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Alexander Rossi To Join Acura Team Penske Driver Lineup In 2019

Alexander Rossi To Join Acura Team Penske Driver Lineup In 2019

10/12/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28264463
Chevrolet to power McLaren, Fernando Alonso at 2019 Indianapolis 500

Chevrolet to power McLaren, Fernando Alonso at 2019 Indianapolis 500

05/12/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28234165
Speedway LLC Named Official Fuel And Official Convenience Store For IndyCar, IndyCar Series, Indiana

Speedway LLC Named Official Fuel And Official Convenience Store For IndyCar, IndyCar Series, Indiana

28/11/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28185468
Santino Ferrucci Returns to Coyne for 2019 IndyCar Series Season

Santino Ferrucci Returns to Coyne for 2019 IndyCar Series Season

21/11/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28147975
Jordan King to Make His Indianapolis 500 Debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Jordan King to Make His Indianapolis 500 Debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

15/11/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28098793
Legendary Rock Band Foreigner To Headline Miller Lite Carb Day Concert May 24

Legendary Rock Band Foreigner To Headline Miller Lite Carb Day Concert May 24

15/11/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28098794
Carl Edwards Welcomed Into Texas Hall of Fame

Carl Edwards Welcomed Into Texas Hall of Fame

10/11/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 28066931
INDYCAR
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer RacinToday.com FORT WORTH, Texas – He wasn’t packing a helmet and he declined several requests to reprise his signature back flip off a stage. With that, retired NASCAR star Carl Edwards celebrated his induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame as 2017 classmate to popular IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves. Edwards [...]

http://www.racintoday.com/archives/63316
Newgarden victorious again at Barber Motorsports Park, rain or shine

Newgarden victorious again at Barber Motorsports Park, rain or shine

24/04/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 26508044
               
     
Verizon IndyCar Series
  For Immediate Release  

Newgarden victorious again at Barber Motorsports Park, rain or shine

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Monday, April 23, 2018) - Josef Newgarden raced on cruise control in today's completion of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America's First. Even a return of rain late in the race didn't prevent the Team Penske driver from collecting his third Verizon IndyCar Series win at Barber Motorsports Park in the past four years.

Newgarden drove the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet to a 9.9607-second victory at the hilly 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course, despite increasingly treacherous track conditions as rain that caused the race to be suspended after 22 laps on Sundayreappeared for the final 15 laps today.

"More hectic than you would want at the end," Newgarden admitted. "It seemed like it was pretty straightforward all day. We weren't having yellows, it was dry, then that rain made it very nerve-racking."

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Official results

The victory was the ninth of Newgarden's six-year Verizon IndyCar Series career. All the wins have come since 2015, including his maiden triumph at Barber that same year. It was also the sixth Team Penske win in nine Barber races and the 199th overall Indy car win for the historic team.

The race picked up today from where it was halted by heavy rain and flooded track conditions on Sunday. Newgarden, who started from the pole position and was still in first place for the restart, quickly pulled away from the field in cloudy but dry conditions. The Tennessee native built a commanding 25-second lead over Sebastien Bourdais when rain began falling around the circuit on Lap 66.

Newgarden was the first driver opting to pit for Firestone rain tires on Lap 71, surrendering the lead to Bourdais.

"I think for us we did the only thing we could," the reigning series champion said. "We went to rain (tires) as soon as it intensified. We had to. I think it was the right thing to do, just because we're in the lead, we have the most to lose by not putting on rains early.

"Fortunately, the weather cooperated with what we needed, and I think that's ultimately what got it done."

Hoping to make it to the end on the slick dry-condition tires, Bourdais stayed out as long as possible in the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda. But the precipitation increased and the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver was forced to stop for rain tires on Lap 76. Bourdais finished fifth.

"Josef went for the push and it looked like we were still going to beat him because he pitted (for rain tires) and we got ahead," Bourdais said. "I had enough fuel to finish, but unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to open the skies and there wasn't anything we could do about that. We tried to stay out and it bit us.

"Unfortunately, you can't predict what the weather is going to do, so you have to make a call one way or the other and we were on the wrong side of the fence today."

Once Bourdais pitted, Newgarden reclaimed the lead and drove comfortably to the checkered flag on Lap 82. Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second in the No. 28 DHL Honda.

"With the rain coming, I could see the clouds coming, the moisture starting to accumulate on the visor, (the car) sliding around a little bit," Hunter-Reay said following his 39th career podium finish and first of 2018. "The key there was trying to pit (for rain tires) at the right time, not too early to where you burn the fronts off and not too late to where you'd be sliding around too much on slicks.

"We were coming there at the end. I think we had really good rain pace, catching Newgarden by a bunch every lap, but just a little too late. All in all, a good weekend. Drama-free for us, so nice."

James Hinchcliffe finished third - the Canadian's best Barber finish in eight starts - in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda.

With the win, Newgarden recaptured the championship lead after four of 17 races. He has 158 points, 13 more than Alexander Rossi, who gambled longest on slick tires and finished 11th today in the No. 27 Kerauno / MilitaryToMotorsports.com Honda for Andretti Autosport. Bourdais is third with 119 points, the same number as Graham Rahal, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver who finished seventh today. Bourdais holds the tiebreaker based on his win in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida.

The initial four laps of today's restart were run under full-course caution behind the pace car, but once the green flag waved on Lap 27, the remainder ran without a yellow flag. The race ended eight laps shy of its originally scheduled 90 laps due to the two-hour time limit split over the two days.

The Verizon IndyCar Series now turns its attention to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the monumental month of May. Most drivers and teams will participate in testing on the iconic 2.5-mile oval from April 30-May 2 in preparation for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC). Prior to that comes the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, set for Saturday, May 12 (3:30 p.m., ABC).  

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race results

Click HERE to view and download the official results of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Results Monday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 82, Running 
2. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 82, Running
3. (5) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 82, Running
4. (10) Robert Wickens, Honda, 82, Running
5. (3) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 82, Running
6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 82, Running
7. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 82, Running
8. (18) Takuma Sato, Honda, 82, Running
9. (9) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 82, Running
10. (7) Marco Andretti, Honda, 82, Running
11. (8) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 82, Running
12. (21) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 82, Running
13. (11) Zach Veach, Honda, 82, Running
14. (19) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 82, Running
15. (17) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 81, Running 
16. (22) Rene Binder, Chevrolet, 80, Running
17. (20) Gabby Chaves, Chevrolet, 80, Running
18. (23) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 80, Running
19. (16) Zachary Claman De Melo, Honda, 80, Running
20. (12) Ed Jones, Honda, 64, Mechanical
21. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 53, Off Course
22. (13) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 34, Mechanical
23. (14) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 10, Contact

Race Statistics:
Winner's average speed: 93.335 mph
Time of Race: 2:01:14.4486
Margin of victory: 9.9607 seconds
Cautions: 2 for 14 laps
Lead changes: 4 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Newgarden, Josef 1 - 49 
Bourdais, Sebastien 50 - 54
Newgarden, Josef 55 - 71
Bourdais, Sebastien 72 - 75
Newgarden, Josef 76 - 82

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Newgarden 158, Rossi 145, Bourdais 119, Rahal 119, Hinchcliffe 118,  Hunter-Reay 113, Dixon 107, Wickens 97, Andretti 88, Power 81.

INDYCAR signs multiyear media rights package with NBC Sports Group

INDYCAR signs multiyear media rights package with NBC Sports Group

22/03/2018, USA, Motorsport - Road Racing, Indy Car, Article # 26151945
               
     
Verizon IndyCar Series
  For Immediate Release  

INDYCAR signs multiyear media rights package with NBC Sports Group

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, March 21, 2018) - INDYCAR will significantly increase exposure for the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2019 through a media rights package announced today with NBC Sports Group.

The multiyear deal will put eight Verizon IndyCar Series races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and its qualifications, on NBC next year. This is an increase from five races on broadcast television this year.

The rest of next year's Verizon IndyCar Series races will be on NBCSN, which has seen its average viewership of INDYCAR races increase by 78 percent over the past four years. Dates, times and networks for next season will be announced at a later date.

In a first for INDYCAR, an extensive amount of Verizon IndyCar Series content will be provided through NBC Sports Gold, a leading direct-to-consumer product. Subscribers will be able to choose the content they view and how and when they access it. Either at home or at the track, the service will provide feeds not available on any other platform, including practice and qualifying sessions not televised live. Fans will also be able to watch Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races and programming such as INDYCAR's postseason championship celebration, Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and additional ancillary programming.

All 2019 INDYCAR races will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated subscribers.

"This arrangement brings all of INDYCAR to one home, increases our exposure and includes our first direct-to-consumer offer for our fans," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We couldn't be happier to have start-to-finish coverage of INDYCAR's season with the NBC Sports Group."

The Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 have been aired annually on ABC, the latter since 1965. In that time, both INDYCAR and ABC have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership.

"ABC has been a fantastic partner, not only for the '500' but for its broad coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series," Miles said. "This partnership will continue with the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and together we look forward to the successful year ahead."

As part of this new alignment, the Indianapolis 500 will be included in NBC Sports' "Championship Season" marketing campaign, which touts numerous high-profile championship events presented on NBC Sports platforms from May to July. Other events include horse racing's Triple Crown, The PLAYERS, Premier League Championship Sunday, the French Open, the Stanley Cup Final, the Tour de France and The Open Championship. The entire Verizon IndyCar Series will receive unprecedented marketing and promotional support from NBC Sports, which will utilize not only its own assets but many NBCUniversal assets as well.

"We're excited to have NBC Sports serve as the exclusive home of INDYCAR, which represents the most competitive open-wheel racing in the world," said Jon Miller, president, programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. "We're honored to bring the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, to NBC, further enhancing NBC Sports' 'Championship Season.' We've seen consistent growth for INDYCAR on NBCSN in the past decade, and we hope to continue that growth throughout the series by leveraging the television, digital, production and marketing assets that make NBC Sports a powerful media partner."

Securing this media rights package continues INDYCAR's recent momentum. Television ratings have increased 38 percent over the past four seasons and overall media impressions more than doubled in 2017. INDYCAR's social platforms gained more than 400,000 new followers last year alone.

INDYCAR remains the most competitive form of racing on the planet, with 21 drivers winning races over the past six seasons. In September, Josef Newgarden became the youngest Verizon IndyCar Series champion in more than a decade and the first U.S.-born champion since 2012.

Earlier this month, INDYCAR officially debuted its new car to rave reviews in the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida, with close racing and a record number of passes around the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit. The addition of four new teams further reflects the series' growth. One of the largest fields in recent history is expected to attempt to qualify for this year's Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

NBCSN has been a telecast partner with INDYCAR since 2009 will air its first INDYCAR race of the 2018 season on Saturday, April 7, at ISM Raceway near Phoenix (9 p.m. ET).

About INDYCAR
INDYCAR is the governing body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America; the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder, which includes Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda; and the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BF Goodrich Tires. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC and NBC Sports. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel and chassis component tethers, chassis enhancements, advanced aerodynamic bodywork kits, high-definition in-car cameras and E85 ethanol fuel.

About NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, INDYCAR, Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Championship, Tour de France, French Open and many more.  

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