Race Weekend Central

INDYCAR: Three Takeaways From Carb Day 2018

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The next time Indy cars are on-track, it will be the day of the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Final practice and the pit stop competition transpired on Friday, also known as Carb Day. Here are three notable events that occurred: Danica Has Engine Issues During the final practice session, Danica Patrick completed six laps and then …

Read more

Castroneves Fastest on First Day of Qualifying for Indianapolis 500

(Photo: Brandon Wright)

Helio Castroneves put his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet on the top of the speed charts Saturday during the first qualifying session for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Castroneves’ 228.919 mph lap put the Team Penske driver ahead of owner-driver Ed Carpenter who put his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet in second. Team Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud …

Read more

IndyCar: Marco Andretti Leads “Fast Friday” Practice for Indy 500

(Photo: Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

After posting the fastest time during Wednesday’s practice session, Marco Andretti continued his strong week of practice by posting the fastest time of “Fast Friday,” the penultimate practice session before Saturday’s qualification begins. “The car is close in race trim; I don’t know how much better we can get it,” Andretti said. “But (qualifying) trim …

Read more

Marco Andretti Leads 3rd Indy 500 Practice

(Photo: Brandon Wright)

After Chevrolet dominated Tuesday’s practice sessions, Honda stepped up to the plate on Wednesday as the manufacturer took four of the top-five spots. Marco Andretti, in his Andretti Autosport Honda, led the way with a 227.053-mph lap. “It was a pretty productive day,” Andretti said. “We got the car to ‘almost there’ in traffic. We’re …

Read more

Simon Pagenaud Leads Opening Day Of Indy 500 Practice

(Photo: Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

The first practices for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 were dominated by one organization: Team Penske. Both ends of the Indy 500 spectrum were represented here: a full-time driver seeking to redeem himself after an awful start and a part-time legend who’s seeking to make racing history. 2016 INDYCAR series champion Simon Pagenaud led the first practice …

Read more

Pace Laps: Harvick’s Historic Run, XFINITY Series Downhill Slide

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Harvick Having Historic Run Every once in awhile, an athlete reestablishes the level of greatness in their sport. NASCAR is no exception to the rule. There were Dale Earnhardt’s next-level championships in 1987 and 1994, Bill Elliott’s 1985 Winston Million and Jeff Gordon winning 13 races in 1998. More recently, …

Read more

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

(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 …

Read more

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

(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. …

Read more

Will Power Wins Wild IndyCar Race at Texas Motor Speedway

(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer)

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 …

Read more

Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter

A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com