Rank Driver Points
1 Josef Newgarden 494
2 Scott Dixon 476
3 Helio Castroneves 472
4 Simon Pagenaud 468
5 Will Power 452
6 Graham Rahal 418
7 Takuma Sato 399
8 Alexander Rossi 394
9 Tony Kanaan 351
10 James Hinchcliffe 327
11 Max Chilton 322
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 322
13 Marco Andretti 306
14 Ed Jones 298
15 JR Hildebrand 288
16 Carlos Munoz 256
17 Mikhail Aleshin 237
18 Charlie Kimball 237
19 Conor Daly 215
20 Spencer Pigot 165
21 Ed Carpenter 160
22 Sebastien Bourdais 136
23 Gabby Chaves 98
24 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
25 Esteban Gutierrez 91
26 Sebastian Saavedra 61
27 Oriol Servia 61
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Pippa Mann 32
30 Jay Howard 24
31 Sage Karam 23
32 Zach Veach 23
33 James Davison 21
34 Jack Harvey 17
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14
Rookie of Year Standings
1. Ed Jones 298
2. Esteban Gutierrez 91
3. Fernando Alonso 47
4. Zach Veach 23
5. Jack Harvey 17
IndyCar AMY KONRATH: I'd like to introduce our speakers Randy Bernard, chief executive officer of INDYCAR, and Brian Barnhart, president of operations, INDYCAR. Randy, I'll turn things over to you to begin. RANDY BERNARD: Thank you. Good morning. This morning we released the results of the Las Vegas investigation. It's only been two months since this tragic event, and it's been a very difficult month for everyone in the racing community, as Dan was loved by all.
Dissecting IndyCar's findings on Wheldon's accident
by Tim Wohlford It is a natural thing to wonder “why” when someone is taken from us. It is equally common that all of the information in the world doesn’t provide any comfort, and only leads to more questions. Such is the case of today’s IndyCar press conference, announcing the findings of the investigation into Dan Wheldon’s death at Las Vegas. Some facts from today’s press conference at IMS.
by Mark J. Cipolloni This ESPN.com article argues, and rightly so, that IndyCar is wrong to blame the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Dan Wheldon's death. It could have happened at any 'pack' racing oval track facility. In fact we have seen many accidents in the IRL over the years that were just as horrific as what happened in Las Vegas. The problem is not so much the track as it is the 'pack' racing mentality that IndyCar had. We said for years they were going to kill someone and we just hoped they did not launch a car into the grandstands and kill 50 fans in one fell swoop.
Top stars came out to support event F1 star Jenson Button and newly crowned IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti were among a host of top racing drivers all competing in a very special two-hour endurance kart race staged at Daytona Milton Keynes last night (5 December) to commemorate the life and many achievements of their friend Dan Wheldon. Daytona Milton Keynes kart track was the perfect venue to honor the much loved and admired Wheldon.
IndyCar Dreyer & Reinbold team owners Dennis Reinbold and Robbie Buhl were guests on today's INDYCAR conference call. The pair discussed the team's decision to join Lotus for 2012 and its plans for the upcoming season. "We are excited to kind of be part of the evolution of this program, and Lotus's involvement in IndyCar as we get into this next era of these cars. So we are excited to be part of that and building it," said Buhl.
by Tim Wohlford So the Winter Hot Stove League has a new topic this year – “Hey, do you think that Danica can win the Daytona 500?” Honestly, some of the online blogs have started to look like ABC’s Indy 500 coverage: All Danica, all the time. First, let me get this straight – I have nothing against Danica. She’s treated me professionally when I’ve been in press conferences with her. I think she’s a genius at marketing herself, and wish her the best in the future.
IndyCar KV Racing Technology announced today that the team will be powered by the new Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 racing engine for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. KV Racing Technology was founded in January 2003 and joined the IndyCar Series in 2008. The Indianapolis based team is owned by successful venture capitalist and former JDS Uniphase President, CEO and Chairman Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996 CART Indy Car World Series Champion Jimmy Vasser.
Champion at Indianapolis memorial Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was remembered as a great race driver - but more importantly, as a wonderful father, husband, friend and man - at a public memorial service Sunday, Oct. 23 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. A large crowd, including Wheldon's wife, Susie, and family, gathered to cherish the life of Wheldon, who suffered fatal injuries in a racing accident Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
by Brian Carroccio It’s been nearly a week since INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard announced the death of Dan Wheldon. Wheldon's car, of course, became airborne during Sunday's series finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during a gruesome 15 car pileup. Gruesomely, the 2005 series champion and two time Indianapolis 500 winner hit the catch fence cockpit first, and likely died soon thereafter.
by Mark J. Cipolloni We have written for a long time how damaging oval track racing is to IndyCar's reputation because you cannot hide the horrible attendance in grandstands built for NASCAR size crowds. Sunday was no exception. Despite giving away for free, upwards of 80,000 tickets to the event, if 15,000 showed up, that was a lot. 15,000 in a stadium that holds 132,000. It looked bad for IndyCar for what was supposed to be their 'grand' finale. And then it got worse.
by Mark J. Cipolloni The exposed driver's head in an open wheel car is the likely area where a driver can suffer a fatal injury. It is believed this is what happened to Dan Wheldon when his car became airborne at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - he went head first into the catch fencing where one of the steel poles likely hit his head causing an unsurvivable blunt force head injury.
by Dave Grayson The international world of motorsports came to a standstill on Sunday afternoon, October 16th, following the devastating news that driver Dan Wheldon died from massive injuries sustained from a multi car accident while participating in the IZOD INDYCAR Series' season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The IZOD INDYCAR championships, presented by Honda, was supposed to be a major source of celebration. It was the series' time to shine in Las Vegas to celebrate what has been a very good season with even more positive aspects expected in 2012.
by Tim Wohlford Two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon died of "unsurvivable injuries" in a massive chain-reaction accident on lap 10 of the Las Vegas IndyCar race. Running for a $5 million dollar prize, his car got caught up at the end of an incident that took out the last 15 cars in the field. He ran over the wheel of a wrecking car in front of him, catapulting head-first into the SAFER barrier, on top of the SAFER barrier, then into the fence.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Popular IndyCar driver and defending Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon has died from unsurvivable injuries in a horrible 15-car accident on lap 13 in today's IndyCar finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race will not continue as the drivers have elected to do a 5 lap parade around the circuit in memory of Dan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wheldon's family and friends in this time of great sorrow.
by Mark J. Cipolloni KV Racing's Tony Kanaan knocked Oriol Servia off the pole in the waning minutes of qualifying for Sunday's Las Vegas IndyCar finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kanaan, was fastest in the final practice, was the next to last qualifier as the track temperatures were cooling. Kanaan's first lap was just a tick too slow to beat Servia, but his second lap was just enough to win his first pole of the season.
