Power Turning Into Quite The Oval Racer, Eyeing Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) Triumph

INDIANAPOLIS – Forgive those who overlook Will Power as a favorite to win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For some reason he’s never been known as an oval driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Rightfully so though, as 27 out of Power’s 33 career INDYCAR victories have come on road/street courses. He’s arguably one of the best drivers ever on those circuits. AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti and Al Unser Sr. have 29 combined road course wins. Michael Andretti has…

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Castroneves’ Drive To No. 4 Similar To That Of Al Unser’s

INDIANAPOLIS – This year’s Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) one-off list is as impressive as they’ve ever had. Among that talented list is a three-time ‘500 champion in Helio Castroneves. Yes, Castroneves raced in the INDYCAR Grand Prix two weeks ago, but this is basically a combined one-off entry for the month. This car wasn’t on track before the Month of May and won’t be on track after May 27. See, Castroneves made 340 career open wheel starts before being told at the end of last season that he won’t…

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Team Penske/Ed Carpenter Racing Dominates Bump Day Qualifying For 102nd Running Of The Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – It should really come to no surprise that Team Penske dominated opening day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Saturday. Penske has 17 Indy 500 victories and 16 poles to their credit on the famed 2.5-mile track. Plus, on the no tow list on Fast Friday, Penske had the top three speeds of the day and all four in the top 11. In Time Trials, they didn’t have to sweat it out much, as Helio Castroneves put out a quick four-lap average of 228.919 mph in his No. 3 Chevrolet.…

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Andretti Fastest On Fast Friday, Davison Crashes In Turn 2

INDIANAPOLIS – It should come to no surprise that Marco Andretti was the fastest man standing on Fast Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti, turned out a blazing hot lap of 231.802 mph in his No. 98 Honda a little past lunch time to earn his fifth top five finish on the speed charts in as many sessions this week. But, like all his previous practice sessions, that lap was laid with a tow. On the no tow list, Andretti came in 12th. 

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Chevrolet Appears To Be Favorites For Indianapolis 500 Pole This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – The overall speed charts may tell one story, but the no tow charts tell a completely different one this week. Four of the top six drivers on the Fast Friday speed chart belonged to Honda drivers. That’s all good and well for the Japanese manufacturer, but this weekend is about single lap speed without a tow, not with it. The Honda laps were turned with a tow involved, as just three Honda drivers were found in the top 10 of the no tow list in Friday’s seven hour practice…

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Why Qualifying Speeds For 102nd Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) Will Be Down A Bit

INDIANAPOLIS – It seems like the Verizon IndyCar Series fan base is a little confused on why the lap times in practice this week have been slower than in the last few years. Currently, heading into qualifying weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the quickest lap of the month was turned by Marco Andretti at 231.802 mph but that lap was done with a tow. While everyone was assuming that the new power provided by a higher boost level will make the speeds closer to the 230 mph mark, the drivers…

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Andretti Paces Day 2 Of Indy 500 Practice, As Drivers Now Say Passing Will Be Tougher This Year

INDIANAPOLIS – The fastest speeds of the month occurred on Day 2 of Indianapolis 500 practice, as all 35 drivers took to the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway and turned 3,349 laps on a nice Wednesday afternoon of practice. As you can tell by the high number of laps turned, the track was a busy place for most of the day. Most of the drivers decided to work in drafting conditions, as with the boost levels for qualifying not getting turned up until Friday, they all felt it was best to…

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Team Penske Leads Opening Day of Indy 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – The first day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 doesn’t normally lead to giving us a whole lot to go by as far as who’s going to be the drivers to beat for the annual Memorial Day weekend classic. After all, it’s just one day of many for the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers on the famed 2.5-mile track. But, there’s still bragging rights on the line. You still want to have speed in your cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway no matter what day of the week it falls…

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Claman DeMelo To Replace Fittipaldi In No. 19 Honda For Coyne For Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – After his strong performance at last weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, Zachary Claman De Melo is returning to the seat of the No. 19 Paysafe car this week, making his Verizon IndyCar Series oval debut at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The rookie will be amongst the 35 drivers vying for a spot in the field of 33 cars that get to compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

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Engine Problems Cost Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti On Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – The dreaded Andretti Curse at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway must go beyond the Indianapolis 500. It seems like Marco Andretti is snake bitten in not just the ‘500 but the Grand Prix too. Andretti, blew an engine just two laps into the Verizon IndyCar Series warm up session on Saturday morning. While the team was able to change their engine and not lose his 14th place starting spot, it didn’t necessarily mean his No. 98 Honda was going to have an advantage. Andretti, finished 13th on Saturday, his worst finish…

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