DANIEL RICCIARDO, 2ND - MERCEDES MANAGEMENT - NICO ROSBERG, 1ST - LEWIS HAMILTON, 3RD
One of my favorite tracks and the first few laps were just nuts. Red flagged on lap six due to an accident by Kevin Magnussen in which he was a very lucky man. Nico Rosberg won easily over Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton. I think Hamilton was the driver of the day starting in 21st and ending in 3rd,
Nico Hulkenburg had a great run staying in 3rd for most of the race until Hamilton closed in on him. Massa ended in 10th with the U.S. team finishing in 12th and 13th.
A stand on your feet .008 seconds separated Graham Rahal over James Hinchcliffe. Poor James, he had led most of the make-up race left over from June. Third place went to Tony Kanaan.
Takumo Sato, after continous car trouble, ended up in 20th and Ed Carpenter, after an accident ended up in 18th. Since Ed only races ovals that ends his year as a driver and not a very productive one by his standards, but as a team owner he is one of the best out there.
After a weekend of rain posponing races across the nation Indycar finally got to run on Monday morning to a much smaller crowd than planned. An oval which is really a triangle and wider than most. Sometimes as much as seven cars wide. Will Power was the winner followed by the hotly contested Mikhal Aleshin; Third went to Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Tony Kanaan finished 9th, Ed Carpenter dropped out and finished 21st with Takumo Sato out on the third lap due to an accident at 22nd place.
Ryan Hunter-Reay had the drive of the day. At the back of the pack, not once, but TWICE, and still finished third......good going!
The racing community continues to grieve following the untimely death of Bryan Clauson, eight-time champion in various USAC racing series. But at least his family can take solace in knowing he helped save lives. Clauson died Sunday night following a crash in Saturday’s Belleville Midget Nationals, but in many ways his spirit lives on. The 27-year-old was an organ donor, which helped save five lives, according to a family statement released via Twitter on Wednesday. Below is the statement in full. Clauson was trying to compete in 200 races this season, and had already completed 116 at the time of his death. Of those races, the former NASCAR and IndyCar driver won 27 of them.
In my younger days this was one of my favorite tracks. It remains so today. Simon Pagenaud ended up as the winner for the race which wasn't clear until near the end. Lead changes due to fuel shortages made for a crazy race. At least four cars stopped out of fuel right after the finish line. Second place went to Will Power and third to Carlos Munoz. Several odd little accidents made for some game changing finishes.
Sato came in 9th after funning 5th for so long, one of those little accidents. Tony Kanaan came in 12th. The Ed Carpenter Racing Team finished in 7th and 10th.
They have done a nice job keeping this track up. The last Formula One race here was in 2014. After the excitement at the first couple of turns Hamilton was the clear leader and gaining more points in the championship. Nice to see Red Bull performing to their old gusto coming in second, for Ricciardo, and third for Verstappen.
Hulkenberg came in 7th and Massa did not finish. The Haas team finished 11th and 13th.
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