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By Kirby Arnold, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS – A generation has passed since anyone witnessed a driver win the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time. The most recent was 1991 when Rick Mears joined A.J. Foyt and Al Unser in the four-timer club.  If that makes you realize you’ve been around a long time, how do you think Helio Castroneves feels?  The 46-year-old won the 500 in 2001, 2002 and 2009, and driving for powerful Team Penske it seemed he not only was speeding toward a fourth victory, five (or more) seemed entirely possible.  He’s still waiting.  In the 11 Indy 500sRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS – Carb Day is the final opportunity for 33 drivers getting their cars well adjusted before Sunday’s 105th Indianapolis 500. As obvious as it sounds, there’s a wild card that’ll change everyone’s approach. This weekend’s weather conditions will be cooler as a cucumber. All throughout the Month of May, hot conditions was the total norm. Now, temperatures will be in the high 60s. It’s bound to create more grip on the 2.5-mile circuit, thus creating exciting racing. How do the competitors feel about theRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS – Sage Karam had an eventful Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Not only he had to make the 33-car field, he had a good view of Simon Pagenaud’s mechanical problems. Karam had began the Month of May showing good speed where he even end up in the top-10 standings. Like his competitors starting on the final row next Sunday, Fast Friday and qualifying proved to be a struggle. As a result of missing the top-30 Saturday, Karam had to qualify again and makeRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS – The “Iceman” certainly melted the competition once again in the NTT IndyCar Series as Scott Dixon won his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole Sunday. His four-lap average of 231.685 mph certainly wowed the crowd, but also knew once again in order to win an IndyCar race, you’ll have to get through Dixon. Dixon went out first to qualify yesterday and went out last Sunday. Right out of the gate, Dixon set an opening lap speed of 232.787 mph and never looked back. Like yesterday,Read More
By Kirby Arnold, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS – After two days of practice with little more than close calls and accelerated heartbeats, preparations for the Indianapolis 500 came to a crunching halt Thursday afternoon when Santino Ferrucci spun in Turn 2 and pounded the SAFER Barrier at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ferrucci was running with a large group of cars when his No. 45 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Hy-Vee-sponsored Honda broke loose midway through the turn and hit hard with the left rear, and then left front, before sliding along the outsideRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer After going a whole day without any true drama yesterday, Thursday’s practice session for the 105th Indianapolis 500 quickly did. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing were doing a photo op with its drivers Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal and Santino Ferrucci. However, drivers Colton Herta, Scott McLaughlin and Simona De Silvestro didn’t realize what was going on until it was a bit too late. What transpired was Herta was going at full speed compared to everyone else. Consequently, Herta barely avoided tangling with McLaughlin, but ended upRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The momentum set by Ed Carpenter Racing has become one of the main angles in the 105th Indianapolis 500. Not only the team have responded phenomenally following Rinus VeeKay’s GMR Grand Prix triumph last Saturday, they’ve been blistering fast. It shouldn’t really be a total surprise as ECR are known to show blistering speeds in many editions of the Indy 500. For Conor Daly, it’s the kind of momentum he sorely needs following back-to-back last-place finishes in the XPEL 375 and GMR GP. During Wednesday’sRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Scott Dixon may be known as “The Iceman,” but perhaps nobody is better in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES when the heat is on. Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Dixon led practice Wednesday for the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge with a best lap of 226.829 mph in the No. 9 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Honda as track and air temperatures climbed compared to Opening Day Tuesday. 2008 Indy 500 winner Dixon led three Chip Ganassi Racing drivers in the top five. MEDIA LINKS: Day 2 PracticeRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer After 15 full seasons in the NTT IndyCar Series, Marco Andretti announced on social media Friday he’ll scale back on racing this year. The 33-year-old carefully thought about his future as a racer, including speaking with his father Michael Andretti until deciding now it’s time to hit the reset button. “I appreciate (Michael’s) openness and for allowing me the flexibility to map out my own course going forward,” said Marco. “I am fortunate to be in a position at Andretti Autosport to run the fullRead More

Posted On August 23, 2020By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Sato Sails Past Dixon for Second Indy 500 Win

By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Takuma Sato climbed to a higher level of immortality Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and becoming just the 20th driver to capture “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at least twice. Sato, from Japan, won the race under caution in the No. 30 Panasonic/PeopleReady Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing when Spencer Pigot crashed in Turn 4 on Lap 195. Sato also won the race in 2017, with Andretti Autosport. “This was the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan team,” SatoRead More