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CFH Indy 500 Qualifying Report

CFH RACING QUALIFIES ALL THREE CARS IN THE TOP 12 FOR THE 99TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

Newgarden Starts 9th, Hildebrand Will Roll Off 10th and Carpenter Bounces Back After Huge Morning Crash To Qualify 12th
(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 17, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Notes

  • Qualifications for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 were truncated to a late-Sunday, one-shot attempt for all teams after rain washed out yesterday’s scheduled qualification sessions.
  • CFH Racing rallied together after Ed Carpenter became the second team entry (first being Josef Newgarden) and third competitor (Helio Castroneves) to become airborne after hard contact with the outside wall. Carpenter’s crash occurred in Turn 2 during the first session of morning practice, leaving the team rushing to prepare the No. 20T Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet in time for qualifications. Despite landing upside down, Carpenter was cleared and released from the IMS medical center. The original No. 20 entry was destroyed in the crash.
  • Crew members from three CFH Racing entries built up the No. 20T entry from the tub that Luca Filippi drove in last weekend’s Angie’s List Indy Grand Prix of Indianapolis in just under three hours. The incredible team effort allowed Carpenter to return to the cockpit in the No. 20T by the start of practice and later qualify the Chevrolet in his one-shot attempt.
  • CFH Racing successfully qualified all three team entries with Josef Newgarden leading the way in the 9th position behind the wheel of the No. 21 CENTURY 21 Chevrolet, followed by JR Hildebrand in 10th with the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet and rounded out by Ed Carpenter in 12th, driving the No. 20T Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet.
  • Starting ninth in what will be his fourth Indianapolis 500 start, Newgarden qualified with a four lap average of 225.187 mph. His best start of 7th came in 2012, his first appearance, which also delivered his best finish of 25th.
  • Hildebrand has joined CFH Racing for two events: last weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and next weekend’s 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Today he qualified in the 10th spot for his fifth Indianapolis 500 start with a four lap average of 225.099 mph. Hildebrand nearly won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 in his rookie year, finishing in second. He has four total starts in the 500-mile race, including last year as Carpenter’s teammate, finishing in the ninth spot.
  • After the morning crash, Carpenter’s hopes to make history in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 by winning the pole position for the third consecutive year were all but dashed. Nonetheless, he and his team overcame great adversity to qualify in the 12th position with a four lap average of 224.803 mph. The 34-year-old Carpenter has 11 previous starts in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of 5th in 2008.
  • CFH Racing is the only multi-car team with an all-American driver line up, prompting the team’s nickname of “Team America.” Hildebrand is from Sausalito, Calif., now residing in Boulder, Colo.; Ed Carpenter hails from Indianapolis, IN., where he still lives; Newgarden is a Hendersonville, Tenn. native, also residing in Indianapolis.
  • The team returns to track action tomorrow and seeks to dial in their race cars as practice for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 continues from 12:30-4 P.M. ET.

 JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 9TH:

“Anytime you qualify for the Indy 500 it’s a good day. All of us at CFH Racing are happy, we’re looking pretty solid.We got all three cars solidly in the mix after we’ve definitely had a tough week.We’ve had some issues, things not go our way, and some unlucky instances, but we’ve kept striding.The whole CFH Racing group has been amazing, we had to build two brand new racecars basically. They built my car overnight on Thursday and they built Ed’s in about two hours, that has to be a record time to build a car.

The four lap average was not bad considering where we came from.We’ve had good cars all week, it has just been a little difficult with some issues, some unforeseen things, and then the crashes happened.CFH Racing has been amazing, we’ve got all our cars in the field and that’s pretty much all you can ask on qualifying day.Obviously we’d like to be a little higher, disappointed we’re not a little faster, sitting in the top ten is pretty good, it’s comfy enough.

We’ve got a great racecar with the Century 21 car.We should be able to race to the front and you never know, it’s the Indy 500. You always have a chance to win this thing.”

 

 JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH:  “I was thinking we were going to get a little bit more out of it, the conditions have changed. The track grip is better than we were anticipating. We ended up being a little bit conservative for the run. It’s obviously good to be in a Chevy here today. We’ll certainly have a good starting spot and I’m looking forward to the race. I’m looking forward to getting out tomorrow and getting the car ready for next Sunday. We definitely have high expectations. We had an awesome race car here last year, in fact, the fastest car I’ve had around this place was with this team last year, so we’ve set the bar high for ourselves. The race cars are good; they’ve felt good all week so we just have to do the little things. That’s how we were successful last year and that’s how we’ll be successful again this year, by just paying attention to the process.”
 
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12TH:  “When I was upside down out of Turn 2 this morning, I didn’t know we were going to have the delays that we had. If things would’ve stayed on schedule, we would’ve been qualifying for a spot on the last row, but the way things worked out, it gave the team the time it needed to get a car ready for me. There’s definitely more there. It felt good. We were off a little bit on the gears, so just a gear change and we would’ve been well into the 225 mph range. I don’t think we expected to win the pole with the morning we had, so I’m just thankful for the whole CFH Racing team. All three crews pitched in and got the Fuzzy’s Vodka backup car ready. It was good teamwork and a great effort to get me out there and I’m very thankful.”

Fast Friday Practice Complete For CFH Racing; Indy 500 Qualifications Begin Tomorrow

Two Day Qualifying Format Begins at 11 A.M. ET Saturday

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Preview

* Qualifications for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 begin tomorrow. CFH Racing will be attempting to qualify three cars: the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet of JR Hildebrand, the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter and the No. 21 CENTURY 21 car of Josef Newgarden.

* Carpenter will seek to make history in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 by winning the pole position for the third consecutive year. Ten previous back-to-back Indianapolis 500 pole winners failed to win a third-straight pole. The 34-year-old Carpenter has 11 previous starts in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of 5th in 2008.

* Newgarden returned to the track today after a practice accident yesterday in Turn 1 that ended with his car becoming airborne and landing upside down. The crews from all CFH cars pitched in to help prepare Newgarden’s backup car. The secondary No. 21 CENTURY 21 car was ready for today’s practice session at noon. Newgarden has competed in three other Indianapolis 500s with a best start of 7th in 2012, his first appearance.

* Hildebrand has joined CFH Racing for two events: last weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and next weekend’s 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for practice on Monday, May 11, it was Hildebrand’s first time in the new Chevrolet speedway aero kit package. Despite not being on an oval since last year’s Indianapolis 500, he quickly adapted and set the 5th fastest lap of the day. Hildebrand nearly won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 in his rookie year, finishing in second. He has four total starts in the 500-mile race, including last year as Carpenter’s teammate.

* CFH Racing is the only multi-car team with an all-American driver line up, prompting the team’s nickname of “Team America.” Hildebrand is from Sausalito, Calif., now residing in Boulder, Colo.; Ed Carpenter hails from Indianapolis, IN., where he still lives; Newgarden is a Hendersonville, Tenn. native, also residing in Indianapolis.

* A drama-filled qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 returns for the 99th Indianapolis 500. A provisional 33-car field will be determined through traditional four-lap attempts during Saturday qualifying with the top nine cars advancing to a Fast Nine Shootout on Sunday with all of those competitors guaranteed to start no worse than ninth in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Positions 10-33, including a session featuring bumping from the last row, will also be determined through additional qualifying runs on Sunday.

* All three CFH drivers participated in the Fast Nine Shootout during qualifications for last year’s Indianapolis 500. Carpenter was the eventual pole winner, Newgarden qualified 8th and Hildebrand started 9th.

* Indianapolis 500 qualifications will be broadcast on ABC, tomorrow, Saturday, May 16 from 4-6 P.M. ET. The ABC television broadcast will continue on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3 P.M. ET.

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET: “It was kind of a tough day. The conditions of the track were okay for the first hour of practice and then the track temperature went way up which was when we rolled out. We couldn’t even put a couple of laps together let alone four. Everybody was basically having that same problem. We didn’t see anybody do a four lap run for hours. We came back and put some more downforce on the car then went back out. We started to dial it in towards the end of the day. We’ve at least got a feel for the car which is important going into tomorrow. I think it’ll be tough, you hate to put it this way but I think it’ll just be luck of the draw; whoever ends up going out when the weather conditions are good and the track temp is low. It could be a little overcast for ten minutes while you’re making your run and it could end up making a huge difference with how sensitive these cars are. I think that if the conditions are nice, if the track temp stays cool, then I think we could see the type of elevated speeds that people were talking about, 233 or 234. I hope for the sake of the fans and everything that the cars are good and we can go out there and put up some big speeds. We’ll just have to see how it shakes out tomorrow.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET: “With today being the first sunny day with warmer track temperatures, it really threw things for a loop and slowed things down. Everyone was running with much more down force and we’re not running anywhere close to last year’s down force. The way today went, I’ll be thrilled if we make it into the fast nine, we’re on the outside looking in now. Last year we we’re pretty solid so I think we can get in, but we got to play our cards right and find a little bit overnight. The thing we’ve got to figure out is how to make the fourth lap still be good. It was definitely a tricky day, I think everyone was struggling at times and its really hard to tell who’s good and who’s not.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET: “The guys did an amazing job, they prepared another car really quickly and got us ready to go. We’ve been out here today just getting up to speed and we are relatively back in the game. Qualifying will be tricky because its slippery when its hot. Looking at the heat, I think whoever draws the first spot is going to be the luckiest guy. Its only going to get worse as the temperature comes up so you want to draw early if anything. I like the fast nine and obviously you want to get into the fast nine on Saturday and go for the shootout for the pole on Sunday. We got a lot of good data today, as did my teammates, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN UNINJURED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT DURING INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE

Newgarden Has Been Cleared To Resume Driving Duties
(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 14, 2015 – Josef Newgarden has been checked, cleared and released from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Medical Center following an accident during practice for the Indianapolis 500. The rear end of the car came around entering Turn 1, making contact with the SAFER barrier. The car became airborne and Newgarden landed upside down, but was able to climb from the car. He is cleared to resume driving.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET: “It’s still early for me, I am still trying to gather my thoughts from it. I got around pretty quick in Turn 1, it definitely surprised me. I am just lucky that everything is good, the Dallara tub held up pretty well. I want to get back with my crew and see what the damage is and see what we can do going forward.”

CFH RACING AT THE ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS

Hard-Fought Race For Filippi, Newgarden And Hildebrand Despite Finishing Positions

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 9, 2015 – Race Recap

  • Despite the fact both JR Hildebrand and Luca Filippi were able to run in the Top 5 and that Josef Newgarden ran a consistent pace with the leaders, their finishing positions did not reflect the quality of their CFHR Chevrolets in today’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. With each of the three cars being involved in separate incidents, Filippi brought home a 14th place finish, Josef Newgarden finished 20th and JR Hildebrand completed the race in 21st.
  • As the 25-car field streamed into Turn 1 at the green flag, Newgarden was hit from behind, ripping off the right rear bumper pod. The CENTURY 21 crew brought Newgarden in for a rear wing change and managed to get him out on the tail end of the lead lap. Newgarden was able to run the same lap times as the leaders throughout the entire event, but after he fell one lap down he was unable to capitalize on that speed.
  • Filippi also sustained damage in the multi-car incident on the opening lap, breaking both his front and rear wings. As the damage did not look severe, the team elected to have him stay out and keep his 4th place position in the running order.
  • Hildebrand was able to avoid the incident completely, gaining 8 positions on the start. At the Lap 3 restart, Hildebrand was running in 7th. He moved into 6th by Lap 10, a position he would remain in for the majority of the race.
  • As laps progressed, the damage to Filippi’s front wing became worse. Radio contact was lost when Filippi’s radio came unplugged, which the crew fixed during his first pit stop on Lap 20. The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka crew also replaced the damaged front wing during that stop. Despite dropping as far back as 22nd and still having a broken rear wing, Filippi was strong in traffic. He was able to regain several positions and finish 14th.
  • After pitting from 5th for what was to be his final stop, two problems occurred for Hildebrand on Lap 61. The car was not fueled to completion and an issue arose with the right front wheel. Hildebrand slowly maneuvered the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services car back around the 2.434-mile road course and was able to bring the car in the next lap without further incident. He re-entered the race in the 21st position, where he would finish.
  • CFH Racing will be returning to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, albeit on the 2.5-mile oval course. Hildebrand and Newgarden will be joined by team co-owner Ed Carpenter, who will be stepping into the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car for the first official day of Indianapolis 500 practice.

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 14TH: “Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. I had a great start, moving up from ninth up to fourth. I was hit from behind and it broke my rear bumper, costing us two percent of our downforce for the entire race. I had no pace and no downforce. When we had to come in and change the wing I lost time there. In the meantime, we had an issue with the radio as well. We were very fast in traffic and able to pass people. It was a very unfair day for us, we easily had a top five car so this is a shame. Now it’s Ed’s turn, I really hope he will finish out the Month of May strong in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car.

