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
1. Honda 901
2. Chevy 842
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Toronto IndyCar Postscript
by Brian Carroccio This week's Toronto IndyCar postscript examines the tussle between Honda drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato and what might be behind it. It's been festering for awhile and it all came to a head in Toronto. We also look at the five drivers remaining who seem to have a realistic shot at the 2019 IndyCar title. Two are a real longshot, one is a maybe but, barring any major hiccups, it's really down to two drivers for this year's title. And this year's title fight is what everyone has said for years that the series needs. That opportunity is well, right freaking there, right freaking now!
Iowa 300 Last year, 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.
Pagenaud holds off Dixon to win IndyCar Toronto race
Rossi beats Newgarden for 4th Before what appeared to be a sellout crowd, polesitter Simon Pagenaud grabbed the lead in his Penske Chevy at the start of the Honda Indy Toronto, and except for pit stops, led all the way to win the 85-lap IndyCar race on the bumpy streets around Exhibition Place, his third win of the year. Last year's winner Scott Dixon drove a rather lonely race to finish a distant 2nd while Andretti Honda ace Alexander Rossi did what he had to do and held off points leader Josef Newgarden (Penske Chevy) for third.
Nips Dixon and Rosenqvist Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud has won the pole for the Honda Indy Toronto with a time of 58.429s in Q3 qualifying to beat Ganassi Honda driver Scott Dixon last year's winner. Dixon spun out just past the finish line and he sat there while the other drivers finished their runs. IndyCar did not throw a red flag so he may not lose his fast lap of 58.595s. Dixon's teammate Felix Rosenqvist was third quick followed by Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden and Ed Jones.
Driving Hand Controlled Pace Car Participants Robert Wickens, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Ted Klaus, President, Honda Performance Development Mike Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics
by Lucille Dust As the IndyCar series heads across the border to Toronto, Ontario for the Hondy Indy Toronto this weekend, the teams have been working on race strategy for the narrow temporary street course at Exhibition Place. Part of that strategy will be fuel mileage, execution of pit stops in the tricky S shaped pit lane and when to use the 200 seconds of push-to-pass (P2P) that is allowed for this race.
This coming weekend Last year it was shaping up to be defending champion Josef Newgarden’s day. The two-time winner at the Honda Toronto Indy had a third title in his sights Sunday, but on Turn 11 of lap 33, the American hit the wall, allowing Scott Dixon to overtake him for the lead and win the race. Dixon of New Zealand finished the 85-lap course on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place first, with Simon Pagenaud of France in second and Robert Wickens, from Guelph, Ont., taking part in his first race on Canadian soil in more than a decade, in third
How Alex Rossi's biggest career decision will play out
by Mark C. Alexander Rossi has the biggest career decision of his life coming up as his current contract with Andretti Autosport expires at the end of this year. There have been many articles written about whether he will stay with Andretti, move to Team Penske, or possibly even move elsewhere. There are a lot of scenarios on how this may play out and Rossi's decision will determine whether IndyCar has an active Silly Season or a mundane one because, if he does not move, there won't be a lot of movement. We lay it out for you in a simple to follow decision flow diagram.
Dixon tests IndyCar Aeroscreen prototype in simulator
Just Halo portion, not windscreen Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon took part Tuesday morning in the next step of the development of the Aeroscreen driver safety innovation with a simulator test of a prototype at the U.S.-based Dallara Research Center. The simulator test of a prototype manufactured by Roush Creative Services comes less than six weeks after INDYCAR announced its ongoing partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to fully design the Aeroscreen concept for enhanced driver cockpit protection. The Aeroscreen is scheduled to be implemented for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season
by Brian Carroccio You don’t need much analysis from me. Alexander Rossi drilled the field in this past weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, finishing 28.4 seconds ahead of second-place Will Power. The win capped a 7-race stretch dating back to Long Beach, in which Rossi has won twice and finished second three times. And let’s face it: the actual record probably doesn’t do Rossi’s recent performance justice. We examine Rossi's next move and try to answer just who God is.
Takes the other IndyCar drivers to school Alexander Rossi took the lead on the start from polesitter Colton Herta with a gutsy outside move in Turn 1 in his Andretti Napa Honda and completely dominated the Rev Group Grand Prix IndyCar race on the 4-mile Road America road course. Will Power brought his Penske Chevy home second but he was almost half a minute behind as Rossi took everyone to school on this day. The battle for third was between four drivers but points leader Josef Newgarden held on for the final podium position.
