IndyCar 2018 schedule announced

IndyCar announces 2018 race schedule IndyCar has released the race schedule for the 2018 IndyCar series with a swap for Watkins Glen the most notable change. Watkins Glen makes way for Portland in 2018 Watkins Glen makes way for a return to Portland International Raceway in Oregon. The legendary circuit in upstate New York joined…

5 ways to spend the IndyCar offseason

With Josef Newgarden crowned 2017 Verizon IndyCar series champion it is a long drag to the start of the 2018 season. St Petersburg awaits on March 11 but in the meantime we have months of zero racing. You could of course fill the off-season with race replays or fine-tuning your fantasy picks. Instead here are…

Why does IndyCar love Sonoma?

Since 2015 Sonoma Raceway has hosted the Verizon IndyCar season finale. The venue for that has crowned the last 3 IndyCar champions is however as far removed from the ideal venue as one can imagine. Prior to the 2017 season finale, AP’s Jenna Fryer was effusive in her praise of IndyCar’s ability to create an exciting…

Daniel Ricciardo on F1 momentum & his toughest teammate

Daniel Ricciardo on his toughest teammate, life at Red Bull and F1 momentum Off the back of a strong 2nd place finish last time out in Singapore, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo sits down to talk about maximising performance ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Plus the likeable Aussie – currently 4th in the F1 World…

IndyCar 2017 Sonoma preview with Mobil 1 The Grid

The stars of IndyCar preview the 2017 season finale at Sonoma Raceway Once more the Verizon IndyCar series will serve up a 4-way battle for the Astor Cup as Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud go head-to-head for the 2017 championship. After 16 races across road, street and oval circuits, the most…

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…

How ‘Jos the Boss’ paved the way to F1 for Max Verstappen

How ‘Jos the Boss’ paved the way to F1 for Max Verstappen F1’s youngest ever race winner Max Verstappen is the hottest new talent to enter F1 since Lewis Hamilton. Spectacular, brave and with car control that bends the laws of physics, the Red Bull ace is a champion in waiting. Our friends at Mobil…

Time for Carpenter to hang up his helmet?

A few seasons back any preview of an IndyCar oval race would have featured Ed Carpenter as a contender for the win. Owner of the eponymous Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) team, the Illinois native has long demonstrated his oval prowess. Since 2014 Carpenter has balanced team management duties with a role as an ‘oval specialist’…

Gateway 500 Indy review, heroes and zeroes

Josef Newgarden put one hand on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar series trophy with victory at the Bommarito Gateway 500. The championship leader secured his fourth win of the season, sealing victory with an audacious move on teammate Simon Pagenaud late in the race. Newgarden pushes to the front On the opening lap Newgarden set the…

IndyCar will miss its ‘super teams’

2018 is likely to mark the end of an IndyCar quirk: the ‘super team’. For several seasons Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport have fielded 4 full time cars each in the Verizon IndyCar series. Expanding further for one-off races and the Indy 500. The super teams – as they were christened –…

Giant killers: Coyne, Bourdais & Jones talk IndyCar success

Giant killers: Coyne, Bourdais and Jones talk IndyCar success An epic start to this year’s Verizon IndyCar series by Dale Coyne Racing will undoubtedly be one of the main talking points of the 2017 season. Dale Coyne Racing: taking the IndyCar fight to the big boys Sebastien Bourdais’ frightening accident during qualifying for the Indy…

Reboot: 3 IndyCar drivers who needed a standout 2017

At the start of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar season I picked out 3 drivers needing a standout season this year.  As we get down to the business-end of the season with only 4 races to go, its a good time to consider how each of them has faired. And what they might need to do…