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Race Report: Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300

NEWTON, Iowa (July 24, 2022) — The Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 at Iowa Speedway is one race that the AJ Foyt Racing team would like to forget.

Rookie Kyle Kirkwood, who started 20th in the second race of the doubleheader, was optimistic about his chances in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet. He was running 17th on the seven-eighths mile banked oval when his race ended against the Turn 1 wall on lap 120. Kirkwood had just been passed by leader Josef Newgarden and Rinus Veekay who was fighting to stay on the lead lap. Diving low, Veekay made it three-wide as all headed towards Turn 1 with Kirkwood on the outside. As a result, Kirkwood entered too high and hit the marbles and he slid hard into the Turn 1 wall sustaining considerable damage to the car but fortunately he escaped injury.

“I’m not really sure at the moment [on what happened],” said Kirkwood as he emerged from the infield care center. “I’ll have to really look into it to really know. It just felt like Rinus (VeeKay) put us three-wide into there and I was just stuck out into the marbles from the start of the turn-in and then went wide into the wall. The car just didn’t turn from my point of view. It is what it is.

“It’s super-unfortunate the way it turned out because I thought we were having a pretty good race compared to yesterday,” the 23-year-old American continued. “At least we were making improvements that entire race. We were getting better and better and making passes happen. It was an unfortunate situation for myself where it almost felt just like something let go and I went straight off into the wall. Here on entry, I just turned and there was nothing there. I’ll be scratching my head because we damaged that side of the car but yeah, it’s just unfortunate.”

Kirkwood placed 25th.

Starting 26th, Dalton Kellett was having a good race in his No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet when he entered his pitbox too fast and too close to the wall. He struck Chris McFadden, the rear inside tire changer, who sustained a leg injury. McFadden was taken by ambulance to MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines for further evaluation. Kellett was assessed a stop and hold penalty — a 30-second hold in his pit. The penalty cost him four positions; he finished 22nd.

This pit stop went smoothly.

After checking on McFadden in the infield car center, Kellett summed up his day.

“Overall, I think we made the race car better today from where we were yesterday. That was a good

step. Was running p18, having made up some good spots on track and just getting some clean air and running hard. I was really happy with that. On the last pitstop, I came in a little hot and just didn’t get it down into neutral quick enough and had an issue grabbing the clutch pedal given the angle going into the box and tagged a couple of the crewmen, just went long. So you know, really feel bad for those guys. It’s part of the job but it’s never easy when someone else has to pay for your mistake. So feel really bad for Chris and Shelby [Tracey]. Chris has got an injury to his leg. He’s gonna have to get evaluated at the hospital and he’ll be sidelined for bit but I know he’s a strong and fit guy. He’ll bounce back and be ready to go in no time. But like I said, really sorry to the number 4 K-Line pit crew. You never want to have a race car pinching you between the wall.

“Otherwise, I think we ran a good race, car felt racy, little bit of inconsistency on the balance. Set to set was a bit of a question mark. I think we were shy on COP to begin with and then corrected that and then car felt really hooked up after we put some wing in. Then on the last set of tires, some understeer came back in so we’ll just kind of look at that. But with the penalty from the long stop, we lost three or four spots. Sad to throw that away because we obviously need the points but still it shows that we can be racy on the short ovals.”

Pato O’Ward took the lead when Josef Newgarden crashed in Turn 4 on lap 235. O’Ward went on to win the race. Second through fifth were Will Power, Scott McLaughlin, Scott Dixon and Jimmie Johnson, who posted a career-best finish in the NTT INDYCAR Series.

The teams head to Indianapolis this week for the Gallagher Grand Prix at the IMS road course. Practice and qualifying will be streamed on Peacock Premium on Friday, July 29, at 9:30 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET respectively. The race will be broadcast live on NBC on Saturday, July 30, starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Race Report: Hy-VeeDeals.Com 250

NEWTON, Iowa (July 23, 2022) — The excitement around the Hy-Vee doubleheader at Iowa Speedway was palpable today! Tim McGraw performed before the Hy-VeeDeals.Com 250 and Florida Georgia Line followed up with another concert after the race.

Tim McGraw kicked off the afternoon with a high energy performance.

With ambient temperatures nearing 100 degrees, heat was going to be a factor for the drivers as well as the crews today. However, the Foyt team had solid pit stops and both Kyle Kirkwood and Dalton Kellett drove some of their best races of the season.

Kirkwood, who started 24th in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet, had to endure one difficult stint but as the track changed for his final stint, the car started coming into its own towards the end of the 78-lap stint. He gained four spots in the last 11 laps of the 250-lapper to finish 15th, his second-best finish of the year.

“I think it was a solid day considering where we started P24 to P15,” said Kirkwood. “Our car was really good late in the stints. I think the way the race played out, if it was a lot more green running, we would have looked even better. But with all the cautions and people going to new tires very quickly, it put us in a position that we’re always on new tires and fresh tires. And then at the end we made hay, we passed four cars right at the end just because we went longer on a stint and our car stayed with it for a longer period. So that’s definitely good to know, for tomorrow, because if it stays a lot more green, we’ll probably be looking better from our better starting position in 20th.”

Questioned about the blistering hot weather, Kirkwood revealed, “Definitely the hottest race of the year.

No doubt. I think it was over 100 degrees for most of the race. And my water was actually too hot to even drink so I didn’t drink any water. Cool suit wasn’t working anywhere near as much as it has been in the previous races. Which should be even more here because you’re going a lot faster and get a lot more air to the radiator. Tomorrow is supposed to be 20 degrees cooler, so that definitely helps everyone, not only myself.”

Dalton Kellett started 26th in the No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet and found himself racing amongst the leaders in one stint as the pit cycles shuffled cars around. He not only maintained but outran some of them before it was his turn to pit. However, unlike Kirkwood whose car was stronger at the end of a stint, Kellett’s was stronger at the beginning of the stints. About a third of the way through the last stint of 78 laps Kellett was closing in on Kirkwood who was running 19th. However, the change in the track conditions worked against Kellett and he lost ground to the leaders in the final half of the stint. He finished 20th, which tied his second-best finish of the year.

“It was good to move up a few spots from starting on the last row to bring it home 20th for the No.4 K-Line Chevrolet so that was a good progression for our day,” Kellett said. “I think overall we’re okay on pace and at the start of the run and the first third of the stint but it really seems like we’re abusing the rear tires and just making it pretty tough to hang on towards the end. We’ll have to figure out what we can do to keep the tires under us longer in the stint. We went 78 laps on tires in that last and I was hanging on for dear life for the last 30 or 40 laps. So that’s a key factor here is how long you keep it underneath you without really losing the front or the rear end too much for us. We’re losing the rear so we’ll have to see what we can do to kind of protect those rears a little bit.”

