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VeeKay: “Most amazing qualifying” at Indy 500

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Rookie Rinus VeeKay has described his performance in the Fast Nine shootout as the "most amazing qualifying" as he took fourth spot for this weekend's Indianapolis 500. Despite the general consensus being that Chevrolet was down on power compared with Honda when they ran 1.5-bar boost, which teams use on Fast Friday, qualifying and the Fast Nine shootout, VeeKay proved that a great handling car could help make up the deficit. The #21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet had looked fast and stable in dirty air during practice, but it also responded well to being trimmed out for qualifying. The Dutch teenager was sixth on Saturday, behind four Andretti Autosport cars and Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, and then on Sunday only one Andretti car - that of Marco Andretti - could outpace him, along with Dixon and Takuma Sato's consistent Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda. Thus VeeKay became the best qualifying Indy..

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Indianapolis 500 polesitter Andretti holds top spot in Sunday practice

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Marco Andretti doubled up on his Indianapolis 500 pole position with the fastest time in IndyCar's Sunday afternoon practice, just beating Penske's Helio Castroneves to top spot. Soon after Andretti's narrow victory over Dixon in qualifying, IndyCar ran a two-hour and 30 minute session in which the turbos were wound down to the permitted race-day boost of 1.3-bar and with race-day downforce levels. While six drivers turned 100 laps or more, Andretti turned just 27 - and yet the 21st of these was the fastest of the session, a 224.122mph effort which just shaded the best effort of Team Penske-Chevrolet's three-time Indy 500 winner, Helio Castroneves. The Brazilian was one of four Chevrolet cars in the Top 10, which seemed stronger relative to their Honda-powered rivals with the boost dialled back and in traffic, compared to qualifying trim. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who placed unint..

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Andretti beats Dixon to claim 2020 Indy 500 pole position

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Marco Andretti denied Scott Dixon pole position for the 2020 Indianapolis 500 with the last run of Fast Nine qualifying - taking the squad's first pole for the race since 2005. Andretti, who had finished the first day of qualifying on Saturday fastest, was the last driver in the Fast Nine to make his sole four-lap run around the 2.5-mile oval, needing to beat Dixon's 231.051mph average to take pole for next Sunday's race. The #98 Honda powered machine matched Dixon, with the first two laps being in the 231mph range, but Dixon's third lap being slightly faster than Andretti's effort. On the final lap of Andretti's run, he pulled out 0.195mph on Dixon to snatch pole by just 0.017mph and give the Andretti family its first since Marco's grandfather, 1969 winner Mario, took his third pole in 1987. Dixon, whose #9 Chip Ganassi machine was significantly more trimmed out than his rival..

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Autosport 70: How an F1 champion conquered Indycar

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Nigel Mansell was the Formula 1 world champion when he decided to switch to Indycar for 1993. In the 14 August 2014 CART special issue of Autosport magazine, he told us why he made the move and described the challenges he had to overcome Nigel Mansell spent just two seasons in Indycar racing in 1993-94, and during that short stay he put the series in the international spotlight like never before. He broke all the records by winning the title in his rookie year, and impressed even the most sceptical observers with his commitment in the car. And, as ever, drama seemed to follow him around, on and off the track. Mansell's move to America, as the reigning Formula 1 world champion at the very top of his game, remains one of the most remarkable episodes in recent motorsport history. It stemmed from the implosion of his negotiations with Williams for 1993. "It's no secret that at that time there were the golden..

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Andretti leads Indy 500 qualifying opener

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Marco Andretti headed an Andretti Autosport one-two-three-four on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying, as Team Penske struggled, while Fernando Alonso could only manage 26th on the grid. Indy 500 qualifying rules allow each driver a guaranteed four-lap run of the 2.5-mile oval, with their average speed over these laps counting towards their grid positions, with the top nine advancing to Sunday's 'Fast Nine'. With the order for these guaranteed runs randomly drawn, Andretti was the 28th driver of the capacity field of 33 to make his run, clocking in at 231.351mph - a speed which would ultimately not be beaten for the remainder of the session. Andretti's team-mates 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and 2016 victor Alexander Rossi were both within 0.100mph of the #98 Honda powered machine in hot conditions at the speedway, as James Hinchcliffe's sole run was enough to see off Scott Dixon&..

