Race Weekend Central

Mikhail Aleshin Snags Final Fast 9 Spot with Valiant Late Drive


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It had to be Mikhail Aleshin. Known as “The Mad Russian” for his homeland and fearless driving style, Aleshin spent the better part of Saturday afternoon thrilling the fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he kept finding ways to get closer to the wall. Man that was close…!!!! But a good 230mph drift??? https://t.co/LobdWmWyF0 — …

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James Hinchcliffe Tops the Charts at IMS as Fast 9 Are Set

After a long day at the Brickyard, the contenders for the Indy 500 pole have been determined. James Hinchcliffe led the way with a 230.946mph average speed during his second four-lap time trial to set quick time for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on the opening day of Verizon IndyCar Series practice. Behind Hinchcliffe, a combination of …

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Pippa Mann Crashes During Indianapolis 500 Time Trials


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Looking to become the only female starter in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Pippa Mann was set back by a minor shunt during Saturday’s time trials. Mann was navigating her No. 63 Dale Coyne Racing Honda through Turn 2 of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway when she appeared to get loose down on the  track’s apron. …

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Alexander Rossi Leads Pre-Qualifying Practice for Indy 500

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(Photo: Forrest Mellott/INDYCAR)

While the other former Formula 1 driver in the paddock left his team recovering from a crash, Indy 500 rookie Alexander Rossi led the way in an abbreviated Saturday practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rossi’s 231.249mph circuit served as the fastest lap of the rain-delayed session, with Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay slotting in …

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Rookie Max Chilton Crashes in Lone Saturday IndyCar Practice

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Former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton became the first Chevrolet to test INDYCAR’s safety improvements in a vicious crash during Saturday’s lone practice session. The British rookie was running during a rain-delayed practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he lost control of his machine going through Turn 2. Chilton’s No. 8 Chip Ganassi Racing …

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Will Power Tops Fast Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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After sitting mid-pack for much of the week, Will Power and Chevrolet led the way on Fast Friday. Power’s 232.672mph. lap in the Happy Hour stood as the fastest lap of Friday’s final practice before qualifications for the May 29 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden slotted in behind Power …

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Ryan-Hunter Reay Leads Wednesday Practice at IMS

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(Photo: Walt Kuhn)

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Muñoz paced Wednesday’s Verizon IndyCar Series practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with two quick laps early in the day’s session. Hunter-Reay’s 228.202mph lap during the first half hour of the session lasted as the quickest lap among all 33 competitors to set a time. Muñoz, who was running …

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The 10: Masters of the Monster Mile

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 The big crashes from Talladega Superspeedway and Dover International Speedway – and Martin Truex, Jr.’s bad luck – have continued to crop up in recent weeks. This time, both came at once, as Jimmie Johnson lost his transmission, causing a pileup that swung both Truex’s day and these power rankings into a complete different direction. With …

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Simon Pagenaud Sits on the Precipice of All-Time IndyCar Moment

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After a masterful drive to his third-straight Verizon IndyCar Series win, Simon Pagenaud is poised to enter the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with a chance to harken back to the days of old by adding his face to the Borg-Warner Trophy. After a winless debut season with Team Penske in 2015, Pagenaud has …

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Conor Daly Pushes Car to the Brink, Scores Sixth-Place at IMS

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(Photo: Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

For Indiana native Conor Daly, simply being in the field in any given race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an honor and a privilege. However, for a brief moment during Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Daly looked like a trip to victory lane was in the realm of possibility. Taking advantage of a …

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Graham Rahal Salvages Fourth-Place Result After Post-Quali Penalty

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On most weekends, a fourth-place result from Graham Rahal would be expected, if not disappointing. However, after starting from the tail-end of the field, a finish just outside of the podium was all Rahal could ask for in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Rahal was forced to vacate his qualifying time on the …

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Simon Pagenaud Shines Bright in IMS Road Course Win

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For the third-straight Verizon IndyCar Series race, points leader Simon Pagenaud prevailed as the winner. Sporting a bright yellow Menards livery, Pagenaud dominated the race’s opening stint and regained the lead during the final pit cycle to take the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, his third victory of the season for Team Penske. “The …

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