The chances of a full 500 miles are looking better
Ok, here’s the final weather update with about 35 minutes before the green flag drops in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Of course, this is Indiana, and the weather forecast seems to change every 30 seconds. But from where we sit at the moment, all indications are the Speedway will get an official race in today.
Granted, we still may get rain. But if the rain does come, we expect it to start no earlier than 2:20-2:30 p.m. And even if rain does delay the race, there appears to be an opening to finish the race after a delay.
Brian Carroccio and Mark C. bring you last minute predictions for Sunday's race, the latest weather forecast and the talk in the paddock the day before the big race - the 103rd running of the Indy 500.
Anthoine Hubert became the season’s first rookie winner by the finest of margins in the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race at Monaco. The Frenchman survived a late onslaught from second placed Louis Deletraz whose front-wing was just inches behind the BWT Arden’s at the checkered flag. Fellow rookie Guanyu Zhou finished in third to claim his second podium in F2.
Daniel Suarez Fastest In Final Cup Series Practice at Charlotte
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Daniel Suarez posted the fastest lap in Saturday's final Cup Series practice for Sunday's 60th running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Suarez ran a fast lap of 180.705 mph in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to lead the field in the final practice session. Pole sitter Daniel Hemric was second fastest, running 180.687. Denny Hamlin was third with a lap of 180.554, followed by Ryan Preece (180.469) and Kyle Busch (180.276).
Christopher Bell took the pole for this afternoon’s Alsco 300 with a speed of 184.313 mph, using handling in the corners to create an advantage that the field couldn’t match. Cole Custer was second with a speed of 183.187. Tyler Reddick, lone Cup Series interloper Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones made up the top five.
Justin Allgaier was sixth, Austin Cindric qualified seventh, Michael Annett took eighth, Jeffrey Earnhardt came in eighth and Noah Gragson will round out the top 10 on the grid when the race goes green shortly after 1:00 pm Eastern time.
The No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda crew of rookie driver Marcus Ericsson won Friday's MotoGator Pit Stop Competition that capped Miller Lite Carb Day activities at IMS.
In the final round, Ericsson's crew - Bob Jansen (chief mechanic and inside right front tire changer), Ryan Marzec (outside rear tire), Keith Beck (airjack), Brendon Cleave (outside front tire), Timothy Lane (fueler) and Nic Kaminski (inside rear tire) - defeated the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing crew of Scott Dixon in a best-of-three shootout. Ericsson won the decisive third heat in 11.794 seconds, the best time clocked by any crew in the entire competition.
Leclerc pips Bottas, as Vettel crashes out early in Monaco
Ferrari’s Monaco preparations took a hit – quite literally – in final practice on Saturday morning, as Sebastian Vettel put his car into the Turn 1 wall barely a quarter of an hour into the session.
To make up for it, though, team mate Charles Leclerc beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to P1 – albeit by just 0.053s! However, Leclerc is under investigation for potentially infringing the Virtual Safety Car procedure – ironically triggered by Vettel’s accident.
Luca Ghiotto (Disqualified), Nyck de Vries, Nobuharu Matsushita
There was no nip and tuck about Nyck De Vries’ victory in Monaco: the Dutch dynamo produced a flawless display to claim back-to-back FIA Formula 2 wins. The ART man led Luca Ghiotto from lights-to-flag, whilst Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita took third.
Callum Ilott suffered heartbreak after the formation lap: the Briton who was starting from P2 signaled an issue on the grid, which caused an aborted race start. He would later retire from the pits.
To Be An Indy 500 Winner - IndyCar's Finest Preview this year's race
The Indy 500 is more than just a race. It’s an event and an occasion which transcends the so-called Month of May and the IncyCar calendar overall.
Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, former winners Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay join James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti – who will be honoring the 50th anniversary of his grandfather Mario’s victory at Indianapolis in 1969 on Sunday – to find out more about how drivers approach this very special racing weekend.
Video: AutoRacing1 Recaps the top stories from Carb Day
Brian Carroccio and Mark C. review 1. Carb Day highlights from Friday 2. The new IndyCar cockpit protection system announced by IndyCar and designed by Red Bull 3. The failure of McLaren and Alonso to qualify for the race 4. Odds to win the race 5. Race Day forecast
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): "The final practice went OK. I think the car is in the window. We just need to make sure that we get it right on race day. It's nice to get some laps. We did some pit stops. The guys looked really good. It's time for the race."
Dale Coyne Racing Welcomes ENEOS as Official Lubricant Supplier
Dale Coyne Racing is pleased to announce that ENEOS, Japan’s leading oil company, has joined its family of partners by becoming the team’s Official Lubricant Supplier.
ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured by JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. – the largest oil company in Japan and sixth largest in the world. ENEOS products are among the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today.
