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 or deputising for Ed Carpenter as his street/road racing specialist. Whilst Daly’s results from two-and-a-half seasons do…

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…

One season too many for Kanaan?

Confirmation of Tony Kanaan’s move to AJ Foyt Racing for the 2018 IndyCar season has been met with a mixed reception. After two disappointing seasons at Chip Ganassi Racing and an error-strewn 2017, could it see a return to form or be a case of one season too many for the likeable Brazilian? A glorious…

IndyCar’s Helio headache

Helio Castroneves’ departure from IndyCar might be the best solution for Team Penske but it has left the series with a massive marketing headache. Not only is it losing one of its leading drivers – always capable of a win and one of the best drivers never to win the Astor Cup – but a…

IndyCar 2018 schedule announced

IndyCar announces 2018 race schedule IndyCar has released the race schedule for the 2018 IndyCar series with a swap for Watkins Glen the most notable change. Watkins Glen makes way for Portland in 2018 Watkins Glen makes way for a return to Portland International Raceway in Oregon. The legendary circuit in upstate New York joined…

5 ways to spend the IndyCar offseason

With Josef Newgarden crowned 2017 Verizon IndyCar series champion it is a long drag to the start of the 2018 season. St Petersburg awaits on March 11 but in the meantime we have months of zero racing. You could of course fill the off-season with race replays or fine-tuning your fantasy picks. Instead here are…

Why does IndyCar love Sonoma?

Since 2015 Sonoma Raceway has hosted the Verizon IndyCar season finale. The venue for that has crowned the last 3 IndyCar champions is however as far removed from the ideal venue as one can imagine. Prior to the 2017 season finale, AP’s Jenna Fryer was effusive in her praise of IndyCar’s ability to create an exciting…

IndyCar 2017 Sonoma preview with Mobil 1 The Grid

The stars of IndyCar preview the 2017 season finale at Sonoma Raceway Once more the Verizon IndyCar series will serve up a 4-way battle for the Astor Cup as Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud go head-to-head for the 2017 championship. After 16 races across road, street and oval circuits, the most…

Championship deja vu for Team Penske

Team Penske find themselves in familiar territory coming in to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar season finale at Sonoma. The big question is not whether they can take back-to-back championships. It is whether they will make the same mistakes that cost them the IndyCar title back in 2015. Picture the scene Coming in to the final…

Time for Carpenter to hang up his helmet?

A few seasons back any preview of an IndyCar oval race would have featured Ed Carpenter as a contender for the win. Owner of the eponymous Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) team, the Illinois native has long demonstrated his oval prowess. Since 2014 Carpenter has balanced team management duties with a role as an ‘oval specialist’…