BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 22, 2018) - Heavy rain pounded Barber Motorsports Park throughout the day and forced suspension of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First on Lap 23. The race will be completed starting at noon ET Monday.
Indy Car News
Rossi caps dominant Long Beach weekend with impressive victory
LONG BEACH, California (Sunday, April 15, 2018) - Alexander Rossi sought redemption for the one he felt got away a year ago at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Andretti Autosport driver made up for it in dominant fashion, completing a nearly flawless weekend with a flawless drive to win today's race.
ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda): "I need to see it before I think I comment on anything, but I didn't really want to defend too hard because there was so many marbles off line, so I figured if Alex (Rossi) wants to go there, go for it. I gave him space around the outside. I broke late. I made the corner and then we had some contact, and obviously it put me into a spin into the wall. I ended my day with one lap left in the race. Not the way I imagined the day going for the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda. It was all a little bit confusing because I was told on the radio we were going green, but they didn't turn the lights off the pace car, so I didn't get the best restart I could have done. Probably the worst one of the whole day. I want to kind of speak to the officials to see why they didn't turn the lights off the pace car before we went green but I don't know. I just need to see everything before I comment."
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): "It wasn't quite the ending we wanted, but it was a good race. I tapped the wall in Turn 8 early in the first stint, and that kind of bent it out of whack a little bit. Man, on our own in clean air, the Arrow Electronics car was a rocket ship, we were setting fast laps at one point on Firestone red (alternate) tires and black (primary) tires, but once we got into traffic, I think we lost the front end too much and couldn't do anything about it. At the end there, Graham (Rahal) had a lot more push-to-pass than we did, so I was trying to threaten him and make him use up as much as he could, but it is what it is. Gutted for Robbie (Wickens) obviously, it was a storybook race from pole, but a few laps to go going for the win, Alex (Rossi) is a fast, aggressive guy and we knew something was going to be tried at least, and it's unfortunate he ended up there. Huge congratulations to the team for a solid result."
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - Results Sunday of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.8 mile Streets of St. Petersburg circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (14) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 110, Running
2. (24) Graham Rahal, Honda, 110, Running
3. (12) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 110, Running
4. (7) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 110, Running
5. (6) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 110, Running
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "Not the best qualifying for us. Everyone picked up more than I thought they would but, for us, it just wasn't enough. I didn't do a good enough lap and it's a shame we weren't able to capitalize more in our first session for the year, but I feel like we've got a great car. I'm really happy with the Chevrolet engine that we've got this weekend. I think we've got what it takes to win this race and it's been fun driving the Hitachi car for the first time so, not the perfect way to start the weekend off, but I think we'll have a good car."
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS - Qualifying Saturday for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.8 mile Streets of St. Petersburg circuit, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:
1. (6) Robert Wickens, Honda, 01:01.6643 (105.085)
2. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:01.7346 (104.965)
3. (4) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 01:01.7631 (104.917)
4. (20) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 01:01.7633 (104.917)
5. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:01.8821 (104.715)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Scott Dixon pushed his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Honda to the top of Saturday’s Practice 3 speed chart with a fast lap of one minute 0.76 seconds. The four-time IndyCar champion was followed by defending Verizon IndyCar champion Joseph Newgarden in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Newgarden, from Nashville, Tennessee, trailed the New Zealander by a mere 0.11 seconds. Will Power, Penske teammate of Newgarden set a slightly slower time just thousands of a second behind
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – It was announced Friday that Oriel Servia will contest this year’s Indianapolis 500-mile race with the Scuderia Corsa, Rahal Letterman Lanigan team.
Bridgestone America’s announced Thursday that it will extend its Firestone brand sponsorship of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix for two more years. This is its fifth year as title sponsor. Honda had sponsored the event in the past.
A truck that empties portable toilets crashed into the Chip Ganassi Racing hospitality trailer…. No injuries were reported….
FIrestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg - Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe Media Conference Transcript
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – James Hinchcliffe thinks Turn 4 needs additional braking signs due the change in braking required with changes that the new universal aero kit made to the race car’s handling. “That's how much it's changed.” Said Hinchcliffe. “We literally need new brake markers because we're going so much faster and have so much less downforce.”
Ryan Hunter-Reay, who set the fastest time during Friday’s practice agreed. “It's just sliding around. It's overall lack of grip. I remember after my first two outings coming back trying to get feedback. It's not really doing one thing wrong or another thing wrong, it's all over the place light. I think the biggest issue is going to be tire degradation in the race just because you're sliding around so much, asking so much of the tire. It's good though. It's a new challenge. Got everybody on their toes. We'll see who makes the most of it in the shortest amount of time.”
