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Shell to become official NTT INDYCAR SERIES fuel provider as part of INDYCAR & IMS partnership – “Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US) and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company announced today a multiyear extension and expansion of their sponsorship agreement with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and Team Penske. Building on a longtime business relationship and technical alliance that began in motorsports and has extended well beyond the track, the agreement will feature exciting new opportunities between industry-leading organizations, beginning in 2023…Beginning in 2023, Shell will become the Official Fuel of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS. Additional details regarding the Official Fuel designation for INDYCAR will be announced soon.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/26/2022)

Tim McGraw to perform at Music City GP event – “GRAMMY AWARD®-winning superstar Tim McGraw will make his only stop in Nashville during his 2022 North American tour when the legendary music artist performs Saturday, Aug. 6, as part of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix weekend on the Nissan Stadium campus. McGraw will hit the stage for his 90-minute show at 8:30 p.m. CT on the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix’s ZYN Main Stage. McGraw’s concert performance will be immediately followed by fireworks on the city’s Riverfront that can be viewed from the concert location. The concert will be the only stop in Nashville and Tennessee during the McGraw Tour 2022. All Big Machine Music City Grand Prix tickets for that day also include free access to the McGraw concert.” Full release at the link. – Music City GP – (5/26/2022)

Indy 500 driver milk selections – The Indiana Dairy Association has shared the drivers’ milk preferences should they win this weekend’s 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Check it out at the link. – Indiana Dairy Association – (5/26/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/25/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/25/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/26/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy 500 starting grid feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature featuring the starting grid for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/25/2022)

IMS announces extension of Gainbridge partnership – “Gainbridge, an online digital platform offering trusted financial products simplified for the modern age, has reached a multiyear agreement to extend its presenting sponsorship of the Indianapolis 500, the world’s largest single-day sporting event.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/25/2022)

RACER Q&A 5/25/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (5/25/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/24/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/24/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/25/2022)

Miles Teller to serve as Indy 500 honorary starter – “Miles Teller, star of blockbuster action movies and character-driven independent films, will serve as honorary starter for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, waving the green flag Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teller stars as Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, son of the beloved “Goose,” in Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” with Tom Cruise, the sequel to “Top Gun.” The film will be released nationwide May 27. He also can be seen in the making of “The Godfather” series, “The Offer,” for Paramount+.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/24/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/23/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/23/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/24/2022)

Palou quickest in Monday Indy 500 practice; Kellett crashes – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou was quickest in Monday practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap at 229.441mph. The full Top 5 was Palou, Dixon, Johnson, Sato, and Ericsson. Kellett had a big incident in the session but was cleared and released. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/23/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy 500 livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/22/2022)

106th Indy 500 starting grid – The starting grid is set for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Check it out at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/22/2022)

Dixon sets all-time Indy 500 pole speed at 234.046mph – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon broke the all-time pole speed record at 234.046mph to win the pole for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full Firestone Fast 6 order was Dixon, Palou, VeeKay, Carpenter, Ericsson, and Kanaan. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/22/2022)

Dixon tops Sunday morning Indy 500 practice – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was fastest in Sunday pre-qualifying practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap at 234.042mph. The full Top 5 was Dixon, Carpenter, VeeKay, Sato, and Johnson. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/22/2022)

VeeKay fastest in Saturday Indy 500 qualifying – Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay set a four-lap average of 233.655mph to top Day 1 of qualifying for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full Top 12 advancing to Sunday were VeeKay, O’Ward, Rosenqvist, Palou, Kanaan, Johnson, Carpenter, Ericsson, Grosjean, Dixon, Power, and Sato. Positions 13 to 33 on the grid are set for the race. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/21/2022)

Carpenter hits 234+mph in Saturday morning Indy 500 practice – Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter’s lap at 234.410mph was fastest in Saturday morning pre-qualifying practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full Top 5 was Carpenter, Dixon, Johnson, Palou, and Ilott. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/21/2022)

O’Ward draws Indy 500 first qualifying attempt – View the full qualifying draw for 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/20/2022)

Sato tops Fast Friday Indy 500 practice – Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Takuma Sato was fastest for the third straight session in Fast Friday practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap at 232.789mph. The full Top 5 was Sato, Rossi, O’Ward, Ericsson, and Dixon. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/20/2022)

