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Verizon IndyCar Series / Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race results
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on April 24, 2018, 08:13:05 AM »
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race results

Click HERE to view and download the official results of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Results Monday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 82, Running
2. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 82, Running
3. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 82, Running
4. (10) Robert Wickens, Honda, 82, Running
5. (3) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 82, Running
6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 82, Running
7. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 82, Running
8. (18) Takuma Sato, Honda, 82, Running
9. (9) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 82, Running
10. (7) Marco Andretti, Honda, 82, Running
11. (8) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 82, Running
12. (21) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 82, Running
13. (11) Zach Veach, Honda, 82, Running
14. (19) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 82, Running
15. (17) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 81, Running
16. (22) Rene Binder, Chevrolet, 80, Running
17. (20) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 80, Running
18. (23) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 80, Running
19. (16) Zachary Claman De Melo, Honda, 80, Running
20. (12) Ed Jones, Honda, 64, Mechanical
21. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 53, Off Course
22. (13) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 34, Mechanical
23. (14) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 10, Contact

Race Statistics:
Winner's average speed: 93.335 mph
Time of Race: 2:01:14.4486
Margin of victory: 9.9607 seconds
Cautions: 2 for 14 laps
Lead changes: 4 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Newgarden, Josef 1 - 49
Bourdais, Sebastien 50 - 54
Newgarden, Josef 55 - 71
Bourdais, Sebastien 72 - 75
Newgarden, Josef 76 - 82

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Newgarden 158, Rossi 145, Bourdais 119, Rahal 119, Hinchcliffe 118,  Hunter-Reay 113, Dixon 107, Wickens 97, Andretti 88, Power 81.

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The ninth annual Indy car race on Barber's 2.3-mile permanent road course began Sunday in rainy conditions that grew progressively worse and substantially limited driver visibility. A pair of full-course cautions preceded the first of two red-flag stoppages for declining track conditions on Lap 19.

Following a 37-minute delay, engines were restarted and the field completed four laps under caution behind the pace car before they were ordered into the pit lane once more. After nearly 90 minutes waiting out the rain, INDYCAR deemed the track lost for the day and announced postponement of the completion until Monday - with 75 minutes remaining on the race clock.

Sunday's continuation began on Lap 24 with formation laps starting the time clock until the green flag flew on Lap 27. Rain late in the race threw strategies for a loop and it was DHL driver Ryan Hunter-Reay coming out on top for Andretti Autosport.

From here the Verizon IndyCar Series heads back home again to Indiana to being preparations for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th (113 pts.)
•OF NOTE: Earned his third podium at Barber Motorsports Park, his 39th IndyCar career podium finish
“It was a good race, it was tough getting the fuel number and trying to keep the pace up, but it was a lot of fun when it started raining, trying to find the grip again and searching around. I was almost worried that I was going to burn the front [tires] off. We came in early for the wet [tires]. I stayed out there as long as I could but, on the slicks, I was a lot quicker, and it was that inconsistent snap that you have. When you have one of those [snaps] with the slicks you can absolutely loose it completely, so we thought that was the best time to come in and grab the Firestone wets. It was good from there. I just needed a little bit more time to cut in on Newgarden’s lead. Congratulations to Team Penske and [Josef] Newgarden. Great job by the DHL guys this weekend. We rolled off the truck, we weren’t that happy with the car and we kept working on it methodically, chipping into it and everybody just executed it – so a good weekend overall.”
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 9th (88 pts)
•OF NOTE: Spun in Turn 9 on Lap 3 of Sunday's race attempt dropping the 98 from P7 to P21... Pitted on Lap 13 with the hopes of advancing via strategy with red flags looming... Returned to the pits on Lap 33 and worked his way into the top eight before rain came, evening out the field's race strategy
“It was a lot of fun out there, but I think finishing 10th is the worst we should’ve finished. I think myself and the guys earned a third-place finish. We beat [James Hinchcliffe] out in the end – so we had third locked up until the rain made all the one-stoppers work. We were looking really good for a podium; the Kerauno team was way better than what the race results showed, but we know we have the pace, so we’ll keep digging and move on to Indy.”

•CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd (145 pts.)
•OF NOTE: Ran steadily in the top five before track conditions changed to wet... The No. 27 took a detour off track at Turn 9 on Lap 75 while entering the pits for rain tires
“It definitely wasn’t our best day. We initially went into the race with the plan of doing a two-stopper, then we switched to a one-stop strategy once the race started because of the extra formation laps. Once the race got going, we were on the wrong tire for the one-stop plan, and couldn’t make the fuel work, so we switched back to a two-stop strategy. It was looking okay, but we tried to survive the rain probably one lap too long and we lost time to guys that had already switched to rain tires. We ended up 11th. It wasn’t a great day from a performance or strategy standpoint. It’s a day that we’ll certainly be putting behind us as soon as possible and look forward to Indy GP where we had a really strong test a couple weeks ago.”
•CHAMPIONSHIP: 13th (77 pts.)
•OF NOTE: Worked his way inside the top 10 before mechanical issues resulted in loss of car adjustments for the rookie... sits second in the Rookie of the Year standings
“The weekend overall was good for us, confidence wise – advancing to the top 12 in qualifying and getting up to position sixth yesterday for the first part of the race. Today, I think we definitely had the pace to finish inside the top 10, but we had a few mechanical issues during the race. I lost all of my adjustments inside of the car, so once that happened I was a sitting duck. Extremely thankful for my Group One Thousand One crew for the job they did this weekend. We held on the best we could to come home 13th. Hopefully we can improve for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and of course build on everything in time for the Indianapolis 500.” 

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Danny Benedict is Set to Show Off New Colours for the 2018 Season

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Already busy getting things ready for the upcoming schedule, Danny Benedict has added another item to the #54 team’s pre-season checklist. The Orono, Ontario driver will debut a fresh colour scheme when the crew rolls to the line to kick-off the year at Sunset Speedway and their limited schedule on the APC Pro Late Model tour. The 21-year-old wheel-twister – who began his career in the provincial karting and Mini Stock wars – says it was time to give his gear a makeover for 2018.


“Logging the Fall Velocity checkered flag as my first career Late Model win looks great on a resume, but we need to have some strong runs throughout the entire season; both here at home and on the road,” said Danny Benedict, who graduated from Algonquin College. “The new colour scheme will be a step in the right direction and give us a fresh look to go along with a new attitude on the track.”


Benedict says the crew spent most of the off-season tweaking the Shaw chassis they rolled out of the box in 2017 and putting the finishing touches on the car they acquired from APC tour front-runner Shawn Chenoweth. The driver knows the late nights and hard work by Dale, Max, Sam, Catrina, Jason, Graham, his Dad and even his Mom and sister Julie will pay-off when the new season gets underway.


“Every team in the sport is going through the same thing right now,” said the young speedster. “Sometimes it seems like we’ll never be finished on time, but it always comes together. It can be hectic, but its also a lot of fun. I’m confident that we’ll have everything done in plenty of time for the Saturday, May 5th season-opener.”


After recording 4 top 5 and 8 top 10 runs, while finishing 14th in the Division 1 standings at the popular venue north of the GTA, Benedict says he’s looking forward to a solid start to the year. His first season with the APC tour will be a new experience, but the series visits some familiar territory, so there shouldn’t be too much of an adjustment along the way.


