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Power wins chaotic Texas IndyCar shootout

 Will Power won a chaotic IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, holding his nerve to prevail in an accident-disrupted marathon that saw only nine cars finish. The 36-year-old Australian Team Penske driver claimed his second win of the season after a 248-lap race that was repeatedly interrupted after crashes involving multiple cars. One […]

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Fellow drivers support Takuma Sato after writer’s racist tweet, calling it ‘small-minded,’ ‘immature’ and ‘unfortunate’

 Before Takuma Sato moves around the 14-turn temporary street course on Belle Isle for this week’s Detroit Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 winner will try to move past a tweet that cost Denver Post sports writer Terry Frei his job. Sato on Sunday became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. Frei tweeted: “Nothing […]

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Indy 500 banquet controversy: Fernando Alonso wins Rookie of the Year

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso earned Rookie of the Year honors for the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Monday night during the post-race banquet, but many within the motorsports industry felt the honor should have gone to Ed Jones instead.   The award is decided by selected media members, based off four criteria. Those include: […]

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Fernando Alonso insists he will ‘definitely’ return to the Indy 500

Fernando Alonso says he will “definitely” be returning to the Indy 500 to have another shot at winning the event after he came so close on Sunday, only for a Honda engine failure to deny the Spaniard seeing the chequered flag. The McLaren-Andretti racer had led the event for 25 laps before falling back to […]

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Sato wins Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso forced to retire

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 as F1 star Fernando Alonso was forced to retire with smoke billowing from his car with just 21 laps of the 200 lap race remaining.Andretti Autosport driver, Sato, took the lead in the closing stages as he edged three-time Indy 500 winner Helio […]

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Fernando Alonso’s Indy Performance Is Exceeding All Expectations

Forget who he is for a second and realize the enormity of what he’s accomplished. Last year’s Indy 500—the 100th running of the iconic event—was huge in every way, but its hook was of the general kind, the number 100. The centennial celebration drew immense attention; fans flocked to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be […]

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F1’s Fernando Alonso qualifies fifth for first Indy 500

 It wasn’t entirely without drama, but Fernando Alonso has likely exceeded all expectations leading up to his first Indianapolis 500 with the Spaniard qualifying fifth on Sunday for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The two-time Formula 1 champion has been on the provisional pole for a short time and believes he could have made a […]

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Alonso ‘up against it’ diving straight into Indy 500 – Chilton

Max Chilton thinks that Fernando Alonso will be “up against it” when he makes his IndyCar debut at the Indianapolis 500 later this month, but is confident that the Spaniard will do well. Two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso announced last month that he would be skipping the Monaco Grand Prix so he could enter […]

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Alonso’s day at Indy: ‘Faster, different and pure adrenaline

Fernando Alonso came away from his first day of running at Indy with all boxes checked and glowing enthusiasm.The driver of the #29 McLaren-Honda entered Andretti Autosport papaya machine completed his Rookie Orientation Programme before upping the pace and getting further acquainted with his mount and the environment. Alonso set a fastest speed of 222.548mph, […]

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Two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso aces first IndyCar test at Indianapolis

Fernando Alonso’s first test session in an Indy car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was considered “private” although much of the motorsports world was watching. By 2:41 p.m. Eastern Time, IindyCar’s Facebook Live streaming of the all-day test session had attracted more than 1 million views and 800,000 unique viewers. That is more than double […]

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James Hinchcliffe, Honda race to IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach victory

James Hinchcliffe stole hearts in Southern California last fall with a runner-up effort on “Dancing With the Stars,” and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver did one better in his return by claiming victory at Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Team Penske’s Hélio Castroneves led the field to the green flag in the No. […]

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Rossi’s Indy 500 winner to be presented to IMS Museum

 The Dallara-Honda in which Alexander Rossi won this year’s 100th running of the Indy 500 will be presented to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum on Thursday. The 29th annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will see Rossi, team owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta, and car owner David […]

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Juan Pablo Montoya Will Only Race in the Indy 500 in 2017

