Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing Honors Walter Payton With Tribute Helmet at Road America This Weekend

Plymouth, WI – A lot of people don’t know this, but former NFL great Walter Payton used to be a co-owner on Dale Coyne Racing’s team. In fact, Dale Coyne and Payton originally started DCR. In 1986, Coyne was the driver and co-owner while Payton was the other half of the team. Then, when Coyne stepped out of the drivers seat, the duo remained in a partnership while searching for other drivers. The connection? Coyne is from Illinois and Payton was a member of the Chicago Bears. 

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Lap 151 Melee Takes Out Several Cars in Rainguard 600

Fort Worth, TX – For much of Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway, it was a thrilling lap-by-lap, side-by-side battle. Unfortunately, there were some crashes too. None bigger than the lap 151 melee that took out eight cars. It all started entering Turn 3 when Mikhail Aleshin made it three-wide between himself his teammate James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan. Contact between Hinch and Kanaan sent Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda spinning in front of the field making contact with Ed Jones as a result. He’d take a hard angle…

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Dale Coyne Not Happy After Both Drivers Involved In Lap 151 Melee, Ganassi Blames Hinchcliffe

Fort Worth, TX – The Lap 151 melee sparked a new definition of “Indy Rivals.” James Hinchcliffe, Mikhail Aleshin and Tony Kanaan went three-wide down the backstretch of the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and unfortunately, only one of them came out unscathed. Kanaan and Hinchcliffe made contact with one another causing an eight car melee behind. Fortunately, everyone was okay, but tempers were hot after.

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Takuma Sato Wins Thrilling 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, 6th Closest Finish Ever

INDIANAPOLIS – I wrote last weekend that Takuma Sato would be a factor in this year’s Indianapolis 500. He was now with a race winning team in Andretti Autosport and had a car that Carlos Munoz drove to a second place run in 2016. Sato, was in or near the top five in most speed charts all month and qualified his No. 26 Honda fourth. The only thing is he’d never finish in the top 10 in this race in seven previous tries.

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Ed Jones Phenomenal In 3rd Place Finish in the Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – I wrote earlier in the week that Ed Jones would win the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year this year. Unfortunately, despite a stellar third place run on Sunday, his best career result, I do think he will come up just short for that award. Fernando Alonso was strong all month and in the top seven of every practice and qualifying session except two. He qualified fifth, led 27 laps today and had an engine expire while finishing 24th. 

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Bold Prediction, Ed Jones Will Win Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS – We already know almost one guarantee, Ed Jones will win the Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year award for the 2017 season. Barring an unforeseen disaster, Jones, the only full-time rookie in the field, will basically win the award by default. But, as we head into the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) on Sunday, everyone is pretty much assuming Fernando Alonso will be the Rookie of the Year for the race. 

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Max Chilton Turns Fastest Speed in Busy Monday of Indy 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s only a matter of time before the Monday afternoon practice session on race week becomes another big staple of the Month of May. The fourth year of this new added practice session, has grown rave reviews. The crowds are steadily growing in large numbers, as fans witnessed today 2,705 laps turned by the 33 starters in this Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). They ran those laps in just three in-a-half hours. 

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