October 1, 2013 |
For decades the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was all about a single race, the legendary Indianapolis 500, held each Memorial Day weekend. No more. The IndyCar Series on Tuesday outlined plans for holding another race next May 10 in which the same drivers and cars that compete in the Indy 500 will race on a twisting road course built within the famed 2.5-mile oval track. The race will be called the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The idea of holding a road-course race at Indy in May has irked some traditionalists.
September 1, 2008 |
Rookie Justin Wilson raced to his first IndyCar Series victory Sunday, edging Helio Castroneves in the Detroit Indy Grand Prix. Castroneves led for the majority of the road race on the Belle Isle course but was penalized for blocking Wilson and was forced by rule to relinquish the lead with fewer than 20 laps to go. Brian Barnhart, IndyCar Series president of competition and operations, said of the ruling: "We did what we did because it...
August 27, 2007 |
Scott Dixon took advantage of Dario Franchitti's late collision Sunday at Sonoma, Calif., winning for the fourth time this season and taking the lead in the IndyCar Series championship with two races remaining. Franchitti, starting from the pole and beginning the Motorola Indy 300 with an eight-point lead over Dixon in the race for the title, dominated the 80-lap race at Infineon Raceway, controlling it until the last round of pit stops.
July 16, 2006 |
Scott Dixon held off Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon in the final laps and won his second race of the season Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway at Gladeville, Tenn. Wheldon, the defending IndyCar Series champ, tried to pass his teammate on the backstretch of the final lap, but he went too high and couldn't get around Dixon, who won his sixth race of his career in the Firestone Indy 200.
August 22, 2009 |
Dario Franchitti is back with a vengeance. The veteran driver has made a triumphant return to the IndyCar Series after his ill-fated venture into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car racing which, at this time last year, already had ended prematurely. In this year's IndyCar championship battle Franchitti is only 20 points behind leader Scott Dixon, the reigning titleholder and Franchitti's teammate at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, as the series arrives for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at curvy Infineon Raceway here.
August 23, 2008 |
SONOMA, Calif. -- Several IndyCar Series drivers hope their trip to California wine country this weekend will improve seasons that have trailed their expectations. They include two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who has been consistently strong but is still looking for his first win of 2008; Marco Andretti, in a two-year winless drought, and several former Champ Car World Series drivers who have struggled after migrating to the IndyCar Series this season. The Champ Car drivers, in particular, are looking to rebound Sunday at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County because it's being held at Infineon Raceway, a curvy road course that was typical of the layouts used on the Champ Car circuit.
August 25, 2008 |
SONOMA, Calif. -- Danica Patrick is known more for her prowess on high-speed oval tracks than on twisty road courses, but she was all smiles Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Patrick started ninth and finished fifth in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County, her best finish on a road course this year in the IndyCar Series. "I am very proud of my Motorola team," said Patrick, 26, after her fourth start at Infineon. "We started in the ninth position, and to get a top-five finish at a course that is very difficult to pass at is great," said Patrick, driver of the No. 7 car for Andretti Green Racing.
February 1, 2014 |
Helio Castroneves is a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 but there's one prize that's always eluded him: An IndyCar Series championship. So the 38-year-old Brazilian who drives for Team Penske will try again this season. "That's the goal, and [winning] the Indy 500 [again]," Castroneves said Friday during a visit to Yorba Linda, where he filmed a safe-driving commercial for auto-club sponsor AAA. "Unfortunately [the title] escaped from our hands [last year] but what are you going to do?"
February 17, 2012 |
With Danica Patrick scheduled to kick off her NASCAR Sprint Cup season at the Daytona 500 later this month, there's been a lot of talk about whether the 29-year-old racer can make an impact among the good 'ol boys. Patrick's seven-year stint in the IndyCar Series was more about hype than actual results. Sure, her 2008 victory at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan was perhaps one of the more memorable moments in U.S.-based open wheel racing in the past decade, but other than some impressive top-end finishes at the Indianapolis 500, Patrick's on-track promise hasn't lived up to her commercial appeal.