Asked if the heat was a factor for him, Kellett replied, “I don’t think it factored into it during the race

but definitely afterwards I was feeling pretty…well with the adrenaline I felt fine during the race and as soon as I got out of the car, I was dizzy, my vision was a bit blurry and just a little dazed. I went over and had medical give me the onceover so that was good to get filled up (with fluids) and hydrated for tomorrow. Luckily, it’s going to be a little bit cooler but it’s a longer race. The physicality of this place is definitely one of the toughest races that we’re going to do this year.”

Josef Newgarden grabbed the lead from pole sitter Will Power on lap 23 and only relinquished it once to Jimmie Johnson during the pit cycles. He took command on lap 80 and was never headed again. Second through fifth were Pato O’Ward, Power, Rinus Veekay and Scott Dixon. The top five were the only cars to finish on the lead lap.

Tomorrow Will Power will again start from the pole for the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300. Kirkwood will start 20th and Kellett will start 26th in the race which will run an extra 50 laps. Concerts will again bookend the race with Gwen Stefani performing before the race and Blake Shelton afterwards. The race will be broadcast on NBC starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Florida Georgia Line performed after the race to the delight of fans and participants alike!

Notes & Quotes: Hy-Vee Doubleheader at Iowa Speedway

CORDELL DURCHOLZ began his work with AJ Foyt Racing as an intern in 2018 while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Graduating in May 2020, Durcholz then started working with the team full-time. He informed, “IUPUI is one of the only colleges with a degree specifically geared towards any engineering career in the motorsports industry.” We asked him a few questions…

Where are you from?

CD: “I am from a small town just outside of Jasper, Indiana, called Ireland. Jasper is where I went to

high school with a graduating class around 250 people and a population of around 16,000. The town use to be known for its cabinet making in the first half of the 1900’s. Now it is the home of Jasper Engines and Transmissions as well as businesses like Masterbrand Cabinets and Kimball Electronics. Both of my grandparents settled in the town as farmers, raising livestock and growing crops.” [Cordell pictured with his wife Kellie]

What was your first job as an intern working with AJ Foyt Racing?

CD: “My first race for the team was the Indy 500 where I helped the tire guy manage the 33 sets of tires given to each car.”

What are your responsibilities with AJ Foyt Racing?

CD: “Starting my career here as an intern, I was not able to attend all of the races due to class. I stepped into a support engineering role focusing on research and development projects from CAD drawings, program coding, wiring, or whatever the team needed help with. I have spent time as a data engineer for various races and currently I am a performance engineer. I started the year focused on the 11 car but have recently focused on supporting the 4 and 14 car and preparing for the 2023 season.”

Durcholz is now supporting the engineering on the No. 14 car. Also pictured are race engineer Roberto Garcia (who subbed for Mike Colliver in Toronto) and strategist Scott Harner.

How did you get interested in racing and when did you get your start professionally?

CD: “My interest in racing stared in my early years, watching NASCAR with my parents. I rooted for my

favorite driver, Tony Stewart, whom I met during the 2021 Indy 500. [Tony came to the 500 as A.J.’s guest and honorary owner of the No. 11 entry driven by J.R. Hildebrand]. Ironically, I was not a Jimmie Johnson fan at the time but now I am happy to see him in an Indy car and hope he does well. In high school, I joined a motorsports team where we built and raced small race cars. I decided I liked the motorsports atmosphere, and it would be more interesting than any other career path I was considering at the time, so this drove my decision towards IUPUI and its engineering program.”

If you didn’t work in motorsports, what would you do?

CD: “If I did not work in racing, I would likely be working for a military defense contractor. This career path was my first internship during college at a nearby naval base where I supported a submarine program.”

What is your career goal?

CD: “My career goal has and always will be to work in a fun and intellectually challenging environment in an engineering role. Naturally, I find that I am willing to do and learn about anything. The motorsports industry has fit this goal of mine perfectly, challenging me every day to find better solutions to different problems every day. The environment is competitive, and I enjoy it every day.”

Durcholz receives a hug from Tatiana Calderón after her 15th place finish at the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis earlier this year. Durcholz was the performance engineer on the No. 11 car. Race engineer Daniele Cucchiaroni looks on.

What is your favorite track?

CD: “My favorite track is probably Laguna Seca. I think I like this track so much because of the elevation changes throughout the track. The first time I walked the track I stood at the top of the corkscrew and I could not believe that our cars could navigate this portion of the track at the speeds they do. It is one of those times that make you think about the talent all of these drivers have.”

What is your favorite race of the season?

CD: “My favorite race of the season is probably Road America. I go camping there every year and I enjoy the track layout a lot. There is always a lot of other series at the track to watch and the fans have always been plentiful.”

What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?

CD: “The most memorable moment in my career so far was the 2021 Indy 500. This was the first Indy 500 where I was closely involved in the car setup. I was much more engaged in the car performance, and I learned so much in the two weeks that make up the Indy 500.”

What is the hardest part of your job?

CD: “The hardest part of my job is being away from my wife and dog for many weekends during the season.”

Cordell and his wife Kellie enjoy the outdoors.

What do you enjoy outside of racing?

CD: “Outside of racing, I enjoy almost anything outdoors. More so when I lived back in Jasper, I rode four-wheelers a lot. I enjoy shooting guns and archery which I have been doing since I was very little. I have a wonderful group of friends back in my home town and we are often doing these things when I make it home to visit. These days, I enjoy snowboarding when I can, and I stay close to my family by going camping nearly every opportunity we have.”

What are the top three items on your bucket list?

CD: “The top 3 things on my bucket list are skydiving, riding in a fighter jet, and taking a trip into the wilderness of Alaska. One of these is much less likely to happen than the others.”

What is something that may surprise people?

CD: “As a kid, I was very involved in 4-H. Specifically, I was in a program called shooting sports for 12 years, learning and shooting different guns and bows. One of the activities that a group of my friends enrolled in during the fair was called pig wrestling. This was a timed event in which you run into a very muddy pit with a pig and you have to pick up the pig and place it on a tire in the middle of the ring. We were not fast but it was fun.”

DALTON KELLETT spent a couple of weeks busily promoting his hometown race in Toronto but mechanical woes plagued him in qualifying and the race which led to a disappointing result. He is looking forward to racing at Iowa Speedway where he had some of his best runs in the Indy Lights Series, finishing ninth in 2016, third in 2017 and fifth in 2018. It will be his first start in an Indy car although he did test last month along with his teammate Kyle Kirkwood.

“It’s going to be a fun couple of races (and concerts!) at the Hy-Vee IndyCar Weekend! With everything planned, I think it will be a great experience for IndyCar fans. We tested here a few weeks ago – the track is challenging and bumpy with a couple lanes that will open up for the races. Our cars always put on a good show here, so I’m excited for the racing. The doubleheader will be physical and demanding on the teams and drivers, but I’m looking forward to it. After a tough weekend at Toronto for the No. 4 K-Line team, we’re all happy to be back at it this weekend!”

Kellett Fast Facts: Age 28…Born in Toronto, Canada and lives in Indianapolis…Became engaged to Nicole Westra and they plan to wed on New Year’s Eve…Graduated from Queens University with a degree in Engineering Physics…Brand spokesman for Ten80 Education’s National STEM League…Enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, playing guitar, cooking and golf. For the technically curious, Kellett posts TikTok videos (@dalton_kellett) about the race car labeled “Indy Mondays” with subjects ranging from the steering wheel to the weight jacker to cold tires.

KYLE KIRKWOOD has never raced at Iowa Speedway but he did test at the 7/8-mile banked oval last month along with Kellett. Kirkwood’s oval track experience is limited to just five races in the junior formulas (USF 2000, Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights) and two races in INDYCAR, both of which were on superspeedways (Texas and Indianapolis).

“After last weekend it’s nice to be straight back at it to hopefully redeem ourselves. With it being two races this weekend, I am sure it won’t be easy. We tested there about a month ago and felt like we got the car in a pretty good spot by the end of the day. It’s going to be a very physically and mentally demanding weekend, but we are looking forward to it!”

Kirkwood Fast Facts: Age 23…Born in West Palm Beach, and lives in Jupiter, Florida… Only driver to win championships in all three divisions of the Road to Indy ladder system…Began racing karts at age 5…Won the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 title (12 wins in 14 races) and won 15 of 17 races to claim the F3 Americas Championship…Won the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with nine victories and five poles in 16 races (RP Motorsports)…Won the 2021 Indy Lights championship with 10 victories and seven poles in 20 races (the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic). Enjoys surfing, deep-sea fishing, diving and golf.

Past Performance: AJ Foyt Racing’s best start at Iowa Speedway is 13th with Takuma Sato in 2016. Its best finish is fifth in 2007 with Darren Manning; they finished 10th with Tony Kanaan in 2019. This will be the inaugural race at Iowa Speedway for both Kellett and Kirkwood.

Last Race: At Toronto, the team experienced a tough race with both cars. Kellett didn’t make a qualifying attempt due to fuel system issues. In the race, the fuel system issues persisted and he finally exited the race after 30 laps with a smoking powerplant. Kirkwood lasted until lap 56 of the 85-lapper when he made contact with Jimmie Johnson and he had to park the car.

Broadcast information: The Hy-Vee doubleheader will be broadcast on NBC-TV with the 250 presented by Door Dash starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday. All times Eastern. The practice and qualifying session (counting towards both races) will be streamed on Peacock Premium. The INDYCAR Radio Network will broadcast the races, practices and qualifying sessions which can also be heard on Sirius XM 160, and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto

TORONTO (July 17, 2022)–The Honda Indy Toronto was welcomed back by race fans in a big way Sunday afternoon at Exhibition Place after a two-year hiatus.

For AJ Foyt Racing, the weekend was bittersweet. The enthusiasm of the fans for A.J. and his team, especially Canadian driver Dalton Kellett, was certainly gratifying. Unfortunately, several issues made for a frustrating weekend on track.

Dalton poses with his parents, Cinde and Mark, and fiancée Nicole Westra prior to the start.

The team’s woes became apparent in qualifying when Kellett missed the entire session due to fuel system problems. Replacing the system last night did not appear to fix the issues which surfaced again halfway through the morning warmup.

The team’s backup plan (frequent fuel stops) never came into play because of a mechanical failure in the engine which is still being investigated. Kellett pitted on lap 24 but six laps later his car started smoking forcing him to retire early. He placed 24th.

“Definitely not the Toronto race weekend we were looking for coming into the first Toronto Indy since the start of the Pandemic,” Kellett said after exiting his No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet. “But, our day has ended early here with what looks like a mechanical engine failure. Something let go inside the engine and we’ll have the Chevy Team on it, and looking to diagnose that so we can find any issues and then rectify that for the later races left in the season. Before that though, we were still having some persistent fueling issues that we were having during qualifying and warm-up. It seemed like the fuel issues weren’t occurring at full tanks and as we were burning fuel, getting lower tank volume, there’s some issue with the way it’s feeding the collector tank and that was causing us problems. So we were already a little bit on the backfoot and that kind of sealed the deal for our race—insult to injury I guess.”

Dalton poses with Arkells band members Mike DeAngelis (L) and Max Kerman. He gave Mike a visor because he is huge race fan. His helmet featured album covers from Canadian bands including the wildly popular Arkells. Kerman and DeAngelis served as grand marshals for the race today.

It was especially disappointing for the Toronto native who had over 200 friends and family in the stands cheering him on.

“I’m very happy to have the hometown crowd here,” Kellett continued. “I’ve been absolutely humbled by the reception and just all of our friends and family and partners with K-Line. All the Toronto race fans and Canadian race fans that have traveled here – a big thank you to all of them. We’ve got tremendous support and just really appreciative of how they’ve embraced this race and embrace their Canadian drivers.”

Kyle Kirkwood experienced a frustrating race as well in his No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet. Starting 24th, Kirkwood had risen as high as 19th and with his final pit stop in the books, he was able to make it on fuel towards the end of the race. Had the race gone green for the final 30 laps, he may have been sitting in a cat bird’s seat.

Unfortunately, there was another yellow and it was for him. Trying to make a pass on Jimmie Johnson, the two collided in Turn 9. Kirkwood’s car had two flat tires and a damaged nose and it appeared he couldn’t steer so the officials told him to exit the car. Johnson was able to continue.

“So, another short end to what could have been potentially a good race,” Kirkwood said, who finished

22nd. “We were on good strategy there at the end with fresher tires and more fuel than everyone else. I went for a pass and I think the person I was passing just didn’t see me. We collided and I ended up in the wall. I got the worst end of the stick that’s for sure. So super unfortunate, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to come back from the back on a street course — sometimes things don’t go your way. But we’ll look forward to Iowa in one week.”

