CFH confirms Chevrolet power for 2015 IndyCar season

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To no great surprise, newly formed CFH Racing and Chevrolet have announced today that the famed automobile manufacturer will provide engines and aero kits for the team’s entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2015 season. The team had set up a conference call today to confirm the news.

CFH Racing, co-owned by Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman, is scheduled to field two cars in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with the same engines that have guided Chevrolet to three consecutive IndyCar Series manufacturer championships.

CFH Racing announced its formation on Aug. 16 with the merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for the 2015 IndyCar Series.  The team will be based at 1255 Main St. in Speedway, Ind., a few blocks from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We are pleased that the newly formed CFH Racing will compete with Chevrolet’s twin-turbo V6 in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2015,” Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, said in a release. “Adding Josef Newgarden to the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver roster, and Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman along with Ed Carpenter to our key partners in IndyCar is exciting for Chevrolet.  Ed’s team has produced tremendous results the last three seasons, and we will be thrilled to see the CFH Racing Chevy-powered cars on the track in 2015.”

While the release notes two cars in the 2015 series, a potential third for at least the Indianapolis 500, if not one other race weekend, is possible.

Steve Weirich, whose RW Motorsports group has a second chassis linked to Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (and ran entries for Bryan Clauson in the 2012 Indianapolis 500, Lucas Luhr at Sonoma 2013, and Alex Tagliani in this year’s Indianapolis 500), is expected to continue under the new CFH umbrella.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.