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2019 Point Standings
After Toronto
Rank Driver Points

1 Josef Newgarden 434
2 Alexander Rossi 430
3 Simon Pagenaud 395
4 Scott Dixon 348
5 Will Power 306
6 Takuma Sato 301
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 285
8 Graham Rahal 266
9 James Hinchcliffe 244
10 Felix Rosenqvist 239
11 Sebastien Bourdais 232
12 Santino Ferrucci 223
13 Colton Herta 209
14 Spencer Pigot 209
15 Marco Andretti 194
16 Marcus Ericsson 193
17 Zach Veach 171
18 Ed Jones 170
19 Tony Kanaan 169
20 Matheus Leist 156
21 Jack Harvey 133
22 Max Chilton 117
23 Patricio O'Ward 115
24 Ed Carpenter 82
25 Conor Daly 59
26 James Davison 36
27 Helio Castroneves 33
28 Charlie Kimball 32
29 Ben Hanley 31
30 Sage Karam 31
31 Pippa Mann 28
32 Kyle Kaiser 22
33 JR Hildebrand 20
34 Oriol Servia 16
35 Jordan King 12

Rookie of Year Standings
1 Rosenqvist, Felix 239
2 Ferrucci, Santino 223
3 Herta, Colton 209
4 Ericsson, Marcus 193
5 O'Ward, Patricio 115
6 Hanley, Ben 31
7 Kaiser, Kyle 22
8 King, Jordan 12

Manufacturer Standings
1. Honda 901
2. Chevy 842

Latest IndyCar News and Commentary
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IndyCar Wish List for 2019
  by Mark C.
In a little over a month IndyCar teams will begin testing for the upcoming 2019 season, a season that holds a lot of promise in so many ways. After a successful 2018 season that featured some great racing battles and a 5th championship for veteran Scott Dixon, we look into our crystal ball to create our Baker's Dozen top-13 wish list for 2019.
Jay Frye Promoted To President Of IndyCar
  Hulman & Company announcements
Jay Frye will become President of INDYCAR as part of Hulman & Company organizational changes announced today by Mark Miles, President and CEO of the parent company. Frye, who has led INDYCAR's Competition and Operations departments since November 2015, will add Marketing and Communications to his responsibilities, effective Jan. 1. Miles will continue as CEO of INDYCAR.
Virtual Racing: Everything you need to know
  And you can win money too
Imagine this: no parking, no trash talking, no speeding ticket, no gun not even a starting line. If you do not know what am talking about, let me introduce you to the world of virtual racing. It is just as exciting as those online betting games you play by taking in bonus codes from bet-nj.com. In fact, in many ways, it is a whole lot more fun since you can play it with your family.
A Potential Solution for Lethal Debris Fencing
  by Brian Carroccio

In late October, sad - although not surprising - news broke that Indy car driver Robert Wickens is paralyzed from the waist down. The talented Canadian, of course, suffered this injury and others in a horrific crash during August’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. After making contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay entering turn 2, the No. 6 Lucas Oil/SPM Honda became airborne, hitting the debris fence nose first.