NBC Ready To Impress With Net's First Indianapolis 500 Broadcast
Indy 500 star announcer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday's Indianapolis 500 will be a "monstrous proving ground for NBC, which has taken the reins from ABC" and will broadcast the race for the first time, according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
NBC will "try to halt the 500’s recent trend of plummeting TV ratings," which is highlighted by ABC last year drawing the race's lowest overnight rating ever.
Tesla Cost-Cutting Measures so Hardcore Employees Are Bringing Toilet Paper From Home
Things are getting pretty smelly at Tesla
Tesla has gone from production hell to bathroom hell.
We knew Tesla was in for some intense cost-cutting measures after posting a $700 million loss last quarter, but employees told Electrek that the cuts include even the most basic office supply of all time: toilet paper.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to employees last week about the company's new cost-saving program, wherein teams are expected to look at every expenditure possible, including "parts, salary, travel expenses, and rent," as quoted by Electrek. The company's new CFO Zach Kirkhorn must now review and sign off on every page regarding outgoing payments, and Musk himself vowed to review and sign every tenth page as a double-check on this work. Any expense deemed non-essential to the business of making and selling cars is under the microscope right now, and likely to be frozen.
Ad Sales For NBC's Debut Indy 500 Ahead Of Expectations
Ad sales for NBC's broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 are pacing significantly ahead of expectations, according to NBC Sports Exec VP/Ad Sales Dan Lovinger. NBC is airing the race for the first time on Sunday after picking up full-season media rights this season.
Lovinger said that NBC has mostly been packaging Indy 500 assets with wider NTT IndyCar Series packages, and revenue has exceeded expectations by a "pretty significant" margin. That includes 18 new brands that did not advertise during last year's race on ABC.
THE MODERATOR: We have an old friend in the media center, driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet of AJ Foyt Racing, our good friend 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan. Good to see you up here, although today is not about necessarily outright speed, but you did have speed, or at least you've got one of the six times in the 2:25 bracket.
Hot Carb Day Temperatures give Indy 500 drivers preview of race day
Tony Kanaan - fast man on Carb Day
The temperatures on the final practice session on Carb Day for the Indy 500 were hotter than all month and the drivers struggled to find a good balance on their cars for the race.
AJ Foyt Chevy driver Tony Kanaan turned the fastest lap with a tow a 225.517 mph but four other Chevys topped the no-tow times led by Josef Newgarden (Penske) at 221.918 mph, Helio Castroneves (Penske) at 220.796 mph, Spencer Pigot (ECR) at 220.314 mph and Simon Pagenaud (Penske) 220.177 mph.
McLaren will host guests to celebrate Its failure at the Indy 500 (Update) UPDATE
.@McLarenIndy's merch trailer will remain open this weekend @IMS, despite the team not making the race.
➖ McLaren's absence will "definitely impact" the high end of @IMS' merch sales projections but "I still think overall we will do extremely well," per IMS exec Nicole Garside. pic.twitter.com/CZaNvQmskv
INDYCAR, Red Bull Technologies partner on driver cockpit protection
Windscreen in combination with a Halo
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 24, 2019) - INDYCAR has formed a partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to design an Aeroscreen for enhanced driver cockpit protection that will be implemented for the outset of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the two organizations announced in a joint news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Aeroscreen is being developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. The driver safety innovation that will encompass the cockpit consists of a ballistic Aeroscreen anchored by titanium framework.
Morning Update from IMS Good morning from a wet Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s about 9 a.m. and a storm cloud moved over IMS about a half hour ago. The AR1 Central Indiana Weather Bureau currently predicts that the raining should end within 15-20 minutes. And already as I look out the window of the media center onto the front stretch the rain has lightened.
What this will do for Carb Day Practice and the Freedom 100 we’re not exactly sure yet. However, stay tuned to AR1 for updates throughout the day.
Alexander Rossi had no idea what he was getting into when he moved from Formula One to IndyCar.
Turning left the whole race? Looks easy.
But as Rossi soon found out -- and as two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team learned in failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 last weekend — getting around Indianapolis Motor Speedway at speeds eclipsing 230 mph is a lot tougher than it looks.
(GMM) The public can attend Niki Lauda's funeral next Wednesday.
German-language reports say it will take place at the gothic St Stephen's Cathedral in the F1 legend's native Vienna. After the closed casket is displayed until midday, a public requiem will take place.
The 70-year-old's family will attend a separate private funeral and burial. The Austrian news platform Heute reported that the family turned down the city of Vienna's offer of a grave of honor.
"The front part of the cathedral is reserved for the family and relatives. In the back of the cathedral, the public can also take part in the requiem," said Pastor Toni Faber.
Jump on board with Max Verstappen around Circuit Zandvoort As Formula 1 announces the return of the Dutch GP in 2020, jump on board with Max Verstappen as he takes you for a lap around the Zandvoort circuit. Comment
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