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The Indy doubleheader this past weekend delivered exciting races for the NTT IndyCar Series as well as the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series. On July 30, Alexander Rossi broke his 39-race losing streak, convincingly winning the Gallagher Grand Prix while leading 44 of 85 laps. Christian Lundgaard’s second place was the season’s best finish for Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan, while Team Penske’s trio of Will Power, Scott McLaughlin and Joseph Newgarden clinched the top five.
Also on July 30, AJ Allmendinger once again proved his prowess in the Pennzoil 150 road races at the Brickyard for Xfinity Cars, leading 42 of 62 laps. Allmendinger leads the Xfinity standings with three wins and 789 points with four-time winner Ty Gibbs just 30 points behind.
Sunday’s Verizon 200 at Brickyard for the NASCAR Cup Series went to Tyler Riddick of Richard Childress Racing, though not without controversy. Riddick had to fight for the win after overtime resumed when Ross Chastain blew the first corner and was back on the road to challenge Riddick for the lead. Tyler was victorious and NASCAR imposed a 30-second penalty on Ross for his questionable return to the track, putting him in 27th place.
The Allmendinger collapsed after Sunday’s Cup race, overheating from a cold suit not running and dehydration. Anyone who says race car drivers aren’t athletes should give it a try at some point.
With only four more races in the regular season and 14 individual winners, there’s still a chance that one or two of the lowest-ranked racers might not make the playoffs.
After problems in qualifying, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen seemed unlikely to win the Hungarian Grand Prix last Sunday. But Ferrari destroyed itself with poor strategy calls and slow stops. Their mistakes handed the race over to Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished second and third, the second consecutive double podium for Mercedes.
Now dark for their traditional summer vacation, the series returns to action on August 28 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Can Mercedes continue to improve the performance of the car? Can Ferrari band together and benefit from the most powerful car on the grid? Will Max win his first legitimate tournament? All these questions and more will be answered starting at the end of the month.
This weekend, the NASCAR Cup will take place in Michigan for the Firekeepers 400 Casino. This might be the best chance for the 15th different winner, as Ryan Blaney won there last year, and Kevin Harvick has won five Michigan wins including four of the last six races. Kyle Larson and Joey Logano are looking forward to their winning total in 2022 with each winning three times.
Saturday’s Xfinity Series races, broadcast at 12:30 p.m. with the Cup Race on Sunday afternoon, both on USA Network.
The NTT IndyCar series took to the streets of Nashville on Saturday for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. Marcus Ericsson won the inaugural event last year. With only four races left in the 2022 season, there are still many drivers in the hunt for the championship. Will Power leads the group with 431 points, nine points behind Indy 500 winner Ericsson. Joseph Newgarden has 399, Scott Dixon 393, Pato Award 385, and 2021 Champion Alex Ballou 379. With over 200 points on offer for the remaining race winners, the championship is undecided. The qualification airs on Peacock on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. with the Sunday noon race on NBC.
Finally, with the recent announcement of Sebastian Vettel’s retirement from Formula 1, Aston Martin wasted no time in snapping up the services of double champion Fernando Alonso. Spain’s Aston Martin has signed a multi-year contract starting in 2023.