Newgarden knows he needs to do better to defend IndyCar title

Reigning Verizon IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden admits that he and his Penske team need to up their game in the closing races of the 2018 season. Sitting 66-points off championship leader Scott Dixon, Newgarden is under no illusions about what is needed for the championship run-in: “We’ve stayed in the same spot in championship points,…

Dixon: Rossi and Andretti have the advantage

Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon says Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport have the advantage heading to this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Dixon believes testing by Andretti Autosport at Gateway – by virtue of their IndyLights team – will prove advantageous to Rossi and his championship challenge: “I think Andretti…

Why Honda should run Alonso in IndyCar

Rather than compounding the misery and embarrassment of the failed McLaren-Honda F1 project, allowing a Honda-backed IndyCar team to run Fernando Alonso in 2019 only has upsides for the Japanese brand. Fernando Alonso’s decision to take a sabbatical from F1 in 2019 has raised the real prospect of the two-time champion returning to IndyCar. The…

Power: we need Dixon to have a bad day

Will Power admits his chances of winning a second IndyCar championship rely on how his title rivals perform, chiefly points leader Scott Dixon. Speaking ahead of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono, the Aussie gave a frank assessment of his chances of overhauling the championship leader. “We just need him to have a bad day…

Rossi: qualifying form key to closing gap to Dixon

Title challenger Alexander Rossi believes maintaining his strong qualifying form will be crucial in helping close the gap to Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon. The Andretti Autosport driver sits 70-points adrift of Dixon as the 2018 championship heads to Mid-Ohio. Despite a run of 3 races without a top-5 finish, the former Indy…

Wickens aiming for back-to-back podiums at Mid-Ohio

Robert Wickens believes he can be in contention for back-to-back podiums at this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Following a 3rd place finish in his first Honda Indy Toronto earlier this month the Canadian heads to round 13 of the Verizon IndyCar Series full of confidence. “I think our team is building a lot…

In search of an IndyCar villain

Paul Tracy believes IndyCar needs a bitter rivalry to ignite greater interest in the series. But as Andy Webb writes, encouraging drivers to butt heads regularly could be very risky. Tracy: current field in need of a villain As a  former, self-styled series ‘bad boy’, Tracy clearly knows and a thing or two about a…

IndyCar should look north for a Phoenix replacement

Instead of gambling on returning to venues that failed to draw crowds and risk damaging existing races, IndyCar should be looking north for a Phoenix replacement. When news broke that IndyCar’s 3-year effort to bring racing back to Phoenix had ended, attention turned to the circuits likely to replace ISM Raceway in 2019. With IndyCar’s…

Kimball looking to build on recent form at Road America

Charlie Kimball believes Carlin Racing’s mid-season momentum can continue at this weekend’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America. Following back-to-back top 10 finishes in Detroit and Texas, the Californian is more than satisfied with the progress of the team in their debut season. “We had a couple of good results earlier this month, and I’m…

Rahal’s ‘love/hate’ relationship with Texas Motor Speedway key to 2018 hopes

Graham Rahal believes his “love/hate relationship” with Texas Motor Speedway will be critical in deciding the fate of his 2018 Verizon IndyCar series championship hopes. Rahal’s ‘love/hate’ relationship with Texas A costly mistake during last weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix saw Rahal fall out of the top 5 in points, something the Honda driver is keen…