since 2012 in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 208 race events, as well as 130 earned NTT P1 Pole Awards, eight manufacturer titles, and six Indianapolis 500 victories. The doubleheader weekend at Iowa Speedway kicks off with practice on Friday at 3:35 p.m. ET, transitioning then to Saturday with qualifying and Firestone Fast Six at 3:45 p.m. ET. The first 250-lap event of the weekend, the Hy-Vee Homefront 250, takes the green flag live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Sunday sees the second of the two races, with the Hy-Vee One Step 250, airs live at 12 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC. All practice and qualifying sessions broadcast with Peacock, INDYCAR Radio, and SiriusXM Channel 218.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING (Quotes):Santino Ferrucci, No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet:“It was really good to have both not only the Iowa hybrid test but the Milwaukee hybrid test as well because it gave us a head start on a car setup, and really figuring out what I like as a driver and what I don’t like, I think that that’s really important. Also, James (Schnabel) is still learning me as a driver, so getting the car comfortable for me to be fast is crucial. And we were able to do that at the hybrid test. “I think it’s definitely going to be a different experience using (the hybrid technology) in Iowa. I think that the hybrid is less effective on the short oval just because of the minimum speeds and how we carry the corners. So, I don’t think I’ll really using the hybrid much other than maybe for starting qualifying off and you know being able to play defense and offense but for normal running, I probably won’t be using much of it. I do enjoy racing at Iowa and I’ve had a lot of fun, fun races there. I love the fact that it’s normally two to three lanes. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to be the case this year, but we’re gonna have our fingers crossed for the highline practice so we can make sure we have a two-lane racetrack.” Sting Ray Robb, No. 41 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet:“The repave completely changed the track. The increase in grip means less tire wear and more fatigue for the drivers. There will need be different demands on the car than we initially thought too. Making a “quali” [qualifying] car and a car to last the race will be interesting. “(Running two races so close together is physically) incredibly difficult. I expect this to be the most physical weekend of the year. This is due to the temperatures at the track, plus the increase in grip over past years here. Good sleep, lots of food, and lots of hydration I think will be some key points for the weekend. I think it could be a fun race with a good car where we are competitive. I know the race can be won and lost on pitlane on such a short oval like Iowa, so those will be one of the main focuses through the weekend to nail down. “ Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet:“We have a big doubleheader this weekend coming off the win at Mid-Ohio. This weekend at Iowa Speedway is probably going to be one of the most physical races weekends of the season. The hybrid system and repave should keep things interesting. I hope we come out of Iowa with better results than we did last year and keep some positive momentum rolling.” Nolan Siegel, No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet:“It’s a big shift going into short track racing now, but I’m really excited. It’ll be the first oval race with the hybrid system, so there is still a lot to learn. Historically, Arrow McLaren has always been super strong on ovals, so I’m really excited to do my first oval with the team. We had a successful test there a couple weeks ago and I think we’re going to have a strong car and a solid shot at it this weekend. I’m excited to see what we can do and start building better results.” Alexander Rossi, No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet:“I can’t wait to get back to Iowa for the first doubleheader of the year. It’s going to be a hot and intense weekend, but I think we’ll have strong cars and I can’t wait to get going.” Gavin Ward, Team Principal at Arrow McLaren:“The win last weekend in Mid-Ohio definitely provided a boost of confidence for the team heading into the second half of the season. We’ve been strong at Iowa Speedway in the past but, as we found at our recent test here, the repave has really changed the characteristics of the track. We’re hoping to pull together everything we learnt from the test and roll off the trucks with a competitive package for all three cars. The atmosphere at this race is so cool with the concerts and IndyCar short oval racing is hard to beat. As a team our focus remains one of continual improvement and enjoying the process of competing at the highest level. If we can keep doing that, the results will take care of themselves.” Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet:“The Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend has become a highlight of the calendar for me. I have always really enjoyed racing at Iowa Speedway and it has turned into a really fun and unique event! For sure, it will be a challenge with the new surface and somewhat unknown tire and downforce package. The team has really been coming on strong the second half of the season. I am excited to pick up where Christian (Rasmussen) left off at Mid-Ohio and get more great results for the team!” Rinus VeeKay, No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet:“I am excited for Iowa, such a cool track! It will be interesting with the new surface to see how the racing will be, and there have been some changes made in downforce levels and tire compounds since the test. But we had good speed during the test! This is kind of the start of the oval season, so that’s pretty cool. Two races and one at night, which will be exciting. I love night races! I am just looking forward to bouncing back in a strong way this weekend and working back towards the Top 10 in points!” Romain Grosjean, No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet:“Iowa is a fun little racetrack where the races were awesome in the past. There has been a few changes made to the track so we will see how that plays out for us. We will try to start our oval season pretty well in Iowa with two races.” Agustin Canapino, No. 78 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet:“We arrived in Iowa, which is a very important weekend because it is double (race). It is an oval that last year we had very good potential, and we were satisfied with the tests carried out a few days ago. We are going to try to have a great weekend and take many points.”
Chevrolet in Iowa (since 2012, V6 era, pre-hybrid):Wins at Iowa: 112012: Ryan Hunter-Reay2013: James Hinchcliff2016: Josef Newgarden2017: Helio Castroneves2019: Josef Newgarden2020 (Race 1): Simon Pagenaud2020 (Race 2): Josef Newgarden2022 (Race 1): Josef Newgarden2022 (Race 2): Pato O’Ward2023 (Race 1): Josef Newgarden2023 (Race 2): Josef Newgarden Earned Pole Awards at Iowa: 132013: Helio Castroneves2014: Scott Dixon2015: Helio Castroneves2016: Simon Pagenaud2017: Will Power2018: Will Power2019: Simon Pagenaud2020 (Race 1): Conor Daly2020 (Race 2): Josef Newgarden2022 (Race 1): Will Power2022 (Race 2): Will Power2023 (Race 1): Will Power2023 (Race 2): Will Power Number of Team Chevy Podiums at Iowa (V6 era since 2012, pre-hybrid): 31*Chevrolet has also swept the podium six times, including 2012, 2013, 2016, 2022 Race 1, 2022 Race 2, and 2023 Race 1. Number of laps led by Team Chevy at Iowa (V6 era since 2012, pre-hybird): 3,519 of 3,580, or 91.4% of all laps in the V6 era since 2012.
2024 CHEVROLET BY THE NUMBERS:1: NTT INDYCAR SERIES race as V6 engine supplier with hybrid technology integration. 1: Wins in the NTT INDYCAR Series as V6 engine supplier with hybrid technology integration since mid-2024.  207: NTT INDYCAR Series races as V6 engine supplier since 2012 return to INDYCAR.  115: Wins in the NTT INDYCAR Series since 2012.  130: Earned poles since 2012. Chevrolet holds 135 pole awards in total, with five recorded based on points for weather. 8: Manufacturer Championships since 2012.  7: Driver/entrant champions since 2012.  13: Indianapolis 500 victories by Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 6: Indianapolis 500 wins by Chevrolet since 2012 in the V6 2.2-liter twin turbo direct injected era. 33: Number of times Chevrolet has swept the podium in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since 2012 in the V6 2.2-liter twin turbo direct injected era. In total, a manufacturer has swept the podium 53 times since 2012. 27: Wins by Will Power since 2012 – all with Chevrolet power – most of any driver with the same manufacturer.   9: Wins from the pole by Will Power with Chevrolet power since 2012, most by any driver.  46: Pole starts by Will Power since 2012 in a Chevrolet-powered car, most of any driver.*Will Power’s career total of 70 poles makes him the all-time pole winner in INDYCAR.

BEAVER DAM BARNBURNER

Giovanni Scelzi Tops Thrilling JB Memorial for Another Beaver Dam WinScelzi bests Kofoid and Axsom for second Beaver Dam score and a $20,000 paydayBEAVER DAM, WI (July 10, 2024) – Beaver Dam Raceway continues to be a special place for Giovanni Scelzi and the KCP Racing crew.Two years ago, it’s where current crew chief Adam Clark took the reins of the team to get his start calling the shots for a major Sprint Car operation. Then last year it’s where Clark got his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victory as a crew chief when Scelzi took the car to Victory Lane at the Wisconsin oval.And on Wednesday night Beaver Dam became the site of another noteworthy moment for the No. 18 team. Scelzi topped a thrilling three-way battle between himself, Michael “Buddy” Kofoid, and Emerson Axsom to make Beaver Dam the first track where the Californian owns multiple victories with The Greatest Show on Dirt. The Series sophomore snatched the lead on Lap 15 and held off a late charge from Kofoid with a slick move in traffic to top the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial for a $20,000 payday.“Man, what an incredible racetrack, incredible crowd on a Wednesday night. I’m so glad the Outlaws decided to reschedule this one,” Scelzi said. “This is turning into one of my favorite racetracks, for sure. It’s so nicely worked, smooth, two lanes – a top and a bottom. It kind of developed a middle at both ends, too. I knew the lappers were damn near three-wide in front of me, so I kind of had to play it safe but make my own lane as well. Great job to my guys.”The win marked the third of 2024 for Scelzi and the ninth overall of “Hot Sauce’s” career with the World of Outlaws. Three victories are already a personal best in one season for the Fresno, CA native. Scelzi became the 10th different driver to top multiple World of Outlaws races at Beaver Dam through the Series’ 35 visits to the 1/3 mile.The 40-lap finale was brought to green by Kofoid and Axsom with Scelzi close behind in fourth. Kofoid jumped ahead to the early advantage as Scelzi rocketed from fourth to second in the opening set of corners. Axsom quickly drove back by Scelzi and went right to work on Kofoid.The door opened on Lap 3 as Axsom ducked under Kofoid and slid ahead of him to take over the lead in the Klaasmeyer/Petry No. 27.Axsom wasted no time building an advantage in pursuit of his first World of Outlaws win. Behind him the battle brewed for second as Scelzi locked his sights on the Roth Motorsports No. 83. Scelzi stole the spot from Kofoid on Lap 5 but surrendered it back the following lap.As the first quarter of the 40 laps came to a close Scelzi’s machine began to come to life. He used a big run down the back straightaway to slip under Kofoid and reclaim second on Lap 14. Then on the next circuit he got another strong head of steam heading into Turn 3 and used it to roll the bottom right by Axsom and take the lead.Scelzi began to build his advantage as he worked smoothly through lapped cars. Axsom chopped into the gap on a few different laps but couldn’t ever find the speed to close back in on Scelzi’s tail tank. And behind him Kofoid was starting to piece together some solid laps as he looked to rejoin the battle for the win.The contest for the runner-up spot reignited between Axsom and Kofoid with the Roth machine making its way back into second with seven laps remaining. The distance between Kofoid and Scelzi was more than a second when Kofoid got the spot, but it began to shrink right away as the laps clicked off. With only a few circuits remaining, Kofoid closed nearly to the tail tank of Scelzi.But one slight slip up from Kofoid was all Scelzi needed to seal the deal. As the duo exited Turn 4 coming to two laps remaining, Kofoid narrowly missed the lane of grip on the bottom as Scelzi stayed glued to it and powered away down the front straightaway. Scelzi cleared a couple more lapped cars for breathing room and rolled to the checkered flag. For Scelzi and company, the win served as a nice momentum boost with one of the biggest events in Sprint Car Racing on the horizon.“They all dropped to the bottom in Turn 1, and I got to second and then got passed back by Buddy and just kind of rode there for a little bit,” Scelzi said of his race. “I felt like I could really go anywhere I wanted. Kudos to Adam for getting the car really good. I feel like we learned some stuff testing at Knoxville. Great job to my guys. Kings Royal is coming up.”Kofoid settled for second after leading the opening two laps and making it close at the end. The Toyota Racing driver came away encouraged with the outing, especially with the speed of the No. 83 in the latter portion of the race.“We really came alive probably the last 10, 15 laps and started trucking through the middle at least in (Turns) 1 and 2 and was good on the top in (Turns) 3 and 4,” Kofoid explained. “I just needed it to probably be slicker longer, but I felt like we were there at the end. Dylan, Nate, and Gage did a really good job. We’ve been off a little bit I feel like this last month or so. But to contend for a win today is, I feel like, a step in the right direction.”Rounding out the top three was Emerson Axsom. The Franklin, IN native brought home his first career World of Outlaws podium in only his sixth Feature start with the Series. While happy with the result, it was a bit of a bittersweet moment for the 19-year-old as he felt a potential victory slipped away.“I’m really happy with our speed, but I’m a little disappointed with some of the mistakes I made,” Axsom admitted. “But you’ve got to race with these guys to learn and make mistakes and then pick yourself up from it and learn. Leading it’s tough to tell where to run. Obviously Gio was running through the hole in (Turn) 3 and got a big run of me carrying a lot more speed through (Turns) 3 and 4. After I moved up, I felt really good. I just made some mistakes and let some professionals get by me that have been doing it a while. Obviously, I’m happy with our speed, but I want to win.”Carson Macedo and Logan Schuchart completed the top five.A 24th to 14th drive earned Cale Thomas the KSE Racing Hard Charger.Carson Macedo earned a Series-leading eighth Simpson Quick Time of 2024 is Sea Foam Qualifying.NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three and Four belonged to Giovanni Scelzi (49th Heat Race win of career), Garet Williamson (third of career), and David Gravel (260th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Sheldon Haudenschild (113th of career).Buddy Kofoid topped the Toyota Racing Dash.Kerry Madsen won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Brock Zearfoss.UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Wisconsin’s Wilmot Raceway on July 12-13 for the Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40. For tickets, CLICK HERE.If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.FEATURE RESULTS:NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 2. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 3. 27-Emerson Axsom[2]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[10]; 6. 2-David Gravel[3]; 7. 83SR-James McFadden[9]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[7]; 9. 17B-Bill Balog[13]; 10. 23-Garet Williamson[6]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[8]; 12. 45-Landon Brooks[11]; 13. 24D-Danny Sams III[15]; 14. 17GP-Cale Thomas[24]; 15. 55-Kerry Madsen[21]; 16. 73-Scotty Thiel[22]; 17. 6-Kelby Watt[17]; 18. 7S-Landon Crawley[14]; 19. 70-Kraig Kinser[20]; 20. 14-Sean Rayhall[18]; 21. 2W-Scott Neitzel[19]; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[16]; 23. 29-Logan McCandless[12]; 24. 24T-Christopher Thram[23]

21 Team Hoping for Strong Run at Pocono


July 10, 2024


Harrison Burton and the No. 21 DEX Imaging team are headed to Pocono Raceway hoping to build on their strong run a year ago on the 2.5-mile track known as the Tricky Triangle.

“I’ve had Pocono circled on the schedule after looking back at Harrison’s results from 2023,” said crew chief Jeremy Bullins. “He brought the 21 car home eighth last year at this race, and I’m hoping for more of the same this year.”

Pocono is a special place for Bullins as he got the first of his nine Cup wins as a crew chief at Pocono in 2017 with Ryan Blaney driving the No. 21 Ford.

Bullins pointed out that the No. 21 DEX Imaging team has had some promising runs in recent weeks, and he hopes that continues this weekend.

“We’ve had a couple of opportunities lately to bring home some good finishes, and hopefully this week we can do just that with our DEX Mustang,” he said.

Practice for The Great American Getaway 400 presented by VisitPa.com is set for Noon on Saturday (Eastern Time) to be followed by qualifying at 12:45 p.m.

Sunday’s 160-lap, 400-mile race is expected to get the green flag just after 2:30 p.m., with Stage breaks at Laps 30 and 95.

USA Network will carry the TV coverage all weekend.

Ryan Gustin Riding Kahuna Wave of Momentum Into Second PA-OH Weekend

“The Reaper” finished the Heartland Grand Tour with a Feature win and eight top-10 finishes in 10 races

BEDFORD, PA (July 10, 2024) – Ryan Gustin has gone to “infinity and beyond” since joining Cooney Motorsports for the 2024 season, currently riding a prosperous wave of momentum into one of his favorite weekends. 

Through the first half of the 2024 World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models season, the Marshalltown, IA driver has picked up two Feature wins – one at Mississippi Thunder Speedway and another at Deer Creek Speedway. He’s also finished inside the top-10 in 11 of the last 15 Series events. 

He’ll try to expand upon that during the Series’ second Pennsylvania-Ohio weekend of the season with stops at Bedford Speedway for the Billy Winn Classic on Thursday, July 11, and Sharon Speedway on Friday-Saturday, July 12-13. 

Bedford will be a new track for “The Reaper,” but Sharon has become one of his best tracks over the past two years. After a wheel-to-wheel duel with Kyle Larson resulted in a runner-up finish in 2021, Gustin has won a Series race at Sharon the past two years. 

“Sharon Speedway is one of my favorite tracks in the country,” Gustin said. “Anytime we go to Sharon, I got a lot of friends that make it feel like home. The promoter and the family out there welcome us with open arms. It makes you feel really good. On top of that, they have one of the best racetracks in the country, in my opinion. It’s always smooth, slick, you can race from top to bottom. Anytime I’ve been there, it’s never been one-lane. It’s one of the better tracks we go to, and I’ve only finished outside of the top three once since I’ve raced there. It’ll be fun to go back.” 

