Motorsport Week - IndyCar News http://www.motorsportweek.com Catch up on all IndyCar news, here at Motorsport Week RSS Feed! http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13590http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13590IndyCar announces new multi-year Firestone contractTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:27:59 GMT<p><strong>The IndyCar series has announced a new multi-year contract extension with long-time tyre supplier Firestone.</strong></p> <p>The deal between IndyCar and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) means the Firestone brand continues to be the exclusive tyre supplier of the series.</p> <p>Firestone has been the sole provider of tyres for IndyCar since 2000 and has a long history in American open-wheel racing, with Alexander Rossi&rsquo;s 2016 Indianapolis 500 win being the tyre supplier&rsquo;s 67<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>&quot;Firestone is part of the fabric of IndyCar and its commitment to evolving performance, innovation and safety in the Verizon IndyCar Series has been remarkable,&quot; Jay Frye, IndyCar president of competition and operations, said.</p> <p>&quot;The Firestone brand has been part of our sport for more than 100 years and continues to be an integral partner in the growth of IndyCar on and off the racetrack.&quot;</p> <p>A variety of changes have been introduced for the 2017 season when it comes to the Firestone tyres, with more sets being allocated per event.</p> <p>One set of the alternative (red-sidewall) tyre now has to be used in Friday practice at all street and road courses.</p> <p>The new IndyCar season kicks off on March 12 at St. Peterburg.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13588http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13588AJ Foyt Racing confirms switch to Chevrolet power Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:31:26 GMT<p><strong>The AJ Foyt Racing team has announced it is switching to Chevrolet power and aero kits for the 2017 IndyCar season.</strong></p> <p>A move from Honda to Chevrolet engines has been rumoured for some time, but the news has finally become official after the team&rsquo;s announcement on Tuesday.</p> <p>It marks the first time since 2005 that Foyt&#39;s team has used Chevrolet power, having run Honda engines for 11 consecutive seasons.</p> <p>Chevrolet returned to IndyCar as an engine supplier in 2012. Foyt&#39;s switch had been expected in the aftermath of Ganassi&rsquo;s change from Chevrolet to Honda for 2017.</p> <p>Foyt will field Conor Daly and Carlos <span>Mu&ntilde;oz </span> this season; both drove with Honda engines in 2016, so will get their first taste of Chevrolet&rsquo;s power unit at the private Sebring test later this month.</p> <p>&quot;I am looking forward to what will be a new chapter for us that involves returning to an old friend in Chevrolet,&quot; Larry Foyt, team president, said.</p> <p>&quot;There are a lot of changes happening within our team this off-season and I won&rsquo;t minimize the challenges, but I see a lot of potential with our plan.&quot;</p> <p>Team owner, the legendary racing driver and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, added: &quot;I&rsquo;m glad to be back with Chevy. I&rsquo;ve had a lot of success with them in the past and I&rsquo;m looking forward to more success in the future.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13587http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13587Spencer Pigot returns to ECR for IndyCar street/road course eventsTue, 17 Jan 2017 15:11:48 GMT<p><strong>Spencer Pigot will return to the IndyCar Series in 2017 with Ed Carpenter Racing, joining the team for the 11 road and street course events on this year&rsquo;s calendar.</strong></p> <p>Pigot, 23, made his IndyCar debut last March with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at St. Petersburg, coming off the back of his Indy Lights title victory the previous year.</p> <p>After making three starts for RLL, including a run to 25th in the Indianapolis 500, Pigot joined Ed Carpenter Racing for the remaining street and road course races in 2016, with a best finish of seventh at Mid-Ohio.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed that Pigot would be returning for 2017, racing in the No. 20 car that will be manned by team owner Ed Carpenter for the oval rounds.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m very excited to be staying with Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2017 season,&quot; Pigot said.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s a great feeling to know that I have a secure ride for all of the road and street course races so we can start preparing for the season now.</p> <p>&quot;I learned a lot in my rookie year and I&rsquo;m looking forward to the opportunity to build on that experience.</p> <p>&quot;I know I have the team around me to fight at the front and that&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;ll be trying to do in 2017.&quot;</p> <p>ECR will field two cars through the 2017 campaign, with JR Hildebrand replacing Josef Newgarden in the full-season No. 21 entry following the American&#39;s move to Penske.</p> <p>The new IndyCar season will begin on March 12 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13583http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13583INDYCAR hopeful of adding third manufacturer by 2019Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:41:03 GMT<p><strong>INDYCAR&rsquo;s President of competition and operations Jay Frye is hopeful of adding a third manufacturer to the IndyCar Series by 2019 as part of the championship&rsquo;s five-year growth plan.</strong></p> <p>IndyCar currently works with two manufacturers, Chevrolet and Honda, who supply engines and aerokits for the teams to use with the spec Dallara DW-12 chassis.</p> <p>A third OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturer] has not been present in the series since Lotus departed at the end of the 2012 season, but Frye is hopeful of bringing another major brand&nbsp;on board in the near future as part of IndyCar&rsquo;s five-year plan.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we talk about this five-year plan, one of our targeted goals is to recruit another OEM to come into INDYCAR,&rdquo; Frye said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last week.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our five-year plan, part of that was predicated on the wishes of OEMs or prospective OEMs, so what we think we&#39;ve done by coming up with this five-year plan with the universal kit is we&#39;ve eliminated some huddles for other OEMs to come in.</p> <p>&quot;Our two current partners are great, Chevrolet and Honda, and they have completely signed off on this program. They&#39;re participating in it. They&#39;re going to be part of the testing program.</p> <p>&quot;But simultaneously we also ran these ideas by other OEMs that aren&#39;t currently in the IndyCar Series because it would have not been very smart on our behalf to come up with this great five-year plan and then take it out to different OEMs and them be like, we don&#39;t want to do that, either.&rdquo;</p> <p>When asked for a timescale for a new manufacturer to join the series, Frye pointed to 2019 as being the most likely season for a third entry.</p> <p>&ldquo;&#39;18 would be a stretch. &#39;19 would be possible,&quot; he commented. &quot;But again, if somebody wanted to come in then we would do everything we could to accelerate it as quickly as we could.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Again, we have two great partners now with Chevrolet and Honda. There&#39;s a lot of things that would have to happen. There would have to be a lot of collaboration as part of that. They understand, and Chevy and Honda have been great.</p> <p>&quot;They understand it&#39;s important to the series and the league to have a third or fourth partner, and they&#39;re very actively participating in it with us.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13534http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13534IndyCar unveils concept designs for 2018 aerokitsThu, 12 Jan 2017 18:54:38 GMT<p><strong>The IndyCar series has unveiled a series of initial concept designs for how the aerokits may look for the 2018 season.</strong></p> <p>IndyCar&rsquo;s president of competition and operations, Jay Frye, revealed the drawings at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.</p> <p>It hints at the basic direction of next year&rsquo;s aerokits, following the news of a contract extension for chassis manufacturer Dallara.</p> <p>IndyCar says further updates will be released at the 2017 pre-season test in Pheonix from the 10-11 February.</p> <p>The goal is to have a display car made and on show for the Indianapolis 500 in May, with the aim of testing in the summer months.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" height="600" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/01-12-NEW-2018-CAR-CONCEPT-SKETCHES-HIRES.jpg" width="750" /></p> <p>2017 is the third and final season of IndyCar&rsquo;s manufacturer-produced aerokits, with Honda and Chevrolet going head-to-head.</p> <p>The 2018 aerokit will be universal but there will be some development allowed in strictly controlled areas. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13532http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13532IndyCar extends Dallara chassis contact through to 2020Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:36:51 GMT<p><strong>The IndyCar series has announced a multi-year contract extension with chassis manufacturer Dallara through to the 2020 season.</strong></p> <p>The Italian company started working with IndyCar in 1997 and confirmed a new deal at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.</p> <p>Dallara will continue to supply IndyCar with driver safety cells through to the 2020 season, with the up-coming campaign marking its 20-year anniversary in US-based single-seater racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dallara&#39;s continued participation in our sport provides IndyCar and our competitors a tremendous amount of confidence,&rdquo; said IndyCar president of competition and operations, Jay Frye.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dallara has been an instrumental partner in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 20 years and we are excited to extend our relationship with them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dallara president Giampaolo Dallara added: &ldquo;The signature of this contract is a natural extension of an intensive working relationship that has been continuing since 1997.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to continue to contribute to the great success that this series deserves.&rdquo;</p> <p>The new 2017 IndyCar season begins in St/ Petersburg on the 12 March.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13461http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13461Gabby Chaves joins line-up for 2017 Race of ChampionsSat, 17 Dec 2016 14:32:41 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar driver and 2014 Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves has been announced as part of Team Colombia at next year&rsquo;s Race of Champions.</strong></p> <p>The 23-year-old will partner former F1 driver and fellow IndyCar racer Juan Pablo Montoya for the Nations Cup competition in Miami on the 22 January.</p> <p>Having claimed the Indy Lights title, Chaves picked up Rookie of the Year in IndyCar in 2015 and raced seven times in the series for Dale Coyne Racing this year.</p> <p>He joins the line-up for the next Race of Champions event, that includes big names like Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Jenson Button, Tom Kristensen and Petter Solberg.</p> <p>Fellow IndyCar racers Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Alexander Rossi will also be in action and more drivers are expected to be announced ahead of the January event.</p> <p>The RoC takes place at Miami&rsquo;s Marlins Park over two days, with the individual competition on Saturday 21 January and the main Nations Cup event on the following day.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13429http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13429Max Chilton confirmed at Ganassi for second IndyCar seasonThu, 08 Dec 2016 12:44:57 GMT<p><strong>Former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton will remain in the IndyCar series with the Chip Ganassi team for a second season.</strong></p> <p>The British racer made his debut this year with Ganassi, scoring a best finish of seventh place in Phoenix.</p> <p>He picked up a best qualifying position of fourth at Iowa. Chilton finished his rookie IndyCar season in 19<sup>th</sup> place in the championship.</p> <p>Chilton made 35 race starts in F1 with the Marussia team during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.</p> <p>Following a solid first season in IndyCar, he has now been announced as Ganassi alongside an unchanged line-up of Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we were able to build a solid foundation in my rookie year in the Verizon IndyCar Series with the support of Gallagher and the team,&rdquo; Chilton said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The learning curve is very steep here and the field is separated by just a few seconds from top to bottom with really talented teams and drivers, which makes the competition incredibly close.</p> <p>&ldquo;Having a year of experience now to adapt to the car and learn all of the courses on the schedule is huge for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;Chip and [sponsor] Gallagher give us everything we need to be competitive and go out to contend for wins, so I&rsquo;m optimistic for the direction of the No. 8 Gallagher team heading into next season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13427http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13427Oriol Servia to race in 2017 Indy 500 with Rahal Letterman LaniganWed, 07 Dec 2016 17:54:40 GMT<p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has signed Oriol Servia for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, the team has announced.</strong></p> <p>There is the possibility of Servia making more outings for the RLL squad through the 2017 IndyCar season.</p> <p>It will be the Spaniard&rsquo;s ninth Indy 500 and fourth with the RLL team, following drives in 2009, 2014 and 2015.</p> <p>His best finish at the Indy 500 so far has been fourth place with Dreyer &amp; Reinbold in 2012, which followed his best starting position of third for Newman/Haas Racing in 2011.</p> <p>Servia finished 12<sup>th</sup> in last year&rsquo;s race. He has made 195 starts in CART, Champ Car and IndyCar since his rookie season in 2000.</p> <p>Alongside Indy 500 starts, he also recently competed in Formula E, racing in the first four rounds of the all-electric championship in 2014 for Dragon Racing.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13412http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13412Takuma Sato confirmed at Andretti Autosport for 2017 IndyCar seasonSun, 04 Dec 2016 19:12:02 GMT<p><strong>Andretti Autosport has confirmed the arrival of Takuma Sato for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, replacing Carlos Munoz.</strong></p> <p>Sato made his IndyCar debut back in 2010 with KV Racing before moving to A. J. Foyt Enterprises for 2013, where he won just his third race with the team at Long Beach.</p> <p>After a disappointing 2016 campaign that yielded just two top-five finishes, Sato parted company with Foyt at the end of the year, making way for Munoz and Conor Daly to join the team.</p> <p>The Honda-backed racer has now landed Munoz&#39;s old seat at Andretti, completing the four-car line-up for the American marque in 2017.</p> <p>&quot;I am extremely excited that we were able to work out a deal with Michael [Andretti] and Andretti Autosport,&rdquo; Sato said.</p> <p>&ldquo;With Honda an integral part of Andretti Autosport, it seemed like a great fit. The team has proven year after year that they are ultracompetitive on all types of circuits.</p> <p>&quot;Particularly the speed that team has shown in recent years at the Indy 500 were just incredible. I am also very impressed on how aggressively they have addressed their needs for 2017, and am really looking forward to working with my new environment and can&rsquo;t wait to get started.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;I think joining the team will be a new and positive opportunity for Takuma,&rdquo; Andretti added. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s not yet had the chance to be part of a larger team where the drivers collaborate; our four drivers and team of engineers working together has bred success for us in the past and has helped many drivers develop on track.</p> <p>&quot;Takuma has strong racing experience and we are looking forward to providing a team atmosphere where he can continue to grow, develop and be successful.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sato will race alongside Ryan Hunter-Reay and&nbsp;Marco Andretti at Andretti Autosport next year, with Alexander Rossi also featuring under the Andretti umbrella with Bryan Herta Autosport.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13278http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13278Conor Daly, Carlos Munoz secure 2017 IndyCar seats with A. J. FoytTue, 15 Nov 2016 16:25:36 GMT<p><strong>Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz will join A. J. Foyt Enterprises for the 2017 IndyCar season, as confirmed by the team on Tuesday.</strong></p> <p>Following an underwhelming season in 2016 that yielded just two top-five finishes, the previous line-up of Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth has been overhauled ahead of the new season.</p> <p>Daly, 23, joins following his first full year in IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing, where he produced a number of stand-out drives including a charge to second in Detroit.</p> <p>The former GP2 driver made his IndyCar debut with Foyt back in 2013 at the Indy 500, and has remained in contact with team boss and American open-wheel racing legend A. J. Foyt ever since.</p> <p>&quot;They gave me such an opportunity to get into the Verizon IndyCar Series,&rdquo; Daly said. &ldquo;They took a chance on me when Takuma couldn&rsquo;t get into the country for a test, they tested me.</p> <p>&quot;After that, they hired me to drive in the Indy 500. They paid me to drive when I was 21 and coming out of Indy Lights. It was a really cool programme to be a part of. They gave me my first taste and ever since then I&rsquo;ve had a really good relationship with them.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m certainly a very, very different driver compared to 2013. I&rsquo;m certainly much more ready to jump in and deliver. Thankfully, Dale Coyne gave me an opportunity to get my foot in the door and here we are. We make the progression to another team.</p> <p>&quot;Hopefully we can be here for a good amount of time. I&rsquo;d like to be with this team for more than a year. You have to take it as it comes day by day, but I&rsquo;m excited to at least get back to work and have a deal done sooner rather than later.&quot;</p> <p>Munoz, 24, spent three full seasons in IndyCar with Andretti Autosport and is a two-time Indianapolis 500 runner-up, and is relishing the chance to race with Foyt in 2017.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s a new chapter in my life. I&rsquo;m really honored to be on this team,&rdquo; Munoz said. &ldquo;There were a lot of options and I know a lot of drivers called [team president]&nbsp;Larry Foyt. I think the best teammate is Conor. First, he&rsquo;s American. Fans really like him and he&rsquo;s a really good driver. He has experience.</p> <p>&ldquo;INDYCAR needs a change in generations and it&rsquo;s starting right now. We are both young and we are both really fast drivers, so I think it&rsquo;s a great combination for the team.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13275http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13275Indy Lights champion Ed Jones joins Dale Coyne Racing in IndyCar for 2017Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:05:54 GMT<p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing has signed 2016 Indy Lights champion Ed Jones, completing its IndyCar line-up for next year.</strong></p> <p>Jones, 21, made the move over to America in 2015 with Carlin in Indy Lights, finishing his debut season third in the final standings before winning the title in 2016.</p> <p>Along with the title, the Briton secured the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship that guaranteed him a place on the grid for at least three races, including the Indianapolis 500.</p> <p>However, Jones is set to complete the full season with Dale Coyne Racing, partnering&nbsp;Sebastien Bourdais following his move from KVSH Racing, with the deal being announced on Monday.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m hugely excited about stepping up to the Verizon IndyCar Series next year with Dale Coyne Racing,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;To reach an agreement as early as we have done is great news as it gives me plenty of time to settle into the team and get to know everybody properly so we can prepare as well as possible for the season ahead.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;IndyCar has been my goal ever since I left Europe to come and race in America, and it&rsquo;s crazy to think I&rsquo;ll be joining the grid just two years after moving stateside.</p> <p>&quot;Together with my management team and sponsors, I&rsquo;ve worked so hard for this opportunity and I fully intend to grab it by the scruff of the neck and make the most of it.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13216http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13216Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi joins Race of Champions line-upMon, 07 Nov 2016 15:43:10 GMT<p><strong>2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi has joined the driver line-up for next January&rsquo;s Race of Champions in Miami.</strong></p> <p>The IndyCar driver has been confirmed alongside Red Bull Global Rallycross champion and former Formula 1 driver Scott Speed.</p> <p>Rossi claimed victory at the 100th&nbsp;running of the Indy 500 at his first attempt, driving for Andretti-Herta.</p> <p>The American finished 11th&nbsp;in this year&rsquo;s IndyCar standings, after his Indy 500 win and five further top 10 finishes. He picked up Rookie of the Year for 2016.</p> <p>He joins fellow Indy 500 winners Tony Kanaan, Juan-Pablo Montoya and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the driver line-up, alongside NASCAR champion Kurt Busch and GRC champion Speed.</p> <p>Other racers already confirmed include four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, F1 race winner Felipe Massa, World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg and Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Race of Champions takes place in Miami, USA, from the 21-22 January 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m honoured to be invited to race in this year&rsquo;s Race Of Champions,&rdquo; Rossi said. &ldquo;ROC is so well respected in motor sport, bringing together the best drivers from around the world and across every series.</p> <p>&ldquo;This international event is always ultra-competitive and I&rsquo;m looking forward to the competition and the very first US race venue in Miami.</p> <p>&ldquo;It will also be great to race with my Andretti Autosport team-mate, Ryan Hunter-Reay. I can assure you, neither of us will be holding back.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13202http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13202JR Hildebrand to return to IndyCar full-time in 2017 with Ed Carpenter RacingFri, 04 Nov 2016 14:42:03 GMT<p><strong>Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that JR Hildebrand will return to IndyCar full-time for the 2017 season, replacing Josef Newgarden in the #21 car following his move to Penske.</strong></p> <p>Hildebrand, 28, raced full-time with Panther Racing in IndyCar in 2010 and 2011, recording a best finish of second at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, and has worked with Ed Carpenter Racing through the month of May for the past three years.</p> <p>Hildebrand finished sixth in the 2016 Indy 500, and has also completed extensive testing for the team through 2016, but will now step up to a full-time race seat for next year.</p> <p>&quot;Honestly, I just couldn&rsquo;t be more ready to get started!&quot;&nbsp;Hildebrand said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been close to, but still outside of, this role for long enough to really understand and embrace the opportunity to be back in the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;The relationship I&rsquo;ve had with Ed Carpenter and ECR has honed my determination to get back in the seat because of how confident I feel in what we could do together. Now, I&rsquo;m here to make it happen. I feel like I&rsquo;ve got something to prove and can&rsquo;t think of a better place to do it.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We first started talking about this in 2013 and the timing has just now worked to give JR an opportunity to show what he can do with a full-time ride,&quot; team owner Ed Carpenter added.</p> <p>&quot;The job that he has done for the team each time we have put him in a car the past three years has proven to us that he is the right man for the job.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whether it has been his role with the team during the past three 500s or the testing he has done for us over the past two years, he consistently shows he deserves a full-time opportunity.&nbsp;I am confident that JR will shine in the 21 car and that ECR will continue to post the results we have grown to expect.&quot;</p> <p>Carpenter will return to the #20 ECR car for the six oval races in 2017, but the team is yet to decide on whether it will also retain the second entry for the street and road course events.