 

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET, FINISHED 20TH: “It was just a tough day for the whole team. It doesn’t look like we had any luck anywhere in the field for any of our guys. For us, it was a day of attrition. I’m sure a lot of people weren’t happy with us trying to get our lap back, but we were still racing the best that we could.  If a yellow, fell we could’ve gotten that so that’s the reason we were pushing so hard for two-thirds of the race. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the opportunity to race today.  That’s racing, sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad ones.”

 

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “We got a good start and I was on the inside. I just dove for the inside and missed all of it so I passed a lot of cars. That worked to our strategy because we were actually running with the leaders. We got a good restart and just pulled away from a bunch of guys at the beginning of the race.  We were just holding steady. We were basically running in the Top 5 when we came in for the pit stop. It felt like I had a wheel loose, but as it turned out there was something mechanically wrong with the car. I came back which ended up being an extra pit stop that took us out of contention. It was a really good job by all of the guys, we ran really strong for a long time today. We struggled a little bit earlier in the week so it’s nice to have such a good strong run and run with the boys up front.”

Luca Filippi had the best finish of the CFH Racing cars, bringing home a 14th place result after being involved in the Turn 1, Lap 1 accident. This was Filippi’s first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Josef Newgarden was hit from behind in the opening lap incident, dropping him all the way to 25th. He was able to run with the leaders throughout the entire event, but was unable to capitalize on his speed.

 

JR Hildebrand spent much of the race running just outside the Top 5, but an extra pit stop cost him a strong finish. He was credited with a 21st place result in his first race since the 2014 Indianapolis 500.

 

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.

FILIPPI LEADS CFH RACING IN ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS QUALIFICATIONS

Filippi, Newgarden Advance To Top 12
(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 8, 2015 – Qualifying Notes
Luca Filippi led the three-car CFH Racing contingent today, qualifying 9th for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Josef Newgarden will roll off 12th in tomorrow’s event while JR Hildebrand will start 15th.

Filippi and Hildebrand were in Round 1, Group 1 of Qualifications. Hildebrand turned the 8th-fastest lap of the group with a time of 1:10.6380. Filippi advanced to the Top 12 with a 1:10:3168 lap that put him 4th quick.

Newgarden was the lone CFHR car in Round 1, Group 2. Newgarden advanced to the Top 12 with a lap of 1:10.4283, placing him 6th.

Filippi and Newgarden finished the ten minute Round 2 segment with the 9th and 12th fastest laps respectively, setting their starting positions for tomorrow’s 82 lap event.
Newgarden has advanced to the second round or better of qualifying in every race this season. This is the second race in a row that Filippi has advanced to Round 2.

Of the three CFHR drivers, Hendersonvillle, Tenn. native Newgarden is the only one to have raced in last year’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Hildebrand and Filippi will be partipating in the event for the first time.

CENTURY 21® Real Estate is joining CFHR for both events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month 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.

Preferred Freezer Services will again be featured on Hildebrand’s No. 6 car. The company partnered with what was previously Ed Carpenter Racing to field a car for the 27-year-old from Sausalito, Calif. 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.

Filippi will pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet around the 2.434-mile, 14-turn road course. Yesterday’s opening practice session was the Italian’s first time on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the last race two weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park, 24-year-old Newgarden earned his first career victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series with a commanding performance, leading a field-high 46 laps.

With his victory, Newgarden vaulted to 4th in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Filippi currently sits 14th in the point standings; this will be Hildebrand’s first race of the 2015 season.

The 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 9. The race will feature 82 laps with the green flag scheduled for 3:50 p.m.
LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 9TH: “I think we made an improvement in terms of performance. We made gains so I’m pleased. I think we found something we can carry along this season to improve our qualifying performances. I could’ve done a little better, but I think we got much closer than previous races. If the race stays dry I know we have a consistent car. I’m motivated and really convinced that we will have a very strong pace.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12TH:
“It was not a horrible day, we got ourselves up into the top half of the grid which is great. There was a lot of good work from the guys. We tried using two reds because we just knew we didn’t quite have the top group pace and that really helped today. It got us into the front half of the field, but I wasn’t able to do much more after that. We’ll have to try and make a little more progress tomorrow and see what we need for the race. It’s all about scoring good points right now.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 15TH: “It was disappointing not to make the cut there. We thought that we’d have a little bit more to make up, but it turns out that we were just like a tenth of a second off from making the cut. It’s unfortunate that it ended up being that close. There are definitely still some things that I’m getting a handle on. As it’s turned out, there are quite a few things between the track, the aero kit, and the way that the cars are set up that are different than what I am used to. I was anticipating that there would be a little bit less of that coming in. So there are certainly some areas where I can make up some time. Of the three of us, Luca (Filippi) definitely found some speed, so we’ll all take a look at the changes they made and what he’s doing to try to figure out if we can all elevate to there and make another step for tomorrow. All in all though, it’s good to be in a Chevy. With the weather being a little dodgy for tomorrow, who knows what we’ll get and hopefully that will play into our favor.”

