On the Advice of Medical Professionals, Franchitti Calling it Quits

"After a serious crash that fractured his spine, broke his ankle and left him with a concussion, Dario Franchitti "retires" from car racing."After a serious crash that fractured his spine, broke his ankle and left him with a concussion, Dario Franchitti “retires”  from car racing.

During the last lap in the October 6, 2013 race at Houston, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver hit the wall.

Four time IndyCar Series winner (Franchitti also won the Indy 500 three times), was told by medical professionals that he must stop car racing if he wants to have any quality of life.

To say that the motorsports legend (Dario has 31 car racing victories) will be missed, is indeed an understatement.

Dario, we wish you well!.

Will Power Wins Indy Race, Scott Dixon Wins Championship

In the final race of the season, Will Power takes the MATV 500 in Fontana, California win  making this his third win of the season. He won by 1.4883 seconds over Ed Carpenter (2012 race winner). Power was the runner up the last three years making this a special victory for him.

This victory is also one for Chevrolet as it has clinched its second consecutive IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ championship for a total of 10 wins in the 19-race 2013 IndyCar Series season which also included the exciting win by Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology Chevrolet driver)  in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The IZOD Indy car driven by Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) is the 2013 Indy Car Champion winning by a  27 point margin, beating out Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Auto Club Team Penske Chevrolet – 2nd with a total of 550 points) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda – 3rd with a total of 508 points). Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) came in 4th with a total of 499 points!

2013 marks the 10th Indy car championship for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and the ninth with Honda (Dixon won in ’03 with Toyota).

Weekend Results in Car Racing October 19-20

Here are the weekend results in car racing for October 18-20, 2013

Indy Car

Saturday October 19 MAVTV 500 in Fontana, CA

On the pole:  Will Power

And the Winner is  Will Power

Nascar

Saturday Oct 19  FRED’S 250 POWERED BY COCA-COLA at TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY TALLADEGA, AL

On the pole:   Jeb Burton

And the Winner is  Johnny Sauter

Sunday, October  20 CAMPING WORLD RV SALES 500 at TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY TALLADEGA, AL

On the pole: Aric Almirola

And the Winner is  Jamie McMurray

 

The Weekend Results in Car Racing October 4-6

Weekend Racing Results for Formula 1, NASCAR Sprint CUP Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck:

Formula 1

October 04-06 – FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam)

On the pole:  Sebastian Vettel

Winner:  Sebastian Vettel

Indy Car

Oct 06 (SUN) Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 2 (Houston, TX)

On the pole:  Helio Castroneves

Winner: Will Power

Nascar – Sprint Cup

Oct 06 (SUN) HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400 KANSAS SPEEDWAY KANSAS CITY, KS

On the pole: Kevin Harvick

Winner: Kevin Harvick

Nascar – Nationwide

Oct 05 (SAT) KANSAS LOTTERY 300 KANSAS SPEEDWAY KANSAS CITY, KS

On the pole:  Austin Dillon

Winner:  Matt Kenseth

 

The Weekend Results in Car Racing September 27-29

Weekend Racing Results for NASCAR Sprint CUP and Camping World Truck: 

Nascar – Sprint Cup

Sep 29 (SUN) AAA 400 DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DOVER, DE

On the pole: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Winner: Jimmie Johnson

Nascar Camping World Truck  Series

Sep 28 (SAT) SMITH’S 350 LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY LAS VEGAS, NV

On the pole:  Ty Dillon

Winner: Timothy Peters

 

The Tony Kanaan Medal Brought More than Good Luck to WIN Indy 500

Tonight Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 race, winning this race has eluded him for many years and after the return of a medal he gave to a young girl 9 years ago, he is tonight’s winner! Luck, Coincidence or Talent…? You decide. Here is a photo collage of the race and victory lane featuring Tony Kanaan and Victory Lane.

 

James Hinchcliff takes the Win at Indy

This weekend during the Sao Paulo Indy 300  that took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, James Hinchcliff cinched the victory overtaking Takuma Sato of Japan in the last turn. In an exciting last ditch effort to win, Hinchcliff came through like a camp.  Sato finished second and behind him, Marco Andretti with a third place victory.

Here are two pictures of that race: