Indy Car News

INDY 500 - Fast Friday is Done, Qualifications Next

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - Light rain moved over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a little after 4:00pm.  Even though the track went back green after about ten minutes, most teams packed it up for the day.
 
All 35 entries were on the track today testing for the first time with the added horse power for qualifications.

Marco Andretti had fast time for the day at 231.802, worth a cool $10K to the third generation driver, but that speed was with a big tow. He was followed by Robert Wickens, and Ed Carpenter.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:37 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - Bump Day Saturday and Maybe, Sunday too?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - After James Davidson made contact with the Turn two wall, the question, naturally, came up about qualifications starting tomorrow.


We will attempt to make this convoluted and frankly contrived, rule clear.


If the AJ Foyt/Hollinger/Belardi Team can not repair the number 33 in time to make a qualification attempt on “Bump Day” tomorrow, “At Race Control’s Option” they may be allowed to make one attempt on Sunday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:06 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - James Davidson Hit Turn Two Wall at Indy.

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - Driver James Davidson, driving the number 33, AJ Foyt/Hollinger/Belardi, brought out the first significant yellow flag for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.



At 2:46 pm while going through turn two, the rear of the car stepped out just as the car went passed the mid-point of the turn. The car rotated to the left doing 180 degrees, hitting hard on its left side against the SAFER barrier.



Davidson got out of the car with assistance from the AMR Safety Team. He has been transported to the in-field car center.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:28 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - Fast Friday start Fast! Rain on the Way?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - It’s Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the 102nd running of the 500 Mile Race. Honda and Chevy get to turn up the boost of their engines today in preparation for two days of qualifications this weekend. Somewhere between 50 and 75 horse power will be added for the “Go Fast” days.

The field of 35 entries is tight, really tight. There is only an unbelievable 0.8 seconds in lap times, separating all 35 cars. That translates into about 240 feet on the track. The slightest mistake on track during qualifications can quite literally, be the difference the pole and not making the show as only the 33 fastest cars on Saturday get to attempted a run Sunday for their grid spot.

Marco Andretti’s speed of 227.053 set on Wednesday set the standard for the week, Conor Daly and Stefan Wilson are the 34th and 35th just 0.35 seconds back.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:46 AM, 05.18.2018

INDYCAR - Thursday May 17 Notes

Rahal, Kanaan, Andretti lead third day of Indianapolis 500 practice

Famous names set the pace in the third day of practice for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, with the likes of Rahal, Kanaan and Andretti atop the speed chart.

Graham Rahal, the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, was fastest of the 35 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers on track Thursday, putting down an early lap at 226.047 mph in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda that held up throughout the seven-hour session.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:47 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Busy Day at Indy, Honda and Chevy Vie for Supremacy

At the end of the day’s practice session, it was a classic Honda/Chevrolet battle. Graham Rahal versus Tony Kanaan. Marco Andretti versus Ed Carpenter.

The breakdown of the fastest four was Honda-Chevy-Honda-Chevy.

Most engine-savvy insiders believe Chevy has closed the performance gap here at Indianapolis, where Honda had held the trump cards in year’s past. It’s believe to be a level field this year in terms of horsepower and fuel efficiency.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:35 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Indianapolis 500 Drivers and Teams

As we wind up what is very likely the last fine-weather practice day here a the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, let's take a look at the breakdown of 35 drivers, and their teams and engines competing for the 33 coveted positions in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 field.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 5:45 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Thursday, Midday Practice Report; Oladipo to Drive Pace Car.

Indianapolis - RIS - May 17, 2018 - It is a lovely day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sunny, about eighty degrees and practically no wind. In the first couple of hours we have seen all 35 entered cars on track. All the teams are working very hard today, due to a less than optimistic weather forecast for the upcoming days. Fast Friday has a 60% chance of rain, with 80% both Saturday and Sunday.

Graham Rahal leads the speed chart for today at 226.047, followed by Tony Kanaan at 225.896 and Marco Andretti at 225.584. Most crews were working on simulated qualification runs in the first two hours, with race setup work going on now. We would expect a lot of traffic later in the afternoon.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:14 PM, 05.17.2018

INDYCAR - I-PAS Goggles Test for Concussions

INDYCAR drivers are now required to undergo a clinical eye-tracking computer test recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been implemented as part of the sanctioning body's concussion evaluation protocol, it was announced today.

Drivers competing in this month's Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil - plus drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder program - have been tested by the innovative system known as I-PAS and created by Pittsburgh-based Neuro Kinetics, Inc. The I-Portal Portable Assessment System, commonly referred to as the "goggles test," runs high-quality diagnostic tests to evaluate patients with symptoms of dizziness and/or balance disorders, especially those associated with medical conditions such as concussions, migraines or BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:15 PM, 05.17.2018

INDY 500 - Flury of Practice Laps Fill the Day at Indy

With near-ideal weather conditions all day, a blistering total of 5257 laps of practice were turned by all 35 entrants for this year’s qualifications for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

It was all-Honda at the top of the speed chart, with four different teams being represented.