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13187http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13187Juan Pablo Montoya to compete in 2017 Indianapolis 500 with PenskeTue, 01 Nov 2016 14:59:08 GMT<p><strong>Juan Pablo Montoya has accepted an offer to compete in the&nbsp;Indianapolis 500 with Penske on a one-race deal, having been dropped from the team&#39;s line-up in favour of Josef Newgarden.</strong></p> <p>The Colombian will not compete in the IndyCar Series next year after being replaced by Newgarden, but has accepted an offer to race a fifth Penske entry during the next edition of the Indianapolis 500, team president Tim Cindric confirmed to <em>Autosport.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m pleasantly surprised that he took the Indy-only offer,&quot; commented Cindric. &quot;We were really honest with each other about what our different goals were and for a period it didn&#39;t align but I think this is a good situation for both of us.</p> <p>&quot;His first reaction was he wanted to run a full season with someone. He didn&#39;t want to leave the team but wanted to see what else was out there.</p> <p>&quot;At the end of last week he told me the best opportunity was to run Indy with Team Penske so if the offer still stood that is what he wanted to do.&quot;</p> <p>The addition of a fifth car sees Montoya line-up against&nbsp;Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Newgarden in what will be Penske&#39;s biggest Indy 500 line-up ever.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13057http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13057Sebastien Bourdais back at Dale Coyne Racing for 2017 IndyCar seasonWed, 12 Oct 2016 17:46:25 GMT<p><strong>Four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais will return to Dale Coyne Racing for the 2017 IndyCar season.</strong></p> <p>The French driver competed for Dale Coyne after heading back to single seater racing in North America in 2011, after his stint at the Toro Rosso Formula 1 team.</p> <p>He completed a partial programme with Dale Coyne, scoring several top 10 finishes before moving to Dragon Racing.</p> <p>For the last three seasons he has been driving for KVSH Racing, taking the team to four victories &ndash; winning once in 2014, twice in 2015 and once this year.</p> <p>Bourdais will now return to Dale Coyne for next year&rsquo;s IndyCar campaign. His running will start next week with a tyre test at Gateway Motorsports Park.</p> <p>&ldquo;Back in 2011, Dale was the one who gave me the opportunity to come back to IndyCar, and I&rsquo;m looking forward to a very exciting second stint with his team,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to Dale&rsquo;s leadership and unconditional commitment to the series, we have been able to assemble a great group of guys, including Olivier Boisson, my race engineer for the last three years, as well as my former lead engineer from the Newman/Haas Racing days, Craig Hampson.</p> <p>&ldquo;The addition of these two great minds and friends, to Dale Coyne Racing&rsquo;s existing group, will undoubtedly give me a great chance at running up front with a competitive car.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would like to thank Chevy and KVSH Racing for their support and trust in me over the last few years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now, a new chapter has begun and it would not have been possible without Honda&rsquo;s commitment to our effort.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13054http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13054Tony Kanaan to stay at Chip Ganassi for 2017 IndyCar seasonWed, 12 Oct 2016 08:56:56 GMT<p><strong>Tony Kanaan has re-signed with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2017 IndyCar season alongside team sponsor NTT Data.</strong></p> <p>This will be Kanaan&#39;s fourth season with the outfit and his first racing with Honda power following the <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/13021">announcement that Ganassi will switch from Chevrolet</a> next year.</p> <p>&quot;We are very happy to re-sign Tony to drive the No. 10 for us, but are just as pleased to bring a great partner like NTT DATA back to the team,&quot; commented Chip Ganassi.</p> <p>&quot;Tony has played a strong role as one of the leaders of this team both on and off the track and we feel fortunate to have him back. NTT DATA has proved to be a fantastic partner in many different aspects of our organization.</p> <p>&quot;They are not only on our cars but they have also used their technological expertise to help in numerous other aspects of the race team.&nbsp;They have been with us for the last four years and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with them for years to come.&quot;</p> <p>The 2004&nbsp;IndyCar champion and 2013 Indy 500 winner added: &quot;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be back with Chip and NTT DATA &ndash; it&rsquo;s been one of the most rewarding partnerships of my career. It&rsquo;s been great having a partner in NTT DATA that is so committed to making our on-track performance as strong as it can be and I think it&rsquo;s really shown in our growth together over the last few years.</p> <p>&quot;Our 2016 season was strong, but our results didn&rsquo;t always reflect our performance and we definitely have some unfinished business heading into 2017.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13021http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13021Chip Ganassi changes to Honda power for 2017 IndyCar seasonFri, 07 Oct 2016 20:01:25 GMT<p><strong>Chip Ganassi Racing has announced that it will switch from Chevrolet to Honda power for the 2017 IndyCar season.</strong></p> <p>The team last raced with Honda engines in 2013, before moving to Chevrolet for the next three IndyCar seasons.</p> <p>Chip Ganassi won four CART titles with Honda between 1996 and 1999, before adding four more to their tally in the IndyCar series from 2008 to 2011.</p> <p>Most recently, the team won the championship with Scott Dixon in 2013, before making the move to Chevrolet power.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a long and successful relationship with Honda over the years and we look forward to getting it back on track,&rdquo; said team owner Chip Ganassi.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel a little like I am going home after having previously spent 12 years with them. Much of our organization&rsquo;s success has been with Honda power in our cars, so we are all very excited.&rdquo;</p> <p>The team ran Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton this season, with all four looking set to remain Ganassi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13006http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13006Newgarden confirmed at Penske for 2017 IndyCar seasonWed, 05 Oct 2016 18:12:00 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar race winner Josef Newgarden will join Team Penske for the 2017 season, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya.</strong></p> <p>Last week Ed Carpenter Racing confirmed he would not remain at the team for a third season, after scoring three victories with ECR.</p> <p>Newgarden enjoyed a successful fifth full IndyCar season, finishing a career-best fourth and the highest placed non-Penske driver.</p> <p>Since ECR announced his departure, speculation has picked up pace over his 2017 plans and he was linked to a Penske seat.</p> <p>Now the team has revealed Newgarden will join Penske for next year, joining Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Helio Castroneves, and will drive the No.2 car.</p> <p>&ldquo;For any open-wheel racer &ndash; or any racecar driver in general &ndash; Team Penske is a dream job,&rdquo; he said on the team switch.</p> <p>&ldquo;Roger Penske is a legend in the motorsports community and his team has done just about everything they&rsquo;ve ever set out to do.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I look forward to working with all of Team Penske&rsquo;s great partners. To get an opportunity to work with Simon (Pagenaud), Will (Power) and Helio (Castroneves), along with the rest of the team, will just help make me a better driver.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12992http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12992Alexander Rossi to remain at Andretti for 2017 IndyCar seasonMon, 03 Oct 2016 19:53:18 GMT<p><strong>Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi will remain at Andretti Autosport for the 2017 IndyCar season.</strong></p> <p>Having previously focused on racing in Europe in the GP2 series, Rossi made his IndyCar debut at the start of this season with Andretti.</p> <p>The American went on to win the Indy 500 and scored five further top 10 finishes, ending the year 11th&nbsp;in the drivers&rsquo; standings.</p> <p>Rossi was also named Rookie of the Year for 2016 in the IndyCar series. He has been retained for next year, with the entry being run as a joint programme between Andretti and Bryan Herta.</p> <p>&ldquo;What an incredible eight months this has been,&rdquo; Rossi said. &ldquo;From getting the opportunity to join the IndyCar Series in February, to winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and now re-signing with Andretti Autosport.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am incredibly proud and grateful to be able to have the opportunity to work with a team of this caliber as we chase after more race wins and continue to make our mark in this amazing championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to thank Michael [Andretti], JF [Thormann], Bryan [Herta] and Honda for the faith and trust they have in me to put the Andretti name at the front.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have a lot of work ahead of us and we are already completely focused on being back at the sharp end of the grid where we belong.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12954http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12954Ed Carpenter Racing confirms Newgarden departure for 2017Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:17:33 GMT<p><strong>Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that Josef Newgarden will not be returning to the team for the 2017 IndyCar season.</strong></p> <p>This year marked his fifth full season racing in IndyCar, finishing a career-best fourth in the 2016 drivers&#39; standings.</p> <p>Newgarden has scored three race wins for the team over the last two seasons but it&#39;s been announced he will not return to ECR.</p> <p>&ldquo;While it&rsquo;s disappointing that Josef will not be returning, it&rsquo;s also not a total surprise after all of the speculation the past few weeks,&rdquo; team owner Ed Carpenter said in a statement.</p> <p>&ldquo;I wish Josef the best in his future endeavours, but also remain focused on ECR&rsquo;s continued success.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are positioned well moving into 2017 and I have total confidence that we will continue to deliver the high level of performance we expect as a team.&rdquo;</p> <p>ECR says it is now evaluating its options for the team for next season&rsquo;s driver line-up.</p> <p>Newgarden was the team&rsquo;s only full-time driver in 2016, with the team running Spencer Pigot seven times, J.R. Hildebrand twice and owner Carpenter five times.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12906http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12906Video: Highlights of the 2016 IndyCar finale at SonomaTue, 20 Sep 2016 12:01:34 GMT<p><strong>Watch race highlights from the final round of the 2016 IndyCar season at Sonoma as Penske&rsquo;s Simon Pagenaud sweeps to victory and the drivers&rsquo; championship.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12898http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12898Simon Pagenaud claims IndyCar title with Sonoma victory as Power hits troubleMon, 19 Sep 2016 01:52:32 GMT<p><strong>Simon Pagenaud claimed his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series title on Sunday with victory at Sonoma Raceway as title rival and teammate Will Power hit trouble before half-distance.</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud entered Sunday&#39;s title showdown with a 44-point lead over Power in the drivers&#39; championship after taking pole, and managed to retain his lead at the start.</p> <p>Power moved up from fourth to third at Turn 1 before jumping Penske teammate Helio Castroneves by getting the undercut at the first round of pit stops, leaving only Pagenaud ahead.</p> <p>Pagenaud was unfazed by having his title rival behind, opening up an eight-second buffer in the lead-up to the second round of stops.</p> <p>Just before Penske planned to bring the race leader in, the title race took a decisive twist when Power began to slow coming out of Turn 7, as an&nbsp;issue with the clutch control unit reduced him to a crawl on-track.</p> <p>Power was able to return to the pits under a full course caution, losing seven laps on the leaders at the Penske crew tried to correct the issue on his car.</p> <p>While the Australian was able to get back out on-track, the damage had already been done, leaving Pagenaud to ease to his fifth win of the season and claim his maiden IndyCar series title.</p> <p>The championship success comes in Pagenaud&#39;s second season with Penske and fifth full campaign in IndyCar, having previously been named as the series&#39; Rookie of the Year back in 2012.</p> <p>A three-stop strategy combined with some late fuel saving saw Pagenaud cross the line just one second clear of Graham Rahal, who carved into the Frenchman&#39;s lead through the final stint but was unable to pass for the lead.</p> <p>Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the podium in what looks set to have been his final race for Penske ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay,&nbsp;while Alexander Rossi sealed the Rookie of the Year award by finishing fifth after running low on fuel on the last lap.</p> <p>Josef Newgarden finished the race sixth after fending off Helio Castroneves in the final stages, the Brazilian unsuccessfully trying to pull off a four-stop strategy. Marco Andretti enjoyed his best run in recent times to P8, with Charlie Kimball and Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12896http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12896Ryan Hunter-Reay signs IndyCar extension with Andretti until 2020Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:12:36 GMT<p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay will remain with Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series until to the end of the 2020 season after a new deal was announced on Sunday.</strong></p> <p>Hunter-Reay has raced with Andretti in IndyCar since 2010, winning the series title in 2012 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2014, as well as claiming at least one victory in each season he has raced for the team so far.</p> <p>On Sunday ahead of the 2016 season finale at Sonoma, Andretti announced that Hunter-Reay had put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, taking him to the end of 2020.</p> <p>Hunter-Reay&#39;s previous contract had been due to expire at the end of 2017, leading to speculation that he could be set to move to either Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing.</p> <p>The deal will see Hunter-Reay retain the DHL sponsorship that has adorned his car since 2011 until the end of the contract, entrenching the partnership as one of the longest-running and most iconic in IndyCar&#39;s modern era.</p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t be happier about this announcement and the opportunity to continue with Andretti Autosport as an ambassador for DHL,&rdquo; Hunter-Reay said.</p> <p>&ldquo;These next four years will take us to nearly a decade-long relationship with DHL and a full 11 years with the team. We&rsquo;ve won 13 races together, the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Championship and we&rsquo;re going to do a lot more together.</p> <p>&quot;Over the years we have become more of a family than just a team and sponsor. I&rsquo;m proud to represent this group and this brand and am looking forward to the milestones yet to come.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12892http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12892Simon Pagenaud on pole for IndyCar title decider at SonomaSun, 18 Sep 2016 10:30:11 GMT<p><strong>Simon Pagenaud boosted his hopes of a maiden Verizon IndyCar Series title by claiming pole position for Sunday&#39;s championship showdown at Sonoma Raceway.</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud headed up a Penske sweep of the top four positions in qualifying, breaking teammate and title rival Will Power&#39;s existing track record from 2015 before taking his seventh pole of the year with a lap of 1:16.2565. Power could only manage fourth place on the grid behind Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya.</p> <p>Pagenaud extended his lead over Power to 44 points after picking up the bonu&nbsp;points for pole, putting him in a strong position ahead of Sunday&#39;s race.</p> <p>&quot;It feels great. Most importantly up until now there was no thinking about the race, no thinking about the outcome. It was all about raw speed,&quot; Pagenaud said.</p> <p>&quot;We had good balance on the car. The first lap, put the red Firestone tyres on. I went on the radio and said, &#39;Wow, this is going to be good.&#39; We were able to replicate the lap time every time.</p> <p>&quot;Unbelievable that we could actually replicate the lap time in the Firestone Fast Six with used tires. Certainly I did everything I could by challenging every high-speed corners that I could. I was on the edge, but it was a really good lap.</p> <p>&quot;Super proud of these guys. The guys on the No. 22 team, seven poles this season, four wins. No matter what happens tomorrow, it&#39;s been an incredible season.&quot;</p> <p>2014 IndyCar champion Power admitted that his hopes of a second title now rest on an unpredictable race at Sonoma.</p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s all I could do in qualifying, that was everything I had and the car had,&quot; Power said. &quot;It&#39;s a long race. I think it&#39;s going to be a race of degradation. It&#39;s going to be really interesting the way the tyres go.</p> <p>&quot;Last thing we need now is a straightforward race because Simon will be tough to beat if that&#39;s the case. Honestly, I need to win the race to win the championship, and he has to have a bad day.&quot;</p> <p>Graham Rahal was the best non-Penske in fifth place for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Ryan Hunter-Reay made good on Andretti&#39;s impressive practice pace to qualify sixth. Outgoing champion Scott Dixon will start from seventh at Sonoma ahead of Alexander Rossi and Sebastien Bourdais, while Josef Newgarden rounded out the top 10.</p> <p><u><strong>2016 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma - Starting Grid</strong></u></p> <p>1. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:16.2565 (112.594)<br /> 2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:16.4134 (112.362)<br /> 3. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:16.5400 (112.177)<br /> 4. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:16.6659 (111.992)<br /> 5. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:16.7149 (111.921)<br /> 6. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:16.9132 (111.632)<br /> 7. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 01:16.5700 (112.133)<br /> 8. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:16.5840 (112.112)<br /> 9. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 01:16.6115 (112.072)<br /> 10. (21) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:16.8142 (111.776)<br /> 11. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 01:16.8909 (111.665)<br /> 12. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 01:16.9627 (111.561)<br /> 13. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 01:16.9481 (111.582)<br /> 14. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:16.9288 (111.610)<br /> 15. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:16.9661 (111.556)<br /> 16. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 01:17.0314 (111.461)<br /> 17. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 01:17.0823 (111.387)<br /> 18. (8) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 01:17.1310 (111.317)<br /> 19. (20) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 01:17.3052 (111.066)<br /> 20. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 01:17.1926 (111.228)<br /> 21. (18) Conor Daly, Honda, 01:17.6771 (110.535)<br /> 22. (19) RC Enerson, Honda, 01:17.3264 (111.036)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12870http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12870IndyCar gets aero kit development freeze for 2017, universal aero kits for '18Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:47:38 GMT<p><strong>INDYCAR has announced a freeze on aero kit development for manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet ahead of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, before introducing&nbsp;universal aero kits for 2018.</strong></p> <p>Aero kits were first introduced to IndyCar in 2015, with Honda and Chevrolet supplying one specification&nbsp;for road courses, street tracks and short ovals, and a second for superspeedways.</p> <p>Ahead of this weekend&#39;s season finale at Sonoma, INDYCAR confirmed that aero kit development had been frozen with immediate effect after discussions with the series&#39; manufacturers, the hope being the move will spark further interest from OEMs.</p> <p>&quot;Today&#39;s announcement follows an extended dialogue with Chevrolet, Honda, our teams and stakeholders - this decision focused on what is best for the future of the Verizon IndyCar Series,&quot; said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations.</p> <p>&quot;This is an integral component to INDYCAR&#39;s long-term plan to continue to produce the highest quality of on-track competition while also positioning ourselves to add additional engine manufacturers.</p> <p>&quot;The 2018 car is a tremendous opportunity for INDYCAR and the design collaboration is already underway.&nbsp;The goal of the universal car is to be great-looking, less aero dependent, have more potential for mechanical grip/downforce and to incorporate all the latest safety enhancements.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12859http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12859Ed Jones seals Indy Lights title, will get at least three IndyCar starts in 2017Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:44:10 GMT<p><strong>Ed Jones is poised to enter at least three IndyCar races in 2017 after winning the Indy Lights series title on Sunday at Laguna Seca and a $1 million Mazda scholarship.</strong></p> <p>Jones entered the double-header weekend at Laguna Seca trailing title rival Santiago Urrutia by a single point before a second-place finish on Saturday saw him move seven points clear.</p> <p>Jones started Sunday&#39;s season finale from pole position, but lost the lead when Zach Veach swept through at Turn 3. Jones bailed out of defending his position, only to lose three more places.</p> <p>With Urrutia running second and Jones P5, the title rivals were tied on points as the laps counted down. If neither changed position, Urrutia would win the title on countback.</p> <p>Veach dominated the race to cross the line first ahead of Urrutia and Kyle Kaiser, but further back, Jones had been given the chance to make the title-winning move. Carlin teammate Felix Serralles opted to ease off on the final lap and allow the Briton to pass, leaving Jones to finish fourth and seal the title by two points.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s an incredible feeling right now. It&rsquo;s really a dream come true to know that I&rsquo;ll be driving an Indy car next year,&quot; Jones said.</p> <p>&quot;There&rsquo;s been so much hard work and we really deserve this championship. It&rsquo;s only the second year in America for myself and for the Carlin team, so to win this means so much.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m so happy to have this opportunity and to be able to show what I&rsquo;m made of.&quot;</p> <p>With the $1 million Mazda scholarship, Jones is ensured an entry to at least three IndyCar races in 2017 including the Indianapolis 500.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12844http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12844IndyCar announces new testing restrictions for 2017 seasonFri, 09 Sep 2016 11:36:33 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar has announced new testing restrictions for the 2017 season, as it looks to cut costs for teams.</strong></p> <p>Four open tests will take place next year, with IndyCar teams also permitted one extra day of running between April 11 and September 17.</p> <p>The window for pre-season testing begins on October 3, with each IndyCar outfit permitted three test days between then and April 6 2017.</p> <p>The four open tests will take place at Phoenix from February 10-11, Barber Motorsports Park on March 21, Gateway on May 2 and at Sonoma on September 14, the same week as the 2017 finale.</p> <p>Meanwhile teams can earn extra test days by running a rookie driver (up to four additional days of testing) for the season, a current Indy Lights driver (one day) or running an Indy Lights team alongside its IndyCar one (one day).</p> <p>Any new teams entering the series will be allowed up to four additional days of testing, while tyre testing will take place at the request of Firestone &ndash; with any tyre tests limited to two days, with no more than two teams participating</p> <p>Chevrolet and Honda engine testing is limited to two days for each manufacturer in the off-season window.</p> <p>The number of tests for IndyCar teams in 2017 has come down in a bid to reduce costs, with more private test events on offer this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;We collaborated with all of our teams on the 2017 testing regulations with the goal of minimising the amount of in-season testing,&quot; said IndyCar president of competition and operations, Jay Frye.</p> <p>&ldquo;The majority of testing will take place at a series of open tests, which have been strategically routed to coincide with our race schedule.