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By Josh Farmer, Contributing Writer A pit mistake relegated Sebastien Bourdais to 13th after a dominant opening to Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. The 39-year-old Frenchman’s day nearly started off-color as his No. 18 Sealmaster Honda stalled on the grid. His Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan Racing crew managed to get him re-fired, and he assumed his position at the front of the field. There were fears that the early motor woes would spell trouble for Bourdais, but the veteran led the race’s opening 40 laps before theRead More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Writer Robert Wickens claimed his first Verizon IndyCar series podium in his first oval start after leading a chunk of Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. The driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports led 44 laps and paced the field with less than 10 laps to go before giving way to Josef Newgarden within the final three laps. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “All I wanted to do was finish every lap of my ovalRead More

Posted On April 8, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Alexander Rossi Storms to Third at Phoenix

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Alexander Rossi overcame an early costly mistake and stormed back through the field to finish third in Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway. After starting fourth, the No. 27 Andretti Autosport driver got around Team Penske’s Will Power for third place, where he stayed until the first round pit stops under yellow on Lap 43. Unfortunately, Rossi slid in his pit box, hitting the left front tire changer and necessitating a green flag pit lane drive-thru penalty. He was suddenlyRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Saturday’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway saw just two cautions for 24 laps and two other incidents that didn’t warrant a yellow flag from on top of the flag stand. However, the incident proved detrimental to the outcome of four drivers, after each made contact with the SAFER Barriers after going up across the 1.022-mile oval. The first retirement of the race came at the hands of Verizon INDYCAR Series debutant Pietro Fittipaldi on Lap 40. After an impressiveRead More
By INDYCAR AVONDALE, Arizona (Saturday, April 7, 2018) – Armed with a fresh set of tires, Josef Newgarden charged from fourth place in the last seven laps to win the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix going away. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion beat rookie Robert Wickens by 2.9946 seconds on the ISM Raceway 1.022-mile oval to collect his eighth career victory. Newgarden, in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was among eight lead-lap drivers who made a pit stop for a new set of FirestoneRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief AVONDALE, Arizona – It has been a relatively quiet weekend for Josef Newgarden. Picking up where he left off at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the 27-year-old Tennessean will start tonight’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway from seventh on the grid at 185.279 mph. There was hope for more after Team Penkse teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power paced the second and third best times, respectively. However, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion believes the trackRead More