He finished second last season on Indy's 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in an Indy Lights vehicle.
But I'm chalking that up to coincidence and predicting that for just the second time in five races, the IndyCar Grand Prix pole-sitter will not win the race.
Penske domination. Outside of Simon Pagenaud winning the inaugural race back in 2014 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Penske drivers have won the last three races in convincing fashion.
"There's just been something about the Grand Prix at IMS that has suited my driving style and ability", said Pagenaud, whose Team Penske teammate, Will Power, has won the other two IndyCar GPs in 2015 and past year. Three years later, Donohue delivered the team's first win at Pocono Raceway.
But the man who led for a race-high 50 laps in 2017 was actually Britain's very own Max Chilton, before he had to settle for a fourth place finish after losing his lead with seven laps remaining.
King receives the ceremonial honor of driving the pace auto that leads the starting field to the green flag that officially starts the race.
Finally, Helio Castroneves will be back in action for both races this month in the #3 Penske Chevrolet. I remember last time I won this race I finished 2 in the 500 in 2015 and I felt good all month.
A third win in the Grand Prix Saturday would be a great early birthday present for Pagenaud, who turns 34 on May 18 (ironically, Stewart, turns 47 two days later on May 20).
"I know how good Dixon is at saving fuel and going fast so it was good to see the checkered flag", Power said.
"If I am honest, it did not take much more time to get up to speed", Wickens said.
Three-time Indy 500 victor Dario Francitti.
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Newgarden 178, Rossi 176, Bourdais 152, Dixon 147, Hinchcliffe 144, Rahal 142, Power 135, Wickens 133, Hunter-Reay 125, Andretti 105. "Everyone on the Ganassi team never quits, never gives up and we were able to make up a lot of spots and finish second".
"I don't want to go into details about what happened at every race, it's just what it is".
"I leaned it out more, which is a power loss, and then I got the number". Helio Castroneves returns to IndyCar after teaming with Ricky Taylor to win a sports auto race at Mid-Ohio last week.
Power took the lead into the first turn but it didn't take long for the caution flag to come out. Other drivers and celebrities we bumped into outside of the mandatory and sometimes terrible press conferences include TV icon David Letterman, Colombian racing driver Carlos Munoz, Olympic swimmer Lilly King, WNBA champion Tamika Catchings, renowned motorsport physios Jim Leo and Alex Wanee, team owner and 1986 Indy 500 victor Bobby Rahal, and three-time Indy 500 victor Dario Franchitti, among many more. Finally, through prodding by friends of his parents, he was taken to several Thursday night modified stock vehicle races on the old quarter-mile dirt track that was in the infield of the one-mile oval -and he was hooked.
Practice for the IndyCar Grand Prix begins Friday.
In the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda Kyle Kirkwood (Cape Motorsports) held off Alex Baron (Swan-RJB Motorsports) in the second race of the weekend, in a reversal of the first race finishing order. The race has now had three different names in its short time on the circuit.