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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Bourdais wins wild second Detroit race

May 31st, 2015

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Sebastien Bourdais triumphed on a chaotic afternoon in Detroit to win the second race of this weekend’s IndyCar double-header. Changing conditions, wildly different strategies and a late proliferation of yellows all made for a busy race, but Bourdais succeeded through a relatively conventional strategy and a stroke of good luck. His big break came during the final stop when he managed to get out ahead of previous race leader Juan Pablo Montoya, and cycled into the lead when a group of off-strategy cars ahead of him made their own stops a few laps later. At that point it was touch-and-go as to whether the KV driver could make it to the end on fuel, but his cause was helped immensely by a string of yellow flags that allowed him to [...]

Montoya on pole in qualifying washout

May 31st, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya will start race two of IndyCar’s Detroit double-header from pole after Sunday morning’s qualifying session was rained out, forcing the grid to be set by entrant points. Montoya had gone out in the first group, which managed to complete almost of its allocated 20 minutes of running time before James Jakes brought out the reds with a late trip into the wall. At that point Ganassi’s Sage Karam was on provisional pole, while Montoya, who had led much of the session, had been bumped back to fifth, which would have translated into a fifth-row start if the entire field had been able to complete qualifying. However the rain worsened as the second group headed out. Series officials initially tried to sweep away the worst of the standing [...]

Munoz takes shock IndyCar win in wet

May 30th, 2015

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Andretti Autosport driver Carlos Munoz claimed a surprise maiden IndyCar victory in a rain-shortened opening race of this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit. Changing conditions had the entire field trying to second-guess the weather right from the start, and on speed alone, Munoz might not have been a contender. The key move came when he, team-mate Marco Andretti and Penske’s Simon Pagenaud stayed out on slicks after everyone else had changed to wets in anticipation of more rain. Andretti was leading at that point, and he and Pagenaud stopped together on lap 40; four laps later than previous leader Will Power, and at a time when the slicks were still almost 20 seconds per lap faster. Munoz, however, stayed out longer still. When the Colombian rejoined after making his own [...]

Filippi fastest in Saturday practice

May 30th, 2015

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Luca Filippi narrowly edged out Helio Castroneves to go fastest in the final practice session ahead of the opening race in this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit. The CFH driver shot to the top in the final seconds with a fastest lap of 1m.16.7466s, bettering Castroneves’ time by just 0.0018 seconds. Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya also made late jumps to finish up third and fourth-fastest respectively, leaving Simon Pagenaud to tumble down to fifth. Jack Hawksworth enjoyed a stint at the top with a few minutes to go before being bumped back by the Penske and Ganassi drivers, but his time was still good enough for him to finish the morning as the fastest Honda-powered driver in P6 for AJ Foyt. The session was interrupted by just one [...]

Kanaan leads opening Detroit practice

May 29th, 2015

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Tony Kanaan was fastest in the opening practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit. The Brazilian went to the top in the final minutes of the session with a 1m16.2931s lap to bump Ganassi team-mate Sage Karam from the top spot by 0.2s. Rookie Karam’s best time was still good enough to keep him in second place for a Ganassi one-two. There were shades of last weekend’s epic Penske versus Ganassi battle at the Indianpolis 500 at the top of the order, with three Penske drivers rounding out the top five. The stars and flops of the Indy 500 Coincidentally the one Penske driver who was not among them was Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who led the session early on but eventually dropped down to tenth. Honda [...]

Vautier and Gonzalez get Detroit rides

May 28th, 2015

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Tristan Vautier and Rodolfo Gonzalez will suit up for Dale Coyne Racing at this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit. Vautier was a late-call up for the Indianapolis 500 to drive the team’s #18 entry, pictured, after Carlos Huertas was ruled out on medical grounds, and will switch to the #19 for this weekend’s races. Gonzalez, meanwhile, made his series debut with the team at Barber, and will drive the #18 entry. Both of Coyne’s full-time seats have been in a state of flux all season, and the team has used seven different drivers in those two cars over the first eight races. Meanwhile, the DCR crew member who was injured during last weekend’s Indy 500 has been released from hospital. Daniel Jang, who worked on Vautier’s car, suffered an ankle [...]

Hinchcliffe returns home from hospital

May 27th, 2015

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IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe has returned home from hospital to continue recovering from injuries sustained in a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 nine days ago. The Canadian was yesterday released from IU Methodist Health in Indianapolis, where he had been undergoing treatment for injuries to his upper thigh and pelvis. He was injured on May 18 when his car suffered a suspension failure and slammed into the Turn 3 wall. Doctors performed surgery that same day, and he was moved out of intensive care two days later. The NOLA race winner is expected to make a full recovery, although no timeline has yet been set for his return to the cockpit. Ryan Briscoe drove Hinchcliffe’s #5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport car to a 12th place at Indy last weekend, [...]

