Franchitti Earns $2.47 Million For Winning 96th Indianapolis 500 Franchitti, who started 16th, took the lead for good in the No. 50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda on Lap 199 from his teammate, Scott Dixon, and overcame a spirited passing attempt by Takuma Sato in Turn 1 on the final lap. Sato spun and hit the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1, while Franchitti hung on to win the race under caution.
Four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Franchitti led seven times for 23 laps in a race that set an Indianapolis 500 record with 34 lead changes.
2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Dixon brought his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda up from the 15th starting position to finish second and earn $1,102,280. It was Dixon's seventh consecutive top-six finish at Indianapolis.
Heartbreak for AJ Foyt Racing at Indianapolis 500 “It’s heartbreaking,” said rookie Wade Cunningham after his Indianapolis 500 ended early after just 41 laps.
Teammate Mike Conway shared the pain. After giving the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda one of its best runs at Indy since the no. 14 last visited victory lane in 1999, Conway’s great run from 29th to fourth came to an abrupt halt after a pit incident on lap 74.
“It was my mistake coming into the pits, came in a bit too hard and collected some of my guys and that screwed up the front wing and we didn’t realize it till I got out,” Conway said. “Through turns 3 and 4 it felt a little wiggly and I thought it was just tire temperatures but down the front straight when I went down into turn 1, I could see one of the endplates sticking up in the air. I knew it wouldn’t be right turning in, so I tried to back out just going in but I knew Will was close behind me, so I didn’t want to back out too much. The car got very loose which I was able to correct it once but it broke loose again and I couldn’t catch it the second time and then I was just a passenger on board. I’m very sorry for my guys, I’m glad that they are okay. I’m sorry for our sponsor ABC Supply as the car was really good and we were moving up through the field.”
Franchitti's experience, enthusiasm tough combination to beat
Dario Franchitti at the yard of bricks
Occasionally, Dario Franchitti will ring up Sir Jackie Stewart for some perspective.
"Jackie, what do I do here?" Franchitti says. "He'll give me some advice. He has such an unusual way of thinking about things sometimes."
If possible, he would do the same with Jim Clark, the fellow Scot who won two Formula One World Championships and the 1965 Indianapolis 500 whom Franchitti holds in highest regard.
"Between (Clark) and Jackie, the guys I wanted to emulate, to drive like," Franchitti says of his youth and appropriate to this day. "I don't have their talent, so I try and work hard. I'm lucky I'm with a great team."
Grand Prix of Baltimore Tickets Now on Sale Tickets for the 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore are now on sale at the official event website, www.RaceOnBaltimore.com , and Ticketmaster outlets. The Labor Day weekend event takes place August 31 - September 2 through the streets of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and will feature the stars and cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series.
General admission ticket prices begin as low as $15 for Friday, August 31, and reserved weekend ticket packages are now available from $145. (Single-day reserved seating will go on sale July 15.)
Before June 11, fans can also purchase paddock passes at a 25-percent discount with their ticket purchase. The paddock passes will allow spectators to view the race cars and crews inside the Baltimore Convention Center. Active duty military, National Guard and Reserves will receive a complimentary paddock pass by presenting ID at the track box office.
Of course, just this moment I went to the "stats" page at IndyCar.com (looking for the lap chart for the Indy 500) and all they had for the Indy 500 were results through "Practice 3" (from May 14th).
Details count. If they cannot master the most elementary, basic functions of running a sanctioning organization, how do they expect to run a successful race in China? Is there a Chinese driver in the series like Ho-Pin Tung? Are IndyCar races broadcast on TV in China ahead of the Qingdao race? Are tickets for sale yet? Do the Chinese people even know there is going to be a race there in August? If they cannot run their own website, how on earth do they expect to have success in a place like China?
You may try to take credit for the great Indy 500 we saw yesterday, but that would be outlandishly arrogant. Fortunately, the people actually running the racing operations for IndyCar now take pride in their work. If they took their cues from management, where mediocrity masquerades as `excellence,' the Indy 500 would have been a disaster. Mordichai Rosen, LA California
Honda put it to Chevy in the biggest race in the world
Thanks to some great driving, and Honda power, Dario Franchitti celebrates his third Indy 500 win with father George. After dominating the first four races and qualifying, Chevy became complacent and got their lunch eaten in the 500
As Dario Franchitti basked in the adulation of a third Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday, the Scotsman made sure he gave props to the guys who built his Honda engine.
"They worked so bloody hard," Franchitti said in victory circle.
It was a much-needed day of redemption for Honda after Team Penske Chevrolets had started the Izod IndyCar Series season with four consecutive victories.
"It was our day," said Roger Griffiths, Honda Performance Development technical director. "We had a challenging month. Qualifying was not what we hoped for."
