Stefan Wilson enters Indy 500 with campaign to honor late brother
Driven2SaveLives to promote organ donation, transplantation awareness
INDIANAPOLIS – KV Racing Technology announced today that Stefan Wilson is entering the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives – KVRT Chevrolet. Stefan is partnering with Indiana Donor Network on Driven2SaveLives, a campaign to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation in honor of his late older brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.
“Like so many other drivers, I grew up dreaming about the Indianapolis 500 and it’s all I’ve worked toward for the past few years. Justin raced in the 500 eight times and it was a dream to join him on the starting grid and race against him. I just never anticipated a situation where Justin wouldn’t be there with me,” said Stefan, a U.K. native who now calls Indianapolis home.
Justin died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. He had previously registered his decision to become an organ donor and had discussed it with his wife. That selfless decision meant Justin saved five lives.
Now a registered donor himself, Stefan and Indiana Donor Network hope to get 2,500 people across the country to register their decision to donate through Driven2SaveLives. Indiana Donor Network, one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the U.S., oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation, and provides public education on donation and transplantation across the state.
“Justin’s decision to be an organ donor ended up being the one shining light out of that dark, terrible time after Pocono,” said Stefan. “I’m grateful to Indiana Donor Network and KV Racing Technology for the opportunity to fulfill a racing dream and to honor Justin’s legacy on such a monumental stage as the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 90, Running
2. (6) Graham Rahal, Honda, 90, Running
3. (3) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 90, Running
4. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 90, Running
5. (21) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 90, Running
6. (8) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 90, Running
7. (7) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 90, Running
8. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 90, Running
9. (10) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 90, Running
10. (4) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 90, Running
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Pagenaud 188, Dixon 140, Montoya 136, Castroneves 118, Kanaan 106, Rahal 100, Power 94, Newgarden 91, Sato 90, Hunter-Reay 87.
1 1- 11 Jones, Ed 35 0 --.---- 00:47:58.6238 100.673 01:16.0698 32 Running
2 11- 4 Serralles, Felix 35 0 1.5881 00:48:00.2119 100.618 01:15.9292 25 Running
3 6- 5 Veach, Zach 35 0 2.6705 00:48:01.2943 100.580 01:15.6438 22 Running
4 4- 51 Blackstock, Shelby 35 0 3.3133 00:48:01.9371 100.557 01:15.9315 19 Running
5 16- 13 Claman De Melo, Zachary (R) 35 0 5.3350 00:48:03.9588 100.487 01:16.2869 17 Running
6 3- 7 Enerson, RC 35 0 6.5415 00:48:05.1653 100.445 01:16.1606 15 Running
7 12- 2 Piedrahita, Juan 35 0 14.9831 00:48:13.6069 100.152 01:16.4656 14 Running
8 14- 17 Negrao, Andre (R) 35 0 15.7903 00:48:14.4141 100.124 01:16.4036 13 Running
9 10- 28 Kellett, Dalton (R) 35 0 17.7290 00:48:16.3528 100.057 01:16.4926 12 Running
10 15- 77 Anderson, Scott 35 0 17.7891 00:48:16.4129 100.055 01:16.5073 11 Running
11 5- 55 Urrutia, Santiago (R) 35 0 21.1585 00:48:19.7823 99.939 01:15.3545 11 Running
12 13- 22 Alberico, Neil (R) 35 0 25.6381 00:48:24.2619 99.784 01:16.7936 9 Running
13 9- 3 Hargrove, Scott (R) 35 0 58.7255 00:48:57.3493 98.660 01:15.8027 8 Running
14 7- 14 Rosenqvist, Felix (R) 32 3 - 00:48:08.7833 91.720 01:15.4932 7 Running
15 8- 18 Kaiser, Kyle 26 9 - 00:36:29.4231 98.327 01:16.1313 6 mechanical
16 2- 27 Stoneman, Dean (R) 4 31 - 00:47:52.3209 11.531 02:06.6020 5 Mechanical
Lights point standings after round 3:
Oriol Servia to Compete with SPM for 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500
Leeds, AL - April 23, 2016 - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that Oriol Servia will pilot the team's third entry for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Schmidt Peterson with Marotti Racing No. 77 entry.
