Indy Car News

RACE FOR RILEY - Kevin Lee Wins, But the Kids Get the Money!

NEW CASTLE, INDIANA - RIS - FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 - The 21st running of John Andretti’s Race for Riley go kart event for the benefit of the Riley Children’s Hospital took place this past Tuesday at the world famous New Castle Motor Sports.

Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, Kroger, Cheerio’s, Window World, J.D.Buyrider, Republic National Distributing, Bacardi, and Qtego, this year more than $500,000 was raised for the kids at Riley.

The highlight for this reporter every year, is not the feature race, but the media race. Now, I have to explain, I love karting, I own a TaG kart (that is a very fast beast, indeed), I am 68 years old, and “maybe” a little over weight, so I was giving away more than a few pounds to my much thiner and younger, fellow competitors. Oh, yeah, and I am literally old enough to be their father and in a couple of cases, their grandfather!

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Volume 2017, Issue 7, Posted 4:03 PM, 07.21.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Sebastian Bourdias Visits with Media after Massive Crash

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 28, 2017 - Before the race today we had a surprise visit in the Media Center from Dale Coyne driver Sebastian Bourdias, who just one week ago had a massive crash in his qualifying attempt for this year’s 500 mile race.

“I feel good as long as I am on the pain pills. I kinda wish I lost conciseness because the crash hurt. After I stopped tumbling and came to a stop the guys (the Holmatro Safety Team) came up and asked if I was alright. I said this was going to hurt.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 10:36 AM, 05.28.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Race Day 2017 at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 28, 2017 - RACE DAY! The traditional 6:00 am aerial bombs just went off announcing the opening of the infield and public gates to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The RIS team, Dave Chess, Pam Clarino, Tom Beeler, Bash Beard, and me, Larry Clarino, are here in the IMS Media Center ready go.

The big topic of conversation today and the last several days has been the weather. The Indy forecast is not if it will rain, but when. Right not it is very cloudy but no rain close on radar, but heavy thunder storms are said to be coming later this afternoon. We hope the weather guessers are wrong.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 6:34 AM, 05.28.2017

INDY 500 Pit Stop Contest Breakdown

With a cloud of dust, a strong whiff of ethanol, and an extremely fast left lane, the Team Penske crew, led by veteran Right Front tire changer and crew chief, Matt Jonsson, the #13 Verizon Chevy of Will Power devastated the #5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda crew of James Hinchcliffe in the best of three finale to this year's Pit Stop Contest.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 3:12 PM, 05.26.2017

Freedom 100 at Indy - Leist Wins the Freedom 100 at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 26, 2017 -  The Freedom 100 for Indy Lights cars, the prime support event for the 101st Running of the Indy 500, got under way under almost perfect weather conditions at the 2 1/2 mile oval known as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

14 drivers took the green, as Matheus Leist led the field down to the green.

As they moved into turn 2, Colton Herta, son of retired Indy driver and now owner, Brian Herta, lost the rear end as he came down on Andretti teammate, Dalton Kellett, the two touched, and Colton took out the 48 car of Ryan Norman, another Andretti Autosport teammate. Kellett was able to continue with minor damage, Ryan Norman was out as was Herta.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 2:10 PM, 05.26.2017

Indy Lights Freedom 100 Results

Mathus Leist, polesitter for today's Freedom 100 in INDYCAR's Indy Lights Series' event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dominated today's race on the famed 2.5-mile oval.

The results from today's Freedom 100.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 1:53 PM, 05.26.2017

INDY 500 Carb Day Practice Report

Under partly sunny skies, a comfortable 72 degrees, the thirty-three starters for Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade stretched the legs of their Dallara race cars with Honda or Chevy engines and aero kits in front of a nice crowd that traditionally calls in sick here in Indy.

Most teams took the opportunity to check for leaks, work on pitstop setups, and run in traffic to check aerodynamic buffeting.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 1:13 PM, 05.26.2017

The 2017 Indy 500 Rookie Class

Indianapolis 500 first-timers - rookies - have been a part of the lore of the track for decades. Tracking the histories of Indy 500 luminaries back to their rookie years shows their progress and tragedies.