Marco Andretti turned the fastest lap of the race. He was the only driver able to break the draft and pull away. He had the car to win, but the Andretti curse at Indy continued
Like Will Power, Marco Andretti felt there was nothing he could do to avoid his crash into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 188.
"(Oriol) Servia decided to run two-wide at Indianapolis for two consecutive laps and makes me turn in from the white line," Andretti told reporters. "I had no hope of making that corner because not only am I turning from the white line, he just crossed my bow, so I was completely out of it. Nothing I can do. I'm disappointed. It definitely rang my bell."
Andretti, who finished 24th, said he felt he was still in contention to win when the crash happened. Andretti, who led 59 laps, was running eighth after 187 laps.
Indy 500 Sunday Notebook Jerry Coons Jr. won the Hoosier Hundred USAC Silver Crown Series race Friday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Coons led the last 86 laps of the 100-lap event.
Indianapolis 500 rookie qualifier Brian Clauson finished seventh.
American Connor De Phillippi won the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear "Night Before the 500" race Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. It was De Phillippi's second consecutive victory in this event.
Barrichello wins Indy rookie award Rubens Barrichello had competed (and won) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway previously, but not on the famous 2.5-mile oval.
So entering the Rookie Orientation Program on May 10 – fresh off his rookie oval test at Texas Motor Speedway -- the Formula One veteran and IZOD IndyCar Series newbie didn’t quite know what to expect.
Canopy-less IndyCars narrowly avoid another Wheldon tragedyUPDATE
Castroneves has to take evasive action to avoid wheel hitting him in the head
Conway goes head first into the catch fencing
Added photo of near misses that could have had tragic results.
05/27/12 When Mike Conway got up into the catch fencing when he spun on lap 80 of the Indy 500 visions of Dan Wheldon ran through our head. Conway was head first into the catch fencing and riding along it, his head just missing the poles. Meanwhile a wheel from Mike Conway's car went bounding down the track and would have hit Helio Castroneves square in the face (perhaps with fatal results) had he not taken evasive action.
And still IndyCar refuses to consider canopies over the drivers head. We understand tradition, but they are called open wheel cars guys, not open cockpit cars.
IndyCar parks both Lotus cars Both of the Lotus cars were black-flagged on lap 11 and pulled out of the Indianapolis 500 for going too slow.
Simona de Silvestro's car was running 14 mph slower than the race leaders, while France's Jean Alesi was running laps 15 mph slower. The two couldn't complete laps within the mandatory105 percent time limit of the leader as mandated by IndyCar rules.
Man shot Sunday morning outside Indy Speedway Some say the Indy 500 is a party of 200,000 drunk fans, who party all night before the race until they are completely inebriated. Indianapolis police are investigating a shooting outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway early Sunday. Officers were called to the intersection of 25th Street and Georgetown Road just after 1 a.m. The man was found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Few other details were released.
Further on the drunk as a skunk themes, a man was transported to the hospital early Friday morning after he was stabbed on the camp grounds near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Officers with the Speedway Police Department responded to the camping area known as the Coke lot at approximately 1 a.m. Preliminary investigation revealed an argument occurred, which prompted a physical altercation.
Bird holds off Bianchi to win in Monaco, Rossi 3rd
(L to R) Jules Bianchi (2nd), Sam Bird (1st) and Alexander Rossi (3rd). No wonder Bird is so fast, look how short and lightweight he is!
Sam Bird (ISR) denied his opponents even a sniff of success in the streets of Monaco, leading the weekend’s proceedings from free practice to the checkered flag at the end of the feature race. The Mercedes AMG F1 Team driver claimed victory in the principality ahead of Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) and Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham), and finishes the meeting top of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship.
Under sunny skies in Monaco, the curtain-raiser for the 70th Formula One Grand Prix in the principality got underway with Sam Bird lining up on pole alongside Alexander Rossi, on a grid packed with drivers and famous names from the world of motorsport and Formula One.
De Phillippi Wins Star Mazda Night Before the 500 On Carburetion Day at the Indy Motor Speedway, Tony George Jr. was asked by a member of the media, "So where are all the Americans in the field?"
His eloquent answer? "They're coming."
Indeed. And leading the charge are three of the top young American open wheel racers on the Mazda Road to Indy. In tonight's Round 5 of the 2012 of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at the Night Before the 500, Californian Connor De Phillippi, winner of this event last year, won again from the PEAK pole, leading the entire way in his #2 Juncos Racing / ModSpace Racing / One24 Mazda.
Pigot Scores Hard-Earned Victory in "Night Before the 500" Rising young American star Spencer Pigot strengthened his lead in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda by winning the traditional “Night Before the 500” at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis after a thrilling duel with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Matthew Brabham.
