“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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Wickens With An Interesting Day For Orientation, Says Hardest Part Was Phase 1

INDIANAPOLIS – You would think that for a rookie with zero prior oval experience other than at Phoenix back in April, going at speeds over 200 mph on a superspeedway for the first time would be challenging to say the least. You could even say that having your car have a gear box problem during your rookie orientation would be challenging as well right? Well, for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens, the most challenging part of Tuesday’s test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first of three phases.…

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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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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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“Life Right Now In INDYCAR Is Pretty Good” Says Wickens Ahead of This Weekend’s Race In Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – If things went just slightly different for Robert Wickens, he’d be heading into Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the heels of two straight Verizon IndyCar Series victories. See, Wickens, led a race-high 69 of the 110 laps in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. That was a race that he even started on the pole at too. Not a bad debut for a driver making his first ever INDYCAR race. Wickens, was even leading on the final restart with two laps-to-go. …

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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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Wickens Impressive In Runner-Up Finish in Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – What a start to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season it is for rookie Robert Wickens. Heading into this year, Wickens had never raced on any of the tracks before, let alone an oval like Phoenix. He had kept his expectations low. Why get high hopes? He doesn’t live by that motto. Well, after two races, he may want to adjust them. 

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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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