Hinchcliffe Could Still Race In The Indy 500, He’s Open To It Too

INDIANAPOLIS – Okay race fans, it’s time to get real confusing here. At 5:50 p.m. ET,  you witnessed the agony of defeat from two Verizon IndyCar Series drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both Pippa Mann and James Hinchcliffe didn’t qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). But, what if I told you that there’s a possibility at least one of them could still in fact race? While Hinchcliffe is a DNQ at the moment, there are deals being explored that could put Hinchcliffe…

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Hinchcliffe, Mann Fail To Make The Indy 500, Making Sense Of What Happened In A Chaotic Bump day

INDIANAPOLIS – Congrats tradition. You win. Due to 35 drivers showing up to qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) two drivers were sent packing, or maybe not packing depending on some deals, once the gun fired at 5:50 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. While cases could be made to let all 35 cars start this year, those never came to fruition and James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann failed to qualify for the May 27 race. 

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“I Was Expecting Maybe Slightly More Organized Event” Says Wickens After Frustring Indy 500 Qualifying Debut

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard enough for a rookie to show up to Indianapolis and qualify for the Indianapolis 500. To make four complete laps while holding your breath at speeds in excess of 225 mph is grueling enough. But, for Robert Wickens, his Indy 500 qualifying debut was frustrating to say the least. He was mad at the process, upset his teammate who was deserving to make the field didn’t make it and now has to regroup and do it all over again tomorrow. “I was expecting maybe a slightly more…

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Daly Sweats Out Indy 500 Bump Day Says That’s Something He Doesn’t Ever Want To Go Through Again

INDIANAPOLIS – Conor Daly had a hectic final hour of Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 Time Trials. The second generation driver initially qualified his car in the field of 33 but he was later bumped out. Then, he went out again, this time getting his way back into the field. Unfortunately, he was 33rd again. He’d get bumped. But, ultimately, he got his way back in with four gutsy laps turning in a four-lap average of 224.874 mph in his No. 17 Honda. He was 32nd quickest in the 33 cars that will…

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Danica Patrick Barely Escapes Her Way Into The Fast 9 On Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS – I wrote on Friday how I thought that Danica Patrick would be a Firestone Fast Nine participant on Sunday. She proved me right on Bump Day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Patrick, qualified with a four-lap average of 227.610 mph in her No. 13 Chevrolet which was good enough to be ninth on the day. That will advance her to Sunday’s final session in qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). But, it was close. 

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Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing Puzzled With Their Qualifying Struggles

INDIANAPOLIS – Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing has been among the top Verizon IndyCar Series teams in the field over the last few years. Unfortunately, they had nothing in qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday. In fact, out of all the teams that are here on hand this month, RLL is arguably among the worst. For some reason, they’ve been struggling all week for speed. They have all said the same thing, the car is great in terms of balance around the famed 2.5-mile track, but where they make…

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Team Penske/Ed Carpenter Racing Dominates Bump Day Qualifying For 102nd Running Of The Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – It should really come to no surprise that Team Penske dominated opening day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Saturday. Penske has 17 Indy 500 victories and 16 poles to their credit on the famed 2.5-mile track. Plus, on the no tow list on Fast Friday, Penske had the top three speeds of the day and all four in the top 11. In Time Trials, they didn’t have to sweat it out much, as Helio Castroneves put out a quick four-lap average of 228.919 mph in his No. 3 Chevrolet.…

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INDYCAR Announces New 900+ Horsepower Engine Formula For 2021 And Beyond

INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning in 2021, INDYCAR engines will produce more power due to a new configuration, the sanctioning body announced today. The 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines are projected to generate at least 100 more horsepower than the current 2.2-liter platform, with more than 900 horsepower achieved in the 2.4-liter formula when using push-to-pass overtake activation. Providing stability for the Verizon IndyCar Series and its competitors, the engine regulations will be in place for six years, through the 2026 season. INDYCAR has utilized the 2.2-liter, turbocharged V-6 formula since 2012, with exclusive…

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Santino Ferrucci A Big Get For INDYCAR

INDIANAPOLIS – Dale Coyne Racing pulled another rabbit out of their hat. Last year, they were able to sway Esteban Gutierrez to run select races for them as a replacement for an injured Sebastien Bourdais. It was a great hire. His first two races were on the streets of Belle Isle in June of 2017. This year, they unfortunately have another replacement situation needed, but they hit another home run. On Friday from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Coyne announced that they have signed Santino Ferrucci as the driver of the No.…

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Sauter Wins Truck Series Race In Charlotte, Busch Blasts Pit Crew

As drivers battled for position behind him, Johnny Sauter pulled away his No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet during the final 10-lap run to win Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We won Charlotte!” an elated Sauter screamed over his radio as he crossed the finish line 1.340 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch, who was frustrated in his attempt at a series-record tying 51st victory. A few minutes later, in Victory Lane, Sauter, the pole winner, reveled in the significance…

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