Recap: IndyCar community rallies for “Speedway 5 Hundred” project (VIDEO)

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Last week, the IndyCar community came together for the “Speedway 5 Hundred” project, to help build a house for Frank Gazvoda, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, and his two sons in Speedway, Ind., in the shadows of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The “Speedway 5 Hundred” project is coordinated through the Fuller Center for Housing, a national nonprofit organization that works with families in need to provide an affordable home, and corporate sponsor Jonathan Byrd’s restaurant and hospitality group.

The Indy Pit Crew, which was founded in 2012, oversaw the project and had an assist from team members from Andretti Autosport, CFH Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Dale Coyne Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Team Penske.

INDYCAR, Performance Tire Service Company and other local companies, also chipped in on phases of the project. Among those who donated materials are Firestone Racing and ABC Supply Co., the sponsor for AJ Foyt Racing and title sponsor of two Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2015.

Video recaps, day-by-day, of the project are linked below, with the final unveil this weekend linked above.

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DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

RECAP

PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM RYAN HUNTER-REAY TO GAZVODA

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.