The Verizon IndyCar Series’ James Hinchcliffe might have just pulled off one of the best comebacks in racing. In 2015, Hinchcliffe almost died in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash when a suspension piece went through his leg. This year, he’ll start the Indy 500 on pole position for its landmark 100th running.
One of this year’s rookies is more familiar with the Indianapolis 500 than most: Stefan Wilson. Stefan’s brother Justin died last year following a head injury sustained at Pocono, but Justin’s legacy lives on in an unlikely way— his notes. Stefan used Justin’s notes to help him through his first IndyCar drive since…
IndyCar may need to take a good, long look at its shrinking grid this year. If not even the 100th running of its most famous race can buck the trend of teams scaling back, there may be an issue. Case in point, the all-female Grace Autosport effort, who wasn’t on the entry list because they couldn’t get a car.
The Indianapolis 500 entry list is out as practice starts today for the race’s 100th running. Driver Townsend Bell is practicing today, wearing a page of Indy history on his back. He’ll be joined by 32 other cars for the race, including six rookies and six previous Indy 500 winners. Justin Wilson’s brother Stefan is…
When your team sticks around for 50 years, I suppose you should get Tom Brokaw to narrate a video of all your successes. Team Penske showed over 12 minutes of wonderful old footage of everything from the Indianapolis 500 to V8 Supercars at their fiftieth anniversary celebration, and it does not disappoint.
There’s something surreal about the onboards from cars that travel over 220 mph lap after lap around an oval. Indianapolis Motor Speedway looks huge in all other respects, yet the onboards make it almost feel like you’re in your cousin’s Camaro, doin’ donuts on the lawn. Everything feels much, much smaller.
The Indianapolis 500 went somewhat predictably for most of the race. The faster Chevrolets of Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing kept the top five spots for most of the day, edging out the Honda cars on speed. The big surprise was Juan Pablo Montoya coming back from 30th place to take the win.
All three Dale Coyne Racing cars were involved in an incident on pit lane, where the rush to get out of pit lane ended badly for two crew members working on Tristan Vautier’s car.
It’s one thing to start the Indianapolis 500 with a crash near the back of the field. It’s another thing to have another crash under yellow further delay green laps of racing. Oops. So, effectively, the race really got to start from a single-file yellow-flag conga line, not so much from the original three-wide start.
What’s up with the last row of the Indianapolis 500’s starting grid, and why isn’t it the Hawksworth/Coletti/Clauson trio who actually qualified last? Well, it’s IndyCar’s reminder that driver changes are for Le Mans, not the 500. Here’s who swapped seats with who, and why.
Three incidents with three different Chevrolet IndyCars forced the series to put a stop to teams removing or swapping aerodynamic pieces to get a good, low-drag package for qualifying. They mandated that teams qualify in full-race trim and lowered the boost cars can run to slow down the cars in qualifying.
I’m not sure what’s actually worse for you: the traditional ice-cream-based parfait covered in whipped cream and sprinkles, or this delicious looking mac and cheese creation from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Grace Autosport hopes to break new ground for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next year: they’re the first all-female team. Not only is Katherine Legge driving the car itself, but the entire team behind her will be female as well. No one team in professional motorsport has ever done anything like this before.
Simona de Silvestro’s cars have an unfortunate history of catching fire at the Indianapolis 500, it seems. Today’s practice session fire was her third fire in five visits to the famous race. Fortunately, she was able to hop out of the car before flames caught up to her seat inside.
If you thought Honda’s usual aero kit for IndyCar this year was too complicated, busy and silly, perhaps you’ll like the more classic look of their superspeedway version. Honda optimized their aerodynamics for big oval races like the Indianapolis 500, foregoing a few wings for straight =-line speed.
If you've been following along in our worldwide game of "Where's Simona?," one of the most talented women in racing has been sadly semi-seatless for a while. Her deal to be a test driver for Sauber fell through when the funding package went kaput. She got a seat for the IndyCar St. Petersburg Grand Prix, but it was a…
ESPN on ABC's coverage of the thrilling final laps of yesterday's Indy 500 left many viewers upset, as Bristol's repeated coverage of the race leaders' significant others battled that of the actual racing. Here's a comparison of what ESPN aired versus video from the international feed.
Okay, so the incredibly exciting finish of the Indy 500 was helped a bit by the fact that there was a red flag with less than ten laps to go, but I don't think that made it any less crazy. Do you really think you could hold onto the lead with Helio Castroneves breathing down your neck like this?
After a relatively incident-free running of the 98th Indianapolis 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay is your 2014 race winner. Congrats Ryan!