</p> <p>&ldquo;As we finalised our regulations, the focus was on making our test schedule more efficient and minimising the overall demands on the crews during the year.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12828http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12828Will Power cleared to race in IndyCar season finale after Watkins Glen crashWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:14:58 GMT<p><strong>Will Power has received medical clearance to race in the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma on September 18 after passing the concussion testing protocol on Tuesday.</strong></p> <p>Power&#39;s hopes of a second IndyCar Series title were dented following a clash with Charlie Kimball in Sunday&#39;s race at Watkins Glen, allowing Penske teammate and title rival Simon Pagenaud to extend his points lead.</p> <p>Power was taken to the medical centre at Watkins Glen following the incident where he was checked and released, but was not cleared to drive again after showing concussion-like symptoms. Power was forced to miss the first race of the season in St. Petersburg for the same reason.</p> <p>On Tuesday, INDYCAR issued a statement confirming that Power had now been cleared to race after undergoing tests at the University of Miami.</p> <p>&quot;Verizon IndyCar Series driver Will Power has been cleared to resume driving by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, after the Team Penske driver successfully passed concussion testing protocol today,&quot; the statement reads.</p> <p>&quot;Power was assessed today at the University of Miami&nbsp;Concussion Center under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Olvey, retired director of the Neuro-Critical Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami who also served for 25 years as director of medical affairs with Championship Auto Racing Teams.</p> <p>&quot;During his examination, Power passed both the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and Vestibular/Ocular-Motor Screening (VOMS) exams.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Will is doing fine,&quot; Dr. Olvey said. &quot;He flew down to the University of Miami Concussion Center early this morning and we conducted two sophisticated tests to determine if he&#39;d suffered a concussion over the weekend, and he passed both of them with no issue whatsoever.&quot;</p> <p>Power will fight with Pagenaud for the title at Sonoma on September 18, knowing he realistically has to win the race to stand any chance of winning the championship.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12816http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12816Video: Highlights of the 2016 IndyCar race at Watkins GlenMon, 05 Sep 2016 21:36:48 GMT<p><strong>Watch race highlights from the 2016 IndyCar race at Watkins Glen, which was won by Chip Ganassi Racing&rsquo;s Scott Dixon &ndash; his fourth victory at the track.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12811http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12811Scott Dixon dominates for fourth Watkins Glen IndyCar victorySun, 04 Sep 2016 22:07:44 GMT<p><strong>Scott Dixon picked up his fourth IndyCar victory at Watkins Glen International on Sunday with a masterclass in both outright pace and fuel saving to leave the field trailing in his wake.</strong></p> <p>Dixon dominated practice at Watkins Glen before taking pole position on Saturday after edging out Will Power in the Fast Six shootout, and managed to hold his lead on the run down to Turn 1.</p> <p>Dixon opened up a healthy buffer to Power behind before perfectly timing his first pit stop, coming in just before a full course yellow was called following a tyre blow-out for Mikhail Aleshin.</p> <p>Dixon was able to pull away from the pack thanks to Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Max Chilton running second and holding the field back, ensuring his teammate could make up the time lost under the caution.</p> <p>The title race took a twist on lap 40 when Power crashed out of the race following a clash with Charlie Kimball. Power entered the Watkins Glen weekend trailing Penske teammate and title rival Simon Pagenaud by 28 points in the standings, with both dropping outside of the top 10 under the first caution period.</p> <p>Coming up the hill from Turn 4 and towards the Bus Stop chicane, Power tried to defend his position from Kimball, only to push the Ganassi driver onto the grass. Kimball bounced across the grass and into Power, sending him into the wall and out of the race. Although Power was checked and released from the medical centre, INDYCAR medical officials have not yet cleared him to race after showing concussion-like symptoms.</p> <p>The majority of the field dived into the pits under the caution to make a final pit stop, although with 18 laps to run until the chequered flag, the fuel numbers were tight. Most started to lift and coast early in the final stint, but Dixon simply pushed on at the front.</p> <p>After completing the final few laps almost two seconds quicker each time than his rivals,&nbsp;Dixon crossed the line to score his second win of the season and fourth at Watkins Glen, finishing 16 seconds clear.</p> <p>The final lap saw a litany of drivers run short on fuel, allowing Josef Newgarden to pounce and finish second for Ed Carpenter Racing. Helio Castroneves completed the podium for Penske ahead of Conor Daly, who claimed an impressive fourth-place finish for Dale Coyne Racing.</p> <p>Sebastien Bourdais crossed the line fifth for KVSH Racing and even gave James Hinchcliffe a lift to the pit lane after the Canadian&#39;s car conked out before the final corner, having run second just moments earlier. Kimball survived a frenetic race to finish sixth.</p> <p>Pagenaud ended up seventh, meaning he heads into the final double points round at Sonoma with a 43-point advantage over Power. As a result, a fourth-place finish at the California venue will be enough to clinch him a maiden IndyCar title.</p> <p>Alexander Rossi was unable to repeat his Indy 500 fuel save escapades, finishing eighth, while RC Enerson made a huge impression in just his second IndyCar race to finish ninth ahead of Max Chilton.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12796http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12796Scott Dixon takes pole, new lap record in Watkins Glen IndyCar qualifyingSat, 03 Sep 2016 21:25:17 GMT<p><strong>Scott Dixon stormed to his second pole position of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a new lap record at Watkins Glen during qualifying on Saturday afternoon.</strong></p> <p>Dixon saw off a challenge from IndyCar drivers&#39; title fighter Will Power late on in the Fast Six shootout to take pole, recording a fastest lap time of 1:22.5259.</p> <p>Power was left to settle for second place for the start of the race, finishing four-hundredths of a second down, but was fortunate to qualify so highly after initially missing out on a place in the final stage of qualifying.</p> <p>Penske driver Power had initially been eliminated in the second leg of qualifying after finishing seventh, only for Mikhail Aleshin to lose his two fastest laps for blocking Juan Pablo Montoya, handing the Australian a reprieve.</p> <p>Power had originally been set to sit out the final session alongside championship leader and teammate Simon Pagenaud, who missed out on the Fast Six for the first time in 2016. The Frenchman will start seventh on Sunday.</p> <p>Sebastien Bourdais qualified third for KVSH Racing ahead of Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, while Max Chilton enjoyed his best qualifying run on a road course to date, finishing sixth.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12780http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12780Video: Onboard IndyCar lap of Watkins GlenSat, 03 Sep 2016 11:10:53 GMT<p><strong>Ride onboard with Ed Carpenter Racing&#39;s Spencer Pigot as he tackles the Watkins Glen circuit, which returns to the IndyCar calendar after a five-year break.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12771http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12771PFC becomes exclusive brake supplier to IndyCar from 2017Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:13:17 GMT<p><strong>Performance Friction Corporation has been named as IndyCar&#39;s exclusive brake supplier from the 2017 season, replacing Brembo.</strong></p> <p>Following a successful test earlier&nbsp;this year, PFC and INDYCAR signed a multi-year agreement starting next season, expanding on&nbsp;the supplier&#39;s current commitments in the Mazda Road to Indy support series.</p> <p>&quot;Earlier this season the majority of our teams tested the PFC brake package and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive,&quot; INDYCAR president of competition and operations Jay Frye said.</p> <p>&quot;PFC has a long history of building outstanding performance products that we expect to be a great benefit to the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series.&nbsp;We&#39;re excited to kick off this partnership with PFC and appreciate all their efforts and commitment to INDYCAR.&quot;</p> <p>PFC president Nina Burgoon added: &quot;INDYCAR has always been close to our hearts at PFC.&nbsp;We are excited and honored that this long-awaited partnership is now a reality. PFC is committed to providing the best-performing package for the car and is thankful for the opportunity INDYCAR has given us to exceed their expectations.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12769http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12769Dixon leads the way in IndyCar first practice at Watkins GlenFri, 02 Sep 2016 18:05:18 GMT<p><strong>Chip Ganassi Racing&rsquo;s Scott Dixon set the pace in opening practice for IndyCar&rsquo;s return to the Watkins Glen circuit.</strong></p> <p>The reigning IndyCar champion put in a 1m24.128 to go fastest in the 55-minute session, which was extended by 10 minutes due to a red flag.</p> <p>The stoppage was caused by a crash for Conor Daly at Turn 6 after hitting water on a kerb from overnight rain.</p> <p>Sebastien Bourdais finished three tenths behind Dixon in second place, with Will Power and Tony Kanaan next up.</p> <p>Firestone 600 winner Graham Rahal was fifth, with Penske&rsquo;s Juan Pablo Montoya and Ed Carpenter Racing&rsquo;s Josef Newgarden next.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi rounded out the top 10 in practice one.</p> <p>Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Takuma Sato were classified in positions 11 to 14, ahead of James Hinchcliffe.</p> <p>Spencer Pigot, sporting a new livery for the final two races of the 2016 season with branding from Samsung, was 16<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Rookie RC Enerson, Mikhal Aleshin, Jack Hawksworth, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz were next on the timesheets. Daly managed just four laps and finished 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12758http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12758Max Chilton to race with James Hunt tribute helmet design at Watkins GlenThu, 01 Sep 2016 22:10:52 GMT<p><strong>Max Chilton will pay tribute to 1976 Formula 1 world champion James Hunt this weekend with a special helmet design for IndyCar&#39;s return to Watkins Glen.</strong></p> <p>Ex-F1 driver Chilton joined Chip Ganassi Racing at the beginning of the 2016 season after finishing fifth in Indy Lights last year. The Briton has recorded a best result of P7 so far in IndyCar.</p> <p>For the penultimate race of the season at Watkins Glen, Chilton will race with a helmet design that pays tribute to Hunt, running a similar colour scheme and with Chilton&#39;s name in bold print on either side.</p> <p>Hunt won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1976 during his championship year, beating Jody Scheckter and fierce rival Niki Lauda.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Big thanks to the &quot;James Hunt Foundation&quot; for allowing me to do this helmet!<br /> 🎨 = <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonFowlerJLF">@JasonFowlerJLF</a><br /> 📸 = <a href="https://twitter.com/mike_levitt">@mike_levitt</a><br /> 🇬🇧 <a href="https://t.co/C6x1d3HpAK">pic.twitter.com/C6x1d3HpAK</a></p> &mdash; M A X Chilton (@maxchilton) <a href="https://twitter.com/maxchilton/status/771450961546084352">September 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12753http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12753RC Enerson confirmed at Dale Coyne Racing for final two IndyCar racesThu, 01 Sep 2016 17:39:05 GMT<p><strong>RC Enerson will compete for Dale Coyne Racing in the final two IndyCar races of the 2016 season at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.</strong></p> <p>The American driver made his IndyCar debut with the team at Mid-Ohio, finishing the race in 19th&nbsp;place, and will race alongside Conor Daly.</p> <p>He spent 2015 competing in Indy Lights, finishing fourth in the championship, and raced in the series at the start of this year.</p> <p>Enerson impressed on his IndyCar debut but ran out of fuel coming into the pits, dropping one lap down and eventually crossing the line 19th&nbsp;overall.</p> <p>He is looking forward to competing in the final two rounds of the IndyCar season and is looking to build on the progress made on his debut weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we have a good weekend ahead of us,&rdquo; he said. &quot;We were really quick in testing; we seem to have pretty good cars.</p> <p>&ldquo;We still need to work a little bit more, but we should be able to dial in the car in practice before qualifying and that should put us in a pretty good spot.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m just looking forward to getting back in the car. I think the track layout is pretty cool, it has a bit of a Mid-Ohio taste to it almost because of all the elevation changes and a lot of high-speed, flowing corners.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think my objective for the weekend is pretty much the same thing as Mid-Ohio, to pull as much experience as I can from this and do my best and see what kind of result I can bring home.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12750http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12750James Hinchcliffe's car fails post-race IndyCar checks in TexasThu, 01 Sep 2016 17:19:57 GMT<p><strong>James Hinchcliffe&rsquo;s car failed post-race checks after the Firestone 600 in Texas, with his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team picking up penalties.</strong></p> <p>His IndyCar entry was found to be in violation of rule 14.6.8.2.2 of the IndyCar rules, relating to domed skid wear.</p> <p>Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was handed a $20,000 fine and both the team and Hinchcliffe were docked 25 points for the regulations breach.</p> <p>Hinchcliffe was beaten by just 0.008 seconds by Graham Rahal to the Firestone 600 victory, in the rescheduled race.</p> <p>&ldquo;In our post-race analysis this week it was determined the skid plate on the No. 5 entry was worn and in violation of our rules,&quot; said IndyCar president of competition and operations, Jay Frye.</p> <p>&quot;This was both a performance advantage and a safety concern, as the domed portion of the skid had been ground down to the point it would have been ineffective.&quot;</p> <p>The points deduction drops Hinchcliffe one spot to ninth in the IndyCar championship, with two rounds left to go.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12729http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12729Video: Firestone 600 IndyCar race highlightsMon, 29 Aug 2016 11:24:48 GMT<p><strong>Watch race highlights from the postponed Firestone 600. The first part of the race took place in June before rain caused it to be rescheduled. The remainder of the Texas race took place on Saturday night, with Graham Rahal just beating James Hinchcliffe to victory after a thrilling final five laps. </strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12714http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12714Rahal beats Hinchcliffe by 0.008 seconds to take Texas winSun, 28 Aug 2016 09:27:45 GMT<p><strong>Graham Rahal crossed the line just 0.008 seconds ahead of James Hinchcliffe to win the Firestone 600 in Texas on Saturday night.</strong></p> <p>The race was originally scheduled to take place on the 12 June but after 71 laps, rain caused the rest of the Firestone 600 to be postponed to the 27 August.</p> <p>Rahal spent most of the final 50 laps chasing Hinchcliffe and they had to contend with challenges from the likes of Tony Kanaan and Simon Pagenaud in the last five tours of the Texas Motor Speedway.</p> <p>The close, bunched-up field was thanks to the race going green with just 10 laps to go after a caution for a crash between Jack Hawksworth and Mikhail Aleshin.</p> <p>It was one of several incidents during the race, with Ed Carpenter &ndash; who spent a good chunk of time fighting at the front - and Scott Dixon also failing to make the finish due to contact with the wall.</p> <p>Rahal fought off the advances of Kanaan and Pagenaud to challenge Hinchcliffe and just took the win on the line in what was the fifth closest finish in IndyCar history.</p> <p>It was Rahal&rsquo;s first win of the 2016 season and fourth overall. The photo finish was also the closest at the Texas Motor Speedway. Kanaan was just behind in third, with Pagenaud fourth.</p> <p>Helio Castroneves recovered from earlier contact to finish fifth, the final driver on the lead lap. Charlie Kimball, Carlos Munoz, Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastien Bourdais completed the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12693http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12693IndyCar confirms 2017 schedule with return to Gateway ovalThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:51:33 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar has confirmed a 17-race schedule for the 2017 season as the series returns to&nbsp;Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003, whilst also confirming a multi-year agreement with Watkins Glen.</strong></p> <p>For the sixth consecutive year, the season will open on the streets of St. Petersburg on&nbsp;March 12&nbsp;and conclude at Sonoma Raceway on September&nbsp;17.</p> <p>The schedule consists of eight oval races, with the return of Gatway Motorsports Park to the roster. The Illinois oval has hosted&nbsp;seven Indy Car races, in CART from 1997-2000 and the IndyCar Series from 2001-03.</p> <p>&quot;Today is a monumental day for the people of the St. Louis region,&quot;&nbsp;commented&nbsp;Curtis Francois, owner of Gateway Motorsports Park. &quot;I am proud of the progress we&rsquo;ve made at my hometown track. I knew someday we would be making an announcement like this because I have such confidence in the people of this region and their commitment to great sporting events.</p> <p>&quot;More than a dozen track operators around the country sought this INDYCAR race for their communities. I firmly believe we came out on top because of the energy, loyalty and commitment to great sports that sports fans of all kinds demonstrate each day in this community.&quot;</p> <p>Former Gateway winner Helio&nbsp;Castroneves hailed the return of the &quot;challenging&quot; oval to the calendar: &quot;I think it&rsquo;s great that we&rsquo;re going back to Gateway,&quot; he said. &quot;I know that the people of St. Louis will get a heck of a show. The track isn&rsquo;t a typical oval with the irregular shape, which makes it challenging. It&rsquo;s a track well suited for INDYCAR. I&rsquo;m looking forward to it.&quot;</p> <p>Watkins Glen International, which replaced the failed Boston event this year, will continue to host IndyCar following a multi-year agreement.</p> <p>&quot;The addition of Gateway Motorsports Park and the return of Watkins Glen International are integral to the continued growth of INDYCAR,&rdquo; added&nbsp;Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent Hulman &amp; Co.&nbsp;&quot;Gateway officials have been enthusiastic about the prospect of hosting a Verizon IndyCar Series event for some time and we&rsquo;re excited to bring the series to the St. Louis market.</p> <p>&quot;Watkins Glen is an iconic American road course that is revered by our fans, drivers and teams. Our goal from the beginning was to establish a long-term agreement and we&rsquo;re thrilled that we&rsquo;ve been able to extend this relationship for the future.&quot;</p> <p>All events on the 2017 IndyCar Series schedule will be broadcast by longstanding television partners ABC and NBCSN.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/08-25-2017Schedule-Bottom.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12678http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12678Will Power wins frantic ABC Supply 500 at Pocono with late chargeMon, 22 Aug 2016 20:31:08 GMT<p><strong>Will Power has stormed to a famous victory despite a late charge at the ABC Supply 500 around the Pocono Raceway, after a thoroughly entertaining and frantic 200-lap race around the 2.5-mile &lsquo;Tricky Triangle&rsquo;.</strong></p> <p>The race had been postponed from Sunday afternoon after heavy rain hit the track several hours before the scheduled start time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Power initially started the race from eighth on the grid and during the opening few stints was thought to be out of contention for the win.&nbsp;</p> <p>During this phase of the race pole man Mikhail Aleshin traded the lead with the likes of Josef Newgarden and the Andretti Autosport of Ryan Hunter-Reay.&nbsp;</p> <p>But after Team Penske continued to make adjustments to Power&rsquo;s car the Australian racer soon found himself in the lead of the race and with a perfect opportunity to secure his fourth victory of the season after a late caution caused by championship leader and team-mate Simon Pagenaud.</p> <p>The Frenchman, who struggled for the majority of the race and only led briefly during one of the many green flag pit-stop windows, slammed into the wall with just under fifty laps remaining after his car bottomed-out shortly after a pit-stop.</p> <p>Power ended the thrilling race just over a second ahead of Russian racer Aleshin, who dropped down the order briefly during the final phase of the race before managing to muscle his way back to the front.</p> <p>Hunter-Reay was arguably the driver of the day, with the 2013 champion starting the race from 22nd and last on the grid after a hefty crash during practice on Saturday.</p> <p>It took Hunter-Reay under 50 laps to rise from 22nd to lead the race, displaying fearsome pace behind the wheel of his Honda-powered car. He looked on course to challenge Power and Aleshin for victory, however a brief mechanical blip saw him lose a whole lap to the rest of the field.</p> <p>But that didn&rsquo;t stop him as he persevered and utilised the fourth and final caution for debris to his advantage, regaining the lap he had lost to the rest of the field by pitting out of sync and then scything through the field like a hot knife through butter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although Hunter-Reay was unable to challenge Power and Aleshin again, he enjoyed frenetic battles with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon to rise back up into third position at the chequered flag.</p> <p>Newgarden came home a respectable fourth, ahead of another late charger in the form of Sebastien Bourdais. The Frenchman gained several positions during the final pit-stop under caution by electing to just take on fuel.</p> <p>Reigning champion Dixon could only manage sixth for Chip Ganassi Racing, after qualifying a rather uncompetitive 19th on the grid. However, the Kiwi&rsquo;s immense oval knowledge enabled him to steadily rise through the order and even lead several laps during the various pit-stops.</p> <p>Carlos Munoz ended seventh despite running as high as second during one stage of the race. The Columbian racer came home ahead of fellow countryman Montoya, who enjoyed several last lap skirmishes with the likes of Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan was also a late charger, rising up to second momentarily after the final caution period before dropping down the order considerably in the final few laps.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile Hinchcliffe rounded out the top ten for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, ahead of Rahal and Marco Andretti.</p> <p>The first caution of the race occurred after only one racing lap, when Takuma Sato spun heavily into the wall and destroyed his A.J. Foyt Enterprises machine. The Japanese racer had qualified a competitive third on the grid, with a decent result on the cards.</p> <p>The second caution period came some 50 laps later when Alexander Rossi and Charlie Kimball made contact in the pits. The ensuing melee launched Rossi into the air, with the Indianapolis 500 race winner landing awkwardly on the Penske of Helio Castroneves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thankfully no-one was injured, although both Rossi and Castroneves were eliminated on the spot with Rossi later being penalised for causing the skirmish.</p> <p>After such an enthralling race Pagenaud&rsquo;s lead in the drivers&rsquo; championship has been depleted down to just 20 points to Power after his illustrious victory at Pocono.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12673http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12673ABC Supply 500 at Pocono postponed due to heavy rain until MondaySun, 21 Aug 2016 20:26:05 GMT<p><strong>The ABC Supply 500 from the Pocono Raceway has been postponed until Monday due to heavy rain, with the 200-lap race rescheduled for noon ET (5pm BST in the UK).</strong></p> <p>This comes after light rain began to fall over the 2.5-mile oval shortly after midday, with the rain intensifying as the scheduled race start time grew nearer.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a heavier front of rain forecast to move in later in the day, INDYCAR officials made an early decision to postpone the race, therefore avoiding any false hope of getting the race underway.