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logo31June 15 – 19, 2016
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana

indy-featuresWorld-class vintage racing returns for a third time to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for SVRA’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Over 500 vintage race cars will take center stage on both the road course and the historic oval during the weekend, offering drivers and the fans the widest variety of motor racing available anywhere. In 2016, the event honors the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 as well as showcasing a wide variety of racing cars, including those that competed in past Indianapolis 500s, NASCAR, Formula One, Can-Am, SCCA, and Trans-Am events.

The Indy Legends ProAm Charity race returns, pairing 33 veteran Indianapolis 500 drivers with amateur racing partners driving Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs in a 45-minute race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.  Since debuting in 2014, the Indy Legends ProAm Charity race has raised over $100,000 for local charities.

indy-features2The Motostalgia Collector Car Auction takes place Friday and Saturday nights in the pavilion located at the base of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pagoda. SVRA also hosts the Show and Shine Car Show on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds with hundreds of street and performance cars expected. Saturday night’s driver and crew party under the stars includes a live concert by Three Dog Night followed by a spectacular fireworks display to cap the evening festivities. Admission to the dinner is by race credential, and dinner tickets can be purchased for extra crews and guests. The concert and fireworks display are open to all weekend ticket holders at no extra charge.

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June 7, 2016

Hall of Fame IMS Historian to Give Command to Start Engines for Indy Legends ProAm

TheDonaldThe Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian and Auto Racing Hall of Fame member Donald Davidson will serve as grand marshal for its Father’s Day weekend (June 16-19) Brickyard Invitational at IMS. Davidson became IMS historian on January 1, 1998 and is believed to be the only full-time historian employed at any race track in the world.

“I make no apologies for drafting off the huge success of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, and there is no better way to do that than to recognize the most knowledgeable person in the world about the great race,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella.

Davidson, born in England, moved to Indianapolis in 1965 and secured full-time employment as statistician for the United States Auto Club (USAC). He has built a multi-faceted career that includes work as a radio personality, author, lecturer and moderator. On May 27, 2010, he was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and on October 3, 2013 the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame granted him a similar honor. In May 2016 the Indianapolis Star proclaimed him one of the 100 most influential people in the history of the Indianapolis 500 and Governor Mike Pence named him a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow upon a civilian.

Davidson led a distinguished team of race drivers and master mechanics in the first two Brickyard Invitational events to select special cars for recognition with SVRA awards like the A.J. Watson trophy for best roadster. He also moderated event press conferences and addressed the Pro-Am driver’s meeting that included heroes of past Indianapolis 500s.

“Tony Parella and his SVRA team have demonstrated a great deal of respect for IMS history,” Davidson said. “I am humbled to think I will have the honor of giving the command to start engines for a race with Indianapolis 500 veterans I have respected and celebrated for so many years.”

The “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am is the feature event of a weekend jam-packed with 11 SVRA run groups racing on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course. The Pro-Am is full with 33 Indianapolis 500 veterans plus a “Garage 34” promoter’s option bringing NASCAR stars Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham into the field. The drivers will compete in a 40-minute competition of American muscle cars on Saturday, June 18. All drivers will be in 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the “Group 6” SVRA class. Entry fees will be donated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Foundation and the Hagerty Education Program.

The Brickyard Invitational offers 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 the crowd-favorite 1950’s Indianapolis 500 “roadsters.” Motostalgia, with offices in Austin (Texas), Mexico City and Monaco will stage an auction of select automobiles from around the world including offerings from four-time “500” champion Al Unser and legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham. 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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Dickies 500

Track: Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.455-mile oval

Race Distance: 248 laps / 360.84 miles

Twitter: @TXMotorSpeedway @IndyCar, #Firestone600, #IndyCar

Event Website: www.TexasMotorSpeedway.com

INDYCAR Website: www.IndyCar.com

Entry List

Texas Entry List 6-7

Firestone Tire Allotment: Eleven sets for use through the weekend

2015 Race Winner: Scott Dixon (No. 9 Energizer EcoAdvanced Chevrolet)

2015 Verizon Pole Award Winner: Will Power (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), 47.9410 seconds, 218.519 mph (two laps)

Qualifying Record (two laps): Will Power, 47.7960 seconds, 219.182 mph, June 7, 2013

NBCSN Television Broadcasts: Practice, noon ET Friday, June 10; Qualifying, 6pm ET Friday, June 10 (tape delayed); Race, 8pm ET Saturday, June 11. Brian Till 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 Hartgitt and Robin Miller.

Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network Broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Pit reporters are Brad Gillie and Michael Young, with Jake Query as the turn announcer. All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app. All Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying sessions are available on IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and 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.

AtTrack Schedule (all times local):

Friday, June 10

11am – 12:15pm – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #1, NBCSN (Live)
3:15pm – Qualifying for Verizon P1 Award (single car/cumulative time of two laps), NBCSN (6pm ET)
6:45pm – 7:15pm – Verizon IndyCar Series practice #2, RaceControl.IndyCar.com (Live)

Saturday, June 11

4pm – Systems Check
7:06pm – Driver Introductions
7:45pm – Command to Start Engines
7:50pm – Firestone 600 (248 laps/360.84 miles), NBCSN (Live)

 

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Race Notes:

• There’ve been 6 different winners in 8 Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2016: Juan Pablo Montoya (St. Petersburg), Scott Dixon (Phoenix), Simon Pagenaud (Long Beach, Barber and Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Alexander Rossi (Indianapolis 500), Sebastien Bourdais (Belle Isle-1) and Will Power (Belle Isle-2). Dixon’s win at Phoenix on April 2 tied him for 4th on the all-time Indy car victory list with Al Unser at 39. He’s the active leader in wins. Bourdais’ win at Belle Isle on June 4 tied him with Bobby Unser for 6th on the all-time list with 35 wins.

• The Firestone 600 will be the 28th Indy car event conducted at Texas Motor Speedway since the track opened in 1997. TMS hosted two races a year from 1998-2004 and featured a doubleheader event in 2011.

• This is the third of five oval races on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Dixon won the first oval of the season at Phoenix in April. Rossi won the Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

• Helio Castroneves has won 4 times at Texas (2004 Race 2, 2006, 2009 and 2013), the most wins by an Indy car driver at the track. He’s one of 5 past TMS winners entered in this year’s race, along with Tony Kanaan (2004 Race 1), Dixon (2008 & 2015), Power (2011 Race 2) and Ed Carpenter (2014).

• Power has won the pole for the past three Texas Motor Speedway races. Other past pole winners entered this year are Castroneves (2004 Race 2) and Dixon (2008). Kanaan won a draw to start first for the second of the 2011 doubleheader races.

• Six drivers have won the Texas race from the pole: Sam Hornish Jr. (2001 Race 2), Gil de Ferran (2003 Race 2), Castroneves (2004 Race 2), Tomas Scheckter (2005), Dixon (2008) and Ryan Briscoe (2010).

• Drivers who have won at Texas have gone on to win the Verizon IndyCar Series championship six times: Hornish (2001 Race 2 and 2002 Race 2), Kanaan (2004 Race 1), Dixon (2008 and 2015) and Dario Franchitti (2011 Race 1).

• Nineteen drivers entered this weekend have competed in past Verizon IndyCar Series events at Texas Motor Speedway. Twelve of those drivers have led laps at the track (Castroneves 499, Kanaan 370, Dixon 353, Power 252, Carpenter 91, Marco Andretti 84, Pagenaud 59, Ryan Hunter-Reay 35, Montoya 29, Graham Rahal 27, James Hinchcliffe 8 and Charlie Kimball 1).

