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KANAAN FASTEST INDY DAY DRIVER, STONEMAN CAPTURES EXCITING FREEDOM 100
May 27th 2016 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 27, 2016: The excitement continues to build at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and traditions continued to unfold this :: continue »

HINCHCLIFFE EDGES NEWGARDEN FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE
May 22nd 2016 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May22, 2016: A year ago to the date, James Hinchcliffe was sitting in a hospital bed, unable to compete in qualifying for the 99th Indianapolis 500. Fast forward to this afternoon :: continue »

HINCHCLIFFE ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE INDY 500
May 21st 2016 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 21, 2016: James Hinchcliffe, a year removed from a life-threatening crash in Indy 500 practice, was the day’s fastest qualifier with a four lap average speed of 230.946 :: continue »

POWER IS QUICK ON ‘FAST FRIDAY’ AT INDIANAPOLIS
(Courtesy WXIN)May 20th 2016 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 20, 2016: Chevrolet and Will Power in the #12 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet recorded the fastest lap of today’s ‘Fast Friday” practice session at the Indianapolis :: continue »

TORRID STREAK CONTINUES, PAGENAURD CAPTURES HIS SECOND ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX
May 14th 2016 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 14, 2013: 2016 was billed as “Historic” in the annals of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and one ominous record was broken today, well before the 100th :: continue »

PAGENAUD CAPTURES POLE FOR THE THIRD ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX AT INDIANAPOLIS
May 13th 2016 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 13, 2016: The historic month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicked off in a big way this afternoon as Simon Pagenaud continued his torrid pace on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar :: continue »

PAGENAUD WINS TWO, DIXON ONE AS IRL HEADS TO INDY FOR HISTORIC MONTH OF MAY
Photo Courtesy of ChevroletApril 27th 2016 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN April 27, 2016: Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud is the hottest driver on the Verizon IndyCar circuit as the series heads to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 3rd running :: continue »

MONTOYA WINS AT ST. PETE FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
March 13th 2016 - WEST BEND, Wisconsin March 13th, 2016: The 2016 Verizon IndyCar series kicked off today with the 13th running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida and :: continue »

100 DAYS TO THE 100TH INDY 500 KICKS OFF THIS WEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS
February 15th 2016 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN February 15, 2016: The 100-day countdown to the monumental 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will kick off with a star-studded and action-packed :: continue »

PROJECT 100 AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY UNDERWAY
January 26th 2016 - The second week of December in years gone by was void of much in the way of news from any racing circuit. That all changed six years ago when Tony Stewart formed a Racer’s Trade Show in Indianapolis :: continue »

INDYCAR ANNOUNCES IS 2016 SEASON SCHEDULES
November 30th 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN November 21, 2015: The 2016 Verizon INDYCAR schedule is now official and will feature the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 29th as series officials announced a :: continue »

DIXON WINS IRL SONOMA FINALE AND WITH IT THE IRL CHAMPIONSHIP
August 30th 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN September 1, 2015: Never higher than third place in the Verizon IndyCar series point standings all season long, Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, kept digging and finally :: continue »

JUSTIN WILSON DIES FROM POCONO INJURIES
Photo by Brady Whitesel. Copyright 2015 - BroncosPitstop.comAugust 25th 2015 - WEST BEND, WI August 24, 2015: - INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury :: continue »

FIVE DIFFERENT WINNERS IN INDYCAR SINCE THE INDY 500, MILWAUKEE NEXT UP
July 6th 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN JULY 1, 2015: The drivers and crews contesting the2015 Verizon IndyCar series are catching their collective breath this Independence Day Holiday weekend with a rare weekend off before :: continue »

MONTOYA GOES FROM 30TH TO FIRST TO WIN THE 99TH INDIANAPOLIS 500
Photo by Brady Whitesel. Copyright 2015 - BroncosPitstop.comMay 24th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 24, 2015: His career took off at the Indianapolis 500 with a win as a rookie in 2000 and after racing in various racing circuits around the world returned to his roots last :: continue »

KARAM AND POWER PACES FINAL INDY 500 PRACTICES, HINCHCLIFFE HURT IN SPECTACULAR ACCIDENT
May 22nd 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 22, 2015: Two practice sessions for the Verizon IndyCar series that qualified for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 were scheduled following qualifications for the race :: continue »

WHOLESALE CHANGES TO INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALYIFYING AS CARPENTER FLIPS AND SCOTT DIXON CLAIMS HIS SECOND 500 POLE
Photo by Brady Whitesel. Copyright 2015 - BroncosPitstop.comMay 17th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 17, 2015: A morning crash involving defending and two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner, Ed Carpenter, that resulted in the third airborne flight of a race car this month brought :: continue »

RAINOUT COMPRESSES INDY 500 QUALIYFING INTO ONE DAY
May 16th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY 16, 2015: Persistent afternoon rain canceled the remainder of scheduled track activity on the first day of qualification’s for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. :: continue »

PAGENAUD LEADS FRANTIC FAST FRIDAY PRACTICE AT INDIANAPOLIS
May 15th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 15, 2015: With turbocharger boost pressure increased for today’s ‘Fast Friday” practice session speeds were expected to escalate and the 34 drivers vying for :: continue »

KARAM, CASTRONEVES, MUNOZ & CASTRONEVES LEAD PRACTICE SESSIONS AT INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEK
May 14th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 14, 2015: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was changed from the road course configuration that commenced right after the conclusion of the Angie’s List Grand Prix last Saturday :: continue »

POWER WINS THE ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX IN DOMINATING FASHION
Photo by Brady Whitesel. Copyright 2015 Bronco's PitstopMay 9th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY 9, 2015: Defending Verizon series champion Will Power led 65 of the 82 laps that made up the second running of the Angie’s List of Grand Prix to complete the second of :: continue »

POWER SETS TRACK RECORD IN WINNING POLE FOR ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX
Photo by Brady Whitesel. Copyright 2015 Bronco's PistopMay 8th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 8, 2015: Will Power led a Chevrolet sweep of the top ten qualifying positions for tomorrow’s second running of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the :: continue »

MONTOYA PACES OPENING PRACTICE FOR THE INDY 500 AND DIXON IS FASTEST FOR ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX AS THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENS FOR MAY 2015
Photo by Brady Whitesel. Copyright 2015 - BroncosPitstop.comMay 7th 2015 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 7, 2015: Last Sunday, May 3rd., the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened for on track activities leading up to the running of this Saturday’s Angie’s List :: continue »

NEWGARDEN WINS HIS FIRST INDY CAR RACE IN ALABAMA AS THE SERIES HEADS TO INDIANAPOLIS
May 6th 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN MAY 1, 2015: It was a long time coming and a very difficult path but Josef Newgarden is finally a winner on the Verizon IndyCar Series and he did it in convincing fashion this past :: continue »

HINCHCLIFFE & DIXON WIN INDY CARS RACES IN LOUISIANA AND CALIFORNIA
April 19th 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN APRIL 19, 2015: Races two and three of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season were about as different as night and day with James Hinchcliffe using pit strategy as a means to win the inaugural :: continue »

Let's Go Racing!!!
April 15th 2015 - It's that time of year again! And we couldn't be more excited. This coming Friday feel the rumble around the track and be part of this great tradition. Menomonie, WI Red Cedar Speedway OPENS 42nd Season :: continue »

MONTOYA WINS 2015 INDYCAR SEASON OPENER AT ST. PETERSBURG
March 29th 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN MARCH 29, 2015: The much heralded debut of the “aero” packages in the Verizon IndyCar series was about as one sided as it could get. Team Penske and Chevrolet did their :: continue »

