Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio preview notes and quotes

The IndyCar series heads to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend and we preview what could be a pivotal race in the championship. Championship leader Scott Dixon takes a narrow 3 point lead in the point standings to Mid-Ohio. With the Penske quartet of Castroneves, Pagenaud, Newgarden and Power in hot pursuit the…

Alonso seeks legendary status with Indy 500 bid

No one saw this move by Fernando Alonso coming. Much like one of his overtakes in F1, the McLaren star did something that left the motorsport world almost speechless and asking: did he just do that? The double F1 World champion will compete at the 101st Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport. With backing and the blessing of Honda…

3 IndyCar drivers needing a standout 2017

As we get ever closer to the start of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series I am taking a look at 3 drivers who need a standout season this year. With the demise of KV Racing, competition for IndyCar seats has intensified and many drivers will be nervous about their prospects beyond 2017. My picks might…

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 2017 talking points – part 3

In the final part of my IndyCar 2017 season preview, a look at more of the key talking points this year. Including Takuma Sato’s move to Andretti, international expansion and plans for a standard aero kit in 2018. Sato at Andretti – fast or a furious boss? At the recent Autosport International show Dario Franchitti…

The pros and cons of new IndyCar engine partners

IndyCar officials are confident the switch to a universal aero kit in 2018 will attract new engine suppliers. In a recent article by Bruce Martin of Autoweek, IndyCar officials spoke of their confidence in attracting potentially 2 new manufacturers. In a fairly unprecedented move the series then used it’s social media platforms to actively tout for new suppliers….

IndyCar 2017 talking points – part 2

Part 2 of my preview of the main talking points and highlights ahead of the 2017 IndyCar season. In part 1 I looked at who might challenge Penske’s domination, the chances of success for Ganassi and the prospects for Marco Andretti, JR Hildebrand and the energised AJ Foyt Racing. This time I’m looking at all things oval for…

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…

Silly season: IndyCar 2017 update – 21 November

In a change to recent form, almost all IndyCar seats for 2017 are filled well before the Christmas and New Year break. But a few remain and here’s my rundown of the latest IndyCar silly season rumours and developments. Chip Ganassi Racing The fourth seat at Ganassi alongside Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball remains…

IndyCar 2017 schedule sneak preview

As we wait for the 2017 IndyCar schedule to be officially announced, here’s a look at the races likely to stay and go next season. 2017 IndyCar season opener We can expect St Petersburg to open the season once again in 2017. IndyCar’s aim of opening the season in February appears to hinge on striking…