Saturday, June 24, 2017

101st Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato Wins 101st Indy 500

The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 was an exciting race that saw another first time winner drink the milk and wear the coveted wreath in victory lane.  Although it was Formula One driver Fernando Alonso who received the most attention this month of May, it was another former F1 driver who earned himself a baby Borg Warner trophy.
Takuma Sato put on a fantastic drive to redeem himself after his pass for the lead on the last lap in 2012 left him in the wall.  The first Japanese driver to ever win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing beat out Helio Castroneves who was trying for the record books himself as the first foreign four time winner of the Indy 500.



 
 TOP 10

1. Takuma Sato:  The third former Formula One driver to win the Indy 500 in the past four years.
2. Helio Castroneves: His third runner-up  finish at Indy to go with his 3 wins.
3. Ed Jones:  Continuing his strong rookie season, Jones drove a Dale Coyne car to it's highest finish ever at the Indy 500.
4. Max Chilton:  A very strong run for the sophomore driver.  Coaching from 3 time Indy winner Dario Franchitti seems to be paying off.
5. Tony Kanaan:  Always runs strong at the Brickyard.
6. Juan Pablo Montoya: Even as a part time driver you can never count Montoya out at Indy.
7. Alexander Rossi: Last year's winner looked strong to repeat early in the race but ran into some problems in the second half of the day.
8. Marco Andretti:  He ran a solid race although he was never a contender.
9. Gabby Chaves: A fantastic finish for Gabby as it was Harding Racing's Indycar debut.
10.  Carlos Munoz: A solid finish for Carlos running for A.J. Foyt.
 
Different Teams: 6 (Andretti, Penske, Dale Coyne, Ganassi, Harding Racing, A.J. Foyt)
 
Different Countries:  (Japan, Brazil (2), United Arab Emirates, UK, Colombia (3), USA (2))

4 Chevys,  6 Hondas

 
 

OTHER

The race lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes
Average Speed was 155.395 mph
There were 35 lead changes among 15 drivers.
The fastest lap of the race was 226.190, by Takuma Sato




 

Friday, May 19, 2017

101st Indianapolis 500 Countdown

It's just 9 Days till the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500!
Qualifying is just a day away!
 
To catch all the action at the track go to the Indycar website and check out Race Control.
You'll be able to see all the practice and action live each day the that the track is open.  Generally noon to 6pm.



or
 
Check out the Gasoline Alley Cam to watch all the comings and goings in the garages at the great Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Josef Newgarden GP of Indianapolis 2017

Josef started 3rd in his 4th GP of Indianapolis,
but finished 11th
after two penalties for pit speed violations late in the race.

It was his highest finish ever in the Indy GP, but the lowest finish since he started driving for Roger Penske this season.


Josef's comment on the race:
Quote: "I don't know what happened. I think we ran into some sort of glitch and they dinged us two times for speeding on pit road. It was a tough day for us. We had a really fast Hum by Verizon car. We really didn't struggle with much today. We started a little slower than we had hoped, but at the end the car was a rocket. I’m disappointed for our guys because we did everything right and we had great stops, we just had a little glitch there. We had a great racecar and just couldn't capitalize. I think we had a car that could have been a podium car, maybe even a second-place car. We just didn't capitalize today. Congrats to Will though. He was strong all weekend long."



Josef is still 3rd in Indycar season points leading into the Indianapolis 500 on May 28th.
He is looking to improve on his third place finish in last year's 500.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 GP of Indianapolis

Will Power dominated the GP of Indianapolis to win it for the second time in three years and earn the 30th Indycar win of his career!

 
 Helio Castroneves was the only driver who looked to have a chance at the win, taking the lead from Will Power on pit stops, but a different tire strategy didn't work and he ended up fifth.  It was the first caution free race on the road course at IMS, and only two cars did not finish, both due to mechanical problems. 
 



 
 2017 Honda GP of Alabama
Polesitter:  Will Power

TOP 10 Finishers
 
1. Will Power:  Started on pole for the third time this year, and Finally got in the winners circle in 2017.
2. Scott Dixon: Five Top 5s in 5 races has his second in points.
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay: His second podium in 4 races on the IMS road course.
4. Simon Pagenaud:  Has finished in each position 1-5 through 5 races this season.
5. Helio Castroneves:  A strong run was ended with a tire strategy call.
6. Graham Rahal:  The second year in a row Graham moved through the field to finish well here.
7. Max Chilton: Ties his best Indycar finish ever.
8. Alexander Rossi:  His second top 10 in two races on the Indy road course.
9. Spencer Pigot:  His second Top 10 this season.
10. Juan Pablo Montoya :  A strong finish for his first race this season.
 
Different Teams: 5 Penske (4), Ganassi (2), Andretti (2), ECR(1), RLL (1)
Different Countries 7:  Australia, New Zealand, USA (4), France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Colombia
 
 5 Chevys and 5 Hondas
 
 
FUN FACTS:
 
5 Lead Changes among 2 Drivers
Average Speed: 120.813 mph
Cautions:  0
 Fastest Lap: 126.539 mph on lap 68 by Josef Newgarden
Penalties: 4 (1. Marco Andretti avoidable contact on lap 6)
(2. Mikhail Aleshin Hit pit equipment on lap 63)
(3. Josef Newgarden pit speed violation on lap 64 and 65)

 
A ROUGH DAY for
Early season points leader Sebastien Bourdais who had an engine problem on lap four and was the first car out of the race.
Josef Newgarden was caught speeding in the pits and subsequently had a problem that saw him speeding during his drive through penalty and then again through his second drive through penalty.  He ended up finishing 11th after a strong top 5 drive all day.


 
 
 
NEXT UP:
 
THE 101st running of the
INDY 500!!!!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 GP of Indianapolis Preview

It's the month of May! 
The Indycars are at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month and will take to the IMS road course for the 4th running of the GP of Indianapolis!  


Indycars will turn 85 laps around the 14 turn 2.44 mile course that's tucked inside the famed Indianapolis oval and uses the ovals front straightaway.
 
Simon Pagenaud secured his second win on the road course last year and Will Power, the 2015 winner, is on the pole.
 
Here's our predictions for the race.

 

 
 
Catch the live broadcast on ABC at 3:30 pm EST
Saturday, May 13th!