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Aeroscreen's first on-track test deemed a huge success
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 08:04 PM
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Aeroscreen's first on-track test deemed a huge success


INDYCAR, in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, staged its first on-track test of a revolutionary Aeroscreen on Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the officials and drivers involved couldn’t have been more pleased.

Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and 2014 series champion Will Power of Team Penske – both Indianapolis 500 winners – combined to run nearly 650 incident-free miles around the iconic 2.5-mile oval.


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2019 Laguna Seca: IndyCar Race Results - Herta, Honda Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 04:28 PM
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2019 Laguna Seca: IndyCar Race Results - Herta, Honda Win!


By Mike Sulka

Colton Herta and his No. 88 Honda IndyCar has won IndyCars return to Laguna Seca. For Herta, it is his second win of the 2019 season and second of his IndyCar career.

Josef Newgarden would finish eighth to clinch his second IndyCar drivers championship.

Will Power and his No. 12 Penske Chevrolet would finish second to pick up his sixth podium of the year, and 76th major open-wheel podium of his career.

Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda would finish third. It is Dixon's 10th podium of the year, and 115th career podium.

Simon Pagenaud and Felix Rosenqvist would finish fourth and fifth respectively. Rosenqvist is the 2019 rookie of the year.

Recap

It was a clean start at the return to Laguna Seca. After Lap 1, Polesitter Colton Herta led, followed by Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, and James Hinchcliffe.

Pitstops would begin in earnest on Lap 14 with Rossi (soft), and Newgarden (prime) taking on new tires. Hinchcliffe would stop two laps later with Dixon (prime) stopping on Lap 18, and Herta (prime) stopping on Lap 19.

After the stops, Herta would get out just in front of Dixon. Herta would re-take the point when Will Power would make his first pitstop. They would be followed by Simon Pagenaud (soft), Rossi, and Power (soft).

Power would get past Rossi on Lap 30 easily with Rossi complaining about his tires.

The second round of leader pitstops would start on Lap 37 with Rossi, and Newgarden first in. Both would take on the prime tire. Dixon and Pagenaud would pit from second and third respectively on the next lap. Both would get the prime tire. Hinchcliffe would be next with Herta stopping on Lap 40.

Another set of prime tires would go on Herta's IndyCar. He would return to the track well ahead of Dixon. Power would pit from the lead and fight hard with Dixon, but drop in behind - third.

On Lap 41, the order would be Herta, Dixon, Power, Pagenaud, and Felix Rosenqvist. Rosenqvist had come on strong getting to the front.

The caution would fly on Lap 46 following a spin, and stalled entry. The green flag would fly on Lap 49, Herta would continue to lead with Dixon, Pagenaud, Power behind.

On Lap 65, the leaders would make their final expected stops. Herta, Dixon, Rossi, and Newgarden would all pit. Pagenaud would stop on the next lap. Herta would continue up front. Dixon would stay second, Pagenaud would stay third. Power would stop on Lap 67, and return to the track just behind Herta.

An amazing pass by Rosenqvist in the Cork Screw, he would take fourth from Pagenaud.

Laguna Seca is the season finale for the IndyCar series.

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2019 Laguna Seca: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Herta claims Pole!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 08:30 AM
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2019 Laguna Seca: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Herta claims Pole!


Like father, like son at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Twenty years after Bryan Herta won the third of his three consecutive Indy car poles at this 11-turn, 2.238-mile permanent road course, his 19-year-old son Colton won his first Laguna Seca pole here Saturday in qualifying for Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

The younger Herta, who also is trying to win the NTT IndyCar Series rookie-of-the-year award, captured his third pole of the NTT IndyCar Series season and will lead the 24-car field to the green flag.


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2019 Portland: IndyCar Race Results - Power wins Grand Prix of Portland, helps teammate in title race
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, September 01, 2019 - 09:02 PM
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2019 Portland: IndyCar Race Results - Power wins Grand Prix of Portland, helps teammate in title race


Team Penske was the big winner in Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway.

Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet) drove away with the race victory - his second in as many NTT IndyCar Series races -- while teammate Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet) extended his lead in the championship standings heading to the season finale Sunday, Sept. 22 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

Newgarden could be on a Scott Dixon-like path to the title. Last year, Dixon avoided major contact in a first-corner incident here to finish fifth. Sunday, Newgarden did virtually the same thing, braking to avoid two cars tangling in front of him in an opening-lap melee before going on to finish fifth.

"Maybe we've got Scott's mojo," Newgarden said.


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2019 Portland: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Herta Takes Pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, September 01, 2019 - 08:05 AM
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2019 Portland: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Herta Takes Pole


A trio of NTT IndyCar Series championship contenders facing challenging starting positions in Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland was the only thing to possibly upstage what rookie Colton Herta did at Portland International Raceway.

Herta, the second-generation Indy car standout driving for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, put his No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda on the pole for the second time this season. Herta won the NTT P1 Award by besting pole whiz Will Power of Team Penske (No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet) with a final lap of 57.8111 seconds (122.302 mph).

Power, who said he flat-spotted his tires on the next-to-last lap of the Firestone Fast Six round, settled for a lap of 57.8303 seconds (122.261 mph) as the two drivers exchanged the top spot three times in the final seconds of qualifying.


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2019 Gateway: IndyCar Race Results - Sato holds off Carpenter for win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 07:38 AM
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2019 Gateway: IndyCar Race Results - Sato holds off Carpenter for win



IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato hasn't had many weeks as wild as this past one.

IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato hasn't had many weeks as wild as this past one.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



NTT IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato hasn't had many weeks as wild as this past one.

Sato qualified fifth for Saturday's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway, dropped to last place after opening-lap contact with other cars in Turn 1 and battled back to win in the closest finish in this track's 10-year history - 0.0399 seconds over Ed Carpenter.

The victory came six days after being the center of attention for his role in the first-lap, multi-car accident at Pocono Raceway that left his car upside down. But the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver stood his ground and focused forward, and that approach led him to his second win of the season, the fifth of his career and first on a short oval track.

Next to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 victory, Sato called this the most gratifying win of his career.

"Yes, I'm sure," he said. "Winning (from) pole at Barber was very significant - just the domination of the weekend is always great credit for the team and satisfaction. But this win is so special - beside Indy 500, obviously nothing like (that). This is just so emotional. Gave me unbelievable boost.

"(It's) a great story."

Sato (No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda) might not have held off Carpenter (No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) had the race gone another corner much less another lap. Carpenter made a valiant charge in the final two laps to overtake Tony Kanaan (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet) and close in on Sato. The margin was the closest of the NTT IndyCar Series season.

"It could have been (different winner) if we had a little longer straightaway or another lap," Carpenter said.

After Sato held off Carpenter at the finish line, all eyes turned to NTT P1 Award winner and championship leader Josef Newgarden (No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet), who had been swapping fourth place with rookie Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda). Ferrucci had drifted high a few laps earlier, allowing Newgarden to get past. But Ferrucci passed Newgarden back - apparently in tight form - and Newgarden spun in Turn 4.

"I was happy I wasn't in the (wall), to be honest with you," Newgarden said. "The engine was still going, I wasn't in the wall. (I thought), thank goodness I'm kind of straight, I can't believe we're still going here."

Newgarden's misfortune caused him to drop to seventh place, which cost him six points, but he will head to Portland International Raceway for next weekend's penultimate race with a lead that has grown each of the past two weeks.

Newgarden leads teammate Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) by 38 points, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) by 46 points and Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) by 70 points after they finished fifth, 13th and 20th, respectively.

Carpenter and Kanaan scored their first top-three finishes of the season. Carpenter last finished second in last year's Indianapolis 500; Kanaan's most-recent podium was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2017.

