Look out! Summer season plagued with airborne open-wheel crashes

In the last 46 days, there have been eight airborne crashes in upper-class open-wheel racing divisions. Fortunately, everyone involved has been able to go on to race another day. May 13, 2015 – Helio Castroneves – IndyCar Helio Castroneves became the first of our summer flyers during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 13. Castroneves lost control on his Team Penske Chevrolet...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Helio Castroneves Crashes Out of MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway

After battling for the lead at the front of the pack, Helio Castroneves would find himself out of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway early as a result of a wreck on the backstretch at lap 136. Castroneves was leading the field the lap prior, but had Graham Rahal right on his tail. Rahal would make the move to Castroneves’ outside entering turn one, with Castroneves dropping back...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Pagenaud Leads Penske Front Row Sweep

The stage is set for Team Penske to once again be a player in the outcome of Saturday’s MAVTV 500 IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California as Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves have claimed each of the front row spots in Friday qualifications. However, Chip Ganassi Racing’s quartet is not directly behind him as multiple new players are trying to get...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Simon Pagenaud takes IndyCar pole at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) Simon Pagenaud will start on the pole Saturday night in IndyCar's 500-mile race at Auto Club Speedway. Pagenaud had a two-lap average of 218.952 mph on the 2-mile oval Friday to earn his second career pole. He also topped qualifying in Houston in 2014. Helio Castroneves was right behind him, giving Team Penske both spots on the front row. Marco Andretti was...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Helio Castroneves Looks to Continue Strong Run at Fontana

Following a podium finish of third at the Honda Indy Toronto, Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves is looking to carry the positive momentum into a strong run this weekend in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. “There is nothing like going to Auto Club Speedway while sporting the Auto Club of Southern California colors on the No. 3 Chevy,” Castroneves commented. “The amount...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Off weekend allows IndyCar drivers, teams to decompress

His nephew's birthday party, a few public appearances and Father's Day constitute the remainder of Helio Castroneves' week, which is exceptionally light in the midst of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship chase and certainly welcome.From far-flung trips to Tokyo and Monaco to visit family to outings in Indiana backyards and lakes, drivers and team personnel will decompress this...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: INDYCAR News and Notes – June 16, 2015

Verizon IndyCar Series Headlines: 1. Off weekend allows drivers, teams to decompress 2. Castroneves climbing after second straight podium 3. Inside the box score – Honda Indy Toronto 1. Off weekend allows drivers, teams to decompress: His nephew’s birthday party, a few public appearances and Father’s Day constitute the remainder of Helio Castroneves’ week, which is exceptionally...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Newgarden wins Honda Indy Toronto

TORONTO (AP) Josef Newgarden took the lead on the 72nd lap and held on to capture the Honda Indy Toronto race Sunday. Newgarden, a 24-year-old native of Henderson, Tenn., completed the 85 laps around the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit first for his second IndyCar win this season. Teammate Luca Filippi was second 1.4 seconds behind, followed by Helio Castroneves...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Newgarden leads home CFH Racing 1-2 in Toronto

Josef Newgarden led his CFH Racing teammate Luca Filippi home to a 1-2 finish on the streets on Toronto on Sunday. Team Penske's Helio Castroneves rounded out the podium in third place. The race started in wet conditions but quickly dried out bringing all the cars down pit road early for dry tires. The rain did not return until the closing laps, but Newgarden was able to hold on...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Montoya fastest on Friday in Toronto

TORONTO – An afternoon rainstorm washed out Friday’s second Verizon IndyCar Series practice and, with no more rain in the forecast this weekend, the 23 cars that will compete in Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto remained parked in the paddock. That meant just one practice session on Friday and point’s leader Juan Pablo Montoya of Team Penske was the fastest at 1:00.6343 for a speed...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Castroneves’ Penalty Reduced; Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Post-Event Infractions

INDIANAPOLIS (June 3, 2015) – INDYCAR announced a reduction in the penalty assessed to Helio Castroneves of Team Penske following the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and a number of post-race infractions following the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader, which was held May 30-31 at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Castroneves was originally penalized...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

