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IndyCar: Texas – Carpenter, too fast for the field, takes win

Photo: Chris Owens   Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) and Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Honda) started in Row 1, with Power jumping to the early lead followed by Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy). The first caution came out three laps in, when Marco Andretti’s (Andretti Autosport, Honda) engine blew and his car caught fire. At Lap 20 (of 248) Power and Kanaan led Newgarden, with Scott Dixon (Ganassi, Chevy) closing quickly. Dixon took third four l...

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IndyCar: Texas preview – Power, Newgarden qualify 1-2 for Saturday night race

Photo: Chris Jones   Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) will start Saturday's Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on pole for the second straight year, having posted a two-lap average speed of 218.896 mph on the 1.455-mile, high-banked oval. Power broke a tie with Dario Franchitti for sixth on the all-time Indy car list with his 34th pole and second of the season.   "I was actually surprised by the speed on the first lap (219.550 mph) and thought 'I have to do it again,'" said P...

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IndyCar: Detroit (Race 2) – Castroneves wins, Penske completes weekend sweep

Photo: Chris Owens   Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt Enterprises, Honda) took pole for the second race at Belle Isle, with James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Honda) next to him in Row 1. Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevrolet) and Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevy) started third and fourth respectively.   Castroneves took the victory, climbing the fence 14 years after his signature victory celebration was born following his first Indy car win in 2000 in the Motor City. It was his ...

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IndyCar: Detroit (Race 1) – Power tops Rahal, Kanaan

Photo: Chris Jones   Will Power overtook race leader Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet) on a Lap 60 restart and then held off Graham Rahal over a 10-lap sprint to win Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Dual 1. "(Rahal) was really pushing me at the end and it was a great victory for Roger, the (crew) guys and Verizon," said Power, who started 16th in the Team Penske (Chevy) car and tied Tommy Milton for 18th all time with his 23rd Indy car victory...

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IndyCar: Detroit preview – Pagenaud, Hunter-Reay poised for success

Photo: Chris Owens   The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will mark the first of three doubleheaders on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Drivers will contest a pair of 70-lap races Saturday and Sunday on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit, testing both their endurance and that of their teams.  Simon Pagenaud claimed his first Indy car win on the streets of Belle Isle in 2013. Now he hopes a strong performance in Detroit can springboard him to the Verizon IndyCar Series ti...

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Indy 500 – Hunter-Reay tops Castroneves in second closest finish ever

Photo: John Cole   James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Honda) passed pole-sitter Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet) to lead Lap 1. Will Power (Team Penske, Chevy) ran third, with this order in place through Lap 9. Carpenter passed for the lead on the next lap. Carpenter pitted from the lead on Lap 29, with Hinchcliffe following one lap later, and Power a lap after that. Hinchcliffe was back out front once the cycle was complete, followed by Carpenter and Power.  Power ...

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IndyCar: 2014 Indianapolis 500 preview; Carpenter to Lazier, and no time in between

Photo: Jim Haines   Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet) will start from the pole of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race for the second year in a row. The 33-car field is the fastest in Indianapolis 500 history (229.382 mph), breaking the previous record of 228.648 mph set in 2002. The owner/driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevy was the final qualifier May 18 and recorded a four-lap average of 231.067 mph to bump James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Honda...

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IndyCar: Pagenaud wins inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Photo: Walter Kuhn   Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, Honda) topped Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport, Honda) and Helio Castroneves (Team Penske, Chevrolet) to win the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Pagenaud, who started fourth held off Hunter-Reay by 0.8906 sec for his third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory. Castroneves finished 1.8244 sec behind the leader. Both Pagenaud and Hunter-Reay were starved for fuel after completing 28 laps after their fina...

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IndyCar: Grand Prix of Indianapolis preview; Saavedra on pole

Photo: Walter Kuhn   The young drivers evidently like the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Sebastian Saavedra (KV AFS Racing, Chevrolet) and rookie Jack Hawksworth (BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian, Honda) locking down the front row in qualifying for tomorrow’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis with times of 1:23.8833 and 1:24.0788 respectively. Saavedra is the fourth different pole winner in as many 2014 races. The veterans weren’t far behind, howev...

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IndyCar: Alabama – Andretti Autosport 1-2, Dixon takes third

Photo: Bret Kelley   Will Power (Team Penske, Chevrolet) won pole for a wet start to the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport, Honda) started next to him in P2, his second straight front row start. Andretti teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay qualified third, with Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Honda) lining up fourth. After a nearly 3-hr rain delay race control opened pit lane. With a wet start declared, all teams we...

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