Brabham, 19, had qualified on pole position – his third of the season – and held off a strong challenge from Pigot into the first corner. The race was neutralized shortly thereafter when Heamin Choi lost control of his #21 Afterburner Autosport Van Diemen-Mazda, triggering a massive pile-up between Turns One and Two on Lap 2 which sidelined eight of the 21 starters, including all three JDC MotorSport entries. Choi, who had qualified an impressive sixth, was transported to Methodist Hospital as a precautionary measure and has been released.
Wheldon Honored As Drivers Prepare For 2012 Indianapolis 500
A large contingent of race fans came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on a steamy Saturday morning to attend the Public Drivers' Meeting as all of the 33 starters participating in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 received their final instructions.
Susie Wheldon and team owner Bryan Herta received a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd when they were presented with the "Baby Borg" trophy for 2011 winner Dan Wheldon by James Verrier, vice president of BorgWarner. Susie Wheldon also received a check for $130,000 on behalf of her late husband.
The Baby Borg is a miniature replica of the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which bears the bas-relief likeness, name and average speed of every Indianapolis 500 winner.
Keselowski tops final practice for Coca Cola 600 Coming off a runner-up finish in last week’s Sprint All-Star Race, Brad Keselowski established himself as a favorite to win Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 by leading the final practice session Saturday.
Keselowski turned a lap of 183.692 mph. Carl Edwards was second-fastest at 183.349 followed by Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano. Johnson, a three-time winner of the 600, won last week's All-Star Race with Keselowski finishing second.
IndyCar CEO deflects rumors of strife IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard twice deflected questions Saturday about his relationship with several team owners, citing his desire to focus on the series' biggest race of the year.
There's been an undercurrent of negativity since Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened May 9 for preparations for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet team owners have been upset since losing a pair of appeals protesting a component of rival Honda's turbocharger. The anger spread to other manufacturers when IndyCar last Sunday levied fines throughout the garage that, when all said and done, had reached $300,000 for 19 infractions among 13 different teams.
Fans Decide First-Ever All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver
Juan Montoya, a great talent wasted in NASCAR
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Juan Pablo Montoya claimed the All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver title after fans participated in four rounds of voting. Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti faced Montoya in the Championship round to decide the overall winner of the team’s bracket-style social media promotion.
With both the IZOD IndyCar Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series holding two of their largest events of the season during the month of May, CGRT launched their first-ever all-time greatest driver bracket to encourage fans to vote for their All-Time Greatest Chip Ganassi Racing Driver through the team’s social media platforms.
Stockinger storms to first GP3 win at MonacoUPDATE Following an incident between Dmitry Suranovich (Marussia Manor Racing) and Conor Daly (Lotus GP) in Monaco Race 2, stewards have decided to exclude the Russian from today's race classification.
As Suranovich and Daly exited the tunnel towards the end of the event, contact was made after Suranovich failed to comply with a black and orange signal flag signal after he had lost his rear wing. Daly's Lotus became airborne after hitting the back of Suranovich and the accident put the American out of the race. Suranovich finished the race P11. However after the race, the Marussia Manor Racing driver was excluded from the Race classification.
Stockinger, Felix Da Costa & Abt - Monaco Podium Race 2
Reverse Pole man Marlon Stockinger celebrated his first win of his GP3 career after producing a lights to flag victory on the famous street circuit in Monaco in a memorable race!
The start was dramatic with a spectacular incident at the exit of Sainte Devote after Alex Brundle tapped the back of his Carlin teammate William Buller which sent Buller’s car into the air and landed upside down. The safety car was immediately deployed and luckily Buller was able to climb out of the car unscathed after a nasty looking shunt. The accident also ruled Brundle out of the race.
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Ferrari drivers happy for Schumacher Many in the paddock and grandstands alike were thrilled to see Michael Schumacher on pole position in Monaco, even though the German was forced to take a five-place penalty due to a run in with moving chicane Bruno Senna at the last race, which drops him down to sixth position for Sunday’s race. One man who voiced his delight at the result was none other than ex championship rival Fernando Alonso.
Although being incorrectly blamed for the crash with Bruno Senna in Spain saw Schumacher’s 69th career pole go for naught, that did not stop cheers from the crowds situated all around the legendary street circuit.
NASCAR Pit Reporter Dick Berggren To Retire After Dover Race NASCAR's longest-serving pit reporter will hang up his microphone after next weekend's race at Dover.
Dick Berggren, the beloved FOX Sports reporter who has been a fixture on NASCAR broadcasts since 1981, is planning to retire when FOX's portion of the Sprint Cup Series schedule concludes. Berggren turns 70 on Sunday.
Palmer wins GP2 sprint race in MonacoUPDATE #2 Added video of the first lap carnage.
05/26/12 Jolyon Palmer has claimed his maiden GP2 victory with a storming drive in this afternoon's sprint race in Monaco, jumping the front row as the lights went out to lead all the way to the checkered flag ahead of countryman Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde.
