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VICS: Retired NYPD Officer Takes on Pit Crew Challenge for Team CK

With 3000 arrests and more than 200 medals and awards in his career, Walter Wasilewski may be New York’s real life Batman. The retired New York City Police Officer is set for a new challenge, though, as the 52-year-old was the named the third member to join the CK Crew of Veterans and First Responders with PIRTEK Team Murray.  “It’s a great feeling to be part of something...
Via On Pit Road
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 78th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 78th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 29, 1994 WINNER: Al Unser Jr. AVERAGE SPEED: 160.872 mph WHAT HAPPENED: Unser won from the pole to claim his second Indy 500 victory. Roger Penske's three entries showed up in a secretly built Mercedes-Benz pushrod engine capable of nearly 1,000 horsepower. It had reliability issues, but the Penske contingent of Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi and...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 71st running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 71st Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 24, 1987 WINNER: Al Unser Sr. AVERAGE SPEED: 162.175 mph WHAT HAPPENED: In one of the biggest upsets in Indy 500 history, Unser won his record-tying fourth 500 despite starting the month of May with no sponsorship and on the sidelines for the first week of practice. But Roger Penske hired him to replace Danny Ongais, who suffered a concussion...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 69th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 69th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 26, 1985 WINNER: Danny Sullivan AVERAGE SPEED: 152.982 mph WHAT HAPPENED: It was known as the ''Spin and Win'' race because as Sullivan passed Mario Andretti for the lead on lap 120, he lost control of his car and did a 360-degree spin in front of Andretti. Sullivan somehow avoided hitting the wall, and Andretti was able to slip past him to...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 68th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 68th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 27, 1984 WINNER: Rick Mears AVERAGE SPEED: 163.612 mph WHAT HAPPENED: Mears won his second Indy 500 with ease as contenders Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti dropped out of the race in the second half. That left Mears alone two laps ahead of the field and able to cruise to the victory. Three months after the race, Mears suffered severe leg injuries...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 66th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 30, 1982 WINNER: Gordon Johncock AVERAGE SPEED: 162.029 mph WHAT HAPPENED: Johncock beat Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, the closest finish in Indy 500 history to that point. The two dueled for the final 40 laps, too, making it one of the best races in history. NOTABLE: Gordon Smiley was killed when he crashed during qualifying and his body...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 65th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 65th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 24, 1981 WINNER: Bobby Unser AVERAGE SPEED: 139.084 mph WHAT HAPPENED: One of the most controversial Indy 500 races in history after Unser beat Mario Andretti to the checkered flag. USAC officials later ruled Unser had illegally passed cars while exiting the pit area during a caution. When the official results were posted the next day, Unser...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Mario Andretti reportedly stands with Ecclestone on women race drivers

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has stirred up controversy in the racing world again.But this time, he has support from an F1 legend.The 85-year-old Briton is the chief executive of the Formula One Group, and has had a lot of say in the direction in which the sport has headed over its last 40 years.However, it seems that Ecclestone has been stirring up more and more controversy these...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Indy Legends Receive Honors

IndyCar is preparing for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 little by little each and every single day. On April 13, 2016, IndyCar awarded some of the sports greatest Legend awards in Long Beach. The #IndyCarLegends presentation was held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and was loaded with racing, remembering rivalries, and loads of memories. The special...
Via On Pit Road
20 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Preview

While the streets of Long Beach, California may not feature the prestige of a street racing layout such as the Monaco Grand Prix for the Formula One World Championship, the Toyota Grand Prix remains one of the classic, nostalgic events in the Verizon IndyCar Series, dating back to 1978, when it was indeed a part of Formula One. All of the legends of American open wheel racing have...
Via On Pit Road
21 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: Marco Andretti Looking To Bounce Back From Rough Start at Long Beach

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has been a track that has been good and bad for Marco Andretti, driver of the No.27 United Fiber & Data/Snapple Honda for Andretti Autosports. He has raced in the event six times previously, and when he takes the green flag on Sunday afternoon, it will be his seventh. Andretti’s first race at Long Beach was in 2009, where he finished...
Via On Pit Road
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 53rd Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 30, 1969 WINNER: Mario Andretti AVERAGE SPEED: 156.867 mph WHAT HAPPENED: Andretti led the final 194 laps to earn the only Indianapolis 500 for the Andretti family, a drought known today as ''The Andretti Curse.'' NOTABLE: Al Unser Sr. crashed his motorcycle in the infield the night before qualifications. He missed the race with a broken leg.
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 51st running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 51st Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 30-31, 1967 WINNER: A.J. Foyt AVERAGE SPEED: 151.207 mph WHAT HAPPENED: It took two days to run the race after rain halted it 18 laps into its start on a Tuesday. The race resumed on Wednesday, with Foyt winning for the third time after Parnelli Jones, driving for Andy Granatelli, led 171 laps before a $6 ball bearing led to a broken transmission...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from the 49th running of the Indianapolis 500

