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  • Back to the orange and blue!
    Jun 29

    Back to the orange and blue!

    After a fun run with the green and blue No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, we're going back to the orange and blue livery for the race at the Milwaukee Mile and the remainder of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Do you have a favorite livery for the No. 83? Tell me on my Facebook page here! Click here for more photos from the 2015 race season.

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  • Live from Trackside - MAVTV500
    Jun 27

    Live from Trackside - MAVTV500

    Saturday, June 27 6:30 p.m. Overall it was a good finish for Chip Ganassi Racing having all four cars in the top 8. I think the Levemir FlexTouch Chevy ran pretty well. We just never quite got inside the top five where there was cleaner air. We need to go back and look at the data from our teammates and see where we go from here. I don’t know that we’ll see this type of track until we come back here next year, but I’m looking forward to heading to the oval challenges at Milwaukee, Iowa and Pocono. Thanks for watching today... it was quite a show from my seat for sure! [caption id="attachment_2447" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] 9:50 a.m. Good morning... it's RACE DAY! We just finished up our systems check (one lap) after our engine change last night, and we're all set to go. While we're not starting as high up in the field as I would have liked, it is a long race (500 miles!) and with our fast car we can make a lot of moves from 13th. I'm off to the autograph session, then I'll have a couple of meet-and-greets and engineering meetings before the green flag this afternoon. Tune in to the MAVTV500 at 4 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network, and follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for on-track updates! Kimball_Twitter Friday, June 26 6:45 p.m. Obviously the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams cars are fast here with how we’ve all practiced and with three qualifying in the top 10. I have a lot of confidence in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet in race trim. We were really racy during the first practice, especially when we were running on older tires and running sets longer than most people would. I’m definitely disappointed that we weren’t able to stay in the top-10 for qualifying but starting P13, I think we have a really good chance to move quickly to the front and finish strong tomorrow in the race. We've hit the max milage on our current Chevrolet engine, so the guys will be working hard to switch it out for a new one this evening. We'll do the system check tomorrow morning to make sure we're all ready for the green flag. I'm off to dinner with some of the on-air talent and producers from NBC Sports Network this evening, then it's an early bedtime for the race tomorrow! Thanks for following along. [caption id="attachment_2441" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] 11:30 a.m. We had a pretty good first practice session earlier today. It's definitely hot... the track temperature was 106 degrees at the start of practice. Luckily we have a built-in convertible top to have a bit of air flowing! We finished up P4, after working on some understeer early on. Toward the end, there was definitely a lot more traffic so we were just working through how that could go during the race. It's just about finding your line here, while preserving tires in these conditions. I'm going to have lunch, then we're out on track for practice 2 at 12:45 p.m. Pacific. Check it out live via INDYCAR Race Control. [caption id="attachment_2431" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to head out! Ready to head out![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2432" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Making changes to the No. 83. Making changes to the No. 83.[/caption] Thursday, June 25 11:45 a.m. Hello from the Best Coast! OK, we're actually inland a bit... but you get the idea. I'm really excited about being back in California and of course racing at Auto Club Speedway. The 83 car has been pretty quick the last couple of years here, and I'm looking forward to the Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet being quick again this weekend. I think with the date change and it being a day race rather than a night race, it will bring some new challenges for all throughout the Verizon IndyCar Series field. I know everyone on the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is ready to react to those challenges and excel under pressure. I'm going to grab some lunch then head into engineering, but be sure to follow me on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin all weekend for more updates from the track and from my Pit Lane Reporter. Click here for the race weekend schedule. Thanks for reading! [caption id="attachment_2418" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Take your pick: Who will deliver Ganassi's 100th?
    Jun 25

    Take your pick: Who will deliver Ganassi's 100th?

