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CFH Racing Excited For Return To Long Beach As Defending Race Winners

No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Team Captured Victory in 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) April 14, 2015 – Advance Notes
CFH Racing will be returning to the site of its first of three 2014 wins when the team arrives in California this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Mike Conway claimed the victory in last year’s race with what was previously Ed Carpenter Racing.

CFH Racing was formed over the offseason by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, creating a two-car effort to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Josef Newgarden, driving for what was the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing half of CFH Racing, took the lead coming out of the pits on Lap 56 of the 2014 event. Second place Ryan Hunter-Reay caused a seven-car incident when he attempted to pass Newgarden in a very tight Turn 4, ultimately ending Newgarden’s day.

Conway was able to avoid the melee and was fourth following the accident, moving into second place on the ensuing restart. Race leader Scott Dixon was forced to pit for fuel with three laps remaining, handing the lead and the win to Conway.

Newgarden started on the front row in the 2012 race through the downtown streets of Long Beach, Calif. in only his third career Verizon IndyCar Series event. His second place starting position remains CFHR’s best to date. The Nashville, Tenn. native qualified fourth for last year’s race.

Luca Filippi, driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for the road and street course events, will be making his first career start around the 1.968-mile, 12-turn street circuit.

Filippi enters Long Beach after two top 10 finishes in as many races after a 9th place finish in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and a 10th place result in last weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Both CFHR cars earned top 10 finishes in Sunday’s event at NOLA Motorsports Park. Newgarden brought his No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet home in 9th while Filippi was just behind in 10th.

Filippi currently sits 9th in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 42 points. Newgarden is ranked 11th with 40 points.

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 race will feature 80 laps with the green flag scheduled for just after 4:30 p.m.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET: “I feel good about going to Long Beach. I am happy about where we are at and I’m really excited to go there now after not being able to capitalize on our speed last weekend in New Orleans. My guys have put in so much hard work, I think they’re as prepared as they need to be to go into Long Beach and be solid. We have such great group, everyone is pushing really hard for good results. We haven’t started off the year too bad, now we just need to keep moving the bar higher!”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S AWARD WINNING VODKA CHEVROLET: “I can’t wait to be in Long Beach. I have a good feeling about that place. Even though I’ve never been, there is so much history at that track between IndyCar and Formula 1 that I want to make my mark on that race. We are going to do our best to win it again this year!”

CFH Racing Drivers Bring Home Top Ten Finishes In Caution-Filled Indy Grand Prix Of Louisiana

Newgarden Earns 9th Place Finish; Filippi Finishes 10th

(AVONDALE, La.) April 12, 2015 – Race Recap

Both CFH Racing drivers earned Top 10 results in a caution-filled inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. Only one green flag lap was completed after Lap 15 as a result of multiple accidents and cars going off course. Over half of the race was run during yellow flag conditions, with 26 of the 47 laps in today’s event being scored under caution.

Josef Newgarden of Nashville, Tenn. finished 9th in today’s timed Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet.

Italian Luca Filippi drove his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet to his second Top 10 finish in as many races with a 10th place result at NOLA Motorsports Park.

The start of the race was moved up to 1:45 p.m. local time in an effort to miss the worst of the weather conditions. Despite the heavy rain that washed out the morning warmup, track officials were able to ready the circuit in time for the race. The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana was originally scheduled to be a 75-lap event, but was changed to a timed race of one hour and 45 minutes.

Qualifications were cancelled yesterday due to heavy rain and lightning. As the field was set by points, Filippi started in the race from the 9th position and Newgarden started in 12th.

Both CFH Racing cars completed two pit stops during the race. The top four cars were on a different strategy and today’s winner, James Hinchcliffe, was able to complete the race on one stop with the benefit extended caution periods.

Filippi remains 9th in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 42 points. Newgarden moved up one position and is now 11th overall with 40 points.

CFH Racing will return to their Speedway, Ind. workshop for one day before heading to this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, held April 17-19 in the downtown streets of Long Beach, Calif.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 9TH: “The thing I am happy about is that we got a Top 10 on a difficult day. It could have gone a lot better for us. We struggled a little bit on the wet, but when it was going dry we were very strong and we didn’t get to capitalize on that. Too many cautions, too many yellows, and it just didn’t play in our favor. That’s racing, sometimes it falls your way and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m just happy we managed a Top 10, that’s good points but obviously leaves us wanting more. We will regroup, go to Long Beach, and keep chasing it.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 10TH: “I think we did everything right. Both Josef (Newgarden) and I were probably going to have a top seven or eight finish. Obviously, a few people got very lucky on the strategy in the middle of race. But another Top 10 finish is okay, especially on a strange day like this. Today’s finish was not quite what we were looking for, but it’s a solid way to continue our championship.”

