Could 2019 Indy 500 Have Alonso, Stewart and Castroneves?

INDIANAPOLIS – Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated announcement was made on Tuesday and that was that he will leave Formula One at the end of the 2018 season. While he didn’t announce his next endeavor, racing somewhere will be in the mix. He’s not retiring. With Alonso making it crystal clear that his No. 1 priority is to win the “Triple Crown” another shot at the Indianapolis 500 is highly likely. He’s already won two of the three races with Indy the only one eluding him. So, with him departure from F1,…

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Alonso To Leave F1 At The End Of 2018, Indy 500 At The Very Least Likely For 2019 Plans

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s happening Verizon IndyCar Series fans. Fernando Alonso has announced on Tuesday that he’s leaving Formula One at the end of the season. Most thought that an announcement of that caliber was coming but only half of the unveiling was actually made. What about his 2019 plans? While he didn’t say he was retiring from racing all together, the Spaniard in fact said the opposite. “After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” Alonso said on his social…

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Stewart Doesn’t Rule Out Return To Indy 500 And Other INDYCAR Races, Possibly As Early As 2019

Ford unveiled their new 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car on Thursday afternoon in Michigan but Tony Stewart made comments that sent shockwaves through the racing community. Stewart, while having a big role in the unveiling, discussed a potential return to an INDYCAR seat in the very near future. That just shows you how popular the Verizon IndyCar Series is becoming. Stewart, now an owner in NASCAR, is powered by Ford. The manufacturer isn’t involved in INDYCAR anymore. But on such a big day for them, Stewart is discussing…

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Opinion: MY 60th INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE

The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was contested on May 27, 2018 and dating back to May 30, 1959, it was my 60th straight race. This year’s event was witnessed by approximately 300,000 people (The Speedway never releases attendance figures). By contrast, the attendance for the 1959 Indianapolis 500, my first race, was approximately 180,000. Every Indianapolis 500 is special, but what made my 60th 500 mile race so special was that my friends and family put together a special video to honor my 60 years of attending the race. Many…

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Does LeMans Win All But Ensure Alonso Another Indy 500 Shot For 2019? Why He’s Likely Heading Towards North America

INDIANAPOLIS – Now that we’re 24 hours past the literal day long event in LeMans, it’s a good amount of time to sit back and reflect on what Fernando Alonso just accomplished. In just his third ever start in a sports car, Alonso won and did so in one of the most prestigious races in the world – the 24 Hours of LeMans. He also won his second ever sports car start with the same Toyota team in Spa. His first sports car was in the 24 Hours of Daytona where…

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Opinion: Why The Indy 500 TV Ratings Aren’t A Huge Deal To Me And Why I Think They’re On Solid Ground Still

INDIANAPOLIS – You may have seen the overnight ratings for the Indianapolis 500 and think, oh my, what happened? Yes, the overnight ratings were a 3.4. Yes, that’s the lowest for the prestigous race since it began airing flag-to-flag action in 1986. But, I’m not worried about those numbers. Here’s why. The 3.4 rating is still leaps and bounds above any other race that the Verizon IndyCar Series hosts on an annual basis. Plus, the 3.4 rating is the second highest rated race in any series around the world for North…

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Rookies Have Solid Indy 500 Outing

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, the Indianapolis 500 rookie class had a ton of attention. “Fernando Mania” had struck the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the popular Spaniard touched down stateside to compete in the world’s biggest race. He had a solid month, qualifying fifth and leading a ton of laps. Unfortunately, his engine would blow before the end of the race. But, another rookie in Ed Jones would finish an impressive third in his Dale Coyne Racing entry. Now, with a rookie class consisting of Robert Wickens, Matheus Leist, Zachary Claman…

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Stefan Wilson’s Pit Call Comes Up Just Short For Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – When Stefan Wilson passed Oriol Servia on the Lap 193 restart of Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, he joined his brother Justin Wilson as just the fourth set of brothers to lead the prestigious race. They join Louis and Gaston Chevrolet, Al and Bobby Unser and Buddy and Jacques Lazier as the only brothers to pace the Verizon IndyCar Series field on the famed 2.5-mile track. But, when Wilson did take the lead, he was trying to pull off the near impossible. Could he steal a ‘500…

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Hunter-Reay Moves Into Top 5 In Points, Leaves Indy 500 Frustrated With Lapped Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS – Ryan Hunter-Reay is quietly having a solid 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. If not for bad luck, he’d likely be heading to the Duels in Detroit battling for the points lead. Leaving Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Hunter-Reay sits fifth in the points standings after scoring his fourth top five finish of the year. The Andretti Autosport driver charged hard from his 14th starting spot on a hot and slick Sunday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and leaves generally happy. See, Hunter-Reay quickly went from 14th to the top 10…

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Main Takeaways From Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to believe but the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is now in our rear view mirror. It seems like the last 365 days flew by. Now, we have a full year ahead of us until the 103rd Running next May. But, now that we’re a few hours after Will Power crossed the yard of bricks first, here are a few thoughts on this year’s race. 

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