Race Weekend Central

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 …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Acura Sports Car Challenge Pole at Mid-Ohio

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Acura Team Penske’s domination of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race weekend at Mid-Ohio continued Saturday (May 5).  Helio Castroneves won the overall pole for Sunday’s sprint race with a lap of 71.837 seconds (113.156 mph). “Oh my God, first of all it was actually incredible,” Castroneves said after the session.  “All thanks for Acura …

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Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Top WeatherTech Thursday Practices

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Sebring International Raceway.  Taylor’s time in practice No. 2 of 107.841 seconds (124.850 mph).  The lap time was a full one-third of a second faster than the pole time set last year by REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani. Practice …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Average in Phoenix, ABC Crunches St. Petersburg

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series traveled to the newly-rechristened ISM Raceway for what will be the final race on the current setup.  In November, the new grandstands will be completed and the old tower will be demolished.  Andy Jeffers, who owns and operates Sports & Entertainment Inc. (they do the advertising for …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday at Daytona International Speedway is a very busy day for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  There are three practice sessions totaling 3.5 hours of track time, in addition to qualifying.  Here, we’ll recap all of the Thursday sessions. Qualifying Entering the weekend, qualifying seemed to be a near open and shut case …

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Who’s Where? A 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Team Chart

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series field is becoming clearer. AJ Foyt Racing announced Thursday Tony Kanaan will join the team for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Hélio Castroneves and Stefan Wilson will run the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske and Andretti Autosport, respectively. Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar champion, will pilot the No. 14 for …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Motul Petit Le Mans Overall Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Team Penske may not have much experience with the current LMP2 formula, but that ultimately didn’t matter on Friday.  Helio Castroneves took the team’s ORECA 07-Gibson on track and laid down the best lap of the weekend to earn the overall pole for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans.  Castroneves’ lap of 71.314 seconds (128.222 mph) …

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Helio Castroneves Moves to IMSA Full-Time in 2018

(Photo: INDYCAR Media)

On Wednesday, Team Penske officially announced a move that had been rumored for months.  Helio Castroneves will leave INDYCAR to race full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  Castroneves will be the lead driver in Acura Team Penske’s second full-time ARX-05. Castroneves is quite enthusiastic about his new challenge. “I’ve been fortunate to achieve a …

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Entry List: 20th Running of the Motul Petit Le Mans

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to an end at Road Atlanta in Georgia.  39 cars in four classes will battle for glory. In the Prototype class, the biggest story of the race is the appearance of Team Penske. They’ll run an ORECA 07-Gibson with big names behind the wheel.  Juan Pablo Montoya, …

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Team Penske to Enter Motul Petit Le Mans

(Photo: Team Penske)

Ever since the Acura Team Penske DPi effort for 2018 was announced, there have been inklings that Penske was going to enter the Motul Petit Le Mans as a dress rehearsal.  On Thursday, Team Penske made it official. Team Penske has filed an entry for next weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans.  The press release doesn’t …

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