The 1999 champ and two-time 500 winner will focus on his son’s karting career and may help develop a sports car program for Penske.Juan Pablo Montoya will stick with Team Penske’s IndyCar outfit for a fourth season in a reduced role after losing his full-time seat to young American badass Josef Newgarden. Coming off an […]

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Pagenaud awarded $1 million as 2016 IndyCar champion

An epic season deserves an equally impressive champion. That’s what INDYCAR has in Simon Pagenaud, who was honored this evening at the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration. Pagenaud, 32, was saluted at Hilbert Circle Theatre on Indianapolis’ Monument Circle for capturing the season championship on the strength of a series-best five race wins and […]

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Simon Pagenaud Takes First IndyCar Title With Sonoma Win

Simon Pagenaud’s path to his first career IndyCar championship began nine years ago when he began his career at American Open Wheel Racing’s top level alongside Team Australia teammate Will Power. He’d be out of open wheel racing when the series merged into IndyCar in 2008, and while teammate Power would continue in the discipline […]

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Indy 500 racer, USAC champ Bryan Clauson dies

Bryan Clauson, one of the most versatile racers of his generation, died on Sunday from injuries sustained in a crash while leading the Belleville Midget Nationals on Saturday night. The announcement was made during a Monday morning press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by USAC president Kevin Miller and IMS president J. Douglas Boles. […]

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Opinion: Greatest Spectacle in Racing? Yup

IndyCar newcomer Alexander Rossi’s win will be hard to top: By Wes Raynal: Autoweek The 100th Indy 500 was definitely The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It had it all: a sellout crowd, emotion, intrigue — even a rookie winner. Delicious. It’s going to be hard to top.Normally my race-weekend strategy goes like this: Arrive at the […]

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Rossi stuns with win in 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

 When Alexander Rossi leaves Indianapolis, don’t be surprised if he’ll have a song stuck in his heart and head: fellow Californian Jackson Browne’s 1977 hit, “Running on Empty.” Rossi was running on an empty fuel tank in his No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, but managed to coast the final quarter-lap to win the history-making […]

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Power’s chance for a special place in Penske/Indy history

The previous instance of an F1 driver’s family taking legal action over a fatality resulted in a US$9.6 million settlement by tyre company Goodyear and Roger Penske’s organisation for the family of Mark Donohue, the American who died in a Penske car at the 1975 Austrian GP. Donohue remains the favourite of all the drivers […]

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Complete starting lineup: James Hinchcliffe, Honda win pole for 100th running of the Indy 500

One year after terrible crash, Hinchcliffe ready to lead Indy fieldJames Hinchcliffe wanted a new story to tell, and now he’ll tell it. Instead of talking about leaving Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a life-or-death situation after a suspension piece speared an artery in his left thigh, he won the pole Sunday for next week’s Indianapolis […]

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IndyCar wants non-points race in China after season

Race could be scheduled as soon as next month IndyCar could be going to China.On Monday, IndyCar released a statement saying it was looking to schedule a non-points exhibition in Beijing, China. The scheduling of the race could be completed by next month.If the race goes on, it will be held in early October, after […]

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Celebrating the 100th Running of the Indy 500 – A Quickie History

On a sunny, cool Tuesday morning in 1911, 90,000 showed up to see 40 racecars—all but one with both a driver and “riding mechanic,” race for what today would be over a quarter-million dollars, with bets allowed in local bars on which drivers would be killed before the race ended. After all, adorned in only […]

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Spring color tour: No better place for cool liveries than the Indianapolis 500

Creative and eye-popping liveries part of the show at Indy 500 ’Twas Mark Twain who said there is no such thing as a new idea. “We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.”Note the colors of the IndyCar rainbow: When the field lines up for the […]

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IndyCar results: Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet win opener at St. Petersburg

Once again, the IndyCar Series field is chasing Juan Pablo Montoya, who Sunday repeated as Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg champion.Montoya led last season start-to-nearly-finish and would have been the series champion had Team Penske teammate Will Power not bumped into him in the final race at Sonoma Raceway. It didn’t help Montoya’s cause […]