</p> <p>This event is the second race of the season to be postponed due to rain, after the Firestone 600 at Texas was initially postponed to the following day back in June. Only 71 laps were completed that day before further rain hit the track and forced the race to be postponed once more with the remainder of the race set to completed on August 27.</p> <p>Mikhail Aleshin has secured pole position for the race at Pocono, becoming the first Russian driver to do so in IndyCar history. Aleshin will eventually start the race tomorrow alongside Josef Newgarden.</p> <p>Championship leader Simon Pagenaud will start the race from a lowly 14th position, with amazingly 18 drivers still mathematically capable of winning the championship. The Frenchman sits ahead of Will Power in the championship by 58 points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12670http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12670Video: What it takes to conquer IndyCar's varied tracksSat, 20 Aug 2016 14:45:29 GMT<p>With races held across four different circuit classifications, IndyCar is one of the most diverse of motorsport series. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke with drivers in the current 2016 IndyCar series to discover the challenges of racing a combination of Super Speedways, Short Ovals, Road Courses and temporary Street Circuits. Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Spencer Pigot, Graham Rahal, Will Power and Tony Kanaan all feature.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12659http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12659Pippa Mann returns to Dale Coyne Racing for Pocono IndyCar weekendTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:13:29 GMT<p><strong>Pippa Mann will enjoy her first IndyCar start since the Indianapolis 500 this weekend at Pocono Raceway, linking up with Dale Coyne Racing to race in honour of Bryan Clauson.</strong></p> <p>American short-track veteran Clauson died at the age of 27 earlier this month from injuries sustained during a midget race in Kansas.</p> <p>Clauson raced in three Indy 500s, the most recent being with Dale Coyne Racing in May where he finished 23rd alongside full-time driver Conor Daly and Mann in two of the&nbsp;team&#39;s other cars.</p> <p>Daly will race in the&nbsp;#88 BC Forever entry&nbsp;this weekend&nbsp;in honour of Clauson, while close friend Mann returns in the #19 car, her previous appearance before the 500 being last year&#39;s race at Pocono where she finished 13th for Dale Coyne Racing.</p> <p>&quot;The past week has been incredibly tough for everyone in the racing family, and I&rsquo;m amongst those who have been feeling the loss of a friend, and a teammate,&quot; Mann said.</p> <p>&quot;When I heard from Dale&nbsp;last week that he had decided that I would drive the #19 car this weekend, it meant so much to me, because it gives me the opportunity to be one of the drivers helping Bryan reach his 200 starts this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m also adding an edited version of the BC Still Chasing 200 logo to my helmet for this weekend so I can carry him with me for the race. He told me this May he always wanted to run this race, so I hope between Conor and I, he sees this as us making those starts for him.&quot;</p> <p>Daly added: &quot;It means a lot to our whole team to be driving the #88 BC Forever entry this weekend. I think everyone enjoyed working with Bryan throughout the month of May. Jonathan and David Byrd have sort of accepted us into their family.</p> <p>&quot;They already had a big racing program with Bryan and then they added me and Dale Coyne Racing to that as well. It&rsquo;s going to be a great way to pay tribute and obviously a little extra motivation to &lsquo;Park it&rsquo; in Victory Lane for Bryan.&quot;</p> <p>The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono takes place on Sunday August 21.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12638http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12638Pocono Raceway announces two-year IndyCar contract extensionWed, 10 Aug 2016 17:09:37 GMT<p><strong>Pocono Raceway will continue to play host to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017 and 2018 following the announcement of a contract extension on Wednesday.</strong></p> <p>Pocono returned to the IndyCar calendar after 24 years away in 2013, before being upgraded to a 500-mile race for the following season.</p> <p>IndyCar will make its annual visit to Pocono next weekend, and although the calendars for 2017 and 2018 are not yet firmed up, the &lsquo;tricky triangle&rsquo; will appear on them both.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018,&rdquo; Pocono Raceway president and CEO Brandon Igdalsky said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our track was originally designed for open-wheel cars and our fans really enjoy the action on the track. When you see these cars going six- and seven-wide it is incredible.</p> <p>&ldquo;We also received positive feedback from teams and drivers and worked together with IndyCar to make sure Pocono Raceway stays on the schedule.&rdquo;</p> <p>IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye added: &rdquo;We&#39;re thrilled to announce today&#39;s two-year extension with Pocono Raceway - an iconic oval track with a long history of hosting great open-wheel racing events.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s very clear that Pocono is one of the favourites amongst the drivers, teams and fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series and we look forward to competing there for the foreseeable future.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&#39;d also like to thank Brandon Igdalsky and his entire team for all their efforts to make this event a success and we look forward to our race there on August 21st.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12629http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12629Indy 500 racer Bryan Clauson dies aged 27 after midget race accidentMon, 08 Aug 2016 13:10:58 GMT<p><strong>American sprint racer and Indy 500 entrant&nbsp;Bryan Clauson has died at the age of 27 from injuries sustained in&nbsp;an accident during a midget race on Saturday night in Kansas.</strong></p> <p>Clauson was competing in the Belleville Nationls midget event as part of his &lsquo;Circular Insanity&rsquo; 2016 schedule that saw him bid to take part in 200 races.</p> <p>Clauson crashed into a fence while trying to lap a backmarker, sending his car into a series of rolls before coming to rest in the middle of the track. His car was then struck by another oncoming competitor.</p> <p>In a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday morning, INDYCAR confirmed that Clauson had passed away the previous night as a result of his injuries.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is certainly a sad day for the racing community as a whole, and on behalf of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson,&rdquo; said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman &amp; Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.</p> <p>&ldquo;Anybody who witnessed Bryan behind the wheel of a race car can attest to his elite ability, relentlessness and unbridled willingness to race anything on wheels.</p> <p>&quot;While he&rsquo;ll be remembered most as a legend of short-track racing, his participation in the Indianapolis 500 exemplifies his fearlessness, true versatility as a competitor and the pure depth of his talent as a driver.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fianc&eacute;, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him,&rsquo;&rsquo; a statement from Clauson&#39;s parents and his fiancee, Lauren, read.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane. However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fans day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans.</p> <p>&ldquo;We would like to thank everybody who has shown their concern toward us and kept us in their prayers. We will never be able to truly thank you. We would also like to thank the staff at Bryan Medical Center who stood and fought with our Bryan since he arrived here early yesterday morning.&rsquo;&rsquo;</p> <p>Clauson raced in three Indy 500s, recording a best finish of 23rd in 2016 with Dale Coyne Racing, and previously took part in a handful of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12608http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12608Video: Mid-Ohio Honda Indy 200 race highlights Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:04:26 GMT<p><strong>Highlights of last weekend&#39;s IndyCar round at Mid-Ohio, with Penske&#39;s Simon Pagenaud taking victory at the Honda Indy 200.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12601http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12601Simon Pagenaud fights back to Mid-Ohio IndyCar victorySun, 31 Jul 2016 21:59:49 GMT<p><strong>Simon Pagenaud recovered from an early setback under a full course caution to score his fourth victory of the 2016 IndyCar Series season at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday.</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud started the race from pole and retained his lead in the early stages ahead of Penske teammate Will Power, but dropped outside of the top 10 when he was forced to pit under a caution following a rare crash for Scott Dixon.</p> <p>A five-time winner at Mid-Ohio, Dixon started the race from 11th after a strategy error in qualifying. In a bid to recover some of the lost ground, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver attempted an overzealous move on Helio Castroneves, only for the two to make contact, leaving Dixon with a broken front-left wheel.</p> <p>The caution played into the hands of Mikhail Aleshin, who pitted just before the clash and was able to vault to the front of the pack. The Russian was able to open up a 10-second advantage over the pack after making his second stop, putting himself in a strong position to score his first IndyCar victory.</p> <p>Power went two laps longer than Pagenaud before making his second stop, and was able to get the jump on the Frenchman to run second behind Aleshin once the pit cycle had finished - a move that could have been critical in terms of points for the title race.</p> <p>Aleshin&#39;s hopes of a maiden victory were dashed just before the final round of stops when a second caution period was called following a hefty shunt for Jack Hawksworth, sparking a flurry of activity in the pit lane. Aleshin was given the call to exit his pit box after being serviced, only to go straight into the path of Josef Newgarden. The incident dropped Aleshin outside of the top 10 before further penalties dropped him to the very back.</p> <p>Conor Daly was kept out by Dale Coyne Racing after pitting seven laps earlier, allowing him to move into the lead for the restart. Power was sluggish to get away when the race returned to green, allowing Pagenaud to line up a move that he eventually completed at the final corner, barging past into second place.</p> <p>Daly was given free rein to push at the front, knowing that he would need a lengthy caution period to stand any chance of winning the race. The American opened up an eight-second lead over Pagenaud before pitting, emerging down in eighth after a slow fuel-only stop from his crew.</p> <p>With Daly now out of the way, Pagenaud was able to cruise to his fourth victory of the season ahead of Power, picking up maximum points for the weekend to extend his championship lead back to 58 points.</p> <p>Carlos Munoz stayed out of trouble to complete the podium in third behind the Penske duo, finishing ahead of home favourite Graham Rahal, who picked up two places late on after Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato clashed with three laps to go. James Hinchcliffe finished fifth despite running last at one point, running out of fuel on the cool-down lap.</p> <p>Daly was left to settle for sixth, while Spencer Pigot picked up his first IndyCar top-10 finish in P7. Charlie Kimball, Sato and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top 10 at Mid-Ohio.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12586http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12586Simon Pagenaud secures pole after record-breaking qualifying at Mid-OhioSat, 30 Jul 2016 20:29:53 GMT<p><strong>Championship leader Simon Pagenaud has secured pole position for the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio, after a record-breaking qualifying session around the Lexington road course where the lap record was smashed on multiple occasions.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman will line-up for the 90-lap race alongside team-mate and 2014 champion Will Power, who ended Round 2 of the qualifying session fastest after breaking Scott Dixon&rsquo;s previous lap record with a 1:04.0751.</p> <p>The second row of the grid will feature Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay, the latter ending qualifying as the highest Honda-powered driver for Andretti Autosport.</p> <p>Former race winner at Mid-Ohio Charlie Kimball will start the race from fifth on the grid after a relatively competitive qualifying session, and will line-up alongside last year&rsquo;s race winner and local hero Graham Rahal.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a session which featured varying conditions, the times fluctuated up and down the order. After Round 2 of qualifying big names including Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and reigning champion Scott Dixon were eliminated from proceedings.</p> <p>Former winners at Mid-Ohio Castroneves and Montoya will start the race from seventh and eighth on the grid, with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin rounding out the top ten for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.</p> <p>Reigning champion Dixon could only manage 11th and will start alongside Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi. Although passing is notoriously difficult around the 2.258-mile road course, many will be keeping a firm eye on Dixon who has won at Mid-Ohio a record five times in his career.</p> <p>British drivers Max Chilton and Jack Hawksworth were unable to progress out of the opening group during the early stages of qualifying and will therefore line-up 13th and 17th respectively on the grid.</p> <p>Debutant RC Enerson enjoyed a respectable first qualifying session for Dale Coyne Racing, ending proceedings 18th and out-qualifying veterans Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti.</p> <p>Andretti in particular suffered a torrid qualifying session for Andretti Autosport, finishing bottom of his group and ultimately qualifying 21st alongside rookie Conor Daly for the race. The 29-year-old has endured a difficult 2016 season so far and has only managed two top ten finishes at Detroit and Toronto.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12552http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12552Dean Stoneman to drive for Andretti at IndyCar Watkins Glen testThu, 28 Jul 2016 17:49:55 GMT<p><strong>British driver Dean Stoneman is one of three drivers confirmed to test with Andretti Autosport at the Watkins Glen IndyCar test next month.</strong></p> <p>The team will field all three of its Indy Lights drivers at the test, with Stoneman being joined by Dalton Kellett and Shelby Blackstock.</p> <p>Stoneman will take over Ryan Hunter-Reay&rsquo;s No.28 car, with Kellett and Blackstock driving the No.26 and No.27 Andrettis.</p> <p>The IndyCar test at Watkins Glen takes place on the 11 August, with the three Indy Lights racers sharing the cars with Andretti&rsquo;s race drivers.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&#39;t wait to get into Ryan&#39;s car for the IndyCar test,&quot; Stoneman said. &ldquo;I came to Indy Lights with a view of moving up to IndyCar, which has always been the goal that I&#39;m working on for 2017, so the test will give everybody some indication of my ability.&rdquo;</p> <p>Commenting on the news, team boss Michael Andretti said: &ldquo;We&#39;re proud of the role Andretti Autosport has played over the years in the Mazda Road to Indy program, and I applaud the efforts of the program in helping to develop future IndyCar drivers.</p> <p>&ldquo;By giving Dean, Shelby and Dalton an opportunity to test our IndyCars, we can help do our part in building a stronger future not just for our team, but for the sport and industry as a whole.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12542http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12542Target to leave Chip Ganassi Racing after 2016 IndyCar seasonWed, 27 Jul 2016 21:17:20 GMT<p><strong>It has been confirmed that Target will exit the IndyCar series at the end of 2016 season after 27 years at the Chip Ganassi Racing team.</strong></p> <p>The partnership with the Chip Ganassi outfit started in 1990 and went on to produce 11 championships, as well as four Indianapolis 500 victories.</p> <p>Target continues to examine its marketing platforms, under the new chairman Brian Cornell, but will remain a sponsor for 2017 in NASCAR with Sprint Cup racer Kyle Larson.</p> <p>The tie-up between Target and Chip Ganassi Racing has been one of the longest serving partnerships in IndyCar racing history.</p> <p>The retail giant is currently the primary sponsor on the No.9 car of reigning world champion Scott Dixon. Chip Ganassi confirmed it is looking at sponsorship options, with <a href="http://racing.ap.org/article/target-leaving-indycar-after-27-seasons-chip-ganassi">AP reporting </a>a replacement for Dixon&rsquo;s car could be announced in the next two months.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s the greatest sponsor in racing, ever,&quot; Ganassi told AP. &quot;They&#39;ve been nothing but good to me. They developed me personally and professionally.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;ve developed lifelong friends and relationships. I understand things change and people have different marketing efforts, and the way they want to stamp their name on things.</p> <p>&quot;But it&#39;s one of the longest running sponsors in racing and they delivered for me and the team, and the team delivered for them.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12484http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12484Schmidt Peterson Motorsports hands IndyCar tests to Harvey, Claman de MeloWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:50:55 GMT<p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has confirmed that Jack Harvey and Zachary Claman de Melo will take part in Thursday&#39;s IndyCar rookie test at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.</strong></p> <p>Harvey spent 2014 and 2015 racing for SPM in Indy Lights, finishing second in the championship on both occasions. The Briton had hoped to secure a full-time&nbsp;IndyCar drive for 2016, but was unsuccessful.</p> <p>Claman de Melo took part in a handful of races across junior series in Europe in 2015 before moving into Indy Lights, where he has recorded a highest finish of fourth place at Road America so far this season.</p> <p>Both will now get the chance to test a SPM IndyCar at the rookie orientation test at Mid-Ohio on Thursday, lining up alongside drivers such as Robin Frijns (Andretti)&nbsp;and Felix Rosenqvist (Ganassi).</p> <p>&quot;I am excited about the test this week with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports,&rdquo; Claman de Melo said. &ldquo;We have put a great deal of off-track preparation into my first IndyCar test.&nbsp;Sam Schmidt and his team are meticulous about introducing a driver to IndyCar, from fitting myself into the car, talking to engineers, going over the simulator, down to being physically and mentally fit for the challenge.</p> <p>&quot;Everyone at SPM is professional and I am thrilled that I have this opportunity with such an elite organization.&nbsp;I would like to thank IndyCar and SPM for believing and trusting in my abilities to perform at this level.&quot;</p> <p>Harvey added: &quot;I&rsquo;m really looking forward to getting back in an Indy car this week. It&rsquo;s been a tough year but that&rsquo;s what makes the return to driving all the better.</p> <p>&quot;Mid-Ohio is a track I&rsquo;ve done well at before so I&rsquo;m hopeful that I can help the team with their testing plan moving forward. Thank you to SPM for giving me this opportunity and I can&rsquo;t wait to get started.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12479http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12479Felix Rosenqvist handed IndyCar test at Mid-Ohio with Chip Ganassi RacingTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:20:19 GMT<p><strong>Felix Rosenqvist will enjoy his first IndyCar test later this week at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Chip Ganassi Racing.</strong></p> <p>Rosenqvist, 24, won the FIA European Formula 3 Championship last year at the fourth attempt before making the move to the American Indy Lights series for 2016.</p> <p>Rosenqvist won his second Indy Lights race in St. Petersburg before sweeping the Toronto weekend with two victories, leaving him seventh in the championship standings.</p> <p>On Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed that Rosenqvist would take part in the upcoming rookie test at Mid-Ohio, due to also be attended by Formula E driver Robin Frijns.</p> <p>&quot;This is an incredible opportunity for me,&quot; Rosenqvist said.</p> <p>&quot;The Verizon IndyCar Series is the biggest and fastest racing series in America, and it&rsquo;s every driver&rsquo;s dream to be given a chance like this &ndash; and I intend to make the most of it.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s especially thrilling to be doing this with Chip Ganassi Racing, a top team steeped in history that I grew up following on TV. Hopefully I can do a solid job and I&rsquo;m sure this will be a truly unique experience.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12476http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12476Video: Race highlights from the 2016 Honda Indy TorontoMon, 18 Jul 2016 22:11:23 GMT<p><strong>Watch race highlights from the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto, where Penske&#39;s Will Power claimed his third IndyCar victory of the season.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12468http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12468Will Power lands third Toronto IndyCar victory as late caution denies DixonSun, 17 Jul 2016 22:19:58 GMT<p><strong>Will Power stormed to his third IndyCar victory around the streets of Toronto&nbsp;after a call to make an early final stop allowed him to capitalise on a late caution period and deny Scott Dixon a sure-fire win.</strong></p> <p>Dixon started on pole for Chip Ganassi Racing and led the majority of the race, enjoying an advantage of almost eight seconds over the pack at points.</p> <p>Helio Castroneves had put up the early fight to Dixon at the front, but dropped back after a puncture, leaving Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud to lead the charge after the&nbsp;first round of pit stops.</p> <p>As Dixon hit traffic when trying to lap the backmarkers, Pagenaud was able to slice the New Zealander&#39;s lead down to just 1.6 seconds before a caution period wiped away his advantage altogether.</p> <p>A lengthy stoppage due to concerns about the safety of the kerbs at Turn 1 and Turn 5 gave teams the chance to roll the dice on strategy. Chip Ganassi Racing opted to keep Dixon on the original plan, his final stop pencilled in for around lap 60.</p> <p>Dixon led from Pagenaud, Power and Sebastien Bourdais ahead of the final round of stops, with Castroneves down in sixth after his earlier puncture. Penske opted to bring him in early on lap 56 before following suit with Power one lap later.</p> <p>Just seconds after Power had entered the pit lane, a caution period was called following a crash for Iowa winner Josef Newgarden at Turn 5. The Ed Carpenter Racing driver looked in some pain after the shunt, still racing with an injured arm and back after his crash at Texas, but was cleared by the medical team in Toronto.</p> <p>The caution period came at the worst possible time for Dixon. Once he had pitted under yellow flags along with Pagenaud, he found himself down in 13th place. Teammate Tony Kanaan now led, although he had committed to a three-stop strategy early on, meaning Power was the net leader in second place.</p> <p>The race resumed with 21 laps to go, Kanaan quickly laying down an impressive pace ahead of his final stop. Dixon and Pagenaud began to pick their way through the pack, but struggled behind Jack Hawksworth, allowing the front-runners to eke away.</p> <p>Kanaan pitted with nine laps remaining, his lead sufficient enough to come back out in fourth place. Power now led from Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe, whose off-piste strategy had lifted him into the battle for the lead. However, he was tight on fuel, as was Takuma Sato in fifth place.</p> <p>Both drivers had their prayers answered when a final caution was called with three laps remaining. Hawksworth&#39;s race came to an end in the wall at Turn 5, allegedly after being hit by Pagenaud, and Montoya joined him seconds later after being pushed to the outside line.</p> <p>The race returned to green flag running with one lap remaining, but Power had reserved enough of his Push-to-Pass boosts so he could charge on the last lap and ensure Castroneves was unable to pass.</p> <p>The result marks Power&#39;s third victory in Toronto and third win in the last four IndyCar races, bringing him into the thick of the title fight once again despite missing the opening round in St. Petersburg through injury.</p> <p>Castroneves held on to second place ahead of Hinchcliffe, who picked up a poignant podium finish at his home race. Kanaan was left to settle for fourth ahead of Sato, Mikhail Aleshin and Bourdais.</p> <p>Dixon was left frustrated down in eighth, knowing that victory would have surely been his without the caution ahead of the final round of stops. Pagenaud was another big loser, crossing the line ninth, while Marco Andretti had a feisty race, battling from P22 on the grid to 10th at the flag.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12465http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12465Scott Dixon edges Helio Castroneves for Toronto IndyCar poleSat, 16 Jul 2016 21:32:58 GMT<p><strong>Defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon edged out Helio Castroneves for pole in qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday.</strong></p> <p>Chip Ganassi Racing&#39;s Dixon entered qualifying having&nbsp;not scored a pole position since Mid-Ohio last year, but eased into the Fast Six shoot-out for pole.</p> <p>Dixon was joined in the final stage of qualifying by the Penske trio of Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, plus final practice leader Sebastien Bourdais and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports&#39; James Hinchcliffe.</p> <p>Castroneves had led for much of qualifying, being the first driver to dip into the 59s bracket, and had provisional pole before Dixon&#39;s final lap.</p> <p>The New Zealander produced a lap of 59.9073s to edge out Castroneves by four-hundredths of a second and end Penske&#39;s streak of poles stretching back to the Indianapolis 500 in May.</p> <p>&quot;Well, I think it started with the first few laps. I was all down and out,&quot; Dixon said. &quot;I&#39;m like, &#39;Oh that doesn&#39;t look so good.&#39; I couldn&#39;t get my splits to go negative and the last lap and then we just crossed the line to get another lap.</p> <p>&quot;They are like, &#39;Keep going, keep going&#39;. Just gave it our all and the car just kept actually getting quicker. I think the Firestone tires finally came in. I was probably not as hard on them as I needed to be right out of the gate.</p> <p>&quot;So stoked for Team Target. It&#39;s great to be back on the pole. We haven&#39;t had a pole this year, but huge credit to the team they did a hell of a job this weekend.</p> <p>&quot;We struggled a little bit with speed. You&#39;ve got to leave it to qualifying, that&#39;s when it makes the most. But&nbsp;tomorrow&nbsp;is race day and hopefully we will put on a great show for all the fans here.&quot;</p> <p>Castroneves was left to settle for second ahead of points leader Pagenaud, with Power qualifying fourth. Bourdais and Hinchcliffe rounded out the Fast Six.</p> <p>Conor Daly enjoyed his best qualifying yet in IndyCar, finishing seventh after completing two stints on the red alternate tyre in Q2. Iowa winner Josef Newgarden finished eighth ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, who bounced back from engine issues in practice to reach the second stage of qualifying.</p> <p>Mikhail Aleshin rounded out the top 10, edging out 2015 Toronto podium finisher Luca Filippi, while Tony Kanaan struggled to P12.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12451http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12451Luca Filippi returns to Dale Coyne Racing for Toronto IndyCar roundWed, 13 Jul 2016 11:36:33 GMT<p><strong>Luca Filippi will return to Dale Coyne Racing for this weekend&#39;s IndyCar Series round in Toronto.</strong></p> <p>Filippi, 30, raced for Dale Coyne Racing in the no. 19 car at the first four rounds of the season, recording a best finish of 17th at Long Beach.</p> <p>The Italian driver was replaced for the month of May at Indianapolis by Gabby Chaves, whose stint extended until last weekend&#39;s race at Iowa Speedway.</p> <p>Filippi will now return for Dale Coyne Racing in Toronto, where he finished second for CFH Racing in 2015, his&nbsp;best IndyCar result to date.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m very excited to be back with Dale Coyne Racing this weekend and to have the chance to race in the Honda Indy Toronto again,&quot; Filippi said.</p> <p>&quot;I want to thank IMPCO Technologies, the ComfortPro team and Dale Coyne for giving me this opportunity. It&#39;s one of my favorite races, not just because I finished on the podium in Toronto last year, but because it&#39;s one of the best events on the schedule and I love to race on street circuits. I can&#39;t wait to get back on track.&quot;</p> <p>Filippi will race alongside Conor Daly, who is locked in for the full season at Dale Coyne Racing.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12439http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12439Josef Newgarden dominates Iowa Corn 300 for first victory of seasonMon, 11 Jul 2016 00:42:31 GMT<p><strong>Josef Newgarden produced a peerless display in Sunday&#39;s Iowa Corn 300 to pick up his first victory of the 2016 IndyCar Series season.</strong></p> <p>Newgarden arrived in Iowa still nursing a broken clavicle and fingers sustained in his terrifying crash at Texas last month, having also missed the pre-race test in order to aid his recovery.</p> <p>The Ed Carpenter Racing driver qualified second on Saturday behind series leader Simon Pagenaud, but swept into the lead of the race by taking the high line in a bold move.</p> <p>Newgarden soon forged a sizeable lead over Pagenaud, lapping every other car in the field before a full course yellow called after Ryan Hunter-Reay&#39;s engine failure brought the Penske driver back into contention.</p> <p>Newgarden kept his cool, gradually&nbsp;opening up a lead before a second yellow flag period neutralised the race as Juan Pablo Montoya hit trouble.</p> <p>This allowed Pagenaud to close along with Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon, the trio chasing Newgarden heading into the final third of the race.</p> <p>Castroneves fell out of contention after taking his final stop early and getting caught out by a third caution, while Dixon won the race off pit road to be Newgarden&#39;s closest competitor heading into the final stint of the race.</p> <p>Newgarden remained cool, forcing Dixon to take a high line on the restart that slowly caused the Chip Ganassi Racing driver to drop back, even when the leader hit traffic.</p> <p>With 300 laps in the book, Newgarden crossed the line to record his first oval victory in IndyCar and open his account for the 2016 season, completing a remarkable comeback from his crash in Texas.</p> <p>Will Power passed both Pagenaud and Dixon late on to secure second place and continue his streak of podium finishes. Dixon crossed the line third ahead of Pagenaud, taking a small chunk out of the Frenchman&#39;s points lead in the process.</p> <p>Mikhail Aleshin enjoyed a solid run to fifth ahead of Alexander Rossi, who was the lead Andretti Autosport driver in P6 as the team&#39;s six-year winning streak at Iowa came to an end.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan fought back to seventh after being caught out by the final caution, while a slow final stop left Sebastien Bourdais to finish eighth. James Hinchcliffe and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top 10 at Iowa.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12424http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12424Simon Pagenaud takes IndyCar pole at Iowa SpeedwaySat, 09 Jul 2016 21:01:56 GMT<p><strong>Simon Pagenaud will start Sunday&#39;s Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race from pole position after edging out Josef Newgarden&nbsp;in qualifying on Saturday afternoon.</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud arrived at Iowa Speedway leading the IndyCar drivers&#39; championship but without a win since the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in the middle of May.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan set the pace in practice for Chip Ganassi Racing before laying down a two-lap average of 184.430 mph early on in qualifying.</p> <p>With track conditions changing dramatically ahead of qualifying, drivers struggled to replicate their pace from practice, but Penske&#39;s Castroneves was able to dig deep and edge out Kanaan by 0.003 mph over his two laps.</p> <p>Pagenaud followed immediately after Castroneves in the&nbsp;qualifying order, and duly went a further 0.4 mph quicker over his two laps to leave the rest of the field with a sizeable gap to make up.</p> <p>Ed Carpenter Racing&#39;s Newgarden ran Pagenaud closer than anyone, finishing less than 0.2 mph behind, but it was not enough to deny the Frenchman his fifth pole of the 2016 IndyCar season.</p> <p>Castroneves followed Newgarden in P3 ahead of Max Chilton, who produced a stunning two-lap effort at the site of his first Indy Lights victory 12 months ago. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Charlie Kimball and Tony Kanaan followed in P5 and P6 respectively.</p> <p>Ed Carpenter qualified seventh upon his return to the #20 car, finishing ahead of Will Power and Mikhail Aleshin. Defending IndyCar champion Scott Dixon rounded out the top 10 as the slowest Chip Ganassi Racing car.</p> <p>Qualifying saw a great disparity between the Chevrolet and Honda-powered cars;&nbsp;Schmidt Peterson Motorsports&#39; Aleshin was the only Honda driver to finish ahead of a Chevrolet.</p> <p>Andretti Autosport&#39;s hopes of continuing its stunning Iowa record and extending its winning streak into a seventh year took a hit as it could only finish as high as P15 thanks to a late run from Carlos Munoz. Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi qualified 17th ahead of teammates Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12393http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12393Robin Frijns to complete first IndyCar test with Andretti at Mid-OhioThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:00:23 GMT<p><strong>Robin Frijns will make his IndyCar debut with the Andretti Autosport team at this month&rsquo;s Mid-Ohio test.</strong></p> <p>The Dutch driver has been racing in the 2015/2016 Formula E season with the MS Amlin Andretti team.</p> <p>He finished 12<sup>th</sup> in the standings after some feisty drives, scoring one podium and six further top 10 results.</p> <p>Andretti has now announced Frijns will get his first taste of IndyCar machineryat the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.</p> <p>The rookie test day takes place on July 21 at Mid-Ohio and will also feature Indy Lights drivers.</p> <p>On the Thursday prior to the London ePrix season two finale it was announced that Frijns will remain with Andretti for season three of Formula E.</p> <p>It will be his second full season in the all-electric championship, having made his debut at last year&#39;s Beijing ePrix.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12312http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12312IndyCar poised for Surfers Paradise return as early as 2017Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:25:17 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar could be poised for a return to Australia&rsquo;s Gold Coast as early as 2017, with a private consortium keen on pursuing a return to open-wheel racing around the Surfers Paradise street course.</strong></p> <p>The Surfers Paradise street course was dropped from the IndyCar calendar in 2008, after a non-championship event ended the 2008 season during which IndyCar and ChampCar amalgamated.</p> <p>IndyCar has a rich history around the Queensland street course, with events being held at the venue between 1991 and 2008, the majority of them prior to IndyCar&rsquo;s amalgamation with ChampCar.</p> <p>Despite being dropped by IndyCar, open-wheel racing was scheduled to remain at Surfers Paradise in the form of A1GP, however that series soon ceased to exist and therefore open-wheel racing on the streets of Queensland failed to make a return.</p> <p>Meanwhile Supercars continued racing around the street course each October in the form of the Gold Coast 600.</p> <p>Although the Supercars series has a deal with the Queensland government to continue racing until 2019, it seems a private consortium is pursuing the return of open-wheel racing as soon as 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our preference is the Gold Coast,&rdquo; explained a consortium spokesman to <a href="http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/sport/gold-coast-600/indycars-tipped-to-return-as-v8-supercars-lock-in-deal-to-secure-gold-coast-race-until-2019/news-story/7b8e45a1b26847c8c1f8d3ecf6cded6a"><i>The Bulletin</i></a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are ongoing commercial negotiations with the government. We are talking to TEQ and the US-based IndyCars.</p> <p>&ldquo;All our concern at the moment is on securing the approval through government to hold the event with IndyCars as the major attraction &mdash; 2017 is a possibility, 2018 is more than possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Despite the ongoing negotiations with the Queensland government, several logistical factors would need to be addressed before a return could be guaranteed.</p> <p>Firstly the Gold Coast 600 is an October event, a month after this year&rsquo;s IndyCar season is scheduled to conclude at Sonoma.</p> <p>Secondly the current layout used by the Supercars is in fact a much shortened version of the original IndyCar layout, due largely to new tramlines towards the south of the circuit.</p> <p>Meanwhile INDYCAR has remained exceptionally coy with regards to a return to Australia, however the series has confirmed that it is pursuing plans on hosting an international venue outside of North America.</p> <p>&ldquo;INDYCAR is in the process of investigating potential venues for the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, which includes a number of conversations with international parties interested in hosting an event,&rdquo; read an official statement from INDYCAR.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;INDYCAR has an extended history at Surfers Paradise and many of its teams and drivers fondly recall the great events and large crowds in Australia.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;However, at this time, we are not going to comment on specifics as it pertains to the status of any prospective venue.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12303http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12303Video: IndyCar Grand Prix at Road America race highlightsTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:04:04 GMT<p><strong>Watch race highlights of IndyCar&#39;s return to the famous Road America circuit last weekend, as Will Power stormed to victory.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12295http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12295Will Power takes dominant victory at Road America IndySun, 26 Jun 2016 20:26:29 GMT<p><strong>Will Power has taken a dominant victory at the Road America IndyCar race, albeit by just under a second to the Chip Ganassi Racing of Tony Kanaan.</strong></p> <p>The Australian racer effectively completed a lights-to-flag win for Team Penske, losing the lead for only a handful of laps during the first round of pit-stops earlier in the race.</p> <p>Graham Rahal ended proceedings as the highest Honda-powered car in third position, after a race-long battle with Tony Kanaan at the sharp-end of the order.</p> <p>Ryan Hunter-Reay managed to finish the race a very competitive fourth for Andretti Autosport, after championship leader Simon Pagenaud suffered a dreadful final few laps and plummeted down the order.</p> <p>Hunter-Reay eventually came home across the line just over a second ahead of Helio Castroneves, after perfecting an overtaking manoeuvre on the Brazilian into Turn 5 during the final few laps.</p> <p>Charlie Kimball finished sixth, sandwiched between the Team Penske duo of Castroneves and Columbian veteran Juan Pablo Montoya.</p> <p>Montoya started the race from a lowly 14th on the grid, but enjoyed a busy afternoon in the midfield, rising steadily through the order after frenetic battles for track position with the likes of Max Chilton, James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden.</p> <p>Despite suffering injuries to his shoulder and wrist during an almighty shunt at the postponed Texas race last time out, Newgarden managed to end proceedings a heroic eighth for Ed Carpenter Racing ahead of team-mate and rookie Spencer Pigot.</p> <p>Andretti Autosport racer Carlos Munoz rounded out the top ten, after a frenetic race for the Columbian racer which included an early duel for track position with rookie Conor Daly.</p> <p>Despite running as high as second throughout the latter stages of the race, championship leader Pagenaud could only manage 12th at the chequered flag after suffering a disastrous final stint after the restart.</p> <p>The Frenchman was initially expected to challenge team-mate Power for the lead, however he ended up going in the opposite direction after being swamped by numerous drivers in the space of one lap.</p> <p>However, Pagenaud still leads the drivers&rsquo; championship by 74 points to team-mates Castroneves and Power.</p> <p>The one and only caution period of the race was caused by rookie Daly, who suffered a car failure of some kind at Turn 1 while battling alongside Hunter-Reay.</p> <p>Under braking the American racer speared off of the track and bounced through the deep gravel trap before tapping the tyre barrier.</p> <p>Meanwhile Chip Ganassi racer Scott Dixon&rsquo;s afternoon ended in disappointment, with the Kiwi picking up a mechanical failure on Lap 7 and pulling off of the track to retire.</p> <p>The four-time IndyCar champion was&nbsp;one of two&nbsp;retirements during&nbsp;the 50-lap race, and has therefore dropped from second in the drivers&rsquo; championship to fourth behind the Team Penske trio.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12273http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12273Video: Onboard with James Hinchcliffe at the Watkins Glen testTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:04:12 GMT<p><strong>Ride onboard with James Hinchcliffe via visor cam at the Watkins Glen track during the recent IndyCar test day.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12269http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12269IndyCar championship story thrown off track by Texas twisterSun, 19 Jun 2016 10:11:12 GMT<p><strong>Discussions on the internet are quickly moving away from&nbsp;<a href="http://mybookie.ag/sportsbook/auto-racing-betting-lines/" target="_blank">online NASCAR odds</a>&nbsp;and focusing on the Verizon IndyCar series, what with Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, and Mikhail Aleshin being out at the weekend to run the 24 hours of Le Mans.</strong></p> <p>Along with the terrible crash on lap 40 (which injured Josef Newgarden), the Verizon IndyCar series has had little choice but to transition the race at the Texas Motor Speedway to August 27th, 2016, where lap 71 will resume.</p> <p>This postponement has primarily served to rattle the predictions surrounding the 2016 championship battle. Considering that J.R Hilderbrand is the only one that can boast about a top 10 victory, finishing the Indianapolis 500 in sixth-place, Newgarden&rsquo;s injuries are probably causing his teammates at Ed Carpenter Racing to worry.</p> <p>Newgarden had a pretty rough start when the year began, his 22nd-place letdown at the start of the 2016 St. Petersburg tour causing some anxiety. Newgarden none the less entered Texas only 98 points behind Simon Pagenaud.</p> <p>Sufficing to say, Sunday&rsquo;s nasty accident has put Newgarden&rsquo;s championship hopes in a precarious position. Conor Daly lost control of his Honda Dallara at lap 40, crashing into Newsgarden, who was running outside of him.</p> <p>Newsgarden&rsquo;s car flipped at some point, and while he avoided serious injury, the 25-year-old wasn&rsquo;t completely unscathed, walking way with a broken right clavicle and a fractured hand.&nbsp;</p> <p>No one expects Newsgarden to return anytime soon, at least not in time for the June 26 Road America GP. His hopes for the 2016 title have been all but dashed.</p> <p>In contrast, Simon Pagenaud seems set to dominate, having already tallied three wins and six podiums in eight starts. The Frenchman has built a noticeable championship lead.&nbsp;</p> <p>Newsgarden already has two finishes outside the top 20. He cannot afford to make any mistakes during the rest of the season. Missing just one race would mean elimination for the 25-year-old.</p> <p>Not to say that all hope is lost, not with Will Power, who has tallied a win in Belle Isle and finished every race in the top 20. Having missed the season opener due to a misdiagnosed concussion, Will has proven to be far stronger and more consistent than Newsgarden.</p> <p>Newsgarden wasn&rsquo;t the only one to come out of the previous weekend with his situation drastically changed for the rest of the season. Because it has now been postponed to August 27th, the championship battle is likely to play the role of the final oval race of the season.</p> <p>Pagenaud is likely to take the victory in Texas, taking into account all his successes this season, and especially if he continues racing with the consistency he displayed in the first 8 rounds of the four.</p> <p>Many have called Pagenaud a road-course specialist. He has a lot of victories to boast about on a road course or street circuit. His best oval finish to date is his performance in Phoenix.</p> <p><a href="http://www.indycar.com/Series/IndyCar-Series/Scott-Dixon" target="_blank">Scott Dixon</a>&nbsp;and Helio Castroneves still have an opportunity to strike and take the championship, Dixon being a defending winner at Texas and Castroneves having taken third place in the same event.</p> <p>There is a dark cloud looming over the series. All signs point towards a lot of surprises waiting at the end of August.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12222http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12222NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski completes first IndyCar testThu, 16 Jun 2016 14:55:30 GMT<p><strong>2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski completed his first laps at the wheel of an Indycar during Wednesday&rsquo;s Road America test.</strong></p> <p>Keselowski drives for Penske in NASCAR and took over the team&rsquo;s No.22 Indycar, driven this season by Simon Pagenaud.</p> <p>He completed laps at Road America, which hosts the next round of the latest IndyCar campaign from the June 24-26, in the afternoon.</p> <p>11 cars took part in the test day, with Pagenaud giving the No.22 Dallara-Chevrolet a shakedown in the morning before handing it over to Keselowski.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;ve always wanted to drive an Indy car, I think (Penske President) Tim Cindric knew that,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;The opportunity came up to dip my toes in the water and kind of expand my knowledge base and put it in the back of my mind for wherever it goes, I don&#39;t know.</p> <p>&ldquo;But it was a heck of an opportunity and I&#39;m glad to have a chance.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;First thing I told Simon he has a very secure job, at least from me. I&#39;ve got a lot of respect for him and his team, everyone at Team Penske.</p> <p>&ldquo;This 22 Menards team, they did a great job today and I had a lot of fun going with them. I learned a ton today and had a lot of fun. I&#39;ve got to let it soak in here to think about all of it. It was a heck of a day here at Road America.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile IndyCar released two videos from the test featuring onboard footage.</p> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe lap:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TvxBK_72U7M" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Graham Rahal lap:</strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZlSh8oluQ4k" width="560"></iframe></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12213http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12213Hildebrand replaces injured Newgarden at Ed Carpenter RacingTue, 14 Jun 2016 11:50:43 GMT<p><strong>Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that the injured Josef Newgarden will be replaced by J.R. Hildebrand until he recovers.</strong></p> <p>IndyCar has confirmed that Newgarden sustained a broken right clavicle and a small fracture to his right hand after a crash during last weekend&rsquo;s Firestone 600, before it was postponed.</p> <p>Conor Daly lost control of his car on lap 43 at the Texas Motor Speedway and collected Newgarden, who was attempting a move around the outside.</p> <p>Hildebrand has competed in the Indianapolis 500 with Ed Carpenter Racing for the last three years, but has not raced full-time in the IndyCar series since 2012.</p> <p>&quot;He&#39;s fast, so you know Josef Newgarden will work on a speedy recovery,&quot; the team said in a post on social media.</p> <p>&quot;J. R Hildebrand will drive the No. 21 until Newgarden is ready.&quot;</p> <p>Hildebrand will drive the car at Wednesday&rsquo;s test at Road America.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12208http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12208Newgarden suffers collarbone and hand fractures in Texas IndyCar crashMon, 13 Jun 2016 12:01:35 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar has given a further update on Josef Newgarden&rsquo;s condition following the Ed Carpenter Racing driver&rsquo;s heavy crash during the Firestone 600 in Texas.</strong></p> <p>Newgarden was collected by Conor Daly&rsquo;s spinning car on lap 42, making two heard hits with the SAFER barrier.</p> <p>He was able to get out of the car with the help of marshals, before being attended to by his car. The Firestone 600 was eventually suspended due to rain and postponed to the 27 August.</p> <p>Newgarden was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with a fractured right clavicle and small fracture to his right hand, IndyCar has now confirmed.</p> <p>He is expected to be released from hospital tonight. &ldquo;Thank you to Dallara, IndyCar, the Holmatro Safety Team and everyone we work with at Texas Motor Speedway,&quot; Newgarden said in the statement from IndyCar.</p> <p>&quot;The car held up great and the response from the safety team was amazing. I&#39;m banged up a little bit but I&#39;m generally OK. That&#39;s all thanks to IndyCar and all the work everyone within the series does. I am feeling a little pain but I hope to be ready to rock and go again soon.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a great car today, it just did not go how we had planned. I feel bad for both Conor and myself but I&#39;m glad Conor is OK as well. I&#39;ll be back out there fighting as soon as I can. Luckily I am all right, thank you again to everyone who helped me.