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Carpenter Defies Winds to Lead Indianapolis 500 Third Practice Day

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 17, 2017) – Strong, gusting winds limited running by teams on the third day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, but a number of competitors persevered and logged important fact-finding laps.

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter posted the fastest of 408 total laps turned by 21 drivers in the six-hour session hampered by wind gusts reached 40 mph. Driving the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, Carpenter ran a lap of 222.894 mph at the beginning of the day’s final hour that was unassisted by an aerodynamic tow from a car in front. Marco Andretti has the fastest lap of the week, 226.338 mph, run on Monday.

“I thought it was important to run on a day like today just because it is a challenge,” said Carpenter, the two-time Indianapolis 500 pole sitter looking to make his 14th start in the race scheduled for May 28. “The wind was very, very gusty, variable. And to me, if you can go out and get comfortable in conditions like that, I think it bodes well for the race car and how comfortable you can be.
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‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Obviously we didn’t do a lot of running today because of the weather conditions, but I would have loved to have run more if it was possible, but it was probably a smart decision to not go out there with how the wind was. When we did go out there, the car was really good. I was really happy with the changes we made overnight so hopefully, we can run more tomorrow.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Honda): “When you’re doing 220 plus into the corners, the wind here today can really affect you. It’s important to go out and run and get the mileage in no matter what the conditions. You could turn up on race day and these winds could return. We’re collecting all the data we can so we can be prepared for any circumstances we encounter.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I think it was just really hard to be consistent out there with these windy conditions. When the gusts are around 25 mph that makes it tough to navigate in the turns. But we’re still learning. There’s a lot that we still need to get through and you have to remember that it’s a new car for us this year. There’s still a lot of aerodynamic items we’re working on and learning from.”

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Team Penske Duo Tops Chart on Second Day of Indianapolis 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Tuesday, May 16, 2017) – Warm and windy conditions didn’t prevent Verizon IndyCar Series drivers from logging more than 6,000 incident-free miles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the second day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

When the checkered flag waved, it was a pair of Team Penske drivers – Will Power and Helio Castroneves – atop the speed chart, followed closely by Gabby Chaves with newcomer team Harding Racing.

101st INDIANAPOLIS 500: Practice 2 results; Combined practice results

Power, winner of Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, put his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at the top of the time sheet with a mid-afternoon lap of 224.656 mph on the 2.5-mile oval. Power’s best finish in nine previous Indianapolis 500 starts was second in 2015. The 36-year-old Australian is looking to do one better on May 28 and give team owner Roger Penske a record 17th Indianapolis 500 victory.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 2

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Menards Chevy felt really good today. We continue to get a lot of good data from not only ourselves but also my teammates. It’s such a help to have the teammates I have. Everyone brings something a little different to the table and from that we all learn a lot. Today was a little different from yesterday in terms of what we were looking to accomplish. Obviously, speed is important, but there are so many other things to factor in. I really think we’re in a good place.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet):”We just continued to learn today. We’ve tested here a couple of times and now we’ve had two days of practice. Every day has a different focus, but the primary goal is speed. The hum by Verizon Chevy found some of that today. We want to be smart how we attack these days and really keep to our plan. We don’t worry about what other teams and manufacturers are doing at this point. They have their programs to run and we have ours. If we’re able to maximize what we do, then we’ll be in good shape when it’s time to put it all out there.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet):
“I was trying to get a little bit ahead (of my teammate Will Power) in the Grand Prix, but he did a phenomenal job there. But again, it’s all about – now it’s the 500. You’re not thinking about the numbers of how many victories you have in your career, it’s more about the big one. This is the big one, and we are working as a team trying to get the best out of it. We understand that yesterday the top 10 there was only two Chevys, and today in the top 10 only three were Hondas, so you can see those boys are playing some games here, so interesting. But it’s OK. It’s all good. We keep focusing on our work. We’re working together with Chevy and everybody else so that we can keep up the good pace and move forward.”

