Penske looks for an edge driving Indy 500 pace car
Chevrolet IndyCar team owner and racing legend Roger Penske (left) and General Motors Executive Vice President, Mark Reuss
When Roger Penske received the invitation from Chevrolet officials to drive the Chevrolet Camaro pace car at the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, he only needed a minute to decide to accept.
The next thought was typical for a man whose cars have won the race a record 16 times.
"How can I use this as an advantage?" Penske said today.
He was joking, but it was a quick insight into how the motorsports and business icon got to this point. Penske first visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 for the Indy 500 with his father, and knew at that moment that he wanted to be in the car business somehow.
Parts failure led to accident with Patrick, Stewart, McMurray A gear failure sent Danica Patrick into a fiery spin, triggering a three-car accident that resulted in Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray spinning in the oil left by Patrick's car and hitting the wall hard in the opening minutes of practice Friday at Dover International Speedway.
Stewart, who missed the first eight races this year because of a broken back, walked gingerly after getting out of the car. Patrick said she was fine and that McMurray was nursing a sore elbow. Zipadelli said the Patrick car blew a rear-end gear and that SHR driver Kurt Busch experienced a vibration at the start of practice. The team plans to change gears in its other cars.
Kalitta, Beckman, Anderson, Sampey Lead Atlanta Qualifying
Doug Kalitta raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the seventh event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Kalitta, riding the momentum from his victory in Houston two weeks ago, powered his Mac Tools dragster to a 3.731-second pass at 328.70 mph to take the qualifying lead. Kalitta, whose time and speed were both Atlanta Dragway track records, has one No. 1 qualifier this season and 44 in his career. He was the No. 1 qualifier at this event in 2014.
Kyle Busch will sport a new number when his M&M's Toyota Camry rolls into Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race on May 21.
To celebrate the 75th birthday of the iconic candy-coated chocolates, Busch will trade in his usual number 18 for the number 75 for the race, continuing season-long celebration for the brand that kicked off with a birthday party at the Daytona 500 in February.
The number switch is for one race only, and is allowed in the All Star race since the it is a non-points event.
Rahal and Newgarden fail post-qualifying inspection
Rahal moved to last row of grid
INDYCAR has penalized two cars for failing post-qualifying technical inspection for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan with Theodore Racing car of Graham Rahal and the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing car of Josef Newgarden were cited for violation of Rule 126.96.36.199 of the Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book for minimum car weight.
After a disappointing weekend to begin his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season in St. Petersburg, Ed Jones and the Carlin team have been on a tear. The Dubai-based Englishman this afternoon won a thrilling Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis Presented by Cooper Tires contest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course, marking a fourth successive top-two finish for one of the preseason title favorites on the highest rung of the Mazda Road to Indy.
Jones’ second victory of the year ensures he now holds a 23-point advantage over Californian Kyle Kaiser, who finished sixth for Juncos Racing. The season champion will pocket a Mazda scholarship valued at $1M and an opportunity to contest a minimum of three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2017, including the Indianapolis 500.
Video: Creating the hum by Verizon INDYCAR Verizon and Team Penske will debut a new hum-branded livery on the No. 3 Dallara/Chevrolet Helio Castroneves will drive in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14. The one-of-a-kind livery will feature hum by Verizon, a cool upgrade that helps cars go from zero to smart in seconds.
"New paint schemes are part of the pageantry of racing, and it’s always exciting because they make the car feel new,” said Castroneves, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. “Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to drive the No. 3 hum Dallara/Chevrolet to victory lane."
Fans attending Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis encouraged to 'Plan Your Visit' Fans attending the third annual Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 14, are encouraged to "Plan Your Visit" at IMS.com/planyourvisit. The new and interactive IMS web page will be the home base for fans headed to the track for the entire Month of May.
On the Plan Your Visit page, fans will find an event schedule, track map, directions to the track and gate regulations. Fans can also find that information on the redesigned IMS Mobile app available on iPhone and Android App Stores.
Rain washes out Dover qualifying - Harvick on pole Qualifying for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The starting grid has been set per the provisions in the NASCAR rulebook. Starting positions are based on the times from the first practice session held on Friday.
Stewart involved in 3-car wreck at NASCAR practice
A bad day for Tony Stewart - two of his cars taken out in same wreck
Tony Stewart suffered his first serious hit since his return from a back injury during in a fiery three-car wreck at practice Friday at Dover International Speedway that also involved Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick.
Patrick's No. 10 dumped oil on the track, spun and the rear of her Chevrolet burst into flames. Stewart was behind her and the No. 14 hit the oil and smacked the wall.
Stewart, who told his team over the radio the hit hurt, held his helmet and was whisked away in a golf cart. He returned later in practice in backup cars, as did Patrick and the third driver collected in the wreck, Jamie McMurray, who slammed into the wall and held his left elbow as he left the track medical center.
Patricio "Pato" O’Ward is on a roll. The Mexican teenager might still be competing on a race-by-race basis in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires due to budgetary concerns, but he continued his impressive start to the season for Team Pelfrey by scoring a clear victory this afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. O’Ward’s fourth victory in five starts came in the first of two races that will comprise the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis Presented by Cooper Tires.
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 NATURE’S BAKERY CHEVROLET SS – Involved in a practice crash will have to go to a back-up car.
WHAT HAPPENED? “I got back to the throttle and it was like a really muffled, like it blew an engine and then it just got sideways and hit the wall. As you can see there were lots of flames too, obviously, some kind of oil or something like that in there that created that. I really feel bad because Jamie’s (McMurray) elbow hurt pretty bad and I don’t know if Tony (Stewart) is feeling perfect, but definitely unfortunate. Not something we commonly see. Not a lot of things like that happen, I feel like, these days. Usually it’s more driver error or something like that. We will figure it out. I don’t know if it was human error or just bad luck. Definitely, unfortunate for the first couple of laps of practice and the fact that rain is coming. Hopefully, everybody feels okay.”
