Rossi salvages top finish in another tough 500 for Andretti
Alexander Rossi salvaged one solid result for Andretti Autosport. Four finished 19th or worse, but Rossi drove from 20th to an Andretti-best fifth. Not good enough for the team owner, who conceded the IndyCar title with 11 races remaining this season.news.yahoo.com
IndyCar's aeroscreen gets mixed reviews in 1st rain test
IndyCar Indianapolis GP Auto Racing Colton Herta spins his car after winning the IndyCar GP auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2022. IndyCar president Jay Frye acknowledged Sunday previous testing indicated water retention on the screens would be more severe when running at slower speeds. “When you got it up to speed, the water would just blow off, it would just go away. That was the first wet race with the aeroscreen, but in these conditions you really need the wiper,” the three-time race winner from France said. Rain is commonplace in May and has caused many Indianapolis 500 practices and qualifying rounds to be delayed or canceled.wftv.com
Liberty Media CEO on F1 growth: 'We have a lot of demand'
His boss, meanwhile, awaits word on his request to start a Formula One team and bring a true American team to the grid. “I talked to (Liberty Media CEO) Greg (Maffei) and I asked him, ‘Just let it go to a bid, we’ll beat everybody,'” Andretti told AP. Money is not the issue.”Andretti said he doesn't have the personal funds needed to launch an F1 team — there's an initial $200 million buy-in fee — and he won't reveal his backers. “We have 10 great teams already and we have the potential over time to add more teams,” Maffei told AP. “We have a lot of demand for people who want to add teams, either by buying a team or expanding teams.wftv.com
Liberty Media CEO on F1 growth: 'We have a lot of demand'
If things had gone according to plan, Colton Herta would be in Miami preparing for the fifth Formula One race of his career. Michael Andretti fell short in his bid last fall to purchase the Sauber team when negotiations fell apart over control of the organization. “No, 1,000% no, that's not what happened,” Andretti told The Associated Press.news.yahoo.com
Late crashes prompt IndyCar officials to cut testing short
Three Indianapolis 500 winners spun while coming out of the pits Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and four-time race champion Helio Castroneves hit the second turn wall with about 80 minutes left in an unusually chaotic testing session. Castroneves was taken to the track's infield medical center where he was checked and cleared to drive shortly after the crash. “Very strange,” Castroneves said.news.yahoo.com
McLaren F1 signs American driver Herta for testing program
American racer Colton Herta was announced Saturday as a test driver for Formula One team McLaren as part of its 2022 program. Herta, who turns 22 at the end of the month, currently competes in IndyCar for Andretti Autosport. Michael and Mario Andretti both believe the second-generation racer is F1 material and would like to move him to the series should Michael Andretti land an F1 team.news.yahoo.com
Herta cruises past his father with Laguna Seca victory
He tied his father, Bryan, with a pair of wins at Laguna Seca, but more important, his fifth career victory moved him one past his dad's tally. “Laguna Seca, I love you, that's all I can say.”Johnson, meanwhile, had his best IndyCar race of the season. Let's see what we can pull off.”The victory by Herta gave Honda its 10th manufacturer's championship, fourth in a row, and came on the 25th anniversary of its first title — also clinched at Laguna Seca. INDY LIGHTSKyle Kirkwood swept the Indy Lights doubleheader at Laguna Seca to build a championship points lead of 15 points with two races remaining. He's been locked into an intense battle with David Malukas all season and the rivals came to Laguna Seca tied with seven wins each.wftv.com
IndyCar title race flips to O'Ward in wild race at Gateway
The IndyCar championship flipped leaders Saturday night when Alex Palou was collected in an early three-car accident that moved Pato O’Ward to the point following O’Ward’s runner-up finish to winner Josef Newgarden at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Herta wins pole in dominant outing through Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Colton Herta stamped himself as the driver to beat in the inaugural IndyCar Music City Grand Prix, winning the pole Saturday after he was fastest in both practice sessions. The 21-year-old Herta was more than a half-second faster than six-time series champion Scott Dixon in second. “This is huge for me.”Herta was fastest in Friday's first session and posted the top lap again Saturday hours before qualifying. Chris Parker, President of the Music City Grand Prix, said this week at the Country Music Hall of Fame the series was prepared for any potential setbacks. Grand Prix promoters planned refunds for all days lost and inconvenienced fans were relocated to open seats.wftv.com
Newgarden snaps streak on 50th anniversary of 1st Penske win
Josef Newgarden snapped his streak of late race misfortunes to win for the first time this season, earning the first IndyCar victory of the year for Team Penske on the same weekend the storied organization celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first win.