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“What They’re Saying” from Practice 1 for Indianapolis 500 (Monday, May 15)

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet):  “It’s good to be here for May. It’s the most exciting month of the year for us. It’s great to finally be in speedway mode – so far, so good. The Menards Chevrolet feels really nice just as it did last year. There haven’t been a lot of changes. It’s just about understanding with the temperature how the car is going to be in the race. It’s great that is was hot today like it will be later in the month for the race. We have five cars this month, so there is a lot of information. It’s nice to have (Juan Pablo) Montoya back. He’s a great resource for this place.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s always great to get out on the track in Indianapolis. There’s just a feel about this place. We didn’t get too aggressive today. We just wanted to do some learning. I think we’ll have bigger plans tomorrow. The hum by Verizon Chevy felt good today.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet):  “It’s the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice. How can you not be excited about that? This place is magical. It’s great to get started. The Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy felt good and looked great, too. It’s nice to have Shell-Pennzoil on board for this event. They’ve had a lot of success and we hope to add to it as the month goes along. We kind of felt our way through today, but I think tomorrow will be different.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): ” Obviously, it was a good first day for us because we were able to get out on track and run. Performance-wise, I don’t think we got to where we want to be yet. But we just had to get out on track for the first day and just make sure everything is running fine, which it is. The next step is just to continue to go faster.”

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Andretti Fastest Again on First Day of Indianapolis 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Monday, May 15, 2017) – His new teammate may be grabbing worldwide attention for his appearance in the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, but it was Marco Andretti who snatched speed honors on the opening day of practice for the 101st running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Andretti set the pace in the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda with a lap of 226.338 mph as 32 cars turned 1,306 laps on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in preparation for the world’s largest single-day sporting event May 28. It is the second straight year that Andretti has been fastest on the first day of Indy 500 practice.

“Speed is always good,” said the 12th-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver, who finished second at the Indy 500 in his rookie year of 2006 and third three times since. “That’s the first thing you always want here because then you can really put more focus on just getting a comfortable race car, which is obviously my plan the rest of the week.

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Seven Former Winners Headline 101st Indianapolis 500 Entry List

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 14, 2017) — Seven drivers whose images are immortalized on the famed Borg-Warner Trophy for winning the Indianapolis 500 are among those named to entries filed for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.

Thirty-three drivers have been named for the 33 entered cars at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The list includes 18 Hondas and 15 Chevrolets.

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Power Wins INDYCAR Grand Prix from Pole for 30th Career Victory

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Saturday, May 13, 2017) – Will Power used the backdrop of iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway to move past a pair of Team Penske greats in the Indy car record book.

Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power dominated today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course to collect win No. 30 in his 13-year Indy car career. The milestone victory pushed the 36-year-old Power ahead of current teammate Helio Castroneves and retired Team Penske legend Rick Mears for sole possession of 11th place on the all-time list.

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX: Box score

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the INDYCAR Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “We had a good day. I mean it was a difficult weekend for us on the No. 1 Menards Chevrolet car. I didn’t have the speed this weekend. I couldn’t find how to feel more comfortable with the tires; the new Firestone tires they brought this weekend. I didn’t have the speed Will (Power) had. Overall, bringing home a fourth-place finish is good. We’re still in the lead for the championship which is what I want. I’m just super excited next is the Indy 500. It’s my No. 1 goal this year and I know Roger [Penske] is really excited about it. My team is really excited and I want to bring the Menards car to the top step.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet):“I don’t know what happened. I think we ran into some sort of glitch and they dinged us two times for speeding on pit road. It was a tough day for us. We had a really fast hum by Verizon car. We really didn’t struggle with much today. We started a little slower than we had hoped, but at the end, the car was a rocket. I’m disappointed for our guys because we did everything right and we had great stops, we just had a little glitch there. We had a great race car and just couldn’t capitalize. I think we had a car that could have been a podium car, maybe even a second-place car. We just didn’t capitalize today. Congrats to Will (Power) though. He was strong all weekend long.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet):“I thought we had figured something out with some strategy there at the end, but the car was a handful. The Verizon car was great all day long. We decided to take a gamble and get off on tire strategy and it just didn’t work like we had hoped. We have five good cars that can all win the race, so someone had to take a chance. We probably shouldn’t have done it that way knowing we finished fifth, but if we would have won everyone would be looking at us saying wow. I also ended up wasting a lot of push to trying to get through traffic. Look, sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it goes. Now, we got to focus on the 500 and getting our fourth.”

