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Veteran IndyCar driver Scott Dixon helps unveil ‘Born Racer’ documentary teaser trailer

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDYCAR MEDIA RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Scott Dixon talks Indy 500 on Media Day (megasportsnews.com photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 25, 2018) – The highly anticipated documentary on four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, “Born Racer,” scheduled for release later this year, unveiled its teaser trailer today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

“Born Racer” is the powerful and inspirational story of dedication, danger, fear and the rare will to defy all personal limitations that Dixon has demonstrated in his successful Indy car career. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 champion ranks fourth in all-time Indy car victories with 41 – one behind third-place Michael Andretti. The 37-year-old New Zealander will start Sunday’s Indy 500 from the outside of Row 3.

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Along with his wife, Emma, and team owner Chip Ganassi, Dixon debuted the documentary trailer for media attending “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” this weekend.

“‘Born Racer’ is a big milestone for me personally, so I couldn’t think of a better place to launch the teaser trailer than the Indianapolis 500,” Dixon said. “It’s strange seeing yourself on the big screen, but also rather exciting. I hope it will give people a real insight, not only into the cars and the drivers, but the entire racing community and the huge amount of work that goes into making this all happen.”

Co-produced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group and GFC Films, “Born Racer” was filmed last year with an all-access lens, following Dixon and the Chip Ganassi Racing team to Verizon IndyCar Series races and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It also delved into the personal lives of the Dixon family.

The film was directed by Bryn Evans and produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Fraser Brown. Metcalfe produced the popular “McLaren” documentary that premiered last year.

For more information on “Born Racer,” visit BornRacerMovie.com or contact: Charlotte Jordan, Publicity Manager, Acquisitions for Universal Pictures International & UK (Charlotte.jordan@nbcuni.com); or Kelly Walker, Publicity Director, Acquisitions, Universal Pictures International & UK (Kelly.walker@nbcuni.com).

 

IndyCar News: Quotes from 102nd Indy 500 Carb Day practice

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Tony Kanaan led all racers on Carb Day (megasportsnews.com photo)

‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Carb Day practice

ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda): “We were just running through the program. We had to do an install first lap, then we did some pit stops. Then we got into our test program trying different things. There wasn’t anything wrong. We have some work to do, for sure. Today was pretty good for track conditions compared to where we have been. We have to make some adjustments. By no means are we in no-man’s land.” (About James Hinchcliffe being in his pit box): “He was just listening, nothing crazy. It’s not like he’s coaching me from in there. He was giving his opinion and talking with the engineers, just trying to lend a hand in any way he can.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I don’t really know if today told us too much about what the race will bring in the PNC Bank car. It’s really warm today and we think it could be even warmer on race day. The track temp was way up there today as well. I’m not really sure what you can learn from the times today. There were a lot of people throwing tires at it out there. Overall, the car felt good and we were comfortable. You just never know exactly what you’re going to have until you get into the race.”

ED JONES (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “I think we had a very positive end to practice here at Indianapolis. The NTT DATA car felt really good and I was very happy with the direction and changes we made. I was also pretty happy with how the car handled in traffic, which is important for the race.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet): “Today we had a little bit of an electrical issue, but our team was able to get me back out there before practice was over. At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done. I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “At the end of the session, the United Rentals Honda was pretty good. We definitely, at the very tail end of the session, got it into a decent window. We just ran used tires from the start and I know a lot of guys were running stickers (new tires), but we wanted to save a lot of stickers for the race and I think we just ran them too long, initially, and probably made our lives a little tough, but for sure we got the car much better in the end. We’ll be OK (in traffic). We don’t have the quickest outright pace, which has kind of been the case all month, but at the end of the session in heavy traffic I felt pretty good. Obviously, tire life and stuff plays a role, so we’ll have to see how we are on Sunday.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda): “The month has been great. It speaks volumes about the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Team. They really gave me a great car, a fast car, which showed what it was capable of on Saturday and Sunday in qualifying. We have worked very hard in traffic scenarios and race conditions and we definitely made some improvements on Monday, so I’m looking forward to a great race.”

