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Indianapolis Motor Speedway IndyCar road race confirmed

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

9.26.13 (via MotorSportsTalk) – In what’s hardly a surprise, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed the IndyCar Series will have a road race in the month of May next year.

The race was approved by the IMS Board of Directors today, Sept. 26, and comes after an exploratory test to examine potential course layouts earlier this month.

The date was not confirmed but it is expected to be the opening weekend of the month of May, with the race likely Saturday, May 10, per several media reports. Further details about the event will be revealed at a media event Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Speedway.

“This event will bring even more energy and action to the Month of May for fans and create another showcase for the diversity and excitement of the Speedway and the IndyCar Series,” Hulman & Company Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles said in a statement. “The new road race will further enhance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the premier motorsports destination in the world and direct an even brighter spotlight on the Indianapolis 500.”

Trackside Update: Grand Prix of Baltimore

Monday, September 2nd, 2013
9.2.13 – As we say farewell to the holiday weekend, let's look back at our race day in Charm City…


The Firestone Indy Lights duo of Carlos Munoz and Zach Veach took to the streets on Sunday afternoon for their 35-lap race. Making contact after an unknown failure on the No. 26 car occurred, the Colombian was forced to retire early. Teammate Zach Veach made an unscheduled pitstop when a suspected engine problem was causing the No. 12 RePLAY XD machine to slow, but was able to bring home an eighth-place finish.


Immediately following the Firestone Indy Lights race, the fantastic four of James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, E.J. Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay battled their way through the carnage that was the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Although stopping on track twice throughout the 75-lap race, Hinch made his way back by finishing in seventh place for his ninth top-10 finish in 2013. Third-generation racer Andretti maneuvered his way to the front of the pack to lead 12 laps before his broken front wing befell him, and Marco was able to come the twin checkers in 10th place. Another victim of an unfortunate run-in, E.J. was poised for his first podium of the season (was as high as fifth place and on the move!) when he was hit from behind, forcing the Venezuelan to hit a competitor and break his front nose cone; Viso eventually pitted and was able to salvage a P13 finish after starting 20th. Reigning champion and 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore winner RHR was not having the race he had hoped or even imagined. On Lap 1, the anti-stall mechanism kicked in on the No. 1 Chevy and Hunter-Reay was seen stranded on the track; he later recovered to eighth place and was plagued with a battery failure just after the halfway point and was forced to retire early in P20.



The IZOD IndyCar Series will pack up and head to Houston, Texas for the next round of competition on October 5 and 6 where they will be joined by the full Mazda Road to Indy ladder. In the meantime, keep up to date on all things Andretti Autosport by joining us on Twitter (@FollowAndretti) and don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook where you can enter to be our featured Fan of the Week.

Trackside Update: Qualifying at the Baltimore Grand Prix

Saturday, August 31st, 2013
8.31.13 – SPOILER ALERT: This Trackside Update covers IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying from the Grand Prix of Baltimore. While the qualifying session took place this afternoon, coverage will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. Eastern today. If you are not yet prepared to discover the results of today's qualifying, we recommend saving this Trackside Update for future reading.


Day two from the Grand Prix of Baltimore is in the books and the starting grids for both the IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights races are set.

Champ Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for the team's IndyCar effort and will roll off from the eighth position tomorrow — keep in mind he started 13th here last season and captured the victory, a pivotal point in his championship win. Following RHR was teammate James Hinchcliffe who will start 11th – his 10th top-10 start of the season. Marco Andretti, who has recorded 13 top-10 finishes this season, will take to the grid in the 18th position while E.J. Viso, who has clinched six top-10 finishes this year, will grid 22nd.



In Firestone Indy Lights, Carlos Munoz will make yet another front row appearance, starting second, and teammate Zach Veach will start sixth in the RePLAY HD machine.


Tune in tomorrow to NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) for full race day coverage from Baltimore. The broadcast begins at 2 p.m. ET with the 75-lap IZOD IndyCar Series race and will be followed by the Firestone Indy Lights race broadcast. If you can't make it to the television, listen along with the broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (Channel 211) and

Trackside Update: Friday from Baltimore Grand Prix

Friday, August 30th, 2013

8.30.13 – Hello from Maryland's Inner Harbor where the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT kicked off our Labor Day weekend! Our sister company Andretti Sports Marketing has been working hard alongside race promoter Race On Baltimore to make this weekend an exciting one. Everything looks great and we can't wait to see what else this Celebration of Acceleration has in store for the INDYCAR teams.