Scott Dixon won the race after starting second. In so doing, he tied Mario Andretti for total Indy car victories at 52. It was his 18th straight season with at least one victory. Finishing second through fifth were pole winner Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist, Graham Rahal and Marcus Ericsson.

A.J.’s team will go back to Indianapolis where they will prepare both cars for next weekend’s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. The Hy-Vee Deals 250 will be broadcast on NBC on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET and the Hy-Vee Salute to Framers 300 will be broadcast Sunday at 3 P.M. ET.

Qualifying Report: Honda Indy Toronto

TORONTO (July 16, 2022) — Well you’ll have days like this in racing.

Toronto native Dalton Kellett, making his hometown debut in an Indy car, never got out of his pit box in the qualifying session due to a fuel system problem. He never posted a lap time. He will start 23rd in the No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet. The team replaced the entire fuel system after qualifying to avoid any issues in tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto.

“So definitely a tough session for us,” said Kellett who will have over 200 guests at the race this weekend. “Didn’t really get out of the pit box; looks like we had a failure somewhere in the fuel delivery system. One of the high-pressure pumps from the collector in the fuel cell wasn’t pumping fuel to the rail for our Chevy V6, so we weren’t able to get power so that was basically it. It is disappointing for us for the hometown race, obviously wanted a good qualifying performance to start further up on the grid and make our lives a little easier for Sunday. But obviously that wasn’t to be. We’ll just have to figure out what went wrong and make everything right for tomorrow. We’ll see what we have in warmup and go out and have a good race.”

Starting 24th alongside Kellett will be his teammate Kyle Kirkwood in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet. Kirkwood’s session was red-flagged about seven minutes into the session due to Alex Palou stopping on track. By the time his car was cleared from the track, the time had run out so officials gave the drivers one timed lap. Kirkwood was trying to make the most of it when he brushed the wall in Turn 6 and damaged his car enough that it spun around when he tried to go through Turn 8. He spun, hit the tire barrier and brought out the red flag. The penalty for causing a red flag is to lose your two quickest laps.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t transfer to the Fast 12 today,” a dejected Kirkwood said. “We had just one lap to do it and I unfortunately brushed the wall out of Turn 6, which caused a rear left toe link to break and then we went to Turn 8 with the tire pointing in the wrong direction. So super unfortunate, but we know we have fast car, we were quick early on — on both sets of tires— we just didn’t get the lap there at the end.”

Colton Herta won the pole to become the first two-time pole winner of the season. Rounding out the Firestone Fast Six were: Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, David Malukas and Scott McLaughlin.

The teams have a 30-minute warmup in the morning before the 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto gets underway tomorrow afternoon. The race will be streamed live on Peacock Premium starting at 3 p.m.

Notes: Honda Indy Toronto

Canadian DALTON KELLETT has been waiting for this weekend’s race since he signed to drive an Indy car for A.J. Foyt in December, 2019. To say he is excited about finally getting to race in his hometown after two year’s of cancellations due to Covid-19 would be an understatement for the Torontonian. The 29-year-old was born in Toronto, and while his family moved to Stouffville when he was five, he commuted to attend school in Toronto until he went to Queen’s University in Kingston. His best finish at the track was third in the 2019 Indy Lights Series which became a highlight of that season.

How and when did you become interested in racing cars?

DK: “My interest in cars and racing started when I was a kid. I had my first taste of racing when I was just a couple years old, at my parents’ cottage. Some friends and I used to race little snowmobiles on the frozen lake when we were ~2. On top of that I think I inherited a love of cars from my Dad. I started racing go-karts when I was 13.”

What did you miss most about Toronto?

DK: “I most miss being close to family and friends. I have great friends in Indianapolis, but the last couple years have made it more difficult to return home to visit. Toronto is a very metropolitan and multicultural city, there’s so much to do and lots of great neighbourhoods to explore.”

Returning to Toronto after 3 years, what are you looking forward to the most?

DK: “I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to race IndyCar in front of the hometown crowd. The Toronto Indy is one of the best street circuits we race on and I can’t wait to experience it in this car. I think the fans and the city are very excited to have us back, it should be a great turn out.”

What has changed in your life since last raced in TO?

DK: “Quite a lot has changed. I got engaged to Nicole! We were still dating back then. I’ve also made the jump to IndyCar and bought my first house (in Indianapolis). 2019 feels like a long time ago…”

Dalton with his fiancée Nicole Westra at the Indy 500 awards dinner earlier this year. Nicole works in the healthcare industry.

For a first-time visitor, what are some Must Sees and Must Dos?

DK: “There are the classic tourist stops – like going up the CN Tower, catching a Blue Jays game at Rogers Center, or exploring the Distillery district. Toronto has some nice parks and neighbourhoods, Trinity Bellwoods/Ossington Avenue area, Kensington Market, Queen West, China Town, etc. There are plenty of museums and galleries. The Royal Ontario Museum and the Ontario Science Center are worth a visit. Toronto also has some famous music venues like Massey Hall, so maybe see if a band you like is playing.”

And what are your favorite restaurants there?

DK: “JaBistro, on Richmond, is one of my favourites spots for sushi. Just a short walk from the track, there are lots of great restaurants along Ossington Avenue.”

What is the secret to getting around Toronto?

DK: “I think Toronto in general, the secret is just leaving early enough to account for the traffic. (laughs) But getting around the racetrack, it’s a very bumpy track with lots of pavement transitions, so you have to tune the suspension and dampers to handle those well. You don’t want to bottom out excessively, but also can’t sacrifice too much ride height. A big part of the challenge is knowing how much bumpiness and movement from the car that you’ll just have to accept as a characteristic of the track versus what needs to be tuned out to get the mechanical grip you need.”

Kellett had his best qualifying run in St. Pete when he qualified 14th. He is hoping to do well in his hometown of Toronto.

How many K-Line associates will attend the race?

DK: “We will have at least a dozen directly from K-Line and 150 or so in total guests, between friends and family. So there’ll be lots of people were in those teal K-Line shirts, which is great to see.”

Dalton Kellett finished third in 2019 at Toronto in the Indy Lights Series event. He posed on the podium with the K-Line Insulators friends and family!

Is there more pressure on you because it’s your home track?