Mari Hulman George Dies at 83
  IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus
Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who touched the lives of millions through her deep passion for auto racing, stewardship of the Racing Capital of the World and decades of compassionate philanthropy, died Nov. 3 in Indianapolis with her family by her side. She was 83.
Q&A with new SPM IndyCar driver Marcus Ericsson
  IndyCar was the right move for my future
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced yesterday that Marcus Ericsson will pilot the No. 7 Honda for the 2019 IndyCar Series season. The current Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver will make the move to the North American open-wheel racing series following the conclusion of Formula One’s season later this year in Abu Dhabi.  The Kumla, Sweden native is a two-time champion (Formula BMW UK, 2007; Japanese Formula Three, 2009), and has twice claimed the Swedish Junior Racer of the Year award (2007, 2009).
Indy 500 Winner Rossi Looks Forward To Baja Challenge
  To make Baja 1000 debut with Honda Off-Road Racing Team
Honda racer Alexander Rossi, rookie winner of the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, is excited to tackle a new challenge – the SCORE Baja 1000 – as he joins the Honda Off-Road Racing Team for November’s 61st running of the legendary race. Rossi, who took runner-up honors in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season with three wins, will share driving duties in this year’s Baja 1000 with Jeff Proctor in the No. 709 Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck.
USGP Friday Press Conference
  Brown announces no McLaren IndyCar team
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Maurizio ARRIVABENE (Ferrari)
Claire WILLIAMS (Williams)
Gene HAAS (Haas)
Zak BROWN (McLaren)
Ed Jones, Scuderia Corsa Join Ed Carpenter For 2019
  Italian-American team moves up from IMSA to IndyCar
Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa will combine their efforts to field Ed Jones in 13 of 17 events on the 2019 IndyCar Series schedule, team officials announced today. The 2019 season will see Jones compete in all road and street course events in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet. Additionally, ECR and Scuderia Corsa will field the No. 64 for Jones in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Jones will race alongside team owner Ed Carpenter, oval driver of the No. 20, and Spencer Pigot, full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet.
Final Thoughts on CART Reunion
  by Lucille Dust
It was a whirlwind weekend in Indy for the CART Alumni that attended the 3rd reunion. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was much like the Friday night barbecues held after the first day of competition at the given track of the weekend.  Friendships were rekindled after years of not seeing with each other. Paul Leyton, president of the CART Reunions, sat down with me as the last people were leaving the Ganassi Race shop in Indy to discuss how he felt things went this weekend and the future plans for another reunion.
AR1 Ranks the Top-10 IndyCar drivers of 2018
  Mark C.
The talent level on the 2018 IndyCar grid in 2018 was the highest since the CART IndyCar days, which is unlikely to be surpassed as long as ride-buyers make up the lower 1/3 of the IndyCar grid. However, week-in and week-out it was hard to predict who would come out victorious, such is the quality of the current crop of drivers and teams in the top 2/3rds of the grid. While some publications do a subjective ranking of drivers for the year, AutoRacing1.com removed all subjectivity, and based our ranking on pure performance.
Q&A with Harding Steinbrenner IndyCar Team
  After merger announced today
Participants
Al Unser Jr. - Team Consultant
George Michael Steinbrenner - Team Co-Owner
Patricio O'Ward - Driver
Colton Herta - Driver
Sonoma GP Post-Race Press Conference
  Winner and Series Champion
Participants
Scott Dixon - 2018 Champion
Chip Ganassi - Dixon Team Owner
Mike Hull - Ganassi Team Manager
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Race Winner
Alexander Rossi - Points runnerup
Hunter-Reay dominates at Sonoma as Dixon wins 5th title
  Rossi comes up short after contact with Andretti
Ryan Hunter-Reay drove a brilliant race in dominating fashion to win the season finale Sonoma GP IndyCar race but it was Scott Dixon's measured drive to 2nd place that cemented his 5th IndyCar title. Alexander Rossi finished 7th in the race after a first lap incident with his teammate Marco Andretti and had to charge from last to 7th to finish 2nd in the points standings. Will Power completed the podium in third for Team Penske.
Team Penske earns 500th race win
  IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA
The most successful organization in the history of motorsports added another chapter to its legacy today as Team Penske earned its 500th all-time race victory. Brad Keselowski captured the checkered flag at today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to record the landmark victory for the organization. Led by “The Captain” Roger Penske, Team Penske was formed in 1966 after Roger Penske walked away from his promising career as a race car driver to focus on his developing automotive business and forming his own race team.
IndyCar Sonoma GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Rookie O'Ward a sensation
Drivers
1st - Ryan Hunter-Reay
2nd - Scott Dixon
3rd - Josef Newgarden
5th - Patricio O'Ward
6th - Alexander Rossi
7th - Will Power
Hunter-Reay beats Dixon to Sonoma pole
  Mark C.
With a lap time of 1:17.628 seconds, Ryan Hunter -Reay edged Scott Dixon by 0.132s to win pole position for tomorrow’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma. It was the seventh career pole for the driver of the No. DHL Honda and first since Long Beach in 2014. Josef Newgarden was the fastest Chevrolet in third position with Marco Andretti fourth. Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward qualified a surprising fifth in his Verizon IndyCar Series debut, while Alexander Rossi was sixth. Rossi, interestingly, did not turn in a lap on the Firestone Alternate 'Red' tires opting to save a set for tomorrow’s race.
IndyCar Sonoma GP Friday Press Conference
  Four Drivers
Drivers:
Josef Newgarden - Penske Chevy
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Honda
Scott Dixon - Ganassi Honda
Will Power - Penske Chevy
Tony Kanaan making 300th start at Sonoma
  AJ Foyt Racing veteran
Tony Kanaan, No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevy, met with media at Sonoma Raceway to discuss his 300th consecutive start in the Verizon IndyCar Series. "My boss (AJ Foyt) raced until he was 56. I don't think I'll make it. I'll be 44 the end of this year. But we still have a few years left, so hopefully this is just the beginning of my veteran career."
Q&A with IndyCar's new rookies O'Ward and Herta
  Indy Lights champs move up to IndyCar
Drivers:
Patricio O'Ward
Colton Herta
Q&A with IndyCar Manufacturer Champions Honda
  HPD boss Art St. Cyr
For the first time since Verizon IndyCar Series engine competition resumed in 2012, Honda has claimed the manufacturer championship over Chevrolet. With two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, Honda enjoys an insurmountable 319-point lead. The prestigious award was locked up early on the strength of Honda drivers winning nine of the first 15 races. Honda HPD boss Art St. Cyr met with the media in Sonoma Friday and had this to say.
IndyCar Somoma GP Preview
  Season finale to decide champion
With double base points, in addition to bonus points for earning the pole and leading laps, four IndyCar drivers are focused on best results to try and win the title - they are points Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Will Power and Josef Newgarden. The undulating Sonoma track always favors the Penske cars who have special shocks no one else has. So expect a Penske car to win easily, but where will Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi finish and who will win the title when all the points fall into place?
Q&A with Honda HPD boss Art St. Cyr
  INDY
Honda HPB boss Art St. Cyr met with the media today, including AR1.com to talk about and wide range of topics. These included winning the 2018 IndyCar Manufacturers’ title, a possible engine supply for Fernando Alonso should he come to IndyCar, the 2021 IndyCar engine and the possible addition of standing start technology, preventing push-to-pass from being used as a defense mechanism, a possible 3rd engine manufacturer and possible supply of engines to the Road-2-Indy ladder now that Mazda is leaving.
Q&A with Barnhart, O'Ward and Herta
  IndyLights drivers prepare for their first IndyCar race
Participants
Brian Barnhart - Harding Racing President
Patricio O'Ward - Indy Lights Champion
Colton Herta - 2nd Place Indy Lights
IndyCar must adopt Halo for 75% of its tracks
  by Mark C.
The FIA has deemed the IndyCar windscreen largely ineffective, and calls the Halo used in F1, F2 and F3 superior. What is most important is driver safety. The fact that the Halo unbolts from the car, so it can be replaced if damaged, means that except for Texas, Iowa, Gateway and Pocono, which have fairly high banking, the Halo can be used by IndyCar at 75% of its venues, and the windscreen at the 4 remaining venues.
Q&A with IndyCar title contender Alexander Rossi
  Ahead of season finale at Sonoma
Street courses, short ovals, superspeedways, road courses. A Verizon IndyCar Series champion must master all of them if he wants to walk away from Sonoma Raceway with the championship Astor Cup. Rossi has taken the series by storm since he came onto the scene in 2016 and won the 100th running of the Indy 500. He is now poised to possibly win his first IndyCar title next weekend, but first he has to get past points leader Scott Dixon.
COTA joins 17-race IndyCar schedule for 2019
  Best IndyCar schedule in a long time
INDYCAR released its 2019 schedule today featuring 17 events, a newly announced race and a new event finale. All the action will be showcased in INDYCAR's first full season with NBC Sports Group. Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the permanent road course in Austin, Texas, will make its debut on the IndyCar Series schedule on Sunday, March 24. It will be the second race of the 2019 season.
Indycar Portland GP Post-Race Press Conference
  Top Drivers plus Rossi
Drivers
Takuma Sato
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Sebastien Bourdais
Alexander Rossi
Scott Dixon
Sato holds off Hunter-Reay to win Portland GP
  by Tim Wohlford
Before a big crowd on IndyCar's return to Portland Oregon, Takuma Sato held off a faster Ryan Hunter-Reay to win the Portland GP by 0.6s. On a race outcome determined by luck - bad luck for Alexander Rossi and Will Power, and good luck for everyone else -- Sebastien Bourdais was third ahead of Spencer Pigot and Scott Dixon. Rossi was mired back in 8th because of the luck of a caution flag on a track where passing is near impossible.
IndyCar Portland GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top Six Qualifiers
Drivers:
  1. Will Power
  2. Josef Newgarden
  3. Alexander Rossi
  4. Sebastien Bourdais
  5. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  6. Zach Veach
Power beats Newgarden for Portland pole
  by Brian Carroccio
With a lap time of 57.347s, Will Power put the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on pole for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Portland. It was the Toowoomba, Australia native's 54th career pole and 4th of 2018. Power's Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden was second 0.34s behind Power, with Alexander Rossi third. Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach rounded out the Firestone Fast Six.
Portland GP Friday Press Conference
  Power and Bourdais
Drivers:
Will Power - Penske Chevy
Sebastien Bourdais- Dale Coyne Honda
Gateway IndyCar Postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
From all indications, this past weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was a worthy sequel to last year’s successful return of the Verizon IndyCar Series to Gateway Motorsports Park. Another robust crowd saw Will Power drive the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory lane 1.3s ahead of Alexander Rossi. Series championship leader Scott Dixon came home third. The win was Power’s third of 2018, and the 35th of his career moving the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner into a tie for 7th all-time with Bobby Unser. It was also – interestingly enough – Power’s 4th win in the last 9 oval races.
Portland IndyCar Preview
  Series swings out West for last 2 races
The Grand Prix of Portland will be the 25th Indy car race at Portland International Raceway, but the first since Sebastien Bourdais won the Champ Car World Series race in 2007. Al Unser Jr. won the first Indy car race at Portland in 1984. Bourdais, who also won in 2004, is the only former winner entered in this year's race. We have two races to go now and the points battle is tight between Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi, which is what you've come to expect in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Gateway IndyCar post-race press conference
  Top-3 finishers
Drivers:
1 - Will Power, Penske Chevy
2 - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Honda
3 - Scott Dixon, Ganassi Honda
Will Power wins Gateway IndyCar race
  by Tim Wohlford
Will Power held off a fuel saving Alexander Rossi to win the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on the 1.25-mile Gateway oval in Madison, Illinois. Rossi finished 1.31 sec back and just 1.4 sec. ahead of points leader Scott Dixon who he is battling with in points. Rossi ran the final stint without pitting and Power ran full rich after pitting to pass Rossi, who was a sitting duck, and win. Simon Pagenaud and Zach Veach rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Race Lineup by Entrant Points for Gateway
  IndyCar had all day Saturday to qualify, but doesn't
Due to weather and a lack to time, IndyCar decided to cancel qualifying and line up the IndyCars by entrant points for tomorrow's Bommarito Automotive Group 500.   There will be a practice session at 7:30 pm for 90 minutes tonight to allow the drivers to experience running in traffic before the Saturday night race.

 

Q&A with Rossi, Hunter-Reay and Rahal
  Friday at Gateway
Drivers
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Honda
Graham Rahal - Rahal Honda
IndyCar ABC Supply Pocono 500 postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
While Alexander Rossi won Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in dominant fashion, it was undoubtedly a difficult weekend for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Pocono Raceway. Surely, by now, you have seen the video and are following the news regarding Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Robert Wickens. And while Wickens is in stable condition, certainly the updates we have received thus far suggest that his long-term health remains at this point, uncertain. 
Q&A with last year's Gateway IndyCar winner
  Josef Newgarden
By virtue of an aggressive pass on teammate Simon Pagenaud with 29 laps remaining, Josef Newgarden drove the No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske to victory lane in this evening's Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park. It was the fourth victory of 2017 for Newgarden. The win stretched Newgarden's championship lead to 31 points over second-place finisher Scott Dixon and it propelled him to the IndyCar title. Can he do it again?
IndyCar Pocono 500 post-race press conference
  Top-3 Drivers
Drivers:
1st - Alexander Rossi (Andretti Honda)
2nd - Will Power (Penske Chevy)
3rd - Scott Dixon (Ganassi Honda)
Rossi dominates to win Pocono 500
  by Brian Carroccio
Alexander Rossi drove the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda to victory in today’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. It was the fifth career win for the Nevada City, CA native and third of 2018. Two-time defending Pocono winner Will Power was second 4.4 seconds behind Rossi, with series championship leader Scott Dixon third. Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top-five.
Power leads Penske all-front row at Pocono
  by Brian Carroccio
With a 219.511 miles per hour lap average, Will Power won pole position for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. It was the 53rd career pole and third of 2018 for the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Josef Newgarden completed a Team Penske sweep of the front row with Alexander Rossi the lead Honda in third position. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-five.
IndyCar ABC Supply Pocono 500 Preview
  2.5-mile Superspeedway
The 2018 IndyCar title race is down to 4 races (really 5 because Sonoma counts as double points). It all starts Sunday on the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle,” where the six drivers who have the most realistic shot at the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series crown and the $1 million prize will go to battle. Championship leader Dixon takes his 46-point advantage to Pocono looking to get as much out of each race as possible, while not worrying about what the drivers behind him do.
Hunter-Reay would welcome Alonso to IndyCar
  by Mark C.
IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter-Reay says he would love to race against Fernando Alonso in IndyCar if he decides to come and race in the USA in 2019. Today Alonso announced he would not race in F1 in 2019 because he has no chance of winning with the McLaren F1 car. We asked Hunter-Reay today about this weekend's Pocono 500 and the possibility of Alonso racing full-time in IndyCar in 2019.
Q&A with Chip Ganassi and Scott Dixon
  On Dixon re-signing with Ganassi team
Participants
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi
Q&A with Indy Champ Will Power ahead of Pocono 500
  INDY
Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power and current points leader Scott Dixon took part in a Firestone tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that included time testing parts for INDYCAR that could be added to the superspeedway kit configuration for the 2019 Indy 500.  Power won last year's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. If the Team Penske driver is victorious in this year's ABC Supply 500 on Sunday, Aug. 19, he will become the first Indy car driver to win three consecutive 500-mile races since Al Unser captured the 1978 Triple Crown (wins at Indianapolis, Pocono and Ontario).
IndyCar Mid-Ohio Honda Indy 200 postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Alexander Rossi dominates and finds himself in a mini-controversy; Scott Dixon seems to have a host of suitors; the Mazda Road to Indy is undergoing some changes. Yes, we have a host of stories to come out of this past weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. So, let’s get started with the Mid-Ohio Postscript. 
IndyCar Can Be Great Again
  by Mark C.
Is IndyCar growing or shrinking? Our research below shows the total number of TV viewers for IndyCar for the last three years through the Mid-Ohio race. It's clear the series is in serious decline. This of course is fixable and in this article we lay out what needs to be done to Make IndyCar Great Again
IndyCar Honda Indy 200 post-race press conference
  Top-3 Drivers
Drivers:
1 - Alexander Rossi (Andretti Honda)
2 - Robert Wickens (SPM Honda)
3 - Will Power (Penske Chevy)
Rossi cruises to easy win at Mid-Ohio
  by Tim Wohlford

Pole sitter Alexander Rossi turned in a dominant performance to win today’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. It was the fourth career win and second of 2018 for the driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda. Robert Wickens made it a Honda 1-2 bringing the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM entry home 12.2 seconds behind Rossi. Team Penske’s Will Power was the lead Chevy coming home third. 2017 Mid-Ohio winner Josef Newgarden was fourth, with five-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon completing the top-5.


Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Odds - Sunday
  by Brian Carroccio
If you read yesterday you’ll remember I gave you a little wagering advice. I told you to lay off Sebastian Bourdais at 10/1. He’s now 35/1. I told you to get Ryan Hunter-Reay at 10/1. He’s now 5/1. I told you that Takuma Sato offered great value at 40/1., and he’s gone down to 35/1. I also told you to grab Spencer Pigot at 100/1 before qualifying and despite a disappointing qualifying effort Pigot is now 35/1
Honda GP of Mid-Ohio post-qualifying press conference
  Top-6 drivers
Drivers
1st - Alexander Rossi (Honda)
2nd - Will Power (Chevy)
3rd - Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda)
4th - Josef Newgarden (Chevy)
5th -  Robert Wickens (Honda)
6th - Max Chilton (Chevy)
Rossi wins pole for Honda GP IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio
  by Brian Carroccio

With a lap time of 1:04.68s Alexander Rossi put the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS on pole for tomorrow’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. It was the fourth career pole for the Nevada City, CA native and third of 2018. Will Power was second, 0.231s behind Rossi. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, Robert Wickens and Max Chilton rounded out the Firestone Fast Six.

IndyCar Mid-Ohio Odds
  by Brian Carroccio

We’re going to have a little fun here. As we did for the Indianapolis 500, let’s take a look at the odds to win for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Now, before we get started what follows are my thoughts relative to the odds provided by My Bookie. For example, Scott Dixon has won at Mid-Ohio five times and will almost certainly be in the mix this weekend. 

