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TOP TEN FINISH FOR SPENCER PIGOT IN HIS FIRST TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

TOP TEN FINISH FOR SPENCER PIGOT IN HIS FIRST TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

JR Hildebrand Finishes 11th Despite Final-Lap Contact; Suffers Broken Bone In Left Hand

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 9, 2017) – Race Notes 

  • Though neither had driven on Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit in years, both Spencer Pigot and JR Hildebrand showed their prowess on the track. Pigot moved up 11 positions from his qualifying spot to finish 8th. Hildebrand was in contention for a Top 10 himself when a last-lap accident dropped him to 11th and left him with a broken bone in his left hand.
  • Pigot last raced in Long Beach in 2015 in Indy Lights, but had never competed at the track in an Indy car. Hildebrand had not been on the street course in an Indy car since 2013. Pigot finished second in his race; Hildebrand had two Top 5 finishes in Verizon IndyCar Series races at the track in 2012 and 2013.
  • Yesterday’s qualifications did not go as smoothly as the team would have hoped for, with Hildebrand rolling off 15th in today’s race and Pigot in 19th. The first caution of the race came on Lap 1 and the Ed Carpenter Racing drivers immediately split onto separate strategies. Pigot came in for a splash for fuel when the pit lane opened while Hildebrand stayed out on the track.
  • Hildebrand was 11th for the ensuing restart while Pigot was 15th. On Lap 11, Hildebrand brought his No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet into the pits, opting for a three-stop strategy. He had started the race on a set of black Firestone Firehawks, switching to the red tires during his stop.
  • Pigot was the highest-running Chevrolet driver in his first stint of the race, consistently in the Top 6. He made his first full-service stop on Lap 29, also switching to red tires after starting on blacks.
  • On Lap 30, Hildebrand radioed in that he had made contact with the rear of Graham Rahal’s car but did not feel that there was any damage to the front wing. On Lap 33, he made his second stop as he was within his pit window. The crew assessed the car during the stop and no damage was found.
  • Pigot’s race was not without similar concern as he brushed the wall with the left side of the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet on Lap 46. He too felt there was no damage to the car; a look at the telemetry confirmed he was correct. On Lap 57, he made what was his final stop of the race. He made his stop from the 8th position, opting to finish the race on a set of sticker black tires.
  • A full-course caution on Lap 63 for the stopped car of Alexander Rossi allowed Hildebrand to get back on the lead lap. He was in 14th for the restart six laps later, while Pigot ran 8th.
  • Pigot was working his way around a lapped car on Lap 76 when Ed Jones and Carlos Munoz were able to get past him, dropping him from 8th to 10th.
  • Another caution flag flew for the stopped car of Ryan Hunter-Reay and the race went back green with four laps to go. Pigot was running 8th and Hildebrand had moved up into the Top 10.
  • Just past the white flag on Lap 85, Hildebrand was working his way around Mikhail Aleshin heading into Turn 1. Aleshin moved slightly down on Hildebrand and braked early, causing Hildebrand to run over the left rear of Aleshin’s car. The steering wheel was ripped from Hildebrand’s hand before the car came to a stop in the Turn 1 runoff. Aleshin was penalized following a post-race review and the position was returned to Hildebrand, giving him an 11th place finish. After the race, Hildebrand visited INDYCAR Medical and was diagnosed to have a broken bone in his left hand. He will head to Indianapolis tomorrow for further evaluation.
  • Meanwhile, Pigot was able to hold off competitor behind him that were on on red tires and maintain his 8th place position. It was the third Top 10 finish of his young Verizon IndyCar Series career and first of 2017. While he finished second in the Indy Lights race on the 1.968-mile, 12-turn street circuit in 2015, he had never raced in Long Beach in an Indy car.
  • Both the No. 20 and the No. 21 sported new looks this weekend in Long Beach. Social media sensation Loki the Wolfdog was on the side of Pigot’s No. 20, marking the first time a major social media influencer had been featured on an Indy car. Loki, with 1.4 million Instagram followers, visited Long Beach as a guest of Rising Star Racing. Hildebrand’s No. 21 featured the familiar Preferred Freezer Services livery, recognizable as the same scheme he ran at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the past two years. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the first of four races for the white and blue scheme this season.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing will head to Texas Motor Speedway for an open test this coming Wednesday, April 12. The next Verizon IndyCar Series race will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in two weeks on Sunday, April 23.