In addition to the new colour scheme, Benedict Racing is happy to welcome The Homesmiths Royal Service Real Estate Brokerage to their marketing partnership group of Shaw Motorsports, GTA Racing Design, B & W Enterprises, Baudo Auto Service, Hoy’s Garage, Mark Rainford Auto Sales, Mayhew Graphics, Kim Irwin of Irwin Tax, Dan McHattie Racecars, L & H RV Sales & Service and Clarke Motorsports Communications. The #54 crew welcomes inquiries from additional interested sponsors. To learn more about opportunities with the team, contact


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Orono, Ontario’s Danny Benedict will show some new colours on his #54 Late Model when the 2018 season gets underway – Saturday, May 5th – at Sunset Speedway.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media,
Brighton Speedway is set to kick off its 2018 racing season this Saturday, April 28 with the Coca Cola and Brighton Recycling season opener.  The green flag is scheduled for 7 p.m. The finishing touches are being put on the 1/3 mile clay oval as Brighton is ready for another action packed season full of horsepower.

Four divisions will be on tap Saturday, including the Vanderlaan Building Supplies Pro Late Models, Bainer’s OilGARD Anti Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Thunder Stocks and Bill's Johns Comp 4s. Track owner and promoter Mark Rinaldi said after a very successful 50th season they are excited to begin the 51st this weekend. “We had a big year last year and we always like to build upon all of our marquee events moving forward,” said Rinaldi.  “I’m looking forward to it.”   

Rinaldi said adding to the excitement are a number of new drivers hitting the track in new divisions this year with registration up in all classes.  “It’s really booming,” said Rinaldi.  “There is a lot of excitement and a lot of new faces.  A lot of the veterans and the returning pros are coming back to defend their home turf so we are pretty excited to kick off the season.”

Returning this year to defend his crown and clinch his sixth Brighton championship is #57 Late Model driver Charlie Sandercock from Trenton.  He said like every year, this season is about having fun.  “We are excited to get back on the track at Brighton this year,” Sandercock said.  “We hope to start the season off as we ended it last year. Be consistent and have fun. That’s always the goal.”

#87 Andrew Hennessy of Picton is chasing his fourth consecutive title this season and said he is also is excited to get back to racing.  The veteran Canadian Modified driver explained he has changed everything suspension wise for this year because “in motor sports the only thing that stays the same is everything changes. What worked yesterday doesn't always work today and to stay fast you have to be willing to try things. I am sure we will be right in the mix though,” Hennessy said.  “I really do expect this to be the most competitive field of cars we've had in a few years, it looks that way on paper to me anyways.”

#72 Doug ‘The Big Smooth’ Anderson from Quinte West is ready for opening night as he shoots to secure his sixth Pro Stock championship. “I think I am more excited about this season than the last couple because my son Kyle (who races JR Restricted Kids Karts) will be driving a few times this year in our Pro Stock so I’m pretty stoked about that,” said Anderson.  The three-time Duel in the Dirt champ said he will look to defend his crown this year as well as he enjoys racing at different tracks through the season.

“We are ready to rock and defend the championship,” said two-time Comp 4 Champion #0 Tyler French of Belleville.  He has taken home checkers the last three openers and stated he wants to again this year in memory of his Uncle Brad who passed away on April 20.  “Uncle Brad has always come to Test N Tune every year for pics with me and other drivers but I didn’t get to have Test N Tune with him this year,” he said. “I’ll be racing with a chain in my car carrying his ashes around the track with me.  The first race will be for him.”

Once the green flag drops this Saturday night we begin a packed season of mud slinging action.  Back by popular demand – Pinty’s and Mix 97 host the Southern Ontario Sprints season debut on Saturday, May 19th.  They visit the track six times throughout the year kicking it off on the Victoria Day Long Weekend and closing with a doubleheader hosted by Ultramar Parkland Fuels Belleville, Lucas Oil, Rock 107 and Mystical Distributing on the Labour Day Long Weekend on September 1st and 2nd.  Rinaldi says that the Cool 100 Applefest weekend has grown into one of the biggest events of the season both for fans and cars with over 300 cars attending on September 21st and 22nd, 2017.  The Lange and Fetter Ford Eve of Destruction happening on September 30th always brings wall to wall fans that Rinaldi beamed has taken on a life of its own with the Workman’s OK Tire and Auto School Bus Races and much more.  “You never know what to expect when you’re coming into it,” said Rinaldi.  “Last year it was a full house so we are going to try and make some change and more room so more people can enjoy it this year.  Make sure you clear your Saturday nights to come out and see some live exciting entertainment that you can’t really catch anywhere else in the area.  There is no other feeling like seeing it live and in person.” 

