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sunDay may 30th 105th indianapolis 500
Helio Castroneves wins 105th Indianapolis 500 joins elite four time winner club

photo courtesy of indycar.com

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

by terry Daniels


Helio Castroneves became the fourth four-time winner of Indianapolis 500 joining
Al Unser Sr., A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears
 in the exclusive group he was the first since Rick mears joined it in 1991

With two laps to go, Castroneves  passed  Chip Ganassi Racing‘s Alex Palou going knot turn one, and held him off going thru lap traffic on  the final lap in front of screaming crowd helio  once again climbed the fence at the start finish line like he had done before in his three previous Indianapolis 500 wins

In a victory celebration that will go down in Indianapolis 500  history, Castroneves walked down the straightaway waving at the fans as they  cheered  many  other drivers mechanics and crew members approached him and offered him their personal  congratulations, from old teammates like Will Power, other folks from Team Penske like Tim Cindric and many  more on his way to the podium, where he drank the traditional bottle of milk

pole Scott Dixon led the field to green flag however was passed in turn three of the first lap by Andretti Auto sport's Colton Herta in front of  massive crowd ovation. Dixon was then passed by Ed Carpenter Racing‘s Rinus Veekay in the same place on the lap two ,  Veekay took the fight to Herta for the lead on the front stretch to lead lap two.

Veekay went on to lead the field until he  hit pit road on lap thirty-one. on  lap thirty-two  Stefan Wilson crashed in the pit lane after locking up the rear tires after coming into the pits was to fast which lead  to the first caution of the day. Wilson's  location and timing of the wreck left drivers like Dixon at he end  of their fuel window, Dixon actually ran out  of fuel and was forced to pit for emergency service. While in the pits he could not get re-fired and the team had to take off the engine cover to try and get the engine cooled off a bit and re-fired. Alexander Rossi also had ran out of fuel  were put a lap down and sent to the back of the field. Dixon finished the race in seventieth, while Rossi’s bad luck continues with a twenty-ninth place finish.

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

Ed Carpenter also had issues on pit road, stalling his race car during his first scheduled pit stop on lap thirty-two. At the end of the pit cycle, Herta passed Veekay for the lead  with Conner Daly running third

Wilson's  pit accident took several laps to clean up the  and the pits stayed closed  Tony Kanaan was given  a penalty for needing emergency service for fuel while the pit lane was closed, and Max Chilton was given a pit road speeding penalty. lap forty-seven, saw the race return to green and Herta was immediately passed by  Veekay, returning him to the lead. A few laps later Daly passed  Herta, then passed his own teammate to take the lead. Herta slipped as far down as fourth after the  start, being passed by a hard-charging helio Castroneves.

Daly led for several laps and was he first laps he has  ever led at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Veekay was the first on pit on lap sixty-eight. Daly followed him  on lap seventy-one,  Veekay took the lead again. They held their  Castroneves dropped to seventh, while Alex Palou moved up fourth after the pit stops cycled out.

Daly passed veekay and regained the lead in turn three on lap eighty-three and held the lead until lap 103, when Veekay took the lead once again from daly before they both headed into the pits for their third pit stops of the day. Veekay was able to get away clean, but a incident on pit road for Daly cost him time and he went a lap down

after the pit stops Palou, Castroneves and O’Ward held top three spots, but shortly after  the stops the second caution flag came out  on lap 119 for Graham Rahal put his car  nose-first into the turn two wall. Rahal, who had just pitted and was in the warm-up lane when  his left rear tire came off  he  slid up the track right in front of the race leaders. Conner  Daly's  front nose was damaged on his race car when it was  hit by  loose tire as it bounced off of his nose cone in a scary moment. Luckily, everyone was okay. Daly struggled with handling after the damage and finished thirteenth, but led the most laps of any driver today at forty.

Palou led the field back to green flag on lap 126, however  was soon passed  by helio Castroneves and pato  O’Ward by turn three. on the very  next lap, O’Ward took the lead from castroneves on the backstretch, and the three drivers continued to trade the lead  position for the rest of the race, after the round of pit stops  Palou kept the lead.  On lap 153 while making his pit stop, will Power found himself backwards in his teammate Simon Pagenaoud‘s pit box, stating that the brakes went straight to the floor. power was not the only driver with break issues McLaughlin, Simona De Silvestro, Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay who all cited issues with the brakes.

Palou, Castroneves and O’Ward , swapped the lead several times then it become time for their  final pit stops. On lap 172 Castroneves came in, followed by Palou, O’Ward and several other drivers on lap 173. after the pit stop hustle Palou came out in the lead  that is when the fight began  with Castroneves once again As drivers like Felix Rosenqvist and defending champion Takuma Sato began to drop off in the last ten laps trying to stretch fuel, it was left down to the veteran Castroneves and the young gun Palou, and on the third overtake in the last ten laps Castroneves made the victory-sealing move in turn one

Palou led thirty-five laps of the race, the second most in the field he was the top finishing driver for chip ginassi racing like the 1982 Indianapolis 500 finish it was youth vs. experience and again experience prevailed

team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud  worked his way up from starting twenty-sixth to finish third, passing O’Ward on the backstretch on the final lap.  will power  and Scott McLaughlin’s both had issues on pit road destroying their potential top ten finishes, Pagenaud was constrictive all day  and  threat for the win at the end . Power, McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden finished the race in thirtieth, twentieth and twelfth .

young gun Pato O’Ward  lead seventeen laps and raced with the leaders all day pato came home in fourth place . His teammate and web site pick to win Juan Pablo Montoya finished ninth  .Felix Rosenqvist was not as fortunate as his team mates with two pit-road penalties he  finish twenty-seventh

pit road problems couldn’t stop Indianapolis ed Carpenter, who fought through the mistake on the first pit stop and having transmission problems to finish  fifth, his third top five

Santino Ferrucci came home in  sixth place , his second top ten in as many years. the biggest surprise  Another surprise in the top ten was Sage Karam for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing, who stated in the  last row  to seventh place, he should be given the hard charger award for the race

the Chevrolets was fast all day however was not as fuel efficient as the Hondas After leading much of the first part of the race  Veekay just couldn’t save enough fuel to stay competitive, he did come survive for  an eighth place finish. After his win at the GMR Grand Prix, front-row starting spot and top ten finish, the flying Dutchman truly made a statement this month of May to prove that he is a star in this sport. Rounding out the top ten was TK Tony Kanaan, who came back after the pit road penalty for emergency service to finish tenth place.

The female-led Paretta Autosport did not have the day they wanted , De Silvestro spun on lap 145 in pit lane with the same brake issues so many other drivers, finishing the race in thirty-first place. Though it ended in disappointment, the team and driver worked with precision and plan for this to be the first of many races

It was a disappointing day for Andretti’s colton Herta who finished sixteenth and ryan Hunter-Reay, who  finished twenty-second. Herta struggled after starting second, falling off at the end of the race, and Hunter-Reay had a top ten finish locked in before he locked up and was handed a pit road speeding penalty on lap 173.

 

2021 Indianapolis 500 Official Results

1Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing02:37:19.384
2Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing+ 0.492 sec
3Simon PagenaudTeam Penske+ 0.562 sec
4Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP+ 0.940 sec
5Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing+ 1.242 sec
6Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+ 9.087 sec
7Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing+ 13.435 sec
8Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing+ 14.241 sec
9Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP+ 14.880 sec
10Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing+ 15.442 sec
11Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing+ 16.516 sec
12Josef NewgardenTeam Penske+ 22.304 sec
13Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing+ 22.692 sec
14Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+ 23.295 sec
15JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises+ 23.527 sec
16Colton HertaAndretti Autosport+ 28.802 sec
17Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing+ 38.641 sec
18Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing+ 40.157 sec
19Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian+ 40.359 sec
20Scott McLaughlin (R)Team Penske+ 40.833 sec
21James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport+ 40.846 sec
22Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport+ 41.576 sec
23Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises– 1 lap
24Max ChiltonCarlin– 1 lap
25Pietro Fittipaldi (R)Dale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing– 1 lap
26Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises– 1 lap
27Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP– 1 lap
28Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan– 1 lap
29Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport– 2 laps
30Will PowerTeam Penske– 3 laps
31Simona De SilvestroParetta AutosportCrash
32Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingCrash
33Stefan WilsonAndretti AutosportCrash

Race Statistics
Winner’s average speed:
 190.690 mph
Time of Race: 2:37:19.3846
Margin of victory: 0.4928 of a second
Cautions: 2 for 18 laps
Lead changes: 35 among 13 drivers

saturDay  may 29th   "legends day"
 by terry daniels

legends day is  the last day before the  105th indianapolis 500 and a day that former drivers return to indianapolis for a day of signing autographs and reminiscing about the past i thought i would rate my top 25 drivers of all time.

searching the world wide web i found several lists and reasons why they should be in top twenty five  i however rearranged them in the otder i believe they should be

agree or disagree this is mine

25. TONY KANAAN (2002–current) The 2004 IndyCar Series Champ, “TK” stayed true to Indy while NASCAR lured away contemporaries like Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. When Kanaan’s loyalty finally paid off with a win in his 12th start, nearly everyone from the stands to the pits celebrated. “He just cares so much,” says Fisher. “He cares about seeing the 500 go another 100 years, and he’ll be here to make sure that happens.”