DK: “There is certainly more pressure or focus on you when it’s the hometown race. My approach will be to just take it all in and try to enjoy the weekend. It will be busy but that’s part of the fun.”

What would you consider to be a successful weekend there for you?

DK: “The goal is a strong qualifying performance and a good finish in the race. There are no easy races in INDYCAR but I will be racing hard for a good finish for the home crowd!”

Kellett Fast Facts: Age 28…Born in Toronto, Canada and lives in Indianapolis…Became engaged to Nicole Westra and they plan to wed on New Year’s Eve…Graduated from Queens University with a degree in Engineering Physics…Brand spokesman for Ten80 Education’s National STEM League…Enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, playing guitar, cooking and golf. For the technically curious, Kellett posts TikTok videos (@dalton_kellett) about the race car labeled “Indy Mondays” with subjects ranging from the steering wheel to the weight jacker to cold tires.

New Look for the No. 4 K-Line Chevrolet! Kellett’s No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet will feature a slightly different look this weekend in a nod to Canada. The engine cover will be covered in red and black Buffalo Plaid (or Buffalo Check) with a white maple leaf and the popular Canadian “eh?” on the engine cover.

KYLE KIRKWOOD will be driving the Sexton Properties Chevrolet this weekend. Kirkwood and team have been strong on the street courses this season so he is looking forward to returning to Toronto where he enjoyed success in the junior formulas in 2018 and 2019. Driving in the U.S. F2000 Series, he won both events in his first appearance there. He returned next year in the Indy Pro 2000 Series finishing eighth in Race 1 and winning the second race. The Indy Lights Series did not race at Toronto last year.

“It’s great that we are able to get back on the streets of Toronto. Given this year’s trend, I am always looking forward to the street courses. Toronto is a track that I personally have a lot of experience at and can’t wait to see what it feels like in the Indy car. I believe we’ll have a shot of redeeming ourselves from Detroit where we should have finished easily in the top 10.”

Kirkwood Fast Facts: Age 23…Born in West Palm Beach, and lives in Jupiter, Florida… Only driver to win championships in all three divisions of the Road to Indy ladder system…Began racing karts at age 5…Won the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 title (12 wins in 14 races) and won 15 of 17 races to claim the F3 Americas Championship…Won the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with nine victories and five poles in 16 races (RP Motorsports)…Won the 2021 Indy Lights championship with 10 victories and seven poles in 20 races (the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic). Enjoys surfing, deep-sea fishing, diving and golf.

No. 11 Entry Withdrawn from Toronto: The No. 11 entry scheduled to be driven by Tatiana Calderón on the street and road courses this season will miss the event in Toronto due to an interruption in sponsorship funding. It is undetermined at this time when the car will return to action.

A.J. Foyt will be attending this weekend’s event marking his return to action since the Indianapolis 500 in May. With Dalton Kellett’s sponsor K-Line Insulators established in Canada, Foyt made a special effort to attend the race this season, despite cutting back on his schedule. He also plans to attend the Iowa doubleheader and the Indy GP at the end of the month.

Past Performance: Both Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood will be making their first Toronto starts in an Indy car although both drivers have enjoyed success in the junior formulas. The Foyt team’s best start is eighth with Takuma Sato in 2015; their best finish is third with Mike Conway in 2012. The team’s record shows better finishes than starts: they have four top-5s and three more top-10s.

Last Race: At Mid-Ohio, the Foyt team had its share of misfortune! Kirkwood did not finish after qualifying ninth in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet–his best start of the season. Two laps after his first pit stop, he hit the tire barrier in Turn 9 and was out of the race, placing 26th. Calderón had issues with the shifting and was forced to retire early as well; she finished 25th. Kellett was hit from behind and by the time the safety team got him restarted, he had lost two laps; he finished 22nd.

The Honda Indy Toronto will be streamed live on NBC’s Peacock Premium at 3 p.m. ET. The broadcast will have limited commercials.It is the first time an NTT INDYCAR Series race has been streamed live exclusively in the U.S. Peacock will also stream live the practices on Friday (2:30 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.) as well as qualifying on Saturday (2 p.m.) and the race morning warmup (10:55 a.m.). All times are Eastern.

Race Report: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 3, 2022) — Last man standing. That was Dalton Kellett who was the only driver on the AJ Foyt Racing team to bring it home in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sunday afternoon.

What started out as a promising race for the AJ Foyt Racing team quickly deteriorated after the first round of pit stops in the 80-lap race.

Starting ninth in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet, Kyle Kirkwood had been running eighth in the first stint when he pitted on lap 27. A smooth stop halfway through the pit cycle saw him emerge in 15th as others ahead of him still needed to pit.

Unfortunately, the second lap on his new alternate compound (red) Firestone tires proved to be his last as his race ended against the tire barrier in Turn 9 on lap 29. He placed 26th.

Asked what happened, the 23-year-old rookie replied, “You know, I’m not really too sure. I’ve got to go

back through it but it wasn’t the same as Detroit. You know, at Detroit the reds caught me out and the car went sideways on me. But here I already did a lap. And I figured the pressures were up, grip felt like it was there, it just hit Turn 8 and it bottomed out right in the middle of the corner and set the car sailing, and the nature of the track is kind of increasing radius in that section. So, unfortunately for the 14 AJ Foyt crew we didn’t get to get the finish that we thought we deserved. We were doing solid this weekend. So we’re right there in the top 10, fighting for seventh-eighth-ninth really. Definitely disappointing. But we’ll come back stronger next time.”

Kirkwood, who wasn’t injured in the accident, had just finished his TV interview at the medical center when the race was restarted after the third caution period. Kellett, who had just pitted in his No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet, restarted 24th.

On the restart, he was hit from behind in Turn 2 by Jack Harvey and spun off course. By the time the safety team got Kellett restarted, he had lost two laps. He was able to rejoin the race but did not have access to push-to-pass despite having 128 seconds left. He soldiered on and finished 22nd.

Kellett summed up his day saying, “Overall, it was not the best day for the AJ Foyt Racing crew. On my end, I felt like we had a pretty hooked up car in the first stint. In the warmup we tried something close to Kyle’s setup from qualifying and it wasn’t quite working for me which kind of goes to show you’ve got to sort of figure out your own thing for your own driving style. So, we went back to our qualifying car and on the new reds, the car felt pretty good. It felt like it was really connected through the corner, and I was able to push through the sections from four to nine.”

Kellett talks with race strategist Grant Weaver after the race.