IndyCar reduces penalty against Castroneves to 3 points

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) IndyCar has reduced a penalty levied against Helio Castroneves for triggering an accident on the first lap of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last month. Castroneves was initially penalized 8 points for hitting Scott Dixon in the first corner of the May 9 race. After a review by IndyCar last weekend, the series on Wednesday reduced the penalty to 3 points. Castroneves...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

IndyCar releases post-Detroit penalties, gives Castroneves a break

INDIANAPOLIS -- IndyCar has reduced a penalty levied against Helio Castroneves for triggering an accident on the first lap of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last month. Castroneves was initially penalized eight points. After a review by IndyCar last weekend, the series on Tuesday reduced the penalty to three points. Castroneves' penalty had been for avoidable contact, and IndyCar...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Helio Castroneves Looking For 1st Win Of Season This Weekend At Texas

INDIANAPOLIS – Its been a solid 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season so far for Brazilian Helio Castroneves. He has six top 10’s in the first eight races as he’s started the season off right...
Via Race Review Online
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Teammates Ruin Eachother’s Finishes At End Of IndyCar Race At Belle Isle

BELLE ISLE, MI – It was shaping up to be a solid day for three of the best Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in the field right now Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Will Power....
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

VICS: Drivers prep for bumps; Filippi quickest in warm-up

DETROIT — Luca Filippi, who qualified 19th in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, turned the quickest lap in the 30-minute warm-up session at 1 minute, 16.7466 seconds. “It doesn’t count now, but it’s a way to say sorry to my guys to not getting the position we deserved,” Filippi said. “It’s...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

VICS: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Fast Facts

Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Park, a 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise) Race distance: 70 laps / 164.5 miles (Both races) Entry List:  Chevrolet Dual in Detroit (PDF) Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 15 seconds each (Both races) Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate (Weekend) Twitter: @DetroitGP @IndyCar, #DetroitGP, #IndyCar...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Helio Castroneves leads Indy 500 on lap 100

Target Chip Ganassi and Team Penske wage fierce battle at the top of the Indianapolis 500 leader board.
Via The Plain Dealer
May 24, 2015

Helio Castroneves's team wins Indy 500 pit stop contest

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the big reasons why Helio Castroneves is so fast in the Indianapolis 500 is because his Team Penske crew is so fast on pit road. They proved it in Friday’s TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge by winning it for a record seventh time. Castroneves’ crew defeated Charlie Kimball and his Chip Ganassi Racing Teams crew in the finals by just 0.456 seconds. Kimball...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rugged month has Castroneves eager to chase 4th Indy win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The specks of gray in Helio Castroneves' jet black hair tell one part of his legacy. While the Brazilian admittedly is on the back end of his career now, there's one way he feels forever young: Scaling the fence and sipping the milk in victory lane at Indianapolis. That part never gets old. ''This track is like a part of history. People have been coming to this...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Are Stars Aligning For Helio Castroneves To Win Record-Tying 4th Indianapolis 500 This Year?

INDIANAPOLIS – This year, Helio Castroneves is hoping he can finally return to victory lane on the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Brazilian, won the Indianapolis 500 in his first two...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

VICS: Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Postponed by Rain

INDIANAPOLIS (May 16, 2015) – Persistent afternoon rain canceled the remainder of scheduled track activity on the first day of qualifications for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, so the process begins anew May 17. A revised schedule for Old National Armed Forces Pole Day calls for the 34 entries to make one four-lap qualifying attempt each on the 2.5-mile oval...
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May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Helio Castroeves Quickest In Final Practice Before Indy 500 Qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS – Its been years since we’ve seen the speeds that we saw this morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves turned the fastest lap of the Month in the rain...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Verizon Drops Green Flag on HopeLine Drive at IMS

Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves make the first donations to the Verizon  HopeLine drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The month of May is all about racing in Indianapolis. The cars are on the track every day now. Positioning is key. Battles will be won and lost. And at the end of the day, no driver makes it to victory lane alone. With...
Via The Blue Mare
May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Castroneves, Newgarden airborne crashes spark safety concerns at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS -- Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay pondered the following question: How important is the pursuit of speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway compared to putting on a good race and more importantly, a safe race? Hunter-Reay was left to answer that question after a second Chevrolet IndyCar flipped and went airborne from a crash in practice at the Indianapolis...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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