Our four IndyCar Series drivers and duo of Firestone Indy Lights drivers took the streets today as they practiced for tomorrow's qualifying sessions.
GoDaddy driver and Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, led the way for the Andretti Autosport IndyCar quartet today. "The times don’t look awesome; we didn’t get new tires there at the end, but largely I’m actually pretty happy with the GoDaddy car. We made small changes on it during the last session because the lunch changes were really good. Hopefully we can keep fine tuning things here and there because I think we’re pretty close. It’s definitely a car that can fight for the (Firestone) Fast Six."
E.J. Viso led the team in morning practice with a lap time fast enough for P2 and ended the day 15th overall. “Tough day. I think as a team, we are not where we are supposed to be. We just definitely need to work hard tonight and come up with some good changes and good ideas for tomorrow. It is extremely competitive, and it seems this track helps and really suits the Honda teams; I’m sure that overnight there will be some changes happening from us and Team Chevy.”
Returning race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was not as pleased with today's effort but remains confident in the progress to come. "It’s tough," said RHR. "Right now we need to regroup as a team and go forward with some testing tomorrow. We’re all a little bit off paced from where we need to be. At the moment, the way the curbs and chicanes are set up, you need to put your car at major risk to get the lap time. I’m not quite there on putting the DHL Chevy at full risk – we’ll see. I’m fully confident we’ll be on it for tomorrow."
The maroon and white paint scheme of Dr Pepper returns to the No. 25 Chevy this weekend as Marco Andretti works to make his way into the Firestone Fast Six — it would be his first top-six grid appearance on the streets of Baltimore. "We totally went the wrong way today, but we were trying something that we thought we needed for qualifying tomorrow. I’m glad we got it out of the way today because now we know and won’t be a change behind tomorrow. I think we are headed in the right direction and can hopefully see the Dr Pepper car in the (Firestone) Fast Six tomorrow."
Making his second Firestone Indy Lights appearance in Baltimore, Carlos Munoz ranked second in today's practice session behind the wheel of the No. 26 Dialy-Ser machine. The Firestone Indy Lights Championship points leader posted a best lap time of 1:26.234 at the 12-turn street circuit. "Today's practice seemed quite short," said Carlos. "We didn't have much time on track, but I feel good. I think we have to improve a little bit… we'll make a couple changes overnight. It's only the beginning of the weekend, and we still have one more practice for qualifying tomorrow, so we have to work hard and start the weekend off the right way."
Replay driver Zach Veach worked his way into the top-six during today's practice, despite feeling a little under the weather. This weekend's 35-lap race marks Veach's 10th career Firestone Indy Lights start, where he has recorded six top-five starts. "Today, with the new Replay car, it didn't go exactly how we wanted with a P6 in the session," said Zach. "My engineer and I want to take a chance because it's still early in the weekend and try something that worked for him last year. The thing is, the track has really gripped up compared to this point last year, so I think we made the wrong call on that. But my Andretti guys are great at recovering, and we'll go back and be strong tomorrow morning and through qualifying. I just want to thank Replay for joining in on the No. 12 car this weekend – we're going to be working really hard to get Replay their first win." 
Catch all the IndyCar qualifying action from Baltimore on NBC Sports Network (Verizon FiOS 90/590, DirecTV 220, DISH 159 and AT&T UVerse 640) at 6 p.m. Saturday. If you don't mind a few spoilers, follow along with qualifying live at 12 p.m. via Twitter with @FollowAndretti and #GPoB. You can also catch the live radio broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (Channel 211) and

If you're here with us in Baltimore this weekend, don't miss multi-platinum band (and Andretti Autosport sponsor!) LIVE at the Main Stage located at Victory Lane tomorrow at 6 p.m. — it's going to be great!



Don’t Miss Out: Week of August 26, 2013

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Want in on the action? This is the place to find where you can see the Andretti Autosport drivers in action OFF the track. Be sure to show us your photos by sending them to our Twitter – @FollowAndretti or Facebook.

(All times are in EASTERN Time Zone)




Michael Andretti at Giant
4315 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, 21122
@ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Marco Andretti at Giant
573 Ritchie Highway #1, Severna Park, 21146
@ 3 – 5 p.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti & James Hinchcliffe
w/ an appearance by LIVE
The Yellow Party
Pazo, 1425 Aliceanna St, 21231
@ 5:30 – 9 p.m.



