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2020 Indianapolis 500 Wednesday Practice Update #3 – Dixon leads the all-veteran opening practice

By Steve Wittich The green flag (after an eight-minute yellow for Marco Andretti’s tow-in) came back out with 49-minutes remaining in the session. Conor Daly, in the bright orange United States Air Force sponsored No. 47 Chevrolet honoring Captain Chuck Yeager’s record-breaking Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis jet, spent quite a bit of time early in…

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2020 Indianapolis 500 Wednesday Update #2 – Hinchcliffe quickest in first hour of practice

By Steve Wittich The green flag for the first 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge practice session got the green flag to start the “Month Of August.” At 11 am, when practice got underway, the ambient temperature was 78F, and the track temperature was 93F. All 33 entries were allowed to complete an installation lap,…

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2020 Indianapolis 500 – Wednesday Update #1 – Welcome to our coverage

Good morning from the fourth floor of the DEX Imaging Media Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I (Steve) am fortunate to be granted access to cover the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing” on-site at the most fabulous place in the world. Patrick will also be chiming in from Colorado over the next two weeks in…

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Some more Indianapolis 500 info. Some facts – some opinion

Between a rock and a hard place, Catch-22, on the horns of a dilemma, between the devil and the deep blue sea, in a no-win situation, are all apt idioms to describe the conundrum that Roger Penske faced in regards to his options for 2020 Indianapolis 500. With case numbers and more importantly to the…

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Update from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020) – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway today issued the following statement: “It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership. “As dedicated…

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INDYCAR expected to postpone the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio doubleheader

By Steve Wittich TSO has heard from numerous reliable sources over the last 15-minutes that the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, will be postponed. The announcement should be coming soon, and the event will be moved to October….

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INDYCAR Announces 2020 Series Schedule Update

14-Race Calendar Highlighted by Additional Doubleheaders INDIANAPOLIS (July 27, 2020) – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES released an updated 2020 race calendar today featuring several modifications. Three events already scheduled on the series calendar will now become doubleheader weekends, including INDYCAR’s upcoming race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Prior to the originally scheduled Honda Indy…

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Indy 500 Releases Updated Estimate of Fan Attendance for This Year’s Race

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, July 21, 2020) – Based on policies and procedures put into effect by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS officials announced today that attendance for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23 will be approximately 25 percent of capacity. Face coverings will be required for all attendees. Ticket sales will not…

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Iowa INDYCAR 250 Update #10 or so – Quick Race #2 Report

By Patrick Stephan Race specifics from INDYCAR: IOWA INDYCAR 250s RACE SPECIFICS • The race is 250 laps, 218.75 miles on 0.894-mile oval. • The pit road speed limit is 60 mph. • The green flag to start the race will be shown the fourth time by the start-finish line. • The Speedway E85R ethanol…

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Iowa INDYCAR 250 Update #9 – Pre Race #2 Notes

By Patrick Stephan Just a few things before we get going with tonight’s race which we have just learned will go green at 7:50pm (5 minutes later than originally planned). Tony Kanaan gets ready for practice on Saturday at Iowa Speedway. INDYCAR Photo by Chris Owens. Tony Kanaan was much quicker in today’s practice, timing…

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