IndyCar Even for this megawatt desert oasis of glitz, glamour and grandiosity, IndyCars being driven on The Strip was eclectic. TV helicopters hovered above while thousands lined Las Vegas Boulevard to get images and text “Hey, you’ll never guess what I’m seeing” as 34 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers in the cars they're racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway passed by at a pace that was 190 mph slower than Danica Patrick’s blistering 224.7 mph practice lap earlier in the day.
Observations from the IndyCar/Detroit announcement
by Tim Wohlford
This was big. Seriously big. As in, IndyCar hasn't seen anything this big, or as whine-free, since reunification. The content of today's Penske / GM press conference was well known for weeks. Penske will run Chevrolet motors -- actually, via Ilmor, build them too. And, the Detroit Grand Prix will return, taking the prized "Milwaukee" slot the weekend after the Indy 500.
Astor Cup Trophy INDYCAR will pay tribute to the heritage of North American open-wheel racing by presenting the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship Trophy at the INDYCAR Championship Celebration on Oct. 17 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The trophy to be presented originally was commissioned by Vincent Astor, son of industrialist John Jacob Astor, to be awarded to the winner of the Astor Cup Challenge -- a 350-mile race on a 2-mile board track at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y.
Will Power and Dario Franchitti The two IZOD IndyCar Series drivers who will compete for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship this weekend -- Dario Franchitti and Will Power -- participated in an INDYCAR teleconference earlier today to preview the Las Vegas Indy 300, the headline event of the IZOD INDYCAR World Championship Presented by Honda.
Carpenter beats Franchitti in photo finish at Kentucky
by Mark J. Cipolloni IndyCar oval specialist Ed Carpenter has tried for years to win an IndyCar race and on Sunday in his 113th start at Kentucky Speedway he did it in style by holding off Dario Franchitti to win the Kentucky Indy 300 by just 0.0098s, about a nose. With his 2nd place finish Franchitti re-took the points lead from Will Power who finished 19th after being speared on pit road by Ana Beatriz who was sent out of her pit right into the path of Power.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Will Power won the valuable point for winning pole position for Sunday's Kentucky Indy 300 as he battles with Dario Franchitti for the series championship. With temperatures in the chilly 50s and going down into the 30s tonight, Power was the only driver to break 219 mph and he did it on both of his laps to claim the top starting spot at 219.283 mph while Franchitti could only manage 11th fastest. Graham Rahal will start 2nd with a 2-lap average of 218.348 mph.
Michael and Marco Andretti talk about deal with Chevy
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series team owner Michael Andretti and IZOD IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti participated in an INDYCAR teleconference earlier today. The primary topic of discussion was the Andretti family reuniting with Chevy, which you had a very successful partnership at Newman/Haas in the 1990s.
IndyCar Andretti Autosport and Chevrolet announced today that the famed auto manufacturer will provide the Andretti Autosport™ entries with its new Chevy IndyCar V-6 racing engine. The announcement marks the reunion of two of racing's most famous brands for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series.
by Scott Morris There was a divorce. Then we started seeing each other again, and I started to recall why I fell in love many years ago. Something got lost. Something went off-course. But when she came back, and resembled the lady I recall, it all started to well-up in me again. She is still not quite that lady I knew before, but the experience of life and the past several years of hardship has made us both more complete in many ways.
Holds off Will Power who takes point lead Dixon held off Will Power -- the new championship front-runner and repeat Mario Andretti Road Trophy titlist -- to win the final race at the mountaintop motorsports retreat and remain a factor in the title chase. Marco Andretti finished third -- his best road/street course placing of the season -- and Alex Tagliani advanced 11 spots relative to his starting position to finish fourth. Oriol Servia also made a major move -- from 16th to fifth for Newman/Haas Racing.
IndyCar Qualifying Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar Japan 300 on the 2.9-mile road course in Motegi. Dixon just beat Will Power who will start 2nd just 0.0276s behind. By taking the single point for pole Dixon prevented Power from getting it as he tries to catch point leader Dario Franchitti, who will start a disappointing 9th. Graham Rahal will start 3rd.
Indycars in Japan Will Power topped the time chart with a lap of 1 minute, 39.4745 seconds on the 2.983-mile, 14-turn Twin Ring Motegi road course in the initial practice session for the Indy Japan. Power, seeking to wrap up his second consecutive Mario Andretti Road Trophy, was among the three Team Penske drivers in the top five. Helio Castroneves (1:39.5965) was second and Ryan Briscoe (1:40.1887) was fourth.
by LAT USA IndyCar and its teams have arrived in Motegi, Japan for what could be the last IndyCar race at this magnificent Honda facility. The road course is in good condition and the teams are unloading. Japanese drivers Takuma Sato and Heideki Mutoh had several engagements with the Japanese media.
Dan Wheldon can make one fan very rich in Vegas A victory by Dan Wheldon in the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships presented by Honda will be prosperous for the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and one fortunate fan. GoDaddy.com, the world's largest provider of Web hosting, domain name registrations and net new SSL Certificates, will sponsor The Go Daddy INDYCAR Challenge as part of the Oct. 16 IZOD IndyCar Series season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during which Wheldon will attempt to earn a cool $2.5 million for himself and $2.5 million for a fan.
by Tim Wohlford You probably never heard of him, but you will. James "Sulli" Sullivan is a Brit (by birth) but ended up in Texas as the Baylor Bear. You know, that costumed mascot that Baylor uses since the Feds decided that having full-grown bears in crowded stadiums wasn't a good idea? Just talking to Sulli, Principal of IndyCar team SH Racing, you get the idea that he could single-handed fill up the place with bear-mascot energy.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Buddy Rice, who rejoined the Panther Racing team for races at Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Panther Racing: Sunoco Rookie of the Year Point Leader JR Hildebrand participated in an INDYCAR teleconference earlier today.
by Adriano Manocchia IndyCar ran their feature event on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland Saturday. Will Power won from pole before a sellout crowd on the downtown city streets. For a first year event this race had all the makings of being the Long Beach of the East. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 80+ photos.
