24 November 2019 06:51
Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights of the Monster Energy Cup Series' 15th race beginning Monday at 5 p.m. E.T.. Racing fans may finally get a new winner this season as the Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the 15th race of the season. Of the tracks the NASCAR ciruit has been to this season, Busch has only led fewer laps at Talladega and Las Vegas than he has at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick is the most recent Cup Series winner at Michigan after winning the Consumers Energy 400 there last August, and he will be starting third. The No. 42 driver won three consecutive races at Michigan from 2016-17, a feat only matched twice in NASCAR history by Bill Elliott and David Pearson.
Michigan International Speedway's length (two miles long) combined with 18 degree banking in the corners makes it one of the fastest tracks on the circuit and should lead to plenty of green flag racing as drivers continue to experiment with the new rules package. Chevrolet used to reign supreme, recording six victories in eight tries from June 2014 through August 2017, until Ford came on strong last year, sweeping both races with Harvick and Clint Bowyer. NASCAR at Michigan: Live updates, highlights from FireKeepers Casino 400 The rain picked up a bit on the final pace lap, and drivers have been taken back to pit road. Indy 500 live blog updates: Simon Pagenaud edges Alexander Rossi Simon Pagenaud completed his perfect May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 103rd Indianapolis 500 by edging Alexander Rossi in a closing shootout by 0.2086 of a second. Pagenaud won the IndyCar Grand Prix earlier this month and became the 21st pole-sitter to win the race.
Lap 199: Rossi holds off Pagenaud in Turn 1. Lap 198: Rossi passes Pagenaud heading into Turn 1. Lap 195: Pagenaud, Rossi, Sato, Newgarden, Carpenter all within 1.3 seconds. Lap 192: Pagenaud holds off Rossi. Lap 190: Pagenaud, Rossi, Newgarden, Sato, Carpenter.
Lap 177: Alexander Rossi passes Simon Pagenaud, and immediately after there is a multicar crash in Turn 3. Lap 176: Will Power pits and Takuma Sato leads. Lap 172: Ed Carpenter pits, and Santino Ferrucci gets the lead. Ferrucci pits, and Will Power gets the lead. Lap 170: Ed Carpenter passes Josef Newgarden, who pits. Lap 169: Pagenaud pits out of second place. Lap 160: Newgarden, Pagenaud, Carpenter and Daly are within 1 second. Lap 150: Josef Newgarden passes Simon Pagenaud between Turns 3 and 4 for the lead. Restart on Lap 148: Simon Pagenaud holds off a host of cars entering Turn 1. A.J. Foyt Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist will start at the rear on the restart for pitting under a closed pit window. Lap 138: Alexander Rossi stalls in the pits after a fueling issue. Lap 129: Simon Pagenaud pits, Alexander Rossi to P1. Lap 125: Pagenaud, Rossi and Carpenter have a decided advantage on the field. Lap 113: Simon Pagenaud is back in front as Rosenqvist pits. Lap 112: Felix Rosenqvist gets the lead as Dixon pits. Alexander Rossi is challenging Simon Pagenaud for track position. As pit stops cycle through, Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon gain the lead. Lap 100: Ed Carpenter leads after Simon Pagenaud pits on Lap 99. Alexander Rossi is the leader among previous race winners in 3rd. Defending race champ Will Power, who started 6th, is 20th after a pit road incident led to a drive-through penalty. Lap 90: Simon Pagenaud leads Ed Carpenter by fourth-tenths of a second. Restart on Lap 79: Simon Pagenaud leads, with Ed Carpenter 2nd and Josef Newgarden 3rd. Lap 72: One of Jordan King's crew members is struck on pit road. Lap 69: Alexander Rossi pits, and has trouble upon entry to pit road. Lap 68: Alexander Rossi leads as Will Power pits. Lap 67: Will Power leads. His 7 straight years leading ties the race record of Tony Kanaan. Ed Carpenter leads after Simon Pagenaud pits. Lap 60: Simon Pagenaud holds a 1.9-second lead on Will Power. Ed Carpenter is 3rd, Josef Newgarden 4th and Alexander Rossi 5th. Lap 56: Ben Hanley, Marco Andretti, Takuma Sato, James Davison and Helio Castroneves are at least one lap off the pace. Lap 50: Simon Pagenaud has led more laps today than he had in his previous 7 Indy 500 starts combined (36). Lap 46: James Hinchcliffe is up to 18th after starting 32nd. Lap 42: Simon Pagenaud returns to the lead as Felix Rosenqvist pits. Early pit stops: Race leaders have been Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Ed Carpenter, Takuma Sato and Felix Rosenqvist. Simon Pagenaud comes in, allowing Will Power to take the lead. Lap 30: Alexander Rossi is the top Honda in 6th. Lap 25: Pagenaud, Power, Carpenter, Pigot, Newgarden. Lap 20: Simon Pagenaud leads Will Power by one-half second. Restart Lap 9: Simon Pagenaud holds off Team Penske teammate Will Power for the lead. Alexander Rossi is the leading Honda-powered car in 7th. Pole-sitter Simon Pagenaud takes the lead at the green flag. Also in that row are race winners Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon, so there's plenty of experience in that group.>> Colton Herta, a 19-year-old rookie starting in 5th position, is well aware that Troy Ruttman is the race's youngest winner at age 22 in 1952. Thirty-three drivers start the race, and Simon Pagenaud is starting first, or from the pole position.>> Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske starts from the pole position. Team Penske--which owns a record 17 Indy 500 victories--has Pagenaud on the pole, defending race winner Will Power 6th, Josef Newgarden 8th and Castroneves 12th. Andretti Autosport has Alexander Rossi 9th, Marco Andretti 10th, Conor Daly 11th, 2014 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay 22nd and Zach Veach 28th.>> Race winners entered today: Helio Castroneves (2001, '02, '09, starting 12th); Scott Dixon ('08, 18th); Tony Kanaan ('13, 16th); Hunter-Reay ('14, 22nd); Rossi ('16, 9th); Takuma Sato ('17,14th), and Power ('18, 6th). 11:20 a.m.: Historic race car laps 12:23 p.m.: 'God Bless America' FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 06: Graham Rahal of the United States, driver of the #15 Fleet Cost & Care Honda, drives during practice for the NTT IndyCar Series DXC - Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 06, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. Which drivers will qualify where for the 2019 IndyCar season's ninth race, the DXC Technology 600, at Texas Motor Speedway? A total of 22 drivers are set to compete in the ninth of 17 races on the 2019 IndyCar schedule, the DXC Technology 600, at Texas Motor Speedway, tying the season-low that was both set and tied last weekend in the season's lone doubleheader, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Six of these 22 drivers representing five different teams have won at least one of the season's first eight races, as two of them have earned two victories so far this season while four of them have earned one. Meanwhile, six drivers representing four different teams have taken at least one pole position through the season's first eight races, as two of them have taken two pole positions so far this season while four of them have taken one. Who will take the pole position and who will qualify where throughout the rest of the field for this Saturday night's 248-lap race around the four-turn, 1.44-mile (2.317-kilometer) high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval in Fort Worth, Texas? 1st – Takuma Sato – #30, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Honda – 220.25 5th – Simon Pagenaud – #22, Team Penske, Chevrolet – 219.355 6th – Spencer Pigot – #21, Ed Carpenter Racing, Chevrolet – 219.099 11th – Alexander Rossi – #27, Andretti Autosport, Honda – 218.295