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
Pranks, practical jokes turn Indy paddock into silly season
Alexander Rossi knows everything and is divulging nothing. Rossi was tight-lipped during Indianapolis 500 media day Thursday while discussing a rash of pranks that have turned May into silly season inside the paddock leading into “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” “There’s been a lot of rain,” Rossi said.news.yahoo.com
INDY DAY 7: Kellett is first to crash in Indy 500 prep
IndyCar Indy 500 Auto Racing Scott McLaughlin, of New Zealand, talks with a team member during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, May 20, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — Dalton Kellett on Monday became the first driver to crash while preparing for the Indianapolis 500, ending a streak of six days without major incident. It prevented Wilson from making a qualifying run and he'll start last in the field Sunday. THEY SAID ITJimmie Johnson used a marvelous save on Sunday to stop his sideways racecar from crashing during his qualifying run. “I said his new nickname is Jimmie “Drift King” Johnson,” Daly said.wftv.com
Johnson uses huge save to prevent 230 mph crash at Indy
Jimmie Johnson used fast hands to wrestle his car out of a sideways slide that seemed headed toward a massive crash at 230 mph. He saved his car, but his Indianapolis 500 qualifying run was ruined. The seven-time NASCAR champion is locked into his first Indy 500, but on Sunday had a chance to win the pole. The first three rows for the May 29 race were decided by a pair of shootouts, and Johnson, who this week has turned some of the fastest laps in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history, most definitely sent it as soon as the green flag waved for his attempt.news.yahoo.com
Colton Herta sets track record in winning pole at Long Beach
IndyCar Long Beach Jimmie Johnson prepares for practice at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday, April 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer) (Jenna Fryer)LONG BEACH, Calif. — (AP) — Colton Herta broke the Long Beach track record in Saturday qualifying, and the California native will start from the pole for his home IndyCar race. “As a young kid, I always trained to be an IndyCar driver and that's because of this race,” Herta said. Instead, IndyCar said there were 2 seconds remaining on the clock and would permit drivers to go back on track for one final qualifying lap. Jack Harvey, who suffered a concussion in a crash at Texas that caused him to miss that race, returned to competition at Long Beach and qualified 21st.wftv.com
McLaughlin beats teammate Power to win first IndyCar pole
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (AP) — Scott McLaughlin circled qualifying as the area he had to improve upon in his second season of IndyCar. McLaughlin beat Team Penske teammate Will Power, one of the best qualifiers in series history, to win the pole Saturday for the season-opening race through the downtown streets of St. Petersburg. The pole is the first for McLaughlin, who moved from racing supercars in Australia to IndyCar last season, but never got the results he expected. “I know it’s only qualifying, but I love qualifying,” McLaughlin said. Grosjean's car actually drove under Sato, who took the seat that Grosjean vacated at Dale Coyne Racing after one season in IndyCar.wftv.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 soars into Laguna Seca celebrating strong season
Palou is in his second season in IndyCar but first driving for Chip Ganassi Racing as the teammate to six-time and reigning champion Scott Dixon. The race Sunday will start the winding down on a 2121 season that could be the last of this era. Ryan Hunter-Reay is out after 12 seasons, an Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar championship with Andretti Autosport. Johnson and Grosjean both seem committed to entering the Indy 500, and the two have been the best IndyCar marketing tools in years. They love to see that I am happy and I love this and I love IndyCar, and I see they love it, it's just a gift for both sides.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Power extends pole-winning run to 13th consecutive seasons
It pushed Power past Bobby Unser and Helio Castroneves. “It was very important to me to get a pole,” said Power, who isn't convinced he can catch Andretti's mark. Pato O'Ward, who trails championship leader Alex Palou headed into Saturday's night race outside of St. Louis, qualified fifth. Palou qualified 12th but will actually start 21st because of a nine-spot penalty for an unapproved engine change. It's the third unapproved engine change this season for Palou and second this month.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.