OFF SEASON SPONSORSHIP SEARCH CONTINUES IN INDYCAR
January 1st 2015 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN December 16, 2014: The City of Indianapolis hosted the 2014 edition of the Performance Racing Industry trade show December 11th, 12th & 13th at the cavernous convention center in downtown Indianapolis and it was hoped that maybe some new tidbits for the 2015 IndyCar season would be forthcoming, but alas, nothing much new emerged. The PRI show has grown by leaps and bounds since being acquired in late 2012 by SEMA. The show was originally the brain child of Chris Paulson and Tony Stewart and for three years the pair put on an extremely successful racer oriented trade show but since SEMA took over they have turned this event into a must attend stop for every race driver, builder and owner in the country. That fact was not missed when looking at name badges throughout the center that featured most every state in the country and some foreign visitors as well, not to mention booths from every company associated with supplying parts and products to the racing industry. Chevrolet, Ford and Honda had a very large presence at the show as did IndyCar with a booth featuring a vertically mounted IndyCar to draw people into the booth and on-going press conferences designed to generate some additional interest in the series, perhaps through the seeking of sponsorship from the throngs of manufacturers in attendance at the show. Time will tell if that effort was worth the money spent for the show booth. Chevrolet featured Stewart on the opening day and, fresh off the fourth of five operations on his injured right leg from a 2013 sprint car accident Stewart was able to walk into the convention center without the aid of crutches and is eagerly awaiting the day when his leg doesn’t hurt anymore. He handled every media question with clarity and when questioned about the August sprint car accident that took the life of racer Kevin Ward Jr., he said, “I think about it every day”. Stewart was on hand to announce that longtime friend Steve Kinser will be back in a Stewart Racing owned sprint car in 2015. After saying that 2014 would be his final season the 60 year old Kinser opted to run a 40 race schedule in 2015 as a was of drawing away from the sport at his own pace and Stewart indicated that the he would provide a car for Kinser for as long as he chooses to compete. Graham Rahal was on hand along with his Indy 500 winning father, Bobby, to talk about the 2015 season but most of the questions directed at the younger Rahal were about his engagement to and fast approaching marriage to Ashley Force, daughter of 16 time NHRA champion John Force that will happen in 2015 on a weekend that both drivers do not compete in their respective series. Bobby Rahal did reveal that the loss of sponsorship from the National Guard took them by surprise and that has slowed the progress of the team down as the decision caught the team “off guard” but that they are progressing nicely in a search of a primary backer for 2015. Several associate sponsors have come forward to help but that big backer is still being sought, and that scenario is still plaguing the entire IndyCar series. Scott Dixon was on hand at the IndyCar booth to discuss 2015 and that fact that long time backer, Target, had cut back its sponsorship role at Target Chip Ganassi Racing from two cars, down to just one, his for 2015. The Target car driven by Tony Kanaan in 2014 will be sponsored by NTT Data in 2015. Ganassi Racing had four cars in 2014 and now have three firmed up for 2015. They are still trying to put together a deal for a fourth entry for either returning Ryan Brisco or perhaps Sage Karan, the 2013 Indy Lights champion who finished 10th in this year’s Indy 500 in a car that had help from Ganassi Racing. So what do know so far for 2015? Chevrolet has indicated that they would prefer to have 12 full time entries in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series. We know that Team Penske is full and will feature four cars for defending series champion Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud. Ganassi has three of his four teams ready; Sarah Fisher Hartman Carpenter Racing has two and although KV Racing Technologies has yet to announce it’s driver lineup it is expected to have two cars when the green flag drops on the 2015 season in March in Brazil. Sebastien Bourdais is said to be a lock to return to the team but no official word as yet. That is 11 confirmed with the 12th and final slot at Chevrolet to go to the fourth Ganassi when it comes together. Honda has indicated its preference to do 10 cars but is open to 11 depending on what transpires in the coming few months. Honda has three cars confirmed from Andretti Autosports, and two from A.J. Foyt Racing. In 2014 Honda supported the teams of Schmidt Peterson and Dale Coyne Racing and they are expected to field two cars each but at this time only Schmidt Peterson has announced a driver for one of the two, James Hinchcliffe, who comes to the team from Andretti Autosports. It is also expected that Rahal will be the 10th supported team, the 11th will come if the Andretti group can put together sponsorship for a fourth team, the number they had this past season. Each Manufacturer has indicated that they will expand engine deals for the Indianapolis 500 above what they will do for the regular season and for the 2015 Indy 500 we known of three confirmed deals: Bryan Herta Autosport for Jay Howard: Lazier Partners Racing for Buddy Lazier; and Byrd Racing for Bryan Clauson. None of these one-off Indy 500 deals has announced a sponsor yet along an engine deal. In 2014 22 cars came to the grid for each of the Verizon IndyCar series races other than the Indy 500. I had hoped that number to grow for 2015 but it looks as though the manufacturers are calling the shots and perhaps we will see just one more car in 2015 unless some bug money people come forward and convince either Chevrolet or Honda to expand upon their parameters. If have 23 season long competitors and now three additional for the Indy 500, it looks as though 33 is still a far ways off for the 500. As far as drivers with hopes of a 2015 ride in the series we have: Brisco, Karam, Justin Wilson, Stefan Wilson, JR Hildebrand, Luca Filippi as well Conor Daly, Alexander Rossi, and other drivers from the Indy Light series that are also out trying to find sponsorship money that can put them in one of the available cars. Time is running out, March is not that far away and much is still needed to be done to firm up the series for 2015. NOTES: A.J. Foyt, four time Indianapolis 500 champion and current Verizon IndyCar team owner survived yet another brush with death but this time it was not on a race track or on his ranch it was in Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. On November 12th Foyt had triple heart bypass surgery and although the surgery was successful Foyt developed serious complications with his lungs. He was kept on a ventilator for eight days to allow his lungs to recover full functionality. 10 days in the ICU was followed by 10 additional days in the hospital finally being released from the hospital on December 2nd. Foyt, who will turn 80 in January, credits the doctors and staff at Baylor-St. Luke’s for saving his life. 2015 will be a new beginning for the Indy Lights series. It will feature a new car, the Dallara IL-15 and a new engine supplier, Mazda. The series had used the same chassis and engines for several years and this change was long over due and it is hoped to attract more cars and drivers in the series that is the final step in racing the Indianapolis 500. Mazda now provides engines and backing along the entire route to the 500. Starting with USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda to the Pro-Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires to the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper tires drivers and teams will deal with only Mazda as they advance their careers toward the 500. Shelby Blackstock will graduate from the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to the Indy Lights series in 2015 in a car provided by Andretti Autosports. Shelby is the son of music icon Reba McEntire and has recorded one victory in his two Pro Mazda seasons. Double points will again be awarded for the big three events in the 2015 season: The Indianapolis 500 and the races at Pocono Raceway and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana to spice up the race for the 2015 championship. Standing starts have been taken out of the equation for 2015. The Push to Pass Button returns for all street and road course events in 2015. Testing on the new “Aero Packages” that are designed by Chevrolet and Honda for their respective entries will commence in March and will be on the cars for the North American debut in March. The Brazil race will feature the regular configurations. I can’t wait to see these packages that will offer the fans more opportunities to distinguish the cars from each other and perhaps provide the competitive “edge” that will give that particular manufacture the “upper hand” all season long. 2015 will provide a host of information and you can read all about here at Bronco’s Pit Stop. In the meantime here’s wishing everyone a Joyous Holiday Season and a Great 2015! :: continue »

INDYCAR ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE
November 5th 2014 - IndyCar has announced the Verizon IndyCar series schedule for 2015 that will feature 17 races: six on oval tracks; six on road courses and four on temporary street circuits. The 2015 schedule is one :: continue »

POWER CAPTURES VERIZON INDY CAR TITLE
Photo by Brady WhiteselSeptember 15th 2014 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN September 1, 2014: Will Power knew all to well what is was like to lose an IndyCar series championship, being the runner-up in 2010, 2011 and 2012, now he knows the feeling of being :: continue »

POWER WINS MILWAUKEE 250 IN CONVINCING STYLE
August 17th 2014 - West Allis, Wisconsin August 17, 2014: When Will Power won the 2013 Verizon IndyCar season ending race last fall on the super speedway oval at Fontana, California, his first career win on an oval track, :: continue »

WHIRLWIND VERIZON INDY CAR SERIES VISITS MILWAUKEE NEXT
August 10th 2014 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN August 10, 2014: It seems like it was just "yesterday" when I wrote about the start of the 2014 Verizon Indy Car series in March at St. Petersburg, Florida and now :: continue »

HUNTER-REAY PUTS AN AMERICAN BACK IN VICTORY LANE AT INDY
Photo/Brady Whitesel (BroncosPitstop.com)May 25th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: Ryan Hunter-Reay nipped Helio Castroneves by .0600 of a second to win the second closest Indianapolis 500 in history as a late race caution set up a scramble that had the crowd on :: continue »

Photo/Brady Whitesel - BroncosPitstop.comMay 23rd 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: Almost non-existent in practices leading up to qualifying for the 98th Indianapolis 500 Tony Kanaan, the defending Indy 500 champion was fastest when it counted today at the Indianapolis :: continue »

CARPENTER WINS FAST NINE SHOOTOUT TO CAPTURE HIS SECOND STRAIGHT INDY 500 POLE
Photo/Brady WhiteselMay 18th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: What had to the most stressful two days of qualifying in Indianapolis 500 history ended the same way it did last May when Ed Carpenter snared the pole away from his fellow Fast :: continue »

CARPENTER ON PROVISIONAL POLE IN A DRAMATIC OPENING DAY OF QUALIFYING AT INDY
Photo/Brady WhiteselMay 17th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: It was the intent of the management of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to put more excitement into qualifications for the Indianapolis 500, after day one, it worked! A continuous :: continue »

Ed Carprenter on Track /Photo by Steve BurzynskiMay 17th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: For the fifth straight day rain plagued practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway curtailing the much needed practice time for qualifications for the 98th running of the Indianapolis :: continue »

HUNTER-REAY, VISO, PAGENAUD AND CASTRONEVES PACE INDY 500 PRACTICE DAYS
INDY 500 fans enjoy the speeds in practice. Photo/Steve BurzynskiMay 16th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 15, 2014: The second through fifth days of practice for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway produced escalating speeds as teams honed their cars in for qualifications :: continue »

INDY 500 PRACTICE BEGINS, PENSKE CARS FAST
photo: BroncosPistop.com/Steve BurzynskiMay 11th 2014 - WEST BEND, WI May 10th: It took just 12 hours to "transform” the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back into the traditional counterclockwise rotation from the 2.49 mile road course and the track "officially” :: continue »

PAGENAUD WINS INAUGURAL GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS IN DRAMATIC FASHION
photo: BroncosPitstop.com/Brady WhiteselMay 10th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 10, 2014: "Pretty Cool, Pretty Cool” oozed from the mouth of Frenchman Simon Pagenaud as he stood in victory lane today after winning the first Verizon Indy Car Series event :: continue »

SAAVEDRA WINS POLE FOR GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS AS HUNTER-REAY SPINS
photo: BroncosPitstop.com/Brady WhiteselMay 9th 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 9, 2014: One of the more promising drivers coming up through the ranks of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Sebastian Saavedra, continued to build on his resume by capturing the pole :: continue »

BPS Coverage of GP of Indianapolis
May 9th 2014 - Bronco's Pitstop will be covering all of the events during the Month of May at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Mark W. Theisen, a long time contributor to this website as well as a long time columnist :: continue »

INDY 500 ENTRIES AT 32 WITH MANN, HUERTAS AND KARAM IN THE FIELD
#63 Susan G Komen IndyCar - Pippa Mann(driver) Dale Coyne (Owner) - Photo by Brady WhiteselMay 4th 2014 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN May 4, 2014: With practice for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 set to begin in earnest on Monday May 12th the field grew to 32 this week with the entries of Pippa Mann, :: continue »

POWER, CONWAY & HUNTER-REAY WIN OPENING VERIZON INDYCAR RACES MONTH OF MAY AT INDIANAPOLIS NEXT
April 28th 2014 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN April 27, 2014: The competitiveness of the 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series has carried over to 2014 with three different winners in the first three races contested this year and sets :: continue »

