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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive pace car for 103rd Running of the Indy 500

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF IMS PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Racing legend and NBC Sports motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport Official Pace Car for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, leading 33 drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt will perform a dual role during “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” which starts at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Along with driving the Pace Car, Earnhardt will serve as an NBC Sports commentator for the network’s first live telecast of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I was already excited to attend my first Indianapolis 500 with NBC Sports, but driving the Pace Car just takes it to another level,” Earnhardt said. “The Corvette Grand Sport is an awesome car, and it’s an honor to be asked to lead the field to the green flag.

“I’m proud to be a part of such a prestigious event at a place that means so much to racing history. This will be an experience that I’ll cherish forever.”

This will be the second time Earnhardt has led the field to the green flag of a major race at IMS. He also drove the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line NASCAR Cup Series race last September.

Earnhardt recorded five top-10 finishes in Cup Series races at the Brickyard during his full-time driving career. His father, Dale Earnhardt, won the second Brickyard 400 in 1995.

“It is exciting that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to lead the Indy 500 field to the green flag,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “With Dale joining the Indy 500 broadcast crew for the first time, pacing the field in the 2019 Corvette Grand Sport will give him a unique perspective to share with the viewers. We are honored that Dale will add Indy 500 Pace Car driver to his long legacy with Chevrolet.”

Earnhardt Jr. retired as a full-time Cup Series driver after the 2017 season and joined NBC Sports’ NASCAR broadcast team in 2018. He recorded 26 NASCAR victories during his storied career, including two Daytona 500 wins.

“Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular and respected drivers in American motorsports in recent decades, and he knows all about speed, passion and tradition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We knew he would enjoy his first Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with the NBC Sports team, but driving the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car will create an even more indelible memory for a lifetime.”

This year marks the 16th time a Corvette has served as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 30th time a Chevrolet has led the field dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other brand or vehicle has served as the “500″ Pace Car more than Chevrolet and the Corvette, respectively.

Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26 and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule at IMS.

 

OHSAA News: Member Schools pass 24 Referendum items

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA INFORMATION SERVICES

 

 

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass

 

www.OHSAA.org |  twitter.com/OHSAASports |  facebook.com/OHSAASports

 

All but 11 of the OHSAA’s 815 member high schools cast their ballot during annual referendum voting process; District Athletic Board election results also announced

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools passed all 24 proposed revisions to the OHSAA Constitution and Bylaws, Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass has announced. Voting ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday and was conducted completely online for the first time, with 804 of the OHSAA’s 815 member high schools casting their ballot (98.7 percent).

 

Twenty-two of the items were on the ballot were for high schools, while two items were for 7th and 8th grade member schools. The approved changes will go into effect August 1 unless otherwise noted. A simple majority approval by member schools required for a proposed amendment to be adopted.

 

Among the approved referendum items is a change to the process for collecting roster data for those sports affected by competitive balance. Beginning next school year in those specific sports, the designated students to be counted for competitive balance will be those on the school’s postseason tournament roster or who played in a varsity contest during the regular-season, while in football, the counted students will be all players on the roster in grades 10-12 along with freshmen who played in a varsity contest. In addition, Tier 2 is now increased to three (3) in football and seven (7) in soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. More about competitive balance is available at: https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/Competitive-Balance-Resource-Center

 

Also announced Wednesday were the results of the District Athletic Board elections, which included 11 open position. (See link below.)

 

The OHSAA’s annual referendum voting and District Athletic Board election period is from May 1-15. Each member school has one vote, which is cast by the principal.

 

High School Voting Results: https://bit.ly/2Ei9VvP

 

Junior High School Voting Results: https://bit.ly/2Jsq71Q

 

District Athletic Board Election Results: https://www.ohsaa.org/Portals/0/About-the-OHSAA/DAB/2019DABElectionsResults.pdf

 

 

Review of the 2019 OHSAA Referendum Issues

 

High Schools

804 of 815 member high schools submitted ballots

 

Constitution Article 3-2 – Initial Membership (Add Note)

This adds a note to the beginning of the Article which says “Requirements for initial membership may be waived in the event that a public school district closes a current member school(s) and then reopens that school or multiple schools under different names and IRN’s. Participation opportunities for students attending the new school(s) shall be addressed within the business rules of the OHSAA as well as state law.”

