Iowa Corn 300 preview notes and quotes

Previewing the Iowa Corn 300 as championship leader Scott Dixon looks to build on his recent win at Road America. The Kiwi has 3 Iowa Speedway poles to his name but is yet to finish  higher than 3rd at the 0.894 mile oval. Despite securing his first ever win at Road America two weeks ago…

Does IndyCar need a bitter rivalry?

During his time in Indianapolis Fernando Alonso made an astonishing – to him and the F1 community at least – discovery: the IndyCar paddock is a friendly place. “The whole atmosphere is just different there. Everyone is more relaxed, is happy”, Alonso told NBCSN. This was in stark contrast to his perspective on the F1…

Kohler Grand Prix of Road America heroes and zeroes

Scott Dixon broke his 2017 IndyCar win drought at Road America with a clinical combination of fuel strategy and bold moves. The Championship leader extended his advantage in the standings to 34 points by beating a hard charging Josef Newgarden and pole-sitter Helio Castroneves to the win. The Penske 1-2-3-4 qualifying performance had been very…

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…

IndyCar and ovals: still going the wrong way

From the crapshoot that was the Rainguard 600 at Texas to plans for push to pass next year, one thing is clear. IndyCar is still going the wrong way with its oval plans. Less than a month after another epic Indy 500, normal service has been resumed. The 500 was a race that ran out…

IndyCar Duel in Detroit Race 1 heroes and zeroes

Graham Rahal took his first win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar season with a dominant performance in race 1 of the Chevrolet Duel in Detroit. Leading from the green flag Rahal took a comfortable victory from Scott Dixon. Dixon finished a remarkable 2nd despite nursing injuries from his terrifying Indy 500 crash last weekend. James…

Defining an Indy 500 rookie

Controversy followed the announcement of Fernando Alonso as the 2017 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year over Ed Jones. The Spaniard who failed to the finish the 101st running took the award over fellow rookie Ed Jones. Despite the fact Jones finished a spectacular 3rd which caused quite a storm.. Dale Coyne and his eponymous…

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…

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…

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…