Author: Patrick Reynolds

Rookie Alexander Rossi Upsets 100th Indianapolis 500 Field

Story by Patrick Reynolds. Photo by Carolyn Meier INDIANAPOLIS- The Indianapolis 500 has been creating auto racing surprises in 99 previous events. The much-anticipated 100th race provided a stunning upset with 24-year-old rookie Alexander Rossi winning as he ran out of fuel across the finish line and double checkered flags waving over his coasting machine. Rossi’s Andretti Autosport team made a fuel-saving gamble in the final green flag stint which saw most of the race’s contenders pitting in the last 10 laps for splash-and-go fuel-only stops and opening the door for his surprising victory in Rossi’s first 500 attempt....

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Today’s Schedule for the 100th Indianapolis 500

Photo credit Chris Owens SCHEDULE (All times local) 5 a.m.: Exterior parking lots open to the public 6 a.m.: Cannon signifies opening of track. All gates and inside IMS parking lots are open 6 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: IMS Midway open 6 a.m. – Noon: Ticket office open 7 a.m.: Snake Pit gates open 7:30 – 8:40 a.m.: B.O.A.T. concert at Snake Pit 7:45 a.m.: Band begins playing outside museum west door 8 – 9:15 a.m.: Parade of Bands 8 – 10 a.m.: Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks. Begins at basement door of IMS Museum. 8:30 – 10 a.m.:...

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Indy Carb Day Recap: Kanaan, Stoneman, Castroneves are Quickest

Story by Patrick Reynolds AP Photo/R Brent Smith Final Indianapolis 500 Practice Chevrolet powered Tony Kanaan led the way in the final practice session for the 100th Indianapolis 500. Chevy and Honda engines each powered five cars in the top-ten quickest speeds with an even split between the two manufacturers. Kanaan drives for Chip Ganassi Racing while Andretti Autosports’ Carlos Munoz in a Honda was second. The flavor of the session was one of intensity. Drivers ran in packs, drafted, and passed often- looking as if it was in the 500’s closing laps instead of practice. Kanaan said,”we don’t...

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Gimmicks Hurt NASCAR All Star Race

By Patrick Reynolds I liked the racing in the 2016 NASCAR All Star race. NASCAR has done a lot of trial and error with aerodynamic body packages and has come up with a set of rules that provides very good racing on downforce tracks, something that has been lacking on a consistent basis for years. Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted an All Star weekend with good on-track action in the Sprint Cup Series. I disliked the format in the 2016 NASCAR All Star race. To be straightforward, I have not loved every All Star race format. Last Saturday’s running took...

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