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Saturday Night Shootout As Rising Star Racing Looks For Big Close To Season
Posted by: newsla on Aug 30, 2014 - 06:11 AM
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Saturday Night Shootout As Rising Star Racing Looks For Big Close To Season

A Saturday night shootout will see the Verizon IndyCar series stage its final race of the season, and Rising Star Racing driver Josef Newgarden is looking to go flat out to the finish.

Following a string of successful race outings in the second half of the season, Newgarden has been knocking on the door of the top step of the podium and will look to break through with a big result this weekend.


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While Newgarden opened the season with promise, the late season surge has been remarkable. From a close brush with victory at Mid-Ohio to an incredible late-race rally at Milwaukee to a strong weekend at Sonoma, Newgarden has been a factor on a wide range of circuits.

Ahead of the race weekend, Newgarden participated in a bit of off-track racing competition with fellow Verizon IndyCar series driver Justin Wilson to raise money for Teen Cancer America. The two went head-to-head in competition along with fans on Forza Motorsport 5, and Newgarden now hopes to convert his online victory into a reality this weekend.

"We are just looking to have a successful race,” said Newgarden when asked about the role the double-points race plays in his strategy. “And by that, you either win or try and score a podium. We are definitely looking for a big result this weekend."

Fellow Rising Star Racing driver and newly crowned Pro Mazda Championship winner, Spencer Pigot, will aso be back in racing action again this weekend just north of the border in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Canada staged at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (nee Mosport).

With success in the Porsche-only racing series, Pigot arrives in Canada within striking distance of a second championship for the season and looks to again edge out rival Scott Hargrove as he did in Pro Mazda competition last weekend.

Pigot will have two final chances to bring home another championship this weekend, with the first 45-minute sprint race set to go green on Saturday at 3:00 PM (ET) and the final round on Sunday at 4:15 PM (ET).

Newgarden will participate in one practice on Friday ahead of qualifications at 5:15 PM (ET). It will be a late race for East Coast IndyCar fans on Saturday as the MAVTV 500 goes green at 10:15 PM (ET). The race will be broadcast LIVE on NBC Sports Network.

Be sure to follow @RisingStarRcing on twitter for updates throughout the weekend!

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