24. DARIO FRANCHITTI (2002, 2004–07, 2009–13) “Dario didn’t care for Indy at first,” says Miller. “But he fell in love with the tradition and had the perfect mentality.” Having an Italian name, a Scottish accent, a movie-star wife (now-ex Ashley Judd), and, of course, three wins helped offset his lackluster dalliance with stock cars.

23. RALPH DEPALMA (1911–15, 1919–1923, 1925) Before Mears and the Unsers, before Foyt, Parnelli, and Shaw, there was DePalma, who dominated the first two decades of Indy’s existence—despite coming away with only one win. His record of 612 laps led stood for 62 years. And the Italian-born driver was a standout ambassador for the race long after he retired.

22. BOBBY RAHAL (1982–1995) Rahal is another name that has become oft-associated with Indy. Having a win, five top-five finishes, one win as an owner, and a son, Graham, who already has a pair of top-10 results in his first eight starts, will do that for you.

21. ARIE LUYENDYK (1985–99, 2001–02) No one topped his 1990 winning average speed of 185.981 mph for two decades. The feat is diminished by the fact that Indy has since sacrificed speed for safety, just as his second win in 1997 is tempered by a weaker field after “The Split” with Champ Car. “Was it less of a field? Yes,” says Cheever. “But you cannot divorce the driver from what he was driving. He was driving average cars.”

20. JIM CLARK (1963–1967) Clark was on his way to the first of two Formula One World Championships when he showed up in Indy in 1963, bestowing that international Grand Prix prestige on our humble brick oval. “I think he was reluctant,” says Davidson. “But he was surprised at how well he was received by American fans.” Clark repaid them with a win and two runner-up finishes in five starts.

19. EMERSON FITTIPALDI (1984–94) Being a two-time Formula One World Champion who attracts international attention to Indy on the way to two 500 wins? Sure, that’ll land you on this list. But turning down the sacred bottle of milk in favor of orange juice from your own Brazilian groves? That’ll just squeeze you into the top 20.

18. RAY HARROUN (1911) He won the inaugural race then called it quits. But Harroun and his Marmon Wasp never really left: Both commemorated the 50th running in 1961, and while Harroun died in ’68, it’s a good bet his iconic ride will appear this month at indianapolis .wAS CREDITED FOR HAVING FIRST REAR VIEW MIRROR ON A RACE CAR

17. GORDON JOHNCOCK (1965–92) In 24 starts spanning four decades, Johncock led seven races. He won a rain-soaked, three-day 1973 marathon that saw two deaths, and he fought off Rick Mears in 1982 for the closest finish in race history at the time. As Davidson is fond of saying, “He went from winning the race that no one wanted to remember to winning the race that no one could forget.”

16. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (2000, 2014–current) He led 167 laps to win in his first start, but didn’t seem too impressed: He bolted for F1 and NASCAR—only to return and score an impressive win in 2015. “He didn’t show a lot of emotion after waxing the field as a rookie,” says Miller. “But he cherished sitting in Victory Lane with his son 15 years later.”

15. DAN WHELDON (2003–11)“Greatest publicist the race ever had,” Davidson says of the two-time victor. Wheldon rarely gave an interview without mentioning the 500, at times almost teary-eyed. No matter his wins were upstaged by Danicamania in 2005 and overshadowed by JR Hildebrand’s last-minute wreck in 2011.

14. RODGER WARD (1951–66)In his first eight tries, Ward finished higher than 16th only once. Then he found the gas pedal. In a six-race stretch of dominance from 1959 to ’64, his finishes were first, second, third, first, fourth, and second. When he started winning, he decided to take a class in public speaking.

13. PARNELLI JONES (1961–67)Known simply by his first name, “Parnelli” never started worse than sixth, and although he only won once, he led 120 laps in 1962, finished second in 1965, and led 171 laps before a bad bearing forced him out of the 1967 race. “When you ask other drivers about the toughest they ever ran against,”  “Parnelli gets the most first-place votes.”

12. BILL VUKOVICH (1951–55) Only ran five times—but what a five-year run. Two wins. One pole. Led four races, including a stretch between 1952 and 1955 when he was out front for 485 of 647 laps. “In his time, he was clearly the man,”  Vukovich led his last lap before dying in a multi-car accident on the back straightaway.

11. AL UNSER JR. (1983–94, 2000–07)“Little Al” did his family proud by adding two more Borg-Warners to the Unser stockpile. And like his father and uncle, he’s been a pillar of the track ever since. “You see him on Main Street [in Speedway] taking his mother to Dawson’s, “The Unsers are true, hardcore racers who want to have that presence at the Indy 500.”

10. JOHNNY RUTHERFORD (1963–1988)“JR” failed to finish his first nine starts, earning him the nickname “Wreckaford.” But he’d go on to win three times. In retirement, Rutherford became a full-time Indy Racing League employee, driving the 500 pace car and coaching young drivers. “These guys don’t have to come back and be a part of it, JR came back to help out rookies coming along.”

9. BOBBY UNSER (1963–81) In the Golden Age of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, and Al Unser, “Uncle Bobby” gets forgotten (even among his own kin). But three wins, two poles, and 440 laps led cinch his top-10 spot. “As fearless as they made them,” and  “Never backed off the throttle—or his opinion.”

8.  MAURI ROSE (1933–41, 1946–51) A workingman’s driver in every sense. An engineer at Allison in 1941, Rose clocked out each day at lunch to practice and qualify. “After he won the first of his three 500s, he bragged that he practiced, qualified, and won the race without ever taking time off work,

7. MARIO ANDRETTI (1965–94) Ask anyone in this country to name a 500 driver, and you might get “Foyt” or “Unser.” Ask around the world for the name of a racecar driver, and you’ll more likely hear “Andretti.” For 50 years, Mario has lent international renown to the Spectacle as a champ, ambassador, and racing-dynasty patriarch. That he won Indy only once is a testament to the competition.

6. LOUIS MEYER (1928–39)The first three-time winner. After racing, Meyer bought the Offenhauser engine company, which made every 500 winner from 1947 to 1964. Plus, at an event that treasures its traditions, Meyer was the first to win the Borg-Warner Trophy, the first to receive the pace car as part of his winnings, and the first to drink milk (buttermilk!) in Victory Lane.

5. HELIO CASTRONEVES (2001–current) Whether he was scaling the fence in his fire suit after one of his three Indy victories, or cutting a nationally televised rug in a yellow zoot suit, Helio has always found the spotlight. And he deflects that attention onto the entire sport. “To me, his greatest accomplishment was winning Dancing with the Stars,” says Davidson. “It was great for racing.”

4. WILBUR SHAW (1927–41) Shaw won three times and finished second in three other runnings. But if he hadn’t convinced Terre Haute baking-powder mogul Tony Hulman to buy a shuttered and dilapidated track after World War II, there’d be no IMS, no race, and no linchpin event for the city. “If it wasn’t for Wilbur Shaw,, “we wouldn’t be here.”

3. RICK MEARS (1978–92) Everyone knows Mears was formidable on race day—a four-time winner who, in 1982, was 0.16 seconds away from beating Gordon Johncock for what would’ve been a record fifth Borg-Warner. But Mears owned the entire Month of May, setting the mark for poles with six and starting an astonishing 11 of his 15 races on the front row. “He was smooth, smart, and built for speed

 

2. AL UNSER (1965–93) This list would be black-flagged if an Unser didn’t make the top five. “One family won nine Indianapolis 500s—NINE!” says Cheever. “Big Al” had four of them, spanning 17 years. He is also the all-time lap leader with 644, and collected 11 podium finishes. With the media, however, Unser kept to the back of the pack and couldn’t quite keep up with the spokesmen who finished ahead of him on this list.

 

1. A.J. FOYT (1958–92) No way around it: A.J. won in rear-engine cars and front-engine roadsters, on the pavement and, in 1961, on the actual bricks! His record of 35 consecutive starts will likely never be touched. And the names “Foyt” and “Indy” have become virtually inseparable. “His favorite line is that Indy made A.J.,” says Miller. “But I’ve got news for the first four-time winner—it was badasses like him that made us fall for the Indy 500.”

