Fernando Alonso says running in traffic and learning how to pass is more important than the pole position for the Indy 500. He got in a good number of laps on Monday but a rear suspension problem on the McLaren Honda Andretti entry meant he was unable to take part in the traffic and drafting run his teammates made in the final hour
“We had some issues with the rear suspension and we could not complete the program that was planned – to run a little bit in traffic at the end of the day,” said Alonso.
Video: Indy 500 Day 1: Alonso, Dixon, Andretti and Carpenter • No. 9 Scott Dixon on track • Dixon interview • No. 29 Fernando Alonso suits up • Alonso getting in car • Alonso on track • Alonso interview
SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's good to be here for May. It's the most exciting month of the year for us. It's great to finally be in speedway mode - so far, so good. The Menards Chevrolet feels really nice just as it did last year. There haven't been a lot of changes. It's just about understanding with the temperature how the car is going to be in the race. It's great that is was hot today like it will be later in the month for the race. We have five cars this month, so there is a lot of information. It's nice to have (Juan Pablo) Montoya back. He's a great resource for this place."
Honorary starters for Indy 500 named A Boston Marathon survivor and actor Jake Gyllenhaal will serve as the honorary starters for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. It will be a first for the May 28th race as there has never been a duel set of starters.
"We're honored to welcome Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman to send the field of 33 starters into Turn 1 for 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'" said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "It's fitting that our fans will join Jake in honoring an incredible hero like Jeff on Memorial Day Weekend, as it's a time when all Americans honor those who have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation."
Explore Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 car in 3D Fernando Alonso's bid to win the Indy 500 is one of the most followed motorsport stories of the year, with interest in his efforts capturing the attention of fans.
To help better understand the McLaren-Andretti-Autosport IndyCar that Alonso will campaign, Motorsport.tv has created a unique 3D model.
IndyCar GP of Indianapolis TV rating The Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis on ABC Saturday afternoon from 3:30-6:00pm ET pulled in an overnight TV rating of 0.7 and 1 million viewers, down 12.5% from the 2016 overnight rating of 0.8 also on ABC. The inaugural road race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in '14 drew a 0.9 overnight. The final rating was a 0.97 with over 1.3 million viewers (1.1 million households) tuned in.
Andy Brown joins AJ Foyt Racing as Race Engineer for 2017 Indy 500
Andy Brown, the renowned race engineer/aerodynamicist, has signed with AJ Foyt Racing as the race engineer on rookie Zach Veach’s car, the No. 40 Indy Women in Tech (IWiT) Chevrolet for this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Brown, who founded his own motorsports company, ACB Consulting Ltd., in 2010, brings a wealth of engineering experience to the Foyt team which will also field ABC Supply Chevrolets for Carlos Munoz (No. 14) and Conor Daly (No. 4) in this year’s 500.
Monday at the Indy Track INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 14 - Information about Monday, May 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
SCHEDULE (All times local)
8 a.m.-6 p.m.: IMS Ticket Office, Credential Office Open, Administration Building Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: International Collegiate evGrandPrix Series, IMS Infield 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Public Gates Open Noon-2 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program 2-6 p.m.: Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
Stoffel Vandoorne proving being fast in GP2 (now F2) does not translate to being fast in F1
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne has been hit with a three-place grid penalty for causing a collision during the Spanish Grand Prix. The Belgian racer entered Turn 1 alongside Williams' Felipe Massa during the latter stages of the race where the two made contact, forcing Vandoorne to pull off the circuit with suspension damage.
Vandoorne was blamed for the incident by the race stewards who deemed he "drove in a manner which caused him to collide with car 19 (Massa)." He will therefore start the next event in Monaco three-places lower than he qualifies.
Seven former winners headline 101st Indianapolis 500 entry list
Last year's winner Alexander Rossi going for two-in-row
INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 14, 2017) -- Seven drivers whose images are immortalized on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy for winning the Indianapolis 500 are among those named to entries filed for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.
Thirty-three drivers have been named for the 33 entered cars at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The list includes 18 Hondas and 15 Chevrolets.
