Race Weekend Central

Simon Pagenaud Shines Bright in IMS Road Course Win

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For the third-straight Verizon IndyCar Series race, points leader Simon Pagenaud prevailed as the winner. Sporting a bright yellow Menards livery, Pagenaud dominated the race’s opening stint and regained the lead during the final pit cycle to take the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, his third victory of the season for Team Penske. “The …

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On the Reds: Late Finish Hides Dull IndyCar Product in Barber

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The Verizon IndyCar Series lucked out with an incredible finish to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, but the series still has significant improvements to make to the on-track product as the season marches on. Continuing a depressing trend to open the season, the current aerokit led to an underwhelming race on Sunday. Save for a …

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Pagenaud Outlasts Rahal for Barber Victory

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Returning to the site of his 2011 Verizon IndyCar Series debut, points leader Simon Pagenaud parlayed a stellar drive from the pole and outlasted a battle with Graham Rahal to claim the April 24 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. After going winless in his first 18 races with Team Penske, …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Chase Elliott Grab a Third-Straight Top 5 in Richmond?

Will Chase Elliott Grab a Third Straight Top 5 in Richmond? Following back-to-back top 5s for Chase Elliott this season, the Sprint Cup Series rookie will look for a third this weekend at Richmond. Will he do it? One thing he has going for him – unlike most tracks on the circuit – is past …

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Preview: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Verizon IndyCar Series fans, say goodbye to the prestige of tradition at Long Beach, and hello to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Southern hospitality. For the first time this season, the IndyCar is gearing up for a consecutive week of racing. Just seven days removed from a wild afternoon on the streets of Long Beach, IndyCar’s trading in …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Impresses at Bristol, Fuel Strategy Dominates IndyCar Series Race at Long Beach and Nico Rosberg Wins Again

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Sprint Cup: Sensational Sixth for DiBenedetto –  Is Bristol Motor Speedway becoming the new place for the underdogs? It might be more so than Daytona and Talladega as Bristol once again opened the curtain for the behind-the-scenes characters to shine on Sunday afternoon. One of the unusual suspects near the front of the field was Matt DiBenedetto. …

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Simon Pagenaud Withstands Review, Scott Dixon to Score Long Beach Win

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Looking to get the winless monkey off of his back, Simon Pagenaud surged to a late lead to claim the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. However, in typical Verizon IndyCar Series style, the win came amid controversy. Pagenaud inherited the lead after his final pit stop and withstood a furious charge from Scott Dixon to …

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Menards Joins Simon Pagenaud for Indianapolis, Road America

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Fans heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Month of May might want to bring some shades, because Simon Pagenaud’s livery is going to be bright. Pagenaud’s No. 22 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Menards for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indianapolis 500, Team Penske announced in a March 22 release. The scheme will …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Saves Steering for St. Petersburg IndyCar Win

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If the Verizon IndyCar Series field wants to beat Team Penske in St. Petersburg, they’re going to have to wait another year. Juan Pablo Montoya got the better of teammate Simon Pagenaud on a mid-race restart and held the Frenchman off through lapped traffic down the stretch to claim the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Wrapping Up IndyCar’s Last Month

Photo Credit: Mark Reed

Toni Montgomery: Can we have a quick refresh – what races have they run since our last chat? Toronto and Texas. Did we chat after Detroit last?  Wait – it was before Indy, wasn’t it? OK, that helps – got my bearings. Huston Ladner: I thought we hit upon Indy, but perhaps not. I’d say go with …

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