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Marco Andretti tops Fast Friday at Indy 500

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Marco Andretti's startling morning speed was enough to keep him in top spot in Indy 500 practice as drivers spent a tough afternoon struggling to get a strong four-lap average. While Takuma Sato has said the IMS track surface has been surprisingly kind to the Firestones over race stints, the track conditions on Friday threw up the problems predicted by Simon Pagenaud's race engineer Ben Bretzman when it came to qualifying simulations. The drivers who were trimmed out could start off with a really strong first lap but the loss of tyre grip caused by 1.5-bar boost sending cars into the turn 8-10mph faster than yesterday, and increased weight transference thanks to the aeroscreen's position and mass, would cause up to 4mph to bleed away by the fourth lap of a run. Other drivers tried keeping more downforce on, and while this lowered their ultimate speed, they were rewarded by greater consistency across..

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Dixon fastest on day two of Indy 500 practice as Alonso crashes

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Chip Ganassi racer Scott Dixon topped the speed charts on the second day of Indy 500 practice, while double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso became the first driver to crash. Five-time IndyCar champion Dixon clocked a 226.102mph lap in the final hour of the day's running, around 0.4mph ahead of Takuma Sato's top time from the morning, while Marco Andretti slotted his Andretti Herta Autosport machine into third to make it a Honda 1-2-3. Conor Daly again looked strong for Ed Carpenter Racing, landing P4 - the last of the cars under the 40s barrier and the top Chevrolet runner - while fastest rookie was Alex Palou's Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh entry in fifth. Colton Herta took sixth - and second fastest speed set without the aid of a tow, beaten only by Jack Harvey in the Meyer Shank Racing-Honda, which broke into the 222mph zone. PLUS: Why 2020 offers a second-generation racer his best Indy 500..

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Hinchcliffe tops opening day of Indy 500 practice, Alonso fifth on return

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email James Hinchcliffe led an Andretti Autosport 1-2-4 on the opening day of practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso clocked the fifth fastest time. Making only his third IndyCar Series outing of the year, 2016 pole-winner Hinchcliffe turned a 224.526mph average on his 35th of 80 laps in the afternoon session to edge teammate Marco Andretti by 0.18mph. Similarly impressive was his no-tow speed of 220.732mph, a mere 0.003mph slower than teammate and 2014 Indy winner Ryan Hunter-Reay who ended the day fourth fastest overall. The non-Andretti interloper in the top four was series points leader Scott Dixon's Chip Ganassi Racing machine, the 2008 Indy 500 winner clocking a best effort of 224.046mph. One year after failing to qualify for the 500, two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso's resumption of his assault on the Triple Crown began well with the fifth fastest time - and top Chevrolet runn..

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Alonso: Indy 500 will be “impossible” during F1 return with Renault

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Fernando Alonso has said next week's Indianapolis 500 will be his last attempt at the triple crown for at least two years, as he returns to Formula 1 with Renault. In 2017, McLaren's F1 prospects were so poor that Alonso was able to skip the Monaco Grand Prix with the team's blessing in order to take part in the Indy 500 with a McLaren-backed Andretti Autosport entry. He starred and was in contention for the win until his Honda engine blew. Having taken a two-year sabbatical from F1, Alonso has found it easier to prepare for Indy for the two editions, but in 2021 he will relight his F1 career at Renault. There had been much speculation that with the Monaco GP and the Indy 500 set to not run on the same weekend next season, 23rd May and 30th May respectively, that he might be able to do both, despite Indy qualifying being held on the Monaco weekend. Indianapolis Motor Speedway rules are that the car..

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Pagenaud: Indy 500 calls need to be quick and right with condensed schedule

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud says the condensed practice schedule for this year's race leaves far less leeway for experimenting with set up. The Team Penske ace conquered last year's Indy 500 after a thrilling duel with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport, and can expect to be one of the pre-race favourites again. However, Pagenaud is wary of the fact that with just two days of practice before switching to Fast Friday turbo boost levels, as highlighted by his race engineer Ben Bretzman last week, track time will be at a premium. Following Fast Nine qualifying on Sunday, the teams are set for 2hrs30mins more practice at race day boost, but then won't hit the track again until Carb Day's two-hour session the last practice before the race. There are yet further time constraints possible - maybe probable - due to the poor weather forecast for this week. "It's ..

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