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…

Rossi still going “win or bust” at Sonoma despite Portland dramas

IndyCar title contender Alexander Rossi will still take a ‘win or bust’ approach to this weekend’s Sonoma finale despite losing out in Portland last time out. Punished by an ill-timed full course caution, the American is not about to start driving conservatively in his quest for a maiden IndyCar championship. Rossi: “I’m going to win”…

IndyCar veterans say Portland “totally different” circuit

IndyCar veterans Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais say their previous experience of the Portland Raceway will offer them little or no advantage this weekend. Both drivers took part in IndyCar’s open test ahead of the series’ return to the circuit – the first time since 2007 – and admitted the road course is a very…

Penske teammates ready to battle to the end in 2018 title fight

Team Penske title protagonists Will Power and Josef Newgarden are not about to give way to each other in the final races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar season. Despite sitting 68-points and 78-points respectively behind championship leader Scott Dixon, both remain focused on the ultimate goal. “There’s a lot of competition between myself, Scott Dixon,…

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…