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FAST-RISING VEEKAY STELLAR IN ROAD TO INDY PROGRAM

Together with the announcement of a full-season 2020 NTT IndyCar Series ride with Ed Carpenter Racing, Rinus VeeKay stands poised to complete his own meteoric rise through the path to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires development string ladder, graduating from karts to the premier open-wheel racing series in less than four years. Watch Indy 500 Live Online.

But who’s this young Dutch phenom who’ll make his NTT IndyCar Series debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March?  Road to Indy fans already knows him as the hard-charging protégé of fellow countryman (and two-time Indy 500 winner) Arie Luyendyk, Indy 500 Live updates, who has made a name for himself on the international stage by finishing in the top two in all three of his Road to Indy seasons.

VeeKay’s victory is well recorded, with his latest history closely connected to that of fellow Road to Indy graduate, 2019 Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew.   He finished second to Askew this year to complete his Road to Indy career with some impressive statistics in 46 races, such as 16 wins, 14 poles and 36 podiums (78 percent).  Watch Indy 500 Live Online. As did Askew, who a few weeks back signed with Arrow McLaren SP, VeeKay enjoys the part that the path to Indy played his growth.

“Without the Road to Indy, I wouldn’t be the driver I am now,” he said.  “I really appreciate all the opportunities these past three decades, especially the Mazda scholarship for 2019.  Indy 500 Streaming Live, I was happy to have the ability to compete on this kind of degree, learning off-track in addition to on track.  I feel as though I’m prepared going into interviews, public speaking, social networking, dealing with the fans.  It is unique, to have a ladder system that teaches you all that.”

The native of Hoofddorp, Netherlands grew up in the racetrack as he, his sister Michelle and mom Evelien cheered on his dad Marijn in Formula Ford, Benelux Racing League and BOSSGP races for much of his younger years.  Indy 500 Live updates. But on his eighth birthday, his father gave Rinus a Tony Kart, and his destiny was sealed.

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VeeKay entered the international racing positions at age 12 and won the Dutch Rotax Max Junior course (the youngest Dutch junior champion in history) before moving to Italy and finishing third at the CIK-FIA Karting Academy.  Indy 500 Streaming Live,  The KNAF Talent First training centers included a racing simulator, giving VeeKay his first taste of American racetracks and planting a seed as he started to make decisions concerning his potential.

“The Road to Indy ladder system along with the scholarships were quite an important factor since I decided where to go,” he said.  “It’s very special that motorists get the opportunity to go all the way up the ladder, along with the scholarship program actually helped me.  Watch Indy 500 Live Online. That’s one of the factors that originally made me want to visit the United States.

“And as I trained on the simulatorI thought Road America was so cool, and once I arrived to the U.S., it was my favorite track.  It has a European feel, like Spa-Francorchamps, but using an American atmosphere. 

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When a Road to Indy karting advancement program awarded the young VeeKay that a USF2000 evaluation, the VeeKay family began to look at America in earnest.  He drove for Cape Motorsports at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at 2015, held that year in Circuit of The Americas but given his tender age (only 15 at the time) and that the Tatuus USF-17 could come on the year afterward, he spent the following year in karting as he prepared for his race car debut.  VeeKay declared his plans to compete in the series at the USF-17 reveal just before the 2016 Indianapolis 500, a weekend that’s forever etched in his memory.

“Being at the 100th Running of the Indy 500 — and seeing what my future could be — was amazing,” he said.

VeeKay competed from the Rotax US Open Senior championship that year and along the way encountered another young driver who’d become his primary Road to Indy rival: Floridian Oliver Askew.

VeeKay made his USF2000 debut in 2017 driving for Pabst Racing, making a rod, three successes and 12 podium finishes, never finishing lower than his qualifying position in all 14 races.  Watch Indy 500 Live Online.  Finishing the season just seven points behind Askew, VeeKay credits the Pabst group for giving him the resources to succeed that first year.

“that I am so happy with the chance they gave me just two weeks before the year began, after the Carlin-Benik group I had signed with decided to stop their USF2000 program,” he said.  “I have a good connection with Augie and the whole family.  They are such a fantastic racing family and I am so thankful for what they did for me in USF2000.”

INDIANAPOLIS — Prospective Indiana teachers have until Nov. 30 to use for theNext Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship throughout the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The student provides up to $7,500 for every year of school — up to $30,000 total — for top acting Hoosier students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.

With less than a week left to submit an application for the 2020 program, programs are up 32 percent compared to the time in 2018.  A Commission official said no one from Steuben County has applied for the scholarship.

“This scholarship is intended to draw Indiana’s finest and brightest into the teaching profession and inspire a new generation of Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers.  “Having prepared teachers in the classroom is a key factor affecting students’ academic success.”

Every year, 200 Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarships are awarded to students throughout the country in a competitive process based on academic achievement, teacher nomination and an interview process.

Last year, 393 students implemented, together with applications coming from 212 high schools in 82 of Indiana’s 92 counties.  Watch Indy 500 Live Online. High school students, in addition to college freshmen and sophomores, are eligible for the scholarship, but priority will be awarded to high school students.

