Options Drying Up For James Hinchcliffe To Race In The Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – On Saturday, two drivers were bumped from the Indianapolis 500 field. One of which, is a popular fan favorite full-time driver. That is a big problem for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway itself. When James Hinchclifffe isn’t racing in the May 27 race, it’s a problem. But, there is a rule in place to which Hinchcliffe can actually get back into a car for the ‘500. See, nothing stops a team from bringing Hinchcliffe onboard to race their car for the 102nd Running. It’s not…

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Despite Needing Hinch In The Field, Indy 500 Can’t Have Him Race Next Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS – I wanted to get a full nights sleep and digest what had happened on Saturday to put my thoughts together on what the Verizon IndyCar Series should do if James Hinchcliffe secured a seat for next Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Part of me says let him race and if he does find a ride, nothing in the rulebook states that he can’t. Plus, it’s not like the series and the biggest race in the world is in any position to not…

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Hinchcliffe Could Still Race In The Indy 500, He’s Open To It Too

INDIANAPOLIS – Okay race fans, it’s time to get real confusing here. At 5:50 p.m. ET,  you witnessed the agony of defeat from two Verizon IndyCar Series drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both Pippa Mann and James Hinchcliffe didn’t qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). But, what if I told you that there’s a possibility at least one of them could still in fact race? While Hinchcliffe is a DNQ at the moment, there are deals being explored that could put Hinchcliffe…

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Hinchcliffe, Mann Fail To Make The Indy 500, Making Sense Of What Happened In A Chaotic Bump day

INDIANAPOLIS – Congrats tradition. You win. Due to 35 drivers showing up to qualify for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) two drivers were sent packing, or maybe not packing depending on some deals, once the gun fired at 5:50 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. While cases could be made to let all 35 cars start this year, those never came to fruition and James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann failed to qualify for the May 27 race. 

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Dual Top 5 Finishes On Monday In Barber For Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Duo

LEEDS, Ala – While Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi look to be the overall championship favorites for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, two more drivers are right there waiting to pounce. To me, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has to be the top overall organization heading into the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Monday, they put both of their drivers inside of the top five in the rain delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, as both drivers now head to May in the top eight of the…

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Josef Newgarden Wins Rain Delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

LEEDS, Ala – We always knew that whenever Josef Newgarden got a chance to drive for one of the big teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series, that he’d be the next great star. Nothing against Sarah Fisher or Ed Carpenter or their respective teams, but you can’t compare their resources to that of Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing. Well, Newgarden signed with Penske in the offseason between 2016 and 2017 and that proved to be one that could shape the future of this series moving forward. Newgarden, piloted his No.…

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Hinchcliffe A Shot To Win Sunday In Barber? I Think So

Trends show that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports should have a chance to win Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (3:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Parity is at an all-time high in the Verizon IndyCar Series right now. We’ve seen three different races with three different winners from three different teams. SPM hasn’t been one of them. Yet. Despite that, no other team has led as many laps in 2018 as SPM. Hence, they’re due. 

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Honda’s, Past Winners Fastest In INDYCAR Practice on Friday in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action this weekend for the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). In preparation for Sunday 85 Lap race, the drivers and team had two practice sessions around the 1.968-mile Southern California street course on Friday to get up to speed. The story of the day, Honda’s speed. Honda’s have by far been the most dominant manufacturer out of the gates this season. They’ve won both poles and led 67-percent of the overall laps so…

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Hinchcliffe With a Shot At a Long Beach Repeat

LONG BEACH, Calif – For some reason, repeating as a Verizon IndyCar Series winner on the streets of Long Beach is a difficult task to do. We’ve had six different drivers win the last six years in Long Beach. But, one driver has a chance to repeat in this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). James Hinchcliffe won last year’s race in his No. 5 Honda. With a whole new engineering department, a new teammate and a new car for the 2018 season, Hinchcliffe didn’t initially…

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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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