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James Hinchcliffe - Photo by Chris Jones

NEWTON, Iowa – After missing last year’s Iowa Corn 300 recovering from injuries sustained in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, James Hinchcliffe was eager to make up for lost time in team testing at Iowa Speedway.

Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda was one of 18 Verizon IndyCar Series cars on track today in advance of this year’s Iowa Corn 300 weekend July 9-10. On-track action was interrupted in late morning by rain but cars were able to return to the high-banked 0.894-mile oval by early afternoon and work through their testing regimens.

It was of particular importance for Hinchcliffe to get seat time at Iowa, since it was his first at the track following last year’s introduction of aero kits by manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda.

“I know what a good car feels like around this place so it’s just getting the baseline setup sorted,” Hinchcliffe said. “Especially for me not being here last year, with the new body kits, there’s a lot of stuff for me to learn in that sense.”

Hinchcliffe was also looking to “mileage out” the engine in his car so he could have a fresh Honda powerplant in place for race weekend, when he and the rest of the field look to break the dominant run of Andretti Autosport, which has won the last six Iowa races – including Hinchcliffe’s victory in 2013. The “Mayor of Hinchtown” said he would be paying close attention to what his former team was doing.

“The big thing we’re looking for is anything Andretti Autosport does,” Hinchcliffe joked. “They seem to have a pretty exemplary record here and I think they should be banned from testing. I don’t think that should be allowed, I don’t think it’s fair, but no one asked me for my opinion, so here they are.”

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Ryan Hunter-Reay has won three of the past four Iowa races for Andretti, finishing second to Hinchcliffe the year he didn’t win. The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion took part in an INDYCAR test at the track in May to confirm the aero package for the race, but was looking forward to getting through the team testing checklist with teammates Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Alexander Rossi.

“Coming back now, we’re working on team items like dampers, spring rates, roll centers, geometries,” said Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 28 DHL Honda. “Things that can really help the car in qualifying and in traffic. A long list of items to get through, but with four cars at Andretti Autosport we’ll start picking through that.”

The team went down a car in early afternoon, however, when Rossi spun in Turn 2 and made contact with the SAFER Barrier. The rookie and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner was uninjured.

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Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut Chevrolet for KVSH Racing, said the lost track time from the rain hindered one-car teams like his more than multi-car efforts.

“The (to-do) list got longer after the first couple of runs (before the rain) and the time available got shorter, so we’re going to have to pick the list of priorities and see what really matters the most,” the four-time Indy car champ and 35-time race winner said. “We’re not going to get through all of the items we were hoping to go through. It is what it is.”

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Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves was also on hand for the test. Helio holds the one-lap track record (17.2283 seconds, 186.809 mph) and is the defending pole winner, but is winless with one podium finish in nine previous Iowa races. Still, the Team Penske driver enjoys the track.

“It’s a small track but it’s fast,” Castroneves said. “Even though we don’t reach 230 mph like Indianapolis, it feels more like that – more than that  when you’re going around this short track. When you’re going around 17 seconds (a lap) and on the (race) weekend, we might be breaking into the 16s, it’s super-fast and it’s fun at the same time because you have challenges.”

Practice for the Iowa Corn 300 begins at 11 a.m. ET July 9, with qualifying that afternoon airing live on NBCSN (3 p.m. ET). Race coverage on July 10 begins at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. The 11th race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season is also on the schedule.

For race and ticket information, visit IowaSpeedway.com

 

Published July 29, 2016 by IndyCar.com

Photos Courtesy of IndyCar.com

Sam Schmidt, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a crash during an IndyCar practice lap in 2000, is able to steer, accelerate and brake the modified 2016 Corvette Z06 SAM car using only his head. Sensors mounted on an Arrow-designed high-tech headset that Schmidt wears connect to infrared cameras mounted on the dashboard and detect his head-tilt motions to steer. A sip-and-puff device that Smith breathes into enables him to accelerate and brake.

To watch Sam drive the SAM Car up the mountain at the end of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – using only his head! – was a breathtaking moment.

It would take most people around 30 minutes to drive to the summit of Pikes Peak, earlier this month Sam Schmidt did it in about 15 minutes – using his head!

Last month, Sam Schmidt hit a top speed of 152 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The sky really is the limit.