On 4-Mile Classic Road Course Top-6 Drivers: 1. Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing 2. Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport 3. Will Power, Team Penske 4. Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 5. Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 6. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
IndyCar Qualifying for Rev Group Grand Prix Rookie Colton Herta put up a lap of 1m42.992s in the Fast Six round 3 to take pole for the Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America by 0.177s over Andretti Honda ace Alexander Rossi. Rossi turned the fastest lap of the weekend in Round 1 but did not have fresh enough red tires in Q3 to take pole back from Herta. Penske Chevy drivers Will Power and Josef Newgarden will lineup on row 2 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan teammates Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato on Row 3
Can Newgarden repeat? Last year, 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. Can this year's point leader, Newgarden, repeat at Road America in 2019?
REV Group Grand Prix It comes as no surprise to learn that Road America holds a special place in Josef Newgarden's racing heart. The Tennessean started from the pole and led 53 of 55 laps to claim victory in the 2018 NTT IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix. Newgarden, in a Team Penske Chevrolet, finished 3.3759 seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay to earn his first win at permanent road course. "It's one of the great, old-school circuits that we have in the world, certainly in North America," said Newgarden, who first competed on the track during a Skip Barber event in 2008.
Gets lead on pitstop and keeps it Penske Chevy driver Josef Newgarden won his third race of the 2019 IndyCar season by holding off Andretti Autosport Honda driver Alexander Rossi in a 13-lap shootout at the end in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Graham Rahal was third in his Rahal Honda while rookie Santino Ferrucci drove a great race to finish 4th in his Dale Coyne Honda. Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-5
Scott Dixon starts 2nd Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda driver Takuma Sato was the only driver to average over 220mph for both laps and it gave him pole with an average speed of 220.250mph for the DXC Technology 600 IndyCar race Saturday night. Sato beat last year's winner Scott Dixon in the #9 Ganassi Honda by just 0.0188mph. Sebastien Bourdais was third quick in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda at 219.746mph. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5.
Race this Saturday under the lights By winning the 2018 DXC Technology 600 Texas IndyCar race Ganassi Honda ace Scott Dixon moved ahead of Michael Andretti and into third place on the all-time win list. Simon Pagenaud had a spirited duel with Alexander Rossi for the last 30 laps and held onto 2nd. James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-5. Who will win it this weekend? Can Honda again overcome the Chevy top-end HP advantage? Can Chevy overcome Honda's fuel mileage advantage?
by Brian Carroccio The NTT INDYCAR Series made its annual stop in The Motor City this past weekend. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden took the checkered flag in Dual 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, with Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon winning Dual 2. Both races were also filled with some of the characteristic carnage we have come to associate with the racing on Belle Isle. As is almost always the case in the world of IndyCar, there were storyline aplenty off the track. And that is where we will begin our Detroit Postscript.
Various Photographers Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon won the two doubleheader IndyCar races in Detroit this past weekend on Belle Isle. On a track that's nearly impossible to pass on Newgarden held off Alexander Rossi in race 1 and on Sunday, Scott Dixon held off Marcus Ericsson, who scored his first ever IndyCar podium. These 99 photos by Brian Fahie and Lucille Dust of AR1.com, as well as various IndyCar photographers, captured the weekend's events.
by Tim Wohlford From last to first in 24-hours. Saturday Scott Dixon crashed in Race 1 of the Detroit GP doubleheader and finished last. On Sunday his Ganassi Racing team called a perfect strategy and Scott Dixon drove a perfect race to win the 2nd half of the Detroit GP doubleheader. After a late caution to fetch the crashed car of Felix Rosenqvist, Dixon got a jump on 2nd place Marcus Ericsson and led the rest of the way for the victory.
by Tim Wohlford Race 1 winner Josef Newgarden, with the benefit of a faster rubbered in track, has won the pole for race 2 of the IndyCar Detroit GP with Andretti Honda driver Alexander Rossi lined up on the outside after turning the fastest lap in the first session (Group 2). Newgarden and the rest of Group 1 will lineup in the odd numbered starting positions and Rossi and the rest of his Group 2 drivers will lineup in the even number starting positions.
