Newgarden: 2018 aero kit is “going to provide better racing”

Defending Verizon IndyCar series champion Josef Newgarden is confident the new universal bodykit will enhance the racing spectacle in 2018. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show where IndyCar launched this season’s car, Newgarden was effusive in his praise: “We believe it’s going to be faster, we believe it’s going to be safer, it’s…

F1 2018: Stroll faces big challenge from Sirotkin

Williams Racing are widely expected to sign Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin this month to partner Lance Stroll. The 22 year-old has become the front runner for the final seat on the 2018 F1 grid and is expected to beat Robert Kubica, Paul diResta and Pascal Werhlein to the drive. Breathing space for Stroll at Williams?…

Alonso aiming for Indy 500 return in 2019

F1 star Fernando Alonso is aiming to continue his bid for the motorsport ‘triple crown’ with a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2019. Alonso is trying to emulate Graham Hill in becoming only the second driver to complete a hat trick of wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le…

IndyCar and oval qualifying: missing the bigger picture

At the tail end of 2017 IndyCar competition director Jay Frye confirmed to RACER that oval qualifying order will no longer be determine by a random draw. “We could have gone a lot of ways on how to set the order; fastest laps turned by the drivers in the practice before qualifying, but the idea of going…

Ed Carpenter Racing signs F2 star Jordan King for 2018

Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) have confirmed that former F2 driver Jordan King will contest the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series for the team. British driver King will share the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet with eponymous team owner Carpenter. Carpenter will continue to run an oval-only program with King taking over driving duties at street…

What IndyCar can learn from F1’s engine mistakes

The first public comments on IndyCar’s next generation engine formula emerged this month. They provided an early insight into discussions between the series and its existing engine suppliers. Importantly they suggest the series is poised to learn from the mistakes made by the world’s leading open wheel racing series – Formula 1 – during its…

IndyCar news roundup

Two new teams confirmed their entry into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar series this week as off season testing wrapped up and points awarded for the Indy 500 were up for debate. Here’s our round up of the news this week in IndyCar. Michael Shank and Schmidt Peterson team up for limited 2018 campaign Michael Shank…

IndyCar news round up

A busy IndyCar offseason continued this week as Honda teams tested their new 2018 aero kits at Phoenix. Meanwhile Chip Ganassi poured cold water on Danica Patrick at Ganassi and there were musical chairs at Andretti Autosport. MotorSportNotes rounds up this week’s IndyCar news. Chip Ganassi confirms Danica negotiations have ‘stalled’ Speaking at the Performance…

Daly is due one last shot at IndyCar

The odds on Conor Daly claiming a spot on the 2018 IndyCar grid are lengthening by the day. Dropped by AJ Foyt Racing after a single season the likeable American is banking on a return to Dale Coyne following confirmation that former F2 driver Jordan King will deputise for Ed Carpenter as his street/road racing…

Dutch Grand Prix return? Max Verstappen talks F1 & a new home GP

The Orange Army: Max Verstappen on the potential return of the Dutch Grand Prix The rise of Max Verstappen in F1 has brought with it the rise of the ‘Orange Army’. Across the world grandstands are turning orange as Dutch F1 fans offer their unique brand of boisterous support. Verstappen’s adopted ‘home’ Grand Prix –…

The IndyCar broadcast dilemma

Every decision facing Mark Miles and his team could be considered ‘make or break’ as they rebuild the IndyCar Series. In the case of securing new broadcast and title sponsorship deals for 2019 it is absolutely true. An already challenging market for sponsorship dollars and broadcast rights is further complicated by the dilemma of whether…

F1 finale: Max Verstappen previews the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Verstappen previews the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix The curtain comes down on a thrilling 2017 F1 season this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team head to the Yas Marina Circuit hoping to score a hat-trick of wins this season. Following victories in Malaysia…