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‘What They’re Saying’ from INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It just didn’t work out and wasn’t our day. The Menards Chevy team worked really hard throughout the day, but it doesn’t always go the way you’d like. We’ll start seventh which isn’t terrible. We came from the back at St. Pete. You never know what’s going to happen. I feel really good about the car and look forward to a good result tomorrow in the race.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “We’ve not had a strong result (here at the INDYCAR Grand Prix). Last year qualified in the Firestone Fast Six but went to the back with a penalty. It’s never been kind with one thing or the other, but that doesn’t mean much for tomorrow. I’m not going to be looking at history to try and figure out how our day is going to go tomorrow. I think we had fast cars all weekend. We had all our guys pretty much up there, and Will (Power) was really good. He laid down a good lap. I think we’re going to be hard pressed to beat our teammates. That’s what we’ve got to do tomorrow is beat Will, bet Helio (Castroneves, beat Juan (Pablo Montoya), and you can never count out (Scott) Dixon. I think he’ll be strong in race conditions. It’ll be tough. Hopefully we can right the wrongs we’ve had here in the past.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “I’m really excited. Now in the Verizon colors, it’s going to look good, actually, the front row between the Verizon super aero, so looking excited to be honest, especially in a place here that’s always very tough and is very technical. I had up and down for the first time we’re at least very consistent during qualifying. Jonathan Diuguid, my engineer, and all the rest of our engineers, they work really well together, and let me tell you guys, it’s tough. When you put all of those guys together, you have a little bit of strategy going on, and obviously it’s very tough. But Will right now is definitely qualifying — like I said before, when you match a good driver with probably where he feels comfortable and with a good car, I mean, he’s made a very good lap. Excited for tomorrow. Hopefully we have a good, clean start, and see what happens in the race.”

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INDYCAR Grand Prix Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, May 12 – Saturday, May 13

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course (clockwise)

Race distance: 85 laps / 207.315 miles

Entry List:  INDYCAR Grand Prix (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate (Note: An eighth set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie driver or those outside the top 10 in entrant points.)

Twitter: @IMS @IndyCar, #INDYCARGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.ims.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

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Alonso Passes Indianapolis 500 Rookie Test at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 3, 2017) — Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso needed about an hour of track time today to pass the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program, clearing the way for him to compete in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

“It was fun,” Alonso said after making quick work of the three phases of ROP in just 51 laps in his No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti car. “At this moment, everything looks good. Now it’s time to start the real thing.”

Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti shook down the car, which is painted in classic Team McLaren papaya orange, before Alonso did 10 laps at 205-210 mph, 15 laps at 210-215 mph and 15 laps at 215-plus mph. McLaren is returning to the Indy 500 on May 28 for the first time in 38 years.
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Daly Leads Valuable Test for Teams at Gateway Motorsports Park

MADISON, Illinois (Tuesday, May 2, 2017) – Today’s Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Gateway Motorsports Park provided a glowing example of what happens when INDYCAR, its teams, drivers and a racetrack work together for the good of all.

A strong turnout of fans came to the 1.25-mile oval in the shadow of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch to watch the full field of Verizon IndyCar Series entries practice in preparation for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on Aug. 26. Fans, drivers and race officials came away from the day pleased.

“This is not very common, going to places like this and having practice and (so many) people are coming over (to watch),” said Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, who won the most recent Indy car race at the track in 2003. “It feels like a qualifying day. It is great and it shows that we do have a market here.”

GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK OPEN TEST: Practice 1; Practice 2; Combined results

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “I can’t explain how excited I am. Ovals are not my specialty. I grew up in Europe racing go-karts. I learned about ovals when I was 26 years old, so I had to learn the skill and the technique that I didn’t know. Man, this is incredible. What a win. The car was phenomenal and thanks to the Menards Chevrolet crew. On the pit stops these guys never make any mistakes – I can completely rely on them and the car was just incredible from the beginning to the end. The car was so strong at the beginning of the race; we were able to save fuel in traffic. And it paid off with that lucky yellow but we’ve had our fair share of bad luck too this year so it doesn’t hurt sometimes to have a little break.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Tonight’s a tough blow. It’s tough when you have a podium car, potentially a winner car if everything goes right, and you finish ninth. We can’t be too displeased over ninth, but I don’t think we’re super happy. I think the Hum by Verizon Chevrolet team is going to truck forward. We think we have fast cars, we’ve had fast cars all year, so hopefully that bodes well for the month of May and we can try to get some more victories.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “A lot of battles out there, with teammates even. I’m proud of my REV Group Chevy team. They stayed with it all night. That’s what happens when you have three other amazing drivers. Someday it’s going to be somebody’s day. It was amazing to see. It was a big break for Simon (Pagenaud) on the yellow, but he also was very good. At the end of the day it was a tough battle with some of the guys laps down, which wasn’t really necessary to be honest, but that’s racing. We have another top five in a race, collecting points. We’re going to get our break sooner or later.”