 

 

By the Numbers

What: 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge, NTT IndyCar Series Race No. 6

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Indiana (Opened: 1909, first INDYCAR event was 1911)

When: Sunday, May 30

Track Size: 2.5-mile ovalTrack

(four 1/4-mile turns, two 5/8-mile straights, two 1/8-mile straights)

Banking: 9 degrees 12 minutes

Total area: 1025 acres

Grandstands: 17 covering 220 acres

Access to infield: 6 tunnels

Seating: More than 250,000 permanent seats

Race Length: 200 laps, 500 miles

TV/Radio: NBC 11:00 a.m. ET / INDYCAR Radio Network (Sirius XM Channel 211)

four time winners A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears

Youngest winner Troy Ruttman (1952) 22 years, 80 days

Oldest winner Al Unser (1987)  47 years, 360 days

Lowest starting position to win 28th Ray Harroun (1911), Louis Meyer (1936)

Biggest margin of victory 13 minutes, 8.40 seconds Jules Goux (1913)

closest margin of victory 0.043 seconds Al Unser, Jr. beat out  Scott Goodyear

Pole Sitter: Scott Dixon – No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda (231.685 mph)

2020 Race Winner: Takuma Sato – No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda (Started third, 27 laps led)

2020 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year: Pato O’Ward – No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet (finished sixth)

Track Qualifying Record: Arie Luyendyk – No. 5 Byrd/Treadway Racing Ford (236.986 mph – May 12, 1996)

Indy 500 Race Record: Tony Kanaan – No. 11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet (187.433 mph – May 26, 2013)

indianapolis 500n winners

2020 Takuma Sato

2019 Simon Pagenaud

2018 Will Power

2017 Takuma Sato

2016 Alexander Rossi

2015 Juan Pablo Montoya

2014 Ryan Hunter-Reay

2013 Tony Kanaan

2012 Dario Franchitti

2011 Dan Wheldon

2010 Dario Franchitti

2009 Helio Castroneves

2008 Scott Dixon

2007 Dario Franchitti

2006 Sam Hornish Jr.

2005 Dan Wheldon

2004 Buddy Rice

2003 Gil de Ferran

2002 Helio Castroneves

2001 Helio Castroneves

2000 Juan Pablo Montoya

1999 Kenny Brack

1998 Eddie Cheever Jr.

1997 Arie Luyendyk

1996 Buddy Lazier

1995 Jacques Villeneuve

1994 Al Unser Jr.

1993 Emerson Fittipaldi

1992 Al Unser Jr.

1991 Rick Mears

1990 Arie Luyendyk

1989 Emerson Fittipaldi

1987 Al Unser

1986 Bobby Rahal

1985 Danny Sullivan

1984 Rick Mears

1983 Tom Sneva

1982 Gordon Johncock

1981 Bobby Unser

1980 Johnny Rutherford

1979 Rick Mears

1978 Al Unser

1977 A.J. Foyt Jr.

1976 Johnny Rutherford

1975 Bobby Unser

1974 Johnny Rutherford

1973 Gordon Johncock

1972 Mark Donohue

1971 Al Unser

1970 Al Unser

1969 Mario Andretti

1968 Bobby Unser

1967 A.J. Foyt

1966 Graham Hill

1965 Jim Clark

1964 A.J. Foyt Jr.

1963 Parnelli Jones

1962 Rodger Ward

1961 A.J. Foyt

1960 Jim Rathman

1959 Rodger Ward

1958 Jimmy Bryan

1957 Sam Hanks

1956 Pat Flaherty

1955 Bob Sweikert

1954 Bill Vukovich

1953 Bill Vukovich

1952 Troy Ruttman

1951 Lee Wallard

1950 Johnnie Parsons

1949 Bill Holland

1948 Mauri Rose

1947 Mauri Rose

1946 George Robson

1941 Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose

1940 Wilbur Shaw

1939 Wilbur Shaw

1938 Floyd Roberts

1937 Wilbur Shaw

1936 Louis Meyer1935 Kelly Petillo

1934 Bill Cummings

1933 Louis Meyer

1932 Fred Frame

1931 Louis Schneider

1930 Billy Arnold

1929 Ray Keech

1928 Louis Meyer

1927 George Souders

1926 Frank Lockhart

1925 Peter DePaolo

1924 Joe Boyer/L.L. Corum

1923 Tommy Milton

1922 Jimmy Murphy

1921 Tommy Milton

1920 Gaston Chevrolet

1919 Howdy Wilcox

1916 Dario Resta

1915 Ralph DePalma

1914 Rene Thomas

1913 Jules Goux

1912 Joe Dawson

1911 Ray Harroun

 

friDay  may 28th   "CARB DAY"
Scott Dixon sets top "carb day" practice speed, team penske is back

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

by terry daniels

polesitter Scott Dixon, wasfastest in the final practice session today for sunday's indianapolis 500 , Team Penske finally stepped up to the plate puttiong  with all four cars in the top ten.

the final practice was delayed due to rain, however when it did get but when it finally got  going teams immediately hit the track Track conditions were very populated  as teams practiced race race setups and to see how there cars handeled in traffic. scott  Dixon hit the track early qnd soon set fast speed opf the practice with a lap of 228.323 mph,  they then returned the car to gasoline alley and was finished for the day

Team Penske who has struggled the entire month of may has now found there problem  four drivers with race trim seem  to be ready  Simon Pagenaud was second fastest with a fast lap  of 227.157 Josef Newgarden was third 226.856 team mates Will Power and Scott McLaughlin finished sixth and seventh on the speed charts .team penske drivers are all starting in the middle of the pack however will be a threat on race day

Conor Daly driving for  Ed Carpenter Racing was fourth fastest  226.399 daly has had a great month except for pole day  last saturday  and he may be the dark horse to win tn sunday Marco Andretti  was fifth fastest 226.396 for the day marco is only planning to run the indianapolis 500 for andretti motorsports this season

Tony Kanaan in another chip gnassi racing car was eighth fastest 225.929 and, like his teammate Dixon, finished up his day early, Defending Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato finished the session ninth fastest 225.542 in his  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing prepared car , the surprise of the day was Sage Karam and Dreyer and Reinbold Racing  setting tenth fastest time and the fastest of the single car teams .

drivers like Colton Herta, Ed Carpenter and Rinus VeeKay  was not on the track to set  fast time today there entire practice session was set up to see how their  race cars will run in traffic with all three of them at the bottom of the speed chart

there will be no further track activity until  sunday's  Indianapolis 500, which will get under way at noon eastern standard time with a forecast of sunny skies and a high of 72 which will be much cooler than any day this month of may therew is no chance of rain

 

2021 Indianapolis 500 “Carb Day”  Practice Results

 DRIVERTEAMspeed
1Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing228.323
2Simon PagenaudTeam Penske227.157
3Josef NewgardenTeam Penske226.856
4Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing226.399
5Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian226.396
6Will PowerTeam Penske226.223
7Scott McLaughlin (R)Team Penske226.192
8Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing225.929
9Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing225.701
10Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing225.542
11Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP225.511
12Max ChiltonCarlin225.348
13Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport225.324
14Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises225.163
15Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing225.161
16Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP225.149
17JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises224.945
18Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan224.913
19Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.872
20Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport224.719
21James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport224.546
22Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing224.5
23Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing224.468
24Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP224.428
25Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises224.051
26Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport224.047
27Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing223.884
28Colton HertaAndretti Autosport223.670
29Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing223.664
30Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing223.654
31Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing223.068
32Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport223.023
33Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing222.173

 

thursDay  may 27th   no track  activity

no local live broadcast of indianapolis 500 in indianapolis yet

by terry daniels

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced back in april that the race would be limited to 135,000 and if those tickets was sold  the local television blackout would be lifted.

with the exception of the 100th indianapolis 500 back in 2016 and last year's race due to the covid-19 restrictions the race was shown in central indiana that evening

it has always remained a secret how many people attend "the greatest spectacle in racing" however there are in excess of 250,000 permanent seats there

watching the race last year live on nbc, in front of empty grandstands  took a lot of excitement away part of watching the race is watching the 300,000 people that are in attendance which makes it the worlds largest single day sporting event

this year attendance has been up from the pre covid-19 days with the largest pole day for quite a few years 

penske entertainment made a wise decision when they purchased the indianapolis motor speedway in november 2019 however did he ever believe in his wildest dreams the race would be postponed for three months and when it finally did run would it be ran in front of empty grand stands

with the exception of  the 100th indianapolis 500 the race has not been a sell out for years however being in attendance at many of the past indianapolis 500s  I will say the grandstands are at least 805 of capacity and i would never try to  estimate the crowd  that attend the "snake-pit party" in the infield held during the race

I would have no clue how many people attend the 500 from out of town even more from out of the country the 0race is popular world wide  I would say it is quite a few since motels and hotels within a 75 mile radius of indianapolis are booked solid for the weekend

as of thursday may 27th 2021 at 8am no announcement has been made by penske entertainment and the indianapolis motor speedway on their decision to show the race live in indianapolis and your writer is floored to believe there has not been 140,000 seats sold

update at 5pm eastern standard time on  thursday may 27th the indianapolis motor speedway and penske entertainment lifted the blackout and will show the race live in central indiana

track activity continues tomorrow with the final practice session of the month. traditionally known as  “Carb Day” beginning at 11am  at 11am eastern standard time the weather forcast is cloudy skies with a 70% chance of rain

WEDNEsDay  may 26th   no track  activity

PART THREE OF THREE SEGMENT

THESE ARE THE TOP ELEVEN DRIVERS (VEGAS ODDS) TO WIN  THE 105TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 ON SUNDAY 'THERE ARE DRIVERS I DO NOT AGREE WITH ON THIS LIST AND SOME I  FEEL SHOULD BE HIGHER

THE WEB SITE IS PICKING Juan Pablo Montoya TO WIN THE 105TH INDIANAPOLIS 500 JUAN HAS BEEN VERY QUIET ALL MONTH WE BELIEVE HE HAS THE CAR TO DRINK THE MILK IN VICTORY LANE FOR THE THIRD TIME AND JOIN THE ELITE GROUP OF THREE TIME WINNERS