Indy has been won by rookies ten times: Ray Harroun (1911), Jules Goux (1913), Rene Thomas (1914), Frank Lockhart (1926), George Souders (1927), Louis Meyer (1928), Graham Hill (1966), Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Helio Castroneves (2001), and last year’s winner, Alexander Rossi.

There could easily be a rookie winner this year, so let’s take a look at the four 2017 Indy rookie class.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:31 AM, 05.26.2017

INDY 500 - Monday IndyCar Post-qualification Notes

The Verizon IndyCar Series teams are taking advantage of spectacular weather - sunny skies, 75-degrees - to prepare their cars for next Sunday's 10st running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

All thirty-three starters have made practice laps to configure the cars for Race Day. Honda and Chevrolet have reset engine software to reflect correct turbo boost (back to 1.3bar from the weekend's 1.4bar settings). Downforce-inducing winglets, stripped over the weekend for speed, have been reinstalled for stability. Drivers' concentration shifts to traffic and consistent performance over the long-haul, and pit crews prepare for a long Sunday.

The RIS family sends its prayers to the family of 2006 MotoGP champion and American World Superbike champion, Nicky Hayden, who passed away today following injuries sustained after a road accident last week. He was 35 years old.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 4:25 PM, 05.22.2017

INDY 500 Pole Day Story and Qualifying Speeds

For the third time in his career, Scott Dixon will lead the Indianapolis 500 field to the green flag, and he’ll do it coming off a near-record qualifying performance.

Dixon blistered the famed 2.5-mile oval with a pole position qualifying speed of 232.164 mph - the fastest Indy 500 qualifying effort since Ed Carpenter’s 231.067 in 2014, and well ahead of James Hinchcliffe’s 230.760 from last year.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 PM, 05.21.2017

Scott Dixon Wins 101st Indy 500 Pole - STARTING GRID

In near-perfect weather conditions, and in front of a modest, but enthusiastic crowd of Indy 500 qualifying fans, Scott Dixon held off a late charge by Ed Carpenter to win the Verizon IndyCar Series' pole position for next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500, 101st Edition.

Strong performances by Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, and Formula 1's Fernando Alonso were eclipsed by Dixon's pole run, which brought cheers from the grandstands. And despite a bonzai run by two-time Indy polesitter, Carpenter, the popular New Zealander won his third career Indy pole.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 7:01 PM, 05.21.2017

The Fast Nine Indy 500 Shootout Contenders

INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (May 20, 2017) By virtue of having been the nine fastest qualifiers on the first day of 2017 Indy 500 qualifying, here are the participants in the Fast Nine Shootout:

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 8:28 PM, 05.20.2017

Saturday Indy Qualifying - Carpenter Fastest, Bourdais Accident

From a monsoon to a catastrophic high-speed crash to 31 qualifiers, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has provided yet another full day of drama ... albeit just to set the Fast Nine for tomorrow’s final setting of the 101st Indianapolis 500 field, and little else.

Torrential rains ended after mid-day, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway safety vehicles took to the track to dry the 2.5-mile oval in time for a 4:00 qualifying start. Each qualifier would receive only one opportunity to qualify for Sunday’s requalifying, and to establish the Fast Nine shootout contenders.

Two-time Indy polesitter Ed Carpenter took advantage of the late qualifying draw to be the 28th car to present, and blistered the track with a four-lap average of 230.468, aided by the added turbo boost the Honda and Chevrolet engines are allowed to run this weekend.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 8:23 PM, 05.20.2017

Bourdais Accident

Former Champ Car World Series Champion and fastest practicer going into today's Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Sebastien Bourdais, was on a flying run, setting himself up as the day's fastest qualifier, when he lost control of his #18 Dallara, and hit the outside Turn 2 wall.

