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By INDYCAR INDIANAPOLIS — This is the ninth of a 12-part series of comprehensive team previews as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES prepares for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg set for March 13-15 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The preview series features each of the full-time teams as well as teams running a partial schedule that includes the season-opening race. Today’s featured organization: Arrow McLaren SP. Coming Tuesday: Meyer Shank Racing and Carlin. The season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be broadcast live on theRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Arrow McLaren SP announced Tuesday that two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will be driving the third entry for the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge. Alonso will be sponsored by Ruoff Mortgage and like last year, will carry the No. 66 on his Chevrolet powered car. Ruoff Mortgage is known in the world of INDYCAR as Takuma Sato’s primary sponsor when he won a thrilling 2017 Indy 500, the only race Alonso qualified where he led 27 laps until a dreaded engine failure knockedRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer After running six races in the 2018 NTT IndyCar Series, Meyer Shank Racing announced an expansion to their IndyCar plans for 2019 with driver Jack Harvey. The No. 60 AutoNation Sirius/XM Honda will contest the first six races of the 2019 IndyCar schedule at St. Petersburg, Circuit of the Americas, Long Beach, Barber Motorsports Park, the the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the 103rd Indianapolis 500. The team’s season will continue with the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America in late June followed by theRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Eight months ago today, James Hinchcliffe climbed from his No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda, dejected after failing to qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. With crew members, photographers and television cameras nearby, the Canadian had to come to terms with what must’ve been a completely alien concept to him heading into the month of May. After all, Hinchcliffe won the pole for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and was fifth in points following the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.Read More

Posted On May 21, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Wickens Crashes in Post-Qualifying Practice

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– Robert Wickens was turning his fourth practice lap on Monday’s post-qualifying practice session in preparation for the Indianapolis 500, but never made it around to the start finish line. The No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda got loose coming through Turn 2 asWickens chased the car up the track before making light contact with the right side of the car. However, the damage was done. The Canadian’s suspension was broken and the car then hit the wall on the backstretch, coming to aRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer At a press conference at the 2017 Performance Racing Industry Show, Michael Shank Racing announced a multi-year partnership with Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Without a budget for a full season, Harvey will be racing six races in the 2018 season including the streets of St. Petersburg, the streets of Long Beach and the 102nd Indianapolis 500 plus three other races with more to be added if funding can be found. “This is a long term deal for three yearsRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The landscape is changing in the Verizon IndyCar Series heading into 2018. In what feels like a lead up to the Olympics, many teams have elected to go with lineups that feature drivers from only one country, such as Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with a pair of Canadians in James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens. However, they have also bolstered their lineups within the organization across all fronts. The full team release can be seen below. — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today additions to its staff in itsRead More
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today its lineup for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe has renewed his contract with the Indianapolis-based team in a multi-year extension, and the 2011 IndyCar Rookie of the Year’s teammate will be countryman and friend Robert Wickens, a native of Guelph. The duo marks the first all-Canadian lineup in North American open-wheel racing since 2004 (Champ Car; Forsythe Racing: Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier). “Not only am I really excited to be able to say I’ll be back with SPM for nextRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has confirmed that a third entry for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be a partnership with French team, Calmels Sport, and will feature pilot Tristan Gommendy. The 38-year-old Frenchman last raced in America during the Champ Car era in 2007 with PKV Racing before moving back to Europe to compete in multiple junior formula series. The chance to drive in next year’s Indy 500 will also be his first on an oval, having spent theRead More
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Posted On May 9, 2017By Frank SantoroskiIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Event Preview: The INDYCAR Grand Prix

By Frank Santoroski, Staff Writer This coming weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off the Month of May with the 4th running of the INDYCAR Grand Prix. The race weekend is slated for May 12-13, 2017. About the Race The INDYCAR Grand Prix is round five of seventeen for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017. The event is held on a permanent road course, one of six such events in 2017. The defending race winner is Simon Pagenaud. For the Team Penske driver, it was his third consecutive seriesRead More