To qualify, students must graduate at the highest 20% of the high school course or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. 

 Students selected to receive the student will be informed by April 3.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma authored legislation that created the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, which received bipartisan support during the 2016 legislative session.  Watch Indy 500 Live Online. While the majority of the inaugural 2017 cohort will graduate in May 2021, the scholarship has already helped over 40 Hoosiers become accredited teachers, with over 500 from the pipeline to become licensed teachers. 

Rutherford was sporting a full-face Simpson helmet when his Pennzoil

Chaparral was flipped onto its lid during the latter phases of the, Was called Phoenix International Raceway. Watch Indy 500 Live.

“I credited Bill with saving my life in the helmet I wore when I caught upside down in Phoenix,” Rutherford said in a telephone interview with RacinToday.com.  “Only wearing that helmet is exactly what saved me.”

Experienced racer Simpson, famous in global motorsports for the development of groundbreaking safety gear, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Indianapolis due to complications from current health problems. 

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 “But during May he had a suite (at Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and I sat down with him to remember old times.  Watch Indy 500 Live Online. He had been fighting then with parts of his address and he had been in rehabilitation to work with this.  I thought he would certainly pull …but he had had some mini-strokes and it took him away”

Simpson competed as a catalyst in drag racing, sports car racing and open-wheel formula racing, such as in SCCA and U.S. Auto Club Indy car competition.  Watch Indy 500 Live. He made 52 career INDYCAR begins between 1968 and 1977 and logged 11 top-10 finishes, such as a career-best sixth at the 1970 Milwaukee 200 round The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis..

Simpson started his driving career in drag racing as a teenager in Southern California.  His job in motorsports safety started inadvertently when he crashed his dragster as an 18-year-old in 1958, suffering two broken arms.  During his recovery time, Simpson invented and developed more complex, purpose-built parachutes _ through trial-and-error on a rented sewing machine in a garage _ to impede dragsters following the end line, starting a company called Simpson Drag Chutes.

Those little beginnings evolved into Simpson Performance Products and Impact!  Racing.  His highly successful companies designed, developed and made more than 200 motorsports safety products used by drivers in various series globally _including gloves, helmets, fire-retardant driver suits, seat belts and more.

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Maybe Simpson’s biggest racing safety breakthrough was sent in 1967, when he introduced a temperature-resistant fabric called Nomex through NASA astronaut and racing enthusiast Pete Conrad.

Simpson created the world’s first racing suit made from Nomex and brought it to Indianapolis Motor Speedway that May, where it became a safety sensation promptly adopted by nearly every driver in the starting area.  Watch Indy 500 Live, Now, Nomex remains standard equipment for many participants.  Donning his Nomex suit and a helmet, the PR-savvy Simpson set himself on fire through demonstrations to prove the suit’s potency on many occasions through recent years.

Rutherford, nevertheless, remains eternally grateful because of the helmet he was wearing as soon as the famed”Yellow Submarine” designed and fielded by fellow-racer Jim Hall of Midland, Texas, went for a wild ride in PIR. Watch Indy 500 Live Online.

“Helmets had come a very long way (by 1980) and Bill was quite serious about the technology to the helmets,” said Rutherford, whose headgear showcased the Texas state flag as part of his”Lone Star J.R.” persona. 

“I was leading the race coming towards the end and was running on the high line around Phoenix, which is a little more comfortable,” Rutherford said of the prior 1-mile layout featuring a dogleg turn.  “I was passing Dennis Firestone, that had been a beginner, on the exterior and away Turn 4 and he let his car up to follow the natural line and didn’t realize that I had been there. 

His right front (tire and wheel) made contact with my left rear and spun me (and Firestone).  The (left back ) suspension broke once I hit the wall and it rolled the car up on its back wheel. Watch Indy 500 Live, When it turned, I landed on my head.”

 The rollbar had done its job, having dropped half its height once the car landed and skidded _ however Rutherford was pinned underneath.  A group of guys ran to the wreckage from pit road and picked up one facet of the car, even though a few more guys slid underneath to check on Rutherford.

“It had been my helmet that ultimately saved my life,” Rutherford said in the book.  “It suffered the damage and kept my skull from cracking if my head hit the sidewalk.  But boy, did it have a beating.  The brad or rivet that attached the chinstrap into the helmet was worn and the strap had come loose. Watch Indy 500 Live,  If it hadn’t been because of my’sissy strap’ _ a strap connected to the left side of my helmet and tethered by a loop under my left shoulder _ the slide my car took would have readily knocked the helmet off my mind.

“The back of the helmet sustained a three-inch long split from the impact and the left rear quarter had a sizable dent.  You could have poked your finger through the fiberglass to the interior of the helmet on one side, where it had been ground through.  It had burn marks around it (from a flash methanol fire), and the face-bar facing the helmet has been cracked on both sides.”

Rutherford stated Simpson delivered the helmet into the Snell Foundation, which set the benchmark for professional racing helmets, for testing and analysis.  The people at Snell estimated Rutherford was traveling at 135 mph when his helmet hit the floor with the Chaparral upside down.