This year, however, he’ll have a new chassis that’s yet to run at the track. 

Gustin has driven three different dirt Late Model chassis since November 2023, most recently switching to the Wells Motorsports’ Infinity Chassis in April – the most successful of the three, so far. Since working with Eric Wells and Brandon Overton, who also runs an Infinity Chassis, Gustin has scored five wins with the new frame. 

“It’s been great to work with Eric Wells, Brandon Overton and all their guys,” Gustin said. “It’s been an open notebook between Brandon and I, we’re kind of opposites on a lot of things. What works for me doesn’t work for him. But I feel like we learn from each other about the car. With Eric, anything we want changed, he can do it the way he wants. So, it’s been working out well for us.” 

After a mixed bag of results in the first quarter of the season, he flexed the power of the Infinity Chassis during the Heartland Grand Tour by finishing inside the top five in half of the Tour’s races, including a 0.009 second win over Nick Hoffman at Deer Creek Speedway. 

“I feel like we’ve had a really fast car the last two months, we just haven’t had the results to show it,” Gustin said. “We’ve been battling some gremlins here and there, just stuff out of our control happening, but we’ve been in the hunt. The confidence is very high right now and I feel like we’ll be a force to be reckoned with to come.” 

Watch Gustin chase his third win of the season behind the wheel of his No.19R Late Model at Bedford Speedway on Thursday, July 11 before traveling to Sharon Speedway in Ohio on Friday-Saturday, July 12-13. For more information on the events and tickets, CLICK HERE

In addition to the on-track action, Sharon Speedway will feature several off-track activities for fans on Saturday, including a cornhole tournament at noon (ET), water games in the campground on 2 p.m. and an autograph session at 4:30 p.m. 

Chevy Racing–NASCAr–Pocono Advance

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE Pocono Raceway Long Pond, PennsylvaniaJuly 12-14, 2024
Returning from an idle weekend, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) will rejoin the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) at Pocono Raceway for the sport’s 10th tripleheader weekend of the 2024 season. One of the most unique venues on the NASCAR circuit, the 2.5-mile, three-turn track lying within the Pocono Mountains has over 50 years of experience hosting NASCAR’s premier series, with Sunday’s The Great American Getaway 400 Presented by VisitPA.commarking the series’ 91st appearance at the track. The NCTS will kick-off the “Tricky Triangle” tripleheader on Friday, July 12, with the CRC Brakleen 175, followed by the NXS in the Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 on Saturday, July 13. 
Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono Raceway: In the NASCAR Cup Series’ 90-race history at Pocono Raceway, Chevrolet leads the series with 34 all-time victories – a double-digit advantage over the next leading manufacturer, Ford, with 24 victories. In over 50 years of competition at Pocono Raceway, 40 different drivers have earned a victory at the “Tricky Triangle” in NASCAR’s top division, with Benny Parsons becoming the first driver to win under the Chevrolet banner at the track in July 1977. With six career NCS victories to his name, NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon continues to share the top position of Pocono’s all-time wins list with Toyota’s Denny Hamlin. Among the drivers entered in Sunday’s event are 10 past Pocono winners, including Chevrolet’s two most recent winners at the track with Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott (2022) and Alex Bowman (2021). Team Chevy’s Kyle Busch has also found success at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania venue – sitting second among the series’ active drivers with four victories at the track (2021, 2019, 2018, 2017). 
BOWTIE BACK TO DEFEND IN THE TRUCK, XFINITY SERIESChevrolet will make its return to Pocono Raceway as the track’s defending winners in both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. One year ago, Team Chevy’s Kyle Busch took Kyle Busch Motorsports on a monumental trip to victory lane at Pocono Raceway – collecting the organization’s 100th, and ultimately final, triumph in the NCTS. In the same afternoon, Busch’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, Austin Hill, also tallied a win in the NXS to give the Bowtie brand a sweep of the victories across the two series.  
On top of being the most recent winning manufacturer in the NCTS and NXS at Pocono Raceway, Chevrolet also scored the inaugural race win at the “Tricky Triangle” in both series with victories courtesy of Elliott Sadler in the NCTS (July 2010) and Kyle Larson in the NXS (June 2016). Heading into the weekend, Chevrolet stands at six all-time NCTS wins and three all-time NXS wins at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania venue. If Chevrolet successfully defends its race-winning title in both series this weekend, the Bowtie brand would tie the manufacturer-leading wins record at Pocono Raceway in each division. 
HENDRICK TOPS “TRICKY TRIANGLE”Among the 26 different organizations that have won in NASCAR’s top division at Pocono Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports leads the way with 19 wins – all recorded in partnership with Chevrolet. There have been nine different drivers that have contributed to the organization’s series-leading feat at the “Tricky Triangle”, with Jeff Gordon sitting at a series-best six victories. Hendrick Motorsports’ two most recent trips to victory lane at the track have come with a pair of its current active drivers including Chase Elliott, who picked up the victory in the debut season of the Next Gen Camaro ZL1 (2022). Alex Bowman also contributed to the organization’s winning record with a victory during the 2021 season. 
PACING IN THE PLAYOFF PICTUREIn just the series’ second-ever street course event, Alex Bowman and the No. 48 Camaro ZL1 team snapped an 80 race winless streak by taking the checkered flag at the Chicago Street Course. Of the now 12 different winners in the NASCAR Cup Series this season, Bowman is the fifth Team Chevy driver to earn a victory, with the 31-year-old Arizona native giving the Bowtie brand the most playoff berths, to-date, among its manufacturer competitors.  With Bowman’s victory, all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers have now clinched a position in the series’ 16-driver playoff field to compete for the championship title. This also marks the sixth season that all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won races in the same year, with the organization also accomplishing the feat in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2021. 
SVG SCORES SERIES-LEADING TRIUMPHReturning to the hallowed grounds of his history-making NASCAR Cup Series win, Shane van Gisbergen’s first career NASCAR Xfinity Series start at the Chicago Street Course ended in similar fashion – by taking his No. 97 Kaulig Racing Camaro SS to victory lane. The victory came after yet another stout performance by the 35-year-old New Zealander, with van Gisbergen earning the pole and a stage win en route to the victory. Despite competing in his rookie campaign, the victory marks van Gisbergen’s third victory this season – making him the series’ winningest driver heading into the Pocono race weekend. 
“TRICKY TRIANGLE” MARKS THREE-TO-GO FOR THE NCTSThe NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series’ most recent event at Nashville Superspeedway saw McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s Christian Eckes post a perfect performance in his No. 19 Silverado RST – leading every lap of the event en route to his third victory of the 2024 season. The dominant execution by the 23-year-old New York native marked the first time in 12 years that a driver led every lap of a single event in the series. Adding yet another victory to his resume, Eckes continues to build his points lead with the Team Chevy driver sitting at a 40-point advantage over second-place Corey Heim with three races remaining in the series’ regular season.  Among the four drivers that have already solidified a playoff berth by virtue of a win, three come from the Chevrolet camp, including McAnally-Hilgemann Racing’s Christian Eckes (three wins), Rev Racing’s Nick Sanchez (two wins) and Spire Motorsports’ Rajah Caruth (one win). Of the six positions that remain up for grabs in the series’ 10-driver playoff field, Team Chevy’s Tyler Ankrum and Grant Efinger will enter the Pocono race weekend above the cutline, with Ankrum in the sixth position (+47) and Enfinger in the ninth position (+33). 
BOWTIE BULLETS:·       Chevrolet will pace the field in the tripleheader race weekend at Pocono Raceway. The Silverado RST will lead the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in Friday’s CRC Brakleen 175; the Camaro SS will lead the NASCAR Xfinity Series in Saturday’s Explore The Pocono Mountains 225; and the Camaro ZL1 will lead the NASCAR Cup Series in Sunday’s The Great American Getaway 400 Presented by VisitPA.com.  
·       With 52 races complete across NASCAR’s three national series this season, Chevrolet has a winning percentage of 55.8% with 29 victories (NASCAR Cup Series – nine wins; NASCAR Xfinity Series – 11 wins; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series – nine wins).
·       NASCAR Cup Series victories by active Chevrolet drivers at Pocono Raceway:  Kyle Busch – four wins (2021, 2019, 2018, 2017)Chase Elliott – one win (2022)Alex Bowman – one win (2021) 
·       In 90 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Pocono Raceway, Chevrolet has recorded 34 victories and 35 poles – both of which are series-leading records.  
·       In nine tripleheader weekends this season, Chevrolet is the only manufacturer to earn a weekend sweep – accomplishing the feat three times (Daytona International Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway). 
·       In 92 points-paying races in the Next Gen era, Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 46 victories – a winning percentage of 50%. 
·       With his victory at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Larson is the second driver to hit a double-digit win record in the NASCAR Cup Series’ Next Gen era with 10 triumphs. Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, William Byron, leads the series’ all-time win record in the Next Gen era with 11 victories. 
·       With its 42 NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Championships, 33 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Championships, and 860 all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins, Chevrolet continues to hold the title as the winningest brand in NASCAR Cup Series history. 
FOR THE FANS·       Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display in the Fan Midway at the Pocono Raceway.   ·       Fans can check out an assortment of Chevrolet vehicles including: Blazer EV, Silverado EV, Silverado ZR2, Corvette Z06, Equinox RS, Trax 2RS, Traverse Z71, Colorado Trail Boss. ·       Fans can also view William Byron’s No. 24 Camaro ZL1 show car. 
Team Chevy Driver Appearances at the Display: Friday, July 12·       Ty Dillon: 4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 13·       Josh Williams: 12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. ·       Anthony Alfredo: 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. ·       Jeb Burton & Parker Retzlaff: 1 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. 
Sunday, July 14·       Zane Smith: 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ·       Daniel Suarez & Ross Chastain: 10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. ·       Alex Bowman: 11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. ·       Kyle Busch & Austin Dillon: 11:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. 
Chevrolet Display Hours of Operation: ·       Friday, July 12: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. ·       Saturday, July 13: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  ·       Sunday, July 14: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.   
Manufacturer Points Standings
Chevrolet: 725Toyota: 716 (-9)Ford: 696 (-29)
Manufacturer Points Standings
Chevrolet: 677Toyota: 641 (-36)Ford: 564 (-113)
Manufacturer Points Standings
Chevrolet: 498Toyota: 459 (-39)Ford: 414 (-84)
TUNE-IN:NASCAR Cup SeriesThe Great American Getaway 400 Presented by VisitPA.comSunday, July 14, at 2:30 p.m. ET(USA Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90)

NASCAR Xfinity Series Explore The Pocono Mountains 225 Saturday, July 13, at 3 p.m. ET(USA Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90)

NASCAR Craftsman Truck SeriesCRC Brakleen 175Friday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m. ET(FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90)
QUOTABLE QUOTES:Ross Chastain, No. 1 Busch Light Peach Camaro ZL1What is difficult about racing at Pocono?“Pocono is a challenging track because all three turns are different and you have to figure out which turn you’re going to sacrifice some handling in to make up for it at another turn. We’ve had some good runs there the last couple of races and I’m confident we’ll have good Busch Light Peach Chevy this weekend and get a solid result.”

Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Parity in Paris Camaro ZL1What are your thoughts heading to Pocono in the final push before the break?“Pocono is one of the most unique tracks in the world and a great weekend on the schedule. We’ve had some good runs there in past years, but our results haven’t matched our speed the last few trips. We will change that this weekend. The next two weeks are very similar in character, so we’ll also use this weekend as an opportunity to tune in our Brickyard package.”

Kyle Busch, No. 8 Zone Camaro ZL1Which end of the racetrack in Pocono is most critical for a good lap?“Pocono has three very distinct corners and you need to be fast in each one in order to have a fast race car and to have a good day. I would say the biggest compromise between turns is between Turn 1 and Turn 3.”
Last year at Pocono the track had a huge crowd. Do you think that’s because the facility has just one race a year?“I was pleasantly surprised to see such a good crowd at Pocono last year. I do believe it has to do with us only going there once a year. When we go to some of these tracks twice a year, fans will decide which one they want to go to Instead of just knowing that they only have one chance to go so they better get their tickets as soon as they can.”
There’s a lot of shifting at Pocono. Would you be in favor of NASCAR making a rules change to limit that or is that something that you enjoy?“I think at Pocono, since the track is so big and with the three corners being as different as they are, it needs shifting. I think shifting at Pocono is an okay thing. What I don’t agree with is when we have to shift when we go to a short track.”

Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Poppy Bank Camaro ZL1“Pocono can be rewarding with good fuel strategies and good straightaway speed. The key is getting off turn three and ride quality over the bumps in track. I feel like we are better on this aero-package than the short-track package, so hopefully we can keep the momentum going that we’ve had the last couple weeks.”

Zane Smith, No. 71 Focused Health Camaro ZL1Back-to-back solid weekends for you and your team. Can you say that the momentum is building.“I think the momentum is building. We have been competing up front the last two weeks, even leading a few laps last weekend in Chicago. It’s crazy how much cleaner the air is up front. My No. 71 Spire Motorsports team has been working hard every day in the shop and at the track, so it feels good to be able to show what we are capable of. Chicago was a super cool event but I’m looking forward to this weekend. I’ve never raced the cup car at Pocono but have had some success in the truck series there. It definitely fits its nickname, it’s a tricky track.”

Carson Hocevar, No. 77 Delaware Life Camaro ZL1You’ve performed well at Pocono in Truck Series competition, but it’s your first time at the track in a Cup car. How confident are you feeling heading into this weekend’s race given your previous experience at Pocono?“Pocono is a very difficult racetrack. I’ve put in a lot of extra time with the team and will be getting in last minute simulator time right up until I fly out. It’s nice because we have similar set ups for Indianapolis, so the goal the next two weeks is to run really well. We can go into Pocono this weekend with a mindset to do well, but to also learn a lot for the following week.”
In the five races leading up to Chicago, you averaged a 14th-place finishing position. Racing is a momentum sport, and with the Olympic break coming up in a couple weeks, how do you look to ride that wave of momentum into the break?“We’ve also had the opportunity to finish in the top-10 in the last two weeks. From getting caught behind someone running out of gas, to getting caught in the middle of an incident with nowhere to go, the results do not show how fast these cars are right now. My team is doing everything right, and I am excited for luck to finally go our way, show how well we’re running and how fast these cars are.”

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Worldwide Express Camaro ZL1What are your thoughts with six races left in the regular season?“We are improving each week. We were very fast at Chicago. We got blocked there when Bubba (Wallace) and (Alex) Bowman got together and took us out of the top 10. My team rebounded really well. We made a great call to switch to dry tires and passed a lot of cars. We are learning a lot each week. We will be ready for the playoffs.”
What do you think of Pocono Raceway?“It was cool to get the pole there in 2018 and then we finished second in the race that weekend. At Pocono, it always helps to have a good starting spot. Pocono is a track where you can’t make mistakes on the track, and you can’t have mistakes on pit road. Everyone has to do their part to execute perfectly.”
What do you feel is most important to be successful at Pocono?“Track position is extremely important every weekend, but it’s especially important at Pocono. If you make a mistake, it takes so much longer and is so much harder to recover from. It’s a tough place for sure.”

Connor Mosack, No. 7 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Silverado RSTAll three corners at Pocono are modeled differently and require a different approach. How much do you rely on your road racing background to tackle the track?“Pocono has similarities to a road course in the sense that all three corners are very different. How you look at the optimal way to go through each corner is similar to how you would look at values on a road course. But the track definitely races more like a normal oval when you look at momentum and dirty air.”
You were having a great day in the Xfinity Series race last year before a mechanical problem knocked you out. Are you eager to get back to Pocono and build on your success?“The Xfinity race was going well for us last year before the rotor issue. I certainly learned a lot about how to keep my momentum going in traffic and completing passes. The speed was definitely there, so I’m excited to go back in a fast truck with Spire this year and build on that momentum.”

Bayley Currey, No. 41 DQS Silverado RSTYou made your first start for the team here five years ago. What do you remember about that experience compared to how it is today?“It’s been really cool seeing this whole group grow together, honestly. I remember where the team was before my first start for them in 2019, starting in the shop where they were at with only two trucks. Now, we’re in a way bigger shop and have three full-time trucks. There’s a lot of stuff that we do in-house where it wasn’t like that when I first got here. It’s been great to see all the progression that Al (Niece) and Cody (Efaw) have made over those five years, and I’m excited to go back to Pocono this week with that group.”

Matt Mills, No. 42 J.F. Electric / Utilitra Silverado RSTThis is one of the shortest races all year in terms of laps, so does that raise your intensity level?“Yeah, I’ve never really been able to run a truck here before, but it’s all going to be about track position. The straightaways are so long and the trucks punch such a big hole in the air, so that’s going to be tough to learn and figure out how to time your runs and keep momentum. It’s another good track for us at Niece Motorsports, so I’m going to go there with a good mindset to learn as much as I can from my guys.”