Three people killed at auto auction (Update) UPDATE The death toll from this month’s deadly auction crash rose to five as a 55-year-old man died from injuries sustained during the incident.
Ruben Espaillat of Methuen, Mass., died Saturday, 10 days following the crash at Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica, near Boston. He died at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in nearby Burlington, where several victims were transported following the crash.
It was not immediately clear if Espaillat was a dealer visiting the auction or an employee. A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office declined a request for comment beyond its Saturday press release, while representatives for Lynnway could not be reached.
Top-3 Sprint race finishers douse each other with champagne
Nobuharu Matsushita put himself in the driver’s seat to collect victory in this morning’s Sprint Race at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona with a solid, mature drive to P2 in the opening stages before a mistake by race leader Nicholas Latifi gave the McLaren development driver a clean run through for his first win since last year’s sprint race in Monaco, ahead of DAMS teammates Oliver Rowland and Latifi.
Arjun Maini has dominated this morning’s race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, easily grabbing the lead into turn one when the lights went out before leaving his rivals floundering with a mature and impressive sprint all the way to the flag to win by 6 seconds from Dorian Boccolacci and Alessio Lorandi.
Schmidt doesn't beat Andretti but wins with opportunity to race again (Update) UPDATE
Andretti and Schmidt battle
1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti edged Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Sam Schmidt today in a race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course in semi-autonomous cars.
Schmidt, who is paralyzed from the neck down, drove the Z06 SAM Car, a semi-autonomous vehicle that global technology company Arrow Electronics modified for him. Sensors mounted on a high-tech headset that Schmidt wears connect to infrared cameras mounted on the dashboard and detect his head-tilt motions to steer. A sip-and-puff device that Schmidt breathes into enables him to accelerate and brake. Voice commands enable Schmidt to switch gears and turn the SAM Car on and off. Two-time Indianapolis 500 starter Robby Unser was Schmidt's co-driver, assisting him with spotting.
Video: Highlights from the 2017 IndyCar Grand Prix from Indianapolis Shot list: • Scenes • "Drivers start your engines" command • No. 9 Scott Dixon car stalled in pit lane • Start of race • No. 27 Marco Andretti and No. 10 Tony Kanaan make contact • No. 18 Sebastien Bourdais mechanical issue • No. 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay vs No. 98 Alexander Rossi
MONACO (May 13 2017) - Sebastien Buemi withstood enormous pressure from Lucas di Grassi to claim his fourth FIA Formula E Championship win of the season in Monaco, and extend his points lead to 15.
From his first Julius Baer pole position of the season, Buemi made a perfect start and soon established a comfortable lead over his title rival, who in turn was easing away from Nelson Piquet Jr. in third.The NextEV NIO driver had no such luxury, as the TECHEETAH of Jean-Eric Vergne was swarming all over him. The Frenchman was clearly anxious to make a move and stop the front two from getting away, and in his desperation, he tried an ambitious move around the outside of the Turn 3 hairpin. The cars were completely side-by-side and as they banged wheels Vergne was sent crashing into the Tech-Pro barriers. Remarkably Piquet survived having only lost third place to the Mahindra of Nick Heidfeld, but Vergne’s car was heavily damaged and the Qualcomm Safety Car was deployed as it was recovered.
Consistency Pays for Kaiser with Win and Indy Lights Points Lead
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Kyle Kaiser has been a model of consistency in this year's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase. He has been fast too. In today's Mazda Road to Indy Grand Prix Presented by Royal Purple Supporting Lupus Foundation of America at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course, the talented Californian used both attributes to excellent effect as he translated his second pole position into his first victory of the season for Juncos Racing. It was enough to vault him into the championship lead after six of 16 races.
Mazda Scholarship Winner Askew Again Dominates USF2000 Field
Askew (c) wins again
There's no stopping Oliver Askew. The 20-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., captured his second win in as many days on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course – and his fifth in six starts – to strengthen his claim to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and, potentially, a second consecutive Mazda Scholarship which would assist in graduation to the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy – the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – in 2018.