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), Finished 8th: “Overall, we have to pleased with the result, to be 8th after where we started! It was a bit of a shame to miss out on 6th, I thought we were there pretty comfortably. We just had a small issue coming out of the hairpin that allowed (Ed) Jones and (Carlos) Munoz to get past us. It was a good day, the guys did great with the pit stops as always. I have to thank them for all of their hard work, I wouldn’t have been able to finish this high without them. I am glad we were able to get a good result for Loki The Wolfdog and his followers!”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet), Finished 11th: “We chose an alternate strategy for today. A lot of cars went with a three-stop strategy, but we couldn’t make it work. We didn’t have the pace and were stuck with each other, out there just running around. That was frustrating, not quite being able to run quick enough to have our plan play out properly.

At the end of the race, we all were bunched back up because of that last yellow. I was on reds and had a little bit for at least the handful of cars in front of us. On the last lap, I was making a move on Mikael Aleshin and I could tell he was struggling. I was out of push-to-pass so I was trying to make a proper, full-out pass down he front straightaway. He had been starting to move over, not a major blocking maneuver but enough to assert his line. He hit the breaks a lot earlier than I was expecting and I ended up running into the back of him. In doing so, it ripped the steering wheel from my hand and I ended up tweaking it. At the end of the day, to come home with an 11th place finish isn’t terrible. It is a bummer though as we were certainly on our way to finishing in the Top 10 and now we are in a bit of a jam going forward. Hopefully I can get back to it here before the next race.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN RETURNS TO CFH RACING FOR 2016 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON

JOSEF NEWGARDEN RETURNS TO CFH RACING FOR 2016 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON

 

After Career-Best Season, Newgarden Commits To 5th Year With CFH Racing
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (October 1, 2015) – CFH Racing announced today that Josef Newgarden will return as the driver of the No. 67 Chevrolet for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. CFH Racing welcomes Newgarden back for a 5th year on the heels of their best championship finishes as a team and a driver, respectively.
“I am very excited to be back at CFH Racing,” stated Newgarden. “It all really comes down to the confidence and belief that our owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, Wink Hartman, Stuart Reed and Tony George have in me. They’ve given me all of the tools I could ask for to drive a racecar and to be successful. It’s easy to be excited about coming back to work with this group knowing the level that we are operating at. I can see the capabilities that we have and I think we are going to be able to fully execute in 2016.”
Newgarden has 67 starts in the Verizon IndyCar Series, all of which occurred with what is now CFH Racing. His IndyCar career started in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR), one year after he captured the Firestone Indy Lights Championship. When SFHR merged with Ed Carpenter Racing prior to the 2015 season to form CFH, Newgarden remained the team’s full-time driver.
“It was great to finalize a deal with Josef to keep him with CFH Racing for 2016.  Just as he was a priority to sign before this past season, he was a priority for us again this year,” stated team co-owner Carpenter. “We are focused on becoming a force in the Verizon IndyCar Series and we see Josef being a large part of that.  It is our intention to have him in a CFH car for a long time.”
The Hendersonville, Tenn.-native is coming off the best season of his young IndyCar career. Newgarden earned his breakthrough first win in only the fourth race of 2015 with a dominating performance at Barber Motorsports Park. His second win came seven races later when he beat teammate Luca Filippi to the checkered flag in the streets of Toronto, leading CFH Racing to it’s first ever one-two finish. Two other podium results followed with second place finishes at Iowa Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
“It is with great pride that our team will support Josef behind the wheel of the 67 car in 2016,” said CFH Racing co-owner Sarah Fisher. “I’m certainly encouraged to see the energy, enthusiasm and dedication that Ed and our partners have given to the 67 car program to make this happen. I am looking forward to a second year of racing at a championship level!”
Heading into the final race of the year, Newgarden was one of six drivers that remained eligible for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship and would finish 7th in the standings. The 24-year-old also captured his first career pole position at the Milwaukee Mile and started on the front row of the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. He led five of the final seven races of the year on his way to leading the most laps (345) of all drivers in 2015.
Hartman, also a co-owner of CFH Racing, echoed the sentiments of Carpenter and Fisher. “CFH is excited for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Season to begin and to continue our on track success with Josef in the seat.  Josef will be on the podium multiple times next year and I know he will challenge for the series championship,” said Hartman.
The 2015 season concluded on August 30. Newgarden and CFH have already participated in one offseason test, occurring September 22 at Road America. A start date for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series had not yet been announced.

