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Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi Swap Rides for Andretti in 2018

By Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi are set to switch numbers and operations ahead of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Andretti Autosport announced on Thursday that Andretti, 30, will move over to the Bryan Herta Autosport-affiliated No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda in 2018, continuing the a partnership between the two organizations...
Via Motorsports Tribune
December 07, 2017

IndyCar’s new aero kits get 1st laps on 1 ½-mile oval

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar’s new sleek cars with universal aero kits got their first laps on a 1 1/2-mile oval when Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe tested at Texas Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe said he and Dixon were both impressed “out of the box” with the aero kits during testing Monday. The daylong session included the duo driving side-by-side to simulate race conditions...
Via MyNorthwest.com
October 23, 2017

INDYCAR Roundtable: The 2017 Post Season, Vol. 1

The Verizon IndyCar Season wrapped up roughly a month ago, with a fresh face now it’s champion in Josef Newgarden. The group discusses  his potential, the 2018 schedule, favorite Helio Castroneves memories and more. Josef Newgarden is the youngest Verizon IndyCar Series champion at 26-years-old since a 23-year-old Scott Dixon won the first of his four titles in 2003. The two share...
Via Motorsports Tribune
October 20, 2017

Andretti Autosport Confirms Stefan Wilson for Indy 500 Entry

Stefan Wilson is set to return to the iconic field of 33 in May as the British-native will take the wheel of the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives Andretti Honda for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. As the fifth entry for Andretti Autosport, Wilson will join teammates Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach. “I’m very excited to be officially joining...
Via Motorsports Tribune
October 04, 2017

Penkse Confirms Helio Castroneves Set to Join IMSA Program

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Team Penske confirmed today that three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will switch from racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series full time in 2018 to the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship, piloting one of the teams’ two Acura ARX-05 DPi prototypes. Castroneves is the third driver to be announced for the...
Via Motorsports Tribune
October 04, 2017

Stefan Wilson to drive for Andretti Autosport in Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stefan Wilson will get a seat in next year’s Indianapolis 500 as promised. Wilson will drive the No. 25 Honda in next May’s race as the fifth entry for Andretti Autosport. He had a seat lined up for last year’s race, but gave it up when Andretti could bring in Formula One star Fernando Alonso for the 500. Wilson will join teammates Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti...
Via MyNorthwest.com
October 03, 2017

Castroneves to move to Team Penske sports car program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will move to Team Penske’s sports car program next season, bringing his 20-year full-time IndyCar career to an end. Castroneves will still drive for Penske at the Indianapolis 500. But, he’ll join Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and a driver yet to be identified in the two-car Acura Team Penske program that...
Via MyNorthwest.com
October 03, 2017

Scott Dixon, Jimmie Johnson texting their way to history

The IndyCar and NASCAR champions and friends rib, cheer each other on in title quests.                
Via Indiana State - Official Site
September 16, 2017

Dixon within striking distance of 5th IndyCar championship

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The IndyCar season title was by no stretch a lock for Josef Newgarden. But when he hit the exit wall to pit road at Watkins Glen, it blew the championship race wide open and put Newgarden in the worst possible position. He’s now got Scott Dixon lurking right behind him. Dixon, the four-time series champion who has been in this position before. He came to the...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 15, 2017

Veach to Pilot Fourth Andretti Autosport Entry in 2018

The silly season dominoes continued to fall in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock when Andretti Autosport announced on Wednesday that Zach Veach will drive the No. 26 Honda, its fourth entry, in 2018. The 22-year-old made his IndyCar series debut earlier this year when he filled in for the then injured J.R. Hildebrand at Barber Motorsports Park, and then also made his Indianapolis...
Via On Pit Road
September 14, 2017

Spencer Pigot to Drive Full Time for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2018

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Spencer Pigot has been confirmed by Ed Carpenter Racing as the driver of the team’s No. 21 Chevrolet for the entire 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, replacing JR Hildebrand. Pigot had competed in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet for the team on road and street courses while the eponymous team owner raced...
Via Motorsports Tribune
September 13, 2017

Zach Veach to drive IndyCar fulltime for Andretti in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Zach Veach will drive fulltime for Andretti Autosport next season as part of an all-American lineup for the team. Veach will drive the No. 26 Honda as the fourth entry for Andretti. Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 in that car this season. Veach will join Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti on the team. Veach has raced in every step of the...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 13, 2017