Daly to replace injured Hinchcliffe

May 26th, 2015

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Conor Daly will replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s #5 entry at this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit. Daly drove a third Schmidt entry at last weekend’s Indy 500, although he failed to take the start after his car suffered a fuel leak and fire during the installation laps. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to fill in for my close friend James this weekend,” said Daly. “I can’t wait to continue working with the Schmidt Peterson guys and do the best job I can to keep James’ seat warm.” Daly was part of Schmidt’s Indy Lights line-up in 2011, and team owner Sam Schmidt said that he was pleased to continue the association. “He was leading the [Lights] championship when he left for Europe to race [...]

Montoya: 2000 Indy win was easier

May 25th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya says his first Indianapolis 500 win in 2000 was “easy” compared with his victory in this year’s event on Sunday. Montoya won Indy as a rookie 15 years ago, when his Ganassi team became the first CART frontrunner to come back to the race in the Indy Racing League/Champ Car split period. Then the reigning CART champion, Montoya dominated the race throughout. His second triumph was earned after a fraught late battle with Penske team-mate Will Power and Ganassi’s Scott Dixon, and following an early delay to repair damage incurred when Simona de Silvestro hit the back of his car. “2000 was the start of my career,” said Montoya. “I was really young. “We came here, had a really good car, we dominated. “That was an easy [...]

Montoya wins thrilling Indy 500

May 24th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 after an epic race-long battle between IndyCar powerhouses Penske and Ganassi. The two Chevrolet teams had occupied the top seven places for much of the race, but in the final stages the battle for the win had been whittled down to a four-way fight between Montoya, Will Power (both Penske), Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball (both Ganassi). The Penskes managed to open a small gap over their Ganassi counterparts in the closing laps, and with three to go Montoya dived past Power on the outside to take the lead into Turn 1. That should have left him vulnerable to a counter-attack from the Australian, but he managed to keep his team-mate at bay all the way to the end. The win came 15 [...]

Honda: Indy changes held us back

May 22nd, 2015

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Honda believes it was disadvantaged by the precautionary changes made ahead of Indianapolis 500 qualifying following the airborne accidents involving Chevrolet cars during practice. Cars were forced to qualify with reduced boost, and were also made to run the same aero package that they plan to use in the race, which effectively forced the field to use the higher-drag race package. The changes were made as a precaution in reaction to three airborne accidents involving cars using the Chevrolet aero, although IndyCar is yet to confirm whether it has found a conclusive link between the kit and the crashes. Honda Performance Development president Art St Cyr said that the Honda speedway kit has been through extensive simulation work with a special focus on stability before being rolled out onto the [...]

Power tops Indy 500 Carb Day session

May 22nd, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power claimed Carb Day honours by setting the fastest lap in the final practice session ahead of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The Penske driver moved into P1 just over halfway into the hour-long session, and his 229.020 speed held until the end. “We were pretty set on what we were going to run,” Power said. “We just made little changes; did pitstop practice; practiced coming into the pits off [Turn] 4, just getting into a groove for the race.” Until Power produced his lap it had been left to Ganassi to set the pace, and the team still finished the morning with polesitter Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan sitting in P2 and P3 respectively. Takuma Sato made a late jump to establish himself as the fastest of [...]

Huertas ruled out of Indy 500

May 22nd, 2015

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Carlos Huertas has withdrawn from this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 on medical grounds, and will be replaced by Tristan Vautier. The Colombian was ruled out of the race with an inner ear condition, and will be required to undergo further medical evaluations before receiving clearance to return to driving. He had qualified his Dale Coyne Racing entry on the outside of the sixth row for Sunday’s race. Scott Dixon takes pole position for 2015 Indianapolis 500 Although the team is still yet to make a formal statement, Vautier appears on an updated entry list from the series, and has been observed in pitlane preparing to take part in the upcoming Carb Day session. Despite the 11th-hour change, the Frenchman managed to get some track time earlier in the week when he [...]

IndyCar adds Boston race for 2016

May 21st, 2015

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The IndyCar Series has announced that it will add a Boston street race to its calendar for the 2016 season. The 2.2-mile waterfront layout is set to become the season finale, having been scheduled for the Labor Day weekend that IndyCar has targeted for the conclusion of its calendar in recent years. Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar’s parent firm Hulman & Company, said Boston’s enthusiasm for bringing the series to its streets had been “phenomenal”. “There has been a tremendous amount of work from community leaders and Grand Prix of Boston officials and those efforts led to this key addition to our 2016 calendar,” he said. “Establishing IndyCar racing in the northeast [of America] is an integral part of our strategy for growing our national fan base.” Boston mayor Martin [...]

