News for the Week of August 20 – August 26, 2018

SPM announces Hinch will race in No. 5 Gateway, No. 6 car not entered – “James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, who has been cleared to drive following an accident at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19, will compete in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend. The No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda will not be entered for the event.” Full release at the link. – SPM – (8/21/2018)

Chaves back in Harding No. 88 at Gateway – “Harding Racing is excited to announce that Gabby Chaves will return to the #88 for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. The Colombian-American will race 248 laps along the 1.25-mile oval for 500 kilometers.” Full release at the link. – Harding Racing – (8/21/2018)

Juncos adds Choi for Portland Lights weekend – “Juncos Racing announced today that Heamin Choi would join the team for the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires 2018 season finale at Portland International Raceway. Choi will team up with current Juncos Racing driver Victor Franzoni. Heamin Choi (Busan, Korea) made his first appearance with Juncos Racing at the 2017 Mazda Road to Indy Chris Griffis Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Choi previously competed in the 2015 Indy Lights Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Choi will pilot the No. 7 Juncos Racing car on the 1.97 mile, 12-Turn road course located in Portland, Oregon.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Racing – (8/21/2018)

Wickens update from INDYCAR 8/21/18 9:26AM – From INDYCAR: “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery Monday, Aug. 20 at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19. Titanium rods and screws were placed successfully in Wickens’ spine during the surgery, which was performed without complication. The severity of the spinal cord injury is indeterminate at this time. Wickens is expected to undergo further surgeries to treat fractures in his lower extremities and right forearm. He remains in stable condition. Further updates will be provided when available” – INDYCAR – (8/21/2018)

Iowa Corn “completes” sponsorship of INDYCAR event at Iowa Speedway – “Iowa Corn announced today they will not renew their title sponsorship of the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 race at Iowa Speedway beginning in 2019 to focus on new corn demand opportunities. The partnership between Iowa Corn, INDYCAR and Iowa Speedway began at the first race in 2007 and was the second-longest entitlement sponsorship in INDYCAR racing. The alliance allowed for a wide array of topics to be addressed on a local, national and international stage through INDYCAR racing events at Iowa Speedway.” Full release at the link. – Iowa Corn – (8/21/2018)

Lights entry list for Gateway – The entry list for the Mazda St. Louis Indy Lights Oval Challenge Presented by Cooper Tires at Gateway Motorsports Park is available at the link. – Indy Lights – (8/21/2018)

Wickens update from INDYCAR 8/20/18 5:57PM – From INDYCAR: “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens continues to be treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest following injuries sustained in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19. An MRI was instrumental in revealing the most appropriate surgical course and Wickens is undergoing surgery Monday evening for a spinal injury. Wickens was involved in an incident on Lap 7 of the race when his car made contact with the car of Ryan Hunter-Reay and went airborne into the catch fence at the exit of Turn 2 on Pocono Raceway’s three-turn oval. Wickens was treated at the scene and at the track’s infield medical center by the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and the INDYCAR Medical staff before he was transported by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest and admitted on Sunday.” – INDYCAR – (8/21/2018)

Team Penske drivers confirmed to be back for ’19 – RACER’s Robin Miller reports Team Penske’s full-time trio of Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Will Power will be back with the team in 2019. “Yes, everything is set and everyone is coming back,” owner Roger Penske told RACER. “It’s a good group.” Full story at the link. – RACER – (8/20/2018)

Wickens update from INDYCAR 8/19/18 10:40PM – From INDYCAR at 10:40PM on 8/19/18: “Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine following an incident in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. He also sustained a pulmonary contusion. He will undergo an MRI and probable surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Further updates on his condition will be provided when available.” – INDYCAR – (8/20/2018)

Rossi dominates to win ABC Supply 500 at Pocono – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi led 180 of 200 laps to win the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. The rest of the Top 5 was Power, Dixon, Bourdais, and Newgarden. The race was delayed under red flag for almost two hours after a huge incident initiated by contact between Hunter-Reay and Wickens. Wickens was airlifted from the track in “awake and alert” condition according to INDYCAR. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (8/19/2018)

Power takes pole at Pocono – Team Penske’s two-time defending ABC Supply 500 winner Will Power won the pole at Pocono Raceway with a two-lap average at 219.511mph. The rest of the Top 5 was Newgarden, Rossi, Hunter-Reay, and Pagenaud. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (8/18/2018)

Coyne adds car for Ferrucci at Portland and Sonoma – “After a promising Verizon IndyCar Series debut with Dale Coyne Racing earlier this season at the doubleheader weekend in Detroit, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to the team behind the wheel of the #39 Cly-Del Manufacturing car for the final two rounds of the season at Portland and Sonoma. Ferrucci will be racing alongside teammates Pietro Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais in a third DCR entry sponsored by The Cly-Del Manufacturing Company.” See the livery on our No. 39 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Dale Coyne Racing – (8/17/2018)

Toyota ends title sponsorship at Grand Prix of Long Beach – The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports Toyota has ended its title sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. “We have had a phenomenal relationship with Toyota for 44 years, a record in the racing world,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, in a statement. “In recent discussions, however, Toyota has elected not to renew as the title sponsor.” Full story at the link. – Long Beach Press-Telegram – (8/17/2018)

Andretti Autosport announces US Concrete partnership extension – “The familiar red, grey and white colors of U.S. Concrete will paint the racing machine of Marco Andretti for the future of IndyCar Series competition as the ready-mixed concrete company will serve as lead primary sponsor of the third-generation driver through a multi-year agreement. The partnership will see the Dallas-based company ride on the No. 98 car for seven races each season, including the Indianapolis 500.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (8/17/2018)

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