Race Weekend Central

2017 INDYCAR Team Review: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

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Entering his third season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, James Hinchcliffe looked to end a winless drought that began in April 2015. In race No. 2 of the 2017 IndyCar Series season, that drought came to an end when Hinchcliffe won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after qualifying fourth and leading 25 laps. It was …

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James Hinchcliffe, JR Hildebrand Crash at Pocono

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James Hinchcliffe and JR Hildebrand’s days at Pocono Raceway came to an early end when the two drivers wrecked in Turn 1 on lap 125 of the ABC Supply 500. They were battling for position in the middle of the pack when Hinchcliffe made an aggressive move to Hildebrand’s inside. They made contact, which resulted …

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James Hinchcliffe Uses Pit Strategy to Claim Comeback Win

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James Hinchcliffe took the lead when Scott Dixon pitted under green on lap 54. Shortly afterwards, a full course yellow came out for Alexander Rossi’s blown engine.  From there, Hinchcliffe held on through a late restart to take his first win since his near-fatal injuries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015. Hinchcliffe seemed relieved …

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Mazda Motorsports Confirms Lineup, James Hinchcliffe Returns for Rolex 24

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On Wednesday, Mazda Motorsports announced the group of six men who will race the new Mazda RT24-P in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  It is a group of familiar faces. In the No. 55, Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez will drive for the full season.  They will be joined by Mazda Road to Indy …

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James Hinchcliffe, SPM Hit With Post-Texas Penalty

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It’s been a quiet year for penalties in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but the series was forced to take action after the restarted Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Runner-up finisher James Hinchcliffe and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have been issued a 25-point penalty in both the drivers and owners championships and have been fined $20,000 …

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Early Incidents Mars Second Day IndyCar Dual in Detroit

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With all opposing races rained out, the Verizon IndyCar Series began the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans – Dual II with extra sets of eyes on it. Those eyes were treated to a multi-car incident in the race’s opening corner, and an anger-filled comment from one of the series’ biggest names. A shaky …

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IndyCar Roundtable: Previewing and Predicting the 100th Indianapolis 500

James Hinchcliffe was a surprising pole winner, but where do you see him ending up as he drives for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports? Mike Neff: This is the Indianapolis 500. Cinderella stories, surprises and disappointments are strewn across the history like carbon fiber shards after a turn one impact. He has to survive the 200 laps …

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James Hinchcliffe on Winning the Indy 500 Pole, Future NASCAR Aspirations

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Coming off Turn 2 during a practice session just before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, four-time IndyCar Series winner James Hinchcliffe saw his life flash before his eyes. As safety workers rushed to Hinchcliffe’s destroyed racecar, blood spilled out of his left thigh. He doesn’t remember much from the incident, but what he …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not In NASCAR: Charlotte Edition

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It’s no secret NASCAR’s All-Star Race wasn’t exactly an A+ effort last weekend. That said, let’s keep in mind all-star events for the other major U.S. sports have pretty much been duds for the last several years. The NFL’s Pro Bowl changes the rules to significantly decrease the chance for injury. In the NBA and NHL, …

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5 Points To Ponder: Memorial Day Weekend Racing Nirvana

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ONE: Racing Nirvana This is THE weekend for you, race fans – no apologies for the caps. The greatest Sunday in motorsports will contain three epic races across three different racing series, a little variety paired with some nail-biting competition. First up, it’s the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. Now back in the day, on a road …

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