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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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FORT WORTH, Texas (Sunday, June 12, 2016) – The Firestone 600 will have to wait another day for its completion. Another two months, in fact.

The scheduled 360 mile, 248-lap event at Texas Motor Speedway – the ninth race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season – was stopped after 71 laps today by heavy rain. INDYCAR and track officials announced that the race was suspended and will be completed Aug. 27 as a night race.

“We certainly want to come back and have a full race for the fans here in Texas,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “The people at TMS do a great job, so what we will do, per our rulebook, is start the race from where we stopped. So we will come back and start the race from that point. We’ll come in, have a practice, do an autograph session, run the race that night continuing from where we left off with the intent of getting an entire race in for our fans and the fans here at Texas Motor Speedway. This is unique. It hasn’t happened for a little while, but there are a lot of unique things here and we’ll look forward to coming back Aug. 27.”

The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but lingering wet track conditions from daylong rain prevented it from starting. The 22-car field took the green flag at 2:48 p.m. ET today, but was able to complete only 71 laps on the 1.455-mile oval before storms returned.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe was leading the race when the red flag came out. The cars will restart the race in August in the same order in which they were scored at the completion of Lap 71.

Said Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway president: “After a lot of consultation this afternoon – and it was quite a meeting of people with everyone on their phones calling all the right folks, including a lot of teams for their input – what we are going to do is resume this race Saturday night, Aug. 27. Jay Frye will get into the particulars of how you resume a race, but I will tell you it will consist of one day only, there’s going to be a practice, an autograph session with all the drivers up on the concourse under the grandstands and then the race. We felt like that was the best way to best serve all the fans. The lightning is still going on out there. We maybe could have hung around and try to get it dry tonight and run enough to get halfway, but that’s not right. We want to give the fans a race. That’s the plan.”

The last Verizon IndyCar Series race to start one day and finish on another came at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011. The race was red-flagged for rain and standing water on the track after nine laps May 1 and finished the next day. The last time an event was postponed until later in the season was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001, when the race scheduled for Sept. 15 was delayed until Oct. 6 following the 9/11 tragedies.

Drivers Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden were involved in the only incident of the first 71 laps, when Daly’s No. 18 Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Honda spun in Turn 4 and collected Newgarden’s No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. The two cars slid into the SAFER Barrier on the outside wall before coming to rest along the frontstretch.

Newgarden was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he was diagnosed with a fractured right clavicle and small fracture in his right hand, according to Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director.

“Thank you to Dallara, INDYCAR, the Holmatro Safety Team and everyone we work with at Texas Motor Speedway,” Newgarden said. “The car held up great and the response from the safety team was amazing. I’m banged up a little bit, but I’m generally OK. That’s all thanks to INDYCAR and all the work everyone within the series does. I am feeling a little pain but I hope to be ready to rock and go again soon. We had a great car today, it just did not go how we had planned. I feel bad for both Conor and myself but I’m glad Conor is OK as well. I’ll be back out there fighting as soon as I can. Luckily I am all right, thank you again to everyone who helped me.”

Daly was uninjured in the incident. Commenting on the Lap 42 incident: “I was the rookie to make the mistake. The car was really consistent. It was fantastic and we were making great progress. I didn’t expect that slide at all. We were consistently running and, all of a sudden, the rear (tires) just totally lost grip. I felt like I floated all the way through the corner. It was all my mistake. I should have recognized it but it was definitely a rookie mistake. I was trying to stay a little bit lower because I knew Josef (Newgarden) was coming. Maybe by pinching it a little bit, I just put too much load on the right rear. While the car was quite good, I was on the edge in (Turns) 3 and 4 all the time. I apologized to him in there because that was my mistake, for sure.”

The schedule for Aug. 27 includes a practice and driver autograph prior to completion of the race. Broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the original race date will be honored for the resumption. For more information, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com

The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 24-26. It’ll mark the return of Indy cars to the scenic 4-mile permanent road course for the first time since 2007. Raceday coverage begins June 26 at 12:30pm ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Al Unser & Ray Evernham to Sell Collector Vehicles for Charity at Brickyard Invitational

Motostalgia, the rapidly growing collector car auction company, today announced two superstars of motorsport, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser and NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, will headline their auction at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Brickyard Invitational on June 18. Both auto racing giants will offer one of their personal prized vehicles to support charity.

“Our association with the SVRA is a great brand fit as we expand our offerings from our base of rare and fine collector cars into the niche of collector racecars as well,” said Motostalgia Founder and Chairman Antonio Brunet. “I don’t think there is any place on Earth to better call attention to our expansion into the auction of special race cars than the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to do it with Al Unser and Ray Evernham working for charity is simply over-the-top.”

