Brickyard 400 preview – Mobil 1 The Grid

Indy Pride – Patrick & Harvick preview the Brickyard 400 Former Brickyard 400 winner Kevin Harvick and former IndyCar driver Danica Patrick share their thoughts ahead of the NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Harvick talks to Mobil 1 The Grid about his childhood ambition to race at the fabled Brickyard and what…

IndyCar can benefit from a NASCAR decline

IndyCar has been making positive progress in recent seasons. In particular the championship has been bucking a trend that has seen NASCAR experience a decline in race attendance and viewing figures. In a recent article, IndyCar blogger George Philips proposed that the decline of NASCAR is ultimately bad for IndyCar and all forms of motor sport in…

Reimagining the IndyCar oval format

There is a real momentum and positivity around IndyCar at the moment. TV ratings are going in the right direction, schedule stability is coming together and road/street course attendances are growing. Of course there are still areas that need work – sponsorship, attracting new teams, making the series financially viable are just a few. For me the most…

IndyCar: end of the road for Andretti/Andretti?

With only 5 races remaining on the 2016 IndyCar schedule Marco Andretti is in a familiar position: winless, trailing teammates and languishing in the point standings. Is it time for the end of the Andretti and Andretti partnership? Rookie sensation… back in 2006 Marco – in 17th place – is the lowest of the Andretti Autosport drivers…

IndyCar: lessons from NASCAR part 2

In the second part of this series I’m looking at the lessons IndyCar can learn from NASCAR and how those lessons could help replicate the success of stock car racing. Catch up with part 1 here. 4. Brand the drivers  Granted they have more sheet metal to play with but the manner in which drivers…

IndyCar: lessons from NASCAR part 1

The infighting that split Indy racing in the 1990s was a gift to NASCAR but that alone cannot account for its elevated position in US sport. At a time when IndyCar seems to take two steps forward and one back, I’m looking at what open wheel racing can learn from their stock car cousins in…

Is NASCAR’s new Chase mis-firing?

This year’s NASCAR Chase format has seen a further evolution of the concept. Instead of the top 12 drivers being eligible through the final races, the ‘eliminator’ is whittling the drivers down to 4 who will contend for the title at Homestead. The burning question: is it working or is it starting to backfire on…