Mid-Ohio: Honda Indy 200 Friday Press Conference
  Dixon and Hunter-Reay
Drivers:
Scott Dixon
Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar Mid-Ohio Honda Indy 200 Preview
  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, a 2.258-mile road course
The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this Sunday will be the 34th Indy car race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Josef Newgarden is the defending race champion. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be the ninth race on a road/street course in 2018. Scott Dixon is the winningest Indy car driver at Mid-Ohio with five victories (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and this race will be Dixon's 300th IndyCar start.
IndyCar Toronto GP postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Demoralized. That’s how I’d feel, if I were Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, or any other Verizon IndyCar championship aspirant, after taking inventory following this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto. Because once again, Scott Dixon, had a somewhat slow start to the IndyCar season. Once again, Dixon has not been what you would call dominant. But once again, Dixon has made a charge during the middle of the season to bring himself into title contention. 
Honda GP of Toronto Post-Race Press Conference
  IndyCar 4 finishers
Drivers
1st - Scott Dixon (Honda)
2nd - Simon Pagenaud Chevy)
3rd - Robert Wickens (Honda)
4th - James Hinchcliffe (Honda)
14th - Zachary de Melo (Canadian Rookie)
Dixon wins Honda Toronto GP
  Beats Pagenaud and Wickens
IndyCar points leader Scott Dixon (Ganassi Honda) stayed out of trouble when his main competition didn't and drove to a comfortable win in the Honda Toronto GP over Simon Pagenaud (Penske Chevy) and local favorite Robert Wickens (SPM Honda). The win widens his point lead to 62 over Josef Newgarden who hit the wall and fell back to a 9th place finish. James Hinchcliffe and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top-5.
Honda GP of Toronto post-qualifying press conference
  Top-6 Drivers
Drivers
1st - Josef Newgarden
2nd - Scott Dixon
3rd - Simon Pagenaud
4th - Will Power
5th - Alexander Rossi
6th - Ryan Hunter-Reay
Newgarden wins pole for Toronto Honda GP
  IndyCar on the streets
Sporadic light rain showers and the resulting ever-changing track conditions threw constant challenges at Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers today in qualifying for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto. Penske Chevy driver Josef Newgarden took pole position by being the last driver to cross the line on a drying track with a lap of 59.496s. That was enough to take pole from Scott Dixon who was on a really fast lap but a wet section caught him out, the backend stepped out and he ended up 2nd.
Honda Toronto Indy Friday Press Conference
  Fastest two drivers on Friday
Drivers:
1st - Scott Dixon (Honda)
2nd - Takuma Sato (Honda)
IndyCar Toronto Preview
  Streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place this weekend
The IndyCars have been racing on the streets of Toronto, Canada for 33 years. 2018 will be #34. Michael Andretti has the most wins at the track with seven as a driver and he aims to see one of his Andretti Autosport drivers in victory lane on Sunday. Out to stop them is Team Penske with their special shock package no one else has. Penske driver Josef Newgarden won the race in 2017. Who do you pick to win in 2018?
IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 Postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Let’s face it: entering this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 it had been a miserable season for James Hinchcliffe. This miserable season of course had been highlighted by Hinchcliffe’s failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, and the arguably embarrassing fashion in which it occurred. The qualifying failure was from a certain standpoint just one of the blights on the 2018 resume for the self-proclaimed of Mayor of his own Cybertown.
IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 post-race press conference
  Top-3 Finishers
Drivers:
1 - James Hinchcliffe - Honda
2 - Spencer Pigot - Chevy
3 - Takuma Sato - Honda
Hinchcliffe outduels Newgarden to win in Iowa
  Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race
Josef Newgarden led the most laps of the race (229) but with 45 laps to go James Hinchcliffe's SPM Honda passed Newgarden's Penske Chevy and pulled away to win the Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race. Spencer Pigot and Takuma Sato finished 2nd and 3rd but that is because Newgarden gambled on a late caution and pitted for new tires but that was the wrong call. Newgarden came home 4th and Robert Wickens rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 post-qualifying press conference
  Penske Drivers Only
Drivers
1 - Will Power (Penske Chevy)
2 - Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevy)
Penske cars to start 1-2 for Iowa Corn 300
  Will Power on pole
Will Power turned a 2-lap average of 182.391mph to win the pole for Sunday's Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race. Penske Chevy cars will start 1-2 after Power's teammate Josef Newgarden turned a 2-lap average of 181.160mph. The king of Iowa, Ryan Hunter-Reay will start third in his Andretti DHL Honda and was the only other driver to average over 180mph. Simon Pagenaud in the Menards Penske Chevy will start third and Alexander Rossi's Napa Andretti Honda rounds out the top-5.
Newgarden expects Andretti team challenge
  Leads practice but Andretti cars faster without tow
Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap in practice Saturday morning for the Iowa Corn 300 in his Penske Chevy. However, without a tow he was only 8th fastest and Alexander Rossi was by far the fastest so it will be interesting to see how things pan out in qualifying. Newgarden met with the media after practice and ahead of qualifying to answer questions from the media and says the car is a blast to drive here because it's no longer a 100% throttle lap around the 7/8ths-mile bullring
IndyCar Iowa Preview
  Will Andretti team continue its dominance on the short oval?
The Iowa Corn 300 will be the 12th Verizon IndyCar Series event at Iowa Speedway. Ryan Hunter-Reay is the only active driver to win at Iowa Speedway more than once. Hunter-Reay has three wins (2012, 2014 and 2015). Andretti Autosport has won seven of the 11 previous races at Iowa Speedway, including six of the last eight races (Dario Franchitti 2007, Tony Kanaan 2010, Marco Andretti 2011, Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012, 2014 and 2015 and James Hinchcliffe 2013). Will they win again?
IndyCar Kohler GP Post-Race Press Conference
  Top-3 Drivers
Drivers:
1st - Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevy)
2nd - Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Honda)
3rd - Scott Dixon (Ganassi Honda)
Newgarden holds off Hunter-Reay at Road America
  In Kohler Grand Prix
On a perfect day for racing at Road America with a huge crowd in attendance, Josef Newgarden drove a perfect race and led 53 of 55 laps from pole to get his first IndyCar win on the 4.04-mile road course. Newgarden had Ryan Hunter-Reay breathing down his back the entire race but he never put a wheel wrong and Hunter-Reay never was close enough to make a pass attempt. Scott Dixon came home third with Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Road America Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-6 Drivers
Drivers:
1st - Josef Newgarden
2nd - Will Power
3rd - Ryan Hunter-Reay
4th - Alexander Rossi
5th - Robert Wickens
6th - Sebastien Bourdais
Newgarden beats Power for Pole at Road America
  IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix
Team Penske locked out the front row for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America IndyCar race. Josef Newgarden did not turn the fastest lap in qualifying, that belonged to Alexander Rossi set in Fast 12 session of 1m42.7998s, but in Q3 (Fast Six) Newgarden put it all together on used red Firestones at 1m43.203s to win pole over Penske teammate Will Power by only 0.0482s. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rossi will start 3rd and 4th while Robert Wickens rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Road America Friday Press Conference
  INDY
Drivers
1st - Josef Newgarden (Chevy)
3rd - Sebastien Bourdais (Honda)
4th - Will Power (Chevy)
IndyCar Road America Preview
  Kohler Grand Prix
IndyCar heads to Road America, a 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course (clockwise) in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, this weekend - every driver's favorite track. Will Power, Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais are the only entered drivers who have won an Indy car race at Road America. They are the three most recent winners at the track. Dixon won the race last year while Power won in Indy car's return in 2016 - the first race at the track since Bourdais' win in 2007.
IndyCar Texas post-race press conference
  Top-3 finishers
Drivers
1st - Scott Dixon (Honda)
2nd - Simon Pagenaud (Chevy)
3rd - Alexander Rossi (Honda)
Dixon wins Texas IndyCar race
  Pagenaud and Rossi round out podium
By winning the DXC Technology 600 Texas IndyCar race Saturday night Ganassi Honda ace Scott Dixon has now moved ahead of Michael Andretti and into third place on the all-time win list. Simon Pagenaud has a spirited duel with Alexander Rossi for the last 30 laps and held onto 2nd because Rossi could not find a way past since IndyCar ruined racing on the oval tracks. James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-5
Dixon and Kanaan lead final IndyCar practice
  Q&A session
Drivers:
1st - Scott Dixon
2nd - Tony Kanaan

Q&A from the DXC Technology 600 post final practice news conference Saturday night

IndyCar Texas post-qualifying Press Conference
  Newgarden and Pagenaud
Drivers
1st - Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevy)
2nd - Simon Pagenaud (Penske Chevy)
Penske team 1-2-3 in Texas Qualifying
  Newgarden grabs pole
The Penske Chevy cars appear to have just a little extra top-end HP than all the other Chevys on the high-speed ovals like Texas and Indy. That power was on display Friday afternoon in Texas as the Penske Chevy cars were the only ones over 220 mph and will start 1-2-3. The Hondas of Robert Wickens and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top-5
IndyCar Detroit GP postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Tell me if you’ve seen this movie before. Scott Dixon spends 20-25 laps following another car in close proximity. That other car burns up fuel and/or tires at a rate faster than Dixon and is forced to come to pit lane before Dixon, who then crushes a series of laps before going to pit lane. The Chip Ganassi Racing team performs exquisite pit work getting Dixon out ahead of said opponent. Dixon, with an advantage over the field on both fuel and tires, is able to control the race proceedings from there. Dixon goes to victory lane.
Detroit GP Race 2 Press Conference
  Top-3 Drivers
Drivers
1st - Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda)
2nd - Will Power (Chevy)
3rd - Ed Jones (Honda)
Hunter-Reay charges to win in Detroit GP Race 2
  by Tim Wohlford
Ryan Hunter-Reay on fresher tires pressured Andretti teammate Alexander Rossi into a lockup and charged into the lead to win Race 2 of the Detroit GP weekend, his 17th career IndyCar win. Setting record lap after record lap, Hunter-Reay was unstoppable after finishing 2nd yesterday. Indy 500 Will Power came home 2nd ahead of Ed Jones, Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal. Rossi dropped to 12th after his tire blew and he had to make an extra stop.
Alexander Rossi wins Detroit GP Race 2 pole in wet
  Wickens to start alongside
IndyCar points leader Alexander Rossi (Andretti Honda) turned the fastest lap in a wet qualifying session to win pole for the 2nd half of the Detroit GP doubleheader weekend this afternoon by 1/2 second over Penske Chevy driver Will Power who will start third. Robert Wickens was fastest in Group 2 and will start on the outside of the front row and Ed Jones will start 4th.
Detroit GP Race 1 Press Conference
  Top-3 finishers
Drivers:
1st - Scott Dixon (Honda)
2nd - Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda)
3rd - Alexander Rossi (Honda)
Dixon holds off Hunter-Reay to win in Detroit
  Rossi third
Scott Dixon drove a perfect race and held off Ryan Hunter-Reay after the final restart to win the first race of the Detroit GP doubleheader Saturday.  Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi came home third ahead of polesitter Marco Andretti to give the Andretti team 2-3-4. Takumo Sato and Ed Jones were 5th and 6th to give Honda power a 1-2-3-4-5-6 sweep at the front in a race sponsored by Chevy.
Marco Andretti wins Detroit GP 1 pole
  Beats everyone by 0.5 sec.
Marco Andretti but up a sensational lap time to win the pole position for Saturday afternoon’s opening IndyCar race in Detroit as he beat everyone by almost half a second. In winning the fifth pole of his career, Andretti's lap time of 1m14.8514s in his Auto Nation Honda around the 2.35-mile, 14-turn Belle Isle circuit was untouchable. Scott Dixon set quick time in the opening group of qualifiers and will start outside the front row.
Back to the Future with the McLaren X2
  McLaren's vision for future open wheel cars

