Indianapolis 500 practice begins Monday Practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500 begins Monday on the 2.5-mile IMS oval with rookie orientation and veteran refresher tests, followed by a session open to all entrants.
Rookies scheduled to participate are Matt Brabham, Max Chilton, Spencer Pigot, Alexander Rossi and Stefan Wilson. They must complete three phases of testing, with 10 laps in the range of 210-215 mph, 15 laps between 215-220 mph and 15 laps at 220-plus mph.
Fun in Spain After being taken out in the last two F1 races by Daniil Kvyat, Sebastian Vettel had words with Christian Horner and Kvyat was demoted to Toro Rosso and Jos Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull. After Verstappen outqualified both Ferrari's in Spain today, Vettel again had words with Horner:
And the Verstappen's had something to say about that:
Townsend Bell Unveils No. 29 Indy 500 Livery Indy 500 veteran driver Townsend Bell and team owner Michael Andretti unveiled Bell’s No. 29 California Pizza Kitchen / Robert Graham Honda today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the iconic IMS Pagoda as a backdrop, fans and media get the first look at the California Pizza Kitchen / Robert Graham collaboration that will carry Bell for 500 miles on May 29 in the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.
Englishman Dean Stoneman made light of bitterly cold, windy conditions today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course to win another exciting Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis Presented by Cooper Tires. The cancer survivor and former FIA Formula 2 champion took the lead soon after an early full-course caution, then held off a variety of challengers to claim a richly deserved victory for Andretti Autosport.
Santiago “Santi” Urrutia, winner of last year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, guided Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian’s distinctive Soul Red Dallara-Mazda to second place ahead of early season points leader Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing).
Thompson wins U.S. F2000 race 2 Parker Thompson 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 Race 2. Victor Franzoni was second with Luke Gabin rounding out the podium in third. Yesterday's winner Anthony Martin was fourth with Jordan Lloyd fifth. Full results below.
Tan drops out of Pro Mazda Weiron Tan today announced that, due to unforeseen circumstances, he will cease his 2016 Pro Mazda Championship campaign with immediate effect.
This year saw Weiron enter the Road to Indy program for the second consecutive season. During his time in Pro Mazda and the Pro Mazda WinterFest championships, he scored eight pole positions, six race victories and six further podiums. He finished Vice Champion in the 2015 Pro Mazda WinterFest and fourth in the standings of the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship.
GP2: Nato blasts to maiden win Norman Nato has claimed his first GP2 victory in style, overtaking poleman Pierre Gasly late on in a dramatic season opener in Barcelona and holding on in a feature race which saw three safety car periods before the Frenchman was greeted by the checkered flag ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Gasly.
The grid lined up for the start of the 2016 season in glorious sunshine and were soon underway, with the Red Bull tester easing in front of his countryman into turn one as they just held off a fast starting Sergey Sirotkin, who easily dispatched Alex Lynn and Latifi into the first corner and who themselves held off Gustav Malja and Artem Markelov (who dispatched the Swede in short order) around the circuit.
Saturday morning update from IMS (Update) UPDATE Just a short time ago, I spoke with Dale Harrigle, chief engineer for Bridgestone "Americas" Motorsports and manager of race tire development, regarding today's temperatures effecting the tires. "We always want to see 50 ambient and 50 track, for a total of a 100. We lean on that a bit for road courses. The oval would be much more firm about those are the temperatures we want to see."
Busch leads JGR 1-2-3 in Dover P2 Kyle Busch led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of this morning's practice 2 for tomorrow's AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards were second and third with Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch rounding out the top-five. Full results below.
The weather turned distinctively cooler today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Patricio "Pato" O'Ward continued his hot streak by dominating this morning’s Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis Presented by Cooper Tires. O’Ward, 17, from Monterrey, Mexico, repeated his form from yesterday to claim his fourth straight win and his fifth of the season in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Aaron Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., ensured another clean sweep of the top two positions by Team Pelfrey – also for the fifth time in six races – while Castle Rock, Colo.’s Will Owen finished a lonely third for locally based team Juncos Racing.
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