“We were running decently well and then got turned around by the 45 car which was unfortunate,” the young Canadian continued. “On a restart everyone’s battling but it’s not great when you get turned from behind. So, a mistake on their part and that put us two laps down because it took them a while to get me going again. Losing two laps — that’s the hard part. On an oval you can make that back but on a short road course like this, you have to get supremely lucky and that didn’t happen. On the blacks and the scrubbed red set we were lacking a bit of mechanical grip through the rhythm section. But overall a tough day, hoping for something better at the home race in Toronto.”

Tatiana Calderón was running 20th after starting 26th in the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet and was driving one of her best races of the season. She appeared to be headed for a solid finish when an issue developed when she was shifting gears. She had to pull off the track in Turn 4 after 51 laps. She was credited with 25th.

“We were having a good time out there,” said the young rookie from Colombia. “We started on reds and pitted for another set of reds and the car was feeling actually quite good. So we were, you know, in the mix I think, had good pace, and then we started to have some delays on the downshifts. We need to figure out what happened. It was just stuck in first gear out of Turn 2 and sadly that was the end of the day. But I think the team did a great pitstop, the strategy was the right one, so it’s a shame we couldn’t finish a good race, but that’s racing sometimes.”

After the race, engineer Daniele Cucchiaioni chats with Tatiana (right) and her sister Paula who is her business manager.

Scott McLaughlin won what could best be described as a wild race that saw many drivers skidding off course including his teammate Will Power who rebounded from last to finish third. Defending NTT INDYCAR Series Champion Alex Palou finished second. Rounding out the top five were Rinus Veekay and Scott Dixon.

The NTT INDYCAR Series returns to Toronto in two weeks for the first time since 2019. The Honda Indy Toronto will be streamed live on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network on Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. (ET).

Qualifying Report: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 2, 2022)–There were smiles all around the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet as Kyle Kirkwood and team qualified ninth for their best qualifying performance of the season Saturday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“Yeah, super happy with our performance today,” remarked a jubilant Kirkwood who has enjoyed much success at the 2.258-mile track in junior formulas. “The No. 14 Sexton Chevrolet had pace all weekend, we just weren’t able to extract it until qualifying. I’m so happy to show the performance that we deserve and we’re still working with the car. We feel like we have pace and there’s still something to be gained. For me, I feel like all year we’ve had a faster race car than a faster qualifying car. So hopefully that plays in our favor as well. We’re starting from the pointy end of the field so we can make things happen from there.”

Kirkwood was 11th in the first practice on Friday but slipped to 19th in this morning’s practice.

“In one session we had one balance and then we go to the other session and it’s on the other spectrum,” Kirkwood said, adding, “so we just found a happy medium there in qualifying and got back to form. Man, we were so close to transferring there but it’s just a tenth and a half–that’s all you needed. You get about one lap to do it. We even tuned on the car in qualifying and got a lot better. So I’m super happy with what the A.J. Foyt crew has been doing because we took the car from the P 11, then P 19, and now into the top 12, and almost transferring it to the Fast Six. So that would’ve been really cool. It’s the best qualifying of the year, so I couldn’t be happier with this performance.”

Kirkwood credited their recent test at the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway which yielded some insights into tweaking their road course setups.

“Our strong suit’s been street courses all year,” Kirkwood pointed out. “And this is a road course and somewhere that we’ve struggled. We tested at IMS, and we feel like we found some stuff and maybe that’s translated into some gains in lap time. Hopefully we can carry that speed through the road courses which gives me confidence going into the later races like Portland and Laguna.”

The insights yielded some gains for his teammates too because both Dalton Kellett and Tatiana Calderón said they like their cars’ race setups.

Kellett, who will start 23rd in the No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet after posting a lap time of 1 minute, 8.2444 seconds, commented, “Overall, I think we’ve got a pretty good car here. The run on my end was a little scrappy, I made some mistakes on the third lap so didn’t quite get the optimum lap time put together. I think there was probably four-tenths to half a second there in just putting all the good sectors in the same lap. So that’s something for me to work on, but I think overall the car feels pretty good and I’m optimistic for what we’ve got for the race tomorrow. I think we’ve got a better car here in terms of the road course packets, and maybe where we’ve been so far this year so that’s really good to see. We found some stuff with the test at Indy that Kyle was at last week. So there’s good changes that we’ve been putting on the car and that’s been a helpful direction so far.”

Kellett used a different tire strategy from his teammates when his K-Line engineers decided to go with two sets of the softer alternate compound (red-sidewalled) Firestone tires rather than the primary and then alternate compound tires used by his teammates.

“We thought it’s been kind of a scrappy weekend overall with a lot of people going off, so we figured to get a run in the bank as far as getting on the reds early–just in case there was a yellow in the second half of the segment,” Kellett revealed. “But realistically looking back at it, I don’t know if that was the right call because the track felt like it was pretty off from the sessions before us on that first run. So, I don’t think we got the advantage out of it but hindsight is 20-20 on those calls.”

Starting 26th in the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet, Calderón explained their decision to save two sets of the alternate compound (red) tires for the race saying, “We think it will be a red tire race so we wanted to save the red tires for the race instead of using two sets in qually.”

Speaking of her qualifying run in which she posted a lap time of 1 minute, 8.4370 seconds, she explained, “I think we’ve been improving the car and I felt really good in the car with those reds. We had a different strategy than most of the guys–I wanted to do four laps with the reds because it took a bit longer for me to get them in yesterday. But unfortunately, we had a lot of traffic ahead of us. So I really could only squeeze in one lap and it was not so great. But I think we have a really good race car. And we have two sets of reds for the race tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to it.”

With a lap time of 1 minute, 6.7054 seconds, Pato O’Ward won his first pole position of the season and became the ninth different driver this season to do so. It was his fifth career pole position. Rounding out the Firestone Fast Six were: Scott McLaughlin, Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud.

There will be a 30-minute morning warmup starting at 9:45 a.m. ET which will be streamed on Peacock Premium. The NBC broadcast of the 80-lap race starts at 12:30 p.m. ET with the green flag set to wave at 12:53 p.m. The race will also be broadcast on the INDYCAR Radio Network and streamed on Peacock Premium.

Notes & Quotes: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Tim Kuschel, of Homewood, Ill., started his professional racing career not in a junior formula series but rather in the premier open wheel series in North America! Kuschel’s first professional job is his current job with AJ Foyt Racing as an assistant to shock engineer Warren Wilson. With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in Chicago, the 27-year-old Indianapolis resident is now in his second year with the team. We asked him a few questions…

Q: What sparked your interest in racing and how did you get your start?

