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Indy 500 winners Power, Penske receive their “Baby Borgs”

Will Power and Roger Penske today were awarded miniature replicas of the Borg-Warner Trophy in honor of their conquering the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 last Memorial Day Weekend.

Indy 500 winner Power unveils image on Borg-Warner Trophy

Team Penske-Chevrolet ace and winner of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Will Power has unveiled the image that has immortalized him on the famous Borg Warner Trophy.

Servia on passing 46 cars in the Indy 500: “I was on fire!”

Oriol Servia says that his performance at this year’s Indy 500 was one of his best and he hopes it will lead to further races – ideally, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Scuderia Corsa.

Did the new Indycar ruin the racing in Indy 500?

Will Power was a very excited winner of last weekend's Indianapolis 500, but the race he had just won did not generate the same level of enthusiasm for many watching fans. So what was to blame for a forgettable Indy race?

Stefan Wilson feels he's "starting to write own chapter"

Stefan Wilson, who led the Indy 500 as late as Lap 195 but was classified 15th, says he’s still encouraged by his and the team’s performance, and the reaction from his sponsors, family and fans.

Power feels Indy win will bring him more respect

The traditional ‘morning after’ winner’s press conference at IMS saw Will Power state that he knew it was going to take an Indy 500 victory to gain recognition as one of the stars in IndyCar history.

“They knew we were here,” says Foyt after Kanaan stars at Indy

Tony Kanaan’s starring role, then misfortune, in last Sunday’s Indy 500 prompted A.J. Foyt to repeat the consolatory expression used by Mario Andretti after he retired while leading the 1987 Indy 500 – “They knew we were here.”

Roger Penske: “Will Power won because he was the best”

Legendary team owner Roger Penske was unstinting in his praise for both Will Power and the #12 car’s crew members after they clinched his team's 17th Indy 500 victory.

Power: “I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win”

2018 Indianapolis 500 victor Will Power said he started screaming on the last lap of the race as he realized he was going to win, and described the experience of taking Indy victory at his 11th attempt as “overwhelming, amazing.”

Bad restarts hurt our Indy chances, says Dixon

A brave fuel gamble that involved him completing 40 laps in the final stint had a chance of working out for Scott Dixon, but the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver was unable to accelerate hard after the caution periods.

Carpenter rues missed chance to attack Power for Indy win

Indianapolis 500 runner-up Ed Carpenter says he wishes he’d attacked Will Power on a restart, which was his only realistic chance of stopping him from winning the 102nd running of the event.

Indy 500: Will Power wins 2018 Indianapolis 500

Will Power won the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, to score Roger Penske’s 17th victory at the Speedway, and become the first Australian to achieve the feat.

How the 2018 IndyCar will change racing in the Indy 500

The track’s green from overnight rain, ambient temperatures are expected to reach 94 degrees, and the cars are already a handful. But here’s why the racing was always going to look different from what we’ve been used to.

Indy 500: Driver by driver preview

Ahead of the 102nd running of the greatest spectacle in racing, we rate the drivers and their chances of getting to the front and staying there...

Honda admits it no longer has Indy 500 advantage

Honda Performance Development president Art St. Cyr has admitted that Chevrolet has improved its engine sufficiently to ensure that the Japanese manufacturer no longer has the edge at the Indianapolis 500.

“Everybody is worried” about new IndyCar in heat, says Kanaan

Tony Kanaan says that unlike his victorious run at Indy in 2013, this weekend's race will require drivers and teams to make regular adjustments to the car as they chase "concerning" track conditions in the heat of the race.

Indy 500: Kanaan tops Carb Day practice, Patrick suffers ECU issue

Tony Kanaan put the #14 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet on top in the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500, but Danica Patrick was able to complete only 15 laps after suffering an ECU problem.

Castroneves predicts 235mph Indy 500 pole with next-gen engines

Penske's Helio Castroneves believes Indianapolis 500 pole lap speeds could exceed 235mph when the IndyCar series introduces its new engine that is predicted to produce more than 900hp.

Hinchcliffe bumping from Indy 500 is "sad" and "great" for IndyCar

Penske’s Josef Newgarden says that James Hinchcliffe’s bumping from the 2018 Indianapolis 500 is a “great" and "sad" story for IndyCar.

Castroneves says Danica Patrick doesn’t get enough credit

Helio Castroneves says that he admires Danica Patrick for not only opening doors for young girls who aim to become racers but also for having the courage to retire following this weekend’s 102nd running of the Indy 500.