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The weather stole the spotlight this weekend at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, resulting wet conditions in almost every on-track session. Josef Newgarden managed a 9th place finish in the timed event.

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Luca Filippi earned his second Top 10 finish in as many races with a 10th place at NOLA Motorsports Park today. The team will now head to California for this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Qualifications Rained Out At NOLA Motorsports Park; Field Set By Points

Filippi Will Start 9th, Newgarden To Start 12th

(AVONDALE, La.) April 11, 2015 – Qualifying Notes

Today’s qualifications for the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana were cancelled due to inclement weather.

Heavy rain delayed the start of qualifications, but cars were eventually able to get on track on the 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course. Group 1 was able to complete their 10 minute session; Group 2, which included CFH drivers Josef Newgarden and Luca Filippi, was red flagged due to lightning.

Newgarden had set the fastest lap of Group 2 when the red flag came out. While officials let the clock run out and issued a checkered flag, lap times were thrown out upon the cancellation of the remainder of the session.

Verizon IndyCar Series rules state that when qualifications are cancelled, the field is set based on entrant points.

Based on current point standings, Luca Filippi will start 9th in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.

Newgarden will start the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet from the 12th position for tomorrow’s 75-lap event.

The start of the 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama has been moved up tomorrow. The estimated green flag time is now 1:45 p.m. local and the NBC Sports Network Broadcast will now run from 1:30 – 5 p.m.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, STARTING 12TH: “It’s a shame we couldn’t run the whole session, this is actually a very fun track in the rain. There’s just some drainage issues. It’s a little difficult with the pooling of water in areas, so you get some hydroplaning. I think our car was great. We’ve had good cars here since rolling off the truck and I think they were good in the rain. If it rains tomorrow, we would be alright as we were pretty quick. It’s just a matter if we would be able to make the race work with the drainage. But hopefully we don’t get any rain tomorrow and it just makes it a lot easier on everyone. I think we’re in a good position to try and attack and get a good result tomorrow.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, STARTING 9TH: “Again, the result of St. Petersburg and starting the season well becomes even more important. Regarding today, I think the right call was to do what they did and cancel the rest of the session. From my point of view we have a good car on the wet, so if tomorrow we have a wet race, I am confident. I am looking forward to having a good race.”

CFH Racing Welcomes Boyd Gaming To NOLA Motorsports Park

Team Will Visit Treasure Chest Casino Friday Evening

(AVONDALE, La.) April 10, 2015 – CFH Racing announced today that Boyd Gaming Corporation will partner with the team for this weekend’s Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, held at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Boyd Gaming, one of the nation’s largest casino entertainment companies, will have two of its local properties represented on CFH Racing’s No. 67 car, while Boyd Gaming guests from throughout the area will be invited to the race. Additionally, CFH Racing drivers and owners will visit Treasure Chest Casino for a driver appearance this evening.

“I am excited for Boyd Gaming to join the CFH family,” stated Wink Hartman, co-owner of CFH Racing. “Boyd Gaming represents the best in entertainment and all of CFH Racing is proud to represent them at NOLA this year.”

CFH Racing will represent four Boyd Gaming casinos: Amelia Belle (Amelia, La.), Evangeline Downs (Opelousas, La.), IP Casino, Resort and Spa (Biloxi, Miss.) and Treasure Chest (Kenner, La.). Boyd Gaming, along with Amelia Belle and Treasure Chest, will appear on the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet, driven by Josef Newgarden.

The two CFH Racing drivers participating in this weekend’s event, Newgarden and Luca Filippi, will be making an appearance at Treasure Chest tonight at 7:30 p.m. Team owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman will also be in attendance. The event is open to the public and fans are welcome to attend.

“As a long-time sponsor of motor sports events across the country, Boyd Gaming is proud to partner with CFH Racing in the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana,” said Chris Gibase, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Boyd Gaming. “Our customers are avid racing fans, and we’re all looking forward to a great race on Sunday.”

