How about some drama, and contact, for the lead in the closing laps of last weekend’s NASCAR and Indycar races!
Down and Out without Downforce at Grand Prix of Alabama
Indycar's Grand Prix of Alabama had Graham Rahal catching leader Simon Pagenaud with every lap. It was the second race in a row for Indycar that went caution-free, maybe a big reason why Rahal’s Honda was able to get up front. With about eight to go, Rahal took a chance at the first run he had on Pagenaud. The two made contact as Rahal wasn’t able to get alongside in the braking zone, sending Pagenaud off course and back into second. But when traffic slowed the pace of Graham Rahal a few laps later, Simon Pagenaud made a move to the outside. As the two came out of the corner, the lapped car of Jack Hawksworth caught Rahal off guard. Rahal lost the left side of his front wing, and all that precious downforce along with it. At a track like Barber Motorsports Park, Rahal had no chance of keeping his pace. Simon Pagenaud was able to get back by Rahal for the lead later that lap with ease. I was glad to see that Race Control didn’t issue any penalties for the chaos in the closing laps, it was good hard racing. That makes two in a row now for Pagenaud leading into the GP of Indianapolis and then the Indy 500. Solid momentum for May. Check out the final laps from Barber on YouTube!
Edwards Wins at Richmond
NASCAR visited Richmond International Raceway last week and the finish there didn't disappoint either! Tony Stewart finally returned behind the wheel after an injury sidelined him before the season started. It was good to see him start his final full season in NASCAR. When the white flag came out, Carl Edwards closed in quickly on Kyle Busch's bumper through turns 1 and 2. Entering the final two corners, Edwards got on the gas early and nudged his teammate up and out of the groove to take the win, a move that has probably created some tension within the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Watch the final lap here!
2016 GFR Car Unveiled at World of Speed
Last Friday our team officially unveiled our new formula car here at World of Speed. So I can actually show you some photos now! (Photo link) We were really pleased with how the event turned out and were happy to have both some new and loyal sponsors in attendance. I think everyone’s favorite part was the video from our German teammates in Friedrichshafen, the outtakes from the video as they read the English script were hilarious! The car is getting quicker with every test weekend. We’ve cut 10% of the weight from the chassis this year, increased our downforce levels, and added a Drag Reduction System (DRS) for those of you familiar with Formula 1. We’ll be busy training some new drivers these next two weekends before we head out to Michigan International Speedway to defend our national title. Go Beavers!