CFH RACING – SONOMA POST RACE REPORT

CFH RACING EARNS BEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH IN TEAM HISTORY

Team Ends 2015 Season With Two Wins, One Pole Position, Two Other Podiums And A 1-2 Finish

(SONOMA, Calif.) August 30, 2015 – Race Notes
  • Though the season finale did not turn out the way CFH Racing had hoped, the team has much to be proud of after a wildly successful 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Full-time driver Josef Newgarden finished the season 7th in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship, the team’s best championship finish in it’s history.
  • The 85-lap race got off to a clean start and Newgarden retained his second place starting position. Luca Filippi, despite never having ran a lap at Sonoma Raceway, improved from his 13th place starting position and moved all the way up to 8th by Lap 14.
  • Newgarden came into the pits with race leader Will Power on Lap 14. Power was pitted just in front of Newgarden and as Newgarden attempted to exit his pit box, he found Power’s teammate Simon Pagenaud stopped in the middle of the pit lane, blocking his exit. Newgarden’s front wing made contact with Pagenaud’s and he was forced to drive through Pagenaud’s pit box to get around him. However, Newgarden managed to stay with Power and cycled back into the second position once the rest of the field had completed their first round of stops.
  • The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car of Filippi slowed suddenly coming out of the final turn on Lap 32. The sensor malfunction forced Filippi into the pit lane for repairs. The crew worked feverishly and Filippi was able to rejoin the race, albeit five laps down.
  • Everything went wrong for Newgarden when he came in for a pit stop on Lap 61. While attempting to leave his box after pitting from the second position, the No. 67 GoPro Chevrolet stalled. While the team reached for the starter, a small fire ignited on the side pod of the car from drops of fuel reaching the exhaust. It was immediately extinguished and no crew members or Newgarden were harmed. The team attempted to bump start Newgarden by pushing him down pit lane, but the car would not fire. The crew brought the car back to the pit box and used the backup starter to re-fire the car. Newgarden re-entered the race one lap behind the field.
  • Newgarden was credited with a 21st place finishing position; Filippi was behind in 24th. Newgarden dropped from 6th to 7th in the championship but beat his previous best championship finish of 13th from 2014.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 GOPRO CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “It was a good day in a lot of ways, we definitely had a podium car. You never know, we may have even had a winning car. We had to fight through a little bit of an issue with our first stop after clipping Pagenaud. I really sealed our fate when I stalled the car and we just weren’t able to get it re-fired. It put us pretty far back and pretty much ended our day. It was hard to throw away a podium car, maybe even a winning car. I am proud of our effort all year, I feel really bad for putting us in a bad position at the end there.”
LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 24TH: “It was an unlucky day for both cars. Our car was very strong, very consistent and had a good pace, we were coming through the field. Then we had an issue with the sensor which wasn’t anything we could predict, it just happened. The guys fixed it as quickly as they could but we lost a few laps. We were one of the fastest cars out there even at the end of the race when we weren’t able to compete with anyone. I have to thank everyone on the team. It was a very special season for me. For sure I have to thank Ed, Sarah, Wink and Fuzzy’s Vodka for taking a chance on me and believing in me.”
Josef Newgarden finished 7th in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, the best finish of his career and the best finish for CFH Racing. He ran in second place for much of today’s 85-lap race.

Filippi ran as high as 8th in today’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma despite never running at the track untilFriday. Repairs for a sensor malfunction dropped Filippi five laps behind the leaders, but he was able to complete the event.

GO PUCK, CREATORS OF THE WORLD’S FIRST WEARABLE POWER, PARTNER WITH CFH RACING

Josef Newgarden Captures Front Row Qualifying Position For The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma With GO PUCK On Board

(SONOMA, Calif.) August 30, 2015 – GO PUCK, the World’s 1st Wearable Power for Mobile Devices, debuted today as a partner on the GoPro Chevrolet of CFH Racing.
Driven by Josef Newgarden, a championship contender in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the GO PUCK-sponsored GoPro Indy car will start outside of the front row in today’s 85-lap season finale.
Founded by the designer of every Indy car battery, GO PUCK manufactures wearable, compact and durable power for all mobile devices. Mobile devices depend on power and GO PUCK is the world’s most versatile solution. GO PUCK’s are able to affix to GoPro mounting systems or are wearable on a belt, purse or backpack. A GO PUCK stores enough energy to recharge mobile phones up to five times or GoPro cameras up to six times.
“We are so proud to support Josef Newgarden and CFH Racing,” stated Blake Fuller, founder and CEO of GO PUCK. “We had designed our products from the beginning to work perfectly with GoPro Cameras. Being a part of this team and aligning with GoPro as a sponsor of Newgarnden’s car is a true honor!” Fuller continued. “All of us are looking forward to an exciting day of racing. I know that I’ll be wearing my GO PUCK to power my Verizon IndyCar app, following all the action in today’s race.”
GO PUCK has previously been a part of CFH Racing when co-owner/driver Ed Carpenter claimed two Indianapolis 500 pole positions. “We are happy to welcome GO PUCK back for our season finale,” Carpenter said. “It is great to have GO PUCK on the car as well as GoPro, both leaders in wearable technologies, perfect pairing when we race here adjacent to Silicon Valley!”
“Josef Newgarden and CFH are both based in Indianapolis and are perfectly placed to help market our new launch into the 200+ stores of Dunhams Sporting Goods.” comments Lance Jones, Chief Development Officer for GO PUCK. Jones continues, “A bit of history, Blake Fuller’s previous company Braille Battery had sponsored Josef Newgarden in his first win in the Indy Lights race in 2012 so we are hoping for a great result today!”
The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma the race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
About GO PUCK
GO PUCK is a USA based design and manufacturing company offering the only complete mobile power solution designed for active lifestyles by offering a system of solutions providing consumers, athletes, and professionals Mobile Freedom. Brought to you by the brain-trust behind Braille Batteries, the leaders in producing lithium-ion batteries for the elite auto racing industry, GO PUCK uses international-patented protected technology to produce modular, lightweight portable charger for mobile devices. With a unique mounting system to allow the power to mount to almost anything for backpacks to bicycles to roll cages, the GO PUCK is revolutionizing mountable and wearable power. For more information, visit http://www.gopuck.com
About CFH Racing
Led by co-owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, and Wink Hartman, CFH Racing was formed in August 2014 by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. What is now CFH Racing has seven victories and 21 top five finishes in the past five years and earned back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 with Carpenter in 2013 and 2014. CFH Racing competes in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with two Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbos, prepared in the team’s Speedway, Ind. headquarters. Josef Newgarden pilots the No. 67 car; Carpenter is the driver of the No. 20 car for the oval events while Luca Filippi takes the wheel for the road and street course events.