Power on Indy: Sliding cars make "a good formula"

Will Power says IndyCar’s new superspeedway package reminds him of footage he’s watched of ’80s Indy 500s that require “a lot of driver involvement” but admits he is still heading into Sunday's race with a lot of unknowns.

Hinchcliffe confirms he will not start the Indy 500

James Hinchcliffe, who was bumped from the Indianapolis 500 field of 33, has confirmed that attempts to buy him in by replacing a qualified driver are no longer being pursued.

Indy 500: Karam leads extensive race-trim practice

Sage Karam put Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevrolet at the top of the speed charts, as drivers focused on getting their cars fettled in race trim and went back to raceday turbo boost.

Indy 500: Wickens shunts in final practice

Robert Wickens crashed his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda during practice for the Indianapolis 500, after brushing a wall, triggering what appeared to be suspension failure.

Patrick happy with “boring” Indy qualifying run

Danica Patrick said she was content with a “boring” and “comfortable” qualifying run to seventh on the grid for the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

Carpenter: First lap of Indy 500 pole run "blew my mind"

Despite setting Indy 500 pole positions in 2013 and ’14, Ed Carpenter expressed surprise at winning pole for a third time, not only because he turned a 230mph lap but also because he hadn’t been happy with the ECR-Chevrolet on Saturday.

Carlin drivers proud of starting top 20 with rookie IndyCar team

Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton have expressed pride in the fact that both the Carlin-Chevrolets will start the Indianapolis from inside the top 20, as the rookie team outpaced cars from Schmidt Peterson, Ganassi, Andretti and Rahal Letterman Lanigan.

Rossi on P32: “Starting this far back is a new challenge”

The 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi had a terrible qualifying run and will start from the middle of the last row but says it’s an "opportunity to show what we can do".

Indy 500: Carpenter beats Penskes, scores third Indy pole

Ed Carpenter drove his Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet to pole position for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, the third time he’s achieved the feat in six years, while teammate Danica Patrick outqualified Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon.

Junqueira hopes Schmidt Peterson won’t buy Hinchcliffe a ride

Bruno Junqueira, who twice had to stand down from the Indy 500 when his ride got sold to a non-qualifier, says that he hopes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports doesn’t buy James Hinchcliffe an entry.

Patrick relieved to make Fast Nine shootout

Danica Patrick, who will start her final race on Memorial Day Weekend, put her Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet into Sunday’s Fast Nine shootout for her final race and said her overriding emotion was relief.

Hinchcliffe “devastated” by Indy qualifying shock

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports-Honda driver James Hinchcliffe says it is "devastating in every way possible” to be bumped out of the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Castroneves fastest, Hinchcliffe bumped out

The 2016 Indy 500 polesitter James Hinchcliffe has been knocked out of the 102nd running of the race after a dramatic Bump Day saw him never get up to speed, as Chevrolets dominated, and Danica Patrick made the Firestone Fast Nine.

Indy 500: Rain disrupts qualifying after 11 runs

Rain has struck Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after not quite one-third of the field had made their opening runs.

Indy 500: Castroneves tops final practice before qualifying

Helio Castroneves put a qualifying simulation together that sent him to the top of a speed chart that contained just eleven names, only nine of whom set representative times ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying runs.

No change to downforce for Indy 500 raceday, confirms IndyCar

Despite some drivers expressing worries over the difficulty of passing with the 2018 aerokit in superspeedway trim, Jay Frye, IndyCar’s president of competition, has confirmed the governing body won’t be adding ‘last-minute’ downforce for the race.

Chaves: “I’ve never seen such a huge draft effect at Indy”

Gabby Chaves says he has never witnessed IndyCars create such a big tow, with cars getting a draft when almost 20seconds apart.

Byrd thinks wind gust caused Davison shunt

David Byrd says he thinks a gust of wind blew James Davison’s car out of shape at IMS Turn 2 during Fast Friday, sending it into the SAFER barrier, fortunately extended this year by 58 feet to cover just where the wayward car struck.

Indy 500: Andretti retains top spot on Fast Friday

Marco Andretti’s 231.802mph from the morning remained the fastest time of the day, and indeed, the Month of May, as teams prepared for qualifying runs tomorrow.

Indy 500: Davison shunts, three cars top 231mph on Fast Friday

Marco Andretti, Robert Wickens and Ed Carpenter have all broken the 231mph barrier on Fast Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speeway, but James Davison has hit the SAFER barrier after losing the rear of his car exiting Turn 2.

