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Takuma Sato and Michael Andretti — IndyCar Image by Shawn Gritzmacher

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 28, 2017) – Many wondered if an experienced Formula One driver competing for Andretti Autosport could win the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. It happened, just not by the one some expected.

Takuma Sato capped off another thrilling Indianapolis 500 that featured a record number of drivers leading the race. The driver of the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda edged three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves to the finish line by 0.2011 of a second to become the first Japanese winner of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Sato passed Castroneves for the lead on Lap 195 – the last of 35 lead changes in the 200-lap race on the historic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and the seventh straight year that the decisive pass for the Indy 500 lead occurred in the last six laps. Sato held off aggressive charges from Castroneves, the driver of the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet, in the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history.

After spending seven years in Formula One, Sato came to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2010. His only previous Indy car victory was in 2013 with AJ Foyt Racing on the streets of Long Beach, California. Sato joined Andretti Autosport this season, and his first oval win today is the fifth for Andretti Autosport in the Indianapolis 500 – including three in the last four years.

“It’s such a privilege to win here,” said Sato, who crashed while battling eventual winner Dario Franchitti for the lead on the final lap of the 2012 Indy 500. “So whether it was the first attempt or eighth attempt or you had a drama in the past, it doesn’t really matter. Winning today, it’s just superb.

“But, yes, I do feel after 2012 I really needed to correct something I left over. Today, I was so happy that I made it and won in a good move.”

Sato is the 71st driver to win an Indianapolis 500 in its 101 runnings. The best previous finish by a Japanese driver was fifth by Tora Takagi in 2003.

Helio Castroneves cracks a smile following his runner-up finish in the Indianapolis 500 — IndyCar Image by Mike Harding

Castroneves overcame a black-flag penalty for jumping a restart and dodged mayhem in two race incidents to finish second at Indy for the third time – making him one of seven drivers with three Indianapolis 500 runner-up finishes. It is the 41st second-place finish of the Brazilian’s 20-year Indy car career, which ranks second all time.

“The Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy team almost got it done today,” said Castroneves, attempting for the 8th straight year to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as four-time Indy 500 winners. “It was so close.

“I say, ‘great job’ to my guys,” added Castroneves, who recovered from his worst Indy 500 start (19th) and the pit drive-through penalty to finish runner-up. “They worked their tails off, we saw it all today. We were in the back and we led some laps. We avoided disaster and we almost got (win) No. 4.”

Dale Coyne Racing rookie Ed Jones finished a career-best third. Like Castroneves, Jones had to climb from the rear of the field after having the rear wing assembly on his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda replaced during a pit stop.

“We kept pushing on, kept making up positions,” the 23-year-old from Dubai said. “I had a great Dale Coyne Racing car underneath me the whole way that got me to make those passes. … Congrats to Sato. I didn’t really have the pace for him and Helio at the end, but we did the best we could.”

Fernando Alonso was the most heralded rookie coming into the race. The two-time Formula One champion, who bypassed today’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix to fulfill a dream to drive in the Indy 500, started fifth, ran up front most of the day and led 27 laps in the No. 29 McLaren-Honda-Andretti Honda. Alonso’s race came to a premature conclusion 24th place with a mechanical issue after 179 laps.

“Obviously disappointed not to finish the race because every race you compete, you want to be at the checkered flag,” Alonso said. “Today, (it) was not possible. Anyway, (it) was a great experience, the last two weeks. I came here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself. I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 car. I didn’t know if I can be as quick as anyone in an Indy car.

“Thanks to INDYCAR, an amazing experience,” the 35-year-old Spaniard added. “Thanks to Indianapolis, thanks to the fans. I felt at home. I’m not American, but I felt really proud to race here.”

Despite going a lap down early with handling issues, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton led the most laps (50) before finishing fourth. It was the best showing of the 26-year-old Brit’s two-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

“I don’t think anyone has ever won this race without a little bit of luck,” said Chilton, driver of the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. “When we did end up getting out front, the car was really quick and you can see why this place is so special and so electric in that moment. … To come from a lap down to lead and have a chance to win here at Indy is a massive accomplishment for the whole team.”

