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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Graham Rahal caps of a rather long weekend at Iowa Speedway with a third-place finish in Saturday’s Iowa INDYCAR 250 and feeling confident about his worth as a championship contender after 6 of 14 races. The superb result marked the 14-year veteran’s 30th career podium in Indy car competition and it had to be earned as the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing crew kept working on the HyVee Honda machine throughout the doubleheader at Iowa. More so when Rahal had two finishes outside the top-10,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Nothing but smiles for rookie Oliver Askew as his three-race skid over the past two weeks ended with his maiden NTT IndyCar Series podium following a third-place finish during Friday’s Iowa INDYCAR 250 at Iowa Speedway. At a track he’s only previously driven in USF2000 and where the team has had plenty of success, Askew was thrilled to accomplish this feat at the 7/8 mile oval. “I think this is the third podium in a row for Arrow McLaren SP here, so traditionally we’ve had reallyRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Alex Palou came into the NTT IndyCar Series as an unknown to many fans in the United States, but after Saturday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, his already impressive stock value grew tremendously following a third-place finish at one of the many tracks he’s never raced before. “That was an awesome race for us. It was a tough day today. My first time here at Road America, having free practice, qualifying and the race in the same day is tough,” Palou on his overallRead 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
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It was a good start for Team Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden, but struggled chasing down race winner Scott Dixon during Saturday’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway as they ended up second and third respectively. Newgarden led the 23-car field to the green flag, but his shot of winning back-to-back at Texas was derailed due to understeering and vibration issues. Despite the problems, he felt that scoring his 30th career INDYCAR podium was a win for him. “Tonight feels like a victory toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MADISON, Ill. — Just 0.0399 of a second was all the difference Takuma Sato denied Ed Carpenter from scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series triumph in over five years at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. “It could have been a little better if we had a little bit longer straightaway or another lap,” Carpenter on losing by a small margin. “But it was nice to finish on a high note, especially after the day we had yesterday.” Carpenter’s No. 20 SONAX Chevrolet had an entireRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — It may have not been a flashy race for Graham Rahal, but he made the most out of his 248 laps as he takes home third in Saturday’s DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Rahal’s good balanced No. 15 Fleet Cost & Care Honda led for three out of the 248 laps, but perhaps more important was scoring his first podium since last year’s season opener at St. Petersburg. However, he believes it should’ve been his second as the controversial blockingRead More