Admission to Saturday night’s season opening event is only $4 with a non-perishable food item for the Brighton Fare Share Food Bank.  As the one of the largest fund raisers for our local food bank, contributions are appreciated.  Adult admission is $12.00 while a Family Pass is just $25.00. Race time is 7:00 PM and Front Gates will open at 5:00 PM to accommodate our race fans.  For more information visit .

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Brighton Speedway’s 2018 season is proudly supported by the following corporate sponsors: ABC Taxi, Adecco, Archer’s Poultry, B & H Carpet, Bay Marine,  Behan Construction, Bellevue Fabricating Ltd., Bill’s Johns, Brighton Automotive, Brighton Recycling, Campbellford Chrysler, Canadian National Autism Foundation, CANEX, Classic Rock 107.9, Coca-Cola, Comfort Zone Heating & Air Conditioning, Cool 100, Deerhaven Farm and Garden, Dibbits Excavating, Electro Cables, Excel Tower Service, Fidelity Engineering & Construction, First Place Trailers, Gerow Propane, Gord’s Water, Greig Truck & Trailer, Humber Nurseries, Hotch’s Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Motorsport Designs, John’s Equipment, Lange & Fetter Ford, Larry’s Towing, Lucas Oil, Maestro’s Painting Contractors, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Mix 97, Mystical Distributing, NOCO Fuels, OilGARD Anti-Rust, Orange Motorsports, Owasco RV, Part Source, Pinty’s, Quinte Septic, Rapid Rad, Read’s Accounting, Rock 107, Sanderson Tire and Automotive, Stoneridge Specialty Insurance, The Community Press, TURRIS  Communications, 95.5 Hits FM, UCB Radio Canada, Ultramar Parkland, Weaver Funeral Home, Workman’s OK Tire, Vanderlaan Building Products, VanZuylen Tire, and VP Racing Fuels.


About Brighton Speedway: Brighton Speedway is a 1/3-mile clay stock car racing oval located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Brighton, Ont. The speedway hosts five weekly stock car divisions on Saturday nights from May to September.
Cayuga Speedway / 2018 JMS SCHEDULE RELEASED.
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on April 23, 2018, 12:06:43 PM »
We are happy to share our 2018 schedule with you…

For Immediate Release

Jukasa Motor Speedway announces 2018 Dates

Hagersville, Ontario (January 10, 2018)

Jukasa Motor Speedway is pleased to announce significant major events for 2018. We are excited to unveil five marquee weekends for 2018 that we feel will give our fans a diverse slate of racing events with the best touring series complimented by a host of great local divisions that will prove to be an exciting 2018 season at Canadas Crown Jewel. “Although there is always potential for another date to be added we felt it was important to get these dates out so competitors and fans can plan their 2018 race season, we have received several requests for different types of cars that our fans would like to see at JMS and we hope this checks off boxes on their wish list”, said Alex Nagy general manager of Jukasa Motor Speedway.

We will kick off our season on June 16th with the first oval race of the year for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series with a 200-lap race along with the hugely competitive and fast growing OSCAAR Modified Series. The Pinty’s Series Finale held here in 2017 had an incredible finish and there is no doubt this will be just as exciting and our fans will also be impressed with the talent that will be here in the Pinty’s Series and the OSCAAR Modified Series. The next weekend June 23rd we will host the King of The Wing National Sprint Car Series, these winged sprint 410 cars are going to be unbelievable on the big 5/8th mile oval. Support classes are TBA.

July 14th will be one of the fastest days of racing seen in Canada in a long time with the return of the International Super Modified Association for the Queenston Chev 50 lap along with the ROC Modified Series. These two series both have excellent Canadian content and will be joined by our friends south of the border, it will be one of the most exciting open wheel events you will see anywhere.