Servia, son of a Spanish Rally champion, has been racing since he was young, advancing steadily up the ranks in various series around the world. Before joining the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2008, he was the 1999 Indy Lights champion and saw success in the Champ Car World Series. He finished fourth in the 2011 IndyCar championship standings and had his best Indy 500 finish of fourth in 2012.
No stranger to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, Servia's seven attempts also included a third-place start with sixth-place finish in 2011, and three 11th-place finishes.
"I am very pleased to have this opportunity at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports," said Servia. "This year's Indianapolis 500, the 100th running, will be the most special in our era, maybe of all time, and I wanted to make sure I was in a team that can give me a program to contend for the win. I have no doubt that together with SPM and Honda, we will at least do that.
"The whole team, including James, my teammate in 2011, and Mikhail, are ultimate professionals and I can't wait to start doing laps at the most special track in the world in preparation for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
Shuttle service offers convenient route to IMS on Race Day
•Expanded shuttle service offers convenient option for Race Day travel
•Shuttle tickets and more information can be found by clicking here.
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, April 21, 2016 -- Fans looking for a hassle-free trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day can take advantage of expanded shuttle service ahead of the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. In partnership with IMS, The Free Enterprise System and Star of America will offer streamlined shuttle rides to the track from four locations on May 29.
"This year's Race Day is shaping up to be one of the largest crowds we've experienced in many years and it is going to include lots of fan activities from early in the morning through the post-race victory lap," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "With SportsCenter on site, the energy of just being in the Pagoda Plaza and enjoying the Midway activities and so much more, we're encouraging fans to come earlier than usual to enjoy the whole Race Day experience. The Free Enterprise service is a great way to come focus on just enjoying the event and to ensure your trip to the Speedway sets you up for a full day of fun."
The service will begin at 6 a.m. on Race Day and offer rides to the Speedway until 12:30 p.m. All shuttles will receive bus passes used to offer expedited travel. Return routes will be offered until two hours after the conclusion of the 100th Running.
To use the service, fans simply need to purchase a ticket for a specific location point and arrive within the 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. travel window. The price is $29 roundtrip per person with pickups offered at the following locations:
•PINK ROUTE: The Free Enterprise System Building, 1220 S. West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225 (downtown at the corner of West & Morris Streets).
•BLACK ROUTE: IUPUI Downtown Campus - Lot 73 & 92 (downtown at the corner of Michigan and California Streets)
•PURPLE ROUTE: The Hampton Inn Downtown, 105 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225.
•BLUE ROUTE: Indianapolis International Airport, Ground Transportation Lobby (Zone 1), 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241.
A premium service, available for $45, will also allow fans to purchase tickets for a specifically designated time. This upgrade will guarantee a seat with designated premium boarding areas to cut out waiting in line before or after the race.
All shuttles will drop-off at IMS across from the main tunnel entrance in the Main Gate east parking lot at 16th and Polco Streets. Return service will begin from the same location.
Fans seeking to learn more about this opportunity or purchase the service can do so here: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/fan-info/transportation-services. A limited number of slots are available and the service is expected to sell out, so purchase now.
Roger Penske to drive 50th Anniversary Camaro SS Pace Car at 100th Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, April 18, 2016 - A unique version of the new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will lead the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month, driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, who is marking 50 years as a race team owner.
It's the ninth time Camaro has served as the Pace Car and the 27th time for Chevrolet, dating to 1948.
"Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it's an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. "It's also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012."
Four identically prepared Pace Cars will support the race, all with exclusive Abalone White exteriors featuring "100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil" graphics on the doors and the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway wing-and-wheel logo on the quarter panels. They also incorporate the exterior cues and graphics that are unique to the Camaro 50th Anniversary package that goes on sale this summer.
With 455 horsepower on tap, the Camaro SS Pace Cars require no performance modifications to lead the racing field.
"Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500," said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago."
For 2016, Chevrolet drivers will be looking to build on last year's results of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," when the top four finishers were Chevy-powered, led by race winner and Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya. It was his second Indy 500 victory and the 16th for Team Penske.