Front Row Qualifying Position For Newgarden, CFH Racing At Sonoma Raceway

Championship Contender Matches Qualifying Effort From 2014; Filippi Will Start Inside Row 7
(SONOMA, Calif.) August 29, 2015 – Qualifying Notes

* Josef Newgarden came close to earning his second Verizon P1 Award of 2015, settling for a 2nd place starting position for tomorrow’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Luca Filippi, who had never turned a lap at Sonoma Raceway until yesterday, qualified in 13th.

* Filippi was in Round 1, Group 1 of qualifications after setting the 20th fastest lap in the morning practice session. Despite having no testing at the 2.385-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course, Filippi took the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet around the track quick enough to set the 7th fastest time in his group. He missed advancing to the Top 12 by a mere .05 of a second.

* Newgarden set a new track record in his No. 67 GoPro Chevrolet at Sonoma Raceway during Round 1, Group 2 with a lap of 1:16.5982. His lap shot him up to 1st, but he dropped to 2nd as Will Power beat his lap at the checkered flag.

* Despite running through dirt that had been thrown onto the track surface just prior to his flying lap, Newgarden managed a 4th-quick time during Round 2. He advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 for the 4th time this year.

* Newgarden dropped the track record even lower with a lap of 1:16.3964 near end of the Firestone Fast 6, setting him up to take the pole position. Power bested Newgarden by a mere .136 seconds on his final lap, dropping Newgarden to 2nd.

* Newgarden also started on the outside of the front row of last year’s race. He would go on to finish the 2014 race in 6th.

* It was announced Thursday that Newgarden would drive the No. 67 GoPro Chevrolet. GoPro, enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, will partner with CFH Racing for the final race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season at Sonoma Raceway. GoPro is also the title sponsor of the 85-lap event.

* Filippi has four top 10 finishes in nine races with CFH Racing, including a second place finish behind Newgarden in Toronto. Sonoma will be only his 18th career Verizon IndyCar Series start.

* Six drivers remain eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, including Newgarden. Though currently 87 points out of the lead, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will award double points with a total of 104 points available.

* Newgarden led 47 laps of last weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Ponoco Raceway, extending his total amount of laps led this season to 345. He has led during each of the last four races and has led more laps than any other Verizon IndyCar Series driver this season.

* At just 24-years-old, Newgarden is finishing out the best season of his IndyCar career. In 2015 alone, he has captured his first two IndyCar wins, won his first career pole position and has two other podium finishes, including a second place at last week’s 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway.

* The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma the race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 GOPRO CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND: “I’m proud of us. It’s great having GoPro here with us this weekend, it’s their home event and it’s a lot of fun to have them on our car at CFH Racing. It’s been a really fun year, it’s been an amazing year in a lot of ways, tough year in others. We were close today, but no cigar. We got bumped at the end so we’ll have to get them tomorrow.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA, QUALIFIED 13TH: “We missed the Fast 12 by half a tenth to Montoya which is a shame. It’s frustrating because the car was good. I think we could have easily been in the top 10. Now I have found a good feeling in with car and also with the circuit which is very tricky. Coming here without any testing was not easy but now I feel confident for tomorrow. As we know in IndyCar anything can happen. I am very motivated to finish the season on a high. It was good that Josef had a good qualifying run, which shows we have a good car as well and we will both have a good opportunity tomorrow.”

INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER CFH RACING WILL FEATURE GOPRO LIVERY FOR SEASON FINALE AT SONOMA RACEWAY

 osef Newgarden To Pilot No. 67 GoPro Chevrolet As He Chases 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship

 

(SONOMA, Calif.) August 27, 2015 – CFH Racing announced today that GoPro, enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, will partner with the team for the final race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season at Sonoma Raceway. Championship contender Josef Newgarden will drive the No. 67 GoPro Chevrolet in an 85-lap race on Sunday, August 30. All eyes will be on Newgarden as GoPro is also the title sponsor of the popular race, nestled in the rolling hills at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country.
Two-time Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Ed Carpenter, 34, is the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series and has proved to be a beneficial mentor to Newgarden throughout their first season as teammates.
“CFH Racing has a great relationship with GoPro and we look forward to representing the brand on the track this weekend at their home track in Sonoma,” stated Carpenter.
CFH Racing will be able to capture compelling content through the lens of the GoPro HERO4 Black, the flagship of the brand’s line of capture devices, which will be mounted on Newgarden’s car recording 4K Ultra HD video.
“We are really excited to see the GoPro brand on the #67 car. CFH Racing is a great collaborator, and to see them run the GoPro livery at the Grand Prix of Sonoma is going to be huge for the GoPro family watching the race,” said Rod Rojas, Motorsports Marketing Manager at GoPro.
2015 is the first season of competition for CFH Racing, formed over the offseason when Carpenter’s single-car team combined forces with Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman’s one-car program featuring Newgarden. At just 24-years-old, Newgarden is finishing out the best season of his IndyCar career. In 2015 alone, he has captured his first two IndyCar wins, has led more laps than any other driver (366), won his first career pole position and has two other podium finishes, including a second place at last week’s 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway.
Before Newgarden takes on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course of Sonoma Raceway, he will enjoy a different view of the Bay Area as he drives the No. 67 GoPro Chevrolet across the Golden Gate Bridge. On Thursday afternoon, Newgarden will be part of a procession including other Verizon IndyCar Series championship-contending cars, the street-legal IndyCar two-seater, the Holmatro Safety trucks and Sonoma Raceway pace cars. The Astor Cup, the trophy awarded to the Series champion, will ride in the backseat of the two-seater. Scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time, the entire event will be filmed on GoPro HERO4 cameras.
Cars and equipment will move to Sonoma Raceway as on-track activity kicks off on Fridaywith a three and a half hour test session. Qualifications will take place on Saturday, followed by the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, August 30. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

 

POCONO RACEWAY RACE REPORT

JOSEF NEWGARDEN FINISHES SECOND AT POCONO RACEWAY

Newgarden Earns 4th Podium Finish Of 2015; Mechanical Failure Ends Carpenter’s Day

(LONG POND, Pa.) August 23, 2015 – Race Notes
  • Josef Newgarden earned his fourth podium finish of 2015 at Pocono Raceway, finishing second in today’s ABC Supply 500. Ed Carpenter was sidelined by a mechanical failure and was credited with a 17th place finishing position.
  • Carpenter started the 200-lap race from the 21st position, but quickly moved into the Top 10. He remained there until he was hit from behind by James Jakes, causing the left rear bumper pod to fly off and cause a debris caution. The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew quickly changed Carpenter’s rear wing, though the new one was on a different downforce setting than the old wing. Still, Carpenter persevered until Lap 156 when a mechanical failure prevented him from finishing the race.
  • Newgarden let the Verizon IndyCar Series field know he was a force to be reckoned with right at the green flag, as he started fourth but went four-wide into Turn 1 on the first lap, taking the lead of the race. He led 47 laps of the ABC Supply 500 in his No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet, giving him 366 laps led during the season. He was 6th at the last restart of the race on Lap 193, but powered his way up to second. He had eventual race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in his sights when a caution came out again on Lap 197, causing the race to end under yellow.
  • The ABC Supply 500 is the second race of the year that Newgarden has finished second to Hunter-Reay, mirroring the finish from the most recent oval event on the schedule at Iowa Speedway. Newgarden has claimed victories at Barber Motorsports Park and in the streets of Toronto this season.
  • Six drivers remain eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, including Newgarden. The season finale next weekend at Sonoma Raceway rewards double points with 104 possible. Newgarden sits in 6th place in the standings, currently 87 points behind leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
  • Luca Filippi will join Newgarden at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the road and street course driver for the No. 20. The ABC Supply 500 was the last race of the 2015 season for team co-owner Carpenter, who only races on the oval circuits.
  • The championship-deciding season finale will take place next Sunday, August 30. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma will be held around the 2.385-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course of Sonoma Raceway and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET: “It was a long, tough day in the car. CFH Racing did a great job working on the thing, tuning it, making it better. Happy with our result, but I’m just thinking about Justin (Wilson) right now and hoping he’s ok.”
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 17TH: “It was disappointing. For as many problems as we had this weekend and not qualifying well, we were really good in the race. We had worked our way pretty far forward and felt pretty good about how we were looking for the rest of the race. Then Jakes got in the the back of us and knocked the bumper pod off. We had to go to our spare wing which was set at higher level of downforce which was hurting our pace. Ultimately, we had a mechanical issue. If you look at our results from 2015 on the ovals with the No. 20 car, it looks so bad. We were definitely better than what we showed, it was just one of those years where we couldn’t catch a break. Happy for Josef to finish second, but more than anything, sending prayers our for Justin (Wilson) and his family.”
Josef Newgarden led 47 laps of today’s 200 lap race at Pocono Raceway, having to settle for a second place finish under caution. It was Newgarden’s fourth podium of 2015.