Marco Andretti, driving the #98 Andretti/Herta/Curb/Agajanian entry, delivered the day’s best speed of 227.053 mph. Behind the third generation Andretti were Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon (226.329), Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato (226.108), and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens (226.329).

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:55 PM, 05.16.2018

INDY 500 - Compare and Contrast - the 2017 and the 2018 Dallara IndyCar Side-by-Side

Long-time IndyCar Series followers know that, to control costs and manage parity between the two series engine suppliers, the IndyCar chassis provider, Dallara Automobili, LLC, has to juggle aerodynamic concerns for the 230 miler per hour Indy cars.

Dallara provides the tub and basic components for the Indy Car - the IR12, also known as the DW12, named in honor of the late Dan Wheldon - two-time Indy 500 champion, and test driver of this chassis.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 5:05 PM, 05.16.2018

INDY 500 - Wed. May 16 Midday Update

The threat of rain has been reduced to a suggestion, and the entrants for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 here at the Indianapoplis Motor Speedway have taken advantage of the partly cloudy, 78-degree weather to work on settling the new IndyCar aero package. All 35 entrants have appeared on-track, thus far turning over 1300 practice laps.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:50 PM, 05.16.2018

First Day of Practice for the 102nd Indy 500

The day's threat of thunderstorms never materialized, and the annual thunder from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile oval proceeded pretty much as planned.

The day's best team was no surprise to anyone familiar with Indianapolis. Team Penske put 2016 IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the fastest car of the day. The #22 Menards Team Penske Chevy pinged the chart at 225.787 mph during the morning open session.

Teammate Helio Castroneves, running only two IndyCar events thus far this season - both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500, was the morning's second-quick at 223.445.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:44 PM, 05.15.2018

INDY 500 - The Track is Green for Practice for the 102nd 500!

Indianapolis - RIS - May 15, 2018 - The first day of practice for the 102nd running of the 500 Mile Race got underway at 11:00 am with a two hour session for veteran drivers. That is to be followed by a two hour period for rookies and refresher laps for drivers that have not been in an Indy car foe awhile.

The first group saw Team Penske make a statement with the 22 car of Simon Pagenaud, 225.787 MPH,  the 3 of Helio Castroneves, 223.445, and the 1 of Josef Newgarden, 223.229, in the top three spots. Marco Andretti, rounded out the top four with a top speed of 223.214.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:03 PM, 05.15.2018

Power Commands a Fuel-Saving Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Fuel mileage. On America's highways. And Speedways.Those who excelled in today’s running of the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway juggled the new IndyCar chassis’s aero grip and two significantly different tire compound options to take the checkered flag up front today.

Taking the top step on the podium at the race’s end was Will Power, earning his first win of the season, and his third Grand Prix of Indianapolis victory in the last four years.

A late-race full course caution allowed the field to pit on Lap 59, but forced fuel mileage performance to stretch to 24 laps from the usual 20. Power was given the fuel number he had to hit in the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevy, and he successfully held off a hard-charging Scott Dixon.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:36 PM, 05.12.2018

Indy Grand Prix - A Sign of the Future?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 12, 2012 - Editorial - The Indy Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a big deal no matter what you think? The entire Road to Indy Ladder Series is here, as are of course the Indy Car Series, the BIG cars.

This is the kick-off event of the most important month of the year for open wheel racing. The top of the ladder of the Road is Indy Lights, billed as the last step climbing to the Indy Car Series.

Just as IndyCar management has boosted about more interest and growth, a justifiable claim, there are signs all may not be peaches and cream. TV ratings remain flat, attendance remains flat. That said, there are more sponsors in the series. Are they bring more money to the sport? That’s hard to tell but there are fewer empty side pods at least in the premier level.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:05 PM, 05.12.2018

Indy Grand Prix - Practice Session Two, Getting Ready to Qualify

Indianapolis - RIS - May 11, 2018 - Session two for the Verizon Indy Cars started with much warmer temperatures than the first practice. Teams started working on a more aggressive setup in preparation for this afternoon’s qualifications.

 Clearly the new, lower down force package is showing itself as a bit of a handful to drive on the flat but very fast IMS road course. Most all of the drivers are experiencing significant understeer all around the circuit. 

 Rookie Robert Wickens, driving for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports jumped to the top of the speed chart with a 1:11.0202, a time nearly four seconds off the track record. There is no question, the “new” car is slower than the older car used the last few years.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:34 PM, 05.11.2018

Indy Grand Prix - Day One at Indy, The Indy Grand Prix!