Passed 764-43

 

Constitution Articles 3-2-1 and 3-3-1 – Membership (Modification)

This modification to the Constitution Article requires a non-member school in a multi-high school/7th-8th grade school district which seeks membership within the OHSAA, after having been a non-member for at least one year, to follow the requirements for initial membership as outlined in Constitution Article 3-2-3 for a minimum of one year BEFORE the Board of Education or similar governing body is permitted to add that school to its membership card. This would help ensure that the school is able to effectively transition and ensure all students are eligible during its first year of membership.

Passed 784-22

 

Constitution Article 3-3-2 – Continuing Membership (Modification)

This modification requires the superintendent or other administrative authority of a school system to alert the Executive Director’s Office when a school’s Information Retrieval Number (IRN) changes.

Passed 780-26

 

Constitution Articles 3-3-4, 3-3-5 and 3-3-6 – Membership (Modification)

This modification of requirements for potential new member schools and procedures for the Executive Director’s Office is more appropriate. Rather than requiring schools to compete in at least 50 percent of the maximum allowable regular season contests, schools shall be “encouraged” to compete in at least 50 percent of the maximum allowable regular season contests in individual sports (the requirement to maintain a schedule of a least half of the maximum allowable contests in team sports shall remain). If a school fails to meet the minimum sponsorship requirement, the proposed modification for a consequence would be removing a team from a tournament for the immediate ensuing sports season rather than the current sports season in which the failure occurs. The modification also proposes that the violating school’s probationary period shall be three consecutive sports seasons, thus requiring a school to forfeit just one school year of tournament participation. In addition, a note has been added that points out another Constitution Article clarifies the difference between probation of a member school and suspension.

Passed 716-89

 

Constitution Article 5-6-1 – Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors (Clarification)

This clarifies current practice where the Board of Directors is responsible for hiring the executive director and senior director of finance and conducting an annual review of those two positions.

Passed 791-15

 

Constitution Article 6 – Executive Director (Clarification)

This clarifies current practice where the Executive Director shall recommend to the Board of Directors all appointments of employees and conduct an annual review and/or evaluation of all employees (or designate another administrative staff member to conduct said reviews and/or evaluations).

Passed 795-11

 

Bylaw 2 – Delete Classification and Move the EMIS Section of 2-1-3 to Constitution Article 5-7-4; Move Organization to Bylaw 1 and Rename Bylaw 2 – Divisions and Tournament Assignments (Modifications)

This modifies the first two sections of this bylaw. Old Section 1 – Classification of Schools – contained just one bylaw (2-1-1) which pertained exclusively to classification, and that is used for governance purposes. Thus, this proposal moves the bylaw to Constitution Article 5-7-4, which already exists, and has added the pertinent information of Bylaw 2-1-4, which describes how the enrollment data are obtained. Also, this moves organization bylaws 2-3-1 , 2-3-2 and 2-3-3 to Bylaw 1, where they are more appropriate. In addition, this modifies Bylaw 2, Section 1 and makes it exclusively related to division assignments for tournaments.

Passed 784-22

 

Bylaws 2-2-2 and 2-2-6 – Additional Roster Count (Modification of the Competitive Balance Plan)

This modification is based on feedback where many in the membership believe the current system of counting all students in grades 9 through 12 in the Competitive Balance roster count is not a true representation of the actual students impacting OHSAA tournaments. Therefore, the proposal would have schools only submit roster data for those students on the tournament roster, plus any other student who participated in a varsity regular season contest, in the sports of soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball, and students in grades 10 through 12, plus any freshman who participated in a varsity regular season contest, in the sport of football. To compensate for fewer students being included in the roster count, the proposal would also raise the Tier 2 (sport specific) factor from 2 to 3 in the sport of football, from 5 to 7 in the sports of volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball and from 6 to 7 in the sport of soccer.