“Bill sent me the helmet back when they got though with the tests with a letter,” Rutherford told RacinToday.com.  “And the previous chart said,’A helmet of some less integrity could have surely produced a fatal.’ 

 It was Simpson’s only career start in”The best Spectacle in Racing,” but competing in IMS was the pride of a life-long dream and the pinnacle of the driving career.

Ironically, Rutherford scored the first of the three Indy 500 victories in 1974 forcing the No. 3 McLaren/Offy after starting25th as a second-day qualifier in the traditional 33-car field.

Simpson’s IMS heritage includes offering off-road racer/aspiring USAC driver Rick Mears of Bakersfield, Calif., with a car to make his first career INDYCAR begin from the 1976 Ontario 500 in Riverside, Calif. Indy 500 Streaming Live, Mears proceeded to become the third-largest four-time winner of the Indy 500 driving for Roger Penske.

Simpson’s racing career ended through an Indianapolis 500 practice lap in May 1977, when he realized he was thinking about a phone call he had to make for his rushing safety products business than forcing an open-wheel car at nearly 200 mph. 

“Bill Simpson became synonymous with all motorsports safety equipment through his tireless work of over 50 decades,” said Mark Miles, president/CEO of Hulman & Company in Indianapolis.  “His creations and products protected so many motorists and saved innumerable lives, and certainly will keep doing so moving forward.

“We are forever grateful for Bill’s devotion to safety at each level of the game, from the grassroots oval and road racer all the way into the biggest events and phases like the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Bill was a great friend to IMS and INDYCAR, and a passionate supporter of the Watch Indy 500 Live and IMS Museum, never missing an opportunity to reunite and sign autographs for the fans.  He will be missed but always remembered by everyone within our rushing world.”

Simpson chronicled his colorful and significant life in racing by writing two novels _ Racing Safely, Living Dangerously and its sequel, Through the Fire.

Regardless of the vast achievement of his motorsports security companies, Simpson never forgot his own magical season of qualifying and competing in the Indianapolis 500.  He annually returned to the Speedway during the Month of May for veterans’ actions, including appearances at driver autograph sessions for lovers on Legends Day presented by Firestone.  Simpson often attended these sessions with motorsports mogul and Indy 500 veteran Chip Ganassi.  Simpson was a fervent supporter of the IMS Museum.

Simpson was an animal enthusiast, whose menagerie included his beloved dog, Maia, camels and other pets.  A celebration of his life has been planned for May 2020 at the IMS Museum, with details pending.

“Bill was the security guru for sure,” Rutherford said.  “What he contributed in the method of helmets, technology and uniforms to prevent fires…he was a good man.  He was ornery; he didn’t care what he said and he cussed in front of whomever.  Indy 500 Streaming Live, That was only Bill Simpson.  He awakened to his own drumbeat but he was a dear, dear friend and certainly will be recalled, that is for sure”

Rutherford spent the night of his wreck at PIR in a hospital suffering from a”terrible headache” and in need of rest.  Wife Betty, who died on Jan. 20, 2019 at age 80, attended the awards celebration that night which crowned Johnny as National Champion of USAC, for winning the Indy 500, and CART.  Betty Rutherford _ herself a pioneer one of motorist’s wives in the racing world of the 1970s _ approved Johnny’s championship ring and, based on his own autobiography,”a whopping $2,500 check.”

Rutherford later was voted 1980 Driver of the Year by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) and the esteemed Olsonite panel.

“I always said the Good Lord looked after me,” said Rutherford, 81, alluding to this infamous crash.  “I gave a review in my mom’s church many years back and said the crash was printed in the newspapers and made headlines.  Watch Indy 500 Live. And I said ‘I had been lucky that the fantastic Lord was riding with me.’  And somebody from the crowd said,’Let Him out until you hurt Him’ ^”

Fall Deadline Approaching for Scholarships for Teachers

(INDIANAPOLIS) —Prospective Indiana teachers have until November 30, 2019, to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  Indy 500 Live updates, The scholarship provides up to $7,500 for every year of school — around $30,000 total — for top-performing Hoosier students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.

With less than a week left to apply for the 2020 program, Watch Indy 500 Live, applications are up 32 percent compared to the time in 2018.

“This scholarship is designed to draw Indiana’s finest and brightest into the teaching profession and inspire a new generation of Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers.  “Having prepared teachers in school is a key factor impacting students’ academic success.”

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Each year, 200 Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarships are given to students across the country in a competitive process based on academic achievement, Watch Indy 500 Live, teacher nomination, and an interview process. 

High school pupils, as well as college freshmen and sophomores, are eligible for the scholarship, but priority will be awarded to high school pupils. Indy 500 Live updates, To be eligible, students must graduate in the highest 20 percent of the high school class or make a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.  To keep on earning the scholarship in school, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and complete at least 30 credit hours each year.

