Rain In the Forecast Could Wreck Havoc on Fast Friday and Indy 500 Time Trials

INDIANAPOLIS – So far, mother nature has pretty well cooperated for much of this week fo Indianapolis 500 practice. Other than an extremely windy day on Wednesday with wind gusts between 40-50 mph, the week has been hot and sunny. There’s been no rain interruptions so far. That’s allowed 5,856 overall laps run from Monday-Thursday, with majority of those run on race setups. Now, the boost levels get turned up tonight, which will produce speeds a good 3-5 mph on average faster than we’ve seen all week in practice. 

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Jay Howard Fastest in Day 4 of Indy 500 Practice on Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS – Windy conditions caused just 408 laps turned around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, but with the winds dying down a bit on Thursday, and today also being the last full day for teams on race setups until after qualifying, it was a much busier afternoon of practice around the 2.5-mile track. The first half of the day and happy hour saw cars run in big groups, as everyone was simulating race runs. That produced 2,362 laps on Thursday.

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Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

As Indianapolis 500 qualification weekend approaches I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the first day of qualifications or “Pole Day” as many race fans described it back in the day. This is not a comparison to today’s qualification format, but simply a description of what happened back then from a race fans point of view. The Indianapolis 500 has always been called the largest one day sporting event in the world, and at one time, “Pole Day” was the second largest crowd in the world. With that said,…

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What to Know for Indy 500 Qualifying This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis 500 Time Trials are upon us, as the field of 33 will be set this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But, like in the last few years, the field will be provisionally set on Saturday, then on Sunday, all 33 drivers will requalify for their starting spots for next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Like last year, we have 33 cars going for 33 spots, so Saturday will see everyone lock themselves in to make the show. The only real…

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Indy 500 Battle Could Be Fight Between Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing

INDIANAPOLIS – It looks like it’s shaping up to be another Honda dominated Indianapolis 500. Last year, Honda drivers led 129 of the 200 laps in the 100th Running of the event, and with an aerokit freeze in the offseason, there wasn’t much Chevrolet could do to close the gap between the two manufacturers on superspeedways since. Also in 2016, Honda drivers won two poles and three of the 16 races. Both feats were on superspeedways. They led only 110 total laps away from Indy, Pocono and Texas last year. Obviously, how…

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Josef Newgarden Uninjured After Practice Crash on Thursday in Indianapolis 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, Jack Harvey was the first Verizon IndyCar Series driver to find the wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as his No. 50 Honda made contact with the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 2. Luckily, the contact wasn’t real hard, as a mechanical failure caused his car not to turn and go straight into the wall. He would be okay.

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AJ Foyt Racing Focusing Hard on Race Setups This Week in Indy 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – Its been a long 18 years since AJ Foyt Racing has last went to victory lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kenny Brack took his No. 14 entry to victory lane in 1999, but unfortunately, that’s the last year they’ve had the honor of sipping the milk at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But, with a new engineering staff, new drivers and a new manufacturer, could this could be the year that they contend once again in the Indianapolis 500? That’s why they’re putting so much emphasis on running in…

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