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VeeKay: “Most amazing qualifying” at Indy 500 – IndyCar

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

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Andretti beats Dixon to claim 2020 Indy 500 pole position – IndyCar

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

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Autosport 70: How an F1 champion conquered Indycar – IndyCar

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

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INDYCAR: Andretti is sharp in Day One of Qualifying at Indy. Today is the race for the pole. – Sports Talk Florida

By Paul Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS – ( INDYCAR.COM ) The Month of Marco continued Saturday at the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, as Marco Andretti posted the fastest four-lap qualification run and enters the Fast Nine Shootout on Sunday as the top seed for the run to the coveted NTT P1 Award for pole position.

Andretti posted a four-lap average speed of 231.351 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda on his only attempt of the five-hour, 50-minute qualifying session. Andretti’s run was even more impressive because he was the 28th of 33 drivers to make his attempt in the first trip through the qualifying draw, blazing the top speed in hotter, more slippery track conditions than earlier qualifiers.

RESULTS: Indianapolis 500 Day 1 Qualifying

The Fast Nine Shootout takes place from 1:15-2:15 p.m. (ET) Sunday, with live NBC coverage from 1-3 p.m. Andretti, who led “Fast Friday” practice

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What IndyCar drivers said after Day 1 of qualifying for the 104th Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — A roundup of quotes and social media posts from NTT IndyCar Series drivers Saturday after the first day of qualifying for the 104th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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After turning the best Fast Friday lap in more than 24 years, Marco Andretti again led the way on the first day of qualifying as Hondas took eight of the Fast Nine Spots.

On the flip side, the Chevrolets struggled mightily as Team Penske failed to have a driver advance to the Sunday shootout for the pole position.

RESULTS: Qualifying speeds from Day 1

INDY 500 QUALIFYING: Details for following the time trials

Fernando Alonso (No. 66 Ruoff Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet): “The speed was not there yesterday in practice and today in qualifying. We know that so we just wanted to put in a solid run in for qualifying with no mistakes and execute

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Brown open to running Alonso in 2021 Indy 500 despite Renault deal – IndyCar

Zak Brown says he would be open to fielding Fernando Alonso in next year’s Indianapolis 500 with McLaren should the Spaniard’s Formula 1 deal with Renault allow.

Alonso is set to make his latest Indy 500 appearance later this month, driving a third car entered into the race by the McLaren Arrow SP squad alongside full-season drivers Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew.

Alonso has already confirmed he will return to F1 in 2021 after signing a multi-year agreement with Renault, ending a two-season stint out of the sport.

PLUS: How Renault plans to manage the “new” Alonso

But McLaren Racing CEO Brown said he would be open to still working with Alonso on the team’s IndyCar project if Renault allowed for such a deal to happen.

McLaren currently uses Renault power units in F1, but will switch to Mercedes in 2021.

Next year’s Indy 500 looks set to avoid a

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Marco Andretti tops Fast Friday at Indy 500 – IndyCar

Marco Andretti’s startling morning speed was enough to keep him in top spot as drivers and engineers spent a tough and hot 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

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What IndyCar drivers said after the Indy 500 Fast Friday practice

INDIANAPOLIS — A roundup of quotes from NTT IndyCar Series drivers on Fast Friday after their third six and a half hour practice session for the 104th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fernando Alonso (No. 66 Ruoff Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet): “Today was a good day. I think after yesterday’s issue, the team did a very good job overnight and the car was ready in the morning. So, we maximized the number of laps we had available today and the number of sets. Because we saved some in the previous day so we had more today,  so it was a very good test day for us today and useful information. Let’s see tomorrow what the speed of the car is.”

Marco Andretti (No. 98 U.S. Concrete / Curb  Honda): “Fast Friday was good, especially with the top speed of the day. We seem to be looking good on no-tow … Read More


IndyCar Portland race to be cancelled with Mid-Ohio made a double-header – IndyCar

The IndyCar Series’ Mid-Ohio round is set to become a double-header to effectively replace this year’s Grand Prix of Portland which has been cancelled.

Teams were informed on Thursday of the decision to cancel the 2020 race at Portland International Raceway, and public confirmation is currently expected on Monday.

Oregon’s state-wide crowd-gathering restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge for Portland to host a race, even without fans present, given the number of IndyCar and team personnel needed in the paddock.

Earlier this week, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown announced a further cut down to maximum to 100 people, as the state’s number of active coronavirus cases continues to rise.

It means Portland, which only returned to the IndyCar race calendar in 2018 after an 11-year hiatus, will miss out this season.

The event’s promoters, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, have at least been able to add a second race at

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Rosenqvist: Tight IndyCar field is hard for rookies and veterans – IndyCar

IndyCar’s newest winner Felix Rosenqvist says that the extreme compression between fastest and slowest drivers on any given weekend makes success extremely tough for all drivers.

Even on IndyCar’s longest circuit, the 4.014-mile Road America track, the gap between the front rear of the 23-car grid was two seconds, while on the 2.439-mile road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the gap between first and last was 1.3s.

Rosenqvist, who won the second Road America race from seventh on the grid, commented: “I think in IndyCar right now the concept is just so tight.

“You look at qualifying. You have the top 15 within three or four tenths [of a second]. That’s the difference of making a really good lap and an exceptional lap. It’s so little difference.

“You’re on the right side of that, you have a good chance to win that day. If you’re on the wrong side,

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