Fernando Alonso: Honda’s early Christmas present for Chevy

Honda’s refusal to allow Fernando Alonso to use their engines for a second assault on the Indy 500 was supposed to be the final chapter of a painful story. Yet far from marking the end of what had become a protracted public relations fiasco, confirmation that Alonso will use Chevrolet power could yet provide a…

Alonso and IndyCar: a long con?

Despite months of tweets, loaded comments, suggestive remarks and that test run at Barber, Fernando Alonso’s flirtatious entanglement with IndyCar appears now to be nothing more than a long con. It seems the series and its fans have been caught up in the ego-trip of a driver who knows his relevance is diminishing and his…

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…

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…

Are Alonso and McLaren heading back to Indy in 2019?

Speculation is mounting that McLaren and Fernando Alonso could be heading back to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019. Following a sensational one-off entry in 2017, several recent developments suggest both could be involved in next year’s month of May. McLaren reported to be ‘exploring options’ for IndyCar 2019 SportsBusiness Journal has reported that McLaren is…

Newgarden confident only ‘small improvements’ needed to windscreen

Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden declared only ‘small improvements’ are needed to the series’ prototype protective windscreen, following a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IndyCar’s answer to ‘halo’ hits the Speedway As part of IndyCar’s first open test in preparation for the 102nd running of the Indy 500, Newgarden ran a series of laps…

Improving the show: the positive impact of IndyCar’s new aerokit

999 overtakes and counting is the impressive tally for IndyCar just 4 races into the 2018 season. Much of the credit for even closer racing in the world’s most diverse motor racing championship goes to the universal aero kit introduced this year. Aerokit helps IndyCar gain momentum a decade on from the end of ‘the…

IndyCar: resisting the temptation to expand

Mark Miles and his team has dragged IndyCar out of the metaphorical gravel trap it found itself in. New cars, new teams, a stable schedule and a bumper TV deal for 2019 are the smooth asphalt the series will race upon for the foreseeable future. Plenty of challenges remain of course – finding a new…

IndyCar deflector test in pictures

IndyCar took a step towards introducing an aero screen-style ‘deflector’ with a test at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon tested the new deflector on his Chip Ganassi Dallara-Chevrolet in varying light conditions. The purpose of the test was to gather driver feedback on visibility and optical distortion following extensive wind…