September is going to be a busy time here at JMS starting with Labour Day weekend September 1-3 and the Canadian Short Track Nationals. September 1st will see the return of APC Series which is the hottest series in the Province plus the Ontario Super Late Model Series (Outlaw), these two divisions combined put on a heck of a show at JMS last year and they won’t disappoint in 2018. September 2nd & 3rd will be the second portion of the weekend with a Super Stock 50 lap Invitational and a $25,000.00 to win Pro Late Model race which will be one of the richest short track races in North America. We expect that all four races will attract the best drivers and teams from coast to coast in Canada and the USA. Many more details to come in the future regarding this huge weekend. As mentioned we will open our season with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in June and September 29th will see the return of the Pinty’s Fall Brawl Series Finale where we will crown the Series Champion once again. Also on the card for this event is the Limited Late Models which put on very competitive races and the class is loaded with talent so we are excited to have them with us for the first time. This event was one of the best races of the year with an incredible finish and we don’t expect 2018 will be any different.
We’re very happy to welcome such a diverse group of sanctioning bodies and local classes to Jukasa in 2018. Having all these groups definitely enhance our racing program and provide our fans with a nice variety. “We are excited to get going and look forward to seeing everyone during the 2018 season,” Nagy concluded. Event info such as ticket sales etc. will be announced in the coming months.

Saturday June 16th – NASCAR Pinty’s Series with the OSCAAR Modifieds.

Saturday June 23rd – King of The Wing National Sprint Car Series, support class(es) TBA.

Saturday July 14th – Super Modifieds and ROC Modifieds.

*Saturday Sept. 1st – APC Series and Ontario Super Late Model Series (Outlaw)

*Sun. Sept. 2nd – Mon. Sept. 3rd – $25K to win Pro Late Models with Super Stock Invitational.

Saturday Sept. 29th – Pinty’s Fall Brawl, NASCAR Pinty’s Series Finale Plus Limited Late Models.

*Denotes Canadian Short Track Nationals.

*Watch for Super Stock and Pro Late Model Qualifiers at area speedways to be announced soon for the Canadian Short Track Nationals.

Note: Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Contact: Alex Nagy, General Manager Jukasa Motor Speedway 289-975-4999 Email:

About Jukasa Motor Speedway Jukasa Motor Speedway is a .625-mile paved speedway located in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada. The track first opened in 1966 as Cayuga Speedway and remained opened until it ceased regular operations in 2010. With new ownership in 2016 the facility underwent extensive renovations. Among the changes at the facility include a complete redesign and asphalt recovering of the racing surface and upgrades for competitors and fans throughout the entire 350 acre site. The facility can also accommodate nearly 800 campsites with many offering services to campers. For more information on Jukasa Motor Speedway visit their Facebook page and Twitter @Jukasamotor or

Jukasa Partners Jukasa Motor Speedway thanks the following partners for their support. Kubota Canada, Pinty’s Delicious Foods, Whelen Engineering, Rankin Construction, Queenston Chev, W.J. Heaslip Ltd. Middleport Mechanical, Jukasa Designs, Jukasa Media Group


Trois-Rivières, QC – 2018-04-18 - Yesterday, the Shamrock Promotion Inc. Management Team held a car owner and driver meeting for Quebec Late Model car owners and drivers on the outlook of the LMS touring Series.

Over 50 people attended the meeting in the Mauricie region.  Twenty two teams attended the meeting.  Add to those present 12 other teams who had informed us of their absence, ahead of time, and had confirmed their support of the touring Series initiative... independent of the US-based ACT.

Also in attendance were Officials from Autodrome Montmagny, St-Eustache and the Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivières, who wanted to show their support to the team lead by Marc Patrick Roy, who had until recently held the Managing Director of Série ACT.

