Race Weekend Central

Graham Rahal Posts 1st Last-Place Finish Since 2015

Graham Rahal Detroit Practice Day 1

IndyCar can do it, why not NASCAR? (Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

Graham Rahal started off with a strong afternoon Saturday until lap 46 when he nailed the outside wall exiting Turn 13. A hard impact ended Rahal’s bid for a podium finish and relegated him to his first last-place finish since the 2015 edition of this race. REPLAY: This was the heavy hit that ended @GrahamRahal's day. …

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Hélio Castroneves Wrecks in Supposedly ‘Final’ Indy 500

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When Roger Penske gave Helio Castroneves, now competing full-time for Team Penske’s IMSA team, another shot at the Indianapolis 500, the team owner said he could run it again in 2019 if he wins the 102nd running. Castroneves failed to finish as he crashed on the exit of Turn 4 on Lap 144, but he …

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The “Danica Double” Isn’t Memorable, But Patrick Left Her Mark in Auto Racing

2018 Indianapolis Indycar Zach Catanzareti Danica Patrick

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After crashing out of her final NASCAR race in the 2018 Daytona 500, Danica Patrick had one more chance to leave auto racing on a high note. Patrick, driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, qualified seventh for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, but after 67 laps, she wrecked on the exit of Turn 2. And thus ends …

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Track Position and Grip Prove to be King in Indianapolis

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The biggest story of the offseason was the new aerodynamic package that all IndyCar Series teams would run throughout the 2018 season. For the series’ marquee event, the 102nd Indianapolis 500, the new car produced multiple self-induced crashes. Ed Jones, Danica Patrick, Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves, Sage Karam and Tony Kanaan all spun and crashed …

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Stefan Wilson Leads Indy 500 in Crucial Race in IndyCar Career

Stefan Wilson Indy 500

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Sunday’s 102nd Indianapolis 500 had plenty of attractive storylines to be settled across 200 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway… and one of them nearly won. Stefan Wilson entered his first Verizon IndyCar Series race Sunday in two years, when he last competed in the Indy 500 in 2016. The Englishman returned this year with a …

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Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing Back in Familiar Ground for Indy 500

2018 Indianapolis Indycar Indycar Media Joe Skibinski

(Photo: Joe Skibinski via IndyCar Media)

One year ago, Gabby Chaves led Harding Racing to a ninth-place finish in their first-ever Verizon IndyCar Series race together in the 101st Indianapolis 500. And while they approach raceday for the 102nd running on Sunday, momentum and crucial building blocks follow the No. 88 Chevrolet ahead of 500 miles. 2018 has been the first …

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INDYCAR: Three Takeaways From Carb Day 2018

2018 Indianapolis Indycar Zach Catanzareti James Hinchcliffe

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The next time Indy cars are on-track, it will be the day of the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Final practice and the pit stop competition transpired on Friday, also known as Carb Day. Here are three notable events that occurred: Danica Has Engine Issues During the final practice session, Danica Patrick completed six laps and then …

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Upcoming IndyCar Film, ‘Born Racer,’ to Document Life and Career of Scott Dixon

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Scott Dixon is one of the most successful IndyCar racers — not only of this generation — but in the history of the sport. The Auckland, New Zealand native is a four-time series champion, an Indianapolis 500 winner, and the owner of 41 race-winning trophies. Later this year, his life and career with Chip Ganassi …

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Ed Carpenter Wins 3rd Career Indianapolis 500 Pole

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Winning the pole for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is hard enough to accomplish once. On Sunday, driver-owner Ed Carpenter did it for the third time in six years. Carpenter, in the No. 20 ECR Chevrolet, put up a blistering four-lap run that beat all four Team Penske cars, which have been fastest in single-car runs …

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Four Rookie Drivers Earn Berth in their First Indianapolis 500

Robert Wickens Indy 500 Practice Day 1

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Following Saturday’s opening qualifying session for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, four rookie drivers will officially make their first attempt at winning the Indy 500. The dreams of Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens, Kyle Kaiser, and Zachary Claman De Melo will come true, at least part of it will. The rest of that dream, of course, is …

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Castroneves Fastest on First Day of Qualifying for Indianapolis 500

Helio Castroneves Indy 500 Practice Day 1

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Helio Castroneves put his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet on the top of the speed charts Saturday during the first qualifying session for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Castroneves’ 228.919 mph lap put the Team Penske driver ahead of owner-driver Ed Carpenter who put his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet in second. Team Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud …

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James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann to Miss Indianapolis 500

2017 Indycar Pocono Zach Catanzareti James Hinchcliffe Jr Hildebrand

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It’s called Bump Day for a reason. Just ask James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann. In recent years, the drama of the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying hasn’t been high due to only 33 cars entering, but this year, 35 entrants attempted to make the 33-car field. The two who miss out just happen to …

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