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CFH HONDA INDY TORONTO QUALIFYING

FILIPPI ADVANCES TO FIRESTONE FAST 6 IN HONDA INDY TORONTO QUALIFYING

Newgarden Advances to Top 12; Will Start 11th

(TORONTO) June 13, 2015 – Advance Notes
  • Luca Filippi made his first Firestone Fast 6 appearance of the season and 3rd of his Verizon IndyCar Series career today in the Streets of Toronto, Canada. Filippi will start his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet from the 6th position in tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto.
  • Josef Newgarden qualified with the 11th fastest time for Sunday’s 85-lap race. He was initially in Round 1, Group 2 and had just exited the pit lane for his first run on Firestone Firehawk red tires when the red flag came out. He had already completed a lap on black tires that put him 6th on the scoring sheet so he was able to advance to the next round.
  • Filippi was in Round 1, Group 1 and had was just completing his first run on black tires when he brushed the wall with the left rear corner of the car. He brought the car in for a bent toe link which the crew rapidly repaired in time for Filippi to get two laps in on red tires. A yellow flag waved on his second lap, meaning he was only able to complete one full lap at speed. It was enough to advance to the next round him as well, finishing the session 6th.
  • Both Filippi and Newgarden participated in Round 2 and finished the session on sticker red tires. Filippi turned a lap that put him 6th, advancing him to the Firestone Fast 6. Newgarden would finish the session 11th and would not advance to the next round.
  • Filippi elected to save his last set of sticker reds for tomorrow’s event, choosing to run laps in the Fast 6 on scuffed reds. He set the 6th fastest lap of the session, giving him his starting position for tomorrow.
  • CFH Racing enters the Honda Indy Toronto as a one of the defending race winning teams. Last year’s event featured a doubleheader with two races on the same day, the second of which was won by Mike Conway driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
  • Though Filippi had only eight career IndyCar starts at four tracks prior to the 2015 season, he is not considered a rookie by series standards. The 11-turn, 1.75-mile Toronto street circuit is only one of two tracks on the 2015 schedule that Filippi has prior experience at and is the first he will visit this year.
  • Filippi has seven starts so far in 2015, three of which he has finished in the Top 10. Prior to this season, the Italian had one Top 10 finish in eight races. Filippi will drive the No. 20 in the remaining road and street course events this season with team co-owner Ed Carpenter taking over for the oval events.
  • The 24-year-old Newgarden is having the best season of his IndyCar career, claiming five Top 10 finishes in the first seven races of the year. He also captured his first career victory in late April at Barber Motorsports Park. Newgarden sits 8th in the championship point standings with nine of 16 races completed.
  • The Honda Indy Toronto is the fifth in a string of six back-to-back races for CFH Racing. This will be the 10th straight weekend of on-track activity for the Speedway, Ind.-based team.
  • The 2015 Honda Indy Toronto will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 14. The race will feature 85 laps with the green flag scheduled for 3:37 p.m. ET.
LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 6TH: “I am very happy. This is my first Fast 6 of the season, I really wanted it since we came here. I knew we could do it because the car was good, I knew the circuit, and I knew I could do a good job.  I am satisfied because we set a goal and we achieved it. It would have been difficult to challenge the other guys in the Fast 6 because they had fresher tires than us. I’m very thankful to the guys because they reacted so well when they had to make changes to the car. They gave me the opportunity to get back out there and run, so I’m very grateful for that. Now its time for us to keep this pace and performance through the end of the season.”

 

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 11TH: “Qualifying wasn’t what we were hoping for. We just struggled and didn’t quite get what we needed. We should have a good racecar, though. I am excited to work with the guys more and see what we can get out of it. We have a long race day ahead of ustomorrow, it’s hard to complete a race around here without any incidents. As long as we stay clean, we should be good to go.”

Luca Filippi advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 today in Toronto, one of only two tracks he will visit this year that he has previous experience on.

Josef Newgarden will start from the 11th position in tomorrow’s Honda Indy Toronto. It will be his 6th start in the streets of the Canadian city. 

 

 

CFH Racing Heading North To Defend Honda Indy Toronto Title

Chevy-Powered Team Won Second Race Of 2014 Event

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) June 9, 2015 – Advance Notes

CFH Racing will head to Toronto, Ontario, Canada this weekend for the Honda Indy Toronto, the only international event on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The team won the second race of the 2014 doubleheader with Mike Conway driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.