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “I can’t explain how excited I am. Ovals are not my specialty. I grew up in Europe racing go-karts. I learned about ovals when I was 26 years old, so I had to learn the skill and the technique that I didn’t know. Man, this is incredible. What a win. The car was phenomenal and thanks to the Menards Chevrolet crew. On the pit stops, these guys never make any mistakes – I can completely rely on them and the car was just incredible from the beginning to the end. The car was so strong at the beginning of the race; we were able to save fuel in traffic. And it paid off with that lucky yellow but we’ve had our fair share of bad luck too this year so it doesn’t hurt sometimes to have a little break.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Tonight’s a tough blow. It’s tough when you have a podium car, potentially a winner car if everything goes right, and you finish ninth. We can’t be too displeased over ninth, but I don’t think we’re super happy. I think the Hum by Verizon Chevrolet team is going to truck forward. We think we have fast cars, we’ve had fast cars all year, so hopefully, that bodes well for the month of May and we can try to get some more victories.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “A lot of battles out there, with teammates even. I’m proud of my REV Group Chevy team. They stayed with it all night. That’s what happens when you have three other amazing drivers. Someday it’s going to be somebody’s day. It was amazing to see. It was a big break for Simon (Pagenaud) on the yellow, but he also was very good. At the end of the day, it was a tough battle with some of the guys laps down, which wasn’t really necessary, to be honest, but that’s racing. We have another top five in a race, collecting points. We’re going to get our break sooner or later.”

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Pagenaud Races Away to First Oval Victory, Takes Points Lead

AVONDALE, Arizona (Saturday, April 29, 2017) – Simon Pagenaud picked one of the Verizon IndyCar Series tracks richest in open-wheel history to earn his first oval victory.

The reigning series champion drove away from the field in the final half of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway, winning by 9.1028 seconds over teammate Will Power and assuming the points lead after four races of the 2017 season.

DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX: Box score

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Castroneves Keeps Phoenix Speed King Crown with Record Qualifying Run

AVONDALE, Arizona (Friday, April 28, 2017) – There’s a new speed king at Phoenix Raceway, but it’s the same old speed king who keeps climbing the Indy car record books.

Helio Castroneves shattered the lap record he set a year ago on the 1.022-mile oval in tonight’s qualifying for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. It earned the 41-year-old Castroneves his second pole position in four races this season and the 49th of his 20-year Indy car career – tying the Team Penske driver with another legend, Bobby Unser, for third on the all-time list.

DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX: Qualifying results

Driving the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet in windy conditions under the lights, Castroneves averaged 194.905 mph (37.7538 seconds) for his two laps, including a record-setting circuit of 18.8701 seconds (194.975 mph). Castroneves will lead the 21-car field to the green flag in Saturday’s 250-lap race (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Qualifying

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “People don’t realize that qualifying is extremely difficult. I took it to the limit – I had one eye closed and one eye open. Experience is a big part of this and today was real, really good. The conditions were really difficult today in practice – the gusting winds were horrendous. We worked mostly on the race setup (in practice). My engineer did a phenomenal job and obviously everybody at Team Penske – the REV Group car was really fast. Qualifying is one thing – the race is another – but I’m really confident going into tomorrow.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Chevrolet): “We were pretty stuck – we had way too much downforce. It was very comfortable-still had too much understeer. But it was just too much downforce-I was flat as soon as I got into Turn 1. It was easy-too easy. It’s a shame.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “A pretty solid run for us, based on how practice was, especially after the conditions, so we weren’t sure what to expect. Big credit to the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports guys – we’ve been rolling off the truck with a good car all year. For us, we had a little too much understeer on that run; we were flat both laps, pretty secure. I tried adjusting the car a little bit, but 20-second laps around here, you don’t have a whole lot of time to make a difference in cockpit control. We’ll see where that stacks us up, and if it brings us a top 10 (starting position), that puts us in a decent place.”

