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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Bourdais inherits 2nd St. Petersburg GP win in row
After Rossi and Wickens hit with 2 to go
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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