Scenes from IndyCar and ALMS at Baltimore - Saturday
by Adriano Manocchia IndyCar and ALMS were burning rubber on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland Saturday. IndyCar action saw Will Power win the pole for Sunday's feature event, and the American LeMans Series held their feature race late Saturday afternoon. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
by Tim Wohlford Polesitter Will Power lost the lead briefly at the start in Turn 1 but by Turn 3 he dove under Graham Rahal to take the lead and from there he went on to dominate the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix IndyCar race. Pit strategy saw Oriol Servia almost sneak a win for Newman/Haas Racing but Power was too strong and Servia had to settle for 2nd. Tony Kanaan came from the last row to finish 3rd for KV Racing ahead of Ganassi teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
Scenes from IndyCar and ALMS at Baltimore - Friday
by Adriano Manocchia After a 4 hour delay because the track was not ready, the American LeMans Series and the IZOD IndyCar Series finally took to the track on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland for the first time for practice Friday afternoon. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
Penske and Ganassi, fierce rivals and best friends
IndyCar media conference Two of IndyCar's winningest team owners sat side-by-side Saturday at the Baltimore Grand Prix and offered an explanation for their success. Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi met the media in Baltimore Saturday to talk about their championship rivalry on the track and their friendship off the track. They also addressed some other pressing issues facing the Izod IndyCar World Series.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Before packed grandstands Penske Racing's Will Power dug a little deeper after failing on his previous 4 laps and took pole position away from American Graham Rahal by 0.07s for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix at Camden Yards. Rahal put up the fast lap early the 15-min session in his Ganassi machine and it withstood challenge after challenge until Power's final lap. Ryan Briscoe will start 3rd, followed Dario Franchitti and Sebastian Bourdais.
by Mark J. Cipolloni In front of a large opening day crowd of over 50,000, Penske's Will Power continued his domination of the IndyCar road and street circuits by topping the opening practice session for the Baltimore Grand Prix. Power's time of 1m22.1379s was just fast enough to top Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti. Helio Castroneves wound up 3rd ahead of Andretti teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (New Hampshire winner) and Long Beach street circuit winner Mike Conway.
by Bob Heathcote The IZOD IndyCar Series raced Sunday afternoon in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, a 75-lap race won my Will Power who lead a 1-2-3 Team Penske sweep. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 200+ photos.
by Mark J. Cipolloni A sun-drenched crowd of 45,000 saw Penske Racing's Will Power survive a late race restart by pulling away from his two Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe to win the Sonoma, California IndyCar race at Infineon Raceway. It was a Penske 1-2-3 just the way it started. Ganassi teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-5.
by Bob Heathcote The IZOD IndyCar Series qualified Saturday afternoon for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, a 75-lap race this afternoon. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 48 photos.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Since breaking his back in an accident several years ago on the Infineon Raceway road course, Will Power has owned this place. Last year he won the pole and then the race and today he cruised to pole position to lead a Penske 1-2-3 for tomorrow's IndyCar race. Power was the only driver in the Fast Six shootout to break into the 1m18s bracket. Helio Castroneves will start 2nd ahead of the third Penske car of Ryan Briscoe. Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti, who leads the point standings, will start 4th ahead of his teammate Scott Dixon in 5th. Rounding out the Fast Six was James Hinchcliffe in the first non-Penske/Ganassi car.
by Bob Heathcote The IZOD IndyCar Series will qualify for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, a 75-lap race this afternoon. But this morning was final practice day for IndyCar, Star Mazda and the Historic F1 cars and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
by Mark J. Cipolloni IndyCar boss Randy Bernard met with the media at Infineon Raceway Saturday morning to address several issues facing the series and to answer the media's questions. He started the press conference by coming out very strongly in support of Brian Barnhart and the way he handled what happened in New Hampshire with the aborted restart at the end on a wet track. He sent a clear message to the media that Brian Barnhart is not going to get fired despite calls for his head.
by Bob Heathcote The IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, a 75-lap race at 4:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. This is the seventh IZOD IndyCar Series event at Infineon Raceway. Friday was a practice day for IndyCar, Star Mazda and the Historic F1 cars and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
Ryan Hunter-Reay wins rain shortened Loudon race American Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the MoveThatBlock.com 225-mile IndyCar race on the 1-mile Loudon, New Hampshire oval while sitting in his car on pit lane. The race ended 5 laps early after being red flagged due to a damp race track after Danica Patrick spun and took out three other cars including Will Power who was 2nd in points. Oriol Servia was 2nd for Newman/Haas and Scott Dixon third for Ganassi Racing.
IndyCar at Loudon Dario Franchitti says the car set-up for the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is most closely aligned with The Milwaukee Mile – give or take a few degrees of banking in the turns – on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. He's more familiar with the latter, most recently winning the IZOD IndyCar Series race from the pole in June in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.
IndyCar: Bobby Rahal, Mann and Kelty teleconference
IndyCar Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner Bobby Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Pippa Mann participated in a teleconference today to preview the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225, the IZOD IndyCar Series' return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway as well as announce a new team partnership.
by Mark Scheuern On a hot and muggy day before a big turnout at Mid-Ohio IndyCar ran the feature race of the weekend that saw Will Power and the Penske team make uncharacteristic strategy errors allowing the Ganassi team to prevail unchallenged. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action in these photos.
