Mobil 1 The Grid Chronicles Takuma Sato’s 2017 Indy 500 Victory

Takuma Sato’s victory at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 marked a landmark moment in the Japanese driver’s racing career. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the IndyCar star to find out more about how he prepares for arguably the biggest race in world motorsport, and what it took to realize his dream at the Indy 500 last year.

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Karam Looking Like Strong Sleeper Threat To Win Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

INDIANAPOLIS – Sage Karam topped 226 mph on Monday to end the eighth Indianapolis 500 practice session of the month first. I know it’s only one practice and that this lap was obviously put down with a tow, but you have to include Karam as one of the top sleepers to win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Here’s why. This shouldn’t be a shock that Karam ended the day P1. Last week, we had three days of action where most teams elected to go…

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Did The Andretti Autosport Group Find Something In Monday’s Race Practice?

INDIANAPOLIS – Monday’s Indianapolis 500 practice session from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway lived up to its annual billing. It’s always one of the most thrilling sessions of the year. 2,526 laps were turned, but among those laps, it appears that the Andretti Autosport organization may very well have found something. See, Chevrolet had the clear advantage in qualifying. They were well represented in the Firestone Fast Nine with taking seven of the nine spots. Overall, seven of the top eight starting spots are Chevy’s and nine of the top 11. But,…

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Karam Tops 226 mph On Monday While SPM’s Long Month Continues With Robert Wickens Crash

INDIANAPOLIS – The post qualifying practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is turning into one of the best practice sessions for any series on any track in place in the world on any given day. When the Verizon IndyCar Series first added the practice session in 2014 it’s been a thrilling session every since. Think about it. The only practice these 33 drivers are doing from now on are in race trim. They’ve already qualified. Plus, the practice session starts around the same time that the Indy 500 does (12:30…

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Andretti Autosport Looking For 4th Indianapolis 500 Win (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Media Site) In Last 5 Years

INDIANAPOLIS – Heading into Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) the easy group of favorites to pick would be the Andretti Autosport. Over the last several years, they’ve been bar none the top Verizon IndyCar Series team to beat in the prestigious race. This weekend, Andretti will look to win their fourth Indy 500 in the last five years. Ryan Hunter-Reay got it all started when he narrowly beat Helio Castroneves in 2014. Alexander Rossi clutch and coasted to a win in the 100th Running…

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Kanaan, Leist Looking To Bring AJ Foyt Racing Back To Indy Prominence

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s no secret, AJ Foyt Racing has been searching the last several years to get back to their glory days in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Over the last three seasons, six different drivers have been behind the wheel of their two full-time cars. They’ve revamped the engineering department. They’ve spent the money to succeed but the results weren’t happening. That’s where the signing of Tony Kanaan came in play. The popular Brazilian was supposed to find and help fix the problem. Heading into Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis…

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Dixon, Jones Eyeing To End Chip Ganassi Racing’s Drought In Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to believe, but as we head to Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) neither of the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers have led a lap through the first five races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. But, here Scott Dixon is fourth in the standings and well within striking distance. That should be scary for the rest of the field. Chip Ganassi said on Fast Friday that he’s happy with where they are right now and they haven’t even entered their normal…

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Power Turning Into Quite The Oval Racer, Eyeing Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) Triumph

INDIANAPOLIS – Forgive those who overlook Will Power as a favorite to win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For some reason he’s never been known as an oval driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Rightfully so though, as 27 out of Power’s 33 career INDYCAR victories have come on road/street courses. He’s arguably one of the best drivers ever on those circuits. AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti and Al Unser Sr. have 29 combined road course wins. Michael Andretti has…

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Castroneves’ Drive To No. 4 Similar To That Of Al Unser’s

INDIANAPOLIS – This year’s Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) one-off list is as impressive as they’ve ever had. Among that talented list is a three-time ‘500 champion in Helio Castroneves. Yes, Castroneves raced in the INDYCAR Grand Prix two weeks ago, but this is basically a combined one-off entry for the month. This car wasn’t on track before the Month of May and won’t be on track after May 27. See, Castroneves made 340 career open wheel starts before being told at the end of last season that he won’t…

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Davison Improves 1.5 mph and 14 Spots From Saturday’s Qualifying Day To Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS – James Davison did a lot of talking following Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 Time Trials when he made references that he wasn’t going to be losing any sleep over James Hinchcliffe not making this year’s 102nd Running of the big race (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Davison, was the 33rd and final qualifier of the day as he advanced onto the big show with a four-lap average of 224.798 mph in his No. 33 Chevrolet. That was remarkable in it’s on feat. On Fast Friday, Davison crashed hard into the Turn…

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