Fernando Alonso: Honda’s early Christmas present for Chevy

Honda’s refusal to allow Fernando Alonso to use their engines for a second assault on the Indy 500 was supposed to be the final chapter of a painful story. Yet far from marking the end of what had become a protracted public relations fiasco, confirmation that Alonso will use Chevrolet power could yet provide a…

IndyCar 2018 season preview part 2

We are diving in to part 2 of our IndyCar season preview with a look at what the universal aerokit will mean for manufacturer competition in 2018 and how Honda start the season as favorites. Plus can Ed Jones convert the biggest opportunity and challenge of his career at Chip Ganassi Racing, and will major…

What IndyCar can learn from F1’s engine mistakes

The first public comments on IndyCar’s next generation engine formula emerged this month. They provided an early insight into discussions between the series and its existing engine suppliers. Importantly they suggest the series is poised to learn from the mistakes made by the world’s leading open wheel racing series – Formula 1 – during its…

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…

IndyCar reveals 2018 universal aero kit

Bolder, safer and even more thrilling were the watchwords for the launch of IndyCar’s new standardised aerobat for 2018. Featuring a new, sleeker bodykit harking back to IndyCar designs of the 1990s, Honda and Chevrolet liveried version debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. IndyCar 2018 – a year in the making The challenge to outfit…

Could branded engines solve IndyCar’s OEM dilemma?

A significant part of IndyCar’s growth strategy is securing a third official engine manufacturer (OEM) for the series. Following the disastrous Lotus project in 2012, the championship has been unable to find a replacement. Cost of entry remains high, competition is tight and the net benefits of participation remain debatable. Could a change of approach…

Indianapolis 500 heroes and zeroes

Takuma Sato took his maiden Indianapolis 500 victory in a frenetic finish to the 101st running of the iconic event. Dicing with 3-time winner Helio Castroneves in the closing laps the Japanese gave Michael Andretti back-to-back Indianapolis 500 wins. 2017 Indianapolis 500 heroes Hero –Takuma Sato This was not a lucky win. It was not down to fuel mileage or being…

IndyCar Grand Prix heroes and zeroes

Will Power gave a masterclass in road course driving to win the 2017 Indy Grand Prix of Indianapolis from a hard charging Scott Dixon. The former IndyCar series champion traded the lead with teammate Helio Castroneves before pulling away to win comfortably. Power’s first win of 2017 helped him jump to 5th place in the point…

IndyCar Phoenix Desert Diamond Grand Prix heroes and zeroes

Simon Pagenaud took his maiden oval win at the Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix as Chevrolet dominated. Team Penske took 3 of the top 5 finishes, with JR Hildebrand recovering from a broken hand to take a career-first podium and put 4 Chevy’s in the top 5. 2017 Phoenix Desert Diamond Grand Prix heroes Hero…

IndyCar news round up 21 April

A round up of the latest news from IndyCar on 21 April. Excitement rises for Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 bid, Charlie Kimball looks to get his season back on track and JR Hildebrand is ruled out of the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama. Veach subs for injured Hildebrand at Barber (IndyCar.com) IndyCar rookie Zac Veach will make…