KURT BUSCH SET FOR INDY, VERIZON TO SPONSOR INDYCAR
March 17th 2014 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN March 14, 2014: A somewhat "quiet off-season for the IndyCar series and the Indianapolis 500 went full throttle in the past ten days with a series of "major announcements that will :: continue »

2014 INDY CAR SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER
March 5th 2014 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN March 1, 2014: Still in the midst of one of the ten all time worst winters in the Midwest one sees light at the end of the tunnel in the form of the first race of the 2014 IndyCar :: continue »

FRANCHITTI RETIRES, SHAKEUP IN GANASSI RACING LINEUP
December 18th 2013 - WEST BEND, WISCONSIN DECEMBER 14, 2013: IndyCar Racing in general and Target Chip Ganassi Racing in specific suffered a huge loss since I last wrote. Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion and four-time :: continue »

POWER WINS IRL FINALE, DIXON SURPRISE 2013 CHAMPION
October 19th 2013 - WEST BEND, WI: A highly competitive IZOD Indy Racing League season came to an end tonight at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California with Target Chip Ganassi Racings Scott Dixon coming out of "no where :: continue »

HUNTER-REAY MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT MILWAUKEE
Photo by Roy SchmidtJune 16th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen | WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN June 15, 2013: In a race that had three distinct segments with three different cars dominant at a specific portion of the race it came down to a little bit of :: continue »

HIGHLY COMPETITVE INDY CAR SERIES HEADS TO MILWAUKEE
June 11th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen WEST BEND, WISCONSIN June 9, 2013: The 2013 IZOD Indy Car Series has been wide open with 7 different race winners in the 8 races contested thus far and the beneficiary of such excitement :: continue »

KANAAN WINS THE MOST COMPETITIVE INDIANAPOLIS 500 EVER!
Photo by Brady Whitesel. 2013 All Rights Reserved.May 26th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA M ay 26, 2013: From start to finish todays 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 was one for the record books as Tony Kanaan grabbed the lead on a lap 198 restart :: continue »

PETER DEMPSEY CAPTURES THRILLING FREEDOM 100, PAGENAUD FASTEST IN FINAL PRACTICE FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Photo by Brady Whitesel. 2013 All Rights Reserved.May 24th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen | INDIANPOLIS, INDIANA May 24, 2013: The state is now set for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 come Sunday and the senior open wheel circuit has a tough act to follow after :: continue »

NEWGARDEN QUICK ON BUMP DAY AS THE FIELD IS SET FOR THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
May 20th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen; INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY 19, 2013: It was a drama filled day for Katherine Legge and Michel Jourdain Jr at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but in the end a bump attempt was never :: continue »

IN A STUNNING PERFORMANCE CARPENTER CAPTURES THE INDY 500 POLE POSTION
Photo by Brady Whitesel. 2013 All Rights Reserved.May 18th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 18, 2013: Growing up in the shadows of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ed Carpenter had always dreamed of racing at the "greatest race course in the world. :: continue »

SPEEDS ESCALATE ALL WEEK LONG IN PREPARTION FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500 QUALIFYING
Photo by Brady Whitesel. 2013 All Rights Reserved.May 17th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen | INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 17, 2013: One practice accident is all that marred a week of preparation for qualifying for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 set to kick off a noon :: continue »

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENS OFFICIALLY FOR 2013 AMID A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY
May 13th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 12, 2013: The official start to the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is here despite earlier action during the past week the anticipated :: continue »

KURT BUSCH TAKES ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS RACING IN THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Photo by Brady WhiteselMay 9th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen (photos by Brady Whitesel); INDIANAPOLIS, IN. May 9, 2013: 2004 NASCAR champion, Kurt Busch is a racer, like him or not, the temperamental Nevada driver does not shy away from competition :: continue »

HUNTER-REAY & SATO WIN APRIL INDY CAR RACES, INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENS MAY 11TH
May 3rd 2013 - By: Mark W. TheisenWEST BEND, WI May 1, 2013: Eleven days until the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens for the month of May 2013, with a plethora of events leading up to the 97th running of the Indianapolis :: continue »

HINCHCLIFFE WINS HIS FIRST AS THE 2013 INDY CAR SEASON OPENS
March 24th 2013 - By: Mark W. Theisen. WEST BEND, WISCONSIN - The 2013 IZOD Indy Car season got underway this afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida with Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe sprinting away on a late :: continue »

HUNTER-REAY IS CROWNED IZOD INDYCAR CHAMPION, MANY CHANGES COMING IN 2013
January 1st 2013 - While family and health issues have taken me away from my computer I have been keeping up with the happenings on the IZOD IndyCar series since the dramatic end to the 2012 season.... :: continue »

The Fourth Turn
July 16th 2012 - Racing has been getting its share of newspaper space in the past few weeks, but not all of the news has come from action on the race track.As we know, NASCAR has suspended Penske Racing driver A.J.Allmendinger :: continue »

The Fourth Turn
July 6th 2012 - With the Independence Day holiday now over, attention shifts back to the track as both NASCAR and IndyCar return to action, while Rolex Grand Am begins testing for its debut at Indianapolis. Lets take :: continue »

HUNTER-REAY WINS MILWAUKEE INDYFEST 225
June 16th 2012 - WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN June 16, 2012: One thing the new Dallara DW-12 chassis has done this year is put the driving back into the IZOD IndyCar series and that fact was very evident this afternoon :: continue »

FRANCHITTI WINS HIS THIRD INDIANAPOLIS 500 IN DRAMATIC FASHION
Photo by Brady Whitesel - Bronco's Pitstop Staff PhotographerMay 27th 2012 - View All Photos of the Day INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 27, 2012: Leading into this years 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 each and every driver said that they did not want to be leading the white flag :: continue »

FRANCHITTI & DIXON FAST IN CARB DAY TUNE-UP FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, GUERRIERI WINS EXCITING FREEDOM 100
May 26th 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 25, 2012: Target Chip Ganassi team drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon paced the traditional carb day practice session for the cars of IZOD Indy Car Series which was the :: continue »

* NEW PHOTO ALBUM * 2012 Indy 500 Qualification Weekend
May 21st 2012 - Brady Whitesel, Bronco's Pitstop staff photographer, battled the hot sun to provide BPS fans with a unique look at qualifications for the 2012 running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.Qualification weekend :: continue »

FIELD COMPLETE FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Photo by  Brady Whitesel - BroncosPitstop.comMay 20th 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 20, 2012: With only 33 engine programs available for the Indianapolis 500 this year todays bump day qualifications was somewhat anticlimactic but none-the-less the teams had :: continue »

PRELUDE TO INDY 500 QUALIFICATIONS
Photo by  Brady Whitesel - BroncosPitstop.comMay 19th 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 18, 2012: For the first time since 1998 I have not had to use the word rain in any my stories preceding qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 and it could not have come at :: continue »

HONDA CHEVROLET BATTLES DISINTEGRATES AS BRISCOE TAKES INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE FROM HINCHCLIFFE IN SHOOTOUT BY INCHES
Photo by  Brady Whitesel - BroncosPitstop.comMay 19th 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 19, 2012: The Chevrolet contingent of the Indy Racing League cried foul when the Honda engines were given a perceived advantage with the granting of a change to the cover of their :: continue »

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW (VIDEO) WITH MARIO ANDRETTI
Steve Burzynski of Bronco's Pitstop with Mario Andretti - Photo by Brady Whitesel - BroncosPitstop.comMay 18th 2012 - Steve Burzynski of Bronco's Pitstop got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview a racing legend, Mario Andretti. The focus of the interview was the Indy Racing Experience 2-seater rides that Mario :: continue »

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2012
May 13th 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY 13, 2012: A decision for Honda; the Lotus shortcomings; rookie orientation; the debut of Formula One standouts Rubens Barrichello and Jean Alesi at Indy and the first weekend :: continue »

34 ENTRIES FILED FOR 96TH INDY 500
April 25th 2012 - By: Mark W. Theisen WEST BEND, WI April 22, 2012: 2012, the year of change for the Indy Racing League has seen those changes take its toll on the entry list for this years 96th running of the Indianapolis :: continue »

Penske Drivers Dominate as Castroneves and Power Post Wins
April 3rd 2012 - View All Photos HereThe eagerly anticipated 2012 Indy Racing League series got under way two weeks ago in St. Petersburg, Florida with the running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.The event was :: continue »

Barrichello Joins the Indy Racing League
March 5th 2012 - The month of March is here and the opening the 2012 Indy Car Racing Season is just 24 days away with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg set for Sunday March 25th in St. Petersburg, Florida and much :: continue »

Milwaukee Back on the Indy Car Circuit
March 5th 2012 - I admit to being very cautious when I first heard all the rumors about Milwaukee getting another chance to prove itself when it comes to Indy Car Racing. First the Indy Racing Leagues president Randy :: continue »

2011 A Season of High and Lows
December 31st 2011 - By: Mark W. Theisen WEST BEND, WISCONSIN December 29, 2011: This time last year I was eagerly awaiting the 2011 Indianapolis 500 which was the 100th Anniversary running of the Greatest Spectacle in Auto :: continue »

Dario Wins at Milwaukee
Simona DeSilvestro crashes in qualifying.  By Roy SchmidtJune 19th 2011 - FRANCHITTI LEADS INDY CARS RETURN TO THE MILWAUKEE MILE

By: Mark W. Theisen

WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN June 19 2011: Defending IZOD Indy Car Series champion Dario Franchitti was disappointed ::
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After Indy, What's Next for IRL?
Cars enter turn 1, by Steve Burzynski June 5th 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS REVISITED

By: Mark W. Theisen

WEST BEND, WISCONSIN June 5, 2011: After having a week to disseminate all the sights, sounds, information and people that made up the 100th Anniversary ::
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Milwaukee Needs to Prove Itself
BPS File, 2007 Milwaukee June 5th 2011 - WAS WHAT THAT STRANGE NOISE AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE?