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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma wrote legislation that made the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, which received bipartisan support throughout the 2016 legislative session.  While nearly all the inaugural 2017 cohort will graduate in May 2021, the pupil has helped over 40 Hoosiers become accredited teachers, with over 500 from the pipeline to become licensed teachers.

Mario Andretti drove a two-seater race car prior to the start of the August IndyCar race at Pocono.  He walked across the pit road prior to the race.  Andretti is optimistic Roger Penske’s impending acquisition of this series will cause an IndyCar return to Pocono.

NAZARETH — An automobile racing legend with heavy Pennsylvania roots is hopeful IndyCar racing can return to Pocono Raceway because of the consequence of Roger Penske’s impending acquisition of the set.

Former Indy 500 winner and Formula 1 winner Mario Andretti, that calls the Lehigh Valley home, Indy 500 Live updates.

DragonSpeed returning for six races in 2020

After making three starts during their debut season in 2019, DragonSpeed announced plans to get a six-race schedule in 2020 on Tuesday. Indianapolis 500 Live Online.

In the announcement, the team named St. Petersburg, Long Beach, the 104th Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), Texas Motor Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca as their planned entrances.

At this time, a driver to the entrance has yet to be named.

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Ben Hanley and DragonSpeed created their final start of 2019 in the Indianapolis 500

Last year, Team Owner Elton Julian entered the NTT IndyCar Series for three races.  Indianapolis 500 Live Online. Although the staff did not run Road America or Mid-Ohio as previously intended, they had the ability to have some solid runs.

In his debut, driver Ben Hanley notched his very best career start and finish. Indy 500 Live updates. After qualifying a sudden 12th at St. Petersburg, Hanely went to finish 18th.

Three months afterward at Barber Motorsports Park, the Manchester, England native started 24th and finished 21st.

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Making their first IndyCar appearance on an oval, Hanley qualified 27th for the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

Following 54 rebounds, mechanical issues knocked them from the race since they settled for a 32nd place finish.

Additionally, a sponsor will be announced after the new year, each the group’s tweet making the statement.

With several teams rooted in sports auto racing opting to give IndyCar a shot, Indianapolis 500 Live Online, DragonSpeed will look to keep the foundation out of their inaugural effort. 

BAT Updates to Primary Partner with McLaren F1, sponsors Indycar Entrance for 2020

British American Tobacco (BAT) has updated from an International Partner into a Principal Partner of McLaren Racing, Watch Indy 500 Live, Only One year into its institution with the Formula One group.

The improved, multi-year bargain will comprise considerably increased branding rankings on the McLaren F1 car, Indy 500 Streaming Live, such as highly visible new sidepod branding, in addition to inside-halo and front-wing logo placements.

The deal will also see BAT continue to change its own branding in support of its extensive portfolio of new class solutions. 

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Additionally, BAT will associate with McLaren for its fulltime recurrence to the IndyCar series in 2020, together with 17 races happening across the united states.  Watch Indy 500 Live.

The improved partnership will encourage BAT’s’transformation schedule’, dependent on the organization’s commitment to an increasing portfolio of new class tobacco-related goods that have the capability to be damaging to health than cigarettes.

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It will likewise see BAT continue to operate off the course using McLaren Applied Technologies on projects focused on improving BAT’s new class product pipeline.

Kingsley Wheaton, chief marketing officer in BAT, said the firm was”absolutely thrilled” with everything the venture delivered in 2019:”We are extremely pleased with our partnership with McLaren that has been moving from strength-to-strength this year — if it has increased consciousness of our portfolio of fresh class goods, Watch Indy 500 Live, technology insights and experience to encourage our R&D actions or using the stage to produce excitement among colleagues .

“The McLaren staff are great to use and it is good to see the staff acting on the monitor. Indy 500 Streaming Live, Our partnership is providing us a really global advertising and invention system to hasten our journey together with our new classes business, centered on developing a better tomorrow for our customers, shareholders, employees and society.”

Wheaton added:”I’m especially excited about our plans to associate with McLaren to their return to the IndyCar series, following a 40-year fracture, next year.  Watch Indy 500 Live, The 17-race calendar contrasts very nicely with our geographic footprint and company priorities.”

BAT will expect its’energetic branding’ strategy, where it corrects its on-car branding based on principles in various market, will keep working in 2020.

In 2019, as an instance, BAT utilized its pass-through rights to encourage retail associate 7-Eleven for its season-opening Australian Grand Prix, in which legislative resistance to tobacco-related branding is very powerful.

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The’A Better Tomorrow’ branding has been seen on the Auto placements at the Grand Prix in April.  It was on the drivers’ race lawsuits.

In May, McLaren tried a one-off reunite to Indycar having a look at the Indianapolis 500, in which the Vuse manufacturer was displayed on the car’s side pod at the qualifying rounds.  The Fernando Alonso-driven McLaren didn’t make up for the race proper.

The function of BAT in McLaren and Philip Morris International, which transported its mission Winnow’ emblem on Ferrari F1 cars last year, has been criticised by a few regulatory and super-national authorities.