Ross Chastain, No. 45 Mar-Del Watermelon Association Silverado RSTWith there being only two starts left in the Truck Series for you, how bad do you want to go back to victory lane before your season ends?“Everyone on the crew wants to make it back to victory lane, but I think for us on the No. 45 team, the most important thing we need to do is execute in both of these races to get as many points as we can. We all love winning, but for me, what would feel just as good would be to keep Al (Niece) in the fight for the owner’s championship. I’m not able to run any truck races during the Playoffs, so my goal is to help with some good runs before I pass the baton off to Kaden (Honeycutt) and Connor (Mosack) as they finish out the year.”

Rajah Caruth, No. 71 HendrickCars.com Silverado RSTPocono is a much different racetrack than anything else on the schedule. What technique and experience at other tracks can you utilize to prepare?“Pocono is a very unique racetrack in its own right. Turn One is a traditional corner at a majority of the racetracks we go to. Turn Two isn’t really applicable to anything we go to in terms of its character and its angle. Turn Three is super similar to Milwaukee, where I’ve run at a few times between ARCA and the truck race last year. You just have to do your due diligence in preparation before getting to the race track.”
Last time out, you earned a much-needed top-five at Nashville. How do you look to build on that with three races remaining before the playoffs?“I’m trying to get my mind right and get into it mentally with the playoffs right around the corner. I’m really excited for the last few months of the season and to have a chance to compete for the big trophy come November. With that said, I prepare one race at a time. For right now, all focus is on Pocono. The momentum is there, and I hope we can parlay the successes from Nashville into this weekend and end of the regular season as a whole. Fourth in the regular season standings is still within reach and I think we have the speed to make it happen.”

Chase Purdy, No. 77 Bama Buggies Silverado RSTHow are you feeling heading to Pocono, a track in which you have ran well in the past.“I feel confident for this weekend! This place is always one of my favorites to go to. I’m looking forward to this one and I think we have the opportunity for a great run.”
Chevrolet NASCAR Cup Series Statistics Manufacturers Championships:Total (1949-2023): 42First title for Chevrolet: 1958Highest number of consecutive titles: 13 (2003-15) Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021, 2022, 2023 Drivers Championships:Total (1949-2021): 33First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005-11)Most Recent: Kyle Larson (2021) Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2020, 2021 Event Victories:Record for total race wins in single season: 26 (2007)                2024 STATISTICS:                                                                                                    Wins: 9Poles: 7Laps Led: 1,627Top-five finishes: 36Top-10 finishes: 76Stage wins: 12·       Chase Elliott: 1 ·       Kyle Larson: 8·       Ross Chastain: 1·       William Byron: 1·       Shane van Gisbergen: 1
CHEVROLET IN NASCAR CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:Total Chevrolet race wins: 860 (1949 to date)Poles won to date: 750Laps led to date: 250,802Top-five finishes to date: 4,334Top-10 finishes to date: 8,936                                                                                                          Total NASCAR Cup Wins by Corporation, 1949 to Date:                    General Motors: 1,194           Chevrolet: 860           Pontiac: 154           Oldsmobile: 115           Buick: 65            Ford: 832                                                                      Ford: 732           Mercury: 96           Lincoln: 4            Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: 467           Dodge: 217           Plymouth: 191           Chrysler: 59            Toyota: 187

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Fifth Week of 39th Hell Tour Challenges Michigan, Ohio Regulars

BUTLER, MI (July 10, 2024) – For the fifth and final full week of competition in the 39th edition of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, the Hell Tour championship battle will turn north to Michigan and Ohio.

Following the rain-related cancelations of the first two races – July 9 at Shadyhill Speedway and July 10 at Hartford Speedway – Butler Motor Speedway in Butler, MI, will be the site of the week’s first race for both the Late Models and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. From there, both tours travel to Crystal Motor Speedway on Friday and Oakshade Raceway on Saturday before wrapping up Sunday at Wayne County (OH) Speedway.

Tyler Erb is the current overall Summer Nationals points leader, holding a 19-point gap over second place Dillon McCowan. Both drivers are projected to compete during Week 5 against the Michigan and Ohio locals, where the overall points championship could be decided in the week’s final race at Wayne County.

If an overall Late Model champion has not been decided at the conclusion of Sunday’s main event, the battle will shift to the final race on the 2024 calendar – Thursday, July 18 at Sycamore Speedway.

Tickets for all five events on the Week 5 schedule will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be at the track to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this week:

UNCLE T RETURNS – Tyler Erb is committed to finish what he started on the Hell Tour in 2024 and will compete for both the Week 5 and the overall Summer Nationals championship.

Erb, 27, of New Waverly, TX, has won eight of the 15 Features he’s started on tour this summer, the most recent of which came Sunday night when he led all 30 laps of the main event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN – the site of his first-ever Hell Tour win in 2017.

He and the Ohio-based Best Performance Motorsports team will compete twice in their home state this week with a potential $20,000 in points fund money on the line – $10,000 should they win the Week 5 points championship and an additional $10,000 if Erb can earn enough points to clinch the overall Summer Nationals championship.

TRAVELING MAN – Dillon McCowan is projected to contest every race of Week 5. Should he start all four Feature events and appear in the main event at the rescheduled race at Sycamore Speedway on July 18, he’ll bag the honor of being the only driver to start every Late Model Feature on the 2024 Hell Tour.

McCowan, 20, of Urbana, MO, has yet to reach Victory Lane but will have Week 5 and potentially the Sycamore makeup event to try and secure his first career Summer Nationals Feature win. This past week, he finished no worse than fifth in each of the five Summer Nationals Features contested during Week 4 and finished second in the weekly points standings to Tanner English.

Starting Thursday, McCowan will get his first true test of Super Late Model racing in Michigan and Ohio, going against the locals in an effort to get a win before his first venture on the Hell Tour is done.

SOUTH INVADES NORTH – Ashton Winger makes his home in Hampton, GA, but has made Michigan and Ohio a second home for winning on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals since his first full-time season on tour in 2021.

The 24-year-old reigning Summer Nationals champion has the Week 5 schedule in his sights and will go for his second win of the season after taking the checkers in his first appearance on tour at Springfield Raceway two weeks ago. Fortunately, Winger has a strong track record in both Michigan and Ohio.

Winger has three Summer Nationals wins in Michigan at Thunderbird Speedway, Tri-City Motor Speedway and Merritt Speedway – all in 2021 – and two in Ohio, both of which came at Oakshade in 2021 and 2023. A two-time champion of Oakshade’s prestigious Birthday Race, Winger is a perfect two-for-two at the Ohio oval and will be among the frontrunners to win against a large field of local Late Models on Saturday.

LOCAL LATE MODELS – The DIRTcar Late Model East Region is filled with weekly Super Late Model competitors of Michigan and Ohio that will take on DIRTcar’s national and regional stars on their home turf this week.

East Region points leader Travis Stemler will lead the charge for the locals. The 33-year-old from Ionia, MI, has three wins in DIRTcar-sanctioned competition this year. Piloting the Anklam Racing No. 4, Stemler has led laps in Summer Nationals Features in years past and has multiple top-five finishes – the most recent of which was a third-place run at Merritt Speedway in the 2021 season finale.

At Crystal, Hubbardson, MI-driver Garrett Wiles tops the weekly points standings with one Feature win while Six Lakes, MI-native Ryan Vanderveen tops the win column with three in six starts this season. Oakshade is ruled by points leader Carter Murday but headlined by three other drivers all with two Feature wins at the 3/8-mile – Colin Shipley, Steve Kester and Devin Shiels.

One year ago, Kyle Moore outdueled Hell Tour champion Ashton Winger to win his first career Summer Nationals Feature at Wayne County. He hasn’t slowed down any in local competition at the 3/8-mile oval in 2024, topping the points standings with and winning seven of the eight Late Model races held there so far this season.

NORTHERN MODS – The Michigan-Ohio region has its own UMP Modified contenders as well, several of which will try for their first career Summit Modified tour win this week.

Current UMP Modified Ohio-Indiana Region points leader Todd Sherman, of Churubusco, IN, also tops the weekly standings at Butler Motor Speedway with one win and five top-fives in seven races. The 59-year-old racer has won DIRTcar regional points championships in the past but has yet to reach Victory Lane on the Hell Tour.

At Wayne County, Ashland, OH-native Ryan Markham tops the weekly points standings with one win and five top-fives in eight starts. No driver other than Nate Young – last year’s Summit Modified winner at Wayne County – has won more than once at the track this year, providing ample competition for the Summit Modified invaders to race against.

Kyler Johnson Ready for Home State Weekend Amid Third National Tour Season

CONCORD, NC (July 10, 2024) –
Kyler Johnson’s Sprint Car career began for the same reason as many other drivers: he wanted to be just like dad.

That goal evolved into to a full-time career with the American Sprint Car Series National Tour for the Quinter, KS native.

“My dad [Cody] ran Sprint Cars for years, that’s all I ever knew growing up,” Johnson said. “He ran 360s and 410s around the Midwest, and that’s basically all I’ve ever been around. So, whenever I was old enough to get into a Sprint Car, we took the chance at it.”

After a few seasons of competition in the karting world, Johnson made the move into a 305 Sprint Car in 2019 at age 15. While the entry-level division served as a good starting point for Johnson’s career, he wasted no time in taking the next step.

“You’re not going to go anywhere in a 305 Sprint Car,” Johnson said. “That’s just basically all we had around us was 305s, so it was just easiest to run those. And then once we got fed up with all the 305 stuff, we decided to move up to a 360.”

While most drivers opt to initially run a localized schedule to get their feet wet at the higher level, a lack of options close to home meant that option didn’t make sense for the team. Johnson’s alternative? Dive head-first into the National Tour.

“In 2022, there wasn’t any 360 racing around us at all,” Johnson said. “Our nearest track was 81 Speedway, which is still three hours from us, and they only had one show a year. So, we basically figured ‘Well, if we’re going to run 360s, we might as well tough it out and run the whole National deal.’

“We definitely learned a lot that first year, never even driving a 360 until that first show at Devil’s Bowl [Speedway].”

That first appearance resulted in a Last Chance Showdown exit on night one and a 20th-place Feature finish in the finale, but things began trending upward soon after.

Johnson’s rookie season with the Series ended with a ninth-place points finish and his first-career top five at Clay County Fair Speedway in September. Season two brought steady improvements for the No. 45X, as Johnson ended 2023 sixth in the standings after collecting his first National Tour podium at 81 Speedway along the way.

Entering 2024, the primary storyline surrounding ASCS was World Racing Group’s purchase of the Series in March. Midway through the inaugural year under the new ownership, Johnson spoke highly of the improvements he has seen as a competitor.

“I think the change was definitely much needed,” Johnson said. “This just gives a much better platform, definitely a lot more security as far as money and all that goes.”

The Series wasn’t the only one making changes over the winter, as Johnson elected to switch engine providers in hopes of finding more reliability in 2024. However, the move hasn’t gone to plan, as Johnson has still experienced engine issues on multiple occasions across the first 10 events of the season.

“We’ve already kind of steered away from that engine builder too, we’re looking to go to one of the big three engine builders, either Don Ott, Ryder or Fisher,” Johnson said. “We’re not sure what we’re going to do yet, we’re just trying to limp through this year. We’ve had a lot of engine problems already this year.”

On nights where the engine has held together, Johnson has been competitive all year long. He began the season with back-to-back top 10s at Super Bee Speedway and Red Dirt Raceway and picked up two more during Speedweek at Creek County Speedway and Tri-State Speedway. Johnson said finding more pace at the beginning of the night will be key to ending it toward the front on a regular basis.

“Each time we hit the track, we have to make the best of it,” Johnson said. “This is one of the stoutest groups we’ve had in the past three years. It’s hard night in night out, you’ve got to be on kill every second.

“If we could just qualify a little bit better, I feel like we would be much better off. Each night it seems like we go in and we don’t qualify very good, so that puts us behind the eight-ball right off the bat. We’re coming from the back of a Heat Race, fifth or sixth, and that puts us starting at least 15th in the Feature, and you’ve got a lot of work to do at that point.”

Next up on the National Tour calendar is a trip to Johnson’s home state, with a Kansas doubleheader on tap starting Friday, July 19, at Lakeside Speedway and wrapping up Saturday, July 20, at 81 Speedway. Johnson is still searching for his first Series win, and his past performances at both facilities put them on the shortlist of tracks where he could make his first appearance in Victory Lane.

“Lakeside, we seem like we’ve had really good speed there,” Johnson said. “I know our results don’t really show it because we’ve blown up two engines there, but we always seem to qualify good, we have really good speed there, so hopefully we can keep that speed up and keep our engine together.

“And then 81, that’s my favorite track. I’d consider that my home track even though we have tracks closer. My Dad has a lot of history there, he won a lot of races there, that was his home base whenever he was running 360 stuff. That was where my first 305 win was, my first podium with ASCS, we’ve had really good luck there every time. It’s a track that we’re pretty familiar with, and we seem to always run good.”

Fans planning to attend the 81 Speedway event can purchase tickets online in advance, while tickets for both races will be available at the track on race day. Can’t make it to the track? Watch every ASCS National Tour event live on DIRTVision.

Thornton Leads Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge to Diamond Nationals

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 9, 2024) – Ricky Thornton Jr. leads the charge for the Brandon Ford TV Challenge to Lucas Oil Speedway, July 13, for the 18th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. Thornton holds a 100-point advantage over Jonathan Davenport in the current Brandon Ford TV Challenge standings. Devin Moran is third, followed by Daulton Wilson and Garrett Alberson. The Brandon Ford TV Challenge is a mini-series within the 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule that will award points to drivers at the thirteen (13) tape-delayed events airing on MAVTV. The driver that earns the most Brandon Ford TV Challenge points and maintains perfect attendance on the tour will receive a $15,000 cash award at the year-end awards banquet. Second place will earn $5,000 and third place will receive $2,000. For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com. To learn more about MAVTV visit https://www.mavtv.com2024 Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge Schedule:Date – Track – City, State – To Win – WinnerSat. Jan. 27 – Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA – $25,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.Sat. Feb 10 – East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL – $15,000 – Daulton WilsonThur. May 23 – Lucas Oil Speedway- Wheatland, MO – $10,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.Fri. May 24 – Lucas Oil Speedway- Wheatland, MO – $10,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.Sat. May 25 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO – $50,000 – Jonathan DavenportSat. Jun. 22 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA – $50,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.Sat. Jul. 13 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO – $20,000Sat. Jul. 20 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD – $53,000Sat. Aug. 10 – Florence Speedway – Union, KY – $75,000Sat. Aug. 24 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA – $50,000Sat. Sep. 21 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA – $50,000Sat. Oct 12 – East Bay Raceway Park- Tampa, FL- $50,000Sat. Oct. 21 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH – $100,000

FORCE LEAVES RICHMOND HOSPITAL FOR REHAB CENTER


Family Encouraged, but Tough Road Ahead for 16-Time NHRA Funny Car Champ
RICHMOND, Va. (July 9, 2024) – After spending 15 days in varying levels of intensive care at VCU Medical Center, drag racing champion John Force was released Tuesday in time to board an AirMed ambulance for a three-hour flight to a neurological rehab center at which treatment for the Traumatic Brain Injury he suffered in a June 23 crash will continue.
The 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion’s departure from the facility to which he was airlifted after crashing at more than 300 miles per hour was considered by family members to be a major step forward in the recovery process. However, medical staff cautioned that the road ahead still is a difficult one.  Force is dealing with cognitive and behavioral symptoms from the TBI and, while he has been able to converse with family and staff, enjoy the company of grandsons Jacob and Noah Hood and celebrate a Monday birthday with daughter Brittany, he still is prone to periods of confusion. Family members said that no timetable had been established for the length of Force’s stay at the new facility which was selected because of its success in treating other race car drivers with similar issues

CORVETTE RACING AT CTMP: On the Doorstep?