Briscoe stands in for Hinchcliffe

May 21st, 2015

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Ryan Briscoe has been called up to replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Australian, who has not raced in IndyCar since the end of the 2014 season, took part in a familiarisation session on Thursday (pictured) to get up to speed ahead of Carb Day practice on Friday. Hinchcliffe suffered leg injuries in a crash during practice on Monday, and following surgery he was taken out of intensive care on Wednesday. “First and foremost, I feel absolutely terrible for Hinch,” said Briscoe, the 2012 Indy 500 polesitter, who now races for Chevrolet in the United Sportscar Championship. “Under the circumstances, I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be here and fill in for him. “I wish him the best [...]

Hinchcliffe should make full recovery

May 20th, 2015

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James Hinchcliffe has been moved out of intensive care, and is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries he sustained in his Indianapolis 500 practice crash on Monday. The Canadian has been receiving treatment for injuries to his pelvic area and upper left thigh. Dr Timothy Pohlman, senior staff trauma surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital, who performed surgery on the Hinchcliffe on Monday afternoon, said that the prognosis is encouraging. ANALYSIS: Unwanted pre-race drama at Indianapolis “We’re very pleased with his progress and his condition continues to improve,” he said. “Our expectation, in consultation with the IndyCar medical staff, is that a normal recovery is to be expected.” Hinchcliffe is likely to miss the remainder of the IndyCar season while he recovers. His Schmidt Peterson Motorsport team [...]

Analysis: The drama in Indianapolis

May 19th, 2015

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IndyCar is learning about its new, manufacturer-developed aero kits in public, while a series of high-speed aerial accidents overshadow the build-up to its centrepiece, the Indianapolis 500. Whether the kits have played any role in any of the accidents remains to be seen, but there are lessons to be learned, writes AUTOSPORT’s IndyCar correspondent MARK GLENDENNING. Frank Gardner used to tell a story about testing the Porsche 917. The laconic Australian racer and engineer would return to the pits after a run in a car that was, by all accounts, terrifying to drive in its early iterations, and would be swarmed by German engineers looking for feedback. He’d explain what he’d felt the car doing, and the engineers would often interject with the readings they were getting: “Well, the computer [...]

Hinchcliffe recovering in intensive care

May 19th, 2015

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James Hinchcliffe has been ruled out of the cockpit for the foreseeable future as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 yesterday. “Words can’t describe how thankful I am to the Holmatro Safety Team,” Hinchcliffe said. “Those guys, in addition to the doctors and staff at the hospital, are my heroes. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from IndyCar fans, my family and fellow drivers. “We are all one big family, and it feels like that today.” Analysis: The drama at Indianapolis Motor Speedway The Canadian remains in the intensive care unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital to undergo further evaluations to injuries he suffered to his pelvic area and upper left thigh. Unconfirmed reports [...]

Karam sets pace in extra Indy session

May 19th, 2015

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Sage Karam led a Ganassi domination of the additional Indianapolis 500 practice session tagged on to the end of Monday’s running at the Speedway. Karam established himself at the top with a fastest lap of 227.831mph, going clear of team-mate Scott Dixon’s 226.542mph. Fellow Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan was fifth-fastest, with JR Hildebrand and James Davison sandwiched in between. The session was added to the schedule to make up for the track time lost earlier in the day following James Hinchcliffe’s heavy crash at Turn 3. Hinchcliffe’s Schmidt Peterson team elected not to take part in the afternoon session. The Canadian remains in a stable condition in IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after undergoing surgery to an injury on his upper left thigh. The team is yet to make [...]

Pagenaud leads crash-marred practice

May 18th, 2015

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Simon Pagenaud was fastest in an Indianapolis 500 practice session shortened by James Hinchcliffe’s crash on Monday. The Penske driver secured the top spot with a fastest lap of 225.260mph, putting him just a fraction ahead of Justin Wilson (225.256mph) and Will Power (225.196mph). Alex Tagliani and Oriol Servia rounded out the top five. Series officials ordered the cars back to the pits in the wake of Hinchcliffe’s 222mph accident, with unofficial reports suggesting that the SAFER barrier at Turn 3 needed to be repaired before cars could return to the track. However, an hour later the session was officially ended without any additional laps being run. The track is scheduled to be reopened for an Indy Lights practice session later in the afternoon. Monday’s running was the final practice [...]