Once again, the bosses of the IndyCar series changed the format for qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Instead of the top 24 starters locking in on Day One with the remainder of the runners locking in on Bump Day, the drivers had to lock into the field on Day One with the actual grid being set in single-run qualifying on Day Two.
However, the latest change in the qualifying format didn’t change anything from the previous Indy 500 qualifying weekend. When you’re hooked up at Indy, there’s little anyone can do to stop you. Just ask the now twice-defending Indy 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter.
There were so many storylines heading into the Indianapolis 500. There was Dario and Helio’s drive for a fourth Indy 500 victory. The Andretti Autosport cars were dominating practice with Marco Andretti and rookie Carlos Munoz looking particularly strong. And the single-car effort of owner/driver Ed Carpenter beat all of big teams to score the pole.
But as the 500 tends to do, the pre-race storylines get thrown to the wind. It was a race that ran green for a long stretch but saw the field stay fairly bunched and tons of passing as a result. It was only fitting that the race was won on a daring three-wide pass as Tony Kanaan won his first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
A week of practice led us to believe that the Chevys were going to be fastest but the Hondas could stay in touch and star up front. However, when wheels were turned in anger, it was all Chevy, all day. Surprisingly, though, it wasn’t the Penskes or Andrettis who had been dominating practice who won the pole but Ed Carpenter who will start P1 for the Greatest Spectacle in Motorsport.
After nearly two months out of action, it’s the return of The Humanoids. A lot of stuff has happened over the last few weeks that needs to be smacked around in that classic cynical/sarcastic Humanoids way. The format is just the same as you remember but the numbers have changed slightly because we don’t have a radio station to subtly give a nod to. So, without further ado, the return of The Humanoids. Continue reading
For thirty-five years, the final Sunday in May has been host to three of the most prestigious motor races in the world. The day starts with the crown jewel of the Formula One World Championship, the 67th running of the Grand Prix of Monaco. At midday in North America, the crown jewel of American racing is run, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The day ends with the longest annual oval race in the world and one of NASCAR Sprint Cup’s “Grand Slam” events, the Coca-Cola 600.
Today, we have complete coverage of all three events starting with previews of each race. Check in through the day for race reports. Continue reading
In a little under a half-hour is the last chance qualifier for the biggest spectacle in American open wheel racing. Three cars on the entry list haven’t made it into the field for the 500. Today, they have a six-hour qualifying session to run faster than at least one other car currently qualified and then try not to get bumped. Continue reading