Penske donates $100,000 to Mark Donohue Foundation Roger Penske is forever linked with the late Mark Donohue, who in 1972 delivered the first of team owner Penske’s now-record 16 Indianapolis 500 wins.
It was a natural for fellow Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Bobby Rahal to ask Penske to serve as honorary chairman of the newly formed Mark Donohue Foundation, a nonprofit formed by the Road Racing Drivers Club of which Rahal is president. When formally named to the position today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Penske took a more active than honorary role, committing to a $100,000 donation to the foundation that will initially support the RRDC’s SAFEisFast initiative of producing free tutorial videos for aspiring young racers.
After crash Veach cleared to drive Medical update from Dr. Geoffrey Billows, IMS Medical Director: Zach Veach has been checked and released from the IU Health Emergency Medical Center. He is cleared to drive.
ZACH VEACH (No. 40 Indy Women in Tech Chevrolet): “Overall, I’m extremely disappointed that we had the accident so close to qualifying. We’d been making such progress all day for this to happen I feel badly for the entire crew and A.J. (Foyt) of course. Still trying to figure out what happened. At this point I’m thinking maybe it was a gust of wind.
Before the rains came today Spencer Pigot did a 360-degree spin in Turn 2 and made heavy front and right-side contact with the SAFER Barrier. His car made additional light contacts with wall on the backstretch before coming to rest. Pigot climbed from the car without assistance from the Holmatro Safety Team. The car has significant damage to the nosecone, rear wheel guards and right side.
Christopher Bell On Pole For Charlotte Truck Series Race Christopher Bell secured his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole after turning in the fastest lap in Friday’s qualifying session for Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Bell rallied after finishing second to Chase Briscoe in the opening round of qualifying to power to the top spot with a lap of 29.852 seconds (180.892) to notch his second straight pole.
Briscoe qualified second with a lap of 29.881 (180.717), followed by Johnny Sauter (29.929/180.427), Kyle Busch (30.053/179.683) and Ben Rhodes (30.126/179.247).
Sebastien Bourdais laid down the fastest tow-assisted lap at 233.116. Ryan Hunter-Reay was almost as fast at 232.123, but it was Hunter-Reay who laid down the fastest non-tow lap of the day at 231.273. Bourdais had the second-fastest unassisted lap. Takuma Sato was third-fastest in the assisted speed list, while Alexander Rossi was the third-fastest on the non-tow chart.
"Super Sub" Regan Smith To Fill In For Aric Almirola
"Super Sub" Regan Smith has been called back to relief duty in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race yet again, this time filling in for the injured Aric Almirola behind the wheel of the no. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Fusion for this weekend’s Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Since 2012, Smith has subbed for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson, in addition to running a full season for Tommy Baldwin Racing last year.
Almirola announced he would miss the next 8-12 weeks after suffering a fractured vertebra in last Saturday nights race at Kansas Speedway.
FOX Pocono Xfinity Race To Use All-Driver Broadcast Crew
The FOX All-Driver Broadcast Crew
For the first time in their 16-year history of NASCAR coverage, FOX has announced that for the first time ever their June 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway will feature an all-driver broadcast team to call the action.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick will call the play by play, joined in the broadcast booth by Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano, while Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will serve as pit road reporters. Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin will hold down the fort in the Hollywood Hotel.
Friday morning update from Indy (Update) UPDATE The drivers are in pit lane and some cars are on track. The rain is coming according to the radar. But it is dry for the moment.
Howard was fastest on Thursday, can he do it again when the turbo boost is turned up today?
Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track is pretty soggy at the moment. Heavy storms rolled through the area around 5 am this morning. The ground is wet but the skies look like they are clearing up. The sun is shinning on the backstretch right now. Hopefully the rain will hold off the rest of the day.
IndyCar practice starts at noon today. This is the last day to make adjustments to the cars for qualifying. Today the drivers will receive an extra boost of horsepower for the rest of the weekend.
