Indianapolis, May 10, 2019 A cold brisk day at Indianapolis, Indy Car is back home again in Indiana for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series We saw action on the track today from Indy Lights and Road to Indy series.
The Andretti Boys and Gang Penski were nowhere to be found today. The top leaders in the NTT indyCar Series point series won't even start the IndyCar Grand Prix leading the field to green. Series point leaders, Josef Newgarden and 2nd place in the standings Alexander Rossi didn't even advance from the first round of qualifying Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both drivers might as well be in Egypt, as they are in foreign land. A surprise lack of showing from Andretti and Penski.
But some positive news, Robert Wickens, of Aero Schmidt Perterson Racing, was spotted on pit lane today in a wheelchair but in good spirits. As remember, last year in August 2018, Wickens was injured in a horrific crash at Pokono Raceway. We wondered if Wickens would even make it out alive, if he would be in a race car again. He is defying all odds. I asked him, "How does it feel to be back at Indianapolis?" He said, "Wonderful and expects to back racing soon." The young Canadian driver has clearly defied all odds. Our thoughts and prayers as he continues his recovery.
This was Chip's day. Chip Ganassi, that is, as rookie Felix Rosenqvist Swedish driver, gets his first IndyCar pole at his first appearance at Indianapolis and his teammate IndyCar favorite, Scott Dixon will be starting 2nd behind him. This will be a good win for Chip Ganassi Racing and if we have a all green race, Rosenqvist is all but certain his first win in the IndyCar series. Other great storylines to follow: Jack Harvey, a part time team and IndyCar sensation Colton Herta.
The top 10 qualify in order for the IndyCar Grand Prix, Saturday May 11, 2019
1. Rosenqvist, Felix (R)
2. Dixon, Scott
3. Harvey, Jack
4. Herta, Colton (R)
5. Jones, Ed
6. Power, Will
7. Rahal, Graham
8. Pagenaud, Sion
9. Ericsson, Marcus (R)
10. Bourdais, Sebastien
Let’s do this again the NASCAR Marathon continues at the Indianapolis motor Speedway.
Coming off what is likely the most exciting Xfinty race of the season.
A very emotional Justin Allgaier has won the Xfinity Series race that kicked off a NASCAR doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
We are finally able to start the 25th running of the Brickyard 400.
Twitter action from stage 1
Early in 400 L10: @KyleLarsonRacin says the biggest issue so far is Turn 4. "I think I hit the wall a little on the short chute between 1 and 2."
#Lap32 Elliott goes for "right side only" on tires, gains significant track position.
#Brickyard400 L30: 2nd competition caution. Larson: 5th Kez: 9th Logano: 18th Harvick: 33rd (made his way back to 19th before pitting)
Green flag back out on lap 34. #Brickyard400 #NASCAR
Martin Truex JR lost a brake rotor his day at IMS ended early
Clint Bowyer wins Stage 1 of the Brickyard 400 followed by Kurt Busch
In Stage 2 big crash between David Starr and Bubba Wallace followed by another crash between Alex Bowman and AJ Allmendinger. This huge for Bowman with a playoff spot on the line. Heavy repairs were made to the RF and RR it cost Bowman 3 laps
Next caution JJ Yeley goes for a spin. Teammates Clint Boyer and Kevin Harvick lead field on the restart.
Stage 2 Twitter action
Through 80 (halfway): - Chase Elliott at 7th - Ryan Blaney at 3rd - Austin Dillon 23rd #Brickyard400
@dariangrubb to @WilliamByron: "Really really REALLY slow blue 66 car coming up." Lap 90. #NASCAR #Brickyard400
Matt Kenseth WINS STAGE 2 followed by Chase Elliot.
Final Stage 3...a ton strategies are going to come into play to finish this race
Penalty for Kyle Busch and the Number 18 team hit with a commitment line Violation at the close of stage 2
1 more pit stop for most teams
Ryan Blayneywas running in top three but disaster on pit road will likely end his of a #BrickYard400 win.
Debris on the Front Stretch brings out caution
@KurtBusch reports an ill-handling car. Asks how many cars are on the lead lap. When told 23 cars are on the lead lap, Kurt replies in the only way Kurt can, "expletive". #NASCAR #Brickyard400 Lap 145
#Brickyard400: Hamlin already out to a nearly 1 second lead
Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray make contact, but Bowyer hangs on! #Brickyard400
CHECKERED FLAG GOES TO BRAD KESELOWSKI AND THE FIRST BRICKYARD WIN FOR THE CAPTAIN!
