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By INDYCAR DETROIT – Alexander Rossi made a statement on practice day for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear doubleheader weekend, gapping the NTT IndyCar Series field by more than a half-second with his fastest lap. CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX: Combined practice results I Qualifying groups Following three practice sessions on Friday, Rossi sat atop the timesheet with a best lap of 1 minute, 15.1367 seconds (112.595 mph) around the Raceway at Belle Isle’s 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. The Andretti Autosport driver and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner was 0.5274 ofRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer DETROIT — The NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship each race this weekend on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit in what is the biggest showcase for General Motors on the U.S. motorsports calendar. The Chevrolet Dual in Detroit (NTT IndyCar Series) and Chevrolet Sports Car Classic (IWSC) play host to special circumstances on both series’ calendars so let’s look at the Indy car calendar first. Detroit marks the only doubleheader weekend on the calendar for the NTT IndyCar Series with 70 lapRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Cars hurtling into Turn 1 at 240 mph, grandstands packed with upwards of 300,000 people, the pomp and circumstance of the pre-race festivities. A race that can turn an average driver into a superstar and boost the career of a driver that is already a superstar into the stratosphere. I had heard the stories about how magical race day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was and how much it means to everyone involved, but for years, the Indianapolis 500 has been an event that I tookRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS — A fantastic break on a late race caution helped elevate Takuma Sato through the field in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 and the Japanese driver nearly picked up his second 500 win on Sunday, finishing third. Sato was on pit road for his final stop when the caution came out for the five car incident on Lap 178 that eliminated Felix Rosenqvist, Graham Rahal, Zach Veach and Sebastien Bourdais from the race and took Charlie Kimball out of contention. The No. 30 Panasonic/MiJack Honda wasRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS — Simon Pagenaud completed his May mission with the biggest win of his racing life, capturing the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a duel for the ages and extending Team Penske’s dominance in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Pagenaud edged Alexander Rossi by 0.2086 of a second following a thrilling clash over the final 14 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that had the crowd at the world’s largest single-day sporting event on its feet and screaming with excitement. It was the seventh-closest finish in IndianapolisRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS — With no guarantees of another shot in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season, Conor Daly had to make the most of his one opportunity with Andretti Autosport in the Indianapolis 500 and take advantage he did with a 10th place finish. The No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda turned the fastest lap of the month and started 11th in the 33 car field. After some close action with a few drivers and running as high as second in the last 30 laps, Daly fadedRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Alexander Rossi was a man on a mission in Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, but even a passionate drive wasn’t enough to overcome the odds and score a second victory in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The 27-year old has shown grit and determination at Indianapolis in the past, take last year’s thrilling run for example, but this time around a little bit of anger looked to be the fuel that would propel him back to Victory Lane at Indianapolis. Ultimately,Read More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Many drivers that came up through the road racing ranks either embrace oval racing or have an intense dislike for it but Marcus Ericsson seems to have fallen into the former category ahead of Sunday’s 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. The Swede qualified 13th in the 33-car field and was the fastest car for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and their affiliated entries on the first day of qualifying. For Ericsson, this was an enjoyable new experience. “Last weekend, qualifying, I thought that wasRead More
By IMSA Wire Service IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship fans searching for connections to Sunday’s 103rd Indianapolis 500 won’t have to look far. Two-thirds of the drivers in the 33-car field have at least one start in IMSA’s top series. That includes the WeatherTech Championship or its predecessors, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Ten of these 22 drivers have made at least one WeatherTech Championship start in 2019. WeatherTech Championship full-timer Helio Castroneves, who shares the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPiRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – Friday marked the final time the NTT IndyCar Series teams and drivers would have the chance to dial in their cars for the Indianapolis 500 during Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it was a familiar face at the top of the pylon when all was said and done. Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet and the 2013 winner of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, posted a lap of 39.908 seconds, 225.517 mph to leadRead More