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Power completes journey with first Indy 500 win

As Will Power was about to finish off the biggest win of his racing career at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, he couldn't resist letting his emotions flow.

"On the white flag lap, I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it," Power said of the final 2.5-mile trip around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. "Unbelievable! Never been so excited."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:16 PM, 05.28.2018

D&R - Indy 500 Race Notes

THE HOTTEST INDY 500 IN HISTORY MAKES FOR A WILD RACE; HILDEBRAND PLACES 11TH; KARAM RUNS 6TH BEFORE LATE RACE INCIDENT

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.28.2018

CHEVROLET - Winner's Post Race Press Conference Transcript

Will Power, Roger Penske, Tim Cindric and Jon Bouslog

THE MODERATOR: First sweep of Indianapolis in the month of May, you're the points leader. None of that matters right now, you're an Indianapolis 500 winner.

WILL POWER: Exactly. Overwhelming. Amazing. It's funny, you forget where you are, you're so immersed in the race. You don't even realize. On the white flag lap I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it. Unbelievable. Never been so excited.

THE MODERATOR: They handed you the milk bottle. I'm not sure you realized that's what it was.

WILL POWER: No, I knew you drink milk here. Believe me. I've seen a few of my competitors do it. Yeah, no, I just hesitated a bit because I'm not supposed to eat dairy, but I didn't care. I just drank it.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.28.2018

INDY 500 - Driver Quotes

'What They're Saying' from the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 race winner): "Man, I just can't believe it. I changed my attitude a lot after Barber. Very positive, I had a great month. I just can't believe it. I've got to thank Roger Penske, Verizon and my parents for allowing me to get to this point. I just ... I can't describe it. I feel like collapsing. I want to cry. I couldn't stop screaming. I can't believe it." (About last restart): "I'm like, 'I have to get these guys.' I don't know how much fuel they got, but this is the restart of my life. And then I go on, and the two (Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey) pit, and I'm like, 'Man, I think I'm going to win this!' I was screaming with one to go. Man, I got this. Unbelievable. I was wondering if I was ever going to win it, and thoughts went through my mind during the month like that. In my career, I've had so many wins, so many poles. But everyone always talks about the '500.' And I won it. I just couldn't imagine winning a race in front of crowd like this, this many people. It's just amazing. What an event. I love it."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.28.2018

Australian Power Fuels Indy 500 Victory

SPEEDWAY, IN – RIS – Will Power drove his #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory in the 102nd Indianapolis 500-Mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five. Power, running in third place, inherited the lead with five laps to go after Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey, both ran out of fuel and dove into the pits. This gave Power the lead and race win.

UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

Power, from Toowoomba, Australia, was the first driver to sweep both May races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was his 34th Indy car win and Team Penske’s 17th Indy 500 victory. It was the team’s 201 Indy car win.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:09 PM, 05.27.2018

Indy 500 Race Day Greeting

SPEEDWAY, IN - RIS - Welcome to RIS' coverage of the 102nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hometown driver Ed Carpenter will pilot his Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy's Chevrolet from the pole position. This was Carpenter's third Indy 500 pole.

Six past winners are entered in today's race.

Helio Castroneves continues his quest for a record-tying fourth "500" win.

The weather forecast is for extreme heat and could set the record for the highest temperature on record.

Stay tuned as RIS brings you the sights and sounds of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:44 AM, 05.27.2018

INDY 500 - 2018 Indy 500 Pit Stop Competition

This year featured representative teams from Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and Andretti Autosport, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The drivers of the respective teams competing today were Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Scott Dixon, Ed Jones, Robert Wickens, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, Graham Rahal, and Sage Karam.

The competition is a head-to-head drag race down pit lane elimination. NHRA fans would appreciate the challenges of a getting a high-horsepower car moving quickly from a standing position, but they won't recognize the four-tire change and simulated fuel fill in mid-race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:26 PM, 05.25.2018

FREEDOM 100 - Herta Sweeps the Month of May with Third Lights Win.

Carb Day, traditionally the last practice before the running of the 500 Mile Race. Now it’s an excuse for a party, and Hoosiers know how to party!

The day does feature a one hour practice session for the 33 starters of the Indy 500. It was an incident free run with only one short yellow for a missing camera lens from one of the racers on-board cameras.

