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…

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 – who’s under pressure heading to Long Beach?

We head to California this weekend for one of IndyCar’s ‘crown jewels’ – the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It may only be race 2 of the 2017 IndyCar series but a number of teams and drivers are already under pressure. Here’s my run down of who needs a big performance in Long Beach….

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…

IndyCar 2017 talking points – part 2

Part 2 of my preview of the main talking points and highlights ahead of the 2017 IndyCar season. In part 1 I looked at who might challenge Penske’s domination, the chances of success for Ganassi and the prospects for Marco Andretti, JR Hildebrand and the energised AJ Foyt Racing. This time I’m looking at all things oval for…

IndyCar talking points for 2017 – part 1

Unusually for IndyCar we find ourselves at the start of January with very little regarding the coming season still TBC. Aside from the fate of KVSH, whether Indy will manage 33 cars and what happens to the glut of young talent stuck in an IndyLights/IndyCar limbo the teams, drivers, circuits and schedule are in place. Which is great…