The Latest: Power wins IndyCar race at Gateway
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar race at Gateway Motorsports Park (all times local):
Will Power got the fuel strategy right to win Saturday night's IndyCar race at Gateway Motorsports Park, keeping his championship hopes alive and giving team owner Roger Penske another win at the track.
Dixon wins IndyCar race at Toronto for 3rd time
TORONTO (AP) — It was shaping up to be defending champion Josef Newgarden's day until he hit a wall and opened the way for Scott Dixon.
Newgarden, the two-time winner who started from the pole position, had a third Toronto IndyCar title in his sights. Then on Turn 11 of lap 33, the American hit the wall, allowing Dixon to overtake him for the lead and get his third win in the event.
Team Penske starting 1-2-3 for IndyCar at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Team Penske will start in the top three spots for the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The last time Penske swept the top three qualifying positions for a race was the 2017 season finale at Sonoma Raceway, when the team also went on to finish 1-2-3 in the race.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The remnants of Team Penske's autograph battle can be found all around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Simon Pagenaud's signature adorns a giant poster of teammate and defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden hanging outside the famed track. Newgarden's autograph is affixed to a street sign bearing Pagenaud's name.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chevrolet engines have powered some of IndyCar's biggest wins over the last six years.
Their drivers have won three of the first five races this season, four straight series titles and claimed the top four starting spots in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
So why is there so much chatter about Chevy vs. Honda in Sunday's race? It's the one mountain Chevy continues to try and conquer.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the first of two qualifying days for the Indianapolis 500 (all times local):
Three-time Indianapolis 500 Helio Castroneves withstood a late afternoon charge from two-time Indy pole winner Ed Carpenter to hold onto the top seed in Sunday's nine-car pole shootout.
All 33 starting spots on the grid will be determined Sunday.
Castroneves posted a four-lap average of 228.919 mph on the fourth attempt of the day then waited through two rain delays and 43 runs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Team Penske topped opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves paced the first practice sessions for the Indianapolis 500.
It was a big boost of confidence for Castroneves, who wasted no time getting up to speed at his favorite race track. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner was fastest in Tuesday afternoon's opening practice session, while Pagenaud led the morning session.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud expects the IndyCar Grand Prix to be very different from the first four races. So does just about everyone else in Gasoline Alley.
The expected warm temperatures and breezy conditions could change racing conditions on Saturday. New aero kits are expected to create better drafting. A smoother asphalt surface is expected to make cars less sensitive. And this time, winning the pole may not be the surest path to victory lane.
Team Penske to enter IMSA finale at Road Atlanta
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Team Penske will field an entry for IndyCar stars Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar season finale at Road Atlanta.
Preparing to launch its Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International program in January in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, Team Penske said Friday that it has entered the ORECA 07-Gibson in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance race Oct. 7.
Newgarden gives Team Penske a 15th IndyCar championship
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Josef Newgarden rushed through the doors on to the championship stage with an American flag draped around his shoulders. He felt silly, he said, like a boxer at a title fight.
Simon Pagenaud focused on defending IndyCar title
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Simon Pagenaud has two races to atone for a costly mistake.
Winning a second straight IndyCar championship remained on his radar prior to qualifying on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. He sits fourth in the standings, 43 points behind Penske Racing teammate Josef Newgarden.
Penske’s Newgarden guarded about his IndyCar points lead
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a week after his series-leading fourth win of the IndyCar season created a more comfortable lead in the points standings, Penske Racing's Josef Newgarden remains guarded about his title chances with two races remaining in the season.
Josef Newgarden races to 4th IndyCar win of season
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Josef Newgarden bumped past Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud and drove away to his fourth IndyCar series victory of the season Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Pagenaud was in front heading into Turn 1 on the 218th lap, but left a lane open for Newgarden, who got his nose under Pagenaud as they exited Turn 2. When Pagenaud didn't give, Newgarden forced the issue and bumped Pagenaud, forcing the 33-year-old Frenchman to back off — dropping him to third.
Simon Pagenaud takes Toronto IndyCar pole
TORONTO (AP) — Simon Pagenaud took the pole Saturday for the IndyCar race Sunday at Exhibition Place.
Pagenaud had a track-record lap of 58.9124 seconds at an average speed of 109.138 mph on the 1.786-mile street course for his first pole of the season and 10th overall.
The Frenchman, the defending series champion who won this this year on the oval in Phoenix, gave Team Penske its eighth pole in 11 races this season.
Josef Newgarden gives Team Penske hope in Iowa
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — IndyCar powerhouse Team Penske has never won at Iowa Speedway, even though the open-wheel series has been running at the track for more than decade.
This offseason, Penske brought in the driver who last year executed perhaps the most impressive run that Iowa had ever seen.
Josef Newgarden broke an IndyCar record in Iowa for Ed Carpenter Racing, leading 282 out of 300 laps to win despite a broken right clavicle and a fractured right hand.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — As usual, Helio Castroneves took charge.
Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud came in early for their news conference after a good practice at Road America for the Team Penske drivers. Castroneves, still in his firesuit, picked up the microphone and started moderating the discussion as if he was a veteran announcer.
"You're such a natural," Pagenaud said to laughter. "The guy is great."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Helio Castroneves has spent the past six years chasing history at the Indianapolis 500, trying in vain to join A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr. in an exclusive club of four-time winners.
He didn't anticipate making a different kind of history last weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Max Chilton and rookie Ed Jones have turned the fastest laps in the second-to-last practice for this year's Indianapolis 500.
