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Allmendinger Gets a Win at Indy

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Allmendinger Gets a Win at Indy Thomas Marquis Photo

AJ Allmendinger won his 2nd race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday. He started from P1 and ended up P1. Alex Bowman and Jason Allgaier rounded out the podium for the Pennzoil 150.

It looked to be a rocky start because by lap 4, 2 cars had already pitted and taken on tires. It looked like tire wear was going to be an issue, but that smoothed out as the race went on. When asked what he needed help with, Noah Gragson said, “the driver.”

The first yellow came out with 5 laps to go in Stage 1 when Parker Kligerman’s brakes let go and he wrecked Ryan Ellis. On Kligerman’s exit after being checked out, he said, “I find myself a pretty adept driver, but I couldn’t stop it without brakes. I just couldn’t Flintstone it.” He expressed his apology to Ellis and his crew and to his own crew.

Gragson took stage 1 and Josh Berry took stage 2. Allmendinger led 42 laps of the Pennzoil 150 and was overjoyed to do so.  He summed it up by saying, “Anytime you win at Indy it’s a big deal, at least for me. This place is special. I love this race track.” Winning this race moved Allmendinger into the points lead over Justin Allgaier and Ty Gibbs. The top 5 are all within 100 points of each other. The top 5 is rounded out by Josh Berry and Noah Gragson. It looks to be a fast paced finish to the shootout.

 

Thomas Marquis

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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