He'd completed laps of 231.472 and 231.595 miles per hour - over a mile-per-hour faster than current-fastest, Scott Dixon - when the car twitched in mid-Turn 2. It isn't clear if the car became loose or something broke, but it appeared that Bourdais routinely corrected the wheel, and the car launched into the SAFER barrier in the outside wall.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 5:54 PM, 05.20.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Qualifying, Day One, Some Thoughts

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 20, 2017 - It the silliest day of the year in motorsports. It is first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Remember when Pole Day meant something? Remember when 150,000 people would show up to watch the first day of qualifications? Remember the teeth chattering drama of a driver getting into a car and having just one chance and only one chance, at making the World’s Greatest Race?

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:30 AM, 05.20.2017

Severe Weather Delays Indy 500 Qualifying

UPDATED 1:45PM

With the end of rain, the safety vehicles are circling the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in an attempt to dry the track by 4:00pm.

IndyCar officials plan to stage the first-day qualifying for this race at that time. Each entered car (33) will be allowed one attempt to qualify. The Speedway will remain open past its traditional closing time of 6:00pm to accommodate the plan.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:11 AM, 05.20.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Spencer Pigot Hit Wall, Driver Okay

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 19, 2017 - At 4:35 pm on Fast Friday, Juncos Racing’s driver Spencer Pigot made very hard contact as his car snapped to the right at the apex of turn two, crossed up the track and hit nearly head-on into the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn two. The car then stayed up hard against the wall and slid down the back straight.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 4:59 PM, 05.19.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Rain Interrupts Fast Friday Practice

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 19, 2017 - Rain came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 1:29 pm stopping hot and heavy action. The added turbo boost had the speed charts jumping. Sebastien Bourdais driving for Team Penske, topped everyone in the 89 minute session, at 233.116 MPH, followed by Andretti’s past race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay at 232.132, and teammate Takuma Sato, at 231.969. All were in a tow however.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 4:13 PM, 05.19.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Jay Howard Goes, 226,7 MPH in Practice

INDIANAPOLIS -RIS -May 19,2017- Fast Friday, the last day of practice before what is technically the first day of qualifications for the Indy 500 Mile Race, and what is maybe the dumbest day in all of racing.

Yesterday, the weather was significantly better than the middle of the week. For the first time this month all 33 entries were on track with the appearance of Buddy Lazier’s number 44 Dallara, as the forty nine year old, past race winner, took only one lap of the 2.5 mile oval at a speed of 8.494 MPH. Not to worry Lazier fans, he will qualify even if he does not go faster.

Jay Howard, driving for Sam Schmidt Racing set the pace on Thursday with a eye popping, 226.744 MPH, that with massive tow as there were about 20 cars on track at the time. He was followed by Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, nearly a mile-an-hour slower, at 225.826.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:23 AM, 05.19.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Newgarden Hits Turn One Wall, Driver Okay

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2017 - At about 1:10 on Thursday, Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden had the first significant incident of the month. after turning a lap at 216.505 MPH, Newgarden lost the rear end of the Penske Dallara number 2 after the apex of turn one. The car rotated 180 degrees and hit the concrete wall just past the end Safer Barrier. The left side of the car hit very hard, then bounced off rotated another 180 degrees hitting the turn two Safer Barrier on the right side.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 1:41 PM, 05.18.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Practice for the 101st 500 Mile Race Continues

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2017 - Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where on-track action today is expected to be hot and heavy after what pretty much was a wasted day yesterday.

The Indy weather while certainly not perfect today is way better than yesterday’s high 80’s and crazy winds. With winds gusting to 40 MPH and swinging wildly around the compass, few teams elected to challenge the 2.5 mile oval. Only 408 laps were run by 21 teams with many choosing to simply do hot pit stop practice, running just out/in laps.

Ed Carpenter set the pace at 222.894 MPH, followed by Scott Dixon at 222.599. Carpenter’s teammate, JR Hildebrand rounded out the top three at 220.553, with rookie of the year shoe-in, Fernando Alonso, and Conor Daly rounding out the top five.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:28 PM, 05.18.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Power Leads Practice at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 17, 2017 - It is Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where practice continues for the 101st running of the Indy 500 Mile Race.

The weather has become a major factor as it is hot, high 80’s and windy today. Predicted gusty winds are 25 to 30 mile-per-hour from the south-southwest. That with make for a slippery and hard handling day for the drivers. To top things off, rain is in the forecast for the next several days.

Thirty-two cars took to the track yesterday, only Buddy Lazer’s now numbered 44, did not make it on to the track. Word is they are still a little short in funds, but no one expects them not to make the field. Sources tell RIS that they are asking INDYCAR and IMS to kick in, to make the traditional field of 33 possible.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 11:55 AM, 05.17.2017

INDIANAPOLIS 500 - Practice Opens for the 2017 Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 16, 2017 - Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it is starting to get serious about prepping for the 101st running of the 500 Mile Race.

Yesterday as the track opened, practice started with rookie orientation and refresher tests for several veterans that do not race Indy cars on a regular basis. The 2017 rookie class consists of four drivers. Of course the sensation, the rock star if you will, is F-1 champ Fernando Alonso, driving for the Andretti Autosport team in the McLaren backed number 29. Alonso pasted all four phases for the rookie test two weeks ago in a solo test. In the first two hours on Monday, Ed Jones, driving for Dale Coyne Racing completed all three phases of his test.

Right on schedule at 2:00 the track opened for all cars. The only incident of the day, and it was relatively minor, occurred at 3:59 when rookie Jack Harvey contacted the wall on an out lap, damaging both right side suspensions. Harvey was checked and cleared to drive by Dr. Geoffrey Bellows, IMS Medical Director.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 12:11 PM, 05.16.2017

INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX - Will Power Dominates 2017 Indy GP

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May13, 2017 - The 2017 Indianapolis Grand Prix started under bright sunny skies with a mediocre crowd at best, in attendance.

On lap one at turn seven, Marco Andretti and Tony Kannan had minor contact. Race control charged Marco with a drive through penalty for avoidable contact. The rest of the field quickly snaked their way into a line with Will Power in command of what turned into what became a procession for the next 85 laps.

Power continued at the front until the first round of pit stops on lap 20, when Penske teammate Heilo Castroneves took the point. Only to trade spots again on the second stop on lap 42. The noted difference at this point Helio, in second, still needed to run the black harder tires. It is looking like Power will be in victory lane.

The third round of stops started on lap 63, on the following lap, 42,  Powers’ team pulled off a  Penske Perfect pit stop, giving the lead back to Helio. On the next lap Castroneves stop, gave the lead back to Will resulting in a five second lead.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 6:38 PM, 05.13.2017

INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX - Mario Andretti and Sam Schmidt "Race" at IMS.

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May13, 2017 - Sam Schmidt and some guy named Mario Andretti had a four lap race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Why is this surprising? It wasn’t the fact that an Andretti actually won a race at IMS, something that has only happened once in history. It was the amazing technology that allowed the race to happen at all.

IndyCar owner Sam Schmidt, who was badly injured in a 2000 Indy car testing accident at the Walt Disney World Speedway, that left the driver a quadriplegic, with technology developed by team sponsor Arrow, now has the ability to drive a car again. Using a sensor system headset, on-board cameras, that control steering, and another system that uses a tube that is blown into for throttle control, that all mate with the cars onboard dynamic controls, gives Sam not only a way to drive but a way to drive...FAST! 

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 2:17 PM, 05.13.2017

INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX - Practice Begins at Indy for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May12, 2017 - It is opening day for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Indy Car Season. Practice and qualifications are on tap for the INDYCAR Grand Prix with the race tomorrow afternoon. Then Monday, practice for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will commence with the rookies at noon and open practice at 2:00.

Today’s first Grand Prix practice started on the road course, under a cloudy sky with a cool temperature. Will Power set the pace with a 1:09.3172 lap followed by Scott DIxon, and Josef Newgarden. All 22 entered cars turned laps in the session.

