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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

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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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Will Power Finally Victorious in Indianapolis 500

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After coming up short in his 10 pervious attempts, Will Power finally won his first Indianapolis 500. Power had visited Victory Lane 29 times in his Verizon IndyCar Series career, but none had happened in the Indy 500 prior to Sunday afternoon (May 27). “I just can’t believe it,” Power said in Victory Lane. “I …

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Patricio O’Ward Quickly Climbing the Ladder to IndyCar


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In Friday’s Freedom 100, Patricio O’Ward, 19, finished second to Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta by .028 seconds. O’Ward entered the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a one-point lead on Herta in the Indy Lights championship but now trails by four points. The Monterrey, Mexico native is running his first full season of Indy …

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INDYCAR: Three Takeaways From Carb Day 2018

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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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James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann to Miss Indianapolis 500

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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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Friday Faceoff: Gambling in NASCAR?

#42: Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Clover and #4: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Busch Light Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

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Kevin Harvick has won five of the last 12 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Should the No. 4’s goal for the rest of the regular season to be accumulate as many playoff points as possible, or try new things (setups, strategies, etc.) for the final 10 races? John Haverlin: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix …

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Pace Laps: Harvick’s Historic Run, XFINITY Series Downhill Slide

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Harvick Having Historic Run Every once in awhile, an athlete reestablishes the level of greatness in their sport. NASCAR is no exception to the rule. There were Dale Earnhardt’s next-level championships in 1987 and 1994, Bill Elliott’s 1985 Winston Million and Jeff Gordon winning 13 races in 1998. More recently, …

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Josef Newgarden’s Spin Relegates Him to 11th in IndyCar Grand Prix

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Josef Newgarden entered Saturday’s (May 12) IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as the championship leader. He held a 13-point edge over Alexander Rossi entering the race. Not anymore. While Newgarden won two of the first four INDYCAR races this season, a successful start to his title defense, Saturday was a struggle. …

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