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No Penske Pressure for Simon Pagenaud

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Simon Pagenaud Pit Lane Credit Chris Jones

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

Despite the assumed pressure of driving for Team Penske in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time on Sunday, Simon Pagenaud says he isn’t feeling any stress whatsoever due to having a car that he knows can win. That wasn’t always a given over at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, where Pagenaud won three races in three …

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Ryan Briscoe Prepares to Make Most Out of Bad Situation at Indy

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Subbing isn’t the way Ryan Briscoe imagined running his 10th Indianapolis 500. But now that he is here, named as the fill-in driver for the injured James Hinchcliffe there is only one thing left to do, and that’s win it. Briscoe will make his 130th career IndyCar start on Sunday afternoon and has a solid …

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IndyCar, IMS Unveil Logo, Vision & Theme for 100th Indy 500

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The Indianapolis 500 will hit a major milestone in 2016. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will run for the 100th time and the staff at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar have a vision to make it the largest motorsports event of all time. In preparation for this significant achievement, the speedway unveiled a logo …

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James Hinchcliffe Expected to Make a Full Recovery

2015 Indycar James Hinchcliffe Headshot Helmet Credit Indycar Media

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James Hinchcliffe is expected to make a full recovery following a harrowing and violent crash on Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A statement, released by IndyCar, confirms that the affable Canadian driver will not require additional procedures after a piece of the suspension punctured both of his legs. “We’re very pleased with his progress …

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Tony Kanaan: If Drivers Feel Uncomfortable, They Shouldn’t Be in a Car

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In the midst of a violent and crash-filled Month of May, Tony Kanaan says IndyCar is a very dangerous sport and that the peril is both part of the appeal to watch and participate in open-wheel racing. Following four crashes in six days, including one that has sent James Hinchcliffe to the hospital, the 2004 …

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James Hinchcliffe Undergoing Surgery After Monday Crash

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Monday practice for the Indianapolis 500 was delayed and postponed to later in the afternoon due to yet another violent incident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – this time involving James Hinchcliffe and Honda. Hinchcliffe crashed 50 minutes into the session and was taken to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher. He sustained an injury …

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James Hinchcliffe Suffers Violent Crash, Indianapolis 500 Practice On Hold

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James Hinchcliffe crashed violently about 50 minutes into Monday’s practice session for the 99th Indianapolis 500. Hinchcliffe was completing a practice run when he suffered what appeared to be a mechanical failure. His No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda drove straight into the turn 3 wall, striking hard on the right-front side. The car then …

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Ed Carpenter Becomes 3rd Chevrolet Driver to Crash at IMS

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Chevrolet cars continue to spin and rise off the ground at Indianapolis with two-time and defending polesitter Ed Carpenter joining the dubious group on Sunday with a massive crash during warm-up for Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Carpenter hit the wall in turn 2 – the third Chevrolet to crash in that end of the speedway – …

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Simon Pagenaud Tops Fast Friday Practice for 2015 Indianapolis 500

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For the second consecutive day, Simon Pagenaud topped the field at the Brickyard. Pagenaud put down the quickest time of Friday’s practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a speed of 230.698 mph. The lap gave Pagenaud back-to-back fastest laps in the final two practice sessions before this weekend’s qualifying session at the track. Chip …

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Simon Pagenaud Tops Frantic Thursday in Indianapolis

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Simon Pagenaud Pit Lane Credit Chris Jones

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With Indianapolis 500 qualifying approaching, a third Team Penske car has topped the charts. Simon Pagenaud put down a 228.793-mph lap to top Thursday’s Verizon IndyCar Series practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pagenaud was the third Team Penske driver to put down a fastest lap this week; teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves put …

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Drivers Weigh-In on Safety After 2015 Indy 500 Practice Crashes

The Month of May is off to a dubious start. Now equipped with aerodynamic enhancements, the current IndyCar machine looks drastically different than any that came before it. The DW12 is also faster than it was last year and appears markedly more unstable following the first three days of practice for the Indianapolis 500. On …

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