Parker Thompson looks forward to INDY PRO 2000 championship battle at Mid Ohio @parkertracing

Parker Thompson looks forward to INDY PRO 2000 championship battle at Mid Ohio @parkertracing

( Photos by R.MacAloney/cdn-r.com©2019)

Parker Thompson Racing Release:

In a season that has seen Parker Thompson take part in races belonging to four different championship series, a tight Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires championship battle has been a source of renewed energy and motivation. Between Indy Pro 2000, GT3 Cup Challenge, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the young Alberta native has competed in twenty-seven races this year. Driving the #8 car of Abel Motorsports, Thompson currently holds second place in the overall Indy Pro 2000 Championship standings. He is coming off a double-duty weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto, where he combined for three podiums and four top-five finishes in Indy Pro 2000 and GT3 Cup events.

“In terms of action on the track, this season has certainly been busier than I could have ever imagined. Maybe at some point I’ll grow tired of racing almost every weekend, but that is pretty hard to imagine when we are caught up in championship battles like this one in Indy Pro 2000. The Road to Indy is where I started my racing career, and a championship here would mean so much to me. It’s a hard fight though. There are three of us [Kirkwood, Frost and Thompson] all within five points of each other for 2nd place in the standings. And I’m sure that each of us are looking up at Lindh in that first-place position more than we are looking at each other.”

The series travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Championship Rounds 10 & 11. The 2.25-mile track is one familiar to Thompson. He earned a win there earlier this year in GT3 Cup. Given the tight nature of the Indy Pro 2000 championship race, a win again seems like the only sure way for Thompson to improve his position in the standings. With experience at multiple levels on the Road to Indy though, Thompson takes a slightly different stance.

“Of course winning is always the objective, but this is a long season that often rewards consistency. After winning the first two races in St. Petersburg, I’ve been reminded often how important that consistency is. With Abel Motorsports, we’ve made a lot of headway this year. One single performance isn’t going to earn us the title. If our group can continue in the direction that we’ve been headed over the last couple of weekends though, then I’m very excited about our chances.”

Event Schedule
Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio – Rounds 10 & 11

July 26, 2019
16:15 – 16:35 EST Qualifying 1

July 27, 2019
09:10 – 09:30 EST Qualifying 2
17:00 – 17:40 EST Race1

July 28, 2019
10:00 – 10:50 EST Race 2

Follow along live with RoadToIndyTV or on IndyPro2000.com

Kevin Lacroix Is Seeking a First Podium In Saskatchewan

Kevin Lacroix Is Seeking a First Podium In Saskatchewan

Saint-Eustache, July 22, 2019 – Kevin Lacroix is ​​on his way to the usual three-day NASCAR Pinty’s program in Western Canada, which takes place this week. The annual trip to Saskatchewan this Wednesday, then to Alberta this Saturday, is always an opportunity to meet Canadian racing enthusiasts’.

 

The Bumper to Bumper team will first head to Saskatchewan for a doubleheader at the Wyant Group Raceway this Wednesday, July 24. The Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 125s is a two races event, each race being 125 laps. The drivers of the NASCAR Pinty’s series will have a break of 2h30 before coming back on track for the second 125-lap event of the evening.

 

The positions of the first round will be determined by a normal qualifying session, while the starting positions of the second race will be determined by the fastest lap in the first round.

 

Last year, the driver of car # 74 Bumper to Bumper / Total, Gates / PFC Brakes finished 6th and 7th in both events, and before that, in 2017, he also claimed two top 10s. “I have not yet clinched a podium finish in Saskatchewan, and I intend to change that this Wednesday, said the Saint-Eustache native. These races are always very intense, which is good for the fans, but which can be costly for us, the drivers. If something happens during the race in Saskatchewan, then the event in Alberta could be compromised. ”

 

Lacroix is ​​currently 2nd in the Drivers’ Championship, just 2 points behind leader Andrew Ranger. It is a musical chair between the two Quebec drivers as they have been exchanging the lead in the standings since the beginning of the season.

 

Tuesday, July 23, the team will be at Sutherland Automotive – Bumper to Bumper, which is Saskatchewan’s largest auto parts retailer. A friendly lunch will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm during which participants can meet the NASCAR Pinty’s driver in the afternoon.

 

The team will also be traveling to Paragon Autoservice in Saskatoon, one of Bumper to Bumper’s partners, to prepare the car between the two events.

Saturday’s Results for the Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series Race

Saturday’s Results for the Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series Race

NEWTON, Iowa – Results Saturday of the Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (3) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 300, Running

2. (8) Scott Dixon, Honda, 300, Running

3. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 300, Running

4. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 300, Running

5. (19) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 300, Running

6. (6) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 300, Running

7. (20) Zach Veach, Honda, 300, Running

8. (7) Graham Rahal, Honda, 299, Running

9. (21) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 299, Running

10. (13) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 299, Running

11. (10) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 299, Running

12. (12) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 299, Running

13. (16) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 299, Running

14. (15) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 299, Running

15. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 299, Running

16. (22) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 298, Running

17. (9) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 298, Running

18. (11) Colton Herta, Honda, 276, Mechanical

19. (17) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 262, Contact

20. (4) Takuma Sato, Honda, 216, Contact 

21. (18) Marco Andretti, Honda, 205, Handling 

22. (14) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 193, Contact 

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 137.664 mph

Time of Race: 1:56:53.5753

Margin of victory: 2.8527 seconds

Cautions: 5 for 45 laps

Lead changes: 7 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Pagenaud, Simon 1 – 2

Power, Will 3 – 48

Newgarden, Josef 49 – 140

Power, Will 141 – 143

Newgarden, Josef 144 – 253

Bourdais, Sebastien 254 – 255

Dixon, Scott 256 – 257

Newgarden, Josef 258 – 300

NTT IndyCar Qualifying Results for the Iowa 300

NTT IndyCar Qualifying Results for the Iowa 300

NEWTON, Iowa – Qualifying Friday for the Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, and speed in mph:

1. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 180.073 mph

2. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 179.589

3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 179.449

4. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda, 177.646

5. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 176.200

6. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 176.057

7. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 175.857

8. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 175.725

9. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 175.618

10. (7) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 175.578

11. (88) Colton Herta, Honda, 175.346

12. (19) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 175.316

13. (14) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 174.848

14. (31) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 174.323

15. (10) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 174.237

16. (59) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 173.837

17. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 173.540

18. (98) Marco Andretti, Honda, 173.044

19. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 171.791

20. (26) Zach Veach, Honda, 171.626

21. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 171.390

22. (4) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 167.136

Pro2000 Podium Photos – @hondaindy

Pro2000 Podium Photos – @hondaindy

( Photos courtesy of Ivan Novotny © )

Congratulations to Danial Frost of Exclusive Autosport on his victory in race #1 of the weekend at the Toronto Honda Indy. Also making the podium was Parker Thompson who finished in third place. Race #2 of the weekend goes at 9:55am on Sunday.

Race #2 Starting Positions:

3rd – #8 Parker Thompson

4th – #68 Danial Frost

8th – #11 Antonio Serravalle

9th – #90 Nikita Lastochkin