Ferrucci, who led a race-high 97 of 248 laps, scored his second consecutive fourth-place finish and the third of his rookie season, and it allowed him to move two points ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist (No. 10 Monster Energy Honda) for the lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year battle.

Conor Daly (No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet) gave his team its best finish of the season in sixth place.

The NTT IndyCar Series heads to Portland, Ore., for next Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland.

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2019 Gateway: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Newgarden makes his point, scores pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 08:52 AM
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2019 Gateway: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Newgarden makes his point, scores pole



Team Penske's Josef Newgarden was pleased to add another point in NTT P1 Award qualifying Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Team Penske's Josef Newgarden was pleased to add another point in NTT P1 Award qualifying Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



In a season where every championship point figures to matter in determining the winner, Team Penske's Josef Newgarden was pleased to add another point in NTT P1 Award qualifying Friday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Newgarden earned the NTT IndyCar Series point by winning the pole for Saturday night's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta & Valvoline. Although INDYCAR doesn't officially award qualifying points until the conclusion of the event, Newgarden effectively has a 36-point lead over Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi in pursuit of his second series championship. Rossi will start 11th in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda.

Newgarden won the Gateway race in 2017 on his way to his first season title. He hopes to convert another strong performance Saturday night in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

"We've only gone through half the journey this weekend," Newgarden said of the race to come. "We need to go through the race simulation and then see where we really end up. But I feel pretty confident that the PPG car is going to be strong and Chevy has obviously done (its) homework and given us a great package."

Newgarden posted a two-lap run around the 1.25-mile, D-shaped speedway at 48.2554 seconds, an average of 186.508 miles per hour. That gave him his second pole of the season - the first came in the second race in Detroit on June 2 - and gave him eight for his INDYCAR career.

Newgarden's effort as the final qualifier denied Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan his 35th career pole. The four-time Indy car champion will start on the front row for the first time this season and helps take the sting out of crashing on the opening lap of last year's race here.

Bourdais' qualifying average was 185.927 mph (48.4062 seconds) in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda. He thought it might be good enough for the pole, but then rookie teammate Santino Ferrucci approached him.

"He just told me before (Newgarden ran) 'That pole will be yours,'" Bourdais said. "I told him, 'Man, you just jinxed it.'"

Team Penske took three of the top four qualifying positions, with last week's race winner at Pocono Raceway - Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet - qualifying third at 185.896 mph (48.4142 seconds) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) fourth at 185.143 mph (48.6110 seconds). Power won last year's race here.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Takuma Sato was fifth (185.050 mph, 48.6356 seconds) in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda.

Pagenaud, who is third in the standings with three races to go, now has a 41-point deficit to Newgarden. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who qualified eighth (184.293 mph, 48.8354 seconds), trails by 53 points.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (248 laps, 310 miles) will be broadcast live on NBCSN beginning with pre-race coverage at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) and green flag at 8:45 p.m. (7:45 p.m. local). The race also will be carried live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM 209, Sirius 98, Internet/App 970).

Blues players bringing Stanley Cup to Gateway
NTT IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal was excited to bring hockey star Colton Parayko closer to the racing action this weekend, but the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver said Parayko has plenty of experience with the sport.

The member of the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues used to attend Indy car races in Edmonton - he's from Alberta - and attended his first Indianapolis 500 five years ago. He also has watched races in Toronto and here at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway over the years.

"In all aspects of life, he's a pretty modest guy," Rahal said. "He acts like he's a newbie around here. He's been around quite a bit.

"We were at the Toronto race (and) this guy just shows up. Never had asked for a ticket or anything - he kind of showed his true colors there. Obviously, (he) just enjoys coming out to the races."

Parayko said the attraction was speed.

"I just think everything that goes into it is cool," he said of INDYCAR racing. "You get a new appreciation for it when you come to the race. Bringing a couple of teammates (to Saturday's Bommarito Automotive Group 500). Every time (I) bring new guys (to the track), new teammates, they're like, 'Wow, this is amazing, so cool. I agree."

