INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — The famous Month of May for the Indianapolis 500 officially came to a conclusion last night as Helio Castroneves was awarded just a little over $3 million dollars for picking up his third career Indy 500 win and 15th for team owner Roger Penske.
As the Official Work Glove Provider to Andretti Green Racing, Ringers' had quite a presence during the month, with two of the four AGR teams finishing in the top 10, including the No. 27 Formula Dream entry. Unfortunately, the remaining two entries of the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven and the No. 26 Team Venom Energy suffered frustration on Sunday, with the No. 11 making contact with the wall in a single-car incident on lap 97 and the No. 26 making contact with another car in the short chute of the Speedway in betweens turns one and two, resulting in a 30th-place finish. The No. 11 was scored 27th.
On Friday, also known as Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Firestone Indy Lights Series raced in the Firestone Freedom 100 and the two Andretti Green/AFS Racing entries were right in the mix and contention for the win right up until the end of the 40-lap event. The No. 26 ARPRO entry led on two separate occasions for a total of 23 laps before finishing in the runner-up position. The team car of the No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers Inc. entry led three laps after starting on the outside front row before rounding out the top five. The teams now sit one and two in the championship points heading to Milwaukee this weekend.
All Andretti Green Racing teams head straight to Milwaukee, Wis., and the Milwaukee Mile for their respective races.
The NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series raced at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. over the Memorial Day weekend. Rains plagued the area most of the weekend, resulting in both races being finished under caution due to the rain.
On Saturday only 30 laps remained in the Carquest Auto Parts 300 before the skies opened up and ended the event. Ringers' supporter Brendan Gaughan was scored in second place for the event, while Penske Racing's Justin Allgaier sat in 14th.
The story was pretty much the same on Sunday for the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600, but the race was moved to Monday since rains never moved out of the Charlotte area. When NASCAR threw the checkered flag on lap 222 for rain and the race officially ended on lap 227 with the Penske Racing drivers finishing in 16th (Sam Hornish Jr.), 22nd (David Stremme) and 34th (Kurt Busch).
Both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series travel to Dover International Speedway in Delaware for their races this weekend.
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series starts a three-week swing this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas. Following Topeka, the series will head to Joliet, Ill., and Englishtown, N.J.
I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day weekend and took a moment to remember those who have died serving our country. Have a great week everyone!