Luca Filippi will start tomorrow’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis from the 9th starting position, matching his best qualifying effort of the season.

Josef Newgarden has advanced to the second round or better of qualifications for every race this season. He will start tomorrow’s event from the 12th position.

The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be JR Hildebrand’s first race since the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Hildebrand qualified 15th for tomorrow’s race.

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 BRINGS A THREE-CAR ATTACK TO THE ROAD COURSE AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Josef Newgarden, Luca Filippi, And JR Hildebrand Will Compete In This Weekend’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) May 7, 2015 – Advance Notes

  • CFH Racing enters the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis with a three-car effort, adding J.R. Hildebrand to the regular CFHR road course lineup of Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi.
  • Of the three CFHR drivers, Hendersonvillle, Tenn. native Newgarden is the only one to have raced in last year’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Hildebrand and Filippi will be partipating in the event for the first time.
  • CENTURY 21® Real Estate is joining CFHR for both events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month 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.
  • Preferred Freezer Services will again be featured on Hildebrand’s No. 6 car. The company partnered with what was previously Ed Carpenter Racing to field a car for the 27-year-old from Sausalito, Calif. 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.
  • Filippi will pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet around the 2.434-mile, 14-turn road course. When the Italian enters the course for today’s first practice session at 11 a.m. ET, it will be his first time on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • In the last race two weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park, 24-year-old Newgarden earned his first career victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series with a commanding performance, leading a field-high 46 laps.
  • With his victory, Newgarden vaulted to 4th in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Filippi currently sits 14th in the point standings; this will be Hildebrand’s first race of the 2015 season.
  • The 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be broadcast live on ABC at3:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 9. The race will feature 82 laps with the green flag scheduled for 3:50 p.m.
JR HILDEBRAND, DRIVER OF THE NO. 6 PREFERRED FREEZER SERVICES CHEVROLET: “I’m looking forward to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. We tested at Barber last year in the offseason which went really well. Although it had been a while since I’d been in the car on a road course, I got up to speed really quickly. That’ll be of upmost importance for us going into the race weekend here. There will be a little bit of a catch up going on for us since it’s a new track for me, but there’s nothing better than having two guys [Newgarden and Filippi] that have proven they’re quick. For us in the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services car, we’ll be leaning on the other guys a little bit more than normal just to make sure that by the time qualifying rolls around we’re all set.”

 

LUCA FILIPPI, DRIVER OF THE NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET: “Certainly, this is going to be the most important race in my season as I am not doing the Indy 500 so I am very motivated for this weekend. I can’t wait to be on track with a lot of track time so I will be able to learn the circuit as it is new to me. For some reason, it also feels familiar, so I have good vibes about it. The aim is to get a good result and I’m sure we have the capability and now I have a bit more experience to do it.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, DRIVER OF THE NO. 21 CENTURY 21 CHEVROLET: 
“I’m excited to get to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis because we had a good car there last year, but we weren’t able to make the most of it. I’m really excited because hopefully the Century 21 crew can have a strong week here. A good race leads into good practice for the Indianapolis 500 and that’s pretty critical. Everybody keeps saying we’ve got good momentum, hopefully that’s true coming off the win at Barber.  We’ve got three good cars with adding JR into the mix and it’ll be up to us to bring CFH Racing some more wins this year.”

 

Josef Newgarden debuted the No. 21 CENTURY 21 livery during Sunday’s Open Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval. Newgarden is entering this weekend at the most-recent Verizon IndyCar Series winner after his victory two weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park. 

Luca Filippi will be running at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in his career this weekend. He has referred to this race as, “the most important race of my season.”

JR Hildebrand returns to CFH Racing for the first time since the 2014 Indianapolis 500 this weekend. He will race both the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 in the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet.

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.

