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Robert Wickens Impresses Again, but Josef Newgarden’s Decision to Pit Leads to Victory

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski / IndyCar)

When the caution flag waved with 21 laps to go in the Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix, Josef Newgarden decided that fresh tires would give him a better chance at winning. He was right. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers, James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens, chose to stay out on older tires. Wickens led the field …

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Robert Wickens Tremendous in Debut, But Sebastien Bourdais Repeats at St. Petersburg

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar Media)

It was a heartbreaking finish to Robert Wickens’ fabulous IndyCar Series debut. Wickens, 28, made his first start with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports from the pole at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and led 69 laps, but contact from Alexander Rossi following a restart on Lap 109 cost the Canadian rookie a chance at victory. …

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Will Power Wins Wild IndyCar Race at Texas Motor Speedway

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In a boom-or-bust year for Will Power, Texas Motor Speedway offered a boom. He was able to power through a wild, wreck-filled IndyCar race to score his second victory of the season and assert himself in the championship race. Starting ninth, Power emerged victorious under caution in Saturday night’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600, leading 180 of 248 …

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Graham Rahal Tops James Hinchcliffe by .0080 Seconds in Texas Photo Finish

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For a moment, it appeared that Graham Rahal had celebrated too soon. After making a daring move under James Hinchcliffe going into turn 3, Rahal found himself alone in the lead coming to the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway. Seeing what appeared to be a guaranteed win, Rahal pumped his fist into the air …

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Will Power Wins at Pocono Raceway, Cuts into Simon Pagenaud’s Championship Lead

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For the 27th time in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Will Power piloted his racecar into Victory Lane. Taking advantage of a plethora of strategies throughout the race, he climbed through the field late in the going, taking the lead during the final pit stop of the race after the caution flew for debris with 24 laps …

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Simon Pagenaud Survives Strategy, Back Pain for Mid-Ohio Win

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Simon Pagenaud survived a full array of differing pit strategies, back pain and a battle with teammate and championship rival Will Power to earn a victory in Sunday’s Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The win is the Frenchman’s fourth of 2016, and the sixth of Pagenaud’s six-year career. Starting on the pole, Pagenaud …

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Will Power Claims Third Victory in Four Races at Toronto

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Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good. However, in Will Power‘s case during Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, it took a combination of the two to get to Victory Lane and firmly inside the championship battle. Power became the key benefactor after pitting before a late caution, earning him track position. He then held the …

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Josef Newgarden Dusts the Field for Iowa Corn 300 Win

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Competing in his first oval race since suffering a broken collarbone and wrist at Texas Motor Speedway, Josef Newgarden beat down the field to claim a dominant win in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. Newgarden, 25, improved from two-straight runner-up performances at the Newton, Iowa, circuit by leading a race record 282 out …

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Will Power Triumphs in IndyCar’s Road America Return

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

After years of hopes and occasional rumors of a return, the Verizon IndyCar Series finally made its way back to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for a feature at Road America. 50 laps later, it was 2014 ICS champion Will Power prevailing to score a dominant win in the KOHLER Grand Prix. Power paced the field around the 4.014-mile …

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Rookie Alexander Rossi Rides Fumes to Improbable 100th Indy 500 Victory

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Rookie Alexander Rossi entered the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season as an unproven shoe, a failed Formula 1 driver looking for a career turnaround. After 500 miles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he may now be the face of IndyCar and American open wheel racing for years to come. Rossi stretched his fuel to the …

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