    Via IndyCar.com Four arms rise simultaneously in a subjective response to “Who will give Chip Ganassi Racing Teams its 100th Indy car victory?” Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Sage Karam and Charlie Kimball all could be correct, and the team owner would be pleased by any of the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers delivering the milestone. Dixon claimed the 99th team victory in the Firestone 600 three weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, and the MAVTV 500 on June 27 (1 p.m. Pacific on NBCSN) is the next opportunity to hit 100. Ganassi entered Indy car racing in 1990, and Michael Andretti recorded the initial victory on March 20, 1994, in the Australian FAI IndyCar Grand Prix in Surfers Paradise. Kanaan won the 250-lap race on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval last August, leading 64 laps and averaging a blistering 196.111 mpg. Dixon finished 3.6 seconds behind in second. “It would be fantastic to get the 100th Indy car win,” said Dixon, a two-time winner this season. “Hopefully it comes this year from one of the four, which would be fantastic. It’s fantastic for Chip, obviously, what he's accomplished in a pretty short term. “I would love to bring that 100th. But there's three other guys on the team that will be trying to do the same thing.” Kimball qualified sixth and finished 12th in the 500-miler under the lights last year, while Karam competes in the race for the first time. He clinched the 2013 Indy Lights championship at the track. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2439" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA[/caption]

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  • What's happening in 92335: Powering up in SoCal
    Jun 25

    What's happening in 92335: Powering up in SoCal

    Via IndyCar.com MAVTV 500 • Race 11 of Verizon IndyCar Series season (June 26-27). ... Juan Pablo Montoya leads the championship standings by 27 points over Team Penske teammate Will Power. • Entry list: 23 cars entered • 411: Tickets and event information • For spectators: All events and times local on June 27. A full-field autograph session is from 10-11 a.m. in the INDYCAR Fan Village. Also, an array of activities will be in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone, including California Amateur Skateboard League exhibition; Lucas Oil Products Slick Mist Summer Shine car show; Ronny North concert (10 a.m.) on main stage; Metal Mulisha Motorcycle stunt show; Lucha Libre wrestling exhibition; Lefty's Driver Story Time with Gabby Chaves; Walk of Fame ceremony with Tony Kanaan (11 a.m.; Gate C); Mark Mackay concert (11:30 a.m.) on main stage. • Twitter: @ACSupdates, #MAVTV500; @IndyCar, #IndyCar • TV: NBCSN telecasts taped qualifications at 9 p.m. (Pacific) June 26 and the race live at 1 p.m. (Pacific) June 27. Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer, alongside analysts Steve Matchett and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Kelli Stavast and Robin Miller. • Web: Live streaming video of Verizon IndyCar Series practices and qualifications in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts is available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. … For the race, Timing & Scoring and the radio network broadcast. • Radio: All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, Racecontrol.indycar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying is broadcast on Sirius 212, XM 209, Racecontrol.indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions are on Racecontrol.indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Paul Page is chief announcer with analyst Jaques Lazier. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2435" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Tune in: MAVTV500
    Jun 23

    Tune in: MAVTV500

    WATCH All times Pacific Friday, June 26 9:30-10:15 a.m. Practice > Live stream 12:45-2 p.m. Practice > Live stream 4:45-6 p.m. Qualifying > Live stream > Delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 27 1 p.m. Race - MAVTV 500 > Live broadcast on NBC Sports Network > Live timing and scoring Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @ACSupdates @IndyCar #MAVTV500 #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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  • Three ovals, but that's where similarity ends
    Jun 23