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden finished eighth in last year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He will drive No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet in this year’s race. Newgarden captured his first series title in 2017, winning four races along the way. Team Penske has won at St. Pete eight times, Including four of the last six races.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Sebastien Bourdais overcame a flat tire and used fuel and pit stop strategy to be in the right place at the right time to win the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Bourdais inherited the lead on the re-start of a two-lap shoot-out that turned into chaos when Alexander Rossi slid into race leader Robert Wickens in Turn 1. Wickens, a rookie who won the pole and led the most laps, was forced into the outside concrete wall damaging his car. This brought out the race-ending caution and Bourdais’ victory. Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the unofficial top five.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Robert Wickens drove his Lucas Oil SPM Honda to the pole position for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Wickens, from Guelph, Canada, won in his first Verizon P1 pole award in his first ever attempt at qualifying for an IndyCar Series race. He will be 29 years old on March 13.
Ryan Hunter-Reay tops Friday Practice for Verizon IndyCar Series’ Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the 2014 Indy 500, set the fastest time of the day during Practice 2 for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Hunter-Reay piloted his Andretti Autosport DHL Honda to a quick lap of 1.00.8295 seconds – 106.527 mph. James Hinchcliffe, in the Arrow Electronics SPM Honda, followed just 0.0429 seconds slower.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Last year’s race winner, Sebastien Bourdais, had his season cut short after a near career-ending crash during practice for the 2017 Indianapolis 500. Bourdais broke his hip during a fiery crash that flipped his Dale Coyne Racing Honda upside down after striking the SAFER Barrier at 227 mph. The French native now living in St. Petersburg, Florida, sat out nine races. Amazingly he returned to compete in the final three races of the season – Gateway, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Welcome to St Pete and the festival of speed along Tampa Bay. This is a full weekend starting Friday with a 7:30 am USF2000 practice, continuing through Sunday and the running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This is the 15th Indy car race on the streets of St. Petersburg. Action on track includes Pro Mazda, Indy Lights Pirelli World Challenge GT-GTA-GT Cup, GTS and or course Verizon IndyCar series.
DETROIT, MI - RIS - North American International Auto Show was the setting to Introduce the 2018 Dallara IR-12 chassis and Universal bodywork kit.
2017 IndyCar Champion Joesef Newgarden, driver for Team Penske and Chevrolet, addressed the gathering at the IndyCar press conference Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
NEW CASTLE, INDIANA - RIS - FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017 - The 21st running of John Andretti’s Race for Riley go kart event for the benefit of the Riley Children’s Hospital took place this past Tuesday at the world famous New Castle Motor Sports.
Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, Kroger, Cheerio’s, Window World, J.D.Buyrider, Republic National Distributing, Bacardi, and Qtego, this year more than $500,000 was raised for the kids at Riley.
The highlight for this reporter every year, is not the feature race, but the media race. Now, I have to explain, I love karting, I own a TaG kart (that is a very fast beast, indeed), I am 68 years old, and “maybe” a little over weight, so I was giving away more than a few pounds to my much thiner and younger, fellow competitors. Oh, yeah, and I am literally old enough to be their father and in a couple of cases, their grandfather!
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 28, 2017 - Before the race today we had a surprise visit in the Media Center from Dale Coyne driver Sebastian Bourdias, who just one week ago had a massive crash in his qualifying attempt for this year’s 500 mile race.
“I feel good as long as I am on the pain pills. I kinda wish I lost conciseness because the crash hurt. After I stopped tumbling and came to a stop the guys (the Holmatro Safety Team) came up and asked if I was alright. I said this was going to hurt.”
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 28, 2017 - RACE DAY! The traditional 6:00 am aerial bombs just went off announcing the opening of the infield and public gates to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The RIS team, Dave Chess, Pam Clarino, Tom Beeler, Bash Beard, and me, Larry Clarino, are here in the IMS Media Center ready go.
The big topic of conversation today and the last several days has been the weather. The Indy forecast is not if it will rain, but when. Right not it is very cloudy but no rain close on radar, but heavy thunder storms are said to be coming later this afternoon. We hope the weather guessers are wrong.