ZACHARY CLAMAN DE MELO (No. 19 Paysafe Honda):
“It was a tough session today. The Paysafe car wasn’t exactly how we wanted and it didn’t feel like Monday. But, I’m still feeling confident going into the race. I’m sure we’ll figure out the problem and that we’ll be really strong going into Sunday. You can’t count anyone out here, so it should be interesting on race day. The build up to this race is huge, it feels like we’ve been here a long time but it’s been fun. I can’t wait for race day.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 pole winner): “We ran through a couple of things we wanted to try after looking at the data from Monday’s practice. Carb Days are hard, though. It’s only one hour, then you have a couple more days to agonize over exactly how we start the race. The conditions are pretty similar right now to what we’ll have come race time, so the session was good for that. I wouldn’t say today was our best day by any means, but for me, we can rely on the work we have done over the previous week and a half. I’ve felt calm all week and I feel good going into the race. We’ll look through the data from today and the rest of practice, see what we like the best and go from there.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Service Chevrolet): “Today was a good day. We made some solid progress throughout the session since we came in knowing what we needed from the car based on Monday. We needed to accomplish some of that, so I’m feeling happy with our Preferred Freezer Services Chevy, and I’m excited about the race.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 23 Fiasp Chevrolet): “It was a ready good final practice. The hour on Carb Day is all about checking the boxes and making sure we are ready to go for Sunday. Reliability in the car has been rock solid all month. That didn’t change today. The speed is really good in the car. If we get clean air and get out front, we’re going to be pretty solid. The guys did a lot of pit stop practice this week and we’re pretty happy with that. Overall, we tuned on it, and right at the end of the session when the track was the hottest and probably the slickest, we felt like we had the best car of the week. That’s the right time to peak heading into the race on Sunday. Excited to show off what this Carlin team has done this whole month of May and this year so far. Everyone from Novo Nordisk to Chevy and Firestone are great partners. It’s been a great month. We’ve done an incredible job as a team and it’s been fun to watch this team enjoy the Indy 500 experience. I can’t wait to see their faces on race day.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda): “It was a relatively short session today for Carb Day. We went through a run plan and checked various things. In traffic, I was reasonably happy. We still need to work on it, but now race day is approaching and I think we are ready.”

KYLE KAISER (No. 32 NFP / Juncos Racing Chevrolet): “Our last day of practice went very well. We got to improve the car a little bit and get a better idea of the conditions for race day on Sunday. I think we ended with a pretty good car. I still think we have a few more changes to make before the race. I am really happy with the team. We brought the car back clean for the end of the day and I am ready to go racing now. I am looking forward to the start of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet): “It might not have shown on the overall speeds, but the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet had really good race pace. This final practice always goes by so fast trying to work through everything before race day, but we are really happy with where we ended the day. We’re feeling good heading into the race on Sunday.”

GABBY CHAVES (No. 88 Harding Group Chevrolet): “We got through Carb Day cleanly. There are some things we’d like to change and hopefully improve on. So, we’ll take a look at our data and make a decision on what’s the best way to move forward for the race and hopefully have a great race car.”

 

IMS officials encourage fans to arrive early and hydrate for Sunday’s Indy 500

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF IMS MEDIA RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, May 25, 2018 – There are three important facts to remember for every fan attending the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – plan ahead, arrive early and hydrate.

One of the largest crowds in decades is expected for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the largest single-day spectator sporting event on Earth, so fans can best ensure a stress-free day at the track by arriving by the time all public gates open at 6 a.m. (ET).

“Last year’s attendance was the best attendance we’ve had in over a decade at the Indianapolis 500 by a significant number, except for the 100th Running (in 2016),” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “This year we are tracking to be significantly higher than last year. This will be another one of those amazing Indianapolis 500 crowds.

“With that, it’s important to remember that we want folks to plan ahead so they know where they’re going to park and to be patient when they come in through the gates. Once again, like the 100th Running, it’s most important to start thinking about coming a little bit earlier.”

A perfect way for fans to prepare for Race Day is to visit the special Plan Ahead section of the IMS website, ims.com/planahead , a special interactive page that serves as a home base for fans attending the Speedway during the Month of May.

The “Plan Ahead” page features detailed information about the entire fan experience at IMS, including directions, parking, track map, schedule, camping, gate regulations, tickets, ADA accessibility and much more.

Warm, humid conditions are forecasted for Sunday, so fans are encouraged to begin hydrating well before they arrive at the track and continue to drink as much water as possible at the track. Fans are permitted to bring coolers no larger than 18″ x 14″ x 14″, with the reminder that no glass bottles are allowed.

“We want to make sure that everybody here is safe,” IMS Director of Medical Services Dr. Geoffrey Billows said. “What we recommend is you make sure you hydrate. Don’t wait till the day of the event. Start a day or so before. You want to keep your tank full.

“When you’re here, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, some type of electrolyte solution, as well. When you come here, we recommend that you would wear very lightweight, light-colored clothing.”

Five cooling buses will be stationed around the property on Race Day, with two near the IU Health Emergency Medical Center in the infield, one near the Snake Pit presented by Coors Light concert venue inside Turn 3 and one outside of Turn 4. Approximately 75 misting stations also are positioned around the property to help fans beat the heat.

Gates at IMS open at 6 a.m. following the traditional cannon blast. From there, fans looking to beat traffic and avoid longer lines can take advantage of many fun opportunities, including:

IMS Museum: The Museum, which opens at 6 a.m. on Race Day, features a special exhibit honoring the legendary Unser family this year. Learn more about the Museum’s world-renowned attractions here: www.indyracingmuseum.org.

