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INDYCAR - 2019 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

Indianapolis 500 qualifying results

Click HERE to view and download the official qualifying results of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Results of qualifying Sunday for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge NTT IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 8:10 PM, 05.19.2019

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

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

INDYCAR - Indy 500 Qualifying Quotes

'What They're Saying' from Indianapolis 500 Day 1 qualifying

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): "Our run was solid. The Shell V-Power car has been great the whole week. Chevy has done a phenomenal job for us as you can see, they have a lot of fast race cars here. Of course, I would have liked to have gone earlier. I think all of us would like to go out first or up front, but you have to work with what you've got. We had a fast run. Hopefully, it doesn't rain tomorrow and we can have a Fast Nine Shootout."

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 3:08 PM, 05.19.2019

INDYCAR - Fast Friday Practice Notes

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.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:54 PM, 05.19.2019

INDYCAR - Tuesday May 15 Practice Notes

Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi are content following the second day of practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Fernando Alonso, Felix Rosenqvist and their respective crews have work to do after separate incidents Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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

INDY 500 - Day Three at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS - May 16, 2019 - Day three of practice for the 103 running of the 500 Mile Race is under way on another lovely day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We have a blue sky and 74 degrees, with a very slight wind out of the south. 

 Things on the cars are a little different here from last year. The aero package changed in an effort to make passing in the race easier. Aero downforce has been removed over all and the front wing design has been tweaked significantly. 

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 1:18 PM, 05.16.2019

2019 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Results

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

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

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

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

InDY 500 - Hinch has Big Crash in Qualifications

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

INDY 500 - Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Indycar Driver, Derek Daly, Fired by WISH-TV. Willy T Ribbs Speaks Out on Daly's Behalf

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - AUGUST 24, 2018 - Former Indycar driver, Derek Daly in a statement late yesterday to RIS, said the incident leading up to his dismissal as an analyst from WISH-TV in Indianapolis, stemmed from a chat he had as a rookie driver at the Indy 500 in 1983.


“I used a common saying in Ireland, (and in the USA at that time) ‘I am the (n-word) in the wood pile,’ to describe that  I was the unknown on the team. We had experienced crew and engineers, so I was the variable. Robbin Miller heard my use of the word and told me that was offensive in the States. I have never use that word since.”


The origin of the phrase “(N-word) in the wood pile”, does indeed date back to the late 19th century, and has the meaning "some fact of considerable importance that is not disclosed—something suspicious or wrong.”

RIS/Larry Clarino

 

 

Willy T Speaks On the Derek Daly Controversy

By Mark Dill,

MDE, Inc.

www.FirstSuperSpeedway.com

Yesterday’s news that retired Formula One and IndyCar veteran driver Derek Daly was dismissed from his role as motorsports analyst for WISH, an Indianapolis television station, shocked the media community in the Hoosier capital. The action stemmed from allegations that Daly used a racial slur during a radio interview 35 years ago.

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 08.24.2018

Alexander Rossi Wins An Exciting ABC Supply 500 At Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Alexander Rossi makes at statement at Pocono Raceway, “It’s Not Over, Till It’s Over!” With four races yet  to run Rossi takes his #27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda and wins the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. The Pole Sitter Will Power lost the lead on the very first lap, but took it back about lap 110, but it didn’t take long for Rossi to make his statement and finish ahead of Power with about 4 seconds to spare. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 8, Posted 8:01 PM, 08.19.2018