Indy 500

Former F1 drivers see European interest growing in IndyCar

Posted in REVIEWS on June 5, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Ericsson considered racing in America even before his Formula One contract expired. The Indianapolis 500 debut of Fernando Alonso four years ago intrigued the young Swedish driver, and when he started watching, he saw a tight, entertaining open-wheel series where anyone could win. So when Ericsson became a free agent he moved to IndyCar for the 2019 season with Sam Schmidt's team. He wasn't retained after McLaren became a partner but landed Read More »

Helio Castroneves wins the Indy 500 for a 4th time

Posted in REVIEWS on May 30, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS — Written off as too old to race full-time, too old for a fourth Indianapolis 500 win, Helio Castroneves at long last joined that exclusive club in a popular victory for the old guys. Then Spiderman scaled the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fence for his trademark victory celebration at the largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic. Castroneves wasn't done yet. At 46 and one of the oldest drivers in the field, he Read More »

Indy 500 party time: Pandemic's biggest sporting event is sold out

Posted in REVIEWS on May 29, 2021
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The Indy 500 crowd will be more spaced out this year than in this photo from 2018, but there will still be 135,000 fans at the Brickyard. (Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS — The milk is on ice, celebrities are in the house and Indianapolis Motor Speedway is buzzing again both with the roar of engines and the largest crowd at a sporting event since the start of the pandemic. The Indianapolis 500 will welcome a sold-out Read More »

Indy 500 veterans still going strong as their racing careers wind down

Posted in REVIEWS on May 29, 2021
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Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, is congratulated by Alex Palou, of Spain, after Dixon won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Kanaan sat in Chip Ganassi Racing's suite one day this May, savoring a rare second IndyCar farewell tour. At age 46, running a part-time schedule with no future guarantees and a talented crop of young drivers Read More »

IndyCar courts Black fans, drivers, crews in push to diversify

Posted in REVIEWS on May 29, 2021
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Willy T. Ribbs, the first Black driver to race in the Indy 500 in 1991, and only the second Black driver ever, attends the 2018 race. (Reuters) INDIANAPOLIS — Rod Reid ran a program full of young, Black kart racers locked out of a venue because of the pandemic and needing a track to race. Indianapolis Motor Speedway had spent millions on upgrades on the historic property at the same time last year when the Read More »

Scott Dixon holds off young guns with Indy 500 pole

Posted in REVIEWS on May 24, 2021
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Scott Dixon takes a selfie after winning the pole for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. (Getty Images) INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Dixon saw his team tinkering with his race car but asked no questions. When his three teammates made their Indianapolis 500 qualifying attempts, he didn't want to hear their feedback. The six-time IndyCar champion and greatest driver of his generation wanted to be left alone to prepare for his own gutsy run around Read More »

Will Power saves Penske from Indy 500 qualifying embarrassment

Posted in REVIEWS on May 23, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power was wide open around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, unwilling to let off the gas, even when he brushed his car against the wall. His spot in the Indianapolis 500 was at stake and Power, one of the greatest qualifiers in IndyCar history, was not going to miss the show. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner was one of five drivers fighting for a spot in the final row of the May 30 race. Read More »

Arrow McLaren teams with streetwear brand Undefeated for new Indy 500 look

Posted in REVIEWS on May 17, 2021

McLaren cares so much about appearance that the team missed track time before its bungled 2019 Indianapolis 500 attempt because the car's paint scheme didn't precisely match its signature papaya orange shade. And yet despite such particular tastes, McLaren has opened its design process to outsiders. The team collaborated with high-end streetwear brand Undefeated for the Indianapolis 500 car that Felix Rosenqvist will be driving Tuesday for Arrow McLaren SP when preparations begin at Indianapolis Read More »