&quot;</p> <p>He also shared a message on social media from hospital:</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:62.4537037037% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BGlDbCYwkLx/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Just give me a bit of time and I&#39;ll be ready to kick some ass. Very happy that @conordaly22 is okay and I&#39;ll be ready to rock soon enough. Thank you so much to everyone that helped me - our safety crew and everyone @indycar / @txmotorspeedway / Parkland Hospital. We are so fortunate to work with the best in the business. I&#39;m gonna drink a ton of milkshakes, heal my bones and get my ass back into the car. I&#39;m so fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my corner. See ya soon.</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A photo posted by Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) on <time datetime="2016-06-13T03:06:25+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Jun 12, 2016 at 8:06pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12205http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12205Remainder of IndyCar Firestone 600 postponed to August after further rainMon, 13 Jun 2016 00:15:46 GMT<p><strong>The remainder of the Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar event has been postponed until August 27, series organisers confirmed on Sunday.</strong></p> <p>The event, which had already been postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to poor weather conditions, was red-flagged after 71 laps as a storm moved into the area, bringing with it heavy rain.</p> <p>It will now resume on lap 72 on August 27, with 176 laps remaining of the 248-lap race.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s unfortunate that we couldn&rsquo;t finish the race this weekend due to the weather conditions,&quot;&nbsp;said IndyCar president of competition and operations,&nbsp;Jay Frye.</p> <p>&quot;Everyone at IndyCar and Texas Motor Speedway is committed to putting on a great show when we return on Aug. 27.&quot;</p> <p>The order for the race will be taken from lap 70 and is as follows:&nbsp;Schmidt Peterson Motorsport&rsquo;s James Hinchcliffe will start from pole, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport), Mikhail Aleshin (SPM), Will Power (Team Penske) and Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing).</p> <p>A practice session will be held prior to the race, Frye confirmed.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12203http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12203Josef Newgarden hospitalised after high-speed crash at Texas raceMon, 13 Jun 2016 00:08:16 GMT<p><strong>Josef Newgarden has been hospitalised&nbsp;with shoulder and wrist injuries following a high-speed crash&nbsp;with Conor Daly in the Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar race.</strong></p> <p>Newgarden was struck by Daly&#39;s Dallara-Honda as the Dale Coyne Racing driver got sideways on the exit of Turn 4, taking out both cars and forcing Newgarden&#39;s Ed Carpenter machine into the SAFER barrier, with the cockpit grinding against the wall.</p> <p>Whilst Daly managed to walk away from the incident, Newgarden, who initially stepped out of his car with the help of a marshal, collapsed on the circuit and was stretchered off to the medical center.</p> <p>He was later&nbsp;transferred by air ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dalla&nbsp;with injuries to his right shoulder and&nbsp;wrist, though the&nbsp;severity of the injuries isn&#39;t yet known.</p> <p>The race was later red-flagged on lap 71 when a storm hit the area.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12186http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12186Carlos Munoz takes maiden IndyCar pole in Texas qualifyingFri, 10 Jun 2016 22:26:34 GMT<p><strong>Carlos Munoz claimed his first IndyCar pole position on Friday during qualifying for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.</strong></p> <p>Munoz qualified with a two-lap average speed of 217.137 mph to pick up Andretti Autosport&#39;s first pole position of the season, edging out Chip Ganassi Racing&#39;s Scott Dixon at the top of the timesheets.</p> <p>Despite having an early slot in qualifying, Munoz was able to eke the maximum from his no. 26 car to beat his previous best starting position of second at the 2013 Indianapolis 500.</p> <p>Dixon came closest to toppling the Colombian, but fell 0.2 mph shy in second place. Helio Castroneves finished just behind in P3, giving himself a place on the front row for the race on Saturday night.</p> <p>Takuma Sato proved to be the surprise&nbsp;package of qualifying, finishing with an identical average speed to Castroneves,&nbsp;but was a decisive 0.0001s behind in lap time to end the session fourth.</p> <p>Josef Newgarden had looked to be in the fight for pole after going quickest early on, only for Munoz to depose him on the very next run, leaving the Ed Carpenter Racing driver to settle for P5 on the grid.</p> <p>Championship leader Simon Pagenaud was unable to continue his streak of pole positions from Detroit, qualifying sixth ahead of Penske teammate Will Power whose hopes of pole faded after a slow second lap, his first being good enough to provisionally start second.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan qualified eighth ahead of Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, the latter entering just his third oval race this weekend, while James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top 10 upon his return to Texas Motor Speedway.</p> <p>It proved to be a difficult session for the British drivers on the grid as Max Chilton and Jack Hawksworth finished P19 and P20 respectively. They will start only ahead of Dale Coyne Racing drivers Conor Daly and Gabby Chaves on Saturday night, the latter taking no part in qualifying after a practice crash earlier in the day.</p> <p><strong><u>Firestone 600 qualifying result</u></strong></p> <p>1. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 217.137 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 2. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 216.901 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 3. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 216.740 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 4. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 216.740 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 5. (21) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 216.684 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 6. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 216.663 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 7. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 216.647 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 8. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 216.295 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 9. (98) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 216.262 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 10. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 216.262 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 11. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 216.260 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> 12. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 216.162 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 13. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 215.927 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 215.751 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 15. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 215.533 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 16. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 215.299 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 17. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 215.279 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 18. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 215.030 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 19. (8) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 214.864 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 20. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 214.568 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 21. (18) Conor Daly, Honda, 213.826 &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> 22. (19) Gabby Chaves, Honda, no speed</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12162http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12162Will Power secures first victory of 2016 in second Detroit IndyCar raceSun, 05 Jun 2016 22:49:55 GMT<p><strong>Will Power has secured his first victory of the 2016 season, after a fascinating second race around the Raceway at Belle Isle for the Dual in Detroit.</strong></p> <p>The 2014 champion, who missed the opening round of the season due to an inner-ear infection, came home ahead of championship leader and Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whilst the Frenchman dominated much of the race after securing pole position for the second time of the weekend, Power muscled his way ahead at Turn 3 shortly after a restart following the third and final caution period.</p> <p>Ryan Hunter-Reay came home a competitive third as the highest finishing Honda powered driver, after starting the race alongside Pagenaud on the front row of the grid.</p> <p>Meanwhile Josef Newgarden&rsquo;s decent run of form continued, with the Ed Carpenter Racing driver ending the 70-lap race in fourth position, ahead of reigning champion Scott Dixon.</p> <p>The Chip Ganassi racer suffered a slightly disappointing race, making contact with Juan Pablo Montoya during the early stages of the race in a desperate attempt to remain ahead of his former championship rival.</p> <p>Conor Daly impressed once again with a mature drive to sixth, following on from his maiden IndyCar podium finish during the opening race of the weekend yesterday in second.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan could only manage a distant seventh, despite running as high as second and pressuring Pagenaud for the lead before pitting under caution and losing ground.</p> <p>Race one winner Sebastien Bourdais ended proceedings eighth, despite assuming the lead during the latter stages of the race after the third and final caution period.</p> <p>The KVSH racer led for several laps, pulling out a decent lead before finally making a final splash and dash pit-stop.</p> <p>Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato rounded out the top ten, with both drivers exceptionally lucky to continue racing after carnage at Turn 1 at the start of the race.</p> <p>Whilst Pagenaud led away ahead of Hunter-Reay at front, Charlie Kimball squeezed Carlos Munoz into James Hinchcliffe as the trio crossed the start/finish line at the start.</p> <p>This led to Hinchcliffe slamming into the wall on the left, before rookie Max Chilton speared into the wall as well and rammed Hinchcliffe for good measure.</p> <p>Meanwhile Sato spun as well and collected Andretti at Turn 1, with&nbsp;Sato in particular returning to the pits immediately for repairs.</p> <p>Montoya caused the second caution period after making contact with the barrier at Turn 8, only moments after pitting for fresh tyres.</p> <p>The initial contact resulted in heavy damage to the right of Montoya&rsquo;s Penske, spearing the winner of the opening race at St. Petersburg into the wall at Turn 10 to become the third retirement.</p> <p>The third and final caution period was caused by Jack Hawksworth, whose torrid weekend ended with mechanical failure along the back straight.</p> <p>Meanwhile Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi came home 12th, despite assuming the lead during the latter stages for a very brief period before he too required a final splash and dash for fuel along with Bourdais, Graham Rahal and Kimball.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12158http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12158Sebastien Bourdais perfects strategy to win first Detroit IndyCar raceSat, 04 Jun 2016 22:52:13 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Bourdais picked up&nbsp;his first win of the 2016 IndyCar Series season&nbsp;on Saturday after perfecting his strategy and fending off a late charge from Conor Daly in the opening race of the Detroit double-header.</strong></p> <p>Bourdais started the race from 13th on the grid, but an off-sequence strategy call - the seeds of which were sown as early as lap three when he switched from alternate to primary tyres -&nbsp;put him into the lead of the race with a healthy buffer to the chasing pack ahead of his final stop.</p> <p>The Frenchman came in with 13 laps to go, emerging just ahead of the Penske trio of Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya that had shared the lead for the majority of the race.</p> <p>However, only Montoya had the tyres and fuel to win the race after both Castroneves and Pagenaud attempted two-stop strategies following early caution periods.</p> <p>By the time the Colombian had been given the call to pass his teammates in a bid to catch Bourdais, the KVSH Racing driver had already escaped up the road.</p> <p>Bourdais re-took the lead when Daly made his final pit stop, but the American emerged just two&nbsp;seconds behind in P2. With traffic ahead, victory was far from assured for Bourdais.</p> <p>On the penultimate lap, Marco Andretti held Bourdais back in a bid to stay on the lead lap, allowing Daly to close up again. Bourdais eventually managed to pass the traffic ahead and keep his rival at an arm&#39;s length to the chequered flag, enjoying an advantage of two seconds at the line.</p> <p>&quot;The car was obviously really quick. All we needed was clean air to come back from that pretty average qualifying,&quot; Bourdais told ESPN after the race.</p> <p>&quot;I couldn&#39;t dream of that, I don&#39;t know how we got there. Couldn&#39;t be any happier today.</p> <p>&quot;I think [the strategy]&nbsp;would have worked even better had we not pitted with everyone else. For a long time I really thought the strategy was a total mess and wasn&#39;t going to work.&quot;</p> <p>Daly was elated with second place, saying that it felt like a race win after a tough start to the season for both himself and Dale Coyne Racing.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve been through a lot this year, especially coming off Indy.&nbsp;That was such a punch in the gut,&quot; Daly said.</p> <p>&quot;We were always making things difficult on ourselves. It was great, the tyres lasted all the way to the end. It was actually amazing because they kept getting better.&quot;</p> <p>Montoya managed to cross the line third ahead of Graham Rahal, while Castroneves followed in P5. Pagenaud dropped down the order on the final lap after running out of fuel,&nbsp;eventually being classified 13th, while Will Power retired when battling for the lead on lap 45.</p> <p>Carlos Munoz followed his second-place finish in the Indy 500 with P6 in Detroit, while Ryan Hunter-Reay and Charlie Kimball followed in seventh and eighth. Tony Kanaan finished ninth, with Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi rounding out the top 10 for Andretti-Herta Autosport.</p> <p>Defending champion Scott Dixon lost more ground on Pagenaud in the title race after suffering a gearbox issue with 15 laps remaining, having emerged from the pits ahead of Montoya. James Hinchcliffe and Max Chilton also retired, while Jack Hawksworth failed to start the race after an issue on the grid.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12143http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12143Spencer Pigot joins Ed Carpenter Racing for IndyCar street/road course racesThu, 02 Jun 2016 15:19:06 GMT<p><strong>2015 Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot has joined Ed Carpenter Racing for the remaining street and road course races in the 2016 IndyCar season.</strong></p> <p>Pigot made his IndyCar debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing at St. Petersburg before racing at the 100th Indianapolis 500 last weekend, where he was classified five laps down in 25th position.</p> <p>Eponymous team owner and oval specialist Ed Carpenter did not field a second driver for the early-season road and street course rounds, leaving Josef Newgarden as his sole entry.</p> <p>However, Pigot will now race in the no. 20 car for the seven remaining non-oval races in 2016, starting with this weekend&#39;s Dual in Detroit.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m very excited to be joining Ed Carpenter Racing for the remainder of the season on road and street courses,&rdquo; Pigot said.</p> <p>&ldquo;ECR has been very strong in 2016 and I hope we can continue to build on the success they&#39;ve already had.&nbsp;I have to thank Fuzzy&#39;s Vodka and Rising Star Racing for the opportunity to continue my IndyCar career this season.</p> <p>&quot;This weekend in Detroit will be the first time we work together, they have a lot of talented people within the team and we will try to hit the ground running. I&#39;d also like to thank Bobby Rahal and the RLL team for giving me my first shot in IndyCar.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are really excited to be able to add Spencer to the ECR lineup and finish out the year with the 20 Fuzzy&rsquo;s Vodka car at all of the races,&rdquo; added&nbsp;Carpenter.</p> <p>&ldquo;Spencer is a definite young talent who came through the Road to Indy and we look forward to finishing the year strong with him!&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12134http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12134Video: Race highlights of the 100th Indianapolis 500Tue, 31 May 2016 20:22:18 GMT<p><strong>Watch video highlights of last Sunday&rsquo;s Indianapolis 500, the 100<sup>th</sup> running of the iconic event. It was won by IndyCar rookie Alexander Rossi, who beat Carlos Munoz to victory.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12131http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12131Alexander Rossi bags $2.5 million thanks to Indy 500 victoryTue, 31 May 2016 19:07:26 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Rossi took home&nbsp;more than $2m&nbsp;after winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, with the overall prize find topping $13m (&pound;9m).</strong></p> <p>The Manor Formula 1 reserve driver and IndyCar rookie coasted across the finish line with an empty fuel tank to take victory for Andretti Autosport, earning the top prize of $2,548,743 (&pound;1.75m), including $50,000 (&pound;34,000)&nbsp;for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>Second-placed Carlos Munoz&nbsp;secured winnings of&nbsp;$788,743 (&pound;544,298) and third-placed Josef Newgarden $574,243 (&pound;396,275).</p> <p>Polesitter James Hinchcliffe won $502,993 (&pound;346,685), including the&nbsp;$100,000 Verizon P1 Award.</p> <p>Even last-placed Juan Pablo Montoya, who retired with contact, took home $339,493 (&pound;234,278).</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12125http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12125Indy 500 victory 'won't sink in for a while' - Alexander RossiMon, 30 May 2016 01:38:22 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Rossi shocked the IndyCar world on Sunday as he crossed the line to win the 100th running of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, despite this being his rookie season and with almost no oval experience.</strong></p> <p>The American racer and Formula 1 reserve for the Manor team coasted across the finish line on lap 200 to become the 70th different victor of the Indy 500, admitting after the race he has no idea how it happened.</p> <p>&quot;I still don&#39;t [know what happened]. I&#39;m still on the last lap actually with Bryan [Herta]&nbsp;yelling at me. He is like, pull the clutch in and coast.&nbsp;I&#39;m like, What? Okay,&quot; explained the 24-year-old as he crossed the line running on fumes, having completed a 36-lap stint on a single tank of fuel.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s an unbelievable result for the team. Just is a testament to how hard everyone has worked this entire month. We&#39;ve been strong from day one, on Monday. It&#39;s made my life that much easier.&quot;</p> <p>Rossi joked after the race that he would need a psychiatrist because of the emotional stress of the day.</p> <p>&quot;It won&#39;t sink in for a while. I don&#39;t want it to. I want to enjoy this moment, enjoy it with the people around me. It&#39;s obviously a huge honor and privilege, something I&#39;m going to carry with a great sense of responsibility.</p> <p>&quot;The emotional rollercoaster of this race is ridiculous,&quot; he added. &quot;There were moments where I was stoked, moments where were heartbroken, moments where I was stoked again. I need to see a psychiatrist after this.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12122http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12122Alexander Rossi secures unbelievable victory in frenetic 100th Indy 500Sun, 29 May 2016 20:51:58 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar rookie&nbsp;Alexander Rossi has won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, becoming the 70th different winner of the event,&nbsp;after a frenetic final handful of laps which saw the lead change hands practically every lap.</strong></p> <p>After six caution periods throughout the 200-lap race it all came down to the final ten laps, where fuel management became key to achieving track position.</p> <p>With five laps left Carlos Munoz led the race ahead of Josef Newgarden, however the duo required one final stop which gifted the lead to Rossi.</p> <p>The former Marussia Formula 1 driver miraculously clung on to the lead of the race for the final few laps, crossing the line +4.4 seconds clear of Munoz.</p> <p>Newgarden rounded out the top three ahead of Tony Kanaan, who himself led for several laps earlier on.</p> <p>Charlie Kimball ended proceedings in fifth, ahead of JR Hildebrand who made minor contact with Helio Castroneves at one stage during the race.</p> <p>Initial pole man James Hinchcliffe came home a distant seventh, despite leading many laps throughout the afternoon.</p> <p>During the early stages of the race Hinchcliffe traded the lead with Ryan Hunter-Reay, with the Canadian racer looking competitive throughout the entire race.</p> <p>Reigning champion Scott Dixon ended the race in eighth ahead of former ChampCar champion Sebastien Bourdais.</p> <p>Will Power rounded out the top ten for Penske, after a miserable race which saw the Australian involved in a pit-lane incident with Kanaan and sent to the rear of the field as a penalty.&nbsp;</p> <p>Castroneves could only manage 11th despite leading many laps in the iconic yellow Penske, after requiring a new rear-wing following the minor contact with Hildebrand.</p> <p>Meanwhile championship leader Simon Pagenaud could only manage 19th, after suffering from a misfiring engine throughout the race.</p> <p>The race was plagued with six caution periods, the first caused by debris on the track.&nbsp;</p> <p>Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya caused the second caution period after losing the rear of his Penske and making contact&nbsp;with the wall, ending a miserable month of May for the Columbian.</p> <p>Sage Karam slammed into the wall shortly afterwards to cause the third caution period after running side-by-side with Townsend Bell.</p> <p>Mikhail Aleshin and Conor Daly suffered separate spins at the exact same spot to cause the fourth caution period, whilst Buddy Lazier brought out the fifth after his front-left tyre fell off shortly after a pit-stop.</p> <p>The sixth and final caution period came on Lap 163, after Takuma Sato made light contact with the barrier at Turn 4. The Japanese racer managed to limp back to the pits despite making contact with the wall, ending his race.</p> <p>The IndyCar Series will return next weekend for the Dual in Detroit.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12113http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12113Video: Centenary celebrations - 100th running of the Indy 500Sat, 28 May 2016 18:54:24 GMT<p><strong>As the biggest race on the IndyCar calendar, the Indy 500 holds a special place in the hearts of fans, drivers and teams alike. Ahead of the 100th running of the famous race, Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with current drivers Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal, Juan-Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Spencer Pigot as they share their thoughts on this year&rsquo;s centenary celebrations.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12100http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12100Tony Kanaan leads the way in final Indy 500 practiceFri, 27 May 2016 20:49:43 GMT<p><strong>Chip Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan set the pace in final practice for this Sunday&rsquo;s milestone 100<sup>th</sup> Indianapolis 500.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian racer, who will start from 18<sup>th</sup> on the grid, had a best lap of 226.280mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on &lsquo;Carb Day&rsquo;, ahead of Carlos Munoz.</p> <p>Kanaan&rsquo;s team-mate Scott Dixon was third fastest with a 224.606mph lap in the No.9 Chip Ganassi Chevrolet, with early pacesetter Will Power next up.</p> <p>Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi were fifth and sixth, the lead Honda contenders, with J.R Hildebrand, Oriol Servia, Townsend Bell and Helio Castroneves completing the top 10.</p> <p>Indy 500 polesitter James Hinchcliffe was 12<sup>th</sup> quickest in final practice, behind Mikhail Aleshin and ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya.</p> <p>Josef Newgarden, who will start the race from second, was down in 17<sup>th</sup>. The session was disrupted by one crash for Pippa Mann, who was unhurt. She was 28<sup>th</sup> quickest overall.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12086http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12086Indy 500 TV broadcast delay dropped as race sells outWed, 25 May 2016 18:09:10 GMT<p><strong>The Indianapolis 500&#39;s&nbsp;traditional broadcast delay on local TV has been dropped after the event was declared a sell-out for the first time in the race&#39;s&nbsp;history.</strong></p> <p>It now means the race - its 100th running -&nbsp;will be broadcast live on&nbsp;Central Indiana television for only the third time since the early 1950s.</p> <p>Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles commented:&nbsp;&quot;The Indy 500 is a uniquely Hoosier event.&nbsp;The community support for the this race has fueled excitement for the 100th Running and paves the way for the next century for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p>Hulman &amp; Company CEO Mark Miles added:&nbsp;&quot;There&#39;s no event in the world like the Indy 500. This sellout is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the thrilling racing of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the bright future for both.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s expected Sunday&#39;s race day crowd will exceed 300,000 people, with sales up on last year by between 70,000 to 100,000 according to Miles.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12075http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12075James Hinchcliffe takes Indy 500 pole, year on from near-fatal accident Sun, 22 May 2016 23:33:23 GMT<p><b>James Hinchcliffe claimed pole for the 100th Indianapolis 500, a year on from his near-fatal crash at the track.</b></p> <p>The Schmidt-Peterson racer snatched the top spot from Josef Newgarden with the final run in the Fast Nine pole shootout, clocking an average speed of 230.760mph - just 0.060mph quicker than Newgarden.</p> <p>Hinchcliffe missed last year&rsquo;s 500 qualifying after a heavy practice accident left him&nbsp; hospitalised and forced him to sit out the remainder of the IndyCar season.</p> <p>&ldquo;I came into this month hoping for a new story to talk about after last year, and I think we did it,&rdquo; said the Canadian after scoring his maiden IndyCar pole position.</p> <p>Ryan Hunter-Reay was third for Andretti, behind Newgarden, after a small mistake on his final run.&nbsp;</p> <p>Townsend Bell, Carlos Munoz and Will Power will start next Sunday&rsquo;s race from the second row.</p> <p>Mikhail Aleshin, current IndyCar points leader Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves rounded out the nine runners in the pole shootout.</p> <p>Oriol Servia was quickest in the opening part of qualifying - to decide positions 10-33 - and will start from 10th.</p> <p>Servia will be joined on the fourth row by IndyCar rookie Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato.</p> <p>Scott Dixon was the fastest of the Chip Ganassi Racing drivers in 13th, with team-mates Cahrlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan and Max Chilton, 16th, 18th and 22nd.</p> <p>Marco Andretti will start from 14th despite an issue which left him without fifth gear, while two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was just 17th.</p> <p>The defending winner had his first run cancelled after a plastic bag attached itself to his wing and left him propping up the timesheets, but was allowed a second run.</p> <p>Alex Tagliani will start next Sunday&rsquo;s 500 last after a crash during his qualifying warm-up lap.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12070http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12070James Hinchcliffe quickest on day one of Indy 500 qualifyingSun, 22 May 2016 12:07:15 GMT<p><strong>Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe finished the first part of IndyCar qualifying for the 100<sup>th</sup> Indianapolis 500 at the top of the timesheets.</strong></p> <p>One year after the horrible practice crash that forced him to sit out the rest of the 2015 IndyCar season, Hinchcliffe set the pace on the first day of qualifying with a 230.946mph average on Saturday, at the wheel of his Dallara-Honda Indycar.</p> <p>Drivers set four consecutive laps to form an aggregated total, with the times on day one determining who will fight for the 10-33 grid positions and who will run in the Fast Nine pole position shootout.</p> <p>Ryan Hinter-Reay was second, ahead of Will Power &ndash; who was the lead Chevrolet runner &ndash; and Helio Castroneves. Townsend Bell, Josef Newgarden, Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Munoz and Simon Pagenaud also made it to the Fast Nine session.</p> <p>2016 rookie Alexander Rossi sat in the top nine until the very end of qualifying on day one, dropping to 10<sup>th</sup>. Marco Andretti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter were next up.</p> <p>JR Hildebrand, Takuma Sato, Conor Daly, Sage Karam, Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais completed the top 20.</p> <p>Max Chilton crashed in practice and failed to set a laptime, as did Pippa Mann. She suffered a rear wing end fence failure on her first qualifying lap. Gabby Chaves was the other driver to not set a time.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12022http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12022Pagenaud wins in Indianapolis to take hat-trick of victoriesSat, 14 May 2016 23:15:58 GMT<p><strong>Simon Pagenaud heads into the Indy 500 with a 72 point champoinship lead after taking victory at the Grand Prix of&nbsp;Indianapolis,&nbsp;his third consecutive victory of the 2016 season following wins in Alabama and Long Beach.</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud led from the front to finish +4.4748s up on Helio Castroneves with the Team Penske-Chevrolet driver making up 11 places from P13 on the grid, whilst Schmidt Peterson-Honda driver&nbsp;James Hinchliffe completed the podium positions.</p> <p>The race got off to a rough start at Turn 1. Scott Dixon moved to his left in the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy and failed to notice&nbsp;team-mate Tony Kanaan in the No. 10. Kanaan tried to avoid Dixon but instead got into the No. 11&nbsp;KVSH Racing-Chevrolet of Sebastien Bourdais, with both cars ending up against the outside retaining wall.</p> <p>Whilst Kanaan retired, Bourdais continued before retiring 20 laps later with a mechanical failure.</p> <p>The race was relatively straight-forward from there, with Pagenaud leading&nbsp;57 of the&nbsp;82 laps on the 2.439-mile road course, with a lightning quick four-tyre and fuel stop putting him back in the lead 19 laps from the checkered flag.</p> <p>Graham Rahal missed out on a podium spot by just two seconds, having come from 24th on the grid to finish fourth ahead of&nbsp;Chip Ganassi Racing&#39;s&nbsp;Charlie Kimball in fifth.</p> <p>Conor Daly was sixth, with the #18 leading 14 laps of the race before falling back.</p> <p><strong>2016 Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Result</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/indy-results-indianapolis.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12011http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12011Video: Onboard Simon Pagenaud's GP of Indy pole lapSat, 14 May 2016 10:46:36 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar takes us onboard Simon Pagenaud&#39;s Penske car as he sets pole position for the Grand Prix of Indy.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12010http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12010Rahal, Newgarden sent to back of grid for failing technical inspectionSat, 14 May 2016 10:36:36 GMT<p><strong>The No. 15 car of Graham Rahal and the No. 21 IndyCar machine of Josef Newgarden have been sent to the back of the grid for the Angie&#39;s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.</strong></p> <p>Newgarden originally qualified in fourth place, with Rahal in fifth, after both made it through to the Fast Six on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.</p> <p>But the two cars failed post-qualifying technical inspections, after &ldquo;violation of Rule 14.3.1.1 of the Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book for minimum car weight&rdquo;.</p> <p>Indycars must weight a minimum of 1,610 pounds on road and street courses, as well as short ovals, and this includes all lubricants, coolants, camera and dummy camara housings.</p> <p>Rahal and Newgarden&rsquo;s cars both failed to meet that requirement and will start from the back of the field, based on the entrant points entering the event.</p> <p>It will be Rahal starting 24th&nbsp;and Newgarden starting 25th&nbsp;at the back of the pack for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Simon Pagenaud starts from pole position for Penske.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12008http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12008Simon Pagenaud on pole as title rivals slip up in IndianapolisFri, 13 May 2016 21:54:44 GMT<p><strong>Team Penske-Chevrolet&#39;s&nbsp;Simon Pagenaud will start the Grand Prix of Indianapolis from pole position after taking advantage of several big names falling early on Friday afternoon.</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud set a lap record around the Indianapolis road course in the process as he eclipsed Charlie Kimball to the top spot with a 1m08.6868s to secure his second consecutive pole and his fourth IndyCar series pole.</p> <p>A number of high-profile drivers - and title challengers - were eliminated during the second stage of qualifying, including&nbsp;the Penske duo of Juan Pablo Montoya - eighth -&nbsp;and Will Power - 12th -&nbsp;and the Ganassi Dallara-Chevrolet&nbsp;of Scott Dixon eventually finishing ninth.</p> <p>Montoya and Power were involved in an unusual incident which compromised them both. The Colombian received&nbsp;a 10-minute punishment for ignoring the checkered flag at the end of the first qualifying stage, which compromised his strategy, but Power made his own mistake when he pulled over to let Montoya pass, believing he was on a quick lap when he wasn&#39;t, which compromised his own quick lap.</p> <p>Starting behind Kimball will be&nbsp;Graham Rahal in third, while James Hinchcliffe put the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda into fourth place on the grid.</p> <p>Josef Newgarden starts fifth&nbsp;for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet ahead of&nbsp;Jack Hawksworth and&nbsp;Tony Kanaan in seventh.</p> <p>Briton&#39;s Max Chilton narrowly missed out on the top-12 by just 0.0029s, meaning he will start alongside fellow former-F1 driver Alexander Rossi&nbsp;on the seventh row of the grid.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr style="height: 22pt; color: #FFF;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s2" style="padding-top: 3pt; padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; text-align: center; color: #FFF;">Rank</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s2" style="padding-top: 3pt; padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; text-align: center; color: #FFF;">Car</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s2" style="padding-top: 3pt; padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; text-align: left; color: #FFF;">Driver Name</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s2" style="padding-top: 3pt; padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; text-align: center; color: #FFF;">C/A/E/T</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s2" style="padding-top: 3pt; padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; text-align: center; color: #FFF;">Time</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s2" style="padding-top: 3pt; padding-left: 16pt; text-indent: 0pt; text-align: left; color: #FFF;">Speed</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">1</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">22</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Pagenaud, Simon</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:08.6868</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">127.832</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">2</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">83</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Kimball, Charlie</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:08.9816</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">127.286</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">3</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">15</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Rahal, Graham</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.1816</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.918</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">4</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">5</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Hinchcliffe, James</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.2260</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.837</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">5</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">21</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Newgarden, Josef</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4316</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.461</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">6</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">41</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Hawksworth, Jack</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.5141</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.311</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">7</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">10</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Kanaan, Tony</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.2511</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.791</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">8</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">2</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Montoya, Juan Pablo</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.2645</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.766</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-right: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">9</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">9</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Dixon, Scott</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4010</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.517</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">10</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">11</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Bourdais, Sebastien</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4436</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.439</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">11</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">7</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Aleshin, Mikhail</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.6771</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.016</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">12</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">12</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Power, Will</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.9297</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">125.560</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">13</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">8</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Chilton, Max (R)</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.3289</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.648</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">14</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">98</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Rossi, Alexander (R)</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.1475</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.981</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">15</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">3</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Castroneves, Helio</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4947</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.346</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">16</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">61</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Brabham, Matt (R)</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.2944</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.712</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">17</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">28</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Hunter-Reay, Ryan</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.5276</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.287</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">18</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 2pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">6</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Hildebrand, JR</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/C/C/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4377</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.450</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">19</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">26</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Munoz, Carlos</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.6457</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.072</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">20</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">16</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Pigot, Spencer (R)</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4591</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.411</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">21</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">27</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Andretti, Marco</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.7478</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">125.888</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">22</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">14</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Sato, Takuma</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4659</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.399</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">23</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">35</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Tagliani, Alex</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:10.4109</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">124.702</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">24</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">18</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Daly, Conor (R)</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.4795</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">126.374</p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;"> <td style="width: 38pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 6pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">25</p> </td> <td style="width: 29pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 6pt; padding-right: 3pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">19</p> </td> <td style="width: 114pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">Chaves, Gabby</p> </td> <td style="width: 67pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 16pt; padding-right: 4pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">D/H/H/F</p> </td> <td style="width: 71pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 4pt; padding-right: 14pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: center;">01:09.7720</p> </td> <td style="width: 60pt; background-color: #dcdcdc;"> <p class="s3" style="padding-left: 15pt; text-indent: 0pt; line-height: 12pt; text-align: left;">125.844</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12007http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12007Watkins Glen replaces cancelled Boston IndyCar roundFri, 13 May 2016 20:31:22 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar has confirmed it will return to Watkins Glen&nbsp;for the first time since the circuit was dropped from the calendar in 2010.</strong></p> <p>The race will form the penultimate round of the 2016 calendar after the inaugural <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/11908">Boston event was cancelled</a> earlier this month, with promoters of the event blaming the &quot;untenable&quot; relationship with city officials.</p> <p>Watkins Glen will take up the vacant Labour Day slot left by Boston&#39;s cancellation, series president of competition and operations Jay Frye confirmed during a press conference on Friday.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s great to have the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Watkins Glen,&quot;&nbsp;said Frye. &quot;A tremendous amount of thanks goes to track president Michael Printup and his entire staff for their efforts in helping make this a reality in such a short time frame.</p> <p>&quot;Obviously, Watkins Glen has great racing history and it&rsquo;s a track that will showcase the on-track competition and overall excitement level of our series. Our season is off to a great start and we can&rsquo;t wait to bring the Verizon IndyCar Series back to our fans at Watkins Glen.&quot;</p> <p>Watkins Glen last hosted IndyCar in 2010,&nbsp;with Will Power winning for Team Penske.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re excited to welcome INDYCAR back to The Glen,&quot;&nbsp;Printup added. &quot;The fact that we could put this deal together so quickly shows how motivated each party was to make this happen for the fans and the competitors. This deal was put together in two weeks, which I think is a record in motorsports.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11989http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11989Gabby Chaves secures Dale Coyne Racing seat for Indianapolis Wed, 11 May 2016 23:23:09 GMT<p><strong>Gabby Chaves has secured a seat with Dale Coyne Racing for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.</strong></p> <p>Despite ending last season as the 2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year and Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500, the 22-year-old Columbian failed to secure a drive for 2016.</p> <p>Although Chaves only managed to secure two top ten finishes last year with Bryan Herta Autosport, the 2014 Indy Lights champion only retired on one occasion on his way to 15th overall in the championship.</p> <p>Chaves will drive the #19 car for Dale Coyne Racing, and will team-mate full-time racer Conor Daly, with the duo set to be joined by Pippa Mann for the Indianapolis 500.</p> <p>&ldquo;What can I say, I&rsquo;m really excited,&rdquo; enthused Chaves.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Throughout my whole career I&rsquo;ve always been on the grid in the first race of the season and this has been the first time that I haven&rsquo;t.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought I had many deals in place before and for some reason or another it never came through.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been speaking with Dale for years now and I&rsquo;m excited to get something going with him and the team. I&rsquo;m just really looking forward to it.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With my time out of the car, I&rsquo;ve really been able to value what it means to me to be in a race car.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I can now get back on track and enjoy it even more.</p> <p>Last season Chaves finished 15th in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis around the infield circuit, a result he will naturally be aiming to better this season.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited to have Gabby join us for the next two races, we&rsquo;ve been in communication for a long time and it&rsquo;s all finally come together,&rdquo; explained team owner Dale Coyne.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;He showed a lot of maturity last season, he was quick, mistake-free and made great decisions behind the wheel that you don&rsquo;t normally see coming from a rookie.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We look forward to seeing what he can do in our #19 car.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11978http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11978IndyCar closing on deal for non-championship race in ChinaMon, 09 May 2016 21:41:36 GMT<p><strong>China could become the latest addition to the IndyCar calendar, albeit with a non-championship scoring event, to be held in the&nbsp;Fengtai District of Beijing, according to series CEO Mark Miles.</strong></p> <p>Miles,&nbsp;CEO of INDYCAR parent company&nbsp;Hulman &amp; Company, has held ambitions to host IndyCar events outside of the Western Hemisphere to expand the series&#39; appeal and is currently in advanced discussions with local organisers to host a street race in the Chinese capital.</p> <p>&quot;For many months IndyCar has participated in discussions regarding a non-championship event in the Fengtai District of Beijing, China,&quot; said Miles.</p> <p>&quot;If scheduled, this race would occur in October following the conclusion of the 2016 season.&quot;</p> <p>Miles warned nothing had been agreed and there remained many hurdles to clear, but he is confident the event would be a success.</p> <p>&quot;At this point, arrangements for this event have not been finalised and a number of important issues must be resolved before such an event can be added to the schedule,&quot; he added.</p> <p>&quot;IndyCar is pleased with the amount of interest in China and the substantial effort that has been made to try and make this proposed event a reality.</p> <p>&quot;We would hope to share any news on whether this event will occur by early June.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11908http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11908Inaugural Boston IndyCar race cancelledSat, 30 Apr 2016 12:35:42 GMT<p><strong>The inaugural Grand Prix of Boston has been cancelled, after promoters of the race were forced to pull out after their relationship with city officials became &ldquo;untenable&rdquo;.</strong></p> <p>The race was scheduled to take place during the Labour Day weekend celebrations between September 2-4, around a 2.2-mile temporary street course.