    Three ovals, but that's where similarity ends

    Via IndyCar.com The next three Verizon IndyCar Series races are on oval racetracks, but that’s where similarities end. Rounds 11-13 of the schedule further showcase the series’ diversity – a 2-mile superspeedway, a 1-mile flat track and a .894-mile, variably-banked speedway where 17-second laps are the norm – to challenge drivers and their teams. A look at the next three in the championship: MAVTV 500 When: June 26-27 Where: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Race: 250 laps (500 miles) Track: 2-mile, D-shaped oval Banking: 14 degrees in turns Frontstraight: 3,100 feet Backstraight: 2,500 feet Width: 75 feet with 15-foot apron First Indy car race: 1997 … Mark Blundell won with average speed of 166.575 mph (13 races total at venue) 2014: Tony Kanaan, who started seventh, led Chip Ganassi Racing Teams teammate Scott Dixon across the start-finish line by 3.6750 seconds to win the 500-mile race. Ed Carpenter, who won the race in 2012 and was runner-up in 2013, placed third. Track records 250-lap race: Average speed of 196.111 mph by Tony Kanaan on Aug. 30, 2014. Jimmy Vasser had an average speed of 197.995 mph for the 250-lap race (507.250 miles) in November 2002 when the track was measured at 2.029 miles. Two-lap qualifying: Average speed of 220.775 mph by Will Power in October 2013. Race lap: 224.757 mph by Scott Dixon in September 2003. ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest When: July 11-12 Where: Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. Race: 250 laps (253.75 miles) Track: 1.015-mile oval Banking: 9.25 degrees in turns, 2.5 degrees on straightaways Frontstraight: 1,265 feet Backstraight: 1,265 feet Width: 70 feet First Indy car race: 1939 … Babe Stapp won with average speed of 83.6510 mph (112 races total at venue) 2014: Will Power won from the pole, leading 224 laps and beating Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to the finish line by 2.7949 seconds. Tony Kanaan finished third. Track records 250-lap race: Average speed of 136.848 mph by Ryan Hunter-Reay in June 2013. Two-lap qualifying: Averaged speed of 170.840 mph by Dario Franchitti in June 2011. Race lap: 164.582 mph by Dan Wheldon in June 2007. Iowa Corn 300 When: July 17-18 Where: Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa Race: 300 laps (268.2 miles) Track: .894-mile oval Banking: 12-14 degrees in turns, 10 degrees on frontstraight, 4 degrees on backstraight Frontstraight: 1,075 feet Backstraight: 869 feet Width: 60 feet First Indy car race: 2007 … Dario Franchitti won with average speed of 123.898 mph (eight races total at venue) 2014: Ryan Hunter-Reay held off Josef Newgarden by 0.5814 of a second to win after a late-race restart. Tony Kanaan, who led 247 of the 300 laps, finished third. Track records 300-lap race: Average speed of 131.923 mph by Ryan Hunter-Reay in July 2014. Two-lap qualifying: Average speed of 186.256 mph by Scott Dixon in July 2014. Race lap: 184.005 mph by Ryan Briscoe in June 2008. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2422" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Streets of Toronto
    Jun 14