Passed 553-253

 

Bylaw 2-2-4 – Change of Tiering for Non-Enrolled Students (Modification of the Competitive Balance Plan)

This modification is also based on feedback where many in the membership believe the Tier 2 (sport specific) tier for non-enrolled students is not appropriate. Therefore, this modifies the tier for those students to Tier 1. These are students who live in the school district but attend a community, STEM or non-public school or are home educated. The effective date for this change is May 16, 2019.

Passed 636-170

 

Bylaws 2-2-4 and 2-2-5 – Tier for J1 Visa Students (Modification of the Competitive Balance Plan)

This modification is also based on feedback where many in the membership believe the Tier 2 (sport specific) tier for J1 Visa students is not appropriate. Therefore, this modifies the tier for those students to Tier 1. It is noted that this modification is only applicable for those students participating at a member high school in accordance with state law and would not change the tier for students attending Ohio schools on an F1 Visa.

Passed 624-182

 

Bylaw 2-2-5 – New Exception (Modification of the Competitive Balance Plan)

This modification adds an exception to Bylaw 2-2-5 for those non-public schools with a defined geographic boundary. Those non-public schools which assign students to a school based on the geographic location of the student’s parent’s residence will tier their students in a similar fashion to schools within a multiple-high school system and thus will not utilize the “feeder school” system that other non-public schools utilize. Students who should be assigned to a specific high school within this system but are provided a waiver to attend a different high school will be tiered a 1 or 2, accordingly. Schools within the Diocese of Columbus are currently the only ones that are afforded the opportunity to utilize this exception.

Passed 646-160

 

Bylaw 4-4-1 – Scholarship, Exception 3 (Modification)

This modification makes it clear that this exception can only be utilized when a physician issues a verification of the incident contemporaneously with the occurrence of the incident. The change also notes that if a school or district does not have an “incomplete” policy, this exception shall not be applicable to the student.

Passed 712-94

 

Bylaw 4-6-3 – Residence, Exceptions 1, 2, 11 and 12 (Modification – add Exception 2 and renumber)

The modification adds references to “guardianship” in Exception 1 to comply with the Ohio Revised Code upon which this exception is based. Also, the phrase “or any of its territories” has been added where applicable in Exceptions 1, 10 and 11 to reaffirm that the “United States” refers to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all United States territories. For clarity purposes, the modification has split Exception 1 into two separate exceptions. In addition, it is noted that, even though a student may meet a residence exception, the student must meet ALL eligibility requirements, including transfer, if necessary.

Passed 774-32

 

Bylaw 4-7-2 – Inter-District Transfers (Clarifications)

This clarifies that community or non-public school students, who participate in one sport at their respective public school if the school they attend does not offer said sport, go back to his/her school to play any other sports must adhere to the transfer consequence. Clarification is also provided on the transfer consequence (50 percent of the maximum allowable regular season contests), noting that administrators need only look at the varsity schedule of the school to make such a determination.

Passed 772-34

Bylaw 4-7-2 – Transfers, Exception 9, One-Time Transfer into the Residential Public High School (Modifications added for Clarity)

This modification to Exception 9 clarifies that the exception is only available to students whose parent(s) has lived in the district for a minimum of one year and specifies at which school a student is permitted to use the exception within a multiple-high school district. The change also adds language to clarify the application of this exception for non-enrolled students.

Passed 758-48

 

Bylaw 4-7-3 – Transfer (Modification of the Waiver of the Mid-Season Consequence)

This modification allows students who experienced a legal change of custody or placement to not adhere to the mid-season transfer consequence if the school to which the student transferred is more than 50 miles from the previous school attended and it can be determined that the change in custody/placement was necessary due to action by Children’s Services or another similar government agency.

Passed 785-21

 

Bylaw 4-7-4 – Intra-District Transfers (Clarifications)

This clarification changes “circumstance” to “exception” to create more consistent language as outlined in Bylaw 4-7-2. This makes the requirements of inter-district transfers and intra-district transfers more consistent. This modification will also require the Affidavit of Bona Fide Residence to confirm a bona fide move and makes the bylaw consistent with the inter-district Exception 1 under Bylaw 4-7-2.