No other racing team has recorded more wins at the Brickyard, and it started with driver Mark Donohue's victory in 1972. Penske and Donohue established their relationship five years earlier, when Penske transitioned from driver to team owner. They quickly found success in SCCA's Trans-Am Series, with Donohue piloting an early Camaro Z/28 racecar, winning three of 12 races in 1967 and 10 of 13 in 1968.
Penske tackled the Indy 500 for the first time in 1969, while still campaigning a Camaro in Trans-Am. Donohue was his driver for both series. Later, racers including Mario Andretti, Al Unser and Rick Mears and drove for Penske, with Mears winning four Indianapolis 500 races and helping solidify Team Penske as an Indy powerhouse in the 1980s. That legacy advances this year, as Roger Penske seeks his 17th Indy 500 title as a team owner.
infield, IL (April 13, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing and drivers Conor Daly and Luca Fiippi are looking forward to returning to a street circuit this weekend for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The team is hoping for a better outcome on the streets of Long Beach than at the season opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg, where both DCR drivers saw their chance of a podium finish taken away following contact that was no fault of their own.
Daly and Filippi plan to use their experience around the demanding 1.968-mile, 11-turn track to give the team well-deserved and solid results.
Long Beach was the scene of Daly’s debut with Dale Coyne Racing last season. The rookie was called up 45 minutes before Saturday morning practice to replace the injured Rocky Moran Jr. Despite his limited track time, Daly finished 17th and impressed posting the second fastest lap by a Honda-powered car.
The American aims to do much better this time around with a complete race weekend under his belt to prepare for race day. The rookie first competed at Long Beach in 2011, picking up a win in Indy Lights.
Filippi will be making his second appearance in Long Beach. The Italian made his first start on the famous circuit last year with CFH Racing. Filippi has made 13 of his 20 IndyCar starts on street circuits and is extra motivated to do well at this historic race in a very familiar environment.
The team will have three practice sessions ahead of qualifying, with two practice sessions on Friday, April 15 and one on Saturday. Qualifying will take place at 5pm ET (2pm local) on Saturday, April 16 and will be broadcast on NBCSN at 6:00pm ET.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 4pm ET (1pm local).
Live timing and scoring will be available at racecontrol.indycar.com for all sessions with live streaming also available for all practice sessions and qualifying.
INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY JOINS ED CARPENTER FOR 100TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
IWU To Highlight Carpenter, Month Of May Activities In Admissions Campaign
(MARION, Ind.) April 13, 2016 - Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) announced today a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Carpenter is the only owner/driver in the series, competing for his own team, Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR). IWU will support Carpenter as he makes his 13th start in the iconic 500-mile race on May 29, 2016.
“It is great to be able to partner with Indiana Wesleyan University. As a full-time athlete and a college graduate, I value the importance of higher education,” Carpenter stated. “Without my degree, I certainly don’t think I would be in the position I am today. I look forward to working with IWU and their current and prospective students!”
Carpenter balanced the demands of education and being a professional driver since beginning to race at age 8. Three weeks after he completed his marketing degree in May of 2003, Carpenter became a winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he captured a victory in the inaugural Freedom 100. He founded ECR in 2012, then won back-to-back pole positions for the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 and 2014.
David Rose, VP for Non Residential Enrollment Management and Marketing shares, “We are excited about our relationship with Ed Carpenter. The value he places on higher education and the excellence he brings to his profession exemplify the quality that IWU strives to provide to our adult and residential students.”
IWU was established in 1920 and has degree programs for adults as well as residential students on its campus in Marion, Ind. Carpenter will be an advocate to the IWU admissions department, speaking to prospective students and appearing in recruitment campaigns. Throughout the Month of May, IWU administrators and faculty will join Ed Carpenter Racing trackside at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The partnership between IWU and Carpenter was facilitated by Indianapolis-based motorsport agency, Just Marketing International (JMI). JMI will continue to offer guidance as IWU and Ed Carpenter enter their relationship.
“We are thrilled to bring Ed Carpenter and IWU together in partnership for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500,” said Jon Flack, COO and President, Americas of JMI. “All three of our businesses being based in Indiana makes the partnership very meaningful.”
Practice for the Indianapolis 500 will begin on Monday, May 16. The historic 100th running of the 500-mile race will take place on Sunday, May 29 with a live broadcast beginning at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.
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