News for the Week of July 6, 2015 – July 12, 2015

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Bourdais dominates on the way to Milwaukee win – Sebastien Bourdais rode a dominant second half performance to a win at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250. The rest of the Top 5 was Castroneves, Rahal, Montoya, and Newgarden. Full results at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/12/2015)

Serralles grabs first Lights win in exciting race at Milwaukee – Belardi Auto Racing’s Felix Serralles grabbed his first Indy Lights win after a late pass on RC Enerson at The Milwaukee Mile. He was joined in the Top 5 by Enerson, Piedrahita, Harvey, and Anderson. Full results here. – NBC Sports – (7/12/2015)

Newgarden wins first career pole at Milwaukee – Josef Newgarden was fastest once again this weekend at Milwaukee and won the pole for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 with a 2-lap average of 170.223mph. He was joined in the Top 5 by Briscoe, Karam, Kanaan, and Jakes. Helio Castroneves will start at the back of the field for failing to take his spot in the qualifying line at the proper time. Full results at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/12/2015)

Piedrahita fastest in Lights warmup in Milwaukee – Juan Piedrahita grabbed P1 with a lap at 145.282mph in the Indy Lights warmup session at Milwaukee. The rest of the Top 5 was Serralles, Ringel, Chilton, and Kaiser. Full results at the link. – Indy Lights – (7/12/2015)

Newgarden leads the way in final practice at Milwaukee – Josef Newgarden was fastest again at the final practice of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Milwaukee. He was joined in the Top 5 by Castroneves, Rahal, Kimball, and Sato. Full results at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/12/2015)

Pigot wins Lights pole at Milwaukee – Spencer Pigot won the pole for the Indy Lights race at Milwaukee with a new Lights qualifying record of 150.868mph. The rest of the Top 5 was Enerson, Kaiser, Harvey, and Piedrahita. Full results at the link. – Indy Lights – (7/11/2015)

Newgarden tops the charts in Practice 1 at Milwaukee – Josef Newgarden grabbed P1 in the first practice session of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Milwaukee with a lap at 169.626mph. Pagenaud, Sato, Rahal, and Kanaan completed the Top 5. The only driver to complete every lap this season, Marco Andretti, was way back in P23 more than a second off the pace. Full results at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/11/2015)

Harvey fastest at Milwaukee Lights practice – Jack Harvey led the way in the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend at Milwaukee with a lap at 147.723mph. He was joined in the Top 5 by Jones, Pigot, Piedrahita, and Enerson. Max Chilton’s lack of oval experience showed as he had to settle for P10. Scott Anderson missed most of the session after an early spin in Turn 3. Full results at the link. – Indy Lights – (7/11/2015)

Hinchcliffe ‘ahead of schedule’ in recovery – At a press gathering in Milwaukee the recovering James Hinchcliffe reported that he is “ahead of schedule” at the moment. “I’ve learned that doctors know what they’re talking about and I should listen to them,” said Hinchcliffe. “I have an excellent team of doctors and physical therapists looking after me and have helped the recovery process go along as smoothly as possible.” – INDYCAR – (7/11/2015)

OW33’s Indy Lights Milwaukee preview – Our own Parker Hall highlights the importance of the Milwaukee weekend in the fight for the Indy Lights championship. – OW33 – (7/11/2015)

INDYCAR Milwaukee preview – INDYCAR’s official preview of this weekend’s race in Milwaukee is loaded with great information. It includes the full weekend schedule, entry list, special rules for this race, and much more. Check it out at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/10/2015)

Honda still in negotiations with INDYCAR for 2016 and beyond – RACER’s Marshall Pruett gives an update on Honda’s negotiations with INDYCAR for 2016 and beyond after a discussion with Honda Performance Development VP Steve Eriksen. “There are ongoing discussions; nothing has been signed,” Eriksen told RACER. “The one thing we’ve asked for is clarity on where the series is headed overall, and some clarity on things like aero kits.” “We’re in active discussions with IndyCar, and based on what we hear, that will set our direction beyond 2015. Our original contract with IndyCar expires at the end of this year.” More at the link. – RACER – (7/9/2015)

Wilson’s radical idea to “save oval racing” – In a conversation with RACER, Justin Wilson proposes that fans be moved to the INSIDE of the track on ovals in order to ensure oval racing can continue. Wilson notes that driver safety isn’t the biggest issue for series or tracks anymore; it’s fan safety. An interesting read. – RACER – (7/9/2015)