Joining Parayko at the track Saturday will be Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, who will bring the Stanley Cup with him for an opportunity to share the NHL's ultimate prize with INDYCAR fans. After that, Parayko will ride in Honda's Fastest Seat in Sports that paces the field in pre-race.

Parayko took a two-seat ride with the Indy Racing Experience here last year.

"I got in and he's like, 'Can you get lower?' (in the car)," said the 6-foot-6, 230-pound defenseman. "I said, 'I'll try.'

"It's such a cool experience. (It's) not close to any kind of appreciation to what these guys are feeling, what they're going through going at a little bit of speed and going around the corners and stuff."

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2019 Pocono: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Penske Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 04:29 PM
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2019 Pocono: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Penske Win!


By Mike Sulka

Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. For Power, it is his first win of the year, and 36th major open-wheel victory. Power now has 13 straight seasons with a victory.

In second, Scott Dixon and his No. 10 PNC Bank Team Ganassi Honda would pick up his ninth podium of the year. It is also Dixon's 114th major open-wheel podium of his career.

Simon Pagenaud would claim the final step on the podium followed by Santino Ferrucci, and Josef Newgarden.

Recap

Simon Pagenaud would get a good start and lead the field into Turn One. Takuma Sato - with a huge tow -would come up fast and slide down on Alexander Rossi which crashed Ryan Hunter-Reay down to the white line in Turn Two. The pair would continue to slide down the track and crash into the pack.

Sato's IndyCar would land upside-down on top of Hunter-Reay's car. James Hinchcliffe, Felix Rosenqvist, and Alexander Rossi would all be caught up as the Hunter-Reay/Sato pair collected cars. Sato would walk away from his stricken IndyCar. Rosenqvist would take a hard hit, and his car would smack the fence but wouldn't get tangled in the mesh.

After a one hour plus red flag to repair the fence, the IndyCar series would go back to racing on Lap 8. Pagenaud would lead followed by Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal, and Santino Ferrucci.

Ferrucci would be the first of the leaders to stop - Lap 35. Rahal would stop on Lap 35, Pagenaud would stop on Lap 38, with Dixon stopping on Lap 39. Newgarden would be the last of the leaders to stop - one lap later.

Spencer Pigot would bring out the second caution of the day on Lap 41. The incident would help Will Power move to the front portion of the pack after pitting out of sequence due to a deflating tire earlier in the race.

Pagenaud would lead the field back to racing on Lap 46. Will Power, Scott Dixon would follow. Power would take the lead on the next lap with a clean pass entering Turn One. Pagenaud would return the favor on Lap 51.

Dixon would be first of the leaders to stop for a second time - Lap 71. Pagenaud would stop on the next lap. One lap later, Colton Herta would get loose and end his race in the wall. Power would be leading, but he would remain on track. What the yellow giveth, it can take away. Or with rain expected, was it a bit of fortune ?

Caution Three. Dixon would take the lead followed by Ferrucci, Pagenaud, Bourdais, and Newgarden. Racing would resume on Lap 83. Ed Carpenter and Power would move up to fourth and fifth respectively by the end of the lap.

The third round of pit stops would begin with Ferrucci and Carpenter stopping on Lap 106. Dixon would pit the next time by, and Pagenaud on Lap 108. Power would stay out until Lap 111. He would return to the track behind Dixon, until Lap 114. The order would be Power, Dixon, Pagenaud, Ferrucci and Newgarden.

The fourth caution of the day would fly on Lap 128 due to lightning within seven miles of the facility. The grandstands and pit lane would be evacuated.

IndyCar would call the race due to the rain, and limited day-light to dry the track.

Next up, the IndyCar series will race at Gateway.

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2019 Pocono: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Washout hands Newgarden pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 07:25 AM
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2019 Pocono: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Washout hands Newgarden pole


The leading candidates for this year's NTT IndyCar Series championship will be easy to spot at the start of Sunday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. They all will be at the front.

