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Thursday, August 25, 2016

IndyCar Announces 2017 Schedule

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series, announced the 2017 schedule this afternoon.

In addition to the 16 returning events, Gatway Motorsports Park find itself on the schedule for the first time since 2003.

1 - Sunday, March 12 - St. Pete
2 - Sunday, April 9 - Long Beach
3 - Sunday, April 23 - Barber
4 - Saturday, April 29 - Phoenix
5 - Saturday, May 13 - Grand Prix of Indianapolis
6 - Sunday, May 28 - Indianapolis 500
7 - Saturday June 3 - Belle Isle
8 - Sunday, June 4 - Belle Isle
9 - Saturday, June 10 - Texas 
10 - Sunday,  June 25 - Road America
11 - Sunday, July 9 - Iowa
12 - Sunday, July 16 - Toronto
13 - Sunday, July 30 - Mid-Ohio
14 - Sunday, August 20 - Pocono
15 - Saturday, August 26 - Gateway
16 - Sunday, September 3 - Watkins Glen
17 - Sunday, September 17 - Sonoma

"The addition of Gateway Motorsports Park and the return of Watkins Glen International are integral to the continued growth of INDYCAR," said Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. "Gateway officials have been enthusiastic about the prospect of hosting a Verizon IndyCar Series event for some time and we're excited to bring the series to the St. Louis market. Watkins Glen is an iconic American road course that is revered by our fans, drivers and teams. Our goal from the beginning was to establish a long-term agreement and we're thrilled that we've been able to extend this relationship for the future."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Andretti Signs hhgregg For 2017

Andretti Autosport announced today the signing of hhgregg to the team's sponsorship lineup in 2017.

The retailer will serve as 'lead co-sponsor' on Marco Andretti's No. 27 Honda, with additional branding team wide throughout the season.

It's unclear how many races hhgregg will serve as Marco Andretti's primary sponsor, but the team did confirm the car would run in both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500.

Andretti Autosport added hhgregg prior to this season in a secondary and occasional primary sponsor role across several of their entries in 2016.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Power Wins Delayed Pocono 500

Penske Racing's Will Power won today's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, slicing a big chunk out of Simon Pagenaud's points lead.

Entering the weekend Pagenaud held a sizable 58-point lead over Power. The first step in slicing into the point lead came on lap 158 when Pagenaud got high in Turn 1 slapping the wall hard, ending his day.

Power, who had just taken the race lead when Pagenaud's accident occurred, held the lead for the remaining 41-laps.

A scary incident happend in the pits on Lap 63 when Alexander Rossi and Charlie Kimball made contact. Rossi had just exited his pit when he made contact with Kimball who was crossing over entering his pit. The wheel-on-wheel contact sent Rossi into the air, landing on top of a pit-exiting Helio Castroneves. Rossi's front left tire entered Castroneves' cockpit, resulting in a minor hand injury. Rossi's No. 98 continued over the front cowling of Castroneves before landing hard on all 4 wheels. Rossi and his crew were later penalized 20 seconds for avoidable contact.

“Inside the car, I was actually more protected than what it looked like," said Castroneves. "Sometimes people don’t realize the Verizon IndyCar series are so much about safety and today is the proof of that. Very glad that nobody got hurt."

Race Results:

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

Photos by Paul Dalbey