by Tim Wohlford Josef Newgarden used pit strategy, as well as a pit incident-- caused when Will Power left his pits with 3 wheels -- to take the lead and win the first race of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix. Alexander Rossi dominated for the first half, but was unable to regain the lead and finished second. Takuma Sato made incredible passes while the track was wet to end up third. Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top 5.
by Tim Wohlford Andretti Autosport ace Alexander Rossi blistered the field on Friday, and when it counted on Saturday morning for pole for race 1, the American driving the #98 NAPA Honda was untouchable. A full 7/10ths faster than Group1 fast man Josef Newgarden, Rossi's lap of 1m14.199s was 6/10ths faster than Scott Dixon in the #9 Ganassi Honda. Starting 4th will be Dixon's teammate Felix Rosenqvist while rookie Colton Herta rounded out the top-5.
Doubleheader weekend 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 in 2018. Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi came home third ahead of polesitter Marco Andretti to give the Andretti team 2-3-4. 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 in Race 1.
Top-3 plus Rookie of Year Participants 1st - Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Roger Penske, Owner, Team Penske John Menard, Owner, Menards (Sponsor) Kyle Moyer, Race Strategist, Team Penske 2nd - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport 3rd - Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan 7th - Santino Ferrucci, Dale Coyne Racing (Rookie of Year)
by Tim Wohlford Penske Chevy driver Simon Pagenaud outdueled Andretti Honda's Alexander Rossi with an illegal double block on the backstraight of the final lap to win the 103rd Indy 500 by 0.2086s. Takuma Sato was third in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda while Josef Newgarden and last year's winner Will Power rounded out the top-5. Polesitter Pagenaud led a race high 116 laps and Rossi said he had just too much HP in his Chevy at the end.
by Brian Carroccio You might remember last week, I offered some advice regarding the odds of certain drivers winning the Indy 500. This was of course pre-qualifying, and I suggested the odds on two drivers in particular(Ed Carpenter +1800 & Spencer Pigot +6000) offered excellent value. In particular, I believed that the odds for both drivers would drop significantly after qualifying. Not to say I told you so, but I sort of told you...
by Brian Carroccio In a thrilling finish, Oliver Askew edged his Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Norman by 0.0067 seconds to win the Freedom 100. It was the third win of 2019 for the driver of the No. 28 Index Invest Dallara. Juncos Racing driver Rinus Veekay was third with Toby Sowery and Dalton Kellett completing the top-five.
Halo-Windscreen Combo Participants Jay Frye, President, INDYCAR Andy Damerum, Red Bull Racing business Development Engineer Ed Collings, Head of Composites and Structures, Red Bull Advanced Technologies Scott Dixon, NTT IndyCar Series Champion, Chip Ganassi Racing
Drivers testing race setups Indy 500 polesitter Simon Pagenaud, and his Penske Chevy teammate Josef Newgarden turned the fastest laps on Monday as teams set their cars up in race trim during a 2-hour practice session. It will be the last times the drivers are on track until Carb Day on Friday when they will have a final 90-minutes to get their cars right. Here are some photos from Monday's action
They were unprepared for the challenge that is the Indy 500 McLaren looked like a bunch of rank amateurs at Indy this past week and most could see there was a good chance they would miss making the Indy 500 from the day they unloaded. By the slimmest of margins, Fernando Alonso missed making the field of 33 cars for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for Sunday. Kyle Kaiser posted a 4-lap average of 227.372 while Alonso’s was 227.353; a difference of just 0.019 mph was the difference between the 33rd and 34th place cars as part of the Last Row Shootout. Kaiser was in. Alonso was out.
by Tim Wohlford In a high-drama day, delayed by rain, Penske Chevy driver Simon Pagenaud put up 3 laps over 230 mph and averaged 229.992 mph over 4-laps to win the pole for the 103rd Indy 500 - the 18th Indy 500 pole for Team Penske. The Ed Carpenter Chevy team took the other two front row spots with Ed Carpenter 2nd quick and Ed Jones putting up the 3rd best 4-lap average. But perhaps the biggest shock of the day was F1 team McLaren and 2-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso failing to make the race - just too slow by 13/1000th of a second over the 10 mile run.