With a cloud of dust, a strong whiff of ethanol, and an extremely fast left lane, the Team Penske crew, led by veteran Right Front tire changer and crew chief, Matt Jonsson, the #13 Verizon Chevy of Will Power devastated the #5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda crew of James Hinchcliffe in the best of three finale to this year's Pit Stop Contest.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 26, 2017 - The Freedom 100 for Indy Lights cars, the prime support event for the 101st Running of the Indy 500, got under way under almost perfect weather conditions at the 2 1/2 mile oval known as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
14 drivers took the green, as Matheus Leist led the field down to the green.
As they moved into turn 2, Colton Herta, son of retired Indy driver and now owner, Brian Herta, lost the rear end as he came down on Andretti teammate, Dalton Kellett, the two touched, and Colton took out the 48 car of Ryan Norman, another Andretti Autosport teammate. Kellett was able to continue with minor damage, Ryan Norman was out as was Herta.
Mathus Leist, polesitter for today's Freedom 100 in INDYCAR's Indy Lights Series' event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, dominated today's race on the famed 2.5-mile oval.
The results from today's Freedom 100.
Under partly sunny skies, a comfortable 72 degrees, the thirty-three starters for Sunday’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade stretched the legs of their Dallara race cars with Honda or Chevy engines and aero kits in front of a nice crowd that traditionally calls in sick here in Indy.
Most teams took the opportunity to check for leaks, work on pitstop setups, and run in traffic to check aerodynamic buffeting.
Indianapolis 500 first-timers - rookies - have been a part of the lore of the track for decades. Tracking the histories of Indy 500 luminaries back to their rookie years shows their progress and tragedies.
Indy has been won by rookies ten times: Ray Harroun (1911), Jules Goux (1913), Rene Thomas (1914), Frank Lockhart (1926), George Souders (1927), Louis Meyer (1928), Graham Hill (1966), Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Helio Castroneves (2001), and last year’s winner, Alexander Rossi.
There could easily be a rookie winner this year, so let’s take a look at the four 2017 Indy rookie class.
The Verizon IndyCar Series teams are taking advantage of spectacular weather - sunny skies, 75-degrees - to prepare their cars for next Sunday's 10st running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
All thirty-three starters have made practice laps to configure the cars for Race Day. Honda and Chevrolet have reset engine software to reflect correct turbo boost (back to 1.3bar from the weekend's 1.4bar settings). Downforce-inducing winglets, stripped over the weekend for speed, have been reinstalled for stability. Drivers' concentration shifts to traffic and consistent performance over the long-haul, and pit crews prepare for a long Sunday.
The RIS family sends its prayers to the family of 2006 MotoGP champion and American World Superbike champion, Nicky Hayden, who passed away today following injuries sustained after a road accident last week. He was 35 years old.
For the third time in his career, Scott Dixon will lead the Indianapolis 500 field to the green flag, and he’ll do it coming off a near-record qualifying performance.
Dixon blistered the famed 2.5-mile oval with a pole position qualifying speed of 232.164 mph - the fastest Indy 500 qualifying effort since Ed Carpenter’s 231.067 in 2014, and well ahead of James Hinchcliffe’s 230.760 from last year.
In near-perfect weather conditions, and in front of a modest, but enthusiastic crowd of Indy 500 qualifying fans, Scott Dixon held off a late charge by Ed Carpenter to win the Verizon IndyCar Series' pole position for next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500, 101st Edition.
Strong performances by Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, and Formula 1's Fernando Alonso were eclipsed by Dixon's pole run, which brought cheers from the grandstands. And despite a bonzai run by two-time Indy polesitter, Carpenter, the popular New Zealander won his third career Indy pole.
INDY 500 QUALIFICATIONS - Pos 1-9 Practice Results
Indy 500 Qualifications - Position 10-33 Practice Speeds
INDIANAPOLIS -RIS- (May 20, 2017) By virtue of having been the nine fastest qualifiers on the first day of 2017 Indy 500 qualifying, here are the participants in the Fast Nine Shootout:
From a monsoon to a catastrophic high-speed crash to 31 qualifiers, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has provided yet another full day of drama ... albeit just to set the Fast Nine for tomorrow’s final setting of the 101st Indianapolis 500 field, and little else.
Torrential rains ended after mid-day, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway safety vehicles took to the track to dry the 2.5-mile oval in time for a 4:00 qualifying start. Each qualifier would receive only one opportunity to qualify for Sunday’s requalifying, and to establish the Fast Nine shootout contenders.