When McLaren unveiled its futuristic MP4-X prototype vehicle back in 2015, it wasn’t merely creating a visionary concept car, it was joining the important discussion around future technologies within motorsport, and the need for additional cockpit protection in the wake of a number of serious accidents. Stunning in papaya, McLaren presents the McLaren X2.

Detroit GP Friday Press Conference
  Two fastest drivers plus 2017 Winner
Drivers
1st - Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Honda)
2nd - Scott Dixon (#9 Honda)
6th - Graham Rahal (#15 Honda)
Indy 500 postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
I mentioned this is Sunday’s race report, and it’s worth briefly repeating. Will Power’s win in Sunday’s 102d Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was all about legacy. As you surely know, the 37-year-old Toowoomba, Australia native, has enjoyed a remarkable IndyCar career with 34 wins, 51 poles, and a series championship in 2014.
IndyCar Detroit GP Preview
  Doubleheader Weekend
Indy 500 winner Will Power is the series points leader heading into the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear this weekend at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Six drivers will race Verizon IndyCar Series cars at the Raceway at Belle Isle for the first time: Rene Binder, Santino Ferrucci, Jordan King, Matheus Leist, Zach Veach and Robert Wickens. Ferrucci will be making his series debut.
Power Earns $2.52 Million for Winning 102nd Indy 500
  19% of total purse
Will Power earned $2,525,454 from an overall purse of $13,078,065 for his victory Sunday in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, became the first Australian winner of the Indianapolis 500, capturing his first victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing"
Will Power reflects on his career and Indy 500 win
  Day-After the 500
Australian driver Will Power won Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- after he took the lead with four laps to go, and never looked back. "He was so determined for this one, and he did it," his wife, Liz Power, said. She was later seen embracing her husband before he drank from a celebratory glass bottle of milk and poured some on his own head. The new champion also spoke about his big win in the 102nd running of the world-famous race. "This is just, I can't believe it," he confessed. 
Indy 500 Post-Race Press Conference
  Top-3 plus Rookie of Race
Participants
Will Power - Winner
Roger Penske - Winning Team Owner
Tim Cindric - Winning Driver Strategist
Jon Bouslog - Winning Team Manager
Ed Carpenter - 2nd Place
Scott Dixon - 3rd Place
Robert Wickens - Rookie of race
Danica Patrick - End of Career race
Power wins 17th Indy 500 for Team Penske
  by Tim Wohlford
Team Penske’s Will Power drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske to Chevrolet to victory in today’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Penngrade Motor Oil. It was the first Indianapolis 500 win for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 17th win in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing for Team Penske. Pole sitter Ed Carpenter came home second 3.1s behind Power with Scott Dixon third. The Andretti Autosport duo of Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-5.
AutoRacing 1's picks for the Indy 500
  by Brian Carroccio
Happy Race Day to everyone from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s about 6:45 a.m. on what is supposed to be a wicked hot day for the 102 Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Penngrade Motor Oil. On our way into the track, AR1 President Mark Cipolloni had the pleasure of witnessing the infamous Yellow Shirts in action. And in case you were wondering, let me just say the Yellow Shirts are already in race day form.  
Herta outduels O'Ward to win Freedom 100
  by Brian Carroccio
Colton Herta drove the No. 98 Andretti Steinbrenner Racing Curb Mazda entry to victory in today's Freedom 100 edging teammate Patricio O'Ward by 0.02 seconds. Dalton Kellett completed an Andretti Autosport sweep of the top-3 with Belardi Racing's Santi Urrutia and Ryan Norman rounding out the top-5. 



IMSA drivers Indy 500 predictions
  Who will drink the milk on Sunday
Heading into Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500, we asked IMSA drivers to submit their predictions on who would drink the milk in victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. And if there’s one thing we learned, it’s that IMSA drivers are incredibly loyal to their teammates. So, without further ado, here are their somewhat “predictable” predictions:
Indy 500 qualifying postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Well, that was quite the qualifying weekend for 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. I think you all know what happened, so I’m going to get right into it. We’ll start with what was by far the biggest story of the weekend. When Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles reworked the qualifying format four years ago to accommodate ABC, he most certainly was hoping for the drama he got this past Saturday. “I thought it was a great day,” said Miles.  “The fans got a lot and ABC got a lot. But in a couple weeks, after all this has died down, I think we’ll sit down and talk about it.”
ABCs 54th Indy 500 Bringing History to a close
  ESPN’s Production Includes Record 110 Cameras, ESPN App Second-Screen Experience
A Memorial Day weekend tradition that dates back to 1965 will come to an end Sunday, May 27, as ABC’s 54th telecast of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race brings a five-decade long streak to a close, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and history. The telecast of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” begins with a pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET and then polesitter Ed Carpenter will lead the field of 33 to the green flag at 12:19 p.m. 
Two Boys, a Train and the Making of a Race Fan
  by Stephen Cox
Here's a short story to help you enjoy this year's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. In the spring of 1922, Alton Hartley was a college student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He and a friend decided they wanted to attend the 10th International 500 Mile Sweepstakes, as the Indy 500 race was then known, on Tuesday, May 30th.
Indy 500 Front Row Starters Press Conference
  Three Fastest Drivers
Drivers
1st - Ed Carpenter (Chevy)
2nd - Simon Pagenaud (Chevy)
3rd - Will Power (Chevy)

 

Ed Carpenter wins pole for Indy 500
  by Tim Wohlford
David slayed Goliath in qualifying for the 102nd Indy 500 when Ed Carpenter turned the only qualifying lap over 230 mph and averaged 229.618 mph to defeat the mighty Penske team and take pole position for the third time in his career. Penske's Simon Pagenaud will start in the middle of the first row and Will Power in the 2nd Penske Chevy on the outside. The biggest surprise was Alexander Rossi who will start next to last after a poor qualifying run.
A Mayor's Fate
  by Tim Wohlford
IndyCar officials are scratching their head -- what to do when a Mayor gets Bumped?  In the old days, if he bought a ride in the show, he'd go to the back.  Now?  Anyone know?
James Davison Gambles in Qualifying
  by Lucille Dust
The driver on the bubble at the end of Day one qualifying  Saturday is James Davison.  Driving for Foyt with Bryd/Hollinger/Belardi, Davison is no stranger to Indianapolis.  This will be the 4th Indy 500 for the 31 year old Australian driver to compete in.  Not a full season Indy driver, Davison had quite an eventful 24 hours leading up to the end of qualifying.  
Indy 500 Bump Day Press Conference
  Chevy locks out Honda
Drivers
1st - Helio Castroneves (Chevy)
2nd - Ed Carpenter (Chevy)
3rd - Simon Pagenaud (Chevy)
9th - Danica Patrick (Chevy)
33rd - James Davison (Chevy)
Bump Day -- Sucks
  by Tim Wohlford

Normally we think of Vinko Bogataj flying off of that ski jump on "Wide World of Sports" when we think of "Agony of Defeat".  But short of the death of a driver, I can't think of a more emotional, moribund, morbid press conference than one when a driver come to talk about being bumped out of the Indy 500. I recall the 2011 press conference with Marco Andretti after he bumped his way into the show...