Scott Dixon-ODDS ON FAVORITE  HAS BEEN BEFORE AND DID NOT WIN MAYBE THIS YEAR? DON'T BET THE FARM ON HIM+500
Patricio O'Ward-mcclaren team driver has not hAD THE MONTH OF MAY THEY Was looking for BET ECONOMICALy+750
Josef Newgarden-team penske hAS STRUGGLED THIS MAY HOWEVER NEVER COUNT JOSEF OT THEM OUT BE CAREFUL +800
Will Power-FORMER WINNER MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET IT DONE STARTING IN LAST ROW ON SUNDAY BET WISELY+800
Simon Pagenaud-FORMER WINNER WITH CLASS TEAM SHOULD COMPETE FOR PODIUM FINISH YOU CAN BET ON THAT+1300
Colton Herta-THIS KID HAS BEEN FAST ALL MONTH SHOULD WIN INDY SOMEDAY IS 105TH HIS YEAR DON'T BET ALOT +1400
Alexander Rossi-WON THE 100TH 500 ON PIT STRATEGY NEVER SHOWED MUCH SINCE THEN BET CAREFULLY ON HIM+1600
Juan Pablo Montoya-TWO TIME WINNER COULD VERY EASILY BECOME A THREE TIME WINNER BET HIM ACROSS THE BOARD+1800
Graham Rahal- SECOND GENERATION DRIVER WAS ON PODIUM LAST YEAR COULD VERY WELL BE AGAIN THIS YEAR +1800
Takuma Sato- DEFENDING CHAMPION  ALWAYS FAST DRIVES ON THE EDGE SEEMS LIKE HE WINS OR CRASHES TRYING +1800
Tony Kanaan- A FAN FAVORITE AND WITH A TEAM THIS YEAR THAT CAN WIN BET THAT HE WILL LEAD A LAP YOU WILL WIN+2000
tuesday  may 25th   no track  activity

 SEGMENT two of three

BY TERRY DANIELS

the mid pack odds on predictions contains  two former winners and several former pole winners anyone of these drivers could be on the podium 0n race day AND SEVERAL WILL FINISH IN THE TOP TEN
Scott McLaughlin-WITH THE RIGHT TEAM HOWEVER THEY HAVE STRUGGLED THIS MONTH RACE DAY MAY BE DIFFERENT+2000
Ryan Hunter-Reay-FORMER WINNER DRIVING A HONDA COULD BE A THREAT ON RACE DAY IF YOU BET ON HIM BET WISELY +2500
Alex Palou-STARTING SIXTH ANOTHER Chip Ganassi Racing DRIVER DEFIANTLY IN THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT TOP TEN +2500
Marco Andretti-FORMER POLE WINNER LIKE HIS GRANDFATHER AND FATHER HAS HAD NO MUCH LUCK AT INDY  +3500
Marcus Ericsson-Chip Ganassi Racing DRIVER WHAT MORE DO WE NEED TO SAY I SEE A PODIUM FINISH ON SUNDAY+3500
James Hinchcliffe-FORMER POLE WINNER HE HAS THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT TO CHALLENGE SUNDAY I SEE A TOP TEN FINISH+3500
Rinus VeeKay-SOPHOMORE DRIVER ALREADY WON  GRAND PRIX CAN HE GO TWO FOR TWO THIS MONTH OF MAY AT INDY+3500
Helio Castroneves-KNOWS HOW TO WIN AT INDY COULD TASTE THE MILK FOR A FOURTH TIME IN VICTORY LANE +4000
Conor Daly-INDIANA NATIVE HAS BEEN FAST ALL DAY EXCEPT POLE DAY MAY BE A DARK HORSE TO WIN THE RACE+4000
Santino Ferrucci-Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing DRIVER THE CRYSTAL BALL SEES A TOP TEN IN HIS FUTURE +4000
Ed Carpenter-FORMER POLE WINNER IS ALWAYS FAST AT INDIANAPOLIS IN A CHEVROLET POWER PLANT MAYBE TOP TEN+5000

TOMORROW WILL BE OUR FINAL SEGMENT AND WE WILL BRING YOU THE TOP ELEVEN  FAVORITES FOR THE 105TH INDIANAPOLIS 500

monday  may 24th   no track  activity
this is the first of three part SEGMENTs on what the odd makers are predicting about the 2021 indianapolis 500 the website will DD OR PERSONAL THOUGHTS

BY TERRY DANIELS

these are the drivers that are far less likely to drink milk in victory lane on sundAY MAY 30TH AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY THESE ARE THE BOTTON ELEVEN

ALL THESE DRIVERS ARE TALENTED AND CHAMPIONS IN OTHER FORMS OF AUTO RACING THEY JUST EITHER HAVE NOT BEEN FORTUNATE  AT THE BRICKYARD OR NOT IN THE EQUIPMENT TO WIN AND LIKE RICKY BOBBY SAYS IF "YOU DON'T WIN YOUR LAST" THESE ARE THE DRIVERS MR BOBBY WAS TALKING ABOUT

 
ed jones-qualified eleventh lack of funds keeps him from competing for win maybe TOP FIVE FINISHER +5000
felix Rosenqvist-mcclaren  driver could surprise everyone with a podium finish SURE THING FOR TOP TEN+5000
Jack Harvey-teammate AT Meyer Shank Racing helio Castroneves has a chance TO WIN jack does not+6600
Sage Karam-one car teams never win at indianapolis anymore 2021 WILL NOT BE THE START MAYBE THE TOP TEN+8000
Sebastien Bourdais-multiple time  CHAMP CAR champion HOWEVER with a.j.foyt RACING who is a step behind +10000
Stefan Wilson -with aNDRETTI MOTORSPORTS WHO HAS WON AT INDY however WILL NOT this pilot+15000
J.R. Hildebrand -HIT TURN FOUR WALL WHILE  leading final lap in 2011  NOT RIGHT EQUIPMENT TO CHALLENGE+20000
Pietro Fittipaldi- grand father won twice AT INDIANAPOLIS  and some day PIETRO might win not this year+40000
Max Chilton- DRIVING FOR CARLIN RACING one of ONLY two one car entries not enough money to compete+40000
Simona de Silvestro -very polite lady however has no chance at all SHOULD BE FIRST CAR OUT SORRY BUT TRUE+50000
Dalton Kellett-driving for four time winner a.j. foyt RACING THAT IS A STEP BEHIND OTHER TEAMS IN THE SERIES +50000

COMING TOMORROW  ELEVENTH THRU TWENTY TWO 

sunday  may 23rd   bump day at indianapolis
DIXON WINS TOP NINE SHOOT OUT TO WIN POLE Alex Palou topS speed CHART in the practice session

photo courtesy of indycar.com

by terry daniels

former winner and defending  IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon was fastest the top nine shootout and will start from the pole position for took the pole position for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 with a four-lap average of 231.685 mph  Dixon’s fourth pole position  Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta, was second fastest at a four-lap average of 231.655 mph

in  the last row shootout  former winner Will Power and Team Penske avoided disaster and qualified for thirty second at a four-lap average of 228.876 this is the farthest back a team penske car has ever started at indianapolis

The day began with last row qualifying, and Dreyer and Reinbold Racing‘s Sage Karam was the first of five drivers to make an attempt on the hot, slick track. Karam set the bar with a four-lap average of 229.156 mph that was fastest of all last row qualifying

following Karam was will Power, who drove his race car the edge, he was using every inch of the race track  making  serious contact with the wall in turn two on his fourth lap. His average speed was slower than Karam at 228.876 mph, After Power was Simona De Silvestro of Paretta Autosport team . She set an average of 228.353 mph, once again slower than the car before her, putting her on the hot seat at risk of getting bumped.

Charlie Kimball driver of the  A.J. Foyt Enterprises entry was also slower than the previous driver failing to bump himself into the field  RC Enerson and Top Gun Racing were the slowest and last team to make their run, putting Karam, Power, and De Silvestro provisionally into the show after the first runs.

new for 2021  teams were allowed to make adjustments and run multiple times if needed in the last  row qualifying shootout. the two drivers on the outside looking in RC Enerson and charlie Kimball waited until fifteen minutes was  remaining  in the ninety minute session to make their second attempts with Enerson out first. A 227 mph first lap was indicative of the next three, as Enerson failed to make the top three spots on that run with an average of 226.813 mph. Kimball was next with six minutes left, and while his four laps were incredibly consistent, he just didn’t have the speed in his car to make it into next sunday's indianapolis 500 with an average of 227.584 mph.

the one-shot Fast Nine shoot out was up next on the schedule . Drivers went in reverse order from their speeds after yesterday, chip ganassi racing  driver Marcus Ericsson was the first out and qualified at four-lap average of 231.655 mph

Ryan Hunter-Reay driving for Andretti Autosport’s  was the next driver to qualify, setting a four lap  average of 230.499 mph that was enough to beat Ericsson. He will start the race seventh.

another chip ganassi racing driver Alex Palou was next up to qualify after the team put over fifteen hours of work into the racecar following this accident  in turn two during qualifying yesterday.at four-lap average of 230.616 which placed the car   provisional pole. It wouldn’t  hold at the top, but would be enough for sixth place.

three time winner  Meyer Shank Racing‘s Helio Castroneves WHOM HAD BEEN FASTEST IN THE MORNING PRACTICE WAS NEXT OUT HELIO WAS LOOKING TO WIN  his fourth Indy 500 pole, His average of 230.355 mph was enough for third fastest at the time, but eventually eighth on the grid FOR NEXT SUNDAY.