Power puts Penske back on track with another Indy victory
The Australian, who started second, beat Romain Grosjean by 1.1142 seconds for his first win of the season. “Finally, finally,” Power shouted on the radio after crossing the yard of bricks and ending a 13-race victory drought. Grosjean, the Swiss-born driver from France who won the pole in the season's other road race at Indy, matched his second-place finish from May's race on the same course. After being the first driver onto pit row just 10 laps into the race, Dixon wound up finishing 17th in a race that had only two yellow flags. UP NEXTThe series returns to action next Saturday in suburban St. Louis — its third straight race weekend since taking a one-month break.wftv.com
IndyCar may have a hit on its hands on Nashville streets
IndyCar Nashville Auto Racing Six- time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon chats with the media before the start of practice of the IndyCar auto race, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Dan Gelston) (Dan Gelston)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — Simon Pagenaud hit Nashville, took a look at the 24/7 wild times and wondered how the heck he missed Music City all his life. Asked what he liked about the track, IndyCar championship contender Pato O’Ward was blunt:“It’s violent,” he said. IndyCar may have a hit on its hands if the first few days were an indicator of the enthusiasm from fans and drivers of the race. Colton Herta turned a fast lap at 1:16.587 and topped the first practice chart, followed by six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon. Like fellow IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR champion, Grosjean committed this season only to the road and street course races.wftv.com
Palou makes late surge to win IndyCar race at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — (AP) — Alex Palou sailed past Josef Newgarden with two laps remaining Sunday to win at Road America and reclaim the IndyCar points lead as Team Penske lost its third consecutive race because of a late caution. Newgarden got a good jump on the restart but Palou dipped left and sped around him for the lead. Palou, meanwhile, became the first Chip Ganassi Racing driver other than Scott Dixon to win multiple races in a season since Dario Franchitti in 2011. His second win of the season put Palou back on top with a comfortable margin. Palou won by 1.9106 seconds over Colton Herta of Andretti Autosport.wftv.com
From voting rights to health care, SCOTUS set to deliver major decisions this year
Over the next month, the Supreme Court will be closing out its annual term, clearing out its docket and providing a look at how the new 6-3 conservative majority — featuring three justices appointed by then-President Donald Trump — will rule in the future.news.yahoo.com
Rinus VeeKay becomes IndyCar's newest first-time winner
IndyCar Indianapolis Auto Racing Rinus VeeKay, of the Netherlands, celebrates after winning the IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — Rinus VeeKay continued IndyCar's youth movement Saturday by scoring his first career victory with a win on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Dutchman became the third first-time winner through five races this season — the most at this point in the season since 2013. But this time Grosjean was not able to beat VeeKay off pit road and VeeKay was easily past Grosjean before Grosjean got back onto track. VeeKay won for Ed Carpenter Racing, the first victory for the team since Josef Newgarden won for them in 2016.wftv.com
Romain Grosjean wins first IndyCar pole at Indianapolis
IndyCar Indianapolis Auto Racing Romain Grosjean, of Switzerland, celebrates after winning the pole during qualifications for the IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 14, 2021. Grosjean turned a lap at 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Friday to beat two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden for the pole. Although Coyne is not among the IndyCar heavyweights, Grosjean had solid finishes of 10th and 13th in his first two races. Montoya, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, is seeking his first win on the track's road course and in his first IndyCar race since 2017. While he'll make his third IndyCar start Saturday, Johnson isn't one of the race-day favorites and he knows it.wftv.com
Grosjean moves to IndyCar with Coyne after 9 seasons in F1
AdGrosjean has tried to make comparisons from the F1 race in Austin to IndyCar's two events at the Texas track. Coyne had been talking to Grosjean even before the Bahrain crash about the move to IndyCar. AdThe Coyne organization has not won an IndyCar race since Sebastien Bourdais won the 2018 season opener, but Grosjean is excited to join a team that has a chance in each race. Haas is not a race-winning contender in F1 and Grosjean texted this week with former teammate Magnussen about the thrill of being competitive again. “I really want to keep racing and racing fast cars and I believe that's the case in IndyCar.
Hamilton positive for COVID-19, will miss F1's Sakhir GP
World champion Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Sakhir Grand Prix this weekend, his Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team said Tuesday Dec. 1, 2020. (Hamad Mohammed, Pool via AP, File)SAKHIR – Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix. But Hamilton woke up Monday morning with mild symptoms and was then informed that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive, his Mercedes team said Tuesday. This led to a subsequent test returning a positive result, and Hamilton says he has gone into self-isolation for 10 days. Hamilton is the third F1 driver to test positive for COVID-19 this season, following Sergio Perez at Silverstone and Lance Stroll in Germany.
Hamilton chases F1 record again as Schumacher's son debuts
Officially, the German Grand Prix is on hiatus this year, and this race — a late replacement on the coronavirus-affected calendar — is called the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. As many as 20,000 fans could attend, making it the best attended race of the season apart from the Russian Grand Prix. NEW GENERATIONIt's been eight years since Michael Schumacher's last F1 race, and now his son will officially be part of an F1 race weekend for the first time. Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock and sustained severe brain injuries which left him requiring constant care. When Hamilton and Michael Schumacher last raced together at the Nürburgring in 2011, there were six Germans on the grid including then-world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton wins hectic Tuscan GP, demands justice for Taylor
Taylor was a Black emergency medical worker fatally shot by police serving a narcotics search warrant in her home on March 13. “Justice for Breonna Taylor,” Hamilton said during his interview after winning. The first F1 race on a Mugello track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed. Ferrari reverted back to an age-old burgundy livery for its 1,000th F1 race, reflecting the color first used by the famed Italian manufacturer. Verstappen, meanwhile, was angry with his team after a second straight retirement following the Italian GP last weekend, where Gasly won his first F1 race.
F1's pandemic pause spurs Hamilton to race on for 2-3 years
The coronavirus has hit the Silverstone race with Sergio Perez forced out after testing positive on Thursday. After dominating the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month, Hamilton then accused Grand Prix Drivers Association director Romain Grosjean of failing to convince the grid to be united in kneeling before the race. But he also apologized to Hamilton for indicating that it might have been the wrong call. Romain originally reached out to me and we had a great conversation, added Hamilton. Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Ferraris Charles Leclerc are among those drivers who have stood rather than taking a knee.