Guaranteed Indy 500 entries: get mad or get involved

Guaranteed Indy 500 entries was the hand-grenade Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi and Michael Andretti collectively lobbed into IndyCar last week. Fans – indignant at yet another assault on one of the few remaining month of May traditions – have been unequivocal in their response. But as Andy Webb writes, instead of digging in for a…

Championship deja vu for Team Penske

Team Penske find themselves in familiar territory coming in to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar season finale at Sonoma. The big question is not whether they can take back-to-back championships. It is whether they will make the same mistakes that cost them the IndyCar title back in 2015. Picture the scene Coming in to the final…

Does Helio want to quit IndyCar?

The chatter in the IndyCar paddock is that it is a done deal. Team Penske will scale back to 3 cars in 2018 running Newgarden, Power and Pagenaud. Which means by default that Helio Castroneves’ illustrious 20 year career in IndyCar ends this season. The Captain – the shrewdest of businessmen – is not content…

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama heroes and zeroes

Josef Newgarden took his first win for Team Penske in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after a late puncture cost Will Power almost certain victory. The former IndyCar Series champion had dominated the race – leading for 60 laps – but the puncture wrecked his chance to kick start a dismal 2017 Verizon IndyCar season. 2017 IndyCar…

IndyCar talking points for 2017 – part 1

Unusually for IndyCar we find ourselves at the start of January with very little regarding the coming season still TBC. Aside from the fate of KVSH, whether Indy will manage 33 cars and what happens to the glut of young talent stuck in an IndyLights/IndyCar limbo the teams, drivers, circuits and schedule are in place. Which is great…

IndyCar: can anyone stop Penske in 2017?

In 2017 Team Penske will run four Dallara-Chevrolet’s for two champions and two proven race winners. They will start the season as favourites. Can anyone stop them winning back-to-back titles next season? On paper it is hard to see how the the Penske juggernaut will not just steamroller the opposition. The Dallara-Chevrolet package has won every IndyCar title since…

IndyCar: Indy Toronto ‘heroes and zeroes’ 2016

The narrow, bumpy streets of Toronto saw some classic IndyCar street racing with a grandstand finish and win for Will Power. 2016 Indy Toronto heroes Hero – Tony Kanaan At first glance it looked like Kanaan was destined for another disappointing result playing second fiddle to his team mate, Scott Dixon. Put on what appeared…

IndyCar: where will Newgarden be in 2017?

A stunning win at Iowa Speedway this past weekend confirmed Josef Newgarden is still on course to be the next championship contender in IndyCar. Out of contract with Ed Carpenter Racing at the end of 2016, where Newgarden drives next season is a mouth-watering prospect. Here’s a run-down of the options for the 3-time IndyCar race…

IndyCar – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis ‘hot and not’ list

Simon Pagenaud took his third win of the season on the Indianapolis road course and we look at the winners and losers from the first event in the ‘Month of May. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis Hot list Alexander Rossi In the opening laps Rossi displayed great skill and maturity. During his battle with Will Power…

Pagenaud: great driver, marketing disaster

Simon Pagenaud’s stellar start to the 2016 IndyCar season has answered many who criticized his signing by Team Penske. Early favourite for a maiden championship and Indy 500 it all seems rosy except for one problem: a 500 win and/or championship title for Pagenaud is a marketing nightmare for IndyCar. Pagenaud: IndyCar’s next champion? Undoubtedly Pagenaud…