The 2014 Honda Indy Toronto featured two races on the same day. As heavy rains washed out the start of Race 1 on Saturday, July 19, officials elected to move both events to Sunday, July 20. Despite the change in schedule, weather still played a large part in the strategy on Sunday as the races occured in a mix of wet and dry conditions.

Conway was the first competitor to drive into the pit lane for Firestone Firehawk slick tires during Race 2, a brilliant call that allowed him to stay out when a majority of the field came in under a yellow flag the following lap. He vaulted up to the 5th position and made quick work of the four cars ahead of him still running on wet tires. Even with a late-race red flag, Conway would stay out in front on the restart and take the victory.

CFH Racing’s lineup in the 2015 event will feature Josef Newgarden in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet and Luca Filippi, the driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet during the road and street course events.

Though Filippi had only eight career IndyCar starts at four tracks prior to the 2015 season, he is not considered a rookie by series standards. The 11-turn, 1.75-mile Toronto street circuit is only one of two tracks on the 2015 schedule that Filippi has prior experience at and is the first he will visit this year.

The 29-year-old Filippi competed in both races of the 2014 Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, making it into the Firestone Fast Six during qualifications for Race 1. His debut race in Toronto was cut short after contact with the wall ended his day on Lap 17 of the 65-lap event. Filippi was running 5th at the time.

With Race 1 taking place during the time originally scheduled for qualifications for Race 2, entrant points set the starting grid for the second race. Filippi would start in 23rd and ran as high as fourth, but was forced to pit for a flat tire after being hit from behind. He would finish Race 2 in 13th, but was issued a 30-second penalty after the race for making a stop in a closed pit lane, dropping him to 16th.

Toronto was no kinder to Newgarden last year, who qualified 10th for Race 1 but was caught up in a six-car incident on Lap 1. The team chose to repair the car under a red flag, resulting in a drive-through penalty but not the loss of a lap that would have occurred if they waited until the pit lane reopened. With two laps to go in the event, Newgarden hit the wall while attempting to pass Will Power. A broken toe link and right rear suspension would prohibit him from finishing the race and give him a 20th place result.

Newgarden was running 5th at the time of a late-race restart during Race 2. As the course was a mix of wet and dry conditions, Newgarden was still on rain tires and unable to hold off the cars around him on slick tires. The Hendersonville, Tenn.-native would drop to 13th by the checkered flag.

Filippi has seven starts so far in 2015, three of which he has finished in the Top 10. Prior to this season, the Italian had one Top 10 finish in eight races. Filippi will drive the No. 20 in the remaining road and street course events this season with team co-owner Ed Carpenter taking over for the oval events.

The 24-year-old Newgarden is having the best season of his IndyCar career, claiming five Top 10 finishes in the first seven races of the year. He also captured his first career victory in late April at Barber Motorsports Park. Newgarden sits 8th in the championship point standings with nine of 16 races completed.

The team is looking forward to a change in fortunes after Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit left both Newgarden and Filippi with damaged racecars. Last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, unrelated mechanical issues retired both Newgarden and Carpenter from competition within one lap of each other.

The Honda Indy Toronto is the fifth in a string of six back-to-back races for CFH Racing. This will be the 10th straight weekend of on-track activity for the Speedway, Ind.-based team.

The 2015 Honda Indy Toronto will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 14. The race will feature 85 laps with the green flag scheduled for 3:37 p.m. ET.

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET: “Toronto will be the first race this year that I have previously been a part of. I will be able to push from the beginning instead of having to learn the circuit so we can attack right from the first practice! We have found a good street course balance so I have very high expectations for this weekend.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET: “I’m really excited about Toronto. It’s a place we’ve run strong before from a speed aspect so we should have good cars there. We have a really good game plan going in, the guys have been working hard and we are all really prepared. Luca (Filippi) likes Toronto a lot as well, so I am hoping the both of us can roll of the truck really strong. If we do that, we can carry that momentum through the weekend and secure good results. That would be great right now for everyone involved with CFH Racing!”

CFH Texas Post Race Report

NIGHT ENDS EARLY FOR BOTH CFHR CARS AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY 

Separate Mechanical Failures Plague Carpenter, Newgarden One Lap Apart

(FORT WORTH, Ind.) June 6, 2015 – Race Notes

  • Both CFH Racing cars fell out of the Firestone 600 Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway within one lap of each other. Separate mechanical failures plagued Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden, ending the races early for both.
  • The two drivers started on position apart, with Newgarden rolling off 14th and Carpenter one position behind in 15th. Both drivers struggled for grip in the early stages of the event and had to pit early for fresh Firestone Firehawk tires. The strategy proved to be beneficial as Carpenter moved up to the 12th position after running as low as 22nd and Newgarden was up to 15th from running in 19th.
  • The teammates had both fallen two laps down to the leader when they were the beneficiaries of a wave around after the race’s first and only caution period occurred on Lap 84. While safety crews worked to clear the debris from the track surface, Carpenter and Newgarden both earned a lap back and were able to make a pit stop under yellow. Newgarden was cited with a stop and go penalty for passing the pace car at the blend line, causing him to lose the lap he just earned back.
  • On Lap 147 of the 248-lap event, Carpenter radioed to the crew that something was wrong with the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. He brought the car into the pit lane and climbed out; meanwhile, Newgarden relayed a similar message to his crew on Lap 148. Newgarden brought the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet in and exited the racecar as well on Lap 149. The two mechanical failures were unrelated to one another.
  • The team will head across the border to Toronto, Canada for next weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto. Luca Filippi, driver of the No. 20 for the road and street course events, will join Newgarden. It will be the tenth straight weekend of on-track activity for CFH Racing.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 22ND: “We were just riding around, finishing the race when something let go in the car. We were in no way, shape, or form in contention. It’s disappointing. We’ve been strong here for the past couple of years. We have good road course cars right now, we just haven’t been able to get this package sorted out for the ovals. I feel a big part of that weight on my shoulders, I need to do more to help the guys.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “We’re not sure what happened yet, we just lost drive. It was a tough weekend, we struggled all weekend with the car’s handling. We did everything we could to make it better. We did a good job keeping it in the race, we just didn’t have enough for everyone. Capping it off with loosing drive was a hard way to end the weekend. We put up a good fight, we did everything we could to be competitive. It was a tough weekend where nothing really went our way. All we can do is go to Toronto and have a solid weekend.”

 

Busy Day At Texas Motor Speedway For CFH Racing

Teammates Newgarden, Carpenter Qualify Next To Each Other For Saturday Night Race

(FORT WORTH, Ind.) June 5, 2015 – Qualifying Notes

* Qualifications have been completed for Saturday night’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Josef Newgarden will start 14th in tomorrow’s 248-lap event while Ed Carpenter will roll off one position away in 15th.

* Both drivers struggled with grip in the one hour and 15 minute practice session this morning, but made significant strides in qualifying. Newgarden and Carpenter both turned laps over six miles per hour faster than their best practice lap.

* Practice for the Firestone 600 will continue this evening with one more half an hour session. It will be the last practice session before tomorrow night’s event.

* CFH Racing is the defending race winning team at Texas Motor Speedway. Team co-owner Ed Carpenter claimed the victory in last year’s race, leading 66 of the final 67 laps and 90 laps total. It was the third win of Carpenter’s Verizon IndyCar Series career.

* Newgarden has competed in three races at the 1.5-mile oval outside of Fort Worth, Texas; Carpenter has 13 career starts at TMS, including four Top 10 finishes.

* Saturday night will mark Carpenter’s second race of the 2015 season. He drives the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet in the oval races, handing the car over to Luca Filippi for the road and street course events. Carpenter raced in the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago, starting 12th and finishing 30th after contact with another car sent him into the wall. He is the only owner/driver competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

* The 24-year-old Newgarden is having the best season of his IndyCar career, claiming five Top 10 finishes in the first eight races of the year. He also captured his first career victory in late April at Barber Motorsports Park. Newgarden sits 8th in the championship point standings at the halfway point in the season.

* The Firestone 600 is the fourth in a string of five back-to-back races, including a double-header event featuring two races at the Belle Isle Park street circuit in Detroit last weekend. This will be the 9th straight weekend of on-track activity for the Speedway, Ind.-based team.

* The 2015 Firestone 600 will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 6, currently scheduled to be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. The race will feature 248 laps with the green flag scheduled for 8:50 p.m. ET.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 15TH: “It’s not a speed problem for us, we know how to make the cars go fast. However, it’s hard to do that when the car does not handle well as well as we know it can. We have to figure out how to make this new car work with this new package. We haven’t done a good enough job of that up to this point but we will keep working on it.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH: “This morning we were probably the only team that did not do a qualification simulation run, that’s why we appeared to jump up quite a bit in our qualifying times. It’s still not good enough, we’re not where we need to be. It was hard to make up any ground with only a one hour session and then qualifying. We have another half an hour practice tonight to keep working on it. We’ll keep fighting, we’ve got a great team at CFH Racing. It’s a long night tomorrow, we’re going to put our heads down and see what we can get out of it.”

