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INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 25, 2018) – The highly anticipated documentary on four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, “Born Racer,” scheduled for release later this year, unveiled its teaser trailer today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

“Born Racer” is the powerful and inspirational story of dedication, danger, fear and the rare will to defy all personal limitations that Dixon demonstrated in his successful IndyCcar career. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion ranks 4th in all-time IndyCar victories with 41 – one behind 3rd-place Michael Andretti. The 37-year-old New Zealander will start Sunday’s Indy 500 from the outside of Row 3.

Along with his wife, Emma, and team owner Chip Ganassi, Dixon debuted the documentary trailer for media attending “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” this weekend.

“‘Born Racer’ is a big milestone for me personally, so I couldn’t think of a better place to launch the teaser trailer than the Indianapolis 500,” Dixon said. “It’s strange seeing yourself on the big screen, but also rather exciting. I hope it will give people a real insight, not only into the cars and the drivers, but the entire racing community and the huge amount of work that goes into making this all happen.”

Co-produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group and GFC Films, “Born Racer” was filmed last year with an all-access lens, following Dixon and the Chip Ganassi Racing team to Verizon IndyCar Series races and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It also delved into the personal lives of the Dixon family.

The film was directed by Bryn Evans and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Fraser Brown. Metcalfe produced the popular “McLaren” documentary that premiered last year.

For more information on “Born Racer,” visit BornRacerMovie.com or contact: Charlotte Jordan, Publicity Manager, Acquisitions for Universal Pictures International & UK (Charlotte.jordan@nbcuni.com); or Kelly Walker, Publicity Director, Acquisitions, Universal Pictures International & UK (Kelly.walker@nbcuni.com).

… from IndyCar.com

Humans of Racing Master

The Humans of Racing Series was created by Kaaveh Akbari to be a social media presence to tell the stories about the people not necessarily seen in the limelight in the motorsports industry. Having stepped away from the industry almost 10 years ago, Kaaveh realized what he missed the most was the people that he had  worked with. There are many fascinating people in this industry, and his hope is to tell you as many of their stories as possible. This from Kaaveh Akbari

We spent some time getting to know Andretti Autosport’s Jeremy Milless – Race Engineer for the #27 Alexander Rossi NAPA Autoparts Honda

Jeremy doesn’t hit the mold of a traditional race engineer, but he and Alexander started hitting their stride together in the second half of the 2017 season, with a victory at Watkins Glen.

This duo has to be seen as a championship contender for 2018.

We had a great time speaking to both, and it’s obvious in this video that the two share an awesome working relationship.

Fastest of the Day – Team Penske #3 Pennzoil Dallara-Chevrolet driven by Helio Castroneves – IndyCar Image by John Cote

From: IndyCar.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The first day of qualifying for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was an emotional roller coaster. It had nail-biting four-lap attempts, rain delays that threw a wrench into strategies, last-minute bids to bump into the field and ultimate heartbreak for those left on the outside looking in.

The 33 cars and drivers that will start the race on May 27 were established in qualifying today. Two drivers – including Verizon IndyCar Series favorite James Hinchcliffe – will not be a part of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” this year as a result of the dramatic qualifications process.

“It’s part of what makes this race so special,” team owner/driver Ed Carpenter said of the bumping that occurred for the first time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2011.

Helio Castroneves was the fastest qualifier of the day with a four-lap run on the 2.5-mile oval at 228.919 mph in the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet. All three of his teammates – Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Josef Newgarden – will join the three-time Indy 500 winner in Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout to determine the race starting order for the first three rows, including the Verizon P1 Award pole winner.

Joining the Team Penske quartet in the Fast Nine Shootout will be the Ed Carpenter Racing trio of Carpenter, Spencer Pigot and Danica Patrick. Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan and Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing rounded out the fastest nine qualifiers and represent the only Honda drivers who will have a shot at the pole position as Chevrolet dominated the day.

At the other end of the spectrum, James Davison recovered from a crash in Friday’s practice to qualify the No. 33 Jonathan Byrd’s 502 East Chevrolet in the 33rd and final position. The 31-year-old Australian then nervously waited out the end of qualifying at 5:50 p.m. ET to stay in the field.