With heavy rain falling mid-morning Saturday, INDYCAR officials opted to cancel NTT P1 Award qualifying in favor of a two-hour practice that would be more relevant to race conditions. When qualifying sessions aren't held, starting grids are set by entrant points and that provided Team Penske's Josef Newgarden and his No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet the lead position heading into the 200-lap, 500-mile race. Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi will occupy the other position on the front row in the No. 27 MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda.


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IndyCar To Introduce Single-Source Hybrid System For 2022 Ntt IndyCar Series Season
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, August 02, 2019 - 06:56 AM
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IndyCar To Introduce Single-Source Hybrid System For 2022 Ntt IndyCar Series Season


INDYCAR, in partnership with Chevrolet and Honda, will implement a single-source hybrid system in its race cars for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season that will provide key enhancements ranging from competition to safety.

In keeping with INDYCAR's history of integrating innovation into the sport, the hybrid powertrain will mark the first time that the vehicles will depart from the traditional, manual hand-held electric starters to a hybrid component that can be activated by the driver from the cockpit.

The hybrid system will work in parallel with the internal combustion engines from Honda and Chevrolet, combining growing hybrid technology with the traditional power plants to produce in excess of 900 horsepower for the most competitive racing series in the world.


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2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon, Ganassi Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 05:06 PM
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2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon, Ganassi Win!



Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda has won the Honda Indy 200.

Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda has won the Honda Indy 200.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Ganassi battle. Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Ganassi Honda has won the Honda Indy 200. For Dixon, it is his second IndyCar win of the season, and 46th major open-wheel victory. He has also won at Mid-Ohio for the sixth time.

Felix Rosenqvist and his No. 10 Ganassi Honda would pick up his IndyCar podium of the season, and of his career.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and his No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda added his second podium of the year, and 46th major open-wheel career podium.

Will Power and Alexander Rossi would round out the top five.

Josef Newgarden remains the IndyCar drivers points leader with Alexander Rossi 16 points behind.

Recap

Will Power and his No. Penske Chevrolet would get a solid start with Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda right behind. Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevrolet), Simon Pagenaud (Penske Chevrolet), and Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Honda) would follow.

On Lap 12, Pagenaud and Bourdais would pit. Pagenaud would put on the Firestone soft (red) compound, while Bourdais would put on the hard (black) tire. Newgarden would stop three laps later for the hard tire.

Rossi would stay out and Felix Rosenqvist (Ganassi Honda) would pass him for second on Lap 19. Scott Dixon (Ganassi Honda) would get past on the next lap.

Rossi would pit on Lap 27 while Power would lose the lead to Rosenqvist. The black tires being a significant advantage. The leader would pit on Lap 29 for reds. Power and Dixon would pit the next time by. Power would switch to blacks. Dixon would take on the reds.

Newgarden would lead the off-sequence strategy drivers - Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Colton Herta, and Graham Rahal. Felix Rosenqvist would run sixth but be the top primary strategy driver.

Pagenaud and Herta would be the first of the off-strategy drivers to pit a second time - Lap 37. Rosenvquist would lead until Lap 46, when he would make his second stop. Dixon would take the lead through Lap 60.

Rossi would be the first car to make his final stop - Lap 59, blacks. Dixon would follow suit on the next lap and return to the track in 8th. Power would also stop - Lap 61, blacks.

On Lap 66, Rosenvquist would pit from the lead (15 second advantage), and he would come out behind ten seconds behind Dixon.

The order heading to the checkers was Dixon, Rosenvquist, Hunter-Reay, Newgarden and Power.

On the final lap, the gloves would come off and Rosenvquist would move a move on Dixon, the pair would make contact entering the keyhole. Both would continue. Behind, Hunter-Reay and Newgarden would tangle with Newgarden ending his race at the exit of the keyhole.

