Chaves Confirmed To '500' Ride With New Team

The worst kept secret in INDYCAR was finally announced...

Napa Returns With Rossi

A.J. Foyt Racing announced...

Carpenter Signs Pigot

Ed Carpenter Racing announced...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Coyne Taps Vautier For Texas

Dale Coye Racing has announced the signing of Tristan Vautier to pilot the teams No. 18 entry in Texas.

Vautier previously competed on the Texas oval in 2013 and 2015 finishing 18th and 20th with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Dale Coyne.

“We chose Tristan to fill the 18 seat at Texas because of his previous experience at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Team Owner Dale Coyne. “We think he can help the team and Ed (Jones) who has never raced or even tested there. Tristan has remained close with the team and he’s always done a good job for us. I expect much of the same going into this race weekend.”

Coyne's No. 18, which was left vacant following Sebastien Bourdais's qualifying injury in Indianapolis, was piloted by former F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez in Detroit.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rahal Dominates Detroit

Entering the Detroit Duals the Verizon IndyCar Series saw 6 different winners through the first 6 races of 2017. The streak continued through Dual 1, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's  Graham Rahal becoming the 7th winner in 7 events.

Thanks to Rahal the streak came to a screeching halt at Dual 2. Rahal's domination of the first race continued into the second, leading 96 of the 140 race laps (69%) over the weekend.

Oddly, the top 2 drivers in the Championship (Dixon & Castroneves) have yet to win a race. Drivers who have won this season currently sit 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th & 18th (Sato, Pagenaud, Newgarden, Rahal, Power, Hinchcliffe & Bourdais).


















Saturday, June 3, 2017

Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 Qualification Results

Welcome to the Detroit Grand Prix.

Verizon IndyCar Series qualifications will be held each race morning. Saturday's sessions is 10:05-10:35 while Sunday's is 10:45-11:15.

Unlike most road/street course events, qualifications will not follow the multiple round knock-out format. The entered cars will be split up into two groups. The quickest lap from either of the two sessions will become the pole winner. The winner's group will then file into the odd number starting positions with the other group in the even positions

Qualifications Race 1 Results

1 - Rahal
2 - Castroneves
3 - Sato
4 - Rossi
5 - Hinchcliffe
6 - Dixon
7 - Pagenaud
8 - Chilton
9 - Newgarden
10 - Kimball
11 - Power
12 - Hunter-Reay
13 - Andretti
14 - Munoz
15 - Kanaan
16 - Daly
17 - Pigot
18 - Hildebrand
19 - Gutierrez
20 - Aleshin
21 - Jones
22 - Servia

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2,000 Megapixel Image From The Indianapolis 500

If you've been following this site over the last several weeks you've probably seen one of the couple thousand megapixel images that I've posted. One from the Indianapolis 500 Public Drivers Meeting can be viewed HERE, an image from the INDYCAR Grand Prix can be seen HERE and a giant photo from a test at IMS can be viewed HERE.

Being the largest attended sporting event in the world, I was super excited to try out the technique at last Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, I was unable to secure an ideal location to get the most out of the large photo. But, I still think it's pretty cool.

To explore the image, just click the '+' and '-' buttons in the upper right corner. The diagonal arrows will expand full screen, while the circle arrow will pull the image back to it's home position. I highly recommend going full screen!



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sato Wins At Indianapolis

Andretti Autosport's Takuma Sato has won the 101st Indianapolis 500.

Sato drinks the milk in his 8th try, his first with Andretti. In his previous 7 appearances his average finish was 20th.

Andretti Autosport continues their domination of Indianapolis with back-to-back wins and their 3rd in 4 years.

101st Indianapolis 500 Finishing Order

1 - Sato
2 - Castroneves
3 - Jones
4 - Chilton
5 - Kanaan
6 - Montoya
7 - Rossi
8 - Andretti
9 - Chaves
10 - Munoz
11 - Carpenter
12 - Rahal
13 - Aleshin
14 - Pagenaud
15 - Saavedra
16 - Hildebrand
17 - Mann
18 - Pigot
19 - Newgarden
20 - Davison
21 - Servia
22 - Hinchcliffe
23 - Power
24 - Alonso
25 - Kimball
26 - Veach
27 - Hunter-Reay
28 - Karam
29 - Lazier
30 - Daly
31 - Harvey
32 - Dixon
33 - Howard

The biggest incident of the day came in the Turn 1/2 short chute where Jay Howard got up into the marbles. After contacting the wall, Howard collected Pole sitter Scott Dixon. Dixon took flight sending him into the inside fence. It was scary, but both drivers walked away.

One of the biggest stories heading into the day was the reliability of Honda's engines. By the end of the day 3 of their power plants expired.

The first came at the expense of Ryan Hunter-Reay. The second to Charlie Kimball. And the third took out the biggest story of the month, Fernando Alonso.

Stats:

- 35 lead changes
- 15 different leaders

Most laps led - Max Chilton (50)