Team Penske Strong On Friday, Full INDYCAR Practice Report From Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis – The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the scenic 4.014-mile Road America track on Friday for not one but two practice sessions on the day. The first session was 45 minutes in length and saw Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden top the speed charts with a time of 1:43.047-seconds in his No. 1 Chevrolet. Newgarden is the defending series champion and finished runner-up on the Elkhart Lake track last season. So, the speed isn’t surprising. Plus, at another track on the schedule like Road America in Barber, Newgarden was…

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Scott Dixon Wins A Strategy Filled Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix In Belle Isle

BELLE ISLE, MI – Saturday’s first dual of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race weekend was a strategy filled race. The biggest question being asked was which strategy would be the one that gets you to victory lane, a two stop or three stop strategy? Well, when Rene Binder got into the run off area just past the halfway point and Graham Rahal crashed on Lap 45, that put everyone on the same strategy for a last 25 lap dash to the finish. That helped Scott Dixon cruise to his 42nd…

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Marco Andretti Wins Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) Pole

BELLE ISLE, MI – Marco Andretti said back in Long Beach after his top 10 finish that if they could figure out how to start better, then watch out. Well, you can’t get much better than what he did on Saturday in qualifying for today’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Andretti, put a flier down in the final second of Group 2 to earn his first Verizon IndyCar Series pole in nearly five years. The third generation driver sped around the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street course with…

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Andretti Prepares For 13th Indy 500 While Carrying The Weight Of His Last Name With Him

INDIANAPOLIS – As Marco Andretti puts on his white and gray US Concrete drivers suit on Sunday morning and straps himself into his No. 98 Honda for the 13th time in the Indianapolis 500, he will be doing so with the weight of 48 years on his shoulders. See, Andretti is not just seeking his first Indy 500 triumph, but the first for his family since his grandfather Mario Andretti won in 1969 too. The name is synonymous with racing. Other than Earnhardt or Petty, no other name means more in…

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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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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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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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Andretti To Change Engines Before Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, Will Keep Starting Position

INDIANAPOLIS – Just two laps into Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series warm up session, Marco Andretti’s engine in his No. 98 Honda gave way. The team has decided to obviously change engines in his Andretti Autosport entry as smoke was seen coming from the exhaust of his car. Andretti, was slated to start 14th in Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) and was told he could keep the starting position as it was an approved engine swap from the series. From Honda officials, the engine failure is what is…

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Andretti Frustrated With 10th Place Finish In Monday’s Rain Delayed Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

LEEDS, Ala – Marco Andretti vowed to start qualifying better. He was adamant that his No. 98 Honda could contend for race wins if he could get his head out of his rear end in the Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying sessions. See, he’s qualified 18th, 20th and 20th respectively in his first three races of the 2018 season. He would finish ninth, 12th and sixth in those three events. Andretti said just last Sunday in Long Beach that imagine where he could be if he qualified better. 

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Andretti Vows To Qualify Better In Barber, Will Start 7th For Sunday’s Race

Marco Andretti vowed last Sunday to get his head out of his rear end and start qualifying better. He knows that the only one holding him back now is himself. Alexander Rossi hasn’t had a finish outside the podium all year. He led 71 of 85 laps in a win at Long Beach. Since last July, he’s had one result outside of the top six. Ryan Hunter-Reay had two top five finishes to start the year off and a very fast race car at Long Beach. Unfortunately, bad luck struck. 

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