Rinus Veekay was next OUT  IN HIS Ed Carpenter Racing  CHEVROLES ,RINUS WAS IN  the first of two Chevrolets in the fast nine AND HAD THE FANS AS WELL AS CHEVROLET ON THEIR FEET CHEERING Veekay HIS FOUR LAP  average of 231.511 mph PUT HIM  him to provisional pole by almost a full mile per hour.

Veekay’s  TEAMMATE  Ed Carpenter  Ed Carpenter, followed right after and followed suit with his own 232 mph first lap, but had slightly more drop off across his four laps for an average of 231.504 mph that put him second provisionally and will see him start fourth.

chip ganassi racing OVAL TRACK SPECIALIST Tony Kanaan WAS NEXT OUT  but was unable to OUT RUN Ed Carpenter Racing CHEVROLETS   he was able to put together an average of 231.032 mph which put him third provisionally, and will see the  FORMER WINNER  start fifth RACE DAY.

COLTON Herta was THE NEXT TO LAST DRIVER OUT AND WAS VERY HAPPY TO HAVE A FOUR LAP AVERAGE  of 231.655 mph WHICH WAS FASTER  THAN provisional pole WINNER  Veekay.he wouldn’t be able to celebrate for long, as Scott Dixon saved the best for last to steal the pole. His first lap of 232.7 mph was the fastest lap seen all session, and was consistent enough to beat Herta and take that fourth Indy 500 pole.

2021 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day Two Results

RANKDRIVERTEAMGAP
1Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing231.685
2Colton HertaAndretti Autosport231.655
3Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing231.511
4Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing231.504
5Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing231.032
6Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing230.616
7Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport230.499
8Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing230.355
9Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing230.318
10Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport231.046
11Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser Sullivan231.044
12Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP230.864
13Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing230.846
14Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP230.744
15Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing230.708
16James HinchcliffeAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport230.563
17Scott McLaughlinTeam Penske230.557
18Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing230.521
19Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing230.427
20Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing230.191
21Josef NewgardenTeam Penske230.071
22JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises229.98
23Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing229.949
24Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP229.891
25Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/Marco & Curb-Agajanian229.872
26Simon PagenaudTeam Penske229.778
27Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises229.744
28Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport229.714
29Max ChiltonCarlin229.417
30Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises228.323
31Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold229.156
32Will PowerTeam Penske228.876
33Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport228.353

 

 

Alex Palou turned in the top speed in the practice session that wrapped up sunday's activities for the 105th Indianapolis 500. Chip Ganassi Racing prove once again that they are the team to beat with all four cars inside the top five in the session.

Team Penske‘s struggles continued as a caution was put out for Simon Pagenaud blew an engine on the frontstretch. However will remain in his original  spot for changing an engin

Marcus Ericsson was  second fastest of the session  with team mates  Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon finishing  fourth and fifth fastest.

Conor Daly driving for  Ed Carpenter Racing, was third  fastest daly qualified nineteenth finished in the top three of the day again

defending champion  Takuma Sato was  sixth fastest with his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Graham Rahal turning in the seventh fastest time of the day

Stefan Wilson driving for  Andretti Autosport was  eighth fastest. He was joined team mate  Marco Andretti whom was tenth place.

Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP, was ninth fastest with . His teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Patricio O’Ward finished the session sixteenth and twenty-fourth respectively.

 

RANKDRIVERTEAMSPEED
1Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing225.649
2Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing225.632
3Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing225.453
4Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing225.431
5Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing224.802
6Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.430
7Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.376
8Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport224.209
9Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP224.085
10Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian223.843
11Will PowerTeam Penske223.565
12JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises223.531
13Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport223.455
14Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises223.446
15Scott McLaughlin (R)Team Penske223.212
16Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP223.099
17Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing223.055
18Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing222.953
19James HinchcliffeAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport222.754
20Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan222.670
21Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises222.569
22Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing222.487
23Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing222.444
24Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP222.336
25Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing222.277
26Josef NewgardenTeam Penske222.138
27Max ChiltonCarlin221.970
28Simon PagenaudTeam Penske221.683
29Colton HertaAndretti Autosport221.410
30Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing221.348
31Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing221.250
32Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport221.201
33Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport220.604

there will be on track activity till  next Friday, 28 May, for the final practice session of the month.known as  “Carb Day” beginning at 11am  at 11am eastern standard time

saturday  may 22nd   pole day at indianapolis

scott Dixon  tops pole day qualifying at 231.828

photo courtesy of indycar.com

BY tERRY DANIELS

scott Dixon was the first qualifier  and that was all it took for the the former winner to take the top spot on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying. Dixon All all three of his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates also finished in the top nine of qualifiers  tand will participate in the top nine shootout tomorrow  that will decide the first three rows

with a four lap average of 231.827 mph dixon set on top of the speedchart the entire the six hour session. Andretti Autosport‘s Colton Herta took second place from Dixon’s teammate Tony Kanaan, who finished third.

Ed Carpenter Racing has two cars in the fast nine, Ed Carpenter led his team with the  fourth fastest speed 231.616 and Rinus Veekay  right behind in fifth. Veekay’s 231.483 whom withdrew his first qualifying run that was  good enough for twelfth, but improved to fifth as one of few drivers to improve their lap times as the track got hotter throughout the day.

Three time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves who has been quiet all month  qualified  sixth fastest for Meyer Shank Racing 231.164 with teammate Jack Harvey, who was fastest in the morning practice session, turned a four lap average of230.191  and will start twentieth.

Alex Palou was  seventh fastest 231.145 , but had a spectacular crash , slamming the right side  Honda into the outside wall of turn two. and was taken to infield care center however later released,  Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they will be able to fix the primary car for tomorrow.

former  winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was the eighth fastest 231.139 putting him in the  fast nine, and Marcus Ericsson was the last driver in and the fourth chip Ganassi racing car in the top nine  qualifying tomorrow.

 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dalton Kellett won the last guaranteed spot over Power and Simona De Silvestro of Paretta Autosport. De Silvestro and Power both made runs before Kellett and couldn’t make it into the top thirty, but after Kellett’s run there were mere seconds left for De Silvestro to make the final run of the day and get one last shot. Unfortunately, De Silvestro had to lift in turn two on her first lap, and was unable to make it in. The women-forward Paretta Autosport will have to come back tomorrow for a shot at the last row.

Joining the two Penske-affiliated cars in that last row shootout will be Dreyer and Reinbold Racing‘s Sage Karam, A.J. Foyt‘s Charlie Kimball and Top Gun Racing‘s RC Enerson.

Positions ten through thirty were locked into next week’s indianapolis 500 Andretti Autosport‘s Alexander Rossi will start tenth 231.046, joining rossi in row four by will be Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser Sullivan's Ed Jones 231.044 and Arrow McLaren SP driver pato O’Ward.230.864  top qualyfing rookie  Pietro Fittipaldi in  Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing  will start thirteenth 230.846

the days surprise was While Power was unable to secure a spot  in the 500 qualyfing thirty first at 229.228, team Penske is having the worse year at Indianapolis since 1995 when al unser jr and emerson  Fittipaldi. The fastest of the team was rookie Scott McLaughlin, who will start seventeenth 230.557  Josef Newgarden twenty-first 230.071 with  Simon Pagenaud at twenty-sixth 229.778.however team penske will have issues under control by race day

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, also was disappointed with their qualifying.  Defending Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato qualified fifteenth ,230.708  Graham Rahal at  eighteenth 230.521 with Santino Ferrucci twenty-third 229.949.

Fast nine and last row qualifying will take place on Sunday 23 May and will begin with the last row at 1 pm Eastern Standard Time  sunday with a forecast  of  partly sunny skies with  a  high 84 with no rain

2021 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Day 1 Results

  DRIVERTEAMFOUR LAP AVERAGE SPEED
1 Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing231.828
2 Colton HertaAndretti Autosport231.648
3 Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing231.639
4 Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing231.616
5 Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing231.483
6 Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing231.164
7 Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing231.145
8 Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport231.139
9 Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing231.104
10 Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport231.046
11 Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser Sullivan231.044
12 Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP230.864
13 Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing230.846
14 Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP230.744
15 Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing230.708
16 James HinchcliffeAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport230.563
17 Scott McLaughlinTeam Penske230.557
18 Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing230.521
19 Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing230.427
20 Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing230.191
21 Josef NewgardenTeam Penske230.071
22 JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises229.98
23 Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing229.949
24 Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP229.891
25 Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/Marco & Curb-Agajanian229.872
26 Simon PagenaudTeam Penske229.778
27 Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises229.744
28 Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport229.714
29 Max ChiltonCarlin229.417
30 Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises228.323
31 Will PowerTeam Penske229.228
32 Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold229.158
33 Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt Enterprises228.401
34 Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport228.013
35 RC Enerson (R)Top Gun Racing227.283

 

fri day  may 21st  day four of practice (FAST FRIDAY)
Scott Dixon lap of 233.302 tops speed chart for fast friday

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

BY tERRY DANIELS

Chip Ganassi Racing‘s Scott Dixon turned in the top speed of the day 233.302 mph on ‘Fast Friday’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fast friday is traditionally the day teams set up their race cars in anticipation for the run for the pole tomorror on  ‘Fast Friday’  teams tare aloud to turn  up their turbo boost to qualifying levels, with  only eight of the thirty-five drivers below 230 mph.

