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Oct 6 - Kaulig Racing has hired AJ Allmendinger to drive full-time in the NASCAR
Cup series next year. Allmendinger won the 2021 "Verizon 200 at the Brickyard" and
the 2022 "Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard" for the team.
Indy 8-Hour Race Weekend
Oct 9 - One of the support series competing during the Indianapolis 8-Hour race was TC America, a
professional touring car series that utilize factory-built or supported turn-key race cars from European
and Asian manufacturers.
TC America had 30 cars across three classes that competed during each race - TC, TCX and TCA.
They held two 40-minute sprint races, one on Friday and one on Sunday.
Another support series at IMS this weekend was the GT4 America Series. Running a SprintX format
of two 60-minute races, the series use two-driver teams for each car.
The main event - the Indianapolis 8 Hour race ran on Saturday, from noon until 8 p.m.
After eight hours of intense sports car racing
Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the
No. 77 Mercedes-AMG Team Craft-Bamboo
Mercedes won the Indianapolis 8 Hour by less
than a second.
Raffaele Marciello edged the No. 71 Ferrari
488 driven by Antonio Fuoco by just .800 of
a second in the Intercontinental GT Challenge
endurance sports car race. The dramatic victory
– in darkness at IMS – for Marciello and co-
drivers Daniel Juncadella and former Indy
Lights competitor Daniel Morad came after
they started a disappointing 15th.
The No. 96 BMW M4 shared by Americans
Robby Foley, Michael Dinan and John
Edwards finished third, one minute, 5.864
seconds behind the winners.
Marciello and Fuoco exchanged the lead during
their final stints, with Marciello leading Fuoco
by 4.5 seconds after their respective final pit
stops with two hours to go. Fuoco, who shared
the No. 71 Ferrari with Daniel Serra and
Ulysse De Pauw, trimmed the gap to only 4.1
seconds with an hour to go.
Oct 7 - Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward got to drive last year's McLaren MCL35M in
Barcelona several weeks ago. Today, they drove the car at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Oct 4 - Gavin Ward is being moved from Director of Trackside Engineering to Racing
Director at Arrow McLaren SP. Brian Barnhart will be General Manager.
But Fuoco reduced Marciello’s lead to 2.2
seconds with 45 minutes to go, and the race was
on as darkness fell over the Speedway. Fuoco
pulled to within 1.2 seconds with 15 minutes
Fuoco closed to within .492 of a second –
about three car lengths of Marciello – with five
minutes remaining. The gap evaporated to two-
tenths of a second approaching the final lap,
but Marciello skillfully navigated lapped traffic
to pull away for the win.
Canadian Morad wasted no time driving the
Team Craft-Bamboo Mercedes from 15th to
second in the first two hours of the race.
Juncadella drove the car to the lead around
the halfway mark of the race.
The pole-winning team of Jules Gounon,
Russell Ward and Phillip Ellis finished fourth
in the No. 33 Mercedes as the last car on the
lead lap. Gounon would have clinched the
IGTC drivers’ title with a victory, but instead
he saw his points lead vanish to Juncadella,
who took over the top spot.
Oct 21 - Alex Palou drove in Practice 1 at the US Grand Prix at COTA for McLaren
Oct 28 - The first tests of the energy recovery system for the 2024 2.4L twin-turbo V6
hybrid Indycar engine was a success. Honda tested it at IMS over two days.
Chastain Shocks Nascar
Oct 30 - With one Nascar Cup race left to
determine the champion, Ross Chastain needed
to beat Denny Hamlin on the small Martinsville
oval track today to take the final transfer spot.
Hamlin was running five spots in front of him on
the last lap. Chastain floored the gas as the car
approached the final turn and kept his foot in it.
The car went up to the wall and slid along it, but
with greater speed than all the other cars who
were in the racing groove. Chastain passed five
cars including Hamlin, to finish 4th!