02 June 2016
Former Manor Formula 1 driver Alexander Rossi stole a shock maiden IndyCar win in the 100th Indianapolis 500, sweeping past the chequered flag with barely enough fuel to make the finish.
After a snap of oversteer for Mikhail Aleshin on lap 114 of 200 speared him into the wall, followed shortly by Conor Daly, the yellow flags came out. Alex Tagliani and Rossi opted to go off strategy and not pit under the yellow flags, which meant they found themselves at the head of the field. After being forced to make their stops under the green flags a short time later, the pair looked out of contention. But a strong stop under yellow flags when Buddy Lazier lost a wheel with 50 laps remaining propelled Rossi up to eighth on the restart.
That put him in contention in the dying laps when first leader Tony Kanaan, and then Carlos Munoz were forced to pit for a splash of fuel. Rossi had been running on fumes but held on for the win, with just enough to get him over the line.
Munoz finished second ahead of Josef Newgarden in third. Kanaan eventually finished fourth.
Under the yellows for the Aleshin incident a clumsy exit meant Helio Castroneves and Bell touched, which speared Bell into the path of Hunter-Reay. Both were wheeled back into their pitboxes for new front wings but fed out 25th and 26th and out of contention for the win.
In the closing laps Newgarden, Castroneves and Kanaan traded the lead, before a loose left rear wheel guard dropped Penske driver Castroneves back. Hinchcliffe maintained the pace to run in the top five for most of the race but couldn't hold on and ended up seventh. Juan Pablo Montoya lost the rear of his Penske Dallara-Chevy on the exit of Turn 1 on lap 64, which spun his car around and slammed him into the wall, making the 2015 race winner the first retirement. Championship leader Simon Pagenaud pitted under the ensuing yellow flags but an unsafe release into Aleshin meant the stewards forced him to the back of the field and he eventually finished 19th.
Rossi's result makes him the first rookie to win the Indy 500 since Castroneves in 2001 and the first rookie to win a race this season.
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Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
16 May 2016
PAGENAUD MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW WITH GP OF INDIANAPOLIS WIN
– The third annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a textbook case of patience paying off.
After leading much of the first half of today’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Simon Pagenaud paced himself, confident that, as long as he stayed close to the front, he’d eventually regain the lead. Resisting the desire to pit a lap or two earlier, Pagenaud took service on Lap 63 of the 82-lap event, rocketed back onto the 2.439-mile permanent circuit in the lead and never looked back, easily coasting to his third consecutive victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The lightning-quick, 6.7-second stop for four tires and fuel put the Team Penske driver back on track in front of teammate Helio Castroneves.
From there, the Frenchman drove away to a 4.4748-second victory in the No. 22 Menards Team In five races this season, Pagenaud has three wins and two runner-up finishes. He is the first driver to win three straight since defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon did at Pocono Raceway and the streets of Toronto doubleheader on his way to the title in 2013. It was Pagenaud’s seventh career Indy car win and his second triumph in the three-year history of the ALGPI, having captured the inaugural event in 2014. It also helped him extend his points lead to 76 over Dixon.
It also delivered the 181st Indy car win for Team Penske, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Teammate Castroneves was satisfied to finish second on this day in the No. 3 hum by Verizon Chevy.
Pagenaud now has his sights set on winning again in two weeks, with a worldwide stage watching the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
James Hinchcliffe had his best run of the season, starting and finishing third in the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda. Not only was it Hinchcliffe’s first top-five of the season, it was his third straight top-10 finish of 2016. Hinchcliffe said he would donate his winnings to the Canadian Red Cross to help those impacted by the massive wildfire in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, in his native Canada. Graham Rahal came from 24th starting position to finish fourth in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda, while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball was fifth in the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet. Even though he fell back in the latter part of the race, Conor Daly still had a great run, leading 14 laps and finishing sixth in the No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda.
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis on May 29. Practice begins Monday on the 2.5-mile IMS oval, with qualifying May 21-22.
Source – IndyCar.com
HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA
25 April 2016
CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA
BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK (ALABAMA) APRIL 24, 2016
Simon Pagenaud Wins at Barber
• Second consecutive victory for Pagenaud, who has finished first or second in the first four races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season
• Pagenaud continues to lead standings as series moves to Indianapolis for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
• Josef Newgarden finishes third to give Chevrolet two podium finishers
• Chevrolet IndyCar drivers captured four of top-five and eight of top-10 finishing positions BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 24, 2016)
Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Chevrolet team are on a roll. Starting from the pole, the driver of the No. 22 PPG Automotive Finishes Team Penske Chevy led 84 laps of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the way to his second consecutive victory and sixth of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
The race came down to a side-by-side battle with second-place Graham Rahal (Honda) in the closing laps of the 90-lap/207-mile race around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course. After exchanging the lead, Rahal was chasing Pagenaud when on-track contact with a slower car damaged Rahal's car and Pagenaud sprinted off to win by 13.7476 seconds.
Pagenaud has either won or finished second in all four races thus far in the 2016 season and with today’s win he extended his points lead to 48 points over reigning Series’ champion Scott Dixon. Dixon brought his No. 9 Target Coca-Cola Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to the checkered in 10th position after recovering from contact in the rear of the car on the first lap.
Last year’s Barber Motorsports Park winner, Josef Newgarden, was charging in the final laps and brought the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet to the checkered flag in third place to give Team Chevy two of the three podium positions.
Chevrolet drivers captured four of the top-five in the final finishing order with Will Power claiming fourth in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and Juan Pablo Montoya, who started last in the field after a difficult qualifying effort, came back to bring the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish. In total, Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers grabbed eight of the top-10 spots in the finishing order. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet, finished seventh. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan put the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet in eighth with teammate Charlie Kimball ninth in the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet.
After a two-week break in the action, the teams head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 14th followed by preparations for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
18 April 2016
CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
STREETS OF LONG BEACH (CALIFORNIA) APRIL 17, 2016
Simon Pagenaud Leads Chevy 1-2-3-4 on Streets of Long Beach
Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves complete podium in Grand Prix of Long Beach
One-two finish keeps Pagenaud and Dixon one-two in standings heading to Barber Motorsports Park
Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth to give Chevrolet 1-2-3-4 finish
Simon Pagenaud put the No. 22 PPG Automotive Finishes Team Penske Chevrolet in the lead for the final time on lap 56 of the 80-lap Grand Prix of Long Beach and went on to claim his fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) victory. It was his first win on the Streets of Long Beach. Starting third on the grid, Pagenaud was credited with leading twice for a total of 28 laps on his way to his first victory as a Team Chevy driver.
Defending Series’ champion Scott Dixon brought the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to the checkered flag second only 0.3032 behind the winner. The one-two finish kept the pair of Chevrolet IndyCar drivers one-two in the standings. Pole winner Helio Castroneves completed the podium of all Chevrolet drivers bringing the No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet home in third place after leading a total of 47 laps in the caution-free race. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet was fourth in the final finishing order to complete the Bowtie 1-2-3-4 finish. In total, eight drivers of the Chevrolet Aero Kit IndyCar with fully integrated V6 engine brought home top-10 finishes. Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet finished sixth followed by Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet in seventh place. Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 California Baptist University KVSH Racing Chevrolet finished ninth and Josef Newgarden, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet was 10th to give Chevrolet Racing eight of the top-10 finishers in the 157.44-mile race on the 1.968, 11-turn street course in downtown Long Beach. Following Pagenaud and Dixon in the standings are Montoya in third, Castroneves in fourth and Kanaan in fifth.
Round Four of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is scheduled for April 24 at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama.