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Helio On Top As Teams Set Sights On Time Trials
Friday, 16 May, 2014 – 7:39 | Comments Off
Helio On Top As Teams Set Sights On Time Trials

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Today is “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and on cue, Helio Castroneves is on the gas and atop the speed chart for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.
A three-time Indy 500 champion, Team Penske’s Castroneves cranked out a lap in 39.6186-seconds/227.166 mph during Thursday’s fifth day of practice [...]

Pagenaud Out To Pull Off The Indianapolis Sweep
Thursday, 15 May, 2014 – 12:07 | Comments Off
Pagenaud Out To Pull Off The Indianapolis Sweep

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With one victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway already on his Month of May check-list, Simon Pagenaud is looking to complete his own/historic version of “The Double.”
Pagenaud emerged as winner of Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on IMS’ revised 2.439-mile/14-turn road-course. On Wednesday, the Frenchman cranked-out the fastest lap of [...]

Saavedra Back At Work After Ugly Traffic Incident
Wednesday, 14 May, 2014 – 9:20 | Comments Off
Saavedra Back At Work After Ugly Traffic Incident

Rookie Sebastian Saavedra got “back to business” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday, logging seven laps before practice for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 was curtailed by rain.
The shortened session was significant for Saavedra, who returned to the cockpit after avoiding what could have been tragic consequences at the start of Saturday’s inaugural Grand [...]

Action Is Speeding Up In Practice At Indianapolis
Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 – 7:59 | Comments Off
Action Is Speeding Up In Practice At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay raised the speed ante by nearly 2 mph Monday during the second day of practice for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, as Honda V6 power replaced Chevrolet’s twin-turbo at the top of the speed chart.
Hunter-Reay’s fast lap of 39.9955-seconds around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor [...]

Penske Looking Strong In Bid For Another 500 Win
Monday, 12 May, 2014 – 10:49 | Comments Off
Penske Looking Strong In Bid For Another 500 Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske’s bid for a record 16th Indianapolis 500 victory began with a sweep of the top three spots on the speed chart Sunday, as practice for the 98th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” opened at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Twenty-four car/driver combinations logged a total of 731 incident-free laps [...]

Pagenaud Magnifique In Historic Indianapolis Road Race
Sunday, 11 May, 2014 – 8:51 | Comments Off
Pagenaud Magnifique In Historic Indianapolis Road Race

There may come a day when Simon Pagenaud is held in the same reverential esteem at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Ray Harroun, winner of the first Indianapolis 500.
After his victory in Saturday’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Pagenaud certainly can be mentioned in the same sentence as fellow French-born racers Jules Goux, Rene Thomas, Gaston [...]

Saavedra Wins Pole After Hunter-Reay Slips In Rain
Saturday, 10 May, 2014 – 9:04 | Comments Off
Saavedra Wins Pole After Hunter-Reay Slips In Rain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers have said to “expect the unexpected” on the revised Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Sebastian Saavedra’s first pole and Verizon P1 Award fits neatly into that idea.
Saavedra, a 23-year-old native of Bogota, Colombia, claimed his first series pole during [...]

Big Oval Newbies Take To The Track At Indianapolis
Tuesday, 6 May, 2014 – 7:31 | Comments Off
Big Oval Newbies Take To The Track At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On the advice of team-owner Dale Coyne, road-racing specialist Carlos Huertas has adjusted to the idea of left turns only for the 98th edition of the Indianapolis 500 later this month.
“I was a bit unsure (about oval-track racing) because I never did it before. And because I had a late [...]

Teams Hit The Road For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indy
Thursday, 1 May, 2014 – 8:24 | Comments Off
Teams Hit The Road For Inaugural Grand Prix Of Indy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves neatly summarized Wednesday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
“There is only going to be one winner of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indy, and I want that to be me,” Castroneves said after completing 74 laps around the [...]

Earnhardt Jr. Voted First Quarter Winner Of Prestigious DOTY Award
Wednesday, 30 Apr, 2014 – 20:16 | Comments Off
Earnhardt Jr. Voted First Quarter Winner Of Prestigious DOTY Award

Dale Earnhardt Jr., winner of NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500, has been voted recipient of the First Quarter Driver of the Year Award for 2014.
Earnhardt prevailed in balloting by a national panel of motorsports journalists and broadcasters with seven of 17 first-place votes.
Ending an almost two-year winless drought, Earnhardt took the checkered flag at Daytona International [...]