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TC Daily Pit Stop: McDowell Drives to Emotional Win at Indy; SVG Continues to Learn NASCAR; Larson Unveils Indy 500, Coke 600 Schemes
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, August 14th, 2023
Michael McDowell and Front Row Motorsports have returned to victory lane in the NASCAR Cup Series - and after a dominant performance in Sunday’s Verizon 200, it’s almost impossible to call it an upset.
The 38-year-old put on a dominant performance, leading 54 of 82 laps en route to the victory, which punches his ticket into the NASCAR Cup Series post-season. It’s the second victory of McDowell’s tenure in the series, and the fourth for Front Row Motorsports, all of which have come with the No. 34.
Chase Elliott came home in second, while Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman completed the top-five. Chase Briscoe, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, and Shane van Gisbergen completed the top-10.
Justin Haley’s chances at scoring the victory in Sunday’s Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Road Course ended pretty early, after contact from Joey Logano sent the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro into the tire barriers, with significant force.
Haley was running inside the top-15 at the time of the incident, but would be able to return to the race, just a couple of laps behind the leaders.
While the results may not have been as glamorous as they were in Chicago, Shane van Gisbergen returned to the United States for his second attempt at the NASCAR Cup Series, competing in the Verizon 200.
As many has initially theorized, the massive advantage that the three-time Supercars champion had at the Chicago Street Course, didn’t translate, but the driver of the No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro did maintain solid pace.
In the end, van Gisbergen ranked sixth-place in green-flag speed on the afternoon, but fell victim to a lack of restart to bunch the pack up, getting stuck in a long-winded battle with both Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell, resulting in a 10th place finish.
#SrigleyStats: With a 10th-place finish Sunday at Indy, Shane van Gisbergen became the first driver since Terry Labonte in 1978 to start a NASCAR Cup Series career with back-to-back finishes inside the top-five.
Approximately 10 hours after winning the 2023 Knoxville Nationals, Kyle Larson stood in front of a crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to unveil his paint scheme for the 2024 Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600, as part of his first attempt at “The Double”.
In collaboration with Hendrick Motorsports and Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team, Larson unveiled his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, which will adorn the No. 17 in the Indianapolis 500.
Larson will also run a special paint scheme in the Coca-Cola 600, with accents of the infamous orange of McLaren, which is run across all of its racing platforms.
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