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...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Carb Day Wrap Up

The one hour final Verizon IndyCar Series practice Friday morning was nearly without incident.

There were no accidents during the 960 laps turned, but the engine of James Hinchcliffe went up in smoke with just a few minutes left in the session.

The attrition rate of Honda engines throughout the month has been nothing but startling. At least 5 Honda power plants have now prematurely expired, leaving the 18 car's equipped with the Japanese manufacturer waiting for disaster on Sunday.

Carb Day's Time Chart

1 - Castroneves - 227.377
2 - Sato - 226.802
3 - Kanana - 226.757
4 - Dixon - 226.685
5 - Alonso - 226.608
6 - Rahal - 226.386
7 - Rossi - 226.355
8 - Newgarden - 226.203
9 - Montoya - 226.187
10 - Hunter-Reay - 225.903
11 - Power - 225.848
12 - Aleshin - 225.691
13 - Daly - 225.557
14 - Hinchcliffe - 225.082
15 - Pagenaud - 225.049
16 - Davison - 225.018
17 - Servia - 224.969
18 - Karam - 224.852
19 - Andretti - 224.793
20 - Carpenter - 224.630
21 - Chilton - 224.625
22 - Howard - 224.541
23 - Jones - 224.526
24 - Kimball - 224.372
25 - Hildebrand - 224.347
26 - Munoz - 223.935
27 - Chaves - 223.688
28 - Harvey - 223.222
29 - Mann - 223.062
30 - Veach - 222.579
31 - Pigot - 221.732
32 - Lazier - 221.397
33 - Saavedra - 221.197

The Indy Lights Freedom 100 was won by Carlin Racing's Matheus Leist.

The 2017 Pit Stop Competition was won by Team Penske's Will Power. The win was Penske's 17th. Of the current teams only Rahal and Ganassi have multiple wins with two.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Indianapolis 500 Milk Selections

Below is the milk of choice for each 2017 Indianapolis 500 driver should they pull into victory lane on Sunday, courtesy of the American Dairy Association. 

The chart also lists each driver's choice back to 2013.

2017 Driver Selection Breakdown
Whole - 17
2% - 12
Fat-Free - 3
No Pref -  1

Changes From 2016
Aleshin - Whole to 2%
Rahal - 2% to Whole
Pigot - Fat Free to Whole

Whole
2017 - 51.5%
2016 - 51.5%
2015 - 45.5%
2014 - 27.3%
2013 - 24.2%

2%
2017 - 36.4%
2016 - 39.4%
2015 - 42.4%
2014 - 48.5%
2013 - 48.5%

Fat Free
2017 - 9.1%
2016 - 9.1%
2015 - 12.1%
2014 - 15.2%
2013 - 12.1%

No Pref
2017 - 3%
2016 - 0%
2015 - 0%
2014 - 9.1%
2013 - 15.2%


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dixon Wins Pole At Indianapolis

The starting grid for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 is set.

Scott Dixon captured the pole with a 4-lap average of 232.164mph, the  quickest qualifying speed seen at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 21-years. You would have to go back to 1996 when Arie Luyendyk set the all-time qualifying record of 236.986mph.

Dixon's pole win was his 3rd, tying Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Tom Sneva and Arie Luyendyk for 5th all time. Only Rick Mears (6), Rex Mays (4), A.J. Foyt (4) and Helio Castroneves (4) have more.

The field is made up of

4 - Rookies (Alonso, Jones, Harvey & Veach)
12 - Teams
12 - Countries (New Zealand, USA, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Dubai, Russia, England, Canada, Colombia, France)
7 - States (Indiana, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Colorado)
7 - Former Winners (Rossi, Montoya, Hunter-Reay, Kanaan, Castroneves, Dixon & Lazier)

The Starting Field

1 - Scott Dixon - 232.164 mph
2 - Ed Carpenter - 231.664  mph  
3 - Alexander Rossi - 231.487 mph  
4 - Takuma Sato - 231.365 mph    
5 - Fernando Alonso - 231.300 mph  
6 - JR Hildebrand - 230.889 mph
7 - Tony Kanaan - 230.828 mph  
8 - Marco Andretti - 230.474 mph  
9 - Will Power - 230.200 mph
10 - Ryan Hunter-Reay - 231.442 mph  
11 - Ed Jones, Honda - 230.578 mph
12 - Oriol Servia, Honda - 230.309 mph  
13 - Mikhail Aleshin 230.271 mph
14 - Graham Rahal - 230.253 mph
15 - Max Chilton - 230.068 mph
16 - Charlie Kimball - 229.956 mph  
17 - James Hinchcliffe - 229.860 mph  
18 - Juan Pablo Montoya - 229.565 mph
19 - Helio Castroneves - 229.515 mph
20 - Jay Howard - 229.414 mph
21 - Sage Karam, Chevrolet - 229.380 mph  
22 - Josef Newgarden - 228.501 mph
23 - Simon Pagenaud - 228.093 mph
24 - Carlos Munoz - 227.921 mph
25 - Gabby Chaves - 226.921 mph  
26 - Conor Daly - 226.439 mph  
27 - Jack Harvey - 225.742 mph  
28 - Pippa Mann - 225.008 mph  
29 - Spencer Pigot - 224.052 mph
30 - Buddy Lazier - 223.417 mph  
31 - Sebastian Saavedra - 221.142 mph
32 - Zach Veach - 221.081 mph    
33 - James Davison - no speed

James Davison To Replace Bourdais

Dale Coyne Racing has tapped James Davison to pilot the No. 18 car left vacant by the injured Sebastien Bourdais.

Davison has previously started the "500" two times. In 2014 he ran with KVRT and in 2015 with Dale Coyne. He's started 28th & 33rd and finished 16th & 27th.

Stefan Wilson, who gave up his ride with Andretti to make way for Fernando Alonso, was seen entering and leaving the Coyne garage Sunday morning.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Day 1

The first day of qualifications for the 101st Indianapolis 500 was filled with ups and downs. But mainly downs.

The biggest news of the day came about halfway through qualifications when Sebastien Bourdais lost control of his No. 18 Honda on his 3rd of 4 qualifying laps.

After running the two quickest laps of the day, Bourdais' back end got out from under him near the apex of Turn 2. The car overcorrected, sending the French driver directly into the SAFER barrier. While sliding down the back straight, the Dallara turned, flipped, flipped back, spun, and eventually came to a stop. After a few minutes Sebastien was extricated from his car, placed on a backboard and transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to the INDYCAR PR Staff, Bourdais was awake, alert and never lost consciousness.

UPDATE 5/20 8:09 - Bourdais suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip. He will undergo surgery tonight.

UPDATE 5/21 11:25am - According to INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows “Surgery went well. I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected”

31 of the 33 entered cars made qualifying attempts today. Zach Veach, who crashed late in the day on Friday did not make an attempt and the No. 18 car of Bourdais did not have a time.

The quickest 9 cars are locked into the front 3 rows and will re-qualify tomorrow for their starting positions.

Those currently in positions 10-33 will also re-qualify tomorrow for the back 8 rows.

Fast 9

1 - Carpenter
2 - Sato
3 - Dixon
4 - Hildebrand
5 - Rossi
6 - Power
7 - Alonso
8 - Kanaan
9 - Andretti