Video: 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 As eventful as the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was, it was difficult to pare down all the highlights from the ABC broadcast into a bite-sized version of less than 30 minutes. But their editing wizards did it. Enjoy. Comment
Team owner Michael Andretti tells Rossi after the Phoenix race how impressed he was with Rossi's talent level
After the Indy 500 race on Sunday drivers had different views on what should be done because the number of passes were way down from recent years.
Simon Pagenaud was OK with the car the way it is, saying it rewards driver talent. It does at that - as evidenced by Alexander Rossi's passing at Phoenix and Indy Sunday. AR1.com has been telling its readers to watch this guy since 2009 when he was still a kid - an extremely talented kid. We think you finally can see it for yourself, but that isn't the point of this article.
But fans don't pay to see a follow-the-leader parade and have become accustomed to lot of passing. No doubt, passing makes a race more exciting.
Video: Indy 500 Press Conference with Will Power Power earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory in his 11th career start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” taking the lead for good on Lap 196 to win in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Power, who started third, beat pole sitter Ed Carpenter to the finish by 3.1589 seconds. Power’s average speed was 166.935 mph. Comment
Will Power may have won the race, but the drive of the day was by Alexander Rossi. He came from 32nd to 4th and his outside passes had fans cheering wildly
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was more difficult this year, but I think still a great race. I think we fought back for points, which was good. We just got out of position there on pit stops and just struggled with the yellows; they didn't fall our way. We were fighting from 20th, 15th place. I think we had a good car up front. I wasn't so good in the back. Once I got 15th or 20th, I struggled a little bit. But we were making slow progress. We got back in the top 10 but can't be too satisfied. It was a great day for Team Chevy and Team Penske, as well. I'm happy for Will (Power), I just wish it was our day. We had an amazing Indiana crowd, as always. This is the best race of the year, and hopefully we'll have a better shot next time."
The sun is up over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning on a bright sunny day. But already you can feel the heat building in the air - the enemy to drivers and engineers looking for every pound of downforce they can find.
Gates at IMS opened at 6 a.m. following the traditional cannon blast.
Penske wants to cheapen Indy 500 with guaranteed starting spots (Update)
UPDATE Mario Andretti, who drove to victory in 1969 Indy 500, isn’t a fan of guaranteed starting spots for the Indy 500. He said he doesn’t have a problem with “tweaking” the rules and program, but the threat of heartbreak is a major factor contributing to the excitement, anticipation and prestige of the Indy 500.
“I respectfully disagree with Mr. Penske about that because I think we cannot violate tradition here,” he explained. “Tradition is so strong, and that’s what allows this place to maintain the mystique. You have to earn a place here, and if you don’t, you shouldn’t be given a gift.”
AutoRacing1 com visits PitFit training AutoRacing1.com dropped in on Jim Leo's PitFit Training in Indianapolis to see some of the unique things they do to prepare race car drivers to reach their fullest potential behind the wheel Comment
Chevy confident they will beat Honda in the Indy 500
Can Carpenter turn pole into a win with his Chevy?
Thirty years ago, Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race from the pole position to usher in the first of six consecutive Indy 500 victories by Chevrolet.
With the dominant Chevy Indy V8 engine in the PC-17 chassis, Mears had become the first driver to break the 220 mph barrier, and the Californian combined with Team Penske teammates Danny Sullivan and Al Unser to lead 192 of the 200 laps.
Q&A with Pietro Fittipaldi as he prepares for racing return AutoRacing1.com catches up with Pietro Fittipaldi, working out at PitFit Training in Indianapolis as he rehabilitates from his accident at Spa where he suffered two broken legs. Comment
NASCAR drivers make so much more than an Indy 500 winner
The total purse for the Indianapolis 500 field has grown by roughly $11 million since the 1980s, but the prize money for the race winner has increased by only $2 million, leaving the winner’s cut of the pot between 15-20 percent for the last 30 years.
Before 1982, the winner’s check was always more than 20 percent, and it was often more than 30 percent in the 1950s and 60s. But since the first race in 1911, the race winner has tended to receive less and less money on a percentage basis.
Antonio Fuoco held his nerve in a dramatic FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Monte Carlo, Monaco, absorbing a swathe of challenges for the lead from Lando Norris and overcoming a flurry of safety cars to claim a maiden victory for Charouz Racing System. Norris followed home in second to extend his championship lead, while Louis Deletraz took his first F2 podium finish in third place after a stunning defensive drive.
Erik Jones Leads Final Cup Series Practice at Charlotte
Erik Jones was fastest in Saturday's final practice session for Sunday's running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Jones best lap of 28.870 seconds (187.045) was the best among the 40 starters that took the track in the lone practice session. An earlier practice scheduled for 9am was cancelled due to rain, giving teams precious little practice time before tomorrow's race.
Kyle Larson was second fastest, running 28.929 seconds (186.664 mph), followed by Ryan Blaney (186.104 mph), Joey Logano (186.047) and Denny Hamlin (185.938). Pole sitter Kyle Busch was 18th quickest.
How much more damage does Verstappen have to do before Horner sacks him?
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Max Verstappen must cut out his errors after a crash in practice meant he missed qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Verstappen is set to start the race from last position after damaging his car in the final minutes of the third practice session. It’s the latest in a series of errors and collisions which have blighted the Red Bull driver’s season. “This place bites and he got bit pretty hard today in a session which doesn’t really count for anything other than setting the car up,” Horner told Channel 4.
Max Crashstappen crash compilation Relive all of Max Crashstappen's F1 crashes from 2014 through 2017. It's a lot and it does not include this year's crashes. How Red Bull hasn't fired him is beyond us. Comment
Riccardo fastest as 'Crashstappen' crashes again (Update)
Ricciardo fastest again as his teammate stuffs his car into the Armco
UPDATE Added video of Crashstappen's crash below.
05/26/18 The Red Bulls of Daniel Riccardo and Max Verstappen were again fastest in final practice for the Monaco GP but Max Crashstappen, as he does at most races, crashed hard into the barriers near the end of the session and now his team has to scramble to fix his mangled car in time for qualifying.
Honda teams at big disadvantage going into Indy 500
Alexander Rossi was almost slowest in qualifying (32nd) and on Carb Day he was also 32nd. His chances to win the Indy 500 are near zero as are all the Honda teams.
As AutoRacing1.com has reported for two weeks, the Chevy teams have a big advantage going into the Indy 500 Sunday. Chevy has brought a superior engine to the Speedway this year with so much more power than the Hondas their teams can run more downforce to handle better through the turns and still be faster down the straights than the Hondas.
The Honda teams have had to reduce downforce to try and keep up with the Chevys on the straights and their handling is diabolical. In desperation Alexander Rossi tried a lower downforce in qualifying and ended up 32nd fastest and on the last row.
On Carb Day the Andretti team appeared so lost the drivers did not even want to give quotes to the media after the practice session. We observed the Rossi team throwing all sorts of suspension changes at the car to no avail.
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