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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IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud, Gabby Chaves Get into Heated Argument

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Simon Pagenaud and Gabby Chaves had a heated conversation on pit road after the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Pagenaud confronted the Harding Racing driver because he felt that he was being held up by him. Chaves was two laps down, and the Team Penske wheelman was upset that he lost an on-track battle …

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This Week in INDYCAR: Windscreens, Testing & College Basketball?

(Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher / INDYCAR)

The 2018 IndyCar Series season doesn’t officially start for another month, but teams are already preparing to race. The series is in Phoenix this week for its annual Prix View test sessions at ISM Raceway and is also promoting the sport to a broader audience. Pagenaud, Kanaan go to College While Alexander Rossi and Conor …

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Penske Completes IMSA Squad With Ricky Taylor Joining Full-Time

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Acura Team Penske officially announced the remainder of their lineup for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Joining Helio Castroneves in the second full-time Acura ARX-05 will be defending Prototype co-champion Ricky Taylor, who moves over from Wayne Taylor Racing. For the endurance races, Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud (pictured above roasting his …

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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

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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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5 Points to Ponder: The Power of NASCAR Social Media

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ONE: Twitter Wars I’m sure by now you’ve seen the tweet from Brad Keselowski Friday, prior to the race at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend where he took to Twitter to opine on the form of the Toyotas. Just in case, here’s the tweet in question: We are all in for a rude awakening. Haven't seen …

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Simon Pagenaud Wins IndyCar at Sonoma, Josef Newgarden Takes Series Championship

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Simon Pagenaud may have won the battle in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series contest at Sonoma Raceway, a thrilling open-wheel finale on the winding road course, but the big winner on the day was Josef Newgarden. On a picture perfect day in the rolling hills of northern California’s wine country, Newgarden took home his first IndyCar title and …

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Pace Laps: Championship Favorites Reign at Chicago, Josef Newgarden Wins IndyCar Title

(Photo: Brett Moist/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Importance of Execution – It ended some days and opened opportunity for others. Heck, it even had its place in the day of the race winner Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Execution is an important factor in tying one end of the race to the other, especially once the playoffs …

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Simon Pagenaud Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Warm-up

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Sunday is destined to be a tough day for defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.  A penalty for impeding traffic in qualifying means that he has to start last.  Luckily, Pagenaud has a fast car.  In the morning warm-up in Long Beach, Pagenaud was quickest with a lap of 66.6497 seconds (106.299 mph). Pagenaud’s …

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