Indianapolis 500 welcomes 135,000 fans in global benchmark
IndyCar Indy 500 Auto Racing Fans fill the stands as Colton Herta leads the field in the early laps of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 30, 2021. Time to throw open the doors and usher in thousands of Indianapolis 500 fans wearing checkered flag masks and shorts and let them cut loose. Indy fans and dignitaries mixed with NFL players, pro wrestlers and social media celebrities at the Brickyard. That's Penske’s personal spot,s named in honor of his career Indy 500 victories as a longtime team owner. Lynn Gargas wore a Graham Rahal T-shirt and held her Miller Lite in an Indy 500 koozie -- with two coolers at her feet.wftv.com
Dixon knocks two budding young stars from Indy 500 pole
IndyCar Indy 500 Auto Racing Scott Dixon, front left, of New Zealand celebrates after winning the pole during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race as his wife Emma Davies-Dixon, right, watches at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — Scott Dixon slammed the brakes on IndyCar's current youth movement by winning his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole by a mere 0.03 seconds on Sunday. But then it was time for Dixon, the driver called “The Iceman” who is considered the best of his generation. Dixon turns 41 in July — the combined age of the two drivers starting next to him in the Indy 500. The first three rows account for six Indy 500 wins and eight series championships among four drivers — proving veteran experience still matters at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.wftv.com
Rahal team penalized after Indy 500 photo shoot causes crash
IndyCar said it was unaware of a Rahal photo shoot and so the track was “hot” for the entire field. McLaughlin and Simona de Silvestro saw the three Rahal cars ahead as they sped through the corner and both immediately slowed to roughly 170 mph. Herta could not see the Rahal cars and it was too late when he noticed McLaughlin and de Silvestro had slowed. The Australian rookie Penske driver told the Rahal team he hoped the photo turned out well while tweeting a replay of the incident. “There’s enough experience from these young guys, they’re quick enough, that I wouldn’t be surprised if one of us won the Indy 500,” Herta said.wftv.com
Photo shoot nearly causes crash during Indy 500 practice
IndyCar Indy 500 Auto Racing Scott McLaughlin, of New Zealand, waits by his pit box during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — A photo opportunity for Rahal Letterman Lanigan caused the first hiccup in preparations for the Indianapolis 500 when Colton Herta and Scott McLaughlin nearly crashed Thursday trying to avoid the on-track stunt. The track opened as scheduled for practice and defending race winner Takuma Sato slowed alongside Indy 500 teammates Graham Rahal and Santino Ferrucci for a three-wide photo opportunity on Indy's frontstretch. Both Herta and McLaughlin immediately returned to pit lane for repairs, with Herta estimating he'd miss at least an hour of practice. ___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportswftv.com
Palou on pole for IndyCar at Texas after qualifying canceled
IndyCar Texas Preview Auto Racing FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo, driver Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, stands next to his car during qualifying for an IndyCar Series auto race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (Charlie Neibergall)FORT WORTH, Texas — (AP) — Alex Palou will start on the pole for the IndyCar Series' first oval race of the season at Texas after qualifying was canceled Saturday because of overnight rain and morning mist. When the 75-minute practice session started, IndyCar said qualifying was canceled and the field for Saturday night's race would be set by owners' points. IndyCar is opening May with a planned 690 miles of racing in Texas on the third consecutive weekend of racing for the series. There is another 248-lap race (372 miles) scheduled late Sunday afternoon, when rain was forecast to be out of the area.wftv.com