    Live from Trackside - Streets of Toronto

    Sunday, June 14 7:10 p.m. It’s a little frustrating that the incident with the No. 4 car cut my tire and sent me to the back of the field. Overall the pace of the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet was really quick. I think we for sure had at least one of the top-five fastest laps of the race. I have to give a lot of credit to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew guys – they did a great job. It was challenging conditions and a lot going on for them in the middle of the race with so many stops right there in a row. Finishing 20th obviously wasn't how we wanted to leave today, but we’ll just put this one behind us and get back at it for the MAVTV 500 in Fontana in a few weeks. [caption id="attachment_2414" align="aligncenter" width="569"] On the grid and ready to go.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2415" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Pit stop for the No. 83. Pit stop for the No. 83.[/caption] 12:45 p.m. We had a pretty good warmup session earlier. The team started out on Firestone rain tires to get a feel for the track conditions and that setup, but it was dry throughout for the first half of the session so we switched over to primaries. It did start raining so we got a bit of practice under slightly wet conditions. We made a couple of changes on pit lane and ended up P6. Also, a quick note for those watching from home... due to the weather forecast, the green flag has been moved to 3:08 p.m. Eastern and NBC Sports Network will begin their broadcast an hour early at 2 p.m. Eastern. Be sure to tune in so you don't miss any of the action! [caption id="attachment_2409" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Waiting for warmup to go green. Waiting for warmup to go green.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2410" align="aligncenter" width="320"]Great to see Caleb (a fellow member of the cool kids--type 1--club)! Great to see Caleb (a fellow member of the cool kids--type 1--club)![/caption] 9:15 a.m. Good morning... it's race day! It started to sprinkle just as I was walking into the paddock this morning. It looks like it will be a wet one for us again. It's like deja vu this season! We're planning for two pit stops but it's always an unknown with cautions and rain. Either way, I know the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team will have a fast car ready for me at the green flag! I'm off to the drivers' meeting then we'll have warm-up at 11 a.m. Eastern (live via Race Control). Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. Eastern for the Honda Indy Toronto! [caption id="attachment_2403" align="aligncenter" width="513"]Race day prep! Race day prep![/caption] Saturday, June 13 5:05 p.m. It’s a little disappointing to qualify P15, especially with how choppy our round was with the yellow flags and the car in the run-off. Overall I feel good about the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch car for tomorrow’s race. We’ll have to keep an eye on the weather to see if it’s going to shower or not – that might change a little bit of what we do in the warm-up. I think my engineers and I have a good direction for tomorrow’s race, and I have a lot of confidence in the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew in pit lane to make sure that we have good stops. [caption id="attachment_2401" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Waiting for the start of qualifying. Waiting for the start of qualifying.[/caption] 12:15 p.m. After a cloudy and chilly morning, the sun came out during practice 3. We were able to take advantage of the full session, making changes and adjustments to the car. Unfortunately we lost our fast lap toward the end due to a red flag, but I think the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch car will be ready to go for qualifying. We'll be in group 1, so be sure to check out INDYCAR Race Control at 2:30 p.m. Eastern for live timing and scoring. NBCSN will have the broadcast for you later at 5 p.m. Eastern. I'm going to have lunch then head off to the autograph session soon. Hope to see you there! [caption id="attachment_2397" align="aligncenter" width="569"]In pit lane during practice 3. In pit lane during practice 3.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2398" align="aligncenter" width="569"]A couple of changes for the No. 83. A couple of changes for the No. 83.[/caption] Friday, June 12 3:30 p.m. Overall I was pretty happy with the first practice this morning. The No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet is definitely in the window, and the track is changing almost lap to lap. As green as a street circuit like this is, it rubbers up every time you go through a corner. I think the car handled really well out there with the changing conditions, so I’m optimistic heading into tomorrow. With the rain before and during session 2, we lost that track time. We had some things we wanted to work on this afternoon, but we’ll just have to make sure we work it in to the morning practice and get the car where it needs to be for qualifying. I'm off to a dinner with friends from Novo Nordisk this evening. Thanks to all of the fans for coming out to the track today--great showing for a Friday! [caption id="attachment_2393" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready for practice 1. Ready for practice 1.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2394" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR. Photo via INDYCAR.[/caption] Thursday, June 11 10:30 a.m. Good morning from Toronto! I got into town early yesterday for an event at Novo Nordisk's Canadian headquarters. They had some guests with JDRF on site for a fun lunch. It was great to meet so many new IndyCar fans! The team arrived not too long ago, so I'm about to head to the track for setup day. I'll have some time with my engineers before the track walk this afternoon. The weather is a bit more mild than it has been in past years (and we are here earlier in the summer than usual, too) so we'll see how that affects our setups. I always look forward to coming back here to the Honda Indy Toronto every season. It's a tough, tight course but one that tends to suit my driving style. The Canadian fans always come out and really make it a great event, too. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has had some good results on the streets of Toronto in the past, including a podium, so I think with the right strategy and a stronger qualifying session we'll have more success this weekend. After a really competitive race in Texas, we'll be looking to build on that momentum and get the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch car running up front again. Click here for the full race weekend schedule, and be sure to follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for more updates from the track! [caption id="attachment_2390" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Tune in: Honda Indy Toronto
    Jun 14

    Tune in: Honda Indy Toronto

    WATCH All times Eastern Friday, June 12 10:45-11:30 a.m. Practice > Live stream 2:45-3:30 p.m. Practice > Live stream Saturday, June 13 10:40-11:45 a.m. Practice > Live stream 2:30-3:45 p.m. Qualifying > Live timing and scoring > Delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 14 11-11:30 a.m. Warm Up > Live stream 2 p.m. Race > UPDATE: Live pre-race at 2 p.m. Eastern on NBC Sports Network (green flag 3:08 p.m. Eastern) Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @HondaIndy @IndyCar #IndyTO #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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  • Honda Indy Toronto Fast Facts
    Jun 10