During March, the World Health Organisation urged”all athletic bodies, such as Formula One and MotoGP, Watch Indy 500 Live, to embrace powerful tobacco-free policies which guarantee their occasions are their actions and participants, such as race groups, aren’t sponsored by tobacco companies”.

CONOR DALY TO RUN PART-TIME INDYCAR SERIES SLATE, INDY 500 FOR ED CARPENTER RACING

The second-generation motorist had earned a reputation as a super-sub within the previous two seasons. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free. Conor Daly will pilot the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet for the road and road IndyCar races in 2020.

Conor Daly will finish the No. 20 Ed Carpenter racing lineup during the 2020 season, driving the road and road course races along with team owner Ed Carpenter on the ovals.  Daly will even drive a third car through the month of May, culminating with the Indianapolis 500.

Daly will keep his relationship with the U.S. Air Force in his latest open-wheel endeavor. Watch Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free .

“that I am so grateful for the devotion the U.S. Air Force has shown along with the faith to me to get the work done,” Daly said.  “It has been an unbelievable connection to see grow and get stronger as we continue to include races into our program.  I couldn’t be happier to be getting one more step closer to fulltime Indy car contest.

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“As an Indiana kid, it just feels right to be getting a chance with Ed Carpenter Racing,” Daly said.  “This group has done such an incredible job through time, and I have a tremendous amount of admiration for Ed and this group. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free.  I look forward to entering a season feeling entirely prepared with simulator testing and time for the first time in many decades.”

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Daly has earned a reputation as an underrated driver with nominal financial backing in recent years.  He’s also been a popular replacement driver for teams needing a last-minute motorist capable of submitting outcomes.

Daly drove for three groups in 2019: Andretti Autosport, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Carlin. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free, In all, five distinct teams have trusted Daly supporting the wheel over the previous two seasons.

 He reached Formula two before making that choice. 

He hurried full time in IndyCar at 2016 and 2017 for Dale Coyne Racing and AJ Foyt Racing with nominal achievement, albeit secondary attempts for the respective teams.

He also earned a best finish at the Indianapolis 500 at 2019, scoring a 10th for Andretti in his sixth appearance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free.

2019 IndyCar Review: Fernando Alonso and the Indianapolis 500 disaster

The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series seen a gorgeous season of highs and lows for everybody involved over the span of 17 races, Indianapolis 500 Live Free Motorsport Week reflects on some of the key moments that encapsulated the gripping season…

At the first attempt of racing in the world-famous Indianapolis 500 at 2017, Dual Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso made his first appearance at the Brickyard so as to become the next man in history to win Motorsport’s unofficial triple Crown’ following the fantastic Graham Hill.

McLaren initially awakened with the emerging powerhouse of Andretti Autosport also it was a stunning introduction from the Spaniard, qualifying fifth and running with all the leaders for nearly all the race to boot, even leading 27 of the 200 laps. Indianapolis 500 Live Free, However, with only 21 laps to go in ironic manner his Honda engine failed.

A couple of years later McLaren attempted to earn a return to the Speedway on their own with the help of this British-based Carlin outfit, which also races in the sequence. Watch Indianapolis 500 Live Stream. It all appeared to be moving smoothly in clinic until Alonso made a mistake in Turn 3 and crashed his primary car.

After losing a whole afternoon’s worth of running due to rain and further monitor time the next day as the automobile took longer to prepare than anticipated, Indianapolis 500 Live Free, it was a race against time to prepare for qualifying.

Alonso’s car took a long time to fix after a heavy crash in clinic

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On the very first day of qualifying, it was exceptionally tight.  It looked like the Spaniard scraped to the automatic 30 places, Watch Indianapolis 500 Live Stream, but would be forced into the last row shootout on Bump Day by Pippa Mann by just a mere 0.020mph.

Having done some asking about immediately, it was hinted that McLaren was given a set up sheet from a rival group in order to facilitate their bidding to get in the race.  However, it was not to be.

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 Alonso begrudgingly made his post-session interviews brief and swiftly left the circuit to consider that the shambles of what the previous couple of days had entailed.

In the fallout of this failed job, McLaren CEO Zak Brown showed a lengthy catalogue of mistakes which resulted in their collapse, which are briefly as follows:

– Brown needed to acquire a steering wheel from Cosworth after failing to create their very own in time.

– The Carlin ready car was painted the wrong colour of orange and spent a month in the garage only 30mins in the Speedway.

– Electrical issues which caused a mechanic to be removed from the team.

– Acquired new installment for Sunday’s shootout, but have been placed on the vehicle in wrong units of measure.

– Incorrect equipment ratio installment which left the car 1.5miles brief.

After the litany of errors, Bob Fernley promptly dropped his place as team president and the future of McLaren’s time at Indianapolis was once again under the microscope. Indianapolis 500 Live Free, But, McLaren have gone into partnership with the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports outfit to create Arrow McLaren Racing SP going forward.

Alonso has also reiterated he wants to pursue his continuing dream of succeeding at Indianapolis and procuring the triple crown.  But is it with McLaren in 2020? 