Sunday’s race will be the first Verizon IndyCar Series event held at NOLA Motorsports Park. The track is part of a 750-acre facility on the west bank of the Mississippi River, approximately 15 miles from Downtown New Orleans. Though this is inaugural IndyCar event at NOLA Motorsports Park, the CFH Racing team is familiar with the circuit after visiting multiple times during the offseason for testing. The Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will feature 75 laps around the 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course.

Practice begins today for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, April 12.

FILIPPI EARNS CAREER-BEST INDYCAR FINISH IN FIRST RACE WITH CFH RACING; CLAIMS 9TH PLACE

Newgarden Manages 12th Place Result Despite Damaged Front Wing

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) March 29, 2015 – Race Recap
Luca Filippi finished 9th in today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in his first race around the street circuit. This was only the Italian’s ninth start in the Verizon IndyCar Series and his first with CFH Racing in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.

Josef Newgarden managed a 12th place result today, despite the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet having a damaged front wing. Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball made contact on Lap 54, causing Kimball to go into the Turn 10 tire barrier. In the ensuing chain reaction, Newgarden made contact with the rear of Sebastien Bourdais’ car. The Nashville, Tenn. native was able to continue in the event without making an additional pit stop to change the front wing.

Today’s 9th place result was Filippi’s career best finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series. His previous best finish of 10th came in the first of the Houston doubleheaders in 2013.

The finish by Filippi ties CFH Racing’s best team result in St. Petersburg. Rahal claimed 9th place in 2010 and Newgarden scored a 9th place result in last year’s event.

Filippi started in the race from the 19th position and gained 10 positions over the course of the race; Newgarden started in 10th and ran as high as 2nd in the beginning stages of the event.

The 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg featured 110 laps around the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Both CFH Racing cars completed three pit stops over the course of the race.

CFH Racing will return to the track April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.
LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 9TH: “I am happy with that. Obviously, so many things are new to me. On one hand we want to have good results, on the other hand we know that we have to learn a little before we can really fight for the podium. The team did a great job, they gave me great pit stops and we can build on this. This is a good start for the season, from here I can just get better and better.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 12TH: “It was a really strong effort from everyone to try to keep us in the fight. All the CFH guys were awesome, as they always are. I have to say thank you to Ed (Carpenter), Wink (Hartman) and Sarah (Fisher) for everything that to do to make this happen. Twelfth is not the best finishing position, but we can only go up from there. I think we had a car that was able to challenge for a top five finish, but we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Right when Charlie (Kimball) got spun out in Turn 10 it was a bottleneck and I got into the back of (Sebastien) Bourdais and damaged the front wing. It sort of hurt us; we struggled to fight with everyone after that. We lost a lot of pace then did what we could to finish as strong as possible. Twelfth was the best we had today, but I think we have more for the future.”

NEWGARDEN GIVES CFH RACING A TOP TEN STARTING POSITION FOR 2015 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON OPENER

Teammate Filippi Will Start Inside of Row 10 In First Race In St. Petersburg
(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) March 28, 2015 – Qualifying Notes

  • Josef Newgarden will start the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet from the 10th position in tomorrow’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, held in the downtown streets of the Florida city.
  • Newgarden finished Round 1, Group 1 qualifying with the 5th quickest time, advancing him to Round 2 to compete as part of the 12 fastest cars in the 24-car field.
  • This marks Newgarden’s best starting position in four events in St. Petersburg. The Nashville, Tenn. native’s previous best start was 16th in 2013.
  • Luca Filippi will start 19th in the 110-lap event in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.
  • This will be Filippi’s first race around the 1.8 mile, 14-turn temporary street course. The Italian will be also be making his first start for CFH Racing.
  • Newgarden made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in St. Petersburg in 2012,starting 19th and finishing 11th.
  • Tomorrow’s event will be the first race for the team under the CFH Racing banner. The team was formed over the offseason by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
  • The 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be broadcast live on ABC at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 29.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH: “I am relatively happy with our starting position. You’re on the front end of the grid with that, with 24 cars and starting in the top 10 is always good around this place. This is generally a very difficult place on tires, so the farther up you are at the start the better. We’re going to have to look after them tomorrow. I think we’re kind of burning off our rears a little bit too quick, so in the morning warm up we’re going to have to make our tires live. It’s such a long race, you have to be able to maximize the life of the tires or people will sneak up behind you in the hairpin and dive bomb you into Turn 1. As far as today, we struggled in the practice earlier and we made a huge leap forward in qualifying. Now, we’re running in the top 10. We need to work our way forward a little bit more to make it into the top five and hopefully challenge the top guys up front.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 19TH: “The lap times were very close and I felt good in the car, especially the last few laps. I thought we were doing quite well, but actually the times were so tight I missed the first cut and did not make it to Round 2. We ran the first few laps on used tires and I didn’t have a good read on the condition. Tomorrow is a long race; we’ll think about the strategy and try to get the best out of it. I think we will be strong for the longer runs.”