    Honda Indy Toronto Fast Facts

    Via INDYCAR Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015 Track: Streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place, an 11-turn, 1.755-mile temporary street course Entry List: Honda Indy Toronto (PDF) Race distance: 85 laps / 149.175 miles Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each Firestone tire allotment: Four sets primary, three sets alternate Twitter: @HondaIndy @IndyCar, #IndyTO, #IndyCar Event website: www.HondaIndyToronto.com INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com 2014 race winners: Sebastien Bourdais (Race 1) and Mike Conway (Race 2) 2014 Verizon P1 Award winners: Sebastien Bourdais (Race 1), 58.9479 seconds, 107.179 mph, and Helio Castroneves (Race 2), Entrant Points Qualifying record: Gil de Ferran, 57.143 seconds, 110.565 mph, July 17, 1999 NBCSN television broadcasts: Qualifying, 5 p.m. ET Saturday, June 13; Race, 3 p.m. ET Sunday, June 14. Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for the NBCSN broadcasts this weekend alongside analysts Steve Matchett and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller. Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Paul Page is the chief announcer with analyst Davey Hamilton. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying and races are broadcast live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app. Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions are available on IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Video streaming: All practice sessions for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season are available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. INDYCAR 15 app: The Verizon INDYCAR 15 app has new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR 15 app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and include interactive 3D Live View with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where a fan's favorite driver is positioned, leaderboard with enhanced 2D "marching ants" and car telemetry, in-car camera video streams from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver-pit crew chatter as drivers talk strategy with their pit crews during the race. At-track schedule (all times local): Friday, June 12 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice 2:45-3:30 p.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice Saturday, June 13 10:40-11:25 a.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series practice 2:30-3:45 p.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying (three-rounds, knockout qualifying), NBCSN (taped, 5 p.m. ET). Sunday, June 14 11-11:30 a.m. - Verizon IndyCar Series warmup 3 p.m. - NBCSN on air 3:37 p.m. - Honda Indy Toronto (85 laps/149.175 miles), NBCSN (live) Race notes: * There have been seven different winners in nine Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2015: Juan Pablo Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg and Indianapolis 500), James Hinchcliffe (NOLA Motorsports Park), Scott Dixon (Streets of Long Beach and Texas Motor Speedway), Josef Newgarden (Barber Motorsports Park), Will Power (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Carlos Munoz (Raceway at Belle Isle-1) and Sebastien Bourdais (Raceway at Belle Isle-2). In 2014, there were a record-tying 11 different race winners. Dixon's win at Long Beach on April 19 gave him sole possession of fifth on the all-time Indy car victory list with 36. He is the active leader in wins with 37 after his victory at Texas on June 6. * The Honda Indy Toronto will be the 31st Indy car race on the streets of Exhibition Place. Bourdais and Mike Conway split a same-day doubleheader in 2014. * This is the eighth road/street course race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule with a different driver winning the previous seven races: Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg), Hinchcliffe (NOLA Motorsports Park), Dixon (Streets of Long Beach), Newgarden (Barber Motorsports Park), Power (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Munoz (Raceway at Belle Isle-1) and Bourdais (Raceway at Belle Isle-2). * Bourdais, Dixon and Power have each won twice at Toronto, the most wins by an active Indy car driver at the track. They are among the four past Toronto winners entered in this year's race, along with Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012). Michael Andretti has the most wins at the track with seven. * The Verizon IndyCar Series champion has won in Toronto in four of the last six seasons. Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dixon all won on the streets of Toronto before eventually claiming the championship. Franchitti won in 2009 and again in 2011. Hunter-Reay won in 2012 and Dixon swept both races in 2013. Seven other drivers have claimed the Indy car championship in the same season they won at Toronto. They are: Bobby Rahal (1986), Al Unser Jr. (1990), Michael Andretti (1991), Alex Zanardi (1998), Cristiano da Matta (2002), Paul Tracy (2003) and Bourdais (2004). * Drivers who have won poles at Toronto entered in this year's race are: Bourdais (2014 Race 1, 2007, 2005, 2004), Dixon (2013 Race 2), Power (2011) and Helio Castroneves (2000). Castroneves also started on pole in Race 2 in 2014 but was awarded the pole based on entrant points. * Twenty drivers entered in the event have competed in Indy car races at Toronto. Castroneves and Tony Kanaan (12) have the most starts among the entered drivers. Ten of those drivers have led laps at the track (Bourdais 188, Power 121, Dixon 95, Castroneves 62, Hunter-Reay 36, Simon Pagenaud 30, Graham Rahal 23, Newgarden 7, Kanaan 4 and Charlie Kimball 2). * Kanaan seeks to start his 243rd consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car-record streak that began in June 2001 at Portland. Teammate Dixon has made 184 consecutive starts heading into the weekend. * Chip Ganassi Racing has won six times at Toronto: Michael Andretti (1994), Zanardi (1998), Franchitti (2009 and 2011) and Dixon (2013, both races). * Team Penske has two wins at the track (Tracy 1993 and Power 2010). It has six pole positions at the track: Danny Sullivan (1988 and 1990), Emerson Fittipaldi (1993), Castroneves (2000), Gil de Ferran (2001) and Power (2011). * Bourdais has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his 11 races at Toronto, including his wins in 2004 and 2014 Race 1. He has finished on the podium in three of the last four Toronto races. * Dixon has finished on the podium in three of the last six races at Toronto. He has seven top-five finishes in 10 starts. * The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season marked the competition debut of aerodynamic bodywork kits designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda. Cars are differentiated by their shape as the manufacturers have designed separate aero kit specifications for road and street course/short ovals and superspeedways for the Dallara IR-12 chassis. References to the cars incorporate the name of the corresponding manufacturer. * With a total pit lane time of 1 minute, 47.013 seconds, the No. 26 AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda crew of Andretti Autosport and driver Carlos Munoz won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award during the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The win marks back-to-back Pit Stop Performance Awards for Andretti Autosport (No. 28 crew at Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2), and the team's third overall win of the season (No. 27 crew at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama). The AndrettiTV Cinsay Andretti Autosport crew will receive its $10,000 award during pre-race festivities at Honda Indy Toronto. To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2386" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Live from Trackside - Firestone 600
    Jun 6

