Friday’s IndyCar Practice Report From Barber Motorsports Park

LEEDS, Ala – For the third straight week, the Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers are back at it. This weekend, it’s at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park. On Friday, the 23 drivers took to the 2.3-mile Alabama facility for two practice sessions. They were very eventful to say the least. Practice 1 Recap

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After 1st Lap, 1st Turn Crash, It’s A Rough Start To The 2018 Season For Pagenaud

LONG BEACH, Calif – The last two weeks, Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud had race winning cars. Unfortunately, he has zero top five finishes to show for it. In Phoenix, Pagenaud had a bad first pit stop as he entered pit road in the top three. He’d exit 12th. The Frenchman would never be able to make up for it as he’d finish 10th as a result. On Sunday in Long Beach, the 2016 race winner started third and made a great move on the drop of the green flag to…

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Honda’s, Past Winners Fastest In INDYCAR Practice on Friday in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action this weekend for the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). In preparation for Sunday 85 Lap race, the drivers and team had two practice sessions around the 1.968-mile Southern California street course on Friday to get up to speed. The story of the day, Honda’s speed. Honda’s have by far been the most dominant manufacturer out of the gates this season. They’ve won both poles and led 67-percent of the overall laps so…

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Pagenaud Eyeing Long Beach Victory On Sunday

LONG BEACH, Calif – Pit road caused Simon Pagenaud not to finish in the top five last Saturday night in Phoenix. His car was good, but with passing coming at a premium, his problems on his first pit stop that saw him hit pit road in third and come out 12th, never allowed him to make up any ground. He’d finish 10th. In the season opener in St. Pete, he’d finish a disappointing 13th. Now, he has his sights set on his first top five of the season in Sunday’s Toyota…

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Bad Luck Strikes Bourdais/Power/Pagenaud On Saturday Night in Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – The top four cars this weekend at the ISM Raceway were Sebastien Bourdais, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi. Unfortunately, while running 1-2-3-4 early on in the race, they all had problems shortly thereafter. On the first pit sequence, they entered pit road in that order. But, Bourdais and Rossi slid through their pit boxes and into crewmen. Pagenaud, had a slow stop. They’d exit 12th (Pagenaud), 13th (Bourdais) and 19th (Rossi). 

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“He Got Me Today, I’ll Get Him Tomorrow” Pagenaud Says of Bourdais’ Pole Winning Run

AVONDALE, AZ – By virtue of the new Verizon IndyCar Series rules where on ovals, you now qualify in reverse order of the points standings in 2018. That meant because of his 13th place finish in the season opener at St. Pete, Simon Pagenaud went out 11th out of 23 cars on Friday evening at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Pagenaud, is the defending race winner on the 1.022-mile track. The Team Penske driver knew that despite qualifying earlier than he wanted to, the speed would be there. Pagenaud, was second,…

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5 Favorites For Saturday Night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

AVONDALE, AZ – Finding five true drivers as favorites for an Verizon IndyCar Series race is tough enough. But, to do so in a new year with a new car with so much disparity, well good luck. After four separate test sessions at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix back in February, to go along with a full days of work on the 1.022-mile track on Friday, here are my five favorites for Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). 

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Bourdais Wins Phoenix Pole Despite, “I have to say every time I jump in that car in qualifying trim and stuff, I think (about my crash in qualifying for the 2017 Indianapolis 500)

AVONDALE, AZ – It took until the final qualifier, but Simon Pagenaud had some company on the front row now for Saturday’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Pagenaud, had turned a two-lap average around the ISM Raceway in Friday’s qualifying session of 188.148 mph in his No. 22 Chevrolet. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series winner on the 1.022-mile Arizona track was nearly two full mph quicker than anyone else. Then, his fellow countrymate topped him. 

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Top 5 Favorites For Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete (12:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – The season opener is here for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete (12:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) will be the first race of the 2018 season as well as the first race of the new car. With that being said, picking five drivers to win this weekend’s race without any other notes other than three practice sessions and qualifying, especially with the unknowns from a completely new car, is like picking the top five of a NASCAR restrictor plate race. But, I…

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Penske Aiming For 7th St. Pete Victory In Last 10 Years, Another Will Power Pole

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season is finally upon us. The annual season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida will take place this Sunday for the 15th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete (12:30 p.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). With that being said, three things are normally a constant for St. Pete, first is it normally kicks off the upcoming season and the other is Will Power starting on the pole and Team Penske as a whole winning the race. Power, has won three straight poles as St.…

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