Kyle Busch captured the regular-season points title. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver, in the No. 18 Toyota, finished eighth.
The other drivers competing for the Cup title will be: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Jones, Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman.
Saturday's qualifying was rained out, so the starting grid was determined by points. Sunday's scheduled race also was washed out, forcing the race to be moved to a rare Monday start.
The rain has cleared out and we have an all-day NASCAR event at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I can’t think of a better way to start the week! 650 miles of racing in one day!
Wow what an exciting Lilly Diabetes 250. Holy cow we saw stage 1 end in 4 wide won by John Hunter Nemechek
Stage 2 Strategy and fight for second place won by Christopher Bell, Stage 2 won by Daniel Hemric .
One of the most exciting Xfinity races of the season unfolded right here in Indy.
Unfortunately the day ended badly for Ty Dillion, Austin Cindric , and Elliot Sadler. Sadler recently announcing his retirement. This not the way he wanted to end his last race at Indy.
Elliott Sadler hit Dillon's No. 3 car and both went hard into the third turn wall. Sadler started his final Indy race fourth in points. Then one-lap shootout that John Hunter Nemechek barely won as the cars went four wide.
Stage 3 wasn’t without calamity Brandon Jones made contact with Cole Custer causing heavy contact with the inside wall before sliding down the back stretch. Cole was evaluated and released from the infield Care center
#18 Ryan Preece got loose and slammed into Tire barrier. Creating red Flag conditions for cleanup in turn 2. Preece was evaluated and released from the infield Care center
In the final laps the battle for the lead go 3 wide! With 10 to go Ryan Truex hits wall and is forced to pit.
Conragts to Justin Allgaier gets his first win at Indy. Congrats also to JR Motorsports!
After a long wait…we finally have a checkered flag wave at Indy! What smoke show here at Indy. Justin Allgaier “This is one is for my dad…This all about family” Tears flowing this was clearing an emotional win for Justin Allgaier
- Justin Allgaier
- Tyler Reddick
- Ryan Blaney
- Chase Elliott
- Daniel Hemric
- Matt Tifft
- Christopher Bell
- Austin Dillon
- Chase Briscoe
- Brandon jones
- Ryan Reed
- Ross Chastain
- Ryan Sieg
- Jeremy Clements
- Joey Gase
- BJ McLeod
- Vinnie Miller
- David Starr
- Alex Labbe
- Garrett Smithley
- Chad Finchum
- Ryan Truex
- Caesar Bacarella
- Josh Williams
- John Hunter Nemechek
- Mike Harmon
- Tommy Joe Martins
- Ryan Preece
- Cole Custer
- JJ Yeley
- Michael Annett
- Morgan Shepherd
- Ty Dillon
- Austin Cindric
- Elliott Sadler
- Spencer Boyd
- Brandon Hightower
- Josh Bilicki
- Bayley Currey
- Jeff Green
In other news as we get ready for the 25th running of the Brickyard 400
Jamie McMurray may be headed into the final Brickyard 400 of his career with Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray won the race in 2010.
Ganassi says he's offered McMurray a contract to drive the Daytona 500 next season, then move into a leadership role with the organization similar to the one Dario Franchitti holds. Ganassi says McMurray has not decided if he will stay with the team or seek a full-time driving job elsewhere.
The contract confirms the No. 1 Chevrolet will be open at the end of this season, but Ganassi declined to comment on signing free agent Kurt Busch.
It’s been a rough weekend for race fans her in Indy. It has been nonstop rain since Friday.
All track have been cancelled all weekend. However radar is looking better. Looking like we will have a race today keep in mind we only have to get 80 laps in to make the final regular season official
So much on the line for racers. Kyle Busch is starting on the Pole. This is a track he has dominated.
Nobody had any practice time this weekend. Track will be cool, so cars will be fast.
P3-Martin Truex Jr
This is a “Win Your In” Race. Who will be the dark horse who will be throwing a “Hail Mary” Ryan Newman being one of those drivers along with William Bryon.