Barber Race Report

JOSEF NEWGARDEN WINS AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK FOR CFH RACING

Full Race Report To Follow

Today’s victory in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was the first Verizon IndyCar Series win of Josef Newgarden’s career. The 24-year-old from Nashville, Tenn. moves into fourth in the point standings. 

 

 Newgarden started 5th and led a field-high 46 laps on the way to his victory – more than double the total laps led over his career. 

This was the 6th win for CFH Racing and the first since co-owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman combined their respective teams to form CFHR over the offseason.

Both CFH Racing Cars Qualify In Top 10 At Barber Motorsports Park

Newgarden Competes In Firestone Fast 6 For Second Weekend In A Row

(LEEDS, Ala.) April 25, 2015 – Qualifying Notes

The CFH Racing team placed both of its cars in the Top 10 during qualifications for tomorrow’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Luca Filippi will start 9th and Josef Newgarden will be two rows ahead, starting in 5th.

Newgarden and Filippi were both in Round 1, Group 1 to begin qualifications. After both drivers came in for the alternate red Firestone Firehawks, they quickly moved to the top half of the speed chart. The 10-minute session ended with Newgarden in 3rd and Filippi in 4th.

Round 2 saw Filippi set the 9th fastest lap, but Newgarden’s 6th-quick time advanced him to the Firestone Fast 6. In the Fast 6, Newgarden turned two laps and elected to pit, choosing to save the tires for tomorrow’s 90-lap event. His first lap was the 5th fastest of the session which would become his starting position for the race.

Today was Newgarden’s seventh appearance in the Fast 6 and second appearance in as many weekends. The Nashville, Tenn.-native also competed in the Fast 6 during last weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

This is Filippi’s best qualifying effort in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season to date. Tomorrow will be the Italian’s first career start on the 2.38-mile permanent road course.

Newgarden has three previous starts at Barber Motorsports Park. 2014 was his best year at the track, located outside of Birmingham, when he started 4th and finished 8th.

The 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 26. The green flag is scheduled for just after 3:30 p.m.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH:
“We’re getting there. We definitely didn’t have enough for Helio Castroneves, Will Power, or Scott Dixon. We aren’t right up there in pole territory, but at least we are consistently in Fast 6 territory. That’s a good improvement for us and I am excited about that. We have a little work to do on our race car to make it consistently faster over a stint. Our team is strong, the Hartman Oil crew is full of good guys and good resources. We need to put it together and have a good, solid result tomorrow.”
LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 9TH: “It has been a good team effort with both cars in the Top 10 and Josef Newgarden making it to the Fast 6. I thought we could have qualified a little higher than 9th, but it is a good place to start the race. I am sure we will have a strong pace tomorrow and be able to build on that. We are looking forward to a good result for both cars!”

Newgarden Picks Up Another Top 10 Finish For CFH Racing In Long Beach

Seventh Place Result Is Newgarden’s Best Career Finish In The Streets Of The California City; Filippi Finishes 22nd After Early Issue

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) April 19, 2015 – Race Recap
Josef Newgarden finished 7th in today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, his best career finish in four starts. This was the 41st year of the storied event.

Newgarden started the race from the 6th position and was able to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay heading into Turn 1 of the first lap. The Nashville, Tenn. native kept the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet in 5th position up to second round of pit stops. During his stop on Lap 54, he lost valuable seconds when he had to wait to be clear of the car one pit stall in front of him. He cycled out of the pits in 7th, where he would stay for the remainder of the event.

Luca Filippi finished 22nd after the car’s safe mode was unexpectedly activated early in the race, causing the No. 20 to lose power. The Italian was attempting to make an early pit stop on Lap 6, during the first and only caution of the 80-lap event, when car shut off at the entrance to the pit lane. The Fuzzy’s Vodka crew was forced to retrieve the car and push it back to the pit box. The team was then able to successfully re-fire the engine, but Filippi had unfortunately lost two laps to the leaders. He was able to finish the race without further complications.
This was Filippi’s first time to race in the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. and was his third start with CFH Racing. He started today’s race from the 14th position, his best qualifying effort of the season.

Newgarden has moved up to 9th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 66 points. Filippi is now 15th overall with 50 points.