Chevrolet Grand Prix offers up strong chance for Z06 GT3.R’s first IMSA win DETROIT (July 9, 2024) – The Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports and AWA teams are both back on familiar ground this weekend and will give the Corvette Z06 GT3.R its racing debut north of the border this weekend: the Chevrolet Grand Prix and the only Canadian stop for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Historic and challenging Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course circuit outside Toronto – has been a playground for Corvettes over the years. The program has recorded 12 class victories at the track formerly known as Mosport, including last year for returning Corvette star Antonio Garcia in a Corvette C8.R.
This year’s Chevrolet Grand Prix will feature three of the first-year Corvette Z06 GT3.Rs: No. 3 and No. 4 from factory-supported Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports in GTD PRO, and the No. 13 customer entry for AWA, which will contest its home race in a Corvette for the first time. The lineups are:
· Antonio Garcia and Alexander Sims in the No. 3 Corvette· Tommy Milner and Nicky Catsburg in the No. 4 Z06 GT3.R· Matt Bell and Ontario’s Orey Fidani in AWA’s No. 13 Corvette
The Pratt Miller-crewed squad enters Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as defending GTD PRO winner with Garcia victorious a year ago in the No. 3 Corvette C8.R with Jordan Taylor. This time around, Garcia and Sims – also a past winner at the track – will arrive in Canada coming off a third-place finish at Watkins Glen for their first podium finish of the year.
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Milner and Catsburg hope to break through after nearly winning at The Glen. They were third in their Z06 GT3.R at Laguna Seca in May. Of note, this will be Catsburg’s first race at CTMP and Milner hasn’t raced there since 2018; he won there in 2013 in a Corvette C6.R.
For AWA, there are two goals: one is a podium finish at its home track, which is realistic given a very positive recent test session at CTMP for Bell and Fidani. The second is to grow Fidani’s lead in the Bob Akin Award standings, with the highest points-scoring Bronze driver at the end of the year earning an automatic entry to the following year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The AWA Corvette has finished in the GTD top-10 in three of the last four races going back to Sebring in March. Bell and Fidani were seventh in class at Watkins Glen to solidify the Akin Award lead.
In addition to the extensive success and following at CTMP, Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows is part-owner of the circuit and is largely responsible for operations at the facility. In his Corvette Racing driving career – spanning 1999-2008 – Fellows won 30 races (three times at CTMP) and three championships in the American Le Mans Series. He also was one of the founding members of the team and a key development driver starting in 1997.
The Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 14. The race will air live on the USA Network plus stream live on Peacock inside the United States and IMSA.com outside the U.S. IMSA Radio will air all on-track sessions beginning with Friday afternoon’s opening practice at IMSA.com with the race call also on XM 206 and SiriusXM Online 996.
CORVETTE RACING BY PRATT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PRE-EVENT DRIVER QUOTESANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “I’m hopeful for this weekend. We had the chance to test the Z06 GT3.R at CTMP just after Watkins Glen, and already the car is pretty amazing around there. I’m not surprised considering how well each of our past Corvettes have been at Mosport. Given the strengths of our car, we are confident but we still need to go there and execute the classic Corvette race with great strategy and good work by the crew and us as drivers. If we can do all those things, I think we can have a really good weekend and hopefully get the first IMSA win for the Z06 GT3.R.”
ALEXANDER SIMS, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “It’s always a pleasure to return to place where you’ve had success. It’s even better when it is a place like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The track is very fast, very daunting and very old-school. It’s really one of the things I like about IMSA – the circuits and places where we race are phenomenal. The racing I had in the past in GTLM with the Corvettes around CTMP and Mosport were really hard, tough fights, and so was GTP last year. I suspect GTD PRO could be a level or two greater with the competition we have seen so far this year. It should make for a pretty spectacular weekend and hopefully a successful one for us. I’m looking forward to it.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “We’ve been close, we feel like, for many of the races this year. For one reason or not, we haven’t quite finished the job so we’re trying to make that happen this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It’s an awesome racetrack. I had to go back and look; I haven’t raced there since 2018 so it’s been quite awhile. I missed the 2019 race with a broken hand. It’s been a little bit for me to be at CTMP but I was just there recently for testing. It reminded me of how awesome the track is and how much fun it is to drive. Even in our GT cars, the rhythm there is like no other racetrack in the world. It’s super-fast and a lot of fun.”
NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “Before the start of the season, there were a few tracks that I circled in my head because I have never experienced them. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – or Mosport – was one of those. I’m really excited to race there after hearing so much from my teammates and friends about the track, how fast it is and how challenging it is. Knowing that the circuit hasn’t changed much in so many years makes me appreciate it even more. It’s a proper, historic and old-school track that hopefully is as good for our Corvette as I hope it will.”
AWA PRE-EVENT DRIVER QUOTESMATT BELL, NO. 13 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is on my list of top five circuits in the world. It’s only a short lap and looks like a tiny little place on a map. You see the grand circuits of the world like Le Mans and Spa, but you get to Mosport and it’s mega. The topography of the track, the commitment required, the bumps… it’s a recipe for an absolute addiction to racing. I’ve always found that one of my strengths is learning circuits and getting straight back on it when I get to a place where I haven’t been in awhile. But this is one of those places that just takes that little bit more respect and that little bit more time to get back in sync with the place. It takes a huge commitment, and I love the place.”This is a race every year that AWA targets. Standing on the podium would mean that much more with it being the home race for the team. There will be a lot of thought and lot of effort going into that one.”
OREY FIDANI, NO. 13 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is my home track. I honestly couldn’t tell you how many laps I’ve done here. I feel like I could probably drive it with my eyes closed. It’s high-speed, very technical, and requires all your concentration from start to finish. It’s a challenging layout, and no matter how many times I drive it, it never gets old. It’s so special to race in front of the home crowd, it just means so much to have that extra support. We want to do well at each event, but stepping on the podium here would be a dream come true for us all.”
2024 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PointsGTD PRO Drivers Standings1. Laurin Heinrich/Seb Priaulx – 16322. Ben Barnicoat/Jack Hawksworth – 15833. Ross Gunn – 15724. Bryan Sellers/Madison Snow – 14235. Marvin Kirchhofer/Oliver Jarvis – 13946. Alexander Sims/Antonio Garcia – 13897. Nicky Catsburg/Tommy Milner – 1326 GTD PRO Teams Standings1. No. 77 AO Racing – 16322. No. 14 Vasser Sullivan – 15833. No. 23 Heart of Racing Team – 15724. No. 1 Paul Miller Racing – 14235. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports – 13946. No. 3 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports – 13897. No. 4 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports – 1326 GTD PRO Manufacturers Standings1. Porsche – 16572. Lexus – 16073. Aston Martin – 15864. Chevrolet – 14745. McLaren – 1458 GTD Drivers Standings1. Philip Ellis/Russell Ward – 17452. Patrick Gallagher/Robby Foley – 14403. Parker Thompson – 13534. Albert Costa Balboa/Manny Franco – 12905. Mikael Grenier/Mike Skeen – 126313. Matthew Bell/Orey Fidani – 1083 GTD Teams Standings1. No. 57 Windward Racing – 17452. No. 96 Turner Motorsport – 14403. No. 34 Conquest Racing – 12904. No. 32 Korthoff/Preston Motorsport – 12635. No. 120 Wright Motorsports – 119810. No. 13 AWA – 1083 GTD Manufacturers Standings1. Mercedes-AMG – 18372. Lexus – 14933. Porsche – 14704. Lamborghini – 14545. Aston Martin – 13836. Chevrolet – 1296 CORVETTE RACING AT CTMP: By the Numbers• 4: Generations of Corvette Racing entries at CTMP since 2000 – Corvette C5-R (2004), Corvette C6.R (2005-13) and Corvette C7.R (2016-2019). The Corvette C8.R raced at the track for the first time in 2002• 7: Pole positions for Corvette Racing drivers at CTMP. Oliver Gavin leads with three with Antonio Garcia (2016) being the most recent• 8: Number of drivers who have won races at CTMP for Corvette Racing. Johnny O’Connell (six), Jan Magnussen (five), Oliver Gavin (four), Ron Fellows (three), and Antonio Garcia and Olivier Beretta (two) each have multiple wins there with the team• 12: Class victories at Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – all since 2001.• 14: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001• 27: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte Motor Speedway, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Monza, Portimão, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen• 48: Number of drivers in Corvette Racing entries since 1999 – DXDT Racing’s Alec Udell being the latest in GT World Challenge America at Circuit of The Americas• 71: Years since Corvette was introduced to the world on Jan. 17, 1953 in New York City. A total of 300 cars were produced that year• 129: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 115 in North America, nine at Le Mans, three in the FIA WEC and two in GT World Challenge America• 296: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999• 11,626.15: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing in its 20 previous trips to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. That represents 4,728 laps• 384,461.62: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing entries since 1999. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is more than halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history: 622,268 miles
Corvette Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (wins in bold)2000No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 2nd in GTS (Fellows pole, fastest race lap)
2001No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GTSNo. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 3rd in GTS
2002No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GTSNo. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins – 2nd in GTS (Pilgrim fastest race lap)
2003No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GTSNo. 4 Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin/Kelly Collins – 7th in GTS (Gavin pole)
2004No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GTSNo. 4 Corvette C5-R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GTS (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)
2005No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 2nd in GT1No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 1st in GT1
2006No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell – 4th in GT1No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1
2007No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT1No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Gavin pole, fastest race lap)No. 33 Corvette C6.R: Ron Fellows/Andy Pilgrim – 3rd in GT1
2008No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Johnny O’Connell/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT1 (O’Connell pole)No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 2nd in GT1 (Beretta fastest race lap)
2009No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell – 1st in GT2No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin – 3rd in GT2
2010No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Johnny O’Connell – 5th in GT2No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 4th in GT2
2011No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner – 6th in GTNo. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen – 1st in GT
2012No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GT (Magnussen pole)No. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 10th in GT
2013No. 3 Corvette C6.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTNo. 4 Corvette C6.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 1st in GT
2014No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 1st in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 7th in GTLM
2015No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM
2016No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 3rd in GTLM (Garcia pole)No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 2nd in GTLM
2017No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 4th in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 8th in GTLM
2018No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 2nd in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 3rd in GTLM 2019No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia – 7th in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM
2022No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 2nd in GTD PRO 2023No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTD PRO

World of Outlaws World Finals Schedule Cements Four Nights of Dirt Track Racing, Entertainment

CONCORD, NC (July 9, 2024) – The World of Outlaws World Finals championship weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte is bringing four nights of on-track action with three premier dirt racing series, endless fan activities and celebrations like no other.

Set for Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 6-9, the championship crowning event will again feature the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. However, this time, the Late Models will utilize the popular “every lap matters” format.

All three series will qualify on Wednesday, setting up the Heat Race lineups for Thursday and Friday. For the Late Model’s “every lap matters” format, drivers will earn points for where they qualify, where they finish in their Heat Race, where they finish in the Last Chance Showdown (if they don’t make it to the Feature) and where they finish in the Feature – Thursday and Friday only.

That will determine which 16 Late Model drivers are locked into Saturday’s Feature (based on their best points finish between the two nights) and who will have to race their way in through Saturday’s Last Chance Showdowns. Two Dashes (one for positions first through eighth, and the second for positions ninth through 16th) will determine how the top 16 drivers start in Saturday’s Feature.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and Super DIRTcar Series will run their normal World Finals programs with points collected from Thursday and Friday setting up Saturday’s Heat Race lineups. All three series will crown their 2024 champion Saturday night with a confetti and fireworks filled celebration.

Along with the on-track action, fans will be treated to a plethora of activities and entertainment throughout the week.

Wednesday kicks off the fun with a Fan Fest party at noon in the midway. The Race Day Live show on the Sage Fruit Stage returns at noon all four days with driver interviews and music.

Friday will feature the one of the most unique visuals in all of motorsports with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models and Big Block Modifieds on track together for the 3X4 parade lap.

The final two nights of the week will be enhanced by NOS Energy Drink with the addition of Freestyle Motocross shows throughout the program.

Opening ceremonies is schedule for 4:45 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday and then will start at 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For the full World of Outlaws World Finals schedule, click here.

Last year’s World Finals saw milestone triumphs and a first-time champion. To follow the points battles for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series, click here, and follow the World of Outlaws World Finals’ Twitter (X) account.

Tickets are now on sale and available by clicking here. Make sure to purchase the four-day package by Aug. 31 to receive a free fan pit pass.

2024 Schedule Highlights
Wednesday, Nov. 6
• Fan Fest in midway (12 p.m.)

  • Race Day Live on Sage Fruit Stage (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Qualifying for World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series

Thursday, Nov. 7

  • Race Day Live on Sage Fruit Stage (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Full race programs for World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series

Friday, Nov. 8

  • Race Day Live on Sage Fruit Stage (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • 3X4 Parade Lap
  • NOS Energy Drink Freestyle Motocross show during 3X4
  • Full race programs for World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series

Saturday, Nov. 9

  • Race Day Live on Sage Fruit Stage (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Auction (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • NOS Energy Drink Freestyle Motocross shows
  • World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series championship finales
  • Championship Celebration

Cadillac at Brazil: Aiming for strong finish

No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R takes Hyperpole momentum to Interlagos
DETROIT (July 9, 2024) – Capitalizing on speed displayed in qualifying and race pace is an objective for the No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R this weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) race in São PauloBrazil. The Cadillac Racing Hypercar has qualified second the past two races, with seventh place June 16 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans the best result. Additionally, Alex Lynn qualified seventh in Hyperpole in the season opener in Qatar. The team finished fourth, though the result was vacated because of a technical infraction.
The Rolex 6 Hours of São Paulo – the fifth round of the WEC season – poses another opportunity for Lynn and Earl Bamber to score a podium spot after teaming with two-time IndyCar champion Alex Palou to lead 23 laps and finish in the top seven for the second consecutive year at Circuit de la Sarthe.Point of viewYou’re riding along in the No. 2 Cadillac V-Series.R during the six-hour race. Watch live at 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
Media resourcesFrench version of previewCadillac WEC statsDriver candid photosDriver headshotsAll-time Cadillac numbers‘No Perfect Formula’
It’s been 10 years since the WEC last competed at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, so the 2.677-mile (4.409 km), 15-turn circuit will be new to most of the drivers in the 37-car field. Car will also run counterclockwise on the hilly road course opened in 1940.
“The WEC not having raced at Interlagos for a number of years it will be a clean sheet for almost everybody,” Lynn said. “We’re improving a lot, which we showed at Le Mans. The car has a lot of strong points, and we aim to utilize them on the Interlagos circuit.” Drivers and teams will attempt to quickly find their car’s balance on the variable terrain circuit that requires power combined with fast and slow corners that are traction dependent. A pair of 90-minute free practice sessions Friday will be followed by a 60-minute free practice Saturday that precedes qualifications and the 10-minute Hyperpole.
MotorTrend TV will air the race live with streaming coverage on the FIA WEC app and the MAX app in the U.S. Radio Le Mans will broadcast coverage of Saturday’s final practice and qualifying plus the race.
That iconic sound
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What they’re saying
Alex Lynn: “The WEC not having raced at Interlagos for a number of years it will be a clean sheet for everybody. A new place, new race for us and excited to get there, explore a bit and have a great race. We’re improving a lot, which we showed at Le Mans. The car has a lot of strong points, and we aim to utilize them on the Interlagos circuit.” Earl Bamber: “Interlagos is a track that I always dreamed of going to, so I’m looking forward to it and the passionate fans. I think the track will race fantastically with these cars. How everyone’s cars will go, I don’t think anyone has a solid idea. It really is a blank slate, and I think with our two-driver strategy it will be to our benefit with the limited practice and everyone having to learn the track. (progress) “We were in the fight at Spa. We were in the fight at Qatar. We had an off weekend at Imola, but I think the learnings from Imola has made us understand our car even better, which has helped us go forward at Spa and Le Mans.”