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Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29, 2017

Track: Phoenix International Raceway, a 1.022-mile oval

Race distance: 250 laps / 255.5 miles

Entry List:  Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix (PDF)

Firestone tire allotment: Nine sets primary

Twitter: @PhoenixRaceway, @IndyCar, #DesertDiamondPGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.phoenixraceway.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

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“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “You’re racing and you just want to go as hard as you can, but we couldn’t do it. The Menards Chevy had tremendous pace at the end. We struggled a little bit at the starts, and we adjusted the car during the race. I was very happy with the reds and on blacks at the end, it was good. We lost a lot of spots when Josef (Newgarden) hit me and I went in the grass in (Turn) 5. That’s where I think we potentially lost the race win, but it is what it is. It was a good day overall. We transformed a tough start this season into good results and I think that’s the key for the championship.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race winner): “That was an awesome day. This is what we work for as an entire group. We always want to get one of these cars in victory lane. And, for (teammate) Will Power, I feel so bad for those boys on the 12 Verizon car – they were on it today and I feel like it would have been a great battle between Will, myself and Scott (Dixon). But it ended up just being Scott and myself. It’s a group effort here (at Team Penske) – all four of these guys work together. I’m thrilled for the (No.) 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy guys but this is a team effort with all four cars. So whoever is in victory lane – we just want to get someone there with Team Penske.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet): “With a little bit of luck with the yellow, Will (Power) cutting the tire and (James) Hinchcliffe going off, we were able to get back into the top four. The AAA Chevy was really good, actually. It was just unfortunate with the black tires which actually had good balance, but were a little bit slow. When you had the Firestone reds, it was fast but it was too loose to control. Saving fuel toward the end was a little bit hard. Congrats to Josef (Newgarden) on his first win (with Team Penske). He’s not the rookie anymore. That’s why Roger (Penske) keeps hiring young talent and we keep pushing.”

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Newgarden Races to Second Barber Motorsports Park Win, First with Team Penske

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 23, 2017) – Josef Newgarden added to the growing bank of fond memories he is accumulating at Barber Motorsports Park, driving to victory today in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First.

Newgarden’s win by 1.0495 seconds over Scott Dixon is his second on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course and comes two years after he secured his first career Verizon IndyCar Series victory at the same track. It also is the 26-year-old American’s first win since joining Team Penske, which took three of the top four finishing positions in the 90-lap race.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Box score

Driving the No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden took the lead for the first and only time on Lap 77 when teammate Will Power was forced to pit in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske with a punctured left rear tire.

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“What They’re Saying” from Qualifying at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s phenomenal for the Penske team. They did a fantastic job preparing these cars. This is a really good track for us in general. We have a really good grip and an understanding of the aero package, as well. Personally, it was a good session for the No.1 Menards Chevy. It was a little hectic in the beginning on pit lane. I couldn’t really go on my out lap to get the tires up to speed, so it was very difficult to transfer with only one lap on the tires. So, unfortunately, we wore out the tires Q1, Q2, and then I pushed a little too hard in the Firestone Fast Six, but I guess that’s what it’s all about. It’s racing. We were very aggressive with the setup and I think we went a tick too far. That was great qualifying and phenomenal for the race team starting 1-2-3.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet): “We took a gamble on trying to save a set of sticker reds for the Firestone Fast Six and we just missed. We wanted to put the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet on the pole and thought it was worth it. We’re a little disappointed, but we’re in good shape for the race. It was a good session for Team Penske. Our cars have been good all weekend and definitely looking forward to tomorrow.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s a great team effort, especially the No. 3 AAA Chevy guys who did a phenomenal job during qualifying because we kept chasing the car. It was phenomenal towards the end. My teammate, Will Power, he definitely has something on this place. He did a great job putting a lap towards to the end. Now we’re looking for tomorrow. Hopefully the weather, it’s going to be a little bit cooler, and I think everybody’s car is going to be fast. Starting from the front row is a good place to be and now we’ve just got to look forward and hopefully beat my teammate.”

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Power Claims Fourth Verizon P1 Award for Pole Position at Barber

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – Something about Will Power, Team Penske and Barber Motorsports Park go well together in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying.