“That is absolutely the greatest narrative of my life”

Kaiser was right.  It also was among the best stories in the very long history of the Watch Indianapolis 500 Live Stream, a young driver with just five NTT IndyCar Series races on his resume, forcing for a team with a small percent of the resources of the team it knocked out of the race, had qualified 33rd for the 103rd 500 with a last-minute streak which sent home a two-time Formula One World Champion.

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Kaiser and Juncos Racing put together just enough of an attempt to top Fernando Alonso and McLaren Racing, which had struggled to find speed during practice and qualifying. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free,  With minutes to spare and little hope, Kaiser listed a four-lap average of 227.372 miles, just enough to make it in the race and prevent Alonso and McLaren from doing exactly the same.

Nearly as shocking as the mad was that the story behind it.   Ricardo Juncos, the group’s owner, considered scrapping everything but decided against it.  Rather, after speaking with Kaiser and other team leaders, he chose to transform the group’s only other automobile — a road-course car raced the month before in Circuit of The Americas — right into a speedway car.

“It was a debate I had with (Ricardo) and other consultants as to whether I wished to do this,” Kaiser said following the successful run.  “We knew there was a lot at stake, including money.  Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free, We determined we aren’t the quitting kind.  We felt like we could pull it off, but it turned out to be a big bet.”

While the story of Juncos’ success was that the story of the day, so too was the handling of collapse by Alonso and McLaren’s principals.Watch Indianapolis 500 Live Stream Free,  In a press conference afterward, McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran took the attribute.

“that I want to apologize to you personally, also,” the 500’s 2003 winner stated, turning to Alonso.  “We did not give you a car that was quickly enough.  You drove as the champion that we know you are.  Particularly the past three days are incredibly tense and hard, and we could not have asked anything more from you, Fernando.  I am sorry, man. Indianapolis 500 Live Free, You are an amazing driver.  In my 35 years of racing… this has been the most painful experience I’ve ever had.” 

Alonso promises Indy Reunite, McLaren and Andretti Most Powerful optionsImage from Zak Mauger/LAT

Indianapolis 500 Live Stream-Fernando Alonso insists he’ll go back to the Indianapolis 500 at 2020 and states that his most powerful choices would be to race for McLaren or even Andretti.

The Spaniard led lots of laps Andretti on his very first effort in Indy at 2017 before retiring with a Honda motor failure, but a return with McLaren this season saw the group don’t qualify. 

Certainly, I shall try again.

“They aren’t the only choices but for sure they’re the most powerful.  I have a devotion to McLaren and there’s also how great I felt at Andretti, and that I feel a part of the team and staff. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream. I have an excellent relationship “

“First I wish to perform Dakar and Indy and see if I am overlooking F1.  This year, it was fine to be from this F1 bubble but my friends are saying,’Today you’re out of F1 it’s the opportunity to enjoy life a little.’ Indy 500 Streaming.  And I say what makes me happy would be to race.

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Conor Daly, driver of the #17 U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service Thom Burns Racing Honda, prepares to put on his helmet on pit road during “bump day” May 19, 2018, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis. The entry for Conor Daly was the first time the U.S. Air Force has sponsored a car in the Indy 500. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Erwin)

“F1 remains a chance.  The 2021 principles are rather intriguing.   In case it ends up that I miss F1, I’m open to returning again.  In addition, the driver market is quite available for 2021, thus there’s not any rush to create a determination.”

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Josef Newgarden guessed the offseason after his next NTT IndyCar Series championship could go considerably enjoy the weeks which followed his first name in 2017. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream. He’d create some media looks, attend a few awards banquets, match with the patrons and ease into a different IndyCar offseason.

What’s happened this season, nevertheless, has been magnificent to say the least.

Then came what could be known as the greatest information in racing in the previous 50 years on November 4. Indy 500 Streaming. That’ll end 74 decades of possession by the Hulman George Family as soon as the sale is finished in January.

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About November 22 came the statement that four-time Champ Car Series winner and 37-time race winner Sebastien Bourdais wouldn’t be a part of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser and Sullivan from the No. 18 entrance next year.  A important portion of Coyne’s funds for 2020 had dropped and the group has yet to register a contract to come back to Honda or combine Chevrolet in 2020.

Newgarden admits that he does not understand what to expect next.

“It has been a crazy offseason,” Newgarden informed NBC Sports.com within a private interview. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream. “It has been one thing after another.  It looks like every week there’s some critically impactful news that’s been hitting on the table. 

“It makes me consider my status in the game and how lucky I’ve been to not just have a chance, but a continuing chance in IndyCar.   It is like in almost any other game, you do not know how long that the runway will be from the game itself with the staff in that game. Indy 500 Streaming. It is a shifting landscape and at times you forget that.

“I am eager to go racing again but this offseason hasn’t been short of shocking information.  I really don’t know what else will occur before the end of the calendar year, but it’s establishing for quite the expectation before St. Pete.”

 The 82-year-old reveals no signs of slowing down and together with his profound respect for the Indy 500 and IMS, the near future is in good hands under his direction.

“With Roger’s statement, it is a really welcome change for everybody involved,” Newgarden explained.  “We’re excited what the near future will bring.