Montoya enjoys INDYCAR’s fan interaction – Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya tells MotorSportsTalk that he’s really enjoyed the increased fan interaction since he’s return to the series. “Something that IndyCar does really well is, as a fan when you go to the race, you have access to the drivers,” Montoya said. “We do autograph sessions, they can go to the garages, you can see the cars, we can’t cover anything. It’s a completely different mentality [to other places] – it’s designed for the fans.” – NBC Sports – (7/9/2015)

Team Moore Racing says it will “close it’s doors” – Long time Indy Lights entrant Team Moore Racing announced via Twitter on Thursday that the team is shutting down. “After 8 full seasons in Indy Lights a painful decision has been made to close it’s doors. Thank you to the drivers, sponsors & fans.” – Team Moore Racing – (7/9/2015)

INDYCAR announces 2015 INDYCAR Championship Celebration – “Fans are invited to mingle with the stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series during the 2015 INDYCAR Championship Celebration on Monday, Aug. 31 at the historic Nob Hill Masonic Center in downtown San Francisco. The Championship Celebration will take place the day after the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway, and culminate with the presentation of the Astor Cup and $1 million bonus to the Verizon IndyCar Series championship-winning team and driver…A limited number of Championship Celebration tickets is available for purchase by the public by calling the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office at (800) 822-4639. Catering is included in the $100 per ticket price and fans attending must be at least 21 years of age. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT and the show starts at 6:30 p.m.” – INDYCAR PR – (7/9/2015)

Miller’s Mailbag 7/8/15 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (7/8/2015)

Milwaukee spotter guide is released – The spotter guide for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest has been posted by INDYCAR and features a new Cottonelle livery for Scott Dixon. Justin Wilson returns in the blue/silver Andretti Autosport livery we’ve seen for most of the year in the No. 25 car. Check it out at the link. – Milwaukee Spotter Guide – (7/8/2015)

Dixon to drive with Cottonelle livery in Milwaukee – Scott Dixon tweeted out a picture of his new livery for Milwaukee this weekend. He’ll be in Cottonelle colors. Check it out at the link. – Scott Dixon – (7/8/2015)

Trackside podcast 7/7/15 – 1070 The Fan’s popular Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee show from 7/7/15 is a great listen as always. The pair talks about the NASCAR accident at Daytona, the latest INDYCAR news, and previews this weekend’s race at Milwaukee. – 1070 The Fan – (7/8/2015)

AA confirms Wilson in the No. 25 for rest of the season – Andretti Autosport announced that Justin Wilson will pilot their No. 25 entry for the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series season starting this weekend in Milwaukee. “It’s obviously great to be back with Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the season,” said Wilson. “I’m really looking forward to making the most of these five races, and just trying to help the team and Honda as much as I can and try and be successful.” – Andretti Autosport – (7/7/2015)

DCR names Vautier and Mann as drivers for Milwaukee and Iowa – Dale Coyne Racing named Tristan Vautier and Pippa Mann as their drivers for the next two Verizon IndyCar Series races at Milwaukee and Iowa. – Dale Coyne Racing – (7/7/2015)

INDYCAR promoting “same day” Milwaukee schedule – Sunday’s on track schedule at Milwaukee features a LOT of action and INDYCAR is promoting it via Twitter and their website. The Verizon IndyCar Series will have a practice, qualifying, and the race all in one day on Sunday along with Indy Lights activity. Read the full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (7/6/2015)

Cavin Q&A 7/5/15 – The Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin’s fan Q&A covers INDYCAR fines and penalties, future aerokits, and more. – Indianapolis Star – (7/6/2015)

Cleveland still hoping for eventual INDYCAR return – A report out of Cleveland shows that the city is still very interested in hosting a Verizon IndyCar Series race at the ever-popular Burke Lakefront Airport. It’s too late for 2016 but there is hope for the future. “We have had lots of interest to go back to Cleveland, and I can’t think of a better venue in the midwest,” said the last promoter Mike Lanigan. “We will continue to work hard on finding some financial help in the future.” – cleveland.com – (7/6/2015)

Dixon to make 250th start at Milwaukee – Scott Dixon will start in his 250th Verizon IndyCar Series race when the green flag drops for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday, July 12th. “When you see starts you definitely understand how long you’ve been around and kind of start to feel old, but the longevity is really cool as well,” said Dixon. – INDYCAR – (7/6/2015)

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