Despite starting 21st, Ed Carpenter quickly moved into the Top 10 and would remain near the front half of the field until his race ended early with a mechanical failure.

CFH Pocono Qualifying Report

JOSEF NEWGARDEN EARNS CAREER-BEST STARTING POSITION AT POCONO RACEWAY

Newgarden Qualifies 4th For 500-Mile Race; Carpenter Will Start Inside Of Row 11

(LONG POND, Pa.) August 22, 2015 – Qualifying Notes
  • After an hour and a half practice session in the morning, qualifications for the ABC Supply 500 took place this afternoon at Ponoco Raceway. Josef Newgarden bested his previous high starting position (15th in 2013) and will roll off the grid 4th fortomorrow’s 500-mile race.
  • Ed Carpenter was the first car out to qualify for the ABC Supply 500. His first lap around the tri-oval was 216.459, followed by a second lap of 216.171 in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. His two-lap average of 216.315 miles per hour earned him a 21st place starting position.
  • Newgarden was fourth out and turned laps of 219.628 and 220.665, giving him an average speed of 220.141 miles per hour. His laps in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet provisionally placed him on the outside of Row 1. By the end of qualifications, his laps would land him the 4th starting position for tomorrow’s 500-mile race.
  • Nicknamed “The Tricky Triangle,” Ponoco Raceway is a 2.5-mile course with only three turns. Turn 1 is modeled after New Jersey’s Trenton Speedway (closed in 1980), Turn 2 mimics the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn 3 is comparable to the Milwaukee Mile. Carpenter is a two-time pole winner at IMS and Newgarden earned his first career pole position at the Milwaukee Mile in mid-July.
  • Pocono Raceway returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar in 2013, giving both Carpenter and Newgarden two starts. Newgarden holds the highest finishing position for CFH Racing with a 5th place, which he also earned in 2013.
  • Ten drivers remain mathematically eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, including Newgarden. The season’s final race, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, will be awarding double points. Any driver exiting Pocono Raceway within 104 points of the leader will remain in contention for the championship. Newgarden currently sits 8th in the standings with 370 points.
  • The ABC Supply 500 will be last race of the 2015 season for team co-owner Carpenter, who only races on the oval circuits. Road and street course driver Luca Filippi will take over the No. 20 for the season’s final race at Sonoma Raceway next weekend.
  • Newgarden, 24, is in the midst of the best season of his IndyCar career. He earned his first two wins in a span of seven races earlier in the season, captured his first career pole position and has one other podium finish.
  • Final practice for the ABC Supply 500 will take place this evening from 5:30-6 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, August 23.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET: “The No. 67 Chevrolet has been really good, we had a tough first session there trying to get on top of all of the changes we needed to make  and everything that was going on with the car. We didn’t roll off like we wanted to, but I feel bad now because we were really fast during our qualifying run! I think the car had another half mile per hour, maybe a mile per hour, in it. We were shooting in the dark a little bit, we did the best we could. We have a great team, we always come back really strong when we don’t start that well. I am happy with that, I hope that keeps us up towards the top of the pecking order.”
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET:  “It’s hard when you get into these two days shows and we’ve been behind since we got here. After our qualifying run, it is back to the drawing board. I have to do a better job, we all have to do a better job. Hopefully I have a better practice later, but we certainly have a lot of work to do.”
Josef Newgarden had a tough first practice session this morning, turning only the 18th quickest lap, but bounced back to qualify 4th for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500. 

