Sports Cody Shane Ware to make IndyCar debut at Road America
Helio doesn't parlay Indy 500 win into seat at Detroit
Helio Castroneves had hoped his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory would lead to a seat this weekend at IndyCar's doubleheader in Detroit. He asked, many times over, but Meyer Shank Racing held to its original plan. The team said Monday it will field just its usual one car with Jack Harvey in the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader, as well as its sports car in the IMSA race. The team has a six-race plan with Castroneves that launched at the Indy 500 and delivered MSR its first IndyCar victory. Castroneves will instead make his debut Saturday night in Tony Stewart's All-Star Superstar Racing Experience at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut as previously scheduled.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cody Shane Ware will make his IndyCar debut at Road America this weekend driving a car for Dale Coyne Racing that has an association with Ware's father.
Ware will drive the No. 52 Honda alongside full-time Coyne drivers Romain Grosjean and Ed Jones. The 25-year-old competes full time in NASCAR and had been expected to make his IndyCar debut at the Indianapolis 500, but his father chose not to field the car because of gaps in funding.
Ware drives full time in the Cup Series for Rick Ware Racing and called this migration toward IndyCar “a surreal experience for me.”
SRX or bust: CBS not looking for more motorsports in lineup
DETROIT (AP) — CBS Sports is not using the Superstar Racing Experience as a soft opening for more motorsports, and chairman Sean McManus ruled out IndyCar joining the network next year. McManus told The Associated Press the CBS Sports calendar is too crowded with too many conflicts — the PGA Tour went head-to-head this year with the Indianapolis 500 — for the network to attempt to acquire IndyCar's television rights. NBC Sports is in the finalMcManus told The Associated Press the CBS Sports calendar is too crowded with too many conflicts — the PGA Tour went head-to-head this year with the Indianapolis 500 — for the network to attempt to acquire IndyCar's television rights.
“I never would have thought that I would ever go down the open wheel route for a multitude of reasons,” he said. ”I am getting an opportunity to compete at the highest level of open wheel motorsport in the U.S."
Ware first tested an Indy car at Sebring International Raceway before testing the ovals at both Texas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis. He turned his first laps at Road America two weeks ago as part of a rookie test day.
“Road America is an ideal place to make my debut and I am so excited to learn and soak it all in,” Ware said.
The permanent road course in Wisconsin is 4.048 miles with 14 turns, and drivers can hit speeds of nearly 200 mph on the long frontstretch.
Ware is winless in NASCAR in 39 Cup starts, 27 Xfinity races and seven Truck Series appearances. The four-entry Rick Ware Racing team is not competitive and Ware's average finish is 31st.
Ericsson scores 1st IndyCar win at action-packed Belle Isle
DETROIT (AP) — Chip Ganassi tells anyone who will listen that "I like winners” whenever one of his drivers takes the checkered flag. So when Marcus Ericsson was hired, he worried the team owner would see his long losing streak and question the pick. Ericsson fixed that problem Saturday by scoring his first IndyCar victory in the action-packed opener of the doubleheader at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The Swede became the seventh driver to win through seven IndyCar races this season, and he's the fourth first-time winner this year. It was the first victory for the former Formula One driver since a GP2 race at Nurburgring in 2013.
But he finished fourth in the LMP2 Class at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year, and he won the LMP2 Asian Le Mans Championship for the 2019-20 season.
Rick Ware also expects to field the No. 52 with Coyne for his son at the street course race at Nashville and the road course at Indianapolis, which is a doubleheader weekend with NASCAR. Rick Ware said he's able to field the car because a sponsorship program with BioHaven and Nurtec ODT has grown into full funding for Grosjean's entry, with enough room to try a third car.
The team will also need the No. 52 for Grosjean to race his first oval at Gateway outside of St. Louis in August because Grosjean's seat had already been given to Pietro Fittipaldi for the ovals.
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Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press
Palou makes late surge to win IndyCar race at Road America .
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Alex Palou believed his car had enough speed to outduel Josef Newgarden in the final few laps at Road America. An unexpected mechanical issue for Newgarden made the task much easier. Palou sailed past Newgarden on a restart with two laps remaining to win Sunday’s race and move back atop the IndyCar points standings. It marked the third consecutive race a Team Penske car dominated but did not win because late cautions altered what seemed to be certain victories. “We started struggling compared to Josef,” Palou said. “He was super fast. He was flying. But by the end I was able to be there with him, so I think we had the faster car at the end.