CFH RACING READY FOR RETURN TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AS DEFENDING RACE WINNERS

Ed Carpenter Captured The Victory In 2014 Firestone 600
(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) June 2, 2015 – Advance Notes

  • CFH Racing will be returning to the site of its second of three 2014 wins when the team arrives at Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Firestone 600. Team co-owner Ed Carpenter claimed the victory in last year’s race.
  • Carpenter started 5th in last year’s event, taking the lead from Will Power on Lap 182 of the 248-lap event. The Indianapolis native stretched his lead to over 14 seconds before a caution on Lap 241 packed up the field. On the Lap 246 restart, Carpenter was able to maintain the lead and won the race by .524 seconds.
  • Carpenter led 90 laps in the 2014 race, including 66 of the final 67 laps. It was his third career win in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
  • Josef Newgarden qualified on the front row of last year’s event, one of his four front-row starts in 2014. He finished 11th, three spots shy of his best career finish at Texas Motor Speedway of 8th, which occurred in 2013.
  • Newgarden has competed in three races at the 1.5-mile oval outside of Fort Worth, Texas; Carpenter has 13 career starts at TMS, including four Top 10 finishes.
  • Saturday night will mark Carpenter’s second race of the 2015 season. He drives the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet in the oval races, handing the car over to Luca Filippi for the road and street course events. Carpenter raced in the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago, starting 12th and finishing 30th after contact with another car sent him into the wall. He is the only owner/driver competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
  • The 24-year-old Newgarden is having the best season of his IndyCar career, claiming five Top 10 finishes in the first eight races of the year. He also captured his first career victory in late April at Barber Motorsports Park. Newgarden sits 8th in the championship point standings at the halfway point in the season.
  • CFH Racing will arrive at Texas Motor Speedway for the fourth in a string of five back-to-back races, including a double-header event featuring two races at the Belle Isle Park street circuit in Detroit last weekend. This will be the 9th straight weekend of on-track activity for the Speedway, Ind.-based team.
  • The 2015 Firestone 600 will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 6, currently scheduled to be broadcast live on CNBC. The race will feature 248 laps with the green flag scheduled for 8:50 p.m. ET.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET: “I am really looking forward to getting back to Texas after winning there last year.  The team had a tough month of May, so I am ready to go out and build some momentum to finish the season strong.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET: “Texas Motor Speedway is going to be good, I’m excited to get there! Ed (Carpenter) had a very good race there, winning last year so we’re hoping to repeat that this year. We’ve had a really fun time working together with this whole group, both the Hartman Oil crew and the Fuzzy’s Vodka crew. For me on the driving side, it’s been nice having Ed as someone to lean on and learn from. Hopefully, I can use him more at Texas, I think we’re going to have good cars going there. We just have to cross all our T’s and dot all our I’s and I think we’ll be in a good position.”

Ed Carpenter won the 2014 Firestone 600 in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, the second of three wins the team recorded last season.

In the only other oval race this season, the Indianapolis 500, Josef Newgarden finished 9th. He started on the front row of last year’s event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Saturday’s race will be the second for Carpenter in 2015, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He drives the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car in the oval races on the schedule. 

CFH Dual #2 Post Race Notes

SECOND RACE OF DETROIT DOUBLEHEADER BRINGS TOUGH MONTH OF MAY TO A CLOSE FOR CFH RACING

Newgarden, Filippi Both Involved In On-Track Incidents

(DETROIT) May 31, 2015 – Race 2 Notes

  • The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans was the only doubleheader event on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The unique race weekend featured a full points paying race on Saturday afternoon, followed by another entire race on Sunday afternoon.
  • Qualifications for today’s race were to be held this morning with the field split in half for 20 minute sessions. Josef Newgarden was in Group 1, which was able to finish despite consistent rain. Group 2, which included Luca Filippi, fell short of the required five minutes of green time when the session was red flagged due to weather conditions. The starting field was set on entrant points, meaning Newgarden would roll off in the 6th position and Filippi would start 18th.
  • Newgarden had a impressive start to the race, passing three cars in the first lap and moving into 3rd. Filippi also started the race well, moving up two positions into 17th.
  • On Lap 15, Filippi was one of the first cars to dive into the pits for a fresh set of Firestone wet tires, a strategy that worked in his favor as it moved him up as high as 7th less than 10 laps later.
  • Newgarden’s first stop came on Lap 21. He entered the pit lane in 3rd and cycled out in 4th, but regained his lost position six laps later when the No. 1 car of Will Power slowed in front of him.
  • Meanwhile, Filippi’s strategy appeared to be working well when he decided to pit on Lap 36 for sticker red tires, one of the first cars to make the switch from the wet tires. As soon as he entered the pit lane, the yellow flag came out, closing the pits and forcing the Italian to drive through without stopping and lose two positions. When the pits did open, Filippi changed to sticker red tires, while Newgarden opted for sticker black tires.
  • At the Lap 41 restart, Newgarden was scored in the 7th position and Filippi in 13th. Before his tires could come up to temperature, Filippi spun and made contact with the wall with both the front and rear of the car. The safety team restarted the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and Filippi was able to pit for a new front and rear wing. The damage was more extensive than originally expected, forcing him to pit again so the crew could replace a bent right rear toe link. Filippi was able to rejoin the race, albeit two laps behind the leader.
  • Newgarden set his fastest lap of the race on Lap 47, making a pit stop two laps later on Lap 49 for sticker red tires. Similar to Filippi’s situation, it was difficult for Newgarden to get his tires warm in the 50 degree weather. He made heavy contact with the wall not long after exiting the pit lane. Newgarden was able to climb from the car under his own power, but his race was over. He would earn points for a 21st place result.
  • Filippi finished the event and picked up four positions as other cars fell out of the race. He would be credited with a 17th place finish, mirroring his starting position.
  • Both CFH Racing drivers finished the Top 10 of yesterday’s Race 1 around the  2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit on Belle Isle. Newgarden finished 8th, while Filippi finished 9th.
  • The Month of May was tough for CFH Racing, who lost two cars in separate practice accidents at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, had one car involved accident during the Indianapolis 500 last weekend, were involved in a practice crash on Friday of this weekend and had the accident in today’s race. The crew will work to repair the damage to No. 67 from today’s contact when the team returns to it’s Speedway, Ind. headquarters tomorrow.
  • CFH Racing will head to Texas Motor Speedway next week for the second oval race of the season. Team co-owner Ed Carpenter will return to the cockpit alongside Newgarden. The Firestone 600 will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 6.

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 17TH: “We raced really hard to make up positions at the beginning of the race. We came out of the pits on one stop on cold red tires and I just lost it. I’m very sorry to my team. We had a good result in our hands, even though we started in the back. The car felt great all the time. Today was probably the some most difficult conditions possible because it was not only damp, but also very cold. Everything combined made it very tricky and we had many cautions because it was very hard to keep it on the track.”

 
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “Tough day, tough conditions. I made a mistake and threw it into the wall and cost us a decent result today. I feel bad about that, that’s not something you want to do but unfortunately those things do happen sometimes. I have to work on being error-free on my side for next time and do a better job for the Hartman Oil boys. They did a good job and I had a good car, CFH Racing was great. Now it’s on to the next one to try and redeem ourselves.”

CFH Racing Brings Home Two Top Ten Finishes Despite Wild Weather In Race 1 Of Detroit Doubleheader

Both Newgarden and Filippi Advance 10 Positions From Their Starting Spots

(DETROIT) May 30, 2015 – Race 1 Notes
The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans is the only doubleheader event on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The unique race weekend featured a full points paying race on Saturday afternoon, which will be followed by another entire race on Sunday afternoon.

Teammates Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi both started near the rear of the field after both battled issues in qualifying yesterday. Newgarden had made contact with the Turn 13 wall and lost his two fastest laps as a result of causing a red flag; Filippi was unable to get a large enough gap to set a fast lap. Newgarden started today’s race in 18th while Filippi started 19th.

The race was declared a wet start as steady rain had fallen at the Belle Isle circuit since early afternoon. The track began to show signs of rapid drying soon after the cars took to the 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit. Filippi was one of the first cars to come into the pit lane and trade his wet tires for sticker black tires. When the third caution of the race came on Lap 14, Filippi was able to vault up to second position when the remainder of the field switched to dry tires. Newgarden, who had made a pit stop the previous lap, also moved up the running order into 7th.

Following the Lap 18 restart, Newgarden was hit from behind by Takuma Sato, cutting his right rear tire. He fell to 18th when he had to come in and take new tires, but used the opportunity to keep the car fully fueled. Meanwhile, Filippi continued to run in the third position.

