New aerokit set to bring sponsors back to IndyCar

Despite positive momentum in many areas, IndyCar continues to struggle to attract sponsorship. Even as TV viewing figures move (slowly) in the right direction and race attendances at many (but not all) venues increase, sponsorship dollars continue to be hard to come by. For a championship always in need of more investment, the new-for-2018 universal…

IndyCar reveals 2018 universal aero kit

Bolder, safer and even more thrilling were the watchwords for the launch of IndyCar’s new standardised aerobat for 2018. Featuring a new, sleeker bodykit harking back to IndyCar designs of the 1990s, Honda and Chevrolet liveried version debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. IndyCar 2018 – a year in the making The challenge to outfit…

Could Palmer be IndyCar’s next F1 refugee?

The F1 career of Renault’s Jolyon Palmer is likely to come to an end this year. By the close of the season – if not earlier – the former GP2 (aka F2) champion is widely expected to be dropped by the works team. A string of poor performances, woeful reliability and the speed of teammate…

Why Hamilton at Ferrari makes sense

Most of the rumours that circulate the F1 paddock turn out to be just that: rumours. But over time, some (even the most outlandish) turn out be right on the money. The rumour that Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari at the end of 2018 could be the next one that list. Why would Hamilton leave…

Brickyard 400 preview – Mobil 1 The Grid

Indy Pride – Patrick & Harvick preview the Brickyard 400 Former Brickyard 400 winner Kevin Harvick and former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick share their thoughts ahead of the NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Harvick talks to Mobil 1 The Grid about his childhood ambition to race at the fabled Brickyard and what…

Vettel, Baku, the FIA and Liberty Media

The machinations of F1 politics meant the decision not to punish Sebastien Vettel further for his clash with Lewis Hamilton was inevitable. Despite rumours suggesting FIA President Jean Todt wanted to make an example of the German there are plenty of reasons why there was a slim chance of that ever happening. First up is…

Iowa Corn 300 preview notes and quotes

Previewing the Iowa Corn 300 as championship leader Scott Dixon looks to build on his recent win at Road America. The Kiwi has 3 Iowa Speedway poles to his name but is yet to finish  higher than 3rd at the 0.894 mile oval. Despite securing his first ever win at Road America two weeks ago…

Does IndyCar need a bitter rivalry?

During his time in Indianapolis Fernando Alonso made an astonishing – to him and the F1 community at least – discovery: the IndyCar paddock is a friendly place. “The whole atmosphere is just different there. Everyone is more relaxed, is happy”, Alonso told NBCSN. This was in stark contrast to his perspective on the F1…

Jones maintains strong form with 5th top 10 of 2017

Rookie sensation Ed Jones continued his remarkable form with a 7th place finish in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. The result pushed Jones – de facto team lead for Dale Coyne Racing – in to the top 10 of the Verizon IndyCar series point standings. Starting 11th the reigning IndyLights champion was in…

Kohler Grand Prix of Road America heroes and zeroes

Scott Dixon broke his 2017 IndyCar win drought at Road America with a clinical combination of fuel strategy and bold moves. The Championship leader extended his advantage in the standings to 34 points by beating a hard charging Josef Newgarden and pole-sitter Helio Castroneves to the win. The Penske 1-2-3-4 qualifying performance had been very…

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix heroes and zeroes

A riotous Azerbaijan Grand Prix ended with unexpected victory for Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and rookie Lance Stroll. Controversy was around every corner in Baku as Lewis Hamilton and fellow title protagonist Sebastien Vettel got too close for comfort under the safety car. Contact between the two sparked a chain of events…