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McLaughlin scores Team Penske’s 6 win in 2022 at Mid-Ohio

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – What a season Team Penske has had in 2022. Only winning 3 races in 2021 (Mid-Ohio, Indianapolis & Bommarito) then turn the page to 2022 with wins at St. Petersburg, Texas, Long Beach, Belle Isle, Road America and now today with Scott McLaughlin’s win at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio gives Team Penske 6 wins on the season. 

On a day when virtually every driver in the field left the track with a story to tell, it was McLaughlin, who brought home Team Penske’s 6 win in 2022 when he held off reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda over the final 17 laps, beating him to the finish line by 0.55 seconds.

Today’s finish was the second time this season these two drivers have finished first and second in that order — the first was in the season-opening race in St. Pete, when McLaughlin won his first series race. That gap in the end was just 0.5 sec, and Palou was satisfied with second after being edged out of the Fast 6 in qualifying on Saturday. Palou rose to 4th in the standings, just 35 points back. McLaughlin jumped two positions to seventh in the standings, 69 points back of Ericsson, the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

“It was so close,” Palou said. “Our car was fast, we just missed it by this much. Amazing strategy, amazing pit stops — super-happy.”

McLaughlin’s 3rd podium of the season and Palou’s fourth allowed them to close in on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship. Marcus Ericsson held his points lead with a sixth-place finish in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda, but he is now just 20 points ahead of Power. Josef Newgarden, who finished seventh, is third, 34 points back.

Credit to McLaughlin and the No. 3 team who executed their race flawlessly, but they also caught a massive break when a caution was needed to retrieve Kyle Kirkwood’s car right in the middle of a pit window and race control opted to wait until the three cars that had yet to stop. The yellow finally waved just as McLaughlin exited the pits in the lead, and eliminated any vulnerability on his out lap. The call caused some chagrin among some of the others in the top 10.

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“This is amazing,” McLaughlin said. “I’m really proud of the (Team Penske crew). The car they gave me was a little hard to drive toward the end. I would love to make it a little bit easier for myself, but I’m super proud of them.

“It was tough,” said McLaughlin of spending the rest of the afternoon trying to keep the No.10 Ganassi car in his mirrors.  “You’re thinking about fuel (at the end of the race), but thankfully Chevy gave us great fuel mileage and drivability off the restarts that allowed me to get a bit of a gap from Palou.”

Following McLaughlin, the standout drive of the day belonged to the driver of the car just behind him in third. 2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Will Power, who rallied from the 21st starting spot and a Lap 1 spin in Turn 9 to his 4th podium finish of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

“Amazing day,” he said. “I said in a strategy meeting — which I have a few times this year after we’ve qualified badly — a top 10 would be great. Some good restarts, good exchanges, good pit stops, good strategy and a great job by the team. Starting from the back is certainly more entertaining than leading from the front! Stoked.”

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay finished 4th in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team with BitNile Chevrolet, his only complaint afterwards being about what he thought was some overly boisterous driving from Power. Ericsson and Newgarden, meanwhile, both salvaged a decent points haul after disappointing qualifying performances and finished sixth and seventh respectively. and six-time Mid-Ohio race winner Scott Dixon rounded out the top five in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

“The race control yellow happens, but now they’re waiting — that’s kind of new,” said Scott Dixon. “Had the caution happened when it should have, I think we’d have come out in front. Today we looked like an IMSA race. And I’m fine with that, but we need to be consistent. I think race control needs to work out where they want to be.”

The 1st stoppage came on Lap 1 for a waved-off start, and the 2nd was on Lap 10 for a mechanical failure on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Felix Rosenqvist, who was running third when his car started hitting the rev limiter in Turn 2 and then billowed smoke.

“I came out of Turn 2 and it felt like I was on the pit limiter, then it got going again after I pulled the clutch ,and then on the straight it just died. I think we had a mega weekend going; we were off-strategy on the black tires, I’d moved up from fourth to third… it’s a big loss for us today. I felt like we were sailing out there. We showed that we were up there and fighting for it – we just have to come back and do it again.”

It was an forgettable day for NTT P1 Award winner Pato O’Ward, who started 1st and led the 1st 28 laps in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. However, on Lap 30, O’Ward began reporting power issues on his car.