 

Hinch is Out! 2018 Indy 500 Qualifications...
  by Tim Wohlford
Chevy powered dominated the first Day of qualifying for the Indy 500 but the big story was a glitch. The gun went off at 5:50-- And the team thought it went off at 6:00 like ever other year for last Century... but it means that James Hinchcliffe didn't get a last attempt to make the 2018 Indy 500.  Hinch, and Pippa Mann, will watch the show from the comfort of a couch.  MORE TO FOLLOW......


Gordon Kirby's new book honors Wally Dallenbach Sr.
  by Tim Wohlford
Normally we don't plug books here, but this time it's long-time motor sports journalist Gordon Kirby writing a book about highly respected CART steward Wally Dallenbach.  Gordon commented to me that this book was fun to write, with lots of respect and praise for Wally's career in motor sports. 
INDYCAR announces more powerful engine (Updated)
  To be used starting in 2021
Beginning in 2021, INDYCAR engines will produce more power due to a new configuration, the sanctioning body announced today. The 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines are projected to generate at least 100 more horsepower than the current 2.2-liter platform, with more than 900 horsepower achieved in the 2.4-liter formula when using push-to-pass overtake activation.
IndyCar Fast Friday Press Conference
  Fastest Two Drivers
Drivers:
1st - Marco Andretti
2nd - Robert Wickens
Andretti tops Fast Friday, but Power really quickest
  Including complete no-tow speeds
Marco Andretti turned the fastest lap at 231.802 mph on Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 102nd Indy 500.  That was the fastest lap turned so far this week. However, many of the fast laps turned Friday were with a tow from a car in front, but in qualifying you are on your own and the fastest without a tow are the Penske Chevys of Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud. The three Penske drivers are the clear favorites to win the pole this weekend.
Indy 500 Thursday Press Conference
  Top-2 drivers on day
Drivers
1st - Graham Rahal
2nd - Tony Kanaan
Injured Fittipaldi talks to reporters at Indy
  With Dale Coyne
Participants:
Pietro Fittipaldi (DCR Driver)
Dale Coyne (Team Owner)
Indy 500 Wednesday Press Conference
  Top-2 drivers
Drivers
1st - Marco Andretti
2nd - Scott Dixon
Motorsports stands to skyrocket from Sports Betting
  by Brian Carroccio
This typically the space reserved for a look back at the most recent IndyCar race. And we’ll get to this past weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis in due time. However, news broke Monday that promises to have a great impact on the American sporting landscape. After a multi-year legal back and forth the state of New Jersey won a ruling in the United States Supreme Court yesterday that struck down a 1992 law which effectively made sports betting illegal in most states.
Indy 500 Tuesday Press Conference
  Danica Patrick and Simon Pagenaud
Drivers:
#13 Danica Patrick
#22 Simon Pagenaud
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Prepares 2 Entries for 500
  Hildebrand and Karam
Only one team in this year’s 102nd Indianapolis 500 has concentrated on the May 27 Classic since last year’s 200-lap race at the world’s most famous racing facility, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That team ready to battle the Verizon IndyCar Series regulars in this year’s Indy 500 is Carmel, Ind.- based Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with a two-car effort – the No. 24 WIX Filters Chevrolet Dallara for driver Sage Karam and the No. 66 Salesforce Chevrolet Dallara for driver J.R. Hildebrand.
IndyCar Grand Prix Post-Race Press Conference
  Top-3 Finishers
Drivers:
1st - Will Power (Penske Chevy)
2nd - Scott Dixon (Ganassi Honda)
3rd - Robert Wickens (SPM Honda)
Power wins IndyCar GP
  by Tim Wohlford
For the third time in four years, Will Power drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. It was the 30th career victory for the Australian native and the 200th for Team Penske. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was second, with standout rookie Robert Wickens third. Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-five. Championship leader Josef Newgarden had a difficult day, finishing 11th. 

 

Indy GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-6 drivers
Fast Six

1st - Will Power
2nd - Robert Wickens
3rd - Sebastien Bourdais
4th - James Hinchcliffe
5th - Jordan King
6th - Josef Newgarden
Will Power wins pole for Indy GP
  Nips Robert Wickens
He led both practice sessions and when it counted, Will Power put his #12 Penske Chevy on pole for the Indy Grand Prix with a lap of 1m09.818s. In 4 races here, Power has won twice, so he likes this track. Impressive rookie Robert Wickens missed pole by just 0.087s and will lineup 2nd in his SPM Honda. Sebastien Bourdais will lineup third ahead of James Hinchcliffe and Jordan King.
Q&A with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Drivers at Indy
  James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens
Drivers

James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
IndyCar GP of Indianapolis Preview
  This Saturday
The start of the 2017 race
The INDYCAR Grand Prix will be the fifth Indy car event conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course. Simon Pagenaud and Will Power are the only drivers to win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Pagenaud won the inaugural race in 2014 and again in 2016, Power won the race in 2015 and 2017. The ABC broadcast starts at 3:30 pm ET Saturday.
An IndyCar concept for the future
  Would IndyCar ever adopt a turbine engine again?
Keith Hylton, in conjunction with designer Andries Van Overbeeke, has put forward a concept for the next-generation IndyCar. The T1 turbine takes the idea of the STP Lotus Turbines, that shook up the Indy 500 in 1967 and 1968, one step further.
Indy 500 Rookies news conference
  Three drivers pass rookie test
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Rookies:

Robert Wickens
Kyle Kaiser
Matheus Leist
Month of May Kickoff Press Conference
  For the 102nd running of the Indy 500
Participants

Jay Frye - President of IndyCar Competition
Doug Boles - President of the Speedway
Allison Melangton - vice president of the Speedway
Honda GP of Alabama post-race press conference
  Top-3 drivers
Drivers
1 - Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevy)
2 - Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Honda)
3 - James Hinchcliffe (SPM Honda)
Newgarden easily wins Honda GP of Alabama
  Rain or shine Newgarden is the 'Barbermeister'
Polesitter Josef Newgarden put on a clinic Monday to win the rain delayed Honda Grand Prix of Alabama in his Penske Chevy. Not even rain for the last 10 minutes of the race could stop Newgarden as he beat Ryan Hunter-Reay by almost 10 seconds. James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Barber Sunday Press Conference
  Newgarden and Rossi
Drivers:

Josef Newgarden
Alexander Rossi
IndyCar Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Honda IndyCar GP of Alabama
Drivers

1 - Josef Newgarden
2 - Will Power
3 - Sebastien Bourdais
4 - Ryan Hunter-Reay
5 - James Hinchcliffe
6 - Scott Dixon
Newgarden nips Power for Indycar GP of Alabama pole
  by Lucille Dust
Josef Newgarden won his 3rd pole of his career under a cloudy sky for tomorrow's Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.  Newgarden, driving for Team Penske, will start on the front row with his teammate, Will Power who he beat by just 0.0128s. Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay will start 3rd and 4th while James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top-5
IndyCar Alabama GP Friday Press Conference
  Top-2 drivers

