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Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – Saturday – pre-qual notes with plenty of stats

By Steve Wittich It sure doesn’t feel like this is the fourth season that the NTT INDYCAR® SERIES returned to World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway, but here we are. The pair of Bommarito Automotive Group 500 200-laps will be the 11th, and 12th Indy car races held on the 1.25-mile, four turn egg-shaped oval....

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Bommarito Automotive Group 500 – practice notes – O’Ward and Daly lead the way – newcomers quick

The lone 90-minute practice session for the pair of Bommarito Automotive Group 500 races got underway at 3:30 pm (CT), with the first half-hour reserved for the drivers who were making their first appearance at World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway. The skies were sunny, the ambient temperature was 86F, and the track temperature was...

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Honda Unveils 2020 Civic Type R Pace Car

Honda Unveils 2020 Civic Type R Pace Car Type R will pace NTT INDYCAR SERIES field to the green flag this weekend Latest in a series of Honda INDYCAR Pace Cars Civic Type R improvements for 2020 include ride, handling and cooling TORRANCE, CA (August 27, 2020) – Honda today unveiled the new 2020 Honda […]

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Steve’s final Indianapolis 500 thoughts

By Steve Wittich Talk about saving the worst for last, you’ve read Patrick and Butch’s thoughts on the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and now you get mine a palette cleanser before we get into coverage of the doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway At Gateway. My day at IMS For the seventh time...

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Teammate Sato wins Indy 500; Pigot okay after crash

The Indy 500 debut for Citrone/Buhl Autosport had just about everything. In what was certainly a unique scene over the past two weeks with no fans in attendance, the show went on and The Greatest Spectacle in Racing delivered that same level of excitement and competition fans have become accustomed to over the decades at […]

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Steve’s driver-by-driver preview of the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge

Qualifying Position: 1Car Number: 98Car Name: US/Concrete Curb HondaDriver: Marco AndrettiTeam: Andretti Herta with Marco Andretti & Curb-AgajanianStrategist: Bryan HertaEngineer: Garrett MotherseadCrew Chief: Tony HoukIndianapolis 500 start #: 15thAverage Indianapolis 500 finish: 11.9Best Indianapolis 500 finish: second Notes: Twenty-one previous winners have started from the pole – the last was Simon Pagenaud in 2019, and...

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Indianapolis 500 – Sunday – busy final practice – Dixon crashes – Andretti still quick

Sunday afternoon practice, the last time the drivers and teams get a chance to work on their race set-ups, until Carb Day, got underway at 3:30 pm and ran until 6 pm. Earlier today, we had a chance to ask Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, and Zach Veach how important this practice is. They all agreed...

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SPOILER – Indianapolis 500 – 2020 – Sunday – Fast Nine Shootout – rough notes – Andretti drives loose car to his first Indianapolis 500 pole – SPOILER

At 1:15pm, the green flag for qualifying came out at 1:15pm, and Takuma Sato was the first car on track. The ambient temperature was 80F with the humidity at a fairly sticky 61%. The track temperature was 114F.  Takuma Sato – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – No. 30 Panasonic/People Ready Honda Warm-Up: 214.150 Lap 1:...

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Indianapolis 500 – 2020 – Fast Nine Shootout – only Sato and Rahal practice – Rahal has inconsistent car

By Steve Wittich When the half-hour Fast Nine Shootout began at 11 am, the No. 15 United Autosport Honda of Graham Rahal, the No. 29 Genesys Honda of James Hinchcliffe, and No. 30 Panasonic/People Ready Honda of Takuma Sato. The 2017 Indianapolis 500 champion did a four-lap qualification simulation with a quick lap of 230.938mph...

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Indianapolis 500 – 2020 – Some more Saturday qualifying notes

By Steve Wittich First, thanks for following along with my qualifying drivel today. Today’s coverage was a blend of the past and some COVID-19 necessities, but one thing didn’t change. I was kept busy. Typically (nothing is usual these days), I would have customarily split my time between pit road and the media center. Today,...

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