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Wheldon To Be Honored During Pre-500 Festivities
Thursday, 17 May, 2012 – 15:27 | Comments Off
Wheldon To Be Honored During Pre-500 Festivities

The life of two-time/reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon will be honored during a variety of activities leading into the 96th running of the race on May 27.
Wheldon earned his second Indy 500 victory in dramatic fashion at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last May 29, taking the lead for the first and only time on the [...]

Dragon Racing Switches Over To Chevrolet Power
Thursday, 17 May, 2012 – 10:47 | Comments Off

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Two more IndyCar Series drivers have defected from Lotus and moved to Chevrolet power.
INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series, confirmed today that it has approved an engine partner change for Dragon Racing.
The team will transfer from Lotus to Chevrolet power for the entries driven by Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge. The [...]

New Guy Newgarden Takes A Spin At Indy
Thursday, 17 May, 2012 – 7:04 | Comments Off
New Guy Newgarden Takes A Spin At Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Rookie Josef Newgarden added a pair of experiences to his Indianapolis 500 notebook Wednesday, when a spin in Turn 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway resulted in a visit to the track’s medical center.
“You don’t get many lucky breaks around this place, and I think I just got one,” Newgarden said [...]

Indy Speeds Climb As Teams Get Serious
Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 – 8:10 | Comments Off
Indy Speeds Climb As Teams Get Serious

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After three days of working primarily on race day setups for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, Team Penske got serious about qualifying Tuesday. The results produced the team’s fastest laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with all three Penske drivers exceeding 220 mph.
Three-time Indy 500 champion Helio [...]

Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Things Get Racy During Practice At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti picked up the pace for Andretti Autosport during practice Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where speeds for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 aren’t always what they seem.
With a number of IZOD IndyCar Series teams admittedly using the final hour of the six-hour [...]

Saavedra Has Mother Of A Day At Indianapolis
Sunday, 13 May, 2012 – 22:45 | Comments Off
Saavedra Has Mother Of A Day At Indianapolis

Native Colombian Sebastian Saavedra welcomed his mother to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Mother’s Day in “hey, watch this” fashion, posting the fastest speed of Day 2 of practice for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 Team AFS Chevrolet for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, toured the 2.5-mile IMS oval in 40.6272-seconds [...]

Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500
Saturday, 12 May, 2012 – 23:53 | Comments Off
Rookie Leads Field As Indianapolis Opens For 500

Rookie Josef Newgarden topped the timesheets as preparations began Saturday for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newgarden, who won the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race at IMS in May 2011, posted the quickest lap around the 2.5-mile oval of 220.250 mph in the No. 67 Dollar General Dallara/Honda for Sarah [...]

Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500
Friday, 11 May, 2012 – 15:54 | Comments Off
Veteran ‘Rookies’ OK’d For The 500

Six drivers have completed the three required speed phases during Rookie Orientation Program activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while Jean Alesi joined the short list of former Formula One regulars successfully logging his first oval-track experience.
Josef Newgarden and Bryan Clauson of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, James Jakes of Dale Coyne Racing, Simon Pagenaud of [...]

With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath
Thursday, 10 May, 2012 – 10:13 | Comments Off
With Boycott Talk Silenced, Gossage Takes Breath

FORT WORTH, Texas – INDYCAR’s highly anticipated Open Test at Texas Motor Speedway produced 1,172 incident-free laps around the 1.5-mile quadoval on Monday, and not a single mention of the one word track president Eddie Gossage definitely did not want to hear – boycott.
Rumors of a possible boycott by IZOD IndyCar Series drivers surfaced on [...]

Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test
Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 – 7:32 | Comments Off
Barrichello Gets The Runaround At Texas Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Rubens Barrichello says he spent the night before his first hot laps around Texas Motor Speedway “ovaling in my dreams,” which is not a requirement for passing the IZOD IndyCar Series rookie test.
The most experienced driver in Formula One history, Barrichello exited pit road and took [...]