Passed 768-38

Bylaw 4-7-4 – Intra-District Transfer — Anti-Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment (New Exception)

This exception tracks identically the exception found in inter-district Bylaw 4-7-2, Exception 7. It has been determined that there is a need for a superintendent within a multiple high school district or system to have this authority to transfer a student when there has been documented bullying, harassment or intimidation.

Passed 662-144

 

Bylaw 4-7-5 – Transfer, Poor Performing School (Clarification)

This clarification indicates that a student who uses a one-time transfer to enroll at a high school after leaving a poor-performing school may not return to the same poor-performing school without adhering to the transfer consequence.

Passed 618-188

 

Bylaws 4-7-6 and 4-7-7 – Intra-District Transfers (Clarifications)

The clarifications reflect the original intention of these bylaws in that the student’s reassignment shall result in enrollment and attendance at the new high school on the first day of school in the current school year.

Passed 775-31

 

Bylaw 4-7-8 – Transfer (Deletion)

This change deletes this bylaw since the current transfer bylaw makes it highly unlikely that a transfer student could play for one high school, transfer and then play for another high school once the tournament has begun.

Passed 778-28

 

Bylaw 4-9-4 – Recruiting, #8 (Clarification)

This clarifies that a rebuttable presumption of recruiting is only presumed for the first calendar year the coach is with the new school. Once that calendar year has passed, the school is no longer obligated to refute the presumption of recruiting unless specifically requested to do so by the Executive Director’s Office.

Passed 716-90

 

 

7th-8th Grade Schools

758 of 890 7th-8th grade schools ballots were submitted (85 percent)

 

Bylaw 1-6-4 – Team Membership (Clarification – for 7th-8th grade schools only)

This clarifies that a request to combine 7th-8th grade schools must be submitted annually prior to the start of each sports season.

Passed 617-141

 

Bylaw 4-4-5 – Scholarship, Exception 2 (Modification – for 7th-8th grade schools only)

This modification mirrors the change for high schools in Bylaw 4-4-1, Exception 3, in which the modification would make it clear that this exception can only be utilized when a physician issues a verification of the incident contemporaneously with the occurrence of the incident. This also notes that if a school or district does not have an “incomplete” policy, this exception shall not be applicable to the student.

Passed 698-60

 

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Ed Carpenter Racing leads Day 3 Practice for 2019 Indy 500

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

Alonso idled while backup car is prepped

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Two things were evident following completion of the third practice day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge: Ed Carpenter Racing’s cars look solid and Fernando Alonso is in dire need of track time.

Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday’s practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning. The driver of the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet also had the best lap while running on his own, a lap of 225.274 mph as ECR’s drivers swept the top three spots in the “no-tow” lap category.

“It was a great day!” Jones said. “To be quickest in overall and no-tow is a goal. More importantly, I think we made more gains with the handling of the car. As the conditions have changed, we’ve been able to keep up. We just have to keep adapting to the track changes for tomorrow and for qualifying.”

INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRESENTED BY GAINBRIDGE: Practice 3 resultsCombined practice results Practice 3 no-tow results

Meanwhile, Alonso – returning to the Indianapolis 500 this year in search of a victory to complete the final leg of racing’s Triple Crown – never made it on the track Thursday as his McLaren Racing team spent the day preparing a backup car after the two-time Formula 1 champion crashed his primary No. 66 Chevrolet in practice the day before.

Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner who now serves as sporting director at McLaren, said the team is not rushing to get the backup car ready, preparations that included an engine change when the powerplant in the primary car was found to be damaged in Wednesday’s incident.

“While we have a number of experienced individuals in the team, we are still relatively new as a crew,” de Ferran said. “Because of this and the fact that we have deep respect for Indianapolis, we are being careful and measured in our approach and want to ensure we’re sending the best possible car out on track.

“Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day.”

Jones, who finished third in the Indianapolis 500 two years ago as a rookie, is paired with team owner/driver Ed Carpenter and full-season driver Spencer Pigot in a three-car Indy 500 attack for the team. Carpenter was second (224.959 mph) on the no-tow list – designated as such because it comes without the aerodynamic tow from a car ahead on track by 10 seconds or less – while Pigot was third (224.857 mph).

