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Getting Back in the Indianapolis 500 Saddle

JR Hildebrand Practicing at Indianapolis

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Some drivers competing in the 105th Indianapolis 500 do so as their only NTT IndyCar Series race of the year. While many competitors race the full season, there are challenges to racing only once or twice a year. Full-time drivers in the series have complete acclimation to the forces that the cars exert on their …

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Techbench Tuesday: Sage Karam’s Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Run

Sage Karam practicing for the Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR)

While driving over 230 mph on the back straight at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sage Karam was feverishly lowering the ride height of his car by about an eighth of an inch to try and help him qualify for the Indianapolis 500. “We saw on data that it helped accelerate the car out of the …

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Karam, Power, De Silvestro Survive Indianapolis 500 Last Row Shootout

Will Power ready to qualify at Indianapolis

(Photo by Doug Mathews/INDYCAR)

A mere 18 months after announcing his purchase of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of Roger Penske’s star drivers and a team partnering with Team Penske both eked out times to secure positions in the final row of the 105th Indianapolis 500. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power was fastest on the opening day …

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2021 Indianapolis 500 Last Row and Fast Nine Shootout Live Qualifying Updates

Simona De Silvestro in Pre-Qualifying Practice

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

Welcome to the second day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying! Today we have the Last Row Shootout and the Fast Nine Shootout. The Last Row Shootout is between Sage Karam, Will Power, Simona De Silvestro, Charlie Kimball and RC Enerson. All five will fight for three spots. Each car has one guaranteed attempt and any subsequent …

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Alex Palou Crashes in Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

Alex Palou on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

(Photo by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR)

In his second qualifying attempt of the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Alex Palou slid and crashed into the turn 2 wall. After turning two laps of 231.959 and 231.288 mph, the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda lost traction with the rear of the car and despite Palou’s best efforts, the right side …

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2021 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Live Report

Scott Dixon in Saturday Morning Indianapolis 500 Pre-Qualifying Practice

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Welcome! This will serve as a live update hub for qualifying for the 105th Indianapolis 500 on May 30th. All 35 cars drew their spot in the qualifying order Friday evening and will go out one at a time for their four lap qualifying run. The updates will come as cars complete their runs with …

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Scott Dixon Fastest on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

Scott Dixon practicing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Scott Dixon staked his claim for a spot in the Fast Nine shootout at the Indianapolis 500 by clocking the fastest speed around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Fast Friday. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner went around the 2.5 mile oval at an average speed of 233.302 mph, taking 38.5766 seconds for that fastest lap. …

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Tony Kanaan Fastest, Santino Ferrucci Crashes in Thursday Indianapolis 500 Practice

Tony Kanaan practicing for the Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

Thursday’s (May 20) practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway got off to a strange start and also had the first major bit of wall contact for any of the 35 drivers aiming to become part of the 33 car field for the May 30th classic. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing staged a photo opportunity in …

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Will Power Fastest in Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Practice

Will Power in Indianapolis 500 practice

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

Team Penske started their assault on the 105th Indianapolis 500 with a four-wide photo opportunity as the track opened for practice on Tuesday, but Will Power was the Penske driver on top of the scoring pylon when practice ended at 6 p.m. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner went around the 2.5 mile oval averaging 226.470 …

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