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

Andretti has blinders on, focused solely on a ‘500’ victory

Getting a clear understanding of the 2018 universal aerokits has been a challenge for the field, particularly with the superspeedway configuration. The one thing that seems to be apparent after two days of practice on the 2.5-mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway though, is that the maneuverability and flat out speed of these cars in traffic vs. clean air is very different and it’s creating a heck of a puzzle for the crews and drivers to solve. Marco Andretti ran the fastest out there today – his lap of 227.053 was with a tow and nearly 2 mph faster than … Continue reading Andretti has blinders on, focused solely on a ‘500’ victory

Surprising qualification stints yield familiar results at IndyCar Grand Prix

You’ve seen the billboards if you live in the area: “This is Opening Weekend. This is May.” Or, if like me, you are just in town for the annual month-long pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Speed, you smiled when you saw it on your way to the track this weekend. I know I did yesterday morning, driving down 16th St. It’s finally here. The Month of May is upon us. For the fifth year in a row, the Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off the month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the IndyCar Grand Prix. The 2.439 mile permanent road … Continue reading Surprising qualification stints yield familiar results at IndyCar Grand Prix