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Entry List: 20th Running of the Motul Petit Le Mans

2017 Daytona Iwsc Neel Jani Car Credit Phil Allaway

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This weekend, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to an end at Road Atlanta in Georgia.  39 cars in four classes will battle for glory. In the Prototype class, the biggest story of the race is the appearance of Team Penske. They’ll run an ORECA 07-Gibson with big names behind the wheel.  Juan Pablo Montoya, …

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Team Penske to Enter Motul Petit Le Mans

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Ever since the Acura Team Penske DPi effort for 2018 was announced, there have been inklings that Penske was going to enter the Motul Petit Le Mans as a dress rehearsal.  On Thursday, Team Penske made it official. Team Penske has filed an entry for next weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans.  The press release doesn’t …

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If Hélio Castroneves Wants IndyCar Title, He Needs to Win it This Year

2016 Helio Castroneves Verizon Indycar Series Indycar Media

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Hélio Castroneves’ victory at Iowa Speedway last Sunday was a feel-good moment for Team Penske, the entire Verizon IndyCar Series fan base and of course, the veteran racer. It marked the end of a three-year drought and a spot of rejuvenation for the 42-year-old, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion. It also put him within close range …

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Pace Laps: Fan Favorites Shine in NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar

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Cup Series: Truex Out-Performs Himself in Kentucky – Even on Martin Truex Jr.’s terms, Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 was a dream night. Leading 152 of 267 laps, Truex jumped to an almost-unheard of 16-second lead on second-place Kyle Larson as the field approached the final lap. And even after a last-second caution and a …

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Did You Notice?: How Quickly Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 Winners Forgotten

2016 Xfinity Homestead Miami Speedway Austin Dillon Zach Catanzareti

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Did You Notice? … By Wednesday, no one seems to care who triumphed on the greatest weekend in racing? That the biggest story from both the Indianapolis 500 and Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Coca-Cola 600 had nothing to do with who won? It’s not just that both races suffered through ratings declines (both were down 13 percent). Other sideshow-like …

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Helio Castroneves Finishes 2nd in Indy 500: ‘This Place Brought the Best Out of Me’

2017 Indianapolis Indycar Helio Castroneves Mike Harding Indycar Media

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One word to recap Helio Castroneves’ 2017 Indianapolis 500? Wicked. Even from the drop of the green flag to start 500 miles, the three-time winner was at a disadvantage, starting from his worst career qualifying position at Indy in 19th. The day quickly turned from bad to scary, as he was the next driver behind …

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Takuma Sato Holds Off Helio Castroneves for Indianapolis 500 Victory

2017 Indianapolis Indycar Takuma Sato Joe Skibinski Indycar Media

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Forget 2012. Takuma Sato is now a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Following a late restart with Max Chilton out front, it was Sato who perfected the pass with five laps to go and held off the three-time race winner Helio Castroneves to win the 101st Indianapolis 500. The win, the first for a Japanese driver in …

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Helio Castroneves Tops Final Indy 500 Practice

2017 Indianapolis Indycar Helio Castroneves Bret Kelley Indycar Media

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Team Penske may have struggled in qualifying, but they have the last laugh before Sunday’s 101st Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves led the way in the extended one-hour session, ripping around the 2.5-mile track in 39.5819 seconds (227.377 mph). The three-time race winner ran 28 laps and was more than a full tenth of a second …

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James Hinchcliffe Uses Pit Strategy to Claim Comeback Win

2017 Long Beach Indycar James Hinchcliffe Car Phil Allaway

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James Hinchcliffe took the lead when Scott Dixon pitted under green on lap 54. Shortly afterwards, a full course yellow came out for Alexander Rossi’s blown engine.  From there, Hinchcliffe held on through a late restart to take his first win since his near-fatal injuries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015. Hinchcliffe seemed relieved …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Long Beach Pole with Track Record

2017 Long Beach Indycar Helio Castroneves Car Phil Allaway

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On Saturday afternoon, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won the pole for Sunday’s 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves’ lap of 66.2254 seconds (106.980 mph) is a brand-new track record. Afterwards, Castroneves was very pleased with his performance. “[The] car felt pretty good,” Castroneves said during the Firestone Fast Six press conference.  “Especially …

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Helio Castroneves Craving End to Winless Drought

2016 Indycar Helio Castroneves Chris Owens Indycar Media

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As the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season comes to a close this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Helio Castroneves hopes to pull a win before the long offseason. Wanting to win may not be unique, but consider this: Castroneves is riding a 42-race winless drought dating back to Belle Isle in June 2014. Though he stands as …

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Helio Castroneves Wants Head Protection for 2017

2016 Helio Castroneves Verizon Indycar Series Indycar Media

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Even before his scary pit road crash during the Verizon IndyCar Series’ race at Pocono Raceway in August, Helio Castroneves has had his eyes set on safety – especially head protection. After Alexander Rossi flew and landed on top of his No. 3 Team Penske machine while exiting pit lane, it’s safe to say Castroneves would …

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