Chilton had a top speed of 228.592 mph Monday. Jones was second at 228.118. Pole-winner Scott Dixon was third at 227.165.
Points leader Simon Pagenaud had the fastest Chevrolet on the 2.5-mile oval at 226.998 as drivers worked on race-day setups.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The IndyCar chase is kicking into high gear.
As Roger Penske's dominant cars continue to run up front, just about everyone else is pursuing the series' hottest team. Somehow over the last 14 months, Team Penske has turned one of the world's most competitive racing circuits into a virtual one-team showcase.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power and Helio Castroneves are turning IndyCar qualifying into a two-man race.
And Team Penske just keeps getting stronger.
Power claimed his third pole of the season and his second at the IndyCar Grand Prix on Friday in a record time of 1 minute, 7.7044 seconds at 129.687 mph on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. Castroneves was second at 1:08.1169, setting up the teammates for their third consecutive side-by-side start.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud can quickly recite his favorite and least favorite venues on IndyCar's schedule.
Toronto has been nothing but trouble over the years. Indianapolis, on the other hand, has been fun.
It helps, of course, when Pagenaud comes to town in May with three major titles — reigning series champ, current points leader and defending IndyCar Grand Prix winner. He also has some momentum and is expected to contend for at least one more victory at Indy this month.
Simon Pagenaud wins IndyCar race at Phoenix
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Simon Pagenaud appeared to be on cruise control after taking a big lead when a caution flag caught the other leaders on pit road in the Verizon IndyCar race Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Frenchman had a different view from the cockpit as he closed in on his first oval victory.
Power claims fourth pole at Barber Motorsports Park
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Will Power is the front-runner at Barber Motorsports Park once again, and his teammates are following right behind.
Power claimed the pole for the fourth time at the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Saturday in a qualifying session dominated by Team Penske. Power's fast lap of 1:06.9614 gave him 46 career starts up front and continued his success at Barber Motorsports Park.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Helio Castroneves immediately noticed the differences at the fast Texas Motor Speedway oval where he has won a record four IndyCar Series races and led more than 500 laps.
Castroneves and other IndyCar drivers, minus several Honda entries, tested there Wednesday. They got their first laps on the 1 1/2-mile track since it was completely repaved and significant changes made to Turns 1 and 2.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Roger Penske really couldn't ask for much more from his IndyCar team after a year in which his drivers went 1-2-3 in the standings and Simon Pagenaud earned his first series championship.
Pagenaud celebrates title as 2017 IndyCar season takes shape
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As Simon Pagenaud collected a $1 million champion's check Tuesday night, he was already contemplating what the 2017 IndyCar season might actually look like.
He's already been involved in meetings about improving of the No. 22 car. He plans to test next week at Elkhart Lake. He wants to win the series' marquee race, the Indianapolis 500. And soon, Pagenaud could be welcoming a new teammate to Team Penske's stable in North Carolina.
Michael Shank’s No. 60 wins IMSA finale
BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — Michael Shank Racing's No. 60 Honda-powered Liger sports car won the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday night, and the Action Express Racing's No. 31 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype took the season title.
John Pew, Oswaldo Negri, Jr. and endurance driver Olivier Pla teamed to win the 10-hour race, with the 60-year-old Pew making his final series appearance in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Column: Penske dominates season of promise for IndyCar
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — It was the year of Roger Penske in IndyCar. No team came close to stopping Team Penske's march to the top of the standings.
Penske bounces back with 1-2-3 finish in IndyCar standings
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — To call the 2015 season a disappointment for Team Penske would be an understatement. The organization had the positioning to win championships in both IndyCar and NASCAR, but came up empty in both series.
The IndyCar defeat was a tough one: Juan Pablo Montoya had led the standings wire-to-wire but lost the title on a tiebreaker to Scott Dixon because Dixon won the season finale.
Simon Pagenaud wins 1st IndyCar title in banner Penske year
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — In a yearlong celebration of Roger Penske's 50th season in racing, Simon Pagenaud brought yet another championship to trophy to one of the most storied organizations in motorsports.
The Frenchman won his first career IndyCar title in his sophomore season driving for Penske, and did it in dominating fashion by winning the season finale Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.
Pagenaud only needed a smooth race to put a wrap on this breakthrough season.
Pagenaud wins pole as he closes in on IndyCar championship
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Team Penske was on the verge of closing out a dominating romp through the IndyCar season with a new champion in Simon Pagenaud and a stranglehold on the top of the series standings.
Pagenaud led a 1-2-3-4 qualifying rout for Sunday's season finale at Sonoma Raceway. No one but Pagenaud or teammate Will Power can win the championship, and the team could be the first since 1994 to sweep the points podium.
Penske brings John Menard back to IndyCar for 10 races
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The bright yellow paint scheme of Menards will be a familiar fixture in IndyCar next season as the home improvement store returns to the series with 10 races of sponsorship for Simon Pagenaud.
The deal with Team Penske announced Saturday gives Roger Penske three sponsored cars for next season, but ended no speculation about his IndyCar lineup.
Will Power cleared to race for IndyCar championship
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power was cleared Tuesday to race for the IndyCar championship in two weeks after a crash over the weekend at Watkins Glen left him with concussion-like symptoms.
Power trails leader Simon Pagenaud by 43 points with only the finale at Sonoma on Sept. 18 remaining on the schedule. The two Team Penske drivers are the only ones in contention for the championship.