Cooper Webb, Adam Cianciarulo win Oakland Supercross

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On the heels of his first career victory last week at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Cooper Webb doubled down and became the first repeat winner of the season at Oakland Coliseum. With this victory, Webb also vaulted into the points’ lead over Ken Roczen.

It was not an easy victory. On the final lap, teammate Marvin Musquin closed to within less than a second and pressed Webb all the way around the track.

“I was so nervous,” Webb said on NBC Sports Gold after the race. “No one told me the second is harder than the first.”

Webb grabbed the hole shot and extended his lead to more than eight seconds as the pack battled behind him.

Musquin took a fall in the middle of the race, but once he regained the vertical position, he came through field rapidly. Once he got into second he steadily picked away at the lead.

Blake Baggett finished 8.4 seconds behind the leaders to make a perfect sweep of the podium for KTM riders.

Eli Tomac in fourth and Roczen in fifth kept their perfect record of top fives alive for the season.

Joey Savatgy was looking for his first top five of the season and was running third at with 9:30 remaining on the clock. His bike gave up the ghost, however, and he left the track.

Complete Results
Points Standings

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Adam Cianciarulo became the first repeat winner of the 2019 season, while Dylan Ferrandis finished in the runner-up position for the third time in four rounds.

Colt Nichols got the hole shot, but lost the lead to Cianciarulo immediately and faded to third at the checkers. Nichols has stood on the podium in all four races this year.

In fourth, Shane McElrath kept his perfect record of top-fives.

Jacob Hayes earned his first top five of 2019.

After going down in his heat, RJ Hampshire found the dirt again in the Main. He finished 13th, which was the first time this season that he failed to score a top five.

Complete Results
Points Standings

450 Heat 1: Eli Tomac beat Cole Seely to the line by 2.854 seconds, Blake Baggett rounded out the top three. … Justin Bogle stood his bike on the back wheel with two laps remaining and dropped out of the final transfer spot. … Dean Wilson jabbed his knee in heavy traffic on the opening lap and dropped to the tail end of the field; he recovered to climb to 12th, but had to move into the Last Chance Qualifier.

450 Heat 2: Cooper Webb got the hole shot, but Joey Savatgy and Ken Roczen swept past midway through the heat as the trio finished in that order. … Savatgy became the first rookie to win a heat race this year.

450 Last Chance Qualifier: Dean Wilson moved through the LCQ over Justin Bogle, Ryan Breece and Ronnie Stewart also advanced. … The drama of the race was provided by Angelo Pellegrini, who cross rutted his bike and got off line. He landed on the tough block and bounced into the racing groove.

250 Heat 1: James Decotis made the pass on Cameron McAdoo with two to go. It was Decotis’ first heat win of the season. Jacob Hayes rounded out the top three. Shane McElrath got the hole shot, but went down immediately after. He charged back up to sixth to transfer.

250 Heat 2: Fast qualifier Dylan Ferrandis took the lead win Hampshire went down off the wall jump with three minutes remaining. He beat Colt Nichols and Adam Cianciarulo. RJ Hampshire rebounded to finish fourth.

250 Last Chance Qualifier: Logan Karnow won over Thomas Do. Scott Champion finished third. … The battle of the race was for the final transfer. Chris Howell took the final spot on the final lap, dropping Devin Harriman out of the Main. … Enzo Lopes was run off track in the first corner of the first lap and failed to advance to the Main.

Points Leaders

450s
Cooper Webb (83 points) (2 wins)
Ken Roczen (81)
Eli Tomac (80)
Marvin Musquin (79)
Justin Barcia (72) (1)

250s
Colt Nichols (91 points) (1 win)
Adam Cianciarulo (88) (2)
Shane McElrath (87) (1)
Dylan Ferrandis (86)
RJ Hampshire (67)

450 top 5s

Ken Roczen: 4
Eli Tomac: 4
Marvin Musquin: 3
Cooper Webb: 3
Dean Wilson: 2
Blake Baggett: 2
Jason Anderson: 1
Justin Barcia: 1

250 top 5s

Shane McElrath: 4
Colt Nichols: 4
Adam Cianciarulo: 4
RJ Hampshire: 3
Dylan Ferrandis: 3
James Decotis: 1
Jacob Hayes: 1

Next race: February 2, Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.

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New Chip Ganassi driver Marcus Armstrong will team with boyhood idol Scott Dixon

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Marcus Armstrong was a Scott Dixon fan his entire life, and when he was 8, the aspiring young racer asked his fellow New Zealander to autograph a helmet visor that he hung on his bedroom wall.

Next year, Armstrong will be Dixon’s teammate.

Armstrong was named Friday as the fourth IndyCar driver in the Chip Ganassi Racing lineup and will pilot the No. 11 next season on road and street courses.

A driver for the five oval races on the 17-race schedule will be named later.

The No. 11 is essentially the No. 48 that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson drove the last two seasons, with Chip Ganassi making the change to run four cars numbered in sequential order. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson drives the No. 8, six-time champion Dixon drives the No. 9, and 2020 IndyCar champion Alex Palou drives the No. 10.

So just who is the second Kiwi in the Ganassi lineup?

A 22-year-old who spent the past three seasons in Formula One feeder series F2, a Ferrari development driver in 2021, and former roommate of Callum Illot and former teammate of Christian Lundgaard – both of whom just completed their rookie IndyCar seasons.

“I’ve always been attracted to the IndyCar championship because it’s one of those championships that’s been really well televised in New Zealand since I was young, mainly because of Scott and his success,” Armstrong told The Associated Press. “As time progressed, as I got closer to F1 and single-seaters, the attraction to IndyCar grew just because of how competitive the championship is – I like to challenge myself and the level of competition in IndyCar is remarkably high.”

Armstrong, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was set to travel from his current home in London to Indianapolis this weekend to meet his new team. He won’t need an introduction to Dixon, the 42-year-old considered the best IndyCar driver of his generation and Armstrong’s unequivocal childhood hero.

Last season, Dixon earned his 53rd career victory to pass Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list. Dixon has driven for Ganassi in all but 23 of his 345 career starts.

“For a long time I’ve been a Scott Dixon fan. I don’t want to make him cringe with our age difference,” Armstrong told the AP.

Despite the two-decade age difference, Armstrong never considered someday racing with Dixon a fantasy.

He convinced his father after winning five national karting championships to allow him to leave New Zealand for Italy at age 14, where he moved by himself to pursue a racing career. Armstrong said as soon as he’d received parental permission, he’d never look back.

Armstrong was in Formula 4 two years after his move to Italy and won that title in his first season. He won four races and four poles in F3 in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, then collected four wins and eight podiums in three seasons of F2.

“Maybe it’s a strength, or maybe it’s a weakness, but I always thought I was capable of doing great in the sport,” Armstrong told the AP. “I think you probably have to succeed in the sport, you need to believe in yourself. I always pictured myself being in IndyCar.

“As Scott’s teammate? I can’t specifically say I saw that. It’s an extraordinary chain of events.”

Armstrong becomes just the latest driver to leave Europe, where F1 is the pinnacle but has only 20 seats each year. Alexander Rossi began the trend in 2016 when the American left F1 and won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. He’s been followed by Ericsson, last season’s Indy 500 winner, Romain Grosjean, Illot, Lundgaard, and on Thursday three-time W Series champion and Williams F1 reserve driver Jamie Chadwick was announced as driver for Andretti Autosport in IndyCar’s second-tier development series.

Armstrong said he could have remained in F2 for a fourth season, but he’d been watching IndyCar for so long, and after conversations with Illot and Lundgaard, he decided to make the move to what he believes is the most balanced racing series in the world. He tested for Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring in October.

He doesn’t know if European racing is done for good, just that he wants to be in IndyCar right now.

“I don’t want to think too far into the future, I’m just grateful for this opportunity that is standing right in front of me,” Armstrong said. “I want to perform as well as I can in the near future and just consolidate myself in the fantastic chance that is IndyCar and just do my best.

“I’m not looking at F1 as a landing spot – I am looking at IndyCar, and that’s exactly why I am here.”