INDYCAR Grand Prix


16 May 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power has yet to win an Indianapolis 500 in 10 tries but he burnished his status as the master of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course preliminary to the Verizon IndyCar Series’ greatest race by winning the INDYCAR Grand Prix for the third time on Saturday 12 May.


The victory was as much a study in statistical nuggets as the first victory of the 2018 season for Power. It was the 200th win in Indy car history for Team Penske, which made its debut in the sport 50 years ago.


Thirty of those wins have been provided by Power. For the fourth consecutive year, the race was won from the pole, all by Team Penske drivers.


But this was no parade for Power, who duelled in the middle stretches of the race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile permanent road course with rookie Robert Wickens, and again in the final laps saving fuel and attempting to maintain a slim gap on master fuel miser Scott Dixon.


Wickens, in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda, took primary tires after a Lap 41 stop and Power alternated, using them with his push-to-pass to execute a pass for the lead on the outside coming out of Turn 1 on Lap 51. Wickens made a bid through the first two turn sequences but Power repulsed him to run off again.


Power appeared on a glide pattern for victory until teammate, defending series champion and points leader Josef Newgarden, spun off Turn 12 attempting to pass Sebastien Bourdais for third on Lap 56. The full-course caution put the entire field on the same tire and fuel program and notorious stalker and fuel conservationist Dixon third on the restart with 25 laps left. Dixon passed Wickens for second but never seriously challenged Power.


Dixon, driving the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, said he was surprised at the mileage Power’s Chevrolet provided.


The finish was a repeat of a year ago when Power placed first and Dixon second. Dixon collected the 39th runner-up finish of his career (third all time) and the 97th podium finish (fifth all time).
Wickens placed third, with Bourdais fourth and Alexander Rossi fifth. A late spin relegated Newgarden to 11th place but the Team Penske driver still holds a two-point advantage over Rossi heading into the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.


Wickens, who drove in the European DTM sports car series since 2012 until joining the Verizon IndyCar Series this season, said he’d never been asked to save fuel to the extent he was on Saturday.


The 102nd Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday, May 27.


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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama


24 April 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Josef Newgarden raced on cruise control in today’s completion of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First. Even a return of rain late in the race didn’t prevent the Team Penske driver from collecting his third Verizon IndyCar Series win at Barber Motorsports Park in the past four years.


Newgarden drove the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet to a 9.9607-second victory at the hilly 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course, despite increasingly treacherous track conditions as rain that caused the race to be suspended after 22 laps on Sunday reappeared for the final 15 laps today.


The victory was the ninth of Newgarden’s six-year Verizon IndyCar Series career. All the wins have come since 2015, including his maiden triumph at Barber that same year. It was also the sixth Team Penske win in nine Barber races and the 199th overall Indy car win for the historic team.


The race picked up today from where it was halted by heavy rain and flooded track conditions on Sunday. Newgarden, who started from the pole position and was still in first place for the restart, quickly pulled away from the field in cloudy but dry conditions. The Tennessee native built a commanding 25-second lead over Sebastien Bourdais when rain began falling around the circuit on Lap 66.


Newgarden was the first driver opting to pit for Firestone rain tires on Lap 71, surrendering the lead to Bourdais.


Hoping to make it to the end on the slick dry-condition tires, Bourdais stayed out as long as possible in the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda. But the precipitation increased and the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver was forced to stop for rain tires on Lap 76. Bourdais finished fifth.


Once Bourdais pitted, Newgarden reclaimed the lead and drove comfortably to the checkered flag on Lap 82. Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second in the No. 28 DHL Honda.
James Hinchcliffe finished third – the Canadian’s best Barber finish in eight starts – in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda.


With the win, Newgarden recaptured the championship lead after four of 17 races. He has 158 points, 13 more than Alexander Rossi, who gambled longest on slick tires and finished 11th today in the No. 27 Kerauno / MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda for Andretti Autosport. Bourdais is third with 119 points, the same number as Graham Rahal, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver who finished seventh.


The initial four laps of the restart were run under full-course caution behind the pace car but once the green flag waved on Lap 27, the remainder ran without a yellow flag. The race ended eight laps shy of its originally scheduled 90 laps due to the two-hour time limit split over the two days.


The Verizon IndyCar Series now turns its attention to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the monumental month of May. Most drivers and teams will participate in testing on the iconic 2.5-mile oval from April 30-May 2 in preparation for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC).



Motorsport & Automotive Jobs Fair - 25 April at Silverstone


20 April 2018

We will be at the Motorsport & Automotive Jobs Fair in association with National Motorsport Academy on 25th April from 10am-4pm at Silverstone. Book your free ticket and come talk to us! https://motorsport-automotive-jobs-fair-25-april-2018.eventbrite.co.uk 



St Petersburg, Florida


12 March 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – If the opener is any indication, the Verizon IndyCar Series is in for one of its wildest seasons in 2018.


Will Power was chatty and smiling, sitting cross-legged on the pit wall. It was not the expected reaction after a two-time winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg finished 10th in a resoundingly mundane day for a team that had won the race eight of 14 times heading into today.


This was a collection of unfortunate events for Simon Pagenaud, Power and defending series champion Josef Newgarden, who was seventh in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet after contact with another car impacted his run.


Sebastien Bourdais repeated as winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but only after Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi collided while battling for the lead on the next-to-last of 110 unpredictable laps around the tricky temporary street course.


Verizon IndyCar Series competitors and fans have some time to catch their breath before the next race. The Phoenix Grand Prix will be run under the at ISM Raceway on Saturday, April 7 2018.



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