Saturday Indy 500 qualifying bumped up one hour to 11AM – “With the potential of rain in the afternoon for the first day of PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is moving the start of Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge qualifying to 11 a.m. (ET) Saturday, May 21 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Qualifying will run until its previously scheduled end time of 5:50 p.m., weather permitting, with starting spots 13 through 33 locked in for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The morning practice session also will be moved up, with group one on the 2.5-mile oval from 8:30-9 a.m. and group two from 9-9:30 a.m. Peacock Premium will provide live coverage of both practice groups and the entire qualifying session, with the INDYCAR Radio Network also offering coverage. Public gates at IMS will open at their previously scheduled time of 8 a.m.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/20/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/19/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/19/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/20/2022)

Sato fastest again in Thursday Indy 500 practice – Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Takuma Sato was fastest for the second straight session in Thursday practice for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap at 227.519mph. The full Top 5 was Sato, Dixon, Malukas, Hildebrand, and Johnson. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/19/2022)

Jordan Fisher to perform the Indy 500 national anthem – “Jordan Fisher, whose accomplishments and accolades span from television to music, Broadway and film, will perform the national anthem before the start of the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/19/2022)

Details emerge on INDYCAR NFTs with Autograph – INDYCAR and IMS have partnered with Autograph for a series of NFTs that will be released over the Month of May. Check out the details at the link. – Autograph – (5/19/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/18/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/18/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/19/2022)

Monday 5/23 Indy 500 practice start time pushed back one hour – “The time will shift to 1-3 p.m. (ET) for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge practice session Monday, May 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moving from the originally scheduled time of noon-2 p.m. will give teams that participated in Top 12 Qualifying and the Firestone Fast Six on Sunday, May 22 more time to change to their “500” race engines. Teams that qualified in the 13th to 33rd positions Saturday, May 21 will not turn laps on the 2.5-mile oval Sunday and will be allowed to change engines that day. Peacock Premium will provide live coverage of the two-hour session open to all 33 qualifiers for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” with coverage also offered by the INDYCAR Radio Network. IMS public gates will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the practice.” – INDYCAR – (5/18/2022)

Rain washes out Wednesday Indy 500 practice – “Rain forced the cancellation of practice Wednesday for the 106th Indianapolis 500, as showers that arrived in the Indianapolis area shortly before the scheduled start of noon prevented any cars from turning laps. This was the first total washout of an Indianapolis 500 practice day since May 17, 2016. Practice will resume from noon-6 p.m. Thursday, with live coverage on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network. IMS public gates are open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.” – INDYCAR – (5/18/2022)

RACER Q&A 5/18/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (5/18/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/17/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/17/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/18/2022)

Sato paces Indy 500 Practice 2 – Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Takuma Sato paced Practice 2 for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap at 228.939mph. The full Top 5 was Sato, Dixon, Johnson, Ericsson, and VeeKay. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/17/2022)

Dixon tops Indy 500 Practice 1 – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon topped the charts in Practice 1 for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a lap at 227.119mph. The full Top 5 was Dixon, Ericsson, Karam, Daly, and Andretti. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/17/2022)

106th Indy 500 schedule – The official INDYCAR schedule for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/17/2022)

106th Indy 500 spotter guide – The first version of the official INDYCAR spotter guide for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/17/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/16/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/16/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/17/2022)

106th Indy 500 entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/16/2022)

Drivers hoping for solutions to improve visibility in wet conditions – RACER’s Marshall Pruett has an excellent story with quotes from numerous NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers in regards to their struggles and ideas for improvement for visibility after the first heavy rain conditions with the aeroscreen in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix. Full story at the link. – RACER – (5/15/2022)

Lundqvist wins two-part Lights Race 2 at IMS – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist won an exciting Indy Lights Race 2 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course that started before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES GMR Grand Prix and finished afterwards due to a rain delay. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Rasmussen, Robb, Pedersen, and Abel. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/14/2022)

Herta wins wet and wild GMR GP – Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta won a wet and wild GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in a timed race. The full Top 5 was Herta, Pagenaud, Power, Ericsson, and Daly. Power is the new championship leader. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/14/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s GMR Grand Prix livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/14/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy Lights IMS livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the 2022 Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/14/2022)

Ericsson tops GMR GP morning warmup – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson’s lap of 1:11.0839 topped the charts in the morning warmup for the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The full Top 5 was Ericsson, Ilott, Rosenqvist, Herta, and Harvey. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/14/2022)