Fan Midway: The IMS Midway, located in the infield, includes many new features this year for fans of all ages. Go karting and check out the virtual reality simulators, displays and more.

Shopping and Food: A wide array of 102nd Running attire and collectibles will go fast, so don’t miss out! Shop for family and friends while supplies last. All concessions and retailers will open at 6 a.m.

Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Bricks: Back by popular demand, the Borg-Warner Trophy will begin an epic march to the iconic Yard of Bricks at 8 a.m. from the IMS Museum. Line up outside the west side of the Museum for a chance to see one of the most famous trophies in the world – escorted by the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers – begin its journey to Victory Podium.

IMS Red Carpet: Many celebrities, including superstars Kelly Clarkson and Chris Hemsworth, will walk the IMS Red Carpet, located just north of Pagoda Plaza, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The fans lining up in the viewing area earliest will have the best view of Race Day celebrities.

Epic Pre-Race! Be in your seat for it: This year’s pre-race ceremonies will serve as a fitting, stunning tribute to our nation’s military heroes and continue as America’s greatest Memorial Day Weekend sporting tradition. Be in your seat early to ensure you see every can’t-miss moment.

Other Important Race Day Tips for Fans

IMS App and Twitter: Download the IMS app, available on both iPhone and Android. Also follow the IMS (@IMS), Town of Speedway Police (@SpeedwayPD) and Indiana State Police (@IndStatePolice) accounts on Twitter for the latest Race Day information.

Cooler, Backpack Restrictions: No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.

• Smoke-Free Grandstands: Smoking (including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and vapes) will not be permitted in any IMS grandstands. Fans wishing to smoke will be asked to do so 20 feet away from buildings and seating entrances. Smoking will continue to be allowed in the IMS infield.

Parking: All IMS exterior parking lots open at 5 a.m. on Race Morning, while interior lots open at 6 a.m. All IMS exterior and interior parking is sold out, including ADA parking.

Gate 2, Gate 10 Access: Gate 2 and Gate 10 are not accessible via car on Race Day without a pre-paid parking pass. Fans with a pre-paid parking pass in Turn 3 must enter IMS through Gate 10, not Gate 2.

Road Closures: To increase the safety and security of race patrons, the Speedway Police Department will close Georgetown Road and 16th Street to all vehicular traffic during the running of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Georgetown Road will be closed south of 25th Street beginning at 7 a.m. After Georgetown Road is closed, no vehicular traffic, including placarded traffic, will be allowed to access the roadway. Race patrons with pre-paid parking passes who are accustomed to entering IMS Gate 7 must enter through Gate 2 (W. 16th Street) or Gate 10 (30th Street).

Upon completion of the race, Georgetown Road will remain closed to vehicular traffic until the vast majority of race pedestrian foot traffic clears from the roadway (approximately one hour after the race).

In addition, 16th Street will be closed between Olin Avenue on the east to the 16th Street roundabout on the west from approximately noon until the race ends. In addition, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, as it will be blocked at 10th Street.

Once 16th Street is closed, traffic traveling east on Crawfordsville Road from the west will be turned around at the 16th Street roundabout. Traffic traveling west on 16th Street from downtown will be diverted south on Olin Avenue.

Exiting the Facility: Fans are encouraged to remember to be patient when leaving IMS after the race. There’s no need to rush to your car, as parking lots are held until law enforcement deems the roads safe for vehicular traffic. This process takes slightly more time but keeps everyone safer when heading home.

More Traffic, Road Information: Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at pws.trafficwise.org or visiting @TrafficWise on Twitter. ISP will offer updates on traffic and parking on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information regarding access to IMS, visit IMS.com. For additional information, follow on Twitter the Indiana State Police @IndStatePolice, the Speedway Police Department @SpeedwayPD or listen to radio stations WNFI-AM 1070 or WIBC-FM 93.1.

The Speedway Police Department can be reached for non-emergency services by dialing 311 on a cell phone. The goal of 311 is to provide an easy-to-remember number for non-emergency services while freeing up 911 lines for timely emergency response.

Tickets: Visit IMS.com to purchase tickets for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27, and for more information on the Race Weekend schedule at IMS.

 

Fan-favorite, Tony Kanaan leads final 102nd Indy 500 practice session: veteran driving for legend A.J. Foyt Racing

PRACTICE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

Tony Kanaan discusses Indy 500 history on Media Day (megasportsnews.com photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 25, 2018) - If there’s one thing known following the final practice prior to the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, it’s that no one knows for sure what is going to happen in Sunday’s iconic race.