Congratulations to Scott Dixon and Ganassi racing for winning the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio.

Next up, Pocono in three weeks.



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2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske On Pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 06:17 PM
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2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske On Pole
2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske On Pole



Will Power scored the 57th pole of his NTT IndyCar Series career Saturday.

Will Power scored the 57th pole of his NTT IndyCar Series career Saturday.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley



Will Power scored the 57th pole of his NTT IndyCar Series career Saturday, drawing him another step closer to Mario Andretti's record of 67. But what the Team Penske driver wants more than anything is his first win of the season.

Power has won Indy car races in 12 consecutive seasons, second only to five-time series champion Scott Dixon's 16. Power's last win came last year - 14 races ago - at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, the short oval located in Madison, Ill.

Power won Saturday's NTT P1 Award with a lap of 1 minute, 5.1569 seconds (124.757 mph), and he followed that with a primal scream from the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet.

"Take that," he said to his difficult season. "That's sticking it to them."

Power went on to say he was happier than he could explain. The pole was his first since the opening two races of the season, earning the top qualifying spot at the season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. and then at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

"Just after the year we've had - even the past couple of weeks - it's been bloody terrible," Power said in referencing the street race in Toronto and the oval race at Iowa Speedway. "It's been a couple of mistakes by me. I was determined to get pole here and equally so to win the race.

"It beats you down a bit when you have constant bad runs and things just don't flow your way. There's always a turning point; that's the good news. When you have a bad race there's a good chance the next one will be good. If 10 of them like mine haven't been good, well, the next one will definitely be good."

Power believes a breakthrough is inevitable if not divine.

"There's going to have to be, with the speed we've got, a point where God just says, 'Let him have it.'"

Hours after being confirmed to a multi-year extension with Andretti Autosport, 2018 NTT IndyCar Series championship runner-up Alexander Rossi qualified second in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda. Rossi earned his sixth front-row start of the season, but he was nearly four-tenths of a second slower than Power after "a pretty big slide" through Turns 4 and 5.

"I think we just ran out of tire," he said of the lap of 1:05.5317 (124.044 mph). "You're always disappointed if you miss (pole) by one or two hundredths because there's a lot of things you can look back on over the lap to see things you could have done differently. But when it's a gap of that size it's OK."

Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden, the series leader by 29 points over Rossi, will start Sunday's 90-lap race in the third position after posting a lap of 1:05.7885 (123.560 mph) in the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet. Teammate Simon Pagenaud will join Newgarden on the second row after a lap of 1:05.8958 (123.358 mph)in the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet.

Sebastien Bourdais, who ran 1:06.2040 (122.784 mph) in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan, also reached the Firestone Fast Six along with Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist, who qualified his No. 10 Clover Chip Ganassi Racing Honda at 1:06.4914 (122.253 mph) and in the sixth and final position among the final group.

As part of Rossi's contract renewal, Andretti Autosport announced it will continue to partner with Honda Performance Development, which the organization has worked with since the beginning of the 2014 season. Andretti Autosport has won five Indianapolis 500s with HPD, the most by any team in Honda's history.

Sunday's Honda Indy 200 will air on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

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2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Friday Practice Results - Herta tops opening day of practice
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 06:49 PM
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2019 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Friday Practice Results - Herta tops opening day of practice


The NTT IndyCar Series has one of the most competitive rookie classes in recent memory, and one of those in the four-man battle set the pace Friday for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Colton Herta, who drives for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, ran a lap of 1 minute, 5.7292 seconds in the No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda to edge Team Penske veterans Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Pagenaud was second Friday on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet (1:05.9313) with Power third driving the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet (1:05.9935).

Herta trails Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing by 34 points for top first-year honors. Santino Ferrucci of Dale Coyne Racing is second, trailing Rosenqvist by 14 points. Marcus Ericsson of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is the other full-time driver in the rookie battle. The separation between the four is just 43 points through 12 races.

