News The Latest: Wickens builds big lead at IndyCar Grand Prix

00:15  13 may  2018
00:15  13 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

Sebastien Bourdais wins a dramatic IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

  Sebastien Bourdais wins a dramatic IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg A heated second-to-last-lap collision between Rossi and Wickens inherited Bourdais the victory.Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing made the trip to the top step of the podium at the IndyCar season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Frenchman played all his cards right as the race unfolded before his eyes and made the necessary moves to be at the right place at the right time by the end of the race.

The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion pits from the lead late under caution but charges back to Just as in NCAA tourney, surprises are crashing INDYCAR 's Big Robert Wickens wasn't the only newcomer to impress at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

INDYCAR Grand Prix . Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Indianapolis, IN. May 16, 2017 Bruce Martin. Building momentum, Chilton ties career-best finish at INDYCAR The cast of the latest film in the series enjoys its visit and activities surrounding the INDYCAR Grand / Robert Wickens an instant fit in new IndyCar job Associated Press.

Jordan King, top, of England, and Simon Pagenaud, of France, are forced into the gravel at the start of the IndyCar Grand Prix auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)© The Associated Press Jordan King, top, of England, and Simon Pagenaud, of France, are forced into the gravel at the start of the IndyCar Grand Prix auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Saturday, May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on the IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Rookie Robert Wickens assumed the lead on Lap 26 as drivers cycled through the first round of pit stops at the IndyCar Grand Prix and led pole winner Will Power by 1.6841 seconds through 46 laps of the 85-lap race.

Power, of Australia, has won the race twice — both from the pole.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

  IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report Will Power posted the fastest time in the third practice session for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama, while Ed Jones spunRookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

/ INDYCAR Grand Prix . Rookie Robert Wickens , who nearly won the season opener last month at St. Petersburg, Florida, before being involved in a late -race incident, was the leader on the Lap 243 restart, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport’s

Following Rossi, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens placed fourth on the time sheets. Qualifications for the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix will commence this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Eastern with coverage shown live on RaceControl. IndyCar .com.

Team Penske has won all four previous races on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course — a streak that could be in serious jeopardy.

Wickens, of Canada, drives for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

American Graham Rahal was third, more than 2.6 seconds off the pace.

A record-tying seven different drivers have led the race. The previous mark was set in the inaugural 2014 grand prix.

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4 p.m.

Pace car driver Lilly King, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and pole winner Will Power led the 24-car field to the starting line.

Power took the lead into the first turn but it didn't take long for the caution flag to come out.

Race organizers reviewed two first lap incidents that sent four cars off the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course.

They assessed no penalties for contact between two-time race winner Simon Pagenaud and rookie Jordan King. But they did assess a drive-thru penalty to Spencer Pigot for avoidable contact after drove over the chicane in the sixth turn and ran into Indy 500 champion Takuma Sato.

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

  Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama Under scattered clouds, Driver Name grabbed the pole for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 mph after an off-course excursion in final practice.This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.Round 1, Group 2Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph.Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.

Top 3 Finishers. Josef Newgarden. Robert Wickens . Alexander Rossi. INDYCAR Grand Prix . 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet Dual in Detroit - Dual 1. The Andretti Autosport driver stormed to a big lead early and held off Will Power late to collect his t

INDYCAR Grand Prix . 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Wickens led a race-high 69 laps and was in front for a Lap 108 restart following a full-course caution to restart the stalled car of Max Chilton. Just as in NCAA tourney, surprises are crashing INDYCAR 's Big

There were no cautions in last year's race.

Pole winners have won each of the last three races on Indianapolis' road course — with Power taking two of those three.

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2 p.m.

Marco Andretti's engine has been replaced, and he is expected to start from the 14th spot in Saturday's race.

Andretti blew an engine in the morning warmup session and almost immediately, one crew member from each of Andretti Autosport's four teams headed straight to the garage to make the change.

Roughly two hours later, they were ready to fire up the car with a new Honda engine.

Andretti's car will not be penalized for making the change.

It's the only car in the first two days of the month to have an engine problem.

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11:45 a.m.

The final warmup session for the IndyCar Grand Prix was stopped twice because of smoke from an engine and geese.

Scott Dixon posted the fastest lap of the session. He completed the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course in 1 minute, 10.8157 seconds. Pole winner Will Power was second at 1:10.8371.

The first red flag waved when smoke started billowing from the back of Andretti's car. A few minutes after practice resumed, the action was stopped when geese appeared in the 12th turn.

Three -time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves was forced to sit out the final five minutes because he took the checkered flag twice in the second of three qualifying rounds Friday.

The race will be held Saturday afternoon.

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State interested in keeping Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle .
Michigan's Department of Natural Resources says it is interested in moving forward on a plan that would keep the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. The agency says key agreement areas such as compensation for using the island park, the number of days race officials need for setup and teardown, and offsetting revenue lost from the use of island facilities during the event need to be resolved.DNR Parks and Recreation chief Ron Olson says the next step is presenting what the agency believes are ''fair and equitable changes'' to the race proposal.

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