The fortunes weren’t so kind for Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann. Hinchcliffe had to wait to make a qualifying attempt until after a 1-hour, 50-minute delay for rain and wet track conditions. The first driver on the oval after qualifying resumed, Hinchcliffe posted a disappointing run of 224.784 mph.

Hinchcliffe was bumped out of the field by friend and former roommate Conor Daly with less than 20 minutes left in the session. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew rolled the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda into the priority qualifying line, but Hinchcliffe sensed a vibration in the car on the warmup lap and didn’t start the attempt.

After quick repairs, the car was rushed back into the qualifying line, but the gun signaling the end of qualifying was fired with Mann on track and Hinchcliffe – the 2016 Indy 500 pole sitter – next to go.

Mann, who’d been bumped earlier a Daly attempt, wasn’t able to muster enough speed on her final try to dislodge Davison from the field. The last driver to be bumped from the field was Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2011, though he was later named as a replacement driver in a qualified entry.

The 6-hour, 50-minute qualifying session was halted twice for a total of 2 hours, 41 minutes by rain.

The drivers who qualified 10th through 33rd Saturday will each make one four-lap run in final qualifying at 2:45 p.m. Sunday – in reverse order of their qualifying speeds Saturday – to determine the grid positions for those cars.

They’ll be followed by the Fast Nine Shootout at 5 p.m. – also run in reverse order from Saturday’s speeds – to set the first three rows. Castroneves is a four-time Indy 500 pole winner. Only retired Team Penske driver and four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears has started at the head of the field more times (six) in race history.

Qualifying will stream live on WatchESPN from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, with ABC picking up the national broadcast from 4-6 p.m.

The 102nd running of the world’s largest single-day sporting event airs live at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27 on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

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Humans of Racing Master

The Humans of Racing Series was created by Kaaveh Akbari to be a social media presence to tell the stories about the people not necessarily seen in the limelight in the motorsports industry. Having stepped away from the industry almost 10 years ago, Kaaveh realized what he missed the most was the people that he had  worked with. There are many fascinating people in this industry, and his hope is to tell you as many of their stories as possible. This from Kaaveh Akbari

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Carlos Fernandes is one of the guys in the racing paddock that everyone smiles about when hearing his name.

In the spring of 2000, I skipped a day of school to watch the Indy Racing League test at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (sorry, Mom!). At the time, I was 17, and I snuck into the infield and made myself at home in pit lane.

One of the people I quickly noticed was a short dude with a shiny bald head working for Kelley Racing. His unique look and personality definitely stood out.

cfThree years later, I was an intern at Kelley Racing working the Indianapolis 500, where I officially became a co-worker with Carlos for the first time. Our paths would cross again at Panther Racing, between 2004 and 2005, and again at Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2010.

It has been a privilege to work with Carlos on various teams, but more importantly, it’s been awesome just getting to know such an awesome dude. He graciously took the time to chat on camera with me and told me about his upbringing in Macau (just across from Hong Kong), the love of racing at an early age, and how lucky he has been throughout his racing career.

Check out the video above to get to know Carlos, and leave us a comment with your thoughts.

This video interview is just one of the Humans of Racing Series …

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GJ

Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeski — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in MayDay 20

No. 20 — Gordon Johncock — 1975 Sinmast Wildcat/DGS

Starting in 1973 and over the next 10-plus years, Johncock was synonymous with the number 20 and Patrick Racing.

For 1975, he had a new sponsor, a new chassis and a new engine. It all added up to a fast combination, as Johncock was among the leaders every day in practice and held the pole for a while before A.J. Foyt bumped him off with a run late in the day.

Johncock jumped to the lead at the start of the race, but fell out after just 11 laps and finished 31st. DGS stood for Drake, Goosen and Sparks, as in engine pioneers Dale Drake, Leo Goosen and Art Sparks.

The name was something of a tribute by George Bignotti, who helped modify an Offy engine to create the DGS.

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