Unser’s offering is a departure from standard Motostalgia fare as it is not a car but a one-of-a-kind Pro Street Motorcycle constructed for him in 2009 by Racing Innovations of Oklahoma City. The masterpiece of custom work is constructed of parts from Indy and Sprint cars once driven by Unser. An exceptional feature is the incorporation of 18”x8” magnesium wheels from a 1963 Novi. Real knockoff spindles and injector stacks are from a Sprint Car and the exhaust system has Indy car components. The two-wheeler was built for Unser as a tribute to his 1971 Indianapolis 500 victory in the Johnny Lightning Special.

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Evernham is auctioning four racecars but the one he is selling for charity is his ex-Marty Robbins 1964 Plymouth NASCAR Modified Sportsman. Robbins, a country music superstar in the 1960’s and 70’s, raced part time in NASCAR Winston Cup. He scored five top-ten finishes and had two appearances in the Daytona 500 in a driving career that spanned 1966 to 1982. Robbins raced the car at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. It retains his original seat, pedals and steering wheel as well as the frame, roll cage and suspension parts. The machine was featured in an episode of Evernham’s Velocity Channel television series, “Americarna.” Ray Evernham Enterprises restored the racer.

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The sale of Unser’s motorcycle will benefit the Unser Discovery Campus, Inc., an IRS 501(c) (3) educational non-profit. The organization has served as home to a nationally top 100-ranked charter school, a school for autistic children, the Challenger Learning Center of New Mexico, a driver’s education program as well as the Unser Racing Museum. Al Unser serves as president of the board of directors.

The sale of Evernham’s Plymouth NASCAR Modified will support the Evernham Family’s Racing for a Reason Foundation with proceeds going to The Autism Society of North Carolina’s “IGNITE” program. IGNITE is a community center for young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

indy-features2This year’s Brickyard Invitational Motostalgia auction will be limited to 85 rare collector cars and historic racing machines. Among the racecars are two that competed in the Indianapolis 500 for owner Kent Baker, who is also donating some of the proceeds to charity. The cars are a 1987 Lola driven by Mario Andretti twice during that season and a 1986 March in the livery of Unser’s 1987 Indianapolis 500 winner. Baker will donate to the Steven Drybread Memorial Scholarship for the Arts which recognizes an outstanding North Central high school graduating senior who exhibits a passion for performing/visual arts, and who demonstrates financial need. Drybread was a North Central graduate who played Electric Bass and Saxophone in the 60’s band, “The Boys Next Door.” Steve died in an airplane accident in May 2002.

Among the outstanding collector cars that will be available are a 1953 Porsche Pre-A Coupe prototype, a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 and a 2000 Ferrari six-speed with only 3,000 miles on it. The auction will take place June 18 between 5 pm and 9 pm in the IMS Pagoda Plaza. There will be a preview reception on Friday June 17 between 5 pm and 8 pm while the collection can be previewed open house fashion Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18, between 9 am and 9 pm. Motostalgia’s 2015 event exceeded expectations, garnering $4.2 million in sales, and company officials expect an even larger sales volume this year.

indy-featuresBeyond the Motostalgia auction, the Brickyard Invitational offers a festival of racing activities. The feature event of the weekend is the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am. A field of 33 Indianapolis 500 veterans, headed by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., will compete in a 40-minute competition of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Saturday, June 18. In a new twist, a “Garage 34” promoter’s option brings NASCAR stars Bill Elliott and Evernham into the field to share a car. All drivers will be in 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the “Group 6” SVRA class. Professionals in the Pro-Am are paired with amateurs, splitting stints at the wheel at their discretion.

The SVRA will present exhibition runs on the storied 2.5-mile oval by a variety of cars including several 1950’s Indianapolis 500 “roadsters.” The Brickyard Invitational will also expand onto the world-famous infield IMS golf course with car corrals for organizations and clubs united by special marques and vintages as well as its “Shine and Show” car show. Series sponsor Jaguar will have Indianapolis 500 veterans Davy Jones and Roberto Guerrero on hand to coach anyone with a valid driver’s license in mastering an autocross course with their latest model performance cars. Saturday evening entertainment includes a concert by “Three Dog Night” capped off by a trademark SVRA mega-fireworks show.

The SVRA has 11 groups of racecars spanning 100 years of vintage machines. The array of entries at IMS will include select pre-war machines, classic sports cars, Formula One and Le Mans prototypes as current as 2011. All will compete in three days of racing on the Speedway’s Grand Prix road course. Race fans can enjoy every minute of the action with overnight camping inside IMS. Pro-Am cars and drivers will also participate in a Fan Walk through the starting grid prior to the opening ceremonies allowing spectators to see the cars up close, take photos and chat with the drivers. All Pro-Am entry fees will be donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Foundation and the Hagerty Education Program.

Brickyard Invitational Ticket Information: Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets for all or any one of the four days of the event online through the Speedway or by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Fans can also visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at 4790 West 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult. Tent camping passes in the IMS infield start at $30 and are available all four days.