#‎ArrowDriven‬ — #RacetotheClouds#ArrowDriven

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NEWTON, Iowa – The stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will conduct a team test at Iowa Speedway on June 29 as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. At least 19 drivers representing eight INDYCAR organizations will participate in the test. “With the drivers scheduled to test next week, this session will undoubtedly have a raceday feel and heightened sense of urgency,” Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said. “Timing and scoring is not used during team tests but the drivers will push the cars to the limit, giving fans a preview of what’s to come on July 10.”

The drivers will be on hand to gather data in preparation for the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300, scheduled for July 10 at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”. Iowa Corn is entering its 10th year of sponsorship for the annual INDYCAR race. The renewed partnership continues to be the second longest entitlement sponsorship in INDYCAR racing.RV Hill, along the backstretch, will be open and free to those fans wishing to watch from 9am to 5 pm CT. Fans are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, food and drinks as the concourse and grandstands will not be opened for the test.

Testing dates, track schedule and drivers/teams are subject to change due to weather and/or other circumstances.

This year, the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 will be paired with the ARCA Racing Series 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores, taking place on Saturday, July 9.

The excitement of the Verizon IndyCar Series storms into the “Fastest Short Track On The Planet”, Iowa Speedway and the Iowa Corn 300! 17-second laps at 180 MPH are sure to leave you breathless, not to mention a little dizzy. The action is under the lights on Sunday, July 10 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2016 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 18-19 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Speediatrics 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen), July 9-10 (ARCA Racing Series 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 29-30 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1-866-787-8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @IowaSpeedway.

Among the 19 drivers scheduled to test are:

A.J. Foyt Racing — Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth

Dale Coyne Racing — Conor Daly, Gabby Chaves

Andretti Autosport — Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi

Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports — James Hinchcliffe, Mikhail Aleshin

Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing — Graham Rahal

Team Penske — Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud

Ed Carpenter Racing — Ed Carpenter, Josef Newgarden/J.R. Hildebrand

Chip Ganassi Racing — Max Chilton

KVSH Racing — Sebastien Bourdais

Will Power, Tony Kanaan, and Graham Rahal hoist their trophies in Victory Lane following the KOHLER Grand Prix of Road America - Image by Chris Jones

Will Power, Tony Kanaan, and Graham Rahal hoist their trophies in Victory Lane following the KOHLER Grand Prix of Road America – Image by Chris Jones

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Sunday, June 26, 2016) – Verizon IndyCar Series fans clamored for a return to Road America. Their wish was granted in spades today, with Will Power winning an intense and exciting KOHLER Grand Prix on the iconic permanent road course.

Power led 46 of 50 laps around the 4.014-mile circuit in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, but was hounded late by a charging Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.

Tony Kanaan apexes Turn 5 during the KOHLER Grand Prix of Road America -- Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher

Tony Kanaan apexes Turn 5 during the KOHLER Grand Prix of Road America – Image by Shawn Gritzmacher

Power held off Kanaan at the finish by 0.7429 of a second following a Lap 44 restart to win his second straight race in the 2016 season and the 27th of his 11-year Indy car career, tying the Australian with Johnny Rutherford for 13th place on the career victories list.

“You always dread that late restart, but I thought, ‘I’m going to make the absolute most of it and do the best I can and try to get a jump.'” Power said. “I knew I had push-to-pass in hand, which I thought before the race is going to be the key here, to keep that for the end, and that’s what I did.

“Very satisfying race. Very satisfying because I felt like I’m back where I was, that’s a good feeling for me.”

Today’s race was the 26th at Road America but the first since 2007 on the track steeped in Indy car history with past winners bearing names the likes of Andretti, Fittipaldi, Sullivan, Franchitti and Zanardi. The Verizon IndyCar Series was welcomed back by what Road America president and general manager George Bruggenthies called a record crowd for any event in the venue’s history.

“Will (Power) did a really good job of saving his push-to-passes until the last lap,” said Kanaan, the 2004 series champion and 15-time race winner. “We had the red (alternate) tires (in the closing laps), which was a little quicker and we were just chasing Will down. Towards the end, we had one push-to-pass which gave us extra power, but he had three so he had an advantage on us. But what a great race.”