TK: “I have always had an interest in cars, racing, and all sports since I was little. My mom tells me my first real word was “car”, my first time getting pulled over for speeding was during my drivers ed course, and I got my first project car not long after getting my license. I got my professional racing start through my meeting Warren, the Foyt shock guru, where he put in a good word for me to help him out here at Foyt.

A young “Jeff Gordon” aka Tim Kuschel at age 7.

Q: When did you start working professionally in racing?

TK: “My first introduction to any organized racing was at the racing program at my university, where I led the formula-style racing team there. It was through that program I met some IndyCar team members that introduced me to Warren. Then I started working for Foyt just last year in January of 2021.”

Q: Which series have you worked in and in what capacity?

TK: “I have only worked in IndyCar, the last 2 seasons here at Foyt. Helping build shocks for Bourdais, Kellett, Kirkwood, Calderon, Hildebrand, Kimball, and also Stefan Wilson for this past Indy 500.”

Q: What are your responsibilities with the AJ Foyt Racing team?

TK: “My responsibilities are to help build and manage anything damper or spring related for all of the Foyt cars. I also change the inside front tire during pit stops for the No. 4 car.”

Kuschel changes the inside front tire on Dalton Kellett’s car this season. He is changing the right front tire in St. Petersburg.

Q: What is your career goal? Professionally, where would you like to be in 10 years

TK: “Being new in racing I think I am still figuring that out, but for the time being, my goals are to learn as much as I can and keep working.”

Q: What is your favorite track and why?

TK: “My favorite track so far is probably Long Beach. It’s pretty hard to be in a bad mood in that city and atmosphere.”

Q: Most memorable moment of your career thus far?

TK: “The most memorable race is probably the intermittent rain race at the Indy Road Course this past May. Lots of pit stops and chaos on track.”

Q: Greatest challenge you’ve faced?

TK: “The biggest challenge so far was probably grinding through my degree while working a job and working on the university race team. My home, job, and university were all intertwined in and around different sides of Chicago so commuting between the three within the same days was a huge ball of fun.”

Kuschel at recruitment presentation for the university team.

Q: What interests do you have outside of racing?

TK: “Outside of racing I like to play music, cook/bake, ride motorcycles, work with film photography, and travel.”

Kuschel on a motorcycle camping trip with a buddy (who took the picture).

Q: What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

TK: “I have already checked off most of the cool ones like bungee jumping, skydiving, motorcycle trips,

and backcountry camping. But I’m planning some scuba diving and some international trips in the future.”

Q: If you didn’t work in racing, what would you be doing?

TK: “When I was offered the position at Foyt, I was discussing a position as a design engineer for a well-known grill company. It is up for debate which position has better smells.”

Q: What is your favorite saying?

TK: “The situation is fluid.”

Kuschel (in uniform) chats with his university team during a test session.

Q: What is the best advice your mother (or father) ever gave you?

TK: “The first thing that comes to mind is when I was younger, I made a comment to my grandfather that it would suck to try out for a team and only make the B-team. And his reply was that you don’t care about which team you’re on, you play because you love the game. That was something that always stuck in my mind.”

Tatiana Calderón participated in her first Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England last weekend. She drove the 1957 Kuzma Offenhauser in which Jimmy Bryan won the national championship. When Bryan switched teams in 1958, A.J. Foyt was hired to drive and made his first start in the car at the Indy 500.

“It has been a privilege to be driving the 1957 Kuzma Offenhauser car at Goodwood and to learn that it

was the car where A.J. did his debut in Indy,” said Calderón. “Also to contrast it a little bit with today’s Indy cars and see how much change we’ve seen in Indy cars. It’s incredible that they went on the banking at over 160 miles an hour back then in ’57 and to drive the car that won the Race of the Two Worlds in ‘Monzanapolis,’ it was a big privilege. The cars back then were much simpler in a way. No buttons on the steering wheel just the fuel, the ignition and you basically still go with the starter. Huge steering wheel, just the water and oil on the on dashboard, it’s incredible to think that they were going 160 miles an hour in those cars with no mirrors and barely any protection! It’s been an incredible experience. I’m super honored and thankful to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum as well for giving me that chance and to be at Goodwood for the first time. It’s incredible to see so many legends, so many cars, bikes, and the passion of the people out there as well. So now back to modern IndyCar for the weekend.”

Racing at Mid-Ohio this weekend will give Calderón her first chance to race on a track that she has actually tested on before the race weekend–her test came last year following the Mid-Ohio race.

“Mid-Ohio was where I first tested the car with the team,” the young rookie said. “So at least I know a little bit about the track and the feeling with this car. It’s the first time I am going to a circuit that I know, that I had a feeling for before (the race weekend). I think we had a good test. And a good race car there, so hopefully we can straight away from free practice 1 start closer to the pace. And yes we will just keep working. The physical side there is tougher, it’s a small track so that’s going to be a nice test (laughing). And yes, I’m looking forward to it.”

Calderón Fast Facts: Age 29…Born in Bogota, Colombia and now living in Miami…Began racing karts at age 9 and has competed in Formula 2, Renault Series Formula V8 3.5 (first female on podium in Bahrein-2017), GP3, European Formula 3, British Formula 3 Series (first female on podium)…Test driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team for past four years…Enjoys tennis, water skiing and drinking coffee.

The future of the No. 11 Chevrolet beyond this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio is not guaranteed due to funding issues with primary sponsor ROKiT which Team President Larry Foyt is trying to resolve. “We are trying to work through a difficult situation as I know ROKiT wishes to continue the program but there are some issues which may prevent that. We will continue to either resolve it with ROKiT or try to find alternate funding which is difficult at best at this point in the season. The No. 14 entry will run the entire season as it is not solely dependent on the ROKiT funding.”

Dalton Kellett is flying to Columbus, Ohio from his hometown of Toronto where he was doing a media advance this week for the Honda Indy Toronto scheduled for July 17th which marks the return of the NTT INDYCAR Series to Canada for the first time since 2019.

“Mid-Ohio is definitely one of the more exciting tracks that we go to every year,” said Kellett. “It’s got a

great flow to it. It’s definitely my type of road course. It’s kind of the opposite of Road America where there you’ve got long straightaways and you’ve got groups of a couple of corners separated by really long straightaways. Mid- Ohio, the whole thing kind of flows together, which I’ve always really enjoyed tracks like that. It’s super physical, really. It’s always one of the tough races with the heat of the summer. So definitely we’ve been training hard to get ready for this one, and I can’t wait to hit the ground running with the K-Line No. 4 Chevy.”

