Fernando Alonso Qualifies 5th for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Fernando Alonso had never raced on an oval before. Until this month. May 3 to be exact was his first laps on an oval, and of all places, it was the daunting Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 17 days later, here he was, qualifying at speeds quicker than he’s ever gone before. That’s why it was so impressive that he qualified his No. 29 Honda seventh out of 31 qualified drivers on Saturday afternoon. Alonso, turned a four-lap average of 230.034 mph in his Andretti Autosport/McLaren Racing entry, which is good…

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Team Penske Drivers Say They’d Tip Toe Final Few Laps If Battling for the Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Team Penske has won a Verizon IndyCar Series record 190 races during the course of their storied career. 16 of those 190 wins though have come in the prestigious Indianapolis 500, another record. With them winning the last three straight races on the IndyCar season, there’s a good chance  that at least a few of the Penske drivers will be battling for the win in next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). If that’s the case, just as it was in 2015, what…

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Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports Pole Contenders for the Indy 500 Again This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports saw James Hinchcliffe win the pole in dramatic fashion for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. It was a phenomenal story, but, if you dig deeper into it, it was an overall great qualifying weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year overall for the entire SPM organization. Hinchcliffe’s teammates at Indy in 2016 of Mikhail Aleshin and Oriol Servia also joined him in the top 10 of last year’s starting lineup. Now, the last two days have shown that SPM will once again…

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Sebastien Bourdais Fastest in Fast Friday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS – Fast Friday earned up to it’s billing today, as the quickest laps of the month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were turned this afternoon. 22 drivers eclipsed the 230 mph barrier on the 2.5-mile track on Friday with Sebastien Bourdais leading the charge with a fastest lap of 233.116 mph in his No. 18 Honda. On Thursday, Bourdais blew his engine on his Dale Coyne Racing entry but 24 hours later, the new Honda engine they installed overnight led the way on the overall speed chart. Three Andretti Autosport…

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Can Penske Win 18th Indy 500 Pole This Weekend? Will Power Only Shot Left

INDIANAPOLIS – Honda appears to have the aerokit to beat for the pole for this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). They dominated the front of the starting lineup a year ago, and a week of practice this year, Honda drivers have been stellar. Before Fast Friday, Chevy had just three drivers in the top 12 of the speed charts. Penske themselves were 5-13-16-17-25. Then, on Fast Friday itself, Penske was 5-13-16-23-24. On the pivotal no tow list, they were 7-13-20-21-22. 

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Andretti Autosport Flexes Muscle on Fast Friday

INDIANAPOLIS – Like last year, Andretti Autosport has been strong all week in practice for the Indianapolis 500. This year, they’ve been flexing their muscle even more the last two days. Entering today’s Fast Friday practice session, Andretti drivers had three of the top four speeds this month. Then, when the boost was turned up for qualifying trim today, they flexed their muscles even more. Andretti, had three cars in the top four on the speed charts on Friday afternoon from the 2.5-mile track, with Ryan Hunter-Reay being second fastest at…

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Can Fernando Alonso Earn Indy 500 Pole?

INDIANAPOLIS – Just 16 days ago, Fernando Alonso had never driven a lap in his entire life on an oval. Now, just over two weeks later, he’s going to be qualifying for his first ever Indianapolis 500. But, can he realistically win the pole? I honestly think so. 

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Teammate Important to Graham Rahal, Qualifying Even More So for Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Graham Rahal has said the last few years that being a small team has hurt him in the essence that they’re having to double their work load without a teammate in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Rahal, has had to do all the race setups, qualifying setups, race runs, tests, etc. The only information they get is from him. Other teams, well they can split those duties up. They can have different teammates do different setups, then debrief to see what works the best. That hasn’t been an option unfortunately…

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Trends Show It’s Helio Castroneves’ Turn for Indy 500 Pole and Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – If the recent pattern continues, then Helio Castroneves will win the pole for next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) this weekend. Then, the Team Penske driver will win the actual race itself too. See, he and his teammate Will Power have alternated poles every race this season. In the season opener at St. Pete, Power won the Verizon P1 Pole Award. In the second race at Long Beach, it was Castroneves’ turn. Then, in the third race at Barber, it was Power’s turn…

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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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