Drivers
1st - Josef Newgarden
2nd - Spencer Pigot

IndyCar Long Beach Postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Yes, he was only third fast in practice 1. But after that grave misstep, here’s how Alexander Rossi’s weekend went in Long Beach:
Practice 2: 1st
Practice 3: 1st
Qualifying Round 1: 1st
Qualifying Round 2: 2nd
Firestone Fast Six: 1st
Morning Warm-up: 1st
Race: 1st. Led 71 of 85 laps
There really isn’t much to add here. Alexander Rossi was thoroughly dominant at Long Beach this weekend.
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Preview
  4th race on 2018 IndyCar season
The 4th race of the IndyCar season is this weekend at the Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. The race will be the ninth Verizon IndyCar Series event conducted at Barber Motorsports Park. Alexander Rossi firmly established himself as a championship contender, claiming his first win of the season at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15. The 26-year-old Californian leads reigning series champion and defending Barber race winner Josef Newgarden by 22 points heading into this weekend's race. With Sunday looking to be very wet, driver skill will be at a premium.
Rossi dominates to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach
  Holding off Will Power
Alexander Rossi made it look easy on the streets of Long Beach Sunday winning the 44th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach over Penske Chevy driver Will Power by 1.2 seconds in his Andretti Autosport NAPA Honda. Rossi started from pole and pretty much controlled the race from the start, losing the lead only on pitstops.
IndyCar Long Beach Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 drivers

Drivers
1 - Alexander Rossi (Andretti NAPA Honda)
2 - Will Power (Penske Verizon Chevy)
3 - Ed Jones (Ganassi NTT Data Honda

Rossi dominates to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach
  Holding off Will Power

Alexander Rossi made it look easy on the streets of Long Beach Sunday winning the 44th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach over Penske Chevy driver Will Power by 1.2 seconds in his Andretti Autosport NAPA Honda. Rossi started from pole and pretty much controlled the race from the start, losing the lead only on pitstops. 

Long Beach GP Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Top-6 Drivers
Drivers

1st - Alexander Rossi (Andretti Honda)
2nd - Will Power (Penske Chevy)
3rd - Simon Pagenaud (Penske Chevy)
4th - Scott Dixon (Ganassi Honda)
5th - Graham Rahal (RLLR Honda)
6th - Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevy)
Rossi beats Team Penske to win pole in Long Beach
  Rossi makes it look easy
Alexander Rossi took the rest of the drivers to school on Saturday on the streets of Long Beach to win the pole for the 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a lap comfortably faster than everyone else. All weekend long Rossi and his Honda have been fast and his lap of 1m06.553s was 3/10ths of a sec. faster than the former king of qualifying at Long Beach Will Power in the Penske Chevy.
IndyCar Long Beach Friday Press Conference
  Top-2 fastest of day
Drivers

Scott Dixon
Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar Phoenix Postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
Unfortunately, it took three races. But with some assists from the spectacularly reconfigured Dallara DW12, the sublime driving of Alexander Rossi, and other standouts such as Josef Newgarden and Robert Wickens, the Verizon IndyCar Series put on a heck of a show Saturday evening in the third year of its return to Phoenix International Raceway. AutoRacing1 will take a look at those stories and more in today’s Phoenix IndyCar Postscript. 
IndyCar Long Beach Preview
  2nd biggest IndyCar race of season
There's nothing like the Long Beach race
This weekend is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 2nd biggest race on the IndyCar calendar by a wide margin. The new six-year IndyCar agreement with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach will ensure the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach through 2023. Add to that IMSA, Pirelli World Challenge and a new support series – the Historic Trans Am Challenge – and a heck of a two-night concert series, and everyone is really excited about this year’s event that will run Friday through Sunday on the streets of Long Beach. It will be the 44th running.
IndyCar Phoenix Post-Race Press Conference
  Top-3 Drivers

Drivers
1 - Josef Newgarden, Chevy
2 - Robert Wickens, Honda
3 - Alexander Rossi, Honda

Newgarden uses new tires to win in Phoenix
  Wickens and Rossi 2nd and third
Tim Cindric made a call to bring Josef Newgarden in for fresh tires on a late pitstop when Ed Jones hit the wall and with fresh tires and 8 laps to go Newgarden passed the three cars in front of him who were on old tires to win the 250-mile the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Rookie Robert Wickens was a fantastic 2nd for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Alexander Rossi rounded out the podium positions for Andretti Autosport.
IndyCar Post-Qualifying Press Conference
  Front Row starters
Drivers

1 - Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Honda
2 - Simon Pagenaud, Penske Chevy
Bourdais outduels Penske team for pole in Phoenix
  Beats two Penske cars
David defeated Goliath again. Sebastien Bourdais drove Dale Coyne Racing's Honda to victory in St. Petersburg, Florida and today he drove two sensational laps to win pole for the Phoenix IndyCar race at ISM Raceway. The underdog Dale Coyne team pushed the two Penske Chevys back to 2nd and 3rd with a lap of 188.644 mph with the new lower downforce IndyCars. Simon Pagenaud will start 2nd and was the only other driver above 188 mph. Will Power, Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top-5.
IndyCar Phoenix Grand Prix Preview
  Sponsored by Desert Diamond West Valley Casino
ISM Raceway will host the first of six oval races on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Sebastien Bourdais claimed the season-opening race of the Verizon IndyCar Series for the second year in a row as he won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. he Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix will be the 64th Indy car race at ISM Raceway since the track opened as Phoenix International Raceway in 1964.
Q&A with Mario Andretti & Jimmy Vasser
  Ahead of Phoenix IndyCar race
Participants

Mario Andretti
Jimmy Vasser
Will NBC keep promise to cross-promote IndyCar?
  It better be in writing
They have done zero in the last ten years, but  NBC Sports and NBC’s entertainment division promises to cross-promote IndyCar once it becomes the exclusive home for IndyCar in 2019. Is it in writing? Words mean nothing. It has to be in the signed contract exactly what they will do, or they won't do anything - bank on it. We will be believers when we see, but for now, here is what IndyCar and NBC had to say on this topic in the press conference yesterday.
INDYCAR signs 3-Year agreement with NBC Sports
  No international exposure in multi-year deal
INDYCAR will significantly increase exposure for the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2019 through a media rights package announced today with NBC Sports Group. The 3-year deal will put eight Verizon IndyCar Series races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and its qualifications, on NBC next year. This is an increase from five races on broadcast television this year. The rest of next year's Verizon IndyCar Series races will be on NBCSN with minuscule viewership
IndyCar St. Petersburg GP postscript
  by Brian Carroccio
With an expiring television deal, a departing title sponsor and the much-anticipated debut of its latest racing spec, no question about it: the Verizon IndyCar Series needed a boffo debut to the 2018 season this past weekend. And to the series’ credit, they got just that in their annual visit to the Streets of St. Petersburg. Today, AutoRacing1 will look back at all the major stories from this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg starting with the debut of the new car.
New IndyCar LED Panels Explained
  by Lucille Dust
The new IndyCar aero kit makes the car look sleek and sexy. Drivers like the feel of the new car and it puts the driving more in their hands. IndyCar also made an upgrade to the LED panel that sits on the car, right behind the driver's head. The series has come a long way from the first panel that was taped onto the car late in the season about 4 years ago, showing the fans watching the race the running position of each car.
IndyCar St. Petersburg GP Sunday Press Conference
  Top-3 finishers plus Wickens
Participants
Sebastien Bourdais - Winner
Dale Coyne - Winning team owner
Graham Rahal - 2nd
Alexander Rossi - 3rd
Robert Wickens - Driver of Race
Bourdais inherits 2nd St. Petersburg GP win in row
  After Rossi and Wickens hit with 2 to go
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais took advantage of contact between Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens on the final restart with 2 laps to go as they battled side-by-side under braking in Turn 1 and won the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg for the 2nd year in a row over Graham Rahal.  On a restart with 2 laps to go Rossi got under Wickens as they both braked hard. Rossi's car got a bit sideways as he struggled to keep his car under control, the two touched and around went the Canadian rookie.
RLL's Rahal and Sato meet the press
  In St. Petersburg
Drivers
Takuma Sato
Graham Rahal
St. Petersburg GP Saturday Press Conference
  Fast Six qualifiers
Drivers

