News for the Week of May 28 – June 3, 2018

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle Race 2 photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s livery photo gallery from Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/3/2018)

RHR pressures Rossi into mistake for Race 2 win at Belle Isle – Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay drove an incredible race to win Race 2 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park after the dominant Alexander Rossi locked up into the runoff late in the race from the lead. The rest of the Top 5 was Power, Jones, Dixon, and Rahal. The start of the race way delayed by 40 minutes due to the pace car crashing as the field left the pits for the parade laps. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2018)

Belle Isle Race 2 starting grid – The official INDYCAR starting grid with tire designations for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2018)

Rossi takes pole for Belle Isle Race 2 in the wet – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi won the pole for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with a lap of 1:33.3143 in wet conditions. The full Top 6 starting order will be Rossi, Wickens, Power, Jones, Dixon, and Hinchcliffe. The session was the first to use the new upgraded Firestone rain tires for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2018)

Belle Isle Race 2 qualifying groups – The qualifying groups for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park can be found at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle Race 1 photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s livery photo gallery from Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/2/2018)

Dixon grabs Race 1 win at Belle Isle – Chip Ganassi Racing Teams’ Scott Dixon won Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix in dominant fashion for their first win of the season. The rest of the Top 5 was Hunter-Reay, Rossi, Andretti, and Sato. Rahal and Ferrucci had big incidents in the race but have been cleared to drive on Sunday. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/2/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle livery page – The Open Wheel’s livery photo gallery of all the Verizon IndyCar Series cars for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/2/2018)

Belle Isle Race 1 starting grid – The official INDYCAR starting grid with tire designations for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/2/2018)

Marco grabs first road/street course pole for Belle Isle Race 1 – Andretti Herta Autosport’s Marco Andretti won the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with a lap of 1:14.8514. The full Top 6 starting order will be Andretti, Dixon, Wickens, Rossi, Hunter-Reay, and Power. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/2/2018)

Belle Isle Race 1 qualifying groups – The qualifying groups for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park can be found at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/1/2018)

RHR fastest in Practice 2 at Belle Isle – Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay topped Practice 2 for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with a lap at 1:16.3598. The rest of the Top 5 was Dixon, Hinchcliffe, Newgarden, and Andretti. King and Kanaan each made contact with the barriers during the session. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/1/2018)

Bourdais tops Practice 1 at Belle Isle – Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais was fastest in Practice 1 for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with a lap at 1:17.8545. The rest of the Top 5 was Dixon, Rahal, Rossi, and Andretti. Binder got into the tire barriers to bring out a red flag in this incident. Rookie Santino Ferrucci was P6 in his first Verizon IndyCar Series session in the Dale Coyne Racing No. 19 machine. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/1/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle preview – The Open Wheel’s Dylan Reynolds’ preview of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/31/2018)

Scuderia Corsa “committing” to 2019 Indy 500 – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Scuderia Corsa will again have a car entered in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2019 after their experience in 2018 with Oriol Servia and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “We’re committing to the Indy 500 next year, and we’re trying to put a [full-season] program together for next year,” team owner Giacomo Mattioli told RACER. Full story at the link. – RACER – (5/31/2018)

Belle Isle spotter guide posted – The official spotter guide from INDYCAR for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/30/2018)

Belle Isle entry list posted – The official entry list from INDYCAR for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/30/2018)

SPM promotes Anderson as Hinch’s engineer – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has replaced the departed Leena Gade in-house with Will Anderson as the race engineer for James Hinchcliffe. Anderson has served as Meyer Shank Racing’s race engineer for Jack Harvey and will remain in that role in MSR’s remaining Verizon IndyCar Series this season. Full story at the link. – RACER – (5/30/2018)

King’s No. 20 to feature Allegiant International livery at Belle Isle – Ed Carpenter Racing has announced Jordan King’s No. 20 car will have a new Allegiant International livery at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit this weekend. See the livery on our No. 20 livery page here. – Ed Carpenter Racing – (5/29/2018)

Miller’s Mailbag 5/30/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (5/30/2018)

Trackside podcast 5/29/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/29/18 is a great listen as always. Dave Furst and Anders Krohn are guests on the show. – 1070 The Fan – (5/30/2018)

ABC Indy 500 broadcast TV rating down again – Phillip Bupp for Awful Announcing reports the ABC television broadcast of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race had a TV rating of 3.4, down from 3.6 last year, and the lowest since live flag-to-flag coverage of the race started in 1986. Full story at the link. – Awful Announcing – (5/30/2018)

John Andretti announces return of his cancer – From John Andretti: “Following my 6 month scans last week, we received the news that the cancer has returned & spread to other areas. We are in the process of evaluating our options of treatment. Although this is a difficult time for us, your continued prayers & support are very important to us.” – John Andretti – (5/29/2018)

Marco’s No. 98 to feature AutoNation livery at Belle Isle – Andretti Autosport has announced Marco Andretti’s No. 98 car will have a new AutoNation livery at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit this weekend. See the livery on our No. 98 livery page here. – Andretti Autosport – (5/29/2018)

Rossi’s No. 27 to feature Ruoff livery at Belle Isle – “The No. 27 Honda of Alexander Rossi will wear the blue and green colors of Ruoff Home Mortgage when the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner hits the streets of Belle Isle this weekend. The double-header event will showcase Rossi’s battle for the championship after remaining second in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings after this year’s Indy 500.” See the livery on our No. 27 livery page here. – Andretti Autosport – (5/29/2018)

Power Indy 500 win earns $2.52 Million, Wickens wins ROY – “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 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway…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.” Full list of winnings here. – IMS – (5/28/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Indy 500 photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery of race day for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/27/2018)

Power earns the win in 102nd Indy 500 – Team Penske’s Will Power won the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a dominant performance over the second half of the race. The rest of the Top 5 was Carpenter, Dixon, Rossi, and Hunter-Reay. Stefan Wilson was forced to pit for fuel from the lead with four laps to go, giving Power the lead. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/27/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Indy 500 starting grid photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery of the starting grid for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/27/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Month of May garage sign photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery of all the Verizon IndyCar Series teams’ sign boards above their garages at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/25/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Indy 500 livery page – The Open Wheel’s livery photo gallery of all the Verizon IndyCar Series cars for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/25/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Freedom 100 livery page – The Open Wheel’s livery photo gallery of all the Indy Lights cars from the 2018 Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/27/2018)

Dixon and Ganassi win pit stop challenge – “Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon will look to buck recent history after winning the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge on Friday during Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The last team and driver to win the annual pit stop competition and then capture the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil two days later were Team Penske and Helio Castroneves in 2009. Ganassi’s crew earned $50,000 from the $100,000 purse for its victory in the best-of-three final against James Hinchcliffe and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew. The Ganassi team won the first and third rounds in the best-of-three finale to clinch the third victory in the Pit Stop Challenge for the team, adding to its wins in 2012 and 2014, both with Dixon.” Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/25/2018)

Herta wins wild Freedom 100 – Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta won an exciting Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by just 0.0281 seconds over O’Ward. The full Top 5 was Herta, O’Ward, Kellett, Urrutia, and Norman. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (5/25/2018)

IMS unveils ’19 Indy 500 logo – “The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” as part of a new system. The hallmark of the new logo system, which creates a visual platform worthy of one of the world’s premier sporting events, is the type lock-up. This wordmark is athletic, prestigious and confident and includes a rich navy blue that contrasts with gold, the color of the iconic Wing and Wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.” See the logo and the full release at the link. – IMS – (5/25/2018)

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