Unanimously, the group confirmed its support to the independent touring Series, its Management Team and adopted a 2018 modified schedule.  One change on the schedule, the season opener at Autodrome St-Eustache (ASE) on May 20th is reinstated.  The second change is the rescheduling of the event planned for August 18th at ASE to September 8 where the Series’ Champion will be crowned... on the same day the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be making its visit to the St-Eustache facility just North of Montreal.

Car owners and drivers mandated the Shamrock Management team to try, one last time, to come to an agreement with Autodrome Chaudiere’s Management Team.

As promised, the Shamrock Management Team submitted, today, a counter offer to the track’s board of directors, which, if approved, would include a visit to the Beauce speed plant on July 28th.  Stay tuned for developments in the coming days.

The group will unveil its new name and several other announcements at the Salon de l’Auto Sport de Quebec on April 27-28-29.  The opening race of 2018 will take place at Autodrome St-Eustache on May 20th.

The 2017 LMS Management Team… Shamrock Promotions Inc.
Karine Paquette
Gerry Paquette
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Fabian Coulthard - No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Qualifying – 26th (Tech Breach)
Race 9 – 13th (Fastest Lap: 1m32.7657s)
Scott McLaughlin - No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford

Qualifying – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m29.5057s)
Race 9 – 1st (Fastest Lap: 1m32.1584s)
McLaughlin took his second win of 2018, and has assumed the Championship lead for the first time this year.

McLaughlin took pole position, and battled with Jamie Whincup across the entire race distance. He took victory by a margin of one-second.

RECAP: In qualifying for Race 9, both drivers took advantage of the track conditions early in the session, when a layer of rubber was still on the circuit following the Carrera Cup session. They both set their fastest laps on their second runs to take the top two positions, exiting their cars with eight minutes remaining in the session. No runners were able to improve later in the session, so Scott took his second pole of 2018, with Fabian right alongside.

Unfortunately a technical breach on Car 12 due to an error when changing the rear wing angle meant that he was excluded from the session, and had to start the race from the rear of the grid.

It would prove to be a strong race for the Shell V-Power Racing Team. McLaughlin started from pole position, and settled into second position behind Jamie Whincup after a battle into turn one off the start. Taking their first stops at the same time, Whincup maintained the smallest margin on exit, where they then settled in for a 20-lap stint until the final pit stop.

McLaughlin had pace over Whincup, and managed the gap between them. He again exited behind Whincup after the final stop, then executing a pass for the lead on lap 41 to then drive away and maintain a lead of around 1sec for the remainder of the race.

Coulthard got five places over the first lap, and then proceeded to use superior pace to pass plenty of cars. He was up ten places before his first stop, and then good stops and that continuing pace meant that he could drive through to 13th, a sensational result after starting last. McLaughlin now leads the Championship, one point in front of Whincup. Coulthard is 11th. The team sits third, 198 points off the lead and only nine points from second.

COULTHARD QUOTE: “I would have liked to have started on the front row, as we had incredible car pace but it wasn’t to be. We got past a few cars on the opening lap and had good speed through the majority of the race. With the qualifying breach we probably let a podium slip there, but the positive is that we have great pace, know that we can get the job done and have another chance to do it all again tomorrow.”

MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “I worked on Jamie for a few laps before making that pass, I thought about it for a while through that first stint and I knew I would have to be pretty decisive to get it done. He went just a little wide, and I threw it up the inside and made it stick. He was very strong down the straights, so I knew I wouldn’t get him there. It’s so awesome to be back on the top step at Phillip Island, I love this place and am looking forward to tomorrow.”
1. Scott McLaughlin                                   797
2. Jamie Whincup                                   796
3. David Reynolds                                       743
4. Shane van Gisbergen    738
5. Craig Lowndes 708
6. James Courtney 678
7. Scott Pye 667
8. Chaz Mostert 596
9. Tim Slade 551
10. Garth Tander 540
11. Fabian Coulthard 539

