James Hinchcliffe Blows Engine in Final Practice on Carb Day, Should Honda Be Worried?

INDIANAPOLIS – Just 29 laps into his Carb Day practice run, James Hinchcliffe blew an engine on his No. 5 Honda. What’s strange is the Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver just came out of his pit stall when the green flag came back out. But, if this was a fluke occurrence, it would be one thing, but this is becoming a bad trend for Honda engines. 

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Top 5 Sleepers to Win This Year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Everybody loves a good longshot to win a sporting event right? It’s fun to root for the underdog. Well, here are five “sleepers” that could win Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). 

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ABC Goes All-In With Cool Features Including Visor Cam for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

For the 53rd consecutive year, ABC will air the Indianapolis 500. This year’s broadcast begins at 11 a.m ET and will be presented by Firestone. Allen Bestwick will call the race, joined in the booth for analysis by former series drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.The announcer team also will include pit reporters Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the pre-race show from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda, and SportsCenter reporter Marty Smith will join the pre-race show and take viewers inside some…

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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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Scott Dixon Turns Fastest 4-Lap Average in 21 Years En Route to Indianapolis 500 Pole

INDIANAPOLIS – Scott Brayton/Tony Stewart, Robert Guerrero, Scott Dixon. Those are the fastest three drivers to win the pole in the 101 year history of the Indianapolis 500. Stewart, went 233.100 mph in 1996, but only started on the pole due to Scott Brayton’s tragic death. Brayton, had a four-lap average of 233.718 mph. Robert Guerrero had a four-lap average of 232.482 mph in 1992. Dixon?

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Team Penske Lacks Speed in Qualifying, Says They Have Great Race Pace Still Though

INDIANAPOLIS – Luckily for the entire Team Penske group, the Indianapolis 500 has shown everyone lately that starting position doesn’t matter anymore. The cars get such a big tow on the straights, that if you have a good handling car, you can easily move up. Penske is hoping that rings true again this year. For some reason, the Penske cars lacked speed all week at Indy. I think we all thought though that maybe they were holding something back. After all, Penske is always a pole contender at Indy. They’ve won…

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Tons of Star Power Coming From Midback for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, starting position mattered for the Indianapolis 500. But, since the DW12 was introduced for the 2012 race, starting position has no merit on success for the ‘500. Take this stat for what it’s worth, the last five winners of the Indy 500, all since 2012, have come from a starting spot outside the top 10. Dario Franchitti won from the 16th starting position in 2012. Tony Kanaan started 12th in 2013. Ryan Hunter-Reay started 19th in 2014. Juan Pablo Montoya started 15th in 2015, but…

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