The no-tow list provides a good representation of how cars may perform in Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying this weekend, when they’ll be on track alone for four-lap qualifications runs to determine the 33-car field.

“All things considered, I think all three drivers on the team feel pretty encouraged, and we are looking forward to the power turning up tomorrow in the Chevy engine and seeing what we can get out of the cars,” said team owner Carpenter, a three-time Indy 500 pole sitter who finished second in last year’s race.

Takuma Sato was second on the overall lap speed chart at 226.699 mph in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver was eighth on the no-tow chart at 224.428 mph.

“I’d say it was a very productive day despite a little issue in the car and the weather,” said Sato, winner of the 2017 Indy 500. “We’ve done a qualifying simulation and worked on the race setup. We found several positives and I’m pretty happy with that. We are quite satisfied with how today went.”

There was one single-car incident on Thursday. Rookie Patricio O’Ward lost control of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet and spun into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. The 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion was uninjured, but the car sustained heavy damage and he did not return on track.

Speeds are expected to increase in Friday’s practice – dubbed “Fast Friday” – when INDYCAR allows an extra 1,000 millibars of engine turbocharger boost that equates to about 50 additional horsepower. The practice streams live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday to set the 33-car field from the 36 entries. The first 30 spots will be locked in Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. INDYCAR Pass streams the action from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with NBCSN taking over coverage of the dramatic final hour.

Sunday qualifying features the Last Row Shootout to determine the final three qualifiers, followed by the Fast Nine Shootout to decide the prestigious Indy 500 pole sitter and starting order of the first three rows for the race. Second-day qualifying airs live on NBC from noon-3 p.m., with NBCSN picking up coverage from 3-6 p.m. that includes a practice for the 33 qualifiers in race-like conditions.

Coverage of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 

Quotes from Day 3 Practice for 2019 Indy 500

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a pretty decent day. A pretty short day because we didn’t run very much, but I think we accomplished a few things we needed to and have an initial qualifying feel. We got some race running stuff done. I think we have a good head about us about what we want to achieve and what we want to do on Fast Friday. I feel encouraged. I feel like the Shell V-Power Chevy was strong enough. I still feel pretty comfy, so we’re going to just keep rolling into the weekend for qualifying.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “We had a great day for the Pennzoil Chevy “yellow submarine” machine. We basically planned for everyone running more of a race setup, but a lot of people were working on their qualifying setup. We decided to keep to the plan and stick with the race trim, but not much was done because of traffic. However, we learned some good things in the clean air so now we need to switch the mode. We’re going to go for qualifying mode tomorrow looking for a lot of speed. It should be a great day tomorrow.”

MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Short day at the track here today. Unfortunately, it was a little bit windy, and as we think we have a good race car and qualifying car, we just decided to call it a day a little bit earlier than most of the teams. So, we’re just playing it safely here, and hopefully, we’ll have a better day tomorrow when we have full boost and try to prep things as best we can for qualifying starting Saturday.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “Today was OK. Obviously, the weather (rain and lightning) is throwing a bit of a loop in our plans to get some race running at the end of the day. But, we worked a little on our qualifying car this morning and I think we made some gains. Positive in one sense, but definitely wish we got more laps in the Arrow car.”

MARCUS ERICSSON (No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “I thought it was another good day in the Arrow car. We continued to follow the program, but it got cut a bit short this afternoon because the weather (rain and lightning) came in, so that was the only hiccup really. The rest of the day, we focused on a bit more prep for this weekend’s qualifying, doing some short runs and helping me learn the procedure. I think that was successful. We’re just continuing the process of me learning everything, so it was another productive day.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a good day for the Verizon 5G Chevy. We tried some qualifying stuff so we’re definitely narrowing in on what we need for setup. We still need to make the racecar a bit better. We’re going to go completely for qualifying stuff tomorrow and see how we run.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Today we worked on race setups and practiced pit stops. I’m happy with the car, so we stopped early to prepare the car for Fast Friday.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “I thought today was actually extremely positive. We did a lot of good things in the morning with some qualifying simulations and I thought our pace was pretty strong. It’s hard to say exactly, but I think time-for-time, Takuma (Sato) and I are very close together and we should be pretty strong. We tried to get some race running done there at the end, but we never really got a good group (of cars) going because everybody was taking some downtime and then the (bad) weather came in, but we should be pretty solid. We found some good stuff today, so we should be pretty good. Tomorrow is just a matter of turning up the boost and see how she flies, see if it’s good and strong. We just have to put it all together and see where we stand. I feel pretty decent, but we just need to test it out tomorrow and see.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 SealMaster Honda): “We’ve had a pretty decent week with the No. 18 SealMaster Honda. I’m just trying to execute like everybody else in the program, trying to find some grip and make the race car better. I think we did find a few little things, but obviously, when the conditions get tricky, it seems like you always find a way to find yourself a little boxed in and out of grip. So, just a matter of that happening as late as possible and later than the other guys. I think the team has done a good job, and we’ve had a fairly incident-free week so far, so we’re just hoping to keep that going forward.”