Newgarden’s visits to the pit lane were not quite over as he came together with Gabby Chaves a few laps later, necessitating a front wing change. Again, Newgarden brought the car in for a stop and topped off the fuel.

With more rain coming, both the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew and the No. 67 Hartman Oil crew elected to put the wet tires back on. Heavy rain came within five minutes and both cars cycled into the top 10 as the rest of their competitiors made pit stops for their own wet tires.

On Lap 47, race officials threw a caution for weather conditions when lightning was spotted in the area. One lap later, the race was red flagged and all cars were instructed to return to the pit lane. Before Filippi could make it back around, he lost control of the car in Turn 1 buried the nose deeply into the tire barrier. Because the incident had happened after the red flag had been issued, Filippi retained his track position and officials returned the No. 20 car to pit lane. The team performed a front wing change in the event the race would get back underway.

After a 20-minute wait and with 47 of 70 laps completed, the race was declared official. Newgarden was credited with an 8th place finish and Filippi with 9th. Both drivers improved 10 positions from their starting spots.

Today marked Newgarden’s 5th top 10 finish of 2015 and Filippi’s 3rd. Filippi’s 9th place ties his best-career finish in a Verizon IndyCar Series race, matching his result at street circuit in St. Petersburg, Fla. in the season-opening race.

CFH Racing returns to Belle Isle Park tomorrow for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans. The race will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 3:30 pm ET on Sunday, May 31.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 8TH: “It was a good test of our perseverance and ability to fight through. I saw the Hartman Oil guys more times than I wanted to in the pits, but they were always ready and did a great job getting me back out. When you walk away with a top 10 on a crazy day like this, it’s not too bad. It’s difficult to predict what’s going to be happening within those rain segments, but we made the best calls we could at the time. That’s all you can do as it’s a gamble every time. Some guys it worked out for, some guys it didn’t. We obviously want to win, but getting a Top 10 is something we can be happy for today and go try and win a race tomorrow.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 9TH: “We made the right call at the beginning of the race by going to slicks at the right time. We had a discussion between myself and the team, but that was the right decision. We were running for a solid podium position easily, but then the rain came back and the strategy changed. It worked out for other people that decided not to pit for wet tires when the rain first started. We made the right call at the beginning and got unlucky at the end. It was nice to get a Top 10 position on a difficult day, but if it stayed dry I think we could have been on the podium.”

CFH RACING BATTLES TOUGH TRACK IN QUALIFICATIONS FOR RACE 1 OF DETROIT DOUBLEHEADER

CFH RACING BATTLES TOUGH TRACK IN QUALIFICATIONS FOR RACE 1 OF DETROIT DOUBLEHEADER

Newgarden Qualifies 18th For Saturday’s Race; Filippi Will Start 19th
(DETROIT) May 29, 2015 – Qualifying Notes
The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans is the only doubleheader event on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The unique race weekend features a 70-lap, full points paying race on Saturday afternoon, followed by another full race on Sunday afternoon.

Qualifications were held Friday afternoon for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. At the conclusion of qualifications, it was determined that Luca Filippi will start 19th in tomorrow’s race, while Josef Newgarden will start 18th after an accident in qualifications.

Filippi was in Round 1, Group 1 of qualifications and began his session on black tires. After making a pit stop for the softer, faster sticker red Firestone Firehawks, the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet came out behind a slower car. He was unable to make the pass or create enough of a gap to set a quick lap before time expired and finished his group in 10th.

Following a similar strategy to Filippi, Newgarden also began his session on black tires and quickly switched to sticker reds. Newgarden was sitting in fifth on his second-to-last lap when he made contact with the outside wall in Turn 13. The No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet sustained damage to the left rear corner and repairs began immediately after Round 1, Group 2 qualifications concluded. By causing a red flag, Newgarden lost his two quickest laps and was credited with being 9th in his group.

Filippi has never raced on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit around the Streets of Belle Isle. In five previous races on Belle Isle, Newgarden’s best finish is 15th in 2012.

This is the eighth weekend in a row of on-track activity for CFH Racing, dating back to April 12. After this weekend, the team will head to Texas Motor Speedway for the second oval race of the year. The team had three cars in last weekend’s Indianapolis 500 with J.R. Hildebrand and Josef Newgarden placing in the Top 10 in 8th and 9th, respectively. Team co-owner Ed Carpenter was involved in an incident with another car and finished 30th.

Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday, May 30.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH: “I just hit the wall. It’s one of those street course errors that you can make. Obviously the car was good, I hate to do that to the team when we had a quick car. It’s a shame for today, hopefully we can get it patched up real quick and get the CFH car back on track as good as it was. We will be alright for tomorrow, we had a strong car and the team’s solid. We just have to do a better job of keeping it off the walls.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO 20. FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH: “We had much more potential than what our starting position reflects. We probably took the new tires at the wrong moment and I couldn’t find myself the right gap. It was a timing problem where I couldn’t put down as quick of a lap as we were capable of. Unfortunately we will have to start from the back and will have to work a lot to move forward to get a good result.”

As a result of causing a red flag during his qualification group, Josef Newgarden lost his two fastest laps and will start 18th in tomorrow’s 70-lap event.

Luca Filippi will start 19th in his first race on the Streets of Belle Isle, located in the middle of the Detroit River in between the mainland United States and Canada.

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 five victories and 16 top five finishes in the past four years and back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 with Carpenter. CFH Racing will compete in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with two Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbos, prepared in the team’s Speedway, Ind. headquarters. Josef Newgarden will pilot the No. 67 car; Carpenter will be the driver of the No. 20 car for the oval events and Luca Filippi will take the wheel for the road and street course events.

CFH Racing’s Indianapolis 500 Run Highlighted By Two Top Ten Finishes

Hildebrand Finishes 8th, Newgarden in 9th; Carpenter’s Day Ends Early Following Contact

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 24, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 Race Recap

* CFH Racing placed two cars in the Top 10 of today’s 500-mile race around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. JR Hildebrand, who joined the team for the two May races, led the team’s Indianapolis 500 charge with an 8th place result. Full-time driver Josef Newgarden followed right behind in 9th position, while team co-owner Ed Carpenter was credited with a 30th place finish after contact ended his day.

* Sausalito, Calif.-native Hildebrand started today’s race from the 10th position. Hildebrand had competed in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the beginning of the month, but had raced in no other Verizon IndyCar Series events since last year’s Indianapolis 500. He finished 10th in the 2014 event and improved on that today, bringing the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet home in 8th.

* Newgarden’s previous best finish in the Indianapolis 500 was 25th in 2012. He bettered that dramatically today with his 9th place finish. Starting the race from the 9th position, he stayed in the top half of the field for much of the event. It was the 24-year-old’s fourth start in the Memorial Day weekend classic. Newgarden rebounded from a difficult start to the month after a May 14 practice crash resulted in his No. 21 CENTURY 21 car becoming airborne, mandating an overnight switch to his backup car.

* Hometown favorite Carpenter was involved in a Lap 120 accident with Oriol Servia. The two cars made contact in Turn 1, sending both drivers into the wall. Carpenter was uninjured, but his race in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka car was over. It was the conclusion of a tough month for the Indianapolis native, who, like teammate Newgarden, had a crash that resulted in the car landing upside down on May 17. Carpenter’s team switched to his backup car in a matter of hours to have it ready for Indianapolis 500 Qualifications. Carpenter qualified the car 12th, where he started today’s race.

* Preferred Freezer Services returned to Hildebrand’s No. 6 car for the Month of May. The company partnered with what was previously Ed Carpenter Racing to field a car for the 27-year-old in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Preferred Freezer Services offers the most modern, state-of-the-art, full service temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States.

* CENTURY 21(R) Real Estate joined CFHR for both events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year as the primary partner for Newgarden, changing the car to the No. 21 and a black and gold livery. With approximately 6,900 independent offices worldwide, CENTURY 21 has the largest global network in the residential real estate industry. CENTURY 21 will return to CFHR as an associate sponsor for the season finale at Sonoma Raceway in August.

* The Indianapolis 500 was Carpenter’s first race of the season in the Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka car. Carpenter only races the oval events on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar, handling the car over to Italian Luca Filippi for the road and street course events. Carpenter will return to the cockpit at Texas Motor Speedway for a night race on Saturday, June 6.

* CFH Racing will move into its eighth straight weekend of on-track activity when the team heads to the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit. Newgarden and Filippi will race in the twin events, with one full race taking place on Saturday, May 30 and the next on Sunday, May 31.

