IndyCar can benefit from a NASCAR decline

IndyCar has been making positive progress in recent seasons. In particular the championship has been bucking a trend that has seen NASCAR experience a decline in race attendance and viewing figures. In a recent article, IndyCar blogger George Philips proposed that the decline of NASCAR is ultimately bad for IndyCar and all forms of motor sport in…

3 IndyCar drivers needing a standout 2017

As we get ever closer to the start of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series I am taking a look at 3 drivers who need a standout season this year. With the demise of KV Racing, competition for IndyCar seats has intensified and many drivers will be nervous about their prospects beyond 2017. My picks might…

Is Ford wrong about IndyCar?

Ford Performance director Dave Pericak recently rubbished rumors that Ford is considering becoming the third engine supplier to IndyCar. Pericak questioned the relevance of IndyCar to Ford’s ‘track to road’ policy in an interview with Autosport. “We don’t want to go out there just to race. If there’s not a direct translation to the cars, then we’re not…

IndyCar: Why did Ganassi switch back to Honda?

With a new standardised aero package due in 2018, has Chip Ganassi made an inspired decision or compromised his team’s chances? At first glance the decision to switch IndyCar allegiances from Chevrolet to Honda is slightly baffling. Chevrolet has had the beating of Honda in four of the last five seasons. In 2016 Honda teams managed a…

IndyCar: silly season update as Bourdais heads back to Coyne

Confirmation this week that Sebastien Bourdais is returning to Dale Coyne and Tony Kanaan will stay at Ganassi put a few more pieces of the 2017 IndyCar driver market puzzle in place. We round-up the latest updates. Tony Kanaan stays on with Chip Ganassi Despite rumours several young guns were snapping at his heels, Tony…

IndyCar: 2018 presents a great opportunity

The introduction of a standard aero kit for IndyCar in 2018 presents the series with a golden opportunity. An opportunity not only to level the playing field between Chevy and Honda, but to enhance the racing spectacle – particularly on ovals. IndyCar aero kits: a nice but flawed idea IndyCar is to be applauded for…

IndyCar: Rossi Penske bound as RHR commits to Andretti

Ryan Hunter-Reay has committed to Andretti Autosport until 2020. Continuing the long-standing partnership with Michael Andretti and DHL USA, the deal shut down rumours of a possible switch to Penske. With only 1 season left on his existing contract, Hunter-Reay had been considered a strong candidate to join Penske in 2018. Who will replace Montoya or Castroneves…

IndyCar: is Chilton worth a new deal at Ganassi?

Mike Hull says Ganassi Racing wants Max Chilton on a multi-year IndyCar deal. But is the ex-F1 backmarker worth it? Ganassi wants to keep Chilton Ganassi team manager Mike Hull was quoted by Autosport this week confirming the desire to sign Chilton on a multi-year deal in IndyCar. Coming from a reputable source and direct…

IndyCar: Indy Pocono 500 – heroes and zeroes 2016

Will Power closed the gap to series leader Simon Pagenaud at the 2016 Indy Pocono 500. Here I rate the heroes and zeroes from latest round of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Indy Pocono 500 heroes 2016 Hero – Ryan Hunter-Reay RHR came home 3rd but was the star performer at Monday’s rescheduled 500 miler. Watching…

IndyCar: Target leaving Ganassi is not all bad news for IndyCar

Target’s withdrawal from IndyCar after 27 years faithful support of Chip Ganassi Racing is being mourned like the loss of a legendary team. Rightly so: they helped take Chip Ganassi Racing from minnows to 101-win giants. Target supported the team through the thick and very thin of open wheel racing and gave us the now…