IndyCar There weren't any speeches or pyrotechnics. No fanfare whatsoever, save for a few seconds of self-conscious applause. But the broad smiles of individuals involved in getting the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for its initial test session neatly summed up the day. Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon climbed into the cockpit for the first of 12 scheduled days of itemized evaluation on three road course and three ovals.
by Tim Wohlford Scott Dixon took command of the 2011 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with a restart on lap 60, pulling away from Dario Franchitti and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Due to bad luck in pit strategy, Will Power finished 15th, putting severe damage on his championship hopes. Takuma Sato and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top-5.
by Mark Scheuern IndyCar and ALMS again were in action Saturday at Mid-Ohio where the ALMS raced and IndyCar qualified. The Muscle Milk Car won the ALMS race that was cut short due to heavy rain 15 minutes before the end and Scott Dixon won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action.
by Tim Wohlford The rain held off and Scott Dixon easily won the pole for Sundays’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio by almost 1/4 second over Ryan Briscoe the 85-lap race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course. Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal rounded out the top 6. Simon Pagenaud qualified Justin Wilson's No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold car and he will race it as well on Sunday as Wilson has a cracked vertebrae.
by Mark Scheuern IndyCar and ALMS rolled into Lexington, Ohio Friday where the teams are preparing for the Saturday ALMS race and the Sunday IndyCar race. Guy Smith won pole on Friday for the ALMS race on Saturday and Graham Rahal was fastest for the IndyCars in their first practice session. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action.
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IndyCar Will Power got the break he was looking for on Lap 19 of 80 in the Edmonton Indy. He didn't need another. Power, who started second in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, led teammate Helio Castroneves across the start-finish line by 0.8089 of a second for his second victory in Edmonton and his fourth of the season. Dario Franchitti finished third (1.1735 seconds back) and remains the IZOD IndyCar Series championship points leader by 38
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a track that was once the talk of all the drivers, but since neutered and now slower than all the street circuits, KV Racing's Takuma Sato won his 2nd pole in the last three races on the airport runways and taxiways in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Sato, racing for the people of earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, ended Will Power's run of road course poles. Power will start 2nd with Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, EJ Viso and Ryan Briscoe rounding out the top-6.
Q and A with A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt and Erik Berkman
INDY Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt and Larry Foyt of A.J. Foyt Racing and Honda Performance Development president Erik Berkman participated in a teleconference today to discuss the announcement that A.J. Foyt Racing will be powered by Honda engines in 2012. A.J. FOYT: Well, actually, we're very proud to announce that we're going to be with Honda in 2012. We're glad we're going to be on their team. They've been good to us the last few years we've been with them, and we're really looking forward to 2012.
by Mark J. Cipolloni After this racing season the IndyCar paddock has around 80 IndyCars that will become, for all intents and purposes, useless. Sure, they can be used as show cars, but you don't need 80 cars for that. Other than that, 80 perfectly good IndyCars will sit in garages collecting dust. Meanwhile, the Indy Lights series has been contemplating what will be their next generation car. I say it should be the existing IndyCars, detuned to be made economical to run in a development series.
Franchitti hangs on to win in Toronto, stretches lead
by Tim Wohlford In a crash-filled, physical race, Dario Franchitti held on to win the 25th Honda Indy Toronto. Scott Dixon made a late pass for second, and Ryan Hunter-Reay ran a streak of luck to get the third podium finish. Will Power was taken out a couple of times, including by Franchitti, and finished 24th.
Beats Ganassi duo IndyCar road course ace Will Power turned a lap of 59.5771s to secure the pole position for Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto. Power beat the Ganassi duo of Scott Dixon and points leader Dario Franchitti. Mike Conway showed that his win in Long Beach was no fluke by qualifying 4th for Andretti Autosport. Graham Rahal will start 5th for Ganassi's satellite team and Oriol Servia was 6th for Newman/Haas. Sebastian Bourdais will start 7th for Dale Coyne Racing and will start next to Ryan Hunter-Reay who was 8th. Alex Tagliani and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top-10.
Return to Fontana for the open wheel cars IZOD IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard and Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker participated in a teleconference today to preview the Honda Indy Toronto and to discuss the announcement that the IZOD IndyCar Series will race at Auto Club Speedway in 2012.
by Dave Grayson Is Danica Patrick the "secret sauce" in a highly successful marketing concept. It recently became apparent that the answer is a resounding yes. Over the years it has been very well known that "Go Daddy.Com" has been the primary sponsor for Danica Patrick's racing career both in the Indy Racing League and her proposed transition to NASCAR. Let's face it, the fact that this very attractive race driver has been the face, and in all honesty the body, of the Internet domain company's advertising campaign has become a marketing marriage made in heaven.
Test team for 2012 IndyCar Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) co-owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey participated in a teleconference today to discuss BHA's selection as the test organization for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series program. Dan Wheldon would be the lead test driver. The team will undertake IndyCar's comprehensive chassis testing program beginning in August and September; and IndyCar Series teams are slated to receive their first new chassis by December 15th.
Gurney's All American Racers will build radical car American racing legend Dan Gurney played a key role in changing the face of the Indianapolis 500 in the 60s when he convinced Colin Chapman to bring the rear-engined Lotus to the Speedway. Now nearly 50 years later, Gurney is part of the consortium aiming to encourage major change in the automotive world with the scheduled debut of the DeltaWing car at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gurney’s All American Racers will build the DeltaWing prototype.
Marco breaks 78 race IndyCar losing streak With his famous father Michael on the radio coaching him on, 3rd generation Marco Andretti broke his 78-race losing streak in grand fashion outdueling former teammate Tony Kanaan to win the Iowa Corn 250 IndyCar race on the 0.894-mile bullring. Kanaan passed leader Andretti soon after the last caution flag but could not shake Andretti for over 40 laps. Then with 18 laps to go Andretti dove under Kanaan and they ran side-by-side for over a lap before Andretti pulled clear. Andretti then held off Kanaan's repeated attempt to pass him back before Andretti finally prevailed.
IndyCar qualifying from Iowa Takuma Sato earned his first IZOD IndyCar Series pole start, posting a two-lap average speed of 180.375 mph on the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway oval. Danica Patrick, driving the No. 7 Team GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport, averaged 180.210 and will start next to the KV Racing Technology-Lotus driver. Tony Kanaan (179.833) and JR Hildebrand (179.569) will share Row 2.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Dario Franchitti and Oriol Servia participated in a teleconference today to preview this weekend's Iowa Corn Indy 250. ORIOL SERVIA: I was very surprised how that oval is, because I didn't know what to expect. I knew it was a short oval, but the high banking makes it still like a Super Speedway, but with no straightaway. I thought it was very difficult with the high banks and it's very intense. It's like you're on it all the time.
by Mark Scheuern The IndyCar Series returned to the historic Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval Sunday and put on a good show for the 13,000 or so fans who bothered to show up on Father's Day. Dario Franchitti won for the third time this season but not before Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan had their problems. Mark Scheuern captured these photos Sunday.
by Tim Wohlford Dario Franchitti won the 2011 Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race in convincing fashion. Graham Rahal ran a strong race to finish second, and Oriol Servia held off Will Power for third. With the win, Dario and Will are tied for the points lead. It was Franchitti's third win of the season and the best Father's Day present he could have given Dad George who was there in Winners Circle with him.
by Mark Scheuern Dario Franchitti's 25th Indy car pole, tying Paul Tracy for ninth all time, could be the most direct path to retrieving some of the points he lost to IZOD IndyCar Series leader Will Power in last week's Firestone Twin 275s. Mark Scheuern captured these photos Saturday from the Milwaukee Mile oval.