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Saturday 21 April, 2018
Phillip Island 500 - Saturday Qualifying & Race 1
Qualifying Race 1: Fifth (Fastest Lap: 1:30.2002)* started fourth due to car #12 grid penalty
Race 1: Fifth
Craig Lowndes (#888) - Holden Commodore ZB
"We had to start from the base in qualifying as we didn't quite maximise the practice sessions on Friday. We opted to go back to what we knew and made adjustments after the first run which improved the car. We made a further adjustment for the third run and the car was then at its best. I was very happy to qualify fifth. The start wasn't too good, I had too much clutch spin so I didn't get the drive off the line. We struggled at the beginning of the race with pace, we made an adjustment through the first pit stop which made the car better. On the last stop we made another change and the car was super fast. We had a really strong car at the end of the race, credit to everyone. We fought to the end and tried to have a good battle with Rick (Kelly). To finish fifth is still very positive and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
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Flamboro Speedway / Clay Collison's Light Will Carry On
« Last post by CanadianRacingOnline on April 21, 2018, 07:41:42 PM »
Clay Collison's Light Will Carry On

By Randy Spencer - "Under the circumstances, I really couldn't have asked for a better birthday. Really couldn't of, eventually I'll come to closure with the loss of my right hand man, best friend and cousin." Those were the words of Justin Collison after racing the Flamboro Speedway Enduro 300 on October 21st last fall. As most of us remember, we lost Clay Collison last October 10th as he tragically drowned after an accident. After days of searching and hoping the Collison family and friends had to come to grips with such a sudden and tragic loss of a young life.

Growing up Clay and Justin were very close, more like brothers than cousins. The Collison family have been in stock car racing for seven decades. Clay was more into football than racing at an early age but as he got older his passion for racing grew. That's when the two became inseparable. The late nights in the shop working on race cars is with out a doubt are some of the greatest memories Justin has of his cousin. Another good memory was the day Clay was tagged with the nickname "Board Slide Bandit". Racing an Integra at Flamboro, Clay made contact with another car and then the wall. He rode the wall like a skateboarder then over onto the left side of the car and slid down the front stretch. He was ok but from that day on Justin would call his cousin that. After wrecking the car he spent the next day completely stripping the car and fixed it so he could race Full Throttle (Varney) and Sauble in two weeks. He got it together and raced finishing 9th at Varney and 7th at Sauble. Clay really like to race the dirt and did so at Ohsweken. He planned to race a limited schedule and the odd Flamboro race this year. After bending the car after hitting the front straightaway wall in his first ever appearance there he was a bit discouraged but got it back together and started to get a grasp for the dirt scene.

Clay and Justin had planned to race more enduros in 2017 but life at the time got in the way and plans were shelved. With an enduro scheduled to close out 2017 at Flamboro, Justin needed to get back in the car to help get through the pain and knew he needed to do it for Clay. Only about a week after Clay's passing, with help from many friends and family they got the car together quick as Justin and Clay's family attended to funeral arrangements. The brakes boiled by lap 50 and the hand brake gave up on lap 180 but he still managed to bring the car home 27th place. Justin said he had a blast, the most fun he has ever had in a race car.

At the start of the race Justin sat in the car at the start/finish line and made the slow ride around in honour of Clay to take up his place in the starting line up. Justin said, "By far the most bone chilling lap I have ever done in my life." People and drivers that didn't even know him stood for a moment of silence. Justin said he started to tear up. The enduro was suppose to be the first one he was going to do. At the start of the race a few racers, Doug & Kody Moir along with A.J. Miller helped gather funds by passing the helmet around the pits and grandstands and raised $1285 to go to the family to help with expenses.  Justin was brought to the start/finish line at the end of the race where he was presented with the money. "I had know words to say. People that didn't even know him were donating. I am truly thankful to the Flamboro fans and officials," Justin said. His mom and dad Bill and Kelly were both humbled and thankful for everyone that donated to their son. He deserved one hell of a send off and with these donations, they were able to help give him that.
As for the 2018 race season, Justin will be racing his Super Stock at Flamboro Speedway. A lot of unexpected circumstances arose that didn't allow him to race in 2017. Justin felt bad letting down his sponsors and everyone involved with the team but this year, he is committed. As far as Clay's car goes, it's getting fixed and put back together. Where it will run hasn't been decided yet. "Hopefully Bill (Clay's dad) will drive it a couple times at first and who knows maybe you will see me making a hand full of mini stock appearances as well", Justin said. "He (Clay) had goals he wanted to accomplish and I (and we - Justin & Bill) plan to let that dream live on and hopefully accomplish those goals for him. I only hope to make him proud and get that 11c in victory lane like he always promised."
Newgarden eclipses Barber pole master Power for Verizon P1 Award
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Saturday, April 21, 2018) - Josef Newgarden didn't have to look far for the benchmark in qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park. Team Penske teammate Will Power is a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series pole winner at the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course.

