IndyCar – who’s under pressure heading to Long Beach?

We head to California this weekend for one of IndyCar’s ‘crown jewels’ – the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It may only be race 2 of the 2017 IndyCar series but a number of teams and drivers are already under pressure. Here’s my run down of who needs a big performance in Long Beach….

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…

Silly season: who will fill empty IndyCar seats in 2017?

A rundown of the teams with seats to fill and the drivers in prime position to fill them. AJ Foyt Racing Anything is possible at AJ Foyt Racing with no drivers confirmed for the 2017 IndyCar season. A complete clear out of drivers is expected with Carlos Munoz leading the list of drivers hoping to…

IndyCar: Why did Ganassi switch back to Honda?

With a new standardised aero package due in 2018, has Chip Ganassi made an inspired decision or compromised his team’s chances? At first glance the decision to switch IndyCar allegiances from Chevrolet to Honda is slightly baffling. Chevrolet has had the beating of Honda in four of the last five seasons. In 2016 Honda teams managed a…

IndyCar: is Chilton worth a new deal at Ganassi?

Mike Hull says Ganassi Racing wants Max Chilton on a multi-year IndyCar deal. But is the ex-F1 backmarker worth it? Ganassi wants to keep Chilton Ganassi team manager Mike Hull was quoted by Autosport this week confirming the desire to sign Chilton on a multi-year deal in IndyCar. Coming from a reputable source and direct…

IndyCar: Mid-Ohio heroes and zeroes 2016

Simon Pagenaud got back to winning ways at Mid-Ohio as most of his championship challengers hit more trouble. I rate the heroes and zeroes from the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Mid-Ohio Indy 200 heroes 2016 Heroes – Fans at Mid-Ohio Bumper crowds for the race day were a welcome antidote to the doom and…

IndyCar: Target leaving Ganassi is not all bad news for IndyCar

Target’s withdrawal from IndyCar after 27 years faithful support of Chip Ganassi Racing is being mourned like the loss of a legendary team. Rightly so: they helped take Chip Ganassi Racing from minnows to 101-win giants. Target supported the team through the thick and very thin of open wheel racing and gave us the now…

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: off the market for now, who signs Newgarden for 2017?

News that Josef Newgarden will be retained at CFH Racing for 2016 put a wet blanket on the IndyCar silly season. But as MotorSportNotes explains, who he drives for in 2017 is far more interesting. Team Penske Penske has never been a team to miss out on capturing young talent just as it blossoms in to…