By Lap 54, O’Ward’s car had completely lost power as it stalled at the end of pit lane. His Arrow McLaren SP team pushed his car back to the pit box, where O’Ward exited and ended the streak of Mid-Ohio polesitters winning the race at three.

O’Ward’s misfortunate allowed McLaughlin, who started second, to inherit the lead during a round of green flag pit stop cycles on Lap 31.

“Apparently it was something fuel-delivery wise,” he said. “It kept getting worse and worse and worse and then it failed. It’s a bummer, man. Its frustrating. We’ve thrown away an easy podium. We had a lot of pace — the car was really well put together.”

As it was a awful day for Arrow McLaren, maybe a worse day for Andretti Autosport. Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean came together twice in two laps; the second one being amplified by Rossi’s steering wheel being knocked out of his hands mid-corner, sending him wide and punting Grosjean into the dirt. The Frenchman was left a lap down.

“It was a racing incident,” said Rossi. “He was on the softer tire and was probably going to get around me, and he likes to do it fast and early. Had some understeer there, and it’s unfortunate to have contact with a teammate.”

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES takes a week off before heading to Toronto for the first time in 3 years due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honda Indy Toronto will take place Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. (ET), live on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

 

 

 

After Battling Bureaucrats Throughout Presidency, Trump Gets Last Laugh Against ‘Deep State’

(FLORIDA) – Donald Trump accused the “deep state” of trying to ruin his presidency from Russia collusion to two impeachments, but the 45th president may have gotten the last laugh 18 months after leaving office when a Supreme Court infused with three of his appointees drastically reined in the powers of alphabet-soup federal bureaucracy.

Thursday’s ruling in the case of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency significantly confined the ability of unelected federal bureaucrats to make law or policy outside of Congress.

In the decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held 6-3 under the so-called major questions doctrine, judges can strike down federal agency regulations that have substantial economic effects when Congress did not give explicit authority to the agency to make such decisions…

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From AM to PM, fickle force of govt with you

(WASHINGTON) — When you groggily roll out of bed and make breakfast, the government edges up to your kitchen table, too. Unlike you, it’s perky.It’s an unseen force in your morning. The government makes sure you can see the nutrients in your cereal. It fusses over your toast, insisting that the flour it comes.

JPMORGAN predicts $380 oil on worst-case Russian output cuts

(RUSSIA) – Sergei Karpukhin An employee of Russian energy company Sakhalin Energy at a gas plant in Prigorodnoye, Russia. Reuters Global oil prices could reach a “stratospheric” $380 a barrel if US and European penalties prompt Russia to inflict retaliatory crude output cuts, JPMorgan Chase analysts warned. The Group of Seven leading industrial nations are working out.

Americans using vacation days to save on gas

(NATIONWIDE) – US shoppers are taking creative steps to stay afloat amid soaring inflation. Five shoppers told The New York Times that they’re doing everything from dodging expensive meats and watching their gas tank, to bargain hunting and canceling subscriptions. Judd Stark, a film publicist based out of California, told The Times he recently took off a week of.

500 flights cancelled and 1,900 delayed as July Fourth ‘Airmageddon’ begins…

(NATIONWIDE) – Airlines have cancelled and delayed hundreds of flights in the U.S. sparking travel chaos during the busiest Fourth of July weekend since the pandemic, which has been dubbed ‘Airmageddon.’ Around 48 million people are expected to travel this weekend with AAA estimating 3.5million would take to the air. But the actual number of passengers flying may. 

Thousands Of Flights Cancelled As Pilots Strike Before 4th Of July

(NATIONWIDE) – Travel is getting more difficult by the day! Thousands of United States airline flights have been cancelled leading up to the 4th of July weekend amid record staffing shortages and strikes by pilots, The Post Millennial reports.

A total of 5,827 US flights were delayed on Thursday, while another 639 were cancelled.

According to PM’s report, Delta Airlines pilots went on strike outside several major US airports Thursday, including LAX, JFK, Atlanta, and Sea-Tac to protest frozen contracts beginning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delta warned customers that they may have to deal with significant travel delays and cancellations prior to the holiday weekend.

