Ed Jones Tag

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– Qualifications and post-qualifying practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 are finished and there were a lot of storylines and observations that came out of this past weekend that are worth looking at. Between McLaren and Fernando Alonso missing the race to Juncos Racing’s successful rebuild, it’s all under review. Starting from the front of the field and working back, it must be noted that Simon Pagenaud’s performance in the Fast Nine Shootout was massive, especially at a time where some are questioningRead More
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By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – In what has become another Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge tradition, the 33 participating drivers in this year’s race will fan out across North America on Tuesday to spread the word about the upcoming running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” This year, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 field is scheduled to visit 18 cities in less than 24 hours. Drivers will meet with local media in each location to discuss the race and partake in activities to increase the already-surging interest in the Indianapolis 500, theRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud continued on his roll this May, winning the pole position for the upcoming 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, however, will be a spectator for the May 26 race after failing to successfully qualify. In a drama-filled Sunday afternoon that featured separate qualifying sessions to fill opposite ends of the 33-car starting grid, Pagenaud completed a four-lap Fast Nine Shootout qualification run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway superspeedway at 229.992 mph to earn the NTT P1 Award, theRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Two things were evident following completion of the third practice day for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge: Ed Carpenter Racing’s cars look solid and Fernando Alonso is in dire need of track time. Ed Jones posted the fastest overall lap of 227.843 mph in Thursday’s practice cut short 90 minutes by thunderstorms and lightning. The driver of the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet also had the best lap while running on his own, a lap of 225.274 mph as ECR’s driversRead More
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By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Rookie Felix Rosenqvist won his first pole in the NTT IndyCar Series on Friday by outpacing Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying session for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 27-year-old Swede posted a lap of 1 minute, 8.2785 seconds (128.597 mph) in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda. Dixon, a five-time series champion, ran 1:08.2979 (128.560) in the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. INDYCAR GRAND PRIX: Qualifying results Team Penske has dominated this event over the years,Read More

Posted On March 22, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar, Opinion

DEHARDE: Friday Austin IndyCar Musings

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer AUSTIN, Texas– The NTT IndyCar Series visits Circuit Of The Americas for the first time in series history and Sunday’s INDYCAR Classic can have many questioning who they should pick for a good result at the 20 turn, 3.41 mile natural terrain road course. Josef Newgarden led the opening practice session with a lap of 1 minute, 48.6567 seconds to average 112.980 mph. The winner at St. Petersburg, Newgarden was just ahead of Colton Herta by .1372 seconds but Herta had to deal with some mechanicalRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor AUSTIN, Texas –  Team Penske served notice to the rest of the paddock that it’s the team to beat this weekend for the inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas. Josef Newgarden and Will Power put up the fastest times of the day to sweep Friday’s opening practice sessions. Newgarden, the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion and current points leader after winning the season opener at St. Petersburg two weeks ago, got things kicked off for the team in the morning session with a lap ofRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The season opener of the NTT IndyCar Series saw a lot of action that resulted in six retirements, notably in the first 30 laps that took out some of the heavy favorites in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. One of the major storylines heading into the 110-lap contest was the struggles of two-time St. Pete winner Sebastien Bourdais, who was eyeing on a three-peat at the 1.8-mile circuit. His bid for a three-peat was already facing multiple roadblocks. Not only he hadRead More

Posted On March 8, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2019 Indy Car Preview: Felix Rosenqvist

Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the NTT IndyCar Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into the 2019 season opener at St. Petersburg on March 10. Age: 27 Team: Chip Ganassi Racing Years in Indy car: Rookie Career Wins: 0 Career Podiums: 0 Felix Rosenqvist is the most talented European racer to come race in America full time since Nigel Mansell. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, let’s examine this flamethrower of a hot take. Rosenqvist has won four championships during his racing career: 2008 FormulaRead More

Posted On March 3, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2019 IndyCar Preview: Spencer Pigot

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the NTT IndyCar Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into the 2019 season opener at St. Petersburg on March 10. Age: 25 Team: Ed Carpenter Racing Years in IndyCar: Three Career Wins: 0 Career Podiums: One Coming off of his first full season of NTT IndyCar Series competition, Spencer Pigot will be looking to build off of a stronger final half of 2018 to start 2019. In the last eight races of 2018, the 2015 Indy Lights presented by CooperRead More