Empty champagne bottle of Graham Rahal following the Victory Lane celebration at Road America - Image by Shawn Gritzmacher

Graham Rahal’s empty champagne bottle from Victory Lane – Image by Shawn Gritzmacher

By finishing second, Kanaan notched his best result in six Road America races and best finish of 2016. He battled Graham Rahal much of the day before pulling away from Rahal’s No. 15 Gehl/D-A Lubricant Honda at the end.

Rahal earned his second third-place finish in as many races at Road America. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver led two laps during an early pit stop sequence, but suffered the consequences of a different tire strategy by not saving his one new set of Firestone alternates until the end of the race.

“It’s great to get a good result,” Rahal said. “I’m pleased with what we did today and accomplished for the Gehl team. We just made the wrong tire call and it definitely hurt. It is what it is and we still came out of here third.”

Championship leader Simon Pagenaud also led two laps in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet and was in second place with five laps to go until an engine issue dropped him to a 13th-place finish. Pagenaud’s lead after nine completed races is 74 points over teammate Helio Castroneves. Reigning series champion Scott Dixon dropped from second to fourth in the championship after a mechanical issue ended the No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet driver’s day in 22nd place.

“We had a really good race going in this wonderful setting at Road America,” Pagenaud said. “The atmosphere was perfect, the race strategy was perfect. It’s tough when you have an opportunity and you can’t maximize it in the championship. It’s a tough day today, but we’ll bounce back.”

Power, who sat out the season opener at St. Petersburg with an inner-ear infection, jumped four spots in the standings to third, 81 points behind Pagenaud. With seven races remaining, Power still has his sights on a second Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

“I was talking championship even before this race,” he said. “There are seven races to go and we’re still in it. There could be a 100-point swing in the last race. We have to go for it.”

Ed Carpenter Racing teammates Josef Newgarden and Spencer Pigot had impressive performances to finish eighth and ninth, respectively. Newgarden, driving with a fractured right clavicle and fracture in his right hand sustained June 12 in a crash at Texas Motor Speedway, improved more positions than any driver from start to finish (12).

“We got good points, we gained points on the guys we needed to in the championship,” Newgarden said. “I’ll try and heal up a little better for Iowa since that will be harder than this one.”

Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion in his sixth Verizon IndyCar Series race, posted his best career finish and first top 10. He was the highest finisher among the four rookies in the race.

The next event on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on July 9-10. Race coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET July 10 on NBCSN.

Road America, INDYCAR laud successful return to track

Road America and INDYCAR officials were ecstatic about the fan turnout and excitement shown throughout the KOHLER Grand Prix weekend. George Bruggenthies, the track president and general manager, didn’t have final attendance figures but was certain the race drew the largest attendance in track history.

“The crowds really came out,” Bruggenthies said. “I have to congratulate the Road America staff and the whole team that does all the operations here. They worked very hard preparing. I think we delivered. The crowd came out and they had a great time. Beautiful race, I think they’ll be back.”

Bruggenthies announced that the 2017 race will be run on June 25 in the second of a three-year contract with INDYCAR. Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, said the sanctioning body was pleased with the entire weekend.

“We had a tremendous event weekend here at Road America and we’re certainly looking forward to the Verizon IndyCar Series returning next year on June 25,” Frye said. “The fan support and hospitality since we arrived has been phenomenal and we can’t thank George Bruggenthies and his entire staff at Road America enough for making this such a special event for INDYCAR. We can’t wait to come back next year and do it again.”

Urrutia Wins Indy Lights Race in changing conditions

slide6_002Santiago Urrutia led a 1-2 finish for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian in the second race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires weekend doubleheader at Road America. The race started on a wet track from morning rain but dried throughout the 20-lap event. Andre Negrao, Urrutia’s teammate, finished second.

Championship leader Ed Jones (Carlin) finished 13th after being involved in contact early in the race, seeing his points lead drop to 19 over Dean Stoneman (Andretti Autosport), who finished ninth.

Team Penske's Will Power sets up for Turn 5 during qualifications for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America -- Imagerby Chris Owens

Will Power sets up for Turn 5 during qualifications for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America — Image by Chris Owens

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin  (Saturday, June 25, 2016) – It’s not often that a Verizon IndyCar Series team puts one over on the competition, but Will Power and his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew did just that to win the Verizon P1 Award and will start on pole position in Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.