E.J. Viso radio interview
@ 5:45 p.m.


Michael at Andretti Club
Andretti Club, Marriott Camden Yards
@ 10 a.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

LIVE in concert
Victory Lane Stage
@ 6 p.m.


Zach Veach & Carlos Munoz
Firestone Indy Lights Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Michael at Andretti Club
Andretti Club, Marriott Camden Yards
@ 11:30 a.m.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
Chevy Q&A
Chevy Display in INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 11:40 a.m.

Trackside Update: Sunday from Sonoma

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

8.25.13 – Greetings from wine country! While winos were tasting the local fare, the fantastic four hit the 12-turn circuit at the GoPro Grand Prix for Round 15 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season. It was a day full of twists and turns, and all four Andretti drivers showed their determination and tenacity as they battled their way thru the pack for the 200-mile race. Check out all the photos below taken by our brand new GoPro Hero3!

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Marco Andretti captured his sixth top-five finish of the season today when he wheeled the RC Cola Chevy to a fourth-place finish. The 26-year-old Pennsylvania native start the 85-lap race from the 11th position and remains fourth in the championship points standing, trailing the leader by 70 points (unofficial). "We had to (get into the top five) with a broken front wing, so I was really losing it in the third sector," said Marco. "But other than that, not a bad weekend – you got to keep fighting. I know temperatures are hot right now all around – it's that type of race when you have a lot of restarts, there's going to be a lot of carnage because yellows breed yellows and that's the way it works."

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Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay recorded his career-best finish at Sonoma Raceway today with a sixth-place result (previous best was eighth in 2010). Hunter-Reay and his DHL Chevy started from the fourth position and immediately began gaining ground, becoming the race leader within the first 20 laps of the 200-mile race. The No. 1 team now trails the championship leader by 62 points with four racing remaining. "Seems like the way things have been falling lately," RHR said, "we've just been making our lives more difficult than it needs to be. But, at this point in the season, we need to be making the kind of gambles we've been making, and we've just not had luck on our side. I think the DHL car was the one to finish first or second today, and we buried it deep in the field. It's part of it; we have to take those gambles right now. We're not interested in finishing second or third in the championship, and when that's the case, you have to go for it all… that's what we did. Disappointed – we had a great race car but couldn't do much with it back there. We worked our way from last up to sixth but just ran out of laps."

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Leading four laps, making a total of 264 laps led this season, Hinchcliffe battled back from P20 early on in the race to come away with his eighth top-10 finish this year in eighth place. The Indianapolis resident is currently ninth in the championship points fight. "Crazy race – we had a disastrous first stint," said The Mayor. "The original start was alright, but on the restart we got shuffled back, and I accidentally hit the pit lane speed limiter coming off of (Turn) 7 and was losing all sorts of spots. On top of that, the car was tough to drive. So, we went off strategy there and the yellows fell just right; it looked like it was going to come into our hands a bit, and on that last stint, we were on reds when a bunch of guys were on blacks. Unfortunately, those cautions at the end when everybody had to come in and top off gave some guys fresher tires… we had the oldest tires of the groups, and each of those restarts we just feel back a couple spots. It's too bad because we recovered great. The GoDaddy guys called an awesome race as always, and to rebound into the top five from where we were in the first stint is testament to what these guys do every week. Pretty interesting driving out there, but that's what you get in a competitive series. We'll take the finish and move on to the next one."

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Persevering through two drive-thru penalties during today's 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Viso made it back from P22 twice to finish in P14. The Caracas, Venezuela native will head into the Grand Prix of Baltimore remaining 12th in the championship points standings. "Well, it was such an up and down race – we pretty much had everything possible happen to us," E.J. said. "We were very, very fast and we were able to make it towards the front every time we came from the back; it happened that way three times. We had a couple of penalties that I don't really think were too fair. The first one, I was trying to pass (Justin) Wilson, and I already had half a car in front of him and he pretty much ran into me. If he had just left me a little bit of space, nothing would have happened. They gave me that drive-thru penalty which pretty much is where the nightmare started. Once you're in the back part of the pack, it's when all the bad things begin to happen. I'm grateful to the team; I was very happy with the car. I think we were able to do big improvements – we were not that happy with the car during the first part of the weekend, but I think the speed that we had in the race was better."

