Race Weekend Central

Josef Newgarden Leads Team Penske Domination in Texas Qualifying

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

The last time Josef Newgarden won the pole, he went on to win the race at Barber Motorsports Park in April. Newgarden is seeking his third victory of 2018. Team Penske dominated the session with Newgarden qualifying on pole, Simon Pagenaud qualified second and defending DXC Technology 600 winner Will Power will start third. “To come …

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Ryan Hunter-Reay Snaps 42-Race Winless Streak in Dual in Detroit Race 2

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

For the second straight day, Honda came into Chevrolet’s backyard and completely dominated. The Hondas of Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay battled for the victory. Rossi had outright dominated the afternoon, but in the end it didn’t matter, as one mistake in Turn 3 cost Rossi the lead and a spot on the podium. Oh …

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Four Rookie Drivers Earn Berth in their First Indianapolis 500

(Photo: Brandon Wright)

Following Saturday’s opening qualifying session for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, four rookie drivers will officially make their first attempt at winning the Indy 500. The dreams of Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens, Kyle Kaiser, and Zachary Claman De Melo will come true, at least part of it will. The rest of that dream, of course, is …

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Robert Wickens Continues Veteran Showing in IndyCar Grand Prix

(Photo: Brandon Wright)

Robert Wickens continued his impressive IndyCar rookie season Saturday (May 12) in Indianapolis. For the second time in 2018, Wickens started on the front row for a race. But unlike St. Petersburg, where he failed to finish the rookie made the most of his IndyCar Grand Prix appearance. Throughout the event, he threatened Will Power …

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5 Points to Ponder: Vets, Rookies & the Power of Twitter

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

ONE: Harvick’s Not the Champ Just Yet Four weeks into the new season and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is the Monster Energy NASCAR Harvick Cup, especially given dominance of the Stewart-Haas veteran who has won three straight following the season-opening Daytona 500. Making matters more concerning for the chasing pack, Kevin Harvick has …

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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. …

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2017 INDYCAR Team Review: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

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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Mikhail Aleshin Having Immigration Issues UPDATE

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced that their regular driver, Mikhail Aleshin, is having immigration issues.  He is trying to get to Wisconsin for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.  However, authorities are refusing to allow him into the United States.  As a result, he is grounded in France. …

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