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PR - ST PETE GP TICKETS

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the 2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 7, 2018) - Public sales for three-day tickets to the 2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg begin tomorrow (Thursday, October 8) at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets may be purchased for the 15th annual event online at gpstpete.com or by calling 1-877-725-8849.

The three-day festival in downtown St. Petersburg opens the IndyCar Series season for the ninth straight year, March 8-10, 2019. Weekend general admission tickets are $55 for adults and a junior ticket for ages 12 and under is available for $30. 3-Day Grandstand seats start at $105 and $70 for juniors. Pit Access and Firestone Paddock Passes can also be purchased now. Single-day tickets will be released for sale closer to the event.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:57 AM, 11.07.2018

Scott Dixon Earns Fifth INDYCAR Championship

SONOMA, CA- RIS - Hunter-Reay knew what he had to do to win the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma. Scott Dixon knew what was needed to wrap up a fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Mission accomplished on both fronts.

Hunter-Reay led 80 of 85 laps at Sonoma Raceway in a commanding performance to win the 2018 season finale from the pole position. Dixon started second and finished there, which was more than enough to secure the season crown.

"Man, this is so awesome!" said Dixon, whose five championships leave him behind only another legend, A.J. Foyt with seven, in Indy car annals. "I can't believe that it's actually happened. I can't thank everybody enough for this, it's so cool!"

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Volume 2018, Issue 9, Posted 2:30 PM, 09.17.2018

ANDRETTI - Indy 500 Race Notes

ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT OF NOTE:

  • When the green flag waved and Carlos Munoz crossed the starting line, Andretti Autosport earned its 1,000th Verizon IndyCar Series start.
  • When Zach Veach drove his Relay / Group 1001 machine across the starting line, the team had recorded its 75th start at the Indianapolis 500-mile race.
  • Four Andretti drivers (Hunter-Reay, Munoz, Rossi, Wilson) led at least one lap during the 200-lap event. Since 2003, Andretti Autosport has led laps at 15 of 16 Indy 500 race events, for a total of 808 laps led but the team.
  • For the first time in team history, Andretti Autosport saw six cars running at the finish of the 500-mile race.
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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:09 PM, 05.28.2018

COYNE - Indy 500 Race Notes

Rookie Claman De Melo Completes First
Indy 500 with Strong Run


- Daly picks up best Indy 500 Finish -

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:08 PM, 05.28.2018

RAHAL - Indy 500 Race Notes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

RACE DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 27, 2018

RAHAL AND SERVIA LED THE INDY 500 AT VARIOUS TIMES, WITH SERVIA LEADING WITH LESS THAN 10 LAPS TO GO BUT BOTH CAME UP SHORT; CONTACT WITH A SLOW LAPPED CAR ENDED SATO’S RACE

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:03 PM, 05.28.2018

HONDA - Indianapolis 500 Race Report

Dixon Runs Third for Honda at Indianapolis 500

Fuel gambles from Stefan Wilson, Jack Harvey and Oriol Servia come up short 

  • Come-from-behind efforts from Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal

  • Robert Wickens paces rookie field, finishes ninth

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:02 AM, 05.28.2018

CHEVROLET - 1-2 in 102nd Indianapolis 500

Chevrolet Finishes 1-2 in 102nd Indianapolis 500

·         Will Power earns first victory in the 200-lap race
ᴏ Driver of No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet led 59 laps

·         Ed Carpenter finishes career-best second in hometown race
ᴏ Pole sitter in No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet led 65 laps

·         Team Chevy claims 10th win in ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’
ᴏ It’s the third 1-2 finish since return to Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012

·         Simon Pagenaud sixth-place finish is career best in the race

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.28.2018

INDYCAR - Carb Day Driver Quotes

'What They're Saying' from Indianapolis 500 Carb Day practice

ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda): "We were just running through the program. We had to do an install first lap, then we did some pit stops. Then we got into our test program trying different things. There wasn't anything wrong. We have some work to do, for sure. Today was pretty good for track conditions compared to where we have been. We have to make some adjustments. By no means are we in no-man's land." (About James Hinchcliffe being in his pit box): "He was just listening, nothing crazy. It's not like he's coaching me from in there. He was giving his opinion and talking with the engineers, just trying to lend a hand in any way he can."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "I don't really know if today told us too much about what the race will bring in the PNC Bank car. It's really warm today and we think it could be even warmer on race day. The track temp was way up there today as well. I'm not really sure what you can learn from the times today. There were a lot of people throwing tires at it out there. Overall, the car felt good and we were comfortable. You just never know exactly what you're going to have until you get into the race."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:04 PM, 05.25.2018

