Living in the Moment

It’s been years since I felt the desire to write. I can’t really tell you why, or pinpoint a legitimate explanation. I’ve experienced writer’s block before – that’s more having the desire to write but feeling no inspiration or feeling like the words aren’t coming to you even though you know what you want to say. 2 years in, and the constant absence of desire to write is really bumming me out. I miss it. I want to want it. But I opted not to force it. I opted to just live life and see what happens. And here I … Continue reading Living in the Moment

Hunter-Reay earns pole at Sonoma, championship contenders all within Top 7

“Lookin’ at the city like I already own it. Standing on top cause I earned this moment. I took what was mine, now I won’t let go of it.” -Zayde Wolf Those lyrics definitely apply to Ryan Hunter-Reay this afternoon. He just secured the final Verizon P1 Award of the 2018 IndyCar Series season, and the final IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway. It’s his best start at Sonoma Raceway, his first pole since Long Beach in 2014, his 7th career P1 start, and you can bet your… well, words I shouldn’t write with this credential still around my neck… that … Continue reading Hunter-Reay earns pole at Sonoma, championship contenders all within Top 7

One day in, no clear cut front-runner at Sonoma

We are off and running for the final IndyCar weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Unfortunately though, one of the championship contenders had a delayed start to his Friday. Josef Newgarden was dealing with a case of food poisoning Thursday night into Friday, and his No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet had some sympathy pains in the morning session. The defending champion did not run any laps in first practice due to a fueling issue with the car. He said it was just coincidence that he was unable to run, and his lack of practice in the morning session had nothing to … Continue reading One day in, no clear cut front-runner at Sonoma

Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part III: Pocono to Portland

This is part 3 of a 3-part series on Live Full Throttle, looking back on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as we approach the finale weekend at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Pocono Raceway has yielded some of the worst incidents in recent IndyCar history. After losing Justin Wilson due to injuries sustained in an accident there in 2015, this year’s event had us all just as upset and in the dark about a series favorite driver. Robert Wickens was involved in a horrifying crash on Lap 7, making contact with Hunter-Reay and launching into the catch fence, subsequently … Continue reading Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part III: Pocono to Portland

Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part II: Belle Isle to Mid-Ohio

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on Live Full Throttle, looking back on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as we approach the finale weekend at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The only double-header on the schedule takes place in Detroit every summer and will continue to do so for many years to come, thanks to the city’s affirmative vote for the event this year. Scott Dixon won the first race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, marking his 42nd career win. While Dixon’s team celebrated the win with a banner, Hunter-Reay celebrated his race win the following … Continue reading Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part II: Belle Isle to Mid-Ohio

Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part I: St. Pete to the Indianapolis 500

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on Live Full Throttle, looking back on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as we approach the finale weekend at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg saw Sebastien Bourdais come away with a victory at the season kickoff weekend for the second year in a row. The most memorable parts of this weekend centered around Robert Wickens though, as he landed the pole position in his first IndyCar race, and looked to win the entire thing before Alexander Rossi came around in Turn 1 on a … Continue reading Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part I: St. Pete to the Indianapolis 500

Saying goodbye to Sonoma

Here we are again, at the end of another IndyCar season. Hard to believe the championship-deciding weekend is already upon us. As I sit here at the same desk I’ve sat at for the past 3 seasons, I can’t help but take in every moment and soak up that California sun shining in thru the window in front of me. After Sunday, there’s no telling when or if the series will return to wine country. This is the last year that the Verizon IndyCar Series is scheduled to race at Sonoma Raceway. The 2.385-mile road course has served as the … Continue reading Saying goodbye to Sonoma

Rossi’s fourth career win was a team effort at Mid-Ohio

Well, that was fun! To say the absolute least. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the stage for one of the best races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and the best Indy car race at Mid-Ohio that this lifelong fan can remember. Side-by-side racing, tons of passes, fast laps being set throughout the field, surprises in tire degradation, a slew of strategies across mileages, pit windows, and according to Robert Wickens, “a cheeky start”! That opinion aside, the caution-free 90-lap contest seemed to fly by, given that we were all captivated by the 24-car field’s maneuvers around this … Continue reading Rossi’s fourth career win was a team effort at Mid-Ohio

Rossi earns fourth career pole in single lap stunner at Mid-Ohio

Scott Dixon might be Mr. Mid-Ohio but Alexander Rossi is quickly making a name for himself as well. A career that kicked off with a win at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie year, followed by a sophomore year with five top 5 qualifying positions and just as many wins – the best of which was a pole-to-win weekend in Watkins Glen last year, leads us to this season and his continued growth in the series and as an open-wheel driver. Rossi has out-performed himself on qualifying efforts at 9 of the 13 races this year, … Continue reading Rossi earns fourth career pole in single lap stunner at Mid-Ohio