Dixon’s speed of 233.302 set him atop the speed charts for the second time this month and Ganassi’s third consecutive day on top.

Dixon’s speed of 233.302 was compelling , it did come with the help of a tow  from another car; something that will not happen  during single-car qualifying this weekend. and qualifying this weekend with an average of four laps instead of one single lap

The fastest driver over the course of four laps without a tow was dixon's teammate Marcus Ericsson who  averaged  231.950 mph for four laps  Andretti Autosport‘s Colton Herta and Arrow McLaren SP‘s Patricio O’Ward not far behind. As for single-lap, no-tow speeds, Andretti’s Alexander Rossi had the fastest lap at 231.598 mph.

all four  Chip Ganassi Racing drivers was in the top-five for fast friday Andretti Autosport‘s Colton Herta  232.784 was second fastest Tony Kanaan, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou was  third, fourth  and fifth  respectively. all four of Ganassi Racing drivers should  be in the top top nine shoot out tomorrow

sixth overall fastest and top Chevrolet driver was team McLaren’s Patricio O’Ward. who looks  ready for tomorrow however he was the only Chevrolet power plant in the top ten. His teammates, Felix Rosenqvist and Juan-Pablo Montoya, seemed to be struggling to find speed  Rosenqvist was twentieth overall and  Montoya twenty-fifth

seventh-fastest for the day was andretti motorsports , Alexander Rossi.  along with second fastest and teammate colton Herta both look to be ready for qualifying of the Andretti stable, as both have been among the fastest the  last few days. Rossi shoukd be able to challenge for pole position this weekend

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing are another team thst should be a threat tomorrow   defending champion Takuma Sato was eighth fastest  with a speed of 231.598 mph. The driver has quietly had a great month so far teammate , Graham Rahal also fast   He would take the eleventh fastest lap on Friday,  The third Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Santino Ferrucci was fourteenth quickest with at 231.924

Ed Carpenter Racing's Ed Jones was ninth fastest in his chevrolet with a fast lap of 231.569 with  andretti motorsports and former winner Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top ten at 231.539

the engineers at team penske cannot be happy with the teams results  Josef Newgarden leading the team with a fast lap of 230.479 for twenty second fastestwith his teammates Scott McLaughlin being twenty fourth fastest, former winners Will Power twenty ninth fastest and Simon Pagenaud was thirtieth fastest if team penske is sand bagging this is by far a claasic example of it

The first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying will take place on Saturday. At the end of the day, positions ten through thirty will be set in stone. On Sunday, the fastest nine drivers will qualify again on sunday with the fastest securing the pole position

 

2021 Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 4 Results:

 DRIVERTEAM SPEED
1Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing233.302
2Colton HertaAndretti Autosport232.784
3Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing232.690
4Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing232.531
5Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing232.155
6Patricio O’WardArrow McLaren SP232.034
7Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport231.863
8Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing231.598
9Ed JonesEd Carpenter Racing231.569
10Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport231.539
11Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing231.518
12Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing231.325
13Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport231.977
14Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing231.924
15Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing230.901
16Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing230.840
17James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport230.817
18Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing230.666
19Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing230.627
20Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP230.587
21Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing230.512
22Josef NewgardenTeam Penske230.479
23Max ChiltonCarlin230.473
24Scott McLaughlinTeam Penske230.415
25Juan-Pablo MonotyaArrow McLaren SP230.366
26Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport230.335
27Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises230.197
28J.R. HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises229.973
29Will PowerTeam Penske229.847
30Simon PagenaudTeam Penske229.792
31Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing229.536
32Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport229.477
33Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises229.426
34Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt Enterprises228.520
35RC EnersonTop Gun Racing226.055 

qualifying begins tomorrow   at noon  till six  eastern standard time with a forecast of partly cloudy high 85  with a 0% chance of rain

 qualifying order for the 105th Indy 500:

1. #9 Scott Dixon
2. #98 Marco Andretti
3. #28 Ryan Hunter‐Reay
4. #06 Helio Castroneves
5. #18 Ed Jones
6. #29 James Hinchcliffe
7. #25 Stefan Wilson
8. #48 Tony Kanaan
9. #2 Josef Newgarden
10. #21 Rinus VeeKay
11. #3 Scott McLaughlin
12. #30 Takuma Sato
13. #45 Santino Ferrucci
14. #24 Sage Karam
15. #51 Pietro Fittipaldi
16. #86 Juan Pablo Montoya
17. #1 JR Hildebrand
18. #12 Will Power
19. #20 Ed Carpenter
20. #5 Pato O’Ward
21. #7 Felix Rosenqvist
22. #59 Max Chilton
23. #4 Dalton Kellett
24. #47 Conor Daly
25. #15 Graham Rahal
26. #60 Jack Harvey
27. #75 RC Enerson
28. #10 Alex Palou
29. #22 Simon Pagenaud
30. #26 Colton Herta
31. #27 Alexander Rossi
32. #8 Marcus Ericsson
33. #16 Simona De Silvestro
34. #11 Charlie Kimball
35. #14 Sebastien Bourdais

thursday  may 20th  day three of practice

Tony Kanaan and chip ganassi racing top speed charts at indianapolis

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

BY tERRY DANIELS

INDIANAPOLIS –former  winner Tony Kanaan had the top speed for practice day three in preparation for Saturday's run for the pole at the indianapolis motor speedway turning in a  speed of 225.341  the lap was turned in during the last hour of practice traditionally called "happy hour" when the track conditions are the best of the day  Kanaan’s teammate Scott Dixon was fastest in yesterday’s session giving chip ganassi racing the top speeds two consecutive days in a row

the practice session started with a mis-communication issue between teams causing an accident , when  the three Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing cars of Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato and Santino Ferrucci slowed down as  they crossed the yard of bricks together for a publicity photo  colton herta driving for andretti motorsports  was not notified  and bumped the wall in turn four at full speed and then made slight contact with Scott McLaughlin as well. Both cars were able to continue

IndyCar officials reprimanded  Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a penalty anmd  their  cars will have to sit for the first thirty minutes of tomorrow’s Fast Friday session.

The early practice  session was controlled by  chip ganassi racing having all four of their cars at the top of the charts with Dixon at the top. Ed Carpenter Racing‘s Rinus Veekay , broke that dominaton turning a lap at  224.409 to become second fastest at the time

Conor Daly driving for Ed Carpenter Racing was third fastest for the second day in a row daly has been fast all week  and should be a threat for the pole on saturday

santino Ferrucci  driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan racing was third fastest with a lap at 224.922, however santino was involved in a late day serious crash . He lost control of his  Honda in turn two, spinning and smashing the rear end of the car into the outside wall. he  suffered a minor injury and was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.

Josef Newgarden was the fastest of team  Penske turning in the fourth quickest speed today 224.885 you can never count out team penske on pole day

tuesday fastest practice leader scott dixon  was fifth fastest at 224.666 giving chip ganassi racing two of the top five practice speeds today

gpr indy grand prix winner rinus veekay’s  was sixth fastest  Ed Carpenter Racing  have their act together for 2021

three time winner Helio Castroneves put his Meyer Shank Racing Honda in the top ten, finishing seventh fastest.  His teammate Jack Harvey finished seventeenth.

Marcus Ericsson in another  chip ganassi racing  Honda was eighth fastest of the day with a lap of 224.273

defending  champion Takuma  Sato was very happy with his car at the end of the day. He finished the session ninth fastest, turning in a lap at 224.232

After being caught up in the early morning accident colton  Herta got his car repaired and finished on top of the andretti motordport entries as well tenth fastest with a speed of 223.944team mate   with Ryan Hunter-Reay  twelfth  fastest

For Friday's  practice , will be g extra boost of power which will make for an exciting Fast Friday at the indianapolis motor speedway

2021 Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3 Results

 DRIVERTEAM SPEED
1Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing225.341
2Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing225.245
3Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.922
4Josef NewgardenTeam Penske224.885
5Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing224.666
6Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing224.409
7Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing224.393
8Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing224.273
9Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.232
10Colton HertaAndretti Autosport223.944
11Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing223.679
12Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport223.548
13Scott McLaughlin (R)Team Penske223.491
14Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP223.333
15Will PowerTeam Penske223.23
16Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP223.199
17Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing223.116
18Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian222.623
19Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan222.604
20Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing222.441
21Alexander RossiAndrett Autosport222.412
22Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP222.384
23Simon PagenaudTeam Penske222.364
24Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises221.926
25Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport221.804
26Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing221.748
27Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing221.602
28Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing221.411
29Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt Enterprises221.251
30JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises221.173
31Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport220.911
32James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport220.822
33Max ChiltonCarlin220.489
34Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises219.876
35RC EnersonTop Gun Racing217.444

Practice resumes friday (FAST FRIDAY)  at noon  till six  eastern standard time with a forecast of partly cloudy high 84  with a 0% chance of rain

wednesday  may 19th  day two of practice

Scott Dixon Fastest in day two of Indy 500 Practice

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

BY tERRY DANIELS

 

INDIANAPOLIS –Scott Dixon piloting a Chip Ganassi Racing honda powered entry topped the speed charts on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice, with a speed of 226.829 mph   all four of Chip Ganassi racing cars was in the top 10

The session  started fifteen minutes later than normal so that Top Gun Racing‘s RC Enerson  could finish his rookie orientation program,  When the session went green, Dixon’s teammate Marcus Ericsson led the early practice , holding the top speed  most of multi teams  teams ran various setup some for speed others working on race day setups. there was a small red flag condition for  rain sprinkles in turns three and four

Ed Carpenter Racing's  combo  of Conor Daly and Ed Carpenter was second and third fastest   it was a good day for Ed Carpenter Racing with their third driver Rinus Veekay just outside the top ten in eleventh, while dixon's team mate marcuis Ericsson was  fourth fastest at 226.007.