A total of 15 drivers led the event, breaking the record of 14 set in 2013.

The race was slowed by 11 cautions periods for a total of 50 laps. A red flag stopped action for 19 minutes to repair the SAFER Barrier and catch fencing in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2. It was the result of a Lap 53 collision between Jay Howard and pole sitter Scott Dixon that vaulted Dixon’s car into the safety materials on the inside of the track. Neither driver was injured.

“I’m just a little beaten up,” said Dixon, driver of the No. 9 Camping World Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. “It was definitely a bit of a rough ride.

“I was hoping that Jay was going to stay against the wall, but obviously, there was the impact. I had already picked that way to go and there was nowhere else to go to avoid him. It was definitely a wild ride. Big thanks to the Holmatro Safety Team, INDYCAR and Dallara and everyone for the safety standards we have on these cars.”

Buddy Lazier was involved in a single-car incident on Lap 122. The 1996 Indy 500 winner spun and contacted the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier in the No. 44 Lazier Racing-StalkIt-Tivoli Lodge Chevrolet. Complaining of chest discomfort, Lazier was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he was treated and released.

The final caution flag waved on Lap 184 when the cars of James Davison and Oriol Servia touched in Turn 2, sparking a five-car incident that also collected James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden and Will Power. None of the drivers was injured.

Sato becomes the sixth different winner in as many Verizon IndyCar Series races this season and jumps to third place in the standings. Castroneves leads with 245 points while reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud, Sato and Dixon each has 234. Alexander Rossi is fifth in points with 190 after finishing seventh today.

The Verizon IndyCar Series travels to the Raceway at Belle Isle Park for next weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, the only doubleheader weekend on the 2017 schedule. The races air at 3:30 p.m. ET June 3 and 4 on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 25, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais, injured in a crash May 20 during a qualifying attempt for the 101st Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, was discharged from IU Health Methodist Hospital on Wednesday and has been moved to a local rehabilitation facility.

Bourdais sustained multiple pelvic fractures and a fractured right hip when his No. 18 GEICO Honda crashed into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2 on the third lap of his qualifications attempt Saturday. The Dale Coyne Racing driver underwent successful surgery that evening at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

“Sebastien is progressing amazingly fast for having pelvis and hip fractures, and considering the severity of the crash,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Scheid, an INDYCAR medical consultant. “He is walking with crutches, in good spirits and feeling good.

“We expect the fractures to heal in around eight weeks and he should be able to start putting weight on the right leg then. Until that time, he can work on rehabilitating his upper body, core strength and range of motion in the hip.”

Bourdais, the 38-year-old four-time Indy car champion, expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in his care from the time of the incident.

“I’m obviously really happy to be up on my feet and feeling pretty good about being able to walk on crutches,” Bourdais said. “I’m really thankful to all the people at IU Health Methodist and the Holmatro Safety Team, everybody at INDYCAR and my team, Dale Coyne Racing, for helping me achieve that so early after the crash.

“It’s going to be a bit of a long road ahead,” he added. “I still have six weeks before I can put weight on my right leg and put my foot on the ground, but after that it should be pretty smooth sailing. I’m really looking forward to the day I can get back in the car, and hopefully that will be before the end of the season. I look forward to seeing you guys at the track.”

Updates on Bourdais’ condition will be released when available.



INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, May 24, 2017 — Just like last year, race fans are encouraged to arrive as early as possible for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28. With one of the largest crowds in decades expected to fill the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day, the easiest way to ensure a stress-free day at the track is to arrive by the time all gates open at 6am (ET).

“Momentum from the 100th Running has carried over into this year’s race, and we expect our second-largest crowd in at least the last 20 years,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “So we’re encouraging fans to get here early and take a little extra time to map out their route to the Speedway and fully plan their day at the track.”