Two-time Indy polesitter Ed Carpenter took advantage of the late qualifying draw to be the 28th car to present, and blistered the track with a four-lap average of 230.468, aided by the added turbo boost the Honda and Chevrolet engines are allowed to run this weekend.
Former Champ Car World Series Champion and fastest practicer going into today's Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Sebastien Bourdais, was on a flying run, setting himself up as the day's fastest qualifier, when he lost control of his #18 Dallara, and hit the outside Turn 2 wall.
He'd completed laps of 231.472 and 231.595 miles per hour - over a mile-per-hour faster than current-fastest, Scott Dixon - when the car twitched in mid-Turn 2. It isn't clear if the car became loose or something broke, but it appeared that Bourdais routinely corrected the wheel, and the car launched into the SAFER barrier in the outside wall.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 20, 2017 - It the silliest day of the year in motorsports. It is first day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Remember when Pole Day meant something? Remember when 150,000 people would show up to watch the first day of qualifications? Remember the teeth chattering drama of a driver getting into a car and having just one chance and only one chance, at making the World’s Greatest Race?
With the end of rain, the safety vehicles are circling the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in an attempt to dry the track by 4:00pm.
IndyCar officials plan to stage the first-day qualifying for this race at that time. Each entered car (33) will be allowed one attempt to qualify. The Speedway will remain open past its traditional closing time of 6:00pm to accommodate the plan.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 19, 2017 - At 4:35 pm on Fast Friday, Juncos Racing’s driver Spencer Pigot made very hard contact as his car snapped to the right at the apex of turn two, crossed up the track and hit nearly head-on into the SAFER Barrier on the outside of turn two. The car then stayed up hard against the wall and slid down the back straight.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 19, 2017 - Rain came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 1:29 pm stopping hot and heavy action. The added turbo boost had the speed charts jumping. Sebastien Bourdais driving for Team Penske, topped everyone in the 89 minute session, at 233.116 MPH, followed by Andretti’s past race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay at 232.132, and teammate Takuma Sato, at 231.969. All were in a tow however.
INDIANAPOLIS -RIS -May 19,2017- Fast Friday, the last day of practice before what is technically the first day of qualifications for the Indy 500 Mile Race, and what is maybe the dumbest day in all of racing.
Yesterday, the weather was significantly better than the middle of the week. For the first time this month all 33 entries were on track with the appearance of Buddy Lazier’s number 44 Dallara, as the forty nine year old, past race winner, took only one lap of the 2.5 mile oval at a speed of 8.494 MPH. Not to worry Lazier fans, he will qualify even if he does not go faster.
Jay Howard, driving for Sam Schmidt Racing set the pace on Thursday with a eye popping, 226.744 MPH, that with massive tow as there were about 20 cars on track at the time. He was followed by Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, nearly a mile-an-hour slower, at 225.826.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2017 - At about 1:10 on Thursday, Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden had the first significant incident of the month. after turning a lap at 216.505 MPH, Newgarden lost the rear end of the Penske Dallara number 2 after the apex of turn one. The car rotated 180 degrees and hit the concrete wall just past the end Safer Barrier. The left side of the car hit very hard, then bounced off rotated another 180 degrees hitting the turn two Safer Barrier on the right side.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - MAY 18, 2017 - Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where on-track action today is expected to be hot and heavy after what pretty much was a wasted day yesterday.
The Indy weather while certainly not perfect today is way better than yesterday’s high 80’s and crazy winds. With winds gusting to 40 MPH and swinging wildly around the compass, few teams elected to challenge the 2.5 mile oval. Only 408 laps were run by 21 teams with many choosing to simply do hot pit stop practice, running just out/in laps.
Ed Carpenter set the pace at 222.894 MPH, followed by Scott Dixon at 222.599. Carpenter’s teammate, JR Hildebrand rounded out the top three at 220.553, with rookie of the year shoe-in, Fernando Alonso, and Conor Daly rounding out the top five.
INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 17, 2017 - It is Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where practice continues for the 101st running of the Indy 500 Mile Race.
The weather has become a major factor as it is hot, high 80’s and windy today. Predicted gusty winds are 25 to 30 mile-per-hour from the south-southwest. That with make for a slippery and hard handling day for the drivers. To top things off, rain is in the forecast for the next several days.
Thirty-two cars took to the track yesterday, only Buddy Lazer’s now numbered 44, did not make it on to the track. Word is they are still a little short in funds, but no one expects them not to make the field. Sources tell RIS that they are asking INDYCAR and IMS to kick in, to make the traditional field of 33 possible.