I will update you on the weather situation as the day unfolds.
Lucille Dust reporting live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola is expect to miss 8-12 weeks after suffering a compression fracture in a vertebrae in his back during a three-car crash last Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Regan Smith will fill in a driver of the no. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion for this weekend's Monster Energy All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and will work with their partners on deciding on additional substitute drivers for future events.
Video: Roger Penske on his love for Detroit and its GP Roger Penske talks about his love for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and the possibility of being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (If video does not display, click here) Comment
by Mario Andretti, Racing Legend (originally published on the Players Tribune)
If you’re reading this, it means you’ve arrived in America. It’s 1955, you’re just 15 years old and it’s been nine days since you boarded that ship with your family and left your home country of Italy. And even though the long trip is over and you’ve arrived at New York Harbor, I know you’re not exactly excited to be here. Your family doesn’t speak any English and your father has $125 to his name.
Video: Fast Friday - Fernando Alonso, Alexander Rossi, Tony Kanaan & More Preview The 2017 Indy 500 Widely regarded as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500 is truly an event like no other. And for this year's 101st running, global interest is higher than ever before as two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso makes his bid to drink the famous milk in Victory Lane. IndyCar drivers Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon and Fernando Alonso himself all share their thoughts as the excitement builds ahead of the main event next weekend. Comment
Why Alonso can win with Honda at Indy but not in F1
Honda underestimated F1's silly hybrid technology. In the future cars will be 100% electric and all that silly hybrid technology F1 has on its cars goes away sans the kinetic energy recovery system when a car brakes. But manufacturers already have that. IndyCar has the right formula
If somebody who only follows Formula One or IndyCar turned on one of the other series’ races, they probably would be shocked to see Honda running at the opposite end of the field. But if you look at the Japanese manufacturer’s current situation in each series, the dichotomy becomes a bit more understandable.
Although IndyCar and F1 are two of the top single-seater series in the world, the racers used in each are very different, with F1 cars pushing the envelope more in terms of technology. Both categories use V-6 engines that are turbocharged -- one turbo in F1 and two in IndyCar -- though that’s about where the similarities end. In addition to forced induction, F1’s internal combustion engines have their power outputs boosted by complex hybrid systems, which have proven to be Honda’s undoing.
When Honda returned to F1 in 2015, the sport was in its second year of the hybrid era, so it encountered many of the growing pains that other manufacturers -- save Mercedes -- experienced in 2014. Its power unit also was packaged such that it struggled with cooling, and therefore couldn’t deploy all of its electric power down the straights. To add to its problems, the errors it made in year one of the revived McLaren-Honda partnership were only compounded by F1’s engine token system, which limited development.
Video: Almirola breaks back in big crash with Logano and Danica (2nd Update) UPDATE Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he's confident that NASCAR will understand what caused Aric Almirola's injury last weekend at Kansas Speedway and said he talked to Almirola about the crash Wednesday night.
"I talked to Aric (Wednesday) night and he said when his car went in the air, both rear springs fell out of the car so the car came back down and hit the frame,'' Earnhardt said. "He said it was the highest recorded G-force vertically that they've ever seen. I can imagine that if the car slams down on the chassis.''
He is so popular, NASCAR tracks will need to remove 40% of their seats when Dale Jr. retires
By sheer volume, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s April 25th retirement announcement has been the news story of the year in NASCAR. The surprising decision made by the sport's most popular personality significantly contributed to Earnhardt's name being referenced in more than 46,000 news media stories.
According to research conducted by Joyce Julius & Associates, Inc., which specializes in measuring the scope of sponsorships and branding across all forms of media, Earnhardt has been mentioned in 37,403 articles appearing on the Internet since the beginning of the 2017 season. Print articles featuring the driver numbered 4,138 over the same time span, while 5,184 local and national television programs devoted time to Earnhardt.
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