Castroneves says 2018 IndyCar demands more finesse

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, preparing for his first Indy as a part-time IndyCar driver, admitted learning the new-for-2018 aerokit has been difficult although he says the team has been a big help in the transition.

Rahal: IndyCar handles “like you’re on ice and then you hit a curb”

Graham Rahal, who ended Day 3 of Indy 500 practice at the top of the speed charts, says JR Hildebrand’s accident was understandable because of the extreme nature of the car’s behavior in traffic at IMS with the new spec aerokit.

Indy 500: Rahal stays top, Hildebrand hits wall

Graham Rahal’s top time from this morning held firm to remain fastest on Day 3 while JR Hildebrand became the first driver to hit the wall on a superspeedway with the new aerokit.

Andretti, Dixon say passing is tougher at Indy this year

Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti believe that this year’s Indianapolis 500 may not feature the huge slipstreaming battles that have been a feature at Indy for the past six years – but admit it’s still early to make a definitive judgment. 

Indy 500: Andretti cracks 227mph to lead on Day 2

Marco Andretti finished at the top of the speed charts in his Andretti-Herta Autosport Honda, as all 35 cars hit the track and turned over 3300 laps between them.

Indy 500: Castroneves fastest in the afternoon, Pagenaud tops Day 1

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves set a 224.665mph fastest time to claim top time of the afternoon session, although his best effort was slower than that of Penske-Chevrolet teammate Simon Pagenaud in opening practice.

Claman De Melo to sub for Fittipaldi at Indy 500

Zachary Claman De Melo is aiming to make his Indy 500 debut next week as Dale Coyne has reached agreement with sponsor Paysafe to continue running the Canadian rookie as a substitute for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi.

Actor Hemsworth to wave Indy 500 green flag

Chris Hemsworth, who played James Hunt in the Formula 1 film Rush, will wave the green flag for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Legge hopeful of Indy 500 return with Coyne

Katherine Legge says she would “love” the opportunity to sub for the injured Pietro Fittipaldi in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda at Indy, and is already in talks with potential sponsors.

Coyne searching for Fittipaldi replacement in Indy 500

Dale Coyne says he hasn’t decided who will sub for Pietro Fittipaldi in the Indy 500, after the Brazilian-American broke both legs in a sportscar shunt at Spa on Saturday.

Will IndyCar's 2018 aerokit produce another thrilling Indy 500?

IndyCar aimed to ensure its new superspeedway aero package will emulate the Indy 500 battles of recent past. The figures suggest the series has got it right. Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud gave their opinions to David Malsher.

Patrick wants to trust gut and butt, surprised by steering weight

After her Refresher test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick said that she was only just starting to follow her instincts regarding the handling of an IndyCar, but was surprised by the effort it took to steer it.

Wickens: Using Hinchcliffe’s car for Indy rookie test was “tricky”

IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens admits that his car’s gearbox gremlin and switch to teammate James Hinchcliffe’s car – along with the nature of the IMS Rookie Orientation Program – made his first of IMS practice more complicated than he expected.

Patrick completes Indy 500 Refresher program, laps at 218mph

Danica Patrick, Jay Howard and Sage Karam have officially completed the Refresher program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to allow them to compete in qualifying for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Danica Patrick’s Indy 500 Refresher course hits technical snag

Danica Patrick’s return to the track that propelled her to superstardom in 2005 hit a minor delay after a single slow installation lap, as she prepares for her final race.

Kanaan puts Foyt on top in Indy testing with 226mph run

The 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan sent the team owned by four-time Indy champ AJ Foyt at the top of the times with a 226.181mph lap ahead of the fastest Penske-Chevrolet of Simon Pagenaud.

Honda using extra capacity to help supply 19 Indy 500 entries

Honda says it is using support from other series in which it competes to help run its 19 entries in this year’s Indianapolis 500, admitting its capacity was originally for 18 cars. 

Davison to run third Foyt car at Indy 500

AJ Foyt Racing has announced James Davison will run this year’s Indy 500 in partnership with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport and Belardi Auto Racing.

Hildebrand looks forward to “extra tension” on Indy 500 Bump Day

JR Hildebrand, who was confirmed today as Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s second driver for the Indianapolis 500, says he’s expecting increased expectation in qualifying this year.

Montoya confirms he won’t race in 2018 Indy 500

Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya will not make a sixth Indianapolis 500 appearance in 2018, Motorsport.com has learned.