by Tim Wohlford So much for the snotty F1 fans thinking their series is superior. McLaren and Fernando Alonso were bumped out of the Indy 500 by the minnow IndyCar team Juncos and their young American Kyle Kaiser. Sage Karam, James Hinchcliffe and Kyle Kaiser are all in the 2019 Indy 500. Fernando Alonso, Pato O'Ward and Max Chilton are out of the race. Team officials emphatically rule out a ride-buy for Fernando, so, he's out...
by Tim Wohlford Should Fernando Alonso not make the Indy 500 this year -- and the odds are not in his favor -- then he will join a long line of F1 greats (and also-rans) who came to Indy just to have a miserable time. From Ascari to Andretti, F1 success has often been allusive -- and sometimes the results have been catastrophic. Consider the long list of woe encountered by just a few of the F1 drivers....
by Brian Fahie Drama, excitement, surprises, tears. First-day qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge had it all. But then, that’s become the norm for qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Following Saturday’s intense action on the hallowed 2.5-mile superspeedway oval. Our Brian Fahie captures some of the emotion down on pit lane.
Fast-9 plus too slow Alonso Participants Fernando Alonso, too slow to qualify Ed Carpenter, 7th Spencer Pigot, Fastest Ed Jones, 6th Colton Herta, Fastest rookie in 5th Alexander Rossi, 8th Pippa Mann, 30th Will Power, 2nd Josef Newgarden, 4th Sebastien Bourdais, 9th Simon Pagenaud, 3rd
Indy 500 Quals Day 1: Pigot fastest, Alonso too slow
by Tim Wohlford Ed Carpenter Racing's Spencer Pigot turned the fastest qualifying speed on Day 1 in qualifying for the 103rd Indy 500 and he and 8 others earned a chance to run for pole on Sunday if the weatherman cooperates. Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter, Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais locked in spots 1-9, but the order may change. Spots 10-30 were also locked in with Pippa Mann the slowest in 30th. Sunday will see 6 drivers, including Fernando Alonso go for the final 3 spots.
Conor Daly turns fastest lap on Fast-Friday at Indy
Ed Jones again fastest w/o a tow Conor Daly, this year driving for Andretti Autosport, turned the fastest lap on Fast Friday at 231.704 mph to top teammate Marco Andretti who sat at the top most of the day. However, Daly only had the 22nd fastest no-tow time and Marco the 7th. The real top-dogs on Fast Friday, a day when the turbo boost gets turned up on all the engines, were Ed Jones, Ed Carpenter and Alexander Rossi who had the fastest no-tow speeds and go into qualifying as the early pole favorites.
Ahead of Qualifying Participants Roger Penske, Owner, Team Penske Rick Mears, Consultant, Team Penske Tim Cindric, President, Team Penske Will Power, Driver Helio Castroneves, Driver Simon Pagenaud, Driver Josef Newgarden, Driver
by Brian Carroccio I’m just going to go ahead and say it: entering this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Simon Pagenaud had not been very good over the past year-plus. That’s not to say the likable Frenchman had been terrible. Pagenaud finished a respectable 6th in the series standings last season, and even when he doesn’t run at the front, Pagenaud is not one to crash out and make silly mistakes.
Over 50 Photos While Team Penske Chevy drivers Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were fastest on opening practice day for the 103rd running of the Indy 500 at 229.745mph and 229.703mph, those speeds were set with a tow. Chevy powered cars ran 1-2-3-4 with Ed Carpenter and Helio Castroneves in close pursuit, both with Chevy power. Check out these photos from Day 1 practice
Mark C. F1 just about the most boring sport to watch right now. Yes, there are exceptions, but the excitement usually lasts from lights out to the first or second corner and that’s just about it. One of the Mercedes drivers s guaranteed to win The same five drivers have taken the top five places at every race this year. Compare and contrast that to the IndyCar race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Saturday. If you missed the race, you missed what was probably one of the most exciting races in any series in years.
by Tim Wohlford Penske Chevy driver Simon Pagenaud hunted down Ganassi Honda driver Scott Dixon from 7-seconds back in the rain and passed him with under 2-laps to go to win the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in spectacular style. Jack Harvey finished 1.7-sec behind Dixon for the final podium position. Matheus Leist was 4th for AJ Foyt Racing while Spencer Pigot rounded out the top-5.