CFH Racing heads to the outskirts of Birmingham, Ala. next weekend for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The race will take place next Sunday, April 26.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH: “It was definitely a decent result. Our guys have been working hard and it’s nice to get some consistent results over the last couple of races. Obviously we wanted to be higher. I tried to get by Montoya after that first stop and got into the rubber on the outside of Turn 10. I picked up a lot of debris on the tires and it took me a long time to clean it up. I lost a lot of time to the leader and fell into the clutches of Bourdais and Kanaan and never got back away from them. We had a little bit of trouble in the pit stop as we had to wait for Graham and after that we lost out to Tony and Sebastian. We came home seventh, so it’s disappointing that we didn’t reach our potential. We are pushing hard at CFH Racing, we’ve got a really strong group and we’re close to knocking on the door. We will come back for the next round in Barber and try and one up these guys!”

Josef Newgarden added a 7th place finish to the books after today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, his best finish of the season and best finish in his four starts in Long Beach.

Josef Newgarden added a 7th place finish to the books after today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, his best finish of the season and best finish in his four starts in Long Beach.

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 22ND: “We were going to pit under the first caution, but I had an alarm and the engine switched to safe mode. The engine shut down at that point, so I lost power. The team had to fire the engine up and reset the system in order to restart the car. We lost two laps to the leaders so we had to drive around ourselves, trying to avoid contact and the other cars as to not to ruin their race. It’s a shame because for most of the race we were one of the fastest cars on track. We had probably the best pace on the red tires so it would have been interesting to see what we could have done. At least it was a good practice for us to find a good rhythm. Hopefully next week in Barber we can start with the performance we were capable of today.”

Luca Filippi managed to take the checkered flag in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 22nd position, despite an issue early in the race when the car stalled entering the pit lane. It was Filippi's first race in the streets of Long Beach.

Luca Filippi managed to take the checkered flag in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 22nd position, despite an issue early in the race when the car stalled entering the pit lane. It was Filippi’s first race in the streets of Long Beach.

Newgarden and Filippi Qualifying Results – Long Beach

NEWGARDEN REACHES FIRESTONE FAST SIX IN TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH QUALIFICATIONS

Teammate Filippi Will Start 14th In First Long Beach Appearance

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) April 18, 2015 – Qualifying Notes

  • Josef Newgarden will start the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet from the 6th position in tomorrow’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, held in the downtown streets of the California city.
  • Luca Filippi will start 14th in the 80-lap event in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
  • Newgarden and Filippi were both in Round 1, Group 2 to begin qualifications. A red flag brought the 10 minute segment to an early end, prohibiting Filippi from completing a fast lap on his red Firestone Firehawk tires. The Italian ended the session with the seventh fastest time, while Newgarden managed to get a flying lap in prior to the red flag and advanced to the next round from the fourth position.
  • Round 2 saw Newgarden post the second-fastest time, easily advancing to the Firestone Fast 6.
  • Today was Newgarden’s sixth appearance in the Fast 6 and first since Sonoma Raceway in 2014. The Nashville, Tenn.-native completed the Firestone Fast 6 with the sixth fastest time and will start from Row 3 in tomorrow’s event.
  • This will be Filippi’s first career start around the 1.968-mile, 12-turn street circuit.
  • Newgarden started on the front row in Long Beach in only his third Verizon IndyCar Series race in 2012. He was taken out in an incident while leading last year’s event.
  • CFH Racing is the defending race-winning team, having captured the victory in the 2014 event with Mike Conway in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car.
  • The 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 19. The green flag is scheduled for just after 4:30 p.m.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 6TH: 

“This was a good recovery from practice one when we were 20th and 21st after not rolling of the truck stellar. However, the CFH Racing team is so good at figuring things out and recovering, and that’s exactly what we did. I am happy and proud of my crew, they’re strong. Sixth is not as high up as we wanted to be, but we’re right in the thick of it. We’ve got a strong chance to challenge tomorrow, we’ve just got keep our nose clean for once around this place and we should definitely be primed for a good result.”
LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH: “We had much more potential and the ability to get into Round 2. Unfortunately, we were caught in traffic and when we were just starting to push on the red Firestone Firehawks, the red flag came out. It’s a bit of a shame, but it’s important that Josef (Newgarden) proved our cards are fast and the team has done a good job. I’m very positive for tomorrow. Our potential is much better than where we started. We can really aim for a strong finish here at Long Beach.”

Josef Newgarden made it into the Firestone Fast 6 for tomorrow’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring the six fastest qualifiers in the 23-car Verizon IndyCar Series field. He will start tomorrow’s race from the sixth position.

Luca Filippi will start his first Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from the 14th position. The No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka car was the winner of last year’s event. 

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