Josef Newgarden and Justin Wilson

“He’s going down,” Justin Wilson musters in reference to challenger Josef Newgarden as their Forza 5 on Xbox duel for charity draws closer.

The event Aug. 28 at Auto Club Speedway will be streamed live at 4 p.m. (Pacific) on

As part of the campaign to raise funds for Teen Cancer America and Teen and Young Adult Cancer Centers, the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will compete on the new Xbox gaming platform using the realistic Forza 5. Fans can enter HERE through Aug. 23 for a chance to challenge the drivers virtually on Aug. 28 for a donation of $5.

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew earns performance award

The No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award during the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest with a total pit lane time of 76.775 seconds as driver Will Power won for the third time this season.

It is the team’s fifth award this season, and the fifth overall for Team Penske. The Verizon Team Penske crew will receive their $10,000 award during pre-race festivities at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24.

Of note

Dallara LamborghiniGian Paolo Dallara (center in photo at right) was the guest of honor Aug. 15 in Italy at the unveiling of Lamborghini’s Huracan that was designed in collaboration with Dallara Automobili. Dallara is a former Lamborghini employee (he designed the Miura). … Power, the championship points front-runner, has an average finish of 1.25 in his past four races at Sonoma Raceway. He hasn’t qualified lower than third in his five races. … Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will visit the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., this week. … Check out the ESPN “Sports Science” video HERE in which Helio Castroneves and Newgarden wear a biopatch to assess how racing affects a driver’s body.