Fast Six drivers Fast Six Participants 1. Felix Rosenqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing 2. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 3. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing 4. Colton Herta Harding Steinbrenner Racing 5. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 6. Will Power Team Penske
Ganassi 1-2 for GP of Indianapolis In an incredibly tight pole qualifying session, rookie Felix Rosenqvist turned the fastest lap of 1m08.278s to beat his Ganassi Honda teammate Scott Dixon by just 0.0194s to win his first-ever career IndyCar pole for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Jack Harvey had his best IndyCar qualifying effort to take third for Meyer Shank Racing while Colton Herta made it a Honda 1-2-3-4.
At the Indy Speedway IndyCar and IMS Execs Jay Frye, President, IndyCar Doug Boles, President, IMS Allison Melangton, Sr. Vice President of Events, Hulman Motorsports Stephen Starks, Vice President, Promoter Relations, INDYCAR
Can Team Penske win again Last year 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. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was second, with standout rookie Robert Wickens third while Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-five. Can the winner of the 2018 Indy 500 continue his dominance of the Indy road course in 2019?
The event raises money for the IU Health Foundation The drivers are in town and getting ready for the Indy 500 later this month. But Saturday night at IMS, it was all about food, fun and philanthropy. Thousands of people enjoyed Rev Indy, a party at the Speedway that included a great lineup of local musical talent along with celebrity chefs.
Early 500 odds favor Team Penske, but Alonso looms
Can the F1 veteran upset the IndyCar regulars? We are just 3-weeks from May’s second most important race for betting. That “Second” being the Indy 500 to yesterday's betting extravaganza of the Kentucky Derby. NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula 1 are now in full swing with the month of May now upon us and motorsports betting is picking up steam across the globe with the Indy 500 being the biggest and most popular. And this year Fernando Alonso is making his 2nd attempt at the world's biggest race, the Indy 500. Can he win it? Want the scoop on the best Indy 500 betting?
Ganassi sets record straight on guaranteed spots for 500
by Brian Carroccio Last Thursday evening I was playing basketball with my son, when I got a call from AutoRacing1.com's President. “Chip Ganassi wants to talk to you about the article you wrote,” said Mark. “I’m going to give him your phone number; and I imagine he’ll be calling you soon.” Well, this ought to be interesting, I thought. But I had a pretty good feeling that the four-time Indianapolis 500 winning and 12-time Indy car series championship car owner was not taking time out of his busy schedule to tell me I was his favorite motorsports columnist.
36 Cars Entered To Compete for 33 Starting Spots Seven winners are among the field of drivers assigned to 36 cars entered for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Three-time winner Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009) and single winners Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Alexander Rossi (2016), Takuma Sato (2017) and Will Power (2018) are the past winners aiming for another victory this year in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
by Lucille Dust and IndyCar Drivers, teams and fans got a taste of May in April at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and came away hungry for more. Wednesday's NTT IndyCar Series open test on the world-famous 2.5-mile oval permitted 29 drivers to get comfortable in their machines, go through team test checklists and provide rookies and veterans who've been out of the cockpit a while the chance to pass evaluations that clear them to run at full tilt when practice for the 500 begins in 20 days.
Should the Indy 500 have guaranteed starting spots?
by Brian Carroccio A pending move, the Easter holiday, and numerous other ‘life’ events left little time for thinking and writing last week. Thus, I missed my usual Long Beach Postscript. As you know, Alexander Rossi dominated the proceedings in the 45th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was the sixth career win for Rossi and first of 2019, giving the Nevada City, CA native huge momentum heading into the month of May.
Who are the early favorites before any practice begins The first open practice session for the Indy 500 is this Wednesday and it may be rather risky to place an early bets. Want the scoop on the best Indy 500 betting? We’ll lay it out for you based on IndyCar driver performance so far this season.
Top-3 Drivers Plus Michael Andretti Participants 1st - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport Michael Andretti, Owner, Andretti Autosport 2nd - Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 3rd - Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
The 'California Kid' goes back-to-back Andretti Autosport Honda ace Alexander Rossi dominated the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from pole in 2018 and he repeated the feat again this year, leading the race from pole to checkers on Sunday except for the 5 laps he did not lead during pitstops. Penske Chevy driver Josef Newgarden finished a distant 2nd ahead of Scott Dixon. Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-5.