INDYCAR moves up GMR GP and Lights green flag times – “After careful monitoring of likely weather conditions in the Indianapolis area this afternoon, INDYCAR officials have moved up the start time of today’s GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course to 3:07 p.m. (ET), ensuring fans see the most NTT INDYCAR SERIES action. Fans are encouraged to follow INDYCAR social media (@INDYCAR on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) for further updates. The start time for the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race 2 also is moving up, as the green flag for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ developmental series will fly at 1:05 p.m. (ET).” See the revised schedule here. – INDYCAR – (5/14/2022)

Frost gets first Lights win in Race 1 at IMS – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Danial Frost won his first career Indy Lights race in Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Friday. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/13/2022)

Power earns 64th pole at GMR GP – Team Penske’s Will Power won his 64th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole in qualifying for the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The full Firestone Fast 6 was Power, Palou, Newgarden, Daly, O’Ward, and Rosenqvist. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/13/2022)

Lundqvist quickest in in Lights qualifying at IMS – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist was quickest in Indy Lights qualifying on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a lap of 1:16.3362. Lundqvist won the pole for both races this weekend. Full qualifying results can be found here: Race 1 & Race 2. – INDYCAR – (5/13/2022)

O’Ward fastest in GMR GP Practice 2 – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward’s lap of 1:09.7839 paced Practice 2 for the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The full Top 5 was O’Ward, Palou, Herta, VeeKay, and Lundgaard. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/13/2022)

Brabham fastest in Lights Practice 1 at IMS – Andretti Autosport’s Matthew Brabham was fastest in Indy Lights Practice 1 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a lap of 1:16.5986. The full Top 5 was Brabham, McElrea, Pedersen, Frost, and Robb. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/13/2022)

Palou paces GMR GP Practice 1 – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou’s lap of 1:10.4555 paced Practice 1 for the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The full Top 5 was Palou, Ilott, Power, Rahal, and Rosenqvist. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/13/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/12/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/12/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/13/2022)

GMR GP spotter guide – The official INDYCAR spotter guide for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/12/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s GMR Grand Prix preview – OpenWheel.com’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/12/2022)

Phinny back in Lights this weekend with Abel Motorsports – “Ryan Phinny has joined forces with Abel Motorsports to contest the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis doubleheader this Friday and Saturday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Phinny will drive the team’s second car, No. 61…Phinny is making his return to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires after an eight-year hiatus from the series. The 32-year-old Nashville, Tennessee-based driver last raced in the Indy Lights series with Belardi Auto Racing in 2014. Phinny and the team hope this weekend’s doubleheader on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course are building blocks to more events in 2022.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/12/2022)

CGR signs Simpson has developmental driver – “Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) today announced an agreement with Indy Lights driver Kyffin Simpson, signing the 17-year-old to a multi-year development deal. Simpson, a Cayman Islands native, is currently the youngest competitor in the Indy Lights Series, and a driver for Honda Performance Development’s Honda Academy. CGR will rely on its 30-plus years of motorsports experience, including 21 championships and more than 230 victories, to continue Simpson’s development by providing driver mentorship, race strategy and engineering support for his No. 21 TJ Speed Motorsports Honda team.” Full release at the link. – Chip Ganassi Racing – (5/12/2022)

Andretti No. 28 to feature Gleaners livery for GMR GP – Andretti Autosport’s No. 28 entry to be driven by Romain Grosjean in the GMR Grand Prix will feature a special orange Gleaners Food Bank livery. View the livery on our No. 28 livery page here. – Eric Pointer – (5/12/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/11/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/11/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/12/2022)

Penske unveils special Verizon livery for No. 12 at Indy 500 – Team Penske has unveiled a special new Verizon livery for their No. 12 entry to be driven by Will Power in the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. View the livery on our No. 12 livery page here. – Team Penske – (5/11/2022)

RACER Q&A 5/11/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (5/11/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/10/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/10/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/11/2022)

GMR GP entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/10/2022)

GMR GP to feature debut of INDYCAR electronic marshaling system – “A host of integrated LED panels strategically positioned around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course will welcome NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers to this weekend’s GMR Grand Prix. The installation of the EM Motorsport Marshalling System is the latest step in enhancing driver safety through more efficient communication. The computerized system activated with a push of a button by corner workers complements the longstanding practice of waving cloth flags to alert drivers to changing track conditions. The flags will continue to be utilized in case multiple flag codes are necessary at the same corner.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/10/2022)

IMS unveils 500 pace car Fisher is to drive – “Former INDYCAR SERIES driver and team owner Sarah Fisher, who remains the fastest woman in Indianapolis 500 history, will drive the 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car to lead the field to the green flag for the 106th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/10/2022)