CORVETTE RACING AT CTMP: Tommy Milner Q&A

Media interview transcript ahead of this weekend’s Chevrolet Grand Prix
Corvette Racing factory driver Tommy Milner was part of a media Zoom today to talk about this week’s Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the sixth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He will team with Nicky Catsburg in Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports’ No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R. This will be Milner’s first race at CTMP since 2018.
How big would it be to get the first IMSA win for the Corvette Z06 GT3.R?“It would certainly be big for the program, Pratt Miller and Corvette Racing. We’ve been close, we feel like, for many of the races this year. For one reason or not, we haven’t quite finished the job so we’re trying to make that happen this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It’s an awesome racetrack. I had to go back and look; I haven’t raced there since 2018 so it’s been quite awhile. I missed the 2019 race with a broken hand. It’s been a little bit for me to be at CTMP but I was just there recently for testing. It reminded me of how awesome the track is and how much fun it is to drive. Even in our GT cars, the rhythm there is like no other racetrack in the world. It’s super-fast and a lot of fun. We got a taste of some of the multi-class racing with some of the LMP2 cars that were there testing with us, so we have a feel for that already. It should be exciting. It’s definitely a difficult racetrack to pass in some situations. But we’re excited to get to CTMP and hopefully get over the hump to get a win for this Corvette Racing program.” Does the racing this weekend change at all without the GTP class there?“There will be small changes. The biggest difference for us is how the P2 cars make their speed over a lap versus the GTP cars. The GTP cars typically at the end of the straight-away are significantly quicker than we are. It’s more about the small adjustments as far as when to expect the P cars to be able to get by us. The P2 cars are significantly quicker in the corners than us. So we will be aware of that. What’s nice about CTMP is that the line seems to be wide enough, especially early in the race, where those guys are able to run around the outside of us in Turn Two and even potentially in Turn One in some situations. The places where they are able to get by, even so it can be difficult to race and pass certain cars within your class at CTMP. The interaction between the P2 cars isn’t too bad from my perspective. “It seems like there are some tracks that we go to where the passing between the classes can be difficult no matter what. CTMP seems to be a track where the speed differential is big enough in the corners where the P2 cars can separate themselves from us and we don’t hinder them too much. There’s obviously situations where that will happen, but just based on some of the testing from a few weeks ago, it didn’t seem to be a huge problem. The biggest thing is that GTP cars are typically a little slower than us in slow-speed corners where the P2 cars are quicker than us. It’s all these small differences that we need to get accustomed to early on in the weekend, understand where those cars are quicker, where we might be slightly quicker and letting us understand how we can let these guys get by us that doesn’t hinder them too much and doesn’t hinder us as well. Like any time, there will be situations where you don’t want to let the P2 cars pass because it’s a big problem for us. But again based on testing, the way that CTMP is allows us to race well together.” Mid-year through the first year of the Corvette Z06 GT3.R, how would you rate where the car is and how further along it is compared to the testing and development plan last year?“I think we’re in a good place right now. At the start of the year, it’s always tough to go to these long-distance races – Daytona and Sebring – with a brand new car. I would say we’ve had a little bit more lingering issues than we would have liked and as we’ve seen in the past from this team and program. I feel like at this point now that the ones that have lingering, we’ve gotten a handle on finally or we feel like we have. You never know until the results show it. Le Mans was good from the program, generally, as far as reliability goes. From that side, there’s been some minor updates to correct some of the problems. All our testing has been smooth sailing typically; that’s obviously a good sign. The car has been fast from the beginning. That’s been nice that we haven’t had to worry so much about trying to find speed in the car. Maybe right now we are a little too mismatched with some of the other cars in our class with how we make our speed versus them. We typically seem to be down on power to most cars. Some of the racing can be difficult at times. We can get stuck behind cars quite easily that might be slower than us over a lap but we can’t do much with it currently with the way things are right now. It changes obviously. At Laguna Seca we were fast. The way that we made our speed and our pace over a lap didn’t hinder us there. Watkins Glen was a little different in that regard. I feel the car is in a good place. The reliability has been quite a bit better. We’ve always been doing the fine-tuning stuff with the car setups as we can. A lot of the men and women at Corvette Racing, Pratt Miller and GM have been working hard to fix the small little things that become bigger things in races. We’re in a much better place there, now.” Influence of Ron Fellows in his Corvette Racing career.“Ron is amazing. We still see him quite often at the racetrack; he still has a capacity with GM as a brand ambassador. The first five or six years with Corvette Racing, he was much more present and a good person to have around for someone like me who was new to the program. At times if there were questions I had for him or if he saw something that he saw was worth speaking up… Ron is a quieter guy in general but when he does speak, it feels like those are words that you should take to heart. It’s great to have him around. He’s an amazing driver and an amazing ambassador for Corvette Racing with the success he had with the program.“Do I feel a little bit like him yet? Not quite… I still feel like I’m fairly young, but I have been with the team for a long time now. There are obviously ways in which guys like me and Antonio (Garcia) who have been with this team for so many years now… the things we can do within the team with some of the newer guys that have joined the program to help all of us navigate certain situations on the racetrack and off the racetrack, as well. We understand how the team operates and what has made this team successful based on past performances, knowledge and things like that we have learned from the guys who came before us. We’re trying to carry on the legacy of Corvette Racing as best we can.” On the level of competition in GTD PRO compared to years past even going back to ALMS GT.“From the outside and looking at the history of Corvette Racing, not having a win yet is in some ways surprising. But this class is super-competitive. You always have your usual suspects in the class but now there are eight or nine cars, and every car in the class has a chance to win, it seems like. We’ve seen that trend for as long as I’ve been in this class. Every year it keeps getting more and more difficult. The cars and drivers are exceptional. The teams are very, very good. In years past with us, there were races that we shouldn’t have won that we won because we did so many other things well. These days, you have to do everything just right. You have to be fast from the beginning of the weekend. You have to have a good qualifying session. You have to have two drivers that are on their game for the entire race. You have to make the right strategy calls whenever those opportunities arise. You have to do everything just right. If you have one little slip-up, one little hiccup, that’s the end of your race. We had a little bit of that at Laguna Seca; we had a little issue with our fueling and were plugged in for like three or four seconds too long. That was realistically the difference of maybe a win – I think the Porsche that weekend was a little too quick for us – but second-place should have been on the table. It’s those little things. You have to be perfect in these races to have success. Not to say that Corvette Racing was never perfect in the past, but it was the strength of this team for so many years… for so long, these teams were racing against top-level teams and drivers that it pushes them to be better. They go back and figure out how to be better. We’ve always done that as well, but now it gets harder and harder to be perfect on any weekend. It’s frustrating in some ways because getting those wins come fewer and farther between. But when you do have that success, you realize you’ve beaten the best teams and drivers in GT racing and racing in general, honestly. The expectations within Corvette are high. The expectations outside of Corvette Racing are high, as well. We understand that, we feel that and we have high expectations for ourselves. The third-place at Laguna was nice but in some ways felt empty. We were on pole and wanted to get that win. Watkins Glen was similar.” Do you have a preference between sprint and endurance racing?“Both are enjoyable. For me, sometimes with Daytona and Sebring you’re ready for a sprint race after those two. I’m excited about going racing hard for two hours and 40 minutes. But the endurance races are highlights of the calendar. The fan turnout is amazing at each. The atmosphere is a little bit different for those races. In that sense, those endurance races are special. But there’s nothing quite like racing for 100 minutes if it’s at Detroit or two hours, 40 minutes for most of the rest of the year where it’s all-out right from the get-go. Sometimes you have those first two long endurances races and then you’re excited to do something else besides the long ones. Then you do the short ones again for a little and then you’re excited about going back endurance racing again. So it’s a good balance in IMSA right now.” On Joey Hand’s performance in the NASCAR street race at Chicago.“It was awesome for Joey. I’ve known Joey since I was probably 14 or 15. He likes to say that he was my go-kart mechanic for a couple of events, but more than anything it was more just me messing around with go-karts in my dad’s shop. Obviously we’re competitors with Joey on the racetrack. We had some fun this year at Daytona when we kind of rubbed doors a little bit early on in the race. At Sebring, they’ve been a little bit off the pace this year, and I think he really enjoyed himself when he was able to keep me behind for an entire stint in the race. He made sure that I was aware that it was him driving. An awesome guy and excited for him to have that opportunity and to show what he’s capable of on a stage like that. No surprise to us in IMSA that he can do the job like that. So I was excited for him, and it was exciting racing, too. It was fun to watch. Good for (Alex) Bowman to get in and get that car in the playoffs, so that’s cool. But I was rooting for Joey there at the end.”

NARC 410 SPRINT CARS SET TO BATTLE FOR $6,900 HOWARD KAEDING CLASSIC PAYDAY AT OCEAN SPEEDWAY

(7/8/24 – Ben Deatherage) Watsonville, California … The gorgeous and scenic Ocean Speedway is set to host the NARC 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday, July 13th, for the 14th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic. Up for grabs will be one of the largest race purses of the season, including a huge $6,900 payday for the winner of the 30-lap feature event.”This event has gotten bigger and better each year, and it gains more and more momentum,” commented event organizer Bud Kaeding, Howard’s grandson. “The campground is full, and the afterparty Friday night has grown tremendously. It’s turned into a really fun event. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a bunch of support not just in the local area but across the country helping me raise money for the purse, and there have been guys that have been there since the first one, and it’s really cool to see the involvement and support.”The race pays homage to Howard Kaeding, the patriarch of the legendary Kaeding racing family.Kaeding was victorious in 136 main events at the now-defunct San Jose Speedway, which is an all-time record. He won track titles at San Jose in 1973 and 1974 and boasted an incredible streak of 17 consecutive wins, all while starting in the rear of the field.The event features multiple sponsors and contributors to enhance the purse. Companion divisions include the IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and WMR Midgets.The track will open the weekend with a Friday night bout featuring the Ocean 360 Sprints, IMCA Northern Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, and WMR Midgets.Once the racing concludes on Friday, there will be an “afterparty” fully catered by the High Five Pizza Company. On Saturday at noon, the annual Howard Kaeding Luncheon will take place in the large tent in the pit area. Both events benefit the NARC Benevolent Fund and will feature live music. A suggested donation of a minimum of $20 would be appreciated for each function.Who To WatchCole Macedo has only participated in the Howard Kaeding Classic twice. The last time he raced with NARC at Ocean, he was seventh in 2019. The Lemoore racer, aboard the Tarlton Motorsports #21, has logged a ton of laps at the facility over his career and would love to add a NARC win at the Howard Kaeding Classic to his impressive resume.Runner-up last year, Justin Sanders has been the man at Ocean. The Aromas ace has managed to post four career Howard Kaeding Classic podiums, including winning in 2022. Overall, Watsonville has treated the driver of the Mittry Motorsports #2X rather nicely, with three wins and nine podium finishes in twenty-four starts.Macedo and Sanders are tied for the NARC championship point lead after 16 events of the 23-race campaign.Defending race winner Shane Golobic was ecstatic at the drop of the checkered flag in last year’s HK Classic. The Fremont racer had won four times at the facility with NARC but finally got the win at the Kaeding after finishing second in 2014, 2016, and 2019.Running for Bates-Hamilton Racing, Justyn Cox will look to click off a big payday for his team. Now calling Roseville home, Cox’s best run at Ocean with NARC was in 2016 when he finished fifth at the Pombo-Sargent Classic. His best performance at the Kaeding was twelfth in that same year. He already has garnered a big win with the series at a similarly shaped track at Cottage Grove earlier this season.Speaking of Kaeding, Bud will look to add another win of this sentimental event to his family to his name. The Campbell chauffeur won his grandfather’s race in 2019 and 2014 and was fourth in the 2023 edition. Also, the 2017 NARC champion has had the second-highest wins on the track since 2000, making five trips to victory lane.Speaking of Williams Motorsports, they have won this race an amazing five times: Jonathan Allard (2012 & 2013), the two times with Bud Kaeding mentioned above, and Kyle Hirst (2020).Hirst has an amazing record for this race as he has won it the most times, three, with three different car owners! This includes Roth Motorsports in 2015, Tarlton Motorsports in 2016, and with Williams in 2020.Tim Kaeding will be in the field with the Williams Motorsports team. Calling San Jose home, the 2002 and 2011 NARC title winner is the most winningest driver at Ocean with NARC since 2000, with seven visits to victory lane. However, he has yet to win the Howard Kaeding Classic. His career-best was second in 2011 and was third in last year’s race. Kaeding has only been outside the Top 10 four times in his previous 22 NARC starts at Ocean.Caeden Steele from Easton cut his teeth at Ocean over the last few seasons. With all his remarkable runs this season, it would be a big moment if he could break through and open his NARC-winning account at this event. In the last two seasons, he’s made the show and is looking for his first Top 10 at the HK Classic. Based on his 2024 performances, that seems to be an achievable goal.It’ll be a home game of sorts for Gilroy’s Jarrett Soares. Soares has ten feature starts at Ocean when NARC has been to town, and his best finish was tenth in 2016.Tanner Carrick of Lincoln will be in the house. He was 11th last year but had a masterclass run in 2021 when he was the runner-up.A shark to be on the lookout for at Ocean is 2005 NARC champion, Sean Becker. The driver of the Don Bjork owned entry from Roseville could become a two-time HK Classic winner backing up his first win in 2021.Other Rookie runners to watch this weekend are Clovis’ Dominic Gorden and Gauge Garcia from Lemoore. Both drivers have also run a lot of laps at this facility in their young careers and will look to put that to good use.Additional NARC regulars in attendance will be Dylan Bloomfield from Oakley, Penngrove’s Chase Johnson, Nick Parker of Chico, Benecia’s Billy Aton, DJ Netto of Hanford, John Clark of Windsor, Ryan Bernal of Roseville.Fan & Competitor InfoOcean Speedway is located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds at 2601 E Lake Avenue in Watsonville. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; Front Gates at 3:30 p.m., and qualifying will kick off at 5:00 p.m.The NARC 410 Sprint Series is the leading 410 Sprint Car tour west of the Rocky Mountains. Since 1960, they have enthralled countless thousands of fans at tracks up and down the Pacific Coast. For more information, visit their website at www.narc410.com or social media pages.The Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway can be viewed live on Floracing.com.Former Howard Kaeding Classic Winners
2011- Evan Suggs
2012- Jonathan Allard
2013- Jonathan Allard (2)
2014- Bud Kaeding
2015- Kyle Hirst
2016- Kyle Hirst (2)
2017- Buddy Kofoid
2018- Colby Copeland
2019- Bud Kaeding (2)
2020- Kyle Hirst (3)
2021- Sean Becker
2022- Justin Sanders
2023- Shane GolobicThe NARC 410 Sprint Car Racing Series is also sponsored by Hoosier Racing Tires and Floracing.com. Associate and product award sponsors include Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Beacon Wealth Strategies, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Diversified Machine Inc., Jim Allen Promotions, Kaeding Performance Center, Kimo’s Tropical Car Wash, KSE Racing Enterprises, Lifeline LLC, Maxim Racing Products, Mettec Titanium, Pyrotect, Saldana Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Scelzi Enterprises, SCI Racing Products, Starr Property Management, System 1 Ignition, Ultra Lite Brakes, Williams Roofing, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Winters Performance Products.NARC 410 SPRINT CARS SERIES
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS
(AFTER 16 EVENTS IN 23-RACE SERIES – 7/8/24)

  1. Cole Macedo, Lemoore – 2056
  2. Justin Sanders, Aromas – 2056
  3. Justyn Cox, Clarksburg – 2000
  4. Caeden Steele, Fresno (R) – 1987
  5. Bud Kaeding, Campbell – 1973
  6. Dylan Bloomfield, Oakley – 1963
  7. Gauge Garcia, Lemoore (R) – 1944
  8. Dominic Gorden, Clovis (R) – 1931
  9. Nick Parker, Chico – 1911
  10. Tanner Carrick, Lincoln – 1808
  11. Chase Johnson, Penngrove – 1695
  12. Billy Aton, Benicia – 1588
  13. Dominic Scelzi, Fresno – 1327
  14. John Clark, Windsor – 1318
  15. Shane Golobic, Fremont – 1230
  16. Tanner Holmes, Jacksonville, OR – 1200
  17. Sean Becker, Roseville – 1071
  18. Robbie Price, British Columbia – 1046
  19. Jarrett Soares, Gilroy – 959
  20. DJ Netto, Hanford – 950

 UPCOMING EVENTS:July 27 – Santa Maria Speedway

CORVETTE RACING IN BRAZIL: High Hopes Heading to Interlagos

Corvette Z06 GT3.R, TF Sport set for their first race at Sao Paulo DETROIT (July 8, 2024) – In a season full of firsts for the Corvette Racing program, this weekend in the FIA World Endurance Championship presents another new opportunity with the running of the Six Hours of Sao Paulo from Brazil’s Interlagos circuit.
TF Sport and its pair of Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.Rs are set for their first race in South America as the WEC leaves the European continent after three consecutive rounds. 
The six-driver lineup continues on as it has for the previous four FIA WEC rounds – Tom Van Rompuy, Rui Andrade and Corvette factory driver Charlie Eastwood in the No. 81 Z06 GT3.R while Hiroshi Koizumi, Sebastien Baud and factory driver Daniel Juncadella are in the No. 82 Corvette.
Both TF Sport entries are coming off solid runs at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where both Corvettes completed the full 24 hours. 
The results marked a key achievement in the first year of the Z06 GT3.R, which has shown increased reliability since the first races of 2024 at Daytona and Qatar.
CORVETTE RACING MEDIA INFORMATION
Corvette Racing media information is updated and available ahead of the Six Hours of Sao Paulo – the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. 
Materials include Corvette Racing event advance and quotes, Corvette Racing stats and figures, Corvette Z06 GT3.R racecar comparisons, Corvette Racing Fast Facts, factory driver biographies and Corvette Racing photography, among other items.
The 15-turn, 2.677-mile Interlagos track will be the 38th different circuit on which a Corvette Racing entry will compete in its 25-year run. In addition to being a new track to the Corvette Racing program, Interlagos is the shortest track on the WEC schedule. The layout features a number of mid- and high-speed corners, which should ideally suit the characteristics of the first-year Z06 GT3.R.
This won’t be the first time a Corvette competes at Interlagos in WEC competition. Larbre Competition campaigned independent Corvette C6.Rs in 2012 and 2013 with a runner-up GTE Am finish in the former. The Six Hours of Sao Paulo is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 14. MotorTrend TV will air live television coverage with streaming coverage on the FIA WEC app and the MAX app in the U.S. – all beginning at 10 a.m. ET.. Radio Le Mans also will stream audio coverage of Saturday’s final practice and qualifying, plus Sunday’s race.
TF SPORT PRE-EVENT DRIVER QUOTESDANIEL JUNCADELLA, NO. 82 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “Sao Paulo is a really cool event. It’s a place WEC hasn’t been in some time. Going back to Brazil for racing is always cool. I raced there in 2008 in Formula BMW where I have some good memories. I have not so great memories from the last time I was in Sao Paulo! I was in Formula One where I went off and crashed in the Force India car. Nevertheless it’s a cool place. I like the track a lot. It has a really good mix of fast corners and tight sections, and I think many of those sections should suit our Corvette. So I’m excited for this. WEC has been a cool season so far even though we haven’t achieved yet the results we were hoping for at the start. It’s another event where we can turn things around and have some fun. Hopefully we’ll have a fast and clean car for the race and then go fight at the end.”
SEBASTIEN BAUD, NO. 82 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT3.R: “I can’t wait to go to Brazil for the next WEC round. With TF Sport and Corvette Racing, we continue to gain momentum and a better understanding of this magnificent Corvette GT3 car! My teammates and I are motivated to achieve a great result there on such a legendary circuit like Interlagos. It will be a totally new track and event for me, so for sure there is a lot to discover. So I will have to be even more vigilant and attentive to be able to perform to the best of my abilities for the team. I’m ready for it.”
2024 FIA World Endurance Championship PointsLMGT3 Drivers Standings1. Morris Schuring/Richard Lietz/Yasser Shahin – 752. Aliaksandr Malykhin/Joel Sturm/Klaus Bachler – 753. Augusto Farfus/Darren Leung/Sean Gelael – 734. Erwan Bastard/Marco Sorensen – 425. Michelle Gatting/Sarah Bovy – 4118. Daniel Juncadella/Hiroshi Koizumi/Sebastien Baud – 1023. Charlie Eastwood/Rui Andrade/Tom Van Rompuy – 7 LMGT3 Teams Standings1. No. 91 Manthey EMA – 752. No. 92 Manthey PureRxcing – 753. No. 31 Team WRT – 734. No. 777 D’Station Racing – 425. No. 85 Iron Dames – 4114. No. 82 TF Sport – 1017. No. 81 TF Sport – 7

Tyler Erb Wins Tri-State in Return to Summer Nationals, Tanner English Claims Week 4 Title

 

by Colby Trotter

HAUBSTADT, IN (July 7, 2024) – Back like he never left, Tyler Erb has returned to Victory Lane with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. 