Tony Kanaan also driving for Chip Ganassi Racing finished the second day of practice fifth fastest at 225.774 the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner is a oval track expert and fan favorite

After a small pit  fire  on tuesday  Sebastien Bourdais driving for A.J. Foyt Enterprises was sixth fastest today  teammates Charlie Kimball and JR Hildebrand continued to struggle placing no better than twenty fifth

Patricio O’Ward, was seventh fastest for Arrow McLaren SP.with team mates Felix Rosenqvist and two time indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya finishing twenty second and twenty third on the speed chart

alex Palou was the slowest  0ut of of the chip Ganassi stable in eighth, but having all four cars inside the top ten just goes to show how much speed Ganassi has. some drivers may be working on speed and some all ready working on race day set up

The last two spots of the top ten aew  Dreyer and Reinbold Racing‘s Sage Karam ninth and defending pole winner Marco Andretti tenth. missing from the top 10 are all four drivers for team penske after topping the chart yesterday will power was fifteenth fastest today

2021 Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 2 Results

 DRIVERTEAM SPEED
1Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing226.829
2Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing226.372
3Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing226.103
4Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing226.007
5Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing225.774
6Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises225.491
7Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP225.409
8Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing225.302
9Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing225.300
10Marco AndrettiAndretti Herta-Haupert w/ Marco & Curb-Agajanian225.018
11Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing224.993
12Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport224.988
13Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing224.875
14Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.813
15Will PowerTeam Penske224.785
16Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport224.781
17Scott McLaughlin (R)Team Penske224.352
18Colton HertaAndretti Autosport224.315
19Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing224.236
20Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing224.057
21Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan223.846
22Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP223.779
23Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP223.549
24Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport223.545
25JR HildebrandA.J. Foyt Enterprises223.523
26Max ChiltonCarlin223.190
27Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport223.046
28Simon PagenaudTeam Penske222.983
29Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing w/ Rick Ware Racing222.596
30Josef NewgardenTeam Penske222.544
31Dalton KellettA.J. Foyt Enterprises222.496
32James HinchcliffeAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport222.130
33Charlie KimballA.J. Foyt Enterprises221.244
34Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing219.088
35RC EnersonTop Gun RacingNo Speed

 

Practice resumes thursday at noon  till six (eastern standard time)with a forecast of partly cloudy high 84  with a 0% chance of rain
tuesday may 18th opening day of practice

Will Power on topS speed chart,  Ryan Hunter-Reay second WITH Takuma Sato ROUNDING OUT TOP THREE

photo courtesy of indycar.com

 

BY tERRY DANIELS

INDIANAPOLIS –It's may in indianapolis and that means practice is underway FOR the Indianapolis 500 FORMER  winner Will Power IS  ON top the speed charts.

IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR PRACTICING Other than a brief SHOWER THAT STOPPED THE PRACTICE FOR S SHORT TIME POWER E TURNED IN  a lap speed of 226.470mph to put the Team Penske Chevrolet at the top of the SPEED CHART

former 500 champions ROUNDED OUT THE TOP THREE WITH  Ryan Hunter-Reay second for Andretti Autosport and two-time champion Takuma Sato third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

IN SOMEWHAT OF A SURPRISE  Dreyer and Reinbold Racing'S Karam WAS  fourth FASTEST IT WAS A GOOD RUN FOR SAGE WHOM IS LOOKING FOR A FULL TIME RIDE IN THE INDYCAR SERIES

Conor Daly DRIVING FOR Ed Carpenter Racing WAS FIFTH FASTEST HOWEVER TEAMATES  Indy GP winner Rinus VeeKay was 15th with Carpenter himself down in 18th.

Simon Pagenaud was sixth fastest HOWEVER LOOKED LIKE HE WAS ALREADY WORKING ON HIS RACE DAY SETUP WITH A VERY GOOD LONG RUN IN  Team Penske Chevrolet   lookING  very comfortable in traffic and able to overtake with ease.

Pato O’Ward TOPPED  McLaren’s  EFFORT BEING   seventh FASTEST  he ALSO LOOKED LIKE HE WAS WORKING ON HIS RACEDAY SETUP TEAM MATES  Juan Pablo Montoya WAS  12th with Felix Rosenqvist 17th. FOR THE THREE CAR TEAM

Reigning series champion Scott Dixon was eighth FASTEST DRIVING FOR  Chip Ganassi Racing WITH Ed Jones. NINTH FASTEST DRIVING FOR Dale Coyne Racing DIXON'S  Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson ROUNDED OUT THE TOP TEN. THE CHIP GANASSI  trio (including Alex Palou) wAS ALSO WORKING ON A RACE DAY SETUP

Stefan Wilson and JR Hildebrand  completD THEIR refresher program AND  RC Enerson COMPLETED THE rookie orientation program

1Will PowerTeam Penske226.470
2Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport226.371
3Takuma SatoRLL226.132
4Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold225.942
5Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing225.640
6Simon PagenaudTeam Penske225.230
7Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP225.146
8Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing224.988
9Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing224.651
10Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing224.615
11Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing224.593
12Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP224.384
13Simona De SilvestroParetta Autosport224.230
14Josef NewgardenTeam Penske224.040
15Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing223.793
16James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport223.780
17Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP223.744
18Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing223.671
19Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport223.336
20Colton HertaAndretti Autosport223.329
21Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing223.059
22Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport223.004
23Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing222.887
24Charlie KimballA.J Foyt Enterprises222.806
25Scott McLaughlinTeam Penske222.699
26Graham RahalRLL222.583
27Dalton KellettA.J Foyt Enterprises222.371
28JR HildebrandA.J Foyt Enterprises222.262
29Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing222.113
30Max ChiltonCarlin221.890
31Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing220.774
32Santino FerrucciRLL220.718
33Sebastien BourdaisA.J Foyt Enterprises220.137
34Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport218.573

PRACTICE RESUMES wednesday at noon till six (eastern standard time) WITH A FOReCAST OF  mostly cloudy SKIES WITH A high 79 rain chance IS  30%

monday may 17th no track activity

by terry daniels

INDIANAPOLIS –the track was closed again today in preperation for practice for 2021 indianapolis 500 which begins tomorrow at 10am

35 car and driver combinations will participate tomorrow

the weather forecast for the week will be fine after wednesday wth temperatures in the high 80s with no rain in the forecast for thursday,friday,saturday and sunday

tuesday mostly cloudy high 70 with a 50% chance of rain

wednesday (PRACTICE) mostly cloudy high 79 with a 30% chance of rain

thursday (PRACTICE) partly cloudy high 84  with a 0% chance of rain

friday (FAST FRIDAY) partly cloudy high 85 with a  0% chance of rain

saturday (POLE DAY) partly cloudy high 85 with a  0% chance of rain

sunday (BUMP DAY) partly sunny high 84 with a  0% chance of rain

sunday may 16th no track activity
by  terry daniels

INDIANAPOLIS –The track was closed today in preparation for practice for the indianapolis 500 on tuesday may 18th I would say the 2021 GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a huge success for roger penske and the indanapolis motor speedway

the class act award FOR  2021 GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis goes to 7 time nascar cup champion JIMMY JOHNSON  who finished 24th out of the 25 car field

Yeah, all in all, a really good weekend,” johnson told reporters after the race. “Certainly an improvement on my finishing result. Still ended up a lap down but didn’t have any really big issues, or didn’t create any cautions like I did in the first two events so happy about that, and things are just starting to make more sense.

since there is only 35 caRS ENTERED IN THE RACE AND ALL ARE ASSIGNED A DRIVER THERE ARE REALLY NO RUMORS TO REPORT AND RHERE WILL BE A BUMP DAY NEXT SUNDAY MAY  22ND i JUST WISH IT WOULD INVOLVE MOTE THAN THREE CAR AND DRIVER COMBINATIONS

  saturday may 15th 2021 GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis
by  terry daniels

INDIANAPOLIS –rookie Rinus VeeKay took the lead and never looked back today to win the Indy GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday,

also on the  podium was pole winner  Romain Grosjean who finished  second and  Alex Palou in third.

pole-sitter Romain Grosjean  led a race-high 44 laps however has nothing for veekay in the second half of the race

VeeKay, 20, became the fifth winner in five races this season in the nnt indycar series following  alex Palou , Colton Herta, Scott Dixon and Pato O’Ward

“We had an awesome start to the weekend, best start I’ve ever had,” VeeKay told NBC Sports pit reporter Marty Snider after winning in his 19th IndyCar start. “I knew we had the car, and we were so fast. Just the perfect day. It’s amazing.”