The IZOD IndyCar Series will next travel to the street of Baltimore for the 16th round of competition. Catch all the Labor Day weekend fun from the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT by following @FollowAndretti and keep up with #GPoB on Twitter. Also, be sure to get your tickets for The Yellow Party at Pazo's in downtown Baltimore where you'll be able to bid on amazing items at the silent auction all while raising money for Racing for Cancer – a charity that RHR co-founded. All four Andretti Autosport drivers will be in attendance, so we hope to see YOU there as well! Until next time…

Trackside Update: Practice from Sonoma Raceway

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
8.23.13 – Day 1 from Sonoma Raceway is in the books! The fantastic four took wine country by storm with all four Andretti drivers in the top 10 during this morning's practice session with RHR leading the morning and third after combining both practices. Following the reigning champ was Marco, who was seventh on the time sheets, E.J. in P12 and the Mayor of Hinchtown who rounded out our quartet in 14th. Tomorrow you can catch the guys on track for a morning practice session with qualifying in the afternoon. Be sure to disregard our email blasts and Twitter updates if you plan to watch the qualifying broadcast that will be on NBC Sports Network beginning at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.
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Don’t Miss Out: Week of August 19

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Want in on the action? This is the place to find where you can see the Andretti Autosport drivers in action OFF the track. Be sure to show us your photos by sending them to our Twitter – @FollowAndretti or Facebook. (All times are in PACIFIC Time Zone)





Marco Andretti at Food 4 Less
5184 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, 94589
@ 3 – 5 p.m.


E.J. Viso at Neiman Marcus
1000 S. Main St, Walnut Creek, 94596
@ 6 – 8 p.m.



Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
The Michael Andretti Foundation's
Grand Prix Salute

Andretti Winery, 4162 Big Ranch Rd, Napa
@ 6 p.m.



Ryan Hunter-Reay, E.J. Viso,
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe
IZOD IndyCar Series Autographs
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 9 – 10 a.m.


Ryan Hunter-Reay
Verizon Pole appearance
INDYCAR Fan Village
@ 12:45 p.m.




E.J. Viso on

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

8.13.13 (via – In our ongoing series of learning about the life, thoughts and behind-the-scenes of auto racing, Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver E.J. Viso has consistently made time to answer our questions.

Along with asking him questions about the races, we’ve also been able to have a better understanding of the world of auto racing.

A driver since the age of five, Viso began his racing career at age five driving go-karts in his native Venezuela.

Piloting the No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet, the 28-year-old Viso enters his sixth IZOD IndyCar season and first with Andretti Autosport.

E.J.’s next race is at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA on August 25. It will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 1pm PT/3pm ET. So if you have the time, please make the time to watch and support E.J.

So, what’s new? 

I’m just getting through the season…  trying to make our first win happen, trying to align all the little factors that are crucial to make it happen. So far the championship has been very, very competitive. I believe we’re very close to that first win.

How you feel your season is going?

The season has been pretty decent so far. The performance we’ve had has been great; there are still a few factors that are keeping us from a win, but we have no other choice but to keep fighting and doing what we know how to do, and we’ll keep doing that until the end of the season. I have a lot of faith in my crew and a lot of faith in the guys around me, and we’ll keep working.

Do you have a favorite racing movie?

I think Days of Thunder is always a fun movie to watch.


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The List: James Hinchcliffe

Friday, August 9th, 2013

8.9.13 (via – The List: 10 things Indy hotshot James Hinchcliffe can't live without

1. My lighters
I’ve been collecting lighters since I was a kid. I have about 80 of them now (just to look at—I don’t smoke). My favourite is from WWII. I love thinking about where it’s been, whose it was and what happened to him.

2. My gold coin necklace
In my family, you get a British sovereign on your 18th birthday. Girls get one with a queen on it, and guys get a king. Mine is George V. I put it on a necklace and wear it almost all the time.

3. My guitar
I have a ’64 Fender Strat Sunburst, all original. It was a prize for winning a title in 2011. I don’t play well enough to be worthy of the guitar at all, but I admire its awesomeness.

4. My hero’s steering wheel
It’s from Greg Moore’s first race car, which he used before he made it big on the CART circuit, and it’s signed. I met him after a race in Toronto in ’99. I stood outside his trailer for hours before he finally came out.

5. My Skype
My family is scattered over three different countries, and my girlfriend, Kirsten, is from Australia. Without Skype, there’s no doubt I would lose touch with the people I’m closest to. In fact, there’s a good chance my mom wouldn’t have let me leave Toronto and become a racing driver if Skype didn’t exist.


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