IndyCar at the famous Wisconsin Mile Dario Franchitti dominated IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at The Milwaukee Mile, topping the 26-car field by almost a full mile an hour to capture the pole for Sunday's Milwaukee 225. Helio Castroneves posted his best qualifying run of 2011 for Team Penske and will start second, followed by Franchitti's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Scott Dixon. The KV Racing Technology trio of Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso rounded out the top six qualifiers.
by Mark Scheuern 2nd fastest on Friday, Dario Franchitti (Right) surveys the action at Milwaukee where the IndyCars, USAC Midgets, and Star Mazda teams were gathered to tackle the flat 1-mile oval. Points leader Will Power was quickest in Friday's opening practice session for the Milwaukee 225 Wheeling the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action in these 40 photos.
Road Racer again shows the way With his first oval win under his belt, Penske Racing's Will Power may become just as dominant a figure on the IndyCar ovals as he is on the road courses. Friday's IndyCar practice session ended early on the Milwaukee Mile after Vitor Meira hit the wall exiting Turn 4 but that did not matter as Power was atop the timesheets most of the session anyway. Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti was 2nd quick and Power teammate Helio Castroneves was third. Scott Dixon and Oriol Servia rounded out the top-5.
Gordon dispels lie CART let him get away to NASCAR
Gordon was an open wheel ace and took NASCAR by storm A friend of mine, Larry Newburgh, who unfortunately isn't with us anymore, but he's the one that really came to me with the idea and said: "I know you're focused on trying to go open-wheel racing, but have you thought about NASCAR? You should at least think about it." And that was the first time that I really had and I went down south and drove a stock car at a driving school and fell in love with it. From that moment on, that's what I wanted to do. Again, when things are meant to be, they're meant to be. Jeff Gordon
by Mark Scheuern 2nd fastest on Friday, Dario Franchitti (Right) surveys the action at Milwaukee where the IndyCars, USAC Midgets, and Star Mazda teams were gathered to tackle the flat 1-mile oval. Points leader Will Power was quickest in Friday's opening practice session for the Milwaukee 225 Wheeling the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action in these 40 photos.
IndyCar Dario Franchitti took the lead from polesitter Alex Tagliani on the first lap and dominated the first race of the Twin 275s IndyCar races at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Franchitti held off his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon by just 0.05s. Will Power, who finished third in the first race of the Firestone Twin 275s won Race 2. Combined with his 3rd place in Race 1, Power was the overall point winner as Franchitti was 7th in Race 2.
IndyCar Alex Tagliani had a two-lap average speed of 215.186 mph on the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval to earn the PEAK Performance Pole Award for the Firestone Twin 275s on June 11. It's the second consecutive pole for Tagliani, driving the No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. Reigning series champion Dario Franchitti (214.801) will start second for the second consecutive year.
by Mark J. Cipolloni During the Indy 500 weekend I had the opportunity to interview John Herron, president and CEO of Entergy Nuclear. They're responsible for about 11 nuclear power plant reactors in the USA and they also sponsor Simona de Silvestro's IndyCar. John is very active in the nuclear industry, serving on a number of boards. He recently launched a nuclear clean air initiative to alleviate some of the concerns people have with Nuclear Power.
Who had Jay Hildebrand in the office pool? Rookie Jay Hildebrand only had to coast down the front straight in order to win the 2011 Indianapolis 500, but drifted high on the exit of turn 4 and hit the outside wall. Instead, Dan Wheldon beat the odds, and won the 100th Anniversary running. Hildebrand's damaged car slithered across the line to get 2nd. Graham Rahal took third for Ganassi. 1st Place Interview | 2nd & 3rd Place Interview
IndyCar MODERATOR: Dan Wheldon, winner the second time of the Indianapolis 500. Dan, always been such an incredible competitor. We all want to know, what in the world was going through your mind there?
DAN WHELDON: You know what, it probably is different to what you guys were thinking. On the radio with 20 to go, they said: 'Listen, this is the deal. Some people are going to try to make it on fuel. You're one of the guys that can make it to the end. But you've got to go and you have to make sure you get everything out of the car that you possibly can.'
JR Hildebrand, Graham Rahal post-race press conference
Indy Car MODERATOR: Obviously JR, don't even know where to start.
JR HILDEBRAND: I don't, either. Obviously, we decided we were going to take an alternate fuel strategy. If we could save fuel at the beginning of the stint, we could make it with that sort of extended caution. We were looking good to be able to do that. You don't have a lot of time to look up at the podium driving down the front straight at 230.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Tony Cotman and Will Phillips gave an update on the 2012 car and engines for 2012 Friday morning at the Indy Motor Speedway. Some new information was revealed today including what parts of the car will be off limits and what parts can be modified. Presented here is an outline summary of the update.
by Dave Grayson Remember last fall when we had all of that fun trying to unravel the mystery of where driver Kasey Kahne was going land for the 2011 season? Kahne needed a one year deal with a team while waiting to take over his new ride with Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. We had a ball trying to figure out his 2011 mystery. Now we have a new racing riddle to solve and this one is going to be very special because it involves Danica Patrick. On Tuesday we were treated with published reports that said she was moving to NASCAR full time next year and her management team, the highly reputable IMG, were finalizing all of the details.
By: John Oreovicz, ESPN.com In 2011, Ford Racing is celebrating its 110-year anniversary. This month the Indianapolis 500, one of the crown jewels of American racing, is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary. Ford Racing has had many legendary moments not only at the famed brickyard but throughout the storied history of American open-wheel racing.