Gates at IMS open at 6am following the traditional cannon blast. From there, fans looking to beat traffic and avoid longer lines can take advantage of many fun opportunities, including:

•  IMS Museum: The Museum, which opens at 6am on Race Day, features a special exhibit honoring legendary four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt this year. Learn more about the Museum’s world-renowned attractions here:

•  Fan Midway: This year’s Fan Midway features several exciting attractions, including the NERF Nitro Kids Zone and interactive activations from Yamaha, Crown Royal, Disney and more. The action-packed Chevy Stage is also in the lot adjacent to the Midway.

•  Shopping and Food: A wide array of 101st Running attire and collectibles will go fast, so don’t miss out! Shop for family and friends while supplies last. All concessions and retailers will open at 6am.

•  BorgWarner Trophy March to the Bricks: Back by popular demand, the Borg-Warner Trophy will begin an epic March to the iconic Yard of Bricks at 8am from the IMS Museum.  Line up outside the west side of the Museum for a chance to see one of the most famous trophies in the world – escorted by the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers – begin its journey to Victory Podium.

•  IMS Red Carpet: This year, the IMS Red Carpet is moving just north of Pagoda Plaza with celebrities walking the carpet from 9-10am.  The fans lining up in the viewing area earliest will have the best view of Race Day celebrities and also receive free Race Day swag!

•  Rolling Stage: Also making a repeat appearance this year is the IMS rolling stage, which will begin circling the track at 10am. Popular alternative rock band Jonathan Jackson + Enation will play in Turns 1, 2 and 4. Band leader Jonathan Jackson is a star on the CMT show “Nashville.”

•  Epic PreRace! Be in your seat for it: This year’s pre-race ceremonies will serve as a fitting, stunning tribute to our nation’s military heroes and continue as America’s greatest Memorial Day Weekend sporting tradition. Be in your seat early to ensure you see every can’t-miss moment.

Other Important Race Day Tips for Fans

•  Plan Your Visit: Use to enhance your day at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” This central hub includes the most current information on parking, schedules, directions, allowed and prohibited items, and more.

•  IMS App and Twitter: Download the IMS app, available on both iPhone and Android, before Race Weekend. Also follow the IMS (@IMS), Town of Speedway Police (@SpeedwayPD) and Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) accounts on Twitter for the latest Race Day information.

•  Cooler, Backpack Restrictions: No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.

•  Parking: All IMS exterior parking lots open at 5am on Race Morning, while interior lots open at 6am.   All IMS exterior and interior parking is sold out. A Limited number of IMS ADA parking passes remain available for purchase. These must be purchased before Race Morning at the IMS Ticket Office.

•  Gate 2, Gate 10 Access: Gate 2 and Gate 10 are not accessible via car on Race Day without a pre-paid parking pass. Fans with a pre-paid parking pass in Turn 3 must enter IMS through Gate 10, not Gate 2.

•  Road Closures: To increase the safety and security of race patrons, the Speedway Police Department will close Georgetown Road and 16th Street to all vehicular traffic during the running of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Georgetown Road will be closed south of 25th Street beginning at 7am. After Georgetown Rd is closed, no vehicular traffic, including placarded traffic, will be allowed to access the roadway. Race patrons with pre-paid parking passes who are accustomed to entering IMS Gate 7 must enter through Gate 2 (W. 16th Street) or Gate 10 (30th Street).

Upon completion of the race, Georgetown Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the vast majority of race pedestrian foot traffic clears from the roadway (approximately two hours after the race).

In addition, 16th Street will be closed between Olin Ave. on the east to the 16th St. roundabout on the west from approximately 11am until the race ends. In addition, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, as it will be blocked at 10th St.

Once 16th Street is closed, traffic traveling east on Crawfordsville Road from the west will be turned around at the 16th Street roundabout. Traffic traveling west on 16th Street from downtown will be diverted south on Olin Avenue.

