Defending Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi to Start on the Front Row for the 101st Running

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, Alexander Rossi had no idea what to expect when he came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time as a wide eyed rookie. He was disappointed in his qualifying result, as he narrowly missed out on the Firestone Fast Nine. He’d start 11th. But, he never thought that even starting towards the front that he’d end up in victory lane when it was all said and done. Now that he’s done that, he doesn’t want to ever let anyone take that feeling away. He…

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Scott Dixon Turns Fastest 4-Lap Average in 21 Years En Route to Indianapolis 500 Pole

INDIANAPOLIS – Scott Brayton/Tony Stewart, Robert Guerrero, Scott Dixon. Those are the fastest three drivers to win the pole in the 101 year history of the Indianapolis 500. Stewart, went 233.100 mph in 1996, but only started on the pole due to Scott Brayton’s tragic death. Brayton, had a four-lap average of 233.718 mph. Robert Guerrero had a four-lap average of 232.482 mph in 1992. Dixon?

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Team Penske Lacks Speed in Qualifying, Says They Have Great Race Pace Still Though

INDIANAPOLIS – Luckily for the entire Team Penske group, the Indianapolis 500 has shown everyone lately that starting position doesn’t matter anymore. The cars get such a big tow on the straights, that if you have a good handling car, you can easily move up. Penske is hoping that rings true again this year. For some reason, the Penske cars lacked speed all week at Indy. I think we all thought though that maybe they were holding something back. After all, Penske is always a pole contender at Indy. They’ve won…

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Ed Carpenter Racing Duo With a Good Shot of Indy 500 Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, the Ed Carpenter Racing duo excelled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway despite very windy conditions. Ed Carpenter said it wasn’t necessarily fun to practice in those conditions that day, but it was beneficial for the learning experience. To me, it looked like they found something on race trim. Then, they later found something on qualifying trim. 

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Takuma Sato a Big Sleeper Factor to Win This Year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – No Japanese driver has ever won the Indianapolis 500. That could change this year. Japan native Takuma Sato has quietly been stellar this month, and now I wouldn’t count out his No. 26 Honda to reach victory lane in Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). First off, in order to win at Indy now, you have to be daring enough to make crazy moves in the end. Sato, is that type of driver. He went for it in 2012, crashing for the lead…

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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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James Davison To Replace Sebastien Bourdais In This Year’s Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS – On Saturday, Sebastien Bourdais crashed heavily into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier during his qualifying run for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Unfortunately, the incident injured him, causing him to miss the remainder of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season as a result. With that being said, what does that mean for the immediate future of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda for Indy?

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