INDYCAR: recharged Newgarden ready for Pocono and championship run-in

NTT INDYCAR Series championship-leader Josef Newgarden has put the summer break since July’s Honda 200 to good use. Following a hero-to-zero performance at Mid-Ohio last time out, the Team Penske driver used the time to regroup and recharge ahead of the final four races of the 2019 season. “It was good to have a couple…

INDYCAR: Hunter-Reay baffled by Newgarden, relieved to be back on form

Josef Newgarden’s last-lap lunge for a podium finish in the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio left NTT INDYCAR Series veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay “baffled”. “I’m not really sure what Josef was thinking there doing that”, said the Andretti Autosport driver. Running third and fourth on the final lap of a thrilling race, the current INDYCAR points leader…

Dixon: late-season charge needs to start at Mid-Ohio

Defending NTT INDYCAR Series champion Scott Dixon admits he needs a run of top performances to have any shot at securing a sixth title this season. Sitting 98-points off long-time championship leader Josef Newgarden the Kiwi is under no illusions about the challenge he and his PNC Bank Ganassi Racing crew face. “We need a…

Teammates the weak link in Rossi’s IndyCar title challenge

In isolation, the component parts of Alexander Rossi’s 2019 championship bid are as robust as any of his rivals. Driving at the peak (so far) of his abilities, the 27-year-old has become a formidable competitor in his three-and-a-half seasons in IndyCar. But in what promises to be another tight championship run-in it is Rossi’s Andretti…

Past master Bourdais a dark horse for victory at Road America

At Road America, attention will be focused on the emerging 3-way IndyCar title fight between Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi. But if you are looking for a quality outside bet for the win, veteran Sebastien Bourdais might be worth a look. During his dominance of the CART ChampCar World Series, Sebastien Bourdais never…

Rahal still sore over Long Beach, expects tight INDYCAR Grand Prix

Nearly 4 weeks may have passed since the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach but Graham Rahal remains convinced he lost a genuine podium finish on the California streets. Penalized by stewards for blocking eventual podium finisher Scott Dixon, Rahal took the checkered an unhappy 4th. “Am I disappointed with the ruling? Absolutely, I don’t…

IndyCar Grand Prix: tire management the key for Rosenqvist

Rookie Felix Rosenqvist believes improved tire management is the key to unlocking a strong finish at the IndyCar Grand Prix. The Swede has struggled for consistency since a stellar opening race of the season in St. Petersburg but heads into this weekend’s now traditional month of May curtain-raiser with renewed focus. “I view that as our…

Scott Dixon: An open wheel racing icon

In a championship as competitive as the NTT IndyCar Series, becoming a 5-time champion is the mark of a true racing icon. By doing so Scott Dixon – the New Zealander who moved halfway around the world to pursue his racing dream – has secured a place amongst the greats of American open-wheel racing. Now…

Guaranteed Indy 500 entries: get mad or get involved

Guaranteed Indy 500 entries was the hand-grenade Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi and Michael Andretti collectively lobbed into IndyCar last week. Fans – indignant at yet another assault on one of the few remaining month of May traditions – have been unequivocal in their response. But as Andy Webb writes, instead of digging in for a…