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SVRAs Brickyard Invitational Feature Event will have a New Look with Two Podiums

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a new twist for the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro Am feature of its Father’s Day weekend Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. New for the third running of the contest will be the decision to organize the race’s entries into two classes, AP (A Production) and BP (B Production). The cars are 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the SVRA’s “Group 6” machines. The decision means there will be two podiums at the end of the race, one each for AP and BP.

“We are working to present fairer competition that will be more enjoyable for the drivers and fans alike,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “The two classes are primarily based on big and small block engine sizes, but we are also applying an equivalency formula philosophy based on data we have about the cars to make sure the machines in each class are as evenly matched as possible to produce good and spirited racing.”

BobLazierPodiumThe SVRA recently announced that the field for the Pro-Am race is full with 33 Indianapolis 500 veterans plus a “Garage 34” promoter’s option adding NASCAR stars Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham. The 34 two-driver teams will compete in a 40-minute competition of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Saturday, June 18. All drivers will be in 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the “Group 6” SVRA class. The pairings of professionals and amateurs is listed below along with the make, vintage and class of car.Last year’s winners, Bob Lazier and Jim Caudle will be reunited as a BP entry this year. Professionals in the Pro-Am will be paired with amateur drivers, splitting stints at the wheel at their discretion.

indy-featuresThis year’s Pro-Am has attracted new and exciting names such as 2003 Indy car champion Paul Tracy as well Larry Foyt and A.J. Foyt IV and 1992 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Roberto Guerrero. Heading the list of those who have competed in the event in its prior editions is two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. who also won the first “Indy Legends” Pro-Am in 2014. His cousins Robby and Johnny Unser also plan to drive as well as marquee names such as Willy T. Ribbs, Geoff Brabham, Davy Jones, Davey Hamilton and Lyn St. James.

Drafting on the huge success of the recent 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard Invitational will offer fans a festival of racing activities. As in previous years the SVRA will present exhibition runs on the storied 2.5-mile oval by a wide variety of cars including several of the crowd-favorite 1950’s Indianapolis 500 “roadsters.” The 2016 weekend not only promises a huge gathering of hundreds of racecars but also some of the finest collector cars. Motostalgia, with offices in Austin, Texas, Mexico City and Monaco will stage an auction of select automobiles from around the world. Evernham will auction four of his special racecars, including an ex-Marty Robbins NASCAR Plymouth Modified for charity. Al Unser Sr. will auction a custom motorcycle made of old Indy and sprint car parts, also for charity.

indy-features2The Brickyard Invitational will also expand out into the world-famous infield with car corrals for organizations and clubs united by special marques and vintages as well as its Hagerty’s “Shine and Show” car show. Saturday evening entertainment will include a concert by the legendary rock band, “Three Dog Night,” capped off by a trademark SVRA “mega” fireworks show.

Brickyard Invitational Ticket Information: Fans can order Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational tickets for all or any one of the four days of the event online through the Speedway or by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Fans can also visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at 4790 West 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday. Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information. Children 12 and under are admitted free each day when accompanied by an adult. Tent camping passes in the IMS infield start at $30 and are available all four days.

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Al Unser Jr. Peter Klutt 69 Corvette
Ana Biatriz Bob Caudle 71 Corvette
Bill Elliott Ray Evernham 65 Corvette
Davey Hamilton Clair Schwendeman 68 Corvette
Davy Jones Sam LeComte 69 Camaro
Scott Harrington Brent Jarvis 65 Corvette
John Martin Clark Howey 66 Corvette
Robby Unser Andre Ahrler 65 Cobra R
Roberto Guerrero Jody O’Donnell 69 Corvette
Willy T. Ribbs Edward Sevadjian 69 Corvette

 

B Production Entries (24)
PRO AMATEUR CAR
A.J. Foyt IV Chuck Bentley 69 Camaro
Alex Lloyd Dave Roberts 69 Corvette
Billy Roe Doug Obermeyer 68 Mustang
Bob Lazier Jim Caudle 69 Corvette
Cory Witherill Matt Parent 69 Corvette
Darren Manning Robert Korzen 66 Mustang
Dennis Firestone Scott Brady 69 Corvette
Dick Simon Jim Heck 69 Corvette
Geoff Brabham Mike Donohue 63 Corvette
Jaques Lazier Dan Ruehs 67 Camaro
Jimmy Kite Mark Rife 69 Corvette
Johnny Parsons Jr. Steve Cole 69 Corvette
Johnny Unser Shannon Ivey 67 Camaro
Josele Garza Harry McPherson 65 Mustang
Larry Foyt Rick Blaha 69 Corvette
Lyn St. James John McCormick 67 Cobra R
Mark Dismore Scott Hackenson 67 Mustang
Max Papis Curt Vogt 70 Mustang
Paul Tracy Gary Moore 65 Mustang
Pete Halsmer Jim Glass 65 Corvette
Richie Hearn George Del Canto 69 Camaro
Rick Treadway Peter Baselice 70 Mustang
Donnie Beechler Michael Rankin 65 Mustang
Tom Bagley Norm Daniels 68 Camaro

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