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IndyCar Championship Turns Into Team Penske Prizefight as 2016 Winds Down

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Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have spent the better part of the last month fighting among themselves for position on the track and in the points standings. The battle continued to rage on at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with the Team Penske teammates bouncing off of each other twice before Pagenaud prevailed for the position …

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Simon Pagenaud Soars to Iowa IndyCar Pole, Penske’s 500th Pole

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Drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock hoping to make gains on Simon Pagenaud‘s impressive points lead at Iowa Speedway will have to pass the Frenchman to make it happen. Pagenaud’s 185.855-mph circuit around the .894-mile Newton, Iowa, oval proved fast enough to score the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300. The result is Pagenaud’s eighth-career pole, …

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Texas Twister Changes IndyCar Championship Story Moving Forward

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Between rain, weepers and a nasty crash on lap 40 that injured Josef Newgarden, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first attempt at completing the Firestone 600 was ugly at best. Now, with Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin out for the week to run the 24 Hours of LeMans, the series has been forced to move …

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Brad Keselowski Makes IndyCar Debut Late in Road America Test

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The final hours of what seemed to be a routine test session for the June 26 Kohler Grand Prix at Road America offered a surprise in the form of 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski shocked many in the paddock by hopping in Simon Pagenaud‘s No. 22 Menard Team Penske Chevrolet for …

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OWW: Bowtie Beatdowns and Napa Know How: IndyCar Midseason Review

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Wait, weren’t we just saying Honda was on the verge of a resurgence 10 days ago? Yes. Yes we were. If there’s one thing fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series know, it’s that things pass by in the blink of an eye. That includes cars, and – in the middle of the season – races and stories. …

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Pace Laps: Downpours At Pocono While Chevy Dominates Detroit GP

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Sprint Cup: A Monday Afternoon Event in Pocono – Following nonstop rain, fog and misty conditions Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 was pushed back to Monday at noon for the Sprint Cup Series field – standing as Pocono’s first postponement since 2009. The race will still be televised on FOX Sports …

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Pagenaud Takes Day Two Pole For Detroit GP With Track Record Lap

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Posting a track record time of 1:14.0739, Simon Pagenaud beat out Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves in the final moments of qualifying Group 1. That ultimately gave him the pole for Sunday’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – Dual II amid controversy. In a session moved up 15 minutes to 10:30 a.m. ET …

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Simon Pagenaud Sits on the Precipice of All-Time IndyCar Moment

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After a masterful drive to his third-straight Verizon IndyCar Series win, Simon Pagenaud is poised to enter the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with a chance to harken back to the days of old by adding his face to the Borg-Warner Trophy. After a winless debut season with Team Penske in 2015, Pagenaud has …

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Simon Pagenaud Shines Bright in IMS Road Course Win

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For the third-straight Verizon IndyCar Series race, points leader Simon Pagenaud prevailed as the winner. Sporting a bright yellow Menards livery, Pagenaud dominated the race’s opening stint and regained the lead during the final pit cycle to take the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, his third victory of the season for Team Penske. “The …

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On the Reds: Late Finish Hides Dull IndyCar Product in Barber

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The Verizon IndyCar Series lucked out with an incredible finish to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, but the series still has significant improvements to make to the on-track product as the season marches on. Continuing a depressing trend to open the season, the current aerokit led to an underwhelming race on Sunday. Save for a …

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Pagenaud Outlasts Rahal for Barber Victory

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Returning to the site of his 2011 Verizon IndyCar Series debut, points leader Simon Pagenaud parlayed a stellar drive from the pole and outlasted a battle with Graham Rahal to claim the April 24 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. After going winless in his first 18 races with Team Penske, …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Chase Elliott Grab a Third-Straight Top 5 in Richmond?

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Will Chase Elliott Grab a Third Straight Top 5 in Richmond? Following back-to-back top 5s for Chase Elliott this season, the Sprint Cup Series rookie will look for a third this weekend at Richmond. Will he do it? One thing he has going for him – unlike most tracks on the circuit – is past …

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