    Live from Trackside - Firestone 600

    Saturday, June 6 11:45 p.m. Today was a big day for Chip Ganassi Racing with the first and second place finish – a huge congrats to Scott, Tony, Team Target, and the NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Team. We’re a little disappointed to not come home with a top-five finish, especially with those guys at the end saving fuel, but we'll take 7th. We definitely had the pace and the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet was really solid all night. We just had to make some adjustments during some stops to get in the position to go fight for a higher position out there when we could. I think the one restart took a little more out of the tires than I was expecting, but we fought through it and were able to make up some positions. Overall we had a really good, well-fought race, and we can use this momentum heading into Toronto next weekend. Thanks to all of the fans who came out to the track and braved the heat, and thanks to everyone for watching from home--hope you all enjoyed the race. I know I did! [caption id="attachment_2374" align="aligncenter" width="569"] On the grid at TMS.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2375" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Great to see and hear James give the command today! Great to see and hear James give the command today! (Photo via INDYCAR)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2376" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Ready to go racing! Ready to go racing![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2377" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Almost time to turn on those lights... Almost time to turn on those lights...[/caption] Friday, June 5 7:45 p.m. The No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet’s qualifying run was pretty good, ending up P9. We had a little more understeer than we would’ve liked, which was too bad because I think we’ve been pretty quick this weekend so far in practice. It's great to have all four Ganassi cars in the top-10, taking up the fourth and fifth rows on the starting grid tomorrow. I think we can all go racing from there! [caption id="attachment_2368" align="aligncenter" width="569"]In line for qualifying. In line for qualifying.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2369" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Sun still peeking over the grandstands during evening practice. Sun still peeking over the grandstands during evening practice.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2370" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Changes during practice 2. Changes during practice 2.[/caption] 1:15 p.m. It's a warm day at Texas Motor Speedway for sure! We finished the morning practice in P12. All in all, we had a good session with the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet. The weather actually isn't too bad--it's been a lot hotter here and more windy in the past. We did a couple of qualifying runs toward the beginning and did a lot of running with traffic. As always, it will be a challenge managing the car and tires through longer stints here, but I think we're in good shape. What's up next? Qualifying at 3:15 p.m. Central. Follow along live via INDYCAR Race Control and tune in to NBCSN for the broadcast at 5 p.m. Central. I'm fifth in the qualifying line... grid set by our two-lap average speeds. [caption id="attachment_2364" align="aligncenter" width="569"]A hot morning for practice 1. A hot morning for practice 1.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2365" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Changes after an install lap. Changes after an install lap.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2366" align="aligncenter" width="569"]Scott helping me out with some shade! Scott helping me out with some shade![/caption] Thursday, June 4 1:30 p.m. Hello from Texas Motor Speedway! Or I suppose "howdy" is more appropriate down here. After a wet and cold weekend in Detroit, it's nice to be in the sunshine and heat of Fort Worth. I think we’re all ready to get started at Texas for the Firestone 600. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team scored a top-10 finish here last year, and I think we can improve on that this weekend. It’s more of a mental race than you’d expect because of the speeds and how much the car changes throughout the duration of one stint. We’ll definitely be working on our qualifying to start up front and go racing with the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet from there. I came down from Indy early for an event with Tony at NTT Data's US headquarters yesterday afternoon. It was really cool to meet their employees, see a different side of the business, and have the diabetes educators from Novo Nordisk on site as well. Click here to find the full race weekend schedule and tune-in info. Be sure to follow @RaceWithInsulin on Twitter for more updates from pit lane! Today's agenda consists of engineering meetings before an evening presentation with Novo Nordisk. Thanks for reading! [caption id="attachment_2355" align="aligncenter" width="626"]Photo via INDYCAR Photo via INDYCAR[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2361" align="aligncenter" width="427"]Photo via @CGRIndyCar Photo via @CGRIndyCar[/caption]

