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In The News


Hinchcliffe's Big Gamble Yields Big Payoff in Big Easy


Fuel strategy, rain gets James Hinchcliffe to Victory Lane at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana. Photos by Chris Jones/IndyCar

Press Release

AVONDALE, La. – James Hinchcliffe had a premonition midway through the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana when his crew ordered him not to make a pit stop like the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field leaders at NOLA Motorsports Park. The hunch came true when the Canadian driver took the checkered flag, on Sunday, to win a wild and unpredictable series debut on the 2.74-mile road course outside New Orleans.

"When we first decided to stay out, I thought, 'Wouldn't it be funny if we could make this a one-stopper?'" said Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda. "I just never thought it (would happen). On one hand, I feel badly that we didn't have more green-flag laps for the fans and everybody here at NOLA, but on the other hand, those guys (on his crew) called it awesome."

Hinchcliffe won for the fourth time in his Indy car career - and first since June 2013 at Iowa Speedway -under a full-course caution ahead of Helio Castroneves, in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. The race, run in changing track conditions after heavy morning rains, ended after 47 laps due to the 1-hour, 45-minute time limit.



Kanaan Leads Opening Day of Practice at NOLA Motorsports Park


Tony Kanaan ahead of the field on Day 1 practice in NOLA. Photo by Jerry Jordan

Press Release

AVONDALE, La. – Tony Kanaan, who will make his 296th career Indy car start this weekend, posted the quickest lap in the first practice session for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

It was a good first day for Kanaan as he shoots for the Verizon P1 Award in qualifications Saturday, then goes for the win in the 75-lap race Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Kanaan, driving the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, recorded a lap of 1 minute, 18.8753 seconds (125.058 mph) on the 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course during the 90-minute session early in the afternoon. A heavy rainstorm delayed the second practice session and limited track time in dry conditions, so no one was able to surpass Kanaan's best lap from the opening session.



Chevrolet Penalized for Engine Regulation Infraction


Indy cars tested at the New Orleans track in February to prepare for this week’s upcoming race. Now, nearly all Chevrolet engines need repairs after season-opener resulting in penalties. Photo by Jerry Jordan

Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 6, 2015) - Chevrolet, which earned 128 points in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29, has been penalized 220 points per Verizon IndyCar Series regulations.

According to Rule of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook, 20 points will be deducted for a non-minor engine repair. Eleven of the 12 Chevrolet engines in the field underwent repairs following the St. Petersburg race.

All Chevrolet and Honda competitors are using the first of their allotted four engines covering 10,000 miles for the season.



Joey Logano pulls out wild overtime win in Martinsville Truck race


Logano's pole run puts him out front on Sunday. Photo courtesy of NASCAR

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

MARTINSVILE, Va.—Race runner-up Matt Crafton said Joey Logano barreled into Turn 1 on the final restart "like he was shot out of a cannon."

Ducking to the inside with the accelerator mashed was the move Logano, the Coors Light Pole Award winner, had to make to vault from third to first and win Saturday's Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in an event that went eight circuits past its posted distance of 250 laps.

Logano led 150 laps in winning the first NCWTS race of his career and becoming the 26th driver to take a checkered flag in each of NASCAR’s top three national touring series.

After Crafton led the field to green on Lap 257, Logano and third-place finisher Erik Jones made a sandwich of Crafton’s No. 88 Toyota, and Logano squeezed his No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford through the first two corners into the lead. With a car that was set up for short runs, Logano was untouchable the rest of the way and arrived at the finish line with a .431-second advantage over the two-time defending series champion.


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