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Helio Castroneves Debriefs Belle Isle Incident, Excited for Texas

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Photo Credit: Huston Ladner, Frontstretch

Sunday was far from a banner day for Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud ran out of fuel in the closing minutes of the second Dual in Detroit while Will Power and Hélio Castroneves were both involved in the same crash with four laps to go. …

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Will Power Wins IndyCar Pole for 2015 Belle Isle Race No. 1

With rain in the forecast for Saturday afternoon, Will Power knew it would be imperative to qualify near the front and manage the pace of what should be a wet Race No. 1 in the Dual in Detroit. That’s exactly what the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion did, posting a best lap of 1:16.0941 to …

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2015 Indianapolis 500 Viewer’s Guide

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Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sunday represents a significant turning point in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. In many ways, the 2015 Indianapolis 500 is the beginning of the end for veterans like Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya. Waiting in the wings is the next generation of potential superstar in the form of Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, …

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Indy 500: To Lead or Not to Lead?

Want to win the Indianapolis 500? The best strategy may be to lead as few laps as possible. While that might sound unconventional from the accepted norms of racing, staying in the draft and conserving fuel might be the key to winning The Greatest Spectacle in Racing on Sunday afternoon. Those who lead laps and …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Roundtable Discussion of the Goings-On at Indy

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Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Matt Stallknecht: Can I just say how excited I am to be going to Indy this weekend?! Huston Ladner: I hope you’re going as a paramedic, looks like you might have work. Toni Montgomery: I’d be excited though, too. Aaron Bearden: I’m happy for you! If things don’t get worked out, the race could be tragic, though. It’s been …

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Drivers Weigh-In on Safety After 2015 Indy 500 Practice Crashes

The Month of May is off to a dubious start. Now equipped with aerodynamic enhancements, the current IndyCar machine looks drastically different than any that came before it. The DW12 is also faster than it was last year and appears markedly more unstable following the first three days of practice for the Indianapolis 500. On …

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Increasing Speeds, Risk Highlight Early 2015 Indy 500 Practices

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Photo Credit: IndyCar Media

As the Indy 500 approaches, the stakes – and speeds – are increasing. Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske took turns trading fastest laps in the opening days of Verizon IndyCar practice. Juan Pablo Montoya took the quickest lap in one of 95 laps on opening day with a 226.772-mph lap. Teammate Helio Castroneves brought …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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(Photo: Pippa Mann)

The series returns to race at its most storied home, but this weekend it races on the other circuit for just the second time.  The race was meant to add to the fun of the month of May at Indianapolis and it looks like it does just that. The one question that might arise is …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

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(Photo: John Cote/INDYCAR)

Last weekend the drivers in IndyCar finally got out of their own way (for most of the race) and held a decent event. After the messiness of St. Pete and the less than spectacular debut of the aero kits, followed by the rain-soaked race in NOLA, it was good to have some solid competition. With …

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