Archive for May 14, 2015


9:30-11 a.m. IndyCar Experience
10 a.m. Public Gates Open
IMS Midway Open
Event Car Rides Begin
11 a.m. Ivy Tech Garage Tours Begin – Gasoline Alley Garage 35
Event Car Rides Begin
11:30 a.m. Event Car Rides End
Noon Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Begins
6 p.m. Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Ends
Harding Group, Inc. Fastest Lap Award – Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village Stage
Public Gates Close
6:15 p.m. Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Draw – Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village Stage

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Tom Hoover will be laid to rest tomorrow at Anderson Cemetery in Hesston, Pennsylvania.

For more information regarding his church services — click here

Here is Mopar’s tribute video to the Father of the 426 HEMI.

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Helio Flip

It was quite the day for Penske Racing’s Helio Castroneves.

Forty-five minutes into the day’s Indianapolis 500 practice, Castroneves No. 3 Chevrolet-Dallara did a half spin and made hard contact with the end of the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1. The car became airborne, rotated 180 degrees vertically before landing on the roll hoop, sliding and flipping upright. His car then came to rest at the entrance to Turn 2. Castroneves climbed out of the car under his own power and was transported to the IU Health Emergency Medical Center for observation, where Dr. Geoffrey Billows, Indianapolis Motor Speedway director of medical services, reported that Helio was uninjured, was released and cleared to drive.  See video of the incident here

Leigh SpargurInitially Castroneves was unavailable for comment, but a concerned Roger Penske talked about Helio’s incident: “It looks like the car got backwards, air got underneath it and the car flipped. He’s just resting in there. Not an issue. No broken bones. Nothing. He’s alert. In fact, I talked to him right after he hit the ground. He’ll be fine.” (About car getting airborne): “We’re playing with new areas from the aerodynamic standpoint, and of course, going backwards at that speed, you don’t know what kind of lift it had. But obviously, it got airborne which we were surprised (about). We’ll take a good look at it.” (Will you repair the car?): “We wouldn’t run that car. We’ll run a backup car.”

Not long after, Castroneves released the following statement: “The car was really good and I am very blessed. Unfortunately, I still do not understand what happened. I got loose in Turn 1 and spun out. The good news is the impact wasn’t very strong and the landing was smooth as well. In all aspects, I have to say I was very lucky there was no big shunt. The accident was most impressive, but the good news is I am feeling very good. This just set us back one day since it is Wednesday. The good news is we still have Thursday and Friday before qualifying. I’m counting on my guys, my boys, to put the car back together and go back to work.”

Even more amazing than the initial Castroneves incident, was Helio returning to the track late in the day to shake down his backup car. Roger Penske’s comment regarding the benefit for all the race teams to fully understand what led to Castroneves getting upside down and how it relates to the implementation of the new IndyCar aerokits: “I think the ability of the team in five hours to put that (back-up) car together – we had to take the engine out of one car and take a lot of the pieces off – and get out for a few laps says a lot. It looks like we’re competitive; we ran 226 (mph). To me, it’s a good start for tomorrow.” (about the car getting airborne) “You’re always concerned when a car gets backwards; it looks a little bit like NASCAR the way the thing went up and went over. You can only test so much in your simulations and in a small wind tunnel, and I think this is something good to know now because we can look at it and see what are the right things to help all the cars that are on the track.”

The Castroneves incident was one of two on the afternoon as Pippa Mann spun exiting Turn 4, slid and made a half-spin before making contact with the right rear of her car against the SAFER Barrier along the inside wall. The car continued spinning and made contact with the right front of the car against the pit-in attenuator, then spinning three more times before making light contact with the rear of the car against the outside wall on the frontstretch. Mann got out of the car and after a trip to the Medical Center, was released, and is cleared to drive. See Video from the incident here.

Chris Jones P1Mann’s description of the incident: “Guys in front of me in the big pack checked up and I saw them check up. I got on the brakes, but unfortunately I just got in the gray and made a mistake. When you’re not in a race car week in and week out, sometimes you make mistakes. It’s a real shame for my guys. The car was running great and now they have to go fix a race car. We were having a good day and we had a good race car.  I’m really sorry that the guys have to go and fix it. The joke inside (the medical center) was I got away with a couple of bruises, but I think my crew chief will have a few more for me when I get back to the garage after that one.”

Chris Owens CMCarlos Munoz in the No. 26 AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda laid down the first lap over 230 mph of the month. His 230.121 mph, in a tow, was just another stepping stone to higher speeds this weekend. “Really, we were not looking for a tow, we just made a change and said, ‘OK let’s go in the group and see if we can just cop a tow and feel the car in traffic a little bit,” said the Andretti Autosport driver, who has finished in the top five in each of his two previous Indianapolis 500 starts. “I went back to the pack and it’s practice, so whoever gets the best tow is the one who is going to finish first. The positive thing is that I feel really comfortable with the car, the car feels OK. In traffic and by my own, I feel fast. We have to continue working, we have still two days of testing so we have to try some stuff.”



Noon-6pm – Indianapolis 500 practice

Practice continues through the week, with qualifying to set the field of 33 starting Saturday, May 16 & concluding on Sunday, May 17. Television coverage on ABC begins at 4pm EDT Saturday and 1pm EDT Sunday.

Photos Courtesy of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway


INDYCAR announced that driver Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet, has been penalized eight championship driver points for violating Rule 9.3.3 for avoidable contact in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9. The incident occurred on the opening lap of the race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Derrick Walker, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, explained the review process.

“Following every event, the INDYCAR race stewards conduct a review of all racing incidents utilizing all the tools available – including car data, video replays and interviews with the competitors involved. With the benefit of additional camera angles during our post-race review of Saturday’s race, the stewards determined actions of the No. 3 car were the cause of the first-lap incident. This obviously changed our view of the entire incident. At the conclusion of every post-race review, all penalty options are available to the stewards and they determined an avoidable contact penalty was warranted.”

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The member may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet involved in the incident, offered his thoughts on the penalty.

“The downside is that we’re talking about it several days later when we should be talking about the biggest race in the world,” Dixon said. “I was pretty heated at the time. In my view, the penalty that fits the crime was a drive-through. We would have been done with it in the first five minutes of the race. It should have been addressed right away. All the (post-race) penalties come out on the following Wednesday, which gives (race stewards and Walker) time to go through the data and video. You could probably come to a conclusion (sooner), but it’s just the way they go about it. We all want to have consistent rules and rules we can race under.”

Photos courtesy of IndyCar