By: Mark W. Theisen

WEST BEND, WISCONSIN June 5, 2011:

They are Back! Yes it was the wine of the Honda Racing Engine in the rear of ::
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WHELDON WINS HIS SECOND INDY 500 IN DRAMATIC FASHION
May 29th 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 29, 2011: By: Mark W. Theisen The late Sid Collins, for years the radio voice of the Indianapolis 500, always said it takes 500 miles to win the race and once again the sages word proved true as it was anybodys 500 with 10 miles to go and it was Dan Wheldon, the 2005 Indianapolis 500 champion, roaring by a wrecked J.R. Hildebrand who was within sight of winning the race as a rookie to emerge as the surprise winner of the 100th Anniversary 500 today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.For the second straight year fuel mileage and strategy set the stage for a dramatic finish to the race and it was Hildebrands Panther Racing, who has finished second in the last three 500s, that emerged with what was the perfect plan to get their driver to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field but that ended when Hildebrand had to go high up on the track in the final corner of the final lap to avoid a faster car and then hit tire debris or marbles and slammed into the wall opening the door for Wheldon who dissected the now disabled car of Hildebrand and that of another lapped car to post the surprise for his Bryan Herta Autosports team.Hildebrand nursed his wounded National Guard sponsored car across the finish line to take second with Graham Rahal in third, Tony Kanaan fourth and Oriol Servia in fifth in a wild ending to a race that had been dominated by the cars from Target Chip Ganassi and driven by defending 500 winner Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.200 laps earlier Dixon roared ahead of pole winning Alex Tagliani to take the lead entering the first turn of the 95th running of the 500 in the 100th Anniversary year of the first race. It was questionable start to the race in that Dixon was clearly ahead of Tagliani at the start that had traditionally seen 11 rows of 33 cars start side-by-side and that was the desired effect for todays anniversary edition but no rule exists in Indy Car Racing that guarantees the integrity of the pole sitter leading the first lap. The cars reached the point on the track that they were told they could for the lead and it was Dixon who had the quickest reaction.Tagliani dropped to third at the end of the first lap as Servia was also able to get past him but he began to recover and moved into second on lap 3 as Simona De Silvestro, racing with hands bandaged from burns that came out of a practice crash earlier in the month, brushed the wall in the fourth turn and headed to the pits for repairs. The spirited De Silvestro could not recover from the damage her car after several pit stops and retired from the race on lap 44 after being many laps down.Tagliani began to reel in Dixon and took the lead on lap 8 completing the pass coming down the front straightaway, the first time he had led a lap at Indianapolis in his three career starts.On lap 21 Takuma Sato got out of the groove in turn one and brushed the concrete retaining wall between turns one and two bringing out the first of what would be a seven caution period race.One of the questions of how Tagliani would fare in the race after dominating practice and qualifying was his pits stops however his Sam Schmidt Motorsports team quickly silenced the critics by sending their driver out first after the pits stops that ensued after the caution came out.Team Penske, the winner of fifteen Indy 500s began to have troubles early on in the race as Will Power, the current Indy Racing League point leader left the pits without his left rear tire and hand to go around and make a second stop. He was not penalized for the incident but after losing one lap in the process was never a factor in the race finishing 14th.Dixon, Wheldon, Servia and Franchitti followed Tagliani out of the pits as racing resumed on lap 27 but he could only lead one lap before Dixon moved to the front as E.J. Viso went high in turn one to pass James Hinchcliffe on lap 28 with the two cars making contact. Viso hit the wall hard ending his day as the second caution flag quickly followed the first.The tightly bunched field on the restart was the result of a new rule this year in the Indy Car League that requires side-by-side restarts following a caution period and the results of the first attempt at this new rule in Indianapolis produced the expected close quarter racing and in the end it brought out a quick yellow.With pits stops just being completed all the front running cars stayed on the track and Dixon led Tagliani, Townsend Bell, Franchitti and Servia on the restart on lap 33. Tagliani was able to get around Dixon on lap 34 but could only rule the front for one lap before surrendering the point back to Dixon.Franchitti than began to assert his power passing Tagliani on lap 44 with Wheldon taking third on that same lap. Tagliani was now fourth and his car did not look as trim as it did when running with a full load of fuel.Green flag pit stops began on lap 61 with Dixon giving up the lead to Franchitti just as Jay Howard crashed coming out of the pit acceleration lane following his stop. His car seemed to wiggle while trying to blend in with the field and he hit the wall brining out yellow number 3.With some cars having pitted under the green prior to the yellow the others had the chance to make a less stressful stop and yellow bunched up the field for another side-by-side restart.Ed Carpenter led for one lap under the yellow before making his stop and it was Franchitti leading Dixon, Wheldon, Tagliani and Bell on the restart on lap 70.Dixon took the lead three laps into the restart and led the next 26 laps before green flag pit stops again loomed in the future.With a 1.3816 second lead Dixon pulled off on lap 99 to make his pit stop giving the lead to his teammate Franchitti and as had happened earlier, the yellow flag came out after nearly half the field had made their stops.Hinchcliffe was the victim this time getting high in the turn, hitting the SAFER Barrier with his car slowing to a stop in the first turn, the day over for this rookie.Several cars including Danica Patrick, Bertrand Baguette and Marco Andretti were caught with nearly empty fuel tanks as the pit was closed after the caution came out. Faced with running out of fuel they were allowed to stop for a splash of fuel and no tires and were then sent out on the track to wait for the pits to re-open.This put these cars out of sequence with the rest of the field and set up the possibility that fuel mileage could compound all the other elements that surround this race.Hildebrand was able to lead a lap during this caution to be the first of the five rookies in the race to lead a lap at Indianapolis.Green flag racing resumed on lap 107 with Franchitti leading followed by Servia, Marco Andretti, Carpenter and Dixon as the running order was shuffled because of the different stops.Servia took the lead on lap 113 for his first time at the point of the 500 in three starts and led for 16 laps before a determined Franchitti closed back in to retake the lead.Green flag pit were the order by lap 137 with Hildebrand and Baguette again leading laps before making their stops and if the race went green the rest of the way it was playing into these two drivers hands.Some of that strategy went away when Tagliani brought out the sixth caution on lap 148 the day ending for the pole winner in a fashion that many hoped would not. The rear of the car continued to get loose as the race went on, said Tagliani. We did all we could to correct the problem but could not and it was a struggle. I had the car on the edge and I just could not keep it under control at the end. Its a shame our month had to end like this but our team did a fantastic job.Three laps into the restart the cars of Bell and Ryan Briscoe made contact in the first turn to bring out caution number six and now it was clear with 36 laps remaining that todays Indianapolis 500 would become a race of fuel strategy.That was clear when Patrick was kept on the track after pitting during the Tagliani yellow while others made second stops. Baguette, Tomas Scheckter, Marco Andretti, Rahal and Hildebrand were also rolling the dice as was Franchitti when he dove into the pits just prior to the restart coming out on the track with those 36 laps remaining and in 11th place after leading 51 laps in the race to this point. It was clear he and his team were in fuel conservation mode as the race resumed.Rahal was in front after the sequence of stops was over and led when the green flag appeared trailed by Servia, Dixon, Scheckter, Tony Kanaan and Wheldon.When Graham led his first lap he joined his father Bobby as father-son lap leaders at Indy joining a group of five other combinations that have done so in the past.Rahal led until lap 172 surrendering the lead to Dixon and was forced to stop on lap 178 for his fuel but he was still not done yet as he led the other short pit stop teams in and thus was placed in a prime position for a shot at the win.A lap later Dixon, Servia and Kanaan went to pit road for fuel and tires giving the lead to Patrick who was told by her team to be in a fuel conservation strategy as they hoped to get far enough ahead on the track that when they made their stop they could still emerge with the lead but she did not have the right set up on the car for her to implement that plan.Qualifying 25th and facing starting back in the field her car was set up with more down force than those in front so as to negotiate traffic. This left her without the straight track speed she needed to get far enough ahead and she was tracked down by Baguette on the track by lap 189 and he was now in front with Patrick and Marco Andretti taking to the pits the following lap.While all this was happening Franchitti was making his way to the front and by lap 194 he was in second but a whopping 8.2207 seconds behind the leader.On lap 197 Baguettes dream ended when he had to stop for fuel giving the way to Hildebrand with just two laps remaining and with Franchitti now running nearly 5 miles an hour slower than the leader as it was clear his car was not going to make it to the end.Hildebrand roared under the white flag with Wheldon, Dixon and Rahal behind and one lap from winning the race as a rookie.Coming out of the fourth turn that all ended with Wheldon passing his disabled car and the race finishing under the seventh and final yellow of the race.Replay of the finish showed that Wheldon was ahead of the Hildebrands car before the yellow came out and this he was rewarded with his second 500 win and first for his team owner Herta.I was just trying to go as hard as I could, said a beaming Wheldon in victory lane. I knew it was the last lap and I was told some of those guys were struggling with fuel. I want to thank my team; they gave me all that I needed, including fuel, to get the job done. This is just an incredible feeling! Incredible indeed! This win came in what is referred to at Indy as a one-off entry, meaning that it was a one race deal for both driver and team. Despite being a former race winner and twice a runner-up finisher, Wheldon entered 2011 with no deal. Honda assisted in getting him united with Herta and with the help of Sam Schmidt Motorsports a deal was put together to put him in the race.It was all him (Wheldon), said Herta. His enthusiasm carried us. He had the attitude and that carried over to everyone on the team. He made us believe in everything we were doing and it worked, I dont know how it worked but it worked.When it came to the end, Herta continued, we wanted to give him all the fuel he needed. We saw what the others were doing but we stuck to our plan. I know his (Sam Schmidts) cars (Tagliani and Bell) did not fare as well today but without their help we would not be here talking to you as winners of this race. In addition to their load, they took on ours and we own them a tremendous debt of gratitude.For Hildebrand it was truly a wide spectrum of emotions after the race. As a rookie I was not expected to be in this situation, said Hildebrand, but because of their knowledge of this race they had me in a position to win the race and for that I feel I let them down.I was not entirely aware of where we were in the race until late. I was just trying to get the car to the end when they (crew) came on the radio and told me to slow down and save fuel for the end I knew we were close and then they came on the radio and said I was leading.On that final lap I was catching the 83 (Kimball a lapped car) and I choose to pass on the high side as I did all race long but this time, because of the long stint between cautions to sweep the debris from the track I slid into the wall. I feel bad for the team and our sponsor the National Guard because it would have been their day on the stage, a day they truly deserved.This feels good, said Rahal, thats for sure. I mean this it is all about you know? We needed to ride the momentum and we did. And this is obviously a lot better than the second place we had in Brazil because this is Indy. Im so proud of our team because of how they stuck in there after qualifying poorly. We passed 26 cars today and thats fantastic.Ironically, Rahal drives in a satellite team owned by Chip Ganassi in the first year of operation and he finished ahead of the lead team drivers Dixon and Franchitti.Kanaan passed more cars today than anyone else, 49, and said, We had a problem on a pit stop because of somebody else and that put us way back, but we had a good car and drove hard all day. It was a lot of fun and I happy for Dan (Wheldon) he has been trough a lot and I know how he feels.Kanaan was without a firm ride for 2011 until five days prior to the season and struggled to find a sponsor deal to align him with a team. Wheldon was released from Panther Racing last year and was not as lucky to put a full season deal together as Kanaan. In the end it was very ironic that Wheldon beat the team that let him go last year.After leading a race high 73 laps Dixon was disappointed with his finish. Between Dario (Franchitti) and myself, we had this one pretty well-covered, said Dixon. We got short-fueled at the end and why we got short-fueled I dont know. We stopped 10 laps later than anyone else on any strategy, theres no way we should have run out of fuel it happened and it is disappointing.Servia, Baguette, Scheckter, Marco Andretti and Patrick rounded out the top 10.Thats what you have to do here at Indy, said Patrick when asked about the teams strategy selection. You have to take a chance because its win or bust here for the most part. While its great to have a top-five finishes every weekend, Indy is about winning and that is why we did what we did. You are given a set of circumstances each year and have to deal with them as best you can. Hopefully one day it will be our turn.Wheldon is the 18th multiple winner of the 500 and set a record of he fewest number of lead laps by a winner, one. Joe Dawson, in 1912, led two in winning the second 500 in history. This was also the second time that a driver lost the lead of the 500 on the last lap and both times the victim was a rookie driver. In 2006 Andretti lost the lead to Sam Hornish Jr. out of the final turn on the final lap as well.The Penske cars finished 16th, 17th and 27th with Power actually finishing ahead of three time 500 winner and teammate Helio Castroneves. It was a very atypical day for the Penske contingent.Obviously Hildebrand was the highest finishing rookie of the race and Patrick led the four woman contingent ahead of Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz and De Silvestro.In addition to Wheldon, Dixon, Franchitti and Castroneves, Buddy Rice the other former winner in the race finished 18th.A dramatic end to a dramatic century at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Wheldon saluted his mother, afflicted with Alzheimers disease and dedicated his win to her and her support over his career. :: continue »

