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 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: 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: 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: another oval but are fans interested?

Despite the success of ‘new’ IndyCar road course events in 2016, the series has opted for an oval as its sole new event for 2017. But with ovals continuing to struggle for attendance, is that the right approach? America has fallen out of love with IndyCar oval racing I wrote back in October 2014 a…

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: 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…

IndyCar: end of the road for Andretti/Andretti?

With only 5 races remaining on the 2016 IndyCar schedule Marco Andretti is in a familiar position: winless, trailing teammates and languishing in the point standings. Is it time for the end of the Andretti and Andretti partnership? Rookie sensation… back in 2006 Marco – in 17th place – is the lowest of the Andretti Autosport drivers…

IndyCar: Indy Toronto ‘heroes and zeroes’ 2016

The narrow, bumpy streets of Toronto saw some classic IndyCar street racing with a grandstand finish and win for Will Power. 2016 Indy Toronto heroes Hero – Tony Kanaan At first glance it looked like Kanaan was destined for another disappointing result playing second fiddle to his team mate, Scott Dixon. Put on what appeared…

IndyCar – the Grand Prix of Indianapolis ‘hot and not’ list

Simon Pagenaud took his third win of the season on the Indianapolis road course and we look at the winners and losers from the first event in the ‘Month of May. The Grand Prix of Indianapolis Hot list Alexander Rossi In the opening laps Rossi displayed great skill and maturity. During his battle with Will Power…