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A Day of Rain, of Tears of Joy and Sorrow, and Curse Words - Indy Qualifying Ends

McLaren's Gil deFerran and Fernando Alonso

(Photo: Tom Beeler/RIS)

The day started with the promise of a washout, and it ended with the most dramatic moments of the entire month. Drama, loss, redemption, contrition…

The winners: Team Penske, Simon Pagenaud, Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing
The losers: Team McLaren and Fernando Alonso, and to a much lesser extent, Ed Carpenter Racing.

The fans that braved today’s light rains saw the NTT IndyCar Series officials decide late in the afternoon that the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval could be dried quickly enough to accommodate both the Last Row Shootout, between the six slowest qualifiers, and the Fast Nine Shootout (so many “shootouts”, you’d think this was Dodge City), between the nine fastest qualifiers.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 7:44 PM, 05.19.2019

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HONDA - Herta Has Hottest Honda at Indy

Herta Leads Honda Qualifiers for Indianapolis 500

  • Rookie Colton Herta will start fifth in closest field in ‘500’ history
  • Sebastien Bourdais qualifies seventh, Alexander Rossi ninth in “Fast Nine” session
  • James Hinchcliffe makes the field in last row “Bump Day” qualifying
  • All 18 Honda entries qualify for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500
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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2019

2019 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Results

Simon Pagenaud

(Photo: Don Andersen/RIS)

Here are the Pole Day results of qualifying for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, to be run on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Polesitter is France's Simon Pagenaud in the #22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 7:59 PM, 05.19.2019

Indy Dries Out, IndyCar Tries To Run

From the weather forecast and the rain we've had all day, it looked like today's activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be washed out.

But the IndyCar Race Control Team showed the patience of Job, and the National Weather Service played along. At 3:30 p.m. local time, IndyCar announced that the Last Row Shootout, to determine the final three qualifiers, and the Fast Nine Shootout, to determine the starting order of yesterday's fastest nine qualifiers, will take place starting at 4:30 p.m.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 4:30 PM, 05.19.2019

INDYCAR - Indy 500 Post-Qualifying Quotes

NTT IndyCar Series News Conference

Fernando Alonso, Ed Carpenter,

Spencer Pigot, Ed Jones,

Colton Herta, Alexander Rossi,

Pippa Mann, Will Power,

Josef Newgarden, Sebastien Bourdais,

Simon Pagenaud.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 3:02 PM, 05.19.2019

Chevy Notes: Kyle Larson and Chad Johnston Interviews

CONCORD, NC (May 18, 2019) - Kyle Larson scored a $1 million prize by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his No. 42 Advent Health Camaro ZL1, his first win in the MENSC non-points event and first of the 2019 season.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 11:17 AM, 05.19.2019

INDY 500 - Pole/Bump Day at Indy, Rain May Win

Will Fernando Alonso make the race? RIS/Don Andersen

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 19, 2019 - It is Pole/Bump Day at Indy. The last row cars are on track for practice. They will get 30 minutes of running followed by just one shot at getting into the show.

 That brings us to the weather, in a word, scary! There will be storms getting to the Speedway around noon. The schedule calls for the Last Row Shootout at 12:15 and the Fast Nine shootout for the first three rows at 1:15. It would not surprise us to see that pushed up a bit because of the weather threat.

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:52 AM, 05.19.2019

INDY 500 - Indy 500 opening qualifying finds Pigot fastest, Alonso and Hinchcliffe outside top 30

Hinch had an Up and Down day, this was the down part in a hard crash at IMS. (NBC Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2019 - Well the field is set fro the 103 Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by Gainbridge (whoever that is), well sort of set.

The first three rows including the pole, will be be set on Sunday, if it doesn’t rain, as is predicted, so the first three rows may or may not be set.

Now, that brings us to the back row. There are six cars vying for the three spots in the last row. They will be decided tomorrow, or Monday, depending on the weather.

So, what all that means, we are sure, of rows 4 through 10, qualification spots 10 through 30 are set.