Indy CARB Day
May 27th 2011 - DIXON AND TAGLIANI PACE INDY CARB DAY PRACTICEBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 27, 2011: Scott Dixon and Alex Tagliani paced the carburetion day practice session this morning at the Indianapolis :: continue »

Indy Lights Results
May 27th 2011 - NEWGARDEN WINS FREEDOM 100 AT INDIANAPOLISBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 27, 2011: Josef Newgarden gave Sam Schmidt Motorsports its 6th win in the Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 at the :: continue »

Indy Bump Day Results 2011
BPS File Photo from 2010...Steve BurzynskiMay 23rd 2011 - HIGH STAKES DRAMA UNFOLDS DURING INDY 500 BUMP DAY

By: Mark W. Theisen

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 22, 2011: Its the easiest race track we drive on, said Graham Rahal, yet this place ::
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BPS File Photo from 2010May 22nd 2011 - INCREDIBLE DAY AT INDY AS TAGLIANI CAPTURES THE 500 POLE BY WINNING THE POLE SHOOTOUT IN DRAMATIC FASHION.By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 21, 2011: Mix the shortened qualification format :: continue »

More Indy Updates from Mark
BPS File Photo from 2009May 20th 2011 - SPEEDS ESCALATE AS PRACTICE CONTINUES FOR THE INDY 500,CASTRONEVES LEADS WAY INTO SATURDAY QUALIFYINGBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 20, 2011: Rain was the watch word this week as practice :: continue »

What A Day!
Photo from www.autoracing1.comMay 17th 2011 - Mario Makes My Day
By Jim Gorecki

West Allis, WI June of 1974

In June of 1974, a sunny weekday, just a few days after Johnny Rutherford won his first Indy 500, there were some cars practicing at ::
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INDY CAR OPEN TEST SESSION ENDS, SEASON IS RIGHT UPON US
2009 Indy 500 pre-race, Photo by BurzyMay 16th 2011 - By: Mark W. Theisen WEST BEND, WI March 16, 2011: This past Monday and Tuesday saw the first real sign of the 2011 INDY CAR season with the completion an open test session for all cars in the series that :: continue »

Indy Opens for May 2011
BPS photo from 2010, by BurzyMay 15th 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENS FOR THE MONTH OF MAYBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 14, 2011: Today was the first Official day for the 2011 Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway :: continue »

Why the Milk @ Indy 500 Winners Circle?
2010 Indy Practice, Photo by Burzy of BPSMay 3rd 2011 - Dear Yahoo!:
Why does the winner of the Indy 500 drink milk?
Speed Racer

Dear Speed Racer:
Milk became the drink of champions after Louis Meyer, the winner of the 1936 Indianapolis 500, was photographed ::
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Mark's DREAM
Indy Pole Day, 2009...BPS Photo by BURZYApril 28th 2011 - MY DREAM 33

By: Mark W. Theisen
WEST BEND, WI April 26, 2011:

In order to encourage more fan involvement with this years running of the Indianapolis 500, the 100th anniversary of the first ::
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INDY 500 Pre-Race Notes from Mark
BPS File photo from the 2010 raceApril 18th 2011 - INDIANAPOLIS ANNOUNCES ENTRIES FOR THIS YEARS 500

By: Mark W. Theisen

W EST BEND, WI April 16, 2011: I eagerly await the 15th of April each year and no, it is not because I enjoy paying taxes, ::
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Thoughts for Mark Turn to Indy
BPS file photo from Indy 2009- Steve BurzynskiFebruary 14th 2011 - INDY CAR SEASON JUST AROUND THE CORNER

By: Mark Theisen

WEST BEND, WI February 13, 20011: The passing, this week of the voice of the Indianapolis 500, Tom Carnegie, brought back many fond ::
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The Voice
BPS File PhotoFebruary 11th 2011 - The mighty, thundering voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been silenced.

Tom Carnegie, the chief announcer for the IMS Public Address system for 61 years, died Feb. 11. He was 91. Carnegie ::
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What do you want for Father's Day 2011?
Roy Schmidt photo from 2008, MilwaukeeOctober 1st 2010 - A PROMISING START:
Milwaukee Mile Race Promoters Respond to Flood of Early Ticketing Requests

Indianapolis, Indiana September 20, 2010 Following the recent announcement that the IndyCar Series will return to the Milwaukee Mile in 2011, fans have flocked to the event phone number and website, www.milwaukeemile2011.com.


According to promoter AB Productions CEO Chris McGrath, Response has been outstanding. In just a few days following the racing schedule press conference, we have received thousands of calls and requests about tickets for the June 19, 2011 race many from prior season ticket holders. The support and well wishes from so many so early deepens our conviction that were on track for a great weekend in Milwaukee on Fathers Day next year.


Fan should know that the promoter of the event, AB Promotions, will be contacting former season ticket holders who have registered on the website or called the company with offers for them to purchase tickets for the 2011 event. Our goal is to place them in or as close to their former seats as possible, commented McGrath. Once prior season ticket holders have been reticketed, a process that is expected to take about 30 days, individual tickets will be offered to the general public.


Former season ticket holders who have not already done so should fill out the online ticket inquiry form on www.milwaukeemile2011.com or call 1-800-722-3840 prior to September 30 to ensure they are contacted in advance of the general public ticket sales. Those who have not held season tickets in the past may also complete the online form to receive email notification of general public ticketing details and other race updates as soon as the information is available. ::
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FRANCHITTI NEEDS ALL THE FUEL HE HAS TO WIN THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
Dario kissing the bricks at Indy.  Photo by Brady Whitesel, BroncosPitstop.comMay 30th 2010 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 30, 2010: Even though he was the dominant car all day long it took last minute fuel conservation to enable Dario Franchitti to win todays 94th running of :: continue »

FRANCHITTI, CUNNINGHAM AND CASTRONEVES HIGHLIGHT CARB DAY AT INDY
Photo by Brady Whitesel, BroncosPitstop.comMay 27th 2010 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY 28, 2010: Dario Franchitti, Wade Cunningham and Helio Castroneves were the big winners this afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the stage is now :: continue »

LAST MINUTE DECISIONS COST TRACY AND HOWARD SPOTS IN THE INDY 500
Photo by Brady Whitesel, BroncosPitstop.comMay 23rd 2010 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY23, 2010: The new two day qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 could not have worked out better as on Saturday the drama was manufactured in the form :: continue »

CASTRONEVES SWEEPS TO HIS FOURTH INDY 500 POLE
Photo by Brady Whitesel, BroncosPitstop.comMay 22nd 2010 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 22, 2010: Changing the qualifying format for 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 heightened the interest in the change but at the end of the day it was defending :: continue »

2010 Indy - Day 2
Photo by Brady Whitesel, BroncosPitstop.comMay 17th 2010 - Castroneves Continues to Lead Indy Speed Chart

By: Mark W. Theisen

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 16, 2010: The speeds escalated today from Saturday but it was still defending and three time ::
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Milwaukee BACK on the schedule!
From Milwaukeemile.comMay 16th 2010 - RE-RUNNING THIS - Bronco

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Johnny Rutherford's fond memories of The Milwaukee Mile outstretch his four Indy car victories.