ANDRETTI - Freedom 100 Race Notes

The track was hot as the Andretti Autosport quartet took to the track for the 16th running of the Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires. It was 100 miles of intense, action-packed racing as the fans witnessed 20 lead changes involving five different drivers over 40 laps. In the end it was Colton Herta chasing the checkered across the yard of bricks followed closely by rookie teammate, Patricio O'Ward, and veteran driver Dalton Kellett.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.25.2018

D&R - Carb Day Notes

The Dreyer & Reinbold Racing duo of Sage Karam and J.R. Hildebrand completed their “Carb Day” testing runs Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as preparations continued for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for Sunday, May 27, at 12:15 p.m. EDT.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:56 PM, 05.25.2018

RAHAL - Carb Day Notes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

CARB DAY NOTES/QUOTES – May 25, 2018

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:54 PM, 05.25.2018

ANDRETTI - Colton Herta Wins Freedom 100

After dominating on the road course, Herta's impressive driving continued as he captured today's win on the iconic oval at IMS. The driver of the No. 98 Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing / Curb Mazda hands Andretti Autosport its sixth win of the Indy Lights  Presented by Cooper Tires season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:53 PM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Simon Pagenaud Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

 

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

 

WITH QUALIFYING IN THE PAST, WHAT’S THE STRATEGY FOR THE RACE?

“I want to go up front and run away. I think we have a really fast car. If you’re in the lead, then it’s a big advantage for tire wear. I want to try to always be either first or second but not much farther back because traffic gets really complicated back in the pack.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:55 AM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Tony Kanaan Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET:

 

ON DRIVING THE NO. 14. “That number is a big thing here. The number, I think, one day is going to be retired as A.J.’s (Foyt) number. His fan base is unbelievable. So, it’s a lot of pressure. And at this point in my career I didn’t think that I would have that much pressure after winning everything that I wanted to win, but, yeah, it adds to it.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:53 AM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Will Power Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

 

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

 

THE PENSKE CARS ARE DOING VERY WELL. WHAT IS THE MAIN REASON FOR THAT?

“Well, I think Chevy engines have produced a much better engine this year, a very good engine. And, obviously Penske does a really good job of preparing the cars. We’re definitely given the best equipment, as it shows on the track. We’re all up front.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:51 AM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Ed Carpenter Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET:

Q.        When you were growing up, what was your thought about running an Indianapolis 500 racecar?

ED CARPENTER:  I don't know.  Beyond race day I think driving for Eddie in my rookie year, he did a lot to help me develop, start developing my mental approach to how you drive a car here, how you mentally prepare to drive a car here, what you should be thinking about with the car, the team.  Even though it wasn't all that successful of a month of May, working with guy that was a 500 champion, instilled in me some good habits in me that I've been able to expand on, make my own, refine as the years have gone on. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:49 AM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Josef Newgarden Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

Q.        Obviously the last couple years has been really, really thrilling, exciting racing.  With the temperature the way it is and that the cars have, how is it going to change it?  What are we going to see do you think?

JOSEF NEWGARDEN:  It's hard to say.  I don't think the front of the field will change drastically from years past, which is good.  We've had great races for the last five or six years, and I think when IndyCar was developing the '18 kit, this was a place they didn't want to change.  The front of the pack I don't think will alter massively from last season.  Deeper in the pack it is tougher.  It's tougher to get runs on people, it's tougher to follow.  There's a little less downforce on the car in race trim, the maximum you can put on, so when it's a hot day, it makes it a little bit tough.

I think tire dropoff might be higher compared to years past with temperatures being up.  But not drastic differences.  I think the front will look very similar.  You're going to see guys swapping back and forth.  It's just you get buried in the pack, it'll probably be a little harder to work your way forward.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Helio Castroneves Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

 

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PENNZOIL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  I see the fans, a lot of people excited to have the number four.  I'll do everything I can to make people's wishes come true, including mine. 

Q.        Last year you ran really well.  We all hated to see what happened when you went over to the sports car program.  In some ways do you feel more refreshed coming into May?

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  No question, going into a new program, you see your hard work, not only myself, I'm talking about the Acura Team Penske, the entire organization, putting a lot of effort into the program.  We captured 1 and 2 in Mid-Ohio.  This is phenomenal. 

It does refresh you.  It does give you the opportunity to explore more things.  On the other side, coming back, you feel like there's so much I could learn in those three other races before jumping into Indianapolis. 

