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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Despite Starting 6th, Wickens More Anxious For Phoenix Race Than St. Pete

AVONDALE, AZ – Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens has never driven on an oval before. That’s the reason why Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the ISM Raceway was circled on on his calendar more so than the season opener at St. Pete. See, Wickens had previous road racing experience before. St. Pete, while a new race in a new series on a track he’s never seen before had enough anxiety going through his Canadian mind, Phoenix in fact had…

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What Wickens and Rossi Had To Say About Lap 108 Incident

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – What a wild and thrilling 2018 season opening Verizon IndyCar Series race on the streets of St. Pete on Sunday. We nearly saw a rookie winner making his first career series start take the checkered flag first for the fourth time in series history. Instead, it ended in a controversial way. Robert Wickens had to stave off Alexander Rossi not one, not two, but three times over the final 11 laps of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. He drove flawlessly in all.

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