Power saved a fresh set of Firestone’s faster alternate tires for the final segment of knockout qualifying – appropriately named the Firestone Fast Six – and laid down a lap of 1 minute, 42.2105 seconds (141.379 mph) to secure the top qualifying position. It is the 44th pole for the 35-year-old Australian, ranking fifth on the all-time Indy car list and pulling him within three of teammate Helio Castroneves for fourth place.

Power used the same set of the softer alternate tires in the first two qualifying segments, allowing him to hold back a new set for the final-round battle for the pole. The gamble paid off.

“If we lost pole in the (Firestone) Fast Six, it would look pretty bad because we had new tires,” Power said. “But Scott Dixon was pretty quick and so was (Tony Kanaan), but (I’m) just stoked to be on pole.

“It’s going to be a tough track to pass on. Obviously it’s a tough track to save a lap of fuel as well, so I think there will be a lot of similar strategies. We’re starting at the right end.”

KOHLER Grand Prix Qual Results

Power’s pole position gives Team Penske 242 in Indy car competition – more than any other team – and is the organization’s 499th in all forms of motorsports. The team is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Scott Dixon adjust his gloves along pit lane prior to qualifications for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America -- Image by Joe Skibinski

Scott Dixon along pit lane prior to qualifications for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America — Image by Joe Skibinski

Dixon, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, qualified second in the No. 9 Clorox Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams with a lap of 1:42.3759 (141.150 mph) on the historic 4.014-mile permanent road course that is hosting Indy cars for a 26th time but the first since 2007. Dixon, currently second to Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the point standings, equaled his best season starting position. 

“Power did a hell of a job to use the used (set of tires) in Q2 and then obviously have a new tire for Q3, and to be honest I just messed up my lap,” Dixon said. “It’s crazy, on such a great track we still often go out together and get traffic, so I had to wave off the first lap and on the second lap I just lost two, three tenths in Turn 12, which cost us the pole. The car was super-fast and (I’m) just frustrated that we didn’t get what I thought we should have been able to.”

Kanaan, Dixon’s teammate, was third in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet (1:42.7279, 140.667 mph), with Pagenaud 4th in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevy (1:42.8573, 140.490 mph). Row 3 of the 22-car starting grid is filled by Castroneves in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevy (1:42.9449, 140.370 mph) and Graham Rahal in the No. 15 Gehl/D-A Lubricant Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (1:43.7782, 139.243 mph).

All the drivers who reached the Firestone Fast Six have raced Indy cars at Road America before, which Rahal believes provided an advantage.  “I think it does,” Rahal said. “Just doing laps and that sort of thing is good for everybody, for sure. “But this weekend, I’ve got to tell you, I haven’t raced on a racetrack this difficult in a long time because it seems like every time this track gives you a little something different. It’s just always a challenge.”

A trio of Verizon IndyCar Series rookies notched career-best qualifying efforts today. Max Chilton qualified seventh (1:42.7519, 140.634 mph) in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Conor Daly was ninth (1:43.1073, 140.149 mph) in the No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda for Dale Coyne Racing and Spencer Pigot 17th in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet (1:43.6432, 139.424 mph). Alexander Rossi, the rookie who won last month’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, qualified 16th.

Pagenaud takes an 80-point lead into Sunday’s 50-lap race. Live coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Sam Schmidt missing Road America to take on Pikes Peak in SAM Car

INDYCAR team owner Sam Schmidt pilots the ARROW car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Image by Bret Kelley

INDYCAR team owner Sam Schmidt pilots the ARROW car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — Image by Bret Kelley

Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights team co-owner Sam Schmidt is missing a rare race weekend, but with very good reason. Schmidt, a quadriplegic since sustaining injuries in an Indy car testing crash in 2000, is in Colorado this weekend to drive the Arrow Electronics Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) on the bottom half of the challenging Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Using only head and eye movements to accelerate and brake the modified 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Schmidt will drive the car on the lower half of the twisting 12.42-mile, 156-turn course up the mountain. He will then lead the parade of race cars, four-wheelers and motorbikes back down. The SAM car utilizes cutting-edge technology to enable disabled drivers to experience driving again in an effort to deliver more independence.

“Arrow Electronics is proud to sponsor the 100th anniversary of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Climb,” said Joe Verrengia, director of Arrow’s corporate social responsibility program. “This longstanding Colorado tradition captivates auto enthusiasts around the world and is the perfect place to showcase the inspiring capabilities of Sam Schmidt and Arrow’s SAM car project.”

