Paul Goldsmith and Pat Patrick to be inducted in IMS Museum

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Paul Goldsmith and Pat Patrick will be the 151st and 152nd inductees to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1952, the museum will induct Goldsmith and Patrick in conjunction with an annual meeting of the Indianapolis 500 Oldtimers.

No matter what form of racing a fan enjoys, Goldsmith is likely to be relevant. In 1954, he won the American Motorcyclist Association championship and followed a path already blazed blazed by another motorcycle superstar Joe Weatherly. Goldsmith joined Smokey Yunick in NASCAR in 1956 and the finished fourth in their second race together. Goldsmith won his first Cup race at Langhorne Speedway in his eighth start later that season.

Goldsmith was also a United States Auto Club (USAC) stock car championship in 1961 and 1962.

His open wheel achievements were rare, but Goldsmith entered six Indy 500s and finished third in the 1960 Indy 500.

E. “Pat” Patrick was more successful at Indy, but not as a driver. His fame came as an owner with three winning cars in the Indianapolis 500.

As an owner, Patrick scored 45 victories in USAC’s open wheel division and in Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competition.

Patrick’s drivers won the 1973 and 1982 Indy 500s with Gordon Johncock behind the week. In 1989, he found his way to Victory Lane again with Emerson Fittipaldi.

Patrick’s eye for talent was great and two of the five winningest drivers in the series history were included in his stable. Mario Andretti and Al Unser Sr. were joined by other notable greats Johnny Rutherford, Wally Dallenbach Sr., Chip Ganassi, and Jimmy Vasser.

Goldsmith and Patrick will be honored on May 26, 2016.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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