Can Power turn the tables on teammate Montoya this year?
Roger Penske's four drivers are the odds on favorites to win the 100th running of the Indy 500 and Will Power is the man to beat according to online site Bovada.lv.
The online casino and odds-setting site has made Power an 11/2 favorite to win the milestone edition of the 500.
Power, who will start from the outside of Row 2 (sixth position) in Sunday’s race will be making his ninth start in the 500. He finished a career-best second place in last year’s race, runner-up to Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.
The Difference Between IndyCar And F1 Is Money. Lots Of It! Both IndyCar and Formula One are having their premier races of the year this weekend. IndyCar is in Indianapolis, where it all began in 1911. Formula One is on the streets of Monaco, which hosted its first race in 1929. Both series feature open wheel, open cockpit race cars. So what’s the difference?
Both use V-6 internal combustion engines. IndyCar engines are 2.2 liter units that run on E85 ethanol while the 1.6 liter Formula One engines run on unleaded pump gas. IndyCars have a top speed of 240 mph. Formula One cars top out at about 225 mph.
A Formula One car can sprint to 60 mph is a shade over 2 seconds. An IndyCar needs 3 seconds. The IndyCar weighs 1545 pounds. A Formula One car is a little lighter at 1415 pounds.
But here’s the real difference. An IndyCar complete with chassis, engine, transmission, brakes, and tires costs about $3,000,000. A top tier Formula One car can cost as much as 50 times more. Formula One teams never disclose their actual costs, but numbers north of $200,000,000 have been bandied about in the sport for years.
Legendary A.J. Foyt to salute the field of the 100th Indianapolis 500
As the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil has approached, the history of the race has been celebrated by countless numbers of fans and media.
That history cannot be told without a salute to A.J. Foyt.
On Race Day, the first four-time winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" will offer a salute of his own to the 33 drivers who will compete in the 100th Running. Foyt will be stationed at the front of the grid and instruct the Pace Car and Row 1 to pull away for the Parade Laps, and as those drivers pull away followed by 30 more, Foyt will salute each one.
Greenpower Indy driven by SCCA - design and race competition UPDATE This article was updated with a photo.
A Greenpower electric car
05/28/16 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in conjunction with INDYCAR and the GreenpowerUSA Foundation, are inviting teams of 33 high school students to design, build and race a single-seat, student-driven electric car on the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2017 race festivities. This exciting event will take place during the traditional “Community Day” before the Indy 500.
Max Verstappen will start this weekends Monaco Grand Prix from the pit lane with a new chassis after his qualifying crash on Saturday.
The Red Bull Racing driver saw the highs of his maiden victory in Spain turn to a low after turning too early into the second part of the Swimming Pool complex and breaking his front suspension, which meant he was unable to prevent his RB12 hitting the barriers on the outside of the corner.
Martin Truex, Jr. Tops Final Coca Cola 600 Practice at Charlotte
Martin Truex, Jr.
Coca-Cola 600 polesitter Martin Truex, Jr. topped the speed charts during Saturday's early afternoon practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway - the final tune-up for the Sprint Cup teams before Sunday's night's event.
Truex, Jr. turned in 27 laps over the course of the final session and clocked in with a fast lap of 186.387 mph in the no. 78 Toyota to lead the field. Kurt Busch, who had led the first practice session held earlier in the day, ran second-fastest with a lap of 185.733 mph, followed by Jimmie Johnson who ran 185.401 mph. Joey Logano (185.109) and Greg Biffle (184.938) made up the rest of the top five.
The Indy 500 is full of traditions surrounding the race in the month of May. A newer tradition started 10 years ago is the Burger Bash. The Steak 'N Shake Carb Night Burger Bash is a free gathering for Indy 500 fans, hosted by IndyStar's Curt Cavin. Kevin Lee & Cavin were broadcasting "Trackside" LIVE, while attendees ate burgers, sipped on milkshakes and listened to some of their favorite drivers talk about how they think their race day will unfold. This year the event moved to the Pan Am Plaza to allow for more people and closer access for the drivers to stop in and talk with fans.
NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie Erik Jones collected his fourth pole position of the season in Saturday's qualifying for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the first three spots for Saturday's race.
Jones took the top spot with a single-lap run of 184.546 mph in the no. 20 Toyota Camry, besting his JGR teammates Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin. The pole-winning effort was Jones' seventh-career Xfinity Series pole and his 11th-straight top-five start so far this season.
