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IndyCar: St. Petersburg – Montoya wins, Penske takes 4 of Top 5 spots

Photo: John Cole Team Penske (powered by Chevrolet) locked down the first four spots on the starting grid for the start of the 2015 IndyCar season. The four were also quickest in every practice session. Will Power (#1) was on pole, with the newest member of the team, Simon Pagenaud (#22), next to him. Helio Castroneves (#3) and Juan Pablo Montoya (#2) made up Row 2. Takuma Sato (#14 AJ Foyt Racing-Honda) was both the first non-Penske and non-Chevy qualifier. Sebastien Bourdais (#11 KVSH Racing-...

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IndyCar: St. Petersburg, 2015 preview

Photo: Chris Jones IndyCar begins its 2015 season Sunday on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street course running through St. Petersburg, Fla. The 110-lap race, won last year by series champion Will Power (#1 Verizon Team Penske-Chevrolet), will cover 198 miles. Takuma Sato (#14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing-Honda) won the 2014 pole with a time of 1 min, 01.8668 sec. Sebastien Bourdais (#11 KVSH Racing-Chevy) holds the qualifying lap record of 1:00.928. "I'm really excited to get the 2015 Veriz...

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IndyCar: Team Penske interview - Power, Montoya, Castroneves, Pagenaud

MODERATOR:  Juan, good to have you back in an IndyCar.  Had a pretty good 2014.    JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  Yeah, it was okay.  At the beginning we sucked, I knew we were going to suck, so that was okay.  At the end of the year I felt I was doing a really good job.  Still felt like we were miles off in qualifying.  I have to really work at that.    I thought our race pace was good.  Just need to put it all together.    MOD...

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IndyCar: Honda, Chevy ready for chassis aero-based competition in 2015

Beginning with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Mar. 29, IndyCar will introduce chassis competition based on aerodynamic bodywork designed, manufactured, and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Cars will be differentiated by their shape as the manufacturers have designed different aero kits for the Dallara IR-12 chassis for speedways and road and street course/short ovals.   Production has ramped up to meet the Mar. 1 deadline for one road and street course/short oval kit to be ...

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IndyCar: Fontana – Power takes first championship, Kanaan wins the race

Photo: John Cote   The championship came down to the final race for the ninth consecutive season, with 3 drivers – Will Power, Helio Castroneves (both Team Penske, Chevrolet), and Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing, Honda)  – still in contention. Castroneves won the pole, with Power starting second to the last and Pagenaud in P12. Power led Castroneves by 50 and Pagenaud by 81, with 100 points available to the winner in this double-points race season finale....

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IndyCar: Milwaukee – Power leads 229 of 250 for the win, Montoya P2

Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher The Milwaukee Mile oval has hosted auto racing since 1903, making it the oldest operating race track in the world. Will Power led Team Penske (Chevrolet) teammate Helio Castroneves by just 5 points coming to the race. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport, Honda) was third, 64 points back, just one point ahead of Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, Honda). A win scores 50 points, with 4 bonus points also available each race weekend. Hunter-Reay, who...

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IndyCar: Mid-Ohio – Dixon goes last-to-first; tops Bourdais, Hinchcliffe

Photo: Bret Kelley   Point leader Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevrolet) started P15, well behind his teammate and closest competitor in the race, Will Power, who came in 13 points out of the lead and qualified sixth. Power has finished in the Top 5 in 4 of his 5 Mid-Ohio starts. Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing, Chevy) won his second consecutive pole with Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Honda) next to him in Row 1. Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevy) has won the last five Indy...

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USCC: IndyCar rookie Hawksworth takes PC-class victory at Brickyard

Photo: jackhawksworth.co.uk   IndyCar Rookie of the Year candidate Jack Hawksworth teamed with Chris Cumming to win the Prototype Challenge class at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix on July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   "It feels pretty awesome," Hawksworth said. "It was a lot of fun. We had a great battle with Bruno (Junqueira) and ended up with an RSR [Racing] 1-2. We were both slicing through the traffic. I just got my chance and I ...

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IndyCar: Toronto Race 2 – Conway takes win, Kanaan third straight podium

Photo: Joe Skibinski   Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet) earned his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season by holding off Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) over a three-lap sprint to the finish in the second race of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader. Conway won by 3.5418 sec following a Lap 54 restart after a red flag with 4 minutes, 23 seconds left in the 80-minute race. Race Control called for the red flag to freeze the field on Lap 52 after a mu...

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IndyCar: Toronto Race 1 – Bourdais goes pole to checkers, first win since 2007

Photo: Chris Owens   Dry conditions greeted the drivers Sunday morning for the start of Race 1, reduced to 65 laps on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn road course or 90 min to accommodate running both contests on the same day. Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing, Chevrolet) won pole, his first since 2007. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevy) started on the outside of Row 1, after teammate Will Power was shuffled to the back of the field for working on his car during Saturday’s red flag. Ryan ...

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