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

Make GREEN your favorite, that’s your new favorite, okay?

We just finished Christmas in July and the reds and greens have been battling all day at Mid-Ohio, so a paraphrased Elf quote seemed to be the way to go with the post title. Plus, I’m a movie nerd that likes to talk to movie quotes, so there’s that. Four reds waved over the Verizon IndyCar Series practice session on this Friday afternoon, bringing the grand total to seven at Mid-Ohio today. The first one came 5 minutes in when Zach Veach, racing an Indy car on his home track for the first time, went off course in Turn 6 … Continue reading Make GREEN your favorite, that’s your new favorite, okay?

IndyCar competition in Toronto is a chess match at 108 mph

Sometimes even the best of intentions don’t go as planned. I’m sure you’ve all been there. Plans are set, your motivation is there, and then something happens. Like unconsciousness. That’s a thing that happens, right? Ha. Yeah, I don’t sleep too much as it is – no secret there. Last night my body decided I was overdue and I totally fell asleep with my laptop. I wish I could tell you that was a rare occurrence in my life, but I won’t lie to you guys. Similarly, the guys in the Firestone Fast 6 had good intentions of earning the … Continue reading IndyCar competition in Toronto is a chess match at 108 mph

Let the haters hate, Andretti’s focus is unshakable

Like you needed more proof that this current Verizon IndyCar Series field of talent is stacked – we have yet another pole winner for the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. Marco Andretti, piloting the No. 26 AutoNation Andretti Autosport Honda, ran in Group 2 this morning, battling his teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay and rookie Robert WIckens for the P1 Award. The three kept outdoing each other, with the fastest speed switching almost lap after lap, until the very last one. 17 drivers in 24 races here have led the field to green, and in this year alone the series itself … Continue reading Let the haters hate, Andretti’s focus is unshakable

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 traffic vs. clean air is very different and it’s creating a heck of a puzzle for the crews and drivers to solve. Marco Andretti ran the fastest out there today – his lap of 227.053 was with a tow and nearly 2 mph faster than … Continue reading Andretti has blinders on, focused solely on a ‘500’ victory

Power cruises to the top in Barber practice, Newgarden takes a detour

Two-time Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner Will Power topped practice 1 at Barber Motorsports Park this morning with a 1:07.5987 lap in the No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevy. Teammate Josef Newgarden, who coincidentally has also come out victorious at this track twice, was just a sliver over three-tenths of a second slower, coming in P2. Scott Dixon was the fastest Honda, with his No. 9 PNC machine clocking a best lap of 1:08.2627. The Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver has landed on the podium in 7 of the 8 races that the series has run at Barber. … Continue reading Power cruises to the top in Barber practice, Newgarden takes a detour

Andretti Autosport sets standard, investing in drivers to create careers

Andretti Autosport switched things up quite a bit since last season – with reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato exiting the team for a ride at RLL Racing, and Zach Veach taking over responsibilities of the No. 26 Honda. Veach, who got his first Indy car racing experience last year, did so with multiple teams. After three non-consecutive seasons in the Indy Lights program of the Mazda Road to Indy, the Ohio-native was asked to drive in place of JR Hildebrand for Ed Carpenter Racing at Barber Motorsports Park last season, after Hildebrand was injured at the Toyota Grand Prix … Continue reading Andretti Autosport sets standard, investing in drivers to create careers

Grand Prix at The Glen: Rossi Claims First IndyCar-career Pole

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – On the heels of the announcement that Alexander Rossi would be staying with Andretti Autosport in addition to signing a multi-year deal with NAPA AutoParts, the driver of the No. 98 Honda has earned the pole position for the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen in a last lap steal from veteran IndyCar driver and Watkins Glen specialist, Scott Dixon. After the checkered flag flew, Dixon and Josef Newgarden had clocked lap times that were .0001 apart. That’s not a fathomable segment of time. Moments like that deserve to be spotlighted as they add to the … Continue reading Grand Prix at The Glen: Rossi Claims First IndyCar-career Pole