Suarez, who had led the second round of qualifying and was second-fastest in practice, held onto the outside pole with a lap of 184.470 mph. Hamlin - pulling double duty in both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series races - qualified third with a lap of 183.219 mph. Defending race winner Austin Dillon, who was fastest in Thursday's practice session, was fourth with a run of 182.636 mph, followed by Kyle Larson (182.451 mph).
Nobuharu Matsushita has claimed his first win of the season with a stunning display of power and precision to dominate his rivals in this afternoon’s sprint race in Monaco, leading from lights to flag ahead of Marvin Kirchhöfer and Raffaele Marciello.
The Japanese driver became the fourth winner from as many races in the 2016 season, with the victory set up at the start: Matsushita was slightly slow off the line as the lights went out but pole position gave him a better line into Ste. Devote than Kirchhöfer, who was faster away from the front row but was unable to capitalize into the first turn.
Kurt Busch posted the fastest lap in Saturday's early practice session for Sunday's 57th annual Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch's opening lap of 191.002 mph (28.272 seconds) was the best run of any driver during the session, the second overall since the Sprint Cup cars rolled into the track on Thursday. Busch, who fell just short of advancing to the final round of qualifying and will roll off 13th, was more than a half-a-mile-an-hour fastest than the next quickest driver, Jimmie Johnson. Both drivers ran 1-2 in Thursday's practice session.
Johnson ran a 190.617 mph lap on his opening run to take the second spot. Polesitter Martin Truex, Jr. was third, followed by Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Saturday update from IMS It's an overcast hazy day here in Speedway, Indiana. As I look out from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center, the drivers meeting for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is about to begin. After the meeting, the 33 drivers will head off to today's 500 Festival Parade.
The first item of business is we stopped by the Dale Coyne Racing garage after breakfast and the team has repaired the No. 63 Honda of Pippa Mann after yesterday's Carb Day crash.
I'm having a hard time hearing you. How much did you want to pay?
A major shareholder in one of the world's biggest talent management groups "is exploring the purchase of a stake" in F1, according to Mark Kleinman of SKY NEWS. Silver Lake, which owns WME-IMG, is in early-stage talks with CVC Capital Partners about a deal that would involve it acquiring a "substantial" interest in F1's parent company.
The discussions with Silver Lake "are not exclusive, and are being pursued in parallel with talks between CVC and a number of other, unidentified parties." Silver Lake, which is focused on investing in technology companies, "is best-known for its holdings in Alibaba, the Chinese Internet giant, and Dell, the personal computing group."
Collard and Herta secure 1-2 start at Oulton Park BRDC British Formula Three Championship leader Ricky Collard has continued his impressive form securing pole position following a strong qualifying for Carlin at Oulton Park. The British racer placed his car at the very top in the early moments of the session and never looked back continuing to improve on his time remaining at the top to secure his first pole position in the series. Team mate Colton Herta looked to be a challenger for pole position and was soon right up behind Collard in his fight for pole; however a red flag with two and a half minutes on the clock ended the session prematurely but also secured the double front row start for the team. Ameya Vaidyanathan was also enjoying a strong showing and had been running comfortably within the top five – as the session came to a conclusion he had set the sixth fastest time to secure his starting position.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is throwing out the red carpet for first-time race fans attending this weekend's activities surrounding the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Ticket inquiries have come from all 50 states, 25 countries and more than 4,100 cities. Among those inquiries are many first-time fans who have never witnessed the experience of a race here. First-time fans attending can stop by the information booth located outside the main frontstretch grandstand at Gate 4 and pick up a "First-Time Fan" info packet.
Rain could be an issue for the Coca-Cola 600 An area of thunderstorms formed into a tropical depression Friday afternoon, and forecasters issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the South Carolina coast on the first holiday weekend of the summer. Forecasters said they expect the system's main impact will be heavy rain and dangerous rip currents. The system, which will be named Bonnie when it reaches tropical storm status with 39 mph winds, is forecast to make landfall Sunday afternoon near Charleston with top winds of 45 mph.
2016 Indy 500 Carb Day Wrapup AR1.com's Brian Carroccio and Mark Cipolloni review Carb Day news and rumors from the Speedway. We apologize for the background noise due to technical difficulties at the time. Comment
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