The Month of May is the busiest time of the year for the Verizon IndyCar Series as their most important race and the biggest single day sporting event in the world takes place on May 27.
The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is set to be one of the most exciting in recent memory.
The series introduced a new universal aero kit ahead of the start of the new season which has proven to be a huge hit with drivers, teams and fans alike. In the opening four races we have seen an incredible 999 overtaking moves.
We have seen that Chevrolet and Honda have two wins a piece with the Honda powered Dale Coyne Racing car of Sebastien Bourdais taking victory in the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. At the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix, Team Penske’s defending series champion Josef Newgarden took the victory.
At the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi took victory in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport while last time out at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Josef Newgarden took his second race win of the season.
In the open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Monday, AJ Foyt Racing Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended the day as the fastest of the 21 drivers who took part in the test. The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner set a fastest speed of 226.181MPH.
Team Penske will have an additional car this month with Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Helio Castroneves returning to the team in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet. The Brazilian is competing in both the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will field three cars this season with series veteran turned IndyCar Pace Car driver Oriol Servia returned to the team who he competed in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 2016.
The biggest news to come ahead of the month of May was that after seven years away from the sport, Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Danica Patrick will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to compete in her final Indianapolis 500 before she retires from motor racing.
Patrick is competing in the No.13 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing and took part in her veteran refresher course at the Speedway last week.
Stefan Wilson returns to the Speedway for the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport having missed last year’s race as Fernando Alonso drove for the team with McLaren.