James Hinchcliffe a True Championship Contender

Avondale, AZ – The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season has gone about as good as it could have been for James Hinchcliffe. The Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver started out the season with a ninth place run at St. Pete. Where he can hang his hat on that race is, he led 21 laps and was leading when a caution came out in the middle of the first pit sequence. That flipped the field, as he had a car to win that day. If not for a caution, he was headed to a…

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Top 5 Drivers to Beat in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Leeds, Ala – Right now, it appears that Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (3 pm ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) may be a shootout among the four Team Penske drivers. Through all three practice sessions this weekend, they’ve each all been up front in all of them. In two of the three, all four drivers were in the top five of the 45-minute sessions. In the other, three of the four were in the top five and the fourth was eighth. Also, Penske has won four of the seven previous Honda…

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Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports Duo Having Strong Weekend at Barber

Leeds, Ala – James Hinchcliffe couldn’t find much speed in the March 21 test at the Barber Motorsports Park. He was 16th in the two Verizon IndyCar Series test sessions that day. But, the Canadian has since found a ton of speed in his No. 5 Honda. Hinchcliffe, has now qualified in the Fast Six for all three races this year, as he qualified his Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports entry sixth for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (3 pm ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). 

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Will Power Earns Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Pole

Leeds, Ala – Will Power has clearly been the class of the field this weekend at the Barber Motorsports Park. He’s been battling his Team Penske teammates through all three practice sessions, and now, he battled them in qualifying as well. Power, was the only driver to eclipse the 1:06-second barrier this weekend, doing so in practice this morning, and now in the Fast Six this afternoon, en route to his 46th career Verizon IndyCar Series pole. 

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James Hinchcliffe Wins the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif – I spoke to James Hinchcliffe earlier this week and asked him if he was glad 2016 was behind him so people stop asking him about his wreck at Indy in 2015. I also asked him what it would mean to him to win the prestigious Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Hinchcliffe, said he wanted people to think of him as a race car driver and his feats on the track, and his goal is to be remembered by that. He also said a win at Long…

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For 3rd Straight Year, Helio Castroneves Wins the Pole at Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif – It was Helio Castroneves against a whole fleet of Honda’s in qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Five Honda drivers advanced to the Firestone Fast Six, with Castroneves being the lone representative of the Chevrolet teams in the third and final round of qualifying on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Long Beach. In that final qualifying round, the Team Penske driver beat out all five Honda’s to earn the pole for tomorrow’s 85 lap race. 

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Scott Dixon/Will Power Lead IndyCar Practices on Friday at Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif – It took a while, but in 2015, Scott Dixon finally reached victory lane in the prestigious Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Prior to that race, Dixon had always struggled at the 1.968-mile southern California street circuit. In his first eight starts there, Dixon had just one top 10 finish. Then, came his win. Last year, he finished second, and now he was quick again. Dixon, was fast out of the gates, with a top lap of 1:07.6357-seconds in his No. 9 Honda in the opening of…

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