Seven-time NASCAR Cup and four-time Brickyard 400 champion Jimmie Johnson finished 24th in his third career IndyCar start.

“Things are just starting to make more sense,” Johnson said. “But it’s still so different and still so much for me to learn to get from green flag to checkered in a race.”

the track is now closed till 10am on tuesday when practice begins for the 105th indianapolis 500

results  the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

1. (7) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (1) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 85, Running
3. (4) Alex Palou, Honda, 85, Running
4. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (11) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
6. (10) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
7. (14) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
8. (5) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (16) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
10. (15) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 85, Running
11. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (19) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 85, Running
13. (8) Colton Herta, Honda, 85, Running
14. (9) Ed Jones, Honda, 85, Running
15. (18) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 85, Running
16. (17) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
17. (13) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 85, Running
18. (22) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
19. (20) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 84, Running
20. (24) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 84, Running
21. (25) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 84, Running
22. (21) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 84, Running
23. (3) Jack Harvey, Honda, 84, Running
24. (23) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 84, Running
25. (6) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 50, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 116.096 mph; Time of race: 1:47:08.5773; Margin of victory: 4.9510 seconds; Cautions: 1 for 3 laps; Lead changes: 8 among 5 drivers; Lap leaders: Grosjean 1-24; Palou 25; Dixon 26-27; Grosjean 28-43; Hunter-Reay 44-47; VeeKay 48-59; Grosjean 60-63; Dixon 64;VeeKay 65-85.

  friday may 14th 2021 practice for GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis
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  • rookie Romain Grosjean wins pole for indianapolis grand prix

    photo/indycar.com

    by  terry daniels

    INDIANAPOLIS –the Dale Coyne Racing Rick Ware Racing team driver Grosjean is barely six months removed from suffering burns in a fiery crash in Bahrain that ended his F1 career

    Grosjean will lead a 25-car field to the yard of bricks Saturday in the Indianapolis Grand Prix. He turned a lap of 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Friday to beat two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden.

    .“Amazing,” Grosjean stated while celebrating his pole win  “When I saw the  group I of qualifiers I was in, I was like, ‘Oh, dear, if we can get out of the first group, we’re going to be OK,’ and we did. That last few laps, we were on it. What a day for us.

    “I’m happier than I have been in a very long time.”

    team penske driver Josef Newgarden will roll off second  with Jack Harvey and Alex Palou making up the second re s row there are 5 hondas and 5 chevrolets rounding out the top 10

    7 time nascar cup champion Jimmie Johnson will start a dismal23rd staring position and 2 time indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya starting last

    the GMR GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course begins at 230 eastern standard time on nbc with the temperature in the high 60s under partly cloudy skies

    ROW 1

    1. (51) Romain Grosjean, Honda
    2. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet

    ROW 2

    3. (60) Jack Harvey, Honda
    4. (10) Alex Palou, Honda

    ROW 3

    5. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet
    6. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet

    ROW 4

    7. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet
    8. (26) Colton Herta, Honda

    ROW 5

    9. (18) Ed Jones, Honda
    10. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet

    ROW 6

    11. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda
    12. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet

    ROW 7

    13. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet
    14. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda

    ROW 8

    15. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda
    16. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda

    ROW 9

    17. (30) Takuma Sato, Honda
    18. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet

    ROW 10

    19. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda
    20. (14) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet

    ROW 11

    21. (11) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet
    22. (29) James Hinchcliffe, Honda

    ROW 12

    23. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda
    24. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet

    ROW 13

    25. (86) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet

     

     

    entry list for the 2021 GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis

    No.DriverCar nameTeam-Engine
    2Josef NewgardenSnap-on Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
    3Scott McLaughlinPPG Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
    4Dalton KellettK-Line Insulators / AJ Foyt RacingA.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
    5Pato O'WardArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
    7Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
    8Marcus EricssonHuski Chocolate Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    9Scott DixonPNC Bank Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    10Alex PalouThe American LegionChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    11Charlie KimballTresiba / AJ Foyt RacingAJ Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
    12Will PowerVerizon 5G Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
    14Sebastien BourdaisROKiT / AJ Foyt RacingA.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
    15Graham RahalFifth Third BankRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
    18Ed JonesMOUSER / MOLEXDale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan-Honda
    20Ed CarpenterMannKindEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
    21Rinus VeeKaySonax / AutogeekEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
    22Simon PagenaudMenards Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
    26Colton HertaGainbridgeAndretti Autosport-Honda
    27Alexander RossiNAPA AUTO PARTS / AutoNationAndretti Autosport-Honda
    28Ryan Hunter-ReayDHLAndretti Autosport-Honda
    29James HinchcliffeGenesysAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda
    30Takuma SatoPanasonic / Shield CleansersRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
    48Jimmie JohnsonCarvana Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    51Romain GrosjeanNurtec ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda
    59Max ChiltonCarlinCarlin-Chevrolet
    60Jack HarveyAutoNation/SiriusXMMeyer Shank Racing-Honda
    86Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet

    Entry list for the 2021  Indianapolis 500

    -Chevrolet
    Car No.DriverTeam-Engine
    06Helio CastronevesMeyer Shank Racing-Honda
    1JR HildebrandAJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet
    2Josef Newgarden      Team Penske-Chevrolet
    3Scott McLaughlin   Team Penske-Chevrolet
    4Dalton Kellett         AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet
    5Pato  O'Ward   Arrow McLaren SP
    7Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
    8Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    9Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    10Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    11Charlie KimballAJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet
    12Will PowerTeam Penske-Chevrolet
    14Sebastien BourdaisAJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet
    15Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
    16Simona de SilvestroParetta Autosport
    18Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing/Vasser-Sullivan-Honda
    20Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
    21Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
    22Simon PagenaudTeam Penske-Chevrolet
    24Sage KaramDreyer & Reinbold Racing
    25Stefan WilsonAndretti Autosport-Honda
    26Colton HertaAndretti Autosport-Honda
    27Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport-Honda
    28Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport-Honda
    29James HinchcliffeAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda
    30Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
    45Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
    47Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
    48Tony KanaanChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
    51Romain GrosjeanDale Coyne Racing/Rick Ware Racing-Honda
    51Pietro FittipaldiDale Coyne Racing/Rick Ware Racing-Honda
    59Max ChiltonCarlin-Chevrolet
    60Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing-Honda
    75RC EnersonTop Gun Racing
    86Juan Pablo MontoyaArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet 
    98Marco AndrettiAndretti Autosport/Bryan Herta -Honda

     

    by terry daniels

    as for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis this race is very difficult to predict anythig let alone a winner it seems like in the past team penske or scott dixon has seemed to win this race

    hoping whomever wins there will be plenty of fans in the stands cheering for their favorite driver to win

    In the first time in years there is really no favorite heading into this years indianapolis 500. nine former winners are entered and any of the remaining field are capable of winning. there are 21 chevrolets and 22 hondas engines avalible with all entries driving dallars and on firestone tires. seven time nascar cup champion jimmy johnson will attempt the road course however at this time will skip the oval.

    jaun pablo montoya who has only finished outside of the top 10 once in his five previous races with 2 wins is my personal favorite to win this years race he is in he right equipment to become a three time winner

    scott dixon who has always been a threat at indianapolis will be the race favorite  like always have bad luck on race day he was in the right place at the right time last year however luck prevailed

     Helio Castroneves who has been trying to join the four time winners club since 2010 is not with team penske this year he has joined Meyer Shank Racing he  will always be a threat good chance for a top 5 finish

    Will Power can never count out a driver in the team penske stable  road course expert that has adapted to oval racing very well could be a winner on raceday

    Simon Pagenaud when this guy is at his best he is unbeatable another driver out of the team penske stable that will definitely be a threat to drink the milk

    Alexander Rossi honestly if not for luck would not be on this list always seems to be a racefavorite however  will find someway not to win again this year

    Ryan Hunter-Reay 2014 winner this deiver is almost a shoe in for a top 5 finish very consistent driver that never seems to have equipment trouble at indianapolis

    Takuma Sato defending champion always performs well at indy being in the right place at the right time was his luck last year i don't see him to repeat though

    Tony Kanaan fan favorite thought he was done last year and pretty much retired then received a call from chip ganassi to pilot one of his cars on a part time basis sharing the ride with 7 time nascar cup champion jimmy johnson

    roger penske whom purchased the famed indianapolis motor speedway from the hulman/george family in november of 2019 will finallywill be able to show his improvements to the fans at only a 40% capacity. Mr Penske took a great racing facility  and with his improvements and renovations turned it into a excellent racing facility

    this will be a interesting month of may at indianapolis

     

     

    Race schedules — May 2021

    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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    13
    Road to Indy Practice
     
    14
    Road to Indy
    Qual / Race
    ,IndyCar
    Qualifying
    15
    RTI and GMR
    Grand Prix
    16 17 18
    Practice
     
    19
    Practice
     
    20
    Practice
     
    21
    Practice
    Fast Friday
    22
    Time Trials
     
    23
    Time Trials
     
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    27

     
    28
    Carb Day
     
    29
    Legends Day
    Parade
    30
    Indianapolis
    500
    31
    Memorial
    Day
             
    Color Notes
    Green Practice
    Dark Blue Time trials
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