Tag: IndyCar

Newgarden earns first IndyCar Championship, plans to appreciate the moment

For the first time since 2012, the stars and stripes draped over the shoulders of the new Verizon IndyCar Series Champion. Josef Newgarden capped off his first season at Team Penske with a series title and a field-leading 4 wins to his name. He also celebrated with his engine manufacturer, Chevrolet, as they earned their

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Reigning champ Pagenaud leads Saturday practice, looks to repeat Sonoma success

Saturday’s morning practice at Sonoma Raceway yielded predictable results with all 5 championship contenders leading the pack, reigning Verizon Series IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud topping the laps with a clocked time faster than his own track record set in 2016. Pagenaud went on to win that race, clinching his first series titie. Today’s 1:16.0329 lap

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Newgarden sweeps Friday practice sessions

The points leader is making sure he stays at the top of all the boards – including the practice sessions for the Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Josef Newgarden’s best lap speed in the afternoon (1:16.2485) bested the official track record, set last year by Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud during

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Pagenaud will show ‘No mercy’ in attempt to earn second IndyCar championship

Sonoma Raceway will always hold a special place in the history of Simon Pagenaud and his race career. It’s the track that allowed him to clinch his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship and achieve one of his life goals.   This year however, he arrives at the track in a different position. While still in

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Dixon racing to make history in 2017 with fifth IndyCar title

Scott Dixon has had a lot of changes to deal with this year. Engine manufacturer change, loss of his long-time primary sponsor, and a film crew following the normally private New Zealander. He has taken comfort in the familiarity of ranking near the top of the championship points race though, having won the ultimate prize

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Passion and versatility: The inspiring nature of Castroneves

  Helio Castroneves started his Indy car racing career in CART back in 1998. I was just getting my driver’s license that year, mastering the art of parallel parking between cones while Castroneves was embarking on a 20-year open-wheel journey. If you told me that two decades later I’d be sitting in the media center

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Points leader Newgarden credits transparency within Team Penske for his 2017 success

  Yesterday, while overlooking Sonoma Raceway at the Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma, California, the IndyCar championship points leader looked back on the season. On the cusp of the biggest race of his season and arguably his career, Newgarden is taking it all in stride, explaining that he looks at every race the same and

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Penske Domination at Gateway Likely to Continue on Raceday

2017 marks the 20-year anniversary since the first Indy car race at Gateway Motorsports Park. That event was held in May of 1997 and it was won by Team Penske, with Paul Tracy behind the wheel. Tracy is still involved in the event today, but as a commentator instead of an competitor. Today’s event will

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Team Penske Paces Practice for IndyCar’s Return to Gateway

Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves took positions 1 through 4 in that order this afternoon. In line with the general consensus, this Penske-strong predictability will likely continue into the qualifying session at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight. Power is looking for his 6th Verizon P1 Award of 2017 and is the most

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Full Throttle Rundown: Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline at Gateway Motorsports Park

It’s no secret that the Verizon IndyCar Series is ending a long-time absence from the St. Louis, Missouri area this weekend. A lot has changed since 2003 – our country is in a different place, the series is one and ‘the split’ is over, the cars are incredibly different… but one thing that hasn’t changed

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