HMD adds Serravalle to Lights lineup after departure of Sulaiman – “After completing the first two rounds of the 2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season with a different team, Antonio Serravalle is returning to the Indy Lights paddock this weekend with a new team – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing. The Canadian driver will still carry the #11 on his HMD prepared entry as he joins Linus Lundqvist, Daniel Frost, Christian Bogle and Benjamin Pedersen (Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports) in the five car program.” Full release at the link. – HMD Motorsports – (5/10/2022)

ECR unveils orange BitNile livery for No. 21 at Indy 500 – “Ed Carpenter Racing announced today that Rinus VeeKay will compete in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team Powered By BitNile Chevrolet in the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) became known as the Bitcoin Racing Team when VeeKay raced an iconic black and orange Bitcoin car in last year’s 500-mile classic. Through the generosity of BitNile Holdings, Inc. (BitNile), the Bitcoin Racing Team will continue to grow in 2022.” View the livery on our No. 21 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Ed Carpenter Racing – (5/10/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/9/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/9/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/10/2022)

Foyt and ABC Supply unveil special livery for No. 11 at Indy 500 – “When drivers start their engines at the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, race fans will see a new look for the No. 11 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet — and have a chance to make a million-dollar impact that supports military Veterans. Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), a nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives, will be gifted the design of the Indy car by its sponsor, ABC Supply, to bring awareness to their mission. ABC Supply will also match all donations made to HFOT — up to $1 million total — from Saturday, May 21, through Monday, May 30.” View the livery on our No. 11 livery page here. Full release at the link. – AJ Foyt Racing – (5/9/2022)

Amid AMSP rumors, Rossi confirms to IndyStar his ’23 plans are “settled” – The Indianapolis Star’s Nathan Brown has an excellent story on Alexander Rossi with quotes from the current Andretti Autosport driver confirming his 2023 plans are “settled” amidst rumors he will be moving to Arrow McLaren SP. Full story at the link. – Indianapolis Star – (5/9/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/6/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/6/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/7/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/5/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/5/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/6/2022)

Cusick & DragonSpeed team up for 33rd Indy 500 entry with Stefan Wilson – “Cusick Motorsports is proud to announce their return to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES grid for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in partnership with DragonSpeed. The partnership combines two entities that have independently made strides in the Indianapolis 500 in recent years, creating synergy between Cusick Motorsports’ business-to-business acumen and DragonSpeed’s multi-disciplinary racing prowess. Stefan Wilson will be at the wheel of the No. 25 DragonSpeed/Cusick Motorsports Chevrolet entry, marking the driver’s fourth career Indy 500 start and second consecutive entry in partnership with Cusick Motorsports.” View the livery on our No. 25 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Cusick Motorsports – (5/5/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/4/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/4/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/5/2022)

NBC announces commentators for 106th Indy 500 – “For the fourth consecutive year, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be called by NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey and analyst Townsend Bell, while fellow INDYCAR on NBC analyst and long-time INDYCAR driver and fan-favorite James Hinchcliffe makes his debut in the Indy 500 broadcast booth. Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch will serve as pit reporters…NBC Sports host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick return to Indianapolis 500 coverage for the fourth consecutive year, contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage…Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of racing’s most popular personalities and an NBC Sports motorsports analyst, will contribute to pre-race coverage alongside motorsports reporter Rutledge Wood, and will join Tirico and Patrick on the Peacock Pit Box on pit road for segments during the race.” Full release at the link. – NBC Sports – (5/4/2022)

AMSP unveils Lucas Oil livery for No. 6 at GMR GP – Arrow McLaren SP has unveiled a new No. 6 Lucas Oil livery to be driven by Juan Pablo Montoya at the upcoming GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. View the livery on our No. 6 livery page here. – Arrow McLaren SP – (5/4/2022)

Report: Kirkwood set to join Andretti in ’23 – The Indianapolis Star’s Nathan Brown reports Kyle Kirkwood is set to join Andretti Autosport’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES program in 2023. This follows the AP’s Jenna Fryer’s report that Alexander Rossi will join Arrow McLaren SP in a third car next year. Full story at the link. – Indianapolis Star – (5/4/2022)

RACER Q&A 5/4/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (5/4/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/3/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/3/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/4/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/2/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/2/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/3/2022)

