Ferrucci happy with top 10 times at COTA, eyes top 5

Rookie Santino Ferrucci believes his Dale Coyne Racing team are in good shape for the start of the 2019 NTT IndyCar season after testing this week at the Circuit of the Americas. The former Haas F1 development driver was completing his first pre-season test of 2019 alongside teammate Sebastien Bourdais. Ferrucci – who competed in…

Mixed feelings for Ganassi drivers after IndyCar COTA test

The final day of NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training proved to be a mixed bag for new Chip Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist. For the reigning series champion it was a troublesome day as set up issues on his PNC Bank Honda compromised running at the Circuit of the Americas. Dixon’s crew tried…

Predicting the big IndyCar storylines of 2019 – part 2

Last week we fired up the NTT IndyCar Series pre-season with a look at the big storylines we expect to dominate 2019. This week we continue with a look at Alexander Rossi’s prospects, the financial realities for Juncos and Harding-Steinbrenner Racing, whether Laguna Seca can deliver where Sonoma couldn’t and how IndyCar’s international aspirations might…

Predicting the big IndyCar storylines of 2019

On the eve of the first pre-season test, we decided to get our magic eight ball out of storage and see which storylines will dominate the 2019 season in this two-part feature. Dixie goes for 6 Scott Dixon enters the 2019 NTT IndyCar season at the peak of his powers. Closing in on AJ Foyt’s…

IndyCar: importing talent or just plain importing?

Throughout the modern era, IndyCar – and not just the Indy 500 – has enticed drivers from across the globe. For decades, international drivers looking for a chance to prove a point have raced alongside Americans with big dreams of lifting the Astor Cup. Ex-F1 pilots with unfinished business running against Europeans who should have…

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…