The practice was followed by the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and what a race it was! We will start with the bad news, there were only eight starters, but that is were the bad news ended.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 2:00 PM, 05.25.2018

INDY 500 - Carb Day Notes

The annual all-skate flurry of Carburetion Day here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is over, and final preparations are being made before Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race - the raison d'être of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

This is the day drivers and teams can make final tweaks to their Indy cars on-track. The cars have been silent since Monday, and this is the time to exorcize the gremlins on a hot race track.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:55 PM, 05.25.2018

INDYCAR - Monday Practice Notes

In what has become another May tradition, the Indianapolis 500 practice session on the day after qualifications provided a true indication of the thrills that fans can look forward to in this year's running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:01 PM, 05.24.2018

INDYCAR - Fast Friday Notes

Fast Friday was just that at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With added horsepower at their disposal, drivers exceeded 231 mph for the first time in practice this week for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, on the eve of qualifying for the world's largest single-day sporting event.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 11:20 AM, 05.19.2018

INDY 500 - Speeds ratchet upward in final Indy 500 practice day before qualifications

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 18, 2018) - Fast Friday was just that at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With added horsepower at their disposal, drivers exceeded 231 mph for the first time in practice this week for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, on the eve of qualifying for the world's largest single-day sporting event.

Marco Andretti was fastest with a lap of 231.802 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda. It earned the Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian driver a $10,000 check from Harding Group for turning the top lap in Fast Friday practice.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:55 AM, 05.19.2018

INDYCAR - Thursday May 17 Practice Quotes

'What They're Saying' from Day 3 of Indianapolis 500 practice

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Interesting day with a lot going on. We did qualifying work. We did race work. Hopefully, we can get some time out tomorrow, but it looks like the weather forecast is not so good, so we tried to get most of our qualifying work done today. We'll see what the weekend holds, but we still need a little work in race conditions. That's what we were chasing at the end of the day. I think Team Chevy has done a great job. The car seemed quick. We just need to get a little more out of it in race trim."

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:49 PM, 05.17.2018

INDYCAR - Wednesday May 16 Practice Notes

Andretti races to front of Indianapolis 500 practice speed chart

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 16, 2018) - The speed chart provided the proof when Marco Andretti said he had a good race car on the second day of Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil practice.

The third-generation Indy car driver was fastest in Wednesday's seven-hour session on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, turning a 227.053-mph lap in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda. Andretti led a parade of four Honda drivers atop the timesheet a day after Chevrolet owned the first three spots in Tuesday's opening practice.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:10 PM, 05.17.2018

INDYCAR - Indy 500 Drivers Do the Grand Media Tour

An appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," meetings with Congressional and Japanese officials and a journey to the newest city on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule are among the many activities that the 33 drivers competing in this year's Indianapolis 500 will encounter on the annual North American media tour for the race.

In what has become a popular Indy 500 tradition, the 33 qualified drivers and one special guest driver are fanning out to 21 cities 24 hours, spreading the word about the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that takes place on Memorial Day weekend.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:03 PM, 05.24.2018

INDY 500 - The 2018 INDY 500 Rookie Class

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is the traditional mix of former winners, veterans, sophomore rising stars, and new guys.

Here is some background on the four rookies in this year’s starting field.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:54 PM, 05.24.2018

INDY 500 - Final Practice, Sorting Out Race Trim, Wickens Whacks Wall

Busy afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the final full practice for next Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race took place.

With qualifying complete, the 33 cars and drivers qualified for the event had three hours to shake their cars down with normal engine boost and race day trim.

The day's sole incident came early in the practice session as rookie Robert Wickens in the #6 Schmidt-Peterson Lucas Oil Honda brushed the outside wall exiting Turn 2. As Wickens attempted to collect the car, it smacked again into the outside wall, resulting in some significant damage to the right side of the car.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:48 PM, 05.21.2018

INDY 500 - Pole Day Story - Carpenter Nails Indy Qualifying, Hammers Competition

The entire weekend, weather threatened to influence the story. But the atmospheric thunderstorms never materialized.

The thunderstorm that did materialize came from the tailpipes of Ed Carpenter’s #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. The popular local driver earned his third career Indianapolis 500 pole position today (previously 2013 and 2014) with a blistering four lap average of 229.618 mph - almost a full mile per hour faster than second-position winner (or as he dubbed himself, “first loser”), Simon Pagenaud.

The 37-year old Butler University grad clearly has special relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While his finishing record here has been disappointing, his best finish being fifth ten years ago, his starting record since 2010 has included five top ten starts.

