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2017 Road America: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon, Ganassi Win!

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Scott Dixon took the IndyCar win at Road America.

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2017 Road America: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Castroneves, Penske On Pole!

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Helio Castroneves takes IndyCar pole at 2017 Road America!

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2017 Detroit (Race 2): IndyCar Race Results - Rahal, Honda Two-for-Two!

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Graham Rahal has completed the weekend sweep at Belle Isle!

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2017 Detroit (Race 1): IndyCar Race Results - Rahal, Honda Win!

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Graham Rahal has won the first race of the weekend on Belle Isle!

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Sato, Honda Win!

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Takuma Sato has won the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Carb Day Results - Castroneves, Penske Fastest!

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33 Drivers will be gunning for the Borg on Sunday!

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Second Monday Results - Chilton Fastest!

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Scott Dixon was fast again today after taking Pole yesterday.

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Saturday Qualifying Results - Carpenter, Chevrolet On Provisional Pole!

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Ed Carpenter and his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet put up the best four-lap qualifying average of the day…

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Fast Friday Practice Results - Bourdais, Honda at 233.116 MPH!

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Former Formula One F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais and his No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda IndyCar was fastest today with…

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Practice Four Results - Howard, Honda Top 226.7 Mph!

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Jay Howard and his No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda went fastest on the fourth day of Indianapolis 500 practice…

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Practice Three Results - Carpenter Fastest! IndyCars Slower

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Ed Carpenter led a windy day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Practice One Results - Andretti Fastest!

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Alonso talking with Andretti Autosport IndyCar boss Michael Andretti.

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2017 Indianapolis GP: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske on Pole!

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Team Penske reached a milestone at the INDYCAR Grand Prix today, earning its 250th pole position in Indy car history.

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2017 St. Pete: IndyCar Race Results - Bourdais, Coyne, Honda Win!

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From last to first. Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing - Honda power - have won the season opening Firestone…

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2017 St. Pete: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Penske, Power On Pole

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· 2017 Toronto: IndyCar Practice Results - Pagenaud, Penske Fastest! (Jul 14, 2017)
· 2017 Iowa: IndyCar Race Results - Castroneves ends victory drought, climbs fence at Iowa (Jul 10, 2017)
· 2017 Iowa: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power wins Iowa Corn 300 pole position handily (Jul 08, 2017)
· 2017 Road America: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon, Ganassi Win! (Jun 25, 2017)

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2015 : Formula One Grand Prix Schedule
# Date Race Winner/Time (*)
1 Mar 15 Australian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
2 Mar 29 Malaysia Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari
3 Apr 12 Chinese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
4 Apr 19 Bahrain Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
5 May 10 Spanish Grand Prix Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
6 May 24 Monaco Grand Prix Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
7 Jun 7 Canadian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
8 Jun 21 Austrian Grand Prix Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
9 Jul 5 British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
10 Jul 26 Hungarian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
11 Aug 23 Belgian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
12 Sep 6 Italian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
13 Sep 20 Singapore Grand Prix 8:00 AM
14 Sep 27 Japanese Grand Prix 1:00 AM
15 Oct 11 Russian Grand Prix 7:00 AM
16 Oct 25 United States Grand Prix 3:00 PM
17 Nov 1 Mexican Grand Prix 2:00 PM
18 Nov 15 Brazilian Grand Prix 11:00 AM
19 Nov 29 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 8:00 AM

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2015 : Formula One Drivers Standings
Pos Driver CTY Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 194
2 Nico Rosberg GER MERCEDES 177
3 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 135
4 Valtteri Bottas FIN WILLIAMS 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen FIN FERRARI 76
6 Felipe Massa BRA WILLIAMS 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 36
8 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull 27
9 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India 24
10 Romain Grosjean FRA LOTUS 17
11 Felipe Nasr BRA SAUBER 16
12 Sergio Perez MEX Force India 15
13 Pastor Maldonado VEN LOTUS 12
14 Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso 10
15 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 9
16 Marcus Ericsson SWE SAUBER 5
17 Jenson Button GBR MCLAREN 4
18 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN 1
19 Roberto Merhi ESP MARUSSIA 0
20 Will Stevens GBR MARUSSIA 0



New aero kit receives rave reviews in debut test
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 06:41 AM
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New aero kit receives rave reviews in debut tes


If the first day of on-track testing is any indication, the new Verizon IndyCar Series car is well on its way to making Indy car racing in 2018 even better.

Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia turned more than 100 laps each on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in their respective Chevrolet- and Honda-powered Dallara IR-12s equipped with the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit making its public debut ahead of being used by all competitors next season.

Afterward, approval of the new car's bolder, sleeker look and performance was unanimous from everyone involved. Buy-in from the two test drivers - among the most veteran and respected around - was essential and secured from the outset.


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IndyCar NEXT car design: Bolder, safer, even more thrilling
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 06:28 AM
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IndyCar NEXT car design: Bolder, safer, even more thrilling


INDYCAR is primed for a new look, inspired by old favorites but clearly pointing toward what's "NEXT" for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Your new Indy car: Bolder. Safer. Even more thrilling.

Debuting today in preparation for the 2018 season, cars again powered by Chevrolet and Honda engines will represent a collaboration of several key constituents - INDYCAR, Dallara and design experts in the United Kingdom - paired with input from drivers, teams and fans alike.

The entire process fell under the watchful eyes of Jay Frye, INDYCAR's president of competition and operations; Bill Pappas, INDYCAR's vice president of competition/race engineering; Tino Belli, INDYCAR's director of aerodynamic development; and Dallara, supplier of the IR-12 chassis that has been used by all Verizon IndyCar Series competitors since 2012 and supplier of the stylish and functional universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will cover each chassis beginning next season.


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Ruoff Home Mortgage Expands Partnership To Mid-Ohio
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 06:21 AM
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Ruoff Home Mortgage Expands Partnership To Mid-Ohio


The No. 26 machine of Takuma Sato will take on a familiar look when it hits the 2.258-mile track of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner’s car will resemble the Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda that brought the Japanese driver his first victory with Andretti Autosport.

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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Race - Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 08:40 PM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Race - Recap


For the second time in three years, Josef Newgarden was the winning beneficiary of fortunate pit stop timing at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Newgarden seized the lead by making his first stop just before a full-course caution flag waved on the streets course at Exhibition Place. The Team Penske driver led 58 of the last 61 laps to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race by 1.8704 seconds over Alexander Rossi.


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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Race - Driver Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 08:36 PM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Race - Driver Quotes


SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): "The DXC Technology Chevrolet was tremendous all weekend. We just didn't get that first stop in before the yellow like Josef (Newgarden) did. Overall, it was a good weekend for us. We made up some ground in points and it's always great to visit Toronto. Congratulations to the No. 2 team and all of Team Penske."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): "I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time. Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric) for making that call. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that. I thought we had a very fast car, we got a pretty good start, and stayed out of the mayhem. Very, very happy for all of Team Penske, and this DeVilbiss Chevy was pretty bright, but it was pretty fast too. I am pumped for all the No. 2 car guys today, they did an amazing job for Team Penske today."


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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Race Results, Recap - Newgarden, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 05:25 PM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Race Results, Recap - Newgarden, Penske Win!


By Mike Sulka

Lucky podium! Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Penske Chevrolet would get a timely yellow, and then hold the lead to take victory Honda Indy Toronto on the Toronto street circuit. For Newgarden, it is his second win of the year, and fifth of his IndyCar career.

In second, Alexander Rossi and his No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda picked up his first podium of the year, and second of his IndyCar career.

James Hinchcliffe would round out the podium with his third podium of the season, and 14th of his career.

All three drivers would benefit from Tony Kanaan's untimely, or timely incident - depending on your point of view.

Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti and Penske driver Simon Pagenaud would round out the top-five finishers.

Scott Dixon continues to lead the IndyCar Drivers Championship by two points over Helio Castroneves.

Recap

It was a clean start with Helio Castroneves getting the jump on his Polesitting teammate Simon Pagenaud in Turn One. By the time the field reached Turn Three Scott Dixon and his No. 9 would make contact with Will Power and put his Penske IndyCar into the wall. Both cars would have damage with Dixon's left rear going down, and Power with a broken front wing, and broken right front toe link. The result, the first yellow of the day.

Power said, "It surprised me, and its a reminder to myself to never, ever take a risk on the opening laps. It really makes it tough in the championship."

Dixon would pit and continue after getting a left rear brake duct replaced. Power couldn't make it back to his pitbox. But was pushed behind the wall for repairs.

On Lap 6, Castroneves led the field back to the green. The order, Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal, Josef Newgarden, and James Hinchcliffe.

Pitstops would start on Lap 22, Tony Kanaan would crash on cold tires while exiting the pits on Lap 24, Josef Newgarden would make it in to the pits before the yellow, and the leaders would get shuffled back under the second yellow of the race. Kanaan would lose two laps, but return to the race.

Newgarden would lead the field on the Lap 28 restart, with Ed Jones, Charlie Kimball, Alexander Rossi, and James Hinchcliffe following. Castroneves would resume in 14th, Pagenaud was 15th, and Rahal was 16th.

By Lap 40, the cars on the off strategy would pit. Newgarden would continue to lead followed by Rossi, Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

On Lap 54, Newgarden would pit from the lead, Rossi and Hinchcliffe would match his strategy.

Newgarden would return to the lead by Lap 60, followed by Rossi, Hinchcliffe and they would all race hard to the finish.

Newgarden would take victory!

Next up, the IndyCar series will race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio in two weeks.

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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Pagenaud, Penske On Pole!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 06:22 AM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Pagenaud, Penske On Pole!


Simon Pagenaud has put himself in the thick of the hunt for a second straight Verizon IndyCar Series title without earning the pole position for a race in 2017. Until today, that is.

The reigning series champion set a track record for the current layout on the streets of Exhibition Place to capture the Verizon P1 Award and first starting position for the Honda Indy Toronto. The driver of the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet will lead the 21-car field to the green flag in Sunday's 85-lap race on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit.

HONDA INDY TORONTO: Qualifying results

In the Firestone Fast Six - the third and final round of the knockout qualifying format employed on Verizon IndyCar Series road and street courses - Pagenaud clocked a lap of 58.9124 seconds (109.138 mph) to win his first pole position of the season and 10th of his eight-year Indy car career. The lap was more than eight-tenths of a second quicker than the previous record (59.7747 seconds) set last year by Will Power.

"It's been a great weekend so far," said Pagenaud, who earned Team Penske's eighth pole this season and its 253rd in Indy car history. "The car is really, really nice to drive. The most satisfying thing is to feel like as an athlete that you can extract the best out of yourself and be one with the car. That's what I've always dreamt about and today I feel that way."

Pagenaud said he enjoys the challenges of Toronto's downtown circuit, with its tight corners and numerous surface changes. He's looking forward to starting Sunday's race from the point.

"Usually when I start in the front, I feel like things can go well, but you never know here," said Pagenaud, third in the 2017 championship after 11 of 17 races and now within 30 points of leader Scott Dixon after collecting one point for winning the pole. "It's such an exciting race, always a twist here in the strategy, so anything can happen. But cross fingers that it goes our way."

Graham Rahal scored his best Toronto qualifying effort in 12 tries and will start second in the No. 15 Rousseau Metal Honda with a lap of 59.2245 seconds (108.563 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six.

"Honestly, I think on used (alternate) tires, it's probably the best lap I've ever put together to put us P2," the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver said. "The Penskes looked like they were going to run away with this thing. I'm so geeked for this team. These boys have worked so hard and, man, I couldn't be more proud of them. That was awesome."

A pair of Pagenaud's teammates at Team Penske, Helio Castroneves and Power, locked up the second row in qualifying. Castroneves was third fastest in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet (59.4345 seconds, 108.180 mph) with defending race winner Power fourth in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (59.5430 seconds, 107.982 mph).

Dixon was fifth in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda (59.7970 seconds, 107.524 mph). The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has advanced to the Firestone Fast Six at every road- and street-course race where it has been contested this season.

The final spot in the Firestone Fast Six went to hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe, who equaled his best Toronto qualifying effort of sixth with a lap of 1 minute, 0.14145 seconds in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

"It's always tricky qualifying here," said Hinchcliffe, who finished third in last year's Toronto race. "This track is one of the those with all the surface changes and, where the walls are, it's tough to get that lap on the (Firestone alternate) reds. ... I'm really proud of the SPM Arrow guys. Top six (in qualifying) two years in a row, and last year we turned it into a podium, so let's hope for more of the same tomorrow."

Two incidents in earlier qualifying rounds affected drivers Esteban Gutierrez and JR Hildebrand.

Gutierrez, the Verizon IndyCar Series rookie driving the No. 18 UNIFIN Honda, made hard contact with the wall at the exit of Turn 11 at the conclusion of Segment 1, Group 1 qualifying. The Dale Coyne Racing entry sustained significant right-side and rear damage in the incident.

Gutierrez was evaluated by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. The 25-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, was treated and released but has not been cleared to drive, pending further evaluation Sunday morning.

Hildebrand hit the wall in Segment 2 qualifying when his No. 21 Preferred Freezer Service Chevrolet jumped the curb on the inside of Turn 8 and slid into the outside barrier. The Ed Carpenter Racing driver was uninjured and will start 12th in Sunday's race, the 33rd for Indy cars in Toronto dating to the first event in 1986.

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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Qualifying - Driver Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 07:54 PM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Qualifying - Driver Quotes


SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was a really good lap, one of the best I've ever put together. Certainly, there is not much more in it, but the whole qualifying I worked on details and driving. My teammates, they are tremendous. It's such a good atmosphere when we work together. Each practice we talked about how we manage the corners and we keep improving each other. I feel like I really extracted the best out of my car, the best out of my setup today. It's obviously the most satisfying thing and that is what I'm always seeking for."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): "We just missed the Firestone Fast Six by like a tenth of a second or something. I didn't get it done. The margins in this series are razor thin and sometimes you come up on the short end. The DeVilbiss Chevrolet guys have worked hard and the car is really solid. It's not like all is lost or anything. We'll start seventh and go to work from there."


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2017 Toronto Q&A: IndyCar - Team Penske
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 03:50 PM
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2017 Toronto Q&A: IndyCar - Team Penske


TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET DRIVERS – SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 1 DXC TECHNOLOGY, JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 DEVILBISS, HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI AND WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON, met with members of the media at the Indy Toronto on the Streets of Exhibition Place, Toronto. Full transcript:

THE MODERATOR: We can get started with Helio Castroneves, who finished second fastest in this morning's practice session. Helio has one pole here and a best finish of second as we head into tomorrow afternoon's Honda Indy Toronto. Your team swept the practice session this morning showing some great speed heading into this afternoon's qualifying session. How are you feeling about your car and your setup?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Yeah, our Hitachi Chevy seems to be carrying good momentum from last year, and all of four of us are sharing a lot of information, and that's extremely what -- we want to be in a situation that we're fighting against each other and not against everybody else.

Right now it's working in the direction that we're looking, but again, there was a big change between the reds and the blacks and with the track changing, so hopefully with the paths that we had yesterday and the track and a little bit similar situation, that probably might help us to cover those differences. So far, so good, but we'll keep working together.


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Veteran drivers Montoya, Servia named to test universal aero kit
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 03:44 PM
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Veteran drivers Montoya, Servia named to test universal aero kit


Veteran Indy car drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have been named by INDYCAR to perform testing duties for the Dallara universal aero kit to be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series teams starting in the 2018 season.

Testing of the universal kit, which will be fitted to the current Dallara IR-12 chassis used by all teams, begins July 25-26 on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Subsequent tests will take place on the permanent road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the short oval at Iowa Speedway and a street-course simulation at Sebring International Raceway.

The two test cars will represent the engine manufacturers currently competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Team Penske will provide the Chevrolet-powered Dallara chassis to be driven by Montoya. Servia will drive a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara with a Honda engine.



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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Practice Results - Pagenaud, Penske Fastest!
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 14, 2017 - 06:44 PM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Practice Results - Pagenaud, Penske Fastest!


Simon Pagenaud says his fortune has not been that good in the past at the Honda Indy Toronto, so the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion looks at being fastest in today's practices as a positive sign.

Pagenaud turned the quick lap of the day in this afternoon's 45-minute session on the streets of Exhibition Place. Driving the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, Pagenaud circled the 1.786-mile temporary circuit in 1 minute, 0.2573 of a second (106.702 mph).

In eight previous Toronto races, Pagenaud has never qualified better than second or finished better than fourth. The 33-year-old Frenchman wants to improve in both areas in this weekend's 33rd Indy car race at Toronto since 1986.

"The car has been phenomenal all day," Pagenaud said. "I feel very comfortable. It's great to be back in Toronto. This track is so much fun to drive on because it's different to other tracks.

"Here it's very low grip; you slide around in the corners. The tarmac changes throughout the corner and it's giving you a great challenge. I really enjoy that, I really do. Every corner's different and you need to change your driving corner to corner. It's not boring, I can tell you that."

Will Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was second fastest today at 1:00.4844 (106.302 mph). The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto winner is the active driver with the most Toronto victories (three), but said getting a read on the ever-changing circuit makes it difficult.

"It's a tough track to get the balance right," Power said. "The grip levels are so difficult all the way around. You've got some bumpy areas with no grip and bumpy areas with grip, then completely smooth areas. Turn 9 goes from a lot of grip to absolutely nothing. It's something else. Very tough to get it all right."

Scott Dixon, the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2017 points leader after 11 races, was third today with a lap of 1:00.6253 (106.055 mph) in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. Helio Castroneves, eight points behind Dixon after winning the Iowa Corn 300 on July 9, ranked fifth on the time sheet with a lap of 1:00.6485 (106.014 mph) in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

Sebastian Saavedra, named Thursday to drive the No. 7 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in place of Mikhail Aleshin, was in an Indy car on a street course today for the first time in two years. The 27-year-old Colombian carefully worked his way up to speed with a best lap of 1:02.1493 (103.454 mph), that ranked 21st for the day.

"It's a little bit of a last-minute scenario, which leaves very little time to prepare," Saavedra said. "We went out there and tried to get familiar with this Honda-powered machine. This is my first time in a Honda-powered car with this aero kit, so definitely there's a lot to learn, but altogether very positive."

Practice resumes at 10 a.m. ET Saturday, ahead of knockout qualifying at 2:15 p.m. Both sessions will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. NBCSN also has a delayed qualifying telecast airing at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday's 85-lap race airs live on CNBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network at 3 p.m. An encore race telecast starts at 7 p.m. on NBCSN.

Bourdais comes to Toronto to advise teammates

Sebastien Bourdais has had great success racing in Toronto, which made the decision to attend this weekend's event as a spectator more difficult. At the behest of Craig Hampson, his friend and race engineer at Dale Coyne Racing, Bourdais is on hand to lend advice to the team's rookie drivers, Esteban Gutierrez and Ed Jones, as he recovers from hip and pelvis fractures sustained in a crash during an Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempt.

"Mixed feelings, obviously. I'm not a good spectator, so it's going to be a tough weekend for me," admitted Bourdais, who won the Toronto race in 2005 and 2014 (Race 1). "It's a place where I was looking forward to come and race, so, yeah, bittersweet, but in the meantime, it could have been a lot worse and I could not be walking."

Since the crash on May 20, the 38-year-old Bourdais has been obsessed with returning to the cockpit of his No. 18 Honda before the end of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He has been pleased with the progress made in rehabilitation.

"It's been a bit of a long process, but we knew that going in," said Bourdais, who won the season opener in his adopted hometown of St. Petersburg to collect career win No. 36 and move alone into sixth place on the all-time Indy car list. "The good thing is obviously things are heading in the right direction. There's no setbacks or bad surprises, so it's just a game of patience."

Ideally, Bourdais would be cleared to test an Indy car in early August with the intent of racing in the final two events of the season - the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen from Sept. 1-3 and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma from Sept. 15-17.

"Unless that test goes not well and I'm really uncomfortable or not feeling up for it physically," he said, "I should be able to make it back for the last two (races)."

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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Practice - Driver Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 14, 2017 - 06:38 PM
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2017 Toronto: IndyCar Practice - Driver Quotes


SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): "The car has been phenomenal all day. I feel very comfortable. It's great to be back in Toronto. This track is so much fun to drive on because it's different to other tracks. Here it's very low grip, you slide around in the corners. The tarmac changes throughout the corner, and it's giving you a great challenge. I really enjoy that, I really do. You need to change your driving corner-to-corner. It's not boring, I can tell you that. I'm excited. Again, the DXC car is really good. The track is changing as all the series go on, so we're going to need to follow the track. I think we've started right where we need to be. The difficult part from now is to find the magic setup on the car for the red (Firestone alternate) tires. Like Will (Power) said, there's quite a bit of a difference on the balance from the black (Firestone primary) tires to the reds. We'll see, I think we're OK, but that's going to be the tough part."


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Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network Ratings Soar for 101st Indianapolis 500
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 05:51 AM
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Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network Ratings Soar for 101st Indianapolis 500


Overall United States radio listenership of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil grew 43 percent from 2016 on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, according to a recent research study.

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2017 Iowa: IndyCar Race Results - Castroneves ends victory drought, climbs fence at Iowa
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, July 10, 2017 - 06:23 AM
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2017 Iowa: IndyCar Race Results - Castroneves ends victory drought, climbs fence at Iowa


The victory drought is finally over for Helio Castroneves. Now his chase toward a first Verizon IndyCar Series championship is in high gear.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner ended a three-year, 54-race streak without a win by taking the checkered flag today in the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. In the process, the driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet closed within eight points of the championship lead after 11 of 17 races.

"We've been close (to winning) so many times, and finally luck was on our side," the typically exuberant Castroneves said. "We've been working so hard together, but the Hitachi Chevy was on rails. We had a little bit of an issue in the beginning, but after we set up the car it was great. What a great finish. It's just like the first time."

Castroneves led 217 of the 300 laps on the high-speed, 0.894-mile Iowa oval, winning by 3.9647 seconds over JR Hildebrand. As anticipated, Castroneves celebrated the occasion by hopping out his car at the start/finish line after the race and performing his trademark climbing of the catch fence to the delight of Iowa Speedway fans.

It is Castroneves' first triumph since the opener of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader on June 1, 2014. It also gave the 42-year-old Brazilian, celebrating his 20th season in Indy cars, career win No. 30 to move him into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time victory list. Castroneves had been tied with retired Team Penske great Rick Mears, who now serves as Castroneves' spotter on ovals.

"Finally, everything came together," said Castroneves, who also overtook Al Unser for fourth all time in laps led and now has 5,947. "And 30 wins, we just passed Rick Mears, which is my hero. ... I'm honored to be part of this organization, and I can only thank Roger (Penske, team owner), (team president Tim) Cindric and the entire team for supporting me. It's easy to be behind you in good times, but they've always been there no matter the time, so for me that's priceless. I'm going to continue focusing on this season, and there's more to come."

The decisive pass of the race came on Lap 268, when Castroneves darted past Hildebrand and leader Marco Andretti into first place. He steadily pulled away to give Team Penske its 192nd Indy car win - most all time - and its first at Iowa Speedway. Castroneves is the ninth different driver to win a race this season, a list that now includes all four Team Penske drivers.

"To see that run that Helio made all day long, I think he controlled the race," said Penske, who calls Castroneves' race strategy. "We had very good pit stops, you could see that, but you've got to have reliability and you've got to have a guy behind the wheel who knows how to climb the fence."

Hildebrand, in the No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing, equaled his career-best finish first accomplished when he was runner-up at the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Hildebrand was driving the same car that Josef Newgarden raced to victory at Iowa in 2016 for Ed Carpenter Racing.

"It feels good," said Hildebrand, who qualified a career-best second on Saturday and led 38 laps in the race. "I definitely think that, under some slightly different circumstances, we had a car to win out there. The guys made a great call to pit early and get out into the lead at the end and try to hustle all the way.

"I think if we'd been on equal tires with Helio, we'd have had something for him there at the end. But all in all, really excited for the Fuzzy's Vodka crew to get on the podium here again."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, a three-time winner at Iowa, equaled his season-best finish of third place for Andretti Autosport. Pole sitter Will Power led 23 laps before finishing fourth for Team Penske.

Points leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing finished eighth and has collected 403 points through 11 races. Team Penske drivers hold the next four positions in the standings, with Castroneves second (395 points), reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud third (372), Power fourth (350) and Newgarden fifth (347).

Three drivers - Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly - were each eliminated in single-car crashes, though none was injured. The race was also red-flagged for eight minutes after 208 laps for light rain.

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2017 Iowa: IndyCar Race - Driver Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, July 10, 2017 - 06:21 AM
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2017 Iowa: IndyCar Race - Driver Quotes


SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): "It took a little while to get the Menards Chevy running fast, but it definitely was at the end. There was so much tire degradation that it was difficult to get a great feel for balance. Essentially, seventh is not bad. It's not what we want to do, but starting 11th and being unlucky with the draw in qualifying are factors. I can't complain about it. That's the sport. We just need to be patient and keep doing what we're doing. At some point we'll get another win. I feel awesome for Helio (Castroneves) - just super happy. Instead of concentrating on me today, I think we all should congratulate Helio. He's been waiting for this win since 2014 and it's kind of unfair considering how competitive he has been."

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was one of those not bad, but not great days. The Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was really good, but we just couldn't get over the hump. Everyone is so equal now that it really is challenging to make up large amounts of ground. We were a little behind the eight-ball after qualifying 16th, but that's the draw sometimes. I really couldn't be happier for Helio (Castroneves). He's been so close so many times. It was a great day for Team Penske."


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