“Roger has ever done a fantastic job of assigning.  On the other hand, we invest nearly all our time together with Tim Cindric overlooking the rushing performance. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream. I believe Roger’s time will change later on and we’ll see him on the side and much more about the ownership side.

“I feel that is a fantastic thing.  The health and the energy of this show is equally as crucial as the racing group wellbeing. Indianapolis 500 Live Free, It stands for an advantage for all of us.  I am enthusiastic about it.

“When there was one individual in the world you could decide to take over the reins of both IMS and the IndyCar Series, then there’s no superior individual that Roger Penske.”

Newgarden considers Penske is a fantastic listener and places a team set up to get things accomplished with true thought. Indianapolis 500 Live Free.  He’s also quite focused on lovers and client connections not just for both the brief term and long term.

 Now that it is December, Newgarden is prepared to return to work.

 “That is always true with IndyCar.  When you finish the season, it is wonderful to receive a rest.  However, the moment you get two weeks in, you’re all set to go racing. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream.  I have already begun to set a strategy in place for how a year ago ought to seem, what we could do better, places which are strong and areas that require work.

“it is a never-ending struggle.  When you reach the peak of the group, it is rather tricky to remain there. Indianapolis 500 Live Stream. Things are constantly changing in motorsports.  Attempting to keep your crown is becoming increasingly more difficult each moment. 

REO Speedwagon, Styx to headline Carb Day concert at 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — REO Speedwagon and Styx will to co-headline that the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert next May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watch Indy 500 Live, the speedway declared on Tuesday.

The concert is set for May 22, according to a release from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stream Indy 500, Styx is set to execute first at 3:30 p.m. followed by REO Speedwagon at the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

“Miller Lite Carb Day is the beginning of the most exciting weekend of the year in motorsports, and REO Speedwagon and Styx are the ideal headliners to shift anticipation for the 104th Indy 500 into top gear,” J. Douglas Boles, IMS President, stated. Watch Indy 500 Live, “Both bands came from Midwestern origins to become enduring worldwide superstars, exactly like the Indy 500.  Our lovers will love rocking to hit after hit performed from these legendary artists at the best high-horsepower party of the year.”

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Tickets are on sale today online, by calling 800-822-INDY (4639) or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building.

General admission tickets start at just $30.  A restricted variety of concert pit tickets can be purchased for $55. Watch Indy 500 Live, For the first time in 2020, a limited number of tickets at a new temporary grandstand can be found starting at $95, such as concert pit accessibility.  Additionally, there is a very limited supply of VIP platform tickets for $250 which include pit access, snacks, two free drinks, and committed bars.  Ticket prices increase since the concert draws closer.

All general admission, concert pit, grandstand, and VIP Deck concert tickets include entrance to the concert and also to on-track pursuits that day at IMS, which include the final practice for the Watch Indy 500 Live, the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race along with the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.

IndyCar: DragonSpeed affirm six races in 2020, no driver confirmed

DragonSpeed has confirmed they will compete in six races in the 2020 IndyCar season, although they haven’t yet confirmed their driver lineup.

DragonSpeed made their IndyCar introduction in the 2019 year with Ben Hanley behind the wheel of the #81 Chevrolet.  Watch Indy 500 Live, Initially slated to compete in five races, they only ended up competing in three.

They opened up the year competing on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida earlier competing at Barber Motorsports Park. Stream Indy 500.

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But despite their initial plans to compete at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America, they did not compete at the track.  They made it their goal to compete at the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca rather, but that ultimately didn’t come to fruition either.

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Now for 2020, DragonSpeed, that were initially eyeing a 10-race schedule, have confirmed they will compete in six of the 17 races.

With that said, who will end up forcing the 81 Chevrolet in 2020 remains unknown.

They’re once again set to compete on the streets of St. Petersburg, but rather than Barber Motorsports Park, Watch Indy 500 Live, they are set to compete on the streets of Long Beach, California.  They are then put to attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 once more before competing in another oval race at Texas Motor Speedway.

After missing out on rival at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2019, Stream Indy 500, they are planning to compete in either in 2020.  Notably, Road America isn’t part of their plan this year.

The team confirmed this news on their Twitter account.

Last year, Hanley finished in 18th and 21st place at St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park, respectively, Watch Indy 500 Live before a driveshaft difficulty knocked him out of the race and relegated him to a 32nd-place ending in the Indy 500. 

IndyCar Flashback: 2011 Indianapolis 500

With 2019 drawing to a close, Open-Wheels is taking a look back at some of the memorable moments over the last ten years. Indianapolis 500 Live. This week, we’ll have a look back in the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

Before the race began, a lot of the focus centered around the centennial of the”Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indy 500 Streaming Live free.

Wheldon takes second”500″ following Hildebrand’s last-turn crash. Indianapolis 500 Live.

 Meant to commemorate its 1909 founding, the time had been full of a number of tributes to the Speedway’s gloried past.

