Jul 24

Showdown: Penske teammates top IndyCar standings, both aim for first title

20 July, 2014, Toronto, Ontario CA Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Tony Kanaan ©2014, Scott R LePage  LAT Photo USA

(From left) Teammates and have a sizable lead in the 2014 Verizon points championship heading into next weekend’s race at . (Photo: Scott R LePage/LAT Photographic)

INDIANAPOLIS – With just four races remaining in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, Team Penske has doubled its chances of winning just its second championship since joining the series in 2002.

Helio Castroneves has a 13-point lead over teammate Will Power setting up a Team Penske showdown when the series resumes in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 3.

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Aug 15

Maximizing Mid-Ohio, Waiting For Baltimore

Jack Hawksworth landed on the podium at Mid-Ohio, but wasn't overly pleased to miss out on the win.

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Well, that was an interesting weekend at to say the very least, and with almost a month to our next Firestone Indy Lights Race, we’re left sitting and waiting to get back to the action.

Mid-Ohio for me began on Thursday morning as I made the four-hour drive from Indianapolis with my manager Chris. We arrived in the early afternoon, watched the USF2000 boys and then walked the circuit before transferring to the hotel for an early night.

On Friday, we had a one-hour practice session to dial the car into the track and get back into a rhythm around what has to be one of the best road courses in America. We rolled out instantly with good pace and spent most of the session turning in very fast laps. Despite not being entirely happy with the balance, we ended up feeling very comfortable with our speed and confident we had plenty more on-tap when required. A great start to the weekend.

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Aug 6

Kimball Follows In Branson’s Footsteps

Indy car Don Branson kept his medical condition a secret while Mid-Ohio IndyCar Series winner Charlie Kimball has become the face of the very issue Branson kept hidden.

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didn’t know it but Sunday he was carrying the spirit of into victory lane at .

The sidelight of Kimball’s popular and first win in the IZOD series is that he’s a Type 1 diabetic who’s overcome a potential career-ending health issue with perseverance and a big assist from his sponsor, Novo Nordisk.

Thanks to the Novo Log FlexPen, which produces the perfect mixture of insulin before Charlie straps in, he was able to run full bore to the checkered flag in a caution-free race on one of the most physically-demanding road courses in North America.

When the 28-year-old Californian hopped out of his car to begin celebrating, he looked like he could have run another 90 laps.

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Aug 4

Charlie Kimball Breaks Through With Big Mid-Ohio Win

Charlie Kimball celebrates with his Ganassi Racing/Novo Nordisk team in Victory Lane at Mid-Ohio after scoring his first IndyCar Series win

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overtook Simon Pagenaud at the end of the long backstretch on Lap 73 of 90 and went on to win the Honda Indy 200 at for his first IZOD Series victory.

The Camarillo, Calif., native is the ninth different winner in 14 races this season and the fourth first-time winner. In the previous five seasons, there were five total first-time winners. Four different teams were represented in the top five.

“It’s nice when the team gives you such a great car,” said Kimball, who started fifth in the Honda-powered No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chip Ganassi Racing car on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. “All I needed to do was to hit the lap times they needed me to.”

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Aug 3

Hunter-Reay Takes Mid-Ohio Pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay took his second pole of the year--both on road courses.

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Ryan posted a lap of 1 minute, 05.3519 seconds in the Chevrolet-powered No. 1 DHLcar for Andretti Autosport to earn the Verizon P1 Award for the Honda Indy 200 at on Aug. 4.

The reigning IZOD Series champion came tantalizing close to the track record of 1:05.347 shared by Dario Franchitti (August 1999) and Gil de Ferran (August 2000) in the Firestone Fast Six to claim his third pole of the season and first in eight starts at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

There are six races left in the season and Hunter-Reay is third in the standings (68 points behind front-runner ).

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