American Airlines has reportedly experienced slowdowns on over 700 flights, 88% of which have been directly attributable to staffing shortages.

Communications Committee chairman for the Allied Pilots Association and American Airlines pilot Dennis Tajer said that the airline company is delaying flights 24 hours before their planned takeoff in an effort to make the number of cancellations appear lower.

“American Airlines is claiming that they have the pilots to fly the summer schedule. They’ve said that they have a training backlog, but we’re good,” Tajer said.
“We don’t believe them. Based on our numbers, they do not have the pilots and staffing to get this done. We’ve warned them for months and month. This is a broken record, the needle is skipping on the same groove of the vinyl,” he explained.

The Daily Mail reported that a whopping 75,000 passengers have been negatively affected by flight cancellations from American Airlines in just the past two days.

“The house is on fire. We have buckets of water and they’ve told us not to move,” Tajer said.

Tajer told reporters that pilots have attempted to work in overtime in order to mitigate the prices but American Airlines has repeatedly refused to play ball.

“What’s even worse, we have solutions to better utilize us. We’ve told them for the last two summers, but they’re not interested,” he said.

In related news, the Biden administration has attempted to work towards political solutions on the issue. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, for example, held an online meeting with CEOs of major United States airlines to ask that they provide more reliable transportation going forward.

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O’Ward drives to Mid-Ohio IndyCar pole

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – So far in this crazy 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series season, there have been 8 different pole winners well now make that 9. 

After all the dust settled on Saturday, Pato O’Ward, won his 1st NTT P1 Award in 2022 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With O’Ward winning today that makes the 9th different driver to win the award and that hasn’t happened since 1961, when there were also 9 different pole winners to start the year. The record for most different pole winners to start a season is 10 set in 1952

O’Ward laid down the fastest lap of qualifying of 1:06.70 in his #5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet that gave him a .13 sec lead over Scott McLaughlin

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“It was a good session for us,” he said. “I couldn’t get the lap together in the first two sessions but was able to in the third one. It’s huge man — it’s a track position race. The best position we’ve started here is I think 18th, so first is definitely a lot better than that! The car’s been great. We didn’t roll off the truck the best, but we made some changes overnight, and we got her in the window.”

“It’s a long race and a lot can happen,” he said. “But we’re in a great starting position, we have the best view into Turn 1 and we’re going to be giving it hell tomorrow.”

After scoring the pole today, O’Ward captured his 5th NTT P1 Award in his career. Following O’Ward in the front row will be McLaughlin (1:06.83), this is his best starting spot since Texas, the 2nd race of the year. Colton Herta checks in at P3 (1:07.02) following him is fellow Arrow McLaren team mate Felix Rosenqvist (1:07.21) P5 is filled by a familiar name at Mid-Ohio, Scott Dixon (1:07.40) and finishing out the Firestone Fast 6 was Meyer Shank driver Simon Pagenaud (1:07.41). 

Someone that is getting a lot of buzz for the Rookie of the Year Award is Dale Coyne driver David Malukas, who was the highest qualifying rookie at Mid-Ohio with a lap of 1:06.82, which slots him at P8. Malukas was followed by fellow rookies Kyle Kirkwood (1:06.95) P9 and Juncos Hollinger Racing driver Callum Ilott (1:06.95) who checked in at P10. 

“It’s really frustrating,” Malukas said. “I’m not too sure how he made it through without getting an impediment (penalty). I’m not sure how that works. If I’d lifted, I would have impeded Kyle (Kirkwood). We had the pace. It hurts; it really hurts. But the fact we’re upset about eighth shows we’re making progress.”

As great of a day as it was for O’Ward, the opposite can be said about a few championship contenders that are going to have some work to do on Sunday. First, Indy 500 winner and current points leader Marcus Ericsson putting down a lap of 1:07.14, which was only good enough for P13.

Second, Will Power is just 27 pts behind Ericsson in the Series standings put himself into quiet a tough spot for Sunday’s race. Power was swerving side-to-side to warm up his tires before a quick run when he inadvertently blocked an unsighted Helio Castroneves in doing so, Power was docked both of his two fastest laps and a chance to transfer. With the penalty, Power will start P21 and will have a lot of track position to make up. This is Power’s 3rd consecutive start outside the top 15 and his worst-ever start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

Lastly, maybe the hottest driver as of late in the series, Josef Newgarden, who qualified at P14. It was obvious, Newgarden was struggling to find open track that would allow him to putdown a quick & clean lap without the impediment of slower cars and this qualifying effort tied his worst of 2022.

