Alonso and IndyCar: a long con?

Despite months of tweets, loaded comments, suggestive remarks and that test run at Barber, Fernando Alonso’s flirtatious entanglement with IndyCar appears now to be nothing more than a long con. It seems the series and its fans have been caught up in the ego-trip of a driver who knows his relevance is diminishing and his…

Why Honda should run Alonso in IndyCar

Rather than compounding the misery and embarrassment of the failed McLaren-Honda F1 project, allowing a Honda-backed IndyCar team to run Fernando Alonso in 2019 only has upsides for the Japanese brand. Fernando Alonso’s decision to take a sabbatical from F1 in 2019 has raised the real prospect of the two-time champion returning to IndyCar. The…

In search of an IndyCar villain

Paul Tracy believes IndyCar needs a bitter rivalry to ignite greater interest in the series. But as Andy Webb writes, encouraging drivers to butt heads regularly could be very risky. Tracy: current field in need of a villain As a  former, self-styled series ‘bad boy’, Tracy clearly knows and a thing or two about a…

IndyCar should look north for a Phoenix replacement

Instead of gambling on returning to venues that failed to draw crowds and risk damaging existing races, IndyCar should be looking north for a Phoenix replacement. When news broke that IndyCar’s 3-year effort to bring racing back to Phoenix had ended, attention turned to the circuits likely to replace ISM Raceway in 2019. With IndyCar’s…

Are Alonso and McLaren heading back to Indy in 2019?

Speculation is mounting that McLaren and Fernando Alonso could be heading back to the Indianapolis 500 in 2019. Following a sensational one-off entry in 2017, several recent developments suggest both could be involved in next year’s month of May. McLaren reported to be ‘exploring options’ for IndyCar 2019 SportsBusiness Journal has reported that McLaren is…

IndyCar: resisting the temptation to expand

Mark Miles and his team has dragged IndyCar out of the metaphorical gravel trap it found itself in. New cars, new teams, a stable schedule and a bumper TV deal for 2019 are the smooth asphalt the series will race upon for the foreseeable future. Plenty of challenges remain of course – finding a new…

Alonso aiming for Indy 500 return in 2019

F1 star Fernando Alonso is aiming to continue his bid for the motorsport ‘triple crown’ with a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2019. Alonso is trying to emulate Graham Hill in becoming only the second driver to complete a hat trick of wins at the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le…

IndyCar and oval qualifying: missing the bigger picture

At the tail end of 2017 IndyCar competition director Jay Frye confirmed to RACER that oval qualifying order will no longer be determine by a random draw. “We could have gone a lot of ways on how to set the order; fastest laps turned by the drivers in the practice before qualifying, but the idea of going…

The IndyCar broadcast dilemma

Every decision facing Mark Miles and his team could be considered ‘make or break’ as they rebuild the IndyCar Series. In the case of securing new broadcast and title sponsorship deals for 2019 it is absolutely true. An already challenging market for sponsorship dollars and broadcast rights is further complicated by the dilemma of whether…