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IndyCar: Belle Isle, Race 2 – Bourdais tops Sato, Rahal

Rain washed out qualifying so the field was set by entrant points, creating a Penske threesome at the front—Juan Pablo Montoya (#2 Chevy), Will Power (#1), and Helio Castroneves (#3)—and Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) lining up fourth. Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda) and Josef Newgarden (#67 CFH Racing, Chevy) were the next two cars on the grid. The race started on wet tires. Power got a good start and took the lead, with Montoya retaking it dur...

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IndyCar: Belle Isle, Race 1 – Munoz nabs first career win in wet

Photo: Chris Jones The start of Race 1 was moved up in an attempt to beat the arrival of even heavier rain than was already underway. Will Power (#1 Team Penske, Chevy) and Helio Castroneves (#3 Penske) made up Row 1, with Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya complete the Penske lockdown of the Top 3 starting spots. Takuma Sato (#14 AJ Foyt Enterprises, Honda) started fourth. The 70-lap race was given a 2-hr time limit before it started, with a single-file start also declared. Sato passed Mont...

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IndyCar: Indy 500 – Montoya takes second career Indy, Power P2

The 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race marked the competition debut of Chevrolet and Honda’s new high-speed aero kits: Honda’s higher-profile with side winglets, Chevy’s with a minimal, centered wing. Chevy had proven faster during both practice and qualifying. The first three rows of the traditional three-wide grid had Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi-Chevy), Will Power (#1 Team Penske-Chevy), and Simon Pagenaud (#22 Penske) on Row 1; Tony Kanaan (#10 Ganassi), Helio Castroneves (#...

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IndyCar: Karam, Dixon, Hildebrand top Indy 500 practice

Photo: Chris Jones Figuring the fastest way around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in "race trim" was the theme of the day as Verizon IndyCar Series teams held a practice session the day following completion of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race qualifications for the second straight year. Chip Ganassi Racing Teams drivers Sage Karam and Scott Dixon, who won the Verizon P1 Award for the 500, paced the day with best laps of 227.831 and 226.542 mph, respectively, followed by CFH Racing's JR Hildebrand (226...

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IndyCar: GP of Indianapolis – Power wins from pole, Rahal second

Photo: Walter Kuhn Four different drivers had won races coming into the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Helio Castroneves made his 300th career start, only the sixth driver in Indy car history to do so. Castroneves (#3) came into the race with three 2015 Top 5 finishes, tying him with Team Penske teammate and season points-leader Juan Pablo Montoya (#2). The Top 4 on the grid were Will Power (#1 Team Penske-Chevy), Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevy), Castroneves, and Montoya. Simon Pagenau...

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IndyCar: Alabama – Newgarden takes first career IndyCar win

Photo: Chris Owens Helio Castroneves took pole for the second consecutive race and extended a Team Penske (Chevy) streak of seven straight pole awards, a run that spans the last two Verizon IndyCar Series seasons.  Castroneves (#3) recorded a quick lap of 1 min, 7.1925 sec on the 2.3 -mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course. The pole was Castroneves' 43rd, placing him fourth all-time in Indy car history, behind Bobby Unser (49). "It's all about team effort," said Castroneves,...

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IndyCar: Long Beach – Dixon beats Castroneves, Montoya

Photo: Richard Dowdy Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing-Chevy), who entered the weekend with just one Top 5 finish in eight Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starts, won this year’s edition by 2.2221 sec over pole-sitter Helio Castroneves (#3 Team Penske-Chevy).Dixon's victory was his 36th overall, breaking a tie with Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time Indy car list. Al Unser is fourth with 39 victories. Dixon beat Castroneves off pit lane on Lap 29 following each of their first stops...

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Hinchcliffe's Big Gamble Yields Big Payoff in Big Easy

From Verizon IndyCar Series press release[ AVONDALE, La. (April 12, 2015) - James Hinchcliffe had a premonition midway through the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana when his crew ordered him not to make a pit stop like the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field leaders at NOLA Motorsports Park. The hunch came true when the Canadian driver took the checkered flag to win a wild and unpredictable series debut on the 2.74-mile road course outside New Orleans. "When we first decided to stay o]...

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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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