Leist Nearly Earns 1st Career INDYCAR Top 10 Finish On Sunday In Pocono

LONG POND, PA – While it’s not surprising to see an ABC Supply car battling for a spot in the top 10 of the finishing order of Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Pocono Raceway, it was surprising to see it was the young Brazilian rookie of Matheus Leist and not his teammate Tony Kanaan. Kanaan, had led at least one lap in all five of his previous attempts on the Tricky Triangle and was strong at Indy back in May but his No. 14 Chevrolet developed a throttle issue…

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3 Of The 4 Indy Lights Winners At Road America Are Now Rookies In Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

While a Verizon IndyCar Series is just that, a rookie, out of the five drivers that will be making their first series start this weekend at Road America, three of which have actually not only raced on the 4.014-mile scenic road course before, but they’ve actually visited victory lane too. Last year, Matheus Leist and Zachary Claman DeMelo won both races of the doubleheader weekend in Elkhart Lake. Leist, won the first race for his second career win while finishing fourth in Race No. 2. Claman DeMelo, finished 10th in…

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Rookies Have Solid Indy 500 Outing

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, the Indianapolis 500 rookie class had a ton of attention. “Fernando Mania” had struck the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the popular Spaniard touched down stateside to compete in the world’s biggest race. He had a solid month, qualifying fifth and leading a ton of laps. Unfortunately, his engine would blow before the end of the race. But, another rookie in Ed Jones would finish an impressive third in his Dale Coyne Racing entry. Now, with a rookie class consisting of Robert Wickens, Matheus Leist, Zachary Claman…

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Kanaan, Leist Looking To Bring AJ Foyt Racing Back To Indy Prominence

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s no secret, AJ Foyt Racing has been searching the last several years to get back to their glory days in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Over the last three seasons, six different drivers have been behind the wheel of their two full-time cars. They’ve revamped the engineering department. They’ve spent the money to succeed but the results weren’t happening. That’s where the signing of Tony Kanaan came in play. The popular Brazilian was supposed to find and help fix the problem. Heading into Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis…

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Mobil 1 The Grid Looks At The Brazilian Dream Team With AJ Foyt Racing

A.J. Foyt Racing entered the 2018 IndyCar campaign with an all-new driver line-up, as experienced Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan joined fellow Brazilian and series rookie Matheus Leist. Mobil 1 The Grid got their thoughts on the team’s chances this season and beyond, and how they hope to return AJ Foyt to winning ways, amid a five-year victory drought.

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Leist, Kaiser, Wickens Pass Rookie Orientation, Fittipaldi Does Not

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s officially May now in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was open for business on Tuesday. Unlike on Monday though, where 21 drivers took to the famed 2.5-mile oval for testing, today was all about rookies and veteran refresher courses. Four rookies were originally slated to run today but only three were on site, as Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens and Kyle Kaiser passed all three phases and are able to compete in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Pietro Fittipaldi wasn’t here, so he’s the only driver among…

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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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Friday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report From St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – For the first time of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the cars hit the track for practice. Since the season finale at Sonoma last September, the teams have spent the past six months testing and getting their new 2018 cars ready for the 17 race season. On Friday, they had two practice sessions around the 1.8-mile St. Petersburg, Florida street circuit. Here’s the recaps. 

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AJ Foyt Racing Hoping For Better 2018 Compared To Past Seasons

INDIANAPOLIS – For the third straight season, AJ Foyt Racing has replaced both of their drivers from the previous season. This time though, they went with a seasoned veteran and paired him with an inexperienced rookie. In the offseason, Tony Kanaan signed what likely will be his final Verizon IndyCar Series contract. He signed on to pilot the famed No. 14 Chevrolet with team. It’s a big get for Foyt. The popular Brazilian first came onto the scene in 1998 and has made 343 starts since. In fact, 282 of those…

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AJ Foyt Racing Duo Has Strong Weekend In Phoenix

No one really knew what to expect out of the AJ Foyt Racing camp for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The last four-in-a-half years have seen the once prominent organization among the series’ worst. The last win for them came way back in 2013 at Long Beach. Last year, they struggled out of the gates, but that was a testament from the late switch from Honda to Chevrolet in the offseason, to go along with two new drivers for the team. With limited testing, it would time some time…

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