Miller Lite Carb Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway featured the traditional one-hour practice for Verizon IndyCar Series competitors – the last chance for the 33 drivers and teams to zero in on the ideal car setup for race day. Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner, led the session with a lap of 227.791 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

“I think this is the closest that we’re going to get as far as weather for Sunday, so we tried to optimize that and run in the heat conditions and see what are we going to do,” Kanaan said. “But really, if you haven’t figured it out by today, you’re in trouble.”

INDIANAPOLIS 500: Miller Lite Carb Day practice resultsCombined practice results

With the 2018 Indy car featuring the universal aero kit in use for the first time on a superspeedway oval, teams used every minute of the final practice to gather data in the sunny and warm conditions. The forecast is similar for race day, with temperatures expected in the low 90s.

A total of 1,273 laps were run on the 2.5-mile oval on Friday – an increase of more than 300 laps from Carb Day practice a year ago.

“I remember back in the days when we had to save the engine and you couldn’t do more than 10 laps (on Carb Day) to save it for the race,” said Kanaan, the 21st-year driver who will make his 17th Indy 500 start and record 289th straight start in an Indy car race on Sunday. “Nowadays, the engines are so good, Chevy does such a great job, that you can run full power all the way through. So then you tell the engineers that, we ran three sets of tires, almost 50 laps.”

Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner, was second on the Carb Day practice speed chart with a lap of 225.684 mph in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

“I don’t really know if today told us too much about what the race will bring in the PNC Bank car,” Dixon said. “It’s really warm today and we think it could be even warmer on race day. The track temp was way up there today as well. I’m not really sure what you can learn from the times today.

“Overall, the car felt good and we were comfortable. You just never know exactly what you’re going to have until you get into the race.”

Fifteen drivers turned 40 laps or more in the practice, led by Graham Rahal’s 51 laps in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Ed Carpenter, who will lead the field to the green flag as the pole sitter on Sunday, was 14th fastest in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet (223.219 mph).

Danica Patrick, making this year’s Indianapolis 500 the final race of her epic career, ran only 15 laps, as an electrical issue forced her Ed Carpenter Racing crew to hustle the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet back to its Gasoline Alley garage for repairs. Patrick still wound up eighth on the speed chart with a lap of 223.653 mph.

“We had a little bit of an electrical issue, but our team was able to get me back out there before practice was over,” said Patrick, who will make her eighth Indy 500 start on Sunday with a best finish of third place in 2009 to date. “At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done. I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on.

“Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”

All 33 cars are now locked away in their garages as crews make final changes in anticipation of race day. Drivers will be kept busy Saturday at IMS with a public autograph session (9 a.m. ET) and the traditional public drivers meeting starting at 10:25 a.m. (streaming live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com). They will all then ride in the IPL 500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis.

The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 airs live at 11 a.m. Sunday on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. Tickets remain available at IMS.com.

Herta wins thrilling fastest Freedom 100 in history

Second-generation driver Colton Herta held off teammate Patricio O’Ward at the finish line by 0.0281 of a second to win the Freedom 100 in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires race that set a record for speed average (191.422 mph) and lead changes (20).

Five of the eight drivers in the race led during the 40-lap event, with pole sitter Dalton Kellett leading the most laps (17). Herta, who led 10 laps, took over first place for the final time on Lap 39 and then held off O’Ward, Kellett (third place), Santi Urrutia (fourth place) and Ryan Norman (fifth place) at the finish. The top five finished within 0.3303 of a second of each other.

The victory made Herta, from Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, the first driver to sweep all three Indy Lights races at IMS in a year. The 18-year-old son of former Indy car driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Bryan Herta won both races during the INDYCAR Grand Prix weekend May 11-12.

Dixon’s crew wins Pit Stop Challenge

The Chip Ganassi Racing crew for Scott Dixon defeated James Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew in a best-of-three final to win the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge. It marks the third time that Dixon’s crew has won the contest in the past seven years.

The No. 9 PNC Bank Honda crew – consisting of tire changers Blair Julian, Kyle Clark, Mike LeGallic and Jason Beck, fueler Alphonse Girard and airjack operator Dave Pena – split the $50,000 first prize. Hinchcliffe’s crew competed even though he didn’t qualify for the race and finished runner-up in the competition for the second straight year.

Indianapolis 500 featured as category on ‘Jeopardy!’

Indianapolis 500 fans can tune in to the popular game show “Jeopardy!” on Friday to catch an entire category dedicated to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The exposure on the classic game show where the answers come in the form of a question is geared to rev up anticipation for Sunday’s 102nd running of the race.

Check local listings to see when “Jeopardy!” airs in local markets.

 

Daily Almanac for Saturday, May 26, 2018: 146th Day of the Year

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On this date in 1896, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was published for the first time. Dow Jones graph 2011 photo By DJIA, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

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