• At least three drivers entered this weekend – Max Chilton, Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi – will make their first attempt to start a Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

• 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 No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske crew of Simon Pagenaud won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award during Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit with a total pit lane time of 52.4366 seconds. During Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew of Will Power claimed the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award with a total pit lane time of 52.0598 seconds. Both Team Penske crews will receive their respective $5,000 awards during pre-race festivities at the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

• 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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Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, and Ryan Hunter-Reay hoist their trophies on the podium following Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park -- Image by Chris Owens

Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, and Ryan Hunter-Reay hoist their trophies on the podium following Race 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle Park — Image by Chris Owens

DETROIT (Sunday, June 5, 2016) – Will Power’s day didn’t start well, but the Team Penske driver made up for it by winning the second race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.

Power took the checkered flag 0.9203 of a second ahead of teammate Simon Pagenaud today to collect his 26th career Indy car win, moving the Australian into a tie for 14th on the all-time victory list with Rodger Ward. It was Power’s first win in more than a year, 19 starts ago at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May 2015.

“It’s been a long time,” a relieved Power radioed to his crew on the cool down lap from his No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2 Box Score

“It just gives the whole crew some confidence,” said Power, who missed the 2016 season opener at St. Petersburg with an inner-ear infection after winning the pole position for the race. “I think we’ve all kind of been stumbling a little bit, the whole group of us. It’s been a tough start to the year. I missed the first race and just had a few mishaps, and now we’re there.”

Power started today’s race eighth after being penalized for qualifying interference in the morning, taking away what would have been a record-setting lap for pole. Instead, Pagenaud collected the Verizon P1 Award for the second time in as many days with a track-record lap of 1 minute, 14.0279 seconds (114.266 mph) and started up front.

Power was running sixth when he made the deciding move of the race on Lap 53 of 70 around the 2.35-mile temporary street course, passing Pagenaud on the outside headed into Turn 3. With the four cars ahead of him destined to make late stops for Sunoco E85R, Power held his ground and inherited the lead when Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi had to pit for fuel on Lap 61.

“The guys did a great job in the pits, got me out in front of the 28 (Ryan Hunter-Reay),” Power said. “Then obviously on the restart, I thought, ‘I’ve really got to capitalize here, otherwise we’re not going to win.’ I went down outside (to pass Pagenaud).”

“It wasn’t a big risk because it was on the outside. Had I tried to go on the inside, it would have been a much bigger risk. I wasn’t willing to take that with Simon because he’s the championship leader. If I was going to do it, I had to do it on the outside and cleanly. There was a space and I went for it.”

Pagenaud’s runner-up finish was his third this season to go with the three consecutive wins he put together at Long Beach, Barber Motorsports Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The driver of the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet leaves the Belle Isle doubleheader with an 80-point championship lead over Scott Dixon, who finished fifth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

“(Power) made a great pass and he was very aggressive on the restart,” Pagenaud said. “I didn’t feel comfortable on cold tires. (I had) a really good car on long runs but I struggled on cold tires. He saw it and took his chance and that’s how you win races. “At that point you’ve got to be smart and think about the big picture. Congratulations to him. There was no point in colliding and trying too hard.”

Hunter-Reay, the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion for Andretti Autosport, finished third in the No. 28 DHL Honda. “We had good pace, but it wasn’t enough to close up and make a run for Simon or Will,” Hunter-Reay said. “Tough day, very physical circuit, two very physical races. I’m definitely a bit relieved that it’s over at this point.”

Josef Newgarden finished fourth in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer/Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, with Dixon fifth. Sebastien Bourdais, who won Saturday’s first race of the only doubleheader weekend on the 2016 schedule, led late today but had to stop for fuel and finished eighth in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevy.

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to oval racing for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10-11, with NBCSN picking up television coverage. Qualifying airs on a tape-delay basis at 6 p.m. ET Friday with the live race telecast beginning at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Notes

With completion of the two weekend races, Helio Castroneves has made 319 career Indy car starts and Tony Kanaan has 318. Both drivers passed Michael Andretti on the all-time starts list, with Castroneves now ranked fifth and Kanaan sixth. Fourth place on the list is held by Al Unser, with 320. Kanaan also extended his Indy car-record streak of consecutive starts to 257 and Dixon has 199, the third-longest streak in history. … Matt Brabham, who made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut last month in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and followed that up with a 22nd-place finish in the 10th Indianapolis 500, won both of the stadium super truck races completed this weekend at Belle Isle. Saturday’s scheduled race was red-flagged after one lap following a crash involving driver Matt Mingay. The Australian remained in serious but stable condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital after sustaining facial injuries.

