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Former IndyCar team owner Hartman running for Governor of Kansas

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Wink Hartman helped launch Josef Newgarden’s Verizon IndyCar Series career, when he was a co-owner with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing from 2012 through 2015 (first as SFHR, then as the combined CFH Racing when the Fisher/Hartman partnership joined Ed Carpenter Racing in 2015).

Hartman’s now venturing into a launch of a different kind: running for Governor of the state of Kansas.

Hartman’s introductory video, linked here, goes on the motive of saying Topeka needs to be fixed and that¬†“putting career politicians in charge isn’t the solution.”

From L to R: Hartman, Fisher, Carpenter. Photo: SFHR
From L to R: Hartman, Fisher, Carpenter. Photo: SFHR

An oil man by trade, Hartman’s support for IndyCar racing waned as the oil prices went down. Hartman Oil was a sponsor more often than not on Newgarden’s No. 67 car throughout his first four years in the series. Ed Carpenter Racing re-emerged as its own team from 2016, after its first three years were as ECR from 2012 to 2014.

Now, the Wichita businessman is venturing back into politics. Via, he ran for a congressional seat in 2010 but lost to Mike Pompeo.

Newgarden won his first two races in IndyCar driving for Hartman’s team. It’s now time to see if Hartman will be doing any winning of his own.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.