Marquez completes perfect MotoGP weekend at Indy

Leave a comment

After a poor start from the pole position that saw him drop back to third, Marc Marquez worked his way back to the front and went on to win the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With 15 laps to go, Marquez got past Jorge Lorenzo to take the lead. He then pulled away to take the checkered flag by three and a half seconds over Repsol Honda teammate and 2012 Indy GP winner Dani Pedrosa, with Yamaha rider Lorenzo falling back to third on the next-to-last circuit around the 2.6-mile IMS road course. Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the Top 5.

“I didn’t make a good start, but I knew before the race that the end was the most important part,” Marquez told the MotoGP website after finishing off a weekend that saw him top every session – practice, qualifying, and race day.

“During the first ten laps I just tried to follow Dani and Jorge, and save the tires. Once the fuel had gone down a little, I went on the attack. Then I tried to push a bit more, I opened up a gap and I was able to enjoy sliding the bike. It was so good.”

Marquez not only secured his fourth MotoGP win of the year, but also completed a sweep of the American rounds in 2013 after earlier triumphs at Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

He now leads the MotoGP title race by 21 points over Pedrosa heading into next weekend’s race in the Czech Republic.

IndyCar: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports expands mentoring program for tech school students

Photos: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Leave a comment

IndyCar team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that it is extending and widening a unique sponsorship and mentoring program that began last season with students from Lincoln Technical Institute.

The program began last year, with students from several Lincoln Tech branches attending select IndyCar events for an entire weekend.

The students, primarily from auto and diesel training programs, got an insiders experience with the team, taking part in team meetings, watching team workers prepare and service the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda of driver James Hinchcliffe, sat on pit boxes during practices, qualifying and, of course races.

The overall experience was to get students more interested and involved in potential careers in the IndyCar field.

“We said at the beginning of last season that we knew our students would benefit and learn from the professionalism and drive of the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team,” Lincoln Tech President and CEO Scott Shaw said. “But the experience they received working with the entire pit crew team and in particular crew member Cole Jagger – a Lincoln Tech graduate himself – went beyond even our own expectations.

“We were grateful for the time they spent mentoring our students, and we are thrilled to once again be part of the racing legacy of team owners Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson.”

Lincoln Tech will once again serve as an associate sponsor on Hinchcliffe’s car for the entire 2018 IndyCar season. In addition, it is expanding its Mentor Program to select students to attend a minimum of nine IndyCar races from six last season.

Students are selected based upon their grade point average, attendance, conduct and overall commitment to becoming outstanding automotive technicians. An interest in IndyCar and a desire to work in the industry is also considered.

One student that took part last season, Tyler Crist of Lincoln Tech’s Denver campus, joined the team at the IndyCar race in Long Beach last April, watching as Hinchcliffe won the event.

“It was the best weekend of my life,” Crist said after the event. “It reminded me of why I joined this field in the first place and to never give up on my dreams.”

Jagger will oversee the expanded mentoring program this season. For Jagger, being involved especially hits home, as he is a graduate of Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus.

“I totally enjoyed working with the Lincoln Tech students that participated in the Mentor Program last year and look forward to meeting this year’s group,” Jagger said. “Being a Lincoln Tech grad, I hope the students realize that if you have a passion for cars, a career in racing is something that’s not out of reach. If I can be an example for them to follow, that makes it even more rewarding.”

In addition to the at-track activities of the mentoring program, several Lincoln Tech branches across the country will utilize CNC computerized machining and manufacturing tools to assist in creating car parts for SPM.

“Through this unique partnership, we’re able to hopefully find the next class of talent that could one day be part of our organization,” SPM president Jon Flack said. “We’re looking forward to another year of the mentorship program and having their students be ‘boots on the ground’ gaining real-life experience with our team.”

Follow @JerryBonkowski