Sebastien Bourdais, Conor Daly, and Juan Pablo Montoya hoist their trophies on the Winner's Circle at Belle Isle Park following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit -- Image by: Chris Owens

Sebastien Bourdais, Conor Daly, and Juan Pablo Montoya hoist their trophies on the Winner’s Circle at Belle Isle Park following Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit — Image by: Chris Owens

DETROIT (Saturday, June 4, 2016) – Sebastien Bourdais compared the first race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans to a game of Texas hold ’em. The KVSH Racing driver had the winning hand today, making history in the process.

Bourdais, the four-time Indy car season champion, won by 2.0401 seconds over Conor Daly in the 70-lap race on the 2.35-mile temporary street course at Belle Isle Park. It was the 37-year-old Frenchman’s 35th career victory, tying him with Bobby Unser for sixth on the all-time list.

“It’s like playing poker,” Bourdais said. “You know what hand you have right now at the moment, but every bet you make is going to work or not work based on what’s going to happen later on. You just have to make decisions and today we just got the lucky hand. The guys in the pits made the right call. Thankfully I didn’t make any mistakes, ran pretty well and pretty strong.”

Starting 13th in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet, Bourdais fell as low as 19th after pitting early to change to the black-sidewall Firestone primary tires most drivers preferred in the race. He charged to fourth by Lap 32 but didn’t take the race lead until Lap 55 when reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon made his final pit stop.

Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 1 Box Score

Bourdais stopped for fuel only two laps later, and when Daly needed to pit for a splash of Sunoco E85R ethanol on Lap 61, Bourdais regained the lead and took it to the checkered flag. On the heels of winning the second race of the 2015 Dual in Detroit, Bourdais has now won two consecutive Belle Isle races.

This year’s second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, also scheduled for 70 laps, is Sunday (3 p.m. ET on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network and 3:30 p.m. on ABC). It leaves Bourdais little time to savor the company he joined among Indy car racing’s all-time greats, three-time Indy 500 winner Unser, who also won 35 races.

“Every time you move up the ranks like this, you feel like you belong even more in a very elite group, a very small group of extremely talented drivers, some obviously who are legends,” Bourdais said. “I don’t know that I want to compare myself to any of those.”

Daly, meanwhile, was elated with second place, his best finish in 13 career Verizon IndyCar Series races.  “I am a happy human,” the 24-year-old American and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie said. “I have to continue to remember this is my first year, right? Everything has been all over the place up until this. To be on the podium my first year, it’s a really rewarding experience. I just hope I can do more, obviously.”

Team Penske’s quartet of drivers dominated the race early, with championship leader Simon Pagenaud, 2014 series champion Will Power and 1999 Indy car champion Juan Pablo Montoya leading the first 53 laps. But Pagenaud ran out of fuel on the final lap, finishing 13th, and Power’s day ended when a wheel nut on his car came loose on Lap 45, forcing him to pull off course.

Montoya finished third in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, his best result since winning the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March.

“We were trying to play the rain,” Montoya said. “When we restarted, we never really pushed. We were trying to make sure we could make it to the rain and the rain never came. We tried to run a smart race, but it didn’t happen. We got a decent podium out of it, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

Graham Rahal finished fourth in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda, just ahead of Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. Dixon finished 19th after suffering electrical issues in his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, but not before setting a track record lap of 1 minute, 14.6675 seconds (113.302 mph) on Lap 30.

Pagenaud retains the championship lead after seven of 16 races with 313 points. Castroneves is second heading into Sunday’s second race with 254 points, ahead of Dixon (247), Carlos Munoz (227), Josef Newgarden (227), Montoya (223) and Alexander Rossi (223), who finished 10th, six days after winning the 100th Indianapolis 500.