SANTINO FERRUCCI (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda): “We ran alone today for the majority of our laps. The only time we ran in traffic was with our teammates to try and get a balance check on the race car. By the time we were able to get out there and start trimming the Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda, we ran a warmup run to get used to it and then the weather canceled the rest of practice before we were able to take more downforce out of the car. We’ll see what we have tomorrow for Fast Friday as we prepare for qualifying this weekend.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet): “It was a pretty good day, but it wasn’t the day I expected. I expected there to be more race running groups. I was a little surprised by how many qualifying sims there were today, given that today was the last full day of practice. At the end of the day, the car feels like it has pretty good speed in it and I’m fairly happy in traffic. We will be looking to make it a little bit better for Sunday evening and Monday. All things considered, I think all three drivers on the team feel pretty encouraged and we are looking forward to the power turning up tomorrow in the Chevy engine and seeing what we can get out of the cars.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “It was a good day. We did some qualifying sims and group running. In both situations, I thought that we made good improvements to the car. I’m overall happy with the progress we have made so far. I’m looking forward to a little more boost tomorrow to get ready for qualifying.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “We had another good day for the Menards Chevy. It feels really good. We did some qualifying trim and it seems like we have some speed in the car. Obviously, tomorrow is a big day to prepare for qualifying, so we will keep working on that. We’re also going to work on race running and being very consistent. We’re looking for a little more, but I’m very happy so far with the program.

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet): “Another really good day in the books at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We moved the race setup a little bit further forward this morning, but I still have some questions to answer once we qualify for the race. We spent a little bit of time doing some single-car qualifying work this afternoon, and honestly, the foundation is there for the No. 23 Fiasp® Carlin Chevrolet. It’s just going to be a question of how it reacts when they turn that Chevy engine power up for Fast Friday and qualifying weekend.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet): “Overall, it was a real big improvement for us today. Basically, this is the first day that we really got a lot of running in on the track. We got in 86 laps and I got comfortable with the setup. We ran mostly race setup again. We got a good balance with the car. I’m really happy with the way the car is running right now. We are close to the balance that we will race with next Sunday. Tomorrow (Friday), we’ll work on qualifying setup and trim out the car, then we’ll what she can do on your own.”

CONOR DALY (No. 25 United States Air Force Honda): “I think we went through a lot of really good steps today and tested a lot of things we needed to test. The car feels really good, I am very happy with it. I don’t think we have really set a ‘PR’, as they say, and climbed up the timesheets, but we are sitting good on the no-tow list. We are going to keep working on what we need to do for qualifying, but I feel good. I don’t think I have run more laps than I have in the past three days in my entire career here (at Indianapolis Motor Speedway), so it is really nice to do that.”