Jim Clark and Ford started a new era at Indy in 1965
INDY As part of Ford Racing’s continuing celebration of its 110-year anniversary, we present one of the most unique moments in open-wheel history. In 1965, Ford Racing combined one of the world’s greatest drivers with one of NASCAR’s top crews to make Indianapolis 500 history. Jim Clark’s win with the Wood Brothers was so memorable that when Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrates its Centennial event on Sunday, Clark’s No. 82 Lotus-Ford will run and be driven by Al Unser, Sr. as part of pre-race festivities representing the decade of the 1960’s.
Andretti bumps way into Indy 500 in tense day at Indy
by Tim Wohlford
Marco, Danica, and Paul Tracy are in the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Andretti Motorsports teammates Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay are out, in one of the most thrilling, nerve-wracking Bump Day finales in recent memory. Perhaps this is because this is the largest, most talented field in recent years, a moment to be savored.
Alex Tagliani wins Indy 500 pole for the little guys
by Tim Wohlford In an eventful "Fast Nine" run-off for the 2011 Indy 500 pole, Alex Tagliani struck a blow for underdogs everywhere (or at least putting a dent in the Penske-Ganassi monopoly at Indy), capture the Pole Position for the 2011 Indy 500, with a average of 227.472. Scott Dixon will start second, after running a 227.340 average. Dario Franchitti had a second-place (perhaps even pole-winning) run going, but ran out of gas halfway through the last lap.
Rain eating into valuable practice time Mike Conway shook down the No. 27 Hire Heroes car on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after some tweaks overnight, and Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti got in five laps "to get the feel of a different setup." That was the extent of on-track action - save for crews tuning up on pit lane for pit stop competition qualifications May 18 - on a day more reminiscent of mid-autumn than mid-spring.
Tagliani goes fastest at Indy as more rain threatens
Most of week looks to be wet Three hours before the green flag flew to start the six-hour practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alex Tagliani bounded into the Sam Schmidt Motorsports garage and started preparing for the day's activity. "He's amped up," team owner Sam Schmidt laughed following the daily engineering meeting. Stretching out the No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins car on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time was the best remedy for two weeks of on-track inactivity since the IZOD IndyCar Series race in Brazil for the Quebec native, and he enjoyed the ride.
INDY In a session cut short by showers, Ed Carpenter was quickest of the 32 entrants to get on the 2.5-mile oval with a lap of 224.786 mph (40.0380 seconds) as practice opened for the 2011 Indy 500. 2008 race winner and IZOD IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon, was second in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car -- turning only four laps. JR Hildebrand, who was quickest in breezing through the Rookie Orientation Program on May 12, was third (224.433 mph).
Scott Speed, Bobby Rahal, Bertrand Baguette and Jay Howard IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Scott Speed, Bertrand Baguette, Jay Howard and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and current team owner Bobby Rahal participated in a teleconference today to discuss the opening of track activity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to begin preparations for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500.
It's 2011 already. We need to start thinking that way.
by Brian Mackey Much has been debated in recent seasons regarding Indy Car’s television broadcast coverage. Much of it negative. Numerous stories and comments have appeared that continue to describe Indy Car’s Versus cable network coverage as inadequate and doomed to ultimate failure, the television coverage itself, if not the entire series. The reasoning goes that without credible rating numbers, the sport cannot attract sufficient sponsorship funding to be a viable commercial venture. All of that is true. But it’s also wrong.
Dallara concept of road and oval version It’s sleek, has a familiar front end and even has a fin that reminds some of the 1956 Novi. The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series oval concept car and its companion road/street course model were unveiled May 10 for the public to digest what it might see soon on the series’ diverse set of racetracks.
IndyCar rookie ready for go at Indy 500 The rising sun May 12 will elevate the temperature along with the anticipation of seven drivers seeking to compete in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time. James Jakes, a 23-year-old Orlando resident by way of Leeds, England, isn't immune. He might have driven in GP3 and GP2 on some of the grandest stages in Europe, but the first-year IZOD IndyCar Series competitor says nothing else compares to the 500 Mile Race.
In changing conditions in Brazil Will Power has won the 2nd annual Sao Paulo Indy 300 in difficult changing conditions on the slick streets of this Brazilian city. Takuma Sato had the speed (he passed Power for the lead and pulled away) to win the race and was leading when he had to pit late for fuel after gambling that another caution would fly and he could make it to the finish. Graham Rahal was second and Ryan Briscoe third.
Team Penske's record 200th Penske's Will Power won the PEAK Performance Pole Award for the Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle. It was Power’s fourth consecutive pole of the season (19th of his career) and gave Penske Racing its 200th Indy car pole. Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, set the track record of 1 minute, 21.8958 seconds with three minutes left in the 10-minute Firestone Fast Six shootout on the 2.536-mile, 11-turn street circuit, sealing the outcome.
IndyCar star hasn't won a Cup race yet AJ Allmendinger is off his best start as a Sprint Cup driver, currently residing 15th in the latest points standings heading into Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway. Allmendinger took a few moments to talk about his season to date, what the 43 team still needs to improve on and look ahead to what he thinks of Richmond and the characteristics of the driver that will win Saturday night.
IndyCar drivers Understand the History of Milwaukee
Young Racers Are Aware of Prestigious Past of “The Mile” The legacy of the Milwaukee Mile is known to any generation of racers including the current group of IZOD IndyCar Series drivers set to compete in this year’s Milwaukee 225. The most famous one-mile auto racing facility in the world just drips of motorsports history dating back to 1903 when William Jones captured the track’s first auto racing event at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.
by Mark J. Cipolloni There is little question that IndyCar needs a major boost in TV ratings if it hopes to grow the way Randy Bernard has set out to do. In the CART years IndyCar TV broadcasts were largely on the ABC/ESPN network and ratings were reasonable - around 2.0 on average and even as high as over 10.0 for the Indy 500. But those days were over when the split occurred and race broadcasts have bounced around between ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Spike, Versus and a smattering on CBS.
