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: will Penske learn from their mistakes?

Scott Dixon’s 2015 title was partly secured by a relentlessly competitive final few races. A bigger factor were the mistakes made by Team Penske. Taking nothing away from the Kiwi, his opportunity in the final race was gifted on a silver platter courtesy of his main rivals. MotorSportNotes consider what Penske can learn from their…

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: 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…

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…

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: 5 things IndyCar must do in the off-season

After a headline-grabbing season finale the dreaded IndyCar off-season has arrived like a big black flag. Aside from being hugely frustrating for fans, there is genuine concern it will undo the good work done this season as IndyCar’s management sit on their hands. MotorSportNotes examines the top 5 things IndyCar should be doing after Labor Day this…

IndyCar: GoPro GP of Sonoma ‘hot and not’ list

MotorSportNotes presents the final ‘hot & not’ list of the 2015 IndyCar season following a thrill-a-minute finale at Sonoma Raceway. Rating the drivers and teams that excelled and embarrassed during an epic conclusion to the championship. Hot Scott Dixon Possibly one of the greatest drivers in open-wheel racing history did what he needed to do…

IndyCar: the driver who is key to 2016’s line-ups

Josef Newgarden has been the sole topic of discussion during a rather muted IndyCar silly season. He is considered key to the 2016 driver market but as MotorSportNotes writes, it could be another American – Marco Andretti – that unlocks the merry-go-round. Rumours abound that Chip Ganassi has already had discussions with Newgarden’s representatives. CFH…

IndyCar: Penske’s tactical testing masterstroke

Team Penske’s approach to today’s testing at Sonoma could prove to be a tactical masterstroke in the race for the IndyCar championship. The majority of teams involved in the ‘young driver’ test at Sonoma have taken the opportunity literally. Mathew Brabham (Andretti), Sean Rayhall (Ganassi), Ryan Phinny (KVSH), Ed Jones (RLL) and Jack Harvey (SPM)…