Josef Newgarden had his best qualifying session to date at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, earning a 10th place starting position for tomorrow’s race.

Luca Filippi will start the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the 19th position. Tomorrow’sevent will be Filippi’s first start at St. Petersburg and first start with CFH Racing. 

ALLISON TRANSMISSION TO JOIN CFH RACING FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

ALLISON TRANSMISSION TO JOIN CFH RACING FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 

Celebrating its 100th anniversary by appearing on the No. 20 car during both Verizon IndyCar Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(INDIANAPOLIS) March 20, 2015 – Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) today announced a sponsorship of CFH Racing for the two Verizon IndyCar Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, including the world-renowned Indianapolis 500.Allison will appear on the No. 20 car which will be driven by two-time defending Indianapolis 500 pole winner and three-time IndyCar race winner Ed Carpenter for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Earlier in the month, Allison will also appear on the No. 20 car driven by Luca Filippi for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9.

“Joining with CFH Racing is a natural way for Allison to continue celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015,” said Lou Gilbert, director of North American marketing and global brand development for Allison Transmission. “Our company’s heritage is strongly tied to both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500.”

Allison traces its corporate lineage back to the founding of the Indianapolis Speedway Team Co. on Sept. 14, 1915. As a co-founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and part owner of several racing teams, James A. Allison, a prominent entrepreneur, innovator and businessman, established a precision machine shop and experimental firm on Main Street in Speedway called the Allison Experimental Co. to support his racing endeavors. As a race team owner, Allison won the 1919 Indianapolis 500 mile race with driver Howdy Wilcox.

“We’re honored that Allison Transmission chose to celebrate their centennial with CFH Racing,” said team co-owner and driver Ed Carpenter. “In addition to producing world class products, they are great neighbors and supporters of the community. We are thrilled to be involved with Allison’s customers and employees over the next two months.”

On-track activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will begin on May 3.

Allison Transmission is celebrating its 100th anniversary by joining with CFH Racing for two IndyCar Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. (L-R: Lou Gilbert of Allison Transmission; Sarah Fisher and Ed Carpenter of CFH Racing)
 

 Allison Transmission will appear on the No. 20 car of Luca Filippi for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and on the No. 20 of Ed Carpenter during the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. 

 

About Allison TransmissionAllison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,700 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.allisontransmission.com.


About CFH Racing

Led by co-owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, and Wink Hartman, CFH Racing was formed in August 2014 by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. What is now CFH Racing has 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.

BANKERS FINANCIAL CORPORATION JOINS CFH RACING FOR SEASON OPENER

BANKERS FINANCIAL CORPORTATION JOINS CFH RACING FOR SEASON OPENER

 

St. Petersburg-Based Company Will Serve As An Associate Sponsor on No. 20 Car

 

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) March 10, 2015 – Bankers Financial Corporation (BFC) announced today an associate sponsorship of CFH Racing for the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The local insurance, surety and business solutions company will appear on the No. 20 car of Luca Filippi during the event, held March 27-29. This will be Bankers first sponsorship of the world-renowned race in downtown St. Petersburg, which kicks off the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship.

 

“This is a great opportunity for us to support a local event and build awareness for Bankers in our hometown,” BFC Chief Marketing Officer Bill Lafontaine said. “Partnering with two great IndyCar drivers, Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher, and their team is an ideal way for Bankers to continue build our brand in the St. Petersburg area.”

 

Two-time defending Indianapolis 500 pole winner and IndyCar race winner Ed Carpenter said, “Having Bankers join us as a sponsor for the Firestone Grand Prix is very exciting as we kick off the 2015 IndyCar Championship with Luca driving in his first event for the team. Sarah and I run our race team with family in mind, so it is a great fit to have family-owned Bankers as our newest team member.”

 

Practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg begins on Friday, March 27, 2015 with the race beginning at 3:00 pm ET on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

 

For more information on Bankers Financial Corporation, please visit www.bankersfinancialcorp.com.

 

About CFH Racing

Led by co-owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, and Wink Hartman, CFH Racing was formed in August 2014 by the integration of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. What is now CFH Racing has 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.

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