The second period got underway and like the first, Will Power was the class of the field. The Penske team of Power, Newgarden, and Montoya grabbed the first three spots in the session.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 1:48 PM, 05.12.2017

INDY 500 - Press Conference with Takuma Sato, 2017 Indy 500 Champion

Monday May 29, 2017

Takuma Sato

Press Conference

THE MODERATOR: We'll get started with our Indianapolis 500 winner's morning-after press conference. We are pleased to be joined by the champion of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Takuma Sato. Congratulations. We've been together for most of the evening and this morning, but it's been a complete whirlwind experience for you, and I heard on SportsCenter this morning that you were actually out until 2:00 a.m.

TAKUMA SATO: Yes.

THE MODERATOR: Tell us about what you've been doing.

TAKUMA SATO: Well, since checkered flag I've probably done 30 interviews, and it's really nice. It's nice to talk. I was exhausted, but somehow kept on going because I think the race just pumped me up and went through the couple pressers last night primarily for the team dinner. So all the team members were at the Marriott Hotel, and we had going at midnight, and then after that just supporting my member, gave a little talk and a little drink and then went until 2:00 a.m. Went to bed at 3:00 a.m. actually, because by that time my phone is just abuzz, exposure, the explosion from Japan, it being in the daytime.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 1:33 PM, 05.29.2017

INDY 500 Unofficial Results

It was a day of gunfighters at today's Indianapolis 500.

Michael Andretti had six powerful bullets in his firearm. Four of Andretti's six drivers led laps today, dominating the race for Andretti Autosport and Honda. At the 200th lap, the checkered flag fell on Andretti's Takuma Sato - the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 5:55 PM, 05.28.2017

Veteran Driver Takuma Sato Wins Indy 500

SPEEDWAY, IN – RIS – Takuma Sato, driving for Andretti Autosport passed Helio Castroneves with three laps to go and held on for the victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500 Mile race. The margin of victory was 0.2011 seconds. Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sato, from Tokyo, Japan started from the fourth position and battled for victory in a thrilling Indy 500 that had a record 15 leaders. There were 35 lead changes.

Castroneves loss was heartbreaking. The veteran driver had a chance to win a fourth Indy 500, which would have tied him with the three four-time race winners (A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears). His day almost ended when Scott Dixon’s car flew over Castroneves during an incident early in the race. Dixon’s crash was frightening and completely destroyed the vehicle.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 4:53 PM, 05.28.2017

INDY 500 - Driver Sebastien Bourdais discharged from hospital

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 25, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a crash May 20 during a qualifying attempt for the 101st Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and has been moved to a local rehabilitation facility.

Bourdais sustained multiple pelvic fractures and a fractured right hip when his No. 18 GEICO Honda crashed into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 on the third lap of his qualifications attempt Saturday. The Dale Coyne Racing driver underwent successful surgery that evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

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Volume 2017, Issue 5, Posted 2:20 PM, 05.25.2017

INDYCAR - Indianapolis 500 Pole Sitter, Two-Time USAC Champion Leonard Dies at 84

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 1, 2017 - Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Joe Leonard, the 1968 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter, a two-time USAC National Champion and one of the great motorcycle racers of all time, passed away Thursday, April 27. He was 84.

The longtime San Jose, California, resident, who had been in ill health for some time, had nine consecutive starts in the Indianapolis 500 between 1965 and 1973, leading the field for 52 laps and finishing third in both 1967 and 1972.

Leonard won six USAC National Championship races during his career, including three at Milwaukee and one at Michigan International Speedway, plus the second running of the Ontario (California) 500 in 1971 and the second running of the Pocono (Pennsylvania) 500 in 1972.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 5:35 PM, 05.01.2017

INDYCAR - Pagenaud races away to first oval victory, takes points lead

AVONDALE, Arizona (Saturday, April 29, 2017) - Simon Pagenaud picked one of the Verizon IndyCar Series tracks richest in open-wheel history to earn his first oval victory.

