2016 thru 2019 As 2019 draws to a close, AutoRacing1.com analyzes the IndyCar TV data from 2016 thru the current year 2019. Any while you may have read the picture is all rosy for IndyCar, don't believe the FAKE NEWS as we present the raw data and an analysis on the raw data to present the true picture. So much of what we read in the media today is slanted and bias reporting, it is hard for people to know what's real and what's fake. Was the move to all races on NBC/NBCSN good for IndyCar, or was it bad? Read and find out.
Can you guess the #1? While INDYCAR enjoyed several intriguing stories during this year's NTT IndyCar Series season, the blockbuster came after the season when Roger Penske announced that Penske Corporation would be acquiring Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR and additional Hulman & Company holdings. The November announcement was no doubt the most captivating story of 2019 for INDYCAR, but it also ranked among the top stories in all of motorsports with its worldwide interest.
by Andrew Maitland If you take a glance at the IndyCar field, there are some names that don't necessarily sound like they grew up eating hot dogs, glazed doughnuts, breaded tenderloin sandwiches, and biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Alexander Rossi may be from California, but he shares a surname with a flamboyant MotoGP legend who refuses to even acknowledge the existence of the letter 'h' when repeatedly pronouncing how 'appy' he is. More importantly, Rossi only returned from Europe once it was clear his flirt with Formula 1 hadn't really worked out.
Indy 500 Veteran, Racing Safety Pioneer Simpson Dies
At age 79 Veteran racer Bill Simpson, who made one Indianapolis 500 start and was renowned in global motorsports for his development of groundbreaking safety equipment, died Monday, Dec. 16 in Indianapolis due to complications from recent health problems. He was 79.
Race to Beat Cancer Returns to Laguna Seca Feb 2020
One Goal - To Beat Cancer Once again, we are excited to announce our 5th Annual Race to Beat Cancer event to be held on February 21-23, 2020, returning to the iconic WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway in the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. After a successful 2019 event, by popular demand, we have secured Laguna Seca for 2020, again partnered with the Lucas Oil School of Racing.
A.J. Foyt does not eat turkey at Thanksgiving or any other time of year. However, in the 1960’s, he spent nearly every Thanksgiving trying to win the turkey as in the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park, the now defunct half-mile dirt track in Gardena, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. Foyt is a three-time winner (’60, ’61 and ’66) of the Turkey Night Grand Prix but the triumph that stood out for him was the first victory in 1960 which he won in Jack London’s No. 5 midget.
by Andrew Maitland Nico Hulkenberg, a veteran of ten years in Formula 1 and a grand total of zero podiums let alone wins, says he's not very interested in IndyCar. Okidoke. At the grand old age of 32, which admittedly is getting on a bit in today's world of over-achieving teenagers, it seems he would rather sit at home rather than rub wheels at 225 mph on the Texas Motor Speedway. "I have a lot of respect for those who race on ovals, it's just not my thing," the German, who has been unable to find an alternate race seat in Formula 1 for 2020 after being ousted by Renault, says confidently. Why would that be? Could it be the danger?
by Brian Carroccio There are numerous questions that arise following Monday’s shock announcement that Penske Entertainment has purchased the NTT INDYCAR Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Hulman & Co. The IndyCar world we all awoke to Monday morning is now forever changed. What exactly Mr. Penske transforms this new world into remains to be seen. But with The Captain in charge there is – finally – hope! And for longtime followers of the sport that can be nothing but good.
Including Indy 500, the Speedway and IMS Productions The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, will acquire all Hulman & Company principal operating assets, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions. The transaction will close following receipt of applicable government approvals and other standard conditions.
Young Lineup for IndyCar team Arrow McLaren SP today announced its driver line-up for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. 2018 Indy Lights Champion Pato O’Ward and 2019 Indy Lights Champion Oliver Askew will both compete in the full 2020 season for the newly announced entity.
Screaming Cosworth V8 A series of single-seater track cars built in New Zealand, with the performance to rival modern era Grand Prix cars, has been released for sale by emerging high-technology manufacturer, Rodin Cars. Powered by the Cosworth GPV8, which is based on the Cosworth XG that earnt its stripes in the Indy Racing League circuit, the new Rodin FZED will deliver a mighty 675 bhp at 9,600 rpm. Peak torque is 490 Nm at 7,600 rpm, while the redline is 10,000 rpm.
9 Questions answered on the new IndyCar Aeroscreen
IndyCar PR INDYCAR's Aeroscreen project designed to improve cockpit protection moved through its latest phase earlier this week with a short-oval test at Richmond Raceway, where the NTT IndyCar Series will race next June. Team Penske's Josef Newgarden and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon combined to turn 823 laps in the first Indy car test on the 0.75-mile oval since 2009. In order to keep fans apprised of the developments, INDYCAR has provided answers to nine common questions.
Will Power and Scott Dixon at IMS Team Penske Chevy driver Will Power and Ganassi Racing Honda driver Scott Dixon track tested the new Red Bull Technologies designed Aeroscreen on the 7-year old Dallara DW-12 chassis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Wednesday. Here are the first photos from that test. Do you like the new look, or do you think it looks hideous? The driver's had a positive first impression on the flat Indy oval. Still more testing to do.
2019 IndyCar Champ Josef Newgarden tries the ROVAL
First IndyCar driver to run at Charotte since 1999 How does Josef Newgarden celebrate winning Team Penske's second major championship in the last 11 months? By driving his Shell Pennzoil Indy car around Charlotte Motor Speedway's 17-turn, 2.28-mile ROVAL. Newgarden was officially crowned the NTT IndyCar Series title earlier this week, and after Friday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, he strapped into his Team Penske Shell/Pennzoil IndyCar and took it out on the track for a few laps.
Season Finale Participants: Race Winner, Colton Herta 2019 Champion, Josef Newgarden Championship Owner, Roger Penske Manufacturer Champion, Ted Klaus of HPD Rookie of the Year, Felix Rosenqvist Championship runner-up, Simon Pagenaud Third-place championship, Alexander Rossi
Herta holds off Power to win IndyCar season finale
Newgarden strokes it home to win title Rookie Colton Herta proved why he's poised to be an IndyCar superstar of the future by leading almost the entire Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca despite heavy pressure from veterans the entire way. Herta beat Will Power by 0.58-second while Josef Newgarden stroked it home to win the IndyCar title in 8th. Felix Rosenqvist came from 14th at the start to finish 5th and win the Rookie of the Year title. Scott Dixon was third, and Alexander Rossi 6th.
Top-6 Qualifiers Drivers: 1st - Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing 2nd - Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing 3rd - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport 4th - Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 6th - Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
Dixon, Rossi just miss pole Rookie sensation Colton Herta showed why Andretti Autosport was so keen to sign him for 2020 by taking his 3rd pole position for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. His time in Q3 of 1m10.142s beat Scott Dixon's Ganassi Honda by 0.043s and Alexander Rossi's Andretti Honda by just 0.070s to give Honda a 1-2-3 sweep of the starting positions. Points leader Josef Newgarden made a mistake on his fast lap and had to settle for 4th ahead of James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud.
IndyCar season finale Sunday The NTT IndyCar Series returns to historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. to culminate the 17-race season and crown a new champion at this weekend's Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon are the remaining title contenders as the NTT IndyCar Series makes its debut at the demanding 2.258-mile permanent road course. It also marks Indy car racing's first appearance at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since the Champ Car World Series race in 2004.
IndyCar title on the line The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be the 23rd Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but the first since Patrick Carpentier won the Champ Car World Series race in 2004. Teo Fabi won the first Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1983. There are no former winners entered in this year's race. Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden leads the points tally rather comfortable and is almost a shoe-in the win the championship, barring his car doesn't break or he crashes. Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud are longshots and Scott Dixon will need a miracle to win.
Four drivers have mathematical chance With four drivers among the 24 entries in Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey season finale vying for the NTT IndyCar Series championship, the number of permutations for finishing orders is endless. There are more than 255,000 finishing orders for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey and nearly 75 percent of those eliminate the three drivers -- Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon - pursuing current leader Josef Newgarden in the championship standings.