ZACH VEACH (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda): “We’ve been pretty productive. As always it is always nice to be sitting P3 on the timing charts, but a lot goes into that. We did a few qualifying simulations and were around P16 on the no-tow list. We are close and our goal is to be in the Fast Nine Shootout come Saturday. Luckily, we get to do nothing but qualifying runs tomorrow for Fast Friday. We have a little bit more to find, but I am pretty happy with where are at. I think we have a really good shot at getting to the Fast Nine, hopefully, on Saturday. We will see how much Chevy turns up and where we are at in comparison.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda): “It was a disappointing day considering how we felt yesterday when we left the track. The car just doesn’t have in it what we need right now. We definitely need to have some conversations and make some changes before we hit the track tomorrow. We only have one more full day left of practice, so it is critical we resolve the issues for Fast Friday.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “Day 3 was challenging because we were just working on trying to extract optimum speed out of the car alone and in traffic. We are still trying to work that out. Going into Fast Friday, we are just trying all the speed we can out of the car. We have been struggling with that a bit so far.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Honda):
“I’d say it was a very productive day, despite a little issue in the car and the weather. We’ve done a qualifying simulation and worked on the race setup. We found several positives and I’m pretty happy with that. We are quite satisfied with how today went. It’s a shame we weren’t able to see the performance (of the car) in a group run because of the weather, but I feel positive today. It’s Fast Friday tomorrow, so we are going to be seeing another world. I think we will see five, six, seven miles per hour faster than today, so it will be a whole different game. But at least we found a very fundamental, good setup today, which is going to be continued the next three days. I think that getting four laps with a good balance is extremely important, so tomorrow we will be working on that.”

PATRICIO O’WARD (No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet): “I’m OK. I haven’t really had a chance to see the replay, but it looks like I went for a ride. But I’m OK. I have a very good, strong team behind me and I’m sure we’re going to be back on track in no time. There’s two kinds of people at IMS: the ones that are going to hit the wall and the guys who already hit the wall. (About his on-track incident): “Oh, I hit hard. I felt it all through my body. I’m a bit sore, but the good thing is that we’re OK. It looks like I just lost it, I guess. There’s not much more I can say about that. I’m just happy I’m OK, and I know the team is going to get stuff ready for the next session or at least tomorrow.” (About the status of his backup car): “They are getting the spare ready.”

KYLE KAISER (No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet): “Another great day here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team did a great job again. We made some minor adjustments and we got to do some qualifying simulations in the No. 32 Juncos Racing car. Overall, I am really happy with our pace. We continue to have a really great no-tow speed and continue to move up the speed charts each day, so that has been exciting. We know we have a really good car, so we just got to keep working hard and putting in the time and I think we will be right there come time for qualifying.”

JAMES DAVISON (No. 33 Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi Honda): “We had another productive day running in race trim. We tried a number of things, some that were positive and some that weren’t. It was a pretty stereotypical day at Indy where you all of a sudden find some imbalances in the car for no apparent reason. I haven’t finished the day feeling as happy as I was yesterday, but tomorrow is a new day and we start qualifying simulations, the other important side to the event. Qualifying into the race really starts coming to a head tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to tackling that with the team.”

PIPPA MANN (No. 39 Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet): “May weather interfered with our run plan a little today, but it was great to get some more clean air time and some traffic time in the Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives Chevy today. We’re looking forward to Fast Friday tomorrow.”

JORDAN KING (No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “We did some qualifying runs in the morning that were pretty positive. I had a good balance with the car, so no kind of real stress from that side. We were a little bit down on those guys (Rahal, Sato), but they were trying some different things. Overall, I’m pretty happy. I still think we’re quite safe with the car. I think on the no-tow times as a team, we’re looking better. Takuma’s (Sato) up there with a big tow time, but looking at the no-tow times, I think we’re all quite good. Obviously at the end there, it was a strange run. We didn’t really get much done this afternoon and then the weather came in, but I think there’s a little work from my side to be done and the car side from the race runs in traffic. We’re still struggling a little bit there.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 48 DRR Salesforce Chevrolet): “We didn’t do a lot of running today for the No. 48 Salesforce crew. We had run over 100 laps on Tuesday and almost 100 laps on Wednesday. We want to smart about when we run the car as we prepare for qualifying. We ran a little bit of race running this morning and then did some additional pit stop practice. We have a few things to work on for Sunday afternoon and Monday. But overall, I’m pleased with how our team worked together this week. Sage (Karam) and I are closer on our setups now. We have been talking about our qualifying plan for Friday and the weekend. Obviously, we get a little more horsepower starting Friday. So, we’ll trim out things on Friday with the qualifying program. We did do a little bit of qual work in the afternoon and the heat of the day. That could give us an idea of conditions for Saturday and Sunday.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet): “We didn’t get quite as many laps in today as we did yesterday, but we got some really solid data for both qualifying and our race car, so I’m very happy with how the day played out. We were able to do quite a few qualifying runs early in the session before coming back to the garages to get the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet into race trim. We were just getting into our race running when the rain hit, so we didn’t get to do as much of that as we would’ve liked, but we’re feeling good about the direction we’re heading.”

JACK HARVEY (No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda): “Looking at it, we did not do much today in ways of making progress. We did a couple of qualifying simulations earlier in the day. There we saw we lost some pace from yesterday, which we are trying to understand so that we can find it again. We were getting ready to do some race running before the weather turned sour on us. It’s been a confusing day with some things we need to analyze and figure out tonight before we come back tomorrow. The shortened practice session doesn’t change our plans for tomorrow, but makes us want to get more race running in when we can.”

ED JONES (No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet): “It was a great day. To be quickest in overall and no-tow is a goal. More importantly, I think we made more gains with the handling of the car. As the condition have changed we’ve been able to keep up. We just have to keep adapting to the track changes for tomorrow and for qualifying. With the rain, the grip level may come down a bit, so it’s all about optimizing the car for the track conditions.”

GIL DE FERRAN, Sporting Director, McLaren Racing: “Yesterday the team reviewed the damage and we took the decision to change to the backup car. During that process last night, it also transpired that we had damaged the engine and that resulted in an engine change that added an additional workload. While we have a number of experienced individuals in the team, we are still relatively new as a crew. Because of this and the fact that we have deep respect for Indianapolis, we are being careful and measured in our approach and want to ensure we’re sending the best possible car out on track. Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day.”

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 77 MotoGator Team Stange w/Arrow SPM Honda): “Honestly, yesterday we made a lot of progress, a direction that I liked a lot. Today we just checked items that we wanted to try, typical things. Actually, Indy is funny. There are things on your list that you want to try, and you always get to the end of May and you haven’t tried them. Anyway, we tried our items today and I don’t feel like we made as much progress as yesterday in the MotoGator car. In general, I love how Team Stange and Arrow SPM is working, all the engineers, everyone. I’m looking forward to making more progress tomorrow.”

COLTON HERTA (No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda): “Today we were really quick and the car felt really good. We got to do a qualifying run and then focused on the race car after, so it was another productive day on track. Everyone’s doing a great job and we have a great car going into this month. So, tomorrow we’ll dial it back a bit and focus on qualifying runs.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda): “Not a bad day. This morning, we found some speed on our own. I think the track dropped off for everybody mid-day. We put in some group running there at the end and we got a decent feel for qualifying and race today. We are just working away and looking forward to Fast Friday tomorrow.”

 

UC Men’s Basketball retains Mike Rehfeldt as Director of Sports Performance

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

Mike Rehfeldt (Courtesy UC Sports Communications)

CINCINNATI –University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach John Brannen announced that Mike Rehfeldt (pronounced RAY-feld) has been retained as the director of sports performance for the program.

 

“I have really enjoyed getting the chance to work with Mike over the last several weeks,” Brannen said. “Mike’s passion for developing the entire student-athlete falls in line with how we run our program. His work ethic, enthusiasm and overall knowledge of strength and conditioning will be a tremendous asset to our men.”

 

In the position since joining UC Athletics in June 2012, Rehfeldt is responsible for the physical development of Bearcats basketball players toward peak performance while minimizing the chance for injuries. He is also involved in the preparation of each player’s readiness for practices and games through nutrition, recovery and education.

 

Rehfeldt played a critical role in the physical development of former Bearcats Sean Kilpatrick, Troy Caupain, Gary Clark and Jacob Evans, who have gone on to play professionally in the NBA.

 

Rehfeldt came to UC with more than 11 years of professional experience including time as strength and conditioning assistant with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars and as the head strength coach with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions.

 

A native of Blaine, Minn., Rehfeldt earned a degree in physical education from St. Cloud State University in 2005.

 

Rehfeldt and his wife Elise reside in Northern Kentucky with their daughter, Olivia.

 

-GoBearcats.com-

 

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