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INDYCAR - Indianapolis 500 Notes

Simon Pagenaud completed his May mission with the biggest win of his racing life, capturing the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a duel for the ages and extending Team Penske's dominance in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

"It's amazing. It's another dream come true, and the biggest dream of my life come true," said Pagenaud, the 35-year-old native of Montmorillon, France. "It's hard to fathom, really. It's really hard to process it right now, but I'm just filled with a lot of joy."

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:40 PM, 05.27.2019

INDYCAR - Kanaan Sets the Pace in Carb Day Practice

Past winner Kanaan sets pace in final Indy 500 practice before race

The final practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge gave the 33 drivers and teams a last chance to dial in their cars for race. Afterward, some felt better prepared for Sunday's "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," while others aren't so sure.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:26 PM, 05.24.2019

INDYCAR - 2019 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

Indianapolis 500 qualifying results

Click HERE to view and download the official qualifying results of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Results of qualifying Sunday for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge NTT IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with rank, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, time and speed in parentheses:

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 8:10 PM, 05.19.2019

INDYCAR - Indy 500 Qualifying Quotes

'What They're Saying' from Indianapolis 500 Day 1 qualifying

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): "Our run was solid. The Shell V-Power car has been great the whole week. Chevy has done a phenomenal job for us as you can see, they have a lot of fast race cars here. Of course, I would have liked to have gone earlier. I think all of us would like to go out first or up front, but you have to work with what you've got. We had a fast run. Hopefully, it doesn't rain tomorrow and we can have a Fast Nine Shootout."

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 3:08 PM, 05.19.2019

INDYCAR - Fast Friday Practice Notes

Daly goes fastest in Indy 500 'Fast Friday' practice

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 17, 2019) - It's dubbed "Fast Friday" and the final full day of practice before qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was just that.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:54 PM, 05.19.2019

INDYCAR - Tuesday May 15 Practice Notes

Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi are content following the second day of practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Fernando Alonso, Felix Rosenqvist and their respective crews have work to do after separate incidents Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:10 PM, 05.16.2019

INDY 500 - Day Three at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS - May 16, 2019 - Day three of practice for the 103 running of the 500 Mile Race is under way on another lovely day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We have a blue sky and 74 degrees, with a very slight wind out of the south. 

 Things on the cars are a little different here from last year. The aero package changed in an effort to make passing in the race easier. Aero downforce has been removed over all and the front wing design has been tweaked significantly. 

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 1:18 PM, 05.16.2019

INDYCAR - Detroit GP Doubleheader Preview

There have been five different winners in six NTT IndyCar Series races in 2019. Josef Newgarden (Streets of St. Petersburg), Colton Herta (Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach) and Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and Indianapolis Motor Speedway) have won races in 2019. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 11:16 AM, 05.31.2019

INDY 500 Winner's Transcript - Simon Pagenaud

INDY 500 Winner's Transcript - Simon Pagenaud

THE MODERATOR: Forever an Indianapolis 500 champion. How does that sound.

SIMON PAGENAUD: It's amazing. It's another dream come true, and the biggest dream of my life come true. It's hard to fathom really. It's really hard to process it right now, but I'm just filled with a lot of joy. I drove really spirited today, but it's just incredible. I can't take all the credit because I think I definitely -- and I think it showed I had the best car out there. What a day. Wow, incredible.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:30 PM, 05.27.2019

The Indianapolis 500 and Indy Car Racing: A Perspective

Yesterday’s Indianapolis 500-Mile Race began as so many before it did - will the threat of inclement weather affect the Race?; will the hell-bent-for-leather front row stay out of trouble?; “Will Roger Penske win yet ANOTHER 500??”; will we hear another Andretti “slowing down” during the race?; with some significant accidents (but no serious injuries) occurring during practice, will the race be accident-free and safe?

The answers: No (despite forecasts), yes, yes (of course), yes (poor Marco - it being worse that he was stuck in a bright red car you could see from Idaho), and yes - more or less.

I’ll start out by saying this was my 23rd Indianapolis 500 as a writer for Racing Information Service. I have attended 53 Indianapolis 500s - more than half ever run.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 1:59 PM, 05.27.2019

INDY 500 - Indianapolis 500 Race Day Quotes

'What They're Saying' from Indianapolis 500 race day

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): “We just fell out of position with 10 to go. (Takuma) Sato got by me, and that hurt us. We needed to be in that top three. I got into third on the restart, which was good, but falling behind Sato, that hurt us. Really, the top two is where you had to be. You had to be in the top two on the restart, maintain that position. That was the catbird seat for trying to win the race. (Alexander) Rossi and Simon (Pagenaud) really did a great job of defending there..."

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:46 PM, 05.27.2019

INDY 500 - Day-After-the 500 Winner Transcript

NTT IndyCar Series News Conference - Indianapolis 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud

SIMON PAGENAUD: Timeline has been busy. I haven't had much time to myself. But I tell you, it's all so sweet. Such great emotions, being able to savor the biggest race in the world, it's quite amazing.

Just phenomenal following by the media. Yesterday we actually had seven hours of non-stop media after the race. Got back to my motorhome at 10 p.m. Got a quick steak, because I was a little hungry, then straight to celebrate with Team Penske downtown. Short night, but feel real energized. Just feel so blessed and grateful for what happened obviously.

This morning, I woke up after two hours of sleep, going to the photos, no bags under my eyes surprisingly. It's the sweetest photos you can do with your team, with your family. It's great to be able to take that moment with them and just keep memories because it's once in a lifetime, these kind of experience.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:51 PM, 05.27.2019

INDYCAR - Dominant day for Simon Pagenaud at the 103rd Indianapolis 500

The weather forecasters missed it today, which was just fine with the packed house at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as partly cloudy skies prevailed over the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 and Simon Pagenaud capped a perfect month with his first win.

Storms materialized on the track instead, with Alexander Rossi uncharacteristically furious over issues in the pits as well as lapped cars blocking his progress. Rossi made dazzling passes before and after his pit woes (fuel nozzle malfunctioned), carving his way to the front.

 

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 6:15 PM, 05.26.2019

INDY 500 - Race Day Trackside Notes

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019 – RACE DAY

Welcome to Race Day for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications staffs are here to assist attending media. Direct questions and requests to a member of either staff at the front of the IMS media center.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 2:23 PM, 05.27.2019

Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske Dominate 2019 Indianapolis 500

Despite strong challenges today from 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi and front row starter Ed Carpenter, Simon Pagenaud gave Team Penske's its eighteenth Indianapolis 500 victory today in the 103rd running of the 500-mile classic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Leading from pole position, the French Flash led a dominating 112 of 200 laps under alternately overcast and sunny skies. Pagenaud faced competition from Penske teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden, as well as crowd favorite Ed Carpenter.

Pagenaud's Indy victory couples with his victory two weeks ago in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:29 PM, 05.26.2019

The Rookie Class of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

This year's Indianapolis 500 field will include six rookies in the field of 33, most of them coming from European road racing series. The most-promising of all of them is an American - Colton Herta, son of former Indy car driver and Indy 500-winning team owner, Bryan Herta.

Two Americans, two Swedes, two Brits - all of whom hope to possess the Right Stuff to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

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Volume 2019, Issue 5, Posted 5:16 PM, 05.24.2019