To be honest this, in our opinion is really a dumb way to qualify for the most important race of the year, but of course no one at IndyCar is asking us.

We did have a scary moment when James Hinchcliffe on his second green flag qualification lap, had hard contact in turn two, as the rear of the number 5, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports snapped loose. James took the turn a little high off the apex of the turn as a gust of wind caught him whipping the rear out of control.

James was checked and released from the IU Medical Care center, cleared to drive.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 6:55 AM, 05.19.2019

Larson Wins $1M After Racing Into All-Star

Kyle Larson won the 2019 All-Star and a million dollars

(CONCORD, NC – May 18, 2019 – RIS) Kyle Larson parlayed his win in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race into a million dollar payout by leading the last twelve laps of the race and holding off a challenge by Kevin Harvick. The win made Larson the first driver to win the Open and go on to victory in the All-Star event.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:54 AM, 05.19.2019

InDY 500 - Hinch has Big Crash in Qualifications

James Hinchcliiffe crashes in his first qualification attempt. (CBS Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2019 - James Hinchcliffe on his second green flag qualification lap, had hard contact in turn two, as the rear of the number 5, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports snapped loose. James took the turn a little high off the apex of the turn as a gust of wind caught him whipping the rear out of control.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:01 PM, 05.18.2019

INDY 500 - Fast Friday Conor Daly, Andretti News Conference

NTT IndyCar Series News Conference

Friday May 17, 2019

Conor Daly, Andretti Autosport Fernando Alonso, Gil de Ferran, McLaren Racing

 THE MODERATOR: We will get started with our post- practice Fast Friday press conference. Joined now by Fernando Alonso, driver of the No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet; Conor Daly, driver of the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda; 2003 Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran and sporting director for McLaren Racing.


Fernando, we'll go ahead start with you. You got to run, I believe I saw the number was 77 laps today, a good number of laps, more than most of the other drivers. After a challenging past couple of days, what did you feel from the car and throughout this Fast Friday practice?

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.18.2019

INDY 500 - Daly goes fastest in Indy 500 'Fast Friday' practice

Daly goes fastest in Indy 500 'Fast Friday' practice

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 17, 2019) - It's dubbed "Fast Friday" and the final full day of practice before qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was just that.

A dozen drivers turned laps in excess of 230 mph as teams dialed in their NTT IndyCar Series cars for the emotional next two days when the 33 grid positions for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be determined. Conor Daly set the pace in the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 231.704 mph, followed by teammate Marco Andretti with a lap of 230.851 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 05.18.2019

INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2019 - First Day of qualifications at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Final pre-qualification practice has begun. Kyle Kaiser who had a very hard crash as he warmed up the currently unsponsored Juncos Racing Dallara, got on the track this morning in the team’s road racing car, a car he has not driven since Long Beach. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 9:11 AM, 05.18.2019

Rowdy Goes Five For Five With the Lottery

Kyle Busch and crew chief Rudy Fugle

(CONCORD, NC – May 17, 2019 – RIS) Kyle Busch created more history in the NC Education Lottery 200 Gander Outdoors Truck Series race by winning his fifth series event in the season and six in a row, counting his win last year. “I mean our truck was really, really good. These guys did a great job preparing such a fast Tundra for me. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 AM, 05.18.2019

All Star Pit Note 4: Bowyer Snags the Pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

Clint Bowyer sneaked into the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. – Clint Bowyer will have the best view when Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race goes green at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer’s No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford edged Kyle Busch’s Toyota by completing three laps and a pit stop in one minute, 58.794 seconds, averaging 136.371 miles per hour in securing his first All-Star Race pole on Friday. Bowyer, making his 10th attempt at claiming the $1 million winner’s prize on Saturday, said the pole was a credit to his team.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:04 PM, 05.17.2019

All Star Pit Note 3: Daniel Hemric Rockets to Monster Energy Open Pole

Daniel Hemric, a native of nearby Kannapolis, North Carolina, claimed the pole for the Monster Energy Open on Friday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (RIS Photo by John Davison)

-- May 17, 2019 -- CONCORD, N.C. – Daniel Hemric’s first pole in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car came at the track located just minutes from his hometown.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 7:55 PM, 05.17.2019

INDY 500 - Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Scott Dixon talks about the new track surface at IMS. ©RIS/Larry Clarino

Indianapolis - RIS - May 17, 2019 - It is day four, Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Boost has been turned up on the cars for today and tomorrow. An additional 50 or so horsepower has been added to both the Honda and Chevy engines. 