Laguna Seca: IndyCar Owners Know What It Takes To Win
IndyCar PR While the NTT IndyCar Series will be making its debut at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during this weekend’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, a group of current team owners enjoyed immense success on this scenic but demanding layout during their driving days. Owners Bobby Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Michael Andretti of Andretti Autosport, Bryan Herta of Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian and Jimmy Vasser of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan combined for nine victories and six poles during the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) era at the 2.258-mile permanent road course in Monterey, Calif.
Almost a shoe-in for 2nd IndyCar title Q&A with Josef Newgarden. The driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet leads the NTT IndyCar Series point standings and is one of four drivers (Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon are the others) in contention for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series title. For the 14th season in a row, the championship will be decided in the final race.
Longshot for 2019 IndyCar title Given that Josef Newgarden has a fairly large points lead, and given he drives for the best team in IndyCar, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi has his work cut out for him if he is to win the 2019 IndyCar title. And it's likely he'll need a bit of luck because Newgarden only has to finish 4th or better to secure the title for Roger Penske and Chevrolet. But Rossi isn't throwing in the towel just yet and here he answers questions from the media ahead of next weekend's NTT Data IndyCar championship finale at Laguna Seca.
by Brian Carroccio Will Power is back in form, Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing get punched in the gut, and the NTT INDYCAR Series has another rough start. We’ll get to those stories and more in this week’s AR1 Portland Postscript. Let’s start by acknowledging the obvious: Graham Rahal did not shower himself in glory with his dive bomb stunt Sunday. While I suppose we can at least give Rahal credit for 'maning up' and taking the blame, the No. 15 Honda would not have made the corner even if the apex was 100-150 feet further down the track.
Miles, Bickmeier, Frye, Kanaan, Dixon Top Takeaways: -Track is selling IndyCar tickets to NASCAR Richmond Nation fans as a $25 add-on to their package -There is no race title sponsorship yet -There will be no support races -Track is going to sell the weekend as a festival event
Holds off Felix Rosenqvist Will Power in his #12 Penske Chevy held off Ganassi Honda rookie Felix Rosenqvist after a late yellow to win the Portland Grand Prix on a sunny day in the Northwest. Alexander Rossi gained some points with a third place finish in his #27 Andretti Honda. Points leader After almost getting taken out in a first turn melee, Josef Newgarden kept a strong point lead going into the season finale with a 5th place finish behind polesitter Colton Herta in the Harding Steinbrenner Honda.
17 races again The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule is highlighted by a return to Richmond Raceway and eight of the 17 races featured on NBC, INDYCAR officials announced today. Richmond Raceway will return to the NTT IndyCar Series schedule for the first time since 2009 and will be the only new addition on the 2020 schedule. The three-quarter-mile Virginia oval will play host under the lights on Saturday, June 27, and be the 11th race on the season.
Beats Penske ace Will Power Rookie Colton Herta waited to the last minute to bump Penske Chevy ace Will Power off pole by 0.019s to win pole for the Portland GP. Scott Dixon, who still has a chance to win the title with some luck was third, while the real surprise was Jack Harvey starting 4th for Meyer Shank Racing. Felix Rosenqvist was 5th in the 2nd Ganassi Honda while Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-6 in his Andretti Honda.
by Brian Carroccio Redemption for Takuma Sato, the arrival of a new star in Santino Ferrucci, and another last lap mishap for Josef Newgarden, means we have a lot to get to following this past weekend’s Bomarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway. However, I’m going to begin with what I believe to be the biggest story from this weekend: the event itself.