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IndyCar Chief Looks to Build Interest Beyond 100th Indy 500

Mark Miles often has lunch at a restaurant not far from his office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He says he is often stopped by race fans who tell him what the Indianapolis 500 means to them. The race, for many, is still a deeply cherished tradition. Many major sporting events move from site to […]

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Meet the Pastor Who Aims to Win the Indianapolis 500 Race

 On May 29, 2016, the 100th Indianapolis 500 Race will take place in Indiana with a high probability that for the first time ever in the history of the race, a pastor-led racing team will be in the starting lineup.Marotti Racing, based in Wallingford, Connecticut, is raising sponsors and prayer support in their effort to be […]

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20-year-old eyes 100th Indianapolis 500

 Twenty-year old Sage Karam is returning to where it all started for him in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The rising star driver will reunite with Dreyer & Reinbold–Kingdom Racing to compete in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race this coming May.The announcement came in Dallas with primary sponsor partner Gas Monkey Garage, […]

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Indy 500 gets presenting sponsor in 3-year deal worth about $5 million

For the first time, the Indianapolis 500 will have a presenting sponsor this year, for the 100th running of the historic race.The May 29 race will be called “the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil,” according to a news release made available Thursday to IndyStar and USA TODAY. The price for that: about $5 million […]

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Why Montoya will be a title contender again

The evergreen and versatile Juan Pablo Montoya is driven by sheer passion but blends it with experience and wisdom.The “Whatever,” shrug hasn’t changed. The “Meh…whatever,” utterance is the same as when erstwhile teammate Jimmy Vasser first mimicked him more than a decade and a half ago. But most importantly, the fire within Juan Pablo Montoya […]

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Pirtek to sponsor Matt Brabham at 100th Indy 500

International fluid transfer solution specialists PIRTEK have created the opportunity of a lifetime for Matt Brabham in next year’s 100th Indianapolis 500, set to take place on May 29. Brabham, just 21, will become just the third third-generation driver to qualify for the 500, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Sir Jack who drove […]

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Montoya petulant after losing IndyCar title in final race

Entering the final race of the IndyCar season at Sonoma, Ganassi driver Scott Dixon was 47 points away from top spot in the championship standings and needed everything to align perfectly to pull off the miracle comeback and have a chance to win the overall title. Well, it happened. Dixon had a race car that […]

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IndyCar 2015: Scott Dixon wins at Sonoma finale to snatch title victory from Juan Pablo Montoya

SCOTT Dixon led the IndyCar Series for just one day in 2015, but he picked the right one. Dixon snatched the crown away from Juan Pablo Montoya in the double-points final race of the season at Sonoma Raceway, winning the race while Montoya could do no better than sixth. The results left them tied on […]

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David Letterman struggling with love of IndyCar

 This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing.The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Paul Dana, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. — and wondered if “maybe we’ve reached […]

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Montoya leads six-man title fight as IndyCar heads to finale in Sonoma

As Justin Wilson’s condition casts a pall over the Verizon IndyCar Series, it must continue to forge ahead to this weekend’s championship finale at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. Wilson remains in a coma in serious condition at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, after he was hit in the head […]

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Montoya a Master of 500-Mile Races

  Even though he has seen what was a commanding championship lead become tenuous, Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya maintains an unwavering mental approach for the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. “The best way to earn points is winning, and we can only control what we do, not what others do,” […]

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Graham Rahal, Honda win IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio, put heat on Juan Pablo Montoya

Graham Rahal is in business now. Riding the best season of his IndyCar Series career, Rahal got a timely break from a driver he’s had trouble with in recent weeks. Rahal was pitting on lap 65 (of 90) as rookie Sage Karam spun to bring out a caution at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Rahal […]

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American drivers show IndyCar resurgence with top-four sweep in Iowa

For most of the 20th century, it was Indy car racing that was considered as America’s form of auto racing while NASCAR was viewed as a regional sport based in the Southeast. American drivers such at A.J. Foyt, Bill Vukovich, Al and Bobby Unser, Jimmy Bryan, Wilbur Shaw, Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherford, Parnelli Jones and […]