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NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES: Ohio native Hornish finishes 2nd in Indiana 250

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Ohio native Sam Hornish, Jr. has been filling in quite well for suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger, who is  participating in NASCAR’s substance-abuse recovery program.

Hornish, the 33-year-old Defiance, Ohio native, drove the No. 12 Nationwide car this Saturday at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono. Hornish has filled in for Allmendinger in the past two Sprint Cup Series races. On the Cup side, he is driving the #22 car.

Saturday afternoon at the Brickyard, Hornish drove the #12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge to a second-place finish in the Inaugural Indiana 250 at the Brickyard. He ran all 100 laps and picked up 43 points for Team Penske.

Sam Hornish Jr. (photo by Freewheeling Daredevil via wikipedia commons)

His teammate, Brad Keselowski, won his third Nationwide race of 2012, in the #22 Discount Tire Dodge. It was the first time that team owner Roger Penske, has won a stock car race at the famed Brickyard.  He has won 15 races in IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch led a race high three times for 51 laps in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota. But he never recovered from a slow pit stop under caution on Lap 64 that dropped him from first to ninth on the ensuing restart. Busch ended up finishing 22nd, slowed by a spin after losing control on a restart on Lap 79. He side-swiped Hornish during the incident, who continued in the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge without trouble.

A favorite amongst members of the media, Hornish has not had a full-time ride since 2010. In 2011, he raced just one time, all season, winning the Wypall 200 at Phoenix for Front Row Motorsports.

Hornish returned to the Nationwide Series for a complete schedule in 2012 for Penske Racing.

Power wins IRL race at Sonoma

 

Will Power at May 2010 Indy 500 practice (photo by Manningmbd via wikipedia commons)

Will Power won his second straight race at Infineon Raceway and then shared the podium with two of his teammates, who finished second and third.

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, the first time that has happened for owner Roger Penske in nearly 20 years.

Power led 71 of the 75 laps while winning his second consecutive race from the pole at Sonoma, the same track where his career almost ended in 2009 after a terrible crash.

Power has a career-high five victories, one shy of the IndyCar single-season record.

Info courtesy of IndyCar news

BRICKYARD 400: Ragan earns pole for Sunday’s race

 

David Ragan (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

INDIANAPOLIS – David Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS/Hall of Fame/Ned Jarrett Ford has captured the pole for Sunday’s Brickyard 400 race presented by BigMachineRecords.com at the Indianpolis Motor Speedway.

Ragan was one of the last drivers to qualify Saturday afternoon and turned a lap at 187.994 mph to knock Jimmie Johnson out of the pole position.

This is the second career pole for Ragan; the other was at Texas in April 2011.

Kasey Kahne turned a lap of 182.927 to solidy second on the starting grid.

Jimmie Johnson will start third.

Fourth and fifth starting positions will go to Team Penske teammates Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowki.

The 26-year-old Ragan, a native of Unadilla, Georgia, has a Brickyard 400 best finish of 14th in 2008.

He is from a racing family. Ken Ragan, David’s father, made 50 Sprint Cup starts as an independent car owner/driver.

Power wins Edmonton IndyCar race

Will Power (courtesy of IRL)

Will Power held off Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves to win the Edmonton Indy race on Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

With the win, Power cut into Dario Franchitti’s points lead from 55 points to 38 with seven races left.

Power started the race second to pole-sitter Takuma Sato. He overtook him a quarter of the way through the race and won by eight-tenths of a second on the 80-lap race, which was run on the 2.2-mile road course at the City Centre Airport.

Franchitti finished third in the race.

Danica Patrick finished ninth.

 

Info courtesy of IndyCar series

 

 

IRL star Helio Castroneves fined, placed on probation for Edmonton outburst

Helio Castroneves was fined $60,000 and placed on probation Monday for the remainder of the 2010 Izod IndyCar Series for his actions relating to a tirade following a June race in Edmonton.

Castroneves reacted to being penalized for blocking Team Penske teammate Will Power in the late stages of the race by confronting two series officials.

Helio Castroneves (IRL)

IndyCar Series President Brian Barnhart, who as the chief steward ruled against the Brazilian race car driver by saying no driver, official or car owner should grab another person.

Scott Dixon won the race when Castroneves, who was first to cross the finish line, was dropped all way down to 10th place because of his 20-second penalty.

compiled from staff, IRL news

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