Raceday Morning Ramblings from IMS

Earlier this week, a friend asked me what time I was planning to arrive at the track on raceday. I said 3:30 a.m. He laughed and spit part of his drink out and said, “Oh my gosh, sorry, I thought you said ‘3:30’.” I looked him in the eyes and said, “Yep, I did.” He looked befuddled. I get that look a lot when I talk about IndyCar. Folks don’t understand why I spend all my vacation time from my 40-hour-a-week job on race weekends. They can’t comprehend why I invest not only that time, but also my own money … Continue reading Raceday Morning Ramblings from IMS

Final Practice Adds to Audible Buzz of 2018 Indy 500 Weekend

That’s a wrap folks. The Verizon IndyCar Series cars have left the track and they won’t return until the pageantry of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Oil is in it’s kickoff phases, less than 48 hours from now. There was only one caution during the last practice, for a track inspection. The only drama was for the No. 13 GoDaddy crew. Danica Patrick, running for Ed Carpenter Racing this weekend, had an electrical issue. The crew took the bright green Chevrolet back into the garages early on in the session, wheeling it back out to … Continue reading Final Practice Adds to Audible Buzz of 2018 Indy 500 Weekend

103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Logo Represents Prestige and Tradition

This morning, the President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Doug Boles unveiled the 2019 Indianapolis 500 logo, which moves to a vertical orientation, after multiple years of horizontal angles. The crest acts as the foundation, decked out in navy blue and gold in an “athletic, prestigious, and confident” direction with the bold ‘INDY 500’ wordmark, a basis going forward. The colors are pulled directly from the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway ‘Wing and Wheel’, a familiar symbol that Boles acknowledged is widely recognized and even tattooed on the most hardcore fans. The yard of bricks is represented across the left side of … Continue reading 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Logo Represents Prestige and Tradition

Third time’s a charm for Carpenter at IMS?

Wheeling your way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an aspiration for countless drivers. Heck, it’s an aspiration for those of us who have never even piloted a professional race car. It’s a legendary track whose lore is as tangible as the Borg-Warner trophy itself. The track decides. Yes, she decides who wins the pole. She decides who wins the pole. She decides who has a good day of practice and who is just along for the ride. She decides the pace of the race. She decides. This past weekend, she decided that Ed Carpenter was due for his third … Continue reading Third time’s a charm for Carpenter at IMS?

Ed Carpenter Racing, Team Penske dominate Fast 9 qualifying positions

Four teams will battle for the pole position of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, but two of those teams have 7 of the Fast 9 positions covered. Given no-tow speeds on Friday, it’s not surprising to see all four of the Team Penske drivers (Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Will Power) in that mix, but the pleasant surprise and crazy impressive feat of Saturday was seeing Ed Carpenter Racing put all three of their cars in the first three rows. Spencer Pigot, strapped in to his No. 21 Preferred Freezer Service ECR Chevrolet, was the fifth … Continue reading Ed Carpenter Racing, Team Penske dominate Fast 9 qualifying positions

Bump day returns, Mann won’t compete in 2018 Indianapolis 500

Two cars were unable to qualify for the field of 33 yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Neither James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow SPM Honda or Pippa Mann in the No. 63 Donate Life Dale Coyne Honda will start in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Mann has qualified for the past six Indianapolis 500’s in a row. She’s had a best start of P22 in 2017 and a best finish of P17 in 2017. Mann is one of the passionate drivers when it comes to her sponsorships and her advocacy for issues that matter to her. From … Continue reading Bump day returns, Mann won’t compete in 2018 Indianapolis 500

Hinchcliffe bumped from field of 33

Where do I even start? For years, fans of IndyCar have complained that Bump Day wasn’t legitimate anymore, they wanted that drama and pressure back. As the Month of May drew nearer and nearer, it became clear that we would have one this season. 35 entries and only 33 grid positions. What became apparent yesterday though, was that many seemed to forget that a bump day applies to everyone in the field – including the full-time, championship contenders. That reality came to fruition, when fan-favorite and arguably one of the most well-known current Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, James Hinchcliffe, was … Continue reading Hinchcliffe bumped from field of 33

Current Status: Rain Delay at Indianapolis 500 Qualifications

Raindrops brought Indianapolis 500 qualifications to a stop after 10 cars completed their efforts. Helio Castroneves put his No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet at the top of the board, with a 4-lap average of 228.919. His teammate Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Chevrolet) and Ed Carpenter Racing driver Spencer Pigot (No. 21 Chevrolet) make up the provisional front row. Here is a look at all ten cars qualifying efforts thus far: Helio Castroneves No. 3 Chevrolet Pennzoil Team Penske 228.919 Simon Pagenaud No. 22 Chevrolet Menards Team Penske 228.304 Spencer Pigot No. 21 Chevrolet Preferred Freezer Service Ed Carpenter Racing 228.052 … Continue reading Current Status: Rain Delay at Indianapolis 500 Qualifications

Power exemplifies ‘Fast Friday’ with fastest non-tow speed of the day

Will Power showed his dominance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend, and during Fast Friday he proved that he’s out to do the same for the entire Month of May. An Indianapolis 500 win has remained elusive for the Australian native. This year will mark his 11th time contesting the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, his average finish over the past decade being P13. The best of those finishes and only podium coming in 2015 when the Aussie finished P2. He’s finished in the Top 10 in 2016 (P10), 2010 (P8), and 2009 (P5). This track can make or break … Continue reading Power exemplifies ‘Fast Friday’ with fastest non-tow speed of the day