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Posted 26 May 2018 - 09:16
Colton Herta held off Pato O’Ward and Dalton Kellett to spearhead an Andretti 1-2-3 in a ferocious Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.
The race was defined by action: regular three-wide running, five race leaders, and 20 lead changes; more than double the previous record of nine. At one point, six consecutive laps featured a different driver at the head of the pack. Helped by a full run under greens, the race also broke a new speed record: 191.422mph, up from 184.679mph.
Herta took the lead on the final lap, but in keeping with recent Freedom 100 tradition, the deal was settled by a drafting match out of the final corner. He crossed the yard of bricks less than half a car length — just 0.0281 of a second — ahead of O’Ward.
“I passed under the flag stand on the last lap and saw the white flag and honestly I didn’t know it was the white flag,” said Herta, who also earned a two-race sweep at the IMS Grand Prix road course circuit two weeks ago. “It was a very late move but it all worked out.
“I knew it would be a tough race, it was a hot one and the tires were going off so much at the end.”
O’Ward, meanwhile, was left ruing his car placement over the final few corners
“I knew we would get a run at the end of the straight but coming up to the first corner Colton positioned himself real well and I washed up to the wall,” he said.
“I wish we got that one. We missed it by a wing. I know the finishes in the Freedom 100 are always like that, but it’s just a bummer. Everybody raced really well, but it’s just a bummer we didn’t get the win. The team gave me an awesome car, we just didn’t position ourselves properly at the end of the race. “
Kellett, who’d started from pole and led a race-high 17 laps, completed the Andretti rout. The Canadian had been right in the mix during the opening laps, but sat back during the middle of the race to save his tires before surging back toward the front in the final two laps.
“I had a good run though Turn 4 but Pato came up and I got a bit of air wash and that was that,” he said. The result marks the third time he has finished third at this race. “I think I’m the Carlos Munoz of the Freedom 100,” he said.
His place on the podium came at the expense of Santi Urrutia, who was very much a factor until the final couple of laps. Victor Franzoni was also in the hunt early on, but his hopes were ended when he was forced to pit with a tire problem after 18 laps.
Posted 27 May 2018 - 08:47
A closer look at IndyCar's superspeedway wing
By: Marshall Pruett | May 25, 2018 12:57 PM
Is the new IndyCar superspeedway wing a weird boomerang, an ineffective showpiece, or an actual downforce-producing device?
“Yeah, it’s an actual wing,” said Tino Belli, IndyCar’s director of aerodynamic research.
Questions on the topic have come in from fans since the device was unveiled last year, and with its unique shape, featuring a swept profile and anhedral wing tips, the new one-piece unit was patterned after Honda’s speedway wing from last year’s manufacturer aero kit.
“The rear wing, the span, we tweaked the span a little bit wider, and surprisingly, those wing tips work really, really well,” Belli added. “They just make the wing think it is a larger span wing, just like on your [Boeing] 767s.”
Teams are expected to run at or near the limit of maximum downforce allowed by the series for Sunday’s Indy 500. With a specified usage range of negative nine degrees at its lowest downforce race and two degrees positive to give the most downforce, staying in the positive will be key if the forecast for temperatures above 90 degrees are accurate.
With help from IndyCar and the Auto Research Center in Indianapolis that helps with aero simulation for the series, some interesting numbers have been produced.
Adjusting the wing to negative nine degrees — a nose-up condition, it makes just 33 pounds of downforce on its own (pictured below).
IndyCar superspeedway wing in nose-up condition.
A closer look at the superspeedway wing, nose up
Wound all the way forward to two degrees positive — a nose-down condition (below), it delivers 232 pounds of downforce.
Superspeedway wing in nose-down condition.
Considering how the air flowing above and below the rear wing influences the air beneath it coming out from the underwing’s diffuser, a wing angle change can raise or lower the amount of downforce made below the car.
With that in mind, the full range of negative and positive wing settings can deliver 402 pounds of downforce change at the back of the cars.
Yes, it’s a wing. And depending on the angles that are used, it will play a big part in the speed or struggles encountered by the field of 33 come Sunday.
Posted 27 May 2018 - 13:36
Posted 27 May 2018 - 20:56
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Posted 27 May 2018 - 23:21
Power sprints to Indianapolis 500 win
By: Mark Glendenning | 2 hours ago
Will Power survived an afternoon of restarts, strategy gambles and high-profile casualties to win the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
With a proliferation of yellows forcing teams to rethink their fuel mileage on the fly, Power stuck to the most conventional battleplan. He was toward the front of that group all day, ultimately getting ahead of polesitter Ed Carpenter with the help of quicker pit stops, but a late yellow left the Australian fourth in line with the three off-sequence cars of Oriol Servia, Stefan Wilson and Jack Harvey ahead of him, and just 11 laps to do something about them.
He found a way past Servia, but at the same time, Wilson made a move on Harvey for the lead and both briefly opened a small gap over the Penske driver. Power was working on reeling them in when both swerved into pitlane for fuel with three laps to go.
From there, it was just a matter of navigating the lapped car of Charlie Kimball, and counting down the final laps.
“Man, I just can’t believe it,” said an emotional Power in Victory Lane. “I changed my attitude a lot after Barber, [I’ve] been very positive, had a great month… I can’t describe it. I feel like collapsing. I want to cry!
“[On the restart] I’m just… ‘I have to get these guys, I don’t know how much fuel they’ve got, but this is the restart of my life.’ With one to go, I’m screaming ‘I’ve got this.’ Unbelievable. I was wondering if I would ever win it. I’ve had so many wins, so many poles, but everyone always talks about the 500… I never thought I’d win in front of so many people. The 500 is incredible. I love it.”
A disappointed Carpenter was left to settle for second, crossing the bricks 3.1s in arrears.
Carpenter and Power were the pace-setters all day. (Image by Michael Levitt/LAT)
“Not totally sure what happened,” he said. “We lost the lead in one of the pit sequences. The first restart, I think I could have passed [Power], but I decided to sit there and save fuel. Then we had all those yellows and it wasn’t a fuel race anymore. It’s one of those races where you kick yourself – I should have gone for track position. In a couple of days I’ll feel better.”
Scott Dixon did the best job of making a strategy switch work, making an off-sequence stop under yellows on lap 161 to top up on fuel. The late yellows helped get him to the finish without needing a final splash-and-dash, but he was a further 1.4s behind Carpenter in third.
Alexander Rossi was fourth, stealing a little of the spotlight along the way with a superb pass around the outside of Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay to jump from fifth to third in one move, and end the day a full 28 positions further up from where he started. Andretti Autosport teammate Hunter-Reay rounded out the top five.
Carpenter leads at the start (Image by John Cote/IndyCar)
The race played out in two distinct parts: the first 48 laps when nothing happened, and the final 152 that brought one incident after another. Last year’s winner Takuma Sato brought out the first yellow when he drove into the back of a slow James Davison at Turn 4, and that marked the start of a busy couple of hours for the safety crews.
Barely 10 laps after the Sato/Davison crash, Ed Jones snagged the inside curb at Turn 4 and swung up into the wall; 11 laps after that, the book shut on one of the great pre-race subplots when Danica Patrick lost the rear of her ECR car and ended her career against the Turn 2 barriers.
Sebastien Bourdais was next, washing out in dirty air and walling it in Turn 4, followed not too long afterward by Helio Castroneves hitting the barrier in the same corner.
“I got a good move on Ryan [Hunter-Reay],” said Castroneves, who was fifth at the time. “The rear just gave out. I was not expecting that. I saw an opportunity; I just misjudged the tires a little bit. Please Roger [Penske], I’ve got to come back!”
Turn 4 claimed Sage Karam next, and it was a minor miracle that the DRR car was the only one eliminated – Servia was very nearly caught up in it, and a rear wheel bounced across the track without hitting any of the pack of cars plowing toward it.
Next, it was Tony Kanaan’s turn. The Brazilian had already had an eventful afternoon – he’d run strongly at the front early on before a puncture sent him deep back into the field, and his contact with the wall at Turn 2 came just as he was mounting a spirited resurgence. It was this caution that set up the final run to the finish.
Elsewhere, reigning series champion Josef Newgarden wound up eighth when Penske elected to split its strategies as insurance against a yellow, sending the reigning series champion from the lead pack into the midfield.
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Harsh early end to Danica Patrick's final Indy 500
By: Mark Glendenning | 3 hours ago
Danica Patrick’s swansong race came to an early end in Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Turn 2 barrier on Sunday.
Patrick had been battling with the No. 13 Ed Carpenter Racing car’s handling for much of the opening phase of the race, and was running 16th when the rear of her car stepped out and put her into the wall on Lap 68.
“Turn 2 did seem a little bit more edgy than some of the other corners, but I can’t say that at that time I felt like I was on the edge,” she said. “It just swung around when I recommitted to the throttle after a bit of understeer. It was totally unexpected.
Patrick made a brief, emotional and somewhat reluctant appearance before the media after being released from the medical center, where she tried to put the day into context.
“Definitely not a great ending, but I said before I came here that I feel like if it’s a complete disaster – complete, like not even in the ballpark at all and I look silly – then people may remember that,” she said. “And if I win, people will remember that. But probably anything in between might just be a little part of a big story. And that’s how it is.
“I’m appreciative for all the fans, for GoDaddy, for Ed Carpenter Racing for giving me a good car. Today was a tough day. A little bit of it was OK; a lot of it was tough to drive.
“I am very grateful for everybody and for being able to finish up like I wanted do. There were still a lot of great moments this month; a lot of great moments this year.”
Posted 29 May 2018 - 08:31
Power earns $2.52 million for Indianapolis 500 win
By: RACER Staff | 9 hours ago
Will Power earned $2,525,454 from an overall purse of $13,078,065 for his victory Sunday in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Power became the first Australian winner of the Indianapolis 500, capturing his first victory in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. He beat pole sitter Ed Carpenter to the finish by 3.1589 seconds to score the record-extending 17th Indianapolis 500 victory for Team Penske.
Power took the lead for good on Lap 196 of the 200-lap race. He led four times for 59 laps.
Carpenter, from Indianapolis, earned $911,504 for his career-best “500” finish in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. He led a race-high 65 laps, also a best among his 15 career starts.
Scott Dixon earned $587,129 for finishing third in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. It was his 11th career top-10 finish in 16 “500” starts.
Alexander Rossi drove from the 32nd starting spot in his No. 27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda to finish fourth, earning $454,804.
Rounding out the top five was 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 DHL Honda, who earned $419,804.
Robert Wickens earned $424,979 for his ninth-place finish in the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda, including $50,000 for being named Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Wickens, who led two laps, was the highest-finishing rookie among the four drivers making their first Indianapolis 500 starts this year.
The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards were announced and presented at the Victory Celebration on Monday, May 28 at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.