2 Montoya, Juan Pablo 9 Dixon, Scott 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 26 Munoz, Carlos 11 Bourdais, Sebastien 41 Hawksworth, Jack 8 Chilton, Max 83 Kimball, Charlie 3 Castroneves, Helio 27 Andretti, Marco 7 Aleshin, Mikhail 35 Tagliani, Alex
Martin wins U.S. F2000 race Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver Anthony Martin started from pole and led every lap en route to victory in today's Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis Powered by Mazda. Martin's teammate Parker Thompson was third with Victor Franzoni rounding out the podium.
Carlin’s Ed Jones took his third consecutive pole position today, around the Indianapolis road course, ahead of the Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Jones waited until the final few minutes before making his claim on the top stop and taking his sixth Indy Lights career pole. Team mate Felix Serralles was left ruing what could have been; the Puerto Rican was quickest for the majority of the session, only to be blocked on a lap that would have theoretically put him on the front row. Team mate Neil Alberico enjoyed a strong qualifying session in the top ten qualifying 10th.
Power leads Chevy sweep of 3rd GP of Indy practice
Chevy 1-2-3-4, Honda 5-6-7-8. Order has been restored in IndyCar. The 'Chevy Class' topped the 3rd practice session for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis followed by the 'Honda Class.'
As he did yesterday, Will Power turned the fastest lap Friday morning on the Indianapolis Speedway road course, followed by Penske teammates Juan Montoya and Simon Pagenaud. Scott Dixon was 4th fastest in the Chevy Class.
The fastest Honda was Takuma Sato in 5th, followed by the Hondas of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal and Carlos Munoz.
O'Ward wins Pro Mazda pole Pato O'Ward led a Team Pelfrey 1-2 of Pro Mazda qualifying for today's Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis Presented by Cooper Tires. Aaron Telitz will start second with Will Owen rolling off third.
Pierre Gasly emerged on top in a dramatic qualifying session this afternoon at the Circuit de Catalunya, grabbing his fourth GP2 pole (and third in a row) and the first for PREMA Racing on their series debut in the closing minutes to deny Norman Nato and Alex Lynn as the clock ticked down to zero.
The Red Bull tester stopped the clock at 1:27.807, the last of a string of drivers to stake a claim for the top spot as the times tumbled towards the end of the session, blasting the dreams of his rivals as he finished four tenths to the good over his countryman.
Martin wins U.S. F2000 pole Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver Anthony Martin won pole position for today's U.S. F2000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis Powered by Mazda. Martin's teammate Parker Thompson will start second with Pabst Racing's Jordan Lloyd third.
Friday morning update from Indianapolis The sun is shinning today in Indianapolis. Today's weather is going to be perfect with temps in the low 70s. It is free garage Friday and fans with a ticket will be allowed to walk on the South end of the garage area. This will give them some exposure to the teams and the cars.
Qualifying today is at 3 pm. The drivers are expecting the times to be very close, so qualifying will be very tense.
Will be reporting more as the day goes on... Lucille Dust, AutoRacing1.com
Patrick Long to run for Pirelli World Challenge GT title with Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in 2016
Wright Motorsports will field a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Patrick Long to drive in the 13 remaining races on the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge schedule, putting the popular Porsche factory driver back in contention for the series' GT drivers’ championship.
Long was left without a ride last week when another team went on hiatus from competition.
Long has a long-time working relationship with Wright Motorsports and its owner, John Wright, as well as Michael Schein, a rookie who drives a Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pirelli World Challenge's GTA class and already has three podium finishes in just four starts.
GP2: Gasly on top in Free Practice Pierre Gasly claimed first blood in today's free practice session in sunny Barcelona, leading the timesheets throughout most of the 45 minute session to take the honors in the first live session of the 2016 GP2 Series season ahead of Alex Lynn and Artem Markelov.
Gasly and his 2015 teammate battled early in the session for the top spot, swapping it between them before the Red Bull test driver put a lock on the position with a time of 1:29.519: the Williams tester couldn't get closer than a tenth away and had to make do as the teams concentrated on setting up the cars for qualifying and the races to come.
Spanish GP: Rosberg moves to the top in Practice 2
As expected, Nico Rosberg turned the fastest lap in the 2nd practice session for the Spanish GP Friday afternoon in Barcelona.
After sandbagging in the morning session on harder tires, Rosberg put up a lap of 1m23.922s to top the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen who was 2nd at 1m24.176s.
Vettel's fast time in the morning session of 1m23.951s means the Ferrari lap time on the same soft tires were within 0.03 sec of the Mercedes. Does Ferrari have a chance this weekend or were Mercedes running heavier fuel loads? We'll find out Saturday afternoon when qualifying finishes.
Spanish GP: Ferrari 1-2 in Practice 1 as Mercedes sandbags
Vettel on the soft Pirellis
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ran 1-2 for Ferrari in the opening practice for the Spanish GP in Barcelona Friday morning. However, whereas Ferrari put up the fast times on soft tires, Mercedes was sandbagging in 3rd (Rosberg) and 4th (Hamilton) on the harder medium tires.
Vettel's lap of 1m23.591s was the only one in the 1m23 sec. range. Raikkonen was not far behind, however, with a time of 1m24.089s.
Rosberg was 1/2-sec. back from Vettel but once they slap on the softer tires they will be in front of the Ferraris.
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