IndyCar: Pigot to drive fulltime for Carpenter next season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Spencer Pigot will move fulltime to the IndyCar Series next season for Ed Carpenter Racing. Pigot has spent the last two seasons as the road and street course driver for ECR. Next season, he’ll get the full schedule and take over the No. 21 Chevrolet currently driven by J.R. Hildebrand. All but four of Pigot’s 21 IndyCar starts have been with ECR. He’s the 2015...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 13, 2017

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17 Track: Sonoma Raceway, a 2.385-mile permanent road course in Sonoma, California Entry list: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (PDF) Race distance: 85 laps / 202.7 miles Push-to-pass parameters: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation. Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams...
Via On Pit Road
September 13, 2017

Ryan Hunter-Reay Lands on Podium at WGI

Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport, finished the Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway in the third position on Sunday. The run allowed him to finish on the podium for the third time of 2017. He ended up on the podium with teammate Alexander Rossi as well as Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, giving Honda the top-three finishes...
Via On Pit Road
September 07, 2017

Zachary Claman DeMelo Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan For Sonoma

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing today announced that Indy Lights driver Zachary Claman DeMelo will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on September 17th. In anticipation of a multi-car effort for next season, RLLR will have Claman De Melo pilot the No. 16 Honda sponsored by Paysafe as a teammate...
Via Motorsports Tribune
September 07, 2017

Race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. is ABC’s new ‘Bachelor’

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC has announced race car driver Arie Luyendyk (LY-en-dyk) Jr. as its next “Bachelor.” Luyendyk was revealed as the leading man for the reality competition on “Good Morning America” on Thursday. He says he’s going into the experience with “an open mind, open heart.” The 35-year-old says his experience making quick decisions on the race track will help him on the...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 07, 2017

Dixon Finishes Second at WGI, Gains Ground in Championship

Capitalizing on championship rival Josef Newgarden’s issues, Scott Dixon crossed the start/finish line of the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen International in the runner-up spot, putting him in good position for the title fight at Sonoma Raceway. Coming into the race weekend, Dixon was 33 points out of first behind points leader Newgarden. During the race, Dixon played...
Via On Pit Road
September 05, 2017

Rossi Wins Pole, Second Career Race at Watkins Glen

Alexander Rossi, driver of the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda, with Andretti Autosport, came into the race weekend at Watkins Glen International with good momentum. Earlier in the week, Andretti had just signed a new deal with Honda engines for the 2018 season. Then a few days later, Rossi signed a two-year deal with the team and sponsor NAPA as the main sponsor. The weekend started...
Via On Pit Road
September 04, 2017

Rossi wins IndyCar race at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, N.Y. • Pole-sitter Alexander Rossi won the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen on Sunday, holding off Scott Dixon over the closing laps at Watkins Glen International. The race for the IndyCar title tightened significantly with one race left in the season. Rossi, who won last year’s Indianapolis 500 and just inked a contract extension with Andretti Autosport, notched his...
Via Jazz Notes
September 04, 2017

Rossi wins IndyCar race at Watkins Glen; Newgarden falters

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Pole-sitter Alexander Rossi won the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen on Sunday, holding off Scott Dixon over the closing laps at Watkins Glen International. The race for the IndyCar title tightened significantly with one race left in the season. Rossi, who won last year’s Indianapolis 500 and just inked a contract extension with Andretti Autosport, notched...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 03, 2017

Rahal Slips to 10th in Watkins Glen Qualifying

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — After setting the third fastest time in Friday’s two practice sessions and the seventh fastest time in Saturday’s third practice session, Graham Rahal was only able to qualify his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda tenth fastest ahead of Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen...
Via Motorsports Tribune
September 02, 2017

Rahal Slips to Tenth in Watkins Glen Qualifying

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — After setting the third fastest time in Friday’s two practice sessions and the seventh fastest time in Saturday’s third practice session, Graham Rahal was only able to qualify his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda tenth fastest ahead of Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen...
Via Motorsports Tribune
September 02, 2017

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — After setting the third fastest time in Friday’s two practice sessions and the seventh fastest time in Saturday’s third practice session, Graham Rahal was only able to qualify his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda tenth fastest ahead of Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen...
Via Motorsports Tribune
September 02, 2017

Penske’s Newgarden guarded about his IndyCar points lead

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Scott Dixon topped the second IndyCar practice at Watkins Glen International on Friday as he chases his fifth series title. Dixon has won a series-high four times in seven starts at The Glen and trails points leader Josef Newgarden by 31 points with two races left in the season. Newgarden, in his first season with Penske Racing, says he’s not exactly feeling...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 01, 2017
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