•  More Traffic, Road Information: Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information regarding access to IMS, visit For additional information, follow on Twitter the Indiana State Police @IndStatePolice, the Speedway Police Department @SpeedwayPD or listen to radio stations WNFI-AM 1070 or WIBC-FM 93.1

Tickets: Visit to purchase tickets for the 101st Indianapolis 500 — Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28, and for more information on the complete Month of May schedule at IMS.


New 2018 Car Renderings


By INDYCAR | Published: May 24, 2017

INDYCAR has released the “NEXT” concept images of the car that will be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series competitors in 2018.

The newest images give more definition to the sleek and bold look of the universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will fit to the current Dallara IR-12 chassis in 2018. The supplier of the universal kit has yet to be finalized, but the kit has been reverse-designed to start with a look of past Indy car favorites while also incorporating the latest technological and safety advancements.

INDYCAR, sanctioning body for the premier North American open-wheel racing series, is on target to begin testing the car by mid-summer. Verizon IndyCar Series teams will still choose between Chevrolet and Honda engines for competition in 2018. As with the current aero kits provided by Chevrolet and Honda through the end of this season, the universal car will come in two configurations: one for superspeedway ovals and the other for street courses, road courses, and short ovals.

Check the photos below to compare the superspeedway configuration (first photo below) with the road course/short oval configuration (second photo below).

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Speedway configuration (front view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Road course/short oval configuration (front view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Speedway configuration (3/4 view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Road course/short oval configuration (3/4 view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Speedway configuration (side view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Road course/short oval configuration (side view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Speedway configuration (rear 3/4 view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Road course/short oval configuration (rear 3/4 view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Speedway configuration (rear view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Road course/short oval configuration (rear 3/4 view)

New 2018 Aero Kit Concept Rendering

Speedway configuration (top view)


Indianapolis, IN (May 20, 2017) – As four-time open-wheel Champion Sebastien Bourdais readies for qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, he will find a familiar logo on-board his car when he takes to the famed Brickyard today with longtime partner, GEICO, stepping up to offer primary support of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

GEICO has been involved in IndyCar as a sponsor for 12 years and visited the winner’s circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013.

In their four-year partnership with Bourdais, GEICO has accompanied him to Victory Lane on five occasions, with the most recent trip coming after he collected a win at the 2017 season-opening event at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 12th.

Bourdais, whose career includes 36 wins nd 33 poles, continued his fast ways at the legendary 2.5-mile speedway this week. The native of Le Mans, France was quickest yesterday and picked up the Harding Group Fastest Lap of the Day Award for his lap of 233.116 mph, which was also the fastest lap recorded so far, this month.

His speed leaves him feeling optimistic heading into next week’s race and excited that GEICO will serve as his primary sponsor.

“This is the fourth season that I’ve had the privilege of having GEICO on my car, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have them step up as a primary partner for the biggest race of the season,” shared Bourdais, driver of the newly unveiled #18 GEICO machine. “We’ve had some great performances already this season with the Dale Coyne Racing team and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do next Sunday with the GEICO Honda.

The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is on Sunday, May 28th, and it will be televised live on ABC beginning at 11:00 AM (ET). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network will carry the live radio broadcast, along with Sirius Radio channel 214 and XM Radio channel 209.

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Al Unser Jr. wins his first Indianapolis 500 by .043 of a second over Scott Goodyear in the closest Indianapolis 500 1-2 finish in history — IMS Image

Penske Racing’s Sam Hornish Jr. takes the checkered flag just barely ahead of Marco Andretti to end the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the second closest finish ever — IndyCar Image by Leigh Spargur

No. 28 DHL Honda

“There is no better time of the year than May in Indy. Every year IMS becomes more and more special to me, and I spend the entire year thinking about returning. We’re lucky to have two races in the same month at the best racetrack in the world. Obviously, we’re all looking forward to putting a frustrating start to the season behind us and we’ll be working hard this weekend at the INDYCAR Grand Prix to get top results for the DHL team.”