Ed Carpenter qualified 21st for tomorrow’s 500-mile race at Pocono Raceway. The ABC Supply 500 will be Carpenter’s last race of 2015 as it is the last oval event of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

About CFH Racing

Led by co-owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, and Wink Hartman, CFH Racing was formed in August 2014 by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. What is now CFH Racing has seven victories and 21 top five finishes in the past five years and earned back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 with Carpenter in 2013 and 2014. CFH Racing competes in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with two Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbos, prepared in the team’s Speedway, Ind. headquarters. Josef Newgarden pilots the No. 67 car; Carpenter is the driver of the No. 20 car for the oval events while Luca Filippi takes the wheel for the road and street course events.

 

CFH RACING SETS SIGHTS ON FINAL OVAL RACE OF 2015 SEASON

Carpenter, Newgarden To Take On 500 Miles At Pocono Raceway

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) August 18, 2015 – Race Preview
  • The close of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season is rapidly approaching with the penultimate round scheduled for this weekend in Long Pond, Penn. CFH Racing drivers Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden will race at Pocono Raceway, the final oval on this year’s IndyCar schedule, on Sunday, August 23.
  • Nicknamed “The Tricky Triangle,” Ponoco Raceway is a 2.5-mile tri-oval with only three turns. Turn 1 is modeled after New Jersey’s Trenton Speedway (closed in 1980), Turn 2 mimics the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn 3 is comparable to the Milwaukee Mile. Carpenter is a two-time pole winner at IMS and Newgarden earned his first career pole position at the Milwaukee Mile in mid-July.
  • Pocono Raceway returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar in 2013, giving both Carpenter and Newgarden two starts. Carpenter, driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, earned the team’s highest qualifying position with a 13th in 2013, while Newgarden holds the highest result with a 5th place, also in 2013.
  • Newgarden made contact with the Turn 1 wall during qualifications for last year’s 200-lap race and had to start on the last row. He drove all the way up to the front, leading seven laps before settling on an 8th place finish.
  • Carpenter was running 8th in the 2014 event when he had to make a late-race pit stop after a tire sensor failure. The unscheduled stop for new Firestone Firehawks dropped him one lap behind the leader to 15th place, though he would gain two positions over the final 20 laps to finish 13th.
  • The ABC Supply 500 is the third of three 500-mile races on the 2015 schedule. The first, the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, saw Newgarden finish 9th while Carpenter’s race ended early after contact with another competitor. Both Newgarden and Carpenter were running strong in the second 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway before their races ended in the same on-track incident.
  • Ten drivers remain mathematically eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, including Newgarden. The season’s final race, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, will be awarding double points. Any driver exiting Pocono Raceway within 104 points of the leader will remain in contention for the championship. Newgarden, driver of the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet, currently sits 8th in the standings with 370 points.
  • Pocono will be the last race of the 2015 season for team co-owner Carpenter, who only races on oval tracks. Road and street course driver Luca Filippi will take over the No. 20 for the season’s final race at Sonoma Raceway next weekend.
  • Newgarden, 24, is in the midst of the best season of his IndyCar career. He earned his first two wins in a span of seven races earlier in the season, captured his first career pole position and has one other podium finish.
  • Practice and qualifying for the ABC Supply 500 will take place on Saturday, August 22. The race will be broadcast at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, August 23.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET: “It’s always important to finish the year strong.  It makes the off-season a little less painful if you go out with a strong performance.  With the No. 20 car, especially when I’ve been driving, we really haven’t gotten the results we’d hoped for this year. It’s our last chance to kind of right that wrong and go out with a little momentum for the offseason. As the year has gone on the team has been getting stronger and stronger on all circuits, especially ovals. I’m excited to get another shot at Pocono, a 500-miler. The last oval of the year is definitely a big race for us.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET: “Pocono is a huge event for IndyCar, not just for heritage but also the way it showcases IndyCars can do. The great thing about IndyCar is we’re the most diverse championship on the planet with the types of racetracks that we race on. Pocono is probably one of the most diverse ovals you can get. We’ve been able to get a top five and a top 10 there, so we’ve been in the mix. Our goal this year is to go and try to move that needle up a little bit, it would be nice to get in the top three and maybe win the race this year.”

 

Pocono Raceway will be Ed Carpenter’s last race of the 2015 season. While bad luck has befallen him in three races this year, he has a pair of Top 10 finishes in the two races he has completed.

Josef Newgarden is looking for his first oval win of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. He has one victory on a road course and one victory on a street circuit, both of which came earlier this season.
About CFH Racing

Led by co-owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, and Wink Hartman, CFH Racing was formed in August 2014 by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. What is now CFH Racing has seven victories and 21 top five finishes in the past five years and earned back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 with Carpenter in 2013 and 2014. CFH Racing competes in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with two Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbos, prepared in the team’s Speedway, Ind. headquarters. Josef Newgarden pilots the No. 67 car; Carpenter is the driver of the No. 20 car for the oval events while Luca Filippi takes the wheel for the road and street course events.

