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…

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: Mid-Ohio heroes and zeroes 2016

Simon Pagenaud got back to winning ways at Mid-Ohio as most of his championship challengers hit more trouble. I rate the heroes and zeroes from the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Mid-Ohio Indy 200 heroes 2016 Heroes – Fans at Mid-Ohio Bumper crowds for the race day were a welcome antidote to the doom and…

IndyCar: Pocono ‘hot and not’ list

In our Pocono ‘hot and not’ list MotorSportNotes picks the good and the bad from an eventful, entertaining and bittersweet ABC Supply 500, the penultimate race of the 2015 IndyCar series. Hot Hunter-Reay Ryan has made a real habit of timing his 500-mile runs to perfection. In almost a carbon-copy of his Indy 500 win…

IndyCar: Penske’s tactical testing masterstroke

Team Penske’s approach to today’s testing at Sonoma could prove to be a tactical masterstroke in the race for the IndyCar championship. The majority of teams involved in the ‘young driver’ test at Sonoma have taken the opportunity literally. Mathew Brabham (Andretti), Sean Rayhall (Ganassi), Ryan Phinny (KVSH), Ed Jones (RLL) and Jack Harvey (SPM)…

IndyCar – Grand Prix of St Petersburg preview

Penske & Ganassi vs. the rest? Looking at the line-up for Team Penske is mouth-watering even without considering the rest of the drivers that will start in Florida this weekend. Series championships, multiple wins and multiple Indy 500s are the hallmark of the assembled super-team. Penske and Will Power are entering a season carrying some…

Hawksworth & Sato – 2015’s most interesting match up

Proposing the match-up between Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato as IndyCar’s most interesting for 2015 should be a surprise. Team Penske alone are offering up a quartet of team-mates that bring with them a myriad of sub-plots – how the ‘frenemies’ Power and Pagenaud get is certainly the tastiest. Whilst the AJ Foyt Racing drivers will not vie…

IndyCar: Fontana preview

The point standings might not suggest the 2014 IndyCar season finale will be close, but it could be.