Author: Patrick Reynolds

Takuma Sato Becomes First Japanese Driver to Win Indy 500

Story by Patrick Reynolds. Photo by USA Today. INDIANAPOLIS- “The One That Got Away” is a catchy title that works for a fish, a cute girl, or a country song. In the 101st Indianapolis 500 it described two men trying to overcome personal hurdles in the legendary race. Helio Castroneves was the quickest driver to record three ‘500’ victories as he took his third checkered flag in only his ninth start. Coming into 2017, he was attempting to tie four-timers A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., and Rick Mears for his eighth try. Takuma Sato came oh-so-close to winning in...

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Lineup and Schedule for Today’s 101st Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS- Today 33 drivers will chase towards a white stripe painted on a yard of bricks on a speedway in central Indiana. The prize is an antique silver cup, legendary racing status, and around $3 million. Scott Dixon starts on the pole and the field includes former winners Alexander Rossi, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, and Buddy Lazier. Row 1: Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter, Alexander Rossi Row 2: Takuma Sato, Fernando Alonso, JR Hildebrand. Row 3: Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Will Power Row 4: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Jones, Oriol Servia Row 5: Mikhail Aleshin, Graham...

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Speedway Report Wins Five AARWBA Media Awards

INDIANAPOLIS- Speedway Report with Patrick Reynolds was awarded five honors for Online Media during the annual contest held by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. “Alexis DeJoria Is a Serious NHRA Racer and a Whole Lot More” won first place in the Feature Report category while “Gimmicks Hurt NASCAR All Star Race” won first place among Columns. “Rookie Alexander Rossi Upsets 100th Indianapolis 500 Field” claimed second place for Deadline News. “Rubbin’ is NOT Racing” was awarded third-place among the Blog category entries. Patrick Reynolds authored all four of the winning stories. Speedway Report’s website www.speedwayreport.com was...

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Honda vs Chevy Battle Heats Up; Fernando Alonso Has Smooth Final Indy 500 Practice

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds INDIANAPOLIS- Team Penske held a media lunch on Thursday and more than one team member expressed confidence that their Chevrolet engines had a lot of reliability even though Hondas qualified in seven of the first ten Indy 500 starting positions. During Friday’s final Indy 500 practice, Chevrolet-powered Penske driver Helio Castroneves set the fastest speed to answer back Honda’s apparent upper hand. “Today was a good way to finish practice like this,” Castroneves said. “We have a good car, a good balanced car and we’re going for the big one on Sunday.” Castroneves...

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John and Courtney Force Share Laughs From Fatherhood RT

Story and photo by Patrick Reynolds “Will you be asking the first question, sir?” The comedy routine was about to start. A moderator spoke into a podium microphone at the zMAX Dragway’s media center in Concord, NC. Something seemed off about his question as his line of vision was directed into the rows of chairs which were almost empty. Almost… Only one seat was taken so far while reporters were still at their laptop work stations awaiting the fastest NHRA Funny Car qualifier from the Four-Wide Nationals. The one man sitting in the chair had a recognizable face and...

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