IndyCar teams turn attention to preparing for Indy 500

IndyCar teams turn attention to preparing for Indy 500

IndyCar teams turn attention to preparing for Indy 500

In addition to Indianapolis Motor Speedway's reputation as the racing capital of the world, the historic venue has hosted everything from balloon races, golf tournaments, airplane races and major concerts.

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 miles per hour on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course. Helio Castroneves came home in the 5th position.

But since Brazil's Helio Castroneves became the first foreign-born three-time victor in 2009, Penske's team has won one 500 - in 2015, when Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya captured his second win. He figured then that the top qualifying time would be around that mark.

"I just know we had a lot of reason to be nervous looking at the starting grid, and I'm glad everything turned out OK", he said. "I mean, I didn't think it could have been faster".

Power had been close to winning in prior races this season but had misfortune strike so the Australian was extremely happy to get to the chequered flag.

But it's Saturday's race, the IndyCar GP, in which Pagenaud has really excelled.

Simon Pagenaud, the defending champion of the Grand Prix and coming off a win in the most recent race in Phoenix, was last among the Team Penske racers, qualifying seventh.

"Yeah, we kind of struggled yesterday as the track got hotter, for whatever reason", Pigot said.

"Dixon was closing there for a while so I was just trying to manage the gap and the tyres".

When he's not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. Teammate Helio Castroneves qualified second in the No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet; Josef Newgarden was third in the No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevy and Juan Pablo Montoya fifth in the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevy. He did take some laps at Barber earlier this season but noted that it's a much different feeling when you're racing for a top spot.

Each of the last three grand prix winners started on the pole, and each drove for Roger Penske. I just went for it, like 'OK, we just need a little bit more, ' and lost the rear in the start of the lap.

Strategists will plan when to run in qualifying trim, when to run in race trim and how weather could affect next week's two qualification rounds and the May 28 race.

"We'll do some investigating to make sure it doesn't happen again". "We'll shadow these guys and what they're doing and maybe one-up them with something, but it'll change for sure".

Asked why a gamble was necessary when he had qualified in the top 10, he replied: "Because there were five Chevrolets ahead who were going to be pretty hard to beat if we didn't take a gamble!" Officials have announced Minnesota-based Jostens as ring supplier for winners of the Indianapolis 500, INDYCAR Grand Prix and Brickyard 400.

For Bourdais, like Newgarden, he'll start from his best position in the race's short history.

"This is a great opportunity again for this city to celebrate what a great city it is", IMS President Doug Boles said. "We really struggled with space and couldn't quite get things where we wanted to be and it's the first time we were a legit Fast 6 vehicle".

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