During the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule announcement ::
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Excited About May!
John Andretti, Indy 2009 Burzy file photoMay 16th 2010 - INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY OPENS FOR MONTH OF MAY

By: Mark W. Theisen

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY 15, 2020: The wait is over! The abbreviated Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ::
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Family ties
Gramham inspects his ride.  May 31, '09 in Milwaukee - By Christian GoreckiMay 7th 2010 - I AM PULLING FOR THE "KID"! - BRONCO

By Gary Graves, USA TODAY

Graham Rahal will drive in this month's Indianapolis 500 for his father Bobby, who won in 1986 as a driver and 2004 as an owner, in ::
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Indy 500 Lineup with 40 Cars
Sarah Fisher 2009 Qualifying Day - by BurzyApril 24th 2010 - Indy 500 Entries Announced As Excitement Builds

By: Mark W. Theisen

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA April 22, 2010:

This past winter/off-season for the Indy Racing League was marked by significant ::
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Milwaukee Mile UPDATE!
2007 Indy Race at Milwaukee - By BroncoApril 18th 2010 - THE MILWAUKEE MILE:
NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE

By: Mark W. Theisen

West Allis, Wisconsin April 18, 2010: As I sit and plan my 2010 racing calendar it seems so sad not to include any events at Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile.

Since attending the 1958 Rex Mays Classic as an 11 year old, my first ever trip to The Mile I have had a long and friendly association with the oldest continually operating race track in the United States and that is what makes the cessation of major league racing so hard to take.

As a fan I watched Tony Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Rodger Ward, Norm Nelson, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones and a host of other daredevils entertain and amaze myself with their talents. As a pitman for the legendary Billy The Cat Johnson I worked on his cars competing on the tight quarter-mile clay oval that was in the center of The Mile on many a Thursday evening.

After my military service I served as a staff photographer under Phil Hall for many years at The Mile and finally as a reporter for the Midwest Racing News, The Checkered Flag Racing News and lastly this website, so it does indeed feel eerie not to be planning on covering a major event at the track in 2010.

Last winter, after the failure of the 2009 promoter the Wisconsin State Fair Park entered into negotiations with several entities to become the 2010 promoter or promotional group. At several junctures race fans were buoyed by good news that a group would come forth and racing would continue but in the end all negotiations fell apart and without a financially solid promoter or promotional entity in place both major United States sanctioning groups: NASCAR and the Indy Racing League severed their ties with Milwaukee and left the track without major events for the first time since the track and all tracks were stuttered throughout the country during the second World War.

NASCAR has since moved on to Road America at Elkhart Lake and will race the Nationwide series cars their on June 19th on what would have been the traditional event at Milwaukee. Im happy, on one hand, that NASCAR will remain in Wisconsin and hope for a successful event for Road America. On the other hand, if the event proves to be successful the chances of the race ever returning to Milwaukee become even darker.

The Indy Racing League will not race at all in Wisconsin this year and its event in Joliet, Illinois this fall will be the closest they get to the Badger state after being a part of the racing scene for decades.

But is The Mile dead? The answer is No. Yes they do not have a major event scheduled, one that would produce the kind of revenue the Wisconsin State Fair Park needs in order to continue to pay the debt service obligation on the new grandstand built to insure that major league racing stayed in Milwaukee but they have events that will keep the track alive, albeit not in the same fashion it has been used to for the last 100 years.

May 15th will see the first event of 2010; the Midwest Enduro Stock Car Series will stage a one day event at the track. Racing Schools will operate on May 26th, June 26th and 27th as well at the Drivetech Racing School on August 20the, 21st and 28th.

Even though NASCAR has abandoned the track for racing they will return for three tire testing events, June 8th & 9th: June 14th and 15th; and August 23rd and 24th. The flat Milwaukee track is well suited for the NASCAR teams to test on prior to events at similar configured tracks.

American Speed Association events on July 16th & 17th and September 10th & 11th will bring stock car racing back to the track in what promises to exciting racing as young talents, with their sights set on moving on to NASCAR, will get an opportunity to race on a track that once hosted the cars they hope to one day compete in.

June 4th through the 6th will host the Wisconsin Grand Prix Double Regional event for sports cars and September 3 rd through the 5th will see the a high speed auto cross weekend at the track.

The last event on the schedule and the one with ties to the past, The Millers at Milwaukee A Vintage Indy Car Event is set for July 9th through the 11th and will feature the annual display of many vintage cars that competed on The Mile and around the world. The late Dave Uhlein, so loved this event and this year will be the first since his passing and it expected to be a stellar display of vintage cars in his honor.

The Milwaukee Mile continues to operate its website: www.milwaukeemile.com for those interested in keeping up with what is scheduled or for any additions or deletions as the summer passes.

One can only hope that in time, perhaps a better economical climate for this country and a promoter that possess the grit and pizzazz to revitalize and return the track to its proper position as one of Americans premier racing venues will be possible. ::
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Jimmy Clark's Number 82
Lotus-Ford (Ford Motor Company)April 13th 2010 - 1960s Lotus-Ford Indy 500 champ reignites
Melissa Preddy / Special to the Detroit News
It was back in 1968 when 12-year-old Walt Goodwin edged up to the 1965 Lotus-Ford racing machine on display at the ::
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Petty - Andretti at 500 again
King Richard, John and MichaelApril 10th 2010 - John Andretti Entered In The 2010 Indy 500by IndyCar Series3/31/2010INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2010) - Andretti Autosport announced today it will work in a joint effort with racing legend Richard Petty and :: continue »

BPS will be back at Indy 500
Burzy Indy photo fileApril 5th 2010 - BroncosPitStop.com will be back at the Indy 500 this year, with Mark Theisen bringing you the stories of practice, qualifying, and the race. Steve Burzyski will again provide you with his photo skills.

Check back often in the month of May! - BRONCO ::
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Rahal's Legends of Motorsports
Photo by Dennis LathemOctober 30th 2009 - Barber Motorsports Park to Host Bobby's Rahal's Legends of Motorsports Vintage Race

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Dario is the CHAMP
By Roy Schmidt, Milwaukee 2009October 14th 2009 - HOMESTEAD, Fla. -
By Dave Lewandowski - Indycar.com

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - For the second night in a row, Dario Franchitti was dripping wet during an awards ceremony.

