Helio Castroneves Wins the Pole for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

Plymouth, WI – It should come as no shock whatsoever that Team Penske dominated the Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying session on Saturday afternoon in Road America. They led all but two laps in last year’s race and had the top four speeds in the last two practice sessions this weekend. So, the fact that all four of their cars made up the Firestone Fast Six today wasn’t surprising. We all knew the pole for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) would be a battle of the teammates.

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Drivers Wary 5 Extra Laps Added to Kohler Grand Prix Weren’t Enough

Plymouth, WI – After a near decade hiatus from Road America, the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to the scenic 4.014-mile Elkhart lake road course last season. The 50 Lap event was a fun event, but the racing wasn’t as good as it could have been. That’s why the series added five additional laps to this year’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) hoping the now 55 Lap race distance will help aid in more action. Last year, the race saw a ton of drivers go into a fuel conservation…

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Chip Ganassi Racing Still With “Work To Do” at Road America

Plymouth, WI – The Chip Ganassi Racing camp hasn’t visited victory lane yet this season. Five other teams have done so, but Ganassi isn’t among them. Despite that, one of their four drivers in Scott Dixon enters this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) as the Verizon IndyCar Series points leader, heading to a track at Road America where he’s expected to contend. Dixon, led the way in all three practice sessions here a year ago, but a mechanical issue forced him out of the race very early…

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Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing Honors Walter Payton With Tribute Helmet at Road America This Weekend

Plymouth, WI – A lot of people don’t know this, but former NFL great Walter Payton used to be a co-owner on Dale Coyne Racing’s team. In fact, Dale Coyne and Payton originally started DCR. In 1986, Coyne was the driver and co-owner while Payton was the other half of the team. Then, when Coyne stepped out of the drivers seat, the duo remained in a partnership while searching for other drivers. The connection? Coyne is from Illinois and Payton was a member of the Chicago Bears. 

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James Hinchcliffe With Strong Weekend at Road America

Plymouth, WI – There wasn’t a more vocal advocate for the Verizon IndyCar Series returning to Road America than James Hinchcliffe. The popular Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports driver was a proud driver when the series finally announced in 2015 that they’d be returning to the 4.014-mile Elkhart Lake circuit for the 2016 season. His love for the track is genuine. Plus, it was the place where he first got back behind the wheel of his No. 5 Honda after a scary practice crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that nearly killed him. 

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Rossi/Newgarden Lead IndyCar Practices at Road America on Friday

Plymouth, WI – The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the scenic Road America course this weekend, as the 21 drivers took to the 4.014-mile Elkhart Lake facility on Friday for two 45-minute long practice sessions. In the first practice, Alexander Rossi topped the speed charts with a lap around the 14-turn road course at 1:43.3285-seconds in his No. 98 Honda. Rossi, started 16th and finished 15th here last year, but this season, he’s already showing the pace to contend for the win in Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix (12:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio…

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Immigration Issues Originally Kept Aleshin From Road America, He Tweets He’s Cleared and On His Way

Elkhart Lake, WI – In a weird circumstance, Mikhail Aleshin originally wasn’t supposed to be competing in this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Road America. As of yesterday, Aleshin was still overseas due to a weird immigration issue after racing in Le Mans last weekend. As of Thursday, Aleshin, a Russian, was still in France awaiting immigration to clear him. That prompted a statement from his team Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports as a result, as they had to go in a different direction for at least this weekend. “Since competing in the…

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