Making his first Hell Tour start since winning at Red Hill Raceway on June 30, Erb made his return in the Week 4 finale Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway, leading all 30 laps of the Feature for his eighth Summer Nationals win of the season. 

After competing with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series this past weekend as part of the Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN, Erb decided to make the nine-hour drive to Haubstadt, IN, for a dramatic return to the Hell Tour. The driver from New Waverly, TX, said after the race, he’d not slept for over 30 hours but still wanted to come run with the Summer Nationals despite his lack of sleep. 

“I’ve done this race before and I always thought this place was really cool and I’ve never had the opportunity to come back,” Erb said of why he made the long trip. “If I would’ve sat there all day and watched this race I kind of would’ve been disappointed in myself because it’s just a little of mind over matter. I’ve done dumber things, so this didn’t seem like the dumbest idea I’ve ever had.” 

In his return, Erb started from fourth on the grid and at the drop of the green flag, he was side-by-side with polesitter Rusty Schlenk going into Turns 1 and 2. Down the backstretch Schlenk, Erb and Tanner English were three-wide and coming out of Turn 4 all three were side-by-side again with Erb crossing the start/finish line first to take the lead. 

“At the drop of the green they spun the tires and I drove in between them,” Erb said. “Then Rusty bummed the cushion, and it was still kind of crumby and greasy so I turned and left pretty good and then in (Turns) 1 and 2 kind of same thing, I just bummed in there with [Schlenk] and when he came out of sight I just started easing up and felt him on my quarter panel and drove off.” 

Once he got by Schlenk, Erb began to set the pace around the 1/4-mile oval and was over a second ahead of second-place English with 10 laps-to-go. On Lap 23, Erb started to hit lapped traffic, allowing English to get closer on the high side, but he never got close enough to challenge Erb as he drove the Best Performance Motorsports No. 1 away and finished over a half-second ahead of English. 

“I knew at some point the top would be good,” Erb said. “The way the shape of the track is, you can kind of see who’s behind you, so in traffic I moved up and I feel like I could’ve drove a lot harder and I just didn’t feel the need to. 

“Tanner is a good racer. If he would’ve showed me a nose we would’ve raced hard, and I don’t know what would’ve happened but it didn’t get to that and it was a good night.” 

Along with his runner-up finish, English took home the Week 4 points title after winning twice and finishing in the top-five four times during the week. Before the week began, it had been two years since English had won a Hell Tour race, and this week, he proved he can still win at the highest level. 

“We’ve definitely been struggling and we turned it around,” English said. “Really last week was when we turned it around but this week, we really capitalized on it. We had some really good competition and I think we’ve all stepped our game up and everybody is getting better.” 

UP NEXT 

The fifth and final week of competition in the 39th DIRTcar Summer Nationals begins Tuesday, July 9, with a visit to Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville, IN, racing alongside the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. 

Tickets for all five events in Week 5 will be on sale at each track on race day. If you can’t make it to the track to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view results here) 

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1-Tyler Erb[4]; 2. 96-Tanner English[3]; 3. 27M-Rodney Melvin[13]; 4. 8-Dillon McCowan[15]; 5. 91-Rusty Schlenk[1]; 6. 50-Ryan Missler[2]; 7. 42-Chad Finley[9]; 8. 75-Daniel Adam[10]; 9. 99-Dylan Thompson[5]; 10. 28B-Carson Brown[16]; 11. 51-Devin Shiels[12]; 12. 10J-Jordan Bauer[17]; 13. 15-Clayton Stuckey[8]; 14. S21-Seth Daniels[6]; 15. 8A-Rob Anderzack[14]; 16. 71R-Rod Conley[21]; 17. 49-Billy Green[11]; 18. 2-Charlie Cole[24]; 19. 33AJ-Austin Lay[23]; 20. 16-Rusty Griffaw[20]; 21. 38-Thomas Hunziker[22]; 22. 30-Mark Voigt[19]; 23. 1M-Connor Meade[18]; 24. 33-Kye Blight[7] 

Trent Young Outduels Lucas Lee in Closing Laps to Win Summit Modifieds at Tri-State 

With two laps-to-go, Trent Young said, “I knew I had to go for it.” 

Coming out Turn 4 on Lap 24, Young ripped the high side around Turns 3 and 4 behind race-leader Lucas Lee and Austin Wayne-Self and decided to put his car between both. As Young was splitting the two cars, Self slid up the track and made contact with the rear of Young’s car and spun on the frontstretch. Before the yellow flag was thrown, Young had nosed ahead of Lee at the start/finish line to take the lead for the upcoming restart. 

Now, all Young had to do was survive a green-white-checkered finish. He did just that, getting a great jump on the restart and taking the checkered flag for his second DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals win in three days. 

“I had the car to do it, I just hadn’t got the opportunity,” Young, of Crofton, KY, said. “I got stuck on the bottom every restart and just had to fall in line and the last one just worked out. Lucas knew the other car was pressuring him, so he wasn’t looking for me on the top, he was looking for him and I just used that to my advantage.” 

For most of the race, Young stayed patient around the high side of the 1/4-mile oval, swapping between fourth and fifth place until on a Lap 21 restart, he made his way to third with his sights set on Self and Lee. 

The next circuit around, Self tried a slider on Lee, but Lee crossed it over coming out of Turn 2 and down the backstretch. The intense battle Lee and Self were having allowed Young to get closer as he got to the tail of Self out of Turn 4. 

Once Young got close enough, he tried a slider on Self out of Turn 2, but Self crossed it over. Then coming out of Turn 4, Young got even with Self and took the runner-up spot from him at the start/finish line. 

After taking the second spot on Lap 24, Young jumped the cushion in Turn 1, allowing Self to get ahead of him on the bottom. Going down the backstretch, Young gained momentum on the outside before he made the winning move coming out of Turn 4. 

“I just kept trying to bide my time,” Young said. “I knew I was pretty fast and they was getting really wild in the top three or four so I kind of just wanted to ride and see how it played out. I got stuck on the bottom on every restart and just had to fall in line.” 

UP NEXT 

The final week of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals starts Tuesday, July 9 at Shadyhill Speedway in Medaryville, IN, racing alongside the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models. 

Tickets will be on sale at the gate and if you can’t watch it in person, catch all the action on DIRTVision. 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view results here) 

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 10Y-Trent Young[3]; 2. 12L-Lucas Lee[1]; 3. 95K-Levi Kissinger[5]; 4. 16C-John Clippinger[22]; 5. 50-Tyler Weiss[6]; 6. 55-Justin Jones[8]; 7. 67-Chris Moore[13]; 8. 35S-Zach Fair[9]; 9. 94-Austin Rettig[15]; 10. 54-Zachary Hawk[18]; 11. 69L-Josh Lemke[10]; 12. 1L-Mike Lentz[14]; 13. 91K-Cody Kibby[17]; 14. 3F-Rob Fuqua[19]; 15. 11-Brian Ashby[12]; 16. 23Z-Austin Wayne Self[7]; 17. 24-Jarod Deckard[21]; 18. 787-Cody Zobrist[16]; 19. 81C-Christopher Cole[4]; 20. 3G-Bryce Graber[20]; 21. 7-Mark Lamont[2]; 22. 14-Dalton Lane[11] 

NASCAR CUP SERIES CHICAGO STREET RACE GRANT PARK 165 TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE REPORT

JULY 7, 2024

Bowman Caps Off Chevrolet’s Weekend Sweep at the Chicago Street Race 
·       Enduring wet conditions and a chaotic finish in the rain-shortened Grant Park 165 at the Chicago Street Course, Alex Bowman and the No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1 team prevailed to claim their first win of the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season. 
·       The victory – Bowman’s eighth career victory in NASCAR’s top division and his first on a road course – delivered Hendrick Motorsports its eighth victory of the season, while also securing all four of the Chevrolet organization’s drivers into the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. 
·       Bowman’s victory – Chevrolet’s ninth victory in 20 points-paying NASCAR Cup Series races this season – keeps the Bowtie brand undefeated in the NASCAR Cup Series at the Chicago Street Course. 
·       Chevrolet swept the weekend in NASCAR’s second appearance at the Chicago Street Course, with Kaulig Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen scoring the victory in yesterday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race. 
·       The 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season continues at Pocono Raceway with the Great American Getaway 400 Presented by VisitPA.com on Sunday, July 14, at 2:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on the USA Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.  TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL TOP-10:  POS.   DRIVER1st      Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL16th      Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Mariano’s / Colgate Optic White Camaro ZL18th      William Byron, No. 24 Relay Payments Camaro ZL19th      Kye Busch, No. 8 Zone Camaro ZL1
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE QUOTES: 
Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1Finished: 1stAlex, congratulations. You got the first win for your crew chief. How did you pull this win off today? “Oh gosh, Blake’s (Harris) call, I never would have thought rain tires in the dry like that would have worked. So, just so proud of this No. 48 Ally Chevy team. I mean I made a big mistake earlier and tore the whole left-front off the car and ruined other people’s day. Just unacceptable and a mistake on my end. I have had a lot of screw ups lately and just happy to be here and get another trophy for these guys.”
Hendrick Motorsports now has all four teams in the Playoffs. What does it mean to lock yourselves in and focus going forward now? “Yeah, it’s been rough to be a part of this race team. We all see the things that get said, whether it’s media people second guessing or the internet second guessing us. I feel like between Blake and I, we have everybody covered at second guessing us. So, to win it on a call that was Blake’s call and to be able to go win it on wets, it means a lot. So thankful for this group and to continue to overcome stuff like that. It’s hard to go to work every day when you get talked about like that sometimes. So, I am proud of these guys for overcoming that.”
What does it mean to conquer this racetrack and win here at Chicago? “Man, I don’t even know. I really don’t know what to say. I am just really proud of this team, and it means a lot to win here and finally get a win at a road course. To do something like this is really special.”

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Valvoline Camaro ZL1Sidelined by damage sustained in an accident in Stage Two. Finished: 39thWhat happened behind the wheel.. did you have a warning? “I assume I just locked it up. As soon as I hit the brakes, it was not slowing down. I was just going to try and end up wherever I ended up. But yeah, it smashed the car up pretty good. It’s just unfortunate.. I’m bummed. It just caught me off guard. You push the brake zones a little bit more each lap as you’re getting more comfortable, but it just surprised me.”
That seemed to be a treacherous place. SVG got stuck in the same place. How hard was it navigating that corner? “Yeah, I mean it’s a tricky corner. It’s fast to a heavy brake zone. But yeah, I could have just been more cautious probably.”
How was your car before the rain? “Before the rain, I was lacking a little bit of lateral grip, but I feel like we would have gotten it better.”
Was there a higher sense of urgency with the clock clicking down? “Maybe slightly, but yeah, I don’t know.. maybe that bit me. I’m not really sure. We were all just getting more comfortable each lap. As soon as I went to the brakes, it was just locked-up.”
How slick was it out there when we restarted? “Yeah, I mean it was wet, so it was slick. It was hard to just get accelerated, really more than anything. Under braking, it felt fine until it didn’t.”
Prior laps, was that an issue at all for you? “No, not at all. Typically, I feel like in the rain whenever I’ve run in wet conditions, we’re always really slow in braking. It always stops better than you think. So yeah, that time, I probably pushed it just barely further, and as soon as I hit the brakes, I knew I was in trouble.” 

Shane van Gisbergen, No. 16 Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs Camaro ZL1Sidelined by damage sustained in an accident in Stage Two. Finished: 40th Walk us through the incident.“I don’t know, I just sort of turned in; it looked pretty good and then just got smacked by someone. It’s gutting. The No. 16 Wendy’s Saucy Nuggs Camaro was really good. We were in the lead for a lot of that race. I felt good taking off in the rain, so that sucks. It’s an unfortunate mistake by him. I’m sure he didn’t mean it. But yeah, when he just clipped me, there wasn’t anything I could do.”
Is it disappointment, frustration, knowing you were the favorite, and now you’re out of the race; or was it just a racing incident? “Of course I’m disappointed. We had a really amazing Camaro there. Kaulig Racing and Trackhouse Racing, they gave us a great car. We were able to lead and I felt like I was driving well with it, so yeah, it’s a shame to be out so early. It’s a shame we couldn’t have a proper crack at it at the end.”
How was the racing before the incident? “It was fun. On slicks, it got a bit dodgy. I hated being the leader. Whoever was the leader, you could see them slowing up, not knowing what the condition would be. As soon as you got to the front, you were unsure of what was happening and had to take it a bit easy. But yeah, I had a lot of fun until then.”

Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Cirkul Camaro ZL1Finished: 12th “What a challenge. Incredible strategy once again by my crew chief, Trent Owens, to continue to run on rain tires. If the race ended about two laps earlier, we would have had a solid top 10, but we finally fell back to a couple guys with new tires. All in all, we maximized our day, and I appreciate the fight from our Kaulig Racing team.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Mariano’s / Colgate Optic White Camaro ZL1Finished: 6thA sixth-place finish, can you walk me through this day? “It was wild. I felt like our car was really good early on. We drove through the field; got to 15th or so and we kind of stayed there. Then when the rain came, the 11 missed his braking mark there into (turn) six, and I kind of thought we were done because I couldn’t get fired back up. But once we got it back going, we could run a lot better lap times and the strategy just worked out perfect there. I didn’t think it was quite ready to go to dry tires that early. Obviously it was there at the end, so my guys made a good call to keep us out on the wets and get Stage points. Then they told me, ‘hey, those guys are going to catch you with three or four laps to go, but that is the best shot at having a good finish’. So, all-in-all, it was really cool to come out of Chicago this year with a good finish. That is what our car was capable of, so that was fun.”
Where did you feel those wet tires best served you?“I felt like the tires were good up until the last three laps. I think on the restart and kind of getting clear of the cars behind us, they were very important. There were a couple of braking zones that I felt like the dry tires were kind of sketchy on and you had to stay in line. They couldn’t really peek out a lot and that kind of saved us.”

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Jockey x Folds of Honor Camaro ZL1Finished: 12th Tell us about the comeback. “It was a good recovery, but I just wish we were going to run the whole race because the 48 won the race and I was right there with him when we lost all the track position. I feel like it was a shame for what it could have been, but all-in-all, we were able to rebound and that is all that matters. The No. 99 Jockey x Folds of Honor Chevy team did a good job at the end of the day.”

Palou Builds Championship Lead with 2nd-Place Finish at the Honda Indy 200

July 7, 2024 — LEXINGTON, OH

  • Alex Palou finishes a close second in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid as NTT INDYCAR SERIES hybrid power makes its competition debut
  • Palou leads race-high 53 laps; build his championship lead to 48 points
  • Andretti Global drivers Colton Herta, Marcus Ericsson run fourth and fifth for Honda

Although he came just short of scoring his third victory of 2024, Honda’s Alex Palou took another big step in defending his NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship today, leading 53 laps before finishing a close second in today’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid.

This weekend’s race also marked the competition debut of INDYCAR’s new hybrid Energy Recovery System, fitted for the first time on a race weekend to the full 27-car field.

Starting from pole, Palou led all but two of the first 55 laps, but a brief delay in engaging first gear during his final pit stop saw him return to the track just behind Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward. The pair fought hard for the remainder of the 80-lap contest, and Palou took the checkers in second by the narrow margin of just 0.4993 seconds.

Behind Palou, Andretti Global’s Colton Herta and Marcus Ericsson finished fourth and fifth, respectively; with Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Christian Lundgaard seventh, and Kyle Kirkwood eighth in his Andretti Honda.

Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Honda Race Results

2nd Alex Palou   Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
4th Colton HertaAndretti Global Honda
5th Marcus EricssonAndretti Global Honda
7th Christian LundgaardRahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
8th Kyle KirkwoodAndretti Global Honda
12th David MalukasMeyer Shank Racing Honda
13th Toby Sowery-RDale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
14th Felix Rosenqvist Meyer Shank Racing Honda
15th Linus Lundqvist-RChip Ganassi Racing Honda
17th Marcus ArmstrongChip Ganassi Racing Honda
18th Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda
21st Kyffin Simpson-RChip Ganassi Racing Honda
24th Pietro FittipaldiRahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 
26th Jack HarveyDale Coyne Racing Honda
27th Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

R – Rookie

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers’ Championship (unofficial, after 9 of 17 rounds)
Chevrolet                      724 points
Honda                          720 points

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers’ Championship Standings (unofficial, after 9 of 17 rounds)
1. Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing                            329 points (2 wins)
2. Will Power, Team Penske                                          -48 (1 win)
3. Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren                          -70 (2 wins)
4. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing                -71 (2 wins)  
5. Colton Herta, Andretti Global                                  -80

Quotes
Alex Palou (#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) finished 2nd, expanded championship lead to 48 points after 9 of 17 races: “That was very, very close! It’s a shame we couldn’t make the alternate tires work and be better. We knew that we were going to struggle a little bit, and that’s why we tried to go a little bit harder on the first primary stint. Almost made it work! I had a little bit of traffic on my in-lap, and then we had a slow stop. When I tried to engage first gear, I think I was too excited to get going fast and it was too soon. The [race winning] #5 team did a great job. I think we did almost everything we could have done to win today, but not every day is the best day. Racing with the hybrid was a ton of fun. There were a lot of times where I was getting closer or he was pulling away because of the hybrid system. It made things interesting! I think everybody had fun with it. It’s a new experiment for INDYCAR and I love it.”

Colton Herta (#26 Andretti Global Honda) finished 4th: “For our #26 team side of things, we just wanted to have a clean first race with the hybrid—no reliability problems, check all the boxes for what we wanted it to do. And it did that! I’m happy with how everything went today. For Honda’s first hybrid INDYCAR race, I think it performed incredibly well and I think it’s only up from here the more we learn about it for us.”

Marcus Ericsson (#28 Andretti Global Honda) finished 5th: “I think it was a good day! I think the whole team did a really good job. The hybrid power was fun to play with out there—using it strategically as well as we could. We played around with it a lot throughout the race. Changing the balance with it as well, that was fun. It was a good day and a solid weekend. Good qualifying yesterday, good race today, and we keep building!”

David Salters (President, Honda Racing Corporation USA) on today’s INDYCAR hybrid debut: “First thing, a massive shout out to our boys and girls for the huge effort that went into getting us here. It’s a completely new hybrid system. We conceptualized, designed and manufactured the ESS [Energy Storage System] and things seemed to go really well today. That was a huge result from technology that is very novel, and that new technology is really why we go racing. So that was great! It was not quite the result we were looking for, but it came down to the last corner of the last lap, that’s just good racing. We can be proud of coming within half a second of winning the first hybrid race, but it’s also motivation to go back and learn from this and figure out what we’re going to do to win the next one.”

Fast Facts

  • This weekend’s Honda Indy 200 Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid marked the start of the Hybrid era in NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition. The 27-car field features 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged V6 internal combustion engines – supplied by Honda and series rival Chevrolet – supplemented by a hybrid Energy Recovery System (ERS) including an electric Motor Generator Unit (MGU) and Honda Racing Corporation USA-developed Energy Storage System (ESS).
  • Honda drivers have now won 12 of the 19 Indy car races run at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since the series returned under the Honda Indy 200 banner in 2007. Last year, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda teammates Alex Palou and Scott Dixon finished 1-2 at Mid-Ohio, as Palou went on to win his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in the last three years.