Newgarden knew he would need to outperform Power in the Firestone Fast Six today to collect the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First, and he did just that - barely. Newgarden's last lap in the final round of knockout qualifying clipped Power by a mere 0.0128 of a second for top honors.


Newgarden will start first in Sunday's scheduled 90-lap race in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske, after a lap of 1 minute, 7.4413 seconds (122.773 mph). It earned Newgarden his first pole position at Barber and the third of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

"I think whenever you get the pole it's a good day," said Newgarden, who won last year's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on his way to the season championship. "It shows the speed of the car, it shows the work that everyone at Team Penske has put in.

"We all win together. (Power) could have easily had the pole. All three of us work so well together at Team Penske trying to make these cars fast."

Power's best lap in the Firestone Fast Six was 1:07.4541 (122.750 mph) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Power will drive in his ninth Barber race on Sunday. He's started all but one from the first two starting positions. He's also the only driver to reach the Firestone Fast Six in the first three road- and street-course events this season, earning the second starting spot each time.

"The pole would have been nice," said Power, whose 50 career pole positions are tied for third most in Indy car history. "I'm sure you could pick out a number of little things on a lap when it's that close, but a little mistake out of (Turn) 9, a little lift here or there (would make the difference). Yeah, it was close."

Sebastien Bourdais fashioned his best Barber qualifying effort in eight tries, earning the third starting position with a lap of 1:07.5337 (122.605 mph) in the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan. Bourdais, who won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, has never finished better than eighth in the race at Barber.

"It was almost perfect," Bourdais said of his lap. "I got every little bit of it I had and the SealMaster Honda No. 18 was good but obviously not quite good enough - just a tenth off. It's just super, super tight. Those (Team Penske) guys always seem to be able to step it up in (the Firestone Fast Six). ... It is what it is, but I'm pretty happy with that."

Ryan Hunter-Reay survived a short off-track excursion in the second round of qualifying to advance and earn the fourth starting position in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport (1:07.7807, 122.159 mph). Like Power, Hunter-Reay is a two-time Barber race winner.

James Hinchcliffe qualified fifth in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda (1:07.9472, 121.859 mph), with Scott Dixon sixth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda (1:08.0303, 121.710 mph). Marco Andretti barely missed reaching the Firestone Fast Six but will start a season-best seventh in the No. 98 Kerauno / Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.

Alexander Rossi, who won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15 to take the points lead after three races, qualified eighth in the No. 27 Kerauno / Honda for Andretti Autosport. The point Newgarden earned for winning the pole today closed him within 21 of Rossi.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama airs live at 3 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Mazda Road to Indy race recap

Pole sitter Pato O'Ward led all 30 laps, holding off Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta by 1.3247 seconds to win the first of two Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races this weekend at Barber. With the win, O'Ward took a one-point lead in the championship over Santi Urrutia (Belardi Auto Racing), who finished third in the race.

Likewise in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires weekend opener, Parker Thompson of Exclusive Autosport led every lap from the pole to win. Thompson finished 5.2269 seconds ahead of Harrison Scott (RP Motorsport).   
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