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: 2016 schedule

As we launch in to the absurdly long IndyCar off season, MotorSportNotes looks at the confirmed, axed and 50/50 races for the 2016 IndyCar schedule. Definitely not happening in 2016 Despite being one of the few tracks to support IndyCar through the date lottery of the past few seasons, the patience of the team at…

IndyCar: Pocono ‘hot and not’ list

In our Pocono ‘hot and not’ list MotorSportNotes picks the good and the bad from an eventful, entertaining and bittersweet ABC Supply 500, the penultimate race of the 2015 IndyCar series. Hot Hunter-Reay Ryan has made a real habit of timing his 500-mile runs to perfection. In almost a carbon-copy of his Indy 500 win…

IndyCar’s international obsession

News the 2015 IndyCar season opener in Brasilia has been pulled is a real disappointment for the series organisers and fans alike. Fingers are pointing on who was to blame but the real issue is IndyCar’s continuing fixation with touring the globe. Once bitten, twice shy?  Cancellation of another international race is embarrassing at best…

IndyCar round up – 29 January 2015

The 2015 prospects for an American young gun, an ex-F1 back marker and an ex-race director are the focus of this week’s round-up. Karam races in to contention? One of the highlights of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was the performance of Sage Karam. The question on everyone’s lips on Sunday was whether he…

IndyCar: in defense of a spec series

IndyCar reached a landmark last week with the homologation deadline for the new 2015 aero kits. Diversification in design is coming and elements of the existing fan base are delighted. But I’m not convinced. I wrote a pros and cons piece last year on aero kits. Given what I like about IndyCar and what I…

IndyCar needs ‘electric’ performance by Marco

As Marco Andretti gears up for his Formula E debut this weekend in Argentina, a strong performance will be important to the Verizon IndyCar series’ continued resurgence. Despite the importance of the opportunity, the circumstances of Andretti’s entry are not ideal. Whether it has been publicly stated or not, his last-minute announcement was conspicuously close…

Why the plight of F1’s small teams could benefit IndyCar

Formula 1 is in a state of flux as teams go bust and others teeter on the brink. Question marks hang over existing squads and their ability to survive beyond next season. Amidst such doom and gloom, how can such issues possibly benefit any other form of motor sport? For IndyCar, In a number of ways…