Carpenter Earns Top 10 Finish In 1st Start of Season

AVONDALE, AZ – In 2014, Ed Carpenter stepped out of a full-time seat in the Verizon IndyCar Series to just race in the ovals instead. The first year it paid off big. Mike Conway, the driver he was splitting duties with, reached victory lane that year on the road/street courses. Carpenter, well he won at Texas. Out of Carpenter’s six starts in 2014, four of them resulted with a top 10 finish, two in the top five. But, in the last three years, 17 starts in total, Carpenter has yet to…

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After Dominating Phoenix Test, RLL Cars Struggle Some In Race

AVONDALE, AZ – Heading into the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend at the ISM Raceway, it appeared that the Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing team should be the odds on favorites. At the test back in February, they were by far the most dominant team. Takuma Sato was in the top two in all four test sessions, including being quickest in three of them. In the one session that Sato wasn’t the fastest, his teammate Graham Rahal led the way. Plus, Rahal was coming off of a runner-up finish in the season opener at…

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Hunter-Reay Happy With 5th Place Finish in Phoenix, Thought He Should Have Been Higher Though

AVONDALE, AZ – Ryan Hunter-Reay did an excellent job of braving the conditions on Saturday night at the ISM Raceway to bring his No. 28 Honda home fifth in the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. It was one of the quietest top five finishes one could get. That’s not a slight to Hunter-Reay though, it’s actually a testament to how good he really was. Hunter-Reay was quiet all weekend. He was eighth in qualifying and fourth and seventh respectively in practice. When pit lane was as treacherous as…

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Impressing Through 2 INDYCAR Races

AVONDALE, AZ – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is arguably the most impressive Verizon IndyCar Series team out of the gates to the 2018 season. In the offseason, they completely overhauled their engineering department. Mix in a new rookie driver to partner with James Hinchcliffe, plus a completely new car, and you could see why most though 2018 could be a rebuilding year for SPM. Instead, its been anything but. 

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“These Are The Weekends Where Championships Are Won” Says Dixon After 4th Place Finish

AVONDALE, AZ – Scott Dixon qualified his No. 9 Honda 17th on Friday evening at the ISM Raceway. His car wasn’t to his liking. They knew they didn’t have what it took to win Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. So, like champions do, they focused to do the best they could anyways. Dixon, charged to a fourth place finish on Saturday night at the ISM Raceway, a result no one saw coming last night. This finish though, was one that Dixon says wins championships later on…

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Rossi Passes 53 Cars En Route To Hard Fought 3rd Place Finish

AVONDALE, AZ – If the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix were won by the fastest car this weekend, Alexander Rossi would be taking home the race winning hardware. Instead, an early mistake cost him the win. Rossi, started fourth and quickly had his car up to third in the first stint of Saturday night’s race at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. But, on his first stop of the race, he slid through his pit box and into his left front tire changer. 

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Wickens Impressive In Runner-Up Finish in Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – What a start to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season it is for rookie Robert Wickens. Heading into this year, Wickens had never raced on any of the tracks before, let alone an oval like Phoenix. He had kept his expectations low. Why get high hopes? He doesn’t live by that motto. Well, after two races, he may want to adjust them. 

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Late Pit Call Helps Josef Newgarden Win Saturday Night In Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – You may have seen the videos. Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden battling back-and-forth to “take back the 1” in Pagenaud’s case or “defend the 1” in Newgarden’s. Well, through two races into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Newgarden is holding the edge of the 2016 season champion. Newgarden, sits a top the points standings after winning Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix. The Team Penske driver and defending series champion had some great final pit calls to put his No. 1 Chevrolet into…

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Despite New Car, INDYCAR Race at Phoenix Still Needs Some Work

AVONDALE, AZ – Anticipation was high when the Verizon IndyCar Series announced that they’d be returning to the ISM Raceway in Phoenix for the 2016 season. There was a large buzz surrounding the event in the return for the first time in over a decade. But, three years into the return, the product still remains a work in progress. The first two years we saw zero on track passes for the lead. With 500 laps of racing, there were six total lead changes. The race was a high speed parade. 

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5 Sleepers To Watch for Saturday Night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

AVONDALE, AZ – The second race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season is upon us. If Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is anything like we saw at St. Pete, or even through all the practices and qualifying thus far, it could be very unpredictable. While picking five favorites is hard enough, try five sleepers.   The field is so deep and so talented, anyone can win on any given day. But, these five, four of which rookies, could earn trips to…

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