Last month on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, Schmidt achieved a top speed of 152 mph in the SAM car. As at Indy, Schmidt will have as his co-pilot Robby Unser, the former Indy car driver who has been a four-time “king of the mountain” at Pikes Peak. The iconic hill climb is celebrating its 100th anniversary and 94th running this year.

The SAM project is a collaborative venture among Arrow Electronics, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Schmidt’s nonprofit organization Conquer Paralysis Now and Paravan GmbH, a world leader in innovative automobile conversions for drivers with severe disabilities. For more information on the project, visit http://arrow.com/SAM/.

Veach, Telitz, Martin Win Mazda Road to Indy Races

Zach Veach won his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race of the season and fourth of his career in today’s opener of the weekend doubleheader at Road America. Meanwhile, Wisconsin native Aaron Telitz and Australian Anthony Martin swept the two races held today in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, respectively.

Veach, who won three Indy Lights races in 2014 but sat out last season, started from pole and led all 20 laps in winning by nearly 3 seconds over Andretti Autosport’s Dean Stoneman, who retained second place despite being penalized 5 seconds for contact during the race. It also provided a warm homecoming for team owner Brian Belardi, who is from Grafton, Wis.

Telitz led every lap of both Pro Mazda races to collect his second and third wins of the season. He and Team Pelfrey teammate Pato O’Ward have won all nine races this season. O’Ward retains a 28-point lead in the standings after nine of 16 races.

Like Telitz, Martin led every lap of the two USF2000 races. With the double win, Martin pulled into a tie with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Parker Thompson for the points lead after 9 of 16 races, but Martin is considered in first place by virtue of his four race wins to Thompson’s three.

Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud on course during the open test at Road America -- IndyCar Image by: Chris Owens

Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud on course during the open test at Road America — IndyCar Image by: Chris Owens

Track: Road America, a 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course (clockwise)

Race Distance: 50 laps / 202.4 miles

PushtoPass Parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone Tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate (Weekend)

Twitter: @RoadAmerica @IndyCar, #KOHLERGP, #IndyCar

Event Website: www.RoadAmerica.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

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2007 (most recent) Race Winner: Sebastien Bourdais (No. 1 McDonald’s Racing Team-Newman/Haas Racing)

2007 (most recent) Pole Winner: Sebastien Bourdais (No. 1 McDonald’s Racing Team-Newman/Haas Racing), 1:41.535, 143.525 mph

Qualifying Record: Dario Franchitti, 1:39.866, 145.924 mph, Aug. 19, 2000

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NBCSN Television Broadcasts: Practice, noon ET Friday, June 24 (live); Qualifying, 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday, June 25 (tape delayed); Race, 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, June 26 (live). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for the NBCSN broadcasts this weekend alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller.

Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network Broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers with Dave Furst and Rob Howden reporting from the pits. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app. All Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying sessions are available on IIndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app.

Video Streaming: All practice sessions for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season not covered by television will be available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. Live coverage of qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award will be streamed on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

INDYCAR Mobile App: Verizon Wireless puts fans around the world in the driver’s seat with its INDYCAR Mobile app. The app has been enhanced with new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR Mobile app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and includes enhanced real-time leaderboard and car telemetry; the ability to follow the race in real time with the interactive 3D track; live in-car camera video streaming for select drivers during Verizon IndyCar Series races; live driver and pit crew radio transmissions during races and live Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network audio streaming during all track activities.

AtTrack Schedule (all times local):

Friday, June 24

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #1, NBCSN (Live)
3 – 4:15 p.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #2, RaceControl.IndyCar.com (Live)

Saturday, June 25

11 – 11:45 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #3, RaceControl.IndyCar.com (Live)
3 p.m. – Qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), NBCSN (5:30 p.m. ET, same-day delay)

Sunday, June 26

8 – 8:30 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series warmup, RaceControl.IndyCar.com (Live)
11:32 a.m. – Driver Introductions
12:07 p.m. – Command to Start Engines
12:15 p.m. – KOHLER Grand Prix (50 laps/202.4 miles), NBCSN (Live)

Race Notes:

• There have been six different winners in the eight previous Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016: Juan Pablo Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg), Scott Dixon (Phoenix International Raceway), Simon Pagenaud (Streets of Long Beach, Barber Motorsports Park and Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Alexander Rossi (Indianapolis 500), Sebastien Bourdais (Raceway at Belle Isle-1) and Will Power (Raceway at Belle Isle-2). Dixon’s win at Phoenix on April 2 tied him for fourth on the all-time Indy car victory list with Al Unser at 39. He is the active leader in wins. Bourdais’ win at Belle Isle on June 4 tied him with Bobby Unser for sixth on the all-time list with 35 wins.

