Matheus Leist Earns Freedom 100 Pole in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Rookie Matheus Leist has never raced on an oval before, but that didn’t faze him on Thursday afternoon from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Carlin Racing driver will start from the pole in Friday’s Freedom 100 (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Leist, 18, posted record breaking laps, as the Brazilian set new standards for both the two-lap qualifying average (199.198 mph) and the fastest Indy Lights single-car lap set during qualifying (199.268 mph) for the Carlin team following a lengthy delay due to rain.

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Making a Case for Fernando Alonso to Win the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – When Fernando Alonso first announced in April that he’d race in this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) it turned a ton of heads around the world. A current Formula One driver, a world champion at that, is skipping F1’s biggest race and driving in IndyCar’s biggest race. Now that we have reached race week here in Indy, I don’t think any of us could have scripted a much better month for the Spaniard. 

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Takuma Sato a Big Sleeper Factor to Win This Year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – No Japanese driver has ever won the Indianapolis 500. That could change this year. Japan native Takuma Sato has quietly been stellar this month, and now I wouldn’t count out his No. 26 Honda to reach victory lane in Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). First off, in order to win at Indy now, you have to be daring enough to make crazy moves in the end. Sato, is that type of driver. He went for it in 2012, crashing for the lead…

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Andretti Autosport, Hondas Dominate Indy 500 Qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS – It shouldn’t come as a shock, but Honda’s dominated qualifying for next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). On Fast Friday, they had the top four speeds overall and the top six on the no tow list. So, the fact that they had six of the nine in the Firestone Fast Nine on Saturday isn’t a shock. In qualifying, Honda took 14 of the top 17 starting spots, including five of which with Andretti Autosport. In fact, Andretti has five cars starting in…

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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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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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