The win was set up at the start when the Englishman got a stunning launch to blast past poleman Stéphane Richelmi from P3 into a lead that would not be threatened again. The Monegasque driver was forced to give way before Ste Devote but left fellow front row starter James Calado nowhere to go but into the back of the Trident car, putting Richelmi out on the spot and damaging his own front wing into the bargain.
Conor Daly horror crash at Monaco American Conor Daly, the son of former Irish Formula One driver Derek Daly, was unhurt on Saturday after his GP3 car was pitched high into metal crash fencing in a Monaco Grand Prix support race.
The 20-year-old Indiana-born racer's Lotus hit the back of Russian Dmitry Suranovich's Marussia, which was without a rear wing and weaving across the track, as they exited the tunnel at the fastest point of the street circuit.
The car took off and flew into the wire fence almost vertically to the left, before being hurled back to the track where it landed on its right side in a shower of sparks, debris and bouncing wheels.
Joey Logano captured his third NASCAR Nationwide Series pole of the season in Saturday's qualifying session for the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will lead the field to the green flag looking for his third straight Nationwide Series victory.
Logano turned in a lap of 179.063 mph in the no. 20 Toyota Camry to take the top spot - the 19th Nationwide pole of his career and his career-best Charlotte Motor Speedway start. His best finish has been a third-place showing at this same race back in 2010.
Rookie Austin Dillon will start second with a top qualifying effort of 178.968 mph in the no. 3 Chevrolet while Danica Patrick will start third in her second-best starting spot of the season. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Sam Hornish, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Mihai Marinescu ends Bacheta's reign with Nurburgring victory
Mihai Marinescu was the man to finally end Luciano Bacheta's unbeaten record by securing victory during today's (Saturday) opening Formula Two race at the Nurburgring.
Starting from pole, the 23-year-old led from start to finish to pick up his second F2 win since Monza last year. He was followed home by championship leader Luciano Bacheta with Christopher Zanella picking up the final podium spot after a superb drive from seventh on the grid.
The Romanian led as the lights went out with Kevin Mirocha quickly getting up alongside Bacheta with the Brit just managing to hold him off around Turn 1 while the Pole slotted into P3. Just behind, a slow starting Daniel McKenzie lost his third-place grid slot to Swiss teenager Matheo Tuscher with Zanella and Alex Fontana following closely.
Having worked with Michael Schumacher since the Benetton years of the early 1990s, Ross Brawn admits that he was transferred into an emotional state after Michael Schumacher sealed the top spot in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. The seven-time Champion will, however, start from sixth place because of a five-place grid penalty.
“I have to confess, it brought a little tear to my eye,” Team Principal Brawn told BBC Sport. “He’s faced some tough times since he’s come back and that was an exceptional performance. He’s been in good shape all weekend; we’ve done the preparation and race work, but it all seemed to come together in qualifying.”
Video: Maldonado given 10-place drop for Perez chop Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado has been handed a 10-place grid penalty ahead of qualifying in Monaco. During this morning’s final practice session, the Venezuelan was adjudged to have purposely driven into the Sauber of Sergio Perez.
The incident started at final corner Anthony Noghes, when Maldonado was following Perez and the two cars made contact; a similar incident had previously occurred when Perez slowed to avoid the back of Nico Hülkenberg’s Force India.
However, when rounding the Portier on the following lap, Maldonado forcefully cut across the front of the Sauber after being allowed through; the aggressive moment was almost a carbon copy of the incident between Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton in Belgium last year.
Monaco GP: Rosberg tops final practice Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the final free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix just faster than Felipe Massa's Ferrari.
The session ended early when Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado collided with Sergio Perez's Sauber at Portier and then lost control of his Williams on the entrance to Casino Square. He lost his left rear wheel as the car went out of control, before the FW34 came to rest at Mirabeau with three minutes of the session remaining.
Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the second Ferrari were third and fourth.
Bird and Rossi top Renault FR3.5 qualifying at Monaco
ISR’s Sam Bird recorded an impressive fastest lap of 1:22.163 in Monaco to claim his first pole position in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The Mercedes AMG F1 driver will be joined on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix curtain-raiser by Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham), the Caterham F1 Team test driver. Behind them will be Kevin Magnussen (Carlin), of McLaren Driver Development Program, and Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing), Sahara Force India’s third driver and member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Sarrazin to drive Hybrid Toyota in 24 Hours of Lemans
TOYOTA Racing can confirm that Stephane Sarrazin will drive its #8 TS030 HYBRID at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The Frenchman, 36, replaces Hiroaki Ishiura, who withdrew from the race earlier this month due to a back complaint. He completes the driver line-up for the #8 car which already includes Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi.
TOYOTA Racing completed its evaluation of Stephane in testing this week at Paul Ricard and, as expected from a very experienced endurance driver, he showed the speed, consistency and team work required.
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