Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio preview notes and quotes

The IndyCar series heads to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend and we preview what could be a pivotal race in the championship. Championship leader Scott Dixon takes a narrow 3 point lead in the point standings to Mid-Ohio. With the Penske quartet of Castroneves, Pagenaud, Newgarden and Power in hot pursuit the…

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…

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…

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…

Could branded engines solve IndyCar’s OEM dilemma?

A significant part of IndyCar’s growth strategy is securing a third official engine manufacturer (OEM) for the series. Following the disastrous Lotus project in 2012, the championship has been unable to find a replacement. Cost of entry remains high, competition is tight and the net benefits of participation remain debatable. Could a change of approach…

IndyCar and ovals: still going the wrong way

From the crapshoot that was the Rainguard 600 at Texas to plans for push to pass next year, one thing is clear. IndyCar is still going the wrong way with its oval plans. Less than a month after another epic Indy 500, normal service has been resumed. The 500 was a race that ran out…

IndyCar Duel in Detroit Race 1 heroes and zeroes

Graham Rahal took his first win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar season with a dominant performance in race 1 of the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit. Leading from the green flag Rahal took a comfortable victory from Scott Dixon. Dixon finished a remarkable 2nd despite nursing injuries from his terrifying Indy 500 crash last weekend. James…