Indianapolis - RIS - May 11, 2018 - It is May, and this is Indianapolis. Do we need to say anything more? The fifth running of the Indy Grand Prix, the kickoff event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 2018, will be run on the infield road course at the historic Brickyard.

 24 cars are entered in tomorrow’s event. Certainly at least on paper, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have to be considered favorites with two wins each. The pair have alternated for the top spot in the previous four runnings.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.11.2018

Heavy rain suspends Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on 23rd lap

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 22, 2018) - Heavy rain pounded Barber Motorsports Park throughout the day and forced suspension of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First on Lap 23. The race will be completed starting at noon ET Monday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 3:39 PM, 04.23.2018

Josef Newgarden Wins Rain-Delayed Race at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM (April 23, 2018) – After winning his first pole at his favorite race track, Josef Newgarden had to wait out an overnight rain-delay to put an exclamation point on the weekend. It is the second win of the season for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, and the third win at Barber Motorsports Park for the driver of the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.  With his victory, Newgarden moved into the series point lead.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 3:38 PM, 04.23.2018

Heavy rain suspends Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on 23rd lap

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 22, 2018) - Heavy rain pounded Barber Motorsports Park throughout the day and forced suspension of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First on Lap 23. The race will be completed starting at noon ET Monday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 11:55 PM, 04.22.2018

Alexander Rossi Wins 44th TOYOTA Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rossi caps dominant Long Beach weekend with impressive victory

LONG BEACH, California (Sunday, April 15, 2018) - Alexander Rossi sought redemption for the one he felt got away a year ago at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Andretti Autosport driver made up for it in dominant fashion, completing a nearly flawless weekend with a flawless drive to win today's race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 4, Posted 12:46 AM, 04.16.2018

Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg - Driver Quotes Post Race

ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda): "I need to see it before I think I comment on anything, but I didn't really want to defend too hard because there was so many marbles off line, so I figured if Alex (Rossi) wants to go there, go for it. I gave him space around the outside. I broke late. I made the corner and then we had some contact, and obviously it put me into a spin into the wall. I ended my day with one lap left in the race. Not the way I imagined the day going for the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda. It was all a little bit confusing because I was told on the radio we were going green, but they didn't turn the lights off the pace car, so I didn't get the best restart I could have done. Probably the worst one of the whole day. I want to kind of speak to the officials to see why they didn't turn the lights off the pace car before we went green but I don't know. I just need to see everything before I comment."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): "It wasn't quite the ending we wanted, but it was a good race. I tapped the wall in Turn 8 early in the first stint, and that kind of bent it out of whack a little bit. Man, on our own in clean air, the Arrow Electronics car was a rocket ship, we were setting fast laps at one point on Firestone red (alternate) tires and black (primary) tires, but once we got into traffic, I think we lost the front end too much and couldn't do anything about it. At the end there, Graham (Rahal) had a lot more push-to-pass than we did, so I was trying to threaten him and make him use up as much as he could, but it is what it is. Gutted for Robbie (Wickens) obviously, it was a storybook race from pole, but a few laps to go going for the win, Alex (Rossi) is a fast, aggressive guy and we knew something was going to be tried at least, and it's unfortunate he ended up there. Huge congratulations to the team for a solid result."

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 8:23 AM, 03.12.2018

Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Results

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - Results Sunday of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.8 mile Streets of St. Petersburg circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (14) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 110, Running
2. (24) Graham Rahal, Honda, 110, Running
3. (12) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 110, Running
4. (7) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 110, Running
5. (6) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 110, Running

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 5:31 PM, 03.11.2018

Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg - Driver Post Qualifying Quotes

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "Not the best qualifying for us. Everyone picked up more than I thought they would but, for us, it just wasn't enough. I didn't do a good enough lap and it's a shame we weren't able to capitalize more in our first session for the year, but I feel like we've got a great car. I'm really happy with the Chevrolet engine that we've got this weekend. I think we've got what it takes to win this race and it's been fun driving the Hitachi car for the first time so, not the perfect way to start the weekend off, but I think we'll have a good car."

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 6:09 PM, 03.10.2018

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg qualifying results

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS - Qualifying Saturday for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.8 mile Streets of St. Petersburg circuit, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (6) Robert Wickens, Honda, 01:01.6643 (105.085)
2. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:01.7346 (104.965)
3. (4) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 01:01.7631 (104.917)
4. (20) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 01:01.7633 (104.917)
5. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:01.8821 (104.715)

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 6:03 PM, 03.10.2018

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Saturday Practice – Dixon Sets Fast Lap

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS –  Scott Dixon pushed his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Honda to the top of Saturday’s Practice 3 speed chart with a fast lap of one minute 0.76 seconds. The four-time IndyCar champion was followed by defending Verizon IndyCar champion Joseph Newgarden in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden, from Nashville, Tennessee, trailed the New Zealander by a mere 0.11 seconds. Will Power, Penske teammate of Newgarden set a slightly slower time just thousands of a second behind

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 12:30 PM, 03.10.2018

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Pre-Race Pit Notes

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – It was announced Friday that Oriel Servia will contest this year’s Indianapolis 500-mile race with the Scuderia Corsa, Rahal Letterman Lanigan team.

