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News from INDYCAR: 2018 INDYCAR schedule builds on consistency, adds Portland event

2018 INDYCAR schedule builds on consistency, adds Portland event • Sixteen races return from this year’s schedule, most retaining same slot • Phoenix Raceway event reverts to preferred first weekend in April • Important Pacific Northwest market re-entered with return to Portland International Raceway INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017) – Consistency and stability, plus the…

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Visor Cam from the 2018 IndyCar body kit at Road America

By Steve Wittich Team Penske (Simon Pagenaud) and Ed Carpenter Racing (Spencer Pigot) were testing with the 2018 IndyCar body kit at Road America today. IndyCar generously uploaded a visor cam from Pigot. https://youtu.be/i2mTE8fQz8g   If you compare the video to Tony Kanaan’s visor cam from this past June, you’ll notice that Pigot is pulling…

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Tony Kanaan Joins AJ Foyt Racing To Drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet

Tony Kanaan Joins AJ Foyt Racing To Drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet October 5, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, of Miami, Fla., will join AJ Foyt Racing to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series team officials announced today. The pairing of a modern legend…

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HELIO CASTRONEVES JOINS TEAM PENSKE’S IMSA LINEUP

Legendary Team Penske Driver Set for New Challenge; Will Race in 2018 Indianapolis 500 MOORESVILLE, NC (October 4, 2017) – Team Penske today announced that longtime winning INDYCAR driver Helio Castroneves will join the team’s new Acura Team Penske program that will begin racing in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Castroneves will join previously-announced drivers…

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Patrick’s Sonoma Travel, A little Racing stuff, and a LOT of THANK YOU’s!

By Patrick Stephan The TSO staff is working to get caught up, and since Steve just sent some notes from Sonoma, here come so more from me. Yes, Ganassi Racing (as sent yesterday) went down to two cars – which was pretty much expected. Earlier in the week, worst secret in racing became official as…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Steve’s travel notes and MRTI drivers at the IndyCar finale

  There were a number of current Mazda Road To Indy presented by Cooper Tire (MRTI) drivers making the rounds at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, including 2017 Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser. Kaiser was on site for a plethora of media duties – interviews with NBCSN, NBC Sports Motorsports Talk, IndyCar Radio, Motorsport.com,…

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More Sonoma Post Race Notes (but not nearly all of them – we’re slackers!)

By Patrick Stephan Race fans, here comes a piece of our Sonoma final report. I’m now abandoning any hope of sending all of the notes and thoughts in one big package. It’s mostly the thoughts part getting in the way. Ok, it’s really my real job getting in the way of compiling a stack of…

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Bourdais Finishes Ninth at Sonoma

Bourdais Finishes Ninth at Sonoma Sonoma, CA (September 17, 2017) – It wasn’t the way the Dale Coyne Racing team wanted to end the season on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, but the team still came home with a top 10 finish with Sebastien Bourdais placing ninth. Rookie Ed Jones suffered the team’s first mechanical DNF…

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First Pass at Sonoma Post Race Thoughts, Notes, Quotes!

By Patrick Stephan and Steve Wittich Note, since this race ends “late” on the West Coast, its really late on the East Coast. That creates some stress in the media center as reporters working off East Coast deadlines are now pounding away on their keyboards, but it also starts a whirlwind run for 2017 Verizon…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Rough Race Report – SPOILER!!

By Patrick Stephan The ambient temperature was 76 with the track at 101 when the green flag waved, and Josef Newgarden got off to a nice clean start, taking the lead in to Turn 1. Behind him there was a lot of battling. We saw Helio and Will Power side by side through Turn 3,…

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