“I heard the roar from inside the car,” Carpenter said of the cheer that went up after his 230+ mph first qualifying lap.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 7:37 PM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Carpenter Wins P1 Award for Indy Pole

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is like a second home to Ed Carpenter. The Verizon IndyCar Series team owner/driver, who grew up and still lives in Indianapolis, showed his lasting affinity for the cathedral of motorsports by winning the Verizon P1 Award in pole day qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet for his namesake team, Carpenter thrilled the hometown crowd by putting together a sensational four-lap, 10-mile run at 229.618 mph in the Fast Nine Shootout featuring the fastest drivers from first-day qualifications on Saturday. He got the better of four Team Penske drivers in a thrilling conclusion to qualifying and collected his third Indy 500 pole position, becoming the 10th driver in race history with three or more.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 8:10 PM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Bump Day Notes - Hinch and Pippa Miss the Show

The first day of qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was its typical emotional roller coaster. It was filled with nail-biting four-lap attempts, rain delays that ruined strategies, last-minute bids to bump into the field of 33 and ultimate heartbreak for those left on the outside looking in.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.20.2018

INDYCAR - Bump Day Qualifying Speeds

Results of first-day qualifying Saturday for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Verizon 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 2018, Issue 5, Posted 10:05 AM, 05.20.2018

INDY 500 - Bump Day Shocker - Hinch Heads Home to Hinchtown

In a day with more starts and stops than rush hour traffic on the Dan Ryan in Chicago, Bump Day qualifications are complete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.

The day started with threats of rain, and delivered on those threats. Two rain delays broke up the full 35-car qualifying order - the first following #22 Simon Pagenaud’s qualifying run, the second as #6 rookie Robert Wickens was starting his run.

When the rain ended and the track was dry, the overcast and dry air was gone, and full-sun and humid conditions were the result.

When the checkered flag fell at day’s end, the Fast Nine was set for tomorrow afternoon’s pole position shootout.

Meanwhile, in the first bumping to take place for the 500 in seven years, the losers were #63 Pippa Mann  and #5 James Hinchcliffe.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:13 PM, 05.19.2018

IndyCar, Chevrolet, and Honda Announce New 2021 Engine Formula

Bucking the automobile industry's trend toward more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative technologies, IndyCar announced today that they've reached an agreement with current engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda to introduce a 2.4L twin-turbo V6 engine formula in 2021, to be run through the 2026 IndyCar season.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:02 PM, 05.19.2018

IndyCar, Chevrolet, and Honda Announce Next Engine Formula

Bucking the automobile industry's trend toward more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative technologies, IndyCar announced today that they've reached an agreement with current engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda to introduce a 2.4L twin-turbo V6 engine formula in 2021, to be run through the 2026 IndyCar season.

Opting for "fast and loud" over fan and market relevance, IndyCar is responding to drivers' requests for more horsepower (the new formula should yield "900+ horsepower", says INDYCAR VP of Competition and Operations, Jay Frye).

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 PM, 05.19.2018

Welcome to Bump Day at Indy

It's a weekend in May in Indianapolis, so that always means something is going on at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, that means the first day of qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

Nowadays, it's referred to as Bump Day, though in year's past the first day of qualifying used to be Pole day, as the polesitter for the Indy 500 had to qualify as fastest on the first day of qualifying to attain pole position for the race.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.19.2018

INDY 500 - Fast Friday is Done, Qualifications Next

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - Light rain moved over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a little after 4:00pm.  Even though the track went back green after about ten minutes, most teams packed it up for the day.
 
All 35 entries were on the track today testing for the first time with the added horse power for qualifications.

Marco Andretti had fast time for the day at 231.802, worth a cool $10K to the third generation driver, but that speed was with a big tow. He was followed by Robert Wickens, and Ed Carpenter.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 6:37 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - Bump Day Saturday and Maybe, Sunday too?

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - After James Davidson made contact with the Turn two wall, the question, naturally, came up about qualifications starting tomorrow.


We will attempt to make this convoluted and frankly contrived, rule clear.


If the AJ Foyt/Hollinger/Belardi Team can not repair the number 33 in time to make a qualification attempt on “Bump Day” tomorrow, “At Race Control’s Option” they may be allowed to make one attempt on Sunday.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 4:06 PM, 05.18.2018

INDY 500 - James Davidson Hit Turn Two Wall at Indy.

Indianapolis - RIS - May 18, 2018 - Driver James Davidson, driving the number 33, AJ Foyt/Hollinger/Belardi, brought out the first significant yellow flag for the 102nd running of the Indy 500.



At 2:46 pm while going through turn two, the rear of the car stepped out just as the car went passed the mid-point of the turn. The car rotated to the left doing 180 degrees, hitting hard on its left side against the SAFER barrier.



Davidson got out of the car with assistance from the AMR Safety Team. He has been transported to the in-field car center.

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 3:28 PM, 05.18.2018