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Xfinity Series Press Conference - Elliott Sadler is very transparent about retirement

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Xfinity Series Press Conference - Indianapolis Allgaier, Bell,Sadler Indy Presser

Indianapolis- Damp wet start to Brickyard weekend at IMS. Kicked this off with the Xfinity Series Press Conference –

Yours truly from Speedway digest was honored to have first question. I asked Justin Allgaier what he needs to here at Indy to stay on top of Xfinity series standings.

“I think this race is extremely difficult to manage. No matter if weather is cold, hot or rainy luckily for us we had a good package here last year and hopefully we will take what we learned last year we are hopeful that even if we don’t get a practice in we will have a great showing” However it was the question to Elliott Sadler on his decision to retire, and why he came about that decision. Especially have we have seen so many drivers retire recently. I felt like he truly put the human element to racing something we all could relate to. Elliott said

“The decision for me as pretty easy for me. My wife and I had been talking about this for a little while. I have been at this for 22 years…22 years traveling being away from home every single weekend. My kids are now 8 & 6 they are very involved with their activities at home. We have a lot going on at home, and I did not want to be a dad that lived his kid’s memories thru a phone! I don’t believe in that. I believe being home with them is important. I have pursued my dreams long enough, and now its time for me to be a dad help them pursue their dreams. I can’t wait for the next chapter in my life to begin. Wow what profound statement.

NBC sports followed up question about the things he has missed out. I think far too often we lose sight of the grind drivers go thru week in and week out. Elliot said he does not believe our kids shouldn’t grow up in a Motor Coach. Great career for Elliott Sadler! We salute you.  

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Rossi Takes the Checkered Flag in Indy

It’s great to be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Gallagher Grand Prix, the first of 3 races this weekend. We also have the Pennzoil 150 on the road course at IMS. The beginning of the Grand Prix was not without drama. Conor Daly had issues in the pits after running P6. There was an incident between Will Power and Pato O’Ward and Grosjean had some issues in the pits as well. The back end of the cars were slipping and sliding around but straightened up as the race went on. Marcus Ericksson started at the back of the grid but found himself in P2 for a time. And  early on, Jimmy Johnson was taking faster laps than Will Power and found himself in P1 in lap 24.

By lap 49, Herta was out of the race. He said via radio, “I think this is something we can’t fix.”

During the press conference, Will Power was talking about IMS and stated, “It’s always hard starting on the outside of this track…you get freighttrained.” 

Will Power ended up P3 which put him 7th all time leader for podium finishes and 92 career podium finishes. With this 3rd place finish, he took the points lead with 4 races to go. When asked how the season would end up, he stated, “It feels like it always goes down to the last race; [and it is] Impossible to predict in this series.” 46 points separate the top 5, so it truly will come down to the final 4 races this season.

Christian Lundgaard came in P2 for his first podium finish of his career. He stated, “It feels amazing, but the best thing is the team really deserves it….I’m just a guy doing my job, really…This is the right path. We are going in the right direction.” Lungaard turned 21last Saturday and showed a tremendous amount of poise for a 21 year old. One of his presents was a trip to Las Vegas immediately after Laguna Seca. Power suggested that the rest of the group be invited. Lungaard refused to let us know where he would be staying. 

Alexander Rossi led 44 of 85 laps. This was Rossi's 1st win in approximately 1000 days. This was his 8th career win. Rossi said, “We had a solid test here a month or so ago…As challenging as it is for me, it is for them too [speaking of the rest of the team].” Rossi was asked if a weight had been lifted and stated, “Yes. There’s no other way to explain it. You’re as good as your last race. It doesn’t matter how good you are…It’s a very special thing today.” 

It was announced in June that Rossi will be headed to McLaren. Rossi said today during the press conference, “Good thing we don’t have to have the conversation about breaking the losing streak.”

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