 
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PATO O’WARD PUTS CHEVROLET IN VICTORY LANE AT MID-OHIOS

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE LEXINGTON, OHIO TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP JULY 7, 2024 SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN THIRD PLACE FINISH GIVES CHEVROLET TWO PODIUM SPOTS FOR DEBUT OF INDYCAR HYBRID POWER UNIT Pato O Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, won his second race of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR Series season with a hard-fought victory today at the debut of the INDYCAR Hybrid Power UnitScott McLaughlin, No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet, finished third to give Chevrolet two spots on the podium for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-OhioTeam Chevy drivers scored five of the top-10 drivers. In addition to O’Ward and McLaughlin, Alexander Rossi, No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet – 7th; Christian Rassmussen, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet – 9th and Santino Ferrucci, No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet – 10thIt is the 5th win of the season for Team Chevy and 116th win since the 2.2-liter V6 engine formula was introduced in 2012Up next for Chevrolet in the NTT INDYCAR Series will be the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend at Iowa Speedway, July 12-14, 2024 LEXINGTON, Ohio – After missing the pole by just .0024 of a second, Pato O’Ward was a determined young man as he climbed in his No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet for the start of today’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. O’Ward stayed firmly in second, only giving up the spot during pit stop cycles during the 80-lap race that saw only one caution flag period for a car stopped on course before the race started. INDYCAR race control counted two caution laps before turning the 27-car field loose.  After the green flew on lap three, the race was uninterrupted until the checkered flag flew. O’Ward took the lead during the final pit stop cycle of the day on lap 57 executing the perfect undercut as the leader left pit lane one lap after O’Ward. It was the second win of the season for O’Ward and the sixth of his NTT INDYCAR Series career. Today’s third place finish was the third podium for McLaughlin this season including a win earlier in the season at Barber Motorsports Park.  Team Chevy and the INDYCAR Series travel next to Iowa Speedway for the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend July 12-14, 2024          TEAM CHEVY TOP-10 RACE RESULTS:Pos. Driver1st     Pato O’Ward3rd     Scott McLaughlin6th    Alexander Rossi9th     Christian Rasmussen10th    Santino Ferrucci WHAT THEY’RE SAYING (QUOTES)Mark Stielow, Director Motorsports Competition Programs for General Motors:“What an exciting race today at Mid-Ohio! Congratulations to Pato O’Ward, Gavin Ward and the entire No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet team on their outstanding win. Pato drove a skilled, patient race while his crew executed flawlessly on pit lane. It was a true team win.   “There were great battles throughout the field. With Scott McLaughlin bringing the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet to the finish in third, it is very rewarding for everyone on the Chevrolet engineering side along with our teams who have all put in countless hours to reach today’s race to have two drivers on the podium for debut of the INDYCAR Hybrid Power Unit.” Santino Ferrucci, No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, Finished : “A solid day for us here at AJ Foyt Racing. Honestly, the boys did a phenomenal job in pit lane, and I could not have done it without them doing that. We had the right strategy and great pit stops so all I did was drive the car. We had a great setup on the Sexton Properties Chevrolet and had pace and we were able to move it forward. Sting Ray had a solid race too so it’s all good stuff.” Sting Ray Robb, No. 41 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet:  “Really happy with the result today. I think that, considering where we started the weekend, that was, that was really good. The team, honestly, it was all up to them. I didn’t pass hardly any cars on track. It was all in the pit cycle. So good in and out laps, good pit stops, great strategy. That’s how we moved the Goodheart/Pray.com Chevrolet forward today. Super proud of Santino as well. P 10– another top-10 result for him is really good. I pretty much just watched him the whole race. Tried to hook a tow rope up to the back of his car and let him pull me along. But I think that with a few more little changes here and there, we could be in the top 10 alongside him. So hopefully that’s coming soon.” Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, RACE WINNER:YOU HAVE MADE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY LANE AGAIN, WHAT ARE THE FEELINGS?“Yeah, that was a hard-fought race.  We were really, really strong on the reds.  Palou was really, really strong on the blacks.  So, all I needed to do was just kind of stay at bay in the first stint and then come into the pits and put those reds on and try and close the gap.  Then get him on the pit sequence or on track, but great job by the team.  Ahhh, it’s been a while.  I know we won St. Pete, but this is a proper win, and we earned this one this weekend.” IS THIS THE PRODUCT OF THE EFFORT AND HARD WORK BEING PUT IN BY THIS PROGRAM?“Yeah, I felt very comfortable with the car this weekend.  From the second practice going into qualifying, we executed, and they put a really strong car under me for the race. So, hats off to Arrow McLaren, they gave me a rocket.” Nolan Siegel, No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet: “I’m a little disappointed with the result today. I think that the pace in our No. 6 NTT DATA Arrow McLaren Chevrolet was good and our execution was good. We were aggressive on strategy and it just didn’t work out. Looking back, there was no way to know how it was going to play out in the moment. I don’t think there were any mistakes that were made; it just didn’t work out. I’m happy with the pace and the progress that we’ve made. The results will come soon. Of course, congratulations to Pato and the team for a well-deserved win.” Alexander Rossi, No. 7 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, Finished : “First of all, congrats to Pato and the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet crew. It’s been a long time coming for them, so that’s very cool. It was a bit of a boring day for us. I made a mistake on lap one, which put us a couple spots behind where we started. Then, we were just trying to recover the rest of the day. It was very difficult to pass. Overall, the No. 7 VELO Arrow McLaren Chevrolet was pretty good and our pit stops were good, as usual. It was ultimately a good day for the team and good points for us. We’ll move on to Iowa.” Gavin Ward, Team Principal at Arrow McLaren:     “It’s nice to have a win this season that we can celebrate the day of. I was thinking in the closing laps how big this would be for the team. This team has worked so hard throughout the offseason on the hybrid program; drivers, engineers, mechanics, everybody. Every single person on this team has put in so much work. “It’s been the busiest year in the history of this team, and it’s been a heck of a slog these last few months. It’s great to show what the team is capable of. It was a beautifully executed drive by Pato, and a beautifully executed race from the stand and in pit lane.  “Alexander drove a good race. It was obviously very difficult to make much ground up around this place today, but he did make up some ground. I thought Nolan ran a really smart race, but ultimately the strategy didn’t really work. That car had plenty more pace, and I think our potential was quite a bit higher. “Every race is a chance for us to learn and overall I’m very happy. The team should be really, really, really proud of themselves.” Christian Rasmussen, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, Finished 9th :“That was great. I knew we had a good car after qualifying so I just wanted to execute today. Have a clean day and see what we could get out of it. P9 at the end of the day is good for us. It showed the development we have done this year especially with everything new this weekend with the hybrid unit. It’s been super super smooth with the transition. Just very happy with the result today.” Rinus VeeKay, No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet:“We knew it was going to be a tough day starting so far back. We missed it on the strategy a bit as well, which makes it even harder here. Mid-Ohio is one of those tracks where it is tough to pass if there are no yellows and the field gets strung out, which is what happened today. Ready to get to an oval next weekend and see what we can do there!” Agustin Canapino, No. 78 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet, Finished 22nd:“We finished the race P22. Unfortunately we had no luck with no yellows and the strategy. I think we had a decent race, but all green laps was a difficult. But we finished. We see the checkered flag. We are going to try our luck next weekend.” Romain Grojean, No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet, Finished 23rd Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet, Finished 25th:REGARDING THE PIT ROAD SPEEDING PENALTY AND A SENSOR“Yeah, something changed, some sort of software issue.  We were plenty safe on our procedure, it just looks like it overshoots. I do not know what caused it, we don’t know what caused it. Some sort of software issue because the speed was identical on both speeding penalties. So, for some reason it changed from the first two and started overshooting. I am not sure what happened, but we will try and diagnose it and understand it for the future, so it doesn’t happen again.” HOW DID YOUR RACE GO BEFORE THAT SITUATION?“It was a good day for starting as far back (as we did).  We just got behind very early this weekend.  We started pretty far off and we were not happy where we came off the truck and then it just took too long to get where we needed it to be.  We sort of half got there by qualifying and we sort of fully got there by the race, but you certainly can’t start the weekend that far behind.  So, I was really proud of the guys. They did a great job, good pit stops, we were just too far behind this weekend to catch up.” ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO KNOCKING EVERYTHING OFF AND GOING TO IOWA?“Not really. Iowa is great but I am looking forward to everything else.  We have to be strong everywhere. We can’t pick and piece just tracks here and there, its got to be everywhere.” Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet, Finished 3rd:LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS TODAY, WHAT WERE CONDITIONS LIKE OUT THERE?“Yeah, it was hard.  We were in no man’s land there, so I had my own race and was just playing with the hybrid a bit and learning it as well. I am just really proud of everyone on this Sonsio Protection Chevy. We have been up and down all year and it’s nice to get a solid result.  Hopefully we can build on to this.  Now we go to two ovals, two ovals that I really enjoy and just keep building some momentum.” YOUR CREW CAME OVER THE RADIO AND SAID YOU WERE DOING A PERFECT JOB DURING THE RACE. HOW RELIEVING IS THAT AS A DRIVER? “Its nice. Your confidence gets knocked around when you make a couple of mistakes here and there.  You come in with a lot of expectation and you want to be good every weekend, but ultimately you are human, and everyone makes mistakes. But as I have said, I have a great team behind me, and we have to keep pushing on and keep working. There are plenty of races left in the season and we can keep on improving and see where we are at.” Will Power, No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet, Finished 11th:“Solid day for the Verizon Chevy team. After our issue in qualifying we needed to do something off-strategy, so we started on the alternate tires. And we were able to make them work better than most, it seemed. Just maximized our day as best we could by running on the primaries the rest of the way. Good day on pit lane too. On to Iowa.” PATO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW MCLAREN CHEVROLET AND SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN, NO. 3 SONSIO TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – End of Day Press Conference:Pato O’WardPress Conference THE MODERATOR: We continue on with this year’s champion of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid and Pato O’Ward, who led 24 of the 80 laps today, of course driver of the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, first win on the track in 31 races, obviously the second win in 2024, sixth career win, climb into third in the points standings, just 70 points back out of the championship. Congratulations. Yes, St. Pete happened, you got the win, but this maybe feels a little different. PATO O’WARD: No, this feels like the first win of the season. I know St. Pete we were P2 and ultimately ended up getting the win because Penske cheated, and yeah, the 500 was two corners short. But we really pushed it. I was pushing so hard. Watching Palou kind of trying to run away with it in the first stint, I said no way, no way. For some reason they are so quick on the primes, the Ganassi cars. They’re in a different stratosphere. But I knew as soon as we got the reds on, that was my chance to close the gap and ultimately beat him. I knew that was the objective and just tried to keep him at a somewhat manageable distance. I’m super stoked. I’m so proud of the team. All my 5 guys, they’ve been working so hard. It just feels like we’ve had heartbreak after heartbreak after heartbreak and we’ve obviously had a tough battle trying to figure out this new tire this year. Yeah, it feels so good to give this to them. I know they’re as happy as I am today, and we earned it. No one gave it to us. We had to earn it. Yeah, it feels really good. Q. Pato, that lap when Alex came into the pits, how hard were you pushing on that out lap? What was your mentality? You know full well that he might come out right ahead of you or right behind you. How hard was that out lap trying to get past Palou on the pit — PATO O’WARD: Yeah, if I had a chance to get by him, it was going to be either on the out lap of him with new tires or on the pit stop sequence. We ultimately ended up getting him kind of halfway between both. But yeah, it’s just so competitive. Obviously I haven’t watched the race. I don’t know how much battles there were in the back, but it’s become so tough to get by people, and when you’re up at the front and you don’t really have much of an advantage to another car, you can’t get by them. You saw ending the race that we were stuck behind Kyffin and I think it was Canapino. No matter if you catch them by a few tenths a lap, but once you get there, you can’t do anything. It definitely made me sweat a little bit more for sure, just because we were basically just stuck in line, and Palou was on my bumper, I was on Kyffin’s, and it was just all about not making mistakes and pedaling it there to the end. Q. Going into the last few laps when you’re behind Kyffin and Canapino, how difficult was it to keep your emotions in check knowing, hey, we need to get around these guys but you can’t take too much of a risk, yet Palou is right there and if something bad happens he gets by you? PATO O’WARD: Yeah, no, for sure. But I put myself in being behind the leader, and I would have picked my position every single time because it’s just more of a pain to actually get by somebody. For all I knew, I just had to minimize mistakes. This weekend really has been very smooth I would say. Like we executed in qualifying, but as soon as we were done in P2, I told the guys, this is the best car that you’ve given me all year. Like I have something to battle with. I have something to challenge with and to execute in qualifying without feeling like I have a knife up to my throat. We showed that. We were .0024 for pole, and then in the race we maximized where our car was stronger, and that’s how we got it done. Q. Pato, more to the point on going by Palou, are you sitting there thinking, yippee? You’re looking for him, I would think, out of the corner of your eye; where is he coming out of the pits. What is the emotion you’re feeling, like yippee or let’s get on it? Explain that. PATO O’WARD: I’ll tell you exactly what I was saying in my head. Coming out of 13, I saw him launching from the box, and then I said, I got his ass. Yeah. That was it. Q. What is that like, though, in a hard-fought race like that to go by him? You kind of touched on it, but you’ve been working for that moment. PATO O’WARD: The hard part is to get by the guy. After that, then it turns more into a battle within yourself I would say, just like really hitting your marks all the time, not making any mistakes. They were so strong on primes, I knew that he was going to be really putting on the pressure the last stint because it was a new tire race, it wasn’t a red race. Yeah, it was good. Q. You went to the Push-to-Pass ATM, as I call it, the last — PATO O’WARD: Oh, I was ripping through it. He was, too. Q. At the end of the race are you thinking more to use the Push-to-Pass or the regen? PATO O’WARD: Push-to-Pass is more powerful because it lasts longer, but I was using both. Q. You said out there at the start of the press conference that it was fun winning the way you did because in the first stint he was pulling away, and in the second stint getting back to him on alternates and no yellows in the race, to get by him must be fun for you to get it done this way? PATO O’WARD: Absolutely, it just feels really good. It feels like such a hard-fought race. I have to say, it’s the first race in my career where I didn’t really have a chance to kind of take a seat when I got out of the car, but when I was doing the NBC interview with Georgia, quickly after that I had to take a seat. I don’t use the cool suit. I know a lot of these guys do. It just gets so warm in there, so warm, and it’s so physical. It’s a lot more physical than I thought. We were fuel saving the whole race, but it felt like a full push. It really did, and every lap was just all about not making any mistakes because Palou wasn’t making any mistakes, either. I knew we had to be pretty much perfect to have an opportunity. Q. With the race being so close, which I’m sure they always are, is there a critical situation or critical decision that you can think of that you and your team made that really made the difference in you winning today? PATO O’WARD: I would say it’s just really pinpointing where we were stronger. Like I mentioned, they were stronger on the primes. They’ve always been stronger on the primes. We’ve never really had a chance against them on the primes. But when we were finishing out our red stint, I had really, I feel like — I wouldn’t say figured them out, but I definitely feel stronger on those usually more than on the prime, and that was where I said, hmm, let’s just see how it plays out. I saw him coming to me pretty aggressively at the end of the second stint, and I just saw the doors open to an opportunity, and I was like, we have to take it. I knew if I got in front of him, it was going to be a battle to the end, but it’s a lot better to battle to the end and you be in front than having to pass him because at that point you just can’t get by anybody. Q. Pato, if Palou didn’t have the issue exiting the pits, when do you think you would have passed him late in the race because you were catching him before the stop? PATO O’WARD: Yeah, but we also had an issue on the first stop not to launch and get into Malukas’s way. He had a bad stop on the second one but we had a bad stop on the first one. So it just played out. Q. The rest of the race going green after the first three laps, were you expecting it to go green all the way? How much more difficult did that make the race? PATO O’WARD: I was shocked that it was all green, no yellows, but it just makes it more physical for us, to be honest, and obviously in terms of strategy, it doesn’t turn as much into like a roll of the dice, which I feel like more times than not we’re on the bad end of that, so it was really nice to just, like — yeah, have a good one. Q. Pato, did you feel happy when you found Palou took the same tires throughout the second stint for reds? PATO O’WARD: Yeah, I think that’s probably what gave us the opportunity I would say. Who knows; it’s hard to say how much — how it would have played out in the other scenario. But yeah, we beat him on the same strategy, same everything, which makes it feel obviously that much sweeter because that 10 car has been the car to beat, and it still is the car to beat all year. They’ve been very, very strong, very strong driver with extremely strong team. That’s who we’re chasing at the moment. Q. I wonder if you could give us some insight or reflect on how the year has gone from your perspective a little bit from inside the team. It’s been obviously — I guess it was a difficult first half of the season for you, but you’ve had five top-10 finishes now and you’re the first driver to win on a street course and a road course this year. PATO O’WARD: Yeah, I would say it started well and then it quickly fell apart for not just one race but for a few. Then the 500 kind of gave us a breath of fresh air in a weird way. It was pretty devastating to just be two corners short, but ultimately gave us that boost that we’re — we were just a hair to win it. A testament to all the hard work that’s gone in the off-season, and a lot of it does go into the Indy 500, and it’s always really good to see that we’ve very strong there, and I would expect it to be the same next year. But this year it’s been more of a tough battle, I would say, in road courses, which usually have been our strong suit, so now with the hybrid, with the extra weight, I just think the way we work together and to kind of really extract the most out of this new package was very refreshing, and I think it’s a great boost for all of us to kind of drive us forward. Was this race No. 9? This is race No. 9, so we barely got over halfway. There’s still so much racing to go. I know I’m very strong in ovals, and there’s a lot of ovals left. I have a lot of faith in the team that they’re going to to give me a good car to battle it out in those, and yeah, I think the next one to really try and maximize a lot of points on the table is Iowa. It’s a repave, it’s different, and we need to stay on top of it. Q. How do you feel about the hybrid going into Iowa and how that might impact that race weekend and what that might look like for fans watching? PATO O’WARD: I would say the hybrid, it really doesn’t do anything on ovals. It does more on road courses and street courses. It obviously has added the weight; how is the deg going to be. I was surprised to see the deg, how good it was today. There was really no deg. You were as quick at the end of the stint with the first part of the stint, which I feel like has been very hit-or-miss all year. You don’t really know what to get. Yeah, that was very good to see for this weekend, and yeah, Iowa, I know we tested with I believe more downforce than what we’re actually going to race, if I’m not mistaken, so that’s going to be a new challenge even for everyone, just really seeing where everybody stacks up. Q. Pato, you said the degradation was less than you expected with the repave? PATO O’WARD: Yeah, no, the degradation was fantastic. The tire behaved really, really well, both prime and alternate. The track was very enjoyable to drive. Even from the first practice, it’s changed the balance a bit with the new hybrid, but once you get it into tune, those annoying bumps that we had just magically disappeared, obviously, with the new repave. It’s just a very beautiful track. It’s a very flowy and enjoyable place to come to. I was determined to have a good race here because I’ve had very strong qualifyings here. I’ve been very quick. But been out of the running for one thing or another. Yeah, this year I was determined to just get back to my normal form because it really hasn’t been there. Q. You touched on this, but can you speak a little bit more about is it more gratifying or more special to win in such a hard-fought manner against someone like Alex Palou, a two-time champion? PATO O’WARD: Yeah, no, that’s how you want to win. That’s how I want to win. In my career, I’ve had — I believe it’s six wins with this one. There’s been one of them that’s been ultimately handed to us, I would say, and that was Iowa when Josef had a failure because he’s truly been the king there. But all the other ones have been so — I’ve had to fight so freaking hard to win, and it feels so sweet because it wouldn’t have been the same, like Palou got an MGU fault or whatever and we just took the win. That is not the same. I was excited to have this challenge and like truly prove it to all of us and just do it. Q. The fan backing you’ve got is pretty astounding; what does that mean to you? PATO O’WARD: I always say Pato fans are the best. It’s very cool to see, and a very grateful, fulfilling feeling going to the different markets, and a lot of papaya walking around, a lot of No. 5 jerseys and people excited. That’s why we do this. At the end of the day, we’re in entertainment. My goals and ambitions are obviously always to strive forward in my career and just try and make — bring something to motorsports that maybe wasn’t there, I would say. I’ve tried to kind of dip my toes in different areas to enhance a fan’s experience at a weekend — I can’t do it everywhere because ultimately — it would be great to make it a business, but it’s not as easy as that, and ultimately I sometimes just end up spending my own money, and they’re chunks. There’s thousands and thousands of my own money that — I want people to see what INDYCAR is and what it can bring to them, just like some people follow soccer, some people follow basketball. Why not follow racing? But it’s definitely been frustrating lately because I haven’t given them that reason to, like, just go crazy. I think the 500 was obviously the closest that we’ve been, but it feels really special to see such a group of people that’s behind me, and whether it’s good or bad, good or bad weekends, a good chunk of them are always behind us, and that’s very special. Q. Two years ago when Gavin joined the team, and I don’t know if St. Pete would be considered a proper first win for him, but I was hoping to get your thoughts on what’s delivered him a proper first win now on the two-year anniversary of actually joining the team? PATO O’WARD: Yeah, this was the two-year. It was. Man, what can I tell you? Gavin has got a lot of passion. He’s got a lot of passion for what he does and for racing and just for building a very strong race team. I feel like athletes and maybe teams in general like around the world, whether it’s basketball, soccer or football, racing, whatever, you kind of build this skill to turn cold when things don’t really go your way. You always just move forward, move forward, move forward, move forward, turn the page, turn the page, turn the page. At some point it will weigh down on you because there is so much sacrifice and energy and money and a lot of stuff that goes into this. It made me so happy seeing their faces at the podium now. I could really tell that they know I drove my ass off because they can tell in the telemetry, and honestly, that’s what they should expect because that’s what I expect from myself, and ultimately there’s nothing like having a team of people behind you that truly trusts you 100 percent, and they know when you do have that chance, you will make it happen for them, and that’s always been what I strive for and what I want to give to them, but sometimes it just — we need to look at our realities, and sometimes kind of bring that bar down a little bit to get to that objective and then bring it back up. Q. But for Gavin specifically — PATO O’WARD: The guy has got to be ecstatic, I would say. I obviously haven’t had a chance to talk to him too much. But this probably feels as strong as it feels for me because really, our last — my last win, not counting St. Pete, really was Iowa. Gavin was present, but it was shortly after he joined the team. This is truly the first one that we’ve all been able to — well, to really live. I think Gavin has got a whole group of people behind him that also trust him, where he’s taking this team. He’s definitely brought a different view to how to approach certain things, but it’s not going to change in one day to another. It takes time. It takes money, just like everything. We can’t go play race cars without a chunk of money. But yeah, we’re here to win. THE MODERATOR: Wrapping up the 2024 version of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid, joined by Scott McLaughlin, who led three laps today, driving the No. 3 SONSIO Team Penske Chevrolet, third podium of 2024, 15th career podium, and certainly a nice bounceback from the WeatherTech race at Laguna Seca a couple weeks ago.  THE MODERATOR: .4993 was the difference, the closest finish in five years. Scott, nice bounceback for you from Laguna Seca a couple weeks ago. You were staying up front all day long. SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: Yeah, it’s been up and down for us, as everyone knows, the last few events. Nice to get another solid result and hopefully we can go into Iowa where we know we’ll probably be pretty quick. Just a matter of putting it together over this next little bit to the end of the championship. Yeah, look, I’ve really enjoyed the hybrid integration. I’ve really enjoyed working with that and learning it and I was learning even out there throughout the weekend and through the race. But we made a lot of ground in that first stint, overcut these guys. I’m sick of getting overcut myself, so I was like, stuff it, I’m going to be overcutting today. I think we were the last one to pit, and that’s probably where we led our laps.   Q. At the end of the race are you thinking more Push-to-Pass than the hybrid assist as you’re trying to track down and race somebody for position?  SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: I was in no man’s land, so I turned everything off and just drove it home. Q. Six of the last eight races will be on ovals where the hybrid advantage is not as great as it is on a street or road course. Do you just go back to the mindset of regular oval racing? SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: I think it’s going to differ to some ovals. I think there’s going to be parts where you can use it, and in Milwaukee and Gateway where there’s probably more decel, you’ll use it differently than Iowa where it’s really quick now and you really have to be off the gas. But yeah, ultimately when we were testing there, we were really focused on car balance and then sort of got into the hybrid in the afternoon. It’s boost. It’s going to help us at some point. You’ve just got to use it at the right moments.  Q. your general thoughts of the hybrid in the series? Essentially 27 cars started, 27 cars finished. Overall direction the series is going on with this hybrid and your thoughts of it in general?   SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: Yeah, I concur. It’s a lot more fun because it’s in our hands, and that’s what I think is really cool about it. There’s no order to deploy, nothing like that. Literally we push a button for it to work, and you’ve got to think about it so much, and it changes whether you’re battling with someone or you’re by yourself just trying to get lap time. That’s what’s really cool. Then you’ve got Push-to-Pass on top of that. It’s busy, but I think that’s where you’re going to see the difference, and there’s going to be some mistakes creep in, especially on street circuits I’m sure. There’s a lot going on. But it’s fun.   Q. Scott, you hung out in no-man’s land, 10, 12 seconds off the lead for a long time. Was there just nothing else you could do? SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: I just lost so much time in that first stint, but ultimately I was just trying to maximize my day in that first stint by saving as much fuel as I could, and I just jumped the guys in the overcut, but then these guys were all the way down the road. It was actually honestly a bit of a testing issue for me. I was trying different things with the hybrid, Push-to-Pass, all that stuff. It was actually really cool. Learned a lot of things, and hopefully we can — we got points, and hopefully we can use it later down the track, whether it’s next year or end of the year. Q. How much did you use manual regen in the race and how much did you use automatic and how did that play out in the race, if you can talk through a little bit of the reasons for doing either in the race? SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: I’m not going to tell him. SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: Exactly, so no. I used it in different places.  Q. Can you touch on this busy stretch of races? We had a week off but now it gets really busy here the next couple weeks before the Olympic break.  SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: Yeah, this is awesome. I really enjoy this schedule. I think it is a squashed-up schedule, but this part of the season in the summer, beautiful weather, it’s a lot of fun. The amount of people that we had out here this weekend, I think it was the most I’ve ever seen out here in my time in INDYCAR. People love coming out here in the summer, and I’m glad we have races in the good weather. Q. I know you guys don’t really look at your competitors. One way or another you want to go out there and beat them. But does this kid O’Ward have the potential now that he’s gotten over the hurdle and gotten back in Victory Lane that he could win a lot?  SCOTT McLAUGHLIN: He’s like Taylor Swift out there. It was deafening on the podium. It was very impressive. I think every person in this category can win a race, and that’s a testament to INDYCAR. Yeah, Pato is one of those guys, and he’s always there. Alex is one of those guys, and I’m trying to be there, as well, with those guys. Yeah, it’s just the most competitive series in the world.

PATO O’WARD PUTS CHEVROLET IN VICTORY LANE AT MID-OHIO

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES

HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO

MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

LEXINGTON, OHIO

TEAM CHEVY WINNER QUOTE          

JULY 7, 2024

SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN GIVES CHEVROLET TWO PODIUM SPOTS IN INDYCAR HYBRID POWER UNIT DEBUT

  • Pato O Ward, No 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, won his second race of the 2024 NTT INDYCAR Series season with a hard-fought victory today at the debut of the INDYCAR Hybrid Power Unit
  • Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet., finished third to give Chevrolet two spots on the podium for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
  • It is the 5th win of the season for Team Chevy

 Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet-RACE WINNER:

YOU HAVE MADE YOUR WAY TO VICTORY LANE AGAIN, WHAT ARE THE FEELINGS?

“Yeah, that was a hard-fought race.  We were really, really strong on the reds.  Palou was really, really strong on the blacks.  So, all I needed to do was just kind of stay at bay in the first stint and then come into the pits and put those reds on and try and close the gap.  Then get him on the pit sequence or on track, but great job by the team.  Ahhh, it’s been a while.  I know we won St. Pete, but this is a proper win, and we earned this one this weekend.”

IS THIS THE PRODUCT OF THE EFFORT AND HARD WORK BEING PUT IN BY THIS PROGRAM?

“Yeah, I felt very comfortable with the car this weekend.  From the second practice going into qualifying, we executed, and they put a really strong car under me for the race. So, hats off to Arrow/McLaren, they gave me a rocket.”

Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 Sonsio Team Penske Chevrolet, FINISHED 3rd:

LONG GREEN FLAG RUNS TODAY, WHAT WERE CONDITIONS LIKE OUT THERE?

“Yeah, it was hard.  We were in no mans land there, so I had my own race and was just playing with the hybrid a bit and learning it as well. I am just really proud of everyone on this Sonsio Protection Chevy. We have been up and down all year and its nice to get a solid result.  Hopefully we can build on to this.  Now we go to two ovals, two ovals that I really enjoy and just keep building some momentum.”

YOUR CREW CAME OVER THE RADIO AND SAID YOU WERE DOING A PERFECT JOB DURING THE RACE. HOW RELIEVING IS THAT AS A DRIVER?

“Its nice. Your confidence gets knocked around when you make a couple of mistakes here and there.  You come in with a lot of expectation and you want to be good every weekend, but ultimately you are human, and everyone makes mistakes. But as I have said, I have a great team behind me, and we have to keep pushing on and keep working. There are plenty of races left in the season and we can keep on improving and see where we are at.”

Mark Stielow, Director of Motorsports Competition Programs for General Motors:

“What an exciting race today at Mid-Ohio! Congratulations to Pato O’Ward, Gavin Ward and the entire No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet team on their outstanding win. Pato drove a skilled, patient race while his crew executed flawlessly on pit lane. It was a true team win.  

“There were great battles throughout the field. With Scott McLaughlin bringing the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet to the finish in third, it is very rewarding for everyone on the Chevrolet engineering side along with our teams who have all put in countless hours to reach today’s race to have two drivers on the podium for debut of the INDYCAR Hybrid Power Unit.”

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