Kellett Fast Facts: Age 28…Born in Toronto, Canada and lives in Indianapolis…Became engaged to Nicole Westra and they plan to wed on New Year’s Eve…Graduated from Queens University with a degree in Engineering Physics…Brand spokesman for Ten80 Education’s National STEM League…Enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, playing guitar, cooking and golf. For the technically curious, Kellett posts TikTok videos (@dalton_kellett) about the race car labeled “Indy Mondays” with subjects ranging from the steering wheel to the weight jacker to cold tires.

Kyle Kirkwood spent last weekend competing in the IMSA WeatherTech Series at Watkins Glen International. He teamed up with Ben Barnicoat to drive the Vasser-Sullivan No. 14 Lexus in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. They finished fifth in class. At Mid-Ohio, Kirkwood has enjoyed much success when he has competed there in the junior formulas. In the Indy Lights Series last year, he won three races in four starts.

“Mid-Ohio is a track that I love and cherish, I almost consider it my home track,” said Kirkwood. “It’s a place that I’ve always had the most success at, given a season. It’s my favorite track to go to. And I think it’s a place where the team has done well at in the past, and we now have a couple week break prior to it. So it’ll be nice to kind of relax and recuperate and get ready for that weekend. I’m not sure what I love about the track, but it’s just suited me, it’s very high speed. There’s tons of elevation. It kind of reminds me of a karting track a little bit tighter, but a bit high speed, high downforce, high grip. I’m not sure why it suits me, but I really like it.”

Kirkwood Fast Facts: Age 23…Born in West Palm Beach, and lives in Jupiter, Florida… Only driver to win championships in all three divisions of the Road to Indy ladder system…Began racing karts at age 5…Won the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 title (12 wins in 14 races) and won 15 of 17 races to claim the F3 Americas Championship…Won the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with nine victories and five poles in 16 races (RP Motorsports)…Won the 2021 Indy Lights championship with 10 victories and seven poles in 20 races (the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic). Enjoys surfing, deep-sea fishing, diving and golf.

Past Performance: Dalton Kellett has run three INDYCAR races at Mid-Ohio with a best start of 20th and a best finish of 21st in 2020. Tatiana Calderón and Kyle Kirkwood will be making their first starts in an Indy car there. In the Indy Lights Series, Kirkwood ran four races in 2021 and won three of them, two of which he started on the pole. The Foyt team’s best start is 7th and best finish is 4th — both with Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2009. In the CART Series (1987-1995), the team’s best start was 12th (1988-A.J. Foyt, 53) and best finish was 2nd (1993-Robby Gordon, 24).

Last Race: At Road America, the Foyt team struggled. Kirkwood started 24th and finished 20th, Kellett started and finished 23rd, and Calderón started and finished 25th.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R will be broadcast live Sunday, July 3rd on NBC starting at 12:30 p.m. ET. It will be streamed live on Peacock Premium, which will also stream qualifying on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. and the practices on Friday (3:30pm), Saturday (9:30 a.m.) and Sunday (9:45 a.m.). The INDYCAR Radio Network will also air the race.

Race Report: Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America

LKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 12, 2022) — Sunny skies and cool temperatures made it a beautiful day for racing at picturesque Road America but the Sonsio Grand Prix turned into a tough day at the track for the AJ Foyt Racing team.

Kyle Kirkwood started 24th in the No. 14 ROKiT Chevrolet and finished 20th. He was 18th in the closing laps but on a restart with three laps to go, he was punted by Devlin DeFrancesco who had already been penalized for avoidable contact for an incident with Will Power earlier in the race.

Kyle Kirkwood poses with crew chief Didier Francesia (center) and race engineer Mike Colliver before the race. Chevy engineer Eric Westenkirchner looks on.

“We had a good strategy, everything executed properly, just didn’t really have the pace,” Kirkwood said afterwards. “I can’t really tell you why we had the pace yesterday in the warm up and then we rolled the car out today and some things had changed. I’m not sure what but it’s a disappointing finish. Given yesterday I felt like we should have been fighting for a top-10 but at least we gathered some points up this weekend and were able to finish and kept the car clean for once so that was good. We look forward to Mid-Ohio.”

Dalton Kellett started 23rd and finished 23rd in the K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet. The “dual personality” car made for a long day in the office for the personable Canadian.

Dalton Kellett looks down the grid before the race.

“Overall, it was a difficult day for us,” Kellett said. “The pace on blacks still seems to be an issue, the reds felt better. But all weekend we seem to be struggling with this sort of “two-problem car” which was low-speed understeer and being really twitchy and on edge in the high speed corners. And you’ve got some pretty fast, high commitment corners here so that’s not a good characteristic to have. We really have to come up with a couple of different packages or options to try some new stuff in Mid Ohio.”

Perhaps the toughest day belonged to Tatiana Calderón who learned on race morning that her race engineer Danielle Cucchiaroni had taken ill the night before and would not be in her pitbox for the race. His presence was missed as Calderón ran low on fuel and lost time in the pits getting the car restarted because of the low fuel pressure. She also incurred two pitlane speed violations which resulted in a couple of drive-through penalties in the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet.

Tatiana Calderón smiled for our photographer before the race.

“Well it was a tough race for us in every sense,” said Calderón, who finished 25th. “We sort of ran out of fuel then when we wanted to pull away in the pitstop, we had no fuel pressure. So I stalled, then we had to restart the car a couple of times to get that fuel pressure back up so we lost a lot of time there and I think I had a speeding penalty also. So had a couple drive throughs and an issue on the yellow flag. Overall, a really tough day for everyone. But I want to thank the whole team for the last three weeks–they’ve been flat out. So hopefully we’ll have a reset the next couple of weeks and good news is we go back to Mid-Ohio where I first drove the Indy car. At least I know a little bit of the track and the feeling with this car. So hopefully we can make a big step forward.”

Josef Newgarden became the Million Dollar Man with his victory today as he won the PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge bonus by being the first driver to win on a street course, an oval and a road course this season. The $1 million will be split evenly with half going to his team and the other half going to his designated charities: SeriousFun Children’s Network and Wags and Walks Nashville.

Finishing second was Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson with Sonsio GP pole winner Alexander Rossi completing the podium. Rounding out the top five were Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta.

The next race on the NTT INDYCAR Series schedule is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on July 3. It will be broadcast on NBC starting at 12 noon ET.

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