• The KOHLER Grand Prix will be the first Indy car event conducted at Road America since 2007 and the 26th Indy car race at the track since it hosted its first Indy car event in 1982.

• The KOHLER Grand Prix will be the seventh race on a road/street course in 2016. The first six races were won by Montoya (St. Petersburg), Pagenaud (Long Beach, Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Bourdais (Belle Isle 1) and Power (Belle Isle 2).

• Nine drivers entered this weekend have previously raced Indy cars at Road America: Bourdais, Helio Castroneves, Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Montoya, Pagenaud, Power and Graham Rahal. Three of those drivers have led laps at the track (Bourdais 92, Montoya 52 and Castroneves 24).

• Bourdais is the only driver in the field that has won an Indy car race at Road America, winning the final Champ Car race at the track in 2007. Bourdais has finished on the podium in all four of his previous starts at Road America. Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi have the most wins by an Indy car driver at the track (3).

• Six drivers have won the Road America race from the pole: Mario Andretti (1983, 1984 and 1987), Danny Sullivan (1989), Paul Tracy (1993), Jacques Villeneuve (1995), Bruno Junqueira (2003) and Bourdais (2007).

• Drivers who have won at Road America have gone on to win the Indy car championship six times: Mario Andretti (1984), Michael Andretti (1991), Villeneuve (1995), Alex Zanardi (1997), Cristiano da Matta (2002) and Bourdais (2007).

• Team Penske has won three times at Road America (1989, 1992 and 1993) and is one of two current teams to win at the track. Chip Ganassi Racing has won twice at Road America (1997 and 2001). Newman/Haas Racing won a record 10 times at Road America.

• Four rookies – Max Chilton, Conor Daly, Spencer Pigot and Rossi – are entered. Rossi leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by 65 points over Daly with Chilton 103 points behind.

• Kanaan seeks to start his 258th consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car record streak that began in June 2001 at Portland. Teammate Scott Dixon has made 199 consecutive starts heading into the weekend, which is the third-longest streak in Indy car racing.

• Castroneves will attempt to make his 320th career Indy car start, which would tie him with Al Unser for fourth on the all-time list.

• The 2016 season is the second in which aerodynamic bodywork component kits are used. The aero kits, produced by engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda for their respective supplied teams, are the latest technical innovation to enhance on-track performance through competitive aerodynamic development. Each manufacturer produces two kits for teams – one for short ovals/road courses/street courses and another for superspeedway ovals – but within each kit, teams have multiple component options available.

• The second season of aero kit competition complements the fifth year of engine manufacturer competition between Chevrolet and Honda with their 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engines. It will be another season testing speed and durability to determine the manufacturer champion.

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All times are local / Central

Live timing and scoring available for all sessions via INDYCAR Race Control
Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209

Friday, June 24

11am–12:15pm — Verizon IndyCar Series practice
— Live on NBC Sports Network
3–4:15pm — Verizon IndyCar Series practice
 — Live stream

Saturday, June 25

11–11:45am — Verizon IndyCar Series practice
Live stream
3–4:15pm — Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying and Firestone Fast 6
Live stream
4:30–6pm — Delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network

Sunday, June 26

8–8:30am — Verizon IndyCar Series warm up
Live stream
11:30am — Race broadcast begins on NBC Sports Network
12:15pm — Green flag for the KOHLER Grand Prix (50 laps)

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Race weekend appearances

RACE STATS

—  Track: 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course (clockwise)+
—  Race distance: 50 laps / 202.4 miles
—  Push-to-pass: 10 activations for 20 seconds each
—  Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate
—  Entry list
—  Spotter guide
—  Pit lane assignments
—  Track map
—  Race weekend weather forecast

5-27-Kohler-Road-America


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