Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer For the first time in the history of the Indianapolis 500, there won’t be fans surrounding the 2.5-mile circuit as the extremely unpopular yet difficult decision was confirmed Tuesday morning. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued the following statement regarding this month’s race: “It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership. “As dedicated as we wereRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson had his much anticipated NTT IndyCar Series test with Chip Ganassi Racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Tuesday. It was third time’s a charm as the COVID-19 pandemic postponed an initial test with Arrow McLaren SP at Barber Motorsports Park back in March. Even earlier this month, Johnson was supposed to test with Ganassi following the “Indy Crossover” before testing positive for COVID-19, forcing him to miss his first NASCAR Cup race. On his way to theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer For the first time since 1946, America Open Wheel Racing won’t be visiting the West Coast following the cancellations of both the Grand Prix of Portland and the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca doubleheader Monday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTT IndyCar Series confirmed they won’t be heading to those two venues and will leave the month of September without racing. The first removed was Portland International Raceway, originally scheduled to have its third straight grand prix weekend on September 11-13. The Oregon circuit issued aRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Attendance for the next month’s 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge has been reduced from 50% down to 25% following Tuesday’s announcement from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition of the attendance being reduced for the August 23rd event, two more confirmations were made. The first being that ticket sales will no longer be permitted after Friday in order to make the attendance limit feasible. More importantly, face coverings are required for everyone who attend the 500-mile race. Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark MilesRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A medical update was announced Tuesday regarding Ryan Blaney’s right tire changer Zach Price, who was injured following a pit road accident during last Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Zach’s wife Tasha confirmed to IndyStar’s Gregg Doyel that he has a tibial plateau fracture on his lower left leg and will be out for 3-4 months to give the fragmented bone to heal. Fortunately, surgery won’t be necessary for Zach as he’ll be on crutches for the next 3-4 weeks and can gradually put moreRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor It has taken some time for Matt Kenseth to shake the rust off in his return to NASCAR Cup Series competition, but Sunday at Indianapolis, he certainly looked like the driver of old, bringing home a second-place finish – his best showing of the season. Replacing Kyle Larson behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Kenseth was able to come out of the gate with a top-10 at Darlington in mid-May, but in the races since, had struggled to even crack theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Denny Hamlin appeared to be well on his way to finally capturing a win at Indianapolis, but once again had the victory snatched from his grasp. Leading Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 with seven laps to go over eventual winner Kevin Harvick, Hamlin had a comfortable lead as the laps wound down, but heading into Turn 1, the right-front tire let go on his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, sending him hard into the outside wall. The hit was violent enough to cause flamesRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It was a banner day for Stewart-Haas Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday as three out of its four cars finished in the top-five with Kevin Harvick scoring his third Brickyard 400 victory. Aric Almirola crossed the line in third while Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Cole Custer finished a career-high fifth. SHR’s trio survived the 161-lap madness Indy provided as tire issues eliminated several top contenders, including Denny Hamlin who was leading with 8 to go. When the dust finally settled, it was HarvickRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service In an action-filled afternoon of NASCAR Cup Series racing in Sunday’s Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, Kevin Harvick held off the field in a overtime sprint to the finish line to earn his fourth victory of the season, and his second consecutive and third overall win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To celebrate the big victory, Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford team climbed the front grandstand fence – reminiscent of the fence celebration his team owner, IndianaRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A disastrous moment occurred on pit road during Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, collecting several cars and injuring a crew member. Pit road was open on Lap 14 when things got ugly at the back of the field. Michael McDowell was entering into his pit stall, but the lack of visibility at a very narrow pit lane caused several drivers bunching up and plowing into each other. In the end, it collected Christopher Bell, Chris Buescher, Ryan Preece, Corey LaJoie, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., MartinRead More