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    Jun 3

    What's happening in 76177: Texas weekend set-up

    Via IndyCar.com Firestone 600 • Race 9 of 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season (June 5-6). It is the 27th race on the 1.455-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval dating to the track’s opening in 1997. • Entry list: 23 cars entered • For spectators: A full-field autograph session is scheduled from 5:15-6 p.m. (local) at the INDYCAR Fan Village outside Gate 6. … A pre-race concert free for ticket-holders features Reckless Kelly and a post-race concert in the field highlights Bleu Edmonson. ... Charles Haley, a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who won a record five Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, will serve as the honorary starter. … Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and Fort Worth resident Johnny Rutherford and 2014 Firestone 600 race winner Ed Carpenter will participate in a Q&A with fans holding Raceday U tickets. Get yours today HERE. • Twitter: @TXMotorSpeedway, #Firestone600; @IndyCar, #IndyCar • TV: NBCSN telecasts qualifying (6 p.m. ET June 5) and the race live (8 p.m. ET June 6). Brian Till is the lead announcer alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Kelli Stavast and Robin Miller. • Web: Live streaming video of Verizon IndyCar Series practice in conjunction with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts is available on RaceControl.IndyCar.com. … For qualifications and the race, Timing & Scoring and the radio network broadcast. • Radio: All Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, RaceControl.IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying is broadcast on Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, and the INDYCAR 15 app. Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions are on RaceControl.IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app. Paul Page is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. • INDYCAR 15 app: Verizon Wireless puts fans in the driver's seat with its INDYCAR 15 app, which has been enhanced with features such as an interactive 3D live view with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where a fan's favorite driver is positioned, in-car camera video streaming from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver to pit crew conversation. Race laps: 248 (360.840 miles) in counterclockwise direction Pit box dimensions: 39 x 14 feet Race weekend fuel: 40 U.S. gallons of Sunoco E85 for practice/qualifications; 95 for race Tires: 11 sets of Firestone Firehawks for the weekend Verizon IndyCar Series on-track times (all times Eastern): Friday, June 5 Noon-1:15 p.m. -- Practice 1 4:15 p.m. – Single-car qualifications (two-lap average speed sets starting grid) 7:45-8:15 p.m. – Practice 2 Saturday, June 6 4:45 p.m. – Systems check 8:50 p.m. – Green flag To read more, please click here. [caption id="attachment_2359" align="aligncenter" width="626"] Photo via INDYCAR[/caption]

