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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 Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– One year after failing to make the 2018 Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe has more qualifying drama ahead of the 2019 Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe drove the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to a first lap speed of 228.159 mph during his first qualifying attempt. While going through Turn 2, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 polesitter lost control of his car and hit the SAFER barrier exiting the corner. He was evaluated and cleared to drive but his team had a mountain to climb getting theRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– What a difference a year makes. A reversal of fortune for Pippa Mann at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant that she qualified 30th for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 instead of being on the outside looking in. Mann’s No. 39 Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven 2 Save Lives Chevrolet qualified at 12:27 in the afternoon with a four lap average of 227.244 mph. That average put her in 17th position at the time. However, the weather conditions grew cooler as the late afternoon shadows beganRead More
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By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Drama, excitement, surprises, tears. First-day qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge had it all. But then, that’s become the norm for qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Following’s Saturday’s intense action on the hallowed 2.5-mile superspeedway oval, the fastest 30 qualifiers are locked into the field for the race on Sunday, May 26. The top nine advance Sunday to a shootout for the pole position. Second-day qualifying also features the Last Row Shootout that will include a pair of high-profile drivers who couldn’t findRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – James Hinchcliffe was dealt a major blow and wrecked during today’s qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The 32-year-old Canadian was on the second lap of his four-lap run when the back end of the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda snapped around and hit the SAFER Barrier. The left side of the car was severely damaged on impact and skated on its left sidepod before landing upright and coming to a stop midway down the backstretch.Read More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Confirming the final of 36 planned entries for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports confirmed that Oriol Servia will pilot the team’s No. 77 Honda entry in a partnership with Chicago-based Team Stange Racing. The Spaniard will attempt to qualify the No. 77 MotoGator Honda entry in a partnership that could see John Stange Jr.’s team start on the road to being full time competitors in the NTT IndyCar Series in a few years time. The team currently competes in stockRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The recurring theme continues for both rookies Marcus Ericsson and Colton Herta, the only retirees in Saturday’s epic INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Their days ended in separate accidents while having stellar runs in the early portions of the race before rainy conditions played a pivotal role, neither whom dealt with due to their exits. Ericsson was the first victim of the 85-lap contest as he was on a charge to catch Will Power for the ninth position until theRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS — INDYCAR announced today that the Advanced Frontal Protection debris deflector recently introduced as the sport’s latest safety initiative will be used in competition sooner than expected – beginning at next month’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The titanium AFP, which provides frontal protection for drivers, was tested earlier this week at IMS by INDYCAR teams in an open test on the 2.5-mile oval. INDYCAR President Jay Frye said the sanctioning body is satisfied the AFP is ready for use in all NTT IndyCar Series racesRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The opening day of NTT IndyCar Series practice for this weekend’s running of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park was a bit treacherous, to say the least. With overcast skies and rain threatening during the first of two scheduled practice sessions, several drivers found themselves making off track excursions on the mix of wet and dry pavement around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course, bringing out a number of red flags in the process. When all was said andRead More

Posted On April 5, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar, Opinion

DEHARDE: Friday Barber IndyCar Musings

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer BIRMINGHAM, Alabama– The 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama has two practice sessions in the books and quite honestly, nobody really knows what to expect for the third round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park. With a forecast changing about as rapidly as the track’s direction, it’s almost as if nobody knows where to go for the right setup, nor does anyone have any clue about the Firestone red sidewall (alternate) tires except for maybe James Hinchcliffe since he was thirdRead More