Long Beach GP winner IZOD IndyCar Series driver Mike Conway participated in a teleconference today to discuss Conway's win at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Ipitava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle. Q. Mike, when you were out of the car last year recovering from your injuries suffered at Indianapolis, did you think a few short months later you'd be an IndyCar race winner?
by Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel Sunday in Long Beach saw the sunshine of the first two days replaced by overcast skies. But that did not stop a big crowd from turning out as both IndyCar and Indy Lights raced before 70,000 strong. Our Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel were there to capture these 190 photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Mark J. Cipolloni One Australian dominated practice and qualifying and another one almost got the job done on race day. But in the end it was a Brit, Mike Conway, who won Sunday's 37th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach before a sun drenched crowd of 70,000. Briscoe, using good pit strategy, grabbed the lead after the first round of pit stops and then survived two late race restarts only to have Mike Conway smoke him with 13 laps to go and waltz away to victory.
by Mark J. Cipolloni UPDATED Tony Cotman, Project Manager for the new IndyCar, gave the media an update on the new 2012 car and engine Friday at Long Beach. To summarize in chronological order. In May two show cars will be on display at Indy, probably positioned at the bottom of the Pagoda. The show cars will show how with the same basic rolling chassis the aero package can give the car a totally different look. The goal is to show what the new cars might look like in Speedway trim vs. road course trim.
by Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel Saturday afternoon in Long Beach saw IndyCar and Indy Lights qualifying and the Toyota Pro Celebrity and ALMS races. Our Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel were there to capture these 160 photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Bob Heathcote Saturday morning in Long Beach saw more ALMS practice as well as IndyCar, Indy Lights qualifying and the Toyota Pro Celebrity race. Our Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel was there on Saturday morning and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending champion here in Long Beach, turned a fast lap of 1m09.1409s that was the fastest lap of the weekend and looked good for pole position in the final round of IndyCar qualifying. But Penske Racing's Will Power dug even deeper and pulled out a lap of 1m09.0649s to knock Hunter-Reay off the pole by 0.0760s.
by Bob Heathcote Friday afternoon in Long Beach saw more ALMS practice as well as IndyCar, Indy Lights and Toyota Pro Celebrity practice. It ended with three sessions of ALMS qualifying as they race on Saturday afternoon. Our Bob Heathcote was there on Friday afternoon and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
Briscoe and Power top IndyCar Friday at Long Beach
by Mark J. Cipolloni Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Will Power topped the second practice session for the IndyCars at Long Beach on Friday. Briscoe, Power and third place Ryan Hunter-Reay were the only drivers to dip into the 1m10s bracket with the three separated by just 0.2581s. Scott Dixon and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top-5. The top-14 drivers were separated by just 1 second.
by Bob Heathcote Friday morning in Long Beach saw the day start with ALMS practice as well as IndyCar, Indy Lights and Toyota Pro Celebrity practice. Our Bob Heathcote was there on Friday morning and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel The Long Beach weekend licked off on the downtown streets Thursday with a media luncheon, followed by some pitstop competition and other entertainment to get the fans revved up for what is always a fun and exciting weekend. Our Bob Heathcote was there on Thursday and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Rhonda McCole and Scott Morris Despite Will Powers flag-to-flag win, the IndyCars put on an exciting show on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. There was intense action on the track throughout the event. Rhonda McCole and Scott Morris captured these photos.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Penske Racing's Will Power started from pole in his Verizon Dallara Honda and led every lap to win Sunday's IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park. But it was far from a cakewalk as he had Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon hounding him all the way and there certainly was lot's of action throughout the field - including a plethora of restart crashes. The winner two weeks ago in St. Petersburg, Dario Franchitti was third.
IndyCar & Grand-Am Scenes from Barber - Saturday 2
by Rhonda McCole The IndyCars were qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama and the Grand-Am series held their race later in the afternoon. The Indy Lights Series also qualified. Rhonda McCole captured these photos, like actor/race car driver Patrick Dempsey (right), to supplement the photos by Scott Morris below.
by Scott Morris The IndyCars were qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama and the Grand-Am series held their race later in the afternoon. The Indy Lights Series also qualified. Scott Morris captured these over 100 photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Penske Racing's Will Power continued his domination of the IndyCar street and road circuits by taking pole position for Sunday's race on the beautiful Barber Motorsports road course. His teammate will start 2nd and Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon 3rd. Helio Castroneves and Justin Wilson rounded out the top-5. Oriol Servia gave the Newman/Haas team its best starting position in some time and will start 6th.
by Scott Morris The IndyCars were in action Friday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. The morning session was hit by rain but the afternoon session remained dry. Scott Morris captured these additional photos from Friday. Qualifying action is Saturday.
Rhonda McCole and Scott Morris The IndyCars were in action Friday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. The morning session was hit by rain but the afternoon session remained dry. Rhonda McCole and Scott Morris captured these photos.
IndyCar practice at Barber Motorsports Park Will Power was the quickest overall in IndyCar practice (1:12.75023) in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon (1:13.0272) second and Ryan Briscoe (1:13.1156) third in the No. 6 Penske Truck Rental entry at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. The top 12 cars were separated by a second, and six teams were represented in the top 10.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe participated in a teleconference today to preview his IZOD IndyCar Series debut at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 06 Sprott Newman/Haas Honda-powered Dallara. "I am thankful to Newman/Haas for the faith they've showed in me to bring me onboard this year. With Sprott, Inc., sponsoring the car, a Canadian company, it's extra special. Bringing a lot of cool elements together for my first race.
Franchitti starts off 2011 with win in St. Petersburg
by Mark J. Cipolloni On a warm and sunny March afternoon in Florida, Italian Dario Franchitti from Scotland dominated the opening round of the IndyCar Series in St Petersburg in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda. The defending IndyCar champion beat Penske racing's Will Power and KV Racing's Tony Kanaan but the biggest story of the afternoon had to be Simona de Silvestro, who brought the HVM Nuclear sponsored car in 4th - her best IndyCar drive yet even after the team lost its top engineer, Mike Cannon, to KV Racing.
IndyCar Penske's Will Power continued his road course IndyCar domination by winning the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race on the streets and airport of St. Petersburg. Recovering from a crash in the morning practice session; Franchitti will start on the outside of the front row, in second, with his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon third. Mike Conway celebrated his arrival at Andretti Autosport by qualifying fourth, with Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Justin Wilson of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing rounding out the "Firestone Fast Six" final-round qualifiers.