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  • Tune in: Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway
    Jun 2

    Tune in: Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway

    WATCH All times Central Friday, June 5 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Practice > Live stream 3:15-4:15 p.m. Qualifying > Live timing and scoring > Delayed broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Practice Saturday, June 6 7 p.m. Race > Live on NBC Sports Network Radio: IMS Radio Network, Sirius 213, XM 209 FOLLOW > Twitter: @TXMotorSpeedway @IndyCar #Firestone600 #IndyCar #IndyRivals > Live timing & scoring: INDYCAR Race Control > Mobile: INDYCAR 15 app by Verizon for Apple and Android

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An early happy Independence Day to you... hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend! Proud and honored to wear the American flag on the podium and in the car every race weekend.

3 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

I'm headed off for some fun in the sun with my Axis Wake Research boat! Need some IndyCar Series action during this off-week? Check out full race broadcasts here. I highly recommend the 2015 #Indy500!

6 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Fontana was the last race of the 2015 IndyCar Series season for the green and blue No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Team Chevy car... we're back to the orange and blue for the Milwaukee IndyFest! Do you have a favorite? Click here for photos from the past 11 races: http://bit.ly/1Go81nh [Images courtesy of LAT Photo USA and INDYCAR]

7 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

What a day for 500 miles at Auto Club Speedway! Glad to have all four Chip Ganassi Racing Teams finish inside the top-8, but wish we could have made a better run up front. Definitely tough track conditions. We'll make improvements and move on from here!

8 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's RACE DAY! Tune in to the MAVTV500 on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. Eastern! And be sure to follow my Pit Lane Reporter on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for on-track updates.

9 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Disappointed not to qualifying inside the top-10 today at Auto Club Speedway, but we ran really well during practice in race-type conditions so I know we can improve from P13. http://bit.ly/1Nlfy8m [Photo via INDYCAR]

9 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Good morning! Getting ready for practice 1 here at Auto Club Speedway. Rookies are on track now, and the rest of us will head out at 9:30 a.m. Pacific. Click here for race weekend live stream and NBC Sports Network tune-in info: http://bit.ly/1NlQdvw

10 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Hello from Auto Club Speedway! It's a hot one for sure... looking forward to getting on track tomorrow! Click below for my race weekend live blog and follow me on Twitter @RaceWithInsulin for more updates!

11 days ago

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Charlie Kimball

A look at upcoming ovals! Do you have a favorite?

13 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Having some time to relax this past weekend was great, but I'm ready to climb back into the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams car! Are you ready for more Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series action, too?! [Photo courtesy of LAT Photo USA]

14 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Happy Father's Day to my own dad, to the many dedicated dads on the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, and to all of the fathers out there who pass along a love of racing to their children!

15 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

While the IndyCar Series is always on my mind, it's nice to have a weekend away from the track to spend time with family and friends! I'm hoping to put some hours on my Axis Wake Research boat... what's your favorite way to spend a day off?

17 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, here's a #ThrowbackThursday photo with my dad, posing before a Formula Ford race!

18 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

It's hard to top the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... vote for the Indianapolis 500!

19 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Until next time, Toronto... [more photos via INDYCAR: http://bit.ly/1Go81nh]

21 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Frustrating day as we had the pace but after an incident leaving us with a cut tire, we just couldn't make up the spots. Thanks to the fans who came out to the HondaIndyToronto--always a great showing.

22 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

--[UPDATE: Due to the weather forecast, the IndyCar Series has moved up the green flag to 3:08 p.m. Eastern. Watch the pre-race show at 2 p.m. Eastern!]-- It's race day!! Time to get those rain Firestone Tires out... it will be a wet one for sure. Tune in to the HondaIndyToronto on NBC Sports Network! http://bit.ly/1MPKfTo

22 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Disappointing qualifying session, but I know the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Teams has a fast car for me tomorrow for the race!

23 days ago

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

Tune in: HondaIndyToronto qualifying at 2:30 p.m. ET via IndyCar Series Race Control & broadcast on NBC Sports at 5 p.m. ET. http://bit.ly/1MPKfTo

23 days ago

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