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DIXON CAPS ABC SUPPLY/AJ FOYT 225 AT MILWAUKEE
Scott Dixon - Photo by Steve Burzynski, Bronco's PitstopMay 31st 2009 - BY: MARK W. THEISEN WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN May 31, 2009: Scott Dixon has won it all: the Indianapolis 500, the Indy Racing League championship and big races all over the country but was never more jubilant in a victory lane as he was today following his tough win over defending race champion Ryan Briscoe in the Indy Racing Leagues ABC Supply/AJ Foyt 225 at the legendary Milwaukee Mile inside Wisconsin State Fair Park. When you when a win a race here, youve know youve earned it, said a beaming Dixon. From crashing two cars in the span of four laps in my debut here in 2005, I have set a goal to conquer this place and today we did it. And the conquering was not easy, it never is at any track but throw in the tightness of the Milwaukee track and the closeness of the entire Indy Racing League and you have the mixture of an exciting race and the nice crowd on hand this afternoon was treated to yet another strategy filled and entertaining race. Briscoe, who turned his racing career around a year ago here with a win, put his Penske Racing Dallara on the pole on Saturday afternoon with a speed of 168.394 miles per hour while his teammate and the winner of last weeks Indianapolis 500 Helio Castroneves did not fair as well crashing on his qualifying lap to relegate him to the final starting spot on the grid for todays race, a foreboding start to the weekend that unfortunately would not improve for the driver that entered the weekend as the 2009 Indy Racing League point leader. It was Tony Kanaan, the winner here in 2006 and 2007, which surprised both front starters, Briscoe and Graham Rahal to shoot past both of them going down the back stretch on the first lap to lead the 20 car field at the conclusion of the first lap. Kanaan led the first 25 laps of the race before surrendering the lead to Briscoe as the handling began to go away on his Andretti-Green owned race car. Add the handling woes to the injuries that Kanaan suffered last Sunday in a hard crash at Indianapolis and you had the element for a long day, but Kanaan shouldered on for 62 more laps before mechanical woes put him out of the race. As was the case last week at Indy, the car in front faired better in clean air, but with the track being only a mile in length versus two and half miles last week the clean air was a much more precious commodity here as lapped cars continuously impeded the lead cars all race long. When Briscoe took the lead he brought Dixon and Rahal along with him to the front in the same pass. Dario Franchitti, Hideki Mutoh, and Danica Patrick were the next to get around Kanaan as the first round of green flag pit stops were approaching. But that would not happen as rookie Mike Conway, in an effort to allow Dan Wheldon to pass him, slid up in the tire marbles and hit the wall exiting turn four to bring out the first yellow of the race. Just prior to the caution an interesting scenario was unfolding on the track as Briscoe was closing in on Castroneves and that pass would have put his teammate a lap down on the leaders but with the yellow that dilemma was postponed until later in the race. Briscoe entered and left the pits as the leader followed by Dixon, Franchitti, Rahal, Mutoh and Patrick and once under green it was Briscoe again in control but never really shaking the Target-Ganassi Racing tandem of Dixon and Franchitti. By lap 105 Briscoe was again closing in on Castroneves but this time with his lead being challenged he had no choice but to lap his struggling teammate just to hold on to the lead. Once he was a lap down Castroneves became a blocker for Briscoe as he held up the both Dixon and Franchitti for several laps while Briscoe moved to his largest lead of the race. The first round of green flag pit stops began on lap 127 and the leaders began making their stops on lap 132 with first Franchitti, than Rahal, Patrick and Mutoh stopping for fuel and tires. Briscoe surrendered the lead on lap 132 when he made his stop with Dixon following a lap later. When all the stops were done it was Franchitti in front, his team making up for a dismal pip performance at Indianapolis last week that, in all likelihood, cost them the race, with Briscoe, Dixon, Rahal, Raphael Matos, Mutoh and Wheldon following. Patricks team made handling changes to her car that put here back to 8th after the green flag stops were completed. Strategy began to form as speculation that some cars could make it to the end without stopping again but that all went out the window on lap 160 when the yellow was thrown for an excessive build up of tire marbles in the corners that posed a treat for cars trying to get out of the way of leaders. The yellow allowed the sweepers to clean the track and all cars to the pits for fuel and tires that would take them to the finish without another stop. Castroneves elected not to make a pit stop and was thus waived around the pace car on the restart to get back on the lead lap, albeit, at the end of it. Briscoe had taken the lead from Franchitti just prior to the caution and was first out of the pits after the stops followed by Dixon, Franchitti, Rahal, Matos, Patrick and Marco Andretti. On the restart it was Andretti on the move moving quickly to fifth only to begin to fall back as the handling quickly went away on his car. For the next 40 laps Dixon looked for an opening as he shadowed Briscoes every move only to have the leader successfully block his every attempt as they weaved their way through the heavy amount of lapped traffic. Dixon saw an opportunity on lap 200 when the lapped car of Tomas Scheckter was severely holding up Briscoes attempt to get by. Dixon made a move down the back straight and was ahead by the third turn forcing Briscoe to back off or crash and once in the lead Dixon asserted his power to pull away to as much as a four second lead at times, only to see that drop to less than 1.5 seconds as lapped cars slowed him as well. But for each slow down he experienced so did his rivals and at the end he was 2.1257 seconds ahead of Briscoe with Franchitti, Rahal and Patrick rounding out the top five. With his win today Dixon became the first two time winner in 2009 on the circuit and moved to the point lead. This win is just the culmination of a lot of hard work, continued Dixon. It is just so tough to win here, the traffic is tough, and the track is tough, so for us to come out on top is just fantastic. I was trying to get the flow of traffic the whole race and at the end it just came to us. We had many runs on Briscoe and he did what he had to but he definitely got caught up there with (Tomas) Scheckter and I took to the bottom to get him. I just have to thank our whole team for improving our short oval program so well. It was a great race, said Briscoe, who after crashing in three of his first four races with Penske racing last year before winning here. Scott (Dixon) was just a little better than me at the end. He got me in traffic, I was struggling with a bit of understeer and whenever Id get on the inside Id loose momentum and he just got me. A good job by him! He was there all day long. Franchitti said his car just was not right in traffic but he was pleased overall. The hard thing was lapped cars. It was timing your pass so as not to lose so much over the car in front of you. Id think I got it right and, shoot, Id fall back. It was a great day for our team, said Franchitti, who closed to Briscoe rear late in the race but just could not make the pass. I really tried hard to pass him but when we were close he would take air off my nose and there was nothing I could do. The Milwaukee Mile produces close racing and youre really fighting lapped traffic all day long. Rahal, who stayed in the top five all race long, completed his goal of bringing the car home to the finish. After crashing out in the last two Indy 500s and here last year he said, It was out goal to finish and we are happy with fourth. We were the fourth best car all day long and we wound up there. The traffic at the end hurt us, but all in all Im pleased with how the day went. Last year Patrick was all gruff following the race here after an incident with Wheldon. Today she was nothing but smiles after her 4th top five finish in a row brought her to a career best fourth in the point standings. We are having fun, said Patrick. We are being consistent over run and everyone on the team is working hard and having fun at it and with just a little bit more luck we can do even better. Matos, Andretti, Mutoh, Moraes and Wheldon rounded out the top ten as only 8 cars were on the lead lap at the finish. That the way it is, said the ever smiling Castroneves after his unusually trying day that saw him slip to fifth in the standings although only 25 points behind Dixon as the battle for the 2009 Indy Car title is already shaping up to be a dandy. The two caution periods for only 22 laps helped contribute to the fastest race here in quite a while. Dixon averaged 138.784 enroute to his win. The series now moves to a Texas Motor Speedway next Saturday night for round six in the 2009 chase.*EOS :: continue »

Tracy to Race for AJ
Burzy Photo, Indy 2009May 26th 2009 - Paul Tracy Returns To The Milwaukee Mile This Weekend as A.J. Foyts Driver of Famous #14 ABC Supply IndyCar Series EntryFour-Time Milwaukee Winner Has Enjoyed Great Success at The MileWest Allis, Wis. :: continue »

Mile News
Burzy PhotoMay 26th 2009 - Contact: Jim Tretow, VP Media & Comm, jtretow@milwaukeemile.com, 414-453-5761 x2222Indy 500 Winner Helio Castroneves Milwaukee Mile StatsNine Have Captured Back-To-Back Victories at Indy then The :: continue »