By Brian Fahie, Ralph and Betty Garcia Alexander Rossi repeated Saturday as the NTT P1 Award winner for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Now he’ll look to turn it into a second straight win. The Andretti Autosport driver turned in the best lap in the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying, the Firestone Fast Six. A selection of photos by AutoRacing1.com from Saturday in Long Beach. This is the 45th running of the Grand Prix on the streets of Long Beach and the place was bustling with a large crowd on a perfect day for racing.
IndyCar Acura LB GP post-qualifying press conference
Top-6 qualifiers Drivers 1 - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport 2 - Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing 3 - Will Power, Team Penske 4 - Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 5 - Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske 6 - Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rossi beats Dixon to win Acura GP of Long Beach pole
2nd year in row for Rossi Picking up where left off last year when he dominated the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Alexander Rossi knocked Scott Dixon off the provisional pole with a lap of 1m06.4811s, by almost 3/10ths of a second. It was young Rossi's 5th career IndyCar pole and he did it in front of his home crowd. Penske teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden will start on row 2 and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5
At Long Beach Zak Brown, the chief executive of McLaren Racing met with the media here in Long Beach Saturday morning. Obviously the team has been pretty busy preparing for the Indianapolis 500 program. There was a test at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday with Fernando. Brown updates us on preparation for this year's 500 and what the future holds in store for McLaren in IndyCar.
by Ralph and Betty Garcia A selection of photos by AutoRacing1.com from both Thursday and Friday in Long Beach. Thursday was setup and media day while Friday was the first day of practice for the IndyCars. This is the 45th running of the Grand Prix on the streets of Long Beach and the place was bustling with a large crowd on a perfect day for racing.
Alexander Rossi Alexander Rossi pulled away after a late restart to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach last year, completing a dominant weekend by holding off Will Power for his third career victory. This year he is back to defend his title and today he met with the media to discuss what it takes to win the 2nd biggest race on the IndyCar schedule.
by Brian Carroccio Let me briefly take you back about a month ago to my St. Pete Postscript following the 2019 NTT INDYCAR series opener. After a weekend that saw domination by the series’ best three teams, I noted that there didn’t seem to be much in the way of competition for Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport. In other words, the series appeared – at least in my view – to have no Robert Wickens type, who could be counted on to regularly pester Newgarden, Rossi, Power, and Dixon.
IndyCar's 2nd biggest race of the year behind the Indy 500 It’s Grand Prix of Long beach week -- so get ready for a hectic atmosphere in downtown Long Beach. The 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is set for Friday through Sunday, April 12 to 14. But the action doesn’t just happen on the weekend. On Wednesday, race cars and motorbikes will take over Belmont Shore, in the annual Roar in the Shore. So here’s everything you need to know about the Grand Prix.
IndyCar: Takuma Sato holds off Scott Dixon in Alabama
Wins from pole to get first win of 2019 Takuma Sato and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda team unloaded fast on Friday, took pole on Saturday and then led most of the race to just hold off Scott Dixon's Ganassi Honda to win the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. Sebastien Bourdais was third for Dale Coyne Racing while Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-5.
Top-6 plus BobbyRahal Drivers: 1 - Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 2 - Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 3 - Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing 4 - James Hinchcliffe, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 5 - Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 6 - Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing Bobby Rahal, Co-owner - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan all-front row Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal led a Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) 1-2 in qualifying for the Honda GP of Alabama at Barber Motorsport Park. The RLL Honda team has struggled a bit this year but it all came good this weekend. Sato's lap of 1m08.593s was 1/10th of a second ahead of Rahal. Scott Dixon was third quick in his Ganassi Honda while James Hinchcliffe and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top-5. Honda cars swept the top-5 positions.
USAC Champ Car Race On this day 49 years ago, Sears Point Raceway hosted the United States Auto Club (USAC) Golden Gate 150 Championship Road Race. The event marked the first major open-wheel race on the 12-turn road course, which opened its gates for its first full season of racing in 1969. The 150-mile, $50,000 event attracted an incredible field of racers, including Dan Gurney, Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Bobby Unser, Mark Donahue, Johnny Rutherford, Gordon Johncock and Al Unser.
