Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Impresses at Bristol, Fuel Strategy Dominates IndyCar Series Race at Long Beach and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

2016 Bristol I Cup Matt Dibenedetto Racing John Harrelson Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson / NKP)

Sprint Cup: Sensational Sixth for DiBenedetto –  Is Bristol Motor Speedway becoming the new place for the underdogs? It might be more so than Daytona and Talladega as Bristol once again opened the curtain for the behind-the-scenes characters to shine on Sunday afternoon. One of the unusual suspects near the front of the field was Matt DiBenedetto. …

Read more

Simon Pagenaud Withstands Review, Scott Dixon to Score Long Beach Win

Simon Pagenaud Long Beach Victory

(Photo: IndyCar)

Looking to get the winless monkey off of his back, Simon Pagenaud surged to a late lead to claim the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. However, in typical Verizon IndyCar Series style, the win came amid controversy. Pagenaud inherited the lead after his final pit stop and withstood a furious charge from Scott Dixon to …

Read more

Menards Joins Simon Pagenaud for Indianapolis, Road America

Simon Pagenaud Indycar Menard's Team Penske

(Photo: Team Penske)

Fans heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Month of May might want to bring some shades, because Simon Pagenaud’s livery is going to be bright. Pagenaud’s No. 22 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Menards for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500, Team Penske announced in a March 22 release. The scheme will …

Read more

Juan Pablo Montoya Saves Steering for St. Petersburg IndyCar Win

Montoya St. Pete 2016 John Cote Indycar

(Photo: John Cote / IndyCar)

If the Verizon IndyCar Series field wants to beat Team Penske in St. Petersburg, they’re going to have to wait another year. Juan Pablo Montoya got the better of teammate Simon Pagenaud on a mid-race restart and held the Frenchman off through lapped traffic down the stretch to claim the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. …

Read more

Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wrapping Up IndyCar’s Last Month

Indycar 2015 Indy Montoya On Track Credit Mark Reed

Photo Credit: Mark Reed

Toni Montgomery: Can we have a quick refresh – what races have they run since our last chat? Toronto and Texas. Did we chat after Detroit last?  Wait – it was before Indy, wasn’t it? OK, that helps – got my bearings. Huston Ladner: I thought we hit upon Indy, but perhaps not. I’d say go with …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Simon Pagenaud Tops Fast Friday Practice for 2015 Indianapolis 500

2015 Indycar Simon Pagenaud Headshot Credit Indycar Media

Photo Credit: IndyCar Media

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 …

Read more

Simon Pagenaud Tops Frantic Thursday in Indianapolis

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

Photo Credit: Chris Jones

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

IndyCar Preview: 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Pippa Mann Pink Indy 500

(Photo: Pippa Mann)

The series returns to race at its most storied home, but this weekend it races on the other circuit for just the second time.  The race was meant to add to the fun of the month of May at Indianapolis and it looks like it does just that. The one question that might arise is …

Read more

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

2015 Team Penske Avaya Indycar

(Photo courtesy Team Penske)

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 …

Read more

IndyCar Preview: 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Indycar 2015 St. Pete Juan Pablo Montoya Will Power Racing Credit John Cote

(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

So if the debris-fest at St. Petersburg didn’t exactly get your IndyCar juices flowing, then it’s likely that the most recent race in Louisiana did even less to raise your excitement level. Though the organizers and teams, and surely James Hinchcliffe, won’t be calling the race a debacle, from a fan’s perspective the premiere in …

Read more