Pagenaud: great driver, marketing disaster

Simon Pagenaud’s stellar start to the 2016 IndyCar season has answered many who criticized his signing by Team Penske. Early favourite for a maiden championship and Indy 500 it all seems rosy except for one problem: a 500 win and/or championship title for Pagenaud is a marketing nightmare for IndyCar. Pagenaud: IndyCar’s next champion? Undoubtedly Pagenaud…

IndyCar: Honda get a helping hand but at what cost?

MotorSportNotes looks at IndyCar’s decision to give Honda extra development concessions for 2016 and examines whether the results in 2015 really merit the decision. IndyCar’s decision to give Honda a performance-levelling break during pre-season for 2016 feels like we are back in first half of 2015. By the end of May Honda were on the…

IndyCar: Toronto ‘hot and not’ list

The drivers and teams that impressed and embarrassed at the Honda Indy Toronto. Hot Exhibition Place – a brilliant circuit that continues to offer up superb racing. The opening section of 4 corners plus Lakeshore Boulevard once again provided the perfect mix for some brilliant overtaking moves. CFH Racing – yes they took a gamble…

IndyCar: Miles talks international expansion (again)

Mark Miles is talking about expansion. In Florida for the season-opener – a few weeks after the 2015 season should have started in Brazil – the IndyCar boss was laying out another vision for overseas expansion. This time it’s by becoming an alternative to F1. Miles’ logic is sound in principle: IndyCar can provide a…

IndyCar: post-race St Petersburg notes

Sunday’s season opener was a mixed bag which answered some questions about the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season, but mostly created a whole load of new ones. The wrong head-to-head In part 2 of my season preview I talked about the prospects for the Will Power/Simon Pagenaud rivalry to re-ignite as team-mates at Penske. Power, for…

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…

IndyCar 2015 Preview – Part 3

In the final part of our 2015 season preview we look at the enigma that is Marco Andretti, the merger of SFH and Ed Carpenter Racing and the new, improved Tony Kanaan. Marco the enigma One of the puzzles in recent IndyCar seasons has been Marco Andretti. Definitely talented and driving for one of the…

IndyCar 2015 preview – part 2

The next chapter in the fractious relationship between Will Power and Simon Pagenaud plus Juan Montoya’s title prospects are the focus of part 2 of our 2015 season preview. Friends… for now Penske’s Tim Cindric considers Simon Pagenaud and Will Power the future of their IndyCar ambitions. In the short term pairing two drivers who…

IndyCar 2015 preview – part 1

In the first of 3 features previewing the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season we consider the options for Justin Wilson, aero kits and whether fans will return after the extended off-season. Siting on the sidelines With just over 2 weeks until St Petersburg series veteran Justin Wilson is struggling to find any ride, let alone a…

IndyCar’s international obsession

News the 2015 IndyCar season opener in Brasilia has been pulled is a real disappointment for the series organisers and fans alike. Fingers are pointing on who was to blame but the real issue is IndyCar’s continuing fixation with touring the globe. Once bitten, twice shy?  Cancellation of another international race is embarrassing at best…