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JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET, FINISHED 8TH: “It just says everything about this team and our sponsor, Preferred Freezer Services, for bringing us out here and being able to finish well. The CFH Racing boys have been busting their rear ends to get everything sorted out. The conditions could not have been trickier today, the cars were all over today the place. The track got away from us quickly, as expected, with the sun being out. I, along with a lot of other guys, was just hanging on for the first couple of stints. We had some dicing around in the pits, the stops kind of went both ways for us as we got through the race. We caught some timely yellows, caught some guys off strategy, and we ended up with a top ten. I can’t thank all of the guys here enough, Preferred Freezer and the CFH team for giving me a shot again this year. I’m bummed for Ed (Carpenter) that he didn’t get to finish the race out, but all-in-all, given how tough it was out there, I think we can be pleased with where we finished.”

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JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET, FINISHED 9TH: “Relative to everything that was going on, it was nice to get a solid finish for Century 21. We had them here in 2013 and it just wasn’t the race that we all wanted to have. A top ten is a solid day. We were in the mix there at the end and that’s exciting for us as a group, with everything that we had to go through during the week. I can’t say enough about having teammates like JR (Hildebrand) and Ed (Carpenter), they have really been top notch with helping push the program forward. We struggled a little bit with the conditions. It was hot, greasy, really hard to keep the car underneath you, and we battled that. I can’t ask for a better group than CFH Racing, they’re the hardest working boys out here. We sure showed a lot of heart today and we were at least able to battle all the guys up the top. A top ten is pretty rewarding.”

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ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 30TH: “My guess is that there is some fault both ways. Oriol blocked me a little too heavy for that point in the race, he had gotten by me earlier and I certainly didn’t block him as aggressively as that. Once I saw what he was going to do, I was hard on the brakes trying to get out of that situation and not cause a crash for either of us. It doesn’t really matter who’s fault it was, at the end of the day both of our races are over. That was the end of a bad month for me.

CONRAD INDIANAPOLIS TEAMS UP WITH CFH RACING TO CELEBRATE INDIANAPOLIS 500

CONRAD INDIANAPOLIS TEAMS UP WITH CFH RACING TO CELEBRATE INDIANAPOLIS 500

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 22, 2015 – Conrad Indianapolis is teaming up with Indy’s own CFH Racing to celebrate the world-famous Indianapolis 500. The Conrad’s lobby has been outfitted with a one-of-a-kind Verizon IndyCar Series car that pays homage to CFH Racing’s 2015 sponsors and drivers.The hotel is hosting a Twitter contest in conjunction with CFH Racing, asking fans to tweet a photo of the IndyCar with the hashtag #ConradIndyCar for the chance to win an overnight stay and a special gift from CFH Racing.

“We are so proud of our relationship with CFH Racing,” general manager Greg Tinsley said, “We are always pleased to be associated with true winners and we wish them the best on Sunday and throughout the season.”

Nicknamed “Team America,” CFH Racing is the only multi-car team with an all-American driver lineup in this year’s Indy 500. Driving for CFH Racing will be: JR Hildebrand (#6 Preferred Freezer Services car), Ed Carpenter (#20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka car) and Josef Newgarden (#21 Century 21 car). On race day, the Conrad logo can be seen on CFH driver Ed Carpenter’s #20 car.

“It’s great to be associated with the Conrad. I know JR (Hildebrand) has made his home there all month and they’ve treated him like a king,” CFH owner/driver Ed Carpenter said, “I’m happy to have their support for the month.”

The Conrad’s IndyCar Twitter contest ends May 24. Participants must be following @ConradIndy to win.

About Conrad Indianapolis

Conrad Indianapolis is the hotel of choice for discerning travelers visiting the “Circle City.” Located at one of the city’s most prominent intersections, the hotel is truly in the heart of it all – connected to Circle Centre Mall and just steps from nearly everything that downtown has to offer including museums, live music and theatre, and the Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens State Park. The hotel is also connected via elevated walkway to the Indiana Convention Center. The 23-story building features 247 guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of intimate, state-of-the-art meeting space and 15 private residences. World-class dining experiences can be enjoyed in Tastings Wine Bistro and The Capital Grille®, and relaxation awaits at Evan Todd Spa & Salon.

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 five victories and 16 top five finishes in the past four years and back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 with Carpenter. CFH Racing will compete in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with two Chevrolet V6 Twin Turbos, prepared in the team’s Speedway, Ind. headquarters. Josef Newgarden will pilot the No. 67 car; Carpenter will be the driver of the No. 20 car for the oval events and Luca Filippi will take the wheel for the road and street course events.

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