 Speeds, naturally, jumped as soon as the green flag to signal the start of practice, flew over the famed oval. 

 Kyle Kaiser, in the Juncos number 32, make very hard contact with the turn three wall. Kaiser was on just his second lap going into the turn a little low. His left rear got down on the white line at apex, making the car very loose. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 1:48 PM, 05.17.2019

INDY 500 - Kyle Kaiser has Hard Hit in Turn Three on Fast Friday.

Indianapolis - RIS - May 17, 2019 - In the first hour of Fast Friday practice, Kyle Kaiser, in the Juncos number 32, make very hard contact with the turn three wall. Kaiser was on just his second lap going into the turn a little low. His left rear got down on the white line at apex, making the car very loose. 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:23 PM, 05.17.2019

Charlotte Motor Speedway Unveils Historical Marker, 1960 Promotional Car, Austin Dillon Coca-Cola 600 Colors

Marcus Smith and Greg Walters unveil the historic marker at CMS

-- For Immediate Release-- Charlotte Motor Speedway revealed a historical marker for the speedway’s 60th season in a special event on Thursday at the speedway’s avenue of flags; Speedway officials also unveiled a 1960 Buick Invicta with decals like the one speedway founder O. Bruton Smith used to promote the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 in 1960

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 10:42 PM, 05.16.2019

As the Field Prepares for Qualifying, Ed Jones is Today's Fastest Indy Car

Ed Jones in traffic (Photo: Chris Jones/IMS)

With the words "Please exit the grandstands in an orderly fashion" blaring through the public address system, practice for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 came to a close 90 minutes early.

Ed Jones scored the twofer - both the day's fastest driver and the day's fastest no-tow speed - 227.843 and 224.957mph respectively.

Jones was the lone Chevrolet-powered driver in the top five. Hondas powered the remaining best - Takuma Sato, Zach Veach, Sebastien Bourdais, and rookie Colton Herta.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:56 PM, 05.16.2019

INDY 500 - O'Ward has Hard Hit on Day Three

O'Ward has hard hit in turn 2 wall. (NBC Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS - May 16, 2019 - At approximately 12:17pm Patricio O’Ward in the Carlin number 31, entry, made hard contact in the turn two SAFER barrier as the front end lost downforce and spun with the back end making contact. The car the nearly flipped hitting on the left side, finally landing right side up. on the track.

O’Ward was following the car of Helio Castroneves and apparently washed out in dirty air generated in the wake of the Pennzoil car.

O’Ward was clear to drive from the Infield Care Center. He said, “I am okay, we will be back. I hit a pretty hard smack and am a bit sore. I just lost it. Not much more to say.”

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 1:08 PM, 05.16.2019

INDY 500 - Day 2 of Practice, 36 Cars, Two Hits, Two Errors

Team McLaren gets busy on Alonso's damaged Dallara (Photo: Matt Fraver/IMS)

The weather was perfect at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sunny, mild temperatures, little to no wind. Thirty-four of the day's 36 practicers gathered useful information to prepare for their weekend qualification attempts.