So here is a recap of what we have seen so far today.
Titan Jet dryers are moving around the 2.5 mile oval
Drivers Meeting Complete
Gates are open fans are entering
Cars for Martin Truex, Junior and Daniel Suarez failed pre-race inspection and will start from the back of the field
With no opportunity to qualify, drivers were assigned starting positions based on NASCAR points.
My official pick is Kyle Busch
Indianapolis … Carb Day has arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
Another Indy 500 tradition is in full swing today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Next to the actual race Carb Day has the highest track attendance! The final practice session before the race, currently held on the Friday before race day, is called "Carburetion Day" (shortened to "Carb Day" since 2000). The name originally came from the fact that it was the final session where teams could tune their carburetors in conditions similar to those that might be encountered on race day. The name has remained despite the fact that no qualified car has used a carburetor since 1963. The day is now similar to most motorsport weekends, as the final practice is accompanied by the a pit stop contest, a support race, and a concert. The Pit Stop Challenge debuted in 1977, the Indy Lights Freedom 100 moved to Carb Day in 2005, and the concerts have been held since 1998. In 1969–1972, Carb Day was held the Wednesday before the race. From 1973 to 2004, Carb Day was held the Thursday before the race. It was moved to Friday before the race beginning in 2005, at which time the Indy Lights race was moved to that day. Prior to 1969, Carb Day was not on a fixed day of the week, instead it was simply scheduled for a nondescript day midway between the final day of time trials and race day, and was sometimes closed to the public.
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SCHEDULE (All times local):
7 a.m.-6 p.m.: Ticket and Credential Office Open
8 a.m.: Public Gates Open
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: IMS Midway Open
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Historic Racing Exhibition, Museum East Parking Lot
8-9 a.m.: Historic Race Car Laps
10-10:30 a.m.: Full-Field Freedom 100 Indy Lights Autograph Session - Fan Village
10:45 a.m.: Clint Brawner Award Ceremony - Victory Podium
11 a.m.-noon: Indianapolis 500 Practice
12:05 p.m.: Indy Lights Driver Introductions - Victory Podium
12:15 p.m.: Invocation delivered by Pastor Rich Winson
12:16 p.m.: National Anthem
12:25 p.m.: Drivers Start Your Engines
12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m.: Indy Lights Freedom 100 Race
1:45-3 p.m.: Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge
2 p.m.: Miller Lite Carb Day Concert Venue Open
3:30-5 p.m.: Blues Traveler Concert - Miller Lite Carb Day Stage, inside Turn 4
5-6:30 p.m.: Train Concert - Miller Lite Carb Day Stage, inside Turn 4
6 p.m.: Public Gates Close
TICKETS: $35 General Admission. Kids 15 and under are free with adult ticketholder.
PUBLIC GATES OPEN: 1, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5B Media, 6, 6A, 7 Vehicle, 7 North, 7 South, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 11A, 12
STANDS OPEN: Mounds: Turn 2, Turn 3, Turn 4, Backstretch, Backstretch Family. Stands: A Stand, B Penthouse (22-25), E Stand, E Penthouse, Gasoline Alley Roof, North Vista Wheelchair (21), Northwest (1-4), Northwest Vista Deck, Paddock (12-20), Paddock Penthouse (16-28), Paddock Press Box, Pit Road Terrace, South Terrace, South Wheelchair Deck, Tower Terrace (37-45), Tower Terrace Wheelchair.
PARKING LOTS OPEN: (Outside Lots: 7 a.m., $20, Infield Lots: SOLD OUT.) Paid Daily: 1B, 2, 3G, Main Gate, Parcel B ($75). Limited Free: North 40. ADA: West Museum (prepaid), Hulman Lot (prepaid), Tower/Pagoda (prepaid), North 40 (limited free), Brickyard Crossing (prepaid), Lot 2 (prepaid/paid daily), Lot 3P (prepaid/paid daily).
IMS MUSEUM HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., $35 IMS Gate Admission for Indianapolis 500 plus Museum Admission ($10 Adult, $5 Ages 6-15, Free 5 and under). Entrance into the grounds is free of charge on non-event days. However, during events the Indianapolis Motor Speedway charges an admission fee or requires a ticket to enter the grounds. This general admission fee or ticket price does not include admission to the Museum.