Lap 151 Melee Takes Out Several Cars in Rainguard 600

Fort Worth, TX – For much of Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway, it was a thrilling lap-by-lap, side-by-side battle. Unfortunately, there were some crashes too. None bigger than the lap 151 melee that took out eight cars. It all started entering Turn 3 when Mikhail Aleshin made it three-wide between himself his teammate James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan. Contact between Hinch and Kanaan sent Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda spinning in front of the field making contact with Ed Jones as a result. He’d take a hard angle…

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Offseason Changes Made to Texas Gives IndyCar Drivers Sense of Uncertainty Heading Into This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – In the offseason, Texas Motor Speedway officials made some major changes to the 1.5-mile track. First off, they repaved the entire 1.5-mile track. Then, they added a new drainage system so the issues we had with track drying efforts there last year won’t happen again. In addition to the repaving and drainage system, they also did a full re-profiling in Turns 1 and 2 to give the venue a more unique layout from its currently symmetrical 24-degree banking in all four turns. While Turns 3 and 4 will remain unchanged,…

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At Midway Point of IndyCar Season, These Drivers Aren’t Happy

INDIANAPOLIS – With the checkered flag flying on the two duels in Detroit last weekend, we’ve now reached the virtual midway mark of the season. We’re eight races into the 17 race slate in 2017, and with that being said, this season is about as wide open as its ever been. We’ve seen seven different winners in those eight races, as the points standings are still wide open. With that being said, these drivers are wishing for a mulligan. Will Power: On paper, this driver you would think would be somewhat…

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Takuma Sato Wins the Pole in Record Fashion for Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race No. 2

Belle Isle, MI – For the second straight day, the track record on the streets of Belle Isle was broken. Yesterday, it was Graham Rahal breaking the record, today it was Takuma Sato. The Indy 500 champion turned a lap of 1:13.6732-seconds in his No. 26 Honda on his final lap of the qualifying session around the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit, earning his sixth career Verizon IndyCar Series pole as a result. The last time Sato was on the pole was three years ago in this very spot, as he…

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Ryan Hunter-Reay Left Leaning on Teammates Now for This Weekend in Belle Isle

Belle Isle, MI – On the speed charts, you’d see that Ryan Hunter-Reay was P9 in each of the two 45-minute Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions from the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit on Friday. The only problem to that is, Hunter-Reay had a ton of issues with his No. 28 Honda, ones that leave him searching for help for the rest of the race weekend. Hunter-Reay said he had a ton of mechanical issues on Friday, leaving him relying on his teammates for help in both qualifying sessions as well…

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The 5 Favorites to Win Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to believe, as it seems like I was just writing this story last year, but here are the five favorites to drink the milk in Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). I have three previous winners on this list. Also, if you’re a fan of Andretti or Ganassi, you”ll enjoy this too.

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Tons of Star Power Coming From Midback for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, starting position mattered for the Indianapolis 500. But, since the DW12 was introduced for the 2012 race, starting position has no merit on success for the ‘500. Take this stat for what it’s worth, the last five winners of the Indy 500, all since 2012, have come from a starting spot outside the top 10. Dario Franchitti won from the 16th starting position in 2012. Tony Kanaan started 12th in 2013. Ryan Hunter-Reay started 19th in 2014. Juan Pablo Montoya started 15th in 2015, but…

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