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March 25, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
James Hinchcliffe, the Canadian driver poised to become IndyCar's next star, grabbed the first victory of his career Sunday. Fittingly it came at St. Petersburg, Fla., the adopted hometown of the late Dan Wheldon, the driver who signed to drive the GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport shortly before his death in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas. The open seat then went to Hinchcliffe, who drove the bright green No. 27 to victory in front of Wheldon's wife and two children. "This is his hometown; this is his car," said Hinchcliffe, who will be added now to the Wheldon monument unveiled Thursday at Turn 10 on the course.
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April 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The first half of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach generally was a stately affair. There were no major accidents, though Sebastien Bourdais slammed into the tire barriers twice, and Ryan Hunter-Reay maintained the lead with apparent ease. Then the wheels came off, literally and figuratively. Hunter-Reay sparked a multicar crash that knocked him and five others out, another crash ended Justin Wilson's day and Scott Dixon ran short of fuel while leading with only two laps left in the 80-lap race Sunday.
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September 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Only hours before Ryan Hunter-Reay hoped to win his first Izod IndyCar Series championship, his team Andretti Autosport confirmed Saturday that it signed Hunter-Reay to a two-year contract extension. "He is a tough competitor and has become an important part of our team," which also includes drivers Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti said in a statement. Once a journeyman driver seeking a full-time ride, Hunter-Reay, 31, has had a breakout season with Andretti Autosport this year, capturing a series-high four victories.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race the former Verizon IndyCar Series champion won in 2010. Hunter-Reay, who drives for the Andretti Autosport team, turned a lap of 104.462 mph on the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach street course Saturday to capture the first starting spot. His teammate James Hinchcliffe qualified second among the 23 cars in the field at 104.280 mph. Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was third and Josef Newgarden qualified fourth.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a race the former Verizon IndyCar Series champion won in 2010. Hunter-Reay, who drives for the Andretti Autosport team, turned a lap of 104.462 mph on the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach street course Saturday to capture the first starting spot. His teammate James Hinchcliffe qualified second among the 23 cars in the field at 104.280 mph. Three-time Long Beach winner Sebastien Bourdais was third and Josef Newgarden qualified fourth.
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December 15, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
No one factor caused the 15-car crash that killed IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but one ingredient was the unusual situation in which drivers had "almost unlimited" freedom to race wherever they liked around the track, the Izod IndyCar Series said Thursday. Wheldon, 33, suffered fatal head injuries in the pileup on the 11th lap of the 200-lap race, IndyCar's season finale, on Oct. 16. "While several factors coincided to produce a 'perfect storm,' none of them can be singled out as the sole cause of the accident," IndyCar concluded in its investigation.
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May 25, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Indianapolis — One thing appears all but certain at this year's Indianapolis 500: There's going to be lots of passing at more than 200 mph and it's going to happen quickly after the green flag drops. As the Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrates its 100th anniversary in Sunday's race, some of the best cars and drivers are starting deep in the 33-car grid. That's because they had poor runs during qualifying last weekend. But once the race is underway on the rectangular, 2.5-mile speedway, those top drivers will be charging through the field.
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar title fight is down to two drivers but, given the series' record this year, the season finale at Fontana should be a much more wide-open affair. Ten drivers have won this year in the Izod IndyCar Series, including four first-time winners, ahead of Saturday night's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Either Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves will be crowned series champion after the race. Dixon, who already has two IndyCar titles, holds a 25-point lead over Castroneves, who is seeking his first championship.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No matter where he starts Sunday's race, veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan believes he is sitting pretty. Kanaan, a fan favorite who won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time last year, was hired by the powerhouse team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing this year. The 39-year-old Brazilian took over the car formerly driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion who retired after being seriously hurt in a crash in Houston last October. Kanaan qualified second and finished sixth in the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be his second race driving Ganassi's No. 10 car. Kanaan has never won Long Beach and his best finish in 10 starts was third in 2009.
