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Posts Tagged ‘Marco Andretti.’

Indy 500 Field set with Bump Day dramatics

 

(megasportsnews.com photo)

Marco Andretti and Alex Lloyd bumped their way into the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 with dramatic qualifying runs in the final 10 minutes of Bump Day qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The two were among 14 drivers seeking to secure one of the nine spots on the 33-car grid in a six-hour session interrupted twice by rain.

With 75 minutes left, Danica Patrick put the #7 Team GoDaddy car solidly in the field with a four-lap average of 224.861 mph.

There were several drivers who failed to qualify: Mike Conway, Raphael Matos, Sebastian Saavedra and James Jakes and Scott Speed.

The 2011 field is the closest matched drivers by time in Indy 500 history, 2.5399 seconds separate fastest qualifier Alex Tagliani and slowest qualifier Ana Beatriz. The record was 3.0622 seconds set in 2010.

 

Info courtesy of Indianapolis 500 news

Dario Franchitti wins IRL Chicagoland race on good pit strategy

Actress Ashley Judd’s husband, Dario Franchitti’s pit strategy paid off, in helping him win the IndyCar series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois Saturday night.

There was a caution with 31 laps to go, which allowed all leaders to make a final pit stop.

Franchitti’s crew gambled by not changing any tires during the final pit stop, gaining eight spots in the pits and sending him out in the race lead.

Actress Ashley Judd (wfe cc photo)

Dario Franchitti IRL (NASCAR photo)

It was a very rough night for IRL series points leader Will Power, who was running amongst the leaders when he abruptly went to pit road for an extra fuel stop with five laps left in the race. He ended up finishing a disappointing 16th. Franchitti was trailing Power at the start of the race by 59 points in the standings.

Rounding out the top five, Dan Wheldon came in second, followed by Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan.

compiled from staff & IndyCar news

Briscoe holds off Danica Patrick in IRL race at Texas

compiled from staff, wire and Indy Racing League news

Ryan Briscoe lead a majority of the laps at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth as he always does, but this race he is the winner.

Ryan Briscoe (IRL)

Briscoe pulled away in the closing moments of the race after briefly losing the lead to Danica Patrick and won the IndyCar series race at the 1 1/2 mile track Saturday night.

Danica Patrick IRL (megasportsnews.com file)

Briscoe finished 1.463 seconds ahead of Danica Patrick, who followed up her sixth place showing at the Indy 500 with her best finish of the season.

This is the fourth time in the last five races at Texas Motor Speedway that a Roger Penske owned car has driven to victory Lane. It was the first win of 2010 for Briscoe, who started the race on the pole.

Marco Andretti was third, followed by Scott Dixon and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

Indy Grand Prix of Alabama goes to Helio Castroneves

compiled from staff, wire and IndyCar reports

“Spiderman” as Helio Castroneves is called because of his climbing of fences at the race track after a win, won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday in Birmingham after carefully conserving fuel and then held off Scott dixon after a caution with two laps to go.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner took over in the stretch run when Marco Andretti headed to pit road with seven laps to go.

Helio beat Dixon by over half a second and nobody else was closer than 7 seconds to the lead, making it a two-man chase for the flag at the end. He didn’t allow any openings for Scott Dixon to pass him on the narrow race track that offers few easy if any ways to pass and makes fuel strategy as important as any daring andpassing on-track maneuvers.

Helio Castroneves (IRL)

Dario Franchitti finished third. Will Power, who won the first two races and was dominant during qualifying and practices, had to settle for fourth, still clinging to a comfortable points lead. Castroneves earned 50 points to move into second place place, ahead of Franchitti, Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon.

Everybody’s favorite driver, Danica Patrick continued to struggle, starting 19th and finished 19th.