State Fair shenanigans: Newgarden, Pagenaud, Aleshin star at IndyCar night in Indiana

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On Sunday, Josef Newgarden was one pit stop away from his first career Verizon IndyCar Series win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Although he didn’t win, he handled himself incredibly well in defeat and carried the hopes of a wealth of onlookers in the process.

On Monday night, Newgarden was back to his usual quirky, comedic self in tackling the Indiana State Fair with Simon Pagenaud and Mikhail Aleshin. NBCSN pit reporter Robin Miller and Indianapolis ABC sports director Dave Furst handled the trio at the annual “IndyCar night” at the Indiana State Fair.

Miller and Furst should have more to come over the next week or so. Per Steve Shunck, veteran PR ace, we’ll also have more on the Milwaukee IndyFest pre-show on NBCSN, August 17:

In the meantime, here’s the shenanigans we were able to see courtesy of social media:

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.