“Just traffic,” he said. “That’s all it was. The car’s fine. Just traffic. It’s just IndyCar qualifying. It’s a tight track, I’m first out and catch the slowpokes. I was catching (Tatiana) Calderon and (Jimmie) Johnson, but I had O’Ward behind me so I can’t block him, so it’s a bad spot. I know they’re trying hard but…. just needed to be behind some faster cars.”

 

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Herta Tops 2nd Practice Session

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – After the clock ran out on practice session #2 today, Colton Herta found himself at the top of the lap chart at Mid-Ohio

For Sunday’s race the Honda Indy 200, driver of the Gainbridge Andretti Autosport Honda laid down a lap of 1:07.02, followed by Will Power (1:07.03), who was forced to stop on the course with a mechanical issue, Penske Team Mate & Friday’s fastest driver Josef Newgarden (1:07.05) was P3, Rookie of the Year Candidate David Malukas (1:07.09) was P4 & rounding out of the top 5 Alex Palou (1:07.15). 

“It feels very good. The track changed a lot and a few of the changes we made might have been a little too aggressive but I was pretty happy,“ Malukas told NBC Sports

The 45-minute session started on a track rendered very clean due to overnight rain that made for a interesting opening laps, with a handful of drivers finding themselves n off-course excursions with no major consequences. First was Devlin DeFrancesco, who triggered a red flag just 3 minutes into the session by sliding off course at the Keyhole and clouting the tire barrier, causing minor damage to his car’s front wing. He was 1 of 4 drivers to slide off at the Keyhole in the opening 10 minutes.

Later, Dalton Kellett triggered the 2nd red flag of this morning’s session with 13 minutes left due to over shooting into the tire barriers at Turn 12, with minor front-end damage to his car. 

Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay (1:07.19) was P6, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward (1:07.25) & Felix Rosenqvist (1:07.31) finished P7, P8 respectively, Scott McLaughlin (1:07.33) was P9 & Indy 500 winner & current series points leader Marcus Ericsson (1:07.37) was P10.

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No Surprise! Newgarden Tops Charts at Mid-Ohio

(LEXINGTON, OHIO) – Same Ol, Same Ol. different track, but the same result. Josef Newgarden opened up practice session #1 today at Mid-Ohio for the NTT INDYCAR Series Honda Indy 200 by putting himself at the top of the charts.

Newgarden, who scored his 1st win along with Team Penske’s 1st win in 2021 at Mid-Ohio, found himself at the top of the time charts while driving on the alternative red Firestone tires. 

Newgarden turned a lap of 1:07.05 which give him a little bit of breathing room from Alex Palou, who turned a quick lap of 1:07.26 which put himself 2nd on the charts, rounding out of the top 5 was Aarow McLaren driver Felix Rosenqvist 1:07.31, Indy 500 winner & current points leader Marcus Ericsson 1:07.37 & Colton Herta with a lap of 1:07.49. 

“The car feels really good,” Newgarden said. “I think the (temperatures) definitely made the trap speed low, and it felt very difficult to drive the car today to bring it up to temperature. I’m relatively happy. I think our car was good off the truck.

There were a few drivers who struggled in practice on Friday, Callum Ilott, Romain Grosjean & Takuma Sato.

The highest charting rookie on Friday was the other Dale Coyne entry & Rookie of the Year candidate David Malukas of HMD Honda, who turned a lap of 1:07.53, which placed him at P8 after the 1st day of practice. 

“Everything from our end, I think it was very good,” Malukas said. “From start to end of that session it was good. Mid-Ohio is so special, because every time you go out on track, it feels completely different, and track conditions to start the session were very tough to say the least.”

UP NEXT: The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back on track at Mid-Ohio Saturday with Practice 2 at 9:30 a.m.(ET), followed by qualifying for the NTT P1 Award for pole at 2:45 p.m.

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