Two practicers emerged a bit worse for wear. And a bit wiser.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 6:43 PM, 05.15.2019

INDY 500 - Rosenqvist Shunt

Rosenqvist's Dallara slides toward Will Power (Image NBC Sports)

IndyCar rookie and polesitter in last weekend's Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Felix Rosenqvist, lost control of his #10 NTT Data Dallara/Honda during practice for this year's Indianapolis 500.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:41 PM, 05.15.2019

INDY 500 - Alonzo Accident

Alonso Accident (image courtesty NBC Sports)

Fernando Alonso, veteran of the 2017 Indianapolis 500 and two-time Formula One driver, lost control of his #66 McLaren Racing Dallara/Chevrolet entering Turn 3 of the famous 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway during open practice for the 103rd running of the Indy 500.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 12:57 PM, 05.15.2019

Welcome to RIS's 2019 Indianapolis 500

Welcome to Racing Information Service's coverage of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. RIS on-site coverage of Indy began over thirty years ago, and remains the longest-running online news source for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The Indianapolis 500 - the crown jewel of the NTT IndyCar Series - is the first oval on the 2019 schedule. With a field containing a number of talented rookies with virtually no oval experience, today's practice session will start to shuffle the cards.

There are currently 36 car/driver combinations to fill 33 positions on the Race Day grid.

Practice begins at 11 a.m. local time. Open practice ends at 1 p.m. for Rookie Orientation and Veteran Refresher runs. Twenty-nine car/driver combinations are expected on-track today.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 11:18 AM, 05.14.2019

Keselowski Wins Kansas Cup Race in Overtime

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Watching Brad Keselowski is sometimes like watching a wizard.  Watching him run 20th?  No problem.  Get a caution, roll in the pits, get four tires, and run down the leaders.  Pass the already anointed leader (according to the talking heads in the booth), and despite a late caution, win the race.  We’ve seen it so many times, it’s almost like it is scripted, but it’s not.  It was an exciting finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR up race at Kansas Speewy

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 11:35 PM, 05.12.2019

Harvick Wins Kansas Pole as SHR Sweeps First Two Rows

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KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Kevin Harvick returned to his 2018 form by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway.  The Stewart-Haas Racing Fords took the first four spots with Chase Eliott earning and posting the fifth fastest speed.  

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 12:04 AM, 05.11.2019

Truex Wins Dover Cup Race From the Back at the Start

Matthew Haren, USA Today Sports

DOVER, DE – RIS – Martin Truex pulled away from the field in the final stages of the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race on Monday.  It was the second win of 2019 for Truex and the 21st of his career.  It is also the second win in the last three races.

JGR has seven wins in 11 races this season and has established itself as the team to beat. Truex, of Mayetta, New Jersey, has long considered Dover his home track and he crushed Bowman by 9.5 seconds after starting in the back of the field because of inspection issues.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 4:47 PM, 05.06.2019

Dover's Gander RV 400 Will Start on Monday at Noon

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DOVER, DE – RIS – The rains came and NASCAR did everything they could.  They continued to dry the track using Air Titans and other machinery.  The drivers were introduced.  A few pace laps were run, but it kept raining.  Finally, the sanctioning body literally threw in the towel and postponed Sunday’s Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 PM, 05.05.2019

Christopher Bell Wins the 38th Annual Allied Steel Buildings 200

Christopher Bell takes the Checkered Flag to win the 38th Annual Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway. Dean Patton Photo.

Dover, DE - RIS - Christopher Bell wins his third 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Cup Series event, and this one was hot, very hot. The weather looked early like it was going to win the day, but Dover International Speedway brings Mother Nature to her knees for just one day. After 200 laps, and with the Sun burning off the Mist and For from the morning the NASCAR Xfinity drivers take the Monster Mile and heat up the concrete, and the day.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 4:36 PM, 05.04.2019

Elliott Sets New Track Record and Wins Dover Pole

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DOVER, DE – RIS – Chase Elliott set a new track record while winning the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway.  Elliott, last week’s winner at Talladega Superspeedway and the winner last fall at Dover, recorded a lap of 21.692 seconds, 165.960 mph.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 9:25 PM, 05.03.2019

Elliott Survives Talladega Chaos to Win the GEICO 500

Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports

TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Talladega Superspeedway lived up to its reputation in
Sunday’s GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  It was chaos everywhere for most of the day and the race ended under caution with Chase Elliott winning with  an assist from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman in front of raucous and appreciate crowd in Alabama, who rose to their feet to give the Georgia native a huge ovation.

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Volume 2019, Issue 4, Posted 8:40 PM, 04.28.2019