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Tristan Vautier to Sub for James Davison in 2015 Indy 500 Qualifying

With qualifying approaching, the details for the final vacant Indy 500 ride have been released. Dale Coyne Racing announced today (May 14) on Twitter that Tristan Vautier will practice and qualify the team’s No. 19 Honda from Thursday through Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. James Davison will then return on Monday to practice the car …

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Increasing Speeds, Risk Highlight Early 2015 Indy 500 Practices

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As the Indy 500 approaches, the stakes – and speeds – are increasing. Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske took turns trading fastest laps in the opening days of Verizon IndyCar practice. Juan Pablo Montoya took the quickest lap in one of 95 laps on opening day with a 226.772-mph lap. Teammate Helio Castroneves brought …

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Going for Gold: IMS Tabs Nastia Liukin as Indy 500 Grand Marshal

Nastia Liukin Indy 500 Grand Marshal

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway has decided to go for gold. Track officials announced on their website that Nastia Liukin, individual all-around gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24. “We’re excited to have Nastia Liukin as part of the rich pre-race pageantry of …

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Team Penske Adds Avaya as Primary Sponsor in NASCAR and Verizon IndyCar Series

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Team Penske will welcome another company as a primary sponsor starting at Kansas Speedway with Brad Keselowski. Avaya, a provider of customer and team engagement services, will have its red and white colors featured on the No. 2 Ford in a one-race deal. Moreover, after creating a partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP), Team Penske has also announced …

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Jeff Gordon to Drive Indy 500 Pace Car

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Chevrolet announced Wednesday that Jeff Gordon will be the honorary pace car driver for the 2015 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Gordon will sit behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and lead the field to the green flag. “I don’t know how it gets any better than that,” …

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Pippa Mann Confirms 2015 Indianapolis 500 Run

Pippa Mann Pink Indy 500

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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Pippa Mann confirmed this morning that she will run the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing. Once again, Mann will sport her pink gear and car in support of breast cancer awareness through Susan G. Komen. This year’s race will be the fourth for the driver at the Brickyard. Last year, …

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Team Chevrolet Penalized by IndyCar for Engine Infractions

2014 Indycar Sonoma Scott Dixon On Track

IndyCar announced that it has penalized Chevrolet 220 points for “non-minor” engine repairs following the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The consequences come as a result of 11 penalties for engine alterations. According to Rule 10.6.4.4 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, 20 points will be deducted for a non-minor engine repair. All but one …

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Carlos Huertas, Francesco Dracone to Dale Coyne Racing

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With the 2015 IndyCar season quickly approaching, a few of the vacant seats have been filled. Dale Coyne Racing announced on Monday that Colombian Carlos Huertas will return to the team’s No. 18 Honda for a second season, per RACER.com. “I am very happy to be back with the team this year. I expect to …

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Sage Karam Injures Wrist at Barber

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2013 Indy Lights champion Sage Karam suffered a wrist injury after going off-course early in Monday’s IndyCar test session at Barber Motorsports Park. Karam, 20, had completed only three laps on the day when he suffered the incident. Karam, a native of Nazareth, Pa., got out of his car under his own power, but wasn’t …

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GP2 Vet Coletti to IndyCar, KV Racing Technology

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Add KV Racing Technology to the list of teams bringing on a rookie in 2015. Monegasque GP2 veteran Stefano Coletti will run full time in the Verizon Indycar Series in 2015 for KV Racing Technology, the team confirmed in a release this morning. He will join teammate Sebastien Bourdais, who won one race in his …

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