Who will IndyCar's closed pit rule screw in 2019 Last year 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. Will Rossi get the IndyCar closed-pit screw again in 2019?
by Tim Wohlford From zero to hero. That was the story of Takuma Sato who was blamed for a 5-car first lap accident last weekend in the Pocono 500, turned it all around this weekend to win the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway in a near photo finish. Ed Carpenter almost caught Sato at the line but came up short by 0.0399s. Tony Kanaan got the first podium position for AJ Foyt Racing in a long time. Rookie Santino Ferrucci, who led the most laps, came home 4th with Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top-5.
by Tim Wohlford Josef Newgarden saved the best for last, as he snatched the Pole from Seb Bourdais by 6/10 of a mph. Bourdais will start alongside, with Will Power and Simon Pagenaud in the second row. Newgarden, the points leader, is out to bury 2nd in points Alexander Rossi in the Andretti Honda. Rossi will start 10th.
presented by Axalta & Valvoline Fast Facts The fifth and final oval race and the 15th race of the 17-race 2019 IndyCar season is scheduled to take place this Saturday evening at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, formerly known as Gateway Motorsports Park. 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
by Brian Carroccio By now you know, Will Power drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory lane in Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. After going off strategy early in the race by pitting on lap 5, Power was able to move through the field and run longer on fuel than his opponents. At race’s end, he found himself right behind leader Scott Dixon. The defending series champion had made a front-wing adjustment on his final stop that seemingly backfired. Power, who had been improving his car throughout the day took advantage, passing the Kiwi on lap 115. The race would be red-flagged due to weather on lap 118, and never resumed, leaving Power with his third win in the last 4 races at The Tricky Triangle.
Will Power drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory lane in a rain-shortened ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway,. It was the third win at Pocono for Power and first of 2019. Scott Dixon finished second 5.4 seconds behind Power, while Simon Pagenaud rounded out the podium in third.
Kanaan and Ferrucci With heavy rain falling mid-morning Saturday, INDYCAR officials opted to cancel NTT P1 Award qualifying in favor of a two-hour practice that would be more relevant to race conditions. Tony Kanaan turned the fastest lap and rookie Santino Ferrucci was third quick as they discuss practice results and the Sunday race for the 2019 ABC Supply Pocono 500.
IndyCar and F1 Zak gives his take on McLaren Racing's full-time return to IndyCar. Hot on the heels of the news that McLaren Racing will return to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time since 1979, CEO Zak Brown reveals the motivations behind the decision, why the team is stronger following this year’s Indy 500, and what the chances are of Fernando Alonso returning to the Brickyard with McLaren.
Can Rossi dominate again? Last year 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. It was a thoroughly dominant performance by Rossi who led 180 of 200 laps, and lapped up to fourth place.
Highlights from Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar Press Q&A
Zak Brown and Sam Schmidt Some of what you have already read about the Arrow SPM and McLaren partnership was covered again on today's media conference call with McLaren Boss Zak Brown and Arrow SPM boss Sam Schmidt. However we had the opportunity to get more specifics about the arrangement and what they plan for 202 and beyond. Will Fernando Alonso drive full-time in IndyCar in 2020? Will they run more than 2-cars? What will happen to their Honda connections with James Hinchcliffe and Meyer Shank Racing? Read and find out.
by Brian Carroccio During the recent Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio IndyCar weekend, I had the opportunity aspiring race car driver and Avon, Indiana native Jackson Lee. The son of NBC Sports announcer Kevin Lee got his start in USAC quarter midgets, before moving to karts at age 12. Now 16, with aspirations of one day competing in the NTT INDYCAR Series Lee currently competes in the Lucas Oil Formula Car Series, where he sits second in the series standings.
McLaren confirms 2020 IndyCar return with SPM and Chevy
Confirms AR1.com rumor McLaren Racing announced today it will return to full-time IndyCar competition from 2020 in a strategic partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Arrow SPM) and Chevrolet. McLaren last competed full-time in IndyCar in 1979. Under the partnership, the team will be renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP and will field two Chevrolet-powered cars in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series.
During 3-week summer break Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud capped his week of celebrating a life-changing Indianapolis 500 victory in his home country by attending a public party in his hometown of Montmorillon. Montmorillon is a small town of 6,500 located in central France known for its 150-year history of making macarons by the same recipe and a museum honoring the meringue-based cookie. Now Montmorillon is also known as the home of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion.