RACE: 49th Indianapolis 500 DATE: May 31, 1965 WINNER: Jim Clark AVERAGE SPEED: 150.686 mph WHAT HAPPENED: British driver Jim Clark started from the front row and led the most laps (190) since Bill Vukovich led 195 in 1953. Clark became the first driver to win the Indy 500 and Formula One World Championship in the same year. Mario Andretti, the 1969 winner, made his debut in...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Newcomer Gene Haas has modest ambitions for F1 season ahead

PARIS (AP) Formula One newcomer Gene Haas has modest expectations for his fledgling team this season: he wants drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez to stay on the track and take it from there. Haas is chairman of the first American-led Formula One team since Carl Haas (no relation) and Teddy Mayer fielded cars in the series in 1986. He has a solid-looking, if somewhat...
Via AP on Fox
March 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Dixon goes into IndyCar season as 1 of all-time greats

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Scott Dixon is fifth on IndyCar's wins list, with the likes of Foyt, Andretti and Unser the only drivers ahead of him. A mediocre season by Dixon's standards should move him to at least fourth, probably third. Then the greatest open-wheel driver of this generation - Dixon has 38 career wins in 15 seasons - can set his sights on second place and Mario Andretti...
Via AP on Fox
March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Picture reveals Ray Evernham's infant daughter already loves race cars

Apples still don't fall far from the tree.Cate Evernham, born July 25 of last year to Ray and Erin Evernham, seems to already have her parents' need for speed.Well, at least their interest in race cars.Cate, whose father is a three-time Sprint Cup champion crew chief and whose mother is a former Camping World Truck and XFINITY series driver, was seen sitting inside a race car on...
Via Fox Sports
March 04, 2016  |  Discuss

VICS: Team Penske sets record pace at first day of Phoenix promoter test

AVONDALE, Ariz. – The Test in the West is already bringing out the best in Team Penske. Record best. Helio Castroneves led four Team Penske drivers in the top six after the first session of the Phoenix International Raceway promoter test Feb. 26, with a lap time that unofficially eclipsed the track record on the 1.022-mile short oval. Indy car great Arie Luyendyk, a two-time Indianapolis...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

VICS: ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DEBUTS 2016 INDYCAR LIVERIES

UNIFIED LIVERY ELEMENTS GIVE NOD TO HISTORY OF ANDRETTI LINEAGE INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 25, 2016) – The Andretti Autosport IndyCar team Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Muñoz and Alexander Rossi head to Phoenix International Raceway this week as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series official pre-season open test and Phoenix “Prix View” event. While not the first outing of...
Via On Pit Road
February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

LEMANS: NASCAR Stars Who Have Tried Out The 24 Hours of Le Mans

The recent news of Jeff Gordon’s interest in trying his hand in the 24 Hours of Le Mans either this summer or in the future, is not a new wave of interest among those in the world of NASCAR stock car racing. Drivers with ties to the sport have long been enamored with the annual twice around the clock sports car challenge in France and some have tasted success in terms of results...
Via On Pit Road
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Gene Haas brings his NASCAR recipe to Formula One

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Gene Haas is entering Formula One carrying the same recipe that led him to success in NASCAR, confident it will be good enough to help him thrive in a sport where few Americans have prospered. The team owner is seeing his F1 endeavor come to life this week in preseason testing in Barcelona. It is the first time in three decades that cars from an American...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Mario Andretti hopes 21-race F1 schedule will happen

Formula One legend Mario Andretti has his fingers crossed that the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas goes ahead as planned.The October race has been given only provisional status on the 2016 calendar, amid a funding dispute between race organizers and the Texan government."After all the investment to make this very attractive facility, we need this grand prix," 1978 world...
Via Fox Sports
February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

VICS: Marco Andretti Talks Carrying Andretti Name, Indianapolis 500 and More

When Marco Andretti was old enough to realize he was an Andretti, he also noticed that people also started to treat him differently. Notably, being the son of Michael Andretti and the grandson of Mario Andretti, there are some big shoes to fill in the motorsports world. Though beyond that, the Andretti name is familiar around the world, with people who don’t even follow IndyCar...
Via On Pit Road
February 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Press release: FS1 goes five-wide with Daytona coverage specials

FS1 will wrap its first evening of Daytona coverage with a special programming block on Friday, Feb. 12, opening day at Daytona Speedweeks, offering race fans a trio of NASCAR specials, capped one week later by the third installment of the groundbreaking, crowd-sourced documentary 100,000 CAMERAS: DAYTONA 500 (to be aired Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET).Following FS1's live coverage...
Via Fox Sports
January 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Mario Andretti, Lewis Hamilton take in NASCAR season finale at Homestead

If there was any doubt the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a big deal, two of racing's biggest names took time to visit the South Florida track for the day's action. Racing legend Mario Andretti and three-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton spent the day taking in the Ford EcoBoost 400, hanging out with the championship contenders and...
Via Fox Sports
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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