IndyCar Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power had the fastest lap of the first day of practice Friday for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season opener for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Dario Franchitti, the reigning series title-holder, was second with a quick lap of 1:03.5180 in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing entry. There were 16 drivers, however, within one second of Power's No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, including Mike Conway in the No. 27 Team GoDaddy entry for Andretti Autosport. Conway, who was third (1:03.6660), is making his first start since being injured in the Indianapolis 500 last May.
IndyCar teleconference transcript Welcome to this IndyCar teleconference. Our guests today are Tony Kanaan and Jimmy Vasser. Tony is the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion. It was a big day yesterday for both him and the KV Racing Technology Lotus team because the team announced that Tony will drive for the team in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Tony will have primary support from GEICO and will drive the No. 82 GEICO KV Racing Technology Lotus Honda-Dallara Firestone entry. He joins Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso in KV Racing Technology's three-car effort for the 2011 season.
At Barber and Talladega The unpublicized over/under was 80 seconds for Jamie McMurray to complete a lap of the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car. Sure, the paddle shifting was a bit irregular and there was that spin/stall in a slow-speed corner. But after gaining his bearings, McMurray's lap times significantly decreased to the point where he was tempted to run flat through a few of the corners and the backstraight chicane.
IndyCar Takuma Sato posing with his Pray for Japan KV Racing IndyCar at the IZOD IndyCar series open testing at Barber Motorsports Park Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala. where Penske Racing's Helio Castroneves turned the fastest lap over two days. Check out all the photos from the day.
Castroneves tops final day of IndyCar testing at Barber
Penske drivers 1-2 Even a spin and trip through the gravel couldn't slow down Helio Castroneves. The Team Penske driver bettered his best lap time by more than a half-second in the final session to top the two-day IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park course. Castroneves' best lap (his 48th of 52) of 1 minute, 11.943 seconds in the No. 3 Team Penske car was the quickest of the 24 cars to participate in the lone Open Test before the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg next week.
by Scott Morris Ryan Hunter-Reay drives in the afternoon session at the IZOD IndyCar series open testing at Barber Motorsports Park Mon., March 14, 2011 in Birmingham, Ala. where Penske Racing's Will Power turned the fastest lap over two sessions. Our Scott Morris was there to capture the day in these 86 photos.
At Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama A day earlier, Will Power was among numerous IZOD IndyCar Series drivers who relayed their predictions of the "tightest race in series history." He, of course, was speaking in season-long terms, though individual races definitely are included. The first of a two-day Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park provided a preview.
IndyCar IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal participated in a teleconference today to preview the Barber Open Test and the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series seasons. Rahal will be the driver of the No. 38 Service Central Chip Ganassi Honda-powered Dallara. This off-season has been pretty eventful for Rahal. He signed with a new team, Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing, and then went out in January and won the Rolex 24 with Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Scott Pruett.
Can they make it a success where others have failed? With the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign as the backdrop, INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard announced that Las Vegas Motor Speedway will play host to the races that will crown the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Lights champions. The surprise was that IndyCar is renting the track rather than have Bruton Smith's people promote the race, thereby taking the full risk of making the event a success. Read the media transcript and learn how Randy Bernard hopes to pull it off.
Big improvement over Homestead season final INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, announced that the 2011 season will culminate with the crowning of its champions on Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event weekend, known as the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships, will take place at the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval known for producing side-by-side racing and exciting finishes that are the hallmark of the series.
"No one will ever be able to fill his shoes" He had a voice larger than life and became as much a part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the famed Yard of Bricks, but Tom Carnegie was one of us, a friendly, caring man of the people. That was the common theme throughout a host of tributes paid Feb. 15 during a celebration of the life of Carnegie, the longtime IMS Public Address announcer who died Feb. 11 at age 91. An overflow crowd packed the IMS Hall of Fame Museum for the ceremony honoring Carnegie, who served as the Public Address announcer at IMS for 61 consecutive years, from 1946-2006. He called 61 Indianapolis 500's, 12 Brickyard 400's and six United States Grands Prix for millions of fans at IMS.
de Silvestro, HVM Ink Three-Year Deal with Entergy
IndyCar In Baltimore, where it's chilly, you are not thinking racing, it's cold, but hey, we are always thinking racing around here. HVM Racing and Entergy Nuclear announced today that they have entered into a three-year partnership to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series. This reconfirms the return of 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Simona de Silvestro as HVM and Entergy team up to promote clean, low cost and reliable nuclear energy.
Video: State of IndyCar and Centennial Tour Highlights
IndyCar The Indy 500 centennial Tour was a 10-day goodwill trip to Europe and the Middle East with the goal of boosting the morale of more than 10,000 service men and women the group will meet. The team, which included Indianapolis 500 winners Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser Jr. plus Indy 500 veterans Sarah Fisher, Davey Hamilton, Larry Foyt and Firestone Indy Lights race winner Martin Plowman, gave motivational talks and participated in autograph and Q & A sessions, meet and greets and photo opportunities.
Goodwill Tour Update: It's also a diplomatic corps
IndyCar The Indy 500 centennial Tour is a 10-day goodwill trip to Europe and the Middle East with the goal of boosting the morale of more than 10,000 service men and women the group will meet. The team, which includes Indianapolis 500 winners Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser Jr. plus Indy 500 veterans Sarah Fisher, Davey Hamilton, Larry Foyt and Firestone Indy Lights race winner Martin Plowman, are giving motivational talks and participate in autograph and Q & A sessions, meet and greets and photo opportunities.
With Visits to U.S. Troops in Europe and Middle East Sarah Fisher, the first female IndyCar driver/team owner, will join drivers Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Johnny Rutherford, Davey Hamilton, Larry Foyt, Martin Plowman, racing announcer Jack Arute and IZOD IndyCar Series spokesmodel Cameron Haven this week on a 10-day goodwill tour of U.S. bases in Europe and the Middle East. Departing from New York, the Indy 500 Centennial Tour aims to increase troop morale to more than 10,000 service men and women at military bases and on an aircraft carrier at sea
State of INDYCAR presentation at Westin Hotel, Indianapolis "I think INDYCAR has positive momentum and our job is to continue to build on it," INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard during the State of INDYCAR. "That's what this program was about -- it's January 2011 so let's take the opportunity to invite our sponsors, team owners, drivers and the media to hear about our plans.
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