"It's really close right now," Herta said.

Winning the NTT P1 Award as Saturday's top qualifier would give one of them another point toward capturing Rookie of the Year honors. Should Herta or Rosenqvist win the pole, they would become the first rookie to win multiple Indy car poles since Danica Patrick won three poles in 2005. Saturday's qualifying is at 2:35 p.m. ET (TV: NBCSN, Radio: Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, SiriusXM Channel 209).

Herta initially said he doesn't pay attention to the rookie standings, but then he noted that Rosenqvist leads, a sign that he indeed cares. Pagenaud noticed the contradiction.

"You don't know (the order), but you know," Pagenaud said, drawing a smile from Herta.

"Exactly," Herta said. "(Being Rookie of the Year) would be great, but honestly I'm just focused on not running with the rookies but running with everyone, trying to be the best with everyone."

Herta has been successful at the latter, winning the race at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, qualifying fifth for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and winning the pole at Road America. Herta, 19, is the youngest winner of a pole and a race in the history of the sport.

"Colton has been a breath of fresh air, quite frankly," Pagenaud said. "He (has) showed tremendous speed on the road course, certainly pushed the old guys. That's what we need."

Pagenaud also complimented Rosenqvist on his season - the Swede was fourth on Friday's speed chart - and called the foursome "a great rookie class."

"At the end of the day, it's about being complete," said Pagenaud, who added this year's Indianapolis 500 victory to his 2016 NTT IndyCar Series championship. "That's what (the rookies) are trying to do. It's fun to watch from my seat, for sure."

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2019 Iowa: IndyCar Race Results - Newgarden scores another dominant win
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 07:44 AM
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2019 Iowa: IndyCar Race Results - Newgarden scores another dominant win



Josef Newgarden has won the Iowa 300

Josef Newgarden has won the Iowa 300
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The hour of day at Iowa Speedway was different, but the domination by Josef Newgarden was not. And this time, he won the Iowa 300.

For the fourth time in five years, Newgarden led the most laps in the race at the NTT IndyCar Series' smallest track. Last year, he led 229 of the 300 laps but settled for a fourth-place finish. This time he went to victory lane by leading 245 laps in Team Penske's No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet.

In 2016, Newgarden led 282 laps in an Ed Carpenter Racing car - he won that race -- and in 2015 he led 111 laps and finished second.

Newgarden capped this victory, his fourth of the season and the 14th of his career, at 2:14 a.m. ET due to a pair of rain delays.

The start of the race was delayed four and a half hours due to severe weather, including lightning and heavy rain. The green flag finally waved at 11:45 p.m. ET.

A brief shower at 12:12 a.m. ET led to a red flag at Lap 55. Newgarden was leading then, having passed teammate Will Power amid traffic in Turn 1.

Newgarden admitted being sour after qualifying third Friday behind his teammates, polesitter Simon Pagenaud and Power. But he regrouped and refocused, channeling that energy to getting the car ready to race.

"I'm much happier tonight, I can tell you that," Newgarden said. "I was really a little bit frustrated yesterday just because I knew we had a pole-winning car. We didn't put it together. It's competitive."

The victory allowed Newgarden to extend his series points lead to 29 over Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi, who finished sixth. Newgarden lapped Rossi on Lap 185, although Rossi battled back to make it interesting for a few laps.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon finished second for the fifth time this season in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda after falling a lap off the pace early in the race. The recovery came as a result of smart pit strategy initiated by the crew - they gave him new tires on Lap 268 -- and it keyed Dixon's 45th career second-place finish. The five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion has now finished first or second in 90 of his 316 career starts (28.4 percent).

It was quite the comeback.

"Huge credit to the team," Dixon said. "They (left) me out pretty long before the last caution. It enabled us to stay on the lead lap, get that lucky yellow, get new tires. (We) had a good restart, were able to (pass) some cars. ... We were actually probably going to be happy with a top 14 or 15 (finish), so that was pretty stellar."