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October 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
As a youngster racing in his native New Zealand, Scott Dixon would drive with a pillow strapped to his behind because he was too short to see above the cockpit. Now the reserved Dixon, known as the "Iceman" because he prefers to let his racing do the talking, stands above all his peers after winning his third IndyCar series championship. As Team Penske driver Will Power was winning the MAVTV 500 on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to capture the title by 27 points over Helio Castroneves.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No matter where he starts Sunday's race, veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan believes he is sitting pretty. Kanaan, a fan favorite who won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time last year, was hired by the powerhouse team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing this year. The 39-year-old Brazilian took over the car formerly driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion who retired after being seriously hurt in a crash in Houston last October. Kanaan qualified second and finished sixth in the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be his second race driving Ganassi's No. 10 car. Kanaan has never won Long Beach and his best finish in 10 starts was third in 2009.
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October 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
As a youngster racing in his native New Zealand, Scott Dixon would drive with a pillow strapped to his behind because he was too short to see above the cockpit. Now the reserved Dixon, known as the "Iceman" because he prefers to let his racing do the talking, stands above all his peers after winning his third IndyCar series championship. As Team Penske driver Will Power was winning the MAVTV 500 on Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to capture the title by 27 points over Helio Castroneves.
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October 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Scott Dixon won his third IndyCar championship Saturday night in a race that came down to mere survival. As Team Penske's Will Power won the race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to win the title by 27 points over Power teammate Helio Castroneves. Dixon needed only to finish fifth or better in the MAVTV 500 to clinch the Izod IndyCar series championship. Castroneves finished sixth, one lap down to the leaders. But at least those two drivers saw the checkered flag.
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October 18, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The IndyCar title fight is down to two drivers but, given the series' record this year, the season finale at Fontana should be a much more wide-open affair. Ten drivers have won this year in the Izod IndyCar Series, including four first-time winners, ahead of Saturday night's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Either Scott Dixon or Helio Castroneves will be crowned series champion after the race. Dixon, who already has two IndyCar titles, holds a 25-point lead over Castroneves, who is seeking his first championship.
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March 25, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
James Hinchcliffe, the Canadian driver poised to become IndyCar's next star, grabbed the first victory of his career Sunday. Fittingly it came at St. Petersburg, Fla., the adopted hometown of the late Dan Wheldon, the driver who signed to drive the GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport shortly before his death in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas. The open seat then went to Hinchcliffe, who drove the bright green No. 27 to victory in front of Wheldon's wife and two children. "This is his hometown; this is his car," said Hinchcliffe, who will be added now to the Wheldon monument unveiled Thursday at Turn 10 on the course.
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October 19, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Scott Dixon won his third IndyCar championship Saturday night in a race that came down to mere survival. As Team Penske's Will Power won the race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dixon finished fifth to win the title by 27 points over Power teammate Helio Castroneves. Dixon needed only to finish fifth or better in the MAVTV 500 to clinch the Izod IndyCar series championship. Castroneves finished sixth, one lap down to the leaders. But at least those two drivers saw the checkered flag.
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April 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The first half of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach generally was a stately affair. There were no major accidents, though Sebastien Bourdais slammed into the tire barriers twice, and Ryan Hunter-Reay maintained the lead with apparent ease. Then the wheels came off, literally and figuratively. Hunter-Reay sparked a multicar crash that knocked him and five others out, another crash ended Justin Wilson's day and Scott Dixon ran short of fuel while leading with only two laps left in the 80-lap race Sunday.
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September 15, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Only hours before Ryan Hunter-Reay hoped to win his first Izod IndyCar Series championship, his team Andretti Autosport confirmed Saturday that it signed Hunter-Reay to a two-year contract extension. "He is a tough competitor and has become an important part of our team," which also includes drivers Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti said in a statement. Once a journeyman driver seeking a full-time ride, Hunter-Reay, 31, has had a breakout season with Andretti Autosport this year, capturing a series-high four victories.
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December 15, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
No one factor caused the 15-car crash that killed IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but one ingredient was the unusual situation in which drivers had "almost unlimited" freedom to race wherever they liked around the track, the Izod IndyCar Series said Thursday. Wheldon, 33, suffered fatal head injuries in the pileup on the 11th lap of the 200-lap race, IndyCar's season finale, on Oct. 16. "While several factors coincided to produce a 'perfect storm,' none of them can be singled out as the sole cause of the accident," IndyCar concluded in its investigation.
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