</p> <p>&ldquo;The relationship between us and the city is not working,&rdquo; explained John Casey, President of the Grand Prix of Boston, in an interview with <i>The Boston Globe</i>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The relationship is untenable.&rdquo;</p> <p>A &ldquo;Plan B&rdquo; is already in place by the promoters to try and find an alternative venue in the Northeast to host the Labour Day event, with New England rumoured to be one of the potential candidates.</p> <p>&ldquo;They [the potential venues] are both willing to do it without the headaches of Boston,&rdquo; continued Casey.</p> <p>During the last month debates had raged between the promoters and city officials regarding the running of the inaugural Grand Prix of Boston, with obstacles such as flood zone issues and further expenditure proving too great to overcome.</p> <p>&quot;An event of this magnitude requires considerable city and state support and though we did overcome significant obstacles and demands that have been presented to us, the most recent demands regarding the flood zone issues and requirements of additional expenditure on the line of credit with no guarantees of overcoming those issues have left us no options but to cancel the race in Boston and look at other options,&rdquo; read a full statement issued by Casey on Friday night.</p> <p>&quot;At this juncture the demands that have been asked of us make this event in Boston economically unviable and despite robust corporate partnerships and excellent tickets sales, if we have no guarantee of MEPA approval then time was of the essence to make this difficult decision.</p> <p>&quot;We have had a team of over 50 people, as well as the city and state agency personnel who have been working tirelessly to find successful and viable solutions and unfortunately we are at an impasse.&rdquo;</p> <p>The city officials responded with their own statement from Patrick Brophy, Boston&rsquo;s mayor&rsquo;s chief of operations.</p> <p>&quot;The City of Boston will always be open to opportunities that will positively showcase our city,&quot; read Brophy&rsquo;s statement.</p> <p>&quot;However as we continued to work with Boston Grand Prix they were unwilling or unable to meet the necessary requirements to hold an event of this size.</p> <p>&quot;The mayor feels strongly in protecting the taxpayers and limiting the impact to residents, and we are not shy that we held them to very high standards.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile INDYCAR officials are refraining from commenting on the prospect of a replacement for the Grand Prix of Boston.</p> <p>&ldquo;INDYCAR was made aware of the news involving the Grand Prix of Boston this evening,&rdquo; read an official statement from the series.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are obviously disappointed with these media reports and are in the process of gathering additional details and will respond accordingly at the appropriate time.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;At this stage it is premature for INDYCAR to comment further on the situation locally in Boston or the prospect of an alternate event.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is the second year in which an inaugural IndyCar event has been cancelled, after the late cancellation of the Brasilia Indy 300 at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet last season.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11885http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11885Stefan Wilson confirmed for Indianapolis 500 with KVSH RacingTue, 26 Apr 2016 22:47:34 GMT<p><strong>Stefan Wilson has been confirmed for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 with KVSH Racing.</strong></p> <p>The 26-year-old British racer is the brother of the late Justin Wilson, who tragically lost his life after an incident at the penultimate race of last season at Pocono Raceway.</p> <p>Stefan Wilson will join KVSH Racing&rsquo;s full-time racer Sebastien Bourdais at the Indianapolis 500, as well as fellow rookie Matthew Brabham who will also compete in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis beforehand.</p> <p>&quot;I want to say it&#39;s a little bit bittersweet,&quot; explained Stefan Wilson, who competed in the Indy Lights series between 2009 and 2012, winning two races.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m super excited for the opportunity to qualify for the race, but now that we&#39;ve got the deal done and the focus is on the race, there&#39;s a part of me that does start to miss Justin as well.</p> <p>&quot;When I got the deal done, the first person I wanted to tell was Justin and I couldn&#39;t.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I know he&#39;s going to be looking down and know he&#39;s proud. I want to make him as proud of me as I was of him.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Wilson brothers competed alongside each other as team-mates during Stefan&rsquo;s first and so far only IndyCar race at Baltimore back in 2013, competing for Dale Coyne Racing.</p> <p>In honour of his brother, Stefan will compete with the No. 25 on his car, the same number Justin ran during his final race last season.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/13112720_10209247012280715_1293898078_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11881http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11881IndyCar: Five talking points from AlabamaTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:03:38 GMT<p><strong>After a controversial first win of the season last time out in Long Beach, Simon Pagenaud had a point to prove around the Barber Motorsports Park.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman dominated the majority of the race to secure his second consecutive victory of the season, despite a late duel with Graham Rahal which ended in minor contact.</p> <p>Whilst Pagenaud extended his lead at the top of the IndyCar championship, reigning champion Scott Dixon endured a race to forget after a first lap collision with Sebastien Bourdais.&nbsp;</p> <p>With lots to discuss after thrilling 90-lap race, Grand Prix Times&rsquo; Andy Young looks at five talking points from the Grand Prix of Alabama.</p> <p><b>1. Pagenaud takes dominant victory</b></p> <p>Ahead of the weekend&rsquo;s race at Barber Motorsports Park, you could have brushed off Pagenaud&rsquo;s lead in the drivers&rsquo; standings as a case of early season luck.</p> <p>At the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Pagenaud inherited pole position after fastest man Will Power was forced to sit out the race due to illness.</p> <p>Although Pagenaud failed to translate his starting position into victory, he still managed to finish a competitive second behind Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.</p> <p>Next time out in Phoenix, Pagenaud was dealt further good fortune, when team-mates Montoya and Helio Castroneves both suffered tyre failures, dropping out of contention.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once again, Pagenaud was second, this time behind reigning champion Dixon, putting him top of the drivers&rsquo; standings after two rounds.</p> <p>At Long Beach, Pagenaud finally found his way to victory lane, however his first win for Penske was overshadowed by his pit exit infraction after his final stop.</p> <p>The Frenchman clearly crossed the blend line whilst exiting the pit-lane, but was only issued with a warning and was fortunately able to maintain his lead and secure an important victory.</p> <p>But at Alabama, Pagenaud performed like a champion, leading the majority of the race from pole and ultimately taking the win after seeing off Rahal in a late race duel.</p> <p>Now Pagenaud sits a whopping 48 points ahead of Dixon in the drivers&rsquo; championship, unmistakably in control and looking like a serious championship contender.</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/04CJ2233A.jpg" width="770" /></p> <p><b>2. Rahal could have won, if for some patience&nbsp;</b></p> <p>Rahal was a strong second in last year&rsquo;s Grand Prix of Alabama, chasing eventual winner Josef Newgarden to the flag.</p> <p>Fast forward 12 months and once again Rahal was a force around the Barber Motorsports Park, mixing it up with the Chevrolet-powered cars such as Pagenaud, Power and Newgarden.</p> <p>During the latter stages of the race Rahal caught and overtook Pagenaud for the lead, albeit after a minor collision which damaged his front-wing and forced the Frenchman to take to the grass.</p> <p>Rahal had to concede the lead to Pagenaud just a handful of laps later, after shattering his front-wing whilst trying to lap Jack Hawksworth.</p> <p>With the power of hindsight, Rahal could well have been better off waiting until the end of the lap to pounce upon Pagenaud, instead of lunging up the inside of Turn 7 and making contact.</p> <p>Earlier in the race, Newgarden had muscled his way around Power for second position at Turn 14, a location which could&rsquo;ve been ideal for Rahal.</p> <p>Or the he could&rsquo;ve waited until Turn 5 on the next lap to make the move, utilising his many push-to-pass applications available to him at the time.</p> <p>Had he cleanly overtaken Pagenaud then victory could have been his for the taking, one which would&rsquo;ve been very important for Rahal and for engine supplier Honda.</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/41BK4331.jpg" width="770" /></p> <p><b>3. Power&rsquo;s championship hopes fade</b></p> <p>I mentioned after Long Beach that Power desperately needed a win to kickstart his season.</p> <p>He started brightly, topping final practice, before qualifying second for the race.</p> <p>However, in the race Power&rsquo;s pace faded just like his championship hopes, when he found himself stuck behind Rahal after the final round of pit-stops.</p> <p>Power&rsquo;s race failed to improve as the laps ticked away, eventually losing third to Newgarden on the final lap to finish a frustrating fourth after starting from the front row of the grid.</p> <p>With Power now a distant seventh in the drivers&rsquo; championship, behind the likes of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, there&rsquo;s no denying his hopes of a second IndyCar title are already fading.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s absolutely no denying the fact that Power must win either the Grand Prix of Indianapolis or the Indianapolis 500 to have even a remote chance of now chasing down early leaders Pagenaud and Dixon.</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/16C_2831-1-2.jpg" width="770" /></p> <p><b>4. Montoya makes passing look easy</b></p> <p>Ahead of the race, the talk of the paddock was how difficult it would be to overtake around the Barber Motorsports Park, putting an enormous emphasis on qualifying.</p> <p>After all, the furthest back a driver had come to secure victory was ninth in 2012, when Power led home Dixon and Castroneves.</p> <p>So when Montoya was left a woeful 21st on the grid after setup issues, the Columbian&rsquo;s chances of a decent result looked highly unlikely.</p> <p>Au contraire!</p> <p>The former CART champion showed the field how you overtake at Barber, scything through the field with zest.</p> <p>After just five laps Montoya had worked his way up to 11th position, making the most of the contact between Carlos Munoz, Mikhail Aleshin and Hawksworth at the start and Bourdais and Dixon&rsquo;s altercation at Turn 5.</p> <p>Montoya made up more ground in the pits, and ultimately came home a quite stunning fifth.</p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/IndyCar/41BK2831.jpg" width="770" /></p> <p><b>5. Overzealous Bourdais shoots himself in the foot</b></p> <p>Bourdais was the surprise pace setter at the sharp end of the order early in the weekend, displaying a form of pace reminiscent of his Champ Car days.</p> <p>The Frenchman took fifth in qualifying, but blew a potential podium finish on the opening lap, braking way too late at Turn 5, creaming into Dixon and spinning the champion out.</p> <p>Bourdais certainly had pace in his KVSH Racing car, and with Pagenaud and Rahal&rsquo;s duel late in the race, he could well have found himself involved in the battle for the lead, or at least a podium.</p> <p>Given that, the four-time Champ Car champion was apologetic post-race.</p> <p>&quot;I feel really sorry for Scott [Dixon],&rdquo; he said after limping home in 16th.</p> <p>&ldquo;He was collateral damage in something that was not in any way his fault.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is my fault, so I have to apologise for that.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a shame because the car had pace.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I definitely had the car to contend at the front. I just couldn&#39;t show it. I am very disappointed. This was a wasted opportunity.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11873http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11873Simon Pagenaud takes dramatic victory at Barber IndySun, 24 Apr 2016 22:56:27 GMT<p><strong>Team Penske&#39;s Simon Pagenaud stormed to his second consecutive IndyCar victory of the season at the Grand Prix of Alabama, after a nail-biting late battle with Graham Rahal.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Pagenaud dominated the opening stages of the race, but&nbsp;after the final round of pit-stops the Frenchman came under attack from a fired-up Rahal.</p> <p>With only a handful of laps remaining, the Rahal Letterman Lannigan racer muscled his Honda-powered Dallara&nbsp;alongside Pagenaud into Turn 7, with the duo making light contact.</p> <p>Whilst Rahal gained the lead, Pagenaud ran wide and skipped through the grass and gravel.</p> <p>However, with front-wing damage Rahal&rsquo;s stint out front&nbsp;was short-lived, as Pagenaud swept back past to take the lead,&nbsp;the eventual win and extend his lead at the head of the championship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rahal, despite suffering severe&nbsp;front-wing failure trying to fend off Pagenaud,&nbsp;managed to limp home&nbsp;second, ahead of 2015 race&nbsp;winner Josef Newgarden, who pipped Will Power for the final podium spot on the last lap.</p> <p>Penske&#39;s Juan Pablo Montoya came home a sensational fifth, despite&nbsp;starting the race from 21st and last position.</p> <p>Montoya ran as high as 11th after just a handful of laps and&nbsp;continued to scythe his way through the order,&nbsp;making the most of his pit-stops to gain further ground.</p> <p>James Hinchcliffe finished sixth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports,&nbsp;ahead of Penske&#39;s Helio Castroneves, with the duo enjoying a race-long battle for track position.</p> <p>Tony Kanaan was the best of the Ganassi cars in&nbsp;eighth, ahead of team-mate Charlie Kimball.</p> <p>Reigning IndyCar champion&nbsp;Scott Dixon rounded out the top 10, the Ganassi racer suffering a miserable race after first lap contact with Sebastien Bourdais at Turn 5.</p> <p>Bourdais failed to make up ground after his overzealous opening lap, ending the race 16th behind top rookie Alexander Rossi.</p> <p>All 21 drivers managed to reach the chequered flag, with rookies Conor Daly and Max Chilton ending the race 20th and 21st.</p> <p>Once again the race ran caution free, despite an aborted start after Carlos Munoz made contact with Mikhail Aleshin, who in turn speared into an unsuspecting Jack Hawksworth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11868http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11868Oriol Servia secures Indy 500 drive with Schmidt Peterson MotorsportsSun, 24 Apr 2016 15:23:08 GMT<p><strong>Oriol Servia has secured a drive in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next month with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, joining full-time racers James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin.</strong></p> <p>The Spanish veteran will compete in the No. 77 Honda-powered machine in what will be his eighth time racing at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.</p> <p>Servia made his debut in CART way back in 2000, finishing second in the drivers&rsquo; championship in 2005 with Newman/Haas Racing after securing his lone Indy car victory at Montreal that year.</p> <p>Earlier this year Servia replaced Will Power at Penske for the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, after the 2014 champion was forced to miss the race due to illness despite securing pole.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very pleased to have this opportunity at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports,&rdquo; enthused Servia, who won the 1999 Indy Lights championship.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s Indianapolis 500, the 100th running, will be the most special in our era, maybe of all time, and I wanted to make sure I was in a team that can give me a program to contend for the win.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I have no doubt that together with SPM and Honda, we will at least do that.&rdquo;</p> <p>Team co-owner Sam Schmidt is delighted with Servia&rsquo;s addition to the team for the coveted event, particularly after his front-row start back in 2011.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve competed against Oriol for several years now and have always looked for an opportunity to get him in one of our SPM entries,&rdquo; explained Schmidt.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;He is a true professional and is highly respected within the motorsports community.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Interestingly enough, we shared the front row with him in 2011 and know that he can get the job done for all of our team partners.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11867http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11867Pagenaud nails final lap to secure Barber pole positionSat, 23 Apr 2016 23:46:54 GMT<p><strong>IndyCar championship leader Simon Pagenaud will start the Alabama round from pole position after nailing his second flying lap to post a 1m06.7262, two-tenths quicker than Penske&#39;s Will Power.</strong></p> <p>Three-time pole sitter Power made a crucial error on his first flying lap and could only shave a few hundredths off his time during his second run, which wasn&#39;t enough to lift him from second&nbsp;to pole.</p> <p>Ed Carpenter&#39;s Josef Newgarden - last year&#39;s Barber winner - qualified in third ahead of the #9 Coca-Cola Ganassi car of Scott Dixon, whilst Sebastien Bourdais completed the top five, almost six-tenths adrift of Pagenaud&#39;s best.</p> <p>With Chevrolet filling the top five positions, it was Graham Rahal who held up Honda&#39;s honour with the sixth quickest time on Saturday afternoon, albeit almost a second slower than the lead-Chevrolet.</p> <p>Helio Castroneves was&nbsp;seventh ahead of&nbsp;James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball, to complete the grids&nbsp;top ten.</p> <p>There were no real dramas during the session, though Juan Pablo Montoya&#39;s stuggles came as a surprise as he was slowest of the 21-car field, having struggled with the handling of his car&nbsp;throughout the session.</p> <p><a href="http://www.imscdn.com/indycar_media/documents/2016-04-23/BARBER%20Qual%20Results.pdf">Click here for full qualifying results.</a></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11866http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11866Power quickest in final IndyCar practice at BarberSat, 23 Apr 2016 19:07:44 GMT<p><strong>Will Power ended final practice for the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama quickest&nbsp;on Saturday ahead of qualifying for the event.</strong></p> <p>The Team Penske-Chevrolet driver&#39;s 1m07.0198s lap was good enough to see him beat Ganassi&#39;s Scott Dixon - who has never been off the podium in Barber since 2010 - by just 0.0975s.</p> <p>Whilst&nbsp;the top two positions were occupied by Chevrolet power, Honda still look&nbsp;to be in a strong position with third and fourth thanks to Schmidt Peterson&#39;s&nbsp;James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport&#39;s Carlos Munoz respectively.</p> <p>The second Penske of Simon Pagenaud completed the top five positions, with Sebastien Bourdais,&nbsp;Juan Pablo Montoya, Mikhail Aleshin, Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal completing the top ten.</p> <p>FP3 saw two red-flags thanks to&nbsp;a spin from Max Chilton in the #8&nbsp;Ganassi and again when Takuma Sato dropped&nbsp;his AJ Foyt Racing-Honda in the gravel at Turn 5.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11858http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11858Takuma Sato fastest after practice two as Honda reign supreme at BarberFri, 22 Apr 2016 22:54:01 GMT<p><strong>Takuma Sato has ended the second practice session of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama fastest, ahead of A.J. Foyt Enterprises team-mate Jack Hawksworth.</strong></p> <p>After a heavy downpour over the Barber Motorsports Park shortly after the opening practice session of the weekend, the start of the second practice session was delayed slightly to allow the track to dry.</p> <p>Despite the delay the session began in drying conditions, with veteran Tony Kanaan utilising Firestone&rsquo;s wet tyres to begin with.</p> <p>As the session progressed the track continued to dry out, with rookie Alexander Rossi becoming one of the first drivers to opt for the dry tyres.</p> <p>Behind the A.J. Foyt Enterprises duo of Sato and Hawksworth, James Hinchcliffe ended proceedings third fastest, creating a Honda 1-2-3 at the sharp end of the order.</p> <p>Will Power ended the session as the fastest Chevrolet-powered driver in fourth position, ahead of Graham Rahal and 2015 race winner Josef Newgarden.</p> <p>Championship leader Simon Pagenaud came home seventh fastest for Penske, ahead of team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.</p> <p>Reigning champion Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top ten, with the latter initially sitting at the top of the timings after an extremely competitive start to the weekend for KVSH Racing.</p> <p>Further down the order Kanaan finished the session 14th fastest, after his battery issue from the opening practice session was rectified.</p> <p>Helio Castroneves could only manage 16th fastest for Penske, just ahead of rookie Max Chilton in 17th.</p> <p>Meanwhile fellow rookies Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi ended the session 18th and 21st respectively, with Rossi producing the initial benchmark at the start of the session on a drying track.</p> <p>The 21 drivers will return to the Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow for the final practice session, prior to the all-important qualifying session later in the day.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11857http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11857INDYCAR announce rule and procedure amendments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:49:51 GMT<p><strong>INDYCAR has announced several rule and procedure amendments, which will be effective immediately ahead of the Grand Prix of Alabama.</strong></p> <p>The five alterations&nbsp;address the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying, pit exit, the addition of backup timing and scoring data decoders as well as tyre usage during the opening practice session.</p> <p>The rule and procedure amendments are as follows:</p> <p><strong>-</strong> Segment 3 of road/street course qualifying (the Firestone Fast Six) shall consist of six minutes of guaranteed green-flag time (Rule 8.3.4.6 of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book). The timing clock stops during any red-flag situation. If a red flag occurs near the end of the session and the remaining time is not enough for entrants to complete a timed lap, all entrants will be given an opportunity to complete one timed lap when green-flag conditions return. In order to receive the one guaranteed lap, cars must leave pit lane within 30 seconds of the green being called. Previously, the rule called for Segment 3 to run for 10 minutes, with five minutes of guaranteed green-flag time.</p> <p><strong>-</strong> Rule 8.3.5.1 has been added to the Verizon IndyCar Series Rule Book, which states that a car involved in a red-flag condition in Segment 3 will not be permitted to continue in the session. Rule 8.3.5 remains in effect, stating that a car causing a red flag in any qualifying segment shall have its two best timed laps disallowed and it shall not advance to the next segment.</p> <p><strong>-</strong> An electronic pit exit commit line has been embedded in the track surface. The transponder in each Verizon IndyCar Series car must cross the embedded line to determine a legal pit exit. This procedure will be in use this weekend at Barber and at other series tracks where conditions permit.</p> <p><strong>-</strong> Backup timing and scoring data decoders have been placed at both the traditional start/finish line and the timing line used for qualifying at Turn 14. This procedure will be in use this weekend at Barber and at other series tracks as conditions permit.</p> <p><strong>-</strong> Entries completing five laps on one set of tires (including &ldquo;in&rdquo; and &ldquo;out&rdquo; laps) within the first 20 minutes of green-flag conditions during the first on-track session of an event weekend at a road or street course, including promoter test days, will receive an additional set of primary tires for use during the weekend (Rule 15.2.1.1). Previously, the time limit to complete the five laps was 15 minutes.</p> <p>The amendments to the pit exit come less than a week after Simon Pagenaud committed a pit exit infraction during the Grand Prix of Long Beach, escaping with only a warning on his way to victory ahead of a disgruntled Scott Dixon.</p> <p>Interestingly the penalty guidelines remain unchanged for those who commit a pit exit infraction in the future.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The addition of the electronic pit exit commit line uses technology to improve enforcement of the lane usage rule and creates a system to determine if an infraction has occurred,&rdquo; explained Jay Frye, INDYCAR&rsquo;s President of Competition and Operation.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The race stewards&rsquo; penalty guidelines remain unchanged.&rdquo;</p>