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' James Hinchcliffe, who won last year's race, finished third in the No. 5 Arrow Honda. The top-three finish was his first since this race a year ago.

"For all the fans that stayed out, weathered the storm - literally - huge thanks," Hinchcliffe said. "I think it was well worth the wait. Hopefully everybody that did come and stayed for the race enjoyed the show. It felt pretty exciting from where we were sitting."

Next up is the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Rossi won last year's race in convincing fashion, but recent history suggests there will be a different winner. The past six races have seen six different drivers reach victory lane, including Dixon, who in 2014 won for a record fifth time on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course.

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2019 Iowa: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Track big or small, Pagenaud fastest in qualifying
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, July 19, 2019 - 06:31 PM
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2019 Iowa: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Track big or small, Pagenaud fastest in qualifying



Simon Pagenaud captured Friday's NTT P1 Award at Iowa Speedway.

Simon Pagenaud captured Friday's NTT P1 Award at Iowa Speedway.
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Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud is on a drive to win his second NTT IndyCar Series championship, and he is doing so with excellence at various types of tracks.

A week after winning the Toronto street race from the pole, the winner of the large-oval Indianapolis 500 captured Friday's NTT P1 Award at Iowa Speedway, the season's smallest track. Pagenaud will lead a field of 22 cars to the green flag of Saturday's Iowa 300 (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Channel 209).

The number of laps in Friday's qualifying is half of what is required at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it's no less intense. The laps are quick and busy, a 17-second blur over 7/8th of a mile. Only Pagenaud completed the two laps at an average speed in excess of 180 mph.

The ability to excel in different disciplines is what Pagenaud is most proud of.

"We do superspeedways, one-and-a-half-mile speedways, short ovals, street courses, road courses," he said. "To win a championship here, you need to be really complete. It takes a lifetime to be a complete driver, let me tell you.

"But that's what I enjoy about INDYCAR - the diversity in skills, in tracks. I think for the fans, they get everything they want to see throughout the season."

Pagenaud's 180.073 mph run produced his third pole of the season and second in four years at this venue. He will receive a bonus point for the effort, drawing him to 38 points of the series lead with six remaining races. As competitive as the series is, each point matters.

Pagenaud still trails teammate Josef Newgarden, the series points leader, and Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi, who is four points behind Newgarden. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing is 86 points out of the top spot.

Team Penske drivers swept the top three qualifying positions with Will Power second (179.589 mph) and Newgarden third (179.449). It is the fifth consecutive year one of Roger Penske's drivers have won the pole, with Power securing the previous two. But nothing will be a given during Saturday's race, especially with the traffic typically created by short-oval racing. Last year there were 234 passes for position and 955 overall.

Team Penske's only race win at Iowa came in 2017 with Helio Castroneves. Last year, Newgarden led 229 of the 300 laps, but was forced to settle for a fourth-place finish when three other drivers passed on a late chance to pit for new tires. No pole winner has won the Iowa race.

"You make one mistake (and) you can find yourself a lap behind (the leader)," Pagenaud said. "It's important to stay on top of your game the whole time. It's also important not to freak out. When the (car's) balance goes away, sometimes you tend to get stressed out and gain a sense of urgency. That's when you make more mistakes.

"Very important to keep your emotions in check, but also you have to be aggressive. You can't go through traffic without being aggressive. It's a very fine line. It's very difficult to find that (proper) rhythm."

Friday's qualifying was held amid searing heat, with track temperatures pushing 135 degrees. Conditions figure to be better for the race, which should end a half-hour after official sunset. How competitors manage tires will help determine the outcome.

Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing qualified fourth (177.646 mph) with James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports fifth (176.200 mph) and Rossi sixth (176.057 mph). Dixon of qualified eighth at 175.725 mph.

Among the top title contenders, only Newgarden is a former race winner here.

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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.
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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.
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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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