Phoenix Grand Prix review: heroes and zeroes

ISM Raceway served up a surprisingly entertaining Desert Diamond Phoenix Grand Prix last weekend. Here we rate the IndyCar drivers and teams that shone bright like a diamond, and those that turned out to be cubic zirconia. Newgarden wins, Wickens impresses (again) Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden took his first win of 2018 despite a…

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…

IndyCar news roundup

Two new teams confirmed their entry into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar series this week as off season testing wrapped up and points awarded for the Indy 500 were up for debate. Here’s our round up of the news this week in IndyCar. Michael Shank and Schmidt Peterson team up for limited 2018 campaign Michael Shank…

IndyCar news round up

A busy IndyCar offseason continued this week as Honda teams tested their new 2018 aero kits at Phoenix. Meanwhile Chip Ganassi poured cold water on Danica Patrick at Ganassi and there were musical chairs at Andretti Autosport. MotorSportNotes rounds up this week’s IndyCar news. Chip Ganassi confirms Danica negotiations have ‘stalled’ Speaking at the Performance…

Gateway 500 Indy review, heroes and zeroes

Josef Newgarden put one hand on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar series trophy with victory at the Bommarito Gateway 500. The championship leader secured his fourth win of the season, sealing victory with an audacious move on teammate Simon Pagenaud late in the race. Newgarden pushes to the front On the opening lap Newgarden set the…

Giant killers: Coyne, Bourdais & Jones talk IndyCar success

Giant killers: Coyne, Bourdais and Jones talk IndyCar success An epic start to this year’s Verizon IndyCar series by Dale Coyne Racing will undoubtedly be one of the main talking points of the 2017 season. Dale Coyne Racing: taking the IndyCar fight to the big boys Sebastien Bourdais’ frightening accident during qualifying for the Indy…

Does Helio want to quit IndyCar?

The chatter in the IndyCar paddock is that it is a done deal. Team Penske will scale back to 3 cars in 2018 running Newgarden, Power and Pagenaud. Which means by default that Helio Castroneves’ illustrious 20 year career in IndyCar ends this season. The Captain – the shrewdest of businessmen – is not content…

Honda Indy 200 review, heroes and zeroes

Josef Newgarden schooled the entire IndyCar field at Mid-Ohio as he won the Honda Indy 200. Hot on the tail of his win last time out in Toronto, victory plus troubles for the likes of Scott Dixon moved the Penske driver to the top of the point standings. Newgarden dominates at Mid-Ohio “This was a…

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…

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…