 

CFH Mid-Ohio Post Race Report

MID-OHIO STRATEGY RACE DOES NOT FALL IN CFH RACING’S FAVOR

Newgarden Falls Victim To Untimely Yellow; Filippi Runs Out Of Fuel On Final Lap

(LEXINGTON, Ohio) August 2, 2015 – Race Notes

  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course plays host to races heavily laden in strategy and today’s Honda Indy 200 was no different. Josef Newgarden, on a strategy that had him solidly on the podium, was caught out by an untimely caution period and finished 13th. Luca Filippi was running in the top 10 coming to the checkered flag, but ran out of fuel with three corners to go and fell to 21st place.
  • After starting 9th, Filippi passed three cars in his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet to move into 6th by the end of the first lap. Newgarden gained one position on Lap 1 and took control of 4th place.
  • As a car went off course while attempting to pass Newgarden, Filippi slipped into 5th place. As the car re-entered the race course, contact was made with another competitor and caused a full course caution on Lap 3. At the restart on Lap 7, Filippi ran side-by-side with Newgarden and took the 4th spot. Newgarden lost momentum and dropped back to 7th.
  • Newgarden made his first pit stop in his No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet on Lap 16 for sticker red tires. Filippi was headed to the pit lane for scuffed red tires on Lap 21, but debris in various locations around the track caused the second caution of the race. He made his stop from 4th on Lap 22 when the pit lane opened, but came out 18th. Newgarden jumped to 6th as a benefit of stopping several laps earlier.
  • On the Lap 26 restart, Newgarden passed Rodolfo Gonzales for the 5th position. As the cars in front of him on a different strategy made their stops, Newgarden continually gained positions. He took the lead of the race on Lap 41 when Juan Pablo Montoya entered the pit lane.
  • Newgarden made his second pit stop on Lap 42 for sticker black tires. He came out of the pits in 4th, behind Montoya. The two cars ahead remained on a different strategy and once they stopped, Newgarden moved into 2nd. Filippi made his second stop one lap later and cycled out in 20th.
  • Filippi ducked in for his third stop on Lap 60, gambling on late-race yellows to help him make it to the end on fuel. The next yellow came six laps later, launching him all the way up to 9th place. Newgarden, on a strategy that favored the race remaining green, had to pit under the caution and dropped to 14th.
  • Filippi benefited from another caution on Lap 80 which allowed him to save more fuel, but it was not enough. He ran out near Turn 9 of the final lap, dropping him to 21st position. Newgarden, who was caught out by the Lap 60 caution, finished the race in 13th place.
  • Despite today’s race, Newgarden is in the midst of the best season of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. He earned his first two IndyCar wins in a span of seven races earlier in the season, captured his first career pole position and has claimed one other podium finish.
  • Filippi made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 4, 2013 driving for Bryan Herta Autosport.
  • Filippi and his wife Elisa welcomed their first child, daughter Mia, on July 13. The celebrations will continue for Filippi as his 30th birthday falls next weekend onAugust 9.
  • The Verizon IndyCar Series will head to Pocono Raceway for the penultimate round of the 2015 season on Sunday, August 23. The race will be broadcast at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.  

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 13TH: “It was a tough day, sometimes it is your day and sometimes it’s not. Today just wasn’t our day, that’s what it comes down to. Things play out for you sometimes and today didn’t play out for us strategy-wise. It was no real fault of our own, we just got unlucky. We had the pace and we had a good car, it really was a good effort all weekend. It’s disappointing, but we’ll go on to the next one and hopefully take a shot at another victory in Pocono.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “It was looking very good, but everything that could go wrong today happened to us. If there had been an asteroid crashing down somewhere in the world, it would have been on my car. I can say I am glad I didn’t get struck by lightning or hit by an asteroid and I can go home safe and sound! For the race, I think we were very fast. We probably had the second or third fastest lap of the race. We were running fourth when the yellow came out at the wrong time. We still had a good strategy, at the end we were just managing the fuel we had and hitting that number we wanted to. Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the calculation and we ran out of fuel. I did everything I could and the team did everything they could to get me as many positions as they could, it was just a very unfortunate situation.  I think we have to be pleased with out pace today.”

Josef Newgarden was in contention for the race win, running in second place when an untimely caution period sent him to the middle of the pack. He would finish today’s race in 13th place.

 

Luca Filippi was on the heels of another top 10 finish today when he ran out of fuel on the last lap. The Italian would drop from 7th all the way back to 21st position.
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