Ryan Newman was born in Indiana. He went to school in Indiana. He went to college in Indiana. And now it’s winner in the main circuit that the state of Indiana has, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moreover, he won the Brickyard 400, one of the most important rounds of the NASCAR schedule and the second most famous race to be held in the Speedway every year.
Newman started well his weekend winning the pole position for the 400. The Stewart Haas Racing’s driver is a specialist in qualifying and achieved his 50th pole of his career on saturday. Better things were to come on sunday. He led the race in the first segment, until his first pit stop. After stops, Jimmie Johnson claimed the first spot, and looked like he was going to win his fifth Brickyard 400, but a pit stop mistake by his crew made him lose the lead with Newman with only 30 laps remaining. Johnson, with four new tires tried to catch Newman, with only two new tires, but fell short and Newman went on to win his first Brickyard. Johnson remains the championship leader, with an advantage of 75 points over Clint Bowyer.
Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia, finished ninth.
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The #2 Starworks Motorsport BMW-Riley of venezuelan driver Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel has won the 2013 Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in spectacular fashion and for a second time by the team. It is the team’s fifth straight podium and the #2 car continues to lead the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series team championship on 229 points (with a 10 points lead).
The race was the first one of the season in which Starworks counted on BMW power, replacing Ford engines for the rest of the season. The mechanics of the team had a lot of work in the last two weeks, changing the setups and installing the engines in the cars, so the victory tastes even sweeter for them.
For Popow, it is also a sweet triumph, because he wins for second year in a row in the Brickyard, having earned the win with Sebastien Bourdais last year. Popow has now won the two editions of the Brickyard GP, a race created by NASCAR and IMS to boost the weekend of the Brickyard 400. “It’s amazing, a real come back! We come back to Indy and I have my second victory and my second here! I want to thank BMW and Dinan who put us back on top; it’s been a crazy week and it feels very good. The whole team has worked very hard and I am very happy that it has paid off for them and for our championship fight going forward” said Popow.
This week is very important for IndyCar and the Indy 500. The movie “Turbo” opens for theaters all around the world. “Turbo,” featuring the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson and Maya Rudolph among others, is the story about a common garden snail in Los Angeles who has big dreams. Through a series of adventures, he winds up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) to compete in the biggest auto race in the world, the Indianapolis 500. So IMS, the Indy 500 and IndyCar get showcased in a big way, and in front of thousands of kids that will see the movie.
“It’s such tremendous exposure for INDYCAR and IMS,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Speedway. “Now that I’ve seen the film, I can say with 100 percent certainty that everyone who sees it will leave knowing about INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the movie open occurring right in the heart of our season, more people will be tuning in to see the real version of what they see on screen.”
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was a technical consultant and has a voice cameo in the movie along with Mario Andretti and Will Power.
“People say we need new fans, and in my opinion the new fans are the kids,” said IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan (pictured above), who attended the U.S. premiere, July 9 in New York. “Kids are going to ask you to go to Indy 500 because of this May’s Indy 500 and the movie that they watch. I think it’s huge for us.”
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Mexican driver Daniel Suárez got his first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East by leading 88 laps at Columbus Speedway in Ohio. Suárez is part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and won the race driving for the Rev Racing team. The Monterrey native had also won his last NASCAR outing, as he got the victory in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series event precisely in his hometown, Monterrey.
Suárez was making his 24th start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He becomes the fifth Rev Racing driver to win since the organization began fielding cars for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program in 2010.
“It’s amazing. I can’t explain how I feel. I’ve worked so hard for this moment” said an speechless Suárez in Victory Lane.
The other Drive for Diversity drivers had also some good results in the 0,33 mile oval in Ohio. Ryan Gifford was fourth, Bryan Ortiz was tenth and Mackenna Bell was eleventh.
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The round of the Panam GP Series in Puebla, México was not an easy one for chilean drivers Jorge Bas, Abel Alonso and Vicente Bas in the Panam GP Series. From the beginning of the weekend, their team, TCR, had mechanical issues and problems, that left the team looking out just for a few points instead of victories and podiums for the drivers. In qualifying, Abel Alonso was the best with just a ninth place, followed by Vicente Bas in tenth and Jorge Bas in eleventh. In the race, Jorge Bas was the best of the chileans and grabbed some important points for the championship by finishing seventh. Abel Alonso was ninth and Vicente Bas finished outside of the points.
The next round of the Panam GP Series is in Querétaro, México, on August 17 and 18.
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