Honda applauds IndyCar's decision to add hybrid tech
Direct tie-in to Honda's passenger cars Honda today applauded the announcement by INDYCAR that it will introduce hybrid powertrains to race cars in the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2022 season. The plan to begin using hybrid powertrains in a pinnacle racing series like INDYCAR parallels a recent announcement from Honda that it would expand application of hybrid electric systems throughout the Honda product lineup in the coming years.
IndyCar and F1 Zak gives his take on McLaren Racing's full-time return to IndyCar. Hot on the heels of the news that McLaren Racing will return to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time since 1979, CEO Zak Brown reveals the motivations behind the decision, why the team is stronger following this year’s Indy 500, and what the chances are of Fernando Alonso returning to the Brickyard with McLaren.
by Brian Carroccio About 90 minutes to an hour before the green flag fell for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, I spent some time talking to a few of the strategist types. This is something I typically do every year at Mid-Ohio as optimal strategy can vary year-to-year between two and three pit stops depending on a host of factors. Granted, none of the teams are ever going to totally give away their plan. However, for Sunday, I knew that the teams were less confident about the durability of the Firestone Reds than in prior years. And my reconnaissance seemed to indicate that while the teams could do the race on two stops fuel-wise, the degradation of the Firestone Reds probably meant that three stops would be necessary.
IndyCar adds hybrid technology to its 2022 engines
New car also delayed to 2022 INDYCAR, in partnership with Chevrolet and Honda, will implement a single-source hybrid system in its race cars for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season that will provide key enhancements ranging from competition to safety. In keeping with INDYCAR's history of integrating innovation into the sport, the hybrid powertrain will mark the first time that the vehicles will depart from the traditional, manual hand-held electric starters to a hybrid component that can be activated by the driver from the cockpit.
With his red tires spent, Scott Dixon hung on to beat his Ganassi Honda teammate Felix Rosenqvist by just 0.09s and win the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio before a big crowd on a Chamber of Commerce weather day. Ryan Hunter-Reay took the final podium position while Josef Newgarden saw his point lead shrink with a 14th place finish after spinning into the gravel on the last lap trying to pass Hunter-Reay. Will Power was 4th while Alexander Rossi rounded out the top-5.
by Tim Wohlford Will Power put his #12 Penske Chevy on pole for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with a 1m05.157s lap, 0.7s slower than Alexander Rossi's pole from last year. Rossi will start 2nd in his #27 Andretti Honda but his time was 0.4s slower than the time he put up in the Q2 round. Points leader Josef Newgarden was third quick in his #2 Penske Chevy, just ahead of teammate Simon Pagenaud.
Can Rossi repeat? Pole sitter Alexander Rossi turned in a dominant performance to win last year'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. Will Rossi repeat in 2019?
by Brian Carroccio It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time in my world when powering through until 3 or 4 in the morning or later was just a regular Tuesday-Wednesday. However, at my somewhat advanced age, I have to admit that pushing through this past Saturday night into Sunday morning for the Iowa 300 was a bit of a struggle. With my circadian rhythms back on track (mostly), let’s get out on with the AR1 Iowa Postscript.
Extends points lead to 29 over Rossi For the fourth time in five years, Penske Chevy driver Josef Newgarden led the most laps in the race at the 7/8th-mile Iowa bullring to win the Iowa 300 IndyCar race. In winning he led 245 laps in Team Penske’s No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet, his fourth of the season and the 14th of his career, at 2:14 a.m. ET due to a pair of rain delays. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon finished second for the fifth time this season in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.
Sato best of the rest As predicted before qualifying, using their special shock package,Team Penske ran 1-2-3 in qualifying for the Iowa 300 IndyCar race on the short 7/8ths mile Newton oval. Pagenaud's 2-lap average of 180.073 mph in his #22 Penske Chevy beat his teammate in the #12 Penske Chevy. Josef Newgarden in the #2 Penske Chevy was 3rd quick while Takuma Sato and James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top-5.
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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