The reigning series champion drove away from the field in the final half of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway, winning by 9.1028 seconds over teammate Will Power and assuming the points lead after four races of the 2017 season.

Driving the No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, Pagenaud collected the 10th win of his Indy car career and led a Chevy sweep of the top four positions on the 1.022-mile oval that has hosted 63 Indy car races dating to 1964. It was also win No. 450 for Team Penske in all racing competitions and its 100th on Indy car ovals.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 12:16 PM, 04.30.2017

INDYCAR - Finish of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series event at the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (7) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 90, Running
2. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 90, Running
3. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 90, Running
4. (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 90, Running
5. (18) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 90, Running

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:55 AM, 04.24.2017

INDYCAR - Newgarden races to second Barber Motorsports Park win, first with Team Penske

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 23, 2017) - Josef Newgarden added to the growing bank of fond memories he is accumulating at Barber Motorsports Park, driving to victory today in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First.

Newgarden's win by 1.0495 seconds over Scott Dixon is his second on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course and comes two years after he secured his first career Verizon IndyCar Series victory at the same track. It also is the 26-year-old American's first win since joining Team Penske, which took three of the top four finishing positions in the 90-lap race.

Driving the No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden took the lead for the first and only time on Lap 77 when teammate Will Power was forced to pit in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske with a punctured left rear tire.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 04.24.2017

INDYCAR - Andretti zips to top of speed chart in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama practice

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Friday, April 21, 2017) - Marco Andretti got off to a fast start today, recording the best practice lap in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First.

Andretti, in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, toured Barber Motorsports Park's 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course in 1 minute, 7.7134 seconds (122.280 mph) to top the combined speed chart from a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions. Two-time Barber race winner Will Power was second at 1:07.7454 (122.222 mph).

Andretti's last win and second of his career came 95 races ago at Iowa Speedway in June 2011. The 30-year-old third-generation Indy car driver knows today's results mean little, but likes where he stands heading into Verizon P1 Award knockout qualifying Saturday.

"It's very important to qualify well here, so I'm pleased that we have the pace to hopefully be able to do that," Andretti said. "But yeah, so far, so good. We just need to replicate it tomorrow."

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:39 AM, 04.22.2017

INDYCAR - Hinchcliffe completes comeback with Long Beach victory

LONG BEACH, California (Sunday, April 9, 2017) - James Hinchcliffe is all the way back now.
The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver, seriously injured in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash nearly two years ago, recorded his first Verizon IndyCar Series win since the incident by taking the checkered flag at the prestigious Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Driving the No. 5 Arrow Honda, Hinchcliffe crossed the finish line 1.4940 seconds ahead of Dale Coyne Racing's Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of last month's season opener.

Hinchcliffe's last win came at NOLA Motorsports Park in April 2015, a month before the crash caused when a suspension piece on the car broke at 220-plus mph on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Hinchcliffe returned to racing last season and captured the Indianapolis 500 pole position, but had yet to win another race until today.

"To finally do what was goal No. 1 when we set out at the start of the season, to get back into winner's circle, to do so as early in the season as we have, as convincingly as we did, was great," said Hinchcliffe, who recorded the fifth victory of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.10.2017

INDYCAR - Castroneves wins third straight Long Beach pole with track record

LONG BEACH, California (Saturday, April 8, 2017) - He may be one of the elder statesmen of the Verizon IndyCar Series, but Helio Castroneves isn't slowing down anytime soon. The Team Penske driver broke his own track record today in winning a third straight Verizon P1 Award to start on pole position in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

In the Firestone Fast Six, the third and final round of knockout qualifying, Castroneves pushed his No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course in a sizzling 1 minute, 6.2254 seconds (106.980 mph). It earned the 41-year-old Brazilian his third straight Long Beach pole and the 48th of his 20-year career, leaving Castroneves one behind fellow legend Bobby Unser for third on the all-time list.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 11:27 AM, 04.09.2017