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... Continue Reading →

Raceday Morning Ramblings from IMS

Earlier this week, a friend asked me what time I was planning to arrive at the track on raceday. I said 3:30 a.m. He laughed and spit part of his drink out and said, “Oh my gosh, sorry, I thought you said ‘3:30’.” I looked him in the eyes and said, “Yep, I did.” He... Continue Reading →

Final Practice Adds to Audible Buzz of 2018 Indy 500 Weekend

That’s a wrap folks. The Verizon IndyCar Series cars have left the track and they won’t return until the pageantry of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Oil is in it’s kickoff phases, less than 48 hours from now. There was only one caution during the last practice, for a track... Continue Reading →

Third time’s a charm for Carpenter at IMS?

Wheeling your way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an aspiration for countless drivers. Heck, it’s an aspiration for those of us who have never even piloted a professional race car. It’s a legendary track whose lore is as tangible as the Borg-Warner trophy itself. The track decides. Yes, she decides who wins the pole.... Continue Reading →

Ed Carpenter Racing, Team Penske dominate Fast 9 qualifying positions

Four teams will battle for the pole position of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, but two of those teams have 7 of the Fast 9 positions covered. Given no-tow speeds on Friday, it’s not surprising to see all four of the Team Penske drivers (Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Will Power)... Continue Reading →

Bump day returns, Mann won’t compete in 2018 Indianapolis 500

Two cars were unable to qualify for the field of 33 yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Neither James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow SPM Honda or Pippa Mann in the No. 63 Donate Life Dale Coyne Honda will start in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Mann has qualified for the past six... Continue Reading →

Hinchcliffe bumped from field of 33

Where do I even start? For years, fans of IndyCar have complained that Bump Day wasn’t legitimate anymore, they wanted that drama and pressure back. As the Month of May drew nearer and nearer, it became clear that we would have one this season. 35 entries and only 33 grid positions. What became apparent yesterday... Continue Reading →

Power exemplifies ‘Fast Friday’ with fastest non-tow speed of the day

Will Power showed his dominance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend, and during Fast Friday he proved that he’s out to do the same for the entire Month of May. An Indianapolis 500 win has remained elusive for the Australian native. This year will mark his 11th time contesting the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,... Continue Reading →

Andretti has blinders on, focused solely on a ‘500’ victory

Getting a clear understanding of the 2018 universal aerokits has been a challenge for the field, particularly with the superspeedway configuration. The one thing that seems to be apparent after two days of practice on the 2.5-mile oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway though, is that the maneuverability and flat out speed of these cars in... Continue Reading →

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