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JFR Qualifying Report NW Nationals

Posted by Maggie Smith on Aug 6, 2016 5:49:28 PM

 

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Enjoy this recap of the action in Sonoma from our friends at John Force Racing

Posted by Maggie Smith on Aug 5, 2016 4:17:40 PM

 

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TOP THREE STARTING POSITION FOR JOSEF NEWGARDEN AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 30, 2016 6:19:04 PM

Newgarden Will Start From 3rd, Spencer Pigot Qualifies 19th

 

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 30, 2016) – Qualifying Notes

  • For the third time in as many years, Josef Newgarden advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 during qualifications at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Today’s qualifying effort has given him the 3rd starting position for tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, while teammate Spencer Pigot will start 19th.
  • With their times from this morning's practice session, both Newgarden and Pigot were assigned to Group 1 of Round 1 qualifications. After beginning the session on primary black Firestone Firehawks, both Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka drivers came into the pits for a switch to the alternate red Firehawks. 
  • On red tires, Newgarden went to the top of the time sheets. By the end of the session, his quick lap of 1:04.3739 was good for 2nd, advancing him to Round 2.
  • Pigot sat 5th after his run on black tires. On reds, he set a fast time of 1:05.1891. His lap put him 10th in the group, giving him the 19th place starting position for tomorrow's 90-lap race.
  • Right before the start of Round 2, moisture was reported around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Newgarden elected the start the session on scuffed red tires, hoping to set a quick lap in case rain intensified. He sat 8th after his run on the scuffed reds, but a switch to sticker reds sent him straight to the first position. He fell to 5th by the end of the 10-minute session but moved on to the Fast 6 with a lap of 1:04.3347.
  • The sun came out for Round 3 when Newgarden turned three laps on scuffed red tires. At the checkered flag, his lap of 1:04.1200 was good enough for a 3rd place starting position for tomorrow's race. 
  • Newgarden has returned to Mid-Ohio with the hopes of taking care of unfinished business from the past two years. In 2015 he was on a strategy that had him solidly on the podium, but was caught out by an untimely caution period and finished 13th.  Newgarden started on the front row in 2014 and had just taken the lead of the race when he came in for his final pit stop. After running over an air hose, he was forced to serve a drive-through penalty and had to settle for 12th.
  • Pigot’s last outing at Mid-Ohio helped vault him into contention for the 2015 Indy Lights championship. After he finished 3rd during the second Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio last year, Pigot sat only six points behind in the standings. Once he won the final two races of the season and clinched the championship, Pigot graduated to the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2016. Mid-Ohio will be only the 8th race of his Indy car career.
  • Not only has Newgarden not missed any races after being injured in the suspended Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12, he earned his first victory of the year since then. Driving the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet with a surgically-repaired right clavicle and broken bone in his right hand, Newgarden dominated the Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. He led 282 of 300 laps on his way to his first oval victory and third win of his Indy car career.
  • Newgarden currently sits 5th in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with 344 points, just 14 points out of 3rd. Pigot races the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet in road and street course events and joined ECR in Detroit, following the Indianapolis 500. Team owner Ed Carpenter drives the No. 20 during the oval events.
  • The Honda Indy 200 weekend will air live Sunday, July 31 on CNBC at 2 p.m. ET with a re-broadcast on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD: “It was really exciting, actually. I was nervous in the second round. We were debating new or used reds in the second group, no one really knew it what it was going to do. It looked like it was going to rain, then it didn’t, then it kind of did! We ended up going out on scuffs and I struggled, I couldn’t really get a good lap time on them. We came in and put on new tires and it started raining in Turn 4. I thought ‘Well, we just shot ourselves in the foot!’ The next lap it dried up and I got a good time and got in the Fast 6. We did a pretty decent job and ended 3rd. I feel good about where we are starting, that’s a good spot for us. We should try and challenge the two Penske guys for the whole race. They’ll be tough to beat, they’re really, really good around here on their tires. I think that’s what it’s going to take, kind of like Barber, you have to have good longevity on your tires That’s where we got beat in Barber, so we have got to work on that tomorrow morning. If we can do that, we should have a pretty good day with the Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 19TH: “Obviously today was a tough day, we need to figure out how we can improve qualifying. We at least want stay where we have been in practice instead of losing positions. We’re going to make that the goal for qualifying in Watkins Glen. For tomorrow, we’re going to focus on the race and see what we can do with a different strategy. We have good pace and I know the Fuzzy’s Vodka Rising Star Racing guys will give me good pit stops. I’m excited to see what we can do.”

