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Monday, May 18, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 – practice update – James Hinchcliffe has hard hit

The No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Honda of James Hinchcliffe became the fifth driver in the past week to suffer a hard crash.  This time it’s in Turn 3.  He’s still being attended to by the Holmatro Safety Team. It appeared the something broke on the car and he made hard contact with the right side...

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Mazda Road To Indy – Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire testing for the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

After taking the weekend off the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire series hits the 2.5 oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for six hours of testing today. Indy Lights ROP took place at Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, May 15th. Eight rookies and one veteran took part in the day long test. Belardi Auto Racing […]

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Monday May 18th, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – Good morning!

Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where it is the day after an interesting qualifying session.  Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers will have a 3.5 hour practice session to tune their race cars for the 99th “Greatest Spectacle In Racing”.  Also joining IndyCar on track will be the Indy Lights presented by Cooper...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 8:15pm – Close

Sorry for the delayed close today.  I (Steve) was chasing a few stories. ————— Some interesting thoughts from Tony Kanaan regarding the Chevrolet aero kits in this RACER.com article by Marshall Pruett and Robin Miller. (http://www.racer.com/indycar/item/116762-indy-500-it-was-a-hard-hit-but-i-m-fine-newgarden-says-116762) “TK” is the first driver to comment on the two airborne incidents.    This especially caught my attention. “Obviously we...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – All about the Newgarden incident.

Just after “Happy Hour” began on Thursday May 14, 2015 the No. 21 Centruy 21 Chevrolet of Josef Newgarden went for a wild ride in Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The video of the incident: The good news is that as bad as that looked, Newgarden got out of the car under his...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 7:00pm – practice notes and top speeds of the day

The cloud cover became pervasive around 4:30pm and the track activity immediately picked up with a group of eight cars headed on track to run race simulations together. At 4:45pm a large group of cars that included Ed Carpenter, Alex Tagliani, Sage Karam, Carlos Munoz, Sebastien Bourdais and Justin Wilson were slicing and dicing down...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 6:02pm – new development in centerline wicker scandal and Josef Newgarden condition (good news)

We’ve got a new development in the Chevrolet centerline wicker saga. A Honda official has told TSO that just before the Newgarden accident they were told by INDYCAR that the centerline wicker was mandatory ON for Honda powered cars and mandatory OFF for Chevrolet powered cars. That contradicts the statement that INDYCAR sent TSO earlier...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 5:21pm -Josef Newgarden has vicious crash

Josef Newgarden has suffered a vicious crash in Turn 1 and come to a stop in Turn 2.  The car is on it’s side.  Newgarden is out of the car and standing with the safety crew. We just saw replay and the No. 21 broke loose in the middle of Turn 1 and made impact...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 4:15pm – practice update and Chevrolet statement

We now have a statement from Jim Campell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports regarding the centerline wickers  “After discussions with the Series, we have decided to remove the centerline wicker on all of our cars.” ————— At 3:30pm Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet went out for...

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Thursday May 14, 2015 – Indianapolis 500 practice – 2:30pm – INDYCAR statement re: centerline spline/wicker

Verizon IndyCar Series officials have made the centerline wicker an optional component for both manufacturers. Back with more from practice in a little bit....

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