Jimmie Johnson, Marcos Ambrose collide on pit road at Pocono

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You would think that with one of the wider pit roads on the NASCAR circuit, there’d be little chance of an incident between cars at Pocono Raceway.

Not so during Sunday’s Pocono 400.

Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Chevrolet were trying to exit his pit stall on Lap 74, when he made contact with the No. 9 Ford of Marcos Ambrose, who was attempting to get into his pit stall, two spots ahead of Johnson’s.

Instead, Ambrose spun Johnson’s car – ironically enough, into Ambrose’s pit stall.

Johnson’s car got the worst of the incident, suffering damage to the right front end. Ambrose’s left front damage was not as bad.

After pushing his car back to its pit stall, Johnson’s team did minimal repair on the pit stop, not wanting to keep him in the pits any longer than needed. But Johnson is back on the track and has complained that the front end is out of whack.

Johnson brought the car back into the pits for further repairs on Lap 81 when Dave Blaney spun, bringing out another caution.

Ambrose was able to continue on and doesn’t appear to be adversely affected by the incident.

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MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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