Schmidt and Andretti at speed. Mario is on the inside pulling a slight lead down the front stretch
It wasn't much of a race -- like Mario was actually gonna race a quadriplegic very hard? More like one of those vintage car "races". But Sam Schmidt's race with Mario in identically equipped Lingenfelter Corvettes, using controls created for quadriplegics like Sam, demonstrated both the promise as well as the frustrations with the efforts.
The technology is fantastic, and it's amazing to watch men drive up to 150 mph using the new controls. It was amazing for Sam to run the Pikes Peak hill climb with the same technology, not to mention get his drivers license from the State of Nevada. The smile on Sam's face is worth a lot too, and one wonders at the healing power that might come from giving severely handicapped people back the ability to drive.
Normally we wouldn't do more than a mention of the Road to Indy (F2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights) winners during a weekend, but perhaps we should take notice of this one. Brazilian Victor Franzoni -- winner of yesterday's race by 5 seconds -- won today's shorter race by over 13 seconds, some half-second per lap.
The IMS road course is one where speeds are high so any drag is a killer to results. The game, then, is for a driver to have as little down force as possible while still keeping the car on the track. Talking with Victor after the race, he said that his team was able to lean back the rear wing on the car until it was almost flat -- with even less front wing. Very little drag, very fast speeds. He said that he actually enjoyed a loose car.
Video: Highlights from 2017 IndyCar GP Qualifying from Indy Speedway • No. 12 Will Power footage • Power Verizon P1 Award celebration • No. 3 Helio Castroneves footage • Castroneves interview • No. 9 Scott Dixon footage • Dixon interview Comment
Eleven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers failed to make qualifying attempts Friday after a backlog of cars scrambled to make their way through the inspection line at Kansas Speedway.
The list of drivers missing out included Jimmie Johnson, a two-time winner this year; his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne; and hometown favorite Clint Bowyer. They’ll be among those starting at the rear of the 40-car field in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Pennzoil Renews With Don Schumacher Racing Pennzoil will continue its sponsorship of Don Schumacher Racing in a new multi-year agreement that was announced Friday.
Pennzoil will also continue to be known as the official oil technology of Don Schumacher Racing. The announcement was made Friday afternoon at the Don Schumacher Racing headquarters near Indianapolis during the annual DSR Sponsor Summit.
Raikkonen leads Ferrari 1-2 in final Spanish GP practice
Raikkonen fastest but Mercedes was sandbagging
Ferrari bounced back in Saturday morning in Barcelona to run 1-2 in final practice for the Spanish GP. Kimi Raikkonen's lap of 1m20.214s was 0.242s faster than his teammate Sebastian Vettel.
The Mercedes row (row 2) was led by Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1m20.595s almost 3/10ths faster than his teammate Valtteri Bottas. That was despite technical issues for Bottas which meant the Finn only got on track in the final eight minutes of the hour. However, everyone knows Mercedes had their engine turned down and will likely win the pole this afternoon.
NASCAR steps in when driver shows at Kansas with pot sponsor Carl Long was forced to strip the logo of a Colorado-based marijuana vaping company from his car Friday after NASCAR said it violated rules governing sponsorship and paint schemes.
The logo for Colorado-based Veedverks was plastered on Long's green and yellow No. 66 for tech inspection, but a NASCAR spokesman said it was never vetted and approved. And when officials learned of the hood logo, they had crew members remove it before the car went to the track.
Aitken flies to Barcelona pole Jack Aitken emerged on top of this morning’s season-opening qualifying session at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, finding a gap in traffic and soaring to pole in the closing minutes of the session to deny teammate Nirei Fukuzumi and Dorian Boccolacci by just over a tenth.
The Briton squeezed onto the top of the timesheets with a stunning lap of 1:34.187, nailing his lap at just the right time to claim the first GP3 pole position of 2017 in a qualifying session that saw the times tumble throughout the 30 minute period, right up until the checkered flag.
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