STORYBOOK FINISH FOR CASTRONEVES AS HE WINS INDIANAPOLIS FOR THE THIRD TIME (Includes Race Recap Video)
Helio in Victory Lane - Photo by BurzyMay 24th 2009 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 24, 2009: The month of May 2009 will be forever ingrained in the mind of Helio Castroneves. First he is acquitted of Federal Tax Evasion charges just over a month ago and returns to open wheel racing, then thoroughly dominates the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: winning the pole; then the pit stop contest and then finally the ultimate victory in winning the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500. So dominate was the powerful Roger Penske owned and prepared race car that the outcome was really never in question as the 500 miles unfolded. The team strategy was to take it easy until the final pit stop and then turn on the power and when that time came Castroneves was never headed to claim the unimaginable 15th Indianapolis 500 win for Penske. The win for Castroneves today was his third in 9 starts at Indy. After winning his first two 500s in 2001 & 2002 it took him seven years to return to victory circle at Indy but this win places him in a very elite group of 6 drivers who have won the race three times and with being 34 years old he could conceivably become the first driver to win the race five times, only three have won it four times: A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears, the latter two being Penske drivers so the outlook is very good for the personable Brazilian driver whose trials and tribulations of the past year have endeared him even more to his legion of fans. The start of the race saw Marco Andretti and Mario Moraes come together in the first turn of the first lap wiping out the hopes of the third generation Andretti family member before even getting started. Each driver claimed the other came down on him but the end result was yet another set back for Andretti who lost the 2006 500 on the last lap to the last Penske winner here, Sam Hornish Jr. Castroneves led the first lap of the race and then through the 6 laps of caution to clean the track of debris from the first lap crash. On the restart 2007 winner, Dario Franchitti got the jump on Castroneves and was in front before the first turn and once in front he was able to make use of the clean air to pull away from the rest of the field. The race started under warm and humid conditions with a threat of rain and with the humidity came very unstable air for the cars that were running behind the leader and with that came a race strategy that called for getting the car out of the pits the fastest and between Penske and Ganassi, none does it better than they do at Indy. Ryan Hunter- Reay brought out the second caution with a hard crash on lap 21 after he swerved to avoid the car of A.J. Foyt IV in the second turn after the latter got loose just ahead of his car. This yellow set up the first round of pits stops and it was Franchittis crew sending him out ahead of Castroneves teammate Ryan Briscoe with Castroneves now in third followed by last years winner Scott Dixon and rookie Raphael Matos. Castroneves surrendered third to Dixon on lap 28 as he was content to follow team strategy and protect the car until the time came to him and he seemed content to follow those orders considering they came from a man and a team that had won the race 14 times before, many of those time by just plain outsmarting his competition. The day ended for Graham Rahal on lap 57 as while running in the top five he encountered several cars slowing to make pits stops and just got his car up out of the racing groove and into the fourth turn wall brining out the third caution of the race. This caution again set up the second round of pit stops with Briscoe emerging from the stop with the lead but he once under the green Dixon roared past him as the lap worn on he continued to drop back, the victim of a mismatched set of tires that forced him to make a green flag pit stop to change the tires, a stop that put him a lap off the pace of the leaders but with nearly three-fourths of the race let it was not a time to panic for the Penske driver and his team. Dixon remained in front for the next 22 laps until veteran Davey Hamilton got out of the racing groove to allow faster cars by him and got caught in the marbles near the wall losing control of car sliding in the fourth turn wall on lap 83. The fourth rounds of pit stops were completed during this caution with Franchitti being turned out ahead of Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Castroneves, Matos, Will Power and Danica Patrick. After the caution it was Dixon and Kanaan who were on the move with Dixon retaking the lead on lap 91 pursued by Kanaan whose day abruptly came to an end 8 laps later when something broke on the car going down the backstretch and he lost control of the car sending him hard into the third turn wall causing yet another heartbreak at Indianapolis for a driver who has been the sentimental favorite for some years here not quite being able to muster enough racing luck to pull off the victory. Robert Doornbos brought out the sixth caution of the race on lap 132 with a crash also in the fourth turn as he was trying to make his way to pit road. This was the time of the race to shine for the pit crews and it was Dixon out first followed by Castroneves, Power, Dan Wheldon, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy and Briscoe, returning to the top ten after getting back on the lead the previous caution by not pitting with the leaders. Franchitti experienced trouble in the pits that put him far back in the running order on the restart, a hole he would not be able to dig out of the rest of the race. It took just two laps into the restart for Castroneves to exert the power that everyone expected from him all day long as he shot around Dixon on lap 141 to lead lap 142 and once in that clean air his car looked unbeatable but he would have to race 58 more laps and that is an eternity at Indianapolis. Justin Wilson had a hard crash in the first turn on lap 161 to bring out caution number seven after having the air taken off his rear spoiler sending his car in a full 360 degree spin before striking the wall. Now with fewer than 40 laps remaining it was crunch time for the front running cars as if the race were to run to the end under green this would be the crucial stop. Team Penske was flawless in sending out Castroneves in first followed by Briscoe, whose crew was order to not fill the tank entirely on the stop to gain valuable track position and also provide a buffer between Castroneves and the rest of the field. Wheldon, the 2005 500 winner, was turned out in third by his Panther Racing Team followed by Patrick, whose Andretti-Green Racing crew gave here tremendous stops to place her in contention when the time counted. Bell and Power followed Patrick with Dixon slipping to seventh after this stop as his usually strong Ganassi pit crew faltered today when it really counted. On the restart it was Castroneves again in control but with his having enough fuel to make it to the end in question Penske ordered Briscoe around him to lead the race. That decision was made because the leader uses more fuel and they could have Briscoe pull him for a while, thus saving fuel for the latter. That decision was made moot on lap 174 when a horrific crash between Vitor Meira and Matos brought out the caution for the 8th time. The pair, battling for a top ten position touched wheels going into the first turn sending Meiras car sideways and head first into the wall in the first turn. Meiras car then got tipped up and rode along the wall for several hundred feet before returning to its wheels in the short chute between the first and second turn. It took crews several minutes to carefully extract Meira from the car. He was alert and awake but was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further examination after complaining of excessive back pain. Meira was able to move his hands and feet but track physicians felt he needed more exams necessitating the trip to the hospital. With 8 laps needed to clean up the debris from the crash the fuel strategy was thrown out the window and when Castroneves hit the throttle all it left was a battle for second. Patrick challenged Wheldon on that final restart but the side by side action allowed Castroneves to pull out to his lead. At the end it was a 1.9819 win over Wheldon, Patrick, Bell and Power. Dixon and Franchitti, who together led the race for 123 laps finished 6th and 7th after being let down by their pit crews during the key stops of the race. Ed Carpenter, Tracy and Hideki Mutoh rounded out the top ten. This is incredible, said a tearful Castroneves in victory circle after doing his signature fence climb following a victory in front of his fans. I think my tears speak for everything. What a great team. I just have to thank, first of all, the Lord for giving me this opportunity, to be strong, to have a family that I have. I have to thank Roger (Penske), Tim (Cindric), my guys and sponsors and obviously the fans. You guys (the fans) dont understand. You kept me strong. You are the best. I am honored to have fans like you. Thanks so much. Lets celebrate now Castroneves tax ordeal ended in April but was Penske who stood behind his driver all along and has to be given all the credit for his belief in the justice system and the fact that he knew his driver did nothing wrong. Penske has Power in Castroneves car to start the season and once acquitted he was back in the car. For his help Power was rewarded with a 500 start that ended with a top five finish but now his season is in question as Penske has funding for only two cars for the season. I think it was a good result, said Power. I could see the win there within our reach. That certainly would have made my situation easier. I can only hope this result will help me in the future. For Wheldon, it was the best he could have hoped for. Im incredibly excited, said Wheldon after hoping from his race car, his first 500 start John Barnes and Panther Racing. Unfortunately we didnt have quite enough for Helio (Castroneves) and the whole Penske organization. I have to say, theres not many races that Ive done in my career where I can honestly say that the team executed 100 percent and they did so today. They made my job so easy today and I can only look to the future with this team. Also praising her team was Patrick. Vocal in the past about poor performances from her crew today she credited them with her best ever 500 finish even after being the first female driver to lead the 500, that coming in 2005. I am really pleased with todays effort, said Patrick. Those last two pits stops put me in contention and thats all a driver can ask for. I had a good car all day and they made it better at the end. They gave me the track position but I just did not have enough down force at the end to get by Dan (Wheldon). I got alongside him and that was it. I knew then we had about the same and I just hooked up with him in hopes of catching Helio (Castroneves) but that was not to be today. I felt the track got better for us today and we did a great job in keeping up with it and that helped us to a third. Bells fifth place finish was a surprise to everyone but him and his KV Racing team. After storming through the field at the start moving from 24 to 11 in the first 30 laps he fell back due to a poor pit stop but came right back to claim his top five finish. We said all month long we wanted to take it one step at a time, and we did that, said Bell, who had only two previous Indy 500 starts and the fifth today was by far his best. Jimmy (Vasser) and Kevin (Kalkhoven) put their faith in me and gave me the best car I ever had had. I am so happy to finish in the top five for them. Alex Tagliani was the highest finishing rookie in the field, finishing 11th after starting shotgun (33rd) on the field as a record 19 cars finished on the lead lap. The previous record was 16 back in 1959. Todays race had only six lead changes, which is the fewest number of leads changes for a race going the full 500 mile distance since 1965. The record is one for the 1930 race. The three female drivers in the race completed 599 laps out of a possible 600 with Patrick and Sarah Fisher completing all 200 laps and Milka Duno finishing one lap off the pace. Fisher was all smiles after the race. Her 17th place finish was her best in 8 starts and it is with her own team. After crashing out of last years race with Kanaan and leaving the track in tears with a wrecked car she returned to Indy this with a solid sponsor and a stronger team. It went OK, said Fisher. It was a tough day and difficult to pass but the car is in one piece and we have a better schedule this year than last. That is progress and Im excited about that. The closeness of todays Indy car racing is brought about by the same chassis, Dallara; the same engine, Honda and the same tire, Firestone. The difference is in teams and strategy. No one in Indy car racing today is better than Penske at Indy. He lives for the 500 and his effort is placed on the race. That was evident today as it has been for the past nine years, winning five of his fifteen during this new age of Indy car racing. He understands that seconds make the difference with the equal package available to all and he knows how to find those seconds and how to them work for him. The crowd seemed down for the race today as empty seats were readily seen, but considering the economic times we deal with today I thought it was a good crowd as the speedway will never announce the actual attendance figure. At the close of the day it was announced that Meira suffered broken vertebra and will be hospitalized for a few days as treatment is determined.*EOS Race highlights from the 2009 Indianapolis 500 :: continue »

VICTORY ON THE TRACK; VICTORY IN LIFE
May 24th 2009 - Written by: Steve BurzynskiI typically tell my stories visually through the camera lens, but I have such a new respect and appreciation for Helio Castoneves, this years winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, that I just cant keep silent.I first saw Helio at the track the second weekend of qualifying and immediately said to myself, this looks like a guy who has been through a struggle. Of course he was his ever-friendly, jovial and smiley self, but it was obvious he had lost a fair amount of weight and you could see how the last year had effected him.I dont want to make this a political article, but suffice it to say, I was so overjoyed and relieved when Helio came out of the IRS lynching free and clear of any wrong doing.I use the term lynching because that is exactly what it was. They have the power to ruin peoples lives and reputations, even when they are 100% innocent.It angered me to see so much of the main-stream media jump right on the lynch-train and write negative and scarring articles. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? It just doesnt exist, especially with the class-warfare our main-stream media has created. Its gotten to the point where if someone makes millions of dollars and the IRS brings a charge against them, then they are automatically guilty. What a pitiful state we are in when the main-stream media fuels such envy and jealousy toward people who have risen to the top of their game, sacrificed everything (literally everything) and shine like the sun.We should be praising people like Helio. Not only for this great victory today at the Indy 500, but also because of what he has accomplished in life.After todays race I was able to shake Helios hand and congratulate him on a great victory. In my mind, I was congratulating him for much more than todays win at the 2009 Indy 500.EOS :: continue »

Indy BUMP DAY Notes from Mark
John Andretti - Team Richard Petty by BurzyMay 18th 2009 - Bump Day at Indianapolis Produces High DramaBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA MAY17, 2009: For the first time in recent memory the four allotted days of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 :: continue »

Kingdom Racing - Hamilton
May 11th 2009 - For Immediate Release

Indianapolis, IN (May 10, 2009) – At 9am, the Indiana sunshine was
brilliant coming into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the Turn 2
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2nd Day @ Indy Qualifying
The May 10th 2009 - ROOKIE MATOS PACES SECOND DAY QUALIFYING AT IndianapolisBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 10, 2009: Defending Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos became the first rookie driver to :: continue »

Indy - Pole Saturday 2009
Castroneves from Indy 2008- BURZY PhotoMay 9th 2009 - INDIANAPOLIS 500 CENTENNIAL ERA BEGINS WITH CASTRONEVES TAKING HIS THIRD INDY 500 POLE POSITIONBy: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 9, 2009: Officially the three year celebration of the Centennial :: continue »

Briscoe wins 300th for Roger Penske
Photo by Steve Burzynski, Bronco's PitstopJune 1st 2008 - By: Mark W. Theisen

WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN June 1, 2008: A fractured first season with Penske Racing took a huge step toward mending this afternoon at the Milwaukee Mile as Ryan Briscoe overcame weeks ::
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Indy Lights at Milwaukee
June 1st 2008 - WILSON CAPTURES INDY LIGHTS RACE AT MILWAUKEE

By: Mark W. Theisen

WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN June 1, 2008: The 2008 edition of the Firestone Indy Lights race at the historic Milwaukee Mile ::
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DIXON CAPTURES WILD INDIANAPOLIS 500
Scott Dixon - Photo by Steve Burzynski, Bronco's PitstopMay 25th 2008 - By: Mark W. Theisen INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA May 25, 2008: New Zealands Scott Dixon, the runner-up to Dario Franchitti last year in the Indianapolis 500, came back with determination this year, won the pole :: continue »

My Lucky day at The Mile
Over The Wall at Milwaukee  By BroncoDecember 19th 2007 - By Jim Gorecki
BroncosPitstop.com

June 3, 2007
The Milwaukee Mile
Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, WI

As far as race fans go, most would like to sit in the stands so they can see the finish ::
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She really is a GIRLY girl
Danica at Milwaukee - BRONCONovember 24th 2007 - ***Even my wife teases me, "Your girlfriend is on TV again", refering to Danica Patrick. Hey, she is cute, but I really am pulling for her. This coming season, with many drivers leaving the IRL, she'll :: continue »