Power negotiated the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course in 1 minute, 6.9614 seconds (123.653 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six, the climactic round of knockout qualifying. It earned the 36-year-old Australian the Verizon P1 Award and his fourth pole position at the track for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Qualifying results

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“What They’re Saying” from Friday Practice at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a good day for the Menards Chevrolet team. We were able to get a lot of laps in and collect some good data. The car felt good. I think we’re in a good place in terms of speed and balance. This track can be a little tricky and it’s really important to get that balance. Everyone tested here not that long ago, so the cars are pretty dialed in. This is just a fun track to drive.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet): “I really enjoy racing here at Barber. I feel pretty good at where the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy is right now. On the speed side, we were a tick quicker in the first practice, but we were experimenting a little in the afternoon session. The warmer track this afternoon made it a little slick, but that’s not always a bad thing. It’s supposed to be warm again tomorrow and we’ll see what Sunday brings. But for qualifying tomorrow, if it doesn’t rain, should be pretty similar to today. Qualifying will be as important as it always is and we are in a good position to get a good starting spot for Sunday’s race.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet): “This track, it’s very challenging in the setup, obviously Firestone has been doing a very good job changing a little bit of the compound or the construction, and it seemed to suit our setup on the No. 3 AAA Chevy. We keep chasing all the areas, so it’s not only straight, brake and turn, you have a lot of technical corners here that are becoming very difficult, so it makes a big difference when you have a good setup.”

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Andretti Zips to Top of Speed Chart in Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Practice

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Friday, April 21, 2017) – Marco Andretti got off to a fast start today, recording the best practice lap in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First.

Andretti, in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, toured Barber Motorsports Park’s 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course in 1 minute, 7.7134 seconds (122.280 mph) to top the combined speed chart from a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions. Two-time Barber race winner Will Power was second at 1:07.7454 (122.222 mph).

HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Practice 1; Practice 2; Combined practice results

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Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23

Track: Barber Motorsports Park, a 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course (clockwise) in Birmingham, Alabama

Race distance: 90 laps / 207 miles

Entry List:  Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate

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Discount Tickets Available for Phoenix Silver Crown Return

A special discounted offer for the return of Silver Crown racing to Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, April 29, is now available to all USAC fans.

USAC fans have the opportunity to purchase adult tickets for seats located in the Jimmy Bryan Grandstand near the start/finish line for a fraction of the cost of a regular-priced ticket.

The special deal, which can be found at http://bit.ly/2p5WGI5, gives USAC fans a $10 discount on each adult ticket. Each ticket provides you a seat for Saturday’s open wheel feast: the “Phoenix Copper Cup” USAC Silver Crown 100-lap event, the “Vintage Desert Classic” and the “Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix” featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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Several Honda Cars Will Not Participate in Texas Motor Speedway Open Test

FORT WORTH, Texas (Wednesday, April 12, 2017) – INDYCAR confirmed today that several Honda-powered entries will not participate in the Verizon IndyCar Series open test today at Texas Motor Speedway.

The entries in question arrived at the 1.455-mile oval track mounted with higher-mileage engines, and officials decided to take a cautious approach.

INDYCAR released an entry list with 22 cars scheduled to participate in the test to gather data on the track’s new surface and configuration, with plans for cars to run in groups during parts of the day to help set appropriate downforce levels for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 race weekend June 9-10.

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Two-time F1 champion Alonso to compete in 101st Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 12, 2017) – The Indianapolis 500 has attracted another world champion to its driver field.

McLaren announced today that Fernando Alonso, Formula One’s two-time champion and three-time runner-up, will compete in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28.

Alonso will drive for Andretti Autosport, which has won four Indianapolis 500s, including last year’s race with Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Alexander Rossi at the wheel of the Honda-powered Dallara. Honda also powers Alonso’s car on McLaren’s grand prix team.

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New Team Harding Racing Enters Chaves for 101st Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 10, 2017) – Two Indianapolis businessmen, Mike Harding of Harding Group and Dennis Reinbold of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, have formed a technical alliance for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will field an entry for driver Gabby Chaves.

The Harding Group has been an instrumental partner with Indianapolis Motor Speedway in paving projects and client hospitality. For the first time this May, the company will field a car in the Indianapolis 500 with the formation of Harding Racing announced today.

Chaves will drive the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet. The 23-year-old is the 2014 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion, including a win in the Freedom 100 on the IMS oval, and is a veteran of 23 Verizon IndyCar Series starts.

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