JR Hildebrand Has Career Weekend at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – I don’t know what it is, but it sounds like every driver that needs some good luck should hop into the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, get injured, then return. Last year, Josef Newgarden raced injured and thrived after his injury. This year, JR Hildebrand was 10 days from surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand after a last lap crash at Long Beach, and here he is finishing third in Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. What’s even more remarkable about…

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Simon Pagenaud Wins the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

Avondale, AZ – Tonight, was a tale of two separate races mixed into one. It was basically two classes of cars in the 250 Lap Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Phoenix International Raceway. Chevrolet once again was the most dominating manufacturer for the second straight year at the 1.022-mile track, as they swept the race weekend. Last year, Chevy drivers led all 250 laps in the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. This year, they did it again. 

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Team Penske/Chevrolet Dominates The Weekend in Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – Chevrolet is a perfect 500-for-500 at the Phoenix International Raceway since the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return last year. In 2016, Chevy drivers led all 250 laps of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. This year, they did it again. Only this time, it was pure domination all race weekend. 

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Downforce Levels, Horsepower Needs to Be Improved for Phoenix Next Year

Avondale, AZ – Luckily we know that the Verizon IndyCar Series will be back at the Phoenix International Raceway in 2018. But, between now and next year’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix, changes must be made. The good news is that a new car is coming out for next year, so hopefully that will aid in a better package for the 1.022-mile Arizona oval. Luckily, it can’t get much worse too. 

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Bad Start, 1st Lap Wreck Causes Mayhem in Saturday Night’s IndyCar Race at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – The start of Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix was about as bad of a start as it could have been. It all started when the leaders for some reason decided to start going in Turn 3 which caused the back few rows to start single file. To me, the start should have been waved off from the get go. But, carnage occurred shortly after. 

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James Hinchcliffe a True Championship Contender

Avondale, AZ – The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season has gone about as good as it could have been for James Hinchcliffe. The Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver started out the season with a ninth place run at St. Pete. Where he can hang his hat on that race is, he led 21 laps and was leading when a caution came out in the middle of the first pit sequence. That flipped the field, as he had a car to win that day. If not for a caution, he was headed to a…

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JR Hildebrand Breaking Up Penske Party This Weekend at Phoenix

Avondale, AZ – You could forgive JR Hildebrand if he was a little off this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway. Just nine days ago, he had his fractured hand repaired in a hospital in Indianapolis, as he broke some bones in his hand after a last lap incident on April 9 at Long Beach. He’d miss last weekend’s race in Barber, and now here he is, still healing, still in some pain, competing on the most physically demanding track on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, running up front. 

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