O’Ward wins at Barber, Palou takes championship lead – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward won the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with pass on previously dominant Rinus VeeKay just after the last round of pit stops. The full Top 5 was O’Ward, Palou, VeeKay, Power, and Dixon. Palou now leads the championship over the Team Penske trio of McLaughlin, Newgarden, and Power. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/1/2022)

Lundqvist wins wet Lights race at Barber – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist’s led from start to finish in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race on a wet Barber Motorsports Park circuit. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Pedersen, Robb, Frost, and Simpson. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/1/2022)

Ilott quickest in Final Practice at Barber – Juncos Hollinger Racing’s Callum Ilott was quickest in Final Practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:07.0906. The full Top 5 was Ilott, Palou, Ericsson, Dixon, and Rossi. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/30/2022)

Lundqvist takes Lights pole at Barber – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist’s lap of 1:12.5713 earned the pole in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Pedersen, Robb, Rasmussen, and McElrea. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/30/2022)

VeeKay earns pole at Barber – Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay’s lap of 1:06.2507 in Firestone Fast 6 qualifying earned him the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The Firestone Fast 6 order was VeeKay, O’Ward, Palou, McLaughlin, Rossi, and Rosenqvist. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/30/2022)

Frost fastest again in Lights Practice 2 at Barber – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Danial Frost was fastest again in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice 2 at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:12.3734. The full Top 5 was Frost, Pedersen, Lundqvist, Robb, and Rasmussen. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/30/2022)

VeeKay leads Practice 2 at Barber – Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay’s lap of 1:05.9264 led Practice 2 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The full Top 5 was VeeKay, O’Ward, Herta, McLaughlin, and Grosjean. Rossi had a major incident in the session and his Andretti Autosport team will have major work to do to be ready for qualifying later. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/30/2022)

Herta tops the charts in Practice 1 at Barber – Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta topped the charts in Practice 1 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:06.5149. The full Top 5 was Herta, Palou, Rossi, Grosjean, and McLaughlin. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/29/2022)

Frost fastest in Lights Practice 1 at Barber – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Danial Frost was fastest in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice 1 at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:12.6511. The full Top 5 was Frost, Rasmussen, Lundqvist, Pedersen, and McElrea. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/29/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Barber preview – OpenWheel.com’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (4/29/2022)

Team Penske unveils new No. 3 Gallagher livery – “Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, today announced a new, multi-year partnership with Penske Entertainment and Team Penske…Gallagher will serve as the primary partner on the No. 3 Gallagher Dallara/Chevrolet driven by defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year, Scott McLaughlin for two events – Detroit on June 5 and during the Gallagher Grand Prix in Indianapolis in July.” View the livery on our No. 3 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Team Penske – (4/29/2022)

Gallagher and Penske Entertainment announce partnership – “Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, today announced a new, multiyear partnership with Penske Entertainment, which will span across various assets within the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and branding within the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The partnership includes entitlement sponsorship of the Gallagher Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on Saturday, July 30, part of the historic Brickyard tripleheader road racing weekend on NBC that includes races for the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. In addition, Gallagher will sponsor a Team Penske entry at two upcoming NTT INDYCAR SERIES events.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (4/29/2022)

Barber entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/29/2022)

Report: 33rd Indy 500 entry set to be announced – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Cusick Motorsports and DragonSpeed have worked out a deal for a Chevy-powered entry to be driven by Stefan Wilson for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Full story at the link. – RACER – (4/28/2022)

Indy 500 qualifying procedure revisions announced – “The most pressure-filled four laps in racing have become even more challenging for those looking to qualify well and win the pole position for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. INDYCAR officials have announced adjustments to PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, which sets the field for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway…After Day One of qualifying from noon-5:50 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 21, Day Two will include two rounds of qualification attempts to decide the first four rows, including pole position. Starting in reverse order of speeds based on Day One, each of the top 12 drivers will have a guaranteed attempt to post a traditional four-lap qualifying time starting at 4 p.m. The fastest six will advance to the Firestone Fast Six at 5:10 p.m. to determine positions one through six and compete for the NTT P1 Award for pole. The slowest six will fill out starting positions seven through 12 according to their recorded time. In the Firestone Fast Six, each entrant is again guaranteed one attempt and will qualify in reverse order based on their Top 12 qualification results. The fastest wins pole position, which includes a $100,000 prize, with the remaining five drivers filling out the remainder of the first two rows.” View a graphic summarizing the changes here. Full release at the link. – IMS – (4/26/2022)

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