The good news is I have a phenomenal group of guys.  They're able to give me information.  Now you just got to get it on. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:46 AM, 05.25.2018

CHEVROLET - Danica Patrick Media Day

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVYDRIVER TRANSCRIPT – MEDIA DAY

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 13 GODADDY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET,

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

Q.        Your last Indy 500 Media Day. 

DANICA PATRICK:  Won't miss that  The saying from last year when I started really knowing what I was going to do was behind the scenes there would be a lot of 'won't miss thats'.  It's my way of going, I'm making the right decision. 

You guys have always been nice to me. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:43 AM, 05.25.2018

CARPENTER - Capital Funding Group Joins ECR for Indy

Capital Funding Group (CFG), an equal opportunity lender for financial subsidy within the multifamily and healthcare industries, announced today a partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2018 Indianapolis 500. CFG will be prominently displayed on the rear wing of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, driven by Ed Carpenter. CFG will ride with Carpenter as he starts his 15thIndianapolis 500 from the pole position.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:30 PM, 05.24.2018

HONDA - Indy 500 Preview

A pair of four-time series champions will head the 17-driver Honda field to the green flag Sunday for the start of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.              Sebastien Bourdais, now fully recovered from injuries sustained in a qualifying crash for last year’s race, will start fifth in his Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda as he seeks his first “500” victory, to go with his four consecutive ChampCar World Series titles won from 2004-07.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:19 PM, 05.24.2018

ANDRETTI - Freedom 100 Preview



  • The 2018 Freedom 100 will be the 16th Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Series race on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway



  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the second largest racing venue by capacity and includes the IMS Museum


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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:07 PM, 05.24.2018

INDYCAR - FAST FACTS: 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil fast facts

Race weekend: Friday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile oval

Starting lineup: 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil

Race distance: 200 laps / 500 miles

Firestone tire allotment: Thirty-six sets for use throughout the event.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.24.2018

CARPENTER - Pole Day Qualifying Notes

Team Owner Scores Fourth Front Row Start in Six Years; Spencer Pigot Earns Highest Career Starting Position With 6th While Teammate Danica Patrick Qualifies 7th

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:28 PM, 05.21.2018

HONDA - Qualifications Day 2

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500

Sebastien Bourdais completes return from injury by qualifying fifth

  • Scott Dixon to start ninth in search of his second “500” win

  • Indy 500 field to feature 17 Honda drivers from five teams

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 20, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais led the Honda-powered field in final qualifying today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start next Sunday’s Indy 500 from the middle of the second row, fifth.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.21.2018

CHEVROLET - Chevy Driver Fast Nine Post Qualifying

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER FAST NINE POST QUALIFYING QUOTES

MAY 20, 2018

 

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.21.2018

Chevrolet - Qualifications Day 2

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

102ND RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

TEAM CHEVY QUALIFICATIONS DAY 2 RECAP

MAY 20, 2018

 

Ed Carpenter Puts Chevrolet on the Pole for the Indianapolis 500

Bowtie Brand Sweeps Front Row

·         Ed Carpenter Racing puts all three entries in Fast Nine Shootout

o   Spencer Pigot qualified 6th

o   Danica Patrick qualified 7th

·         Team Penske Put all four entries in Fast Nine Shootout

o   Simon Pagenaud qualified 2nd

o   Will Power qualified 3rd to complete all-Chevy front-row

o   Josef Newgarden qualified 4th

o   Helio Castroneves qualified 8th

·         Team Chevy claimed seven of top-nine qualifiers and nine of top-11 for 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.21.2018

COYNE - Pole Day Notes

Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman De Melo impressed on Sunday during the second day of qualifying for the Indy 500 which determined the starting positions for the 33-car field by qualifying 13th. Conor Daly, in the team’s entry with Thom Burns Racing, rounded out the field in 33rd. Below are the Qualifying Reports for both drivers.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:06 PM, 05.20.2018

RAHAL - Pole Day Notes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Verizon IndyCar Series

QUALIFYING DAY 2 NOTES/QUOTES – May 20, 2018

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:01 PM, 05.20.2018

COYNE - Bump Day Notes

Dale Coyne Racing had a bittersweet day during the first day of qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday with rookie Zachary Claman De Melo and Conor Daly making the field of 33 while Pippa Mann was unfortunately bumped from a place in next week’s race despite putting in her best effort. Claman De Melo and Daly will set their starting positions during Sunday’s second day of qualifying. Below are the Day 1 qualifying reports for each driver.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:18 AM, 05.20.2018

CARPENTER - Bump Day Notes

ALL THREE ED CARPENTER RACING DRIVERS ADVANCE TO FAST NINE SHOOTOUT FOR A CHANCE AT INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE POSITION

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:16 AM, 05.20.2018