Patricio O’Ward Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Mayhem happened on the opening lap of Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race No. 2 at Belle Isle, where a Turn 3 pileup collected seven cars. Heading into the treacherous breaking spot, an early three-car battle for eighth became disastrous when Will Power, Felix Rosenqvist, and Patricio O’Ward ran out of real estate, resulting Rosenqvist’s No. 10 NTT Honda lifting off and turned O’Ward’s No. 31 Gallagher Chevrolet being turned around in front of the field. Several cars made abrasive action to avoid the strickenRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer People must be hiding under a rock if they’re unaware of two of Formula One’s household names missing the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge — McLaren and their driver Fernando Alonso. More striking that the driver/team combo that send them packing was one of the NTT IndyCar Series’ smallest teams of Juncos Racing, with Kyle Kaiser representing the driver’s seat. What an amazing story on both ends because Juncos undeniably spent hours upon hours preparing a backup car and even after skipping the morningRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Sage Karam’s month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had many peaks and valleys, but the 24-year-old managed to find the pace to qualify 31st for the 103rd Indianapolis 500. After confidence in his No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet became hard to find, the 2013 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion had teammate and former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, J.R. Hildebrand drive it on Fast Friday. Karam’s struggles on Saturday included very light wall contact. That meant that Sunday’s LastRead 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 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
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– Only six cars went out for morning practice ahead of qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 and Fernando Alonso was fastest of them all in the three-part session. The Spaniard turned a fastest lap of 228.065 mph in his 13 laps in the No. 66 McLaren Chevrolet entry. Second quickest was Jordan King in the No. 42 Rich Energy Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The biggest story was Kyle Kaiser in the No. 32 Juncos Racing entry. After crashing the team’sRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– Patricio O’Ward hit the wall coming out of Turn 2 during the third day of practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. While following Helio Castroneves, O’Ward lost control of his No. 31 Carlin Racing Chevrolet and hit the SAFER Barrier exiting the second corner. The 2018 Indy Lights champion hit the wall head on and with the left rear corner of the car. The impact with the wall then allowed the car to get partially airborne before coming to the ground. TheRead More
By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power picked up where he left off a year ago from his life-altering Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge win by leading opening practice on Tuesday for the 103rd running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The Team Penske driver turned a best lap of 229.745 mph to take honors on the first of four practice days ahead of qualifications to set the 33-car field. All 36 entered drivers were on track and completed a total of 3,003 laps on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.Read 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
By David Morgan, Associate Editor AUSTIN, Texas – If Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas is any indication, it’s going to be a fun season ahead with the stout crop of rookies that are in the NTT IndyCar Series field. Two of the five rookies finished in the top-10, but at portions of the race all of them were fighting for a spot on the top half of the leaderboard. Colton Herta, the 18-year old standout for Harding Stenbrenner Racing, won the day by capturing his first career IndyCarRead More