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Firestone Racing gives back to community; prepares for future in Sonoma

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We didn’t get to this during the weekend but will do so today, because it’s a good thing.

Over the weekend, Firestone Racing announced it was giving $20,000 back to the motorsports community split between four charities, at $5,000 each.

Here’s the release from Firestone:

In celebration of the 2016 Championship, Firestone Racing will donate $20,000, divided evenly ($5K each) between the following four charities:

  • The Wilson Children’s Fund
  • The Indy Family Foundation
  • The Dan Wheldon Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association
  • The USAC Benevolent Fund in memory of Bryan Clauson

“Championship weekend is a perfect time to reflect upon and celebrate everything that has happened over the past season,” said Lisa Boggs, director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “The motorsports community is one big family and it’s a privilege to be a part of it. We wanted to take the opportunity afforded by this weekend to honor those individuals who embodied the spirit of racing and their legacies that live on through all of the great work these organizations do to help others.”

This weekend was also a sentimental one, as it marked the last weekend for Dale Harrigle in his role as Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, and the last before Cara Adams, Senior Project Engineer, Race Tire Development, moved into her new role as Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Manager, Race Tire Development.

You may not know Harrigle’s name off the top of your head but since he has more than 20 years experience with Firestone and has been integrally involved in its racing program since its return to top flight North American open-wheel racing in 1995 (testing occurred in 1994), he’s been a key part in ensuring the advancement, safety and development of Firestones over the years.

“It’s bittersweet, but I’ve loved every minute of it,” Harrigle told NBC Sports during the weekend. He has accepted a management position within Bridgestone’s Consumer Tire Trade Group.

Adams, meanwhile, started on Monday in her new role – it will make for a busy week, because her IRONMAN 70.3 August takes place this weekend along with her friend Katherine Legge in what they’ve dubbed #IRONMANCaraKat.

They eclipsed the $5,000 barrier of fundraising to support the Scott Rigsby Foundation (SRF), a service organization that supports veterans who have been injured while on duty.

Adams joked over the weekend she hopes to keep pace with Legge, the professional athlete of the two.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information


GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis