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2019 Toronto: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 05:17 PM
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2019 Toronto: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!


By Mike Sulka

Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar has won the Honda Indy Toronto. For Pagenaud, it is his third win of the year, and 14th of his IndyCar career.

Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda IndyCar would finish second. For Dixon, it is his sixth podium of the year, and 111th major open-wheel podium of his career.

In third, Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda would have just enough fuel. For Rossi, it is his sixth podium of the season, and 18th of his career.

Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet would finish fourth despite a hard hit against the wall late in the race.

Felix Rosenqvist would round out the top-five finishers.

Recap

Welcome to the jungle. The Toronto streets started off cleanly with Simon Pagenaud leading from Pole over Scott Dixon. But midway through the opening lap Will Power would dive to the inside of Graham Rahal and spear his IndyCar with a hopeless challenge. A number of other avoiding cars would be slowed by the move: Matheus Leist, Marcus Ericsson, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Marco Andretti. Safety Car #1

It was back to green flag racing on Lap 5. Pagenaud would lead, Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist and Ed Jones would follow. Rossi would be the first of the leaders to stop on Lap 17. Rosenqvist and Jones would follow on the next lap. Pagenaud and Dixon would stop one lap later.

Pagenaud would take the lead back on Lap 25 - some drivers were on an alternate strategy. Zach Veach, Santino Ferrucci, Rahal, and Hunter-Reay would follow.

By Lap 35, Dixon would run 4.6 second behind Pagenaud with Rossi in tow. Newgarden and Sato would run third and fourth.

Pitstops would begin again on Lap 52 with Rossi moving back up to third. Pagenaud would lead by six seconds over Dixon, Rossi would run 12 back. By Lap 60, Dixon would close to within a second of Pagenaud. Rossi would run nine seconds back.

Sato's top-five run would end with a fire at the rear of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar with 17 laps to go.

Pagenaud would lead with 10 to go, followed by Dixon, Rossi, Newgarden, and Felix Rosenqvist. Dixon would continue to follow Pagenaud around between half a second to 1.5 seconds.

Congratulations to Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske for winning the Honda Indy Toronto.

Next up, the IndyCar series will head to Iowa on Saturday.

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2019 Toronto: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Pagenaud claims second Toronto pole in three years
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 07:54 PM
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2019 Toronto: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Pagenaud claims second Toronto pole in three years


As Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud completed what proved to be a pole-winning lap in Saturday's Honda Indy Toronto qualifying session at Exhibition Place, NTT IndyCar Series rivals were sliding off pace.

Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport bounced off the outside wall in Turn 6, and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon spun early in his final timed lap. Neither probably had the speed to match Pagenaud, but it made for an adventurous watch in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying session.

"Yeah, that was a pole run right there, man," Dixon joked before fessing up. "I'd only done two corners, so I have no idea."

With a lap of 58.4293 seconds, 110.041 mph, on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary downtown street circuit, the result was Pagenaud's second pole of the season the 12th career top qualifying position for the driver of the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet. In May, Pagenaud won the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge from the pole.

Pagenaud will lead the field to the green flag for Sunday's 85-lap Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET, TV: NBC Sports Network, Radio: Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Radio, Channel 209).

"It was a great day, really," Pagenaud said. "Great weekend so far. I've had the most fun ever in Toronto. The car has just been amazing. The engine, Chevrolet, provided us a bit of an update this weekend and I think it's really showing. I think the horsepower down Lake Shore (Boulevard) really helped to get pole. But also, just tying every corner so well together.

"It's so exciting in the car. I just had so much fun just being on the limit and finding further limits every lap. It was just a great lap. We really put down a big lap and I'm really proud for the DXC Technology people that are here this weekend. It's a big event for them and I love this track, so it's great to really be able to kick it to the next gear for the end of the championship."

Pagenaud had the fastest lap in each of the three practices here, but he respected the potential of Rossi, Dixon and others to knock him off his perch.

"At the end of qualifying, everybody goes out to the maximum limit, so obviously the lap times get closer and closer and closer," he said.

Pagenaud stopped short of saying the car's strength has made it a smooth ride this weekend, but he described the performance of the car as versatile and predictable. A driver can extract a lot of speed when those qualities exist in a car.

"It's honestly a pleasure to drive this weekend," Pagenaud said. "I'm having the most fun I've had in a long, long time."

Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda, earned the second starting position with a lap of 58.4293 seconds (109.730 mph). Rounding out the top five, respectively, were Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist (58.6793 sec. / 109.572), Rossi (58.9215 / 109.121) and Team Penske's Josef Newgarden (59.3103 / 108.406).

Local favorite James Hinchcliffe will start 14th in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Motorsports Honda.

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2019 Toronto: IndyCar Friday Practice Results
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 12, 2019 - 09:30 PM
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2019 Toronto: IndyCar Friday Practice Results


Some drivers had more fun than others Friday on the challenging streets of Exhibition Place, where the opening day of NTT IndyCar Series practice for the Honda Indy Toronto was held.

Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud was beaming following his posting of the day's fastest lap (59.8708 seconds). But the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary circuit is one of the most demanding of the 2019 season, and it gobbled up several drivers during Friday's two practices.

The trickiest corner today was Turn 11, where a small area of surface change contributed to black marks on the concrete barrier and yellow flags to halt the action. Will Power and Takuma Sato spun there, Josef Newgarden, Sato (a second time) and Alexander Rossi hit the wall.

Rossi also bounced off the Turn 9 wall in a separate incident. Fortunately, none of the damage was significant, although the right side of Sato's car required more work than time allowed Friday.


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2019 Road America: IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Andretti Autosport Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 02:50 PM
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2019 Road America: IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Andretti Autosport Win!



Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda has won the Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda has won the Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda has won the Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. For Rossi, it is his second win of the year, and seventh of his IndyCar career.

Will Power and his No. 12 Penske Chevrolet would grab his third podium of the year, and 73rd major open wheel podium of his career.

Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Penske Chevrolet would hold off Graham Rahal for the final podium position. Newgarden now has six podiums for the season, and 27 for his IndyCar career.

Graham Rahal would finish fourth while Scott Dixon would overcome a first lap spin to finish fifth.

Recap

Colton Herta and his No. 88 would start from Pole, but Alexander Rossi would slide in behind him get a draft and pass Herta for the lead at Turn One. Herta would hold off Will Power. In Turn Five, Scott Dixon would get spun around but resume at the rear of the field. Dixon would get on the curb, and tapped slightly from behind by Ryan Hunter-Reay.

After three laps, Rossi would lead, Herta, Power, Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden would follow.

On Lap 13, Herta would be the first to pit - having started on the scrub red Firestone tires. He'd slap on a pair of blacks, but the pitstop was slow due to a fuel issue. Newgarden would also stop for a fresh set of tires. Rossi, Power and Rahal would all stop the next time by.

On Lap 15, Newgarden would make an on-track pass for third to get past Rahal. The order after all the pitstops was Rossi, Power, Newgarden, Hinchcliffe and Rahal. By Lap 21, Dixon would move up the order to seventh following a tussle between Herta and Simon Pagenaud.

The second round of pitstops would start in earnest on Lap 28 with Newgarden, Hinchcliffe, Dixon, Herta all stopping. On the next lap, Rossi, Power and Rahal would all stop. Rossi entered with an 18 second lead. After all the stops, the order would be Rossi, Power, Newgarden, Hinchcliffe, and Rahal.

Rossi would stop for the last time on Lap 42 to ensure he wasn't caught out by an untimely yellow flag. Power, Newgarden, and Hinchcliffe would all follow suit. Rahal would get ahead of Hinchcliffe during the stops - fourth.

On the final lap, Dixon would get past Herta for fifth.

At the front, Alexander Rossi would complete his romp to victory by nearly 30 seconds.

Next up, the IndyCar series will head to Toronto in three weeks.

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2019 Road America: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Herta becomes youngest pole winner in Indy car history
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 08:01 PM
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2019 Road America: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Herta becomes youngest pole winner in Indy car history



Colton Herta knocked on history's door in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying several times earlier this season. On Saturday, the rookie phenom broke through.

Colton Herta knocked on history's door in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying several times earlier this season. On Saturday, the rookie phenom broke through.
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Colton Herta knocked on history's door in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying several times earlier this season. On Saturday, the rookie phenom broke through.

Nearly three months after becoming the youngest race winner in Indy car annals, Herta added youngest pole winner to a growing list of accomplishments. The Harding Steinbrenner Racing driver got the best of the field on Road America's challenging and lengthy permanent road course to take home the NTT P1 Award as the top qualifier for Sunday's REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR.

In the Firestone Fast Six, the last of Saturday's three knockout qualifying rounds, Herta - 19 years, 83 days old - turned a lap of 1 minute, 42.9920 seconds (140.306 mph) in the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda to win the pole. Herta is more than a year younger than Graham Rahal was when he won the pole for the St. Petersburg race in 2008 at 20 years, 90 days old.


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2019 Road America: IndyCar Practice Results - Rossi On Top!
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 21, 2019 - 08:09 PM
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2019 Road America: IndyCar Practice Results - Rossi On Top!


Alexander Rossi and Will Power led an aggressive and adventurous day of practice on the opening of weekend activities for the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR.

Rossi's best lap of 1 minute, 43.1206 seconds (140.131 mph) in the second of three practice sessions held up as the fastest of any NTT IndyCar Series driver on Road America's 4.014-mile permanent road course. But it wasn't easy by any means. In-car cameras showed Rossi battling to maintain control of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, nearly sliding off track several times and bouncing into the air after running over curbing.



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2019 Texas: IndyCar Race Results - Newgarden makes late charge to win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 06:26 AM
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2019 Texas: IndyCar Race Results - Newgarden makes late charge to win


Josef Newgarden came seemingly from nowhere to win the latest electrifying NTT IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The 2019 championship leader fended off Alexander Rossi in a thrilling duel over the final 10 laps to capture the DXC Technology 600. Newgarden, in the No. 2 Fitzgerald USA Team Penske Chevrolet, won by 0.8164 of a second to collect his 13th career win, third this season and first on a superspeedway.

"Feels awesome to win here," Newgarden said. "I knew we'd get it done here at some point. We've had fast cars (but) it never has materialized. Tonight, it happened."

Starting seventh in the 22-car field, Newgarden didn't lead until Lap 190 of the 248-lap event on the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval. A lightning-quick final pit stop on Lap 198, accompanied by lightning-fast laps before and after the stop, put the 28-year-old Tennessean in position to retake the lead on the 202nd lap, and he never surrendered it.

"This win was down to the team," Newgarden said. "I knew once we pitted and basically got back to where we were before the pit stop on the green-flag sequence, we had such a fuel advantage on everybody. If we could get to the lead, I could crank out super-quick laps and jump everybody. That's what we did."

Rossi, driving the No. 27 GESS/Capstone Honda, ran second behind Newgarden for the final restart on Lap 236. Time and again in the closing laps, Rossi pulled alongside as the duo launched into Turn 1, but each time Newgarden kept the low line and held off the Andretti Autosport driver.

"I think we had a good car, could obviously get a good run on him off of (Turns) 3 and 4," Rossi said. "Lane 2 (the outside line) was really never there for me. We could get halfway around the outside (but) would have to bail out.

"Ultimately, then it became about trying to beat him for the (start/finish) line. But we took out a lot of the tire life going in Lane 2 there, so we just didn't have the rear tires there at the end to stay close to him. I didn't see him up front all day. All of a sudden, he appears in P1, so obviously they're doing a good job. He had a fast car once he got in front."

Graham Rahal finished third, rookie Santino Ferrucci fourth and Ryan Hunter-Reay fifth. It marked the first time Americans swept the top five spots in an Indy car race since 2001 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, when Al Unser Jr., Mark Dismore, Sam Hornish Jr., Eddie Cheever and Robbie Buhl finished first through fifth.

Saturday's race was the 31st for the NTT IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway, which has become home to some of the most exciting finishes in history since the track opened in 1997. This year's event was no exception.

The race ran caution-free for more than the first half, until Zach Veach brushed the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 2 on Lap 135. The No. 26 Gainbridge Honda did a 360-degree spin but Veach kept it off the wall and came to a stop in Turn 3 with only slight suspension damage and a flat tire.

The second caution occurred when James Hinchcliffe slid wide into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier on Lap 219. The final yellow waved when the cars of Scott Dixon and rookie Colton Herta touched while battling for third place in Turn 3 on Lap 229, sending both into the SAFER Barrier. All drivers were unhurt from the incidents.

The caution for the Dixon-Herta incident set up the shootout to the finish between Newgarden and Rossi.

"I knew he was going to be difficult to beat," Newgarden said of Rossi. "He had a great car. He drove me clean, he drove me hard.

"I think we had enough power there from Chevy. Our car was handling well enough out front (that) we could get the job done, pretty much stay on the throttle as much as we needed to just to stay ahead of him."

With the win, Newgarden extended his lead in the standings to 25 points over Rossi and 48 over Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who finished sixth on Saturday.

Pole sitter Takuma Sato led the first 60 laps of the race until making his first pit stop in the No. 30 ABeam Consulting Honda. But the car slid into the pit stall and made contact with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing front tire changer Chris Welch. Sato was assessed a stop-and-go penalty for hitting a crewman. Welch was evaluated and released from the track's infield care center.

Ferrucci collected a career-best fourth-place finish in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for Dale Coyne Racing. Hunter-Reay led a race-high 90 laps in the No. 28 DHL Honda but was forced to make an extra stop for fuel and wound up fifth.

Tony Kanaan finished 16th in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, in the 369th race of the Brazilian's Indy car career. It tied Kanaan with team owner A.J. Foyt for second place on the Indy car all-time list. Kanaan also extended his record streak of consecutive race starts to 309.

An encore telecast of the DXC Technology 600 airs at 3 p.m. ET Monday on NBCSN.

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2019 Texas: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Sato speeds to pole position for DXC Technology 600
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 07:07 AM
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2019 Texas: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Sato speeds to pole position for DXC Technology 600


Takuma Sato achieved a racing dream by winning the NTT P1 Award in DXC Technology 600 qualifying.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver circled Texas Motor Speedway at an average speed of 220.250 mph for two laps Friday evening in the No. 30 ABeam Consulting Honda. The 42-year-old veteran of nearly two decades competing in Formula One and the NTT IndyCar Series said winning the pole position at one of INDYCAR's famous tracks made the accomplishment more special.

"Here in Texas, it's kind of dreaming about it to be on pole," Sato said. "I've been saying that to the guys, that this is one of the iconic tracks in the NTT IndyCar Series - high banking, very fast passing. ... To be on pole is great."


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2019 Texas: IndyCar Thursday Practice Results - Dixon leads rain-shortened first practice at Texas
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 07, 2019 - 06:18 AM
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2019 Texas: IndyCar Thursday Practice Results - Dixon leads rain-shortened first practice at Texas


Rain cut a scheduled two-hour practice session at Texas Motor Speedway by more than half Thursday evening, but it couldn't stop defending DXC Technology 600 winner Scott Dixon from setting the pace again.

The reigning and five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion turned the fastest lap in the abbreviated practice on the high-banked 1.5-mile oval, at 219.308 mph in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. The session was limited to little more than 30 minutes of true green-flag practice time, first by a light rain and then by a heavy shower that soaked the facility.

"Unfortunately, we got the weather," Dixon said. "We didn't really get to run as much as we would have liked.

"It started OK today," he added. "(We) had a few issues, I think, with balance. I think a lot of people have (too) just with the added temperature, especially from when we tested here (in March). That was interesting for us."

Dixon needed only 25 laps to set the fast speed. Only one driver, Charlie Kimball, made fewer circuits (19) in the practice. Drivers will have just one hour of practice Friday afternoon before NTT P1 Award qualifying Friday evening and Saturday's race under the lights.

Takuma Sato was second fastest of the 22 drivers in Thursday's practice, with a lap of 219.262 mph in the No. 30 ABeam Consulting Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

"Tonight, I felt pretty comfortable," Sato said. "Still (there's) a lot of work to be done in traffic. I was obviously looking forward to a little bit more traffic runs, go through the (full) stint, (see) how the balance shift will be. But obviously with the rain, we cannot do anything at the moment."

Dixon, who won Sunday's second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader, is a three-time winner at Texas. Other past winners on the oval entered this weekend are Graham Rahal, who was third in Thursday's practice (218.311 mph); Will Power, fifth in practice (217.196); and Ed Carpenter, 10th in practice (216.653).

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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Race Two Results - Dixon, Ganassi Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 05:40 PM
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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Race Two Results - Dixon, Ganassi Win!



Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda has won the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Duel Two on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit.

Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda has won the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Duel Two on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda has won the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Duel Two on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit. For Dixon, it is his first win of the 2019 IndyCar season and 44th major open-wheel victory of his career.

Finishing second, Marcus Ericsson and his No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda would claim his first career IndyCar podium.

In third, Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet would grab his second podium of the year, and 72nd of his major open-wheel career.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi would round out the top five finishers.

Josef Newgarden continues to lead the IndyCar points championship by 15 over Alexander Rossi.

Recap

Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet would lead from Pole. Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda would slot in behind. Entering Turn Three, Patricio O'Ward, Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud would all get caught out leading to a full-course yellow. Others making contact but continuing were: Matheus Leist, Felix Rosenqvist, Will Power, and Marco Andretti.

Newgarden and 15 others would pit and take on new tires - intimating a three-stop strategy. Most would take on the black tires. Newgarden would drop back to seventh.

Green flag racing would resume on Lap 8 with Scott Dixon at the point. Spencer Pigot, Santino Ferrucci, Graham Rahal and Max Chilton would follow. All on the two stop strategy. One lap later, Newgarden was up to fifth.

On Lap 14, Dixon's and Pigot's red tires would fade. Ferrucci would take the lead followed by Rahal, Newgarden, Rossi and James Hinchcliffe. Dixon would pit just as Sebastien Bourdais would get together with Pigot who slashed across the front of his IndyCar to enter pitlane. Bourdais' nose would fly off as he rear-ended Pigot and rode downtrack on his two rear wheels.

Racing would resume on Lap 21 with Ferrucci in front, Rahal second, Newgarden third, Rossi fourth, and Hinchcliffe fifth. Rossi would be the first of the leaders to stop - Lap 28. Newgarden would stop on the next lap and return to the track just ahead of Rossi. Rahal would hold out until Lap 32.

On Lap 33, Rossi would go to the inside of Newgarden entering Turn Three. Hinchcliffe would be on cold tires as the trio tried to make it a go through a single-wide corner. All would spin, but Rossi would continue while Newgarden and Hinchcliffe would hit the barriers. The third full-course caution of the day would ensue.

After all the pitstops - and choice to not make stops - Scott Dixon would lead the field back to green on Lap 40. Marcus Ericsson, Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Marco Andretti would follow. Dixon and Hunter-Reay would pit on Lap 45 - for the last time. Ericsson, Sato and Andretti would all follow on the next lap.

Dixon would lead the pack after the final pitstops. Ericsson, Ed Jones, Power and Hunter-Reay would follow. Jones would pit on Lap 55.

The third full-course yellow of the afternoon would fly for the engine stricken IndyCar James Hinchcliffe who would be parked quietly at the side of the road.

With 12 laps to go, Dixon would jet away from the field. Ericsson, Power, Hunter-Reay and Rossi would chase. With 8 laps to go Dixon's lead would be three seconds.

With five laps to go, Felix Rosenqvist would crash and bring out the red flag. Apparently touching the wall and racing with a bent toe-link. He would be unable to make the next turn. After a short delay, the race would restart with three laps to go.

Dixon would get the restart right and go on to victory!

Congratulations to Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing winners of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Duel Two!

Next up, The IndyCar series will be back on ovals at Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.

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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Race Two Qualifying Results - Newgarden takes pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 01:41 PM
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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Race Two Qualifying Results - Newgarden takes pole


Josef Newgarden continued his assault on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park on Sunday morning, capturing the NTT P1 Award pole position for the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear a day after winning the first race.

Driving the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden put in a lap of 1 minute, 14.8607 seconds (113.010 mph) on the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course to earn the seventh pole position of his NTT IndyCar Series career and first this season.


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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Duel One Results - Newgarden, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 01, 2019 - 06:27 PM
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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Duel One Results - Newgarden, Penske Win!



Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Race One under wet conditions.

Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Race One under wet conditions.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Race One under wet conditions. For Newgarden, it is his second win of the 2019 IndyCar season, and 12th of his career. It is Newgarden's first win at Belle Isle. Newgarden ran out of fuel on his run to victory lane.

Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport entry would finish second after starting from Pole. For Rossi, it is his third podium of the season, and 15th of his career.

Takuma Sato and his No. 30 would finish third to take his third podium of the season, and 11th of his career.

Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay would round out the top-five finishers.

Recap

After an extended weather delay, the IndyCars roared to life with Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport entry leading from Pole. Scott Dixon (Ganassi) would make a pass to take second from Josef Newgarden (Penske). Felix Rosenqvist (Ganassi) and Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) would follow after Lap One of a 75 minute timed affair.

Behind Matheus Leist would lose it and spin and break his front wing in Turn Two. It was the primary reason for the second lap full course yellow.

The race would restart without incident two laps later. Rosenqvist would take third from Newgarden on the restart.

On Lap 12, Marco Andretti would be the first to attempt the slick Firestone racing tire. Andretti's gamble would leave him on the lead lap. His second lap would be four seconds slower, but the track would continue to dry.

Newgarden would pit just ahead of the second full course yellow of the day. Ed Jones would go wide and hit the Turn Seven barrier and need to be pulled out by the safety crew. Advantage Newgarden.

The rest of the field would pit under yellow. Will Power would stop, and be given the sign to go. His lugnut would drop, and the tire would roll off while exiting pit road.

When the field would take the green with 33 minutes to go, Newgarden would lead followed by Rossi, Dixon, Rosenqvist, and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The field would go one lap, and Dixon would get wide after clipping the inside wall and go straight into the outside tire barriers. A very rare situation.

The race would restart with 21 minutes to go, Newgarden would hold off Rossi to keep the lead. The pair would charge until the end.

Congratulations to Josef Newgarden and Team Penske winners of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix Race One.


Next up, the second race of the weekend on Sunday.

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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Race 1 Qualifying Results - Rossi Takes Pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 01, 2019 - 03:02 PM
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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Race 1 Qualifying Results - Rossi Takes Pole


Alexander Rossi won the NTT P1 Award for the second straight Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear race, capturing the pole position Saturday morning for the NTT IndyCar Series race later in the afternoon.

Rossi, the pole sitter for the second half of the Detroit doubleheader in 2018, sped around the 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course at Belle Isle Park in 1 minute, 14.1989 seconds (114.018 mph) on Saturday to repeat his pole-winning effort. It's the sixth pole of the Andretti Autosport driver's four-year career and second this season, following the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.

The driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda went on to win at Long Beach and is also fresh off a second-place finish May 26 in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

"A huge hats off to the No. 27 NAPA Andretti Honda boys for putting together such fast race cars." Rossi said. "We've been quick here the past three years but haven't been able to execute on race days. That's the name of it right now.

"Goal No. 1 (winning the pole) has been accomplished, hopefully we can go out and get the second part of the goal this afternoon."

Qualifying for the Detroit doubleheader weekend varies from the NTT IndyCar Series process on other road and street courses that features knockout qualifying rounds. Instead at Belle Isle, the field is split into two groups for separate 12-minute sessions, with the fastest overall driver earning the pole position and the fastest driver in the other group qualifying second. The rest of the starting grid is determined by the groups, with those in the pole winner's group occupying the odd-numbered positions and those in the other group taking the even-numbered grid spots.

Josef Newgarden, who was quick in the group opposite Rossi's, will start the race on the outside of Row 1 after qualifying at 1:14.8272 (113.060 mph) in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. With the top two qualifiers each netting a championship point, Newgarden moved into a virtual tie for the points lead with teammate and Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and rookie Felix Rosenqvist locked up the second row in qualifying. Dixon will start third in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda (1:14.3995, 113.710 mph) and Rosenqvist fourth in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda (1:14.9984, 112.802 mph).

Fellow NTT IndyCar Series rookie Colton Herta qualified fifth in the No. 88 GESS Capstone Honda, with Ryan Hunter-Reay sixth in the No. 28 DHL Honda. Dixon and Hunter-Reay won the 2018 Detroit races.

Twenty-two cars will take the field when the green flag waves for the 70-lap race Saturday afternoon at Belle Isle. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Practice Results - Rossi opens gap on field in Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix practice
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 31, 2019 - 08:38 PM
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2019 Detroit GP (Belle Isle): IndyCar Practice Results - Rossi opens gap on field in Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix practice


Alexander Rossi made a statement on practice day for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader weekend, gapping the NTT IndyCar Series field by more than a half-second with his fastest lap.

Following three practice sessions on Friday, Rossi sat atop the timesheet with a best lap of 1 minute, 15.1367 seconds (112.595 mph) around the Raceway at Belle Isle's 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. The Andretti Autosport driver and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner was 0.5274 of a second quicker than Josef Newgarden but wasn't sure it was an accurate reflection of the results.

"Considering most of the guys didn't get a run on reds (Firestone alternate tires), I'm not sure how relevant our session times were," said Rossi, driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda who finished a narrow second to Simon Pagenaud in Sunday's 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. "Overall, I think the team has carried on well from last year. We had a good car last year; all four cars were strong. To be able to pick up where we left off is a strength."

Newgarden was second for the day with a lap of 1:15.6641 (111.810 mph) in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Like Rossi, Newgarden was unclear if his effort was worthy of the standing.

"I think we had a decent start today, not 100 percent sure where we stack up," he said. "I think we're a little bit further back than where we were on that final red-tire run. Some of the Andretti boys look really good, some of the Ganassi guys look really good. We'll see."

Following Rossi and Newgarden on the speed chart were the four most recent winners of Detroit races. Scott Dixon, winner of Race 1 last year, was third in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda (1:15.7824, 111.635 mph); Will Power, winner of Race 2 in 2016, was fourth in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet (1:15.8713, 111.505 mph); Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of Race 2 in 2018, was fifth in the No. 28 DHL Honda (1:15.9896, 111.331 mph); and Graham Rahal, who swept to victory in both 2017 races, was sixth in the No. 30 Fifth Third/United Rentals Honda (1:16.0757, 111.205 mph).

Simon Pagenaud - winner of the two most recent NTT IndyCar Series races, the INDYCAR Grand Prix and 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge - placed 10th overall in Friday practice with a lap of 1:16.2923 (110.889 mph). Pagenaud did cause a red-flag stoppage of practice when his car brushed the wall exiting Turn 12, causing light left-side damage to the No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet.

Pagenaud leads Newgarden by one point atop the standings heading into the weekend. Rossi is third in the championship, 22 points behind Pagenaud.

With practice now complete, the focus shifts to a qualifying session and 70-lap race each of the next two days. Qualifying differs from the normal knockout round system used at other NTT IndyCar Series road and street courses. Instead, the 22-car field is split into two groups, with each receiving 12 minutes of track time. The fastest overall driver wins the NTT P1 Award pole position for the race, with the fastest driver in the other group starting second. Each group's fast driver earns a championship point.

Race 1 qualifying begins at 10:45 a.m. ET Saturday.

On the 30th anniversary of the first Indy car race in Detroit, Sunday's race will mark the 30th Indy car race to take place in the Motor City. Races were held on a downtown street circuit from 1989-91 before moving to the Belle Isle circuit, with events held from 1992-2001, 2007-08 and annually since 2012. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix has conducted a doubleheader weekend each year since 2013.

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Pagenaud Earns $2.66 Million For Winning 103rd Indianapolis 500
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 06:35 AM
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Pagenaud Earns $2.66 Million For Winning 103rd Indianapolis 500 Presented By Gainbridge


Simon Pagenaud earned $2,669,529 from an overall purse of $13,090,536 for his victory Sunday, May 26 in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 04:13 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!



Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley


By Mike Sulka

First one, 18th one. Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For Pagenaud, it is his second win of the season, second consecutive victory, and 13th of his IndyCar career. It is his first Indianapolis 500 victory. He is the second driver to sweep the Indianapolis GP, and Indianapolis 500. Rossi is the first Pole winner to win the 500 since Helio Castroneves did it in 2009.

For Team Penske, it is the legendary team's 18th Indianapolis 500. It is the team's 206th all-time victory.

Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda would give it a go, but come up just short - two tenths. For Rossi, it is his second podium of the year, and 14th of his career.

For Takuma Sato, it is his second podium of the season, and 10th of his IndyCar career.

Recap

Under cloudy skies and with a threat of rain, Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet would lead the field to the green flag. Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing), Will Power (Team Penske), Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing) and Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) would follow. Power and Newgarden would each make up three positions at the start.

The first yellow of the day was brought out by Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) following a loss of gearbox pressure. His race would end at the side of the track.

The green flag would fly on Lap 9, Pagenaud would lead with Power, Carpenter, Pigot and Newgarden following. The race would stabalize while drivers focused on hitting their fuel windows.

Pagenaud would be the first of the leaders to pit on Lap 34 and with the early stop he would slid back to 32nd. Power would pit the next time by as would many other cars. Ed Carpenter would take the lead and stop on his next lap. James Davison would get spun around on pit road after being pummeled by Helio Castroneves from behind. Both drivers would continue. Castroneves would be handed a drive-through penalty following the incident.

Following most of the pitstops Felix Rosenqvist would lead through Lap 43 due to pitting during the earlier yellow. On Lap 44, Pagenaud would re-take the lead. Power, Carpenter, Newgarden, and Bourdais would complete the top-five.

Once again, Pagenaud would be the first of the leaders to pit. This time on Lap 67. Carpenter would lead and then pit on the next lap. Power would then do like-wise. Unfortunately, Power would slide through his pit box and hit a crew member, and lose time on his stop. Alexander Rossi would lead Lap 69, and then pit. Jordan King would miss a proper entry into his pitbox, and hit one of his crewmen.

The Chevrolet's would seemingly be burning more fuel than the Honda drivers.

Following the second round of pitstops. Pagenaud would lead wih Felix Rosenqvist, Carpenter, Newgarden and Rossi behind. On Lap 74 Kyle Kaiser would lose his No. 32 on the high side of Turn One, and crash into Turn Two. The result, the second yellow of the day. Rosenqvist would finally stop and drop back to 11th.

During the yellow, Power would be handed a penalty for his pitroad incident. King would also be handed a drive-through for hitting team personnel.

Pagnaud would lead the field when the green flag racing resumed on Lap 81. Carpenter, Newgarden, Rossi, and Bourdais would follow. The orderly procession would continue through Lap 99 as the drivers sought to save fuel. Pagenaud would once again pit early. Carpenter would take the lead and pit on Lap 101. Newgarden would take the lead, and stop on the next lap. Rossi would take the lead, and finally stop on Lap 106.

Dixon and four other cars would continue. The trailing cars would stop with Dixon finally stopping on Lap 111.

Pagenaud would take the lead on Lap 113. Rossi would get racey, while Carpenter, Newgarden, and Bourdais kept up their pace.

Pagenaud would stop again on Lap 130 while Rossi would take the lead. Carpenter would pit from second and hit his pit window - Lap 134. Newgarden would stop on Lap 135. Then Bourdais on Lap 136, and Rossi would finally stop on Lap 137. Rossi would then pound his steering wheel in frustration as his team struggled to put fuel in his IndyCar. For some reason, the fuel would not flow into his IndyCar.

Marcus Ericsson would bring out the third caution of the day with a spin on pitroad. Helping Rossi a bit. Dixon would take the lead under yellow, but he and six other cars would need a fuel stop with 57 laps to go. With the pitstops, Pagenaud would re-take the point followed by Carpenter, Newgarden, Bourdais and Rossi.

Pagenaud would lead the field under green on Lap 148. Newgarden would move up from third on Lap 151 and take the lead from Pagenaud. Behind, Rossi would fall back to seventh, but his charge would begin. Rossi would be back up to fourth by Lap 163.

On Lap 168, Pagenaud would re-take the lead and then pit. Rossi would stop on the next lap, and his fuel stop would go smooth. Bourdais would make his final stop the next time by, and Newgarden would stop from the lead on lap 171. Carpenter would stop from the lead on Lap 172.

Once the final stops were completed, Pagenaud would re-assert himself as the leader. Rossi would be second on track with Carpenter and Newgarden set to pounce.

Rossi would take the lead from Pagenaud on Lap 177, just seconds before the fifth yellow which caught up Graham Rahal, Sebastien Bourdais, Charlie Kimball, Felix Rosenqvist and Zach Veach. Bourdais and Rahal were fighting over track space and both would lose. Ryan Hunter-Reay would just miss Kimball.

The race would be red flagged to clean up the debris - Lap 180. The last red flag was in 2017 when an incident between Scott Dixon and Jay Howard resulted in a lengthy clean-up.

After the 18 minute delay, the IndyCars returned to the track. Pigot would hold the lead, but hadn't pitted recently. Rossi, Pagenaud, Carpenter, and Newgarden would slot in behind. Pigot would pit as soon as the pits would open. Rossi leads.

Racing would resume on Lap 184, and wow what a finish!

Pagenaud and Rossi would trade the lead with each trying to figure out the way to have the advantage at the finish. Rossi would take the lead with three laps to go. Pagenaud would hold off on a late pass on Lap 198, and then pull about on the last lap.

Congratulations to Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske winners of the 2019 Indianapolis 500.

Next up, the annual visit to Detroit for the Dual.



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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Carb Day Practice Results - Kanaan Fastest!
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 24, 2019 - 08:45 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Carb Day Practice Results - Kanaan Fastest!



Tony Kanaan posted the fastest lap of the Miller Lite Carb Day session Friday at 225.517 mph.

Tony Kanaan posted the fastest lap of the Miller Lite Carb Day session Friday at 225.517 mph.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Lisa Hurley



The final practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge gave the 33 drivers and teams a last chance to dial in their cars for race. Afterward, some felt better prepared for Sunday's "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," while others aren't so sure.

Tony Kanaan, the 22-year Indy car veteran and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner, posted the fastest lap of the Miller Lite Carb Day session Friday at 225.517 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet. While admitting the lap came with the aid of a tow from cars in front of him, Kanaan was pleased with the steps forward his car has taken since Monday's practice.

"A good day for us," Kanaan said. "Obviously, conditions look like pretty similar to what we're going to see on Sunday, hopefully. It was a pretty easy day for us.

"I wasn't really happy with my car on Monday and I was extremely vocal about it, and I think my engineers heard me, so we made it better today."

Kanaan will make his 18th Indy 500 start on Sunday, this time from the inside of Row 6. He focused on tweaking his car to run strong in traffic on Friday since he knows he'll be in the thick of it during the race.

"I was really working on my car, the level of downforce and grip that I wanted to have starting 16th," Kanaan explained. "So, really, we worked in traffic a lot and trying to find the grip and scan to some of the items that we had on the list to be able to - once we put ourselves in the front during the race - to know what to do."

Rookie Santino Ferrucci was second fastest in the practice, turning a lap of 225.486 mph in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for Dale Coyne Racing. Takuma Sato, the 2017 Indy 500 champion, was third in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

"We were having fun," Ferrucci said. "The No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda is in really good shape. We could pass about everybody and we're quick, so there isn't much else to say really. We're looking forward to the race."

Pole sitter Simon Pagenaud ranked 22nd on the speed chart Friday at 222.856 mph in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. Teammate Will Power, the reigning race winner, was 10th at 224.240 mph in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet.

Points leader Josef Newgarden was 13th fastest in the No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet. He holds a six-point lead heading into the race over reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, who wasn't pleased with how his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda handled on Friday.

"I don't know what happened there with the PNC Bank car, honestly," said Dixon, who was 19th on the speed chart and starts the race 18th. "I hope we find something wrong with the car because it wasn't great. It's really bizarre, and nothing like we had all month, so we are unsure.

"There is a fundamental issue on the car and we'll work to find out what happened there."

A total of 1,755 laps were completed on the 2.5-mile oval in the practice scheduled for 90 minutes shortened 18 minutes to allow the track to dry following morning rain.

The 33 entries are now parked in their Gasoline Alley garages until Sunday's 200-lap race. Live coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The green flag is expected at 12:45 p.m.

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IndyCar, Red Bull Advanced Technologies Partner On Driver Cockpit Protection Innovation Set To Debut In 2020 Ntt IndyCar Series Season
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 24, 2019 - 02:31 PM
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IndyCar, Red Bull Advanced Technologies Partner On Driver Cockpit Protection Innovation Set To Debut In 2020 Ntt IndyCar Series Season


INDYCAR has formed a partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to design an Aeroscreen for enhanced driver cockpit protection that will be implemented for the outset of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the two organizations announced in a joint news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Aeroscreen is being developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. The driver safety innovation that will encompass the cockpit consists of a ballistic Aeroscreen anchored by titanium framework.

"Since the first prototypes were developed and demonstrated in 2016, the potential of Aeroscreen to improve the safety for drivers in the event of frontal impacts in the cockpit area of cars has been clear," said Christian Horner, Red Bull Advanced Technologies CEO and Red Bull Racing team principal. "This new partnership with INDYCAR gives us at Red Bull Advanced Technologies the go-ahead to fully explore that potential, and to deliver a protection system that will help prevent serious injuries and potentially save lives in the U.S.’ premier single-seater series. Over the coming months, we’ll be working closely with INDYCAR and its drivers to refine and perfect Aeroscreen, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results race in 2020."


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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Final Qualifying Results - Pagenaud, Penske On Pole! Alonso Bumped Out!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 05:54 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Final Qualifying Results - Pagenaud, Penske On Pole! Alonso Bumped Out!



Team Penske IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Menards Chevrolet has taken the Pole for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Team Penske IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Menards Chevrolet has taken the Pole for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Pagenaud on Pole! McLaren, Alonso Out. Team Penske IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Menards Chevrolet has taken the Pole for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is Pagenaud's first Pole of the 2019 season, and 12th of his IndyCar career. It is also Pagenaud's first Indianapolis 500 Pole.

Ed Carpenter Racing was simply awesome taking on the big boys. ECR came away qualifying second, third, and fourth. Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot, and Ed Jones respectively.

Colton Herta would qualify fifth for Andretti Autosport. Herta was the fastest Honda qualifier.

Pole Qualifying Recap

Following a long rain delay, the IndyCar series went late-afternoon qualifying for the 2019 Indianapolis 500. 2018 Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was third up and set the early mark at 229.829 Mph. Teammate Ed Jones, Colton Herta, Josef Newgarden would all take their shots and miss.

And then the sun and wind picked up.

Simon Pagenaud would step up and deliver two 230 Mph laps, but each would be slower than Carpenter. On Lap 3, Pagenaud would turn another 230.1 Mph lap with was half a Mph quicker than Carpenter. Pagenaud would finish with a 4-lap average of 229.992. P1.

Team Penske teammate Will Power would take to the track and he would be slower than Pagenaud. He would set a 4-lap average of 228.645. Provisionally, fifth on the grid.

Spencer Pigot would lead the Saturday qualifying sessions. Today, the Ed Carpenter Racing driver would set a lap of 230.0 on his first lap, and then slow on Lap 2.

Congratulations to Team Penske and Simon Pagenaud Pole sitters for the 2019 Indianapolis 500.

Bump

With Fernando Alonso on the bubble at 227.353, there was just one IndyCar to qualify. Kyle Kaiser. Kaiser would not disappoint, he would turn a 4-lap average of 227.372.

McLaren Racing and Fernando Alonso would be out. While Kaiser would enjoy interviews, Alonso would break-away as quickly as possible.

The lesson here for McLaren Racing... You can't just show up for the Indianapolis 500 and do well if you aren't going to engage one of the top-three teams. Attempting to do so, and you might now even qualify.


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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Saturday Qualifying Results - Pigot Leads First Day
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 08:11 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Saturday Qualifying Results - Pigot Leads First Day
Spencer Pigot was the fastest qualifier with an average 4-lap speed of 230.083 Mph.Spencer Pigot was the fastest qualifier with an average 4-lap speed of 230.083 Mph.Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley


By Mike Sulka

While IndyCar qualifying today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway didn't decide Pole, or who was bumped from the field, it did decide what may happen tomorrow.

The 30 fastest IndyCar qualifiers are locked in.

Today, Spencer Pigot was the fastest qualifier with an average 4-lap speed of 230.083 Mph. The fastest nine will get a shot at Pole on Sunday.

Those six drivers who were slower than Pippa Mann (227.244 mph) - ie any driver outside of the top-30 - will get a shot at the last row on Sunday. Mann missed the Indianapolis 500 last year.

Former Indianapolis 500 Polesitter (2016) James Hinchcliffe is on the outside looking in again following a crash of his primary car. In 2018, he failed to qualify. Tomorrow, he'll hope to make it to the last row.

Two-time Formula One F1 drivers champion Fernando Alonso - 227.224 Mph - just missed qualifying for this year's race. He'll give it another go tomorrow.

Next up, Pole qualifying for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Fast Friday Practice Results - Daly goes fastest in Indy 500 'Fast Friday' practice
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:39 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Fast Friday Practice Results - Daly goes fastest in Indy 500 'Fast Friday' practice



Conor Daly set the pace in the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 231.704 mph.

Conor Daly set the pace in the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 231.704 mph.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



It's dubbed "Fast Friday" and the final full day of practice before qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was just that.

A dozen drivers turned laps in excess of 230 mph as teams dialed in their NTT IndyCar Series cars for the emotional next two days when the 33 grid positions for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will be determined. Conor Daly set the pace in the No. 25 United States Air Force Honda for Andretti Autosport with a lap of 231.704 mph, followed by teammate Marco Andretti with a lap of 230.851 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta with Marco & Curb-Agajanian.

It was the first time in four practice days that anyone exceeded the 230-mph mark.

"I'm just super thankful to be here, honestly," said Daly, a veteran of 39 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, whose only scheduled race this season currently is the Indianapolis 500. "It's incredible to be a part of this team.

"I've been super happy with my group and our engine and our car. We're just (taking it) step by step, one change at a time - trying to make this thing go as fast as possible - and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

All 36 entered cars benefited from an extra 1,000 millibars of turbocharger boost that increased engine output by some 50 horsepower Friday and through qualifying weekend. While most of the fastest laps were also aided by an aerodynamic tow from a leading car, Ed Jones did eclipse the 230 mark with a no-tow lap of 230.106 mph in the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet.

Other drivers to surpass 230 mph with tow-aided laps on Friday were Takuma Sato, Spencer Pigot, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Tony Kanaan.

While they were jockeying at the top of the speed chart, two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso spent the day regaining his footing with his first time on track since crashing in Wednesday practice. Alonso totaled 77 laps on the day - the most of any driver - in the backup No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet, with his final circuit of 229.328 mph on the 2.5-mile oval standing as his best and 24th among all drivers.

"It was a positive day for us," Alonso said. "We were able to put the car on track and try different directions on the setup and learn a little bit about the track and the day. Obviously, the boost was up today, so the speeds were higher and it was more a (qualifying) preparation than race setups.

"But we had a lot of new tires (unused) from the last couple of days, so we were able to do a lot of runs. Hopefully, that information will give us tomorrow a little bit of confidence into qualifying."

Daly's day got even better when his team drew the first spot in the qualifying order for his entry. It means the 27-year-old Indiana native and son of former Indy car and F1 driver Derek Daly can make his initial four-lap qualifying attempt in potentially the coolest, best conditions of the day.

"All right, I'll take it," Daly said. "That's good. We'll take that. I hope it's nice and cool - 65 degrees, no wind and full power. We'll see."

Pigot drew the second qualifying position, with 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi third. Zach Veach, Rossi and Daly's teammate at Andretti Autosport, drew the last qualifying position of the 36 primary cars.

Kyle Kaiser was involved in the only incident of the day when his No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet made hard contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 3. The 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion was uninjured. The car sustained heavy damage and the Juncos crew expected to work into the night to repair it in a bid to qualify on Saturday.

A final pre-qualifying practice begins at 8 a.m. ET Saturday (livestream on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold) and is split into three parts - 30 minutes for half the qualifying order, 30 minutes for the other half and 30 minutes open to all cars.

First-day qualifying runs from 11 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday, with the fastest 30 drivers at the end of the day securing a spot in the race. Drivers may make as many qualifying attempts as they wish, weather and time permitting. Grid positions 10 through 30 are locked in then, while the fastest nine drivers on Saturday advance to the Fast Nine Shootout.

Sunday's qualifying conclusion features the Last Row Shootout at 12:15 p.m., where each driver who failed to qualify on Saturday makes one attempt, with the fastest three earning the final spots in the 33-car field. Following that comes the Fast Nine Shootout at 1:15 p.m. to determine the pole sitter and grid order of the first three rows.

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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Thursday Practice Results - Carpenter cars shine in Indy 500 practice; Alonso idled while backup car is prepped
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 07:45 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Thursday Practice Results - Carpenter cars shine in Indy 500 practice; Alonso idled while backup car is prepped



Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday's practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning.

Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday's practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



Two things were evident following completion of the third practice day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge: Ed Carpenter Racing's cars look solid and Fernando Alonso is in dire need of track time.

Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday's practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning. The driver of the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet also had the best lap while running on his own, a lap of 225.274 mph as ECR's drivers swept the top three spots in the "no-tow" lap category.

"It was a great day!" Jones said. "To be quickest in overall and no-tow is a goal. More importantly, I think we made more gains with the handling of the car. As the conditions have changed, we've been able to keep up. We just have to keep adapting to the track changes for tomorrow and for qualifying."

Meanwhile, Alonso - returning to the Indianapolis 500 this year in search of a victory to complete the final leg of racing's Triple Crown - never made it on the track Thursday as his McLaren Racing team spent the day preparing a backup car after the two-time Formula 1 champion crashed his primary No. 66 Chevrolet in practice the day before.

Gil de Ferran, the 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner who now serves as sporting director at McLaren, said the team is not rushing to get the backup car ready, preparations that included an engine change when the powerplant in the primary car was found to be damaged in Wednesday's incident.

"While we have a number of experienced individuals in the team, we are still relatively new as a crew," de Ferran said. "Because of this and the fact that we have deep respect for Indianapolis, we are being careful and measured in our approach and want to ensure we're sending the best possible car out on track.

"Not running today was a serious setback to our Indy 500 program, but all is not lost. We should have a full day of practice and preparations for qualifying tomorrow and our goal will be to have a nice, clean day."

Jones, who finished third in the Indianapolis 500 two years ago as a rookie, is paired with team owner/driver Ed Carpenter and full-season driver Spencer Pigot in a three-car Indy 500 attack for the team. Carpenter was second (224.959 mph) on the no-tow list - designated as such because it comes without the aerodynamic tow from a car ahead on track by 10 seconds or less - while Pigot was third (224.857 mph).

The no-tow list provides a good representation of how cars may perform in Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying this weekend, when they'll be on track alone for four-lap qualifications runs to determine the 33-car field.

"All things considered, I think all three drivers on the team feel pretty encouraged, and we are looking forward to the power turning up tomorrow in the Chevy engine and seeing what we can get out of the cars," said team owner Carpenter, a three-time Indy 500 pole sitter who finished second in last year's race.

Takuma Sato was second on the overall lap speed chart at 226.699 mph in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver was eighth on the no-tow chart at 224.428 mph.

"I'd say it was a very productive day despite a little issue in the car and the weather," said Sato, winner of the 2017 Indy 500. "We've done a qualifying simulation and worked on the race setup. We found several positives and I'm pretty happy with that. We are quite satisfied with how today went."

There was one single-car incident on Thursday. Rookie Patricio O'Ward lost control of the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet and spun into the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. The 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion was uninjured, but the car sustained heavy damage and he did not return on track.

Speeds are expected to increase in Friday's practice - dubbed "Fast Friday" - when INDYCAR allows an extra 1,000 millibars of engine turbocharger boost that equates to about 50 additional horsepower. The practice streams live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET.

Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday to set the 33-car field from the 36 entries. The first 30 spots will be locked in Saturday between 11 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. INDYCAR Pass streams the action from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with NBCSN taking over coverage of the dramatic final hour.

Sunday qualifying features the Last Row Shootout to determine the final three qualifiers, followed by the Fast Nine Shootout to decide the prestigious Indy 500 pole sitter and starting order of the first three rows for the race. Second-day qualifying airs live on NBC from noon-3 p.m., with NBCSN picking up coverage from 3-6 p.m. that includes a practice for the 33 qualifiers in race-like conditions.

Coverage of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 26 on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Wednesday Practice Results - Newgarden Fastest! Alonso Crashes
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 06:27 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Wednesday Practice Results - Newgarden Fastest! Alonso Crashes



McLaren Racing IndyCar driver Fernando Alonso ahead of his crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

McLaren Racing IndyCar driver Fernando Alonso ahead of his crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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By Mike Sulka

Boom! Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet led the second practice for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana with a lap of 228.856 Mph. The speed was down a bit from yesterday's 229.745 Mph set by Will Power.

Ganassi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon was second fastest today at 228.856 Mph with Spencer Pigot just behind at 228.658 Mph.

Santino Ferrucci was fourth fastest while Helio Castroneves (fifth) was the only driver to appear in the top-five on both days. Amazingly, he turned the exact same time today as yesterday. Watch that consistency, it can be a hint as to who is really fast.

Two-time Formula One F1 drivers champion Fernando Alonso had a rough day after hitting the Turn Three wall with his No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet. He had "understeer and lost completely the front aero". His McLaren crew will be working hard to return the car to track for tomorrow's practice. He was 29th on the timesheets today.

Overall, all 36 IndyCars lapped the Speedway within .78 seconds of each other.

Tomorrow, practice will continue.

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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Tuesday Practice Results - Power, Penske Fastest! 229.745 Mph!
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 06:54 PM
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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Tuesday Practice Results - Power, Penske Fastest! 229.745 Mph!



Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet led the opening practice for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana with a lap of 229.745 Mph.

Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet led the opening practice for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana with a lap of 229.745 Mph.
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By Mike Sulka

Pretty quick! Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet led the opening practice for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana with a lap of 229.745 Mph. A pretty quick considering Simon Pagenaud led the opening practice in 2018 with a speed of 225.787 mph. After four practices, the fastest time of the weekend was 231.7 Mph. Add six Mph to today's result, and wow!

Speaking of Pagenaud, he was second fastest today at 229.703.

Ed Carpenter has a total of four Pole positions in his IndyCar career. Three of them have been at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2013, 2014, 2018). Today, he was third fastest at 228.653.

Helio Castroneves is another driver that still returns to the yard of bricks each season. Today, the Brazilian was fourth fastest at 228.441

Rookie Colton Herta was fifth fastest.

Overall, 32 cars lapped the Speedway within one second of each other.

Tomorrow, we'll see if the speeds go up. If so, we could be looking at some speeds not seen at Indianapolis in quite some time.

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2019 Indianapolis GP: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 05:22 PM
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2019 Indianapolis GP: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!



Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet made a fabulous charge in the rain to win the 2019 Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet made a fabulous charge in the rain to win the 2019 Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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By Mike Sulka

Rain charge! Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet made a fabulous charge in the rain to win the 2019 Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For Pagenaud it is his first win of the year, and the 12th of his IndyCar career. Pagenaud has won the Indianapolis Grand Prix three times.

Scott Dixon and his No. 10 Team Ganassi Honda looked like the IndyCar to beat. And he was right up until two laps to go. Dixon would grab his fifth podium in five races this season, and 109th major open-wheel podium in his career.

Jack Harvey and his No. 60 Honda would finish third to pick up his first podium of his IndyCar career.

Matheus Leist would finish fourth with Spencer Pigot rounding out the top five.

Recap

Felix Rosenqvist and his No. 10 Honda would lead as the green flag flew. Jack Harvey and his No. 60 Honda would get a good start and slide into second ahead of Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Honda. Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 would take a hit from Patricio O'Ward and limp back to pitlane with a broken rear toe link. Ward would be handed a drive through penalty for the contact.

On Lap 11, Marcus Ericsson and his No. 7 would bring out the first yellow of the afternoon as he would lose his car at the last corner and slide into Safer barrier.

Rosenqvist would lead the field back to green on Lap 16, run wide at Turn One. Dixon would get past. Behind, Colton Herta would get hit by Ed Jones, and Ryan Hunter-Reay would spin and hit Herta after being tagged by James Hinchcliffe from behind.

The result, the second full course yellow of the day.

With a light rain beginning to fall, Dixon would lead the field when the green flag returned on Lap 20. Jones, Harvey, Rosenqvist and Rahal would follow.

Dixon and Rosenvquist would pit from the lead on Lap 27. Dixon would return to the track in 10th. Newgarden would take the lead on Lap 30 with O'Ward behind. Chilton, Leist, Hinchcliffe would also be on an alternate pit strategy to round out the top five.

On Lap 38, the alternate strategy leaders would begin to pit with Chilton first in. O'Ward would be next. Dixon would get past Leist on track. With Newgarden and Hinchcliffe pitting on Lap 40.

On Lap 41, Dixon would lead followed by Jones, Harvey, Pagenaud, Pigot. On Lap 42, Rosenqvist would stop and stage a short barbecue with flames from a fuel spill. He would drive away to put out the fire.

By Lap 45, Harvey would close on Dixon. A six second lead dropping to a second. The on track battle would go to pitlane as Dixon, Harvey, Pagenaud would all pit together on Lap 47. Pagenaud would leap frog Harvey as the trio returned to track.

The alternate strategy runners would take the lead with Newgarden, O'Ward and Hinchcliffe ahead of Dixon.

On Lap 59, Helio Castroneves would get into the gravel and stop on the side of the track. In anticipation of a yellow, Newgarden, O'Ward, Hinchcliffe, Dixon would all stop. The question was... rain tires, or slicks. Most of the rest of the field would stop on the next lap, and then a full course yellow would fly. Two laps later, half the field - which had bet on slicks - would return to pitlane and put on rain tires.

When racing resumed with 17 laps to go, Dixon would lead followed by Harvey, Pigot, Leist, and Jones. Pagenaud would charge forward and into fourth after one lap in the rain. With 10 to go, Pagenaud would get past Leist for third. With six to go, Pagenaud would move into second. The order would be Dixon, Pagenaud, Harvey, Leist and Jones.

Pagenaud would close to within a half a second with three laps to go. The next time around Dixon would go wide at the Mickey Mouse curves and Pagenaud would leap into the lead and win!

Congratulations to Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske winners of the 2019 Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Next up, the IndyCar series will qualify and race the 2019 Indianapolis 500.

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