Bridgestone America’s announced Thursday that it will extend its Firestone brand sponsorship of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix for two more years. This is its fifth year as title sponsor. Honda had sponsored the event in the past.

A truck that empties portable toilets crashed into the Chip Ganassi Racing hospitality trailer…. No injuries were reported….

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.10.2018

FIrestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg - Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe Media Conference Transcript

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – James Hinchcliffe thinks Turn 4 needs additional braking signs due the change in braking required with changes that the new universal aero kit made to the race car’s handling. “That's how much it's changed.” Said Hinchcliffe.  “We literally need new brake markers because we're going so much faster and have so much less downforce.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who set the fastest time during Friday’s practice agreed. “It's just sliding around. It's overall lack of grip. I remember after my first two outings coming back trying to get feedback. It's not really doing one thing wrong or another thing wrong, it's all over the place light. I think the biggest issue is going to be tire degradation in the race just because you're sliding around so much, asking so much of the tire. It's good though. It's a new challenge. Got everybody on their toes. We'll see who makes the most of it in the shortest amount of time.”

Complete Transcript:

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 11:23 AM, 03.10.2018

2017 IndyCar Champion Josef Newgarden Ready to Defend Title

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden finished eighth in last year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He will drive No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet in this year’s race. Newgarden captured his first series title in 2017, winning four races along the way. Team Penske has won at St. Pete eight times, Including four of the last six races.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 8:39 AM, 03.08.2018

Sebastien Bourdais Repeat Winner at Chaotic Verizon IndyCar Series’ Season Opener

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS –  Sebastien Bourdais overcame a flat tire and used fuel and pit stop strategy to be in the right place at the right time to win the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Bourdais inherited the lead on the re-start of a two-lap shoot-out that turned into chaos when Alexander Rossi slid into race leader Robert Wickens in Turn 1. Wickens, a rookie who won the pole and led the most laps, was forced into the outside concrete wall damaging his car. This brought out the race-ending caution and Bourdais’ victory. Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the unofficial top five.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 4:00 PM, 03.11.2018

Rookie Overcomes Drizzly Qualifying for Verizon IndyCar Series’ Season Opener

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS –  Robert Wickens drove his Lucas Oil SPM Honda to the pole position for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Wickens, from Guelph, Canada, won in his first Verizon P1 pole award in his first ever attempt at qualifying for an IndyCar Series race. He will be 29 years old on March 13.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 4:38 PM, 03.10.2018

Ryan Hunter-Reay tops Friday Practice for Verizon IndyCar Series’ Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the 2014 Indy 500, set the fastest time of the day during Practice 2 for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Hunter-Reay piloted his Andretti Autosport DHL Honda to a quick lap of 1.00.8295 seconds – 106.527 mph. James Hinchcliffe, in the Arrow Electronics SPM Honda, followed just 0.0429 seconds slower.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 5:03 PM, 03.09.2018

2017 St Pete Winner Overcame A Near Career-ending Crash at Indy

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Last year’s race winner, Sebastien Bourdais, had his season cut short after a near career-ending crash during practice for the 2017 Indianapolis 500. Bourdais broke his hip during a fiery crash that flipped his Dale Coyne Racing Honda upside down after striking the SAFER Barrier at 227 mph. The French native now living in St. Petersburg, Florida, sat out nine races. Amazingly he returned to compete in the final three races of the season – Gateway, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 8:29 AM, 03.08.2018

IndyCar Season Revs Up at St. Pete Opener

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Welcome to St Pete and the festival of speed along Tampa Bay. This is a full weekend starting Friday with a 7:30 am USF2000 practice, continuing through Sunday and the running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This is the 15th Indy car race on the streets of St. Petersburg. Action on track includes Pro Mazda, Indy Lights Pirelli World Challenge GT-GTA-GT Cup, GTS and or course Verizon IndyCar series.

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Volume 2018, Issue 3, Posted 7:39 AM, 03.08.2018

2018 Universal Kits Unveiled by IndyCar

DETROIT, MI - RIS -  North American International Auto Show was the setting to Introduce the 2018 Dallara IR-12 chassis and Universal bodywork kit.

2017 IndyCar Champion Joesef Newgarden, driver for Team Penske and Chevrolet, addressed the gathering at the IndyCar press conference Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

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Volume 2018, Issue 1, Posted 10:58 AM, 01.17.2018

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