Current Points Standings: 9 (82 pts.)

IMS Road Course IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 3        Best Start: 3 (2014)        Best Finish: 2 (2014)

No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS /Curb Honda

“It’s finally the month of May and we get to drive around Indianapolis, albeit the road course this time. It’s a great track and it was one of my favorites last year, so I cannot wait to start off the month on the right foot. We’ve got a lot of untapped potential in the NAPA Honda, and we need to show that this weekend.”

Current Points Standings: 12 (75 pts.)

IMS Road Course IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 1        Best Start: 12 (2016)        Best Finish: 10 (2016)

No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda

“It’s hard to believe already the time for month of May! My season is positive, but a little frustrated as we had several issues and couldn’t achieve the result we wanted. Having said that, three quarters of the season is still very open and I am so motivated to moving forward. Indy GP is one of unique track in the calendar where you could go pretty much similar lap time between high-downforce and low-downforce package. It also gives us a good overtaking opportunity as it has such a long straight with heavy braking follows. The race here is always an exciting one and I’m very much looking forward to back in Indianapolis. This is the place we want to get our rhythm back and build a good momentum for the most important weekend coming up.”

Current Points Standings: 11 (79 pts.)

IMS Road Course IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 3        Best Start: 16 (2014)        Best Finish: 9 (2014, 2015)

No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

“We need to maximize on everything at IMS for the Grand Prix this weekend and get some positive momentum going to carry with us through May. The road course at IMS is a fun track to drive and has good passing opportunities, so hoping the UFD car will be able to run well and take advantage.”

Current Points Standings: 19 (57 pts.)

IMS Road Course IndyCar History

Number of Starts: 3        Best Start: 13 (2014)        Best Finish: 14 (2014)

Andretti Autosport Race Preview, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda

“I’m really excited to race again after the win at Barber and short break, especially with it now being the month of May.  I love racing at Indianapolis, its special and historic, and I can’t wait to begin the Grand Prix weekend. The team has been working hard, and we’re ready to tackle the road course at Indy.”

IMS Road Course Indy Lights History
The 2017 event will be Herta’s first Indy Lights race on the IMS Road Course.
No. 27 DuraMAX Powered by RelaDyne Mazda 

“I am extremely excited heading into the month of May. I feel like the team and I are in the best shape we’ve ever been in, and we’re bringing momentum from Barber (Motorsports Park) with us! We had an amazing pace when we tested in September at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at IMS. I know we’ll have a strong car on both the road and oval courses, and I’m very excited to represent the DuraMAX Team in pursuit of victory lane.”
IMS Road Course Indy Lights History
The 2017 event will be Jamin’s first Indy Lights race on the IMS Road Course.

No. 48 Flip Side Mazda

“I am so excited to get on track at Indianapolis! I’ve not raced on this track before, but I’m ready to get to work with Andretti Autosport for the month of May. The whole vibe in Indy during May is something special, with all the great fans and the history of the Indianapolis 500. I think we will be strong here with all the work with the engineers, team and I have put in. The crew in the shop have put together a great car, while I’ve spent time in the simulator preparing for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Freedom 100. I can’t wait!”

IMS Road Course Indy Lights History
The 2017 event will be Norman’s first Indy Lights race on the IMS Road Course.
No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda

“The Indy GP should be an awesome race. It’s one of my favorite events of the year, and kicks of May. The track layout always leads to great racing with the long straightaways providing an opportunity to draft and use push-to-pass. We’ve had a bit of a break since Barber and we’ve used that opportunity to look at what we’ve done so far in the season and reflect. I think we’ve got a great plan going into the race weekend, and I know we have competitive cars, so it will be a matter of doing well in qualifying and having a good race. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda up front this weekend.”
IMS Road Course Indy Lights History
Number of Starts: 2    Best Start: 13 (2016, Race 2)   Best Finish: 12 (2016, Race 2)