Can anyone beat Newgarden at Barber? This weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be the 10th NTT IndyCar Series event at the scenic, 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park circuit. This marks the ninth year American Honda has served as title sponsor of the event - a track where Team Penske and Chevy have dominated in the past. The last two years Josef Newgarden was unstoppable and in fact, he has won there 3 of the last 4 years, interrupted one year by his teammate Simon Pagenaud. Ryan Hunter-Reay was the last Honda driver to win at Barber in 2014 but in 2013 when Hunter-Reay also won it was with Chevy power. Can Honda retaliate and save face?
by Brian Carroccio By now, you know the story. Colton Herta, the 18-year-old son of 4-time Indy Car race winner and current team owner Bryan Herta, drove the No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda to victory lane in this past weekend’s INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas. At 18 years and 359 days old, Herta surpassed Graham Rahal (19 & 93) as the youngest winner in American Championship Racing history.
Colton Herta slays veterans to win COTA IndyCar race
Becomes youngest IndyCar winner ever Clear skies hung over Circuit of the Americas for today's inaugural INDYCAR Classic. The race ran drama-free until a single caution was brought out on Lap 44. Benefitting most drivers and challenging three, the caution allowed Colton Herta, Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay - who had just pitted on Lap 43 to gain track position while it pushed race leaders Will Power and Alexander Rossi out of contention to win the 60-lap race.
by Ralph & Betty Garcia and Brian Fahie It is race day here at the Circuit of the Americas, but let's catch up with the action from Friday and Saturday captured by our three photographers onsite this weekend. In qualifying Will Power squeezed in two sets of reds in the Fast Six and that second run was enough to knock Alexander Rossi off the pole for the inaugural IndyCar Classic in his Penske Chevy. Rossi came up 0.1584s short in his Andretti Honda and he led a bevy of Honda drivers in 3rd through 6th. Check out their photos.
Breaks up Honda domination at the front Qualifying ace Will Power squeezed in two sets of reds in the Fast Six and that second run was enough to knock Alexander Rossi off the pole for the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of Americas in his Penske Chevy. Rossi came up 0.1584s short in his Andretti Honda and he led a bevy of Honda drivers in 3rd through 6th. Rossi's teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay was 3rd quick 0.3051s behind with rookie sensation Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist rounding out the top-5.
At Thursday IndyCar COTA Press Conference If an NTT IndyCar Series driver wins Sunday’s INDYCAR Classic at Circuit of the Americas from the pole, he will collect an additional $100,000. That bonus was announced Thursday at a press conference to kickoff the weekend by Rick Abbott, executive vice president of COTA.
First IndyCar race at Circuit of AMericas Since 2012, when the Circuit of the Americas (aka COTA) opened in Austin, fans have been clamoring for some IndyCar action. And now it’s finally here! The inaugural IndyCar Classic will take place at COTA this weekend March 22-24. There will also be Indy Lights, Mazda MX-5 Cup and the return of an old X Games favorite, Stadium Super Trucks. On top of all this, Muse will perform in Austin360 Amphitheater on Saturday night! The last time they played this venue, tickets sold out fast.
by Brian Carroccio The first round of the 2019 NTT INDYCAR Series is in the books. Utilizing a combination of raw speed, creative tire strategy and sharp pit work, Josef Newgarden drove the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet to victory lane in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It was the 11th career IndyCar win for the 2017 series champion. Of course, Newgarden wasn’t the only standout from the weekend. Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta, Santino Ferrucci and Jack Harvey had notable weekends.
by Brian Carroccio Josef Newgarden drove the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet to victory lane in today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. It was the 11th career victory for the Nashville, TN native, who came home 2.8 seconds ahead of Scott Dixon. Polesitter Will Power made it two Penskes on the podium coming home third, with rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist fourth. Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-5.
Power gives Team Penske 1-2 in St. Pete Qualifying
His 8th pole in last 10 races here Will Power dominates pole position qualifying at St. Petersburg winning 8 of the last 10 poles here. Saturday was no different as Power put up a lap of 1m00.459s to win the pole in his Penske Chevy by just 0.0976s over his Penske teammate Josef Newgarden. Row 2 was all Ganassi teammates rookie Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon with Row 3 filled by Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi.
At Firestone GP of St. Petersburg Robert Wickens, paralyzed in a brutal accident in the Pocono 500 last year, made a return to the IndyCar paddock this weekend for the Firestone IndyCar GP of St. Petersburg. Wickens has been met with well wishes from his SPM team, from fellow competitors and from throngs of fans. He took time to meet with the media to update everyone on his progress as he tries to walk again.
