Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Canadian Duo Heads Home For Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

There’s no question, the Canadian race fans are some of the most passionate motorsports fans in the world. Even if the Verizon IndyCar Series races north of the border and they don’t have any Canadian drivers in it, the home fans still show out. But, what if not one, but two drivers that hail from Canada enter this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) and what if both are on the same team? Also, what if both are from Toronto too? SPM has been closely followed this…

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SPM Duo Looking For Another Solid Iowa Corn 300 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) Run

I don’t think anyone is giving Schmidt Peterson Motorsports enough credit for just how good that they’ve been on ovals this season. Yes, James Hinchcliffe missed out on the Indianapolis 500 in May, but look at what he’s done on the other two ovals in 2018. Hinch, started fifth and finished sixth back in April at Phoenix. He also led 20 laps that night. In Texas, he charged from his 15th starting spot to bring his No. 5 Honda home fourth. What about his rookie teammate Robert Wickens? The Canadian…

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Wickens Shining This Weekend In Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis – Last year, Robert Wickens showed up to Road America with a helmet in hand with a prime opportunity to hop into a Verizon IndyCar Series ride at Road America. The then current Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Mikhail Aleshin was having problems in customs getting back into the country as the Russian driver just raced in LeMans the week prior. So, SPM called up Wickens. He got one practice session in the books before giving way to Aleshin who arrived late in the day. At that point, Wickens…

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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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Wickens Starts Off With Stellar Night But Unforunately Sees It End With Lap 171 Crash With Ed Carpenter

FORT WORTH, TX – I wrote on Friday how Robert Wickens has been superb in his rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series. He has virtually never seen most of these tracks and here he was competing on all of them for wins already. In the season opener in St. Pete, a track that he’s never seen before, he earned the pole and led a race-high 69 of 110 laps before being crashed while battling for the lead with two laps-to-go. The next race in Phoenix, a track that not only…

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Wickens Impressing On Ovals Already, A Contender For Saturday Night’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

FORT WORTH, TX – Heading into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, I don’t think too many people had ever heard of Robert Wickens. Nothing against Wickens, but he made a career racing overseas. He hasn’t been on the radar over here in quite sometime. So, forgive fans stateside for not knowing much about him. What he’s doing though in the first eight races of his INDYCAR career, well that is nothing short of amazing. Wickens, has really never seen any of these race tracks before. While I’m sure he’s watched…

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Don’t Count Out SPM Duo For Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

BELLE ISLE, MI – Despite neither Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver finishing in the top five of Saturday’s first dual of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, don’t count out both of their drivers to let that happen again on Sunday. First off, they have Honda power, the same Honda power that took finishing positions 1-6 in Saturday’s 70 Lap race. After having 1-8 in the first practice of the race weekend on Friday and five of the top six in final practice, it’s a sure bet that the Honda teams…

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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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“I Was Expecting Maybe Slightly More Organized Event” Says Wickens After Frustring Indy 500 Qualifying Debut

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard enough for a rookie to show up to Indianapolis and qualify for the Indianapolis 500. To make four complete laps while holding your breath at speeds in excess of 225 mph is grueling enough. But, for Robert Wickens, his Indy 500 qualifying debut was frustrating to say the least. He was mad at the process, upset his teammate who was deserving to make the field didn’t make it and now has to regroup and do it all over again tomorrow. “I was expecting maybe a slightly more…

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Wickens On The Wrong End Of Tire Strategy Settles For 3rd Place Finish In INDYCAR Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – Robert Wickens was well on his way to winning Saturday’s fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver inherited the lead for the first time of the day on Lap 26 and was pulling away from the field after. His No. 6 Honda was the class of the race, at that point. Wickens and the leaders would hit pit road for the second sequence, this was the race changing moment of the day. Wickens, went on the Firestone primaries, Will Power went on the faster alternates. 

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