Marco Andretti Fastest in Opening Day of Indianapolis 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight year, Marco Andretti was the fastest guy in Indianapolis on the opening day of Indianapolis 500 practice. Last year, Andretti turned the fastest lap of the day with a speed of 228.978 mph. Today, Andretti led the way again, this time a bit slower with a top speed of 226.338 mph in his No. 27 Honda. Andretti, is looking for some luck and maybe today he found some. He’s had the pace all season long, but mechanical misfortunes or first lap incidents not of his…

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Sage Karam Trying to Temper His “Hard Charging” Mentality at Indy This Year

INDIANAPOLIS – For the third time in four tries, Sage Karam will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet with Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing. Like last year, the familiarity with the team excites him, as he’s hoping that this could be the year that he finally winds up drinking the milk in victory lane. But, unlike his previous three Indianapolis 500 tries, Karam has a different mindset for the 101st Running on May 28 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Karam, 22 is known as a hard charger and tries to come through the…

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NASCAR Changes The Stage Format for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

NASCAR announced Monday that this year’s Coca-Cola 600 — the longest race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — will be run with one additional stage. The annual 600-mile race, scheduled May 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will feature four stages. Breaks are scheduled at Lap 100, Lap 200 and Lap 300, with the final stage set to end at the full 400-lap distance. The previous format for this year’s 600 — announced in February along with stage lengths for all other 2017 national series events — called for…

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Mobil 1 The Grid Takes a Look at Simon Pagenaud

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, Simon Pagenaud won his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship. It was a dominant season for the Team Penske driver, as he showed us all who we all thought he’d be in North America’s premiere open wheel series. This week, Mobil 1 The Grid profiled Pagenaud and his rise through the ranks. In this chronicle, Pagenaud gave them a shocking hero that he had growing up. 

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Boston Marathon Survivor Jeff Bauman to be Honorary Starters for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Academy Award-nominated actor, and producer Jake Gyllenhaal and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman will team up to serve as honorary starters for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28. They will be the first duo to wave the green flag in the century-plus history of the race. Gyllenhaal will play Bauman in the upcoming film “Stronger,” based on Bauman’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name in which he provides a deeply personal account of his challenging, heroic journey after…

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