Another tight battle expected Performance and experience are a winning combination that underscore Chevrolet Racing’s promising outlook entering the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series. Chevrolet begins the six-month trek to corral its seventh Manufacturer Championship in eight seasons. Eight race winners, four Indianapolis 500 champions and three former series title holders – with a combined 10 series championships – make up the talented Honda-powered lineup. Honda’s Indy car win total of 237 in 25 years of North American open-wheel racing – including 12 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004 – is unmatched. The 110-lap race March 10 kicks off 17 races on 16 event weekends.
IndyCar season opener The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is the 16th Indy car race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Sebastien Bourdais, who makes his home in St. Petersburg, has won the last two races held on the streets of St. Petersburg. Paul Tracy won the inaugural race on Feb. 23, 2003, under CART sanction, while Bourdais started from the pole that year. Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing begins defense of his 2018 NTT IndyCar Series championship at St. Petersburg.
He will have to beat best pool of talent in IndyCar history
Alexander Rossi burst onto the IndyCar series scene in his rookie year by winning the historic 100th Indianapolis 500, but he finished 11th in the points. He constantly reiterated his goal to be more consistent, which he was in 2017, when he won at Watkins Glen and improved to a team-best seventh in the points. In 2018 he was in contention to win the title after winning three races, but he was 2nd to Scott Dixon in the end. In 2019 he aims to win it all. But he will have to beat the deepest talent pool in IndyCar history.
Spring Training whets appetites for IndyCar Season start
Young Herta stars If 11 hours and more than 8,000 miles of on-track testing over two days showed anything, it's that the NTT IndyCar Series fits in marvelously at the sparkling Circuit of The Americas and the competition will be deep and intense in the 2019 season. Twenty-five drivers completed 2,367 laps at INDYCAR Spring Training, the only officially mandated testing prior to the NTT IndyCar Series season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10.
At IndyCar Spring Training The buzz word for many during Monday’s INDYCAR Media Day at the Fairmont hotel was “better.” Everyone always expects stronger finishes, but most evident was an enthusiasm about being part of a series that’s moving in a positive direction with a new title sponsor and NBC Sports TV deal. IndyCar boss Mark Miles gave his views on the State of IndyCar and what the future holds.
Max Chilton quickest On a day cut short by rain all afternoon, the IndyCar drivers put in a good number of laps on Friday morning with Max Chilton coming out on top by the slimmest of margins. Chilton put up a lap of 1m11.2868s to top the times in the No.59 Chevy-powered Carlin, followed by Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist , Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, Meyer Shank’s Jack Harvey and Andretti’s Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five. Here are scenes from that action.
Acura a perfect fit for America's Monaco GP The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Acura to become title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2019. The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 12-14, 2019.
Best ride ever for Conor Daly Indianapolis 500 veteran Conor Daly will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May piloting the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda with five-time Indy 500 champions Andretti Autosport. Daly completes a five-ship, All-American Indy 500 lineup, joining teammates Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach.
Q&A at the Detroit Auto Show Participants Mark Miles - IndyCar CEO Tsunehisa Okuno - Head of Global Business, NTT Jay Frye - IndyCar President Chip Ganassi - IndyCar Team Owner Art St. Cyr - Honda HPD Boss Jim Campbell - GM U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Scott Dixon - IndyCar Champion Tony Kanaan - IndyCar Driver
INDYCAR names NTT as entitlement sponsor of Series
New logo also released INDYCAR announced today during the North American International Auto Show that global information technology and communications leader NTT has signed a multiyear agreement to become the IndyCar Series title partner. In addition, NTT becomes the official technology partner of INDYCAR, the IndyCar Series, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400 beginning in 2019.
50-years since he won the Indy 500 Race fans around the world will join with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2019 in a variety of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti's Indianapolis 500 victory, including a featured exhibit within the Speedway's museum and a commemorative logo that was unveiled by Andretti on Jan. 9 in Indianapolis.
Eight IndyCar Series races will air on NBC INDYCAR's expanded presence on network television in 2019 through its new partnership with NBC Sports Group will not only include the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, along with other action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, but also the IndyCar Series' new season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California.
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