1 - Robert Wickens
2 - Will Power
3 - Matheus Leist
4 - Jordan King
5 - Takuma Sato
6 - Ryan Hunter-Reay
Wickens takes IndyCar pole in St. Petersburg
  Rookie stuns the paddock
Canadian rookie Robert Wickens nudged veteran Will Power off fast time and won the pole position in his first IndyCar street qualifying session on a partially wet track in St. Petersburg, Florida. Fastest in Round 2 and fastest again in the final Fast Six round proved this was no fluke that brought big smiles in the Schmidt Peterson Honda pits. Another rookie will start third - Matt Leist from Brazil in the AJ Foyt ABC Chevy. Yet another rookie, Jordan King will start 4th ahead of Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Saturday morning Press Conferences from St. Pete
  Andretti Autosport and Chevy IndyCar
Participants
Marco Andretti - Andretti Autosport
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport
Alexander Rossi - Andretti Autosport
Zach Veach - Andretti Autosport
Mark Kent - Chevy IndyCar Program
Rob Buckner - New Chevy IndyCar Program Manager
IndyCar St. Pete GP Friday Press Conference
  Two fastest drivers
Drivers

1. - Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Honda
2. - James Hinchcliffe - SPM Honda
Q&A with Honda IndyCar boss Art St. Cyr
  At St. Petersburg
Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development met with the media in St. Petersburg Friday morning before practice got underway to talk about Honda's work in the offseason to get ready since the car and air intake has changed and to talk about the 2018 Honda teams and their readiness to do battle with Chevy. There was also discussion on the next-generation engine.
IndyCar Driver Q&A from St. Petersburg
  Penske and Schmidt Peterson teams
Penske Drivers answer questions
Drivers
Josef Newgarden - Team Penske
Will Power - Team Penske
Simon Pagenaud - Team Penske
Jack Harvey - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Robert Wickens - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
IndyCar St. Petersburg GP Preview
  2018 Season Opener this weekend
Josef Newgarden of Team Penske begins defense of his 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at St. Petersburg. Newgarden captured his first series title in his first season with Team Penske, winning four times. Now he aims to be Team Penske's first repeat champion since Gil de Ferran captured back-to-back CART championships in 2000 and 2001. Team Penske has won at St. Petersburg eight times, including four of the last six races with Helio Castroneves (2012), Will Power (2014) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2015-16). Andretti Autosport has two wins at St. Petersburg with Dan Wheldon (2005) and James Hinchcliffe (2013). Chip Ganassi Racing (Dario Franchitti in 2011) and Dale Coyne Racing (Sebastien Bourdais in 2017) have won once at St. Petersburg.
1-on-1 Preview of the 2018 IndyCar season
  by Brian Carroccio

The 2018 IndyCar season begins this coming weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. AutoRacing1.com's leading IndyCar journalist, Brian Carroccio and the AR1.com President do a 1-on-1 look at the top issues for the upcoming season. They cover topics from the drivers, the cars, the tracks and the rules. See who they think will be the 2018 champion. At the end of the season we will see who had the better crystal ball.

Q&A on Dreyer & Reinbold Indy 500 announcement
  First of two drivers for Indy 500

Participants
Sage Karam - Driver
Dennis Reinbold - Team Owner
Jeff Blocher - WIX Filters

My Mazda Road to Indy: Victor Franzoni
  USF2000 Road-To-Indy driver
Victor Franzoni
Victor Franzoni burst onto the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires scene in 2014, winning his first-ever race in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. With his irrepressible grin and unfailingly positive attitude, Franzoni made fans on and off the racetrack.
Q&A with IndyCar's Frye and Novak
  New IndyCar Race Director meets the press
Participants

Jay Frye - President of Competition and Operations
Kyle Novak - New Race Director
Sato again fastest as IndyCar testing wraps up at ISM
  Indy 500 winner tops all sessions in Phoenix

Takuma Sato made it a clean sweep of the 4 IndyCar regular practice sessions at ISM in Phoenix as teams tried to come to grips with the diabolical handling in traffic of the new IndyCar. The drivers are starting to get more comfortable with the new car's handling. Sato inched closer to the 190 mph mark with a lap of 189.955 mph to beat the Penske Chevy of Will Power (189.769 mph) and the AJ Foyt Chevy of Tony Kanaan (189.632 mph). 

Q&A with Andretti Autosport IndyCar drivers
  At Phoenix test

Participants
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Marco Andretti
Zach Veach
Alexander Rossi

Q&A with Team Penske IndyCar drivers
  At Phoenix Test

Participants
Josef Newgarden
Will Power
Simon Pagenaud

One Cure and RLL Form a Long Term Partnership
  INDY
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that One Cure, an initiative from the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University (CSU), will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal at ISM Raceway on April 7 and Portland International Raceway, September 2.  One Cure will also be an associate sponsor for Rahal’s entry for the full 2018 season with the goal of bringing awareness to, and understanding for One Cure.
Scenes from Phoenix IndyCar Test
  by Lucille Dust
Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon tested the windscreen prototype on Thursday, Feb. 8 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The 2018 IndyCar rookies were also testing. AR1.com's Lucille Dust captured these photos for your viewing.
Scenes from IndyCar testing at Sonoma
  Teams get 1-day of testing in

Did you wonder what the 2018 IndyCars will look like? Twelve drivers from seven Verizon IndyCar Series teams took part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Feb. 5 and the photos below give you a glimpse at what to expect in St. Petersburg. Even more important than the liveries is the way the cars look now. IndyCar has done a fantastic job with the new bodykits and the cars look 100% better than they did the last 10 years.

Rahal's bullish on IndyCar direction
  Next TV deal will be critical
Bobby Rahal, Graham Rahal, and Christophe Doussoux, senior vice president of lubricants for Total Specialties, a new sponsor named today for the Rahal Lanigan Letterman IndyCar team, talked about the direction of IndyCar, the new IndyCar and why Total is returning to IndyCar after over 20 years. Bobby Rahal also stated that the team will be announcing more sponsors in the near future.
Scenes from new IndyCar testing at Sebring
  January 24, 2018
Graham Rahal

After his first few hours on track, Graham Rahal was ready for more. But first, he had to admire the car one more time. “It’s a sexy car,” Rahal said. “Let’s be honest, that’s a big deal for a lot of fans. That’s what they enjoy watching and seeing. It’s a huge, huge step forward.” Judge for yourself with these photos from Sebring Wednesday.

Universal kit unveiling kicks off 'Future' of IndyCar
  Old car with new clothes

For INDYCAR, "The Future Starts Now" - and it began today with the official unveiling of the highly anticipated car that will rule the roads, streets and ovals in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 and beyond. A panel of dignitaries from within the sport and the automotive industry gathered at the North American International Auto Show to talk about the newly developed universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will be affixed to the Dallara IR-12 chassis and used by all competitors in the 17-race season that begins in seven weeks.

Q&A with Harding Racing's Barnhart and Chaves
  Full-Season #88 team
Harding Racing announced today that Gabby Chaves will be the driver of the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet for the full 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.  Chaves and team president Brian Barnhart were guests on the Verizon IndyCar Series Teleconference today to discuss the pairing and the upcoming 2018 season. 
Participants
Brian Barnhart - President
Gabby Chaves - Driver/Columbia
Q&A with new IndyCar driver Jordan King
  With Team Owner Ed Carpenter
Participants

Ed Carpenter - Owner Ed Carpenter racing
Jordon King - Rookie IndyCar Driver
Fans will get closer than ever to INDYCAR action
  with 2018 TV schedule

INDYCAR and its broadcast partners announced the 2018 television schedule today featuring an expanded use of in-car cameras to bring fans the thrilling action of the Verizon IndyCar Series from a variety of new angles in the upcoming 17-race season. ABC and NBCSN will utilize never-before-seen views of the intense racing that the Verizon IndyCar Series offers with cameras strategically placed on the universal bodywork kit that is new for all cars in 2018.

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