Should IndyCar invest in Alonso?

Before Alonso-mania took over Indianapolis this week, attention was focused on what Fernando Alonso does next year. His McLaren contract is up this season and his ambitions remaining completely unfulfilled by the team. Unsurprisingly there is once again rumour in the F1 paddock of a move to Mercedes. There is talk of Ferrari too and nostalgic glances…

2017 Indy 500 dark horses

All the attention so far during the month of May has been on two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso. The McLaren/Andretti bid to win101st Indianapolis 500 with Alonso (part 2 of Alonso’s ‘triple crown’ effort) has created enough hype to overshadow pretty much all other news coming out of Gasoline Alley. Alonso is undoubtedly the most famous…

In (partial) defence of Jenna Fryer

AP correspondent Jenna Fryer’s recent article – so what if Alonso is doing the Indy 500? – caused a storm of controversy amongst fans, drivers and media. Fervent criticism plus a tidal wave of completely unacceptable abuse took away from the simple fact Fryer had put together a good critique of the situation – up to a…

Honda has IndyCar upper hand for 2018

The last two IndyCar seasons have been tough for Honda. Now the Japanese brand has the upper hand for 2017 and importantly, the upper hand for 2018 as well. Better engine and better aero from Honda Honda made significant progress during the past off season. Chevrolet  had them beaten in terms of engine performance, driveability and…

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 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…

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…

Does IndyCar know what to do after the 100th Indy 500?

May is finally here and the countdown to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 can properly begin. It will be spectacular. It will be steeped in rich heritage and will further cement its status as the world’s greatest motor race. We all cannot wait but as fans of IndyCar overall, the question has to…

IndyCar: Honda get a helping hand but at what cost?

MotorSportNotes looks at IndyCar’s decision to give Honda extra development concessions for 2016 and examines whether the results in 2015 really merit the decision. IndyCar’s decision to give Honda a performance-levelling break during pre-season for 2016 feels like we are back in first half of 2015. By the end of May Honda were on the…

IndyCar: another potential buyer, same old problem

With renewed talk of possible takeovers and new investors for the IndyCar series, MotorSportNotes examines the critical issue that will always derail attempts to takeover the series. Always up for sale? Since ChampCar folded and merged with the IRL to create/recreate IndyCar (depending on your historical frame of reference) there has been regular chatter and debate…