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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Provisional 101st Running of the Indy 500 Field Set, Ed Carpenter Fastest on Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – Unfortunately for the fans, the rich drama that we normally see on the first day of qualifying was taken out today by virtue of mother nature. The original schedule for Saturday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) was supposed to start at 11 and see drivers make multiple attempts at making their way into the Firestone Fast Nine Shootout. Instead, rain began falling just 10 minutes before the scheduled qualifying round was supposed to start, as heavy storms hit the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway…

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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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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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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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