GMR Grand Prix Tag

By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – The belief always has been there for Rinus VeeKay. Now it has translated into victory. VeeKay earned his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory Saturday in the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in his 19th career start. VeeKay drove his No. 21 Sonax/Autogeek Chevrolet to a 4.9510-second victory over NTT P1 Award winner Romain Grosjean in the No. 51 NURTEC ODT Honda. Alex Palou rounded out the podium finishers in the No. 10 The American Legion Honda. LINKS: Official Race Results “IRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Pole sitter Romain Grosjean had the race at the palm of his hands, but a sequence of mid-race action changed everything. Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis turned from dream day into a bittersweet P2 finish after leading 44 of 85 laps. In spite of coming up 4.9510 seconds shy of winning in his third start, Grosjean certainly made his presence known. “That’s really a great day,” said Grosjean. “I thought we did really good work this weekend. We led at the start of theRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Talk about making an entrance. Former Formula One driver Romain Grosjean won the NTT P1 Award for the GMR Grand Prix on Friday afternoon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, making ripples across the motorsports world by earning his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole in just his third start. Rookie Grosjean turned a top lap of 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds in the No. 51 NURTEC ODT Honda during the Firestone Fast Six final round of qualifying. This was Grosjean’s first open-wheel pole since he claimedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Josef Newgarden missed out on capturing the NTT P1 Pole Award during Friday qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. That’s because Romain Grosjean was able to set a time of 69.4396 seconds, just 0.1269 seconds quicker than the two-time series champion. During the closing minutes of the Firestone Fast Six, Newgarden fought hard to knock the Frenchman down. However, they didn’t quite have enough mustard to set one last flyer that would’ve marked his first pole of 2021. Instead, he’ll start alongside GrosjeanRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer While most parts of the world are slowly heading back to a normal direction. There’s still some instances where motorsports are still affected by COVID-19 and it’s implications surrounding it. Friday, May 14, 2021 became the latest day where a slew of announcements unraveled. As driver and calendar changes were confirmed across three racing divisions. Here’s how the NTT IndyCar Series, NASCAR and Formula One were impacted: Carlin Won’t Compete in GMR Grand Prix The British based team confirmed this morning that its flagship driverRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The Month of May has finally arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While some aspects of what makes Indy special will look different, but the NTT IndyCar Series are ready to put on a show at “The Racing Capital of the World.” For the first time this season, we’ll see more than 24 entries on the grid. There’ll be extra entries from Arrow McLaren SP and AJ Foyt Racing, driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball respectively. In total, 26 cars are taking the greenRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor With most of the NTT IndyCar Series field utilizing a three-stop strategy in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Graham Rahal and his team employed an alternate two-stop strategy and nearly came away with the win as a result. Starting fourth, Rahal held his ground in the top-five early on, ascending to the lead on lap 18 when the cars in front of him made their way to pit road for the first time. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver would keep his No.Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Rookie Rinus VeeKay made a big statement in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix, finishing fifth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. This comes a month after his disastrous NTT IndyCar Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway where he wrecked two cars, causing some ire from his boss Ed Carpenter. Fortunately, the 19-year-old put that nightmare behind and focused on having a contrasting performance at the 2.439-mile road course. Mission was accomplished and certainly will put a smile on Carpenter’s face as VeeKay’s No. 21 SONAX ChevroletRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – After three straight years of near-miss disappointment, Scott Dixon finally closed the deal in the GMR Grand Prix. Dixon benefited from a well-timed caution period near the midway point of the race and then drove away to dominate the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race Saturday on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning by an event-record 19.9469 seconds in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. It marked the first victory in this event for the five-time series champion Dixon, whoRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Simon Pagenaud went from the 20th starting position to get a surprise third-place finish in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. The three-time race winner didn’t make it out of the group round of qualifying Friday, so he had his work cut out for from the very start of the 80-lap contest. “It’s not the performance I want to display, and certainly my team deserves to be up front. We just made a mistake,” Pagenaud on his poor qualifying effort. “IRead More