On May 29, the party would culminate with the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 Live.  With six races (1917-18 and 1942-45) continued as a result of ongoing World Wars, the 2011 edition was known as the 100th anniversary running.

After running at or close to the very top of the charts during the early practices, Alex Tagliani backed his effort pole day. Indy 500 Streaming Live free, Having a four-lap average of 227.472 mph, the favorite veteran made his first pole as the 2003 Champ Car event at the Milwaukee Mile.

Alex Tagliani celebrates with Auto Owner Sam Schmidt after winning the pole for the 2011 Indianapolis 500

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Less than 24 hours later, Bump Day would provide even more excitement and play. Indy 500 Streaming Live free.

With their four full-time drivers not locked, Andretti Autosport rallied as Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti created the area, with Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe also making his way in.  A valiant attempt also uttered 2010 fourth-place driver Alex Lloyd and Dale Coyne Racing a spot among the 33.

Like Bump Days, there were those on the brief end of things when the final gun sounded at 6:00 PM.

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A year after their massive accident on the last lap of this race, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway failed to qualify within their Andretti entries. Indianapolis 500 Live, Four days later, Andretti would strike a bargain with A.J. Foyt Racing and Hunter-Reay took over Bruno Junqueira’s qualified automobile to start 33rd.

At the beginning of the race, front row rookie Scott Dixon jumped out to an early lead. Watch Indy 500 online, On the lookout for his second win in four years, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver stayed out front for the opening five laps.

Subsequently, Tagliani took over and directed through the first warning on Lap 20.  Following KV Racing’s Takuma Sato crashed in Turn 2, the new double-file restarts were analyzed. Indianapolis 500 Live. A lap later, rookie James Hinchcliffe and Sato’s teammate EJ Viso crashed in Turn 1.

The front of Tagliani (77), Dixon (9) and Servia (two ) combined to direct 111 of 200 laps (Jim Haines/INDYCAR)

Following the two early episodes, 101 of the next 115 laps were run under green.  As the race progressed, several veteran drivers left their way upfront. Indianapolis 500 Live, On Lap 73, Dixon began a 26-lap stint as the leader.  As he matched his earlier run that extended from

Among those drivers taking their turn at the lead were outside front row starter Oriol Servia and two-time winner Dario Franchitti. Watch Indy 500 online, After running out of fuel on his Pole Day run, Franchitti started ninth because he looked for his third win in five decades.

With 53 laps to go, the fantasy month for Tagliani came to an abrupt end with an accident in Turn 4. Watch Indy 500 online. Moreover, the caution ended a 41-lap green-flag run, the longest of the day.

After just the 2nd multi-car accident of the day, it might mark the final yellow flag of the afternoon. Indianapolis 500 Live. Having a long green-flag run ending the 200-lap race, fuel plan came into play.

Over the last 20 laps, both Patrick and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Bertrand Baguette made their way to the guide.Indy 500 Live Streaming.

 Driving for Panther Racing, Hildebrand was poised to make up for the group’s runner-up finishes the past three years. Indianapolis 500 Live, Unfortunately, he wouldn’t do this.  Entering Switch 4, Hildebrand went into the outside lane to avoid lapped traffic.

Wheldon rates past the wrecked car of JR Hildebrand on the final lap (Michael Levitt LAT Photo USA)

As he did this, his car drifted up the marbles and to the retaining wall. Indianapolis 500 Live. With several hundred yards left, Hildebrand limped his car round the front straightaway.

Seconds later, the No. 98 automobile of Dan Wheldon sped past. Indy 500 Live Streaming, Driving a one-off entrance for Bryan Herta, the 2005 winner would sneak by Hildebrand and make his second Indianapolis 500 victory.

After finishing runner-up in 2009 and 2010, Wheldon eventually won again in 2011 — and bested his former group in the process. Indianapolis 500 Live. Regardless of the gut-wrenching finish, Hildebrand earned Rookie of the Year after his runner-up finish while leading seven laps.

In third, Graham Rahal earned his career-best finish from the race 25 years after his father Bobby won the race.  In fourth, Tony Kanaan made a valiant charge from 22nd on the grid was still leaving looking for his first”500.”  After leading a race-high 73 laps, Dixon finished fifth.

It would also indicate the closing”500″ for John Andretti, Davey Hamilton and Paul Tracy. Indianapolis 500 Live. Adhering to a six-year hiatus, Danica Patrick would later end her motorsports career at the 2018 race.

Dan Wheldon celebrates after winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500 (Paul Webb LAT Photo USA) Indy 500 Live Streaming.

Following his unlikely win, Wheldon was without a ride for much of 2011.  Rather, he spent a lot of the remainder of the year in broadcasting and creating the new Indy Car place to get a 2012 release.

Tragically, Wheldon dropped his life in an accident through the summer finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16. Indy 500 Live Streaming. For 2012, IndyCar renamed the new Dallara chassis that the”DW12″ in his honor.

Five years to the day following Wheldon’s triumph, automobile owner Bryan Herta employed a similar approach to net Alexander Rossi that the 2016 win. Indianapolis 500 Live. Like 2011, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was obtained by No. 98.