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John Force Racing Heads to Sonoma - Pre-Race Team Notes

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 28, 2016 5:19:22 PM

JOHN FORCE IN THE RUNNING FOR SECOND WESTERN SWING SWEEP

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NEW LOOK JOHN FORCE WANTS TO STAND OUT WITH PERFORMANCE IN DENVER

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 20, 2016 9:46:05 AM

DENVER, CO (July 19, 2016) --- John Force might be hard to see at the Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals but the 16-time Funny Car champion wants to continue to make a lot of noise on the mountain top. Force, the six-time Mile High NHRA Nationals winner, will be driving a new look Realtree PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant camouflage Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car this weekend. The one race partnership will highlight Force’s All-American roots and his passion for building business relationships beyond the race track.

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Day of Disappointment for Ed Carpenter Racing in Toronto

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 18, 2016 10:49:45 AM

TORONTO (July 17, 2016) Post Race Notes

  • The 2016 edition of the Honda Indy Toronto and the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto could not have been any more different for Ed Carpenter Racing. After going 1-2 at the checkered flag in 2015, ECR cars would face many challenges and finish at the far end of the field in 2016.
  • Last week's Iowa Corn 300 winner, Josef Newgarden, qualified 8th for the Honda Indy Toronto. Also the defending Toronto winner, Newgarden's race was off to a solid start as he was able to get around James Hinchcliffe for 7th before the first lap was even completed.
  • Spencer Pigot, winner of both Indy Lights races at Toronto in 2015, started 21st in only his 7th Verizon IndyCar Series race. Pigot drives the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet during the road and street course events while team owner Ed Carpenter drives on the ovals. 
  • The No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services crew had to abandon their strategy just five laps into the race. Juan Pablo Montoya hit Newgarden's rear wing, sending his left rear bumper pod flying. A full course caution for the debris allowed the crew to make a rear wing change and keep Newgarden on the led lap. Running 8th at the time of the contact, he rejoined the race in 22nd.
  • Pigot was able to keep with his original strategy, pitting early for a switch from red to black tires. The Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka crew gave Pigot a fast seven second pit stop and sent him back out into the race. He worked hard on fuel conservation throughout the next stint, hoping the strategy would vault him to the front of the field in the waning laps. 
  • Newgarden had just re-entered the Top 10 after falling all the way back to 22nd when he hit the curbing in Turn 5 on Lap 57. The car got away from him, sending him into the wall. He was checked, cleared and released from the medical center. Newgarden was credited with a 22nd place finish.
  • For the ensuing restart after the caution, Pigot had moved into the Top 5. He was attempting to complete the race without making any more pit stops, but that plan was thwarted when he flat spotted his tires under breaking. He came in for one final stop for a new set of tires, but fell back down to 21st.
  • Pigot smartly avoided two cars who went into the wall ahead of him on Lap 82. With one lap to go, Pigot held his position on the next restart and would finish 19th. 
  • The Verizon IndyCar Series moves to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in two weeks for the Honda Indy 200 on July 31st. The race will be broadcast live on CNBC at 2 p.m. ET. 

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 19TH:  We just struggled to get the tires up to temperature. I locked up on the second to last restart and flat spotted the tires so we had to come in and pit. We just didn’t really have the pace today to compete towards the Top 10. I also had a broken front wing which definitely did not help. I just want to thank Ed Carpenter Racing and Rising Star Racing for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get back in the Fuzzy’s Vodka car in Mid-Ohio." 

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET, FINISHED 22ND: “It was an error on my part. I hate to blame it on an injury, but I hit the curb to hard and lost the wheel.  I couldn't hang on to the wheel, I didn't have the strength. I feel terrible for our guys, we had a good race going. We were fighting back after we got put back for an incident that I don't think was our fault. We could have had a good finish there. This was my mistake and I feel bad because we are going to lose some points here."

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Still Celebrating ECR Win in Iowa

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 11, 2016 8:30:40 PM

JOSEF NEWGARDEN CLINCHES DOMINATING VICTORY AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

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NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway - Post Race Report

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 11, 2016 8:20:00 PM

HIGHT MOVES UP IN POINTS WITH CHICAGO SEMI-FINAL FINISH

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Customer Featured in Industry Publication. Hurco Helps Connecticut Shop Deal with Skills Gap.

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 9, 2016 9:30:00 PM

New Operators Find CNC Control Easy to Use

Since PDQ's inception, Hurco has been a part of the company's success story. While PDQ has many different CNC machines in the shop, the PDQ team realized that Hurco CNC machines solved a problem all shops lament: the shortage of skilled labor.

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Tags: Aerospace & Defense, WinMax Conversational Programming, CNC Control & Software, entrepreneur, control technology, customer

Hurco's IndyCar Partner Prepares for the Iowa Race

Posted by Maggie Smith on Jul 8, 2016 3:15:12 PM


ED CARPENTER RACING LOOKS TO RETURN TO THE PODIUM AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

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